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House Session - January 17, 2018

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

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  • 10:00:06 AM

    The House convened, starting a new legislative day.

    • 10:00:11 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR LAY ABOUTS BEFORE THE HOUSE -- LAYS…

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

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    • 10:00:14 AM

      The Speaker designated the Honorable David G. Valadao to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.

      • 10:00:20 AM

        THE CLERK

        THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. JANUARY 17, 2018. I HEREBY APPOINT…

        THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. JANUARY 17, 2018. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE DAVID G. VALADAO TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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  • 10:00:26 AM

    MORNING-HOUR DEBATE

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

    • 10:00:37 AM

      TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

      PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF JANUARY , 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 OTHER THAN THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS AND MINORITY WHIP SHALL BE LIMITED TO FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:01:10 AM

      MR. BLUMENAUER

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. HERE WE'RE AGAIN. FACING THE POSSIBILITY OF A…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. HERE WE'RE AGAIN. FACING THE POSSIBILITY OF A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN. IT'S ONE OF THE MOST FOOLISH ACTS POSSIBLE. WHAT WE HAVE SEEN IN THE PAST WHEN THIS OCCURS WHERE THERE IS SOME PEOPLE WHO DECIDE THEY WANT TO FORCE THE GOVERNMENT TO SHUT DOWN, IT ONLY HURTS OUR EMPLOYEES AND IT HURTS THE PUBLIC HAVING A DENIAL OF SERVICE IN MANY INSTANCES. THE EMPLOYEES ARE SENT HOME. THEY ARE FOOLISH ACTS POSSIBLE. WHAT OFF THE PAYROLL TEMPORARILY. BUT WHAT HAS ALWAYS HAPPENED IS WE ALWAYS END UP PAYING THEM BECAUSE IT'S NOT THEIR FAULT. AS A RESULT, THE TAXPAYER LOSES TWICE, THEY LOSE THE SERVICES, AND THEY END UP HAVING TO PAY ESSENTIALLY PUBLIC EMPLOYEES TO TAKE A FORCED VACATION. NOW, THE CURRENT CONTROVERSY IS LARGELY ABOUT THE FATE OF ALMOST 700,000 UNDOCUMENTED YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WERE BROUGHT HERE AS CHILDREN. EMPLOYEES TO TAKE A FORCED VACATION. THIS SHOULDN'T BE A MATTER OF MAJOR DEBATE. WE CAN TAKE CARE OF THE IMMIGRATION ISSUES IF WE ALLOWED THE PROCESS TO WORK. REMEMBER A COUPLE YEARS AGO THE SENATE PASSED A BIPARTISAN IMMIGRATION REFORM BILL, NOT PERFECT, MAYBE A C-PLUS ON THE SCALE, BUT IT WOULD HAVE FIXED THE PROBLEM IN THE SHORT AND INTERMEDIATE TERM. UNFORTUNATELY, THE HOUSE LEADERSHIP NEVER ALLOWED US TO VOTE ON IT. PROBABLY BECAUSE THEY KNEW IT WOULD PASS. NOW WE'RE FACING ANXIETY AGAIN. WE HAVE HAD PEOPLE ARGUING ABOUT WHAT VULGARITY THE PRESIDENT USED OR WHO'S ACTING IN GOOD FAITH, BUT THE FACT IS THAT WE HAVE A PROPOSAL FROM SENATOR DURBIN AND SENATOR GRAHAM, A BIPARTISAN PROPOSAL, THAT MET THE BROAD OUTLINES THAT THE PRESIDENT EARLIER TALKED ABOUT. THAT LOOKS AS THOUGH IT WILL PASS THE SENATE. AND WOULD HAVE A STRONG POSSIBILITY OF PASSING HERE IN THE HOUSE. THERE IS SOME CONTROVERSY, PEOPLE ARE SUGGESTING DEMOCRATS WANT TO SHUT THE GOVERNMENT DOWN. ABSOLUTELY NOT. MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS ARE IN COMPLETE CONTROL OF THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE AND THE WHITE HOUSE. AND THEY CAN, AS THEY DID RECENTLY WITH THE SHORT-TERM EXTENSION, THEY CAN PASS IT THEMSELVES. BUT IF THEY WANT TO WORK WITH US, THEY OUGHT TO INCLUDE US IN THIS EFFORT. I WOULD SUGGEST MY THAT WE STOP GOVERNING BEHIND CLOSED DOORS AND HAVING THE MAJORITY PARTY CATER TO A SMALL HANDFUL OF PEOPLE WHO ARE MAKING DEMANDS THAT WOULD NOT BE ACCEPTABLE TO THE BROAD HOUSE AND PROBABLY AREN'T EVEN ACCEPTABLE TO MOST REPUBLICANS. LET'S BRING THE BEST APPROACHES FORWARD. IT'S PRETTY SIMPLE. ALLOW THE HOUSE TO VOTE ON THE GRAHAM --IN PROPOSAL. I UNDERSTAND THERE'S ONE FROM OUR FRIEND -- DURBIN-GRAHAM PROPOSE A I UNDERSTAND THERE'S ONE FROM MR. GOODLATTE. THERE ARE PROCESSES WHERE YOU CAN HAVE MULTIPLE VOTES ON ISSUES THAT ARE RELATED AND AT THE END THERE IS ONE THAT'S LEFT STANDING THAT REPRESENTS THE MAJORITY. I WOULD SUGGEST THAT THERE IS NO REASON TO PLAY GAMES WITH THE INTEGRITY OF GOVERNMENT SERVICES. PLAY GAMES WITH OUR EMPLOYEES. PLAY GAMES WITH PROVIDING KEY SERVICES TO THE PUBLIC, AND MOST IMPORTANT, STOP USING ALMOST 700,000 YOUNG PEOPLE AND MILLIONS OF THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS, THEIR EMPLOYERS, THEIR FELLOW WORKERS AS PAWNS. LET'S BRING THE PROPOSALS FORWARD. ALLOW AN UP OR DOWN VOTE. RESOLVE THIS RATHER THAN THREATEN THE POSSIBILITY OF WASTING MONEY, WASTING SERVICES, AND FURTHER FRUSTRATING THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. THEY DESERVE BETTER. AND THIS IS A SIMPLE RESOLUTION THAT WAS IN OUR CAPACITY THIS WEEK.

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    • 10:05:47 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MS. FOXX, FOR…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MS. FOXX, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:05:50 AM

      MS. FOXX

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. EACH YEAR WE COMMEMORATE NATIONAL SCHOOL CHOICE…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. EACH YEAR WE COMMEMORATE NATIONAL SCHOOL CHOICE WEEK TO CELEBRATE A FAMILY'S RIGHT TO SELECT THE BEST SCHOOL FOR THEIR CHILDREN. THIS YEAR WE'RE STARTING THE CELEBRATION ON JANUARY 21. AMERICANS LIKE TO HAVE OPTIONS, AND WHEN IT COMES TO OPTIONS IN POST SECONDARY EDUCATION, THERE ARE MORE OPPORTUNITIES THAN EVER. SCHOOL CHOICE IS ALSO ABOUT BRINGING THOSE OPTIONS TO AMERICA'S CHILDREN IN ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS. ONE OF THE BEST EXAMPLES OF OPTIONS IS THE EXPANSION OF SCHOOL CHOICE -- IN THE EXPANSION OF SCHOOL CHOICE IS THE GROWTH OF CHARTER SCHOOLS. OVER THE LAST 12 YEARS PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL ENROLLMENT HAS TRIPLEDLE AND AMERICA NOW HAS THREE MILLION STUDENTS ATTENDING THESE SCHOOLS. ALONG WITH THE GROWING DEMAND FOR CHARTER SCHOOLS, HOMESCHOOLING AND PRIVATE SCHOOL CHOICE PROGRAMS ARE INCREASING. THERE ARE 2.3 MILLION STUDENTS BEING HOMESCHOOLED. AND ENROLLMENT IN PRIVATE HOMESCHOOLING AND PRIVATE SCHOOL CHOICE PROGRAMS ARE INCREASING. SCHOOL CHOICE PROGRAMS HAS INCREASED MORE THAN 100%. MAKING SCHOOL CHOICE AVIDEO CAMERAABLE -- AVAILABLE TO MORE FAMILIES SHOULD BE A PRIORITY FOR ALL OF US. IT IS CLEAR THAT PARENTS ARE LOOKING FOR OPTIONS AND WE WANT OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM TO BE OPEN TO EVERYONE. SCHOOL CHOICE PROGRAMS MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE TO WISH CRYSTAL OF THE FIFTH DISTRICT A VERY PEACEFUL AND HAPPY RETIREMENT. FOR THE LAST 16 YEARS SHE HAS SELFLESSLY SERVED AS THE HUNGER AND HEALTH COALITION DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS LOCATED IN ROY TAUGA COUNTY -- IN WATAUGA COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA. THE MISSION IS TO LIFT UP THE COMMUNITY BY PROVIDING RESOURCES SUCH AS FOOD, MEDICATIONS, AND HEAT IN THE WINTERS OF THOSE IN NEED. CRYSTAL WORKED WITH MEMBERS IN THE FAITH COMMUNITY AND LOCAL CHURCHES TO ENSURE THE WELL-BEING OF MANY INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES. IT IS MY BELIEF THAT NORTH CAROLINA WILL BENEFIT FROM HER TIRELESS EFFORTS FOR YEARS TO COME. A LASTING LEGACY OF SERVICE IS SOMETHING THAT IS BECOMING ALL TOO RARE IN OUR NEIGHBORHOODS TODAY. I WILL REMAIN FOREVER GRATEFUL TO HER FOR HER SERVICE TO OUR COMMUNITY. I WISH HER A HAPPY RETIREMENT. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:08:50 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. POCAN, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. POCAN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:08:54 AM

      MR. POCAN

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN BIZARRE WASHINGTON NEWS OF THE LAST WEEK, THE…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN BIZARRE WASHINGTON NEWS OF THE LAST WEEK, THE RAGING CONTROVERSY IS WHETHER THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES REFERRED TO OTHER IN BIZARRE CONTINENT AS S-HOLES OR S-HOUSES. AS IF EITHER WORD COUNTRIES AND A OF DIFFERENCE, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU INSULT OTHER NATIONS IN THE WORLD, AS OUR PRESIDENT DID. EQUALLY WORRISOME IS THAT THE LEADERSHIP OF THIS BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT, MEANS A DROP THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, A CO-EQUAL BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT, HAS BEEN COMPLICIT OR SILENT ABOUT HOW TO RESPOND TO THE COMMENTS MADE BY OUR PRESIDENT. IN FACT, SPEAKER PAUL RYAN TOOK 19 HOURS AND 53 MINUTES TO RESPOND. WITH ALL OF THAT TIME, ENOUGH TIME TO HAVE DRIVEN FROM WASHINGTON, D.C. TORQUES DALLAS, TEXAS, OR TO WATCH THE MOVIE JAWS NINE TIMES, WHAT WAS HIS STINGING AND NECESSARY REBUKE AFTER THAT MUCH TIME AND THOUGHT? UNFORTUNATE. THE SPEAKER SAID THE PRESIDENT'S COMMENTS WERE UNFORTUNATE AND UNHELPFUL. LOOK, IT'S UNFORTUNATE WHEN YOU WALK OUTSIDE AND STEP IN A PUDDLE OF WATER. THIS WAS MORE LIKE WALKING INTO A GLOBAL-SIZE PILE OF S WE'RE NOT ON THE STAFF OF THE WHITE HOUSE. WE'RE A CO-EQUAL BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT. AND IT'S ABOUT TIME WE ACTED LIKE IT. SAYING NOTHING OR BASICALLY NOTHING IS UNACCEPTABLE. WE NEED TO PUT OUR COUNTRY BEFORE OUR POLITICAL PARTY. CALLING OTHER COUNTRIES AND EVEN A CONTINENT NAMES LIKE S-HOLES OR S-HOUSES PUTS OUR SERVICE MEMBERS AND AMERICANS OVERSEAS AT GREATER RISK. AND WEAK WORDS ARE SILENCE, MAKES CONGRESS COMPLICIT WITH THE PRESIDENT'S RACIST RHETORIC. AND BY THE WAY, PEOPLE OUTSIDE THE BELTWAY, JUST THINK CONGRESS IS FULL OF S. . EVERYONE ELSE HAD THE PROPER RESPONSE TO THE PRESIDENT'S COMMENTS. THAT THEY WERE JUST FUHR B.S. I YIELD -- THEY WEREOUS PURE B.S. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:11:17 AM

      TEMPORE MEMBERS

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

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

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    • 10:11:24 AM

      MR. THOMPSON

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE BECAUSE TODAY FORMER…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE BECAUSE TODAY FORMER SENATOR BOB DOLE WILL RECEIVE THE NATION'S HIGHEST CIVILIAN HONOR TO RECOGNIZE HIS DECADES OF SERVICE AS A SOLDIER, LAWMAKER, AND STATESMAN. HOUSE AND SENATE LEADERS WILL PRESENT THE 94-YEAR-OLD FORMER SENATOR WITH THE CONGRESSIONAL GOLD METAL. SENATOR DOLE REPRESENTED KANSAS FOR 35 YEARS. FIRST AS A REPRESENTATIVE IN THIS HOUSE AND LATER LENDING HIS LEADERSHIP TO THE U.S. SENATE. IN 1996, HE WAS THE G.O.P. CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT. PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN IN 1989 SAID SENATOR DOLE SERVED AMERICA HEROICALLY AND, QUOTE, HAS BEEN A FRIEND OF VETERANS, FARMERS, AND AMERICANS FROM EVERY WALK OF LIFE. BOB DOLE HAS STOOD FOR INTEGRITY, STRAIGHT TALK, AND ACHIEVEMENT THROUGHOUT HIS YEARS OF DISTINGUISHED PUBLIC SERVICE, END QUOTE. SENATOR DOLE HAS SERVED THIS COUNTRY, THIS NATION ON THE BATTLELEFIELD, ENLISTING WITH THE U.S. ARMY DURING WORLD WAR II. DURING MILITARY OFFENSIVE IN ITALY HE WAS SERIOUSLY WOUNDED WHILE TRYING TO SAVE A FELLOW SORLEDE. DESPITE HIS GRAVE INJURIES, DOLE RECOVERED AND WAS AWARDED TWO PURPLE HEARTS AND BRONZE STAR WITH AN OAK CLUFTER FOR HIS SERVICE. I'M PROUD WE'LL HONOR HIM TODAY FOR HIS LIFE OF SERVICE TO THE UNITED STATES, BOTH IN THE MILITARY AND HERE ON CAPITOL HILL. IT IS SURE TO BE A MOVING CEREMONY IN HONOR OF A REAL AMERICAN HERO. MR. SPEAKER, SERVICE TO ONE'S COUNTRY IS AMONG THE MOST NOTABLE AND SELFLESS ACTS THROUGHOUT HISTORY. OUR MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN HAVE SHOWN ALL COMPROMISING HONOR, DEDICATION TO DUTY, AND GENUINE LOVE OF COUNTRY. THIS EVENING, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO MEET THE 23RD SECRETARY OF THE CONGRESS WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO MEET THE 23RD SECRETARY OF THE ARMY, THE HONORABLE MARK T. ESPER. HE'S A 1986 GRADUATE OF THE U.S. MILITARY CADMI AT WEST POINT. HE SERVED ON ACTIVE DUTY FOR MORE THAN 10 YEARS BEFORE TRANSITIONING INTO THE RESERVE, ACHIEVING THE RANK OF LIEUTENANT COLONEL. THE SECRETARY'S SERVICE INCLUDED DEPLOYMENT WITH THE 101ST AIRBORNE DURING OPERATION DESERT STORM. HE WAS AWARDED THE BRONZE STAR MEDAL. PROUDLY THE SECRETARY WAS AWARDED THE BRONZE STAR MEDAL. PROUDLY THE SECRETARY A PENNSYLVANIA NATIVE. HE GRADUATED FROM LAUREL HIGHLANDS HIGH SCHOOL IN UNIONTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA. IN 1982. THE SECRETARY LATER EARNED A MASTER'S DEGREE IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION FROM HARVARD UNIVERSITY AND DOCTORATE FROM JORNING WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY. I LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING THE SECRETARY TONIGHT THANKS TO THE RECEPTION HOSTED BY THE HOUSE ARMY CAUCUS. IN ADDITION TO THE SECRETARY, WE'LL BE JOINED BY GENERAL MARK MEALY, THE 39TH CHIEF OF STAFF OF THE ARMY. THE ARMY'S SENIOR LEADERS AND STAFF WILL ALSO ATTEND. THIS RECEPTION PROVIDES AND IMPORTANT OPPORTUNITY FOR MEMBERS TO MEET DIRECTLY WITH THE SECRETARY AND THE GENERAL AS WELL AS THE ARMY STAFF TO GAIN THEIR PERSPECTIVES ON THE STRATEGIC ENVIRONMENT FACING THE ARMY DURING THE 115TH CONGRESS AND DISCUSS ISSUES FACING OUR ARMY, SOLDIERS, AND THEIR FAMILIES. TWO OUTSTANDING EVENTS WILL TAKE PLACE TODAY IN THE CAPITOL. I LOOK FORWARD TO BOTH OF THESE HISTORIC OCCASIONS. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO CONGRATULATE THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE SHOWMAN'S ASSOCIATION ON THE OCCASION OF THEIR 50TH ANNIVERSARY. I LOOK FORWARD TO JOINING THEM FRIDAY EVENING AT THEIR ANNUAL PENNSYLVANIA ESTATE SHOWMAN'S ASSOCIATION CONVENTION. AS THEY CELEBRATE THIS MONUMENTAL MILESTONE. PENNSYLVANIA STATE SHOWMAN'S ASSOCIATION HAS SERVED TO KEEP THE OUTDOOR AMUSEMENT INDUSTRY ALIVE AND STRONG THROUGH THEIR COMBINED EFFORTS. THE PSSA HAS GROWN BECAUSE THE MEMBERS HAVE LEARNED TO PUT THEIR INDIVIDUAL GOALS ASIDE FOR THE COMMON GOALS OF THE INDUSTRY. THIS UNITITY REALLY HAS GIVEN THEM THE STRENGTH AND FORESIGHT NECESSARY TO CONTINUE THEIR WORK INTO THE NEXT CENTURY. THEIR ANNUAL CONVENTION TRADE SHOW BRINGS TOGETHER BOARD MEMBERS, VOLUNTEERS, AND STAFF FOR MOST OF THE 109 PENNSYLVANIA COUNTY AND LOCAL AFFAIRS. FOR 14 YEARS SUPPORTIVE SCHOLARSHIPS HAS GENERATED MORE THAN $200,000. THEIR INVESTMENT IN OUR COMMONWEALTH'S NEXT GENERATION LEADERSHIP IS TO BE COMMENDED. THANKS TO THE -- ALL THE MEMBERS OF THIS -- PENNSYLVANIA STATE SHOWMAN'S ASSOCIATION FOR THE WORK THAT THEY DO TO THE BEST OF THEIR HUMAN ABILITY TO KEEP OUTDOOR AMUSEMENT INDUSTRY THE BEST OF AMERICA'S FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT. CONGRATULATIONS AND HAPPY 50TH. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 10:15:37 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 10:15:48 AM

      MS. FUDGE

      MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE TO RECOGNIZE DR. TOBY COSGROVE, AN INNOVATIVE…

      MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE TO RECOGNIZE DR. TOBY COSGROVE, AN INNOVATIVE LEADER AND RECENTLY RETIRED PRESIDENT OF THE CLEVELAND CLINIC HOSPITAL SYSTEM. I AM FORTUNATE TO KNOW THE DOCTOR PERSONALLY AND I AM PRIVILEGED TO CALL HIM FRIEND. SOME SAY A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS. THAT WAS CERTAINLY TRUE OF TOBY COSGROVE. TOBY WAS AN ACCOMPLISHED SAILOR AS A YOUNG MAN. THAT WAS HIS PATH UNTIL HE SAW A PHOTO OF HIS NEIGHBOR IN AN OPERATING ROOM. THAT PHOTO INSPIRED HIM TO BECOME A SURGEON. HE GRADUATED FROM WILLIAMS COLLEGE IN MASSACHUSETTS AND EARNED HIS MEDICAL DEGREE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA SCHOOL OF MEDICINE. AFTER MEDICAL SCHOOL, DR. COSGROVE SERVED OUR NATION IN VIETNAM AS A CAPTAIN IN THE U.S. AIR FORCE. HE WAS AWARDED A BRONZE STAR, AND THE REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM COMMENDATION MEDAL FOR HIS SERVICE DURING THE WAR. DR. COSGROVE JOINED THE CLEVELAND CLINIC STAFF IN 1976. DR. COSGROVE WAS A WORLD RENOWNED HEART SURGEON FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS. HE PERFORMED MORE THAN 22,000 OPERATIONS, AND PIONEERED THE FIRST MINIMALLY INVASIVE HEART VALVE SURGERY. THROUGHOUT HIS REMARKABLE CLEAR, HE ACQUIRED 31 REGISTERED PATENTS. DR. COSGROVE TOOK THE HELM OF THE CLEVELAND CLINIC IN 2004 AND MADE THE HEALTH OF THE CLINIC EMPLOYEES A PRIORITY. SOME OF HIS WELLNESS INITIATIVES INCLUDED IMPLEMENTING A SMOKING BAN ON ALL CAMPUSES, ENSURING HEALTHIER FOOD OPTIONS IN CAFETERIAS, AND OPENING WEEKLY FARMERS MARKETS. DURING HIS TENURE, DR. COSGROVE FOCUSED ON ENHANCING PATIENT OUTCOMES AND A BETTER PATIENT EXPERIENCE. DR. COSGROVE IS CREDITED WITH INSTILLING A VISION AND CULTURE THAT HAS LED TO THE CLEVELAND CLINIC BEING DESCRIBED AS, AND I QUOTE, A ROLE MODEL OF HEALTH CARE DELIVERY. HE COINED THE PHRASE "PATIENTS FIRST" AND MADE HEADLINES BY HIRING AMERICA'S FIRST CHIEF EXPERIENCED OFFICER TO ENSURE CAREGIVERS WERE MEETING THE MEDICAL, PHYSICAL, AND EMOTIONAL NEEDS OF PATIENTS. DR. COSGROVE LED THE EXPANSION OF CLEVELAND CLINIC'S FOOTPRINT TO OVER 100 LOCATIONS IN NORTHEAST OHIO, INCLUDING 10 REGIONAL HOSPITALS AND 21 FAMILY HEALTH CENTERS. UNDER HIS LEADERSHIP, THE CLEVELAND CLINIC HAS BECOME OHIO'S LARGEST EMPLOYER. TOTAL VISITS INCREASED TO 7.1 MILLION, AND RESEARCH FUNDING GREW TO 260 MILLION. THE CLEVELAND CLINIC HEALTH SYSTEM INCLUDES FACILITIES IN FLORIDA, NEVADA, CANADA, ABU DAB UE AND A NEW LONDON -- DABI AND A NEW LONDON FACILITY. DR. COSGROVE STEPPED DOWN AT THE END OF 2017. THE CLEVELAND COMMUNITY CAME TOGETHER TO RAISE OVER $50 MILLION FOR THE COSGROVE TRANSFORMATION CAMPAIGN TO HONOR HIS CAREER AND LEGACY. THE COSGROVE TRANSFORMATION CAMPAIGN WILL ENSURE CLEVELAND CLINIC REMAINS A WORLD LEADER IN INNOVATION, RESEARCH, EDUCATION, AND IMPROVING THE PATIENT EXPERIENCE. ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE OF THE 11TH CONGRESSIONAL SDRIBBLET OF OHIO, I THANK -- DISTRICT OF OHIO, I THANK DR. COSGROVE FOR HIS COMMITMENT TO IMPROVING THE HEALTH AND WELLNESS OF THOSE WE SERVE. THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT DR. COSGROVE'S IMPACT WILL CONTINUE TO BE FELT FOR DECADES TO COME. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:19:37 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 10:19:41 AM

      MR. YOHO

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN HONOR OF ONE OF…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN HONOR OF ONE OF ALACHUA COUNTY TRAIL BLAZER. IT IS MY HOME COUNTY IN FLORIDA. MR. THOMAS COWARD WHO PASSED AWAY ON DECEMBER 23, 2017. MR. COWARD WAS DRAFTED INTO THE NAVY IN 1942, SERVED DURING WORLD WAR II. AFTER HIS HONORABLE DISCHARGE, HE WENT ON TO PURSUE HIGHER EDUCATION AND GRADUATED WITH HIS BACHELORS OF SCIENCE IN SOCIAL STUDIES FROM LINCOLN UNIVERSITY IN MISSOURI AND FOLLOWED IT WITH A MASTERS OF SCIENCE FROM TUSKEGEE UNIVERSITY IN ALABAMA. UPON COMPLETION OF HIS MASTERS, HE RETURNED TO HIS ALMA MATER LINCOLN HIGH SCHOOL IN GAINESVILLE TO TEACH CIVICS AND HISTORY. HIS INTERACTIVE STYLE OF TEACHING THAT INCLUDED MOCK GOVERNMENT SCENARIOS ENCOURAGED STUDENTS TO GET INVOLVED IN GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS. HE LATER WENT ON TO SERVE AS THE DEAN OF STUDENTS FOR LINCOLN HIGH SCHOOL AND THEN TRANSFERRED AS THE DEAN OF STUDENTS TO THE NEWLY OPENED HIGH SCHOOL IN GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA, IN 1971. HE ENDED HIS CAREER IN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM IN THE COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR'S OFFICE, HAVING SERVED IN THE ALACHUA COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM FOR OVER 30 YEARS. WHILE HIS STUDENTS REMEMBER HIM FOR HIS DEDICATION TO SHAPING YOUNG MINDS, MR. COWARD IS KNOWN IN THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE FOR BEING THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN ELECTED TO SERVE ON THE ALACHUA COUNTY COMMISSION IN 1974. IT'S A SEAT HE HELD FOR OVER 18 YEARS, AND INCIDENTALLY IT WAS THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE RECON CONSTRUCTION ERA THAT AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN -- RECONSTRUCTION ERA THAT AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN HAD BEEN ELECTED TO THE COMMISSION. DURING HIS TENURE HE HELPED ESTABLISH THE FIRST OFFICE OF EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AND FOCUSED ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT THROUGH THE COMMUNITY. IN PARTICULAR, EAST GAINESVILLE. IN FACT, HIS DOCUMENT, PLAN EAST GAINESVILLE, IS FREQUENTLY REFERRED TO AS A PLANNED VISION FOR THAT COMMUNITY. HIS TIME ON THE COUNTY COMMISSION INSPIRED HIM TO HELP FOUND THE NATIONAL FORUM FOR BLACK PUBLIC ADMINISTRATORS AND THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLACK COUNTY COMMISSIONERS. ADDITIONALLY, HE OWNED AND OPERATED THOMAS COWARD REALTY FOR 25 YEARS AND HE WAS THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN TO RECEIVE HIS BROKEAGE LICENSE IN ALACHUA COUNTY AND WAS A MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL REALTORS ASSOCIATION. THROUGHOUT HIS LEAD HE CONTINUED TO LEAD AND INSPIRE HIS COMMUNITY THROUGH POSITIONS SUCH AS PRESIDENT OF THE STATE REGIONAL PLANNING BOARD AND BOARD OF THE EAST GAINESVILLE TASK FORCE AND THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. ADDITIONALLY, HE WAS INVOLVED IN ORGANIZATIONS SUCH AS GAINESVILLE COTTON CLUB, THE ELKS, THE PHI BETA SIGMA FRATERNITY ALL WHICH FOCUSED ON SERVING THE COMMUNITY. IN THE CASE OF THE COTTON CLUB, HELPING OPEN A CULTURAL CENTER. HIS DEDICATION TO OUR COMMUNITY LED TO THE ALACHUA COUNTY COMMISSION DEDICATED THEIR SUPPORT SERVICE AUDITORIUM TO HIM IN 2016. ONCE QUOTED AS SAYING, MY IDEA IS IF YOU'RE GOING TO CHANGE THINGS THEN YOU GOT TO BE INVOLVED. MR. COWARD EMBODIED THIS IDEA AND HELD THE TITLE OF MANY FIRSTS THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE. I HAVE NO DOUBT HIS LEGACY OF LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE WILL GO ON TO BETTER OUR COMMUNITY THROUGH FUTURE GENERATIONS. HIS LEGACY HAS AND WILL INSPIRE THE FUTURE OF OUR COUNTY, OUR STATE, AND, YES, OUR NATION. MR. COWARD, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO ALL. YOU'LL BE MISSED.

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    • 10:23:22 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ALABAMA, MS. SEWELL, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ALABAMA, MS. SEWELL, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:23:26 AM

      MS. SEWELL

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE ON THEIR NCAA FOOTBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP WIN AGAINST THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA BULLDOGS. IN HISTORIC COMEBACK, THE CRIMSON TIDE OVERCAME A 13-0 DEFICIT TO WIN THE GAME IN OVERTIME AND TO RETURN THE TITLE TO TUSCALOOSA. THEY WIN ITS 17TH NATIONAL TITLE. BY FAR THE MOST OF ANY SCHOOL IN THE MODERN ERA OF FOOTBALL. THIS IS COACH -- HEAD COACH NICK SABAN'S FIFTH CHAMPIONSHIP WIN IN JUST NINE SEASONS. MR. SPEAKER, NO OTHER SCHOOL HAS WON EVEN -- ANY MORE THAN THREE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN ANY 10-YEAR PERIOD. THIS YEAR'S VICTORY IS AN EXTRAORDINARY RECORD WHICH FURTHER CEMENTS COACH SABAN'S STATUS AS ONE OF COLLEGE'S GREATEST FOOTBALL COICHESCOVEPES OF ALL-TIME. LIKEWISE, I WANT TO CONGRATULATE THE PLAYERS. AS COACH SABAN SAID, THIS WAS A TRUE TEAM VICTORY. FROM RUNNING BACKS SCARBOROUGH AND HARRIS, TO WIDE RECEIVERS RIDLEY AND SMITH, TO DEFENSIVE POWERHOUSES, FITZPATRICK AND DAVIS. TO THE TRUE FRESHMAN QUARTERBACK, TUA. EVERY PLAYER STEPPED UP TO THE CHALLENGE AND DEMONSTRATED RESILIENCE AND GRIT FOR ALL FOUR QUARTERS AND INTO OVERTIME. I ALSO WANT TO RECOGNIZE QUARTERBACK JALEN HURTS. WHILE HE DID NOT FINISH THE GAME, JALEN LED THE TIDE ALL THE WAY TO THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TWICE WITH AN IMPRESSIVE 25-2 RECORD IN HIS TWO SEASONS. THANK YOU, JALEN, FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP AND YOUR GRACIOUS SPORTSMANSHIP AND BEING SUCH A GOOD SPORT THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE GAME. FINALLY, I WANT TO COMMEND THE GEORGIA BULLDOGS ON A FANTASTIC SEASON AND A HARD-FOUGHT CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. COACH KIRBY SMART AND THE DOGS WERE A WORTHY OPPONENT, AND I KNOW THEY WILL GIVE US A RUN FOR OUR TITLE NEXT SEASON. MY FRIEND, JODY HICE, REPRESENTATIVE JODY HICE, WHO REPRESENTED THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA, MADE A FRIENDLY BET WITH ME BEFORE THE GAME AND HE WILL HONOR HIS WAGER THIS WEEK. ON THURSDAY, HE WILL JOIN ME ON THE CAPITOL STEPS WEARING A BEAR BRYANT HAT AS WELL AS AN ALABAMA TIE TO COMMEMORATE AND CELEBRATE ALABAMA'S VICTORY. HE WILL ALSO SERVE GEORGIA BARBECUE TO MY STAFF FOR LUNCH. THANK YOU, JODY, FOR BEING SUCH A GOOD SPORT. IN CLOSING, I WANT TO AGAIN CONGRATULATE THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE ON THEIR 17TH NATIONAL FOOTBALL TITLE. WHAT A GAME. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND AS WE SAY IN ALABAMA, ROLL TIDE.

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    • 10:26:23 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA, MR. MCKINLEY, FOR…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA, MR. MCKINLEY, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:26:27 AM

      MR. MCKINLEY

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. GRADUALLY ONE -- GRADUALLY, MANY OF AMERICA'S…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. GRADUALLY ONE -- GRADUALLY, MANY OF AMERICA'S LARGEST MULTIEMPLOYER PENSION FUNDS ARE SLIPPING INTO INSOLVENCY, THREATENING THE RETIREMENT INCOME OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. FUNDS SUCH AS THE UNITED MINE WORKERS OF AMERICA, THE CENTRAL STATES PENSION FUND, THE BOILERMAKERS, THE IBEW, AND OVER 50 OTHERS ARE IN CRITICAL CONDITION. FAILURE OF THESE FUNDS WILL LEAVE RETIREES WHO HAVE PAID THEIR DUES THROUGHOUT THEIR ENTIRE CAREER WITHOUT THE INCOME THEY WERE EXPECTING AND PROMISED. THIS ECONOMIC CRISIS FOR FAMILIES COULD MEAN A LOSS OF HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN FUNDS AND MUST BE AVOIDED. I'VE WORKED WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF THE COAL MINERS AND THE CONSTRUCTION BUILDING TRADES IN PREPARING A RESOLUTION. IF IF WE FAIL TO ACT SOON, OUR OPTIONS BECOME INCREASINGLY LIMITED AND EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE. FOR EXAMPLE, THE UMWA PENSION FUND HAS BEEN PREDICTED TO COLLAPSE BY 2022 OR SOONER. BUT THE REAL CULPRIT TO THEIR PENSION CRISIS COMES NOT FROM WALL STREET OR THE MANAGEMENT OF THEIR OPERATIONS BUT FROM RIGHT HERE IN WASHINGTON, ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS AIMED AT PUTTING COAL OUT OF BUSINESS HAS RESULTED IN THE LOSS OF OVER 470 COAL MINES, 350 COAL-FIRED GENERATING PLANTS, AND 86,000 COAL JOBS AS A RESULT OF THE BANKRUPTCY OF MINING COMPANIES. SOME SUGGESTED THE FUNDS COULD FALL INTO THE PENSION BENEFITS GUARANTEED FUND, BUT THE PENSION GUARANTEED FUND SAYS IT, TOO, IS UNDERFUNDED. ASSUMING THE LIABILITY OF ONE OR MORE OF THESE TROUBLED FUNDS WILL LEAD TO THEIR OWN INSOLVENCY. H.R. 3913, THE AMERICAN MINERS PENSION FUND, WOULD ALLOW THEIR FUNDS TO RECOVER BY BORROWING FUNDS THAT WILL BE PAID BACK. IT'S IMPORTANT TO EMPHASIZE THIS POINT. THE LOANS ARE DESIGNED TO BE PAID BACK. IT'S NOT A BAILOUT. A BIPARTISAN PENSION PROTECTION CAUCUS THAT I CO-CHAIR WITH REPRESENTATIVES RICK NOLAN AND DEBBIE DINGELL RAISES ATTENTION TO THIS CRISIS BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE. CONGRESS MUST COME TOGETHER AND FIND A BIPARTISAN SOLUTION THAT WORKS FOR ALL OF THESE CRITICAL FUNDS AND TAKES CARE OF THE FAMILIES THAT NEED PEACE OF MIND. SO ON BEHALF OF THE -- AMERICAN COAL MINERS, THE TEAMSTERS, THE BUILDERS, BAKERS, BOILERMAKERS AND MANY OTHERS, WE MUST ACT NOW. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    • 10:29:12 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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      GREEN MR.

      MR. SPEAKER, I'M ALWAYS HONORED TO STAND HERE IN THE WELL OF THE HOUSE.…

      MR. SPEAKER, I'M ALWAYS HONORED TO STAND HERE IN THE WELL OF THE HOUSE. TODAY IS NO EXCEPTION. I LOVE MY COUNTRY, BUT I'M NOT PROUD OF MY PRESIDENT. MR. SPEAKER, I'M SADDENED TO SAY THAT THE LEVEL OF DISCOURSE THAT OUR COUNTRY HAS BEEN BROUGHT TO AN ALL-TIME LOW. THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO WERE VERY MUCH CONCERNED WHEN THE PRESIDENT INDICATED THAT THERE WOULD BE A BAN ON PERSONS FROM CERTAIN COUNTRIES. BAN ON MUSLIMS, IF YOU WILL. THERE WERE PEOPLE WHO WERE SADDENED WHEN THEY LEARNED THAT THE PRESIDENT WAS OF THE OPINION THAT MEMBERS OF THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY COULD NOT SERVE IN THE MILITARY. THERE WERE PEOPLE WHO WERE SADDENED BY THE PRESIDENT'S COMMENTS ABOUT S.O.B.'S PLAYING FOOTBALL. OTHERS WERE DISHEARTENED BY THE PRESIDENT'S COMMENT WITH REFERENCE TO CHARLOTTESVILLE AND SOME VERY FINE PEOPLE BEING AMONG THE RACIST, THE BIG GOT, THE K.K.K. -- BIG GOTS -- BIGOTS, THE K.K.K. THIS HAS CAUSED AN INTERNATIONAL UPROAR. PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD CANNOT BELIEVE THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS MADE HIS LATEST COMMENTS. MR. SPEAKER, THESE COMMENTS ARE WORDS THAT ARE HURTFUL AND HARMFUL. BUT THIS IS JUST NOT ANOTHER PERSON MAKING THESE COMMENTS. THIS IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA HAS THE ABILITY, THE POWER, ANTI-WHEREWITHAL TO DO MORE THAN SIMPLY -- AND THE WHERE WIDTH ALL TO DO MORE THAN SIMPLY SPEAK THESE WORDS. THESE WORDS CAN BE CONVERTED INTOPOLICY. INTO POLICY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THE MUSLIM BAN COMMENTS, THERE WAS AN ATTEMPT AND STILL GOING ON TO BAN MUSLIMS, PERSONS FROM CERTAIN COUNTRIES. THE COMMENTS ABOUT CHARLOTTESVILLE WERE ENCOURAGING PERSONS WHO WERE THERE, MANY OF WHOM WERE INTERACTING WITH PERSONS OF COLOR, MINORITIES, JEWISH PEOPLE ON THEIR JOBS AND OTHER PLACES. IT ENCOURAGED THEM TO CONTINUE TO DO THESETARDLY THINGS THEY DO AND HAD IN MIND WHEN THEY WERE SAYING JEWS WILL NOT REPLACE US. THE COMMENTS THAT WERE MADE ABOUT THE S-HOLE OR S-HOUSE, THE KIND OF PROFANITY THAT OUGHT NOT EMANATE FROM THE PRESIDENCY, THOSE COMMENTS WERE MADE AS THERE WAS AN EFFORT AFOOT TO DEAL WITH IMMIGRATION. TO DRAFT AN IMMIGRATION POLICY. THE PRESIDENT CAN PUT HIS COMMENTS INTO POLICY. THE PRESIDENT CAN DRIVE POLICY WITH THESE UGLY COMMENTS. THE PRESIDENT'S COMMENTS ARE NOT ONLY HURTFUL WHEN YOU HEAR THEM, THEY ARE HURTFUL TO PEOPLE WHO HAVE TO SUFFER WHEN THEY BECOMEPOLICY. -- BECOME POLICY. I REFUSE TO ACCEPT WHAT THE WHEN THEY BECOMEPOLICY. PRESIDENT IS DOING AND I REFUSE TO ACCEPT IT BECAUSE IF YOU WILL TOLERATE SOMETHING, YOU WILL NOT CHANGE IT. YOU WILL DO LITTLE TO CHANGE T I'M GOING TO DO EVERYTHING I PRESIDENT IS DOING AND I CAN -- CHANGE IT. I'M GOING TO DO EVERYTHING CAN I TO CHANGE IT AND IT IS WITHIN MY POWER AS A MEMBER OF THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, TO BRING ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT AGAINST THIS PRESIDENT FOR WHAT HE HAS DONE. I HAVE DONE IT BEFORE. I WILL DO IT AGAIN AND AGAIN. I WILL NOT ALLOW IT TO HAPPEN UNCHALLENGED. I KNOW THAT THERE ARE MANY WHO WOULD SAY THAT THIS IS NOT APPROPRIATE. BUT I CAN ONLY SAY THIS, IN JUSTICE ANYWHERE IS A THREAT -- INJUSTICE ANYWHERE IS A THREAT TO JUSTICE ANYWHERE SINCE WE'RE REMOVED ONE OR TWO DAYS FROM DR. KING'S CELEBRATION, WE'RE STILL CELEBRATING IN MY NECK 69 WOODS. INJUSTICE ANYWHERE IS A THREAT TO JUSTICE EVERYWHERE. IF WE ALLOW THIS TO PERSIST WHAT, IS HAPPENING AND SAID IN THE WHITE HOUSE IS GOING TO IMPACT EVERY HOUSE IN THIS COUNTRY. WE MUST TAKE A STAND AGAINST THIS PRESIDENT AND HIS BIGOTED COMMENTS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 10:33:56 AM

      TEMPORE MEMBERS

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

      MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PERMENTS TOWARDS THE PRESIDENT. -- PERSONALITIES TOWARDS THE PRESIDENT. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH, MR. CURTIS, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:34:06 AM

      MR. CURTIS

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ABOUT THE BURDENSOME MEDICAL DEVICE…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ABOUT THE BURDENSOME MEDICAL DEVICE TAX. ORIGINALLY PASSED AS PART OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, THIS ILL-CONCEIVED TAX PLACE AS 2.3% SALES TAX ON MANUFACTURERS OF MEDICAL DEVICES. ALTHOUGH CONGRESS SUCCESSFULLY SUSPENDED THE TAX, IT UNFORTUNATELY WENT BACK INTO EFFECT ON JANUARY 1, 2018. AND IS BEGINNING TO DERAIL MUCH OF THE PROGRESS WE HAVE MADE TO FOSTER JOB GROWTH AND INNOVATION. THE MEDICAL DEVICE INDUSTRY HAS A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT IN MY STATE'S ECONOMY. AND EMPLOYS MORE THAN 4,000 INDIVIDUALS. MEDICAL OR LOCAL UTAH COMPANY BELIEVES THIS TAX COULD COST THEM OVER $7 MILLION. HAVING A DEVASTATING IMPACT ON THEIR ABILITY TO EXPAND JOBS AND CONTINUE MEDICAL RESEARCH. THE CURRENT SITUATION IS A LOSE-LOSE FOR EVERYBODY. NOT ONLY DOES IT INCREASE MEDICAL HEALTH CARE COSTS, THE TAX STIFLES JOB GROWTH OF OUR BEST MEDICAL, TECHNOLOGY INNOVATORS AND SLOWING THE CUTTING-EDGE RESEARCH THAT LEADS TO BREAKTHROUGH AND PATIENT CARE TREATMENT. SURELY WE CAN DO BETTER FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I CALL UPON MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME TOGETHER AND AGAIN REPEAL THIS TAX ONCE AND FOR ALL. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MY TIME.

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    • 10:35:34 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR. MESSER, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR. MESSER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:35:41 AM

      MR. MESSER

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AFTER A TWO-YEAR DELAY, ONE OF THE WORST PARTS OF…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AFTER A TWO-YEAR DELAY, ONE OF THE WORST PARTS OF OBAMACARE WENT BACK INTO EFFECT AT THE FIRST OF THIS YEAR. THE MEDICAL DEVICE TAX PREVENTS INDIANA COMPANIES FROM INNOVATING, EXPANDING, AND HIRING. THIS TAX WAS CREATED WHEN OBAMACARE WAS CREATED. AND THAT RESULT HAS BEEN A BURDEN FOR THE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF HOOSIER WORKERS ALL OVER THE STATE, INCLUDING THOSE IN WARSAW, BLOOMINGTON, AND INDIANAPOLIS. AND IT MUST BE REPEALED. THIS TAX IS BAD FOR PATIENTS BECAUSE IT DRIVES UP THE COST OF MUCH NEEDED MEDICAL DEVICES. AND IT'S BAD FOR WORKERS BECAUSE IT MAKES AMERICA'S MEDICAL DEVICE INDUSTRY LESS COMPETITIVE AROUND THE GLOBE. FORTUNATELY, THIS WEEK, SOME RELIEF MAY SOON BE ON THE WAY. AFTER WEEKS OF DEBATE AND A LOT OF WORK, THE GOVERNMENT FUNDING BILL WE'RE VOTING ON THIS WEEK WOULD PROVIDE IMMEDIATE RELIEF BY REPEALING THE MEDICAL DEVICE TAX FOR ANOTHER TWO YEARS. THIS RESULT WILL BE GOOD FOR HOOSIER WORKERS AND GOOD FOR INDIANA'S ECONOMY. IN THE LONG RUN, REPEALING THE MEDICAL DEVICE TAX WILL PROVIDE CERTAINTY IN THE MARKETPLACE AND HELP KEEP GOOD-PAYING JOBS IN INDIANA. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THE TWO-YEAR REPEAL OF THE MEDICAL DEVICE TAX AND THE BILL THIS WEEK. AND THEN CONTINUE WORKING TO FIND A LONG-TERM SOLUTION BY PERMANENTLY REPEALING THE MEDICAL DEVICE TAX. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:37:22 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 10:37:26 AM

      MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

      THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE IS SET TO SEE MANY…

      THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE IS SET TO SEE MANY KEY PRESIDENTIAL PARLIAMENTARIAN AND MUNICIPAL ELECTION THIS IS YEAR, AND THOSE WILL HAVE FAR-REACHING IMPLICATIONS. SADLY, ONE PLACE WHERE WE KNOW WE WON'T SEE ELECTIONS IS IN MY NATIVE COUNTRY OF CUBA. THE CUBAN PEOPLE CONTINUE TO BE DENIED THE RIGHT TO SHOOZE THEIR OWN LEADERS. -- CHOOSE THEIR OWN LEADERS. THE SYSTEM IN CUBA IS A FARCE. THE PRESIDENT OF CUBA, USING THAT TERM LOOSELY, IS SELECTED BY THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY. AND THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY? THEY ARE SELECTED BY THE REGIME. IN WHAT CAN ONLY BE DESCRIBED AS A CIRCLE OF CORRUPTION. RAUL CASTRO CLAIMS WILL HE STEP DOWN AND ALLOW FOR A TRANSITION OF POWER IN APRIL. THE REALITY IS, EVEN IF HE -- THERE IS A SO-CALLED TRANSITION, THE BALANCE OF POWER WILL REMAIN WITH RAUL CASTRO AND THE CUBAN PEOPLE WILL CONTINUE TO SUFFER. THE U.S. MUST NOT GIVE CASTRO ANY CONCESSIONS UNTIL WE SEE THE REGIME MEET THE BASIC CONDITIONS LAID OUT IN OUR LAWS. U.S. LAW. WE WANT TO HELP THE PEOPLE OF CUBA WORK TOWARD FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION, FREEDOM OF ASSEMBLY, AND FREE, FAIR, AND TRANSPARENT ELECTIONS. THEN THERE'S CASTRO'S PROTEGE IN VENEZUELA, MADURO. VENEZUELA IS SET TO HOLD LEAKS THIS IS YEAR, BUT IN MADURO IN POWER THERE IS LITTLE TO EXPECT. EVEN IF ELECTIONS ARE HELD, MR. SPEAKER, WE KNOW IT WILL BE A FRAUDULENT PROCESS. JUST AS THE MUNICIPAL HE ELECTIONS WERE LAST YEAR. MADURO'S GRIP ON THE SUPREME COURT AND THE SUPREME ELECTORAL TRIBUNAL MAKES IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE TO BE HEARD. THE ADMINISTRATION HAS THANKFULLY TAKEN ACTIONS AGAINST MADURO REGIME OFFICIALS, BUT THERE IS SO MUCH MORE THAT WE CAN DO, MR. SPEAKER. THERE IS A SEVERE FOOD AND MEDICINE SHORTAGE IN VENEZUELA. AS A RESULT OF MADURO'S FAILED AND OPPRESSIVE SOCIALIST POLICIES. THAT IS A SEVERE WHY ELIOT ENGEL AND I INTRODUCED AND THE HOUSE PASSED LAST MONTH THE VENEZUELAN HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE AND DEFENSE OF DEMOCRATIC FWO GOVERNANCE -- DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE ACT. USAID TO PROVIDE HUMANITARIAN AID TO THE PEOPLE OF VENEZUELA. THE BILL ALSO AIMS TO FIGHT WIDESPREAD CORRUPTION AMONG VENEZUELA GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, AND I HOPE OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE WILL TAKE ACTION AND PASS THIS MEASURE SO WE CAN GET THE HELP TO THESE INDIVIDUALS RAPIDLY. MR. SPEAKER, BRAZIL, ANOTHER COUNTRY THAT HAS IMPORTANT PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS THIS YEAR, WITH PUBLIC OPINION AT AN ALL-TIME LOW, INCREASING PUBLIC DEBT, AND HIGH-PROFILE CORRUPTION ALLEGATIONS REACHING THE HIGHEST LEVELS IN BRAZIL, THE COUNTRY IS AT A CROSSROADS. IN DECEMBER, 2016, THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE REACHED A PLEA AGREEMENT WITH A BRAZILIAN CONGLOMERATE FOR AT LEAST $3.5 BILLION IN GLOBAL PENALTIES TO RESOLVE CHARGES OF BRAZILIAN CONGLOMERATE FOR AT LEAST BRIBERY AND WHAT HAS AMOUNTED TO BE THE LARGEST CASE OF ITS KIND IN HISTORY. LAST JANUARY, I WROTE A LETTER TO THEN ATTORNEY GENERAL LYNCH URGING THE D.O.J. TO DISCLOSE THE NAMES OF THE OFFICIALS REFERENCED IN THE CASE. I AGAIN FOLLOWED UP THIS MONTH, BUT UNFORTUNATELY JUSTICE WILL NOT DISCLOSE THE NAMES OF OFFICIALS IN LATIN AMERICA THAT IT KNOWS TO HAVE BEEN REFERENCED IN THE CASE. I AGAIN INVOLVED IN THESE CORRUPTION SCHEMES. AND IT IS VERY TROUBLING BECAUSE MANY OF THESE OFFICIALS COULD VERY WELL BE STANDING FOR ELECTIONS IN THE REGION THIS YEAR. MR. SPEAKER, WE WORK SO HARD OVER THE YEARS TO HELP ROOT OUT CORRUPTION IN THESE COUNTRIES. AND IT WOULD BE A SHAME TO SET PROGRESS BACK IF THESE CORRUPT OFFICIALS ARE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE TO ACT WITH IMPUNITY. WE WILL ALSO SEE CRITICAL PRESIDENTIAL LEAKSES IN COLOMBIA THIS YEAR. COLOMBIA IS STILL AT A PIVOTAL POINT IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE FAILED AGREEMENTS BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE TERROR GROUP, PARK. -- FARC. COLOMBIA STILL HAS A WAY TO GO TO BRING JUSTICE TO THE VICTIMS OF THE FARC, AND WITH MEMBERS OF THE FARC, A TERROR GROUP, ASPIRING TO GOVERNMENT POSITIONS, I WORRY THAT FARC TERRORIST ALSO SOON BE ELECTED OFFICIALS. THEIR PEACE DEAL, SO-CALLED, ALLOWS THESE TERRORISTS TO RUN FOR PUBLIC OFFICE. SO THIS YEAR, MR. SPEAKER, AS YOU CAN SEE, THIS WILL BE A CRUCIAL YEAR. IT'S CRUCIAL FOR THE UNITED STATES TO BE ENGAGED FOR ELECTION, OBSERVATION MISSIONS, TO MONITOR THE ELECTORAL PROCESS CLOSELY TO ENSURE THAT THEY ARE, INDEED, FREE. THAT THEY ARE FAIR, AND THAT THEY ARE TRANSPARENT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:42:27 AM

      TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

      PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1RKS THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN -- RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS UNTIL NOON TODAY. UNTIL THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT SAYS THAT MANAGEMENT ISSUES HAVE BEEN DEALT AT THE WORLD BANK. AND 17-YEAR-OLD PROGRAM TO EXPAND TRADE WITH AFRICA. THE GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO PASS A GOVERNMENT SPENDING BILL TO PREVENT THE GOVERNMENT SHUTTING DOWN FRIDAY NIGHT WHEN

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  • 10:42:31 AM

    Recess

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

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      SHORT-TERM SPENDING MEASURE THAT REPUBLICANS UNVEILED LAST NIGHT WHICH…

      SHORT-TERM SPENDING MEASURE THAT REPUBLICANS UNVEILED LAST NIGHT WHICH WOULD FUND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THROUGH FEBRUARY 16. DEBATE IN THE HOUSE LIKELY TOMORROW. LIVE HOUSE COVERAGE IS HERE ON C-SPAN.

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  • 12:00:19 PM

    Reconvened

    The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of January 17.

    • 12:00:21 PM

      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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      • 12:01:49 PM

        THE SPEAKER

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

        THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND ANNOUNCES ITS APPROVAL THEREOF. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1, RULE 1, THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED.

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  • 12:01:55 PM

    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. Fitzpatrick 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. Fitzpatrick 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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      MR. SPEAKER PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1, RULE 1, I DEMAND A VOTE ON AGREEING TO…

      MR. SPEAKER PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1, RULE 1, I DEMAND A VOTE ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER AAPPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL.

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      SPEAKER THOSE

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

      THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED.

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

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

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    • 12:02:23 PM

      THE SPEAKER

      PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8, RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION ARE…

      PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8, RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION ARE POSTPONED. THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE LED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OREGON.

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  • 12:02:28 PM

    PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

    The Chair designated Ms. Bonamici to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

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      MS. BONAMICI

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

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

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    • 12:02:47 PM

      THE SPEAKER

      ALL.

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      THE MESSENGER

      MESSAGE. THE MESSENGER: MADAM SPEAKER. THE SECRETARY:

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      THE SECRETARY

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      THE SPEAKER

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      THE SECRETARY

      MADAM SECOND. THE SECRETARY: I'M DIRECTED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED…

      MADAM SECOND. THE SECRETARY: I'M DIRECTED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES TO DELIVER TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES A MESSAGE IN WRITING.

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  • 12:03:03 PM

    ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

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

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      THE SPEAKER

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

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

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    • 12:03:33 PM

      MR. JOHNSON

      YOU KNOW, THIS VERY NATION WAS FOUNDED BONN THE BELIEF THAT ALL MEN ARE…

      YOU KNOW, THIS VERY NATION WAS FOUNDED BONN THE BELIEF THAT ALL MEN ARE ENTITLED -- FOUNDED UPON THE BELIEF THAT ALL MEN ARE ENTITLED TO THE MOST PRECIOUS RIGHT TO LIFE. IT'S A RIGHT THAT I FOUGHT TO HE DEFEND IN THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE. AND IT'S A RIGHT I CONTINUE TO DEFEND IN THIS UNITED STATES CONGRESS. THAT'S WHY THIS WEEK I WILL PROUDLY VOTE IN SUPPORT OF THE BORN ALIVE ABORTION SURVIVORS PROTECTION ACT. IT'S MY HOPE FOLKS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE BROUGHT TOGETHER WITH THE UPLIFTING MESSAGE THAT LIFE IS A BLESSING. YIELD BACK. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    • 12:04:17 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 GENTLELADY FROM ORGANIZEON SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    • 12:04:23 PM

      MS. BONAMICI

      UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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      TEMPORE WITHOUT

      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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      MS. BONAMICI

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I'M DEEPLY DISAPPOINTED THAT THE…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I'M DEEPLY DISAPPOINTED THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE IS IGNORING STATE'S RIGHTS AND ENCOURAGING THE PROSECUTION OF SMALL CANNABIS BUSINESSES, WHICH OF WHICH ARE IN OREGON. EARLIER THIS MONTH THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE RESCINDED THE CALL MEMO WHICH PROVIDED FEDERAL GUIDANCE TO DISCOURAGE PROSECUTORS FROM CHARGING INDIVIDUALS AND BUSINESSES WITH FEDERAL MARIJUANA RELATED CRIMES IN STATES WHERE MARIJUANA IS LEGAL. OREGON IS ONE OF THOSE STATES. TODAY MORE THAN 700 SMALL BUSINESSES OPERATE ACROSS THE STATE. WHERE, LIKE WITH ALCOHOL, MARIJUANA BUSINESSES ARE LICENSED, REGULATED, AND TAXED. THESE SMALL BUSINESSES FOLLOW STATE LAW, CREATE JOBS IN THEIR COMMUNITIES, AND PAY TAXES YET NOW THEIR LIVELIHOOD IS LICENSED, REGULATED, AND TAXED. THESE SMALL THREATENED BECAUSE THIS ADMINISTRATION WANTS TO REVIVE THE FUTILE WAR ON WEED. THIS IS ABSURD, ESPECIALLY WHEN THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE SHOULD BE PUTTING ITS EFFORTS AND RESOURCES INTO THE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS AND ADDICTIVE HEROIN AND FENTANYL. OUR SMALL CANNABIS BUSINESSES SHOULD NOT BE JEOPARDIZED BY THIS POLICY. THE VOTERS HAVE SPOKEN. THE THEIR WILL MUST BE RESPECTED.

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      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN HONOR OF PEMBROOK, NORTH CAROLINA, NAMED 2017…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN HONOR OF PEMBROOK, NORTH CAROLINA, NAMED 2017 SMALL TOWN OF THE YEAR BY THE NORTH CAROLINA RURAL ASSEMBLY. PEMBROOK, POPULATION 3,000, IS HOME TO THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT PEMBROOK, AND THE LUMBY INDIAN TRIBE. TWO ORGANIZATIONS WITH WHOM I AM INVOLVED.

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      MR. PIT ENGER

      BY POORLY NEGOTIATED INTERNATIONAL DEALS. PEMBROOK IS FIGHTING BACK BY…

      BY POORLY NEGOTIATED INTERNATIONAL DEALS. PEMBROOK IS FIGHTING BACK BY PARTICIPATING IN THE FIRST IN THE NATION PRUREPSHIP PROGRAM, WORKING TO BUILD ITS ECONOMY BY FOCUSING ON HEALTH CARE, CONSTRUCTION, AND AGRIBUSINESS. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE MAYOR, COUNCIL MEMBERS, THE TOWN MANAGER, U.N.C. PEMBROOK CHANCELLOR, AND THE ENTIRE PEMBROOK COMMUNITY TON THIS OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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      MISS JOHNSON

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. --

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      MS. JOHNSON

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN 2017 ALONE THERE WAS 16 EXTREME WEATHER AND…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN 2017 ALONE THERE WAS 16 EXTREME WEATHER AND CLIMATE EVENTS THAT DEVASTATED THE UNITED STATES AND ITS TERRITORIES. INCLUDING HURRICANE HARVEY, WHICH RAVAGED MY GREAT STATE OF TEXAS AND BROUGHT HOUSTON'S THIRD 500-YEAR FLOOD IN THREE YEARS. SINCE 2006, THE CONTIGUOUS U.S. HAS EXPERIENCED FIVE OF THE WARMEST YEARS ON RECORD. YEAR AFTER YEAR NEW TEMPERATURE AND WEALTH CEVAERITY RECORDS ARE BROKEN. -- CEVAERITY RECORDS -- SEVERITY RECORDS ARE BROKEN. IT HAS BECOME CLEAR THAT THERE IS A LINK BETWEEN THE SEVERITY OF THESE EVENTS TO HUMAN CAUSE CLIMATE CHANGE. LAST YEAR IN A STUDY PUBLISHED BY THE NATURE MAGAZINE, SCIENTISTS CONCLUDED THAT THE FREQUENCY OF EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS IN NORTHERN HEMISPHERE WERE AMPLIFIED BY CLIMATE CHANGE. IT IS TIME TO FACE THE FACT THAT CLIMATE CHANGE IS REAL AND ADMIT THAT WE'RE DIRECTLY CONTRIBUTING TO IT. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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

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      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE MY CONSTITUENT, DR. TIMOTHY M.…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE MY CONSTITUENT, DR. TIMOTHY M. BLOCK, PRESIDENT OF THE HEPATITIS B FOUNDATION, AND THE PENNSYLVANIA BIOTECHNOLOGY CENTER IN MY DISTRICT IN DOLPHINSTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA.

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      MR. FITZPATRICK

      HE WAS CREENTSLY NAMED AS A FELLOW OF THE U.S. NATIONAL ACADEMY OF…

      HE WAS CREENTSLY NAMED AS A FELLOW OF THE U.S. NATIONAL ACADEMY OF INVESTORS. BEING ELECTED AS A FELLOW IS THE HIGHEST FROTIONAL RECOGNITION FOR ACADEMIC I VENTORS WHO HAVE SHOWN A LIFELONG COMMITMENT TO INNOVATION BY FACILITATING OR CREATING INVENTION THAT IS MAKE A MEASURABLE IMPACT ON QUALITY OF LIFE, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AND THE WELFARE OF SOCIETY. DR. BLOCK SOMETHING RECOGNIZED FOR HIS CONTRIBUTIONS TO THERAPEUTIC DRUG AND BIOMARKER DISEASE SCREENING AND DISCOVERY. HE ALSO HOLDS MORE THAN NINE PATENTS AND HAS BEEN INVOLVED FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS IN BIOHEPATITIS RESEARCH. MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THANKS DR. BLOCK FOR THE WORK THAT HE HAS DONE IN THIS FIELD WHICH HAS UNDOUBTEDLY IMPACTED THE LIVES OF CONSTITUENTS IN MY DISTRICT AND PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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

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      MS. JACKSON LEE

      I RISE TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, TO SAVE LIVES. I OPPOSE THE C.R. FOR ITS…

      I RISE TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, TO SAVE LIVES. I OPPOSE THE C.R. FOR ITS REPETITIVENESS AND ITS INABILITY TO SAVE LIVES A. FRANKLY, THE LIVES OF DREAMERS OR THE LIVES OF THOSE WHO DEPEND UPON THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM. THE VULGAR STATEMENT MADE BY THE WHITE HOUSE, HOW SHOCKING THIS WEEK OF DR. KING'S BIRTHDAY OF THE DEAFENING SILENCE OF MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS AND THE FAITH COMMUNITY, THE BROAD BASED FAITH COMMUNITY. LET ME READ FROM THE NETWORK, THE SLAVE CREATED SERVITUDE FOR NATURAL LIFE FOR AFRICAN LABORERS. 250 PLUS YEARS LAID SLAVE LABOR OF U.S. AFRICAN AND BLACK PEOPLE WAS THE FOUNDATION OF THE AMERICAN ECONOMY AND GLOBAL FORCE THAT IT EVENTUALLY BECAME. ON THE EVE OF THE CIVIL WAR BLACK SLAVES WERE VALUED AT AN ESTIMATED $3.5 BILLION. THAT'S SCALED FOR INFLATION. NONE OF THE BLACK SLAVES WERE ABLE TO CASH IN ON THAT VALUE. THAT IS THE VULGAR STATEMENT ABOUT AFRICA FROM WHICH MANY OF US HAVE COME. SO I WOULD ARGUE THAT IT IS TIME NOW FOR THIS HOUSE TO STAND UP FOR PEOPLE SUCH AS THOSE WHO ARE STARVING IN SOMALIA. THOSE WHO ARE STARVING IN SUDAN AND NIGERIA. THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN CALLED A VULGAR WORD. WHERE IS THE MORALITY OF THIS CONGRESS, THIS ADMINISTRATION, THIS STARVING IN SOMALIA. THOSE WHO ARE NATION. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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      BABIES WHO SURVIVE ABORTION.

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      MR. ALLEN

      AND DESERVE A CHANCE AT LIFE. JUST THINK ABOUT THIS, RIGHT NOW WE'RE…

      AND DESERVE A CHANCE AT LIFE. JUST THINK ABOUT THIS, RIGHT NOW WE'RE DEBATING WHETHER A LIVING, BREATHING BABY SHOULD BE GIVEN A CHANCE TO LIVE. I KNOW THAT MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE AGREE THESE BABIES DESERVE OUR COMPASSION AND MOST IMPORTANTLY OUR PROTECTION. AND I HOPE THEY WILL JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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      MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE TO HONOR THE LIFE OF DR. JIM WITH WHO PASSED…

      MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE TO HONOR THE LIFE OF DR. JIM WITH WHO PASSED AWAY ON JANUARY 16789

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      16789 MR. HIGGINS

      POSSESSED OF A TECHNICAL EXPERTISE AND A FEAR SENSE OF JUSTICE, HE WAS A…

      POSSESSED OF A TECHNICAL EXPERTISE AND A FEAR SENSE OF JUSTICE, HE WAS A TIRELESS ADVOCATE FOR PEOPLE WHO, DUE TO THEIR -- NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN, WERE EXPOSED TO TOXIC AND DEADLY SUBSTANCES IN THE WORKPLACE. HE WAS A POWERFUL FORCE IN OUR EFFORTS IN HELPING THOUSANDS OF WESTERN NEW YORKERS GET LONG OVERDUE DEADLY SUBSTANCES IN THE RELIEF FOR SUFFERING CAUSE BY THEIR UNKNOWING EXPOSURE TO URANIUM AT LONG SHUTTERED PLANTS LIKE LYNNDIE CERAMICS, HOOKER CHEMICAL, AND BETHLEHEM STEEL WHERE TODAY OVER $300 MILLION IN COMPENSATION IN MEDICAL BILLS HAVE BEEN PAID OUT TO FORMER EMPLOYEES. WITH THE COMMON, STEADY DEMEANOR HE GAVE INSTANT CREDIBLIBILITY -- CREDIBILITY TO ANY FIGHT. WHILE OUR FIGHT TO PROVIDE FULL AND FAIR RELIEF FOR ALL THESE CITIZENS CONTINUES, WE WILL NEVER FORGET THIS FIGHTER FOR ALL THE COLD WAR WARRIORS. I YIELD BACK.

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

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      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR KATE'S CART A GROUP FOUNDED…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR KATE'S CART A GROUP FOUNDED IN MEMORY OF KATE LAYMAN, MONDAY MARKED 10 YEARS SINCE KATE'S LIFE WAS CUT SHORT DUE TO A HEART CONDITION AT THE AGE OF 18 MONTHS. DURING KATE'S FINAL MOMENTS HERE ON EARTH LISTENING TO STORIES BROUGHT A SENSE OF COMFORT AND JOY. TODAY KATE'S MEMORY LIVES ON THROUGH KATE'S CART. THIS ORGANIZATION BRINGS JOY TO THOUSANDS OF HOSPITALIZED CHILDREN THROUGHOUT NORTHEAST INDIANA BY GIVING THEM FREE BOOKS. IN THE 10 YEARS IT HAS OPERATED, KATE'S CART HAS PASSED OUT OVER 18 ,000 BOOKS. -- 186,000 BOOKS. KATE'S CART IS NEAR AND DEAR TO MY HEART, MR. LAYMAN, KATE'S FATHER A, WAS MY MIDDLE SCHOOL HISTORY TEACHER AND HELPED SPARKED MY INTEREST IN GOVERNMENT. I WANT TO RECOGNIZE THE LIFE CHANGING WORK OF KATE'S CART. TRULY HER LEGACY LIVES ON THROUGH THIS ORGANIZATION AND IMPACT ON ITS CHILDREN. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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      MS. LEE

      I RISE TODAY IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSION'S…

      I RISE TODAY IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSION'S UNPRODUCTIVE AND BACKWARDS MARIJUANA POLICIES. BY RESCINDING THE MEMBER YES ON LEGAL MAREA ENFORCEMENT, HE HAS PROVED HE HAS ONE GOAL AS ATTORNEY GENERAL. REVIVING THE FAILED WAR ON DRUGS. THESE POLICIES HAVE PROVEN TO BE DEVASTATING FOR COMMUNITIES OF COLOR. FOR EXAMPLE, AFRICAN-AMERICANS ARE FOUR TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE ARRESTED AND INCARCERATED FOR MARIJUANA POSSESSION THAN THEIR WHITE COUNTERPARTS. INSTEAD OF EMBRACING OUTDATED DRUG LAWS, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL SHOULD BE WORKING TO CREATE A CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM THAT TREATS EVERYONE FAIRLY. WHAT'S WORSE, BY GOING AFTER LEGAL MARIJUANA BUSINESSES AND CONSUMERS, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL IS REALLY SHOWING A BLATANT DISREGARD FOR THE WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHO HAVE VOTED, MIND YOU, VOTED IN THEIR STATES FOR MORE REASONABLE AND FAIRER LAWS. THAT'S WHY I'M PROUD TO INTRODUCE H.R. 4779, ACTUALLY WE INTRODUCED IT LAST WEEK, ALONG WITH MY FRIEND, CONGRESSMAN DON YOUNG, AT THAT IT'S -- IT'S A BIPARTISAN BILL CALLED THE REFER ACT WHICH WOULD PREVENT HARMFUL FEDERAL OVERREACH. ALSO TODAY WE'RE INTRODUCING A BILL THAT WILL END THE FEDERAL PROHIBITION. THANK U.

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      IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE IT HAS BEEN 30 YEARS SINCE MY FIRST NIGHT ALONE AS AN…

      IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE IT HAS BEEN 30 YEARS SINCE MY FIRST NIGHT ALONE AS AN OB-GNY RESIDENT IN FLORIDA. I WAS CALLED ABOUT 2:00 IN THE MORNING STAT TO THE O.B. FLOOR. I WENT TO A PATIENT'S ROOM AND VIEWED A LADY I NEVER MET BEFORE. I DETERMINED SHE MIGHT BE 24 WEEKS PREGNANT BUT SHE HAD BLOOD OOZING INTO THE BED, AND I KNEW I HAD SECONDS OR MINUTES TO MAKE A DECISION WHETHER TO DO A C-SECTION ON THIS LADY. AS WE RUSHED HER TO THE O.R., I WAS CALLING IN NEONATAL DOCTORS, ANYBODY I COULD DO. AND WHEN I REACHED IN THERE TO PULL THE FIRST BABY OUT THERE WAS A SECOND BABY. AND WE DID EVERYTHING TO SAVE THOSE BABIES' LIVES. AN ABORTION CLINIC ACROSS TOWN WHERE BOTCHED ABORTIONS OCCURS, THEY ARE EXECUTED IN INHOW MAIN FASHION. WE HAVE A CHANCE FRIDAY TO PASS THE BORN ALIVE SURVIVORS' PROTECTION ACT. AND I LOOK FORWARD TO PASSING THAT LEGISLATION.

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      MR. SPEAKER, THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS TOTAL CONTROL OF WASHINGTON, YET…

      MR. SPEAKER, THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS TOTAL CONTROL OF WASHINGTON, YET INSTEAD OF FULFILLING THE RESPONSIBILITIES TO FUND THE GOVERNMENT, PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE REPUBLICANS WASTED FOUR MONTHS ON THEIR TAX SCAM. THEY ARE NOW KICKING THE CAN DOWNING THE ROAD AGAIN.

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      MS. MCCOLLUM

      WE NEED A BUDGET DEAL THAT TEEPS OUR GOVERNMENT OPEN, MEETS OUR COMMITMENT…

      WE NEED A BUDGET DEAL THAT TEEPS OUR GOVERNMENT OPEN, MEETS OUR COMMITMENT TO HARD-WORKING FAMILIES AND NEED TO RE-AUTHORIZE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS WHICH WOULD OTHERWISE BE FORCED TO LAYOFF HEALTH CARE WORKERS, WE NEED TO HAVE RESPONSIBLE PENSION REFORM AND PASS THE DREAM ACT. THERE IS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR THESE PRIORITIES. THE ONLY THING STANDING IN THE WAY IS REPUBLICANS' FAILURE TO GOVERN RESPONSIBLY. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS TIME FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE REPUBLICANS TO END THE CHAOS AND WORK ACROSS THE AISLE TO MEET THE URGENT NEEDS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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      MR. SPEAKER, TEXAS BUSINESSES ARE PUTTING MORE MONEY IN THEIR EMPLOYEE'…

      MR. SPEAKER, TEXAS BUSINESSES ARE PUTTING MORE MONEY IN THEIR EMPLOYEE' POCKETS BECAUSE OF THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT. COMPANIES THAT EMPLOY TENS OF THOUSANDS OF MY CONSTITUENTS IN NORTH TEXAS ARE GIVING BONUSES TO THEIR EMPLOYEES, INCREASING INVESTMENT IN THEIR OPERATIONS AND DONATING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO CHARITIES. THESE TEXAS COMPANIES ARE JOINING THOUSANDS OF OTHERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND DOING THE SAME FOR THEIR WORKERS. THEY ARE GROWING THE AMERICAN ECONOMY BECAUSE OF TAX REFORM. REFORMS ARE UNFAIR AND UNCOMPETITIVE AND THEY ARE BEING FIXED IN THIS TAX CODE. THEY PROVIDE TAX RELIEF AT EVERY INCOME LEVEL AND HELP AMERICANS AND AMERICAN BUSINESSES TO SUCCEED IN THE FUTURE. THANK YOU. AND I YIELD BACK.

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

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      MR. MCNERNEY

      I RISE TO COMMEMORATE THE LIFE AND ACHIEVEMENTS OF A STANFORD…

      I RISE TO COMMEMORATE THE LIFE AND ACHIEVEMENTS OF A STANFORD NEUROBIOLOGIST. HE RECEIVED A B.S. FROM M.I.S. IN 1976 AND M.D. AND PHD FROM HARVARD IN 1990. THEN STARTED IN STANFORD AND MADE THE TRANSITION TO MAYO, CHAMPIONING DIGNITY FOR EVERYONE. HE HAD 160 SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS AND HIS GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS WERE ABOUT THE CELLS IN THE BRAIN THAT ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR REGENERATION OF NEURON AND FOUND THEY PLAY A CENTRAL ROLE IN DEVELOPING THE WIRING OF THE BRAIN. THESE CELLS WERE THOUGHT OF AS ENINSULATION FOR NEURONS. THE PROFESSOR CO-FOUNDED BIO SCIENCES THAT MAKE DRUGS TO BLOCK ALZHEIMER'S AND HE DIED ON DECEMBER 27 OF PANCREATIC CANCER. I YIELD BACK.

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      MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO CONGRATULATE AND RECOGNIZE THE PRESIDENT AND C.E.O.…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO CONGRATULATE AND RECOGNIZE THE PRESIDENT AND C.E.O. OF UNITED WAY OF MIAMI-DADE. THE UNITED WAY OF MIAMI-DADE IS AN ORGANIZATION COMMITTED TO HELP THOSE MOST IN NEED TO LEAD SUCCESSFUL LIVES. AS THE NEW PRESIDENT AND C.E.O. CHAPTER, MARIA WILL BUILD ON ITS MISSION OF CHANGING LIVES THROUGH EDUCATION, FINANCIAL STABILITY AND HEALTH. FOR MORE THAN THREE DECADES, MARIA HAS DEDICATED HER LIFE TO IMPROVING THE LIVES OF OTHERS. MS. ALONZO CHAIRED NUMEROUS SOUTH FLORIDA INSTITUTIONS SUCH AS THE MIAMI CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND SERVED ON THE MIAMI FOUNDATION, CAMILLA'S HOUSE, MIAMI-DADE COLLEGE FOUNDATION, MARCH OF DIMES AND TEACH FOR AMERICA. MARIA'S VISION OF A STRONGER AND UNITED MIAMI IS NOT ONLY INSPIRING BUT THE VERY FOUNDATION OF THE WORK OF UNITED WAY MIAMI-DADE THAT IT BRINGS TO OUR COMMUNITY. I'M PROUD TO REPRESENT INDIVIDUALS LIKE MARIA AND I THANK HER FOR HER WORK TO EMPOWER INDIVIDUALS TO LIVE HEALTHIER AND MORE FULFILLING LIVES. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK.

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      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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      NORTH, A DEDICATED ADVOCATE FOR NEW YORK CITY CITY COMMUNITY. MS. NORTH IS…

      NORTH, A DEDICATED ADVOCATE FOR NEW YORK CITY CITY COMMUNITY. MS. NORTH IS AN UNSTOPPABLE FORCE OF GOOD IN HER OWN COMMUNITY. AT QUEENS COLLEGE WHERE SHE SPOKE OUT TO INCREASE MINORITY STUDENT ADMISSIONS AND SERVED ON NUMEROUS INFLUENTIAL ADVISORY BOARDS ACROSS THE CITY. SHE WAS THE CHAIR OF COMMUNITY BOROUGH 12 IN MANHATTAN AND CHAIR OF THE METROPOLITAN CHAPTER OF JACK AND JILL AND TRUSTEE, MULTI CULTURAL COMMITTEE INITIATIVE. SHE WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR HER ENTHUSIASM FOR GIVING BACK AND THE STRONG WORDS THAT SHE INFLUENCED AND CONTINUES TO DO. MS. NORTH LEFT A PERMANENT MARK IN THE NORTHERN MANHATTAN COMMUNITY FOR WHICH SHE WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR YEARS TO COME. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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      HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND RESIZE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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      MR. POLIS

      MANY DEEMERS, AMERICANS WHO NO KNOW OTHER COUNTRY FACE IS BECOMING MORE…

      MANY DEEMERS, AMERICANS WHO NO KNOW OTHER COUNTRY FACE IS BECOMING MORE AND MORE URGENT IN THE FACE OF PRESIDENT TRUMP'S CANCELLATION OF THEIR LEGAL STATUS IN MARCH. I WANT TO POINT OUT THAT OVER 100 ARE LOSING STATUS EVERY DAY AND LOSING THEIR PERMISSION TO GO TO WORK AND LEGAL STATUS IN OUR COUNTRY. IF WE FAIL TO ACT, A MILLION ASPIRED AMERICANS WILL BE NOT ABLE TO LIVE AND WORK IN THE COUNTRY THEY KNOW CREATING MORE THAN A MILLION MORE. OPPOSITE OF WHAT PRESIDENT TRUMP RAN ON AND WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT. I KNOW WE CAN PASS A SOLUTION. I HAVE HEARD DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS TALK PASSIONATELY ABOUT PROVIDING PERMANENT STATUS FOR THE DREAMERS. LET'S PASS THE DREAM ACT. ANY OF THESE PILLS I'M PROUD TO CO-SPONSOR A NEW ONE YESTERDAY THAT WILL PROVIDE SOME CERTAINTY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WANT TO DO NOTHING MORE THAN WORK HARD, PLAY BY THE RULES AND MAKE OUR COUNTRY, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, EVEN GREATER. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 12:25:23 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      I LAY BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION.

    • 12:25:27 PM

      THE CLERK

      PERMISSION GRANTED IN CLAUSE 2-H OF RULE 2 OF THE RULES OF THE HOUSE OF…

      PERMISSION GRANTED IN CLAUSE 2-H OF RULE 2 OF THE RULES OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE CLERK RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE SENATE ON JANUARY 17, 2018 AT 11:20 A.M., APPOINTMENT, HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ADVISORY COMMITTEE, WITH BEST WISHES, I AM SIGNED SINCERELY, KAREN L. HAAS.

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    • 12:25:35 PM

      The House received a message from the Clerk. Pursuant to the permission granted in Clause 2(h) of Rule II of the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Clerk notified the House that she had received a message from the Secretary of the Senate on January 17, 2018, at 11:20 a.m.: Appointment: Health Information Technology Advisory Committee.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. BUCK, SEEK…

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. BUCK, SEEK RECOGNITION?

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      • 12:26:00 PM

        MR. BUCK

        BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 693 AND…

        BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 693 AND ASK FOR IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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      • 12:26:06 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    • 12:26:06 PM

      Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 693 — "Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3326) to increase accountability, combat corruption, and strengthen management effectiveness at the World Bank, and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2954) to amend the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act of 1975 to specify which depository institutions are subject to the maintenance of records and disclosure requirements of such Act, and for other purposes."

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        EXCEPT ONE,

        MOTION EXCEPT: ONE, ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY…

        MOTION EXCEPT: ONE, ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES; AND TWO, ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS.

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  • 12:29:25 PM

    DEBATE

    The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 693.

    • 12:29:32 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. BUCK, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

    • 12:29:36 PM

      MR. BUCK

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

      FOR THE PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY, I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO MY FRIEND, MR. POLIS, PENDING MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION, ALL TIME YIELDED IS FOR PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS.

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    • 12:29:58 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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      MR. BUCK

      I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. THIS RULE…

      I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. THIS RULE MAKES IN ORDER TWO BILLS REPORTED FAVORABLY BY THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES. THE RULE MAKES IN ORDER A MAJORITY OF THE AMENDMENTS SUBMITTED. . THESE BILLS WERE THE SUBJECT OF HEARINGS IN THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE AND MARKED UP AND REPORTED FAVORABLY TO THE HOUSE. BOTH BILLS RECEIVED BIPARTISAN SUPPORT IN THE COMMITTEE AND I EXPECT WE'LL SEE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR BOTH BILLS ON THE FLOOR THIS WEEK. MR. SPEAKER, FORMED IN 1944, THE WORLD BANK IS THE OLDEST MULTILATERAL DEVELOPMENT BANK. AS A POST-WORLD WAR II EFFORT OF INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION SHALL THE GOAL OF THE BANK WAS TO FUND RECONSTRUCTION EFFORTS IN WAR-TORN NATIONS. IN 1960, THE UNITED STATES PUSHED FOR THE CREATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION WITHIN THE WORLD BANK. WHERE THE ORIGINAL WORLD BANK DIVISION FUNDED MIDDLE INCOME COUNTRIES, THE I.D.A. HAS CREATED TO MAKE CONGRESSIONAL LOANS. THAT IS LOANS WITH LOW INTEREST RATES AND LONG REPAYMENT PERIODS TO THE WORLD'S POOREST COUNTRIES. THE NUMBER OF COUNTRIES SERVED BY THE I.D.A. CURRENTLY STANDS AT 75. THE I.D.A. IS TYPICALLY THE LARGEST -- SINGLE LARGEST SOURCE OF FUNDING FOR CRITICAL SOCIAL PROGRAMS IN THESE LOW-INCOME COUNTRIES. HOWEVER THE BILL BEFORE US REDUCES THE UNITED STATES CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE I.D.A. THE I.D.A. IS FUNDED THROUGH REPLENISHMENTS BY DONOR COUNTRIES. WE'RE CURRENTLY IN THE 1TH PERIOD KNOWN AS I.D.A. 18. THE BILL REDUCES THE UNITED STATES CONTRIBUTION IN THE I.D.A. 18 BY 15%. FURTHER, THE BILL REQUIRES THAT THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT CERTIFIES THAT THE WORLD BANK REFORM ITS PRACTICES AND LENDING CONTROLS IN RELATION TO THE I.D.A. A 2016 REPORT COMMISSIONED BY THE WORLD BANK REVEALS SERIOUS PROBLEMS WITH ONE PARTICULAR I.D.A. PROJECT IN UGANDA. WHILE I.D.A.'S ROLE IS TO REDUCE INEQUALITY AND SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT OF CIVIL SOCIETY, THE REPORT OUTLINES NUMEROUS FAILURES TO ACHIEVE THESE OBJECTIVES ON THE PART OF THE I.D.A. THE REPORT DETAILS HOW I.D.A. FINANCING OF A PROJECT IN UGANDA LED TO SYSTEMATIC SPREADING OF HIV-AIDS, SEXUAL ABUSE OF MINORS, CHILD LABOR, RETALIATION AGAINST LOCAL CITIZENS, GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE, AND OTHER GROSS ABUSES OF POWERLESS UGANDANS. WHILE THE I.D.A. TOOK SEVERAL STEPS, INCLUDING WITHDRAWING SOME LOANS FROM THIS PARTICULAR PROJECT, THERE IS MUCH CONCERN THIS PROJECT IS INDICATIVE OF MANY OTHERS. THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES HELD A HEARING AT WHICH TESTIMONY WAS RECEIVED FROM THE INTERNATIONAL CONSORTIUM OF INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISTS INDICATING THAT OTHERS. THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES HELD A GOVERNMENTS THAT ALLOW OR PARTICIPATE IN THE ABUSE OF THEIR CITIZENS AND THE SUB JEW CASE OF THE POOR HAD NOT BEEN TURNED AWAY BY THE WORLD BANK. THE TESTIMONY READS IN PART, WE FOUND INSTEAD THAT THE BANK REPEATEDLY FUNDED GOVERNMENTS THAT NOT ONLY FAILED TO ADEQUATELY RESETTLE COMMUNITIES BUT IN SOME CASES WERE ACCUSED OF HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES SUCH AS RAPE, MURDER, AND VIOLENT EVICTIONS ASSOCIATED WITH BANK PROJECTS. WE FOUND IN SEVERAL CASES THAT THE WORLD BANK CONTINUED TO BANKROLL THESE BORROWERS EVEN AFTER EVIDENCE OF THESE ABUSES CAME TO LIGHT. MR. SPEAKER, THE I.D.A. HAS A QUALITY CONTROL PROBLEM AND WE'RE RIGHT IN REDUCING THEIR FUNDING. AS IF THE ABUSE OF CITIZENS BY CORRUPT GOVERNMENTS IS NOT ENOUGH, THE COMMITTEE HAS ALSO UNCOVERED EVIDENCE THAT THE WORLD BANK HAS SERIOUS INTERNAL PROBLEMS AS WELL. ACCORDING TO THE WORLD BANK'S INDEPENDENT EVALUATION GROUP, WORLD BANK STAFF HAS LONG BEEN INCENTIVIZED TO SIMPLY GET MORE LOANS OUT THE DOOR WITHOUT ANY INCENTIVE TO ENSURE THE QUALITY OF THE PROJECTS. THIS HAS BEEN A LONG-STANDING TREND DOCUMENTED SINCE THE EARLY 1990'S. IT'S NOT JUST PERVERSE INCENTIVES. THE BANK HAS NOT FOCUSED ENOUGH ON RINGEDLY -- RIDGE EDLY CARDING IT SELF ON -- RIDGEDLY GUARDING IT SELF ON CORRUPTION. IT WAS COMMON FOR WORLD BANK PROJECTS TO BE CAPTURED BY CORRUPT GOVERNMENTS. AND THEY TRIED TO SUPPRESS CORRUPTION INVESTIGATIONS. CORRUPTION INVESTIGATION CAN SHUT DOWN PROJECTS ON RINGEDLY -- RIDGE AND DERAIL CAREERS. THEY ARE ALSO INCONVENIENT FOR SENIOR MANAGEMENT IN THE BANK. WHO ARE BALANCING DELI CAT RELATIONSHIPS WITH THEIR CON-- DELICATE RELATIONSHIPS WITH THEIR COUNTRY CLIENTS. DUE TO THESE PROBLEMS THE UNDERLYING BILL PROJECTS AMERICAN TAXPAYERS BY WITHHOLDING FUNDING FROM THE WORLD BANK UNTIL THESE DEFICIENCIES ARE FIXED. NOT ONLY SHOULD WE BE HOLDING INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS ACCOUNTABLE, WE SHOULD ALSO HOLD OUR OWN GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABLE. AND THE SECOND BILL MADE IN ORDER UNDER THIS RULE DOES JUST THAT. IN 2011, DODD-FRANK TRANSFERRED TO THE CONSUMER PROTECTION FINANCIAL BUREAU REGULATORY AUTHORITY OVER HOME MORTGAGES. SINCE THEN CFPB HAS MADE INFORMATION REPORTING BY LENDERS MORE EXTENSIVE. THE IMPACT OF THESE INCREASED REGULATIONS HAS LED TO GREATER COSTS TO LENDERS. CONSEQUENTLY SMALLER LENDERS HAVE HAD TO PASS ON THESE COSTS DIRECTLY TO POTENTIAL BORROWERS. THIS HAS REDUCED ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE CREDIT TO BORROWERS WHO WOULD TYPICALLY SEEK OUT SMALLER LENDING INSTITUTIONS. THE UNDERLYING BILL IS SIMPLET EXEMPT SMALL LENDERS FROM CFPB'S ONEROUS REPORTING REQUIREMENTS. UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF CHAIRMAN HENSARLING, HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE CONSISTENTLY PUT FORWARD A PLAN TO REFORM THE CFPB. HOWEVER, UNTIL WE CAN PASS BROADER REFORMS, WE SHOULD DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO PROTECT AMERICANS FROM HARMFUL REGULATIONS PUSHED ON THEM BY THE CFPB. TODAY WE HAVE TWO BILLS BEFORE US THAT HOLD POWERFUL ORGANIZATIONS ACCOUNTABLE TO AMERICAN TAXPAYERS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RULE AND THESE BILLS. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 12:36:07 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. POLIS, IS…

      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. POLIS, IS RECOGNIZED.

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    • 12:36:10 PM

      MR. MR. POLIS

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

      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER, ONCE AGAIN CONGRESS FINDS ITSELF RUSHING TO TRY TO PASS LEGISLATION TO KEEP GOVERNMENT OPENED, ENSURE OUR YOUNGEST, MOUSE VULNERABLE AMERICANS HAVE ACCESS TO HEALTH INSURANCE, PROTECTING YOUNG ASPIRING AMERICANS FROM BEING DEPORTED FROM THE ONLY COUNTRY THEY HAVE, AND HERE WE'RE DEBATING OTHER THINGS WITH THE CLOCK RUNNING OUT IN THE 11TH HOUR ISSUES THAT NO DOUBT HAVE A FEW PEOPLE HERE AND THERE THAT CARE ABOUT THEM, BUT ZERO PEOPLE HAVE CALLED MY OFFICE ON, MR. SPEAKER. MY CONSTITUENTS ARE DEMANDING THAT WE ADDRESS ACCESS TO CHILD HEALTH CARE INSURANCE PROGRAM. NAND DEMANDING WE ACT ON THE DREAMERS WITH THE DEADLINE APPROACHING AND 100-PLUS DREAMERS EVERY DAY LOSING THEIR STATUS. IT SOUNDS LIKE FROM WHAT WE'RE HEARING THE HOUSE WILL CONSIDER YET ANOTHER SHORT-TERM SPENDING BILL. MAYBE KEEP THE GOVERNMENT RUNNING ANOTHER FOUR WEEKS OR SIX WEEKS. THAT'S THE FOURTH SHORT-TERM SPENDING BILL FOR THIS YEAR. NOT ALLOWING THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TO PLAN TO KEEP OUR COUNTRY SAFE. NOT ALLOWING ANY OF THE DEPARTMENTS ACROSS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO MAKE ANY OF THE INVESTMENTS THEY NEED OR ANY DEGREE OF CERTAINTY THAT CONTRACTORS WILL BE PAID. IT'S NO WAY TO GOVERN, MR. SPEAKER. PART OF THE REASON THAT WE'RE LEFT DOING THIS IS WE'RE USING OUR PRECIOUS FLOOR TIME ON ALL OF THESE OTHER ISSUES, LIKE THE ONES BEFORE US TODAY. IT'S NOT THAT THESE ISSUES DON'T DESERVE THEIR DAY IN THE SUN AND WE'LL TALK ABOUT THEM FOR, THE REST OF THE DAY TODAY, APPARENTLY, BUT WE'RE FACING THE CLOSURE OF THE ENTIRE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. IN THREE DAYS IF WE DON'T ACT. WE'RE DOING THE EQUIVALENT OF FIDDLING WHILE ROME BURNS. THIS IS AN ABSURD EXERCISE IN DOING SOME NARROWLY TAILORED SPECIAL INTEREST BILLS RATHER THAN ADDRESSING WHAT WE ALL KNOW TO BE THE THOUSAND POUND GORILLAS IN THE ROOM. SENIORS, MILITARY VETERANS, PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES SHOULDN'T HAVE TO QUESTION WHETHER THEY'LL RECEIVE THEIR BENEFITS MONTH TO MONTH BECAUSE WE DON'T KNOW WHETHER GOVERNMENT WILL REMAIN OPEN. IN THE MEANWHILE, REPUBLICANS, DEMOCRATS, THE WHITE HOUSE, ARE ALL TRYING TO PUT FORWARD BIPARTISAN SOLUTIONS FOR THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVAL RECIPIENTS AND DREAMERS, AND WE COULD BE DEBATING THAT ON THE FLOOR AND PUTTING TOGETHER THE FINAL PACKAGE NOW TO DO THAT BY THIS FRIDAY. BUT INSTEAD, WE'RE DISCUSSING THESE BILLS THAT MY CONSTITUENTS AREN'T TELLING ME THAT THEY ARE SENDING ME TO WASHINGTON TO PASS. A LOT OF MY COLLEAGUES SAY THE DEADLINE FOR DACA ISN'T UNTIL MARCH, BUT IN REALITY OVER 100 DEFERRED ACTION DREAMERS EVERY DAY LOSE THEIR PROTECTED STATUS AS THEIR BENEFITS EXPIRE. EVERY DAY THE REPUBLICANS FAIL TO ACT THEY ARE CREATING OVER 100 MORE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS IN THIS COUNTRY AND REPUBLICANS FAIL TO ACT BY MARCH, THEY WILL HAVE CREATED OVER 800,000 MORE. PEOPLE HERE ILLEGALLY IN OUR COUNTRY. WE HAVE ABOUT 18,000 DREAMERS IN COLORADO. ABLE TO WORK LEGALLY TODAY. THEY HAVE COME FROM COUNTRIES NEAR AND FAR IN SEARCH OF A BETTER LIFE FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES, GREW UP IN OUR SCHOOLS. SPORTS TEAMS, CHEERLEADERS, DON'T KNOW ANY OTHER COUNTRY. MANY DON'T SPEAK ANY OTHER LANGUAGE. DREAMERS LIKE -- THAT I HAVE GOTTEN TO KNOW FROM COLORADO, THE FAMILY WHO STAYED IN COLORADO TO TAKE THEIR OF THEIR GRANDFATHER. A TRIPLE MAJOR AT COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY. STUDYING POLITICAL SCIENCE, ETHNIC STUDIES, INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS. SHE'S BUILT A LIFE IN COLORADO, THE ONLY LIFE SHE KNOWS AND CONTINUES TO BUILD A BRIGHT FUTURE IN THE US FUSS WE CAN GIVE HER THE CERTAINTY WITH REGARD TO HER LEGAL ABILITY TO WORK AND OF COURSE TAKE HER PLACE ALONGSIDE OTHER AMERICAN CITIZENS. WHAT MAKES AMERICA SO GREAT IS WE'RE A COUNTRY OF IMMIGRANTS MADE UP OF PEOPLE FROM ALL BACKGROUNDS, ALL CORNERS OF THE WORLD. WE EMBRACE PEOPLE FROM DIFFERENT CULTURES AND COUNTRIES. WE VALUE THE CONTRIBUTIONS BASED ON THE INDIVIDUAL. THE VALUES OF INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY AND HARD WORK. THAT'S WHAT MAKES OUR COUNTRY AND OUR COMMUNITIES VIBRANT AND OUR ECONOMY SUCCESSFUL. MR. SPEAKER, A GROUP OF BIPARTISAN HOUSE AND SENATE MEMBERS ARE WORKING TOGETHER TO FIND A SOLUTION TO PROTECT DREAMERS AND IMPROVE BORDER SECURITY. I'M PROUD TO CO-SPONSOR THE USA ACT WHICH WE DROPPED YESTERDAY WITH MR. HURD AND MR. AGUILAR WHICH WILL PROVIDE DREAMERS LONG-TERM PROTECTIONS AND IMPROVES OUR BORDER SECURITY TO PREVENT THIS SITUATION FROM HAPPENING AGAIN. INSTEAD OF LEGISLATION THAT ADDRESSES LONG-TERM FUNDING OR PROTECTING ASPIRING AMERICANS, HERE WE'RE BRINGING BILLS TO TALK AROUND THE FRINGES ABOUT CONSUMER PROTECTION ANSWER OF COURSE A BILL THAT WOULD CHIP AWAY AT REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH RIGHTS. THE RULES WE'RE DEBATING TODAY CONSIDERED TWO PIECES OF LEGISLATION THAT ARE NOT ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE EXPIRATION AT THE END OF THIS WEEK OF GOVERNMENT FUNDING OR THE OVER 100 DREAMERS WHO LOSE THEIR STATUS EVERY DAY. THE HOME MORTGAGE DISCLOSURE ACT AND WORLD BANK ABILITY ACT. THE MORTGAGE DISCLOSURE ACT HAS LONG MONITORED FINANCIAL MORTGAGE DISCLOSURE ACT HAS LONG MONITORED FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS TO ENSURE EQUAL ACCESS TO CREDIT. THE INFORMATION THAT LENDERS REPORT SHOW THEY ARE MEETING THE HOUSING FINANCING NEEDS OF THEIR COMMUNITIES. HMDA DATA IS VERY IMPORTANT IN FAIR LENDING ASSESSMENTS AND HELPS MAKE DETERMINATIONS WHERE TO TARGET COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES. CONGRESS HAS MADE CHANGES TO HMDA AS A RESPONSE TO LEGITIMATE CONCERNS ABOUT THE ROLE THAT WIDESPREAD PREDATORY LENDING LED TO THE FINANCIAL CRISIS. CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU WAS CHARGED WITH UPDATING HOW LENDERS REPORT HMDA. THE BUREAU ADOPTED A NEW STANDARD FOR REPORTING REQUIREMENTS THAT TOOK INTO ACCOUNT THE BURDENS IMPOSED ON BANKS BY NEW STANDARDS THAT ENSURE THAT THE DATA IS BEING REPORTED TO MONITOR FAIR LENDING PRACTICES TO PREVENTS ANOTHER SYSTEMIC MELTDOWN LIKE WE HAD IN 2008 AND 2009. THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECT BUREAU TEMPORARILY RAISED THE REPORTING THRESHOLD, ELIMINATING THE NEED FOR LOW VOLUME BANKS TO REPORT THROW 2019 TO CONDUCT RESEARCH TO DETERMINE THE RIGHT WAY TO DOCUMENT OPEN-ENDED LOBES. WE -- LOANS. WE SHOULD NOT CODIFY THIS THRESHOLD, REMOVING THE FLEXIBILITY THE AGENCY WE IN CONGRESS SET UP TO PREVENT ANOTHER FINANCIAL MELTDOWN. IT WOULD TIE THEIR HANDS AND PREVENT THEM FROM ACTING EVEN IF THERE WAS A NEED TO TO PREVENT THE FINANCIAL MELTDOWN. I STRONGLY SUPPORT REGULATORY RELIEF FOR COMMUNITY BANKS AND SMALL FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS. THIS BILL WOULD ACTUALLY EXEMPT 85% OF THE DEPOSITORY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND 48% OF NONDEPOSITORY LENDERS. CONGRESS SHOULD WANT TO ENCOURAGE INCREASED ACCESS TO HOUSING FINANCE AND COMBAT UNFLAUL PRACTICE THAT IS CAN PREY ON VULNERABLE HOME BUYERS OR LEAD TO SYSTEMIC RISKS WHICH LEADS TO PEOPLE COMING TO THIS TOWN DEMANDING ANOTHER REPUBLICAN TAXPAYER BAILOUT. THIS RULE ALSO CONSIDERS DEBATE FOR H.R. 3326, THE WORLD BANK ACCOUNTABILITY ACT. ANOTHER ISSUE THAT IS NOT RELATE TO THE EXPIRATION OF GOVERNMENT FUNDING TEND OF THE WEEK, DOT NOT CREATE THE ILLEGAL ALIENS THE REPUBLICANS ARE CREATING EVERY DAY. DOES NOT RELATE TO CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM EXPIRING. WHAT IT DOES IS IT PLACES RESTRICTION ON FUNDING OF THE WORLD BANK INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION. AGAIN SOMETHING I'M NOT HEARING FROM MY CONSTITUENTS ON. THAT THEY ARE NOT SENDING ME TO WASHINGTON AND DEMANDING I TAKE ACTION ON. TRY TO GET THEM TO REFORM, IMPROVE THEIR MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTABILITY AND FIGHT SENDING ME TO WASHINGTON AND DEMANDING I TAKE ACTION ON. EXTREMISM. WHICH I'M SURE IS FINE. IT'S TRUE THAT OF COURSE THEY PROBABLY NEED TO IMPROVE ACCOUNTABILITY AND OVERSIGHT. AND CONGRESS CAN HAVE THIS DISCUSSION. BUT LIKE HERE WE'RE BACKS TO THE WALL, GOVERNMENT'S ABOUT TO CLOSE, DREAMERS ARE MISSING DEPORTATION, CHILDREN ARE GOING WITHOUT HEALTH CARE. OF COURSE, WORLD BANK ACCOUNTABILITY. GREAT. DISCUSS IT. WHY CAN'T WE DO IT NEXT WEEK AFTER WE GET THROUGH THIS. IN FACT, I BELIEVE THE REPUBLICANS ARE SENDING US ON VACATION NEXT WEEK. I THINK MOST AMERICANS WISH THEY HAD 10 DAYS OFF AT THE END OF JANUARY. I DOWNED UNDERSTAND THIS. IT MAKES NO SENSE. CONGRESS IS ABOUT TO DO A LAST-MINUTE FUNDING BILL THEN SEND EVERY MEMBER IN CONGRESS ON A 10-DAY VACATION. GOOD JOB WE DEALT WITH WORLD BANK ACCOUNTABILITY. THAT'S WHAT THE VOTERS WANT. FORGET ABOUT GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWNS. FORGET WE'RE GOING TO -- REPUBLICANS CREATING MORE ILLEGAL ALIENS. REPUBLICANS PLUNGING OUR NATION DEEPER INTO DEBT WITH THEIR TAX AND SPEND POLICIES. THAT IS WHERE WE'RE HEADED, MR. SPEAKER. OF COURSE WE SHOULD HAVE A DEBATE ON THE BEST WAY TO MAKE REFORMS IN THE U.S. AND ENGAGE THE WORLD BANK TO ENCOURAGE THOSE REFORMS. AGAIN, FIDDLING WHILE ROME BURNS, MR. SPEAKER, IT'S A COMMON THEME OVER HERE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE SEEING THROUGH IT WHICH IS WHY THE APPROVAL RATING OF THIS INSTITUTION SUNNED 15%. NO SHOCK. NO SHOCK. WE CAN BE DEBATING WORLD BANK ACCOUNTABILITY EVERY DAY FOR THE NEXT YEAR IF YOU WANT. THAT'S WHY PEOPLE THINK THIS BODY'S OUT OF TOUCH. WE'RE JUST NOT ADDRESSING OUR SKYROCKETING DEBT. 12 MILLION PEOPLE THAT ARE HERE ILLEGALLY AND THIS CONGRESS FAILS TO TAKE UP COMPREHENSIVE REFORM, EXPIRATION OF CHILDREN'S HEALTH CARE, FIXING THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. WITHHOLDING FUNDS TO THE I.D.A. THAT HAS A LOT OF POSITIVES AND NEGATIVES. PEOPLE FEAR IT COULD PUNISH PEOPLE IN DEVELOPING WORLD AND AND AGAIN, FINE, WE'LL HAVE THAT DISCUSSION UNDER THIS RULE FOR AN HOUR OR TWO AND CONGRESS WILL DEBATE THAT. AND CONGRESS WILL PASS A BILL AND SEE WHETHER THE SENATE TAKES IT UP. THEY OFTEN DON'T. BUT YOU KNOW, IT'S BACKS TO THE WALL, IF I HADDLING WHILE ROME BUNS, RECORD DEBT, REPUBLICANS CREATING MORE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS EVERY DAY AND WE ARE DEBATING ACCOUNTABILITY FOR DIFFERENT AIDE PROGRAMS. YOU KNOW WHAT? THIS 15% MUST BE THE FAMILY MEMBERS AND CONGRESS. I DON'T KNOW H WHO IS SATISFIED WITH THIS CONGRESS, MR. SPEAKER. I RESERVE.

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    • 12:46:30 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

    • 12:46:34 PM

      MR. BUCK

      THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM BILL IN NOVEMBER. WE DID SEND IT…

      THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM BILL IN NOVEMBER. WE DID SEND IT TO THE SENATE. PERHAPS IF YOU COULD TALK TO THE LEADERSHIP AND HIS PARTY OVER IN THE SENATE, WE COULD GET THAT BILL PASSED IN THE SENATE INSTEAD OF BLOCKED AND COULD DEAL WITH AN ISSUE IN COLORADO THAT IS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL. ONE OF THE FEW STATES WHERE IT IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN MANY OF THE OTHER STATES. I APPRECIATE THE -- MY COLLEAGUE'S CONCERN ON THIS ISSUE. I SHARE HIS CONCERN. THEOUS ACTED RESPONSIBLY IN A BROAD BIPARTISAN BILL. AND HOPEFULLY WE CAN GET OUR FRIENDS OVER IN THE SENATE TO GET MORE DONE. RIGHT NOW, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND AND SPONSOR OF ONE OF OUR BILLS TODAY, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. EMMER. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS

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    • 12:47:26 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      EMMER. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

    • 12:47:34 PM

      MR. EMMER

      THOUSANDS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, AMERICAN DREAMS CONSIST OF OWNING A HOME OR…

      THOUSANDS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, AMERICAN DREAMS CONSIST OF OWNING A HOME OR STARTING A BUSINESS. SOME LAWS ARE HELPFUL IN ACHIEVING THIS DREAM, OTHERS HAVE CREATED OBSTACLES BY CODIFYING GOVERNMENT OVERREACH. IN 1975, THE HOME MORTGAGE DISCLOSURE ACT WAS ENACTED AND EXPOSED AND HELPED DISCRIMINATORY LENDING PRACTICES PARTICULARLY AGAINST MINORITIES. IN SHORT, THIS LAW HELPED MORE AMERICANS REALIZE THEIR DREAM OF OWNING A HOUSE. OVER THE YEARS, THE DISCLOSURE REQUIRED BY THE LAW HAS EXPANDED AWAY FROM THE ORIGINAL INTENT HAS BECOME EANING OBSTACLE PREVENTING LENDERS FROM HELPING ASPIRING HOMEOWNERS. IN 2015, DODD-FRANK CREATED AGENCY THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU AND DEMANDED FROM LENDERS MORE THAN DOUBLE THE AMOUNT OF DATA ORIGINALLY REQUIRED UNDER THE HOME MORTGAGE DISCLOSURE ACT. THAT RULE TOOK EFFECT THE FIRST OF THIS MONTH. LARGER FIRMS ARE ABLE TO ADAPT. IN FACT, MOST, IF NOT ALL, CONTINUE TO BE IN THE HOME MORTGAGE BUSINESS. BUT FOR SMALLER FINANCIAL FIRMS, FOR THE FAMILY-OWNED BANK ON MAIN STREET, THE RULE MEANS MAKE FEWER MORTGAGES OR NONE AT ALL. THIS UNINTENDED RESULT IS SOMETHING EACH OF US HAVE HEARD OVER AND OVER AGAIN. AGAIN THESE ARE THE NOT BANK OF AMERICAS, BUT THE SMALL GUYS ON MAIN STREET IN SMALL TOWNS ALL ACROSS MINNESOTA AND OUR COUNTRY. AS THE DIRECT RESULT OF HAVING FEWER AND FEWER SMALL LENDERS IN THE HOME MORTGAGE, WE ARE OFFERING THE CAPITAL NECESSARY, THE CFPB'S RULE HAS PUT THE AMERICAN DREAM OUT OF REACH FOR MANY AMERICANS. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY, WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO RIGHT SIZE GOVERNMENT REGULATION TO CREATE MORE OPPORTUNITY. WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ENCOURAGE SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED INSTITUTIONS TO KEEP THEIR DOORS OPEN, TO MAKE MORTGAGES AGAIN, TO MAKE LOANS TO WOULD-BE ENTREPRENEURS AND FUND THE DEEMS OF THEIR NEIGHBORS AND FRIENDS. WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPAND, NOT THE LAW, BUT RATHER AND INSTEAD THE NUMBER OF AMERICANS WHO CAN OWN A HOME OR START THEIR OWN BUSINESS. I FIRST INTRODUCED WHEN I CAME TO CONGRESS IN 2015. IT'S A BILL THAT WILL KEEP THE ORIGINAL INTENT OF THE 1975 LAW. NOTHING WILL OVERRIGHT OR EXEMPT ANY FINANCIAL INSTITUTION BIG OR SMALL FROM REPORTING DATA RELATED TO RACE OR GENDER BUT A BILL TO STOP THE LOSS TO LENDERS BY PROVIDING DESPERATELY NEEDED REGULATORY RELIEF. I'M PROUD TO SAY IT'S A BILL THAT HAS BEEN PERFECTED FROM INPUT FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE AND BOTH CHAMBERS. OUR GOAL TODAY SHOULD BE TO EXPAND THE NUMBER OF AMERICANS WHO WANT TO GET ONE STEP CLOSER TO ACHIEVING THEIR AMERICAN DREAM WHETHER OWNING A HOME OR STARTING A BUSINESS. H.R. 2954 WILL HELP US ACHIEVE THIS GOAL. IF YOU SHARE THE GOAL, THEN I ASK YOU TO VOTE YES ON H.R. 2954 AND PASS THE HOME MORTGAGE DISCLOSURE ADJUSTMENT ACT. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    • 12:51:00 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. POLIS.

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    • 12:51:04 PM

      MR. POLIS

      LAST WEEK, PRESIDENT TRUMP TWEETED THAT, QUOTE, THE DEMOCRATS ARE ALL TALK…

      LAST WEEK, PRESIDENT TRUMP TWEETED THAT, QUOTE, THE DEMOCRATS ARE ALL TALK AND NO ACTION AND DOING NOTHING TO FIX DACA, END QUOTE. THAT IS DEEPLY INSULTING TO THOSE OF US WHO HAVE WORKED SO HARD FOR YEARS. I WAS HERE WHEN THE DEMOCRATS PASSED THE DREAM ACT IN DECEMBER OF 2010. THIS IS THE 18TH TIME WE HAVE ATTEMPTED TO BRING UP THE BIPARTISAN BILL. WE ARE ABOUT TO DO IT AGAIN HERE. WITH MY COLLEAGUE, MR. GOME IS. THE DREAM ACT MAKES OUR POSITION CLEAR. WE WANT IMMIGRATION POLICIES TO MAKE AMERICA SAFER AND OUR ASPIRING AMERICANS CAN TAKE THEIR RIGHTS ALONG SIDE OF US. UNFORTUNATELY PRESIDENT TRUMP MADE HIS POSITION. HIS POSITION CHANGES EACH AND EVERY OTHER DAY. HE SAID MY STANDARD IS FIRST, MAKE AMERICA GREAT. THAT'S AN EASY ONE BECAUSE THIS BILL WE WILL BRING UP IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION WILL MAKE AMERICA GREATER. REPEALING DACA WOULD COST OVER $60 BILLION AND REDUCE ECONOMIC GROWTH BY $280 BILLION AND MAKE US POORER. WE WANT TO MAKE US BETTER AND RECOGNIZE THE ASPIRING AMERICANS AND PAY BY THE RULES AND PAY TAXES AND LIVE THEIR DREAM. THAT'S AN AMERICA FIRST POLICY WE CAN ALL GET BEHIND. WHEN WE DEFEAT THIS QUESTION, THE 18TH ATTEMPT TO DO THIS, BUT I'M A JEWISH AMERICAN, 18 IS A LUCKY NUMBER. IT MEANS HIGH. YOU ARE LUCKY TO BE HERE. THEY'LL RECOGNIZE THAT. IT'S LIKE SEVEN AND I DON'T KNOW IF SEVEN IS A LUCKY NUMBER, TOO. BUT 18 IS LIFE. AND THIS IS LIFE FOR THE DREAMERS. THAT'S WHAT MR. GOMEZ'S MOTION IS ALL ABOUT. HAVING YOUNG PEOPLE WHO DON'T HAVE THAT CERTAINTY WHO DON'T KNOW THEY CAN GO TO THEIR JOB AND WORK HARD, COME TODAY OR TOMORROW, OVER 100 TODAY WHOSE STATUS IS EXPIRING. I REALLY HOPE THAT MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES JOIN MR. GOMEZ AND I IN DEFEATING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION TO BRING UP THE DREAM ACT WHICH WOULD PASS THIS BODY, MR. SPEAKER. YOU AND I KNOW THAT. IT'S BIPARTISAN AND BICAMERAL. AND WOULD HELP THOUSANDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE DEFACTO AMERICANS. 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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    • 12:53:57 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

    • 12:53:59 PM

      MR. POLIS

      LIFE, I YIELD FOUR NINTS MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR.…

      LIFE, I YIELD FOUR NINTS MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. GOMEZ.

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    • 12:54:08 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

    • 12:54:10 PM

      MR. GOHMERT

      MR. SPEAKER, I --

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      >>

      WAS THIS TO BUILD A BETTER FUTURE FOR THEIR CHILDREN AND LIVE IN ONE OF…

      WAS THIS TO BUILD A BETTER FUTURE FOR THEIR CHILDREN AND LIVE IN ONE OF THE GREATEST COUNTRIES IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD AND WORK AND LIVE IN A SAFE PLACE WITHOUT FEAR OF VIOLENCE. WAS IT BECAUSE THEY KNEW THAT IF THEY CAME HERE THAT NO MATTER WHERE THEY ARE FROM THAT IF THEY WORK HARD, CONTRIBUTE TO OUR COUNTRY AND BELIEVE IN THE IDEALS OF AMERICA, THAT ALL MEN AND WOMEN ARE CREATED EQUAL THAT YOU DESERVE A PLACE HERE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THE ANSWER IS YES. MY ANCESTORS AND PARENTS CAME TO THE UNITED STATES FOR THIS REASON AND MORE. THEIR ANSWER HOLD TRUE FOR HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DREAMERS WHO LIVE, WORK AND ATTEND SCHOOL HERE IN THE UNITED STATES WITHOUT FEAR OF DEPORTATION THANKS TO DACA. YET ON SEPTEMBER 5, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION DESTROYED THE AMERICAN DREAM FOR 800,000 YOUNG PEOPLE AND THEIR FAMILIES BY TERMINATING DACA. ONE OF THOSE DREAMERS IS A PROUD DACA RECIPIENT FROM MY DISTRICT, THE 34TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA. SHE WAS BORN IN MEXICO AND ARRIVED IN MY DISTRICT BEFORE SHE TURNED ONE. THE UNITED STATES IS THE ONLY PLACE SHE HAS EVER KNOWN AND IS AS AMERICAN AS YOU AND I. SHE WAS FORCED TO LIVE WITH THE BURDEN OF HER LEGAL STATUS. AT THE AGE OF 14, SHE FOUND OUT SHE DIDN'T HAVE THE LEGAL STATUS WHEN SHE TRIED TO TRAVEL OUT OF STATE TO PLAY IN A SOCCER TOURNAMENT AND THAT FEAR OF BEING DEPORTED AS SHE LEFT HER STATE OF CALIFORNIA PREVENTED HER FROM LEAVING. HER LIFE HAS CHANGED WHEN SHE BECAME A DACA RECIPIENT. SHE ENROLLED IN A LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGE IN MARYLAND AND NO LONGER HAS TO LIVE IN FEAR AS SHE GOES ABOUT HER LIFE. DREAMERS DESERVE THE CHANCE TO SUCCEED AND CONTRIBUTE TO OUR GREAT COUNTRY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION TO BY UP THE DREAM ACT TO GIVE 800,000 DREAMERS A SHOT AT THE AMERICAN DREAM. I YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

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    • 12:56:48 PM

      MR. POLIS

      I RESERVE.

    • 12:56:51 PM

      MR. BUCK

      I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE CHAIR OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE OF MONETARY POLICY…

      I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE CHAIR OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE OF MONETARY POLICY AND TRADE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. BARR.

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    • 12:57:00 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    • 12:57:02 PM

      MR. BARR

      THAT WILL ENABLE THIS HOUSE TO CONSIDER THE WORLD BANK ACCOUNTABILITY…

      THAT WILL ENABLE THIS HOUSE TO CONSIDER THE WORLD BANK ACCOUNTABILITY BASKET AND THE HOME MORTGAGE DISCLOSURE ACT. I WANT TO RESPOND TO THE OTHER THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO SAYING THIS HOUSE IS NOT DOING THE PEOPLE'S BUSINESS. WE ARE DOING IT RIGHT NOW. WE ARE WORKING ON IMMIGRATION REFORM AND TO SUGGEST OTHERWISE IS NOT TRUE. IN FACT, ON YEAR-END SPENDING, THIS HOUSE PASSED ALL APPROPRIATIONS BILLS AHEAD OF TIME, AHEAD OF SCHEDULE BEFORE THE END OF THE FISCAL YEAR AND THEY WERE SENT OVER TO THE SENATE. THIS HOUSE DEALT WITH THE ISSUES RELATED TO THE CHILD HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM AND DEALT WITH COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS AND WHOLE RANGE OF OTHER ISSUES AND THOSE PIECES OF LEGISLATION WENT OVER TO THE SENATE. THE ISSUE IS WITH THE SENATE AND NOT WITH THIS HOUSE. FURTHERMORE, THIS HOUSE HAS PASSED HISTORIC TAX REFORM THAT HAS BECOME LAW AND PASSED OVER 16 CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW ACTS ROLLING BACK OBAMA RULES AND REGULATIONS AND MILLIONS OF JOBS HAVE BEEN CREATED AND THE BEST ECONOMY WE HAVE SEEN IN A DECADE. IT'S NOT TRUE TO SUGGEST THAT THE HOUSE IS NOT DOING THE PEOPLE'S BUSINESS. BUT WE ARE DEALING WITH SOME IMPORTANT ADDITIONAL ISSUES THIS WEEK AND WE CAN DO BOTH, PLAN FOR YEAR-END SPENDING DEBATES AND RE-AUTHORIZE THE WORLD BANK. IT'S TO REDUCE POVERTY AROUND THE GLOBE. HOWEVER DURING CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS, THE WORLD BANK HAS FELL SHORT OF ITS ANTI-POVERTY MISSION. OUTSIDE REVIEWS OF THE WORLD BANK AND OWN REVIEWS CONCLUDED THAT QUOTE A PRESSURE TO LEND ON -- THROUGH THE STAFF EVALUATION PROCESS HAS CREATED PERVERSE INCENTIVES FOR SOME EMPLOYEES TO FOCUS ON LOAN VOLUME IN ORDER TO RECEIVE A RAISE RATHER THAN ON WHAT REALLY MATTERS WHICH IS POVERTY REDUCTION OUTCOMES. THERE ARE NUMEROUS EXAMPLES OF THE GROUP OF PEOPLE THAT WERE SUPPOSED TO BE HELPED WAS ACTUALLY HARMED BY A CORRUPT GOVERNMENT OR ITS CRONIES, FROM RAPE TO MURDER, THE LIST OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS GOES ON AND ON. ONE OF THE MOST EGREGIOUS WAS THE UGANDA CRISIS WHERE CONTRACTORS WERE ABUSING A DOZEN OR MORE GIRLS AND TOOK THE WORLD BANK YEARS TO STOP. THE WORLD BANK'S COUNTRY MANAGER FOR THE UGANDA PROJECT WAS PROMOTED TO BECOME WORLD BANK DIRECTOR FOR THE REPUBLIC OF CONGRESS WHERE VIOLATIONS HAVE REFASTED IN 2017. FOR THESE REASONS AND MORE, I SUPPORT THE WORLD BANK ACCOUNTABILITY ACT TO FIX ITS PROBLEMS OR FACE A REDUCTION OF THE U.S. CONTRIBUTION TO THE WORLD BANK'S INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION FUND OR AS IT IS COMMONLY CALLED I.D.A. MORE SPECIFICALLY THE BILL AUTHORIZES $3.3 BILLION OVER THE NEXT THREE YEARS AND MANDATES THAT THE BANK MUST ALIGN ITS INCENTIVES WITH THE BANK'S GOALS OF POVERTY REDUCTION, ENDING THE PRESSURE TO LEND PROBLEM THAT IS PERVASIVE TODAY. THROWING MONEY AT THIS PROBLEM IS NOT THE ANSWER, BUT GETTING RESULTS AND DOING SO WITHOUT THESE KIND OF TERRIBLE, HORRIFIC SCANDALS IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT. THE LEGISLATION ALSO REQUIRES THE BANK TO FIX FAILURES IDENTIFIED IN THE UGANDA SEXUAL ABUSE CRISIS SO NOTHING LIKE THAT HAPPENS. IT REQUIRES THE BANKS TO SUPPORT PROPERTY RIGHTS, DUE PROCESS OF LAW AND ECONOMIC FREEDOM. THE BANK MUST DEMONSTRATE THAT NONE OF ITS RESOURCES HAVE BEEN USED TO FUND TERRORISM AND IMPROVE ITS ABILITY TO DETECT AND MINIMIZE CORRUPTION. IF THE BANK DOES ALL OF THESE REFORMS, IT WILL RECEIVE ITS CONTRIBUTION FOR I.D.A. IF IT FAILS, THE WORLD BANK DOESN'T DESERVE THE FULL FUNDING BACKED BY U.S. TAXPAYERS. . I AM IN SUPPORT OF THE HOME MORTGAGE DISCLOSURE ADJUSTMENT ACT. THIS EXEMPTS SMALL BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS FROM THE ONEROUS DOUBLING OF HOME MORTGAGE DISCLOSURE ACT REPORTING REQUIREMENTS IF THEY MAKE 500 OR FEWER HOME MORTGAGE OR EQUITY LINES OF CREDITS. THE LENDERS I SPOKE TO WITHOUT RELIEF THEY WILL HAVE TO DEVOTE MORE RESOURCES TO COMPLIANCE COST RATHER THAN POURING MORE CAPITAL INTO OUR ECONOMY TO BENEFIT WORKING FAMILIES. LET'S ALLOW AND LIBERATE OUR COMMUNITY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS TO DO WHAT THEY WANT TO DO AND WHAT THEY SHOULD BE DOING AND THEIR CORE AND THAT IS SERVING THEIR CUSTOMERS AND PROVIDING LOANS. I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSMAN EMMER FOR HIS HARD WORK ON THE HOME MORTGAGE DISCLOSURE ADJUSTMENT ACT AND I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN HENSARLING, ALSO, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON BOTH OF THESE BILLS AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT BOTH OF THESE IMPORTANT PIECES OF LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 01:02:13 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. POLIS.

    • 01:02:16 PM

      MR. POLIS

      I YIELD MYSELF -- I'D LIKE TO INQUIRE OF THE GENTLEMAN IF YOU HAVE…

      I YIELD MYSELF -- I'D LIKE TO INQUIRE OF THE GENTLEMAN IF YOU HAVE REMAINING SPEAKERS?

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    • 01:02:22 PM

      MR. BUCK

      I DON'T.

    • 01:02:24 PM

      MR. POLIS

      I WILL YIELD MYSELF FOR THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

    • 01:02:28 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 14 MINUTES.

    • 01:02:32 PM

      MR. POLIS

      WE GO, WE FIND OURSELVES STARING DOWN SELF-CREATED DEADLINES, AND I WANT…

      WE GO, WE FIND OURSELVES STARING DOWN SELF-CREATED DEADLINES, AND I WANT TO BE CLEAR ABOUT THAT. THE DEADLINE FOR THE EXPIRATION OF THE DREAMERS IN MARCH AND THE FACTS THAT -- FACT THAT 100 ARE EXPIRED EVERY DAY, IT'S SELF-CREATED BY PRESIDENT TRUMP. IT'S A MANUFACTURED CRISIS. WE, OF COURSE, COULD DO IMMIGRATION REFORM WHILE NOT HAVING OUR BACKS TO THE WALL ON THAT ISSUE. THIS SHUTDOWN OF GOVERNMENT, THAT IS A CONSTRUCT OF THIS BODY, THIS HOUSE, SAID THEY WOULD ONLY FUND GOVERNMENT JANUARY 19 AND SO WE'RE FACING ANOTHER DEADLINE AND, AGAIN, I BELIEVE FROM WHAT I'M HEARING CONGRESS WILL THEN CREATE ANOTHER ARTIFICIAL CRISIS SOMETIME IN FEBRUARY WHEN WE ARE GOING TO BE FACING A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN AGAIN. ALL IN THE FACE OF RECORD DEFICITS, TAX AND SPEND REPUBLICAN POLICIES, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE HAD ENOUGH. HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DREAMERS ARE AT RISK OF DEPORTATION BY THIS ADMINISTRATION. MILLIONS OF CHILDREN ARE AT RISK OF LOSING THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE. WE'RE ALL BEING PLUNGED DEEPER AND DEEPER INTO DEBT, NOT JUST FOR OURSELVES BUT OUR FUTURE GENERATIONS. MY KIDS AND MANY OF OUR GRANDKIDS FOR THOSE WHO HAVE THEM. WE'RE FACING ANOTHER GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN OF NECESSARY IMPORTANT GOVERNMENT SERVICES INCLUDING ECONOMIC DRIVERS IN AREAS I REPRESENT LIKE ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK WITH OVER THREE MILLION TOURISTS A YEAR. IT WOULD CLOSE DOWN IF THE GOVERNMENT SHUTS DOWN. AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS. SO MANY OTHER IMPORTANT PARTS OF OUR NECESSARY INFRASTRUCTURE TO SUCCEED AS A COUNTRY FACES AN EXPIRATION THIS FRIDAY. EVEN IF SOMEHOW THE REPUBLICANS SAY, OK, HERE'S ANOTHER TWO OR THREE WEEKS OF FUNDING, THE UNCERTAINTY THAT CREATES, MEANING THEY CAN'T PLAN FOR EVEN SHORT TO MEDIUM TERM CAPITAL PROJECTS, SIMPLE REPAIR THAT MIGHT TAKE MORE THAN THREE WEEKS, KNOCKING DOWN A WALL, FIXING A BUILDING, EVEN MAKING A HIRE, AN EMPLOYEE NOT KNOWING WHETHER THEY WILL HAVE WORK IN THREE WEEKS, CONTRACTORS NOT KNOWING IF THEY WILL BE PAID, ULTIMATELY CHARGING THE TAXPAYERS MORE FOR THE WORK THEY'RE DOING BECAUSE THEY DON'T KNOW IF THE GOVERNMENT WILL PAY. WHAT KIND OF COUNTRY ARE WE RUNNING, MR. SPEAKER? I KNOW WE CAN DO BETTER, AND THAT STARTS BY DEFEATING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO WE CAN JUST PASS THE DREAM ACT AND MOVE ON. IT WILL PASS. 60%, 70%, 80% OF THIS BODY WILL PROBABLY VOTE FOR IT. I KNOW THERE'S PEOPLE THAT DON'T LIKE IT. LET THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE WORK ITS WILL. LET US VOTE, RIGHT? LET US VOTE. THAT'S WHAT WE'RE HERE TO DO, MR. SPEAKER. REPUBLICANS, DEMOCRATS, LET US WORK OUR WILL. WE HAVE THE VOTES ON THE DREAM ACT. WE HAVE THE VOTES TO KEEP GOVERNMENT OPEN. IF YOU SIMPLY ALLOW US TO HAVE AN OPEN PROCESS TO DO IT. THAT'S WHAT THIS FLOOR TIME SHOULD BE USED FOR TODAY. THIS IS -- THIS IS PRECIOUS FLOOR TIME, THE TIME WE'RE IN SESSION DEBATING AND ESPECIALLY CONSIDERING REPUBLICANS SENDING CONGRESS ON A 10-DAY VACATION AT THE END OF THIS WEEK. LET'S USE THIS FLOOR TIME TO DO WHAT MATTERS. SURE, THERE WILL BE A DAY TO DISCUSS THE FINER POINTS OF WORLD BANK POLICIES, THE FINER POINTS OF THE THRESHOLD FOR REGULATE FORE BARNES FOR MORTGAGE CUT -- FORE BEARANS FOR MORTGAGE CUTOFFS, MR. SPEAKER. THOSE ARE FINE, MR. SPEAKER. THOSE ARE FINE TO DISCUSS, BUT NOT WHILE THE REPUBLICANS ARE CREATING OVER 100 MORE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS A DAY AND THEY ARE GOING TO CREATE 800,000 MORE IN JUST A COUPLE MONTHS. NOT WHEN THE REPUBLICANS ARE PLUNGING OUR NATION DEEPER AND DEEPER INTO DEBT WITH TONY BLAIR TAX-AND-SPEND POLL -- WITH THEIR TAX-AND-SPEND POLICIES, NOT FORCING ANOTHER GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, IF NOT THIS WEEK THEN ANOTHER THREE WEEKS, FOUR WEEKS. CRISIS-TO-CRISIS TO MANUFACTURED CRISIS TO MANUFACTURED CRISIS, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE COUNT ON US TO BE STEWARDS OF THE GREATEST REPUBLIC THAT'S EVER BEEN CREATED ON THE FACE OF THIS EARTH. FRANKLY, MR. SPEAKER, CONGRESS IS LETTING THEM DOWN. LET'S DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION AND DEFEAT THIS RULE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 01:07:06 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO,

    • 01:07:09 PM

      MR. BUCK

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. OVERLOOKING CORRUPTION AND ABUSE IS UNACCEPTABLE…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. OVERLOOKING CORRUPTION AND ABUSE IS UNACCEPTABLE IN ANY GOVERNING BODY, PARTICULARLY ONE FUNDED BY THE UNITED STATES. IT IS CLEAR THE SERIOUS REFORMS AND OVERSIGHT ARE NEEDED AT THE WORLD BANK. THE INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION HAS STRAYED FROM ITS MISSION TO HELP COMBAT INEQUALITY AROUND THE WORLD. THE WORLD BANK ACCOUNTABILITY ACT PUTS OUR INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS ON NOTICE THAT THE UNITED STATES IS NOT SIMPLY GOING TO STAND BY AND ALLOW ABUSES TO CONTINUE. WHILE WE STAND UP FOR THE UNDERPRIVILEGED AROUND THE WORLD, WE ALSO MUST ENSURE THAT EVERY AMERICAN HAS EQUAL ACCESS TO OUR OWN FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS. THE HOME MORTGAGE DISCLOSURE ADJUSTMENT ACT ENSURES THAT CFPB REGULATIONS DO NOT SHUT OUT CERTAIN GROUPS OF AMERICANS. I THANK CHAIRMAN HENSARLING FOR PUTTING THESE BILLS FORWARD AND FOR MY COLLEAGUES FROM THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE WHO HAVE JOINED ME ON THE FLOOR TODAY TO MAKE THE CASE FOR THESE EFFORTS. I THANK CHAIRMAN SESSIONS FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THE RULES COMMITTEE AND FOR PROVIDING THE DEBATE ON THESE ISSUES TODAY. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THE RULE AND SUPPORTING THE UNDERLYING BILLS. WE MIST ENSURE AMERICAN TAXPAYER MONEY IS NOT SPENT ON CORRUPT REGIMES AND THAT ALL AMERICANS HAVE ACCESS TO FINANCING HERE IN THE U.S. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND I MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION.

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    • 01:08:33 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

      THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR -- THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE YEAS HAVE IT. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 AND CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 20, THIS FOIFMENT VOTE ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION WILL BE FOLLOWED BY FIVE-MINUTE VOTES ON ADOPTING HUTION 693 IF ORDERED AND SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASSING H.R. 4258. 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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    • 01:08:52 PM

      On ordering the previous question Roll Call 20 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 230. THE NAYS ARE 187. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS…

        ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 230. THE NAYS ARE 187. 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. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. POLIS.

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  • 01:36:51 PM

    House Vote 20 - On Ordering the Previous Question

    Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3326) to increase accountability, combat corruption, and strengthen management effectiveness at the World Bank, and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2954) to amend the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act of 1975 to specify which depository institutions are subject to the maintenance of records and disclosure requirements of such Act, and for other purposes.

    Passed (230 - 187)
    Yea
    Nay

    Vote Details: Yea - 230
    Republican - 230

    Vote Details: Nay - 187
    Democratic - 187

    Vote Details: Not Voting - 13
    Republican - 7
    Democratic - 6

    • 01:36:52 PM

      On agreeing to the resolution Roll Call 21 - Recorded vote pending.

      • 01:37:01 PM

        MR. POLIS

        ON THAT I REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

      • 01:37:03 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 ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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      • 01:46:17 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE YEAS ARE 228 AND THE NAYS ARE 188. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT…

        THE YEAS ARE 228 AND THE NAYS ARE 188. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. DUFFY. ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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  • 01:46:24 PM

    House Vote 21 - On Agreeing to the Resolution

    Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3326) to increase accountability, combat corruption, and strengthen management effectiveness at the World Bank, and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2954) to amend the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act of 1975 to specify which depository institutions are subject to the maintenance of records and disclosure requirements of such Act, and for other purposes.

    Passed (228 - 188)
    Aye
    No

    Vote Details: Aye - 228
    Republican - 228

    Vote Details: No - 188
    Democratic - 188

    Vote Details: Not Voting - 14
    Republican - 9
    Democratic - 5

    • 01:46:26 PM

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

    • 01:46:30 PM

      UNFINISHED BUSINESS

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

      • 01:46:36 PM

        Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 4258 — "To promote the development of local strategies to coordinate use of assistance under sections 8 and 9 of the United States Housing Act of 1937 with public and private resources, to enable eligible families to achieve economic independence and self-sufficiency, and for other purposes."

        • 01:46:39 PM

          THE CLERK

          H.R. 4258, A BILL TO DEVELOP LOCAL STRATEGIES TO COORDINATE USE OF…

          H.R. 4258, A BILL TO DEVELOP LOCAL STRATEGIES TO COORDINATE USE OF ASSISTANCE UNDER SECTIONS 8 AND 9 OF THE UNITED STATES HOUSING ACT, REPUBLICAN PRIVATE RESOURCE IS FOR FAMILIES TO ACHIEVE ECONOMIC INDEPENDENCE AND SELF-SUFFICIENCY AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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      • 01:46:58 PM

        On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Roll Call 22 - 2/3 Yea and Nay vote pending.

        • 01:47:00 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL AS AMENDED. MEMBERS…

          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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        • 01:55:46 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE YEAS ARE 412. THE NAYS ARE 5. 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES…

          THE YEAS ARE 412. THE NAYS ARE 5. 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE.

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    • 01:56:01 PM

      House Vote 22 - On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended

      Family Self-Sufficiency Act

      Passed (412 - 5)
      Yea

      Vote Details: Yea - 412
      Republican - 224
      Democratic - 188

      Vote Details: Nay - 5
      Republican - 5

      Vote Details: Not Voting - 13
      Republican - 8
      Democratic - 5

      • 01:56:02 PM

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

        • 01:56:06 PM

          THE CLERK

          TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES, SECTION 202-D OF THE UNTIL…

          TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES, SECTION 202-D OF THE UNTIL EMERGENCIES ACT PROVIDES FOR THE TERMINATION OF A NATIONAL EMERGENCY UNLESS WITHIN 90 DAYS BEFORE THE ANNIVERSARY DATE OF ITS DECLARATION, THE PRESIDENT PUBLISHES IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER AND TRANSMITS TO THE CONGRESS THAT THE EMERGENCY IS TO STAY IN EFFECT BEYOND THE ANNIVERSARY DATE. IN ACCORDANCE TO THIS DATE I HAVE SENT TO THE FEDERAL REGISTER THE ENCLOSED NOTICE THAT THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY WITH RESPECT TO FOREIGN TERRORISTS WHO THREATEN TO DISRUPT THE MIDDLE EAST PROCESS OF JANUARY 23, 1995 IS TO CONTINUE IN EFFECT BEYOND JANUARY 23, 2018. THE CRISIS WITH RESPECT TO GRAVE ACTS OF VIOLENCE COMMITTED BY FOREIGN TERRORISTS WHO THREATEN TO DISRUPT THE MIDDLE EAST PEACE PROCESS THAT LED TO THE DECLARATION OF A NATIONAL EMERGENCY ON JANUARY 23, 1995 HAS NOT BEEN RESOLVED. TERRORIST GROUPS CONTINUE TO ENGAGE IN ACTIVITIES THAT HAVE THE PURPOSE OR EFFECT OF THREATENING THE MIDDLE EAST PEACE PROCESS AND THAT ARE HOSTILE TO UNITED STATES' INTERESTS IN THE REGION. SUCH ACTIONS CONTINUE TO POSE AN AN UNUSUAL AND EXTRAORDINARY THREAT TO THE NATIONAL SECURITY, FOREIGN POLICY AND ECONOMY OF THE UNITED STATES. I HAVE THEREFORE DETERMINED THAT IT IS NECESSARY TO CONTINUE THE UNTIL EMERGENCY DECLARED IN EXECUTIVE ORDER 12947 WITH RESPECT TO FOREIGN TERRORISTS WHO THREATEN TO DISRUPT THE MIDDLE EAST PEACE PROCESS AND MAINTAIN AND ENFORCE THE SANCTIONS AGAINST THEM TO RESPOND TO THIS THREAT. SIGNED DONALD J. TRUMP, THE WHITE HOUSE, JANUARY 17, 2018.

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      • 01:56:09 PM

        The Speaker laid before the House a message from the President transmitting a notification stating that the national emergency declared with respect to foreign terrorists who threaten to disrupt the Middle East peace process is to continue in effect beyond January 23, 2018 - referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs and ordered to be printed (H. Doc. 115-90).

        • 01:57:51 PM

          TEMPORE REFERRED

          REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND ORDERED PRINTED.

        • 01:58:02 PM

          TEMPORE PURSUANT

          PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL POSTPONEFURTHER…

          PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL POSTPONEFURTHER PROCEEDINGS TODAY ON MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES ON WHICH A RECORDED VOTE OR THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. OR VOTES OBJECTED TO UNDER CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 20. THE HOUSE WILL RESUME PROCEEDINGS ON POSTPONED QUESTIONS AT A LATER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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      • 01:58:12 PM

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

        • 01:58:24 PM

          Mr. Royce (CA) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 3445 — "To enhance the transparency and accelerate the impact of programs under the African Growth and Opportunity Act and the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and for other purposes."

          • 01:58:26 PM

            MR. ROYCE

            MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 3445…

            MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 3445 AS AMENDED.

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          • 01:58:34 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

          • 01:58:37 PM

            THE CLERK

            H.R. 3445 A BILL TO ENHANCE THE TRANSPARENCY AND ACCELERATE THE IMPACT OF…

            H.R. 3445 A BILL TO ENHANCE THE TRANSPARENCY AND ACCELERATE THE IMPACT OF PROGRAMS UNDER THE AFRICAN GROWTH AND OPPORTUNITY ACT AND THE MILLENNIUM CHALLENGE CORPORATION AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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        • 01:58:40 PM

          Considered under suspension of the rules.

        • 01:58:41 PM

          DEBATE

          The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3445.

          • 01:58:51 PM

            TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

            PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. SIRES, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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          • 01:59:04 PM

            MR. ROYCE

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

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

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          • 01:59:14 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            WITHOUT OBJECTION. SO ORDERED.

          • 01:59:16 PM

            MR. ROYCE

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

            I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO PLACE INTO THE RECORD AN EXCHANGE OF LETTERS THAT WE HAD WITH THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS AND A LETTER SENT TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS SUBCOMMITTEE ON AFRICA, GLOBAL HEALTH AND GLOBAL HUMAN RIGHTS AND INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS.

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          • 01:59:32 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            WITHOUT OBJECTION. SO ORDERED. ROYCE ROY --

          • 01:59:36 PM

            MR. ROYCE

            I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

          • 01:59:41 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN MAY PROCEED.

          • 01:59:48 PM

            MR. ROYCE

            I HAVE BEEN HONORED TO SERVE AS CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE FOREIGN AFFAIRS…

            I HAVE BEEN HONORED TO SERVE AS CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS. AND OVER THIS PERIOD, THERE'S BEEN NO SHORTAGE OF THREATS TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. BUT I MUST SHARE WITH YOU, THERE HAVE BEEN GREAT OPPORTUNITIES. OPPORTUNITIES TO MAKE AMERICA SAFER, TO MAKE THIS COUNTRY MORE PROSPEROUS THROUGH STRATEGIC INVESTMENTS IN DIPLOMACY. AND ALSO INVESTMENTS IN DEVELOPMENT. AND THIS BILL BEFORE US TODAY IS ONE EXAMPLE. . THE AFRICAN GROWTH AND OPPORTUNITY ACT AND THE MILLENNIUM CHALLENGE ACT SEEKS TO HAVE PRIVATE SECTOR GROWTH IN POOR BUT RELATIVELY WELL-GOVERNED COUNTRIES. THIS IS PARTICULARLY TRUE IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA.

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          • 02:00:44 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR.

          • 02:00:47 PM

            MR. ROYCE

            I WILL SHARE WITH MY COLLEAGUES THE GOAL HERE IS SO THAT THEY CAN GROW…

            I WILL SHARE WITH MY COLLEAGUES THE GOAL HERE IS SO THAT THEY CAN GROW THEIR WAY, GROW THEIR OWN WAY OUT OF POVERTY. AND WHAT THIS LEGISLATION DOES IS IT SEEKS TO HELP COUNTRIES GRADUATE FROM THE NEED FOR FOREIGN AID WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY OPENING DOORS FOR AMERICAN BUSINESSES TO BREAK INTO THE MOST PROMISING EMERGING MARKETS, AND FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT FOLLOWED THIS, YOU WATCHED TRADE DOUBLE AND THEN TRIPLE WITH SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA. THROUGH AGOA, AS WE CALL THIS AFRICAN GROWTH AND OPPORTUNITY ACT, GOODS PRODUCED IN ELIGIBLE AFRICAN COUNTRIES ENTER THE UNITED STATES ON A DUTY-FREE BASIS, BUT TO BE ELIGIBLE, COUNTRIES MUST BE COMMITTED TO THE RULE OF LAW, TO ELIMINATING BARRIERS TO U.S. TRADE AND INVESTMENT, TO COMBATING CORRUPTION, AND SUPPORTING COUNTERTERRORISM ACTIVITIES. SO AGOA, AS YOU CAN SEE, IT ADVANCES U.S. INTERESTS ON SO MANY DIFFERENT LEVELS AND I AM PROUD TO BE A MEMBER OF THE AGOA COALITION FROM THE BEGINNING. I WAS ONE OF THE ORIGINAL AUTHORS OF THE BILL, AND I WITNESSED ITS TRANSFORMATIVE IMPACT.

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          • 02:02:07 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PLEASE TAKE YOUR…

            THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. WE WILL NOT RESUME UNTIL THE HOUSE COMES TO ORDER. ALL RIGHT. THE GENTLEMAN MAY PROCEED.

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          • 02:02:24 PM

            MR. ROYCE

            REMAIN UNDERUTILIZED IN TOO MANY COUNTRIES. PRIOR TO ITS RE-AUTHORIZATION…

            REMAIN UNDERUTILIZED IN TOO MANY COUNTRIES. PRIOR TO ITS RE-AUTHORIZATION IN 2015, I SET OUT TO LEARN WHY AND I TRAVELED TO MANY COUNTRIES IN SOUTHERN AND EASTERN AFRICA WHERE I MET WITH U.S. AND AFRICAN TRADE OFFICIALS AND BUSINESS LEADERS, ENTREPRENEURS. I VISITED GARMENT FACTORIES, POWER STATIONS. WE WENT TO TRADE HUBS. I HEARD A LOT ABOUT POOR INFRASTRUCTURE. I HEARD A LOT ABOUT WITH COMPETITION WITH CHINA AND BURDENSOME U.S. REGULATIONS THAT ARE DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND. THEN I WALKED INTO AN ART SAN SHOP -- ARTISAN SHOP. IT WAS RUN BY A REMARKABLE WOMAN NAMED SARAH. I LEARNED THAT SHE IN FACT HAD BENEFITED FROM TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE THROUGH THE U.S.-EAST AFRICA TRADE HUB AND SHE WAS NOW EXPORTING TO THE UNITED STATES THROUGH AGOA. I LEARNED THAT SHE WAS THOUGH AN EXCEPTION TO THE RULE. SHE'S NOT THE RULE. OTHER THAN SARAH, THERE WERE VERY FEW BUSINESSES, VERY FEW BUSINESS LEADERS AND ENTREPRENEURS THAT SEEMED TO HAVE THE KNOWLEDGE OF HOW TO ACCESS AGOA. TO FIX THIS, THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY WOULD MAKE INFORMATION ABOUT AGOA AVAILABLE TO AN EASILY ACCESSIBLE PUBLIC WEBSITE, AND THIS BILL ALSO URGES U.S. EMBASSIES IN ELIGIBLE COUNTRIES TO MORE CONSISTENTLY PROMOTE AGOA AND -- IN TRADE HUBS AND SEEKS TO COMMITMENTS MADE AT ANNUAL AGOA FORUMS TO FOLLOW-UP ON THESE COMMITMENTS. SO THIS BILL STRENGTHENS THE MILLENNIUM CHALLENGE CORPORATION WHICH IS ALREADY THE MORE EFFECTIVE TOOLS FOR INCENTIVIZING AND MARKET-BASED GROWTH IN THESE COUNTRIES. IT PROMOTES REGIONAL TRADE, COLLABORATION, ECONOMIC INTEGRATION, AND IT DOES THIS BY ALLOWING UP TO TWO SIMULTANEOUS COMPACTS WITH AN ELIGIBLE COUNTRY AND IT ALSO IMPROVES TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY. IT DOES THAT BY STREAMLINING AND STRENGTHENING CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT. TRADE AND FREE MARKET PRINCIPLES, FRANKLY, IF IT WE THINK ABOUT IT, HAVE HELPED LIFT MORE THAN ONE BILLION PEOPLE OUT OF POVERTY OVER THE LAST DECADE. BUT IT IS NOT JUST THIS HUMANITARIAN GOAL THAT LEADS US TO INVEST IN COMMUNITIES ABROAD. IT IS CLEAR THAT INVESTMENTS TARGETED TOWARDS GREATER HEALTH, TOWARDS GROWING A HEALTHIER SOCIETY, TO GROWING A MORE STABLE SOCIETY, THIS ALSO HELPS ADVANCE U.S. SECURITY AND ECONOMIC INTERESTS. IT IS, THEREFORE, VITAL THAT WE ENSURE THAT TWO OF OUR MOST IMPACTFUL DEVELOPMENT AND TRADE FACILITATION TOOLS, THAT'S THE AFRICAN GROWTH AND OPPORTUNITY ACT, AND OUR MILLENNIUM CHALLENGE CORPORATION, ARE EFFICIENT, EFFECTIVE, FULLY UTILIZED AND THIS BILL WILL DO EXACTLY THAT. I URGE THE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT MEASURE, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 02:05:54 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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          • 02:05:59 PM

            MR. SIRES

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

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

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          • 02:06:06 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME.

          • 02:06:08 PM

            MR. SIRES

            TIME.

          • 02:08:10 PM

            COLLEA

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

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

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          • 02:08:13 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

          • 02:08:22 PM

            MR. ROYCE

            I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I CHECKED WITH MY SIDE, AND I THINK -- WE…

            I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I CHECKED WITH MY SIDE, AND I THINK -- WE COULD CLOSE AT THIS TIME.

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          • 02:08:32 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS READY TO CLOSE, SO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS READY TO CLOSE, SO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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          • 02:08:38 PM

            MR. SIRES

            I HAVE AN ADDITIONAL SPEAKER. I WANT TO READ MY CLOSING REMARKS.

          • 02:08:44 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

          • 02:08:45 PM

            MR. SIRES

            MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY NEED.

          • 02:08:50 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME.

          • 02:08:52 PM

            MR. SIRES

            I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME FOR THE PURPOSE OF THE AFRICAN…

            I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME FOR THE PURPOSE OF THE AFRICAN GROWTH AND OPPORTUNITY ACT. IT'S A CRITICAL PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT INCREASES TIES AND HELPS FORCE THE DEEPER RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR PARTNERS THROUGHOUT AFRICA. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS MEASURE AND YIELD -- AND RESERVE MY TIME.

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          • 02:09:18 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            CONTINUE TO RESERVE? THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA CONTINUES TO RESERVE.…

            CONTINUE TO RESERVE? THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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          • 02:09:27 PM

            MR. SIRES

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

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. BASS, RANKING MEMBER OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS SUBCOMMITTEE ON AFRICA.

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          • 02:09:37 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

          • 02:09:41 PM

            MS. BASS

            THANK YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF…

            THANK YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 3445, AGOA AND M.C.A. MODERNIZATION ACT. THE AFRICAN GROWTH AND OPPORTUNITY ACT AND THE MILLENNIUM CHALLENGE CORPORATION HAVE PROVEN TRACT RECORDS OF SPURRING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. EXPANDING THESE PROGRAMS ADVANCES OUR POSITION AS INTERNATIONAL LEADERS, STRENGTHENS OUR DOMESTIC JOB MARKET AND ECONOMY WHILE PROTECTING OUR NATIONAL SECURITY INTERESTS. TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT GO HAND IN HAND. U.S. INVESTMENTS AROUND THE WORLD INCREASES TRADE OPPORTUNITIES AND OPENS NEW MARKETS FOR U.S. GOODS AND SERVICES. AFRICA'S CONSUMER SPENDING IS EXPECTED TO REACH $1 TRILLION. WE MUST ACT NOW IN ORDER TO SOLIDIFY THIS IMPORTANT TRADE RELATIONSHIP. IF WE FAIL TO ACT, REST ASSURED THAT OTHER NATIONS ARE READY, WILLING AND ABLE TO FILL OUR VOID. WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY THROUGH AGOA AND M.C.A. TO ADVANCE STABILITY, SECURITY AND BUSINESS GROWTH ON THE CONTINENT AND HERE AT HOME. THIS IS IN OUR BEST INTEREST. THAT'S WHY I JOIN MY COLLEAGUES, CHAIRMAN ROYCE, RANKING MEMBER ENGEL, REPRESENTATIVE SMITH TO INTRODUCE THE AGOA AND M.C.A. MODERNIZATION ACT EARLIER THIS YEAR. MOVING DEVELOPING COUNTRY AWAY FROM FOREIGN AID TO TRADE HELPS FARMERS, SMALL BUSINESSES. WE ARE BUILDING LONG-TERM TRADING PARTNERS FOR OUR GOODS AND SERVICES. BY USING TRADE WE CAN ALSO ADDRESS THE ROOT CAUSES OF VIOLENT EXTREMISM AND TERRORISM. THIS LEGISLATION STRENGTHENS THE AGOA AND THE M.C.A., KEY LAWS IN THE EFFORT TO PROMOTE U.S.-AFRICA TRADE. FOR EXAMPLE, AGOA AND M.C.A. GIVES M.C.C. GREATER FLEXIBILITY TO PROMOTE TRADE, COLLABORATION, AND ECONOMIC INTEGRATION BY ALLOWING UP TO TWO SIMULTANEOUS COMPACTS WITH AN ELIGIBLE COUNTRY. THIS IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE AS MOST OF US KNOW, AFRICAN COUNTRIES ARE STILL GRAPPLING WITH THE LEGACY OF COLONIALISM. FOR EXAMPLE, ONLY A FEW HUNDRED MILES SEPARATE LAGOS, NIGERIA, FROM GHANA. IN THE UNITED STATES, TRAVELING THIS DISTANCE WOULD TAKE A FEW HOURS. FOR TRADERS ON THE CONTINENT, THE SAME TRIP CAN TAKE UP TO A FULL DAY. THEY HAVE TO CONTEND WITH INADEQUATE ROADS, ARDUOUS BORDER CHECKS OR HIGH TARIFFS. M.C.C. RECENTLY SIGNED A COMPACT WITH AN ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL HUB IN WEST AFRICAN AND A LONGTIME STRATEGIC AND ECONOMIC PARTNER OF THE U.S. THIS COMPACT WILL DIVERSIFY THE NATION'S ECONOMY BY TARGETING TWO CONSTRAINTS TO GROWTH -- ACCESS TO A SKILLED WORK FORCE AND THE MOBILITY OF GOODS AND PEOPLE IN THE NATION'S CAPITAL. THE TRANSPORT PROJECT WILL FOCUS ON REHABILITATING KEY ROADS IN THE CAPITAL TO ENABLE PEOPLE AND GOODS TO MOVE FREELY THROUGHOUT THE BUSY CITY AND ITS STRATEGIC PART. WITH 20% OF THE NATION'S POPULATION LIVING IN THE CAPITAL, UNLOCKING CONGESTION WILL CREATE OPPORTUNITIES TO BUY AND SELL PRODUCTS, EXPAND BUSINESSES, IMPROVE ACCESS TO KEY SERVICES AND OPEN UP GREATER TRADE. THIS COMPACT IS EXPECTED TO BENEFIT MORE THAN 11 MILLION PEOPLE. IN A COUNTRY WHERE MORE THAN HALF THE POPULATION IS UNDER THE AGE OF 24, IT WILL HELP TO SHAPE A STRONG, STABLE FUTURE FOR CHORD VAR. THIS -- CORDAVAR. THIS WILL HELP WEST AFRICA AND THE U.S., BY MAKING COORDINATED INVESTMENTS ACROSS COUNTRIES, M.C.C. COULD HELP THESE NATIONS WORK TOGETHER TO GROW REGIONAL MARKETS AND FACILITATE TRADE. PASSAGE OF THIS BILL IN THE HOUSE IS AN IMPORTANT STEP TOWARD INCREASING REGIONAL INTEGRATION ACROSS AFRICA, ADVANCING STABILITY AND SECURITY AND OPENING NEW MARKETS FOR TRADE. I BELIEVE STRONGLY THAT IT IS IN OUR ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL INTEREST TO EXPAND OUR ECONOMIC RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE NATIONS OF AFRICA. I HAVE SAID THIS BEFORE AND I WILL CONTINUE TO REITERATE THIS POINT, I ALSO BELIEVE THE AFRICAN GROWTH AND OPPORTUNITY ACT IS THE KEY TOOL DEVELOPMENT OF A STRONGER MUTUALLY BENEFICIAL ECONOMIC RELATIONS BETWEEN THIS COUNTRY AND AFRICAN NATIONS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME.

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          • 02:13:53 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

            THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED. DOES THE GENTLEMAN CONTINUE TO RESERVE?

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          • 02:14:03 PM

            MR. ROYCE

            TO CLOSE IF YOU HAVE ANY OTHER SPEAKERS.

          • 02:14:11 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            WHILE THE GENTLEMAN CONTINUES TO RESERVE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS…

            WHILE THE GENTLEMAN CONTINUES TO RESERVE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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          • 02:14:15 PM

            MR. SIRES

            MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS, MS.…

            MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE.

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          • 02:14:20 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

          • 02:14:34 PM

            MS. JACKSON LEE

            LEE: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY FOR HIS LEADERSHIP, AND I THANK…

            LEE: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY FOR HIS LEADERSHIP, AND I THANK MR. ROYCE, MR. ENGEL, MR. SMITH, AND MS. BASS FOR ESTABLISHING A REAL VIABLE AFRICAN POLICY, A POLICY THAT I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF BEING PART OF FOR ALL OF THE YEARS THAT I SERVED IN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS. I REMEMBER MAKING THE FIRST TRIP TO DO THE RESEARCH AND TO MEET WITH HEADS OF STATES IN AFRICA ON THE QUESTION OF THE AFRICAN GROWTH AND OPPORTUNITY ACT. OVER THE YEARS, WE WORKED WITH THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION ON THE MILLENNIUM CHALLENGE CORPORATION, AND SO I AM DELIGHTED THAT WE HAVE A BILL THAT IMPROVES THE BENEFITS. IT IS EVEN MORE IMPORTANT IN THIS TIME TO MAKE SURE THAT THE POLICIES OF THE UNITED STATES TOWARD AFRICA AND THE AFRICAN COUNTRIES IS CLEAR AND PRECISE. THEY ARE STRONG ALLIES AND A VERY VIABLE TRADE PARTNER. . THIS IS CRUCIAL TO THE BACKDROP OF VERY YOU VULGAR STATEMENTS THAT UNFORTUNATELY HAVE COME FROM THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF. THEREFORE, THIS IS THE POLICY THAT IS REAL. AN ONGOING PARTNERSHIP. THE FACT THAT AFRICA REPRESENTS A GROWING POPULATION OF A BILLION PEOPLE. WHEN WE LAST TRAVELED WITH A PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, WHICH THEN WAS PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, AND VISITED A NUMBER OF AFRICAN COUNTRIES, IN PARTICULAR KENYA, WE WERE THERE TO LOOK AT THE RISING POPULATION OF SMALL AND MEDIUM SIZED ENTREPRENEURS. YOUNG MILLENNIUMS AND OTHERS WHO WERE EAGER TO ENGAGE IN BUSINESS. THE AFRICAN GROWTH AND OPPORTUNITY ACT WILL BE A PATHWAY FOR SUBSAHARA AFTERA, COUNTRIES IN THAT AREA, THAT WILL CREATE THE PATHWAY FOR TRADE FOR GOODS PRODUCED ON THE CONTINENT. PEACE AND THE ECONOMY GO TOGETHER. AND IF WE HAVE AN ECONOMIC ENGINE PARTNERSHIP WITH THE UNITED STATES, LOOKING AT GOOD QUALITY INVESTMENT, AND IF WE HAVE THE WORK OF THE MILLENNIUM CHALLENGE TO CHALLENGE COUNTRIES TO BECOME MORE DEMOCRATIC, TO OPEN THE DOORS OF OPPORTUNITY, TO HAVE A BETTER FISCAL SYSTEM, AND TO BE A REAL PARTNER IN THESE IMPROVEMENTS, THAT IS A REAL AFRICAN POLICY. SO I RISE TO SUPPORT THE UNDERLYING BILL. AND I RISE TO SUPPORT IT BECAUSE IT IS AN ADVANCEMENT, H.R. 3445, TO THE WORK THAT HAS BEEN DONE OVER THE YEARS BY THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS AND THE MANY PARTNERS THAT WE HAVE HAD. I AM A STUDENT OF AFRICA. HAVING GONE TO SCHOOL IN GHANA AND NIGERIA AND OTHERS. I TRAVELED OFTEN. AND I UNDERSTAND THE INGENUITY, THE EAGERNESS, AND THE COMMITMENT TO DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLES AND, OF COURSE, THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THEIR YOUNG GENERATION. SO I RISE TODAY TO SUPPORT THE BILL. I DON'T KNOW IF IT'S APPROPRIATE, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO CO-SPONSOR THE LEGISLATION AT THIS TIME. BUT I THANK THE SPONSORS FOR THIS VERY EXCELLENT LEGISLATION. IT IS GOOD WORK. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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          • 02:18:02 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLELADY'S REQUEST WILL BE ADDED AS A CO-SPONSOR CANNOT BE…

            THE GENTLELADY'S REQUEST WILL BE ADDED AS A CO-SPONSOR CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED AT THIS POINT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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          • 02:18:23 PM

            MR. ROYCE

            I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. CO-SPONSOR CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED AT THIS POINT.…

            I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. CO-SPONSOR CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED AT THIS POINT. I'LL JUST SUM UP HERE WHAT THIS BILL DOES IS UNLOCK A GREATER POTENTIAL FOR AGOA, AFRICAN GROWTH AND UNIT ACT, SO THAT COMMUNITIES -- GROWTH AN OPPORTUNITY ACT, SO COMMUNITIES IN AFRICA CAN STRENGTHEN THEIR OWN ECONOMIES AND BECOME U.S. TRADE PARTNERS RATHER THAN AID RECIPIENTS. IT ENHANCES THE IMPACT OF M.C.C. BY ACCELERATING REGIONAL ECONOMIC INTEGRATION AND TRADE. IT'S GOOD FOR AMERICAN TAXPAYERS. IT'S CERTAINLY GOOD FOR JOB CREATORS IN THE UNITED STATES. IT'S GOOD FOR OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. IT'S GOOD FOR AFRICA. FOR THE PEOPLE OF AFRICA. I THINK THIS LEGISLATION IS THE PRODUCT OF MORE THAN TWO YEARS OF NEGOTIATIONS. IT ENJOYS VERY BROAD SUPPORT. AS I SAY, IT DOESN'T COST THE TAXPAYERS ANYTHING. BUT I REALLY WANT TO THANK SOME OF THE MEMBERS WHO WORKED HARD ON THIS. REPRESENTATIVE CAREN BASS, THANK YOU FOR YOUR -- KAREN BASS, THANK YOU FOR YOUR GOOD WORK. CONGRESSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON LEE AND RANKING MEMBER ENGEL. CHRIS SMITH. SENATOR CORKER AND CARDIN AND ISAACS, AND SENATOR COONS. I THANK THEM FOR THEIR HELP ON MY MEASURE HERE TODAY AND CONTINUED COMMITMENT TO REDUCING POVERTY THROUGH MARKET BASED ECONOMIC GROWTH. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 02:19:40 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            I HAVE NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS.

          • 02:19:54 PM

            MR. SIRES

            I HAVE NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS.

          • 02:19:55 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

          • 02:19:57 PM

            MR. SIRES

            SIRES: I HAVE NO I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. I DON'T HAVE ANY…

            SIRES: I HAVE NO I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. I DON'T HAVE ANY ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS.

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          • 02:20:01 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME HAVING EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS, WILL…

            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME HAVING EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 3445, AS AMENDED. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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        • 02:20:18 PM

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

          • 02:20:27 PM

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

            • 02:20:29 PM

              MR. ROYCE

              MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 3776 AS…

              MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 3776 AS AMENDED.

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            • 02:20:33 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

            • 02:20:36 PM

              THE CLERK

              UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 357, H.R. 3776. A BILL TO SUPPORT UNITED STATES…

              UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 357, H.R. 3776. A BILL TO SUPPORT UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL CYBERDIPLOMACY, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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          • 02:20:40 PM

            Mr. Royce (CA) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 3776 — "To support United States international cyber diplomacy, and for other purposes."

            • 02:20:46 PM

              TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

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

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          • 02:20:51 PM

            Considered under suspension of the rules.

          • 02:20:53 PM

            DEBATE

            The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3776.

            • 02:20:56 PM

              MR. ROYCE

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

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

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            • 02:21:07 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

            • 02:21:08 PM

              MR. ROYCE

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

            • 02:21:11 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 02:21:12 PM

              MR. ROYCE

              MR. SPEAKER, LET ME BEGIN BY SAYING THE UNITED STATES IS INCREASINGLY…

              MR. SPEAKER, LET ME BEGIN BY SAYING THE UNITED STATES IS INCREASINGLY UNDER ATTACK BY FOREIGN ACTORS ONLINE. NOBODY KNOWS THIS BERT THAN OUR MEMBERS ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, BUT ESPECIALLY MIKE MCCAUL, WHO ASSISTED ME ON THIS BILL, AND AS YOU KNOW MIKE MCCAUL ALSO CHAIRS THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE. SO THIS LEGISLATION IS FOCUSED ON CORRECTING A SERIOUS THREAT. MALICIOUS CYBERACTIVITIES BY STATE AND NONSTATE ACTORS THREATEN OUR U.S. FOREIGN POLICY, OUR SECURITY, OUR ECONOMIC INTERESTS RIGHT NOW AROUND THE GLOBE. LAST YEAR THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY'S WORLDWIDE THREAT ASSESSMENT SUMMED THIS UP WELL. AS THEY LOOKED AT THE PROBLEM THEY SAID, AND I'LL QUOTE THEM, OUR ADVERSARIES ARE BECOMING MORE ADEPT AT USING CYBERSPACE TO THREATEN OUR INTERESTS AND ADVANCE THEIR OWN, AND DESPITE IMPROVING OUR CYBERDEFENSES NEARLY ALL INFORMATION, COMMUNICATION NETWORKS, AND SYSTEMS WILL BE AT RISK FOR YEARS. BUT IT'S NOT JUST THE SECURITY OF OUR NETWORKS THAT THE UNITED STATES NEEDS TO PROTECT. IT IS THE VERY FABRIC OF THE INTERNET ITSELF THAT IS INCREASINGLY UNDER ASSAULT BY GOVERNMENTS THAT WANT TO ERECT DIGITAL BORDERS. THAT WANT TO IMPOSE MORE CONTROL. THAT WANT CENSURESHIP ONLINE. THE STATE DEPARTMENT HAS A CRITICAL ROLE TO PLAY IN PROMOTING AN OPEN AND SECURE CYBERSPACE BY DEVELOPING INTERNATIONAL NORMS OF RESPONSIBLE STATE BEHAVIOR AND DETERRING MALICIOUS ACTORS FROM CARRYING OUT DESTRUCTIVE CYBEROPERATIONS. LAST YEAR THE PRESIDENT SIGNED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER CHARGING THE SECOND OF STATE WITH CREATING AN INTERAGENCY STRATEGY TO PROTECT LAST YEAR THE PRESIDENT SIGNED AN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FROM CYBERTHREATS. ALONG WITH A PLAN TO IMPROVE INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION IN CYBERSECURITY. DESPITE THE PROMINENT ROLE ASSIGNED TO THE DEPARTMENT BY THE PRESIDENT'S EXECUTIVE ORDER AND SUPPORT FROM THIS BODY FOR SUCH WORK, THE OFFICE TASKED WITH LEADING THIS EFFORT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FOR THE STATE DEPARTMENT WAS MERGED INTO THE BUREAU OF ECONOMIC AND BUSINESS AFFAIRS. THE CONCERN IS THAT THIS LIMITS THE DEPARTMENT'S ABILITY TO CONFRONT THE FULL RANGE OF ISSUES IN CYBERSPACE SUCH AS SECURITY, INTERNET ACCESS, ONLINE HUMAN RIGHTS, CYBER CRIME. BEYOND THE CLEAR ECONOMIC CHALLENGES. SO I BELIEVE THIS SENDS THE WRONG SIGNAL TO MOSCOW, TO BEIJING, AND OTHER GOVERNMENTS AROUND THE WORLD. THE UNITED STATES SHOULD MAKE IT CLEAR THAT WE PLACE A HIGH PRIORITY ON THE WHOLE RANGE OF CYBERISSUES, INCLUDING CYBERSECURITY, INTERNET ACKSERKS ONLINE RIGHTS, DETER REINCE, AND CYBERCRIME. IN TESTIMONY BEFORE THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, HERE'S THE GOOD NEWS, I WAS RELIEVED TO HEAR OUR DEPUTY SECRETARY SULLIVAN SAY THAT THIS WAS JUST AN INTERIM STEP AND THAT HE EXPECTS CYBER ISSUES WILL ULTIMATELY BE ELEVATED TO A SENATE CONFIRMED ROLE. THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT THIS BILL REQUIRES. SO NOW MORE THAN EVER WE NEED A HIGH-RANKING CYBER DIPLOMAT AT THE STATE DEPARTMENT TO PRIORITIZE THESE EFFORTS TO ENSURE WE KEEP THE INTERNET OPEN, KEEP IT RELIABLE, KEEP IT SECURE, AND THE BIPARTISAN CYBERDIPLOMACY ACT WILL HELP COUNTER FOREIGN THREATS ON THE INTERNET AND IT'S GOING TO PROMOTE HUMAN RIGHTS ABROAD AND IT'S GOING TO ALSO, BY THE WAY, CREATE NEW JOBS AND ECONOMIC GROWTH HERE AT HOME. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE BILL. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 02:25:15 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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            • 02:25:18 PM

              MR. SIRES

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

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

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            • 02:25:24 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME.

            • 02:25:26 PM

              MR. SIRES

              THANK YOU. LET ME FIRST THANK OUR CHAIRMAN, THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE,…

              THANK YOU. LET ME FIRST THANK OUR CHAIRMAN, THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, ED ROYCE, AND RANKING MEMBER ELIOT ENGEL, FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. MR. SPEAKER, MALICIOUS CYBERACTIVITY HAS BECOME A GRAVE THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES AND ALLIES. IN 2014, NORTH KOREA HACKED SONY PICTURESER. IN 2015 THE CHINESE STOLE THE PERSONAL DATA OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE IN 2014, NORTH KOREA HACKED FROM THE OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT. IN 2016, RUSSIA ILLEGALLY INTERFERED IN OUR PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS. STEALING ELECTIONS DATA AND DOING REAL DAMAGE TO THE AMERICAN DEMOCRACY. AND NOW IN 2018, FROM THE OFFICE MIDTERM LEAKSES ARE AT RISK. PUTIN AND HIS CRONIES WILL NOT FINISH AFTER THE LAST ELECTION. THEY HAVE HACKED OUR ALLIES. AND THEY WILL HACK OUR ELECTIONS AGAIN AND AGAIN UNLESS WE DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. WE CANNOT ALLOW FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS TO MEDDLE IN DEMOCRACY AND STEAL DATA FROM OUR NETWORKS. TO STAND UP AGAINST THESE THREATS, THIS BILL ESTABLISHES A HIGH-LEVEL AMBASSADOR TO LEAD THE STATE DEPARTMENT'S CYBERDIPLOMACY EFFORTS. IT ALSO REQUIRES THE SECRETARY OF STATE TO CREATE AN INTERNATIONAL CYBERPOLICY THAT WILL IMPROVE INTERNATIONAL CYBERNORMS ON SECURITY AND DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLES, INCLUDING A COMMITMENT TO KEEP THE INTERNET FREE. OPEN AND INTERNATIONAL INTEROPERABLE. AMERICA CANNOT CEDE CYBERSPACE TO CHINA OR RUSSIA. NOW MORE THAN EVER WE NEED TO USE ALL THE TOOLS WE HAVE TO HELP SHAME INTERNATIONAL NORMS, RAMP UP COORDINATION WITH OUR PARTNERS, AND STIFFEN OUR DEFENSES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN MEASURE AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 02:27:18 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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            • 02:27:23 PM

              MR. ROYCE

              I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. MCCAUL. HE'S…

              I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. MCCAUL. HE'S CHAIRMAN OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE.

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            • 02:27:28 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

            • 02:27:31 PM

              MR. MCCAUL

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THIS CYBERDIPLOMACY…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THIS CYBERDIPLOMACY ACT. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN ROYCE AND ELIOT ENGEL FOR THEIR STRONG WORK ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE. AS CHAIRMAN OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE, I PASSED NUMEROUS BILLS TO STRENGTHEN OUR CYBEROPERATIONS TO DEFEND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THE HOMELAND. NOW I'M PLEASED TO SEE WE'RE DOING THE SAME AT THE STATE DEPARTMENT. AS WE HAVE SEEN RAPID TECHNOLOGY ADVANCEMENTS HAVE INCREASED OUR DEPENDENTS ON COMPUTER NETWORKS W THIS GROWING DEPENDENCE COMES EXPOSURE TO THE MYRIAD VULNERABILITIES AND THREATS FROM CYBERCRIMINALS, HACKERS, AND NATION STATES WHO CONTINUE TO LAUNCH MALICIOUS ATTACKS AGAINST US. CURRENTLY AS THE CHAIRMAN STATED THERE IS NO REAL -- THERE ARE NO REAL INTERNATIONAL NORMS OR STANDARDS TO FOLLOW. WHEN IT COMES TO CYBERSECURITY. AND AS THE THREAT LANDSCAPE CONTINUES TO EVOLVE, I BELIEVE THAT CONGRESS MUST PUT FORTH RESPONSIBLE POLICIES TO KEEP PACE PROTECTING OUR SYSTEMS, OUR CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE, AND AMERICAN CITIZENS' INFORMATION AND PRIVACY. THIS LEGISLATION HELPS ENSURE THE OPEN AND RELIABLE SECURE USE OF THE INTERNET BY ESTABLISHING THE OFFICE OF CYBER ISSUES WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEADED BY AN AMBASSADOR RESPONSIBLE FOR ADVANCING U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY AND FOREIGN POLICY INTERESTS ON CYBER SECURITY AND ISSUES OF INTERNET FREEDOM AROUND THE GLOBE. THIS LEGISLATION ALSO REQUIRES THE SECRETARY TO PRODUCE A STRATEGY ON CYBERSPACE TO GUIDE U.S. POLICY. LASTLY, IT REQUIRES THE STATE DEPARTMENT TO ADD A SECTION TO ITS ANNUAL REPORT ON HUMAN RIGHTS DETAILING GOVERNMENTS SUCH AS IRAN, RUSSIA, AND CHINA IN SILENCE OF THEIR OPPOSITION THROUGH INTERNET CENSORSHIP. I STAND PROUD TO BE WITH MY COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION TO PROPOSE SOLUTIONS TO THESE VERY GRAVE CHALLENGES THAT FACE THE UNITED STATES AND THE WORLD. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 02:29:42 PM

              MR. SIRES

              MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR.…

              MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR. LANGEVIN, CO-CHAIR OF THE CONGRESSIONAL CYBERSECURITY CAUCUS.

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            • 02:29:49 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

            • 02:29:58 PM

              MR. LANGEVIN

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

              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE CYBER DIPLOMACY ACT. AND EFFORTS TO INCREASE INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION AND PROMOTE GLOBAL STABILITY IN SISHE SPACE. . I FIRMLY BELIEVE CYBERSECURITY IS A CHALLENGE OF THE 21ST CENTURY AND WE MUST INTEGRATE CYBERSPACE INTO OUR POLICY IF WE ARE TO SUCCESSFULLY MITIGATE THE MANY THREATS WE FACE IN THIS DOMAIN. THEN SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON RECOGNIZED THIS WHEN SHE CREATED THE OFFICE OF THE CYBER COORDINATOR WITHIN THE STATE DEPARTMENT IN 2011 AND HER SUCCESSOR, JOHN KERRY, CONTINUED AMERICA'S LEADERSHIP IN CYBER DIPLOMACY. I WORKED WITH CHRIS PAINTER AND WE ARE DEEPLY INDEBTED TO HIS SIX YEARS OF SERVICE IN THAT ROLE. I CANNOT EVER REMEMBER A MEETING WITH A CYBERSECURITY EXPERT WHERE HIS NAME DID NOT COME UP ACTIVELY PROMOTING A SECURE INTERNET. I'M DEEPLY GRATEFUL FOR THE LEADERSHIP OF CHAIRMAN ROYCE AND RANKING MEMBER ENGEL IN RECOGNIZING THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS ROLE AND BRINGING THIS BILL FORWARD TO CODIFY AND EXPAND IT. NOW, THIS EFFORT IS PARTICULARLY TIMELY AS SINCE MR. PAINTER LEFT, THERE'S BEEN SOME CONFUSION WHETHER THE POSITION WOULD EVEN BE FILLED OR IF THE OFFICE WOULD BE REORGANIZED UNDER THE BUREAU OF ECONOMIC AND BUSINESS AFFAIRS. IT'S MY GOAL TO SEE THAT DOES NOT HAPPEN, THAT THIS BILL PREVAILS. THAT POSITION DEEPLY NEEDS TO BE IN THE STATE DEPARTMENT WHERE WE CAN SHOW AMERICA'S LEADERSHIP ON A DIPLOMATIC FRONT IN CYBER. AS A MEMBER WHO SERVES ON TWO NATIONAL SECURITY COMMITTEES, I MUST EMPHASIZE THAT CYBERSECURITY IS NOT JUST AN ECONOMIC ISSUE, AND THIS BILL APPROPRIATELY RECOGNIZES THE BROAD SCOPE OF CYBER DIPLOMACY. MR. SPEAKER, EVERY ARMED CONFLICT GOING FORWARD IN THE WORLD TODAY HAS AND ALL FUTURE CONFLICTS WILL HAVE A CYBER COMPONENT. WE'VE SEEN OUR CYBER ADVERSARIES LIKE RUSSIA USE CYBER TOOLS, INCLUDING EFFORTS TO UNDERMINED FAITH IN THE BEDROCK OF OUR DEMOCRACY, OUR ELECTIONS. WE MUST ENGAGE BILATERALLY AND MULTILATERALLY WITH OUR INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS AND EVEN OUR ADVERSARIES IN ORDER TO PROTECT OUR INTERESTS AND ALLOW US TO CONTINUE TO REAP THE BENEFITS OF A CONNECTED SOCIETY. THE LACK OF POLICIES, NORMS AND PRECEDENTS IN THIS NEW SPHERE OF STATE INTERACTION CONTINUES TO INCREASE THE POTENTIAL FOR A CYBER INCIDENT TO LEAD TO ESCALATING CONFLICT. IT'S UP TO THE HARDWORKING AND SADLY UNDERAPPRECIATED OF MEMBERS OF OUR FOREIGN SERVICE TO DO THIS AND THIS BILL WILL ENSURE THEY HAVE THE LEADERSHIP STRUCTURE TO DO THAT. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, LET ME THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER FOR THEIR EXTRAORDINARY WORK ON THIS IMPORTANT BILL. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING, AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 02:33:15 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA…

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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            • 02:33:23 PM

              MR. ROYCE

              I'LL CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

            • 02:33:26 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 02:33:28 PM

              MR. SIRES

              MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME FOR THE PURPOSE OF…

              MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME FOR THE PURPOSE OF CLOSING.

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            • 02:33:33 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE DEBATE FOR THE MINORITY.

            • 02:33:36 PM

              MR. SIRES

              KEEPING THE INTERNET OPEN, INTEROPERABLE AND SECURE IS CRITICAL -- IS OF…

              KEEPING THE INTERNET OPEN, INTEROPERABLE AND SECURE IS CRITICAL -- IS OF CRITICAL IMPORTANCE TO AMERICA'S NATIONAL SECURITY, OUR ECONOMY, AND OUR DOMESTIC VALUES. WE MUST USE ALL THE DIPLOMATIC TOOLS TO DEVELOP A STRONG INTERNATIONAL NORM, BOMSER OUR CYBER DEFENSES AND PRO-- BOLSTER OUR CYBER DEFENSES AND PROMOTE INTERNET FREEDOM. THIS BILL ENSURES THAT AMERICA STAYS IN FRONT OF THESE CRITICAL ISSUES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 02:34:12 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, MR. ROYCE, IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE DEBATE ON THIS BILL.

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            • 02:34:19 PM

              MR. ROYCE

              I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

            • 02:34:22 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME.

            • 02:34:25 PM

              MR. ROYCE

              MR. SPEAKER, IN CLOSING, I WOULD JUST LIKE TO THANK MR. SIRES. I WOULD…

              MR. SPEAKER, IN CLOSING, I WOULD JUST LIKE TO THANK MR. SIRES. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE CONGRESSMAN, AND WE APPRECIATE HIS EFFORTS IN SUPPORTING THIS LEGISLATION. I WANT TO THANK MR. ENGEL AS WELL, AND MR. MCCAUL. YOU KNOW, AS THE BIRTHPLACE OF THE INTERNET, IT'S THE UNITED STATES THAT HAS BEEN MOST IMPACTED. WE HAVE A FOREIGN POLICY, ECONOMIC INTERESTS IN WORKING INTERNATIONALLY TO ENSURE THIS INTERNET REMAINS OPEN. PART OF OUR IDEA IS THIS WOULD BE CAPABLE OF CARRYING THE FREE FLOW OF IDEAS, AND WE THOUGHT IT SHOULD REMAIN RELIABLE AND SECURE, BUT INCREASINGLY AUTHORITARIAN REGIMES ARE VERY AGGRESSIVELY PROMOTING A DIFFERENT VISION FROM THE ONE THAT AMERICANS BROUGHT TO THE TABLE. THEIR VISION OF CYBER SOVEREIGNTY, THEY SOMETIMES CALL IT, AND WHAT CYBER SOVEREIGNTY MEANS FOR THESE STATES, THESE GOVERNMENTS IS STATE CONTROL OVER CYBERSPACE, AND THAT DOES RUN COUNTER TO THE VALUES OF A FREE PEOPLE, THE VALUES OF INDIVIDUAL AND ECONOMIC LIBERTY, AND WORKING WITH OUR ALLIES AND PARTNERS, I THINK THE UNITED STATES HAS GOT TO BE PREPARED TO ADVANCE OUR OWN VISION OF CYBERSPACE WHEN IT'S UNDER THIS KIND OF ATTACK AND CENSORSHIP. SO THE CYBER DIPLOMACY ACT WILL GIVE US THE TOOLS TO DO JUST THAT. I THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR HELP ON THIS LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 02:36:11 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              ALL TIME HAVING NOW EXPIRED, THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE…

              ALL TIME HAVING NOW EXPIRED, THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 3776, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR WILL SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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          • 02:36:33 PM

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

            • 02:36:36 PM

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

              • 02:36:47 PM

                Mr. Royce (CA) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 1660 — "To direct the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development to submit to Congress a report on the development and use of global health innovations in the programs, projects, and activities of the Agency."

                • 02:36:48 PM

                  MR. ROYCE

                  MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1660.

                • 02:36:51 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                • 02:36:55 PM

                  THE CLERK

                  THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL…

                  THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT TO SUBMIT TO CONGRESS A REPORT ON THE DEVELOPMENT AND USE OF GLOBAL HEALTH INNOVATIONS IN THE PROGRAMS, PROJECTS, AND ACTIVITIES OF THE AGENCY.

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              • 02:36:55 PM

                Considered under suspension of the rules.

              • 02:36:56 PM

                DEBATE

                The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1660.

                • 02:37:09 PM

                  TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

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

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                • 02:37:20 PM

                  MR. ROYCE

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND TO INCLUDE ANY EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THIS MEASURE.

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                • 02:37:30 PM

                  TEMPORE WITHOUT

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

                • 02:37:31 PM

                  MR. ROYCE

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

                • 02:37:33 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME.

                • 02:37:35 PM

                  MR. ROYCE

                  THANK YOU. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MR. SIRES' BILL. THIS IS H.R. 1660. IT IS…

                  THANK YOU. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MR. SIRES' BILL. THIS IS H.R. 1660. IT IS THE GLOBAL HEALTH INNOVATION ACT. I WANT TO THANK MR. SIRES OF NEW JERSEY. HE'S THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE. I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR BRINGING THIS ISSUE FORWARD IN A TIMELY -- ON A TIMELY MANNER, AND OVER THE PAST TWO DECADES, WE HAVE MADE UNPRECEDENTED PROGRESS IN ADDRESSING SOME OF THE MOST DIFFICULT GLOBAL HEALTH CHALLENGES OF OUR TIME. WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT, GLOBAL RATES OF CHILD MORTALITY HAVE DROPPED BY 53%. THE PREVALENCE OF TUBERCULOSIS HAS BEEN CUT, IN FACT, BY HALF. MALARIA DEATHS ARE NOW DOWN 47%. FIVE COUNTRIES IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA ONCE RAVAGED BY HIV-AIDS ARE ON THE VERGE OF CONTROLLING THEIR EPIDEMICS. THE ERADICATION OF POLIO IS WITHIN REACH. THE ONLY PLACE IT STILL EXISTS IS ON THE PAKISTANI-AFGHANI BORDER WHERE THE TALIBAN CONTROL THAT REGION AND AS YOU KNOW, THE TALIBAN RESISTS VACCINATION. THEY IN FACT ASSASSINATE HEALTH WORKERS WHO VACCINATE. THAT'S THE ONLY REASON WE HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO ERADICATE THIS LAST SPOT WHERE POLIO CONTINUES TO CREATE -- CREATE DAMAGE TO YOUNG LIVES. YET, DESPITE THESE SUCCESSES, WE STILL DO HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO. PART OF THAT IS REFLECTED IN THE 2014 EBOLA OUTBREAK IN AFRICA THAT RESULTED IN 11,000 DEATHS IN 10 COUNTRIES. IT SERVES AS A VERY STARK REMINDER OF THE GLOBAL THREAT OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES, AND THOUGH GLOBAL CHILD AND MATERNAL CHILD DEATH RATES HAVE BEEN CUT IN HALF, THERE'S STILL AN ESTIMATED 830 MOTHERS AROUND THE WORLD WHO CONTINUE TO DIE FROM PREVENTABLE CAUSES EVERY DAY. WHEN WE TALK ABOUT MATERNAL HEALTH, THIS IS WHY. SO USAID IS WORKING TO ADDRESS THESE GLOBAL HEALTH CHALLENGES. THEY'RE HARNESSING THE POWER OF SCIENCE, OF TECHNOLOGY, OF INNOVATION TO DEVELOP LOW-COST, HIGH-IMPACT HEALTH TECHNOLOGIES. THEY ARE DEVOTING CONSIDERABLE TIME AND RESOURCES TO DEVELOPING THESE INNOVATIONS. SO WHAT THIS BILL DOES, IT MAKES SURE THAT WE ENSURE THAT THEY ARE BEING EFFECTIVELY DEPLOYED. IT SUPPORTS USAID'S EFFORTS WHILE ALSO ENHANCING OUR OVERSIGHT. IT DIRECTS THE ADMINISTRATOR OF USAID TO REPORT ON THE DEVELOPMENT AND USE OF GLOBAL HEALTH INNOVATIONS AND ITS PROGRAMS, PARTICULARLY THOSE RELATED TO HIV-AIDS, AND ON MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH AND ON COMBATING INFECTIOUS DISEASES, TO ENSURE THAT OUR INVESTMENTS IN GLOBAL HEALTH ARE DEPLOYED AND ARE DELIVERING RESULTS. AND I URGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THE BILL. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 02:40:58 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                • 02:41:03 PM

                  MR. SIRES

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

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

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                • 02:41:10 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME.

                • 02:41:13 PM

                  MR. SIRES

                  I WANT TO START BY THANKING CHAIRMAN ROYCE AND RANKING MEMBER ENGEL FOR…

                  I WANT TO START BY THANKING CHAIRMAN ROYCE AND RANKING MEMBER ENGEL FOR THEIR WORK ON THE GLOBAL HEALTH AND THEIR EFFORTS TO BRING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR. CHAIRMAN ROYCE HAS PUT IN THE TIME AND EFFORT TO MAKE SURE THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE IS FREQUENTLY THOUGHT OF AS THE MOST BIPARTISAN COMMITTEE IN CONGRESS, AND I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR HIS PUBLIC SERVICE. I WILL LIKE TO -- I WILL ALSO LIKE TO THANK THE MEMBERS WHO HAVE CO-SPONSORED THIS BILL, ESPECIALLY CONGRESSMAN MARIO DIAZ-BALART, WHO HAS GRACIOUSLY ACTED AS THE REPUBLICAN LEAD. ADDITIONALLY, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE STAFFERS WHO WORKED HARD TO BRING H.R. 1660 TO THE FLOOR FOR CONSIDERATION. INFECTIOUS DISEASES AND OTHER HEALTH CONDITIONS STILL CLAIM THE LIVES OF NEARLY NINE MILLION PEOPLE EACH YEAR, AND EMERGING HEALTH THREATS SUCH AS DRUG-RESISTANT POSES A SERIOUS THREAT TO HUMAN HEALTH AROUND THE GLOBE. NEW VACCINES, OTHER HEALTH TOOLS ARE DESPERATELY NEEDED. PROGRESS CANNOT BE MADE WITHOUT A SUSTAINED INVESTMENT IN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT. U.S. INVESTMENTS IN GLOBAL HEALTH RESEARCH ARE CENTRAL -- ARE A CENTRAL COMPONENT OF U.S. FOREIGN POLICY TO INCREASE NATIONAL SECURITY, STRENGTHEN U.S. RELATIONS AROUND THE WORLD, AND REDUCE INFECTIOUS DISEASES. THE U.S. HAS A LEGACY OF LEADERSHIP IN GLOBAL HEALTH RESEARCH THROUGH AGENCIES LIKE USAID. THAT IS WHY I WAS PROUD TO INTRODUCE H.R. 1660, THE GLOBAL HEALTH INNOVATION ACT. THIS WILL PROVIDE THE OVERSIGHT NEEDED TO GAIN A CLEAR ATTENTION OF USAID'S GLOBAL HEALTH RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT. OVER THE YEARS, RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS ARE GREATLY EXPANDED AT USAID. SEARCHING FOR ADVANCEMENT TOWARDS AN H.I.V. AND AIDS-FREE GENERATION, PREVENTABLE MATERNAL AND CHILDHOOD DEATHS AND PREVENTABLE INFECTIOUS DISEASES. THIS LEGISLATION IS AN EFFORT TO KEEP UP WITH USAID'S EXPANDED EFFORT AND ENSURE THEIR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES REFLECT OUR GOALS. H.R. 1660 DIRECTS THE USAID ADMINISTRATOR TO REPORT ANNUALLY TO CONGRESS ON THE USE OF GLOBAL HEALTH INNOVATIONS IN USAID PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES. THE REPORT MUST ALSO INCLUDE HOW THE AGENCY MEASURES PROGRESS, INVESTMENT AND DEVELOPMENTS TOWARD THE HEALTH-RELATED GOALS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1660 TO ALLOW CONGRESS TO EXERCISE ITS OVERSIGHT POWERS AND ENSURE USAID RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT EFFORTS REFLECT THEIR PRIORITIES. THANK YOU AND I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 02:44:03 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY YIELD BACK?

                • 02:44:06 PM

                  MR. SIRES

                  YES.

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE DEBATE FOR THE…

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE DEBATE FOR THE MAJORITY.

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                • 02:44:11 PM

                  MR. ROYCE

                  THANK YOU. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

                • 02:44:15 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME.

                • 02:44:17 PM

                  MR. ROYCE

                  AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK MR. SIRES OF NEW JERSEY. HE'S THE…

                  AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK MR. SIRES OF NEW JERSEY. HE'S THE RANKING MEMBER ON THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON WESTERN HEMISPHERE, AND WE THANK HIM FOR BRINGING FORWARD THIS TIMELY MEASURE. THIS IS THE GLOBAL HEALTH INNOVATION ACT. WHAT IT SEEKS TO DO IS TO ACCELERATE USAID'S WORK TO IDENTIFY DEVELOP AND EXPAND ACCESS TO LOW-COST, HIGH-IMPACT HEALTH TECHNOLOGIES THAT WILL ENHANCE THE U.S. GLOBAL HEALTH SECURITY AGENDA. AND FRANKLY, THAT WILL SAVE A LOT OF LIVES. WHAT IT DOES, IT ENSURES THAT THE TIME AND THE RESOURCES THAT ARE BEING DIRECTED TOWARD DEVELOPING THESE TECHNOLOGIES ARE PUT TO GOOD USE, ARE PUT TO GOOD USE QUICKLY AND I SUPPORT THIS BILL AND URGE ITS ADOPTION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 02:45:06 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME HAVING EXPIRED, THE…

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME HAVING EXPIRED, THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 1660. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED --

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                • 02:45:24 PM

                  MR. ROYCE

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

                • 02:45:31 PM

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

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                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. .

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                  • 02:45:45 PM

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                    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 693, I CALL UP H.R. 3326 AND ASK FOR ITS…

                    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 693, I CALL UP H.R. 3326 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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                • 02:46:46 PM

                  Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 693. H.R. 3326 — "To increase accountability, combat corruption, and strengthen management effectiveness at the World Bank."

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                    The rule provides for one hour of general debate on both measures. Only those amendments printed in Part A of the report shall be considered for H.R. 3326. The amendment printed in Part B of the report, relating to H.R. 2954, shall be considered as adopted. The rule allows for one motion to recommit with or without instructions for both measures.

                    • 02:48:33 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE A GENERAL LEAVE REQUEST?

                    • 02:48:38 PM

                      MR. HENSARLING

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

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

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                    • 02:48:49 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                      MR. HENSARLING

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

                    • 02:48:55 PM

                      TEMPORE PURSUANT

                      PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 693 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE…

                      PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 693 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 3326. THE CHAIR APPOINTS THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. DUNCAN, TO PRESIDE OVER THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.

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                  • 02:49:01 PM

                    House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 693 and Rule XVIII.

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                      The Speaker designated the Honorable John J. Duncan, Jr. to act as Chairman of the Committee.

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                        THE CHAIR

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

                        THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 3326, WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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                      • 02:49:37 PM

                        THE CLERK

                        ACCOUNTABILITY, COMBAT CORRUPTION, AND STRENGTHEN MANAGEMENT EFFECTIVENESS…

                        ACCOUNTABILITY, COMBAT CORRUPTION, AND STRENGTHEN MANAGEMENT EFFECTIVENESS AT THE WORLD BANK.

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                      • 02:49:45 PM

                        THE CHAIR

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

                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE BILL IS CONSIDERED AS READ THE FIRST TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. HENSARLING, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. WATERS, EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                      • 02:49:58 PM

                        MR. HENSARLING

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

                      • 02:50:04 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME.

                      • 02:50:06 PM

                        MR. HENSARLING

                        MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3326, THE WORLD BANK…

                        MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3326, THE WORLD BANK ACCOUNTABILITY ACT. FRANKLY DON'T UNDERSTAND QUITE WHY EVERY MEMBER IS NOT RISING IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3326. THIS IS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION WHICH IS SPONSORED BY MY FRIEND FROM KENTUCKY, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE MONETARY POLICY AND TRADE SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. BARR. AND CO-SPONSORED BY A SENIOR DEMOCRAT ON OUR COMMITTEE, MR. SHERMAN OF CALIFORNIA, AND MR. CHAIRMAN, IT PASSED OUR COMMITTEE BY UNANIMOUS VOTE. 60-0. AGAIN, MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS MEASURE PASSED OUR COMMITTEE BY A UNANIMOUS VOTE OF 60-0. H.R. 3326 MAKES A SHARE OF FUTURE WORLD BANK APPROPRIATIONS CONTINGENT UPON VITALLY NEEDED REFORMS WITH FOCUS ON THE BANKS' INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION, KNOWN AS I.D.A., WHICH IS THE BANK'S CONCESSIONAL LENDING WINDOW DEVELOPMENT DEDICATED TO 75 OF THE WORLD'S POOREST COUNTRIES. THE REFORMS IN THIS BILL HAVE EMERGED FROM FIVE DIFFERENT OVERSIGHT HEARINGS, MR. CHAIRMAN, HELD IN OUR COMMITTEE. OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS, AND THEY ALL ENJOY BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. THE BILL ALSO SUPPORTS THE ADMINISTRATION'S GOAL OF ENSURING THAT THE WORLD BANK'S WORK IS CONSISTENT WITH U.S. PLYORS -- PRIORITIES THAT ARE OBVIOUSLY FINANCED BY THE U.S. TAXPAYER. THE PRESIDENT'S F.Y. 18 BUDGET, THE ADMINISTRATION CALLED FOR HOLDING INTO ACCOUNT INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS WHOSE MISSIONS DON'T ADVANCE U.S. FOREIGN POLICIES INTERESTS OR WHICH HAVEN'T BEEN WELL MANAGED. H.R. 3326 WOULD ENACT THE ADMINISTRATION'S REQUEST FOR A 15% REDUCTION IN AUTHORIZED FUNDS FOR I.D.A. IN ADDITION, MR. BARR'S SLAYINGS CONTAINS CRUCIAL NATIONAL SECURITY PROVISIONS INCLUDING A PROHIBITION ON WORLD BANK ASSISTANCE TO COUNTRIES THAT KNOWINGLY, KNOWGLY VIOLATE U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL SANCTIONS ON NORTH KOREA. ALSO, SAFEGUARDING OUR NATIONAL SECURITY IS AROVISION THAT HELPS ENSURE WORLD BANK ASSISTANCE WON'T BE USED FOR STATE SPONSORS OFERRORISM. MR. CHAIRMAN, TS IS A COMMONSENSE, COMMONSENSE REQUIREMENT THAT BENEFITED FROM THE INPUT OF OUR DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUE ON THE COMMITTEE, AGAIN, MR. SHERMAN OF CALIFORNIA. SO AGAIN, MR. CHAIRMAN, IT DOES KIND OF BEG THE QUESTION, WHY ARE WE HERE TODAY? WHY ARE WE DEBATING A BILL THAT RECEIVED SUPPORT FROM EVERY SINGLE REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRAT ON THE COMMITTEE? AS SOME WHO MAY BE VIEWING OUR PROCEEDINGS KNOW, THERE IS SUCH A THING KNOW AS A SUSPENSION CALENDAR FOR RELATIVELY NONCONTROVERSIAL ITEMS. THIS BILL SHOULD HAVE BEEN DISPENSED WITH ON WHAT IS KNOWN AS A SUSPENSION CALENDAR SINCE IT PASSED OUR COMMITTEE 60-0. NOW APPARENTLY THE RANKING MEMBER HAS HAD A CHANGE OF HEART ON OPPOSING A BILL SHE VOTED FOR ON COMMITTEE. SO SOME MAY BE CONFUSED AND INDEED WE'RE CONFUSED. BUT IT IS INTERESTING THAT WE NOW SEE OPPOSITION TO LINKING THESE I.D.A. PAYMENTS TO REFORMS, BUT THAT'S EXACTLY, IT'S EXACTLY WHAT DEMOCRATS ON THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE DID IN 2005. IT'S EXACTLY WHAT THEY DID WHEN THEY VOTED TO WITHHOLD 25% OF I.D.A. FUNDS IN THE FOREIGN OPERATIONS APPROPRIATIONS BILL. AND LAST JULY, THE RANKING MEMBER, THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. WATERS, CONSISTENT WITH HER EARLIER TO THE VOTE ON THE GROUNDS THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENTED IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3326 AS WELL. SO AGAIN, SOME OF US ARE CONFUSED IF SHE HAS VOTED FOR THE POLICY OF WITHHOLDING TWICE, INCLUDING VOTING FOR THE VERY BILL WE'RE DEBATING TODAY, WHY IT IS BEING OPPOSED NOW. IT IS ALSO IMPORTANT TO NOTE, MR. CHAIRMAN, THAT THE REFORMS INCLUDED IN THIS BILL ARE THOSE THAT THE WORLD BANK ITSELF DEEMS ARE IMPORTANT. AS FAR BACK AS 1992, A BANK MANAGEMENT REVIEW HIGHLIGHTED ITS PERVERSE STAFF INCENTIVES THAT MADE PUSHING MONEY OUT THE DOOR MORE IMPORTANT THAN MAKING A DENT IN GLOBAL POVERTY. AS RECENTLY AS 2014, A BACK EVALUATION -- BANK EVALUATION REPORT CONFIRMED THAT THESE VERY SAME PERVERSE INCENTIVES ARE STILL IN PLACE. THEN THERE'S THE NOTORIOUS CASE OF MISMANAGEMENT. IN THE UGANDA TRANSPORT SECTOR DEVELOPMENT PROJECT, A SCANDALOUS BANK NISH TESTIFY WHERE BASIC LACK OF PROJECT OVERSIGHT LED TO THE SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF UNDERAGED GIRLS, REPEATED HARASSMENT OF FEMALE STAFF, AND DEFICIENT SAFETY MEASURES THAT VERY WELL MAY HAVE RESULTED IN FIVE FATALITIES LEST WE FORGET. IN 2015 THE WORLD BANK'S PRESIDENT HAD THIS TO SAY. QUOTE, THE MULTIPLE FAILURES WE HAVE SEEN IN THIS PROJECT ON THE PART OF THE WORLD BANK, THE GOVERNMENT OF UGANDA, AND THE GOVERNMENT CONTRACTOR ARE UNACCEPTABLE. IT IS OUR OBLIGATION TO PROPERLY SUPERVISE ALL INVESTMENT PROJECTS TO ENSURE THAT THE POOR AND VULNERABLE ARE PROTECTED IN OUR WORK, IN THIS CASE WE DID NOT. I AM COMMITTED, THE WORLD BANK'S PRESIDENT GOES ON TO SAY, TO MAKING SURE WE DO EVERYTHING IN OUR POWER WORKING WITH OTHER STAKEHOLDERS FIRST TO FULLY REVIEW THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THIS PROJECT AND THEN TO QUICKLY LEARN FROM OUR AND OTHERS' FAILURES SO THEY DO NOT HAPPEN AGAIN, UNQUOTE. MR. CHAIRMAN, IF THE WORLD BANK THINKS THESE REFORMS ARE NECESSARY, SHOULDN'T WE ALL THINK THESE REFORMS ARE NECESSARY? HOW ABOUT THE TESTIMONY OF SASHA , A REPORTER FOR THE INTERNATIONAL CONSHORE SHUTTLE COLUMBIA OF INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISTS WHO TESTIFIED BEFORE OUR COMMITTEE, QUOTE, WE FOUND OVER A DECADE SPANNING FROM 2004 TO 2013 PROJECTS FINANCED BY THE WORLD BANK PHYSICALLY OR ECONOMICALLY DISPLACED AN ESTIMATED 3.4 MILLION PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD, UNQUOTE. MR. CHAIRMAN, THESE ARE SOME OF THE WORLD'S MOST VULNERABLE, DISPLACED, DISPLACED BY THE WORLD BANK THAT SCREAMS OUT FOR MORE REFORMS. I WANT TO THANK MR. BARR FOR SAYING ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. WITH HIS LEGISLATION. HE HAS PRODUCED A SERIOUS AND LIGHTNING AND OVERDUE REFORM BILL -- LONG AND OVERDUE REFORM BILL, ONE THAT WAS SUPPORTED IN OUR COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY 60-0. WE TYPICALLY COULD NOT GET A 60-0 VOTE ON A MOTHER'S DAY RESOLUTION, YET WE HAVE IT FOR THIS BILL. AGAIN, IT JUST BEGS CREDIBILITY WHY ARE WE HERE TODAY DEBATING A BILL THAT WAS PASSED UNANIMOUSLY IN COMMITTEE? I URGE, I URGE THE HOUSE TO ADOPT IT UNANIMOUSLY AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                  • 02:50:25 PM

                    GENERAL DEBATE

                    The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 3326.

                    • 02:57:27 PM

                      THE CHAIR

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

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

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                    • 02:57:30 PM

                      MS. WATERS

                      THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

                    • 02:57:34 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME.

                    • 02:57:36 PM

                      MS. WATERS

                      I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 3326, THE WORLD BANK ACCOUNTABILITY ACT OF…

                      I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 3326, THE WORLD BANK ACCOUNTABILITY ACT OF 2017. LAST YEAR DEMOCRATS ON THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE JOINED OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES IN FAVORLY -- FAVORABLY REPORTING THIS BILL OUT OF COMMITTEE TO SUPPORT THE BILL'S AUTHORIZATION OF A U.S. CONTRIBUTION OF $3.29 BILLION TO MULTILATERAL DEVELOPMENT EFFORTS AND TO ENFORCE THE IMPORTANCE OF U.S. LEADERSHIP AT THE INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS. BUT THE FAVORABLE REPORT IN COMMITTEE CAME WITH CLEAR CONDITIONS FOR THE FUTURE OF THE BILL. DEMOCRATS MADE IT CLEAR DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS BILL IN COMMITTEE THAT OUR ONGOING SUPPORT FOR THE MEASURE WOULD DEPEND UPON CHANGES TO PROVISIONS IN THE BILL MOVING FORWARD. THAT PUT CRITICAL U.S. FUNDING AT RISK. BUT HERE WE'RE TODAY AND REPUBLICANS HAVE NOT MADE ANY EFFORT AT ALL TO ADDRESS OUR VERY SPECIFIC CONCERNS. NAMELY, THE BILL WOULD CUT UP TO 30% OF THE U.S. CONTRIBUTION TO THE INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION THAT IS I.D.A. IN ANY YEAR IN WHICH THE TREASURY SECRETARY DOES NOT CERTIFY TO CONGRESS THAT THE BANK HAS ADOPTED OR IS TAKING STEPS TO IMPLEMENT TWO SETS OF REFORMS MANDATED IN THE BILL. I.D.A. IS THE ARM OF THE WORLD BANK THAT PROVIDES GRANTS AND OTHER ASSISTANCE TO THE WORLD'S 77 POOREST COUNTRIES WHICH ARE HOME TO MORE THAN 450 MILLION PEOPLE LIVING IN EXTREME THE WORLD'S 77 POOREST POVERTY. CUTS TO U.S. FUNDS TO I.D.A. WOULD PUNISH MILLIONS OF CHILDREN AND OTHER VULNERABLE PEOPLE IN AFRICA, LATSIN AMERICA, AND ASIA WHO ARE LIVING IN EXTREME POVERTY, WHO ARE SUFFERING FROM FAMINE OR EMERGING FROM CONFLICT. DEMOCRATS DO NOT BELIEVE THAT CUTTING U.S. FUNDS FOR AND DEAMERICANING U.S. INFLUENCE AT THE INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS IS AN EFFECTIVE APPROACH TO REFORM. TO REMEDY THIS PROBLEM WITH THE BILL, REPRESENTATIVE POOR, WHO IS THE RANKING MEMBER ON OUR COMMITTEE'S SUBCOMMITTEE ON MONETARY POLICY AND TRADE, HAD SOUGHT TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT ON THE FLOOR TO STRIKE THE PROVISIONS IN THE BILL THAT WOULD GIVE THE ADMINISTRATION COVER TO CUT U.S. FUNDING FOR MULTILATERAL EFFORTS AIMED AT ALLEVIATING GLOBAL POVERTY. THE AMENDMENT THE AMENDMENT WOULD HAVE MAINTAINED BOTH SETS OF REFORMS AND WOULD HAVE DIRECTED THE SECRETARY OF TREASURY TO ACTIVELY PROMOTE THESE POLICY GOALS THROUGH ADVOCACY AND DIRECT ENGAGEMENT WITH WORLD BANK MANAGEMENT AS WELL AS THE BANK'S OTHER MAJOR SHARE HOLDERS. THE RULES COMMITTEE REFUSED TO MAKE THIS AMENDMENT IN ORDER. THUS DEPRIVING THE HOUSE OF THE OPPORTUNITY TO DECIDE FOR ITSELF WHICH APPROACH IT PREFERS TO TAKE, REFORMING THE BANK WITH THE THREAT TO CUT FUNDING OR REFORMING THE BANK THROUGH THE EXERCISE OF U.S. INFLUENCE AND POWER AT THE BANK BASED ON THE MERITS OF THE REFORMS THEMSELVES. MR. CHAIRMAN, THE PROCESS BY WHICH THIS BILL HAS COME TO THE FLOOR STANDS IN STARK CONTRAST TO OUR COMMITTEE'S LONG HISTORY OF WORKING TOGETHER ON ISSUES RELATING TO GLOBAL ECONOMIC GOVERNANCE. FOR MANY YEARS, THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE HAS WORKED IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION TO ACHIEVE A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT REFORMS AT THE WORLD BANK, INCLUDING INCREASED TRANSPARENCY, THE CREATION OF THE INSPECTION PANEL, MORE DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION AND CLOSER CONSULTATION WITH LOCAL COMMUNITIES MOST AFFECTED BY BANK PROJECTS. WE WERE ABLE TO SUCCESSFULLY ADVANCE THESE POLICY GOALS THROUGH SERIOUS AND DIRECT NEGOTIATIONS AND SUSTAINED ENGAGEMENT WITH BOTH THE DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY AND THE WORLD BANK ITSELF, NOT BY THREATENING TO WALK AWAY FROM OUR COMMITMENT. BUT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS CONSISTENTLY DEMONSTRATED TROUBLING ATTITUDES TOWARD THE ROLE OF THE U.S. IN THE WORLD. IN NOVEMBER OF LAST YEAR, IN TESTIMONY BEFORE THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, TREASURY UNDER SECRETARY FOR INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS EXPRESSED THE ADMINISTRATION'S VIEW THAT GLOBALISM AND MULTI LATERALISM HAVE GONE SUBSTANTIALLY TOO FAR. IN DECEMBER, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION REFUSED TO PLEDGE FUNDS TO THE INTERNATIONAL FUND FOR AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT. A SMALL MULTI LATERAL DEVELOPMENT BANK THAT HELPS THE POOR IN REMOTE RURAL AREAS WHERE FEW DONORS OPERATE AND OF COURSE JUST LAST WEEK, THIS PRESIDENT MADE IGNORANT, RACIST AND DEPLORABLE COMMENTS ABOUT AFRICA. WHEREAS IT HAPPENS, I.D.A. FOCUSESES ITS GREAT DEAL FOCUS AND ENERGY. THE MORE COMMITTED WE ARE COMMITTED TO OUR I'D YEELS, WE NEED TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO ADVANCE THOSE GOALS. THE LEGISLATION BEFORE US TODAY IN ITS CURRENT FORM FAILS TO MEET THAT TEST. SO I WILL BE OPPOSING THIS LEGISLATION. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME. WE CAN AND WE SHOULD DO BETTER. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 03:03:39 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

                    • 03:03:47 PM

                      MR. HENSARLING

                      LEGISLATION THAT PASSED UNANIMOUSLY 60-0 IN OUR COMMITTEE AND THE CHAIRMAN…

                      LEGISLATION THAT PASSED UNANIMOUSLY 60-0 IN OUR COMMITTEE AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE ON MONETARY POLICY AND TRADE, MR. BARR.

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                    • 03:04:04 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                      MR. BARR

                      I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS SUPPORT AND LEADERSHIP. AS CHAIRMAN…

                      I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS SUPPORT AND LEADERSHIP. AS CHAIRMAN HENSARLING HAS ALREADY NOTED, H.R. 3326 PASSED THE HOUSE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE BY A UNANIMOUS VOTE OF 60-0. NO AMENDMENTS WERE OFFERED BY ANY OF OUR DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES DURING THAT MARKUP. SO IT'S DISAPPOINTING THAT THE RANKING MEMBER IS STANDING IN OPPOSITION TODAY DESPITE VOTING FOR THIS BILL IN COMMITTEE AND THEN WAITING HALF A YEAR BEFORE PROPOSING ANY CHANGES. NONETHELESS, I WANT TO ADDRESS THE GENTLELADY'S CRITICISM OF THE WITHHOLDING MECHANISM IN THIS LEGISLATION BECAUSE SHE SEEMS TO SHARE A PHILOSOPHY INDEMOCRATIC AT THE WORLD BANK WHICH BASICALLY SAYS THIS. MONEY EQUALS IMPACT. BUT THIS RUNS COUNTER TO THE EVIDENCE WE HAVE HEARD AGAIN AND AGAIN DURING MULTIPLE HEARINGS AND COUNTER TO HOW THE BANK OPERATES WITH ITS BORROWERS. IT LENDS TO POOR COUNTRIES BY ATTACHING CONDITIONS. PEOPLE CAN DISAGREE IF THAT CONDITION ATLANTA IS TOO MUCH OR TOO LITTLE, BUT THE BANK AFFECTS BEHAVIOR BY TELLING GOVERNMENTS THAT THERE ARE NO BLANK CHECKS. THE RANKING MEMBER KNOWS THIS. AND IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING THERE ARE MANY ELEMENTS TO BANK CONDITIONS THAT THE RANKING MEMBER AND HER DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUE SUPPORT. IF THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA WOULD NEVER TOLERATE THE BANK WRITING BLANK CHECKS TO CONGRESS IT IS ODD SHE WANTS CONGRESS TO WRITE A BLANK CHECK TO THE BANK. QUOTE, THE AATLANTA IS BANK STAFF ARE ASSESSED BY THE VOLUME OF THEIR LENDING, DOLLARS OF MONEY LENT. AND THAT'S A POOR INDICATOR OF IMPACT ON POVERTY. YOU HAVE AN IMPACT ON POVERTY SOMETIMES WHEN YOU DON'T LEND AT ALL. THIS PERVERSE LENDING CULTURE AT THE WORLD BANK HAS BEEN DOCUMENTED FOR A QUARTER OF A CENTURY AND DOCUMENTED BY THE BANK. I WOULD ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD A 1992 A BANK REVIEW WHICH DETAILS A PRESSURE TO LEND THAT DISTORTS STAFF INCENTIVES AT THE EXPENSE OF MANAGEMENT AND PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION. THIS IS FROM 1992. WELL, FAST FORWARD TO 2014 AND REPORT BY THE BANK'S OWN EVALUATION OFFICE INCLUDES THAT THE PRESSURE TO LEND IS ALIVE AND WELL. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER THIS EVALUATION REPORT IN THE RECORD. IN ADDITION TO FOCUSING ON BETTER INCENTIVES AND MANAGEMENT AT THE BANK, THIS REQUIRES THE BANK TO MORE EFFECTIVELY SECURE PROPERTY RIGHTS, DUE PROCESS AND ECONOMIC FREEDOM AS DISTINGUISHED A.M. DEMOCRATICS AND LAWRENCE DEFEATON AND WILLIAM EARLY AND JAMES ROBINSON HAVE FOUND. FOREIGN AID MAKES LITTLE POSITIVE DIFFERENCE IF WE ARE INDIFFERENT TO THE POOR'S RIGHT TO OWN LAND AND OTHER ASSETS AND BE FREE FROM ARBITRARY GOVERNMENT INTERFERENCE. IF THE WORLD BANK SUPPORTS A CORRUPT GOVERNMENT, THAT DOESN'T MEAN IT'S GOING TO HELP THE CONDITION OF THE IMPOVERISHED IN THAT COUNTRY THAT IS DENIED ECONOMIC FREEDOM. WHY DOESN'T THE RANKING MEMBER SUPPORT THESE COMMONSENSE PRINCIPLES? IF THE BANK DOESN'T LEND WITH THE RIGHTS OF THE POOR IN MIND, THEN THEY AREN'T SERIOUS. IF IT ISN'T HELPING THE POOR TO BEGIN WITH, WHY WOULD YOU NOT WANT TO WITHHOLD IT? THEY LOVE CONDITIONS AT THE BANK BUT JUST HAVE A CHANGE OF HEART WHEN A REN CAN SPONSORED BILL IS HOLDING THE BANK TO HIGH STANDARDS. LET ME CLOSE BY TOUCHING ON THE NATIONAL SECURITY ELEMENTS OF THIS BILL WHICH THE RANKING MEMBER ALSO PLANS TO VOTE AGAINST. IT INCENTIVIZES THE BANK TO FIGHT TERRORISM AND KEEP IT AWAY FROM WORLD BANK RESOURCES. THIS WAS AS A RESULT OF BIPARTISAN DISCUSSIONS, SO IT'S SHOCKING TO SEE ANYONE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE OPPOSE THE LEGISLATION. THIS BILL WOULD ENSURE THAT THE U.S. OPPOSE WORLD BANK FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO COUNTRIES THAT KNOWINGLY FAIL TO ENFORCE U.N. SECURITY SANCTIONS AGAINST NORTH KOREA. OUR COMMITTEE PASSED IDENTICAL LANGUAGE, AND THE PROVISION BENEFITED DIRECTLY FROM THE INPUT BY MY SUBCOMMITTEE RANKING MEMBER, MRS. MOORE. THE COMMITTEE VOTE WAS UNANIMOUS AND THE HOUSE PASSED IT 415-2. IT BOGGLES THE MIND THAT ANY MEMBER OF THIS BODY WOULD VOTE AGAINST THAT LANGUAGE AS PART OF H.R. 3326. AND IN CLOSING, IF THE RANKING MEMBER IS UPSET THAT WE TAKE THE INTERESTS OF THE POOR MORE SERIOUSLY THAN THE INTERESTS OF THE WORLD BANK, THEN SO BE IT. I BELIEVE THE BANK'S INTERESTS AND THE POOR'S INTEREST SHOULD BE ALIGNED NOT JUST IN THEORY BUT IN PRACTICE. IF THEY'RE NOT, IT'S THE BANK THAT SHOULD LOOK ITSELF IN THE MIRROR. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT AND I YIELD BARK.

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                    • 03:09:23 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      THE QUESTION WILL BE CONSIDERED UNDER GENERAL LEAVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                      THE QUESTION WILL BE CONSIDERED UNDER GENERAL LEAVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS -- RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                    • 03:09:33 PM

                      MS. WATERS

                      THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN AND MEMBERS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS…

                      THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN AND MEMBERS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS REALLY HAS PRESENTED RATHER HOLLOW ARGUMENTS THAT HAVE NO PLACE IN THIS DEBATE. THIS IS ABOUT OUR HUMANITARIANISM AND ABOUT OUR STRATEGIC POSITION IN THE WORLD. AND SO I WILL YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

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                    • 03:09:55 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

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                      MS. VELAZQUEZ

                      I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 3326…

                      I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 3326 WORLD BANK ACCOUNTABILITY ACT OF 2017. LET ME BE CLEAR FROM THE OUTSET, THAT I SUPPORT THE WORLD BANK AND ITS MISSION. THE BANK IS A VITAL SOURCE OF FINANCIAL AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO DEVELOPING COUNTRIES. IT WORKS TO REDUCE POVERTY AND SUPPORT DEVELOPMENT AROUND THE GLOBE. LET ME ALSO BE CLEAR THAT I SUPPORT THIS BILL'S AUTHORIZATION OF $3.29 BILLION TO THE BANK'S INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION, WHICH PROVIDES GRANTS AND VERY LOW INTEREST LOANS TO THE POOREST 77 COUNTRIES ON THE PLANET. THESE COUNTRIES USE THIS FUNDING FOR WIDE ARRAY OF INVESTMENTS IN AREAS LIKE EDUCATION, HEALTH, PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, INFRASTRUCTURE AND RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT. BUT WHEN I VOTED FOR THIS BILL IN COMMITTEE, I JOINED THE RANKING MEMBER AND THE REST OF MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES IN MAKING CLEAR THAT MY SUPPORT WAS DEPENDENT ON WORKING TOGETHER ON MAKING CHANGES TO THE BILL AS WE MOVE TO THE FLOOR. THIS IS ABOUT THE RIGHTS OF THE MINORITY TO PROVIDE MEANINGFUL INPUT INTO THE LEGISLATION. AND THAT WAS AN AGREEMENT THAT WE STROKED BEFORE VOTING ON THE BILL. DESPITE DEMOCRATIC BEST EFFORTS, THAT DID NOT HAPPEN. AND THERE CONTINUED TO BE PROVISIONS IN THIS BILL THAT NEED TO BE ADDRESSED. FOR EXAMPLE, THE BILL CALLS FOR WITHHOLDING 30% OF THE U.S. CONTRIBUTION TO I.D.A. IN ANY YEAR OVER A SIX-YEAR PERIOD IN WHICH THE TREASURY SECRETARY CANNOT CERTIFY TORE CONGRESS THAT THE BANK HAS ADOPTED OR IS TAKING STEPS TO IMPLEMENT TWO SETS OF REFORMS MANDATED IN THE BILL. IN ADDITION, IF THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT CANNOT REPORT THAT THE BANK HAS MET EITHER OR BOTH OF THESE REFORMS IN ANY GIVEN YEAR, THE BILL FORCES U.S. FUNDING TO THE BANK TO BE WITHHELD AND MAKES IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR THE BANK TO IMPLEMENT THESE REFORMS GOING FORWARD. AS CURRENTLY DRAFTED, THIS BILL REFLECTS A TOTAL MISUNDERSTANDING OF HOW THE INTERNATIONAL SYSTEM WORKS. MULTI LATERAL INSTITUTIONS LIKE THE WORLD BANK WHICH WE SET UP REQUIRES SUSTAINED U.S. INVOLVEMENT AND LEADERSHIP. IT IS ONLY RELATE PARTICULAR TO THINK THAT THE U.S. CAN IMPOSE ITS WILL ON THE BANK. WITHHOLDING FUNDS IS NOT AN EFFECTIVE APPROACH TO REFORM. THE ONLY WAY TO ACHIEVE THE REFORMS WE ARE SEEKING AT THE BANK IS THROUGH OUR PARTICIPATION AND COMMITMENT. AT TIMES LIKE THIS, WE MUST NOT RETREAT FROM OUR INVOLVEMENT OR RESPONSIBILITY ON THE WORLD STAGE. PLACING RESTRICTIONS ON OUR INVOLVEMENT OR UNDERMINING EFFORTS THAT PROMOTE GROWTH AND REDUCE POVERTY IS NOT SOMETHING THAT WE SHOULD SUPPORT. SO I ENCOURAGE EVERY MEMBER IN THE HOUSE TO VOTE NO ON THIS BILL. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                    • 03:13:30 PM

                      THE CHAIR

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

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

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                    • 03:13:38 PM

                      MR. HENSARLING

                      I YIELD MYSELF 10 SECONDS JUST TO SAY WHEN MY COLLEAGUE TALKS ABOUT…

                      I YIELD MYSELF 10 SECONDS JUST TO SAY WHEN MY COLLEAGUE TALKS ABOUT MEANINGFUL PARTICIPATION, NOT ONE SINGLE AMENDMENT WAS OFFERED BY MY DEMOCRATIC FRIENDS. IT WAS A PERFECT BILL. IT PASSED 60-0. I WOULD ALSO POINT OUT THE ODGE LEVERAGE WE HAVE AS THE UNITED STATES IS OUR CONTRIBUTION. AND THAT'S WHAT THIS BILL DOES. I'M HAPPY TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES SUBCOMMITTEE ON CAP MARKETS,

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                    • 03:14:11 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN FOR FOUR MINUTES.

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                      MR. HUIZENGA

                      CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING AND I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. HAVING…

                      CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING AND I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. HAVING HAD THE OPPORTUNITY LAST CONGRESS TO CHAIR THE SUBCOMMITTEE THAT MR. BARR NOW LEADS, I CAN TELL YOU THAT MY COLLEAGUE THAT THE REFORMS IN THIS BILL ARE REAL AND THEY'RE URGENT. LET ME HIGHLIGHT ONE CASE OF MANAGEMENT FAIL TUR AT THE WORLD BANK THAT I FOCUSED IN THE LAST CONGRESS WITH ARE MS. MOORE. I THINK THE SCANDAL WILL ILLUMINATE THE REASONING BEHIND THE REFORMS BUT ALSO THE MECHANISM FOR ACHIEVING THOSE REFORMS. IT IS THE POWER OF OUR PURSE THAT WILL EFFECT CHANGE. IN 2015, THE WORLD BANK CANCELED AN I.D.A. THAT INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY, AS HAS BEEN REFERRED TO, ROAD PROJECT IN UGANDA. THIS INITIATIVE SAW LAPSES BY THE BANK WHICH ENABLED SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN TO HAPPEN. WHEN THEY COMPLAINED TO THE BANK STAFF, THEY ARE IGNORED AFTER THE OMBUDSMAN DID THE BANK INVESTIGATE THE ABUSES. MY COLLEAGUES WERE SO OUTRAGED BY THE SCANDAL THAT I ALONG WITH MS. MOORE, MY RANKING MEMBER, WROTE A LETTER IN JULY OF 2016 TO THE WORLD BANK DEMANDING CORRECTIVE ACTION. HERE'S THE THING, TO UNDERSCORE THE GRAVITY OF THE BANK'S MANAGEMENT FAILURES WE PROPOSED A LEVEL AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS OF THE COMMITTEE INCLUDING THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER. THE LETTER AS IT WENT OUT AND I WOULD LIKE TO INSERT INTO THE RECORD, WAS ON THE LETTER HEAD OF CHAIRMAN HENSARLING AND RANKING MEMBER WATERS. AND THE RANKING MEMBER THEN REFUSED TO SIGN THE LETTER AND LEAVING AS A SUBCOMMITTEE LETTER THAT WENT OUT BY MYSELF AND RANKING MEMBER MOORE. . I THINK WHAT AMERICA JUST HEARD FROM THE OTHER SPEAKERS WAS LITERALLY THE DEMOCRATS WANTED THE MONEY TO THE WORLD BANK BUT NOT THE REFORMS. THAT'S WHY THEY VOTED FOR THE $3 MILLION-PLUS TO GO INTO THAT ACCOUNT, AND HOW CYNICAL. FUNDING OF I.D.A. IS ABOUT AS GOOD AS PUTTING A BAND-AID ON A CAR ACCIDENT VICTIM. IT'S NOT DOING ANYTHING ULTIMATELY, IF THERE IS SUCH WOEFUL INADEQUACY IN FRYING TO PROVIDE THE TRUE ISSUE -- IN TRYING TO PROVIDE THE TRUE ISSUES THAT NEED TO BE ADDRESSED. THE SEXUAL ABUSE OF UNDERAGED UGANDANS, NOT REALLY INTERESTED IN TALKING ABOUT THAT. HARASSMENT OF FEMALE PROJECT STAFF, NOT REALLY INTERESTING IN TALKING ABOUT THAT ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE. DEFICIENT PROJECT SAFETY THAT MAY HAVE RESULTED IN FIVE FATALITIES, NOT INTERESTED IN TALKING ABOUT THAT. SO WHEN THEY RISE TALKING ABOUT HOW MUCH THEY CARE ABOUT THE POOR AND THOSE THAT ARE UNDERSERVED, FORGIVE ME IF I'M CYNICAL, MR. CHAIRMAN IT. RINGS A BIT HOLLOW. AND -- CHAIRMAN. IT RINGS A BY THE HOLLOW. WE RECEIVED A ROW RESPONSE THAT THE BANK WAS UNDERTAKE -- A RESPONSE THAT THE BANK WAS UNDERTAKING COSMETIC STEPS TO IMPROVE THEIR PROJECTS AND THEIR ACTIONS. SUCH AS CREATING A TASK FORCE. AGAIN, FORGIVE ME FOR BEING A LITTLE CYNICAL ABOUT THE TASK FORCE. BUT NOT ONLY WAS THE COUNTRY MANAGER ASSOCIATED WITH THE UGANDAN PROJECT NOT HELD ACCOUNTABLE, HE WAS PROMOTED TO COUNTRY DIRECTER FOR THE CONGO. AND IT STILL GETS WORSE. LAST NOVEMBER WE LEARNED THAT THE BANK WAS SUSPENDING YET ANOTHER ROAD PROJECT IN THE CONGO DUE TO ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN. THE INVESTIGATION'S STILL UNDER WAY TODAY, MR. CHAIRMAN. AND THE BANK HAS ALREADY ADMITTED THAT IT IGNORED REPEATED REQUESTS TO THE BENEFICIARIES IN THE CONGO TO LOOK INTO THE COMPLAINTS. BUT WE'RE BEGINNING TO SEE A THEME. LET'S JUST KEEP THE MONEY FLOWING ANYWAY. AND HERE'S THE THING. IT WAS THE SAME PROJECTS, THE SAME PEOPLE IN PLACE. AND I'M JUST WONDERING WHY, WHETHER IT'S THE RANKING MEMBER OR OTHERS, WHO VOTED FOR THIS IN SUBCOMMITTEE, REFUSED TO KEEP THE BANK'S FEET TO THE FIRE.

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                    • 03:18:25 PM

                      MR. HENSARLING

                      I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

                    • 03:18:28 PM

                      MR. HUIZENGA

                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'M CONFUSED AS TO WHY MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER…

                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'M CONFUSED AS TO WHY MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE REFUSE TO HOLD THE BANK'S FEET TO THE FIRE. BECAUSE WE'VE KNOWN ABOUT THESE ISSUES FOR SEVERAL YEARS. TASK FORCES HAVEN'T BEEN SUFFICIENT. RHETORIC HASN'T BEEN SUFFICIENT. WE NEED REAL ACCOUNTABILITY IN THE BANK AND WE NEED IT NOW AND IT NEEDS TO BE INITIATED IMMEDIATELY. THEN IT NEEDS MOB DANE MAINED AND INSTITUTION -- THEN IT NEEDS TO BE MAINTAINED AND INSTITUTIONALIZED. I THANK MY FRIEND FROM CONNECTICUT FOR TAKING THIS -- KENTUCKY FOR TAKING THIS COMMONSENSE APPROACH AND DEMAND THAT THE WORLD BANK LIVE UP TO ITS COMMITMENTS TO THE POOR. SO WHETHER THEY'RE IN AFRICA AND OTHER PLACES OF THE WORLD. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AND I YIELD BACK.

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                    • 03:19:07 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLEMAN'S REQUEST WILL BE CONSIDERED UNDER GENERAL LEAVE. THE…

                      THE GENTLEMAN'S REQUEST WILL BE CONSIDERED UNDER GENERAL LEAVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                    • 03:19:14 PM

                      MS. WATERS

                      I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK THREE MINUTES.

                    • 03:19:19 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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                      I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING TIME. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE IN…

                      I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING TIME. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 3326, THE WORLD BANK ACCOUNTABILITY ACT OF 2017. LET ME START BY STATING HOW IMPORTANT OUR NATION'S CONTRIBUTIONS ARE TO THE WORLD BANK'S INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION, I.D.A. THOSE FUNDS SUPPORT THE LARGEST SOURCE OF DEVELOPMENT FINANCE FOR THE WORLD'S POOREST NATIONS. INCLUDING THOSE IN AFRICA, LATIN AMERICA AND ASIA. AND THAT IS WHY AT THE COMMITTEE LEVEL I VOTED IN FAVOR.

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                    • 03:20:01 PM

                      MR. MEEKS

                      RESOURCES AT THE WHIM OF THIS WHITE HOUSE.

                    • 03:22:45 PM

                      MS. WATERS

                      I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

                    • 03:22:48 PM

                      MR. MEEKS

                      AND SO, SINCE WE KNOW OF THE PRESIDENT AND HIS WILL TO WITHDRAW FROM…

                      AND SO, SINCE WE KNOW OF THE PRESIDENT AND HIS WILL TO WITHDRAW FROM MULTILATERAL ORGANIZATIONS AND NOT WORK WITH OTHERS AND JUST WORK BY HIMSELF, WE KNOW WHAT HIS POSITION IS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON H.R. 3326. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 03:23:12 PM

                      THE CHAIR

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

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

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                    • 03:23:17 PM

                      MR. HENSARLING

                      TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO MY FELLOW TEXAN, MR. WILLIAMS, THE VICE CHAIRMAN…

                      TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO MY FELLOW TEXAN, MR. WILLIAMS, THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES SUBCOMMITTEE ON MONETARY POLICY AND TRADE.

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                    • 03:23:29 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

                    • 03:23:31 PM

                      MR. WILLIAMS

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 3326, THE…

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 3326, THE WORLD BANK ACCOUNTABILITY ACT. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON MONETARY POLICY AND TRADE, MR. ANDY BARR, FOR HIS HARD WORK ON THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE. H.R. 3326 PASSED THROUGH THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY, WITH AN OVERWHELMING BIPARTISAN VOTE OF 60-0. MR. SPEAKER, RIGHT NOW THE WORLD BANK'S INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION OR I.D.A. IS AN IRRESPONSIBLE BENEFACTOR FOR THE WORLD'S NEEDIEST NATIONS. AT THE CORE OF MY CONCERNS WITHIN THE WORLD BANK, I TAKE GREAT ISSUE WITH THE BANK'S OFFERING EMPLOYEE INCENTIVES FOR APPROVING NEW LOANS. THE BANK ITSELF HAS EVEN BEEN DOCUMENTED, THEY HARVEST A CULTURE THAT ENCOURAGES LOAN VOLUME RATHER THAN APPROVAL BASED ON MERIT AND APPROVAL BASED ON NEED. H.R. 3326 WILL HELP ELIMINATE THESE ILLOGICAL INCENTIVES AT THE WORLD BANK THAT PRIORITIZE PUSHING MONEY OUT THE DOOR, RATHER THAN DELIVERING AUTHENTIC AND HELPFUL SOLUTIONS. IN ADDITION TO MASS LENDING FROM THE BANK, CARELESS LENDING IS EQUALLY DISCONCERTING. AND HAS MADE IT EASIER FOR CORRUPT REGIMES TO ABUSE THEIR CITIZENS AND EXPLOIT THE MONEY FOR TERRORISM-RELATED EFFORTS. TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE, H.R. 3326 ENSURES THAT THE WORLD BANK CANNOT APPROVING FUNDS FOR A COUNTRY THAT HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED BY THE UNITED STATES AS A STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM AND IT DEMANDS THAT THE U.S. DECLINE BANK LOANS TO COUNTRIES THAT KNOWINGLY FAIL TO IMPOSE U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL SANCTIONS AGAINST THE NORTH KOREAN REGIME. ADDITIONALLY, THIS BILL WILL ENCOURAGE IMPROVEMENTS WITHIN THE WORLD BANK BY WITHHOLDING UP TO 30% OF FUTURE APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE WORLD'S BANK I.D.A. UNTIL THE TREASURY REPORTS THAT BANK HAS UNDERTAKEN MEANINGFUL REFORMS IN ORDER TO COMBAT CORRUPTION, STRENGTHEN MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTABILITY, AND UNDERMINE VIOLENT EXTREMISM. BY PASSING THIS LEGISLATION, WE REQUIRE THE WORLD BANK TO PUT MORE FAITH AND FREE INTER-- IN FREE ENTERPRISE, AS OPPOSED TO CORRUPT REGIMES THAT ABUSE THE POOR. IF THE WORLD BANK IS SERIOUS ABOUT HELPING THOSE WHO NEED IT MOST, IT SHOULD MAKE CERTAIN THAT BORROWING GOVERNMENTS ARE COMMITTED TO THE WELFARE OF THEIR CITIZENS. THE WORLD BANK HAS BEEN SLIPPING THROUGH THE CRACKS FAR TOO LONG AND IT IS TIME TO IMPLEMENT MEANINGFUL AND LASTING REFORMS. SO ONCE AGAIN I COMMEND REPRESENTATIVE BARR FOR INTRODUCING THIS NECESSARY LEGISLATION. I ENCOURAGE THE THOUSAND FOLLOW THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE LEAD BY PASSING H.R. 3326. IN GOD WE TRUST. I YIELD BACK.

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                    • 03:26:06 PM

                      THE CHAIR

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

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

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                    • 03:26:10 PM

                      MS. WATERS

                      I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, A SENIOR MEMBER OF…

                      I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON MONETARY POLICY AND TRADE OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, MR. FOSTER.

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                    • 03:26:19 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

                    • 03:26:21 PM

                      MR. FOSTER

                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 3326 AS IT…

                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 3326 AS IT CURRENTLY STANDS. THIS IS A DISAPPOINTMENT TO ME. I, LIKE MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES, ORIGINALLY VOTED TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION IN COMMITTEE, WITH THE UNDERSTANDING THAT BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WOULD CONTINUE TO WORK TO ALLAY THE CONCERNS THAT ELEMENTS OF THIS BILL WOULD GIVE THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION NEW AND DISRUPTIVE TOOLS THAT WOULD LIKELY BE USED TO THE DETRIMENT OF THE WORLD BANK'S MISSION AND OUR RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHER COUNTRIES. THERE WAS AN UNDERSTANDING TO NEGOTIATE CHANGES, BUT THIS LEGISLATION WE WILL BE VOTING ON TODAY DOES NOT REFLECT THAT PROMISE. AND IN LIGHT OF THAT FAILURE, MY COLLEAGUE OFFERED AN AMENDMENT THAT WOULD HAVE SATISFIED OUR CONCERNS, BUT THIS AMENDMENT WAS NOT MADE IN ORDER. SO WE WILL NOT BE VOTING ON THAT EITHER. THIS BILL DOES HAVE -- THIS BILL DOES HAVE ELEMENTS THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO OUR COUNTRY'S OBLIGATION TO SOME OF THE POOREST COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD. THE WORLD BANK PROVIDES GRANTS AND HIGHLY CONCESSIONAL LOANS THROUGH THE INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION, THE I.D.A., TO THE WORLD'S 77 POOREST COUNTRIES. THIS MONEY GOES A LONG WAY TOWARDS RAISING THE STANDARD OF LIVING, PUBLIC HEALTH, AND ECONOMIC GROWTH FOR THE 450 MILLION PEOPLE WHO LIVE THERE. SINCE WORLD WAR II, THE UNITED STATES HAS STOOD AS A STRONG PARTNER AND A LEADER IN THE MULTILATERAL WORK TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE AROUND THE WORLD. OUR SUCCESS HAS RELIED ON THE DILIGENT SUPPORT OF AMERICAN LAWMAKERS, DIPLOMATS, AND GROUPS AROUND THE WORLD WHO WORK CLOSELY WITH ALLIES AND PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE IN TIMES OF GREAT CRISIS. BUT OUR CONFIDENCE THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION'S BROAD DISCRETION TO DEFUND THE I.D.A. PROVIDED IN THE BILL WE WILL BE VOTING ON WOULD NOT BE ABUSED, WAS FRANKLY NOT -- THAT CONFIDENCE WAS NOT IMPROVED BY THE PRESIDENT'S RECENT RACIST REMARKS LAST WEEK. WE ARE CONSTANTLY REMINDED OF THE CONTINUING IMPORTANCE OF THIS MISSION AND THE NEED TO PLEDGE OUR SUPPORT TO THE POOREST COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD, TO OFFER AID FOR THE NEEDIEST INDIVIDUALS. TIME AFTER TIME, HOWEVER, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS SHOWN ITSELF INCAPABLE OF USING THE RESOURCES THAT CONGRESS GIVES IT TO WORK IN CONSTRUCTIVE WAYS IN MULTILATERAL ORGANIZATIONS. INSTEAD ALIENATING OUR ALLIES AND UNDERMINING OUR COUNTRY'S REPUTATION AND MISSION. AND WHILE I SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION'S AUTHORIZATION OF $3.29 BILLION FOR MULTILATERAL DEVELOPMENT EFFORTS FOR THESE COUNTRIES, THE POORLY CON RECEIVED AND DEFINED CONDITION -- CONRECEIVED AND DEFINED CONDITIONS IN -- CONCEIVE AND DEFINED CONDITIONS IN THIS LEGISLATION MAKE IT IMPOSSIBLE TO SUPPORT. ANY CONTRIBUTION TO I.D.A. IS A SERIOUS ACTION THAT WOULD HAVE DEVASTATING CONSEQUENCES. IT WOULD PUNISH MILLIONS OF CHILDREN AND OTHER VULNERABLE GROUPS IN AFRICA, LATIN AMERICA AND ASIA, MANY OF WHOM LIVE IN ABSOLUTE POVERTY. IT WOULD ALSO LIMIT OUR ABILITY TO HELP INDIVIDUALS IN FAMINE-RIDDEN PARTS OF THE WORLD AND REFUGEES IN FRAGILE AREAS. THEY RELY ON HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE FOR FOOD, WATER AND BASIC --

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                    • 03:29:38 PM

                      MS. WATERS

                      I YIELD 30 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM

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                      MR. FOSTER

                      THANK YOU. THEY RELY ON HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE FOR FOOD, WATER AND BASIC…

                      THANK YOU. THEY RELY ON HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE FOR FOOD, WATER AND BASIC MEDICAL CARE AND COULD FACE DEATH WITHOUT THIS ASSISTANCE. MANY OF THE PROVISIONS IN THIS BILL, AS WRITTEN, WOULD PLACE CONDITIONS ON U.S. CONTRIBUTIONS TO I.D.A. THAT, IN THE HANDS OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, WOULD NOT BE AN EFFECTIVE APPROACH TO REFORM AND COULD VERY WELL UNDERMINE EFFORTS TO REDUCE POVERTY AND PROMOTE GROWTH. THIS WOULD DAMAGE OUR COUNTRY'S HISTORIC AND NOBLE MISSION TO LEAD THE WORLD IN ASSISTING THE POOREST COUNTRIES WITH FOOD, CLEAN WATER AND MEDICAL HELP. SO WITH RELUCTANCE I HAVE TO ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THIS BILL AND HOPE THAT IT COMES BACK TO THE FLOOR WITH A BIPARTISAN INPUT THAT WE WERE PROMISED. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 03:30:24 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARD THE PRESIDENT. THE…

                      TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARD THE PRESIDENT. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED. .

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                    • 03:30:37 PM

                      MR. HENSARLING

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED.

                    • 03:30:51 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED.

                    • 03:30:53 PM

                      MR. DAVIDSON

                      I THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF OUR COMMITTEE AND SUBCOMMITTEE FOR MAKING GREAT…

                      I THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF OUR COMMITTEE AND SUBCOMMITTEE FOR MAKING GREAT POINTS AND PUSHING FORWARD THIS GREAT LEGISLATION. THE MEMBERS OPPOSED TO THIS LEGISLATION WERE FOR IT BEFORE THEY WERE AGAINST IT, AS HAS BEEN POINTED OUT. BUT THE OTHER THING IS THAT THE PREMISE OF THE ARGUMENT THAT IS BEING MADE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL IS THAT THE UNITED STATES SHOULD SOMEHOW GIVE MONEY -- JUST SPEND THE MONEY, REGARDLESS OF HOW POORLY THE WORLD BANK WILL DEPLOY THIS CAPITAL, REGARDLESS THEY ARE EFFECTIVE OR NOT IN ACCOMPLISHING THE IMPORTANT MISSION OF HELPING ADDRESS POVERTY IN SOME OF THE POOREST NATIONS IN THE WORLD. AND THE SPECIFIC PURPOSE OF THIS FUND IS TO ADDRESS POVERTY. AND IT'S NOT DONE A VERY GOOD JOB. THEY HAVE ABUSED THE FUNDS THEY HAD. SO THE PREMISE WOULD BE SOMEHOW THAT WE CAN JUST SPEND THE MONEY AND ENTRUST IT, SOMEHOW THEY ARE GOING TO GET BETTER. WELL, THANKFULLY, THANKFULLY, WHEN WE WERE TALKING ABOUT IT IN COMMITTEE AND WHEN WE TALKED ABOUT IT ON THIS SIDE OF THE ARGUMENT HERE -- AND I HOPE IT'S A TRULY BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR THIS BILL TO SHOW TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, WE DO EXPECT A RETURN ON OUR DOLLARS. WE EXPECT RESULTS FOR THE MONEY THAT COMES TO THIS BODY TO SPEND ON BEHALF OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. AND I THINK THE OTHER PREMISE IS THAT WE SEND THE MONEY WITH NO STRINGS ATTACHED AND NO EXPECTATION OF RESULTS, THEN WE ARE NOT ENGAGED IN THE WORLD, THAT SOMEHOW WE HAVE WITHDRAWN FROM THE WORLD AND WE DON'T CARE. NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH, BECAUSE WE DO CARE. WE ARE PUTTING TERMS AND CONDITIONS ON THE MONEY. AND BECAUSE WE DO CARE ABOUT POVERTY AND THE RESULTS, WE CARE THAT THE WORLD BANK OPERATES FRANKLY TO ACCOMPLISH ITS MISSION. AND SO WHILE SOME WOULD LOOK FOR BIGGER, BOLDER REFORMS AND MAYBE BETTER USE OF U.S. TAX DOLLARS, WE EXPECT SOME ACCOUNTABILITY FOR THOSE RESULTS. THIS IS A VERY MEASURED OBJECTIVE IN THIS BILL. AND I COMMEND OUR COMMITTEE FOR COMING TO THIS CONSENSUS. I HOPE FOR A SIMILAR REMINDER WHEN WE CALL FOR A VOTE ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE. AND I YIELD MY REMAINING TIME.

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                    • 03:33:18 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

                    • 03:33:23 PM

                      MS. WATERS

                      I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, THE BANK'S RANKING…

                      I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, THE BANK'S RANKING MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, MR. KILDEE.

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                    • 03:33:31 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                    • 03:33:34 PM

                      MR. KILDEE

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPRESS MY…

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPRESS MY CONCERNS WITH THE WAY THIS BILL HAS MOVED TO THE FLOOR TODAY. I SUPPORT THE BILL'S AUTHORIZATION OF U.S. CONTRIBUTION TO THE INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION, THE I.D.A., PART OF THE WORLD BANK THAT HELPS THE WORLD'S POOREST COUNTRIES THROUGH LOANS AND GRANTS TO REDUCE POVERTY AND IMPROVE THE LIVING STANDARD. IT PROVIDES ASSISTANCE FOR BASIC HEALTH CARE, PRIMARY EDUCATION, CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION, INFRASTRUCTURE. I ALSO SUPPORT THE IDEA THAT THE BILL WOULD RE-ESTABLISH THE U.S.'S ENGAGEMENT ON GLOBAL ECONOMIC COOPERATION. AND WHEN THIS BILL CAME UP IN THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE MARKUP, I ALONG WITH MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES EXPRESSED CONCERNS OVER THE BILL MAKING A U.S. CONTRIBUTION CONTINGENT ON PRESIDENT TRUMP'S DETERMINATION THAT THE WORLD BANK IS IMPLEMENTING THESE IMPORTANT REFORMS. OUR SUPPORT FOR THE BILL WAS BASED ON THE UNDERSTANDING THAT THOSE CONCERNS WOULD BE ADDRESSED. SO WE SUPPORTED THE BILL IN GOOD FAITH, HOPING THAT, IN FACT, THOSE ISSUES WOULD BE ADDRESSED. IT'S BEEN POINTED NO DEMOCRATIC AMENDMENTS WERE OFFERED IN COMMITTEE. WE TOOK ON FAITH THAT THOSE ISSUES WOULD BE ADDRESSED. MS. MOORE, A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE AND LEADER ON THIS ISSUE, OFFERED AN AMENDMENT, WHICH THE MAJORITY REJECTED IN THE RULES COMMITTEE AND DID NOT ALLOW THIS HOUSE TO VOTE ON IN ORDER TO WHAT WE WOULD SAY WOULD BE TO IMPROVE THE LEGISLATION. THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT EVEN MADE IN ORDER. WE SUPPORT GOOD GOVERNANCE AND ACCOUNTABILITY. BUT THOSE GOALS OUGHT TO BE ADVANCED ON THEIR OWN MERITS. WITH ALLOWING PRESIDENT TRUMP TO MAKE THE DETERMINATION TO WITHHOLD MONEY FROM THESE COUNTRIES, BASED ON HIS INTERPRETATION AS TO WHETHER THEY HAVE MET HIS STANDARDS, WAS A BRIDGE TOO FAR FOR MANY OF US. THE NATURE OF THE REFORMS OUTLINED IN THE BILL GIVE SOME PAUSE WHEN WE CONSIDER THE RECENT ACTIONS AND THE RECENT WORDS. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR ANY OF US TO, FIRST OF ALL, ERASE THE HATEFUL COMMENTS MADE BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IN REFERENCE TO COUNTRIES SUCH AS THOSE THAT BENEFIT FROM THE WORK OF THE I.D.A. SO SETTING ASIDE FOR A MOMENT, THE CONCERNS THAT MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE ADDRESSED -- AND WHEN THIS HAPPENS FROM TIME TO TIME IN COMMITTEE -- LET'S NOT PRETEND THAT IT DOESN'T. WHERE THERE ARE CONCERNS THAT WE WILL ADDRESS AS THE BILL GOES FORWARD. AND VERY OFTEN, THEY ARE WORKED OUT. WHEN THEY ARE NOT, WE ARE NOT GOING TO BE PUT IN A POSITION AS MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE TO SAY, WELL, IT NEVER HAPPENED. IT DID HAPPEN. SO I UNDERSTAND WE MAY COME TO DIFFERENT CONCLUSIONS ULTIMATELY OF HOW THE BILL COMES TO THE FLOOR AND MEMBERS OUGHT TO VOTE THEIR CONSCIENCE, BUT IT IS NOT THE CASE THAT WE DID NOT EXPRESS THOSE CONCERNS WITH THE HOPE THEY WOULD BE ADDRESSED BEFORE THE LEGISLATION WAS BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR. NO ONE SAW IT AS A PERFECT BILL UNLESS THOSE INDIVIDUALS WERE NOT LISTENING TO THOSE ISSUES BY DEMOCRATIC MEMBERS DURING DEBATE IN COMMITTEE. I'LL END WITH THIS. WHEN THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES JUST IN RECENT DAYS USES VULGAR AND HATEFUL TERMS TO DEPICT ENTIRE POPULATIONS, MANY OF WHOM LIVE IN COUNTRIES THAT ARE THE PRINCIPAL BENEFICIARIES AND PEOPLE WHOM THEMSELVES THISES ARE THE PRINCIPAL BENEFICIARIES I HAVE A HARD TIME GRANTING AUTHORITY TO THAT SAME ADMINISTRATION TO MAKE A DETERMINATION AS TO WHETHER THOSE COUNTRIES ARE WORTHY OF THE HELP THAT THE UNITED STATES WOULD OFFER. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                    • 03:37:54 PM

                      THE CHAIR

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

                    • 03:37:57 PM

                      MR. HENSARLING

                      I YIELD MYSELF 10 SECONDS, IT'S AN INTERESTING NARRATIVE BEING TOLD BY THE…

                      I YIELD MYSELF 10 SECONDS, IT'S AN INTERESTING NARRATIVE BEING TOLD BY THE MINORITY THAT THEY OFFERED NO AMENDMENTS, VOTED FOR THE BILL 60-0 AND HEARD NOTHING FOR SIX MONTHS UNTIL LAST FRIDAY, FOR THE FIRST TIME THEY WANT TO TALK ABOUT A BILL THEY ORIGINALLY SUPPORTED. I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, THE MAJORITY WHIP OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, MR. HILL.

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                    • 03:38:27 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

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                      MR. HILL

                      I THANK THE COMMITTEE AND CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE FOR BRINGING THIS…

                      I THANK THE COMMITTEE AND CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE FOR BRINGING THIS BILL, H.R. 3326 TO THE FLOOR TODAY, BECAUSE THIS IS PRECISELY WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT OUT OF THEIR GOVERNMENT IN WASHINGTON, D.C., ACCOUNTABILITY. MR. SPEAKER, OUR CONSTITUENTS ASK US ALL THE TIME, DO YOU MONITOR THE MONEY THAT YOU SEND AND SPEND AROUND THE WORLD TO FURTHER AMERICA'S INTERESTS? AND THERE IS ALWAYS A LOT OF PEOPLE JUST LOOKING AROUND AND HOW DO WE VERIFY THAT? WELL, HERE, MR. SPEAKER, IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO VERIFY THAT. THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION WOULD REQUIRE THE WORLD BANK TO IMPLEMENT REAL INCENTIVES, PARTICULARLY THROUGH STAFF EVALUATION STANDARDS THAT PRIORITIZE ANTI-POVERTY RESULTS AND CAPABLE PROJECT MANAGEMENT OVER JUST THE VOLUME OF LOANS THEY PRODUCE. IT'S THAT CLASSIC MANAGEMENT EXPERTISE, QUALITY OVER QUANTITY. OF COURSE WE WANT POVERTY ERADICATED. THE TAXPAYERS OF THIS TAX PAY IRWOULDN'T VOTE US TO APPROVE SPENDING IF IT WASN'T DONE RIGHT TO EXPAND AMERICA'S INTERESTS AROUND THE WORLD AND ALLEVIATE POVERTY. AND IF THE WORLD BANK IS SERIOUS, IT WOULD DEFEND THE POOREST'S FREEDOMS. NO REFORMS LIKE WE HAVE PROPOSED, THEN POVERTY IS NOT ERADICATED. THE POOR ARE NOT HELPED. H.R. 3326 INSISTS ON GREATER EFFORTS BY THE BANK TO FIGHT CORRUPTION AND ITS PROJECTS. JUST BECAUSE THE BANK MAY HAVE TO WORK IN CORRUPT ENVIRONMENTS DOES NOT MEAN IT HAS TO ADD TO THE GRAFT BY POURING MONEY IN IT FOR THE TAKING. THAT'S WHY THE VOTE WAS 60-0. THAT'S WHY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WISCONSIN WAS SO SUPPORTIVE OF US IN THIS SUBCOMMITTEE. IT WITHHOLDS APPROPRIATIONS UNTIL THE BANK RAISES THE QUALITY OF ITS WORK, RAISES THE QUALITY OF ITS FORENSIC AWE ITS, WHICH ARE DESIGNED TO UNMASK THE SYSTEMIC CORRUPTION WE FIND IN THE THIRD WORLD. INADVERTENTLY OR ADD VERNTLY SUPPORTED BY THE EFFORTS OF THE WORLD BANK, WE ARE TIRED OF IT. AND AT THE THAT'S WHY ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS WE SUPPORT THE FOREIGN POLICY GOALS CONTAINED IN H.R. 3326. I THANK MY FRIEND, MR. BARR, FOR HIS THOUGHTFUL WORK TO IMPLEMENT THIS. THESE ARE NEEDED CHANGES AND THESE ARE BIPARTISAN CHANGES. THESE IMPROVE TRANSPARENCY, END CORRUPTION, BETTER SPEND OUR TAXPAYER RESOURCES, DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY OF THE WORLD BANK NOTORIOUSLY UNACCOUNTABLE. I THANK MR. BARR, AND MR. HENSARLING AND I YIELD BACK.

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                    • 03:41:34 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

                    • 03:41:40 PM

                      MS. WATERS

                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                    • 03:41:44 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                    • 03:41:54 PM

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                      MR. SPEAKER, LAST SUMMER, I JOINED MY DEMOCRATIC AND REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES…

                      MR. SPEAKER, LAST SUMMER, I JOINED MY DEMOCRATIC AND REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES IN SUPPORTING H.R. 3326 IN THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE TO AUTHORIZE THE UNITED STATES TO PARTICIPATE IN REPLENISHING THE INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION, THE I.D.A. HOWEVER, DEMOCRATS MADE IT CLEAR DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS BILL IN COMMITTEE THAT OUR SUPPORT DEPENDED ON CHANGES ON CERTAIN PROVISIONS. PROHIBITIONS IN THE BILL PUT THE U.S. FUNDING AT RISK AND MAKE IT TOO EASY FOR THE ADMINISTRATION TO CUT OFF FUNDING FOR VULNERABLE NATIONS. I AM DISAPPOINTED THAT MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES HAVE CHOSEN NOT TO UPHOLD OUR AGREEMENT AND ADDRESS THESE CONCERNS. GIVEN THE RECENT EVENTS AND REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP DEGRADING DEVELOPING NATIONS AND THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THEM, WE SHOULD BE CONCERNED ABOUT GIVING THE ADMINISTRATION THIS POWER. IT IS CRITICAL THAT CONGRESS PROVIDE MORAL LEADERSHIP AND DEMONSTRATE TO THE WORLD THAT THE UNITED STATES WILL NOT IGNORE OR PUNISH COUNTRIES THAT ARE STRUGGLING WITH POVERTY OR CONFLICT. WE MUST SEND A STRONG SIGNAL THAT THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS RESPECTS PEOPLE OF ALL BACKGROUNDS AND NATIONALITIES. FOR THESE REASONS, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE KNOW NO. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                    • 03:43:26 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

                    • 03:43:30 PM

                      MR. HENSARLING

                      I THINK I HAVE THE RIGHT TO CLOSE AND I RESERVE.

                    • 03:43:34 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

                    • 03:43:41 PM

                      MS. WATERS

                      THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. IN CLOSING, LET ME SAY THAT DEMOCRATS…

                      THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. IN CLOSING, LET ME SAY THAT DEMOCRATS DID VIEW THIS LEGISLATION AS AN IMPORTANT MARKUP OF INTERNATIONAL ENGAGEMENT FROM OUR COMMITTEE, WHICH IS NOT IN RECENT TIMES DEMONSTRATED A GREAT DEAL OF INTEREST IN GLOBAL ECONOMIC LEADERSHIP. SO WE VIEW THIS MEASURE AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO REINFORCE THE IMPORTANCE OF GLOBAL ECONOMIC COOPERATION AND GIVEN THAT, IT SEEMED TO US A MISTAKE TO THEN REJECT THE POSSIBILITY OF COOPERATION WITH OUR OWN REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES. SO WE SUPPORTED THE BILL FOR THAT REASON AS WELL. AND I REGRET WE COULDN'T COME TO AN ACCOMMODATION. ON ANOTHER MATTER, LET ME ALSO SAY, I WON'T QUESTION THE SINCERITY OF MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES' COMMITMENT TO REFORMING THE BANK, BUT I DO WONDER WHY THESE REFORMS ARE AS PRESSING AND URGENT AND AS CRITICAL AS THEY SAY, WHY DID THEY TAKE SO LONG? CHAIRMAN HENSARLING HAS BEEN AT THE HELM OF OUR COMMITTEE FOR OVER FIVE YEARS. AND DURING THAT TIME, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION REQUESTED LEGISLATION TO AUTHORIZE U.S. PARTICIPATION IN THREE OTHER REPLENISHMENTS, INCLUDING THE PREVIOUS I.D.A. 17. BUT THE COMMITTEE REFUSED TO ACT ON ANY OF THESE REQUESTS, NOT ONLY SHIRKING ITS OVERSIGHT RESPONSIBILITY BUT ALSO MISSING A NUMBER OF OPPORTUNITIES TO PRESS FOR REFORMS WHICH PRESUMABLY WERE AS URGENT THEN AS THEY ARE NOW. IN FACT, THE NOVEMBER, 2014, NEAR THE END OF THE 113TH CONGRESS, I WROTE TO CHAIRMAN HENSARLING URGING HIM TO TURN HIS ATTENTION TO THE THREE PENDING AUTHORIZATION REQUESTS BEFORE CONGRESS ADJOURNED. I MADE A NUMBER OF ARGUMENTS IN SUPPORT OF THE MULTILATERAL DEVELOPMENT BANK, WHICH APPARENTLY DID NOT PERSUADE THE CHAIRMAN. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER THIS LETTER INTO THE RECORD. NEVERTHELESS, HERE WE ARE AT A HISTORIC MOMENT WHEN U.S. CREDIBILITY ON THE GLOBAL STAGE IS IN SERIOUS QUESTION. WE HAVE THE OPTION OF CHOOSING TO LEAD AND SHOW THE COMMUNITY OF NATIONS THAT THE HATEFUL WORDS OF THE PRESIDENT WILL NOT BE FOLLOWED BY MISGUIDED AND ENABLING ACTIONS BY CONGRESS. TODAY, I SPEAK ON BEHALF OF THE WORLD'S POOREST COUNTRIES AND THEIR PEOPLE. TODAY, I STAND WITH AFRICA AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS LEGISLATION. . AND IT'S MISGUIDED, CYNICAL APPROACH -- APPROACH TO MULTILATERALISM. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THIS LEGISLATION AS A SIGNIFICANT NAT TO THE WORLD THAT TRUMP -- AS A SIGNAL TO THE WORLD THAT THE TRUMP DOCTRINE IS NOT AN AMERICAN DOCTRINE OR A BROADER SIGN OF AMERICAN UNRELIABILITY AND INDIFFERENCE. I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE A MOMENT TO TELL YOU WHAT IS BEING SAID ABOUT US FROM SOME OF THESE COUNTRIES AND AROUND THE WORLD. FROM HAITI, TRUMP COMMENTS SAYING THAT THEY WERE BASED ON STEREOTYPES IN THE SPIRIT OF THE PEOPLE OF HAITI, WE FEEL IN THE STATEMENTS, IF THEY WERE MADE, THE PRESIDENT WAS EITHER MISINFORMED OR MISEDUCATED ABOUT HAITI AND ITS PEOPLE. FROM THE FORMER HAITIAN PRIME MINISTER, IT SHOWS A LACK OF RESPECT, HE SAYS. AND IGNORANCE NEVER SEEN BEFORE IN THE RECENT HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES BY ANY PRESIDENT. LET'S SEE WHAT THE DEPUTY SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS HAS TO SAY. HE SAID, AND I QUOTE, OURS IS NOT AN S-HOLE COUNTRY,NEATHER IS HAITI OR ANY OTHER COUNTRY IN DISTRESS. FROM THE GOVERNMENT OF EL SALVADOR, WE HAVE ADDRESSED A NOTE OF PROTEST TO THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES HIGHLIGHTING IN THIS DOCUMENT ALSO THE HIGH VALUE OF SALVADOR ANS. FROM SALVADOR SANCHEZ PRESIDENT OF EL SALVADOR. QUOTE, THE STATEMENT OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES HITS THE DIGNITY OF THE PEOPLE. WE DEMAND WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE PRINCIPLES GOVERNING RELATIONS AMONGST STATES RESPECT FOR THE DIGNITY OF THEIR NOBLE AND COURAGEOUS PEOPLE. HUGO MARTINEZ, EL SALVADOR'S FOREIGN MINISTER, QUOTE, IT'S ALWAYS BEEN A FOREIGN POLICY PRIORITY OF OUR GOVERNMENT TO FIGHT FOR THE RESPECT AND DIGNITY OF OUR COUNTRYMEN, INDEPENDENT OF THEIR IMMIGRATION STATUS. OUR COUNTRYMEN ARE HARDWORKING PEOPLE WHO ARE ALWAYS CONTRIBUTING TO THE COUNTRIES WHERE THEY'RE LIVING. AND OF COURSE ALSO TO OUR COUNTRY. AND ACCORDING TO THE STATE DEPARTMENT IN SENEGAL, ALSO THEY SUM ONED THE U.S. AM BASS -- SUMMONED THE U.S. AMBASSADOR FOR A STATEMENT. THE PRESIDENT OF SENEGAL SAID, I AM SHOCKED BY THE WORDS OF PRESIDENT TRUMP ON HAITI AND AFRICA. I REJECT THEM AND CONDEMN THEM VIGOROUSLY. AFRICA AND THE BLACK RACE DESERVES THE RESPECT AND CONSIDERATION OF ALL, QUOTE-UNQUOTE. AND THEN THERE IS JOHN MAHAMA, FORMER PRESIDENT OF BEGANA. HE SAID, AND QUOTE, AFRICANS AND HAITIANS COME FROM, WHAT? S COUNTRIES? ISN'T TRUMP DEMONSTRATING THAT HE'S NOTHING BUT A RACIST AND PURSUING A POLICY OF, QUOTE, MAKE AMERICA WHITE AGAIN? I CONGRATULATE BAT SWANA FOR SHOWING THE WAY OUR A.U. PRESIDENTS MUST RESPOND STRONGLY TO THIS INSULT. I COULD GO ON AND ON ABOUT COMMENTS THAT ARE COMING FROM OUR FRIENDS AND OUR ALLIES, SOME OF THEM MAY BE POOR COUNTRIES, BUT WHO HAVE HAD RESPECT FOR US IN THE PAST. AND WHO HAVE STOOD WITH US IN TIMES OF ADVERSITY. I ABSOLUTELY KNOW THAT THIS COUNTRY HAS DEMONSTRATED TIME AND TIME AGAIN THAT WE ARE HUMANITARIANS. THAT WE UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF GIVING SUPPORT TO THE POOREST COUNTRIES IN THIS WORLD. AND THEY APPRECIATE US SO MUCH. AND THEY HONOR US AND THEY HAVE RESPECTED US AND THEY HAVE DONE EVERYTHING TO SHOW THAT THEY WILL STAND WITH US WHEN THEY NEED US TO DO THAT. AND HERE WE ARE AT A TIME WHEN WE'RE WILLING TO PUT THEM AT RISK WITH A PIECE OF LEGISLATION WHERE WE HAVE SOME MEMBERS ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE AISLE THAT THINK THEY KNOW BETTER THAN THE WORLD BANK, THAT THINK THEY KNOW BETTER THAN ALL OF THE MEMBERS, DEMOCRAT AND REPUBLICANS, WHO HAVE WORKED TOGETHER FOR YEARS IN OUR SUPPORT OF THE WORLD BANK. AND IN OUR SUPPORT OF GIVING SUPPORT TO THE 77 POOREST COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD. AND GIVING OUR SUPPORT TO THE 450 MILLION PEOPLE, MANY OF THEM WHO ARE LIVING IN ABJECT POVERTY, MANY OF THEM WHO DON'T KNOW WHERE THE NEXT MEAL IS GOING TO COME FROM. MANY OF THEM WHO LIVES ARE AT RISK EVERY DAYMENT AND HOW CAN WE, THE RICHEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD, TURN OUR NOSE UP AT THEM, TALK ABOUT SOMEHOW THEY ARE NOT CREDIBL TALK ABOUT SOMEHOW THEY ARE ALL CORRUPT? I REJECT IT AND I ASK E MEMBERS OF THIS CONGRESS TO VOTE NO ON THIS MISPLACED, MISGUIDED PIECE OF LEGISLATION.

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                    • 03:51:30 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HETIME. THE CHAIR WOULD REMIND…

                      THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HETIME. THE CHAIR WOULD REMIND MEMBERS THAT REMARKS IN DEBATE MAY NOT ENGAGE IN PERSONALIES TOWARD THE PRESIDENT. INCLUDING BY REPEATING REMARKS MADE ELSEWHRE THAT WOULD BE IMPROPER IF SPOKEN IN THE MEMBER'S OWN WORDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES T GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS TO CLOSE.

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                    • 03:51:47 PM

                      MR. HENSARLING

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

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                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLEMAN HAS 4 3/4 MINUTES REMAINING.

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                      MR. HENSARLING

                      I YIELD MYSELF THE REMAINDER OF THE TIME.

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                      THE CHAIR

                      I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE

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                      MR. HENSARLING

                      BE ENCOURAGING SUSTAINABLE AND INCLUSIVE GROWTH,

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                      THE CHAIR

                      BE ENCOURAGING SUSTAINABLE AND INCLUSIVE GROWTH,

                    • 03:58:06 PM

                      An amendment, offered by Mr. Norman, numbered 1 printed in Part A of House Report 115-518 to modify a Treasury reporting requirement to ensure that the World Bank is promoting reduction of government barriers to entrepreneurship as an important component of poverty reduction.

                      • 03:58:12 PM

                        MR. NORMAN

                        BE ENCOURAGING SUSTAINABLE AND INCLUSIVE GROWTH,

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                        THE CLERK

                        BE ENCOURAGING SUSTAINABLE AND INCLUSIVE GROWTH,

                      • 03:58:18 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        BE ENCOURAGING SUSTAINABLE AND INCLUSIVE GROWTH,

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                    DEBATE

                    Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 693, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Norman amendment No. 1.

                    • 03:58:29 PM

                      MR. NORMAN

                      BE ENCOURAGING SUSTAINABLE AND INCLUSIVE GROWTH,

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                      THE CHAIR

                      BE ENCOURAGING SUSTAINABLE AND INCLUSIVE GROWTH,

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                      MR. NORMAN

                      BE ENCOURAGING SUSTAINABLE AND INCLUSIVE GROWTH,

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                      MR. NORMAN

                      BE ENCOURAGING SUSTAINABLE AND INCLUSIVE GROWTH,

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      BE ENCOURAGING SUSTAINABLE AND INCLUSIVE GROWTH,

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                      THE CHAIR

                      BE ENCOURAGING SUSTAINABLE AND INCLUSIVE GROWTH,

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                      >>

                      BE ENCOURAGING SUSTAINABLE AND INCLUSIVE GROWTH,

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                      THE CHAIR

                      BE ENCOURAGING SUSTAINABLE AND INCLUSIVE GROWTH,

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                      MS. WATERS

                      BE ENCOURAGING SUSTAINABLE AND INCLUSIVE GROWTH,

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                      THE CHAIR

                      BE ENCOURAGING SUSTAINABLE AND INCLUSIVE GROWTH,

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                      MS. WATERS

                      BE ENCOURAGING SUSTAINABLE AND INCLUSIVE GROWTH, NOT POLICIES THAT…

                      BE ENCOURAGING SUSTAINABLE AND INCLUSIVE GROWTH, NOT POLICIES THAT DIMINISH WORKERS' RIGHTS. SO I WOULD URGE ALL MEMBERS TO OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. I WILL YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MR. BARR.

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                    • 04:02:30 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED --

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                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                      MR. BARR

                      I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                      I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA FOR HIS THOUGHTFUL AMENDMENT. HIS AMENDMENT ADDRESSES AN ISSUE DEAR TO OUR HEART THAT IS ECONOMIC FREEDOM BY MAKING THE BILL EVEN MORE EXPLICIT NITS SUPPORT FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP HIS CONTRIBUTION MAKES A GOOD PIECE OF LEGISLATION BETTER, STILL IT'S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT THE POOR, WHEREVER THEY MAY BE IN THE WORLD, CAN SUCCEED IF THEIR GOVERNMENT LETS THEM. THAT'S A PRINCIPLE WE SHOULD ALL WHOLE HORTEDLY SUPPORT, I HOPE THE WORLD BANK WILL SUBSCRIBE TO IT AS WELL. I WOULD SAY ONE OTHER THING ABOUT THE DEBATE THAT TRANSPIRED HERE TODAY. THIS IS -- HARDWORKING AMERICAN TAXPAYERS' GENEROSITY. 23 THE AMERICAN TAX -- IT'S THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS TRYING TO HELP PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN IMPOVERISHED COUNTRIES. IT IS UNFAIR TO HARDWORKING TAXPAYERS AND DISHONORS THE GENEROSITY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO NOT HOLD THE WORLD BANK ACCOUNTABLE. SO I APPLAUD THE GENTLEMAN MR. NORMAN, FOR HIS AMENDMENT WHICH WILL RELEASE ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN THESE THRESS DEVELOPED COUNTRIES AND I YIELD BACK.

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                    • 04:03:44 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

                    • 04:03:47 PM

                      MS. WATERS

                      I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

                    • 04:03:49 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                      THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-518. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                  • 04:03:58 PM

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

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                      An amendment, offered by Mr. Connolly, numbered 2 printed in Part A of House Report 115-518 to require a report on steps taken by the World Bank to ensure G-5 visa holders employed by World Bank diplomats and staff are informed of the protections afforded to them pursuant to the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act.

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                        MR. CONNOLLY

                        I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                        THE CHAIR

                        CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

                      • 04:04:26 PM

                        THE CLERK

                        NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-518, OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                        NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-518, OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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                      • 04:04:32 PM

                        THE CHAIR

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

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

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                      • 04:04:40 PM

                        MR. CONNOLLY

                        I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                      • 04:04:44 PM

                        MR. CONNOLLY

                        I RISE TODAY TO OFFER AN ANTI-TRAFFICKING AMENDMENT TO THE WORLD BANK…

                        I RISE TODAY TO OFFER AN ANTI-TRAFFICKING AMENDMENT TO THE WORLD BANK ACCOUNTABILITY ACT. THE CHAIRMAN OF THE NATIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON INTERNATIONAL MONETARY AND FINANCIAL POLICIES IS ALREADY REQUIRED BY LAW TO SUBMIT TO THE SPEAKER THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AN ANNUAL REPORT ON THE EFFICACY OF INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AS WELL AS OTHER GOALS FOR DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE AND FINANCING ALREADY SPECIFIED BY THE CONGRESS. THE BASE TAX OF THE -- THE BASE TEXT OF THE WORLD BANK ACT INCLUDES SEVERAL ADDITIONS TO THE CHAIRMAN'S ANNUAL REPORT THIS WOULD MAKE ONE ADDITION TO THAT REPORT. THE AMENDMENT WOULD REQUIRE THAT THE CHAIRMAN REPORT ON THE DETAILED ACTION OF THE TAKING BY THE WORLD BANK TO INSTITUTE PROTECTIONS FOR G-5 NONIMMIGRANT VISA HOLDERS AND INFORM THESE INDIVIDUALS OF THE RIGHTS AFFORDED THEM BY THE WILLIAM WILBER FORCE TRAFFICKING VICTIMS PROTECTION RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2008. THAT LEGISLATION WAS SPONSORED BY MY GOOD FRIEND AND FORMER CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE HOWARD BERMAN. G-5 NONIMMIGRANT VISAS ARE RESERVED FOR FOREIGN DOMESTIC EMPLOYEES OF DIPLOMATS AND INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS SUCH AS THE WORLD BANK. AND PART OF THE ENACTMENT OF THE WILLIAM WILBER FORCE TRAFFICKING VICTIMS RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT, THESE FOREIGN EMPLOYEES HAD FEW PROTECTIONS. HOWEVER THE BILL ENACTED SEVERAL REFORMS FOR HOW TO PREVENT ABUSE AND TRACKING OF FOREIGN DOMESTIC EMPLOYEES IN THE UNITED STATES ON G-5 NONIMMIGRANT VISAS. THE LAW MANDATED THAT ALL SUCH VISA HOLDERS HAVE AN EMPLOYER-EMPLOYEE CONTRACT THAT INCLUDES INTERALIA, ONE AN AGREEMENT TO ABIDE BY ALL FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL LAWS. TWO WEEKLY WORK HOURS, LEAVE, AND SICK LEAVE, AND THREE, AN AGREEMENT BY THE EMPLOYER NOT THAT WITHHOLD THE PASSPORT, EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT OR OTHER PERSONAL PROPERTY AND DOCUMENTS OF AN EMPLOYEE. AMONG OTHER THING THE LAW ALSO PERMITS THESE FOREIGN DOMESTIC EMPLOYEES TO REMAIN LEGALLY AND WORK IN THE UNITED STATES WHILE SEEKING LEGAL REDRESS AGAINST THEIR EMPLOYERS AS REQUIRED. AS A REPRESENTATIVE FOR NORTHERN VIRGINIA, I COUNT AMONG THE RESIDENTS OF MY DISTRICT MANY OF THE HARDWORKING AND DEDICATED EMPLOYEES OF THE WORLD BANK WHO WORKED IN OFFICES THROUGHOUT THE D.C.-METROPOLITAN AREA. AS A RESULT I ALSO REPRESENT THE FOREIGN DOMESTIC EMPLOYEE OF THOSE WHO WORK IN THE WORLD BANK INSTITUTIONS. UNFORTUNATELY, SOMETIMES, SOME OF THESE INDIVIDUALS HAVE BEEN SUBJECT TO ABUSE BY THEIR EMPLOYERS. SINCE 2010, THERE HAVE BEEN AT LEAST FIVE FEDERAL CIVIL TRAFFICKING CASES IN THE UNITED STATES INVOLVING THE WORLD BANK AND A MAJORITY OF THOSE CASES WERE FILED IN THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA. ALL OF THESE CASES RESULTED IN EITHER A SETTLEMENT, A DEFAULT JUDGMENT FOR THE PLAINTIFF, OR A GUILTY PLEA. ALL OF THEM. ACCORDING TO THE G.A.O., REPORT ON HOUSEHOLD WORKERS OF FOREIGN DIPLOMATS, QUOTE, THE PEOPLE WHO COME TO THE UNITED STATES ON G-5 VISAS ARE AMONG THE MOST VULNERABLE WHO ENTER OUR BORDERS LEGALLY. THEY ARE OFTEN POOR, UNEDUCATED, UNFAMILIAR WITH THEIR RIGHTS UNDER UNITED STATES LAW. IF THEY FIND THEMSELVES IN AN ABUSIVE SITUATION, THEIR ABILITY TO HOLD THEIR EMPLOYERS ACCOUNTABILITY IS OFTEN LIMITED, PARTICULARLY IF THEIR EMPLOYERS ENJOY FULL DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY AND INVIOLABILITY. UNQUOTE. ACCORDING TO A SURVEY, 85% OF DOMESTIC WORKER TRAFFICKING SURVIVORS REPORT HAVING PAY WITHHELD OR BEING PAID WELL BELOW MINIMUM WAGE IN VIOLATION OF OUR OWN DOMESTIC LAWS. 78% HAVE HAD EMPLOYERS THREAT TON REPORT THEM FOR DEPORTATION IF THEY COMPLAIN. 62% REPORT HAVING THEIR PASSPORTS OR OTHER IDENTIFICATION DOCUMENTS TAKEN AWAY OR WITHHELD ILLEGALLY BY THEIR EMPLOYERS. WE MUST EMPOWER ALL INDIVIDUALS WHO FIND THEMSELVES VICTIMS OF ABUSE OR HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND PROVIDE THEM WITH A WAY OUT. TOO OFTEN THEIR PLIGHT IS OBSCURED BY THEIR VULNERABILITY AND SUSCEPTIBILITY TO THESE KINDS OF THREATS. I HEP THIS AMENDMENT HELPS SHED MORE LIGHT ON ONE CORNER OF THIS PROBLEM. VICTIMS CURRENTLY SUFFERING UNDER AN ABUSIVE EMPLOYER A WAY OUT OF THE SHADOWS. THIS IS A MATTER OF HUMAN DECENCY AND HUMAN FREEDOM AND A REAFFIRMATION OF HUMAN AUTONOMY. I URGE ITS ADOPTION AND I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND HIS STAFF AND THE RANKING MEMBER AND HER STAFF FOR THEIR COOPERATION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                  • 04:05:05 PM

                    DEBATE

                    Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 693, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Connolly amendment No. 2.

                    • 04:09:48 PM

                      THE CHAIR

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

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

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                    • 04:09:52 PM

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

                    • 04:09:57 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

                    • 04:10:02 PM

                      >>

                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA FOR HIS EFFORTS, I'M WILLING TO ACCEPT…

                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA FOR HIS EFFORTS, I'M WILLING TO ACCEPT HIS AMENDMENTS. THIS WOULD ENSURE THEY KEEP CONGRESS UPDATED. THIS ADDITION TO THE BILL IS UNOBJECTIONABLE AND I'M PLEASED TO SUPPORT IT AND I YIELD BACK.

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                    • 04:10:18 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE SQUE ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE…

                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE SQUE ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. POSE PEZ. -- THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE NONCHE CHAIR THE AYES HAVE IT. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                    • 04:10:32 PM

                      MR. CONNOLLY

                      ON THAT MATTER, I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS. THE GENTLEMAN ASKS FOR A…

                      ON THAT MATTER, I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS. THE GENTLEMAN ASKS FOR A RECORDED VOTE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA WILL BE POSTPONED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPROBATION REPORT 115-518. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                  • 04:10:34 PM

                    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

                    At the conclusion of debate on the Connolly amendment No. 2, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Connolly demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings until a time to be announced.

                    • 04:11:00 PM

                      An amendment, offered by Mr. Barr, numbered 3 printed in Part A of House Report 115-518 to make U.S. opposition to IDA assistance for a foreign government mandatory if the government knowingly fails to enforce UN Security Council sanctions against North Korea.

                      • 04:11:07 PM

                        MR. BARR

                        I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                      • 04:11:11 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

                      • 04:11:13 PM

                        THE CLERK

                        AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-518, OFFERED BY MR. BARR OF…

                        AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-518, OFFERED BY MR. BARR OF KENTUCKY.

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                      • 04:11:20 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        PURSUANT TO RESOLUTION 619, THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. BARR, AND A…

                        PURSUANT TO RESOLUTION 619, THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. BARR, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY.

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                      • 04:11:29 PM

                        MR. BARR

                        I RISE TO OFFER A STRAIGHTFORWARD AMENDMENT THAT WOULD MAKE THIS BILL'S…

                        I RISE TO OFFER A STRAIGHTFORWARD AMENDMENT THAT WOULD MAKE THIS BILL'S LANGUAGE MORE CONSISTENT WITH LEGISLATION THE HOUSE HAS ALREADY PASSED WITH AN OVERWHELMING BIPARTISAN JERRETT. H.R. 3326 CALLS ON THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT TO OPPOSE WORLD BANK ASSISTANCE TO EITHER COUNTRIES THAT KNOWINGLY FAIL TO ENFORCE U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL SANCTIONS AGAINST NORTH KOREA. AS THE U.N. PANEL OF EXPERTS CONCLUDED, LAX ENFORCEMENT, INCLUDING THOSE ELIGIBLE FOR SUPPORT, UNDERMINED THE EFFECTIVENESS OF U.N. SANCTIONS AGAINST THE KIM REGIME. ALL MY AMENDMENT DOES IS CHANGE THE WORLD SHOULD, TO SHALL, MAKING U.S. OPPOSITION TO WORLD BANK ASSISTANCE TO THOSE COUNTRIES MANDATORY. AT THE SAME -- AT THE SAME TIME IT ADDS PRESIDENTIAL WAIVER AUTHORITY SO THE PRESIDENT CAN EXEMPT COUNTRIES THAT ARE AT THEIR CAPACITY OR THOSE ATTEMPTING TO MAKE CORRECTIONS. THERE IS ALSO PART OF THE OTTO WARM BIER PR VISION. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR HELPING ME WORKING ON THIS. THE OTTO WAR BIER SANCTIONS PASS -- WARM BIER SANCTIONS ACT PASSED THE HOUSE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT. BEFORE I CONCLUDE, I WANT TO MAKE A GENERAL COMMENT ABOUT THIS -- THE WISDOM OF THIS LEGISLATION AND THE APPROACH TO ENFORCE ACCOUNTABILITY ON THE WORLD BANK. WE HEARD SOME OF THE ARGUMENTS FROM OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE. OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE. I WOULD JUST SAY, ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS, WE ARE THE GUARDIANS AND WE ARE THE CUSTODIANS OF THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS' CHARITY. WE ARE THE GUARDIANS OF THEIR HARD-EARNED INCOME THAT THEY PAY IN THE FORM OF TAXES TO THEIR GOVERNMENT. AND THEY ASK US TO BE WISE STEWARDS OF THOSE TAX DOLLARS. AN THESE TAXPAYERS WORK HARD TO PAY THEIR TAXES. AND SO WHEN THAT MONEY COMES TO WASHINGTON, THEY EXPECT THAT WHEN WE ARE FIGHTING POVERTY IN THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES WITH THEIR TAX DOLLARS THAT WE MAKE IT WORK. BECAUSE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, AND WE ALL AGREE HERE, WE WANT TO FIGHT POVERTY IN THESE THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THESE THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES ARE NOT EITHER KNOWINGLY OR UNKNOWINGLY SUPPORTING, CIRCUMVENTING SANCTIONS AGAINST NORTH KOREA. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY'RE PROMOTING ECONOMIC FREEDOM AND HELPING PEOPLE RISE OUT OF POVERTY AND ACHIEVE THEIR GOD-GIVEN POTENTIAL IN THESE COUNTRIES THAT NEED OUR HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE. SO FOR GOODNESS SAKES, LET'S SUPPORT ACCOUNTABILITY OF THE WORLD BANK SO THAT WE DON'T HAVE RAPE AND MURDER AND VIOLENT EVICTIONS ASSOCIATED WITH BANK PROJECTS, WHICH IS WHAT EVERYBODY KNOWS THE TESTIMONY HAS BEEN IN OUR OVERSIGHT. AND THIS IS NOT ABOUT TURNING OUR BACKS ON THE POOR, IT'S ABOUT STANDING UP FOR THE POOR. IT'S ABOUT MAKING SURE THAT THE MONEY THAT OUR TAXPAYERS ARE GIVING TO THE WORLD BANK IS ACTUALLY HELPING ALLEVIATE POVERTY AND NOT EXACERBATING THE PROBLEMS IN THESE POOR COUNTRIES. AND IT'S -- IF THEY CAN'T UNDERTAKE THE RAINSTORM -- REFORMS IN THIS BILL, REPORMS -- REFORMS THE MINORITY SUPPORTED, THEN BY DEFINITION THE BANK'S MONEY IS NOT BENEFITING THE POOR. AND IF IT'S NOT BENEFITING THE POOR, HOW COULD WITHHOLDING A PORTION OF IT BE PUNISHING THE POOR? FOR GOODNESS SAKE, LET'S HONOR THE CHARITY OF THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS. LET'S NOT DISHONOR IT. LET'S HONOR IT BY ACTUALLY MAKING REFORMS TO THE WORLD BANK SO THAT THE WORLD BANK CAN FULFILL ITS IMPORTANT MISSION AND NOT UNDERMINE ITS IMPORTANT ANTI-POVERTY MISSION. WITH THAT, I'D LIKE TO YIELD 3 SECONDS TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE FULL COMMITTEE,

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                  • 04:11:53 PM

                    DEBATE

                    Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 693, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Barr amendment No. 3.

                    • 04:15:35 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 SECONDS.

                    • 04:15:40 PM

                      MR. HENSARLING

                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. NOT ONLY DO I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR…

                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. NOT ONLY DO I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN PROVIDING ACCOUNTABILITY TO THE WORLD BANK, TO ENSURE THAT THE POOR OVES THE POOR ARE TRULY HELPED AND THAT THE HARD WORKING, BELEAGUERED TAXPAYERS HAS HIS FUNDS RESPECTED, BUT I ALSO WANT TO THANK HIM FOR THIS AMENDMENT AND HIS PREVIOUS WORK TO ENSURE THAT SANCTIONS ON ONE OF THE MOST DANGEROUS REGIMES ON THE FACE OF THE PLANET, NORTH KOREA, ARE ACTUALLY EFFECTIVE. WE KNOW, WE KNOW THE THREAT THAT NORTH KOREA POSSESSES. PRESENTS TO ALL OF OUR CONSTITUENTS. PRESENTS TO OUR COUNTRY AND SO I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND URGE THE ADOPTION OF HIS AMENDMENT AND YIELD BACK.

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                    • 04:16:26 PM

                      THE CHAIR

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

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

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                    • 04:16:35 PM

                      MS. WATERS

                      I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT THOUGH I WILL NOT OPPOSE IT.

                    • 04:16:41 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                    • 04:16:47 PM

                      MS. WATERS

                      THIS AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, REPRESENTATIVE…

                      THIS AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, REPRESENTATIVE BARR, WOULD MAKE CHANGES TO SECTION 4 OF THE UNDERLYING BILL DEALING WITH OPPOSING WORLD BANK ASSISTANCE FOR GOVERNMENTS THAT FAIL TO ENFORCE NURNLT SECURITY COUNCIL SANCTIONS AGAINST -- U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL SANCTIONS AGAINST NORTH KOREA. THESE CHANGES ARE WELCOME AND WOULD BRING THIS SECTION OF THE BILL IN LINE WITH THE PROVISION THAT WAS ADOPTED ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS IN THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE AS PART OF OUR COMMITMENT TO THE NUCLEAR KOREA SANCTIONS ACT. THIS INCLUDED A CLEARLY DEFINED WAIVER AUTHORITY. THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY REPRESENTATIVE BARR WOULD ADD IN THIS SAME WAIVER PROVISIONS TO THE UNDERLYING BILL. IN DOING SO THE AMENDMENT NOT ONLY MAKES SECTION 4 OF THE BILL CONSISTENT WITH THE APPROACH USED IN OTHER CONTEXT BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY IT ENSURES THAT WE ALLOW THE PRESIDENT TO WAIVE THE WITHHOLDING OF ASSISTANCE FOR COUNTRIES THAT FALL SHORT IN APPLYING SANCTIONS ON NORTH KOREA WHEN SUCH FAILURE IS DUE EXCLUSIVELY TO A LACK OF CAPACITY OF THE FOREIGN GOVERNMENT AND THE FOREIGN GOVERNMENT IS TAKING EFFECTIVE STEPS TO PREVENT THE FAILURE FROM RECURRING. WHILE I DO NOT BELIEVE THE UNDERLYING BILL SHOULD BECOME LAW IN ITS CURRENT FORM, I DO BELIEVE WE SHOULD TAKE A CONSISTENT AND THOUGHTFUL APPROACH TO CUTTING OFF WORLD BANK ASSISTANCE TO THE POOREST COUNTRIES THAT ARE UNABLE TO FULFILL THEIR U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL OBLIGATIONS. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD ADDRESS THIS CONCERN. AND SO, MR. CHAIRMAN AND MEMBERS, I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR GIVING CREDIT TO MS. MOORE FOR HER WORK AND HER ASSISTANCE WITH THIS WORK THAT WAS BEING DONE TO DENY NORTH KOREA ANY KIND OF ASSISTANCE FROM OUR ALLIES, AS I UNDERSTAND IT. SO THIS IS NOT SOMETHING THAT'S DONE BY THE REPUBLICANS OR DEMOCRATS. THIS IS TRULY BIPARTISAN. WE ALL FEEL THE SAME WAY ABOUT NORTH KOREA AND WE ALL FEEL THE SANCTIONS SHOULD BE HONORED AND WE ALL FEEL THAT NO COUNTRY, PARTICULARLY THOSE COUNTRIES THAT WE ARE SUPPORTING IN ANY WAY, SHOULD DO ANYTHING TO GIVE SUPPORT TO NORTH KOREA. AND IN SAYING THAT, LET ME ALSO POINT OUT THAT WE DON'T COME TO THIS FLOOR WITH ANY KIND OF EMPTY RHETORIC TALKING ABOUT ALL OF THOSE COUNTRIES ARE CORRUPT AND SOMEHOW ALL OF THESE COUNTRIES IN AFRICA AND OTHER PLACES THAT ARE VERY POOR ARE SOMEHOW DISREGARDING THE FACT THAT THE UNITED STATES IS BEING OF ASSISTANCE TO THEM AND MANY OF THEM, MOST OF THEM KNOW THEIR LIVES OFTENTIMES DEPEND ON OUR GENEROSITY AND THEY LOVE US AND THEY SUPPORT US AND THEY WANT TO IMMOLATE US. THEY GET A LITTLE BIT CONFUSED WHEN WE HAVE PEOPLE WHO CHARGE THEM WITH BEING CORRUPT AND IRRESPONSIBLE AND NONCARING AND NOT HAVING AN APPRECIATION FOR WHAT THE CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES ARE DOING FOR THEM. THAT IS NOT THE KIND OF RHETORIC THAT WE NEED IN ORDER TO ENHANCE OUR POSTURE OR OUR IMAGE WITH OUR CONSTITUENTS AND HAVE THEM BELIEVE WE ARE SAVING THEM FROM THESE POOR COUNTRIES WHO ARE GETTING THEIR TAXPAYERS AND DON'T CARE ABOUT THEM. THAT IS NOT TRUE. AND I CRINGE WHEN I HEAR THAT KIND OF RHETORIC ON THE FLOOR OF CONGRESS. I CRINGE WHEN I HEAR USING OUR POSITION, OUR INFLUENCE TO SEND A MESSAGE THAT SOMEHOW WE DON'T TRUST, WE DON'T BELIEVE, WE DON'T HONOR AND WE DON'T RESPECT MANY OF THOSE VERY POOR COUNTRIES. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT 77 OF THE POOREST COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD. YOU WILL SEE ADS ON TELEVISION FROM TIME TO TIME OF NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE TRYING TO SAVE THE LIVES OF LITTLE CHILDREN WHO ARE DYING FROM MALNUTRITION. YOU SEE THEM EVERY NIGHT AND THEY TELL YOU, SEND $21, SEND SOME MONEY TO THIS ORGANIZATION SO WE CAN SAVE THESE CHILDREN WHO ARE DYING BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE CLEAN DRINKING WATER, WHO ARE DYING BECAUSE THEY ARE VICTIMS OF MALARIA, WHO ARE DYING BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE ANY HEALTH CARE WHATSOEVER, LIVING PRACTICALLY OUTDOORS. AND SO WHEN WE SEE THESE ADS, MANY PEOPLE ARE RESPONDING, JOINING IN WITH THEIR GOVERNMENT TO SHOW OUR HUMANITARIANISM AND TO HELP THE LEAST OF THESE. AND SO I WANT US TO TAKE CREDIT, BUT I WANT US TO BE RESPECTFUL. I WANT BE NOT TO JOIN IN CALLING NAMES. I WANT US TO SAY TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, DON'T KEEP DOING THIS. AND I WANT TO SAY TO THE MEMBERS ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE AISLE, YOU ARE BETTER THAN THIS AND YOU DON'T NEED THIS FOR YOUR RE-ELECTION. YOU DON'T NEED THIS TO SEND A MESSAGE TO YOUR CONSTITUENTS THAT YOU ARE SAVING THEM FROM POOR, CORRUPT COUNTRIES. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 04:22:16 PM

                      THE CHAIR

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

                      THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                  • 04:22:22 PM

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

                    • 04:22:32 PM

                      MR. HENSARLING

                      MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE COMMITTEE DO NOW RISE.

                    • 04:22:33 PM

                      Mr. Hensarling moved that the Committee rise.

                      • 04:22:35 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION THE COMMITTEE RISE. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY…

                        THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION THE COMMITTEE RISE. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. ALL THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. ACCORDINGLY, THE COMMITTEE RISES.

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                  • 04:22:48 PM

                    On motion that the Committee rise Agreed to by voice vote.

                    • 04:23:02 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      MR. CHAIRMAN.

                    • 04:23:02 PM

                      Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 3326 as unfinished business.

                      • 04:23:13 PM

                        THE CHAIR

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

                        MR. SPEAKER, THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION HAVING UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 3326 DIRECTS ME TO REPORT THAT IT HAS NOT COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON.

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                      • 04:23:25 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THEREON.

                  • 04:23:36 PM

                    Recess

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

                    • 04:59:55 PM

                      >>

                      BILLION TO THE WORLD BANK.

                    • 05:00:02 PM

                      >>

                      BILLION TO THE WORLD BANK. BUT WOULD WITHHOLD 30% OF THAT MONEY UNTIL THE…

                      BILLION TO THE WORLD BANK. BUT WOULD WITHHOLD 30% OF THAT MONEY UNTIL THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT CERTIFIES THAT MANAGEMENT IMPROVEMENTS HAVE BEEN INSTITUTED AT THE BANK. AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS CURRENT SHORT-TERM SPENDING MEASURE ENDING FRIDAY AT MIDNIGHT. REPUBLICANS ARE PROPOSING A MEASURE THAT WOULD RUN THROUGH FEBRUARY 16, INCLUDING A SIX-YEAR EXTENSION OF THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM AND A DELAY OF AFFORDABLE CARE ACT TAXES AND THAT WILL BE CONSIDERED. AND HOUSE MEMBERS WILL DEBATE IT TOMORROW. THE SENATE MAY TAKE UP THE BILL ON THURSDAY. AND FOLLOW HOUSE COVERAGE HERE ON C-SPAN AND THE SENATE ON C-SPAN 2. AND A FULL MEETING IN THE RULES COMMITTEE AND ANOTHER TOMORROW BEGINNING AT 10:30, THAT WILL BE ON C-SPAN3. WAITING FOR THE HOUSE TO GAVEL BACK IN. SEVERAL VOTES HERE ON C-SPAN. WE ARE EXPECTING THE HOUSE TO GAVEL BACK IN SHORTLY. VOTES NEXT. RESUMEHE -- AND TAKTHE HA. E CHAIR: THE COMMITE OF THE WHE HOUSON

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                    • 05:02:12 PM

                      Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 3326 — "To increase accountability, combat corruption, and strengthen management effectiveness at the World Bank."

                    • 05:02:12 PM

                      Reconvened

                      The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of January 17.

                      • 05:02:32 PM

                        The House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.

                      • 05:02:33 PM

                        UNFINISHED BUSINESS

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

                        • 05:02:50 PM

                          E CHAIR

                          HA. E CHAIR: THE COMMITE OF THE WHE HOUSON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR…

                          HA. E CHAIR: THE COMMITE OF THE WHE HOUSON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR FURTR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 3326 H THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE. TRK: A ILL TO TO INCREAE

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                        • 05:02:58 PM

                          TRK

                          TITLE. TRK: A ILL TO TO INCREAE COUNTABILITYOMBAT CORRUPTION, AND STRENHEN…

                          TITLE. TRK: A ILL TO TO INCREAE COUNTABILITYOMBAT CORRUPTION, AND STRENHEN MANAGEMENT EFFECTIVENESSTHE WORLD BANK. THAIR: WHEN THE COMMITE OFHE WHOLEOSE EARLIER TODAY,MENDMENT NUMBER 3 PRINTED IN PART A

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                        • 05:03:06 PM

                          THAIR

                        • 05:03:21 PM

                          THCHAIR

                          CLAUSE 6, RULE 18,HE UNFIND IS REQUEST FORMENDMENT NUMB 2 AND BY THE…

                          CLAUSE 6, RULE 18,HE UNFIND IS REQUEST FORMENDMENT NUMB 2 AND BY THE GENTLEMANROM VIRGIN, MR. CLLY ON WHIC FURTHER PRDINGS WERE POPONED A THE YEAS PVAIL VOIC VOTE.

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                        • 05:03:39 PM

                          THE CLERK

                          VOIC VOTE.

                        • 05:03:45 PM

                          On agreeing to the Connolly amendment (A002) Roll Call 23 - Recorded vote pending.

                          • 05:03:49 PM

                            THE AIR

                          • 05:04:12 PM

                            E A

                            E A: ON VOTE T EAE THE NAYS ARE ZERO. THE AMENDMENT IS APTE THE QESON IS…

                            E A: ON VOTE T EAE THE NAYS ARE ZERO. THE AMENDMENT IS APTE THE QESON IS ON E COMMITT AMEMENT IN TH TURE OSUBSTU, ASAMEED. THOS FAVOSAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED,O. HE AYES HA I AMENDMEN IS ADOD. ACCORDINGLY UND THE RULEHE COMMITTEE RISES. E SPEAK PTEMPOR M CHAN. THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION REPORTS THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION THE BILL H.R. 3326 AND PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 693 REPORTS THE BILL BACK TO THE HOUSE WITH AN AMENDMENT ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. UNDER THE RULE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. IS A SEPARATE VOTE DEMANDED ON ANY AMENDMENT TO THE AMENDMENT REPORTED FROM THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE? IF NOT, THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE COMMITTEE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE, AS AMENDED. THOSE WILL FAVOR WILL SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES -- THE QUESTION IS ON ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READING OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING.

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                      • 05:27:53 PM

                        House Vote 23 - On Agreeing to the Amendment

                        An amendment numbered 2 printed in Part A of House Report 115-518 to require a report on steps taken by the World Bank to ensure G-5 visa holders employed by World Bank diplomats and staff are informed of the protections afforded to them pursuant to the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act.

                        Agreed to (420 - 0)
                        Aye

                        Vote Details: Aye - 420
                        Republican - 231
                        Democratic - 189

                        Vote Details: Not Voting - 10
                        Republican - 6
                        Democratic - 4

                        • 05:28:15 PM

                          The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 3326.

                          • 05:29:25 PM

                            The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.

                            • 05:29:50 PM

                              THE CLERK

                              A BILL TO INCREASE ACCOUNTABILITY, COMBAT CORRUPTION, AND STRENGTHEN…

                              A BILL TO INCREASE ACCOUNTABILITY, COMBAT CORRUPTION, AND STRENGTHEN MANAGEMENT EFFECTIVENESS AT THE WORLD BANK.

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                            • 05:29:56 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                              THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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                          • 05:29:57 PM

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

                            • 05:30:06 PM

                              MS. WATERS

                              REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

                            • 05:30:08 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

                            • 05:30:12 PM

                              MS. WATERS

                              RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED.

                            • 05:30:15 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                            • 05:30:38 PM

                              TEMPORE PURSUANT

                              PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THIS FIVE-MINUTE VOTE ON PASSAGE OF THE…

                              PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THIS FIVE-MINUTE VOTE ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL WILL BE FOLLOWED BY FIVE-MINUTE VOTES ON SUSPENDING THE RULES AND PASSING H.R. 4279 AND AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL, IF ORDERED. 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.] Y OHIBEDY TH U.S. HOUSE OF REPRTATIVE]

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                          • 05:31:02 PM

                            On passage Roll Call 24 - Recorded vote pending.

                            • 05:37:18 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            • 05:38:18 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE YEAS ARE 237, THE NAYS ARE 184. THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION,…

                              THE YEAS ARE 237, THE NAYS ARE 184. THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. DUFFY, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4749. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                        • 05:38:20 PM

                          House Vote 24 - On Passage

                          World Bank Accountability Act of 2017

                          Passed (237 - 184)
                          Aye
                          No

                          Vote Details: Aye - 237
                          Republican - 216
                          Democratic - 21

                          Vote Details: No - 184
                          Democratic - 168
                          Republican - 16

                          Vote Details: Not Voting - 9
                          Republican - 5
                          Democratic - 4

                          • 05:38:21 PM

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

                          • 05:38:30 PM

                            UNFINISHED BUSINESS

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

                            • 05:38:35 PM

                              Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 4279 — "To direct the Securities and Exchange Commission to revise any rules necessary to enable closed-end companies to use the securities offering and proxy rules that are available to other issuers of securities."

                              • 05:38:45 PM

                                THE CLERK

                                H.R. 4279 A BILL TO DIRECT THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION TO…

                                H.R. 4279 A BILL TO DIRECT THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION TO ENABLE CLOSED COMPANIES AND PROXY RULES THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO OTHER ISSUERS OF SECURITIES.

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                            • 05:38:57 PM

                              On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Roll Call 25 - 2/3 Yea and Nay vote pending.

                              • 05:39:01 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL AS AMENDED. MEMBERS…

                                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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                              • 05:45:43 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 418. THE NAYS ARE TWO. 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN…

                                ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 418. THE NAYS ARE TWO. 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. 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 AND THE JOURNAL --

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                          • 05:45:47 PM

                            House Vote 25 - On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended

                            Expanding Investment Opportunities Act

                            Passed (418 - 2)
                            Yea

                            Vote Details: Yea - 418
                            Republican - 230
                            Democratic - 188

                            Vote Details: Nay - 2
                            Republican - 1
                            Democratic - 1

                            Vote Details: Not Voting - 10
                            Republican - 6
                            Democratic - 4

                            • 05:45:48 PM

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

                            • 05:45:57 PM

                              UNFINISHED BUSINESS

                              The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on the Speaker's approval of the Journal and put the question de novo.

                              • 05:46:13 PM

                                On approving the Journal Roll Call 26 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

                                • 05:46:17 PM

                                  >>

                                  I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

                                • 05:46:20 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                • 05:53:36 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 225. THE NAYS ARE 185. AND ONE VOTE IS PRESENT.…

                                  ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 225. THE NAYS ARE 185. AND ONE VOTE IS PRESENT. THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED.

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                            • 05:53:40 PM

                              House Vote 26 - On Approving the Journal

                              Passed (225 - 185)
                              Yea
                              Nay

                              Vote Details: Yea - 225
                              Republican - 143
                              Democratic - 82

                              Vote Details: Nay - 185
                              Democratic - 99
                              Republican - 86

                              Vote Details: Not Voting - 19
                              Republican - 8
                              Democratic - 11

                              Vote Details: Present - 1
                              Democratic - 1

                              • 05:56:15 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. WOULD MEMBERS PLEASE TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS…

                                THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. WOULD MEMBERS PLEASE TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR? THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. WOULD MEMBERS PLEASE TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR?

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                              • 05:57:02 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                            • 05:57:11 PM

                              ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

                              The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.

                              • 05:57:18 PM

                                MR. THOMPSON

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

                              • 05:57:24 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PLEASE -- WOULD MEMBERS PLEASE TAKE THEIR…

                                THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PLEASE -- WOULD MEMBERS PLEASE TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                              • 05:57:41 PM

                                MR. THOMPSON

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

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE MAYOR BRUNO CARNAVALI AFTER MORE THAN 50 YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY. THE MAYOR FIRST SERVED AS A COUNCIL PERSON FOR 18 YEARS. THEN AS CIVIL SERVICE CHAIRPERSON FOR THE POLICE DEPARTMENT FOR FOUR YEARS AND MOST RECENTLY AS MAYOR BEGINNING IN 1988. IT WAS IN 1966 WHEN BRUNO RAN FOR OFFICE WITH THE GOAL OF FINDING A SOLUTION TO CONTINUAL FLOODING PROBLEMS NEAR OAK STREET. HE STUCK AROUND LONG AFTER THAT GOAL WAS ACHIEVED. THE MAYOR GREW UP IN JOHNSONBURG BUT HAS HAD CONNECTIONS TO EMPOUR YUM SINCE SPENDING CHILDHOOD SUMMERS WORKING ON HIS GRANDFATHER'S FARM. AFTER HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION HE MOVED TO EMPORIUM BEFORE JOINING THE NAVY IN WORLD WAR II. HE RETURNED TO SYLVAINIA AND BECAME A SENIOR ELECTRICAL DESIGNER, MASTER ELECTRICIAN. THE MAYOR HAS BEEN ACTIVE WITH THE AMERICAN LEGION, LION'S CLUB, CAMERON COUNTY ELECTION COMMITTEE AND ACTIVE MEMBER OF ST. MARK'S CHURCH. I WISH HIM THE BEST IN HIS WELL-DESERVED RETIREMENT AND THANK HIM FOR HIS SERVICE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              • 05:59:00 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                              • 05:59:04 PM

                                >>

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

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

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                              • 05:59:09 PM

                                TEMPORE WITHOUT

                                WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                              • 05:59:11 PM

                                MR. PAYNE

                                MR. SPEAKER, EIGHT YEARS AGO A DEVASTATING EARTHQUAKE IN HAITI KILLED…

                                MR. SPEAKER, EIGHT YEARS AGO A DEVASTATING EARTHQUAKE IN HAITI KILLED HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE. STILL TODAY, OUR NEIGHBORS ARE SUFFERING FROM THE REMNANTS OF THAT DISASTER. BUT INSTEAD OF EXTENDING AMERICAN HOSPITALITY TO HAITIANS, THE PRESIDENT CURSED THEM OUT, LAYING BARE -- HIS BARE RACIST INTENTIONS TO DESTROY FUNDAMENTAL IDEAS OF OUR IMMIGRATION POLICY. MR. SPEAKER, THE AMERICAN DREAM MUST REMAIN OPEN TO ANYONE FROM ANYWHERE WHO WANTS TO COME HERE FOR ANY REASON, ESPECIALLY IF THEY'RE SEEKING REFUGE FROM DISEASE, FAMINE, AND OPPRESSION, JUST AS GENERATIONS HAVE COME HERE IN OUR HISTORY. THE DIVERSITY VISA PROGRAM DOES JUST THAT. IT HELPS PEOPLE, PARTICULARLY THE AFRICAN DIASPORA ACHIEVE THE AMERICAN DREAM. WE MUST PROTECT THE DIVERSITY VISA PROGRAM AND NOT SACRIFICE OURSELVES TO THE FALSE PROMISE OF AN AMERICA FIRST NATIONALISM. MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE A NATION OF INCLUSION. WE ARE A NATION OF OPEN ARMS FREEDOM FOR ALL PEOPLE, NOT JUST NORWEGIANS. THE PRESIDENT MAY SPEAK FOR THE ALT-RIGHT BUT HE DOES NOT SPEAK FOR AMERICA. I YIELD BACK.

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                              • 06:00:43 PM

                                TEMPORE MEMBERS

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

                                MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARDS THE PRESIDENT. . FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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                              • 06:00:57 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                              • 06:01:04 PM

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                                MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT THE BENEFITS THAT MANY AMERICANS…

                                MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT THE BENEFITS THAT MANY AMERICANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE ALREADY SEEING FROM THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT. AFTER HEARING LEADERS OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY CALL $1,000 CRUMBS, I WANTED TO MAKE SURE MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE UNDERSTOOD THAT OUR TAX REFORM AND RELIEF PLAN IS MORE THAN JUST CRUMBS TO OVER TWO MILLION AMERICANS.

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                              • 06:01:27 PM

                                MR. PALAZZO

                                IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE PASSAGE OF THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT WE SAW AN…

                                IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE PASSAGE OF THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT WE SAW AN OUTPOURING OF BUSINESSES OFFERING BONUSES TO EMPLOYEES AND SOME EVEN INCREASING THEIR WAGES. THIS MONEY WAS INSTANTLY INVESTED BACK INTO AMERICAN WORKERS. I.D.A. LIKE TO SEE ONE OF MY COLLEAGUES -- EYE ADD LIKE TO SEE ONE OF MY COLLEAGUES FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE COME TO MISSISSIPPI AND TELL PEOPLE THAT $1,000 IS ONLY CRUMBS. I WILL HIGHLIGHT MISSISSIPPI BUSINESSES THAT ARE BENEFITING FROM OUR NEW TAX CODE. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                              • 06:02:06 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND SEEK RECOGNITION --…

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

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                              • 06:02:16 PM

                                MR. CISSNA

                                MR. SPEAKER, THIS FRIDAY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT RUNS OUT OF MONEY. WE OWE…

                                MR. SPEAKER, THIS FRIDAY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT RUNS OUT OF MONEY. WE OWE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE A LONG-TERM SOLUTION TO KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OPEN. MR. CICILLINE COMBLFRPBL AND DEMOCRATS INSIST THAT THIS SOLUTION ADDRESS THE URGENT ISSUES FACING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THOSE WE REPRESENT. AND THAT MEANS LONG-TERM FUNDING FOR THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM, FUNDING FOR COMMUNITIES FIGHTING THE DEADLY OPIOID EPIDEMIC, FUNDING FOR THE V.A. CHOICE PROGRAMS FOR OUR HEROIC VETERANS GET THE CARE THEY NEED AND DESERVE. PASSING THE DREAM ACT. AND PROVIDING ADDITIONAL DISASTER RECOVERY FUNDS FOR PUERTO RICO, THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS, TEXAS, FLORIDA AND CALIFORNIA. I URGE MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO BE SURE THAT THESE ISSUES ARE ADDRESSED IN THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION. WORK WITH THE DEMOCRATS, LET'S GET THIS DONE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                              • 06:03:05 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                              • 06:03:10 PM

                                MR. PAULSEN

                                MR. SPEAKER, JANUARY IS NATIONAL SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING PREVENTION…

                                MR. SPEAKER, JANUARY IS NATIONAL SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING PREVENTION MONTH. WITH AS MANY AS 25 MILLION PEOPLE EBB SLAVED WORLDWIDE, HUMAN TRACK -- ENSLAVED WORLDWIDE, HUMAN TRAFFICKING IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES OF OUR TIME. HERE IN THE UNITED STATES THERE ARE AN ESTIMATED 100,000 MINORS THAT ARE AT RISK OF BEING TRAFFICKED AND WE HAVE TAKEN POSITIVE, BIPARTISAN ACTION ON A NUMBER OF BILLS, 18 THIS PAST YEAR, MR. SPEAKER, TO COMBAT TRAFFICKING, TO FIGHT CHILD ABUSE, AND EXPLOITATION. TO SUPPORT AND PROTECT VICTIMS AND TO STRENGTHEN LAW ENFORCEMENT'S ABILITY TO GO AFTER THE TRAFFICKERS. WHILE WE CAN BE PROUD OF THE PROGRESS WE'VE MADE, CLEARLY THERE IS MORE THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE. INCLUDING CRACKING DOWN ON THE DEMAND SIDE OF THE EQUATION AND HOLDING WEBSITES ACCOUNTABLE FOR ADVERTISING SEX WITH JUVENILES. MR. SPEAKER, I WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE THIS EFFORT A PRIORITY AND WORK WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT, VICTIMS SERVICE GROUPS AND OTHER STAKE HOLDERS TO END TRAFFICKING -- HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND I YIELD BACK.

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                              • 06:04:06 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?…

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

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                              • 06:04:17 PM

                                MRS. LAWRENCE

                                A LEGISLATIVE SOLUTION FOR DREAMERS BEFORE JANUARY 19. WITH EVERY PASSING…

                                A LEGISLATIVE SOLUTION FOR DREAMERS BEFORE JANUARY 19. WITH EVERY PASSING DAY THAT CONGRESS DELAYS ACTION FROM NOW, APPROXIMATELY 122 PEOPLE WILL LOSE THEIR DACA PROTECTION. WE CANNOT FORGET ABOUT THE CONSEQUENCES THAT DACA TERMINATION WILL HAVE ON WOMEN AND THEIR FAMILIES. MR. SPEAKER, 53% OF ACTIVE DACA RECIPIENTS ARE WOMEN. AS A VICE CHAIR OF THE DEMOCRATIC WOMEN'S WORKING GROUP, I'M HERE TO SAY WE NEED TO REPRESENT ALL WOMEN AND THEIR FAMILIES. ALL WOMEN JUST WANT A BETTER FUTURE FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR CHILDREN. WITHOUT SAFETY FROM DEPORTATION, FAMILIES WILL BE TORN APART. MANY DREAMERS NOW HAVE CHILDREN OF THEIR OWN. CONGRESS, IT'S TIME FOR US TO ACT. AND I'M STANDING HERE TODAY SPEAKING FOR WOMEN IN THIS COUNTRY. I YIELD BACK.

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                              • 06:05:20 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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                                MS. TENNEY

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

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

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                              • 06:05:29 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                              • 06:05:33 PM

                                MS. TENNEY

                                MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE THE UTICA COMETS OF THE AMERICAN…

                                MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE THE UTICA COMETS OF THE AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE. THE TEAM THAT HAS BEEN SELECTED TO HOST THE 2018 AHL ALL-STAR GAME SUNDAY, JANUARY 28, THROUGH MONDAY, JANUARY 29, AT THE BANK CENTER AT OUR OWN HOME CITY, THE UTICA MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM. CENTRAL NEW YORK HAS A STRONG HOCKEY TRADITION FROM THE AHL COMETS AND THE DEVILS TO THE CLASSIC POWERHOUSE TEAMS OF THE PAST. THE LEGENDARY CLINTON COMETS. MANY OTHER COLLEGIATE HOCKEY TEAMS HAIL FROM OUR REGION. THE HAMILTON COLLEGE CONTINENTAL, MY OWN HOME ALMA MATER TEAM OF THE COLGATE RAIDERS, AND THE UTICA COLLEGE PIONEERS. FANS ARE PASSIONATE FOR HOCKEY IN THE MOHAWK VALLEY AND THE SOUTHERN TIER, WHICH THE AHL RECOGNIZED BY REWARDING THE COMETS WITH THIS 2015 ALL-STAR GAME. THE SUCCESS OF THIS EVENT WAS IN LARGE PART DUE TO THE COMETS ORGANIZATION, INCLUDING FORMER NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE GOALIE, ROB ESCHE, THE AMAZING COMETS FANS AND GREATER COMMUNITY WHOSE HOSPITALITY SHOWCASED THE ENTHUSIASM AND WARMTH IN OUR REGION. OUR ENTIRE COMMUNITY IS THRILLED THAT THE AHL HAS AWARDED THE 2018 ALL-STAR GAME TO THE UTICA COMETS AND IT IS MY HOPE THAT FANS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA WILL COME TO UTICA TO SEE GREAT HOCKEY AND TO ENJOY THE GREAT SPIRIT OF OUR COMMUNITY. I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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                              • 06:06:57 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

                              • 06:07:00 PM

                                MR. CARTER

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

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

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                              • 06:07:05 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                              • 06:07:08 PM

                                MR. CARTER

                                MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO REMEMBER THE LIFE OF MR. STANLEY JOHN…

                                MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO REMEMBER THE LIFE OF MR. STANLEY JOHN KAZAROWSKI WHO PASSED AWAY ON DECEMBER 23 AT THE AGE OF 78. HE DEDICATED MUCH OF HIS LIFE TO PUBLIC SERVICE IN OUR NATION'S JUDICIAL SYSTEM. ORBLINGLY FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. KAZAROWSKI GRADUATED FROM SEATON HALL LAW SCHOOL BEFORE BEING HIRED AS THE ASSISTANT PROSECUTOR FOR UNION COUNTY, NEW JERSEY. AS ASSISTANT PROSECUTOR, HE TRIED HIS FIRST MURDER TRIAL AT THE AGE OF 25. AFTER A NUMBER OF YEARS WITH THE PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE IN NEW JERSEY, HE MOVED WITH HIS FAMILY TO GEORGIA'S FIRST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, SPECIFICALLY TO SKITAWAY ISLAND. HERE HE CONTINUED HIS DEDICATION TO PUBLIC SERVICE BY SERVING ON CHAT AM COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS. HE'S SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE, CAROL, OF 30 YEARS, ALONG WITH A NUMBER OF CHILDREN, GRANDCHILDREN AND GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN. MR. KAZAROWSKI WILL BE MISSED. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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                              • 06:08:10 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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                              • 06:08:18 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                              • 06:08:21 PM

                                MR. YODER

                                MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE…

                                MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDING OF LEWISBERG, KANSAS. TODAY LEWISBERG KICKS OFF A CELEBRATION AT LEWISBERG CITY HALL. THOUGH I CANNOT THEREBY, I'M HONORED TO JOIN IN THE CELEBRATION OF THIS COMMUNITY I HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF REPRESENTING IN CONGRESS. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE MAYOR, CITY MANAGER AND ALL THE COMMUNITY LEADERS WHO HAVE COME TOGETHER TO RECOGNIZE THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY. FOUNDED IN 1868, LEWISBERG IS A TOWN OF WONDERFUL HISTORY, GREAT PEOPLE, OUTSTANDING PUBLIC SCHOOLS, BOOMING BUSINESSES, AND BEAUTIFUL PARKS AND LAKES. LEWISBERG IS HOME TO A NUMBER OF SMALL BUSINESSES WHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO ITS SUCCESS AND GROWTH. ONE OF MY FAVORITE STOPS EACH FALL IS AT THE LEWISBERG MILL. WE HAVE A GREAT TIME WATCHING THE GIRLS CHOOSE PUMPKINS, ENJOY DOUGHNUTS AND TAKE IN ALL THE FUN FALL ACTIVITIES. I'M PROUD TO REPRESENT LEWISBERG RESIDENT JOE OF POP AND JOE'S GOURMET KETTLE CORN STARTED IN 2005. AS A YOUNG MAN WITH DOWN SYNDROME AND AUTISM, JOE HAS TESTIFIED BEFORE CONGRESS AS A SMALL BUSINESS LEADER AND I HAD THE PLEASURE OF MEETING HIM ON CAPITOL HILL. MR. SPEAKER, THESE SMALL BUSINESSES ARE JUST EXAMPLES OF WHAT MAKES LEWISBERG GREAT. CONGRATULATIONS TO LEWISBERG AND I LOOK FORWARD TO ANOTHER GREAT 150 YEARS.

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                              • 06:09:35 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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                              • 06:09:42 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                              • 06:09:48 PM

                                MR. LAMALFA

                                WE HEARD LAST WEEK ABOUT $1,000 BEING CRUMBS. THAT THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS…

                                WE HEARD LAST WEEK ABOUT $1,000 BEING CRUMBS. THAT THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT DOESN'T REALLY MEAN ANYTHING FOR NORMAL AMERICAN PEOPLE. WELL, WHERE I COME FROM, THIS MEANS A LOT TO PEOPLE. $100 BILLS, $50 BILLS. THIS ADDING UP TO $1,000. THAT'S REAL MONEY TO REAL PEOPLE. MAYBE NOT IN SAN FRANCISCO. BUT IN MY DISTRICT AND A LOT OF PLACES IN THIS COUNTRY. THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT IS WORKING. THESE DOLLARS ARE COMING HOME. I JUST READ TODAY WHERE APPLE'S GOING TO REPATRIATE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND PAY $38 BILLION OF NEW TAXES BECAUSE THEY SEE A FAIR TAX RATE AND THEY WANT TO COME BACK AND REINVEST IN AMERICA ONCE AGAIN. $38 BILLION TO THE ECONOMY THAT MAY NOT HAVE COME BACK HOME, BECAUSE NOW WE HAVE A TAX RATE THAT IS FRIENDLY TO THE PEOPLE THAT PROVIDE JOBS AND MAKE THE ECONOMY HAPPEN IN THIS COUNTRY. MR. SPEAKER, YOU KNOW, I DON'T KNOW ANYBODY THAT WOULD STEP OVER $1 INSTEAD OF STOP AND PICK IT UP. SO THESE AREN'T CRUMBS ON THE GROUND. THESE ARE THINGS THAT MAKE AMERICA STRONG AGAIN, OUR ECONOMY GO AGAIN, NOT JUST MERELY CRUMBS THAT ELITISTS IN SAN FRANCISCO OR COASTAL COUNTIES IN CALIFORNIA THINK DOESN'T MEAN ANYTHING. WE'RE ON THE RIGHT TRACK WITH THIS. AMERICANS, THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT, WILL MEAN MORE FOR YOU AND YOUR POCKETBOOK, LOWER TAXES FOR YOU AND MORE JOB ECONOMIES FOR YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                              • 06:11:07 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                ARE THERE ANY FURTHER REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTES? THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE…

                                ARE THERE ANY FURTHER REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTES? THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL REQUESTS.

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                              • 06:11:18 PM

                                THE CLERK

                                LEAVE OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. POE OF TEXAS FOR TUESDAY, JANUARY 16…

                                LEAVE OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. POE OF TEXAS FOR TUESDAY, JANUARY 16 AND FOR TODAY. AND MR. VILA OF TEXAS FOR TODAY -- VELA OF TEXAS FOR TODAY.

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                              • 06:11:29 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUESTS ARE GRANTED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED…

                                WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUESTS ARE GRANTED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. CASTRO, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MINORITY PARTY.

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                              • 06:11:44 PM

                                MR. CASTRO

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

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

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                              • 06:11:55 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                              • 06:11:57 PM

                                MR. CASTRO

                                THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO SPEAK TONIGHT ON THE ISSUE OF THE DACA…

                                THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO SPEAK TONIGHT ON THE ISSUE OF THE DACA PROGRAM. IN 2012 PRESIDENT OBAMA ISSUED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER OR ACTION TO ALLOW 800,000 YOUNG PEOPLE KNOWN AS DACA KIDS TO REMAIN IN THE UNITED STATES. THESE ARE YOUNG IMMIGRANTS WHO WERE BROUGHT HERE AT AN EARLY AGE BY THEIR PARENTS. PEOPLE WHO HAD NO CHOICE IN WHETHER TO COME TO THE UNITED STATES. BUT FOR MANY, THIS IS THE ONLY HOME AND ONLY NATION THEY'VE EVER KNOWN. THESE YOUNG PEOPLE NOW FACE THE THREAT OF DEPORTATION IF CONGRESS DOES NOT ACT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND CERTAINLY BY MARCH 5, 800,000 YOUNG PEOPLE WOULD BECOME SUBJECT TO DEPORTATION. ALREADY THERE'S BEEN A COST TO CONGRESS' INACTION. EVERY DAY 122 OF THESE FOLKS BECOME SUBJECT TO DEPORTATION. WE ALL UNDERSTAND IN THIS BODY THE LOCK HIFT -- LONG HISTORY OF IMMIGRATION TO THE UNITED STATES AND THE INCREDIBLE CONTRIBUTIONS THAT IMMIGRANTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD HAVE MADE TO OUR NATION. PEOPLE FROM GERMANY, IRELAND, PEOPLE FROM LATIN AMERICA, AFRICA AND ASIA. LITERALLY EVERY CORNER OF THE GLOBE, PEOPLE WHO HAVE COME HERE LENDING THEIR TALENTS, THEIR ENERGY, THEIR CROO CREATIVITY AND THEIR PASSION -- THEIR CREATIVITY AND THEIR PASSION TO MAKING SURE THE UNITED STATES REMAINS THE GREATEST NATION ON EARTH. THAT IS THE CASE WITH THE DACA KIDS. AND TODAY I'M JOINED BY SEVERAL OF MY COLLEAGUES WHO ARE GOING SHARE SOME STORIES ABOUT DACA RECIPIENTS, THEIR LIVES AND THE CONTRIBUTIONS THEY'RE MAKING IN OUR AMERICAN COMMUNITIES AND IN AMERICAN LIFE. BUT BEFORE I YIELD TO MY FIRST COLLEAGUE, I WANT TO RUN THROUGH FOR A MINUTE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR SOMEBODY TO BE A DACA RECIPIENT. BECAUSE THIS HAS SOMETIMES BEEN OBVIOUSLY A VERY PASSIONATE, SOMETIMES HEATED DEBATE ABOUT WHAT SHOULD HAPPEN WITH THE DACA RECIPIENTS. WHETHER WE SHOULD -- WHETHER THE CONGRESS SHOULD EVEN COMMIT ITSELF TO COMING UP WITH A DACA SOLUTION. AND WHETHER IT'S PEOPLE MAKING COMMENTS ON TELEVISION OR SOMETIMES COMMENTS YOU READ ONLINE, IT'S CLEAR THAT THERE'S A LOT OF MISINFORMATION OUT THERE, SOMETIMES WILLFUL MISINFORMATION, ABOUT WHO THESE PEOPLE ARE. AND SO I WANT TO READ REAL QUICKLY THE REQUIREMENTS FOR SOMEBODY TO BE A DACA RECIPIENT. FIRST, THEY WERE UNDER THE AGE OF 31 AS OF JUNE 15, 2012. SECOND, THEY CAME TO THE UNITED STATES BEFORE REACHING THEIR 16TH BIRTHDAY. THIRD, THEY HAVE CONTINUOUSLY RESIDED IN THE UNITED STATES SINCE JUNE 15, 2007. UP TO THE PRESENT TIME. NEXT, THEY WERE PHYSICALLY PRESENT IN THE UNITED STATES ON JUNE 15, 2012, AND AT THE TIME OF MAKING THE REQUEST FOR CONSIDERATION OF DEFERRED ACTION WITH USCIS. . FIFTH, HAD NO LAWFUL STATUS ON JUNE 15, 2012. SIXTH, ARE CURRENTLY IN SCHOOL, HAVE GRADUATED OR OBTAINED A COMPLETION CERTIFICATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL HAVE OBTAINED A GENERAL EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT OR G.E.D. CERTIFICATE, OR ARE AN HONORABLY DISCHARGED VETERAN OF THE COAST GUARD OR ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES, AND HAVE NOT BEEN CONVICTED OF A FELONY, SERIOUS MISDEMEANOR OR THREE OTHER ZPHEERNS AND DO NOT POSE A THREAT TO PUBLIC SAFETY. THIS ADDRESSES TWO OF THE COMMON QUESTIONS OR CRITICISMS THAT YOU HEAR ABOUT THE DACA PROGRAM, WHICH FIRST THE IDEA THAT SOME OF THESE FOLKS ARE CRIMINALS. IT MAKES VERY CLEAR IN THESE REQUIREMENTS THAT THAT CANNOT BE THE CASE. AND THEN SECOND, THIS IDEA THAT HEY, THESE FOLKS, IF THEY WANTED TO, THEY COULD HAVE JUST BECOME CITIZENS. AGAIN NUMBER FIVE WAS HAD NO LAWFUL STATUS ON JUNE 15 20, 12. WHEN THE PROGRAM COMMENCED. SO THESE ARE ENERGETIC, HARDWORKING FOLKS WE CAN BE VERY PROUD OF, WHO ARE MAKING SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO AMERICAN SOCIETY AND CONGRESS MUST ACT AND WE SHOULD ACT THIS WEEK TO COME UP WITH A DACA SOLUTION TO MAKE SURE THAT NO MORE OF THESE KIDS ARE SUBJECT TO DEPORTATION. THAT THEIR LIVES ARE NO LONGER LEFT IN THE BALANCE. THAT THEIR FUTURES ARE SECURE. THESE ARE FOLKS WHO ARE IN COLLEGE, WHO HAVE GRADUATED AND GONE INTO DIFFERENT FIELDS, DIFFERENT PROFESSIONS, TEACHERS, YOU KNOW, MANY OTHER DIFFERENT PROFESSIONS THAT ARE REPRESENTED BY THE KA DA -- BY THE DACA STUDENTS NOW. CONGRESS MUST ACT TO MAKE SURE THAT THAT -- THAT THEY CAN STAY IN THE COUNTRY. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD SOME TIME, I'D LIKE TO YIELD ACTUALLY TO CONGRESSWOMAN BARGAIN FROM CALIFORNIA. -- CONGRESSWOMAN BARRAGAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                            • 06:14:15 PM

                              SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES

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

                              • 06:17:32 PM

                                MS. BARRAGAN

                                THE DACA ISSUE IS PERSONAL FOR ME. MY DISTRICT IS 70% LATINO AND I HAVE AN…

                                THE DACA ISSUE IS PERSONAL FOR ME. MY DISTRICT IS 70% LATINO AND I HAVE AN ESTIMATED 8,000 DACA RECIPIENTS. I HAVE A COUSIN WHO A RECIPIENT OF DACA. IT'S HEART BREAKING TO HEAR THE STORIES OF RECIPIENT WHORS LIVING IN UNCERTAINTY, WHO ARE LIVING IN FEAR AND WHO TELL YOU FIRSTHAND OF THE SENSE OF URGENCY THEY FEEL. IT'S THE SENSE OF URGENCY THAT FRANKLY I DON'T FEEL IS HAPPENING HERE IN CONGRESS. I WILL TALK TO MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE AND THEY WILL TELL ME, I SUPPORT A SOLUTION, I WANT TO TO SOMETHING TO HELP DACA RECIPIENTS, BUT WE CAN'T GET A VOTE. THE LEADERSHIP WILL NOT GIVE US A VOTE ON THE DREAM ACT. THEY WON'T GIVE US A VOTE ON ANY LEGISLATION THAT INVOLVES DACA. JUST TODAY WE HAD WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF KELLY COME IN TO MEET WITH MEMBERS OF THE HISPANIC CAUCUS TO TALK ABOUT THIS ISSUE. WE CONTINUE TO HEAR THE PRESIDENT IS COMMITTED TO FINDING A FIX. YET HE'S USING DACA RECIPIENTS AS A POLITICAL PAWN. A POLITICAL PAWN TO GET A WALL THAT HE SAID MEXICO WOULD PAY FOR. FRANKLY AS A MEMBER OF HOMELAND SECURITY I KNOW THAT PUTTING MONEY INTO A WALL IS NOT THE BEST USE OF OUR DOLLARS. THIS ISSUE IS URGENT. IT'S REAL. THESE ARE PEOPLE'S LIVES. THEY ARE DOCTORS, THEY ARE NURSES, THEY ARE TEACHERS. IN MY VERY DISTRICT I HAVE A DACA RECIPIENT WHO WAS MY GUEST FOR THE STATE OF THE UNION LAST YEAR. SOMEBODY WHO IS NOW TEACHING OUR CHILDREN. SOMEBODY WHO IS GIVING BACK TO OUR COMMUNITY. DACA RECIPIENTS ARE GOOD FOLKS. THEY'RE OUR NEIGHBORS, THEY'RE OUR FRIENDS, OUR FAMILY MEMBERS. AND THERE IS OVERWHELMING SUPPORT ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS TO GIVE THEM THE PROTECTIONS THAT THEY NEED AND DESERVE. MEMBERS OF OUR MILITARY WHO ARE SERVING ARE ALSO DACA RECIPIENTS. I URGE US ALL TO COME TOGETHER, TO FIND A SOLUTION, SO THAT WE CAN DELIVER ON PROVIDING THE PROTECTION THAT DACA RECIPIENTS SO URGENTLY NEED AND SO URGENTLY WANT AND STOP MAKING THIS A POLITICAL FOOTBALL SO WE CAN ALSO MOVE ON TO OTHER ISSUES. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                              • 06:20:07 PM

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                                THANK YOU, CONDITIONINGWOMAN.

                              • 06:20:11 PM

                                MR. CASTRO

                                DREAMERS IN HER DISTRICT, I HAVE THE MAIN SAN ANTONIO DISTRICT, WE HAVE…

                                DREAMERS IN HER DISTRICT, I HAVE THE MAIN SAN ANTONIO DISTRICT, WE HAVE OUR FAIR SHARE OF DACA RECIPIENTS IN SAN ANTONIO. I WANT TO READ YOU REAL QUICK THE STORY OF ONE OF THEM, LISA. LISA IS A FIRST GENERATION AMERICAN WHO IMMIGRATED TO THE UNITED STATES FROM CANADA IN OCTOBER, 1996, AT THE AGE OF 6. SHE LEARNED SHE HAD UNKNOWINGLY OVERSTAYED HER VISA ON DECEMBER 19 20, 10, JUST A DAY AFTER THE DREAM ACT STALLED IN THE SENATE. WHEN SHE RECEIVED IN THE MAIL A NOTICE TO APPEAR IN IMMIGRATION COURT WHICH IS THE FIRST STEP IN DEPORTATION PROCEEDINGS. SHE WENT TO ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE, AND HIGH SCHOOL IN SAN ANTONIO. DURING THAT TIME SHE WAS A GIRL SCOUT, LOGGED MORE THAN 700 HOURS OF -- HOURS OF COMMUNITY SERVICE IN HER HIGH SCHOOL YEARS, AND SPEARHEADED A FUNDRAISER THAT RAISED $10,000 TO HELP PAY FOR THE BONE MARROW TRANSPLANT OF A YOUNG LEUKEMIA PATIENT SHE HAD NEVER MET IN 2008 SHE GRADUATED FROM A SAN ANTONIO HIGH SCHOOL WITH SUE MA CUM LAUDE HONORS -- WITH SUMMA CUM LAUDE HONORS. SHE WORKED IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WITH MY PREDECESSOR, CHARLIE GONZALEZ, BEFORE HEADING TO NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY. SHE WAS SITTING AT HER COLLEGE GRADUATION CEREMONY ON THE DAY PRESIDENT OBAMA ANNOUNCE HEAD DACA PROGRAM, JUNE 15, 2012. HER WORK PERMIT HAS ENABLED HER TO TAKE OUT A MORTGAGE, BUY A CAR, GET A JOB, PAY TAXES, RENEW HER DRIVER'S LICENSE AND REPAY SIX FIGURES, ABOUT $114,000 OF STUDENT LOANS USED TO FUND HER NORTHWESTERN DEGREE. TODAY, LISA IS A COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE AT A NONPROFIT. AND AS A REPORTER, LISA'S WORK HAS BEEN PUBLISHED IN "THE WASHINGTON POST," HUFFINGTON POST, "SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS NEWS," "BOULDER DAILY CAMERA" AND SEVERAL EVERY PLACES. HER STORY IS JUST ONE STORY OF THE INCREDIBLE FOLKS WHO ARE PART OF THE DACA PROGRAM THAT ARE CONTRIBUTING TO THE GREATNESS OF OUR NATION. I'D LIKE TO YIELD RIGHT NOW TO CONGRESSWOMAN NORMA TORRES OF CALIFORNIA.

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                              • 06:22:50 PM

                                MRS. TORRES

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE WAITED TOO LONG TO PROTECT THE DREAMERS.…

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE WAITED TOO LONG TO PROTECT THE DREAMERS. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE TO ME AND TO THE VAST MAJORITY OF AMERICANS. MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES SAY WE HAVE UNTIL MARCH TO FIX THIS ISSUE. BUT THAT IS SIMPLY NOT TRUE. 16,287 DREAMERS HAVE LOST THEIR PROTECTION SINCE SEPTEMBER. FOR THOSE DREAMERS, THE DEADLINE HAS ALREADY PASSED. THIS IS NOT A PARTISAN ISSUE. I WOULD LIKE TO REMIND MY COLLEAGUES THAT THE DREAM ACT IS A BIPARTISAN BILL. UNFORTUNATELY, THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP AND THE WHITE HOUSE HAVE NOT ACTED IN GOOD FAITH. THEY HAVE POLITICIZED THIS ISSUE. THEY HAVE BACKED THEMSELVES TO THE WALL. THEY ARE HOLDING THE FATE OF DREAMERS HOSTAGE. THEY SAY THEY WANT TO HELP DREAMERS, BUT THEN THEY SAY THEY WILL ONLY HELP DREAMERS IN EXCHANGE FOR BORDER SECURITY, DEMANDING THAT WE GIVE UP ON OUR COMMITMENT TO KEEPING FAMILIES TOGETHER, ENDING THE DIVERSITY VISA PROGRAM, KNOWING THAT THESE ARE POISON PILLS. IF REPUBLICANS TRULY WANT TO HELP DREAMERS, DEMOCRATS STAND READY. IF REPUBLICANS WANT TO COMPROMISE ON A COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM BILL, WE ARE READY TO DO THAT TOO. WE CAN TALK ABOUT ALL OF THE CHANGES TO OUR IMMIGRATION SYSTEM THAT REPUBLICANS WANT. AT THE SAME TIME THAT WE TALK ABOUT HOW WE BRING 11 MILLION PEOPLE, UNDOCUMENTED PEOPLE, OUT OF THE SHADOWS. AND ON A PATHWAY TO CITIZENSHIP. BUT THE ISSUE OF DREAMERS AND COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM SHOULD SIMPLY BE KEPT SEPARATE. SHOW SOME LEADERSHIP. PRESIDENT TRUMP SAYS HE WANTS A BILL OF LOVE. SO DO I. AND SO MY -- AND SO DO MY COLLEAGUES. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                              • 06:25:34 PM

                                MR. CASTRO

                                THANK YOU, CONGRESSWOMAN. THE CONGRESSWOMAN WAS TALKING ABOUT THE SUPPORT…

                                THANK YOU, CONGRESSWOMAN. THE CONGRESSWOMAN WAS TALKING ABOUT THE SUPPORT FOR DACA. AND IT'S TRUE THAT SURVEYS CONSISTENTLY SHOW THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SUPPORT THE DACA KIDS AT ABOUT 3% OR SO. THAT IS INCREDIBLE, OVERWHELMING MAJORITY SUPPORT FOR THIS PROGRAM. AND SHE MENTIONED THE POSSIBLE TRADEOFF, WE'VE BEEN IN THIS DEBATE ABOUT, YOU KNOW, THERE'S BEEN AN ARGUMENT THAT WE SHOULD PASS A CLEAN DREAM ACT, FOR EXAMPLE, WHICH IS A DACA FIX, AND WHETHER IT SHOULD BE PAIRED WITH ANYTHING ELSE, RIGHT, LIKE IF WE'RE GOING TO PASS A DACA BILL, WHAT IS THE PRICE TO PAY FOR THAT? THAT'S THE COMMON DEBATE. WHAT IS THE -- WHAT DOES IS THE PRESIDENT OR WHAT IS THE MAJORITY GOING TO DEMAND FOR THAT? BUT AS CONGRESSWOMAN TORRES MENTIONED, I WOULD JUST POINT OUT THAT THAT 83% SUPPORT AMONG THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IS NOT 83% ONLY IF YOU BUILD A WALL. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DON'T SAY, WE SUPPORT THE DACA KIDS BUT ONLY IF YOU BUILD A WALL ACROSS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THEY SAY, WE SUPPORT THE DACA KIDS AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THOSE KIDS CAN STAY AND CONTINUE TO HI IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WITH THAT, I'D LIKE TO BRING UP CONGRESSMAN COSTA OF CALIFORNIA.

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                              • 06:27:08 PM

                                MR. COSTA

                                I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIME. I RISE TODAY TO STAND…

                                I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIME. I RISE TODAY TO STAND WITH THE DREAMERS, BOTH THOSE LIVING THROUGHOUT THE GREAT SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY I HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO REPRESENT -- I HAVE THE HONOR AND PRIVILEGE TO REPRESENT, AS WELL AS THOSE ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. WE IN THE VALLEY, AS WE LIKE TO SAY, AND THROUGHOUT OUR NATION, ARE, LET US REMEMBER, A NATION OF IMMIGRANTS. PAST, AND PRESENT. SOONED WE KNOW THE INTEGRAL ROLE BOTH HISTORICALLY AND TODAY THAT IMMIGRANTS HAVE PLAYED THROUGHOUT THE GREAT HISTORY OF OUR NATION. IN DETERMINES OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF OUR ECONOMY, AND OUR COMMUNITIES. THE CONTRIBUTIONS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE IS THE STORY OF AMERICA. OUR DREAMERS, THESE YOUNG IMMIGRANTS, ALSO MAKE IMMENSE CONTRIBUTIONS AND THEIR STORY IS A PART OF AMERICA'S STORY. IT'S ESTIMATED THAT ROUGHLY 685,000 OF OUR NATION'S WORKERS ARE DREAMERS WITH PROTECTIONS THROUGH THE DEFERRED ACTION CHILDHOOD ARRIVAL OR DACA PROGRAM THAT IF WE IN FACT REMOVE THEM AS SOME ARE MAYBE SUGGESTING, THAT IT WOULD IMPACT OVER $460 BILLION TO OUR NATION'S ECONOMY, TO OUR G.D.P. THINK ABOUT THAT. IN MY HOME STATE OF CALIFORNIA, IT'S ESTIMATED THAT THRFERS OVER 193,000 DREAMERS THAT ARE CURRENTLY LEGAL THAT ARE WORKING AND CONTRIBUTING WITH THESE DACA PROTECTIONS. AND THAT REMOVING THEM FROM THE WORK FORCE IN CALIFORNIA WOULD COST AN ESTIMATED $11.6 BILLION TO THE G.D.P. OF CALIFORNIA. DOES THIS MAKE ANY SENSE? NO. BUT THE DREAMERS ALSO SERVE IN OUR MILITARY. PROTECTING OUR NATION. BOTH AT HOME AND ABROAD, IN HARM'S WAY. THEY'RE OUR FRIENDS. THEY'RE OUR NEIGHBORS. THEY ARE DECONS IN OUR LOCAL CHURCHES AND MANY OF THEM ARE STUDENTS, HOPING TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE BETTERMENT OF AMERICA. THEY TOO WANT TO BE PART AND THEY ARE IN FACT OF THE AMERICAN DREAM. IN MY DISTRICT ALONE WE HAVE OVER 600 DREAMERS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT MERCED AND MORE THAN THAT AT MY ALMA MATER, FRESNO STATE. FRESNO STATE UNIVERSITY. BUT THESE DREAMERS ARE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN. THEY'RE NOT JUST NUMBERS. THESE ARE PEOPLE. THEY ARE PEOPLE WITH MANY OF WHOM WE HAVE TRUSTED TO BE A PART OF OUR COUNTRY, TO UPHOLD ITS WORD. WHEN THEY BASICALLY ENROLL TO BE PART OF THE DACA PROGRAM. JUST TODAY, I SPOKE WITH TWO DREAMERS IN MY OFFICE. ONE OF THEM IS A REMARKABLE YOUNG PERSON CURRENTLY GETTING HER PH.D. IN PHYSICS. SHE'S 27 YEARS OLD AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA MERCED, FOCUSING HER RESEARCH ON SOLAR ENERGY. JUST THINK ABOUT THIS. HELPING AMERICA WITH THE NEXT GENERATION OF OUR ENERGY DEVELOPMENT. HER NAME IS BOWE SHE HOPES TO WORK IN RESEARCH WHEN SHE GETS HER PH.D. NOW HER FUTURE IS UNCERTAIN. SHE CAME HERE WHEN SHE WAS 3 YEARS OLD. HER DACA PR TEXTS EXPIRE IN LESS THAN A YEAR. ANOTHER DACA RECIPIENT I SPOKE TO TODAY IS STUDENT BODY PRESIDENT AT MY ALMA MATER, PEDRO, HE'S EARNED HIS MASTER'S DEGREE IN PUBLIC POLICY AND URBAN AFFAIRS AND IS CONTRIBUTING TO THE ECONOMY OF OUR VALLEY AND TO OUR STATE. HIS DACA PROTECTIONS EXPIRE WITHIN MONTHS. . THIRD ABOUT THAT. THINK OF THE GRAVITY OF THESE TWO STUDENTS. LESS THAN A YEAR, THEY DON'T KNOW IF THEY'RE GOING TO BE HERE. THIS IS THEIR COUNTRY AS FAR AS THEY'RE CONCERNED. OUR DREAMERS HAVE SHARED STORIES, TIME AND TIME AGAIN, OF UNCERTAINTY AND FEAR THAT'S GRIPPING THEIR FAMILIES AND OUR COMMUNITIES. AND AS A -- AND AS THEY'RE FORCED TO WAIT AND SEE IF THE ONLY HOME THEY'VE EVER KNOWN, OR WILL THE COUNTRY KEEP ITS WORD WHEN THEY ENROLLED IN THE DACA PROGRAM? AND CREATE THE PROTECTIONS THAT ALLOW HIM TO STAY HERE AND ULTIMATELY BECOME CITIZENS. THIS IS THE QUESTION. THAT IS WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO ACHIEVE. SO I STAND HERE TODAY TO SAY TO MY COLLEAGUES, AS MEMBERS OF THE CONGRESS, WE ALL TAKE AN OATH EVERY TWO YEARS. WE SWEAR TO PROTECT IT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES FROM ALL ENEMIES, FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC. AND TO PROMOTE, GUESS WHAT, PROMOTE THE GENERAL WILL FOR THE GOOD OF OUR COUNTRY. THAT'S WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT. PROMOTING THE MOST POSITIVE THINGS THAT CAN BE A PART OF OUR COUNTRY. THESE DREAMERS ARE ART OF -- ARE A PART OF THAT. SO THIS HAS TO BE A PART OF OUR PERMANENT SOLUTION. 86% OF THE PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY SUPPORT PROVIDING LEGAL DESIGNATION FOR THESE DREAMERS. AND IT'S IMPERATIVE THAT WE DO THE RIGHT THING. THIS IS AMERICA. AND I WILL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH MY COLLEAGUES ON THE CONGRESSIONAL HISPANIC CAUCUS AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE CONGRESS ON A BIPARTISAN FASHION TO ENSURE THAT WE DO THE RIGHT THING. THIS IS THE AMERICAN WAY. BUT MORE THAN JUST PROTECTING THESE YOUNG PEOPLE, AMERICA NEEDS A STABLE, JUST AND COMMONSENSE IMMIGRATION POLICY. LET'S FACE IT. OUR IMMIGRATION SYSTEM'S BROKEN. I'LL CONTINUE TO WORK ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS FOR COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM. MORE BROADLY. SO THAT WE DON'T END UP BACK RIGHT WHERE WE ARE HERE TODAY. BICKERING IN A PARTISAN, PIECEMEAL AND OFTEN CONTRADICTORY FASHION THAT DOES NOTHING TO FIX OUR BROKEN IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. WE MUST, WE MUST IMPROVE THE DIALOGUE AND THE DEBATE AND THIS PROBLEM'S VERY SOLVEABLE. IT REALLY IS. LET'S GET PAST THE POLITICAL POSTURING. LET'S FIX DACA AND PROVIDE THE SUPPORT FOR OUR DREAMERS AND LET'S MOVE ON AND THE SECOND PHASE, AS THE PRESIDENT HAS SUGGESTED, AND LET'S WORK ON THE OTHER ELEMENTS. WE'RE FOR BORDER SECURITY. IT'S IMPORTANT. WE ALL SUPPORT BORDER SECURITY. AND LET'S DO THE OTHER THINGS THAT ARE PART OF FIXING THIS BROKEN IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              • 06:33:21 PM

                                MR. CASTRO

                                THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN COSTA. YOU MADE VERY SEVERAL -- YOU MADE SEVERAL…

                                THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN COSTA. YOU MADE VERY SEVERAL -- YOU MADE SEVERAL VERY IMPORTANT POINTS. ONE OF THEM IS THE ECONOMIC BENEFITS OF THE DREAMER POPULATION. THE DACA POPULATION. ON THEIR COMMUNITIES. AND HOW NOT ONLY FOR CALIFORNIA AND YOUR DISTRICT, BUT FOR SO MANY OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY, WHERE DO YOU HAVE DACA RECIPIENTS, IT WOULD BE A REAL ECONOMIC BLOW TO DEPORT THESE FOLKS, TO UPROOT THEM FROM THE COMMUNITIES AND SIMPLY GET THEM OUT OF HERE. IT WOULD BE AN ECONOMIC BLOW TO THE ECONOMIES OF THOSE CITIES AND TOWNS AND STATES. AND OF COURSE TO OUR NATION. AND THEN THE SECOND THING I THOUGHT WAS VERY IMPORTANT IS REALLY THE HUMAN ELEMENT. THAT RIGHT NOW, AS YOU CAN IMAGINE, THESE 800,000 YOUNG PEOPLE ARE WATCHING THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS, EVERYBODY WHO LOVES THEM REALIZES THAT THEIR FUTURES HANG IN THE BALANCE. AND THEY'RE LIVING IN FEAR. AND INCREDIBLE ANXIETY. WONDERING WHETHER THEY'RE GOING TO BE ALLOWED TO STAY IN WHAT IS, FOR MOST OF THEM, THE ONLY PLACE THEY'VE EVER KNOWN AS HOME. IT WOULD BE LIKE DECIDING THAT YOU AND I ARE GOING TO GO LIVE IN EGYPT OR LIVE IN URUGUAY OR ANYWHERE ELSE. WE SIMPLY HAVE NO CONNECTION TO THOSE PLACES AS HOME. THAT IS WHAT THESE YOUNG PEOPLE ARE FACING. IF THIS CONGRESS REFUSES TO ACT. THAT'S WHAT THEY'RE FACING NOW.

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                              • 06:34:52 PM

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                                IF THE GENTLEMAN WILL YIELD. YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. THAT'S WHY THIS…

                                IF THE GENTLEMAN WILL YIELD. YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. THAT'S WHY THIS DEBATE IS SO IMPORTANT AND THAT'S WHY WE MUST COME TOGETHER. NOT JUST ON BEHALF OF BO AND PEDRO, AS I CITED THEIR EXAMPLES, BUT FOR THE 800,000-PLUS DREAMERS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY AND THEIR FAMILIES.

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                              • 06:35:11 PM

                                MR. COSTELLO

                                THIS IS JUST GOOD --

                              • 06:35:14 PM

                                MR. COSTA

                                THIS IS JUST GOOD COMMON SENSE. IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO AND IT'S WHAT…

                                THIS IS JUST GOOD COMMON SENSE. IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO AND IT'S WHAT WE MUST DO TO MOVE OUR NATION ON A POSITIVE TRACK. I THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK AND I'M HONORED TO BE A PART OF THIS DEBATE.

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                              • 06:35:27 PM

                                MR. CASTRO

                                THANK YOU FOR BEING A CHAMPION ON THIS ISSUE. NOW I'D LIKE TO INVITE TO…

                                THANK YOU FOR BEING A CHAMPION ON THIS ISSUE. NOW I'D LIKE TO INVITE TO COME UP CONGRESSMAN SOTO. CONGRESSMAN FROM THE WONDERFUL STATE OF FLORIDA. WELCOME, CONGRESSMAN. SOCIETY SOCIETY THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN CASS --

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                              • 06:35:42 PM

                                MR. SOTO

                                THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN CASS TROFMENTE AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR GREAT…

                                THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN CASS TROFMENTE AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR GREAT LEADERSHIP ON -- CASTRO. AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR GREAT LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. YOU KNOW, I WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT TO TALK ABOUT THE STORY OF MARIANA CASTRO. POSSIBLY A LONG DISTANCE RELATIVE.

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                              • 06:35:57 PM

                                MR. CASTRO

                                NO RELATION, BUT, YEAH.

                              • 06:36:04 PM

                                MR. SOTO

                                INTERNING FOR US THIS YEAR AND IS AN AMBITIOUS YOUNG DREAMER FROM FLORIDA.…

                                INTERNING FOR US THIS YEAR AND IS AN AMBITIOUS YOUNG DREAMER FROM FLORIDA. IN 2005 SHE LEFT LIMBA, PERU, AT THE AGE OF 10, WITH HER MOTHER. LEAVING HER FATHER AND BROTHERS BEHIND FOR A SAFER LIFE. SHE WAS IN THE HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM. NOT UNTIL THE 10TH GRADE DID SHE REALIZE THAT REGARDLESS OF HER EXCELLENT GRADES, INVOLVED IN HUNDREDS OF HOURS OF COMMUNITY SERVICE, THAT HER UNDOCUMENTED STATUS WOULD BE A HURDLE TO PURSUING HIGHER EDUCATION. A FEW MONTHS BEFORE GRADUATION, DACA, DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS, WAS A MIRACLE. SHE WOULD NOW BE ABLE TO PROVIDE HER FAMILY, PROVIDE FOR HER FAMILY, DRIVE, AND NO LONGER LIVE IN THE SHADOWS. MARIANA ENROLLED IN THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA BUT FACED SEVERE FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES DUE TO HER STAT US. AS -- STAT US. AS HER ONLY -- STATUS. AS HER ONLY WAY TO HIGHER EDUCATION, SHE TEMPORARILY PAUSED HER EDUCATION AND FOUGHT FOR EQUITY IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA. I HAD THE HONOR OF HAVING A ROLE IN THAT, HAVING BEEN IN THE FLORIDA SENATE AT THE TIME, WHEN WE PASSED IN-STATE TUITION ALONG WITH A BILL THAT I HAD THAT ADMITTED DREAMERS INTO THE FLORIDA BAR. THIS WOULD SPARK HER PASSION FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE. THROUGHOUT HER TIME AT U.F., SHE UTILIZED HER VOICE TO SPEAK FOR IMMIGRANT RIGHTS. AND HUMAN RIGHTS, BY TAKING SEVERAL LEADERSHIP POSITIONS WITH THE ONLY STUDENT-LED IMMIGRANT ADVOCACY ORGANIZATION AT U.F. SHE HAS HELPED START PROGRAMS THAT PROVIDE TRAINING FOR PROFESSIONAL STAFF, UNDER STUDENT AFFAIRS, ABOUT RELEVANT IMMIGRATION LAWS THAT AFFECT STUDENTS AS WELL. SHE'S RAISED THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FOR THE OUT OF THE SHADOWS, A SCHOLARSHIP SPECIFICALLY FOR UNDOCUMENTED STUDENTS IN FLORIDA, THAT SHE OVERSAW FOR THREE YEARS. SHE SPENT A SEMESTER WORKING FOR THE FLORIDA SENATE AND HAS ALSO WORKED AS A KNOW YOUR RIGHTS TRAINER FOR THE FLORIDA IMMIGRANT COALITION. WHERE SHE WAS ABLE TO EDUCATE THE IMMIGRANT COMMUNITY ABOUT THEIR RIGHTS IN THE UNITED STATES THROUGH A MOBILE CONSULATE. DUE TO HER STATUS, SHE'S UNABLE TO QUALIFY FOR LOANS AND ONLY QUALIFIES TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR A VERY LIMITED AMOUNT OF SCHOLARSHIPS. MARIANA HAS BEEN PAYING HER EDUCATION OUT OF POCKET, WORKING 20 TO 30 HOURS DURING SCHOOL AND 50-PLUS HOURS DURING SCHOOL BREAKS. HER ONLY CLOSE RELATIVE IN THE STATES, HER MOTHER, HAS BEEN UNDERGOING DIFFICULT MEDICAL PROCEDURES INCLUDING TREATMENT FOR HUMAN PAPILLOMA VIRUS, AND MOST RECENTLY, SEVERE GLAUCOMA. MAKING HER UNABLE TO SUPPORT HER DAUGHTER. AFTER GRADUATION SHE HOPES TO ATTEND LAW SCHOOL TO CONTINUE HER FIGHT FOR IMMIGRANT FAMILIES ACROSS THE NATION. BUT IF THE DACA PROGRAM DOESN'T EXIST, IF DREAMERS AREN'T GIVEN THEIR RIGHTS, THEN SHE'LL NEVER BE ABLE TO PRACTICE LAW UNDER FLORIDA LAW. I'M PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT MARIANA WILL BE COMPLETING A CONGRESSIONAL INTERNSHIP IN MY OFFICE THIS SEMESTER. IN FLORIDA WE HAVE 92,000 INDIVIDUALS WHO WOULD BE ELIGIBLE FOR DACA. 92,000 DREAMERS. AND I HAVE MET SO MANY OF THEM. THEY'RE AMBITIOUS. THEY'RE ATTENDING COLLEGE. THEY'RE STARTING SMALL BUSINESSES. THEY ARE JOINING OUR MILITARY. THEY ARE THE VERY BEST OF WHAT THIS NATION HAS TO OFFER. AND THE STRUGGLES HAVE SHAPED THEM. THEIR OBSTACLES HAVE MADE THEM BETTER FOR IT, SHARPER, HUNGRIER . WE NEED TO ENCOURAGE THESE NEW AMERICAN DREAMERS, MUCH LIKE SO MANY GENERATIONS BEFORE THEM, IN FACT, THE GENERATIONS OF ANCESTORS, SO MANY WHO OCCUPY THE SEATS IN THIS CHAMBER, AND THE TIME FOR ACTION IS NOW. WE WANT TO HAVE A CLEAN DREAM ACT. AND THAT IS OUR PRIORITY. BUT AT THE VERY LEAST, RATHER THAN TALK ABOUT SHUTDOWNS, LET'S TALK ABOUT SOLUTIONS. THERE'S A BILL IN THE SENATE, IT'S NOT PERFECT, THERE ARE THINGS IN THERE THAT I REALLY DON'T LIKE AT ALL. AND I KNOW A LOT OF THE MEMBERS DON'T LIKE. IN THE GRAHAM BILL, ALONG WITH SENATOR DURBIN. BUT IT'S A COMPROMISE. AND IT'S A START. I CHALLENGE FOR THEM TO PUT IT ON THE FLOOR. HAVE A VOTE AND SEND IT OVER TO THE HOUSE. AND THEN SPEAKER RYAN, I CHALLENGE YOU TO PUT THIS BILL, WHATEVER COMES OVER FOR THE SENATE, ON THE FLOOR -- FROM THE SENATE, ON THE FLOOR. LET'S PUT TOGETHER AMENDMENTS. LET'S TAKE THE VERY BEST OF OUR DEBATE, OF OUR IDEAS, IN THIS AUGUST CHAMBER, AND LET'S PUT FORWARD A PRODUCT THAT DEALS WITH DREAMERS, THAT DEALS WITH T.P.S., THAT DEALS WITH BORDER SECURITY. AND LET US PUT IT ON THE DESK OF THE PRESIDENT. LET US DARE THE PRESIDENT NOT TO SIGN SOMETHING THAT COULD BE THE EMBODIMENT OF A GENERATIONAL OPPORTUNITY TO RESOLVE SO MANY ISSUES THAT ARE SO IMPORTANT TO BOTH PARTIES. LET US NOT TALK ABOUT SHUTDOWNS. LET US TALK ABOUT SOLUTIONS. AND I'M HONORED TO BE HERE TODAY WITH YOU, CONGRESSMAN CASTRO, TO DO JUST THAT.

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                              • 06:41:54 PM

                                MR. CASTRO

                                CONGRESSMAN SOTO, THANK YOU FOR YOUR WONDERFUL WORDS AND YOU'VE BROUGHT UP…

                                CONGRESSMAN SOTO, THANK YOU FOR YOUR WONDERFUL WORDS AND YOU'VE BROUGHT UP ALSO A FEW IMPORTANT THINGS THAT I THINK WE NEED TO REMEMBER. THE FIRST IS, YOU KNOW THIS ISSUE OF DREAMERS OR UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS IS OFTEN IN THE AMERICAN DEBATE REDUCED TO THE IDEA THAT ALL OF THESE FOLKS ARE MEXICAN OR FROM MEXICO. WHEN IN FACT, IT'S ACTUALLY A VERY DIVERSE GROUP OF FOLKS WHO ARE IN THE CATEGORY OF DREAMERS. OR WHO ARE PART OF THE DACA PROGRAM. AND SO, YOU KNOW, CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE COMMUNITY THAT YOU REPRESENT AROUND ORLANDO AND SOME OF THE DIFFERENT GROUPS THAT ARE REPRESENTED IN THE DACA PROGRAM?

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                              • 06:42:37 PM

                                MR. SOTO

                                CERTAINLY. AND THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND GIVING ME THAT…

                                CERTAINLY. AND THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND GIVING ME THAT OPPORTUNITY. FLORIDA HAS EVERY COLOR IN THE RAINBOW, EVERY RELIGION, EVERY BACKGROUND. WHERE YOU HAVE MICKEY MOUSE, YOU TEND TO HAVE A LOT OF FOLKS FROM AROUND THE WORLD BE FAMILIAR WITH ORLANDO. SO WE HAVE HAITIANS WHO ARE DREAMERS. WE HAVE PRUVEE ANS WHO ARE DREAMERS -- PERUVIANS WHO ARE DREAMERS. WE HAVE FOLKS FROM VIETNAM AND LAOS WHO ARE DREAMERS. WE HAVE FOLKS FROM EVERY CONTINENT OTHER THAN ANTARCTICA. AND I WANT TO MAKE THIS POINT THAT THE LAW MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN THESE STATUSES. I'M A PUERTO RICAN. MY FATHER WAS BORN ON THE ISLAND. SO THEREFORE HE'S A CITIZEN BY A STATUTE. WE HAVE A LARGE PUERTO RICAN POPULATION WHERE MOST OF MY CONSTITUENTS WHO ARE FROM THE ISLAND ARE ONLY CITIZENS BECAUSE OF AN ACT PASSED OVER 100 YEARS AGO. WE ALSO HAVE A HUGE AMOUNT OF CUBAN AMERICANS. BECAUSE OF WET FOOT, DRY FOOT, BECAUSE THEY WERE ESCAPING TYRANNY, THEY ARE ZENLS. SO A LAW MAKES -- CITIZENS. SO A LAW MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE. AND WE KNOW THAT FOR A FACT AND WE LIVE IT EVERY DAY IN FLORIDA AND THAT'S WHAT THESE KIDS NEED. THE LAW NEEDS TO BE ON THEIR SIDE BECAUSE IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO. A LAW MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN THESE FAMILIES' STORIES AND THESE KIDS' OPPORTUNITIES AND I THANK YOU AGAIN FOR GIVING ME THAT OPPORTUNITY.

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                              • 06:44:02 PM

                                MR. CASTRO

                                THAT'S RIGHT. THERE ARE PEOPLE OF EUROPEAN DISSENT -- DESCENT, OF ASIAN…

                                THAT'S RIGHT. THERE ARE PEOPLE OF EUROPEAN DISSENT -- DESCENT, OF ASIAN DESENT, CERTAINLY OF LATIN AMERICAN DESCENT, OF AFRICAN DESCENT, WHO ARE PART OF THE DACA PROGRAM. AND SO I'M GLAD THAT YOU WENT THROUGH THE VARIETY AND THE DIVERSITY OF THE PEOPLE IN YOUR AREA WHO ARE PART OF THIS PROGRAM. NOW, BEAR IN MIND, MY GRANDMOTHER WAS FROM MEXICO. MY GRANDMOTHER CAME HERE AROUND 1922 AS A 6-YEAR-OLD ORPHAN. AND I REMEMBER A FEW YEARS BACK, THIS PROFESSIONAL GENEOLOGISTS FOR A PUBLICATION LOOKED AT MY FAMILY'S HISTORY BECAUSE WE HAD NEVER FORMALLY LOOKED IT UP. BUT SHE FOUND THE DOCUMENTS OF WHEN MY GRANDMOTHER CAME TO THE COUNTRY AND I REMEMBER THERE WAS A BOX IN THE FORM THAT SAID PURPOSE, IN ORDER, THE PURPOSE FOR WHY SHE WAS COMING. AND IT SAID, TO LIVE. I MEAN, THAT'S HOW EASY IT WAS BACK THEN, AROUND 1922, TO COME TO THE UNITED STATES, TO LIVE IN THIS NATION. OBVIOUSLY HAS BECOME MUCH TOUGHER SINCE THEN. BUT IT JUST SPEAKS TO THE WONDERFUL INCREDIBLE DIVERSITY OF PEOPLE THAT HAVE COME HERE FROM DIFFERENT PLACES AROUND THE WORLD. AND THEN CONGRESSMAN SOTO, MENTIONED ONE OTHER IMPORTANT THING WHICH IS THE HISTORICAL CONTEXT BY WHICH WE FIND OURSELVES IN THIS PLACE. . THERE'S THIS INTENSIVE DEBATE GOING ON RIGHT NOW AND AN INCREDIBLE PUSH TO DO A DACA FIX BY THE END OF THE WEEK, HOPEFULLY, AND A LOT OF PEOPLE, I THINK, WHO MAY NOT HAVE FOLLOWED THE VOLLEYING AND THE BACK AND FORTH FOR A WHILE ARE WONDERING, WHY IS THIS SUCH A CRISIS NOW? WE KNOW THE IMMEDIATE ANSWER WHICH IS, IF WE GET TO MARCH 5, THERE'S 800,000 OF THESE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WILL BE DEPORTABLE, SUBJECT TO DEPORTATION, WHO WERE PART OF THE DACA PROGRAM. ALREADY 122, EVERY DAY THAT PASSES, 122 MORE BECOME DEPORTABLE. BUT THERE WAS AN OPPORTUNITY A FEW YEARS AGO TO DEAL NOT ONLY WITH THIS PART OF THE IMMIGRATION ISSUE, BUT TO ACHIEVE WHAT IS CALLED COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM AND BY COMPREHENSIVE THAT MEANS YOU ARE DEALING NOT JUST WITH ONE PART OF IMMIGRATION BUT YOU ARE DEALING WITH ALL THE DIFFERENT ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH IMMIGRATION. SO IT WAS DACA, BUT IT WAS ALSO ISSUES WITH VISAS, LIKE TECH VISAS AND AGRICULTURAL WORKERS, IT WAS DEALING WITH THE PARENTS OF THE DREAMERS, FOR EXAMPLE. AND THAT BILL THAT PASSED THOUGHT SENATE -- PASSED THROUGH THE SENATE WITH 68 VOTES, A WIDE MAJORITY OF THE SENATE IN 2014, CAME OVER TO THE HOUSE AND BASED ON PUBLIC REPORTS AND WHAT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS STATED THEIR SUPPORT WOULD BE FOR OR AGAINST THAT BILL, THERE WAS A MAJORITY, OVER 218 MEMBERS, AGAIN, BASED ON PUBLIC REPORTS, WE NEVER TOOK THE VOTE BUT BASED ON PUBLIC REPORTS WHO SAID THEY BASICALLY WOULD HAVE SUPPORTARD BILL LIKE THAT BUT AT THE TIME, SPEAKER BOEHNER REFUSED TO PUT THAT BILL ON THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE BECAUSE OF SOMETHING CALLED THE HASTERT RULE. THE HASTERT VULE AN INFORMAL RULE THAT SAYS THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE WON'T PUT A PIECE OF LEGISLATION ON THE FLOOR FOR A VET UNLESS THAT PIECE OF LEGISLATION ALREADY HAS THE SUPPORT OF A MAJORITY OF THE MAJORITY. AT THAT TIME, THE PIECE OF LEGISLATION, EVEN THOUGH IT PROBABLY HAD 225 230 SUPPORTERS IN THE CONGRESS, A CLEAR MAJORITY TO PASS, DIDN'T HAVE OVER 50% SUPPORT FROM THE REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE WHICH REPRESENTED THE MAJORITY PARTY. NOW MY LAST POINT ON THIS, I KNOW YOU KNOW THAT -- KNOW THIS, BUT WHEN A SPEAKER GOVERNS WITH THE HASTERT RULE, OFTENTIMES THE WILL OF THE MAJORITY IS IGNORED IN THIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. BUT IT ALSO DOES SOMETHING VERY INSIDIOUS. IT ALLOWS ABOUT 25% OF THIS BODY TO CONTROL 100% OF THE LEGISLATION THAT COMES THROUGH HERE. AND SO THANK YOU FOR BRINGING UP THE HISTORY AND CONTEXT BECAUSE THIS CONGRESS AND THIS COUNTRY MISSED AN INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY IN 2014 TO DEAL NOT WONL THE DACA ISSUE BUT ALSO WITH THE MANY OTHER ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH IMMIGRATION. SO THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN SOTO.

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                              • 06:48:38 PM

                                MR. SOTO

                                THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN CASTRO.

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                                MR. CASTRO

                                NOW I'D LIKE TO INVITE UP CONGRESSMAN CORREA, A WONDERFUL NEW MEMBER FROM…

                                NOW I'D LIKE TO INVITE UP CONGRESSMAN CORREA, A WONDERFUL NEW MEMBER FROM CALIFORNIA. WELCOME.

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                              • 06:48:49 PM

                                MR. CORREA

                                THANK YOU TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS. I'M FROM CALIFORNIA, THE SIXTH…

                                THANK YOU TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS. I'M FROM CALIFORNIA, THE SIXTH LARGEST ECONOMY IN THE WORLD MY HOME COUNTY, ORANGE COUNTY, THERE WAS A -- IF IT WAS A COUNTRY TODAY IT WOULD BE THE SECOND LARGEST ECONOMY IN THE WORLD. MY DISTRICT, EXPLODING WITH JOBS, UNEMPLOYMENT AT RECORD LOW, WE HAVE BIOTECH, HIGH TECH, TOURISM, HOME TO DISNEYLAND, THE ANGELS, WE ALSO HAVE RECYCLING, MANUFACTURING, YOU NAME IT, IT'S THERE. IT'S ABOUT AMERICANS WORKING HARD, FORMER IMMIGRANTS, NOW AMERICANS, ALSO WORKING HARD, AND NEW IMMIGRANTS LIKE DACA STUDENTS DARK KA MEMBERS OF MY COMMUNITY, ALSO HOLDING HANDS WITH ALL OF US, WORKING HARD TO ENRICH OUR COMMUNITIES, OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, OUR COUNTY, OUR STATE, AND OUR NATION. TODAY, DACA RECIPIENTS, MODEL IMMIGRANTS, NOBODY IN THIS BODY WOULD DEBATE THE FACT THAT WE WANT IMMIGRANTS WHO COME TO WORK HARD, FOLLOW THE LAWS, PAY TAXES, LEARN ENGLISH AND STUDY HARD. THOSE ARE MODEL CITIZENS THAT ANY NATION IN THE WORLD WOULD WANT AND WE HAVE THEM HERE IN THIS COUNTRY. A FEW WEEKS AGO, MY DAUGHTER CAME HOME, 17 YEARS OLD FROM HIGH SCHOOL. TWO OF HER BEST FRIENDS CAME WITH HER. THEY SAID, WE WANT HELP. MR. CONGRESSMAN. YOU'RE A CONGRESSMAN WE CAN WAVENT SOME HELP. I SAID, WHAT'S THE ISSUE? THEY SAID, WE'RE BOTH DACA STUDENTS, WE'RE AFRAID, WE'RE CONCERNED, WE WANT TO GO TO COLLEGE WORK DON'T KNOW WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN. DIDN'T HAVE ANY ANSWERS FOR THOSE TWO YOUNG LADIES. BUT REALLY, THE ANSWER I GAVE THEM WAS THE SAME ANSWER I GIVE ALL THE DACA INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS I MEET IN MY DISTRICT WHICH IS, LET ME FIGHT THE FIGHT FOR YOU IN WASHINGTON, D.C. WHAT YOU'VE GOT TO DO IS CONTINUE TO STUDY HARD, CONTINUE TO FOLLOW THE LAW, AND DON'T GIVE UP PRAYING. I'M CONVINCED THAT IN THIS BODY, I'M CONVINCED THERE'S ENOUGH PEOPLE HERE IN THIS BODY TO VOTE FOR DACA STUDENT, VOTE TO CHANGE THE LAWS. WHY? BECAUSE IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO. THIS IS A COUNTRY OF IMMIGRANTS. AND NOBODY, AGAIN, CAN DEBATE THE FACT THAT THESE ARE GOOD IMMIGRANTS. THESE ARE GOOD, HARDWORKING FOLKS THAT WANT A SHOT, WANT -- THEY DON'T WANT A FWIFT, BUT THEY WANT THE OPPORTUNITY TO EARN AMERICAN CITIZENSHIP. THESE FOLKS HAVE TAKEN AN OATH, A PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO OUR FLAG AND OUR COUNTRY, TO DEFEND IT AGAINST FOREIGN AND LOCAL ENEMIES. THESE FOLKS ARE AMERICANS IN THE TRUE SENSE OF THE WORD. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN LET'S GIVE THEM A SHOT A TRUE SHOT, AT BEING AMERICANS. SIR, I YIELD.

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                              • 06:51:50 PM

                                MR. CASTRO

                                THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN CORREA. YOU'RE RIGHT. THE DACA KIDS ARE GOING TO…

                                THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN CORREA. YOU'RE RIGHT. THE DACA KIDS ARE GOING TO SCHOOL OUR KIDS. ARE GOING TO COLLEGE WITH OUR KIDS. IN OUR WORKPLACES. THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE CONTRIBUTING AND WHOSE FUTURES HANG IN THE BALANCE. DEPENDING ON WHAT THIS CONGRESS DOES OR DOES NOT DO.

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                              • 06:52:14 PM

                                MR. CORREA

                                I'D LIKE TO SAY, THEY SERVE IN THE MILITARY, POLICE OFFICERS, TEACHERS,…

                                I'D LIKE TO SAY, THEY SERVE IN THE MILITARY, POLICE OFFICERS, TEACHERS, DOCTORS, NURSES, THEY ARE PART OF OUR FABRIC.

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                              • 06:52:25 PM

                                MR. CASTRO

                                YOU'RE RIGHT AND PART OF A LONG LEGACY OF IMMIGRANTS TO THIS COUNTRY. THE…

                                YOU'RE RIGHT AND PART OF A LONG LEGACY OF IMMIGRANTS TO THIS COUNTRY. THE UNITED STATES HAS THIS PARADOXICAL HISTORY WHEN IT COMES TO IMMIGRATION. WE'RE PROUDLY A NATION OF IMMIGRANTS, BUT EACH WAVE OF IMMIGRANTS HAS ALSO FACED ITS OWN BOUTS WITH DISCRIMINATION. WHEN THE GERMANS CAME HERE IN THE 1800'S, THEY WERE SAID BY SOME TO BE TOO DIRTY TO BE CONSIDERED AMERICAN. THE IRISH WERE GREETED IN CITIES LIKE BOSTON AND NEW YORK WITH SIGNS THAT READ, NINA, NO IRISH NEED APPLY, FOR JOBS THAT WERE AVAILABLE. THE CHINESE WERE EXCLUDED FROM OUR COUNTRY FOR DECADES. DURING WORLD WAR II AND THE FRENZY THAT ENSUED, JAPANESE AMERICANS, BUT ALSO ITALIAN AMERICANS AND GERMAN AMERICANS, WERE INTERNED, INCLUDING IN MY HOME STATE OF TEXAS. BUT IN EVERY GENERATION, AMERICANS HAVE ALSO STOOD UP AND CHANGED COURSE AND BECOME MORE WELCOMING FOR EACH OF THOSE GROUPS. AND I BELIEVE THAT IN THIS GENERATION IN THIS TIME, THIS IS PART OF THAT SHIFT. FOR CONGRESS TO FINALLY ADDRESS THIS ISSUE HEAD ON AND FULLY WELCOME THESE DACA KIDS AS AMERICANS. AND PASS LEGISLATION TO DO THAT. THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN CORREA. FOR YOUR WORDS. NOW I'D LIKE TO INVITE A CONGRESSMAN FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COUNTRY, THE WONDERFUL STATE OF NOVERBING, A FRESHMAN CONGRESSMAN.

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                              • 06:54:11 PM

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                                THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HAVING US HERE TONIGHT. BASED UPON WHAT YOU WERE…

                                THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HAVING US HERE TONIGHT. BASED UPON WHAT YOU WERE JUST TALKING ABOUT, CONGRESSMAN, I'LL TALK ABOUT MY FATHER FIRST. I'M A FIRST GENERATION AMERICAN. MY FATHER WAS BROUGHT TO THE UNITED STATES BY HIS MOTHER WHEN HE WAS 4 YEARS OLD. HIS FATHER WAS HERE WORKING, HE HAD JOINED THE U.S. ARMY IN WORLD WAR I, GOT HIS CITIZENSHIP BECAUSE OF THAT. HE WAS THE FIRST ONE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD TO GO TO COLLEGE.

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                              • 06:54:43 PM

                                MR. SUOZZI

                                THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN, THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR DAD'S STORY, HIS LIFE'S…

                                THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN, THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR DAD'S STORY, HIS LIFE'S STORY

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                              • 07:00:12 PM

                                MR. CASTRO

                                THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN, THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR DAD'S STORY, HIS LIFE'S…

                                THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN, THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR DAD'S STORY, HIS LIFE'S STORY AND WHAT THIS COUNTRY MEANT TO HIM AND THE IMPORTANCE OF COMING UP WITH A SOLUTION, A FIX, AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. THANK YOU FOR THAT.

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                              • 07:00:29 PM

                                MR. SUOZZI

                                I WANT TO BRING UP ONE THING I FORGOT TO MENTION, I WAS THE YOUNG MAYOR --…

                                I WANT TO BRING UP ONE THING I FORGOT TO MENTION, I WAS THE YOUNG MAYOR -- MAYOR OF THE CITY OF GLEN COVE IN 1994 AND WE HAD DAY WORKERS FROM CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA GATHERING ON THE STREET CORNERS, SEEKING WORK, IT WAS -- THE COMMUNITY WAS DIVIDED. ONE GROUP, THIS WAS 1994, THINK HOW LONG AGO THIS IS NOW, ONE GROUP SAY, GET THOSE PEOPLE OUT OF HERE. OTHER PEOPLE SAY, THESE POOR GUYS ARE TRYING TO LIVE THE AMERICAN DREAM THE SAME AS YOUR FAMILY DID. I ENDED UP SETTING UP THE FIRST DAY WORKER GATHERING SPOT ANYWHERE ON THE EAST COAST OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN 1994, ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS I DID AS MAYOR, AND THOSE SAME GUYS THAT WERE GATHERING ON THE STREET CORNERS BACK IN THE 1990'S THAT WE ENDED UP BRINGING INDOORS, IF YOU DIDN'T GET HIREDED FOR A DAY, YOU COULD LEARN A SKILL, LEARN TO SPEAK ENGLISH, LEARN ABOUT THE CULTURAL NORMS OF OUR COMMUNITY, WE SAID IF YOU PLAY BY THE RULES, WE'LL HELP YOU. BREAK THE RULES, YOU'LL GET IN TROUBLE. THOSE SAME GUYS THAT WERE ON THE STREET CORNERS HAVE THEIR OWN BUSINESSES, OWN THEIR OWN HOMES AND THEIR CHILDREN GO TO SCHOOL WITH MY CHILDREN. . AND THAT'S THE AMERICAN DREAM. WE HAVE SO MUCH POTENTIAL IN THIS COUNTRY IF WE COULD UNLEASH IT, FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT TO WORK SIX DAYS A WEEK AND GO TO CHURCH ON SUNDAY, IF ONLY WE COULD REMOVE THIS ANXIETY AND THIS THREAT THAT WE'RE PUSHING PEOPLE UNDERGROUND AND FORCING THEM INTO AND UNDERGROUND ECONOMY AND UNDERGROUND COMMUNITIES. IF ONLY WE COULD LIFT THIS BACK UP AGAIN WE COULD ACCOMPLISH SO MUCH.

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                              • 07:02:00 PM

                                MR. CASTRO

                                THANK YOU FOR REMINDING US THAT SOMETHING THAT IS OFTEN LOST IN THIS…

                                THANK YOU FOR REMINDING US THAT SOMETHING THAT IS OFTEN LOST IN THIS CONVERSATION AND DEBATE, WHICH IS THE FUNDAMENTAL HUMANITY OF THE PEOPLE THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT. WHETHER THEY HAVE A GREEN CARD, WHETHER THEY'RE DOCUMENTED OR UNDOCUMENTED. THE FACT THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE LIVES OF HUMAN BEINGS, TOO OFTEN THAT'S LOST IN WHAT IS SOMETIMES A CONTENTIOUS DEBATE. SUSESUSE YOU'RE A KID GOING TO SCHOOL --

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                              • 07:02:28 PM

                                MR. SOUZZI

                                YOU'RE A KID GOING TO SCHOOL, YOU'RE WORRIED ABOUT TAKING TESTS. YOU'RE…

                                YOU'RE A KID GOING TO SCHOOL, YOU'RE WORRIED ABOUT TAKING TESTS. YOU'RE WORKING EVERY DAY, YOU'RE WORRIED ABOUT YOUR JOB. YOU ARE WORRIED YOU DON'T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO PAY YOUR BILLS. THE NORMAL CONCERNS OF LIFE. HEAP ON TOP OF THAT A NATIONAL DEBATE THAT IS TREATING YOU AS A PARIAH AND CREATING SUCH ANXIETY TO RIP FAMILIES APART. THINK ABOUT HOW CHALLENGING THAT MUST BE FOR THOSE INDIVIDUALS, THOSE FAMILIES THAT ARE FACING THAT TYPE OF THREAT.

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                              • 07:02:49 PM

                                MR. CASTRO

                                THERE'S NO QUESTION THAT FOR A LOT OF THEM, AS YOU TALK TO THEM, YOU CAN…

                                THERE'S NO QUESTION THAT FOR A LOT OF THEM, AS YOU TALK TO THEM, YOU CAN SEE WHAT A SOUL-CRUSHING EXPERIENCE IT IS AND I THINK AS YOUR DAD WROTE IN HIS YEARBOOK, I THINK MANY OF THESE KIDS HAVE THE SAME FEELINGS. THEY WANT TO BE FULLY ACCEPTED AS REAL AMERICANS. WHICH THEY, YOU KNOW, OBVIOUSLY FEMA PART OF THIS COUNTRY -- OBVIOUS FEEL PART OF THIS COUNTRY, FEEL LIKE IT'S HOME, BUT ARE NOT SURE WHETHER AMERICA ACCEPTS THEM.

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                              • 07:03:22 PM

                                MR. SOUZZI

                                THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP, CONGRESSMAN.

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                                MR. CASTRO

                                THANK YOU. IN JUST -- AND JUST TO MAKE SOME CLOSING REMARKS BEFORE I YIELD…

                                THANK YOU. IN JUST -- AND JUST TO MAKE SOME CLOSING REMARKS BEFORE I YIELD BACK THE TIME, CONGRESS HAS TO TAKE ACTION NOW. WE CAN'T WAIT ANY LONGER FOR ANOTHER 122 DREAMERS EVERY DAY, DACA RECIPIENTS, TO BECOME SUBJECT TO DEPORTATION. AND CERTAINLY CAN'T GET TO MARCH, WHERE 800,000 OF THE KIDS, DACA KIDS, WILL LOSE THEIR FUTURES IN AMERICA. AND BECOME SUBJECT TO DEPORTATION. AND THE ISSUE OF IMMIGRATION AND BORDER SECURITY, ALL OF THESE THINGS ARE AMONG THE THORNYIST ISSUES IN AMERICAN LIFE. NO MATTER WHERE YOU GO IN THE COUNTRY. BUT WE ARE A NATION OF IMMIGRANTS. AND THIS IS ONE WAY THAT WE WILL GAUGE THE SOUL OF THIS CONGRESS AND OF THIS NATION. AND DETERMINE WHETHER WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO LIVE UP TO THE NATION THAT WE'VE STRIVED TO BE. WHICH IS A NATION OF IMMIGRANTS, OF PEOPLE FROM DIFFERENT COUNTRIES, WHO HAVE MADE SUCH AN INCREDIBLE, BEAUTIFUL, STRONG AND POWERFUL NATION, HAVE CRAFTED THAT NATION TOGETHER. AND I WOULD JUST REMIND THOSE WHO ARE AGAINST THE DACA KIDS, WHO WOULD ARGUE FOR INACTION, WHO ARGUE THAT THEY SHOULD GET THE HELL OUT OF HERE, THAT THIS COUNTRY HAS BEEN BLESSED THROUGHOUT THE GENERATIONS THAT PEOPLE FROM EVERY CORNER ON EARTH HAVE WANTED TO COME TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. 50 YEARS AGO, IF YOU ASKED SOMEBODY WHO WAS LIVING IN EUROPE OR ASIA OR LATIN AMERICA OR ANYWHERE ELSE AROUND THE WORLD WHERE ON EARTH THEY WOULD WANT TO GO IF THEY WERE GOING LEAVE THEIR HOME COUNTRY, THE ANSWER 50 YEARS AGO WAS VERY CLEARLY THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. AND THERE IS A SCARIER DAY IN THIS COUNTRY THAN THE DAY WHEN EVERYBODY WANTS TO COME HERE. THAT'S THE DAY WHEN NOBODY WANTS TO COME HERE. THE CHALLENGE FOR ALL OF US AS LEGISLATORS AND BASICALLY AS AMERICANS IS TO MAKE SURE THAT WHEN YOU ASK THAT SAME QUESTION OF SOMEBODY 50 YEARS FROM NOW, WHO IS LIVING ABROAD, WHERE ON EARTH THEY WOULD WANT TO GO IF THEY WERE GOING TO LEAVE THEIR HOME COUNTRY, THAT THEY STILL FEEL COMFORTABLE BELIEVING IT'S THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              • 07:06:04 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                              • 07:06:16 PM

                                MR. SMITH

                                THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. IT IS MY PRIVILEGE AND HONOR, AS WE…

                                THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. IT IS MY PRIVILEGE AND HONOR, AS WE APPROACH THE MARCH FOR LIFE ON FRIDAY, TO REMEMBER THE INFAMOUS SUPREME COURT DECISION THAT HAS RESULTED IN THE LOSS OF SOME 60 MILLION UNBORN BABIES AND TENS OF MILLIONS OF WOMEN WHO HAVE BEEN HARMED. 60 MILLION HAVE BEEN KILLED. A NUMBER THAT EQUATES WITH THE ENTIRE POPULATION OF ENGLAND. AS A RESULT OF THAT VERY MISGUIDED AND SAD AND TRAGIC DECISION. BUT IT IS MY HONOR AS WE OPEN UP THIS SPECIAL ORDER TO YIELD TO CONGRESSWOMAN JACKIE WALORSKI FROM INDIANA. A DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THIS BODY WHO SERVES ON THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE.

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                              • 07:07:02 PM

                                MRS. WALORSKI

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE LIFE. TO…

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE LIFE. TO STAND FOR THE IDEA THAT EVERY HUMAN LIFE IS A GIFT FROM GOD. AND TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN RENEWING OUR COMMITMENT TO DEFEND THE INHERENT DIGNITY OF EVERY PERSON BORN OR UNBORN. THIS WEEK WE'LL VOTE ON THE BORN-ALIVE ABORTION SURVIVORS PROTECTION ACT, WHICH SAYS THAT A BABY BORN AFTER A FAILED ABORTION ATTEMPT SHOULD BE GIVEN THE SAME MEDICAL CARE AS A BABY BORN ANY OTHER WAY. THE SAME DAY HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF OUR FELLOW AMERICANS WILL MARCH ON THE NATION'S CAPITAL TO CELEBRATE THE SANCTITY OF LIFE. THOSE WHO MARCH FOR LIFE COME FROM EVERY CORNER OF THE NATION, TO BE VOICES FOR THE VOICELESS. AND TO DEFEND THE MOST VULNERABLE AMONG US. SUCH COMPASSION, THEIR DEDICATION TO THIS WORTHY CAUSE, GIVES US HOPE THAT THROUGH SERVICE AND ACTION WE CAN FOREST AR CULTURE OF LIFE. MR. SPEAKER -- FOSTER A CULTURE OF LIFE. MR. SPEAKER, EACH AND EVERY LIFE IS PRECIOUS. THAT'S WHY WE MUST CONTINUE TO BE TIRE NLS OUR WORK TO DEFEND THE SANCTITY OF LIFE AND -- TIRELESS IN OUR WORK TO DEFEND THE SANCTITY OF LIFE AND THE UNBORN. I YIELD BACK.

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                              • 07:08:07 PM

                                MR. SMITH

                                I THANK THE GENTLELADY. I'D LIKE TO NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH…

                                I THANK THE GENTLELADY. I'D LIKE TO NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, WHO IS THE AUTHOR OF THE NO ABORTION FUNDS ACT, A BILL THAT WOULD CLOSE LOOPHOLES IN THE TAX CODE THAT ALLOW ABORTION PROVIDERS TO FINANCE NEW CLINICS AND FACILITIES WITH LOCAL BONDS THAT ARE EXEMPT FROM FEDERAL TAXES. ROBERT PITTINGER SERVED ON THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE. I YIELD.

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                              • 07:08:30 PM

                                MR. PITTENGER

                                THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO SPOKE ON BEHALF OF OUR NATION'S GREATEST…

                                THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO SPOKE ON BEHALF OF OUR NATION'S GREATEST TRAGEDY. I WOULD LIKE TO SAY, CHAIRMAN SMITH, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP OVER THE PAST 35 YEARS. YOU HAVE BEEN UNRELENTING IN YOUR COMMITMENT AND SUPPORT OF LIFE. AND I HAVE THE DEEPEST RESPECT FOR YOU. TODAY MARKS ROE V. WADE'S 45TH ANNIVERSARY. SINCE THAT DECISION, OVER 60 MILLION PRECIOUS, INNOCENT, UNBORN BABIES HAVE BEEN INTENTIONALLY KILLED BY ABORTIONS IN THE UNITED STATES. IN LIGHT OF THE ANNIVERSARY AND THE MARCH FOR LIFE EVENT, I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE THE WORDS OF THE LATE MOTHER TERESA. I QUOTE, I FEEL THAT THE GREATEST DESTROYER OF PEACE TODAY IS ABORTION. BECAUSE IT IS A WAR AGAINST THE CHILD. A DIRECT KILLING OF THE INNOCENT CHILD. MURDER BY THE MOTHER HERSELF. AND IF WE ACCEPT THAT A MOTHER CAN KILLEEN HER OWN CHILD, HOW CAN WE TELL OTHER PEOPLE NOT TO KILL ONE ANOTHER? HOW DO WE PERSUADE A WOMAN NOT TO HAVE AN ABORTION? AS ALWAYS, WE MUST PERSUADE HER WITH LOVE. WE MUST REMIND OURSELVES THAT LOVE MEANS TO BE WILLING TO GIVE UNTIL IT HURTS. JESUS GAVE EVEN HIS LIFE TO LOVE US. , SO THE MOTHER WHO IS THINK -- SO, THE MOTHER WHO IS THINKING OF ABORTION SHOULD BE HELPFUL TO LOVE. THAT IS, TO GIVE UNTIL IT HURTS. HER PLANS OR HER FREE TIME. TO RESPECT THE LIFE OF HER CHILD. THE FATHER OF THAT CHILD, WHOEVER HE IS, MUST ALSO GIVE UNTIL IT HURTS. MOTHER TERESA GOES ON TO SAY, BY ABORTION, THE MOTHER DOES NOT LEARN TO LOVE BUT KILLS EVEN HER OWN CHILD TO SOLVE HER PROBLEMS. AND BY ABORTION, THE FATHER IS TOLD THAT HE DOES NOT HAVE TO TAKE ANY RESPONSIBILITY AT ALL FOR THE CHILD HE HAS BROUGHT INTO THE WORLD. THAT FATHER IS LIKELY TO PUT OTHER WOMEN INTO THE SAME TROUBLE. SO ABORTION JUST LEADS TO MORE ABORTION. ANY COUNTRY THAT ACCEPTS ABORTION, MOTHER TERESA SAYS, IS NOT TEACHING ITS PEOPLE TO LOVE, BUT TO USE ANY VIOLENCE TO GET WHAT THEY WANT. THAT IS WHAT THE GREAT DESTROYER OF LOVE AND PEACE IS ABOUT, IS ABORTION. END OF QUOTE. THE WORK OF THIS BODY, MR. CHAIRMAN, MUST BE TO CORRECT THIS TRAGEDY, TO PROTECT THE LIVES OF THOSE WHO CANNOT SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES. WE HOPE AND PRAY FOR THOSE WHO STAND IN DARKNESS ON THIS GRIEVOUS LOSS OF LIFE AND WHO HAVE BEEN ADVOCATES OF ABORTION. WHO WOULD KNOW THE MIND OF GOD REGARDING THESE 60 MILLION PRECIOUS SOULS, THAT LIFE MAY HAVE BEEN GIVEN TO THEM BY GOD, THE CURE OF CANCER OR OF ALZHEIMER'S OR PARKINSON'S OR MANY OTHER DISEASES. GOD IS MERCIFUL BUT WE MUST RECOGNIZE OUR OWN RESPONSIBILITY AND AFFECT FOR OUR OWN ACTIONS. THIS WEEK WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO OUTLAW THE DIABOLICAL PRACTICE OF KILLING BABIES WHO SURVIVED AN ABORTION. SOMETHING INCREDIBLY BARBARIC. BY PASSING THE BORN-ALIVE ABORTION SURVIVERS PROTECTION ACT. I ALSO -- SURVIVORS PROTECTION ACT. I ALSO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN THE NO ABORTION BONDS ACT LEGISLATION I INTRODUCED TO BLOCK PLANNED PARENTHOOD AND OTHER ABORTION PROVIDERS FROM USING TAX-EXEMPT TAXPAYER-BACKED BONDS TO FOOTBALL THEIR ABORTION CLINICS -- TO FINANCE THEIR ABORTION CLINICS. OUR ISES IS GREAT CAUSE, -- OURS IS A GREAT CAUSE, GREATER THAUNS. IT IS A BATTLE -- GREATER THAN US. IT IS A BATTLE FOR THE SOUL OF THIS NATION. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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                              • 07:11:57 PM

                                MR. SMITH

                                THANK YOU, MR. PITTINGER. WE DO HAVE SEVERAL PHYSICIANS THAT SERVE IN THIS…

                                THANK YOU, MR. PITTINGER. WE DO HAVE SEVERAL PHYSICIANS THAT SERVE IN THIS COUNTRY, WHO ARE VERY, VERY PRO-LIFE AND VERY ELOQUENT IN THEIR DEFENSE OF LIFE. I'D LIKE TO INTRODUCE OR YIELD TO CONGRESSMAN ANDY HARRIS, WHO IS ASSOCIATED OBVIOUSLY WITH JOHNS HOPKINS, A GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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                              • 07:12:14 PM

                                MR. HARRIS

                                THANK YOU VERY MUCH AND THANK YOU, MR. SMITH, FOR GIVING ME THE…

                                THANK YOU VERY MUCH AND THANK YOU, MR. SMITH, FOR GIVING ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE AS THE CO-CHAIR OF THE PRO-LIFE CAUCUS AND TO SPEAK BRIEFLY TODAY ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE ROE V. WADE DECISION. MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE LAST HOUR, THOSE OF YOU WHO LISTENED, AND THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE WATCHING WHO LISTENED, THERE WAS A DISCUSSION ABOUT THE HUMANITY OF INDIVIDUALS, THE HUMANITY OF PEOPLE HERE IN AMERICA, AND HOW WE NEED TO DEAL WITH IT. HOW WE NEED TO RESPECT IT. HOW WE NEED TO TAKE THAT HUMANITY INTO CONSIDERATION. AND WE WILL. THAT HAD TO DO WITH THE DREAMERS. IT WAS ABOUT DACA. BUT FOR THIS HOUR WE'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT A MILLION HUMAN BEINGS A YEAR WHO LOSE THEIR LIFE THROUGH ABORTION IN THE UNITED STATES. ONE MILLION HUMAN BEINGS PER YEAR. WHY DO I EMPHASIZE HUMAN BEINGS? BECAUSE THE SCIENCE ON THIS IS VERY CLEAR. THESE ARE HUMAN BEINGS. FROM THE MOMENT OF CONCEPTION, THEIR GENETIC MAKEUP IS UNIQUE FROM EVERY OTHER HUMAN BEING IN THE WORLD, AND UNIQUELY HUMAN. SO HOW CAN WE NOT CONSIDER THOSE ONE MILLION HUMAN BEINGS A YEAR WHO LOSE THEIR LIFE TO ABORTION, NOT THE GREATEST HUMAN RIGHTS CHALLENGE THAT FACES US HERE IN THE UNITED STATES? WHEN WE HAVE THE MARCH FOR LIFE IN TWO DAYS, WE'RE GOING TO SEE MANY PEOPLE FROM THELY LENIAL GENERATION, MANY -- FROM THE MILLENNIAL GENERATION, MANY YOUNG PEOPLE WHO I THINK REALIZE, BECAUSE THEY'VE GROWN UP AND THEY LEARN IN THEIR SCIENCE CLASS THAT THESE IN FACT ARE ONE MILLION HUMAN BEINGS EVERY YEAR WHO LOSE THEIR LIFE IN THE UNITED STATES. THEY REALIZE THE SCIENCE IS CLEAR. THEY'RE HUMAN BEINGS. THEY DESERVE THE PROTECTION OF THIS CONGRESS. SO I HOPE -- BECAUSE WE'RE GOING TO DEAL WITH THE ISSUES THAT THEY TALKED ABOUT LAST HOUR. AND THEN THE CONGRESS SHOULD TURN ITS ATTENTION TO ENDING THAT HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSE FOR THOSE ONE MILLION HUMAN BEINGS EVERY YEAR, LOSE THEIR LIFE TO ELECTIVE ABORTION RIGHT HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. AND I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY FOR HIS LEADERSHIP OVER THE DECADES ON THIS ISSUE. THE STRUGGLE IS NOT OVER. THIS HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUE IS NOT OVER. BUT HOPEFULLY, THANK GOD, ONE DAY IT WILL BE. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                              • 07:14:38 PM

                                MR. SMITH

                                I THANK DR. HARRISON FOR HIS VERY ELOQUENT -- HARRIS FOR HIS VERY ELOQUENT…

                                I THANK DR. HARRISON FOR HIS VERY ELOQUENT -- HARRIS FOR HIS VERY ELOQUENT REMARKS AND REMINDING US THAT THIS IS ONE OF THE GREATEST HUMAN RIGHTS STRUGGLE ON EARTH. I'D LIKE TO NOW YIELD TO VIRGINIA FOXX FROM NORTH CAROLINA, THE CHAIRWOMAN OF THE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE. MS. FOXX, CHAIRWOMAN FOXX, HAS BEEN A LIFE-LONG LEADER ON THE ISSUE OF LIFE AND OF COURSE IN LEADERSHIP AND NOW AS A FULL COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO ON BEHALF OF THE UNBORN AND THEIR MOTHERS EACH AND EVERY DAY. I YIELD.

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                              • 07:15:13 PM

                                MS. FOXX

                                TONIGHT FOR THE FANTASTIC LEADERSHIP THAT YOU HAVE GIVEN TO THIS ISSUE FOR…

                                TONIGHT FOR THE FANTASTIC LEADERSHIP THAT YOU HAVE GIVEN TO THIS ISSUE FOR SO MANY YEARS. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY, I RISE TO AFFIRM THE DIGNITY OF THE SFIMENTED 59 MILLION CHILDREN WHOSE LIVES HAVE BEEN TERMINATED BY ABORTION IN THE UNITED STATES SINCE 1973. THIS FRIDAY, TENS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS WILL BEAR WITNESS TO THE VALUE OF THE UNBORN AT THE 5TH ANNUAL MARCH FOR LIFE, UNITED IN OPPOSITION TO THE LIFE-DEGRADING SUPREME COURT DECISION ROE VERSUS WADE. THE RIGHT TO LIFE IS FIRST AMONG THE INALIENABLE RIGHTS OF OUR NATION'S DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. IT IS IMPERATIVE TO SAFEGUARD LIFE AND LIBERTY AND PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. UNFORTUNATELY, AS EVIDENCED BY ROE V. WADE, OUR SOCIETY VALUES HAPPINESS AT THE EXPENSE OF EXPENSE OF HUMAN LIFE. HOWEVER, AMID THIS CULTURE OF DEATH, THE PRO-LIFE MOVEMENT FIGHTS FOR LIFE WITH LOVE. AND THIS YEAR'S MARCH FOR LIFE THEME LOVE SAVES LIVES AND AM BODIES THE PRO-LIFE MOVEMENT. LOOK NO FURTHER THAN THE PREGNANCY CENTERS HE DEDICATED TO SERVING NEW MOTHERS. THERE ARE MANY IN MY DISTRICT AND I'M VERY, VERY PROUD OF THEM. THESE PREGNANCY CENTERS EMPOWER WOMEN WITH LIFE-AFFIRMING OPTIONS AND OFFER PRE-NATAL CARE AND ULTRASOUNDS AND BABE SUPPLIES AND ASSISTANCE TO HELP THE MATERIAL NEEDS OF PREGNANT WOMEN. MANY OFFER INFORMATION ABOUT THE BEAUTIFUL OPTION OF ADOPTION AND PROVIDE REFERRALS TO CONNECT BIRTH MOTHERS. THE BABIES CARED FOR ARE LOVED BEFORE THEY ARE EVEN BORN AND THE WOMEN ARE OFFERED THE LOVE AND SUPPORT THEY NEED. THESE CLINICS RECOGNIZE LIFE AS A PRECIOUS GIFT AND EMBRACE A-HIVE AFFIRMING OPTION. WE LIVE IN A SOCIETY THAT MISSTATES CHOICE FOR LIBERTY BUT THE BEAUTY OF LICK IN A FREE COUNTRY, WE CAN USE OUR LIBERTY FOR LOVE. ON FRIDAY,, WE WILL SPEAK FOR THE UNBORN. BUT THE PRO-LIFE MOVEMENT IS MORE THAN JUST WORDS, IT IS LOVE AND ACTION EVERY DAY. AFFIRMING THE VALUE OF LIFE AT ALL STAGES, NO MATTER THE DIFFICULTIES IT PRESENTS, STRIVING TO LOVE DAILY IS NOT EASY, YET IT IS THE GREATEST EXERCISE OF OUR FREEDOM. AND THERE IS NO LIFE UNWORTHY OF THAT LOVE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                              • 07:18:57 PM

                                MR. SMITH

                                THE CHAIRWOMAN FOR VERY MOVING WORDS. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO CONGRESSMAN…

                                THE CHAIRWOMAN FOR VERY MOVING WORDS. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO CONGRESSMAN TIM WELCOME BACK, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FROM MICHIGAN.

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                              • 07:19:16 PM

                                MR. WALBERG

                                I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MR. SPEAKER, THIS PAST SUNDAY, I STOOD AT THE SIDE…

                                I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MR. SPEAKER, THIS PAST SUNDAY, I STOOD AT THE SIDE OF A CASKET OF A BELOVED LONG TIME FRIEND WHO HAD JUST TURNED 95 YEARS OF AGE, FIVE DAYS BEFORE. AND UP UNTIL HER MOST DYING DAY WAS VIBRANT, TOUCHING LIVES OF PEOPLE, CHANGING LIVES AND MAKING AN IMPACT IN THE WORLD. I'M REJOICING TODAY BECAUSE OF TWO BRAND NEW LIVES THAT HAVE BEEN BORN. ONE TO A STAFF MEMBER AND ANOTHER TO A FORMER STAFF MEMBER OF MINE. BRAND NEW BABIES WITH AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE DREAMERS IN THIS WORLD. WHO KNOWS WHAT THEIR LIMBS WILL BE. BUT ISN'T THIS WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT. LIFE THAT HAS LIVED HAS IMPACT AND THEN GOES ON. AND NEW LIVES TO FOLLOW, ULTIMATELY TO HAVE IMPACT, HAVE DEEMS AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND TRULY ACCOMPLISH THE DIVINE PLAN THAT IS THE SANCTITY OF LIFE. THIS WEEK, WE ARE OAK THE 45TH ANNIVERSARY OF ROE V. WADE AND 44TH MARCH FOR LIFE. PEOPLE LIKE US, CONGRESSMAN SMITH LIKE YOU, FOR THE PAST 35-PLUS YEARS THAT YOU HAVE BEEN LEADING THIS CHALLENGE HERE. 35 YEARS AGO THAT I LEFT MY DREAM JOB OF PASTOR OF A LOCAL CHURCH TO SPEAK FOR LIFE IN THE HALLS OF THE STATE LEGISLATURE AND END TAXPAYER-FUNDED ABORTION. WE HAVE LAWS THAT SAY IT ISN'T LAWFUL. SPEAKING FOR LIFE, SPEAKING FOR THE DEFENSELESS, SPEAKING FOR THOSE WHO WOULD DESIRE TO DREAM WHO WOULD BE FOUND IN A WORLD THAT THEY CAN CHANGE. HOW DID WE GET IN THIS SITUATION ESPECIALLY WHEN WE HAVE IN THAT DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE, THAT STATEMENT, THE STATEMENT THAT WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS TO BE SELF-EVIDENT, THAT ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL AND ENDOWED WITH CERTAIN UNALIENABLE RIGHTS, AMONG THEM, THE RIGHT TO LIFE. THE RIGHT TO LIFE. LIBERTY. AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. JOHN ADAMS, OUR SECOND PRESIDENT, SAID OUR CONSTITUTION WAS MADE FOR A MORAL AND RELIGIOUS PEOPLE. IT IS WHOLLY INADEQUATE TO THE GOVERNMENT. MAY WE DOUBLE OUR EFFORTS TO BE THAT MORAL PEOPLE THAT STAND ON THE THINGS THAT ARE TIMELESS THAT WERE DESIGNED BY OUR CREATOR GOD. LET ME END WITH THIS. ONE OF OUR GOOD FRIENDS AND ONE NIGHT GAVE ME A POEM THAT MEANT A LOT TO HIM. AS I READ THAT POEM, IT CHAKE CHANGED ME AS WELL. "LAST EVE I PASSED A BLACK SMITH'S DOOR AND I HEARD THE CHIME AND I SAW UPON THE FLOOR, OLD HAMMERS WORN WITH BEATING YEARS OF TIME. HOW MANY ANDVILLES HAVE YOU HAD SAID I, TO WEAR AND BATTER THESE HAMMERS SOW. AND THEN WITH TWINKLING EYES HE SAID, IT HAMMERS OUT KS YOU KNOW AND SO I THOUGHT, THE ANDVILLE CALLED THE MASTER'S WORD, BEAT UPON AND THOUGH THE HEARD, THE ANDVILLES UNHARMED AND THE HAMMERS GONE. MR. SPEAKER, I BELIEVE THE TRUTH OF THE MIRACLE AND BLESSING OF LIFE WILL PREVAIL AND THE RIGHT TO LIFE WILL BE PROTECTED FOR ALL EVEN AS WE FIND ANVILS AND SO WILL THE TRUTH OF GOD. IT WILLRY MAIN. LET US NEVER GIVE UP. I THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY. AND I GIVE BACK.

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                              • 07:24:21 PM

                                MR. SMITH

                                TO JIM BANKS, SERVINGS ON THE ARM SERVICES. HE IS CHAMPIONING THE…

                                TO JIM BANKS, SERVINGS ON THE ARM SERVICES. HE IS CHAMPIONING THE PATIENTS' FIRST ACT FOR STEM CELL PATIENTS WILL DO KNOW HARM. BANKS BANKS I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY. MR. SPEAKER, OUR NATION WAS FOUNDED ON THE UNIVERSAL PRINCIPAL THAT ALL PEOPLE HAVE THE GOD-GIVEN RIGHT TO LIFE AND INCLUDES REGARDLESS OF GENDER, RACE OR AGE. WE HAVE FOUGHT CLOSER TO THIS IDEAL. THERE IS STILL SO MUCH MORE WORK TO DO. THE SUPREME COURT MADE A TRAGIC DECISION IN ROE V. WADE AND SINCE THEN MORE THAN 60 MILLION INNOCENT LIVES HAVE BEEN LOST. EVER SINGLE ONE OF THOSE LIVES WAS IMPORTANT AND UNIQUE. AS WE REFLECT OF THOSE LIVES LOST, WE CELEBRATE THAT OUR CULTURE IS RECOGNIZING THE VALUE OF HUMAN LIFE. A RECENT POLL FOUND THAT AN WHALMING MAJORITY WANT SUBSTANTIAL LIMITS ON ABORTION. ANOTHER POLL FOUND THAT 61% OF AMERICANS OPPOSED USING TAX DOLLARS TO FUND ABORTIONS IN THE UNITED STATES WHILE WILL 83% AP OWESED TO SUBSIDIZING ABORTIONS. LAST YEAR, THE HOUSE PA PASSED A BILL. THIS WOULD PROHIBIT ANY ATTEMPT ON AN UNBORN CHILD OF WHO IS 20 WEEKS OR OLDER AND 63% OF AMERICANS SUPPORTED A 20-WEEK ABORTION BAN AND I'M HOPEFUL THAT OUR COLLEAGUES WILL PASS THIS BILL LATER THIS MONTH. WE MUST WORK TO ENSURE THAT TAX PAIR DOLLARS DON'T SUPPORT PLANNED PARENT HOOD. LIFE IS A PRECIOUS AND SACRED GIFT WORTH FIGHTING FOR AND TONIGHT, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO STAND FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND EQUAL JUSTICE FOR STANDING FOR OUR THE UNBORN. LET'S MAKE THE CAUSE OF LIFE THE CAUSE OF OUR TIME. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                              • 07:27:02 PM

                                MR. SMITH

                                FROM PENNSYLVANIA, 3RD DISTRICT.

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                                MR. KELLY

                                I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE INTERESTING PART OF OUR SPEECH IS TALKING…

                                I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE INTERESTING PART OF OUR SPEECH IS TALKING ABOUT THE PROTECTION ACT. THE BORN ALIVE ABORTION SURVIVORS. THIS IS A COMMONSENSE BILL. IN THE CASE OF AN ABORTION, THAT WILL RESULTED IN A CHILD BEING BORN ALIVE ANY HEALTH PRACTITIONER MUST PRESERVE THE LIFE OF A CHILD. AND TRANSPORTED AND ADMITTED TO A HOP. AND THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HAS HEARD TESTIMONY FROM WOMEN WHO HAVE SURVIVED. BUT I THINK WHAT IS MORE CHILLING THAN ANYTHING, THE BIGGEST OFFED ENDER OF LIFE, FREEDOM AND THAT IS OUR HISTORY THAT WE HAVE TO PASS A LAW THAT PROTECTS CHILDREN WHO SURVIVE AN ATTEMPTED ABORTION. THESE ARE CHILDREN THAT ARE BORN ALIVE. IT IS INCREDIBLE THAT WE HAVE TO HAVE THAT DISCUSSION IN THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE, ESPECIALLY IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WHERE HAVE WE BECOME OF WHAT OUR MORAL CONSTITUTION HAS TO BE? IT IS UNPLEESK WE HAVE TO COME HERE AND DEFEND THOSE LIVES. IT HAS BEEN SAID THAT 90% OF LIFE IS SHOWING UP, BECAUSE WHEN YOU SHOW UP, PEOPLE KNOW YOU CARE. ON FRIDAY, HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS FROM ALL OVER OUR COUNTRY WILL COME TO WASHINGTON, D.C., ON THE MARCH OF LIFE. THEY HAVE DONE IT FOR 45 YEARS. FOR 45 YEARS. THEIR PASSION HAS NEVER DIMINISHED. THEY HAVE MADE THE TRIP TO WASHINGTON ZS SO OUR POLITICAL LEADERS UNDERSTAND THE SANCTITY OF LIFE. IT IS INCREDIBLE THAT WE HAVE TO GO THROUGH THIS PROCESS. UNITED STATES IS ONLY ONE OF SEVEN COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD THAT ALLOW ABORTION AFTER FIVE MONTHS. I WISH I WAS USING THE TERM 20 WEEKS. FIVE MONTHS. FIVE MONTHS. WHO IS INCLUDED IN THAT GROUP, NORTH KOREA, VIETNAM AND CHINA. WHAT A WONDERFUL GROUP TO BE PART OF. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN BECAUSE YOU HAVE FOUGHT THIS FIGHT FOR SO LONG. AND I THINK, THINKING OF THE LAST 45 YEARS, THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE COME HERE AND MARCHED FOR LIFE AND WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO GET TO. THERE ARE 60 MILLION ABORTIONS, 60 MILLION LITTLE BOYS AND LITTLE GIRLS WHO NEVER GOT SO LIVE. BUT THROUGH THE EFFORTS OF THE PRO-LIFE MOVEMENT, WHAT WE CAN COUNT ARE THE NUMBERS OF EXPECTANT MOTHERS WHO WERE GOING TO HAVE AN ABORTION, BUT THROUGH THE EFFORTS OF CHRIS SMITH THOUGHT AND WHAT IT WAS THEY WERE GOING TO DO. WE DON'T HAVE THOSE NUMBERS BUT THEY HAVE TO BE OFF THE CHARTS. FOR THOSE FOLKS WHO DID GO THROUGH AN ABORTION, IT IS TIME TO KNOW THERE IS MERCY, AND THERE IS ROOM IN OUR HEARTS TO EMBRACE THEM AND GET THEM THROUGH THAT DIFFICULT PERIOD. MR. SMITH, I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW IMPORTANT THIS PIECE IS AND IT IS JUST SO CHILLING. . A LAW THAT ALLOWS CHILDREN WHO ARE BORN ALIVE IN AN ATTEMPTED ABORTION HAS TO BE PROTECTED BY THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE. WHERE IN OUR HEARTS AS HUMAN BEINGS DO WE NOT UNDERSTAND THE BASIC, THE BASIC MORAL OBLIGATIONS AND RIGHTS THAT WE HAVE? I JUST -- IT IS SO HARD TO COME HERE YEAR AFTER YEAR AND DO THIS. BUT THAT FOR 45 YEARS, FOR 45 YEARS THEY HAVE SHOWED UP IN DROVES. MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF AMERICANS TALKING ABOUT LIFE AND PROTECTING LIFE. WE HAVE ANOTHER CHANCE THIS FRIDAY FOR ALL OF US TO SHOW UP AND FOR ALL OF US TO BE THERE. AND I WILL TELL YOU, 90% OF LIFE IS SHOWING UP BECAUSE PEOPLE KNOW YOU CARE. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHOWING UP FOR 45 YEARS. WE DO KNOW YOU CARE. AND WE DO KNOW YOUR COMPASSION AND YOUR DEDICATION TO LIFE. I THANK YOU SO MUCH. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                              • 07:31:48 PM

                                MR. SMITH

                                I REMIND EVERYONE, THIS IS A TOTAL TEAM EFFORT. ONE OF THE BEAUTIES OF THE…

                                I REMIND EVERYONE, THIS IS A TOTAL TEAM EFFORT. ONE OF THE BEAUTIES OF THE PRO-LIFE MOVEMENT, AND I'VE BEEN IN IT FOR 45 YEARS, IS THAT IT IS FILLED WITH INCREDIBLY COMPASSIONATE, SELFLESS PEOPLE, WHO WOULD DO ANYTHING TO HELP THE WEAKEST AND THE MOST VULNERABLE. SO THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP. I'D LIKE NOW YIELD TO EVAN JENKINS, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA. DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN WHO -- SERVES ON THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE WHERE SO MANY OF THESE BATTLES ARE ENGAGED. I YIELD TO MY FRIEND.

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                              • 07:32:18 PM

                                MR. JENKINS

                                THANK YOU SO MUCH. MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU. CONGRESSMAN KELLY, WHAT…

                                THANK YOU SO MUCH. MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU. CONGRESSMAN KELLY, WHAT INSPIRING WORDS. THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN SMITH, FOR YOUR INCREDIBLE LEADERSHIP. I AM SO PROUD, SO PROUD TO STAND WITH MY COLLEAGUES TODAY TO SUPPORT THE RIGHT TO LIFE. I COMMEND ALL OF THOSE WHO WILL BE COMING TO OUR NATION'S CAPITAL THIS WEEK, INCLUDING FROM MY HOME STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA, TO LET THEIR LEADERS, US, KNOW THAT WE ARE A COUNTRY THAT VALUES LIFE AND HUMAN DECENCY. EACH AND EVERY LIFE IS A PRECIOUS GIFT FROM GOD. IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO STAND UP FOR THE UNBORN WHO WERE MADE IN GOD'S OWN IMAGE. THEY HAVE NO VOICE. WE MUST BE THEIR VOICE. I'M PROUD TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN USING OUR VOICES TO PROTECT LIFE AND TO STAND UP FOR THE UNBORN. I AM PROUDLY PRO-LIFE. AS WE NEAR THE ANNIVERSARY OF ROE V. WADE, WE GRIEVE FOR THE LOST LIVES. WE PLEDGE TO PROTECT THE BABIES YET TO BE BORN. NO TAXPAYER SHOULD BE FORCED TO PAY FOR ABORTIONS. THAT'S WHY I HAVE CONSISTENTLY SUPPORTED LEGISLATION TO REPEAL OBAMACARE AND TO DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD. I WAS ALSO PROUD TO CO-SPONSOR -- BE A CO-SPONSOR OF THE RECENTLY PASSED PAIN-CAPABLE UNBORN CHILD PROTECTION ACT. WHICH WOULD STOP LATE-TERM ABORTIONS AND THER TO THE ROUSE PAIN THAT COMES -- TORTUROUS PAIN THAT CUMENTS AS A RESULT OF THIS DISPICK -- COMES AS A RESULT OF THIS PRACTICE. AND THE BORN-ALIVE ABORTION SURVIVERS PROTECTION ACT. THIS LEGISLATION -- SURVIVORS PROTECT ACT -- PROTECTION ACT. THIS LEGISLATION ENSURES BABIES ARE GIVEN THE APPROPRIATE MEDICAL CARE TO LIVE AND ARE TREATED AS HUMAN BEINGS. MR. SPEAKER, EVERY LIFE, BORN AND UNBORN, IS PRECIOUS. AND I AM PROUD TO STAND HERE WITH MY COLLEAGUES TO REAFFIRM OUR VALUES THAT LIFE IS A GIFT FROM GOD AND EVERY BABY DESERVES LIFE. I YIELD BACK.

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                              • 07:34:38 PM

                                MR. SMITH

                                THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THAT VERY ELOQUENT STATEMENT AND REMARKS. I'D LIKE…

                                THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THAT VERY ELOQUENT STATEMENT AND REMARKS. I'D LIKE TO NOW YIELD TO GENERAL JACK BERGMAN. RETIRED THREE-STAR GENERAL OF THE MARINE CORPS. HE SERVES ON THE VETERANS' 'FARES BUDGET AND -- AFFAIRS BUDGET AND NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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                              • 07:35:03 PM

                                MR. BERGMAN

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN SMITH. I'M PROUD TO BE…

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN SMITH. I'M PROUD TO BE AMONGST MY COLLEAGUES THIS EVENING. I RISE TODAY ON BEHALF OF THE CONSTITUENTS OF THE FIRST DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN. WHO ARE, I REPEAT, ARE THE VOICE FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NO VOICE. 2018 MARKS THE 45TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE INFAMOUS ROE V. WADE DECISION. SINCE THAT DAY, AS YOU HAVE HEARD SEVERAL OF MY COLLEAGUES SAY, ALMOST 60 MILLION ABORTIONS HAVE OCCURRED IN OUR COUNTRY. OUR UNITED STATES. THIS TODAY, THIS TIME FRAME, IS AN APPROPRIATE TIME FOR US TO PAUSE, REFLECT AND PLAN A PATH FORWARD FOR THE PRO-LIFE MOVEMENT. THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION WE MUST ASK OURSELVES IS WHY? WHY DO WE STAND FOR LIFE? WHY IS THIS CAUSE SO IMPORTANT TO US? WHY DO WE FIGHT FOR NOT ONLY ALL OF OUR CITIZENS, BUT FOR THE UNBORN? FOR ME, MY WHY IS SIMPLE. EVERY LIFE, EVERY LIFE HAS IMMENSE VALUE. REGARDLESS OF WEALTH, STATURE OR FAME. WHETHER YOU WERE BORN IN RURAL NORTHERN MICHIGAN OR IN A LARGE CITY, WE ALL WERE PUT HERE ON THIS EARTH FOR A PURPOSE. TO FULFILL GOD'S PURPOSE. AS THE FATHER OF TWO WONDERFUL DAUGHTERS AND EIGHT BEAUTIFUL GRANDCHILDREN, I KNOW FIRSTHAND THE JOY, LOVE AND INSPIRATION THAT EVERY SINGLE LIFE BRINGS. LIFE IS PRECIOUS. AND SHOULD NEVER BE TAKEN FOR GRANTED. AS A NATION WE MUST OFFER HOPE TO THOSE WHO HAVE NO HOPE. WE MUST REMIND OTHERS OF THE HOPE OFFERED BY AN ADOPTIVE FAMILY. AND TOGETHER CONTINUE TOGETHER AS THE VOICE FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NO VOICE. -- TO GATHER AS THE VOICE FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NO VOICE. WE MUST AND WILL CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NO VOICE. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                              • 07:37:47 PM

                                MR. SMITH

                                THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I'D LIKE TO NOW YIELD TO MR. HICE, WORTH NOTING THAT…

                                THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I'D LIKE TO NOW YIELD TO MR. HICE, WORTH NOTING THAT HE'S PART OF A TEAM BACK HOME THAT BE HAS NOW BEEN RANKED NUMBER EIGHT BY THE AMERICANS UNITED FOR LIFE IN WHAT THEY CALL THE LIFE LIST BECAUSE OF THE LEGISLATION AND THE POLICIES THAT HAVE COME FORWARD IN GEORGIA TO PROTECT LIFE. HE WAS A PASTOR BEFORE COMING TO CONGRESS AND -- HAS BEEN A LEADER FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY AS WELL IN THE HOUSE.

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                              • 07:38:15 PM

                                MR. HICE

                                THANK YOU SO MUCH, CHRIS. WHAT AN HONOR IT IS TO BE HERE WITH YOU AND…

                                THANK YOU SO MUCH, CHRIS. WHAT AN HONOR IT IS TO BE HERE WITH YOU AND THANK YOU FOR LEADING AND MANAGING NOT ONLY THE CALLS BUT THIS SPECIAL ORDER THIS EVENING. IT'S AMAZING TO ME THAT HERE WE COME YET GET AGAIN ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF YET ANOTHER ROE V. WADE. 45 YEARS, SOME 6 TO MILLION CHILDREN -- 60 MILLION CHILDREN WHO HAVE COMBON. AND ALONG WITH THAT, ANOTHER AN-- WHO HAVE GONE. AND ALONG WITH, THAT ANOTHER ANNIVERSARY OF THE MARCH FOR LIFE. TAKING PLACE NOW ITSELF FOR OVER 40 YEARS. I'M THRILLED THAT THIS WEEKEND THERE WILL BE STUDENTS AND TEACHERS AND NUNS AND PASTORS AND PRIESTS AND FAMILIES FROM ALL ACROSS THIS GREAT COUNTRY, MARCHING IN THE STREETS, FROM THE -- RIGHT HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C., AT THE NATIONAL MALL, TO THE SUPREME COURT AND ALL ACROSS VARIOUS STREETS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. STANDING UP FOR LIFE. WHAT A POWERFUL THING THAT IS. WHEN WE TALK ABOUT LIFE, IT'S NOT AN ISSUE BETWEEN REPUBLICANS OR DEMOCRATS. THIS IS AN ISSUE PROTECTING 10 FINGERS AND 10 TOES. IT'S ABOUT PROTECTING A PRECIOUS HEARTBEAT. AND, YES, WE'VE BEEN ABLE IN THIS CHAMBER TO SUPPORT AND PASS SOME SIGNIFICANT LEGISLATION LIKE THE NO TAXPAYER FUNDING FOR ABORTION. THAT'S A GREAT THING. THERE SHOULD BE NO TAXPAYER FUNDS GOING TOWARDS ABORTION. WE HAVE PASSED THE PAIN-CAPABLE BILL. ANOTHER GREAT BILL. I'M HOPEFUL AND I WEAR THIS LITTLE LA PELL -- LAPEL, THE FEET PRINT IN A HEART BEAT. I'M HOPEFUL WE WILL BE ABLE TO VOTE ON AND PASS THE HEART BEAT BILL. WE'VE ALL HEARD THAT ABORTION STOPS A BEATING HEART. IT'S TIME NOW THAT A BEATING HEART STOPS ABORTION. THAT IF A HEART BEAT CAN BE DETECTED, THAT A BABY WILL BE PROTECTED. I'M HOPEFUL WE'LL BE ABLE TO GET THAT ON THE FLOOR HERE. AND FOR EACH OF US TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE FOR THAT. I'M PLEASED AS WELL THAT WE MADE THE MAKE AMERICA SECURE AND PROSPEROUS APPROPRIATIONS ACT. IT DEFUBBLEDED PLANNED PARENTHOOD. SOMETHING MANY OF US HAVE BEEN FUNDING FOR YEARS, FOR DECADES. AND IN PARTICULAR, EVER SINCE THE HORROR OF SEEING THE VIDEOS OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD SELLING BABY PARTS, IT'S TIME THAT WE FINALLY ACCOMPLISH THAT. I JUST AM SO GRATEFUL FOR MY COLLEAGUES HERE TONIGHT. TAKING A STAND FOR LIFE. TAKING A STAND FOR WHAT IS THE GREATEST FIRST MOST IMPORTANT RIGHT OF ALL, THE RIGHT GIVEN BY ALMIGHTY GOD, THE RIGHT THAT PRESIDENT REAGAN SAID HIMSELF, WITHOUT WHICH NO OTHER RIGHT HAS ANY MEANING. SO I THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR BEING HERE TONIGHT, FOR TAKING A STAND. THERE'S OBVIOUSLY MORE WORK TO BE DONE. THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA GAVE US A UNITED GOVERNMENT IN THIS PAST ELECTION. SENT US HERE TO STAND FOR THE PLATFORM THAT WE RAN ON. THAT INCLUDES SAVING LIFE. SO I WANT TO ENCOURAGE EACH OF US TO STAY IN THE FIGHT, EACH ONE WATCHING TO STAY IN THE FIGHT. WE'VE COME A LONG WAY. MORE TO GO. AND WITH GOD'S GRACE, WE'LL SEE IT HAPPEN. THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME THE OPPORTUNITY.

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                              • 07:41:22 PM

                                MR. SMITH

                                THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I'D LIKE TO NOW YIELD TO MR. GROTHMAN FROM…

                                THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I'D LIKE TO NOW YIELD TO MR. GROTHMAN FROM WISCONSIN'S SIXTH. A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEE, EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE, AND OVERSIGHT IN GOVERNMENT REFORM.

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                              • 07:41:35 PM

                                MR. GROTHMAN

                                THANK YOU FOR YIELDING. AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK ON THE PRO-LIFE…

                                THANK YOU FOR YIELDING. AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK ON THE PRO-LIFE CAUCUS. ONLY 52 YEARS AGO ABORTION WAS ILLEGAL IN THIS COUNTRY. JUST AS IT WAS LARGELY ILLEGAL THROUGHOUT OUR COUNTRY'S HISTORY. ILLEGAL FOR -- BEFORE ULTRASOUNDS WHICH MADE IT SO CLEAR TO EVERYBODY WHAT WAS IN THE WOMB. ILLEGAL WHEN MEDICAL CARE WAS A FRACTION OF WHAT IT IS TODAY. ILLEGAL WHEN FAMILIES LIVED WITHOUT ELECTRICITY OR RUNNING WATER. DESPITE THESE HARDSHIP, THE PUBLIC KNEW ABORTION SHOULD BE ILLEGAL. HOW HAVE WE RESPONDED TO OUR MATERIAL BLESSINGS? HOW HAVE WE RESPONDED TO THESE ABORTIONS? BY SAYING THAT WE CANNOT AFFORD THESE CHILDREN. I'D LIKE TO THANK DONALD TRUMP FOR REINSTATING THE MEXICO CITY POLICY. I'D LIKE TO THANK HIM FOR ALLOWING STATES TO NOT FUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD WITH THEIR TITLE 10 FUNDS. I'D LIKE TO THANK HIM FOR DEFUNDING THE UNITED NATIONS POPULATION FUND. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE MARCH FOR LIFE PEOPLE FOR COMING UP HERE THIS YEAR AND REMINDING AMERICANS ABOUT THIS IMPORTANT CAUSE. BUT I HOPE THAT THE AMERICAN CITIZENS STOP AND THINK. IF ABORTION COULD BE ILLEGAL, ONLY 52 YEARS AGO IN THIS COUNTRY, BEFORE WE HAD ULTRASOUNDS, RIGHT, WHEN PEOPLE -- IF ABORTION COULD BE ILLEGAL IN THE 1800'S, WITH, YOU KNOW, MINIMAL MEDICAL CARE, WHEN PEOPLE WERE LIVING, YOU KNOW, SIX OR SEVEN PEOPLE IN A ROOM AND A HOUSE WITHOUT AIR CONDITIONING AND WITHOUT HEAT, HOW THESE PEOPLE COULD KEEP ABORTION ILLEGAL AND HOW WE RESPOND TO OUR BLESSINGS BY SAYING WE HAVE TO HAVE ONE OF THE MOST LIBERAL ABORTION LAWS IN THE COUNTRY. I YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                                MR. SMITH

                                THANK YOU SO MUCH. I'D LIKE TO NOW YIELD TO GARRETT GRAVES FROM LOUISIANA,…

                                THANK YOU SO MUCH. I'D LIKE TO NOW YIELD TO GARRETT GRAVES FROM LOUISIANA, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WATER RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENT SUBCOMMITTEE.

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                              • 07:43:35 PM

                                MR. GRAVES

                                SUBCOMMITTEE.

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                                PRESIDENT GHANI

                                FEEDING AMERICANS. PRESIDENT GHANI: HOUSING FOR AMERICANS. -- FEEDING --…

                                FEEDING AMERICANS. PRESIDENT GHANI: HOUSING FOR AMERICANS. -- FEEDING -- PROVIDING HOUSES FOR AMERICANS. WE DO, THAT MR. SPEAKER, BECAUSE WE VALUE LIVES. WE VALUE THESE LIVES. SO WE SPEND BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS ENSURING THAT THERE ARE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THESE FOLKS. ENSURING THAT WE'RE PROTECTING THESE LIVES. WE'RE DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN TO PROVIDE A PATHWAY TO PROSPERITY, TO MAKE SURE THAT THESE PEOPLE ARE HEALED FROM THEIR ALLISON:MENTS, TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY HAVE --

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                                ALLISON

                                MENTS, TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY HAVE -- THEIR ALIMENTS, TO MAKE SURE THEY…

                                MENTS, TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY HAVE -- THEIR ALIMENTS, TO MAKE SURE THEY HAVE SHELTER AND FOOD. MR. SPEAKER, UNDER LAW, IF SOMEONE CAUSES A FETUS TO DIE, THAT'S A CRIME IN THIS COUNTRY. THAT'S A CRIME. THEY CAN BE CHARGED FOR THE MURDER OF THE MOTHER, THEY CAN BE CHARGED FOR THE MURDER OF FEE TULLS. YET BUT THERE'S ONE -- FETUS. YET BUT THERE'S ONE EXCEPTION IN THE LAW. AND THAT'S ABORTION. I DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW IN THIS COUNTRY WE CAN ON THE ONE HAND SAY THAT THESE LIVES ARE SO VALUABLE AND WE'RE GOING TO SPEND ALL THESE RESOURCES ON HEALTH CARE AND ON MANY OTHER ISSUES AND PEOPLE'S LIVES BECAUSE THEY HAVE SO MUCH VALUE TO US AS AMERICANS. I DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW WE CAN CHARGE SOMEONE CRIMINALLY IF A FETUS IS KILLED THROUGH SOME TYPE OF NEGLIGENT ACTION OR SOME TYPE OF CRIME, I DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW WE DO THAT. YET WE PROVIDE AN EXEMPTION OR AN EXCEPTION FOR AN ABORTION. A LIFE IS A LIFE IS A LIFE IS A LIFE. AND IT'S EITHER -- IT THIS MONTH, AS WE HAVE THE 45TH ANNIVERSARY OF ROE V. WADE, 45TH ANNIVERSARY, AMAZING TO THINK ABOUT IT, 45 YEARS, I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT WE REFLECT UPON THOSE CONSTITUENTS WE HAVE MET, ALL OF THOSE AMERICANS THAT ARE THE PRODUCT OF A CHANGED MIND, THE CONSTITUENTS WHO TOLD ME THEIR MOTHER OR FATHER CHANGED THEIR MIND AND TELLING ME ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTIONS THEY HAVE MADE TO OUR COMMUNITY CAP THE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THIS COMMUNITY. ALL LIVES HAVE VALUE. THIS CONGRESS, WE PASS THE PAIN-CAPABLE UNBORN CHILD PROTECTION ACT. WE PASSED THE CONSCIOUS PROTECT ACT. AND AS OTHER MEMBERS NOTICED, WE WILL BE VOTING ON THE SURVIRUS PROTECTION ACT WHICH ENSURES IF A CHILD YOU ARE VIFES AN ABORTION, THAT THEY WOULD BE GIVEN APPROPRIATE MEDICAL CARE, TO ENSURE THEY HAVE A CHANCE, BECAUSE LIVES HAVE VALUE. MR. SPEAKER, AS WE MOVE FORWARD, I WANT TO CONTINUE WORKING WITH FOLKS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE AS I HEAR PEOPLE SAY, THEY ARE THE VOICE FOR THE VOICELESS AND VOICE FOR THOSE WHO ARE VULNERABLE POPULATION. THIS IS A VULNERABLE POPULATION AND WE NEED TO BE REPRESENTING AND FIGHTING FOR. I WILL BE CONTINUEING TO WORK WITH PEOPLE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO PROTECT AP THE BORN AND UNBORN BECAUSE THIS ISN'T FOUNDED IN OUR ECONOMY, OUR JOBS, IT IS FOUNDED IN OUR PEOPLE. AND I THINK SO MANY OTHER POLICIES THAT WE PURSUE HERE IN THIS CONGRESS REPRESENT THAT AND THIS IS THE ONE ANOMALY THAT WE HAVE TO CONTINUE TO FIX. BECAUSE A LIFE HAS VALUE. AND WE NEED TO CONTINUE FIGHTING FOR THE MOST VULNERABLE IN OUR SOCIETY SO THEY HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE THE SAME EXPERIENCES AS OTHER AMERICANS, I YIELD BACK.

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                              • 07:47:50 PM

                                MR. SMITH

                                I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, PETER HAS…

                                I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, PETER HAS PUSHED FOR TRANSPARENCY AND LED A LANDMARK EFFORT AND RECENTLY LED A BRIEF SUPPORTING HIS STATE'S RIGHT NOT TO DEFUND PLANNED PARENT HOOD.

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                                MR. OLSON

                                MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK MY DEAR FRIEND AND THE LEADING FIGHTER FOR…

                                MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK MY DEAR FRIEND AND THE LEADING FIGHTER FOR ALL LIVES AS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE PRO-LIFE CAUCUS, CHAIRMAN CHRIS SMITH. YOU HAVE SAVED MILLIONS OF LIVES FRRL EVERY CONSISTENT ON GOD'S EARTH AND IT IS A TRUE HONOR TO FIGHT FOR LIFE. ONE OF AMERICA'S DARKEST DAYS IS RAPIDLY AAPPROACHING. JANUARY 22, 197 , SEVEN JUDGES WERE THE I WILL PARTIAL SUPREME COURT CAME UP, CAME UP WITH THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO KILL THE UNBORN. AND ROE VERSUS WADE, THESE ACTIVISTS CREATED A CONSTITUTIONAL SHADOW OF THE 14TH AMENDMENT TO MAKE ABORTION LEGAL. SINCE THAT DECISION IN 1973, AMERICA'S WORLD VALUES HAVE DECLINED AND HAVE ATACT OUR DECENCY. ITS HIGH POINT WHERE THE PERSONNEL DRINKING LARGE GLASSES OF WINE AND TALKING ABOUT SELLING BABY PARTS. BUT AMERICA IS STARTING TO REBUILD HER MORAL FIBER. WE NOW HAVE A STRONG PRO-LIFE PRESIDENT IN DONALD TRUMP. AND PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS APPOINTED A SUPREME COURT JUSTICE, JUSTICE GORSUCH WHO WILL APPLY THE LAW. HE KNOWS THAT THE WORD HAS NO BUSINESS BEINGAL SUPREME COURT DECISION AND MORE AND MORE STATES ARE CHOOSING TO SAVE LIVES INSTEAD OF TAKE LIVES OF THE INNOCENT. IN A FEW DAYS, THESE AMERICANS PRO-LIFE AMERICANS WILL COME TO THEIR CAPITOL TO SHOW THE WORLD THAT WE RESPECT ALL HUMAN LIFE AT THE RIGHT TO LIFE THIS WEEK. I HOPE ALL THE ACTIVISTS WHO WANT TO KILL THEIR BABIES LEAVE THEIR HELMETS AT HOME. OR OPPOSE TWO QUOTES FROM TWORE PEOPLE. THE FIRST ONE IS NORMA, SHE IS THE ROE IN ROE VERSUS WADE. SHE DIED IN TEXAS IN MY DISTRICT LAST FEBRUARY. AND SHE MADE THIS STRONG CONCESSION, AND I QUOTE, I FELT CRUSHED OF THE TRUTH OF THIS REALIZATION. I HAD TO FACE UP THE AWFUL REALITY. ABORTION AND WASN'T ABOUT THIS PERIOD. IT WAS ABOUT CHILDREN BEING KILLED IN THE MOTHER'S WOMBS. ALL THOSE YEARS, I WAS WRONG. SIGNED AFFIDAVITS. I WAS WRONG. WORKING THE ABORTION CLINIC. I WAS WRONG. NO MORE THE FIRST TRIMESTER, SECOND TRIMESTER AND THIRD TRIMESTER STUFF. THE POINT IS, IT WAS WRONG. IT IS SO CLEAR, PAINFUL HLY CLEAR, END QUOTE. MY FINAL QUOTE IS FROM MOTHER TEARESA AND SAYS IT ALL ABOUT THE FIGHT FOR LIFE. SHE SAID, IT'S A POVERTY TO SIGN CHAIR CHILD THAT YOU MAY LIVE AS YOU WISH. REJECT POVERTY AND CHOOSE LIFE. I YIELD BACK.

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                              • 07:53:13 PM

                                MR. SMITH

                                THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. OLSON, FOR THOSE VERY STRONG COMMENTS AND I FEEL…

                                THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. OLSON, FOR THOSE VERY STRONG COMMENTS AND I FEEL THE SAME WAY ABOUT YOUR GREAT LEADERSHIP. AND I YIELD TO ANDY BIGGS FROM ARIZONA 5.

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                              • 07:53:31 PM

                                MR. BIGGS

                                MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU AND THANK YOU FOR YIELDING TIME TO ME AND…

                                MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU AND THANK YOU FOR YIELDING TIME TO ME AND LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. H.R. 4712. I WAS A YOUNG MAN IN HIGH SCHOOL WHEN THE ROE VERSUS WEIGHED DECISION CAME DOWN. IT REIG NIGHTED THE MOMENT. MY MOTHER AND FUTURE MOTHER IN LAW BEGAN WORKING ON THIS. SEEING THEIR EXAMPLE, MY WIFE, MY FAMILY PROTECTED MANY. WE WORKED FOR PRO-LIFE CAUSES, INTERNATIONALLY AND IN THE STATE LEGISLATURE AND THE STATE LEGISLATURE WE PASSED DOZENS OF PRO-LIFE BILLS AND SINCE 2009, ARIZONA HAS PROMOTED THE PROTECTION OF UNBORN BABIES. ARIZONA WAS MAIMED THE TOP PRO-LIFE STATE IN THE UNION. EVEN SO, ARIZONA IS NOT WITHOUT PROBLEMS. I DEDICATE MY SUPPORT TO H.R. 4712 TO A MOTHER WHO FAKED A SERIOUS ILLNESS. SHE SURSIFED THE ABORTION BUT SHE WASN'T GIVEN ANY MEDICAL ATTENTION. DOCTORS, NURSES AND PRESUMABLY HER MOTHER LED HER LIVE GO AWAY AFTER ONE HOUR AND 18 MINUTES AFTER THE ABORTION WAS PERFORMED. HER LIFE PASSED. THIS BILL IS FOR OTHERS THAT SHOULD BE ALIVE TODAY. A BABY WITH NOL NAME SURVIVED AN ABORTION. 911 IN THE PHOENIX AREA RECEIVED A CALL INDICATING THAT A POST-ABORTION BABY WAS BREATHING BUT THE CLINIC DID NO MORE THAN PROVIDE OXYGEN. THE BABY DIED BEFORE THE ARRIVAL AT THE HOSPITAL. I DEDICATE THIS BILL TO THE UNNAMED BABIES OF ABORTION. MR. SPEAKER, IF A BABY SURVIVES AN ABORTION, IT IS NOT AN ABORTION, IT IS A BIRTH. IT IS INHUMANE TO ALLOW BABIES TO SIMPLY DIE FROM NEGLIGENT AND DETENTION. I URGE THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 4712 AND I URGE LEADERSHIP TO BRING THE HEARTBEAT PROCKS ACT OF 2017 SPONSORED BY 170 MEMBERS OF THIS BODY TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE AS WELL. I THANK YOU, MR. SMITH. I YIELD BACK.

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                              • 07:56:27 PM

                                MR. SMITH

                                I WOULD LIKE TO YOOLED TO MEMBER OF KANSAS. JUST RANKED NUMBER FIVE AS THE…

                                I WOULD LIKE TO YOOLED TO MEMBER OF KANSAS. JUST RANKED NUMBER FIVE AS THE MOST PRO--STATE.

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                                I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR HOSTING THIS SPECIAL ORDER ON THE 5TH AMBSSI…

                                I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR HOSTING THIS SPECIAL ORDER ON THE 5TH AMBSSI OF ROE VERSUS WADE. EACH AND EVERY LIFE IS PRECIOUS, A UNIQUE GIFT WITH UNIQUE VALUES. 16 WEEKS OLD, A BABY'S BODY IS FORMALLY FORMED AND A BABE CAN MAKE FACIAL EXPRESSIONS. I HAVE BEEN BLESSED WITH THREE CHILDREN. AND AS A FATHER, I'M EXCITED TO SEE WHAT IMPACT THEY WILL HAVE ON THE WORLD. THEY WILL CONTRIBUTE TO SOCIETY AND BRING A UNIQUE PROSPECTIVE. AS WE APPROACH THE ANNIVERSARY OF ROE V. WADE, THERE ARE INDIVIDUALS IN THE COUNTRY TODAY. 0 MILLION PEOPLE STARTING IF FAMILIES OR GOING TO MEDICAL SCHOOLS. THEIR FATE WAS DETERMINED BEFORE THEY HAD A CHANCE TO SHOW THE WORLD TALENTS. I'M THANKFUL TO THE VOLUNTEERS TO ENSURE THAT WE ARE BECOMING A SOCIETY. FOR MANY YEARS, WE HAVE BEEN INVOLVED WITH THE PEOPLE OF KANSAS. HUNDREDS OF THESE VOLUNTEERS ARE COMING HERE TO THIS WEEK COMING FOR THE MARCH OF LIFE. AND THAT'S FIVE MONTHS, I THINK WE ARE SEEING AN INCREDIBLE PRO-LIFE GENERATION AND SEE WHAT KIND OF IMPACT THEY WILL HAVE ON OUR WORLD.

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                              • 07:58:34 PM

                                MR. SMITH

                                HAS BEEN EDUCATING MEMBERS OF OUR CONGRESS. HE SERVES ON THE FINANCIAL…

                                HAS BEEN EDUCATING MEMBERS OF OUR CONGRESS. HE SERVES ON THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE AND GREAT LEADER IN PROTECTING THE UNBORN.

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                              • 07:58:54 PM

                                MR. ROTHFUS

                                I THANK MY FRIEND. THIS PAST MONDAY, OUR COUNTRY OBSERVED MARTIN LUTHER…

                                I THANK MY FRIEND. THIS PAST MONDAY, OUR COUNTRY OBSERVED MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY. WHILE REFLECTING ON HIS LEGACY, I RECALLED, WHEN I FIRST READ THE LETTER OF THE BIRMINGHAM JAIL, THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF LAWS, JUST AND UNJUST. HE WAS ASKED WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE. UNJUST LAW SCARES AND UNJUST LAW IS OUT OF HARMONY AND PUT IT IN TERMS OF ST. THOMAS AND A HUMAN LAW IN HUMAN LAW AND NATURAL LAW. IT IS ONE OF THE REASONS I RAN FOR CONGRESS IS THE GOD-DEPIFFEN RIGHT TO LIFE. THIS FRIDAY MARKS THE 45TH ANNIVERSARY OF ONE OF THE MOST SOMBER HISTORY. ASSOCIATE JUSTICE CALLED THIS AN EXERCISE IN RAW JUDICIAL POWER. AS THE WIPED OUT THE LAWS OF ALL 50 STATES. AND ECHO THE WORDS OF DR. KING'S AT THE LINCOLN MEMORIAL, THEY STAMPED THE NOTE OF THE RIGHT OF DECLARATION WITH GIN SUFFICIENT FUNDS. AS WE OBSERVE, LET US RESTORE THE INDEPENDENCE RIGHT TO LIFE AND I AGAIN COMMEND CONGRESSMAN SMITH FOR HIS TIRLELESS ADVOCACY IN DEFENDING THE DEFENSELESS. . .

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                              • 08:00:59 PM

                                MR. SMITH

                                AND I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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                                THIS STAIN, ON AMERICAN HISTORY.

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                                MR. ABRAHAM

                                OUR LOUISIANA DELEGATION, AS YOU'VE HEARD, WE HAVE A STRONG PRESENCE HERE.…

                                OUR LOUISIANA DELEGATION, AS YOU'VE HEARD, WE HAVE A STRONG PRESENCE HERE. WE HAVE A STRONG PRESENCE FROM LOUISIANA THAT WILL MARCH ON FRIDAY OF VERY YOUNG PEOPLE THAT GET WHAT ABORTION IS. OUR GREAT WHIP LEADER STEVE SCALISE WOULD BE HERE TOO, WERE HE NOT RECOVERERING FROM A SURGERY. WE WISH HIM THE BEST. MR. SPEAKER, AS A CHRISTIAN, I KNOW THAT LIFE IS A PRECIOUS GIFT AND I BELIEVE THAT LIFE BEGINS AT CONCEPTION. AS A PHYSICIAN, MY OATH IS TO PROTECT ALL LIVES, INCLUDING THAT UNBORN CHILD. AND CERTAINLY, AS AN AMERICAN, I THINK ABORTION VIOLATE OURS CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF THAT INALIENABLE RIGHT OF LIFE, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. MR. SPEAKER, YOU'VE HEARD TONIGHT THAT OVER 60 MILLION BABIES HAVE BEEN BORN ABORTED. THINK WHAT THEY COULD HAVE BECOME, MOTHERS, FATHERS, SISTERS, BROTHER, NIECES, NEPHEWS, VITAL PARTINGS OF OUR COMMUNITY. AS YOU HEARD , MY GREAT FRIEND GARRETT GRAVES LISTED SOME OF THE BILLS WE HAVE HAD THIS CONGRESS. WE'LL CONTINUE TO DO THIS. MR. SPEAKER, WE DON'T HAVE TO CONTINUE TO PUT UP WITH THIS STAIN ON AMERICAN HISTORY. WE CAN DO BETTER. WE KNOW HOW TO DO IT AN WE MUST END THIS PRACTICE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND PREVENT THIS HORROR FROM CONTINUING. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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                              • 08:02:48 PM

                                MR. SMITH

                                WE'RE GETTING CLOSE TO THE END, MR. JOHNSON, I YIELD TO YOU AS MUCH TIME…

                                WE'RE GETTING CLOSE TO THE END, MR. JOHNSON, I YIELD TO YOU AS MUCH TIME AS YOU MAY CONSUME.

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                              • 08:02:56 PM

                                MR. JOHNSON

                                I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY AND ALL OUR COLLEAGUES HERE…

                                I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY AND ALL OUR COLLEAGUES HERE TONIGHT FOR STANDING FOR THE SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE. I WAS BORN ON JANUARY 30, 1972, 357 DAYS BEFORE ROE V. WADE BECAME THE LAW OF THE LAND. BEFORE I CAME TO CONGRESS, I DEFENDED REAL JUS FREEDOM AND THE SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE. WE OFTEN STATED VERY SIMPLY WHAT AYE SAID IN THIS CHAMBER MANY TIMES, THIS IS PART OF THE VERY FOUNDATION OF OUR REPUBLIC. IT WAS THE BRITISH PHILOSOPHER, G.K. CHESTERTON WHO SAID AMERICA IS THE ONLY NATION FOUNDED ON A CREED, IT'S OUTLINED IN THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS THAT ALL MEN ARE CREATE ED CALL,ER THAT ENDOWED BY THEIR CREATEOR WITH CERTAIN INALIENABLE RIGHTS, THE RIGHT TO LIFE, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUE SUT -- PURR SUSTE HAPPINESS. THEY UNDERSTOOD BECAUSE WE'RE MADE IN THE IMAGE OF A HOLY GOD, EVERY SINGLE PERSON HAS INESTIMABLE DIGNY AND VALUE AND IT'S NOT REALED -- RELATED TO OUR RACE, SOSE YO ECONOMIC VALUE, WHERE WE WENT TO SCHOOL, HOW TALENTED WE ARE OR HOW MUCH WE CAN CONTRIBUTE TO SOCIETY. OUR VALUE SIN HERNT BECAUSE IT IS GIVEN TO US BY GOD. IT'S FOR ALL THESE WRENS FIGHT FOR THE SANCTITY OF EVERY HUMAN RIGHT, WE CHERISH OUR CHILDREN AS A HERITAGE OF THE LORD AS THE SCRIPTURE SAYS, AND WE DEFEND THE DEFENSELESS. IT IS OUR SOLEMN OBLIGATION BEFORE THE LORD AND I PRAY WE CONTINUE TO DEFEND IT. I YIELD BACK.

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                              • 08:04:37 PM

                                MR. SMITH

                                I YIELD TO RODNEY DAVIS.

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                                MR. DAVIS

                                THANK YOU TO MY GOOD FRIEND, CHRIS SMITH, ONE OF THE GREAT PRO-LIFE…

                                THANK YOU TO MY GOOD FRIEND, CHRIS SMITH, ONE OF THE GREAT PRO-LIFE DEFENDERS. I WANT TO COMMEMORATE THE 4TH ANNIVERSARY OF ROE V. WADE. EVERY YEAR, PEOPLE COME TO WASHINGTON, D.C. AND MARCH FROM THE MALL TO THE SUPREME COURT. FOR ME, IT MEANS HAVING RENEWED HOPE AND FAITH OF THE NATION'S YOUNG PEOPLE AS I SEE HUNDREDS, MANY FROM PARISHES LIKE MINE, COME TO OUR NATION'S CAPITOL TO STAND -- CAPITAL TO STAND FOR HUMAN LIFE. I WANT TO RECOGNIZE THE GROUPS FROM ILLINOIS WHO ARE TRAVELING TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS WEEK'S MARCH FOR LIFE EVENT, INCLUDING THE 250 YOUNG PEOPLE AND CHAPERONS FROM MY DIOCESE, SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS. AS A FATHER OF TWIN -- OF A DAUGHTER AND TWIN BOY, I WANT TO THANK THEM AND I YIELD BACK.

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                              • 08:05:39 PM

                                MR. SMITH

                                I YIELD TO LLOYD TUCKER.

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                                MR. TUCKER

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN CHRIS SMITH, FOR LEADING THE…

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN CHRIS SMITH, FOR LEADING THE PRO-LIFE CAUCUS AND FOR ORGANIZING THIS EVENING'S SPECIAL ORDER. THIS FRIDAY, OUR CONSTITUENTS FROM ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY WILL ARRIVE ON THE NATIONAL MALL FOR THE 45TH ANNUAL MARCH FOR LIFE. LAST YEAR'S MARCH FOR LIFE WAS ONE OF THE FIRST EVENTS I PARTICIPATED IN HERE IN WASHINGTON AFTER I TOOK OFFICE IN JANUARY OF LAST YEAR. HUNDREDS OF MY CONSTITUENTS HAD MARCHED DOWN THE NATIONAL MALL, HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET WITH THEM AFTERWARDS AND HEAR FROM THEM ABOUT THEIR HOPE FOR THE PRO-LIFE MOVEMENT. THEY HAD JUST COME BACK FROM HEARING THE VICE PRESIDENT SPEAK , AND SPEAK ABOUT LIFE -- HE HAD SPOKEN ABOUT LIFE IS WINNING HERE IN AMERICA. AND I QUOTE FROM HIM , HE SAID, I'VE LONG BELIEVED THAT A SOCIETY CAN BE JUDGED BY HOW WE CARE FOR ITS MOST VULNERABLE, THE AGED, THE INFIRM, THE DISABLED, AND THE UNBORN. SINCE THAT DAY, MR. SPEAKER, I'M PROUD TO SAY THAT THIS CHAMBER HAS TAKEN STEPS TO PROTECT THE LIVES OF THE UNBORN. WE'VE PASSED THE COMMONSENSE PAIN CAPABLE UNBORN CHILD PROTECTION ACT, BANNING ABORTION AFTER 20 WEEKS. THE POINT AT WHICH WE KNOW AN UNBORN CHILD CAN FEEL PAIN. WE PASSED THE NO TAXPAYER FUNDING FOR ABORTION ACT, ENDING TAXPAYER SUBSIDIES OF ABORTION AND CODIFYING THIS HYDE AMENDMENT GOVERNMENT-WIDE. I WAS HAPPY TO BE PART OF A BODY THAT PASSED BOTH OF THESE BILLS AND VOTE FOR AND SUPPORTED THOSE MEASURES. AND THIS WEEK, THE HOUSE WILL VOTE ON LEGISLATION THE BORN ALIVE ABORTION SURVIVORS ACT. REQUIRING MEDICAL CARE BE GIVEN TO ANY CHILD WHO SURVIVES AN ATTEMPTED ABORTION WITH STRICT PENALTIES FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT COMPLY WITH THE LAW. NOW, VOTING AGAINST THIS LEGISLATION WOULD BE UNCONSCIONABLE. A CHILD MADE IN THE IMAGE OF OUR CREATOR AND BORN IN THIS WORLD SIMPLY SHOULD NOT NEED ADDITIONAL LEGAL PROTECTION REQUIRING MEDICAL CARE IF THEY'RE BORN ALIVE AFTER AN ATTEMPTED ABORTION BUT HERE WE ARE. WE'RE CONTINUING OUR FIGHT FOR THE RIGHTS OF THE UNBORN AND THE BORN. IT'S A FIGHT WORTH FIGHTING AND WE AREN'T GOING TO STOP. I LOOK FORWARD VERY MUCH TO JOINING MY CONSTITUENTS ON THE NATIONAL MALL ON FRIDAY TO RAISE YOUR VOICE -- TO RAISE OUR VOICES FOR THOSE WHO CANNOT SPEAK. THEY HAVE OUR COMMITMENT TO CONTINUE TO WORK IN THIS CHAMBER TO PROTECT THE LIVES OF THE UNBORN. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                              • 08:08:29 PM

                                MR. SMITH

                                I THANK MY FRIEND. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD BRIEFLY TO GLENN THOMPSON.

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                                MR. THOMPSON

                                UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT I CAN SUBMIT MY COMMENTS FOR THE RECORD AND THANK…

                                UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT I CAN SUBMIT MY COMMENTS FOR THE RECORD AND THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND WHAT AN OUTSTANDING TURNOUT TONIGHT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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                              • 08:08:50 PM

                                MR. SMITH

                                BEST WE'VE EVER HAD. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCE SPOILED OF…

                                THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCE SPOILED OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. SCHWEIKERT, FOR MINUTES.

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                              • 08:09:29 PM

                                MR. SCHWEIKERT

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TONIGHT I WANTED TO DO TWO OR THREE THINGS. SOME…

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TONIGHT I WANTED TO DO TWO OR THREE THINGS. SOME OF THIS IS -- HAS BEEN BOUNCING IN MY HEAD SINCE WE WERE ON THIS FLOOR A FEW WEEKS AGO DOING THE TAX REFORM DISCUSSION DEBATE AND THE NUMBER OF THINGS THAT WERE SAID THAT JUST SORT OF DRIVES YOU A LITTLE CRAZY BECAUSE THE MATH WAS WRONG OR THERE WAS SORT OF MAKE BELIEVE. AND LOOK, FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN, SHALL WE SAY, SLEEP-DEPRIVED ENOUGH TO STAY UP AND WATCH SOME OF MY PRESENTATIONS WHICH I DO EVERY COUPLE OF WEEKS YOU KNOW THAT I SAY THAT CONGRESS IS OFTEN A MATH-FREE ZONE. SO I THOUGHT I'D TALK ABOUT SOME GREAT THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING. THIS IS IMPORTANT. THINK ABOUT THE ECONOMY RIGHT NOW AND WHAT WAS HAPPENING IN THE ANTICIPATION OF TAX REFORM AND NOW THAT TAX REFORM HAS PASSED. DURING THE TAX DEBATE, THE REFORM DEBATE, WE WOULD HEAR ARGUMENTS OFTEN COMING FROM OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS ON THE LEFT TALKING ABOUT INCOME INEQUALITY. A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO WE DID A PRESENTATION ON THE FLOOR DEMONSTRATING THAT IF YOU LIVE IN THE WORLD OF THE LAST DECADE WHERE YOU'RE ONLY GROWING ABOUT 1.8% G.D.P. AND THAT JOINT TAX AND C.B.O., THE PEOPLE WHO ARE SCOREKEEPERS, ARE SAYING, FOR THE NEXT 30 YEARS, YOU'RE ONLY GROWING ABOUT 1.8% G.D.P. GROWTH, THAT CRUSHES PEOPLE. IF YOU CARE ABOUT INCOME INEQUALITY IN OUR SOCIETY, THE WAY YOU SOLVE IT IS GROWTH. AND THERE'S LOTS AND LOTS OF DATA FROM LEFT WING GROUPS, RIGHT WING GROUPS, ACADEMIC GROUP, THAT SAY GROWTH IS THE GREATEST CURE TO A SOCIETY THAT'S ACTUALLY STARTED TO MOVE APART WHERE THE HAVES HAVE MORE AND THE HAVE NOTS HAVE LESS. TURNS OUT THAT OCCURS WHEN YOU HAVE A STAGNANT GROWTH SOCIETY. AND IT'S OBVIOUS. THINK ABOUT THE LAST 10 YEARS. THINK THI ABOUT THE PROJECTIONS OF GOING THE NEXT DECADE AT 1.% G.D.P. GROWTH. 10 ONE OF THE THINGS I WANTED TO TALK ABOUT IS, IF I CAME TO YOU RIGHT NOW AND SAID, LET'S JUST DROP OUR PARTISAN HATS HERE, YOU'RE NOT RIGHT, NOT LEFT, ARE YOU JOYFUL THAT WE'RE SEEING DATA RIGHT NOW TODAY WHERE FOLKS WITH FELONY CONVICTIONS ARE FINDING JOBS AT A RATE THAT HAS NOT BEEN SEEN IN DECADES? HOW WOULD YOU FEEL WHEN YOU SEE OTHER POPULATIONS THAT HAVE ACTUALLY HAD A REALLY ROUGH DECADE FINDING JOBS? ISN'T THAT WHAT WE ALL COME HERE AND STAND BEHIND THESE MICROPHONES AND TALK ABOUT? GUESS WHAT, IT'S HAPPENING. IF YOU LOOK AT SOME OF THE UNEMPLOYMENT DATA, POPULATIONS THAT HAVE ACTUALLY GONE THE LAST DECADE IN A REALLY ROUGH POSITION ARE FINDING EMPLOYMENT. AND THERE'S SOME AMAZING INDICATORS. EARLIER LAST YEAR, WE CAME HERE AND DID A SERIES OF PRESENTATIONS ON WHAT WAS HAPPENING TO THE SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY TRUST FUND. IT WAS COLLAPSING. ABOUT A MONTH AGO, WE HAD A MEETING WITH THE SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY ACTUARIES. AND GUESS WHAT? ALL OF A SUDDEN WE WENT FROM THE TRUST FUND IS BEGUN IN ABOUT TWO YEARS TO, HEY THEY ADDED AN ADDITIONAL FOUR YEARS ON IT. TURNS OUT PARTS OF OUR SOCIETY WHICH WOULD HAVE BEEN HEADING TOWARD DISABILITIES PAYMENTS AND THEREFORE LEAVING THE LABOR FORCE WERE FINDING EMPLOYMENT THAT ACTUALLY WORKED WITH THEIR DIFFICULTIES. THIS IS GREAT. THESE ARE GOOD THINGS. I KNOW IN THIS TOWN OF WASHINGTON IT'S JUST A PARTISAN KNIFE FIGHT ALL THE TIME. I UNDERSTAND MANY OF OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS ON THE LEFT BELIEVE RAGE IS A WAY TO POLITICALLY COMMUNICATE. AND I WOULD ACTUALLY LIKE THE MATH AND WHAT WE'RE SEEING HAPPEN IN OUR COMMUNITIES AND OUR SOCIETY FOR THE POPULATIONS WE BOTH CARE ABOUT, GOOD THINGS ARE HAPPENING. SO HOW DO WE BUILD POLICY AROUND HERE THAT KEEPS IT GOING? SO THE CHART I HAVE HERE IS SORT OF TALKING ABOUT WHAT THE PROJECTIONS WERE AS OF OCTOBER, 2017. SO FAIRLY RECENT DAYITY -- DATA OF WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF DECADES IN THE AMOUNT OF OUR SOCIETY THAT WOULD BE IN THE WORK FORCE. AND YOU SEE THESE LINES JUST CRASHING. AND CRASHING. AND ALL OF A SUDDEN, YOU SEE THE LITTLE DOTTED LINES? THAT'S WHAT WE WERE PROJECTING IN 2016. THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU SEE THE SOLID LINE, IT'S UP SUBSTANTIALLY, THAT'S THE 2017. WHAT WAS HAPPENING BETWEEN THOSE TWO YEARS? 2016 TO 2017? THAT ALL OF A SUDDEN WE START TO SEE A SUBSTANTIAL HOPEFUL INCREASE IN PEOPLE SAYING THERE ARE GOING TO BE OPPORTUNITIES IN THE LABOR FORCE? IT WAS A COMBINATION OF WHAT THIS BODY HAS BEEN DOING IN 2017, WHETHER IT BE A RATIONAL REGULATORY MODEL HEADING TOWARD THE OPTIMISM OF TAX REFORM, YOU LOVE AND CARE ABOUT PEOPLE, PROVIDING OPPORTUNITIES TO HAVE YOUR INCOME GROWTH, THE ABILITY TO SAVE FOR YOURSELF YOU FAMILY, YOUR KIDS' EDUCATION, GOOD THINGS ARE HAPPENING. HOW DO WE KEEP IT GOING? I WANT TO WALK THROUGH A COUPLE OF EXAMPLES OUT THERE, IF YOU FOLLOW THE PRESS AND OUR COMMUNITY, CAME ACROSS A STORY JUST LAST WEEK IN ONE OF OUR COUNTIES IN THE SOUTHERN PART OF ARIZONA, BEAUTIFUL AREA, ALL OF A SUDDEN, THERE'S SUCH THERE IS A DEMAND THAT OUR CORRECTIONAL FALL SILT IS HAVING DEMAND TO DO SKILLS TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT FOR FOLKS IF IT WERE JUST A YEAR OR TWO AGO, WERE OFF E BEING DISCARDED. LOOK FOR THESE STORIES. FIND JOY IN THEM. BECAUSE THIS IS WHAT WE CARE ABOUT. SOMEONE MAY HAVE SAID THEY MAY HAVE HAD A BAD ACT IN THEIR LIFE AND MAYBE THEY HAVE A FUTURE AND THIS IS TRUE FOR OUR LOW-SKILL POPULATIONS AND THOSE WHO MAY NOT HAVE GRADUATED. WE HAVE STORIES ABOUT THE RESOURCES THEY ARE TRAINING THE SKILL SETS FOR EMPLOYMENT. ISN'T THIS WHAT SO MANY OF US HAVE TALKED ABOUT, SAYING, THERE IS A WAY FOR EVERYONE TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS GROWING ECONOMY AND HAVE A JOYOUS, HOPEFUL FUTURE AND ECONOMIC STABILITY? SO, I WANT TO ACTUALLY TAKE THIS . AND SOME OF THIS IS AN ADDITIONAL DISCUSSION ON THE DEBATE THAT HAPPENED HERE LAST MONTH AND TALKING ABOUT REVENUES. AND WE'LL SEE IF THIS MAKES SENSE. MY GRANDFATHER USED TO HAVE A SAYING, IT DOESN'T MATTER HOW YOU PLAY THE GAME, IT'S WHO KEEPS SCORE. I KNOW, IT'S AN ADJUSTMENT. AND IT TURNS OUT, WE WERE HAVING THESE DISCUSSIONS ABOUT PREVIOUS TAX REFORMS AND PREVIOUS TAX CUTS AND YOU HEAR THINGS AND YOU GO BACK AND LOOK IT UP AND THE NUMBERS WERE MADE UP. WE ARE GOING TO CORRECT THAT RECORD TODAY. BUT THE FINAL TWO BOARDS HERE, WE ARE GOING TO SET THE BENCHMARK, THE GOAL LINE OF WHAT THE TAX REFORM IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE, WHAT THE TAX REFORM SHOULD BE JUDGED BY SO SHE SHOULDN'T HAVE PEOPLE MAKE THE MATH UP. AND JUDGE US BY WHAT WE CALL THE BASELINE. THE SLIDES ARE TALKING ABOUT WHAT WE EXPECTED REVENUES. AND THIS IS THE HISTORY GOING BACK TO 1967 AND YOU WILL ACTUALLY SEE IN HERE FROM HERE THE MEAN WAS 17.4% OF THE G.D.P. CAME IN AT FEDERAL REVENUES. AND WE ACTUALLY EXPECTED TO MOVE UP TO 18.4%. I'M SORRY FOR THIS, BUT GIVES YOU AN IDEA, AND YOU WILL SEE IT IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF BOARDS WHERE WE RAISED TAXES AND LOWERED TAXES AND THAT LINE OF THE AMOUNT OF THE ECONOMY THAT COMES IN IN FEDERAL TAXES STAYS IN IN A VERY, VERY TIGHT BAND AND MAYBE THE FIXATION ISN'T ON THE TAX RATE BUT ON A TAX POLICY BECAUSE IF YOU ARE GOING TO BE IN THERE ABOUT THAT 17.4% TO 18% G.D.P. HAVE A BIGGER ECONOMY IF YOU BELIEVE WE NEED THE ADDITIONAL REVENUES, WHICH WE DO. SO ON THIS, I WANT YOU TO TAKE A LOOK, BECAUSE THIS IS THE OVERALL, AND LOOK AT TIMES WHERE WE HAD RECEIVE NEWS AND YOU SEE THE DOTTED LINES AND THESE ARE THE TAX CUTS, TAX RELIEF, IF YOU LOOK ON EVERY OCCASION, THERE ARE THE TWOUSE AND LOOK A YEAR OR SO LATER, RECEIVE NEWS SPIKE UP. IN 2010, PART OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION AND THIS CONGRESS, THERE WAS A TAX CHANGE THAT ACTUALLY GAVE BACK MORE RECEIVE NEWS TO WORKES AND REVENUES ACTUALLY WENT UP. IT'S ON THE CHART. YOU CANNOT PRETEND THERE HASN'T BEEN EXPANSIONS DURING THIS TIME. SO ACTUALLY DRILLED THIS POINT DOWN A BIT MORE. IN A LOT OF THE DEBATE WE HAD HERE LAST MONTH, WE HAD MEMBER AFTER MEMBER FROM THE LEFT COME MIND THE MICROPHONES AND SAY THERE IS NO TAX CUT PAYING FOR ITSELF. THERE ARE LOTS OF TAX CUTS OVER THE HISTORY. BUT THERE ARE A LOT OF THEM THAT HAVE. LET'S WALK THROUGH THE ACTUAL DATA AND IF YOU KNOW WHAT THE BASELINE WAS, THEN THIS IS WHAT THE PROJECTIONS OF REVENUES BEFORE THE CHANGE IN POLICY, YOU CAN'T MOVE THE GOAL LINE TO SOUND LIKE IT IS COMPETENT. WHEN WE DID THE CAPITOL GAINS CUT IN 2003. AND A HANDFUL OF MEMBERS CAME ON THE MIGE CROW PHONE AND TALKED ABOUT HOW MUCH MONEY IT LOST. TURNED OUT IT'S NOT TRUE. SO IF YOU ACTUALLY LOOK AT THE BLUE, THAT'S WHAT C.B.O. AND JOINT TAX ACTUALLY CALCULATED THAT THE REVENUES WERE GOING TO BE BEFORE THE TAX CHANGES. THE 2003 WAS FUNCTIONALLY WITH THE CALL GAINS TAX AND THE RED WAS RECEIVE NEWS. THIS ISN'T THE DEBT OR SPENDING. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE NUMBER, THERE IS REVENUE AND SPENDING AROUND HERE AND THIS BODY LOVES TOLL CONFLATE THIS ARGUMENT. LOOK AT THE RECEIVE NEWS AS AN ISOLATED. IF YOU HOOK AT THIS THART HERE, YOU WILL SEE THE RED. THIS IS CAPITAL GAINS TAXES. LOTS OF PREDICTIONS, WE ARE GOING TO TAKE IN A LOT LESS REVENUE. AND LET'S WALK THROUGH AND DEMONSTRATE WHAT THAT CALCULATION IS. AND AS WE DISCUSSED, THE PREVIOUS SLIDE WAS A PERCENTAGE OF G.D.P. AND ON THE SIZE OF THE ECONOMY, THERE WERE MOVE RECEIVE NEWS COMING IN OOF THE CAPITAL GAINS CUT. YOU WILL REFER TO IT AS THE BUSH TAX CUT. THEY EXPIRED IN 2008. BUT EITHER WAY YOU TRY TO JUDGE IT, GUESS WHAT? NOT ONLY PAID FOR ITSELF, BUT IT MADE MONEY. AND YET, WE HAVE MEMBER AFTER MEMBER AFTER MEMBER WHO WILL TELL YOU IT DIDN'T. LET'S LOOK AT THE WHAT THE ACTUAL MATH WAS. THANK YOU FOR HELPING ON THE BOARD. SO, THE PRIOR -- PRIOR TO THE 2003-2008 CAPITAL GAINS TAX CUT. SORRY, I KNOW THIS IS BIG NUMBERS AND GOING AS FAST AS YOU CAN, WE EXPECTED $138 BILLION IN RECEIVE NEWS FROM THE CAPITAL GAINS. AND EXCUSE ME, EXCUSE ME, AND THEN THE PROJECTIONS WERE -- SORRY -- IT WAS -- NO, 13 TRILLION OVER THAT TIME. BUT IF YOU TAKE A LOOK AT THAT 13 NUMBER, THAT'S WHAT THE BASELINE WAS BEFORE THE 2003 CAPITAL GAINS TAX CUT. AT THE TIME IT WAS MODELED, C.B.O. JOINT TAX CAME IN AND SAID GUESS WHAT, GO FROM THE 1 TOO 12. TURNS OUT FROM 2003 TO 2008, WHEN YOU CALCULATED THE RECEIVE NEWS FROM THE CAPITAL GAINS TAX CUTS, HOW MUCH MONEY DID WE LOSE? WE MADE $ 7 BILLION BEFORE THE PROJECTION OF REVENUE BEFORE THE TAX POLICY CHANGED. THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT. WHEN SOMEONE COMES BEHIND THESE MIKE CROW PHONES AND SAYS THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A TAX CUT PAYING FOR ITSELF. SURE, IT IS. THE GOAL LINE WAS SET BEFORE THE TAX POLICY CHANGE. THAT'S WHAT THE PROJECTION WAS OFFER THOSE COMING YEARS AND WHEN THE TAX POLICY CHANGE, GOT TO LOOK AT THE DATA IN 2008, AND IT TURNS IT WAS HIGHER THAN THE POLICY BEFORE BEFORE THOSE TAX US CUTS. JUST UNDERSTAND. THIS PLACE LOVES TO TELL STORIES, BUT THEY DON'T DEMONSTRATE THE ACTUAL MATH. LET'S TALK ABOUT WHAT IS GOING ON RIGHT NOW. WE HEARD PREDICTIONS FROM EVERYTHING FROM THE END OF THE WORLD TO THE END OF THE WORLD IN REGARDS TO TAX REFORM. AS YOU KNOW, THERE IS TRILLION AND A HALF PLACE HOLDER FOR THE TAX CUTS AND REFORMS THAT WE DID IN DECEMBER THAT ARE NOW IN EFFECT. SO LET'S LAY OUT. THIS IS ACTUALLY WHAT THE PROJECTION WAS GOING BACK TO JUNE. SO THIS IS A FAIR AND HONEST THING. THIS IS WHAT WE CALL THE BASELINE. THE BASELINE IS WHAT WE SHOULD BE JUDGED BY. AND EVERYWHERE, WHETHER I'M HERE OR ANOTHER MEMBER IS HERE, ANOTHER MEMBER COMES UP HERE AND SAYS, THIS IS WHAT WE TOOK IN. DID WE EX EXCEED WHAT THE BASELINE TOOK? BUT WHAT HAPPENED TO THE PROJECTIONS, THE CURVE, THE SIZE OF THE ECONOMY? BECAUSE REMEMBER, THE BEGINNING OF THIS DISCUSSION, WE TALKED ABOUT REALLY NEAT THINGS HAPPENING IN OUR SOCIETY. WHEN WE STARTED TO WORK ON THE ACTUAL DRAFTING OF THE TAX REFORM BILL, WE WERE LIVING IN A WORLD THAT WAS GOING TO GROW IN THE WORLD THAT IS 1.8%. AND SOME OF THAT IS A LITTLE EXCITEMENT. THERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS. BUT UNDERSTAND WHAT THAT MEANS IN REVENUES AND OPPORTUNITY AND JUST GOOD THINGS FOR EVERYONE IN OUR SOCIETY. SO WE ARE GOING TO GO TO THE NEXT BOARD. SO HERE'S WHAT I'M ASKING. IF YOU ARE THE LEFT, OR RIGHT OR IN THE MEDIA, UNDERSTAND THAT THE JUNE NUMBER WAS THAT OVER THE NEXT 2017 PALESTINE FOR FUNCTIONING IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS, WAS $ 3 TRILLION OF REVENUE. THAT'S FAIR. JUDGE US ON THAT. 10 YEARS FROM NOW, SOMEONE WILL REMEMBER THIS AND LOOK BACK AT SAY, DID WE TAKE IN MORE OR LESS. SO THAT'S THE BASELINE NUMBER. AND WE HAVE ON THE PREVIOUS CHART, SORT OF WHAT WAS PROJECTED EACH YEAR. IF I'M HE BLESSED TO BE HERE, I WILL COME BACK AND STAND BEHIND THIS MICROPHONE AND LOOK AT THE REVENUE THAT CAME IN COMPARED TO WHAT WE PROJECTED MONTHS BEFORE THE TAX REFORM BECAME REAL. DON'T MAKE UP WHAT HAS TAKEN PLACE IN THE PAST. THIS IS IMPORTANT. BECAUSE IF YOU CARE ABOUT PEOPLE, IF YOU CARE ABOUT OPPORTUNITY, WE HAVE SOME REAL DIFFICULTIES COMING TOWARDS US. AND LOTS OF THE DATA AND LOTS OF THE CHARTS AND IN A DECK AID AND A HALF, WE HIT A DEBT CRISIS. AND YOUR OPTIONS ARE REALLY SIMPLE, YOU HAVE TO DO SUBSTANTIAL REDUCTION TO THE DOLLARS THAT ARE FLOWING OUT. BECAUSE REMEMBER THREE-QUARTERS OF THIS DEPOFT'S MONEY ROLLS OUT IN. AND ANOTHER 13 OR SO IS WHAT YOU THINK OF GOVERNMENT. SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE, MEDICAID, ALL THE THINGS THAT ARE JUST FORMULA. . . SO ECONOMIST AND ECONOMIST HAVE TOLD US YOU CAN'T GROW MORE THAN 1.8% G.D.P., YOU ARE HEADING TOWARD A DEBT CRISIS. YOU ARE HEADING TOWARD THIS ARMAGEDDON SO WHY WOULDN'T YOU STAND UP HERE, WORK TO REFORM REGULATORY CODES, THE TAX CODES, THE IMMIGRATION CODES, THESE THINGS AND MAXIMIZE THE THINGS THAT WILL CREATE GROWTH AND OPPORTUNITY? I THINK THAT'S JUST WHAT AT LEAST ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE WE'VE BEEN DOING. SO THE REASON I PUT UP THIS CHART IS MORE TO LAY A MARKER. UNDERSTAND THAT'S THE NUMBER BEFORE THE TAX REFORM AND I BELIEVE A LOT OF THE ANTICIPATORY EFFECTS ON THE ECONOMY. HOLD US BY THAT. NOW, WHO KNOWS WHO WILL STILL BE AROUND HERE 10 YEARS FROM NOW, BUT WILL REVENUE EXCEED $43 TRILLION? THAT'S THE BENCHMARK. IT'S NOT -- YOU CAN'T SAY WELL, THE DEBT WENT TO THIS, OUR SPENDING WENT TO THIS, BECAUSE THEY OPERATE OUTSIDE THE REVENUES. THAT'S POLICY DECISIONS MADE HERE ON WHAT TO SPEND. OUR DISASTERS. OUR -- GOD FORBID, MILITARY ACTION. BUT THE REVENUE NUMBER IS WHAT WE SHOULD BE JUDGED BY. WHEN YOU SEE WHAT'S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW IN OUR COMMUNITIES, IN OUR SOCIETY, THE NUMBER OF ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE ABOUT -- HAVE STARTED TO PAY THEIR EMPLOYEES MORE. THE NUMBER OF ORGANIZATIONS BRINGING BACK BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO INVEST IN OUR COUNTRY. THE RESEARCH, THE DEVELOPMENT, MAYBE A LOT OF THE ALTHUSIAN ECONOMISTS OUT THERE, FOR THOSE WHO DON'T GET THAT, GO LOOK IT UP, WHO BASICALLY SAID THE NEXT THREE DECADES OF OUR LIFE ARE BASICALLY CONSTRAINED. I HOPE THEY'RE WRONG. AND WE AS A BODY NEED TO CONTINUE THIS OPTIMISTIC OPPORTUNITY OF COMING AND SAYING, OK, HOW DO WE GET MORE OF OUR BROTHERS AND CYSTERS TO ACTUALLY BE IN THE LABOR FORCE? WE KNOW TODAY WE HAVE ABOUT SIX MILLION JOBS GOING UNFULFILLED. LACK OF SKILLS. WE ALSO KNOW FROM RECENT PUBLICATIONS BECAUSE OF THE TAX REFORM, BUSINESSES ARE TAKING SOME OF THAT RESOURCES AND PUTTING IT INTO JOB TRAINING AND TAKING POPULATIONS THAT WERE BEING LEFT ON THE SIDELINES AND BEING DRAWN IN. THIS IS WONDERFUL. HOW DO YOU TURN TO OTHERS AND SAY, SHOULD TURNING 65 OR 67 BE HITTING A WALL? HOW DO WE ACTUALLY PROVIDE YOU THE OPPORTUNITY IF YOU SO WISH SO DESIRE, TO ACTUALLY STAY IN THE LABOR FORCE AND CONTINUE TO HELP GROW THIS COUNTRY? BECAUSE THAT WORK, WE KNOW, IS OFTEN GOOD FOR THE SOUL, THE INDIVIDUAL, BUT IT'S ALSO REALLY GOOD FOR OUR TAX REVENUES AND REALLY GOOD NOR THE SIZE OF THE ECONOMY. REMEMBER THE BIGGER THE ECONOMY GETS, THE LESS THAT CLIFF THAT WALL, THAT DEBT CRISIS, THAT'S ABOUT A DECADE AND A HALF AWAY, THE MORE THAT GETS PUSHED OFF INTO THE FUTURE AND THE DEMOGRAPHIC CURVE THAT IS, THOSE OF US WHO ARE BABY BOOMERS, MAYBE THAT DOESN'T CREATE A DEBT CRISIS. MAYBE IT ACTUALLY TURNS INTO AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THIS ECONOMY, SOCIETY, TO CONTINUE TO GROW, TO BE HAPPY AND HEALTHY AND PROSPER. THIS IS ONE OF THOSE TIMES I GET BEHIND THE MICROPHONE AND I'M ACTUALLY EXCITED ABOUT WHAT I'M SEEING OUT THERE IN THE DATA. I ASK THIS BODY, EVEN WITH PARTISAN RANCOR, LET'S CONTINUE TO ADOPT THOSE POLICIES THAT GROW. THAT BRING PEOPLE, PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES TO BE PART OF THE LABOR FORCE, BE PART OF THE AMERICAN DREAM. AND BY DOING THAT, THE THINGS, THE -- THE THINGS THE LEFT TELL US THEY CARE ABOUT, INCOME INEQUALITY, ACTUALLY CLOSE. THE THINGS SO MANY OF US CARE ABOUT, NOT HITTING THAT DEBT CRISIS, MAYBE GET POSTPONED, MAYBE NEVER HAPPEN, THERE IS A PATH HERE. BUT IT HAS TO BE EVERYTHING. HAS TO BE THE TAX REFORMS WE JUST ACCOMPLISHED. IT HAS TO BE RATIONALIZING OUR REGULATORY SYSTEM. WE'RE WORKING ON THAT. IT HAS TO BE AN IMMIGRATION SYSTEM THAT FOCUSES ON MAXIMIZING ECONOMIC EXPANSION. HAS TO BE THE ADOPTION OF TECHNOLOGY. WE'RE WORKING ON IT. I THINK WE CAN GET THERE. THIS IS JUST FUN HAVING A CHANCE TO GET BEHIND THIS MICROPHONE AND ACTUALLY BE POSITIVE AND OPTIMISTIC AFTER THE LAST FEW YEARS OF WHERE THINGS WERE QUITE DOUR. AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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                              • 08:35:35 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. GAETZ, FOR 30 MINUTES.

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                              • 08:36:02 PM

                                MR. GAETZ

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I COME TO THE FLOOR THIS EVENING WITH A HEAVY…

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I COME TO THE FLOOR THIS EVENING WITH A HEAVY HEART, DEEPLY CONCERNED ABOUT MY FELLOW FLORIDIANS AND MY FELLOW AMERICANS WHO HAVE SEEN BENEFITS AS A CONSEQUENCE OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA. THROUGHOUT THIS GREAT COUNTRY, THERE HAVE BEEN CIRCUMSTANCES WHERE STATES HAVE CHOSEN TO EXPERIMENT AND AFFORD THEIR CITIZENS THE OPPORTUNITY TO RECEIVE MEDICAL MARIJUANA TREATMENTS. AND THAT OPPORTUNITY FLOURISHED AS A CONSEQUENCE OF A SERIES OF ACTIONS, ONE OF WHICH WAS THE COLE MEMO. THE COLE MEMO WAS A DIRECTION FROM THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES IN THE LAST ADMINISTRATION NOT TO PRIORITIZE THE ARREST AND PROSECUTION OF PEOPLE WHO WERE USING MEDICAL MARIJUANA LEGALLY UNDER THEIR STATE LAWS. NOT TO PUNISH THE DOCTORS OR PRESCRIBERS OR DISPENSING ORGANIZATIONS THAT WERE ASSISTING IN THE LOGISTICS FOR THAT CARE. BUT INSTEAD TO FOCUS OUR PRECIOUS FEDERAL RESOURCES WHERE THEY COULD DO THE MOST GOOD. TO STOP DRUG TRAFFICKING, HUMAN TRAFFICKING, ILLEGAL AND ILL LIST ACTIVITY THAT SURROUNDS THE DRUG TRADE. TO ENSURE THERE WASN'T ACCESS FOR MINORS OR CARTELS OR PEOPLE THAT WOULD DRIVE A MEDICAL PRACTICE DEEPER INTO THE BLACK MARKET. IT IS DEEPLY UNFORTUNATE THAT ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS HAS RECENTLY RESCINDED THE COLE MEMO. PLACING INTO QUESTION THE VERY ANNALS OF MEDICINE THAT HAVE HELP SO MANUFACTURE OY MY CONSTITUENTS AND FELLOW AMERICANS. I'M GOING TO SPEAK ABOUT THIS ISSUE BUT I WANT TO TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY FIRST TO YIELD SOME TIME TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM THE STATE OF FLORIDA WHO HAS BEEN A LEADER ON NOT ONLY THIS ISSUE BUT ON SO MANY OF THE CRITICALLY IMPORTANT BIPARTISAN REFORMS, I YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO MR. CUR BELL HE OF FLORIDA.

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                              • 08:37:57 PM

                                MR. CURBELO

                                I THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR. GAETZ, FOR THIS SPECIAL HOUR TO SHINE A LIGHT ON…

                                I THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR. GAETZ, FOR THIS SPECIAL HOUR TO SHINE A LIGHT ON THIS ISSUE. ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S OVERREACH AND UNJUST TREATMENT OF LEGALLY OPERATING BUSINESSES ALL ACROSS OUR COUNTRY. BUSINESSES THAT OPERATE LEGALLY AND IN COMPLIANCE WITH THEIR STATE'S LAWS AND REGULATIONS DESERVE A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THAT RESPECTS THE 10TH AMENDMENT OF THE CONSTITUTION. LIKE MY COLLEAGUES I'VE BEEN DISAPPOINTED THAT WHEN IT COMES TO THE TREATMENT OF THESE LEGAL MARIJUANA BUSINESSES, THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION WHICH SUPPOSEDLY RESPECTS THE FEDERALIST MODEL OF OUR GOVERNMENT, CONTINUES TO TAKE SUCH DRASTIC STEPS TO IGNORE STATES' RIGHTS AND THE DECISIONS OF VOTERS AND STATE LEGISLATURES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IN THE 2016 ELECTIONS, OVER 70% OF FLORIDA CITIZENS VOTED TO LEGALIZE THE USE OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA. THE TWO COUNTIES THAT MAKE UP MY OWN CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IN SOUTH FLORIDA, MONROE AND MIAMI-DAVID, VOTED IN FAVOR OF THE MEASURE 80.3% AND 68.3% RESPECTIVELY. THE VOICES AND THE VOTES OF MY CONSTITUENTS, MR. SPEAKER, MATTER. THE 10TH AMENDMENT OF THE CONSTITUTION MATTERS. AND FOR THOSE WHO LIKE TO CALL THEMSELVES CONSTITUTIONALISTS, THE ENTIRE CONSTITUTION HAS TO MATTER. NOT JUST THE PARTS THAT ARE CONVENIENT AT A GIVEN TIME. IN ADDITION TO THE WITCH HUNT OPENED UP BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S ACTIONS LAST WEEK, CURRENT FEDERAL LAW ALSO PROHIBITS THESE BUSINESSES FROM DEDUCTING THE COMMON EXPENSES ASSOCIATED WITH RUNNING A SMALL BUSINESS WHEN THEY FILE THEIR TAXES. EXPENSES NECESSARY TO RUNNING A BUSINESS LIKE RENT, MOST UTILITIES AND PAYROLL. SIMPLY PUT THIS RULE PLACES LEGITIMATE ENTERPRISES WHICH HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED UNDER STATE LAW AT A MAJOR COMPETITIVE DISADVANTAGE FOR LEGAL EMPLOYERS ARE PAYING EXORBITANTLY HIGHER EFFECTIVE TAX RATES. THAT'S WHY I INTRODUCED H.R. 1810, SMALL BUSINESS TAX EQUITY ACT LAST YEAR. THIS BIPARTISAN BILL AMENDS THE TAX CODE TO ALLOW LEGALLY OPERATING MARIJUANA BUSINESSES TO UTILIZE COMMON TAX DEDUCTIONS AND CREDITS, THUS PROVIDING THEM WITH TAX PARITY. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOT BE IGNORING STATE'S RIGHTS AND THE DECISIONS OF VOTERS AND STATE LEGISLATURES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. WE MUST WORK TO AFFORD ALL BUSINESSES SELLING LEGAL PRODUCTS THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE APPROPRIATE DEDUCTIONS AND CONTRIBUTE TO OUR ECONOMY AND CREATE JOBS. AND ANOTHER IMPORTANT POINT, MR. SPEAKER, AND AGAIN, I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR TAKING THIS TIME AND BRINGING US TOGETHER TO TALK ABOUT THIS ISSUE IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER, THE BEST ALLY THAT THOSE WHO ARE OPERATING ILLEGALLY, THE DRUG CARTEL THE DRUG TRAFFICKERS, WHO DO NOT PAY ANY TAXES, WITH TARGET CHILDREN, THE BEST ALLY THEY HAVE ARE THE POLICIES THAT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL HAS EMBRACED. BECAUSE WHAT HAPPENS, MR. SPEAKER IS THAT THESE LEGALLY OPERATING BUSINESSES CAN NO LONGER COMPETE. AND THAT PEOPLE TURN TO THE BLACK MARKET. SO HOPEFULLY, INADVERTENTLY, I HOPE INADVERTENTLY, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL HAS ACTUALLY DONE A GREAT FAVOR TO THOSE WHO OPERATE OUTSIDE THE LAW. AND IS PUNISHING THOSE WHO ARE ACTUALLY TRYING TO CONTROL THIS SUBSTANCE, TO KEEP IT AWAY FROM YOUNG PEOPLE, TO MAKE SURE THAT ONLY THOSE THAT HAVE PERMISSION FROM THEIR STATES, PRESCRIPTIONS FROM THEIR DOCTORS, CAN ACCESS THIS SUBSTANCE. SO I I AM, AGAIN SO GRATEFUL TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUE TODAY TO CALL ON THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, ON THIS ADMINISTRATION, ON THIS PRESIDENT, WHO WHEN HE CAMPAIGNED SAID I'LL DEFER TO THE STATE, I WILL RESPECT THE STATE, AND IN THIS CASE, A STATE LIKE FLORIDA WHICH VOTED FOR THE PRESIDENT ALSO VOTED 71% TO ALLOW MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN OUR STATE. ALL THE WAY FROM KEY WEST TO THE PANHANDLE. RESIDENTS OF FLORIDA DESERVE TO BE RESPECTED. SO I WILL CONTINUE WORKING WITH MY COLLEAGUES -- MY COLLEAGUE ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE, ACROSS THE AISLE, MAKE SURE THAT OUR GOVERNMENT RESPECTS STATES' RIGHTS, TO MAKE SURE OUR GOVERNMENT IS ON THE SIDE OF THOSE WHO WANT TO OPERATE WITHIN THE LAW. THOSE WHO WANT TO PAY TAXES. THOSE WHO WANT TO BE COMPLIANT. NOT THE GANGS AND THE ILLEGAL DRUG TRAFFICKERS WHO ARE CELEBRATING TODAY AS A RESULT OF THIS DANGEROUS POLICY CHANGE. I YIELD BACK TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM FLORIDA, MR. GAETZ.

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                              • 08:43:20 PM

                                MR. GAETZ

                                I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. CURBELO, FOR JOINING ME THIS…

                                I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. CURBELO, FOR JOINING ME THIS EVENING. EACH AND EVERY POINT MR. CURBELO MADE WASN'T PARTISAN. HE DIDN'T -- IT DIDN'T LEND ITSELF TO A CONSERVATIVE OR LIBERAL IDEOLOGY. IT JUST MADE SENSE. JUST ADHERE TO OUR CONSTITUTIONAL PRINCIPLES IN A WAY WITHOUT GETTING THE GOVERNMENT IN THE WAY. I'M PARTICULARLY GRATEFUL THAT THE MOVEMENT CRITICIZING ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS FOR THIS VERY POOR JUDGMENT EXERCISED IS NOT A REPUBLICAN MOVEMENT OR A DEMOCRAT MOVEMENT. IT IS BIPARTISAN. AND IN THAT BIPARTISAN SPIRIT, I WANTED TO RECOGNIZE MY FRIEND, MR. CORREA, FROM CALIFORNIA, I WANT TO THANK THE MANY CALIFORNIANS WHO ARE BEEN PART OF THIS EFFORT GOING FORWARD. I YIELD HIM SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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                                MR. CORREA

                                THANK YOU. I'M ALSO HONORED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES FROM ACROSS THE AISLE…

                                THANK YOU. I'M ALSO HONORED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES FROM ACROSS THE AISLE TONIGHT TO TALK ABOUT ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS' DECISION TO RESCIND THE COLE MEMO WHICH HAS GUIDED THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA'S -- THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA AS WELL AS OTHER STATES IN PURSUING REASONABLE CANNABIS REGULATION. THE CALIFORNIA STATE SENATOR, WE RELIED ON THE COLE MEMO TO HELP CRAFT CALIFORNIA'S CANNABIS INDUSTRY REGULATORY FRAMEWORK. I PERSONALLY INTRODUCED LEGISLATION TO REGULATE MEDICAL CANNABIS THAT WAS SPONSORED BY THE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNITY OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA. WE ALL RELIED ON THE COLE MEMO. WE ALL RELIED ON REGULATING MEDICAL MARIJUANA TO MAKE SURE IT WAS CHEMICAL-FREE THAT IT WAS TESTED, LABELED, AND THAT CANNABIS WAS KEPT AWAY FROM OUR CHILDREN, OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, AND OUR SCHOOLS. I REMEMBER WORKING ON THIS LEGISLATION AND ONE DAY I GOT A PHONE CALL FROM A REPUBLICAN DOCTOR WHO WANTED TO LECTURE ME ABOUT MY BILL. I ASSUMED HE WAS OPPOSED TO THE LEGISLATION BUT YOU KNOW WHAT? I WANTED TO HEAR HIM OUT. SO I HAD AND DURING THE MEETING, HE TOLD ME ABOUT HIS DAUGHTER, WHO FROM BIRTH UNTIL THE AGE OF 10, HAD SEIZURES AND EVERY TIME, THOSE SEIZURES HAVE GOTTEN WORSE AND WORSE AND THE MEDICATION HE HAD TO USE HAD GOTTEN STRONGER AND STRONGER, WITH TERRIBLE SILED EFFECTS ON HIS BELOVED DAUGHTER. THE DOCTOR USED IT AND IT WAS A LIKE A MIRACLE SM HIS DAUGHTER WAS GETTING BETTER AND HE SAID, I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT MY DAUGHTER'S SEIZURES STOP AND I WANT TO MAKE SURE SHE DOESN'T GET HIGH AND WHAT HE WANTED TO DO IS MAKE SURE THAT MY LEGISLATION CARRIED LANGUAGE TO MAKE SURE THAT MEL CAN BUSINESS WAS TESTED. ALL WHAT THIS AND THERE ARE MR PATIENTS THAT RELY ON MEDICAL CAN ARCH B INCH S AND RELIES ON THE MANUFACTURING. ATTORNEY GERM SESSIONS, DOING AWAY WITH THE COLE AMENDMENT AFFECTTIVELY SAYS TO THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, YOU CAN NO LONGER IT. AND THIS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE. I SAY, PLEASE A SAY, ATTORNEY GERM SESSIONS LET STATES DO WHAT STATES DO BEST, RESPECT THE SONCHT AND MOVE FORWARD. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD.

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                                CHILDREN WITH DISEASES THAT LEAD TO CHRONIC SEIZURES.

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                                MR. GAETZ

                                THERE IS A DESPERATION WHO HAVE CHILDREN WHO HAVE THESE SEIZURES. A CHILD…

                                THERE IS A DESPERATION WHO HAVE CHILDREN WHO HAVE THESE SEIZURES. A CHILD EYE CAN ROLL IN THE BACK OF THEIR HEAD. MR. CORREA REFERENCED CIRCUMSTANCES WHERE AR PARENT WOULD REACH OUT TOLL HELP. AND I WOULD YIELD TO YOU HOW IT PLAIN AND DISRUPTION IN THE PROCESS AND WANT THEIR CHILD TO BE ABLE TO BREATHE IN THE ABSENCE OF THESE SYMPTOMS. I WOULD ISRAEL TO YOU.

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                                THANK YOU, MR. PER. I WANT TO ADD THAT THING ABOUT ALL THE PROGRESS WE…

                                THANK YOU, MR. PER. I WANT TO ADD THAT THING ABOUT ALL THE PROGRESS WE HAVE MADE AS A COUNTRY AND COUNTRY HOW SOUM STATES HAVE RELIED ON THAT COLE MEMO TO BE LAWFUL, LAWFULLY ABIDING CITIZENS, LAWFUL BUSINESSMEN AND STATES HAVE RELIED ON THAT TO MAKE SURE THEIR FRAMEWORK. MILLION TIME HAVE BEEN INVESTED BY THE STATES TO MAKE SURE WE ARE FOLLOWING FEDERAL LAW. AND OVERNIGHT, THE COLE MEMO IS DEPON AND ALL THIS IS OUT THE DOOR. WHAT DO WE TELL THESE CITIZENS WHO WANT TOLL FOLLOW THE LAW AND PAY THEIR TAXES AND DO WHAT IS RIGHT UNDER THE LAW IF THEY ARE NOT CRIMINALS. THIS IS NOT RIGHT AND INCONSISTENT WITH OUR DUE PROCESS AND AT THE END OF THE DAY, THESE ARE STATES' RIGHTS. WE HAVE GIVEN THESE ABILITIES OF THE STATES TO REGULATE THIS. WE CANNOT TURN OUR BACK AND SAY, WE DEPOSIT MEAN IT. I DON'T BELIEVE WE CAN RETURN TO THOSE DAYS WHEN WE WOULD LOOK UP INDIVIDUALS OR MINOR SOURCES OF CAN BUSINESS. WE CAPTAIN ARREST PEOPLE AND THE DOCTOR HAS THE ABILITY TO MED INDICATE HIS DAUGHTER.

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                                I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING BACK. AND I WISH YOU THE BEST. WHAT…

                                I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING BACK. AND I WISH YOU THE BEST. WHAT DOES THE RO PEEL OF THE COMB MEMO REALLY MEAN FOR A PATIENT, A DOCTOR OR DISPENSING ORGANIZATION. IT COULD BE CRIPPLING AND TO THE AMERICANS WHO RELY UPON IT FOR MEDICINE. BANKS DO NOT KNOW WHETHER OR NOT THEIR RECEIPT OF DEPOSITS OPERATING UNDER THE COLOR OF STATE LAW WOULD SUBJECT THAT BANK TO THE OP PRESENCE I HAVE HAND OF THE HE BANK. AND DISPENSING ORGANIZATIONS THAT WANT TO MAKE RESEARCH AND WON'T BE ABLE TO MEET PAYROLL AND FUND THE INFRASTRUCTURE. WON'T BE ABLE TO DO THE RESEARCH AND FIND OUT WHAT STRAINS OF AND THIS REPEAL OF THE COLE MEMO IS PRESIDENT A CIRCUMSTANCE THAT YOU ARE OK WHERE YOU AREN'T OK, IT ERODES THE FRAMEWORK THAT HAS ALLOWED PEOPLE TO BRING MEDICINE TO THE DOORSTEP. CONFUSING POLICY. LACK OF CLARITY. IN AN AREA WHERE IT COULD DO SO MUCH GOOD, WHY WOULDN'T WE WAN THE PLEASE HIGHEST STANDARDS FOR TESTING AND LABELING AND RESEARCH AND INTRODUCE CANNABIS NOT IN A CONTEST THAT COULD DO THAT IN THE MOST CLINICAL SETTING. PRESENT SUBSCRIBED BY DOCK TRS THAT HAVE SEEN THE REMEDY. I'M A LIMITED GOVERNMENT GUY. I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY THIS HE WANT TO PLACE BETWEEN VULNERABLE PEOPLE. I WANTED TO TAKE A MOMENT TO RECOGNIZE ONE OF MY FRIENDS, WHO HAS LED IN THIS INSTITUTION IN HIS CONVERSATIONS CAUSES AND I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA.

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                                MR. SANFORD

                                APPLAUD THE WAY YOU RAISE THIS. IT WAS JEFFERSON WHO SAID THE NORMAL…

                                APPLAUD THE WAY YOU RAISE THIS. IT WAS JEFFERSON WHO SAID THE NORMAL COURSE OF THINGS WAS TO GOVERNMENT TO GAIN GROUND. GOVERNMENT TO GAIN GROUND AND LIABILITY TO YIELD. AND YOU THINK ABOUT THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE 10TH AMENDMENT. THOSE POWERS NOT DELEGATED NOR PROTTED BY THE STATES ARE RESEVERED TO THE STATES RESPECTIVELY. THIS IS A GUT CHECK MOMENT ON WHICH WE PLEACH IN THE 10TH AMENDMENT AND WITH HE BELIEVE IN A LIMITED FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. ONE, WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT TONIGHT IS ABOUT THIS LARGER QUESTION OF WHETHER STATES ARE PROXIES, IF YOU WILL, WORK IR VIZZA FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND NOTHING MORE THAN THAT. ARE ALL DECISIONS TO BE MADE IN WASHINGTON, D.C.,? THIS ISSUE IS NOT ABOUT MARIJUANA BUT ABOUT LOCAL VOICE AND LOCAL CONTROL. WE HAVE AN OIL DRILLING ISSUE. NOT BECAUSE IT WAS OUR IDEA BUT EVERY ONE CAME OUT IN UNISON WITH DIFFERENTDOM OF PROCKSPLA PLACES AND IN THE WAY WE ACCEPT AS A COASTLINE. THIS IS A LARGER QUESTION, OR IS THERE A STATE DEPOFT AND HOLE GOVERNMENT AND INDIVIDUAL INVOLVEMENT THAT IS INVOLVED IN THE WAY DECISIONS GET MADE? AND THIS IS A GUT CHECK VOTE ON THE NOTION OF FEDERALISM. AND THE REASON THEY DIDN'T WANT A KING OR A QUEEN AND THE CONGRESSWOMEN DRICK VOICE THAT WENT WITH IT, BASS IT IS A ONE MAN, ONE VOICE. WHAT I THINK IS INTERESTING, STATE LEVEL. I REMEMBER DIFFERENT BILLS KMING CROSS MY DESK AND THEY PROPOSED TAX INCREASES AND THE STAFF WOULD SAY, YOU HAVE TO VETO THAT. I DON'T AGREE WITH IT. I COMBROW IT IS A MISTAKE BUT COUNTIES NEED TO DECIDE. THIS IS THE EXACT LEVEL OF PLAY. AND BY HAVING THIS DIFFERENT EXPERIMENTS AND WHAT WORKS AND DOESN'T WORK, NOT FROM THE BOTTOM UP. THIS IS ABOUT SAYING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOES NOT DECIDE THE COMPLEXION OF A LOCAL BUSINESS. H.R. 1810, I'M A CO-SONS SORE OF THINKS BILL, YOU HAVE TO WHITEAL LOCAL BUSINESS AS A LOCAL BUSINESS AND CAN'T COME IN AND PRE-EMENT FROM A FEDERAL LEVEL AND DECIDE HOW THINK ARE GOING TO OPERATE. I APLAYED WHAT YOU RAISED TONIGHT. AND YOUR VERY STRONG STAND FOR LIBERTY. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                ONE MINUTE.

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                                MR. GAETZ

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'LL CONCLUDE WITH THIS. I WASN'T ALWAYS A…

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'LL CONCLUDE WITH THIS. I WASN'T ALWAYS A BELIEVER IN MEDICAL CANNABIS. BUT I MET A GIRL IN MY DISTRICT WHO WAS BEING TOLD BY HER DOCTORS THAT SHE WAS GOING TO HAVE TO SAW HER BRAIN IN HALF TO STOP THE SEIZURES FROM FIRING ACROSS. TODAY THAT LITTLE GIRL IS A MEDICAL CANNABIS PATIENT. SHE'S TRADED SURGERIES FOR SOFTBALL GAMES. SHE'S TRADED DOCTORS FOR DANCING LESSONS. AND SHE'S -- SHE BRINGS HUGS AND HOPE AND JOY TO OUR ENTIRE COMMUNITY. IT'S FOR HER, IT'S FOR THE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS BENEFITING FROM MEDICAL CANNABIS THAT I CALL UPON THIS ADMINISTRATION TO STOP THE ATTORNEY GENERAL FROM HARMING AMERICANS THROUGH HIS REPEAL OF THE COLE MEMO. WITH, THAT MR. SPEAKER, I THANK MY BIPARTISAN GROUP OF COLLEAGUES WHO JOINED ME THIS EVENING AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 09:06:08 PM

                              Recess

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

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                                TEMPORE PURSUANT

                                OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES HOW IT'S IN RECESS SUBJECT TO THE CALL OF…

                                OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES HOW IT'S IN RECESS SUBJECT TO THE CALL OF THE CHAIR.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR LAY ABOUTS BEFORE THE HOUSE -- LAYS…

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

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                              THE CLERK

                              THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. JANUARY 17, 2018. I HEREBY APPOINT…

                              THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. JANUARY 17, 2018. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE DAVID G. VALADAO TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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                              TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

                              PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF JANUARY , 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 OTHER THAN THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS AND MINORITY WHIP SHALL BE LIMITED TO FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                              MR. BLUMENAUER

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. HERE WE'RE AGAIN. FACING THE POSSIBILITY OF A…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. HERE WE'RE AGAIN. FACING THE POSSIBILITY OF A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN. IT'S ONE OF THE MOST FOOLISH ACTS POSSIBLE. WHAT WE HAVE SEEN IN THE PAST WHEN THIS OCCURS WHERE THERE IS SOME PEOPLE WHO DECIDE THEY WANT TO FORCE THE GOVERNMENT TO SHUT DOWN, IT ONLY HURTS OUR EMPLOYEES AND IT HURTS THE PUBLIC HAVING A DENIAL OF SERVICE IN MANY INSTANCES. THE EMPLOYEES ARE SENT HOME. THEY ARE FOOLISH ACTS POSSIBLE. WHAT OFF THE PAYROLL TEMPORARILY. BUT WHAT HAS ALWAYS HAPPENED IS WE ALWAYS END UP PAYING THEM BECAUSE IT'S NOT THEIR FAULT. AS A RESULT, THE TAXPAYER LOSES TWICE, THEY LOSE THE SERVICES, AND THEY END UP HAVING TO PAY ESSENTIALLY PUBLIC EMPLOYEES TO TAKE A FORCED VACATION. NOW, THE CURRENT CONTROVERSY IS LARGELY ABOUT THE FATE OF ALMOST 700,000 UNDOCUMENTED YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WERE BROUGHT HERE AS CHILDREN. EMPLOYEES TO TAKE A FORCED VACATION. THIS SHOULDN'T BE A MATTER OF MAJOR DEBATE. WE CAN TAKE CARE OF THE IMMIGRATION ISSUES IF WE ALLOWED THE PROCESS TO WORK. REMEMBER A COUPLE YEARS AGO THE SENATE PASSED A BIPARTISAN IMMIGRATION REFORM BILL, NOT PERFECT, MAYBE A C-PLUS ON THE SCALE, BUT IT WOULD HAVE FIXED THE PROBLEM IN THE SHORT AND INTERMEDIATE TERM. UNFORTUNATELY, THE HOUSE LEADERSHIP NEVER ALLOWED US TO VOTE ON IT. PROBABLY BECAUSE THEY KNEW IT WOULD PASS. NOW WE'RE FACING ANXIETY AGAIN. WE HAVE HAD PEOPLE ARGUING ABOUT WHAT VULGARITY THE PRESIDENT USED OR WHO'S ACTING IN GOOD FAITH, BUT THE FACT IS THAT WE HAVE A PROPOSAL FROM SENATOR DURBIN AND SENATOR GRAHAM, A BIPARTISAN PROPOSAL, THAT MET THE BROAD OUTLINES THAT THE PRESIDENT EARLIER TALKED ABOUT. THAT LOOKS AS THOUGH IT WILL PASS THE SENATE. AND WOULD HAVE A STRONG POSSIBILITY OF PASSING HERE IN THE HOUSE. THERE IS SOME CONTROVERSY, PEOPLE ARE SUGGESTING DEMOCRATS WANT TO SHUT THE GOVERNMENT DOWN. ABSOLUTELY NOT. MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS ARE IN COMPLETE CONTROL OF THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE AND THE WHITE HOUSE. AND THEY CAN, AS THEY DID RECENTLY WITH THE SHORT-TERM EXTENSION, THEY CAN PASS IT THEMSELVES. BUT IF THEY WANT TO WORK WITH US, THEY OUGHT TO INCLUDE US IN THIS EFFORT. I WOULD SUGGEST MY THAT WE STOP GOVERNING BEHIND CLOSED DOORS AND HAVING THE MAJORITY PARTY CATER TO A SMALL HANDFUL OF PEOPLE WHO ARE MAKING DEMANDS THAT WOULD NOT BE ACCEPTABLE TO THE BROAD HOUSE AND PROBABLY AREN'T EVEN ACCEPTABLE TO MOST REPUBLICANS. LET'S BRING THE BEST APPROACHES FORWARD. IT'S PRETTY SIMPLE. ALLOW THE HOUSE TO VOTE ON THE GRAHAM --IN PROPOSAL. I UNDERSTAND THERE'S ONE FROM OUR FRIEND -- DURBIN-GRAHAM PROPOSE A I UNDERSTAND THERE'S ONE FROM MR. GOODLATTE. THERE ARE PROCESSES WHERE YOU CAN HAVE MULTIPLE VOTES ON ISSUES THAT ARE RELATED AND AT THE END THERE IS ONE THAT'S LEFT STANDING THAT REPRESENTS THE MAJORITY. I WOULD SUGGEST THAT THERE IS NO REASON TO PLAY GAMES WITH THE INTEGRITY OF GOVERNMENT SERVICES. PLAY GAMES WITH OUR EMPLOYEES. PLAY GAMES WITH PROVIDING KEY SERVICES TO THE PUBLIC, AND MOST IMPORTANT, STOP USING ALMOST 700,000 YOUNG PEOPLE AND MILLIONS OF THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS, THEIR EMPLOYERS, THEIR FELLOW WORKERS AS PAWNS. LET'S BRING THE PROPOSALS FORWARD. ALLOW AN UP OR DOWN VOTE. RESOLVE THIS RATHER THAN THREATEN THE POSSIBILITY OF WASTING MONEY, WASTING SERVICES, AND FURTHER FRUSTRATING THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. THEY DESERVE BETTER. AND THIS IS A SIMPLE RESOLUTION THAT WAS IN OUR CAPACITY THIS WEEK.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MS. FOXX, FOR…

                              THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MS. FOXX, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                              MS. FOXX

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. EACH YEAR WE COMMEMORATE NATIONAL SCHOOL CHOICE…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. EACH YEAR WE COMMEMORATE NATIONAL SCHOOL CHOICE WEEK TO CELEBRATE A FAMILY'S RIGHT TO SELECT THE BEST SCHOOL FOR THEIR CHILDREN. THIS YEAR WE'RE STARTING THE CELEBRATION ON JANUARY 21. AMERICANS LIKE TO HAVE OPTIONS, AND WHEN IT COMES TO OPTIONS IN POST SECONDARY EDUCATION, THERE ARE MORE OPPORTUNITIES THAN EVER. SCHOOL CHOICE IS ALSO ABOUT BRINGING THOSE OPTIONS TO AMERICA'S CHILDREN IN ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS. ONE OF THE BEST EXAMPLES OF OPTIONS IS THE EXPANSION OF SCHOOL CHOICE -- IN THE EXPANSION OF SCHOOL CHOICE IS THE GROWTH OF CHARTER SCHOOLS. OVER THE LAST 12 YEARS PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL ENROLLMENT HAS TRIPLEDLE AND AMERICA NOW HAS THREE MILLION STUDENTS ATTENDING THESE SCHOOLS. ALONG WITH THE GROWING DEMAND FOR CHARTER SCHOOLS, HOMESCHOOLING AND PRIVATE SCHOOL CHOICE PROGRAMS ARE INCREASING. THERE ARE 2.3 MILLION STUDENTS BEING HOMESCHOOLED. AND ENROLLMENT IN PRIVATE HOMESCHOOLING AND PRIVATE SCHOOL CHOICE PROGRAMS ARE INCREASING. SCHOOL CHOICE PROGRAMS HAS INCREASED MORE THAN 100%. MAKING SCHOOL CHOICE AVIDEO CAMERAABLE -- AVAILABLE TO MORE FAMILIES SHOULD BE A PRIORITY FOR ALL OF US. IT IS CLEAR THAT PARENTS ARE LOOKING FOR OPTIONS AND WE WANT OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM TO BE OPEN TO EVERYONE. SCHOOL CHOICE PROGRAMS MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE TO WISH CRYSTAL OF THE FIFTH DISTRICT A VERY PEACEFUL AND HAPPY RETIREMENT. FOR THE LAST 16 YEARS SHE HAS SELFLESSLY SERVED AS THE HUNGER AND HEALTH COALITION DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS LOCATED IN ROY TAUGA COUNTY -- IN WATAUGA COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA. THE MISSION IS TO LIFT UP THE COMMUNITY BY PROVIDING RESOURCES SUCH AS FOOD, MEDICATIONS, AND HEAT IN THE WINTERS OF THOSE IN NEED. CRYSTAL WORKED WITH MEMBERS IN THE FAITH COMMUNITY AND LOCAL CHURCHES TO ENSURE THE WELL-BEING OF MANY INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES. IT IS MY BELIEF THAT NORTH CAROLINA WILL BENEFIT FROM HER TIRELESS EFFORTS FOR YEARS TO COME. A LASTING LEGACY OF SERVICE IS SOMETHING THAT IS BECOMING ALL TOO RARE IN OUR NEIGHBORHOODS TODAY. I WILL REMAIN FOREVER GRATEFUL TO HER FOR HER SERVICE TO OUR COMMUNITY. I WISH HER A HAPPY RETIREMENT. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                            • 10:08:50 AM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. POCAN, FOR FIVE…

                              THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. POCAN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                            • 10:08:54 AM

                              MR. POCAN

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN BIZARRE WASHINGTON NEWS OF THE LAST WEEK, THE…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN BIZARRE WASHINGTON NEWS OF THE LAST WEEK, THE RAGING CONTROVERSY IS WHETHER THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES REFERRED TO OTHER IN BIZARRE CONTINENT AS S-HOLES OR S-HOUSES. AS IF EITHER WORD COUNTRIES AND A OF DIFFERENCE, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU INSULT OTHER NATIONS IN THE WORLD, AS OUR PRESIDENT DID. EQUALLY WORRISOME IS THAT THE LEADERSHIP OF THIS BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT, MEANS A DROP THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, A CO-EQUAL BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT, HAS BEEN COMPLICIT OR SILENT ABOUT HOW TO RESPOND TO THE COMMENTS MADE BY OUR PRESIDENT. IN FACT, SPEAKER PAUL RYAN TOOK 19 HOURS AND 53 MINUTES TO RESPOND. WITH ALL OF THAT TIME, ENOUGH TIME TO HAVE DRIVEN FROM WASHINGTON, D.C. TORQUES DALLAS, TEXAS, OR TO WATCH THE MOVIE JAWS NINE TIMES, WHAT WAS HIS STINGING AND NECESSARY REBUKE AFTER THAT MUCH TIME AND THOUGHT? UNFORTUNATE. THE SPEAKER SAID THE PRESIDENT'S COMMENTS WERE UNFORTUNATE AND UNHELPFUL. LOOK, IT'S UNFORTUNATE WHEN YOU WALK OUTSIDE AND STEP IN A PUDDLE OF WATER. THIS WAS MORE LIKE WALKING INTO A GLOBAL-SIZE PILE OF S WE'RE NOT ON THE STAFF OF THE WHITE HOUSE. WE'RE A CO-EQUAL BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT. AND IT'S ABOUT TIME WE ACTED LIKE IT. SAYING NOTHING OR BASICALLY NOTHING IS UNACCEPTABLE. WE NEED TO PUT OUR COUNTRY BEFORE OUR POLITICAL PARTY. CALLING OTHER COUNTRIES AND EVEN A CONTINENT NAMES LIKE S-HOLES OR S-HOUSES PUTS OUR SERVICE MEMBERS AND AMERICANS OVERSEAS AT GREATER RISK. AND WEAK WORDS ARE SILENCE, MAKES CONGRESS COMPLICIT WITH THE PRESIDENT'S RACIST RHETORIC. AND BY THE WAY, PEOPLE OUTSIDE THE BELTWAY, JUST THINK CONGRESS IS FULL OF S. . EVERYONE ELSE HAD THE PROPER RESPONSE TO THE PRESIDENT'S COMMENTS. THAT THEY WERE JUST FUHR B.S. I YIELD -- THEY WEREOUS PURE B.S. I YIELD BACK.

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                              TEMPORE MEMBERS

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

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

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                              MR. THOMPSON

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE BECAUSE TODAY FORMER…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE BECAUSE TODAY FORMER SENATOR BOB DOLE WILL RECEIVE THE NATION'S HIGHEST CIVILIAN HONOR TO RECOGNIZE HIS DECADES OF SERVICE AS A SOLDIER, LAWMAKER, AND STATESMAN. HOUSE AND SENATE LEADERS WILL PRESENT THE 94-YEAR-OLD FORMER SENATOR WITH THE CONGRESSIONAL GOLD METAL. SENATOR DOLE REPRESENTED KANSAS FOR 35 YEARS. FIRST AS A REPRESENTATIVE IN THIS HOUSE AND LATER LENDING HIS LEADERSHIP TO THE U.S. SENATE. IN 1996, HE WAS THE G.O.P. CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT. PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN IN 1989 SAID SENATOR DOLE SERVED AMERICA HEROICALLY AND, QUOTE, HAS BEEN A FRIEND OF VETERANS, FARMERS, AND AMERICANS FROM EVERY WALK OF LIFE. BOB DOLE HAS STOOD FOR INTEGRITY, STRAIGHT TALK, AND ACHIEVEMENT THROUGHOUT HIS YEARS OF DISTINGUISHED PUBLIC SERVICE, END QUOTE. SENATOR DOLE HAS SERVED THIS COUNTRY, THIS NATION ON THE BATTLELEFIELD, ENLISTING WITH THE U.S. ARMY DURING WORLD WAR II. DURING MILITARY OFFENSIVE IN ITALY HE WAS SERIOUSLY WOUNDED WHILE TRYING TO SAVE A FELLOW SORLEDE. DESPITE HIS GRAVE INJURIES, DOLE RECOVERED AND WAS AWARDED TWO PURPLE HEARTS AND BRONZE STAR WITH AN OAK CLUFTER FOR HIS SERVICE. I'M PROUD WE'LL HONOR HIM TODAY FOR HIS LIFE OF SERVICE TO THE UNITED STATES, BOTH IN THE MILITARY AND HERE ON CAPITOL HILL. IT IS SURE TO BE A MOVING CEREMONY IN HONOR OF A REAL AMERICAN HERO. MR. SPEAKER, SERVICE TO ONE'S COUNTRY IS AMONG THE MOST NOTABLE AND SELFLESS ACTS THROUGHOUT HISTORY. OUR MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN HAVE SHOWN ALL COMPROMISING HONOR, DEDICATION TO DUTY, AND GENUINE LOVE OF COUNTRY. THIS EVENING, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO MEET THE 23RD SECRETARY OF THE CONGRESS WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO MEET THE 23RD SECRETARY OF THE ARMY, THE HONORABLE MARK T. ESPER. HE'S A 1986 GRADUATE OF THE U.S. MILITARY CADMI AT WEST POINT. HE SERVED ON ACTIVE DUTY FOR MORE THAN 10 YEARS BEFORE TRANSITIONING INTO THE RESERVE, ACHIEVING THE RANK OF LIEUTENANT COLONEL. THE SECRETARY'S SERVICE INCLUDED DEPLOYMENT WITH THE 101ST AIRBORNE DURING OPERATION DESERT STORM. HE WAS AWARDED THE BRONZE STAR MEDAL. PROUDLY THE SECRETARY WAS AWARDED THE BRONZE STAR MEDAL. PROUDLY THE SECRETARY A PENNSYLVANIA NATIVE. HE GRADUATED FROM LAUREL HIGHLANDS HIGH SCHOOL IN UNIONTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA. IN 1982. THE SECRETARY LATER EARNED A MASTER'S DEGREE IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION FROM HARVARD UNIVERSITY AND DOCTORATE FROM JORNING WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY. I LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING THE SECRETARY TONIGHT THANKS TO THE RECEPTION HOSTED BY THE HOUSE ARMY CAUCUS. IN ADDITION TO THE SECRETARY, WE'LL BE JOINED BY GENERAL MARK MEALY, THE 39TH CHIEF OF STAFF OF THE ARMY. THE ARMY'S SENIOR LEADERS AND STAFF WILL ALSO ATTEND. THIS RECEPTION PROVIDES AND IMPORTANT OPPORTUNITY FOR MEMBERS TO MEET DIRECTLY WITH THE SECRETARY AND THE GENERAL AS WELL AS THE ARMY STAFF TO GAIN THEIR PERSPECTIVES ON THE STRATEGIC ENVIRONMENT FACING THE ARMY DURING THE 115TH CONGRESS AND DISCUSS ISSUES FACING OUR ARMY, SOLDIERS, AND THEIR FAMILIES. TWO OUTSTANDING EVENTS WILL TAKE PLACE TODAY IN THE CAPITOL. I LOOK FORWARD TO BOTH OF THESE HISTORIC OCCASIONS. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO CONGRATULATE THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE SHOWMAN'S ASSOCIATION ON THE OCCASION OF THEIR 50TH ANNIVERSARY. I LOOK FORWARD TO JOINING THEM FRIDAY EVENING AT THEIR ANNUAL PENNSYLVANIA ESTATE SHOWMAN'S ASSOCIATION CONVENTION. AS THEY CELEBRATE THIS MONUMENTAL MILESTONE. PENNSYLVANIA STATE SHOWMAN'S ASSOCIATION HAS SERVED TO KEEP THE OUTDOOR AMUSEMENT INDUSTRY ALIVE AND STRONG THROUGH THEIR COMBINED EFFORTS. THE PSSA HAS GROWN BECAUSE THE MEMBERS HAVE LEARNED TO PUT THEIR INDIVIDUAL GOALS ASIDE FOR THE COMMON GOALS OF THE INDUSTRY. THIS UNITITY REALLY HAS GIVEN THEM THE STRENGTH AND FORESIGHT NECESSARY TO CONTINUE THEIR WORK INTO THE NEXT CENTURY. THEIR ANNUAL CONVENTION TRADE SHOW BRINGS TOGETHER BOARD MEMBERS, VOLUNTEERS, AND STAFF FOR MOST OF THE 109 PENNSYLVANIA COUNTY AND LOCAL AFFAIRS. FOR 14 YEARS SUPPORTIVE SCHOLARSHIPS HAS GENERATED MORE THAN $200,000. THEIR INVESTMENT IN OUR COMMONWEALTH'S NEXT GENERATION LEADERSHIP IS TO BE COMMENDED. THANKS TO THE -- ALL THE MEMBERS OF THIS -- PENNSYLVANIA STATE SHOWMAN'S ASSOCIATION FOR THE WORK THAT THEY DO TO THE BEST OF THEIR HUMAN ABILITY TO KEEP OUTDOOR AMUSEMENT INDUSTRY THE BEST OF AMERICA'S FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT. CONGRATULATIONS AND HAPPY 50TH. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 10:15:37 AM

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

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

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                              MS. FUDGE

                              MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE TO RECOGNIZE DR. TOBY COSGROVE, AN INNOVATIVE…

                              MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE TO RECOGNIZE DR. TOBY COSGROVE, AN INNOVATIVE LEADER AND RECENTLY RETIRED PRESIDENT OF THE CLEVELAND CLINIC HOSPITAL SYSTEM. I AM FORTUNATE TO KNOW THE DOCTOR PERSONALLY AND I AM PRIVILEGED TO CALL HIM FRIEND. SOME SAY A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS. THAT WAS CERTAINLY TRUE OF TOBY COSGROVE. TOBY WAS AN ACCOMPLISHED SAILOR AS A YOUNG MAN. THAT WAS HIS PATH UNTIL HE SAW A PHOTO OF HIS NEIGHBOR IN AN OPERATING ROOM. THAT PHOTO INSPIRED HIM TO BECOME A SURGEON. HE GRADUATED FROM WILLIAMS COLLEGE IN MASSACHUSETTS AND EARNED HIS MEDICAL DEGREE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA SCHOOL OF MEDICINE. AFTER MEDICAL SCHOOL, DR. COSGROVE SERVED OUR NATION IN VIETNAM AS A CAPTAIN IN THE U.S. AIR FORCE. HE WAS AWARDED A BRONZE STAR, AND THE REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM COMMENDATION MEDAL FOR HIS SERVICE DURING THE WAR. DR. COSGROVE JOINED THE CLEVELAND CLINIC STAFF IN 1976. DR. COSGROVE WAS A WORLD RENOWNED HEART SURGEON FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS. HE PERFORMED MORE THAN 22,000 OPERATIONS, AND PIONEERED THE FIRST MINIMALLY INVASIVE HEART VALVE SURGERY. THROUGHOUT HIS REMARKABLE CLEAR, HE ACQUIRED 31 REGISTERED PATENTS. DR. COSGROVE TOOK THE HELM OF THE CLEVELAND CLINIC IN 2004 AND MADE THE HEALTH OF THE CLINIC EMPLOYEES A PRIORITY. SOME OF HIS WELLNESS INITIATIVES INCLUDED IMPLEMENTING A SMOKING BAN ON ALL CAMPUSES, ENSURING HEALTHIER FOOD OPTIONS IN CAFETERIAS, AND OPENING WEEKLY FARMERS MARKETS. DURING HIS TENURE, DR. COSGROVE FOCUSED ON ENHANCING PATIENT OUTCOMES AND A BETTER PATIENT EXPERIENCE. DR. COSGROVE IS CREDITED WITH INSTILLING A VISION AND CULTURE THAT HAS LED TO THE CLEVELAND CLINIC BEING DESCRIBED AS, AND I QUOTE, A ROLE MODEL OF HEALTH CARE DELIVERY. HE COINED THE PHRASE "PATIENTS FIRST" AND MADE HEADLINES BY HIRING AMERICA'S FIRST CHIEF EXPERIENCED OFFICER TO ENSURE CAREGIVERS WERE MEETING THE MEDICAL, PHYSICAL, AND EMOTIONAL NEEDS OF PATIENTS. DR. COSGROVE LED THE EXPANSION OF CLEVELAND CLINIC'S FOOTPRINT TO OVER 100 LOCATIONS IN NORTHEAST OHIO, INCLUDING 10 REGIONAL HOSPITALS AND 21 FAMILY HEALTH CENTERS. UNDER HIS LEADERSHIP, THE CLEVELAND CLINIC HAS BECOME OHIO'S LARGEST EMPLOYER. TOTAL VISITS INCREASED TO 7.1 MILLION, AND RESEARCH FUNDING GREW TO 260 MILLION. THE CLEVELAND CLINIC HEALTH SYSTEM INCLUDES FACILITIES IN FLORIDA, NEVADA, CANADA, ABU DAB UE AND A NEW LONDON -- DABI AND A NEW LONDON FACILITY. DR. COSGROVE STEPPED DOWN AT THE END OF 2017. THE CLEVELAND COMMUNITY CAME TOGETHER TO RAISE OVER $50 MILLION FOR THE COSGROVE TRANSFORMATION CAMPAIGN TO HONOR HIS CAREER AND LEGACY. THE COSGROVE TRANSFORMATION CAMPAIGN WILL ENSURE CLEVELAND CLINIC REMAINS A WORLD LEADER IN INNOVATION, RESEARCH, EDUCATION, AND IMPROVING THE PATIENT EXPERIENCE. ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE OF THE 11TH CONGRESSIONAL SDRIBBLET OF OHIO, I THANK -- DISTRICT OF OHIO, I THANK DR. COSGROVE FOR HIS COMMITMENT TO IMPROVING THE HEALTH AND WELLNESS OF THOSE WE SERVE. THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT DR. COSGROVE'S IMPACT WILL CONTINUE TO BE FELT FOR DECADES TO COME. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                            • 10:19:37 AM

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

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

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                              MR. YOHO

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN HONOR OF ONE OF…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN HONOR OF ONE OF ALACHUA COUNTY TRAIL BLAZER. IT IS MY HOME COUNTY IN FLORIDA. MR. THOMAS COWARD WHO PASSED AWAY ON DECEMBER 23, 2017. MR. COWARD WAS DRAFTED INTO THE NAVY IN 1942, SERVED DURING WORLD WAR II. AFTER HIS HONORABLE DISCHARGE, HE WENT ON TO PURSUE HIGHER EDUCATION AND GRADUATED WITH HIS BACHELORS OF SCIENCE IN SOCIAL STUDIES FROM LINCOLN UNIVERSITY IN MISSOURI AND FOLLOWED IT WITH A MASTERS OF SCIENCE FROM TUSKEGEE UNIVERSITY IN ALABAMA. UPON COMPLETION OF HIS MASTERS, HE RETURNED TO HIS ALMA MATER LINCOLN HIGH SCHOOL IN GAINESVILLE TO TEACH CIVICS AND HISTORY. HIS INTERACTIVE STYLE OF TEACHING THAT INCLUDED MOCK GOVERNMENT SCENARIOS ENCOURAGED STUDENTS TO GET INVOLVED IN GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS. HE LATER WENT ON TO SERVE AS THE DEAN OF STUDENTS FOR LINCOLN HIGH SCHOOL AND THEN TRANSFERRED AS THE DEAN OF STUDENTS TO THE NEWLY OPENED HIGH SCHOOL IN GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA, IN 1971. HE ENDED HIS CAREER IN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM IN THE COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR'S OFFICE, HAVING SERVED IN THE ALACHUA COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM FOR OVER 30 YEARS. WHILE HIS STUDENTS REMEMBER HIM FOR HIS DEDICATION TO SHAPING YOUNG MINDS, MR. COWARD IS KNOWN IN THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE FOR BEING THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN ELECTED TO SERVE ON THE ALACHUA COUNTY COMMISSION IN 1974. IT'S A SEAT HE HELD FOR OVER 18 YEARS, AND INCIDENTALLY IT WAS THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE RECON CONSTRUCTION ERA THAT AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN -- RECONSTRUCTION ERA THAT AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN HAD BEEN ELECTED TO THE COMMISSION. DURING HIS TENURE HE HELPED ESTABLISH THE FIRST OFFICE OF EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AND FOCUSED ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT THROUGH THE COMMUNITY. IN PARTICULAR, EAST GAINESVILLE. IN FACT, HIS DOCUMENT, PLAN EAST GAINESVILLE, IS FREQUENTLY REFERRED TO AS A PLANNED VISION FOR THAT COMMUNITY. HIS TIME ON THE COUNTY COMMISSION INSPIRED HIM TO HELP FOUND THE NATIONAL FORUM FOR BLACK PUBLIC ADMINISTRATORS AND THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLACK COUNTY COMMISSIONERS. ADDITIONALLY, HE OWNED AND OPERATED THOMAS COWARD REALTY FOR 25 YEARS AND HE WAS THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN TO RECEIVE HIS BROKEAGE LICENSE IN ALACHUA COUNTY AND WAS A MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL REALTORS ASSOCIATION. THROUGHOUT HIS LEAD HE CONTINUED TO LEAD AND INSPIRE HIS COMMUNITY THROUGH POSITIONS SUCH AS PRESIDENT OF THE STATE REGIONAL PLANNING BOARD AND BOARD OF THE EAST GAINESVILLE TASK FORCE AND THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. ADDITIONALLY, HE WAS INVOLVED IN ORGANIZATIONS SUCH AS GAINESVILLE COTTON CLUB, THE ELKS, THE PHI BETA SIGMA FRATERNITY ALL WHICH FOCUSED ON SERVING THE COMMUNITY. IN THE CASE OF THE COTTON CLUB, HELPING OPEN A CULTURAL CENTER. HIS DEDICATION TO OUR COMMUNITY LED TO THE ALACHUA COUNTY COMMISSION DEDICATED THEIR SUPPORT SERVICE AUDITORIUM TO HIM IN 2016. ONCE QUOTED AS SAYING, MY IDEA IS IF YOU'RE GOING TO CHANGE THINGS THEN YOU GOT TO BE INVOLVED. MR. COWARD EMBODIED THIS IDEA AND HELD THE TITLE OF MANY FIRSTS THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE. I HAVE NO DOUBT HIS LEGACY OF LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE WILL GO ON TO BETTER OUR COMMUNITY THROUGH FUTURE GENERATIONS. HIS LEGACY HAS AND WILL INSPIRE THE FUTURE OF OUR COUNTY, OUR STATE, AND, YES, OUR NATION. MR. COWARD, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO ALL. YOU'LL BE MISSED.

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                            • 10:23:22 AM

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                              THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ALABAMA, MS. SEWELL, FOR FIVE…

                              THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ALABAMA, MS. SEWELL, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                              MS. SEWELL

                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE ON THEIR NCAA FOOTBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP WIN AGAINST THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA BULLDOGS. IN HISTORIC COMEBACK, THE CRIMSON TIDE OVERCAME A 13-0 DEFICIT TO WIN THE GAME IN OVERTIME AND TO RETURN THE TITLE TO TUSCALOOSA. THEY WIN ITS 17TH NATIONAL TITLE. BY FAR THE MOST OF ANY SCHOOL IN THE MODERN ERA OF FOOTBALL. THIS IS COACH -- HEAD COACH NICK SABAN'S FIFTH CHAMPIONSHIP WIN IN JUST NINE SEASONS. MR. SPEAKER, NO OTHER SCHOOL HAS WON EVEN -- ANY MORE THAN THREE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN ANY 10-YEAR PERIOD. THIS YEAR'S VICTORY IS AN EXTRAORDINARY RECORD WHICH FURTHER CEMENTS COACH SABAN'S STATUS AS ONE OF COLLEGE'S GREATEST FOOTBALL COICHESCOVEPES OF ALL-TIME. LIKEWISE, I WANT TO CONGRATULATE THE PLAYERS. AS COACH SABAN SAID, THIS WAS A TRUE TEAM VICTORY. FROM RUNNING BACKS SCARBOROUGH AND HARRIS, TO WIDE RECEIVERS RIDLEY AND SMITH, TO DEFENSIVE POWERHOUSES, FITZPATRICK AND DAVIS. TO THE TRUE FRESHMAN QUARTERBACK, TUA. EVERY PLAYER STEPPED UP TO THE CHALLENGE AND DEMONSTRATED RESILIENCE AND GRIT FOR ALL FOUR QUARTERS AND INTO OVERTIME. I ALSO WANT TO RECOGNIZE QUARTERBACK JALEN HURTS. WHILE HE DID NOT FINISH THE GAME, JALEN LED THE TIDE ALL THE WAY TO THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TWICE WITH AN IMPRESSIVE 25-2 RECORD IN HIS TWO SEASONS. THANK YOU, JALEN, FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP AND YOUR GRACIOUS SPORTSMANSHIP AND BEING SUCH A GOOD SPORT THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE GAME. FINALLY, I WANT TO COMMEND THE GEORGIA BULLDOGS ON A FANTASTIC SEASON AND A HARD-FOUGHT CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. COACH KIRBY SMART AND THE DOGS WERE A WORTHY OPPONENT, AND I KNOW THEY WILL GIVE US A RUN FOR OUR TITLE NEXT SEASON. MY FRIEND, JODY HICE, REPRESENTATIVE JODY HICE, WHO REPRESENTED THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA, MADE A FRIENDLY BET WITH ME BEFORE THE GAME AND HE WILL HONOR HIS WAGER THIS WEEK. ON THURSDAY, HE WILL JOIN ME ON THE CAPITOL STEPS WEARING A BEAR BRYANT HAT AS WELL AS AN ALABAMA TIE TO COMMEMORATE AND CELEBRATE ALABAMA'S VICTORY. HE WILL ALSO SERVE GEORGIA BARBECUE TO MY STAFF FOR LUNCH. THANK YOU, JODY, FOR BEING SUCH A GOOD SPORT. IN CLOSING, I WANT TO AGAIN CONGRATULATE THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE ON THEIR 17TH NATIONAL FOOTBALL TITLE. WHAT A GAME. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND AS WE SAY IN ALABAMA, ROLL TIDE.

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                            • 10:26:23 AM

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                              THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA, MR. MCKINLEY, FOR…

                              THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA, MR. MCKINLEY, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                              MR. MCKINLEY

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. GRADUALLY ONE -- GRADUALLY, MANY OF AMERICA'S…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. GRADUALLY ONE -- GRADUALLY, MANY OF AMERICA'S LARGEST MULTIEMPLOYER PENSION FUNDS ARE SLIPPING INTO INSOLVENCY, THREATENING THE RETIREMENT INCOME OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. FUNDS SUCH AS THE UNITED MINE WORKERS OF AMERICA, THE CENTRAL STATES PENSION FUND, THE BOILERMAKERS, THE IBEW, AND OVER 50 OTHERS ARE IN CRITICAL CONDITION. FAILURE OF THESE FUNDS WILL LEAVE RETIREES WHO HAVE PAID THEIR DUES THROUGHOUT THEIR ENTIRE CAREER WITHOUT THE INCOME THEY WERE EXPECTING AND PROMISED. THIS ECONOMIC CRISIS FOR FAMILIES COULD MEAN A LOSS OF HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN FUNDS AND MUST BE AVOIDED. I'VE WORKED WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF THE COAL MINERS AND THE CONSTRUCTION BUILDING TRADES IN PREPARING A RESOLUTION. IF IF WE FAIL TO ACT SOON, OUR OPTIONS BECOME INCREASINGLY LIMITED AND EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE. FOR EXAMPLE, THE UMWA PENSION FUND HAS BEEN PREDICTED TO COLLAPSE BY 2022 OR SOONER. BUT THE REAL CULPRIT TO THEIR PENSION CRISIS COMES NOT FROM WALL STREET OR THE MANAGEMENT OF THEIR OPERATIONS BUT FROM RIGHT HERE IN WASHINGTON, ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS AIMED AT PUTTING COAL OUT OF BUSINESS HAS RESULTED IN THE LOSS OF OVER 470 COAL MINES, 350 COAL-FIRED GENERATING PLANTS, AND 86,000 COAL JOBS AS A RESULT OF THE BANKRUPTCY OF MINING COMPANIES. SOME SUGGESTED THE FUNDS COULD FALL INTO THE PENSION BENEFITS GUARANTEED FUND, BUT THE PENSION GUARANTEED FUND SAYS IT, TOO, IS UNDERFUNDED. ASSUMING THE LIABILITY OF ONE OR MORE OF THESE TROUBLED FUNDS WILL LEAD TO THEIR OWN INSOLVENCY. H.R. 3913, THE AMERICAN MINERS PENSION FUND, WOULD ALLOW THEIR FUNDS TO RECOVER BY BORROWING FUNDS THAT WILL BE PAID BACK. IT'S IMPORTANT TO EMPHASIZE THIS POINT. THE LOANS ARE DESIGNED TO BE PAID BACK. IT'S NOT A BAILOUT. A BIPARTISAN PENSION PROTECTION CAUCUS THAT I CO-CHAIR WITH REPRESENTATIVES RICK NOLAN AND DEBBIE DINGELL RAISES ATTENTION TO THIS CRISIS BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE. CONGRESS MUST COME TOGETHER AND FIND A BIPARTISAN SOLUTION THAT WORKS FOR ALL OF THESE CRITICAL FUNDS AND TAKES CARE OF THE FAMILIES THAT NEED PEACE OF MIND. SO ON BEHALF OF THE -- AMERICAN COAL MINERS, THE TEAMSTERS, THE BUILDERS, BAKERS, BOILERMAKERS AND MANY OTHERS, WE MUST ACT NOW. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                            • 10:29:12 AM

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

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                              GREEN MR.

                              MR. SPEAKER, I'M ALWAYS HONORED TO STAND HERE IN THE WELL OF THE HOUSE.…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I'M ALWAYS HONORED TO STAND HERE IN THE WELL OF THE HOUSE. TODAY IS NO EXCEPTION. I LOVE MY COUNTRY, BUT I'M NOT PROUD OF MY PRESIDENT. MR. SPEAKER, I'M SADDENED TO SAY THAT THE LEVEL OF DISCOURSE THAT OUR COUNTRY HAS BEEN BROUGHT TO AN ALL-TIME LOW. THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO WERE VERY MUCH CONCERNED WHEN THE PRESIDENT INDICATED THAT THERE WOULD BE A BAN ON PERSONS FROM CERTAIN COUNTRIES. BAN ON MUSLIMS, IF YOU WILL. THERE WERE PEOPLE WHO WERE SADDENED WHEN THEY LEARNED THAT THE PRESIDENT WAS OF THE OPINION THAT MEMBERS OF THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY COULD NOT SERVE IN THE MILITARY. THERE WERE PEOPLE WHO WERE SADDENED BY THE PRESIDENT'S COMMENTS ABOUT S.O.B.'S PLAYING FOOTBALL. OTHERS WERE DISHEARTENED BY THE PRESIDENT'S COMMENT WITH REFERENCE TO CHARLOTTESVILLE AND SOME VERY FINE PEOPLE BEING AMONG THE RACIST, THE BIG GOT, THE K.K.K. -- BIG GOTS -- BIGOTS, THE K.K.K. THIS HAS CAUSED AN INTERNATIONAL UPROAR. PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD CANNOT BELIEVE THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS MADE HIS LATEST COMMENTS. MR. SPEAKER, THESE COMMENTS ARE WORDS THAT ARE HURTFUL AND HARMFUL. BUT THIS IS JUST NOT ANOTHER PERSON MAKING THESE COMMENTS. THIS IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA HAS THE ABILITY, THE POWER, ANTI-WHEREWITHAL TO DO MORE THAN SIMPLY -- AND THE WHERE WIDTH ALL TO DO MORE THAN SIMPLY SPEAK THESE WORDS. THESE WORDS CAN BE CONVERTED INTOPOLICY. INTO POLICY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THE MUSLIM BAN COMMENTS, THERE WAS AN ATTEMPT AND STILL GOING ON TO BAN MUSLIMS, PERSONS FROM CERTAIN COUNTRIES. THE COMMENTS ABOUT CHARLOTTESVILLE WERE ENCOURAGING PERSONS WHO WERE THERE, MANY OF WHOM WERE INTERACTING WITH PERSONS OF COLOR, MINORITIES, JEWISH PEOPLE ON THEIR JOBS AND OTHER PLACES. IT ENCOURAGED THEM TO CONTINUE TO DO THESETARDLY THINGS THEY DO AND HAD IN MIND WHEN THEY WERE SAYING JEWS WILL NOT REPLACE US. THE COMMENTS THAT WERE MADE ABOUT THE S-HOLE OR S-HOUSE, THE KIND OF PROFANITY THAT OUGHT NOT EMANATE FROM THE PRESIDENCY, THOSE COMMENTS WERE MADE AS THERE WAS AN EFFORT AFOOT TO DEAL WITH IMMIGRATION. TO DRAFT AN IMMIGRATION POLICY. THE PRESIDENT CAN PUT HIS COMMENTS INTO POLICY. THE PRESIDENT CAN DRIVE POLICY WITH THESE UGLY COMMENTS. THE PRESIDENT'S COMMENTS ARE NOT ONLY HURTFUL WHEN YOU HEAR THEM, THEY ARE HURTFUL TO PEOPLE WHO HAVE TO SUFFER WHEN THEY BECOMEPOLICY. -- BECOME POLICY. I REFUSE TO ACCEPT WHAT THE WHEN THEY BECOMEPOLICY. PRESIDENT IS DOING AND I REFUSE TO ACCEPT IT BECAUSE IF YOU WILL TOLERATE SOMETHING, YOU WILL NOT CHANGE IT. YOU WILL DO LITTLE TO CHANGE T I'M GOING TO DO EVERYTHING I PRESIDENT IS DOING AND I CAN -- CHANGE IT. I'M GOING TO DO EVERYTHING CAN I TO CHANGE IT AND IT IS WITHIN MY POWER AS A MEMBER OF THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, TO BRING ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT AGAINST THIS PRESIDENT FOR WHAT HE HAS DONE. I HAVE DONE IT BEFORE. I WILL DO IT AGAIN AND AGAIN. I WILL NOT ALLOW IT TO HAPPEN UNCHALLENGED. I KNOW THAT THERE ARE MANY WHO WOULD SAY THAT THIS IS NOT APPROPRIATE. BUT I CAN ONLY SAY THIS, IN JUSTICE ANYWHERE IS A THREAT -- INJUSTICE ANYWHERE IS A THREAT TO JUSTICE ANYWHERE SINCE WE'RE REMOVED ONE OR TWO DAYS FROM DR. KING'S CELEBRATION, WE'RE STILL CELEBRATING IN MY NECK 69 WOODS. INJUSTICE ANYWHERE IS A THREAT TO JUSTICE EVERYWHERE. IF WE ALLOW THIS TO PERSIST WHAT, IS HAPPENING AND SAID IN THE WHITE HOUSE IS GOING TO IMPACT EVERY HOUSE IN THIS COUNTRY. WE MUST TAKE A STAND AGAINST THIS PRESIDENT AND HIS BIGOTED COMMENTS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 10:33:56 AM

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

                              MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PERMENTS TOWARDS THE PRESIDENT. -- PERSONALITIES TOWARDS THE PRESIDENT. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH, MR. CURTIS, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                              MR. CURTIS

                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ABOUT THE BURDENSOME MEDICAL DEVICE…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ABOUT THE BURDENSOME MEDICAL DEVICE TAX. ORIGINALLY PASSED AS PART OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, THIS ILL-CONCEIVED TAX PLACE AS 2.3% SALES TAX ON MANUFACTURERS OF MEDICAL DEVICES. ALTHOUGH CONGRESS SUCCESSFULLY SUSPENDED THE TAX, IT UNFORTUNATELY WENT BACK INTO EFFECT ON JANUARY 1, 2018. AND IS BEGINNING TO DERAIL MUCH OF THE PROGRESS WE HAVE MADE TO FOSTER JOB GROWTH AND INNOVATION. THE MEDICAL DEVICE INDUSTRY HAS A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT IN MY STATE'S ECONOMY. AND EMPLOYS MORE THAN 4,000 INDIVIDUALS. MEDICAL OR LOCAL UTAH COMPANY BELIEVES THIS TAX COULD COST THEM OVER $7 MILLION. HAVING A DEVASTATING IMPACT ON THEIR ABILITY TO EXPAND JOBS AND CONTINUE MEDICAL RESEARCH. THE CURRENT SITUATION IS A LOSE-LOSE FOR EVERYBODY. NOT ONLY DOES IT INCREASE MEDICAL HEALTH CARE COSTS, THE TAX STIFLES JOB GROWTH OF OUR BEST MEDICAL, TECHNOLOGY INNOVATORS AND SLOWING THE CUTTING-EDGE RESEARCH THAT LEADS TO BREAKTHROUGH AND PATIENT CARE TREATMENT. SURELY WE CAN DO BETTER FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I CALL UPON MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME TOGETHER AND AGAIN REPEAL THIS TAX ONCE AND FOR ALL. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MY TIME.

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                            • 10:35:34 AM

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                              THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR. MESSER, FOR FIVE…

                              THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR. MESSER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                            • 10:35:41 AM

                              MR. MESSER

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AFTER A TWO-YEAR DELAY, ONE OF THE WORST PARTS OF…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AFTER A TWO-YEAR DELAY, ONE OF THE WORST PARTS OF OBAMACARE WENT BACK INTO EFFECT AT THE FIRST OF THIS YEAR. THE MEDICAL DEVICE TAX PREVENTS INDIANA COMPANIES FROM INNOVATING, EXPANDING, AND HIRING. THIS TAX WAS CREATED WHEN OBAMACARE WAS CREATED. AND THAT RESULT HAS BEEN A BURDEN FOR THE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF HOOSIER WORKERS ALL OVER THE STATE, INCLUDING THOSE IN WARSAW, BLOOMINGTON, AND INDIANAPOLIS. AND IT MUST BE REPEALED. THIS TAX IS BAD FOR PATIENTS BECAUSE IT DRIVES UP THE COST OF MUCH NEEDED MEDICAL DEVICES. AND IT'S BAD FOR WORKERS BECAUSE IT MAKES AMERICA'S MEDICAL DEVICE INDUSTRY LESS COMPETITIVE AROUND THE GLOBE. FORTUNATELY, THIS WEEK, SOME RELIEF MAY SOON BE ON THE WAY. AFTER WEEKS OF DEBATE AND A LOT OF WORK, THE GOVERNMENT FUNDING BILL WE'RE VOTING ON THIS WEEK WOULD PROVIDE IMMEDIATE RELIEF BY REPEALING THE MEDICAL DEVICE TAX FOR ANOTHER TWO YEARS. THIS RESULT WILL BE GOOD FOR HOOSIER WORKERS AND GOOD FOR INDIANA'S ECONOMY. IN THE LONG RUN, REPEALING THE MEDICAL DEVICE TAX WILL PROVIDE CERTAINTY IN THE MARKETPLACE AND HELP KEEP GOOD-PAYING JOBS IN INDIANA. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THE TWO-YEAR REPEAL OF THE MEDICAL DEVICE TAX AND THE BILL THIS WEEK. AND THEN CONTINUE WORKING TO FIND A LONG-TERM SOLUTION BY PERMANENTLY REPEALING THE MEDICAL DEVICE TAX. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                              MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                              THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE IS SET TO SEE MANY…

                              THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE IS SET TO SEE MANY KEY PRESIDENTIAL PARLIAMENTARIAN AND MUNICIPAL ELECTION THIS IS YEAR, AND THOSE WILL HAVE FAR-REACHING IMPLICATIONS. SADLY, ONE PLACE WHERE WE KNOW WE WON'T SEE ELECTIONS IS IN MY NATIVE COUNTRY OF CUBA. THE CUBAN PEOPLE CONTINUE TO BE DENIED THE RIGHT TO SHOOZE THEIR OWN LEADERS. -- CHOOSE THEIR OWN LEADERS. THE SYSTEM IN CUBA IS A FARCE. THE PRESIDENT OF CUBA, USING THAT TERM LOOSELY, IS SELECTED BY THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY. AND THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY? THEY ARE SELECTED BY THE REGIME. IN WHAT CAN ONLY BE DESCRIBED AS A CIRCLE OF CORRUPTION. RAUL CASTRO CLAIMS WILL HE STEP DOWN AND ALLOW FOR A TRANSITION OF POWER IN APRIL. THE REALITY IS, EVEN IF HE -- THERE IS A SO-CALLED TRANSITION, THE BALANCE OF POWER WILL REMAIN WITH RAUL CASTRO AND THE CUBAN PEOPLE WILL CONTINUE TO SUFFER. THE U.S. MUST NOT GIVE CASTRO ANY CONCESSIONS UNTIL WE SEE THE REGIME MEET THE BASIC CONDITIONS LAID OUT IN OUR LAWS. U.S. LAW. WE WANT TO HELP THE PEOPLE OF CUBA WORK TOWARD FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION, FREEDOM OF ASSEMBLY, AND FREE, FAIR, AND TRANSPARENT ELECTIONS. THEN THERE'S CASTRO'S PROTEGE IN VENEZUELA, MADURO. VENEZUELA IS SET TO HOLD LEAKS THIS IS YEAR, BUT IN MADURO IN POWER THERE IS LITTLE TO EXPECT. EVEN IF ELECTIONS ARE HELD, MR. SPEAKER, WE KNOW IT WILL BE A FRAUDULENT PROCESS. JUST AS THE MUNICIPAL HE ELECTIONS WERE LAST YEAR. MADURO'S GRIP ON THE SUPREME COURT AND THE SUPREME ELECTORAL TRIBUNAL MAKES IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE TO BE HEARD. THE ADMINISTRATION HAS THANKFULLY TAKEN ACTIONS AGAINST MADURO REGIME OFFICIALS, BUT THERE IS SO MUCH MORE THAT WE CAN DO, MR. SPEAKER. THERE IS A SEVERE FOOD AND MEDICINE SHORTAGE IN VENEZUELA. AS A RESULT OF MADURO'S FAILED AND OPPRESSIVE SOCIALIST POLICIES. THAT IS A SEVERE WHY ELIOT ENGEL AND I INTRODUCED AND THE HOUSE PASSED LAST MONTH THE VENEZUELAN HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE AND DEFENSE OF DEMOCRATIC FWO GOVERNANCE -- DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE ACT. USAID TO PROVIDE HUMANITARIAN AID TO THE PEOPLE OF VENEZUELA. THE BILL ALSO AIMS TO FIGHT WIDESPREAD CORRUPTION AMONG VENEZUELA GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, AND I HOPE OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE WILL TAKE ACTION AND PASS THIS MEASURE SO WE CAN GET THE HELP TO THESE INDIVIDUALS RAPIDLY. MR. SPEAKER, BRAZIL, ANOTHER COUNTRY THAT HAS IMPORTANT PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS THIS YEAR, WITH PUBLIC OPINION AT AN ALL-TIME LOW, INCREASING PUBLIC DEBT, AND HIGH-PROFILE CORRUPTION ALLEGATIONS REACHING THE HIGHEST LEVELS IN BRAZIL, THE COUNTRY IS AT A CROSSROADS. IN DECEMBER, 2016, THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE REACHED A PLEA AGREEMENT WITH A BRAZILIAN CONGLOMERATE FOR AT LEAST $3.5 BILLION IN GLOBAL PENALTIES TO RESOLVE CHARGES OF BRAZILIAN CONGLOMERATE FOR AT LEAST BRIBERY AND WHAT HAS AMOUNTED TO BE THE LARGEST CASE OF ITS KIND IN HISTORY. LAST JANUARY, I WROTE A LETTER TO THEN ATTORNEY GENERAL LYNCH URGING THE D.O.J. TO DISCLOSE THE NAMES OF THE OFFICIALS REFERENCED IN THE CASE. I AGAIN FOLLOWED UP THIS MONTH, BUT UNFORTUNATELY JUSTICE WILL NOT DISCLOSE THE NAMES OF OFFICIALS IN LATIN AMERICA THAT IT KNOWS TO HAVE BEEN REFERENCED IN THE CASE. I AGAIN INVOLVED IN THESE CORRUPTION SCHEMES. AND IT IS VERY TROUBLING BECAUSE MANY OF THESE OFFICIALS COULD VERY WELL BE STANDING FOR ELECTIONS IN THE REGION THIS YEAR. MR. SPEAKER, WE WORK SO HARD OVER THE YEARS TO HELP ROOT OUT CORRUPTION IN THESE COUNTRIES. AND IT WOULD BE A SHAME TO SET PROGRESS BACK IF THESE CORRUPT OFFICIALS ARE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE TO ACT WITH IMPUNITY. WE WILL ALSO SEE CRITICAL PRESIDENTIAL LEAKSES IN COLOMBIA THIS YEAR. COLOMBIA IS STILL AT A PIVOTAL POINT IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE FAILED AGREEMENTS BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE TERROR GROUP, PARK. -- FARC. COLOMBIA STILL HAS A WAY TO GO TO BRING JUSTICE TO THE VICTIMS OF THE FARC, AND WITH MEMBERS OF THE FARC, A TERROR GROUP, ASPIRING TO GOVERNMENT POSITIONS, I WORRY THAT FARC TERRORIST ALSO SOON BE ELECTED OFFICIALS. THEIR PEACE DEAL, SO-CALLED, ALLOWS THESE TERRORISTS TO RUN FOR PUBLIC OFFICE. SO THIS YEAR, MR. SPEAKER, AS YOU CAN SEE, THIS WILL BE A CRUCIAL YEAR. IT'S CRUCIAL FOR THE UNITED STATES TO BE ENGAGED FOR ELECTION, OBSERVATION MISSIONS, TO MONITOR THE ELECTORAL PROCESS CLOSELY TO ENSURE THAT THEY ARE, INDEED, FREE. THAT THEY ARE FAIR, AND THAT THEY ARE TRANSPARENT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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

                              PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1RKS THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN -- RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS UNTIL NOON TODAY. UNTIL THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT SAYS THAT MANAGEMENT ISSUES HAVE BEEN DEALT AT THE WORLD BANK. AND 17-YEAR-OLD PROGRAM TO EXPAND TRADE WITH AFRICA. THE GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO PASS A GOVERNMENT SPENDING BILL TO PREVENT THE GOVERNMENT SHUTTING DOWN FRIDAY NIGHT WHEN

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                              SHORT-TERM SPENDING MEASURE THAT REPUBLICANS UNVEILED LAST NIGHT WHICH…

                              SHORT-TERM SPENDING MEASURE THAT REPUBLICANS UNVEILED LAST NIGHT WHICH WOULD FUND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THROUGH FEBRUARY 16. DEBATE IN THE HOUSE LIKELY TOMORROW. LIVE HOUSE COVERAGE IS 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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                              THE SPEAKER

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

                              THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND ANNOUNCES ITS APPROVAL THEREOF. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1, RULE 1, THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED.

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                              MR. SPEAKER PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1, RULE 1, I DEMAND A VOTE ON AGREEING TO…

                              MR. SPEAKER PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1, RULE 1, I DEMAND A VOTE ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER AAPPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL.

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                              SPEAKER THOSE

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

                              THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED.

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

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

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                              THE SPEAKER

                              PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8, RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION ARE…

                              PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8, RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION ARE POSTPONED. THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE LED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OREGON.

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                              MS. BONAMICI

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

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

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                            • 12:02:47 PM

                              THE SPEAKER

                              ALL.

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                              THE MESSENGER

                              MESSAGE. THE MESSENGER: MADAM SPEAKER. THE SECRETARY:

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                              THE SECRETARY

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                              THE SPEAKER

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                              THE SECRETARY

                              MADAM SECOND. THE SECRETARY: I'M DIRECTED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED…

                              MADAM SECOND. THE SECRETARY: I'M DIRECTED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES TO DELIVER TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES A MESSAGE IN WRITING.

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                            • 12:03:04 PM

                              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 GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              MR. JOHNSON

                              YOU KNOW, THIS VERY NATION WAS FOUNDED BONN THE BELIEF THAT ALL MEN ARE…

                              YOU KNOW, THIS VERY NATION WAS FOUNDED BONN THE BELIEF THAT ALL MEN ARE ENTITLED -- FOUNDED UPON THE BELIEF THAT ALL MEN ARE ENTITLED TO THE MOST PRECIOUS RIGHT TO LIFE. IT'S A RIGHT THAT I FOUGHT TO HE DEFEND IN THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE. AND IT'S A RIGHT I CONTINUE TO DEFEND IN THIS UNITED STATES CONGRESS. THAT'S WHY THIS WEEK I WILL PROUDLY VOTE IN SUPPORT OF THE BORN ALIVE ABORTION SURVIVORS PROTECTION ACT. IT'S MY HOPE FOLKS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE BROUGHT TOGETHER WITH THE UPLIFTING MESSAGE THAT LIFE IS A BLESSING. YIELD BACK. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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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 GENTLELADY FROM ORGANIZEON SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                              MS. BONAMICI

                              UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                              WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                              MS. BONAMICI

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I'M DEEPLY DISAPPOINTED THAT THE…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I'M DEEPLY DISAPPOINTED THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE IS IGNORING STATE'S RIGHTS AND ENCOURAGING THE PROSECUTION OF SMALL CANNABIS BUSINESSES, WHICH OF WHICH ARE IN OREGON. EARLIER THIS MONTH THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE RESCINDED THE CALL MEMO WHICH PROVIDED FEDERAL GUIDANCE TO DISCOURAGE PROSECUTORS FROM CHARGING INDIVIDUALS AND BUSINESSES WITH FEDERAL MARIJUANA RELATED CRIMES IN STATES WHERE MARIJUANA IS LEGAL. OREGON IS ONE OF THOSE STATES. TODAY MORE THAN 700 SMALL BUSINESSES OPERATE ACROSS THE STATE. WHERE, LIKE WITH ALCOHOL, MARIJUANA BUSINESSES ARE LICENSED, REGULATED, AND TAXED. THESE SMALL BUSINESSES FOLLOW STATE LAW, CREATE JOBS IN THEIR COMMUNITIES, AND PAY TAXES YET NOW THEIR LIVELIHOOD IS LICENSED, REGULATED, AND TAXED. THESE SMALL THREATENED BECAUSE THIS ADMINISTRATION WANTS TO REVIVE THE FUTILE WAR ON WEED. THIS IS ABSURD, ESPECIALLY WHEN THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE SHOULD BE PUTTING ITS EFFORTS AND RESOURCES INTO THE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS AND ADDICTIVE HEROIN AND FENTANYL. OUR SMALL CANNABIS BUSINESSES SHOULD NOT BE JEOPARDIZED BY THIS POLICY. THE VOTERS HAVE SPOKEN. THE THEIR WILL MUST BE RESPECTED.

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                              THE SPEAKER

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

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

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                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN HONOR OF PEMBROOK, NORTH CAROLINA, NAMED 2017…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN HONOR OF PEMBROOK, NORTH CAROLINA, NAMED 2017 SMALL TOWN OF THE YEAR BY THE NORTH CAROLINA RURAL ASSEMBLY. PEMBROOK, POPULATION 3,000, IS HOME TO THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT PEMBROOK, AND THE LUMBY INDIAN TRIBE. TWO ORGANIZATIONS WITH WHOM I AM INVOLVED.

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                              MR. PIT ENGER

                              BY POORLY NEGOTIATED INTERNATIONAL DEALS. PEMBROOK IS FIGHTING BACK BY…

                              BY POORLY NEGOTIATED INTERNATIONAL DEALS. PEMBROOK IS FIGHTING BACK BY PARTICIPATING IN THE FIRST IN THE NATION PRUREPSHIP PROGRAM, WORKING TO BUILD ITS ECONOMY BY FOCUSING ON HEALTH CARE, CONSTRUCTION, AND AGRIBUSINESS. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE MAYOR, COUNCIL MEMBERS, THE TOWN MANAGER, U.N.C. PEMBROOK CHANCELLOR, AND THE ENTIRE PEMBROOK COMMUNITY TON THIS OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT. THANK YOU 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 GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                              UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                              WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                              MISS JOHNSON

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. --

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                              MS. JOHNSON

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN 2017 ALONE THERE WAS 16 EXTREME WEATHER AND…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN 2017 ALONE THERE WAS 16 EXTREME WEATHER AND CLIMATE EVENTS THAT DEVASTATED THE UNITED STATES AND ITS TERRITORIES. INCLUDING HURRICANE HARVEY, WHICH RAVAGED MY GREAT STATE OF TEXAS AND BROUGHT HOUSTON'S THIRD 500-YEAR FLOOD IN THREE YEARS. SINCE 2006, THE CONTIGUOUS U.S. HAS EXPERIENCED FIVE OF THE WARMEST YEARS ON RECORD. YEAR AFTER YEAR NEW TEMPERATURE AND WEALTH CEVAERITY RECORDS ARE BROKEN. -- CEVAERITY RECORDS -- SEVERITY RECORDS ARE BROKEN. IT HAS BECOME CLEAR THAT THERE IS A LINK BETWEEN THE SEVERITY OF THESE EVENTS TO HUMAN CAUSE CLIMATE CHANGE. LAST YEAR IN A STUDY PUBLISHED BY THE NATURE MAGAZINE, SCIENTISTS CONCLUDED THAT THE FREQUENCY OF EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS IN NORTHERN HEMISPHERE WERE AMPLIFIED BY CLIMATE CHANGE. IT IS TIME TO FACE THE FACT THAT CLIMATE CHANGE IS REAL AND ADMIT THAT WE'RE DIRECTLY CONTRIBUTING TO IT. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE MY CONSTITUENT, DR. TIMOTHY M.…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE MY CONSTITUENT, DR. TIMOTHY M. BLOCK, PRESIDENT OF THE HEPATITIS B FOUNDATION, AND THE PENNSYLVANIA BIOTECHNOLOGY CENTER IN MY DISTRICT IN DOLPHINSTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA.

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                              MR. FITZPATRICK

                              HE WAS CREENTSLY NAMED AS A FELLOW OF THE U.S. NATIONAL ACADEMY OF…

                              HE WAS CREENTSLY NAMED AS A FELLOW OF THE U.S. NATIONAL ACADEMY OF INVESTORS. BEING ELECTED AS A FELLOW IS THE HIGHEST FROTIONAL RECOGNITION FOR ACADEMIC I VENTORS WHO HAVE SHOWN A LIFELONG COMMITMENT TO INNOVATION BY FACILITATING OR CREATING INVENTION THAT IS MAKE A MEASURABLE IMPACT ON QUALITY OF LIFE, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AND THE WELFARE OF SOCIETY. DR. BLOCK SOMETHING RECOGNIZED FOR HIS CONTRIBUTIONS TO THERAPEUTIC DRUG AND BIOMARKER DISEASE SCREENING AND DISCOVERY. HE ALSO HOLDS MORE THAN NINE PATENTS AND HAS BEEN INVOLVED FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS IN BIOHEPATITIS RESEARCH. MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THANKS DR. BLOCK FOR THE WORK THAT HE HAS DONE IN THIS FIELD WHICH HAS UNDOUBTEDLY IMPACTED THE LIVES OF CONSTITUENTS IN MY DISTRICT AND PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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

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                              WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. FOR WHAT…

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

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                              MS. JACKSON LEE

                              I RISE TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, TO SAVE LIVES. I OPPOSE THE C.R. FOR ITS…

                              I RISE TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, TO SAVE LIVES. I OPPOSE THE C.R. FOR ITS REPETITIVENESS AND ITS INABILITY TO SAVE LIVES A. FRANKLY, THE LIVES OF DREAMERS OR THE LIVES OF THOSE WHO DEPEND UPON THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM. THE VULGAR STATEMENT MADE BY THE WHITE HOUSE, HOW SHOCKING THIS WEEK OF DR. KING'S BIRTHDAY OF THE DEAFENING SILENCE OF MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS AND THE FAITH COMMUNITY, THE BROAD BASED FAITH COMMUNITY. LET ME READ FROM THE NETWORK, THE SLAVE CREATED SERVITUDE FOR NATURAL LIFE FOR AFRICAN LABORERS. 250 PLUS YEARS LAID SLAVE LABOR OF U.S. AFRICAN AND BLACK PEOPLE WAS THE FOUNDATION OF THE AMERICAN ECONOMY AND GLOBAL FORCE THAT IT EVENTUALLY BECAME. ON THE EVE OF THE CIVIL WAR BLACK SLAVES WERE VALUED AT AN ESTIMATED $3.5 BILLION. THAT'S SCALED FOR INFLATION. NONE OF THE BLACK SLAVES WERE ABLE TO CASH IN ON THAT VALUE. THAT IS THE VULGAR STATEMENT ABOUT AFRICA FROM WHICH MANY OF US HAVE COME. SO I WOULD ARGUE THAT IT IS TIME NOW FOR THIS HOUSE TO STAND UP FOR PEOPLE SUCH AS THOSE WHO ARE STARVING IN SOMALIA. THOSE WHO ARE STARVING IN SUDAN AND NIGERIA. THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN CALLED A VULGAR WORD. WHERE IS THE MORALITY OF THIS CONGRESS, THIS ADMINISTRATION, THIS STARVING IN SOMALIA. THOSE WHO ARE NATION. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. I YIELD BACK.

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                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GAM SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                              BABIES WHO SURVIVE ABORTION.

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                              MR. ALLEN

                              AND DESERVE A CHANCE AT LIFE. JUST THINK ABOUT THIS, RIGHT NOW WE'RE…

                              AND DESERVE A CHANCE AT LIFE. JUST THINK ABOUT THIS, RIGHT NOW WE'RE DEBATING WHETHER A LIVING, BREATHING BABY SHOULD BE GIVEN A CHANCE TO LIVE. I KNOW THAT MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE AGREE THESE BABIES DESERVE OUR COMPASSION AND MOST IMPORTANTLY OUR PROTECTION. AND I HOPE THEY WILL JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. WITH THAT 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 NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                              UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                              MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE TO HONOR THE LIFE OF DR. JIM WITH WHO PASSED…

                              MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE TO HONOR THE LIFE OF DR. JIM WITH WHO PASSED AWAY ON JANUARY 16789

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                              16789 MR. HIGGINS

                              POSSESSED OF A TECHNICAL EXPERTISE AND A FEAR SENSE OF JUSTICE, HE WAS A…

                              POSSESSED OF A TECHNICAL EXPERTISE AND A FEAR SENSE OF JUSTICE, HE WAS A TIRELESS ADVOCATE FOR PEOPLE WHO, DUE TO THEIR -- NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN, WERE EXPOSED TO TOXIC AND DEADLY SUBSTANCES IN THE WORKPLACE. HE WAS A POWERFUL FORCE IN OUR EFFORTS IN HELPING THOUSANDS OF WESTERN NEW YORKERS GET LONG OVERDUE DEADLY SUBSTANCES IN THE RELIEF FOR SUFFERING CAUSE BY THEIR UNKNOWING EXPOSURE TO URANIUM AT LONG SHUTTERED PLANTS LIKE LYNNDIE CERAMICS, HOOKER CHEMICAL, AND BETHLEHEM STEEL WHERE TODAY OVER $300 MILLION IN COMPENSATION IN MEDICAL BILLS HAVE BEEN PAID OUT TO FORMER EMPLOYEES. WITH THE COMMON, STEADY DEMEANOR HE GAVE INSTANT CREDIBLIBILITY -- CREDIBILITY TO ANY FIGHT. WHILE OUR FIGHT TO PROVIDE FULL AND FAIR RELIEF FOR ALL THESE CITIZENS CONTINUES, WE WILL NEVER FORGET THIS FIGHTER FOR ALL THE COLD WAR WARRIORS. 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 INDIANA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                              I SCUCK 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. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR KATE'S CART A GROUP FOUNDED…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR KATE'S CART A GROUP FOUNDED IN MEMORY OF KATE LAYMAN, MONDAY MARKED 10 YEARS SINCE KATE'S LIFE WAS CUT SHORT DUE TO A HEART CONDITION AT THE AGE OF 18 MONTHS. DURING KATE'S FINAL MOMENTS HERE ON EARTH LISTENING TO STORIES BROUGHT A SENSE OF COMFORT AND JOY. TODAY KATE'S MEMORY LIVES ON THROUGH KATE'S CART. THIS ORGANIZATION BRINGS JOY TO THOUSANDS OF HOSPITALIZED CHILDREN THROUGHOUT NORTHEAST INDIANA BY GIVING THEM FREE BOOKS. IN THE 10 YEARS IT HAS OPERATED, KATE'S CART HAS PASSED OUT OVER 18 ,000 BOOKS. -- 186,000 BOOKS. KATE'S CART IS NEAR AND DEAR TO MY HEART, MR. LAYMAN, KATE'S FATHER A, WAS MY MIDDLE SCHOOL HISTORY TEACHER AND HELPED SPARKED MY INTEREST IN GOVERNMENT. I WANT TO RECOGNIZE THE LIFE CHANGING WORK OF KATE'S CART. TRULY HER LEGACY LIVES ON THROUGH THIS ORGANIZATION AND IMPACT ON ITS CHILDREN. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                              UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                              WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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                              MS. LEE

                              I RISE TODAY IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSION'S…

                              I RISE TODAY IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSION'S UNPRODUCTIVE AND BACKWARDS MARIJUANA POLICIES. BY RESCINDING THE MEMBER YES ON LEGAL MAREA ENFORCEMENT, HE HAS PROVED HE HAS ONE GOAL AS ATTORNEY GENERAL. REVIVING THE FAILED WAR ON DRUGS. THESE POLICIES HAVE PROVEN TO BE DEVASTATING FOR COMMUNITIES OF COLOR. FOR EXAMPLE, AFRICAN-AMERICANS ARE FOUR TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE ARRESTED AND INCARCERATED FOR MARIJUANA POSSESSION THAN THEIR WHITE COUNTERPARTS. INSTEAD OF EMBRACING OUTDATED DRUG LAWS, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL SHOULD BE WORKING TO CREATE A CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM THAT TREATS EVERYONE FAIRLY. WHAT'S WORSE, BY GOING AFTER LEGAL MARIJUANA BUSINESSES AND CONSUMERS, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL IS REALLY SHOWING A BLATANT DISREGARD FOR THE WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHO HAVE VOTED, MIND YOU, VOTED IN THEIR STATES FOR MORE REASONABLE AND FAIRER LAWS. THAT'S WHY I'M PROUD TO INTRODUCE H.R. 4779, ACTUALLY WE INTRODUCED IT LAST WEEK, ALONG WITH MY FRIEND, CONGRESSMAN DON YOUNG, AT THAT IT'S -- IT'S A BIPARTISAN BILL CALLED THE REFER ACT WHICH WOULD PREVENT HARMFUL FEDERAL OVERREACH. ALSO TODAY WE'RE INTRODUCING A BILL THAT WILL END THE FEDERAL PROHIBITION. THANK U.

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                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                              IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE IT HAS BEEN 30 YEARS SINCE MY FIRST NIGHT ALONE AS AN…

                              IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE IT HAS BEEN 30 YEARS SINCE MY FIRST NIGHT ALONE AS AN OB-GNY RESIDENT IN FLORIDA. I WAS CALLED ABOUT 2:00 IN THE MORNING STAT TO THE O.B. FLOOR. I WENT TO A PATIENT'S ROOM AND VIEWED A LADY I NEVER MET BEFORE. I DETERMINED SHE MIGHT BE 24 WEEKS PREGNANT BUT SHE HAD BLOOD OOZING INTO THE BED, AND I KNEW I HAD SECONDS OR MINUTES TO MAKE A DECISION WHETHER TO DO A C-SECTION ON THIS LADY. AS WE RUSHED HER TO THE O.R., I WAS CALLING IN NEONATAL DOCTORS, ANYBODY I COULD DO. AND WHEN I REACHED IN THERE TO PULL THE FIRST BABY OUT THERE WAS A SECOND BABY. AND WE DID EVERYTHING TO SAVE THOSE BABIES' LIVES. AN ABORTION CLINIC ACROSS TOWN WHERE BOTCHED ABORTIONS OCCURS, THEY ARE EXECUTED IN INHOW MAIN FASHION. WE HAVE A CHANCE FRIDAY TO PASS THE BORN ALIVE SURVIVORS' PROTECTION ACT. AND I LOOK FORWARD TO PASSING THAT LEGISLATION.

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                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM MINNESOTA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                              THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              MR. SPEAKER, THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS TOTAL CONTROL OF WASHINGTON, YET…

                              MR. SPEAKER, THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS TOTAL CONTROL OF WASHINGTON, YET INSTEAD OF FULFILLING THE RESPONSIBILITIES TO FUND THE GOVERNMENT, PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE REPUBLICANS WASTED FOUR MONTHS ON THEIR TAX SCAM. THEY ARE NOW KICKING THE CAN DOWNING THE ROAD AGAIN.

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                              MS. MCCOLLUM

                              WE NEED A BUDGET DEAL THAT TEEPS OUR GOVERNMENT OPEN, MEETS OUR COMMITMENT…

                              WE NEED A BUDGET DEAL THAT TEEPS OUR GOVERNMENT OPEN, MEETS OUR COMMITMENT TO HARD-WORKING FAMILIES AND NEED TO RE-AUTHORIZE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS WHICH WOULD OTHERWISE BE FORCED TO LAYOFF HEALTH CARE WORKERS, WE NEED TO HAVE RESPONSIBLE PENSION REFORM AND PASS THE DREAM ACT. THERE IS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR THESE PRIORITIES. THE ONLY THING STANDING IN THE WAY IS REPUBLICANS' FAILURE TO GOVERN RESPONSIBLY. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS TIME FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE REPUBLICANS TO END THE CHAOS AND WORK ACROSS THE AISLE TO MEET THE URGENT NEEDS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WITH THAT, 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 GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                              MR. SPEAKER, TEXAS BUSINESSES ARE PUTTING MORE MONEY IN THEIR EMPLOYEE'…

                              MR. SPEAKER, TEXAS BUSINESSES ARE PUTTING MORE MONEY IN THEIR EMPLOYEE' POCKETS BECAUSE OF THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT. COMPANIES THAT EMPLOY TENS OF THOUSANDS OF MY CONSTITUENTS IN NORTH TEXAS ARE GIVING BONUSES TO THEIR EMPLOYEES, INCREASING INVESTMENT IN THEIR OPERATIONS AND DONATING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO CHARITIES. THESE TEXAS COMPANIES ARE JOINING THOUSANDS OF OTHERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND DOING THE SAME FOR THEIR WORKERS. THEY ARE GROWING THE AMERICAN ECONOMY BECAUSE OF TAX REFORM. REFORMS ARE UNFAIR AND UNCOMPETITIVE AND THEY ARE BEING FIXED IN THIS TAX CODE. THEY PROVIDE TAX RELIEF AT EVERY INCOME LEVEL AND HELP AMERICANS AND AMERICAN BUSINESSES TO SUCCEED IN THE FUTURE. THANK YOU. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                              UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND RESIZE AND…

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

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                              MR. MCNERNEY

                              I RISE TO COMMEMORATE THE LIFE AND ACHIEVEMENTS OF A STANFORD…

                              I RISE TO COMMEMORATE THE LIFE AND ACHIEVEMENTS OF A STANFORD NEUROBIOLOGIST. HE RECEIVED A B.S. FROM M.I.S. IN 1976 AND M.D. AND PHD FROM HARVARD IN 1990. THEN STARTED IN STANFORD AND MADE THE TRANSITION TO MAYO, CHAMPIONING DIGNITY FOR EVERYONE. HE HAD 160 SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS AND HIS GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS WERE ABOUT THE CELLS IN THE BRAIN THAT ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR REGENERATION OF NEURON AND FOUND THEY PLAY A CENTRAL ROLE IN DEVELOPING THE WIRING OF THE BRAIN. THESE CELLS WERE THOUGHT OF AS ENINSULATION FOR NEURONS. THE PROFESSOR CO-FOUNDED BIO SCIENCES THAT MAKE DRUGS TO BLOCK ALZHEIMER'S AND HE DIED ON DECEMBER 27 OF PANCREATIC CANCER. I YIELD BACK.

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                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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                              MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO CONGRATULATE AND RECOGNIZE THE PRESIDENT AND C.E.O.…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO CONGRATULATE AND RECOGNIZE THE PRESIDENT AND C.E.O. OF UNITED WAY OF MIAMI-DADE. THE UNITED WAY OF MIAMI-DADE IS AN ORGANIZATION COMMITTED TO HELP THOSE MOST IN NEED TO LEAD SUCCESSFUL LIVES. AS THE NEW PRESIDENT AND C.E.O. CHAPTER, MARIA WILL BUILD ON ITS MISSION OF CHANGING LIVES THROUGH EDUCATION, FINANCIAL STABILITY AND HEALTH. FOR MORE THAN THREE DECADES, MARIA HAS DEDICATED HER LIFE TO IMPROVING THE LIVES OF OTHERS. MS. ALONZO CHAIRED NUMEROUS SOUTH FLORIDA INSTITUTIONS SUCH AS THE MIAMI CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND SERVED ON THE MIAMI FOUNDATION, CAMILLA'S HOUSE, MIAMI-DADE COLLEGE FOUNDATION, MARCH OF DIMES AND TEACH FOR AMERICA. MARIA'S VISION OF A STRONGER AND UNITED MIAMI IS NOT ONLY INSPIRING BUT THE VERY FOUNDATION OF THE WORK OF UNITED WAY MIAMI-DADE THAT IT BRINGS TO OUR COMMUNITY. I'M PROUD TO REPRESENT INDIVIDUALS LIKE MARIA AND I THANK HER FOR HER WORK TO EMPOWER INDIVIDUALS TO LIVE HEALTHIER AND MORE FULFILLING LIVES. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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                              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                              NORTH, A DEDICATED ADVOCATE FOR NEW YORK CITY CITY COMMUNITY. MS. NORTH IS…

                              NORTH, A DEDICATED ADVOCATE FOR NEW YORK CITY CITY COMMUNITY. MS. NORTH IS AN UNSTOPPABLE FORCE OF GOOD IN HER OWN COMMUNITY. AT QUEENS COLLEGE WHERE SHE SPOKE OUT TO INCREASE MINORITY STUDENT ADMISSIONS AND SERVED ON NUMEROUS INFLUENTIAL ADVISORY BOARDS ACROSS THE CITY. SHE WAS THE CHAIR OF COMMUNITY BOROUGH 12 IN MANHATTAN AND CHAIR OF THE METROPOLITAN CHAPTER OF JACK AND JILL AND TRUSTEE, MULTI CULTURAL COMMITTEE INITIATIVE. SHE WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR HER ENTHUSIASM FOR GIVING BACK AND THE STRONG WORDS THAT SHE INFLUENCED AND CONTINUES TO DO. MS. NORTH LEFT A PERMANENT MARK IN THE NORTHERN MANHATTAN COMMUNITY FOR WHICH SHE WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR YEARS TO COME. MR. SPEAKER, 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 COLORADO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                              HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND RESIZE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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                              MR. POLIS

                              MANY DEEMERS, AMERICANS WHO NO KNOW OTHER COUNTRY FACE IS BECOMING MORE…

                              MANY DEEMERS, AMERICANS WHO NO KNOW OTHER COUNTRY FACE IS BECOMING MORE AND MORE URGENT IN THE FACE OF PRESIDENT TRUMP'S CANCELLATION OF THEIR LEGAL STATUS IN MARCH. I WANT TO POINT OUT THAT OVER 100 ARE LOSING STATUS EVERY DAY AND LOSING THEIR PERMISSION TO GO TO WORK AND LEGAL STATUS IN OUR COUNTRY. IF WE FAIL TO ACT, A MILLION ASPIRED AMERICANS WILL BE NOT ABLE TO LIVE AND WORK IN THE COUNTRY THEY KNOW CREATING MORE THAN A MILLION MORE. OPPOSITE OF WHAT PRESIDENT TRUMP RAN ON AND WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT. I KNOW WE CAN PASS A SOLUTION. I HAVE HEARD DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS TALK PASSIONATELY ABOUT PROVIDING PERMANENT STATUS FOR THE DREAMERS. LET'S PASS THE DREAM ACT. ANY OF THESE PILLS I'M PROUD TO CO-SPONSOR A NEW ONE YESTERDAY THAT WILL PROVIDE SOME CERTAINTY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WANT TO DO NOTHING MORE THAN WORK HARD, PLAY BY THE RULES AND MAKE OUR COUNTRY, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, EVEN GREATER. I YIELD BACK.

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                              I LAY BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION.

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                              THE CLERK

                              PERMISSION GRANTED IN CLAUSE 2-H OF RULE 2 OF THE RULES OF THE HOUSE OF…

                              PERMISSION GRANTED IN CLAUSE 2-H OF RULE 2 OF THE RULES OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE CLERK RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE SENATE ON JANUARY 17, 2018 AT 11:20 A.M., APPOINTMENT, HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ADVISORY COMMITTEE, WITH BEST WISHES, I AM SIGNED SINCERELY, KAREN L. HAAS.

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                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. BUCK, SEEK…

                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. BUCK, SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                              MR. BUCK

                              BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 693 AND…

                              BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 693 AND ASK FOR IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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                              EXCEPT ONE,

                              MOTION EXCEPT: ONE, ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY…

                              MOTION EXCEPT: ONE, ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES; AND TWO, ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. BUCK, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

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                              MR. BUCK

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

                              FOR THE PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY, I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO MY FRIEND, MR. POLIS, PENDING MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION, ALL TIME YIELDED IS FOR PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS.

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                            • 12:29:58 PM

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                              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                              MR. BUCK

                              I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. THIS RULE…

                              I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. THIS RULE MAKES IN ORDER TWO BILLS REPORTED FAVORABLY BY THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES. THE RULE MAKES IN ORDER A MAJORITY OF THE AMENDMENTS SUBMITTED. . THESE BILLS WERE THE SUBJECT OF HEARINGS IN THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE AND MARKED UP AND REPORTED FAVORABLY TO THE HOUSE. BOTH BILLS RECEIVED BIPARTISAN SUPPORT IN THE COMMITTEE AND I EXPECT WE'LL SEE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR BOTH BILLS ON THE FLOOR THIS WEEK. MR. SPEAKER, FORMED IN 1944, THE WORLD BANK IS THE OLDEST MULTILATERAL DEVELOPMENT BANK. AS A POST-WORLD WAR II EFFORT OF INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION SHALL THE GOAL OF THE BANK WAS TO FUND RECONSTRUCTION EFFORTS IN WAR-TORN NATIONS. IN 1960, THE UNITED STATES PUSHED FOR THE CREATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION WITHIN THE WORLD BANK. WHERE THE ORIGINAL WORLD BANK DIVISION FUNDED MIDDLE INCOME COUNTRIES, THE I.D.A. HAS CREATED TO MAKE CONGRESSIONAL LOANS. THAT IS LOANS WITH LOW INTEREST RATES AND LONG REPAYMENT PERIODS TO THE WORLD'S POOREST COUNTRIES. THE NUMBER OF COUNTRIES SERVED BY THE I.D.A. CURRENTLY STANDS AT 75. THE I.D.A. IS TYPICALLY THE LARGEST -- SINGLE LARGEST SOURCE OF FUNDING FOR CRITICAL SOCIAL PROGRAMS IN THESE LOW-INCOME COUNTRIES. HOWEVER THE BILL BEFORE US REDUCES THE UNITED STATES CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE I.D.A. THE I.D.A. IS FUNDED THROUGH REPLENISHMENTS BY DONOR COUNTRIES. WE'RE CURRENTLY IN THE 1TH PERIOD KNOWN AS I.D.A. 18. THE BILL REDUCES THE UNITED STATES CONTRIBUTION IN THE I.D.A. 18 BY 15%. FURTHER, THE BILL REQUIRES THAT THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT CERTIFIES THAT THE WORLD BANK REFORM ITS PRACTICES AND LENDING CONTROLS IN RELATION TO THE I.D.A. A 2016 REPORT COMMISSIONED BY THE WORLD BANK REVEALS SERIOUS PROBLEMS WITH ONE PARTICULAR I.D.A. PROJECT IN UGANDA. WHILE I.D.A.'S ROLE IS TO REDUCE INEQUALITY AND SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT OF CIVIL SOCIETY, THE REPORT OUTLINES NUMEROUS FAILURES TO ACHIEVE THESE OBJECTIVES ON THE PART OF THE I.D.A. THE REPORT DETAILS HOW I.D.A. FINANCING OF A PROJECT IN UGANDA LED TO SYSTEMATIC SPREADING OF HIV-AIDS, SEXUAL ABUSE OF MINORS, CHILD LABOR, RETALIATION AGAINST LOCAL CITIZENS, GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE, AND OTHER GROSS ABUSES OF POWERLESS UGANDANS. WHILE THE I.D.A. TOOK SEVERAL STEPS, INCLUDING WITHDRAWING SOME LOANS FROM THIS PARTICULAR PROJECT, THERE IS MUCH CONCERN THIS PROJECT IS INDICATIVE OF MANY OTHERS. THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES HELD A HEARING AT WHICH TESTIMONY WAS RECEIVED FROM THE INTERNATIONAL CONSORTIUM OF INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISTS INDICATING THAT OTHERS. THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES HELD A GOVERNMENTS THAT ALLOW OR PARTICIPATE IN THE ABUSE OF THEIR CITIZENS AND THE SUB JEW CASE OF THE POOR HAD NOT BEEN TURNED AWAY BY THE WORLD BANK. THE TESTIMONY READS IN PART, WE FOUND INSTEAD THAT THE BANK REPEATEDLY FUNDED GOVERNMENTS THAT NOT ONLY FAILED TO ADEQUATELY RESETTLE COMMUNITIES BUT IN SOME CASES WERE ACCUSED OF HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES SUCH AS RAPE, MURDER, AND VIOLENT EVICTIONS ASSOCIATED WITH BANK PROJECTS. WE FOUND IN SEVERAL CASES THAT THE WORLD BANK CONTINUED TO BANKROLL THESE BORROWERS EVEN AFTER EVIDENCE OF THESE ABUSES CAME TO LIGHT. MR. SPEAKER, THE I.D.A. HAS A QUALITY CONTROL PROBLEM AND WE'RE RIGHT IN REDUCING THEIR FUNDING. AS IF THE ABUSE OF CITIZENS BY CORRUPT GOVERNMENTS IS NOT ENOUGH, THE COMMITTEE HAS ALSO UNCOVERED EVIDENCE THAT THE WORLD BANK HAS SERIOUS INTERNAL PROBLEMS AS WELL. ACCORDING TO THE WORLD BANK'S INDEPENDENT EVALUATION GROUP, WORLD BANK STAFF HAS LONG BEEN INCENTIVIZED TO SIMPLY GET MORE LOANS OUT THE DOOR WITHOUT ANY INCENTIVE TO ENSURE THE QUALITY OF THE PROJECTS. THIS HAS BEEN A LONG-STANDING TREND DOCUMENTED SINCE THE EARLY 1990'S. IT'S NOT JUST PERVERSE INCENTIVES. THE BANK HAS NOT FOCUSED ENOUGH ON RINGEDLY -- RIDGE EDLY CARDING IT SELF ON -- RIDGEDLY GUARDING IT SELF ON CORRUPTION. IT WAS COMMON FOR WORLD BANK PROJECTS TO BE CAPTURED BY CORRUPT GOVERNMENTS. AND THEY TRIED TO SUPPRESS CORRUPTION INVESTIGATIONS. CORRUPTION INVESTIGATION CAN SHUT DOWN PROJECTS ON RINGEDLY -- RIDGE AND DERAIL CAREERS. THEY ARE ALSO INCONVENIENT FOR SENIOR MANAGEMENT IN THE BANK. WHO ARE BALANCING DELI CAT RELATIONSHIPS WITH THEIR CON-- DELICATE RELATIONSHIPS WITH THEIR COUNTRY CLIENTS. DUE TO THESE PROBLEMS THE UNDERLYING BILL PROJECTS AMERICAN TAXPAYERS BY WITHHOLDING FUNDING FROM THE WORLD BANK UNTIL THESE DEFICIENCIES ARE FIXED. NOT ONLY SHOULD WE BE HOLDING INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS ACCOUNTABLE, WE SHOULD ALSO HOLD OUR OWN GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABLE. AND THE SECOND BILL MADE IN ORDER UNDER THIS RULE DOES JUST THAT. IN 2011, DODD-FRANK TRANSFERRED TO THE CONSUMER PROTECTION FINANCIAL BUREAU REGULATORY AUTHORITY OVER HOME MORTGAGES. SINCE THEN CFPB HAS MADE INFORMATION REPORTING BY LENDERS MORE EXTENSIVE. THE IMPACT OF THESE INCREASED REGULATIONS HAS LED TO GREATER COSTS TO LENDERS. CONSEQUENTLY SMALLER LENDERS HAVE HAD TO PASS ON THESE COSTS DIRECTLY TO POTENTIAL BORROWERS. THIS HAS REDUCED ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE CREDIT TO BORROWERS WHO WOULD TYPICALLY SEEK OUT SMALLER LENDING INSTITUTIONS. THE UNDERLYING BILL IS SIMPLET EXEMPT SMALL LENDERS FROM CFPB'S ONEROUS REPORTING REQUIREMENTS. UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF CHAIRMAN HENSARLING, HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE CONSISTENTLY PUT FORWARD A PLAN TO REFORM THE CFPB. HOWEVER, UNTIL WE CAN PASS BROADER REFORMS, WE SHOULD DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO PROTECT AMERICANS FROM HARMFUL REGULATIONS PUSHED ON THEM BY THE CFPB. TODAY WE HAVE TWO BILLS BEFORE US THAT HOLD POWERFUL ORGANIZATIONS ACCOUNTABLE TO AMERICAN TAXPAYERS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RULE AND THESE BILLS. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 12:36:07 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. POLIS, IS…

                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. POLIS, IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            • 12:36:10 PM

                              MR. MR. POLIS

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

                              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER, ONCE AGAIN CONGRESS FINDS ITSELF RUSHING TO TRY TO PASS LEGISLATION TO KEEP GOVERNMENT OPENED, ENSURE OUR YOUNGEST, MOUSE VULNERABLE AMERICANS HAVE ACCESS TO HEALTH INSURANCE, PROTECTING YOUNG ASPIRING AMERICANS FROM BEING DEPORTED FROM THE ONLY COUNTRY THEY HAVE, AND HERE WE'RE DEBATING OTHER THINGS WITH THE CLOCK RUNNING OUT IN THE 11TH HOUR ISSUES THAT NO DOUBT HAVE A FEW PEOPLE HERE AND THERE THAT CARE ABOUT THEM, BUT ZERO PEOPLE HAVE CALLED MY OFFICE ON, MR. SPEAKER. MY CONSTITUENTS ARE DEMANDING THAT WE ADDRESS ACCESS TO CHILD HEALTH CARE INSURANCE PROGRAM. NAND DEMANDING WE ACT ON THE DREAMERS WITH THE DEADLINE APPROACHING AND 100-PLUS DREAMERS EVERY DAY LOSING THEIR STATUS. IT SOUNDS LIKE FROM WHAT WE'RE HEARING THE HOUSE WILL CONSIDER YET ANOTHER SHORT-TERM SPENDING BILL. MAYBE KEEP THE GOVERNMENT RUNNING ANOTHER FOUR WEEKS OR SIX WEEKS. THAT'S THE FOURTH SHORT-TERM SPENDING BILL FOR THIS YEAR. NOT ALLOWING THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TO PLAN TO KEEP OUR COUNTRY SAFE. NOT ALLOWING ANY OF THE DEPARTMENTS ACROSS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO MAKE ANY OF THE INVESTMENTS THEY NEED OR ANY DEGREE OF CERTAINTY THAT CONTRACTORS WILL BE PAID. IT'S NO WAY TO GOVERN, MR. SPEAKER. PART OF THE REASON THAT WE'RE LEFT DOING THIS IS WE'RE USING OUR PRECIOUS FLOOR TIME ON ALL OF THESE OTHER ISSUES, LIKE THE ONES BEFORE US TODAY. IT'S NOT THAT THESE ISSUES DON'T DESERVE THEIR DAY IN THE SUN AND WE'LL TALK ABOUT THEM FOR, THE REST OF THE DAY TODAY, APPARENTLY, BUT WE'RE FACING THE CLOSURE OF THE ENTIRE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. IN THREE DAYS IF WE DON'T ACT. WE'RE DOING THE EQUIVALENT OF FIDDLING WHILE ROME BURNS. THIS IS AN ABSURD EXERCISE IN DOING SOME NARROWLY TAILORED SPECIAL INTEREST BILLS RATHER THAN ADDRESSING WHAT WE ALL KNOW TO BE THE THOUSAND POUND GORILLAS IN THE ROOM. SENIORS, MILITARY VETERANS, PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES SHOULDN'T HAVE TO QUESTION WHETHER THEY'LL RECEIVE THEIR BENEFITS MONTH TO MONTH BECAUSE WE DON'T KNOW WHETHER GOVERNMENT WILL REMAIN OPEN. IN THE MEANWHILE, REPUBLICANS, DEMOCRATS, THE WHITE HOUSE, ARE ALL TRYING TO PUT FORWARD BIPARTISAN SOLUTIONS FOR THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVAL RECIPIENTS AND DREAMERS, AND WE COULD BE DEBATING THAT ON THE FLOOR AND PUTTING TOGETHER THE FINAL PACKAGE NOW TO DO THAT BY THIS FRIDAY. BUT INSTEAD, WE'RE DISCUSSING THESE BILLS THAT MY CONSTITUENTS AREN'T TELLING ME THAT THEY ARE SENDING ME TO WASHINGTON TO PASS. A LOT OF MY COLLEAGUES SAY THE DEADLINE FOR DACA ISN'T UNTIL MARCH, BUT IN REALITY OVER 100 DEFERRED ACTION DREAMERS EVERY DAY LOSE THEIR PROTECTED STATUS AS THEIR BENEFITS EXPIRE. EVERY DAY THE REPUBLICANS FAIL TO ACT THEY ARE CREATING OVER 100 MORE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS IN THIS COUNTRY AND REPUBLICANS FAIL TO ACT BY MARCH, THEY WILL HAVE CREATED OVER 800,000 MORE. PEOPLE HERE ILLEGALLY IN OUR COUNTRY. WE HAVE ABOUT 18,000 DREAMERS IN COLORADO. ABLE TO WORK LEGALLY TODAY. THEY HAVE COME FROM COUNTRIES NEAR AND FAR IN SEARCH OF A BETTER LIFE FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES, GREW UP IN OUR SCHOOLS. SPORTS TEAMS, CHEERLEADERS, DON'T KNOW ANY OTHER COUNTRY. MANY DON'T SPEAK ANY OTHER LANGUAGE. DREAMERS LIKE -- THAT I HAVE GOTTEN TO KNOW FROM COLORADO, THE FAMILY WHO STAYED IN COLORADO TO TAKE THEIR OF THEIR GRANDFATHER. A TRIPLE MAJOR AT COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY. STUDYING POLITICAL SCIENCE, ETHNIC STUDIES, INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS. SHE'S BUILT A LIFE IN COLORADO, THE ONLY LIFE SHE KNOWS AND CONTINUES TO BUILD A BRIGHT FUTURE IN THE US FUSS WE CAN GIVE HER THE CERTAINTY WITH REGARD TO HER LEGAL ABILITY TO WORK AND OF COURSE TAKE HER PLACE ALONGSIDE OTHER AMERICAN CITIZENS. WHAT MAKES AMERICA SO GREAT IS WE'RE A COUNTRY OF IMMIGRANTS MADE UP OF PEOPLE FROM ALL BACKGROUNDS, ALL CORNERS OF THE WORLD. WE EMBRACE PEOPLE FROM DIFFERENT CULTURES AND COUNTRIES. WE VALUE THE CONTRIBUTIONS BASED ON THE INDIVIDUAL. THE VALUES OF INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY AND HARD WORK. THAT'S WHAT MAKES OUR COUNTRY AND OUR COMMUNITIES VIBRANT AND OUR ECONOMY SUCCESSFUL. MR. SPEAKER, A GROUP OF BIPARTISAN HOUSE AND SENATE MEMBERS ARE WORKING TOGETHER TO FIND A SOLUTION TO PROTECT DREAMERS AND IMPROVE BORDER SECURITY. I'M PROUD TO CO-SPONSOR THE USA ACT WHICH WE DROPPED YESTERDAY WITH MR. HURD AND MR. AGUILAR WHICH WILL PROVIDE DREAMERS LONG-TERM PROTECTIONS AND IMPROVES OUR BORDER SECURITY TO PREVENT THIS SITUATION FROM HAPPENING AGAIN. INSTEAD OF LEGISLATION THAT ADDRESSES LONG-TERM FUNDING OR PROTECTING ASPIRING AMERICANS, HERE WE'RE BRINGING BILLS TO TALK AROUND THE FRINGES ABOUT CONSUMER PROTECTION ANSWER OF COURSE A BILL THAT WOULD CHIP AWAY AT REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH RIGHTS. THE RULES WE'RE DEBATING TODAY CONSIDERED TWO PIECES OF LEGISLATION THAT ARE NOT ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE EXPIRATION AT THE END OF THIS WEEK OF GOVERNMENT FUNDING OR THE OVER 100 DREAMERS WHO LOSE THEIR STATUS EVERY DAY. THE HOME MORTGAGE DISCLOSURE ACT AND WORLD BANK ABILITY ACT. THE MORTGAGE DISCLOSURE ACT HAS LONG MONITORED FINANCIAL MORTGAGE DISCLOSURE ACT HAS LONG MONITORED FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS TO ENSURE EQUAL ACCESS TO CREDIT. THE INFORMATION THAT LENDERS REPORT SHOW THEY ARE MEETING THE HOUSING FINANCING NEEDS OF THEIR COMMUNITIES. HMDA DATA IS VERY IMPORTANT IN FAIR LENDING ASSESSMENTS AND HELPS MAKE DETERMINATIONS WHERE TO TARGET COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES. CONGRESS HAS MADE CHANGES TO HMDA AS A RESPONSE TO LEGITIMATE CONCERNS ABOUT THE ROLE THAT WIDESPREAD PREDATORY LENDING LED TO THE FINANCIAL CRISIS. CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU WAS CHARGED WITH UPDATING HOW LENDERS REPORT HMDA. THE BUREAU ADOPTED A NEW STANDARD FOR REPORTING REQUIREMENTS THAT TOOK INTO ACCOUNT THE BURDENS IMPOSED ON BANKS BY NEW STANDARDS THAT ENSURE THAT THE DATA IS BEING REPORTED TO MONITOR FAIR LENDING PRACTICES TO PREVENTS ANOTHER SYSTEMIC MELTDOWN LIKE WE HAD IN 2008 AND 2009. THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECT BUREAU TEMPORARILY RAISED THE REPORTING THRESHOLD, ELIMINATING THE NEED FOR LOW VOLUME BANKS TO REPORT THROW 2019 TO CONDUCT RESEARCH TO DETERMINE THE RIGHT WAY TO DOCUMENT OPEN-ENDED LOBES. WE -- LOANS. WE SHOULD NOT CODIFY THIS THRESHOLD, REMOVING THE FLEXIBILITY THE AGENCY WE IN CONGRESS SET UP TO PREVENT ANOTHER FINANCIAL MELTDOWN. IT WOULD TIE THEIR HANDS AND PREVENT THEM FROM ACTING EVEN IF THERE WAS A NEED TO TO PREVENT THE FINANCIAL MELTDOWN. I STRONGLY SUPPORT REGULATORY RELIEF FOR COMMUNITY BANKS AND SMALL FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS. THIS BILL WOULD ACTUALLY EXEMPT 85% OF THE DEPOSITORY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND 48% OF NONDEPOSITORY LENDERS. CONGRESS SHOULD WANT TO ENCOURAGE INCREASED ACCESS TO HOUSING FINANCE AND COMBAT UNFLAUL PRACTICE THAT IS CAN PREY ON VULNERABLE HOME BUYERS OR LEAD TO SYSTEMIC RISKS WHICH LEADS TO PEOPLE COMING TO THIS TOWN DEMANDING ANOTHER REPUBLICAN TAXPAYER BAILOUT. THIS RULE ALSO CONSIDERS DEBATE FOR H.R. 3326, THE WORLD BANK ACCOUNTABILITY ACT. ANOTHER ISSUE THAT IS NOT RELATE TO THE EXPIRATION OF GOVERNMENT FUNDING TEND OF THE WEEK, DOT NOT CREATE THE ILLEGAL ALIENS THE REPUBLICANS ARE CREATING EVERY DAY. DOES NOT RELATE TO CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM EXPIRING. WHAT IT DOES IS IT PLACES RESTRICTION ON FUNDING OF THE WORLD BANK INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION. AGAIN SOMETHING I'M NOT HEARING FROM MY CONSTITUENTS ON. THAT THEY ARE NOT SENDING ME TO WASHINGTON AND DEMANDING I TAKE ACTION ON. TRY TO GET THEM TO REFORM, IMPROVE THEIR MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTABILITY AND FIGHT SENDING ME TO WASHINGTON AND DEMANDING I TAKE ACTION ON. EXTREMISM. WHICH I'M SURE IS FINE. IT'S TRUE THAT OF COURSE THEY PROBABLY NEED TO IMPROVE ACCOUNTABILITY AND OVERSIGHT. AND CONGRESS CAN HAVE THIS DISCUSSION. BUT LIKE HERE WE'RE BACKS TO THE WALL, GOVERNMENT'S ABOUT TO CLOSE, DREAMERS ARE MISSING DEPORTATION, CHILDREN ARE GOING WITHOUT HEALTH CARE. OF COURSE, WORLD BANK ACCOUNTABILITY. GREAT. DISCUSS IT. WHY CAN'T WE DO IT NEXT WEEK AFTER WE GET THROUGH THIS. IN FACT, I BELIEVE THE REPUBLICANS ARE SENDING US ON VACATION NEXT WEEK. I THINK MOST AMERICANS WISH THEY HAD 10 DAYS OFF AT THE END OF JANUARY. I DOWNED UNDERSTAND THIS. IT MAKES NO SENSE. CONGRESS IS ABOUT TO DO A LAST-MINUTE FUNDING BILL THEN SEND EVERY MEMBER IN CONGRESS ON A 10-DAY VACATION. GOOD JOB WE DEALT WITH WORLD BANK ACCOUNTABILITY. THAT'S WHAT THE VOTERS WANT. FORGET ABOUT GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWNS. FORGET WE'RE GOING TO -- REPUBLICANS CREATING MORE ILLEGAL ALIENS. REPUBLICANS PLUNGING OUR NATION DEEPER INTO DEBT WITH THEIR TAX AND SPEND POLICIES. THAT IS WHERE WE'RE HEADED, MR. SPEAKER. OF COURSE WE SHOULD HAVE A DEBATE ON THE BEST WAY TO MAKE REFORMS IN THE U.S. AND ENGAGE THE WORLD BANK TO ENCOURAGE THOSE REFORMS. AGAIN, FIDDLING WHILE ROME BURNS, MR. SPEAKER, IT'S A COMMON THEME OVER HERE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE SEEING THROUGH IT WHICH IS WHY THE APPROVAL RATING OF THIS INSTITUTION SUNNED 15%. NO SHOCK. NO SHOCK. WE CAN BE DEBATING WORLD BANK ACCOUNTABILITY EVERY DAY FOR THE NEXT YEAR IF YOU WANT. THAT'S WHY PEOPLE THINK THIS BODY'S OUT OF TOUCH. WE'RE JUST NOT ADDRESSING OUR SKYROCKETING DEBT. 12 MILLION PEOPLE THAT ARE HERE ILLEGALLY AND THIS CONGRESS FAILS TO TAKE UP COMPREHENSIVE REFORM, EXPIRATION OF CHILDREN'S HEALTH CARE, FIXING THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. WITHHOLDING FUNDS TO THE I.D.A. THAT HAS A LOT OF POSITIVES AND NEGATIVES. PEOPLE FEAR IT COULD PUNISH PEOPLE IN DEVELOPING WORLD AND AND AGAIN, FINE, WE'LL HAVE THAT DISCUSSION UNDER THIS RULE FOR AN HOUR OR TWO AND CONGRESS WILL DEBATE THAT. AND CONGRESS WILL PASS A BILL AND SEE WHETHER THE SENATE TAKES IT UP. THEY OFTEN DON'T. BUT YOU KNOW, IT'S BACKS TO THE WALL, IF I HADDLING WHILE ROME BUNS, RECORD DEBT, REPUBLICANS CREATING MORE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS EVERY DAY AND WE ARE DEBATING ACCOUNTABILITY FOR DIFFERENT AIDE PROGRAMS. YOU KNOW WHAT? THIS 15% MUST BE THE FAMILY MEMBERS AND CONGRESS. I DON'T KNOW H WHO IS SATISFIED WITH THIS CONGRESS, MR. SPEAKER. I RESERVE.

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                              THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM BILL IN NOVEMBER. WE DID SEND IT…

                              THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM BILL IN NOVEMBER. WE DID SEND IT TO THE SENATE. PERHAPS IF YOU COULD TALK TO THE LEADERSHIP AND HIS PARTY OVER IN THE SENATE, WE COULD GET THAT BILL PASSED IN THE SENATE INSTEAD OF BLOCKED AND COULD DEAL WITH AN ISSUE IN COLORADO THAT IS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL. ONE OF THE FEW STATES WHERE IT IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN MANY OF THE OTHER STATES. I APPRECIATE THE -- MY COLLEAGUE'S CONCERN ON THIS ISSUE. I SHARE HIS CONCERN. THEOUS ACTED RESPONSIBLY IN A BROAD BIPARTISAN BILL. AND HOPEFULLY WE CAN GET OUR FRIENDS OVER IN THE SENATE TO GET MORE DONE. RIGHT NOW, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND AND SPONSOR OF ONE OF OUR BILLS TODAY, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. EMMER. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS

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                              THOUSANDS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, AMERICAN DREAMS CONSIST OF OWNING A HOME OR…

                              THOUSANDS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, AMERICAN DREAMS CONSIST OF OWNING A HOME OR STARTING A BUSINESS. SOME LAWS ARE HELPFUL IN ACHIEVING THIS DREAM, OTHERS HAVE CREATED OBSTACLES BY CODIFYING GOVERNMENT OVERREACH. IN 1975, THE HOME MORTGAGE DISCLOSURE ACT WAS ENACTED AND EXPOSED AND HELPED DISCRIMINATORY LENDING PRACTICES PARTICULARLY AGAINST MINORITIES. IN SHORT, THIS LAW HELPED MORE AMERICANS REALIZE THEIR DREAM OF OWNING A HOUSE. OVER THE YEARS, THE DISCLOSURE REQUIRED BY THE LAW HAS EXPANDED AWAY FROM THE ORIGINAL INTENT HAS BECOME EANING OBSTACLE PREVENTING LENDERS FROM HELPING ASPIRING HOMEOWNERS. IN 2015, DODD-FRANK CREATED AGENCY THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU AND DEMANDED FROM LENDERS MORE THAN DOUBLE THE AMOUNT OF DATA ORIGINALLY REQUIRED UNDER THE HOME MORTGAGE DISCLOSURE ACT. THAT RULE TOOK EFFECT THE FIRST OF THIS MONTH. LARGER FIRMS ARE ABLE TO ADAPT. IN FACT, MOST, IF NOT ALL, CONTINUE TO BE IN THE HOME MORTGAGE BUSINESS. BUT FOR SMALLER FINANCIAL FIRMS, FOR THE FAMILY-OWNED BANK ON MAIN STREET, THE RULE MEANS MAKE FEWER MORTGAGES OR NONE AT ALL. THIS UNINTENDED RESULT IS SOMETHING EACH OF US HAVE HEARD OVER AND OVER AGAIN. AGAIN THESE ARE THE NOT BANK OF AMERICAS, BUT THE SMALL GUYS ON MAIN STREET IN SMALL TOWNS ALL ACROSS MINNESOTA AND OUR COUNTRY. AS THE DIRECT RESULT OF HAVING FEWER AND FEWER SMALL LENDERS IN THE HOME MORTGAGE, WE ARE OFFERING THE CAPITAL NECESSARY, THE CFPB'S RULE HAS PUT THE AMERICAN DREAM OUT OF REACH FOR MANY AMERICANS. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY, WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO RIGHT SIZE GOVERNMENT REGULATION TO CREATE MORE OPPORTUNITY. WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ENCOURAGE SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED INSTITUTIONS TO KEEP THEIR DOORS OPEN, TO MAKE MORTGAGES AGAIN, TO MAKE LOANS TO WOULD-BE ENTREPRENEURS AND FUND THE DEEMS OF THEIR NEIGHBORS AND FRIENDS. WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPAND, NOT THE LAW, BUT RATHER AND INSTEAD THE NUMBER OF AMERICANS WHO CAN OWN A HOME OR START THEIR OWN BUSINESS. I FIRST INTRODUCED WHEN I CAME TO CONGRESS IN 2015. IT'S A BILL THAT WILL KEEP THE ORIGINAL INTENT OF THE 1975 LAW. NOTHING WILL OVERRIGHT OR EXEMPT ANY FINANCIAL INSTITUTION BIG OR SMALL FROM REPORTING DATA RELATED TO RACE OR GENDER BUT A BILL TO STOP THE LOSS TO LENDERS BY PROVIDING DESPERATELY NEEDED REGULATORY RELIEF. I'M PROUD TO SAY IT'S A BILL THAT HAS BEEN PERFECTED FROM INPUT FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE AND BOTH CHAMBERS. OUR GOAL TODAY SHOULD BE TO EXPAND THE NUMBER OF AMERICANS WHO WANT TO GET ONE STEP CLOSER TO ACHIEVING THEIR AMERICAN DREAM WHETHER OWNING A HOME OR STARTING A BUSINESS. H.R. 2954 WILL HELP US ACHIEVE THIS GOAL. IF YOU SHARE THE GOAL, THEN I ASK YOU TO VOTE YES ON H.R. 2954 AND PASS THE HOME MORTGAGE DISCLOSURE ADJUSTMENT ACT. AND I YIELD BACK.

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

                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. POLIS.

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                              MR. POLIS

                              LAST WEEK, PRESIDENT TRUMP TWEETED THAT, QUOTE, THE DEMOCRATS ARE ALL TALK…

                              LAST WEEK, PRESIDENT TRUMP TWEETED THAT, QUOTE, THE DEMOCRATS ARE ALL TALK AND NO ACTION AND DOING NOTHING TO FIX DACA, END QUOTE. THAT IS DEEPLY INSULTING TO THOSE OF US WHO HAVE WORKED SO HARD FOR YEARS. I WAS HERE WHEN THE DEMOCRATS PASSED THE DREAM ACT IN DECEMBER OF 2010. THIS IS THE 18TH TIME WE HAVE ATTEMPTED TO BRING UP THE BIPARTISAN BILL. WE ARE ABOUT TO DO IT AGAIN HERE. WITH MY COLLEAGUE, MR. GOME IS. THE DREAM ACT MAKES OUR POSITION CLEAR. WE WANT IMMIGRATION POLICIES TO MAKE AMERICA SAFER AND OUR ASPIRING AMERICANS CAN TAKE THEIR RIGHTS ALONG SIDE OF US. UNFORTUNATELY PRESIDENT TRUMP MADE HIS POSITION. HIS POSITION CHANGES EACH AND EVERY OTHER DAY. HE SAID MY STANDARD IS FIRST, MAKE AMERICA GREAT. THAT'S AN EASY ONE BECAUSE THIS BILL WE WILL BRING UP IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION WILL MAKE AMERICA GREATER. REPEALING DACA WOULD COST OVER $60 BILLION AND REDUCE ECONOMIC GROWTH BY $280 BILLION AND MAKE US POORER. WE WANT TO MAKE US BETTER AND RECOGNIZE THE ASPIRING AMERICANS AND PAY BY THE RULES AND PAY TAXES AND LIVE THEIR DREAM. THAT'S AN AMERICA FIRST POLICY WE CAN ALL GET BEHIND. WHEN WE DEFEAT THIS QUESTION, THE 18TH ATTEMPT TO DO THIS, BUT I'M A JEWISH AMERICAN, 18 IS A LUCKY NUMBER. IT MEANS HIGH. YOU ARE LUCKY TO BE HERE. THEY'LL RECOGNIZE THAT. IT'S LIKE SEVEN AND I DON'T KNOW IF SEVEN IS A LUCKY NUMBER, TOO. BUT 18 IS LIFE. AND THIS IS LIFE FOR THE DREAMERS. THAT'S WHAT MR. GOMEZ'S MOTION IS ALL ABOUT. HAVING YOUNG PEOPLE WHO DON'T HAVE THAT CERTAINTY WHO DON'T KNOW THEY CAN GO TO THEIR JOB AND WORK HARD, COME TODAY OR TOMORROW, OVER 100 TODAY WHOSE STATUS IS EXPIRING. I REALLY HOPE THAT MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES JOIN MR. GOMEZ AND I IN DEFEATING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION TO BRING UP THE DREAM ACT WHICH WOULD PASS THIS BODY, MR. SPEAKER. YOU AND I KNOW THAT. IT'S BIPARTISAN AND BICAMERAL. AND WOULD HELP THOUSANDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE DEFACTO AMERICANS. 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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                              LIFE, I YIELD FOUR NINTS MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR.…

                              LIFE, I YIELD FOUR NINTS MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. GOMEZ.

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                              MR. SPEAKER, I --

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                              WAS THIS TO BUILD A BETTER FUTURE FOR THEIR CHILDREN AND LIVE IN ONE OF…

                              WAS THIS TO BUILD A BETTER FUTURE FOR THEIR CHILDREN AND LIVE IN ONE OF THE GREATEST COUNTRIES IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD AND WORK AND LIVE IN A SAFE PLACE WITHOUT FEAR OF VIOLENCE. WAS IT BECAUSE THEY KNEW THAT IF THEY CAME HERE THAT NO MATTER WHERE THEY ARE FROM THAT IF THEY WORK HARD, CONTRIBUTE TO OUR COUNTRY AND BELIEVE IN THE IDEALS OF AMERICA, THAT ALL MEN AND WOMEN ARE CREATED EQUAL THAT YOU DESERVE A PLACE HERE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THE ANSWER IS YES. MY ANCESTORS AND PARENTS CAME TO THE UNITED STATES FOR THIS REASON AND MORE. THEIR ANSWER HOLD TRUE FOR HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DREAMERS WHO LIVE, WORK AND ATTEND SCHOOL HERE IN THE UNITED STATES WITHOUT FEAR OF DEPORTATION THANKS TO DACA. YET ON SEPTEMBER 5, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION DESTROYED THE AMERICAN DREAM FOR 800,000 YOUNG PEOPLE AND THEIR FAMILIES BY TERMINATING DACA. ONE OF THOSE DREAMERS IS A PROUD DACA RECIPIENT FROM MY DISTRICT, THE 34TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA. SHE WAS BORN IN MEXICO AND ARRIVED IN MY DISTRICT BEFORE SHE TURNED ONE. THE UNITED STATES IS THE ONLY PLACE SHE HAS EVER KNOWN AND IS AS AMERICAN AS YOU AND I. SHE WAS FORCED TO LIVE WITH THE BURDEN OF HER LEGAL STATUS. AT THE AGE OF 14, SHE FOUND OUT SHE DIDN'T HAVE THE LEGAL STATUS WHEN SHE TRIED TO TRAVEL OUT OF STATE TO PLAY IN A SOCCER TOURNAMENT AND THAT FEAR OF BEING DEPORTED AS SHE LEFT HER STATE OF CALIFORNIA PREVENTED HER FROM LEAVING. HER LIFE HAS CHANGED WHEN SHE BECAME A DACA RECIPIENT. SHE ENROLLED IN A LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGE IN MARYLAND AND NO LONGER HAS TO LIVE IN FEAR AS SHE GOES ABOUT HER LIFE. DREAMERS DESERVE THE CHANCE TO SUCCEED AND CONTRIBUTE TO OUR GREAT COUNTRY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION TO BY UP THE DREAM ACT TO GIVE 800,000 DREAMERS A SHOT AT THE AMERICAN DREAM. I YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

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                              MR. POLIS

                              I RESERVE.

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                              MR. BUCK

                              I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE CHAIR OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE OF MONETARY POLICY…

                              I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE CHAIR OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE OF MONETARY POLICY AND TRADE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. BARR.

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                              MR. BARR

                              THAT WILL ENABLE THIS HOUSE TO CONSIDER THE WORLD BANK ACCOUNTABILITY…

                              THAT WILL ENABLE THIS HOUSE TO CONSIDER THE WORLD BANK ACCOUNTABILITY BASKET AND THE HOME MORTGAGE DISCLOSURE ACT. I WANT TO RESPOND TO THE OTHER THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO SAYING THIS HOUSE IS NOT DOING THE PEOPLE'S BUSINESS. WE ARE DOING IT RIGHT NOW. WE ARE WORKING ON IMMIGRATION REFORM AND TO SUGGEST OTHERWISE IS NOT TRUE. IN FACT, ON YEAR-END SPENDING, THIS HOUSE PASSED ALL APPROPRIATIONS BILLS AHEAD OF TIME, AHEAD OF SCHEDULE BEFORE THE END OF THE FISCAL YEAR AND THEY WERE SENT OVER TO THE SENATE. THIS HOUSE DEALT WITH THE ISSUES RELATED TO THE CHILD HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM AND DEALT WITH COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS AND WHOLE RANGE OF OTHER ISSUES AND THOSE PIECES OF LEGISLATION WENT OVER TO THE SENATE. THE ISSUE IS WITH THE SENATE AND NOT WITH THIS HOUSE. FURTHERMORE, THIS HOUSE HAS PASSED HISTORIC TAX REFORM THAT HAS BECOME LAW AND PASSED OVER 16 CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW ACTS ROLLING BACK OBAMA RULES AND REGULATIONS AND MILLIONS OF JOBS HAVE BEEN CREATED AND THE BEST ECONOMY WE HAVE SEEN IN A DECADE. IT'S NOT TRUE TO SUGGEST THAT THE HOUSE IS NOT DOING THE PEOPLE'S BUSINESS. BUT WE ARE DEALING WITH SOME IMPORTANT ADDITIONAL ISSUES THIS WEEK AND WE CAN DO BOTH, PLAN FOR YEAR-END SPENDING DEBATES AND RE-AUTHORIZE THE WORLD BANK. IT'S TO REDUCE POVERTY AROUND THE GLOBE. HOWEVER DURING CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS, THE WORLD BANK HAS FELL SHORT OF ITS ANTI-POVERTY MISSION. OUTSIDE REVIEWS OF THE WORLD BANK AND OWN REVIEWS CONCLUDED THAT QUOTE A PRESSURE TO LEND ON -- THROUGH THE STAFF EVALUATION PROCESS HAS CREATED PERVERSE INCENTIVES FOR SOME EMPLOYEES TO FOCUS ON LOAN VOLUME IN ORDER TO RECEIVE A RAISE RATHER THAN ON WHAT REALLY MATTERS WHICH IS POVERTY REDUCTION OUTCOMES. THERE ARE NUMEROUS EXAMPLES OF THE GROUP OF PEOPLE THAT WERE SUPPOSED TO BE HELPED WAS ACTUALLY HARMED BY A CORRUPT GOVERNMENT OR ITS CRONIES, FROM RAPE TO MURDER, THE LIST OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS GOES ON AND ON. ONE OF THE MOST EGREGIOUS WAS THE UGANDA CRISIS WHERE CONTRACTORS WERE ABUSING A DOZEN OR MORE GIRLS AND TOOK THE WORLD BANK YEARS TO STOP. THE WORLD BANK'S COUNTRY MANAGER FOR THE UGANDA PROJECT WAS PROMOTED TO BECOME WORLD BANK DIRECTOR FOR THE REPUBLIC OF CONGRESS WHERE VIOLATIONS HAVE REFASTED IN 2017. FOR THESE REASONS AND MORE, I SUPPORT THE WORLD BANK ACCOUNTABILITY ACT TO FIX ITS PROBLEMS OR FACE A REDUCTION OF THE U.S. CONTRIBUTION TO THE WORLD BANK'S INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION FUND OR AS IT IS COMMONLY CALLED I.D.A. MORE SPECIFICALLY THE BILL AUTHORIZES $3.3 BILLION OVER THE NEXT THREE YEARS AND MANDATES THAT THE BANK MUST ALIGN ITS INCENTIVES WITH THE BANK'S GOALS OF POVERTY REDUCTION, ENDING THE PRESSURE TO LEND PROBLEM THAT IS PERVASIVE TODAY. THROWING MONEY AT THIS PROBLEM IS NOT THE ANSWER, BUT GETTING RESULTS AND DOING SO WITHOUT THESE KIND OF TERRIBLE, HORRIFIC SCANDALS IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT. THE LEGISLATION ALSO REQUIRES THE BANK TO FIX FAILURES IDENTIFIED IN THE UGANDA SEXUAL ABUSE CRISIS SO NOTHING LIKE THAT HAPPENS. IT REQUIRES THE BANKS TO SUPPORT PROPERTY RIGHTS, DUE PROCESS OF LAW AND ECONOMIC FREEDOM. THE BANK MUST DEMONSTRATE THAT NONE OF ITS RESOURCES HAVE BEEN USED TO FUND TERRORISM AND IMPROVE ITS ABILITY TO DETECT AND MINIMIZE CORRUPTION. IF THE BANK DOES ALL OF THESE REFORMS, IT WILL RECEIVE ITS CONTRIBUTION FOR I.D.A. IF IT FAILS, THE WORLD BANK DOESN'T DESERVE THE FULL FUNDING BACKED BY U.S. TAXPAYERS. . I AM IN SUPPORT OF THE HOME MORTGAGE DISCLOSURE ADJUSTMENT ACT. THIS EXEMPTS SMALL BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS FROM THE ONEROUS DOUBLING OF HOME MORTGAGE DISCLOSURE ACT REPORTING REQUIREMENTS IF THEY MAKE 500 OR FEWER HOME MORTGAGE OR EQUITY LINES OF CREDITS. THE LENDERS I SPOKE TO WITHOUT RELIEF THEY WILL HAVE TO DEVOTE MORE RESOURCES TO COMPLIANCE COST RATHER THAN POURING MORE CAPITAL INTO OUR ECONOMY TO BENEFIT WORKING FAMILIES. LET'S ALLOW AND LIBERATE OUR COMMUNITY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS TO DO WHAT THEY WANT TO DO AND WHAT THEY SHOULD BE DOING AND THEIR CORE AND THAT IS SERVING THEIR CUSTOMERS AND PROVIDING LOANS. I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSMAN EMMER FOR HIS HARD WORK ON THE HOME MORTGAGE DISCLOSURE ADJUSTMENT ACT AND I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN HENSARLING, ALSO, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON BOTH OF THESE BILLS AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT BOTH OF THESE IMPORTANT PIECES OF LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. POLIS.

                            • 01:02:16 PM

                              MR. POLIS

                              I YIELD MYSELF -- I'D LIKE TO INQUIRE OF THE GENTLEMAN IF YOU HAVE…

                              I YIELD MYSELF -- I'D LIKE TO INQUIRE OF THE GENTLEMAN IF YOU HAVE REMAINING SPEAKERS?

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                            • 01:02:22 PM

                              MR. BUCK

                              I DON'T.

                            • 01:02:24 PM

                              MR. POLIS

                              I WILL YIELD MYSELF FOR THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

                            • 01:02:28 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 14 MINUTES.

                            • 01:02:32 PM

                              MR. POLIS

                              WE GO, WE FIND OURSELVES STARING DOWN SELF-CREATED DEADLINES, AND I WANT…

                              WE GO, WE FIND OURSELVES STARING DOWN SELF-CREATED DEADLINES, AND I WANT TO BE CLEAR ABOUT THAT. THE DEADLINE FOR THE EXPIRATION OF THE DREAMERS IN MARCH AND THE FACTS THAT -- FACT THAT 100 ARE EXPIRED EVERY DAY, IT'S SELF-CREATED BY PRESIDENT TRUMP. IT'S A MANUFACTURED CRISIS. WE, OF COURSE, COULD DO IMMIGRATION REFORM WHILE NOT HAVING OUR BACKS TO THE WALL ON THAT ISSUE. THIS SHUTDOWN OF GOVERNMENT, THAT IS A CONSTRUCT OF THIS BODY, THIS HOUSE, SAID THEY WOULD ONLY FUND GOVERNMENT JANUARY 19 AND SO WE'RE FACING ANOTHER DEADLINE AND, AGAIN, I BELIEVE FROM WHAT I'M HEARING CONGRESS WILL THEN CREATE ANOTHER ARTIFICIAL CRISIS SOMETIME IN FEBRUARY WHEN WE ARE GOING TO BE FACING A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN AGAIN. ALL IN THE FACE OF RECORD DEFICITS, TAX AND SPEND REPUBLICAN POLICIES, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE HAD ENOUGH. HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DREAMERS ARE AT RISK OF DEPORTATION BY THIS ADMINISTRATION. MILLIONS OF CHILDREN ARE AT RISK OF LOSING THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE. WE'RE ALL BEING PLUNGED DEEPER AND DEEPER INTO DEBT, NOT JUST FOR OURSELVES BUT OUR FUTURE GENERATIONS. MY KIDS AND MANY OF OUR GRANDKIDS FOR THOSE WHO HAVE THEM. WE'RE FACING ANOTHER GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN OF NECESSARY IMPORTANT GOVERNMENT SERVICES INCLUDING ECONOMIC DRIVERS IN AREAS I REPRESENT LIKE ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK WITH OVER THREE MILLION TOURISTS A YEAR. IT WOULD CLOSE DOWN IF THE GOVERNMENT SHUTS DOWN. AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS. SO MANY OTHER IMPORTANT PARTS OF OUR NECESSARY INFRASTRUCTURE TO SUCCEED AS A COUNTRY FACES AN EXPIRATION THIS FRIDAY. EVEN IF SOMEHOW THE REPUBLICANS SAY, OK, HERE'S ANOTHER TWO OR THREE WEEKS OF FUNDING, THE UNCERTAINTY THAT CREATES, MEANING THEY CAN'T PLAN FOR EVEN SHORT TO MEDIUM TERM CAPITAL PROJECTS, SIMPLE REPAIR THAT MIGHT TAKE MORE THAN THREE WEEKS, KNOCKING DOWN A WALL, FIXING A BUILDING, EVEN MAKING A HIRE, AN EMPLOYEE NOT KNOWING WHETHER THEY WILL HAVE WORK IN THREE WEEKS, CONTRACTORS NOT KNOWING IF THEY WILL BE PAID, ULTIMATELY CHARGING THE TAXPAYERS MORE FOR THE WORK THEY'RE DOING BECAUSE THEY DON'T KNOW IF THE GOVERNMENT WILL PAY. WHAT KIND OF COUNTRY ARE WE RUNNING, MR. SPEAKER? I KNOW WE CAN DO BETTER, AND THAT STARTS BY DEFEATING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO WE CAN JUST PASS THE DREAM ACT AND MOVE ON. IT WILL PASS. 60%, 70%, 80% OF THIS BODY WILL PROBABLY VOTE FOR IT. I KNOW THERE'S PEOPLE THAT DON'T LIKE IT. LET THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE WORK ITS WILL. LET US VOTE, RIGHT? LET US VOTE. THAT'S WHAT WE'RE HERE TO DO, MR. SPEAKER. REPUBLICANS, DEMOCRATS, LET US WORK OUR WILL. WE HAVE THE VOTES ON THE DREAM ACT. WE HAVE THE VOTES TO KEEP GOVERNMENT OPEN. IF YOU SIMPLY ALLOW US TO HAVE AN OPEN PROCESS TO DO IT. THAT'S WHAT THIS FLOOR TIME SHOULD BE USED FOR TODAY. THIS IS -- THIS IS PRECIOUS FLOOR TIME, THE TIME WE'RE IN SESSION DEBATING AND ESPECIALLY CONSIDERING REPUBLICANS SENDING CONGRESS ON A 10-DAY VACATION AT THE END OF THIS WEEK. LET'S USE THIS FLOOR TIME TO DO WHAT MATTERS. SURE, THERE WILL BE A DAY TO DISCUSS THE FINER POINTS OF WORLD BANK POLICIES, THE FINER POINTS OF THE THRESHOLD FOR REGULATE FORE BARNES FOR MORTGAGE CUT -- FORE BEARANS FOR MORTGAGE CUTOFFS, MR. SPEAKER. THOSE ARE FINE, MR. SPEAKER. THOSE ARE FINE TO DISCUSS, BUT NOT WHILE THE REPUBLICANS ARE CREATING OVER 100 MORE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS A DAY AND THEY ARE GOING TO CREATE 800,000 MORE IN JUST A COUPLE MONTHS. NOT WHEN THE REPUBLICANS ARE PLUNGING OUR NATION DEEPER AND DEEPER INTO DEBT WITH TONY BLAIR TAX-AND-SPEND POLL -- WITH THEIR TAX-AND-SPEND POLICIES, NOT FORCING ANOTHER GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, IF NOT THIS WEEK THEN ANOTHER THREE WEEKS, FOUR WEEKS. CRISIS-TO-CRISIS TO MANUFACTURED CRISIS TO MANUFACTURED CRISIS, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE COUNT ON US TO BE STEWARDS OF THE GREATEST REPUBLIC THAT'S EVER BEEN CREATED ON THE FACE OF THIS EARTH. FRANKLY, MR. SPEAKER, CONGRESS IS LETTING THEM DOWN. LET'S DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION AND DEFEAT THIS RULE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 01:07:06 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO,

                            • 01:07:09 PM

                              MR. BUCK

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. OVERLOOKING CORRUPTION AND ABUSE IS UNACCEPTABLE…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. OVERLOOKING CORRUPTION AND ABUSE IS UNACCEPTABLE IN ANY GOVERNING BODY, PARTICULARLY ONE FUNDED BY THE UNITED STATES. IT IS CLEAR THE SERIOUS REFORMS AND OVERSIGHT ARE NEEDED AT THE WORLD BANK. THE INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION HAS STRAYED FROM ITS MISSION TO HELP COMBAT INEQUALITY AROUND THE WORLD. THE WORLD BANK ACCOUNTABILITY ACT PUTS OUR INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS ON NOTICE THAT THE UNITED STATES IS NOT SIMPLY GOING TO STAND BY AND ALLOW ABUSES TO CONTINUE. WHILE WE STAND UP FOR THE UNDERPRIVILEGED AROUND THE WORLD, WE ALSO MUST ENSURE THAT EVERY AMERICAN HAS EQUAL ACCESS TO OUR OWN FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS. THE HOME MORTGAGE DISCLOSURE ADJUSTMENT ACT ENSURES THAT CFPB REGULATIONS DO NOT SHUT OUT CERTAIN GROUPS OF AMERICANS. I THANK CHAIRMAN HENSARLING FOR PUTTING THESE BILLS FORWARD AND FOR MY COLLEAGUES FROM THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE WHO HAVE JOINED ME ON THE FLOOR TODAY TO MAKE THE CASE FOR THESE EFFORTS. I THANK CHAIRMAN SESSIONS FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THE RULES COMMITTEE AND FOR PROVIDING THE DEBATE ON THESE ISSUES TODAY. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THE RULE AND SUPPORTING THE UNDERLYING BILLS. WE MIST ENSURE AMERICAN TAXPAYER MONEY IS NOT SPENT ON CORRUPT REGIMES AND THAT ALL AMERICANS HAVE ACCESS TO FINANCING HERE IN THE U.S. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND I MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION.

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                            • 01:08:33 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                              THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR -- THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE YEAS HAVE IT. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 AND CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 20, THIS FOIFMENT VOTE ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION WILL BE FOLLOWED BY FIVE-MINUTE VOTES ON ADOPTING HUTION 693 IF ORDERED AND SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASSING H.R. 4258. 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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                            • 01:36:47 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 230. THE NAYS ARE 187. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS…

                              ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 230. THE NAYS ARE 187. 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. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. POLIS.

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                            • 01:37:01 PM

                              MR. POLIS

                              ON THAT I REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                            • 01:46:17 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE YEAS ARE 228 AND THE NAYS ARE 188. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT…

                              THE YEAS ARE 228 AND THE NAYS ARE 188. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. DUFFY. ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                            • 01:46:39 PM

                              THE CLERK

                              H.R. 4258, A BILL TO DEVELOP LOCAL STRATEGIES TO COORDINATE USE OF…

                              H.R. 4258, A BILL TO DEVELOP LOCAL STRATEGIES TO COORDINATE USE OF ASSISTANCE UNDER SECTIONS 8 AND 9 OF THE UNITED STATES HOUSING ACT, REPUBLICAN PRIVATE RESOURCE IS FOR FAMILIES TO ACHIEVE ECONOMIC INDEPENDENCE AND SELF-SUFFICIENCY AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                            • 01:47:00 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL AS AMENDED. MEMBERS…

                              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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                            • 01:55:46 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE YEAS ARE 412. THE NAYS ARE 5. 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES…

                              THE YEAS ARE 412. THE NAYS ARE 5. 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE.

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                            • 01:56:06 PM

                              THE CLERK

                              TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES, SECTION 202-D OF THE UNTIL…

                              TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES, SECTION 202-D OF THE UNTIL EMERGENCIES ACT PROVIDES FOR THE TERMINATION OF A NATIONAL EMERGENCY UNLESS WITHIN 90 DAYS BEFORE THE ANNIVERSARY DATE OF ITS DECLARATION, THE PRESIDENT PUBLISHES IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER AND TRANSMITS TO THE CONGRESS THAT THE EMERGENCY IS TO STAY IN EFFECT BEYOND THE ANNIVERSARY DATE. IN ACCORDANCE TO THIS DATE I HAVE SENT TO THE FEDERAL REGISTER THE ENCLOSED NOTICE THAT THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY WITH RESPECT TO FOREIGN TERRORISTS WHO THREATEN TO DISRUPT THE MIDDLE EAST PROCESS OF JANUARY 23, 1995 IS TO CONTINUE IN EFFECT BEYOND JANUARY 23, 2018. THE CRISIS WITH RESPECT TO GRAVE ACTS OF VIOLENCE COMMITTED BY FOREIGN TERRORISTS WHO THREATEN TO DISRUPT THE MIDDLE EAST PEACE PROCESS THAT LED TO THE DECLARATION OF A NATIONAL EMERGENCY ON JANUARY 23, 1995 HAS NOT BEEN RESOLVED. TERRORIST GROUPS CONTINUE TO ENGAGE IN ACTIVITIES THAT HAVE THE PURPOSE OR EFFECT OF THREATENING THE MIDDLE EAST PEACE PROCESS AND THAT ARE HOSTILE TO UNITED STATES' INTERESTS IN THE REGION. SUCH ACTIONS CONTINUE TO POSE AN AN UNUSUAL AND EXTRAORDINARY THREAT TO THE NATIONAL SECURITY, FOREIGN POLICY AND ECONOMY OF THE UNITED STATES. I HAVE THEREFORE DETERMINED THAT IT IS NECESSARY TO CONTINUE THE UNTIL EMERGENCY DECLARED IN EXECUTIVE ORDER 12947 WITH RESPECT TO FOREIGN TERRORISTS WHO THREATEN TO DISRUPT THE MIDDLE EAST PEACE PROCESS AND MAINTAIN AND ENFORCE THE SANCTIONS AGAINST THEM TO RESPOND TO THIS THREAT. SIGNED DONALD J. TRUMP, THE WHITE HOUSE, JANUARY 17, 2018.

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                            • 01:57:51 PM

                              TEMPORE REFERRED

                              REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND ORDERED PRINTED.

                            • 01:58:02 PM

                              TEMPORE PURSUANT

                              PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL POSTPONEFURTHER…

                              PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL POSTPONEFURTHER PROCEEDINGS TODAY ON MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES ON WHICH A RECORDED VOTE OR THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. OR VOTES OBJECTED TO UNDER CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 20. THE HOUSE WILL RESUME PROCEEDINGS ON POSTPONED QUESTIONS AT A LATER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                            • 01:58:26 PM

                              MR. ROYCE

                              MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 3445…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 3445 AS AMENDED.

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                            • 01:58:34 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                            • 01:58:37 PM

                              THE CLERK

                              H.R. 3445 A BILL TO ENHANCE THE TRANSPARENCY AND ACCELERATE THE IMPACT OF…

                              H.R. 3445 A BILL TO ENHANCE THE TRANSPARENCY AND ACCELERATE THE IMPACT OF PROGRAMS UNDER THE AFRICAN GROWTH AND OPPORTUNITY ACT AND THE MILLENNIUM CHALLENGE CORPORATION AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                            • 01:58:51 PM

                              TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

                              PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. SIRES, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                            • 01:59:04 PM

                              MR. ROYCE

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

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

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                            • 01:59:14 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              WITHOUT OBJECTION. SO ORDERED.

                            • 01:59:16 PM

                              MR. ROYCE

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

                              I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO PLACE INTO THE RECORD AN EXCHANGE OF LETTERS THAT WE HAD WITH THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS AND A LETTER SENT TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS SUBCOMMITTEE ON AFRICA, GLOBAL HEALTH AND GLOBAL HUMAN RIGHTS AND INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS.

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                            • 01:59:32 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              WITHOUT OBJECTION. SO ORDERED. ROYCE ROY --

                            • 01:59:36 PM

                              MR. ROYCE

                              I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

                            • 01:59:41 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN MAY PROCEED.

                            • 01:59:48 PM

                              MR. ROYCE

                              I HAVE BEEN HONORED TO SERVE AS CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE FOREIGN AFFAIRS…

                              I HAVE BEEN HONORED TO SERVE AS CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS. AND OVER THIS PERIOD, THERE'S BEEN NO SHORTAGE OF THREATS TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. BUT I MUST SHARE WITH YOU, THERE HAVE BEEN GREAT OPPORTUNITIES. OPPORTUNITIES TO MAKE AMERICA SAFER, TO MAKE THIS COUNTRY MORE PROSPEROUS THROUGH STRATEGIC INVESTMENTS IN DIPLOMACY. AND ALSO INVESTMENTS IN DEVELOPMENT. AND THIS BILL BEFORE US TODAY IS ONE EXAMPLE. . THE AFRICAN GROWTH AND OPPORTUNITY ACT AND THE MILLENNIUM CHALLENGE ACT SEEKS TO HAVE PRIVATE SECTOR GROWTH IN POOR BUT RELATIVELY WELL-GOVERNED COUNTRIES. THIS IS PARTICULARLY TRUE IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA.

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                            • 02:00:44 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR.

                            • 02:00:47 PM

                              MR. ROYCE

                              I WILL SHARE WITH MY COLLEAGUES THE GOAL HERE IS SO THAT THEY CAN GROW…

                              I WILL SHARE WITH MY COLLEAGUES THE GOAL HERE IS SO THAT THEY CAN GROW THEIR WAY, GROW THEIR OWN WAY OUT OF POVERTY. AND WHAT THIS LEGISLATION DOES IS IT SEEKS TO HELP COUNTRIES GRADUATE FROM THE NEED FOR FOREIGN AID WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY OPENING DOORS FOR AMERICAN BUSINESSES TO BREAK INTO THE MOST PROMISING EMERGING MARKETS, AND FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT FOLLOWED THIS, YOU WATCHED TRADE DOUBLE AND THEN TRIPLE WITH SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA. THROUGH AGOA, AS WE CALL THIS AFRICAN GROWTH AND OPPORTUNITY ACT, GOODS PRODUCED IN ELIGIBLE AFRICAN COUNTRIES ENTER THE UNITED STATES ON A DUTY-FREE BASIS, BUT TO BE ELIGIBLE, COUNTRIES MUST BE COMMITTED TO THE RULE OF LAW, TO ELIMINATING BARRIERS TO U.S. TRADE AND INVESTMENT, TO COMBATING CORRUPTION, AND SUPPORTING COUNTERTERRORISM ACTIVITIES. SO AGOA, AS YOU CAN SEE, IT ADVANCES U.S. INTERESTS ON SO MANY DIFFERENT LEVELS AND I AM PROUD TO BE A MEMBER OF THE AGOA COALITION FROM THE BEGINNING. I WAS ONE OF THE ORIGINAL AUTHORS OF THE BILL, AND I WITNESSED ITS TRANSFORMATIVE IMPACT.

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                            • 02:02:07 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PLEASE TAKE YOUR…

                              THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. WE WILL NOT RESUME UNTIL THE HOUSE COMES TO ORDER. ALL RIGHT. THE GENTLEMAN MAY PROCEED.

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                            • 02:02:24 PM

                              MR. ROYCE

                              REMAIN UNDERUTILIZED IN TOO MANY COUNTRIES. PRIOR TO ITS RE-AUTHORIZATION…

                              REMAIN UNDERUTILIZED IN TOO MANY COUNTRIES. PRIOR TO ITS RE-AUTHORIZATION IN 2015, I SET OUT TO LEARN WHY AND I TRAVELED TO MANY COUNTRIES IN SOUTHERN AND EASTERN AFRICA WHERE I MET WITH U.S. AND AFRICAN TRADE OFFICIALS AND BUSINESS LEADERS, ENTREPRENEURS. I VISITED GARMENT FACTORIES, POWER STATIONS. WE WENT TO TRADE HUBS. I HEARD A LOT ABOUT POOR INFRASTRUCTURE. I HEARD A LOT ABOUT WITH COMPETITION WITH CHINA AND BURDENSOME U.S. REGULATIONS THAT ARE DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND. THEN I WALKED INTO AN ART SAN SHOP -- ARTISAN SHOP. IT WAS RUN BY A REMARKABLE WOMAN NAMED SARAH. I LEARNED THAT SHE IN FACT HAD BENEFITED FROM TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE THROUGH THE U.S.-EAST AFRICA TRADE HUB AND SHE WAS NOW EXPORTING TO THE UNITED STATES THROUGH AGOA. I LEARNED THAT SHE WAS THOUGH AN EXCEPTION TO THE RULE. SHE'S NOT THE RULE. OTHER THAN SARAH, THERE WERE VERY FEW BUSINESSES, VERY FEW BUSINESS LEADERS AND ENTREPRENEURS THAT SEEMED TO HAVE THE KNOWLEDGE OF HOW TO ACCESS AGOA. TO FIX THIS, THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY WOULD MAKE INFORMATION ABOUT AGOA AVAILABLE TO AN EASILY ACCESSIBLE PUBLIC WEBSITE, AND THIS BILL ALSO URGES U.S. EMBASSIES IN ELIGIBLE COUNTRIES TO MORE CONSISTENTLY PROMOTE AGOA AND -- IN TRADE HUBS AND SEEKS TO COMMITMENTS MADE AT ANNUAL AGOA FORUMS TO FOLLOW-UP ON THESE COMMITMENTS. SO THIS BILL STRENGTHENS THE MILLENNIUM CHALLENGE CORPORATION WHICH IS ALREADY THE MORE EFFECTIVE TOOLS FOR INCENTIVIZING AND MARKET-BASED GROWTH IN THESE COUNTRIES. IT PROMOTES REGIONAL TRADE, COLLABORATION, ECONOMIC INTEGRATION, AND IT DOES THIS BY ALLOWING UP TO TWO SIMULTANEOUS COMPACTS WITH AN ELIGIBLE COUNTRY AND IT ALSO IMPROVES TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY. IT DOES THAT BY STREAMLINING AND STRENGTHENING CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT. TRADE AND FREE MARKET PRINCIPLES, FRANKLY, IF IT WE THINK ABOUT IT, HAVE HELPED LIFT MORE THAN ONE BILLION PEOPLE OUT OF POVERTY OVER THE LAST DECADE. BUT IT IS NOT JUST THIS HUMANITARIAN GOAL THAT LEADS US TO INVEST IN COMMUNITIES ABROAD. IT IS CLEAR THAT INVESTMENTS TARGETED TOWARDS GREATER HEALTH, TOWARDS GROWING A HEALTHIER SOCIETY, TO GROWING A MORE STABLE SOCIETY, THIS ALSO HELPS ADVANCE U.S. SECURITY AND ECONOMIC INTERESTS. IT IS, THEREFORE, VITAL THAT WE ENSURE THAT TWO OF OUR MOST IMPACTFUL DEVELOPMENT AND TRADE FACILITATION TOOLS, THAT'S THE AFRICAN GROWTH AND OPPORTUNITY ACT, AND OUR MILLENNIUM CHALLENGE CORPORATION, ARE EFFICIENT, EFFECTIVE, FULLY UTILIZED AND THIS BILL WILL DO EXACTLY THAT. I URGE THE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT MEASURE, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 02:05:54 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                            • 02:05:59 PM

                              MR. SIRES

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

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

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                            • 02:06:06 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME.

                            • 02:06:08 PM

                              MR. SIRES

                              TIME.

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                              COLLEA

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

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

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                            • 02:08:13 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

                            • 02:08:22 PM

                              MR. ROYCE

                              I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I CHECKED WITH MY SIDE, AND I THINK -- WE…

                              I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I CHECKED WITH MY SIDE, AND I THINK -- WE COULD CLOSE AT THIS TIME.

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                            • 02:08:32 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS READY TO CLOSE, SO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS READY TO CLOSE, SO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            • 02:08:38 PM

                              MR. SIRES

                              I HAVE AN ADDITIONAL SPEAKER. I WANT TO READ MY CLOSING REMARKS.

                            • 02:08:44 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                            • 02:08:45 PM

                              MR. SIRES

                              MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY NEED.

                            • 02:08:50 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME.

                            • 02:08:52 PM

                              MR. SIRES

                              I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME FOR THE PURPOSE OF THE AFRICAN…

                              I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME FOR THE PURPOSE OF THE AFRICAN GROWTH AND OPPORTUNITY ACT. IT'S A CRITICAL PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT INCREASES TIES AND HELPS FORCE THE DEEPER RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR PARTNERS THROUGHOUT AFRICA. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS MEASURE AND YIELD -- AND RESERVE MY TIME.

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                            • 02:09:18 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              CONTINUE TO RESERVE? THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA CONTINUES TO RESERVE.…

                              CONTINUE TO RESERVE? THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            • 02:09:27 PM

                              MR. SIRES

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

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. BASS, RANKING MEMBER OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS SUBCOMMITTEE ON AFRICA.

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                              THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

                            • 02:09:41 PM

                              MS. BASS

                              THANK YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF…

                              THANK YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 3445, AGOA AND M.C.A. MODERNIZATION ACT. THE AFRICAN GROWTH AND OPPORTUNITY ACT AND THE MILLENNIUM CHALLENGE CORPORATION HAVE PROVEN TRACT RECORDS OF SPURRING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. EXPANDING THESE PROGRAMS ADVANCES OUR POSITION AS INTERNATIONAL LEADERS, STRENGTHENS OUR DOMESTIC JOB MARKET AND ECONOMY WHILE PROTECTING OUR NATIONAL SECURITY INTERESTS. TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT GO HAND IN HAND. U.S. INVESTMENTS AROUND THE WORLD INCREASES TRADE OPPORTUNITIES AND OPENS NEW MARKETS FOR U.S. GOODS AND SERVICES. AFRICA'S CONSUMER SPENDING IS EXPECTED TO REACH $1 TRILLION. WE MUST ACT NOW IN ORDER TO SOLIDIFY THIS IMPORTANT TRADE RELATIONSHIP. IF WE FAIL TO ACT, REST ASSURED THAT OTHER NATIONS ARE READY, WILLING AND ABLE TO FILL OUR VOID. WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY THROUGH AGOA AND M.C.A. TO ADVANCE STABILITY, SECURITY AND BUSINESS GROWTH ON THE CONTINENT AND HERE AT HOME. THIS IS IN OUR BEST INTEREST. THAT'S WHY I JOIN MY COLLEAGUES, CHAIRMAN ROYCE, RANKING MEMBER ENGEL, REPRESENTATIVE SMITH TO INTRODUCE THE AGOA AND M.C.A. MODERNIZATION ACT EARLIER THIS YEAR. MOVING DEVELOPING COUNTRY AWAY FROM FOREIGN AID TO TRADE HELPS FARMERS, SMALL BUSINESSES. WE ARE BUILDING LONG-TERM TRADING PARTNERS FOR OUR GOODS AND SERVICES. BY USING TRADE WE CAN ALSO ADDRESS THE ROOT CAUSES OF VIOLENT EXTREMISM AND TERRORISM. THIS LEGISLATION STRENGTHENS THE AGOA AND THE M.C.A., KEY LAWS IN THE EFFORT TO PROMOTE U.S.-AFRICA TRADE. FOR EXAMPLE, AGOA AND M.C.A. GIVES M.C.C. GREATER FLEXIBILITY TO PROMOTE TRADE, COLLABORATION, AND ECONOMIC INTEGRATION BY ALLOWING UP TO TWO SIMULTANEOUS COMPACTS WITH AN ELIGIBLE COUNTRY. THIS IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE AS MOST OF US KNOW, AFRICAN COUNTRIES ARE STILL GRAPPLING WITH THE LEGACY OF COLONIALISM. FOR EXAMPLE, ONLY A FEW HUNDRED MILES SEPARATE LAGOS, NIGERIA, FROM GHANA. IN THE UNITED STATES, TRAVELING THIS DISTANCE WOULD TAKE A FEW HOURS. FOR TRADERS ON THE CONTINENT, THE SAME TRIP CAN TAKE UP TO A FULL DAY. THEY HAVE TO CONTEND WITH INADEQUATE ROADS, ARDUOUS BORDER CHECKS OR HIGH TARIFFS. M.C.C. RECENTLY SIGNED A COMPACT WITH AN ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL HUB IN WEST AFRICAN AND A LONGTIME STRATEGIC AND ECONOMIC PARTNER OF THE U.S. THIS COMPACT WILL DIVERSIFY THE NATION'S ECONOMY BY TARGETING TWO CONSTRAINTS TO GROWTH -- ACCESS TO A SKILLED WORK FORCE AND THE MOBILITY OF GOODS AND PEOPLE IN THE NATION'S CAPITAL. THE TRANSPORT PROJECT WILL FOCUS ON REHABILITATING KEY ROADS IN THE CAPITAL TO ENABLE PEOPLE AND GOODS TO MOVE FREELY THROUGHOUT THE BUSY CITY AND ITS STRATEGIC PART. WITH 20% OF THE NATION'S POPULATION LIVING IN THE CAPITAL, UNLOCKING CONGESTION WILL CREATE OPPORTUNITIES TO BUY AND SELL PRODUCTS, EXPAND BUSINESSES, IMPROVE ACCESS TO KEY SERVICES AND OPEN UP GREATER TRADE. THIS COMPACT IS EXPECTED TO BENEFIT MORE THAN 11 MILLION PEOPLE. IN A COUNTRY WHERE MORE THAN HALF THE POPULATION IS UNDER THE AGE OF 24, IT WILL HELP TO SHAPE A STRONG, STABLE FUTURE FOR CHORD VAR. THIS -- CORDAVAR. THIS WILL HELP WEST AFRICA AND THE U.S., BY MAKING COORDINATED INVESTMENTS ACROSS COUNTRIES, M.C.C. COULD HELP THESE NATIONS WORK TOGETHER TO GROW REGIONAL MARKETS AND FACILITATE TRADE. PASSAGE OF THIS BILL IN THE HOUSE IS AN IMPORTANT STEP TOWARD INCREASING REGIONAL INTEGRATION ACROSS AFRICA, ADVANCING STABILITY AND SECURITY AND OPENING NEW MARKETS FOR TRADE. I BELIEVE STRONGLY THAT IT IS IN OUR ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL INTEREST TO EXPAND OUR ECONOMIC RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE NATIONS OF AFRICA. I HAVE SAID THIS BEFORE AND I WILL CONTINUE TO REITERATE THIS POINT, I ALSO BELIEVE THE AFRICAN GROWTH AND OPPORTUNITY ACT IS THE KEY TOOL DEVELOPMENT OF A STRONGER MUTUALLY BENEFICIAL ECONOMIC RELATIONS BETWEEN THIS COUNTRY AND AFRICAN NATIONS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME.

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                            • 02:13:53 PM

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

                              THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED. DOES THE GENTLEMAN CONTINUE TO RESERVE?

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                            • 02:14:03 PM

                              MR. ROYCE

                              TO CLOSE IF YOU HAVE ANY OTHER SPEAKERS.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              WHILE THE GENTLEMAN CONTINUES TO RESERVE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS…

                              WHILE THE GENTLEMAN CONTINUES TO RESERVE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            • 02:14:15 PM

                              MR. SIRES

                              MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS, MS.…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE.

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                            • 02:14:20 PM

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                              THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

                            • 02:14:34 PM

                              MS. JACKSON LEE

                              LEE: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY FOR HIS LEADERSHIP, AND I THANK…

                              LEE: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY FOR HIS LEADERSHIP, AND I THANK MR. ROYCE, MR. ENGEL, MR. SMITH, AND MS. BASS FOR ESTABLISHING A REAL VIABLE AFRICAN POLICY, A POLICY THAT I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF BEING PART OF FOR ALL OF THE YEARS THAT I SERVED IN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS. I REMEMBER MAKING THE FIRST TRIP TO DO THE RESEARCH AND TO MEET WITH HEADS OF STATES IN AFRICA ON THE QUESTION OF THE AFRICAN GROWTH AND OPPORTUNITY ACT. OVER THE YEARS, WE WORKED WITH THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION ON THE MILLENNIUM CHALLENGE CORPORATION, AND SO I AM DELIGHTED THAT WE HAVE A BILL THAT IMPROVES THE BENEFITS. IT IS EVEN MORE IMPORTANT IN THIS TIME TO MAKE SURE THAT THE POLICIES OF THE UNITED STATES TOWARD AFRICA AND THE AFRICAN COUNTRIES IS CLEAR AND PRECISE. THEY ARE STRONG ALLIES AND A VERY VIABLE TRADE PARTNER. . THIS IS CRUCIAL TO THE BACKDROP OF VERY YOU VULGAR STATEMENTS THAT UNFORTUNATELY HAVE COME FROM THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF. THEREFORE, THIS IS THE POLICY THAT IS REAL. AN ONGOING PARTNERSHIP. THE FACT THAT AFRICA REPRESENTS A GROWING POPULATION OF A BILLION PEOPLE. WHEN WE LAST TRAVELED WITH A PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, WHICH THEN WAS PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, AND VISITED A NUMBER OF AFRICAN COUNTRIES, IN PARTICULAR KENYA, WE WERE THERE TO LOOK AT THE RISING POPULATION OF SMALL AND MEDIUM SIZED ENTREPRENEURS. YOUNG MILLENNIUMS AND OTHERS WHO WERE EAGER TO ENGAGE IN BUSINESS. THE AFRICAN GROWTH AND OPPORTUNITY ACT WILL BE A PATHWAY FOR SUBSAHARA AFTERA, COUNTRIES IN THAT AREA, THAT WILL CREATE THE PATHWAY FOR TRADE FOR GOODS PRODUCED ON THE CONTINENT. PEACE AND THE ECONOMY GO TOGETHER. AND IF WE HAVE AN ECONOMIC ENGINE PARTNERSHIP WITH THE UNITED STATES, LOOKING AT GOOD QUALITY INVESTMENT, AND IF WE HAVE THE WORK OF THE MILLENNIUM CHALLENGE TO CHALLENGE COUNTRIES TO BECOME MORE DEMOCRATIC, TO OPEN THE DOORS OF OPPORTUNITY, TO HAVE A BETTER FISCAL SYSTEM, AND TO BE A REAL PARTNER IN THESE IMPROVEMENTS, THAT IS A REAL AFRICAN POLICY. SO I RISE TO SUPPORT THE UNDERLYING BILL. AND I RISE TO SUPPORT IT BECAUSE IT IS AN ADVANCEMENT, H.R. 3445, TO THE WORK THAT HAS BEEN DONE OVER THE YEARS BY THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS AND THE MANY PARTNERS THAT WE HAVE HAD. I AM A STUDENT OF AFRICA. HAVING GONE TO SCHOOL IN GHANA AND NIGERIA AND OTHERS. I TRAVELED OFTEN. AND I UNDERSTAND THE INGENUITY, THE EAGERNESS, AND THE COMMITMENT TO DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLES AND, OF COURSE, THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THEIR YOUNG GENERATION. SO I RISE TODAY TO SUPPORT THE BILL. I DON'T KNOW IF IT'S APPROPRIATE, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO CO-SPONSOR THE LEGISLATION AT THIS TIME. BUT I THANK THE SPONSORS FOR THIS VERY EXCELLENT LEGISLATION. IT IS GOOD WORK. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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                            • 02:18:02 PM

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                              THE GENTLELADY'S REQUEST WILL BE ADDED AS A CO-SPONSOR CANNOT BE…

                              THE GENTLELADY'S REQUEST WILL BE ADDED AS A CO-SPONSOR CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED AT THIS POINT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            • 02:18:23 PM

                              MR. ROYCE

                              I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. CO-SPONSOR CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED AT THIS POINT.…

                              I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. CO-SPONSOR CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED AT THIS POINT. I'LL JUST SUM UP HERE WHAT THIS BILL DOES IS UNLOCK A GREATER POTENTIAL FOR AGOA, AFRICAN GROWTH AND UNIT ACT, SO THAT COMMUNITIES -- GROWTH AN OPPORTUNITY ACT, SO COMMUNITIES IN AFRICA CAN STRENGTHEN THEIR OWN ECONOMIES AND BECOME U.S. TRADE PARTNERS RATHER THAN AID RECIPIENTS. IT ENHANCES THE IMPACT OF M.C.C. BY ACCELERATING REGIONAL ECONOMIC INTEGRATION AND TRADE. IT'S GOOD FOR AMERICAN TAXPAYERS. IT'S CERTAINLY GOOD FOR JOB CREATORS IN THE UNITED STATES. IT'S GOOD FOR OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. IT'S GOOD FOR AFRICA. FOR THE PEOPLE OF AFRICA. I THINK THIS LEGISLATION IS THE PRODUCT OF MORE THAN TWO YEARS OF NEGOTIATIONS. IT ENJOYS VERY BROAD SUPPORT. AS I SAY, IT DOESN'T COST THE TAXPAYERS ANYTHING. BUT I REALLY WANT TO THANK SOME OF THE MEMBERS WHO WORKED HARD ON THIS. REPRESENTATIVE CAREN BASS, THANK YOU FOR YOUR -- KAREN BASS, THANK YOU FOR YOUR GOOD WORK. CONGRESSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON LEE AND RANKING MEMBER ENGEL. CHRIS SMITH. SENATOR CORKER AND CARDIN AND ISAACS, AND SENATOR COONS. I THANK THEM FOR THEIR HELP ON MY MEASURE HERE TODAY AND CONTINUED COMMITMENT TO REDUCING POVERTY THROUGH MARKET BASED ECONOMIC GROWTH. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 02:19:40 PM

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                              I HAVE NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS.

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                              MR. SIRES

                              I HAVE NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS.

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                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

                            • 02:19:57 PM

                              MR. SIRES

                              SIRES: I HAVE NO I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. I DON'T HAVE ANY…

                              SIRES: I HAVE NO I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. I DON'T HAVE ANY ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS.

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                            • 02:20:01 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME HAVING EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS, WILL…

                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME HAVING EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 3445, AS AMENDED. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                            • 02:20:29 PM

                              MR. ROYCE

                              MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 3776 AS…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 3776 AS AMENDED.

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                            • 02:20:33 PM

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                              THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                            • 02:20:36 PM

                              THE CLERK

                              UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 357, H.R. 3776. A BILL TO SUPPORT UNITED STATES…

                              UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 357, H.R. 3776. A BILL TO SUPPORT UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL CYBERDIPLOMACY, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                            • 02:20:46 PM

                              TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

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

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                            • 02:20:56 PM

                              MR. ROYCE

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

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

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                            • 02:21:07 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                            • 02:21:08 PM

                              MR. ROYCE

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

                            • 02:21:11 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                            • 02:21:12 PM

                              MR. ROYCE

                              MR. SPEAKER, LET ME BEGIN BY SAYING THE UNITED STATES IS INCREASINGLY…

                              MR. SPEAKER, LET ME BEGIN BY SAYING THE UNITED STATES IS INCREASINGLY UNDER ATTACK BY FOREIGN ACTORS ONLINE. NOBODY KNOWS THIS BERT THAN OUR MEMBERS ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, BUT ESPECIALLY MIKE MCCAUL, WHO ASSISTED ME ON THIS BILL, AND AS YOU KNOW MIKE MCCAUL ALSO CHAIRS THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE. SO THIS LEGISLATION IS FOCUSED ON CORRECTING A SERIOUS THREAT. MALICIOUS CYBERACTIVITIES BY STATE AND NONSTATE ACTORS THREATEN OUR U.S. FOREIGN POLICY, OUR SECURITY, OUR ECONOMIC INTERESTS RIGHT NOW AROUND THE GLOBE. LAST YEAR THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY'S WORLDWIDE THREAT ASSESSMENT SUMMED THIS UP WELL. AS THEY LOOKED AT THE PROBLEM THEY SAID, AND I'LL QUOTE THEM, OUR ADVERSARIES ARE BECOMING MORE ADEPT AT USING CYBERSPACE TO THREATEN OUR INTERESTS AND ADVANCE THEIR OWN, AND DESPITE IMPROVING OUR CYBERDEFENSES NEARLY ALL INFORMATION, COMMUNICATION NETWORKS, AND SYSTEMS WILL BE AT RISK FOR YEARS. BUT IT'S NOT JUST THE SECURITY OF OUR NETWORKS THAT THE UNITED STATES NEEDS TO PROTECT. IT IS THE VERY FABRIC OF THE INTERNET ITSELF THAT IS INCREASINGLY UNDER ASSAULT BY GOVERNMENTS THAT WANT TO ERECT DIGITAL BORDERS. THAT WANT TO IMPOSE MORE CONTROL. THAT WANT CENSURESHIP ONLINE. THE STATE DEPARTMENT HAS A CRITICAL ROLE TO PLAY IN PROMOTING AN OPEN AND SECURE CYBERSPACE BY DEVELOPING INTERNATIONAL NORMS OF RESPONSIBLE STATE BEHAVIOR AND DETERRING MALICIOUS ACTORS FROM CARRYING OUT DESTRUCTIVE CYBEROPERATIONS. LAST YEAR THE PRESIDENT SIGNED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER CHARGING THE SECOND OF STATE WITH CREATING AN INTERAGENCY STRATEGY TO PROTECT LAST YEAR THE PRESIDENT SIGNED AN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FROM CYBERTHREATS. ALONG WITH A PLAN TO IMPROVE INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION IN CYBERSECURITY. DESPITE THE PROMINENT ROLE ASSIGNED TO THE DEPARTMENT BY THE PRESIDENT'S EXECUTIVE ORDER AND SUPPORT FROM THIS BODY FOR SUCH WORK, THE OFFICE TASKED WITH LEADING THIS EFFORT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FOR THE STATE DEPARTMENT WAS MERGED INTO THE BUREAU OF ECONOMIC AND BUSINESS AFFAIRS. THE CONCERN IS THAT THIS LIMITS THE DEPARTMENT'S ABILITY TO CONFRONT THE FULL RANGE OF ISSUES IN CYBERSPACE SUCH AS SECURITY, INTERNET ACCESS, ONLINE HUMAN RIGHTS, CYBER CRIME. BEYOND THE CLEAR ECONOMIC CHALLENGES. SO I BELIEVE THIS SENDS THE WRONG SIGNAL TO MOSCOW, TO BEIJING, AND OTHER GOVERNMENTS AROUND THE WORLD. THE UNITED STATES SHOULD MAKE IT CLEAR THAT WE PLACE A HIGH PRIORITY ON THE WHOLE RANGE OF CYBERISSUES, INCLUDING CYBERSECURITY, INTERNET ACKSERKS ONLINE RIGHTS, DETER REINCE, AND CYBERCRIME. IN TESTIMONY BEFORE THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, HERE'S THE GOOD NEWS, I WAS RELIEVED TO HEAR OUR DEPUTY SECRETARY SULLIVAN SAY THAT THIS WAS JUST AN INTERIM STEP AND THAT HE EXPECTS CYBER ISSUES WILL ULTIMATELY BE ELEVATED TO A SENATE CONFIRMED ROLE. THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT THIS BILL REQUIRES. SO NOW MORE THAN EVER WE NEED A HIGH-RANKING CYBER DIPLOMAT AT THE STATE DEPARTMENT TO PRIORITIZE THESE EFFORTS TO ENSURE WE KEEP THE INTERNET OPEN, KEEP IT RELIABLE, KEEP IT SECURE, AND THE BIPARTISAN CYBERDIPLOMACY ACT WILL HELP COUNTER FOREIGN THREATS ON THE INTERNET AND IT'S GOING TO PROMOTE HUMAN RIGHTS ABROAD AND IT'S GOING TO ALSO, BY THE WAY, CREATE NEW JOBS AND ECONOMIC GROWTH HERE AT HOME. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE BILL. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 02:25:15 PM

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

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

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                            • 02:25:18 PM

                              MR. SIRES

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

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

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                            • 02:25:24 PM

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                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME.

                            • 02:25:26 PM

                              MR. SIRES

                              THANK YOU. LET ME FIRST THANK OUR CHAIRMAN, THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE,…

                              THANK YOU. LET ME FIRST THANK OUR CHAIRMAN, THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, ED ROYCE, AND RANKING MEMBER ELIOT ENGEL, FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. MR. SPEAKER, MALICIOUS CYBERACTIVITY HAS BECOME A GRAVE THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES AND ALLIES. IN 2014, NORTH KOREA HACKED SONY PICTURESER. IN 2015 THE CHINESE STOLE THE PERSONAL DATA OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE IN 2014, NORTH KOREA HACKED FROM THE OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT. IN 2016, RUSSIA ILLEGALLY INTERFERED IN OUR PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS. STEALING ELECTIONS DATA AND DOING REAL DAMAGE TO THE AMERICAN DEMOCRACY. AND NOW IN 2018, FROM THE OFFICE MIDTERM LEAKSES ARE AT RISK. PUTIN AND HIS CRONIES WILL NOT FINISH AFTER THE LAST ELECTION. THEY HAVE HACKED OUR ALLIES. AND THEY WILL HACK OUR ELECTIONS AGAIN AND AGAIN UNLESS WE DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. WE CANNOT ALLOW FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS TO MEDDLE IN DEMOCRACY AND STEAL DATA FROM OUR NETWORKS. TO STAND UP AGAINST THESE THREATS, THIS BILL ESTABLISHES A HIGH-LEVEL AMBASSADOR TO LEAD THE STATE DEPARTMENT'S CYBERDIPLOMACY EFFORTS. IT ALSO REQUIRES THE SECRETARY OF STATE TO CREATE AN INTERNATIONAL CYBERPOLICY THAT WILL IMPROVE INTERNATIONAL CYBERNORMS ON SECURITY AND DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLES, INCLUDING A COMMITMENT TO KEEP THE INTERNET FREE. OPEN AND INTERNATIONAL INTEROPERABLE. AMERICA CANNOT CEDE CYBERSPACE TO CHINA OR RUSSIA. NOW MORE THAN EVER WE NEED TO USE ALL THE TOOLS WE HAVE TO HELP SHAME INTERNATIONAL NORMS, RAMP UP COORDINATION WITH OUR PARTNERS, AND STIFFEN OUR DEFENSES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN MEASURE AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 02:27:18 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                            • 02:27:23 PM

                              MR. ROYCE

                              I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. MCCAUL. HE'S…

                              I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. MCCAUL. HE'S CHAIRMAN OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE.

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                            • 02:27:28 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

                            • 02:27:31 PM

                              MR. MCCAUL

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THIS CYBERDIPLOMACY…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THIS CYBERDIPLOMACY ACT. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN ROYCE AND ELIOT ENGEL FOR THEIR STRONG WORK ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE. AS CHAIRMAN OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE, I PASSED NUMEROUS BILLS TO STRENGTHEN OUR CYBEROPERATIONS TO DEFEND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THE HOMELAND. NOW I'M PLEASED TO SEE WE'RE DOING THE SAME AT THE STATE DEPARTMENT. AS WE HAVE SEEN RAPID TECHNOLOGY ADVANCEMENTS HAVE INCREASED OUR DEPENDENTS ON COMPUTER NETWORKS W THIS GROWING DEPENDENCE COMES EXPOSURE TO THE MYRIAD VULNERABILITIES AND THREATS FROM CYBERCRIMINALS, HACKERS, AND NATION STATES WHO CONTINUE TO LAUNCH MALICIOUS ATTACKS AGAINST US. CURRENTLY AS THE CHAIRMAN STATED THERE IS NO REAL -- THERE ARE NO REAL INTERNATIONAL NORMS OR STANDARDS TO FOLLOW. WHEN IT COMES TO CYBERSECURITY. AND AS THE THREAT LANDSCAPE CONTINUES TO EVOLVE, I BELIEVE THAT CONGRESS MUST PUT FORTH RESPONSIBLE POLICIES TO KEEP PACE PROTECTING OUR SYSTEMS, OUR CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE, AND AMERICAN CITIZENS' INFORMATION AND PRIVACY. THIS LEGISLATION HELPS ENSURE THE OPEN AND RELIABLE SECURE USE OF THE INTERNET BY ESTABLISHING THE OFFICE OF CYBER ISSUES WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEADED BY AN AMBASSADOR RESPONSIBLE FOR ADVANCING U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY AND FOREIGN POLICY INTERESTS ON CYBER SECURITY AND ISSUES OF INTERNET FREEDOM AROUND THE GLOBE. THIS LEGISLATION ALSO REQUIRES THE SECRETARY TO PRODUCE A STRATEGY ON CYBERSPACE TO GUIDE U.S. POLICY. LASTLY, IT REQUIRES THE STATE DEPARTMENT TO ADD A SECTION TO ITS ANNUAL REPORT ON HUMAN RIGHTS DETAILING GOVERNMENTS SUCH AS IRAN, RUSSIA, AND CHINA IN SILENCE OF THEIR OPPOSITION THROUGH INTERNET CENSORSHIP. I STAND PROUD TO BE WITH MY COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION TO PROPOSE SOLUTIONS TO THESE VERY GRAVE CHALLENGES THAT FACE THE UNITED STATES AND THE WORLD. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 02:29:42 PM

                              MR. SIRES

                              MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR.…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR. LANGEVIN, CO-CHAIR OF THE CONGRESSIONAL CYBERSECURITY CAUCUS.

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                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

                            • 02:29:58 PM

                              MR. LANGEVIN

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

                              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE CYBER DIPLOMACY ACT. AND EFFORTS TO INCREASE INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION AND PROMOTE GLOBAL STABILITY IN SISHE SPACE. . I FIRMLY BELIEVE CYBERSECURITY IS A CHALLENGE OF THE 21ST CENTURY AND WE MUST INTEGRATE CYBERSPACE INTO OUR POLICY IF WE ARE TO SUCCESSFULLY MITIGATE THE MANY THREATS WE FACE IN THIS DOMAIN. THEN SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON RECOGNIZED THIS WHEN SHE CREATED THE OFFICE OF THE CYBER COORDINATOR WITHIN THE STATE DEPARTMENT IN 2011 AND HER SUCCESSOR, JOHN KERRY, CONTINUED AMERICA'S LEADERSHIP IN CYBER DIPLOMACY. I WORKED WITH CHRIS PAINTER AND WE ARE DEEPLY INDEBTED TO HIS SIX YEARS OF SERVICE IN THAT ROLE. I CANNOT EVER REMEMBER A MEETING WITH A CYBERSECURITY EXPERT WHERE HIS NAME DID NOT COME UP ACTIVELY PROMOTING A SECURE INTERNET. I'M DEEPLY GRATEFUL FOR THE LEADERSHIP OF CHAIRMAN ROYCE AND RANKING MEMBER ENGEL IN RECOGNIZING THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS ROLE AND BRINGING THIS BILL FORWARD TO CODIFY AND EXPAND IT. NOW, THIS EFFORT IS PARTICULARLY TIMELY AS SINCE MR. PAINTER LEFT, THERE'S BEEN SOME CONFUSION WHETHER THE POSITION WOULD EVEN BE FILLED OR IF THE OFFICE WOULD BE REORGANIZED UNDER THE BUREAU OF ECONOMIC AND BUSINESS AFFAIRS. IT'S MY GOAL TO SEE THAT DOES NOT HAPPEN, THAT THIS BILL PREVAILS. THAT POSITION DEEPLY NEEDS TO BE IN THE STATE DEPARTMENT WHERE WE CAN SHOW AMERICA'S LEADERSHIP ON A DIPLOMATIC FRONT IN CYBER. AS A MEMBER WHO SERVES ON TWO NATIONAL SECURITY COMMITTEES, I MUST EMPHASIZE THAT CYBERSECURITY IS NOT JUST AN ECONOMIC ISSUE, AND THIS BILL APPROPRIATELY RECOGNIZES THE BROAD SCOPE OF CYBER DIPLOMACY. MR. SPEAKER, EVERY ARMED CONFLICT GOING FORWARD IN THE WORLD TODAY HAS AND ALL FUTURE CONFLICTS WILL HAVE A CYBER COMPONENT. WE'VE SEEN OUR CYBER ADVERSARIES LIKE RUSSIA USE CYBER TOOLS, INCLUDING EFFORTS TO UNDERMINED FAITH IN THE BEDROCK OF OUR DEMOCRACY, OUR ELECTIONS. WE MUST ENGAGE BILATERALLY AND MULTILATERALLY WITH OUR INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS AND EVEN OUR ADVERSARIES IN ORDER TO PROTECT OUR INTERESTS AND ALLOW US TO CONTINUE TO REAP THE BENEFITS OF A CONNECTED SOCIETY. THE LACK OF POLICIES, NORMS AND PRECEDENTS IN THIS NEW SPHERE OF STATE INTERACTION CONTINUES TO INCREASE THE POTENTIAL FOR A CYBER INCIDENT TO LEAD TO ESCALATING CONFLICT. IT'S UP TO THE HARDWORKING AND SADLY UNDERAPPRECIATED OF MEMBERS OF OUR FOREIGN SERVICE TO DO THIS AND THIS BILL WILL ENSURE THEY HAVE THE LEADERSHIP STRUCTURE TO DO THAT. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, LET ME THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER FOR THEIR EXTRAORDINARY WORK ON THIS IMPORTANT BILL. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING, AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA…

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              MR. ROYCE

                              I'LL CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              MR. SIRES

                              MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME FOR THE PURPOSE OF…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME FOR THE PURPOSE OF CLOSING.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE DEBATE FOR THE MINORITY.

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                              MR. SIRES

                              KEEPING THE INTERNET OPEN, INTEROPERABLE AND SECURE IS CRITICAL -- IS OF…

                              KEEPING THE INTERNET OPEN, INTEROPERABLE AND SECURE IS CRITICAL -- IS OF CRITICAL IMPORTANCE TO AMERICA'S NATIONAL SECURITY, OUR ECONOMY, AND OUR DOMESTIC VALUES. WE MUST USE ALL THE DIPLOMATIC TOOLS TO DEVELOP A STRONG INTERNATIONAL NORM, BOMSER OUR CYBER DEFENSES AND PRO-- BOLSTER OUR CYBER DEFENSES AND PROMOTE INTERNET FREEDOM. THIS BILL ENSURES THAT AMERICA STAYS IN FRONT OF THESE CRITICAL ISSUES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 02:34:12 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, MR. ROYCE, IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE DEBATE ON THIS BILL.

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                            • 02:34:19 PM

                              MR. ROYCE

                              I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME.

                            • 02:34:25 PM

                              MR. ROYCE

                              MR. SPEAKER, IN CLOSING, I WOULD JUST LIKE TO THANK MR. SIRES. I WOULD…

                              MR. SPEAKER, IN CLOSING, I WOULD JUST LIKE TO THANK MR. SIRES. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE CONGRESSMAN, AND WE APPRECIATE HIS EFFORTS IN SUPPORTING THIS LEGISLATION. I WANT TO THANK MR. ENGEL AS WELL, AND MR. MCCAUL. YOU KNOW, AS THE BIRTHPLACE OF THE INTERNET, IT'S THE UNITED STATES THAT HAS BEEN MOST IMPACTED. WE HAVE A FOREIGN POLICY, ECONOMIC INTERESTS IN WORKING INTERNATIONALLY TO ENSURE THIS INTERNET REMAINS OPEN. PART OF OUR IDEA IS THIS WOULD BE CAPABLE OF CARRYING THE FREE FLOW OF IDEAS, AND WE THOUGHT IT SHOULD REMAIN RELIABLE AND SECURE, BUT INCREASINGLY AUTHORITARIAN REGIMES ARE VERY AGGRESSIVELY PROMOTING A DIFFERENT VISION FROM THE ONE THAT AMERICANS BROUGHT TO THE TABLE. THEIR VISION OF CYBER SOVEREIGNTY, THEY SOMETIMES CALL IT, AND WHAT CYBER SOVEREIGNTY MEANS FOR THESE STATES, THESE GOVERNMENTS IS STATE CONTROL OVER CYBERSPACE, AND THAT DOES RUN COUNTER TO THE VALUES OF A FREE PEOPLE, THE VALUES OF INDIVIDUAL AND ECONOMIC LIBERTY, AND WORKING WITH OUR ALLIES AND PARTNERS, I THINK THE UNITED STATES HAS GOT TO BE PREPARED TO ADVANCE OUR OWN VISION OF CYBERSPACE WHEN IT'S UNDER THIS KIND OF ATTACK AND CENSORSHIP. SO THE CYBER DIPLOMACY ACT WILL GIVE US THE TOOLS TO DO JUST THAT. I THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR HELP ON THIS LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 02:36:11 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              ALL TIME HAVING NOW EXPIRED, THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE…

                              ALL TIME HAVING NOW EXPIRED, THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 3776, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR WILL SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                            • 02:36:48 PM

                              MR. ROYCE

                              MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1660.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                              THE CLERK

                              THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL…

                              THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT TO SUBMIT TO CONGRESS A REPORT ON THE DEVELOPMENT AND USE OF GLOBAL HEALTH INNOVATIONS IN THE PROGRAMS, PROJECTS, AND ACTIVITIES OF THE AGENCY.

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                              TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

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

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                              MR. ROYCE

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND TO INCLUDE ANY EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THIS MEASURE.

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                              TEMPORE WITHOUT

                              WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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                              MR. ROYCE

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

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME.

                            • 02:37:35 PM

                              MR. ROYCE

                              THANK YOU. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MR. SIRES' BILL. THIS IS H.R. 1660. IT IS…

                              THANK YOU. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MR. SIRES' BILL. THIS IS H.R. 1660. IT IS THE GLOBAL HEALTH INNOVATION ACT. I WANT TO THANK MR. SIRES OF NEW JERSEY. HE'S THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE. I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR BRINGING THIS ISSUE FORWARD IN A TIMELY -- ON A TIMELY MANNER, AND OVER THE PAST TWO DECADES, WE HAVE MADE UNPRECEDENTED PROGRESS IN ADDRESSING SOME OF THE MOST DIFFICULT GLOBAL HEALTH CHALLENGES OF OUR TIME. WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT, GLOBAL RATES OF CHILD MORTALITY HAVE DROPPED BY 53%. THE PREVALENCE OF TUBERCULOSIS HAS BEEN CUT, IN FACT, BY HALF. MALARIA DEATHS ARE NOW DOWN 47%. FIVE COUNTRIES IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA ONCE RAVAGED BY HIV-AIDS ARE ON THE VERGE OF CONTROLLING THEIR EPIDEMICS. THE ERADICATION OF POLIO IS WITHIN REACH. THE ONLY PLACE IT STILL EXISTS IS ON THE PAKISTANI-AFGHANI BORDER WHERE THE TALIBAN CONTROL THAT REGION AND AS YOU KNOW, THE TALIBAN RESISTS VACCINATION. THEY IN FACT ASSASSINATE HEALTH WORKERS WHO VACCINATE. THAT'S THE ONLY REASON WE HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO ERADICATE THIS LAST SPOT WHERE POLIO CONTINUES TO CREATE -- CREATE DAMAGE TO YOUNG LIVES. YET, DESPITE THESE SUCCESSES, WE STILL DO HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO. PART OF THAT IS REFLECTED IN THE 2014 EBOLA OUTBREAK IN AFRICA THAT RESULTED IN 11,000 DEATHS IN 10 COUNTRIES. IT SERVES AS A VERY STARK REMINDER OF THE GLOBAL THREAT OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES, AND THOUGH GLOBAL CHILD AND MATERNAL CHILD DEATH RATES HAVE BEEN CUT IN HALF, THERE'S STILL AN ESTIMATED 830 MOTHERS AROUND THE WORLD WHO CONTINUE TO DIE FROM PREVENTABLE CAUSES EVERY DAY. WHEN WE TALK ABOUT MATERNAL HEALTH, THIS IS WHY. SO USAID IS WORKING TO ADDRESS THESE GLOBAL HEALTH CHALLENGES. THEY'RE HARNESSING THE POWER OF SCIENCE, OF TECHNOLOGY, OF INNOVATION TO DEVELOP LOW-COST, HIGH-IMPACT HEALTH TECHNOLOGIES. THEY ARE DEVOTING CONSIDERABLE TIME AND RESOURCES TO DEVELOPING THESE INNOVATIONS. SO WHAT THIS BILL DOES, IT MAKES SURE THAT WE ENSURE THAT THEY ARE BEING EFFECTIVELY DEPLOYED. IT SUPPORTS USAID'S EFFORTS WHILE ALSO ENHANCING OUR OVERSIGHT. IT DIRECTS THE ADMINISTRATOR OF USAID TO REPORT ON THE DEVELOPMENT AND USE OF GLOBAL HEALTH INNOVATIONS AND ITS PROGRAMS, PARTICULARLY THOSE RELATED TO HIV-AIDS, AND ON MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH AND ON COMBATING INFECTIOUS DISEASES, TO ENSURE THAT OUR INVESTMENTS IN GLOBAL HEALTH ARE DEPLOYED AND ARE DELIVERING RESULTS. AND I URGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THE BILL. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 02:40:58 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                              MR. SIRES

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

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

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME.

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                              MR. SIRES

                              I WANT TO START BY THANKING CHAIRMAN ROYCE AND RANKING MEMBER ENGEL FOR…

                              I WANT TO START BY THANKING CHAIRMAN ROYCE AND RANKING MEMBER ENGEL FOR THEIR WORK ON THE GLOBAL HEALTH AND THEIR EFFORTS TO BRING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR. CHAIRMAN ROYCE HAS PUT IN THE TIME AND EFFORT TO MAKE SURE THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE IS FREQUENTLY THOUGHT OF AS THE MOST BIPARTISAN COMMITTEE IN CONGRESS, AND I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR HIS PUBLIC SERVICE. I WILL LIKE TO -- I WILL ALSO LIKE TO THANK THE MEMBERS WHO HAVE CO-SPONSORED THIS BILL, ESPECIALLY CONGRESSMAN MARIO DIAZ-BALART, WHO HAS GRACIOUSLY ACTED AS THE REPUBLICAN LEAD. ADDITIONALLY, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE STAFFERS WHO WORKED HARD TO BRING H.R. 1660 TO THE FLOOR FOR CONSIDERATION. INFECTIOUS DISEASES AND OTHER HEALTH CONDITIONS STILL CLAIM THE LIVES OF NEARLY NINE MILLION PEOPLE EACH YEAR, AND EMERGING HEALTH THREATS SUCH AS DRUG-RESISTANT POSES A SERIOUS THREAT TO HUMAN HEALTH AROUND THE GLOBE. NEW VACCINES, OTHER HEALTH TOOLS ARE DESPERATELY NEEDED. PROGRESS CANNOT BE MADE WITHOUT A SUSTAINED INVESTMENT IN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT. U.S. INVESTMENTS IN GLOBAL HEALTH RESEARCH ARE CENTRAL -- ARE A CENTRAL COMPONENT OF U.S. FOREIGN POLICY TO INCREASE NATIONAL SECURITY, STRENGTHEN U.S. RELATIONS AROUND THE WORLD, AND REDUCE INFECTIOUS DISEASES. THE U.S. HAS A LEGACY OF LEADERSHIP IN GLOBAL HEALTH RESEARCH THROUGH AGENCIES LIKE USAID. THAT IS WHY I WAS PROUD TO INTRODUCE H.R. 1660, THE GLOBAL HEALTH INNOVATION ACT. THIS WILL PROVIDE THE OVERSIGHT NEEDED TO GAIN A CLEAR ATTENTION OF USAID'S GLOBAL HEALTH RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT. OVER THE YEARS, RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS ARE GREATLY EXPANDED AT USAID. SEARCHING FOR ADVANCEMENT TOWARDS AN H.I.V. AND AIDS-FREE GENERATION, PREVENTABLE MATERNAL AND CHILDHOOD DEATHS AND PREVENTABLE INFECTIOUS DISEASES. THIS LEGISLATION IS AN EFFORT TO KEEP UP WITH USAID'S EXPANDED EFFORT AND ENSURE THEIR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES REFLECT OUR GOALS. H.R. 1660 DIRECTS THE USAID ADMINISTRATOR TO REPORT ANNUALLY TO CONGRESS ON THE USE OF GLOBAL HEALTH INNOVATIONS IN USAID PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES. THE REPORT MUST ALSO INCLUDE HOW THE AGENCY MEASURES PROGRESS, INVESTMENT AND DEVELOPMENTS TOWARD THE HEALTH-RELATED GOALS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1660 TO ALLOW CONGRESS TO EXERCISE ITS OVERSIGHT POWERS AND ENSURE USAID RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT EFFORTS REFLECT THEIR PRIORITIES. THANK YOU AND I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 02:44:03 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY YIELD BACK?

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                              MR. SIRES

                              YES.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE DEBATE FOR THE…

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE DEBATE FOR THE MAJORITY.

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                              MR. ROYCE

                              THANK YOU. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME.

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                              MR. ROYCE

                              AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK MR. SIRES OF NEW JERSEY. HE'S THE…

                              AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK MR. SIRES OF NEW JERSEY. HE'S THE RANKING MEMBER ON THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON WESTERN HEMISPHERE, AND WE THANK HIM FOR BRINGING FORWARD THIS TIMELY MEASURE. THIS IS THE GLOBAL HEALTH INNOVATION ACT. WHAT IT SEEKS TO DO IS TO ACCELERATE USAID'S WORK TO IDENTIFY DEVELOP AND EXPAND ACCESS TO LOW-COST, HIGH-IMPACT HEALTH TECHNOLOGIES THAT WILL ENHANCE THE U.S. GLOBAL HEALTH SECURITY AGENDA. AND FRANKLY, THAT WILL SAVE A LOT OF LIVES. WHAT IT DOES, IT ENSURES THAT THE TIME AND THE RESOURCES THAT ARE BEING DIRECTED TOWARD DEVELOPING THESE TECHNOLOGIES ARE PUT TO GOOD USE, ARE PUT TO GOOD USE QUICKLY AND I SUPPORT THIS BILL AND URGE ITS ADOPTION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME HAVING EXPIRED, THE…

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME HAVING EXPIRED, THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 1660. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED --

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                              MR. ROYCE

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

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                              THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. .

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                              PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 693, I CALL UP H.R. 3326 AND ASK FOR ITS…

                              PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 693, I CALL UP H.R. 3326 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE A GENERAL LEAVE REQUEST?

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                              MR. HENSARLING

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

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

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                            • 02:48:49 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                            • 02:48:51 PM

                              MR. HENSARLING

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

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                              TEMPORE PURSUANT

                              PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 693 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE…

                              PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 693 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 3326. THE CHAIR APPOINTS THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. DUNCAN, TO PRESIDE OVER THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.

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                              THE CHAIR

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

                              THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 3326, WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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                              THE CLERK

                              ACCOUNTABILITY, COMBAT CORRUPTION, AND STRENGTHEN MANAGEMENT EFFECTIVENESS…

                              ACCOUNTABILITY, COMBAT CORRUPTION, AND STRENGTHEN MANAGEMENT EFFECTIVENESS AT THE WORLD BANK.

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                            • 02:49:45 PM

                              THE CHAIR

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

                              PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE BILL IS CONSIDERED AS READ THE FIRST TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. HENSARLING, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. WATERS, EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                              MR. HENSARLING

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

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME.

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                              MR. HENSARLING

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3326, THE WORLD BANK…

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3326, THE WORLD BANK ACCOUNTABILITY ACT. FRANKLY DON'T UNDERSTAND QUITE WHY EVERY MEMBER IS NOT RISING IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3326. THIS IS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION WHICH IS SPONSORED BY MY FRIEND FROM KENTUCKY, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE MONETARY POLICY AND TRADE SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. BARR. AND CO-SPONSORED BY A SENIOR DEMOCRAT ON OUR COMMITTEE, MR. SHERMAN OF CALIFORNIA, AND MR. CHAIRMAN, IT PASSED OUR COMMITTEE BY UNANIMOUS VOTE. 60-0. AGAIN, MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS MEASURE PASSED OUR COMMITTEE BY A UNANIMOUS VOTE OF 60-0. H.R. 3326 MAKES A SHARE OF FUTURE WORLD BANK APPROPRIATIONS CONTINGENT UPON VITALLY NEEDED REFORMS WITH FOCUS ON THE BANKS' INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION, KNOWN AS I.D.A., WHICH IS THE BANK'S CONCESSIONAL LENDING WINDOW DEVELOPMENT DEDICATED TO 75 OF THE WORLD'S POOREST COUNTRIES. THE REFORMS IN THIS BILL HAVE EMERGED FROM FIVE DIFFERENT OVERSIGHT HEARINGS, MR. CHAIRMAN, HELD IN OUR COMMITTEE. OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS, AND THEY ALL ENJOY BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. THE BILL ALSO SUPPORTS THE ADMINISTRATION'S GOAL OF ENSURING THAT THE WORLD BANK'S WORK IS CONSISTENT WITH U.S. PLYORS -- PRIORITIES THAT ARE OBVIOUSLY FINANCED BY THE U.S. TAXPAYER. THE PRESIDENT'S F.Y. 18 BUDGET, THE ADMINISTRATION CALLED FOR HOLDING INTO ACCOUNT INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS WHOSE MISSIONS DON'T ADVANCE U.S. FOREIGN POLICIES INTERESTS OR WHICH HAVEN'T BEEN WELL MANAGED. H.R. 3326 WOULD ENACT THE ADMINISTRATION'S REQUEST FOR A 15% REDUCTION IN AUTHORIZED FUNDS FOR I.D.A. IN ADDITION, MR. BARR'S SLAYINGS CONTAINS CRUCIAL NATIONAL SECURITY PROVISIONS INCLUDING A PROHIBITION ON WORLD BANK ASSISTANCE TO COUNTRIES THAT KNOWINGLY, KNOWGLY VIOLATE U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL SANCTIONS ON NORTH KOREA. ALSO, SAFEGUARDING OUR NATIONAL SECURITY IS AROVISION THAT HELPS ENSURE WORLD BANK ASSISTANCE WON'T BE USED FOR STATE SPONSORS OFERRORISM. MR. CHAIRMAN, TS IS A COMMONSENSE, COMMONSENSE REQUIREMENT THAT BENEFITED FROM THE INPUT OF OUR DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUE ON THE COMMITTEE, AGAIN, MR. SHERMAN OF CALIFORNIA. SO AGAIN, MR. CHAIRMAN, IT DOES KIND OF BEG THE QUESTION, WHY ARE WE HERE TODAY? WHY ARE WE DEBATING A BILL THAT RECEIVED SUPPORT FROM EVERY SINGLE REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRAT ON THE COMMITTEE? AS SOME WHO MAY BE VIEWING OUR PROCEEDINGS KNOW, THERE IS SUCH A THING KNOW AS A SUSPENSION CALENDAR FOR RELATIVELY NONCONTROVERSIAL ITEMS. THIS BILL SHOULD HAVE BEEN DISPENSED WITH ON WHAT IS KNOWN AS A SUSPENSION CALENDAR SINCE IT PASSED OUR COMMITTEE 60-0. NOW APPARENTLY THE RANKING MEMBER HAS HAD A CHANGE OF HEART ON OPPOSING A BILL SHE VOTED FOR ON COMMITTEE. SO SOME MAY BE CONFUSED AND INDEED WE'RE CONFUSED. BUT IT IS INTERESTING THAT WE NOW SEE OPPOSITION TO LINKING THESE I.D.A. PAYMENTS TO REFORMS, BUT THAT'S EXACTLY, IT'S EXACTLY WHAT DEMOCRATS ON THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE DID IN 2005. IT'S EXACTLY WHAT THEY DID WHEN THEY VOTED TO WITHHOLD 25% OF I.D.A. FUNDS IN THE FOREIGN OPERATIONS APPROPRIATIONS BILL. AND LAST JULY, THE RANKING MEMBER, THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. WATERS, CONSISTENT WITH HER EARLIER TO THE VOTE ON THE GROUNDS THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENTED IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3326 AS WELL. SO AGAIN, SOME OF US ARE CONFUSED IF SHE HAS VOTED FOR THE POLICY OF WITHHOLDING TWICE, INCLUDING VOTING FOR THE VERY BILL WE'RE DEBATING TODAY, WHY IT IS BEING OPPOSED NOW. IT IS ALSO IMPORTANT TO NOTE, MR. CHAIRMAN, THAT THE REFORMS INCLUDED IN THIS BILL ARE THOSE THAT THE WORLD BANK ITSELF DEEMS ARE IMPORTANT. AS FAR BACK AS 1992, A BANK MANAGEMENT REVIEW HIGHLIGHTED ITS PERVERSE STAFF INCENTIVES THAT MADE PUSHING MONEY OUT THE DOOR MORE IMPORTANT THAN MAKING A DENT IN GLOBAL POVERTY. AS RECENTLY AS 2014, A BACK EVALUATION -- BANK EVALUATION REPORT CONFIRMED THAT THESE VERY SAME PERVERSE INCENTIVES ARE STILL IN PLACE. THEN THERE'S THE NOTORIOUS CASE OF MISMANAGEMENT. IN THE UGANDA TRANSPORT SECTOR DEVELOPMENT PROJECT, A SCANDALOUS BANK NISH TESTIFY WHERE BASIC LACK OF PROJECT OVERSIGHT LED TO THE SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF UNDERAGED GIRLS, REPEATED HARASSMENT OF FEMALE STAFF, AND DEFICIENT SAFETY MEASURES THAT VERY WELL MAY HAVE RESULTED IN FIVE FATALITIES LEST WE FORGET. IN 2015 THE WORLD BANK'S PRESIDENT HAD THIS TO SAY. QUOTE, THE MULTIPLE FAILURES WE HAVE SEEN IN THIS PROJECT ON THE PART OF THE WORLD BANK, THE GOVERNMENT OF UGANDA, AND THE GOVERNMENT CONTRACTOR ARE UNACCEPTABLE. IT IS OUR OBLIGATION TO PROPERLY SUPERVISE ALL INVESTMENT PROJECTS TO ENSURE THAT THE POOR AND VULNERABLE ARE PROTECTED IN OUR WORK, IN THIS CASE WE DID NOT. I AM COMMITTED, THE WORLD BANK'S PRESIDENT GOES ON TO SAY, TO MAKING SURE WE DO EVERYTHING IN OUR POWER WORKING WITH OTHER STAKEHOLDERS FIRST TO FULLY REVIEW THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THIS PROJECT AND THEN TO QUICKLY LEARN FROM OUR AND OTHERS' FAILURES SO THEY DO NOT HAPPEN AGAIN, UNQUOTE. MR. CHAIRMAN, IF THE WORLD BANK THINKS THESE REFORMS ARE NECESSARY, SHOULDN'T WE ALL THINK THESE REFORMS ARE NECESSARY? HOW ABOUT THE TESTIMONY OF SASHA , A REPORTER FOR THE INTERNATIONAL CONSHORE SHUTTLE COLUMBIA OF INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISTS WHO TESTIFIED BEFORE OUR COMMITTEE, QUOTE, WE FOUND OVER A DECADE SPANNING FROM 2004 TO 2013 PROJECTS FINANCED BY THE WORLD BANK PHYSICALLY OR ECONOMICALLY DISPLACED AN ESTIMATED 3.4 MILLION PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD, UNQUOTE. MR. CHAIRMAN, THESE ARE SOME OF THE WORLD'S MOST VULNERABLE, DISPLACED, DISPLACED BY THE WORLD BANK THAT SCREAMS OUT FOR MORE REFORMS. I WANT TO THANK MR. BARR FOR SAYING ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. WITH HIS LEGISLATION. HE HAS PRODUCED A SERIOUS AND LIGHTNING AND OVERDUE REFORM BILL -- LONG AND OVERDUE REFORM BILL, ONE THAT WAS SUPPORTED IN OUR COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY 60-0. WE TYPICALLY COULD NOT GET A 60-0 VOTE ON A MOTHER'S DAY RESOLUTION, YET WE HAVE IT FOR THIS BILL. AGAIN, IT JUST BEGS CREDIBILITY WHY ARE WE HERE TODAY DEBATING A BILL THAT WAS PASSED UNANIMOUSLY IN COMMITTEE? I URGE, I URGE THE HOUSE TO ADOPT IT UNANIMOUSLY AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 02:57:27 PM

                              THE CHAIR

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

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

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                            • 02:57:30 PM

                              MS. WATERS

                              THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME.

                            • 02:57:36 PM

                              MS. WATERS

                              I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 3326, THE WORLD BANK ACCOUNTABILITY ACT OF…

                              I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 3326, THE WORLD BANK ACCOUNTABILITY ACT OF 2017. LAST YEAR DEMOCRATS ON THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE JOINED OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES IN FAVORLY -- FAVORABLY REPORTING THIS BILL OUT OF COMMITTEE TO SUPPORT THE BILL'S AUTHORIZATION OF A U.S. CONTRIBUTION OF $3.29 BILLION TO MULTILATERAL DEVELOPMENT EFFORTS AND TO ENFORCE THE IMPORTANCE OF U.S. LEADERSHIP AT THE INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS. BUT THE FAVORABLE REPORT IN COMMITTEE CAME WITH CLEAR CONDITIONS FOR THE FUTURE OF THE BILL. DEMOCRATS MADE IT CLEAR DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS BILL IN COMMITTEE THAT OUR ONGOING SUPPORT FOR THE MEASURE WOULD DEPEND UPON CHANGES TO PROVISIONS IN THE BILL MOVING FORWARD. THAT PUT CRITICAL U.S. FUNDING AT RISK. BUT HERE WE'RE TODAY AND REPUBLICANS HAVE NOT MADE ANY EFFORT AT ALL TO ADDRESS OUR VERY SPECIFIC CONCERNS. NAMELY, THE BILL WOULD CUT UP TO 30% OF THE U.S. CONTRIBUTION TO THE INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION THAT IS I.D.A. IN ANY YEAR IN WHICH THE TREASURY SECRETARY DOES NOT CERTIFY TO CONGRESS THAT THE BANK HAS ADOPTED OR IS TAKING STEPS TO IMPLEMENT TWO SETS OF REFORMS MANDATED IN THE BILL. I.D.A. IS THE ARM OF THE WORLD BANK THAT PROVIDES GRANTS AND OTHER ASSISTANCE TO THE WORLD'S 77 POOREST COUNTRIES WHICH ARE HOME TO MORE THAN 450 MILLION PEOPLE LIVING IN EXTREME THE WORLD'S 77 POOREST POVERTY. CUTS TO U.S. FUNDS TO I.D.A. WOULD PUNISH MILLIONS OF CHILDREN AND OTHER VULNERABLE PEOPLE IN AFRICA, LATSIN AMERICA, AND ASIA WHO ARE LIVING IN EXTREME POVERTY, WHO ARE SUFFERING FROM FAMINE OR EMERGING FROM CONFLICT. DEMOCRATS DO NOT BELIEVE THAT CUTTING U.S. FUNDS FOR AND DEAMERICANING U.S. INFLUENCE AT THE INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS IS AN EFFECTIVE APPROACH TO REFORM. TO REMEDY THIS PROBLEM WITH THE BILL, REPRESENTATIVE POOR, WHO IS THE RANKING MEMBER ON OUR COMMITTEE'S SUBCOMMITTEE ON MONETARY POLICY AND TRADE, HAD SOUGHT TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT ON THE FLOOR TO STRIKE THE PROVISIONS IN THE BILL THAT WOULD GIVE THE ADMINISTRATION COVER TO CUT U.S. FUNDING FOR MULTILATERAL EFFORTS AIMED AT ALLEVIATING GLOBAL POVERTY. THE AMENDMENT THE AMENDMENT WOULD HAVE MAINTAINED BOTH SETS OF REFORMS AND WOULD HAVE DIRECTED THE SECRETARY OF TREASURY TO ACTIVELY PROMOTE THESE POLICY GOALS THROUGH ADVOCACY AND DIRECT ENGAGEMENT WITH WORLD BANK MANAGEMENT AS WELL AS THE BANK'S OTHER MAJOR SHARE HOLDERS. THE RULES COMMITTEE REFUSED TO MAKE THIS AMENDMENT IN ORDER. THUS DEPRIVING THE HOUSE OF THE OPPORTUNITY TO DECIDE FOR ITSELF WHICH APPROACH IT PREFERS TO TAKE, REFORMING THE BANK WITH THE THREAT TO CUT FUNDING OR REFORMING THE BANK THROUGH THE EXERCISE OF U.S. INFLUENCE AND POWER AT THE BANK BASED ON THE MERITS OF THE REFORMS THEMSELVES. MR. CHAIRMAN, THE PROCESS BY WHICH THIS BILL HAS COME TO THE FLOOR STANDS IN STARK CONTRAST TO OUR COMMITTEE'S LONG HISTORY OF WORKING TOGETHER ON ISSUES RELATING TO GLOBAL ECONOMIC GOVERNANCE. FOR MANY YEARS, THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE HAS WORKED IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION TO ACHIEVE A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT REFORMS AT THE WORLD BANK, INCLUDING INCREASED TRANSPARENCY, THE CREATION OF THE INSPECTION PANEL, MORE DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION AND CLOSER CONSULTATION WITH LOCAL COMMUNITIES MOST AFFECTED BY BANK PROJECTS. WE WERE ABLE TO SUCCESSFULLY ADVANCE THESE POLICY GOALS THROUGH SERIOUS AND DIRECT NEGOTIATIONS AND SUSTAINED ENGAGEMENT WITH BOTH THE DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY AND THE WORLD BANK ITSELF, NOT BY THREATENING TO WALK AWAY FROM OUR COMMITMENT. BUT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS CONSISTENTLY DEMONSTRATED TROUBLING ATTITUDES TOWARD THE ROLE OF THE U.S. IN THE WORLD. IN NOVEMBER OF LAST YEAR, IN TESTIMONY BEFORE THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, TREASURY UNDER SECRETARY FOR INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS EXPRESSED THE ADMINISTRATION'S VIEW THAT GLOBALISM AND MULTI LATERALISM HAVE GONE SUBSTANTIALLY TOO FAR. IN DECEMBER, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION REFUSED TO PLEDGE FUNDS TO THE INTERNATIONAL FUND FOR AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT. A SMALL MULTI LATERAL DEVELOPMENT BANK THAT HELPS THE POOR IN REMOTE RURAL AREAS WHERE FEW DONORS OPERATE AND OF COURSE JUST LAST WEEK, THIS PRESIDENT MADE IGNORANT, RACIST AND DEPLORABLE COMMENTS ABOUT AFRICA. WHEREAS IT HAPPENS, I.D.A. FOCUSESES ITS GREAT DEAL FOCUS AND ENERGY. THE MORE COMMITTED WE ARE COMMITTED TO OUR I'D YEELS, WE NEED TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO ADVANCE THOSE GOALS. THE LEGISLATION BEFORE US TODAY IN ITS CURRENT FORM FAILS TO MEET THAT TEST. SO I WILL BE OPPOSING THIS LEGISLATION. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME. WE CAN AND WE SHOULD DO BETTER. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 03:03:39 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                              MR. HENSARLING

                              LEGISLATION THAT PASSED UNANIMOUSLY 60-0 IN OUR COMMITTEE AND THE CHAIRMAN…

                              LEGISLATION THAT PASSED UNANIMOUSLY 60-0 IN OUR COMMITTEE AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE ON MONETARY POLICY AND TRADE, MR. BARR.

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                            • 03:04:04 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                              MR. BARR

                              I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS SUPPORT AND LEADERSHIP. AS CHAIRMAN…

                              I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS SUPPORT AND LEADERSHIP. AS CHAIRMAN HENSARLING HAS ALREADY NOTED, H.R. 3326 PASSED THE HOUSE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE BY A UNANIMOUS VOTE OF 60-0. NO AMENDMENTS WERE OFFERED BY ANY OF OUR DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES DURING THAT MARKUP. SO IT'S DISAPPOINTING THAT THE RANKING MEMBER IS STANDING IN OPPOSITION TODAY DESPITE VOTING FOR THIS BILL IN COMMITTEE AND THEN WAITING HALF A YEAR BEFORE PROPOSING ANY CHANGES. NONETHELESS, I WANT TO ADDRESS THE GENTLELADY'S CRITICISM OF THE WITHHOLDING MECHANISM IN THIS LEGISLATION BECAUSE SHE SEEMS TO SHARE A PHILOSOPHY INDEMOCRATIC AT THE WORLD BANK WHICH BASICALLY SAYS THIS. MONEY EQUALS IMPACT. BUT THIS RUNS COUNTER TO THE EVIDENCE WE HAVE HEARD AGAIN AND AGAIN DURING MULTIPLE HEARINGS AND COUNTER TO HOW THE BANK OPERATES WITH ITS BORROWERS. IT LENDS TO POOR COUNTRIES BY ATTACHING CONDITIONS. PEOPLE CAN DISAGREE IF THAT CONDITION ATLANTA IS TOO MUCH OR TOO LITTLE, BUT THE BANK AFFECTS BEHAVIOR BY TELLING GOVERNMENTS THAT THERE ARE NO BLANK CHECKS. THE RANKING MEMBER KNOWS THIS. AND IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING THERE ARE MANY ELEMENTS TO BANK CONDITIONS THAT THE RANKING MEMBER AND HER DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUE SUPPORT. IF THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA WOULD NEVER TOLERATE THE BANK WRITING BLANK CHECKS TO CONGRESS IT IS ODD SHE WANTS CONGRESS TO WRITE A BLANK CHECK TO THE BANK. QUOTE, THE AATLANTA IS BANK STAFF ARE ASSESSED BY THE VOLUME OF THEIR LENDING, DOLLARS OF MONEY LENT. AND THAT'S A POOR INDICATOR OF IMPACT ON POVERTY. YOU HAVE AN IMPACT ON POVERTY SOMETIMES WHEN YOU DON'T LEND AT ALL. THIS PERVERSE LENDING CULTURE AT THE WORLD BANK HAS BEEN DOCUMENTED FOR A QUARTER OF A CENTURY AND DOCUMENTED BY THE BANK. I WOULD ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD A 1992 A BANK REVIEW WHICH DETAILS A PRESSURE TO LEND THAT DISTORTS STAFF INCENTIVES AT THE EXPENSE OF MANAGEMENT AND PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION. THIS IS FROM 1992. WELL, FAST FORWARD TO 2014 AND REPORT BY THE BANK'S OWN EVALUATION OFFICE INCLUDES THAT THE PRESSURE TO LEND IS ALIVE AND WELL. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER THIS EVALUATION REPORT IN THE RECORD. IN ADDITION TO FOCUSING ON BETTER INCENTIVES AND MANAGEMENT AT THE BANK, THIS REQUIRES THE BANK TO MORE EFFECTIVELY SECURE PROPERTY RIGHTS, DUE PROCESS AND ECONOMIC FREEDOM AS DISTINGUISHED A.M. DEMOCRATICS AND LAWRENCE DEFEATON AND WILLIAM EARLY AND JAMES ROBINSON HAVE FOUND. FOREIGN AID MAKES LITTLE POSITIVE DIFFERENCE IF WE ARE INDIFFERENT TO THE POOR'S RIGHT TO OWN LAND AND OTHER ASSETS AND BE FREE FROM ARBITRARY GOVERNMENT INTERFERENCE. IF THE WORLD BANK SUPPORTS A CORRUPT GOVERNMENT, THAT DOESN'T MEAN IT'S GOING TO HELP THE CONDITION OF THE IMPOVERISHED IN THAT COUNTRY THAT IS DENIED ECONOMIC FREEDOM. WHY DOESN'T THE RANKING MEMBER SUPPORT THESE COMMONSENSE PRINCIPLES? IF THE BANK DOESN'T LEND WITH THE RIGHTS OF THE POOR IN MIND, THEN THEY AREN'T SERIOUS. IF IT ISN'T HELPING THE POOR TO BEGIN WITH, WHY WOULD YOU NOT WANT TO WITHHOLD IT? THEY LOVE CONDITIONS AT THE BANK BUT JUST HAVE A CHANGE OF HEART WHEN A REN CAN SPONSORED BILL IS HOLDING THE BANK TO HIGH STANDARDS. LET ME CLOSE BY TOUCHING ON THE NATIONAL SECURITY ELEMENTS OF THIS BILL WHICH THE RANKING MEMBER ALSO PLANS TO VOTE AGAINST. IT INCENTIVIZES THE BANK TO FIGHT TERRORISM AND KEEP IT AWAY FROM WORLD BANK RESOURCES. THIS WAS AS A RESULT OF BIPARTISAN DISCUSSIONS, SO IT'S SHOCKING TO SEE ANYONE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE OPPOSE THE LEGISLATION. THIS BILL WOULD ENSURE THAT THE U.S. OPPOSE WORLD BANK FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO COUNTRIES THAT KNOWINGLY FAIL TO ENFORCE U.N. SECURITY SANCTIONS AGAINST NORTH KOREA. OUR COMMITTEE PASSED IDENTICAL LANGUAGE, AND THE PROVISION BENEFITED DIRECTLY FROM THE INPUT BY MY SUBCOMMITTEE RANKING MEMBER, MRS. MOORE. THE COMMITTEE VOTE WAS UNANIMOUS AND THE HOUSE PASSED IT 415-2. IT BOGGLES THE MIND THAT ANY MEMBER OF THIS BODY WOULD VOTE AGAINST THAT LANGUAGE AS PART OF H.R. 3326. AND IN CLOSING, IF THE RANKING MEMBER IS UPSET THAT WE TAKE THE INTERESTS OF THE POOR MORE SERIOUSLY THAN THE INTERESTS OF THE WORLD BANK, THEN SO BE IT. I BELIEVE THE BANK'S INTERESTS AND THE POOR'S INTEREST SHOULD BE ALIGNED NOT JUST IN THEORY BUT IN PRACTICE. IF THEY'RE NOT, IT'S THE BANK THAT SHOULD LOOK ITSELF IN THE MIRROR. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT AND I YIELD BARK.

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                            • 03:09:23 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE QUESTION WILL BE CONSIDERED UNDER GENERAL LEAVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                              THE QUESTION WILL BE CONSIDERED UNDER GENERAL LEAVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS -- RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            • 03:09:33 PM

                              MS. WATERS

                              THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN AND MEMBERS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS…

                              THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN AND MEMBERS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS REALLY HAS PRESENTED RATHER HOLLOW ARGUMENTS THAT HAVE NO PLACE IN THIS DEBATE. THIS IS ABOUT OUR HUMANITARIANISM AND ABOUT OUR STRATEGIC POSITION IN THE WORLD. AND SO I WILL YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

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                            • 03:09:55 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

                            • 03:10:00 PM

                              MS. VELAZQUEZ

                              I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 3326…

                              I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 3326 WORLD BANK ACCOUNTABILITY ACT OF 2017. LET ME BE CLEAR FROM THE OUTSET, THAT I SUPPORT THE WORLD BANK AND ITS MISSION. THE BANK IS A VITAL SOURCE OF FINANCIAL AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO DEVELOPING COUNTRIES. IT WORKS TO REDUCE POVERTY AND SUPPORT DEVELOPMENT AROUND THE GLOBE. LET ME ALSO BE CLEAR THAT I SUPPORT THIS BILL'S AUTHORIZATION OF $3.29 BILLION TO THE BANK'S INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION, WHICH PROVIDES GRANTS AND VERY LOW INTEREST LOANS TO THE POOREST 77 COUNTRIES ON THE PLANET. THESE COUNTRIES USE THIS FUNDING FOR WIDE ARRAY OF INVESTMENTS IN AREAS LIKE EDUCATION, HEALTH, PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, INFRASTRUCTURE AND RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT. BUT WHEN I VOTED FOR THIS BILL IN COMMITTEE, I JOINED THE RANKING MEMBER AND THE REST OF MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES IN MAKING CLEAR THAT MY SUPPORT WAS DEPENDENT ON WORKING TOGETHER ON MAKING CHANGES TO THE BILL AS WE MOVE TO THE FLOOR. THIS IS ABOUT THE RIGHTS OF THE MINORITY TO PROVIDE MEANINGFUL INPUT INTO THE LEGISLATION. AND THAT WAS AN AGREEMENT THAT WE STROKED BEFORE VOTING ON THE BILL. DESPITE DEMOCRATIC BEST EFFORTS, THAT DID NOT HAPPEN. AND THERE CONTINUED TO BE PROVISIONS IN THIS BILL THAT NEED TO BE ADDRESSED. FOR EXAMPLE, THE BILL CALLS FOR WITHHOLDING 30% OF THE U.S. CONTRIBUTION TO I.D.A. IN ANY YEAR OVER A SIX-YEAR PERIOD IN WHICH THE TREASURY SECRETARY CANNOT CERTIFY TORE CONGRESS THAT THE BANK HAS ADOPTED OR IS TAKING STEPS TO IMPLEMENT TWO SETS OF REFORMS MANDATED IN THE BILL. IN ADDITION, IF THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT CANNOT REPORT THAT THE BANK HAS MET EITHER OR BOTH OF THESE REFORMS IN ANY GIVEN YEAR, THE BILL FORCES U.S. FUNDING TO THE BANK TO BE WITHHELD AND MAKES IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR THE BANK TO IMPLEMENT THESE REFORMS GOING FORWARD. AS CURRENTLY DRAFTED, THIS BILL REFLECTS A TOTAL MISUNDERSTANDING OF HOW THE INTERNATIONAL SYSTEM WORKS. MULTI LATERAL INSTITUTIONS LIKE THE WORLD BANK WHICH WE SET UP REQUIRES SUSTAINED U.S. INVOLVEMENT AND LEADERSHIP. IT IS ONLY RELATE PARTICULAR TO THINK THAT THE U.S. CAN IMPOSE ITS WILL ON THE BANK. WITHHOLDING FUNDS IS NOT AN EFFECTIVE APPROACH TO REFORM. THE ONLY WAY TO ACHIEVE THE REFORMS WE ARE SEEKING AT THE BANK IS THROUGH OUR PARTICIPATION AND COMMITMENT. AT TIMES LIKE THIS, WE MUST NOT RETREAT FROM OUR INVOLVEMENT OR RESPONSIBILITY ON THE WORLD STAGE. PLACING RESTRICTIONS ON OUR INVOLVEMENT OR UNDERMINING EFFORTS THAT PROMOTE GROWTH AND REDUCE POVERTY IS NOT SOMETHING THAT WE SHOULD SUPPORT. SO I ENCOURAGE EVERY MEMBER IN THE HOUSE TO VOTE NO ON THIS BILL. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                            • 03:13:30 PM

                              THE CHAIR

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

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

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                            • 03:13:38 PM

                              MR. HENSARLING

                              I YIELD MYSELF 10 SECONDS JUST TO SAY WHEN MY COLLEAGUE TALKS ABOUT…

                              I YIELD MYSELF 10 SECONDS JUST TO SAY WHEN MY COLLEAGUE TALKS ABOUT MEANINGFUL PARTICIPATION, NOT ONE SINGLE AMENDMENT WAS OFFERED BY MY DEMOCRATIC FRIENDS. IT WAS A PERFECT BILL. IT PASSED 60-0. I WOULD ALSO POINT OUT THE ODGE LEVERAGE WE HAVE AS THE UNITED STATES IS OUR CONTRIBUTION. AND THAT'S WHAT THIS BILL DOES. I'M HAPPY TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES SUBCOMMITTEE ON CAP MARKETS,

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                            • 03:14:11 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN FOR FOUR MINUTES.

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                              MR. HUIZENGA

                              CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING AND I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. HAVING…

                              CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING AND I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. HAVING HAD THE OPPORTUNITY LAST CONGRESS TO CHAIR THE SUBCOMMITTEE THAT MR. BARR NOW LEADS, I CAN TELL YOU THAT MY COLLEAGUE THAT THE REFORMS IN THIS BILL ARE REAL AND THEY'RE URGENT. LET ME HIGHLIGHT ONE CASE OF MANAGEMENT FAIL TUR AT THE WORLD BANK THAT I FOCUSED IN THE LAST CONGRESS WITH ARE MS. MOORE. I THINK THE SCANDAL WILL ILLUMINATE THE REASONING BEHIND THE REFORMS BUT ALSO THE MECHANISM FOR ACHIEVING THOSE REFORMS. IT IS THE POWER OF OUR PURSE THAT WILL EFFECT CHANGE. IN 2015, THE WORLD BANK CANCELED AN I.D.A. THAT INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY, AS HAS BEEN REFERRED TO, ROAD PROJECT IN UGANDA. THIS INITIATIVE SAW LAPSES BY THE BANK WHICH ENABLED SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN TO HAPPEN. WHEN THEY COMPLAINED TO THE BANK STAFF, THEY ARE IGNORED AFTER THE OMBUDSMAN DID THE BANK INVESTIGATE THE ABUSES. MY COLLEAGUES WERE SO OUTRAGED BY THE SCANDAL THAT I ALONG WITH MS. MOORE, MY RANKING MEMBER, WROTE A LETTER IN JULY OF 2016 TO THE WORLD BANK DEMANDING CORRECTIVE ACTION. HERE'S THE THING, TO UNDERSCORE THE GRAVITY OF THE BANK'S MANAGEMENT FAILURES WE PROPOSED A LEVEL AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS OF THE COMMITTEE INCLUDING THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER. THE LETTER AS IT WENT OUT AND I WOULD LIKE TO INSERT INTO THE RECORD, WAS ON THE LETTER HEAD OF CHAIRMAN HENSARLING AND RANKING MEMBER WATERS. AND THE RANKING MEMBER THEN REFUSED TO SIGN THE LETTER AND LEAVING AS A SUBCOMMITTEE LETTER THAT WENT OUT BY MYSELF AND RANKING MEMBER MOORE. . I THINK WHAT AMERICA JUST HEARD FROM THE OTHER SPEAKERS WAS LITERALLY THE DEMOCRATS WANTED THE MONEY TO THE WORLD BANK BUT NOT THE REFORMS. THAT'S WHY THEY VOTED FOR THE $3 MILLION-PLUS TO GO INTO THAT ACCOUNT, AND HOW CYNICAL. FUNDING OF I.D.A. IS ABOUT AS GOOD AS PUTTING A BAND-AID ON A CAR ACCIDENT VICTIM. IT'S NOT DOING ANYTHING ULTIMATELY, IF THERE IS SUCH WOEFUL INADEQUACY IN FRYING TO PROVIDE THE TRUE ISSUE -- IN TRYING TO PROVIDE THE TRUE ISSUES THAT NEED TO BE ADDRESSED. THE SEXUAL ABUSE OF UNDERAGED UGANDANS, NOT REALLY INTERESTED IN TALKING ABOUT THAT. HARASSMENT OF FEMALE PROJECT STAFF, NOT REALLY INTERESTING IN TALKING ABOUT THAT ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE. DEFICIENT PROJECT SAFETY THAT MAY HAVE RESULTED IN FIVE FATALITIES, NOT INTERESTED IN TALKING ABOUT THAT. SO WHEN THEY RISE TALKING ABOUT HOW MUCH THEY CARE ABOUT THE POOR AND THOSE THAT ARE UNDERSERVED, FORGIVE ME IF I'M CYNICAL, MR. CHAIRMAN IT. RINGS A BIT HOLLOW. AND -- CHAIRMAN. IT RINGS A BY THE HOLLOW. WE RECEIVED A ROW RESPONSE THAT THE BANK WAS UNDERTAKE -- A RESPONSE THAT THE BANK WAS UNDERTAKING COSMETIC STEPS TO IMPROVE THEIR PROJECTS AND THEIR ACTIONS. SUCH AS CREATING A TASK FORCE. AGAIN, FORGIVE ME FOR BEING A LITTLE CYNICAL ABOUT THE TASK FORCE. BUT NOT ONLY WAS THE COUNTRY MANAGER ASSOCIATED WITH THE UGANDAN PROJECT NOT HELD ACCOUNTABLE, HE WAS PROMOTED TO COUNTRY DIRECTER FOR THE CONGO. AND IT STILL GETS WORSE. LAST NOVEMBER WE LEARNED THAT THE BANK WAS SUSPENDING YET ANOTHER ROAD PROJECT IN THE CONGO DUE TO ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN. THE INVESTIGATION'S STILL UNDER WAY TODAY, MR. CHAIRMAN. AND THE BANK HAS ALREADY ADMITTED THAT IT IGNORED REPEATED REQUESTS TO THE BENEFICIARIES IN THE CONGO TO LOOK INTO THE COMPLAINTS. BUT WE'RE BEGINNING TO SEE A THEME. LET'S JUST KEEP THE MONEY FLOWING ANYWAY. AND HERE'S THE THING. IT WAS THE SAME PROJECTS, THE SAME PEOPLE IN PLACE. AND I'M JUST WONDERING WHY, WHETHER IT'S THE RANKING MEMBER OR OTHERS, WHO VOTED FOR THIS IN SUBCOMMITTEE, REFUSED TO KEEP THE BANK'S FEET TO THE FIRE.

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                            • 03:18:25 PM

                              MR. HENSARLING

                              I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

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                              MR. HUIZENGA

                              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'M CONFUSED AS TO WHY MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER…

                              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'M CONFUSED AS TO WHY MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE REFUSE TO HOLD THE BANK'S FEET TO THE FIRE. BECAUSE WE'VE KNOWN ABOUT THESE ISSUES FOR SEVERAL YEARS. TASK FORCES HAVEN'T BEEN SUFFICIENT. RHETORIC HASN'T BEEN SUFFICIENT. WE NEED REAL ACCOUNTABILITY IN THE BANK AND WE NEED IT NOW AND IT NEEDS TO BE INITIATED IMMEDIATELY. THEN IT NEEDS MOB DANE MAINED AND INSTITUTION -- THEN IT NEEDS TO BE MAINTAINED AND INSTITUTIONALIZED. I THANK MY FRIEND FROM CONNECTICUT FOR TAKING THIS -- KENTUCKY FOR TAKING THIS COMMONSENSE APPROACH AND DEMAND THAT THE WORLD BANK LIVE UP TO ITS COMMITMENTS TO THE POOR. SO WHETHER THEY'RE IN AFRICA AND OTHER PLACES OF THE WORLD. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AND I YIELD BACK.

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                            • 03:19:07 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN'S REQUEST WILL BE CONSIDERED UNDER GENERAL LEAVE. THE…

                              THE GENTLEMAN'S REQUEST WILL BE CONSIDERED UNDER GENERAL LEAVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            • 03:19:14 PM

                              MS. WATERS

                              I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK THREE MINUTES.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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                              I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING TIME. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE IN…

                              I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING TIME. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 3326, THE WORLD BANK ACCOUNTABILITY ACT OF 2017. LET ME START BY STATING HOW IMPORTANT OUR NATION'S CONTRIBUTIONS ARE TO THE WORLD BANK'S INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION, I.D.A. THOSE FUNDS SUPPORT THE LARGEST SOURCE OF DEVELOPMENT FINANCE FOR THE WORLD'S POOREST NATIONS. INCLUDING THOSE IN AFRICA, LATIN AMERICA AND ASIA. AND THAT IS WHY AT THE COMMITTEE LEVEL I VOTED IN FAVOR.

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                            • 03:20:01 PM

                              MR. MEEKS

                              RESOURCES AT THE WHIM OF THIS WHITE HOUSE.

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                              MS. WATERS

                              I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

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                              MR. MEEKS

                              AND SO, SINCE WE KNOW OF THE PRESIDENT AND HIS WILL TO WITHDRAW FROM…

                              AND SO, SINCE WE KNOW OF THE PRESIDENT AND HIS WILL TO WITHDRAW FROM MULTILATERAL ORGANIZATIONS AND NOT WORK WITH OTHERS AND JUST WORK BY HIMSELF, WE KNOW WHAT HIS POSITION IS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON H.R. 3326. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 03:23:12 PM

                              THE CHAIR

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

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

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                            • 03:23:17 PM

                              MR. HENSARLING

                              TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO MY FELLOW TEXAN, MR. WILLIAMS, THE VICE CHAIRMAN…

                              TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO MY FELLOW TEXAN, MR. WILLIAMS, THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES SUBCOMMITTEE ON MONETARY POLICY AND TRADE.

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                            • 03:23:29 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

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                              MR. WILLIAMS

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 3326, THE…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 3326, THE WORLD BANK ACCOUNTABILITY ACT. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON MONETARY POLICY AND TRADE, MR. ANDY BARR, FOR HIS HARD WORK ON THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE. H.R. 3326 PASSED THROUGH THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY, WITH AN OVERWHELMING BIPARTISAN VOTE OF 60-0. MR. SPEAKER, RIGHT NOW THE WORLD BANK'S INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION OR I.D.A. IS AN IRRESPONSIBLE BENEFACTOR FOR THE WORLD'S NEEDIEST NATIONS. AT THE CORE OF MY CONCERNS WITHIN THE WORLD BANK, I TAKE GREAT ISSUE WITH THE BANK'S OFFERING EMPLOYEE INCENTIVES FOR APPROVING NEW LOANS. THE BANK ITSELF HAS EVEN BEEN DOCUMENTED, THEY HARVEST A CULTURE THAT ENCOURAGES LOAN VOLUME RATHER THAN APPROVAL BASED ON MERIT AND APPROVAL BASED ON NEED. H.R. 3326 WILL HELP ELIMINATE THESE ILLOGICAL INCENTIVES AT THE WORLD BANK THAT PRIORITIZE PUSHING MONEY OUT THE DOOR, RATHER THAN DELIVERING AUTHENTIC AND HELPFUL SOLUTIONS. IN ADDITION TO MASS LENDING FROM THE BANK, CARELESS LENDING IS EQUALLY DISCONCERTING. AND HAS MADE IT EASIER FOR CORRUPT REGIMES TO ABUSE THEIR CITIZENS AND EXPLOIT THE MONEY FOR TERRORISM-RELATED EFFORTS. TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE, H.R. 3326 ENSURES THAT THE WORLD BANK CANNOT APPROVING FUNDS FOR A COUNTRY THAT HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED BY THE UNITED STATES AS A STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM AND IT DEMANDS THAT THE U.S. DECLINE BANK LOANS TO COUNTRIES THAT KNOWINGLY FAIL TO IMPOSE U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL SANCTIONS AGAINST THE NORTH KOREAN REGIME. ADDITIONALLY, THIS BILL WILL ENCOURAGE IMPROVEMENTS WITHIN THE WORLD BANK BY WITHHOLDING UP TO 30% OF FUTURE APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE WORLD'S BANK I.D.A. UNTIL THE TREASURY REPORTS THAT BANK HAS UNDERTAKEN MEANINGFUL REFORMS IN ORDER TO COMBAT CORRUPTION, STRENGTHEN MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTABILITY, AND UNDERMINE VIOLENT EXTREMISM. BY PASSING THIS LEGISLATION, WE REQUIRE THE WORLD BANK TO PUT MORE FAITH AND FREE INTER-- IN FREE ENTERPRISE, AS OPPOSED TO CORRUPT REGIMES THAT ABUSE THE POOR. IF THE WORLD BANK IS SERIOUS ABOUT HELPING THOSE WHO NEED IT MOST, IT SHOULD MAKE CERTAIN THAT BORROWING GOVERNMENTS ARE COMMITTED TO THE WELFARE OF THEIR CITIZENS. THE WORLD BANK HAS BEEN SLIPPING THROUGH THE CRACKS FAR TOO LONG AND IT IS TIME TO IMPLEMENT MEANINGFUL AND LASTING REFORMS. SO ONCE AGAIN I COMMEND REPRESENTATIVE BARR FOR INTRODUCING THIS NECESSARY LEGISLATION. I ENCOURAGE THE THOUSAND FOLLOW THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE LEAD BY PASSING H.R. 3326. IN GOD WE TRUST. I YIELD BACK.

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                            • 03:26:06 PM

                              THE CHAIR

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

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

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                            • 03:26:10 PM

                              MS. WATERS

                              I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, A SENIOR MEMBER OF…

                              I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON MONETARY POLICY AND TRADE OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, MR. FOSTER.

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                            • 03:26:19 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

                            • 03:26:21 PM

                              MR. FOSTER

                              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 3326 AS IT…

                              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 3326 AS IT CURRENTLY STANDS. THIS IS A DISAPPOINTMENT TO ME. I, LIKE MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES, ORIGINALLY VOTED TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION IN COMMITTEE, WITH THE UNDERSTANDING THAT BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WOULD CONTINUE TO WORK TO ALLAY THE CONCERNS THAT ELEMENTS OF THIS BILL WOULD GIVE THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION NEW AND DISRUPTIVE TOOLS THAT WOULD LIKELY BE USED TO THE DETRIMENT OF THE WORLD BANK'S MISSION AND OUR RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHER COUNTRIES. THERE WAS AN UNDERSTANDING TO NEGOTIATE CHANGES, BUT THIS LEGISLATION WE WILL BE VOTING ON TODAY DOES NOT REFLECT THAT PROMISE. AND IN LIGHT OF THAT FAILURE, MY COLLEAGUE OFFERED AN AMENDMENT THAT WOULD HAVE SATISFIED OUR CONCERNS, BUT THIS AMENDMENT WAS NOT MADE IN ORDER. SO WE WILL NOT BE VOTING ON THAT EITHER. THIS BILL DOES HAVE -- THIS BILL DOES HAVE ELEMENTS THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO OUR COUNTRY'S OBLIGATION TO SOME OF THE POOREST COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD. THE WORLD BANK PROVIDES GRANTS AND HIGHLY CONCESSIONAL LOANS THROUGH THE INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION, THE I.D.A., TO THE WORLD'S 77 POOREST COUNTRIES. THIS MONEY GOES A LONG WAY TOWARDS RAISING THE STANDARD OF LIVING, PUBLIC HEALTH, AND ECONOMIC GROWTH FOR THE 450 MILLION PEOPLE WHO LIVE THERE. SINCE WORLD WAR II, THE UNITED STATES HAS STOOD AS A STRONG PARTNER AND A LEADER IN THE MULTILATERAL WORK TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE AROUND THE WORLD. OUR SUCCESS HAS RELIED ON THE DILIGENT SUPPORT OF AMERICAN LAWMAKERS, DIPLOMATS, AND GROUPS AROUND THE WORLD WHO WORK CLOSELY WITH ALLIES AND PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE IN TIMES OF GREAT CRISIS. BUT OUR CONFIDENCE THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION'S BROAD DISCRETION TO DEFUND THE I.D.A. PROVIDED IN THE BILL WE WILL BE VOTING ON WOULD NOT BE ABUSED, WAS FRANKLY NOT -- THAT CONFIDENCE WAS NOT IMPROVED BY THE PRESIDENT'S RECENT RACIST REMARKS LAST WEEK. WE ARE CONSTANTLY REMINDED OF THE CONTINUING IMPORTANCE OF THIS MISSION AND THE NEED TO PLEDGE OUR SUPPORT TO THE POOREST COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD, TO OFFER AID FOR THE NEEDIEST INDIVIDUALS. TIME AFTER TIME, HOWEVER, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS SHOWN ITSELF INCAPABLE OF USING THE RESOURCES THAT CONGRESS GIVES IT TO WORK IN CONSTRUCTIVE WAYS IN MULTILATERAL ORGANIZATIONS. INSTEAD ALIENATING OUR ALLIES AND UNDERMINING OUR COUNTRY'S REPUTATION AND MISSION. AND WHILE I SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION'S AUTHORIZATION OF $3.29 BILLION FOR MULTILATERAL DEVELOPMENT EFFORTS FOR THESE COUNTRIES, THE POORLY CON RECEIVED AND DEFINED CONDITION -- CONRECEIVED AND DEFINED CONDITIONS IN -- CONCEIVE AND DEFINED CONDITIONS IN THIS LEGISLATION MAKE IT IMPOSSIBLE TO SUPPORT. ANY CONTRIBUTION TO I.D.A. IS A SERIOUS ACTION THAT WOULD HAVE DEVASTATING CONSEQUENCES. IT WOULD PUNISH MILLIONS OF CHILDREN AND OTHER VULNERABLE GROUPS IN AFRICA, LATIN AMERICA AND ASIA, MANY OF WHOM LIVE IN ABSOLUTE POVERTY. IT WOULD ALSO LIMIT OUR ABILITY TO HELP INDIVIDUALS IN FAMINE-RIDDEN PARTS OF THE WORLD AND REFUGEES IN FRAGILE AREAS. THEY RELY ON HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE FOR FOOD, WATER AND BASIC --

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                            • 03:29:38 PM

                              MS. WATERS

                              I YIELD 30 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM

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                              MR. FOSTER

                              THANK YOU. THEY RELY ON HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE FOR FOOD, WATER AND BASIC…

                              THANK YOU. THEY RELY ON HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE FOR FOOD, WATER AND BASIC MEDICAL CARE AND COULD FACE DEATH WITHOUT THIS ASSISTANCE. MANY OF THE PROVISIONS IN THIS BILL, AS WRITTEN, WOULD PLACE CONDITIONS ON U.S. CONTRIBUTIONS TO I.D.A. THAT, IN THE HANDS OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, WOULD NOT BE AN EFFECTIVE APPROACH TO REFORM AND COULD VERY WELL UNDERMINE EFFORTS TO REDUCE POVERTY AND PROMOTE GROWTH. THIS WOULD DAMAGE OUR COUNTRY'S HISTORIC AND NOBLE MISSION TO LEAD THE WORLD IN ASSISTING THE POOREST COUNTRIES WITH FOOD, CLEAN WATER AND MEDICAL HELP. SO WITH RELUCTANCE I HAVE TO ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THIS BILL AND HOPE THAT IT COMES BACK TO THE FLOOR WITH A BIPARTISAN INPUT THAT WE WERE PROMISED. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 03:30:24 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARD THE PRESIDENT. THE…

                              TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARD THE PRESIDENT. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED. .

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                            • 03:30:37 PM

                              MR. HENSARLING

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED.

                            • 03:30:51 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED.

                            • 03:30:53 PM

                              MR. DAVIDSON

                              I THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF OUR COMMITTEE AND SUBCOMMITTEE FOR MAKING GREAT…

                              I THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF OUR COMMITTEE AND SUBCOMMITTEE FOR MAKING GREAT POINTS AND PUSHING FORWARD THIS GREAT LEGISLATION. THE MEMBERS OPPOSED TO THIS LEGISLATION WERE FOR IT BEFORE THEY WERE AGAINST IT, AS HAS BEEN POINTED OUT. BUT THE OTHER THING IS THAT THE PREMISE OF THE ARGUMENT THAT IS BEING MADE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL IS THAT THE UNITED STATES SHOULD SOMEHOW GIVE MONEY -- JUST SPEND THE MONEY, REGARDLESS OF HOW POORLY THE WORLD BANK WILL DEPLOY THIS CAPITAL, REGARDLESS THEY ARE EFFECTIVE OR NOT IN ACCOMPLISHING THE IMPORTANT MISSION OF HELPING ADDRESS POVERTY IN SOME OF THE POOREST NATIONS IN THE WORLD. AND THE SPECIFIC PURPOSE OF THIS FUND IS TO ADDRESS POVERTY. AND IT'S NOT DONE A VERY GOOD JOB. THEY HAVE ABUSED THE FUNDS THEY HAD. SO THE PREMISE WOULD BE SOMEHOW THAT WE CAN JUST SPEND THE MONEY AND ENTRUST IT, SOMEHOW THEY ARE GOING TO GET BETTER. WELL, THANKFULLY, THANKFULLY, WHEN WE WERE TALKING ABOUT IT IN COMMITTEE AND WHEN WE TALKED ABOUT IT ON THIS SIDE OF THE ARGUMENT HERE -- AND I HOPE IT'S A TRULY BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR THIS BILL TO SHOW TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, WE DO EXPECT A RETURN ON OUR DOLLARS. WE EXPECT RESULTS FOR THE MONEY THAT COMES TO THIS BODY TO SPEND ON BEHALF OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. AND I THINK THE OTHER PREMISE IS THAT WE SEND THE MONEY WITH NO STRINGS ATTACHED AND NO EXPECTATION OF RESULTS, THEN WE ARE NOT ENGAGED IN THE WORLD, THAT SOMEHOW WE HAVE WITHDRAWN FROM THE WORLD AND WE DON'T CARE. NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH, BECAUSE WE DO CARE. WE ARE PUTTING TERMS AND CONDITIONS ON THE MONEY. AND BECAUSE WE DO CARE ABOUT POVERTY AND THE RESULTS, WE CARE THAT THE WORLD BANK OPERATES FRANKLY TO ACCOMPLISH ITS MISSION. AND SO WHILE SOME WOULD LOOK FOR BIGGER, BOLDER REFORMS AND MAYBE BETTER USE OF U.S. TAX DOLLARS, WE EXPECT SOME ACCOUNTABILITY FOR THOSE RESULTS. THIS IS A VERY MEASURED OBJECTIVE IN THIS BILL. AND I COMMEND OUR COMMITTEE FOR COMING TO THIS CONSENSUS. I HOPE FOR A SIMILAR REMINDER WHEN WE CALL FOR A VOTE ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE. AND I YIELD MY REMAINING TIME.

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                            • 03:33:18 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                              MS. WATERS

                              I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, THE BANK'S RANKING…

                              I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, THE BANK'S RANKING MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, MR. KILDEE.

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                            • 03:33:31 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                            • 03:33:34 PM

                              MR. KILDEE

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPRESS MY…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPRESS MY CONCERNS WITH THE WAY THIS BILL HAS MOVED TO THE FLOOR TODAY. I SUPPORT THE BILL'S AUTHORIZATION OF U.S. CONTRIBUTION TO THE INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION, THE I.D.A., PART OF THE WORLD BANK THAT HELPS THE WORLD'S POOREST COUNTRIES THROUGH LOANS AND GRANTS TO REDUCE POVERTY AND IMPROVE THE LIVING STANDARD. IT PROVIDES ASSISTANCE FOR BASIC HEALTH CARE, PRIMARY EDUCATION, CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION, INFRASTRUCTURE. I ALSO SUPPORT THE IDEA THAT THE BILL WOULD RE-ESTABLISH THE U.S.'S ENGAGEMENT ON GLOBAL ECONOMIC COOPERATION. AND WHEN THIS BILL CAME UP IN THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE MARKUP, I ALONG WITH MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES EXPRESSED CONCERNS OVER THE BILL MAKING A U.S. CONTRIBUTION CONTINGENT ON PRESIDENT TRUMP'S DETERMINATION THAT THE WORLD BANK IS IMPLEMENTING THESE IMPORTANT REFORMS. OUR SUPPORT FOR THE BILL WAS BASED ON THE UNDERSTANDING THAT THOSE CONCERNS WOULD BE ADDRESSED. SO WE SUPPORTED THE BILL IN GOOD FAITH, HOPING THAT, IN FACT, THOSE ISSUES WOULD BE ADDRESSED. IT'S BEEN POINTED NO DEMOCRATIC AMENDMENTS WERE OFFERED IN COMMITTEE. WE TOOK ON FAITH THAT THOSE ISSUES WOULD BE ADDRESSED. MS. MOORE, A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE AND LEADER ON THIS ISSUE, OFFERED AN AMENDMENT, WHICH THE MAJORITY REJECTED IN THE RULES COMMITTEE AND DID NOT ALLOW THIS HOUSE TO VOTE ON IN ORDER TO WHAT WE WOULD SAY WOULD BE TO IMPROVE THE LEGISLATION. THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT EVEN MADE IN ORDER. WE SUPPORT GOOD GOVERNANCE AND ACCOUNTABILITY. BUT THOSE GOALS OUGHT TO BE ADVANCED ON THEIR OWN MERITS. WITH ALLOWING PRESIDENT TRUMP TO MAKE THE DETERMINATION TO WITHHOLD MONEY FROM THESE COUNTRIES, BASED ON HIS INTERPRETATION AS TO WHETHER THEY HAVE MET HIS STANDARDS, WAS A BRIDGE TOO FAR FOR MANY OF US. THE NATURE OF THE REFORMS OUTLINED IN THE BILL GIVE SOME PAUSE WHEN WE CONSIDER THE RECENT ACTIONS AND THE RECENT WORDS. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR ANY OF US TO, FIRST OF ALL, ERASE THE HATEFUL COMMENTS MADE BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IN REFERENCE TO COUNTRIES SUCH AS THOSE THAT BENEFIT FROM THE WORK OF THE I.D.A. SO SETTING ASIDE FOR A MOMENT, THE CONCERNS THAT MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE ADDRESSED -- AND WHEN THIS HAPPENS FROM TIME TO TIME IN COMMITTEE -- LET'S NOT PRETEND THAT IT DOESN'T. WHERE THERE ARE CONCERNS THAT WE WILL ADDRESS AS THE BILL GOES FORWARD. AND VERY OFTEN, THEY ARE WORKED OUT. WHEN THEY ARE NOT, WE ARE NOT GOING TO BE PUT IN A POSITION AS MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE TO SAY, WELL, IT NEVER HAPPENED. IT DID HAPPEN. SO I UNDERSTAND WE MAY COME TO DIFFERENT CONCLUSIONS ULTIMATELY OF HOW THE BILL COMES TO THE FLOOR AND MEMBERS OUGHT TO VOTE THEIR CONSCIENCE, BUT IT IS NOT THE CASE THAT WE DID NOT EXPRESS THOSE CONCERNS WITH THE HOPE THEY WOULD BE ADDRESSED BEFORE THE LEGISLATION WAS BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR. NO ONE SAW IT AS A PERFECT BILL UNLESS THOSE INDIVIDUALS WERE NOT LISTENING TO THOSE ISSUES BY DEMOCRATIC MEMBERS DURING DEBATE IN COMMITTEE. I'LL END WITH THIS. WHEN THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES JUST IN RECENT DAYS USES VULGAR AND HATEFUL TERMS TO DEPICT ENTIRE POPULATIONS, MANY OF WHOM LIVE IN COUNTRIES THAT ARE THE PRINCIPAL BENEFICIARIES AND PEOPLE WHOM THEMSELVES THISES ARE THE PRINCIPAL BENEFICIARIES I HAVE A HARD TIME GRANTING AUTHORITY TO THAT SAME ADMINISTRATION TO MAKE A DETERMINATION AS TO WHETHER THOSE COUNTRIES ARE WORTHY OF THE HELP THAT THE UNITED STATES WOULD OFFER. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                            • 03:37:54 PM

                              THE CHAIR

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

                            • 03:37:57 PM

                              MR. HENSARLING

                              I YIELD MYSELF 10 SECONDS, IT'S AN INTERESTING NARRATIVE BEING TOLD BY THE…

                              I YIELD MYSELF 10 SECONDS, IT'S AN INTERESTING NARRATIVE BEING TOLD BY THE MINORITY THAT THEY OFFERED NO AMENDMENTS, VOTED FOR THE BILL 60-0 AND HEARD NOTHING FOR SIX MONTHS UNTIL LAST FRIDAY, FOR THE FIRST TIME THEY WANT TO TALK ABOUT A BILL THEY ORIGINALLY SUPPORTED. I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, THE MAJORITY WHIP OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, MR. HILL.

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                            • 03:38:27 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

                            • 03:38:32 PM

                              MR. HILL

                              I THANK THE COMMITTEE AND CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE FOR BRINGING THIS…

                              I THANK THE COMMITTEE AND CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE FOR BRINGING THIS BILL, H.R. 3326 TO THE FLOOR TODAY, BECAUSE THIS IS PRECISELY WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT OUT OF THEIR GOVERNMENT IN WASHINGTON, D.C., ACCOUNTABILITY. MR. SPEAKER, OUR CONSTITUENTS ASK US ALL THE TIME, DO YOU MONITOR THE MONEY THAT YOU SEND AND SPEND AROUND THE WORLD TO FURTHER AMERICA'S INTERESTS? AND THERE IS ALWAYS A LOT OF PEOPLE JUST LOOKING AROUND AND HOW DO WE VERIFY THAT? WELL, HERE, MR. SPEAKER, IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO VERIFY THAT. THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION WOULD REQUIRE THE WORLD BANK TO IMPLEMENT REAL INCENTIVES, PARTICULARLY THROUGH STAFF EVALUATION STANDARDS THAT PRIORITIZE ANTI-POVERTY RESULTS AND CAPABLE PROJECT MANAGEMENT OVER JUST THE VOLUME OF LOANS THEY PRODUCE. IT'S THAT CLASSIC MANAGEMENT EXPERTISE, QUALITY OVER QUANTITY. OF COURSE WE WANT POVERTY ERADICATED. THE TAXPAYERS OF THIS TAX PAY IRWOULDN'T VOTE US TO APPROVE SPENDING IF IT WASN'T DONE RIGHT TO EXPAND AMERICA'S INTERESTS AROUND THE WORLD AND ALLEVIATE POVERTY. AND IF THE WORLD BANK IS SERIOUS, IT WOULD DEFEND THE POOREST'S FREEDOMS. NO REFORMS LIKE WE HAVE PROPOSED, THEN POVERTY IS NOT ERADICATED. THE POOR ARE NOT HELPED. H.R. 3326 INSISTS ON GREATER EFFORTS BY THE BANK TO FIGHT CORRUPTION AND ITS PROJECTS. JUST BECAUSE THE BANK MAY HAVE TO WORK IN CORRUPT ENVIRONMENTS DOES NOT MEAN IT HAS TO ADD TO THE GRAFT BY POURING MONEY IN IT FOR THE TAKING. THAT'S WHY THE VOTE WAS 60-0. THAT'S WHY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WISCONSIN WAS SO SUPPORTIVE OF US IN THIS SUBCOMMITTEE. IT WITHHOLDS APPROPRIATIONS UNTIL THE BANK RAISES THE QUALITY OF ITS WORK, RAISES THE QUALITY OF ITS FORENSIC AWE ITS, WHICH ARE DESIGNED TO UNMASK THE SYSTEMIC CORRUPTION WE FIND IN THE THIRD WORLD. INADVERTENTLY OR ADD VERNTLY SUPPORTED BY THE EFFORTS OF THE WORLD BANK, WE ARE TIRED OF IT. AND AT THE THAT'S WHY ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS WE SUPPORT THE FOREIGN POLICY GOALS CONTAINED IN H.R. 3326. I THANK MY FRIEND, MR. BARR, FOR HIS THOUGHTFUL WORK TO IMPLEMENT THIS. THESE ARE NEEDED CHANGES AND THESE ARE BIPARTISAN CHANGES. THESE IMPROVE TRANSPARENCY, END CORRUPTION, BETTER SPEND OUR TAXPAYER RESOURCES, DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY OF THE WORLD BANK NOTORIOUSLY UNACCOUNTABLE. I THANK MR. BARR, AND MR. HENSARLING AND I YIELD BACK.

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                            • 03:41:34 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                              MS. WATERS

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              MR. SPEAKER, LAST SUMMER, I JOINED MY DEMOCRATIC AND REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES…

                              MR. SPEAKER, LAST SUMMER, I JOINED MY DEMOCRATIC AND REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES IN SUPPORTING H.R. 3326 IN THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE TO AUTHORIZE THE UNITED STATES TO PARTICIPATE IN REPLENISHING THE INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION, THE I.D.A. HOWEVER, DEMOCRATS MADE IT CLEAR DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS BILL IN COMMITTEE THAT OUR SUPPORT DEPENDED ON CHANGES ON CERTAIN PROVISIONS. PROHIBITIONS IN THE BILL PUT THE U.S. FUNDING AT RISK AND MAKE IT TOO EASY FOR THE ADMINISTRATION TO CUT OFF FUNDING FOR VULNERABLE NATIONS. I AM DISAPPOINTED THAT MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES HAVE CHOSEN NOT TO UPHOLD OUR AGREEMENT AND ADDRESS THESE CONCERNS. GIVEN THE RECENT EVENTS AND REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP DEGRADING DEVELOPING NATIONS AND THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THEM, WE SHOULD BE CONCERNED ABOUT GIVING THE ADMINISTRATION THIS POWER. IT IS CRITICAL THAT CONGRESS PROVIDE MORAL LEADERSHIP AND DEMONSTRATE TO THE WORLD THAT THE UNITED STATES WILL NOT IGNORE OR PUNISH COUNTRIES THAT ARE STRUGGLING WITH POVERTY OR CONFLICT. WE MUST SEND A STRONG SIGNAL THAT THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS RESPECTS PEOPLE OF ALL BACKGROUNDS AND NATIONALITIES. FOR THESE REASONS, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE KNOW NO. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                            • 03:43:26 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                              MR. HENSARLING

                              I THINK I HAVE THE RIGHT TO CLOSE AND I RESERVE.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                              MS. WATERS

                              THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. IN CLOSING, LET ME SAY THAT DEMOCRATS…

                              THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. IN CLOSING, LET ME SAY THAT DEMOCRATS DID VIEW THIS LEGISLATION AS AN IMPORTANT MARKUP OF INTERNATIONAL ENGAGEMENT FROM OUR COMMITTEE, WHICH IS NOT IN RECENT TIMES DEMONSTRATED A GREAT DEAL OF INTEREST IN GLOBAL ECONOMIC LEADERSHIP. SO WE VIEW THIS MEASURE AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO REINFORCE THE IMPORTANCE OF GLOBAL ECONOMIC COOPERATION AND GIVEN THAT, IT SEEMED TO US A MISTAKE TO THEN REJECT THE POSSIBILITY OF COOPERATION WITH OUR OWN REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES. SO WE SUPPORTED THE BILL FOR THAT REASON AS WELL. AND I REGRET WE COULDN'T COME TO AN ACCOMMODATION. ON ANOTHER MATTER, LET ME ALSO SAY, I WON'T QUESTION THE SINCERITY OF MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES' COMMITMENT TO REFORMING THE BANK, BUT I DO WONDER WHY THESE REFORMS ARE AS PRESSING AND URGENT AND AS CRITICAL AS THEY SAY, WHY DID THEY TAKE SO LONG? CHAIRMAN HENSARLING HAS BEEN AT THE HELM OF OUR COMMITTEE FOR OVER FIVE YEARS. AND DURING THAT TIME, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION REQUESTED LEGISLATION TO AUTHORIZE U.S. PARTICIPATION IN THREE OTHER REPLENISHMENTS, INCLUDING THE PREVIOUS I.D.A. 17. BUT THE COMMITTEE REFUSED TO ACT ON ANY OF THESE REQUESTS, NOT ONLY SHIRKING ITS OVERSIGHT RESPONSIBILITY BUT ALSO MISSING A NUMBER OF OPPORTUNITIES TO PRESS FOR REFORMS WHICH PRESUMABLY WERE AS URGENT THEN AS THEY ARE NOW. IN FACT, THE NOVEMBER, 2014, NEAR THE END OF THE 113TH CONGRESS, I WROTE TO CHAIRMAN HENSARLING URGING HIM TO TURN HIS ATTENTION TO THE THREE PENDING AUTHORIZATION REQUESTS BEFORE CONGRESS ADJOURNED. I MADE A NUMBER OF ARGUMENTS IN SUPPORT OF THE MULTILATERAL DEVELOPMENT BANK, WHICH APPARENTLY DID NOT PERSUADE THE CHAIRMAN. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER THIS LETTER INTO THE RECORD. NEVERTHELESS, HERE WE ARE AT A HISTORIC MOMENT WHEN U.S. CREDIBILITY ON THE GLOBAL STAGE IS IN SERIOUS QUESTION. WE HAVE THE OPTION OF CHOOSING TO LEAD AND SHOW THE COMMUNITY OF NATIONS THAT THE HATEFUL WORDS OF THE PRESIDENT WILL NOT BE FOLLOWED BY MISGUIDED AND ENABLING ACTIONS BY CONGRESS. TODAY, I SPEAK ON BEHALF OF THE WORLD'S POOREST COUNTRIES AND THEIR PEOPLE. TODAY, I STAND WITH AFRICA AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS LEGISLATION. . AND IT'S MISGUIDED, CYNICAL APPROACH -- APPROACH TO MULTILATERALISM. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THIS LEGISLATION AS A SIGNIFICANT NAT TO THE WORLD THAT TRUMP -- AS A SIGNAL TO THE WORLD THAT THE TRUMP DOCTRINE IS NOT AN AMERICAN DOCTRINE OR A BROADER SIGN OF AMERICAN UNRELIABILITY AND INDIFFERENCE. I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE A MOMENT TO TELL YOU WHAT IS BEING SAID ABOUT US FROM SOME OF THESE COUNTRIES AND AROUND THE WORLD. FROM HAITI, TRUMP COMMENTS SAYING THAT THEY WERE BASED ON STEREOTYPES IN THE SPIRIT OF THE PEOPLE OF HAITI, WE FEEL IN THE STATEMENTS, IF THEY WERE MADE, THE PRESIDENT WAS EITHER MISINFORMED OR MISEDUCATED ABOUT HAITI AND ITS PEOPLE. FROM THE FORMER HAITIAN PRIME MINISTER, IT SHOWS A LACK OF RESPECT, HE SAYS. AND IGNORANCE NEVER SEEN BEFORE IN THE RECENT HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES BY ANY PRESIDENT. LET'S SEE WHAT THE DEPUTY SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS HAS TO SAY. HE SAID, AND I QUOTE, OURS IS NOT AN S-HOLE COUNTRY,NEATHER IS HAITI OR ANY OTHER COUNTRY IN DISTRESS. FROM THE GOVERNMENT OF EL SALVADOR, WE HAVE ADDRESSED A NOTE OF PROTEST TO THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES HIGHLIGHTING IN THIS DOCUMENT ALSO THE HIGH VALUE OF SALVADOR ANS. FROM SALVADOR SANCHEZ PRESIDENT OF EL SALVADOR. QUOTE, THE STATEMENT OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES HITS THE DIGNITY OF THE PEOPLE. WE DEMAND WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE PRINCIPLES GOVERNING RELATIONS AMONGST STATES RESPECT FOR THE DIGNITY OF THEIR NOBLE AND COURAGEOUS PEOPLE. HUGO MARTINEZ, EL SALVADOR'S FOREIGN MINISTER, QUOTE, IT'S ALWAYS BEEN A FOREIGN POLICY PRIORITY OF OUR GOVERNMENT TO FIGHT FOR THE RESPECT AND DIGNITY OF OUR COUNTRYMEN, INDEPENDENT OF THEIR IMMIGRATION STATUS. OUR COUNTRYMEN ARE HARDWORKING PEOPLE WHO ARE ALWAYS CONTRIBUTING TO THE COUNTRIES WHERE THEY'RE LIVING. AND OF COURSE ALSO TO OUR COUNTRY. AND ACCORDING TO THE STATE DEPARTMENT IN SENEGAL, ALSO THEY