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House Session - January 18, 2018

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

Speakers:
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  • 10:00:10 AM

    The House convened, starting a new legislative day.

    • 10:00:20 AM

      The Speaker designated the Honorable Ron Estes to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.

      • 10:00:26 AM

        THE CLERK

        THE SPEAKER'S R M, WASHINGTON, D.C., JANUARY 18, 2018, I HEREBY APPOINT…

        THE SPEAKER'S R M, WASHINGTON, D.C., JANUARY 18, 2018, I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE RON ESTES TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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      • 10:00:42 AM

        TEMPORE PURSUANT

        8, 2018, THE CHAIR WILL NOW RECOGNIZE MEMBERS FROM LISTS SUBMITTED BY THE…

        8, 2018, THE CHAIR WILL NOW RECOGNIZE MEMBERS FROM LISTS SUBMITTED BY THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS FOR MORNING HOUR DEBATE. THE CHAIR WILL ALTERNATE RECOGNITION BETWEEN THE PARTIES. ALL TIME SHALL BE EQUALLY ALLOCATED BETWEEN THE PARTIES AND IN NO EVENT SHALL DEBATE CONTINUE BEYOND 11:50 A.M. EACH MEMBER OTHER THAN THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS AND THE MAJORITY WHIP SHALL BE LIMITED TO FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MISSOURI, MRS. HARTZLER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:00:58 AM

    MORNING-HOUR DEBATE

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

    • 10:01:15 AM

      MRS. HARTZLER

      HERE WE ARE AGAIN HAVING TO VOTE ON A CONTINUING RESOLUTION INSTEAD OF A…

      HERE WE ARE AGAIN HAVING TO VOTE ON A CONTINUING RESOLUTION INSTEAD OF A FULL-YEAR APPROPRIATIONS DEAL BECAUSE OF POLITICAL REASONS. MR. SPEAKER, I AM APPALLED THAT MUCH-NEEDED DEFENSE DOLLARS ARE ONCE AGAIN BEING HELD HOSTAGE FOR POLITICAL REASONS. WE HAVE HEARD TIME AND AGAIN FROM MILITARY LEADERS ABOUT THE DEVASTATING READINESS CRISIS PLAGUING EVERY CORNER OF THE MILITARY. WE HAVE PLANES THAT CANNOT FLY, TROOPS THAT CANNOT DEPLOY, AND WE ARE LITERALLY RUNNING OUT OF BOMBS. IT IS IRRESPONSIBLE AND MORALLY WRONG TO SEND OUR TROOPS INTO HARM'S WAY WITHOUT ADEQUATE RESOURCES AND TRAINING. LAST YEAR ALONE, THERE WERE 80 DEATHS RELATED TO READINESS AND TRAINING ACCIDENTS. IT IS CLEAR THAT INSUFFICIENT AND UNRELIABLE FUNDING IS WEARING OUR MILITARY TO THE BONE AND COSTING PRECIOUS LIVES. AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, WE HAVE THE POWER OF THE PURSE. WE CAN RELIEVE THE MILITARY FROM THIS DEADLY CYCLE. I CALL ON MY COLLEAGUES TO END THE POLITICAL GAMES. SUPPORT THE MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM WHO RISK THEIR LIVES EVERY DAY TO DEFEND THIS COUNTRY. SUPPORT A BUDGET AGREEMENT THAT PROVIDES OUR SERVICE MEMBERS WITH THE FUNDING THEY SO DESPERATELY NEED. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:02:34 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 10:02:40 AM

      MR. MCGOVERN

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO CONDEMN IN THE STRONGEST POSSIBLE TERMS THE…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO CONDEMN IN THE STRONGEST POSSIBLE TERMS THE ONGOING, UNRELENTING ATTACKS AGAINST CIVILIANS IN SYRIA COMMITTED BY THE BARBARIC LAWLESS REGIME OF ASAWED WITH RUSSIAN BACKING. WE -- ASSAD WITH RUSSIAN BACKING. AS MANY AS HALF A MILLION KILLED SINCE MARCH, 2011. TENS OF THOUSANDS OF THEM CIVILIANS. TENS OF THOUSANDS OF THEM DETAINED, DISAPPEARED AND LIKELY DEAD DIRECTLY AT THE HANDS OF THE REGIME. MORE THAN 11 MILLION PEOPLE DISPLACED ONCE AGAIN INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF SYRIA'S BORDERS, THE LARGEST SINGLE REFUGEE CRISIS IN THE WORLD HAS SEEN SINCE 1945. MORE THAN HALF OF THOSE DISPLACED ARE CHILDREN AND YOUTH. LAST SUMMER, MUCH WAS MADE OF THE CEASE-FIRE AGREEMENT THAT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION REACHED WITH THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT TO ESTABLISH DE-ESCALATION ZONES TO ESTABLISH SYRIA WHILE KEEPING THE ASSAD REGIME IN POWER. WE WERE TOLD IT WOULD SAVE LIVES. ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE NO BULLETS BEING FIRED IN SYRIA, TRUMP SAID. WELL, THAT HAS TURNED OUT NOT TO BE TRUE. THE DE-ESCALATION ZONES ARE NOT DE-ESCALATING. AS OF LATE DECEMBER, MORE THAN 400,000 PEOPLE REMAINED TRAPPED BY REGIME FORCES IN THE EASTERN ZONE, ONLY HALF AN HOUR'S DRIVE FROM DAMASCUS. AS JAN, U.N. SPECIAL ADVISOR ON SYRIA SAID LAST DECEMBER, THERE IS NO DE-ESCALATION ZONE, THERE IS ONLY ESCALATION IN THIS DE-ESCALATION ZONE. IDLIB SUFFERED A DRAMATIC INCREASE IN AIR ATTACKS LAST SEPTEMBER AGAINST ARMED GROUPS NOT COVERED BY THE CEASE-FIRE AGREEMENT. LATE DECEMBER, AIR STRIKES AND SHELLING AGAINST A HOSPITAL, A MEDICAL WAREHOUSE AND A VEGETABLE MARKET KILLED, INJURED AND DISPLACED SCORES OF PEOPLE. THE U.S. GOVERNMENT HERALDED THE MILITARY DEFEAT OF ISIS IN SYRIA IN NOVEMBER, BUT THE DEFEAT OF ISIS HAS AND WILL NOT END THE SYRIAN CONFLICT. AND RUSSIA HAS NOT SUCCEEDED IN PRESSURING ASSAD TO END THE CONFLICT. NOR RESTRAINING ATTACKS ON SYRIANS AS HE GOES AFTER REBEL FORCES. MEANWHILE, THE HUMANITARIAN SITUATION IN SYRIA DETERIORATES EACH AND EVERY DAY. WORLD VISION ESTIMATES THAT 5.6 MILLION PEOPLE ARE IN NEED OF ACUTE HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE. THE U.N. SAYS A TOTAL OF 13.1 MILLION NEED SOME FORM OF ASSISTANCE. THAT'S THREE MILLION MORE THAN AT THE END OF 2016. THE SITUATION IS WORSE TODAY AFTER MONTHS OF DE-ESCALATION THAN IT WAS A YEAR AGO. OF THOSE 13 MILLION, THREE MILLION ARE TRAPPED AND BESIEGED IN HARD TO REACH AREAS. THAT'S 4 1/2 TIMES THE POPULATION OF BOSTON OR WASHINGTON, D.C. HUMANITARIAN ACCESS TO THOSE AREAS IS NOT GUARANTEED BY THE REGIME NOR BY ITS BACKERS. INTERNATIONAL LAW OBLIGATIONS BE DAMNED. SOME OF THE MOST HEARTBREAKING NEWS OUT OF SYRIA HAS TO DUE WITH THE CRISIS IN HEALTH CARE. THE WEAPONIZATION OF HEALTH CARE IN SYRIA IS NOT NEW, BUT THE DEPREVIOUSITY OF IT ALL STILL SHOCKS ME. ACCORDING TO A RECENT REPORT BY RESEARCHERS AT THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY IN BEIRUT, SYRIA HAS BECOME THE MOST DANGEROUS PLACE ON EARTH FOR HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS. ACCORDING TO THE INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE, IN 2011, THERE WAS ONE DOCTOR PER 600 PEOPLE IN SYRIA. BUT NOW THERE IS ONLY ONE DOCTOR PER 3,600 PEOPLE. MEDICAL SUPPLIES ARE NOT ALLOWED INTO BESIEGED AREAS AND TERRIBLY ILL PATIENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED OUT. WHAT POLITICAL PURPOSE IS SERVED BY DENYING HEALTH CARE FOR PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM HEART DISEASE, CANCER AND BLOOD DISEASES? MR. SPEAKER, CURRENT POLICY IS NOT WORKING TO END THE CRISIS IN SYRIA. IT'S TIME TO CHANGE COURSE, NOT BY SENDING MORE SPECIAL FORCES TROOPS THERE WITHOUT ANY AUTHORIZATION, NOR PROMISING TO KEEP THEM THERE INDEFINITELY TO FIGHT THE NEXT GENERATION OF ISIS. WHAT WE NEED TO DO IS REASSERT DIPLOMATIC LEADERSHIP AND END THE WAR. WE NEED A PLAN TO TRANSITION ASSAD OUT OF POWER. WE NEED TO PASS HOUSE RESOLUTION 632, COB DEMMING THE SENSELESS ATTACKS -- CONDEMNING THE SENSELESS ATTACKS ON HOSPITAL PERSONNEL IN SYRIA. WE NEED TO SHAME RUSSIA. WE NEED TO INCREASE OR CONTRIBUTIONS TO HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE IN SYRIA AND MAKE CROSS-BORDER ASSISTANCE. WE NEED TO OPEN OUR HEARTS TO THE SYRIAN REFUGEES AND WELCOME MORE OF THEM TO OUR COUNTRY. AND WE NEED TO DO EVERYTHING IN OUR POWER TO LAY THE GROUNDWORK TO ENSURE ACCOUNTABILITY FOR ASSAD'S VICTIMS. THAT INCLUDES -- THAT INCLUDES FUNDING THE INTERNATIONAL IMPARTIAL AND INDEPENDENT MECHANISM TO ASSIST IN THE INVESTIGATION AND PROSECUTION OF WAR CRIMES. THE SYRIAN CONFLICT HAS GONE ON FAR TOO LONG. THE HORROR OF IT ALL CAN BE MIND NUMBING, BUT WE NUST NOT LOSE OUR OUT-- MUST NOT LOSE OUR OUTRAGE. NOW IS THE TIME TO RE-ENERGIZE OUR EFFORTS AND END THE SUFFERING. YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 10:07:46 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 10:07:51 AM

      MR. THOMPSON

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS FRIDAY MORE THAN 100,000…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS FRIDAY MORE THAN 100,000 AMERICANS WILL TRAVEL FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO TAKE PART IN THE WORLD'S LARGEST PRO-LIFE EVENT RIGHT HERE IN THE NATION'S CAPITAL. THE THEME FOR THE 45TH ANNUAL MARCH FOR LIFE IS LOVE SAVES LIVES. THIS EMBODIES THE TRUE SPIRIT AND MISSION OF THE PRO-LIFE MOVEMENT BY ENLISTING THE POWER LOVE TO CHOOSE LIFE. SINCE THE SUPREME COURT ISSUED THE DECISION IN ROE V. WADE, TENS OF THOUSANDS OF ABORTION PROCEDURES HAVE BEEN PERFORMED THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES. ALTHOUGH CONSISTENT ATTEMPTS TO OVERTURN HAS FALLEN SHORT, SUPPORT FOR FEDERAL PRO-LIFE POLICIES HAS REMAINED STRONG. WE WILL WITNESS THIS STRENGTH FRIDAY WHEN AMERICANS FROM ALL CORNERS OF THE COUNTRY WILL MARCH ON WASHINGTON TO HIGHLIGHT THE PROGRESS THE PRO-LIFE MOVEMENT AND ENCOURAGE STRONG SUPPORT MOVING FORWARD. PRESIDENT TRUMP WILL ADDRESS THE MARCHERS FROM THE ROSE GARDEN AND SHOW HIS COMMITMENT TO PROTECTING THE ONBORN. HE'S THE FIRST SITTING PRESIDENT TO ADDRESS THE EVENT VIA SATELLITE IN THE EVENT'S 45-YEAR HISTORY. PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS REMAINED STEADFAST TO ADVANCE PRO-LIFE POLICY. ONE OF HIS FIRST ACTIONS IN 2017 WAS AN EXECUTIVE ORDER REINSTATING THE MEXICO CITY POLICY WHICH BARS NONGOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS THAT PERFORM OR PROMOTE ABORTIONS FROM RECEIVING FUNDING FROM THE U.S. GOVERNMENT. THIS ACTION HELPS ENSURE TAXPAYER DOLLARS ARE NOT USED TO FUND ABORTIONS OVERSEAS. MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE ALSO PASSED H.R. 7, THE NO TAXPAYER FUNDING FOR ABORTION AND BOORS INSURANCE FULL DISCLOSURE ACT OF 2017 JUST ONE DAY AFTER PRESIDENT TRUMP REINSTATED THE MEXICO CITY POLICY. THIS BILL MADE PERMANENT SOME LONG-STANDING POLICIES THAT PROHIBIT THE USE OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS TO FUND ABORTION SUCH AS THE HYDE AMENDMENT. H.R. 7 ALSO HELPS TO ENSURE THE -- THAT HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANIES REMAIN ACCOUNTABLE TO CONSUMERS BY REQUIRING THEM TO FULLY DISCLOSE WHETHER OR NOT THEIR HEALTH CARE PLANS COVER ABORTION SERVICES. ANOTHER PRO-LIFE VICTORY THAT PASSED THE HOUSE IN OCTOBER WAS A H.R. 36, THE PAIN CAPABLE UNBORN CHILD PROTECTION ACT. THIS BILL OUTLAWS ABORTIONS PERFORMED AFTER THE 20-WEEK POSTFERTILIZATION PERIOD. I HAVE CONSISTENTLY VOTED TO PROHIBIT LATE-TERM ABORTIONS AND PROTECT THE UNBORN AND I WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO AS LONG AS I AM SERVING IN THE HOUSE. WE MUST ALWAYS DEMONSTRATE A STRONG COMMITMENT TO PROTECTING THE LIVES OF THE DEFENSELESS AND THE HOUSE WILL CONTINUE THE FIGHT THIS WEEK ON FRIDAY. WE WILL VOTE ON THE BORN-ALIVE ABORTION SURVIVORS PROTECTION ACT. THIS MEANS THAT IN THE CASE OF A CHILD BORN ALIVE DURING AN ATTEMPTED ABORTION, THAT CHILD MUST BE IMMEDIATELY TRANSPORTED AND ADMITTED TO A HOSPITAL. IF A BABY BORN ALIVE IS LEFT TO DIE, THE PENALTY CAN BE UP TO FIVE YEARS IN JAIL. I WILL CERTAINLY VOTE IN SUPPORT OF THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. MR. SPEAKER, ABORTION IS A TRAGEDY, NOT JUST BECAUSE AN INNOCENT CHILD DIES BUT THE LASTING IMPACT IT HAS ON THE MOTHERS OF THOSE CHILDREN. WE CONTINUE TO SEE EFFORTS BY THE PRO-LIFE MOVEMENT MAKING AN IMPACT. DATA SHOWS THAT THE ANNUAL NUMBER OF ABORTIONS PERFORMED IN THIS COUNTRY IS IN DECLINE. INCLUDING MY STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA. THERE ARE LEGISLATIVE EFFORTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO PROTECT UNBORN CHILDREN AND PROVIDE ASSISTANCE AND HOPE TO THEIR MOTHERS. THESE EFFORTS ARE ONE OF THE KEYS TO ENDING ABORTION IN THE U.S. PRO-LIFE EDUCATION IS HAVING AN IMPACT IN OUR CULETURES AND THE LIVES OF -- CULTURE AND THE LIVES OF WOMEN. THAT'S WHY I LOOK TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 45TH MARCH FOR LIFE WHERE WE WILL REDOUBLE OUR EFFORT TO PROTECT THE SANCTITY OF LIFE. ATTENDEES WILL HEAR STORIES OF LOVE, COURAGE, AND VICTORY THROUGH GOD'S MERCY AND GRACE. MR. SPEAKER, HUMAN LIFE IS SACRED AND THROUGH EDUCATION LOVE CAN PROTECT THE MOST VULNERABLE. THE PRO-LIFE MOVEMENT IS A VOICE FOR THE VOICELESS. I AM INCREDIBLY PROUD AND HONORED TO BE PART OF IT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 10:11:53 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. GUTIERREZ, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. GUTIERREZ, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:11:59 AM

      MR. GUTIERREZ

      MR. SPEAKER, INTERESTING MEETING YESTERDAY WITH GENERAL KELLY. 25 MEMBERS…

      MR. SPEAKER, INTERESTING MEETING YESTERDAY WITH GENERAL KELLY. 25 MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, MOST ALL OF WHOM ARE DEFENDANTS OF IMMIGRANTS WHO CAME HERE WITH NOTHING, WHOSE PARENTS CAME HERE WITH NOTHING, SAT DOWN WITH THE CHIEF OF STAFF WITH THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND HE SAT DOWN BASICALLY WE WERE THE WRONG KIND OF PEOPLE IN AMERICA. AND THAT PEOPLE LIKE OUR PARENTS, THAT CAME HERE TO THIS COUNTRY, REALLY ARE BRINGING THE COUNTRY DOWN. BECAUSE WHEN HE SAYS HE'S FOR A MERIT-BASED SYSTEM HE'S SAYING HE'S NOT FOR MY MOM AND DAD BEING ABLE TO COME TO THIS COUNTRY. BUT INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH, ALL OF US WHO CAME TO THIS COUNTRY BECAUSE OF FAMILY-BASED IMMIGRATION SYSTEM WOUND UP AS BEING MEMBERS OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. BUT HE WAS SAYING, YOU KNOW, MEETING WITH A GROUP OF CONGRESSMEN AND YOU REALLY SHOULDN'T BE HERE BECAUSE YOUR PARENTS REALLY ARE TEARING THE COUNTRY APART AND BRINGING IT DOWN. THAT MEANS -- THAT'S WHAT HE MEANS WHEN HE SAYS, I WANT TO REPLACE THE SYSTEM WITH A MERIT-BASED SYSTEM, AND THAT WAS VERY TELLING IN THE MEETING YESTERDAY. BUT, YOU KNOW, WE WANT A SYSTEM THAT'S FAMILY-BASED. THAT'S THE SYSTEM THAT DEMOCRATS WANT BECAUSE WE BELIEVE THAT THIS COUNTRY IS CREATED BY IMMIGRANTS AND IT'S ESSENTIAL FOR THEM TO BE UNITED WITH THEIR FAMILY SO THEY CAN ACHIEVE AMERICAN SUCCESS AND WE CAN ALL ACHIEVE THE AMERICAN DREAM TOGETHER. AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT THEY WANT TO STOP WITH THE MERIT-BASED SYSTEM. UNLESS, OF COURSE, THEY COME FROM NORWAY. THEN THEY CONTINUE TO COME. WE HEAR FROM THE PARTY OF FAMILY VALUES AND THE PARTY OF DONALD TRUMP WHO EMPLOYS HIS FAMILY AT THE WHITE HOUSE, HERE IS AN ORGANIZATION WHERE THE DAD CREATED THE BUSINESS, HANDED IT DOWN THE SON. THE SON WILL HAND IT DOWN TO THEIR CHILDREN BUT THEY DON'T WANT IMMIGRANTS TO BE ABLE TO DO EXACTLY THE SAME THING AND FOLLOW THE SAME COURSE THAT APPARENTLY HAS BEEN SO SUCCESSFUL FOR THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. AND HERE'S SOMETHING ELSE WE LEARNED FROM THE CHIEF OF STAFF. THAT WHEN PEOPLE FROM ONE PARTY WORK WITH PEOPLE FROM ANOTHER PARTY, THAT'S NOT BIPARTISANSHIP, HE SAID. BIPARTISANSHIP DEFINED BY GENERAL KELLY AND THIS WHITE HOUSE IS WHEN PEOPLE WITH COMPLETELY DIFFERENT OPPOSITE VIEWS OF THE WORLD, THEY WORK TOGETHER. SO ONLY A SENATE DEAL BETWEEN PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE IN IMMIGRATION AND THOSE WHO DON'T BELIEVE IN IMMIGRATION AND WHO WANTS TO END OUR IMMIGRATION SYSTEM AS IT IS UNLESS YOU COME FROM NORWAY, THAT'S THE ONLY WAY IT'S BIPARTISANSHIP. THAT'S LIKE SAYING THAT IF A REPUBLICAN AND A DEMOCRAT ARE WORKING TOGETHER ON AN ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUE, IT'S NOT BIPARTISANSHIP BECAUSE IT'S A REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRAT UNLESS THE DEMOCRAT AND THE REPUBLICAN ARE A PERSON THAT BELIEVES IN CLIMATE CHANGE WORKING TOGETHER WITH A REPUBLICAN WHO BELIEVES CLIMATE IS A COAX CREATED BY THE CHINESE. YOU KNOW WHAT KIND OF LEGISLATION YOU GET? YOU GET NOTHING. YOU GET A STALEMATE. YOU DO NOT MOVE THE AGENDA FORWARD, BUT THAT'S THEIR BIPARTISANSHIP AND THAT'S WHAT WE LEARNED AT THE MEETING YESTERDAY. LOOK, DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS ARE WORKING TOGETHER. SENATOR GRAHAM, REPUBLICAN, SENATOR DURBIN, DEMOCRAT, THEY PUT A PROPOSAL ON THE TABLE AND THE PRESIDENT REJECTED IT. THAT INCLUDES, JUST SO THAT WE'RE VERY CLEAR, DEMOCRATS GIVING UP THINGS THAT ARE UNPRECEDENTED IN THAT SENATE DEAL THAT WAS PUT ON THE PRESIDENT'S DESK, AND MEMBERS OF THE HISPANIC CAUCUS MEETING WITH GENERAL KELLY CAN'T FATHOM SUPPORTING THE SENATE DEAL, BUT GUESS WHAT, THAT'S BIPARTISANSHIP. THAT'S WHAT IT COMES DOWN TO. . THAT BRINGS US TO THE VOTES THIS WEEK. REPUBLICANS MIGHT NOT NEED OUR HELP, BECAUSE YOU ARE THE MAJORITY PARTY, WE'RE THE MINORITY PARTY. JUST IN CASE YOU DO NEED OUR HELP IN GETTING A BUDGET APPROVED, I WANT YOU TO KNOW, WE'RE READY TO STAND TO HELP YOU TO KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OPENED AND TO APPROVE A BUDGET. WHAT I LEARNED FROM THE MEETING WITH SENATOR KELLY AND EVERYBODY SHOULD UNDERSTAND IS THAT DEMOCRATS ARE MORE UNITED THAN EVER BEFORE. IF YOU WANT TO HELP, OUR HELP, ON THE BUDGET, YOU'VE GOT TO RELEASE THE 800,000 DREAMERS YOU ARE HOLDING HOSTAGE. YOU'VE GOT TO DO IT. DEMOCRATS AREN'T GOING TO BLINK. WE'RE GOING TO STAND BY OUR VALUES. THERE COMES A TIME IF YOU SAY YOU STAND FOR JUSTICE, IF YOU HAVE TO ACTUALLY TAKE A STAND AND HOLD IT. AND NOT BACK DOWN. AND THAT'S WHAT DEMOCRATS ARE GOING TO DO THIS WEEK. WE'RE NOT GOING TO BACK DOWN. NEED OUR HELP? RELEASE THE 800,000 DREAMERS YOU HOLD HOSTAGE. AND GUESS WHAT? WE'RE READY TO PAY HANDSOME RANSOM FOR THEIR RELEASE. THANK YOU.

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    • 10:16:59 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      MEMBERS REMINDED TO DIRECT THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. THE CHAIR…

      MEMBERS REMINDED TO DIRECT THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, MR. BYRNE, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:17:07 AM

      MR. BYRNE

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO EXPRESS MY GREAT FRUSTRATION WITH MY…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO EXPRESS MY GREAT FRUSTRATION WITH MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE FOR THEIR RECKLESS BEHAVIOR THAT IS THREATENING THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. LET ME EXPLAIN. SOME MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE ARE HOLDING FUNDING FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT INCLUDING FUNDING FOR OUR NATION'S MILITARY HOSTAGE IN AN EFFORT TO ADVANCE THEIR IMMIGRATION AGENDA. I UNDERSTAND THAT IMMIGRATION IS A VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE. I HAVE MANY PRIORITIES IN THE IMMIGRATION DEBATE MYSELF LIKE INCREASED BORDER SECURITY, BUT I UNDERSTAND THAT THERE WILL COME A TIME AND PLACE TO DEBATE IMMIGRATION ISSUES. THAT TIME IS NOT NOW. AND THAT A PLACE IS NOT ON A DEAL DEALING WITH FUNDING OUR MILITARY AND OTHER ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF GOVERNMENT. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HATE ABOUT CONGRESS. INSTEAD OF SIMPLY DOING ONE OF OUR MOST BASIC JOBS, FUNDING THE GOVERNMENT, WE'RE HAVING AN UNRELATED DEBATE ABOUT AN IMMIGRATION ISSUE. LET'S BE CLEAR ABOUT WHAT IS GOING ON HERE. CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS ARE USING OUR MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN AS PAWNS IN A POLITICAL GAME. THEY THINK THEY CAN USE FUNDING FOR THE MILITARY AS LEVERAGE TO GET THEIR WAY ON A VERY COMPLEX IMMIGRATION ISSUE. I THINK THAT IS NOT ONLY WRONG, I THINK IT IS IRRESPONSIBLE AND IT HAS VERY GRAVE CONSEQUENCES. AND I WANT TO STRONGLY REJECT THE NOTION THAT THIS IS A REPUBLICAN PROBLEM. THE HOUSE PASSED A BILL BACK IN SEPTEMBER, OVER FOUR MONTHS AGO, TO FUND THE MILITARY AND THE ENTIRE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THAT BILL HAS BEEN STUCK IN THE SENATE WHERE 60 VOTES ARE NECESSARY TO PASS THE BILL. THERE ARE ONLY MONTHS AGO, TO FUND THE MILITARY AND THE ENTIRE 51 REPUBLICAN SENATORS, SO THAT MEANS IT WILL BE NECESSARY TO HAVE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT TO GET ANY BILL ACROSS THE FINISH LINE. SO I VEHEMENTLY REJECT THIS IS AN ISSUE FACING REPUBLICANS. THAT'S A LIFMENTE WHY AM I SO PASSIONATE ABOUT THIS ISSUE? OUR NATION'S MILITARY IS FACING A SERIOUSNESS READINESS CRISIS, AND WE AS A CONGRESS ARE MAKING THINGS WORSE. WE HAVE THE SMALLEST ARMY SINCE BEFORE WORLD WAR II. THE SMALLEST NAVY SINCE BEFORE WORLD WAR I. ANTI-SMALLEST AND OLDEST AIR FORCE WE HAVE EVER HAD -- AND THE SMALLEST AND OLDEST AIR FORCE WE HAVE EVER HAD. THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ARMY SAID THE BUDGETARY PROBLEMS LEFT THE ARMY OUTRANGED, OUTGUNNED, AND JOW DATED. THE GOVERNMENT RISKS FALLING BEHIND RUSSIA AND CHINA. THERE ARE SIMILARLY ALARMING QUOTES FROM THE OTHER SERVICES AS WELL. OUR MILITARY NEEDS AND DEMANDS FUNDING CERTAINTY TO MAKE PURCHASES AND PERFORM LONG OVERDUE MAINTENANCE. EVERY TIME WE PASS A CONTINUING RESOLUTION, AND KICK THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD, THAT HURTS OUR MILITARY. IT HURTS THE VERY MEN AND WOMEN THAT WE SEND INTO BATTLE EACH DAY. IT MAKES THEIR JOB HARDER AND FRANKLY IT PUTS LIVES AT RISK. WE HAVE SEEN FATAL ACCIDENTS ABOARD THE U.S.S. FITZGERALD AND U.S.S. MCCAIN CAUSED BY INSUFFICIENT TIME TO TRAIN SAILORS AND MAINTAIN SHIPS. WE HAVE ALSO SEEN FATAL AVIATION ACCIDENTS IN THE MARINE CORPS AND THEIR EQUIPMENT AGES AND THEIR TRAINING IS LIMITED. THE AVERAGE AGE OF AIR FORCE AIRCRAFT IS 27 YEARS. ONLY FIVE OF 58 ARMY COMBAT BRIGADES ARE READY TO FIGHT TONIGHT. CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS ALSO HURT OUR TAXPAYERS. IN FACT, THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY RECENTLY SAID THAT THE LACK OF FUNDING CERTAINTY HAS COST THE NAVY BETWEEN $4 BILLION AND $5 BILLION. IT MAKES IT COSTLYIER TO BUY MILITARY EQUIPMENT AND THAT ADDED COST IS ULTIMATELY PASSED ON TO THE TAXPAYER. AND THE THREATS WE FACE TODAY ARE SO GREAT. FROM CHINA TO RUSSIA TO IRAN TO NORTH KOREA TO TERRORIST GROUPS AROUND THE GLOBE, WE HAVEN'T SEEN THIS SERIOUS OF A THREATENING ENVIRONMENT SINCE WORLD WAR II. WHAT MAKES THIS ISSUE EVEN MORE FRUSTRATING IS BOTH HOUSE AND THE SENATE IN AN OVERWHELMING BIPARTISAN MANNER HAVE PASSED A DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL SHOWING OUR CLEAR SUPPORT FOR FUNDING OUR MILITARY AT $700 BILLION. THE BILL PASSED WITH 356 VOTES IN THE HOUSE. AND ON A UNANIMOUS VOICE VOTE IN THE SENATE. BUT YET WE FIND OURSELVES AT A DEADLOCK AND OUR GOVERNMENT ON THE VERGE OF A SHUTDOWN BECAUSE CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS WANT TO ADVANCE THEIR IMMIGRATION AGENDA. MR. SPEAKER, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. I KNOW MY COLLEAGUES MAY NOT LIKE OUR PRESIDENT. I KNOW MY COLLEAGUES MAY NOT AGREE WITH ME ON IMMIGRATION. I KNOW MY COLLEAGUES HAVE DIFFERENT PRIORITIES THAN I DO. BUT FOR GOODNESS SAKES CAN WE NOT AT LEAST AGREE WE SHOULD ADEQUATELY FUND OR TROOPS FOR OUR NATION'S MILITARY. CAN WE NOT AGREE WE SHOULDN'T BE PLAYING POLITICAL GAMES WITH OUR MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN? WE CAN SAVE THE POLITICAL THEATER FOR ANOTHER DAY. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:21:40 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. PANETTA, FOR FIVE…

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

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    • 10:21:45 AM

      MR. PANETTA

      MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU. I RISE TODAY TO CALL ON -- UPON MY COLLEAGUES TO…

      MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU. I RISE TODAY TO CALL ON -- UPON MY COLLEAGUES TO SET UP AND EXTEND FUNDING FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH CLINICS. COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS ARE A VITAL RESOURCE TO MILLIONS OF AMERICANS PROVIDING MORE COVERAGE AT A LOWER COST. THESE HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS SERVE OUR UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES. IN RURAL DISTRICTS LIKE MINE ON THE CENTRAL COAST OF CALIFORNIA, THEY ARE SOMETIMES THE ONLY HEALTH CARE PROVIDER CLOSE ENOUGH FOR PATIENTS TO RECEIVE IMMEDIATE OR LONG-TERM CARE. THEY PROVIDE PRENATAL CARE, ANNUAL CHECKUPS, AND LIFESAVING SCREENINGS. IN MY DISTRICT, THERE ARE NINE FEDERALLY FUNDED HEALTH CENTERS. SERVING APPROXIMATELY 190,000 PATIENTS FROM SANTA CRUZ TO SEA SIDE AND FROM THE VALLEY TO THE COUNTY. THEY HAVE DEDICATED STAFF THAT SERVE THE UNIQUE AND MULTILINGUAL AND MULTICULTURAL NEEDS OF THE PATIENTS IN MY DISTRICT. WITHOUT PROPER FUNDING, THESE VITAL COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS MAY BE FORCED TO REDUCE THEIR HOURS OF OPERATIONS, LAYOFF STAFF, OR CLOSE THEIR DOORS. WE MUST SUPPORT OUR COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS. NOT JUST ON THE CENTRAL COAST OF CALIFORNIA, BUT ACROSS THIS NATION. THESE CLINICS, THEIR PATIENTS, THE PEOPLE WE SERVE, DESERVE OUR SUPPORT. SO I ASK CONGRESS TO SUPPORT OUR COMMUNITY HEALTH CLINICS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:23:20 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. BOST, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. BOST, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:23:24 AM

      MR. BOST

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AS A FATHER AND GRANDFATHER, I KNOW…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AS A FATHER AND GRANDFATHER, I KNOW FIRSTHAND HOW IMPORTANT IT IS THAT OUR NATION'S CHILDREN HAVE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT TO GROW AND LEARN. THAT'S WHY THIS WEEK I INTRODUCED A BIPARTISAN THE S.O.S. ACT, MY BILL MAKES PANIC BUTTONS MORE AVAILABLE TO LOCAL SCHOOL SYSTEMS. RESPONSE TIME TO VITAL IMPORTANT -- VITALLY IMPORTANT EMERGENCY SITUATIONS MAKES IT QUICKER AND THE S.O.S. ACT PROVIDES A LIFESAVING TECHNOLOGY TO CONTACT FIRST RESPONDERS IMMEDIATELY WHEN AN INCIDENT TAKES PLACE IN OUR SCHOOLS. I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO BUILDING SUPPORT FOR THIS COMMONSENSE BILL TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN IN THE DAYS AND WEEKS AHEAD. MR. SPEAKER, I ALSO RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A BRAVE YOUNG LADY FROM MY DISTRICT. SHE LIVES IN JOHNSON CITY, ILLINOIS. HER NAME IS VICTORIA MUELLER. SHE'S CLASS PRESIDENT. SHE'S AN A STUDENT. SHE PLAYS IN THREE SPORTS, INCLUDING FOOTBALL. MEMBERS OF COUNTLESS SCHOOL CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES. THIS LAST WEEK, TWO WEEKS AGO, I CALLED VICTORIA TO LET HER KNOW THAT SHE RECEIVED OUR NOMINATION AND AS WELL AS DICK DURBIN, THAT HIS NOMINATION FOR THE U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY. UNFORTUNATELY, HER ANSWER WAS, I'M SORRY I CAN'T ACCEPT THAT AT THIS TIME. YOU SEE, IN OCTOBER I HAD AN ACCIDENT IN A CAR AND MY ARM WAS DAMAGED SEVERELY AND SEVERED. AND SHE'S GONE THROUGH A NUMBER OF SURGERIES. HERE'S WHAT SHE PROMISED. SHE WILL RECOVER FROM THE ACCIDENT. SHE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK HARD. AND SHE WILL BE RECEIVING A LETTER AND GET THAT NOMINATION NEXT YEAR. HER STRENGTH, HER COURAGE, IS SOMETHING THAT I WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT I BROUGHT UP BEFORE THIS HOUSE AND BEFORE THIS NATION AS TRULY AN INSPIRATION AND SHOULD BE AN INSPIRATION TO ALL OF US. I'M TRULY INSPIRED BY VICTORIA'S STRENGTH, HER GRIT, AND WISH HER THE BEST IN HER RECOVERY. WE'LL BE PRAYING FOR HER. VICTORIA, SOUTHERN ILLINOIS IS PROUD OF YOU AND THIS NATION IS PROUD OF YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I ALSO WANT TO TALK ON THE FACT THAT THIS WEEK STARTING TOMORROW IS OUR MARCH FOR LIFE. AS A MEMBER OF THIS BODY, AND AS A MEMBER OF THE BODY IN THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, I HAVE ALWAYS STOOD PROUD TO STAND UP FOR THE RIGHTS OF THE UNBORN. WE'RE WORKING ON AND WILL VOTE TO ELIMINATE TAXPAYER FUNDED ABORTION THROUGH THE HYDE AMENDMENT AND EVERYTHING AS WELL AS THAT GOES, BUT ALSO CO-SPONSORING THE BORN ALIVE ACT, WHICH IS BEING VOTED ON THIS WEEK. THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT QUITE OFTEN BRINGS CONTROVERSY, MR. SPEAKER. I TELL YOU, EACH ONE OF US ON THIS FLOOR, NO MATTER WHAT OUR POSITION IS, I'M SURE THERE IS REASONS WHY WE HOLD TO THOSE BELIEFS. MINE ARE MY FAITH. THEY ARE ALSO EXPERIENCES I HAVE HAD IN LIFE. ESPECIALLY WHEN WE START TALKING ABOUT THE BABY BORN ALIVE ACT. 15 YEARS AGO, MR. SPEAKER, I WAS PRESENT WHEN MY TWO GRANDDAUGHTERS, TWINS, WERE BORN. THEY WERE 25 1/2 WEEKS. WE WERE HOPING THEY WOULD MAKE IT TO 26. WE LOST ONE IN THE WOMB. AND WHEN LOSING HER CAUSED THE PREGNANCY TO -- THE LABOR TO START, AND WE THEN HALLY WAS BORN. WE HELD HER WHILE SHE PASSED. NOW, ACCORDING TO SOME LAWS THAT ARE IN THAT NATION, YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO ABORT A CHILD AT THAT AGE. I CAN TELL YOU THAT YOU HAVE NEVER HELD ONE AT THAT AGE. YOU KNOW, AND WE CAN SIT AND SAY, OH, WELL, I DON'T AGREE WITH ABORTION, BUT LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING ELSE THAT'S TAKEN PLACE. I THINK WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO TAKE CARE OF THOSE YOUNG WOMEN WHO HAVE CHILDREN THAT MIGHT NOT BE AT THE BEST TIME IN THEIR LIVES AND ISSUES THAT COME UP. LET ME ALSO SAY THIS. I WANT TO TALK ABOUT A GROUP THAT WAS FORMED CALLED TENDER MERCIES. THAT MINISTERS TO WOMEN WHO HAVE LOST A CHILD, HAVE ABORTED A CHILD, HAD MISCARRIAGES, ALL OF THESE ISSUES. AND WHY DO I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THAT? BECAUSE MY DAUGHTER, THAT RUNS THAT AGENCY, NOT AGENCY, BUT A NOT-FOR-PROFIT TO TAKE CARE OF THE MENTAL AND PHYSICAL NEEDS THAT OCCUR AFTER SOMETHING LIKE THAT OCCUR. SO IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE AS MEMBERS OF THIS UNITED STATES UNDERSTAND THAT WHEN WE STAND FOR LIFE, NOT ONLY DO WE STAND FOR LIFE, BUT WE ALSO STAND FOR THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE IN THOSE SITUATIONS TO HELP THEM THROUGH THOSE TIMES. WE'RE A NATION THAT CARES. WE'RE. AS MANY TIMES AS WE ARGUE BACK AND FORTH ON THIS FLOOR. MR. SPEAKER, I PRAY THAT EVERYONE ON THIS FLOOR ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE REMEMBERS THAT. AND I THANK THE PEOPLE WHO ARE WALKING TOMORROW TO STAND FOR THE RIGHT TO LIFE. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:28:31 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. ESHOO, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. ESHOO, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:28:36 AM

      MS. ESHOO

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE 800,000 DREAMERS,…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE 800,000 DREAMERS, INCLUDING THE 200,000 FROM MY HOME STATE OF CALIFORNIA. MR. SPEAKER, THESE YOUNG PEOPLE ARE TERRIFIED ABOUT WHAT WILL BECOME OF THEM IF CONGRESS DOESN'T LIVE UP TO ITS PROMISE TO PROTECT THEM. THERE IS A WAY TO RESOLVE THIS. THERE IS A WAY. CONGRESS CAN PASS THE DREAM ACT, WHICH THESE YOUNG PEOPLE RESTORES PROTECTIONS FOR THE DREAMERS. THE ACT PROVIDES FOR UNDOCUMENTED AMERICAN STUDENTS WHO GRADUATE FROM AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOLS, THEY NEED TO BE OF GOOD MORAL CHARACTER, ARRIVED IN THE UNITED STATES AS CHILDREN, AND HAVE BEEN IN THE COUNTRY CONTINUOUSLY FOR FOUR YEARS, AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO EARN CONDITIONAL PERMANENT RESIDENCY FOR EIGHT YEARS. THAT SEEMS ABSOLUTELY FAIR. TO ME. AND I THINK TO SO MANY OTHERS. DURING THAT TIME THE STUDENT MUST PURSUE HIGHER EDUCATION, SERVE IN THE MILITARY, OR WORK LAWFULLY FOR AT LEAST THREE YEARS. STUDENTS WHO MEET THESE CONDITIONS ARE GRANTED PERMANENT RESIDENCY AND THE ABILITY TO ONE DAY BECOME U.S. CITIZENS. THIS IS NOT A HANDOUT, THIS IS NOT A GRAB BY UNWORTHY PEOPLE, THESE ARE VERY HIGH STANDARDS, AND I THINK STANDARDS THAT U.S. CITIZENS SHOULD MEET DAY IN AND DAY OUT. . THIS IS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION. IT'S SUPPORTED BY THE FAITH COMMUNITY ACROSS OUR COUNTRY, BY BUSINESSES, BY LAW ENFORCEMENT, AND BY 80% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I THINK THAT THAT PASSES A VERY HIGH STANDARD, A VERY HIGH TEST. AND I'M CONFIDENT THAT IF THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE WOULD ALLOW A VOTE ON THIS LEGISLATION, THEN IT WOULD PASS TODAY IF IT WAS BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE FOR A VOTE. THESE 800,000 YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN ARE NOT JUST COURT CASES OR STATISTICS. EACH OF THEM HAS A SPARK OF DIVINITY IN THEM. THEY ARE YOUNG MEN AND YOUNG WOMEN WHO HAVE OBTAINED DRIVER'S LICENSES, THEY HAVE WORK PERMITS, THEY PURSUED HIGHER EDUCATION, THEY ARE CONTRIBUTING THEIR TALENTS, THEIR HEART AND SOUL TO THIS COUNTRY. MANY SAY, TELL THEM TO GO HOME. THEY ARE HOME. THIS IS THE ONLY COUNTRY THEY KNOW. THIS IS THE COUNTRY THAT THEY LOVE. THEY ARE SERVING IN OUR MILITARY. IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, SILICON VALLEY, WHERE ALL MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WANT TO GO AND VISIT AND SEE WHAT INNOVATION IS HAPPENING, WHAT INNOVATION IS BRINGING ABOUT, THE MAJORITY OF THOSE GENIUSES THAT ARE PRODUCING THIS INNOVATION ARE IMMIGRANTS TO OUR COUNTRY. I STAND HERE AS A FIRST GENERATION AMERICAN, AND IF THE TENOR OF SOME IN CONGRESS -- NOT ALL -- BUT SOME IN CONGRESS, CERTAINLY THE WHITE HOUSE WERE IN CHARGE WHEN MY PARENTS WERE CHILDREN, THAT BOAT WOULD HAVE HAD TO HAVE MADE A U-TURN. THEY WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN WELCOMED IN AMERICA BECAUSE THEY WEREN'T FROM NORWAY. THEY WERE FROM THE MIDDLE EAST, AND YET TODAY THEIR DAUGHTER STANDS HERE ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE AND THE PEOPLE OF OUR NATION. OUR NATION FROM ITS BEGINNINGS WAS BUILT BY IMMIGRANTS. I STAND HERE TODAY TO SAY, I LOVE IMMIGRANTS. THEY ARE THE BACKBONE OF EACH GENERATION AND REALLY THE BLOOD THAT FLOWS THROUGH THE VEINS OF AMERICA. YOU PUT A CLAMP ON THAT VEIN, YOU STOP THE HEART OF AMERICA FROM BEATING. SHORTLY AFTER PRESIDENT TRUMP TERMINATED THE DACA PROGRAM, POPE FRANCIS SAID, QUOTE, TO ALL THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES, I ASK, TAKE CARE OF THE MY GRANT.

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    • 10:33:57 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

    • 10:34:04 AM

      MS. ESHOO

      LISTEN TO HIM AND WE WILL BE A BETTER NATION BECAUSE OF IT.

    • 10:34:11 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    • 10:34:14 AM

      MR. POE

      MR. SPEAKER, REBECCA GREW UP IN A SMALL TOWN IN SOUTHERN OREGON. SHE WAS…

      MR. SPEAKER, REBECCA GREW UP IN A SMALL TOWN IN SOUTHERN OREGON. SHE WAS ON THE HONOR ROLL AND SHE PLAYED VARSITY SPORTS. SHE GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL EARLY AND IMMEDIATELY ENROLLED IN OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY. HOWEVER, WHEN HER DAUGHTER WAS BORN, SHE HAD TO WITHDRAWAL TO FIND A JOB. LIKE MANY SINGLE MOMS, REBECCA STRUGGLED TO MAKE END'S MEET. BUT WHEN SHE MET A MAN SHE DESCRIBED AS PRINCE CHARMING, SHE THOUGHT HER -- THOUGHT THINGS WERE FINALLY TURNING AROUND FOR HER. HE WAS KIND AND CARING AND OFFERED TO TAKE CARE OF HER AND HER BABY DAUGHTER WITH EXPENSIVE GIFTS AND TRIPS. HE TREATED HER TO A LIFESTYLE SHE NEVER DREAMED UP. WHEN HE ASKED HER AND HER DAUGHTER TO MOVE IN WITH HIM REBECCA THOUGHT SHE HIT THE JACKPOT BUT HER DREAM QUICKLY BECAME ANOTHER NIGHTMARE. WHEN SHE ARRIVED IN LAS VEGAS AT HIS HOME, SHE FOUND SEVERAL OTHER WOMEN AND CHILDREN ALREADY LIVING THERE. THIS MAN THEN TOLD HER THAT NOW SHE WOULD BE FORCED TO HAVE SEX WITH MEN FOR MONEY. WHEN SHE REFUSED, HE BEAT HER UP, HITTING HER OVER AND OVER AGAIN. FEARING FOR HER LIFE AND THE LIFE OF THE CHILD, REBECCA COMPLIED. SO FOR THE NEXT SIX YEARS REBECCA WAS FORCED TO HAVE SEX WITH COUNTLESS STRANGERS, MANY TIMES A DAY. ANYTIME SHE STEPPED OUT OF LINE HE BEAT HER UP. SHE HAD HER FACE BROKEN IN FIVE DIFFERENT PLACES. HER TRAFFICKER EVEN WENT SO FAR AS SO TATTOO HIS NAME ON HER BACK. YES, BRANDED HER LIKE CATTLE. SHE WAS NOTHING BUT A PIECE OF PROPERTY TO HIM. AFTER HER FOURTH ATTEMPT TO ESCAPE, HER TRAFFICKER TOLD HER THAT HE WOULD START SELLING HER YOUNG DAUGHTER FOR SEX IF SHE DIDN'T COMPLY AND SUBMIT. FEELING UTTERLY HOPELESS, REBECCA TRIED TO COMMIT SUICIDE TWO TIMES. SHE THOUGHT THAT ENDING HER LIFE WAS PREFERABLE TO LIVING IN THE HELL THAT SHE HAD TO ENDURE EVERY DAY. FINALLY, FEDERAL AGENTS RAIDED HER HOME, CAPTURED THE TRAFFICKER. BUT, MR. SPEAKER, HE EVENTUALLY TOOK A PLEA DEAL AND ONLY SERVED ONE YEAR IN PRISON FOR SLAVERY. MEANWHILE, REBECCA WAS LEFT TO DEAL WITH THE LIFETIME OF PAIN AND TRAUMA. AS A FORMER JUDGE, MR. SPEAKER, I BELIEVE THE SENTENCE WAS TOO LIGHT FOR A SLAVE TRADER. NO HUMAN BEING SHOULD EVER HAVE TO ENDURE WHAT REBECCA AND OTHER TRAFFICKING VICTIMS LIKE HER HAVE GONE THROUGH. DESPITE THE SYSTEM FAILING TO PROVIDE JUSTICE AGAINST HER TRAFFICKER, REBECCA FOUND A WAY TO TURN HER DARKNESS INTO LIGHT. SINCE BECOMING A SURVIVOR, SHE STARTED THE REBECCA INITIATIVE. THIS PROGRAM PROVIDES TRAINING FOR THOSE THAT HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE INTERCEPTED AND INTERVENE WITH VICTIMS THAT ARE OFTEN BEING TRAFFICKED. IN THIS HUMAN TRAFFIC AWARENESS MONTH, I WANT TO COMMEND REBECCA AND HER RESILIENCE AND FOCUS ON PROVIDING SUPPORT AND COMPASSION TO THE VICTIMS OF TRAFFICKING. AS CO-CHAIR OF THE CONGRESSIONAL VICTIMS RIGHTS CAUCUS, ALONG WITH MY FRIEND, JIM COSTA FROM CALIFORNIA, WE ARE DEDICATED TO ENSURE VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS KNOW THAT WE AS A NATION WILL STAND WITH THEM. TRAFFICKERS, BUYERS AND SELLERS MUST BE PROSECUTED AND SENT TO THE JAIL HOUSE. WITH THE HELP OF LOCAL AND STATE AND FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT, WE'RE GOING TO STOP THE SALE OF OUR CHILDREN AND OUR ADULT WOMEN ON THE MARKETPLACE OF SEX SLAVERY. MR. SPEAKER, THE 13TH AMENDMENT ABOLISHED SLAVERY IN THE UNITED STATES, BUT IT'S STILL TAKING PLACE AND IT'S TIME WE DEFEAT THIS SCOURGE ON OUR COMMUNITY. JUSTICE DEMANDS THIS AND JUSTICE IS WHAT WE DO AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I'LL YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:38:18 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      ALL RIGHT. THE CHAIRMAN RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR.…

      ALL RIGHT. THE CHAIRMAN RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. COSTA, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:38:25 AM

      MR. COSTA

      I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR FIVE MINUTES AND TO…

      I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR FIVE MINUTES AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    • 10:38:29 AM

      TEMPORE WITHOUT

      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

    • 10:38:30 AM

      MR. COSTA

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ABOUT OUR NEED TO INVEST IN AMERICA, TO…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ABOUT OUR NEED TO INVEST IN AMERICA, TO INVEST IN OUR FUTURE. SOUND INFRASTRUCTURE IS LITERALLY AND FIGURETIVELY THE FOUNDATION OF OUR NATION'S ECONOMY. BUT FOR QUITE SOME TIME WE IN WASHINGTON HAVE NOT PROVIDED THE CRITICAL FUNDING FOR OUR INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS THAT OUR COMMUNITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY NEED. WE MUST STOP LIVING OFF THE INVESTMENTS THAT OUR PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS MADE GENERATIONS AGO AND INSTEAD START INTELLIGENTLY INVESTING IN OUR INFRASTRUCTURE AGAIN. THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS ESTIMATES THAT TO UPDATE OUR INFRASTRUCTURE SYSTEM WE NEED TO MAKE AN INVESTMENT OF OVER $1 TRILLION. OF COURSE, THE PRESIDENT TALKED ABOUT A BIPARTISAN PACKAGE. ONE KEY TO INTELLIGENT INVESTMENT IS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MATCHING INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. THIS IS NEEDED, AND IT HAS BEEN HISTORIC TO IN FACT MAKE THESE PROJECTS A REALITY. AS WE SEE FROM OUR HISTORY, INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS IN THIS COUNTRY MOVE FORWARD MOST EFFECTIVELY WHEN WE HAVE A COMBINATION OF LOCAL, STATE, AND FEDERAL DOLLARS TO INVEST. ACROSS THE COUNTRY, STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ARE RAISING FUNDS TO REPAIR AND IMPROVE INFRASTRUCTURE. OFTEN MAKING TOUGH POLITICAL CHOICES FOR RAISING TAXES OR MAKING DIFFICULT DECISIONS WHEN REQUIRED TO DO SO. THIS IS HAPPENING BOTH IN RED AND BLUE STATES ALIKE. ALL THREE OF THE COUNTIES IN MY DISTRICT, MERCED, MADERA AND FRESNO COUNTIES, THEY HAVE VOTED TO INCREASE THEIR LOCAL SALES TAX BY HALF CENT IN ORDER TO PAY FOR ESSENTIAL TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS INCLUDING ROAD REPAIRS, CONSTRUCTION OF NEW ROAD SYSTEMS AND HIGHWAYS. LAST YEAR, THE CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE AND THE GOVERNOR ENACTED A BILL TO INCREASE THE STATE GAS TAX AND VEHICLE FUNDS TO PAY FOR BRIDGES, ROADS, AND OTHER TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS. CURRENTLY THESE ARE TOUGH DECISIONS, TOUGH POLITICAL DECISIONS, BUT THE POLICY IMPLICATIONS, NOTWITHSTANDING THE POLITICAL RISKS, ARE WORTH IT AND OUR STATE AND LOCAL LEADERS IN CALIFORNIA HAVE TAKEN THESE RISKS. LET ME TELL YOU, IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO. YOU SEE, IT TAKES DOLLARS TO FILL POTHOLES. THAT'S THE BOTTOM LINE, TO BUILD BRIDGES AND IMPROVE ROAD SYSTEMS, IT TAKES DOLLARS. IT'S NOT MAGIC. AND NOW THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO STEP UP AND FACE THE CHALLENGE HEAD ON, AND WE NEED TO BE RESPONSIBLE IN OUR NATION'S CAPITAL. I'VE BEEN WORKING HARD FOR YEARS TO IMPROVE THE INFRASTRUCTURE IN CALIFORNIA'S SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, BOTH IN THE STATE HOUSE AND NOW HERE IN CONGRESS, AND WE HAVE MADE SOME PROGRESS. BUT WHAT WE'RE LACKING IS THE FEDERAL COMPONENT. IT'S ESSENTIAL WE BUILD A TRANSPORTATION AND WATER INFRASTRUCTURE SYSTEM TO MEET THE 21ST CENTURY SYSTEM NEEDS, NOT ONLY OF CALIFORNIA, BUT OF OUR ENTIRE NATION AND THE VALLEY I HAVE THE HONOR AND PRIVILEGE TO REPRESENT. WE NEED A MORE RELIABLE WATER SYSTEM TO SUPPLY OUR FARMS AND CITIES THAT ARE GROWING, AND WITH CLIMATE CHANGE, WE KNOW WE HAVE TO TAKE THAT INTO ACCOUNT AND WE ALSO NEED A BETTER 21ST CENTURY SYSTEM OF TRANSPORTATION. WHAT IS MISSING? I'LL TELL YOU WHAT'S MISSING. FEDERAL FUNDING, FEDERAL PARTICIPATION. TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN, WE IN CONGRESS SHOULD INCENTIVIZE STATES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS LIKE IN CALIFORNIA AND THE COUNTIES I REPRESENT THAT HAVE ALREADY RAISED FUNDS FOR THESE PROJECTS WITH A FEDERAL FUNDING STREAM THAT WILL COMPLEMENT THESE STATE AND LOCAL EFFORTS. CALIFORNIA AND THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY ARE ALREADY DOING THEIR PART, AND WE NEED HERE IN WASHINGTON TO DO OUR PART TO INVEST IN OUR COUNTRY'S FUTURE. THIS WILL REQUIRE DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS TO WORK TOGETHER TO ENGAGE IN A SERIOUS BIPARTISAN DELIBERATION AND NEGOTIATIONS THIS YEAR TO MAKE THIS NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT A REALITY. LAST WEEK, WE IN THE PROBLEM SOLVERS CAUCUS RELEASED A REPORT TO A STATE OF OUR NATION'S INFRASTRUCTURE AND MADE BIPARTISAN RECOMMENDATIONS ON HOW WE GET THERE. THESE RECOMMENDATIONS CAN SERVE AS A FOUNDATION FOR CONSENSUS ON WHICH BIPARTISAN COLLABORATION CAN BUILD THE POLICY THAT REPAIRS, ADVANCES AND INVESTS IN AMERICA'S INFRASTRUCTURE. ALTHOUGH WE'VE NOT SEEN A LOT OF BIPARTISAN DELIBERATE TIFF POLICYMAKING HERE -- DELIB ARE A TIFF POLICYMAKING HERE LATELY, I ASK WE COME TOGETHER TO INVEST IN AMERICA'S INFRASTRUCTURE. IF WE EXPECT TO HAVE THE CAPACITY FOR THE ECONOMIC AND INNOVATION -- THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND INNOVATION FOR THE FUTURE OF AMERICA IN THE 21ST CENTURY. I HAVE MADE THIS A PRIORITY THROUGHOUT MY YEARS OF SERVICE IN THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, BOTH IN SACRAMENTO AND NOW IN WASHINGTON, D.C. I INVITE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN INVESTING IN AMERICA'S INFRASTRUCTURE, WORK WITH THE PRESIDENT, WORK ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS. AFTER ALL, THAT'S WHAT WE'RE SUPPOSED TO DO. IN INVESTING IN AMERICA'S INFRASTRUCTURE AND THEREFORE OUR FUTURE. THIS HAS BEEN OUR TRADITION IN THE PAST IN HOW WE'VE GOTTEN GREAT PROJECTS COMPLETED, AND THIS IS THE KIND OF INVESTMENT WE NEED TO MAKE TODAY FOR AMERICA'S INFRASTRUCTURE. LET US WORK TOGETHER. IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO. I'LL YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 10:44:00 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. JONES, FOR…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. JONES, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:44:06 AM

      MR. JONES

      MR. SPEAKER, AS WE IN CONGRESS ARE FACED WITH ANOTHER CONTINUING…

      MR. SPEAKER, AS WE IN CONGRESS ARE FACED WITH ANOTHER CONTINUING RESOLUTION, I CANNOT HELP BUT THINK ABOUT THE WASTED LIVES AND MONEY IN AFGHANISTAN. ON SUNDAY NIGHT'S "60 MINUTES" I WATCHED WITH GREAT INTEREST A SEGMENT ABOUT THE 16-YEAR WAR IN AFGHANISTAN AND THE TITLE WAS "KABUL UNDER SIEGE AS AMERICA'S LONGEST WAR RAGES ON." DURING THE INTERVIEW, CORRESPONDENT LAURA LOGAN DETAILED THE GROWING DANGER IN AFGHANISTAN AND INTERVIEWED GENERAL JOHN NICHOLSON, COMMANDER OF AMERICAN FORCES IN AFGHANISTAN AS WELL AS AFGHAN'S PRESIDENT GANDHI. WHILE I DO NOT HAVE TIME TO GO INTO DETAILS, THIS SEGMENT MADE IT VERY CLEAR AND I THINK ANYONE WATCHING WOULD AGREE THAT AFGHANISTAN CONTINUES TO BE A FAILED POLICY. AT ONE TIME, LAURA LOGAN STATED TO NICHOLSON, AND I QUOTE, A LOT OF PEOPLE AT HOME JUST DON'T BUY THAT TERRORISTS ARE COMING FROM AFGHANISTAN TO ATTACK THEM AT HOME. I FURTHER QUOTE, THEY'RE WORRYING ABOUT THE GUY GOING TO RENT A HOME FROM HOME DEPOT AND DRIVING INTO A CROWD OF CIVILIANS, AND -- RENT A CAR FROM HOME DEPOT AND DRIVING INTO A CROWD OF CIVILIANS. HE SAID, WE NEED TO DEFEAT THE IDEOLOGY. I WAS AMAZED AND ASTONISHED BY HIS RESPONSE. IT HAS BEEN SAID THAT YOU CANNOT KILL IDEOLOGY -- I CAN'T SAY THAT WORD TODAY -- WITH A BULLET OR A BOMB, SO WHY ARE WE STILL TRYING? . THIS THIS IS WHY I'M YOU CALLING ON SPEAKER RYAN ONCE AGAIN TO PERMIT THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO HAVE A POLICY DEBATE ON AFGHANISTAN. MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE BESIDE ME A POSTER OF A YOUNG WOMAN WHOSE HUSBAND WAS KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN. IT'S SO PROPHETIC BECAUSE THE WOMAN AND MOTHER OF THE LITTLE GIRL SITTING IN HER LAP, SHE IS CRYING. YET THE LITTLE GIRL IS LOOKING AT THE ARMY OFFICER WITH A LOOK LIKE, WHY AM I HERE? WHY IS THERE A FLAG DRAPED COFFIN? WHY IS MY MOTHER CRYING? THE LITTLE GIRL IS TOO YOUNG TO REALLY UNDERSTAND WHAT IS HAPPENING. I CALL ON SPEAKER RYAN TO LET US HAVE A DEBATE ON THE POLICY ISSUE OF AFGHANISTAN AND ITS FUTURE. I WILL CLOSE WITH THE WORDS OF THE 31ST COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS WHO SAID, NO ONE HAS EVER CONQUERED AFGHANISTAN AND MANY HAVE TRIED. WE'LL JOIN THE LIST OF NATIONS THAT HAVE TRIED AND FAILED. MR. RYAN, THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, IT IS YOUR TIME TO CALL FOR THIS HOUSE TO DEBATE THE FUTURE OF AFGHANISTAN. PLEASE MAKE THAT CALL TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THAT WE WILL HAVE THAT DEBATE. AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 10:47:12 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MAINE, MS. PINGREE, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MAINE, MS. PINGREE, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:47:19 AM

      MS. PINGREE

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

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO VOICE MY STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S PROPOSAL TO LIFT A DECADES OLD BAN ON OFFSHORE OIL AND GAS DRILLING ON OUR COUNTRY'S ATLANTIC AND PACIFIC COASTS. THIS PROPOSAL HAS TO BE ONE OF THE MOST IRRESPONSIBLE ACTIONS OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. CURRENTLY 94% OF THE OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF IS OFF LIMITS TO DRILLING. AND RIGHTLY SO. GIVEN THE IMPORTANCE OF PROTECTING THE ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL VALUE OF THE COUNTRY'S COASTLINES. THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS OFFERED A STAGGERING REVERSAL. PROPOSING TO OPEN UP OVER 90% OF THE OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF TO OIL AND GAS DRILLING. WELL, GOVERNORS AND LAWMAKERS FROM BOTH PARTIES HAVE RISEN TO VOICE THEIR OPPOSITION TO THIS PLAN. THE ADMINISTRATION IS MOVING FORWARD AT A BREAKNECK SPEED AND GIVEN A MERE 60 DAYS FOR THE PUBLIC TO COMMENT. IN MY HOME STATE OF MAINE, WHICH HAS MUCH TO LOSE FROM THIS PLAN, WE DON'T EVEN GET A FULL PUBLIC HEARING. THIS PROPOSAL'S LACK OF TRANSPARENCY AND FAIRNESS COULDN'T HAVE BEEN MORE APPARENT THAN WHEN GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT OF FLORIDA SOMEHOW EARNED AN EXEMPTION FOR HIS STATE. EVERYONE CAN SEE THAT THIS WAS LESS ABOUT PROTECTING FLORIDA'S PRISTINE BEACHES AND COASTLINE, AS GOVERNOR SCOTT SAID, THAN A POLITICAL FAVOR FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP. I ABSOLUTELY HAVE NOTHING AGAINST THE FLORIDA COAST. BUT YOUR STATE SHOULDN'T HAVE TO BE HOME TO MARCH MAR-A-LAGO TO EARN AN EXEMPTION. ALL COASTLINES NEED ONE. IF YOU LOOK OTT OUR COASTLINE AND ISLANDS, IT WOULD MEASURE 3,500 MILES. THOSE MILES INCLUDE SOME OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACES IN THE WORLD AND CRITICAL HABITAT FOR HUNDREDS OF SPECIES OF FISH AND WILDLIFE. THE COAST IS ALSO DOLTED -- DOTTED WITH DOZENS OF SMALL TOWNS FILLED WITH HARDWORKING PEOPLE WHO DEPEND ON A BEAUTIFUL HEALTHY OCEAN TO MAKE THEIR LIVING. TWO OF THE STATE'S LARGEST INDUSTRIES ARE TOURISM AND FISHING. TOURISM IN MAINE IS A $5.6 BILLION INDUSTRY. 71% OF WHICH COMES DIRECTLY FROM THE MAINE COAST. MILLIONS OF PEOPLE VISIT OUR STATE TO EXPERIENCE OUR WUTEFUL -- BEAUTIFUL COAST GUARDLINE, SNUG HARBORS AND STUNNING LANDMARKS LIKE THIS LIGHTHOUSE RIGHT HERE. OUR FISHING INDUSTRY AND THE BUSINESS THAT IS SUPPORT IT HAVE EVEN MORE TO LOSE FROM THIS PROPOSAL. 30,000 MAINERS MAKE THEIR LIVING IN MARINE INDUSTRIES. THEY INCLUDE BOAT BUILDERS, GROUND FISHERMEN, CLAMMERS, SEA WEED HARVESTERS, OYSTER AND MUSCLELE FARMERS, AND LOB TER MEN. OUR WORLD -- LOBSTER MEN. OUR LOBSTER INDUSTRY BRINGS IN $500 MILLION ANNUALLY. I HAVE HAD SO MANY DISCUSSIONS WITH THE FISHERMEN WHO TELL ME ABOUT THE DIFFICULTIES THEIR INDUSTRY ALREADY FACES. THEY WANT TO PASS THEIR BUSINESSES ON TO THEIR SONS AND DAUGHTERS BUT WORRY ABOUT THE FUTURE. THE GULF OF MAINE IS ALREADY WARMING AT A RATE 99.9% FASTER THAN THE WORLD'S OCEAN WATERS. WILL IT REMAIN A PRIME HABITAT FOR LOBSTERS? WILL OCEAN ACIDFICATION HARM THE LOBSTER POPULATION AND SHELLFISH IN WAYS WE DON'T ALREADY KNOW ABOUT YET? DO WE REALLY NEED TO ADD THE POTENTIAL OF AN OIL SPILL TO THE LIST OF THINGS THAT ALREADY KEEP THEM UP AT NIGHT? IN MAINE WE KNOW THE RISK BECAUSE WE HAVE SEEN THE CONSEQUENCES. IN 199 , A TANKER -- 1996, A TANKER, SPILLED ABOUT 200 THOUSAND GALLONS OF HEATING OIL IN THE BAY. IT COST OVER $40 MILLION TO CLEAN UP AND CAUSED LOBSTER PRICES TO PLUMMET. BUT 200 THOUSAND GALLONS OF 200,000 GALLONS IS A DROP IN THE BUCKET WHEN TALK ABOUT THE SPILLED OIL FROM THE DEEP WATER HORIZON. WHICH SPILLED 200 MILLION GALLONS INTO THE GULF OF MEXICO. THE RESULT ON THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT WAS DEVASTATING. SHRIMP, CRAB, OYSTER, AND OTHER FISHERIES IN THOSE STATES MAY NEVER FULLY RECOVER. THE RISKS OF THIS PROPOSAL TO MY STATE AND OTHERS ARE SIMPLY TOO GREAT. AND FOR WHAT? OUR NATION IS ALREADY THE TOP PRODUCER OF OIL AND GAS IN THE WORLD. AND WITH FUEL PRICES CURRENTLY LOW, THIS PROPOSAL WOULD NOT BOOST THE ECONOMY. IF THIS ADD M. IS REALLY WORRIED -- ADMINISTRATION IS REALLY WORD ABOUT REMAINING INTERNATIONALLY COMPETITIVE IN THE INTERNATIONAL MARKET, IT SHOULD THROW SUPPORT IN DEVELOPING ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCES INSTEAD OF ABANDONING THEM. THIS PROPOSAL IS UNACCEPTABLE AND IRRESPONSIBLE. I WILL CONTINUE TO FIGHT BACK AGAINST THE ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECONOMIC HARM IT THREATENS FOR MAINE AND THE NATION. I'M PROUD TO CO-SPONSOR LEGISLATION WITH MY COLLEAGUES IN NEW ENGLAND TO PROHIBIT DRILLING OFF OF OUR STATES AND ANOTHER BILL TO KEEP THE DRILLING BAN IN PLACE ENTIRELY, ALONG THE ATLANTIC AND PACIFIC COASTS. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME AND STOP THIS TERRIBLE PLAN BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 10:52:37 AM

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      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, MR. BROOKS, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, MR. BROOKS, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:52:44 AM

      MR. BROOKS

      MR. SPEAKER, ROUGHLY FOUR YEARS AGO STEVE MAYFIELD WAS A RESPECTED HIGH…

      MR. SPEAKER, ROUGHLY FOUR YEARS AGO STEVE MAYFIELD WAS A RESPECTED HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL COACH AT CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL IN LAUDERDALE COUNTY, ALABAMA, WHO ON OCTOBER, 2014, WAS DIAGNOSED WITH A.L.S. STEVE MAYFIELD BRAVELY FOUGHT HIS TERMINAL DISEASE AND KEPT A SMILE ON HIS FACE THROUGHOUT HIS LENGTHY THREE-YEAR BATTLE AND ORDEAL. IN A LAND OF FREEDOM AND LIBERTY, STEVE MAYFIELD WOULD HAVE HAD TWO CHOICES, ON THE ONE HAND, HE COULD ABIDE BY THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION REGULATIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS AND DIE, ON THE OTHER HAND, STEVE MAYFIELD COULD TRY EXPERIMENTAL TREATMENTS THAT GAVE SOME HOPE OF BEATING A.L.S. AND EXTENDING STEVE MAYFIELD'S LIFE. UNFORTUNATELY, WHEN IT COMES TO TERMINAL ILLNESSES IN AMERICA, THERE IS NO FREEDOM OR LIBERTY. STEVE MAYFIELD NOT ONLY HAD TO FIGHT A.L.S., HE HE ALSO HAD TO FIGHT THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION BEFORE HE COULD TRY STEVE EXPERIMENTAL BUT POTENTIALLY LIFESAVING TREATMENTS. SADLY, STEVE MAYFIELD LOST BOTH FIGHTS. STEVE MAYFIELD WAS BARRED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FROM TRYING POSSIBLY LIFESAVING TREATMENTS AND NOT LONG AGO, PASSED AWAY. STEVE MAYFIELD'S SON, BROOKS MAYFIELD OF FLORENCE, ALABAMA, WAS WITH HIS FATHER WHEN HE PASSED AWAY. IT IS AN-N THAT VAIN, MR. SPEAKER, THAT I CALL ON -- IT IS IN THAT VAIN, MR. SPEAKER, THAT I CALL ON THE HOUSE TO HAVE A VOTE ON SENATE BILL S. 204, THE RIGHT TO TRY ACT, WHICH PASSED THE SENATE LAST YEAR, THAT RESTORES THE RIGHT OF TERMINALLY ILL PATIENTS TO TRY EXPERIMENTAL TREATMENTS THAT MAY SAVE THEIR LIVES. BROOKS MAYFIELD'S FATHER MIGHT BE ALIVE TODAY IF THE RIGHT TO TRY ACT HAD BEEN THE LAW OF THE LAND. MR. SPEAKER, WE MUST REMEMBER WHO WE'RE AS AMERICANS. OUR ANCESTORS FOUGHT THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR OVER LIBERTY AND FREEDOM. YET TODAY IN AMERICA PATIENTS WHO ARE 100% CERTAIN TO DIE ARE DENIED THE FREEDOM, THE LIBERTY, THE RIGHT TO DECIDE FOR THEMSELVES WHETHER TO TRY EXPERIMENTAL TREATMENTS THAT MAY SAVE THEIR LIVES. EVERY DAY IN AMERICA, TERMINALLY ILL PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES ARE TOLD THERE ARE NO OPTIONS BUT DEATH. BY WAY OF BACKGROUND, FEWER THAN 3% OF TERMINALLY ILLISH -- ILL PATIENTS IN AMERICA HAVE ACCESS TO INVESTIGATIONAL TREATMENTS THROUGH CLINICAL TRIALS. WHILE THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION GRANTS COMPASSIONATE USE WAIVERS, MEANT TO ALLOW TERMINAL PATIENTS ACCESS TO EXPERIMENTAL DRUGS, ONLY ABOUT 1,500 WAIVERS WERE GRANTED IN 2016. WHAT OTHER -- EXCUSE ME, WHAT ARE OTHER TERMINALLY ILL AMERICANS TO DO? NOTHING? JUST WASTE AWAY AND DIE WITHOUT A FIGHT? PATIENTS SHOULDN'T HAVE TO GIVE UP THEIR LIBERTY, THEIR FREEDOM, THEIR FIGHT AGAINST TERMINAL ILLNESS MERELY BECAUSE THE F.D.A. SAYS SO. AND TERMINALLY ILL PATIENTS SHOULDN'T HAVE TO BEG THE F.D.A. FOR A WAIVER FORCING PATIENTS TO FIGHT THE FEDERAL BUREAUCRACY WHEN THEY ARE ALREADY FIGHTING FOR THEIR LIVES. THE RIGHT TO TRY ACT GIVES TERMINALLY ILL PATIENTS ACCESS TO TREATMENTS THAT HAS SUCCESSFULLY BUREAUCRACY WHEN THEY ARE ALREADY FIGHTING FOR THEIR LIVES. THE COMPLETED THE F.D.A.'S PHASE ONE APPROVAL REQUIREMENT BUT NOT YET COMPLETED THE F.D.A.'S LENGTHY AND COMPLEX FULL APPROVAL PROCESS THAT CAN TAKE DECADES. SADLY, SOMETIMES WHEN TREATMENTS AND DRUGS REACH FINAL APPROVAL, IT IS TOO LATE FOR TOO MANY PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES BECAUSE THE TERMINALLY ILL PATIENT HAS ALREADY DIED. MR. SPEAKER, GIVEN THE STARK CONTRAST BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH, BETWEEN FREEDOM AND FEDERAL DICTATES, BETWEEN HOPE AND HOPELESSNESS THE HOUSE SHOULD TAKE UP AND PASS THE RIGHT TO TRY ACT THEREBY GIVING A CHANCE FOR LIFE TO TERMINALLY ILL PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES. THE UNITED STATES SENATE OVERWHELMINGLY PASSED RIGHT TO TRY LEGISLATION LAST YEAR. IT IS TIME FOR THE HOUSE TO DO THE SAME THEREBY RESTORING FREEDOM, LIBERTY, AND HOPE AND GIVING TERMINALLY ILL PATIENTS ACROSS AMERICA A BETTER CHANCE TO LIVE. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 10:57:38 AM

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      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. LIPINSKI, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. LIPINSKI, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:57:45 AM

      MR. LIPINSKI

      MR. SPEAKER, DACA MUST BE FIXED. FOR THE GOOD OF THESE YOUNG IMMIGRANTS…

      MR. SPEAKER, DACA MUST BE FIXED. FOR THE GOOD OF THESE YOUNG IMMIGRANTS AND FOR THE GOOD OF OUR NATION. IN SEPTEMBER, LEADERS PELOSI AND SCHUMER AND PRESIDENT TRUMP AGREED TO PROTECT THE DACA RECIPIENTS AND IMPROVE BORDER SECURITY. SINCE THAT TIME, I HAVE WORKED IN THE 48-MEMBER BIPARTISAN HOUSE PROBLEM SOLVERS CAUCUS TO COME UP WITH A PLAN THAT WOULD DO JUST THAT. I WANT TO THANK SENATORS DURBIN, GRAHAM, BENNETT, GARDNER, MENENDEZ, AND FLAKE WHO HAVE PUT TOGETHER A COMPROMISE BILL IN THE SENATE WHICH IS GAINING MOMENTUM. AFTER WORKING ON THIS FOR FIVE MONTHS, I KNOW JUST HOW HARD IT IS TO COME UP WITH A COMPROMISE. I JUST WANT TO THANK THESE SENATORS FOR WHAT THEY HAVE DONE. THE PROBLEM SOLVERS CAUCUS CONTINUES TO WORK ON A PLAN AND I'M HOPEFUL THAT WE WILL HAVE ONE IMMINENTLY. BECAUSE TIME IS RUNNING SHORT. I WAS VERY HAPPY TO HEAR CONGRESSMAN GUTIERREZ RIGHT HERE FROM THIS PODIUM A FEW MINUTES AGO ENDORSE THE IDEA OF A COMPROMISE, EVEN THOUGH IT'S NOT -- NOT WHAT HE WANTS, BUT WE NEED TO PROTECT THESE DACA RECIPIENTS. WE HAVE TO BREAK THE STATUS QUO IN WASHINGTON. THE BICKERING AND THE GRIDLOCK WHICH GETS IN THE WAY OF GOOD SOLUTIONS FOR OUR COUNTRY. THIS SOLUTION ON DACA CAN AND SHOULD GET DONE. IF ONLY WE COULD GET AWAY FROM THE RHETORIC AND USE SOME COMMON SENSE. UNFORTUNATELY, COMMON SENSE IS NOT COMMON IN WASHINGTON. I CALL ON MY COLLEAGUES TO GET PAST THE BICKERING AND THE RHETORIC. DO WHAT'S RIGHT FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, FIX DACA AND LET'S MOVE ON AND DO GREAT THINGS TOGETHER FOR OUR NATION. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK. .

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    • 11:00:26 AM

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

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

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    • 11:00:30 AM

      MR. FITZPATRICK

      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, THE PENNSYLVANIA BIOTECHNOLOGY CENTER IN MY DISTRICT IN DOYLESTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA. HE WAS RECENTLY NAMED AS A FELLOW OF THE U.S. NATIONAL ACADEMY OF INVENTORIST. HE HAS SHOWN A LIFELONG COMMITMENT TO INNOVATION, SPECIFICALLY BY FACILITATING OR CREATING INVENTIONS THAT MAKE IMMEASURABLE IMPACT ON QUALITY OF LIFE, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OR THE WELFARE OF SOCIETY. DR. BLOCK IS BEING RECOGNIZED FOR HIS CONTRIBUTIONS TO THERAPEUTIC DRUG AND BIOMARKER DISEASE SCREENING AND DISCOVERY. DR. BLOCK ALSO HOLDS NUMEROUS PATENTS AND HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN MORE THAN 30 YEARS IN VIRAL HEPATITIS RESEARCH. MR. SPEAKER, WE THANK DR. BLOCK FOR THE WORK HE'S DONE IN THIS FIELD WHICH HAS UNDOUBTEDLY IMPACTED THE LIVES OF PEOPLE IN MY DISTRICT, THROUGHOUT OUR COUNTRY AND AROUND THE WORLD. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO RECOGNIZE THE PLAYERS, STAFF AND COACHES OF THE ARCHBISHOP WOOD FOOTBALL TEAM AND CONGRATULATE THEM ON WINNING THE PIAA CLASS 5-A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP. WITH THEIR DISCIPLINE AND HARD WORK, THE YOUNG MEN OF THIS FOOTBALL TEAM HAVE CONTINUED THE TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE FOR THE VIKINGS. THE DOMINANCE THEY DISPLAYED IN THEIR CHAMPIONSHIP WIN IN DECEMBER IS AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF WHAT TEAMWORK AND TENACITY CAN ACHIEVE. THEY HAVE MADE OUR COMMUNITY VERY PROUD. TO THE COACHING STAFF, WE SAY CONGRATULATIONS AND THANK YOU FOR LEADING AND TEACHING THESE YOUNG MEN. IT IS MY HOPE THAT THE LESSONS OF DETERMINE NATION AND PERSEVERANCE THAT THESE STUDENT ATHLETES HAVE LEARNED WILL HELP GUIDE THEM OFF THE FIELD AS WELL. TO THE FANS, FRIENDS AND FAMILY THAT HAVE SUPPORTED ARCHBISHOP WOOD, WE SAY CONGRATULATIONS. TO ALL THOSE WHO WORK WITH AND ORGANIZE YOUTH SPORTS IN OUR DISTRICT, WE SAY THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    • 11:02:51 AM

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      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PASCRELL, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PASCRELL, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 11:02:55 AM

      MR. PASCRELL

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE 2018 23RD…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE 2018 23RD OLYMPIC GAMES BEING HOSTED IN PYONG CHANG IN SOUTH KOREA NEXT MONTH. THE OLYMPIC GAMES SERVES AS A FORUM FOR THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO COME TOGETHER TO BUILD A PEACEFUL WORLD. IN ORDER TO BE A COMPETITOR IN THE OLYMPIC GAMES, NATIONS ACROSS THE GLOBE HAVE TO EMBODY THE VALUES AND IDEALS OF FRIENDSHIP, SOLIDARITY AND FAIR PLAY. IT IS NO DIFFERENT IN THE DIPLOMATIC ARENA. WITHOUT THESE CORE VALUES, THE FAIR COMPETITION IS ERODED. THE COMMON BOND THAT BRINGS NATIONS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD TO COMPETE AND BUILD FRIENDSHIPS SERVES AS A FORUM TO PROMOTE TOLERANCE AND UNDERSTANDING. PROMOTING THESE IDEALS IS CRITICAL TO THESE INCREASINGLY TROUBLED TIMES, AND I BELIEVE THE RESULTS COULD MAKE OUR WORLD A MORE PEACEFUL PLACE. THE UPCOMING OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES PRESENTS A SIGNIFICANT OPPORTUNITY FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO LEAD THE FIGHT AGAINST INTERNATIONAL CONFLICTS AND TO PROMOTE PEACE. THIS IS OUR LEGACY. OUR NATION CAN USE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY IN A WAY THAT SHOWS THAT WE CAN COME TOGETHER IN THE SPIRIT OF HEALTHY COMPETITION REGARDLESS OF OUR DIFFERENCES. WITH THE LONG SHADOW BEING CAST BY THE PROVOCATIONS OF PYONGYANG AND RHETORIC FROM OUR OWN ADMINISTRATION, THE OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES CAME AT THE RIGHT TIME. THEY ARE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE UNITED STATES TO SPEAK OUT IN SUPPORT OF RESOLVING THE CURRENT CONFLICTS ON THE KOREAN PENINSULA. WHILE THERE ARE MANY ISSUES FACING THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY, ALL CAN AGREE THE GROWING THREAT OF NUCLEAR CONFLICT PRESENTS THE MOST IMMEDIATE DANGER. IN ORDER TO DE-ESCALATE THE GROWING THREAT AND IN THE SPIRIT OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES THEMSELVES, I HOPE THAT OUR ATHLETES' PRESENCE IN SOUTH KOREA WILL SERVE AS A SYMBOLIC REPRESENTATION THAT OUR DIFFERENCES CAN BE WORKED OUT IN A NEUTRAL FIELD. IT IS REASSURING THAT NORTH KOREA WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE UPCOMING WINTER OLYMPICS. IF THE REPORTS ARE TRUE, IT WILL BE ENCOURAGING TO WATCH THE TWO COUNTRIES' ATHLETES MARCH TOGETHER AT THE OPENING CEREMONY UNDER A UNIFICATION FLAG. THAT SURPASSES THE CONSEQUENCES OF EMPTY RHETORICAL THREATS. WE CAN DO BETTER THAN THAT. IT TOOK THE WINTER OLYMPICS TO THANK YOU THE ICE BETWEEN THE TWO -- THAW THE ICE BETWEEN THE TWO NATIONS. THIS IS A WELCOMED SIGN OF EASING TENSIONS AFTER MONTHS OF ALARM OVER NORTH KOREA'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM. AS A RESULT, THIS YEAR'S OLYMPIC GAMES ARE ALREADY OFF TO A GREAT START. THE GAMES WILL CONTINUE TO BE A REMINDER THAT REGARDLESS OF WHERE SOMEONE IS FROM, WE CAN STILL SET ASIDE OUR DIFFERENCES TO PROMOTE A BETTER WORLD. JUST LIKE THE FIRST ATHLETES WHO CAME TOGETHER TO START THIS OLYMPIC TRADITION. IT IS MY EXPECTATION THAT THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA WILL HOST A SUCCESSFUL 2018 23RD WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES AND THAT THE HARD WORK AND DEDICATION OF THE KOREAN PEOPLE TO THIS ENDEAVOR WILL BE RECOGNIZED BY THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY. FINALLY, MR. SPEAKER, I LOOK FORWARD TO WATCHING THE MEN AND WOMEN REPRESENTING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA BRING HOME THE GOLD. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 11:07:13 AM

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      THANK YOU. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, MR. MARSHALL,…

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

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    • 11:07:17 AM

      MR. MARSHALL

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE TO RECOGNIZE THE NONPROFIT YOUTH…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE TO RECOGNIZE THE NONPROFIT YOUTH ENTREPRENEURS FOR THEIR COMMITMENT TO PREPARING OUR STUDENTS TO MEET THE DEMANDS OF TODAY'S WORK FORCE. THIS PROGRAM PROVIDES A TASTE OF THE WORK FORCE IN A VARIETY OF CAREER PATHS FOR OUR EMERGING LEADERS. YOUTH ENTREPRENEURS WAS STARTED IN 1991 IN WICHITA, KANSAS, WITH THE GOAL TO GIVE YOUNG ADULTS A FOUNDATION OF KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND VALUES FOR TODAY'S WORKPLACE. HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS THAT PARTICIPATE IN YOUTH ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM RECEIVE A PREPARATION COURSE THAT COVERS THE ENDS AND OUTS OF A VARIETY OF CAREER FIELDS AND BUSINESS ETIQUETTE. AFTER STUDENTS COMPLETE THE CLASS THEY ARE SENT TO WORK AT A BUSINESS THAT MATCHES THEIR INTEREST. THE STUDENTS ARE ABLE TO APPLY THEIR LEARNING FROM THE CLASSROOM AT THE COMPANY THEY ARE PAIRED WITH. FOR 26 YEARS, THIS NONPROFIT HAS DEDICATED TO EDUCATION AND THE SUCCESS OF OUR YOUTH. TODAY, I WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY KNOW THEIR HARD WORK HAS NOT GONE UNNOTICED. PERSONALLY, I HAVE SEEN AND HEARD THE SUCCESS STORIES FROM THESE YOUNG ADULTS, INCLUDING MY OWN GOD SON, PATRICK, WHO'S PARTICIPATED IN THIS ORGANIZATION. THE PROGRAM HAS EXTENDED TO -- EXPANDED TO 10 OTHER STATES. MORE 80% OF PARTICIPANTS SAY THEY WANT TO ATTEND COLLEGE AND 60% OF THE STUDENTS WHO COMPLETED THE REQUIREMENTS HAVE EITHER STARTED THEIR OWN BUSINESS OR DESIRE TO ONE DAY. I AM A -- I AM PROUD OF PROGRAMS LIKE YOUTH ENTREPRENEURS THAT ARE WORKING TO GIVE OUR YOUNG ADULTS A PATHWAY FOR SUCCESS. EVEN WITH UNEMPLOYMENT AT AN ALL-TIME RECORD LOW IN KANSAS, THERE ARE STILL 50,000, MR. SPEAKER, 50,000 OPEN JOBS IN OUR STATE. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT OUR STUDENTS HAVE ACCESS TO ORGANIZATIONS LIKE YOUTH ENTREPRENEURS SO WE CAN PREPARE KANSANS TO MEET THESE HIGH EMPLOYMENT DEMANDS. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO DISCUSS AN INDUSTRY THAT PRESENTS ENDLESS OPPORTUNITIES FOR AMERICA'S WORK FORCE. AS OUR NATION CONTINUES TO ADVANCE TECHNOLOGICALLY, IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT OUR YOUTH HAVE THE SKILLS NECESSARY TO REMAIN COMPETITIVE IN THE WORK FORCE. KANSAS IS EXPERIENCING RECORD EMPLOYMENT ACROSS THE STATE. HOWEVER, ONE INDUSTRY FACES AN INCREASINGLY HIGH DEMAND FOR SKILLED WORKERS. TODAY KANSAS HAS MORE THAN 2,500 OPEN COMPUTER SCIENCE JOBS, 2,500 OPEN COMPUTER SCIENCE JOBS WHICH IS TWICE HIGHER THAN THE AVERAGE STATE'S DEMAND. THIS YEAR ALONE, THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR PREDICTS EMPLOYERS WILL BE UNABLE TO FULFILL NEARLY 2.5 MILLION JOB OPENINGS IN STEM, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS -RELATED PROFESSIONS. LAST WEEK I MET WITH STUDENTS AT NORTH CENTRAL KANSAS TECHNOLOGY COLLEGE. NCKTC IS RANKED THIRD IN THE NATION IN JOB PLACEMENT IN TECH RELATED FIELDS. I AM PROUD THEY ARE WORKING HARD TO MEET THE CHALLENGE THAT OUR LABOR FORCE IS FACING TODAY BY OFFERING MORE STEM-BASED EDUCATION. THEY OFFER PROGRAMS AND CERTIFICATION COURSES IN COMPUTER SCIENCE AND CODING WHILE HUTCHINS COMMUNITY COLLEGE BUSINESS PROGRAM, ALSO IN MY DISTRICT, INCORPORATES COMPUTER AND SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY INTO THEIR TRAINING PROGRAMS. ONE RECOGNIZES OUR FUTURE BY OFFERING STEM CONCENTRATION CLASSES FOR KINDERGARTEN THROUGH SIXTH GRADE TEACHERS. THIS PROGRAM FOR TEACHERS ENSURES OUR YOUTH WILL GET A GREATER UNDERSTANDING OF THESE TECHNICAL SKILLS AT A YOUNGER AGE AND WILL BE BETTER EQUIPPED FOR FUTURE JOBS IN THE STEM INDUSTRY. IT'S IMPORTANT WE RECOGNIZE THEIR EFFORTS AND THE INITIATIVES THAT WILL PREPARE STUDENTS FOR THE GROWING SUCCESS IN STEM FIELDS. I ALWAYS STRIVE TO CREATE GOOD OPPORTUNITIES FOR CONSTITUENTS BACK HOME BUT WE NEED -- BUT IT'S IMPORTANT WE PLACE MORE OF A FOCUS ON STEM EDUCATION. AS COMPUTER SCIENCE BECOMES UTILIZED IN MOST EVERY INDUSTRY, WE MUST ENSURE OUR STUDENTS, OUR CHILDREN ARE WELL PREPARED TO MEET THESE DEMANDS. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    • 11:11:18 AM

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      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MRS. MURPHY, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MRS. MURPHY, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 11:11:22 AM

      MRS. MURPHY

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I'M FILING LEGISLATION TO HONOR AN AMERICAN…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I'M FILING LEGISLATION TO HONOR AN AMERICAN HERO. MY BILL WOULD NAME THE U.S. POST OFFICE AT 56 -- 567 EAST FRANKLIN STREET IN HONOR OF ONE OF ITS NATIVE SONS, SERGEANT FIRST CLASS ALWIN CASH. SCRIPTURE TEACHES US THERE IS NO GREATER LOVE THAN TO LAY DOWN YOUR LIFE FOR YOUR FRIENDS. ON OCTOBER 17, 2005, IN AN IRAQI PROVINCE NORTH OF BAGHDAD, HE MADE THE ULTIMATE EXPRESSION OF LOVE. DISREGARDING HIS PERSONAL SAFETY AND ENDURING UNIMAGINABLE PAIN IN ORDER TO SAVE MULTIPLE SOLDIERS UNDER HIS COMMAND FROM THEIR BURNING VEHICLE AFTER IT HIT AN IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICE. HIS ACTIONS THAT FATEFUL DAY WERE SO REMARKABLE THAT THEY ALMOST DEFY DESCRIPTION. WORDS LIKE COURAGE AND BRAVERY DO NOT SEEM ADEQUATE TO FULLY CAPTURE THE DEEDS THIS SOLDIER PERFORMED. THE ACTIONS THAT SERGEANT FIRST CLASS CASH TOOK IN HIS DEATH AS HE MUST HAVE KNOWN IT DID. AFTER HIS PASSING, HE RECEIVED THE SILVER STAR, THE THIRD HIGHEST COMBAT AWARD THAT THE ARMY CONFERS. OVER THE PAST YEARS THERE HAS BEEN A PASSIONATE, PAINSTAKING AND PASSIONATE EFFORT TO HAVE HIS SILVER STAR UPGRADED TO THE MEDAL OF HONOR. NOTABLY THIS EFFORT HAS BEEN LED BY THE BATTALION COMMANDER WHO NOMINATED HIM THE SILVER STAR. HE SAID HE DESERVES THE HIGHEST VALOR. I STRONGLY AGREE. RIGHT NOW I WANT TO TALK NOT ABOUT MEDALS BUT THE MAN HIMSELF BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT MATTERS THE MOST. ALWIN WAS BORN IN 1970 IN FLORIDA AND WAS RAISED IN OVITO. HE WAS THE YOUNGEST OF NINE CHILDREN, FIVE GIRLS AND FOUR BOYS. THE FAMILY DIDN'T HAVE MUCH MONEY BUT THEY HAD PLENTY OF PRIDE. WHEN ALWIN WAS JUST 6 HIS FATHER PASSED AWAY. HIS MOTHER, RUBY MAE, WORKED ON AN ASSEMBLY LINE AND LATER AT A CUSTODIAN AT FLORIDA TECH. ONE OF HIS SISTERS DESCRIBES HER BROTHER AS THE BABY OF THE FAMILY, RAMBUNCTIOUS, LITTLE SPOILED BY THE SIBLINGS AND OF COURSE DEEPLY LOVED. SHE REMEMBERS BUYING HIM A 10-SPEED BIKE SO HE WOULDN'T BE DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHER KIDS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND HOW HAPPY HE WAS. ALWIN ENLISTED IN THE ARMY AFTER HIGH SCHOOL. SHE SAID IT HAD A TRANSFORMATIONAL EFFECT, TURNING THE CIVILIAN INTO A SOLDIER. NOT JUST ANY SOLDIER, BUT A SOLDIER'S SOLDIER, A TOUGH AS NAILS INFANTRYMAN AND OLD SCHOOL LEADER IN THE BEST SENSE OF THE TERM. AS SHE PUT IT, ALWIL BLED ARMY. HE HAD MORE BROTHERS AND SISTERS. THE EVENTS THEY EXPERIENCED AND ENDURED TOGETHER FROM BOOT CAMP TO COMBAT. ON OCTOBER 17, 2005, ALWIN, NOW SERGEANT FIRST CLASS CASH, WAS ON HIS SECOND DEPLOYMENT TO IRAQ. THE BRADLEY FIGHTING VEHICLE CARRYING HIM, SIX OTHER AMERICAN SOLDIERS AND THE SQUAD'S INTERPRETER, STRUCK AN I.E.D. THE BLAST INSTANTLY KILLED THE INTERPRETER AND RUPTURED THE VEHICLE'S FUEL CELL. FLAMES ENGULFED THE VEHICLE. INITIALLY ONLYLY LIGHTLY INJURED AND COVERED IN FUEL HE EXTRACTED THE DRIVER WHO WAS ON FIRE AND EXTINGUISHED THE FLAMES. AT THIS POINT MULTIPLE SOLDIERS REMAINED IN THE VEHICLE, ONE OF WHOM MANAGED TO OPEN THE REAR HATCH. SERGEANT FIRST CLASS CASH RUSHED TO THE BACK OF THE VEHICLE, REACHED INTO THE HOT FLAMES AND STARTED PULLING OUT SOLDIERS. HIS FUEL-SOAKED UNIFORM CAUGHT FIRE AND THE FLAMES SPREAD QUICKLY ALL OVER HIS BODY. DESPITE WHAT MUST HAVE BEEN TERRIBLE PAIN, HE RETURNED TO THE VEHICLE TWICE MORE TO EXTRACT THE SOLDIERS ALL WHILE HE WAS STILL ON FIRE AND EXPOSED TO ENEMY GUNFIRE. BY THE TIME ALL THE SOLDIERS WERE SAVED FROM THE VEHICLE, HIS INJURIES WERE THE MOST SEVERE. SECOND AND THIRD-DEGREE BURNS COVERED 72% OF HIS BODY. NEVERTHELESS, HE REFUSED TO BE EVACUATED UNTIL ALL HIS SOLDIERS WERE MEDEVACED OUT BEFORE HIM. . WHEN HE ARRIVED AT THE U.S. MILITARY HOSPITAL, HE WAS STILL FULLY CONSCIOUS. WHAT REMAINED OF HIS UNIFORM MELTED TO HIS SKIN. YET HE TRIED TO FIGHT OFF THE NURSES INSISTING THEY TREAT EVERYONE ELSE FIRST. DESPITE DETERMINED EFFORTS TO SAVE HIS LIFE AT VARIOUS HOSPITALS ABROAD AND IN THE STATES, HE EVENTUALLY SUCCUMBED TO HIS WOUNDS ON NOVEMBER 8, 2005, SURROUNDED BY MEMBERS OF HIS BILOGICAL FAMILY AND ARMY FAMILY. HIS ACTIONS REFLECT THE HIGHEST STANDARDS OF SERVANT LEADERSHIP, DEVOTION TO DUTY, AND SHEAR BRAVERY. WE CANNOT BRING HIM BACK OR ERASE THE PAIN FELT BY THOSE WHO LOVED HIM AND SERVED ALONGSIDE HIM. BUT WE CAN PAY TRIBUTE TO HIS LIFE AND HIS LEGACY. WE CAN ENGRAVE HIS NAME ON A PLAQUE AND DESIGNATE A FEDERAL BUILDING IN HIS MEMORY SO THE PUBLIC NEVER FORGETS THIS AMERICAN SOLDIER. WHO LAID DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS IN SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY. I RESPECTFULLY ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 11:16:51 AM

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      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. TAYLOR, FOR FIVE…

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

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    • 11:16:57 AM

      MR. TAYLOR

      REQUEST PERFECT -- PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR FIVE MINUTES.

    • 11:17:08 AM

      TAYLOR THE

      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

    • 11:17:10 AM

      MR. TAYLOR

      JANUARY IS NATIONAL MENTORING MONTH. NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE BIG IMPACT…

      JANUARY IS NATIONAL MENTORING MONTH. NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE BIG IMPACT YOU CAN MAKE WITH A LITTLE CONTRIBUTION OF YOUR TIME, WISDOM, AND ATTENTION. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO SPEAK ON THE BIG BROTHERS AND BIG SISTERS ORGANIZATION. THE BIG BROTHERS AND BIG SISTERS MOVEMENT BEGAN IN 1904. BIG BROTHERS AND BIG SISTERS CURRENTLY OPERATE THROUGHOUT THE U.S. AND IN 12 COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD. CHILDREN JOINING BIG BROTHERS AND BIG SISTERS ARE CAREFULLY PLACED IN ONE-ON-ONE RELATIONSHIPS WITH AN OLDER VOLUNTEER AND A KEY STAGE IN THEIR DEVELOPMENT. THESE CHILDREN ARE LESS LIKELY TO ENGAGE IN SUCH BEHAVIORS, SUCH AS DRUG USE, OTHER ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES, OR SOCIAL DYSFUNCTION. ONE SUCH BIG BROTHER, ANDREW JONES, SIGNED UP FOR THE PROGRAM. YEARS AGO WE MET A YOUNG 12-YEAR-OLD AND THIS BOY WAS A LOW-INCOME, SINGLE PARENT HOUSEHOLD. HIS MOTHER WORKED A LOT OF OVERTIME AT A LOCAL HOSPITAL. MISGUIDED, THE BOY WAS ALREADY ON PROBATION AT 12 YEARS OLD. HANGING AROUND THE WRONG CROWD AND HEADED IN THE WRONG DIRECTION. MR. SPEAKER, ANDREW WOULD TAKE THE BOY TO THE ENGLISH GRILL RESTAURANT FOR A WEEKLY 222 BREAKFAST, TWO EGGS, TWO PANCAKES, TWO SAUSAGES. HE WOULD TEACH THE BOY EVERYTHING FROM HAVING A NAPKIN ON HIS LAP AT THE DINNER TABLE TO STOCK OPTIONS. FOR YEARS TO COME ANDREW WOULD ATTEND HUNDREDS OF SPORTS EVENTS FOR THE BOY. SHOW HIM THE VALUE OF READING, REINFORCE MANNERS, AND BUILD HIS SELF-CONFIDENCE. ANDREW WOULD BE THE ONLY PERSON THE BOY WOULD TALK TO IF HE LOST A WRESTLING MATCH. HE WOULD BE THE FIRST PERSON THE BOY WOULD CALL FOR ADVICE. AND, MR. SPEAKER, HE WOULD BE THE FIRST PERSON THE BOY WOULD CALL FROM A TENT HOSPITAL AFTER BEING INJURED AS A SOLDIER IN THE DESERTS OF IRAQ. MR. SPEAKER, THAT LITTLE BOY IS ME. WE CAN ALL SEEK OUT MENTORS IN OUR OWN LIVES AND WE CAN ALL BE MENTORS FOR OTHERS. WE'RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER. NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE BIG IMPACT THAT YOU CAN MAKE WITH A LITTLE CONTRIBUTION OF YOUR TIME, WISDOM, AND ATTENTION. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 11:19:19 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    • 11:19:29 AM

      MR. GREEN

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, ONCE AGAIN I HAVE THE PLEASURE OF…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, ONCE AGAIN I HAVE THE PLEASURE OF SPEAKING FROM THE WELL OF THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY AS A LIBERATED DEMOCRAT. I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER. I RISE TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, TO REMIND US THAT ALTHOUGH WE'RE THE LEADERS OF THE FREE WORLD, WE WILL NOT BE RECEIVED AS THE LEADERS OF THE FREE WORLD IF WE'RE PERCEIVED AS THE LEADER OF WORLDWIDE BIGOTRY. I RISE, MR. SPEAKER, TO REMIND US THAT WE WON'T BE RECEIVED AS THE LEADERS OF THE FREE WORLD IF WE'RE PERCEIVED AS BEING ANTI-IMMIGRATION WHEN IT COMES TO MUSLIMS AND AS A HOMOPHOBIC. WE WON'T BE RECEIVED AS LEADERS OF THE FREE WORLD IF WE'RE PERCEIVED AS HOMOPHOBIC BECAUSE WE'RE ANTI-TRANSGERNED. WEENT BE RECEIVED AS LEADERS OF THE FREE WORLD IF WE'RE PERCEIVED AS ANTI-AFRICA BECAUSE IT'S A CONTINENT OF S-HOLE COUNTRIES. AND WE'LL BE PERCEIVED, QUITE FRANKLY, AND RECEIVED AS RACIST IF WE DO SO. MR. SPEAKER, IF WE'RE TO MAINTAIN OUR PREEMINENCE IN THE WORLD, WE MUST NOT BE PERCEIVED AS THE BIGETS OF THE WORLD -- BIGOTS OF THE WORLD. MR. SPEAKER, THE SOLUTION CAN BE AN ELECTION IN 20 20 OR IT CAN BE IMPEACHMENT -- 2020 OR IT CAN BE IMPEACHMENT TOMORROW. MR. SPEAKER, I WILL BRING IMPEACHMENT BEFORE THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF -- 2020 AMERICA AGAIN TOMORROW. SOMETIME AFTER 9:00 A.M. AND BEFORE WE LEAVE FOR OUR BREAK. MR. SPEAKER, HISTORY IS WATCHING. WE WILL BE JUDGED BY OUR ACTIONS. TIME WILL TELL. I WILL BE ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 11:21:49 AM

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      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. COLLINS, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. COLLINS, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 11:21:55 AM

      MR. COLLINS

      PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR FIVE MINUTES.

    • 11:21:58 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

    • 11:21:59 AM

      MR. COLLINS

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE SCOTS IN DOWNTOWN…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE SCOTS IN DOWNTOWN GAINESVILLE. IT CELEBRATED ITS 10TH ANNIVERSARY TO MARK THIS ACHIEVEMENT THE STAFF CHOSE A SPECIAL OCCASION. THEY CHOSE TO HONOR LAW ENFORCEMENT WITH A LUNCHEON. WHEN SCOTT DIXON FIRST OPENED SCOTT'S DOWNTOWN IN 2007. HE TOOK THE FIRST STEP IN PURSUING HIS DREAM. HE BEGAN BUSING TABLES AT AGE 13 AND WORKED HIS WAY UP THE LADDER. OVER HIS CAREER HE DEVELOPED A PASSION FOR BRIGHTENING PEOPLE'S DAYS WITH FOOD AND A FRIENDLY HEART. KNOWN FOR PROVIDING RESTAURANTS WITH EXCEPTIONAL FOOD RATHER THAN HIGHLIGHT THIS SUCCESS, HOWEVER, SCOTT'S DOWNTOWN POINTS TO THE COURAGE AND SERVICE OF OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS WHO PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE EACH DAY TO PROTECT OUR COMMUNITY. I WANT TO CONGRATULATE SCOTT'S DOWNTOWN ON THEIR FIRST 10 YEARS OF SERVICE AND JOIN THEM IN THANKING THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN IN BLUE WHO MAKE GAINESVILLE A SAFE AND BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO LIVE. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO JOIN THE STAFF OF Z BROWN DISTRILLIONRY IN CELEBRATING THEIR 500TH BARREL OF NORTHEAST SAFE AND BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO LIVE. GEORGIA BOURBON. THE PARTNERSHIP AND THE GRAMMY AWARD WINNING ZACH BROWN IS GREAT NEWS FOR THE COUNTY. THEY ARE TURNING LOCAL CROPS INTO HIGH QUALITY SMALL BATCH SPIRITS. IN THE SPAN OF A FEW WEEKS BUSINESS VS. TAKEN OFF WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF TWO NEW BUILDINGS FOR EXPANSION. MY FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS IN NORTHEAST GEORGIA CAN AGREE, IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS IN LIFE THAT MEAN THE MOST AND THIS DISTILLERY CAPTURES THE WARM AND INVITING NATURE. IT WELCOMES VISITORS FROM NEAR AND FAR AND LEAVES THEM WITH GREATER APPRECIATION FOR THE TASTE OF APPALACHIA. I CONGRATULATE THE DISTILLERY ON THEIR SUCCESS AND WISH IT SEES THE BEST AN THEIR YOUNG BUSINESS BRANCHES OUT IN NORTHEAST GEORGIA. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY AND HONOR THE 45TH ANNUAL MARCH FOR LIFE WHICH TAKES PLACE FRIDAY. ACROSS OUR COUNTRY AMERICANS WILL DEFEND THE INNOCENT LIVES BY GIVING THEM A CLEAR VOICE IN WASHINGTON. WE'RE A NATION OF PEOPLE WHO STRIVE TO FIGHT FOR INDIVIDUAL FREEDOMS YET WE DEPRIVE THE UNBORN OF THE MOST FUNDAMENTAL LIBERTY, THE RIGHT TO A BIRTHDAY. A FATHER OF THREE, PASTOR, AND AIR FORCE CHAPLAIN, I BELIEVE WE HAVE A SACRED RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT THE LIVES OF THE UNBORN. EVERY LIFE HAS VALUE. EVERY CHILD DESERVES A BIRTHDAY. THIS WEEK THE HOUSE WILL VOTE TO INCREASE PROTECTIONS FOR UNBORN AMERICANS THROUGH THE BORN ALIVE SURVIVOR PROTECTION ACT. THIS LEGISLATION WOULD ENSURE A CHILD BORN AFTER A FAILED ABORTION ATTEMPTS RECEIVES THE SAME LIFE GIVING MEDICAL CARE TO ANY NEWBORN. THE BILL WOULD ALSO PROHIBIT MEDICAL PROVIDERS FROM CONTINUING THE PROCEDURES POST BIRTH. NO ONE SHOULD BE ABLE TO END ANOTHER PERSON'S LIFE NO MATTER HOW SMALL FOR CONVENIENCE. NORTHEAST GEORGIANS VALUE LIFE AND I'M THANKFUL TO JOIN THEM IN THIS FIGHT AGAINST ABORTION TO PROMOTE BRIGHT FURES FOR EVERY AMERICAN. THE BORN AND UNBORN AMONG US. AS A FATHER IT IS MENTIONED MANY TIMES THAT YOU CARE FOR YOUR CHILDREN. AND ON THESE DAYS IN THIS WEEK, I HARKEN BACK ALMOST 26 YEARS AGO TO WHEN MY DAUGHTER WAS BORN. YOU SEE, JORDAN WAS BORN WITH SPINA BIFIDA. AND WHEN MANY SAID TO MY WIFE AND I, YOU HAVE CHOICES TO END, I AM HAPPY TO SAY THAT MOST EVERY DAY I WAKE UP TO A TEXT FROM MY DAUGHTER THAT SAYS GOOD MORNING, DADDY. I'M HEADED TO WORK. ALL LIFE IS PRECIOUS. ALL LIFE DESERVES A CHANCE. AND EVERY DAY I AM BLESSED WITH THE KNOWLEDGE THAT THE CHOICE WE MADE AND THE CHOICE DESERVES A CHANCE. THAT WE WOULD HAVE ALWAYS MADE WAS FOR OUR PRECIOUS DAUGHTER AND ALL OF THOSE WHO ARE SPEAKING A BIRTHDAY. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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    • 11:25:39 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 11:25:44 AM

      MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE GRAMINE AMERICA FOR…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE GRAMINE AMERICA FOR OPENING A NEW FACILITY IN MIAMI AND RECOGNIZES PRESIDENT AND C.E.O.. IT'S A NONPROFIT MICROFINANCE ORGANIZATION THAT FOR OVER 10 YEARS HAS BEEN DEDICATED TO HELPING WOMEN IN POVERTY CREATE AND EXPAND SMALL BUSINESSES IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. LAST MONTH THEY OPENED ITS FIRST BRANCH IN MIAMI WHERE IT HOPES TO SERVE 7,000 WOMEN OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS AND DISPERSE MORE THAN $20.5 MILLION IN LOANS. WHAT A DIFFERENCE THAT WILL MAKE. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY, SADLY, MORE THAN 20% OF WOMEN IN MY COUNTY, MIAMI-DADE, ARE LIVING IN POVERTY. THESE LOANS WILL EMPOWER THEM TO BECOME ACTIVE PLAYERS IN STRENGTHENING SOUTH FLORIDA'S ECONOMY. THIS ORGANIZATION IS SPEARHEADED BY ANDREA YOUNG WHO FROM A YOUNG AGE UNDERSTOOD THE IMPORTANT VALUE OF SOUTH FLORIDA'S WOMEN TO BECOME FINANCIALLY INDEPENDENT. EMPOWERING AS A CHINESE IMMIGRANT IN TORONTO, HER GRANDMOTHER RECEIVED A LOAN THAT CHANGED HER FAMILY'S HISTORY. AS THE LOAN HELPED YOUNG'S GRANDMOTHER TO OPEN HER OWN HAIR SALON. TWO GENERATIONS LATER, AFTER ATTENDING PRINCETON, ANDREA SERVED OVER A DECADE AS C.E.O. AND CHAIRMAN OF AVON PRODUCTS, A GIANT IN THE FIELD OF BEAUTY PRODUCTS. ANDREA HAS BEEN RANKED AMONG THE TOP LEADERS ON LISTS SUCH AS "FORTUNE" MAGAZINE'S MOST POWERFUL WOMEN IN BUSINESS, AND MOST POWERFUL WOMEN IN THE WORLD. AND THE FINANCIAL TIMES TOP WOMEN IN WORLD BUSINESS. MR. SPEAKER, I AM SO PROUD OF THE WORK OF ANDREA AND GRAMINE AMERICA AND WHAT THEY ARE DOING IS GIVING WOMEN IN NEED THE ABILITY TO IMPROVE THEIR LIVES AND ALSO TO IMPROVE GRAMINE AMERICA AND WHAT THEIR ENTIRE FAMILIES. THE OPENING OF THIS NEW BRANCH IS AN EXCITING OPPORTUNITY. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH ANDREA AND TO HELP WOMEN IN OUR SOUTH FLORIDA ECONOMY. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO ENCOURAGE MY SOUTH THEIR ENTIRE FLORIDA COMMUNITY TO TAKE PART IN THE EIGHTH ANNUAL DAN MARINO FOUNDATION WALK ABOUT AWE TIMS. THIS EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 27, AT THE HARD ROCK STADIUM IN MIAMI GARDENS. ACCORDING TO THE C.D.C., OVER THREE MILLION INDIVIDUALS IN THE UNITED STATES ARE IMPACTED BY AN AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER. THERE HAVE BEEN NUMEROUS DRAMATIC SCIENTIFIC ADVANCES IN OUR UNDERSTANDING OF AWE TIM, BUT WE MUST CONTINUE MAKING PROGRESS -- AUTISM, BUT WE MUST CONTINUE MAKING PROGRESS AND EVENTUALLY, YES, A CURE. THE WALK ABOUT AUTISM WILL BRING TOGETHER FAMILIES, PARENTS, CAREGIVERS, AND FRIENDS TO RAISE AWARENESS AND RESOURCES FOR THE SOUTH FLORIDA AUTISM COMMUNITY. MORE IMPORTANTLY, EVERY DONATION MADE WILL STAY IN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY AND WILL BE USED TO PROVIDE CLASSROOM EQUIPMENT, EMPLOYMENT SERVICES, NEW ADAPTIVE TECHNOLOGY, AND MORE TO THOSE IMPACTED BY THIS DISORDER. THIS WALK ALSO HELPS FUND ESSENTIAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES LIKE SPECIAL NEEDS PROGRAMMING AT LOCAL SCHOOLS AND THE MARINO CAMPUS WHOSE POST SECONDARY EDUCATION PROGRAM HELPS YOUNG ADULTS WITH AUTISM TO BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN HIGH SCHOOL AND EMPLOYMENT. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK THE DAN MARINO FOUNDATION FOR ALL ITS HARD WORK TO MAKE THIS WALK SO SUCCESSFUL. THIS YEAR WILL BE NO DIFFERENT. I URGE EVERYONE TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS WALK FOR A GREAT CAUSE AT THE HARD ROCK STADIUM ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 27, AT 8:00 A.M. MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT THE 2018 MIAMI CREATORS BALL THAT WILL TAKE PLACE AT LEMON CITY ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 26, TO CELEBRATE THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF CITY YEAR MIAMI. CITY YEAR VOLUNTEERS AND THEIR DISTINCTIVE RED JACKETS HAVE BECOME A FIXTURE AT MOST OF OUR MIAMI SCHOOLS. THIS WONDERFUL ORGANIZATION CONNECTS MENTORS WITH STUDENTS IN UNDERSERVED SCHOOLS WHO ARE AT RISK OF DROPPING OUT. THE MEMBERS HAVE SERVED MORE THAN 225,000 STUDENTS AND HAVE GIVEN MORE THAN TWO MILLION HOURS OF SERVICE TO OUR LOCAL SCHOOLS THE RESULTS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES. CITY YEAR NOT ONLY HELP THE AT-RISK STUDENTS GRADUATE ON TIME, BUT PLAYED A KEY ROLE IN ENSURING THAT MORE THAN 0% OF MIAMI-DADE STUDENTS EARN THEIR HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMAS. SIMPLY AMAZING. FURTHERMORE, 90% OF MIAMI TEACHERS SAY THAT CITY YEAR MEMBERS HELP THEIR STUDENTS IMPROVE THEIR OVERALL ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE. AS A FORMER FLORIDA CERTIFIED TEACHER, IT FILLS ME WITH GREAT PRIDE TO ENCOURAGE EVERYONE IN OUR COMMUNITY TO COME TO LEMON CITY IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 26, TO CELEBRATE CITY YEAR MIAMI'S 10TH ANNIVERSARY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 11:31:00 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 11:31:11 AM

      MR. YODER

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY DURING THE WEEK OF MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY TO…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY DURING THE WEEK OF MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY TO RECOGNIZE THREE OF MY CONSTITUENTS WHO ARE LIVING IN DR. KING'S FOOTSTEPS. DR. KING ONCE SAID DARKNESS CANNOT DRIVE OUT DARKNESS, ONLY LIGHT CAN DO THAT. AND HATE CANNOT DRIVE OUT HATE. ONLY LOVE CAN DO THAT. IN THE THIRD DISTRICT OF KANSAS AS WELL AS ACROSS THE COUNTRY WE CONTINUE TO SEE DARKNESS AND HATE. JUST LAST WAIT, TWO RESIDENTS FROM INDIA WERE SHOT. ONE OF THEM WAS KILLED. IN 2014 IN MY DISTRICT IN MISSOURI, WHITE SUPREMACISTS DROVE TO THE JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER AND KILLED THREE PEOPLE. THREE PEOPLE WHO WERE KILLED -- IN BOTH OF THESE CASES WE SAW THE VERY RACISM AND BIGOTRY AND EVIL THAT DR. KING LED OUR NATION SO FIERCELY AGAINST. WE SEE THE BEAUTY OF HUMANITY'S POWER, KINDNESS, ENDURANCE, FORGIVENESS AND LOVE. ONE'S HUSBAND THAT WAS KILLED HAS TURNED THIS INTO -- THIS TRAGEDY INTO AN OPPORTUNITY TO SPREAD A MESSAGE OF LOVE AND ACCEPTANCE. THE HEARTBREAKING LOSS OF HER HUSBAND, ALONG WITH VISA PROBLEMS DUE TO OUR BROKEN IMMIGRATION SYSTEM, HAS MADE THIS A VERY DIFFICULT LAST YEAR FOR HER. SHE QUESTIONED UNDERSTANDABLY WHETHER SHE AND OTHER INDIAN IMMIGRANTS WERE WELCOMED HERE. OUR COMMUNITY RALLIED AROUND HERE WITH AN ANSWER THAT, YES, YOU ARE LOVE, YOU ARE PART OF OUR COMMUNITY AND YOU ARE WELCOME HERE. NOW SHE'S BECOME A LEADING VOICE AGAINST HATRED. SHE'S LEADING OTHERS IN THIS EFFORT TO EMBRACE DIVERSITY, RACE, CULTURE AND RELIGION AND PLANNING A PEACE WALK LATER THIS YEAR AND IS LAUNCHING AN INITIATIVE THAT PROMOTES UNDERSTANDING AND WELCOMING OF IMMIGRANTS. SHE'S A LIVING EXAMPLE OF LOVE STANDING UP IN THE FACE OF HATRED. ANOTHER STORY IS MINDY WHO LOST BOTH HER DAUGHTER AND SON IN THAT JEWISH -- ATTACK AT THE JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER IN 2014. SHE DID NOT LET THE LOSS OF HER FAMILY MEMBERS TURN TO HER HATRED. INSTEAD SHE SET OUT TO BRING LIGHT INTO DARKNESS LEFT FROM THIS EVENT. SHE LAUNCHED SEVEN DAYS, MAKE A RIPPLE CHANGE THE WORLD, A WEEK-LONG EVENT COMMEMORATING THE TRAGEDY WHICH SEEKS TO TURN ONE RIPPLE OF KINDNESS INTO AN UNSTOPPABLE WAVE OF FAITH AND LOVE. SEVEN DAYS CHALLENGES ALL OF US TO EMBRACE DIVERSITY, TO FOSTER HOPE AND TO PROMOTE LOVE. HER TIRELESS EFFORTS FALL RIGHT IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF DR. KING. AND JUST RECENTLY I WAS MOVED BY THE STORY OF SONYA, WHO IS BEING FEATURED IN A DOCUMENTARY CALLED BIG SONYA. AS ONE OF THE LAST HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS IN MY DISTRICT, SHE'S TELLING THE STORY OF THE UNSPEAKABLE TRAGEDY SHE ENDURED AS A TEENAGER AT A CONCENTRATION EXAMPLE, BEING SPLIT FROM HER FATHER AND BROTHER AND WATCHED HER MOTHER BE MARCHED TO HER DEATH IN THE GAS CHAMBERS. YET, HERE SHE IS PREACHING TOLERANCE, KINDNESS AND MOST OF ALL LOVE FOR ONE ANOTHER. MINDY AND OTHERS ARE MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY WHO ARE LIVING OUT DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.'S LEGACY IN THEIR EVERYDAY LIVES. IN EACH OF THEIR STORIES, EXTREME RACISM, BIGOTRY WAS SPREAD THROUGH ITS KNOWN WEAPONS -- FEAR AND VIOLENCE -- AND IN EACH CASE THESE WOMEN RESPONDED WITH COURAGE, LOVE AND KINDNESS, JUST AS DR. KING PREACHED. THESE THREE WOMEN IN MY DISTRICT ARE LEADING THE WAY IN THE DAILY ONGOING FIGHT FOR JUSTICE, TOLERANCE AND LOVE. THEY ARE AN EXAMPLE FOR ALL OF US TO FOLLOW AS WE WORK TO MAKE OUR COMMUNITY A BETTER PLACE. MR. SPEAKER, LET US CONTINUE TO TEACH LOVE. LET US CONTINUE TO BE THE LIGHT THAT DRIVES OUT THE DARKNESS. LET US MOVE FORWARD AS A NATION AND AS A PEOPLE TOGETHER UNITED AND WE WILL ONE DAY ACHIEVE DR. KING'S DREAM. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 11:35:07 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 11:35:11 AM

      MR. MCCLINTOCK

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LAST MONTH WE CONCLUDED AN INTENSE DEBATE OVER TAX…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LAST MONTH WE CONCLUDED AN INTENSE DEBATE OVER TAX REFORM AND I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN BRADY FOR HEEDING THE CONCERNS OF THOSE OF US FROM OVERTAXED STATES LIKE CALIFORNIA. BY ALLOWING GREATER FLEXIBILITY AND DEDUCTING STATE AND LOCAL TAXES AND BY LOWERING ALL TAX RATES, THE FINAL MEASURE ASSURES THAT VIRTUALLY EVERY FAMILY WILL BE PAYING LOWER TAXES, EVEN THOUGH LOSING MUCH OF THEIR STATE AND LOCAL TAX DEDUCTIONS. IN MY DISTRICT THE AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD WILL SEE A TAX CUT OF $1,900 AS A RESULT. YET, I STILL RECEIVE MANY CALLS FROM CONSTITUENTS WHO FEAR THEIR TAXES WILL GO UP AND THEIR STANDARD OF LIVING WILL GO DOWN. THEY BELIEVE THIS BECAUSE THIS IS WHAT THEY'VE BEEN TOLD BY THE DEMOCRATS AND BY THE MEDIA. BUT NOW THAT THE BILL IS IN EFFECT, I THINK PEOPLE ARE ABOUT TO SEE THEIR PAYCHECKS GROW, THEIR JOB PROSPECTS BRIGHTEN AND THEIR FAMILY FINANCES IMPROVE. INDEED, THE DAY THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP SIGNED THE BILL, COMPANIES ACROSS AMERICA BEGAN ANNOUNCING BONUSES, PAY RAISES AND MAJOR NEW INVESTMENT PLANS IN THE AMERICAN ECONOMY. AND THOSE ANNOUNCEMENTS JUST KEEP COMING. A VARIETY OF TAX CALCULATORS ARE ALREADY AVAILABLE ON THE INTERNET SO THAT EVERY FAMILY CAN SEE FOR THEMSELVES HOW THEY PERSONALLY BENEFIT FROM THE TAX CUTS. I'D RECOMMEND A WEBSITE CALLED TAXPLANCALCULATOR.COM. THERE PEOPLE CAN INPUT THEIR OWN TAX FIGURES AND SEE HOW MUCH THEIR FAMILY WILL SAVE. IN FEBRUARY, WITHHOLDING TABLES WILL INREFLECT THE NEWER LOWER RATES AND THE TAKE-HOME PAY FOR THE VAST MAJORITY OF AMERICANS WILL JUMP. EVEN BEFORE ACCOUNTING FOR THE SURGE IN WAGES THAT ALWAYS ACCOMPANIES AN ECONOMIC EXPANSION. BY SPRING, MOST ECONOMISTS EXPECT A SIGNIFICANT BURST OF ECONOMIC GROWTH. AS TAX BARRIERS COME DOWN, CAPITAL STRANDED OFF-SHORE IS ALREADY COMING HOME. THIS MORNING APPLE ANNOUNCED IT'S BRINGING BACK MOST OF ITS QUARTER TRILLION DOLLARS OF CAPITAL NOW STUCK OFF-SHORE. IMMEDIATE EXPENSING REFORMS WILL ACCELERATE EQUIPMENT PURCHASES AND INTERNATIONALLY COMPETITIVE CORPORATE TAX RATE WILL MEAN NEW INVESTMENTS IN MAKING PRODUCTS ONCE AGAIN IN AMERICA. IF "THE NEW YORK TILES" POLL FROM YESTERDAY HAS ANY TRUTH, THAT POLL TRACKED AN 18-POINT SWING FROM DISAPPROVAL TO APPROVAL OF THE REFORM IN JUST ONE MONTH. THE SCARE MONGERING BY CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS WENT FURTHER THAN CLAIMS THAT THE TAX REFORMS WOULD PRODUCE ONLY MIDDLE CLASS MISERY AND ECONOMIC MALAISE. THEY CLAIMED MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WILL LOSE HEALTH INSURANCE BECAUSE OF IT. HOW SO? BECAUSE THIS BILL REMOVES THE STIFF TAX PENALTIES THAT ARE LEVIED AGAINST 6 1/2 MILLION AMERICAN FAMILIES WHO CHOOSE NOT TO PURCHASE OVERPRICED OBAMACARE POLICIES. IT'S A MINIMUM OF $2,100 A PENALTY FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR. THESE FAMILIES WILL NOW HAVE THAT MONEY AVAILABLE TO MEET THEIR OWN NEEDS, INCLUDING PURCHASING INEXPENSIVE POLICIES AVAILABLE ON THE PRIVATE MARKET. AND THIS BEGS TWO QUESTIONS. IF OBAMACARE'S SO WONDERFUL, WHY DO WE HAVE TO FORCE FAMILIES TO BUY IT? AND IF 6 1/2 MILLION FAMILIES ALREADY PREFER PAYING THE STIFF PENALTY TO BUYING THE INSURANCE, WHAT DOES THAT SAY ABOUT THE SIGNATURE ACHIEVEMENT OF THE OBAMA DEMOCRATS? THE DEMOCRATS HAVE SEIZED ON PROJECTIONS THE REFORM WILL ADD $1.5 TRILLION OF NEW DEBT OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS BASED ON THEIR ASSUMPTION IT WILL PRODUCE NO ECONOMIC GROWTH. YET, WHEN RONALD REAGAN CUT THE TOP MARGINAL TAX RATE BY HALF, INCOME TAX REVENUES DOUBLED. SEVERAL ECONOMISTS ARE PREDICTING AN ADDITIONAL $2 TRILLION OF NEW FAX REVENUES TO GOVERNMENT SOLELY DUE TO ECONOMIC EXPANSION FROM THIS LAW. THE FINAL LINE OF ATTACK IS THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX CUTS WILL EXPIRE IN EIGHT YEARS, LEAVING MANY AMERICANS BORES OFF. WELL, THAT'S PERHAPS THE MOST DANGEROUS ARGUMENT FOR DEMOCRATS TO MAKE BECAUSE EVERY AMERICAN UNDERSTANDS THE ANSWER TO THAT QUESTION DEPENDS ON WHO CONTROLS CONGRESS. DEMOCRATS HAVE MADE IT CLEAR IF THEY ARE RETURNED TO OFFICE THE TAX CUTS ARE OVER. AND REPUBLICANS HAVE MADE IT JUST AS CLEAR THAT OUR UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS TO MAKE THOSE CUTS PERMANENT. LET THE PEOPLE DECIDE. RONALD REAGAN ASKED A SIMPLE QUESTION BOTH IN 1980 WHEN HE RAN AGAINST THE ECONOMIC MALAISE OF THE CARTER POLICIES AND AGAIN IN 1984 AFTER HE HAD IMPLEMENTED THE SAME PRO-GROWTH POLICIES WE NOW SEE UNDER PRESIDENT TRUMP -- ARE YOU BETTER OFF TODAY THAN YOU WERE FOUR YEARS AGO? NO POLITICIAN OR PUNDIT CAN SPIN THE ANSWER. EVERY INDIVIDUAL AMERICAN KNOWS THAT ANSWER PRECISELY IN THEIR OWN LIVES. AND I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO ASKING THAT QUESTION AGAIN AS THE TAX REFORM TAKES EFFECT. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 11:40:26 AM

      TEMPORE PURSUANT

  • 11:40:40 AM

    Recess

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

    • 11:59:21 AM

      SPEAKER RYAN

      IN OUR SCHEDULE

  • 12:00:07 PM

    Reconvened

    The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of January 18.

    • 12:00:15 PM

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      IN OUR SCHEDULE TODAY. HOUSE COMING IN. RULE DEBATE AND THEN DEBATE LATER…

      IN OUR SCHEDULE TODAY. HOUSE COMING IN. RULE DEBATE AND THEN DEBATE LATER THIS AFTERNOON. CHAPLAIN, FATHER CONROY.

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    • 12:00:17 PM

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

      • 12:01:46 PM

        THE SPEAKER

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

        THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND ANNOUNCES TO THE HOUSE HIS APPROVAL THEREOF. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1, RULE 1, THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA RECOGNITION?

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  • 12:01:52 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. Wilson (SC) 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. Wilson (SC) objected to the voice vote based upon the absence of a quorum, and the Chair postponed further proceedings until later in the legislative day.

    • 12:02:00 PM

      MR. WILSON

      I DEMAND A VOTE ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL.

    • 12:02:03 PM

      THE SPEAKER

      THE QUESTION IS ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL. THOSE…

      THE QUESTION IS ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    • 12:02:13 PM

      MR. WILSON

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

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

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  • 12:02:22 PM

    PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

    The Chair designated Mr. Francis Rooney of FL to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

    • 12:02:23 PM

      THE SPEAKER

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

      FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION IS POSTPONED. THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE LED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA,

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    • 12:02:33 PM

      MR. ROONEY

      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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  • 12:02:40 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.

    • 12:02:45 PM

      THE SPEAKER

      FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE OF THE AISLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

      FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE OF THE AISLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    • 12:02:54 PM

      MR. WILSON

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

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

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    • 12:02:58 PM

      THE SPEAKER

      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

    • 12:03:00 PM

      MR. WILSON

      MR. SPEAKER, I'M GRATEFUL FOR THE THOUSANDS OF DEDICATED CITIZENS…

      MR. SPEAKER, I'M GRATEFUL FOR THE THOUSANDS OF DEDICATED CITIZENS TRAVELING TO WASHINGTON THIS WEEK FOR THE 45TH ANNUAL MARCH FOR LIFE. THE VISION IS OF A WORLD WHERE EVERY HUMAN LIFE IS VALUED AND PROTECTED IS ONE I SUPPORT EVERY DAY IN CONGRESS. EARLIER THIS MONTH I HAD A CHANCE TO MEET WITH RYAN IN COLUMBIA. ALTHOUGH HIS BIOLOGICAL MOTHER WAS RAPED, HE GAVE RYAN AN OPPORTUNITY TO GROW UP IN A LOVING AND ADOPTED FAMILY. HE ENSURES THE UNBORN VAN OPPORTUNITY FOR FULFILLING LIFE. I ALSO APPRECIATE THE COMMITMENT AND ENTHUSIASM OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA CITIZENS FOR LIFE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR HOLLY. THROUGH HER HARD WORK AND THE EFFORTS FROM THE SOUTH CAROLINA CITIZENS FOR LIFE TEAM, HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE, INCLUDING MYSELF, GATHERED AT THE STATE HOUSE STEPS THIS MONTH FOR STANDUP FOR LIFE RALLY WITH BISHOP ROBERT OF CHARLESTON AND ATTORNEY GENERAL WILSON. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM. CONGRATULATIONS TO REPUBLICANS NANCY MACE OF CHARLESTON FOR YOUR ELECTION TUESDAY TO THE SOUTH CAROLINA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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    • 12:04:12 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 12:04:21 PM

      MR. HIGGINS

      MR. SPEAKER, A CONTINUING RESOLUTION TO EXTEND FEDERAL SPENDING FOR ONE…

      MR. SPEAKER, A CONTINUING RESOLUTION TO EXTEND FEDERAL SPENDING FOR ONE MONTH MAY NOT PASS BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT TWEETED THAT HE DOES NOT SUPPORT FUNDING FOR HEALTH CARE FOR NINE MILLION AMERICAN KIDS. IN IS A TERRIBLE INDICTMENT AND THE CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP THAT'S AGAIN COWERING TO A PET LENT, UNINFORMED PRESIDENT, A PRESIDENT WHO'S MAKING A MOCKERY OF CONGRESS AS A CO-EQUAL BRANCH OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND THAT CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP IS COMPLICIT IS A NATIONAL EMBARRASSMENT. I SAY CONGRESS SHOULD ROLL THE PRESIDENT AND FORCE HIM TO VETO CHILDREN'S HEALTH CARE. MR. PRESIDENT, A CONTINUING RESOLUTION IS A FAILURE TO ACT. IT'S A FAILURE TO DECIDE. IT IS A FAILURE TO LEAD, AND IT REPRESENTS GROSS NEGLIGENCE AS IT RELATES TO THE BASIC DUTY OF THE INSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS. THIS IS A SAD DAY. ONCE AGAIN, CONGRESS CAPITULATES TO A PETULANT AND POUTING PRESIDENT.

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    • 12:05:26 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FRANEFRANE -- MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN…

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FRANEFRANE -- MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARDS THE PRESIDENT. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    • 12:05:48 PM

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      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO DISCUSS H.R. 4770, THE PROTECTING AND SECURING…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO DISCUSS H.R. 4770, THE PROTECTING AND SECURING FLORIDA'S COASTLINE ACT, MAKING THE PERMANENT THE MILITARY MISSION LINE MORATORIUM ON OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION IN THE EASTERN GULF OF MEXICO. WHY WE DO NOT WANT OFF-SHORE DRILLING IN THE EASTERN GULF OF MEXICO -- FLORIDIANS DO NOT OFF-SHORE DRILLING, NO DEMOCRATS, NO REPUBLICANS, NO RICH PEOPLE, NO POOR PEOPLE, NO NOBODY, AND HERE'S WHY.

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    • 12:06:19 PM

      MR. ROONEY

      GENERATES $50 BILLION A YEAR IN FLORIDA.

    • 12:06:56 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

    • 12:06:58 PM

      MR. ROONEY

      THANK YOU.

    • 12:06:59 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 12:07:08 PM

      MS. KELLY

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO THANK ONE OF MY LONGEST SERVING STAFF…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO THANK ONE OF MY LONGEST SERVING STAFF MEMBERS, JAY CHO, WHO WILL BE DEPARTING MY TEAM THIS FRIDAY. JAY VOLUNTEERED TO BE PART OF MY VERY FIRST INTERN CLASS. JAY GREW TO BE A VITAL PIECE OF MY OPERATION AND IN NO SHORT TIME I ASKED HIM TO JOIN MY STAFF IN A PERMANENT CAPACITY. HE CLIMBED THROUGH THE RANKS OF MY OFFICE SERVING AS MY LEGISLATIVE ASSISTANT AND RIGHT HAND IN HANDLING TECHNOLOGY ISSUES FOR THE I.T. SUBCOMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT. JAY IS THE KIND OF PERSON THIS CONGRESS AND COUNTRY NEED MORE OF, FORGING RELATIONSHIPS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, HIS EFFORTS WERE CRITICAL IN PASSING LEGISLATION TO MODERNIZE GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGY AND MAKE GOVERNMENT WEBSITES MOBILE FRIENDLY. I AM HONORED TO HAVE THE PRIVILEGE TO WORK WITH JAY. HE SERVED FOR NEARLY FIVE YEARS. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK HIM FOR HIS HARD WORK AND DEDICATION. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 12:07:59 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 12:08:04 PM

      >>

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

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

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    • 12:08:09 PM

      TEMPORE WITHOUT

      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

    • 12:08:13 PM

      MRS. MCMORRIS RODGERS

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE A PROMISE KEPT TO THE…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE A PROMISE KEPT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, BIGGER PAYCHECKS FOR TWO MILLION PEOPLE AND COUNTING. BECAUSE OF THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT, PAY INCREASES FOR 90% OF AMERICAN WORKERS ARE COMING IN FEBRUARY. FOR FAMILIES IN EASTERN WASHINGTON AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY, MANY LIVING PAYCHECK-TO-PAYCHECK WHO HAVE FELT LEFT BEHIND, THIS IS A BIG DEAL. IMAGINE BEING THAT SINGLE MOM WHO WAKES UP EVERY DAY, TAKES HER KIDS TO SCHOOL, GOES TO WORK IN SHOPS IN DOWNTOWN SPOKANE, FOR HER A BIGGER PAYCHECK WILL MEAN SHE WILL HAVE MONEY IN HER POCKET EVERY SINGLE MONTH. IF SHE WANTS SHE CAN GO BACK TO SCHOOL, BUY A CAR, EVEN THROW A LITTLE INTO HER KIDS' LUNCH BOX. MR. SPEAKER, THE HARDWORKING MEN AND WOMEN OF THIS COUNTRY HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR A FIGHTING CHANCE TO GET AHEAD, AND THAT'S WHAT THIS TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT IS DELIVERING. I INVITE ALL AMERICANS TO LEARN MORE AT FAIRANDSIMPLE.GOP. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 12:09:20 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN RISE?

    • 12:09:24 PM

      >>

      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

    • 12:09:28 PM

      TEMPORE WITHOUT

      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

    • 12:09:29 PM

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      MR. SPEAKER, I STAND HERE TODAY TO SHARE THE STORY OF MIGUEL OF SALEM,…

      MR. SPEAKER, I STAND HERE TODAY TO SHARE THE STORY OF MIGUEL OF SALEM, OREGON, AND ONCE AGAIN URGE REPUBLICANS TO INCLUDE A CLEAN DREAM ACT IN THIS WEEK'S SHORT-TERM BUDGET EXTENSION.

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    • 12:09:44 PM

      MR. SCHRADER

      HE WAS BROUGHT TO THE UNITED STATES WHEN HE WAS 7 YEARS OLD BY HIS…

      HE WAS BROUGHT TO THE UNITED STATES WHEN HE WAS 7 YEARS OLD BY HIS PARENTS. FOR YEARS LIVED IN THE SHADOWS, NOT KNOWING WHETHER COLLEGE WOULD EVER BE AN OPTION FOR HIM. IN 2012 HI GELL, ALONG WITH NEARLY 800,000 YOUNG FOLKS IN THIS COUNTRY, WAS ABLE TO APPLY FOR DACA, AND THANKS TO DACA WAS ABLE TO EARN NOT ONE BUT TWO BACHELORS DEGREES. HE NOW WORKS FOR A RESOURCE MANAGER IN SALEM. HE PAYS TAXES AND HE CONTRIBUTES TO OUR COMMUNITY. MIGUEL'S FUTURE IS UNCERTAIN DUE TO CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP . 102 DACA RECIPIENTS LOSE THEIR LEGAL PROTECTIONS EACH DAY THAT ALLOW THEM TO GO TO SCHOOL AND WORK. IT'S INHUMANE CONGRESS CONTINUES TO HOLD THESE YOUNG FOLKS HOSTAGE FOR PARTISAN POLITICAL PURPOSES. LET'S DO THE RIGHT THING. LET'S GET A CLEAN DREAM ACT PASSED SO THIS COUNTRY CAN MOVE FORWARD. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 12:10:37 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 12:10:41 PM

      >>

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

    • 12:10:44 PM

      TEMPORE WITHOUT

      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

    • 12:10:46 PM

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      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THREE INDIVIDUALS WHO SERVE IN…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THREE INDIVIDUALS WHO SERVE IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN ARIZONA, STEVE, BRIDGETTE AND NORA. THIS MONTH STEVE'S COLLEAGUES ON THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS VOTED TO ELEVATE HIM TO CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD AND STEVE HAS SERVED ON THAT BOARD SINCE 2013. LAST WEEK THE GILBERT TOWN COUNCIL CHOSE BRIDGETTE AS THEIR VICE CHAIR. BRIDGETTE HAS SERVED ON THE COUNCIL SINCE 2015 AND LAST THURSDAY THE CHANDLER CITY COUNCIL CHOSE TO APPOINT NORA AS THEIR VICE MAYOR.

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    • 12:11:15 PM

      MR. BIGGS

      NORA HAS SERVED ON THE COUNCIL SINCE 2013. MR. SPEAKER, SERVING IN LOCAL…

      NORA HAS SERVED ON THE COUNCIL SINCE 2013. MR. SPEAKER, SERVING IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT ISN'T ALWAYS GLAMEROUS BUT THESE INDIVIDUALS AND THEIR COLLEAGUES DEMONSTRATE COMMITMENT TO THEIR CONSTITUENTS ON A DAILY BASIS. OUR COMMUNITIES ARE FORTUNATE TO HAVE STEVE, BRIDGETTE AND NORA AT THESE POSTS. I WISH THEM WELL IN THE NEW ROLES AND LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THEM IN 2018. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 12:11:37 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 12:11:42 PM

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

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

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    • 12:11:47 PM

      TEMPORE WITHOUT

      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

    • 12:11:54 PM

      MR. PAYNE

      MR. SPEAKER, REPUBLICANS HAVE GOT TO START WORKING WITH DEMOCRATS TO…

      MR. SPEAKER, REPUBLICANS HAVE GOT TO START WORKING WITH DEMOCRATS TO GOVERN. WE CAN'T KEEP MOVING FROM ONE SHUTDOWN CRISIS TO THE NEXT. HERE'S WHAT WE CAN DO TODAY RIGHT NOW. FIRST, WE CAN WORK TOGETHER TO KEEP THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OPEN BY PURSUING BIPARTISAN PRIORITIES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, FUNDING COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS, PERMANENTLY RE-AUTHORIZING CHIP, PROVIDING DISASTER RELIEF, AND PROTECTING DREAMERS. LET'S DO THAT, NOT FOR POLITICS, BUT FOR PEOPLE. SECOND, WE CAN WORK TOGETHER ON A FEDERAL BUDGET THAT RAISES CAPS FOR DOMESTIC SPENDING. WE SHOULD INCREASE VETERANS' FUNDING SO THERE IS NOT A SINGLE VETERAN LEFT BEHIND IN OUR GREAT NATION. WE NEED TO PROTECT PENSIONS, PROVIDE DISASTER RELIEF FUNDS FOR HURRICANE AND WILDFIRE VICTIMS, CREATE GOOD-PAYING JOBS AND FULL-TIME JOBS FOR AMERICAN WORKERS AND PROTECT HEALTH CARE. LET'S CREATE A BIPARTISAN BUDGET THAT IS BETTER -- A BETTER DEAL FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS TOO EASY THESE DAYS TO BE PARTISAN AND CYNICAL. LET US --

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    • 12:13:12 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

    • 12:13:14 PM

      MR. PAYNE

      LET US WORK TOGETHER TO KEEP THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OPEN AND FUNCTIONING…

      LET US WORK TOGETHER TO KEEP THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OPEN AND FUNCTIONING FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    • 12:13:20 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 12:13:29 PM

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      MR. SPEAKER, THIS WEEK THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS ARE JOINING TOGETHER IN OUR…

      MR. SPEAKER, THIS WEEK THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS ARE JOINING TOGETHER IN OUR NATION'S CAPITAL FOR A COMMON PURPOSE, THE MARCH FOR LIFE.

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    • 12:13:40 PM

      MR. MARCHANT

      THIS YEAR MARKS 45 YEARS SINCE ROE V. WADE LEGALIZED ABORTION IN OUR…

      THIS YEAR MARKS 45 YEARS SINCE ROE V. WADE LEGALIZED ABORTION IN OUR COUNTRY. SINCE 1974, GENERATIONS OF AMERICANS HAVE BRAVED THE ELEMENTS AND MARCHED ON WASHINGTON TO PRAY FOR OUR NATION AND BE THE VOICE OF THE MOST VULNERABLE MEMBERS OF OUR SOCIETY, THE UNBORN. AS A MEMBER OF THE PRO-LIFE CAUCUS, I WILL CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR LEGISLATION THAT VALUES AND PROTECTS THE SANCTITY OF INNOCENT LIFE. I APPLAUD THESE COURAGEOUS PARTICIPANTS AND I STAND WITH YOU IN THIS MOVEMENT. THERE IS NO MORE BASIC HUMAN RIGHT THAN THE RIGHT TO LIFE. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 12:14:25 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 12:14:30 PM

      MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

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

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

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    • 12:14:35 PM

      TEMPORE WITHOUT

      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

    • 12:14:37 PM

      MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE ABSURDLY…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE ABSURDLY TITLE BORN ALIVE SURVIVORS PROTECTION ACT. THIS BILL IS YET ANOTHER ATTEMPT BY THE REPUBLICAN TO INTIMIDATE WOMEN AND PROVIDERS OF ABORTION CARE THAT ARE LIFE THREATENING AT WORSE. TIME AND AGAIN REPUBLICANS HAVE CHARGED THAT POLITICIANS, NOT WOMEN AND THEIR DOCTORS, KNOW WHAT IS BEST FOR WOMEN'S BODIES. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. TODAY IS A REMINDER THAT WOMEN'S REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS ARE CONSTANTLY UNDER ATTACK AND I WILL NEVER WAIVER IN FIGHTING BACK. THIS BILL IS COMPLETELY UNNECESSARY. IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN ILLEGAL TO KILL NEWBORN INFANTS, AND TO SUGGEST THIS LEGISLATION IS ANYTHING MORE THAN REDUNDDUNDANT OBSTRUCTION FOR WOMEN ACCESSING HEALTH CARE IS OUTRAGEOUS. INSTEAD OF SPENDING TIME ON UNNECESSARY LEGISLATION, MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES SHOULD WORK WITH DEMOCRATS TO FUND THE GOVERNMENT AND PROTECT 800,000 YOUNG PEOPLE, OUR DREAMERS, FROM DEPORTATION TO COUNTRIES THEY HAVE NEVER KNOWN. MR. SPEAKER, AMERICANS FACE ACTUAL REAL PROBLEMS EVERY SINGLE DAY SO LET'S GET BACK TO WORK. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE SEEK RECOGNITION?

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      PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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

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

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      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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      I RECOGNIZE MY FRIEND MAGISTRATE HE HAD GORIN IN THE FIRST DISTRICT OF…

      I RECOGNIZE MY FRIEND MAGISTRATE HE HAD GORIN IN THE FIRST DISTRICT OF KENTUCKY IN HIS SERVICE TO THE RESIDENTS OF TAYLOR COUNTY. HE HAS SERVED IN MANY CAPACITIES FROM HIS MEMBERSHIP ON THE LOCAL BOARD AND COMMITTEE PROJECTS. HE HAS BEEN GUIDED BY HIS PERSONAL MOTTO OF WORKING FOR THE COMMUNITY. THROUGH THE YEARS HE HAS MAINTAINED A FOCUS AND WORKED TIRELESSLY TO BETTER THE LIBES OF THE RESIDENTS BY SEARCHING FOR THE SOLUTION FOR GREATER NUMBER OF CITIZENS AND SPENDING MONEY OUT OF HIS OWN POCKET. HE HAS SECURED NUMEROUS BENEFITS FOR TAYLOR COUNTY INCLUDING A VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND RECYCLING PROGRAM WHICH WILL IMPACT THE CITIZENS OF OUR COMMUNITY. HE HAS ESTABLISHED AN OUTSTANDING LEGACY AS A PUBLIC SERVANT AND I EXPRESS OUR DEDICATION AND GRATITUDE FOR HIS CONTRIBUTIONS TO TAYLOR COUNTY. I'M HONORED TO REPRESENT HIM AND WISH HIM WELL IN HIS RECOVERY EFFORTS. I YIELD BACK.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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

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

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      WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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      I RISE TODAY TO EXPRESS MY EXCITEMENT THAT THIS BODY IS TAKING A STRONG…

      I RISE TODAY TO EXPRESS MY EXCITEMENT THAT THIS BODY IS TAKING A STRONG PRO-LIFE STANCE AND LIKEWISE THIS COUNTRY IS BECOMING INCREASINGLY PRO-LIFE. THIS IS NOT SURPRISING SINCE THE VIEW IT IS PLAINLY OBVIOUS THAT WE ARE NOT TALKING ABOUT A CLUMP OF CELLS. ADVANCES IN SCIENCE AND MEDICINE MAKE THIS MORE CLEAR ALL THE TIME.

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    • 12:19:25 PM

      MR. DAVIDSON

      IN ADDITION TO OUR VOTES TO SAVE BABIES WITH THE NECESSARY MEDICAL CARE…

      IN ADDITION TO OUR VOTES TO SAVE BABIES WITH THE NECESSARY MEDICAL CARE WHEN THEY ARE BORN ALIVE FOLLOWING AN ABORTION, TOMORROW MY OFFICE WILL BE HOSTING PRO-LIFE LEADERS AND FRIENDS FROM OHIO'S 8TH DISTRICT TRAVELING TO WASHINGTON. I'M PROUD TO PARTICIPATE IN THE MARCH WHERE WE WILL SEEK TO GET OUT THE MESSAGE THAT LOVE SAVES LIVES. 60 MILLION BABIES WITH ALL THEIR POTENTIAL HAVE HAD THEIR LIVES TRAGICALLY CUT SHORT. I LOOK FORWARD TO THE DAY SOUND SCIENCE PUTS AN END TO ABORTION.

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    • 12:20:03 PM

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      MONTANA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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      MR. GIANFORTE

      PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE…

      PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE CRITICAL WORK OF UDAP INDUSTRIES THAT PRODUCES SELF-DEFENSE SPRAYS. IT WAS FOUNDED BY A SURVIVOR OF A GRIZZLY BEAR ATTACK. WHEN YOU ARE IN PEER COUNTRY, BEAR SPRAY IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT. CITING CONCERNS ABOUT THE OZONE LAYER, THE E.P.A. MOVED IN 2015 TO BAN THE PROPELLANT USED TO MAKE BEAR SPRAY SHOOT OUT OF A CANNISTER. THEY SUGGESTED A REPLACEMENT THAT WAS HALF AS EFFECTIVE UNDERMINING SAFETY. RATHER THAN GIVE IN AND MAKE A LESS EFFECTIVE PRODUCT, THEY PETITIONED E.P.A. TO RECONSIDER. WE WORKED WITH E.P.A. TO WAIVE THE BAN FOR BEAR SPRAY. I'LL CONTINUE WORKING WITH UDAP AND OTHERS TO ENSURE THEY ARE NOT BURDENED BY UNNECESSARY FEDERAL REGULATIONS. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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    • 12:21:15 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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      WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED

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      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO THANK PRESIDENT TRUMP FOR HIS STRONG SUPPORT…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO THANK PRESIDENT TRUMP FOR HIS STRONG SUPPORT OF RURAL AMERICA AND REMEMBERING THE FORGOTTEN FARMER. LAST WEEK, THE PRESIDENT MADE US PROUD WHEN HE BECAME THE FIRST SITTING PRESIDENT IN 25 YEARS TO ADDRESS THE FARM BUREAU. DURING HIS SPEECH, THE PRESIDENT EMPHASIZED THE IMPORTANT OF AGRICULTURE IN AMERICA. I COULD NOT AGREE MORE. OUR FARMERS PROVIDE AMERICA WITH FOOD SECURITY UNLIKE ANY OTHER COUNTRY ON EARTH. FARMERS AND RANCHERS, FEED AND FUELING AND CLOTHING OUR COUNTRY. BUT IT HASN'T BEEN EASY. FOREIGN COUNTRY CHEAT OUR FARMERS RMENT. BUREAUCRATS HAVE STRANGLED US WITH REGULAR HATION AFTER REGULATION. AS A RESULT, FARM INCOME HAS BEEN ON A DRASTIC AND STEADY DECLINE UNTIL NOW. THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT, FOR NOT FORGETTING ABOUT RURAL AMERICA AND ROLLING BACK JOB KILLING REGULATIONS AND PUSHING CONGRESS TO EASE THE BURDEN OF THE DEATH TAX. MY FARM FRIENDS IN MISSISSIPPI THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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      WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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      MR. SPEAKER, WE MUST NEVER FORGET THE -- THAT LIFE IS TRULY A GIFT. I RISE…

      MR. SPEAKER, WE MUST NEVER FORGET THE -- THAT LIFE IS TRULY A GIFT. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS WHO WILL BE HERE MARCHING ON WASHINGTON TOMORROW AND TO GIVE A VOICE TO THE VOICELESS. THIS HOUSE CONSISTENTLY DEFENDS THE UNBORN AND PROMOTES A CULTURE OF LIFE. WE HAVE PASSED THE PAIN-CAPABLE UNBORN CHILD PROTECTION ACT WHICH WOULD BAN LATE-TERM ABORTION AT 20 WEEKS, WE HAVE PASSED LEGISLATION TO PREVENT TAX DOLLARS FROM BEING USED TO PAY FOR ABORTIONS, WE VOTED TO DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD AND INCREASE FUNDING FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS THAT PROMOTE AND PROVIDE WOMEN'S HEALTH SERVICES WHILE PROTECTING LIFE. I LOOK FORWARD TO JOINING MY COLLEAGUES IN VOTING FOR THE ACT. OUR WORK IS NOT DONE AND WE MUST CONTINUE TO SPEAK FOR THOSE WHO CANNOT SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES. MR. SPEAKER, I'M HERE TODAY FOR THE SAME REASONS THAT AMERICANS WILL BE MARCHING IN WASHINGTON AND IN WEST MICHIGAN OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS TO DEFEND THE UNBORN, GIVE VOICE TO THE VOICELESS AND PROMOTE A CULTURE OF RESPECT FOR LIFE FROM THE BEGINNING SPARKS UNTIL ITS FINAL TWILIGHT AND I YIELD BACK.

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      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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      TO RECOGNIZE OUR CRITICAL PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAMS. THE HOUSE PASSED A…

      TO RECOGNIZE OUR CRITICAL PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAMS. THE HOUSE PASSED A BUNDLE OF RE-AUTHORIZATION FOR COMMITTEE HEALTH PROGRAMS. FUNDING EXTENSION FOR THE COMMURENT CENTERS, CHIP. WE WILL VOTE FOR CHIP RE-AUTHORIZATION FOR A THIRD TIME. I WILL BE YES FOR A THIRD TIME AND APPEARS MOST OF MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES WILL BE VOTING NO FOR A THIRD TIME. PROGRAMS HELP ENSURE THAT MILLIONS OF AMERICANS RECEIVE THE CARE THEY NEED. IT IS ABHORRENT THESE PROGRAMS HAVE BEEN A POLITICAL FOOTBALL AND THE HEALTH CARE IS BEING PUT TO THE SIDE. NEBRASKA WILL RUN OUT OF FUNDING FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS AND CHIP. THESE LIFE SAVING PROGRAMS SHALL NOT BE REQUIRED A FALL BACK. PASS LEGISLATION TO VOTE YES TODAY ON CHIP AND COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS AND MANY OTHER KEY PROGRAMS IN THE FUTURE. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 12:25:08 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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      I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE SERVICE OF FIRE CHIEF GREGORY SUMMERS AS HE…

      I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE SERVICE OF FIRE CHIEF GREGORY SUMMERS AS HE RETIRES AFTER 35 YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE CITY OF LITTLE ROCK.

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    • 12:25:31 PM

      MR. HILL

      CHIEF SUMMERS SERVED AS THE 12TH FIRE CHIEF OF THE CITY AND BAIL THE…

      CHIEF SUMMERS SERVED AS THE 12TH FIRE CHIEF OF THE CITY AND BAIL THE DEPARTMENT'S FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN FIRE CHIEF. HE WAS APPOINTED CHIEF IN 2009 AND HIS LEADERSHIP HAS HAD AN IMPACT ON CENTRAL ARKANSAS' COMMUNITIES. UNDER HIS LEADERSHIP, THE DEPARTMENT EARNED CLASS ONE STATUS BY THE INSURANCE SERVICE OFFICE. AND RECEIVED INTERNATIONAL ACCREDITATION THROUGH THE CENTER OF PUBLIC SAFETY EXCELLENCE. THIS SAVES OUR COMMUNITY INSURANCE DOLLARS AND IMPROVES SAFETY. THE LITTLE ROCK FIRE DEPARTMENT IS ONE OF ONLY 57 DEPARTMENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO RECEIVE THIS RECOGNITION. MY CONGRATULATIONS AND BEST WISHES FOR CHIEF SUMMERS' FUTURE ENDEAVORS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I YIELD BACK.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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      WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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      OVER MY GEORGIA BULLDOGS IN THE NATIONAL COLLEGE CHAMPIONSHIP LAST WEEK.…

      OVER MY GEORGIA BULLDOGS IN THE NATIONAL COLLEGE CHAMPIONSHIP LAST WEEK. DESPITE THE LOSS WHICH CAME AFTER AN UNBELIEVABLE GAIN, GEORGIA BULLDOGS PLAYED THEIR HEARTS OUT AND I'M PROUD OF OUR TEAM.

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    • 12:26:49 PM

      MR. HICE

      IT'S AN HONOR TO ON REPRESENT UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA AND TO HAVE THE…

      IT'S AN HONOR TO ON REPRESENT UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA AND TO HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF WEARING THE RED AND BLACK OF THIS OUTSTANDING INSTITUTION AND INCREDIBLE TEAM. UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF HEAD COACH SMART AND SPECIAL GROUP OF YOUNG MEN LIKE NICK AND JAKE, THE DOGS WON THE S.E.C. CHAMPIONSHIP AND HAD ONE OF THE GREATEST SEASONS THEY HAVE HAD IN YEARS REACHING THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MORE THAN 30 YEARS. AT THE END OF THE DAY, IT WAS A DEBATE GAME ON BOTH SIDES AND WHILE IT PAINS TO ADMIT, MY CONGRESSWOMAN SEWELL REPRESENTS AN OUTSTANDING FOOTBALL TEAM. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CRIMSON TIDE AND I WILL BE PROVIDING HER OFFICE WITH BARBECUE AND WEARING THE ALABAMA TIE. CONGRATULATIONS TO THEM FOR ANOTHER CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE. GO DOGS, GO DOGS, GO DOGS. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 12:27:52 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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    • 12:28:04 PM

      MR. SMITH

      YESTERDAY THERE WAS IRRESPONSIBLE NEWS STORIES. ALL AMERICANS SHOULD CALL…

      YESTERDAY THERE WAS IRRESPONSIBLE NEWS STORIES. ALL AMERICANS SHOULD CALL OUT PURCHASE VAYORS OF FAKE NEWS AND POINT OUT SLANTED COVERAGE. THE PRESIDENT IS CORRECT IN USING THE TERM FAKE NEWS TO DESCRIBE THE MEDIA WHEN THEY INTENTIONALLY MISREPRESENT HIS COMMENTS AND TAKE THEM OUT OF CONTEXT AND INTENTIONALLY OMIT RELEVANT FACTS AND ONLY REPORT ONE SIDE OF THE STORY AND INTENTIONALLY PROMOTE A LIBERAL AGENDA. IN A DEMOCRACY, THE MEDIA HAS A PROFOUND RESPONSIBILITY TO GIVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THE FACTS, NOT TELL THEM WHAT TO THINK.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE…

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE AN ENROLLED BILL.

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    • 12:28:55 PM

      THE CLERK

      MOUNTAIN PEEK AS THE ALEX DIEKMAN PEAK.

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      Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 694 — "Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 4712) to amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit a health care practitioner from failing to exercise the proper degree of care in the case of a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion, and providing for proceedings during the period from January 22, 2018, through January 26, 2018."

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING SEEK RECOGNITION?

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        MS. CHENEY

        BY THE DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 694…

        BY THE DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 694 AND ASK FOR ITS CONSIDERATION.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

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        THE CLERK

        RESOLVED, THAT UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO…

        RESOLVED, THAT UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE THE BILL, H.R. 4712, TO AMEND TITLE 18, UNITED STATES CODE, TO PROHIBIT A HEALTH CARE PRACTITIONER FROM FAILING TO EXERCISE THE PROPER DEGREE OF CARE IN THE CASE OF A CHILD WHO SURVIVES AN ABORTION OR ATTEMPTED ABORTION. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. LL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST PROVISIONS IN THE BILL ARE WAIVED. HE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL AND ON ANY AMENDMENT THERETO TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT: NE, ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED

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        EXCEPT NE,

        EXCEPT: NE, ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR…

        EXCEPT: NE, ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY; AND TWO, ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT. ECTION 2. N ANY LEGISLATIVE DAY DURING THE PERIOD FROM JANUARY 22, 2018, THROUGH JANUARY 26, 2018, A, THE JOURNAL OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE PREVIOUS DAY SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS APPROVED; AND B, THE CHAIR MAY AT ANY TIME DECLARE THE HOUSE ADJOURNED TO MEET AT A DATE AND TIME, WITHIN THE LIMITS OF CLAUSE 4, SECTION 5, ARTICLE I OF THE CONSTITUTION, TO BE ANNOUNCED BY THE CHAIR IN DECLARING THE ADJOURNMENT. SECTION 3. THE SPEAKER MAY APPOINT MEMBERS TO PERFORM THE DUTIES OF THE CHAIR FOR THE DURATION OF THE PERIOD ADDRESSED BY SECTION 2 OF THIS RESOLUTION AS THOUGH UNDER CLAUSE 8(A) OF RULE I.

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  • 12:30:41 PM

    DEBATE

    The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 694.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

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      MS. CHENEY

      MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU. DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION ALL TIME…

      MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU. DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION ALL TIME YIELDED IS FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY. I NOW YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, PENDING WHICH I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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      MS. CHENEY

      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.

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      TEMPORE WITHOUT

      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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      MS. CHENEY

      OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 694, WHICH PROVIDES A CLOSED RULE FOR CONSIDERATION OF…

      OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 694, WHICH PROVIDES A CLOSED RULE FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 4712, THE BORN-ALIVE SURVIVORS PROTECTION ACT. THIS IMPORTANT ACT ENSURES MEDICAL CARE AND LEGAL PROTECTION FOR ABORTION SURVIVORS, PROTECTS THEIR MOTHERS FROM PROSECUTION AND HOLDS ABORTION PROVIDERS ACCOUNTABLE. MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL IS NOT DUPLICATIVE, AS SOME HAVE SUGGESTED. IT SIMPLY AUGMENTS CURRENT LAW, THE BORN-ALIVE INFANTS ACT AND THE PARTIAL BIRTH ABORTION BAN ACT WHICH THE HOUSE PASSED IN 2002 AND 2003 RESPECTIVELY WITH VERY STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. CURRENT LAW, THE FEDERAL DEFINITION OF A PERSON, INFANTS WHO ARE BORN ALIVE NO MATTER THE METHOD OF BIRTH OR THE STAGE OF THEIR DEVELOPMENT. CURRENT LAW, MR. SPEAKER, ALSO PROVIDES CRIMINAL PENALTIES FOR PHYSICIANS WHO PROVIDE PARTIAL BIRTH ABORTIONS. WHAT CURRENT LAW DOES NOT PROVIDE, HOWEVER, IS ENFORCEABLE PROTECTION FOR THOSE CHILDREN WHO ARE BORN ALIVE AFTER A FAILED ABORTION ATTEMPT AND DENIED CARE, NOR DOES IT PROVIDE CRIMINAL PENALTIES, MR. SPEAKER, FOR THOSE WHO PERFORM OR KNOWINGLY IGNORE THESE ACTIONS. MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE HORRIFIC STORIES OF CHILDREN BORN ALIVE DURING ABORTIONS AND EITHER GRUESOMELY LEFT FOR DEAD OR DELIBERATELY KILLED ONCE BORN. EVEN MORE, THE ABORTION INDUSTRY IS FULLY AWARE OF THE RISK OF A CHILD BEING BORN ALIVE DURING AN ABORTION. ESPECIALLY IF THE ABORTION OCCURS ONCE THE CHILD IS GESTATIONALLY 18 TO 20 WEEKS OLD OR MORE. THE AGE AT WHICH WE KNOW A CHILD IS ABLE TO SURVIVE IF GIVEN THE PROPER CARE. TAKE THE STORY, MR. SPEAKER, OF JIANNA, AN ABORTION SURVIVOR WHO TESTIFIED BEFORE THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE IN 2015. SHE SAID, QUOTE, INSTEAD OF DYING, AFTER 18 HOURS OF BEING BURNED IN MY MOTHER'S WOMB, I WAS DELIVERED ALIVE IN AN ABORTION CLINIC IN LOS ANGELES ON APRIL 6, 1977. MY MEDICAL RECORDS, SHE SAID, STATE, BORN ALIVE DURING SALINE ABORTION AT 6:00 A.M. THANKFULLY, SHE CONTINUED, THE ABORTIONIST WAS NOT AT WORK YET. HAD HE BEEN THERE, HE WOULD HAVE ENDED MY LIFE WITH STRANGULATION, SUFFOCATION OR LEAVING ME THERE TO DIE. INSTEAD, A NURSE CALLED AN AMBULANCE AND I WAS RUSHED TO A HOSPITAL. DOCTORS DID NOT EXPECT ME TO LIVE BUT I DID, SHE SAID. LATER, I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH CEREBRAL PALSY CAUSED BY LACK OF OXYGEN IN MY BRAIN WHILE I WAS UNDERGOING THIS ABORTION. I WAS NEVER SUPPOSED TO HOLD MY HEAD UP OR WALK BUT I DO. SHE CONCLUDED, IF ABORTION IS ABOUT WOMEN'S RIGHTS, WHAT WERE MINE? SOME ABORTION PROVIDERS, MR. SPEAKER, ARE UNWILLING TO RESPECT THE BORN-ALIVE SURVIVORS PROTECTION ACT. SUCH AS PRISCILLA SMITH, WHO TESTIFIED AT A HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HEARING IN 2015 SAYING SHE DIDN'T BELIEVE IT WOULD BE A VIOLATION OF THE BORN-ALIVE INFANTS PROTECTION ACT IF A BABY WERE KILLED OUTSIDE THE WOMB AS LONG AS THE BABY WEREN'T, QUOTE, VIABLE. MS. SMITH WENT ON TO ASSERT, SOME FETUSES ARE NEVER VIABLE. SHE MADE THESE CLAIMS NOTWITHSTANDING THE FACTS, MR. SPEAKER, THAT VIABILITY IS NOT A FACTOR, EVEN UNDER EXISTING LAW IN DETERMINING WHETHER AN INFANT DESERVES PROTECTION UNDER THE LAW. THE LAW PROTECTS INFANTS BORN ALIVE AT ANY STAGE OF DEVELOPMENT, AND THEREFORE, THESE ABORTION SURVIVORS ARE ENTITLED TO THE SAME DEGREE OF CARE THAT WOULD BE RECEIVED BY ANY OTHER BABIES OF THEIR AGE. THE BILL WE'RE DEBATING TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, WOULD IMPOSE ENFORCEABLE CRIMINAL PENALTIES FOR CLINICS THAT DO NOT TREAT SURVIVORS WITH PROPER MEDICAL CARE. AND THERE IS SADLY EVIDENCE THAT CLINICS FAIL TO PROVIDE THIS CARE. DEBORAH EDGE, A FORMER ABORTION CLINIC EMPLOYEE, WROTE AN OP-ED ABOUT HER EXPERIENCE. SHE SAID, QUOTE, I WAS THE DOCTOR'S RIGHT-HAND PERSON IN THE OPERATING ROOM. AND JUST LIKE OTHER EMPLOYEES OF DOCTOR GOSNELL WHO WE KNOW WAS ONE OF THE MOST HORRIFIC ABORTIONISTS TO DATE, GUILTY OF FIRST-DEGREE MURDER IN THE CASES OF AT LEAST THREE BABIES, SHE SAW THE ABORTIONIST PUNCTURE THE SOFT SPOT IN THE BABY'S HEAD OR SNIP ITS NECK IF IT WAS DELIVERED ALIVE. THE ABORTION PROVIDERS, MR. SPEAKER, WHO NEGLECT TO PROVIDE PROFESSIONAL CARE TO THESE BABIES OR WORSE, WHO KILL THEM ONCE THEY ARE BORN, MUST BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE. FINALLY, I BELIEVE IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO NOTE TO COUNTER SOME OF THE THINGS YOU WILL HEAR FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE THAT THIS BILL PROVIDES CRUCIAL PROTECTIONS FOR WOMEN. THIS BILL PROTECTS WOMEN WHO SEEK ABORTIONS BY PROHIBITING THEM FROM BEING PROSECUTED UNDER THE LAW. H.R. 4712 ALSO EMPOWERS WOMEN. IT ALLOWS THEM TO SUE ABORTIONISTS WHO DON'T PROVIDE PROTECTION FOR ABORTED BABIES WHO ARE BORN ALIVE. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT, MR. SPEAKER. TAKE THE CASE OF A WOMAN NAMED ANGELA WHO WENT TO A CLINIC IN ORLANDO, FLORIDA, WHEN SHE WAS 23 WEEKS PREGNANT. ANGELA RECEIVED PILLS TO BEGIN CONTRACTIONS TO INDUCE AN ABORTION. AFTER AN HOUR OF LABOR, MR. SPEAKER, ANGELA DELIVERED HER BABY ALIVE INTO A TOILET. ANGELA HAD HER FRIEND CALL 911 TO REQUEST HELP TO SAVE HER BABY, BUT WHEN THE PARAMEDICS ARRIVED ON THE SCENE, CLINICS STAFF REPORTEDLY TURNED THEM AWAY. THE FIRE DEPARTMENT'S INCIDENT REPORT SAID THEY HAD NO CONTACT WITH THE PATIENT. AFTER THE DEATH OF HER SON, ROAN, ANGELA WROTE THE FOLLOWING -- QUOTE, THE VERY MOMENT I SAW MY SON WAS ALIVE, NOTHING ELSE IN THE WHOLE WORLD MATTERED BUT ROAN'S SAFETY. ONLY ONE THING MATTERED TO ME, GETTING ROAN HELP. I BEGGED REPEATEDLY, SHE SAID. TRAGICALLY THE ABORTION CLINIC NOT ONLY REFUSED BUT ALSO APPARENTLY SABOTAGED ANGELA'S CALL FOR HELP. THE BILL THAT WE ARE DEBATING TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, WOULD GIVE WOMEN, LIKE ANGELA, THE ABILITY TO SUE ABORTIONISTS WHO DO NOT COMPLY WITH THE LAW'S REQUIREMENTS TO GIVE MEDICAL ATTENTION TO CHILDREN BORN ALIVE LIKE BABY ROAN. THEREFORE, MR. SPEAKER, I URGE SUPPORT FOR THIS RULE TO ALLOW CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 4712 AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 12:38:32 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE LADY -- THE WOMAN FROM WYOMING RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME, AND…

      THE LADY -- THE WOMAN FROM WYOMING RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    • 12:38:38 PM

      MR. MCGOVERN

      WELL, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING,…

      WELL, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING, MS. CHENEY, FOR THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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      TEMPORE WITHOUT

      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

    • 12:38:53 PM

      MR. MCGOVERN

      MR. SPEAKER, TODAY WE WILL CONSIDER THE 61ST CLOSED RULE OF THIS CONGRESS,…

      MR. SPEAKER, TODAY WE WILL CONSIDER THE 61ST CLOSED RULE OF THIS CONGRESS, PART OF A DISTURBING AND FAMILIAR PARENT. REPUBLICANS ARE RUNNING THIS HOUSE -- PATTERN. REPUBLICANS ARE RUNNING THIS HOUSE WITH NO REGULAR ORDER, NO HEARINGS ON LEGISLATION AND ONE CLOSED RULE AFTER ANOTHER. SPEAKER RYAN AND HOUSE REPUBLICANS RECENTLY SET A RECORD AS PRESIDING OVER THE MOST CLOSED SESSION OF CONGRESS IN HISTORY AND NOW THEY ARE ADDING TO IT. WITH NO TRANSPARENCY AND THEIR CONTINUED EFFORT TO SILENCE ANY DEBATE AND ANY DISSENT, THIS CHAMBER FEELS MORE LIKE THE RUSSIA HOUSE RATHER THAN THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE. NOW, I KNOW PRESIDENT TRUMP IS INTHRALED WITH AUTHORITARIAN LEADERS AND RULE, BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN YOU HAVE TO FOLLOW SUIT. TODAY'S RULE PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 4712, YET ANOTHER PARTISAN AND EXTREME REPUBLICAN BILL THAT'S COMPLETELY UNNECESSARY AND AIMED AT SOLELY -- AIMED SOLELY AT PLEASING THE MAJORITY'S RIGHT-WING BASE. THE SIMPLE TRUTH IS THAT THIS BILL IS FILLED WITH INFLAMMATORY LANGUAGE INTENTIONALLY DESIGNED TO POLITICIZE WOMEN'S ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE. IT IS CLEARLY ABOUT NOTHING MORE THAN ADVANCING AN AGENDA TO TAKE AWAY ACCESS TO SAFE AND LEGAL ABORTION. WITH THIS BILL, HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE MEDDLING IN THE DECISIONS THAT SHOULD BE LEFT UP TO DOCTORS AND PATIENTS. THIS IS -- THAT IS NOT OUR JOB. AND THIS WHAT WE'RE DOING TODAY IS NOT ABOUT SERIOUS LEGISLATING. IF IT WAS YOU WOULD HAVE GONE THROUGH REGULAR ORDER. THIS BILL IS NOTHING MORE THAN A VERY CYNICAL EFFORT TO GIVE REPUBLICAN MEMBERS OF CONGRESS SOMETHING TO POINT TO WHEN THEY JOIN THE ANTI-CHOICE MARCH IN WASHINGTON THIS WEEK. REPUBLICANS ARE RECKLESSLY PLAYING POLITICS WITH WOMEN'S HEALTH AND THEY SHOULD BE ASHAMED. MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES CLAIM THAT THIS BILL IS JUST A REINSTATEMENT OF THE CURRENT BORN-ALIVE LAW. FIRST, IF THAT WERE TRUE, THEN THIS BILL WOULD BE REDUNDANT AND UNNECESSARY. AND SECOND, DEMOCRATS WOULD SUPPORT IT. WHEN THE ORIGINAL LAW CAME TO THE HOUSE FLOOR IN 2002, IT PASSED BY A VOICE VOTE. WE ALL AGREED. BUT THIS BILL IS NOT A REINSTATEMENT. THIS BILL TAKES THE CURRENT FUNCTIONAL LAW AND ADDS A RADICAL INCLUSION OF CRIMINAL PENALTIES FOR DOCTORS IF THEY VIOLATE THE UNREASONABLE REQUIREMENTS OF THIS LEGISLATION. UNDER CURRENT LAW WHEN A CHILD IS BORN ALIVE, INCLUDING DURING AN ABORTION PROCEDURE, THE HEALTH CARE PROVIDER IS REQUIRED TO CARE FOR THIS NEWBORN AND APPLY A STANDARD LEVEL OF CARE GIVEN TO ANY AND EVERY CHILD. HOWEVER, THIS BILL TAKES THE LAW A STEP FURTHER AND REQUIRES THAT THE DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY TRANSPORT THIS CHILD TO A HOSPITAL WITHOUT EXCEPTION WHETHER IT IS SAFE FOR THE CHILD OR NOT OR FACE CRIMINAL PUNISHMENT UP TO FIVE YEARS IN JAIL. THIS BILL COULD CREATE A CHILLING EFFECT AND LIMIT ACCESS TO SAFE LEGAL ABORTION TO WOMEN SINCE PHYSICIANS MAY FEAR PROSECUTION. PATIENTS NEED AND DESERVE ACCESS TO COMPASSIONATE AND APPROPRIATE MEDICAL CARE, AND THIS BILL IS QUITE FRANKLY UNCONSCIONABLE. MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE TIMES WHEN IMMEDIATELY TRANSPORTING A NEWBORN TO A HOSPITAL THAT MAY BE MILES OR EVEN HOURS AWAY MAY RESULT IN GRAVE HARM TO THAT INFANT. SUCH -- SUCH DECISIONS MUST BE LEFT TO THE PROFESSIONAL JUDGMENT OF DOCTORS AND CLINICIANS. DOCTORS AND CLINICIANS OPPOSE THIS LAW BECAUSE IT PREVENTS THEM FOR GIVING THE BEST CARE TO THEIR PATIENTS. THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF OBSTETRICIANS AND GYNECOLOGISTS STRONGLY OPPOSE THIS LEGISLATION CALLING IT A GROSS INTERFERENCE OF THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE. CURRENT LAW IS WORKING AND IT SHOULD NOT BE RADICALLY CHANGED FOR A PARTISAN TALKING POINT. RIGHT NOW THERE ARE A NUMBER OF TRULY CRITICAL ISSUES THAT WE OUGHT TO BE CONSIDERING ON THIS FLOOR. NOT A SOUND BITE FOR AN ANTI-CHOICE RALLY COMING UP IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS. YOU KNOW, A CLEAR MAJORITY OF AMERICANS, I SHOULD POINT OUT TO MY COLLEAGUES, SEVEN OUT OF 10 SAY THEY BELIEVE A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE A RIGHT TO SAFE LEGAL ABORTION, ACCORDING TO A POLL. BY STARK CONTRAST, FEWER THAN THREE IN 10 AMERICANS, THAT'S 29% APPROVE OF THE JOB REPUBLICANS ARE DOING IN CONGRESS. MAYBE OUGHT TO GET THE HINT. PEOPLE DON'T LIKE WHAT YOU'RE DOING. THIS SHOULD BE A WAKE-UP CALL FOR REPUBLICANS TO END THEIR PARTISAN CREW SIDES AND START DOING THEIR -- CRUSADES AND START DOING THEIR JOBS. IT'S TIME TO FOCUS ON THE REAL PRESSING ISSUES WE FACE. THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM, CHIP, WHICH NEARLY TWO MILLION KIDS AND THEIR FAMILIES RELY ON, HAS BEEN IN LIMBO FOR MONTHS AS STATES ARE BEGINNING TO RUN OUT OF MONEY. NOW REPUBLICANS ARE PUSHING A CONTINUING RESOLUTION THAT FAILS TO PERMANENTLY EXTEND CHIP. PERMANENTLY EXTENDING CHIP WOULD NOT ONLY GIVE THESE KIDS AND THEIR FAMILIES THE CERTAINTY THEY NEED WHEN IT COMES TO THEIR HEALTH CARE BUT THE NONPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE SAYS IT WILL ALSO SAVE $6 BILLION. I THOUGHT YOU WERE THE PARTY OF FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY. DO THE RIGHT THING AND YOU CAN SAVE $6 BILLION. BUT REPUBLICANS WOULD RATHER KICK THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD ONCE AGAIN. THE AUTHORIZATIONS FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER FWUNDS AND MATERNAL INFANT AND CHILDHOOD HOME VISITATION PROGRAMS WILL REMAIN EXPIRED. THAT'S NOT EVEN INCLUDED IN THIS PARTISAN C.R. THAT WE'RE GOING TO SEE A LITTLE BIT LATER TODAY. EACH AND EVERY DAY 122 DREAMERS ARE LOSING THEIR PROTECTED STATUS AND ABILITY TO WORK IN THIS COUNTRY, AND MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS DON'T SEEM AT ALL BOTHERED BY THAT. PEOPLE WHO ARE FIRST RESPONDERS, SAVING LIVES, PEOPLE WHO SERVE IN OUR MILITARY, PEOPLE WHO WORK IN OUR COMPANIES WHO ARE SUCH GREAT MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY ARE TREATED LIKE THIS IN SUCH A ROTTEN WAY AND YET MORE INACTION. THE ADMINISTRATION JUST STRIPPED 200,000 SALVADORANS LEGALLY RESIDING IN THE UNITED STATES OF THEIR PROTECTED STATUS, PEOPLE WHO ARE OBEYING OUR LAWS, WHO ARE WORKING HERE LEGALLY. THEY DID THIS WHILE ADMONISHING CONGRESS TO PROVIDE THESE SAME PEOPLE WITH AN ENDURING LAWFUL IMMIGRATION STATUS AND YET WE HAVE A CONGRESS THAT IS SO DYSFUNCTIONAL YOU CAN'T EVEN AGREE ON WHAT TO HAVE FOR LUNCH, NEVER MIND MOVING FORWARD SOMETHING THAT'S POSITIVE TO PROTECTING THESE IMPORTANT MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY. THE DEBT LIMIT NEEDS TO BE RAISED TO ENSURE THE U.S. WILL PAY ITS BILLS. COMMUNITIES ARE URGEENTLY IN NEED OF RESOURCES TO FIGHT THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC THAT'S KILLED KILK 91 AMERICANS A DAY. THEY ARE TIRED OF THE PRESS RELEASES. THEY WANT THE FUNDING TO BE ABLE TO RESPOND TO THE CRISIS IN THEIR COMMUNITIES AND YET NOTHING IN THIS C.R., NO URGENCY HERE IN CONGRESS. AND MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE TO REPAIR DAMAGE LEFT BY DEVASTATING WILDFIRES AND HURRICANES THAT HAVE RAVAGED THIS COUNTRY. I JUST CAME BACK FROM A JUST CAME BACK FROM A TRIP TO PUERTO RICO. AND OUR INITIAL RESPONSE TO THAT HURRICANE WAS DISGRACEFUL. WE HAVE A SPECIAL OBLIGATION TO THESE PEOPLE, OUR FELLOW CITIZENS TO BETTER RESPOND AND YET THERE IS NO URGENCY HERE. WHERE IS THE BUDGET AGREEMENT THAT SETS THE BUDGET AGREEMENT? THEY CAN'T BEGIN NEGOTIATIONS UNTIL THEY KNOW THEIR TOP-LINE NUMBERS. THIS MEANS THIS WILL NOT BE THE LAST SHORT-TERM CONTINUING RESOLUTION. AND UNTIL THERE IS AN AGREEMENT ON THE BUDGET CAPS, WE WILL SEE THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY KEEP KICKING THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD. WE WILL SEE C.R. NUMBER FIVE IN FEBRUARY AND MAYBE C.R. NUMBER SIX SHORTLY THEREAFTER. WHEN WILL THEY STOP NEGOTIATING WITH THEMSELVES AND REACH OUT TO DEMOCRATS AND ACTUALLY GET THE JOB DONE THAT WE WERE SENT HERE TO DO BY OUR CONSTITUENTS. WE ARE HOURS AWAY FROM ANOTHER REPUBLICAN SHUTDOWN AND INSTEAD OF WORKING ON AN AGREEMENT, WE ARE HERE DISCUSSING THIS, AN INFLAMMATORY BILL THAT WILL IMPOSE CRIMINAL PENALTIES DOCTORS. WHEN ARE WE GOING TO PUT THE RADICAL RHETORIC ASIDE AND DO OUR JOBS AND TACKLE THE REAL ISSUES THAT THE AMERICANS SENT US HERE TO TACKLE? AND HERE'S THE ICING ON THE CAKE. THIS GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN IS LOOMING. WE ARE GOING TO RUN OUT OF MONEY ON FRIDAY. ALL HELL IS GOING TO BREAK LOOSE IF WE CAN'T COME TO SOME SORT OF AN AGREEMENT. YOU WOULD THINK WE ARE WORKING TOGETHER TO GET THIS DONE AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. AND YOU SAID WE ARE GOING TO CONSIDER THIS, BUT NOT GOING TO VOTE ON IT UNTIL 7:00, MAYBE LATER. WHY ARE WE DELAYING ACTION ON A BILL, WHETHER WE DECIDE TO KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OPEN. OH, WE JUST FOUND OUT, PRESIDENT TRUMP IS DOING A POLITICAL RALLY WITH REPUBLICAN MEMBERS OF CONGRESS IN PENNSYLVANIA. SO THE POLITICAL RALLY IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE WELL-BEING OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE? WHAT ARE YOU GUYS THINKING? SHAME ON YOU. THIS IS A MOMENT OF URGENCY AND INSTEAD OF DOING POLITICAL SOUND BITE LEGISLATION AND INSTEAD OF DOING POLITICAL RALLIES IN PENNSYLVANIA FOR AN ELECTION THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN UNTIL MARCH, MEMBERS OUGHT TO BE WORKING TO KEEP THE GOVERNMENT RUNNING AND COME TO SOME SORT OF ACCOMMODATION ON DREAMERS AND COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS ARE FUNDED AND VETERANS GET THE HEALTH CARE THEY NEED. THIS IS ATROCIOUS WHAT YOU ARE DOING. IF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE COULD SUE YOU FOR POLITICAL MALPRACTICE, YOU WOULD BE IN DEEP TROUBLE. OPPOSE THIS RULE AND OPPOSE THIS BILL THAT WOULD UNDERMINE WOMEN'S ACCESS TO ESSENTIAL SERVICES LIKE ABORTION. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES, CANCEL THE POLITICAL RALLY AND GET BACK TO WORK. WITH THAT, I RESERVE.

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    • 12:48:41 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO DIRECT…

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO DIRECT YOUR COMMENTS TO THE CHAIR AND NOT DEAL WITH PERSONALITIES OF THE PRESIDENT. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING IS RECOGNIZED.

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    • 12:48:57 PM

      MS. CHENEY

      THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO COMPLIMENT MY COLLEAGUE, MR.…

      THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO COMPLIMENT MY COLLEAGUE, MR. MCGOVERN. WE HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEND A NUMBER OF HOURS TOGETHER UP IN THE RULES COMMITTEE. IT'S ALWAYS GREAT TO MANAGE DEBATES WITH MR. MCGOVERN ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, BECAUSE YOU ARE LEFT WITH, NUMBER ONE, NO DOUBT ABOUT WHERE HE STANDS. BUT NUMBER TWO, A TARGET-RICH ENVIRONMENT. AND I WOULD SAY A COUPLE OF THINGS. FIRST OF ALL, PASSING -- CASTING ASPERSIONS ON THIS BILL WHEN THEY SAY THIS IS NOTHING MORE THAN A POLITICAL STUNT OR A POLITICAL SOUND BITE OR A PARTISAN TALKING POINT, YOU KNOW, I CAN'T IMAGINE, MR. SPEAKER, THAT THEY REALLY BELIEVE -- THEY MAY DISAGREE WITH THE LEGISLATION, BUT FOR US TO BE ON THE FLOOR OF THIS BODY TALKING ABOUT BABIES WHO ARE BORN ALIVE AND WHO ARE KILLED AT THE HANDS OF ABORTIONISTS IS FAR MORE THAN A POLITICAL SOUND BITE. AND I THINK MR. MCGOVERN, MY COLLEAGUE, WAS SAYING WE OUGHT TO BE ASHAMED OURSELVES. THAT IS RHETORIC THAT WE DON'T NEED AND RHETORIC THAT IS ABSOLUTELY INACCURATE IN TERMS OF ZIKE THE IMPORTANT EFFORTS THAT WE HAVE UNDER WAY HERE. YOU KNOW, I ALSO WOULD HOPE, MR. SPEAKER, THAT OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE OTHER BODY, AND IN PARTICULAR THE DEMOCRATS IN THE OTHER BODY, MR. SCHUMER AND THE OTHERS OVER THERE, I HOPE THEY WERE WATCHING MR. MCGOVERN JUST NOW, BECAUSE IF THE ISSUE IS LET'S GET TO WORK, THAT DEAL IS IN THEIR HANDS. MR. MCGOVERN YOU HAVE TO GET 60 VOTES IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE TO GET A DEAL. WE ARE IN A POSITION TODAY AMONG THE LONG LIST OF ITEMS MR. MCGOVERN MENTIONED, HE FAILED TO MENTION THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT OBLIGATION WE HAVE WHICH IS TO ENSURE TO GET RESOURCES TO OUR MILITARY. AND THE REALITY OF THE SITUATION WE ARE FACING TODAY WHEN OUR NATION FACES GRAVE THREATS, WHERE WE ARE HAVING SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN KILLED IN TRAINING ACCIDENTS, MORE KILLED IN TRAINING ACCIDENTS IN THE LAST YEAR THAN WERE KILLED IN COMBAT IN THE LAST YEAR, WE HAVE FAILED TO DO OUR DUTY. WHAT IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW, THE REALITY OF THIS FOR PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND IS THAT THE DEMOCRATS IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE ARE HOLDING FOR DEFENSE HOSTAGE BECAUSE THEY WANT AMNESTY FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS. AND THAT IS SOMETHING THAT I THINK IS INDEFENSIBLE. SO I HOPE MR. MCGOVERN'S COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE WERE WATCHING HIM AND LISTENING TO THE CONCERN HE HAS WITH THE URGENCY OF MOVING FORWARD BECAUSE WE COULD HAVE A DEAL TODAY IF THE DEMOCRATS WOULD STOP HOLDING SPENDING HOSTAGE IN ORDER TO GRANT AMNESTY FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS. WITH THAT, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE SPONSOR OF THIS BILL, MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MRS. BLACKBURN.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED.

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      MRS. BLACKBURN

      AND TALK A ABOUT ONE OF THESE PROTECTED RIGHTS, LIFE. WHEN WE TALK ABOUT…

      AND TALK A ABOUT ONE OF THESE PROTECTED RIGHTS, LIFE. WHEN WE TALK ABOUT OUR FOUNDING DOCUMENTS, LIFE, LIBERTY, PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. IT IS LIFE THAT WE ARE PROTECTING. AND I FIND IT UNFORTUNATE THAT WE HAVE SOME THAT WOULD SAY, THIS IS A RADICAL TALKING POINT. I WOULD OFFER THAT THIS IS A FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT, KNOTS A TALKING POINT, THAT RIGHT TO LIFE. NOW WHAT BRINGS US TO THIS POINT IN TIME? WE ALL REMEMBER THE STORIES OF THE DR. GOSNELL AND THE HOUSE OF HORRORS AND WHAT HAPPENED THERE WHERE INDIVIDUALS, MOMS, LOST THEIR LIVES, WHERE ONE OF THE WORKERS IN THAT CLINIC ESTIMATED THAT THERE HAD BEEN AS MANY AS 100 BABIES THROUGH THE YEARS, 100 BABIES THAT HAD SURVIVED AN ABORTION AND HAD BEEN KILLED. AND WHAT WE ARE SEEKING TO DO IS TO EXPAND THESE PROTECTIONS AND TODAY, WHAT WE'RE DOING WITH H.R. 4712 IS TO BUILD ON THAT LEGISLATION FROM 2002. AND THIS BODY HAD PASSED THAT LEGISLATION TO PROTECT INFANTS THAT WERE BORN ALIVE AND HAD SURVIVED ABORTIONS. THIS BILL BEFORE US TODAY IS GOING TO DO FOUR VERY IMPORTANT THINGS. FIRST, IT REQUIRES APPROPRIATE CARE BE GIVEN TO ANY CHILD WHO IS BORN ALIVE FOLLOWING A FAILED ABORTION. IT REQUIRES ANY HEALTH PROVIDERS PRESENT TO ADMINISTER THE SAME LIFE-PRESERVING CARE THAT WOULD BE GIVEN TO BABIES BORN UNDER ANY OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES. AND TO ENSURE THAT THE CHILD IS TRANSPORTED IMMEDIATELY TO A HOSPITAL. SECOND, THE BILL ESTABLISHES CRIMINAL PENALTIES THAT PROVIDERS WILL FACE IF THEY VIOLATE PROVIDING THAT CARE. IT ESTABLISHES A CIVIL RIGHT OF ACTION TO ENFORCE THE LAW AND THE BILL PROVIDES CRUCIAL PROTECTIONS THAT WILL PREVENT MOTHERS OF THESE BABIES FROM BEING SUBJECT TO CRIMINAL PROSECUTION AND PENALTIES. THESE ARE THE RIGHT STEPS TO PROTECT THE MOST VULNERABLE OF US. I ENCOURAGE SUPPORT.

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    • 12:54:56 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

      THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    • 12:55:05 PM

      MR. MCGOVERN

      I SAY TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM WYOMING AND POINT OUT A STATISTIC SHE MIGHT BE…

      I SAY TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM WYOMING AND POINT OUT A STATISTIC SHE MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN. NEVER IN HISTORY HAS THE GOVERNMENT BEEN SHUT DOWN WHEN THE SAME PARTY CONTROLS THE HOUSE, THE SENATE AND THE WHITE HOUSE, LIKE THE REPUBLICANS DO RIGHT NOW. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE A 23-SEAT MAJORITY IN THE HOUSE RIGHT NOW. YOU CAN CONTROL THE AGENDA. IF THE GENTLELADY OR HER LEADERSHIP WERE INTERESTED IN WORKING WITH DEMOCRATS, HERE'S A LITTLE ADVICE, MAYBE YOU OUGHT TO HAVE ASKED US TO THE TABLE. MAYBE YOU SHOULD CONSULT WITH US AND ASK US WHAT IS IMPORTANT. MAYBE IF YOU WANT TO GET SOMETHING DONE THAT'S BIPARTISAN, YOU HAVE TO ACT IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. AND THE REASON I'M ANXIOUS TO GET THIS VOTE ON THE C.R. BECAUSE THE C.R. THAT HAS BEEN PROPOSED IS NOT IN THE BEST INTEREST OF OUR COUNTRY, BUT I WANT US TO CONTINUE TO NEGOTIATE AND MAYBE THE REPUBLICANS WILL COME BACK TO THE TABLE AND NEGOTIATE. THAT IS WHY I FEEL SO STRONGLY THAT MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS OUGHT TO NOT BE GOING TO POLITICAL RALLIES IN PENNSYLVANIA TODAY WITH THE PRESIDENT AND OUGHT TO BE STAYING HERE AND DOING THE WORK TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE A BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT TO KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OPEN. I GET IT. YOU ARE LOSING SEATS ALL AROUND THE PLACE AND POPULARITY OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS NEVER BEEN LOWER BUT THE ELECTION IS AREN'T UNTIL MARCH. DONALD TRUMP CAN TAKE YOU ON HIS PLANE TO PENNSYLVANIA AT ANOTHER TIME. BUT TODAY, TODAY, WE OUGHT TO BE FOCUSED ON THE PEOPLE'S BUSINESS. NEXT WEEK, WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE OFF, SO YOU HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD TO GO WITH DONALD TRUMP ON A POLITICAL EXCURSION. AND SO I MEAN THIS IS -- THIS TAKES MY BREATH AWAY WHEN I THINK ABOUT WHAT'S AT STAKE AND WE ARE DELAYING VOTES ON A CONTINUING RESOLUTION AND ON FURTHER NEGOTIATIONS BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE MORE INTERESTED IN THE POLITICAL RALLY IN PENNSYLVANIA. MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE RULES COMMITTEE.

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    • 12:57:21 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      MEMBERS ARE TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR.

    • 12:57:28 PM

      MS. SLAUGHTER

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WANT TO GET BACK TO THE HOUSE FLOOR TODAY TO PASS…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WANT TO GET BACK TO THE HOUSE FLOOR TODAY TO PASS ANOTHER BILL, THE REAL INTENT IS TO HARM WOMEN AND LIMIT THEIR CONSTITUTIONALLY PROTECTED HEALTH CARE THEY CAN RECEIVE. I NEED TO REPEAT THAT BECAUSE MOST PEOPLE I FIND DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES WHICH WE REVEER, PROTECTS A WOMAN'S RIGHT TO CHOOSE. TO ADD TO INJURY, THIS LEGISLATION IS TOTALLY UNNECESSARY. KILLING AN INFANT OR ANYBODY ELSE HAS ALWAYS BEEN AGAINST THE LAW. TO REITERATE THE POINT, THE BIPARTISAN LAW WAS PASSED IN 2002 TO REINFORCE THAT MEDICAL CARE SHOULD BE GIVEN TO ANY INFANT BORN ALIVE. DR. GOSNELL WHO IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE WE HAVE IN AMERICA, IS GOING TO SPEND THE REST OF HIS LIFE IN PRISON WITHOUT ANY POSSIBILITY OF PAROLE FOR THREE FIRST DEGREE -- FIRST DEGREE MURDER CONVICTIONS. H.R. 4712 GOES MUCH FURTHER THAN THE CURRENT LAW AND LEGISLATION LATES MEDICAL STANDARDS OF CARE AND THREATENS THE PROVIDERS WITH CRIMINAL AND CIVIL PENALTIES. AND THE EFFECTS OF THIS ARE BEST DESCRIBED BY AN OB-GYN FROM MY DISTRICT AND I QUOTE, I HAVE BEEN A PRACTICING DOCTOR FOREIGN 35 YEARS. IT IS MY LIFE'S CALLING TO CALL FOR WOMEN ACROSS THEIR LIFE SPAN. THROUGHOUT MY CAREER, I HAVE CARED FOR PATIENTS THROUGH THEIR HIGHEST HIGHS TO LOWEST LOWS, FETAL ANOMALIES TO CANCER DIAGNOSES, I TAKE MY ROLE VERY SERIOUSLY AND TAKE PRIDE IN PROVIDING ETHICAL CARE TO EACH AND EVERY PATIENT. H.R. 4712 WOULD TAKE THAT ABILITY AWAY FROM ME. INSERTING POLITICIANS INTO THE PHYSICIAN-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP AND THE PROFOUNDLY PERSONAL HEALTH CARE DECISIONS OF MY PATIENTS. RECENTLY, I HAD A PATIENT WITH SEVERE HEALTH SYNDROME, A LIFE-THREATENING BROOD PRESSURE CONDITION DURING THE PREGNANCY WHICH THE ONLY TREATMENT IS TO DELIVER. THIS MADE INDUCTION OF HER PRE-VIABLE FETUS TO LIFE. AFTER HER CONDITION DETERIORATION AND SHE SHOULD BE ABLE TO CONSULT WHOM EVER SHE PLEASES AND KNOWING THAT HER PRE-TERM INFANT WOULD NOT SURVIVE, SHE DECIDED TO DELIVER. H.R. 4712 WOULD TAKE AWAY THIS FAMILY'S CHOICE AND PUT MY PATIENT'S LIFE AT RISK AND THREATEN ME WITH CIVIL AND CRIMINAL PENALTIES. H.R. 4712 IS THE NEXT BILL IN A LONG, LONG LINE OF THE PLANS WE HAVE HAD HERE TRYING TO HURT WOMEN. CONGRESS IS JUST PART OF THE CURRENT CRUSADE AGAINST WOMEN. THE ADMINISTRATION HAS DONE MORE THAN ITS SHARE TO ENSURE THAT 2017 SHOWED ATTACKS AGAINST WOMEN AND OUR ABILITY TO ACCESS HEALTH CARE. . DON'T LOSE THE IRONY IN THIS. JUST THIS MORNING THE ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCE ADD RULE TO ALLOW PROVIDERS, HOSPITAL, NURSE, AND OTHERS TO REFUSE PATIENTS NEEDING HEALTH CARE BASED SOLELY ON THE RELIGIOUS OR MORAL BELIEFS OF THE PROVIDER. IS IT JUST ME THAT THINKS THAT'S TO REFUSE PATIENTS NEEDING HEALTH CARE BASED SOLELY ON THE IN DIRECT CONTRA VICKS TO THIS BILL YOU'RE TRYING TO PUSH OFF OBJECT -- CONTRA VICKS TO THIS BILL YOU'RE TRYING TO PUSH OFF ON US NOW? ON ONE HAND YOU SAY EVERYBODY HAS TO BE TREATED OR YOU DON'T HAVE TO TREAT EVERYBODY IF YOUR PERSONAL OR MORAL CONVICTIONS PREVENT YOU FROM DOING SO. IT'S UNCONSIDERABLE. -- UN-ABLE. TO ASK DOCTORS -- MAY I HAVE ANOTHER 30 SECONDS.

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    • 01:01:36 PM

      MR. MCGOVERN

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    • 01:01:38 PM

      MS. SLAUGHTER

      WILL PUT INDIVIDUALS' LIVES HEALTH IN DANGER AND RESULT IN DEATH BASED ON…

      WILL PUT INDIVIDUALS' LIVES HEALTH IN DANGER AND RESULT IN DEATH BASED ON UNDEFINED -- UNDEFINED MORAL OBJECTION. IT DOESN'T EVEN HAVE TO BE EXPLAINED THAT THEY HAVE A MORAL OR SOME IDEA THEY WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO TREAT THAT PERSON MAY BE BLEEDING TO DEATH BEFORE THEM. MR. SPEAKER, I'M GOING TO CLOSE AGAIN WITH THE WORDS OF THE OB-GYN FROM MY DISTRICT. QUOTE, THE PURPOSE OF THE LEGISLATION IS TO SCARE AND INTIMIDATE PHYSICIANS AND PUNISH THEM FOR PROVIDING ABORTION CARE. BUT THE TRUE IMPACT WILL BE ON THE WOMEN AND FAMILIES WHO WILL BE DENIED THE HIGHEST QUALITY MEDICAL TREATMENT THAT THEY DESERVE. THIS BILL IS A DANGEROUS BILL. AND I URGE YOU TO PROTECT MY PATIENT'S ACCESS TO CARE AND REJECT THIS GROSS INTERFERENCE IN THE PATIENT-PHYSICIAN RELATIONSHIP. END QUOTE. MR. SPEAKER, WITHOUT A DOUBT THE WHOLE IDEA OF THIS BILL IS A POLITICAL ISSUE. BUT THE IDEA OF WHAT THE ADMINISTRATION DID THIS MORNING TO COMPLETELY NEGATE THIS BILL WE'RE DEBATING RIGHT NOW IS IRONY THAT'S JUST TOO DELICIOUS TO MISS.

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    • 01:02:53 PM

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      THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING IS RECOGNIZED.

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    • 01:03:00 PM

      MS. CHENEY

      MR. SPEAKER, I HAD'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO ONE OF THE STRONGEST,…

      MR. SPEAKER, I HAD'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO ONE OF THE STRONGEST, MOST HONORABLE AND ADMIRABLE DEFENDERS OF LIFE IN THIS BODY, MY FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. SMITH.

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    • 01:03:13 PM

      MR. SMITH

      I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, DOCTORS TODAY ROUTINELY…

      I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, DOCTORS TODAY ROUTINELY DIAGNOSE AND TREAT A MYRIAD OF ILLNESSES AND DISEASES SUFFERED BY SOCIETY'S LITTLEST PATIENTS, UNBORN BABIES AND NEWBORNS, SIGNIFICANTLY ENHANCING BOTH THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH AND LONGEVITY. ABORTION IS, ON THE OTHER HAND, TAKE A DIFFERENT APPROACH. THEY DISMEMBER AND CHEMICALLY KILL UNBORN CHILDREN FOR PROFIT. FOR DECADES BABIES HAVE SURVIVED LATER-TERM ABORTIONS. AS FAR BACK AS 37 YEARS AGO A "PHILADELPHIA ENQUIRER" STORY CALLED, BABY SURVIVAL THE DREADED COMPLICATION. A DOCTOR FROM SEPTEMBERERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL, LIVE BIRTHS ARE LITTLE KNOWN BECAUSE ORGANIZED MEDICINE FROM FEAR OF PUBLIC CLAMOR AND LEGAL ACTION TREATS THEM MORE AS AN EMBARRASSMENT TO BE HUSHED UP THAN A PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED. IT'S LIKE TURNING YOURSELF INTO THE I.R.S., HE GOES ON, FOR AN AUDIT. WHAT IS THERE TO GAIN? THE TENDENCY IS NOT TO REPORT BECAUSE THERE ARE ONLY NEGATIVE INCENTIVES. OF COURSE THE TENDENCY IS NOT TO REPORT. WHEN AN UNDERCOVER INVESTIGATOR ASKED AN ABORTION PROVIDER FROM PLANNED PARENTHOOD ABOUT THE PROCEDURE FOR CHECKING FOR SIGNS OF LIFE OF A BABY BORN AFTER AN ATTEMPTED ABORTION, THE ABORTIONIST RESPONDED BY SAYING, QUOTE, I MEAN THE KEY IS YOU NEED TO PAY ATTENTION TO WHO'S IN THE ROOM. PHILADELPHIA ABORTION IS KERMIT GOSNELL HAD A LOT OF PEOPLE IN THE ROOM BUT NOBODY WAS REPORTING AS HE KILLED AND SNIPPED THE SPINAL CORDS OF HUNDREDS OF BORN BABIES TO ENSURE THAT THEY DIDN'T SURVIVE. ALL IS NOT WELL IN THE ABORTION CLINICS, EITHER, IN TERMS OF THEIR OWN PERSONNEL. THE NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO DID A STORY FEATURING FORMER PLANNED PARENTHOOD DIRECTOR, WHO IS NOW PRO-LIFE, AND HER OUTREACH TO CLINIC WORKERS ENCOURAGED THEM TO QUIT THEIR JOBS INSIDE THE ABORTION CLINICS. HEARD ON ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, ANNETTE, A FORMER MANAGER OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD IN NORTH CAROLINA SAID, HER ABORTION WORK MADE HER FEEL DARK AND MORBID, AND WAS TROUBLED BY WAIT SHE AND SOME OF THE OTHER WORKERS REFERRED TO FETAL REMAINS. SHE SAID, I JUST STARTED BEING ABLE TO USE MY DEEP FREEZER IN MY HOME BY GOING THROUGH THERAPY BECAUSE WE USED TO CALL THE FREEZER, THE NURSERY. THAT IS TO SAY FOR THE DEAD BABIES. THE NATIONAL ABORTION FEDERATION IN THEIR TEXTBOOK FOR ABORTIONISTS SAY, PROVIDERS SHOULD CONSIDER THE POSSIBILITY OF A LIVE BORN FETUS. PARTICULARLY A FETAL DEATH IS NOT INDUCED PRIOR TO THE PROCEDURE AT THE GESTATIONAL AGE OF 18 TO 20 WEEKS OR MORE. BESIDES THE EMOTIONAL AND ETHICAL DIFFICULTIES FOR PATIENTS, THEIR PARTNERS AND STAFF, DELIVERIES OF SIGNS OF LIFE MAY HAVE LEGAL IMPLICATIONS. THE PROBLEM WITH THIS LAW, MR. SPEAKER, SENFORMENTE. THE LACK OF LEGAL IMPLICATIONS. MARSHA BLACKBURN'S BILL, THE BORN ALIVE ABORTION SURVIVORS PROTECTION ACT, REQUIRES UNDER PENALTY OF LAW, THAT HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS --

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    • 01:06:22 PM

      MS. CHENEY

      I YIELD 30 SECONDS.

    • 01:06:24 PM

      MR. SMITH

      REQUIRES APPROPRIATE HEALTH CARE TO BE GIVEN TO ANY CHILD WHO SURVIVES AN…

      REQUIRES APPROPRIATE HEALTH CARE TO BE GIVEN TO ANY CHILD WHO SURVIVES AN ATTEMPTED ABORTION. NOT LOOKING THE OTHER WAY THAT HAS BEEN DONE FOR DECADES. GOSNELL PROBABLY BEING THE MOST EGREGIOUS EXAMPLE. AND THE LAW PRESCRIBES ANY HEALTH CARE PRACTITIONER PRESENT AT THE TIME A CHILD IS BORN SHALL EXERCISE THE SAME DEGREE OF PROFESSIONAL SKILL CARE AND DILIGENCE TO PRESERVE THE LIFE AND HEALTH OF THE CHILD AS A REASONABLY DILIGENT AND CONSCIENCIOUS HEALTH CARE PRACTITIONER WOULD RENDER TO ANY OTHER CHILD BORN ALIVE AT THE SAME GESTATIONAL AGE. FOLLOWING THAT, FOLLOWING THAT DUE DILIGENCE, ENSURING THAT THE CHILD GETS TO A HOSPITAL FOR CARE.

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      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FROM WYOMING RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    • 01:07:13 PM

      MR. MCGOVERN

      VERY URGENT MOMENT HERE FOR OUR COUNTRY. AND WE HAVE A LOT TO DO AND WE…

      VERY URGENT MOMENT HERE FOR OUR COUNTRY. AND WE HAVE A LOT TO DO AND WE OUGHT TO BE WORKING IN BIPARTISAN WAY TO KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OPENED. THAT OUGHT TO BE EVERYBODY'S LOT TO DO AND WE PRIORITY. AND QUITE FRANKLY WE OUGHT TO BE FOCUSED ON THAT MORE THAN ON A BILL THAT IS A SOUND BITE GOING NOWHERE. THIS BILL WAS SO IMPORTANT TO MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS, THAT IT NEVER HAD A HEARING OR NEVER WENT TO A MARK UP. IT JUST MIRACULOUSLY APPEARED AT THE LAST MINUTE HAD A HEARING OR NEVER BECAUSE IN ADVANCE OF THIS ANTI-CHOICE RALLY COMING UP. WITH ALL THAT'S GOING ON RIGHT NOW, WITH THE THREAT BECAUSE IN ADVANCE OF A SHUTDOWN, I'M LOOKING AT DONALD TRUMP'S TWITTER. WE'LL BE GOING TO PENNSYLVANIA TODAY TO GIVE MY TOTAL SUPPORT TO RICK, RUNNING FOR CONGRESS IN A SPECIAL ELECTION ON MARCH 13. RICK IS A GREAT GUY. THAT'S WHERE THE PRESIDENT'S HEAD IS TODAY. AND HE'S TAKING A BUNCH OF REPUBLICANS WITH HIM. AND SO WE'RE -- RATHER THAN NEGOTIATING A BIPARTISAN DEAL THAT WILL HELP KEEP THE GOVERNMENT RUNNING, THAT WILL HELP THE DREAMERS, THAT WILL HELP OUR KIDS, HELP OUR COMMUNITY HEALTH CERTAINTIES, HOSPITALS, OUR VETERANS THE FOCUS IS ON A POLITICAL RALLY IN PENNSYLVANIA. THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE. CANS THE RALLY, YOU HAVE UNTIL MARCH 13. FOCUS ON THE PEOPLE'S BUSINESS. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM COLORADO, MS. DEGETTE, THE CO-CHAIR OF THE PRO-CHOICE CAUCUS.

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    • 01:08:46 PM

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    • 01:08:48 PM

      MS. DEGETTE

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS BILL IMPOSES POLITICAL RALLY IN PENNSYLVANIA.…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS BILL IMPOSES POLITICAL RALLY IN PENNSYLVANIA. THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE. DANGEROUS NEW STANDARDS OF CARE ON DOCTORS UNDER THE THREAT OF CRIMINAL PENALTIES, INCLUDING UP TO FIVE YEARS IN JAIL. IT'S JUST ANOTHER ATTEMPT BY THE MAJORITY TO INTERFERE WITH THE MEDICAL JUDGMENT OF DOCTORS AND OTHER TRAINED HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS, AND IS FRANKLY ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF WHY SUCH A VERY, VERY BAD IDEA FOR CONGRESS TO BE LEGISLATING MEDICAL STANDARDS. H.R. 4712 IS ALSO A SOLUTION IN SEARCH OF A PROBLEM. THERE'S SIMPLY NO EVIDENCE THAT CURRENT LAW IS INSUFFICIENT TO PROTECT INFANTS. IT SHOULD GO WITHOUT SAYING IT'S ALWAYS BEEN ILLEGAL TO KILL NEWBORNS. IT'S A COMPLETE DISTORTION OF THE TRUTH TO SAY ANYTHING OTHERWISE. IN 2002, AS MY COLLEAGUES HAVE SAID, CONGRESS REAFFIRMED THAT INFANTS ARE ENTITLED TO APPROPRIATE MEDICAL CARE UNDER A LAW THAT PASSED THEN IN BIPARTISAN BASIS. I VOTED FOR IT. THAT LAW LEFT MEDICAL JUDGMENT WHERE IT SHOULD BE, IN THE HANDS OF DOCTORS INSTEAD OF POLITICIANS. TODAY THE ONLY EXAMPLE WE HAVE HEARD FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF A HORROR THAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT WAS DR. KERMIT GOSNELL, AND IT WAS A HORROR. GUESS WHAT? HE WAS PROSECUTED UNDER CURRENT LAW. GUESS WHAT? HE'S SPENDING THE REST OF HIS LIFE IN PRISON. WHICH IS WHERE HE SHOULD BE. SADLY, THE TRUE INTENT OF THIS BILL IS TO INTIMIDATE AND SHAME DOCTORS OUT OF PROVIDING COMPREHENSIVE REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE TO PATIENTS. THE EXTREME AND VAGUE REQUIREMENTS OF THIS BILL COUPLED WITH THE STIFF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL PENALTIES ARE ONLY MEANT TO HAVE A CHILLING EFFECT ON PROVIDERS WHICH WILL REDUCE ACCESS TO SAFE AND LEGAL ABORTION. YOU KNOW STIFF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL PENALTIES ARE ONLY WHAT? I HAVE BEEN SAYING THIS EVERY TIME WE HAVE ONE OF THESE BILLS ON THE FLOOR. THE BILLS THAT ARE SOLUTIONS IN SEARCH OF PROBLEMS. HERE'S WHAT I HAVE TO SAY, MR. SPEAKER, TO MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE. IF THEY TRULY WANT TO REDUCE ABORTION IN THIS COUNTRY, WORK WITH US ON PROVIDING FAMILY PLANNING AND LONG ACTING BIRTH CONTROL TO EVERYBODY. ABORTION IS AT THE LOWEST RATE IN HISTORY IN THIS COUNTRY. AND THE REASON IS BECAUSE STATES LIKE MY STATE IN COLORADO ARE PROVIDING BIRTH CONTROL TO PREVENT UNWANTED PREGNANCIES. WE COULD DO THIS ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS, BUT INSTEAD MY COLLEAGUES CHOOSE NOT TO. AND I THINK THAT'S A SHAME FOR EVERY SINGLE WOMAN AND FAMILY IN THIS COUNTRY. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 01:11:25 PM

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      THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING IS RECOGNIZED.

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    • 01:11:30 PM

      MS. CHENEY

      THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I UNDERSTAND WHY MY…

      THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I UNDERSTAND WHY MY COLLEAGUE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE DOESN'T WANT THE PRESIDENT TO BE TRAVELING TO PENNSYLVANIA. DOESN'T WANT TO BE TRAVELING TO ANY BATTLEGROUND STATES, DIDN'T WORK OUT VERY WELL FOR HIS PARTY, 2016, WHEN THE PRESIDENT VERY EFFECTIVELY DID JUST THAT ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. I WOULD ALSO SAY IT'S BRAVE FOR MY COLLEAGUE TO READ A TWEET OF THE PRESIDENT HERE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. I THINK THE LAST TIME THAT THE TWO OF US WERE HERE TOGETHER WE DISCUSSED THE FACT IT WAS A TWEET FROM THE PRESIDENT THAT SCARED HIS LEADERSHIP AWAY FROM A CRUCIAL MEETING AT THE WHITE HOUSE TO NEGOTIATE THE BUDGET CAP DEAL. TO NEGOTIATE EXACTLY THE DEAL THAT HE IS NOW SO ANXIOUS TO GET DONE. I CAN ASSURE YOU, MR. SPEAKER, THAT WORK IS UNDER WAY. I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT WE COULD HAVE A DEAL RIGHT NOW TODAY IF, I PREET ONCE AGAIN, I KNOW -- REPEAT ONCE AGAIN, I KNOW MY COLLEAGUE WILL SAY THE REPUBLICANS CONTROL THE SENATE, HE KNOWS AND I KNOW MR. SPEAKER, THE RULES OF THE SENATE REQUIRE 60 VOTES TO GET SOMETHING DONE. AND THAT MEANS TODAY IF CHUCK SCHUMER AND THE DEMOCRATS IN THE SENATE ARE UNWILLING TO AGREE TO THE CAPS DEAL, THEY ARE UNWILLING TO PROVIDE THE RESOURCES WE NEED TO FUND THE MILITARY, RESOURCES TO MAKE SURE OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM CAN DEFEND THE NATION, BECAUSE THEY ARE HOLDING OUT AND THEY ARE HOLDING IT HOSTAGE OVER AMNESTY. WE COULD GET IT DONE TODAY IF THEY WOULD BE WILLING SIMPLY TO COME TO THE TABLE AND COMPROMISE AND STOP HOLDING OUR TROOPS HOSTAGE. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS NOW MY PLEASURE AND HONOR TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA,

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    • 01:13:08 PM

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    • 01:13:11 PM

      MR. MOONEY

      THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, FOR BRINGING THIS IMPORTANT BILL TO THE FLOOR. WE…

      THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, FOR BRINGING THIS IMPORTANT BILL TO THE FLOOR. WE HAVE HEARD IT MENTIONED THAT IN 2002 IN A BIPARTISAN WAY WE ALREADY HAVE A LAW THAT A BABY BORN ALIVE AT ANY STAGE OF GESTATION, ANY WEEKS OF LIVE, BORN ALIVE, IT'S ALREADY ILLEGAL TO KILL THE BABY. THAT WAS A BIPARTISAN BILL. I CAN UNDERSTAND WHY MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WANT TO KEEP CHANGING THE SUBJECT BECAUSE THIS VOTE TODAY, EVERY VOTE SHOULD BE FOR THIS BILL. WE HAVE ALREADY AGREED THAT YOU HAVE TO SAVE THE LIVES OF THESE CHILDREN. THE PROBLEM IS WE DON'T HAVE STRONG ENFORCEMENT MECHANISMS, THIS BILL PROVIDES ENFORCEMENT MECHANISMS. THIS BILL SPECIFIES MEDICAL CARE. THIS SHOULD BE A YOU HAVE TO SAVE THE LIVES UNANIMOUS VOTE. THAT'S WHAT WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT HERE TODAY. LIFE BEGINS AT CONCEPTION. TO HAVE LAWS THAT PROTECT BABIES BORN ALIVE -- THESE ARE BABIES BORN ALIVE. THERE'S BEEN QUESTIONS WHETHER OR NOT IT HAPPENS. MELISSA, WHO TESTIFIED IN THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE A COUPLE YEARS AGO, WAS A BABY BORN ALIVE. SHE STARTED HER OWN NETWORK, THE ABORTION SURVIVORS NET WOK -- NETWORK. SOMETIMES WHEN THEY GO IN TO START THE ABORTION, START THE TREATMENTS, DILATION, CHEMICAL TREATMENTS THE BABY COMES OUT ALIVE. I KNOW PEOPLE LISTENING TO THIS HERE TODAY MIGHT BELIEVE THIS IS A TO START THE ABORTION, START THE TREATMENTS, DILATION, CHEMICAL HORROR STORY. IT HAPPENS IN AMERICA, GENTLEMEN. WE NEED TO FIGHT THIS, MAKE IT ILLEGAL, PASS THIS BILL SO THAT THOSE BABIES ARE GIVEN THE SAME PROTECTION AS ANY OTHER CHILD WHO WAS ALIVE. THIS IS A NO-BRAINER. WHEN THIS VOTE IS CAST LATER IF THERE'S NOT 435 YES VOTES ON THAT BOARD TODAY, THAT'S WHAT SHOULD BE THE SHAME OF THIS SITUATION. THESE ARE LIVE BABIES. THIS IS A NO-BRAINER BILL. I'M PROUD TO REPRESENT THE STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA WHERE RESPECT FOR HUMAN LIFE IS CHERISHED. EVERY MEMBER OF THIS BODY SHOULD RESPECT HUMAN LIFE. IF IT'S ALREADY LAW, YOU SHOULD HAVE NO PROBLEM VOTING FOR IT. THAT'S ALL THE MORE REASON TO SUPPORT THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY. WE HAVE -- THE VOTERS IN THIS COUNTRY HAVE ELECTED US TO DO THE JOB, PRO-LIFE MAJORITY. IT'S TIME WE PASS BILLS LIKE THIS AND MORE BILLS LIKE THIS SO WE CAN SHOW THE PEOPLE WE CARE ABOUT UNBORN CHILDREN. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 01:15:11 PM

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      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED. .

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    • 01:15:19 PM

      MR. MCGOVERN

      ME RESPOND TO THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING. THERE IS LESS THAN 35…

      ME RESPOND TO THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING. THERE IS LESS THAN 35 HOURS LEFT BEFORE THE GOVERNMENT SHUTS DOWN. I THINK THAT'S A PRETTY BIG DEAL THAT SHOULD CONCERN REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS. AND I WANT TO BE CLEAR, I DON'T CARE IF THE PENNSYLVANIA GOES TO PENNSYLVANIA. HE CAN FLY ON HIS JET AND ENJOY LIFE SFILES OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS. BUT WHAT WE OBJECT TO IS THE FACT THAT THIS HOUSE IS GOING TO RECESS DURING THIS CRITICAL TIME SO HE CAN BRING ALONG A WHOLE BUNCH OF MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO BE PART OF A POLITICAL EVENT AT THIS CRUCIAL MOMENT WHEN THE GOVERNMENT IS TO SHUT DOWN. I FIND THAT ASTONISHING. THE GENTLEWOMAN TALKS ABOUT THAT WE OWE IT TO OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM TO SUPPORT OUR MILITARY. DO YOU THINK OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM WANT TO TAKE A BREAK SO REPUBLICAN MEMBERS CAN JOIN THE PRESIDENT ON HIS FANCY JET AND GO TO A POLITICAL RALLY? IS THAT WHAT THE PRIORITIES OF THIS REPUBLICAN MAJORITY ARE? THE LAST TIME WE ALMOST HAD A SHUTDOWN IN DECEMBER, REPUBLICANS TOOK A BREAK SO THEY COULD GO TO THE WHITE HOUSE TO A PARTY TO CELEBRATE THEIR TAX BILL. I'M SORRY. I KNOW A LOT OF REPUBLICANS IN MY DISTRICT AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY I DON'T THINK PRIORITIZE PARTIES AND POLITICAL RALLIES OVER US DOING OUR BUSINESS. AND I REALLY -- AGAIN, EITHER POSTPONETHE POLITICAL RALLY OR HAVE THE PRESIDENT GO WITHOUT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. BUT TO RECESS UNTIL AFTER 7:00 AT THIS CRUCIAL MOMENT WHEN SO MUCH IS IN THE BALANCE? I FIND JUST UNBELIEVABLELY BEYOND THE PALE. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN HOLDING THE HEALTH CARE OF CHILDREN HOSTAGE WHILE THEY PASS TAX BREAKS FOR MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES. TIMES UP. EVERY DAY WE FAIL TO ACT CONSTITUENTS FACE UNCERTAIN TIMES. PRESIDENT TRUMP AGREES WE NEED TO ACT ON CHIP. JUST THIS MORNING, HE TWEETED CHIP SHOULD BE PART OF THE LONG-TERM SOLUTION. WELL, HERE'S THE CHANCE TO STOP PLAYING POLITICS WITH CHIP AND COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS AS WELL AND DO JUST THAT. IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, I WILL OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO THE RULE TO BRING UP H.R. 4820, ADVANCING SENIORS AND KIDS ACT. THIS BILL WOULD RESTORE CERTAINTY TO VULNERABLE CITIZENS BY ADDRESSING CRITICAL HEALTH CARE PRIORITIES. IT RE-AUTHORIZES CHIP AND COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS FOR TWO YEARS AND INCLUDES OTHER VITAL HEALTH CARE PROGRAMS THAT PROVIDE RELIEF TO PREGNANT WOMEN. 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. AND TO DISCUSS OUR PROPOSAL, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA. .

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    • 01:18:43 PM

      MR. MCEACHIN

      ACT WOULD PERMANENTLY RE-AUTHORIZE CHIP, FUND COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS,…

      ACT WOULD PERMANENTLY RE-AUTHORIZE CHIP, FUND COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS, PREVENT DAMAGING CUTS TO OUR SAFETY NET HOSPITALS AND MAKE OTHER CHANGES THAT PROTECT THE HEALTH OF CHILDREN, SENIORS AND OUR MOST VULNERABLE SENIORS AND NEIGHBORS. CONGRESS HAS FAILED TO ACT ON THESE ISSUES AND THE RESULT HAS BEEN COMPLETELY AVOIDABLE PAIN AND SUFFERING. RIGHT NOW, AMERICANS WAKE UP EVERY DAY AND WORRY HOW MUCH LONGER WILL MY CHILD, MY FAMILY MEMBERS HAVE HEALTH CARE. MR. SPEAKER, WE CAN TAKE THAT FEAR AWAY RIGHT NOW. EXTENDING CHIP AND FUNDING COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS, THESE ARE COMMONSENSE POLICIES WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. WE SHOULD PASS CLEAN EXTENSIONS A LONG TIME AGO, BUT WE CAN MAKE AMENDS RIGHT NOW. WE KNOW HEALTH CARE COVERAGE SAVES LIVES. CHIP COVERS NINE MILLION CHILDREN SO IT IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT WE DO THE RIGHT THING. IF WE LET CHIP LAPSE AND DO NOT PROTECT SENIORS AND COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS, THERE WILL BE HORRIBLE CONSEQUENCES FOR FAMILIES ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. TODAY, MEDICAL BANKRUPTCY ARE A LOT LESS COMMON. WE ARE MAKING PROGRESS. I'M URGING MY COLLEAGUES TO BUILD ON THAT PROGRESS AND NOT ABANDON IT. A SOLUTION IS RIGHT HERE IN FRONT OF US. I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO IN THE PREVIOUS QUESTION AND JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING QUALITY AND AFORWARDABLE HEALTH CARE. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 01:20:23 PM

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    • 01:20:26 PM

      MS. CHENEY

      MR. SPEAKER, IF MY COLLEAGUE FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS SO CONCERNED ABOUT…

      MR. SPEAKER, IF MY COLLEAGUE FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS SO CONCERNED ABOUT GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, ABOUT CHILDREN'S HEALTH, ABOUT PROVIDING RELIEF FOR HEALTH CARE, THEN I ASSUME HE WILL BE VOTING YES FOR THE C.R. THAT WILL COME TO THE FLOOR WHICH IN FACT DOES EXTEND CHIP AND DOES HELP TO PROVIDE RELIEF ON THE MEDICAL DEVICE TAX AND KEEPS THE GOVERNMENT OPEN. IF HE WANTS TO MAKE SURE THEIR OBJECTIVES ARE MET, THERE IS A SIMPLE SOLUTION TO DO THAT. I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MY DEAR FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. LAMBORN.

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    • 01:21:03 PM

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      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

    • 01:21:05 PM

      MR. LAMBORN

      I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM THE GREAT STATE OF WYOMING. MR. SPEAKER, THERE…

      I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM THE GREAT STATE OF WYOMING. MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE SOME ISSUES THAT WE DEBATE IN THE HOUSE SHOULD NOT BE A MATTER OF QUESTION IN ANYONE'S MIND AND WHETHER OR NOT A BABY IS BORN AND OUTSIDE OF THE WOMB DESERVES PROTECTION. SOMETIMES ABORTION ATTEMPTS FAILED, AND A BABY IS BORN. TRAGICALLY SOME APPORTION PROVIDERS DIDN'T KILL THESE BORN-ALIVE INFANTS. AND THIS IS UNCONSCIONABLE. THE BORDER SURVIVORS' ABORTION ACT SO THAT A BABY WHO SURVIVES MUST BE TREATED AT A HOSPITAL WITH THE SAME CARE AS A BABY BORN ALIVE NATURALLY IN THE SAME STATE OF PREGNANCY. IT INCLUDES CRIMINAL SANCTIONS AGAINST ANY ABORTION PROVIDER WHO KILLS A BABY BORN ALIVE. MR. SPEAKER, KILLING A BABY OUTSIDE OF THE WOMB IS THE TAKING OF AN INNOCENT HUMAN LIFE. I URGE UNANIMOUS SUPPORT OF REPRESENTATIVE BLACKBURN'S BILL.

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    • 01:22:06 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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    • 01:22:12 PM

      MR. MCGOVERN

      I WOULD SAY TO THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING, I'M NOT GOING TO VOTE FOR THE…

      I WOULD SAY TO THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING, I'M NOT GOING TO VOTE FOR THE C.R. BECAUSE IT DOESN'T DO ANYTHING FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS OR ALLEVIATE BURDENS OF PAYMENTS THAT PROVIDE FOR VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES AND DOESN'T FUND VETERANS' HEALTH. I WANT THIS PROCESS TO MOVE FORWARD SO WE CAN GET A DEAL THAT IS BIPARTISAN THAT WE CAN ALL BE PROUD OF. TELL YOUR MEMBERS PLEASE DO NOT GO ON THIS POLITICAL RALLY AND LET'S KEEP THIS HOUSE GOING AND DO THE PEOPLE'S WORK. I YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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    • 01:22:52 PM

      MS. FRANKEL

      MR. SPEAKER, MY, MY, MY, HERE WE GO AGAIN. REPUBLICANS PLAYING POLITICS…

      MR. SPEAKER, MY, MY, MY, HERE WE GO AGAIN. REPUBLICANS PLAYING POLITICS WITH DEEPLY PERSONAL HEALTH CARE DECISIONS THAT BELONG BETWEEN WOMEN AND THEIR PHYSICIANS. THE BORN ALIVE ABORTION SURVIVORS' PROTECTION ACT IS NOT GOING TO SAVE LIVES BUT WRENCH US BACK TO THE DARK DAYS OF COAT HANGER MEDICINE WHERE WOMEN WERE KILLED AND MAIMED IN BACK ALLEYS. THIS LEGISLATION HAS ONE AIM, INTIMIDATE GOOD AND DECENT DOCTORS, THREATEN THEM WITH IMPRISONMENT IF THEY DARE TO PERFORM A LEGAL ABORTION EXERCISING THEIR OWN MEDICAL JUDGMENT AND WITH THE CONSENT OF THEIR PATIENT. I STRONGLY OPPOSE THIS LEGISLATION. AND MR. SPEAKER, THE WOMEN OF THIS COUNTRY ARE WATCHING. WE WILL NOT GO BACK.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELD BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES. THE…

      THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELD BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING IS RECOGNIZED.

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    • 01:23:58 PM

      MS. CHENEY

      I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR.LA…

      I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR.LA MALL FA.

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    • 01:24:06 PM

      MR. LAMALFA

      ABOUT HOW WE CAN'T DO TWO THINGS AT ONCE. WE HAVE 435 MEMBERS IN THE HOUSE…

      ABOUT HOW WE CAN'T DO TWO THINGS AT ONCE. WE HAVE 435 MEMBERS IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. BUT THERE IS NO TIME TO DO THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION? WOW! CAN MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WALK AND CHEW GUM? I WOULD INVITE MY DEMOCRAT COLLEAGUES, CHEW SOME GUM. THIS EMPOWERS NURSES AND ASSISTANTS THAT SEE SOMETHING THAT IS TERRIBLY WRONG WITH AN ABORTION THAT WENT WRONG AND THEY HAVE A CHANCE. INSTEAD THEY CAN'T SNEAK OUT THAT SURVIVING BABY AND TAKE THEM SOMEWHERE ELSE BECAUSE THEY CAN'T GET THE CARE THEY NEED. WHAT KIND OF COUNTRY IS THAT? WHY IS THIS EVEN A DEBATE IN A CIVILIZED COUNTRY IN 2018 THAT YOU WOULDN'T DO EVERYTHING YOU CAN AFTER THE ALREADY DIFFICULT OR BAD DECISION ON AN ABORTION THAT A BABY SURVIVES AND WE AREN'T GOING TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO HELP IT SURVIVE? THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE TO ME. WE NEED TO PASS THIS LEGISLATION AND EMPOWER THE NURSES AND ASSISTANTS THAT SEE WHAT'S WRONG AND ALLOW THEM TO DO THE RIGHT THING. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 01:25:23 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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      MR. MCGOVERN

      I RESERVE.

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      THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING IS RECOGNIZED. CHAIN CHARNE I YIELD ONE…

      THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING IS RECOGNIZED. CHAIN CHARNE I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, MR. KING.

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    • 01:25:36 PM

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    • 01:25:39 PM

      MR. KING

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER AND I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. I COME TO…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER AND I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. I COME TO THE FLOOR AND WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT I'M AN ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR OF THE UNDERLYING BILL. I SUPPORT THE UNDERLYING BILL AND SIGNED ON TO EVERY PRO-LIFE LEGISLATION AS I CAN. MY QUESTION OUT HERE IS WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO DO TO BREAK OUT OF THE STRAIT JACKET. MY HATS OFF TO JILL AND WE ARE GOING TO HONOR HERE TODAY AND TOMORROW WITH A VOTE ON THE FINAL PASSAGE OF THE BILL. BUT I'M PUTTING UP A NO VOTE ON THE RULE TODAY BECAUSE WE HAVE 170 CO-SPONSORS ON THE HEARTBEAT BILL. I HAVE GONE TO EVERY MEETING. NOBODY HAS BROUGHT THIS BILL UP AND SOMEHOW, ONE OUTSIDE ORGANIZATION CAME IN AND LOBBIED TO PUT THIS AHEAD. THERE HAS BEEN HEARING. I'M FOR THE BILL. BUT IF NOBODY HAS THE COURAGE TO STEP UP AND SAY WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS PROCESS, THEN HE ARE NOT GOING TO THE PROCESS. I'M GOING TO VOTE NO ON THE RULE AND VOTE YES ON THE UNDERLYING BILL.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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      MR. MCGOVERN

      I AGREE WITH THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, THE PROCESS STINKS.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING IS RECOGNIZED.

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      MS. CHENEY

      I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. JOHNSON.

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      THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA IS RECOGNIZED.

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      RECOGNIZED. MR. JOHNSON

      WE HEARD SOME OUTRAGEOUS REMARKS FROM OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE. I…

      WE HEARD SOME OUTRAGEOUS REMARKS FROM OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE. I HEARD THE ARGUMENT THAT THIS IS UNNECESSARILY LEGISLATING MEDICAL STANDARDS. THEY SAID THIS SHOULD BE A MATTER OF MEDICAL JUDGMENT? REALLY, A COMMITMENT TO THE SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE IS ESSENTIAL TO WHO WE ARE AS AMERICANS AND HUMAN BEINGS. THEY HAVE ARGUED THIS IS A SOLUTION IN SEARCH OF THE PROBLEM BUT IGNORE THE DATA. BETWEEN 2003 AND 2014, 588 OF THE INFANT DEATHS INCLUDED A RECORD THAT THE CAUSE OF DEATH WAS TERMINATION OF PREGNANCY AFFECTING THE FETUS AND A NEWBORN. THE C.D.C. THIS COULD BE AN UNDERESTIMATE. AND MY FIRSTHAND LEGITIMATING AGAINST THE ABORTION INDUSTRY IN LOUISIANA THAT THAT INDUSTRY ALWAYS UNDERREPORTS THEIR NUMBERS OF TERMINATION. YESTERDAY, I SPOKE WITH BRANDY IN BATON ROUGE, SHE IS A SURVIVOR OF A FAILED ABORTION ATTEMPT AND NOW LIVES WITH SEVERE DISABILITIES. SHE IS A PASSIONATE ADVOCATE FOR LIFE. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US SHOULD BE. THE MOST IMPORTANT RESPONSIBILITY OF A JUST GOVERNMENT IS TO DEFEND THE DEFENSELESS AND WITH THE BORN ALIVE ABORTION SURVIVORS' PROTECTION ACT, IT IS NECESSARY TO PROTECT THE MOST VULNERABLE IN OUR SOCIETY AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    • 01:27:17 PM

      MR. JOHNSON

      COLLEAGUES TO VOTE. AND I YIELD BACK.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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      MR. MCGOVERN

      I YIELD TO THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS.

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      MS. JACKSON LEE

      I RISE TO SUPPORT THE OPPOSING, OPPOSING OF THE RULE AND OPPOSING OF H.R.…

      I RISE TO SUPPORT THE OPPOSING, OPPOSING OF THE RULE AND OPPOSING OF H.R. 4712 TO SUPPORT THITE OF A WOMAN TO CHOOSE AND TO SUPPORT LOVING FAMILIES. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ALLOW MY STATEMENT TO BE PLACED IN THE RECORD IN OPPOSITION TO THE RULE AND OPPOSITION TO H.R. 4712.

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    • 01:29:13 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES. THE…

      WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING IS RECOGNIZED.

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    • 01:29:23 PM

      MS. CHENEY

      I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON , MR. NEW HOUSE. THE…

      I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON , MR. NEW HOUSE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED.

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    • 01:29:34 PM

      MR. NEWHOUSE

      I WANT TO THANK MY GOOD FRIEND, THE GENTLELADY FROM BYO MIPPING, FOR…

      I WANT TO THANK MY GOOD FRIEND, THE GENTLELADY FROM BYO MIPPING, FOR YIELDING ME ONE MINUTE. I RISE TODAY TO VOICE MY STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS RULE AND TO PROVIDE CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 4712, THE BORN ALIVE ABORTION SURVIVORS PROTECTION ACT. WHICH WOULD ENSURE CHILDREN WHO SURVIVE AND ABORTION OR ATTEMPTED ABORTION ABORTION SURVIVORS ARE GIVEN PROPER MEDICAL TREATMENT. I'M A PROUD CO-SPONSOR OF THIS BILL TO ENSURE THAT BABIES BORN ALIVE ARE TRANSPORTED AND ADMITTED TO A HOSPITAL IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING EMERGENCY CARE. AS A CHRISTIAN AND AS A FATHER OF TWO, I HOLD MAINTAINING THE SANCTITY OF LIFE AS MY HIGHEST PRIORITY. THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES VOTED TO PASS THIS LEGISLATION IN THE 114TH CONGRESS, BUT IT WAS MET WITH AN UNRESPONSIVE SENATE. I WILL VOTE AGAIN TO SUPPORT THIS BILL TO HOLD HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS ACCOUNTABLE, PROTECT AND EMPOWER MOTHERS, AND HELP ENSURE THAT THESE INNOCENT CHILDREN ARE PROVIDED THE SAME MEDICAL CARE THAT ANY OTHER NEWBORN WOULD RECEIVE. I REMAIN HOPEFUL THAT THIS TIME AROUND WE CAN SEND THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION TO THE PRESIDENT.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE…

      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    • 01:30:54 PM

      MR. MCGOVERN

      I RESERVE MY TIME.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING IS…

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING IS RECOGNIZED.

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    • 01:31:00 PM

      MS. CHENEY

      MR. SPEAKER, COULD I INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME IS LEFT ON EACH SIDE?

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING HAS FOUR MINUTES. MASSACHUSETTS HAS THREE…

      THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING HAS FOUR MINUTES. MASSACHUSETTS HAS THREE MINUTES.

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    • 01:31:11 PM

      MS. CHENEY

      THE GENTLEMAN PREPARED TO CLOSE?

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      MR. MCGOVERN

      AS LONG AS YOU DON'T HAVE ANY OTHER SPEAKERS I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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      MS. CHENEY

      I'M NOT LYING IN WAIT OVER HERE, MR. SPEAKER.

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      THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

    • 01:31:24 PM

      MR. MCGOVERN

      I YIELD MYSELF THE REMAINING TIME.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

    • 01:31:28 PM

      MR. MCGOVERN

      MR. SPEAKER, FIRST OF ALL I WANT TO SAY TO ALL MY COLLEAGUES, DEMOCRATS…

      MR. SPEAKER, FIRST OF ALL I WANT TO SAY TO ALL MY COLLEAGUES, DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, THAT THIS PROCESS IS LOUSY. THIS IS YET ANOTHER CLOSED RULE. THE BILL BEFORE US DIDN'T EVEN GO THROUGH COMMITTEE. THERE WAS NOT A HEARING, THERE WAS NOT A MARKUP. IT JUST MIRACULOUSLY APPEARED RIGHT BEFORE ANTI-CHOICE RALLY AND HERE IT IS TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT. THAT IS NOT THE WAY THIS PLACE IS SUPPOSED TO BE RUN. AT SOME POINT NO MATTER WHAT YOUR IDEOLOGY IS, NO MATTER WHAT YOU BELIEVE ABOUT SOME OF THESE ISSUES, YOU HAVE TO BE FOR A MORE OPEN PROCESS, A MORE DELIBERATIVE PROCESS. THIS DIMINISHES THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. THIS IS NOT WHAT THE PEOPLE, I DON'T CARE WHAT THE POLITICAL PARTY OR IDEOLOGY MAY BE, WANT FROM THEIR CONGRESS. THEY WANT A MORE OPEN AND TRANSPARENT PROCESS. MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL BEFORE US, AS I SAID BEFORE, IS A SOUND BITE. IT'S GOING NOWHERE. BUT IT'S BEEN INTRODUCED AND WE'RE GOING TO BE VOTING ON IT PURELY FOR BILL BEFORE US, AS POLITICAL PURPOSES. MR. SPEAKER, THIS MORNING THE MAJORITY WHIP ANNOUNCED UPON, AND I QUOTE, UPON CONCLUSION OF DEBATE ON H.R. 195, THAT'S THE C.R., THE HOUSE WILL RECESS UNTIL 7:00 P.M. END QUOTE. RECESS? RECESS? WITH ALL THAT'S AT STAKE WE'RE GOING TO RECESS? THIS ISN'T A TIME FOR RECESS OR A POLITICAL RALLY. SHAME ON REPUBLICANS WHO ARE DELAYING ACTION IN THIS HOUSE ON MOVING THE PROCESS FORWARD ON A CONTINUING RESOLUTION. TO TRY TO BUY SOME TIME TO MAKE IT BETTER, HOPEFULLY, SO IT CAN EARN BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. SHAME ON THEM FOR GOING TO A POLITICAL RALLY INSTEAD OF STAYING HERE DOING THEIR JOB. THIS IS THE TIME TO RESPONSIBLY FUND GOVERNMENT. THOSE OF US ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE HAVE A LOT OF ISSUES WITH HOUSE LEADERSHIP IS RAMMING THROUGH IN TERMS OF A C.R. WE WERE NOT PART OF THAT DISCUSSION. WE WERE NOT ASKED WHAT OUR VALUES ARE AND WHAT WE THINK IS IMPORTANT. THIS IS PURELY A PRODUCT THAT THE REPUBLICANS NEGOTIATED WITH REPUBLICANS. MY HOPE IS WE HAVE TIME TO MAKE IT BETTER. BUT WHEN YOU RECESS UNTIL 7:00, NOT TO MAKE IT BETTER, NOT TO NEGOTIATE, BUT SO THAT REPUBLICANS GO TO A UNTIL POLITICAL RALLY, SHAME ON YOU FOR DOING THAT. WITH ALL THAT'S AT STAKE. OUR SOLDIERS DON'T WANT US TO RECESS. THOSE THAT DEPEND ON COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS DON'T WANT US TO RECESS. OUR POLITICAL RALLY, VETERANS DON'T WANT US TO RECESS. YET, EVERYBODY'S PERFECTLY FINE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WITH TAKING A BREAK, NO BIG DEAL, NO RUSH, NOTHING. AS WE GET CLOSER AND CLOSER TO THIS CRISIS. AT SOME POINT WE NEED RESPONSIBLE LEADERSHIP IN THIS HOUSE. THAT BEGINS WITH -- RETURN TO REGULAR ORDER, MORE OPEN AND TRANSPARENT PROCESS, A RESPECT FOR THE VIEWS OF THE MINORITY. AND IT MEANS PRIORITIZING THE BUSINESS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

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    • 01:34:36 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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      MR. MCGOVERN

      FUNDING GOVERNMENT IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN A POLITICAL RALLY IN…

      FUNDING GOVERNMENT IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN A POLITICAL RALLY IN PENNSYLVANIA. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 01:34:42 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING IS…

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

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    • 01:34:45 PM

      MS. CHENEY

      THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I AGREE WITH MY COLLEAGUE…

      THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I AGREE WITH MY COLLEAGUE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE. MY COLLEAGUE FROM MASSACHUSETTS. THERE IS SHAMEFUL ACTION UNDER WAY IN THIS CONGRESS. AND THAT SHAMEFUL ACTION IS THE FACT THAT I WILL SAY ONCE AGAIN THAT WE'RE IN A SITUATION WHERE OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM HAVE NOT RECEIVED THE APPROPRIATION THAT THEY NEED TO DO THE JOB THAT WE'RE ASKING THEM TO DO. AND THE REASON THEY HAVEN'T, WE HAVE PASSED AN AUTHORIZATION BILL THROUGH THIS BODY. WE HAVE PASSED AN APPROPRIATION BILL THROUGH THIS BODY. BUT THE DEMOCRATS IN THE SENATE ARE REFUSING TO ACT. THE DEMOCRATS IN THE SENATE WHO HOLD THE KEY TO GETTING 60 VOTES IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE ARE REFUSING TO ACT. AND THE REASON THEY ARE REFUSING TO ACT, MR. SPEAKER, IS BECAUSE THEY WANT AMNESTY FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS. THEY ARE HOLDING HOSTAGE THE EXTENT TO WHICH WE'RE ABLE TO PROVIDE RESOURCES TO FUND OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM. MR. SPEAKER, THERE IS A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF URGENCY ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, AND I RESPECT MY COLLEAGUE FROM MASSACHUSETTS. I RESPECT HIS FRUSTRATION. BUT I DO NOT RESPECT, MR. SPEAKER, THE EXTENT TO WHICH HE IS ACCUSING US OF SHAMEFUL BEHAVIOR. WE'RE ON THIS FLOOR TODAY TALKING ABOUT A BILL THAT WILL PROTECT BABIES WHO ARE BORN ALIVE AFTER ABORTIONS. THE SHAMEFUL BEHAVIOR IS THAT ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE THEY WANT TO TALK POLITICS, THEY WANT TO TALK POSTURING, THEY WANT TO TALK PROCESS. THEY DON'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT BABIES WHO ARE BORN ALIVE AFTER ABORTION. I KNOW WHY THEY DON'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT BECAUSE IT'S UNCOMFORTABLE. THEY WOULD RATHER IGNORE IT'S ACTUALLY HAPPENING, MR. SPEAKER. WE CAN'T IGNORE T WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION IN THIS BODY TO ENSURE THAT WE PROVIDE PROTECTIONS AND CARE FOR THOSE WHO CANNOT. FOR THE MOST VULNERABLE AMONG US. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS A MORAL OBLIGATION TO ENSURE THE PROTECTION OF EVERY BABY BORN ALIVE. I AM PROUD TO BE HERE TODAY ON BEHALF OF THIS RULE, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ADOPTION OF BOTH THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILL, H.R. 4712, SO WE CAN CONTINUE TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT, WHAT IS MORALLY REQUIRED OF US, AND THAT IS TO PROTECT AND NURTURE AND 4712, SO WE MAKE SURE WE PROVIDED SAFEGUARDS FOR THE UNBORN AND FOR THOSE BORN ALIVE AFTER ABORTION. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. AND I MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION.

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    • 01:37:01 PM

      HE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING YIELDS. AND THE QUESTION IS, ON THE ORDER --…

      THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING YIELDS. AND THE QUESTION IS, ON THE ORDER -- ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THIS RESOLUTION. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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    • 01:37:02 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

    • 01:37:17 PM

      MR. MCGOVERN

      ON THAT I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

  • 01:37:23 PM

    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

    At the conclusion of debate on H. Res. 694, the Chair put the question on ordering the previous question, and by voice vote announced that the ayes prevailed. Mr. McGovern demanded the yeas and nays, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of ordering the previous question until later in the legislative day.

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      THE MESSENGER

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

      MESSAGE. THE MESSENGER: MR. SPEAKER, A MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE. THE SECRETARY: MR. SPEAKER. THE SPEAKER PRO

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    • 01:37:39 PM

      THE SECRETARY

      FROM THE SENATE. THE SECRETARY: MR. SPEAKER.

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      MR. SPEAKER.

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      THE SECRETARY

      MADAM SECRETARY. THE SECRETARY: I HAVE BEEN DIRECTED BY THE SENATE TO…

      MADAM SECRETARY. THE SECRETARY: I HAVE BEEN DIRECTED BY THE SENATE TO INFORM THE HOUSE THAT THE SENATE HAS AGREED TO, H.CON.RES. 98, DIRECTING THE SECRETARY OF THE SENATE TO MAKE A CORRECTION IN THE ENROLLMENT OF THE BILL S. 139.

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    • 01:37:42 PM

      The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate agreed to H. Con Res. 98 and the Senate agreed to the House amendment to S. 139.

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        Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 696 — "Providing for consideration of the Senate amendment to the bill (H.R. 195) to amend title 44, United States Code, to restrict the distribution of free printed copies of the Federal Register to Members of Congress and other officers and employees of the United States, and for other purposes; waiving a requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII with respect to consideration of certain resolutions reported from the Committee on Rules; and providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules."

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          139.

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          IN MR. COLE

          SEEK REAK NATION IN MR. COLE: BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES I…

          SEEK REAK NATION IN MR. COLE: BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 669 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION. THE SECRETARY: THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

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        • 01:38:43 PM

          THE SECRETARY

          THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

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          THE CLERK

          112020 -- 120, HOUSE RESOLUTION 696. RESOLVED UPON ADOPTION OF THIS…

          112020 -- 120, HOUSE RESOLUTION 696. RESOLVED UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO TAKE FROM THE SPEAKER'S TABLE THE BILL H.R. 195, TO AMEND TITLE 44 UNITED STATES CODE TO RESTRICT THE DISTRIBUTION OF FREE PRINTED COPIES OF THE FEDERAL REGISTER TO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND OTHER OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES OF THE UNITED STATES, AND FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES. -- FOR OTHER PURPOSES. AND CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE WITHOUT INTERVENTION OF ANY POINT OF ORDER A MOTION OFFERED BY THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS OR HIS DESIGNEE THAT THE HOUSE CONCUR IN THE SENATE AMENDMENT WITH AN AMENDMENT CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 115-55. THE SENATE AMENDMENT AND THE MOTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. THE MOTION SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR ONE HOUR EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE MOTION TO ITS ADOPTION WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION. SECTION 2, THE REQUIREMENT OF CLAUSE 6-A OF RULE 13 FOR A 2/3 VOTE TO CONSIDER A REPORT FROM THE COMMITTEE ON RULES ON THE SAME DAY IT IS PRESENTED TO THE HOUSE IS WAIVED WITH RESPECT TO ANY RESOLUTION REPORTED FOR THE LEGISLATIVE DAY OF JANUARY 20, 2018. SECTION 3, IT SHALL BE IN ORDER AT ANY TIME FOR THE LEGISLATIVE DAY OF JANUARY 20, 2018, FOR THE SPEAKER TO ENTERTAIN MOTIONS THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AS THOUGH UNDER CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 15. THE SPEAKER OR HIS DESIGNEE SHALL CONSULT WITH THE MINORITY LEADER OR HER DESIGNEE ON THE DESIGNATION OF ANY MATTER FOR CONSIDERATION PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION.

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    • 01:40:17 PM

      DEBATE

      The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 696.

      • 01:40:24 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

      • 01:40:26 PM

        MR. COLE

        MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30…

        MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND, THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, MS. SLAUGHTER, PENDING WHICH I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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      • 01:40:38 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

      • 01:40:40 PM

        MR. COLE

        DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION ALL TIME YIELDED IS FOR THE…

        DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION ALL TIME YIELDED IS FOR THE PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS.

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      • 01:40:55 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        IS WITHOUT OBJECTION.

      • 01:40:57 PM

        MR. COLE

        MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY THE RULES COMMITTEE MET AND ORDERED A RULE FOR…

        MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY THE RULES COMMITTEE MET AND ORDERED A RULE FOR CONSIDERATION OF SENATE AMENDMENT TO H.R. 195, THE EXTENSION OF CONTINUING APPROPRIATIONS ACT OF 2018. THE RULE PROVIDES FOR ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE. MR. SPEAKER, THE APPROPRIATIONS LANGUAGE -- PACKAGE IN FRONT OF US REPRESENTS THE FOURTH CONTINUING RESOLUTION TO FUND GOVERNMENT FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2018. IN BRINGING UP THIS BILL, THE HOUSE IS FULFILLING ITS PRIMARY OBLIGATION TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. TO FUND THE GOVERNMENT AND KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OPENED AND OPERATING. WITH THE PACKAGE UNDER CONSIDERATION TODAY, CONGRESS WILL FUND THE GOVERNMENT THROUGH FEBRUARY 16 OF 2018. WILL PROVIDE CRUCIAL DOLLARS TO KEEP THE GOVERNMENT FUNCTIONING, TO SUPPORT OUR TROOPS, AND THE MILITARY, AND TO ENSURE WE'RE ALL WORKING FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND WE WILL PROVIDE TIME TO NEGOTIATE A LARGER AGREEMENT ON FUNDING THE GOVERNMENT FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE FISCAL YEAR, AS WELL AS A BADLY NEEDED IMMIGRATION REFORM MEASURE. IN ADDITION TO FUNDING THE GOVERNMENT, THIS BILL ALSO INCLUDES SEVERAL OTHER IMPORTANT PROVISIONS. MOST NOTABLY IT RE-AUTHORIZES THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM, OR CHIP, AS IT'S POPULARLY KNOWN, FOR SIX YEARS. IT ALSO IMPLEMENTS CRITICAL DELAYS IN CERTAIN TAXES IMPOSED BY THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, INCLUDING A TWO-YEAR DELAY FOR THE MEDICAL DEVICE TAX A. TWO-YEAR DELAY FOR THE SO-CALLED -- TAX, A TWO-YEAR DELAY FOR THE CADILLAC TAX, AND ONE-YEAR DELAY ON THE HEALTH INSURANCE TAX. AS A SUPPORTER OF REPEALING AND REPLACING THE ENTIRE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, I'M GRATIFIED TO SEE THIS DELAY IMPOSING THEE HARMFUL TAXES ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I'M ALSO PLEASED THIS BILL PROVIDES ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR BALLISTIC MISSILE DEFENSE. WHICH IS OF CRUCIAL IMPORTANCE WHEN DEALING WITH ROGUE STATES LIKE NORTH KOREA. MR. SPEAKER, IN 2017, CONGRESS ACTUALLY GOT A GREAT DEAL DONE. THE HOUSE AND SENATE HAVE WORKED WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP TO DO MORE TO DEREGULATE THE ECONOMY AND FREES ALL BUSINESSES FROM ANY HARMFUL REGULATION THAT IS ANY PREVIOUS CONGRESS. THE SENATE HAS BEEN PRODUCTIVE IN OVERHAULING THE JUDICIAL BRANCH. CONFIRM AGNEW SUPREME COURT JUSTICE AND 12 JUDGES FOR THE COURTS OF APPEAL. THE HOUSE AND SENATE HAVE APPROVED AND PASSED INTO LAW A NEW NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT WHICH WILL PROVIDE NEW TOOLS TO REBUILD AND STRENGTHEN OUR MILITARY IN THE FACE OF GLOBAL THREATS. WE HAVE PASSED TWO SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS BILLS TO DEAL WITH THE DAMAGE CAUSED BY MULTIPLE DISASTERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. AND I'M CONFIDENT WE'LL PASS A THIRD IN THE DAYS AHEAD. ABOVE ALL, THE CROWN JEWEL IN THIS FIRST YEAR OF THE 115TH CONGRESS HAS BEEN THE PACKAGE -- PASSAGE OF MAJOR TAX REFORM LEGISLATION WHICH WILL BOOST THE ECONOMY, REDUCE THE TAX BURDEN ON WORKERS, SUPPORT WORKING FAMILIES, AND SIMPLIFY AND MODERNIZE OUR BURDENSOME TAX CODE. I'M PARTICULARLY PLEASED THIS BILL INCLUDED THE REPEAL OF THE OBAMACARE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE. THE PLACE WHERE CONGRESS HAS SUPPORT WORKING FAMILIES, AND SIMPLIFY AND MODERNIZE NOT GOTTEN ITS JOB DONE IS IN THE APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS. THIS IS NOT THE FAULT OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF CHAIRMAN BLACK, THE HOUSE WROTE AND PASSED A BUDGET FOR F.Y. 2018, FISCAL YEAR 18, IN APRIL. THROUGH THE EFFORTS OF CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN ANTI-OTHER MEMBERS OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, THE HOUSE -- AND THE OTHER MEMBERS OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, THE HOUSE PASSED ALL APPROPRIATIONS BILLS PRIOR TO THE START OF THE FISCAL YEAR. OUR FRIENDS IN THE SENATE HAVE FAILED TO AFPBLGT WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR OVER -- ACT. WE HAVE BEEN WAITING OVER 120 DAYS, FOUR MONTHS FOR THE SENATOR TO EITHER ACT ON OUR BILLS OUR R OR WRITE THEIR OWN AND DEN-D -- OR WRITE THEIR OWN AND SEND US APPROPRIATIONS TO CONSIDER. THE SENATE HAS NOT DONE SO. GIVEN THEIR FAILURE TO ACT WE NEED YET ANOTHER ADDITIONAL SHORT-TERM C.R. TO ENSURE THE GOVERNMENT REMAINS OPEN. IT'S MY HOPE IN THE INTERIM THAT THE LEADERS OF THE TWO CHAMBERS AND THE PRESIDENT WILL BE ABLE TO COME TOGETHER TO DETERMINE WHAT OUR SPENDING TOP LINES WOULD BE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2018. ONCE THAT HAPPENS, TO ENSURE THE GOVERNMENT REMAINS OPEN. ALL THE INTERESTED PARTIES CAN MEET TO PUT TOGETHER A BIPARTISAN AND BICAMERAL FULL-YEAR SPENDING BILL. IF THE LEADERSHIP OF BOTH CHAMBERS COME TO AN AGREEMENT, I'M CONFIDENT THAT THE APPROPRIATORS CAN PRODUCE BILLS TO FUND THE GOVERNMENT IN FISCAL YEAR 2018 AND BEGIN THE BORN TASK OF PRODUCING A BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 19. . LET ME CRYSTAL CLEAR. A VOTE AGAINST THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION IS A VOTE AGAINST RE-AUTHORIZATION THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM. THE VOTE AGAINST THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION IS TO ATTACK HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS. A VOTE AGAINST THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION IS A VOTE TO TAX THE MEDICAL DEVICES THAT MILLIONS OF AMERICANS RELY ON. A VOTE AGAINST THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION IS A VOTE AGAINST BADLY NEEDED FUNDS TO PROTECT AMERICA ON MISSILE ATTACKS. AND VOTE AGAINST THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION IS A VOTE TO SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES. I HOPE EVERY MEMBER ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE UNDERSTANDS THESE CONSEQUENCES AND VOTES ACCORDINGLY. TODAY'S C.R. ACCOMPLISHES SEVERAL IMPORTANT TASKS AND KEEPS OUR GOVERNMENT OPEN AND OPERATING. IN THE WORDS OF WINSTON CHURCHILL, GIVE US THE TOOLS AND WE WILL FINISH THE JOB. I URGE SUPPORT OF THE RULE AND UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. AND WITH THAT, I RESERVE.

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      • 01:46:37 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK IS…

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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      • 01:46:43 PM

        MS. SLAUGHTER

        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY TIME. I YIELD MYSELF…

        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY TIME. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER, THE CHAMBER FINDS ITSELF IN MUCH THE SAME POSITION IT WAS IN ON SEPTEMBER 8, DECEMBER 7 AND DECEMBER 21. THOSE WERE THE OTHER THREE CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS THAT WE PASSED TO TRY TO GET THROUGH HERE. BUT WE ARE RUSHING AGAIN WITH ONE OF THE MAJORITY SHORT-TERM CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS WITH DAYS TO SPARE, ACTUALLY TOMORROW, ONE DAY TO SPARE UNTIL THE GREAT GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES CLOSES FOR BUSINESS. NOW YOU MIGHT THINK THAT WOULD BE THE MOST IMPORTANT THING ON THE MINDS OF THE MAJORITY AND OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT. BUT IT ISN'T. BECAUSE WE AREN'T GOING TO VOTE ON THIS TONIGHT UNTIL 7:00 P.M. AND ALL THE PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRY WHO ARE HOLDING THEIR BREATH TO SEE IF THEY ARE GOING TO BE LAID OFF, FEDERAL WORKERS OR OTHER THINGS THAT GO WITH THAT DEVASTATEING THING, LET ME REMIND YOU THE GOVERNMENT HAD A SHUTDOWN, $24 BILLION WAS LOST IN THE ECONOMY, A LOT OF IT DUE TO LAID-OFF WORKERS AND LARGE NUMBER OF FACILITIES OWNED BY THE GOVERNMENT HAVE STORES AND NEWSPAPER STANDS IN THEM, THEY WERE ALSO CLOSED. BUT WE AREN'T IN ANY HURRY TODAY AND NOBODY IS CONCERNED ABOUT IT. AND WITH THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND SEVERAL MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE HAVE GONE TO A POLITICAL RALLY IN PENNSYLVANIA AND THEY ARE TRYING TO SAVE A CONGRESSIONAL SEAT THERE OF A PERSON WHO WAS FORCED TO STEP DOWN AND THAT OBVIOUSLY IS OF MORE IMPORTANCE TO THEM THAN WHETHER OR NOT THIS GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO FUNCTION. THAT'S A TRAGEDY, MR. SPEAKER. BUT THAT'S WHAT WE HAVE BEEN PUTTING UP WITH FOR A LONG TIME. I DON'T RECALL A TIME WE HAD FOUR CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS IN PROBABLY A MONTH AND A HALF. BUT HERE WE ARE AND I BET YOU WE WILL COME BACK IN FEBRUARY AND DO YET ANOTHER ONE. MY COLLEAGUES WHO HAVE GONE TO PENNSYLVANIA COULD HAVE GONE NEXT WEEK BECAUSE WE ARE TAKING ANOTHER WEEK OFF BACK IN THE DISTRICT AND THE CAUSED THIS GREAT HUB BUB WHICH IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT DAYS IN THE LIFE OF THE NATION AS TO WHETHER WE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES. IT'S TRAGIC, ISN'T IT? I WAS ON THE FLOOR THE LAST TIME IT SHUT DOWN AND AT MIDNIGHT, I SAID THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES IS NOW CLOSED. I HATE TO BE UP HERE AND SAY SOMETHING LIKE THAT AGAIN. I DON'T KNOW WHAT ELSE TO CALL IT EXCEPT TO CALL IT INCOMPETENCE. THAT COMES AS CLOSE TO THE DEFINITION I CAN MAKE. BUT THIS LATEST PROPOSAL THAT WE WILL NOT VOTE ON UNTIL AFTER 7:00 P.M., BUT I DO HOPE THAT OTHERS WILL BE ABLE TO STAND THE SUSPENSE. THIS IS THE FOURTH CONTINUING RESOLUTION. AND IT WILL RUN AS I SAID BEFORE THROUGH FEBRUARY 16TH. WHERE I BERTSCHA WE DO ANOTHER ONE. IF PAST IS PROLOGUE, WE WILL PROBABLY FIND OURSELVES BACK, BECAUSE WHAT WE DO IN THIS HOUSE NOW IS STAND BY WHILE THE MAJORITY GOES FROM ONE SELF-IMPOSED CRISIS TO THE NEXT. THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION IS NOT THE PRODUCT OF BIPARTISAN NEGOTIATIONS. IT WAS WRITTEN SOLELY BY THE MAJORITY WITHOUT A SINGLE DEMOCRAT FINGERPRINT ANYWHERE ON THE BILL. AMERICA PAY HEED TO THAT IF THIS GOVERNMENT SHOULD SHUT DOWN, THIS PROBLEM IS SOLELY THAT OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. WE WERE NOT ASKED FOR OUR INPUT. IT WAS IN THE WRITTEN IN THE BACK ROOM AND IT SINCE IT WAS RELEASED, THE MAJORITY HAS BEEN ASKING FOR OUR SUPPORT AND SAYING WHAT A SHAME IT IS, WHAT A SHAME THAT WE WHO DON'T BELIEVE IN THIS PARTICULAR THING ARE NOT OUT THERE BEATING THE DRUM FOR IT. BUT THAT'S NOT HOW IT WORKS. THE MAJORITY CANNOT CRAFT THIS BILL SOLELY BY ITSELF AND FAILED TO TAKE ISSUES. AND WE HAD AN IDEA WE WOULD COME TO THIS POINT FOR SOME TIME AND EVERYBODY WILL AGREE WITH ME CERTAINLY ON MY SIDE THAT OUR LEADER RGS THE MINORITY LEADER CERTAINLY MADE HERSELF CLEAR ALL THE WAY THROUGH AS TO WHAT IT WOULD TAKE TO GET THE DEMOCRATS IN THE HOUSE. BUT THERE WAS NO CONSIDERATION GIVEN TO THAT. AND YET, THEY'RE ASKING US FOR VOTES. THE STOP GAP MEASURE CONTINUES TO CHIP AWAY AT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. AND I KNOW MY COLLEAGUE SAID HE WAS HAPPY ABOUT THAT BY CHARGING KEY MECHANISMS UNDER THE LAW. I SUPPOSE I PROBABLY DID THE RULE ON AT LEAST VAST MAJORITY OF ALL THE TIMES OF REPEAL AND REPLACE IN SOME FASHION HERE. AND I HAVE ALWAYS ASKED EVERY SINGLE TIME, WHY DOES THE REPUBLICAN PARTY WANT TO TAKE HEALTH CARE AWAY FROM PEOPLE? I HAVE NEVER GOTTEN AN ANSWER. I'M CONVINCED THAT THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT THEY WANT TO DO. SINCE THE MAJORITY WAIVED THE RULES REQUIRING THE PROVISIONS TO BE PAID FOR FOR THE HEALTH CARE ACT, ACTUALLY MASSIVE TAX CUT FOR THE HEALTH INSURANCE INDUSTRY. COMES ON THE HEELS OF THE MAJORITY'S TAX CUT FOR THE WEALTHY AND CORPORATIONS, WHICH REPRESENTS THE LARGEST TRANSFER OF WEALTH FROM WORKING FAMILIES TO THE WEALTHY THAT OUR NATION HAS EVER SEEN. IT'S A BILL THAT MADE TAX CUTS FOR CORPORATIONS PERMANENT. AND CONTINUING RESOLUTION BEFORE US TODAY INCLUDES A TEMPORARY RE-AUTHORIZATION OF CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM, WHICH PROVIDES HEALTH CARE FOR NINE MILLION OF AMERICA'S CHILDREN. THAT WAS ONLY FOR SIX YEARS. BUT AS YOU HEARD ALREADY IN A PREVIOUS SPEAKER THIS MORNING, HAD IT BEEN MADE PERMANENT, IT WOULD SAVE OVER $6 BILLION TO DO THAT. SO, I FAIL TO UNDERSTAND THE ECONOMIC BENEFITS IN WHAT THEY'RE DOING HERE. MR. SPEAKER, WHY IS THE MAJORITY GIVEN PERMANENT TAX CUTS TO CORPORATIONS BUT NOT TO CHILDREN IN NEED OF HEALTH CARE. THE MAJORITY BELIEVES THAT A TEMPORARY REPRIEVE ON CHIP WILL FORCE US TO VOTE FOR THIS MISGUIDED PLAN. WHAT ABOUT THE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS? WHAT ABOUT IMPROVING HEALTH CARE FOR THE VETERANS? CONTINUING RESOLUTION TURNS A BLIND EYE TO VICTIMS IN DESPERATE NEED OF HELP IN WAKE OF SOME OF THE WORST HURRICANES, MUD SLIDESES AND WILDFIRES OUR NATION HAS EVER EXPERIENCED AND TO 700,000 DREAMERS WHO REMAIN AT RICK AT BEING DEPORTED FOLLOWING PRESIDENT TRUMP'S DECISION TO END DACA. REMEMBER WHAT DACA WAS ABOUT? WE ASKED YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WERE BROUGHT TO THE UNITED STATES BY THEIR PARENTS AT A VERY YOUNG AGE TO COME OUT AND TO REGISTER AND SAY THEY WERE UNDOCUMENTED AND THAT WE WOULD PROTECT THEM AS A WAY TO CITIZENSHIP. BUT INSTEAD, THAT WAS TAKEN AWAY FROM THEM AND THEY FACE DEPORTATION AND ARE BEING DEPORTED DAILY. AND IT IS AN EMERGENCY. ALSO FAILED TO TAKE ANY ACTION IN THIS PARTICULAR, THIS C.R. LIKE PENSION CRISES, VETERANS' HEALTH CARE AND COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS. WHAT HAS THE MAJORITY PRIORITIZED INSTEAD OF CRAFTING A LONG-TERM SPENDING BILL? IDEOLOGICAL CRUSADES LIKE UNDERMINING FINANCIAL REFORM LAWS AND ATTACKING WOMEN'S HEALTH. WE HAD A WONDERFUL DATE OF BORN ALIVE AND WE PASSED THE BILL UNANIMOUSLY AND IT WAS DONE BY VOICE VOTE IN 2002 THAT ANY INFANT BORN IN AN ABORTION SETTING WOULD BE GIVEN EVERY CARE IN THE WORLD. AND IN FACT, WE DIDN'T EVEN NEED THAT BILL. IT'S A GIVEN. AT THE SAME TIME WE ARE DEBATING ON THE FLOOR TODAY, THAT IS TO DO EVER MEDICAL THING POSSIBLE, THE ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCED THAT IF A PROVIDER, A NURSE, A DOCTOR OR ANYBODY IN A MEDICAL SETTING AND DON'T HAVE TO GIVE ANY REASON FOR THIS, BUT IF THEY PERSONALLY OR FOR SOME OTHER MORAL REASON DECIDES NOT TO TO TREAT A PATIENT BEFORE THEM, THEY DON'T HAVE TO. THINK ABOUT THAT A MINUTE. WELL, YOU KNOW WHAT I'M TRYING TO SAY HERE. IT'S MORE THAN IRONIC. IT'S STUPID. BUT WE SORT OF GET USED TO THAT. SEPARATE BILL ON THE FLOOR TODAY, H.R. 2954 WOULD WEAKEN CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU, A THING HATED BY THIS CONGRESS. THEY ARE RESPONDING TO PROBLEMS IN THE MORTGAGE MARKETS. AND THE CFPB HAS ALREADY SAVED FOR CONSUMERS OVER $12 BILLION. ANOTHER MEASURE WHICH WILL BE CONSIDERED H.R. 4712 TRIES TO SHAME, THAT WAS THE ONE I MENTIONED, TO SHAME DOCTORS OUT OF PROVIDING ONSTAUGS NEAL PROTECTED SERVICES. THE BILL THIS MORNING GIVES DOCTORS AND MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS UP TO FIVE YEARS IN PRISON JUST FOR PRACTICING MEDICINE TO THE BEST OF THEIR ABILITY AND ALL THE WHILE THE MAJORITY HAS BEEN IGNORING THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM AND WE MARCH TOWARD ANOTHER GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN. AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THE WORLD ARE ONCE AGAIN FORCED TO WONDER WHETHER THE GREATEST SUPERPOWER ON THIS PLANET CAN KEEP THE LIGHTS ON. SURELY THIS IS NO WAY TO RUN THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 01:57:13 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA IS RECOGNIZED.

      • 01:57:17 PM

        MR. COLE

        I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

      • 01:57:21 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

      • 01:57:23 PM

        MR. COLE

        MY GOOD FRIEND REFERS TO THE DRAMA OF THE MOMENT. FRANKLY, THERE WOULDN'T…

        MY GOOD FRIEND REFERS TO THE DRAMA OF THE MOMENT. FRANKLY, THERE WOULDN'T BE ANY DRAMA IF DEMOCRATS WOULD VOTE TO KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OPEN WHILE GOOD-FAITH NEGOTIATIONS ARE GOING ON ON THE VERY TOPICS THEY ARE CONCERNED ABOUT. THEY ARE CONCERNED ABOUT IMMIGRATION ISSUES. THEY ARE UNDER WAY. THE APPROPRIATE BALANCE BETWEEN MILITARY AND NONMILITARY SPENDING IN THE BUDGET. THERE IS AN NEGOTIATION THAT'S UNDER WAY. I SUSPECT THIS EFFORT TO THREATEN A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE POLICY AIMS UNRELATED TO THE FUNDING OPERATION OF THE GOVERNMENT WILL NOT SUCCEED. HERE, WE HAVE A SIMPLE MAJORITY. BUT TO MY FRIEND'S POINT AND TO BE FAIR, THAT'S NOT THE CASE IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE. THERE, DEMOCRAT VOTES WILL BE NEEDED TO KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OPEN. THIS HOUSE'S RESPONSIBILITY IS TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO KEEP THE GOVERNMENT FUNCTIONING. IN ADDITION TO THAT THERE ARE IMPORTANT POLICY OBJECTIVES IN HERE THAT MY FRIENDS EITHER AGREE WITH OR DEMANDING. THE RE-AUTHORIZATION OF THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM ARE THINGS THAT WE BOTH AGREE ON. AND THE SIX YEARS IS BEYOND WHAT THEY ASKED FOR ORIGINALLY LAST FALL. I KNOW THAT IS SOMETHING THEY AGREE WITH AND I WOULD HOPE THEY WOULD VOTE FOR. COUPLE OF THE UNATTRACTIVE PARTS OF THE UNAFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT, IT'S NOT VERY SMART TO TAX THE HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS OF AMERICAN WORKERS. WE'VE GOT A DELAY OF THAT FOR TWO YEARS AND AGREE IT'S NOT WISE TO TAX MEDICAL DEVICES. WE HAVE A MEASURE IN HERE THAT WOULD DELAY THAT FOR TWO YEARS. THEY ALSO, I KNOW, BELIEVE THAT WE OUGHT TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AGAINST ATTACKS FROM ROGUE STATES. THERE IS A REQUEST FROM THE PENTAGON IN HERE THAT IS FULLY FUNDED. THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING IN THIS BILL THAT MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OBJECT TO. THERE ARE MANY THINGS THAT THEY SUPPORT. NOW PERFECTLY FREE TO SAY I WOULD LIKE THIS, AND THIS AND THIS ADDED. IF YOU WANT TO RAISE THE OTHER ISSUES I SUSPECT SO WE CAN WORK OUT AN AGREEMENT AND I SUSPECT THEY ARE BEING NEGOTIATED IN BUDGET DISCUSSIONS AND BUDGET TALKS. THAT'S THE APPROPRIATE PLACE TO DEAL WITH THEM. AGAIN THERE IS NO REASON TO THREATEN TO SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT UNLESS YOU ARE TRYING TO FORCE A POLICY OBJECTIVE. IN THIS CASE, THE IMMIGRATION ISSUE THAT MY FRIEND REFERS TO EXTENDS INTO MARCH. THERE ARE TALKS UNDER WAY THERE. I DON'T SEE HOW SHUTTING DOWN THE GOVERNMENT MOVES US TOWARD THAT SOLUTION. SAME THING IS TRUE WITH THE OTHER FUNCTIONS OF GOVERNMENT. . . I SUSSSPEPPINGT IT WILL ACHIEVE THE MAJORITY IN THIS CHAMBER AND WILL GO TO THE UNITED STATES SENATE AND SEE WHETHER DEMOCRATS THERE DO WANT TO SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT AS OPPOSED TO PASS A NUMBER OF ITEMS THEY AGREE WITH, KEEP THE GOVERNMENT RUNNING, AND KEEP NEGOTIATIONS GOING. THAT'S THE RESPONSIBLE THING TO DO. THAT'S WHAT I THINK THIS HOUSE WILL DO. THAT'S WHY ON BOTH SIDES WILL CHOOSE TO DO. BOTH WITH THEY VOTE HERE AND WHEN THEY TAKE IT UP IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 02:01:03 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA RESERVES HIS TIME OF THE THE GENTLELADY FROM…

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA RESERVES HIS TIME OF THE THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

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      • 02:01:06 PM

        MS. SLAUGHTER

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, SORRY ABOUT THAT. I HOPE IT WASN'T…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, SORRY ABOUT THAT. I HOPE IT WASN'T ANYTHING I SAID. MR. SPEAKER, FOR MONTHS THE MAJORITY'S BEEN HOLDING THE HEALTH CARE OF NINE MILLION CHILDREN AND MORE THAN NINE MILLION INDIVIDUALS, INCLUDING SENIORS AND PREGNANT WOMEN AND VETERANS HOSTAGE WHILE THEY PASS THE TAX BREAKS FOR MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES. TIME IS UP. AND SORRY ABOUT TO ACT, OUR CONSTITUTION -- CONSTITUENTS FACE WITH EACH DAY WE FAIL UNCERTAIN FUTURES. THIS IS WRONG. MR. SPEAKER, EVEN PRESIDENT TRUMP AGREES WE NEED TO ACT ON CHIP. JUST THIS MORNING HE TWEETED, QUOTE, CHIP SHOULD BE PART OF A LONG-TERM SOLUTION. NOT A 30-DAY OR SHORT-TERM EXTENSION. HERE'S OUR CHANCE TO STOP PLAYING POLITICS EXCEPT WE CAN'T DO IT UNTIL 7:00 THIS EVENING BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT AND SOME OF THE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE ARE IN PENNSYLVANIA AT A POLITICAL RALLY. I GUESS THIS WASN'T IMPORTANT AS WE THOUGHT IT WAS. IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, I WILL OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO THE RULE. TO BRING UP REPRESENTATIVES -- REPRESENTATIVE MCEACHIN'S BILL, H.R. 4820, ADVANCING SENIORS AND KIDS ACT. THIS BILL WOULD RESTORE CERTAINTY AND STABILITY TO SO MANY OF OUR MOST VULNERABLE CITIZENS BY RESPONSIBLY ADDRESSING CRITICAL HEALTH CARE PRIORITIES. IT PERMANENTLY RE-AUTHORIZES CHIP SAVING US $6 BILLION. IT RE-AUTHORIZES THE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS FOR TWO YEARS. AND INCLUDES OTHER VITAL HEALTH CARE VULNERABLE CITIZENS BY RESPONSIBLY PROGRAMS THAT PROVIDE RELIEF TO PREGNANT WOMEN, SENIORS, AND SO MANY MORE. 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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      • 02:02:56 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

      • 02:02:58 PM

        MS. SLAUGHTER

        TO DISCUSS OUR PROPOSAL I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN…

        TO DISCUSS OUR PROPOSAL I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, THE ASSISTANT MINORITY LEADER LEADER, MR. CLYBURN.

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      • 02:03:05 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

      • 02:03:09 PM

        MR. CLYBURN

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, REPUBLICANS CONTROL THE HOUSE, THE…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, REPUBLICANS CONTROL THE HOUSE, THE SENATE, AND THE WHITE HOUSE. THE RESPONSIBILITY TO GOVERN RESTS SQUARELY ON THEIR SHOULDERS. DEMOCRATS STAND READY TO KEEP GOVERNMENT OPENED, BUT NEITHER SPEAKER RYAN NOR LEADER MCCONNELL SEEM INTERESTED IN FINDING BIPARTISAN SOLUTIONS. MAYBE THEY ARE ADD HEERNT TO PRESIDENT TRUMP'S ADMONITION WE NEED A GOOD GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN. HOUSE DEMOCRATS WHOLEHEARTEDLY DISAGREE. WE OUGHT TO WORK TOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN WAY TO HELP OUR VETERANS TO FIGHT THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC. TO PROTECT MILLIONS OF WORKERS' PENSIONS. AND TO HELP THE DREAMERS. TODAY'S C.R. IS A KICK OF THE CAN. ONCE AGAIN REPUBLICANS ARE ENGAGING IN LEGISLATIVE SLEIGHT OF HAND, SHAMEFULLY USING LOW-INCOME CHILDREN AS POLITICAL PAWNS. THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM PROVIDES HEALTH INSURANCE FOR NINE MILLION LOW-INCOME CHILDREN. EVERY DEMOCRATIC MEMBER OF THIS BODY SUPPORTS IT. REPUBLICANS ALLOWED IT TO EXPIRE MORE THAN FOUR MONTHS AGO AND HAVE REFUSED TO BRING IT UP ON ITS OWN UNTIL THEY CAN GET SOMETHING IN RETURN. THAT'S WRONG. WHAT GOOD IS HEALTH INSURANCE IF YOU HAVE REFUSED TO BRING NOWHERE TO GO WHEN YOUR CHILD IS SICK? REPUBLICANS LEAVE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS AND DISPROPORTIONATE SHARE OF HOSPITALS OUT OF THEIR TEMPORARY AUTHORIZATION. MR. SPEAKER, WE SHOULD -- COULD SAVE $6 BILLION IF WE PERMANENTLY AUTHORIZE CHIP. WE SHOULD FUND COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS AND PROTECT DISPROPORTIONATE SHARE HOSPITALS FOR TWO YEARS. WE SHOULD PERMANENTLY REPEAL THE CAP ON THERAPIST SERVICES FOR SENIORS IN MEDICARE. WE SHOULD FUND THE HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL HOME VISITING PROGRAM FOR FIVE YEARS. AND WE COULD DO ALL OF THIS BY PASSING REPRESENTATIVE MCEACHIN'S ADVANCING SENIORS AND KIDS ACT. I URGE MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO STOP PLAYING GAMES WITH THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH. REJECT THIS GROTESQUE POLITICAL CALCULATION AND LET'S WORK IN A BIPARTISAN WAY TO KEEP GOVERNMENT OPENED. I YIELD BACK.

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      • 02:05:58 PM

        MR. COLE

        I THANK THE SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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      • 02:06:04 PM

        MR. COLE

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LET'S BE CRYSTAL CLEAR ON SOMETHING. THE HOUSE OF…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LET'S BE CRYSTAL CLEAR ON SOMETHING. THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NEVER HELD UP CHIP. THEY PASSED IT IN OCTOBER. WE'RE STILL WAITING FOR DEMOCRATS IN THE SENATE TO WORK WITH REPUBLICANS IN THE SENATE AND SEND US SOMETHING BACK. IN THE MEANTIME IN THIS BILL MY FRIENDS SAY THEY WANT TO RE-AUTHORIZE CHIP. WE RE-AUTHORIZE IT FOR SIX YEARS. THERE IS NOTHING IN IT THEY OBJECT TO. THEY BELIEVE IN THE PROM. I BELIEVE IN THE PROM. -- PROGRAM. I BELIEVE IN THE PROGRAM H BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. WHEN WE PASSED IT IT GOT ALMOST EVERY REPUBLICAN VOTE. COUPLE DOZEN DEMOCRATIC VOTES. WE MADE THE BILL BETTER IN THE PROCESS. IF YOU WANT TO FIX CHIP VOTE FOR THIS BILL. AND MY FRIENDS, FRANKLY, WE WOULDN'T BE RACING MEMBERS BACK HERE OR THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IF MY FRIENDS WEREN'T THREATENING TO BLOCK A VOTE AGAINST FUNDING THE GOVERNMENT WHILE NEGOTIATIONS ARE UNDER WAY. WHAT ADVANTAGE DO YOU HAVE IN SHUTTING DOWN THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES, WHICH IS PRECISELY WHAT MY FRIENDS ARE THREATENING TO DO. I THINK THEY'LL NOT SUCCEED HERE, BUT ACTUALLY HAVE THE ABILITY TO DO IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE SHOULD THEY CHOOSE TO DO IT UNDER THE RULES OF THAT BODY. WHILE NEGOTIATIONS ARE GOING ON, IF YOU THINK SHUTTING DOWN THE GOVERNMENT'S A GOOD IDEA, I BEG TO DIFFER. IF YOU ARE USING IT AS A NEGOTIATING TACTIC, YOU OUGHT TO BE ASHAMED. BECAUSE THAT'S NO WAY TO TREAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE'RE OPERATING IN GOOD FAITH, THERE IS NOT AN ITEM IN THIS BILL THAT OFFENDS ANY DEMOCRAT. NOBODY I KNOW IS AGAINST CHIP. WE JUST HEARD THAT. NOBODY I KNOW IS AGAINST DELAYING THE CADILLAC TAX OR THE MEDICAL DEVICE TAX AND OBAMACARE. TWO PARTS OF THAT BILL THAT EVEN MY FRIENDS WHO SUPPORTED IT TEND TO DISAGREE W I KNOW MY FRIENDS ARE NOT OPPOSED TO PROVIDING BALLISTIC MISSILE DEFENSE FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I KNOW MY FRIENDS SURELY DON'T WANT TO HANDICAP THE AMERICAN MILITARY TO DANGEROUS TIMES BY A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN. THERE IS NOTHING IN HERE THAT COULD POSSIBLY BE OFFENSIVE TO THEM. AND THERE ARE NEGOTIATIONS UNDER WAY ON THE VERY ITEMS THEY ARE MOST CONCERNED ABOUT. IMMIGRATION AND APPROPRIATE BALANCE IN FUNDING LEVEL. SHUTTING DOWN THE GOVERNMENT WHILE THOSE NEGOTIATIONS ARE UNDER WAY ISN'T GOING TO HELP US GET DACA REFORM. ISN'T GO TO HELP US ACTUALLY GET A BUDGET WE CAN OPERATE ON. IT WILL SIMPLY SWITCH ATTENTION AWAY FROM THOSE AND CREATE A CRISIS, WHICH I ASSUME MY FRIENDS THINK WILL WORK SOMEHOW TO THEIR POLITICAL BENEFIT. I DON'T THINK THAT'S TRUE. I SPEAK FROM SOME EXPERIENCE HERE. I ARGUED AGAINST IT, BUT I WATCHED MY OWN SIDE DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS WHEN IT CAME TO DEFUNDING OBAMA A CARE. IT WAS NOT SUCCESSFUL. IT WAS NOT THE APPROPRIATE WAY TO PROCEED. THERE WAS A PRETTY HARSH VERDICT BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I SUGGEST MY FRIENDS ARE RUNNING THE SAME RISK TODAY. THEY HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO DO THIS. I NEVER QUESTION ANY MEMBERS' RIGHT TO VOTE HOW THEY THINK IS APPROPRIATE. BUT IN THIS CASE, IN THIS BODY, I THINK WE HAVE THE VOTES TO MAKE SURE THEY DON'T SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT AS THEY THREATEN TO DO. THE UNITED STATES SENATE THAT'S GOING TO BE UP TO THEM. FRANKLY, IF DEMOCRATIC SENATORS WANT TO SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT TO ACHIEVE THEY THREATEN TO DO. THE UNITED STATES SENATE THAT'S GOING SOME POLICY OBJECTIVE, THAT'S THEIR CHOICE. I THINK IT WILL BE CRYSTAL CLEAR TEND OF THE DAY WHO ACTUALLY CLOSED DOWN THE GOVERNMENT FOR SOME UNRELATED POLICY NAME THAT WAS ACTUALLY UNDER NEGOTIATION AT THE TIME. I WOULD AGAIN JUST URGE MY FRIENDS TO BENEFIT FROM OUR EXPERIENCE AND SIT DOWN AND KEEP NEGOTIATING WHILE WE KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OPENED. I THINK IF WE DO THAT, WE'LL ARRIVE AT A CONSTRUCTIVE SOLUTION FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I THINK IF WE DON'T, IT'S GOING TO BE A POLITICAL CRISIS THAT WAS UNPROVOKED AND UNNECESSARY. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 02:09:51 PM

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

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

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      • 02:09:59 PM

        MS. JACKSON LEE

        FROM OKLAHOMA, AND HE IS A GOOD FRIEND, WE HAVE SEEN EACH OTHER OFTEN IN…

        FROM OKLAHOMA, AND HE IS A GOOD FRIEND, WE HAVE SEEN EACH OTHER OFTEN IN THE RULES COMMITTEE, PROTEST TOO MUCH. THIS IS NOT A BILL. AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SHOULD NOT IT'S NOT A BILL. IT IS AN AFFIRMATION OF THE INABILITY OF REPUBLICANS TO GOVERN. REPUBLICANS HAVE THE PRESIDENCY, THE SENATE, AND THE HOUSE. A FEW MONTHS AGO THEIR PRESIDENT INDICATED WE NEED A GOOD, BEAUTIFUL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN. THOSE ARE NOT MY WORDS. THOSE ARE THE WORDS OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. THIS IS NOT AN APPROPRIATIONS BILL. THIS IS A STOPGAP EMERGENCY METHOD IN ORDER TO SAVE OURSELVES FROM COLLAPSE. THAT IS THE REPUBLICANS' RESPONSIBILITY. DEMOCRATS, SO MANY MONTHS AGO, PASSED A BUDGET. AS A MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, A BUDGET THAT RESPECTED THE NEEDS OF ALL AMERICANS. INCLUDING THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. IT PROVIDED FUNDING FOR ORDINARY MEN AND WOMEN WHO PUT ON THE UNIFORM, SOME OF THEM ON FOOD STAMPS. IT PROVIDED FOR VETERANS' HEALTH. IT PROVIDED FOR THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE. IT PROVIDED FOR INFRASTRUCTURE. AND IT PROVIDED FOR ENSURING THAT AMERICANS COULD HAVE GOOD HEALTH CARE. THAT WAS A DEMOCRATS' BUDGET. THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET WAS A $2.4 TRILLION AND COUNTING CUT TO THE NEEDS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IT THREATENED MEDICAID AND MEDICARE. QUITE CONTRARY TO DEMOCRATS. NOW WE FIND OURSELVES IN THE MIDST OF THOSE IN PUERTO RICO AND THE VIRGIN ISLANDS WHO BARELY GOT LIGHTS OR POWER DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON OR THEREAFTER. IT'S DEALING WITH TEXANS WHO HAVE NO POWER IN THEIR HOMES. LIVING IN SHELLS. THEY HAVE NO HEAT. WAITING ON DISASTER SUPPLEMENTAL RELIEF. THAT IS NOT COMING. AND OF COURSE WHAT ABOUT CHIP? I REPRESENT THE TEXAS CHILDREN HOSPITAL WITH MY COLLEAGUES. MY DISTRICT SURROUNDS THAT AREA. I HAVE BEEN TO THAT HOSPITAL. I HAVE SEEN WHAT THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM MEANS TO SAVING LIVES. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? SIX YEARS, THAT'S NEBULOUS. WHAT ABOUT PERMANENT? WHAT ABOUT PASSING MR. MCEACHIN'S BILL ON WORKING WITH SENIORS AND CHILDREN? THAT'S SERIOUS. I DON'T KNOW WHAT MY FRIENDS HEARD BUT EARLIER THIS MORNING I HEARD THE PRESIDENT SAY SNAP CHIPS OUT OF IT. THEY WANT TO BE IN NEGOTIATION, I JUST WANT TO BE ME. YOU KNOW HOW YOU'RE BEING MEAN? YOU'RE NOT HERE SERIOUSLY DEALING WITH THIS. YOU ARE GOING OFF TON IT. THEY WANT TO BE A RALLY SO THAT YOU CAN SUPPORT THE MAN THAT IS RUNNING IN THE PENNSYLVANIA SUBURBS WHO LOVES THE PRESIDENT. THAT'S NOT DEMOCRATCY. WHOEVER IS RUNNING, LET THEM RUN. RIGHT NOW AND HERE WE NEED SOME HELP. THAT'S NOT DEMOCRATCY. WE NEED TO WORK ON THESE ISSUES. OR THE 700,000 NEAR AMERICANS, THEY ARE DREAMERS, BUT THEY SERVE IN THE MILITARY, THEY ARE IN MEDICAL SCHOOL, THEY ARE PH.D.'S, THEY ARE TEACHERS, AND WE HAVE THEM SUFFERING. SOME OF THEM HAVE COMMITTED SUICIDE. BECAUSE OF THE UGLINESS OF THIS BODY. CONTROLLED BY REPUBLICANS, CONTROLLED BY DEMOCRATS -- EXCUSE ME REPUBLICANS IN THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE. FINALLY, LET ME SAY THAT ANY PRESIDENT THAT CAN CALL SOMETHING AN S-HOLE IS NOT A SERIOUS NEGOTIATOR. I BELIEVE THAT IT IS THE REPUBLICANS' RESPONSIBILITY TO PUT A BILL ON THIS FLOOR THAT DEALS WITH GETTING THE DREAMERS AND FIXING THIS APPROPRIATIONS PROS TEST IN THE HARD WORK THAT OUR APPROPRIATORS HAVE DONE. MR. SPEAKER, I'M SOARRY. WE HAVE NOT BEEN LISTENED TO. THIS IS THEIR RESPONSIBILITY.

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      • 02:14:00 PM

        MR. COLE

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

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      • 02:14:05 PM

        MR. COLE

        JUST BE CLEAR WITH MY GOOD FRIEND FROM TEXAS, DEMOCRATS DIDN'T PASS A…

        JUST BE CLEAR WITH MY GOOD FRIEND FROM TEXAS, DEMOCRATS DIDN'T PASS A BUDGET. THEY PROPOSED A BUDGET. THAT'S FAIR ENOUGH. BUT NEVER PASSED A BUDGET IN THIS HOUSE. THERE WAS A BUDGET THAT WAS PASSED BY THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY. IT'S INTERESTING. THAT BUDGET ACTUALLY CAME INTO BALANCE WITHIN 10 YEARS. OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE NEVER PRESENTED A BUDGET THAT CAME INTO BALANCE FROM ANY OF THEIR VARIOUS GROUPS. FRANKLY THE LAST ADMINISTRATION NEVER PRESENTED A BUDGET THAT CAME INTO BALANCE. IT'S HARD TO TALK ABOUT A BUDGET THAT NEVER COMES INTO BALANCE AS IF IT'S A RESPONSIBLE DOCUMENT. IT'S CLEARLY NOT. IN TERMS OF MY FRIEND'S CONCERN ABOUT CHIP, IT'S AN APPROPRIATE CHERN. THE ANSWER IS IN FRONT OF HER OF HER. THE ANSWER IS IN FRONT OF HER. VOTE FOR THIS BILL. THE NEGOTIATIONS WERE LAST FALL. THIS HOUSE IS ACTUALLY, AGAIN, MET ALL OF ITS OBLIGATIONS. MY FRIENDS' COUNTERPARTS IN THE OTHER BODY HAVE USED THEIR VOTES UNDER THE RULES OF THAT BODY TO SABOTAGE ANY APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS WHATSOEVER. REQUIRE 60 VOTES IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE. UNFORTUNATELY WE ONLY HAVE 51. . THAT'S WHY WE'RE HERE TODAY. FRANKLY WE'RE HERE TO MAKE SURE THAT GOVERNMENT DOESN'T SHUT DOWN. NOW, AGAIN, MY FRIENDS HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT. IF THAT HE VOTE NO ON THIS MEASURE THAT'S EXACT -- IF THEY VOTE NO ON THIS MEASURE THEY'RE VOTING TO TAXING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, PUTTING TAXES ON THEIR HEALTH CARE PLAN, PUTTING TAXES ON THEIR MEDICAL DEVICES. THEY'RE MISSING THE OPPORTUNITY TO HELP US WITH MISSILE DEFENSE IN A VERY DANGEROUS ERA AND THEY'RE THROWING AWAY THE TIME WHILE NEGOTIATIONS ON THE TOPICS THEY'RE CONCERNED ABOUT IS UNDER WAY. NEGOTIATIONS ON THE BUDGET. NEGOTIATIONS ON DACA. SO WHY MY FRIENDS WANT TO DO THIS AT THIS PARTICULAR POINT IS BEYOND ME. BUT I WOULD SUGGEST IT'S NOT LIKELY TO WORK. IT'S LIKELY TO BACKFIRE AND IF WE END UP IN A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, SOMETHING I WOULD VERY MUCH ADVISE AGAINST, I THINK MY FRIENDS, ALL OF WHOM WOULD VOTE TO SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT WILL BEAR THE RESPONSIBILITY. I THINK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL UNDERSTAND. AGAIN, I DON'T THINK MY FRIENDS WILL SUCCEED IN THIS HOUSE, BUT THEY MAY WELL IN THE UPPER CHAMBER BECAUSE UP THERE THEY DO HAVE THE VOTES UNDER THE RULES OF THAT BODY TO SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT. I WOULD URGE THEM NOT TO DO THAT, TO KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OPERATIONAL, TO TAKE THESE VICTORIES, AND THEY ARE VICTORIES WHERE WE AGREE, AND KEEP NEGOTIATING ON THE ISSUES THAT MOST CONCERN YOU. I THINK THAT'S THE APPROPRIATE WAY TO PROCEED, AND I WOULD URGE MY FRIENDS TO ADOPT THAT COURSE. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 02:16:55 PM

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

        MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. LEE.

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      • 02:17:04 PM

        MS. LEE

        THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING, ONCE…

        THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING, ONCE AGAIN FOR HER TREMENDOUS LEADERSHIP ON SO MANY ISSUES AS OUR RANKING MEMBER. NOW, I SERVE AS A MEMBER OF THE APPROPRIATIONS AND BUDGET COMMITTEES, AND I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS RULE AND THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION. AND I JUST WANT TO MAKE ONE COMMENT BEFORE I START MY STATEMENT WITH REGARD TO WHAT WAS JUST SAID ABOUT DEMOCRATS SHUTTING DOWN THE GOVERNMENT. FIRST OF ALL, THERE'S NO WAY THAT DEMOCRATS ARE VOTING TO SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT GIVEN THE FACT THAT REPUBLICANS CONTROL THE HOUSE, THE SENATE AND THE WHITE HOUSE. THE NUMBERS JUST AREN'T THERE FOR DEMOCRATS TO DO THIS. AS I HOPE PEOPLE ON THE OTHER SIDE, REPUBLICANS, MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE BE HONEST ABOUT THAT BECAUSE THERE'S NO WAY GIVEN THE NUMBERS AND GIVEN THE COMP SIGNIFICANCE OF THE HOUSE AND THE -- COMPIGS OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE AND WHITE HOUSE THAT DEMOCRATS CAN DO THIS. THIS BILL KICKS THE D DOWN THE ROAD FOR THE FOURTH TIME SINCE OCTOBER. REPUBLICANS CONTROL, AGAIN, WHAT I SAID, THE THREE BODIES, HOUSE, SENATE, WHITE HOUSE. THE LEAST THEY CAN DO IS HONOR THE BASIC RESPONSIBILITY OF BEING IN THE MAJORITY AND THAT'S TO KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OPEN. SADLY, THEY CONTINUE TO DRIVE THIS COUNTRY TO THE BRINK OF ONE UN-- ONE AVOIDABLE SELF-INFLICTED CRISIS AFTER ANOTHER. THIS SHORT-TERM RESOLUTION IGNORES, IGNORES URGENT BIPARTISAN PRIORITIES THAT DEMOCRATS HAVE BEEN PUSHING FOR MONTHS WITH REPUBLICANS. THE MOST URGENT OF WHICH IS PASSING A CLEAN DREAM ACT. DACA RECIPIENTS ARE AMERICAN IN EVERY WAY EXCEPT ON PAPER, AND RIGHT NOW THEIR LIVES ARE HANGING IN THE BALANCE. EVERY DAY CONGRESS FAILS TO TAKE ACTION 122 DACA RECIPIENTS LOSE THEIR PROTECTION. IT'S TIME TO PUT POLITICS ASIDE AND PASS A CLEAN DREAM ACT IMMEDIATELY. MR. SPEAKER, THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION IS REALLY IRRESPONSIBLE AND IT'S MORALLY BANKRUPT. IT FAILS TO HONOR THE TEMPORARY PROTECTIVE STATUS FOR IMMIGRANTS. IT FAILS TO RAISE BUDGET CAPS, ESPECIALLY FOR NONDEFENSE SPENDING. IT FAILS TO FUND COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS, AND IT NEGLECTS TO PROVIDE DESPERATELY NEEDED FUNDING FOR HURRICANE AND WILDFIRE-IMPACTED COMMUNITIES, THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC, COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS AND OUR VETERANS. THIS BILL UNDERSCORES THE MAJORITY'S COMPLETE LACK OF REGARD FOR EVERYDAY AMERICANS HE AND STRUGGLING FAMILIES. -- AMERICANS AND STRUGGLING FAMILIES. THIS LEAVES THE AMERICANS WITH NO CONFIDENCE IN THEIR OWN GOVERNMENT. THIS RESOLUTION MAKES IT CLEAR THAT'S JUST REPUBLICANS -- WANT REPUBLICANS WANT US TO DO. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SENT US TO GOVERN IN THEIR BEST INTEREST. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS C.R. IS JUST THE OPPOSITE. IT IS COMPLETELY IRRESPONSIBLE -- MAY I HAVE ANOTHER 30 SECONDS?

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      • 02:20:02 PM

        MS. SLAUGHTER

        YES, YOU MAY.

      • 02:20:04 PM

        MS. LEE

        THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THIS C.R. DOES NOTHING, NOTHING TO HELP CREATE JOBS,…

        THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THIS C.R. DOES NOTHING, NOTHING TO HELP CREATE JOBS, BETTER WAGES AND ULTIMATELY A BETTER FUTURE FOR OUR CHILDREN AND OUR FAMILIES. AND IT'S REALLY CLEAR TO ME THAT THE DELAY ON THIS VOTE, ON THIS BILL IS BECAUSE SOME HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE IN PENNSYLVANIA -- I WAS SHOCKED WHEN I LEARNED THIS -- PENNSYLVANIA WITH THE PRESIDENT AT A POLITICAL RALLY. WHAT'S THAT ABOUT? THEY SHOULD BE HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C., TO DO THEIR JOB. SHAME ON THEM. I URGE A NO VOTE ON THIS RULE AND THE BILL.

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      • 02:20:41 PM

        MR. COLE

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

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      • 02:20:45 PM

        MR. COLE

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I JUST WANT TO SUBMIT FOR THE RECORD, MY FRIENDS…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I JUST WANT TO SUBMIT FOR THE RECORD, MY FRIENDS MAY HAVE MISSED THIS, THE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION HAS ACTUALLY URGED THAT THIS BILL BE ADOPTED. THEY HAVE URGED THAT WE, YOU KNOW, FOR SIX YEARS ENSURE THE FUNDING AND THEY WOULD LIKE MY FRIENDS, WHO I KNOW BELIEVE IN THIS PROGRAM, TO ACTUALLY VOTE FOR THE MEASURE IN FRONT OF THEM. NOW, WE HEARD A NUMBER OF THINGS ABOUT KICKING THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD. I CONFESS, KEEPING THE GOVERNMENT OPEN WHILE NEGOTIATIONS ARE IN PROGRESS IS SOMETHING WE ARE TRYING TO DO. BUT I ALSO POINT OUT THIS IS NOT SIMPLY A NORMAL C.R. IT SETTLES THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM FOR THE NEXT SIX YEARS AND APPROPRIATELY FUNDS IT. IT DELAYS TAX INCREASES, WHICH MY FRIENDS ALSO OPPOSE, ALTHOUGH THEY VOTED FOR THEM ON OBAMACARE, ON PEOPLE'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAMS AND ON MEDICAL DEVICES. IT PROVIDES BADLY NEEDED DOLLARS FOR MISSILE DEFENSE IN AN ERA OF CRISIS WITH AN IRRESPONSIBLE STATE, AND IT DOESN'T HAVE ANYTHING IN IT THAT OFFENDS MY FRIENDS IN ANY WAY. THERE'S NOTHING IN THIS BILL THEY ARE AGAINST. IF IT IS I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IT. IF IT'S CHIP YOU'RE AGAINST, IS IT DELAYING THE CADILLAC TAX THAT YOU'RE AGAINST, IS IT FRANKLY DELAYING THE MEDICAL DEVICE TAX INCREASE -- MEDICAL DEVICE TAX INCREASE YOU'RE AGAINST? IS IT PUTTING MORE MONEY IN BALLISTIC MISSILE DEFENSE YOU ARE AGAINST? OR IS IT CONTINUING GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS YOU ARE AGAINST WHILE NEGOTIATIONS ARE UNDER WAY? I AM NOT SURE WHICH WIN THEY ARE FOR. IF IT'S NOTHING YOU ARE AGAINST, YOU OUGHT TO BE VOTING FOR THE BILL. FINALLY TO MY FRIEND'S POINT AND THEY ARE WISER ABOUT THIS THAN THEIR COMMENTS WOULD SUGGEST, TO SUGGEST WE SIMPLY CAN CONTROL THE UNIVERSE AROUND HERE ISN'T TRUE. WE DON'T LIVE TO WRITE THE SENATE RULES. IT WOULD PROBABLY LOOK DIFFERENT AND WE WOULD PROBABLY HAVE A LESSER OF A PROBLEM. MY FRIENDS TRIED TO SHUT THE GOVERNMENT IN DECEMBER. I DON'T THINK THEY'LL BE ABLE TO SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT, ALTHOUGH THEY'LL TRY TO AGAIN TODAY. BUT IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE, THE DEMOCRATS WILL DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT THE GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO OPERATE, WHETHER OR NOT CHIP IS RE-AUTHORIZED FOR SIX YEARS, AS THE ASSOCIATION OF CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL URGES, WHETHER OR NOT MILLIONS OF AMERICAN FAMILIES ARE SPARED FROM A TAX INCREASE SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY FOUGHT AND WORKED FOR A DECENT INSURANCE PLAN, WHETHER OR NOT MILLIONS OF AMERICANS THAT DEPEND ON MEDICAL DEVICES FOR THEIR SURVIVAL HAVE TO PAY MORE FOR THEM, WHETHER OR NOT WE HAVE A HIGHER LEVEL OF CERTAINTY THAT WE CAN DEFEND OURSELVES AGAINST UNPROVOKED AND DANGEROUS ATTACK THAT MIGHT OCCUR AT ANY MOMENT, THAT WILL BE A DECISION FOR DEMOCRATS IN THE SENATE TO MAKE AS LONG AS WE VOTE HERE TO MOVE THIS LEGISLATION FORWARD. I THINK WE WILL, AND I WOULD INVITE MY FRIENDS TO JOIN US IN THAT. THERE'S NOTHING IN HERE THAT OFFENDS YOU. THERE ARE MANY THINGS THAT YOU LIKE, AND THERE ARE NEGOTIATIONS UNDER WAY ON THE THINGS THAT ARE YOUR CONCERNS. I WOULD SUSPECT THAT'S THE COURSE THAT WE OUGHT TO TAKE, AND I WOULD URGE MY FRIENDS TO RECONSIDER AND ADOPT THAT COURSE. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 02:24:00 PM

        MS. SLAUGHTER

        MR. SPEAKER, MAY I INQUIRE OF MY COLLEAGUE IF HE'S PREPARED TO CLOSE? I…

        MR. SPEAKER, MAY I INQUIRE OF MY COLLEAGUE IF HE'S PREPARED TO CLOSE? I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS.

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      • 02:24:05 PM

        MR. COLE

        I AM CERTAINLY PREPARED TO CLOSE WHENEVER MY GOOD FRIEND IS.

      • 02:24:09 PM

        MS. SLAUGHTER

        THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. SPEAKER, MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. COLE, SEEMS TO ME…

        THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. SPEAKER, MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. COLE, SEEMS TO ME ALMOST DESPERATE FOR US TO VOTE FOR THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION WHICH SAYS TO ME YOU DON'T HAVE ENOUGH VOTES TO PASS IT. SOMEHOW BY SAYING THAT -- BECAUSE DEMOCRATS WILL NOT SUPPORT THIS FARCE WE WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR IT. FRANKLY, MY GOOD FRIENDS, YOU ARE 3-3 IN GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWNS JUST SINCE I HAVE BEEN A MEMBER OF CONGRESS. AND NOBODY IS GOING TO BELIEVE THAT WITH YOUR EXCESS NUMBER OF VOTES HERE, I THINK YOU HAVE 23 MORE MEMBERS THAN WE GOT, WE ARE AT FAULT. ANYWAY, LET'S GET TO THE BUSINESS HERE. INSTEAD OF TREATING THIS LIKE A SERIOUS ISSUE THAT IT IS, THE PRESIDENT IS TREATING IT LIKE ANOTHER REALITY SHOW. HE HAS SUGGESTED DEMOCRATS WOULD CERTAINLY BE BLAMED FOR THE MAJORITY'S INABILITY TO KEEP THE GOVERNMENT RUNNING, BUT HE'S WRONG ABOUT THAT TOO. JUST THIS WEEK, A POLL FROM HEART RESEARCH ASSOCIATES -- HART RESEARCH ASSOCIATE SAID THEY WILL BLAME THE MAJORITY FOR A DOUBLE DIGIT MARGIN. THE GAP LOOKS WIDER WHEN YOU LOOK AT INDEPENDENT AMERICANS. HISTORY SHOWS THIS TO BE TRUE. WHEN THE MAJORITY SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT OVER THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IN 2013, A MAJORITY OF THE PUBLIC PLACED THE BLAME ON THEM, NOT PRESIDENT OBAMA. WE SAW SIMILAR RESULTS WHEN FORMER SPEAKER GINGRICH ENGAGED IN A SHUTDOWN IN BOTH 1995 AND 6-BECAUSE HE THOUGHT THE SEAT GIVEN TO HIM ON AIR FORCE ONE DID NOT FIT HIS STATURE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THEN BLAMED THE REPUBLICAN CONGRESSIONAL MAJORITY, NOT PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON. THAT'S BECAUSE FACTS MATTER. THE FACT HERE IS THAT THE MAJORITY CHOSE A PARTISAN APPROACH THAT THREATENS OUR ABILITY TO KEEP THE GOVERNMENT FUNCTIONING, BUT THIS DISCUSSION SHOULD NOT BE CENTERED ON BLAME. IT IS ABOUT WHETHER THE REPUBLICAN MARGIN -- MAJORITY CAN GOVERN. HOLDING THE WHITE HOUSE, THE SENATE AND HOUSE COMES WITH GREAT RESPONSIBILITY, AND OBVIOUSLY THE MOST BASIC ONE, AND WE ALL UNDERSTAND TO START WITH, IS KEEPING THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES RUNNING, AND YET WE ARE CONFRONTED ALL THE TIME WITH THIS PROBLEM -- ARE WE GOING TO BE ABLE TO PAY THE BILLS AND KEEP THINGS GOING? THAT IS SO HUMILIATING FOR AMERICA. THERE'S NO OTHER WORD FOR IT. BUT THIS MAJORITY HAS POINTED OUT BEFORE, GOVERNING FROM CRISIS TO CRISIS TO CRISIS AND THEY LURCH FROM ONE DEADLINE TO THE NEXT WITHOUT A PLAN AND ALL THE TIME ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS LET US WORK TOGETHER, LET DEMOCRATS IN ON YOUR BACK ROOM PLANS AND WE NEVER GET TO SEE THAT. WE'RE NEVER CONSULTED, NEVER A PART OF ANY PLAN. LET ME REMIND EVERYONE WATCHING THAT THE LAST REPUBLICAN SHUTDOWN IN 2013 COST THE ECONOMY AN ESTIMATED $24 BILLION. FEDERAL LOANS TO SMALL BUSINESSES, HOMEOWNERS AND FAMILIES WERE HALTED, AND NUMBERS OF GREAT FEDERAL EMPLOYEES WERE FURLOUGHED. FEDERAL PERMITTING WERE STOPPED. HUNDREDS OF PATIENTS AT THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH WERE UNABLE TO ENROLL IN POSSIBLE LIFESAVING CLINICAL TRIALS. FEDERAL SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH WAS ALSO PUT ON HOLD. WE HAD FIVE NOBEL PRIZE-WINNING SCIENTISTS WORKING FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AT THAT TIME, AND FOUR OF THEM WERE FURLOUGHED. THE MAJORITY APPARENTLY THINKS IT HAS THE VOTES TO GO IT ALONE ON THIS BILL, BUT I DON'T THINK SO ANYMORE. THEY THINK WE'RE GOING TO PREVENT A REPEAT OF ALL THAT CARNAGE. IT'S A SHAME THAT THEY SQUANDERED A CHANCE TO WORK WITH US TO CRAFT A BIPARTISAN BILL. FRANKLY, I THINK IT'S TRAGEDY, AND I THINK IT IS NO WAY TO RUN THE GOVERNMENT. WITHOUT QUESTION, WE COULD HAVE KEPT THE GOVERNMENT RUNNING WHILE ADDRESSING THE PRIORITIES THAT MEMBERS OF BOTH PARTIES AGREE ON LIKE WE USED TO. I URGE A NO VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, THE RULE, AND THE BILL, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 02:28:23 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK YIELDS HER TIME BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

        THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK YIELDS HER TIME BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA.

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      • 02:28:27 PM

        MR. COLE

        I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

      • 02:28:32 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

      • 02:28:33 PM

        MR. COLE

        THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT AS ALWAYS THANK MY GOOD FRIEND.…

        THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT AS ALWAYS THANK MY GOOD FRIEND. WE DISAGREE ON THIS BUT THERE'S NOBODY THAT I ENJOY SERVING WITH ON THE RULES COMMITTEE MORE THAN MY GOOD FRIEND, THE RANKING MEMBER. SHE'S A WISE AND ABLE LEGISLATOR, AND THERE ARE A COUPLE THINGS SHE SAID I AM GOING TO AGREE WITH. SHE DID SAY FACTS MATTER. I ACTUALLY AGREE WITH THAT. FACTS DO MATTER HERE. AND THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS ANYONE WHO VOTES NO ON THIS RESOLUTION IS VOTING TO SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT. ANYONE, REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT, THAT VOTES NO, THAT SAID I AM NOT WILLING TO KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OPEN WHILE NEGOTIATIONS ARE UNDER WAY, ANYONE WHO VOTES NO IS VOTING AGAINST A SIX-YEAR EXTENSION OF THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM THAT WE ALL AGREE ON AND SAY IS CRITICAL. ANYONE WHO VOTES NO IS ABSOLUTELY GUARANTEEING A TAX INCREASE OR WILL BE VOTING FOR A TAX INCREASE ON AMERICAN WORKERS WHO HAPPEN TO HAVE FAIRLY DECENT INSURANCE PROGRAMS. ANYBODY WHO VOTES NO IS GOING TO RAISE TAXES ON AMERICANS WHO ARE ILL ENOUGH TO REQUIRE MEDICAL DEVICES. ANYONE WHO VOTES NO IS GOING TO MAKE SURE WE DON'T HAVE THE RESOURCES WE NEED TO PROTECT THIS COUNTRY AT A TIME OF INTERNATIONAL CRISIS AGAINST A POTENTIAL ROGUE MISSILE ATTACK. ANYONE WHO VOTES NO IS VOTING TO SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT. THAT SIMPLE. MY FRIENDS DID THAT IN DECEMBER BECAUSE THEY THOUGHT, WELL, GOSH, THEY CAN'T DO IT WITHOUT US. BUT WE DID. I SUSPECT WE'LL BE ABLE TO DO THAT AGAIN, BUT I REGRET ANYONE WOULD VOTE NO ON THOSE KINDS OF VOTES BECAUSE I THINK THEY'LL COME BACK TO HAUNT THEM. MY FRIEND ALSO SAID -- AND I THINK THIS MAY ACTUALLY BE THE KEY TO THE ISSUE. SHE QUOTED POLLING DATA. THE REPUBLICANS WILL GET THE BLAME ANYWAY. . THAT MAY BE TRUE. I DON'T DOUBT THE ACCURACY OF MY FRIEND'S NUMBERS. I SUSPECT ONCE THEY WATCH THE PROCESS, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE PRETTY SMART AND THEY UNDERSTAND A NO VOTE IS A VOTE TO SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT. IF MY FRIENDS ARE GAMBLING, GOSH, REPUBLICANS WILL GET THE BLAME FOR THIS BECAUSE THEY HAVE DONE THIS IN THE PAST, I THINK THEY ARE RUNNING A TERRIBLE RISK WITH THEIR OWN CREDIBILITY. THIS BODY WILL SUCCEED. I DON'T SERVE IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE. NEVER SERVED IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE. NEVER WORKED FOR ANYBODY THAT SERVED IN THE SENATE. THEY HAVE RULES THAT WILL ALLOW THE DEMOCRATS TO SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT IF THEY CHOOSE TO DO IT. I DON'T THINK THEY WILL. IF THEY DO I THINK THEY'LL REGRET IT. CERTAINLY MANY ON MY SIDE REGRET SOME OF THE DECISIONS THEY MADE IN THE LAST ONE OF THESE CRISES. I HOPE WE DO THE RESPONSIBLE THING IN THIS BODY AND COUNT ON COOLER HEADS IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE TO DO THE SAME THING. I ALSO WOULD POINT OUT IN THIS BILL THAT PEOPLE ARE GOING TO VOTE NO ON, MY FRIENDS PROBABLY IN OVERWHELMING NUMBERS, SAD TO SAY, THERE IS NOTHING IN IT THEY DISAGREE W THEY DON'T DISAGREE WITH CHIP RE-AUTHORIZATION. THEY DON'T DISAGREE WITH DELAYING TAXES AND THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. THEY DON'T DISAGREE WITH PROVIDING ADDITIONAL MISSILE DEFENSE. THEY TELL US THEY WANT TO KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OPERATING. AND PARTICULARLY WHEN THERE ARE NEGOTIATIONS UNDER WAY ON THE MATTERS THAT ACTUALLY CONCERN THEM. THAT STRIKES ME AS INCREDIBLY DISINGENUOUS OR SHORTSIGHTED OR BOTH. I WOULD URGE MY A -- FRIENDS, DO WHAT YOU MUST ON THE RULE, THE RULE IS A RULE. IT'S ALWAYS A PARTISAN EXERCISE. I RESPECT MY FRIENDS FOR VOTING NO ON A RULE. BUTTED UNDERLYING LEGISLATION, THAT'S REAL -- BUT THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION, THAT'S REAL. THAT'S WHETHER OR NOT THE GOVERNMENT OPERATES. WHETHER OR NOT WE TAKE CARE OF THESE KNOTTY PROBLEMS WHERE WE HAPPEN TO AGREE. WHETHER OR NOT WE PUT THE WELL-BEING OF THE COUNTRY IN TERMS OF ITS DEFENSE ABOVE THE PARTISAN INTERESTS. THOSE THINGS ARE AREAS THAT SHOULDN'T BE TOUGH VOTES. I HOPE MY FRIENDS RECONSIDER. COME DOWN AND VOTE TO KEEP THE GOVERNMENT RUNNING INSTEAD OF SHUTTING IT DOWN. COME DOWN AND VOTE TO KEEP TAXES FROM, IMPOSED ON HARDWORKING FAMILIES FOR THE HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN FOR MEDICAL DEVICES. COME DOWN AND VOTE TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE THE STRONGEST POSSIBLE DEFENSE AGAINST ANY POSSIBLE ATTACK ON OUR COUNTRY. AND COME DOWN AND VOTE TO DEEP THE GOVERNMENT -- KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OPENED WHILE NEGOTIATIONS ARE UNDER WAY. I THINK THE FAILURE TO DO THAT IS ONE THAT MY FRIENDS WILL LOOK BACK ON WITH DEEP REGRET IN THE YEARS AHEAD. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO JUST, IN CLOSING, ENCOURAGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THE RULE. TODAY'S BILL REPRESENTS THE NEXT STEP TOWARD FULFILLING OUR PRIMARY OBLIGATION. AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, TO FUND THE GOVERNMENT. ALTHOUGH NOT PERFECT, THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY WILL FUND OUR GOVERNMENT AND KEEP IT OPEN AND OPERATING THROUGH FEBRUARY 16, 201. WE'LL RE-AUTHORIZE THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM FOR SIX YEARS. ACHIEVE A DELAY IN SEVERAL HARMFUL OBAMA TAXES WHILE DOING SO WE BOLSTER THE DEFENSE OF OUR COUNTRY AT A DANGEROUS TIME. WHILE I LOOK FORWARD TO COMPLETING OUR WORK AND PASSING A BIPARTISAN, BICAMERAL FULL YEAR OMNIBUS SPENDING BILL, FOR NOW THIS LEGISLATION WILL KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OPENED. AND OPERATING. AND GIVE US TIME TO CONTINUE WORKING TOWARD THE BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I APPLAUD MY COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR WORK. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. AND I MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION.

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      • 02:33:50 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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      • 02:34:01 PM

        MS. SLAUGHTER

        MR. SPEAKER.

      • 02:34:03 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEWOMAN NEW YORK.

      • 02:34:05 PM

        MS. SLAUGHTER

        I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

      • 02:34:06 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE YEAS AND NAYS.

      • 02:34:15 PM

        On ordering the previous question Roll Call 27 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

        • 02:58:59 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 229, AND THE NAYS ARE 191. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION…

          ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 229, AND THE NAYS ARE 191. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. ALL THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

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    • 02:59:03 PM
      • 02:59:05 PM

        On agreeing to the resolution Roll Call 28 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

        • 02:59:19 PM

          MS. SLAUGHTER

          MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

        • 02:59:22 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE IN FAVOR OF A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND…

          THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE IN FAVOR OF 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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        • 03:07:28 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 226, THE NAYS ARE 194. THE RESOLUTION IS…

          ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 226, THE NAYS ARE 194. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 694 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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    • 03:07:40 PM

      House Vote 28 - On Agreeing to the Resolution

      Passed (226 - 194)
      Yea
      Nay

      Vote Details: Yea - 226
      Republican - 226

      Vote Details: Nay - 194
      Democratic - 191
      Republican - 3

      Vote Details: Not Voting - 10
      Republican - 8
      Democratic - 2

      • 03:07:42 PM

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

        • 03:07:46 PM

          Considered as unfinished business. H. Res. 694 — "Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 4712) to amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit a health care practitioner from failing to exercise the proper degree of care in the case of a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion, and providing for proceedings during the period from January 22, 2018, through January 26, 2018."

          • 03:07:53 PM

            THE CLERK

            HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 119. HOUSE RESOLUTION 694. RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR…

            HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 119. HOUSE RESOLUTION 694. RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL, H.R. 4712, TO AMEND TITLE 18, UNITED STATES CODE, TO PROHIBIT A HEALTH CARE PRACTITIONER FROM FAILING TO EXERCISE THE PROPER DEGREE OF CARE IN THE CASE OF A CHILD WHO SURVIVES AN ABORTION OR ATTEMPTED -- SURVIVES AN ABORTION OR ATTEMPTED ABORTION.

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          • 03:08:20 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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        • 03:08:21 PM

          On ordering the previous question Roll Call 29 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

          • 03:15:42 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            229 AND THE NAYS ARE 190. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. QUESTION IS ON…

            229 AND THE NAYS ARE 190. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THE YEAS HAVE IT.

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      • 03:15:44 PM

        House Vote 29 - On Ordering the Previous Question

        Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 4712) to amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit a health care practitioner from failing to exercise the proper degree of care in the case of a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion, and providing for proceedings during the period from January 22, 2018, through January 26, 2018.

        Passed (229 - 190)
        Yea
        Nay

        Vote Details: Yea - 229
        Republican - 229

        Vote Details: Nay - 190
        Democratic - 190

        Vote Details: Not Voting - 11
        Republican - 8
        Democratic - 3

        • 03:15:45 PM

          On agreeing to the resolution Roll Call 30 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

          • 03:15:59 PM

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            IT.

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            NAYS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE. YEAS AND NAYS…

            NAYS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE. YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, 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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          • 03:23:19 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 228, THE NAYS ARE 189. THE RESOLUTION IS…

            ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 228, THE NAYS ARE 189. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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      • 03:23:21 PM

        House Vote 30 - On Agreeing to the Resolution

        Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 4712) to amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit a health care practitioner from failing to exercise the proper degree of care in the case of a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion, and providing for proceedings during the period from January 22, 2018, through January 26, 2018.

        Passed (228 - 189)
        Yea
        Nay

        Vote Details: Yea - 228
        Republican - 226
        Democratic - 2

        Vote Details: Nay - 189
        Democratic - 188
        Republican - 1

        Vote Details: Not Voting - 13
        Republican - 10
        Democratic - 3

        • 03:23:23 PM

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

          • 03:23:50 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

            THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS WILL PLEASE TAKE CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. MEMBERS WILL TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. MEMBERS WILL TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. HENSARLING, SEEK RECOGNITION?

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          • 03:25:05 PM

            MR. HENSARLING

            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 693, I CALL UP H.R. 2954 AND ASK FOR ITS…

            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 693, I CALL UP H.R. 2954 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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        • 03:25:15 PM

          Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 693. 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."

          • 03:25:16 PM

            THE CLERK

            UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 359, H.R. 2954, A BILL TO AMEND THE HOME MORTGAGE…

            UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 359, H.R. 2954, A BILL TO AMEND THE HOME MORTGAGE DISCLOSURE ACT OF 19 5 TO SPECIFY WHICH DEPOSIT TOWER INSTITUTIONS ARE SUBJECT TO THE MAINTENANCE OF RECORDS AND DISCLOSURE OF RECORDS UNDER SUCH ACT AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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        • 03:25:20 PM

          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.

          • 03:25:36 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 693, THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A…

            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 693, THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES PRINTED IN THE BILL, MODIFIED BY THE AMENDMENT PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-118 IS ADOPTED AND THE BILL AS AMENDED IS CONSIDERED READ. THE BILL SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR ONE HOUR EQUALLY DIVIDED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. HENSARLING, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. WATERS, EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. BUT WILL SUSPEND MOMENTARILY WHILE THE HOUSE COMES TO ORDER. MEMBERS WILL TAKE CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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          • 03:25:37 PM

            TEMPORE PURSUANT

            CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND…

            CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND

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      • 03:26:15 PM

        DEBATE

        The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 2954.

        • 03:26:44 PM

          MR. HENSARLING

          CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND…

          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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        • 03:26:54 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

        • 03:26:57 PM

          MR. HENSARLING

          I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

        • 03:27:00 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

        • 03:27:02 PM

          MR. HENSARLING

          I'M PLEASED TO SUPPORT H.R. 2954, HOME MORTGAGE DISCLOSURE ADJUSTMENT ACT.…

          I'M PLEASED TO SUPPORT H.R. 2954, HOME MORTGAGE DISCLOSURE ADJUSTMENT ACT. H.R. 2954, WHICH WAS INTRODUCED BY MR. EMMER OF MINNESOTA, A VERY HARD-WORKING MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, A VERY IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT WILL PROVIDE MUCH NEEDED REGULATORY RELIEF FOR OUR COMMUNITY BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS FROM ONEROUS CFPB REGULATIONS THAT ARE IMPEDING THEIR ABILITY TO MAKE HOME LOANS TO OUR CONSTITUENTS. ON JANUARY 1, DRACONIAN CHANGES WENT INTO EFFECT RELATING TO THE ACT. THESE CHANGES WHICH WERE MANDATED BY DODD-FRANK AND BLINDLY IMPLEMENTED BY THE CFPB RADICALLY EXPANDED THE INFORMATION THAT LENDERS ARE REQUIRED TO COLLECT, RECORD AND REPORT ABOUT MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS AND LOANS. BUT, MANY THINGS THE CFPB IS INVOLVED IN, THE RULE WENT FAR, FAR BEYOND WHAT WAS ORIGINALLY INTENDED BY CONGRESS AND EFFECTS HAVE FAR REACHING NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES ON COMMUNITY IP INSTITUTIONS AND HOME BUYERS. THE CFPB'S UPDATED RULE NOW REQUIRES FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS TO COLLECT 48, 48 UNIQUE, DIFFERENT DATA FIELDS ON EACH MORTGAGE LOAN THEY MAKE. THIS IS MORE THAN DOUBLE, DOUBLE THE NUMBER, MR. SPEAKER, THE NUMBER OF DATA FIELDS LENDERS WERE REQUIRED TO COLLECT BEFORE THE RULE WENT INTO EFFECT. NOW, AS IF ADDING TWO DOZEN MORE DATA FIELDS, THE CFPB RULE ALSO MODIFIED 20 OF THE 23 EXISTING FIELDS IN THIS CONSTANT, SCARNT CHANGING OF THE REGULATORY SCHEME TO FIT THE NARRATIVE OF REGULATORS RATHER THAN FOCUS ON THE COST AND BENEFITS TO OUR CONSTITUENTS AND EXISTING -- MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

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        • 03:29:06 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. MEMBERS, PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF…

          THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. MEMBERS, PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR SO THE GENTLEMAN CAN BE HEARD. WE'LL WAIT UNTIL WE DO. THE GENTLEMAN WILL CONTINUE, PLEASE.

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        • 03:29:23 PM

          MR. HENSARLING

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER RMENT. AGAIN, THE CONSTANT CHANGING OF THIS…

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER RMENT. AGAIN, THE CONSTANT CHANGING OF THIS REGULATORY SCHEME INCREASE COMPLEXITY AND COSTS DOES NOT FULLY -- WE DO NOT FULLY APPRECIATE THE IMPACT ON OUR COMMUNITY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND WE DO NOT FULLY APPRECIATE HOW THIS IS IMPEDING THE SUCCESS IN GROWTH OF OUR COMMUNITY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND THE COMMUNITIES WE REPRESENT. AND YOU DON'T HAVE TO TAKE MY WORD FOR IT, MR. SPEAKER. COMMUNITY BANKER IN KANSAS SAID THAT, QUOTE, AS CRAZY AS IT SEEMS, OUR CURRENT PROCESS INCLUDES FOUR PEOPLE VERIFYING THE DATA ON EACH LOAN. MR. SPEAKER, THAT WAS BEFORE, BEFORE THE CHANGES WE ARE DISCUSSING TODAY. ACCORDING TO THAT SAME COMMUNITY BANKER WHO'S TRYING TO FUND HOMES IN HIS LOCAL COMMUNITY, DOUBLING THE NUMBER OF DATA FIELDS AS REQUIRED IN THE RULE QUOTE, WILL ALMOST BE OVERWHELMING FOR A BANK SUCH AS OURS. . ALL THE NEW MORTGAGE LENDING RULES HAVE MAD IT ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE -- MADE IT ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO PROVIDE TIMELY SERVICE TO OUR LOCAL CUSTOMERS, UNQUOTE. AND SO HOMEBUYERS ARE FEELING THIS EFFECT, MR. SPEAKER. AS ONE COMMUNITY BANKER FROM OHIO EXPLAINED, BE HE WAS WORKING WITH -- HE WAS WORKING WITH A WOMAN WHO RECENTLY WENT THROUGH THE TRAGEDY OF DIVORCE. SHE WAS TRYING TO REFINANCE HER HOME IN ORDER TO MAKE ENDS MEET. BUT AFTER FILING MOUNTAINS AND MOUNTAINS OF PAPERWORK AND WADING THROUGH ALL THE DIFFERENT FORMS, SHE LOOKED UP AT THE BANKER AND SAID, QUOTE, JIM, JUST TELL ME IT WILL BE OK. AS JIM PUT IT, QUOTE, AT THAT POINT I REALIZED JUST HOW OVERWHELMING ALL THE FORMS AND DISCLOSURES WERE TO A CUSTOMER. SADLY, WE ALL HAVE, THE LAWMAKERS, THE REGULATORS AND THE BANKERS HAVE FORGOTTEN THE MOST IMPORTANT ITEM IN THIS ENTIRE PROCESS, THE CUSTOMER. AND THIS COMMUNITY BANKER IS RIGHT, MR. SPEAKER. OUR LOCAL FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS , OUR COMMUNITY BANKS, OUR SMALLEST FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS ESPECIALLY, THEY HAVE TO SPEND LESS TIME IN RESOURCES, MEETING WASHINGTON'S COMPLEX, BURDENSOME, ONEROUS PAPERWORK REQUIREMENTS. AND INSTEAD WE NEED TO GIVE THEM MORE FREEDOM TO DO WHAT THEY DO BEST AND THAT IS HELP PEOPLE IN THEIR COMMUNITIES GET INTO HOMES THEY CAN ACTUALLY AFFORD TO KEEP. BUT DOUBLING, DOUBLING HUMDA DATA REQUIREMENTS NEEDLESSLY, NEEDLESSLY MAKES HOME BUYING MORE EXPENSIVE, MORE CONFUSING AND MORE DIFFICULT FOR THE VERY PEOPLE THAT WE SHOULD BE TRYING TO HELP. HOMEBUYERS LIKE APRIL FROM KENTUCKY WROTE THAT THE PROCESS TO GET A HOME, QUOTE, IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE, END QUOTE, TRIEGESLY FRUSTRATING -- AND EXTREMELY FRUSTRATING. OUR HOMEBUYER FROM MICHIGAN WHO EXPLAINED, QUOTE, THE VERY PEOPLE THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO BE HELPFUL TO, LOWER-INCOME WORKING AMERICANS, HAVE BEEN THE PARTY'S MOST DEVASTATED -- PARTIES MOST DEVASTATED BY THE OVERREACH. AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT THIS IS, MR. SPEAKER. OVERREACH. AND IT'S NOT ONLY THESE INDIVIDUALS, BUT EVEN CHARITIES, GREAT CHARITIES LIKE HABITAT FOR HUMANITY, WHO SAID, QUOTE, THANKS TO THE CFPB'S BURDENSOME REGULATIONS AND RULES, CHARITIES SUCH AS HABITAT THAT PROVIDE THESE LOANS HAVE FOUND IT MORE DIFFICULT TO DO THEIR IMPORTANT WORK. H.R. 2954, FROM THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, SIMPLY ADDRESSES THE FABBLET THAT -- THE FACT THAT IN ORDER TO MAKE HOME LOANS, SMALL FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS SHOULD NOT AND CANNOT AFFORD TO KEEP PACE WITH THE MASSIVE LAWS THAT DISREGARD THEIR BUSINESSES, THEIR BUSINESS MODELS, AND CREATE AN UNEVEN PLAYING FIELD. FOR THIS REASON AND FOR THE OTHERS I HAVE STATED, MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ALL COLLEAGUES TO HELP STRUGGLING WOULD-BE HOMEBUYERS IN OUR DISTRICTS AND SUPPORT H.R. 2954. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          MS. WATERS

          I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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          MS. WATERS

          TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 2954. THE HOME MORTGAGE DISCLOSURE ADJUSTMENT…

          TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 2954. THE HOME MORTGAGE DISCLOSURE ADJUSTMENT ACT. WHICH WOULD UNDERMINE EFFORTS TO MONITOR TRENDS IN MORTGAGE LENDING, COMBAT DISCRIMINATORY AND PREDATORY LENDING, AND ENSURE THAT CONSUMERS WHO RESIDE IN LOW AND MODERATE INCOME COMMUNITIES HAVE FAIR ACCESS TO MORTGAGE CREDIT. 1975, CONGRESS ENACTED THE HOME MORTGAGE DISCLOSURE ACT, ALSO KNOWN AS HMDA IN RESPONSE TO CONCERNS -- HMDA, IN RESPONSE TO CONCERNS THAT DESPITE THEIR RESPONSIBILITY TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE HOME FINANCING, TO QUALIFIED APPLICANTS ON REASONABLE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, SOME LENDERS' FAILURE TO DO SO HAD CONTRIBUTED TO A DECLINE IN HOUSING CONDITIONS. IN COMMUNITIES OF COLOR. HMDA DATA PROVIDE THE ONLY COMPREHENSIVE PICTURE OF THE RATES AT WHICH AMERICAN CONSUMERS' REQUEST FOR MORTGAGES ARE APPROVED AND DENIED. AND AS A RESULT IT HAS MANY IMPORTANT USES. HMDA DATA PROVIDE INFORMATION ON MORTGAGE LENDING PATTERNS AND TRENDS THAT ALLOW REGULATORS, LENDERS, RESEARCHERS AND THE PUBLIC TO BETTER UNDERSTAND AND ADDRESS RED LINING CONCERNS BY IDENTIFYING POSSIBLY DISCRIMINATORY LENDING PATTERNS AND MONITORING COMPLIANCE WITH AN ENFORCEMENT OF STATUTES LIKE THE COMMUNITY REINVESTMENT ACT AND FEDERAL ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAWS LIKE EQUAL CREDIT OPPORTUNITY ACT, AND THE FAIR HOUSING ACT. LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ALSO USE HMDA DATA TO DETERMINE WHICH FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS ARE MEETING THE NEEDS OF THEIR COMMUNITIES AND SHOULD RECEIVE IMPORTANT BENEFITS FUNDED BY THE TAXPAYERS OF THOSE COMMUNITIES. FOR EXAMPLE, IN CALIFORNIA, THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT USES HMDA DATA WHEN SELECTING BANKS FOR CONTRACTS AND PARTICIPATION IN LOCAL PROGRAMS. HMDA AT THAT, DA -- HMDA DATA ARE ALSO USED BY GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS TO DETERMINE AREAS OF DISEASE INVESTMENT THAT ARE IN NEED -- DISINVESTMENT THAT ARE IN NEED OF TARGETED ASSISTANCE. TAKE FLINT, MICHIGAN, FOR EXAMPLE. THERE HMDA DATA HAS BEEN USED TO TARGET FUNDS TO REMEDIATE BLIGHT. COMMUNITIES ALSO USE HMDA DATA TO IDENTIFY DISCRIMINATORY LENDING PATTERNS AND ENFORCE ANTI-DISCRIMINATION STATUTES. HMDA DATA, FOR EXAMPLE, WERE USED IN CHICAGO TO IDENTIFY DISCRIMINATION IN LENDING PATTERNS IN ITS NEIGHBORHOODS. LEADING TO A LARGE DISCRIMINATORY LENDING SETTLEMENT. AND IT WAS PRECISELY BECAUSE OF HMDA DATA THAT CONGRESS LEARNED DURING THE RUNUP TO THE FINANCIAL CRISIS THAT AFRICAN-AMERICANS WERE ROUTINELY STEERED INTO PREDATORY, SUBPRIME LOANS -- PREDATORY SUBPRIME LOANS, EVEN WHEN THEY QUALIFIED FOR PRIME MORTGAGES. AND THEY RECEIVED THESE LOANS AT HIGHER RATES THAN WHITE BORROWERS. FOLLOWING THE FINANCIAL CRISIS, CONGRESS UPDATED HMDA WHEN IT PASSED THE DODD-FRANK ACT. DIRECTING THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU TO CLOSE INFORMATION GAPS ABOUT MORTGAGE LENDING PATTERNS AND PRACTICES THAT CONTRIBUTED TO THE 2007-2008 FINANCIAL CRISIS, AS WELL AS OTHER DATA THAT COULD BETTER IDENTIFY DISCRIMINATION. ACCORDINGLY, IN 2015, THE CONSUMER BUREAU FINALIZED A RULE THAT REQUIRED SUFFICIENT INFORMATION TO SHED LIGHT ON PREDATORY PRACTICES IN THE MORTGAGE MARKET AND CONSIDERED COMPLIANCE COSTS AND BURDENS IMPOSED ON INSTITUTIONS THAT COLLECT, MAINTAIN AND REPORT THE DATA. THROUGH THIS RULE, THE CONSUMER BUREAU ADDED AND IMPLEMENTED ADDITIONAL DATA FIELDS THAT MUST BE REPORTED IN ORDER TO FURTHER CLOSE INFORMATION GAPS ABOUT MORTGAGE LENDING PATTERNS AND PRACTICES. THE NEW DATA FIELDS INCLUDE BASIC LOAN FACTS SUCH AS THE ADDRESS OF THE PROPERTY, INTEREST RATE OF THE MORTGAGE, AND BORROWERS' CREDIT SCORE. THE CONSUMER BUREAU'S RULE ONLY EXCLUDED TRULY SMALL LENDERS. BANKS THAT ORIGINATE FEWER THAN 25 CLOSED END LOANS LIKE MORTGAGES AND 100 OPEN END LINES OF CREDIT LIKE HOME EQUITY LINES. BECAUSE PROVIDING BROADER RELIEF WOULD NEGATIVELY EFFECT LOW AND MODERATE INCOME COMMUNITIES. SPECIFICALLY THE CONSUMER BUREAU WROTE, AND I QUOTE, THE LOSS OF DATA IN COMMUNITIES AT CLOSED END MORTGAGE VOLUME THRESHOLDS HIGHER THAN 25 WOULD SUBSTANTIALLY IMPEDE THE PUBLIC'S AND PUBLIC OFFICIALS' ABILITY TO UNDERSTAND ACCESS TO CREDIT IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. QUOTE-UNQUOTE. DESPITE THE HARM POSED TO LOW AND MODERATE INCOME COMMUNITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY, H.R. 2954 WOULD PERMANENTLY RAISE THE THRESHOLD FOR NEW HMDA DATA FOR BOTH MORTGAGE LOAN-TYPE DATA AND LINES OF CREDIT TO 500 WITHOUT A GOOD UNDERSTANDING ABOUT THE REAL IMPACT OF DOING SO. AT THIS LEVEL, 85% OR 5,400 DEPOSITORY INSTITUTIONS AND 48% OF NONBANKS OR 497 INSTITUTIONS WOULD BE EXEMPT. THAT'S 6,000 FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS THAT WOULD NO LONGER REPORT IMPORTANT LENDING DATA. BY PROHIBITING THESE IMPORTANT NEW DATA FIELDS FROM BEING REPORTED UNDER HOME RUN, REGULATORS WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO FULLY DETERMINE THE EXTENT OF RED LINING, DISCRIMINATION AND OTHER HARMFUL PRACTICES. THIS WOULD MAKE IT HARDER FOR FAIR LENDING VIOLATIONS TO BE DETECTED. AS HMDA DATA ROUTINELY USED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TO IDENTIFY AND REMEDY DISCRIMINATION IN LENDING, THESE NEW DATA FIELDS ARE ESSENTIAL FOR SHEDDING LIGHT ON THE KINDS OF DISCRIMINATION LIKE AGE THAT NOW FLIES UNDER THE RADAR. IT'S NOT SURPRISING THAT OVER 170 CIVIL RIGHTS, FAIR HOUSING, CONSUMER AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY HAVE COME OUT STRONGLY AGAINST THIS BILL. THESE GROUPS HAVE STATED THAT THE UPDATED HMDA DATA WILL PROVIDE CRITICAL INFORMATION ABOUT WHETHER SIMILARLY SITUATED BORROWERS AND UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES ARE RECEIVING EQUITABLE ACCESS TO MORTGAGE CREDIT, DATA THAT WE LACKED A DECADE AGO WHEN THE CRISIS HIT, QUOTE-UNQUOTE. I RECOGNIZE THE NEED FOR CONGRESS TO CONSIDER TAILORED AND SENSIBLE REGULATORY RELIEF TO COMMUNITY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS, BUT THIS BILL IS NOT THAT RELIEF. FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS ARE ALREADY REQUIRED TO COLLECT THIS DATA AS PART OF EXISTING MORTGAGE REGULATIONS, OR AS PART OF THE MORTGAGE UNDERWRITING PROCESS. I CANNOT SUPPORT H.R. 2954, BECAUSE IT UNDERMINES EFFECTIVE, FAIR LENDING ENFORCEMENT BY REDUCING HMDA DATA. THIS BILL WILL CONTRIBUTE TO UNEQUAL ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE CREDIT FOR PEOPLE OF COLOR, LOW TO MODERATE INCOME FAMILIES, AND BORROWERS IN RURAL AREAS. HISTORY HAS REPEATEDLY SHOWN US THAT WHEN FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS ARE MERELY TRUSTED TO OPERATE IN GOOD FAITH, AMERICAN CONSUMERS ARE LEFT VULNERABLE TO DISCRIMINATORY AND PREDATORY LENDING. COMMUNITIES ARE STRIPPED OF WEALTH AND OUR ECONOMY IS WEAKENED. FOR THESE REASONS I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THIS ROLLBACK OF A KEY FAIR LENDING TOOL AND JOIN ME IN OPPOSING H.R. 2954. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          MR. HENSARLING

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

          MR. SPEAKER, I AM VERY, VERY PLEASED TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. EMMER, VERY VALUABLE MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE, AND THE SPONSOR OF THE LEGISLATION.

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          MR. EMMER

          THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. MR. SPEAKER, EVERY CITIZEN IN OUR NATION DESIRES THE…

          THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. MR. SPEAKER, EVERY CITIZEN IN OUR NATION DESIRES THE CHANCE TO ACHIEVE THEIR AMERICAN DREAM. FOR THOUSANDS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY, THEIR AMERICAN DREAM CONSISTS OF OWNING A HOME OR STARTING THEIR OWN BUSINESS. SOME LAWS HAVE PROVEN HELPFUL IN ACHIEVING THIS DREAM. OTHERS HAVE CREATED OBSTACLES BY CODIFYING GOVERNMENT OVERREACH. IN 1975, THE HOME MORTGAGE DISCLOSURE ACT WAS ENACTED. THIS IMPORTANT LAW EXPOSED AND HELPED ELIMINATE DISCRIMINATORY LENDING PRACTICES, PARTICULARLY AGAINST MINORITIES. IN SHORT, THIS LAW HELPED MORE AMERICANS REALIZE THEIR DREAM OF OWNING A HOME OVER THE YEARS, HOWEVER, THE DISCLOSURES REQUIRED BY THE LAW HAVE EXPANDED AWAY FROM THE ORIGINAL INTENT AND HAVE ACTUALLY BECOME AN OBSTACLE, PREVENTING SMALL, MEDIUM AND LOCAL LENDERS FROM HELPING ASPIRING LANDOWNERS AND BUSINESS ENTREPRENEURS. IN 2015 THE DODD-FRANK CREATED AGENCY, THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU, OR CFPB, DEMANDED FROM LENDERS MORE THAN DOUBLE THE AMOUNT OF DATA ORIGINALLY REQUIRED UNDER THE HOME MORTGAGE DISCLOSURE ACT. THAT DOUBLE THE DATA RULE TOOK EFFECT ON THE FIRST OF THIS MONTH. LARGER LENDERS ARE ABLE TO ADAPT. IN FACT, MOST IF NOT ALL CONTINUE TO BE IN THE HOME MORTGAGE BUSINESS TODAY. BUT FOR SMALLER LENDERS, FOR THIS FAMILY-OWNED BANK ON MAIN STREET, THE DOUBLE THE DATA RULE MEANS MAKING FEWER MORTGAGES OR NONE AT ALL. THIS UNINTENDED RESULT IS SOMETHING EACH OF US HAS HEARD OVER AND OVER AGAIN IN OUR HOME DISTRICTS. AGAIN, THESE ARE NOT THE WELLS FARGOS, BANK OF AMERICAS, OR JPMORGANS. THESE ARE THE SMALL GUYS, THE LITTLE GUYS ON MAIN STREET, MINNESOTA, AND MAIN STREETS ALL ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. WE ALL REMEMBER THE FINANCIAL CRISIS OF 2008 AND THE DEVASTATION IT BROUGHT TO THIS NATION. OUR ECONOMY SUFFERED GREATLY. NO ONE WANTS THAT AGAIN. UNFORTUNATELY CONGRESS REACTED BY DEMANDING THAT SMALL BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS QUITE LITERALLY PAID FOR A CRISIS THEY DIDN'T CAUSE. IN THE GREAT STATE OF MINNESOTA, THE LAND OF 10,000 LAKES, I CONSISTENTLY HEAR FROM SMALL BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS WHO WANT TO DO WHAT THEY DO BEST. HELP MINNESOTANS ACHIEVE THE AMERICAN DREAM. DUE TO THE INCREASED COST OF COMPLIANCE WITH THE CFPB'S DOUBLE THE DATA RULE, AN ESTIMATED ADDITIONAL 326 MILLION, MANY SMALL BANKS IN MINNESOTA ARE RECONSIDERING THEIR ABILITY TO MAKE MORTGAGES AND OTHER COVERED LOANS. IN 2014, MINNESOTA CREDIT UNIONS WERE ON THE HOOK FOR $7.2 BILLION IN COMPLIANCE COSTS. THAT'S BEFORE THE DOUBLE THE DATA RULE. NOT ONLY ARE THE ADDITIONAL HMDA COMPLIANCE BURDENS ILL SUITED AND UNNECESSARY FOR THESE INSTITUTIONS, THE CFPB'S RULE DOES VERY LITTLE TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL PROTECTION, ALL WHILE POTENTIALLY EXPOSING CONSUMERS TO POTENTIAL IDENTITY THEFT OR FRAUD. THIS INFORMATION COMES FROM THOSE ON THE GROUND AND THE ONES WHO ARE SEEING THIS MISGUIDED RULE IN ACTION. . A AS A RESULT OF FEWER INSTITUTIONS OFFERING CAPITAL FOR THEIR NEIGHBORS' BUSINESSES TO GET OFF THE GROUND, THE CFPB RULE HAS PUT IT OUT OF REACH. TODAY WE HAVE TO RIGHT SIZE GOVERNMENT REGULATION TO CREATE MORE OPPORTUNITY. WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ENCOURAGE SMALL AND AND MEDIUM-SIZED FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS IN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES TO KEEP THEIR DOORS OPEN AND MAKE MORTGAGES AGAIN, AND MAKE LOANS TO WOULD-BE ENTREPRENEURS AND FUND THE DREEPS 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 THIS 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 REPORTING DATA RELATED TO RACE AND GENDER. IT WILL PROVIDE DESPERATELY NEEDED REGULATORY RELIEF FOR MAIN STREET BAVERAGES AND CREDIT UNIONS AND IT HAS BEEN PERFECTED FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE AND IN BOTH CHAMBERS. OUR GOAL TODAY SHOULDN'T BE TO EXPAND THE LAW. OUR GOAL 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. MR. SPEAKER, THAT'S OUR GOAL. AND TODAY WE CAN TAKE A BIG STEP FORWARD IN REACHING THAT GOAL. IF YOU SHARE THAT GOAL, I URGE YOU TO VOTE YES ON H.R. 2954 AND PASS THE HOME MORTGAGE DISCLOSURE ACT.

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          MS. WATERS

          MY COLLEAGUE FAILED TO MENTION THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION AND…

          MY COLLEAGUE FAILED TO MENTION THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION AND JEWISH COMMUNITY ACTION GROUP ALL OPPOSE THIS BILL. AND YOW I WILL YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA AND MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES.

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          MEMBER WATERS FOR HER STEADFAST LEADERSHIP. WHILE I HAVE GREAT RESPECT FOR…

          MEMBER WATERS FOR HER STEADFAST LEADERSHIP. WHILE I HAVE GREAT RESPECT FOR THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION BEFORE THIS BILL BEFORE US TODAY. I FEEL LUCKY TO REPRESENT FLORIDA'S 1TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT WHICH INCLUDES SAINT PETERSBURG. IT IS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO LIVE, WORK AND RETIRE AND IT IS BEARS SOME SCARS OF SEGREGATION. THE FAIR HOUSING ACT WAS SIGNED 50 YEARS AGO. WHY ARE SO MANY NEIGHBORHOODS STILL SEGREGATED, WHY ARE SO MANY OF OUR CONSTITUENTS HAVE UNEQUAL ACCESS TO CREDIT. FAIR HOUSING DATA IS A CRITICAL TOOL TO RIGHT THE WRONGS OF THE PAST TO SEE HOW BANKS ARE SERVING ALL OF OUR COMMUNITIES AND ROOT OUT THE OCCASIONAL BAD APPLE AND THE OCCASIONAL BAD INSTITUTION. THIS DATA IS WORTH THE EFFORT. IN A PERFECT WORLD, WE WOULDN'T NEED LAWS TO PROTECT THE VULNERABLE OR DATA TO ENFORCE THOSE LAWS. HAVING FOUGHT AND WON DISCRIMINATION SUITS ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, I WILL TELL YOU THIS IS NOT A PERFECT WORLD. WHILE THEY TRY TO MAKE REGULATIONS, LET'S NOT MAKE IT HARDER FOR BANKS TO LEND. I YIELD BACK.

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          I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. LUETKEMEYER, THE…

          I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. LUETKEMEYER, THE CHAIRMAN OF OUR FINANCIAL SERVICES SUBCOMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS.

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          MR. LUETKEMEYER

          I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA FOR SPONSORING…

          I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA FOR SPONSORING THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS ARE DROWNING IN A SEA OF PAPERWORK. WE HEAR ABOUT IT FROM LENDERS WHO APPEAR BEFORE THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE. BECAUSE OF THE REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT, MORTGAGE LENDING IS TOO BURDENSOME FOR SOME COMMUNITY BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS. THEY HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO LIMIT THE CHOICES AVAILABLE OR EXIT THE MORTGAGE BUSINESS ALL TOGETHER, WHICH IS SOME HAVE DONE. THE CHANGES WE HAVE SEEN ON HOME MORTGAGE DISCLOSURE ACT REQUIREMENTS IS REGULATION RUN AMUCK. ON EVERY LOAN, THEY MUST CHECK A LENGTHY SERIES OF BOXES. ONE MISTAKE LANDS A BANK OR CREDIT UNION IN HOT WATER. IN COMMITTEE, ALMOST 300 BOXES OF THINGS THEY HAVE TO LOOK AT. IF ONE BOX, YOU ARE OUT OF COMPLIANCE AND YOU COULD BE EXPOSED. THEY EXPANDED REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS ASSOCIATED WITH HMDA AND NOW HAVE TO REPORT 48 DATA FIELDS. IN FACT, THE REQUIREMENTS ARE MORE THAN DOUBLE THE STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS BLIRD BY CONGRESS. WHAT DO WE GET FOR THIS? NOT A LOT BEYOND A MORE BURDENSOME PROCESS IN THE BEST CASE SCENARIO AND SLOWS THE BORROWING PROCESS. THESE RULES MAKE IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR SMALLER INSTITUTION AND RESULT IN HIGHER PRICES FOR CONSUMERS AND CUSTOMER NEEDS. COMPLIANCE IS ONE OF THE TOP CONCERNS AND FRUSTRATIONS I HEAR FROM COMMUNITY BANKS IN MISSOURI AND WE HAD A HEARING RECENTLY WHERE WE HAD A PRESIDENT IN THE INSTITUTION IN THERE AND HAD A FILE THIS THICK. AND I SAID HOW MANY PAGES DO YOU HAVE IN THAT FILE? AND HE SAID, WE DON'T MEASURE IT BY THE PAGE ANYMORE, BUT BY THE POUND. THIS LEGISLATION AIMS TO ADDRESS SOME OF THOSE CONCERNS. H.R. 2954 WOULD EXEMPT SMALL COMMUNITY BANKS FROM HMDA REQUIREMENTS AND THIS WOULD APPLY TO OTHER LENDING INSTITUTIONS AS WELL, INCLUDING THOSE WHO MAKE LOANS ON MANUFACTURED HOUSING. WE NEED TO SUPPORT LEGISLATION THAT WILL GRANT RELIEF TO THE SMALLER INSTITUTION AND ENABLE MORE ACCESS TO OUR CUSTOMERS. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA FOR HIS OUTSTANDING WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION AND HIS WORK ON BEHALF OF FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND CUSTOMERS. I YIELD BACK AND ASK FOR SUPPORT OF THE HOME MORTGAGE DISCLOSURE ADJUSTMENT ACT.

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          EXTEND TITLE 7 OF SUCH ACT AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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          MS. WATERS

          I RESERVE.

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          MR. HENSARLING

          I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FROM OKLAHOMA, MEMBER OF THE…

          I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FROM OKLAHOMA, MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, MR. LUCAS.

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          MR. LUCAS

          I SUPPORT MR. EMMER'S BILL, H.R. 2954. DODD-FRANK ADDED UNPRECEDENTED NEW…

          I SUPPORT MR. EMMER'S BILL, H.R. 2954. DODD-FRANK ADDED UNPRECEDENTED NEW REGULATIONS ON INDUSTRY. AS WE HAVE -- AS HAS BEEN SAID ALREADY, INSTITUTIONS HAVE TO COLLECT ADDITIONAL 25 FIELDS OF DATA. THIS IS MORE THAN DOUBLE WHAT THE BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS AND OTHER LENDERS HAD TO REPORT PRIOR TO THE PASSAGE OF DODD-FRANK. NOT ONLY DO THESE ADDED REQUIREMENTS INCREASE COSTS FOR ALL FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS BUT HAS TAKEN LOTS OF TIME FOR SMALLER COMMUNITY LENDERS TO PREPARE FOR THEM. THIS HOUSE SHOULD BE WELL AWARE OF TWO SURVEYS THAT REPORTED AN ALARMING INABILITY OF THOSE ENTITIES TOLL MEET THOSE NEW REQUIREMENTS. IN FACT, IN MY MEETINGS WITH SMALL BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS FROM OKLAHOMA, ALL OF THEM HAVE RAISED THESE SPECIFIC RULES AND REQUIREMENTS AS BEING COSTLY ENOUGH TO AFFECT THEIR BUSINESS DECISIONS SUCH AS HOW MANY MORTGAGES THEY COULD FEASIBLY ORIGINATE. ALL OF THIS MAKES THIS BILL NOT ONLY TIMELY, BUT IMMENSELY NECESSARY. I REPRESENT A DISTRICT THAT IS FULL OF INSTITUTIONS THAT ORIGINATE FEWER THAN 500 CLOSED-END MORTGAGES OR OPEN LINES OF CREDIT FOR TWO YEARS. WHILE THESE NEW REQUIREMENTS WERE CERTAINLY WELL INTENDED, THEIR IMPACT ON SMALL INSTITUTIONS CANNOT BE OVERSTATED AND WE AS A BODY SHOULD CONTINUE TO FIND WAYS TO GROW THE ABILITY OF AMERICANS TO RECEIVE AND TO UTILIZE FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS SUCH AS MORTGAGES. THESE REQUIREMENTS, YOU PUT ON ALL INSTITUTIONS NATIONWIDE WILL DISPROPORTIONATELY AFFECT THOSE WHO ARE SERVED BY SMALL FINANCIAL ENTITIES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT MR. EMMER'S BILL AND I YIELD BACK.

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

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          MS. WATERS

          I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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          MR. HENSARLING

          I AM PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR.…

          I AM PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. TIPTON, THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF OUR SUBCOMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND INVESTIGATIONS.

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          MR. TIPTON

          THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. MR. SPEAKER, THE HOME…

          THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. MR. SPEAKER, THE HOME MORTGAGE DISCLOSURE ACT CONTINUES TO BE AN IMPORTANT RESOURCE FOR REGULATORS TO IDENTIFY DISCRIMINATORY LENDING ACTIVITY. BUT THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION'S INTERPRETATION OF THE ACTS REPORTING REQUIREMENTS HAS BECOME OVERLY BURDENSOME FOR SMALLER FINANCIAL INSTEWINGS. COMMUNITY BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS ARE WEIGHED DOWN WITH THE SAME COMPLIANCE BURDENS. WITHOUT THE ADVANTAGES OF MASSIVE COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENTS. THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU RULEMAKING OF 2015 ON THE HOME MORTGAGE DISCLOSURE ACT WOULD REQUIRE FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS TO REPORT 33 NEW DATA FIELDS, MORE THAN DOUBLE THE STATUTORY REQUIREMENT LAID OUT BY CONGRESS ON TOP OF AN ALREADY DETAILED HMDA REQUIREMENT. MR. EMMER'S BILL WOULD REMOVE SOME OF THE COMPLIANCE BURDEN PLACED ON OUR NATION'S SMALLEST FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS BY EXEMPTING DEPOSIT TOWER INSTITUTIONS THAT ORIGINATED FEWER THAN 500 CLOSED LOANS FROM DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS AND MAINTENANCE OF MORTGAGE LOAN RECORDS UNDER THE 2015 RULE. IT REQUIRES FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS TO REPORT ON OVER 100 TOTAL DATA POINTS FOR ANY LOAN APPLICATION REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THE INSTITUTION AGREES TO MAKE THE LOAN OR NOT. TO PUT THAT IN PERSPECTIVE, THE TIME AND RESOURCES REQUIRED BY A COMMUNITY FINANCIAL INSTITUTION TO FILL OUT 100 DATA POINTS FOR EACH APPLICATION COULD BE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BEING ABLE TO MAKE ONE MORE LOAN IN THE COMMUNITY OR NOT. AND IN SMALL COMMUNITIES ACROSS COMMUNITY, SMALL COMMUNITIES THAT I REPRESENT, EVERY SINGLE LOAN COUNTS. IF MR. EMMER'S LEGISLATION WILL AND SORE COMPLIANCE BURDENS AND TURN THEIR ATTENTION BACK TO PROVIDING LOANS RATHER THAN MEETING OVERLY BURDENSOME REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS. I APPLAUD MR. EMMER FOR INTRODUCING THIS LEGISLATION AND ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO BE ABLE TO SUPPORT THIS MEASURE. I YIELD BACK.

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        • 04:04:08 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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          MR. HENSARLING

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS TO SAY, IT WAS A MOST…

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          MR. HILL

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK OUR DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN, I APPRECIATE…

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK OUR DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN, I APPRECIATE MY FRIEND, MR. EMMER, FOR INTRODUCING THIS BILL. TO MAKE THIS VERY MODEST CHANGE WHICH DOES HELP COMMUNITY BANKS ALLOCATE CAPE CAPITAL, MAKE MORE MORTGAGE LOANS OUT THERE IN OUR COUNTRY. I WOULD SAY TO MY FRIEND FROM MINNESOTA WHO KNOWS I HAVE GREAT RESPECT FOR HIM AND HIS ELOQUENCE THAT NO ONE ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE IS ANY LESS INTERESTED IN JUSTICE. THAN HE IS. AND I MUST SAY, MR. SPEAKER, THAT AS THE CHAIRMAN NOTED, THIS BILL DOES NOTHING ABOUT ELIMINATING PROTECTIONS UNDER THE FAIR HOUSING ACT, PROTECTIONS UNDER THE FAIR LENDING ACT, FOR DISCRIMINATION IN HOUSING OR LENDING OR -- FOR MINORITIES IN THIS NATION. THIS IS REALLY INSTEAD ABOUT CONTINUING THE THEME OF THE HOME MORTGAGE DISCLOSURE ACT WHICH IS TO RELIEVE SOME BURDEN FROM THE SMALLEST FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THE ACT, FOR EXAMPLE, EXEMPTS INSTITUTIONS WITH LESS THAT $50 MILLION IN ASSETS THAT ARE IN AN M.S.A. FROM REQUIRING REPORTS OF THE ACT FOR EXAMPLE -- THE ACT FOR EXAMPLE EXEMPTS THOSE UNDER $50 MILLION THAT ARE NOT IN AN M.S.A. FROM ANY REPORTING. MR. EMMER'S BILL DEFINITELY CONTINUES ON THAT THEME WHILE PROTECTING JUSTICE, WHILE PROTECTING THE ABILITY TO HAVE DATA TO MAKE SURE THAT WE IN FACT IN THIS COUNTRY HAVE FAIR LENDING. THIS REQUIREMENT ENACTED, LENDERS WOULD BE TO COLLECT MORE THAN DOUBLE THE DATA POINTS THEY DO NOW. IT'S SOME 300,000 FIELDS OF DATA ON A LOAN ACT TIFFITY REPORT TO MEASURE COMPLIANCE WITH HMDA. 300,000 LINES OF ACTIVITY. IF YOU HAVE A 10% ERROR RATE, MR. SPEAKER, YOU ARE A BAD ACTOR. AND CAN SUBMIT MANY MORE CHALLENGES TO MAINTAIN YOUR EVEN INDEPENDENCE AS A BANK. I WOULD ARGUE THAT ON THE BACKS OF OTHER REGULATORY BURDENS ON SMALL BANKS, LIKE THE ONE THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A BIG HELP FOR CONSUMERS, IT'S RAISED COSTS, LIMITED CREDIT. THIS COMES ON THE BACK OF THAT. I BELIEVE H.R. 2954 PRESERVES MORE LENDING OPTIONS FOR THE MARKETS THESE BANKS SERVE. I THANK MY FRIEND, MR. EMMER, FOR HIS THOUGHTFUL WORK AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME, MR. CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU AND I THANK THE CHAIRMAN.

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          THE CHAIR

          THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED. --

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        • 04:08:02 PM

          MR. EL SN

          I MENTIONED BEFORE, THE HOME MORTGAGE DISCLOSURE ACT, THE UNDERLYING BILL,…

          I MENTIONED BEFORE, THE HOME MORTGAGE DISCLOSURE ACT, THE UNDERLYING BILL, THE BILL THAT IS BEING ATTEMPTED TO BE AMENDED TODAY DIDN'T DROP OUT OF THE SKY. WE HAD DEMONSTRABLE DISCRIMINATION, THAT'S WHY WE HAD IT. IN THIS BILL, THE HOME MORTGAGE DISCLOSURE ADJUSTMENT ACT, COMPLETELY DIFFERENT PIECE WHICH I ARGUE BACK SLIDES ON OUR COMMITMENT TO FAIR HOUSING, WOULD UNDERMINE OUR ABILITY TO STOP DISCRIMINATION BY EXEMPTING 85% OF THE NATION'S BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS AND 48% OF THE NATION'S NONBANK LENDERS FROM HAVING TO FOLLOW THE DATA REPORTING REQUIREMENTS. AND WHAT ARE THESE REPORTING REQUIREMENTS? THEY'RE THINGS THAT BANKS COLLECT ALREADY. THEY'RE PIECES OF INFORMATION BEING REQUIREMENTS. COLLECTED NOW. ALL THEY HAVE TO DO IS TAKE ONE PIECE OF PAPER THAT THEY'VE ALREADY PREPARED THE DOCUMENTATION FOR AND PUT IT INTO ANOTHER DOCUMENT. THAT'S IT. NOW, THE APPLICATIONS BORROWER'S AGE. THAT'S AN IMPORTANT THING TO COMBAT AGE DISCRIMINATION. CREDIT SCORE, NAME, VERSION OF THEIR CREDIT SCORING MODEL. THAT'S AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF INFORMATION. THAT'S ALREADY IN THE UNDERWRITING FILE AND IN FCRA. THE DEBT TO INCOME RATIO WHICH IS ALREADY IN THE UNDERWRITING FILE AND IS REQUIRED BY Q.N. COMPLIANCE. AUTOMATED UNDERWRITING SYSTEM NAME. THAT'S IN THE FILE. OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPERTY SECURING THE LOAN. THE VALUE OF THE PROPERTY TO SECURE THE LOAN. THAT'S IN THE UNDERWRITTEN FILE AND OTHER INFORMATION IT'S IN THE REQUIREMENT. COMBINED LOAN TO VALUE RATIO. THAT'S IN THERE. ALREADY. BECAUSE OF UNDERWRITING. MANUFACTURED HOME PROPERTY TYPE. LAND OR WITHOUT LAND, THAT'S IN THE UNDERWRITING OF THE FILE AND LET ME TELL YOU, MR. SPEAKER THAT INFORMATION IS CRITICAL BECAUSE THE MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY, WE KNOW, THERE IS PREDATORY LENDING AND UNFAIRNESS TO BORROWERS A LOT. SO WE NEED THAT KIND OF INFORMATION TO PROTECT BORROWERS. I REJECT THE ARGUMENT THAT SOMEHOW IF WE DON'T HAVE COMMON SENSE REGULATIONS AND DISCLOSURE THAT SOMEHOW THAT'S GOING TO RESULT IN MORE, MORE LOANS BEING ISSUED. THERE'S NO EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT THAT. WHAT IT WILL LIKELY RESULT IN IS MORE DISCRIMINATION HAPPENING AND PERHAPS PEOPLE WHO OWN THE BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS JUST POCKETING MORE BEING ISSUED. THERE'S NO MONEY BUT THE FACT THAT LESS REGULATION AND OVERSIGHT IS GOING TO YIELD MORE JUSTICE FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE HISTORICALLY BEEN EXCLUDED, THERE'S NO BASIS TO BELIEVE THAT. I'LL RESERVE.

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        • 04:10:49 PM

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          THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

        • 04:10:55 PM

          MR. HENSARLING

          I'M HAPPY TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR.…

          I'M HAPPY TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. LAUDERMILK.

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        • 04:11:09 PM

          MR. LOUDERMILK

          THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TIME TO SPEAK ON THIS ACT. AS I SIT AND LISTEN…

          THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TIME TO SPEAK ON THIS ACT. AS I SIT AND LISTEN TO THE DEBATE WE'RE HAVING IN HERE HAVING IN HERE AND THINK OF WHAT PEOPLE BACK HOME MUST BE THINKING IS THAT IT'S OFTEN FOR US HERE TO ACTUALLY SEE WHAT IT'S LIKE, BOOTS ON THE GROUND BACK HOME. SO I TEND TO GO BACK HOME AND TALK TO THE SOURCE. WHAT IS IT THAT WE DO UP HERE THAT CAN HURT YOU OR HELP YOU IN YOUR BUSINESS AND YOUR LIFE? AND SO RECENTLY I HAD A GATHERING OF SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS, EXECUTIVES FROM LARGER BUSINESSES FROM ACROSS MY DISTRICT AND I POSED A QUESTION TO THEM. IF WE COULD ONLY DO ONE THING TO HELP YOUR BUSINESS, WHAT WOULD THAT BE? WOULD YOU RATHER US LOWER TAXES OR REDUCE REGULATION? WITHOUT EXCEPTION, EVERY PERSON IN THAT ROOM SAID ARE REDUCE REGULATION ON MY BUSINESS WHICH SURPRISED ME. SO I ASKED THEM WHY AND THEY SAID BECAUSE BY LOWERING THEIR TAXES, YOU CAN HELP OUR BOTTOM LINE. AND BY LOWERING OUR TAXES YOU CAN HELP OUR BOTTOM LINE. IT'S THINGS SUCH AS THIS, THEY SAY THAT ACTUALLY GETS IN THE WAY OF ME HELPING THE CUSTOMER. IT'S NOT ABOUT INCOMES OF THE SMALL GUY. IT'S ABOUT SERVING THE NEEDS AND ACTUALLY PROVIDING ACCESS TO THE CAPITAL. THE SMALL BUSINESS OWNER, THE BACK BONE OF AMERICA. ACTUALLY NEEDS. NOW THIS BILL IS A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF HOW WE ARE SIMPLY REDUCING THE BURDEN ON THESE BUSINESSES SO THEY CAN MEET THE NEEDS OF THE CONSUMER MUCH BETTER. IT DOESN'T DO AWAY WITH THE REGULATION. IT JUST REDUCES SOME OF THE REPORTING REQUIREMENTS THAT ARE ONEROUS, THAT ARE DUPLICATIVE AND IT BASICALLY TAILORS THIS DATA TOWARD THE SMALL BANK. AND THE SMALL BUSINESS.

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        • 04:13:25 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. .

        • 04:13:28 PM

          MR. HENSARLING

          I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN 30 SECONDS.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO MAKING MANY LOANS TO THE…

          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO MAKING MANY LOANS TO THE SMALL GUY. I WANT THEM TO MAKE MORE MANY LOANS.

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        • 04:13:54 PM

          MR. ELLISON

          THE GENTLEMAN MADE A POINT THAT I THOUGHT WAS WORTH MENTIONING. HE WANTED…

          THE GENTLEMAN MADE A POINT THAT I THOUGHT WAS WORTH MENTIONING. HE WANTED TO KNOW HOW THIS IS -- THESE -- THE LAW PLAYS OUT, BOOTS ON THE GROUND BACK AT HOME. HE TALKED ABOUT DOES IT HURT YOU OR DOES IT HELP YOU? THE GENTLEMAN MADE A SPECIFIC POINT ABOUT GETTING REAL LIFE, TANGIBLE EXPERIENCE PEOPLE HAVE WITH THE LAW. I'M GLAD HE MENTIONED THAT. AND THE REASON WHY IS THAT, I MADE A SPECIFIC POINT TALKED TO A WOMAN AS -- EARLIER THIS WEEK AS I PREPARED TO BE HERE TODAY AND SHE SAID, YOU KNOW, SHE SCRUBBED FLOORS IN THE HOSPITAL FOR 30 YEARS. SHE SCRUBBED FLOORS IN THE HOSPITAL FOR 30 YEARS AND SHE GOT UP EVERY DAY SHE SAVED HER MONEY, HER FAMILY NEVER OWNED A HOME. THEY RENTED. THAT'S ALL THEY COULD EVER AFFORD TO DO. AND SHE APPLIED FOR A LOAN AT ABACK FOR A HOME TO BUY A HOME ONCE SHE'D GOTTEN HER MONEY TOGETHER AND SHE WAS HOPEFUL. SHE WAS OPTIMISTIC. EVEN HAD A HOME PICKED OUT SHE WANTED TO OWN AND HAVE HER GRANDCHILDREN AND HER -- SHE HAD KIDS LIVE WITH HER IN THAT HOME. AND SHE WAS DENIED. SHE HAD A GOOD CREDIT SCORE. SHE SAVED HER MONEY. SHE SHARED SHE SHARED WITH ME SHE FELT IT WAS BECAUSE OF HER RACE. NOW, OF COURSE, NOBODY'S GOING TO ADMIT THAT. WHEN IT COMES TO MORTGAGE LENDING, MR. SPEAKER, YOU KNOW, THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE DECISIONS THAT EXCLUDE ONE GROUP OF PEOPLE AND INCLUDE ANOTHER WHEN THEY DON'T USE THE NASTY, UGLY LANGUAGE THAT ALL OF US CONDEMN, THEY DON'T COME IN HERE AND SAY THE N WORD. THEY DON'T SAY UGLY STUFF. THEY WEAR SUITS, THEY WEAR TIES, THEY WEAR NICE PRESSED WHITE SHIRTS, SOMETIMES THEY HAVE MONOGRAMS ON THEIR SHIRTS, THEY ARE MEMBERS OF THE COUNTRY CLUB. AND YET THIS LADY WHO WORKED SO HARD FOR SO LONG THAT WAS TRYING TO BUY A HOME WAS DENIED. IT WAS WHEN STATISTICAL ANALYSIS THAT WAS BROUGHT FORWARD THAT PEOPLE THOUGHT THEY SHOULD GIVE HER THAT HOME AFTER ALL. IT WAS WHEN SHE WENT TO LEGAL AID AND COMPLAINED. I CAN TELL YOU THIS, IT'S THE KIND OF THING THAT IS IMPORTANT. HOW DO PEOPLE ON THE GROUND EXPERIENCE THE HOME MORTGAGE DISCLOSURE ACT? THEY EXPERIENCE IT AS SOMETHING THAT GIVES THEM A CHANCE TO HAVE A GOOD LIFE TOO. IF YOU NEVER FELT THE STING OF DISCRIMINATION, MAYBE IT'S JUST A BUSINESS REGULATION TO YOU. BUT IF YOU HAVE BEEN LOOKED IN THE EYE AND SAID NO AND YOU KNOW THAT THIS IS NOT RIGHT AND YOU KNOW IT'S PROBABLY BECAUSE OF WHO YOU ARE, THEN AND ONLY THEN WILL YOU UNDERSTAND WHY IT IS IMPORTANT NOT TO WEAKEN THE HOME MORTGAGE DISCLOSURE ACT. LOOK, I DON'T DOUBT THAT PEOPLE WHO ARE OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT, YOU KNOW, TO RELIEVE THE REGULATE, QUOTE-UNQUOTE, BURDEN. I DON'T THINK THEY HAVE ANIMUS IN THEIR HEART. I REALLY DON'T BELIEVE THEY DO. I WILL TELL YOU THIS, THEY ARE LISTENING TO FOLKS IN THE COUNTRY CLUB, THEY ARE LISTENING TO FOLKS WHO ARE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TABLE. THEY ARE NOT LISTENING TO THE PEOPLE WHO NEED THAT MORTGAGE, WHO WORKED FOR THAT MORTGAGE, WHO DESERVE THAT MORTGAGE. THAT'S NOT WHO THEY'RE TALKING TO, AND IF THEY WOULD SIT DOWN AND LISTEN TO FOLKS WHO JUST WANT TO OWN A HOME, MAYBE THEY WOULDN'T SEE THIS AS JUST SOME SORT OF -- SOME SORT OF A BOTHERSOME REGULATION. IT'S GETTING IN THE WAY OF BUSINESS. HOW CAN WE POSSIBLY EVER ALLOW THAT? BECAUSE TO THE FOLKS WHO WOULD SAY THAT, DISCRIMINATION IS A THEORETICAL CONCEPT. IT MIGHT HAPPEN TO SOME PEOPLE BUT NONE OF THE FINE PEOPLE THEY KNOW IN THE BANKING INDUSTRY WOULD EVER DO THAT. MR. SPEAKER, THE UNDERLINING BILL CAME UP BECAUSE PEOPLE WERE BEING DENIED. IT CAME UP BECAUSE PEOPLE WERE BEING TOLD NO WHO SHOULD HAVE BEEN TOLD YES. THAT'S WHAT'S GOING ON RIGHT NOW. THAT'S WHY THIS BILL, THIS BILL, THIS HOME MORTGAGE ADJUSTMENT ACT NEEDS TO BE -- NEEDS TO BE DEFEATED. NOW, IF YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT, YOU KNOW, VISA REGULATION, WE CAN TALK ABOUT HOW TO HELP PEOPLE COMPLY WITH THE LAW. I AM NOT AGAINST THAT. BUT WHAT I AM AGAINST IS BACKSLIDING AND BACKTRACKING ON THE CREDIT -- ON THE PROGRESS THAT THIS COUNTRY HAS MADE IN FAVOR OF EQUAL ACCESS TO CREDIT AND MORTGAGE LENDING, AND THIS BILL IS A THREAT TO THAT. THERE SHOULDN'T BE ANYONE WHO VOTES FOR THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION WHO SERIOUSLY CONSIDERS HOW DAMAGING DISCRIMINATION HAS BEEN HISTORICALLY AND WHO CONSIDERS HOW THE PEOPLE'S LIVES WHO SPENT SO MUCH TIME SIMPLY TRYING TO BE PART OF THIS COUNTRY HAVE BEEN TOLD NO. LET ME JUST TELL YOU, THERE'S A LOT OF GROUPS THAT AGREE. 173 NATIONAL AND STATE-BASED CIVIL RIGHTS AND FAIR HOUSING AND CONSUMER AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS AGREE. 25 COMMUNITY, LABOR, AND PUBLIC INTEREST GROUPS AGREE. THEY SAY THIS -- H.R. 2954 WOULD NEARLY QUADRUPLE THE NUMBER OF BANKS EXEMPTED FROM THE KEY MORTGAGE DISCLOSURES DESIGNED TO DETECT PREDATORY AND DISCRIMINATORY LENDING, LEADING TO 5,400 BANKS BEING EXEMPTED AS WELL AS AN ADDITIONAL 487 NONBANKS. THIS IS NOT A SMALL THING. AND I JUST SAY, LOOK, I GIVE EVERYBODY CREDIT FOR GOOD INTENTIONS. I REALLY DO. BUT I THINK THAT FOLKS NEED TO REALLY THINK ABOUT WHAT IT MEANS TO BE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THAT DESK WHEN YOU ARE APPLYING FOR THAT MORTGAGE, NOT JUST THE BUSINESS MEN AND WOMEN WHO DENY MORTGAGES OR GRANT THEM AS THEY SEE FIT. PUBLIC CITIZENS SAYS THIS BILL WOULD ELIMINATE RACE, GENDER HOME MORTGAGE REPORTING REQUIREMENTS FOR LENDERS WHO MAKE FEWER THAN 500 CLOSEED END MORTGAGE LOANS. THERE IS REALLY NO BENEFIT TO SUCH AN EXEMPTION AS THE REPORTING REQUIREMENTS ARE NEGLIGIBLE. LENDERS WHO WRITE THEM MAINTAIN -- REPORTING A FEW ITEMS OF THIS DATA IS NOT CUMBERSOME. THE POTENTIAL HARM ON THE OTHER HAND IS TO SUBVERT THE BASIC INTENT OF THE ACT WHICH IS TO PUBLICIZE WHETHER A BANK IS SERVING ITS GEOGRAPHIC DATA ON A RACE AND GENDER BLIND BASIS. WHAT ABOUT THE CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS? THEY SAY, WHILE ON ITS FACE, THIS APPEARS TO BE A SIMPLE REGULATE RELIEF BILL. THIS WOULD PREVENT THEM FROM NEW HOME -- FROM NEW HOME MORTGAGE DISCLOSURE ACT REPORTING REQUIREMENTS. THE HOME MORTGAGE DISCLOSURE ACT REPORTING IS THE PRIMARY SOURCE OF INFORMATION ON THE AVAILABILITY AND QUALITY OF MORTGAGE LENDING AND SERVES A VITAL FUNCTION AND FAIR LENDING ASSESSMENTS. THIS BILL WOULD EFFECTIVELY PAINT AN INCOMPLETE OR INACCURATE PICTURE OF LENDING ACROSS THE COUNTRY MAKING IT VASTLY MORE DIFFICULT FOR REGULATORS AND RESEARCHERS ALIKE TO ASSESS THE STATE OF THE MORTGAGE MARKET. I URGE MEMBERS TO VOTE NO ON THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION. IT'S WRONG. IT'S NOT THE RIGHT THING. THERE ARE OTHER WAYS TO DO WHAT THE AUTHORS WANT TO DO, BUT SIMPLY SAYING ALL THESE PEOPLE ARE EXEMPT, YOU DON'T HAVE TO COMPLY IS NOT THE RIGHT WAY TO GO. IT WILL SET US BACK AS A NATION. IT WILL TURN US BACK AS A NATION, AND I'M URGING A NO VOTE FOR THIS MOMENT. I DO RESERVE.

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        • 04:21:38 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

        • 04:21:45 PM

          MR. HENSARLING

          I BELIEVE I HAVE THE RIGHT TO CLOSE. I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

        • 04:21:49 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN CONTINUES TO RESERVE.

        • 04:21:53 PM

          MR. ELLISON

          MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THE BALANCE OF THE TIME TO THE RANKING MEMBER FROM…

          MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THE BALANCE OF THE TIME TO THE RANKING MEMBER FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. MAXINE WATERS.

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          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

        • 04:22:01 PM

          MS. WATERS

          THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. ELLISON. I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR SPENDING THE…

          THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. ELLISON. I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR SPENDING THE TIME THAT YOU HAVE SPENT WITH US TODAY OPPOSING THIS LEGISLATION. YOUR HISTORY IS SUCH THAT EVERYONE UNDERSTANDS THAT YOU REPRESENT THE LEAST OF THESE, THAT YOU REPRESENT WORKING PEOPLE, THAT YOU REPRESENT POOR PEOPLE, AND WHENEVER THERE IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK UP FOR THEM YOU ALWAYS DO AND I THANK YOU. AND SO, MR. CHAIRMAN, I THINK WE NEED TO REMEMBER WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT, SO LET ME STATE THE FACTS. DATA ALLOWS US TO IDENTIFY UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES AND POPULATIONS TO COMBAT DISCRIMINATORY LENDING. THIS DATA WAS DETERMINED WHAT MANY EXPECTED DURING THE SUBPRIME BUBBLE, PERSONS OF COLOR, PARTICULARLY AFRICAN-AMERICANS, RECEIVED PREDATORY SUBPRIME LOANS THAN WHITE BORROWERS AND RECEIVED THESE LOANS EVEN WHEN THEY COULD HAVE GOTTEN PRIME LOANS. AND THIS SHOWED VIOLATIONS OF THE FAIR HOUSING ACT. IT MIGHT BE TRUE THAT H.R. 2954 COULD PROVIDE RELIEF TO SOME FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS BY EXEMPTING LENDERS FROM THE UPDATING REPORTING REQUIREMENTS . WHAT IS TRUE IS THIS COULD HAVE FAR-REACHING ADVERSE CONSEQUENCES TO CONSUMERS, PARTICULARLY THOSE IN LOW-INCOME CENSUS TRACKS AND RURAL AREAS. AND EQUALLY DISCONCERTING IS THAT THE REDUCED HMDA DATA COULD STOP REGULATORS' ABILITY TO IDENTIFY AND STOP ANY EMERGING PREDATORY OR DISCRIMINATORY PRACTICES FACED BY THOSE CONSUMERS. BORROWERS WHO TAKE OUT HOME EQUITY LINES OF CREDIT ARE -- WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE HELOX, ARE AT RISK OF LOSING THEIR HOMES TO FORECLOSURE WHEN PROPERTY VALUES DECLINE. IN FACTCTION, THE EXPANSION OF THIS IN THE MID 2000'S CONTRIBUTED TO THE FORECLOSURE CRISIS THAT MANY COMMUNITIES EXPERIENCED IN THE LATE 2000'S. THE CONSUMER BUREAU NOTED, AND I QUOTE, HAD OPEN-END LINE OF CREDIT DATA BEEN REPORTED AND H.M.D.A., THE PUBLIC -- PUBLIC AND PUBLIC OFFICIALS COULD HAVE A MUCH EARLIER WARNING AND BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF POTENTIAL RISK AND MORTGAGE RELIEF PROGRAMS COULD HAVE BETTER ASSISTED DISTRESSED BORROWERS IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE CRISIS, QUOTE-UNQUOTE. WHILE I AM A LONGTIME ADVOCATE OF COMMUNITY BANKS, THIS BILL DOES NOT REDUCE BURDENS. ALL OF THE HMDA DATA POINTS BEING DISCUSSED TODAY WILL CONTINUE TO BE COLLECTED BY BANKS BECAUSE THEY NEED THIS DATA TO ORIGINATE MORTGAGES FOR THEIR CUSTOMERS. I ALSO UNDERSTAND THAT PERSONAL BANKING DOES NOT MEAN THAT DISCRIMINATORY LENDING DOES NOT OCCUR IN SMALLER SIZED INSTITUTIONS. IN FACT THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE SUED A COMMUNITY BANK LOCATED IN MINNESOTA WITH ASSETS OF $1.9 BILLION. AND SO I WANT TO THANK YOU. YOU HEARD THE ARGUMENTS. I DON'T KNOW WHO THEY REPRESENT OVER THERE. I SIMPLY ASK FOR A NO VOTE.

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        • 04:25:40 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

        • 04:25:42 PM

          MR. HENSARLING

          MR. SPEAKER, HOW MUCH TIME DO I HAVE REMAINING?

        • 04:25:45 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          SIX MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS HAS SIX MINUTES.

        • 04:25:49 PM

          MR. HENSARLING

          I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF THE TIME.

        • 04:25:51 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          YOU ARE RECOGNIZED, SIR.

        • 04:25:52 PM

          MR. HENSARLING

          MR. SPEAKER, IT'S FASCINATING LISTENING TO MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF…

          MR. SPEAKER, IT'S FASCINATING LISTENING TO MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE. . IT IS FASCINATING BECAUSE THEY TELL US THEY WANT TO PROTECT THE SINGLE MOTHERS. THEY TELL US THEY WANT TO PROTECT THE PEOPLE OF COLOR. THEY TELL US THEY WANT TO HELP AND PROTECT THE POOR BUT THEY ARE PROTECTING THEM OUT OF THEIR HOMEOWNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES. BECAUSE OF THE INCREASED HMDA COMPLIANCE ON OUR SMALLEST COMMUNITY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS THEY ARE CEASING TO MAKE THESE LOANS. BUT THEY'LL SLEEP WELL TONIGHT IN THEIR APARTMENTS AND IN THEIR RENTAL HOMES KNOWING THAT MY GOOD FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE PROTECTED THEM, PROTECTED THEM OUT OF THEIR ABILITY TO FINALLY, FINALLY REALIZE THEIR PORTION OF THE AMERICAN DREAM AND HAVE THAT SHOT AT HOMEOWNERSHIP. I MEAN, MR. SPEAKER, HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE TO LOSE THEIR HOMEOWNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES DUE TO THE ONSLAUGHT OF THE ONEROUS FEDERAL REGULATIONS? AND WHAT'S FASCINATING ABOUT THIS DEBATE IS -- AND, AGAIN, I WOULD ENCOURAGE MY FRIENDS TO ACTUALLY READ THE BILL. I THINK IT'S THREE PAGES LONG. MAYBE 3 1/2 PAGES LONG. AGAIN, WHAT THEY WOULD DISCOVER IS HMDA IS STILL THE LAW OF THE LAND. HMDA DOES NOT GO AWAY IF WE ENACT H.R. 2954. BUT WHAT IT SAYS IS FOR OUR SMALLEST FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS , THE NEW HMDA REQUIREMENTS, THE DOUBLING OF HMDA REQUIREMENTS, THE INCREASED BURDEN WILL NOT BE PLACED ON OUR SMALLEST FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AS WE ARE LOSING ONE EVERY SINGLE DAY. AND AS WE LOSE THEM, WE LOSE THAT CREDIT OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE LEAST OF THESE THAT MY FRIENDS I KNOW IN THEIR HEART WANT TO HELP BUT THEY'RE NOT HELPING THEM. LISTEN TO THOSE WHO ARE ACTUALLY TRYING TO MAKE THESE LOANS. AND OH, BY THE WAY, I DON'T KNOW IF A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS MODEL FOR ANY BANK WHO SAYS, YOU KNOW WHAT, I'M GOING TO MAKE MORE MONEY IF I DON'T LEND IT TO YOU. IF I REFUSE TO MAKE LOANS, IF I REFUSE TO SERVE MY COMMUNITY, IF I PRACTICE ACTIVE RACISM, THAT WILL BE GOOD FOR MY BOTTOM LINE. I'M NOT SEEING IT IN THE FIFTH DISTRICT OF TEXAS, AND I HIGHLY SUSPECT THAT IT IS DIFFICULT TO FIND IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN THE 21ST CENTURY. AND SO I HEAR FROM THE COMMUNITY BANKER IN NEBRASKA WHO SAYS, GO TO ANY COMMUNITY BANK REPORTING HMDA AND HAVE THEM SIT DOWN AND WATCH BANK STAFF REVIEW A LOAN FILE AND THEN DOCUMENT THE DATA SHOWING HOW DIFFICULT IT IS TO PREVENT ERRORS. THIS BANK GOT OUT, GOT OUT OF THE BUSINESS OF LOANING. THEY SAID, QUOTE, WE DON'T NEED THE ULCERS CREATED BY SUCH STRESS FROM THE FEAR OF THE REGULATORS. I HEARD FROM A COMMUNITY BANK IN OKLAHOMA. BECAUSE OF DODD-FRANK, WE NO LONGER OFFER PURCHASE HOUSE LOANS. WE ARE SERVICING ONLY THE ONES WE HAVE ON THE BOOKS. THANK YOU, DODD-FRANK, AND HMDA. MAY I HAVE ANOTHER? I HEARD FROM A COMMUNITY BANK IN NEVADA. THE MORTGAGE REGULATIONS INTENDED TO HELP THE CONSUMER HAVE BEEN PARTICULARLY HARMFUL. MY BANK IS A VERY SMALL COMMUNITY BANK SERVICING COMMUNITIES IN RURAL NEVADA. WE USED TO DO QUITE A BIT OF RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE LENDING BUT HARDLY ANY NOW DUE TO THE RESTRICTIVE REGULATIONS. AND SO, AGAIN, I WOULD JUST ASK THAT MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE OPEN UP BOTH THEIR HEARTS AND THEIR HEADS AND SEE HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE BEING HURT BY THE CUMULATIVE IMPACT OF THIS REGULATE TSUNAMI HITTING THOSE WHO LOAN THE MONEY TO THE LEAST OF THESE TO MAKE SURE THEY CAN ACHIEVE THEIR VERSION OF THE AMERICAN DREAM. . AND WHERE WAS ALWAYS ANGST, MR. SPEAKER, WHERE WAS AT ANGST MY FRIENDS TALK ABOUT STATISTICS. HERE'S SOME STATISTICS FROM THE FEDERAL RESERVE. WHEN THE QUALIFIED MORTGAGE IS IMPLEMENTED, 30% FEWER BLACKS AND HIS TANNIC -- HISPANICS, PEOPLE OF COLOR, WILL BE ABLE TO GET MORTGAGES VERSUS 2010. THERE'S A STATISTIC. I WOULD SAY, MR. SPEAKER, PERHAPS THAT'S EVEN A MORE VALUABLE STATISTIC WHEN IT COMES TO LOOKING AT THE INCREASED HMDA BURDEN PLACED BY THE CFPB ON OUR FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS, MAYBE THAT'S A MORE IMPORTANT STATISTIC THAN THE NEW FIELDS OF HMDA DATA THEY'RE REQUIRING ON THE SMALLEST BANKS AND CREDIT YUBES IN AMERICA MY STATISTIC FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OAF THIS AISLE SAY WE CARE ABOUT THE PLIGHT OF THESE COMMUNITY BANKS. WHY ARE WE STILL LOSING ONE A DAY, AND WHY DO YOU TELL US THAT YOU CARE ABOUT THEIR PLIGHT AND THEIR ABILITY TO LOAN MONEY, BUT YOU DON'T VOTE WITH US? FORTUNATELY, SOME MEMBERS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE IN THE OTHER BODY, OVER MY SHOULDER, THERE'S A BIPARTISAN BILL IN THE SENATE THAT DOES EXACTLY WHAT H.R. 2954 DOES. AND I'M VERY HAPPY TO SAY IT WAS A BIPARTISAN BILL COMING OUT OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, ALSO ENJOYING SOME DEMOCRAT SUPPORT. BUT AGAIN, I JUST DON'T THINK MY FRIENDS WHO ARE DEBATING NOW HAVE READ THE BILL. I ENCOURAGE THEM TO READ THE BILL. EVERY MEMBER OUGHT TO SUPPORT H.R. 2954 AND SUPPORT THE OPPORTUNITY TO BUY A HOME AND THE AMERICAN DREAM. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        • 04:32:11 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 693, THE…

          ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 693, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE BILL AS AMENDED. THE QUESTION IS ON ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READING OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING.

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        • 04:32:21 PM

          The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.

          • 04:32:30 PM

            THE CLERK

            BILL AMENDING HOME MORTGAGE DISCLOSURE ACT TO SPECIFY WHICH DEPOSITORY…

            BILL AMENDING HOME MORTGAGE DISCLOSURE ACT TO SPECIFY WHICH DEPOSITORY INSTITUTIONS ARE SUBJECT TO MAINTENANCE OF RECORDS AND DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS FOR SUCH ACT AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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          • 04:32:42 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA SEEK RECOGNITION?

          • 04:32:46 PM

            MR. ELLISON

            MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE A MOTION TO RECOMMIT AT THE DESK.

          • 04:32:50 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            IS THE GENTLEMAN OPPOSED TO THE BILL?

        • 04:32:50 PM

          Mr. Ellison moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on Financial Services.

          • 04:32:52 PM

            MR. ELLISON

            YES, I AM OPPOSED TO THE BILL.

          • 04:32:55 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN QUALIFIES. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE MOTION.

          • 04:32:58 PM

            MR. ELLISON

            I ASK FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO DISPENSE WITH THE READING.

      • 04:33:02 PM

        DEBATE

        The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House with instructions to add language mandating certain officers and institutions to confirm that they abide by requirements outlined within the amendment.

        • 04:33:03 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE GENTLEMAN'S REQUEST? WITHOUT OBJECTION THE…

          IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE GENTLEMAN'S REQUEST? WITHOUT OBJECTION THE READING IS DISPENSED. WITH THE GENTLEMAN IS DISPENSED. WITH THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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        • 04:33:21 PM

          MR. ELLISON

          MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS THE FINAL AMENDMENT TO THE BILL WHICH WILL NOT KILL…

          MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS THE FINAL AMENDMENT TO THE BILL WHICH WILL NOT KILL THE BILL OR SEND IT BACK TO COMMITTEE. IF ADOPTED, THE BILL WILL IMMEDIATELY PROCEED TO FINAL PASSAGE AS AMENDED. AS WE'VE HEARD TODAY, THE HOME MORTGAGE DISCLOSURE ACT IS A CRITICAL CIVIL RIGHTS BILL. IT IS A CIVIL RIGHTS BILL DESIGNED TO INCREASE OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL AMERICANS. IT IS ABOUT LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL. IT IS ABOUT THE EQUAL PROTECTION CLAUSE. IT IS ABOUT THOSE THINGS THAT MEN AND WOMEN LAID THEIR WHOLE LIVES DOWN FOR TO MAKE THIS COUNTRY MORE FAIR AND MORE EQUAL. THE HOME MORTGAGE THINGS DISCLOSURE ACT'S INTENT WAS TO ENSURE THAT EQUAL OPPORTUNITY WAS GIVEN TO EVERYONE WITH RESPECT TO MORTGAGES. THE LAW IS NECESSARY, GIVEN OUR HISTORY'S -- OUR COUNTRY'S LONG HISTORY THAT EQUAL OPPORTUNITY WAS OF DISCRIMINATION, WE TOOK AWAY RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS OF BLACK MEN AND WOMEN FOR 200 YEARS AN MADE THEM PROPERTY RATHER THAN HUMAN BEINGS. THIS WAS ALLOWED BY NEARLY A CENTURY OF SEGREGATION, PHYSICAL LOWED BY NEAR A CENTURY OF SEGREGATION AND DISENFRANCHISEMENT. AS A RESULT OF IT, WE STOOD -- PEOPLE STOOD UP TO SAY WE HAVE TO HAVE LAWS TO PROTECT PEOPLE. WE MAY NOT CHANGE HEARTS AND MINDS BUT WE CAN CHANGE BEHAVIOR. HMDA HELPED CHANGE BEHAVIOR. WE'RE STILL FIGHTING FOR A MORE EQUAL SOCIETY. THE HOME MORTGAGE DISCLOSURE ACT EMPOWERS THE CONSUMER BUE ROY AND THE PUBLIC TO FIGHT BACK AGAINST DISCRIMINATORY LENDING AND MONITOR ACCESS TO MORTGAGE CREDIT BY TRADITIONALLY UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES AND POPULATIONS. IF A FINANCIAL INSTITUTION DENIES A FAMILY A MORTGAGE THEY CAN PROVIDE A NUMBER OF EXCUSES FOR THAT DENIAL. LE ON THE DATA COLLECTED THROUGH THE HOME MORTGAGE DISCLOSURE ACT PROVES THERE'S A BROADER ISSUE OF DISCRIMINATION AT PLAY THIS BILL, THE HOME MORTGAGE DISCRIMINATION ADJUSTMENT ACT, EXEMPTS INSTITUTIONS FROM CERTAIN HMDA REPORTING REQUIREMENTS IF THEY ORIGINATE 500 OR FEWER CLOSED IN LOANS WHICH INCLUDES MORTGAGES AND CAR LOANS AND INSTITUTIONS THAT ISSUE 500 OR FEWER OPEN ENDED LOANS. THAT'S NEARLY 6,000 INSTITUTIONS ACROSS AMERICA THAT WILL STOP REPORTING HMDA DATA IF THE BILL GO INTO EFFECT. THIS OPENS THE DOOR FOR DISCRIMINATION. IT OPENS THE DOOR FOR REDLINING, AND IT'S NOT ACCEPTABLE. THAT'S WHY I OFFER A MOTION TO RECOMMIT THAT WILL ENSURE THAT INDIVIDUAL BANKS AFFECTED BY THIS BILL TAKE STEPS TO REDUCE DISCRIMINATION IN MORTGAGE LENDING. IF OPENING THE DOOR FOR DISCRIMINATION IS NOT THE INTENT OF THE BILL, THERE SHOULD BE NO ISSUES WHY MY AMENDMENT IS NOT PASSED. MY AMENDMENT SIMPLY SAYS THAT THE C.E.O. AND PRESIDENT OF ANY FINANCIAL INSTITUTION MUST ATTEST THAT ONE, THE INSTITUTION IS COMPLIANT WITH ALL RELEVANT FAIR LENDING LAWS, TWO, THE INSTITUTION IS ESTABLISHED ADEQUATE INTERNAL CONTROLS TO DETECT WHETHER IT PROVIDES EQUAL OPPORTUNITY, THREE, THE INSTITUTION'S SENIOR EXECUTIVES, MANAGERS AN LOAN OFFICERS AN OTHER EMPLOYEES WHO ARE SUBSTANTIALLY INVOLVED IN UNDERWRITING RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE LOANS COMPLETE AN ANTI-DISCRIMINATION AND DIVERSITY TRAINING. ULTIMATELY MY AMENDMENT IS INNOCENT TO ENSURE THAT EACH EXEMPTED INSTITUTION IS PROPERLY INCENTIVIZED TO DO WHAT THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO DO. LEND TO ALL QUALIFIED BORROWERS. BY HOLDING THE C.E.O. ACCOUNTABLE, MY AMENDMENT ENSURES THAT LENDERS WILL TAKE THE ACTIONS NECESSARY TO BEGIN TO OVERCOME HISTORIC RACISM, SEXISM, AND OTHER DISCRIMINATION, JUST LIKE HMDA WAS INTENDED. IF IT IS A FACT THAT THIS -- THAT THE HOME MORTGAGE DISCLOSURE ADJUSTMENT ACT IS NOT DESIGNED TO OPEN THE DOOR AND GREEN LIGHT DISCRIMINATION, THEN THIS AMENDMENT IS A COMMONSENSE PROPOSAL TO MAKE SURE THAT THAT DOES NOT HAPPEN AND THAT THE LEADER OF THE INSTITUTION MAINTAIN RESPONSIBILITY FOR THAT NOT HAPPENING. I URGE EVERY MEMBER TO VOTE FOR THIS MOTION TO RECOMMIT. I YIELD BACK.

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        • 04:37:28 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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        • 04:37:31 PM

          MR. HENSARLING

          I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION.

        • 04:37:34 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

        • 04:37:36 PM

          MR. HENSARLING

          I APPRECIATE MY COLLEAGUE RESTATING IN HIS MOTION TO RECOMMIT WHAT IS…

          I APPRECIATE MY COLLEAGUE RESTATING IN HIS MOTION TO RECOMMIT WHAT IS ESSENTIALLY ALREADY CURRENT LAW. BUT UNFORTUNATELY, HE ADDS ON YET ONE MORE FORM FOR A COMMUNITY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS TO FILL OUT ON TOP OF THE 18 BAZILLION FORMS THEY HAVE TO FILL OUT. THE COST OF WHICH ULTIMATELY IS IMPOSED UPON THOSE WHO ARE TRYING TO FIND CREDIT AND FIND AFFORDABLE CREDIT. AND I WOULD REMIND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA AGAIN, EVERY SINGLE FINANCIAL INSTITUTION IMPACTED BY H.R. 2954 STILL, STILL MUST SUBMIT HMDA DATA. THEY ARE STILL SUBJECT TO HMDA. FOR THE THIRD TIME. THEY ARE STILL SUBJECT TO HMDA. AND, I'M SURE THAT ALL WILL BE GLAD TO HEAR, FEDERAL REGULATORS STILL HAVE STATUTORY AUTHORITY TO TAKE ANY FORMAL ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS AGAINST ENTITIES FOR VIOLATIONS OF THE LAWS OR RULES. BUT WHY, WHY WHEN WE'RE TRYING TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR THE LEAST OF THESE TO BUY A HOME ARE WE TRYING TO INSTEAD, MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE MAKE IT MORE DIFFICULT? BY MORE DIFFICULT? BY ADDING YET MORE FORMS. FORMS THAT ALSO SAY YOU KNOW WHAT, EVEN THOUGH THIS IS AMERICA, YOU'RE GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT. THAT'S A WHOLE DIFFERENT ARGUMENT. I WISH WE HAD TIME TO DEVELOP IT HERE TODAY, MR. SPEAKER. BUT HERE IS WHAT WE NEED TO DO. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT STRUGGLING, HARDWORKING MR. SPEAKER. AMERICANS HAVE HOMEOWNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES. AND THE REGULATORY BURDEN THAT CAME OUT OF THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION IS MAKING IT MORE DIFFICULT. AND SO NOW, TO THINK THAT WE WOULD DOUBLE THE HMDA REQUIREMENT DATA, DOUBLE, FOR OUR SMALLEST FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS THAT ARE FIGHTING FOR SURVIVAL, THAT ARE TRYING TO HELP OUR CONSTITUENTS BUY A HOME, IS UNTHINKABLE AND TO ADD YET ONE MORE FEDERAL LAW, ONE MORE FEDERAL FORM ON TOP OF ALL THE OTHERS THAT WE HAVE, IS JUST UNFATHOMABLE. IT'S UNTHINKABLE. IT WILL ONLY HARM THOSE WHO WE'RE TRYING TO HELP. I WOULD URGE ALL MEMBERS TO REJECT THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        • 04:40:10 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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        • 04:40:22 PM

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

          • 04:40:27 PM

            MR. ELLISON

            MR. SPEAKER, I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS, A RECORDED VOTE.

      • 04:40:28 PM

        POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

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

        • 04:40:36 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

          THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING RISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20 FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED.

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        • 04:42:01 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

        • 04:42:03 PM

          >>

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

          I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 195.

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        • 04:42:16 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          WITHOUT OBJECTION. MEMBERS HAVE FIVE FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN…

          WITHOUT OBJECTION. MEMBERS HAVE FIVE FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION?

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        • 04:42:21 PM

          MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

          MR. SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 696, I CALL UP H.R. 195 AND I…

          MR. SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 696, I CALL UP H.R. 195 AND I HAVE A MOTION AT THE DESK.

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        • 04:42:35 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

        • 04:42:37 PM

          THE CLERK

          H.R. H.R. 195 AND 195, AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 44 UNITED STATES CODE TO…

          H.R. H.R. 195 AND 195, AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 44 UNITED STATES CODE TO RESTRICT THE DISTRIBUTION OF FREE PRINTED COPIES OF THE FEDERAL REGISTER TO MEMBERS OF THE CONGRESS AND OTHER OFFICERS AND FLOFSE UNITED STATES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. SENATE AMENDMENT. OFFERED BY MR. FRELINGHUYSEN OF NEW JERSEY.

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        • 04:42:58 PM

          TEMPORE PURSUANT

          PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 696, THE MOTION SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR ONE…

          PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 696, THE MOTION SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR ONE HOUR EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. FRELINGHUYSEN AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MRS. LOWEY, EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES THIS ECHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY. MR. FREE LIKE HIS --

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        • 04:43:17 PM

          MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

          I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE TO PRESENT THE HOUSE…

          I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE TO PRESENT THE HOUSE AMENDMENT TO THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO H.R. 195RK THE EXTENSION OF CONTINUING APPROPRIATIONS ACT OF 2018. THIS CRITICAL LEGISLATION EXTENDS GOVERNMENT FUNDING THROUGH FEBRUARY 16. OUR CURRENT FUNDING EXPIRES TOMORROW NIGHT. IF CONGRESS DOES NOT PASS THIS BILL, AND THE PRESIDENT DOES NOT SIGN IT INTO LAW BEFORE THEN, THE GOVERNMENT WILL SHUT DOWN. IT IS OUR CONGRESSIONAL DUTY TO PREVENT THAT FROM HAPPENING AND TO ENSURE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE ACCESS TO GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS AND SERVICES THEY DEPEND ON. THE ADDITIONAL TIME, JUST UNDER MONTH, WILL ALLOW CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP OF THE WHITE HOUSE TO COME TO A FINAL BUDGET AGREEMENT WITH LEGISLATION INCLUDING A LIMITED NUMBER OF TECHNICAL CHANGES TO ENSURE GOOD GOVERNANCE. IT ALSO INCLUDES LANGUAGE TO CONTINUE THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM THROUGH FISCAL YEAR 2023. TO HELP SICK CHILDREN FROM LOW-INCOME FAMILIES GET BETTER AND TO ENSURE THEY HAVE HEALTHY AND HAPPY FUTURES. ADDITIONALLY THIS PROPOSAL EXTENDS SEVERAL HEALTH CARE-RELATED TAX PROVISIONS. MR. CHAIRMAN, A CONTINUING RESOLUTION IS NOT THE PREFERRED WAY TO REDUCE -- TO CONDUCT THE NATION'S FISCAL BUSINESS BUT AT THIS POINT IT IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY TO AVOID A COSTLY, DESTABILIZING GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN. IT IS MY HOPE THAT THIS WILL BE THE LAST CONTINUING RESOLUTION THE LEADERSHIP OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE AND WHITE HOUSE WILL QUICKLY COME TO AN AGREEMENT ON TOP LINE SPENDING LEVELS AND THEN WE CAN COMPLETE OUR APPROPRIATIONS WORK FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018 IN SHORT ORDER. IT'S CRITICAL WE ENACT ALL 12 FULL-YEAR FUNDING BILLS TO ENSURE THAT OUR ARMED FORCES HAVE THE RESOURCES THEY NEED TO ACCOMPLISH THEIR MISSION. BOTH AT HOME AND ABROAD. AND THAT OUR GOVERNMENT SUPPORTS AND MAINTAINS PROGRAMS THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO THE LIVES AND LIVELIHOODS OF ALL AMERICANS. MR. CHAIRMAN, I URGE YES ON THIS CRITICAL LEGISLATION AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        • 04:44:04 PM

          Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 696, Mr. Frelinghuysen moved that the House agree with an amendment to the Senate amendment.

        • 04:44:27 PM

          DEBATE

          The House proceeded with one hour of debate on the motion that the House agree to the Senate amendment with an amendment to H.R. 195.

          • 04:45:28 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM LIVES AND NEW JERSEY RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW…

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM LIVES AND NEW JERSEY RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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          • 04:45:35 PM

            MRS. LOWEY

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

          • 04:45:39 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

          • 04:45:41 PM

            MRS. LOWEY

            RELEASED, DEMOCRATS HAVE WARNED REPUBLICANS THAT A BIPARTISAN BUDGET…

            RELEASED, DEMOCRATS HAVE WARNED REPUBLICANS THAT A BIPARTISAN BUDGET AGREEMENT WAS NEEDED TO ADEQUATELY INVEST IN AMERICAN FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES. WITHOUT A BUDGET AGREEMENT, PROGRAMS AS DIVERSE AS HEAD START, JOB TRAINING, TERRORISM PREVENTION GRANTS ARE IN DANGER OF INADEQUATE FUNDING AT BEST. YET, REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP AND THE WHITE HOUSE HAVE NO APPROPRIATION STRATEGY OTHER THAN ENDLESS CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS. MR. SPEAKER, THE MOST POWERFUL COUNTRY IN THE WORLD NOW BEING COMPLETELY RUN BY A REPUBLICAN GOVERNMENT CAN'T KEEP THE LIGHTS ON LONGER THAN FOUR WEEKS AT A TIME. HOW DID WE GET HERE? IF THIS BILL PASSES, IS THERE ANY REASON TO BELIEVE WE WILL NOT BE BACK IN THE SAME PLACE NEXT MONTH STUMBLING FROM ONE CRISIS TO ANOTHER IS AN IRRESPONSIBLE WAY TO GOVERN. ATTEMPTING TO AVOID A SHUTDOWN EVERY MONTH DENIES FEDERAL AGENCIES BUDGET CERTAINTY AND WASTE TAXPAYER DOLLARS. SEVERAL OF MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE HAVE LAMENTED THE DAMAGE THAT THE C.R.S. INFLICTS ON OUR MILITARY. I AGREE WITH THEM. YET, TIME AFTER TIME THEY VOTE FOR THE EXACT SAME STRATEGY THEY BEMOAN. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUE TO TAKE ACTION, HASTEN AGREEMENTS ON IMMIGRATION AND SPENDING CAPS THAT WOULD LEAD TO RESPONSIBLE FUNDING BILLS THAT KEEP AMERICANS SAFE. IT IS ALSO UNCONSCIONABLE THAT INSTEAD OF ADVANCING A SOLUTION TO THIS IMPASSE, THE PRESIDENT PERSONALLY RENEGED ON HIS WORD AND REJECTED A BIPARTISAN COMPROMISE ON IMMIGRATION. PROTECTION OF AMERICAN TEENS AND YOUNG ADULTS FROM IMPENDING DEPORTATION TO A COUNTRY THEY DON'T KNOW IS THE KEY TO UNLOCKING A RESPONSIBLE BIPARTISAN SPENDING AGREEMENT. HOW CAN WE EXPECT TO EVER FUND THE GOVERNMENT RESPONSIBLY WHEN THE PRESIDENT CANNOT BE TRUSTED TO KEEP HIS WORD? THE MAJORITY HAS FAILED TO ADDRESS A NUMBER OF HIGH PRIORITY ITEMS, LIKE FUNDING TO COMBAT THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC, PENSION PROTECTIONS, FUNDING FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS. THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION LACKS AN IMPORTANT ANOMALY REQUESTED I WILL THE ADMINISTRATION TO PROVIDE -- BY THE ADMINISTRATION TO PROVIDE HELP THE SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION WHILE THE DISASTER SUPPLEMENTAL IS STALLED IN THE SENATE. WITHOUT THIS LANGUAGE, THE SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION WILL RUN OUT OF FUNDS BY THE END OF JANUARY AND WILL BE UNABLE TO CONTINUE APPROVING LOAN APPLICATIONS FROM PUERTO RICO. MY FRIENDS, THIS IS NOT HOW THE APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS IS SUPPOSED TO WORK. IT'S TIME TO PROTECT YOUNG AMERICANS, LIFT BUDGET CAPS, ALLOW CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN AND ALL OF OUR COMMITTEE MEMBERS TO ROLL UP OUR SLEEVES AND GET TO WORK. INSTEAD OF WASTING DOLLARS ON TIME, ON FURTHER C.R.'S, WE SHOULD INSTEAD IMMEDIATELY PASS A BUDGET AGREEMENT AND HELP DREAMERS, WHICH WOULD FACILITATE FULL-YEAR FUNDING BILLS THE COMMITTEE COULD BEGIN WRITING TODAY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 04:50:07 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO…

            THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARD THE PRESIDENT.

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          • 04:50:18 PM

            MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

            I YIELD TO MR. DIAZ-BALART OF FLORIDA FOR THREE MINUTES.

          • 04:50:22 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

          • 04:50:24 PM

            MR. DIAZ-BALART

            I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. LOOK, THIS SHORT RESOLUTION, THIS…

            I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. LOOK, THIS SHORT RESOLUTION, THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION WILL GIVE US TIME TO NEGOTIATE A BUDGET AND ADDRESSES OUR NATION'S PRIORITIES. LET'S BE VERY CLEAR. IF THIS DOES NOT PASS NOW, GO TO THE SENATE, PASS THERE, SENT TO THE PRESIDENT FOR HIS SIGNATURE AND IS SIGNED, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL SHUT DOWN THIS WEEK. SO WE ALL KNOW, AS THE CHAIRMAN SAID, SHORT-TERM C.R.'S, THAT'S NOT SOMETHING WE WANT TO DO. THAT'S NOT OUR PREFERENCE. AGAIN, IF THIS ONE DOES NOT PASS NOW, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL SHUT DOWN. AND THIS IS NO TIME TO SHORTCHANGE OUR FIRST RESPONDERS, OUR MILITARY. AS WE CONTINUE TO RESPOND TO THE THREATS THAT FACE US ABROAD, THIS IS NO TIME TO SHUT DOWN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THE C.R. SUPPORTS ONGOING TRANSPORTATION SAFETY MISSIONS, INCLUDE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL. AGAIN, WE CANNOT ALLOW TO SHUT DOWN AND PUT ALL THAT IN JEOPARDY. IT ALLOWS US TO CONTINUE THE HOUSE -- TO HOUSE THE MOST VULNERABLE FAMILIES, ESPECIALLY OUR VETERANS. THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO LET THEM DOWN BY SHUTTING, AGAIN, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOWN. IT ALSO FUNDS MEDICAL CARE FOR MILLIONS OF CHILDREN, BLOCKS BURDENSOME HEALTH INSURANCE TAXES AND, AGAIN, SUPPORTS MISSION-CRITICAL DEFENSE ACTIVITIES. THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO LET THEM ALL DOWN AND SHUT DOWN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. AND FINALLY, MR. SPEAKER, THE SHORT-TERM C.R. WILL ALLOW US TO WORK TOGETHER TO FIND COMMON GROUND ON, AGAIN, FULL-YEAR 2018 BILLS THAT MEET OUR DEFENSE AND DOMESTIC PRIORITIES. SOMETHING ELSE, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT THE COUNTRY TO KNOW WE ALSO HAVE TO DEAL, HAVE TO SOLVE THE ISSUE OF DACA. BOTH SIDES, NOT ONLY HAVE BEEN AT FAULT FOR IN MANY CASES REFUSING TO SIT DOWN IN GOOD FAITH TO NEGOTIATE A SOLUTION, THIS C.R. GIVES US SOME TIME TO MAKE SURE WE SOLVE THAT ISSUE. IT'S NOT TIME NOW FOR POLITICAL GAMES AND GAMESMANSHIP AND POLITICS. WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO SOLVE THE ISSUE OF THOSE YOUNG FOLKS. WE CAN'T DO THAT IF THE GOVERNMENT IS SHUT DOWN. IT'S TIME FOR LEADERSHIP, FOR COURAGE. LET'S SIT DOWN, WORK OUT OUR DIFFERENCES, HELP SECURE THE BORDER AND PROVIDE A SOLUTION FOR THESE DESERVING KIDS. FOR THAT REASON AND FOR SO MANY OTHERS, MR. SPEAKER, IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT WE DO NOT ALLOW THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO SHUT DOWN. VOTING AGAINST THIS RESOLUTION IS A VOTE TO SHUT DOWN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. I BELIEVE THAT WILL BE HIGHLY IRRESPONSIBLE, SO I URGE A STRONG YES VOTE. I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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            THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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          • 04:53:21 PM

            MRS. LOWEY

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

            MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, THE DEMOCRATIC WHIP, MR. HOYER.

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          • 04:53:33 PM

            MR. HOYER

            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN -- I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER,…

            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN -- I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE NOW FOUR MONTHS INTO THE FISCAL YEAR, AND THIS IS OUR FOURTH CONTINUING RESOLUTION. THE GENTLEMAN SAYS NOW IS THE TIME TO WORK THINGS OUT. EVERY DEMOCRAT VOTED TO EXTEND THE FISCAL YEAR BY 90 DAYS. NOTHING WAS WORKED OUT. WHY? BECAUSE YOU SPENT ALL YOUR TIME ON A TAX BILL, GIVING RESOURCES -- 83% OF THE RESOURCES TO THE RICHEST PEOPLE IN AMERICA. REPUBLICANS CONTROL ALL THE LEVERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS -- THE HOUSE, THE SENATE, THE WHITE HOUSE. THEY HAVE THE VOTES ON THEIR OWN TO KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OPEN OR CHOOSE TO SHUT IT DOWN AS THEY DID BY POLICY SOME YEARS AGO FOR 16 DAYS. WE DON'T WANT TO SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT. KEEPING THE GOVERNMENT OPEN BY PASSING APPROPRIATION BILLS IS THE MOST BASIC RESPONSIBILITY OF ANY GOVERNING MAJORITY. THIS GOVERNING MAJORITY HAS NOT SENT A SINGLE -- NOT ONE APPROPRIATION BILL TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. NOT ONE. REPUBLICANS OUGHT TO HAVE GOTTEN THIS WORK DONE IN THE SPRING AND SUMMER, BUT THEY WASTED THEIR TIME TRYING TO REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. THAT'S ALL THEY DID. AFTER FAILING TO DO SO, THEY ASKED FOR MORE TIME IN SEPTEMBER. AND WE VOTED, EVERY ONE OF US, TO GIVE THEM THAT TIME. THEY SQUANDERED IT. THEY HAD TO DO MORE -- TWO MORE EXTENSIONS. THEY SQUANDERED THAT TIME. NOW THEY WANT TO HAVE ANOTHER TIME WHERE THEY CAN SQUANDER MORE TIME. INSTEAD OF USING THE EXTRA TIME TO USE THE JOB OF GOVERNING, THEY WASTED IT ON PASSING TAX OVERHAUL THAT ADDED $1.5 TRILLION IN NEW DEFICIT SPENDING AND RAISE TAXES ON THE MIDDLE CLASS. SO HERE WE ARE AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER. AMERICANS ARE RIGHT TO BE FRUSTRATED BY THE INABILITY OR UNWILLINGNESS OF THE REPUBLICAN-LED CONGRESS TO DO ITS JOB AND KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OPEN. YOU HAVE 241 VOTES. GET THEM. GET THEM. YOU HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO DO IT AND YOU HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY TO DO IT. GET THE VOTES. EVEN SOME REPUBLICAN LAWMAKERS ARE OPENLY EXPRESSING THE FRUSTRATION WITH THEIR OWN LEADERSHIP. LET ME QUOTE REPRESENTATIVE MARK MEADOWS. HE HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD YESTERDAY WHEN HE ASKED, WHAT'S THE PLAN? WHEN ARE WE GOING TO DEAL WITH IMMIGRATION? MY PREVIOUS SPEAKER TALKED ABOUT DEALING WITH IT. WE HAVEN'T DEALT WITH IT. PUT SOMETHING ON THE FLOOR. YOU HAVEN'T DONE IT. WHEN ARE WE GOING TO DEAL WITH SPENDING? THIS IS MARK MEADOWS. AT WHAT POINT DO YOU QUIT KICKING THE CAN DOWN ON THE ROAD? THIS IS REPUBLICAN MARK MEADOWS, NOT ME. AND PASSING JUST ANOTHER CONTINUING RESOLUTION IN THE HOPES THINGS GET BETTER IN A FEW WEEKS. DEMOCRATS DON'T WANT THE GOVERNMENT TO SHUT DOWN. MAY I HAVE ONE ADDITIONAL MINUTE? WE DON'T HAVE THE POWER TO SHUT IT DOWN EITHER. THAT'S ENTIRELY IN THE HANDS OF THE MAJORITY. AND BY THE WAY, ON THERE PREVIOUS C.R., 90 OF YOUR MEMBERS VOTED AGAINST IT. DID THEY VOTE AGAINST THE MILITARY, DID THEY VOTE AGAINST THE FIRST RESPONDERS, DID THEY VOTE AGAINST EDUCATION FUNDING? AND WE WRING OUR HANDS ABOUT THE MILITARY FUNDING. YOU THINK IT'S ANY EASIER TO RUN A NONDEFENSE AGENCY WITH A C.R.? YOU'RE WRONG IF YOU THINK THAT. THEY UNDERMINE OUR DEPOSK AGENCIES AS WELL. AND I HOPE -- DOMESTIC AGENCIES AS WELL, AND I HOPE THEY ARE EQUALLY WORRIED ABOUT THE IMPACT OF DOING ONE SHORT-TERM FUNDING BILL AFTER ANOTHER ON THE DOMESTIC SIDE. AMERICANS ARE FRUSTRATED THAT THEIR CONGRESS CAN'T AGREE ON WHAT WE AGREE ON. REPUBLICANS HAVE PREVIOUSLY SUPPORTED THE PRINCIPLES OF PARITY WHEN RAISING SPENDING CAPS. THAT WAS THE PAUL RYAN DEAL. HE'S THE SPEAKER. HE SAID, YES, WE'LL INCREASE MILITARY AND DOMESTIC THE SAME. THAT WAS HIS DEAL. PAUL RYAN, THE SPEAKER. THAT'S ALL WE'RE ASKING FOR. PAUL RYAN, MAKE YOUR DEAL AGAIN. AND HE WON'T DO IT. INSTEAD, HE WANTS TO JUST KEEPING THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD ONCE, TWICE, THRICE, NOW FOUR TIMES. YES, WE WANT, AS THE PREVIOUS SPEAKER SAID, ALL DREAMERS TO STAY IN THIS COUNTRY. WE ALL WANT TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE CHIP PROGRAM, TO PREVENT NINE MILLION CHILDREN FROM LOSING THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE. I DARE YOU TO PUT IT ON THE FLOOR. IT WILL PASS WITH EVERY VOTE IN THIS HOUSE. NO, YOU WANT TO BLACKMAIL US INTO PASSING SOMETHING THAT WE DON'T LIKE AND WE DON'T THINK IS GOOD FOR THE COUNTRY.

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            MR. HOYER

            ONE ADDITIONAL MINUTE?

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          • 04:58:27 PM

            MR. HOYER

            WE WANT TO ADDRESS OTHER URGENT HEALTH PRIORITIES. YOU WANT TO PASS CHIP…

            WE WANT TO ADDRESS OTHER URGENT HEALTH PRIORITIES. YOU WANT TO PASS CHIP BUT YOU DO NOT WANT TO PASS THE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS. MY COLLEAGUE, BETTY MCCOLLUM, TOLD US ABOUT MANY CHIP CHILDREN WILL HAVE NO PLACE TO GO. YOU PASSED A BILL BUT NO PLACE TO GO. SO WHY DON'T REPUBLICANS SIT DOWN AND REACH AGREEMENT? MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE, DON'T SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT. I IMPLORE THEM, USE YOUR MAJORITY NOT TO DELAY BUT TO GOVERN, AND I TELL THEM, DEMOCRATS ARE STILL READY TO WORK WITH YOU AS WE HAVE BEEN THROUGHOUT TO SIT DOWN AND REACH BIPARTISAN COMPROMISE ON OUR MOST PRESSING CHALLENGES. WE VOTED TO GIVE YOU 120 DAYS TO DO THAT. NOW YOU WANT SOME MORE TIME. YOU COME TO THE DOOR AND ASK FOR SOME CAKE AND YOUR NEIGHBOR SAYS, COME BACK TOMORROW, AND YOU COME BACK TOMORROW AND YOU ASK THE SAME THING AND HE SAYS, COME BACK TOMORROW AND YOU GO BACK THE NEXT DAY AND HE SAYS THE SAME THING, COME BACK TOMORROW. THAT'S WHAT THE REPUBLICANS ARE SAYING. COME BACK TOMORROW. COME BACK TOMORROW. COME BACK TOMORROW. BUT THERE HAS BEEN NO TOMORROW.

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          • 04:59:39 PM

            MR. HOYER

            VOTE AGAINST THIS C.R.

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            THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO ADDRESS THEIR STATEMENTS TO THE CHAIR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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            MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

            MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD A MINUTE TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WAYS AND…

            MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD A MINUTE TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS,

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          • 04:59:55 PM

            MR. BRADY

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YOU CAN TELL FROM THE PREVIOUS SPEAKER HOW EAGER…

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YOU CAN TELL FROM THE PREVIOUS SPEAKER HOW EAGER OUR DEMOCRAT COLLEAGUES ARE TO SHUT DOWN THIS GOVERNMENT. GET THE VOTES TO KEEP THIS GOVERNMENT OPEN BECAUSE WE WON'T PROVIDE THEM. GET THE VOTES TO KEEP FUNDING OUR MILITARY AND SECURITY BUT WE WON'T PROVIDE THEM. GET THE VOTES TO PROVIDE HEALTH CARE, LONG-TERM FOR OUR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES BECAUSE OUR DEMOCRAT COLLEAGUES WON'T PROVIDE NOT ONE VOTE. GET THE VOTES TO DELAY THE DAMAGING IMPACT OF OBAMACARE TAXES, THE HEALTH INSURANCE TAX, THE CADILLAC TAX, MEDICAL DEVICE, YOU GET THOSE VOTES, REPUBLICANS, BECAUSE WE WILL NOT GIVE YOU EVEN ONE OF THEM. THESE TAXES ARE SO DAMAGING TO OUR FAMILIES, TO OUR WORKERS AND JOB CREATORS IT'S SENDING JOBS OUT OF AMERICA, OVERSEAS. GET THE VOTES, REPUBLICANS, BECAUSE WE CLAIM WE SUPPORT THIS. WE JUST WON'T SUPPORT IT WITH OUR VOTES. IT'S REGRETTABLE BECAUSE THESE ARE BIPARTISAN ISSUES, AND POLITICS ARE SHUTTING THIS GOVERNMENT DOWN. I URGE MY DEMOCRAT COLLEAGUES TO STAND WITH REPUBLICANS ON BEHALF OF CHILDREN, FAMILIES, AND WORKERS, KEEP THIS GOVERNMENT OPEN. I YIELD BACK.

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            THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED. .

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            MR. SPEAKER, I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

            MR. SPEAKER, I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE ENERGY AND WATER SUBCOMMITTEE,

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          • 05:01:26 PM

            MS. KAPTUR

            CONGRESSWOMAN LOWEY OF NEW YORK, FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIME AND LET ME JUST…

            CONGRESSWOMAN LOWEY OF NEW YORK, FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIME AND LET ME JUST SAY THAT OUR SIDE HAS NOT BEEN CONSULTED. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE 238 VOTES. TO PASS ANYTHING HERE, THEY HAD THE VAST MAJORITY. YOU ONLY NEED 218 VOTES. SO IF YOU WANTED TO PASS, IT YOU COULD DO IT RIGHT NOW. YOU COULD HAVE DONE IT A MONTH AGO. YOU COULD HAVE DONE IT TWO MONTHS AGO. YOU COULD HAVE DONE IT THREE MONTHS AGO. BUT THERE'S SOMETHING FUNDAMENTALLY WRONG ON THAT SIDE OF THE AISLE AND OF COURSE YOU HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE OTHER BODY WHERE YOU HOLD THE MAJORITY AND YOU CAN'T GET IT DONE THERE EITHER. NOW, IN FOOTBALL YOU WOULD CALL THIS FUMBLING THE BALL. IN BASEBALL, YOU'D CALL IT FLUBBING THE BALL. AND HONESTLY, IF YOU CAN'T CONSULT WITH OUR SIDE OF THE AISLE, WHY WOULD YOU EXPECT ANYBODY WOULD WANT TO WORK WITH YOU ANYWAY? YOU TREAT US LIKE WE'RE FROM, I DON'T KNOW, BORN YO. -- BORNEO. WHY WOULD YOU THINK WE WOULD WANT TO VOTE ON SOMETHING THAT WE CAN'T AGREE WITH BECAUSE OF ITS ESSENTIAL UNFAIRNESS? I REALLY CAN'T UNDERSTAND WHY YOU'RE PUTTING THE REPUBLIC THROUGH ALL THESE CONTORTIONS. YOU DON'T HAVE A BUDGET. YOU KNOW, WE'VE BEEN ASKING FOR A BUDGET. AND YOU DON'T MAKE DECISIONS ABOUT DEPARTMENTS UNTIL YOU HAVE A BUDGET. BECAUSE YOU MIGHT UNDERFUND ONE DEPARTMENT OR OVERFUND ANOTHER DEPARTMENT. SO WE WANT TO DO THIS IN A VERY ORDERLY WAY. BUT OUR REPUBLICAN FRIENDS APPEAR TO HOPE THE GOVERNMENT WILL FUNCTION WITH NO ROAD MAP. ARE THEY REALLY ASLEEP BEHIND THE WHEEL OF THE CAR? THEY ARE SURE CAREENING AND THEY MIGHT EVEN HATE BRICK WALL. IF THE REPUBLICANS CANNOT PUT TOGETHER -- HIT A BRICK WALL. IF THE REPUBLICANS CANNOT PUT TOGETHER A FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT FOR A VOTE THIS WEEK, IT'S SAFE TO SAY THEY FUMBLED AND FLUBBED EVERY OPPORTUNITY THEY HAD. REMINDS ME OF THE OLD LOONY TOON CHARACTER ELMER FUD. THEY CAN'T EVEN CATCH BUG'S BUNNY WHEN HE'S STARING THEM RIGHT IN THE FACE. THEY AREN'T MAKING PROGRESS. AND INDEED LOSING GROUND. THERE WAS HOPE ON SEPTEMBER 8 WHEN WE VOTED THE FIRST TIME FOR A SHORT-TERM EXTENSION THAT YOU COULD ACTUALLY REACH AGREEMENT. BUT HERE IT IS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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            MS. KAPTUR

            AND WE STILL DON'T HAVE AGREEMENT. MIGHT I ASK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR AN…

            AND WE STILL DON'T HAVE AGREEMENT. MIGHT I ASK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR AN ADDITIONAL PERIOD OF TIME? 45 SECONDS?

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            MRS. LOWEY

            30 SECONDS.

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          • 05:03:52 PM

            MS. KAPTUR

            SO HERE WE ARE, JANUARY 18, 2018. ONE DAY BEFORE THE RISK OF ANOTHER…

            SO HERE WE ARE, JANUARY 18, 2018. ONE DAY BEFORE THE RISK OF ANOTHER SHUTDOWN. AND THEY'RE FIDDLE -- THEIR FIDDLING IS UNPRECEDENTED. DON'T HAVE A BUDGET FRAMEWORK, CAN'T MAKE DECISIONS, DON'T CONSULT WITH OUR SIDE. WHY SHOULD WE BE IN A HELPFUL MOOD? WE WERE ALWAYS TOLD REPUBLICANS ARE STERN PASS MASTERS. NOT ONLY HAVE THEY FAILED TO PASS A BUDGET. NOW THEY'VE ADDED $1 TRILLION MORE TO THE DEFICIT AND THE LONG-TERM DEBT BECAUSE THEY WANTED TO GIVE TAX GIVEAWAYS TO ALL THEIR DONORS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS SINKING EFFORT AND DEMAND ACTION FOR A FINAL FULL YEAR FUNDING PLAN. THAT IS WHAT IS RESPONSIBLE. THAT IS ESSENTIAL AND THAT IS WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EXPECT. I YIELD BACK.

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            THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. MEMBERS ARE AGAIN REMINDED TO ADDRESS THEIR COMMENTS TO THE CHAIR. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION?

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          • 05:04:49 PM

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            MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE…

            MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ENERGY AND WATER AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, MR. WALDEN, FROM OREGON.

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          • 05:04:58 PM

            MR. WALDEN

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I'M NOT QUITE SURE WHAT THE PEOPLE OF…

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I'M NOT QUITE SURE WHAT THE PEOPLE OF BORNEO DID TO DESERVE THE WRATH OF MY COLLEAGUE FROM OHIO. BUT PERHAPS SHE CAN EXPLAIN LATER TO THEM. BUT HERE IS THE DEAL. THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE DID WORK ACROSS THE AISLE OR ATTEMPTED TO, TO FULLY FUND THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM, TO FULLY FUND COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS, TO FULLY FUND EXTENDERS. AND AT EVERY STEP OF THE WAY, MY COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, ASKED ME TO STOP AND WORK WITH THEM, WE TRIED. WE COULDN'T REACH FULL AGREEMENT ON THE PAY-FORS AT THE TIME. BUT WE TRIED AND WE WORKED IN GOOD FAITH WITH EACH OTHER. 15 DEMOCRATS ON THE HOUSE FLOOR VOTED TO EXTEND THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM FOR A FULL FIVE YEARS. BY THE WAY, THAT EQUALS THE LONGEST EXTENSION AND THE MOST GENEROUS FUNDING TO HELP CHILDREN AND PREGNANT WOMEN THAT'S EVER BEEN DONE FOR THAT PROGRAM. WE SENT IT OVER TO THE SENATE AND UNFORTUNATELY THEY COULDN'T FIND AGREEMENT. SO WE CAME BACK AND WE KEPT EXTENDING IT AND BY THE WAY, THE DEMOCRAT LEADER OF THE HOUSE, MR. SPEAKER, MS. PELOSI, SAID WHAT WE'RE DOING TODAY, BY PUTTING FULL FUNDING FOR CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM FOR THE LONGEST EXTENSION IN THE HISTORY OF THE PROGRAM, A FULL SIX YEARS, IS, AND I QUOTE, SADLY, A BOWL OF DOINGY DOO. PUT A CHERRY ON TOP AND CALL IT A CHOCOLATE SUNDAYY. CLOSED QUOTE. IS THAT WHAT THIS HAS DEVOLVED TO? WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TODAY WITH THE HELP AND THE LEADERSHIP OF THE CHAIRMAN OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE TO FULLY FUND OUR STATE'S CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM FOR NOT FIVE YEARS BUT A FULL SIX YEARS. THIS IS THE LONGEST EXTENSION IN HISTORY AT THE STRONGEST FUNDING LEVEL IN HISTORY. SO WHEN YOU VOTE NO TODAY, AS YOU ALL APPARENTLY ARE GOING TO DO, YOU'RE VOTING TO CLOSE THE GOVERNMENT AND DENY OUR STATES, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY THE CHILDREN AND PREGNANT WOMEN, ACCESS TO CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE. THE CANCELLATIONS THAT GO OUT, THE NOTICES, ARE ON YOUR TERMS. LET ME TELL WHAT YOU THE CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS HAVE SAID TO CONGRESS. KIDS CANNOT WAIT. FUND CHIP NOW. AND I QUOTE, CONGRESS HAS A CHANCE TO PASS A LONG-TERM EXTENSION OF CHIP THAT WILL PROVIDE SECURITY FOR MILLIONS OF KIDS. THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION BEING CONSIDERED BY CONGRESS INCLUDES A SIX-YEAR EXTENSION OF CHIP. CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS SUPPORT A LONG-TERM EXTENSION OF CHIP AND URGE CONGRESS TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO PASS CHIP THIS WEEK. THE TIME IS NOW TO EXTEND FUNDING FOR THIS LIFE LINE MILLIONS OF CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES COUNT ON EVERY DAY. THAT'S CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS. CAN'T WE PUT THE PARTISAN DIVIDE ASIDE AND AT LEAST FUND CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE FOR CHILDREN AND PREGNANT WOMEN IN THIS COUNTRY? AND KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OPEN. THAT IS THE QUESTION BEFORE US TODAY. THE QUESTION BEFORE US TODAY IS, DO YOU WANT TO KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OPEN AND THE SERVICES PROVIDED AND SIX YEARS OF FULL FUNDING FOR CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE AND PREGNANT WOMEN? OR WILL YOU VOTE AGAINST IT? IT'S AS SIMPLE AS THAT. THE REST IS JUST POLITICAL RHETORIC. SO LET'S FUND CHIP. LET'S TAKE CARE OF OUR FAMILIES AND KIDS AND KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OPEN, MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD BACK.

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            THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RESERVES. MEMBERS, ONCE AGAIN, ARE REMINDED TO PLEASE ADDRESS THEIR COMMENTS TO THE CHAIR. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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          • 05:08:16 PM

            MRS. LOWEY

            JERSEY, THE WELL-INFORMED RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND…

            JERSEY, THE WELL-INFORMED RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE, MR. PALLONE.

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          • 05:08:31 PM

            MR. PALLONE

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW YORK. I HAVE…

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW YORK. I HAVE THE GREATEST RESPECT FOR MY REPUBLICAN CHAIRMAN FROM OREGON. BUT HE JUST FORGETS COMPLETELY, AS SO MANY SPEAKERS ON THE G.O.P. SIDE HAVE, THAT THEY ARE IN THE MAJORITY AND THEY HAVE A SIGMA JORT. THEY CAN DO WHATEVER THEY -- THEY HAVE A SIGNIFICANT MAJORITY. THEY CAN DO WHATEVER THEY WANT. FOR HIM TO SUGGEST THAT SOMEHOW HE CAN'T BRING UP A CHIP BILL THAT ALSO INCLUDES ALL THESE OTHER HEALTH PROGRAMS, HE MENTIONED THE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS, I COULD ALSO MENTION ALL THE MEDICARE EXTENDERS THAT ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THIS BILL. THIS BILL BASICALLY EITHER LETS EXPIRE OR CONTINUES TO EXPIRE SO MANY THINGS THAT ARE IMPORTANT FOR THE HEALTH OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. NOT ONLY THE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS, WHICH EXPIRE IN A FEW WEEKS, NOT ONLY THE MEDICARE EXTENDERS, WHICH INCLUDES THE THERAPY CAPS FOR SENIORS IN MEDICARE, THE HOME VISITING PROGRAM FOR SENIORS, THE SPECIAL DIABETES PROGRAM, THE TEACHING HEALTH SENT, THE NATIONAL HEALTH -- CENTERS, THE NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE CORPS, ALL OF THESE THINGS. ALSO THE SAFETY NET HOSPITALS. AS OF JANUARY 1, THE DISH OR SAFETY NET PROGRAMS FOR ALL THESE HOSPITALS AROUND THE COUNTRY THAT HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF SO MANY POOR PEOPLE, THAT FUNDING HAS EXPIRED AND THEY'VE ACTUALLY HAD TO CUT THE FUNDING. SO HOW DO YOU STAND UP HERE AND SAY TO ME AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT SOMEHOW YOU CARE ABOUT THESE THINGS, YOU WANT TO DEAL WITH THESE THINGS? YOU ARE NOT DEALING WITH THESE THINGS. WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE AGAIN? ONCE AGAIN YOU'RE BRINGING A BILL TO THE FLOOR THAT HAS ALL KINDS OF REPEAL OF TAXES. I DON'T EVEN WANT TO GET INTO THE DEAL. THESE ARE THE TAXES THAT HELP FUND THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. MEDICAL DEVICE TAX. THERE'S SEVERAL OF THEM. ALL YOU DO HERE IS BRING UP TAX CUTS OR TAX REPEALS AND NOW YOU'RE TRYING TO GIVE THE IMPRESSION, BECAUSE YOU HAVE THIS SIX-YEAR RE-AUTHORIZATION FOR CHIP AND HAVE ELIMINATED FUNDING AND HELP FOR ALL THE THESE HEALTH CARE PROGRAMS, THAT SOMEHOW YOU CARE. WELL, WHEN THE KIDS THAT GET THE CHIP FUNDING CAN'T GO TO A COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER OR CAN'T GO TO A HOSPITAL BECAUSE THEY'RE SUFFERING AND DON'T HAVE THE FUNDING, WHERE DO THEY GO? WE KNOW THAT CHIP IS A GREAT PROGRAM. BUT MANY OF THE KIDS THAT HAVE THE INSURANCE UNDER CHIP HAVE TO GO TO COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS. AND ALL I HEAR FROM MY COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS AND OTHER TEACHING HOSPITALS IS THEY'RE READY TO SEND OUT THE PINK SLIPS. THEY MAY HAVE TO CLOSE. THEY'RE NOT SURE THEY CAN HELP THESE PEOPLE. SO IT IS A COMPLETE JOKE TO SUGGEST THAT SOMEHOW YOU CARE. YOU HAVE THE VOTES, YOU CAN DO WHATEVER YOU WANT. YOU'RE NOT DOING IT. SURE, I ALSO AGREE THAT DACA, THE DREAMERS, ARE GOING TO SUFFER. BECAUSE THAT'S NOT BEING ADDRESSED EITHER. BUT THE MAIN THING I WANT TO STRESS IS, YOU'RE NOT ADDRESSING ALL THESE OTHER HEALTH CARE PROGRAMS THAT ARE JUST AS IMPORTANT AS CHIP. JUST AS IMPORTANT. AND MAKE THE CHIP PROGRAM ESSENTIALLY NOT VIABLE BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT BEING ADDRESSED. SO PLEASE, DON'T SUGGEST TO ME THAT YOU CARE.

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            MR. PALLONE

            THE RIGHT VOTE HERE IS TO VOTE AGAINST THIS.

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            THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. MEMBERS ARE AGAIN REMINDED TO PLEASE ADDRESS YOUR COMMENTS TO THE CHAIR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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            MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

            MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE…

            MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, MR. BARTON OF TEXAS.

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            MR. BARTON

            I THANK MY DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN FROM NEW JERSEY AND ASK UNANIMOUS…

            I THANK MY DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN FROM NEW JERSEY AND ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

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            MR. BARTON

            MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. PALLONE, FROM THE GREAT STATE, THE GARDEN STATE OF NEW…

            MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. PALLONE, FROM THE GREAT STATE, THE GARDEN STATE OF NEW JERSEY, JUST TOLD YOU ALL THE THINGS THAT WEREN'T IN THIS BILL, THAT HE WISH WERE. MY DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN, MR. WALDEN, JUST WISHED -- WHISS TERED IN MY -- WHISPERED IN MY EAR THAT WE HAVE PUT EVERYTHING YOU TALKED ABOUT IN BILLS, SUBCOMMITTEE AND FULL COMMITTEE AND ON THE FLOOR AND YOU VOTED AGAINST THEM EVERY TIME THIS YEAR. EVERY TIME. NOW, WHERE I COME FROM, YOU VOTE FOR WHAT'S IN THE BILL, NOT WHAT'S NOT IN THE BILL. I WISHED WE HAD A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION IN THIS BILL. I WISH WE FULLY FUNDED OUR MILITARY FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR IN THIS BILL. I WISH WE, BY AN ACT OF CONGRESS, GAVE TEXAS A&M THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IN FOOTBALL IN THIS BILL. THAT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. WHAT IS IN THIS BILL? WE FULLY FUND THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM FOR EVERY STATE OF THE UNION AND THE TERRITORIES FOR SIX YEARS. NEVER BEEN DONE BEFORE. FULLY FUND CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE FOR EVERY STATE AND TERRITORY IN THE UNION FOR SIX YEARS. AT EXISTING LEVELS, INCREASED -- AND IT INCREASES EACH YEAR FOR THE NEXT SIX YEARS, IT'S FULLY PAID FOR, FULLY OFFSET. AND NOT EVERY DEMOCRAT, BUT ALMOST EVERY DEMOCRAT HAS VOTED AGAINST THAT ALREADY TWICE. IF THEY VOTE AGAINST IT THIS EVENING, THEY'LL VOTE AGAINST IT FOR THE THIRD TIME. I'M THE MACKER -- MANAGER OF THE REPUBLICAN BASEBALL TEAM. IF YOU MISS IT THREE TIMES, NORMALLY MEANS YOU'RE OUT. I HOPE THAT SOME OF MY FRIENDS ON THE MINORITY SIDE WILL TONIGHT VOTE WITH US TO FUND SCHIP AND TO FUND THE GOVERNMENT FOR THE NEXT MONTH. I'M ONE OF THE REPUBLICANS THAT SUPPORTS DACA. I'M ON THE DREAMER ACT. I'M ALSO ON THE REPUBLICAN ALTERNATIVE. I WOULD LOVE TO VOTE FOR DACA. BUT THE DEADLINE FOR DACA IS NOT UNTIL MARCH. THE SCHIP PROGRAM'S EXPIRED IN SEPTEMBER. WE NEED TO PASS THIS C.R. AND SEND IT TO THE SENATE. VOTE YES.

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            MRS. LOWEY

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

            MR. SPEAKER, I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MINNESOTA, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE INTERIOR SUBCOMMITTEE OF APPROPRIATIONS, MS. MCCOLLUM.

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          • 05:14:43 PM

            MS. MCCOLLUM

            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS LEGISLATION, WHICH IGNORES THE…

            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS LEGISLATION, WHICH IGNORES THE URGENT NEED OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S FISCAL YEAR STARTED OCTOBER 1 OF LAST YEAR. BUT INSTEAD OF FULFILLING A RESPONSIBILITY TO FUND OUR GOVERNMENT IN A TOO MANYLY MANNER, -- IN A TIMELY MANNER, PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE REPUBLICANS SPENT MONTHS WORKING TO PASS THEIR TAX SCAM. NOW, BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T DO THEIR JOBS, MR. SPEAKER, REPUBLICANS ARE ASKING US TO VOTE TO KICK THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD AGAIN. THIS IS NO WAY TO RUN A GOVERNMENT. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE IMMEDIATE ACTION ON CRITICAL ISSUES THAT MATTER TO OUR COUNTRY. WE NEED A BUDGET AGREEMENT IN ORDER TO DO THAT. . WE NEED TO KEEP OUR GOVERNMENT OPEN. WE NEED TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITIES AND THE HARDWORKING PEOPLE. WE NEED TO ENACT RESPONSIBLE REFORMS THAT WILL SAVE STRUGGLING PENSION PLANS. WE NEED TO PROVIDE DISASTER RELIEF TO OUR FELLOW AMERICANS WHO WERE HIT HARD BY HURRICANES AND WILDFIRES LAST YEAR. WE NEED TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE SPECIAL DIABETES PROGRAM WHICH FUNDS TREATMENT AND PREVENTION PROGRAMS FOR NATIVE AMERICANS, AND, YES, WE NEED TO PASS A DREAM ACT WHICH PROTECTS CHILDREN FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP'S CRUEL TERMINATION OF DACA. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OVERWHELMINGLY SUPPORT THESE ACTIONS, THESE PRIORITIES, BUT YOU WON'T FIND THEM IN THIS BILL. INSTEAD, REPUBLICANS HAVE TURNED THIS C.R. INTO A TAX BILL THAT HAS PROVISIONS THAT DIDN'T MAKE IT IN THE ORIGINAL TAX PLAN. WHILE THIS LEGISLATION DOES FINALLY RE-AUTHORIZE THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM, IT ABANDONS OUR COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS WHERE PARENTS TAKE THEIR CHILDREN TO GET THE CARE THAT THEY NEED. MAKE NO MISTAKE, THIS BILL WILL CAUSE LAYOFFS AT CLINICS, WHICH MEANS FEWER PEOPLE IN MY DISTRICT, THROUGHOUT MINNESOTA WILL GET THE CARE THAT THEY NEED. MR. SPEAKER, THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS TOTAL CONTROL IN WASHINGTON, BUT INSTEAD OF WORKING FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, PRESIDENT TRUMP AND HIS ALLIES IN CONGRESS ARE IGNORING THEM. MINNESOTANS AND AMERICANS DESERVE A BETTER DEAL THAN THE ONE THAT THEY'RE GETTING FROM THIS REPUBLICAN CONGRESS. IT IS TIME FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE REPUBLICANS TO END THE CHAOS, TO TRULY WORK ACROSS THE AISLE TO FIND WAYS THAT WE CAN FUND THIS GOVERNMENT RESPONSIBLY AND ADDRESS OUR NATIONAL PRIORITIES. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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            MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

            I YIELD TO MR. ROGERS OF KENTUCKY FOR ONE MINUTE.

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            MR. ROGERS

            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. HERE IT IS IN A NUTSHELL.…

            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. HERE IT IS IN A NUTSHELL. CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN SOUGHT TO IT WE PASSED ALL 12 OF THE APPROPRIATIONS BILLS AND SENT THEM TO THE SENATE WHERE NOT A SINGLE ONE HAS BEEN ALLOWED TO COME TO THE FLOOR BECAUSE OF DEMOCRAT SENATORS WHO PROFESS TO KEEP -- THEY WANT TO KEEP THE GOVERNMENT GOING BUT VOTE NO. AND BECAUSE THE DEMOCRATS IN THE SENATE HAVE BARRED THE CONSIDERATION OF ANY OF THESE BILLS, HERE WE ARE. WE HAVE NO CHOICE IF WE WANT TO KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OPEN BUT TO VOTE FOR THIS BILL. IT'S THE ONLY GAME IN TOWN, AND THOSE ON THE OTHER SIDE WHO PROFESS THEY WANT TO KEEP THE GOVERNMENT GOING TODAY WILL VOTE NO. I DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT LOGIC. THIS IS THE ONLY CHANCE WE HAVE TO KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OPERATING, TO BE SURE THAT THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS' MONEY IS BEING SPENT PROPERLY AND ADEQUATELY. BUT FOR THE PURPOSE OF KEEPING OUR GOVERNMENT OPEN. SO MR. SPEAKER, I URGE A YES VOTE ON THIS BILL, AND LET'S MOVE ON. I YIELD BACK.

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          • 05:18:46 PM

            MRS. LOWEY

            THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE LABOR-H.H.S.…

            THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE LABOR-H.H.S. SUBCOMMITTEE, MS. DELAURO.

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            MS. DELAURO

            I OPPOSE THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION. IT'S STAGGERING THAT YET AGAIN WE ARE…

            I OPPOSE THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION. IT'S STAGGERING THAT YET AGAIN WE ARE PUNTING ONE OF OUR CORE OBLIGATIONS AS A CONGRESS, FUNDING GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS. WE SHOULD BE NEGOTIATING SPENDING LEVELS FOR 2018 FOR BOTH DEFENSE SPENDING AND NONDEFENSE SPENDING. WE SHOULD HAVE SPENT THE LAST FEW MONTHS FULFILLING OUR RESPONSIBILITY AS LEGISLATORS BY WRITING BIPARTISAN BILLS TO FUND PROGRAMS THAT HELP WORKING FAMILIES AND THE MIDDLE CLASS AND THE VULNERABLE, SUPPORT EVIDENCE-BASED SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH, AND HELP WORKING PEOPLE GET THE SKILLS THEY NEED TO FIND GOOD JOBS WITH GOOD WAGES. INSTEAD, REPUBLICANS HAVE CONTINUED THEIR IRRESPONSIBLE TREND OF CONTINUING RESOLUTION AFTER CONTINUING RESOLUTION. THEY FAIL TO GOVERN. THEY CREATE CHAOS. THIS BILL FAILS TO SUPPORT COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS, WHICH SERVE AS A PRIMARY HEALTH CARE PROVIDER FOR OVER 27 MILLION PEOPLE, INCLUDING DISPROPORTIONATELY RURAL AND LOW-INCOME POPULATIONS. IN 2016, OVER 376,000 PATIENTS ACROSS CONNECTICUT RECEIVED CARE AT THE CONNECTICUT COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER. THEY CUT TAXES FOR INSURANCE COMPANIES WHILE FAILING TO FUND COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS. IT IS SHAMEFUL. THEY WON'T WORK WITH DEMOCRATS TO ENSURE DEFENSE AND NONDEFENSE FUNDING. THEY PUT SERVICES CRITICAL TO OUR FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES AT RISK. FROM APPRENTICESHIP TO EDUCATION FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES, CHILDCARE, AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS THAT HELP WORKING FAMILIES MAKE ENDS MEET AND FINANCIAL AID FOR STUDENTS ATTENDING COLLEGE. THEY INCLUDE A LONG -- AN EXTENSION FOR THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM, BUT THEY CUT OUT THE MEDICARE EXTENDERS AND OTHER HEALTH CARE PROGRAMS. BUT THE FEAR -- THEY SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THE MONTHS OF FEAR AND TURMOIL THEY HAVE CAUSED TO CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES WHO WILL BE UNABLE TO GET HELP AT COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE CENTERS. THEY DID TRY -- THEY HAD TIME TO CRAM A TAX SCAM THROUGH CONGRESS BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR.

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            MS. DELAURO

            DRAGGED THEIR FEET FOR MONTHS. SHAMEFUL. LET ME SAY THE REPUBLICAN…

            DRAGGED THEIR FEET FOR MONTHS. SHAMEFUL. LET ME SAY THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY TRY TO CAST A BLAME FOR THE SHUTDOWN ON THE DEMOCRATS. LET ME REMIND THIS BODY AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT NINE MONTHS AGO THE PRESIDENT SAID, "OUR COUNTRY NEEDS A GOOD SHUTDOWN IN SEPTEMBER TO FIX THIS MESS." WELL, THE PRESIDENT MAY GET WHAT HE WANTS AND WHAT HE DESIRES AS A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, BUT IT'S NOT BECAUSE OF THE DEMOCRATS. IT'S BECAUSE OF THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY IN THIS HOUSE AND THIS ADMINISTRATION TO MOVE FORWARD ON BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IT'S NOT THE DEMOCRATS. PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS CALLED FOR A SHUTDOWN OF THIS GOVERNMENT. YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 05:22:27 PM

            MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

            MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD A MINUTE TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ENERGY…

            MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD A MINUTE TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE SUBCOMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND POWER, MR. UPTON FROM MICHIGAN.

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            MR. UPTON

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D REMIND THE SPEAKER THAT THE PRESIDENT ISSUED A…

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D REMIND THE SPEAKER THAT THE PRESIDENT ISSUED A STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL THAT KEEPS THE GOVERNMENT OPEN, BUT I ALSO RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL -- OF THIS BILL AND IN STRONG SUPPORT OF A SIX-YEAR LONG-TERM FUNDING FOR THE CHIP PROGRAM. WE ALL CAME TO CONGRESS TO FIGHT FOR OUR DISTRICT AND PARTICULARLY OUR KIDS. THE MICHIGAN CHIP PROGRAM SERVES NEARLY 40,000 KIDS, AND IF CHIP ISN'T RE-AUTHORIZED, LONG TERM IT'S GOING TO BE DISASTROUS FOR OUR COMMUNITIES WHICH IS WHY THEY ARE DEPENDING ON US WHICH IS WHY IT IS IN THIS BILL. YOU KNOW, BACK IN 2015, I HELPED BROKER THE BIPARTISAN, BICAMERAL DEAL THAT LED US TO THE LAST RE-AUTHORIZATION OF CHIP. IT WASN'T EASY BUT WE GOT THERE BY WORKING TOGETHER, AND OVER THE COURSE OF THE PAST YEAR, WE HAVE BEEN STEADFAST IN OUR RESOLVE TO RE-AUTHORIZE CHIP. IN OUR COMMITTEE WE WORKED TIRELESSLY TO ADVANCE COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION THAT'S GOING TO EXTEND CHIP AS WELL AS COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS. AND LAST NOVEMBER, WE PASSED A COMPREHENSIVE BILL ON THE HOUSE FLOOR, AND LATER IN THE YEAR WE PASSED A C.R. THAT INCLUDED SHORT-TERM FUNDING FOR CHIP.

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            MR. UPTON

            THIS BILL DOES THAT. I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES.

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          • 05:23:56 PM

            MRS. LOWEY

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

            MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE MILITARY, CONSTRUCTION, VETERANS' AFFAIRS SUBCOMMITTEE, MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ.

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            MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER,…

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION WHICH IS YET AGAIN A COMPLETE ABDICATION OF OUR RESPONSIBILITIES. INSTEAD OF ADOPTING FULLY FUNDED APPROPRIATIONS BILLS OR AN OMNIBUS WITH AN ACTUAL CHANCE OF PASSING THIS CONGRESS, WE ARE IN THIS UNBREAKABLE HABIT OF PASSING CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS. THE REPUBLICAN'S MOST RECENT PROPOSAL DOES NOTHING FOR THE FUNDING FOR THE 1,400 COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY OR THE 25 MILLION AMERICANS THEY SERVE AFTER THEY LET FUNDING RUN OUT IN SEPTEMBER. ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS, IF CONGRESS DOES NOT ACT SOON, 28,000 SITES COULD CLOSE, 50,000 STAFF COULD BE LAID OFF, AND NINE MILLION AMERICANS COULD LOSE ACCESS TO CARE. WHEN DID THIS PROGRAM, WHICH HAS ALWAYS HAD BIPARTISAN SUPPORT IN THIS BODY, BECOME A PARTISAN ISSUE? THESE ABDICATIONS ARE SIMPLY IMMORAL. OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES SAY WE DON'T HAVE THE MONEY TO FUND THESE PROGRAMS, BUT SOMEHOW THEY WERE SILENT ON THAT ISSUE WHEN THEY GAVE A HANDOUT TO GIANT CORPORATIONS THAT ADD MORE THAN $1.5 TRILLION TO THE DEFICIT. WHILE THEIR DONORS RESTED PEACEFULLY OVER THE HOLIDAYS KNOWING THEIR TAX CUTS WERE SAFE, REPUBLICANS CONTINUED TO TORMENT 800,000 HARDWORKING YOUNG PEOPLE BY REFUSING TO PASS THE DREAM ACT. 122 DREAMERS LOSE THEIR PROTECTED STATUS EVERY DAY, AND REPUBLICANS HAVE NOT BEEN BRAVE ENOUGH TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT. THESE COURAGEOUS INDIVIDUALS ARE TEACHING IN OUR SCHOOLS, WORKING IN OUR COMMUNITIES AND SERVING IN OUR MILITARY. I HAD THE PRIRCHING OF MEETING DREAMERS IN SOUTH FLORIDA AND IN THE HALLS -- I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF MEETING DREAMERS IN SOUTH FLORIDA AND IN THE HALLS OF THIS CAPITOL. BY ANY REASONABLE DEFINITION, THEY ARE AMERICANS. THIS IS THEIR HOME. IT IS PAST TIME FOR MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TO WORK ON A BIPARTISAN SPENDING PACKAGE THAT PROMOTES THE MIDDLE CLASS, PROTECTS DREAMERS AND FINALLY ASSURES THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT THEIR GOVERNMENT IS WORKING. I SIMPLY WILL NOT SUPPORT ANY SPENDING BILL THAT FAILS TO DO SO. MAKE NO MISTAKE, REPUBLICANS CONTROL THE HOUSE, THE SENATE, AND THE WHITE HOUSE. A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN WILL LAND SQUARELY IN THEIR LAP. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

            MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

            MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. CARTER.

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          • 05:26:30 PM

            MR. CARTER

            MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE DECISION TO ATTACH A SIX-YEAR…

            MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE DECISION TO ATTACH A SIX-YEAR EXTENSION OF THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM AS THIS IS MUCH OVERDUE. CHIP, WHICH IS KNOWN AS PEACH SHARE FOR KIDS IN GEORGIA, HAS BEEN A VERY SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM IN COVERING THE MEDICAL NEEDS IN OUR STATE. HOWEVER, THIS ISN'T THE FIRST TIME WE TRIED TO EXTEND THIS PROGRAM THAT IS SO VITAL TO CHILDREN ALL ACROSS OUR COUNTRY. WE PASSED LEGISLATION OUT OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE ADDRESSING LONG-TERM FIX IN OCTOBER. WE THEN PASSED IT IN THE HOUSE IN NOVEMBER. WE FUNDED A SHORT-TERM FIX IN DECEMBER. IT'S TIME OUR COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE QUIT HOLDING CHILDREN'S HEALTH CARE HOSTAGE. NOW IS THE TIME TO PASS THIS AND CONTINUE DISCUSSIONS ON COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS, GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS AND OTHER EXTENDERS. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN WALDEN, CHAIRMAN BURGESS AND MY COLLEAGUES ON THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE FOR THEIR WORK AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO PASS THIS AND HELP OUR NATION'S CHILDREN AND I YIELD BACK.

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            MRS. LOWEY

            MR. SPEAKER, I AM VERY PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

            MR. SPEAKER, I AM VERY PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PASCRELL.

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            MR. PASCRELL

            THANK YOU, MEESH. THIS HABIT OF SHORT-TERM -- THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS…

            THANK YOU, MEESH. THIS HABIT OF SHORT-TERM -- THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS HABIT OF SHORT-TERM EXTENSIONS, KICKING THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD, I HEARD A FEW TIMES, IS IRRESPONSIBLE AND HAS TO STOP. WE NEED A LONG-TERM FUNDING BILL. DEMOCRATS HAVE COME TO THE TABLE OFFERED BIPARTISAN SOLUTIONS. REPUBLICANS HAVE DISMISSED THEM. LET'S PUT A BILL TO HELP THE DREAMERS ON THE FLOOR. THEIR INCOMPETENCE IS GOING TO LEAD TO A SHUTDOWN. INSTEAD OF USING NINE MILLION KIDS AS A BARGAINING CHIP, I BET THE MAJORITY COULD PASS A PERMANENT CHILDREN'S HEALTH EXTENSION TODAY. THERE ARE NINE MILLION CHILDREN AT RISK OF LOSING HEALTH COVERAGE. 200,000 OF THEM IN MY HOME STATE OF NEW JERSEY. WE COULD SAVE $6 BILLION. AND I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT THIS BILL HAS A DELAY OF THE MEDICAL DEVICE TAX, MR. SPEAKER, THAT WAS PART OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. THAT INDUSTRY AGREED TO PAY THAT TAX. WE JUST DID A TAX BILL FOR CORPORATIONS THAT ADDED OVER $2 TRILLION IN DEFICITS. LAST I CHECKED, MEDICAL DEVICE COMPANIES ARE CORPORATIONS. WHAT ARE WE DOING PUTTING IN PLACE A TAX LAW IN A BUDGET BILL NOW AND A MONTH LATER --

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            MR. PASCRELL

            JUST THIS WEEK "THE NEW YORK TIMES" RAN A PIECE TITLED, "CAN YOUR HIP…

            JUST THIS WEEK "THE NEW YORK TIMES" RAN A PIECE TITLED, "CAN YOUR HIP REPLACEMENT KILL YOU?" . THE ARTICLE NAMES DR. STEVEN TOWER WHO WAS GIVEN AN ARTIFICIAL HIP WITH A DEFECT IN THE DEVICE. SEND YOUR BILL. DOCTORS HAD TO DO SECOND SURGERY. FOUND COBALT LEAKING FROM THE DEVICE CAUSING A CONDITION CALLED METALASIS, DESTROYING MUSCLE, TENDONS, DESTROYING MR. TOWER'S HEART AND BRAIN AS WELL. DESPITE HIS COMPLAINT TO COLLEAGUES AND THE MANUFACTURE, THEY CONTINUED TO -- MANUFACTURER, THEY CONTINUED TO MARKET IT. HOW DARE THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE QUESTION WHY WE WANT DACA IN THIS LEGISLATION WHEN HE HAS A BILL THAT 42 MILLION AMERICANS USE MEDICAL DEVICES? THERE IS NO FEDERAL F.D.A. TEST FOR MOST OF THOSE DEVICES. THEY GOT THE COURT. THEY BRIBE DOCTORS, AND IT'S IN YOUR BILL, BUT WE COULD NOT TAKE CARE OF THOSE 800,000 PEOPLE. MR. CHAIRMAN, WE NEED A --

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            MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

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            MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. LANCE.

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            MR. LANCE

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATIVE…

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATIVE PACKAGE TO FUND THE GOVERNMENT AND TO AUTHORIZE THE CHIP PROGRAM, THE LONGEST SUCH AUTHORIZATION FOR CHIP EVER. . CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN SECURED PASSAGE FOR ALL 12 APPROPRIATION BILLS BY THE -- BEFORE THE BEGINNING OF THE NEW FISCAL YEAR. IT IS THE DEMOCRATS IN THE SENATE WHO HAVE REFUSED TO PERMIT THESE BILLS TO COME TO THE FLOOR. NO GOOD EXPLANATION HAS BEEN GIVEN AS TO WHY THAT OCCURRED. CHAIRMAN WALDEN BROUGHT THROUGH THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE A CHIP RE-AUTHORIZATION PACKAGE THAT PASSED THIS HOUSE IN NOVEMBER. WE MUST CONTINUE TO ENSURE GOVERNMENTAL OPERATIONS SUCH AS PAYING OUR TROOPS ON TIME AND MAKING SURE OUR HOMELAND SECURITY APPARATUS IS FULLY OPERATIONAL. THE CHIP PORTION OF THIS BILL IS A MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENT. NINE MILLION LOW-INCOME CHILDREN DEPEND ON CHIP AND THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE ESTIMATES THAT CHIP WILL ACTUALLY SAVE TAXPAYER FUNDS IN THE LONG RUN. LET'S KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OPEN AND LET'S FUND CHIP. I URGE A STRONG BIPARTISAN VOTE IN FAVOR OF THIS LEGISLATION.

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            MRS. LOWEY

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            MS. JAYAPAL

            THANK YOU. MR. CHAIRMAN, WE'RE BACK AGAIN FOR THE THIRD CONTINUING…

            THANK YOU. MR. CHAIRMAN, WE'RE BACK AGAIN FOR THE THIRD CONTINUING RESOLUTION THIS FISCAL YEAR. THIS MAKES NO SENSE AND IT IS NO WAY TO GOVERN. AND LET ME BE CLEAR AND REPEAT WHAT MY COLLEAGUES HAVE SAID. REPUBLICANS CONTROL THE HOUSE, THE SENATE AND THE WHITE HOUSE. BUT THEY JUST CAN'T SEEM TO PASS A REAL BUDGET. AND IF REPUBLICANS WANT DEMOCRATIC VOTES, THEN THEY NEED TO HAVE OUR PRIORITIES REFLECTED IN THAT BUDGET. PRIORITIES LIKE PROTECTING THE AMERICAN DREAM. FOR 1 1/2 MILLION DACA RECIPIENTS WITH THE DREAM ACT. THOUSANDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE WHO FEAR DEPORTATION BECAUSE OF THE CRUEL TERMINATION OF THE DACA PROGRAM. PRIORITIES LIKE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS AND PROTECTING THE RETIREMENT SAVINGS OF WORKING FAMILIES. PRIORITIES LIKE ADDRESSING THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC THAT RAVAGES OUR COMMUNITIES. PRIORITIES LIKE INFRASTRUCTURE AND EDUCATION AND REAL HEALTH CARE PROTECTIONS FOR EVERYONE. SO IF THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY, YES, THE MAJORITY, SCHUTZ DOWN THE GOVERNMENT BECAUSE -- SHUTS DOWN THE GOVERNMENT BECAUSE THEY WON'T LOOK TO GET OUR DEMOCRATIC PRIORITIES ADDRESSED, THEN THEY WILL HAVE TO ANSWER TO COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHO ARE LOOKING FOR A PERMANENT BUDGET, NOT SOMETHING THAT KICKS THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD FOR ANOTHER FEW WEEKS. THIS IS NOT A REAL SOLUTION. THIS IS NOT A REAL SOLUTION, MR. CHAIRMAN. WE WILL NOT SUBSTITUTE ONE FAMILY'S PAIN FOR ANOTHER'S GAIN. THIS IS ABOUT THE LIVES AND LIVELIHOODS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE. IT IS ABOUT THE SOUL OF OUR COUNTRY. AND AMERICANS DESERVE A BETTER DEAL. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD BACK.

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            MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

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            MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD A MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. OLSON.

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            MR. OLSON

            I THANK MY FRIEND FROM NEW JERSEY FOR ALLOWING ME TO JOIN THIS IMPORTANT…

            I THANK MY FRIEND FROM NEW JERSEY FOR ALLOWING ME TO JOIN THIS IMPORTANT DEBATE. MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE ARE SHOWING WHY THE PEOPLE, AMERICAN PEOPLE, LIKE ROOT CANALS, HEAD LICE, COLONOSCOPIES, MORE THAN CONGRESS. IT BRINGS AN ACT THAT HURTS OUR YOUTH AND POVERTY. CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS ARE GOING TO VOTE AGAINST BASIC HEALTH CARE FOR THESE NEEDY KIDS. THE SCHIP PROGRAM IS THEIR ONLY CHOICE FOR THEIR HEALTH. NEARLY HALF A MILLION YOUNG TEXANS, HALF A MILLION, DEPEND UPON SCHIP. IT EXPIRED SEPTEMBER 30 OF THIS YEAR. THIS BILL TONIGHT WE VOTE ON WILL EXTEND SCHIP FOR SIX MORE YEARS. I BEG MY COLLEAGUES, LISTEN TO YOUR HEARTS, TO YOUR SOUL AND THE VOICE OF THESE KIDS WHO WANT BASIC HEALTH CARE. VOTE FOR SCHIP TODAY. VOTE FOR THE C.R. I YIELD BACK.

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            MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

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            MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD A MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. BILL RAKES I.

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            THE CHAIR

            -- MR. BILIRAKIS.

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            MR. BILIRAKIS

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN WALDEN AND CHAIRMAN…

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN WALDEN AND CHAIRMAN BURGESS FOR ALL THE HARD WORK THEY'VE PUT INTO RE-AUTHORIZING CHIP. THIS IS A SIX-YEAR RE-AUTHORIZATION OF THE CHIP PROGRAM, THE LONGEST CHIP RE-AUTHORIZATION CONGRESS HAS EVER PASSED. THE HOUSE ALREADY PASSED A FULL CHIP AUTHORIZATION LAST YEAR, BY THE WAY, WE ALSO RE-AUTHORIZED THE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS. MOST DEMOCRATS VOTED AGAINST THAT. DEMOCRATS NEED TO PUT POLITICS ASIDE AND SUPPORT THE BILL FOR THE SAKE OF OUR CHILDREN. CHIP RE-AUTHORIZATION WILL ENSURE FUNDING FOR 200,000 CHILDREN IN FLORIDA'S CHIP PROGRAM. IN ADDITION, THIS BILL HAS MY LEGISLATION THAT PROTECTS CHIP BUY-IN PROGRAMS. THIS ALLOWS CHILDREN WHO AREN'T ELIGIBLE FOR TRADITIONAL CHIP TO BUY INTO THE CHIP PROGRAM. IT MAKES SENSE. INCONSISTENT GUIDANCE FROM C.M.S. JEOPARDIZED THESE BUY-IN PROGRAMS. THIS BILL WILL PROVIDE CLARITY AND PROTECT ABOUT 12,000 CHILDREN IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE BUY-IN PROGRAM. I SUPPORT THIS PARTICULAR BILL. PLEASE, LET'S RE-AUTHORIZE CHIP FOR THE SAKE OF OUR CHILDREN. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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            MRS. LOWEY

            RESERVE.

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            MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

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            MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD A MINUTE -- WHERE ARE WE HERE? THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. FLORES.

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            MR. FLORES

            MR. CHAIR, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 195, WHICH CONTINUES FUNDING…

            MR. CHAIR, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 195, WHICH CONTINUES FUNDING THE GOVERNMENT THROUGH FEBRUARY 16. PAYS OUR TROOPS AND PROVIDES FOR A SIX-YEAR EXTENSION OF THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM. 36% OF THE CHILDREN IN MY DISTRICT ARE COVERED UNDER CHIP AND I'M PLEASED TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION TO ENSURE THAT THEY CONTINUE TO HAVE ACCESS TO CARE THAT HAS BEEN DELAYED BY OBSTRUCTIONIST DEMOCRATS IN THIS BODY AND OVER IN THE SENATE. WHILE I SUPPORT PASSAGE OF THIS BILL, I WANT TO DRAW ATTENTION TO THE FACT THAT THERE ARE OTHER IMPORTANT PROVISIONS THAT HAVE PREVIOUSLY PASSED THIS HOUSE. YET HAVE FALLEN BY THE WAYSIDE AS MEMBERS SOUGHT A COMPROMISE ON THE FINAL BILL. I'LL GO THROUGH KNOWS MAIN. AGAIN, I'M PLEASED THAT WE'RE PASSING A BILL THAT CONTINUES FUNDING FOR THE GOVERNMENT, PAYS FOR OUR TROOPS AND EXTENDS FUNDING FOR THE CHIP PROGRAM. MR. CHAIR, I STRONGLY URGE MY COLLEAGUES, THOUGH, NOT TO FORGET OTHER IMPORTANT HEALTH INITIATIVES THAT MUST BE ADDRESSED AND I HOPE THAT THEY WILL JOIN ME IN SEEING THAT THESE INITIATIVES ARE AGAIN TAKEN UP AFTER PASS AFPBLGT BILL. THOSE PROVISIONS THAT NEED TO BE CONSIDERED INCLUDE TWO OF MY BILLS, ONE THE YOUTH EMPOWERMENT ACT, WHICH EMPOWERS YOUTH TO MAKE HEALTHY DECISION, AND SECONDLY, LANGUAGE FROM THE HEALTH STATE FLEXIBILITY ACT, ALSO NEEDS TO BE TND. I THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

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            MR. SPEAKER, I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE CHAIRWOMAN OF THE ETHICS COMMITTEE, MRS. BROOKS FROM INDIANA.

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            BROOKS MRS.

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES…

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO SUPPORT THIS C.R. IN PART BECAUSE WE NEED TO EXTEND CHIP, THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM, FOR THE 104,000 CHILDREN IN INDIANA WHO CURRENTLY RELY ON THE PROGRAM. WE MUST PROVIDE LONGER TERM STABILITY TO CHIP AND WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO SO HERE TODAY. CHIP IS CRUCIAL FOR FAMILIES WHO WOULD OTHERWISE SLIP THROUGH THE CRACKS. THEIR INCOME DISQUALIFIES THEM FROM TRADITIONAL MEDICAID BUT IS NOT HIGH ENOUGH TO AFFORD FAMILY HEALTH INSURANCE. THE CHIP PROGRAM PROVIDES CHILDREN WITH COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH AND DENTAL SERVICES AND IT'S HELPED DECREASE THE RATE OF UNINSURED CHILDREN IN INDIANA TO AN ALL-TIME LOW OF 5%. THE FAMILIES OF THESE 104,000 CHILDREN IN INDIANA RELYING ON CHIP AND THE SIX-YEAR RE-AUTHORIZATION WILL GRANT STATES THE MUCH-NEEDED CERTAINTY IN ADMINISTERING CHIP FOR AMERICAN CHILDREN ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND STABILITY FOR THE HOOSIER FAMILIES WHO DEPEND ON THE PROGRAM. FURTHERMORE, TODAY'S C.R. INCLUDES A TWO-YEAR RELIEF FROM THE MEDICAL DEVICE TAX. AMERICA TOPS THE WORLD IN MEDICAL INNOVATION AND RELIEF FROM THIS TAX WILL FURTHER REINFORCE THIS LEADERSHIP. THE PREVIOUS TWO-YEAR SUSPENSION OF THIS DAMAGING TAX HAS ALLOWED DEVICE COMPANY, MANY OF WHICH CALL INDIANA HOME, TO INVEST IN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT AND INVEST IN HIGH-QUALITY, HIGH-PAYING JOBS IN MEDICAL INNOVATION, ALL TO THE BENEFIT OF PATIENTS WHO NEED THEM THE MOST. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON THIS C.R. NOT ONLY DOES IT PROVIDE LONG-TERM STABILITY FOR CHIP AND RELIEF FROM THE MEDICAL DEVICE TAX, BUT IT ALSO PROVIDES GOVERNMENT FUNDING THROUGH FEBRUARY 16 TO PREVENT A SHUTDOWN. LIKE THE CHAIRMAN, I HOPE THIS WILL PROIT TIME WE NEED TO COMPLETE -- PROVIDE THE TIME WE NEED TO COMPLETE THE FISS CAL APPROPRIATION -- FISCAL APPROPRIATION BILLS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON THE FINAL PASSAGE. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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            MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

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            MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD A MINUTE TO THE REPRESENTIVE FROM NORTH DAKOTA,

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            MR. CRAMER

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

            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM PROVIDES HEALTH COVERAGE TO LOW-INCOME, LOW-INCOME CHILDREN AND PREGNANT WOMEN, TO HAVE ANNUAL INCOME ABOVE THE MEDICAID ELIGIBILITY LEVELS BUT HAVE NO HEALTH INSURANCE. IT PROVIDES CARE, IN OTHER WORDS, MR. SPEAKER, FOR SOME OF THE MOST VULNERABLE FAMILIES IN OUR NATION. IT COVERS NEARLY 5,000 CHILDREN IN MY HOME STATE. IN FACT, IN FISCAL YEAR 2016, NORTH DAKOTA RECEIVED THSDZ 19 MILLION IN CHIP FUNDING. I ENCOURAGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO NOW SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT PROGRAM THAT HAS HISTORICALLY HAD BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. I ALSO WANT TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO QUICKLY TAKE UP FUNDING FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS, THE ESPECIALLY DIABETES PROGRAM AND OTHER HEALTH PROGRAMS THAT REQUIRE EXTENSION. COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS IN NORTH DAKOTA ARE ALREADY FEELING THE NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF THIS FUNDING UNCERTAINTY. PARTICULARLY IN HIRING AND LEASING DECISIONS. BUT, MR. SPEAKER, WE MUST NOT VOTE NO ON THIS C.R. BECAUSE OF WHAT'S NOT IN THE BILL. BUT WE MUST VOTE YES BECAUSE OF WHAT IS IN THE BILL IS CRITICAL TO THE HEALTH OF OUR CHILDREN AND I YIELD BACK.

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            MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

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            MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD A MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. COSTELLO.

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            MR. COSTELLO

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE NEED TO KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OPEN AND WE NEED TO…

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE NEED TO KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OPEN AND WE NEED TO KEEP THE GOVERNMENT FUNDED AND WE NEED TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM. NOW, IN THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, WE PASSED CHIP RE-AUTHORIZED FOR FIVE YEARS, OUT OF COMMITTEE IN OCTOBER. WE PASSED IT OUT OF THE FULL HOUSE IN NOVEMBER. WE ARE NOW BACK NOW TO AUTHORIZE IT FOR A FULL SIX YEARS. WE DO NOT NEED ANY ADDITIONAL PAY-FORS. THIS WILL HELP 177,000 CHILDREN IN PENNSYLVANIA AND MILLIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. CHIP FUNDING WILL BE EXHAUSTED NEXT MONTH IN PENNSYLVANIA. RIGHT NOW SOME STATES ALREADY FACE A SHORTFALL IN THEIR FUNDING AS THE PROGRAM HAS NOT YET BEEN FULLY RE-AUTHORIZED FOR ALL OF CALENDAR YEAR -- ALL OF FISCAL YEAR 2018. IT IS PAST TIME WE PROVIDE A LONG-TERM SOLUTION AND STABILITY FOR FAMILIES WHO DEPEND ON THIS QUALITY, AFFORDABLE COVERAGE. I'VE HEARD FROM SO MANY CONSTITUENTS, I'VE HEARD FROM MANY DEMOCRATS SPEAKING, URGING US TO RE-AUTHORIZE CHIP. TONIGHT WE HAVE A VOTE TO KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OPEN AND TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE CHIP PROGRAM. THE RIGHT VOTE ON THIS BILL IS A YES VOTE. THAT'S THE VOTE I WILL BE TAKING ON BEHALF OF MY CONSTITUENTS THAT COUNTRY.

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            MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

            I RESERVE.

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            MRS. LOWEY

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            SPEAKER, I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, THE DEMOCRATIC LEADER, MS. PELOSI.

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            MS. PELOSI

            THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FOR YIELDING. I…

            THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FOR YIELDING. I COMMEND HER FOR HER GREAT LEADERSHIP AS OUR RANKING MEMBER ON THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, OR AS WE SAY, MR. FRELINGHUYSEN, THE ALMIGHTY POWERFUL APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE ON WHICH I WAS PROUD TO SERVE WITH YOU AND CONGRESSWOMAN LOWEY. I'M DISAPPOINTED, THOUGH, THAT THE LEGISLATION THAT IS BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR TODAY FALLS SO VERY, VERY SHORT OF OUR RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WHEN IT COMES TO CONSIDERING THIS BILL, WHICH THE REPUBLICANS ARE BRAGGING SUPPORTS CHIP, IT'S IMPORTANT TO REVIEW THE FACTS. THE FACTS ARE THE THESE -- ARE THIELS. THE CHIP PROPOSAL THAT THE -- ARE THESE. THE CHIP PROPOSAL THAT THE REPUBLICANS BOAST WAS ON THE FLOOR IN OCTOBER OR THIS OR THAT WAS FUNDED BY TAKING MONEY FROM OTHER CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS AND THAT'S WHY IT WAS NOT TO BE SUPPORTED BY US. IT'S ALSO IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT THE CHIP RE-AUTHORIZATION EXPIRED SEPTEMBER 30. SO HERE WE ARE WITH OUR FOURTH CONTINUING RESOLUTION, OUR FOURTH CONTINUING RESOLUTION. THAT MEANS ON SEPTEMBER 30 WE WERE SUPPOSED TO NOT ONLY RE-AUTHORIZE CHIP, BUT TO PASS AN OMNIBUS BILL TO FUND THE GOVERNMENT. REPUBLICANS WERE NOT ABLE TO MAKE THE DECISIONS NECESSARY TO DO THAT. SO WE HAD ONE EXTENSION. ANOTHER EXTENSION, ANOTHER EXTENSION, THIS IS THE FOURTH. NOW FOR SOMEBODY WHO DOESN'T KNOW WHAT A C.R. IS, THAT'S OUR WASHINGTON LINGO, IT'S A CONTINUING RESOLUTION. AND WHAT IT SAYS IS THAT THE FUNDING FOR THE COUNTRY WILL BE CONTINUED AT THE SAME RATE AS IT WAS IN THE PREVIOUS YEAR. . REGARDLESS OF THE FACT THAT OTHER CHALLENGES HAVE EMERGED. SO ENGAGING IN THOSE FAILURES TO PASS AN OMNIBUS BILL AND ENGAGE INSTEAD IN THESE SHORT -TERM CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS, THIS INADEQUACY DOES NOT GIVE CERTAINTY TO OUR MILITARY. GENERAL MATTIS HAS TOLD US THE MILITARY CANNOT GO ON THESE WEEK -- EVERY TWO WEEKS, EVERY MONTH C.R.'S. WE NEED TO KNOW, WE NEED TO HAVE AN OMNIBUS THAT RECOGNIZES THE FULL COMPLEMENT OF OUR NEEDS AND THEY ARE DIFFERENT FROM LAST YEAR. IT DOES NOT FUND THE FIGHT AGAINST OPIOID ADDICTION. WE'VE TALKED ABOUT THIS. WE AUTHORIZED LANGUAGE. WE PUT UP SOME MONEY, BUT THROUGHOUT OUR COUNTRY THERE IS AN OPIOID EPIDEMIC THAT NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED WITH FUNDING FOR IT, NOT JUST CONVERSATION OR RHETORIC BUT FUNDING. IT DOES NOT ADDRESS SOME OF THE CRISES FACING OUR VETERANS, WHETHER IT'S THEIR INFRASTRUCTURE, HOUSING, WHATEVER. THERE'S ADDITIONAL FUNDING THAT'S NEEDED FOR OUR VETERANS OVER AND ABOVE WHATEVER IT WAS LAST YEAR, AND THIS IGNORES THAT NEED. IT DOESN'T -- IT IGNORES THE FACT THAT WE HAVE SOME ISSUES THAT WE HAVE TO ADDRESS REGARDING PENSIONS. ENDANGERED PENSIONS IN OUR COUNTRY WHICH HAVE A DIRECT RELATIONSHIP TO THE ECONOMIC WELL-BEING OF AMERICA'S WORKING FAMILIES. PENSIONS PAID INTO. PENSIONS HAVING A SHORTFALL TO HONOR THE RESPONSIBILITY. IT DOESN'T PROTECT THE DREAMERS. WE COULD PROTECT THE DREAMERS IN ALL OF THIS, BUT MISSING AN OPPORTUNITY. AND THIS TAKES US RIGHT BACK TO THE CHIP. IT DOES NOT FUND COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS THAT PROVIDE PRIMARY CARE FOR 27 MILLION AMERICANS. SO THESE PRIORITIES ARE BIPARTISAN. NOTHING I MENTIONED ON THIS LIST IS ANYTHING THAT DOES NOT HAVE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT IN THE CONGRESS, THAT HAS NOT BEEN OPENLY DISCUSSED, BIPARTISAN, TRANSPARENCY, UNITY, UNIFYING US AROUND THESE ISSUES. WE DID NOT PUT PRIORITIES FORWARD THAT WERE PARTISAN BUT THOSE THAT HAD BIPARTISAN -- STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. SO WHEN OUR COLLEAGUES COME TO THE FLOOR AND SAY, OH, WE'RE DOING CHIP, CHIP IS A WONDERFUL INITIATIVE. THIS IS ONE OF THE FIRST PIECES OF LEGISLATION THAT I PASSED AS SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE AND SENT TO OBAMA. NOT HIGH ENOUGH VALUE TO PUT IN ITS PROPER CONTEXT. SO THIS RE-AUTHORIZATION OF CHIP THAT THEY'RE PUTTING HERE, THIS FUNDING FOR CHIP, IS -- IT'S NOT REALLY FUNDING. WE WANTED 10 YEARS FOR CHIP TO MAKE IT PERMANENT SO WE DON'T HAVE TO GO THROUGH THIS AND WE MOVE ALL DOUBT, WE REMOVE ANY CERTAINTY WHETHER THIS HEALTH CARE WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR CHILDREN WHO NEED IT. WE SAID 10 YEARS, YOU SAVE $6 BILLION. $6 BILLION YOU SAVE. SIX YEARS, $1 BILLION. WHY WOULDN'T WE WANT TO SAVE $6 BILLION? NONETHELESS -- NONETHELESS, WHAT MY CONCERN IS IS THAT THEY CHOSE TO BRING A BILL TO THE FLOOR THAT ISOLATES CHIP AWAY FROM THE OTHER ESSENTIALS THAT ARE A PART OF THE DELIVERY OF THAT HEALTH CARE SERVICE TO CHILDREN. IT DOESN'T -- IT DOES NOT RE-AUTHORIZE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS WHICH PROVIDE, AS I SAY, VITAL CARE TO 26 MILLION AMERICANS. IT DOES NOT ADDRESS -- DOES NOT EXTEND THE MEDICARE EXTENDERS SO NECESSARY, ESPECIALLY FOR OUR SENIORS. HOME VISITING CARE AND OTHER INITIATIVES. IT DOES NOT ADDRESS THE MEDICAID DISH, DISPROPORTIONATE SHARE, CHALLENGE THAT IS ACROSS AMERICA. ASK YOUR FRIENDS IN RURAL AMERICA ESPECIALLY ABOUT THAT. THERAPY SERVICES, DIABETES. TEACHING HEALTH CENTERS. TEACHING HEALTH CENTERS FOR PRIMARY CARE DOCTORS COMPLETELY OUT OF THIS BILL. THAT'S WHY I AM SO PROUD OF THE LEGISLATION INTRODUCED BY CONGRESSMAN MCEACHIN TODAY WHICH HAS THE FULL COMPLEMENT, AND IT'S NOTHING ADDITIONAL. IT'S HOW WE HAVE ALWAYS PROCEEDED WITH THE PRIORITY OF CHILDREN'S HEALTH IN A PACKAGE THAT'S ABOUT FAMILY HEALTH AND DELIVERY OF SERVICE. AS THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF TWEETED THIS MORNING, CHIP SHOULD BE PART OF A LONG-TERM SOLUTION, NOT A 30-DAY SHORT-TERM EXTENSION. WE LIKE IT 10 YEARS. THEY HAVE IT SIX YEARS, BUT IT SHOULDN'T BE IN THIS BILL BECAUSE THIS BILL IS SORT OF A HALF-BAKED FACADE TO MAKE IT LOOK AS IF WE ARE KEEPING GOVERNMENT OPEN. WE'RE KEEPING GOVERNMENT DEBILITATED BY NOT ADDRESSING, COMING TO AGREEMENT ON THE OMNIBUS THAT WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE TO DO, THAT ADDRESSES THE NEEDS OF OUR MILITARY AS IT RECOGNIZES THE SECURITY PROVISIONS IN THE DOMESTIC BILL THAT ARE ABOUT SECURITY. WHETHER IT'S THE STATE DEPARTMENT DEPARTMENT, VETERANS' AFFAIRS, ANTI-TERRORISM ACTIVITY AT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT. AND THE FACT THAT THE STRENGTH OF OUR COUNTRY IS MEASURED IN MANY WAYS. CERTAINLY OUR MILITARY, WHICH WE ARE VERY PROUD, AND THE AGENCIES I MENTIONED, BUT ALSO IN THE HEALTH, EDUCATION AND WELL-BEING OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. SO HERE WE ARE. WHAT DOES GOVERNMENT DO? GOVERNMENT DOES TRANSPORTATION. HOW CAN YOU, IF YOU ARE IN THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT MAKE COMMITMENTS WHEN YOU'RE ON A SHORT FUSE OF, WAS IT TWO WEEKS IN DECEMBER, NOW FOUR WEEKS THEY WANT TO GO FORWARD? WHY DON'T WE JUST SETTLE IT? GROW UP? TAKE RESPONSIBILITY? GET THIS DONE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE? NOBODY I KNOW WANTS A SHUTDOWN OF GOVERNMENT. WELL, MAYBE EXCEPT FOR THE PRESIDENT WHO SAID -- WHAT DID HE SAY? THIS COUNTRY NEEDS A GOOD SHUT -- OUR COUNTRY NEEDS A GOOD SHUTDOWN. HE SAID THAT IN MAY. I THINK WITH HIS EXPERIENCE AS PRESIDENT NOW HE PROBABLY KNOWS THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS A GOOD SHUTDOWN. WE DON'T WANT TO SHUT DOWN. BY THE WAY, IF THERE IS ONE, THIS WILL BE THE FIRST TIME THERE WOULD BE A SHUTDOWN IN RECENT HISTORY THAT WAS -- TOOK PLACE WHEN ONE PARTY HAD THE WHITE HOUSE, HAD THE SENATE, AND HAD THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, HAD FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR MANAGING, FOR LEVERAGING, FOR GETTING THE JOB DONE TO FUND OUR COUNTRY FOR ANOTHER YEAR WITH CERTAINTY. AND THIS HAS TWO YEARS' PROVISIONS WHAT WE ARE NEGOTIATING WITH THE REPUBLICANS. REALLY, COMING TO THE FLOOR, HIDING BEHIND CHIP TO HIDE THE SHORTCOMINGS AND THE LACK OF TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR OUR RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IS REALLY A SAD THING. AND THAT'S WHY MCEACHIN'S BILL WHICH HAD THE FULL COMPLEMENT TO MAKE CHIP REALLY WORK WAS THE WAY TO GO. SADLY, I WISH WE HAD SOMETHING THAT -- ALTHOUGH I OBJECT TO THE PROCESS OF ONE SHORT-TERM CONTINUING RESOLUTION OF LAST YEAR INSTEAD OF LOOKING TO THE FUTURE FOR NEXT YEAR, I DISAPPROVE OF THAT PROCESS. THE SUBSTANCE OF THIS LEGISLATION MAKES IT TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE, AND I URGE A NO VOTE. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK HER TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM…

            THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK HER TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW JERSEY -- NEW YORK RESERVES HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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          • 05:53:16 PM

            MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

            MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD A MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

            MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD A MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. WALBERG.

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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            MR. WALBERG

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

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN FULL SUPPORT OF THIS FUNDING EXTENSION WHICH INCLUDES A VITAL LONG-TERM RE-AUTHORIZATION OF THE STATE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM, OR CHIP. THIS BILL PROVIDES THE LONGEST EXTENSION IN HISTORY OF THE CHIP PROGRAM AND PROVIDES SECURITY FOR MILLIONS OF KIDS AND PREGNANT MOTHERS. IT'S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THE HOUSE HAS ALREADY ACTED RESPONSIBLY THREE TIMES TO EXTEND CHIP. IN NOVEMBER, THIS CHAMBER PASSED THE CHAMPIONING HEALTH KIDS ACT ON A BIPARTISAN VOTE. THE BILL NOT ONLY WOULD HAVE EXTENDED CHIP FOR FIVE YEARS, BUT IT ALSO ADDRESSED OTHER IMPORTANT PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAMS LIKE FEDERALLY QUALIFIED HEALTH CENTERS. REGRETFULLY, PARTISANSHIP, POLITICAL GAMESMANSHIP LEFT THAT BILL TO LANGUISH IN THE SENATE. MY CONSTITUENTS REMAIN FRUSTRATED THAT THE MAJORITY OF MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES IN THIS CHAMBER HAVE VOTED THREE TIMES AGAINST CHIP. THE DELAYS AND POSTURING ARE INEXCUSABLE. I HOPE EVERYONE IN THE HOUSE VOTES TO PASS THIS --

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

          • 05:54:41 PM

            MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

            I AM PLEASED TO YIELD ANOTHER 30 SECONDS.

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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            MR. WALBERG

            I HOPE EVERYONE IN THE HOUSE PASSES THIS EXTENSION TODAY SO WE CAN GET TO…

            I HOPE EVERYONE IN THE HOUSE PASSES THIS EXTENSION TODAY SO WE CAN GET TO WORK QUICKLY RE-AUTHORIZING COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS AND OTHER IMPORTANT PUBLIC HEALTH PRIORITIES. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO PUT ASIDE THE POLITICAL GAMES. VOTE AYE ON THE BILL. THE ONLY CORRECT VOTE. AND THEN TELL THE SENATE TO DO THE RIGHT THING AS WELL. I YIELD BACK.

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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            MRS. LOWEY

            I AM PLEASED, MR. SPEAKER, TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

            I AM PLEASED, MR. SPEAKER, TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE, MR. PALLONE.

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            TO SABOTAGE AMERICA'S HEALTH CARE

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            MR. PALLONE

            TO SABOTAGE AMERICA'S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM.

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            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES.…

            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. NOW THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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            MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

            MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE CHAIRWOMAN OF THE…

            MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE CHAIRWOMAN OF THE REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE, CATHY MCMORRIS RODGERS FROM THE GREAT STATE OF WASHINGTON.

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLELADY FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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            MRS. MCMORRIS RODGERS

            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. WE'RE ABOUT TO FACE A VERY CRITICAL…

            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. WE'RE ABOUT TO FACE A VERY CRITICAL DEADLINE IN MANY STATES, INCLUDING MY HOME STATE OF WASHINGTON. CHIP FUNDING WILL RUN OUT. MORE THAN 60,000 KIDS IN MY STATE COUNT ON CHIP AND NEED CERTAINTY. THIS FUNDING BILL RE-AUTHORIZES CHIP FOR SIX YEARS, THE LONGEST EXTENSION IN THE PROGRAM'S HISTORY. NOW DEMOCRATS ARE THREATENING TO HOLD US UP AGAIN FOR A DACA DEAL. NOW, TO BE CLEAR, I WANT A DACA DEAL, TOO, AND I AM DISAPPOINTED WE DON'T HAVE ONE YET BUT THERE'S NO REASON TO PUNISH CHILDREN ACROSS THE COUNTRY. TODAY, WE ARE VOTING TO PRIORITIZE OUR NATION'S CHILDREN, AND IT'S TIME FOR THE DEMOCRATS TO JOIN US. I ALSO WANT TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO STRESS THE IMPORTANCE OF RE-AUTHORIZING THE TEACHING HEALTH CENTER GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM, WHICH EXPIRED IN SEPTEMBER. THESE CENTERS FACE A LOOMING DEADLINE OF JANUARY 31 TO DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT TO RECRUIT THEIR JULY, 2018 CLASSES. WITHOUT A LONG-TERM SOLUTION, CENTERS ACROSS OUR COUNTRY CANNOT MAKE THE IMPORTANT DECISIONS THAT WILL AFFECT THE LIVES OF HUNDREDS OF RESIDENTS. IN ONE, ONE TEACHING HEALTH CENTER IN MEMPHIS CLOSED EARLIER THIS YEAR WITHOUT A PLACE FOR THEM TO CONTINUE THEIR MEDICAL TRAINING AND REDUCING PATIENT ACCESS TO CARE. ALTHOUGH A RE-AUTHORIZING OF THE PROGRAM WAS NOT INCLUDED IN THIS BILL, WE MUST GET THIS DONE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE CHAIRMAN AND THE COMMITTEE MOVING FORWARD, AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO SUPPORT THIS SIX-YEAR RE-AUTHORIZATION OF CHIP AND I YIELD BACK.

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY…

            THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED. CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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          • 05:59:21 PM

            MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

            MR. CHAIRMAN, I RESERVE AND HAVE THE RIGHT TO CLOSE.

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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            MRS. LOWEY

            I YIELD MYSELF ONE MINUTE TO CLOSE.

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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            MRS. LOWEY

            MY FRIENDS, CONGRESS HAS A RESPONSE TO BELIEVE THE INFORMS IN INITIATIVES…

            MY FRIENDS, CONGRESS HAS A RESPONSE TO BELIEVE THE INFORMS IN INITIATIVES TO DEFEND THE COUNTRY AND GROW THE ECONOMY, INSTEAD OF CONTINUING DOWN A RUDDERLESS PATH OF C.R. AFTER C.R., WE MUST PASS A BIPARTISAN BUDGET AGREEMENT PRORK TECT DREAMERS WHICH WILL ENABLE THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE TO RESPONSIBLY WRITE FULL-YEAR FUNDING BILLS. I URGE A NO VOTE AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

            THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED. THE GENTLEMAN HAS FIVE MINUTES REMAINING.

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          • 06:00:17 PM

            MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

            I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE…

            I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE.

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THE BALANCE OF THE TIME.

          • 06:00:27 PM

            >>

            FOR YOUR HARD WORK AND COOPERATION ON THIS LEGISLATION. THE CHOICE BEFORE…

            FOR YOUR HARD WORK AND COOPERATION ON THIS LEGISLATION. THE CHOICE BEFORE US TODAY IS VERY, VERY SIMPLE. IT'S A CHOICE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE WATCHING. THE CHASE IS, DO YOU FUND THE GOVERNMENT WHILE YOU WORK OUT THE OTHER DIFFERENCES, OR DO YOU CLOSE THE GOVERNMENT? IT'S A BINARY CHOICE. IT'S NOT ABOUT ALL THE OTHER THINGS I'D LIKE IN THIS BILL OR YOU'D LIKE IN THE BILL. THE CHOICE BEFORE US TODAY IS TO KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OPEN OR CLOSE THE GOVERNMENT.

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          • 06:00:57 PM

            MR. WALDEN

            WHETHER YOU'RE A REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT, IF YOU VOTE NEW YORK YOU'RE…

            WHETHER YOU'RE A REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT, IF YOU VOTE NEW YORK YOU'RE VOTING NOT TO KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OPEN. IT'S THAT'S THAT SIMPLE. THE OTHER CHOICE BEFORE US TODAY IS, YOU WANT TO FUND CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE FOR THE MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF CHILDREN AND PREGNANT WOMEN ACROSS AMERICA. BECAUSE THAT FUNDING, WHILE WE HAVE HAD EMERGENCY EXTENSIONS, LITERALLY IS ABOUT TO RUN OUT IN A MATTER OF DAYS. RUN OUT. CHOICE TONIGHT FOR THIS BODY AND EVERY MEMBER HERE REGARDLESS OF PARTY IS, DO YOU WANT TO FUND CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE, FOR CHILDREN AND FOR PREGNAVENT WOMEN? 122,700 OREGONIANS ARE ON THIS PROGRAM. MILLIONS ACROSS AMERICA AND OUR DISTRICTS. THEY DON'T LIKE THE FACT THAT WE'RE HAVING THIS FIGHT. BUT THEY KNOW THE FACT IS, IT'S A YES OR NO VOTE. THAT'S WHY THE CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS HAVE SAID PLEASE, TAKE THIS DEAL, FUND CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE, TAKE US OUT OF YOUR FIGHT. BECAUSE WHAT WE'RE VOTING ON TONIGHT IS A SIX-YEAR, FULLY FUNDED CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM. A YES VOTE SAYS YOU'RE FOR IT. A NO VOTE SAYS, I'LL TAKE A PASS. SOMEBODY ELSE CAN CARRY THIS PROGRAM. I'M NOT GOING TO DO IT. WELL, I'M DOING IT. BECAUSE I SUPPORT THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM JUST AS I SUPPORT THE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS, JUST AS I SUPPORT THE TEACHING HOSPITALS, JUST AS I SUPPORT THE OTHER EXTENDERS. BY THE WAY, YOUR ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, THROUGH REGULAR ORDER, PROVIDED A PATH FORWARD FOR ALL OF THOSE ESSENTIAL HEALTH SERVICES. AND YES, WE TOOK THE HEAVY LIFT TO FUND THEM. NOW YOU HEARD A COUPLE OF MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TALK ABOUT, OH, THEY TOOK MONEY OUT OF THIS FUND OR THAT FUND. THE PREVENTION FUND IS FUNDED EVERY YEAR BY LAW. IT IS UP TO THE APPROPRIATORS TO DECIDE HOW THOSE FUNDS ARE SPENT. USING SOME OF THE PREVENTION FUND TO FUND CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE AND COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS AND THE OTHER PROGRAMS SEEMS LIKE A PRETTY GOOD INVESTMENT FOR AN OTHERWISE UNALLOCATED PATCH OF MONEY. SO WE USED A BIT OF THAT. AN THEN YOU HEARD THEM, THE SCARE TACTIC THE DEMOCRATS ALWAYS USE IS MEDICARE. LET ME TELL YOU WHAT THIS SPECIFIC PAY-FOR IS. IT IS ONE THAT FORMER PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA WANTED TO USE EVEN FURTHER THAN WHAT WE DID. WHAT WE SAID IS IF YOU'RE MAKING $500,000 A YEAR, WE'RE GOING TO ASK YOU TO PAY $137, ROUGHLY, MORE IN YOUR MEDICARE PART B AND D. THAT'S YOUR SHARE, THE GOVERNMENT WILL STILL SUBSIDIZE 75% OF THAT IT'S STILL A GOOD DEAL. WE FIGURE SOMEBODY MAKING HALF A MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR COULD AFFORD A LITTLE MORE SO WE CAN PAY FOR CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE FOR THOSE WHO NEED IT AND COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS FOR THE POOR. THAT'S THE PAY-FOR YOU HEARD ABOUT. WHEN WE BROUGHT THE FULLY FUNDED BILL FOR CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE FOR TWO YEARS AND SAVE OUR DISH HOSPITAL THE ONES THAT TAKE CARE OF THE POOREST AMONG US, 15 DEMOCRATS VOTED WITH US. I THINK TWO OR THREE REPUBLICANS VOTED NO, WE SENT THAT BILL TO THE SENATE. WE DID OUR JOB IN THIS HOUSE. IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. NOW WE NEED TO DO THAT JOB AGAIN. BECAUSE THE SENATE HAS AN ACT, COULDN'T GET ENOUGH DEMOCRATS THERE TO SUPPORT THE PROPOSAL IN THE SENATE. SO WE'RE BACK HERE. BUT THE CHOICE IS A CLEAR ONE. SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT, DON'T FUND CHIP, KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OPEN, FUND CHIP. THAT'S THE CHOICE BEFORE US TONIGHT. THE CHOICE THAT WE NEED TO MAKE. NOW, WE'VE HEARD ALL KINDS OF RHETORIC ON THIS FLOOR AND OUT IN THE PUBLIC ABOUT, YOU KNOW, THIS IS SOMEHOW A CHERRY ON TOP OF DOG DOODOO, SORRY TO USE THOSE WORDS BUT THEY'RE THE ONES THE GENTLELADY FROM SAN FRANCISCO USED IN THE PRESS, I FIND IT OFFENSIVE, IT'S UNNECESSARY, DOESN'T HELP BRING US TOGETHER. WHEN YOU VOTE NO, YOU VOTE TO SHUT THE GOVERNMENT DOWN AND YOU VOTE AGAINST CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE. THIS BILL FULLY FUNDS CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE FOR SIX YEARS AND THERE'S NO ARGUMENT ABOUT THE PAY-FORS NOW BECAUSE THERE AREN'T ANY HERE. IF YOUR ARGUMENT FOR VOTING NO WAS THE PAY-FAR -- PAY-FORS BEFORE, WHAT'S YOUR ARGUMENT TODAY? OTHER THAN A PARTISAN ONE. I YIELD BACK.

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          • 06:05:37 PM

            The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              UP A TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 696, THE…

              UP A TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 696, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. FRELINGHUYSEN, THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS AGREED TO. WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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        • 06:05:46 PM

          POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

          At the conclusion of debate on the Senate amendment, the Chair put the question on the motion to agree to the Senate amendment with an amendment, and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Frelinghuysen demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings until a time to be announced.

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            >>

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

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            AND NAYS.

        • 06:06:23 PM

          Recess

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

          • 07:00:09 PM

            Reconvened

            The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of January 18.

            • 07:00:24 PM

              UNFINISHED BUSINESS

              The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on the motion to recommit with instructions on H.R. 2954, which was debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.

              • 07:00:51 PM

                THE CLERK

                MOTION TO RECOMMIT ON H.R. 2954 OFFERED BY MR. ELLISON OF MINNESOTA.

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE…

                MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.] . THE YEAS ARE 191 AND THE NAYS ARE 236. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR THE AYES HAVE IT.

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              • 07:01:12 PM

                Considered as unfinished business. 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."

                • 07:01:23 PM

                  On motion to recommit with instructions Roll Call 31 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

                • 07:24:41 PM

                  House Vote 31 - On Motion to Recommit with Instructions

                  Home Mortgage Disclosure Adjustment Act

                  Failed (191 - 236)
                  Yea
                  Nay

                  Vote Details: Yea - 191
                  Democratic - 190
                  Republican - 1

                  Vote Details: Nay - 236
                  Republican - 234
                  Democratic - 2

                  Vote Details: Not Voting - 3
                  Democratic - 1
                  Republican - 2

                  • 07:24:44 PM

                    On passage Roll Call 32 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

                    • 07:24:55 PM

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                      I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

                    • 07:24:59 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

                    • 07:25:03 PM

                      MR. HENSARLING

                      I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

                    • 07:25:04 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE IN FAVOR OF THE VOTE WILL RISE.…

                      THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE IN FAVOR OF THE VOTE WILL RISE. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. MEMBERS, 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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                    • 07:30:54 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      ON THIS THIS 24 3RKS THE NAYS ARE 183. THE BILL -- 243, THE NAYS ARE 183.

                • 07:31:28 PM

                  House Vote 32 - On Passage

                  Home Mortgage Disclosure Adjustment Act

                  Passed (243 - 184)
                  Yea
                  Nay

                  Vote Details: Yea - 243
                  Republican - 234
                  Democratic - 9

                  Vote Details: Nay - 184
                  Democratic - 183
                  Republican - 1

                  Vote Details: Not Voting - 3
                  Democratic - 1
                  Republican - 2

                  • 07:31:29 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 243, THE NAYS ARE 184. THE BILL IS PASSED.…

                    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 243, THE NAYS ARE 184. THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE QUESTION ON AGREEING TO THE MOTION TO CONCUR ON THE SENATE AMENDMENT OF H.R. 195 WITH THE GENTLEMAN FROM -- AN AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE MOTION.

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                  • 07:31:29 PM

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

                  • 07:31:39 PM

                    UNFINISHED BUSINESS

                    The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on agreeing to the Senate amendment to H.R. 195 with an amendment, which was debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.

                    • 07:31:49 PM

                      THE CLERK

                      MOTION OFFERED BY MR. FRELINGHUYSEN OF NEW JERSEY.

                    • 07:31:53 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE QUESTION ON AGREEING TO THE MOTION TO CONCUR. MEMBERS WILL RECORD…

                      THE QUESTION ON AGREEING TO THE MOTION TO CONCUR. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. MEMBERS, 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 EXPR

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                    • 07:31:58 PM

                      On motion to agree with an amendment to the Senate amendment Roll Call 33 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

                    • 07:37:29 PM

                      House Vote 33 - House Approves Government Funding Bill, 230-197

                      Federal Register Printing Savings Act of 2017

                      Passed (230 - 197)
                      Yea
                      Nay

                      Vote Details: Yea - 230
                      Republican - 224
                      Democratic - 6

                      Vote Details: Nay - 197
                      Democratic - 186
                      Republican - 11

                      Vote Details: Not Voting - 4
                      Republican - 3
                      Democratic - 1

                      • 07:37:30 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 230, THE NAYS ARE 197. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED.…

                        ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 230, THE NAYS ARE 197. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1660 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                      • 07:37:31 PM

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

                      • 07:37:41 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.

                        • 07:37:46 PM

                          Considered as unfinished business. 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."

                          • 07:37:50 PM

                            THE CLERK

                            H.R. 1660, A BILL TO ADDRESS THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE UNITED STATES AGENCY…

                            H.R. 1660, A BILL TO ADDRESS 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 PROGRAM'S PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES OF THE AGENCY.

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                        • 07:38:04 PM

                          On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Roll Call 34 - 2/3 Yea and Nay vote pending.

                          • 07:38:05 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                          • 07:43:55 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 422 --

                      • 07:44:31 PM

                        House Vote 34 - On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass

                        Global Health Innovation Act of 2017

                        Passed (423 - 3)
                        Yea

                        Vote Details: Yea - 423
                        Republican - 231
                        Democratic - 192

                        Vote Details: Nay - 3
                        Republican - 3

                        Vote Details: Not Voting - 4
                        Democratic - 1
                        Republican - 3

                        • 07:44:32 PM

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

                          • 07:44:33 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 423, THE NAYS ARE THREE. 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING…

                            ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 423, THE NAYS ARE THREE. 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, A MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE TON FINISHED BUSINESS IS THE QUESTION ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL WHICH THE CHAIR WILL PUT DE NOVO. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE, IT THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED -- HAVE IT, THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED.

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                      • 07:44:43 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.

                        • 07:44:57 PM

                          On approving the Journal Agreed to by voice vote.

                          • 07:45:55 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                            THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS WILL TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                      • 07:46:28 PM

                        ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

                        The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.

                        • 07:46:29 PM

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

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

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                        • 07:46:36 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                        • 07:46:38 PM

                          MR. THOMPSON

                          MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

                        • 07:46:40 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. MEMBERS SHALL TAKE…

                          THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. MEMBERS SHALL TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE HOUSE SHALL BE IN ORDER. . GENTLEMAN MAY PROCEED.

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                        • 07:46:56 PM

                          MR. THOMPSON

                        • 07:48:10 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

                          BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                        • 07:48:19 PM

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                          PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE…

                          PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED.

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                        • 07:48:34 PM

                          MS. KAPTUR

                          I PAY TRIBUTE TO THE PRECIOUS LIFE OF AMERICAN GENERAL OF EDWARD L. RO NMP…

                          I PAY TRIBUTE TO THE PRECIOUS LIFE OF AMERICAN GENERAL OF EDWARD L. RO NMP OY HE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 100. ATTAINED A CENTURY OF LIFE IN THE POLISH TRADITION. HE SERVED OUR NATION UNDER FIVE PRESIDENTS OF BOTH PARTIES AND SERVED UNDER THE COMMAND OF GENERAL MCARTHUR AND WAS A BRAVE GUARDIAN OF LIBERTY THROUGH HIS EXPERTISE AND WISDOM. HE WAS BORN ON APRIL 3, 1917 AND WEST POINT GRADUATE AND LED A BATALLION WITH THE ARMY INFANTRY DIVISION. HE REMAINED AN ALLY AND AND TO POLAND IN THE 1992 AFTER THE FALL OF THE BERLIN WALL. HE LATER FOUNDED THE SCHOLARSHIP FUND TO STUDY AMERICAN DEMOCRACY AND CONTINUED TO RAISE FUNDS FOR IT. HE LIFTED HIS SOLIDARITY TO BRING FREEDOM TO POLAND. GENERAL RONNY WAS AN ADVISER FROM RICHARD KNICKS ORN TO PRESIDENT BUSH. AFTER BEING A CHIEF NEGOTIATOR WITH THE FORMER SOVIET UNION HE WAS AWARDED THE SIT SENSE' MEDAL. HIS LIFE WAS EMBUED WITH FIGHTING FOR FIGHTING AND HELPING FREE TO HIS LAND. HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN. YOU HAVE BEEN ONE OF A KIND AND YOUR UTTER DEDICATION AND [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

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                        • 07:50:43 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

                        • 07:50:48 PM

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                          PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

                        • 07:50:51 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                        • 07:50:54 PM

                          MR. POE

                          CORPS VOLUNTEERS REPRESENT WHAT IS BEST ABOUT AMERICA. THEY ARE OUR ANGELS…

                          CORPS VOLUNTEERS REPRESENT WHAT IS BEST ABOUT AMERICA. THEY ARE OUR ANGELS AND HELP OTHER PEOPLE THAT HELP BUILD GOODWILL. BUT MANY VOLUNTEERS DON'T RECEIVE THE CARE THAT THEY NEED IN COUNTRY AND WHEN THEY GET HOME. THEY STRUGGLE TO ACCESS QUALITY MEDICAL TREATMENT WHEN THEY ARE IN REMOTE AREAS OF THE WORLD AND WHEN THEY RETURN TO AMERICA, THEY FACE A BUREAUCRATIC NIGHTMARE. CONGRESSMAN KENNEDY HAVE SPONSORED A BILL. THIS WILL ACT WILL IMPROVE THE HEALTH AND RETURNING OF PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEERS AND THEY HAVE ACCESS TO A QUALIFIED PEACE CORPS MEDICAL OFFICER OVERSEAS AND EXTENDS THEIR MEDICAL COVERAGE WHEN THEY RETURN HOME. AMERICA MUST PROTECT OUR AMBASSADORS. THEY ARE SOME OF AMERICA'S BEST. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS.

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                        • 07:52:04 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT…

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

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                        • 07:52:17 PM

                          MS. JACKSON LEE

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LET ME TELL YOU WHAT WE DID NOT DO TODAY FOR THE…

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LET ME TELL YOU WHAT WE DID NOT DO TODAY FOR THE AMERICA PEOPLE'S ENHANCEMENT. WHAT WE DID NOT DO TODAY IS PROVIDE FOR ENLISTED MEN AND WOMEN AND INCREST COMPENSATION WHO DID NOTHING FOR THEM. WE DID NOTHING FOR ROSES COW BAR AND HER HUSBAND WHO HAS BEEN DEPORTED, HER HUSBAND WAS SENT OUT, TWO CHILDREN HERE IN HOUSTON, TEXAS, WE HAVE BEEN PLEADING FOR HIS CASE TO BE RESUED. HE IS A DREAMA HER AND MANAGING A PAINT STORE. HE WAS BUYING A HOUSE. WE DID NOTHING FOR HIM TODAY. WHAT ELSE DID WE NOT DO ANYTHING FOR, THE MILLION OF PEOPLE WHOSE FUNDING WILL EXPIRE, CENTRAL CARE, THAT IS A FACILITY FOR 25 YEARS THAT HAS SERVED AMERICAN- AMERICANS. WE DL ABSOLUTELY NOTHING FOR THEM. WE SHOULD NOT BE AFRAID OF STOPPING THIS GOVERNMENT IF WE HAVE TO DO IT BECAUSE WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING FOR THE DREAMERS. WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE NO HEALTH CARE AND USE HEALTH CENTERS AND FOR THE MEN AND WOMEN WHOSE FAMILIES ARE ON FOOD STAMPS AND WHOSE SALARIES ARE NOT COMMENSURATE. I'M STANDING WITH EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THEM. I YIELD BACK.

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                        • 07:53:56 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GAY SEEK RECOGNITION?

                        • 07:54:00 PM

                          MR. CARTER

                          PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

                        • 07:54:04 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                        • 07:54:06 PM

                          MR. CARTER

                          IMMEDIATE BENEFITS THAT THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT IS ALREADY DELIVERING…

                          IMMEDIATE BENEFITS THAT THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT IS ALREADY DELIVERING FOR AMERICAN FAMILIES. ON JANUARY 11, THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT RELEASED ITS WITHHOLDING TABLES FOR 2018 AND THEY WORK TO IMPLEMENT THE JOBS ACT AND SIGNED INTO LAW BY PRESIDENT TRUMP. WITH THE IMPLEMENTATIONS OF THESE WITHHOLDING TABLES, 90% OF WAGE EARNERS WILL EXPERIENCE AN INCREASE. A MARRIED COUPLE MAKING $75,000 WOULD SEEN A WAGE INCREASE. I'M THRILLED TO SEE WHAT CLOSING UNFAIR LOOPHOLES, SIMPLIFYING THE TAX CODE BOOSTS THE FINANCIAL STABILITY OF AMERICAN FAMILIES. THANK YOU, AND I YIELD BACK.

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                        • 07:55:06 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                          THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS WILL TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR, PLEASE. MEMBERS TO THE BACK OF THE ROOM, TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                        • 07:55:20 PM

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

                        • 07:55:26 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                        • 07:55:29 PM

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                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN THE MIDST OF YET ANOTHER LOOMING GOVERNMENT…

                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN THE MIDST OF YET ANOTHER LOOMING GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN AND IMPENDING NIGHTMARE FOR DREAMERS CREATED BY THOSE WHO RUN WASHINGTON. REPUBLICANS CONTROL THE HOUSE, CONTROL THE SENATE AND ELECTED THE GREAT NEGOTIATOR IN THE WHITE HOUSE. IT IS TIME THEY COME TO THE TABLE IN GOOD FAITH TO PROVIDE OUR NATION'S FISCAL CERTAINTY. THOSE WHO WERE BROUGHT HERE AS CHILDREN AND LIVE AS UPSTANDING MEMBERS. OUR PRIORITY SHOULD BE STRENGTHENING AMERICAN FAMILIES, NOT RIPPING THEM APART. BUT JUST THIS WEEK, AS WE HAVE SEEN ON THE NEWS, AYES DEPORTED A 39-YEAR-OLD MAN FROM MICHIGAN. HE MADE AN HONEST LIVING. HARDLY A PARKING TICKET ON HIS RECORD. I CALL ON THE PRESIDENT AND MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO WORK ACROSS THE AISLE IN GOOD FAITH AND LEAD RATHER THAN THEIR POLITICAL BASE. I YIELD BACK.

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                        • 07:56:46 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

                        • 07:56:51 PM

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                          PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

                        • 07:56:56 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                        • 07:56:57 PM

                          MR. ROTHFUS

                          ALL 12 APPROPRIATION BILLS BEFORE OCTOBER 1. WE APPROPRIATED $650 BILLION…

                          ALL 12 APPROPRIATION BILLS BEFORE OCTOBER 1. WE APPROPRIATED $650 BILLION TO PROVIDE FOR OUR SERVICE MEMBERS WITH THE RESOURCES THEY NEED TO DEFEND THIS COUNTRY AGAINST THREATS OF NORTH KOREA AND IRAN. THE HOUSE FUNDED OTHER PROGRAMS. FOR THE PAST 3 1/2 MONS OUR MILITARY MEMBERS HAVE BEEN OPERATING UP UNDER CONTINUING RESOLUTION, WHICH MEANS THEY ARE STUCK AT THE FUNDING LEVELS OF LAST YEAR. SENATE DEMOCRATS ARE HOLDING BACK THE FUNDING SO THEY CAN ADD MORE. IN DEFENSE OF THIS COUNTRY IS NOT A BARRING IMAGINING CHIP, ESPECIALLY AFTER WE HAVE SEEN DEATHS DUE TO LACK OF TRAIN INNING IS UNCONSCIONABLE. THEY IMPACT THE READINESS OF OUR FORCES AND THE LONGER THE C.R., THE GREATER THE CONSEQUENCES. IT IS WAY PAST TIME THAT THIS THEY START TO HELP OUR SERVICE MEMBERS IN HARM'S WAY. I THARNING THE SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK.

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                        • 07:58:18 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA SEEK RECOGNITION?

                        • 07:58:22 PM

                          >>

                          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                        • 07:58:27 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                        • 07:58:34 PM

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                          MR. SPEAKER, I REMEMBER THE LIFE OF DENISE BO RMP DI DMP AS, SHE WAS…

                          MR. SPEAKER, I REMEMBER THE LIFE OF DENISE BO RMP DI DMP AS, SHE WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO THE BIRTH OF HER FIRGET GRANDCHILD. SHE LEFT HER JOB AFTER 30 YEARS OF WORKING AT A BANK TO SPEND MORE TIME WITH HER GRANDCHILDREN. SHE WENT TO THE ROUTE 1 AND HUSBAND OF 32 YEARS. DENISE IS REMEMBERED BY HER FRIENDS AND FAMILY FOR BEING FULL OF LIFE FOR BEING POSITIVE AND FOR HER DEVOTION TO HER FAMILY. I LIKE TO STEPPED MY CONDOLENCES TO HER FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND THE CITY OF LAS VEGAS AND THE STATE OF NEVADA GRIEF WITH YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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                        • 07:59:30 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                        • 07:59:34 PM

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

                        • 07:59:38 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                        • 07:59:39 PM

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                          MR. SPEAKER, IT IS WITH GREAT RESPECT THAT I RECOGNIZE AND CELEBRATE THE…

                          MR. SPEAKER, IT IS WITH GREAT RESPECT THAT I RECOGNIZE AND CELEBRATE THE CAREER OF MRS. KATHLEEN GIMMINO. SHE HAS RETIRED AFTER 16 YEARS OF DEDICATED SERVICE. THROUGHOUT HER TENURE AS COUNTY EXECUTIVE, SHE WAS A DRIVING FORCE FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH AND ACTIVELY RESPONDING TO THE NEEDS OF HER CONSTITUENCY. IN ADDITION TO THE TIME AS COUNTY EXECUTIVE, I'M GRATEFUL FOR THE YEARS SHE SERVED THE PEOPLE OF NEW YORK STATE AND THE CITY OF TROY. KATHY HAS BEEN ANES TEAMED LEADER OF THE COMMUNITY AND I THANK HER. I WISH KATHY AND HER HUSBAND VINCE AS THEY EMBARK ON THEIR NEW CHAPTER IN THEIR LIMBS. .

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                        • 08:00:42 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                        • 08:00:47 PM

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                          MR. SPEAKER, MY GRANDFATHER SPENT FOUR YEARS IN JAIL DURING GANDHI'S…

                          MR. SPEAKER, MY GRANDFATHER SPENT FOUR YEARS IN JAIL DURING GANDHI'S INDEPENDENCE MOVEMENT STANDING FOR HUMAN RIGHTS. ONE OF HIS CRIMES WAS EXPRESSING UNPOPULAR VIEWS IN A POLITICAL NEWSPAPER. SIMILAR HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES ARE OCCURRING TODAY IN VIETNAM. I SEEK OUT -- I SPEAK OUT TODAY FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN SILENCED. IN MANY CASES THE VICTIMS ARE THE BROTHERS, THE SISTERS, THE FRIENDS, OR ACQUAINTANCES OF SOMEONE LIVING IN MY DISTRICT. OVER 100 ACTIVISTS AND RELIGIOUS LEADERS IN IM-- ARE IMPRISONED IN VIETNAM FOR EXPRESSING THEIR OPINIONS AND BELIEFS. ONE SOCIAL BLOGGER WAS SNRNSED TO 10 YEARS IN PRISON FOR HIGHLIGHTING SOCIAL INJUSTICES ON HER BLOG. IN THE 17TH DISTRICT I'M PROUD OF ORGANIZATIONS LIKE THE GOODWILL BROTHERS AND SISTERS GROUP WHO STAND IN SOLIDARITY FOR THEIR OPPRESSED FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF VIETNAM. THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT MUST RELEASE EVERY POLITICAL PRISONER, STOP HARASSING REAL JUS GROUPS AND HAVE THE CONFIDENCE IN ALLOWING A FREE PRESS. UNTIL THEY DO THAT WE MUST DO NO BUSINESS DEALS WITH VIETNAM AND MAKE IT CLEAR THAT WE EXPECT THEM TO HONOR HUMAN RIGHTS. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                        • 08:02:08 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                        • 08:02:19 PM

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                          GEORGIA FOR 15 YEARS IN THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. LAST…

                          GEORGIA FOR 15 YEARS IN THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. LAST WEEK, CONGRESSMAN DOUG BERNARD JR. PASS AID WHAT IN HIS BELOVED HOMETOWN. THOUGH HE SERVED IN A VERY DIFFERENT TIME IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY, MANY OF THE ISSUES DISCUSSED THEN ARE THE SAME THAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT TODAY, LIKE TAX REFORM, IMMIGRATION REFORM, AND FINANCIAL REGULATORY REFORM. A WORLD WAR II VETERAN, LAWYER, AND BANKER , HE MADE HIS MARK AS A WELL-RESPECTED LEADER OTHEY HAVE HOUSE BANKING COMMITTEE. HE WAS WILLING TO WORK ACROSS THE AISLE TO DO WHAT WAS BEST FOR THE PEOPLE OF AUGUSTA AND ALL AMERICANS. I WAS PLEASED THAT DOUG INTRODUCED AND OFFERED HIS SUPPORT TO ME WHEN I MADE MY ANNOUNCEMENT TO RUN FOR CONGRESS. OTHER THE YEARS, I HAVE SOUGHT HIS ADVICE AND HAVE ALWAYS CHERISHED HIS MENTORSHIP. DOUG BERNARD WAS A GREAT MAN OF FAITH A FRIEND, AND A STATESMAN. HE WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED AND WILL BE SORELY MISSED NOT ONLY BY ME, BUT THE ENTIRE AUGUSTA COMMUNITY. I YIELD BACK.

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                        • 08:03:37 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS MANY OF YOU KNOW, WE HAVE HAD A RUSSIAN NARRATIVE THAT'S BEEN GOING ON BECAUSE OF AN INFAMOUS DOSSIER. AND WHILE THERE'S BEEN MUCH REPORTED ON IT, I CAN TELL YOU THAT THE INTEL COMMITTEE HAS BEEN FAST AT WORK AND CHAIRMAN NUNES HAS BEEN DOING OUTSTANDING WORK TO GET TO THE TRUTH FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. TODAY, I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO INTO A CONFIDENTIAL SETTING TO TO -- TO MAKE SURE THAT WHAT WE CAN DO IS UNDERSTAND BETTER WHAT ACTUALLY TOOK PLACE. AND I'M HERE TO TELL ALL OF AMERICA TONIGHT THAT I AM SHOCKED TO READ EXACTLY WHAT HAS TAKEN PLACE. I WOULD THINK IT WOULD NEVER HAPPEN. IN A COUNTRY THAT LOVES FREEDOM. AND DEMOCRACY. LIKE THIS COUNTRY. THIS IS TIME -- IT IS TIME WE BECOME TRANSPARENT IN ALL OF THIS AND I AM CALLING ON OUR LEADERSHIP TO MAKE THIS AVAILABLE SO THAT ALL AMERICANS CAN JUDGE FOR THEMSELVES. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                        • 08:04:55 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          ARE THERE FURTHER REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES? UNDER THE SPEAKER'S…

                          ARE THERE FURTHER REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES? UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. YOHO IS RECOGNIZED FOR 57 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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                      • 08:04:58 PM

                        SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES

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

                        • 08:05:19 PM

                          MR. YOHO

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. BEFORE I BEGIN I ASK UNANIMOUS CONDITION SENT THAT…

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. BEFORE I BEGIN I ASK UNANIMOUS CONDITION SENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THE TOPIC OF MY SPECIAL ORDER.

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                        • 08:05:32 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                        • 08:05:33 PM

                          MR. YOHO

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I CHAIR THE ASIA PACIFIC SUBCOMMITTEE…

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I CHAIR THE ASIA PACIFIC SUBCOMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS, I'VE BEEN IN CONGRESS FOR FIVE YEARS. WHAT I HAVE NOTICED OVER THE LAST PROBABLY 30 YEARS IS A GROWING CHINA. CHINA IS A CULTURE THAT'S BEEN AROUND FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS. AND WHAT WE'VE SEEN IS A GROWING CHINA, BUT MORE RECENTLY IN THE LAST 25 YEARS, A MORE AGGRESSIVE CHINA POLICY THE DIFFERENT THINGS THEY DO AROUND THE WORLD. 28 YEARS AGO, DENG CHAO PENG ANNOUNCED CHINA'S GROWING POWER WOULD BE TO BIDE ONE'S STRENGTH AND BIDE ONE'S TIME. IT'S CLEAR THAT CHINA IS DONE BIDING ITS TIME. I REMEMBER SEING A DOCUMENTARY SEVERAL YEARS AGO FROM 1986 WHERE THAT LEADER TALKED ABOUT HE COULD NOT COMPETE WITH THE U.S. OR THE JAPANESE IN THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OR COMPUTER MANUFACTURING OR I.T., SO WHAT HE SAID AT THE TIME WAS WE WILL COMPETE BY TAKING OVER THE RARE EARTH METALS THAT ARE REQUIRED IN ALL OF THAT. SO FROM THAT POINT FORWARD, THEY LED THAT CHARGE TO STRATEGICALLY , SET OUT A 100-YEAR PLAN. AT CHINA'S 19TH COMMUNIST PARTY CONGRESS, THEY ANNOUNCED A NEW ERA IN WHICH CHINA HAS STARTED TO OVERCOME THE HUMILIATIONS OF COLONIALISM AND HAS STOOD UP, GROWN RICH AND BECOME STRONG. WE TALK ABOUT THIS. IT CAME OUT IN A MEETING. SOMEBODY BROUGHT UP THAT THROUGH THEIR WHOLE ADULT LIFE CHINA WAS THIS BIG, STUMBLING CHILD BUT THEY HAD REACHED A POINT AND GROWN THROUGH PUBERTY WHERE THE HORMONES HAVE KICKED IN AND THEY FIND OUT HOW STRONG THEY WERE AND THEN THEY DISCOVERED HOW RICH THEY WERE AND THEY STARTED TO FLEX BOTH OF THOSE. THE EX--- HE EXPLICITLY OFFERED THE CHINESE MODEL AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO LIBERAL DEMOCRACY. LIBERAL DEMOCRACY. THAT'S WHAT THE WESTERN WORLD AND THE UNITED STATES RESTS ON. ALLOWING PEOPLE TO BE SELF-DETERMINING, ALLOWING PEOPLE TO BE FREE-THINKING. ALLOWING PEOPLE TO BE EMPOWERED. AND THIS IS SOMETHING THAT THE ANTITHESIS OF THE CHINESE DOCTRINE. STATING THAT THE BANNER OF SOCIALISM WITH CHINESE CHARACTERISTICS IS NOW FLYING HIGH AND PROUD FOR ALL TO SEE, OFFERING A NEW OPTION FOR OTHER COUNTRIES AND NATIONS, MR. SPEAKER, AS THE NEW YEAR BEGIN WELL, MUST DECIDE HOW WE WENT TO CRAFT POLICY AND LEGISLATION THAT WILL ADDRESS NOT JUST THE SO-CALLED NEW ERA IN CHINA, I SAY THAT WE SHOULD WELCOME CHINA'S EFFORT TO ASSUME ITS RIGHTFUL PLACE ON THE WORLD STAGE BUT WE MUST ALSO REJECT CHINA'S EFFORT TO UNDERMINE THE VALUES, INSTITUTIONS, AND THE RULES THAT GENERATIONS OF AMERICANS HAVE DIED FOR ALONG WITH OTHER COUNTRIES TO ESTABLISH AND UPHOLD. WE MUST NEVER ALLOW A SOCIALIST AUTHORITARIAN MODEL OF GOVERNMENT TO SUPPLANT THE PRIMACY OF DEMOCRACY NEW YORK MATTER HOW RICH AND HOW STRONG THE AUTHORITARIANS BECOME. BUT CHINA IS NOT CHOOSING TO RISE THROUGH THE GLOBAL ORDER THIS UNITED STATES AND OUR ALLIES HAVE BUILT WITH OUR BLOOD, AND OUR SWEAT. A GLOBAL ORDER MADE UP OF INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTIONS THAT HAVE HELD THE PEACE SINCE WORLD WAR II. OF THE COMPETITIVE AND RULE HE WAS BASED ECONOMIC PLAYING FIELD IN A FREE MARKETPLACE IDEAS WHERE PEOPLE, WHERE PEOPLE, NOT GOVERNMENTS, DECIDE WHAT THEY WILL THINK, INSTEAD, CHINA HAS GROWN TO BECOME A REVISIONIST POWER, NOT RISING WITHIN THE CURRENT ORDER BUT SEEKING TO CHANGE, COERCE TO TO THE SUIT CHINA'S END, NOT PLAYING BY THE RULE BUS REWRITING THE RULES. CHINA'S POLICY IS REWRITING THE RULES IN THREE KEY AREAS. FIRST, CHINA IS REPLACING TRADITIONAL POWER WHICH IS BASED ON A NATION'S ATTRACTIVENESS WITH SHARP POWER WHICH LEVERAGES COERCIVENESS. THE SCALE IS ASTOUNDING. CHINA HAS USED SHARP POWER TO BUY POLITICAL INFLUENCE IN AUSTRALIA, ACADEMIC INFLUENCE ON AMERICAN CAMPUSES AND EVEN BOUGHT OFF PANAMA'S DIPLOMATIC ALLIANCE WITH TAIWAN. THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR DEMOCRACY WHICH COINED THE TERM SHARP POWER HAS EXHAUSTIVELY DOCUMENTED CHINA'S EFFORT TO TURN LATIN AMERICAN ELITE INTO DE FACTO AMBASSADORS TO THE CHINESE CAUSE, RIGHT IN OUR OWN BACK YARD. THE WORLD WILL NOT STOLL RATE THESE COERCIVE MACHINATIONS. TURNBULL SUMMED THIS UP, THE PEOPLE STAND UP, CONGRESS MUST LIKEWISE ENSURE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE STAND UP TO CO-ERLINGS IN OUR POLITIC, ACT DEEM YARKS AND CULTURE. SECOND, CHINA IS REWRITING THE RULES OF ENGAGEMENT BY USING GRAY ZONE TACTICS THAT ERODE THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN FIEF AND CONFLICT. CHINA HAS -- IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA CHOORK I IN A USE WHAT HAD IT REFERRED TO AS SALAMI SLICING TO GET ITS TERRITORY OUT PROVOKING CONFRONTATION, UNDERMINING THE MECHANISMS THAT ARE SUPPOSED TO DECIDE TERRITORIAL PURSUIT. IT GOES BACK TO THAT SAYING, HIDE ONE STRENGTH AND BID ONE'S TIME. -- HIDE ONE'S STRENGTH AND BIDE ONE'S TIME. I CHAIR THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON ASIA PACIFIC AND ONE OF OUR HEARINGS LAST YEAR, ONE WITNESS TESTIFIED BY SLOWLY CHANGING THE SITUATION ON THE GROUND, CHINA HOPES TO TRANSFORM ASIA'S MEDITERRANEAN INTO A CHINESE LAKE. WE CAN'T KEEP STANDING IDLY BY WHILE CHINA DOES THINGS. A CHINESE LEADER STOOD AT THE WHITE HOUSE AND SAID HE WOULD NOT MILITARIZE THE SOUTH CHINA SEA. I WAS AT A HEAR, WE WERE THERE WITH ONE OF THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT, THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT HOW EVERYTHING THEY'VE DONE IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA WAS PEACEFUL -- WAS FAR PEACEFUL NAVIGATIONAL PURPS. I BROUGHT UP THAT I WISH I COULD FEEL THE LOVE OR FEEL THE SINCERITY OF THAT BECAUSE OUR MILITARY SATELLITE SHOW 10,000-FOOT RUNWAY. OUR MILITARY SATELLITES SHOW MILITARY BARE RACKS. OUR SATELLITE SHOWED OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE WEAPONS, RADAR SYSTEMS. YES, THERE WAS A LIGHTHOUSE BUT I DIDN'T SEE A RESORT ON THERE THAT SHOWED PEACEFUL NAVIGATIONAL PURPOSES. THEN HE BUILT A NETWORK OF AIR BASES, MISSILE REPLACEMENTS AND RADARS IN THE PORTS THAT WE'VE SEEN. 4,000 ACRES OF THE SOUTH CHINA SEA THAT WERE DREDGED, DESTROYING THE ENVIRONMENT, CORAL REEFS, AND THEY PUT IN THIS TODAY WHICH IS MILITARIZED AND THEY DON'T HIDE IT. WE SHOULD LOOK TO INDIA'S EXAMPLE RATHER THAN ACCEPT FURTHER LIES. A LITTLE RESISTANCE TO CHINA'S ENCROACHMENT ALONG THEIR DISPUTED BORDER PRESENTED THE SAME SALAMI SLICING FROM HAPPENING ON LAND. THIRDLY, CHINA IS REWRITING THE RULES OF TRADE AND ECONOMICS. AT A HEARING BEFORE MY SUBCOMMITTEE LAST YEAR, ONE WITNESS WARNED THAT CHINA HAS DOUBLED DOWNEN ITS -- ON ITS UNFAIR MARCAN TILIST STRATEGIES AND IS SEEKING DOMINANCE IN A WIDE ARRAY OF ADVANCED INDUSTRIES THAT ARE KEY TO U.S. ECONOMIC AND NATIONAL SECURITY INTERESTS. THE ZERO SUM POLICY BENEFIT CHINA'S DOMESTIC CHAMPIONS A THE EXPENSE OF FAIRNESS AND COMPETITION IN GLOBAL TRADE. AT HOME, CHINA WIELDS ITS MASSIVE MARKET AS A BLUNT INSTRUMENT, FORCING FOREIGN COMPANIES TO DIVULGE WHAT IT WANTS WITHOUT GIVE THEAMING CHANCE TO COMPETE. ABROAD CHINA IS ACQUIRING OR STEALING THE INDUSTRIES OF TOMORROW. UNFAIRLY BOOSTING ITS DOMESTIC INNOVATION AND HOLLOWING OUT OUR COMPETITORS. THROUGHOUT THE DEVELOPING WORLD, CHINA HAS UNDERTAKEN A MASSIVE INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM THAT IMPORTS SURPLUS INDUSTRIAL CAPACITY AND ALIGNS CLOSELY WITH MILITARY INTERESTS. IN 2018, THE UNITED STATES MUST STAND UP TO CHINA'S REVISIONISM IN THREE KEY AREAS. NUMBER ONE, SHARP POWER. INFLUENCE OPERATION. NUMBER TWO, GRAY ZONES, WARFARE AND MARCAN TILIST ECONOMICS. SOME IMPORTANT POLICY STEPS HAVE ALREADY BEGUN. FOR EXAMPLE, CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER HAS INTRODUCED LEGISLATION IN THE HOUSE TO IMPROVE SIFFA, A REVIEW IN THE TREASURE -- TREASURY DEPARTMENT HAS UNDERTAKEN NUMBER 301 INVESTIGATION INTO CHINA'S INNOVATION OF MERCANTILISM. THIS WILL HELP PROTECT THE FUTURE OF THE U.S. ECONOMY. THIS IS A WARNING SIGN WE HAVE SEEN WE MUST RISE UP TO AND COUNTERACT BUT MORE MUST BE DONE. WE HAVE TO BLUNT CHINA'S SHARP POWER IN THE UNITED STATES BY COUNTERING CONFUCIUS INSTITUTES AT SCHOOLS AND PROPAGANDA OUTLETS IN OUR CITIES THAT SPREAD CHINESE PROPAGANDA. WE HAVE TO RESPOND TO THE MALICIOUS STATE SPONSORED ACTIVITY. AND WE HAVE TO MODERNIZE OUR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORK TO COMPETE WITH CHINA IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD. THIS YEAR I'LL BE INTRODUCING LEGISLATION TO ACCOMPLISH THESE GOALS AND I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES WILL JOIN ME IN THIS IMPORTANT WORK. WE MUST REMEMBER THAT STANDING UP FOR AMERICAN INTERESTS MEANS STANDING UP FOR OUR VALUES. LEADERSHIP HAS TURNED TO CREEPING TOTALITARIANISM. HE'S BUILDING AN UNPRECEDENTED SURVEILLANCE STATE, INCREASING THE COMMUNIST PARTY'S IDEOLOGICAL CONTROL OF SOCIETY AND RECONCILIATION OF PARTY'S AUTHORITY OVER EVERY ASPECT OF LIFE. . HUMAN RIGHTS ARE WORSENING AND HE MUST BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE. . . I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES WILL STAND UP FOR AMERICA'S VALUES. AFTER THE 19TH COMING, THE COMMUNIST CONGRESS, THEY STOOD UP AP SAID NO LONG IRCHINA WILL BE MADE TO STAND UP. BUT SAID THEY ARIBED TO TAKE THE CENTER STAGE. IT SOUND LIKE IT IS A WARNING AND THROW US OFF THE STAGE. TALKING TO PEOPLE IN THE STRIGS AND THE REST OF THE WOLVED, I THINK WE WOULD BE WILLING TO SHARE THE STAMING. WITHIN WITH THAT, I WOULD LIKE TO TURN TO MR. CHABOT WHO WAS THE SCOMMARE AND BROUGHT UP IMPORTANT LEGISLATION ON THIS TOPIC WE ARE TALK UNDERSTANDING ABOUT TONIGHT.

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                        • 08:17:19 PM

                          MR. CHABOT

                          THE GENTLEMAN AND AS THE GENTLEMAN MENTIONED I USED TO BE THE CHAY OF THE…

                          THE GENTLEMAN AND AS THE GENTLEMAN MENTIONED I USED TO BE THE CHAY OF THE COMMITTEE HE NOW CHAIRS, THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS. WE DO A LOT OF IMPORTANT THINGS ON THAT AND OUR VIEW OF CHINA HAS EVOLVED. DO WE WANT TO HAVE GOOD RELATIONSHIPS? IT IS IN THE WORLD'S BEST INTEREST AND PASSED CALLED MOST FAVORED NATION AND NORM 58 TRADE RELATIONS AND MANY WOULD ARGUE THAT MANY JOBS HAVE GONE TO CHINA AND THEY HAVE A WHOLE RANGE OF OR THINGS. AND BENEFITED A GREAT DEAL. TAIWAN, THE P.R.C., CHINA HAS BEEN BULLYING FOR YEARS. CHINA HAS KEPT TAIWAN OUT OF IRNL HEALTH ORGANIZATIONS. THEY HAVE DONE A WHOLE RANGE OF THINGS. THERE WERE SEVERAL00 MIFFLINGS AT TAIWAN AND NOW 1,600 MISSILES AND WE CONTINUE TO HAVE A STRONG RELATIONS WITH TAIWAN, LEGISLATION THAT I PROPOSED AND PASSED HERE BEFORE IN OUR COMMITTEE AND PASS IN THE HOUSE AS WELL, AND WE HOPE THE SENATE WRILL TAKE IT UP AS WELL AND COME HERE TO THE UNITED STATES AND PARTICULARLY TO WASHINGTON TO MEET WITH OUR OFFICIALS. THAT MAKES SENSE AND WE WILL DO IT IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE. CHINA HAS BEEN UNCOOPERATIVE WITH RESPECT TO TAIWAN. AND THEY HAVE BEEN UNCOOPERATIVE TO ONE OF OUR GREATEST THREATS AND THAT IS NORTH KOREA. WE GET A LOT OF LIP SERVICE. NORTH KOREA IS A THREAT. FOR A LONG TIME, THEY WERE A THREAT TO THE REGION. WE WORKED WITH OURIAL I DON'T THINK SO AND NOW A THREAT TO WASHINGTON, D.C.,, SEATTLE AND MY HOME CITY, CINCINNATI AND WE BELIEVE THEY COULD NOW REACH THE UNITED STATES WITH NUCLEAR WEAPONS. THAT'S THE FIRST TIME. A LOT OF THIS, WE WERE CONCERNED ABOUT THAT DAY COMING. AND PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATIONS TRIED TO GET CHINA TO LEAN ON NORTH KOREA BECAUSE THEY THEY HAVE THE GREATEST CLOUT AND PROVIDES MOST OF THEIR FUEL, 890% OF THEIR FUEL IS WITH CHINA. AND CHINA ACTS LIKE THEY ARE GOING TO BE HELPFUL AND THEY ARE NOT. AND SO, THE LAST THING WE WANT TO SEE IS MILITARY CONFRONTATION AND THAT -- WE DON'T WANT ANY CONFRONTATION BUT WILL BE SATISFIED TO HAVE NORTH KOREA HAVE NUCLEAR WEAPONS. AND WE CAN'T HAVE SOMEONE AS KIM JONG UN, PEOPLE LIKE THAT TO HAVE NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND MOST COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD. BUT THE WORLD LOOKS TO US. WE REALLY DO NEED CHINA TO STEP UP AND DO THE RIGHT THING. THEY HAVE NOT BEEN WILLING TO DO THAT. THE QUESTION IS HOW DO WE GET CHINA TO DO THAT. IN THE PAST. A NUMBER OF US THOUGHT TO GET CHINA'S ATTENTION TOSS DISCUSS WITH OUR ALLIES IN THE REGION, SOUTH KOREA, TAIWAN TO CONSIDER HAVING NUCLEAR PROGRAMS THEMSELVES AND WOULD BE ENOUGH TO BE PUT ISSUING OFF TO BACK OFF THEIR PROGRAM. THE P.R. -- EXCUSE ME, NORTH KOREA HAS A NUCLEAR PROGRAM BUT COULD HIT THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES. THE ONLY THICK THAT WORKS IS ONLY LEVERAGE WE HAVE WITH CHINA IT SELF. IF THEY DON'T ACT, THEY COULD TRADE WITH NORTH KOREA OR TRADE WITH US. THAT OUGHT TO BE A PRETTY DEAL. PEOPLE ARE STARVINGING AND PEOPLE ARE REPRESSED. IT'S NOT A GREAT IMPORT TO CHINA. AND IN FACT, THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH NORTH KOREA, IT KEEPS US OFF BALANCE. THEY COULD TRADE WITH US AND TRADE WITH THE UNITED STATES IS SIGNIFICANT. IT MEANS MILLIONS OF JOBS. I THINK WE SHOULD BE WHEN YOU ARE CONSIDERING WAR WHICH IS THE ALTERNATIVE TO ACTUALLY GETTING NORTH KOREA TO BACK OFF THEIR PROGRAM. WE OUGHT TO MAKE IT TO CHINA WE ARE SERIOUS WHETHER IT IS THE FINANCIAL SYSTEM, WE OUGHT TO FULLY CUT THAT OFF WITH NORTH KOREA. BUT CHINA HAS WAYS OF GETTING AROUND THAT AND PROPOSING UP THEIR ALLY. THIS IS THE TIME. THIS IS GOING TO HAPPEN SOON. WE HAVE 20 NUCLEAR DEVICES. THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE DOZENS AND DOZENS AND NOT ONLY IS THAT DANGEROUS BECAUSE THEY HAVE THEY WILL BUT THEY WILL SELL THOSE NUCLEAR DEVICES TO ORGANIZATIONS, AL QAEDA, PERHAPS EVEN ISIS AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS THAT WOULD LOVE TO SMUGGLE THOSE THINGS AND USE THEM IN A HEARTBEAT. THINGS WE TALKED ABOUT IN PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATIONS AND ADMINISTRATIONS WOULD NEGOTIATE, WE HAVE SIX-PARTY AGREEMENTS AND WE WOULD GET TOGETHER, FOR FOOD FOR FUEL, WE WILL END OUR PROGRAM AND ON THE BOOKS, IT WAS ENDED, IN THE UNDER GROUND IT WAS CONTINUING AND ESSENTIALLY, LET THAT HAPPEN. AND IT WAS BAD, BUT COULDN'T REACH THE UNITED STATES. NOW THEY COULD REACH THE UNITED STATES. YEARS AGO, WE WARNED ABOUT, WE ARE THERE NOW. I WOULD STRONGLY ENCOURAGE THIS ADMINISTRATION TO TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY TO DO THIS AS POSSIBLE SHORT OF WAR TO MAKE SURE THAT CHINA LEANS ON NORTH KOREA TO BACK DOUB AND I THARNING MR. YOHO WHO IS DOING A FINE JOB AND I WANT TO THARK HIM FOR THE OPPORTUNITY AND I YIELD BACK.

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                        • 08:25:31 PM

                          MR. YOHO

                          SHOUTS OUT IN THE FIRST VERSION OF THE TAY WAN SIX ASSURANCES. YOU…

                          SHOUTS OUT IN THE FIRST VERSION OF THE TAY WAN SIX ASSURANCES. YOU INTRODUCED TO CONGRESS ON OCTOBER 28, 015, THE ASHURNINGS ANCES. BUT AT THIS TIME, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD SOME TIME TO JUDGE POE SOTCH TIME AS HE CARES TO TALK AND HE HAS BEEN A STRONG SUPPORTER OF THE REGION. AND HE HAS SOME WISE WORDS. JUDGE, GO AHEAD AND GLAD TO HAVE YOU BACK.

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                        • 08:26:12 PM

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                          I APPRECIATE THE TIME.

                        • 08:26:17 PM

                          MR. POE

                          WHAT THEIR PLANS ARE UP TO. NO QUESTION ABOUT IT. CHINA COULD RAPE? THEM.…

                          WHAT THEIR PLANS ARE UP TO. NO QUESTION ABOUT IT. CHINA COULD RAPE? THEM. THEY DON'T WANT TO, THAT'S WHY HE IS A MEN ACE TO THAT REGION OF THE WORLD. BUT THEY COULD REIN IN, BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF ASSETS AND FREEZE THOSE ASSETS AND CUT OFF ASSETS. CHINA MUST UNDERSTAND THAT IT IS IN THEIR INTEREST THAT NORTH KOREA NOT GET NUCLEAR WEAPONS. WHICH I THINK IT IS IN THEIR INTERESTS TO MAKE SURE THEY DON'T CONTINUE TO WEAPONS AGAINST THEIR NEIGHBORS, THEN, NORTH KOREA WILL CEASE ITS ACTIVITIES. THE KEY LIVES WITH BEIJING AND MAKE THAT DECISION. THE WORLD AND BY JING WILL NOT BE SAFER EITHER. I WANT TO POINT OUT KIND OF THEIR PHILOSOPHY, WHY THEY ACT THE WAY THEY DO. BEIJING HAS LITTLE REGARD FOR THE LIVES OF THE MILLIONS OF CHINESE CITIZENS. IT SHARES MORE VALUES WITH THE COMMUNIST NORTH KOREA THAN IT GOES THE U.S. IT HAS BEEN AMONG THE WORST IN THE WHOLE WORLD AND PER CUTED MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ON WHO ARE NOT FOLLOWERS EVER COMMUNE IMOR MAOISM. CHINA IS A COMMUNIST NATION, THEY ARE A COMMUNIST NATION IN A TEACHES AGAINST GOD AND THEIR GOD IS THE STATE AND TELLS THE PEOPLE YOU HAVE TO WORSHIP THE STATE. SO WHEN YOU HAVE A REGIME IN CHARGE, THEY PERSECUTE THEIR OWN PEOPLE AND TORT TURE CHRISTIANS AND MUSLIM AND OTHER PEOPLE WHO DON'T AGREE WITH THEIR PHILOSOPHY. WE NEED TO BE SURE AS A COUNTRY BUILT ON REAL OR GOUSE FREEDOM THAT WE CALL CHINA OUT FOR PERSECUTION OF ITS OWN PEOPLE. WE AID TRADE WITH THE CHINAES. IT OUGHT TO GET IN THE WAY OF CALLING CHINA OUT OR ABUSING THE PEOPLE IN CHINA AND ABUSING THEIR RIGHTS OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM. WE CAN'T TURN A BLIND EYE. WE HAVE LEARNED THROUGH HISTORY THAT REGIMES THAT OPPRESS THEIR OWN PEOPLE HAVE AMBITIONS THEIR EVEN BOARDS. THE SOUTH CHINA SEE RNINGS MOST PEOPLE DON'T SEE WHERE IT IS. IT IS A TRADING LANE. NAVIGATION LANE.

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                        • 08:30:38 PM

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                          THE JUDGE IS GOING TO YIELD BACK RIGHT NOW, I APPRECIATE IT. THE WHOLE…

                          THE JUDGE IS GOING TO YIELD BACK RIGHT NOW, I APPRECIATE IT. THE WHOLE PURPOSE OF THIS SPECIAL ORDER TO IS -- IS TO SAY, WE'RE NOT AGAINST CHINA, IT'S THE PRACTICES THEY'RE DOING, WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON. THE AMOUNT OF THEFT WE SEE, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY THAT COST THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS BETWEEN $ 3 BILLION AND $600 BILLION. AYE BEEN AT EXPOSES FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY WHERE THEY HAVE PRODUCTS FROM AMERICAN MANUFACTURERS THAT ARE IN CHINA ON GOOD WILL, GOOD FAITH EFFORTS TO CREATE A GOOD PRODUCT, CREATE JOBS IN CHINA, BUT THAT PRODUCT WINDS UP BEING COUNTERFEITED BY CHINESE COMPANIES THAT WE THINK THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT AND WE HAVE EVIDENCE THAT THEY'RE COMPLICIT IN IT THAT ARE SELLING PRODUCTS AGAINST OUR OWN MANUFACTURERS IN THIS COUNTRY AND IT'S ERODING THE AMERICAN ECONOMY AND CHINA GAINS FROM THIS.

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                        • 08:31:47 PM

                          MR. YOHO

                          THIS IS A PRACTICE THAT HAS TO BE STOPPED AND WE HAVE TO STOP ALLOWING…

                          THIS IS A PRACTICE THAT HAS TO BE STOPPED AND WE HAVE TO STOP ALLOWING THIS TO HAPPEN. ONE OF THE OTHER THINGS, IF WE LOOK BACK OVER HISTORY IN THE 1840'S, THERE WAS THE OPIUM WARS BETWEEN THE UNITED KINGDOM AND CHINA. AND A LOT OF OPIUM AND DRUGS FLOWED INTO CHINA. AND IT HURT THE CHINESE POPULATION. AT ONE POINT, 90% OF THE MALES IN CHINA WERE HOOKED ON OPIUM. BUT YET TODAY, IN THE 21ST CENTURY, WE'RE SEING THE REVERSE OF THAT AND WE'RE SEEING NARCOTICS FLOW FROM CHINA, OR PRECURSORS OF SYNTHETIC OPIOID, FLOW INTO CENTRAL AMERICA, TO MEXICO, TO COME INTO OUR BORDERS. THERE IS NO MEDICINAL USE FOR FENTANYL OTHER THAN PAIN CONTROL OR HEROIN. HEROIN HAS NO MEDICINAL USE, VERY LIMITED. SO I WANT TO YIELD A COUPLE OF MINUTES TO MR. DAN DONOVAN WHO IN THE LAST CONGRESS INTRODUCED THE COMP HE RENS -- COMPREHENSIVE FENTANYL CONTROL ACT TO COMBAT ILLEGAL FENTANYL, A SYNTHETIC OPIOID, COMING FROM CHINA. NOT ONLY DO THEY SEND THE PRECURSOR THEY SEND THE PRESSES TO CREATE THE PILL INTO THESE OTHER COUNTRIES. IT DOES NOT SERVE US OR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OR OUR ECONOMY AT ALL. IF YOU'RE A TRADING PARTNER AND WANT TO GO BY THE RULE OF LAW AND YOU WANT TO HOPEFULLY IN TRADE DO WHAT'S BEST FOR YOUR COUNTRY, BUT YOU ALSO WANT TO HAVE A BENEFIT FOR YOUR TRADING PARTNER, THIS IS A ONE-WAY STREET. IT'S GOING TO HAVE TO END. I'D LIKE TO TURN OVER TO MR. DAN DONOVAN FOR A FEW MINUTES, GO AHEAD.

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                        • 08:33:27 PM

                          MR. DAN VAN

                          MR. CHAIRMAN, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO DEMAND ACTION FROM OUR CHINESE…

                          MR. CHAIRMAN, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO DEMAND ACTION FROM OUR CHINESE COUNTERPARTS IN TARGETING FENTANYL TRAFFICKERS. THIS POISON IS 50 TIME MORE POWERFUL THAN HEROIN AND IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THOUSANDS OF AMERICAN DEATHS. STREET DEALERS IMPORT FENTANYL FROM CHINA AND THEN MIX IT WITH HEROIN AND DEAL IT TO UNSUSPECTED USERS IN PACKAGES STAMPED WITH NAMES SUCH AS PRAY FOR DEATH. THAT PRODUCT WAS CONFISCATED IN MY HOME TON YESTERDAY IN STATEN ISLAND. THESE MIXES ARE DEADLY SUBSTANCES IS WHY AS MY CHAIRMAN MENTIONED, I INTRODUCED A COMPREHENSIVE FENTANYL ACT. AND ASKING OUR COUNTRY TO PROHIBIT THE ONLINE SALE OF PRESSES IN WHICH FENTANYL IS PRESSED INTO IMITATION TABLETS THAT UNSUSPECTING USERS WILL TAKE, NOT KNOWING THAT FENTANYL IS PART OF THAT PILL. FENTANYL IS DANGEROUS EVEN TO OUR AUTHORITIES. POLICE OFFICERS, FIREFIGHTERS, FIRST RESPONDERS HAVE OVERDOSED FROM CONTACT WITH FENTANYL DURING DRUG BUSTS. I HAVE SPOKEN TO FAR TOO MANY FAMILY WHO WAS LOST SONS AN DAUGHTERS, FIRST AS THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY OF STATEN ISLAND AND NOW AS A CONGRESSMAN. THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT, AS MY COLLEAGUES HAVE SAID, TRYING TO CONTROL THEIR OWN CITIZENS, WELL NOW, IT'S ABOUT TIME THEY CONTROL THE FENTANYL COMING OUT OF THEIR COUNTRY. THIS PAST FALL, PRESIDENT TRUMP EXTRACTED PROMISES THAT THE CHINESE WOULD CURB THEIR EXPORT OF FENTANYL. NOW IT'S TIME FOR THE CHINESE TO TAKE ACTION. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN THIS AREA. I THANK HIM FOR YIELDING TIME TO ME TO DISCUSS THIS IMPORTANT MATTER TO EVERY PART OF OUR COUNTRY. NO ONE IS IMMUNE HERE. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                        • 08:35:38 PM

                          MR. YOHO

                          MR. DONOVAN, I APPRECIATE THE WORK YOU'VE DONE WITH THE FENTANYL CONTROL…

                          MR. DONOVAN, I APPRECIATE THE WORK YOU'VE DONE WITH THE FENTANYL CONTROL ACT. I THANK YOU FOR DOING THAT, I THANK YOU FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION AND BEING ON THE COMMITTEE AND YOUR PASSION FOR WHAT YOU'RE DOING. AT THIS TIME, MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD A COUPLE OF MINUTES TO MY A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE A GOOD MEMBER OF CONGRESS, RANDY HULTGREN, TO ADD TO THIS DISCUSSION.

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                        • 08:36:01 PM

                          MR. HULTGREN

                          THANK YOU. I WANT TO THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM FLORIDA, CHAIRMAN YOHO, I…

                          THANK YOU. I WANT TO THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM FLORIDA, CHAIRMAN YOHO, I APPRECIATE MY WORK -- YOUR WORK ON THIS AND CALL THIS SPECIAL ORDER TONIGHT. ONCE AGAIN IT'S THE TIME OF YEAR WHERE I HAVE THE SOMBER PRIVILEGE TO COME TO THE FLOOR AND WISH HAPPY BIRTHDAY WISHES TO CHINESE PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE JULIA FU. ON FEBRUARY 15 HE WILL SPEND HIS 56TH BIRTHDAY IN CHINESE PRISON, MARKING HIS SEVENTH CONSECUTIVE BIRTHDAY BEHIND BARS. ANOTHER BIRTHDAY SEPARATED FROM HIS FAMILY AND CHILDREN. THOUGH ISOLATEDING HE'S NOT FORGOTTEN. HE'S BEEN A FERVENT CHAMPION FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IN CHINA FOR DECADES HE GIVES VOICE TO A FUNDAMENTAL AND FOUNDATIONAL PRINCIPLE, ALL PEOPLE, EVERYWHERE, SHOULD HAVE THE BASIC FREEDOM TO DETERMINE THE COURSE OF THEIR LIVES AND EXPRESS THEMSELVES ACCORDING TO THEIR CONVICTION WITHOUT FEAR OF GOVERNMENT REPRESSION. FOR LIVING OUT THAT CONVICTION, HE LANGUISHES IN A CHINESE PRISON, IN POOR HEALTH AND WITH IRREGULAR ACCESS TO MEDICAL CARE. STIFLING VOICES LIKE HIS DOES NOT SILENCE THEIR CRY, NOR WEAKEN THEIR CAUSE. ON THE CONTRARY, IT SHINES A LIGHT ON THEIR PLIGHT AND RENEWS AND STRENGTHENS THE EFFORT TO END REPRESSION AND INJUSTICE IN CHINA AS WELL AS IN OTHER PLACES AROUND THE WORLD. AS LONG AS HE REMAINS INCARCERATED I'LL CONTINUE TO CALL UPON THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE HIM WITH SUFFICIENT FOOD, CARE, AND MEDICAL ATTENTION AND I WILL CONTINUE TO CALL ON THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT TO RELEASE HIM FROM PRISON. IN HONOR OF HIM, I WOULD LIKE TO READ A SHORT POEM HE WROTE. IT WAS THIS POEM THAT LED TO HIS ARREST AND IMPRISONMENT. I QUOTE FROM HIS POEM. IT'S TIME PEOPLE OF CHINA, IT'S TIME. THE SQUARE BELONGS TO EVERYONE. WITH OUR OWN TWO FEET IT'S TIME TO HEAD TO THE SQUARE AND MAKE YOUR CHOICE. IT'S TIME, PEOPLE OF CHINA. IT'S TIME. IT BELONGS TO -- OUR SONG BELONGS TO EVERYONE. FROM YOUR OWN THROAT IT'S TIME TO VOICE THE SONG IN YOUR HEART. IT'S TIME, PEOPLE OF CHINA. CHINA LONGS TO EVERYONE. OF YOUR OWN WILL IT'S TIME TO CHOOSE WHAT CHINA SHALL BE. YOU ARE NOT FORGETEN. HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND MAY GOD GRANT YOU THE STRENGTH IN HIS PRESENCE IN THE HOPE THAT YOU'LL CELEBRATE YOUR NEXT BIRTHDAY FREE. AGAIN, I THANK MY FRIEND AND YIELD BACK.

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                        • 08:38:38 PM

                          MR. YOHO

                          MR. HULTGREN, I APPRECIATE IT, AND WE HOPE THAT GUY GETS RELEASED. YOU…

                          MR. HULTGREN, I APPRECIATE IT, AND WE HOPE THAT GUY GETS RELEASED. YOU PROUTH UP A -- BROUGHT UP A GOOD POINT. THIS IS SOMETHING I NOTICED, I'M SO BLESSED, WE ARE SO BLESSED TO LIVE IN THIS GREATLY OF OUR A COUNTRY THAT OUR RIGHT, OUR FOUNDERS GOT IT RIGHT. I DON'T KNOW HOW THEY DID OTHER THAN DIVINE INTERVENTION, RIGHTS COME FROM A CREATOR, NOT GOVERNMENT. GOVERNMENT IS INSTITUTED BY WE THE PEOPLE TO PROTECT OUR GOD-GIVEN RIGHTS AND KER VALUES OF LIFE, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. OUR GOVERNMENT IS A GOVERNMENT THAT EMPOWERS THE PEOPLE. EMPOWERED PEOPLE DO GREAT THINGS. AND IN THE 19TH CONGRESS, IT WAS SAID, AND THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT HAS SET UP A CHINESE UNITED FRONT, WHICH IS TO SHOW SOFT POWER IN THE WORLD INSTEAD OF DOING THE THINGS THEY'VE DONE WHERE THEY GO INTO A COUNTRY, PUT UP INFRASTRUCTURE, SUCK OUT THE RESOURCES, LEAVE AND DON'T CARE. SO THEY CHANGED THEIR TACTICS. THEY'VE GOTTEN SMART. THEY STARTED THE CHINESE UNITED FRONT. BUT IN THAT COMMUNIQUE THAT THEY SAID, IT SAID THE ROLE OF THE CITIZENS OF CHINA ARE TO SERVE THE GOVERNMENT OF CHINA AND IT'S THE ANTITHESIS OF WHAT WE STAND FOR. THAT'S WHY I FEEL CONFIDENT IN OUR FORM OF GOVERNMENT BECAUSE WE BELIEVE IN THE PEOPLE. WE BELIEVE IN THE GREATNESS OF PEOPLE. THE GREATEST RESOURCE THE COUNTRY HAS IS NOT THEIR GOLD, THEIR TIMBER, ANY OF THAT OTHER STUFF. IT'S THE PEOPLE. AND OUR COUNTRY VALUES THAT. AT THIS TIME, MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS SHE GENTLEMAN NEEDS FROM VIRGINIA, A GOOD FRIEND OF OURS, PASSIONATE SPEAKER ON CHINA, AND HE SITS ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, MR. TOM GARRETT.

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                        • 08:40:22 PM

                          MR. GARRETT

                          SPEAKER.

                        • 08:47:42 PM

                          MR. YOHO

                          I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FROM VIRGINIA, WE HAVE A FEW MORE…

                          I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FROM VIRGINIA, WE HAVE A FEW MORE MINUTES. AND WE NEED TO DRAW ON IT AGAIN. WHEN I BUY SOMETHING THAT SAYS MADE IN CHINA. I WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IS HAPPENING. CHINA HAS GONE FROM WHERE THEY WERE IN THE 19 0'S AND 1960'S. AND WE HAD A RELATIONSHIP WITH TAIWAN PRIOR TO THAT. I DON'T WANT TO GO BOO THE WAR BETWEEN BACK IN THE 190'S, THERE IS A RELATIONSHIP WE HAD WITH TAIWAN AND RELATIONSHIP WITH GREAT BRITAIN. THINGS HAVE CHANGED. NORTH KOREA IS ON THE STAGE. IT'S A DIFFERENT WORLD THAN WHAT IT WAS. WE HAD SOME LONG STANDING TRADITIONS. AND PEOPLE RESPECTED THAT. THERE'S A COUNTRY THAT NIXON AND KISSINGER OPENED UP THE TRADE THAT WE HAVE TODAY. AND CHINA HAS DONE GREAT. THEY HAVE RAISED A LOT OF PEOPLE OUT OF POVERTY BUT AT WHAT EXTENT? WHAT IS GOING ON IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA TAKING ISLANDS, IT WAS CORAL ROFSE, RIGHT UNDER THE TOP OF THE SEA AND RECLAIMED 4,000 ACRES, PROBABLY THE LARGEST BEING KLING CALL DISASTER THAT THE WOLED HAS ARE SEEN. THE WORLD STOOD BUY. AND IN THE TRIBUNALS. THEY RULED AGAINST CHINA AP THE WORLD DID NOTHING. THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION HAD A POLICY OF STRATEGIC AND THAT'S WHERE YOU HAVE A DISEASE THAT IS NOT LIFE THREATENING. BUT WHAT WAS GOING ON IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA COULDN'T BE HAPPENED. WHAT HAPPENED IS CHINA MILITARIZED THE ISLANDS THEY BUILT, EVEN THOUGH THEY SAY THEY WOULD HQUOO AND CHINA HAS THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE WITH NORTH KOREA. 90% OF THE TRADE DEPOSE THROUGH CHINA. CHINA SAYS THEY ARE THERE WITH US. TRADING WITH THEM AP COMPLICIT IN ALLOWING OTHER COMPANIES TO SL SHELL COMPANIES THAT KEEP KIM JONG-UN REGIME. THEY HAVE A HAND OF PRIG THIS TO A CLOSE. AND THE TRADE DEFICIT WE HAVE WITH CHINA, OVER $350 BILLION AND ADD TO THAT THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY THEFT. AND CHINA SAYS WE WILL GET IT UNDER CONTROL. THEY HAD A TRADE DEFICIT OF OVER $650 BILLION. DO YOU WANT A TRADING PARTNER THAT IS DOING THESE THINGS AND FLOOD OUR BORDERS WITH ILLEGAL DRUGS AND KILL OUR CITIZENS AND BREAK DOWN OUR CULTURE, DO YOU WANT A TRADING PARTNER AT THE COST OF AMERICANS JOHNS? DO YOU WANT A PARTNER THAT DOES NOT HONOR THEIR WORD? YOU TALK TO OTHER COUNTRIES AND THEY SAY THEY LIKE DOING BUSINESS WITH AMERICA. CHINA DOES NOT. THEY HAVE HAR HARDLY TO HELP US WITH NORTH KOREA. WHEN YOU GO SWOO INTO THE DEPARTMENT STORE AND BUY CHEAP AND SAYS MADE IN CHINA, I WRANT PEOPLE TO THINK, WHAT ARE YOU SELLING, WHAT ARE YOU BUYING AND WHAT

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                        • 08:52:10 PM

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                          BUYING AND THE PROSPERITY OF THIS NATION. I WOULD LYING TO GET MR.…

                          BUYING AND THE PROSPERITY OF THIS NATION. I WOULD LYING TO GET MR. GARRETT'S RESPONSE AND ANYTHING ELSE HE WOULD LIKE TO ADD.

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                        • 08:52:23 PM

                          MR. GARRETT

                          I WOULD COMMEND THE MEMBER FROM CONGRESSMAN YOHO. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT…

                          I WOULD COMMEND THE MEMBER FROM CONGRESSMAN YOHO. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER WHETHER IT WAS THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT, THEY PAID THE PRICE FOR THE BAVENG HUMAN RIGHTS THAT WE ENJOY HERE AND I WOULD ASK YOU TO CONSIDER THE REALITY OF CHILD LABOR, ASH POLICIES THAT DEFY OR DID HE PRIVE AMERICANS OF LIVELIHOODS PERPTTRAILTED PI THE CHINESE. WITH THAT IN MIND, UNTIL WE SEE REAL REFORM, I HAVE BEEN PUTTING ANY FORCE OR IT'S MONEY. BUT I BELIEVE THERE IS POWER IN THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES. BUT I WOULD ENCOURAGE TO SHOP WITH THEIR ACTS BEYOND AN REGIME BUT ALLOWING THE PERPETRATION OF THE HORRIFIC CIRCUMSTANCES AT HOME AND PRIVATE.

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                        • 08:53:40 PM

                          MR. YOHO

                          I NEED TO MAKE A CORRECTION. IT WAS THE PHILLIPINES. BUT ALONG THINKS…

                          I NEED TO MAKE A CORRECTION. IT WAS THE PHILLIPINES. BUT ALONG THINKS LINES AND LOOK AT THE WORD OF THE NATION, I THINK OF HONG KONG OR GREAT BRITAIN AND CHINA CAME TO AN AGREEMENT THAT HONG KONG WOULD REVERT BACK TO CHINA. THERE WAS A 50-YEAR AGREEMENT THAT THEY WOULD HAVE SELF-DETERMINING, THEIR OWN GOVERNMENT. 20 YEARS INTO THIS. CHINA HAS A STRONG INFLUENCE. IF WE LOOK AT THE PEOPLE OF TIBET. THEY ARE THE MOST PEACEFUL POPULATIONS ON EARTH BUT I CAN'T TRAVEL THERE. THEY CAN'T COME HERE. THE DAHLY LALMY GETS MAD. THEY HAVE THE TIBET TAN PEOPLE TO PASS ONTO THE NEXT GENERATION. CHINA KIDNAPPED AND SAYS WE'LL REPLACE IT AND SOMEBODY THEY ARE GOING TO GROOM. AND I LOOK AT OUR CONTINUE TRY BEING A CHRISTIAN AND ONE OF THE KINGS OF THE OLD TEST TA METROPOLITAN GOING IN AND STEALING THE BABY JESUS AND PUT OUR LEADER. IT IS LEWD RUSS OF WHAT IS GOING ON. TAIWAN IS OUR 10TH LARGEST TRADING PARTNER. AND DURING NIXON'S TIME THERE ARE TALKS ABOUT HOW WE ARE GOING TO DEAL WITH TAIWAN AND REITERATE THE SIX ASSURANCEANCES AND THEY ARE NUMBER ONE, WE DID NOT AGREE TO SET A DATE CERTAIN. ROBERT GATES TALKED ABOUT THIS IN HIS BOOK "DUTY." . AND 2012, WE WERE HAVING OUR ARMED SALES AGREEMENT AND TAIWAN AND OUR NEGOTIATORS SAID WE HAVE BEEN DOING THIS. CHINA'S RESPONSE WHAT THIS AND BACK THEN, WE WERE WEAK, WE ARE STRONG NOW. AND THAT SPEAKS LOUDLY. NUMBER TWO. WE SEE NO MEDIATION ROLE OF THE UNITED STATES BETWEEN UNITED STATES AND P.R.C. NUMBER THREE, NOT EXERT, EX PERT PRESSURE. THERE HAS BEEN NO CHANGE IN OUR NUMBER FIVE. WE HAVE NO PLANS TO SEEK REVISION OF THE TAIWAN RELELLINGS ACT AND NUMBER SIX, IT SHOULD NOT BE ZPWREED TO ENGAGE IN PRIOR CONSULTATIONS AND WE TEND TO STAY WITH THAT. WITH THAT, DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA FROM ANY CLOSINGRY MARKS?

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                        • 08:56:58 PM

                          MR. GARRETT

                          THAT FAKETTING THE FUTURE OF AMERICA. IF THEY PLAY FAIR AND PLAY PI THE…

                          THAT FAKETTING THE FUTURE OF AMERICA. IF THEY PLAY FAIR AND PLAY PI THE RULES, WE WISH THEM THE PEST OF LUCK, PU WHICH WILL NOT BE SUPPLANTED FROM OUR ROLE. I FEEL CONFIDENT. BECAUSE WE BELIEVE IN OUR PEOPLE. WE EMPOWER OUR PEOPLE AND A GOVERNMENT THAT WILL STAND AND PROITH OUR SCONSTUTIONAL RIGHTS. I YIELD PACK AND I THANK YOU.

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                        • 08:57:37 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLL I SI YOU OF SUE OF JADGE 3, 2017 RNINGS…

                          UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLL I SI YOU OF SUE OF JADGE 3, 2017 RNINGS THE GENTLEMAN FROM RECOGNIZES MR. LAMALFA FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                        • 08:57:54 PM

                          MR. LAMALFA

                          THANK YOU TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FROM FLORIDA FOR YIELDING ME TIME AS WELL.…

                          THANK YOU TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FROM FLORIDA FOR YIELDING ME TIME AS WELL. I APPRECIATE IT. MR. SPEAKER, TONIGHT, IT'S WITH GREAT SADNESS THAT I RISE TO HONOR A TRIBUTE TO A MAN WHO PASSED RTSLY IN THE NORTH STATE RMENTS MORRIS TAYLOR. PASSED LAST WEEK AT THE AGE OF 93. HE IS A COWBOY SINGER AND LOCAL LEGEND. HOUSE RULES REQUIRE THAT YOU WEAR A JACKET AND WEAR A TIE AND NOT ALLOWED TO WEAR HATS ON THE FLOOR AP I RESPECT THAT BUT I WILL WEAR THE TYPE OF CLOLLINGTING YOU WOULD SEE ON HIS SHOW. HIS WAS MUCH FANS FANSIER AND KNOWN IN NASHVILLE AS THE NUDEY JACKET STYLE WHERE IT'S VERY WELL DECORATED WITH SHINY OBJECTS. HOW CAN YOU NOT LIKE THAT AND FEEL AT HOME. HE WAS BORN IN MIAMI, OKLAHOMA AT AGE 14 AND SETTLED IN CALIFORNIA. HIS SHOW, FROM 1956 STOO 1995 ON KMB HSV, AN INCREDIBLE 39-YEAR RUN OF ENTERTAINING FOLKS. IT WAS A COUNTRY-WESTERN MUSIC PERFORMED BY HIMSELF AND HIS GUESTS. MANY OF THESE MEMBERS OF HIS BAPPED WERE PEOPLE YOU WOULD SEE AROUND NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. AND WORK DURING THE WEEK AND PEOPLE WOULD LIKELY PATRONIZE. I HAVE SEEN HIS FANS AND MANY OTHERS LIKE THAT. MANY OTHER FOLKS THAT WERE BLENDING THEIR TALENTS AND OTHER VENUES AROUND NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. . WE KIDS USED TO WATCH THE SHOW ON THE WEEKENDS. SOME OF THE COUNTRY STAPLES. AS WELL AS THE JOKES. SOME MIGHT SAY THEY'RE CORNY JOKES, BUT THEY WERE ALSO CLEAN JOKESMENT AND SOMETHING YOU CAN JUST HAVE A LITTLE -- JOKES. AND SOMETHING YOU CAN JUST HAVE A LITTLE CHUCKLE OVER AND ENJOY. THEY INDEED WERE A STAPLE. ALONG WITH THAT COUNTRY MUSIC IN THEIR OWN RIGHT. SO, FOR EXAMPLE, I GOT TO SHARE A COUPLE OF THEM. ONE OF HIS JOKES WOULD BE, THEY SAY DOGS MAKE GREAT CHIROPRACTORS BECAUSE THEY KNOW WHERE ALL THE BONES ARE. OR, DID YOU HEAR THE ONE ABOUT THE DENTIST WHO MARRIED THE MANICURIST? THEY'VE BEEN FIGHTING TOOTH AND NAIL EVER SINCE. SEE WHAT I MEAN? THEY MIGHT MAKE YOU GROWN -- GROAN A LITTLE BIT, BUT THEY MAKE YOU SMILE AND MAKE YOU THINK OF A TIME WHEN THINGS WERE A LITTLE MORE SIMPLER AND A LITTLE MORE RESPECTFUL AND INNOCENT. MORRIS ALSO HOSTED A WEEKLY RADIO SHOW FROM THE 1940'S UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT. INDEED, HIS SHOW BROUGHT TREMENDOUS HAPPINESS TO MANY PEOPLE IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. WHAT IS NOT MAYBE AS WELL KNOWN ABOUT MORRIS IS THAT HE WAS ALSO A DECORATED VETERAN OF WORLD WAR, I ISKS -- WORLD WAR II. WHERE HE FLEW A CARGO PLANE BETWEEN INDIA AND CHINA. HE WENT ON TO RECEIVE THE DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS, WHICH IS SECOND ONLY IN PRESTIGE TO THE MEDAL OF HONOR. AGAIN, BEING AN OKLAHOMAN, MOVED TO THE NORTH STATE, WHERE HE QUICKLY BECAME A LOCAL ICON IN OUR COMMUNITY, HE WAS WELL LOVED. AND A GREAT PATRIOT. ONE TIME IN A PERSONAL EXPERIENCE, I WAS OUT CAMPAIGNING, GOING DOOR TO DOOR, THIS TIME IN CHICO, CALIFORNIA, AND I HAPPENED UPON HIS DOOR. HE OPENED IT UP AND I HADN'T REALLY LOOKED AT THE WALK SHEET TOO CLOSELY AT THAT POINT. IT WAS NIGHT. AND SO THERE HE WAS. MORRIS TAYLOR AT THE DOOR. I WAS KIND OF TAKEN ABACK. BECAUSE HERE'S THE LOCAL LEGEND. HE INVITED ME RIGHT IN AND WE SAT DOWN FOR A LITTLE BIT AND, YOU KNOW, HE TOLD ME A LITTLE BIT ABOUT HIS POLITICS THERE, HE WAS A PARTICIPANT AS WELL. DIDN'T COME OT IN THE SHOW AND PROBABLY GOOD AND RESPECT -- DIDN'T COME OUT IN THE SHOW AND PROBABLY GOOD AND RESPECTFULLY SO. HE SAID, YOU KNOW, DOUG, YOU'RE ALL RIGHT. I SUPPORT YOU, YOU'RE DOING A GOOD JOB. WHICH MEANS A LOT FROM A GUY LIKE THAT. THAT MAYBE SOMEHOW I'M ON THE RIGHT TRACK HERE. SO, EACH WEEK HIS SHOW, THEY PLAYED A LOT OF SONGS AND MAKE A LOT OF JOKES AND HE WOULD END THE SHOW WITH HIS SIGNATURE SONG, HIS ORIGINAL SONG, CALLED HIGH SIERRA. SO MAYBE I'LL SHARE JUST A FEW OF THOSE LYRICS RIGHT NOW. HIGH SIERRA, SKIES OF BLUE, WHISPERING PINES REMIND ME OF YOU. WALKING TOGETHER OVER MEADOWS GREEN. YOU PLENG -- WE PLEDGED OUR LOVE BY A RIPPLING STREAM. I CAN SEE THE SUNLIGHT ON OUR GOLDEN HAIR. AND HEAR THE WORDS YOU TOLD ME AS WE WERE STANDING THERE. HIGH SIERRA, CALLING ME HOME. AT THIS POINT IN THE SHOW THE CREDITS WOULD FADE OUT AND THE LYRICS WOULD COME TO AN END AND PEOPLE WERE ALREADY WAITING AGAIN FOR NEXT SUNDAY TO COME AROUND. AS THE SONG SAYS, HIGH SIERRA IS ONCE AGAIN CALLING HIM HOME. AFTER 93 YEARS, ENRICHING THE LIVES OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIANS, MANY OF US WERE FORTUNATE TO SING ALONG WITH HIM DURING THOSE YEARS -- YEARS. THOSE MEMORIES WON'T FADE. THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER LIKE MORRIS TAYLOR. HE'LL BE GREATLY MISSED. INDEED. HIGH SIERRA CALLING ME HOME. I YIELD BACK.

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                        • 09:04:00 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                          UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. HE IS PAT, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 57 -- MR. ESPAILLAT, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 57 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MINORITY LEADER.

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                        • 09:04:27 PM

                          MR. ESPAILLAT

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

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

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                        • 09:04:41 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                        • 09:04:43 PM

                          MR. ESPAILLAT

                          MR. SPEAKER, I STAND ON THE FLOOR OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, AS…

                          MR. SPEAKER, I STAND ON THE FLOOR OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, AS THE CLOCK KEEPS TICKING FOR US TO ACT ON BEHALF OF DREAMERS AND DACA RECIPIENTS. TONIGHT THIS HOUSE APPROVED A CONTINUING RESOLUTION. FUNDING GOVERNMENT TO CONTINUE TO STAY OPEN FOR ANOTHER FOUR WEEKS. THAT DID NOT INCLUDE A RESOLUTION TO THE DIRE CONDITIONS FACED BY DREAMERS AND DACA RECIPIENTS. IT DID NOT INCLUDE FUNDING FOR COMMUNITY-BASED HEALTH CLINICS AND CERTAINLY IT DID NOT ADEQUATELY SUPPORT THE MEN AND WOMEN IN OUR ARMED FORCES. YET, MR. SPEAKER, AS WE CONTINUE TO MOVE FORWARD, MANY MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE HAVE WORKED DILIGENTLY THROUGHOUT THE MONTHS TO ADDRESS THE ISSUES FACED BY DREAMERS AND DACA RECIPIENTS. IN FACT, THEY HAVE ENGAGED IN BIPARTISAN LEGISLATIVE SOLUTIONS . AND WE CURRENTLY HAVE THREE BIPARTISAN BILLS THAT COULD HAVE BEEN VOTED ON TODAY. ON THIS VERY SAME FLOOR OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. AND I GUARANTEE YOU THAT IF THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN BROUGHT HERE TO THIS FLOOR, AND IF THEY HAD GIVEN US THE OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE ON THEM, THEY WOULD HAVE PASSED. BECAUSE DREAMERS ARE VERY POPULAR IN AMERICA. ALL POLLS SHOW THAT OVER 80% OF AMERICANS ACROSS THE NATION, IN DIFFERENT STATES, IN DIFFERENT CITIES, WANT THESE YOUNG PEOPLE TO STAY. ONCE YOU MEET THEM, ONCE YOU SEE THEIR YOUNG FACES, THEIR ENERGY, THEIR DESIRE TO WORK AND MOVE FORWARD, THEIR PATRIOTISM FOR AMERICA, THEY WIN YOU OVER. NO OTHER IMMIGRATION-RELATED ISSUE I BELIEVE HAS POLLED AS HIGH AS THE SUPPORT THAT DREAMERS ARE GETTING FROM AMERICA ACROSS THE COUNTRY. FOLKS THAT LIVE IN RED STATES AND BLUE STATES, IN DISTRICTS REPRESENTED BY DEMOCRATS, DISTRICTS REPRESENTED BY REPUBLICANS, FEEL OVERWHELMINGLY THAT THESE YOUNG PEOPLE SHOULD STAY HERE. THAT THEY SHOULD NOT BE PUNISHED AND SENT BACK TO A COUNTRY THAT MANY OF THEM DON'T REALLY KNOW. WHERE THEY HAVE NO CONNECTION WITH FAMILY MEMBERS. SOME MAY NOT EVEN SPEAK THE LANGUAGE SPOKEN IN THOSE COUNTRIES. OR BE FAMILIAR WITH THE CUSTOMS IN THOSE NATIONS. THEY FEEL THEY ARE AMERICANS. AND THEY HAVE CONTRIBUTED TREMENDOUSLY TO OUR NATION. AND SO THESE BIPARTISAN EFFORTS, SOLUTIONS, THAT MY COLLEAGUES HAVE ENGAGED IN ARE VERY IMPORTANT. LET'S BEGIN BY TALKING ABOUT THE DREAM ACT. A CLEAN DREAM ACT, WHICH IS A BIPARTISAN BILL LED BY REPRESENTATIVE ROYBAL-ALLARD, A DEMOCRAT FROM CALIFORNIA, AND REPRESENTATIVE ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN, A REPUBLICAN FROM FLORIDA. THIS PARTICULAR BILL, THE DREAM ACT, A CLEAN DREAM ACT, HAS 200 BIPARTISAN CO-SPONSORS. INCLUDING MYSELF. THIS IS NOT AMNESTY. MANY HAVE TRIED TO PORTRAY THE DREAMERS' QUEST AND FIGHT AS A FIGHT FOR AMNESTY. THIS IS NOT AMNESTY. THIS PARTICULAR BILL, WHICH HAS OVER 200 CO-SPONSORS, ASKS OF THE DREAMS THAT ARE IN ORDER FOR THEM TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE DREAM ACT, THAT A PERSON NEEDED TO HAVE BEEN 18 YEARS OF AGE ON THE DATE OF ENTRY. THAT THEY HAVE BEEN PHYSICALLY PRESENT IN THE U.S. FOUR YEARS PRIOR TO THE ENACTMENT OF THE LEGISLATION. THAT THEY COULDN'T -- ANY APPLICANT COULD NOT BE CONVICTED OF ANY OFFENSE PUNISHABLE FOR MORE THAN ONE YEAR OR THREE OR MILES AN HOUR OFFENSES RESULTING IN 90 DAYS OR MORE OF IMPRISONMENT. IN OTHER WORDS, THEY HAD TO HAVE A CLEAN RECORD. THIS WAS JUST TO BE CONSIDERED. ONCE THEY WERE ACCEPTED INTO THE PROGRAM, THEY WILL GET A CONDITIONAL PERMANENT RESIDENCY STATUS. A TEMPORARY GREEN CARD. THEN THE TRANSITION TO LAWFUL PERMANENT RESIDENCE UNDER THE DREAM ACT, A DREAMER NEEDED TO DO THE FOLLOWING. IN OTHER WORDS, FOR THEM TO TRANSITION FROM A CONDITIONAL GREEN CARD TO A PERMANENT GREEN CARD, THEY NEEDED TO MAINTAIN A CLEAN RECORD FOR EIGHT YEARS. THEY NEEDED TO HAVE COMPLETED A COLLEGE DEGREE OR TWO YEARS FOR A BACHELOR'S DEGREE OR HIGHER. OR THEY MUST HAVE SERVED IN THE MILITARY FOR TWO YEARS. IT FURTHER ADDS THAT THEY WOULD HAVE TO HAVE BEEN EMPLOYED FOR AT LEAST THREE YEARS, FOR 75% OF THE TIME UNDER THE CONDITIONAL PERMANENT RESIDENCY STATUS. IN ADDITION TO THAT, ONLY AFTER MEETING ALL OF THE ABOVE THEY COULD THEN TRANSITION TO LEGAL PERMANENT STATUS. AND SO AFTER THAT, AN ADDITIONAL FIVE YEARS, THEY WILL HAVE TO WAIT AN ADDITIONAL FIVE YEARS FOR THEM TO BE ABLE TO APPLY FOR NATURALIZATION. CITIZENSHIP. SO THEY WOULD HAVE TO WAIT IN TOTAL, FROM THE TIME THEY GOT THEIR TEMPORARY GREEN CARD TO THE TIME THEY ACTUALLY WILL BE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR CITIZENSHIP, A TOTAL OF 13 YEARS. MORE THAN A DECADE. SO, THE CAMPAIGN TO PORTRAY THE DREAM ACT OR A SOLUTION TO THE DREAMERS AND DACA SITUATION AS AMNESTY IS TOTALLY FALSE. 13 YEARS, 13 LONG YEARS THEY WILL HAVE TO WAIT FROM THE MINUTE THEY GOT A TEMPORARY GREEN CARD TO THE TIME THEY WILL BE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR NATURALIZATION. CITIZENSHIP. AND SO 80% OF AMERICA SUPPORTS THESE DREAMERS. AND THIS IS THE DREAM ACT. A BIPARTISAN BILL THAT HAS BEEN AROUND FOR SOME TIME, LED BY REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, THAT DID NOT HAVE A BORDER SECURITY PROVISION TO IT. BUT WE HEARD HOW THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WANTED TO ADDRESS SOME OF THE CONCERNS AT THE BORDER. AND A GROUP OF BIPARTISAN MEMBERS OF THIS OHIO HOUSE, LED BY REPRESENT -- OF THIS HOUSE, LED BY REPRESENTATIVE HURD FROM TEXAS AND PETE AGUILAR, BEGAN OUT IF TOGETHER A SECOND PROPOSAL. THE U.S.A. ACT. AND THIS PROPOSAL CURRENTLY HAS 49 BIPARTISAN CO-SPONSORS IT. CAME OUT OF EFFORTS PUT TOGETHER -- RESPONSE -- CO-SPONSORS. IT CAME CAME OUT OF EFFORTS PUT TOGETHER BY A GROUP CALLED THE PROBLEM SOLVERS. AND IN THIS PARTICULAR PROPOSAL, THE U.S.A. ACT, IN ORDER FOR YOU TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR IT, A PERSON NEEDED TO BE AT LEAST 18 YEARS OF AGE ON THE DATE OF ENTRY. NOT HAVE BEEN, AGAIN, CONVICTED OF AN OFFENSE PUNISHABLE FOR MORE THAN ONE YEAR OR ANY COMBINATION OF OFFENSES RESULTING IN IMPRISONMENT FOR MORE THAN ONE YEAR. THEN THE PERSON COULD TRANSITION TO LAWFUL PERMANENT RESIDENCY. AGAIN, MAINTAINING A CLEAN RECORD FOR EIGHT YEARS AND HAVING COMPLETED A COLLEGE DEGREE, COMPLETED TWO YEARS IN A BACHELOR'S DEGREE, OR HIGHER POSTSECONDARY VOCATIONAL PROGRAMS. THEY MUST HAVE SERVED IN THE MILITARY FOR THE ENTIRE LENGTH OF THEIR ENLISTMENT CONTRACT. OR BEEN EMPLOYED FOR AT LEAST THREE YEARS, 80% OF THE TIME THEY WERE UNDER CONDITIONAL PERMANENT RESIDENCY STATUS. ONLY AFTER MEETING ALL OF THE ABOVE CAN THEY TRANSITION THEN TO LEGAL PERMANENT RESIDENCY. AND THEN AFTER FIVE ADDITIONAL YEARS THEY WILL HAVE BEEN ABLE TO APPLY FOR NATURALIZATION. THE U.S.A. ACT HAS A BORDER SECURITY COMPONENT, UNLIKE THE CLEAN DREAM ACT. THESE BIPARTISAN MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE TRIED TO ADDRESS SOME OF THE CONCERNS OF MEMBERS FROM ACROSS THE AISLE THAT CONTINUE TO COMPLAIN AND BE SERIOUSLY CONCERNED ABOUT BORDER SECURITY. AND THEY INCLUDED DIRECTING HOMELAND SECURITY TO DEPLOY MORE TECHNOLOGY ALONG THE BORDER. AND TO SUBMIT A PLAN TO CONGRESS REGARDING EXPANSION OF VEHICLE, CARGO AND PEDESTRIAN INSPECTION LANES ON THE TOP 10 HIGH-VOLUME PORTS OF ENTRY. . THIS LAST CLAUSE IN THIS BILL IS VERY IMPORTANT. OUR PORTS OF ENTRY ARE ANTIQUATED AND DILAPIDATED AND THIS IS PRECISELY WHERE MOST OF THE ILLEGAL DRUGS, ILLEGAL GUNS, AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING ENTERS OUR NATION. AND THIS PARTICULAR BILL CALLS FOR REVAMPING AND MODERNIZING THESE PORTS OF ENTRY. THE U.S.A. ACT ALSO WOULD ADD AN ADDITIONAL 55 IMMIGRATION JUDGES PER YEAR FOR OVER THE NEXT THREE FISCAL YEARS AND FINALLY, THIS BIPARTISAN BILL DEVELOPS A STRATEGY TO ADDRESS THE FACTORS DRIVING MIGRATION FROM NORTHERN TRIANGLE COUNTRIES IN CENTRAL AMERICA. SO YOU HAVE THE DREAM ACT, THE CLEAN DREAM ACT WHICH MANY OF US FOUGHT FOR AND YOU HAVE THE U.S.A. ACT, ANOTHER BIPARTISAN BILL THAT MANY IN THIS HOUSE FOUGHT TO PUT TOGETHER. BUT IT DOES NOT END THERE. IN ADDITION TO THESE TWO AVENUES THAT COULD HAVE BEEN TAKEN TONIGHT HERE IN THIS HOUSE TO ADDRESS THEE PLIGHT OF 800,000 DREAMERS, THE SENATE ACTS AND SENDS US OVER AN IMMIGRATION FRAMEWORK OF IDEAS LED BY SENATOR GRAHAM AND DURBIN, IN ADDITION TO SENATORS MICHAEL BENNETT, JEFF FLAKE, COREY GARDNER AND SENATOR BOB MENENDEZ FROM NEW JERSEY. THUNDER FRAMEWORK, THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA BARS DREAMERS WHO HAVE BEEN CONVICTED OF CRIMES AND THEY MUST SATISFY ANY FEDERAL TAX LIABILITY THAT MAY HAVE -- THEY MAY HAVE ACCRUED WHILE RECEIVING WORK AUTHORIZATION UNDER DACA. A PATH WAY TO CITIZENSHIP WOULD BE 12 YEARS UNLIKE THE OTHER TWO PROPOSALS THAT CALL FOR EIGHT YEARS. THIS IS 12 YEARS TWO. OF WHICH THEY COULD GET CREDIT FOR, FOR THEIR TIME UNDER DACA. THIS IS -- THIS PROPOSAL THIS FRAMEWORK COMING FROM THE SENATE ALSO ADDED ADDITIONAL BORDER SECURITY ELEMENTS WHICH INCLUDED $4.59 BILLION FOR WALL PLANNING, DESIGN, AND CONSTRUCTION AS WELL AS AN ADDITIONAL $1.1 BILLION FOR TACTICAL INFRASTRUCTURE, SOFTWARE, SURVEILLANCE TECHNOLOGY AND OTHER EQUIPMENT. ALL THREE OF THESE BILLS WERE DRAFTED UNDER A BIPARTISAN EFFORT BY MEMBERS OF BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. I THINK IT IS TRAGIC WE LOST ANOTHER GREAT OPPORTUNITY TONIGHT TO BRING ANY ONE OF THOSE BILLS TO THE FLOOR TO BE VOTED UPON BY THE MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE. PARTICULARLY SINCE THE PUBLIC SENTIMENT, OVER 80% OF AMERICA, FEELS THAT THESE YOUNG PEOPLE SHOULD STAY IN OUR NATION. AND LET ME NOW, MR. SPEAKER, YIELD TIME TO MY GOOD COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND FROM THE GREAT STATE OF TEXAS, CONGRESSMAN AL GREEN.

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                          MR. GREEN

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I TRULY AND SINCERELY THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I TRULY AND SINCERELY THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK FOR ALLOWING ME THE TIME. I WOULD LIKE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT HIS MESSAGE WAS MOST EDIFYING. IT WAS MADE PER SPICKS YOULY CLEAR AND ANYONE HAVING THE OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR HIS MESSAGE CLEARLY UNDERSTANDS THAT THERE IS A PATHWAY TO SUCCESS FOR THE DREAMERS. I'M GRATEFUL THAT HE HAS GIVEN HIS MESSAGE AND I'M HONORED HE HAS YIELDED TIME. MR. SPEAKER, DR. KING, AND I MENTION HIM TONIGHT BECAUSE WE JUST CELEBRATED HIS LIFE AND LEGACY, AND I'M STILL CELEBRATING. BUT DR. KING REMINDED US THAT THE TIME IS ALWAYS RIPE, R-I-P-E, ALWAYS RIPE TO DO RIGHT. THE TIME IS ALWAYS BENEFICIAL. THE TIME IS ALWAYS RIGHT TO DO THAT WHICH IS RIGHT. THERE MAY APPEAR TO BE CIRCUMSTANCES BEFORE YOU THAT CAUSE YOU TO CONCLUDE TO THAT THERE ARE GREAT OBSTACLES IN YOUR WAY AND BECAUSE OF THESE OBSTACLES YOU PROBABLY SHOULD WAIT A LITTLE BIT LONGER. BUT THERE ARE SOME QUESTIONS THAT CANNOT WAIT AND ALLOWING TIME TO PASS WILL ONLY ALLOW GREATER HARM TO MANIFEST ITSELF. THE TIME IS ALWAYS RIPE, THE TIME IS ALWAYS RIGHT TO DO THAT WHICH IS RIGHT. IN THE PAST, THE NOT TOO DISTANT PAST, I WAS ACCORDED THE PREEMINENT PRIVILEGE OF BRINGING A PRIVILEGED RESOLUTION BEFORE THIS CONGRESS. AND THAT RESOLUTION WAS ONE FOR IMPEACHMENT. THAT RESOLUTION RECEIVED 58 VOTES. TO FURTHER THE OPPORTUNITY FOR IMPEACHMENT TO BE VOTED UPON. THERE WERE A GOOD MANY PEOPLE WHO WERE OF THE OPINION THAT THIS WAS 57 MORE VOTES THAN EXPECTED. I HAD NO IDEA AS TO THE NUMBER OF VOTES THAT WOULD BE CAST FOR MOVING THE RESOLUTION FORWARD, SUCH THAT THERE MIGHT BE AN UP OR DOWN VOTE ON IMPEACHMENT. I HAD NO IDEA 58 VOTES WAS NOT ACCEPTABLE TO ME BUT I ALSO WANT THE RECORD TO SHOW, MR. SPEAKER, THAT IF THERE HAD BEEN BUT ONE VOTE, THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN ACCEPT -- 58 VOTES WAS ACCEPTABLE TO ME BUT I ALSO WANT THAT IF THERE HAD BEEN BUT ONE VOTE THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN ACCEPTABLE TO ME. BECAUSE THE TIME IS ALWAYS RIPE TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT. I'M HONORED TO SAY I BELIEVE THE TIME IS RIGHT FOR ADDITIONAL ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT. AS A RESULT THERE HAVE ON TOMORROW, ADDITIONAL ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT WILL BE BROUGHT BECAUSE THE TIME IS RIGHT AND BECAUSE ALLOWING ADECISIONAL TIME TO PASS WILL ONLY ALLOW ADDITIONAL HARM TO MANIFEST ITSELF WITHOUT A PROPER CHALLENGE HAVING BEEN MADE TO THINGS THAT ARE OCCURRING FROM THE PRESIDENCY THAT, MR. SPEAKER, CANNOT BE TOLERATED. MR. SPEAKER, I'M HONORED TO SAY TO YOU THAT I HAVE NO IDEA TOOZE WHAT THE VOTE WILL BE WHEN WE VOTE TOMORROW OR WITHIN THE NEXT TWO LEGISLATIVE DAYS AS REQUIRED BY THE RULES. MY SUSPICION IS THE VOTE WILL TAKE PLACE TOMORROW. I DENT SET THE TIME FOR THE VOTE. I DETERMINE WHEN THE RESOLUTION WILL BE PRESENTED, AND THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE DETERMINES WHEN THE ACTUAL VOTE WILL TAKE PLACE. THAT IS HIS TO DECIDE. I RESPECT ANY DECISION THAT HE MAKES. BUT AS TO MY COLLEAGUES, I AM NOT LOBBYING ANYONE TO VOTE FOR THIS RESOLUTION. EACH PERSON MUST ADDRESS WHAT HIS OR HER CONSCIENCE DICTATES. I HAVE NO IDEA AS TO WHAT THE VOTE WILL BE. I SAY THIS CANDIDLY BECAUSE THERE ARE A GOOD MANY PEOPLE WHO CONTINUALLY QUERY HOW WILL PEOPLE VOTE? WHAT WILL THE OUTCOME BE? I HAVE NO IDEA, MR. SPEAKER. BUT I SAY THIS. WHATEVER THE OUTCOME, I WILL KNOW THAT I HAVE DEN THE RIGHT THING. I WILL KNOW THAT I WILL BE ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY. AND I WILL KNOW THAT THERE ARE UNBORN GENERATIONS WHO WILL LOOK BACK THROUGH THE VISTA OF TIME AND THEY WILL MAKE DECISIONS ABOUT THE ACTIONS WE TAKE AT THIS TIME. AND I WILL LET THEM JUDGE. IT IS UNFORTUNATE BUT THE PEOPLE OF THE TIME THAT WE LIVE IN CAN SOMETIMES NOT BE IN THE BEST POSITION TO JUDGE THE THINGS THAT WE DO. THE ACTIONS THAT WE TAKE. SO I WILL KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, THAT WE HAVE DONE THE RIGHT THING. AND I WILL KNOW THAT THE JUDGES WHO LOOK THROUGH THE VISTA OF TIME WILL SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT FOR THOSE WHO MAY HAVE SOME CONFUSION ABOUT WHAT'S HAPPENING AT THIS TIME. AND I AM CONFIDENT, MR. SPEAKER, THAT WHATEVER THE VOTE IS, IT WILL BE A VOTE THAT WILL BE RECORDED ON OUR RECORDS, IT WILL BE THE SECOND VOTE AND I WANT THE RECORD TO SHOW THAT I REPEATEDLY STOOD ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY. I WILL REPEATEDLY DO THIS. AND FOR THOSE WHO MAY BE CONCERNED, THIS MAY NOT BE THE LAST VOTE. SO THERE MAY BE MORE THAN TWO VOTES. THAT WE WILL TAKE. THAT WILL SHOW WHERE WE STAND ON THIS GREAT QUESTION OF OUR TIME. WHAT IS THE GREAT QUESTION OF OUR TIME? THE GREAT QUESTION OF OUR TIME AS IT RELATES TO THOSE OF US IN THIS COUNTRY AND AROUND THE WORLD IS THIS. ARE WE GOING TO ALLOW THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA THE COUNTRY THAT I LOVE, NO ONE SINGING THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER LOUDER THAN I DO, MAYBE NOT IN A PERFECT KEY. NO ONE RECITES THE PLEDGE WITH GREATER ENTHUSIASM THAN I DO. NO ONE BELIEVES IN THE WORDS EXTOLLED IN THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE, LIBERTY AND JUSITY FOR ALL, MORE THAN I DO. NO ONE BELIEVES IN THE WORDS OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE MORE THAN I DO, ENDOWED BY THEIR CREATORS WITH CERTAIN INALIENABLE RIGHTS. I LOVE MY COUNTRY. SO THE QUESTION IS THIS COUNTRY, THE LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD, PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD DEPEND ON US FOR LEADERSHIP AND GUIDANCE ON THE GREAT ISSUES IMPACTING THE WORLD. WHETHER THEY BE POLITICAL OR MORAL. PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD DEPEND ON THE UNITED STATES. PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW, WHERE IS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WHEN IT COMES TO A CRISIS? REGARD LOFSE THE MAGNITUDE OF THE CRISIS, WHERE ARE THE AMERICANS? THE LEADS OF THE FREE WORLD? MR. SPEAKER, THE QUESTION IS, WILL WE ALLOW OUR PREEMINENCE IN THE WORLD TO BE DIMINISHED BY A PERCEPTION THAT WE CONDONE AND ACCEPT, IN FACT, WILL TOLERATE, DIG TRI-? WILL WE TOLERATE BIGOTRY? WILL WE ALLOW THE BIGOTRY EMANATING IN THIS COUNTRY FROM THE HIGHEST OFFICE, WILL WE ALLOW THAT TO BECOME THE IMAGE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WILL WE ALLOW PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD TO THINK THAT WE CONDONE THIS? I THINK NOT. WHICH IS WHY I WILL BRING THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT TOMORROW. IT IS MY OPINION THAT I, PERSONAL PRONOUN, WILL NOT AND SHOULD NOT TOLERATE BIGOTRY. I LIVED TOO LONG, MR. SPEAKER, I FOUGHT TOO HARD, I SUFFERED TOO MANY INDIGNATIONS ASSOCIATED WITH SEGREGATION. HAD THE KLA NOMBINGS BURN A CROSS IN MY YARD. I KNOW WHAT BIGOTRY LOOKS LIKE, I KNOW WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE, I KNOW WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE, I KNOW WHAT IT FEELS LIKE. I'VE JUST BEEN INVOLVED AND ENGAGED IN THIS STRUGGLE TOO LONG TO TOLERATE IT. I REFUSE TO TOLERATE BIGOTRY. AND THE TRUTH IS, THAT WHICH YOU WILL TOLERATE, YOU ARE NOT LIKELY TO CHANGE. IF YOU'LL TOLERATE IT, YOU'RE NOT LIKELY TO CHANGE IT. SO MY VOTE TOMORROW WILL BE ONE INDICATIVE OF A PERSON WHO WILL NOT TOLERATE BIGOTRY. MY VOTE TOMORROW WILL BE ONE THAT I TRUST. YOUNG CHILDREN IN YEARS TO COME WILL BE PROUD TO SAY ONE AMERICAN STOOD AGAINST BIGOTRY. WE IN THIS HOUSE HAVE HAD YEARS, IN FACT, CENTURIES, TO ERADICATE AND ELIP -- ELIMINATE THE HATRED ASSOCIATED WITH BIGOTRY. INVIDIOUS DISCRIMINATION. WE WENT THROUGH SLAVERY. WE FOUGHT BACK. WE WENT THROUGH SEGREGATION. WE CHANGED THE LAWS. BUT WE CANNOT ALLOW OURSELVES TO BE PUT IN A POSITION SUCH THAT IT WILL BE PERCEIVED THAT WE ARE AMENABLE TO ALLOWING THE CLOCK TO HAND -- THE CLOCK, THE HANDS OF TIME, TO BE ROLLED BACK TO A TIME THAT NONE OF US WOULD LIKE TO RETURN TO. SURELY I WOULD NOT, GIVEN WHAT I KNOW ABOUT HOW BIGOTRY IMPACTS THE LIVES AND THE PSYCHE OF HUMAN BEINGS. WE ARE CONFRONTING THE GREAT QUESTION OF WHAT WILL THE UNITED STATES LOOK LIKE TO THE REST OF THE WORLD, HOW WILL WE BE PERCEIVED? BUT MORE IMPORTANT THAN THIS, MR. SPEAKER, THE QUESTION IS REALLY, WILL WE STAND BY SILENTLY WHEN WE CAN PLAINLY AND CLEARLY SEE THAT WRONG IS BEING PERPETRATED? THAT PEOPLE ARE BEING HARMED? BIGOTRY MAY NOT IMPACT ME THE SAME WAY IT IMPACTS PEOPLE WHO ARE WORKING EVERY DAY, WHO DON'T HAVE THE BENEFIT OF CONGRESS TO COME TO AND TO WORK IN THE FACILITIES THAT I WORK IN. THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE HARDWORKING AMERICANS, WHO ARE IMPACTED BY BIGOTRY IN WAYS THAT ARE HARMFUL, THAT I AND MANY OTHERS WILL NOT EXPERIENCE. THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO WILL GO INTO APPLY FOR A LOAN -- IN TO APPLY FOR A LOAN, PEOPLE OF COLOR, AND HAVE THEIR LOANS DENIED BECAUSE OF HOW THEY LOOK. WE HAVE EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT IT. IT HAPPENS. IT STILL HAPPENS TO PEOPLE OF COLOR. THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO WILL BE IMPACTED BY BIGOTRY SIMPLY BECAUSE OF WHO THEY HAPPEN TO ASSOCIATE WITH IN THEIR INTIMATE PERSONAL LIVES. THERE IS STILL BIGOTRY ASSOCIATED WITH THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY. CAN BE FIRED BECAUSE OF WHO THEY HAPPEN TO BE THE PERSON THAT GOD CREATED, THEY CAN BE FIRED FOR BEING THAT PERSON. THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO SUFFER FROM BIGOTRY BECAUSE OF THEIR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS. IF YOU ARE JEWISH, YOU MAY FIND YOURSELF AT SOME POINT SUFFERING FROM BIGOTRY. PERPETRATED BECAUSE OF YOUR BELIEF IN YOUR GOD. IF YOU ARE MUSLIM YOU MAY FIND YOURSELF SUFFERING FROM THE HORRORS ASSOCIATED WITH BIGOTRY AND BEING BANNED FROM A COUNTRY BECAUSE OF YOUR ARE RELIGIOUS BELIEFS -- BECAUSE OF YOUR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS. BECAUSE YOU ARE OF THE ISLAMIC FAITH. SO, MR. SPEAKER, THE LIST GOES ON AND ON. AND THESE ARE EVERYDAY, HARDWORKING PEOPLE WHO SUFFER -- THESE ARE EVERYDAY HARDWORKING PEOPLE WHO SUFFER. THOSE OF US IN CONGRESS MAY NOT SUFFER ALL OF THESE INDIGNATIONS BUT THERE ARE TIMES WHEN SOME OF US TOO WILL BEFALL TO THE UGLINESS OF BIGOTRY. MR. SPEAKER, THE QUESTION IS WILL WE ALLOW PEOPLE THAT WE KNOW WE CAN HELP TO BE ASSISTED BY VIRTUE OF THE POSITION THAT WE TAKE? I SAY TO YOU, MR. SPEAKER, TOMORROW SOME TIME AFTER WE START OUR LEGISLATIVE DAYS I WILL COME TO THE WELL AND I WILL PRESENT ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT THAT WILL DIFFER FROM THE PRIOR ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT. BECAUSE THESE ARTICLES WILL ASSOCIATE COMMENTARY MADE IN THE HIGHEST OFFICE IN THE LAND WITH POLICIES THAT ARE PRODUCED. WHEN YOU ARE IN THE WHITE HOUSE AND YOU SAY UGLY COMMENTS ABOUT A CONTINENT, THE COUNTRIES WITHIN THAT CONTINENT, ABOUT OTHER COUNTRIES, AND YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT IMMIGRATION POLICY , SURELY IT IS REASONABLE TO CONCLUDE THAT YOUR COMMENTARY CAN BE CONVERTED INTO YOUR POLICY. THAT IT CAN BECOME A PART OF YOUR POLICY. AND THAT IF YOU CONCLUDE AND IF YOU BY YOUR COMMENTARY WOULD HAVE US KNOW THAT YOU MAY HAVE CONCLUDED, THAT PEOPLE FROM A PREDOMINANTLY WHITE COUNTRY ARE MORE WELCOME THAN PEOPLE FROM COUNTRIES OF COLOR, IT'S NOT UNREASONABLE FOR ONE TO CONCLUDE THAT YOUR IMMIGRATION POLICY MAY BE ONE THAT IS RACE-BASED, MASSACRE AIDING AS ONE THAT IS MERIT-BASED. NOT UNREASONABLE, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AS I CLOSE I WANT TO APOLOGIZE TO PEOPLE THAT I MAY HAVE OFFENDED WITH MY MESSAGE. BECAUSE THE INTENT IS NOT TO OFFEND. THE INTENT IS TO SPEAK THE TRUTH . MR. SPEAKER, I TAKE NO GREAT SOLACE IN HAVING TO BRING THIS TRUTH BEFORE THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THIS IS NOT SOMETHING THAT I CAME TO CONGRESS TO DO. IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT I TAKE GREAT PLEASURE IN DOING. PEOPLE SAY UGLY THINGS ABOUT ME AND TO ME, JUST TODAY WE HAD A CALL TO OUR OFFICE, A THREAT THAT INVOLVED THE TAKING OF LIFE . SO THIS IS NOTHING THAT I DO WITH ANY DEGREE OF PLEASURE. I DO IT BECAUSE IT IS RIGHT. AND TO ALL OF THE PEOPLE THAT I MAY HAVE OWE FEBLEDED, TO -- OFFENDED, TO COLLEAGUES THAT MAY SOMEHOW THINK ILL OF WHAT I DO, YOU HAVE MY APOLOGIES. THIS IS REALLY NOT ABOUT YOU. IT'S ABOUT DEMOCRACY. IT'S ABOUT GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE. AND WHETHER WE WILL MAINTAIN GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE BY THE OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE, IT'S ABOUT THE -- GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE, IT'S ABOUT THE REPUBLIC. WHETHER WE WILL DO AS FRANKLIN INDICATED, WHETHER WE WILL KEEP THE REPUBLIC THAT WE HAVE, IT REALLY IS NOT ABOUT ANY INDIVIDUAL, IT'S NOT ABOUT ANY POLITICAL PARTY. IT'S ABOUT THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD AND WHETHER WE, WHO HAVE THE ABILITY, THE RESPONSIBILITY, IF YOU WILL, TO TAKE ON THESE CHALLENGES, WILL DO SO IN SUCH A WAY AS TO PROTECT THE INSTITUTIONS THAT WE LOVE. I'M GIVING YOU MY POSITION. I GIVE NO ONE ELSE'S POSITION. I AM A CAUCUS OF ONE. IT'S CALLED THE LIBERATED DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS. THAT'S WHO I AM. A LIBERATED DEMOCRAT. THAT MEANS THAT I CANNOT ONLY SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER, I CAN SPEAK ABOUT POWER. TONIGHT THE TRUTH IS WE HAVE A COUNTRY IN CRISIS. STOCK MARKETS ARE UP, YES. JOBS, YES. PEOPLE ARE EMPLOYED. SOMETHING TO BE SAID ABOUT THE TYPES OF JOBS AND MINIMUM WAGE. BUT FOR THIS SOLILOQUY, LET'S JUST SAY PEOPLE ARE EMPLOYED. BUT THESE THINGS ARE NOT WHAT MAKE A COUNTRY GREAT. THE GREATNESS OF A COUNTRY IS NOT MEASURED BY HOW WE TREAT PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THE SUITES OF LIFE. THE GREATNESS OF A COUNTRY IS MEASURED BY HOW YOU TREAT PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THE STREETS OF LIFE. AND THOSE WHO LIVE IN THE STREETS OF LIFE ARE THE ONES WHO HAVE TO COPE WITH BIGOTRIES THAT MANY OF US NEVER SEE. AND MANY DON'T UNDERSTAND. , SO MR. SPEAKER, I'M GRATEFUL TO HAVE -- SO, MR. SPEAKER, I'M GRATEFUL TO HAVE HAD THIS MOMENT AND TIME TO TALK ABOUT THE TIME THAT WE WILL SHARE TOMORROW. IT WILL TAKE PLACE. I DO LOOK FORWARD TO HAVING THE OPPORTUNITY TO STAND IN THE WELL AGAIN OF THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. IT IS A PREEMINENT PRIVILEGE, A PLEASURE, AND AN HONOR. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                        • 09:38:40 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING BACK. I ALSO…

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING BACK. I ALSO WANT TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY, MR. SPEAKER, TO THANK THE CONGRESSIONAL PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS FOR ALLOWING AND FACILITATING THIS SPECIAL HOUR. ESSES --ESS ON THE DREAMERS AND --

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                        • 09:39:05 PM

                          MR. ESPAILLAT

                          ON THE DREAMERS AND DACA. AND ON MY PREVIOUS INTERVENTION, I HIGHLIGHTED…

                          ON THE DREAMERS AND DACA. AND ON MY PREVIOUS INTERVENTION, I HIGHLIGHTED HOW WE CONTEMPLATED TONIGHT, AS THIS HOUSE PASSED A CONTINUING RESOLUTION TO FUND GOVERNMENT, HOW FOR MANY MONTHS WE CONTEMPLATED THREE PIECES OF LEGISLATION TO ADDRESS THE ISSUES OF DACA RECIPIENTS AND DREAMERS THAT WERE DRAFTED IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. AS I MENTIONED EARLIER, THE FIRST ONE IS THE CLEAN DREAM ACT . THE SECOND ONE, PUT TOGETHER BY THE PROBLEM-SOLVING CAUCUS, IS THE U.S.A. ACT. AND THEN THE OTHER HOUSE, WHICH IS CONVENING RIGHT NOW AS I SPEAK, TO DEBATE WHETHER OR NOT GOVERNMENT SHOULD CONTINUE TO BE FUNDED AND TO TAKE UP THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION THAT WE SENT OVER TO THE OTHER HOUSE. AS THEY DEBATE THAT, THEY WILL REALIZE THAT NONE OF THE THREE PROPOSALS THAT I HIGHLIGHTED EARLIER, THE DREAM ACT, THE U.S.A. ACT, AND ALSO THE FRAMEWORK, THE IMMIGRATION FRAMEWORK THAT CAME OVER FROM BIPARTISAN SENATORS, IS INCLUDED IN THAT CONTINUING RESOLUTION. LEAVING THE DREAMERS AND DACA RECIPIENTS OUT IN THE COLD. PROPELING ME TO ONCE AGAIN VOTE AGAINST THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION AS I DID OVER THREE WEEKS AGO. BECAUSE THIS PARTICULAR ISSUE IMPACTS 800,000 DREAMERS. ACROSS THE NATION. BIGGER -- A POPULATION BIGGER THAN ANY ONE OF OUR CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS. AND, MR. SPEAKER, THEY WILL HAVE A PROFOUND IMPACT ON THE ECONOMY IF THEY'RE LEFT OUT IN THE COLD. ACCORDING TO THE CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS, MY DISTRICT, THE 13TH CONDITIONINGLE -- CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IN NEW YORK, WHICH I REPRESENT, WOULD LOSE MORE THAN 155 -- $155 MILLION IN G.D.P. IN THEIR OWN LOCAL G.D.P. AND MY HOME STATE, NEW YORK, WOULD LOSE $2.7 -- $2.6 BILLION. THIS IS NOT CHUMP CHANGE. THIS IS WHAT THE NUMBERS SHOW. THAT WE WILL LOSE. AND SO THIS IS NOT A MATTER TO BE TAKEN LIGHTLY. AND THESE YOUNG PEOPLE ARE NOT JUST A GROUP OF FOLKS THAT WILL HAVE AN IMPORTANT IMPACT IN OUR ECONOMY. THEY'RE ALSO HAVING AN IMPACT ON HEALTH CARE. MANY OF THEM WORKING TO SERVICE OUR ELDERLY, OUR SENIOR POPULATION. MANY OF THEM CONTINUE TO BE PROVIDING SERVICES FOR IMPACTING PATIENTS ACROSS OUR NATION'S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. ACCORDING TO A 2016 SURVEY BY GROUPS INCLUDING THE NATIONAL IMMIGRATION LAW CENTER AND THE CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS, MORE THAN ONE IN FIVE DREAMERS ALSO WORK IN THE HEALTH CARE AND EDUCATIONAL INDUSTRIES. SO THESE YOUNG PEOPLE THAT ARE BEING LEFT OUT IN THE COLD BY THESE -- THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION, THAT IS BEING DEBATED IN THE SENATE RIGHT NOW, WORK IN OUR HOSPITALS, IN OUR CLINICS, IN OUR COMMUNITY-BASED CLINICS. THEY TAKE CARE OF OUR SENIORS, OF OUR CHILDREN, OF THOSE THAT ARE PERHAPS ILL WITH A CATASTROPHIC DISEASE. AND THEY ALSO WORK IN OUR EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM. SO THEY ARE PRODUCTIVE MEMBERS OF OUR SOCIETY. AND LET ME JUST SAY THAT THEY ARE ALSO WORKING VERY HARD TO DISTINGUISH THEMSELVES IN HIGHER EDUCATION. EVERY YEAR AN ESTIMATED 65,000 UNDOCUMENTED STUDENTS GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL. AND ABOUT 10,000 UNDOCUMENTED STUDENTS GRADUATED FROM COLLEGE EVERY SINGLE YEAR. BEFORE PRESIDENT OBAMA ANNOUNCED DACA, THESE YUCK PEOPLE FACED -- YOUNG PEOPLE FACED GREAT BARRIERS WHEN IT CAME TO HIGHER EDUCATION. WE ARE NOWHERE CLOSE WHERE WE NEED TO BE IF 55,000 HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES ARE NOT PURSUING OUR HIGHER EDUCATION. LET'S NOT FORGET THESE STUDENTS. LET'S NOT FORGET THESE DREAMERS. LET'S NOT FORGET THESE DACA RECIPIENTS. WE HAVE MADE A FULL EFFORT IN THE HOUSE AND IN THE SENATE TO HAVE A BIPARTISAN APPROACH TO SOLVING THIS ISSUE. BUT YET ONCE AGAIN, ONCE AGAIN THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION, WHICH IS CURRENTLY RIGHT NOW BEING DEBATED IN THE SENATE, CHOSE TO LEAVE THE DREAMERS OUT IN THE COLD. MR. SPEAKER, WE WILL CONTINUE THIS FIGHT. I ASK THE DREAMERS NOT TO BE AFRAID. I ASK THEM NOT TO BE DETERRED. NOT TO BE DISCOURAGED. NOT TO DISMAY. WHETHER HE CONTINUE THIS FIGHT UNTIL THEY'RE ALLOWED TO STAY HERE WITH THEIR FAMILIES AND THEY CAN CONTINUE TO MAKE AMERICA A STRONGER NATION. MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE NOW ADJOURN.

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                        • 09:45:00 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO ADJOURN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE…

                          THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO ADJOURN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES APPEAR TO HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. ACCORDINGLY, THE HOUSE STANDS ADJOURNED UNTIL 9:00 TOMORROW.

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                        • 09:45:01 PM

                          Mr. Espaillat moved that the House do now adjourn.

                        • 09:45:04 PM

                          On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.

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                            Adjourned

                            The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on January 19, 2018.

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                              TOMORROW.

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                            THE CLERK

                            THE SPEAKER'S R M, WASHINGTON, D.C., JANUARY 18, 2018, I HEREBY APPOINT…

                            THE SPEAKER'S R M, WASHINGTON, D.C., JANUARY 18, 2018, I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE RON ESTES TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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                          • 10:00:42 AM

                            TEMPORE PURSUANT

                            8, 2018, THE CHAIR WILL NOW RECOGNIZE MEMBERS FROM LISTS SUBMITTED BY THE…

                            8, 2018, THE CHAIR WILL NOW RECOGNIZE MEMBERS FROM LISTS SUBMITTED BY THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS FOR MORNING HOUR DEBATE. THE CHAIR WILL ALTERNATE RECOGNITION BETWEEN THE PARTIES. ALL TIME SHALL BE EQUALLY ALLOCATED BETWEEN THE PARTIES AND IN NO EVENT SHALL DEBATE CONTINUE BEYOND 11:50 A.M. EACH MEMBER OTHER THAN THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS AND THE MAJORITY WHIP SHALL BE LIMITED TO FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MISSOURI, MRS. HARTZLER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                          • 10:01:15 AM

                            MRS. HARTZLER

                            HERE WE ARE AGAIN HAVING TO VOTE ON A CONTINUING RESOLUTION INSTEAD OF A…

                            HERE WE ARE AGAIN HAVING TO VOTE ON A CONTINUING RESOLUTION INSTEAD OF A FULL-YEAR APPROPRIATIONS DEAL BECAUSE OF POLITICAL REASONS. MR. SPEAKER, I AM APPALLED THAT MUCH-NEEDED DEFENSE DOLLARS ARE ONCE AGAIN BEING HELD HOSTAGE FOR POLITICAL REASONS. WE HAVE HEARD TIME AND AGAIN FROM MILITARY LEADERS ABOUT THE DEVASTATING READINESS CRISIS PLAGUING EVERY CORNER OF THE MILITARY. WE HAVE PLANES THAT CANNOT FLY, TROOPS THAT CANNOT DEPLOY, AND WE ARE LITERALLY RUNNING OUT OF BOMBS. IT IS IRRESPONSIBLE AND MORALLY WRONG TO SEND OUR TROOPS INTO HARM'S WAY WITHOUT ADEQUATE RESOURCES AND TRAINING. LAST YEAR ALONE, THERE WERE 80 DEATHS RELATED TO READINESS AND TRAINING ACCIDENTS. IT IS CLEAR THAT INSUFFICIENT AND UNRELIABLE FUNDING IS WEARING OUR MILITARY TO THE BONE AND COSTING PRECIOUS LIVES. AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, WE HAVE THE POWER OF THE PURSE. WE CAN RELIEVE THE MILITARY FROM THIS DEADLY CYCLE. I CALL ON MY COLLEAGUES TO END THE POLITICAL GAMES. SUPPORT THE MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM WHO RISK THEIR LIVES EVERY DAY TO DEFEND THIS COUNTRY. SUPPORT A BUDGET AGREEMENT THAT PROVIDES OUR SERVICE MEMBERS WITH THE FUNDING THEY SO DESPERATELY NEED. I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 10:02:34 AM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                          • 10:02:40 AM

                            MR. MCGOVERN

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO CONDEMN IN THE STRONGEST POSSIBLE TERMS THE…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO CONDEMN IN THE STRONGEST POSSIBLE TERMS THE ONGOING, UNRELENTING ATTACKS AGAINST CIVILIANS IN SYRIA COMMITTED BY THE BARBARIC LAWLESS REGIME OF ASAWED WITH RUSSIAN BACKING. WE -- ASSAD WITH RUSSIAN BACKING. AS MANY AS HALF A MILLION KILLED SINCE MARCH, 2011. TENS OF THOUSANDS OF THEM CIVILIANS. TENS OF THOUSANDS OF THEM DETAINED, DISAPPEARED AND LIKELY DEAD DIRECTLY AT THE HANDS OF THE REGIME. MORE THAN 11 MILLION PEOPLE DISPLACED ONCE AGAIN INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF SYRIA'S BORDERS, THE LARGEST SINGLE REFUGEE CRISIS IN THE WORLD HAS SEEN SINCE 1945. MORE THAN HALF OF THOSE DISPLACED ARE CHILDREN AND YOUTH. LAST SUMMER, MUCH WAS MADE OF THE CEASE-FIRE AGREEMENT THAT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION REACHED WITH THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT TO ESTABLISH DE-ESCALATION ZONES TO ESTABLISH SYRIA WHILE KEEPING THE ASSAD REGIME IN POWER. WE WERE TOLD IT WOULD SAVE LIVES. ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE NO BULLETS BEING FIRED IN SYRIA, TRUMP SAID. WELL, THAT HAS TURNED OUT NOT TO BE TRUE. THE DE-ESCALATION ZONES ARE NOT DE-ESCALATING. AS OF LATE DECEMBER, MORE THAN 400,000 PEOPLE REMAINED TRAPPED BY REGIME FORCES IN THE EASTERN ZONE, ONLY HALF AN HOUR'S DRIVE FROM DAMASCUS. AS JAN, U.N. SPECIAL ADVISOR ON SYRIA SAID LAST DECEMBER, THERE IS NO DE-ESCALATION ZONE, THERE IS ONLY ESCALATION IN THIS DE-ESCALATION ZONE. IDLIB SUFFERED A DRAMATIC INCREASE IN AIR ATTACKS LAST SEPTEMBER AGAINST ARMED GROUPS NOT COVERED BY THE CEASE-FIRE AGREEMENT. LATE DECEMBER, AIR STRIKES AND SHELLING AGAINST A HOSPITAL, A MEDICAL WAREHOUSE AND A VEGETABLE MARKET KILLED, INJURED AND DISPLACED SCORES OF PEOPLE. THE U.S. GOVERNMENT HERALDED THE MILITARY DEFEAT OF ISIS IN SYRIA IN NOVEMBER, BUT THE DEFEAT OF ISIS HAS AND WILL NOT END THE SYRIAN CONFLICT. AND RUSSIA HAS NOT SUCCEEDED IN PRESSURING ASSAD TO END THE CONFLICT. NOR RESTRAINING ATTACKS ON SYRIANS AS HE GOES AFTER REBEL FORCES. MEANWHILE, THE HUMANITARIAN SITUATION IN SYRIA DETERIORATES EACH AND EVERY DAY. WORLD VISION ESTIMATES THAT 5.6 MILLION PEOPLE ARE IN NEED OF ACUTE HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE. THE U.N. SAYS A TOTAL OF 13.1 MILLION NEED SOME FORM OF ASSISTANCE. THAT'S THREE MILLION MORE THAN AT THE END OF 2016. THE SITUATION IS WORSE TODAY AFTER MONTHS OF DE-ESCALATION THAN IT WAS A YEAR AGO. OF THOSE 13 MILLION, THREE MILLION ARE TRAPPED AND BESIEGED IN HARD TO REACH AREAS. THAT'S 4 1/2 TIMES THE POPULATION OF BOSTON OR WASHINGTON, D.C. HUMANITARIAN ACCESS TO THOSE AREAS IS NOT GUARANTEED BY THE REGIME NOR BY ITS BACKERS. INTERNATIONAL LAW OBLIGATIONS BE DAMNED. SOME OF THE MOST HEARTBREAKING NEWS OUT OF SYRIA HAS TO DUE WITH THE CRISIS IN HEALTH CARE. THE WEAPONIZATION OF HEALTH CARE IN SYRIA IS NOT NEW, BUT THE DEPREVIOUSITY OF IT ALL STILL SHOCKS ME. ACCORDING TO A RECENT REPORT BY RESEARCHERS AT THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY IN BEIRUT, SYRIA HAS BECOME THE MOST DANGEROUS PLACE ON EARTH FOR HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS. ACCORDING TO THE INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE, IN 2011, THERE WAS ONE DOCTOR PER 600 PEOPLE IN SYRIA. BUT NOW THERE IS ONLY ONE DOCTOR PER 3,600 PEOPLE. MEDICAL SUPPLIES ARE NOT ALLOWED INTO BESIEGED AREAS AND TERRIBLY ILL PATIENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED OUT. WHAT POLITICAL PURPOSE IS SERVED BY DENYING HEALTH CARE FOR PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM HEART DISEASE, CANCER AND BLOOD DISEASES? MR. SPEAKER, CURRENT POLICY IS NOT WORKING TO END THE CRISIS IN SYRIA. IT'S TIME TO CHANGE COURSE, NOT BY SENDING MORE SPECIAL FORCES TROOPS THERE WITHOUT ANY AUTHORIZATION, NOR PROMISING TO KEEP THEM THERE INDEFINITELY TO FIGHT THE NEXT GENERATION OF ISIS. WHAT WE NEED TO DO IS REASSERT DIPLOMATIC LEADERSHIP AND END THE WAR. WE NEED A PLAN TO TRANSITION ASSAD OUT OF POWER. WE NEED TO PASS HOUSE RESOLUTION 632, COB DEMMING THE SENSELESS ATTACKS -- CONDEMNING THE SENSELESS ATTACKS ON HOSPITAL PERSONNEL IN SYRIA. WE NEED TO SHAME RUSSIA. WE NEED TO INCREASE OR CONTRIBUTIONS TO HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE IN SYRIA AND MAKE CROSS-BORDER ASSISTANCE. WE NEED TO OPEN OUR HEARTS TO THE SYRIAN REFUGEES AND WELCOME MORE OF THEM TO OUR COUNTRY. AND WE NEED TO DO EVERYTHING IN OUR POWER TO LAY THE GROUNDWORK TO ENSURE ACCOUNTABILITY FOR ASSAD'S VICTIMS. THAT INCLUDES -- THAT INCLUDES FUNDING THE INTERNATIONAL IMPARTIAL AND INDEPENDENT MECHANISM TO ASSIST IN THE INVESTIGATION AND PROSECUTION OF WAR CRIMES. THE SYRIAN CONFLICT HAS GONE ON FAR TOO LONG. THE HORROR OF IT ALL CAN BE MIND NUMBING, BUT WE NUST NOT LOSE OUR OUT-- MUST NOT LOSE OUR OUTRAGE. NOW IS THE TIME TO RE-ENERGIZE OUR EFFORTS AND END THE SUFFERING. YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 10:07:46 AM

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

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

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                          • 10:07:51 AM

                            MR. THOMPSON

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS FRIDAY MORE THAN 100,000…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS FRIDAY MORE THAN 100,000 AMERICANS WILL TRAVEL FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO TAKE PART IN THE WORLD'S LARGEST PRO-LIFE EVENT RIGHT HERE IN THE NATION'S CAPITAL. THE THEME FOR THE 45TH ANNUAL MARCH FOR LIFE IS LOVE SAVES LIVES. THIS EMBODIES THE TRUE SPIRIT AND MISSION OF THE PRO-LIFE MOVEMENT BY ENLISTING THE POWER LOVE TO CHOOSE LIFE. SINCE THE SUPREME COURT ISSUED THE DECISION IN ROE V. WADE, TENS OF THOUSANDS OF ABORTION PROCEDURES HAVE BEEN PERFORMED THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES. ALTHOUGH CONSISTENT ATTEMPTS TO OVERTURN HAS FALLEN SHORT, SUPPORT FOR FEDERAL PRO-LIFE POLICIES HAS REMAINED STRONG. WE WILL WITNESS THIS STRENGTH FRIDAY WHEN AMERICANS FROM ALL CORNERS OF THE COUNTRY WILL MARCH ON WASHINGTON TO HIGHLIGHT THE PROGRESS THE PRO-LIFE MOVEMENT AND ENCOURAGE STRONG SUPPORT MOVING FORWARD. PRESIDENT TRUMP WILL ADDRESS THE MARCHERS FROM THE ROSE GARDEN AND SHOW HIS COMMITMENT TO PROTECTING THE ONBORN. HE'S THE FIRST SITTING PRESIDENT TO ADDRESS THE EVENT VIA SATELLITE IN THE EVENT'S 45-YEAR HISTORY. PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS REMAINED STEADFAST TO ADVANCE PRO-LIFE POLICY. ONE OF HIS FIRST ACTIONS IN 2017 WAS AN EXECUTIVE ORDER REINSTATING THE MEXICO CITY POLICY WHICH BARS NONGOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS THAT PERFORM OR PROMOTE ABORTIONS FROM RECEIVING FUNDING FROM THE U.S. GOVERNMENT. THIS ACTION HELPS ENSURE TAXPAYER DOLLARS ARE NOT USED TO FUND ABORTIONS OVERSEAS. MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE ALSO PASSED H.R. 7, THE NO TAXPAYER FUNDING FOR ABORTION AND BOORS INSURANCE FULL DISCLOSURE ACT OF 2017 JUST ONE DAY AFTER PRESIDENT TRUMP REINSTATED THE MEXICO CITY POLICY. THIS BILL MADE PERMANENT SOME LONG-STANDING POLICIES THAT PROHIBIT THE USE OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS TO FUND ABORTION SUCH AS THE HYDE AMENDMENT. H.R. 7 ALSO HELPS TO ENSURE THE -- THAT HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANIES REMAIN ACCOUNTABLE TO CONSUMERS BY REQUIRING THEM TO FULLY DISCLOSE WHETHER OR NOT THEIR HEALTH CARE PLANS COVER ABORTION SERVICES. ANOTHER PRO-LIFE VICTORY THAT PASSED THE HOUSE IN OCTOBER WAS A H.R. 36, THE PAIN CAPABLE UNBORN CHILD PROTECTION ACT. THIS BILL OUTLAWS ABORTIONS PERFORMED AFTER THE 20-WEEK POSTFERTILIZATION PERIOD. I HAVE CONSISTENTLY VOTED TO PROHIBIT LATE-TERM ABORTIONS AND PROTECT THE UNBORN AND I WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO AS LONG AS I AM SERVING IN THE HOUSE. WE MUST ALWAYS DEMONSTRATE A STRONG COMMITMENT TO PROTECTING THE LIVES OF THE DEFENSELESS AND THE HOUSE WILL CONTINUE THE FIGHT THIS WEEK ON FRIDAY. WE WILL VOTE ON THE BORN-ALIVE ABORTION SURVIVORS PROTECTION ACT. THIS MEANS THAT IN THE CASE OF A CHILD BORN ALIVE DURING AN ATTEMPTED ABORTION, THAT CHILD MUST BE IMMEDIATELY TRANSPORTED AND ADMITTED TO A HOSPITAL. IF A BABY BORN ALIVE IS LEFT TO DIE, THE PENALTY CAN BE UP TO FIVE YEARS IN JAIL. I WILL CERTAINLY VOTE IN SUPPORT OF THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. MR. SPEAKER, ABORTION IS A TRAGEDY, NOT JUST BECAUSE AN INNOCENT CHILD DIES BUT THE LASTING IMPACT IT HAS ON THE MOTHERS OF THOSE CHILDREN. WE CONTINUE TO SEE EFFORTS BY THE PRO-LIFE MOVEMENT MAKING AN IMPACT. DATA SHOWS THAT THE ANNUAL NUMBER OF ABORTIONS PERFORMED IN THIS COUNTRY IS IN DECLINE. INCLUDING MY STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA. THERE ARE LEGISLATIVE EFFORTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO PROTECT UNBORN CHILDREN AND PROVIDE ASSISTANCE AND HOPE TO THEIR MOTHERS. THESE EFFORTS ARE ONE OF THE KEYS TO ENDING ABORTION IN THE U.S. PRO-LIFE EDUCATION IS HAVING AN IMPACT IN OUR CULETURES AND THE LIVES OF -- CULTURE AND THE LIVES OF WOMEN. THAT'S WHY I LOOK TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 45TH MARCH FOR LIFE WHERE WE WILL REDOUBLE OUR EFFORT TO PROTECT THE SANCTITY OF LIFE. ATTENDEES WILL HEAR STORIES OF LOVE, COURAGE, AND VICTORY THROUGH GOD'S MERCY AND GRACE. MR. SPEAKER, HUMAN LIFE IS SACRED AND THROUGH EDUCATION LOVE CAN PROTECT THE MOST VULNERABLE. THE PRO-LIFE MOVEMENT IS A VOICE FOR THE VOICELESS. I AM INCREDIBLY PROUD AND HONORED TO BE PART OF IT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 10:11:53 AM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. GUTIERREZ, FOR FIVE…

                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. GUTIERREZ, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                          • 10:11:59 AM

                            MR. GUTIERREZ

                            MR. SPEAKER, INTERESTING MEETING YESTERDAY WITH GENERAL KELLY. 25 MEMBERS…

                            MR. SPEAKER, INTERESTING MEETING YESTERDAY WITH GENERAL KELLY. 25 MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, MOST ALL OF WHOM ARE DEFENDANTS OF IMMIGRANTS WHO CAME HERE WITH NOTHING, WHOSE PARENTS CAME HERE WITH NOTHING, SAT DOWN WITH THE CHIEF OF STAFF WITH THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND HE SAT DOWN BASICALLY WE WERE THE WRONG KIND OF PEOPLE IN AMERICA. AND THAT PEOPLE LIKE OUR PARENTS, THAT CAME HERE TO THIS COUNTRY, REALLY ARE BRINGING THE COUNTRY DOWN. BECAUSE WHEN HE SAYS HE'S FOR A MERIT-BASED SYSTEM HE'S SAYING HE'S NOT FOR MY MOM AND DAD BEING ABLE TO COME TO THIS COUNTRY. BUT INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH, ALL OF US WHO CAME TO THIS COUNTRY BECAUSE OF FAMILY-BASED IMMIGRATION SYSTEM WOUND UP AS BEING MEMBERS OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. BUT HE WAS SAYING, YOU KNOW, MEETING WITH A GROUP OF CONGRESSMEN AND YOU REALLY SHOULDN'T BE HERE BECAUSE YOUR PARENTS REALLY ARE TEARING THE COUNTRY APART AND BRINGING IT DOWN. THAT MEANS -- THAT'S WHAT HE MEANS WHEN HE SAYS, I WANT TO REPLACE THE SYSTEM WITH A MERIT-BASED SYSTEM, AND THAT WAS VERY TELLING IN THE MEETING YESTERDAY. BUT, YOU KNOW, WE WANT A SYSTEM THAT'S FAMILY-BASED. THAT'S THE SYSTEM THAT DEMOCRATS WANT BECAUSE WE BELIEVE THAT THIS COUNTRY IS CREATED BY IMMIGRANTS AND IT'S ESSENTIAL FOR THEM TO BE UNITED WITH THEIR FAMILY SO THEY CAN ACHIEVE AMERICAN SUCCESS AND WE CAN ALL ACHIEVE THE AMERICAN DREAM TOGETHER. AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT THEY WANT TO STOP WITH THE MERIT-BASED SYSTEM. UNLESS, OF COURSE, THEY COME FROM NORWAY. THEN THEY CONTINUE TO COME. WE HEAR FROM THE PARTY OF FAMILY VALUES AND THE PARTY OF DONALD TRUMP WHO EMPLOYS HIS FAMILY AT THE WHITE HOUSE, HERE IS AN ORGANIZATION WHERE THE DAD CREATED THE BUSINESS, HANDED IT DOWN THE SON. THE SON WILL HAND IT DOWN TO THEIR CHILDREN BUT THEY DON'T WANT IMMIGRANTS TO BE ABLE TO DO EXACTLY THE SAME THING AND FOLLOW THE SAME COURSE THAT APPARENTLY HAS BEEN SO SUCCESSFUL FOR THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. AND HERE'S SOMETHING ELSE WE LEARNED FROM THE CHIEF OF STAFF. THAT WHEN PEOPLE FROM ONE PARTY WORK WITH PEOPLE FROM ANOTHER PARTY, THAT'S NOT BIPARTISANSHIP, HE SAID. BIPARTISANSHIP DEFINED BY GENERAL KELLY AND THIS WHITE HOUSE IS WHEN PEOPLE WITH COMPLETELY DIFFERENT OPPOSITE VIEWS OF THE WORLD, THEY WORK TOGETHER. SO ONLY A SENATE DEAL BETWEEN PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE IN IMMIGRATION AND THOSE WHO DON'T BELIEVE IN IMMIGRATION AND WHO WANTS TO END OUR IMMIGRATION SYSTEM AS IT IS UNLESS YOU COME FROM NORWAY, THAT'S THE ONLY WAY IT'S BIPARTISANSHIP. THAT'S LIKE SAYING THAT IF A REPUBLICAN AND A DEMOCRAT ARE WORKING TOGETHER ON AN ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUE, IT'S NOT BIPARTISANSHIP BECAUSE IT'S A REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRAT UNLESS THE DEMOCRAT AND THE REPUBLICAN ARE A PERSON THAT BELIEVES IN CLIMATE CHANGE WORKING TOGETHER WITH A REPUBLICAN WHO BELIEVES CLIMATE IS A COAX CREATED BY THE CHINESE. YOU KNOW WHAT KIND OF LEGISLATION YOU GET? YOU GET NOTHING. YOU GET A STALEMATE. YOU DO NOT MOVE THE AGENDA FORWARD, BUT THAT'S THEIR BIPARTISANSHIP AND THAT'S WHAT WE LEARNED AT THE MEETING YESTERDAY. LOOK, DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS ARE WORKING TOGETHER. SENATOR GRAHAM, REPUBLICAN, SENATOR DURBIN, DEMOCRAT, THEY PUT A PROPOSAL ON THE TABLE AND THE PRESIDENT REJECTED IT. THAT INCLUDES, JUST SO THAT WE'RE VERY CLEAR, DEMOCRATS GIVING UP THINGS THAT ARE UNPRECEDENTED IN THAT SENATE DEAL THAT WAS PUT ON THE PRESIDENT'S DESK, AND MEMBERS OF THE HISPANIC CAUCUS MEETING WITH GENERAL KELLY CAN'T FATHOM SUPPORTING THE SENATE DEAL, BUT GUESS WHAT, THAT'S BIPARTISANSHIP. THAT'S WHAT IT COMES DOWN TO. . THAT BRINGS US TO THE VOTES THIS WEEK. REPUBLICANS MIGHT NOT NEED OUR HELP, BECAUSE YOU ARE THE MAJORITY PARTY, WE'RE THE MINORITY PARTY. JUST IN CASE YOU DO NEED OUR HELP IN GETTING A BUDGET APPROVED, I WANT YOU TO KNOW, WE'RE READY TO STAND TO HELP YOU TO KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OPENED AND TO APPROVE A BUDGET. WHAT I LEARNED FROM THE MEETING WITH SENATOR KELLY AND EVERYBODY SHOULD UNDERSTAND IS THAT DEMOCRATS ARE MORE UNITED THAN EVER BEFORE. IF YOU WANT TO HELP, OUR HELP, ON THE BUDGET, YOU'VE GOT TO RELEASE THE 800,000 DREAMERS YOU ARE HOLDING HOSTAGE. YOU'VE GOT TO DO IT. DEMOCRATS AREN'T GOING TO BLINK. WE'RE GOING TO STAND BY OUR VALUES. THERE COMES A TIME IF YOU SAY YOU STAND FOR JUSTICE, IF YOU HAVE TO ACTUALLY TAKE A STAND AND HOLD IT. AND NOT BACK DOWN. AND THAT'S WHAT DEMOCRATS ARE GOING TO DO THIS WEEK. WE'RE NOT GOING TO BACK DOWN. NEED OUR HELP? RELEASE THE 800,000 DREAMERS YOU HOLD HOSTAGE. AND GUESS WHAT? WE'RE READY TO PAY HANDSOME RANSOM FOR THEIR RELEASE. THANK YOU.

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                          • 10:16:59 AM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            MEMBERS REMINDED TO DIRECT THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. THE CHAIR…

                            MEMBERS REMINDED TO DIRECT THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, MR. BYRNE, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                          • 10:17:07 AM

                            MR. BYRNE

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO EXPRESS MY GREAT FRUSTRATION WITH MY…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO EXPRESS MY GREAT FRUSTRATION WITH MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE FOR THEIR RECKLESS BEHAVIOR THAT IS THREATENING THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. LET ME EXPLAIN. SOME MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE ARE HOLDING FUNDING FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT INCLUDING FUNDING FOR OUR NATION'S MILITARY HOSTAGE IN AN EFFORT TO ADVANCE THEIR IMMIGRATION AGENDA. I UNDERSTAND THAT IMMIGRATION IS A VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE. I HAVE MANY PRIORITIES IN THE IMMIGRATION DEBATE MYSELF LIKE INCREASED BORDER SECURITY, BUT I UNDERSTAND THAT THERE WILL COME A TIME AND PLACE TO DEBATE IMMIGRATION ISSUES. THAT TIME IS NOT NOW. AND THAT A PLACE IS NOT ON A DEAL DEALING WITH FUNDING OUR MILITARY AND OTHER ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF GOVERNMENT. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HATE ABOUT CONGRESS. INSTEAD OF SIMPLY DOING ONE OF OUR MOST BASIC JOBS, FUNDING THE GOVERNMENT, WE'RE HAVING AN UNRELATED DEBATE ABOUT AN IMMIGRATION ISSUE. LET'S BE CLEAR ABOUT WHAT IS GOING ON HERE. CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS ARE USING OUR MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN AS PAWNS IN A POLITICAL GAME. THEY THINK THEY CAN USE FUNDING FOR THE MILITARY AS LEVERAGE TO GET THEIR WAY ON A VERY COMPLEX IMMIGRATION ISSUE. I THINK THAT IS NOT ONLY WRONG, I THINK IT IS IRRESPONSIBLE AND IT HAS VERY GRAVE CONSEQUENCES. AND I WANT TO STRONGLY REJECT THE NOTION THAT THIS IS A REPUBLICAN PROBLEM. THE HOUSE PASSED A BILL BACK IN SEPTEMBER, OVER FOUR MONTHS AGO, TO FUND THE MILITARY AND THE ENTIRE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THAT BILL HAS BEEN STUCK IN THE SENATE WHERE 60 VOTES ARE NECESSARY TO PASS THE BILL. THERE ARE ONLY MONTHS AGO, TO FUND THE MILITARY AND THE ENTIRE 51 REPUBLICAN SENATORS, SO THAT MEANS IT WILL BE NECESSARY TO HAVE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT TO GET ANY BILL ACROSS THE FINISH LINE. SO I VEHEMENTLY REJECT THIS IS AN ISSUE FACING REPUBLICANS. THAT'S A LIFMENTE WHY AM I SO PASSIONATE ABOUT THIS ISSUE? OUR NATION'S MILITARY IS FACING A SERIOUSNESS READINESS CRISIS, AND WE AS A CONGRESS ARE MAKING THINGS WORSE. WE HAVE THE SMALLEST ARMY SINCE BEFORE WORLD WAR II. THE SMALLEST NAVY SINCE BEFORE WORLD WAR I. ANTI-SMALLEST AND OLDEST AIR FORCE WE HAVE EVER HAD -- AND THE SMALLEST AND OLDEST AIR FORCE WE HAVE EVER HAD. THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ARMY SAID THE BUDGETARY PROBLEMS LEFT THE ARMY OUTRANGED, OUTGUNNED, AND JOW DATED. THE GOVERNMENT RISKS FALLING BEHIND RUSSIA AND CHINA. THERE ARE SIMILARLY ALARMING QUOTES FROM THE OTHER SERVICES AS WELL. OUR MILITARY NEEDS AND DEMANDS FUNDING CERTAINTY TO MAKE PURCHASES AND PERFORM LONG OVERDUE MAINTENANCE. EVERY TIME WE PASS A CONTINUING RESOLUTION, AND KICK THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD, THAT HURTS OUR MILITARY. IT HURTS THE VERY MEN AND WOMEN THAT WE SEND INTO BATTLE EACH DAY. IT MAKES THEIR JOB HARDER AND FRANKLY IT PUTS LIVES AT RISK. WE HAVE SEEN FATAL ACCIDENTS ABOARD THE U.S.S. FITZGERALD AND U.S.S. MCCAIN CAUSED BY INSUFFICIENT TIME TO TRAIN SAILORS AND MAINTAIN SHIPS. WE HAVE ALSO SEEN FATAL AVIATION ACCIDENTS IN THE MARINE CORPS AND THEIR EQUIPMENT AGES AND THEIR TRAINING IS LIMITED. THE AVERAGE AGE OF AIR FORCE AIRCRAFT IS 27 YEARS. ONLY FIVE OF 58 ARMY COMBAT BRIGADES ARE READY TO FIGHT TONIGHT. CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS ALSO HURT OUR TAXPAYERS. IN FACT, THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY RECENTLY SAID THAT THE LACK OF FUNDING CERTAINTY HAS COST THE NAVY BETWEEN $4 BILLION AND $5 BILLION. IT MAKES IT COSTLYIER TO BUY MILITARY EQUIPMENT AND THAT ADDED COST IS ULTIMATELY PASSED ON TO THE TAXPAYER. AND THE THREATS WE FACE TODAY ARE SO GREAT. FROM CHINA TO RUSSIA TO IRAN TO NORTH KOREA TO TERRORIST GROUPS AROUND THE GLOBE, WE HAVEN'T SEEN THIS SERIOUS OF A THREATENING ENVIRONMENT SINCE WORLD WAR II. WHAT MAKES THIS ISSUE EVEN MORE FRUSTRATING IS BOTH HOUSE AND THE SENATE IN AN OVERWHELMING BIPARTISAN MANNER HAVE PASSED A DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL SHOWING OUR CLEAR SUPPORT FOR FUNDING OUR MILITARY AT $700 BILLION. THE BILL PASSED WITH 356 VOTES IN THE HOUSE. AND ON A UNANIMOUS VOICE VOTE IN THE SENATE. BUT YET WE FIND OURSELVES AT A DEADLOCK AND OUR GOVERNMENT ON THE VERGE OF A SHUTDOWN BECAUSE CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS WANT TO ADVANCE THEIR IMMIGRATION AGENDA. MR. SPEAKER, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. I KNOW MY COLLEAGUES MAY NOT LIKE OUR PRESIDENT. I KNOW MY COLLEAGUES MAY NOT AGREE WITH ME ON IMMIGRATION. I KNOW MY COLLEAGUES HAVE DIFFERENT PRIORITIES THAN I DO. BUT FOR GOODNESS SAKES CAN WE NOT AT LEAST AGREE WE SHOULD ADEQUATELY FUND OR TROOPS FOR OUR NATION'S MILITARY. CAN WE NOT AGREE WE SHOULDN'T BE PLAYING POLITICAL GAMES WITH OUR MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN? WE CAN SAVE THE POLITICAL THEATER FOR ANOTHER DAY. I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 10:21:40 AM

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                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. PANETTA, FOR FIVE…

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

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                          • 10:21:45 AM

                            MR. PANETTA

                            MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU. I RISE TODAY TO CALL ON -- UPON MY COLLEAGUES TO…

                            MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU. I RISE TODAY TO CALL ON -- UPON MY COLLEAGUES TO SET UP AND EXTEND FUNDING FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH CLINICS. COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS ARE A VITAL RESOURCE TO MILLIONS OF AMERICANS PROVIDING MORE COVERAGE AT A LOWER COST. THESE HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS SERVE OUR UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES. IN RURAL DISTRICTS LIKE MINE ON THE CENTRAL COAST OF CALIFORNIA, THEY ARE SOMETIMES THE ONLY HEALTH CARE PROVIDER CLOSE ENOUGH FOR PATIENTS TO RECEIVE IMMEDIATE OR LONG-TERM CARE. THEY PROVIDE PRENATAL CARE, ANNUAL CHECKUPS, AND LIFESAVING SCREENINGS. IN MY DISTRICT, THERE ARE NINE FEDERALLY FUNDED HEALTH CENTERS. SERVING APPROXIMATELY 190,000 PATIENTS FROM SANTA CRUZ TO SEA SIDE AND FROM THE VALLEY TO THE COUNTY. THEY HAVE DEDICATED STAFF THAT SERVE THE UNIQUE AND MULTILINGUAL AND MULTICULTURAL NEEDS OF THE PATIENTS IN MY DISTRICT. WITHOUT PROPER FUNDING, THESE VITAL COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS MAY BE FORCED TO REDUCE THEIR HOURS OF OPERATIONS, LAYOFF STAFF, OR CLOSE THEIR DOORS. WE MUST SUPPORT OUR COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS. NOT JUST ON THE CENTRAL COAST OF CALIFORNIA, BUT ACROSS THIS NATION. THESE CLINICS, THEIR PATIENTS, THE PEOPLE WE SERVE, DESERVE OUR SUPPORT. SO I ASK CONGRESS TO SUPPORT OUR COMMUNITY HEALTH CLINICS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 10:23:20 AM

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                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. BOST, FOR FIVE…

                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. BOST, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                          • 10:23:24 AM

                            MR. BOST

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AS A FATHER AND GRANDFATHER, I KNOW…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AS A FATHER AND GRANDFATHER, I KNOW FIRSTHAND HOW IMPORTANT IT IS THAT OUR NATION'S CHILDREN HAVE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT TO GROW AND LEARN. THAT'S WHY THIS WEEK I INTRODUCED A BIPARTISAN THE S.O.S. ACT, MY BILL MAKES PANIC BUTTONS MORE AVAILABLE TO LOCAL SCHOOL SYSTEMS. RESPONSE TIME TO VITAL IMPORTANT -- VITALLY IMPORTANT EMERGENCY SITUATIONS MAKES IT QUICKER AND THE S.O.S. ACT PROVIDES A LIFESAVING TECHNOLOGY TO CONTACT FIRST RESPONDERS IMMEDIATELY WHEN AN INCIDENT TAKES PLACE IN OUR SCHOOLS. I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO BUILDING SUPPORT FOR THIS COMMONSENSE BILL TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN IN THE DAYS AND WEEKS AHEAD. MR. SPEAKER, I ALSO RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A BRAVE YOUNG LADY FROM MY DISTRICT. SHE LIVES IN JOHNSON CITY, ILLINOIS. HER NAME IS VICTORIA MUELLER. SHE'S CLASS PRESIDENT. SHE'S AN A STUDENT. SHE PLAYS IN THREE SPORTS, INCLUDING FOOTBALL. MEMBERS OF COUNTLESS SCHOOL CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES. THIS LAST WEEK, TWO WEEKS AGO, I CALLED VICTORIA TO LET HER KNOW THAT SHE RECEIVED OUR NOMINATION AND AS WELL AS DICK DURBIN, THAT HIS NOMINATION FOR THE U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY. UNFORTUNATELY, HER ANSWER WAS, I'M SORRY I CAN'T ACCEPT THAT AT THIS TIME. YOU SEE, IN OCTOBER I HAD AN ACCIDENT IN A CAR AND MY ARM WAS DAMAGED SEVERELY AND SEVERED. AND SHE'S GONE THROUGH A NUMBER OF SURGERIES. HERE'S WHAT SHE PROMISED. SHE WILL RECOVER FROM THE ACCIDENT. SHE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK HARD. AND SHE WILL BE RECEIVING A LETTER AND GET THAT NOMINATION NEXT YEAR. HER STRENGTH, HER COURAGE, IS SOMETHING THAT I WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT I BROUGHT UP BEFORE THIS HOUSE AND BEFORE THIS NATION AS TRULY AN INSPIRATION AND SHOULD BE AN INSPIRATION TO ALL OF US. I'M TRULY INSPIRED BY VICTORIA'S STRENGTH, HER GRIT, AND WISH HER THE BEST IN HER RECOVERY. WE'LL BE PRAYING FOR HER. VICTORIA, SOUTHERN ILLINOIS IS PROUD OF YOU AND THIS NATION IS PROUD OF YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I ALSO WANT TO TALK ON THE FACT THAT THIS WEEK STARTING TOMORROW IS OUR MARCH FOR LIFE. AS A MEMBER OF THIS BODY, AND AS A MEMBER OF THE BODY IN THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, I HAVE ALWAYS STOOD PROUD TO STAND UP FOR THE RIGHTS OF THE UNBORN. WE'RE WORKING ON AND WILL VOTE TO ELIMINATE TAXPAYER FUNDED ABORTION THROUGH THE HYDE AMENDMENT AND EVERYTHING AS WELL AS THAT GOES, BUT ALSO CO-SPONSORING THE BORN ALIVE ACT, WHICH IS BEING VOTED ON THIS WEEK. THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT QUITE OFTEN BRINGS CONTROVERSY, MR. SPEAKER. I TELL YOU, EACH ONE OF US ON THIS FLOOR, NO MATTER WHAT OUR POSITION IS, I'M SURE THERE IS REASONS WHY WE HOLD TO THOSE BELIEFS. MINE ARE MY FAITH. THEY ARE ALSO EXPERIENCES I HAVE HAD IN LIFE. ESPECIALLY WHEN WE START TALKING ABOUT THE BABY BORN ALIVE ACT. 15 YEARS AGO, MR. SPEAKER, I WAS PRESENT WHEN MY TWO GRANDDAUGHTERS, TWINS, WERE BORN. THEY WERE 25 1/2 WEEKS. WE WERE HOPING THEY WOULD MAKE IT TO 26. WE LOST ONE IN THE WOMB. AND WHEN LOSING HER CAUSED THE PREGNANCY TO -- THE LABOR TO START, AND WE THEN HALLY WAS BORN. WE HELD HER WHILE SHE PASSED. NOW, ACCORDING TO SOME LAWS THAT ARE IN THAT NATION, YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO ABORT A CHILD AT THAT AGE. I CAN TELL YOU THAT YOU HAVE NEVER HELD ONE AT THAT AGE. YOU KNOW, AND WE CAN SIT AND SAY, OH, WELL, I DON'T AGREE WITH ABORTION, BUT LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING ELSE THAT'S TAKEN PLACE. I THINK WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO TAKE CARE OF THOSE YOUNG WOMEN WHO HAVE CHILDREN THAT MIGHT NOT BE AT THE BEST TIME IN THEIR LIVES AND ISSUES THAT COME UP. LET ME ALSO SAY THIS. I WANT TO TALK ABOUT A GROUP THAT WAS FORMED CALLED TENDER MERCIES. THAT MINISTERS TO WOMEN WHO HAVE LOST A CHILD, HAVE ABORTED A CHILD, HAD MISCARRIAGES, ALL OF THESE ISSUES. AND WHY DO I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THAT? BECAUSE MY DAUGHTER, THAT RUNS THAT AGENCY, NOT AGENCY, BUT A NOT-FOR-PROFIT TO TAKE CARE OF THE MENTAL AND PHYSICAL NEEDS THAT OCCUR AFTER SOMETHING LIKE THAT OCCUR. SO IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE AS MEMBERS OF THIS UNITED STATES UNDERSTAND THAT WHEN WE STAND FOR LIFE, NOT ONLY DO WE STAND FOR LIFE, BUT WE ALSO STAND FOR THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE IN THOSE SITUATIONS TO HELP THEM THROUGH THOSE TIMES. WE'RE A NATION THAT CARES. WE'RE. AS MANY TIMES AS WE ARGUE BACK AND FORTH ON THIS FLOOR. MR. SPEAKER, I PRAY THAT EVERYONE ON THIS FLOOR ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE REMEMBERS THAT. AND I THANK THE PEOPLE WHO ARE WALKING TOMORROW TO STAND FOR THE RIGHT TO LIFE. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 10:28:31 AM

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                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. ESHOO, FOR FIVE…

                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. ESHOO, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                          • 10:28:36 AM

                            MS. ESHOO

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE 800,000 DREAMERS,…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE 800,000 DREAMERS, INCLUDING THE 200,000 FROM MY HOME STATE OF CALIFORNIA. MR. SPEAKER, THESE YOUNG PEOPLE ARE TERRIFIED ABOUT WHAT WILL BECOME OF THEM IF CONGRESS DOESN'T LIVE UP TO ITS PROMISE TO PROTECT THEM. THERE IS A WAY TO RESOLVE THIS. THERE IS A WAY. CONGRESS CAN PASS THE DREAM ACT, WHICH THESE YOUNG PEOPLE RESTORES PROTECTIONS FOR THE DREAMERS. THE ACT PROVIDES FOR UNDOCUMENTED AMERICAN STUDENTS WHO GRADUATE FROM AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOLS, THEY NEED TO BE OF GOOD MORAL CHARACTER, ARRIVED IN THE UNITED STATES AS CHILDREN, AND HAVE BEEN IN THE COUNTRY CONTINUOUSLY FOR FOUR YEARS, AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO EARN CONDITIONAL PERMANENT RESIDENCY FOR EIGHT YEARS. THAT SEEMS ABSOLUTELY FAIR. TO ME. AND I THINK TO SO MANY OTHERS. DURING THAT TIME THE STUDENT MUST PURSUE HIGHER EDUCATION, SERVE IN THE MILITARY, OR WORK LAWFULLY FOR AT LEAST THREE YEARS. STUDENTS WHO MEET THESE CONDITIONS ARE GRANTED PERMANENT RESIDENCY AND THE ABILITY TO ONE DAY BECOME U.S. CITIZENS. THIS IS NOT A HANDOUT, THIS IS NOT A GRAB BY UNWORTHY PEOPLE, THESE ARE VERY HIGH STANDARDS, AND I THINK STANDARDS THAT U.S. CITIZENS SHOULD MEET DAY IN AND DAY OUT. . THIS IS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION. IT'S SUPPORTED BY THE FAITH COMMUNITY ACROSS OUR COUNTRY, BY BUSINESSES, BY LAW ENFORCEMENT, AND BY 80% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I THINK THAT THAT PASSES A VERY HIGH STANDARD, A VERY HIGH TEST. AND I'M CONFIDENT THAT IF THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE WOULD ALLOW A VOTE ON THIS LEGISLATION, THEN IT WOULD PASS TODAY IF IT WAS BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE FOR A VOTE. THESE 800,000 YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN ARE NOT JUST COURT CASES OR STATISTICS. EACH OF THEM HAS A SPARK OF DIVINITY IN THEM. THEY ARE YOUNG MEN AND YOUNG WOMEN WHO HAVE OBTAINED DRIVER'S LICENSES, THEY HAVE WORK PERMITS, THEY PURSUED HIGHER EDUCATION, THEY ARE CONTRIBUTING THEIR TALENTS, THEIR HEART AND SOUL TO THIS COUNTRY. MANY SAY, TELL THEM TO GO HOME. THEY ARE HOME. THIS IS THE ONLY COUNTRY THEY KNOW. THIS IS THE COUNTRY THAT THEY LOVE. THEY ARE SERVING IN OUR MILITARY. IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, SILICON VALLEY, WHERE ALL MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WANT TO GO AND VISIT AND SEE WHAT INNOVATION IS HAPPENING, WHAT INNOVATION IS BRINGING ABOUT, THE MAJORITY OF THOSE GENIUSES THAT ARE PRODUCING THIS INNOVATION ARE IMMIGRANTS TO OUR COUNTRY. I STAND HERE AS A FIRST GENERATION AMERICAN, AND IF THE TENOR OF SOME IN CONGRESS -- NOT ALL -- BUT SOME IN CONGRESS, CERTAINLY THE WHITE HOUSE WERE IN CHARGE WHEN MY PARENTS WERE CHILDREN, THAT BOAT WOULD HAVE HAD TO HAVE MADE A U-TURN. THEY WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN WELCOMED IN AMERICA BECAUSE THEY WEREN'T FROM NORWAY. THEY WERE FROM THE MIDDLE EAST, AND YET TODAY THEIR DAUGHTER STANDS HERE ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE AND THE PEOPLE OF OUR NATION. OUR NATION FROM ITS BEGINNINGS WAS BUILT BY IMMIGRANTS. I STAND HERE TODAY TO SAY, I LOVE IMMIGRANTS. THEY ARE THE BACKBONE OF EACH GENERATION AND REALLY THE BLOOD THAT FLOWS THROUGH THE VEINS OF AMERICA. YOU PUT A CLAMP ON THAT VEIN, YOU STOP THE HEART OF AMERICA FROM BEATING. SHORTLY AFTER PRESIDENT TRUMP TERMINATED THE DACA PROGRAM, POPE FRANCIS SAID, QUOTE, TO ALL THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES, I ASK, TAKE CARE OF THE MY GRANT.

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                          • 10:33:57 AM

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                            THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

                          • 10:34:04 AM

                            MS. ESHOO

                            LISTEN TO HIM AND WE WILL BE A BETTER NATION BECAUSE OF IT.

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

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                            MR. POE

                            MR. SPEAKER, REBECCA GREW UP IN A SMALL TOWN IN SOUTHERN OREGON. SHE WAS…

                            MR. SPEAKER, REBECCA GREW UP IN A SMALL TOWN IN SOUTHERN OREGON. SHE WAS ON THE HONOR ROLL AND SHE PLAYED VARSITY SPORTS. SHE GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL EARLY AND IMMEDIATELY ENROLLED IN OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY. HOWEVER, WHEN HER DAUGHTER WAS BORN, SHE HAD TO WITHDRAWAL TO FIND A JOB. LIKE MANY SINGLE MOMS, REBECCA STRUGGLED TO MAKE END'S MEET. BUT WHEN SHE MET A MAN SHE DESCRIBED AS PRINCE CHARMING, SHE THOUGHT HER -- THOUGHT THINGS WERE FINALLY TURNING AROUND FOR HER. HE WAS KIND AND CARING AND OFFERED TO TAKE CARE OF HER AND HER BABY DAUGHTER WITH EXPENSIVE GIFTS AND TRIPS. HE TREATED HER TO A LIFESTYLE SHE NEVER DREAMED UP. WHEN HE ASKED HER AND HER DAUGHTER TO MOVE IN WITH HIM REBECCA THOUGHT SHE HIT THE JACKPOT BUT HER DREAM QUICKLY BECAME ANOTHER NIGHTMARE. WHEN SHE ARRIVED IN LAS VEGAS AT HIS HOME, SHE FOUND SEVERAL OTHER WOMEN AND CHILDREN ALREADY LIVING THERE. THIS MAN THEN TOLD HER THAT NOW SHE WOULD BE FORCED TO HAVE SEX WITH MEN FOR MONEY. WHEN SHE REFUSED, HE BEAT HER UP, HITTING HER OVER AND OVER AGAIN. FEARING FOR HER LIFE AND THE LIFE OF THE CHILD, REBECCA COMPLIED. SO FOR THE NEXT SIX YEARS REBECCA WAS FORCED TO HAVE SEX WITH COUNTLESS STRANGERS, MANY TIMES A DAY. ANYTIME SHE STEPPED OUT OF LINE HE BEAT HER UP. SHE HAD HER FACE BROKEN IN FIVE DIFFERENT PLACES. HER TRAFFICKER EVEN WENT SO FAR AS SO TATTOO HIS NAME ON HER BACK. YES, BRANDED HER LIKE CATTLE. SHE WAS NOTHING BUT A PIECE OF PROPERTY TO HIM. AFTER HER FOURTH ATTEMPT TO ESCAPE, HER TRAFFICKER TOLD HER THAT HE WOULD START SELLING HER YOUNG DAUGHTER FOR SEX IF SHE DIDN'T COMPLY AND SUBMIT. FEELING UTTERLY HOPELESS, REBECCA TRIED TO COMMIT SUICIDE TWO TIMES. SHE THOUGHT THAT ENDING HER LIFE WAS PREFERABLE TO LIVING IN THE HELL THAT SHE HAD TO ENDURE EVERY DAY. FINALLY, FEDERAL AGENTS RAIDED HER HOME, CAPTURED THE TRAFFICKER. BUT, MR. SPEAKER, HE EVENTUALLY TOOK A PLEA DEAL AND ONLY SERVED ONE YEAR IN PRISON FOR SLAVERY. MEANWHILE, REBECCA WAS LEFT TO DEAL WITH THE LIFETIME OF PAIN AND TRAUMA. AS A FORMER JUDGE, MR. SPEAKER, I BELIEVE THE SENTENCE WAS TOO LIGHT FOR A SLAVE TRADER. NO HUMAN BEING SHOULD EVER HAVE TO ENDURE WHAT REBECCA AND OTHER TRAFFICKING VICTIMS LIKE HER HAVE GONE THROUGH. DESPITE THE SYSTEM FAILING TO PROVIDE JUSTICE AGAINST HER TRAFFICKER, REBECCA FOUND A WAY TO TURN HER DARKNESS INTO LIGHT. SINCE BECOMING A SURVIVOR, SHE STARTED THE REBECCA INITIATIVE. THIS PROGRAM PROVIDES TRAINING FOR THOSE THAT HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE INTERCEPTED AND INTERVENE WITH VICTIMS THAT ARE OFTEN BEING TRAFFICKED. IN THIS HUMAN TRAFFIC AWARENESS MONTH, I WANT TO COMMEND REBECCA AND HER RESILIENCE AND FOCUS ON PROVIDING SUPPORT AND COMPASSION TO THE VICTIMS OF TRAFFICKING. AS CO-CHAIR OF THE CONGRESSIONAL VICTIMS RIGHTS CAUCUS, ALONG WITH MY FRIEND, JIM COSTA FROM CALIFORNIA, WE ARE DEDICATED TO ENSURE VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS KNOW THAT WE AS A NATION WILL STAND WITH THEM. TRAFFICKERS, BUYERS AND SELLERS MUST BE PROSECUTED AND SENT TO THE JAIL HOUSE. WITH THE HELP OF LOCAL AND STATE AND FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT, WE'RE GOING TO STOP THE SALE OF OUR CHILDREN AND OUR ADULT WOMEN ON THE MARKETPLACE OF SEX SLAVERY. MR. SPEAKER, THE 13TH AMENDMENT ABOLISHED SLAVERY IN THE UNITED STATES, BUT IT'S STILL TAKING PLACE AND IT'S TIME WE DEFEAT THIS SCOURGE ON OUR COMMUNITY. JUSTICE DEMANDS THIS AND JUSTICE IS WHAT WE DO AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I'LL YIELD BACK.

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                          • 10:38:18 AM

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                            ALL RIGHT. THE CHAIRMAN RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR.…

                            ALL RIGHT. THE CHAIRMAN RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. COSTA, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                          • 10:38:25 AM

                            MR. COSTA

                            I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR FIVE MINUTES AND TO…

                            I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR FIVE MINUTES AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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                            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                          • 10:38:30 AM

                            MR. COSTA

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ABOUT OUR NEED TO INVEST IN AMERICA, TO…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ABOUT OUR NEED TO INVEST IN AMERICA, TO INVEST IN OUR FUTURE. SOUND INFRASTRUCTURE IS LITERALLY AND FIGURETIVELY THE FOUNDATION OF OUR NATION'S ECONOMY. BUT FOR QUITE SOME TIME WE IN WASHINGTON HAVE NOT PROVIDED THE CRITICAL FUNDING FOR OUR INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS THAT OUR COMMUNITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY NEED. WE MUST STOP LIVING OFF THE INVESTMENTS THAT OUR PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS MADE GENERATIONS AGO AND INSTEAD START INTELLIGENTLY INVESTING IN OUR INFRASTRUCTURE AGAIN. THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS ESTIMATES THAT TO UPDATE OUR INFRASTRUCTURE SYSTEM WE NEED TO MAKE AN INVESTMENT OF OVER $1 TRILLION. OF COURSE, THE PRESIDENT TALKED ABOUT A BIPARTISAN PACKAGE. ONE KEY TO INTELLIGENT INVESTMENT IS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MATCHING INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. THIS IS NEEDED, AND IT HAS BEEN HISTORIC TO IN FACT MAKE THESE PROJECTS A REALITY. AS WE SEE FROM OUR HISTORY, INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS IN THIS COUNTRY MOVE FORWARD MOST EFFECTIVELY WHEN WE HAVE A COMBINATION OF LOCAL, STATE, AND FEDERAL DOLLARS TO INVEST. ACROSS THE COUNTRY, STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ARE RAISING FUNDS TO REPAIR AND IMPROVE INFRASTRUCTURE. OFTEN MAKING TOUGH POLITICAL CHOICES FOR RAISING TAXES OR MAKING DIFFICULT DECISIONS WHEN REQUIRED TO DO SO. THIS IS HAPPENING BOTH IN RED AND BLUE STATES ALIKE. ALL THREE OF THE COUNTIES IN MY DISTRICT, MERCED, MADERA AND FRESNO COUNTIES, THEY HAVE VOTED TO INCREASE THEIR LOCAL SALES TAX BY HALF CENT IN ORDER TO PAY FOR ESSENTIAL TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS INCLUDING ROAD REPAIRS, CONSTRUCTION OF NEW ROAD SYSTEMS AND HIGHWAYS. LAST YEAR, THE CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE AND THE GOVERNOR ENACTED A BILL TO INCREASE THE STATE GAS TAX AND VEHICLE FUNDS TO PAY FOR BRIDGES, ROADS, AND OTHER TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS. CURRENTLY THESE ARE TOUGH DECISIONS, TOUGH POLITICAL DECISIONS, BUT THE POLICY IMPLICATIONS, NOTWITHSTANDING THE POLITICAL RISKS, ARE WORTH IT AND OUR STATE AND LOCAL LEADERS IN CALIFORNIA HAVE TAKEN THESE RISKS. LET ME TELL YOU, IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO. YOU SEE, IT TAKES DOLLARS TO FILL POTHOLES. THAT'S THE BOTTOM LINE, TO BUILD BRIDGES AND IMPROVE ROAD SYSTEMS, IT TAKES DOLLARS. IT'S NOT MAGIC. AND NOW THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO STEP UP AND FACE THE CHALLENGE HEAD ON, AND WE NEED TO BE RESPONSIBLE IN OUR NATION'S CAPITAL. I'VE BEEN WORKING HARD FOR YEARS TO IMPROVE THE INFRASTRUCTURE IN CALIFORNIA'S SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, BOTH IN THE STATE HOUSE AND NOW HERE IN CONGRESS, AND WE HAVE MADE SOME PROGRESS. BUT WHAT WE'RE LACKING IS THE FEDERAL COMPONENT. IT'S ESSENTIAL WE BUILD A TRANSPORTATION AND WATER INFRASTRUCTURE SYSTEM TO MEET THE 21ST CENTURY SYSTEM NEEDS, NOT ONLY OF CALIFORNIA, BUT OF OUR ENTIRE NATION AND THE VALLEY I HAVE THE HONOR AND PRIVILEGE TO REPRESENT. WE NEED A MORE RELIABLE WATER SYSTEM TO SUPPLY OUR FARMS AND CITIES THAT ARE GROWING, AND WITH CLIMATE CHANGE, WE KNOW WE HAVE TO TAKE THAT INTO ACCOUNT AND WE ALSO NEED A BETTER 21ST CENTURY SYSTEM OF TRANSPORTATION. WHAT IS MISSING? I'LL TELL YOU WHAT'S MISSING. FEDERAL FUNDING, FEDERAL PARTICIPATION. TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN, WE IN CONGRESS SHOULD INCENTIVIZE STATES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS LIKE IN CALIFORNIA AND THE COUNTIES I REPRESENT THAT HAVE ALREADY RAISED FUNDS FOR THESE PROJECTS WITH A FEDERAL FUNDING STREAM THAT WILL COMPLEMENT THESE STATE AND LOCAL EFFORTS. CALIFORNIA AND THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY ARE ALREADY DOING THEIR PART, AND WE NEED HERE IN WASHINGTON TO DO OUR PART TO INVEST IN OUR COUNTRY'S FUTURE. THIS WILL REQUIRE DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS TO WORK TOGETHER TO ENGAGE IN A SERIOUS BIPARTISAN DELIBERATION AND NEGOTIATIONS THIS YEAR TO MAKE THIS NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT A REALITY. LAST WEEK, WE IN THE PROBLEM SOLVERS CAUCUS RELEASED A REPORT TO A STATE OF OUR NATION'S INFRASTRUCTURE AND MADE BIPARTISAN RECOMMENDATIONS ON HOW WE GET THERE. THESE RECOMMENDATIONS CAN SERVE AS A FOUNDATION FOR CONSENSUS ON WHICH BIPARTISAN COLLABORATION CAN BUILD THE POLICY THAT REPAIRS, ADVANCES AND INVESTS IN AMERICA'S INFRASTRUCTURE. ALTHOUGH WE'VE NOT SEEN A LOT OF BIPARTISAN DELIBERATE TIFF POLICYMAKING HERE -- DELIB ARE A TIFF POLICYMAKING HERE LATELY, I ASK WE COME TOGETHER TO INVEST IN AMERICA'S INFRASTRUCTURE. IF WE EXPECT TO HAVE THE CAPACITY FOR THE ECONOMIC AND INNOVATION -- THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND INNOVATION FOR THE FUTURE OF AMERICA IN THE 21ST CENTURY. I HAVE MADE THIS A PRIORITY THROUGHOUT MY YEARS OF SERVICE IN THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, BOTH IN SACRAMENTO AND NOW IN WASHINGTON, D.C. I INVITE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN INVESTING IN AMERICA'S INFRASTRUCTURE, WORK WITH THE PRESIDENT, WORK ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS. AFTER ALL, THAT'S WHAT WE'RE SUPPOSED TO DO. IN INVESTING IN AMERICA'S INFRASTRUCTURE AND THEREFORE OUR FUTURE. THIS HAS BEEN OUR TRADITION IN THE PAST IN HOW WE'VE GOTTEN GREAT PROJECTS COMPLETED, AND THIS IS THE KIND OF INVESTMENT WE NEED TO MAKE TODAY FOR AMERICA'S INFRASTRUCTURE. LET US WORK TOGETHER. IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO. I'LL YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 10:44:00 AM

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                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. JONES, FOR…

                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. JONES, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                          • 10:44:06 AM

                            MR. JONES

                            MR. SPEAKER, AS WE IN CONGRESS ARE FACED WITH ANOTHER CONTINUING…

                            MR. SPEAKER, AS WE IN CONGRESS ARE FACED WITH ANOTHER CONTINUING RESOLUTION, I CANNOT HELP BUT THINK ABOUT THE WASTED LIVES AND MONEY IN AFGHANISTAN. ON SUNDAY NIGHT'S "60 MINUTES" I WATCHED WITH GREAT INTEREST A SEGMENT ABOUT THE 16-YEAR WAR IN AFGHANISTAN AND THE TITLE WAS "KABUL UNDER SIEGE AS AMERICA'S LONGEST WAR RAGES ON." DURING THE INTERVIEW, CORRESPONDENT LAURA LOGAN DETAILED THE GROWING DANGER IN AFGHANISTAN AND INTERVIEWED GENERAL JOHN NICHOLSON, COMMANDER OF AMERICAN FORCES IN AFGHANISTAN AS WELL AS AFGHAN'S PRESIDENT GANDHI. WHILE I DO NOT HAVE TIME TO GO INTO DETAILS, THIS SEGMENT MADE IT VERY CLEAR AND I THINK ANYONE WATCHING WOULD AGREE THAT AFGHANISTAN CONTINUES TO BE A FAILED POLICY. AT ONE TIME, LAURA LOGAN STATED TO NICHOLSON, AND I QUOTE, A LOT OF PEOPLE AT HOME JUST DON'T BUY THAT TERRORISTS ARE COMING FROM AFGHANISTAN TO ATTACK THEM AT HOME. I FURTHER QUOTE, THEY'RE WORRYING ABOUT THE GUY GOING TO RENT A HOME FROM HOME DEPOT AND DRIVING INTO A CROWD OF CIVILIANS, AND -- RENT A CAR FROM HOME DEPOT AND DRIVING INTO A CROWD OF CIVILIANS. HE SAID, WE NEED TO DEFEAT THE IDEOLOGY. I WAS AMAZED AND ASTONISHED BY HIS RESPONSE. IT HAS BEEN SAID THAT YOU CANNOT KILL IDEOLOGY -- I CAN'T SAY THAT WORD TODAY -- WITH A BULLET OR A BOMB, SO WHY ARE WE STILL TRYING? . THIS THIS IS WHY I'M YOU CALLING ON SPEAKER RYAN ONCE AGAIN TO PERMIT THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO HAVE A POLICY DEBATE ON AFGHANISTAN. MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE BESIDE ME A POSTER OF A YOUNG WOMAN WHOSE HUSBAND WAS KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN. IT'S SO PROPHETIC BECAUSE THE WOMAN AND MOTHER OF THE LITTLE GIRL SITTING IN HER LAP, SHE IS CRYING. YET THE LITTLE GIRL IS LOOKING AT THE ARMY OFFICER WITH A LOOK LIKE, WHY AM I HERE? WHY IS THERE A FLAG DRAPED COFFIN? WHY IS MY MOTHER CRYING? THE LITTLE GIRL IS TOO YOUNG TO REALLY UNDERSTAND WHAT IS HAPPENING. I CALL ON SPEAKER RYAN TO LET US HAVE A DEBATE ON THE POLICY ISSUE OF AFGHANISTAN AND ITS FUTURE. I WILL CLOSE WITH THE WORDS OF THE 31ST COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS WHO SAID, NO ONE HAS EVER CONQUERED AFGHANISTAN AND MANY HAVE TRIED. WE'LL JOIN THE LIST OF NATIONS THAT HAVE TRIED AND FAILED. MR. RYAN, THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, IT IS YOUR TIME TO CALL FOR THIS HOUSE TO DEBATE THE FUTURE OF AFGHANISTAN. PLEASE MAKE THAT CALL TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THAT WE WILL HAVE THAT DEBATE. AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 10:47:12 AM

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                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MAINE, MS. PINGREE, FOR FIVE…

                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MAINE, MS. PINGREE, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                            MS. PINGREE

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

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO VOICE MY STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S PROPOSAL TO LIFT A DECADES OLD BAN ON OFFSHORE OIL AND GAS DRILLING ON OUR COUNTRY'S ATLANTIC AND PACIFIC COASTS. THIS PROPOSAL HAS TO BE ONE OF THE MOST IRRESPONSIBLE ACTIONS OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. CURRENTLY 94% OF THE OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF IS OFF LIMITS TO DRILLING. AND RIGHTLY SO. GIVEN THE IMPORTANCE OF PROTECTING THE ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL VALUE OF THE COUNTRY'S COASTLINES. THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS OFFERED A STAGGERING REVERSAL. PROPOSING TO OPEN UP OVER 90% OF THE OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF TO OIL AND GAS DRILLING. WELL, GOVERNORS AND LAWMAKERS FROM BOTH PARTIES HAVE RISEN TO VOICE THEIR OPPOSITION TO THIS PLAN. THE ADMINISTRATION IS MOVING FORWARD AT A BREAKNECK SPEED AND GIVEN A MERE 60 DAYS FOR THE PUBLIC TO COMMENT. IN MY HOME STATE OF MAINE, WHICH HAS MUCH TO LOSE FROM THIS PLAN, WE DON'T EVEN GET A FULL PUBLIC HEARING. THIS PROPOSAL'S LACK OF TRANSPARENCY AND FAIRNESS COULDN'T HAVE BEEN MORE APPARENT THAN WHEN GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT OF FLORIDA SOMEHOW EARNED AN EXEMPTION FOR HIS STATE. EVERYONE CAN SEE THAT THIS WAS LESS ABOUT PROTECTING FLORIDA'S PRISTINE BEACHES AND COASTLINE, AS GOVERNOR SCOTT SAID, THAN A POLITICAL FAVOR FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP. I ABSOLUTELY HAVE NOTHING AGAINST THE FLORIDA COAST. BUT YOUR STATE SHOULDN'T HAVE TO BE HOME TO MARCH MAR-A-LAGO TO EARN AN EXEMPTION. ALL COASTLINES NEED ONE. IF YOU LOOK OTT OUR COASTLINE AND ISLANDS, IT WOULD MEASURE 3,500 MILES. THOSE MILES INCLUDE SOME OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACES IN THE WORLD AND CRITICAL HABITAT FOR HUNDREDS OF SPECIES OF FISH AND WILDLIFE. THE COAST IS ALSO DOLTED -- DOTTED WITH DOZENS OF SMALL TOWNS FILLED WITH HARDWORKING PEOPLE WHO DEPEND ON A BEAUTIFUL HEALTHY OCEAN TO MAKE THEIR LIVING. TWO OF THE STATE'S LARGEST INDUSTRIES ARE TOURISM AND FISHING. TOURISM IN MAINE IS A $5.6 BILLION INDUSTRY. 71% OF WHICH COMES DIRECTLY FROM THE MAINE COAST. MILLIONS OF PEOPLE VISIT OUR STATE TO EXPERIENCE OUR WUTEFUL -- BEAUTIFUL COAST GUARDLINE, SNUG HARBORS AND STUNNING LANDMARKS LIKE THIS LIGHTHOUSE RIGHT HERE. OUR FISHING INDUSTRY AND THE BUSINESS THAT IS SUPPORT IT HAVE EVEN MORE TO LOSE FROM THIS PROPOSAL. 30,000 MAINERS MAKE THEIR LIVING IN MARINE INDUSTRIES. THEY INCLUDE BOAT BUILDERS, GROUND FISHERMEN, CLAMMERS, SEA WEED HARVESTERS, OYSTER AND MUSCLELE FARMERS, AND LOB TER MEN. OUR WORLD -- LOBSTER MEN. OUR LOBSTER INDUSTRY BRINGS IN $500 MILLION ANNUALLY. I HAVE HAD SO MANY DISCUSSIONS WITH THE FISHERMEN WHO TELL ME ABOUT THE DIFFICULTIES THEIR INDUSTRY ALREADY FACES. THEY WANT TO PASS THEIR BUSINESSES ON TO THEIR SONS AND DAUGHTERS BUT WORRY ABOUT THE FUTURE. THE GULF OF MAINE IS ALREADY WARMING AT A RATE 99.9% FASTER THAN THE WORLD'S OCEAN WATERS. WILL IT REMAIN A PRIME HABITAT FOR LOBSTERS? WILL OCEAN ACIDFICATION HARM THE LOBSTER POPULATION AND SHELLFISH IN WAYS WE DON'T ALREADY KNOW ABOUT YET? DO WE REALLY NEED TO ADD THE POTENTIAL OF AN OIL SPILL TO THE LIST OF THINGS THAT ALREADY KEEP THEM UP AT NIGHT? IN MAINE WE KNOW THE RISK BECAUSE WE HAVE SEEN THE CONSEQUENCES. IN 199 , A TANKER -- 1996, A TANKER, SPILLED ABOUT 200 THOUSAND GALLONS OF HEATING OIL IN THE BAY. IT COST OVER $40 MILLION TO CLEAN UP AND CAUSED LOBSTER PRICES TO PLUMMET. BUT 200 THOUSAND GALLONS OF 200,000 GALLONS IS A DROP IN THE BUCKET WHEN TALK ABOUT THE SPILLED OIL FROM THE DEEP WATER HORIZON. WHICH SPILLED 200 MILLION GALLONS INTO THE GULF OF MEXICO. THE RESULT ON THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT WAS DEVASTATING. SHRIMP, CRAB, OYSTER, AND OTHER FISHERIES IN THOSE STATES MAY NEVER FULLY RECOVER. THE RISKS OF THIS PROPOSAL TO MY STATE AND OTHERS ARE SIMPLY TOO GREAT. AND FOR WHAT? OUR NATION IS ALREADY THE TOP PRODUCER OF OIL AND GAS IN THE WORLD. AND WITH FUEL PRICES CURRENTLY LOW, THIS PROPOSAL WOULD NOT BOOST THE ECONOMY. IF THIS ADD M. IS REALLY WORRIED -- ADMINISTRATION IS REALLY WORD ABOUT REMAINING INTERNATIONALLY COMPETITIVE IN THE INTERNATIONAL MARKET, IT SHOULD THROW SUPPORT IN DEVELOPING ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCES INSTEAD OF ABANDONING THEM. THIS PROPOSAL IS UNACCEPTABLE AND IRRESPONSIBLE. I WILL CONTINUE TO FIGHT BACK AGAINST THE ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECONOMIC HARM IT THREATENS FOR MAINE AND THE NATION. I'M PROUD TO CO-SPONSOR LEGISLATION WITH MY COLLEAGUES IN NEW ENGLAND TO PROHIBIT DRILLING OFF OF OUR STATES AND ANOTHER BILL TO KEEP THE DRILLING BAN IN PLACE ENTIRELY, ALONG THE ATLANTIC AND PACIFIC COASTS. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME AND STOP THIS TERRIBLE PLAN BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 10:52:37 AM

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                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, MR. BROOKS, FOR FIVE…

                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, MR. BROOKS, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                          • 10:52:44 AM

                            MR. BROOKS

                            MR. SPEAKER, ROUGHLY FOUR YEARS AGO STEVE MAYFIELD WAS A RESPECTED HIGH…

                            MR. SPEAKER, ROUGHLY FOUR YEARS AGO STEVE MAYFIELD WAS A RESPECTED HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL COACH AT CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL IN LAUDERDALE COUNTY, ALABAMA, WHO ON OCTOBER, 2014, WAS DIAGNOSED WITH A.L.S. STEVE MAYFIELD BRAVELY FOUGHT HIS TERMINAL DISEASE AND KEPT A SMILE ON HIS FACE THROUGHOUT HIS LENGTHY THREE-YEAR BATTLE AND ORDEAL. IN A LAND OF FREEDOM AND LIBERTY, STEVE MAYFIELD WOULD HAVE HAD TWO CHOICES, ON THE ONE HAND, HE COULD ABIDE BY THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION REGULATIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS AND DIE, ON THE OTHER HAND, STEVE MAYFIELD COULD TRY EXPERIMENTAL TREATMENTS THAT GAVE SOME HOPE OF BEATING A.L.S. AND EXTENDING STEVE MAYFIELD'S LIFE. UNFORTUNATELY, WHEN IT COMES TO TERMINAL ILLNESSES IN AMERICA, THERE IS NO FREEDOM OR LIBERTY. STEVE MAYFIELD NOT ONLY HAD TO FIGHT A.L.S., HE HE ALSO HAD TO FIGHT THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION BEFORE HE COULD TRY STEVE EXPERIMENTAL BUT POTENTIALLY LIFESAVING TREATMENTS. SADLY, STEVE MAYFIELD LOST BOTH FIGHTS. STEVE MAYFIELD WAS BARRED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FROM TRYING POSSIBLY LIFESAVING TREATMENTS AND NOT LONG AGO, PASSED AWAY. STEVE MAYFIELD'S SON, BROOKS MAYFIELD OF FLORENCE, ALABAMA, WAS WITH HIS FATHER WHEN HE PASSED AWAY. IT IS AN-N THAT VAIN, MR. SPEAKER, THAT I CALL ON -- IT IS IN THAT VAIN, MR. SPEAKER, THAT I CALL ON THE HOUSE TO HAVE A VOTE ON SENATE BILL S. 204, THE RIGHT TO TRY ACT, WHICH PASSED THE SENATE LAST YEAR, THAT RESTORES THE RIGHT OF TERMINALLY ILL PATIENTS TO TRY EXPERIMENTAL TREATMENTS THAT MAY SAVE THEIR LIVES. BROOKS MAYFIELD'S FATHER MIGHT BE ALIVE TODAY IF THE RIGHT TO TRY ACT HAD BEEN THE LAW OF THE LAND. MR. SPEAKER, WE MUST REMEMBER WHO WE'RE AS AMERICANS. OUR ANCESTORS FOUGHT THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR OVER LIBERTY AND FREEDOM. YET TODAY IN AMERICA PATIENTS WHO ARE 100% CERTAIN TO DIE ARE DENIED THE FREEDOM, THE LIBERTY, THE RIGHT TO DECIDE FOR THEMSELVES WHETHER TO TRY EXPERIMENTAL TREATMENTS THAT MAY SAVE THEIR LIVES. EVERY DAY IN AMERICA, TERMINALLY ILL PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES ARE TOLD THERE ARE NO OPTIONS BUT DEATH. BY WAY OF BACKGROUND, FEWER THAN 3% OF TERMINALLY ILLISH -- ILL PATIENTS IN AMERICA HAVE ACCESS TO INVESTIGATIONAL TREATMENTS THROUGH CLINICAL TRIALS. WHILE THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION GRANTS COMPASSIONATE USE WAIVERS, MEANT TO ALLOW TERMINAL PATIENTS ACCESS TO EXPERIMENTAL DRUGS, ONLY ABOUT 1,500 WAIVERS WERE GRANTED IN 2016. WHAT OTHER -- EXCUSE ME, WHAT ARE OTHER TERMINALLY ILL AMERICANS TO DO? NOTHING? JUST WASTE AWAY AND DIE WITHOUT A FIGHT? PATIENTS SHOULDN'T HAVE TO GIVE UP THEIR LIBERTY, THEIR FREEDOM, THEIR FIGHT AGAINST TERMINAL ILLNESS MERELY BECAUSE THE F.D.A. SAYS SO. AND TERMINALLY ILL PATIENTS SHOULDN'T HAVE TO BEG THE F.D.A. FOR A WAIVER FORCING PATIENTS TO FIGHT THE FEDERAL BUREAUCRACY WHEN THEY ARE ALREADY FIGHTING FOR THEIR LIVES. THE RIGHT TO TRY ACT GIVES TERMINALLY ILL PATIENTS ACCESS TO TREATMENTS THAT HAS SUCCESSFULLY BUREAUCRACY WHEN THEY ARE ALREADY FIGHTING FOR THEIR LIVES. THE COMPLETED THE F.D.A.'S PHASE ONE APPROVAL REQUIREMENT BUT NOT YET COMPLETED THE F.D.A.'S LENGTHY AND COMPLEX FULL APPROVAL PROCESS THAT CAN TAKE DECADES. SADLY, SOMETIMES WHEN TREATMENTS AND DRUGS REACH FINAL APPROVAL, IT IS TOO LATE FOR TOO MANY PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES BECAUSE THE TERMINALLY ILL PATIENT HAS ALREADY DIED. MR. SPEAKER, GIVEN THE STARK CONTRAST BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH, BETWEEN FREEDOM AND FEDERAL DICTATES, BETWEEN HOPE AND HOPELESSNESS THE HOUSE SHOULD TAKE UP AND PASS THE RIGHT TO TRY ACT THEREBY GIVING A CHANCE FOR LIFE TO TERMINALLY ILL PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES. THE UNITED STATES SENATE OVERWHELMINGLY PASSED RIGHT TO TRY LEGISLATION LAST YEAR. IT IS TIME FOR THE HOUSE TO DO THE SAME THEREBY RESTORING FREEDOM, LIBERTY, AND HOPE AND GIVING TERMINALLY ILL PATIENTS ACROSS AMERICA A BETTER CHANCE TO LIVE. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 10:57:38 AM

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                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. LIPINSKI, FOR FIVE…

                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. LIPINSKI, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                          • 10:57:45 AM

                            MR. LIPINSKI

                            MR. SPEAKER, DACA MUST BE FIXED. FOR THE GOOD OF THESE YOUNG IMMIGRANTS…

                            MR. SPEAKER, DACA MUST BE FIXED. FOR THE GOOD OF THESE YOUNG IMMIGRANTS AND FOR THE GOOD OF OUR NATION. IN SEPTEMBER, LEADERS PELOSI AND SCHUMER AND PRESIDENT TRUMP AGREED TO PROTECT THE DACA RECIPIENTS AND IMPROVE BORDER SECURITY. SINCE THAT TIME, I HAVE WORKED IN THE 48-MEMBER BIPARTISAN HOUSE PROBLEM SOLVERS CAUCUS TO COME UP WITH A PLAN THAT WOULD DO JUST THAT. I WANT TO THANK SENATORS DURBIN, GRAHAM, BENNETT, GARDNER, MENENDEZ, AND FLAKE WHO HAVE PUT TOGETHER A COMPROMISE BILL IN THE SENATE WHICH IS GAINING MOMENTUM. AFTER WORKING ON THIS FOR FIVE MONTHS, I KNOW JUST HOW HARD IT IS TO COME UP WITH A COMPROMISE. I JUST WANT TO THANK THESE SENATORS FOR WHAT THEY HAVE DONE. THE PROBLEM SOLVERS CAUCUS CONTINUES TO WORK ON A PLAN AND I'M HOPEFUL THAT WE WILL HAVE ONE IMMINENTLY. BECAUSE TIME IS RUNNING SHORT. I WAS VERY HAPPY TO HEAR CONGRESSMAN GUTIERREZ RIGHT HERE FROM THIS PODIUM A FEW MINUTES AGO ENDORSE THE IDEA OF A COMPROMISE, EVEN THOUGH IT'S NOT -- NOT WHAT HE WANTS, BUT WE NEED TO PROTECT THESE DACA RECIPIENTS. WE HAVE TO BREAK THE STATUS QUO IN WASHINGTON. THE BICKERING AND THE GRIDLOCK WHICH GETS IN THE WAY OF GOOD SOLUTIONS FOR OUR COUNTRY. THIS SOLUTION ON DACA CAN AND SHOULD GET DONE. IF ONLY WE COULD GET AWAY FROM THE RHETORIC AND USE SOME COMMON SENSE. UNFORTUNATELY, COMMON SENSE IS NOT COMMON IN WASHINGTON. I CALL ON MY COLLEAGUES TO GET PAST THE BICKERING AND THE RHETORIC. DO WHAT'S RIGHT FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, FIX DACA AND LET'S MOVE ON AND DO GREAT THINGS TOGETHER FOR OUR NATION. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK. .

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                          • 11:00:26 AM

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

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

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                          • 11:00:30 AM

                            MR. FITZPATRICK

                            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, THE PENNSYLVANIA BIOTECHNOLOGY CENTER IN MY DISTRICT IN DOYLESTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA. HE WAS RECENTLY NAMED AS A FELLOW OF THE U.S. NATIONAL ACADEMY OF INVENTORIST. HE HAS SHOWN A LIFELONG COMMITMENT TO INNOVATION, SPECIFICALLY BY FACILITATING OR CREATING INVENTIONS THAT MAKE IMMEASURABLE IMPACT ON QUALITY OF LIFE, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OR THE WELFARE OF SOCIETY. DR. BLOCK IS BEING RECOGNIZED FOR HIS CONTRIBUTIONS TO THERAPEUTIC DRUG AND BIOMARKER DISEASE SCREENING AND DISCOVERY. DR. BLOCK ALSO HOLDS NUMEROUS PATENTS AND HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN MORE THAN 30 YEARS IN VIRAL HEPATITIS RESEARCH. MR. SPEAKER, WE THANK DR. BLOCK FOR THE WORK HE'S DONE IN THIS FIELD WHICH HAS UNDOUBTEDLY IMPACTED THE LIVES OF PEOPLE IN MY DISTRICT, THROUGHOUT OUR COUNTRY AND AROUND THE WORLD. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO RECOGNIZE THE PLAYERS, STAFF AND COACHES OF THE ARCHBISHOP WOOD FOOTBALL TEAM AND CONGRATULATE THEM ON WINNING THE PIAA CLASS 5-A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP. WITH THEIR DISCIPLINE AND HARD WORK, THE YOUNG MEN OF THIS FOOTBALL TEAM HAVE CONTINUED THE TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE FOR THE VIKINGS. THE DOMINANCE THEY DISPLAYED IN THEIR CHAMPIONSHIP WIN IN DECEMBER IS AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF WHAT TEAMWORK AND TENACITY CAN ACHIEVE. THEY HAVE MADE OUR COMMUNITY VERY PROUD. TO THE COACHING STAFF, WE SAY CONGRATULATIONS AND THANK YOU FOR LEADING AND TEACHING THESE YOUNG MEN. IT IS MY HOPE THAT THE LESSONS OF DETERMINE NATION AND PERSEVERANCE THAT THESE STUDENT ATHLETES HAVE LEARNED WILL HELP GUIDE THEM OFF THE FIELD AS WELL. TO THE FANS, FRIENDS AND FAMILY THAT HAVE SUPPORTED ARCHBISHOP WOOD, WE SAY CONGRATULATIONS. TO ALL THOSE WHO WORK WITH AND ORGANIZE YOUTH SPORTS IN OUR DISTRICT, WE SAY THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 11:02:51 AM

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                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PASCRELL, FOR FIVE…

                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PASCRELL, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                          • 11:02:55 AM

                            MR. PASCRELL

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE 2018 23RD…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE 2018 23RD OLYMPIC GAMES BEING HOSTED IN PYONG CHANG IN SOUTH KOREA NEXT MONTH. THE OLYMPIC GAMES SERVES AS A FORUM FOR THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO COME TOGETHER TO BUILD A PEACEFUL WORLD. IN ORDER TO BE A COMPETITOR IN THE OLYMPIC GAMES, NATIONS ACROSS THE GLOBE HAVE TO EMBODY THE VALUES AND IDEALS OF FRIENDSHIP, SOLIDARITY AND FAIR PLAY. IT IS NO DIFFERENT IN THE DIPLOMATIC ARENA. WITHOUT THESE CORE VALUES, THE FAIR COMPETITION IS ERODED. THE COMMON BOND THAT BRINGS NATIONS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD TO COMPETE AND BUILD FRIENDSHIPS SERVES AS A FORUM TO PROMOTE TOLERANCE AND UNDERSTANDING. PROMOTING THESE IDEALS IS CRITICAL TO THESE INCREASINGLY TROUBLED TIMES, AND I BELIEVE THE RESULTS COULD MAKE OUR WORLD A MORE PEACEFUL PLACE. THE UPCOMING OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES PRESENTS A SIGNIFICANT OPPORTUNITY FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO LEAD THE FIGHT AGAINST INTERNATIONAL CONFLICTS AND TO PROMOTE PEACE. THIS IS OUR LEGACY. OUR NATION CAN USE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY IN A WAY THAT SHOWS THAT WE CAN COME TOGETHER IN THE SPIRIT OF HEALTHY COMPETITION REGARDLESS OF OUR DIFFERENCES. WITH THE LONG SHADOW BEING CAST BY THE PROVOCATIONS OF PYONGYANG AND RHETORIC FROM OUR OWN ADMINISTRATION, THE OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES CAME AT THE RIGHT TIME. THEY ARE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE UNITED STATES TO SPEAK OUT IN SUPPORT OF RESOLVING THE CURRENT CONFLICTS ON THE KOREAN PENINSULA. WHILE THERE ARE MANY ISSUES FACING THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY, ALL CAN AGREE THE GROWING THREAT OF NUCLEAR CONFLICT PRESENTS THE MOST IMMEDIATE DANGER. IN ORDER TO DE-ESCALATE THE GROWING THREAT AND IN THE SPIRIT OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES THEMSELVES, I HOPE THAT OUR ATHLETES' PRESENCE IN SOUTH KOREA WILL SERVE AS A SYMBOLIC REPRESENTATION THAT OUR DIFFERENCES CAN BE WORKED OUT IN A NEUTRAL FIELD. IT IS REASSURING THAT NORTH KOREA WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE UPCOMING WINTER OLYMPICS. IF THE REPORTS ARE TRUE, IT WILL BE ENCOURAGING TO WATCH THE TWO COUNTRIES' ATHLETES MARCH TOGETHER AT THE OPENING CEREMONY UNDER A UNIFICATION FLAG. THAT SURPASSES THE CONSEQUENCES OF EMPTY RHETORICAL THREATS. WE CAN DO BETTER THAN THAT. IT TOOK THE WINTER OLYMPICS TO THANK YOU THE ICE BETWEEN THE TWO -- THAW THE ICE BETWEEN THE TWO NATIONS. THIS IS A WELCOMED SIGN OF EASING TENSIONS AFTER MONTHS OF ALARM OVER NORTH KOREA'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM. AS A RESULT, THIS YEAR'S OLYMPIC GAMES ARE ALREADY OFF TO A GREAT START. THE GAMES WILL CONTINUE TO BE A REMINDER THAT REGARDLESS OF WHERE SOMEONE IS FROM, WE CAN STILL SET ASIDE OUR DIFFERENCES TO PROMOTE A BETTER WORLD. JUST LIKE THE FIRST ATHLETES WHO CAME TOGETHER TO START THIS OLYMPIC TRADITION. IT IS MY EXPECTATION THAT THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA WILL HOST A SUCCESSFUL 2018 23RD WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES AND THAT THE HARD WORK AND DEDICATION OF THE KOREAN PEOPLE TO THIS ENDEAVOR WILL BE RECOGNIZED BY THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY. FINALLY, MR. SPEAKER, I LOOK FORWARD TO WATCHING THE MEN AND WOMEN REPRESENTING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA BRING HOME THE GOLD. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            THANK YOU. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, MR. MARSHALL,…

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

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                          • 11:07:17 AM

                            MR. MARSHALL

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE TO RECOGNIZE THE NONPROFIT YOUTH…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE TO RECOGNIZE THE NONPROFIT YOUTH ENTREPRENEURS FOR THEIR COMMITMENT TO PREPARING OUR STUDENTS TO MEET THE DEMANDS OF TODAY'S WORK FORCE. THIS PROGRAM PROVIDES A TASTE OF THE WORK FORCE IN A VARIETY OF CAREER PATHS FOR OUR EMERGING LEADERS. YOUTH ENTREPRENEURS WAS STARTED IN 1991 IN WICHITA, KANSAS, WITH THE GOAL TO GIVE YOUNG ADULTS A FOUNDATION OF KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND VALUES FOR TODAY'S WORKPLACE. HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS THAT PARTICIPATE IN YOUTH ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM RECEIVE A PREPARATION COURSE THAT COVERS THE ENDS AND OUTS OF A VARIETY OF CAREER FIELDS AND BUSINESS ETIQUETTE. AFTER STUDENTS COMPLETE THE CLASS THEY ARE SENT TO WORK AT A BUSINESS THAT MATCHES THEIR INTEREST. THE STUDENTS ARE ABLE TO APPLY THEIR LEARNING FROM THE CLASSROOM AT THE COMPANY THEY ARE PAIRED WITH. FOR 26 YEARS, THIS NONPROFIT HAS DEDICATED TO EDUCATION AND THE SUCCESS OF OUR YOUTH. TODAY, I WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY KNOW THEIR HARD WORK HAS NOT GONE UNNOTICED. PERSONALLY, I HAVE SEEN AND HEARD THE SUCCESS STORIES FROM THESE YOUNG ADULTS, INCLUDING MY OWN GOD SON, PATRICK, WHO'S PARTICIPATED IN THIS ORGANIZATION. THE PROGRAM HAS EXTENDED TO -- EXPANDED TO 10 OTHER STATES. MORE 80% OF PARTICIPANTS SAY THEY WANT TO ATTEND COLLEGE AND 60% OF THE STUDENTS WHO COMPLETED THE REQUIREMENTS HAVE EITHER STARTED THEIR OWN BUSINESS OR DESIRE TO ONE DAY. I AM A -- I AM PROUD OF PROGRAMS LIKE YOUTH ENTREPRENEURS THAT ARE WORKING TO GIVE OUR YOUNG ADULTS A PATHWAY FOR SUCCESS. EVEN WITH UNEMPLOYMENT AT AN ALL-TIME RECORD LOW IN KANSAS, THERE ARE STILL 50,000, MR. SPEAKER, 50,000 OPEN JOBS IN OUR STATE. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT OUR STUDENTS HAVE ACCESS TO ORGANIZATIONS LIKE YOUTH ENTREPRENEURS SO WE CAN PREPARE KANSANS TO MEET THESE HIGH EMPLOYMENT DEMANDS. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO DISCUSS AN INDUSTRY THAT PRESENTS ENDLESS OPPORTUNITIES FOR AMERICA'S WORK FORCE. AS OUR NATION CONTINUES TO ADVANCE TECHNOLOGICALLY, IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT OUR YOUTH HAVE THE SKILLS NECESSARY TO REMAIN COMPETITIVE IN THE WORK FORCE. KANSAS IS EXPERIENCING RECORD EMPLOYMENT ACROSS THE STATE. HOWEVER, ONE INDUSTRY FACES AN INCREASINGLY HIGH DEMAND FOR SKILLED WORKERS. TODAY KANSAS HAS MORE THAN 2,500 OPEN COMPUTER SCIENCE JOBS, 2,500 OPEN COMPUTER SCIENCE JOBS WHICH IS TWICE HIGHER THAN THE AVERAGE STATE'S DEMAND. THIS YEAR ALONE, THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR PREDICTS EMPLOYERS WILL BE UNABLE TO FULFILL NEARLY 2.5 MILLION JOB OPENINGS IN STEM, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS -RELATED PROFESSIONS. LAST WEEK I MET WITH STUDENTS AT NORTH CENTRAL KANSAS TECHNOLOGY COLLEGE. NCKTC IS RANKED THIRD IN THE NATION IN JOB PLACEMENT IN TECH RELATED FIELDS. I AM PROUD THEY ARE WORKING HARD TO MEET THE CHALLENGE THAT OUR LABOR FORCE IS FACING TODAY BY OFFERING MORE STEM-BASED EDUCATION. THEY OFFER PROGRAMS AND CERTIFICATION COURSES IN COMPUTER SCIENCE AND CODING WHILE HUTCHINS COMMUNITY COLLEGE BUSINESS PROGRAM, ALSO IN MY DISTRICT, INCORPORATES COMPUTER AND SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY INTO THEIR TRAINING PROGRAMS. ONE RECOGNIZES OUR FUTURE BY OFFERING STEM CONCENTRATION CLASSES FOR KINDERGARTEN THROUGH SIXTH GRADE TEACHERS. THIS PROGRAM FOR TEACHERS ENSURES OUR YOUTH WILL GET A GREATER UNDERSTANDING OF THESE TECHNICAL SKILLS AT A YOUNGER AGE AND WILL BE BETTER EQUIPPED FOR FUTURE JOBS IN THE STEM INDUSTRY. IT'S IMPORTANT WE RECOGNIZE THEIR EFFORTS AND THE INITIATIVES THAT WILL PREPARE STUDENTS FOR THE GROWING SUCCESS IN STEM FIELDS. I ALWAYS STRIVE TO CREATE GOOD OPPORTUNITIES FOR CONSTITUENTS BACK HOME BUT WE NEED -- BUT IT'S IMPORTANT WE PLACE MORE OF A FOCUS ON STEM EDUCATION. AS COMPUTER SCIENCE BECOMES UTILIZED IN MOST EVERY INDUSTRY, WE MUST ENSURE OUR STUDENTS, OUR CHILDREN ARE WELL PREPARED TO MEET THESE DEMANDS. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 11:11:18 AM

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                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MRS. MURPHY, FOR FIVE…

                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MRS. MURPHY, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                          • 11:11:22 AM

                            MRS. MURPHY

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I'M FILING LEGISLATION TO HONOR AN AMERICAN…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I'M FILING LEGISLATION TO HONOR AN AMERICAN HERO. MY BILL WOULD NAME THE U.S. POST OFFICE AT 56 -- 567 EAST FRANKLIN STREET IN HONOR OF ONE OF ITS NATIVE SONS, SERGEANT FIRST CLASS ALWIN CASH. SCRIPTURE TEACHES US THERE IS NO GREATER LOVE THAN TO LAY DOWN YOUR LIFE FOR YOUR FRIENDS. ON OCTOBER 17, 2005, IN AN IRAQI PROVINCE NORTH OF BAGHDAD, HE MADE THE ULTIMATE EXPRESSION OF LOVE. DISREGARDING HIS PERSONAL SAFETY AND ENDURING UNIMAGINABLE PAIN IN ORDER TO SAVE MULTIPLE SOLDIERS UNDER HIS COMMAND FROM THEIR BURNING VEHICLE AFTER IT HIT AN IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICE. HIS ACTIONS THAT FATEFUL DAY WERE SO REMARKABLE THAT THEY ALMOST DEFY DESCRIPTION. WORDS LIKE COURAGE AND BRAVERY DO NOT SEEM ADEQUATE TO FULLY CAPTURE THE DEEDS THIS SOLDIER PERFORMED. THE ACTIONS THAT SERGEANT FIRST CLASS CASH TOOK IN HIS DEATH AS HE MUST HAVE KNOWN IT DID. AFTER HIS PASSING, HE RECEIVED THE SILVER STAR, THE THIRD HIGHEST COMBAT AWARD THAT THE ARMY CONFERS. OVER THE PAST YEARS THERE HAS BEEN A PASSIONATE, PAINSTAKING AND PASSIONATE EFFORT TO HAVE HIS SILVER STAR UPGRADED TO THE MEDAL OF HONOR. NOTABLY THIS EFFORT HAS BEEN LED BY THE BATTALION COMMANDER WHO NOMINATED HIM THE SILVER STAR. HE SAID HE DESERVES THE HIGHEST VALOR. I STRONGLY AGREE. RIGHT NOW I WANT TO TALK NOT ABOUT MEDALS BUT THE MAN HIMSELF BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT MATTERS THE MOST. ALWIN WAS BORN IN 1970 IN FLORIDA AND WAS RAISED IN OVITO. HE WAS THE YOUNGEST OF NINE CHILDREN, FIVE GIRLS AND FOUR BOYS. THE FAMILY DIDN'T HAVE MUCH MONEY BUT THEY HAD PLENTY OF PRIDE. WHEN ALWIN WAS JUST 6 HIS FATHER PASSED AWAY. HIS MOTHER, RUBY MAE, WORKED ON AN ASSEMBLY LINE AND LATER AT A CUSTODIAN AT FLORIDA TECH. ONE OF HIS SISTERS DESCRIBES HER BROTHER AS THE BABY OF THE FAMILY, RAMBUNCTIOUS, LITTLE SPOILED BY THE SIBLINGS AND OF COURSE DEEPLY LOVED. SHE REMEMBERS BUYING HIM A 10-SPEED BIKE SO HE WOULDN'T BE DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHER KIDS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND HOW HAPPY HE WAS. ALWIN ENLISTED IN THE ARMY AFTER HIGH SCHOOL. SHE SAID IT HAD A TRANSFORMATIONAL EFFECT, TURNING THE CIVILIAN INTO A SOLDIER. NOT JUST ANY SOLDIER, BUT A SOLDIER'S SOLDIER, A TOUGH AS NAILS INFANTRYMAN AND OLD SCHOOL LEADER IN THE BEST SENSE OF THE TERM. AS SHE PUT IT, ALWIL BLED ARMY. HE HAD MORE BROTHERS AND SISTERS. THE EVENTS THEY EXPERIENCED AND ENDURED TOGETHER FROM BOOT CAMP TO COMBAT. ON OCTOBER 17, 2005, ALWIN, NOW SERGEANT FIRST CLASS CASH, WAS ON HIS SECOND DEPLOYMENT TO IRAQ. THE BRADLEY FIGHTING VEHICLE CARRYING HIM, SIX OTHER AMERICAN SOLDIERS AND THE SQUAD'S INTERPRETER, STRUCK AN I.E.D. THE BLAST INSTANTLY KILLED THE INTERPRETER AND RUPTURED THE VEHICLE'S FUEL CELL. FLAMES ENGULFED THE VEHICLE. INITIALLY ONLYLY LIGHTLY INJURED AND COVERED IN FUEL HE EXTRACTED THE DRIVER WHO WAS ON FIRE AND EXTINGUISHED THE FLAMES. AT THIS POINT MULTIPLE SOLDIERS REMAINED IN THE VEHICLE, ONE OF WHOM MANAGED TO OPEN THE REAR HATCH. SERGEANT FIRST CLASS CASH RUSHED TO THE BACK OF THE VEHICLE, REACHED INTO THE HOT FLAMES AND STARTED PULLING OUT SOLDIERS. HIS FUEL-SOAKED UNIFORM CAUGHT FIRE AND THE FLAMES SPREAD QUICKLY ALL OVER HIS BODY. DESPITE WHAT MUST HAVE BEEN TERRIBLE PAIN, HE RETURNED TO THE VEHICLE TWICE MORE TO EXTRACT THE SOLDIERS ALL WHILE HE WAS STILL ON FIRE AND EXPOSED TO ENEMY GUNFIRE. BY THE TIME ALL THE SOLDIERS WERE SAVED FROM THE VEHICLE, HIS INJURIES WERE THE MOST SEVERE. SECOND AND THIRD-DEGREE BURNS COVERED 72% OF HIS BODY. NEVERTHELESS, HE REFUSED TO BE EVACUATED UNTIL ALL HIS SOLDIERS WERE MEDEVACED OUT BEFORE HIM. . WHEN HE ARRIVED AT THE U.S. MILITARY HOSPITAL, HE WAS STILL FULLY CONSCIOUS. WHAT REMAINED OF HIS UNIFORM MELTED TO HIS SKIN. YET HE TRIED TO FIGHT OFF THE NURSES INSISTING THEY TREAT EVERYONE ELSE FIRST. DESPITE DETERMINED EFFORTS TO SAVE HIS LIFE AT VARIOUS HOSPITALS ABROAD AND IN THE STATES, HE EVENTUALLY SUCCUMBED TO HIS WOUNDS ON NOVEMBER 8, 2005, SURROUNDED BY MEMBERS OF HIS BILOGICAL FAMILY AND ARMY FAMILY. HIS ACTIONS REFLECT THE HIGHEST STANDARDS OF SERVANT LEADERSHIP, DEVOTION TO DUTY, AND SHEAR BRAVERY. WE CANNOT BRING HIM BACK OR ERASE THE PAIN FELT BY THOSE WHO LOVED HIM AND SERVED ALONGSIDE HIM. BUT WE CAN PAY TRIBUTE TO HIS LIFE AND HIS LEGACY. WE CAN ENGRAVE HIS NAME ON A PLAQUE AND DESIGNATE A FEDERAL BUILDING IN HIS MEMORY SO THE PUBLIC NEVER FORGETS THIS AMERICAN SOLDIER. WHO LAID DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS IN SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY. I RESPECTFULLY ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 11:16:51 AM

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                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. TAYLOR, FOR FIVE…

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

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                          • 11:16:57 AM

                            MR. TAYLOR

                            REQUEST PERFECT -- PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                            TAYLOR THE

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                            MR. TAYLOR

                            JANUARY IS NATIONAL MENTORING MONTH. NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE BIG IMPACT…

                            JANUARY IS NATIONAL MENTORING MONTH. NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE BIG IMPACT YOU CAN MAKE WITH A LITTLE CONTRIBUTION OF YOUR TIME, WISDOM, AND ATTENTION. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO SPEAK ON THE BIG BROTHERS AND BIG SISTERS ORGANIZATION. THE BIG BROTHERS AND BIG SISTERS MOVEMENT BEGAN IN 1904. BIG BROTHERS AND BIG SISTERS CURRENTLY OPERATE THROUGHOUT THE U.S. AND IN 12 COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD. CHILDREN JOINING BIG BROTHERS AND BIG SISTERS ARE CAREFULLY PLACED IN ONE-ON-ONE RELATIONSHIPS WITH AN OLDER VOLUNTEER AND A KEY STAGE IN THEIR DEVELOPMENT. THESE CHILDREN ARE LESS LIKELY TO ENGAGE IN SUCH BEHAVIORS, SUCH AS DRUG USE, OTHER ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES, OR SOCIAL DYSFUNCTION. ONE SUCH BIG BROTHER, ANDREW JONES, SIGNED UP FOR THE PROGRAM. YEARS AGO WE MET A YOUNG 12-YEAR-OLD AND THIS BOY WAS A LOW-INCOME, SINGLE PARENT HOUSEHOLD. HIS MOTHER WORKED A LOT OF OVERTIME AT A LOCAL HOSPITAL. MISGUIDED, THE BOY WAS ALREADY ON PROBATION AT 12 YEARS OLD. HANGING AROUND THE WRONG CROWD AND HEADED IN THE WRONG DIRECTION. MR. SPEAKER, ANDREW WOULD TAKE THE BOY TO THE ENGLISH GRILL RESTAURANT FOR A WEEKLY 222 BREAKFAST, TWO EGGS, TWO PANCAKES, TWO SAUSAGES. HE WOULD TEACH THE BOY EVERYTHING FROM HAVING A NAPKIN ON HIS LAP AT THE DINNER TABLE TO STOCK OPTIONS. FOR YEARS TO COME ANDREW WOULD ATTEND HUNDREDS OF SPORTS EVENTS FOR THE BOY. SHOW HIM THE VALUE OF READING, REINFORCE MANNERS, AND BUILD HIS SELF-CONFIDENCE. ANDREW WOULD BE THE ONLY PERSON THE BOY WOULD TALK TO IF HE LOST A WRESTLING MATCH. HE WOULD BE THE FIRST PERSON THE BOY WOULD CALL FOR ADVICE. AND, MR. SPEAKER, HE WOULD BE THE FIRST PERSON THE BOY WOULD CALL FROM A TENT HOSPITAL AFTER BEING INJURED AS A SOLDIER IN THE DESERTS OF IRAQ. MR. SPEAKER, THAT LITTLE BOY IS ME. WE CAN ALL SEEK OUT MENTORS IN OUR OWN LIVES AND WE CAN ALL BE MENTORS FOR OTHERS. WE'RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER. NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE BIG IMPACT THAT YOU CAN MAKE WITH A LITTLE CONTRIBUTION OF YOUR TIME, WISDOM, AND ATTENTION. I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 11:19:19 AM

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

                          • 11:19:29 AM

                            MR. GREEN

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, ONCE AGAIN I HAVE THE PLEASURE OF…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, ONCE AGAIN I HAVE THE PLEASURE OF SPEAKING FROM THE WELL OF THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY AS A LIBERATED DEMOCRAT. I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER. I RISE TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, TO REMIND US THAT ALTHOUGH WE'RE THE LEADERS OF THE FREE WORLD, WE WILL NOT BE RECEIVED AS THE LEADERS OF THE FREE WORLD IF WE'RE PERCEIVED AS THE LEADER OF WORLDWIDE BIGOTRY. I RISE, MR. SPEAKER, TO REMIND US THAT WE WON'T BE RECEIVED AS THE LEADERS OF THE FREE WORLD IF WE'RE PERCEIVED AS BEING ANTI-IMMIGRATION WHEN IT COMES TO MUSLIMS AND AS A HOMOPHOBIC. WE WON'T BE RECEIVED AS LEADERS OF THE FREE WORLD IF WE'RE PERCEIVED AS HOMOPHOBIC BECAUSE WE'RE ANTI-TRANSGERNED. WEENT BE RECEIVED AS LEADERS OF THE FREE WORLD IF WE'RE PERCEIVED AS ANTI-AFRICA BECAUSE IT'S A CONTINENT OF S-HOLE COUNTRIES. AND WE'LL BE PERCEIVED, QUITE FRANKLY, AND RECEIVED AS RACIST IF WE DO SO. MR. SPEAKER, IF WE'RE TO MAINTAIN OUR PREEMINENCE IN THE WORLD, WE MUST NOT BE PERCEIVED AS THE BIGETS OF THE WORLD -- BIGOTS OF THE WORLD. MR. SPEAKER, THE SOLUTION CAN BE AN ELECTION IN 20 20 OR IT CAN BE IMPEACHMENT -- 2020 OR IT CAN BE IMPEACHMENT TOMORROW. MR. SPEAKER, I WILL BRING IMPEACHMENT BEFORE THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF -- 2020 AMERICA AGAIN TOMORROW. SOMETIME AFTER 9:00 A.M. AND BEFORE WE LEAVE FOR OUR BREAK. MR. SPEAKER, HISTORY IS WATCHING. WE WILL BE JUDGED BY OUR ACTIONS. TIME WILL TELL. I WILL BE ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 11:21:49 AM

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                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. COLLINS, FOR FIVE…

                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. COLLINS, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                            MR. COLLINS

                            PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                          • 11:21:59 AM

                            MR. COLLINS

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE SCOTS IN DOWNTOWN…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE SCOTS IN DOWNTOWN GAINESVILLE. IT CELEBRATED ITS 10TH ANNIVERSARY TO MARK THIS ACHIEVEMENT THE STAFF CHOSE A SPECIAL OCCASION. THEY CHOSE TO HONOR LAW ENFORCEMENT WITH A LUNCHEON. WHEN SCOTT DIXON FIRST OPENED SCOTT'S DOWNTOWN IN 2007. HE TOOK THE FIRST STEP IN PURSUING HIS DREAM. HE BEGAN BUSING TABLES AT AGE 13 AND WORKED HIS WAY UP THE LADDER. OVER HIS CAREER HE DEVELOPED A PASSION FOR BRIGHTENING PEOPLE'S DAYS WITH FOOD AND A FRIENDLY HEART. KNOWN FOR PROVIDING RESTAURANTS WITH EXCEPTIONAL FOOD RATHER THAN HIGHLIGHT THIS SUCCESS, HOWEVER, SCOTT'S DOWNTOWN POINTS TO THE COURAGE AND SERVICE OF OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS WHO PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE EACH DAY TO PROTECT OUR COMMUNITY. I WANT TO CONGRATULATE SCOTT'S DOWNTOWN ON THEIR FIRST 10 YEARS OF SERVICE AND JOIN THEM IN THANKING THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN IN BLUE WHO MAKE GAINESVILLE A SAFE AND BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO LIVE. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO JOIN THE STAFF OF Z BROWN DISTRILLIONRY IN CELEBRATING THEIR 500TH BARREL OF NORTHEAST SAFE AND BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO LIVE. GEORGIA BOURBON. THE PARTNERSHIP AND THE GRAMMY AWARD WINNING ZACH BROWN IS GREAT NEWS FOR THE COUNTY. THEY ARE TURNING LOCAL CROPS INTO HIGH QUALITY SMALL BATCH SPIRITS. IN THE SPAN OF A FEW WEEKS BUSINESS VS. TAKEN OFF WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF TWO NEW BUILDINGS FOR EXPANSION. MY FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS IN NORTHEAST GEORGIA CAN AGREE, IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS IN LIFE THAT MEAN THE MOST AND THIS DISTILLERY CAPTURES THE WARM AND INVITING NATURE. IT WELCOMES VISITORS FROM NEAR AND FAR AND LEAVES THEM WITH GREATER APPRECIATION FOR THE TASTE OF APPALACHIA. I CONGRATULATE THE DISTILLERY ON THEIR SUCCESS AND WISH IT SEES THE BEST AN THEIR YOUNG BUSINESS BRANCHES OUT IN NORTHEAST GEORGIA. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY AND HONOR THE 45TH ANNUAL MARCH FOR LIFE WHICH TAKES PLACE FRIDAY. ACROSS OUR COUNTRY AMERICANS WILL DEFEND THE INNOCENT LIVES BY GIVING THEM A CLEAR VOICE IN WASHINGTON. WE'RE A NATION OF PEOPLE WHO STRIVE TO FIGHT FOR INDIVIDUAL FREEDOMS YET WE DEPRIVE THE UNBORN OF THE MOST FUNDAMENTAL LIBERTY, THE RIGHT TO A BIRTHDAY. A FATHER OF THREE, PASTOR, AND AIR FORCE CHAPLAIN, I BELIEVE WE HAVE A SACRED RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT THE LIVES OF THE UNBORN. EVERY LIFE HAS VALUE. EVERY CHILD DESERVES A BIRTHDAY. THIS WEEK THE HOUSE WILL VOTE TO INCREASE PROTECTIONS FOR UNBORN AMERICANS THROUGH THE BORN ALIVE SURVIVOR PROTECTION ACT. THIS LEGISLATION WOULD ENSURE A CHILD BORN AFTER A FAILED ABORTION ATTEMPTS RECEIVES THE SAME LIFE GIVING MEDICAL CARE TO ANY NEWBORN. THE BILL WOULD ALSO PROHIBIT MEDICAL PROVIDERS FROM CONTINUING THE PROCEDURES POST BIRTH. NO ONE SHOULD BE ABLE TO END ANOTHER PERSON'S LIFE NO MATTER HOW SMALL FOR CONVENIENCE. NORTHEAST GEORGIANS VALUE LIFE AND I'M THANKFUL TO JOIN THEM IN THIS FIGHT AGAINST ABORTION TO PROMOTE BRIGHT FURES FOR EVERY AMERICAN. THE BORN AND UNBORN AMONG US. AS A FATHER IT IS MENTIONED MANY TIMES THAT YOU CARE FOR YOUR CHILDREN. AND ON THESE DAYS IN THIS WEEK, I HARKEN BACK ALMOST 26 YEARS AGO TO WHEN MY DAUGHTER WAS BORN. YOU SEE, JORDAN WAS BORN WITH SPINA BIFIDA. AND WHEN MANY SAID TO MY WIFE AND I, YOU HAVE CHOICES TO END, I AM HAPPY TO SAY THAT MOST EVERY DAY I WAKE UP TO A TEXT FROM MY DAUGHTER THAT SAYS GOOD MORNING, DADDY. I'M HEADED TO WORK. ALL LIFE IS PRECIOUS. ALL LIFE DESERVES A CHANCE. AND EVERY DAY I AM BLESSED WITH THE KNOWLEDGE THAT THE CHOICE WE MADE AND THE CHOICE DESERVES A CHANCE. THAT WE WOULD HAVE ALWAYS MADE WAS FOR OUR PRECIOUS DAUGHTER AND ALL OF THOSE WHO ARE SPEAKING A BIRTHDAY. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 11:25:39 AM

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

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

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                          • 11:25:44 AM

                            MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE GRAMINE AMERICA FOR…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE GRAMINE AMERICA FOR OPENING A NEW FACILITY IN MIAMI AND RECOGNIZES PRESIDENT AND C.E.O.. IT'S A NONPROFIT MICROFINANCE ORGANIZATION THAT FOR OVER 10 YEARS HAS BEEN DEDICATED TO HELPING WOMEN IN POVERTY CREATE AND EXPAND SMALL BUSINESSES IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. LAST MONTH THEY OPENED ITS FIRST BRANCH IN MIAMI WHERE IT HOPES TO SERVE 7,000 WOMEN OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS AND DISPERSE MORE THAN $20.5 MILLION IN LOANS. WHAT A DIFFERENCE THAT WILL MAKE. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY, SADLY, MORE THAN 20% OF WOMEN IN MY COUNTY, MIAMI-DADE, ARE LIVING IN POVERTY. THESE LOANS WILL EMPOWER THEM TO BECOME ACTIVE PLAYERS IN STRENGTHENING SOUTH FLORIDA'S ECONOMY. THIS ORGANIZATION IS SPEARHEADED BY ANDREA YOUNG WHO FROM A YOUNG AGE UNDERSTOOD THE IMPORTANT VALUE OF SOUTH FLORIDA'S WOMEN TO BECOME FINANCIALLY INDEPENDENT. EMPOWERING AS A CHINESE IMMIGRANT IN TORONTO, HER GRANDMOTHER RECEIVED A LOAN THAT CHANGED HER FAMILY'S HISTORY. AS THE LOAN HELPED YOUNG'S GRANDMOTHER TO OPEN HER OWN HAIR SALON. TWO GENERATIONS LATER, AFTER ATTENDING PRINCETON, ANDREA SERVED OVER A DECADE AS C.E.O. AND CHAIRMAN OF AVON PRODUCTS, A GIANT IN THE FIELD OF BEAUTY PRODUCTS. ANDREA HAS BEEN RANKED AMONG THE TOP LEADERS ON LISTS SUCH AS "FORTUNE" MAGAZINE'S MOST POWERFUL WOMEN IN BUSINESS, AND MOST POWERFUL WOMEN IN THE WORLD. AND THE FINANCIAL TIMES TOP WOMEN IN WORLD BUSINESS. MR. SPEAKER, I AM SO PROUD OF THE WORK OF ANDREA AND GRAMINE AMERICA AND WHAT THEY ARE DOING IS GIVING WOMEN IN NEED THE ABILITY TO IMPROVE THEIR LIVES AND ALSO TO IMPROVE GRAMINE AMERICA AND WHAT THEIR ENTIRE FAMILIES. THE OPENING OF THIS NEW BRANCH IS AN EXCITING OPPORTUNITY. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH ANDREA AND TO HELP WOMEN IN OUR SOUTH FLORIDA ECONOMY. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO ENCOURAGE MY SOUTH THEIR ENTIRE FLORIDA COMMUNITY TO TAKE PART IN THE EIGHTH ANNUAL DAN MARINO FOUNDATION WALK ABOUT AWE TIMS. THIS EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 27, AT THE HARD ROCK STADIUM IN MIAMI GARDENS. ACCORDING TO THE C.D.C., OVER THREE MILLION INDIVIDUALS IN THE UNITED STATES ARE IMPACTED BY AN AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER. THERE HAVE BEEN NUMEROUS DRAMATIC SCIENTIFIC ADVANCES IN OUR UNDERSTANDING OF AWE TIM, BUT WE MUST CONTINUE MAKING PROGRESS -- AUTISM, BUT WE MUST CONTINUE MAKING PROGRESS AND EVENTUALLY, YES, A CURE. THE WALK ABOUT AUTISM WILL BRING TOGETHER FAMILIES, PARENTS, CAREGIVERS, AND FRIENDS TO RAISE AWARENESS AND RESOURCES FOR THE SOUTH FLORIDA AUTISM COMMUNITY. MORE IMPORTANTLY, EVERY DONATION MADE WILL STAY IN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY AND WILL BE USED TO PROVIDE CLASSROOM EQUIPMENT, EMPLOYMENT SERVICES, NEW ADAPTIVE TECHNOLOGY, AND MORE TO THOSE IMPACTED BY THIS DISORDER. THIS WALK ALSO HELPS FUND ESSENTIAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES LIKE SPECIAL NEEDS PROGRAMMING AT LOCAL SCHOOLS AND THE MARINO CAMPUS WHOSE POST SECONDARY EDUCATION PROGRAM HELPS YOUNG ADULTS WITH AUTISM TO BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN HIGH SCHOOL AND EMPLOYMENT. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK THE DAN MARINO FOUNDATION FOR ALL ITS HARD WORK TO MAKE THIS WALK SO SUCCESSFUL. THIS YEAR WILL BE NO DIFFERENT. I URGE EVERYONE TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS WALK FOR A GREAT CAUSE AT THE HARD ROCK STADIUM ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 27, AT 8:00 A.M. MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT THE 2018 MIAMI CREATORS BALL THAT WILL TAKE PLACE AT LEMON CITY ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 26, TO CELEBRATE THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF CITY YEAR MIAMI. CITY YEAR VOLUNTEERS AND THEIR DISTINCTIVE RED JACKETS HAVE BECOME A FIXTURE AT MOST OF OUR MIAMI SCHOOLS. THIS WONDERFUL ORGANIZATION CONNECTS MENTORS WITH STUDENTS IN UNDERSERVED SCHOOLS WHO ARE AT RISK OF DROPPING OUT. THE MEMBERS HAVE SERVED MORE THAN 225,000 STUDENTS AND HAVE GIVEN MORE THAN TWO MILLION HOURS OF SERVICE TO OUR LOCAL SCHOOLS THE RESULTS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES. CITY YEAR NOT ONLY HELP THE AT-RISK STUDENTS GRADUATE ON TIME, BUT PLAYED A KEY ROLE IN ENSURING THAT MORE THAN 0% OF MIAMI-DADE STUDENTS EARN THEIR HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMAS. SIMPLY AMAZING. FURTHERMORE, 90% OF MIAMI TEACHERS SAY THAT CITY YEAR MEMBERS HELP THEIR STUDENTS IMPROVE THEIR OVERALL ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE. AS A FORMER FLORIDA CERTIFIED TEACHER, IT FILLS ME WITH GREAT PRIDE TO ENCOURAGE EVERYONE IN OUR COMMUNITY TO COME TO LEMON CITY IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 26, TO CELEBRATE CITY YEAR MIAMI'S 10TH ANNIVERSARY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 11:31:00 AM

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

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

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                            MR. YODER

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY DURING THE WEEK OF MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY TO…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY DURING THE WEEK OF MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY TO RECOGNIZE THREE OF MY CONSTITUENTS WHO ARE LIVING IN DR. KING'S FOOTSTEPS. DR. KING ONCE SAID DARKNESS CANNOT DRIVE OUT DARKNESS, ONLY LIGHT CAN DO THAT. AND HATE CANNOT DRIVE OUT HATE. ONLY LOVE CAN DO THAT. IN THE THIRD DISTRICT OF KANSAS AS WELL AS ACROSS THE COUNTRY WE CONTINUE TO SEE DARKNESS AND HATE. JUST LAST WAIT, TWO RESIDENTS FROM INDIA WERE SHOT. ONE OF THEM WAS KILLED. IN 2014 IN MY DISTRICT IN MISSOURI, WHITE SUPREMACISTS DROVE TO THE JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER AND KILLED THREE PEOPLE. THREE PEOPLE WHO WERE KILLED -- IN BOTH OF THESE CASES WE SAW THE VERY RACISM AND BIGOTRY AND EVIL THAT DR. KING LED OUR NATION SO FIERCELY AGAINST. WE SEE THE BEAUTY OF HUMANITY'S POWER, KINDNESS, ENDURANCE, FORGIVENESS AND LOVE. ONE'S HUSBAND THAT WAS KILLED HAS TURNED THIS INTO -- THIS TRAGEDY INTO AN OPPORTUNITY TO SPREAD A MESSAGE OF LOVE AND ACCEPTANCE. THE HEARTBREAKING LOSS OF HER HUSBAND, ALONG WITH VISA PROBLEMS DUE TO OUR BROKEN IMMIGRATION SYSTEM, HAS MADE THIS A VERY DIFFICULT LAST YEAR FOR HER. SHE QUESTIONED UNDERSTANDABLY WHETHER SHE AND OTHER INDIAN IMMIGRANTS WERE WELCOMED HERE. OUR COMMUNITY RALLIED AROUND HERE WITH AN ANSWER THAT, YES, YOU ARE LOVE, YOU ARE PART OF OUR COMMUNITY AND YOU ARE WELCOME HERE. NOW SHE'S BECOME A LEADING VOICE AGAINST HATRED. SHE'S LEADING OTHERS IN THIS EFFORT TO EMBRACE DIVERSITY, RACE, CULTURE AND RELIGION AND PLANNING A PEACE WALK LATER THIS YEAR AND IS LAUNCHING AN INITIATIVE THAT PROMOTES UNDERSTANDING AND WELCOMING OF IMMIGRANTS. SHE'S A LIVING EXAMPLE OF LOVE STANDING UP IN THE FACE OF HATRED. ANOTHER STORY IS MINDY WHO LOST BOTH HER DAUGHTER AND SON IN THAT JEWISH -- ATTACK AT THE JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER IN 2014. SHE DID NOT LET THE LOSS OF HER FAMILY MEMBERS TURN TO HER HATRED. INSTEAD SHE SET OUT TO BRING LIGHT INTO DARKNESS LEFT FROM THIS EVENT. SHE LAUNCHED SEVEN DAYS, MAKE A RIPPLE CHANGE THE WORLD, A WEEK-LONG EVENT COMMEMORATING THE TRAGEDY WHICH SEEKS TO TURN ONE RIPPLE OF KINDNESS INTO AN UNSTOPPABLE WAVE OF FAITH AND LOVE. SEVEN DAYS CHALLENGES ALL OF US TO EMBRACE DIVERSITY, TO FOSTER HOPE AND TO PROMOTE LOVE. HER TIRELESS EFFORTS FALL RIGHT IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF DR. KING. AND JUST RECENTLY I WAS MOVED BY THE STORY OF SONYA, WHO IS BEING FEATURED IN A DOCUMENTARY CALLED BIG SONYA. AS ONE OF THE LAST HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS IN MY DISTRICT, SHE'S TELLING THE STORY OF THE UNSPEAKABLE TRAGEDY SHE ENDURED AS A TEENAGER AT A CONCENTRATION EXAMPLE, BEING SPLIT FROM HER FATHER AND BROTHER AND WATCHED HER MOTHER BE MARCHED TO HER DEATH IN THE GAS CHAMBERS. YET, HERE SHE IS PREACHING TOLERANCE, KINDNESS AND MOST OF ALL LOVE FOR ONE ANOTHER. MINDY AND OTHERS ARE MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY WHO ARE LIVING OUT DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.'S LEGACY IN THEIR EVERYDAY LIVES. IN EACH OF THEIR STORIES, EXTREME RACISM, BIGOTRY WAS SPREAD THROUGH ITS KNOWN WEAPONS -- FEAR AND VIOLENCE -- AND IN EACH CASE THESE WOMEN RESPONDED WITH COURAGE, LOVE AND KINDNESS, JUST AS DR. KING PREACHED. THESE THREE WOMEN IN MY DISTRICT ARE LEADING THE WAY IN THE DAILY ONGOING FIGHT FOR JUSTICE, TOLERANCE AND LOVE. THEY ARE AN EXAMPLE FOR ALL OF US TO FOLLOW AS WE WORK TO MAKE OUR COMMUNITY A BETTER PLACE. MR. SPEAKER, LET US CONTINUE TO TEACH LOVE. LET US CONTINUE TO BE THE LIGHT THAT DRIVES OUT THE DARKNESS. LET US MOVE FORWARD AS A NATION AND AS A PEOPLE TOGETHER UNITED AND WE WILL ONE DAY ACHIEVE DR. KING'S DREAM. I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 11:35:07 AM

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

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

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                            MR. MCCLINTOCK

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LAST MONTH WE CONCLUDED AN INTENSE DEBATE OVER TAX…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LAST MONTH WE CONCLUDED AN INTENSE DEBATE OVER TAX REFORM AND I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN BRADY FOR HEEDING THE CONCERNS OF THOSE OF US FROM OVERTAXED STATES LIKE CALIFORNIA. BY ALLOWING GREATER FLEXIBILITY AND DEDUCTING STATE AND LOCAL TAXES AND BY LOWERING ALL TAX RATES, THE FINAL MEASURE ASSURES THAT VIRTUALLY EVERY FAMILY WILL BE PAYING LOWER TAXES, EVEN THOUGH LOSING MUCH OF THEIR STATE AND LOCAL TAX DEDUCTIONS. IN MY DISTRICT THE AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD WILL SEE A TAX CUT OF $1,900 AS A RESULT. YET, I STILL RECEIVE MANY CALLS FROM CONSTITUENTS WHO FEAR THEIR TAXES WILL GO UP AND THEIR STANDARD OF LIVING WILL GO DOWN. THEY BELIEVE THIS BECAUSE THIS IS WHAT THEY'VE BEEN TOLD BY THE DEMOCRATS AND BY THE MEDIA. BUT NOW THAT THE BILL IS IN EFFECT, I THINK PEOPLE ARE ABOUT TO SEE THEIR PAYCHECKS GROW, THEIR JOB PROSPECTS BRIGHTEN AND THEIR FAMILY FINANCES IMPROVE. INDEED, THE DAY THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP SIGNED THE BILL, COMPANIES ACROSS AMERICA BEGAN ANNOUNCING BONUSES, PAY RAISES AND MAJOR NEW INVESTMENT PLANS IN THE AMERICAN ECONOMY. AND THOSE ANNOUNCEMENTS JUST KEEP COMING. A VARIETY OF TAX CALCULATORS ARE ALREADY AVAILABLE ON THE INTERNET SO THAT EVERY FAMILY CAN SEE FOR THEMSELVES HOW THEY PERSONALLY BENEFIT FROM THE TAX CUTS. I'D RECOMMEND A WEBSITE CALLED TAXPLANCALCULATOR.COM. THERE PEOPLE CAN INPUT THEIR OWN TAX FIGURES AND SEE HOW MUCH THEIR FAMILY WILL SAVE. IN FEBRUARY, WITHHOLDING TABLES WILL INREFLECT THE NEWER LOWER RATES AND THE TAKE-HOME PAY FOR THE VAST MAJORITY OF AMERICANS WILL JUMP. EVEN BEFORE ACCOUNTING FOR THE SURGE IN WAGES THAT ALWAYS ACCOMPANIES AN ECONOMIC EXPANSION. BY SPRING, MOST ECONOMISTS EXPECT A SIGNIFICANT BURST OF ECONOMIC GROWTH. AS TAX BARRIERS COME DOWN, CAPITAL STRANDED OFF-SHORE IS ALREADY COMING HOME. THIS MORNING APPLE ANNOUNCED IT'S BRINGING BACK MOST OF ITS QUARTER TRILLION DOLLARS OF CAPITAL NOW STUCK OFF-SHORE. IMMEDIATE EXPENSING REFORMS WILL ACCELERATE EQUIPMENT PURCHASES AND INTERNATIONALLY COMPETITIVE CORPORATE TAX RATE WILL MEAN NEW INVESTMENTS IN MAKING PRODUCTS ONCE AGAIN IN AMERICA. IF "THE NEW YORK TILES" POLL FROM YESTERDAY HAS ANY TRUTH, THAT POLL TRACKED AN 18-POINT SWING FROM DISAPPROVAL TO APPROVAL OF THE REFORM IN JUST ONE MONTH. THE SCARE MONGERING BY CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS WENT FURTHER THAN CLAIMS THAT THE TAX REFORMS WOULD PRODUCE ONLY MIDDLE CLASS MISERY AND ECONOMIC MALAISE. THEY CLAIMED MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WILL LOSE HEALTH INSURANCE BECAUSE OF IT. HOW SO? BECAUSE THIS BILL REMOVES THE STIFF TAX PENALTIES THAT ARE LEVIED AGAINST 6 1/2 MILLION AMERICAN FAMILIES WHO CHOOSE NOT TO PURCHASE OVERPRICED OBAMACARE POLICIES. IT'S A MINIMUM OF $2,100 A PENALTY FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR. THESE FAMILIES WILL NOW HAVE THAT MONEY AVAILABLE TO MEET THEIR OWN NEEDS, INCLUDING PURCHASING INEXPENSIVE POLICIES AVAILABLE ON THE PRIVATE MARKET. AND THIS BEGS TWO QUESTIONS. IF OBAMACARE'S SO WONDERFUL, WHY DO WE HAVE TO FORCE FAMILIES TO BUY IT? AND IF 6 1/2 MILLION FAMILIES ALREADY PREFER PAYING THE STIFF PENALTY TO BUYING THE INSURANCE, WHAT DOES THAT SAY ABOUT THE SIGNATURE ACHIEVEMENT OF THE OBAMA DEMOCRATS? THE DEMOCRATS HAVE SEIZED ON PROJECTIONS THE REFORM WILL ADD $1.5 TRILLION OF NEW DEBT OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS BASED ON THEIR ASSUMPTION IT WILL PRODUCE NO ECONOMIC GROWTH. YET, WHEN RONALD REAGAN CUT THE TOP MARGINAL TAX RATE BY HALF, INCOME TAX REVENUES DOUBLED. SEVERAL ECONOMISTS ARE PREDICTING AN ADDITIONAL $2 TRILLION OF NEW FAX REVENUES TO GOVERNMENT SOLELY DUE TO ECONOMIC EXPANSION FROM THIS LAW. THE FINAL LINE OF ATTACK IS THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX CUTS WILL EXPIRE IN EIGHT YEARS, LEAVING MANY AMERICANS BORES OFF. WELL, THAT'S PERHAPS THE MOST DANGEROUS ARGUMENT FOR DEMOCRATS TO MAKE BECAUSE EVERY AMERICAN UNDERSTANDS THE ANSWER TO THAT QUESTION DEPENDS ON WHO CONTROLS CONGRESS. DEMOCRATS HAVE MADE IT CLEAR IF THEY ARE RETURNED TO OFFICE THE TAX CUTS ARE OVER. AND REPUBLICANS HAVE MADE IT JUST AS CLEAR THAT OUR UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS TO MAKE THOSE CUTS PERMANENT. LET THE PEOPLE DECIDE. RONALD REAGAN ASKED A SIMPLE QUESTION BOTH IN 1980 WHEN HE RAN AGAINST THE ECONOMIC MALAISE OF THE CARTER POLICIES AND AGAIN IN 1984 AFTER HE HAD IMPLEMENTED THE SAME PRO-GROWTH POLICIES WE NOW SEE UNDER PRESIDENT TRUMP -- ARE YOU BETTER OFF TODAY THAN YOU WERE FOUR YEARS AGO? NO POLITICIAN OR PUNDIT CAN SPIN THE ANSWER. EVERY INDIVIDUAL AMERICAN KNOWS THAT ANSWER PRECISELY IN THEIR OWN LIVES. AND I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO ASKING THAT QUESTION AGAIN AS THE TAX REFORM TAKES EFFECT. I YIELD BACK.

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                            SPEAKER RYAN

                            IN OUR SCHEDULE

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                            IN OUR SCHEDULE TODAY. HOUSE COMING IN. RULE DEBATE AND THEN DEBATE LATER…

                            IN OUR SCHEDULE TODAY. HOUSE COMING IN. RULE DEBATE AND THEN DEBATE LATER THIS AFTERNOON. CHAPLAIN, FATHER CONROY.

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                            THE SPEAKER

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

                            THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND ANNOUNCES TO THE HOUSE HIS APPROVAL THEREOF. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1, RULE 1, THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA RECOGNITION?

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                            MR. WILSON

                            I DEMAND A VOTE ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL.

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                            THE SPEAKER

                            THE QUESTION IS ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL. THOSE…

                            THE QUESTION IS ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                            MR. WILSON

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

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

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                            THE SPEAKER

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

                            FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION IS POSTPONED. THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE LED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA,

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                            MR. ROONEY

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

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

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                            THE SPEAKER

                            FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE OF THE AISLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

                            FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE OF THE AISLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                            MR. WILSON

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

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

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                          • 12:02:58 PM

                            THE SPEAKER

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            MR. WILSON

                            MR. SPEAKER, I'M GRATEFUL FOR THE THOUSANDS OF DEDICATED CITIZENS…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I'M GRATEFUL FOR THE THOUSANDS OF DEDICATED CITIZENS TRAVELING TO WASHINGTON THIS WEEK FOR THE 45TH ANNUAL MARCH FOR LIFE. THE VISION IS OF A WORLD WHERE EVERY HUMAN LIFE IS VALUED AND PROTECTED IS ONE I SUPPORT EVERY DAY IN CONGRESS. EARLIER THIS MONTH I HAD A CHANCE TO MEET WITH RYAN IN COLUMBIA. ALTHOUGH HIS BIOLOGICAL MOTHER WAS RAPED, HE GAVE RYAN AN OPPORTUNITY TO GROW UP IN A LOVING AND ADOPTED FAMILY. HE ENSURES THE UNBORN VAN OPPORTUNITY FOR FULFILLING LIFE. I ALSO APPRECIATE THE COMMITMENT AND ENTHUSIASM OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA CITIZENS FOR LIFE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR HOLLY. THROUGH HER HARD WORK AND THE EFFORTS FROM THE SOUTH CAROLINA CITIZENS FOR LIFE TEAM, HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE, INCLUDING MYSELF, GATHERED AT THE STATE HOUSE STEPS THIS MONTH FOR STANDUP FOR LIFE RALLY WITH BISHOP ROBERT OF CHARLESTON AND ATTORNEY GENERAL WILSON. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM. CONGRATULATIONS TO REPUBLICANS NANCY MACE OF CHARLESTON FOR YOUR ELECTION TUESDAY TO THE SOUTH CAROLINA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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

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

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                          • 12:04:21 PM

                            MR. HIGGINS

                            MR. SPEAKER, A CONTINUING RESOLUTION TO EXTEND FEDERAL SPENDING FOR ONE…

                            MR. SPEAKER, A CONTINUING RESOLUTION TO EXTEND FEDERAL SPENDING FOR ONE MONTH MAY NOT PASS BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT TWEETED THAT HE DOES NOT SUPPORT FUNDING FOR HEALTH CARE FOR NINE MILLION AMERICAN KIDS. IN IS A TERRIBLE INDICTMENT AND THE CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP THAT'S AGAIN COWERING TO A PET LENT, UNINFORMED PRESIDENT, A PRESIDENT WHO'S MAKING A MOCKERY OF CONGRESS AS A CO-EQUAL BRANCH OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND THAT CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP IS COMPLICIT IS A NATIONAL EMBARRASSMENT. I SAY CONGRESS SHOULD ROLL THE PRESIDENT AND FORCE HIM TO VETO CHILDREN'S HEALTH CARE. MR. PRESIDENT, A CONTINUING RESOLUTION IS A FAILURE TO ACT. IT'S A FAILURE TO DECIDE. IT IS A FAILURE TO LEAD, AND IT REPRESENTS GROSS NEGLIGENCE AS IT RELATES TO THE BASIC DUTY OF THE INSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS. THIS IS A SAD DAY. ONCE AGAIN, CONGRESS CAPITULATES TO A PETULANT AND POUTING PRESIDENT.

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                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FRANEFRANE -- MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN…

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FRANEFRANE -- MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARDS THE PRESIDENT. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO DISCUSS H.R. 4770, THE PROTECTING AND SECURING…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO DISCUSS H.R. 4770, THE PROTECTING AND SECURING FLORIDA'S COASTLINE ACT, MAKING THE PERMANENT THE MILITARY MISSION LINE MORATORIUM ON OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION IN THE EASTERN GULF OF MEXICO. WHY WE DO NOT WANT OFF-SHORE DRILLING IN THE EASTERN GULF OF MEXICO -- FLORIDIANS DO NOT OFF-SHORE DRILLING, NO DEMOCRATS, NO REPUBLICANS, NO RICH PEOPLE, NO POOR PEOPLE, NO NOBODY, AND HERE'S WHY.

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                          • 12:06:19 PM

                            MR. ROONEY

                            GENERATES $50 BILLION A YEAR IN FLORIDA.

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                            MR. ROONEY

                            THANK YOU.

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

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

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                            MS. KELLY

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO THANK ONE OF MY LONGEST SERVING STAFF…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO THANK ONE OF MY LONGEST SERVING STAFF MEMBERS, JAY CHO, WHO WILL BE DEPARTING MY TEAM THIS FRIDAY. JAY VOLUNTEERED TO BE PART OF MY VERY FIRST INTERN CLASS. JAY GREW TO BE A VITAL PIECE OF MY OPERATION AND IN NO SHORT TIME I ASKED HIM TO JOIN MY STAFF IN A PERMANENT CAPACITY. HE CLIMBED THROUGH THE RANKS OF MY OFFICE SERVING AS MY LEGISLATIVE ASSISTANT AND RIGHT HAND IN HANDLING TECHNOLOGY ISSUES FOR THE I.T. SUBCOMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT. JAY IS THE KIND OF PERSON THIS CONGRESS AND COUNTRY NEED MORE OF, FORGING RELATIONSHIPS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, HIS EFFORTS WERE CRITICAL IN PASSING LEGISLATION TO MODERNIZE GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGY AND MAKE GOVERNMENT WEBSITES MOBILE FRIENDLY. I AM HONORED TO HAVE THE PRIVILEGE TO WORK WITH JAY. HE SERVED FOR NEARLY FIVE YEARS. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK HIM FOR HIS HARD WORK AND DEDICATION. I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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

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

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                            WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                            MRS. MCMORRIS RODGERS

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE A PROMISE KEPT TO THE…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE A PROMISE KEPT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, BIGGER PAYCHECKS FOR TWO MILLION PEOPLE AND COUNTING. BECAUSE OF THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT, PAY INCREASES FOR 90% OF AMERICAN WORKERS ARE COMING IN FEBRUARY. FOR FAMILIES IN EASTERN WASHINGTON AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY, MANY LIVING PAYCHECK-TO-PAYCHECK WHO HAVE FELT LEFT BEHIND, THIS IS A BIG DEAL. IMAGINE BEING THAT SINGLE MOM WHO WAKES UP EVERY DAY, TAKES HER KIDS TO SCHOOL, GOES TO WORK IN SHOPS IN DOWNTOWN SPOKANE, FOR HER A BIGGER PAYCHECK WILL MEAN SHE WILL HAVE MONEY IN HER POCKET EVERY SINGLE MONTH. IF SHE WANTS SHE CAN GO BACK TO SCHOOL, BUY A CAR, EVEN THROW A LITTLE INTO HER KIDS' LUNCH BOX. MR. SPEAKER, THE HARDWORKING MEN AND WOMEN OF THIS COUNTRY HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR A FIGHTING CHANCE TO GET AHEAD, AND THAT'S WHAT THIS TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT IS DELIVERING. I INVITE ALL AMERICANS TO LEARN MORE AT FAIRANDSIMPLE.GOP. I YIELD BACK.

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                            WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                            MR. SPEAKER, I STAND HERE TODAY TO SHARE THE STORY OF MIGUEL OF SALEM,…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I STAND HERE TODAY TO SHARE THE STORY OF MIGUEL OF SALEM, OREGON, AND ONCE AGAIN URGE REPUBLICANS TO INCLUDE A CLEAN DREAM ACT IN THIS WEEK'S SHORT-TERM BUDGET EXTENSION.

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                            MR. SCHRADER

                            HE WAS BROUGHT TO THE UNITED STATES WHEN HE WAS 7 YEARS OLD BY HIS…

                            HE WAS BROUGHT TO THE UNITED STATES WHEN HE WAS 7 YEARS OLD BY HIS PARENTS. FOR YEARS LIVED IN THE SHADOWS, NOT KNOWING WHETHER COLLEGE WOULD EVER BE AN OPTION FOR HIM. IN 2012 HI GELL, ALONG WITH NEARLY 800,000 YOUNG FOLKS IN THIS COUNTRY, WAS ABLE TO APPLY FOR DACA, AND THANKS TO DACA WAS ABLE TO EARN NOT ONE BUT TWO BACHELORS DEGREES. HE NOW WORKS FOR A RESOURCE MANAGER IN SALEM. HE PAYS TAXES AND HE CONTRIBUTES TO OUR COMMUNITY. MIGUEL'S FUTURE IS UNCERTAIN DUE TO CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP . 102 DACA RECIPIENTS LOSE THEIR LEGAL PROTECTIONS EACH DAY THAT ALLOW THEM TO GO TO SCHOOL AND WORK. IT'S INHUMANE CONGRESS CONTINUES TO HOLD THESE YOUNG FOLKS HOSTAGE FOR PARTISAN POLITICAL PURPOSES. LET'S DO THE RIGHT THING. LET'S GET A CLEAN DREAM ACT PASSED SO THIS COUNTRY CAN MOVE FORWARD. I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THREE INDIVIDUALS WHO SERVE IN…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THREE INDIVIDUALS WHO SERVE IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN ARIZONA, STEVE, BRIDGETTE AND NORA. THIS MONTH STEVE'S COLLEAGUES ON THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS VOTED TO ELEVATE HIM TO CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD AND STEVE HAS SERVED ON THAT BOARD SINCE 2013. LAST WEEK THE GILBERT TOWN COUNCIL CHOSE BRIDGETTE AS THEIR VICE CHAIR. BRIDGETTE HAS SERVED ON THE COUNCIL SINCE 2015 AND LAST THURSDAY THE CHANDLER CITY COUNCIL CHOSE TO APPOINT NORA AS THEIR VICE MAYOR.

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                            MR. BIGGS

                            NORA HAS SERVED ON THE COUNCIL SINCE 2013. MR. SPEAKER, SERVING IN LOCAL…

                            NORA HAS SERVED ON THE COUNCIL SINCE 2013. MR. SPEAKER, SERVING IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT ISN'T ALWAYS GLAMEROUS BUT THESE INDIVIDUALS AND THEIR COLLEAGUES DEMONSTRATE COMMITMENT TO THEIR CONSTITUENTS ON A DAILY BASIS. OUR COMMUNITIES ARE FORTUNATE TO HAVE STEVE, BRIDGETTE AND NORA AT THESE POSTS. I WISH THEM WELL IN THE NEW ROLES AND LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THEM IN 2018. I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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

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

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                            MR. PAYNE

                            MR. SPEAKER, REPUBLICANS HAVE GOT TO START WORKING WITH DEMOCRATS TO…

                            MR. SPEAKER, REPUBLICANS HAVE GOT TO START WORKING WITH DEMOCRATS TO GOVERN. WE CAN'T KEEP MOVING FROM ONE SHUTDOWN CRISIS TO THE NEXT. HERE'S WHAT WE CAN DO TODAY RIGHT NOW. FIRST, WE CAN WORK TOGETHER TO KEEP THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OPEN BY PURSUING BIPARTISAN PRIORITIES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, FUNDING COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS, PERMANENTLY RE-AUTHORIZING CHIP, PROVIDING DISASTER RELIEF, AND PROTECTING DREAMERS. LET'S DO THAT, NOT FOR POLITICS, BUT FOR PEOPLE. SECOND, WE CAN WORK TOGETHER ON A FEDERAL BUDGET THAT RAISES CAPS FOR DOMESTIC SPENDING. WE SHOULD INCREASE VETERANS' FUNDING SO THERE IS NOT A SINGLE VETERAN LEFT BEHIND IN OUR GREAT NATION. WE NEED TO PROTECT PENSIONS, PROVIDE DISASTER RELIEF FUNDS FOR HURRICANE AND WILDFIRE VICTIMS, CREATE GOOD-PAYING JOBS AND FULL-TIME JOBS FOR AMERICAN WORKERS AND PROTECT HEALTH CARE. LET'S CREATE A BIPARTISAN BUDGET THAT IS BETTER -- A BETTER DEAL FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS TOO EASY THESE DAYS TO BE PARTISAN AND CYNICAL. LET US --

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                            MR. PAYNE

                            LET US WORK TOGETHER TO KEEP THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OPEN AND FUNCTIONING…

                            LET US WORK TOGETHER TO KEEP THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OPEN AND FUNCTIONING FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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

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                            MR. SPEAKER, THIS WEEK THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS ARE JOINING TOGETHER IN OUR…

                            MR. SPEAKER, THIS WEEK THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS ARE JOINING TOGETHER IN OUR NATION'S CAPITAL FOR A COMMON PURPOSE, THE MARCH FOR LIFE.

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                            MR. MARCHANT

                            THIS YEAR MARKS 45 YEARS SINCE ROE V. WADE LEGALIZED ABORTION IN OUR…

                            THIS YEAR MARKS 45 YEARS SINCE ROE V. WADE LEGALIZED ABORTION IN OUR COUNTRY. SINCE 1974, GENERATIONS OF AMERICANS HAVE BRAVED THE ELEMENTS AND MARCHED ON WASHINGTON TO PRAY FOR OUR NATION AND BE THE VOICE OF THE MOST VULNERABLE MEMBERS OF OUR SOCIETY, THE UNBORN. AS A MEMBER OF THE PRO-LIFE CAUCUS, I WILL CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR LEGISLATION THAT VALUES AND PROTECTS THE SANCTITY OF INNOCENT LIFE. I APPLAUD THESE COURAGEOUS PARTICIPANTS AND I STAND WITH YOU IN THIS MOVEMENT. THERE IS NO MORE BASIC HUMAN RIGHT THAN THE RIGHT TO LIFE. I YIELD BACK.

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

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                            MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

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

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

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                            MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE ABSURDLY…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE ABSURDLY TITLE BORN ALIVE SURVIVORS PROTECTION ACT. THIS BILL IS YET ANOTHER ATTEMPT BY THE REPUBLICAN TO INTIMIDATE WOMEN AND PROVIDERS OF ABORTION CARE THAT ARE LIFE THREATENING AT WORSE. TIME AND AGAIN REPUBLICANS HAVE CHARGED THAT POLITICIANS, NOT WOMEN AND THEIR DOCTORS, KNOW WHAT IS BEST FOR WOMEN'S BODIES. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. TODAY IS A REMINDER THAT WOMEN'S REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS ARE CONSTANTLY UNDER ATTACK AND I WILL NEVER WAIVER IN FIGHTING BACK. THIS BILL IS COMPLETELY UNNECESSARY. IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN ILLEGAL TO KILL NEWBORN INFANTS, AND TO SUGGEST THIS LEGISLATION IS ANYTHING MORE THAN REDUNDDUNDANT OBSTRUCTION FOR WOMEN ACCESSING HEALTH CARE IS OUTRAGEOUS. INSTEAD OF SPENDING TIME ON UNNECESSARY LEGISLATION, MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES SHOULD WORK WITH DEMOCRATS TO FUND THE GOVERNMENT AND PROTECT 800,000 YOUNG PEOPLE, OUR DREAMERS, FROM DEPORTATION TO COUNTRIES THEY HAVE NEVER KNOWN. MR. SPEAKER, AMERICANS FACE ACTUAL REAL PROBLEMS EVERY SINGLE DAY SO LET'S GET BACK TO WORK. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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                            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                            PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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

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

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                            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                            I RECOGNIZE MY FRIEND MAGISTRATE HE HAD GORIN IN THE FIRST DISTRICT OF…

                            I RECOGNIZE MY FRIEND MAGISTRATE HE HAD GORIN IN THE FIRST DISTRICT OF KENTUCKY IN HIS SERVICE TO THE RESIDENTS OF TAYLOR COUNTY. HE HAS SERVED IN MANY CAPACITIES FROM HIS MEMBERSHIP ON THE LOCAL BOARD AND COMMITTEE PROJECTS. HE HAS BEEN GUIDED BY HIS PERSONAL MOTTO OF WORKING FOR THE COMMUNITY. THROUGH THE YEARS HE HAS MAINTAINED A FOCUS AND WORKED TIRELESSLY TO BETTER THE LIBES OF THE RESIDENTS BY SEARCHING FOR THE SOLUTION FOR GREATER NUMBER OF CITIZENS AND SPENDING MONEY OUT OF HIS OWN POCKET. HE HAS SECURED NUMEROUS BENEFITS FOR TAYLOR COUNTY INCLUDING A VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND RECYCLING PROGRAM WHICH WILL IMPACT THE CITIZENS OF OUR COMMUNITY. HE HAS ESTABLISHED AN OUTSTANDING LEGACY AS A PUBLIC SERVANT AND I EXPRESS OUR DEDICATION AND GRATITUDE FOR HIS CONTRIBUTIONS TO TAYLOR COUNTY. I'M HONORED TO REPRESENT HIM AND WISH HIM WELL IN HIS RECOVERY EFFORTS. 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 OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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                            I RISE TODAY TO EXPRESS MY EXCITEMENT THAT THIS BODY IS TAKING A STRONG…

                            I RISE TODAY TO EXPRESS MY EXCITEMENT THAT THIS BODY IS TAKING A STRONG PRO-LIFE STANCE AND LIKEWISE THIS COUNTRY IS BECOMING INCREASINGLY PRO-LIFE. THIS IS NOT SURPRISING SINCE THE VIEW IT IS PLAINLY OBVIOUS THAT WE ARE NOT TALKING ABOUT A CLUMP OF CELLS. ADVANCES IN SCIENCE AND MEDICINE MAKE THIS MORE CLEAR ALL THE TIME.

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                            MR. DAVIDSON

                            IN ADDITION TO OUR VOTES TO SAVE BABIES WITH THE NECESSARY MEDICAL CARE…

                            IN ADDITION TO OUR VOTES TO SAVE BABIES WITH THE NECESSARY MEDICAL CARE WHEN THEY ARE BORN ALIVE FOLLOWING AN ABORTION, TOMORROW MY OFFICE WILL BE HOSTING PRO-LIFE LEADERS AND FRIENDS FROM OHIO'S 8TH DISTRICT TRAVELING TO WASHINGTON. I'M PROUD TO PARTICIPATE IN THE MARCH WHERE WE WILL SEEK TO GET OUT THE MESSAGE THAT LOVE SAVES LIVES. 60 MILLION BABIES WITH ALL THEIR POTENTIAL HAVE HAD THEIR LIVES TRAGICALLY CUT SHORT. I LOOK FORWARD TO THE DAY SOUND SCIENCE PUTS AN END TO ABORTION.

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                            MONTANA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                            MR. GIANFORTE

                            PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE…

                            PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE CRITICAL WORK OF UDAP INDUSTRIES THAT PRODUCES SELF-DEFENSE SPRAYS. IT WAS FOUNDED BY A SURVIVOR OF A GRIZZLY BEAR ATTACK. WHEN YOU ARE IN PEER COUNTRY, BEAR SPRAY IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT. CITING CONCERNS ABOUT THE OZONE LAYER, THE E.P.A. MOVED IN 2015 TO BAN THE PROPELLANT USED TO MAKE BEAR SPRAY SHOOT OUT OF A CANNISTER. THEY SUGGESTED A REPLACEMENT THAT WAS HALF AS EFFECTIVE UNDERMINING SAFETY. RATHER THAN GIVE IN AND MAKE A LESS EFFECTIVE PRODUCT, THEY PETITIONED E.P.A. TO RECONSIDER. WE WORKED WITH E.P.A. TO WAIVE THE BAN FOR BEAR SPRAY. I'LL CONTINUE WORKING WITH UDAP AND OTHERS TO ENSURE THEY ARE NOT BURDENED BY UNNECESSARY FEDERAL REGULATIONS. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO THANK PRESIDENT TRUMP FOR HIS STRONG SUPPORT…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO THANK PRESIDENT TRUMP FOR HIS STRONG SUPPORT OF RURAL AMERICA AND REMEMBERING THE FORGOTTEN FARMER. LAST WEEK, THE PRESIDENT MADE US PROUD WHEN HE BECAME THE FIRST SITTING PRESIDENT IN 25 YEARS TO ADDRESS THE FARM BUREAU. DURING HIS SPEECH, THE PRESIDENT EMPHASIZED THE IMPORTANT OF AGRICULTURE IN AMERICA. I COULD NOT AGREE MORE. OUR FARMERS PROVIDE AMERICA WITH FOOD SECURITY UNLIKE ANY OTHER COUNTRY ON EARTH. FARMERS AND RANCHERS, FEED AND FUELING AND CLOTHING OUR COUNTRY. BUT IT HASN'T BEEN EASY. FOREIGN COUNTRY CHEAT OUR FARMERS RMENT. BUREAUCRATS HAVE STRANGLED US WITH REGULAR HATION AFTER REGULATION. AS A RESULT, FARM INCOME HAS BEEN ON A DRASTIC AND STEADY DECLINE UNTIL NOW. THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT, FOR NOT FORGETTING ABOUT RURAL AMERICA AND ROLLING BACK JOB KILLING REGULATIONS AND PUSHING CONGRESS TO EASE THE BURDEN OF THE DEATH TAX. MY FARM FRIENDS IN MISSISSIPPI THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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                            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                            PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                            MR. SPEAKER, WE MUST NEVER FORGET THE -- THAT LIFE IS TRULY A GIFT. I RISE…

                            MR. SPEAKER, WE MUST NEVER FORGET THE -- THAT LIFE IS TRULY A GIFT. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS WHO WILL BE HERE MARCHING ON WASHINGTON TOMORROW AND TO GIVE A VOICE TO THE VOICELESS. THIS HOUSE CONSISTENTLY DEFENDS THE UNBORN AND PROMOTES A CULTURE OF LIFE. WE HAVE PASSED THE PAIN-CAPABLE UNBORN CHILD PROTECTION ACT WHICH WOULD BAN LATE-TERM ABORTION AT 20 WEEKS, WE HAVE PASSED LEGISLATION TO PREVENT TAX DOLLARS FROM BEING USED TO PAY FOR ABORTIONS, WE VOTED TO DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD AND INCREASE FUNDING FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS THAT PROMOTE AND PROVIDE WOMEN'S HEALTH SERVICES WHILE PROTECTING LIFE. I LOOK FORWARD TO JOINING MY COLLEAGUES IN VOTING FOR THE ACT. OUR WORK IS NOT DONE AND WE MUST CONTINUE TO SPEAK FOR THOSE WHO CANNOT SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES. MR. SPEAKER, I'M HERE TODAY FOR THE SAME REASONS THAT AMERICANS WILL BE MARCHING IN WASHINGTON AND IN WEST MICHIGAN OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS TO DEFEND THE UNBORN, GIVE VOICE TO THE VOICELESS AND PROMOTE A CULTURE OF RESPECT FOR LIFE FROM THE BEGINNING SPARKS UNTIL ITS FINAL TWILIGHT AND I YIELD BACK.

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                            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                            PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                            TO RECOGNIZE OUR CRITICAL PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAMS. THE HOUSE PASSED A…

                            TO RECOGNIZE OUR CRITICAL PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAMS. THE HOUSE PASSED A BUNDLE OF RE-AUTHORIZATION FOR COMMITTEE HEALTH PROGRAMS. FUNDING EXTENSION FOR THE COMMURENT CENTERS, CHIP. WE WILL VOTE FOR CHIP RE-AUTHORIZATION FOR A THIRD TIME. I WILL BE YES FOR A THIRD TIME AND APPEARS MOST OF MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES WILL BE VOTING NO FOR A THIRD TIME. PROGRAMS HELP ENSURE THAT MILLIONS OF AMERICANS RECEIVE THE CARE THEY NEED. IT IS ABHORRENT THESE PROGRAMS HAVE BEEN A POLITICAL FOOTBALL AND THE HEALTH CARE IS BEING PUT TO THE SIDE. NEBRASKA WILL RUN OUT OF FUNDING FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS AND CHIP. THESE LIFE SAVING PROGRAMS SHALL NOT BE REQUIRED A FALL BACK. PASS LEGISLATION TO VOTE YES TODAY ON CHIP AND COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS AND MANY OTHER KEY PROGRAMS IN THE FUTURE. 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 ARKANSAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                            PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                            WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE SERVICE OF FIRE CHIEF GREGORY SUMMERS AS HE…

                            I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE SERVICE OF FIRE CHIEF GREGORY SUMMERS AS HE RETIRES AFTER 35 YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE CITY OF LITTLE ROCK.

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                            MR. HILL

                            CHIEF SUMMERS SERVED AS THE 12TH FIRE CHIEF OF THE CITY AND BAIL THE…

                            CHIEF SUMMERS SERVED AS THE 12TH FIRE CHIEF OF THE CITY AND BAIL THE DEPARTMENT'S FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN FIRE CHIEF. HE WAS APPOINTED CHIEF IN 2009 AND HIS LEADERSHIP HAS HAD AN IMPACT ON CENTRAL ARKANSAS' COMMUNITIES. UNDER HIS LEADERSHIP, THE DEPARTMENT EARNED CLASS ONE STATUS BY THE INSURANCE SERVICE OFFICE. AND RECEIVED INTERNATIONAL ACCREDITATION THROUGH THE CENTER OF PUBLIC SAFETY EXCELLENCE. THIS SAVES OUR COMMUNITY INSURANCE DOLLARS AND IMPROVES SAFETY. THE LITTLE ROCK FIRE DEPARTMENT IS ONE OF ONLY 57 DEPARTMENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO RECEIVE THIS RECOGNITION. MY CONGRATULATIONS AND BEST WISHES FOR CHIEF SUMMERS' FUTURE ENDEAVORS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                            PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                            WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            OVER MY GEORGIA BULLDOGS IN THE NATIONAL COLLEGE CHAMPIONSHIP LAST WEEK.…

                            OVER MY GEORGIA BULLDOGS IN THE NATIONAL COLLEGE CHAMPIONSHIP LAST WEEK. DESPITE THE LOSS WHICH CAME AFTER AN UNBELIEVABLE GAIN, GEORGIA BULLDOGS PLAYED THEIR HEARTS OUT AND I'M PROUD OF OUR TEAM.

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                            MR. HICE

                            IT'S AN HONOR TO ON REPRESENT UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA AND TO HAVE THE…

                            IT'S AN HONOR TO ON REPRESENT UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA AND TO HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF WEARING THE RED AND BLACK OF THIS OUTSTANDING INSTITUTION AND INCREDIBLE TEAM. UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF HEAD COACH SMART AND SPECIAL GROUP OF YOUNG MEN LIKE NICK AND JAKE, THE DOGS WON THE S.E.C. CHAMPIONSHIP AND HAD ONE OF THE GREATEST SEASONS THEY HAVE HAD IN YEARS REACHING THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MORE THAN 30 YEARS. AT THE END OF THE DAY, IT WAS A DEBATE GAME ON BOTH SIDES AND WHILE IT PAINS TO ADMIT, MY CONGRESSWOMAN SEWELL REPRESENTS AN OUTSTANDING FOOTBALL TEAM. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CRIMSON TIDE AND I WILL BE PROVIDING HER OFFICE WITH BARBECUE AND WEARING THE ALABAMA TIE. CONGRATULATIONS TO THEM FOR ANOTHER CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE. GO DOGS, GO DOGS, GO DOGS. 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 AND REVISE AND EXTEND.…

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

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                            MR. SMITH

                            YESTERDAY THERE WAS IRRESPONSIBLE NEWS STORIES. ALL AMERICANS SHOULD CALL…

                            YESTERDAY THERE WAS IRRESPONSIBLE NEWS STORIES. ALL AMERICANS SHOULD CALL OUT PURCHASE VAYORS OF FAKE NEWS AND POINT OUT SLANTED COVERAGE. THE PRESIDENT IS CORRECT IN USING THE TERM FAKE NEWS TO DESCRIBE THE MEDIA WHEN THEY INTENTIONALLY MISREPRESENT HIS COMMENTS AND TAKE THEM OUT OF CONTEXT AND INTENTIONALLY OMIT RELEVANT FACTS AND ONLY REPORT ONE SIDE OF THE STORY AND INTENTIONALLY PROMOTE A LIBERAL AGENDA. IN A DEMOCRACY, THE MEDIA HAS A PROFOUND RESPONSIBILITY TO GIVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THE FACTS, NOT TELL THEM WHAT TO THINK.

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                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE…

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE AN ENROLLED BILL.

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                          • 12:28:55 PM

                            THE CLERK

                            MOUNTAIN PEEK AS THE ALEX DIEKMAN PEAK.

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                            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                            MS. CHENEY

                            BY THE DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 694…

                            BY THE DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 694 AND ASK FOR ITS CONSIDERATION.

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                            THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

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                            THE CLERK

                            RESOLVED, THAT UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO…

                            RESOLVED, THAT UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE THE BILL, H.R. 4712, TO AMEND TITLE 18, UNITED STATES CODE, TO PROHIBIT A HEALTH CARE PRACTITIONER FROM FAILING TO EXERCISE THE PROPER DEGREE OF CARE IN THE CASE OF A CHILD WHO SURVIVES AN ABORTION OR ATTEMPTED ABORTION. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. LL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST PROVISIONS IN THE BILL ARE WAIVED. HE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL AND ON ANY AMENDMENT THERETO TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT: NE, ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED

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                            EXCEPT NE,

                            EXCEPT: NE, ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR…

                            EXCEPT: NE, ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY; AND TWO, ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT. ECTION 2. N ANY LEGISLATIVE DAY DURING THE PERIOD FROM JANUARY 22, 2018, THROUGH JANUARY 26, 2018, A, THE JOURNAL OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE PREVIOUS DAY SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS APPROVED; AND B, THE CHAIR MAY AT ANY TIME DECLARE THE HOUSE ADJOURNED TO MEET AT A DATE AND TIME, WITHIN THE LIMITS OF CLAUSE 4, SECTION 5, ARTICLE I OF THE CONSTITUTION, TO BE ANNOUNCED BY THE CHAIR IN DECLARING THE ADJOURNMENT. SECTION 3. THE SPEAKER MAY APPOINT MEMBERS TO PERFORM THE DUTIES OF THE CHAIR FOR THE DURATION OF THE PERIOD ADDRESSED BY SECTION 2 OF THIS RESOLUTION AS THOUGH UNDER CLAUSE 8(A) OF RULE I.

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                            MS. CHENEY

                            MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU. DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION ALL TIME…

                            MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU. DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION ALL TIME YIELDED IS FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY. I NOW YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, PENDING WHICH I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                            MS. CHENEY

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

                            MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANI