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House Session - February 15, 2018

The House considered a bill that would reform the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) litigation process and provide education to state and local governments as well as property owners for ADA compliance.

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  • 09:00:17 AM

    The Speaker designated the Honorable Michael K. Simpson to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.

    • 09:00:22 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A…

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

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    • 09:00:27 AM

      THE CLERK

      THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. FEBRUARY 15, 2018. I HEREBY APPOINT…

      THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. FEBRUARY 15, 2018. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE MICHAEL K. SIMPSON TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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    • 09:00:37 AM

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

      • 09:00:45 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED OFFERED BY OUR

      • 09:00:54 AM

        CHAPLAIN CONROY

        LET US PRAY. WE THANK YOU, O GOD, FOR GIVING US ANOTHER DAY. ENLIGHTEN THE…

        LET US PRAY. WE THANK YOU, O GOD, FOR GIVING US ANOTHER DAY. ENLIGHTEN THE HEARTS OF THOSE WHO ARE FAITHFUL AND TIRELESS IN SECURING EQUAL JUSTICE UNDER THE LAW. FULFILL THE HOPES OF THOSE WHO LONG FOR PEACE AND SECURITY FOR THEIR CHILDREN. GUIDE AND PROTECT ALL ELECTED OFFICIALS AND ALL WHO CHOOSE TO SERVE THIS NATION AND THEIR LOCAL COMMUNITIES THROUGH PUBLIC SERVICE. MAY YOUR WILL BE DONE IN AND THROUGH THE MEMBERS OF THIS PEOPLE'S HOUSE, THOSE WHO TRUST IN YOUR DIVINE GUIDANCE, AND THOSE AS WELL WHO RELY UPON THE GIFTS YOU HAVE ENDOWED THEM WITH. EVEN IN THE MIDST OF CONFLICTING OPINIONS AND PHILOSOPHICAL DIFFERENCES, MAY THEY STHRIMB TO COME TO MUTUALLY BENEFICIAL ENDS. UNITE YOUR PEOPLE AND KEEP THEM FOCUSED ON THE ESSENTIALS THAT REFLECT YOUR KINGDOM. MAY THE FIRE OF DIVINE LOVE AND HUMAN FREEDOM RENEW THE FACE OF THE EARTH. MAY ALL THAT IS DONE TODAY BE FOR YOUR GREATER HONOR AND GLORY. AMEN.

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  • 09:01:59 AM

    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. Byrne 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. Byrne objected to the voice vote based upon the absence of a quorum and the Chair postponed further proceedings until later in the legislative day.

    • 09:02:01 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND ANNOUNCES TO THE HOUSE HIS APPROVAL…

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

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    • 09:02:13 AM

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      PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1, I DEMAND A VOTE ON AGREEING TO THE…

      PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1, I DEMAND A VOTE ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL.

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    • 09:02:19 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

      THE QUESTION IS ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL. SMAFERE. -- SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA.

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    • 09:02:28 AM

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

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

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    • 09:02:35 AM

      TEMPORE FURTHER

      FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. THE PLEDGE OF…

      FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE LED BY GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. SCHROEDER.

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    • 09:02:42 AM

      MR. SCHROEDER

      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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    • 09:02:55 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 09:03:03 AM

      MR. BYRNE

      --

    • 09:03:06 AM

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      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE MY HOMETOWN AND MY HOME…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE MY HOMETOWN AND MY HOME STATE AS THE BIRTHPLACE OF THE BIRS EVER 9-1-1 PHONE CALL THAT WAS PLACED 50 YEARS AGO TOMORROW, FEBRUARY 16, 196. THIS PIONEERING PHONE CALL REMAINS A SOURCE OF GREAT PRIDE IN OUR CITY AND OUR STATE AND THE PHONE CALL WAS PLACED BY THEN ALABAMA SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE AND MY PREDECESSOR, CONGRESSMAN TOM BEVEL. THE CALL WAS MADE ON A BRIGHT RED PHONE THAT HAS BEEN SHOWCASED IN OUR CITY HALL FOR SEVERAL YEARS. I'M PROUD TO REPORT TO MY COLLEAGUES THIS MORNING THAT THE -- THIS RED PHONE, A PIECE OF HISTORY, WILL BE TEMPORARILY SHOWCASED BEEN SHOWCASED IN OUR CITY HALL FOR SEVERAL YEARS. I'M PROUD TO AS A PIECE OF AMERICAN HISTORY AT THE SMITHSONIAN. THE CURRENT MAYOR HAS DONE AN OUTSTANDING JOB IN MARKING THIS ANNIVERSARY FOR OUR TOWN. BY THE WAY, HIS FATHER-IN-LAW, JAMES, WAS THE MAYOR AT THE TIME THE PHONE CALL WAS MADE. I WANT TO PERSONALLY THANK THE MAYOR AND SO MANY OTHERS, INCLUDING THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY NUMBER ASSOCIATION, AND ALL THE 9-1-1 ORGANIZATIONS FOR ALL THEIR EFFORTS TO RECOGNIZE THIS FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WORLD'S FIRST 9-1-1 CALL. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:03:22 AM

    PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

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

    • 09:03:29 AM

      ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

      The House proceeded with one minute speeches, which by direction of the Chair, would be limited to 5 per side of the aisle.

      • 09:04:18 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON SEEK RECOGNITION?

      • 09:04:21 AM

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

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

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      • 09:04:25 AM

        TEMPORE WITHOUT

        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

      • 09:04:26 AM

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        SHE'S A SOPHOMORE IN COLLEGE. SHE DREAMS OF ONE DAY HOLDING PUBLIC OFFICE…

        SHE'S A SOPHOMORE IN COLLEGE. SHE DREAMS OF ONE DAY HOLDING PUBLIC OFFICE AND WORK TOWARDS A CAREER IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS OR COMPUTER ENGINEER IN THE HEALTH CARE SECTOR. THIS IS THE YOUNG LADY WHO IS WORKING HARD, DOING THE RIGHT THINGS TO BETTER HERSELF AND MAINTAIN GOALS TO GIVE BACK TO HER COMMUNITY AND THIS ARAISING COUNTRY THAT RAISED HER. THE SHAD REALITY IS THIS REPUBLICAN CONTROLLED CONGRESS AND ADMINISTRATION ARE HOLDING HER DREAMS HOSTAGE BY NOT ALLOWING A VOTE ON THE DREAM ACT. IT'S INHUMANE TO CONTINUE TO ENTANGLE THE LIVES OF THESE FOLKS IN PARTISAN GAMES. GET A DREAM ACT PASSED SO OUR COUNTRY CAN MOVE FORWARD AND PROTECT THE 800,000 DACA RECIPIENTS. I YIELD BACK.

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      • 09:04:57 AM

        MR. SCHROEDER

        THE 800,000 DACA RECIPIENTS. I YIELD BACK.

      • 09:05:33 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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      • 09:05:39 AM

        MR. BYRNE

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL COURT REPORTING AND…

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL COURT REPORTING AND CAPTIONS WEEK. AS AN ATTORNEY FROM FIRSTHAND EXPERIENCE I CAN SAY COURT REPORTERS HAVE HAD AN CONTINUE TO HAVE AN ENORMOUS IMPACT ON OUR LEGAL SYSTEM BOTH IN A PRACTICAL MATTER BUT ALSO IMPORTANT HISTORICAL SENSE. AS WE ATTORNEYS TALK AWAY, COURT REPORTERS TIRELESSLY CAPTURE EVERY SINGLE WORD. THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS CANNOT BE UNDER-THE-STATEMENTED -- UNDERESTIMATED. WITHOUT THEIR RECORD THERE COULD BE NO BROWN VS. BOARD OF EDUCATION, OR COUNTLESS OTHER LEGAL DECISIONS OF IMPORTANCE. CAPTIONERS ALSO DO WONDERFUL WORK TO HELP BETTER THE LIVES FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO ARE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING BY PROVIDING CAPTIONING REAL TIME. SO ON NATIONAL COURT REPORTING AND CAPTIONS WEEK, I WANT TO THANK THE THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS WHO WORK IN THIS INDUSTRY FOR THEIR HARD WORK AND THEIR DEDICATION. AND I YIELD BACK.

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      • 09:06:29 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MINNESOTA SEEK RECOGNITION?

      • 09:06:33 AM

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

      • 09:06:36 AM

        TEMPORE WITHOUT

        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

      • 09:06:37 AM

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        AS AMERICANS, WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT AND OUR…

        AS AMERICANS, WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT AND OUR PUBLIC LANDS FOR TODAY AND FOR TOMORROW. AND THAT'S WHY WE, CONGRESS, PASSED CLEAN AIR AND CLEAN WATER LAWS.

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      • 09:06:51 AM

        MS. MCCOLLUM

        THAT'S WHY WE PROTECTED OUR PUBLIC LANDS AND TREASURED SPACES. PRESIDENT…

        THAT'S WHY WE PROTECTED OUR PUBLIC LANDS AND TREASURED SPACES. PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS A DIFFER SET OF PRIORITIES WITH HIS DIRTY BUDGET AND INFRASTRUCTURE SCAM, PRESIDENT TRUMP IS ATTACKING BASIC ENVIRONMENTAL SAFEGUARDS. THE TRUMP BUDGET CUTS ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS AND MAKES IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR THE E.P.A. TO KEEP AMERICAN FAMILIES SAFE AND HEALTHY. THE TRUMP BUDGET STOPS ESSENTIAL RESEARCH OWN CLIMATE CHANGE, SLASHES CLEAN ENERGY DEVELOPMENT, AND THREATENS ENDANGERED SPECIES. THE TRUMP INFRASTRUCTURE SCAM REPEALS BASIC ENVIRONMENTAL SAFEGUARDS AND SELLS OFF OUR PUBLIC LANDS TO BIG OIL. ONCE AGAIN PRESIDENT TRUMP IS PUTTING POLLUTERS AND THEIR PROFITS FIRST AT THE EXPENSE OF AMERICA'S FAMILIES BEING HEALTHY. OUR AIR, WATER, AND LAND SHOULD NEVER BEEN PARTISAN ISSUES. CONGRESS MUST REJECT THIS DIRTY BUDGET AND INFRASTRUCTURE SCAM. AND WORK TO PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT AND NOT DESTROY IT. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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      • 09:07:49 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

      • 09:07:53 AM

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

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

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      • 09:07:57 AM

        TEMPORE WITHOUT

        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

      • 09:08:02 AM

        MR. FITZPATRICK

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE PENS BURY SCHOOL DISTRICT IN…

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE PENS BURY SCHOOL DISTRICT IN BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, FOR THE FOCUS OF THEIR MENTAL HEALTH ON THEIR STUDENTS AND COMMUNITY AT LARGE AND THEIR DETERMINATION TO END THE DRUG EPIDEMIC. THE DISTRICT RECENTLY LAUNCHED AN ONSITE MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING PROGRAM FOR THEIR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE DISTRICT'S NEW ADDICTION AND MENTAL HEALTH TASK FORCE. THE CLINICAL COUNSELING AND PARTNERSHIP WITH SAINT MARY MEDICAL CENTER BEGAN LAST MONTH AT THE PENNSBURY HIGH SCHOOL. IT CONTINUES ITS PARTNERSHIP AND EXPAND THE PROGRAM TO STUDENTS AND FAMILIES IN THE ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS. AS THE CO-CHAIR OF THE BIPARTISAN HEROIN TASK FORCE WE HAVE WORKED TIRELESSLY BOTH IN CONGRESS AND OUR COMMUNITIES TO FIND SOLUTIONS TO THIS DEVASTATING EPIDEMIC. WE'RE IN THE ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS. AS THE SO ENCOURAGED BY THE STEPS THAT THESE MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY ARE TAKING TO ADDRESS THE ISSUES OF MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION. WE ENCOURAGE EVERY SCHOOL DISTRICT IN BUCKS COUNTY TO FOLLOW THE LEAD OF PENNSBURY SCHOOL DISTRICT IN BOTH EDUCATING AND PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN. WE ALSO THANK THE ST. MARE MARY MEDICAL SENT' AND FAMILY ASSOCIATION OF BUCKS COUNTY FOR PARTNERING WITH THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. I YIELD BACK.

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      • 09:09:23 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION?

      • 09:09:26 AM

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        UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

      • 09:09:29 AM

        TEMPORE WITHOUT

        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

      • 09:09:30 AM

        MS. KELLY

        OBJECTION.

      • 09:10:45 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        YOU. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

        YOU. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON SEEK RECOGNITION?

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      • 09:10:49 AM

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

      • 09:10:53 AM

        TEMPORE WITHOUT

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE HERNANDEZ FOR WINNING…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE HERNANDEZ FOR WINNING THE JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION'S 2018 AMERICA'S CLASSIC AWARD.

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      • 09:11:05 AM

        MR. NEWHOUSE

        FELIPE HAS OPERATED THE AT THAT MALI EATERIE FOR THE LAST THREE DECADES.…

        FELIPE HAS OPERATED THE AT THAT MALI EATERIE FOR THE LAST THREE DECADES. HE CAME TO AMERICA FROM MEXICO TO WORK IN AGRICULTURE. AND OPENED THE STORE IN 1990. THIS FAMILY-OWNED ESTABLISHMENT IS WELL-KNOWN FOR ITS PORK, CHICKEN, AND SEASONAL ASPARAGUS AT THAT MALIS AND UNTIL NOW RENAINED A RELATIVELY SECRET SPOT. THE JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION AMERICA'S CLASSIC AWARD, HONORS LOCALLY OWNED RESTAURANTS CHERISHED FOR QUALITY FOOD THAT REFLECTS THE CHARACTER OF THEIR COMMUNITY. AND THIS IS THE FIRST RESTAURANT IN CENTRAL WASHINGTON TO BE RECOGNIZED BY THE FOUNDATION. I, MYSELF, MY FRIENDS, AND MY STAFF CAN ALL ATTEST THAT THIS AWARD IS WELL DESERVED AND HONOR CHERISHED FOR QUALITY FOOD THAT REFLECTS THE CHARACTER OF TO RECOGNIZE THEM FOR THEIR HARD WORK AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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      • 09:11:59 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

      • 09:12:02 AM

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

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

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      • 09:12:06 AM

        TEMPORE WITHOUT

        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

      • 09:12:07 AM

        MR. THOMPSON

        MR. SPEAKER, TOMORROW MARKS ONE OF THE FINEST TRADITIONS ON PENN STATE'S…

        MR. SPEAKER, TOMORROW MARKS ONE OF THE FINEST TRADITIONS ON PENN STATE'S CAMPUS A. 46-HOUR DANCE MARATHON CALLEDTHON. THON IS THE GRAND FINALE OF A YEAR-LONG FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN THAT PENN STATE STUDENTS UNDERTAKE FOR THE KIDS. BEGINNING AT 5:00 P.M. ON FRIDAY, MORE THAN 700 RECOGNIZED DANCERS WILL PUT THEIR STAMINA TO THE TEST AND DANCE FOR 46 HOURS. WITHOUT SLEEP, AT THE BRYCE JORDAN CENTER. IT IS THE LARGEST STUDENT RUN PHILANTHROPY IN THE WORLD. IT RAISES MONEY TO FIGHT PEDIATRIC CANCER. THE PROCEEDS RAISED GO DIRECTLY TO FOUR DIAMONDS, WHICH BENEFITS THE PENN STATE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL IN HER SHE. FOUR DIAMONDS ENSURING THAT FAMILIES WHO ARE BATTLING PEDIATRIC CANCER ARE NOT FACED WITH ANY COSTS. ALLOWING THEM TO FULLY FOCUS ON THE NEEDS OF THEIR CHILD. THON 2017 RAISED MORE THAN $10 MILLION. AND SINCE ITS INCEPTIONTHON HAS RAISED MORE THAN $146 MILLION. MR. SPEAKER, I AM ALWAYS IN AWE OF THE POWER OF OUR PENN STATE STUDENTS AND THEIR CARE AND CONCERN FOR OTHERS. I WISH EVERYONE PARTICIPATING THE BEST OF LUCK. WE'RE -- THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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      • 09:13:35 AM

        Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 736. H.R. 620 — "To amend the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 to promote compliance through education, to clarify the requirements for demand letters, to provide for a notice and cure period before the commencement of a private civil action, and for other purposes."

        • 09:13:40 AM

          Provides for consideration of H.R. 620 and H.R. 3978 under structured rules and H.R. 3299 under a closed rule. Each bill shall be debatable for one hour. The resolution provides for proceedings during the period of February 16, 2018 through February 23, 2018.

          • 09:13:44 AM

            MR. GOODLATTE

            MR. SPEAKER, I ASK FOR GENERAL LEAVE TO CONSIDER H.R. 620 EDUCATION REFORM…

            MR. SPEAKER, I ASK FOR GENERAL LEAVE TO CONSIDER H.R. 620 EDUCATION REFORM ACT OF 2017 AND ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS. AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON H.R. 620.

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          • 09:14:01 AM

            TEMPORE WITHOUT

            WITHOUT OBJECTION. MR. --

        • 09:14:05 AM

          House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 736 and Rule XVIII.

          • 09:14:06 AM

            The Speaker designated the Honorable Michael K. Simpson to act as Chairman of the Committee.

            • 09:14:07 AM

              TEMPORE PURSUANT

              PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 736 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE…

              PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 736 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 620. THE CHAIR APPOINTS THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO, MR. SIMPSON, TO PRESIDE OVER THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.

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            • 09:14:30 AM

              THE CHAIR

              THE HOUSE IS IN COMMOLET HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE…

              THE HOUSE IS IN COMMOLET HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 620. WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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            • 09:14:38 AM

              THE CLERK

              AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990 TO PROMOTE COMPLIANCE THROUGH…

              AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990 TO PROMOTE COMPLIANCE THROUGH EDUCATION, TO CLARIFY THE REQUIREMENTS FOR DEMAND LETTERS, TO PROVIDE FOR A NOTICE AND CURE PERIOD BEFORE THE COMMENCEMENT OF A PRIVATE CIVIL ACTION, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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            • 09:14:53 AM

              THE CHAIR

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

              PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE BILL IS CONSIDERED AS READ THE FIRST TIME GENERAL DEBATE SHALL NOT EXCEED ONE HOUR EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GOODLATTE, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. NADLERKS EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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        • 09:15:00 AM

          GENERAL DEBATE

          The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 620.

          • 09:15:10 AM

            MR. GOODLATTE

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

          • 09:15:13 AM

            THE CHAIR

            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

          • 09:15:15 AM

            MR. GOODLATTE

            PRIVATE ENFORCEMENT OF TITLE 3 OF THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT IS A…

            PRIVATE ENFORCEMENT OF TITLE 3 OF THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT IS A CRITICAL TOOL FOR DISABLED INDIVIDUALS TO GAIN ACCESS TITLE 3 OF THE TO PLACES LIKE RESTAURANTS AND SHOPPING CENTERS. . THIS HAS BEEN THE CASE FOR DISABLED BUSINESS OWNERS WHO TESTIFIED BEFORE THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. LEE KEY TESTIFIED IN 2016. SHE RUNS ONE OF HER FAMILY'S DOUGHNUT SHOPS AND WAS SUED FOR TECHNICAL VIOLATES OF THE A.D.A. BECAUSE A RESTROOM SIGN WAS IN THE SHAPE OF A TRIANGLE INSTEAD OF A SQUARE. A PERSON WHO HAS NEVER WALKED IN HER LIFE, KEY TESTIFIED SAID SHE'S PROUD OF THIS NATION'S EFFORT TO IMPROVE ACCESSIBILITY BY ENACTING THE A.D.A. BUT THINKS BUSINESSES SHOULD BE GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO REMOVE BARRIERS BEFORE GETTING SUED. DONNA AND DAVID BATTLELAND HAVE ALSO TESTIFIED. THEY WERE CO-OWNERS OF A STORE THAT SOLD ACCESSIBILITY DEVICES IN FLORIDA. DESPITE TWO PEOPLE USING WHEELCHAIRS, DESPITE THE FACT THEIR ENTIRE CLIENTELE WAS COMPOSED OF CUSTOMERS WHO HAD MOBILITY LIMITATIONS, THEY WERE SUED BECAUSE THEY HAD NOT PAINTED LINES AND POSTED A SIGN FOR AN A.D.A. -- FOR A HANDICAP SPOT REQUIRED BY THE A.D.A. INDEED, ACCORDING TO THEIR TESTIMONY, IT WAS LATER FOUND THAT THEY HAD BEEN JUST ONE OF MANY BUSINESSES TARGETED BY AN UNSCRUPULOUS OUT-OF-STATE ATTORNEY. ACCORDING TO MRS. BATTLELAND, IT DID NOT MATTER THEIR PARKING LOT AND STORE WERE TOTALLY ACCESSIBLE. IT WAS GREED THAT WAS DRIVING THEIR SUITS. THESE EXAMPLES ARE AMONG MANY SHARED BY BUSINESSES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THE A.D.A.'S PRIVATE RIGHT OF ACTION, WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY INTENDED TO BE THE PRIMARY ENFORCEMENT MECHANISM TO ACHIEVE GREATER ACCESS, HAS INSTEAD ENCOURAGED THE COTTAGE INDUSTRY OF COSTLY AND WASTEFUL LITIGATION THAT NEITHER BENEFITS THE BUSINESS NOR DISABLED INDIVIDUALS SEEKING MORE ACCESSIBILITY. A REPORT AIRED ON "60 MINUTES" ON DECEMBER 4, 2016, FOR EXAMPLE, FEATURED SEVERAL SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS WHO WERE SUBJECT TO WHAT ARE KNOWN AS DRIVE-BY LAWSUITS. IN SUCH LAWSUITS COMMONLY FILED BY OPPORTUNISTIC TRIAL LAWYERS, THE PLAINTIFF NEED ONLY DRIVE BY THE PROPERTY, NOT ACTUALLY VISIT IT, TO FILE A LAWSUIT ALLEGING AN A.D.A. VIOLATION. IN OTHER CASES, PLAINTIFFS CAN EVEN USE GOOGLE EARTH TO TARGET ALLEGED VIOLATIONS AND IN TURN FILE LAWSUITS BEFORE EVEN NOTIFYING A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER OF THE PROBLEM. IN FACT, -- THE FACT THAT THESE TYPES OF SMALL BUSINESSES ARE ILL-EQUIPPED TO DEFEND AN A.D.A. LAWSUIT IS THE REASON WHY THEY'RE SUED. INDEED, OPPORTUNISTIC ATTORNEYS ARE MORE OFTEN WILLING TO SETTLE FOR JUST LESS THAN IT WOULD COST THOSE MOM AND POP BUSINESSES TO DEFEND THEMSELVES IN COURT. ACCORDING TO A 2017 OP-ED PUBLISHED IN "THE HILL" AN AVERAGE SETTLEMENT OF THE AMOUNT IS $7,500. GIVEN PLAINTIFF'S ATTORNEYS MOTIVES IS TO LINE THEIR OWN POCKETS, THERE IS LITTLE OR NO INCENTIVE TO WORK WITH BUSINESSES TO CURE A VIOLATION BEFORE A LAWSUIT IS FILED. THIS RESULTS IN WASTED RESOURCES THAT COULD HAVE BEEN USED TO IMPROVE ACCESS. H.R. 620 IS A COMMONSENSE SOLUTION BECAUSE IT GIVES BUSINESSES A FAIR CHANCE TO CURE TITLE 3 VIOLATIONS BEFORE THEY ARE FORCED INTO A LAWSUIT WHILE STILL PRESERVING THE POWER OF THE THREAT OF A LAWSUIT WHEN BUSINESSES FAIL TO MAKE THE REQUIRED FIXES IN A TIMELY MANNER. H.R. 620 WILL CREATE MORE ACCESS FOR MORE AMERICANS MORE QUICKLY BECAUSE BUSINESSES WOULD MUCH RATHER FIX AN ACCESS PROBLEM QUICKLY THAN FACE AN UNPREDICTABLE AND EXPENSIVE LAWSUIT THAT COULD HURT THEIR ABILITY TO EXPAND ACCESS IN OTHER WAYS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS COMMONSENSE REFORM, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 09:19:23 AM

            THE CHAIR

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

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

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          • 09:19:26 AM

            MR. NADLER

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

          • 09:19:34 AM

            THE CHAIR

            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

          • 09:19:35 AM

            MR. NADLER

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. BEFORE WE DISCUSS THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY, I WANT…

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. BEFORE WE DISCUSS THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY, I WANT TO ADDRESS THE HORRIBLE SCHOOL SHOOTING IN FLORIDA YESTERDAY. WE MOURN THE DEATHS OF THOSE SHOT AND KILLED AND WE SUPPORT THOSE WHO WERE INJURED AND THE FAMILIES OF THE VICTIMS. BUT WE MUST ALSO DO MORE TO PREVENT FUTURE SHOOTINGS IN OUR SCHOOLS AND ON OUR STREETS. THERE HAVE BEEN 18 SCHOOL SHOOTINGS IN THIS COUNTRY SO FAR THIS YEAR, AND IT IS ONLY FEBRUARY. ACCORDING TO "WASHINGTON POST" ANALYSIS, OVER THE LAST 19 YEARS, MORE THAN 150,000 STUDENTS ATTENDING AT LEAST 170 PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS HAVE EXPERIENCED A SHOOTING ON CAMPUS. THAT DOES NOT INCLUDE VIOLENCE OUTSIDE OF THE CLASSROOM. WE CANNOT ALLOW THIS TO CONTINUE. IT IS LONG PAST DUFORT THE HOUSE TO CONSIDER -- DUE FOR THE HOUSE TO CONSIDER LEGISLATION ON THIS FLOOR TO HELP PREVENT GUN VIOLENCE. OUR CALLS FOR HEARINGS ON GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION LEGISLATION HAVE BEEN MET WITH SILENCE. CONGRESS DID NOTHING AFTER COLUMBINE 20 YEARS AGO AND NOTHING AFTER SANDY HOOK FIVE YEARS AGO. INACTION IS UNACCEPTABLE, AND MOMENTS OF SILENCE ARE COMPLETELY INADEQUATE. OUR CITIZENS DEMAND THAT WE ACT WITHOUT DELAY. MR. CHAIRMAN, H.R. 620, THE SO-CALLED A.D.A. EDUCATION AND REFORM ACT OF 2017, WOULD UNDERMINE THE CIVIL RIGHTS OF AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES BY SIGNIFICANTLY WEAKENING THE KEY ENFORCEMENT TOOL OF THE A.D.A. ACT OF 1990, WHICH IS THE FILING OF PRIVATE LAWSUITS BY DISCRIMINATION VICTIMS. CONGRESS PASSED THE A.D.A. 28 YEARS AGO WITH THE GOALS OF FULLY INTEGRATED PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES INTO THE MAINSTREAM OF AMERICAN LIFE AND COUNTERACTING DISCRIMINATORY SOCIAL ATTITUDES TOWARDS THE DISABLED. BY MAKING IT HARDER FOR PERSONS FACING SUCH DISCRIMINATION TO VINDICATE THEIR RIGHTS IN COURT, THIS BILL ULTIMATELY UNDERMINES THOSE GOALS. H.R. 620 WOULD AMONG OTHER THINGS INSTITUTE A PRENOTICE -- PRESUIT, NOTICE AND CURE REGIME UNDER TITLE 3 OF THE A.D.A. WHICH PROHIBITS DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF DISABILITY AND PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS LIKE HOTELS, RESTAURANTS, PRIVATE SCHOOLS, AND PUBLIC -- AND HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS. SPECIFICALLY, THE BILL WOULD PROHIBIT A DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION VICTIM FROM FILING A LAWSUIT TO ENFORCE HIS OR HER RIGHTS UNDER TITLE 3 UNLESS THE VICTIM FIRST NOTIFIES THE BUSINESS OF A TITLE 3 VIOLATION. THE VICTIM MUST THEN WAIT TO 180 DAYS TO ALLOW THE BUSINESS TO EITHER COMPLY WITH THE LAW OR MAKE SOME UNDEFINED LEVEL OF SUBSTANTIAL PROGRESS, WHATEVER THAT MEANS, TOWARD COMPLYING WITH THE LAW. NO FEDERAL CIVIL RIGHTS STATUTE IMPOSES SUCH ONEROUS REQUIREMENTS ON DISCRIMINATION VICTIMS BEFORE THEY CAN HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ENFORCE THEIR RIGHTS IN COURT. BOTH INDIVIDUALLY AND CUMULATIVELY, THIS BILL'S NOTICE AND CURE PROVISIONS WILL HAVE THE EFFECT OF INAPPROPRIATELY SHIFTING THE BURDEN OF COMPLIANCE WITH THE FEDERAL CIVIL RIGHTS STATUTE FROM THE ALLEGED WRONGDOER ONTO THE DISCRIMINATION VICTIM AND PERVERSELY INCENTIVIZING BUSINESSES NOT TO COMPLY VOLUNTARILY WITH THE A.D.A. MOREOVER, BECAUSE H.R. 620 DOES NOT DEFINE THE TERM SUBSTANTIAL PROGRESS, THE BILL LEAVES IT TO A BUSINESS OWNER'S DISCRETION AS TO WHETHER HE MADE SUCH PROGRESS. THIS RAISES EXPENSIVE AND PROTRACTED LITIGATION OVER THE QUESTION WHETHER THE BUSINESS HAS MADE SUFFICIENTLY SUBSTANTIAL PROGRESS SHOULD A LAWSUIT BE FILED. SUCH A PROSPECT, ALONG WITH THE NEED TO WAIT 180 DAYS BEFORE FILING A LAWSUIT, MAY BE ENOUGH TO DETER DISCRIMINATION VICTIMS WITH MERITORIOUS CLAIMS FROM EVEN SENDING A NOTICE OF A VIOLATION, MUCH LESS FILING SUIT TO ENFORCE THEIR RIGHTS. IN ADDITION, THE BILL'S NOTICE REQUIREMENT IS OVERLY BURDENSOME AND ICKSSEGIVE. RATHER THAN TELLING THEM OF AN ACCESS BARRIER, THIS HAS THE PERSON TO GIVE A LEGAL PLEA OF THE CASE. IT IS TO DESCRIBE WHETHER THE VICTIM MADE A REQUEST ABOUT REMOVING AN ACCESS BARRIER AND EXPLAIN WHETHER AN ACCESS BARRIER WAS TEMPORARY OR PERMANENT. SUCH MAY BE DIFFICULT OR IMPOSSIBLE FOR A DISCRIMINATION VICTIM TO PROVIDE AT THE NOTICE STAGE, PARTICULARLY WITHOUT LEGAL COUNSEL. FINALLY, H.R. 620 DOES NOT EVEN ADDRESS THE PURPORTED PROBLEM IDENTIFIED BY ITS PROPONENTS WHO CLAIM PRESUIT NOTIFICATION IS NEEDED TO STOP LAWYERS FROM FILING NUMEROUS SIMILAR LAWSUITS, ALLEGING BOTH FEDERAL A.D.A. CLAIMS AND STATE LAW CLAIMS AGAINST NUMEROUS BUSINESSES IN ORDER TO ENFORCE QUICK SETTLEMENTS. THAT'S BECAUSE STATES ALLOW FOR DAMAGES UNDER THE STATE DISABILITY RIGHTS LAWS. BUT THIS IGNORES THE FACT THAT TITLE 3 OF THE FEDERAL A.D.A. ONLY PERMITS RECOVERY OF REASONABLE ATTORNEYS' FEES AND COSTS, NO RECOVERY OF MONEY DAMAGES. IN OTHER WORDS, IT IS STATE LAW, NOT THE FEDERAL A.D.A., WHICH PROVIDES THE FINANCIAL INCENTIVE FOR PURSUING NUMEROUS LAWSUITS. ADDITIONALLY, THE FILING OF MULTIPLE SUITS ALLEGING VIOLATIONS OF THE A.D.A. OR STATE DISABILITY LAWS SAYS NOTHING ABOUT THE UNDERLYING MERITS OF THOSE SUITS OR THE INTENTS OF THE PARTIES INVOLVED. TO THE EXTENT LAWYERS ENGAGE IN MISCONDUCT, COURTS ALREADY HAVE THE TOOLS TO ADDRESS SUCH MISCONDUCT INCLUDING BY IMPOSING SANCTIONS, REFUSING TO AWARD ATTORNEYS' FEES OR DISMISSING CASES THAT HAVE NO LEGAL OR FACTUAL BASIS. A PRESUIT NOTIFICATION REQUIREMENT TOGETHER WITH A LACK OF ANY REQUIREMENT TO ACTUALLY COMPLY WITH THE LAW IS A VIRTUAL GET OUT OF JAIL FREE CARD FOR EVERY PUBLIC ACCOMMODATION IN AMERICA. H.R. 620 SUBSTANTIALLY DIMINISHES THE PRIMARY INCENTIVE FOR VOLUNTARY COMPLIANCE FOR TITLE 3 WHICH IS THE CREDIBLE RISK OF BEING SUED AND HAVING TO PAY REASONABLE ATTORNEYS' FEES AND COSTS. H.R. 620'S NOTICE AND CURE REQUIREMENTS BY STARKLY DIMINISHING THE RISK OF LITIGATION WOULD SEND A CLEAR AND DEVASTATING MESSAGE TO EVERY PUBLIC ACCOMMODATION IN AMERICA, THAT THERE IS NO NEED TO COMPLY VOLUNTARILY WITH THE A.D.A. INSTEAD, THE BILL TELLS BUSINESSES THAT THEY SHOULD SIMPLY WAIT AND SEE IF THEY EVER RECEIVE A NOTICE OF VIOLATION AND FORGET ABOUT THE RIGHTS AND NEEDS OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES UNTIL THEN. AS A FORMER HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY TOM RIDGE WROTE RECENTLY IN "THE HILL" IN OPPOSING H.R. 620, QUOTE, IT IS UNACCEPTABLE TO ROLL BACK THE CIVIL RIGHTS OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES. WE SHOULD ENSURE ACCESS, NOT PROGRESS. WE SHOULD EXPECT BUSINESSES TO KNOW AND COMPLY WITH THEIR OBLIGATIONS, NOT REQUIRE NEIGHBORS AND COLLEAGUES WITH DISABILITIES TO SHOULDER THE BURDEN OF INFORMING AND EDUCATING BUSINESSES ABOUT THOSE OBLIGATIONS. WE SHOULD NOT TURN THE SIMPLE OF THE BUSINESS OF EVERYDAY LIFE INTO A COMPLEX AND LEGAL DEAL FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, UNQUOTE. FOR THE FORGOING REASONS, I OPPOSE H.R. 620 AND URGE THE HOUSE TO REJECT THIS DEEPLY FLAWED BILL. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 09:26:30 AM

            THE CHAIR

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

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

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          • 09:26:33 AM

            MR. GOODLATTE

            MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS TO RESPOND TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

            MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS TO RESPOND TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK. POINT OF FACT, UNITED STATES CODE CONTAINS SEVERAL EXAMPLES IN WHICH A POTENTIAL PLAINTIFF MUST PROVIDE NOTICE BEFORE FILING A LAWSUIT. TITLE 1 OF THE A.D.A., IN FACT, FOR EXAMPLE, REQUIRES A PLAINTIFF TO FIRST FILE ADMINISTRATIVE COMPLAINT WITH THE EEOC. UNLIKE A COMPLAINT FILED IN FEDERAL COURT, IT'S A METHOD FOR PARTIES TO TRY TO RESOLVE THE CASE BEFORE LITIGATION THROUGH A CONTIL SILLIATION PROCESS. AS PART OF THIS PROCESS, THE PLAINTIFF IS REQUIRED TO FILL OUT A FORM THAT PUTS THE RECIPIENT ON NOTICE OF THE ALLEGED ISSUES. TITLE 2 OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT HAS A SIMILAR PROCESS. AT THIS TIME IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. CALVERT.

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          • 09:27:16 AM

            THE CHAIR

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

          • 09:27:19 AM

            MR. CALVERT

            I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, THE GOAL OF THE AMERICANS WITH…

            I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, THE GOAL OF THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT IS TO PROVIDE ACCESS FOR THE DISABLED. THAT GOAL MUST BE PURSUED AND PROTECTED. IT'S IMPORTANT TO DISTINGUISH, HOWEVER, THAT THE A.D.A. IS NOT INTENDED TO FEED DRIVE-BY LAWSUITS AND PUT GOOD PEOPLE OUT OF BUSINESS. UNFORTUNATELY, MY STATE, CALIFORNIA, HAS BECOME GROUND ZERO FOR ABUSIVE A.D.A. LAWSUITS. I'VE HEARD MANY SMALL BUSINESSES IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT WHO HAVE FALLEN VICTIM TO ABUSIVE A.D.A. LAWSUITS THAT ARE NOT AIMED AT IMPROVING ACCESS TO THE DISABLED. IN FACT, CALIFORNIA ACCOUNTS FOR ROUGHLY 40%, 40% OF A.D.A. LAWSUITS NATIONWIDE. DESPITE BEING HOME TO JUST 12% OF THE COUNTRY'S DISABLED POPULATION. PROTECTING SMALL BUSINESSES FROM ABUSIVE LAWSUITS AND ENSURING DISABLED AMERICANS HAVE ADEQUATE ACCESS ARE NOT MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE GOALS. THAT'S WHY I'M AN ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR OF H.R. 620 AND BELIEVE ITS PASSAGE IS CRITICAL TO BOTH THE DISABLED AND TO OUR SMALL BUSINESS. BY GIVING BUSINESS OWNERS ADEQUATE TIME TO MAKE APPROPRIATE CHANGES TO PROVIDE ACCESS, WE'RE RETURNING TO THE ORIGINAL SPIRIT AND INTENT OF THE A.D.A. I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND FROM TEXAS, REPRESENTATIVE POE, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. AS WELL AS THE BIPARTISAN GROUP OF CO-SPONSORS FOR THEIR SUPPORT. I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR THIS BILL AND ENSURE THAT SERIAL LITIGANTS ARE NO LONGER REWARDED FOR TAKING ADVANTAGE OF AN IMPORTANT AND MEANINGFUL LAW. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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          • 09:28:59 AM

            THE CHAIR

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

          • 09:29:01 AM

            MR. NADLER

            SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. LEWIS.

          • 09:29:07 AM

            THE CHAIR

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

          • 09:29:18 AM

            MR. LEWIS

            SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK MY GOOD FRIEND, THE RANKING MEMBER, MR. NADLER,…

            SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK MY GOOD FRIEND, THE RANKING MEMBER, MR. NADLER, FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL. MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES MAY NOT REMEMBER WHEN THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT BECAME THE LAW OF THE LAND IN 1964, BUT I REMEMBER. I WAS THERE. AS A MATTER OF FACT, I GAVE A LITTLE BLOOD DURING THE SIT-INS, DURING THE FREEDOM RIDES. I REMEMBER THE STRUGGLE, THE FIGHT, AND THE SACRIFICE OF SO MANY TO PROTECT THE DIGNITY AND WORDS OF EVERY HUMAN BEING. I WAS HERE SERVING IN THIS VERY CHAMBER WHEN THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT BECAME THE LAW OF THE LAND. 26 YEARS LATER. . YET TODAY IT IS UNBELIEVABLE, IT IS UNREAL WE'RE CONSIDERING A BILL THAT TURNS THE CLOCK BACKWARDS AND STRIKES A DEVASTATING BLOW IN THE FIGHT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT IT MAKE IT CHRIS CAL CLEAR FOR THE RECORD, THERE IS NO PLACE IN OUR COUNTRY TO BE PLACED ON THOSE WHOSE RIGHTS HAVE AND WILL BE VIOLATED TIME AND TIME AGAIN. MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL IS WRONG . IT IS MEAN-SPIRITED. AND IT IS A SHAME AND A DISGRACE THAT WE WOULD BRING IT TO THE FLOOR. I URGE EACH AND EVERY ONE OF MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS BILL. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD BRING IT TO THE FLOOR. YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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          • 09:31:08 AM

            THE CHAIR

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

          • 09:31:10 AM

            MR. GOODLATTE

            MR. CHAIRMAN, AT THIS TIME IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE…

            MR. CHAIRMAN, AT THIS TIME IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POE, A MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, AND THE CHIEF SPONSOR OF THIS LEGISLATION.

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          • 09:31:17 AM

            THE CHAIR

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR FAFE MINUTES.

          • 09:31:19 AM

            MR. POE

            I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS LONG WORK ON…

            I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS LONG WORK ON THIS ISSUE AND ALSO I WANT TO THANK A COUPLE OF THE CO-SPONSORS. THIS IS A BIPARTISAN CONGRESSMAN PETERS AND CONGRESSWOMAN SPEIER AND MR. KEN CALVERT, ALSO, WHO HAS WORKED ON THIS FOR YEARS. I APPRECIATE THE WORDS OF THE GENTLEMAN WHO JUST SPOKE. A GREAT LEADER IN CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. BUT AS YOU PROBABLY KNOW, TITLE 7 OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT DOES REQUIRE NOTICE AS WELL AS THIS LEGISLATION HOPEFULLY WILL DO. LET ME BE CLEAR, THIS LEGISLATION MAKES THE A.D.A. BETTER BECAUSE IT REQUIRES THAT BUSINESSES BE TOLD AND BE GIVEN A CHANCE TO FIX THE PROBLEM, IF THERE IS A PROBLEM. UNDER CURRENT LAW, THAT IS NOT THE CASE. AND THIS WILL REQUIRE THE GOAL OF THIS BILL, THE A.D.A. LEGISLATION THAT WE HAVE, IS TO HAVE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR THE DISABLED. AND TO MAKE SURE BUSINESSES COMPLY WITH THAT ACCOMMODATION. AND WHEN A LAWSUIT IS FILED, MANY TIMES THE BUSINESS IS NEVER TOLD WHAT THE PROBLEM IS. AND IT MAY BE A YEAR FOR THE DISABLED. AND TO MAKE SURE BUSINESSES COMPLY WITH THAT ACCOMMODATION. THAT LAWSUIT ENDS UP IN A FEDERAL COURT. UNDER THIS LEGISLATION, BUSINESSES, ONCE THEY ARE PUT ON OR LONGER BEFORE NOTICE, THEY HAVE 160 DAYS TO FIX THE PROBLEM OR MAKE SUBSTANTIAL PROGRESS. SO IF THE GOAL OF THE A.D.A. IS TO GET PROBLEMS FIXED, THE LEGISLATION WE HAVE HERE HELPS THAT. BUT WHAT'S TAKING PLACE IN OUR COUNTRY, MR. SPEAKER, IS THAT BECAUSE THE LEGISLATION THAT WE CURRENTLY HAVE UNDER THE LAW, THE -- SOME LAWYERS, AS MENTIONED EARLIER, USE THE LEGISLATION AND ABUSE THE LEGISLATION UNDER CURRENT A.D.A. TO THE DISADVANTAGE OF THE DISABLED TO MAKE A PROFIT FOR THEMSELVES. HERE'S THE WAY IT WORKS, MR. SPEAKER. A LITIGANT, A PLAINTIFF WILL SEND A LETTER SEND A LETTER OR SOMETIMES FILE A LAWSUIT AGAINST A SMALL BUSINESS. WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT THE BIG BUSINESSES. WE'RE TAING ABT SMOUL, MOM AND POP STORES. AND TELLING THEM THEY HAVE AN A.D.A. VIOLATION. THE LETTER, THE LAWSUIT, MAY NOT EVEN STATE WHAT THE VIOLATION IS. THE LETTER SAYS YOU PAY OR WE WILL CONTINUE THE LAWSUIT. THESE BUSINESSES DON'T HAVE THE MONEY TO HIRE A LAWYER TO REPRESENT THEM. SO WHAT DO THEY DO? THEY PAY THE $3,000, $5,000, THE EXTORTION, SO THAT THOSE LAWSUITS ARE DISMISSED. AND THE PROBLEM THAT MAY BE ALLEGED IN THAT LAWSUIT IS NEVER REQUIRED TO BE FIXED. FOR TWO REASONS. ONE, THE LAWSUIT DOESN'T REQUIRE IT. AND SECOND, THESE LAWSUITS MAY NOT STATE WHAT THE PROBLEM IS. SO IF THE GOAL OF THE A.D.A. IS TO MAKE BUSINESSES COMPLY, THE SERIAL PLAINTIFFS FILING MULTIPLE LAWSUITS BUSINESSES STILL DON'T REQUIRE THAT THE BUSINESSES, EVEN IF THEY GET THE MONEY, HAVE TO COMPLY WITH THE ALLEGED VIOLATION. AND THIS IS HAPPENING THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES. LET ME MENTION JUST A FEW OF THESE. IN FLORIDA, A PLAINTIFF NAMED HOWARD COLEMAN, FILED 529 OF THESE LAWSUITS. CALIFORNIA, A PERSON NAMED VOGEL FILED 124. PENNSYLVANIA, A PLAYOFF NAMED MYLO BROUGHT 21. AND EVEN IN NEW YORK, THE PLAINTIFF BROUGHT 24 LAWSUITS. WHAT ARE THEY DOING? THESE PLAINTIFFS MAY NOT EVEN LIVE IN THE STATE WHERE THE VIOLATION IS SUPPOSED TO OCCUR. THESE PLAINTIFFS MAY NOT EVEN BE DISABLED THEMSELVES. BUT THEY WILL FILE THE LAWSUIT AGAINST THESE BUSINESSES, THE SOMETIMES USING GOOGLE MAPS, TO FIND A VIOLATION IN THE PARKING LOT. SEND A LETTER FROM A LAW FIRM SAYING YOU COMPLY WITH PAYING US THIS LAWSUIT, OR PAYING US THIS SHAKEDOWN, OR WE WILL CONTINUE THE LAWSUIT. AND MANY BUSINESSES FILE -- PAY THE EXTORTION. IT'S BECOME A PROFIT INDUSTRY. IT DOESN'T HELP THE DISABLED. CONTRARY TO WHAT THE OTHER SIDE HAS SAID, THESE LAWSUITS DO NOT HELP THE DISABLED. IN FACT, I THINK THESE LAWSUITS ARE BEING FILED ON BEHALF OF SERIAL PLAINTIFFS WHO WANT NOTHING ELSE EXCEPT TO RECEIVE A BOUNTY FOR THIS MONEY THAT HAS OCCURRED. BEFORE MY TIME IS COMPLETED, I WANT TO MENTION SOME OF THE FEDERAL JUDGES. ONE FEDERAL JUDGE FROM NEW YORK HAS TAKEN NOTICE OF THESE CASES. HE DESCRIBED THESE SERIES -- 30 SECONDS?

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          • 09:36:31 AM

            MR. GADLAT

            AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

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            POE MR.

            AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

          • 09:36:39 AM

            MR. POE

            SAID THERE ARE ISSUES WITH THESE DRIVE BYE -- DRIVE BY LAWSUITS. A JUDGE…

            SAID THERE ARE ISSUES WITH THESE DRIVE BYE -- DRIVE BY LAWSUITS. A JUDGE IN THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK IN HIS DECISION SAID THAT THESE CASE, QUOTE, ARE BROUGHT AGAINST SMALL BARS AND GRILLS AND RESTAURANTS AND OCCASIONALLY A CORNER GROCERY STORE WHICH ARE LIKELY ILL-EQUIPPED TO DEFEND THESE VIOLATIONS. IT IS TO INTIMIDATE BUSINESSES TO SETTLE BEFORE THE TRIAL TAKES PLACE. SO I HAVE PARENTS THAT ARE IN THEIR 90'S. I AM CONCERNED ABOUT ACCESS FOR ALL DISABLED PEOPLE. THE THOUGHT THAT THIS BILL MAKES IT WORSE FOR THE DISABLED IS WRONG. THIS BILL MAKES BUSINESSES COMPLY. PUTS THEM ON NOTICE. IF THEY DON'T COMPLY WITHIN A TIME PERIOD THEN FILE THE LAWSUIT. GO AFTER THEM. BUT BUSINESSES SHOULD BE ABLE TO HAVE THE NOTICE OF WHAT THE PROBLEM IS SO THAT THEY CAN FIX IT, WHICH IS THE GOAL OF THE A.D.A., TO MAKE BUSINESSES COMPLY. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK TO YOU.

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          • 09:37:45 AM

            THE CHAIR

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

          • 09:37:47 AM

            MR. NADLER

            MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM…

            MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. SCOTT.

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          • 09:37:56 AM

            THE CHAIR

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

          • 09:37:58 AM

            MR. SCOTT

            THANK YOU. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 620, THE…

            THANK YOU. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 620, THE SO-CALLED A.D.A. EDUCATION AND REFORM ACT OF 2017, IS AN ATTACK ON CIVIL RIGHTS, AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES. THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, OR THE A.D.A., IS A CIVIL RIGHTS LAW PASSED IN 1990 TO PROTECT PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES FROM DISCRIMINATION AND ALL ASPECTS OF SOCIETY. I RECOGNIZE THAT THE A.D.A. FALLS WITHIN THE COMMITTEE JURISDICTION OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE AND I'M HERE AS THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND THE WORK FORCE BECAUSE IF H.R. 20 WERE TO BECOME LAW, IT WOULD HAVE A PROFOUND EFFECT OBJECT STUDENTS AND WORKERS WITH DISABILITIES WHO ARE TRYING TO LEARN, WORK, OR GENERALLY ACCESS THEIR COMMUNITY. MR. SPEAKER, PRIOR TO THE A.D.A. PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES HAD NO RECOURSE IF THEY FACED DISCRIMINATION IN EMPLOYMENT, HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION, HEALTH SERVICES, OR WHEN ACCESSING PUBLIC SCHOOLS MUCH THE A.D.A. IS NEARLY 28 YEARS OLD. AND YET WE STILL HAVE CONTINUED GROSS NONCOMPLIANCE WITH THE LAW. H.R. 620 SPECIFICALLY TARGETS TITLE 3 OF THE A.D.A. REGARDING ACCESS TO PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS. TITLE 3 PROHIBITS DISCRIMINATION IN PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS SUCH AS RESTAURANTS, SHOPPING MALLS, MOTELS BY ADDING A NOTICE AND CURE REQUIREMENT, H.R. 620 SHIFTS THE COMPLIANCE BURDEN TO THE VICTIMS OF DISCRIMINATION. H.R. 620 EFFECTIVELY PROVIDES A DISCRIMINATION AGAINST PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES TO CONTINUE UNTIL SOMEBODY HIRES A LAWYER TO FILE A LEGAL COMPLAINT OF DISCRIMINATION, THEN THE BILL ALLOWS SIX MORE MONTHS TO ACHIEVE SOME UNDEFINED SUBSTANTIAL PROGRESS. SO EVEN WHEN PEOPLE KNOW THEY ARE OUT OF COMPLIANCE WITH THE A.D.A., THEY DON'T HAVE TO DO ANYTHING UNDER THE BILL UNTIL SOMEBODY FILES A FORMAL LEGAL COMPLAINT. MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL DOES NOT HELP PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES. THIS IS AN ATTACK ON CIVIL RIGHTS. THAT'S WHY THE -- DISABILITY COMMUNITY AND CIVIL RIGHTS COMMUNITIES ARE UNANIMOUSLY OPPOSED TO H.R. 620. 236 ORGANIZATIONS JOINED A LETTER LED BY THE CONSHORE SHUTTLE COLUMBIA OF CITIZENS WITH DISABILITIES -- CONSOAR SHUTTLE COLUMBIA OF CITIZENS WITH DISABILITIES. THEY URGED CONGRESS TO REJECT THE BILL. MORE THAN 200 ORGANIZATIONS SIGNED A LETTER LED BY THE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE ON HUMAN AND CIVIL -- CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS URGING CONGRESS TO REJECT THE BILL. THE A.D.A. WAS ENACTED TO ELIMINATE BARRIERS OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND SO I STRONGLY RIGHTS URGING CONGRESS TO REJECT THE BILL. THE A.D.A. WAS URGE EACH OF MY COLLEAGUES TO STAND WITH PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, PROTECT CIVIL RIGHTS BY VOTING NO ON THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 09:40:48 AM

            THE CHAIR

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

          • 09:40:49 AM

            MR. GOODLATTE

            MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE…

            MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. PETERS, THE PRIMARY CO-SPONSOR OF THE LEGISLATION.

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          • 09:40:56 AM

            THE CHAIR

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

          • 09:40:59 AM

            MR. PETERS

            ONE THING I WANT TO AGREE WITH MR. NADLER ON IS HIS COMMENTS ABOUT THE…

            ONE THING I WANT TO AGREE WITH MR. NADLER ON IS HIS COMMENTS ABOUT THE TRAGEDY IN FLORIDA. I COMPLETELY ENDORSE THOSE COMMENTS WITH RESPECT TO THAT TRAGIC EVENT. I DO RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 620, THE A.D.A. EDUCATION AND REFORM ACT. TODAY, AS YOU HAVE HEARD, THE A.D.A.'S BEING ABUSED BY A FEW BAD ACTORS WHO ARE SERVING THEIR OWN PERSONAL INTEREST, FINANCIAL INTEREST, NOT FIGHTING FOR THE FOR THE DISABLED. THEY FILE LAWSUITS AND IMMEDIATELY SETTLE THEM FOR A FEW THOUSAND DOLLARS WITHOUT ACTUALLY REQUIRING THAT ANYTHING BE FIXED. NOBODY SAYS THIS ABUSE IS NOT HAPPENING. NOBODY SAYS THIS ADVANCES THE CAUSE OF ACCESS. A SMALL RESTAURANT OWNER IN SAN DIEGO, DOWNTOWN, TELLS A TYPICAL STORY. SUED BY AN ATTORNEY WHO FILED 50 A.D.A. SUITS AGAINST RESTAURANTS IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY IN ONE YEAR. THE BARRIERS CLAIMED, THAT SUIT DIDN'T EXIST. THE TABLES WERE AT CLIENT HEIGHT. THE BATHROOM WAS ACK'S CYBILL. THERE WAS ACCESS BETWEEN TABLES. THE PROPERTY OWNERS ATTORNEY TOLD THEM IT COULD COST THEM UP TO $50,000 TO PROVE IN COURT SO THEY SETTLED WITH THE PLAINTIFF FOR $2,500. THE SERIAL LITIGANT GOT THE QUICK PAYOFF THEY WANTED. THERE WERE NO VIOLATIONS TO BE FIXED AND IF THERE WERE, THEY WOULD BE REQUIRED TO BE FIXED. WE HEAR STORIES OF LAWSUITS SETTLED WITHOUT BARRIERS BEING FIXED. STATE GOVERNMENTS HAVE ACTED TO CURB THIS ABUSE. YOU KNOW WHO HAS LED THE FIGHT AGAINST THE ABUSE OF DISABILITY LAWS? CALIFORNIA DEMOCRATS. SOME STATE -- IN STATE GOVERNMENTS HAVE 2016, GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN SIGNED S.B. 269 AUTHORED BY A DEMOCRATIC STATE SENATOR, IT PASSED BY A MAJORITY DEMOCRATIC LEGISLATURE. IT GIFTS BUSINESSES 120 DAYS -- IT GIVES BUSINESSES 120 DAYS TO CORRECT THE VIOLATIONS. IT'S A BIPARTISAN SOLUTION THAT EDUCATES BUSINESS OWNERS ON COMPLIANCE, REDIRECTS PAYOUTS REDIRECTS PAYOUTS TO SETTLE CLAIMS AWAY FROM LAWYERS AND TOWARD ACTUALLY IMPROVING ACCESS. AND IT PROTECTS AGAINST THESE COOKIE CUTTER LAWSUITS FILED BY SERIAL CUTTER LAWSUITS FILED BY SERIAL PLAINTIFFS. LET ME ADDRESS SOME OF THE ISSUES -- THAT HAVE BEEN RAISED TODAY. WE'RE TRYING TO PROVIDE THE SAME CORRECTION AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL. FIRST, THIS BILL DOESN'T TURN ANYONE INTO -- TURN INTO -- ANYONE INTO A SECOND CLASS CITIZEN. UNDER THE CLEAN WATER ACT A COMPLAINTANT HAS TO NOTIFY VIOLATORS OF A VIOLATION. THEY HAVE 60 DAYS TO FIX THE PROBLEM BEFORE YOU CAN FILE A PRIVATE RIGHT OF ACTION. IN CIVIL RIGHTS LAWS, AS HAS BEEN SAID, NOTICE TO CURE IS COMMON. BEFORE YOU CAN FILE LAWSUIT FOR A HOSTILE WORKPLACE, ENVIRONMENT, FOR INSTANCE, YOU HAVE TO FILE A CLAIM AND GIVE THE EMPLOYER THE CHANCE TO FIX IT. THE SAME IS TRUE QUITE IRONICALLY FOR DISABILITY. IF YOU WANTED TO FILE NOTICE ON REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION, YOU HAVE TO GIVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO FIX IT. TODAY WE'RE ASKING THAT BUSINESS OWNERS BE GIVEN THE SAME CHANCE TO FIX PROBLEMS WE CURRENTLY GIVE EMPLOYERS. SECOND, THE BILL DOES NOT HOLD HARMLESS PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS UNDER H.R. 620, PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS STILL ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ENSURING ACCESS UNDER THREAT OF LITIGATION. IF A PROPERTY OWNER FAILS TIMELY AND ADEQUATELY TO RESPOND, THEY ARE SUBJECT TO THE SAME REMEDIES THAT EXIST TODAY. THIRD A. NOTICE AND CURE PERIOD DOES NOT SHIFT COMPLIANCE FROM BUSINESSES TO VICTIMS. TODAY IF A PUBLIC ACCOMMODATION IS OUT OF COMPLIANCE, A PLAINTIFF, REAL PLAINTIFF, WHO HAD A PROBLEM WITH IT, WOULD HAVE TO FILE A LAWSUIT TO FORCE COMPLIANCE. UNDER H.R. 620, A PLAINTIFF WOULD BE ABLE TO FILE A NOTICE THAT STARTS A TIMELINE TO FIX THE PROBLEMS THAT EXISTS. THAT DOESN'T SHIFT THE BURDEN. FINALLY, H.R. 620 DOES NOT WEAKEN THE RIGHTS OF THE DISABLED. ON THE CONTRARY, IT FACILITATES THE REMOVAL OF BARRIERS TO ENSURE BETTER ACCESS FOR THE DISABLED WITHIN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME, DISCAN COURAGING THE QUICK PAYOFFS THAT DO NOTHING FOR ACCESS. WITH NO ONE SOLUTION PROPOSED BY CONGRESS IS EVER PERFECT. I WORKED WITH MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO FIND AMOUNTS AND CHANGES TO THE LAW TO MAKE THE TIMELINE FOR FIXES TIGHTER AND TIGHTEN THE DEFINITIONS OF COMPLIANCE. IN FACT, MANY OF THE DEFECTS THAT ARE NOTICED BY MR. NADLER I BELIEVE WILL BE ADDRESSED BY AMENDMENTS TODAY.

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          • 09:45:12 AM

            THE CHAIR

            THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

          • 09:45:14 AM

            MR. GOODLATTE

            I'M PLEASED TO YIELD AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

          • 09:45:18 AM

            THE CHAIR

            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

          • 09:45:20 AM

            MR. PETERS

            SPECIFICALLY WE'LL HAVE A PROVISION FOR PLAIN LANGUAGE NOTICE WHICH IS AN…

            SPECIFICALLY WE'LL HAVE A PROVISION FOR PLAIN LANGUAGE NOTICE WHICH IS AN IMPROVEMENT. 120-DAY CLARIFICATION INSTEAD OF 180. AND A BETTER DEFINITION OF WHAT SUBSTANTIAL PROGRESS MEANS. . I THINK WE CAN CONTINUE TO IMPROVE THE BILL AND I WILL WORK WITH MY COLLEAGUES. I'M CERTAIN DOING NOTHING IS THE WORST RESPONSE. I URGE SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. I THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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          • 09:45:51 AM

            THE CHAIR

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

          • 09:45:52 AM

            MR. NADLER

            SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON…

            SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE.

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          • 09:45:58 AM

            THE CHAIR

            THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

          • 09:46:00 AM

            MS. JACKSON LEE

            BECAUSE WE ARE TALKING ABOUT NEEDS THIS MORNING -- AND I THANK THE…

            BECAUSE WE ARE TALKING ABOUT NEEDS THIS MORNING -- AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK. LET ME OFFER MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY HAVING SEEN MR. DEUTCH IN FLORIDA FOR THE TRAGIC LOSS OF OUR CHILDREN. I RISE TODAY TO BE ABLE TO SPEAK FOR THOSE WHO CANNOT BE ON THE FLOOR TODAY OR MANY OF THOSE WHO CANNOT BE ON THE FLOOR TODAY AND THAT IS THE MILLIONS OF DISABLED AMERICANS AND TO BE ABLE TO SAY, WITH ALL OF THE CONSTERNATION AND THE UNCOMFORTABLENESS OF SOME OF THE VERY IMPORTANT PEOPLE IN AMERICA -- SMALL BUSINESSES, THE ENERGY OF OUR ECONOMY -- I HAVE TO STAND AND SPEAK FOR THE VALUE OF CIVIL RIGHTS AND THE CIVIL RIGHTS OF AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES WHO WAITED FOR CENTURIES TO NOT BE LOOKED UPON IN DISTASTE AND DISGUST. I REMEMBER PROCEEDING THE PASSAGE OF THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT. GEORGE H.W. BUSH WAS A TEXAN AND I SEE OFTEN HIS PRIDE FOR PASSING THAT BILL. 57 MILLION AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES, THAT TRANSLATES TO ONE IN FIVE AMERICANS, 31 MILLION AMERICANS WITH PHYSICAL DISABILITIES, AND I'VE HEARD SOME OF THEIR COMMENTS AS AN OLDER WOMAN WITH DISABILITIES, I FEEL INVISIBLE. OR I'M NOT LIVING, I'M JUST EXISTING. IN THIS BILL, THE NOTICE AND CURE FRAMEWORK INCLUDED IN THIS BILL WOULD FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGE THE STRUCTURE OF THE A.D.A.'S PUBLIC ACCOMMODATION TITLE AND REMOVE ANY REASONS FOR BUSINESS TO COMPLY PROACTIVELY WITH THE LAW. THE SAME AS THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT OF 1965 THAT WE NOW SUFFER BECAUSE WE GUTTED SECTION 4 AND SECTION 5 AND WE HAVE VOTER SUPPRESSION AND PEOPLE ARE NOT HAVING THEIR CIVIL RIGHTS IN TERMS OF VOTING. YOU TOUCH THIS IN A WAY, YOU UNDERMINE THE VERY EXISTENCE OF PEOPLE LIVING WITH DISABILITIES. I AM OUTRAGED, EVEN THOUGH I AM EMPATHETIC, BUT IF IT IS A PROBLEM OF LAWYERS AND STATE BARS -- THEN STATE BARS CAN REGULATE THEM, STATE COURTS CAN REGULATE THEM. YOU CAN PUNISH AND SANCTION LAWYERS WHO DO NOT HAVE THE PROPER PROTOCOLS. MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS IS WRONG-HEADED. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO STAND FOR CIVIL RIGHTS FOR AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES. THIS IS NOT JUST AN AMENDMENT. IT'S UNDERMINING THE CIVIL RIGHTS OF THOSE WHO ARE LIVING WITH DISABILITIES.

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          • 09:48:37 AM

            THE CHAIR

            THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

          • 09:48:40 AM

            MR. GOODLATTE

            I INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME REMAINS?

          • 09:48:43 AM

            THE CHAIR

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA HAS 13 MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA HAS 13 MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK HAS 17 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING.

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          • 09:48:47 AM

            MR. GOODLATTE

            MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF A MINUTE TO RESPOND TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

            MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF A MINUTE TO RESPOND TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS. PROPONENTS SAY IT WILL DELAY ACCESS EVEN JUST A FEW MONTHS. UNDER CURRENT LAW UNSCRUPULOUS LAWYERS DELAY FOR MONTHS AFTER VIOLATIONS ARE DISCOVERED SIMPLY TO BOOST THEIR CLAIM FOR ATTORNEYS' FEES BASED ON WORK. HERE'S AN AFFIDAVIT FROM A FORMER A.D.A. LAWYER SHOWING HIS FIRM FRAUDULENTLY AND ROUTINELY WAITED MONTHS TO ALERT BUSINESS OWNERS OF POTENTIAL VIOLATIONS AND FILE LAWSUITS SO THEY COULD FALSELY CLAIM MANY HOURS OF WORK PREPARING THE CASE WHEN NO SUCH WORK WAS REQUIRED. HERE'S WHAT THE LAWYER TESTIFIED TO. QUOTE, THE ALLEGED TIME ENTRIES AT ISSUE IN THIS CASE INCLUDE AUTHORIZING DISCOVERY SIX MONTHS IN ADVANCE OF THE CASE BEING FILED. I TOLD MR. LOPEZ THE REAL PERSON IN CHARGE, THIS PRACTICE WAS USELESS. MR. LOPEZ'S RESPONSE WAS INCREASING LEGAL FEES WAS WHAT I WAS SUPPOSED TO DO.

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          • 09:49:48 AM

            MR. GOODLATTE

            BILL, AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT.

          • 09:50:25 AM

            THE CHAIR

            THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

          • 09:50:27 AM

            MR. GOODLATTE

            I WILL YIELD TO GENTLEWOMAN. -- TO THE GENTLEWOMAN.

          • 09:50:34 AM

            MS. JACKSON LEE

            YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT LAWYERS, NOT THE DISABLED. LET THE STATE BARS, LET…

            YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT LAWYERS, NOT THE DISABLED. LET THE STATE BARS, LET THE STATE COURTS REGULATE THESE LAWYERS. SANCTION THEM. JUST LIKE WE HAVE SANCTIONS IN THE FEDERAL COURT SYSTEM, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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          • 09:50:44 AM

            MR. GOODLATTE

            THEY OPPOSE OUR BILL TO INCREASE SANCTIONS ON UNETHICAL LAWYERS. MR.…

            THEY OPPOSE OUR BILL TO INCREASE SANCTIONS ON UNETHICAL LAWYERS. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 09:50:51 AM

            THE CHAIR

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

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

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          • 09:50:56 AM

            MR. NADLER

            NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. RASKIN.

          • 09:51:01 AM

            THE CHAIR

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

          • 09:51:04 AM

            MR. RASKIN

            MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. ONE OF OUR GREAT REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT,…

            MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. ONE OF OUR GREAT REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT, ABRAHAM LINCOLN, WHO SERVED IN THIS BODY SPOKE OF GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE AND FOR THE PEOPLE. WE DIDN'T START OUT THAT WAY BUT THROUGH CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENTS AND CIVIL RIGHTS STATUTES WE OPENED AMERICA UP. AND THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT HAS BEEN A CRUCIAL PIECE OF LEGISLATION TO OPENING AMERICA UP. OUR RESTAURANTS, OUR HOTELS, ALL OF OUR BUSINESS ESTABLISHMENTS TO TENS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO OTHERWISE COULDN'T PARTICIPATE FULLY AND ON AN EQUAL BASIS. NOW, THIS BILL WOULD CREATE A TOTALLY NOVEL REQUIREMENT IN THE CIVIL RIGHTS FIELD THAT IN ORDER TO SUE FOR VIOLATIONS OF PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS LAW UNDER THE A.D.A. THE PERSON MUST FIRST NOTIFY THE BUSINESS OF THEIR ALLEGED VIOLATIONS AND THEN WAIT 180 DAYS TO ALLOW THE BUSINESS TO REMEDY THE VIOLATION OR MAKE SUBSTANTIAL PROGRESS TOWARDS COMPLIANCE. NO OTHER FEDERAL CIVIL RIGHTS LAW OPERATES THIS WAY. THEY JUST DON'T WORK LIKE THAT. THE A.D.A.'S BEEN IN PROCESS FOR 27 YEARS AND THERE'S NO REASON THAT ANY BUSINESS TODAY SHOULD BE OUT OF COMPLIANCE WITH A VERY CLEAR DIRECTIVE UNDER THE A.D.A. THE NEW NOTICE AND CURE PROVISIONS WILL HAVE THE EFFECT OF SHIFTING THE BURDEN OF ENFORCEMENT FROM THE WRONGDOER TO THE VICTIM OF DISCRIMINATION. IT WOULD INCENTIVIZE THE BUSINESSES TO NOT COMPLY WITH A.D.A. UNLESS IT RECEIVES A NOTICE OF VIOLATION. NOW, OUR COLLEAGUES RAISE QUESTIONS OF OVERZELLOUS OR ABUSIVE LITIGATION -- OVER ZEALOUS OR ABUSIVE LITIGATION. THEY ADDED DAMAGES UNDER THE A.D.A. UNDERSTAND UNDER THE A.D.A. FEDERALLY THERE ARE NO DAMAGES. YOU CAN JUST GET YOUR COST AND YOUR LEGAL FEES. SOME STATES ADDED DAMAGES AND THEN THERE ARE SOME LAWYERS WHO ARE OUT WHO ARE MAKING TROUBLE. WE AGREE WITH THAT. USE THE STATE BARS TO SANCTION THEM. IF THERE ARE SANCTIONAL BEHAVIOR, DISBAR THEM. DEAL WITH THAT PROBLEM BUT DON'T CUT THE HEART OF THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT WHICH HAS BEEN CENTRAL TO THE ABILITY OF OUR PEOPLE AND ALL OF OUR FAMILIES TO PARTICIPATE ON EQUAL BASIS IN OUR ECONOMY AND IN OUR SOCIETY. I YIELD BACK.

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          • 09:53:20 AM

            THE CHAIR

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

          • 09:53:21 AM

            MR. GOODLATTE

            MR. SPEAKER, IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

            MR. SPEAKER, IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA,

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          • 09:53:27 AM

            THE CHAIR

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. WOODY PAIGE…

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. WOODY PAIGE THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I --

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          • 09:53:33 AM

            MR. WOODALL

            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. THE GENTLEMAN…

            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND SAID AFTER DECADES THE A.D.A. WAS WELL UNDERSTOOD AND THE LAW WAS EASY TO COMPLY WITH. IN MANY CASES THAT MAY BE TRUE BUT TECHNOLOGY HAS BEEN ADVANCING SO QUICKLY, THERE ARE AREAS WHERE THE A.D.A. IS NOT CLEAR TODAY AND WE'RE IN NEED OF GUIDANCE. MR. CHAIRMAN, IN THE GREAT STATE OF GEORGIA, SCORES OF BUSINESSES HAVE RECEIVED DEMAND LETTERS FOR THEIR WEBSITES, THAT THEIR WEBSITES SHOULD BE CONSIDERED PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS AND DEMAND LETTERS TO SAY THOSE WEBSITES DO NOT COMPLY WITH THE A.D.A. WHEN THESE BUSINESSES DO NOT KNOW HOW TO MAKE THEIR WEBSITES COMPLY WITH THE A.D.A. 50 CREDIT UNIONS ALONE, MR. SPEAKER -- MR. CHAIRMAN, FOLKS WHO ARE IN THE BUSINESS OF SERVING OUR COMMUNITIES HAVE RECEIVED THESE DEMAND LETTERS UNABLE TO RESPOND. I'D LIKE, IF HE'D BE WILLING TO ENTER INTO A COLLOQUY WITH THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, JUDGE POE, AND ASK IF YOU'RE AWARE, JUDGE POE, OF THE ISSUES CREATED BY THIS EMERGENCE OF TECHNOLOGY AND THE LITIGATION, THE PREDATORY LITIGATION THAT CREDIT UNIONS AND COMMUNITY BANKS AND OTHER SMALL MOM AND POP BUSINESSES ARE FACING?

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          • 09:54:49 AM

            MR. POE

            DOES THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

          • 09:54:51 AM

            MR. WOODALL

            I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

          • 09:54:53 AM

            MR. POE

            YES, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. I AM AWARE OF THIS…

            YES, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. I AM AWARE OF THIS MATTER. ALSO, I AM AWARE THAT YOU, THE CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE, 60 MEMBERS OF THIS CLAIM BER LAST YEAR TO URGE THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO FINALIZE -- CHAMBER LAST YEAR TO URGE THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO FINALIZE CERTAINTY. EVEN THOUGH IT'S NOT CLEAR THERE IS A STATUTORY OBLIGATION UNDER THE A.D.A. FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TO ACT WHICH IS WHY H.R. 620 DOESN'T ADDRESS THAT ISSUE SPECIFICALLY. I'LL YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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          • 09:55:25 AM

            MR. WOODALL

            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS GUIDANCE. OF COURSE, THERE WAS NO…

            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS GUIDANCE. OF COURSE, THERE WAS NO OPPORTUNITY FOR THE A.D.A. TO ANTICIPATE THE INTERNET, TO ANTICIPATE WEBSITES AND SO IT'S UNCLEAR WHETHER OR NOT CONGRESS INTENDED FOR WEBSITES TO FALL INSIDE THE PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS STATUTE. JUDGE, ALL OF THE SMALL BUSINESSES, EVERYONE WITH A WEBSITE PRESENCE, MR. CHAIRMAN, IS UNCLEAR ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT THEY'RE VIOLATING THE LAW. THEY DON'T EVEN HAVE A FRAMEWORK OF GUIDANCE SO THEY COULD COMPLY WITH THE LAWS. I KNOW EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THESE CREDIT UNIONS, SMALL BANKS, SMALL BUSINESSES WANTS TO DO. I'D ASK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IF HE'D COMMIT TO WORKING WITH ME TO ENCOURAGE THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO MOVE FORWARD WITH SOME GUIDANCE IN THIS AREA SO THAT WE COULD PROVIDE CERTAINTY, NOT JUST TO CREDIT UNIONS, NOT JUST TO COMMUNITY BANKS BUT TO ALL OF THESE SMALL BUSINESSES LOOKING TO DO THEIR VERY BEST TO COMPLY WITH THE A.D.A.

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          • 09:56:24 AM

            MR. POE

            WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

          • 09:56:27 AM

            MR. WOODALL

            BE HAPPY TO YIELD TO MY FRIEND FROM TEXAS.

          • 09:56:34 AM

            MR. POE

            THIS LEGISLATION MAKES THE A.D.A. BETTER. THE RIGHT OF PEOPLE TO HAVE…

            THIS LEGISLATION MAKES THE A.D.A. BETTER. THE RIGHT OF PEOPLE TO HAVE ACCESS -- HAVE 30 SECONDS?

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          • 09:56:41 AM

            THE CHAIR

            THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

          • 09:56:45 AM

            MR. GOODLATTE

            PLEASED TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

          • 09:56:48 AM

            MR. POE

            THIS LEGISLATION MAKES IT BETTER FOR THE DISABLED TO HAVE ACCESS UNDER THE…

            THIS LEGISLATION MAKES IT BETTER FOR THE DISABLED TO HAVE ACCESS UNDER THE NOTICE AND CURE REQUIREMENT AND THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND STAKEHOLDERS ON THIS. IN FACT, JURISDICTIONS SAID THE A.D.A. GOES TO WEBSITES. WE BELIEVE THAT 620 WILL HELP. I YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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          • 09:57:13 AM

            MR. WOODALL

            THESE ARE SMALL BUSINESSES, MR. CHAIRMAN, THAT WANT TO DO THEIR BEST TO…

            THESE ARE SMALL BUSINESSES, MR. CHAIRMAN, THAT WANT TO DO THEIR BEST TO COMPLY WITH THE A.D.A. I THINK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE. I YIELD BACK.

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          • 09:57:22 AM

            THE CHAIR

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

          • 09:57:24 AM

            MR. NADLER

            MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM DELAWARE, MS.…

            MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM DELAWARE, MS. BLUNT ROCHESTER.

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          • 09:57:30 AM

            THE CHAIR

            ROCHESTER.

          • 09:57:33 AM

            MS. BLUNT ROCHESTER

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

          • 09:59:24 AM

            THE CHAIR

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

          • 09:59:26 AM

            MR. GOODLATTE

            MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE.

          • 09:59:27 AM

            THE CHAIR

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

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

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          • 09:59:35 AM

            MR. NADLER

            MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS, MS.…

            MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS, MS. SCHAKOWSKY.

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          • 09:59:41 AM

            THE CHAIR

            THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

          • 09:59:44 AM

            MS. SCHAKOWSKY

            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO H.R.…

            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO H.R. 620, WHICH WOULD VIOLATE THE 28-YEAR-OLD AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT BY ALLOWING PUBLIC PLACES TO BAR ACCESS TO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES. H.R. 620 WILL ALLOW BARRIERS FOR THE DISABLED TO STAY IN PLACE AS LONG AS SUBSTANTIAL PROGRESS IS MADE TO REMOVE THEM, WHATEVER THAT MEANS. THE A.D.A. WAS A COMPROMISE, GIVEN THE DISABILITY COMMUNITY ACCESS AND HELPING BUSINESSES TO COMPLY BY GIVING THEM TAX CREDITS AND TRAINING. H.R. 620 UNDOES THAT COMPROMISE, MAKING IT VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO ENFORCE THE A.D.A.'S GOAL OF FAIRNESS AND INCLUSION, AND THAT'S WHY THE AARP, THE PARALYZED VETERANS OF AMERICA, THE NATIONAL COUNCIL ON INDEPENDENT LIVING AND THE CONSORTIUM OF CITIZENS WITH DISABILITIES OPPOSE THIS BILL. IT'S WHY THE NATIONAL ORGANIZATION OF NURSES WITH DISABILITIES, QUOTE, BELIEVES THAT H.R. 620 REPRESENTS A DOWNWARD SPIRAL OF THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT AND WILL IMPACT PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES' FREEDOM OF ACCESS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES AND IT'S WHY 55 ILLINOIS, WHERE I'M FROM, WHOSE PRESIDENT, MARCO BRISTOL, MY HERO, HELPED ENACT THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT AND SHE SAYS -- AND THEY SAY H.R. 620 WOULD FUNDAMENTALLY HARM OUR NATION'S PROGRESS TOWARD AN ACCESSIBLE AND INTEGRATED SOCIETY. . IT TELEGRAPHS TO INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES DISABILITIES THAT THEIR INCLUSION IS SIMPLY NOT IMPORTANT, UNQUOTE. LET'S SHOW PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES THAT THEY DO MATTER. THAT THEY SHOULDN'T BE LOCKED OUT OF RESTAURANTS OR SPORTING EVENTS OR JOB OPPORTUNITIES. THAT THEY SHOULD BE TREATED -- THEY SHOULD NOT BE TREATED AS SECOND CLASS CITIZENS IN THE AMERICAN CIVIL JUSTICE SYSTEM. SHOW YOUR COMMITMENT TO THE A.D.A. AND TO CIVIL RIGHTS AND VOTE NO. I YIELD BACK.

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          • 10:02:00 AM

            THE CHAIR

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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            MR. GOODLATTE

            MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I JUST ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE AFFIDAVIT…

            MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I JUST ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE AFFIDAVIT THAT I CITED IN MY EARLIER REMARKS BE MADE PART OF THE RECORD.

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          • 10:02:10 AM

            THE CHAIR

            WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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            MR. NADLER

            MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM…

            MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, THE MINORITY WHIP, AND ONE OF THE ORIGINAL AUTHORS OF THE A.D.A. IN 1990, MR. HOYER.

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          • 10:02:26 AM

            THE CHAIR

            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

          • 10:02:28 AM

            MR. HOYER

            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS…

            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS LEGISLATION. IN 1990 PRESIDENT GEORGE H.W. BUSH DECLARED A LONG OVERDUE INDEPENDENCE DAY FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AS HE SIGNED THE HISTORIC AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT INTO LAW. AS THE HOUSE SPONSOR OF THE A.D.A., I SHARED THE PRESIDENT'S OPTIMISM AND HOPE THAT EVERY MAN, WOMAN, AND CHILD WITH DISABILITY CAN NOW PASS-THROUGH ONCE CLOSED DOORS INTO A BRIGHT NEW ERA OF EQUALITY, INDEPENDENCE, AND FREEDOM. I WAS PROUD TO WORK ACROSS THE AISLE ON THE A.D.A. AND ON THE A.D.A. AMENDMENTS ACT OF 2008. THE ONLY TIME THE A.D.A. HAS EVER BEEN AMENDED. WE BROUGHT TOGETHER FROM OUTSIDE GROUPS FROM A BROAD RANGE OF AFFILIATIONS TO CREATE A FRAMEWORK FOR POLICY THAT WOULD VASTLY IMPROVE ACCESSIBILITY AND BE AGREEABLE TO ALL. UNFORTUNATELY, PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES STILL FACE STUBBORN BARRIERS TO FULL INCLUSION. IN THE LAST YEAR, PEOPLE WITH DIFFERING ABILITIES HAVE HAD TO FIGHT FOR ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE AND THE SERVICES THEY NEED TO LIVE INDEPENDENTLY AND WITH DIGNITY. NOW, WE HAVE ON THE FLOOR A BILL THAT WOULD UNDERMINE THE CENTRAL TENET OF THE A.D.A. THE RIGHT OF VICTIMS OF DISCRIMINATION TO SEEK REDRESS FOR EXCLUSION. REQUIRING VICTIMS OF VICTIMS OF OF A VIOLATION BEFORE BRINGING A LAWSUIT IS OF A VIOLATION BEFORE BRINGING A LAWSUIT IS AN IMPROPER SHIFT OF THE BURDEN OF COMPLIANCE ON TO VICTIMS. ONE NOT REQUIRED OF ANY OTHER GROUP BY ANY OTHER CIVIL RIGHTS LAW. NOT A SINGLE CIVIL RIGHTS LAW. -- RIGHTS LAW GIVES THIS KIND OF PROVISION. AS THE PARALYZEDET VETERANS OF AMERICA WROTE IN THE LETTER OF OPPOSITION AND I QUOTE, VETERANS WITH DISABILITIES WHO HONORABLY SERVE THEIR CONTRY, SHOULD NOT BEAR THE BURDEN OF ENSURING THAT BUSINESSES IN THEIR COMMUNITIES ARE MEETING THEIR A.D.A. OSAMA BIN LADEN -- A.D.A. OBLIGATIONS. INSTEAD IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE BUSINESS AND ASSOCIATIONS TO EDUCATE THEMSELVES ABOUT THE LAW'S REQUIREMENT. THIS LAW WAS PASSED SOME 27 YEARS AGO. THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR NOT KNOWING THE OBLIGATIONS. OUR LAWS DO NOT REQUIRE SUCH NOTICE FOR WOMEN SUCH NOTICE FOR WOMEN, AFRICAN-AMERICANS, LATINOS, RELIGIOUS MINORITIES, OR ANY OTHER PROTECTED AGAINST DESCRIPTION. I ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THERE ARE ISSUES IN -- AGAINST DISCRIMINATION. I ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THERE ARE ISSUES. THERE ARE NO DAMAGES IN THE NATIONAL A.D.A., A LAW WHICH WAS A COMPROMISE. A PROBLEM WITH STATE LAW, HOWEVER, SHOULD NOT BE FIXED -- SHOULD GROUPS BE FIXED AT THE STATE LEVEL AND NOT WITH A RETREAT IN THE FEDERAL LAW. LAWYERS WHO FILE SUITS MAY WELL BE IN VIOLATION OF THEIR ETHICAL OBLIGATIONS. SADLY, WE'RE SEEING THAT ALMOST 28 YEARS AFTER ITS PASSAGE, AND DECADES OF NOTICE AS TO WHAT IS REQUIRED, TAX CREDITS SO THAT YOU CAN MAKE CHANGES NECESSARY TO MAKE YOUR PLACE ACCESSIBLE, THERE ARE STILL THOSE WHO HAVE BARRIERS TO FULL ACCOMMODATION FOR AMERICANS WITH DIFFERING ABILITIES CONTRARY TO LAW. IN FACT, WHEN WE ADOPTED THE LAW, WE DIDN'T HAVE IT GO INTO EFFECT FOR 24 MONTHS, TWO YEARS, SO THAT PEOPLE COULD EDUCATE THEMSELVES ON THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES. PEOPLE WITH DELIVERING ABILITIES STILL HAVE TO FIGHT DAY IN AND DAY OUT FOR THE ACCESS AND INCLUSION TO WHICH THEY SHOULD ALREADY BE ENTITLED UNDER THE LAW AS BUSINESSES CONTINUE TO DISMISS THEIR OBLIGATIONS. WE HAD A COLLEAGUE, SENATOR TAMMY DUCKWORTH, SHE WAS A HELICOPTER PILOT. HER LEGS WERE SHOT OFF. SHE NOW SERVES DISMISS THEIR OBLIGATIONS. WE HAD A IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE. SHE'S A DISABLED VETERAN AN AMERICAN HERO. SHE WROTE THE FOLLOWING IN THE "WASHINGTON POST" ABOUT THIS BILL, AND I QUOTE, THIS OFFENSIVE LEGISLATION WOULD SEGREGATE THE DISABILITY COMMUNITY, MAKING IT THE ONLY PROTECTED CLASS UNDER CIVIL RIGHTS LAW THAT MUST RELY ON EDUCATION RATHER THAN STRONG ENFORCEMENT TO GUARANTEE ACCESS TO PUBLIC SPACES. I WILL BE VOTING NO ON THIS LEGISLATION. IN THE NAME OF UPHOLDING THE BEDROCK PRINCIPLES OF CIVIL RIGHTS LAW IN THIS COUNTRY, AND THE INTEGRITY OF THE A.D.A. THAT MANY OF US WORK TOGETHER TO ENACT ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS, AN OVERWHELMINGLY BIPARTISAN BASIS, 400 VOTES PLUS FOR THIS LEGISLATION. LET US NOT RETREAT THIS DAY. LET US NOT SAY TO THOSE WITH DISABILITIES, YOU'VE GOT TO WAIT 180 DAYS. WHAT IF BIPARTISAN BASIS, AN OVERWHELMINGLY BIPARTISAN BASIS, WE SAID IF YOU ARE A AFRICAN-AMERICAN AND TRY TO GO INTO A PLACE OF PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS AND THEY WOULDN'T ADMIT YOU AND YOU SAID, WELL, I'VE GOT A COMPLAINT.

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          • 10:07:47 AM

            THE CHAIR

            THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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            MR. HOYER

            YOU HAVE TO WAIT 180 DAYS TO HAVE THAT RIGHT REDRESSED. THAT'S NOT RIGHT.…

            YOU HAVE TO WAIT 180 DAYS TO HAVE THAT RIGHT REDRESSED. THAT'S NOT RIGHT. LET'S NOT TREAT --

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          • 10:07:56 AM

            THE CHAIR

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

          • 10:07:59 AM

            MR. HOYER

            CITIZENS.

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            THE CHAIR

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

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            MR. GOODLATTE

            I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME TO RESPOND TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

            I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME TO RESPOND TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND. THE TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS OF TITLE ARE CONSTANTLY CHANGING. WE HAVE SEEN NUMEROUS REVISIONS TO BOTH REGULATIONS AND GUIDANCE. NOT TO MENTION THE RESULTING CASE LAW THAT AFFECTS ITS INTERPRETATION. THEREFORE, THE REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS OF THE A.D.A. IN 1991 ARE NOT THE SAME AS THOSE TODAY. THERE IS NO BETTER EXAMPLE OF THESE CHANGES THAN THE RISE OF THE INTERNET WHICH CAME INTO ITS CURRENT EXISTENCE AFTER THE A.D.A. WAS ENACTED. AS PEOPLE NO LONGER NEED A PHYSICAL STOREFRONT TO HAVE A BUSINESS, THE COURTS HAVE STRUGGLED TO APPLY THE A.D.A.'S PUBLIC ACCOMMODATION REQUIREMENTS. THERE IS, FOR EXAMPLE, A CURRENT CIRCUIT SPLIT AS TO WHETHER COMPANIES OPERATING EXCLUSIVELY ONLINE ARE SUBJECT TO THESE REQUIREMENTS. WITH CONTINUED ADVANCEMENTS IN TECHNOLOGY, WE WILL CONTINUE TO SEE CHANGES TO THE REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS. IT IS PERFECTLY REASONABLE ADVANCEMENTS IN TECHNOLOGY, WE WILL CONTINUE TO SEE CHANGES FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS, MANY OF WHOM ARE DISABLED THEMSELVES, OR OF MINORITIES, TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO FIX A PROBLEM BEFORE A PREDATORY LAWYER SIMPLY BRINGS AN ACTION FOR THE PURPOSE OF RECOVERING, NOT FIXING THE PROBLEM BUT GETTING MONEY THAT COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER SPENT BY THAT SMALL BUSINESS FIXING THE PROBLEM. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 10:09:34 AM

            THE CHAIR

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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            MR. NADLER

            MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD MYSELF ONE MINUTE.

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            THE CHAIR

            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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            MR. NADLER

            MR. SPEAKER, 28 YEARS AFTER THE A.D.A.'S PASSAGE, TOO MANY BUSINESSES…

            MR. SPEAKER, 28 YEARS AFTER THE A.D.A.'S PASSAGE, TOO MANY BUSINESSES REMAIN INACCESSIBLE TO PERSON WITH DISABILITIES. THE LAST THING CONGRESS SHOULD BE DOING IS UNDERMINING THE CIVIL RIGHTS OF A DISCREET AND MINORITY GROUP BY MAKING IT IMPOSSIBLE TO ENFORCE THEIR RIGHTS IN COURT. THAT IS WHY MORE THAN 230 DISABILITY RIGHTS GROUPS, CIVIL RIGHTS GROUPS, LABOR UNIONS, AND VETERANS ORGANIZATIONS STRONGLY OPPOSE H.R. 620. INCLUDING THE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE ON CIVIL HUMAN RIGHTS, THE AARP, NAACP, AFL-CIO, THE PARALYZED VETERANS OF AMERICA, UNITED SPINAL ASSOCIATION, NATIONAL FEDERATION FOR THE BLIND, AND THE NATIONAL DISABILITY RIGHTS NETWORK. I URGE THE HOUSE TO ABIDE BY THESE GROUPS' CONCERNS WITH H.R. 20 AND REJECT THIS DEEPLY PROBLEMATIC LEGISLATION. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 10:10:45 AM

            THE CHAIR

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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            MR. GOODLATTE

            MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO SPEAKERS REMAINING OTHER THAN MYSELF AND AM…

            MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO SPEAKERS REMAINING OTHER THAN MYSELF AND AM PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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          • 10:10:51 AM

            THE CHAIR

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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            MR. NADLER

            WE'RE PREPARED TO CLOSE. MR. SPEAKER, TO CLOSE I YIELD THE BALANCE OF OUR…

            WE'RE PREPARED TO CLOSE. MR. SPEAKER, TO CLOSE I YIELD THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME TO CLOSE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND,

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          • 10:11:06 AM

            THE CHAIR

            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 5 1/2 MINUTES.

          • 10:11:15 AM

            MR. LANGEVIN

            I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE…

            I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO H.R. 620, THE A.D.A. EDUCATION AND REFORM ACT. THIS MISGUIDED PIECE OF LEGISLATION IS BEING SOLD TO MY COLLEAGUES AND THE AMERICAN PUBLIC AS A MEASURE THAT WILL HELP PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, HELP BUSINESSES OVERCOME -- COME INTO COMPLIANCE WITH THE AMERICAN DISABILITIES ACT, AND HELP REDUCE DRIVE BY LAWSUITS IN STATES THAT HAVE GONE BEYOND THE A.D.A. TO ALLOW FOR MONETARY AWARDS. IN ACTUALITYITY -- IN ACTUALITY, THIS DOESN'T ACCOMPLISH ANY OBJECTIVES. THIS ILL CONSIDERED BILL WILL NOT ONLY DECIMATE THE PROTECTION THAT IS PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES RELY ON T. WOULD TURN BACK THE CLOCK TO MORE SEGREGATED SOCIETY. AND IT WILL UNRAVEL THE CORE PROMISE OF THE A.D.A. THAT A DISABLED VISIBLE OR OTHERWISE, CAN NEVER BE GROUNDS TO JUSTIFY OR TOLERATE DISCRIMINATION. MR. SPEAKER, I'M ANGRY. I'M FRUSTRATED. I'M INSULTED, BUT MORE THAN ANYTHING I'VE DISAPPOINTED. FURTHER, NEITHER MR. PETERS NOR MR. POE EVER EVEN APPROACHED TO ME -- EVER EVEN APPROACHED ME TO TRY TO FIND COMMON GROUND TO FIX THE PROBLEM IF IT IS ABOUT DRIVE BY LAWSUITS. HAS THE CONGRESS REALLY BECOME SO DIVORCED FROM THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE OF THE DISABILITY COMMUNITY THAT WE'RE WILLING TO SACRIFICE THEIR RIGHTS BECAUSE IT'S EASIER THAN TARGETING THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM? PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, PEOPLE LIKE ME, SO EASILY DISREGARDED? I'M HERE TO SAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. MR. SPEAKER, WHETHER SOMEONE IS BORN WITH A DISABILITY, DEVELOPS A DISABILITY, OR BECOMES DISABLED DUE TO ABACCIDENT -- TO AN ACCIDENT OR HAVING SERVED IN OUR ARMED FORCE, THE FUNDAMENTAL TRUTH IS THAT IT HAPPENED BY CHANCE. CERTAINLY NOT BY CHOICE. AS THE FIRST QUADRAPLEGIC ELECTED TO THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS, I OVERCAME MANY OBSTACLES TO SIT BESIDE YOU AS A MEMBER OF THIS CHAMBER. BUT I WOULD NEVER HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT I CHERISH TODAY WITHOUT THE TIRELESS EFFORTS OF THOSE THAT CAME BEFORE ME TO FIGHT FOR THE RIGHT FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES. MR. SPEAKER, I WAS INJURED IN 1980 AND JUST 16 YEARS OF AGE. A FULL 10 YEARS BEFORE THE PASSAGE OF THE A.D.A. I CERTAINLY REMEMBER WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE BEFORE THE A.D.A. BECAME LAW. I REMEMBER I COULDN'T GO INSIDE A PUBLIC BUILDING THAT DIDN'T HAVE A RAMP. COULDN'T TRAVEL WITHOUT ACCESSIBLE TRANSPORTATION. AND WAS EXCLUDED FROM GATHERINGS IN RESTAURANTS AND LIBRARIES, MOVIE THEATERS, AND SPORTS VENUES THAT COULDN'T ACCOMMODATE A WHEELCHAIR. I STRUGGLED TO WASH MY HANDS AT A SINK, ACCESS A REST ROOM. AND ENTER A CLASSROOM. I EVEN DECLINED SCHOOLING AT MY FIRST CHOICE COLLEGE BECAUSE THE CHALLENGE OF GETTING AROUND THE CAMPUS WOULD HAVE BEEN TOO DIFFICULT IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE. THE A.D.A., MR. SPEAKER, BROUGHT MORE THAN JUST THE RECOGNITION THAT DISABILITY RIGHTS ARE CIVIL RIGHTS. IT BROUGHT HOPE AND OPPORTUNITY TO MILLIONS OF PEOPLE. AND IT BROUGHT DIGNITY. MR. SPEAKER, AFTER ALL, HAVING A DISABILITY SHOULD NOT LIMIT OPPORTUNITY AND IT IS WITH OPPORTUNITY THAT PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES CAN LEAD MORE ACTIVE, PRODUCTIVE, AND INDEPENDENT LIVES. THE A.D.A. WAS PASSED NEARLY 28 YEARS AGO AND INSTEAD OF HOLDING PEOPLE ACCOUNTABLE TO CORRECTLY IMPLEMENT THE LAW, ESPECIALLY WHEN FREE RESOURCES AND TECHNICAL INFORMATION ARE READILY AVAILABLE, H.R. 620 WEAKENS FEDERAL PROTECTIONS UNDER THE A.D.A., PROTECTIONS THAT PROHIBIT DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF A DISABILITY. THE A.D.A. DOES NOT ALLOW PEOPLE TO SUE FOR COMPENSATORY OR PUNITIVE DAMAGE. ONLY INJUCKIVE RELIEF. YET SOME -- INJUNCTIVE RELIEF. YET SOME STATES HAVE GONE BEYOND THE LAW TO HAVE MONETARY REWARDS. THE IDEA THAT PLACES OF PUBLIC OF ACCOMMODATION SHOULD RECEIVE A FREE PASS FOR SIX MONTHS BEFORE CORRECTLY IMPLEMENTING A LAW THAT HAS BEEN A PART OF OUR LEGAL FRAMEWORK FOR NEARLY THREE DECADES, CREATES AN OBVIOUS DISINCENTIVE FOR A.D.A. COMPLIANCE. . PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, MR. SPEAKER, HAVE OBSTACLES DESPITE PASSAGE OF THE A.D.A. THIS PAST YEAR THE DISABILITY COMMUNITY HAS HAD TO FIGHT TO PRESERVE ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE, THE LONG-TERM SERVICES AND SUPPORTS THAT ARE A LIFELINE UNDER MEDICAID, AND THE ABILITY TO MAINTAIN CERTAIN PROTECTIONS AND CREDITS UNDER THE TAX CODE. MR. SPEAKER, THEY'RE TIRED AND I'M TIRED OF DEFENDING AGAINST EFFORTS TO WEAKEN OUR RIGHTS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SEE PAST THE SMOKE AND MIRRORS AND IRRESPONSIBLE CLAIMS THAT H.R. 620 IS ANYTHING BUT AN APPALLING EFFORT TO STRIP AWAY THE CIVIL RIGHTS OF A PROTECTED CLASS OF AMERICANS. MR. SPEAKER, EVERY VOTE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 620 WILL BE A MESSAGE TO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES THAT WE ARE NOT WORTHY OF INCLUSION, ACCEPTANCE, OR DESERVE THE SAME CIVIL RIGHTS PROTECTIONS AS OTHERS. MR. SPEAKER, AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ALONG UPON US TO DEFEND THEIR RIGHTS. LET US NOT VOTE TO ELIMINATE THEM. LET US MAKE THEM PROUD AND REJECT H.R. 620. I YIELD BACK.

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          • 10:17:09 AM

            THE CHAIR

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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            MR. GOODLATTE

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

          • 10:17:15 AM

            THE CHAIR

            THE GENTLEMAN HAS SIX MINUTES REMAINING.

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            MR. GOODLATTE

            I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF THE TIME. MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE JUDICIARY…

            I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF THE TIME. MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE OVER DECADES HAS HEARD TESTIMONY FROM MANY DISABLED OWNERS OF BUSINESSES, SEVERAL OF WHOM HAVE TESTIFIED BEFORE THE COMMITTEE WHO THEMSELVES HAVE BEEN EXTORTED BY TRIAL LAWYERS TO PAY THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS TO LAWYERS THAT MONEY COULD HAVE BEEN SPENT ON MAKING SMALL ADJUSTMENTS TO THE PREMISES TO EASILY OVERLOOK TECHNICAL VIOLATIONS. LET ME GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE. TAKE THE TESTIMONY OF DONNA WHO OWNED A STORE FOR THE DISABLED AND HERSELF USED A WHEELCHAIR. IT WAS A STORE DEVOTED ENTIRELY TO SELLING ACCESSIBILITY DEVICES AND SIMILAR ITEMS. SHE WAS MADE TO PAY $2,000 IN ATTORNEYS' FEES FOR A SIMPLE FIX THAT COST $100. CLEARLY, SHE WAS INTERESTED IN ACCOMMODATING THE DISABLED, YET, SHE, TOO, WAS CAUGHT UP IN A LEGAL SHAKEDOWN. SHE SAID THE FOLLOWING BEFORE THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE -- WE HAVE CO-OWNED A MOBILITY EQUIPMENT BUSINESS IN SOUTH FLORIDA FOR THE LAST 20 YEARS. OUR PARKING LOT AND OUR BUILDING ARE TOTALLY WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE. WE EMPLOY TWO PEOPLE WHO USE WHEELCHAIRS, AND WE OURSELVES USE WHEELCHAIRS, AND ALL OF OUR CUSTOMERS HAVE MOBILITY LIMITATION. WE HAD NOT PAINTED THE LINES AND POSTED A SIGN ON JUST ONE OF THE HANDICAP SPOTS REQUIRED BY THE A.D.A. AN ATTORNEY FROM NEW JERSEY, WITHOUT NOTICE, FILED A SUIT AGAINST US. IT COST US LESS THAN $100 TO CORRECT THE INFRACTIONS AND $2,000 FOR ATTORNEYS' FEES. THE ORIGINAL INTENT OF THE A.D.A. WAS TO PROVIDE ACCESS AND OPPORTUNITY TO AMERICAN LIFE FOR ALL PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, NOT TO GIVE THE LEGAL PROFESSION AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE MORE MONEY. AS ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S NAME WAS MENTIONED PREVIOUSLY, I WANTED TO QUOTE HIM ON THE SUBJECT OF UNNECESSARY AND WASTEFUL LITIGATION. IN HIS NOTES ON A LAW LECTURE HE DELIVERED, HERE'S WHAT ABRAHAM LINCOLN HAD TO SAY -- DISCOURAGE LITIGATION, POINT OUT TO THEM HOW THE NOMINAL WINNERS OFTEN A REAL LOSER IN FEES, EXPENSES AND WASTE OF TIME. AS A PEACEMAKER, THE LAWYER HAS A SUPERIOR OPPORTUNITY OF BEING A GOOD MAN. THERE WILL STILL BE BUSINESS ENOUGH. AND FINALLY, TO THAT SAME POINT, I HAVE TO SAY IT'S SIMPLY ETHICAL PRACTICE FOR LAWYERS TO GIVE BUSINESS A HEADS UP OF A POTENTIAL VIOLATION BEFORE A LAWSUIT IS FILED. THERE ARE MANY OTHER EXAMPLES IN FEDERAL LAW WHERE THAT NOTICE TO THE DEFENDANT TO CURE, INCLUDING IN CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIONS, IS AFFORDED. IT SHOULD BE AFFORDED HERE AS WELL. INDEED, THE VAST MAJORITY OF LAWYERS DO WHAT THIS BILL REQUIRES AS A MATTER OF SIMPLE ETHICAL LAWYERING. BUT MANY LAWYERS DON'T ACT PROFESSIONALLY AND THEY ABUSE THE LAW TO SHAKEDOWN BUSINESSES, TAKE MONEY AWAY FROM COMPLIANCE AND PUTTING IT INTO THEIR OWN POCKETS. ALL THIS BILL DOES IS REQUIRE THOSE UNSCRUPULOUS TRIAL LAWYERS TO DO WHAT ETHICAL LAWYERS ALREADY DO, GIVE FAIR NOTICE OF A VIOLATION BEFORE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN ATTORNEYS' FEES ARE RACKED UP AGAINST A SMALL BUSINESS, DIVERTED MONEY AWAY FROM ACCESSIBILITY WHERE IT BELONGS. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS THE RIGHT CORRECTION ADDRESSING THIS PROBLEM. IT WILL ENHANCE ACCESSIBILITY. IT WILL ENCOURAGE MORE WORK TO BE DONE, AND IT WILL NOT DEPRIVE ANYBODY OF THE OPPORTUNITY TO NOTIFY PEOPLE THAT THEY HAVE A PROBLEM OF ACCESSIBILITY AT THEIR BUSINESS, IF THEY DON'T FIX IT THEY WILL BE THE SUBJECT OF THAT VERY LAWSUIT, BUT THE OPPORTUNITY TO FIX IT IN A PROMPT FASHION IS, I THINK, CRITICALLY IMPORTANT TO MAKING ACCESSIBILITY MORE AVAILABLE AND HELPING SMALL BUSINESSES IN AMERICA TO SUCCEED, THRIVE, AND CREATE MORE JOBS AND EVEN MORE JOBS WITH PEOPLE WITH THOSE DISABILITIES. WITH THAT I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 10:21:31 AM

            THE CHAIR

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

            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME FOR GENERAL DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR WOULD ENTERTAIN A MOTION TO RISE? THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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          • 10:21:41 AM

            Mr. Goodlatte moved that the committee rise.

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              MR. GOODLATTE

              I MOVE THE COMMITTEE DO NOW RISE.

            • 10:21:54 AM

              THE CHAIR

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

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

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        • 10:21:55 AM

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

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            Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 620 as unfinished business.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER.

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              THE CHAIR

              MR. SPEAKER.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              MR. CHAIRMAN.

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              THE CHAIR

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

              THE COMMITTEE OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION HAVING HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 620 DIRECTS ME TO REPORT THAT IT HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON.

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            • 10:22:29 AM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

              THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION REPORTS THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 620 AND HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS FOR A PERIOD OF LESS THAN 15 MINUTES.

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        • 10:22:37 AM

          Recess

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

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            >>

            THE HOUSE IS IN RECESS SUBJECT TO THE CALL OF THE CHAIR. WE DO EXPECT THEM…

            THE HOUSE IS IN RECESS SUBJECT TO THE CALL OF THE CHAIR. WE DO EXPECT THEM BACK SHORTLY. MEMBERS HAVE BEEN DEBATING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT LEGISLATION, AND WE DO EXPECT MEMBERS TO VOTE ON THAT THIS AFTERNOON. LIVE COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE WHEN MEMBERS RETURN HERE ON C-SPAN. A SEGMENT NOW FROM THIS MORNING'S "WASHINGTON

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          • 10:24:01 AM

            HOST

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            GUEST

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            HOST

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            GUEST

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            HOST

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            GUEST

          • 10:27:07 AM

            HOST

          • 10:27:14 AM

            GUEST

        • 10:27:46 AM

          Reconvened

          The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of February 15.

          • 10:27:48 AM

            Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 620 — "To amend the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 to promote compliance through education, to clarify the requirements for demand letters, to provide for a notice and cure period before the commencement of a private civil action, and for other purposes."

            • 10:27:57 AM

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              TO RETURN TO COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE. IDAHO, MR. SIMPSON, KINDLY RESUME THE…

              TO RETURN TO COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE. IDAHO, MR. SIMPSON, KINDLY RESUME THE CHAIR.

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          • 10:28:04 AM

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

            • 10:28:20 AM

              THE CHAIR

              THE COMMITTEE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE…

              THE COMMITTEE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 620, WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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            • 10:28:27 AM

              THE CLERK

              A BILL TO AMEND THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990 TO PROMOTE…

              A BILL TO AMEND THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990 TO PROMOTE COMPLIANCE THROUGH EDUCATION, TO CLARIFY THE REQUIREMENTS FOR DEMAND, PROVIDE FOR GNATS AND CURE PERIOD BEFORE THE COMMENCEMENT OF A PRIVATE CIVIL ACTION, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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            • 10:28:41 AM

              THE CHAIR

              WHEN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE ROSE EARLIER TODAY, ALL TIME FOR GENERAL…

              WHEN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE ROSE EARLIER TODAY, ALL TIME FOR GENERAL DEBATE PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 736 HAD EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE AND SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. NO AMENDMENT TO THE BILL SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT THOSE PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-559. EACH SUCH AMENDMENT MAY BE OFFERED ONLY IN THE ORDER PRINTED IN THE REPORT BY A AM DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ, SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT, EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY A PROPONENT AND OPPONENT. SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO AN AMENDMENT AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-559. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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          • 10:29:26 AM

            An amendment, offered by Mr. Denham, numbered 1 printed in Part A of House Report 115-559 to ensure the Department of Justice's Disability Rights Section takes action, to the extent practicable, to make ADA compliance publications available in languages commonly used by owners and operators of U.S. businesses.

            • 10:29:30 AM

              MR. DENHAM

              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE ON MY AMENDMENT TO H.R. 620.

            • 10:29:33 AM

              THE CHAIR

              THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

            • 10:29:34 AM

              THE CLERK

              REPORT NUMBER 115-559, OFFERED BY MR. DENHAM OF CALIFORNIA.

            • 10:29:43 AM

              THE CHAIR

              PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 736, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR.…

              PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 736, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. DENHAM, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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            • 10:29:51 AM

              MR. DENHAM

              MY AMENDMENT WOULD ENSURE THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TAKES APPROPRIATE…

              MY AMENDMENT WOULD ENSURE THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TAKES APPROPRIATE ACTIONS TO PROVIDE A.D.A. COMPLIANCE MATERIALS FOR BUSINESS OWNERS WHOSE PRIMARY LANGUAGE IS NOT ENGLISH. AS A REPRESENTATIVE FROM CALIFORNIA CENTRAL VALLEY, MY DISTRICT IS FAR TOO FAMILIAR WITH THE KINDS OF ABUSE LAWSUITS H.R. 620 AIMS TO CURB. FOR YEARS SMALL BUSINESSES, SOME THAT MAKE LESS THAN $30,000 YEAR, HAVE BEEN GETTING TARGETED BY DRIVE BY LAWSUITS FROM PEOPLE THAT ARE DRIVING BY, MANY OF WHICH ARE FROM OUTSIDE OF OUR STATE AND CERTAINLY OUTSIDE OF OUR COMMUNITY. THEY HAVE BEEN SLAPPED WITH DEMANDS FOR THOUSANDS, EVEN TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FOR MINOR INFRACTIONS LIKE FADED PARKING SIGNS OR OUTDATED SIGNAGE OR STRIPES IN THE PARKING LOT. MORE OFTEN THAN NOT, THE LAWYER OR PLAINTIFF DIDN'T EVEN ENTER THE BUSINESS IN THE FIRST PLACE. IN TOO MANY CASES, THESE LAWSUITS DID NOT LEAD TO COMPLIANCE. THEY LED TO SHAKEDOWNS AND SHUTDOWNS. THROUGHOUT CALIFORNIA, CERTAINLY THROUGHOUT CALIFORNIA'S CENTRAL VALLEY, WE HAVE NOT ONLY SEEN A NUMBER OF MINORITY BUSINESSES AND BUSINESSES AS A WHOLE, SMALL BUSINESS, THAT HAVE BEEN SHUT DOWN, BUT MANY OF THESE SHAKEDOWN LAWSUITS. OR THE ATTORNEY WILL CALL BACK AND SAY I UNDERSTAND YOU CAN'T PAY US TODAY BUT WE'LL PUT YOU ON A MONTHLY PLAN. THAT DOESN'T SOLVE ANY PROBLEMS FOR THOSE WITH DISABILITIES. CERTAINLY DOESN'T SOLVE ANY PROBLEMS FOR THE BUSINESSES. ALL IT DOES IS LINE THE POCKETS OF ABUSERS COMING INTO OUR AREA THAT WILL TARGET DOZENS OF BUSINESSES IN A DAY OR WEEK'S TIME ONLY TO LEAVE OUR COMMUNITY WITHOUT EVEN GOING INTO THESE BUSINESSES. IN MY DISTRICT ALONE, BARNWOOD RESTAURANT, SUED AND SHUT DOWN. MAIN STREET INN, SUED. COUNTY FORD TRUCKS, SUED. CITY HALL, SUED. COUNTY SUED. IN MY HOMETOWN, SEVEN BUSINESSES LESS THAN A MILE APART ON THE SAME ROAD WERE SUED BY THE SAME PLAINTIFF. 43 BUSINESSES IN THE CITY OF MOW DESSO -- MODESTO FROM ALL SUED BY THE SAME PLAINTIFF. CALIFORNIA HAS BEEN GROUND ZERO FOR THIS ABUSE. EVEN THE STATE LEGISLATURE IN A STATE THAT IS NOT CONSIDERED CONSERVATIVE BY ANY MEANS, HAS HAD A NUMBER OF A.D.A. LAWSUIT MEASURES AIMED AT TRYING TO CURB THIS. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS A JOB TO FIX THIS AND THAT'S ONE OF THE REASONS THAT I'M CO-AUTHOR AND SUPPORT THE A.D.A. EDUCATION REFORM ACT. I ESPECIALLY SUPPORT ITS PROVISIONS TO INCREASE BUSINESS OWNER EDUCATION ON A.D.A. COMPLIANCE, WHICH I BELIEVE MY AMENDMENT CAN HELP TO STRENGTHEN. IN CALIFORNIA, 75% OF THE BUSINESSES TARGETED BY THESE TYPES OF LAWSUITS ARE IMMIGRANT OR MINORITY OWNED. 75% OF THE BUSINESSES THAT ARE TARGETED IN CALIFORNIA ARE MINORITY OWNED. THESE DEMOGRAPHICS ARE MORE UNLIKELY TO BE FAMILIAR WITH A.D.A. STANDARDS, AS WELL AS THEIR OWN LEGAL RIGHT. THAT IS THE REASON FOR THE SHAKEDOWN OF THESE MINORITY OWNED BUSINESSES. ONE OBSTACLE FOR THESE TYPES OF BUSINESSPEOPLE IS THAT THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE D.O.J. COMPLIANCE RESOURCES AREN'T READILY AVAILABLE IN OTHER LANGUAGES. FOR EXAMPLE, KEY SECTIONS OF SPANISH TRANSLATED WEBPAGE HAVEN'T BEEN UPDATED FOR THREE YEARS, AND DOESN'T INCLUDE CLOSE TO THE NUMBER OF MATERIALS AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH WITH A DISTRICT LIKE MINE THAT'S OVER 40% SPANISH TRANSLATED WEBPAGE HAVEN'T BEEN UPDATED FOR THREE REAL PROBLEM. HISPANIC, THIS IS A IF YOU WANT BUSINESSES TO COMPLY WITH THE LAW, YOU HAVE TO GIVE THESE BUSINESSES AN OPPORTUNITY TO COMPLY. GIVE THEM THE ABILITY TO READ FROM THE WEBSITE WHAT THE NEW LAWS ARE GOING INTO EFFECT EVERY SINGLE YEAR. BECAUSE ONLY THE LAWYERS KNOW, THEN THE SHAKEDOWN ALSO CONTINUE TO OCCUR. BUSINESS ALSO CONTINUE TO LOSE MORE OF THEIR PROFITS AND UNABLE TO PROVIDE RAISES AND BONUSES TO THEIR EMPLOYEES. WORSE THAN THAT, YOU'LL CONTINUE TO SEE SMALL BUSINESSES SHUT DOWN. LET ME FINISH ON ONE FINAL NOTE. A FEW YEARS AGO I RECEIVED A PHONE CALL IN MY OFFICE. WE HAD BEEN FOCUSED ON A.D.A. LAWSUIT ABUSE FOR QUITE SOME TIME. TALKED TO THE LADY ABOUT HER CONCERNS. SHE EXPLAINED HOW SHE HAD RECEIVED A NOTICE IN THE MAIL AND THEN A FOLLOW-UP NOTICE. SOME TIME. TALKED TO THE LADY ABOUT HER THAT NO ATTORNEY HAD EVER COME INTO HER RESTAURANT, SMALL BUSINESS OWNER, SHE WAS JUST TRYING TO MAKE ENDS MEET. SHE WAS NOT ONLY THE PROPRIETOR OF THIS RESTAURANT, BUT SHE WORKED IN THE KITCHEN. SHE WORKED -- SHE STARTED THE BUSINESS AND WORKED THE FRONT END AND BACK END. SHE WAS THE FIRST TO COME AND LAST TO LEAVE. WE HEARD A LOT OF THESE STORIES ABOUT SMALL BUSINESSES AND THE REGULATORY IMPACTS THAT THEY FACE. BUT IN THIS CASE I WAS AMAZED TO FIND OUT THAT WHEN I VISITED SHE WAS MORE THAN HAPPY TO FIX ANY A.D.A. COMPLIANCE ISSUE. AS SHE WHEEL AROUND IN HER WHEELCHAIR FROM HER KITCHEN TO THE CASH REGISTER, AND HER SPANISH LANGUAGE BEING THE FIRST LANGUAGE THAT SHE KNEW, SHE WANTED TO FIX THINGS FOR HER CUSTOMERS. AND FIX THINGS FOR THOSE THAT ARE COMING IN WITH DISABILITIES. WE NEED TO GIVE HER THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO THAT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. ASK FOR SUPPORT OF THIS BILL.

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        • 10:30:08 AM

          DEBATE

          Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 736, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Denham Part A amendment No. 1.

          • 10:35:20 AM

            THE CHAIR

            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

          • 10:35:25 AM

            MR. GOODLATTE

            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO SEEK THE TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT BUT…

            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO SEEK THE TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT BUT DO NOT OPPOSE.

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          • 10:35:30 AM

            THE CHAIR

            TO THE AMENDMENT? IF NOT, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR…

            TO THE AMENDMENT? IF NOT, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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          • 10:35:35 AM

            MR. GOODLATTE

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

            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. TO FIRST COMMEND THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR ADDRESSING THIS ISSUE. HE IS QUITE RIGHT THAT IT'S IMPORTANT THAT IN ORDER TO EXPEDITIOUSLY MAKE SURE THAT ACCOMMODATIONS FOR THE DISABLED ARE MADE, PEOPLE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THOSE REQUIREMENTS ARE. AND THE REGULATIONS ON THIS CHANGE FREQUENTLY AND CONSTANTLY. SO I DO NOT OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. I SUPPORT IT. I WOULD ASK THE GENTLEMAN IF HE WOULD WORK WITH US MOVING FORWARD TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS DOES NOT IMPOSE AN INORDINATE BURDEN ON THE BUREAUCRACY RESPONSIBLE FOR PUTTING THIS OUT SO AS TO DELAY GETTING NEW REGULATIONS TO PROTECT THE A.D.A. FOLKS. THERE ARE MANY, MANY LANGUAGES SPOKEN BY PEOPLE IN VARIOUS BUSINESSES IN THIS COUNTRY. SOME ARE VERY COMMON. AND THAT'S DEFINITELY THE CASE. WE MAY NOT HAVE THIS WRITTEN IN EVERY SINGLE LANGUAGE THAT'S SPOKEN BY EVERY SINGLE INDIVIDUAL. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, AT THIS TIME I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POFMENTE

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          • 10:36:42 AM

            THE CHAIR

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

          • 10:36:44 AM

            MR. POE

            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I THANK MR. DENHAM FOR OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT. AND…

            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I THANK MR. DENHAM FOR OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT. AND LETTING US ALL KNOW SOME OF THE DRIVE BY LAWSUIT PROBLEMS IN CALIFORNIA. MR. SPEAKER, THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, FOR EXAMPLE, HAS COME UP WITH 250 PAGES OF REGULATIONS RECENTLY ABOUT THE A.D.A. AND THESE REGULATIONS ARE SENT OUT TO THE BUSINESSES AND IT'S IMPORTANT, AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA HAS MENTIONED, THAT THESE BUSINESSES BE ABLE TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THOSE REGULATIONS. BECAUSE MANY OF THESE BUSINESSES THAT ARE BEING TARGETED BY UNSCRUPULOUS LAWYERS OR MINORITY -- ARE MINORITY-OWNED BUSINESSES. SOME FIRST GENERATION AMERICANS THAT HAVE COME INTO OUR COUNTRY. TRYING TO MAKE ENDS MEET. THE AMENDMENT IS A GOOD IDEA. I SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT. AND I URGE ALL MEMBERS OF THIS BODY TO VOTE FOR IT AS WELL.

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          • 10:37:39 AM

            THE CHAIR

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

          • 10:37:40 AM

            MR. GOODLATTE

            I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT…

            I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT AND YIELD BACK.

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          • 10:37:45 AM

            THE CHAIR

            THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.…

            THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-559. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND SEEK RECOGNITION?

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        • 10:37:49 AM

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

          • 10:38:04 AM

            An amendment, offered by Mr. Langevin, numbered 2 printed in Part A of House Report 115-559 to remove the requirement that a person who claims discrimination must first provide written notice that allows 60 days for an owner to acknowledge receipt of the complaint and 120 days to demonstrate substantial progress in removing the barrier before legal action may be pursued.

            • 10:38:08 AM

              MR. LANGEVIN

              I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

            • 10:38:13 AM

              THE CHAIR

              THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

            • 10:38:15 AM

              THE CLERK

              AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 115-559,…

              AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 115-559, OFFERED BY MR. LANGEVIN OF RHODE ISLAND.

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            • 10:38:20 AM

              THE CHAIR

              PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 736, THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR.…

              PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 736, THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR. LANGEVIN, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND.

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            • 10:38:28 AM

              MR. LANGEVIN

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

            • 10:38:32 AM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 10:38:34 AM

              MR. LANGEVIN

              MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT WITH MY COLLEAGUE AND FELLOW…

              MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT WITH MY COLLEAGUE AND FELLOW BIPARTISAN DISABILITIES CO-CHAIR, REPRESENTATIVE GREG HARPER. I WANT TO MENTION IT'S THE ONLY BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT BEING OFFERED TO H.R. 620. AND I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO STRESS THIS POINT. MR. SPEAKER, TWO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, FROM DIFFERENT POLITICAL PARTIES, WHO REPRESENT A CAUCUS THAT EXISTS SOLELY TO INFORM, EDUCATE, AND HIGHLIGHT ISSUES IMPACTED WITH THE DISABILITY COMMUNITY HAVE COME TOGETHER TO SAY THERE IS SOMETHING GRAVELY WRONG WITH THIS BILL. WE'RE OFFERING AN AMENDMENT THAT WOULD MAKE IT PALATABLE. SO THE AMENDMENT WOULD STRIKE H.R. 620'S NOTICE AND CURE REQUIREMENT. SO AS PRESENTLY WRITTEN THE NOTICE AND CURE SECTION MANDATES THAT SOMEONE WHO CLAIMS DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF A DISABILITY RELATING TO AN ARCHITECTURAL BARRIER MUST PROVIDE A WRITTEN NOTICE THAT ALLOWS 60 DAYS FOR -- IN ORDER TO ACKNOWLEDGE RECEIPT OF THE COMPLAINT AND 120 DAYS TO DEMONSTRATE SUBSTANTIAL PROGRESS AT REMOVING THE BARRIER BEFORE BURT LEGAL ACTION MAY BE PURSUED. THAT'S SIX MONTHS OF WAITING WITHOUT A GUARANTEE THE ARCHITECTURAL BARRIER WILL BE REMOVED AND ACCESS GRANTED. SO THE IDEA THAT PLACES OF PUBLIC ACCOMMODATION MUST FIRST RECEIVE A NOTICE BEFORE CORRECTLY IMPLEMENTING A LAW THAT HAS BEEN PART OF OUR LEGAL FRAMEWORK FOR NEARLY THREE DECADES CREATES AN OBVIOUS DISINCENTIVE FOR A.D.A. COMPLIANCE. SO THE PROPOSAL OF A NOTICE IGNORES THE TENETS OF THE A.D.A. THAT SUPPORT AN INDISPUTABLE RIGHT TO INCLUSION AND RESPECT. NO OTHER CIVIL RIGHTS LAW REQUIRES PROTECTING CLASS MEMBERS TO HAND NOTICE TO PEOPLE BEHAVING IN A DISCRIMINATORY MANNER IN ORDER TO EDUCATE THEM WITHOUT ANY GUARANTEE THE SITUATION WILL IMPROVE. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD KEEP PROGRAM FUNDING FOR THE A.D.A. EDUCATION AND IT ALSO MAINTAIN LANGUAGE SUPPORTING ALTERNATIVE MEDIATION PATHWAYS RELATED TO ARCHITECTURAL BARRIERS OUTSIDE OF EXISTING FRAMEWORK WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. AND IF SUPPORTERS OF H.R. 620 TRULY BELIEVE THESE STATE-BASED NUISANCE LAWS ARE THE RESULT OF A LACK OF KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT THE FEDERAL A.D.A. REQUIRES, AND THAT BUSINESSES NEED LESS COSTLY AVENUES TO REMEDY VIOLATION, THEN WHY WOULDN'T THEY SUPPORT AN AMENDMENT THAT PROVIDES ABANSWER TO BOTH THOSE CLAIMS WITHOUT -- AN ANSWER TO BOTH THOSE CLAIMS WITHOUT THE NOTICE AND CURE PERIOD THAT WEAKENS THE CIVIL RIGHTS PROTECTIONS OF THE A.D.A. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO CONSIDER THE CONSEQUENCES OF A BILL THAT DELAYS JUSTICE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES IN A WAY THAT NO OTHER PROTECTED CLASS BY CIVIL RIGHTS LAWS MUST ENDURE WHEN ASSERTING THEIR CIVIL RIGHTS AN CONSIDER WHETHER THE DELAY OF NOTICE AND CURE REQUIREMENT ADEQUATELY ADDRESSES THE UNDERLYING ISSUE OF DRIVE BY LAWSUITS. I'M HOPING -- HOPEFUL DOING SO WILL RESULT IN A DECISION TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT TO REMOVE THE HARMFUL NOTICE REQUIREMENT WHILE MAINTAINING PROVISION THAT IS INCREASE ACCESS TO EDUCATION AND MEDIATION. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I URGE PASSAGE OF THE AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        • 10:38:54 AM

          DEBATE

          Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 736, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Langevin Part A amendment No. 2.

          • 10:41:55 AM

            THE CHAIR

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

            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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          • 10:42:00 AM

            MR. GOODLATTE

            MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TO CLAIM OPPOSITION -- TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE…

            MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TO CLAIM OPPOSITION -- TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT.

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          • 10:42:04 AM

            THE CHAIR

            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

          • 10:42:06 AM

            MR. GOODLATTE

            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I MUST OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT BECAUSE IT WOULD…

            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I MUST OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT BECAUSE IT WOULD COMPLETELY GUT THE NOTICE AND CURE PROVISIONS WHICH ARE THE CORE PROVISIONS OF THIS BILL. THE NEED FOR A NOTICE AND CURE PERIOD HAS BEEN HIGHLIGHTED IN CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS SINCE THE EARLY 2000S. IN 2016, DAVID WEISS, WHO TESTIFIED ON BEHALF OF THE INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF SHOPPING CENTERS STATED THE PROBLEM THAT THE PRIVATE SECTOR FACES IS AN INCREASING NUMBER OF LAWSUITS TYPICALLY BROUGHT BY A FEW PLAINTIFFS IN VARIOUS JURISDICTIONS AND OFTEN BY THE SAME LAWYERS FOR VERY TECHNICAL AND USUALLY MINOR VIOLATIONS. IT HAS BECOME ALL TOO COMMON FOR PROPERTY OWNTORIES SETTLE THESE CASES AS IT IS LESS EXPENSIVE TO SETTLE THEM THAN DEFEND THEM. EVEN IF THE PROPERTY OWNER IS CLIENT, IT IS OFTEN TOO COSTLY TO PROVE THAT A PROPERTY OWNER IS DOING WHAT IS RIGHT OR REQUIRED. THEREFORE, THE PROPERTY OWNER MAKES A RATIONAL BUSINESS DECISION COMMONLY RESULTING IN SETTLEMENT. GIVEN THAT PLAINTIFFS' ATTORNEYS MOTIVES ARE OFTEN MONETARY, THERE IS LITTLE OR NO INCENTIVE TO WORK WITH BUSINESSES TO CURE A VIOLATION BEFORE A LAWSUIT IS FILED. THIS UNINTENDED RESULT WASTES RESOURCES ON THE COST OF LITIGATION THAT COULD HAVE BEEN USED TO IMPROVE ACCESS SOONER. THIS DELAYS JUSTICE. H.R. 60 REMEDIES THESE PROBLEMS BY ALLOWING BUSINESSES A FINITE PERIOD OF TIME BEFORE A PRIVATE ENFORCEMENT LAWSUIT CAN BE FILED TO FIX DEFECTS ON THEIR PREMISES ONCE THEY ARE NOTIFIED THAT THESE PREMISES DO NOT COMPLY WITH THE A.D.A. THIS WILL REDUCE ABUSES BY THE LAW BY OPPORTUNISTIC LAWYERS AND WILL RESULT IN MORE ACCESS FOR THE DISABLED BECAUSE IT ENCOURAGES BUSINESSES TO CURE THEIR ACCESS ISSUES NOW IN ORDER TO AVOID COSTLY LITIGATION LATER. I WOULD ALSO NOTE ENCOURAGES BUSINESSES TO THAT MADE IN ORDER IS AN AMENDMENT COMING UP THAT WOULD REDUCE THIS AMENDMENT OF TIME BY TWO MONTHS. TOTAL AMOUNT OF TIME FOR NOTICE AND CURE. I THINK THAT IS A GOOD STEP TO ADDRESS THE CONCERNS RAISED, BUT I CANNOT SUPPORT AN AMENDMENT THAT COMPLETELY TAKES AWAY THE PURPOSE OF THE LEGISLATION, WHICH IS TO GIVE SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO CURE A PROBLEM ONCE THEY ARE MADE AWARE OF IT. AS I SAY, MANY OF THESE ARE VERY TECHNICAL VIOLATIONS OF THE LAW DESIGNED, I THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND.

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          • 10:44:42 AM

            MR. A PROBLEM LANGEVIN

            I'M PROUD TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

            I'M PROUD TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE,

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          • 10:44:49 AM

            THE CHAIR

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

          • 10:44:51 AM

            MR. NADLER

            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I STRONGLY SUPPORT THE LANGDON VIN…

            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I STRONGLY SUPPORT THE LANGDON VIN HARPER AMENDMENT THIS. BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT REMOVES FROM THE BILL ITS ONEROUS AND UNJUST NOTICE PROVISIONS WHILE LEAVING IN PLACE THE POTENTIALLY HELPFUL AND EDUCATIONAL PROVISIONS. AS I DISCUSSED DURING GENERAL DEBATE, THE NOTICE AND CURE PROVISIONS WOULD HAVE THE EFFECT OF WEAKENING THE ABILITY OF DISCRIMINATION VICTIMS TO ENFORCE THEIR RIGHTS IN COURT. ANY LAW, INCLUDING THE A.D.A.'S ONLY AFFECTED TO THE EXTENT IT IS ENFORCEABLE. IN CIVIL RIGHTS STATUTES IN PARTICULAR DEPEND ON PRIVATE RIGHTS OF ACTION FOR THEIR ENFORCEMENT. BY WEAKENING ENFORCEMENT H.R. 620'S NOTICE AND CURE PROVISIONS UNDERMINE THE A.D.A.'S GOAL OF INTEGRATING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES INTO THE MAINSTREAM OF AMERICAN LIFE. FOR THESE REASONS I URGE THE HOUSE TO ADOPT THE LANGEVIN -HARPER AMENDMENT. I THANK YOU, I YIELD BACK. .

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          • 10:45:49 AM

            THE CHAIR

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

          • 10:45:50 AM

            MR. GOODLATTE

            MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE.

          • 10:45:51 AM

            THE CHAIR

            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND.

          • 10:45:53 AM

            MR. LANGEVIN

            MR. SPEAKER, I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE.

          • 10:45:57 AM

            THE CHAIR

            THE GENTLEMAN HAS 30 SECONDS REMAINING.

          • 10:45:59 AM

            MR. LANGEVIN

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AGAIN, I URGE SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT. THE WHOLE…

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AGAIN, I URGE SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT. THE WHOLE POINT OF THIS AMENDMENT IS TO REMOVE THE NOTICE AND CURE PROVISION. AGAIN, THIS LAW HAS BEEN ALLOWED -- THE A.D.A. HAS BEEN AROUND FOR NEARLY THREE DECADES NOW. PEOPLE SHOULD BE PROACTIVE AND UNDERSTANDING WHAT THE RESPONSIBILITIES ARE WHEN THEY OPERATE BUSINESSES OR ISSUES PUBLIC ACCOMMODATION TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES ARE. NOT BASICALLY TAKING THAT RESPONSIBILITY, INCENTIVIZES PEOPLE TO WAIT AND SEE IF THERE IS AN ISSUE AND ONLY IF WE GET NOTIFIED WILL WE THEN FIX THE PROBLEM. PEOPLE NEED TO BE PROACTIVE AND COMPLY WITH THE LAW. EVERYBODY WINS. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 10:46:50 AM

            THE CHAIR

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

          • 10:46:54 AM

            MR. GOODLATTE

            MR. CHAIRMAN, I OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT BECAUSE THE A.D.A. IS A…

            MR. CHAIRMAN, I OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT BECAUSE THE A.D.A. IS A REGULATION-BASED LAW AND THOSE REGULATIONS ARE CONSTANTLY CHANGING AS NEW TECHNOLOGY CHANGES AND AS ACCESSIBILITY TO NEW FEATURES THAT BUSINESSES OFFER ARE DESIRED BY THOSE IN THE DISABILITY COMMUNITY. THAT IS A NECESSARY THING, BUT IT'S ALSO NECESSARY TO MAKE SURE BUSINESSES HAVE TIME TO ACCOMMODATE AS WELL AND LEARN ABOUT THOSE NEW REQUIREMENTS AND HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO FIX IT BEFORE SOMEBODY CAN JUST GET ATTORNEYS' FEES FOR SOMETHING THAT'S GOING TO BE DONE ANYWAY. I THINK THE BETTER APPROACH IS TO OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT AND SUPPORT THE UNDERLYING BILL WITH THE ADDITION OF AN AMENDMENT COMING UP THAT WOULD REDUCE THAT TIME BY TWO MONTHS. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK.

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          • 10:47:41 AM

            THE CHAIR

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

            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT.

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        • 10:47:48 AM

          POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

          At the conclusion of debate on the Langevin amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Langevin demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.

          • 10:47:49 AM

            MR. LANGEVIN

            MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

          • 10:47:51 AM

            THE CHAIR

            PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT…

            PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND WILL BE POSTPONED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-559. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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          • 10:48:10 AM

            MR. FOSTER

            TO SPEAK IN FAVOR OF THE AMENDMENT.

          • 10:48:11 AM

            An amendment, offered by Mr. Foster, numbered 3 printed in Part A of House Report 115-559 to allow for punitive damages for noncompliance after the cure period.

            • 10:48:12 AM

              THE CHAIR

              THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

            • 10:48:13 AM

              THE CLERK

              AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-559 OFFERED BY…

              AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-559 OFFERED BY MR. FOSTER OF ILLINOIS.

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            • 10:48:20 AM

              THE CHAIR

              PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 736, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. FOSTER,…

              PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 736, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. FOSTER, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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            • 10:48:28 AM

              MR. FOSTER

              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. SINCE THE START OF THE DEBATE ON THIS…

              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. SINCE THE START OF THE DEBATE ON THIS LEGISLATION, I HAVE BEEN LASER FOCUSED ON GETTING THE PROBLEMS WITH A.D.A. COMPLIANCE ACTUALLY FIXED. THE PROBLEMS OF DRIVE-BY LAWSUITS HAVE HIT MY DISTRICT AND ABUSIVE DEMAND LETTERS ARE A PROBLEM NATIONWIDE. ONE OF THE TRAGEDIES OF THE STATUS QUO IS EVEN AFTER SETTLEMENT OF DEMAND LETTERS, THE PROBLEMS ARE OFTEN NOT EVEN FIXED. MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES HAVE EXPRESSED CONCERN, HOWEVER, THAT THE UNDERLYING TEXT OF THIS LEGISLATION WOULD NOT PROVIDE SUFFICIENT INCENTIVE FOR LEGITIMATE CIVIL RIGHTS ATTORNEYS TO TAKE TO COURT BUSINESSES THAT OFFER NO GOOD FAITH EFFORT TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM WITH A.D.A. COMPLIANCE AFTER THEY HAVE BEEN POINTED OUT. SO MY AMENDMENT WOULD SIMPLY ALLOW COURTS TO AWARD PUNITIVE DAMAGES IN THE CASES THAT A BUSINESS HAS MADE NO GOOD FAITH EFFORT TO REMOVE A BARRIER TO ACCESS. IF THEY CURE THE PROBLEM, THE MATTER'S RESOLVED. IF NOT, THEY SHOULD BE SUBJECT TO THE FULL FORCE OF THE LAW, INCLUDING PUNITIVE DAMAGES. SINCE ITS ENACTMENT, THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT HAS ALLOWED MILLIONS OF AMERICANS TO GAIN ACCESS TO PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS THAT MANY OF US TAKE FOR GRANTED. THE PASSAGE OF THE A.D.A. WAS A MAJOR CIVIL RIGHTS VICTORY. MANY MORE SCHOOLS, HOSPITALS, GROCERY STORES, MOVIE THEATERS ARE NOW ACCESSIBLE, AND THANKS TO THE A.D.A., MANY OF OUR FELLOW CITIZENS ARE FULLY INTEGRATED INTO THE FABRIC OF SOCIETY. DESPITE THESE GAINS, HOWEVER, MORE STILL REMAINS TO BE DONE. AS PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES HAVE CONTINUED TO WORK TO MAKE OUR PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS MORE ACCESSIBLE, UNFORTUNATELY SOME INDIVIDUALS HAVE FOUND WAYS TO USE THE CURRENT SYSTEM FOR THEIR OWN FINANCIAL BENEFIT. THE UNDERLYING BILL AIMS TO PREVENT UNSCRUPULOUS INDIVIDUALS FROM TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE LAW TO ESTABLISH A PROCESS LEADING TO INCREASED COMPLIANCE. HOWEVER, DURING MANY MEETINGS WITH DISABILITY GROUPS IN MY DISTRICT OVER THEIR CONCERNS, SOME VOICED FEARS THAT THE UNDERLYING BILL WOULD DISCOURAGE ATTORNEYS FROM TAKING A.D.A. CASES. MY AMENDMENT WOULD WORK TO CREATE AN INCENTIVE FOR LAWYERS TO TAKE A.D.A. CASES, KNOWING THAT A BUSINESS DOES NOT COMPLY, PUNITIVE DAMAGES MAY BE SOUGHT. THE GOAL IS THAT INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES HAVE ACCESS TO COMPETENT LEGAL REPRESENTATION IN ORDER TO BRING MAYORTORY YUSS CASES AGAINST -- MERITORIOUS CASES AGAINST CASES -- I RESERVE.

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        • 10:48:41 AM

          DEBATE

          Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 736, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Foster Part A amendment No. 3.

          • 10:50:55 AM

            THE CHAIR

            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

          • 10:50:58 AM

            MR. POE

            I RISE IN OPPOSITION OF THE AMENDMENT. THIS BILL RESOLVES ACCESS ISSUES…

            I RISE IN OPPOSITION OF THE AMENDMENT. THIS BILL RESOLVES ACCESS ISSUES UNDER TITLE 3 WITHOUT THE NEED OF EXPENSIVE LITIGATION. THE PRIVATE ENFORCEMENT PROVISIONS IN TITLE 3 OF THE A.D.A. ARE ALREADY A POWERFUL TOOL TO ACHIEVE GREATER ACCESSIBILITY THROUGH INJUNCTIVE RELIEF. IMPORTANTLY, THE A.D.A. DOES NOT PROVIDE FOR DAMAGES IN PRIVATE LAWSUITS. IT NEVER HAS. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD THEN FOR THE FIRST TIME ALLOW SUCH DAMAGES WHICH WILL DRIVE UP LITIGATION COSTS AND PROVIDE EVEN MORE FODDER FOR TRIAL LAWYERS TO ABUSE THE LAW. BUSINESSES SHOULD USE THEIR RESOURCES TO FIX ACCESS TO PROBLEMS, NOT PAY UNNECESSARY AND WASTEFUL LITIGATION COSTS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT, AND I RESERVE MY TIME.

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          • 10:51:46 AM

            THE CHAIR

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

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

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          • 10:51:49 AM

            MR. FOSTER

            WELL, I'D LIKE TO ANSWER BY SAYING MY GOAL IN THIS AMENDMENT HAS NOTHING…

            WELL, I'D LIKE TO ANSWER BY SAYING MY GOAL IN THIS AMENDMENT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH, YOU KNOW, THE PLAINTIFF'S BAR. IT HAS TO DEAL WITH GETTING THE PROBLEMS FIXED WITHOUT GOING TO COURT. WITHOUT AT LEAST THE THREAT OF PUNITIVE DAMAGES I THINK IT'S A LEGITIMATE QUESTION AS TO WHETHER SOME FRACTION OF THE -- OF THE VIOLATIONS OF THE A.D.A. WILL IN FACT NOT BE FIXED, YOU KNOW, AS PART OF THE CALCULATION OF COST-BENEFIT. I THINK THAT'S NOT THE WAY WE SHOULD SOLVE THIS IN THIS COUNTRY. I THINK IT'S -- IT'S A TIME IN THIS COUNTRY WHEN A LOT OF OUR JUSTICE SYSTEMS, COURTS ARE COMING UNDER ATTACK. I ACTUALLY HAVE FAITH IN THE JUDGES AND COURTS IN OUR COUNTRY TO MAKE A REASONABLE JUDGMENT AS TO WHETHER OR NOT THERE WAS A GOOD FAITH EFFORT MADE TO FIX THIS FUNDAMENTAL LAW OF OUR COUNTRY. SO WITH THAT, I GUESS I AM WILLING TO YIELD THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME.

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          • 10:52:49 AM

            THE CHAIR

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

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

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          • 10:52:53 AM

            MR. POE

            I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS COMMENT ABOUT HAVING…

            I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS COMMENT ABOUT HAVING FAITH IN JUDGES. AS A FORMER JUDGE, I APPRECIATE THAT COMMENT. WHEN THE A.D.A. LEGISLATION WAS DEBATED HERE ON THIS HOUSE FLOOR IN 1990, THERE WAS DISCUSSION ABOUT THIS WHOLE ISSUE. AND THE PURPOSE OF THE A.D.A. LEGISLATION THAT PASSED CONGRESS WAS TO FIX THE PROBLEMS THAT BUSINESSES HAD IN ACCESSIBILITY FOR THE DISABLED. IT WAS NOT DESIGNED FOR PUNITIVE DAMAGES AT ALL. IT WAS DESIGNED TO FIX THE PROBLEM. THAT'S WHY THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION THAT WE ARE SPONSORING TODAY MAKES BUSINESSES MOVE IN A TIMELY MANNER IF THERE IS A VIOLATION. SO THIS WOULD CHANGE THE WHOLE CONCEPT OF THE A.D.A. I WOULD OPPOSE THIS LEGISLATION , AND I WOULD YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 10:53:44 AM

            THE CHAIR

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

            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE NOES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO. IT'S NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-559. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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        • 10:53:54 AM

          On agreeing to the Foster amendment; Failed by voice vote.

          • 10:54:08 AM

            An amendment, offered by Ms. Speier, numbered 4 printed in Part A of House Report 115-559 to clarify that the defendant is still liable if the defendant fails to make substantial progress to remove the barrier.

            • 10:54:11 AM

              MS. SPEIER

              MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

            • 10:54:14 AM

              THE CHAIR

              THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

            • 10:54:15 AM

              THE CLERK

              AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-559 OFFERED BY…

              AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-559 OFFERED BY MS. SPEIER OF CALIFORNIA.

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            • 10:54:21 AM

              THE CHAIR

              PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 736, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS.…

              PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 736, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. SPEIER, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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            • 10:54:30 AM

              MS. SPEIER

              I THANK THE SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER AND MEMBERS, THE A.D.A. IS A POWERFUL AND…

              I THANK THE SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER AND MEMBERS, THE A.D.A. IS A POWERFUL AND IMPORTANT LAW THAT WE ALL RESPECT AND EMBRACE. UNFORTUNATELY IN STATES LIKE CALIFORNIA IT HAS CREATED A COTTAGE INDUSTRY OF UNSCRUPULOUS ATTORNEYS ABUSING TITLE 3 OF THE A.D.A. THE AMENDMENT I'M OFFERING IS VERY SIMPLE. THE CURRENT LANGUAGE IN THE BILL PERMITS A BUSINESS NOTIFIED OF NONCOMPLIANCE OF THE A.D.A. TO SIMPLY MAKE SUBSTANTIAL PROGRESS IN REMEDYING THE VIOLATION. FRANKLY, THIS LANGUAGE IS TOO LOOSE. MY AMENDMENT STRENGTHENS THIS LANGUAGE TO ONLY PERMIT THE LANGUAGE OF SUBSTANTIAL PROGRESS WHERE THEY CANNOT COMPLETE THE WORK BECAUSE OF EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES. MR. SPEAKER, THIS AMENDMENT PROMOTES BASIC FAIRNESS. IT DOES NOT ALLOW DISHONEST PROPERTY OWNERS TO ABANDON RESPONSIBILITY BY CLAIMING THEY HAVE MADE SUBSTANTIAL PROGRESS. THE MESSAGE IS STILL CLEAR. BUSINESSES MUST FIX THEIR A.D.A. VIOLATIONS. TODAY'S A CHANCE TO PASS SOMETHING THAT ADDRESSES THE REAL PROBLEM. LET'S NOT LET THE LACK OF A PERFECT SOLUTION GET IN THE WAY OF REAL PROGRESS. I WANT TO SPEAK TO SOME OF THE ISSUES THAT WE HAVE HAD IN CALIFORNIA. IN CALIFORNIA, THIS PARTICULAR LAW HAS CREATED AN INDUSTRY THAT ALLOWS FOR LAWYERS TO MAKE A LOT OF MONEY OFF OF SMALL BUSINESSES. IT IS BASICALLY -- IT HAS BASICALLY ALLOWED SHADY LAW FIRMS TO MAKE A PROFIT AS A RESULT OF THE A.D.A. OFFERING HIGH LEGAL BILLS AND NO FIX TO THE ALLEGATIONS PRESENTED. IN MANY CASES, BUSINESSES ARE FORCED INTO SETTLEMENTS BECAUSE THE COST OF FIGHTING IS SO GREAT. THE AVERAGE COST IS $16,000. THE COST OF FIGHTING THE ALLEGATION IS SOMETIMES FOUR TO SIX TIMES THE AVERAGE $75,000 INCOME GENERATED BY THE BUSINESS. IN CALIFORNIA, A SIMPLE FIX, PUTTING UP A SIGN OR MOVING A DOOR FEW INCHES, CAN CARRY A $4,000 PENALTY. THE MINIMUM AMOUNT OF DAMAGES WHICH WILL BE WHEN THE BILL PASSES. THIS IS NO SMALL SUM IF YOU ARE A LOCAL BAKERY, BARBERSHOP. CALIFORNIA IS GROUND ZERO TO THIS PROBLEM. IT'S HOME TO 12% OF THE DISABLED POPULATION BUT 40% OF THE A.D.A. LAWSUITS NATIONWIDE. FROM 2012 TO 2014, 54% OF ALL RELATED COMPLAINTS IN CALIFORNIA WERE FILED BY JUST TWO LAW FIRMS. THE LAW FIRMS SOMETIMES RECRUIT PLAINTIFFS WHO ARE NOT DIRECTLY IMPACTED BY THE A.D.A. OR EVEN LIVING IN THE SAME STATE. 14 PLAINTIFFS BROUGHT 46% OF ALL THESE LAWSUITS. ONE OF THEM, ROBERT MCCARTHY, FILED MORE THAN 400 SUITS AGAINST CALIFORNIA BUSINESSES AND HE DOESN'T EVEN LIVE IN THE STATE. ONE EXAMPLE IN CALIFORNIA, BASED BY THE MOORE LAW FIRM, FILED MORE THAN 700 LAWSUITS OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS RESULTING IN LARGE SETTLEMENTS AND SOMETIMES BANKRUPTCIES OF SOME BUSINESSES. GIVEN RECENT LAWS TO ADDRESS THIS IN MY HOME STATE, TRIAL LAWYERS ARE RUSHING TO STATES LIKE TEXAS, NEW YORK, FLORIDA, WHERE THEY CAN MAKE A PROFIT. IN 2014, A BAR OWNER LIVING IN TORENS, CALIFORNIA, WAS HANDED FIVE -- TORRENCE, CALIFORNIA, WAS HANDED FIVE LAWSUITS AND NEEDED TO SAVE UP TO $30,000 TO REMODEL. SHE WAS A TARGET OF SMALL GROUP OF ATTORNEYS THAT TOOK AIM AT BUSINESS OWNERS IN A SHOPPING CENTER TO MAKE A QUICK PROFIT. WHAT WE NEED TO DO, MEMBERS, IS TAKE THE PROFIT OUT OF MAKING THESE FACILITIES ACCESSIBLE. WE ALL WANT THEM TO BE ACCESSIBLE. WE WANT TO GIVE THEM NOTICE AND A COUPLE OF MONTHS TO CURE THE PROBLEM OR ELSE THE LAWSUIT CAN CONTINUE. I THINK THIS MAKES A LOT OF SENSE, AND WITH THAT I'LL YIELD SOME TIME TO MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE.

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        • 10:54:47 AM

          DEBATE

          Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 736, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Speier Part A amendment No. 4.

          • 10:58:31 AM

            THE CHAIR

            DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVE THE BALANCE OF HER TIME?

          • 10:58:34 AM

            MS. SPEIER

            I DO.

          • 10:58:35 AM

            THE CHAIR

            WHO CLAIMS TIME IN OPPOSITION? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

            WHO CLAIMS TIME IN OPPOSITION? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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          • 10:58:48 AM

            MR. NADLER

            AMENDMENT DOES NOT MAKE SUBSTANTIVE CHANGE TO H.R. 620. WHETHER THE…

            AMENDMENT DOES NOT MAKE SUBSTANTIVE CHANGE TO H.R. 620. WHETHER THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED, A BUSINESS OWNER WHO FAILS TO MAKE SUBSTANTIAL PROGRESS WOULD BE SUBJECT TO THE LAWSUIT. THE AMENDMENT DOES NOT ADDRESS THE FUNDAMENTAL CONCERNS FOR H.R. 620'S NOTICE AND CURE PROVISIONS THAT I PRESSED IN GENERAL DEBATE, INCLUDING THE FACT THAT THEY CAN MAKE SUBSTANTIAL PROGRESS -- TOWARDS COMPLIANCE WITHIN THE BILL'S 180-DAY CURE PERIOD. WHILE THE AMENDMENT DOES NOT MAKE THE BILL WORSE, IT ALSO DOES NOT MAKE THE BILL BETTER. REGRETTABLY, THEREFORE, I MUST OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT. I RESERVE.

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          • 10:59:36 AM

            THE CHAIR

            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

          • 10:59:41 AM

            MS. SPEIER

            I YIELD SO MUCH TIME TO MR. POE AS HE REREQUIRES -- REQUIRES.

          • 10:59:47 AM

            THE CHAIR

            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

          • 10:59:49 AM

            MR. POE

            I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FOR THIS AMENDMENT AND SUPPORTING THE BILL. I…

            I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FOR THIS AMENDMENT AND SUPPORTING THE BILL. I SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. THIS PROVIDES NEEDED FLEXIBILITY FOR WHICH REMOVING A BARRIER IS BEYOND THE BUSINESS' CONTROL. FOR EXAMPLE, A BILL MAY NOT BE ABLE TO PURE CONCRETE IN -- POUR CONCRETE IN ALASKA IN THE WINTER WHILE FIXING A RAMP. AND GETTING A BUILDING PERMIT FROM THEIR GOVERNMENT IS TAKING LONGER THAN EXPECTED. AS WELL AS UNEXPECTED EVENTS, THE SUBSTANTIAL PROGRESS PROVISION PROVIDES JUDGES WITH THE DISCRETIONARY STANDARD TO DETERMINE WHETHER THE IMPROVEMENTS AND PROGRESS BY THE BUSINESS ARE BOTH MATERIAL AND MEANINGFUL. THIS CLARIFYING AMENDMENT FURTHER DEFINES THE TERM SUBSTANTIAL PROGRESS TO MAKE CLEAR CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND THE BUSINESS' CONTROL OWNER ARE THE ALLOWABLE JUSTIFICATIONS FOR NOT MAKING PROGRESS DURING THE PERIOD OF TIME. THIS AMENDMENT WILL HELP MORE ACCESS FOR THE DISABLE. I SUPPORT IT BECAUSE IT MAKES THE LEGISLATION BETTER. I YIELD BACK.

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          • 11:00:55 AM

            THE CHAIR

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

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

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          • 11:00:58 AM

            MS. SPEIER

            MR. SPEAKER, LET ME CLOSE BY SAYING THIS. I WHOLEHEARTEDLY SUPPORT THE…

            MR. SPEAKER, LET ME CLOSE BY SAYING THIS. I WHOLEHEARTEDLY SUPPORT THE LETTER AND THE SPIRIT OF THIS LAW. I RECOGNIZE HOW IMPORTANT IT IS. THIS LAW IS POWERFUL BUT IT HAS BEEN WEAPONIZED BY LAWYERS WHO ARE TRYING TO MAKE A QUICK BUCK. . I YIELD BACK. . QUOIP THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK. YIELD BACK HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 5 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-559. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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        • 11:01:24 AM

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

          • 11:01:38 AM

            An amendment, offered by Mr. Bera, numbered 5 printed in Part A of House Report 115-559 to shorten the timeline from 180 to 120 total days.

            • 11:01:42 AM

              >>

              MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

            • 11:01:45 AM

              THE CHAIR

              THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE DESIGNATED -- THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE…

              THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE DESIGNATED -- THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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            • 11:01:50 AM

              THE CLERK

              OFFERED BY MR. BERA OF CALIFORNIA.

            • 11:01:52 AM

              THE CHAIR

              PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 736, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. BERA,…

              PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 736, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. BERA, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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            • 11:02:01 AM

              MR. BERA

              MR. SPEAKER, THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT IS LANDMARK CIVIL RIGHTS…

              MR. SPEAKER, THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT IS LANDMARK CIVIL RIGHTS LEGISLATION. AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES FACE REAL CHALLENGES EVERY DAY. WE SHOULD STRIVE TO SUPPORT THEM EVERY WAY WE CAN. WHEN CONGRESS PASSES A LAW, WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO MAKE SURE THAT LEGISLATION IS WORKING AND SEE IF IMPROVES CAN BE TSH-IMPROVEMENTS CAN BE MADE. UNDER THE A.D.A. BUSINESS OWNERS ARE RESPONSIBLE TO MAKE SURE THEIR BUSINESS IS FULLY ACCESSIBLE TO THOSE WITH DISABILITIES. HOWEVER IN SOME CASES BUSINESS OWNERS ARE UNAWARE THEY ARE IN VIOLATION OF THE A.D.A. MOST AMERICANS CAN AGREE RATHER THAN IMMEDIATELY FACE LAWSUITS FOR VIOLATIONS, BUSINESS OWNERS SHOULD BE GIVEN TIME TO ACTUALLY FIX WHAT'S WRONG. THIS SOLUTION ADVANCES OUR SHARED GOAL OF IMPROVED ACCESS FOR ALL MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY. BUT LISTENING TO MY CONSTITUENTS FROM SACRAMENTO COUNTY, MANY ARE CONCERNED THAT THE TIME FRAME FOR FIXING THESE VIOLATIONS WAS TOO LONG, AND I AGREE. IN RESPONSE, MY AMENDMENT WOULD CUT THE TIME BUSINESSES HAVE TO FIX VIOLATIONS IN HALF. THIS MEANS AFTER THE NOTIFICATION PERIOD, A BUSINESS HAS 60 DAYS TO FIX VIOLATIONS INSTEAD OF 120 DAYS IN THE CURRENT BILL. IN SOME CASES, THESE BARRIERS CAN AND SHOULD BE IMMEDIATELY ADDRESSED. BUT IN A STATE LIKE CALIFORNIA, WHICH IS PRONE TO EARTHQUAKES, CONSTRUCTION PERMITS CAN TAKE TIME. SMALL BUSINESSES SHOULD BE GIVEN A REASONABLE AMOUNT OF TIME TO MAKE CHANGES AND BETTER SERVE THEIR CUSTOMERS. HAVING HEARD BOTH SIDES OF THIS DEBATE, I BELIEVE WE CAN AND SHOULD FIND A COMPROMISE THAT WORKS FOR BOTH. I HAVE SEEN HOW HARD SACRAMENTO'S SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS WORK AND HOW IMPORTANT THEY ARE FOR GROWING OUR ECONOMY AND CREATING GOOD-PAYING JOBS. AND AS A DOCTOR, I HAVE SEEN FIRSTHAND THE CHALLENGES OF THOSE WITH DISABILITIES. THIS AMENDMENT SEEKS THE MIDDLE GROUND AND IS A COMMONSENSE IMPROVEMENT. AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES DESERVE TO LIVE FULL, HEALTHY LIVES UNAFRAID OF BARRIERS THAT RESTRICT THEIR MOVEMENT. LET ME BE CLEAR, IF A BUSINESS DOES NOT MAKE THE MODIFICATIONS ONCE NOTIFIED, THEY SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE AND THERE SHOULD BE CONSEQUENCES. WHEN WE WORK ACROSS THE AISLE, WASHINGTON CAN GET THINGS DONE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THIS AMENDMENT IS A COMMONSENSE FIX THAT MAKES THE BILL BETTER. I URGE SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        • 11:02:05 AM

          DEBATE

          Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 736, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Bera Part A amendment No. 5.

          • 11:04:20 AM

            THE CHAIR

            WHO SEEKS TIME IN OPPOSITION?

          • 11:04:25 AM

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            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION.

          • 11:04:27 AM

            THE CHAIR

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

          • 11:04:29 AM

            MR. LANGDON VIN

            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN --

          • 11:04:32 AM

            MR. LANGEVIN

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

            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE AGAIN IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. WHILE I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR STRESSING THE IMPORTANCE OF PROVIDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR PLACES OF ACCOMMODATION TO LEARN THEY ARE IN VIOLATION, I DISAGREE WITH THE PREMISE THAT THE ONUS OF ENFORCEMENT SHOULD BE PLACED ON PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES BY REQUIRING THEM TO ISSUE ARDUOUS AND DETAILED NOTICES. THERE ARE FREE RESOURCES AVAILABLE THAT PROVIDE INFORMATION AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO THE PUBLIC ON THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE A.D.A. I CAN'T STRESS THIS ENOUGH. WHEN SOMEONE OWNS A BUSINESS, THEY HAVE TO BALANCE A VARIETY OF REGULAR LACES AND REQUIREMENTS AT BOTH STATE AND FEDERAL LEVEL -- REGULATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS AT BOTH THE STATE AND FEDERAL LEVEL. REQUIREMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN IN EXISTENCE FOR DECADES BE WEAKENED OR VIEWED AS LESS IMPORTANT? WHY SHOULD BUSINESS OWNERS BE GIVEN A FREE PASS UNTIL SOMEONE CATCHES A VIOLATION BEFORE THEY COMPLY? THE SUGGESTION THAT WE CAN REDUCE THE TIME FRAME OF A NOTICE AND CURE PERIOD MISSES THE POINT. THERE IS NOTHING THAT CAN BE DONE TO IMPROVE A NOTICE REQUIREMENT THAT SHOULDN'T EXIST IN THE FIRST PLACE. NO OTHER CIVIL RIGHTS LAW REQUIRES PEOPLE WHO EXPERIENCE DISCRIMINATION TO WAIT FOR JUSTICE OR PROVIDE A WRITTEN NOTICE BEFORE TAKING LEGAL ACTION. WHY SHOULD PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES BE TREATED ANY DIFFERENTLY? FURTHER, WHAT IS THE INCENTIVE TO COMPLY WITH THE A.D.A. IN THE FIRST PLACE IF BUSINESS CAN WAIT TO BE TOLD WHAT'S WRONG AND THEN MAYBE FIX THE ISSUE. AFTER ALL, EVEN WITH THE REDUCTION IN THE NOTICE AND CURE TIME FRAME, THERE IS STILL NO CLEAR REQUIREMENT THAT A BARRIER ACTUALLY BE REMOVED. AGAIN I APPRECIATE MY COLLEAGUES' DESIRE TO FIND A COMPROMISE, BUT THIS IS NOT THE ANSWER. WHETHER THE NOTICE AND CURE PERIOD IS 120 DAYS OR 180 DAYS, IT DOES NOTHING TO ADDRESS THE UNDERLYING ISSUE OF DRIVE BY LAWSUITS. THAT'S THE CRUX OF THE PROBLEM. HAPPENING IN STATES THAT HAVE GONE BEYOND THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE A.D.A. IT DELAYS ACCESS AND CREATES A NATIONAL POLCY OF APATHY ON A.D.A. IMPLEMENTATION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 11:06:46 AM

            THE CHAIR

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

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

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          • 11:06:51 AM

            MR. BERA

            I YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS, JUDGE POE, SUCH TIME.

          • 11:06:56 AM

            THE CHAIR

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

          • 11:06:57 AM

            MR. POE

            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, I SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT. THE GOAL OF…

            I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, I SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT. THE GOAL OF THE BILL IS TO PROVIDE MORE ACCESS FOR AMERICANS QUICKER. ABSENT CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND A BUSINESS' CONTROL, 120 DAYS IS A SUFFICIENT TIME TO REMOVE A BARRIER. UNDER THIS AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN INSTEAD OF 180 CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND A BUSINESS' CONTROL, DAYS. BUSINESS WOULD HAVE 120 DAYS INSTEAD TO FIX ACCESS PROBLEMS. I BELIEVE THIS AMENDMENT IMPROVES THE BILL. I URGE ITS SUPPORT AND THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK PROBLEMS. MY TIME.

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          • 11:07:33 AM

            THE CHAIR

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND.

          • 11:07:35 AM

            MR. LANGEVIN

            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. WHILE I APPRECIATE MY COLLEAGUES' ATTEMPT TO FIND…

            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. WHILE I APPRECIATE MY COLLEAGUES' ATTEMPT TO FIND SOMEWHAT OF A COMMON GROUND ON THIS ISSUE, IT DOES NOT ADDRESS THE UNDERLYING PROBLEM THAT THE ISSUE OF THE A.D.A. BEING AROUND FOR 30 YEARS HAS BEEN -- ALMOST 30 YEARS HAS BEEN WELL-KNOWN NOW. PEOPLE ARE PROACTIVE ABOUT FINDING WHAT THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES ARE UNDER THE A.D.A. AS OPPOSED TO JUST WAITING UNTIL THEY ARE NOTIFIED OF A PROBLEM. AND THEN PERHAPS COMPLY WITH IT. WE SHOULD NOT TREAT PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES ANY DIFFERENTLY THAN ANYONE ELSE THAT ARE PROTECTED UNDER CIVIL RIGHTS LAWS. THAT'S WHY WE HAVE THEM IN THE FIRST PLACE. I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. LET'S WORK TOGETHER ON FINDING A BETTER COMMON GROUND SOLUTION. BUT THIS AMENDMENT AND THE UNDERLYING BILL IS NOT THE ANSWER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 11:08:33 AM

            MR. BERA

            THIS AMENDMENT MAKES THE BILL BERT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE…

            THIS AMENDMENT MAKES THE BILL BERT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT AND YIELD THE BALANCE.

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          • 11:08:38 AM

            THE CHAIR

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

            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 6 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-559. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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        • 11:08:44 AM

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

          • 11:08:59 AM

            An amendment, offered by Mr. Poe (TX), numbered 6 printed in Part A of House Report 115-559 to strike the requirement that the written notices of alleged violation include the specific sections of the ADA alleged to have been violated.

            • 11:09:01 AM

              >>

              MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE AS THE DESIGNEE OF MRS. MCMCMORRIS RODGERS AND I HE…

              MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE AS THE DESIGNEE OF MRS. MCMCMORRIS RODGERS AND I HE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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            • 11:09:11 AM

              THE CHAIR

              PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 115-559 OFFERED BY MR. POE OF…

              PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 115-559 OFFERED BY MR. POE OF TEXAS.

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            • 11:09:16 AM

              THE CHAIR

              PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 736, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POE, AND A…

              PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 736, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POE, AND A MEMBER POSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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            • 11:09:25 AM

              MR. POE

              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. THIS AMENDMENT WILL MAKE IT EASIER FOR DISABLED…

              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. THIS AMENDMENT WILL MAKE IT EASIER FOR DISABLED AMERICAN TO PROVIDE A BUSINESS WITH A NOTICE OF AN A.D.A. VIOLATION. VIOLATIONS OF THE A.D.A. CAN BE VERY TECHNICAL. THE DEPARTMENT OF IT EASIER FOR DISABLED AMERICAN TO PROVIDE JUSTICE HAS HUNDREDS IF NOT THOUSANDS OF PAGES OF REGULATIONS ON BUSINESSES AND GUIDANCE DOCUMENTS ON COMPLYING WITH THE PUBLIC ACCOMMODATION REQUIREMENTS OF TITLE 3 OF THE A.D.A. GIVEN THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE WILL NOT CERTIFY WHETHER A BUSINESS'S PROPERTY IS A.D.A. CLIENT, THESE REQUIREMENTS ARE OFTEN LEFT TO THE INTERPRETATION OF PLAINTIFFS' LAWYERS. THE NOTICE PROVISION OF H.R. 620 REQUIRE THAT THOSE WHO ALLEGE A BUSINESS IS VIOLATING THE A.D.A. MUST PROVIDE THE BUSINESS WITH A DISCRIMINATION OF, QUOTE, THE -- DESCRIPTION OF QUOTE, THE SPECIFIC SECTIONS OF THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ALLEGED TO HAVE VIOLATING THE A.D.A. MUST PROVIDE THE BUSINESS THIS. PROVISION WAS DESIGNED TO ENSURE THAT BEEN VIOLATED BUSINESSES HAVE A CLEAR PICTURE OF THE ALLEGED VIOLATION WITH THE BUSINESS. HOWEVER, THIS REQUIREMENT MAY GO TOO FAR. ACCORDINGLY THE AMENDMENT REMOVES THE REQUIREMENT MAKING CLEAR THAT WRITTEN NOTICE IS PROVIDED BY DISABLED INDIVIDUALS CAN BE WRITTEN IN PLAIN ENGLISH WITHOUT BUSINESSES HAVE A LEGALESE. REMOVING THIS REQUIREMENT WILL ALSO FACILITATE A DIALOGUE BETWEEN THE INDIVIDUAL AND THE BUSINESS. ADDITIONALLY, IT MAY AVOID ANY NEED FOR DISABLED INDIVIDUAL TO HIRE A LAWYER. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS AMENDMENT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        • 11:09:40 AM

          DEBATE

          Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 736, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Poe(TX) Part A amendment No. 6.

          • 11:10:53 AM

            THE CHAIR

            THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME IS RESERVED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

          • 11:10:58 AM

            MR. NADLER

            I ASK FOR TIME IN OPPOSITION.

          • 11:11:00 AM

            THE CHAIR

            THE GENTLEMAN VIRGINIA TECH.

          • 11:11:01 AM

            MR. NADLER

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. -- THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

          • 11:11:04 AM

            MR. NADLER

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE THE INTENT BEHIND THIS AMENDMENT TO…

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE THE INTENT BEHIND THIS AMENDMENT TO MAKE THIS PROVISION SLIGHTLY LESS ONEROUS. I ACKNOWLEDGE IT ELIMINATES THE REQUIREMENT THAT AN AGGRIEVED PERSON CITED THAT THE SPECIFIC A.D.A. PROVISION BEING VIOLATED. THE AMENDMENT, HOWEVER, STILL LEAVES IN PLACE THE BASIC PROBLEM WITH THE BILL, THE BASIC PROBLEM WITH THE NOTICE AND CURE PROVISION. AND THAT IS THE NOTICE AND CURE PROVISION. THEREFORE DOES NOT ALLEVIATE ANY OF THE REAL CONCERNS WITH THE UNDERLYING BILL. AGAIN THE BASIC NOTICE AND CURE PROVISIONS OF THE BILL TURN ON ITS HEAD THE NORMAL PRACTICE OF ANY CIVIL RIGHTS HERE WE PUT OF ANY CIVIL RIGHTS STATUTE IN WHICH THE BURDEN OF COMPLIANCE IS ON THE ACTOR NOT ON THE VICTIM. THE BURDEN OF COMPLIANCE ON THE VICTIM. AND WE TALK HERE THE DEBATE HAS BEEN AS IF PEOPLE HAVE NOT HAD 28 YEARS TO COME INTO COMPLIANCE. AND ONLY -- TO FIND OUT THEY ARE NOT IN COMPLIANCE WHEN SOMEONE COMPLAINS ABOUT IT BECAUSE SOME VICTIM IS VICTIMIZED. THAT'S WRONG. THIS GOES IN THE WRONG DIRECTION. AND ALTHOUGH THIS AMENDMENT WOULD SLIGHTLY ALLEVIATE THE PROVISION IT'S LIKE PUTTING LIPSTICK ON THE PIG. IN REFERENCE TO THE DISABILITY RIGHTS COMMUNITY WHICH OPPOSES THIS AMENDMENT AND THE NOTICE AND CURE REQUIREMENT, I MUST OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK THE PIG. IN REFERENCE TO THE DISABILITY MY TIME.

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          • 11:12:42 AM

            THE CHAIR

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

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

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          • 11:12:44 AM

            MR. POE

            MR. CHAIRMAN, I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S COMMENTS. I WANT TO REMIND…

            MR. CHAIRMAN, I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S COMMENTS. I WANT TO REMIND FOLKS THAT NOTICE REQUIREMENT IS REQUIRED EVEN UNDER TITLE 7 OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT. IT'S ALSO REQUIRED UNDER TITLE 1 OF THE ORIGINAL A.D.A. LEGISLATION. SO THIS IS NOT A NEW PHENOMENON. THE LEGISLATION OR THIS AMENDMENT GIVES POTENTIAL PLAINTIFFS THE ABILITY TO ADVISE AND PUT A BUSINESS ON NOTICE WITHOUT EVEN HAVING TO HIRE A LAWYER WITH THE LEGALESE REQUIREMENTS THAT ARE WRITTEN BY THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE WHO CONSTANTLY UPDATE WHAT REQUIREMENTS ARE UNDER THE A.D.A. THE INTENTION IS SIMPLY TO HAVE THE VIOLATION DESCRIBED IN A WAY THAT'S SUFFICIENT TO PUT THE BUSINESS ON NOTICE OF WHAT THE A.D.A. VIOLATION IS. THEREFORE I WOULD ASK THAT ALL MEMBERS SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 11:13:36 AM

            THE CHAIR

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

            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. THE CHAIR UNDERSTANDS THAT AMENDMENT NUMBER 7, AMENDMENT NUMBER 7 WILL NOT BE OFFERED.

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        • 11:13:39 AM

          On agreeing to the Poe (TX) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.

          • 11:15:06 AM

            Mr. Poe (TX) moved that the committee rise.

            • 11:15:08 AM

              THE CHAIR

              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TECH AS SEEK RECOGNITION?

            • 11:15:12 AM

              MR. POE

              I MOVE THAT THE COMMITTEE RISE.

            • 11:15:16 AM

              CHAIR THOSE

              THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. ACCORDINGLY, THE COMMITTEE…

              THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. ACCORDINGLY, THE COMMITTEE RISES.

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        • 11:15:16 AM

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

          • 11:15:25 AM

            Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 620 as unfinished business.

            • 11:15:28 AM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              MR.

            • 11:15:31 AM

              CHAIR THE

              THE COMMITTEE HAVING HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION AND DIRECTS ME TO REPORT…

              THE COMMITTEE HAVING HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION AND DIRECTS ME TO REPORT THERE IS NO RESOLUTION.

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            • 11:15:39 AM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE COMMITTEE REPORTS THAT HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 620 AND HAS…

              THE COMMITTEE REPORTS THAT HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 620 AND HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS FOR A PERIOD LESS THAN

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        • 11:15:50 AM

          Recess

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

          • 11:20:53 AM

            Reconvened

            The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of February 15.

            • 11:20:56 AM

              Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 620 — "To amend the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 to promote compliance through education, to clarify the requirements for demand letters, to provide for a notice and cure period before the commencement of a private civil action, and for other purposes."

              • 11:21:02 AM

                HOST

                PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 736 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE…

                PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 736 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE COMMITTEE IN THE WHOLE HOUSE FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 620. WILL THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS KINDLY RESUME THE CHAIR.

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            • 11:21:08 AM

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

            • 11:21:09 AM

              UNFINISHED BUSINESS

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

              • 11:21:19 AM

                THE CHAIR

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

                THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE OF THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 620.

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              • 11:21:29 AM

                THE CLERK

                THROUGH REQUIREMENTS AND PROVIDE FOR A NOTICE AND CURE PERIOD FOR THE…

                THROUGH REQUIREMENTS AND PROVIDE FOR A NOTICE AND CURE PERIOD FOR THE COMMENCEMENT OF A PRIVATE CIVIL ACTION AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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              • 11:21:44 AM

                THE CHAIR

                EARLIER, AMENDMENT NUMBER 6 OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POE,…

                EARLIER, AMENDMENT NUMBER 6 OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POE, HAD BEEN DISPOSED OF. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6, RULE 18, THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS REQUEST FOR A VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR. LANGEVIN, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND ON WHICH THE KNOWS PREVAILED. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE.

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              • 11:22:14 AM

                THE CLERK

                PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-959.

              • 11:22:15 AM

                On agreeing to the Langevin amendment Roll Call 79 - Recorded vote pending.

                • 11:22:22 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THOSE IN SUPPORT OF A REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. SNULL, A…

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

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                • 11:47:05 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  ARE 188 AND THE NAYS IS 226. THERE BEING NO FURTHER AMENDMENTS, UNDER THE…

                  ARE 188 AND THE NAYS IS 226. THERE BEING NO FURTHER AMENDMENTS, UNDER THE RULE, THE COMMITTEE RISES.

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            • 11:47:08 AM

              House Vote 79 - On Agreeing to the Amendment

              ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017

              Failed (188 - 226)
              Aye
              No

              Vote Details: Aye - 188
              Democratic - 173
              Republican - 15

              Vote Details: No - 226
              Republican - 215
              Democratic - 11

              Vote Details: Not Voting - 16
              Democratic - 9
              Republican - 7

              • 11:47:27 AM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE CHAIR NOTES A DISTURBANCE IN THE GALLERY. THE SERGEANT OF ARMS WILL…

                THE CHAIR NOTES A DISTURBANCE IN THE GALLERY. THE SERGEANT OF ARMS WILL REMOVE THOSE PEOPLE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DISTURBANCE AND RESTORE ORDER IN THE GALLERY.

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              • 11:47:44 AM

                The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 620.

                • 11:48:02 AM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE REPORTS THE COMMITTEE HAS…

                  THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE REPORTS THE COMMITTEE HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION AND PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 636 REPORTS THE BILL BACK TO THE HOUSE WITH AMENDMENTS ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED.

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              • 11:48:08 AM

                The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.

                • 11:48:40 AM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS PLEASE TAKE YOUR SEATS. THE HOUSE WILL…

                  THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS PLEASE TAKE YOUR SEATS. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PLEASE TAKE YOUR SEATS. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER.

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                • 11:50:11 AM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  IS A SEPARATE VOTE DEMANDED? IF NOT, THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE…

                  IS A SEPARATE VOTE DEMANDED? IF NOT, THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE AMENDMENT. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT AND THE AMENDMENTS ARE AGREED TO. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. . THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING.

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                • 11:50:30 AM

                  THE CLERK

                  THE AMERICA CANG WITH DISABILITIES ACT TO PROVIDE FOR A NOTICE AND CURE…

                  THE AMERICA CANG WITH DISABILITIES ACT TO PROVIDE FOR A NOTICE AND CURE PERIOD BEFORE THE COMMISSIONING OF CIVIL ACTION AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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              • 11:50:38 AM

                The House adopted the amendments en gross as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.

                • 11:50:47 AM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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              • 11:50:47 AM

                On passage Roll Call 80 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

                • 11:50:55 AM

                  >>

                  I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE

                • 11:50:57 AM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                • 11:57:50 AM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID…

                  THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE TAKE YOUR SEATS. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PLEASE REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATION FROM THE HOUSE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS WILL PLEASE TAKE THEIR SEATS AND MEMBERS PLEASE REMOVE CONVERSATIONS FROM THE HOUSE FLOOR.

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            • 11:57:51 AM

              House Vote 80 - On Passage

              ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017

              Passed (225 - 192)
              Yea
              Nay

              Vote Details: Yea - 225
              Republican - 213
              Democratic - 12

              Vote Details: Nay - 192
              Democratic - 173
              Republican - 19

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

              • 11:57:53 AM

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

                • 11:58:30 AM

                  >>

                  MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE A POINT OF PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN…

                  MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE A POINT OF PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATION FROM THE HOUSE FLOOR. MEMBERS WILL PLEASE TAKE THEIR SEATS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                • 11:59:00 AM

                  MR. THOMPSON

                  POINT OF PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY. THE HOUSE ISN'T IN ORDER.

                • 11:59:07 AM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE…

                  THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATION FROM THE HOUSE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                • 11:59:24 AM

                  MR. THOMPSON

                  A POINT OF PARLIAMENTARY QUINN YIRY. CAN YOU TELL US WHEN THE HOUSE WILL…

                  A POINT OF PARLIAMENTARY QUINN YIRY. CAN YOU TELL US WHEN THE HOUSE WILL MUSTER UP THE COURAGE TO TAKE UP THE ISSUE OF GUN VIOLENCE.

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                • 11:59:36 AM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  A PROPER PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY. WITHOUT OBJECTION, FIVE-MINUTE VOTING WILL…

                  A PROPER PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY. WITHOUT OBJECTION, FIVE-MINUTE VOTING WILL CONTINUE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL. THE QUESTION IS AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT AND THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED.

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            • 11:59:40 AM

              UNFINISHED BUSINESS

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

              • 11:59:53 AM

                On approving the Journal Agreed to by voice vote.

                • 12:00:35 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE CHAIR ANNOUNCES ON BEHALF OF THE SPEAK THE JOINT APPOINTMENT OF THE…

                  THE CHAIR ANNOUNCES ON BEHALF OF THE SPEAK THE JOINT APPOINTMENT OF THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF JANUARY 3, 2017, OF MR. MICHAEL KASINSKI AS THE INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE HOUSE FLOOR. MEMBERS WILL PLEASE TAKE THEIR SEATS. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE HOUSE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECK ANYTHING? -- SEEK RECOGNITION? THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE HOUSE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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              • 12:02:03 PM

                The Chair announced, on behalf of the Speaker, Majority Leader and Minority Leader, their joint appointment, pursuant to clause 6 of rule II, and the order of the House of January 3, 2017, of Mr. Michael Ptasienski, McLean, Virginia, as Inspector General for the U.S. House of Representatives.

              • 12:03:20 PM

                ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

                The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.

                • 12:03:59 PM

                  MR. SHIMKUS

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

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE UPCOMING CENTENNIAL ANNIVERSARY, THE, THE PROCLAMATIONS OF ESTONIA. THUS IN THE AFTERMATH OF WORLD WAR I IN 1918, LITHUANIA, ESTONIA AND LATVIA DECLARED THEIR INDEPENDENCE AND MARKED THEIR BEGINNINGS AS NEW REPUBLICS AS MODERN DEMOCRATIC SOCIETIES. THE PEOPLE OF THE BALANCE TAKES HAVE ALWAYS -- BALTICS HAVE ALWAYS STOOD FOR UP FOR THEIR VALUES. THEY'RE COMMITTED TO MAKING THE TRANSATLANTIC COMMUNITY AN AREA OF COOPERATION AND PARTNERSHIP AND PROSPERITY. THE UNITED STATES IS PROUD TO BE STRONG ALLIES IN THE BALTIC STATES AND OUR NATIONS STAND TOGETHER TO DEFEND OUR DEMOCRACY.

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                • 12:05:12 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATIONS FROM…

                  THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE HOUSE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                • 12:05:55 PM

                  MR. PAYNE

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, WHAT WILL IT TAKE? WHAT WILL IT TAKE…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, WHAT WILL IT TAKE? WHAT WILL IT TAKE FOR THIS BODY TO FINAL GRAPPLE WITH THIS ISSUE? -- FINALLY GRAPPLE WITH THIS ISSUE? COLUMBINE WASN'T ENOUGH. WEST VIRGINIA WASN'T ENOUGH. COLORADO IN A MOVIE THEATER WASN'T ENOUGH. A NIGHT A NIGHT CLUB IN ORLANDO WASN'T ENOUGH. NEWTOWN WAS NOT ENOUGH. NOT ENOUGH. MR. SPEAKER, THIS HAS BECOME A NATIONAL DISGRACE. 95% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SAY THAT THEY BELIEVE IN SENSIBLE GUN REFORM, GUN LAWS THAT MAKE SENSE. 95%. THE MINORITY PARTY DID NOT REPRESENT 95% OF THIS NATION. YOU ARE IN THAT NUMBER AS WELL. BUT YET AND STILL YOU TURN YOUR BACK. ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE N.R.A., THE N.R.A., THE N.R.A. STANDS FOR NO REPUBLICAN ACTION. AND I YIELD BACK.

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

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                  MR. GIANFORTE

                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY AS A PROUD BOBCAT TO RECOGNIZE MONTANA STATE…

                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY AS A PROUD BOBCAT TO RECOGNIZE MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY, WHICH IS CELEBRATING ITS 125TH ANNIVERSARY TOMORROW ON FOUNDER'S DAY. MONTANA STATE, A LAPPED GRANT UNIVERSITY, IN -- LAND GRANT UNIVERSITY IN MY HOMETOWN, WAS FORMED IN 1893. ORIGINALLY THE AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA, THE SCHOOL STARTED WITH EIGHT STUDENTS IN A SMALL CLASSROOM IN A LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL. THE COLLEGE QUICKLY GREW TO INCLUDE MANY OTHER DEGREE PATHS, INCLUDING ENGINEERING AND NURSING. TWO PROGRAMS FOR WHICH THE SCHOOL'S PARTICULARLY KNOWN. TODAY MONTANA STATE SERVES OVER 16,000 STUDENTS EACH YEAR. THIS YEAR'S SPRING ENROLLMENT SET A NEW RECORD FOR THE 10TH YEAR IN A ROW. MONTANA STATE IS A CORNER STONE OF THE BOZEMAN COMMUNITY AND WE ARE FORTUNATE TO HAVE SUCH AN INSTITUTION IN OUR STATE. THE FACT IS THE SUCCESS OF MY BUSINESS, AS WELL AS THAT OF MANY OTHERS WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE WITHOUT MONTANA STATE. GO CATS GO. AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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                  THANK YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                  THANK YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                  RISE WITH A HEAVY HEART, IMAGINING THE PAIN FELT IN PARKLAND, FLORIDA. NO…

                  RISE WITH A HEAVY HEART, IMAGINING THE PAIN FELT IN PARKLAND, FLORIDA. NO PARENT SHOULD HAVE TO SEND THEIR CHILDREN TO SCHOOL EACH DAY WONDERING IF THEY WILL RETURN HOME. WHILE DETAILS OF THE SHOOTING IN FLORIDA ARE STILL EMERGING, IT'S CLEAR THIS HORRIFIC ACT OF VIOLENCE WAS PERPETRATED BY AN INDIVIDUAL IN CRISIS. I LOST MY OLDER SISTER TO SUICIDE WITH FIREARM AT A YOUNG AGE. WHAT I LEARNED SINCE IS THAT HELPING TO PREVENT PEOPLE IN CRISIS FROM TEMPORARILY HAVING A GUN SAVES LIVES. TODAY I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE GUN VIOLENCE RESTRAINING ORDER ACT. ALLOWING FAMILIES, FAMILY MEMBERS, OR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS TO PETATION JUDGE TO TEMPORARILY REMOVE FIREARMS FROM AN INDIVIDUAL IN CRISIS.

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                  MR. CARBAJAL

                  FOR THOSE TWO KEEP REPEATING AFTER EACH MASS SHOOTING THAT IT IS TOO SOON…

                  FOR THOSE TWO KEEP REPEATING AFTER EACH MASS SHOOTING THAT IT IS TOO SOON TO DISCUSS GUN VIOLENCE REFORM, PLEASE CONSIDER THAT FOR MANY FAMILIES, INCLUDING MY OWN, IT IS FAR TOO LATE. WE OWE THESE FAMILIES MORE THAN JUST OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. WE OWE THEM SENSIBLE GUN LAWS THAT PROTECT OUR CHILDREN.

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                  THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THANK YOU.

                • 12:09:55 PM

                  MR. CARBAJAL

                  MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

                • 12:10:00 PM

                  MR. POE

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

                • 12:10:03 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THANK YOU. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                • 12:10:06 PM

                  MR. POE

                  MADAM SPEAKER, JENNIFER'S CHILDHOOD WAS VIOLENTLY CHAOTIC. BY HER EARLY…

                  MADAM SPEAKER, JENNIFER'S CHILDHOOD WAS VIOLENTLY CHAOTIC. BY HER EARLY 20'S SHE WAS LIVING ON THE STREETS, BEGGING AND STEALING TO SURVIVE. AFTER A LOCAL GANG MEMBER SUSPECTED THAT SHE MAY HAVE STOLEN HIS MONEY, HER LIFE BECAME EVEN MORE HORRIFIC AND HELLISH. THE GANGSTER BEAT HER MERCILESSLY WITH A BASEBALL BAT UNTIL SHE CLAMSED. THEN HE AND OTHER GANG MEMBERS PISTOL WHIPPED HER AND BURNED HER WITH CIGARETTES. THEY TATTOOED THEIR NAMES ALL OVER HER BODY. BRANDING HER AS PROPERTY. FOR SIX YEARS THEY HELD HER IN SLAVERY, FORCED HER TO HAVE SEX WITH COUNTLESS MEN FOR MONEY. DESPERATE, JENNIFER TRIED TO KILL HERSELF. BUT WITH A ROPE -- BUT WHEN HER ROPE BROKE, SHE RESOLVED TO ESCAPE. LUCKILY FOR JENNIFER, SHE FOUND A SHELTER ANDWAY WAS ABLE TO REBUILD HER LIFE. SHE COVERED UP THE TRAFFICKER'S NAMES WITH FLOWERS IN THE WORDS -- AND THE WORDS FREE YOURSELF. WE AS A SOCIETY OWE JENNIFER AND SURVIVORS LIKE HER TO PROTECT THEM AND PUT THE SLAVE MASTERS IN THE JAIL HOUSE WHERE THEY BELONG. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I YIELD BACK.

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                  THANK YOU. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM HAWAII SEEK…

                  THANK YOU. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM HAWAII SEEK RECOGNITION? THANK YOU. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. GABRIELLE GIFFORDS THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER --

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                  MS. GABBARD

                  THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. OVER 120,000 JAPANESE AMERICANS WERE…

                  THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. OVER 120,000 JAPANESE AMERICANS WERE INCARCERATED ON AMERICAN SOIL DURING WORLD WAR II. ON THE ANNUAL DAY OF REMEMBRANCE, WE'RE REMINDED OF THE BRAVE MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN WHO LOST EVERYTHING. THEY LOST THEIR HOMES, THEIR BELONGINGS, THEIR BUSINESSES. REALLY KEEPING ONLY WHAT THEY COULD CARRY WITH THEM. BUT THEIR SPIRITS WERE NOT BROKEN. COUNTLESS STORIES OF BRAVERY, COURAGE AND RESILIENCE DEFINED AN ENTIRE GENERATION, INCLUDING THE 442ND INFANTRY REGIMENT. BECOMING THE MOST HIGHLY DECORATED UNIT IN ARMY HISTORY. THE ANNIVERSARY OF THIS SHAMEFUL BLIGHT ON OUR HISTORY REMAINS A POWERFUL REMINDER OF THE FROM A JILLITY OF CIVIL RIGHTS -- FRAGILITY OF CIVIL RIGHTS AND THE THREAT THAT BIGOTRY CONTINUE TO POSE TO OUR WAY OF LIFE TODAY. WE MUST FOLLOW IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THOSE JAPANESE AMERICANS WHO VOLUNTEERED TO SERVE THIS COUNTRY, EVEN WITH THEIR LOVED ONES INCARCERATED ON AMERICAN SOIL. AND FIND THE LIGHT AND LOVE OF THE ALOHA SPIRIT TO STAND UP AND FIGHT AGAINST INTOLERANCE, BIGOTRY AND HATRED. I YIELD BACK.

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                • 12:12:38 PM

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

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

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                • 12:12:48 PM

                  MS. TENNEY

                  THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE TY MUSE, C.E.O. OF…

                  THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE TY MUSE, C.E.O. OF VISIONS FEDERAL CREDIT UNION, WHO WAS RECENTLY HONORED BY THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA AS THE BROOM COUNTY DISTINGUISHED CITIZEN OF THE YEAR. EACH YEAR THIS AWARD IS GIVEN TO AN INDIVIDUAL IN THE BROOM COUNTY COMMUNITY WHO SETS A POSITIVE EXAMPLE FOR OTHERS AND DEMONSTRATES CONCERN AND SIGNIFICANT CARE FOR THEIR COMMUNITY. MR. MUSE MOVED TO BROOM COUNTY AREA FIVE YEARS AGO AND HIT THE GROUND RUNNING. HE'S BEEN HONORED FOR HIS COMMITMENT TO HELPING YOUNG LEADERS THROUGHOUT THE REGION BY SPONSORING A FREE TRACK PROGRAM, DONATING, AND WORKING TO RAISE AWARENESS IN FINANCIAL LITERACY. I'D LIKE TO EXTEND MY -- BOTH MY CONGRATULATIONS AND MY THANKS TO MR. TY MUSE FOR HIS HARD WORK AND DEDICATION TO THE BROOM COUNTY COMMUNITY AND FOR HIS COMMITMENT TO INSPIRING LEADERS OF THE FUTURE. THANK YOU. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                • 12:13:43 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                • 12:13:58 PM

                  MRS. MALONEY

                  A LEADER MUST BELIEVE IN THE MISSION OF THE ORGANIZATION HE OR SHE HEADS.…

                  A LEADER MUST BELIEVE IN THE MISSION OF THE ORGANIZATION HE OR SHE HEADS. BUT DONALD TRUMP TURNED THIS PRINCIPLE ON ITS HEAD BY APPOINTING MICK MULVANEY TO HEAD THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU. MR. MULVANEY DOESN'T BELIEVE IN THE AGENCY'S MISSION. TO PROTECT CONSUMERS. IN FACT, HE ONCE SAID THAT HE DOESN'T, AND I QUOTE, LIKE THE FACT THAT THE CFPB EVEN EXISTS. END QUOTE. WHEN HE WAS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS, HE CO-SPONSORED LEGISLATION TO ELIMINATE IT. NOW AS DIRECTOR OF THE CFPB, HE WANTS TO ZERO OUT ITS BUDGET FOR THIS YEAR. HE EVISCERATED THE CFPB'S RULES AGAINST PREDATORY PAYDAY LENDING, AND THEN DROPPED ALL THE LAWSUITS AGAINST THEM. HE HALTED ITS INVESTIGATION INTO EQUIFAX. AS SENATOR ELIZABETH WARREN POINTED OUT, YOU SHOULD NOT PUT SOMEONE IN CHARGE OF AN AGENCY WHEN THEY WANT TO DESTROY IT.

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                • 12:15:04 PM

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                  THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

                • 12:15:06 PM

                  MRS. MALONEY

                  HE IS RUNNING IT INTO THE GROUND AND WE MUST STOP HIM. CONSUMERS WILL PAY…

                  HE IS RUNNING IT INTO THE GROUND AND WE MUST STOP HIM. CONSUMERS WILL PAY DEARLY.

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                • 12:15:21 PM

                  MR. PAULSEN

                  HE WAS APPOINTED TO SERVE ON THE NATIONAL HONEY BOARD. AND WILL SERVE ON A…

                  HE WAS APPOINTED TO SERVE ON THE NATIONAL HONEY BOARD. AND WILL SERVE ON A THREE-YEAR IMPORT TERM. THE NATIONAL HONEY BOARD IS ONE OF THE TWO INDUSTRY BOARDS FUNDED UNDER THE AGRICULTURAL MARKETING SERVICE. AND ITS PURPOSE TO EXPAND HONEY AND HONEY PRODUCTS. IT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT, ADVERTISING AND PROMOTION. GREG BRINGS IMPORTANT INDUSTRY TO THE TABLE AND WILL ASSIST THE NATIONAL HONEY BOARD OF SUCCESSFUL INNOVATION, RESEARCH AND PROMOTIONAL WORK THAT PEOPLE RELY ON IN MINNESOTA AND ACROSS THE WORLD. CONGRATULATIONS TO GREG. 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 VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                • 12:16:15 PM

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                  PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. THE SPEAKER PRO…

                  PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                • 12:16:18 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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                  26% THAT'S HOW MUCH TRUMP WANTS TO CUT THE E.P.A. BUDGET. MASSIVE CUTS TO…

                  26% THAT'S HOW MUCH TRUMP WANTS TO CUT THE E.P.A. BUDGET. MASSIVE CUTS TO STAFF, MASSIVE CUTS TO OUR HEALTH AND SAFETY, MASSIVE CUTS TO THE E.P.A. TO DO ITS JOB. THE DAY AFTER THEY PROPOSED THOSE CUTS, MR. PRUITT LIKES TO FLY FIRST CLASS ON THE TAXPAYERS' DIME. ONE STRETCH LAST JUNE, TAX PAIR FUNDED COST $90,000. THEY WANT TO LOOK FOR CUTS, MAYBE SCOTT SHOULDN'T BE FLYING FIRST CLASS BUT MAYBE SIT NEXT TO THE CONSTITUENTS HE REPRESENTS. PRESIDENT TRUMP WANTS TO CUT THE BUDGET BY $3 BILLION. WE NEED TO PRIORITIZE BUT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE MR. PRUITT IS CAPABLE OF DOING IT FROM 40,000 FEET IN THE AIR

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                • 12:17:19 PM

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                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

                • 12:17:22 PM

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                  PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

                • 12:17:26 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                • 12:18:36 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                • 12:18:42 PM

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                  PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. CHILDREN RELY ON LEADERS…

                  PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. CHILDREN RELY ON LEADERS IN CONGRESS FOR MUCH MORE THAN THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS BUT NEED US TO TAKE ACTION TO KEEP THEM SAFE. GUN VIOLENCE IS A HORRIFYING EPIDEMIC, 18 SCHOOL SHOOTINGS IN THE PAST 7 1/2 WEEKS. IT'S EVEN HARD TO TALK ABOUT THIS. IT'S DIFFICULT TO ARGUE WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE LOOKING AT CONGRESS AND WONDERING WHETHER TOO MANY MEMBERS IN CONGRESS ARE TOO CLOSE TO THE N.R.A. AND CONGRESS PASSED A LAW TO PREVENT THE C.D.C. FROM EVEN STUDYING GUN VIOLENCE. IN DIFFICULT TIMES, I SEEK THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS FROM FRIENDS AND CLERGY AND FAMILY, BUT THIS IS NOT STOPPING THE SLAUGHTER. I AGREE WITH POLICE OFFICERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHO SAID GET THE AR-15'S OUT OF THE HANDS. SPEAKER RYAN NEEDS TO ADDRESS GUN VIOLENCE OR HIS PARTY WILL GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS THE PARTY WHO BLOCKED SOLUTIONS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE

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                • 12:19:53 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  BLOCKED SOLUTIONS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

                  BLOCKED SOLUTIONS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                • 12:19:57 PM

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

                • 12:20:01 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 12:20:03 PM

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                  PRIDE THAT I RISE TO RECOGNIZE HURLEY FIRE DEPARTMENT SHEILA SWEENEY AND…

                  PRIDE THAT I RISE TO RECOGNIZE HURLEY FIRE DEPARTMENT SHEILA SWEENEY AND WAS NAMED THE FIRST FEMALE FIREFIGHTER OF THE YEAR. HER SERVICE AND DEDICATION AS A FIREFIGHTER, E.M.T. AND FIELD TRAINING OFFICER FOR MOBILE LIFE SUPPORT SERVICES IS MOST ADMIREABLE. HER INSPIRATION CAME FROM HER ATTENDANCE OF A FIRST AID CLASS, THE CONTINUATION OF HER EDUCATION AND TAKING CLASSES IN COLLEGE IS A TESTAMENT OF THE DEDICATION SHE FLECTS TO HER SERVICE AND HER COMMUNITY. SHEILA'S SELFLESS SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY WHILE STRIVING FOR PERSONAL GROWTH IS GREATLY APPRECIATED AND I WISH HER THE BEST ON CONTINUING ON HER JOURNEY. I YIELD BACK.

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                • 12:20:52 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                • 12:20:56 PM

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

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

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                • 12:21:02 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                • 12:21:03 PM

                  MR. MCNERNEY

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                • 12:22:13 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                  I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

                • 12:22:22 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                • 12:22:23 PM

                  MR. YOHO

                  MADAM SPEAKER, THIS WEEK COMMENCES THE LUNAR NEW YEAR, A TIME OF…

                  MADAM SPEAKER, THIS WEEK COMMENCES THE LUNAR NEW YEAR, A TIME OF THANKFULNESS WITH OUR ASIAN PARTNERS. REFLECTING LAST YEAR'S YEAR OF THE ROOSTER, WE HAVE ENJOYED POLITICAL, ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL ACHIEVEMENTS. WE CONTINUE TO LOOK TO OUR PARTNERS IN ASIA TO PROMOTE PEACEFUL INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS. DURING THE YEAR OF THE DOG, I BELIEVE OUR FRIENDS WILL CONTINUE TO EMBODY LOYALTY, HONESTY AND INTEGRITY WORKING WITH US TO CRAFT BENEFICIAL INTERNATIONAL POLICIES. IN TURN, THE UNITED STATES WILL ENCOURAGE EFFECTIVE BEHAVIORS AMONG ALL OUR ASIAN COUNTERPARTS. WE HAVE THE OBLIGATION TO PROTECT THE INTERESTS OF THE UNITED STATES AS WELL AS OUR STRONG ALLIES AROUND THE GLOBE ESPECIALLY IN THE ASIA-PACIFIC REGION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO WORK TOWARDS POLICIES THAT WILL POSITIVELY SHAPE MULTILATERAL FOREIGN RELATIONS IN 2018. I YIELD BACK.

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                • 12:23:25 PM

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

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

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                  REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

                • 12:23:34 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                • 12:23:38 PM

                  MR. HUFFMAN

                  FROM THE MIGHTY RED WOODS TO THE HEADLANDS AND BEACHES TO THE BAY AREA TO…

                  FROM THE MIGHTY RED WOODS TO THE HEADLANDS AND BEACHES TO THE BAY AREA TO THE ANCHINGECHENT TREES AND WE KNOW OUR NATIONAL PARKS ARE WORTH PROTECTING. PARKS NOT ONLY PROTECT NATURE AND WILDLIFE BUT OUR HISTORY, TOO AND THEY ARE ECONOMIC ENGINES SUPPORTING THOUSANDS OF JOBS. PRESIDENT TRUMP'S DIRTY BUDGET WOULD BULLDOZE THROUGH THIS AMERICAN SUCCESS STORY. HE IS PROPOSING A 7% CUT TO THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE MEANING LESS MAINTENANCE AND 17% CUT TO THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR OVERALL WHILE GIVING SECRETARY ZINKE FREE REIGN TO DRILL. THEY WILL HIKE ENTRANCE FEES TO WORKING FAMILIES AND THREATENING ACCESS THAT DRIVE TOURISTS. WHILE GENERATINGS HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. UNDERFUNDING OUR PARKS PUTS OUR NATIONAL PARKS AT RISK.

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

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

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                • 12:24:56 PM

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                  REQUEST YALK -- UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.…

                  REQUEST YALK -- UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT HAS PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLL. IT IS TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF BY DISHONEST ATTORNEYS WHO FILE LAWSUITS AGAINST SMALL BUSINESSES IN ORDER TO GET A QUICK PAY DAY. A BUSINESS PAYS EXPENSIVE SETTLEMENT FEES FOR UNINTENDED OR TECHNICAL VIOLATIONS AND VAGUE INTERPRETATIONS OF THE A.D.A. THIS HAS RISEN DRAMATICALLY. A.D.A. COSTS HAVE INCREASED BY 182%. THIS GOES BEYOND THAT MANY YEARS PREVIOUSLY. THIS PRACTICE VIOLATES THE SPIRIT OF THE LAW AND HURTS SMALL BUSINESSES. ONE EXAMPLE, A MINI MARKET IN MY DISTRICT WENT THROUGH A RENOVATION AND PUT A NICE RAMP IN THE FRONT OF THEIR BUSINESS, CONCRETE STRUCTURE AND HAD BEEN INSPECTED AND WORKING WITH THE COUNTY, WHEN THEY ARE DONE, SOMEONE SAYS THIS IS ONE DEGREE OFF ON INCLINE. HOW ARE THEY SUPPOSED TO DEAL WITH THAT WHEN THE REGULATORS CAN'T KEEP TRACK OF WHAT THEY ARE SUPPOSED. THIS BENEFITS CORRUPTS CORRUPT ATTORNEYS.

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

                • 12:26:24 PM

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

                • 12:26:29 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                • 12:26:34 PM

                  MS. FRANKEL

                  THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. YOU KNOW, YOU SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL AND YOU…

                  THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. YOU KNOW, YOU SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL AND YOU EXPECT THEY ARE GOING TO COME HOME SAFELY. I AM SO SAD FOR THE GRIEVING FAMILIES IN PARKLAND. INNOCENT CHILDREN GONE IN A BLINK. I'M THANKFUL FOR THE FIRST RESPONDERS BUT FOREMOST, MY THOUGHTS ARE WITH THE GRIEVING FAMILIES, THE STUDENTS AND THE TEACHERS AFFECTED BY THIS HORRIFIC SHOOTING. WE SEE THIS CARNAGE OVER AND OVER AGAIN. OH, YEAH, WE KNOW THERE IS NO MAGIC SOLUTION, BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THAT THERE ARE NO SOLUTIONS. YEAH, WE NEED MORE RESOURCES FOR MENTAL HEALTH, NOT TAX CUTS FOR BILLIONAIRES. AND YES, MR. PRESIDENT, ARE YOU LISTENING? WE NEED COMMONSENSE GUN SAFETY LEGISLATION NOT THESE IDIOTIC BILLS THAT EXPAND. I YIELD BACK.

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                  THE MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO PLEASE ADDRESS YOUR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR AND…

                  THE MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO PLEASE ADDRESS YOUR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR AND NOT THE VIEWING AUDIENCE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                • 12:27:52 PM

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

                • 12:27:56 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                • 12:28:01 PM

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                  I DO NOT RISE TODAY FOR ANOTHER MOMENT OF SILENCE FOR PARKLAND, FLORIDA,…

                  I DO NOT RISE TODAY FOR ANOTHER MOMENT OF SILENCE FOR PARKLAND, FLORIDA, FOR THE SEMI-AUTOMATIC WEAPON AND SHOOTER ALREADY SILENCED 17 FLORIDIANS AND INJURED COUNTLESS OTHERS AT MARJORY STONEHAM DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL. INSTEAD I RISE TO MAKE THEIR VOICES HEARD. I ASK FOR SENSIBLE GUN REFORM. THE PARKLAND SHOOTER LIKELY GOT THE SEMI-AUTOMATIC WEAPON THROUGH A PRIVATE SALE OR GUN SHOW DESPITE MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES. THE LAS VEGAS SHOOTER USED A BUMP STOCK TO CONVERT A SEMI-AUTOMATIC MATIC WEAPON INTO AN AUTOMATIC WEAPON. WHY IS NOTHING HAPPENING? AND IN MY OWN HOME IN ORLANDO, WE WATCHED AN ORLANDO SHOOTER WHO WAS ON THE F.B.I. WATCH LIST. IMAGINE IF WE PASSED NO FLY-NO BUY AND STOPPED THAT FROM HAPPENING. NOW IS THE TIME FOR ACTION.

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                  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 NEVADA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                  THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TO REMEMBER THE LIFE OF CHRIS TANA…

                  THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TO REMEMBER THE LIFE OF CHRIS TANA DUARTE. SHE ATTENDED THE CONCERT IN LAS VEGAS. SHE GRADUATED WITH A DEGREE IN BUSINESS MARKETING AND INTENDER WITH THE ARIZONA WILDCATS. AFTER GRADUATION, SHE WORKED FOR THE LOS ANGELES KINGS AT THE FAN SERVICES ASSOCIATES. FANS AND FAMILY REMEMBER HER AS A BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL YOUNG WOMAN WHO WAS FULL OF LIFE AND ENERGY. I EXTEND MY CONDOLENCES TO HER FAMILY AND FRIENDS. PLEASE KNOW THE CITY OF LAS VEGAS AND THE STATE OF NEVADA AND THE WHOLE COUNTRY GRIVES FOR YOU. .

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                • 12:30:22 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                  MR. SPEAKER, A BUDGET REFLECTS ONE'S VALUES. PRESIDENT TRUMP'S BUDGET…

                  MR. SPEAKER, A BUDGET REFLECTS ONE'S VALUES. PRESIDENT TRUMP'S BUDGET SHOWS HE VALUES POLLUTERS AND PROFITS OVER PEOPLE. WITH THE INK BARELY DRY ON THE REPUBLICAN TAX SCAM, TRUMP'S BUDGET PROPOSES WE PAY FOR THEIR CORPORATE GIVEAWAY BY GUTTING PUBLIC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS. ONE OF THE BUDGET'S LARGEST TARGETS IS THE E.P.A. WHICH WILL SUFFER A 25% CUT.

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                • 12:30:54 PM

                  MR. GOMEZ

                  THIS MEANS CUTS TO GRANTS THAT HELP STATES LIKE CALIFORNIA IMPLEMENT THE…

                  THIS MEANS CUTS TO GRANTS THAT HELP STATES LIKE CALIFORNIA IMPLEMENT THE CLEAN AIR AND CLEAN WATER ACT. THAT MEANS CUTS TO SUPERFUND PROGRAMS THAT CLEAN UP SITES WHERE TOXIC CHEMICALS FROM FACTORIES AND LANDFILLS WERE DUMPED FOR DECADES, POLLUTING THE SURROUNDING SOIL, WATER AND AIR. WE CANNOT AFFORD A DIRTY BUDGET THAT PRIORITIZES POLLUTERS AND PROFITS OVER PEOPLE. I THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                  TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ITS FAILURE TO DEAL WITH GUN CONTROL AND MESSAGE…

                  TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ITS FAILURE TO DEAL WITH GUN CONTROL AND MESSAGE HEALTH.

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                • 12:31:28 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. DAVE COWENS THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER --

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                • 12:31:32 PM

                  MR. COHEN

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS HOUSE GENERALLY JUMPS INTO ACTION ONCE…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS HOUSE GENERALLY JUMPS INTO ACTION ONCE THERE'S BEEN A MASS SHOOTING. BY HAVING A MOMENT OF SILENCE. TODAY WE DIDN'T EVEN HAVE A MOMENT OF SILENCE BECAUSE THE HOUSE KNOWS THAT THOSE ARE MEANINGLESS ACTS THAT DON'T HAVE ANY EFFECT ON OUR SCHOOLCHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN THE VICTIMS OF 18 SCHOOL MASS SHOOTINGS THIS YEAR. IT IS SHAMEFUL THIS CONGRESS HAS NOT DEALT WITH NO FLY, NO BUY. YOU'RE A TERRORIST LIST, YOU CAN STILL BUY A GUN. IT'S A SHAME THIS CONGRESS PASSED A LAW THAT TAKES AWAY FROM SOCIAL SECURITY, INDIVIDUALS WHO GET SOCIAL SECURITY, THE MENTAL ILLINOIS, THE ABILITY TO BUY A GUN. WE DON'T EVEN HAVE STUDIES ON WHAT'S BEEN HAPPENING AND TRYING TO PROTECT SCHOOLCHILDREN. IT'S A SHAME. WE NEED TO AFPBLGT AMERICAN SCHOOLCHILDREN ARE AT RISK. AND I AM ASHAMED OF WHAT THIS CONGRESS HAS FAILED TO DO. TAKE ACTION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                  MR. HOYER

                  I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SPEAK OUT OF ORDER FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                  MR. HOYER

                  MADAM SPEAKER, WE HAVE FOUR LEGISLATIVE DAYS BEFORE THOSE PROTECTED BY…

                  MADAM SPEAKER, WE HAVE FOUR LEGISLATIVE DAYS BEFORE THOSE PROTECTED BY DACA WILL BE AT RISK. THE SPEAKER HAS SAID HE WAS GOING TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE. HE HAS NOT. AT THIS POINT IN TIME. THE SPEAKER SAID ON 9:00-23-2010 WE WILL ADVANCE MAJOR LEGISLATION ONE ISSUE AT A TIME. WHETHER HE NOT DUCK THE TOUGH ISSUES. WE'LL TAKE THEM HEAD-ON. IN THAT LIGHT, I URGE THE SPEAKER TO PUT ON THE FLOOR THE THREE BILLS THAT ARE SPENDING IN THIS HOUSE. THE CLEAN DREAM ACT. THE U.S.A. ACT SPONSORED BY REPRESENTATIVES AGUILAR AND HURD, A BIPARTISAN BILL. AND A REPUBLICAN BILL, THE SECURING AMERICA'S FUTURE ACT, SPONSORED BY REPRESENTATIVE GOODLATTE. MR. SPEAKER, LET THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE SPEAK. LET THEM VOTE. PUT THESE THREE BILLS ON THE FLOOR. AND LET THE MAJORITY RULE. THAT IS DEMOCRACY.

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                  MR. HOYER

                  LET DEMOCRACY PREVAIL IN THIS HOUSE.

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                  MR. HOYER

                  I HEARD YOU, MADAM SPEAKER.

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL REQUEST.

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                  THE CLERK

                  LEAVE OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. BISHOP OF GEORGIA FOR TODAY.

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUEST IS GRANTED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GALLEGO, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MIBS AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MINORITY CONSCIOUS -- MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MINORITY LEADER.

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              • 12:34:08 PM

                SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES

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

                • 12:34:25 PM

                  MR. GALLEGO

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN JUNE, SEVEN AMERICAN HEROES DIED ON A DARK…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN JUNE, SEVEN AMERICAN HEROES DIED ON A DARK NIGHT WHEN A SHIP COLLIDED WITH AN AMERICAN DESTROYER, THE U.S.S. FITZGERALD. AMONG THE DEAD WERE IMMIGRANTS FROM VIETNAM AND THE PHILIPPINES, AS WELL AS THE SON OF WORKERS WHO JOURNEYED NORTH FROM GUATEMALA. AS ONE OF THE SAILERS WHO SURVIVED EXPLAINED, YOU'RE CRAMMED IN WITH ALL SORTS OF CULTURES ON THIS SHIP. BUT WHEN YOU ARE ON THE FITZGERALD, YOU ARE FAMILY. JUST LIKE THE FITZGERALD, MY UNIT IN IRAQ, INCLUDED MANY MEN OF RACES AND RELIGIONS. WE WERE A FAMILY TOO AND IT MADE US STRONGER. MR. SPEAKER, WHAT'S TRUE OF OUR MILITARY IS ALSO TRUE OF OUR COUNTRY. LOTS OF NATIONS HAVE DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS. PLENTY OF COUNTRIES HAVE GOOD SCHOOLS. AND ALL TOO MANY, AS WE KNOW, WIELD POWERFUL WEAPONS. BUT WHAT MAKES AMERICA GREAT? WHAT MAKES AMERICA POWERFUL, WHAT MAKES AMERICA AMERICA IS THAT SINCE OUR FOUNDING, WE HAVE THROWN OUR DOORS OPEN TO THE WORLD. AND WE KEPT THEM OPEN TO THE STRIVERS AND THE DREAMERS FROM EVERY CORNER OF THE GLOBE. WE DIDN'T BECOME THE GREATEST, MOST POWERFUL COUNTRY IN THE WORLD BECAUSE WE LET IN A CERTAIN GROUP OF PEOPLE AND THEN SLAMMED THE DOOR BEHIND THEM. NO. MR. SPEAKER, WE BUILT THIS COUNTRY BY MAKING AMERICA THE ONLY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD WHERE ANYONE FROM ANYWHERE CAN ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING. PRESIDENT REAGAN MAY HAVE SUMMED IT UP BEST WHEN HE EXPLAINED THAT YOU CAN GO TO JAPAN TO LIVE, BUT YOU CANNOT BECOME JAPANESE. YOU CAN GO TO FRANCE TO LIVE AND NOT BECOME A FRENCHMAN. ANYONE CAN COME TO AMERICA TO LIVE AND BECOME AN AMERICAN. UNFORTUNATELY OUR CURRENT PRESIDENT AND HIS FRIENDS IN CONGRESS WANT TO TURN THEIR BACKS ON WHAT MADE AMERICA GREAT. THEIR ANTI-IMMIGRANT AGENDA WILL LEAD TO THE DEPORTATION OF MILLIONS AND DRASTIC CUTS IN LEGAL IMMIGRATION. THE LAST TIME CONGRESS RESTRICTED IMMIGRATION IN THIS WAY WAS ALMOST 100 YEARS AGO. BACK THEN, CONSERVATIVES WERE WORRIED THAT THERE WERE TOO MANY ITALIANS AND JEWS THAT WERE ARRIVING ON OUR SHORES. NOW THEY'RE CONCERNED ABOUT MEXICANS, NIGERIANS AND CHINESE IMMIGRANTS. THE RHETORIC MAY HAVE SHIFTED. THE TARGETS MAY HAVE CHANGED. BUT THE SAME KIND OF BACKWARD, UN-AMERICAN THINKING THAT EXISTS THEN. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE TOO SMART FOR THIS. WE DON'T FEAR PEOPLE WHO DON'T SPEAK LIKE US. OR LOOK LIKE US. OR EVEN PRAY THE WAY WE DO. TIME AND TIME AGAIN WE'VE REJECTED THE RACIST AND THE NATE VISITS OF THIS COUNTRY. WE'VE DONE IT BEFORE AND WE'LL DO IT AGAIN. MR. SPEAKER, I DON'T HAVE TO LOOK AT THE POLLS TO TELL YOU THAT THERE ARE A LOT MORE AMERICANS LIKE ERIN CHAMBERLAIN FROM PHOENIX THAN LIKE DONALD TRUMP. ERIN IS A RESTAURANT OWNER IN PHOENIX. WHEN HE LEARNED THAT A YOUNG PREP CHEF NAMED SUNI SANTANA WAS UNDOCUMENTED, AARON SAID SUNNI COULD STAY SO LONG AS HE FOUND A WAY TO FIX HIS UNDOCUMENTED STATUS. THANKFULLY SUNNI QUALIFIED FOR DACA. HE WORKED HARD AND THRIVED. IN FACT, HE DID SO WELL THAT AARON OFFERED TO PARTNER WITH HIM IN OPENING HIS VERY OWN NEW RESTAURANT IN DOWNTOWN PHOENIX. BUT THEN, CRUELLY AND WITHOUT WARNING, PRESIDENT TRUMP TERMINATED DACA AND STRIPPED AWAY SUNNI'S STATUS, THROWING HIS ENTIRE LIFE IN LIMBO. DEMOCRATS ARE FIGHTING FOR DREAMERS LIKE SUNNI. AND FOR BUSINESS OWNERS LIKE AARON WHO BELIEVE IN THEM. WE ARE ALSO FIGHTING FOR VETERANS LIKE MIGUEL PEREZ FROM CHICAGO. MIGUEL HAS LIVED IN THIS COUNTRY SINCE HE WAS 8 YEARS OLD. HE SERVED TWO TOURS IN AFGHANISTAN AND SUFFERS FROM PTSD AS A RESULT OF HIS SERVICE. UNFORTUNATELY AS IS TOO OFTEN THE CASE WITH US, THIS LED TO PROBLEMS WITH ADDICTION. MIGUEL DESERVES OUR SUPPORT. INSTEAD HE'S FACING DEPORTATION. AS I SPEAK, MIGUEL IS CURRENTLY SITTING IN AN I.C.E. DETENTION CENTER IN KENOSHA, WISCONSIN, WHICH HAPPENS TO BE IN THE DISTRICT OF OUR SPEAKER, PAUL RYAN. MIGUEL ISN'T ALONE. HUNDREDS OF IMMIGRANTS HAVE SERVED OUR COUNTRY'S UNIFORM COULD NOW BE DEPORTED AT THE BEHEST OF A PRESIDENT WHO HAS NEVER SERVED ONE DAY IN SERVICE TO THIS COUNTRY. THESE ARE MEN AND WOMEN WHO TOOK AN OATH TO PROTECT AND DEFEND THIS NATION. THEY'VE EARNED THE RIGHT TO CALL THIS COUNTRY HOME. THEY'VE EARNED THE RIGHT TO CALL THEMSELVES AMERICANS. TO DEPORT THESE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN AFTER THEY FOUGHT UNDER OUR FLAG DISHONORS THE SERVICE OF ALL OF US WHO RISKED OUR LIVES FOR THIS COUNTRY. WE MUST FIND A WAY TO PROTECT DREAMERS AND IMMIGRANT FAMILIES. INCLUDING BRAVE IMMIGRANTS WHO SERVED IN UNIFORM. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE ON OUR SIDE. THEY KNOW THAT TRUMP'S FEARFUL VISION FOR OUR FUTURE IS INCOMPATIBLE WITH WHO WE ARE AS AMERICANS. THEY'RE PROUD TO LIVE IN A COUNTRY THAT ATTRACTS THE BRIGHTEST MINDS AND THE HARDEST WORKERS FROM ALL AROUND THE WORLD. THEY UNDERSTAND THAT EXCLUSION AND HATE ARE THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF WHAT MAKES AMERICA AMERICA. THIS NATION DID NOT BECOME GREAT BY KICKING OUT IMMIGRANTS WHO FIGHT HARD LIKE MIGUEL OR WHO DREAM BIG LIKE SUNEY. UNLIKE ANY OTHER COUNTRY ON EARTH, WE AREN'T DEFINED BY WHERE WE COME FROM. IT WE ARE DEFINED BY WHAT WE BELIEVE. DONALD TRUMP MAY NOT UNDERSTAND THAT. BUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DO. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                • 12:39:45 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GARRETT, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 6 TO -- 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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                • 12:40:51 PM

                  MR. GARRETT

                  THANK YOU. IT'S A SOMBER TIME. TO COME INTO THIS CHAMBER. AS WE HAVE…

                  THANK YOU. IT'S A SOMBER TIME. TO COME INTO THIS CHAMBER. AS WE HAVE COLLEAGUES AT THE OTHER END OF THE BUILDING WHO FORMED SOMETHING THEY CALL THE COMMONSENSE COALITION. WHICH IS I THINK A GENTLEMAN EUPHEMISM, LIKE SO MANY THINGS IN THIS TOWN ARE, WHICH MIGHT WELL BE CALLED THE KICK THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD COALITION. THE DOING THE SAME THING AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN AND EXPECTING A DIFFERENT RESULT COALITION. OR THE THOSE WHO DO NOT LEARN FROM THE PAST ARE DOOMED TO REPEAT IT COALITION. THE PHOTO THAT'S TO MY LEFT, YOUR RIGHT, IF YOU ARE VIEWING AT HOME, IS OF ME AT A CEREMONY AT RED HILL FARM IN THE FIFTH DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA, WHERE A MAN NAMED PATRICK HENRY LIVED. PATRICK HENRY IS NOTABLE AS AN EARLY PATRIOT WHO SOUGHT TO ENSURE THE BLESSINGS OF SELF-DETERMINATION AND LIBERTY FOR OUR PLEDGELING NATION, THAT DETERMINED THAT IT WAS UNJUST, THAT THEY SHOULD BE GOVERNED BY EDICT FROM ACROSS THE SEA. AND MOST NOTABLY SAID THE WORDS, I KNOW NOT WHAT OF COURSE OTHERS MAY TAKE, BUT FOR ME, GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH. INDEED, ANYONE WHO SIGNED THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE UNDERSTOOD AT THAT TIME THAT THEY WERE LITERALLY SIGNING THEIR OWN DEATH WARRANT AND YET THEY DID BECAUSE IT WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO AND TODAY WE'VE GENERATED A NEW -- INTO A POLITICAL CLASS THAT KNOWS PANDERING AND EFFORTS TO PLACATE INDIVIDUALS WITHOUT THE INTEREST OF THE MASS CONSTITUENCY THAT WE ALL UNITE LID SERVE. AND THAT IS THE AMERICAN -- UNITEDLY SERVE. AND THAT IS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IN FACT, WHEN PATRICK HENRY SPOKE ABOUT LIBERTY, ONE DAY IN A SEPARATE SPEECH FROM THE BACK OF THE ROOM, SOMEONE SHOUTED, TREASON. AND HENRY RESPONDED ELOQUENTLY, IF THIS BE TREASON, MAKE THE MOST OF IT. WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO OUR LEADERS? AND SO THAT DAY, I SPOKE TO A GROUP OF A COUPLE OF DOZEN NEW AMERICANS FROM EVERY CORNER OF THE WORLD. FROM ASIA AND AFRICA, THE MIDDLE EAST AND EUROPE, SOUTH AMERICA. WHO HAD IN SOME INSTANCES WORKED DECADES TO BECOME AMERICANS. TO EARN THOSE BLESSINGS OF LIBERTY. GAINED FOR US BY PEOPLE LIKE PATRICK HENRY. LIKE A MILLION NAMELESS FACES WHO DIED OF COMBAT DEATH, DISEASE OR STARVATION DURING A WAR TO END THE HORRIFIC INSTITUTION OF SLAVERY. LIKE ABRAHAM LINCOLN. LIKE DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. SO THEY INDEED LOOK LIKE AMERICA. BROWN PEOPLE, WHITE PEOPLE, BLACK PEOPLE, ASIAN PEOPLE. AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND THEY EARNED IT. BUT WHAT'S COMING OUT OF THE SENATE NOW ESSENTIALLY THROWS ASIDE THE SACRIFICES OF SO MANY IN ORDER TO SCORE POLITICAL POINTS. IT WAS INDEED ONE OF THE GREATEST HONORS OF MY LIFE TO WELCOME THOSE NEW BROTHERS AND SISTERS TO OUR AMERICAN FAMILY. AND YET THE PROCESS THROUGH WHICH THEY PAINED AND LABORED DOES NOT IN ANY WAY MIRROR THE PROCESS THAT WE WOULD CONTINUE BY KICKING THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD UNDER THE PROPOSED SENATE QUOTE-UNQUOTE COMPROMISE. I COULD REALLY LITERALLY DO THIS ALL DAY AND ALL WEEK AND ALL MONTH AND ALL YEAR. IF I WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT THE CASES OF INDIVIDUALS WHO HAD LOST THEIR LIVES BECAUSE OF OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS COMPLETELY UNWILLING TO ENFORCE THE LAWS THAT IT CURRENTLY HAS ON THE BOOKS. MANY OF YOU RECOGNIZE THE LOVELY FACE OF KATE STEINLE ENJOYING A BEAUTIFUL AFTERNOON IN SAN FRANCISCO ON PEER -- PIER 14. SHE WORKED IN THE MEDICAL FIELD AND RECENTLY MOVED IN WITH HER BOYFRIEND. WHEN AN ILLEGAL WHO HAD BEEN DEPORTED FIVE TIMES THOUGH THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT REFUSED TO TURN OVER TO FEDERAL AUTHORITIES, DISCHARGED A WEAPON WHICH HE STOLE FROM A MEMBER OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AND WHAT HE SAID WAS A LIE, WHICH IS BAD ENOUGH, AND KILLED THIS LOVELY YOUNG WOMAN WHO LOVED YOGA AND HELPING OTHERS. REPORTS INDICATE THAT AMONG HER LAST WORDS WAS A PLEA TO HER FATHER WAS TO PLEASE HELP AND SHE PASSED AWAY BECAUSE WE REFUSE TO ENFORCE OUR LAW. EDWIN JACKSON, LINEBACKER FOR THE INDIANAPOLIS COLTS FROM THE SAME TOWN, ATLANTA GEORGIA. HE DIDN'T HAVE BIG FOOTBALL OFFERS. INSTEAD OF THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA OR UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, HE WENT TO GEORGIA'S SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY BUT HE WORKED AND WORKED WITH AN OPTIMISM THAT RADIATED FROM THE VERY SMILE ON HIS FACE AND NOT LONG AGO EDWIN JACKSON BECAME NEARLY OF 1,000 PEOPLE PER YEAR WHO DIE IN ALCOHOL-RELATED ACCIDENTS THAT INVOLVE PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY ILLEGALLY AS WELL AS HIS UBER DRIVER. HIS GREATEST GOAL IN LIFE WAS TO BE A POSITIVE ROLE MODEL FOR YOUNG PEOPLE. THE INDIVIDUAL WHO WAS DETAINED HAD A BLOOD ALCOHOL OF.239. HE HAD BEEN DEPORTED TWICE BEFORE AND TRIED TO RUN FROM THE SCENE AND LIED TO POLICE OFFICERS ABOUT HIS NAME. AND EDWIN JACKSON AND JEFFREY MONROE ARE DEAD BECAUSE WE REFUSE TO ENFORCE OUR LAWS. DENISE MOSER, IN MY HOME STATE OF VIRGINIA IN 2010 WAS RIDING IN A VAN WITH TWO OTHER NUNS FROM THE 33-WOMENMON AS TEAR WHERE SHE MADE HER HOME INSPIRING TO HELP PEOPLE. HER TWO DEAR FRIENDS

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                • 12:47:55 PM

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                  BUDD.

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                  MR. BUDD

                  I THANK MY FRIEND FROM VIRGINIA, COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING AND THANK HIM FOR…

                  I THANK MY FRIEND FROM VIRGINIA, COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING AND THANK HIM FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. THE LAST TIME I SPOKE ON THIS FLOOR ON IMMIGRATION, I TALKED ABOUT THREE PRINCIPLES. FIRST, AMERICANS HAVE THE RIGHT TO DETERMINE WHO BECOMES CITIZENS THROUGH LAWS. TWO, THE PEOPLE WHO DO COME HERE SHOULD BE IN THE BEST INTEREST OF AMERICAN CITIZENS. AND THREE, THAT WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO ENFORCE THOSE CHOICES. THE PEOPLE WHO DO COME HERE SHOULD BE IN THE BEST INTEREST OF AMERICAN CITIZENS. THAT'S KEY. BUT WHAT WE'RE DOING NOW ISN'T THERE YET. WE ALLOW TODAY ONE INDIVIDUAL TO GET A GREEN CARD, THEN HE IS ABLE TO SPONSOR HIS IMMEDIATE FAMILY AND RELATIVES AND THE RELATIVES CAN SPONSOR THEIR RELATIVES AND THOSE RELATIVES OF THOSE RELATIVES CAN SPONSOR THEIR RELATIVES AND SO ON UNTIL THERE IS NO ONE LEFT WHO EVEN WANTS TO COME TO THE UNITED STATES. POTENTIALLY, THIS COULD GO ON FOREVER. THIS IS CALLED CHAIN MIGRATION. 65% OF OUR GREEN CARDS ARE AWARDED THROUGH CHAIN MIGRATION. 700,000 PEOPLE EVERY YEAR GETTING PERMANENT RESIDENCE IN OUR COUNTRY OTHER THAN THEY ARE RELATED TO SOMEONE WHO LIVES HERE. WE HAVE NO IDEA IF THEY ARE GOING TO BE ECONOMICALLY SUCCESSFUL. WE HAVE NO IDEA WHETHER THEY WILL CONTRIBUTE TO OUR COUNTRY AND DON'T LOOK AT THOSE CHARACTERISTICS FOR CHAIN MIGRATION. WHO THE IMMIGRANT IS RELATED TO NOT WHETHER OR NOT HE MIGHT HELP AMERICA TO BE SAFER OR A MORE PROSPEROUS COUNTRY. AMERICAN IMMIGRATION SHOULD BE IN THE BEST INTEREST OF AMERICANS. THE SECURE AMERICA'S FUTURE ACT ENDS THIS CHAIN MIGRATION AND STOPS IT FOR EVERYONE EXCEPT FOR THE CHILDREN AND SPOUSES OF IMMIGRANTS. BUT THOSE RELATIVES CANNOT BRING IN ADDITIONAL IMMIGRANTS. THE SECURE AMERICA FUTURE ACT REPLACES THOSE IMMIGRANTS WITH SKILLED WORKERS, WORKERS THAT CAN HELP US BUILD A BETTER FUTURE. THINK ABOUT IT THIS WAY. THERE ARE 150 MILLION PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD WHO WOULD SAY THEY WOULD COME TO THE UNITED STATES IF THEY WERE JUST GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY. WHAT A DEBATE COUNTRY. WE WOULD DO THAT WHAT WE DO NOW AND ENTER ON THE BASIS OF WHO THEY ARE RELATED TO OR LET IN THE BEST ENGINEERS OR DOCTORS, NURSES, TEACHERS AND BUSINESSMEN AND WHO CAN SPEAK ENGLISH WELL AND KNOW OUR SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT. BUT THAT CAN ONLY HAPPEN IF WE END CHAIN MIGRATION. THE CHAIN MIGRATION PROPOSAL BECOMES EVEN MORE CRUCIAL WHEN WE LOOK AT THE DACA ISSUE. IF WE ALLOW DACA RECIPIENTS TO GET CITIZENSHIP, THEY WILL SPONSOR 3 1/2 IMMIGRANT EACH. THAT'S A HUGE INCENTIVE FOR FUTURE IMMIGRANTS TO COME HERE ILLEGALLY. THE NOTION THAT YOU WILL GET TO BRING YOUR WHOLE FAMILY OVER HERE IS PART OF WHAT LED TO THE 2013-2014 BORDER CRISIS WHEN THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION WAS RUMORED TO BE GRADGETTING AMNESTY TENS OF THOUSANDS OF LATIN AMERICANS SENT THEIR CHILDREN NORTH. AND THE IMMIGRANT PROCESSING FACILITIES THERE IN THE SOUTHWEST, WE HAD TO PASS EMERGENCY APPROPRIATIONS JUST TO PROCESS THESE INDIVIDUALS. ANY DACA FIX THAT DOES NOT ALSO INCLUDE ADDITIONAL BORDER SECURITY AND PROTECTIONS AGAINST THESE THOSE MIGRATING THIS WAY, THEY COULD SEE A SIMILAR CRISIS. . WHILE I HAVE DWELT ON ITS CHAIN MIGRATION PROVISIONS, AND THERE ARE MANY MORE WORTHY REFORMS THIS BILL CRACKS DOWN ON SANCTUARY CITIES, WHICH MY COLLEAGUE MENTIONED EARLIER. IT INCLUDES KATE'S LAW, TO TOUGHEN PENALTIES AGAINST THOSE WHO ARE DEPORTED, COME BACK TO THE UNITED STATES, AND COMMIT CRIMES. IT INCLUDES MANDATORY E-VERIFY TO CRACK DOWN ON BUSINESSES THAT BREAK THE LAW. IT ENDS THE DIVERSITY VISA LOTTERY, ONE OF THE MOST SENSELESS FEDERAL POLICIES THAT I CAN THINK OF. I THANK CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE FOR HIS EFFORTS ON THIS. I THANK REPRESENTATIVE LABRADOR. ONE OF OUR STAUNCHEST CONSERVATIVE LEADERS IN THE HOUSE FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN CRAFTING THIS BILL. AND I THANK REPRESENTATIVE GARRETT FOR ORGANIZING THIS OPPORTUNITY TO DISCUSS THE BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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                • 01:01:34 PM

                  MR. GARRETT

                  THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. THANK YOU, REPRESENTATIVE BUDD. AT THIS TIME I…

                  THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. THANK YOU, REPRESENTATIVE BUDD. AT THIS TIME I WOULD YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN, MY COLLEAGUE FROM FLORIDA, MR. YOHO.

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                • 01:01:43 PM

                  MR. YOHO

                  I'D LIKE TO THANK MY GOOD COLLEAGUE FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GARRETT, AND…

                  I'D LIKE TO THANK MY GOOD COLLEAGUE FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GARRETT, AND EVERYBODY ELSE THAT'S PARTICIPATED IN THIS IMPORTANT TOPIC. FOR FAR TOO LONG WASHINGTON HAS ALLOWED OUR BROKEN IMMIGRATION SYSTEM TO FESTER. SINCE 1986, WHEN SAFEGUARDS WERE PUT IN PLACE TO PROTECT OUR NATION FROM ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, WE SAW THE RULE OF LAW NOT FOLLOWED. AND IT'S LED TO THE SITUATION WE HAVE TODAY. THIS IS NOT AN OVERNIGHT SENSATION THAT'S JUST HAPPENED. IF YOU LOOK AT THE NUMBER ONE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT, IT'S TO PROVIDE FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE OF OUR NATION AND THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION. AND, MADAM SPEAKER, YOU CANNOT HAVE A SECURE NATION IF YOU DON'T HAVE SECURE BORDERS. THAT'S ONE OF THE REASONS WE LOCK OUR CAR DOORS. THAT'S ONE OF THE REASONS WE LOCK OUR HOUSE DOORS. IS TO SECURE OUR FAMILY. THE GOVERNMENT'S ROLE IS TO SECURE THEIR NATION AND THE PEOPLE WITHIN IT. SO THAT WE CAN HAVE A SECURE NATION, THE PEACE OF MIND THAT OUR FAMILIES, OUR -- THAT OUR FAMILIES ARE PROTECTED FROM PEOPLE WHO SHOULDN'T BE HERE IN THE FIRST PLACE. WE NEED TO REFORM OUR SYSTEM SO THAT WE HAVE LEGAL IMMIGRATION THAT'S NOT BURDENSOME TO THE POINT WHERE IT DOESN'T WORK. AND THAT'S WHAT WASHINGTON HAS BEEN WELL KNOWN FOR. WE NEED TO SEEK REAL REFORMS THAT CUT DOWN ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION WHILE PROTECTING AND BOLSTERING THE LEGAL IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. OUR NATION IS A NATION OF IMMIGRANTS AND THEODORE ROOSEVELT ADDRESSED THIS I THINK VERY SUCCINCTLY IN 1907 IN A SPEECH. WHEN HE TALKED ABOUT OUR LAND BEING A LAND OF IMMIGRANTS. HOW WE'VE COME OVER FROM OTHER COUNTRIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD. BUT HE ALSO WENT ON TO SAY AND TALK ABOUT THE VALUES OF AMERICA. THAT -- BEING A LAND OF IMMIGRANTS, UNDERSTAND THIS. THERE IS BUT ROOM FOR ONE FLAG. IT IS THE AMERICAN FLAG. YOU NEED TO HONOR. THERE'S ROOM BUT FOR ONE LANGUAGE. IT'S ENGLISH. YOU NEED TO LEARN IT. IMMIGRATION WITHOUT ASSIMULATION IS AN INVASION. AND THAT'S REALLY WHAT WE HAVE. AN INVASION. BECAUSE WE DON'T KNOW WHO'S HERE, WE DON'T KNOW WHERE THEY CAME FROM. AND DREAMERS THAT WERE BROUGHT HERE TO THIS COUNTRY, I THINK WE'RE ALL SYMPATHETIC. THEY WERE BROUGHT HERE TO THIS COUNTRY AT NO FAFFLET THEIR OWN AND REG-- AT NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN AND REGISTERED UNDER DACA. THERE WAS A PROGRAM WHERE THEY COULD HAVE REGISTERED. THEY ARE A DIFFERENT CLASS. BUT THEY CAN BE HANDLED IN A SYSTEMIC MANNER. WHETHER IT STARTS OFF WITH PROBATIONARY PERIODS, RUNNING BACKGROUND CHECKS, ENSURING ALL FINES ARE PAID FOR OUTSTANDING TRAFFIC TICKETS OR OTHER, AMONG OTHER THINGS. AND I STAND AND I'M CO-SPONSOR OF THE GOODLATTE-LABRADOR BILL. I THINK IT'S A GREAT START. AS IMMIGRATION POLICIES OR AS POLICIES UP HERE IN WASHINGTON, WE KNOW THEY CHANGE OVER TIME. AND SO I THINK THIS IS A GOOD START. WE NEED TO STRENGTHEN OUR BORDER. NEEDS TO BE PARAMOUNT. AND TIGHTEN OUR BORDERS THROUGH WHAT THE CUSTOM BORDER PATROLS TELL US TO DO. THERE'S PEOPLE THAT WANT TO BUILD A WALL FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA. I THINK WE SHOULD BUILD A WALL WHERE THE EXPERTS SAY WE NEED TO BUILD A WALL. AND DO OTHER FORMS OF SECURITY. BUT THE BOTTOM LINE IS WE HAVE TO HAVE A SECURE BORDER. AND IT'S NOT JUST OUR SOUTHWEST BORDER. IT'S ALL OF OUR BORDERS. AND I THINK EVERY AMERICAN SHOULD BE CONCERNED ABOUT THIS AND YOU WOULD THINK THEY WOULD WANT THIS. WE ALSO SHOULD ALLOW CUSTOMS AND BORDER PATROL TO SURVEY AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR HOW THEY THINK BEST WE CAN INCREASE THE SECURITY OF, AGAIN, NOT JUST OUR SOUTHERN BORDER, BUT, AGAIN, ALL THE BORDERS. SANCTUARY CITIES WHO OPENLY DEFY FEDERAL IMMIGRATION LAW PLACE AMERICAN CITIZENS AT RISK. AND I WOULD HOPE THE PEOPLE IN THOSE CITIES, THE CITIZENS OF THOSE CITIES, WOULD RISE UP AND HOLD THEIR ELECTED OFFICIALS ACCOUNTABLE SO THAT IT'S NOT A POLITICAL PLATFORM THAT A PARTY WANTS TO PROMOTE. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS LOOK AT THE MANY PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN KILLED BY PEOPLE HERE ILLEGALLY. AND THEY RUSH FOR THE PROTECTION OF A SANCTUARY CITY. AND THESE ARE CITIES, AGAIN, THAT ARE BREAKING THE FEDERAL LAW. THEY DEFY FEDERAL LAW WITHOUT CONSEQUENCE. CONGRESS DOES HAVE THE POWER TO HOLD THESE PEOPLE ACCOUNTABLE. THESE STATES. AND AGAIN, IT WILL BE THE CITIZENS OF THOSE CITIES, HOPEFULLY WILL RISE UP AND SAY ENOUGH'S ENOUGH. THE GOT LAD BILL, THE LABRADOR-GOODLATTE BILL -- THE GOODLATTE BILL, THE LABRADOR-GOODLATTE BILL, THE SECURING AMERICA'S FUTURE ACT, I CO-SPONSORED BECAUSE IT LAYS OUT PLAN TO ADDRESS MANY OF THE IMMIGRATION REFORM PRIORITIES. IT ELIMINATES THE DIVERSITY VISA, WHICH IS JUST A HAPPENSTANCE, IF YOU'RE THE LUCKY ONE THAT PULLS THE RIGHT NUMBER, YOU GET THE LOTTERY TICKET. THE LOTTERY TICKET IS COMING HERE TO AMERICA. INCREASES -- IT ELIMINATES THE DIVERSITY VISA TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF SKILLED WORKER VISAS, CREATES A NEW AGRICULTURE GUEST WORKER PROGRAM. AND I'M PROUD BECAUSE SOME OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS WE HAVE ARE IN THAT BILL. AND SO WE WANT TO SEE THAT PASS. THIS IS ONE OF THE THINGS THAT HAS TO HAPPEN. BUT BEFORE WE CAN GO FORWARD, WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT THE BORDERS ARE SECURED, THAT WE HAVE THE RULE OF LAW ENFORCED. AND THAT WE HAVE A GOOD GUEST WORKER PROGRAM. IT ALSO REQUIRES EMPLOYERS TO UTILIZE THE E-VERIFY SYSTEM TO ENSURE THEIR EMPLOYEES ARE LEGAL -- LEGALLY ABLE TO WORK IN THIS COUNTRY. THE GOOD THING ABOUT THE E-VERIFY SYSTEM, IT ALSO GIVES PROTECTION TO THE EMPLOYER. KNOWING THAT THEY WENT THROUGH THE PROCESS THAT THE GOVERNMENT SAYS THEY MUST GO THROUGH AND THEY'VE HIRED PEOPLE THAT THE GOVERNMENT SAYS IS OK. SO IT GIVES PROTECTION NOT JUST TO OUR EMPLOYERS, BUT GIVES PROTECTIONS TO THE PEOPLE HERE THAT COME HERE, FOR THE PRIVILEGE OF COMING TO AMERICA AND WORKING. IT INVESTS IN A NEW SECURITY MEASURE FOR OUR BORDERS, GIVES REGISTERED DACA RECIPIENTS A RENEWABLE THREE-YEAR LEGAL STATUS WHILE ENSURING INDIVIDUALS WHO CAN CAUSE HARM ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR IT. WITHHOLDS GRANTS AND FEDERAL FUNDING FROM SANCTUARY CITIES AND GETS RID OF THE CHAIN MIGRATION. SO THIS I THINK IS A VERY STRONG BILL. I THINK IT'S A VERY GOOD BILL THAT ACCOMPLISHES THE GOAL. IT COULD ALWAYS BE BETTER. IT'S NOT COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM. BUT IT'S A GREAT START. YOU KNOW, WORKING IN THE AGRICULTURAL SECTOR FOR 35 YEARS OF MY LIFE, AS A VETERINARIAN WORKING ON THE FARMS, I TALKED TO A LOT OF THE IMMIGRANTS. AND A LOT OF THE IMMIGRANTS THAT I TALKED WERE TO HERE ILLEGALLY. AND I ASKED THEM, DO YOU WANT TO BE A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES? THEY SAID, NO. THE MAJORITY OF THEM DIDN'T. THEY WANTED THE OPPORTUNITY, THE OPPORTUNITY TO COME HERE, TO MAKE SOME MONEY, TO GO BACK HOME. AND I THINK WE SHOULD ACCOMMODATE THAT. AND THEN IF YOU TALK TO OTHER IMMIGRANTS THAT ARE HERE AND THEY MIGRATED HERE LEGALLY, I ASKED THEM, WHY DID YOU COME HERE, OR WHY DID YOUR PARENTS COME HERE? YOU KNOW WHAT IT ALWAYS COMES DOWN TO? THEY WANTED OPPORTUNITY AND THEY WANTED SECURITY AND THEY WANTED A BETTER LIFE FOR THEIR FAMILY. AND SO OUR BROKEN SYSTEM DOES NOT ACCOMPLISH THAT. AND IT'S TIME TO FIX THE BROKEN SYSTEM. AND THIS IS THE TIME TO DO IT. AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR BRINGING UP THIS GREAT TOPIC, THIS PASSIONATE TOPIC, AND WITH YOUR WORK, YOUR HELP, WE CAN ACCOMPLISH THIS. SO THANK YOU.

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                • 01:09:05 PM

                  MR. GARRETT

                  MADAM SPEAKER, I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE…

                  MADAM SPEAKER, I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE , CONGRESSMAN YOHO. IN 42 YEARS, 3,037 AMERICANS HAVE BEEN KILLED ON U.S. SOIL BY FOREIGN-BORN TERRORISTS. 182 FOREIGN-BORN TERRORIST, TO BE PRECISE, HAVE TAKEN THE LIVES OF ALMOST 3,050 AMERICANS. 63 OF THOSE 182, OR GREATER THAN 1/3, CAME HERE LEGALLY ON VISAS. TO INCLUDE THE DIVERSITY VISA SCHEME. IN FACT, OUR OFFICE HAS TRIED RELATIVELY DILIGENTLY TO CALCULATE THE ACTUAL DEATH TOLL ON NATIVE-BORN AMERICANS OF RECIPIENTS OF DIVERSITY VISAS UNSUCCESSFULLY. THESE ARE DIFFICULT DATA POINTS. BUT JUST IN THE LAST FEW YEARS, THE NAME HAS BEEN IN THE AMERICAN NEWS. THIS JIHADIST, WHO HAD AN ADMIRATION FOR TERRORISTS, TO INCLUDE THE MURDEROUS, RAPING, INTOLERANT THUGS OF ISIS, TOOK THE LIVES OF EIGHT AMERICANS AND INJURED MANY IMPORTANT -- MANY MORE IN A TRUCK ATTACK ON HALLOWEEN JUST LAST OCTOBER. HE WAS THE RECIPIENT OF A DIVERSITY LOTTERY VISA. BEFORE THAT, ABDUL RASUL, FROM UZBEKISTAN, WAS ALSO THE RECIPIENT OF THE DIVERSITY LOTTERY VISA. HE WAS ARRESTED IN 2015 FOR CONSPIRING TO, QUOTE, KILL AS MANY AMERICANS AS HE COULD. HE WROTE, I AM IN THE U.S.A. NOW . WE DON'T HAVE THE WEAPONS WE NEED. IS IT POSSIBLE TO COMMIT OURSELVES AS DEDICATED MARTYRS ANYWAY WHILE HERE? WHAT I'M SAYING IS, TO GET GUNS, TO SHOOT OBAMA, AND THEN MAYBE GET SHOT OURSELVES. WOULD THAT DO? THAT WOULD STRIKE FEAR INTO THE HEARTS OF THE INFIDELS. THIS LEGAL DIVERSITY VISA RECIPIENT FROM BROOKLYN SAID, IF THIS IS NOT SUCCESSFUL, MAYBE BOMB CONEY ISLAND. FORTUNATELY HE WAS ARRESTED BEFORE HE COULD BRING TO FRUITION HIS PLANS TO ASSAULT INDIVIDUALS IN THE VERY NATION THAT HAD SO GRACIOUSLY OPENED ITS DOORS. IT'S INCREDIBLY INTERESTING TO ME THE RESULTS THAT I LEARNED WHEN MY WIFE AND I ENGAGED IN THAT WHICH IS ALL THE RAGE THESE DAYS AND LOOKED AT OUR D.N.A. I FOUND OUT I HAD RELATIVES FROM MULTIPLE CONTINENTS. AND I'M PROUD OF THAT. BUT I AM AN AMERICAN. JUST LIKE THOSE PEOPLE WHO STOOD WITH ME THAT DAY AT THE HOME OF GREAT AMERICAN PATRIOT PATRICK HENRY. FROM AFRICA AND ASIA, THE MIDDLE EAST, SOUTH AMERICA, EUROPE, OCEANA. THEY ARE -- OCEANIA. THEY ARE MY AMERICAN BROTHERS AND SISTERS. THEY DID EVERYTHING BY THE NUMBERS. AND AVAILED THEMSELVES OF A DREAM THAT WE ALL SHARE. THOSE WHO DO NOT CHEAPEN THE SACRIFICE MADE BY SO MANY WHO HAVE COME BEFORE THEM. AND WITH THAT, MADAM SPEAKER, I WOULD YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THANK YOU.

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                • 01:13:00 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. WOODALL, FOR 30 MINUTES.

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                • 01:13:35 PM

                  MR. WOODALL

                  MADAM SPEAKER, I VERY MUCH APPRECIATE THAT. AND I APPRECIATE YOU BEING…

                  MADAM SPEAKER, I VERY MUCH APPRECIATE THAT. AND I APPRECIATE YOU BEING HERE WITH US ON A THURSDAY AFTERNOON. I KNOW THAT YOU CAME TO CONGRESS WITH THE SAME OPTIMISM THAT I CAME TO CONGRESS WITH. AND THAT IS IF ONLY WE WORK HARD ENOUGH TOGETHER, IF ONLY WE COMMIT OURSELVES WITH EARNESTNESS TO ONE ANOTHER, WE'LL BE ABLE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR FOLKS. AND I STILL BELIEVE THAT. I HOPE YOU STILL BELIEVE THAT TOO, AFTER YOUR TIME HERE. I STILL BELIEVE THAT IF ONLY WE WORK HARD ENOUGH, WE'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO SERVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AS WE PROMISED WE WOULD. BUT OCCASIONALLY, OCCASIONALLY, I DON'T WANT TO VILIFY THE ENTIRE FOURTH ESTATE TODAY, MADAM SPEAKER, THERE'S NOT ENOUGH TIME TO GO THROUGH THAT TODAY. BUT OCCASIONALLY THE FOURTH ESTATE SEEMS TO SUGGEST THAT WE ARE FAILING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHEN IN FACT WE ARE SUCCEEDING ON THEIR BEHALF. AND THAT'S WHAT I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THIS AFTERNOON. WE JUST CAME THROUGH A DIFFICULT BUDGET TIME, MADAM SPEAKER. WE CAME THROUGH THAT NOT BECAUSE OF ANY FAILURES OF ANY MAN OR WOMAN IN THIS INSTITUTION. I WANT TO MAKE THAT CLEAR. THIS HOUSE CAME TOGETHER AS A BODY BACK IN JULY OF LAST YEAR AND PASSED EVERY SINGLE NATIONAL SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS BILL THAT WAS UPON US. JULY OF LAST YEAR, THREE MONTHS BEFORE THE END OF THE FISCAL YEAR, THIS BODY CAME TOGETHER, DID ITS JOB, TO FUND OUR MEN AND ABOUT -- MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM, FUND BORDER SECURITY, FUND THOSE INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT NATIONAL SECURITY ITEMS THAT EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN FAMILY CARES ABOUT. THE SENATE HAD BEEN UNABLE TO GET ANY OF THOSE BILLS PASSED AND THAT BROUGHT US TO JUST A WEEK AGO, WHEN THE PRESIDENT FINALLY SIGNED INTO LAW A FUNDING BILL FOR THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT TO COVER THE REMAINDER OF FISCAL YEAR 2018. . I MENTIONED THE HOUSE PASSED IN JULY OF LAST YEAR ALL THE NATIONAL SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS BILLS. IN SEPTEMBER OF LAST YEAR, MADAM SPEAKER, THE HOUSE PASSED ALL THE REST OF THE APPROPRIATIONS BILLS. THE ENTIRE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF THE 435 MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVE IN THE HOUSE, THAT WORK WAS COMPLETED ON TIME BEFORE THE ENDER OF THE FISCAL YEAR. BUT AGAIN, THE SENATE UNABLE TO TAKE UP ANY APPROPRIATIONS BILLS FOR A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT REASONS, I'M NOT INTERESTED IN ASSIGNING THAT BLAME TODAY, I'M INTERESTED IN FIGURING OUT WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT GOING FORWARD, TOOK UNTIL JUST A WEEK AGO FOR THE SENATE TO PASS A BILL, CRAFT A PLAN AND DO WHAT WE CALL RAISING THE CAPS TO WE COULD GET A FUNDING AGREEMENT THAT WILL TAKE US OVER THE NEXT 18 MONTHS. MADAM SPEAKER, YOU CAN'T SEE IT HERE BUT I HAVE A CHART OF DEFENSE SPENDING GOING BACK OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS. IN FACT, I STARTED THE CHART THE YEAR THAT I WAS RUNNING FOR CONGRESS FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME. IT WAS 2010. I CAME IN IN THAT BIG CLASS OF FRESHMEN, 100 OF US, IMAGINE THAT, 100 OUT OF 435 MEMBERS COMING IN FOR THE FIRST TIME TOGETHER IN JANUARY OF 2011 AND MANY OF US CAME HERE WITH THE DESIRE TO BALANCE BUDGETS. AMONG THE MANY DATA POINTS THAT GET SHARED, MADAM SPEAKER, ONE WAS SHARED WITH ME WHEN I WAS DOING C-SPAN'S "WASHINGTON JOURNAL" THIS WEEK, THE HOST SAID, ROB, DO YOU THINK THE ERA OF FISCAL CONSERVATISM IS OVER? I THOUGHT THAT WAS -- I THOUGHT THAT WAS ODD. I THOUGHT, I SERVE IN A BODY FULL OF MEN, WOMEN, BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, FISCAL CONSERVATIVES, WANT TO MAKE SURE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE GETTING A DOLLAR'S WORTH OF VALUE FOR A DOLLAR'S WORTH OF TAXES, WANTS TO MAKE SURE WE'RE NOT MORTGAGING THE FUTURE OF OUR CHILDREN AND OUR GRANDCHILDREN. WHY WOULD THE ERA OF FISCAL CONSERVATISM BE OVER? WELL, THE SUGGESTION WAS MADE, IT'S BECAUSE WE JUST SIGNED A BUDGET DEAL. AND THAT BUDGET DEAL RAISES LEVELS OF DISCRETIONARY SPENDING IN THIS COUNTRY AND IF WE'RE RAISING LEVELS OF DISCRETIONARY SPENDING, MUSTN'T THAT MEAN THAT OUR COMMITMENT TO FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY IS OVER? THAT LED ME TO COME TO THE FLOOR TODAY, MADAM SPEAKER, BECAUSE WHAT YOU CAN'T SEE ON THIS CHART BUT I HAVE DISPLAYED HERE ARE TWO LINES. ONE IS A RED LINE, IS OFTENTIMES, MADAM SPEAKER, FOLKS BRING CHARTS TO THE FLOOR THAT ARE ONLY SHOW YOU A PART OF THE PICTURE, SO THE AMPLE TUDE IS EXAGGERATED, LOOKS LIKE THINGS ARE WORSE OR BETTER THAN THEY ACTUALLY ARE. I GROUNDED MY CHART AT ZERO. ZERO DOLLARS OF SPENDING UP TO $1 TRILLION OF SPEND, THE YEAR I GOT HERE WE WERE SPENDING ABOUT $689 BILLION A YEAR ON DEFENSE. WELL, WE GOT TOGETHER AS A BODY, MADAM SPEAKER, AND I'LL REMIND YOU, REPUBLICANS CONTROLLED THE U.S. HOUSE AT THAT TIME, PRESIDENT OBAMA CONTROLLED THE WHITE HOUSE, HARRY REID CONTROLLED THE UNITED STATES SENATE. THE HOUSE WAS IN MINORITY HANDS, BEING LED BY REPUBLICANS, BUT WE GOT TOGETHER, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, HOUSE, SENATE, WHITE HOUSE, AND WE CRAFTED A BUDGET PLAN FORWARD THAT REDUCED SPENDING. NOW THE PLAN WAS THAT WE WERE GOING TO REDUCE SPENDING ON BOTH THE DEFENSE SIDE OF THE LEDGER AND THE NONDEFENSE SIDE OF THE LEDGER AND THEN WE WERE GOING TO COME TOGETHER AND DEAL WITH THE MAJOR HEALTH CARE ENTITLEMENT PROGRAMS THAT ARE DRIVING DEBT FOREOUT TISSUE FAR OUT INTO THE FUTURE, DEALING WITH MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY THAT ARE UNDERFUNDED TODAY THAT CANNOT SUSTAIN THE PRODGES THEY MADE FOR GENERATIONS, AND SUSTAIN THEM LONG INTO THE FUTURE. S TO HAVE A WORTHWHILE GOAL. IT WAS WORTHY OF THIS BODY. MEMBERS CAME TOGETHER. WHAT YOU CAN SEE ON THE CHART IS THE BLACK LINE INDICATES THE PATH WE TOOK OF FUNDING NATIONAL SECURITY. EACH YEAR SPENDING LESS AND LESS AND LESS. NOW MIND YOU, NOBODY THOUGHT THIS WAS THE RIGHT PLAN FOR HOW TO FUND NATIONAL SECURITY. THIS WAS DESIGNED TO BE A DRIVER TO FORCE FOLKS TO COME TOGETHER AND DEAL WITH THOSE LARGER ENTITLEMENT PROGRAMS THAT ACTUALLY ARE THE DRIVERS OF THE DEBT. IT DIDN'T WORK. IT DIDN'T WORK. IN FACT, WE HAD AN ENTIRE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION PSYCH THAT WILL JUST WENT ON 15 MONTHS AGO, MADAM SPEAKER, WHERE YOU CAN'T NAME THE CANDIDATE WHO RAN ON EITHER THE REPUBLICAN OR THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE OF THE AISLE WHO MADE DEBT AND DEFICITS THEIR PRIORITY. WHO WAS THAT? WHO WAS THAT LEADER RUNNING FOR THE WHITE HOUSE LAST TIME AROUND WHO FOCUSED ON DEBT AND DEFICIT AS THEIR PRIORITIES? FOR WHATEVER REASON, IT SLIPS FROM THE NATIONAL STAGE PROBABLY BECAUSE WE HAD BEEN SUCCESSFULLY CURBING THE NEEDLE ON SPENDING. SO FAST FORWARD TO A WEEK AGO, MADAM SPEAKER, WHERE WE RAISED DEFENSE SPENDING BY $100 BILLION. $100 BILLION. A YEAR. NOW IF YOU CALCULATE WHERE THE CAPS WERE GOING TO GO AND HOW THE SEQUESTER WAS GOING TO HAPPEN YOU ACTUALLY TURN OUT TO HAVE ABOUT $150 BILLION INCREASE. OVER WHERE FOLKS EXPECTED US TO BE. GOLLY, MADAM SPEAKER, 9/11 WASHINGTON, D.C. WHEN YOU RAISE A $550 BILLION BUDGET TO $700 BILLION, THAT IS AN ENORMOUS INCREASE. THAT'S WHY I WAS ASKED, IS THE ERA OF FISCAL CONSERVATISM OVER? I DIRECT YOU TO THIS CHART. I SHOW YOU THIS ENORMOUS INCREASE IN DEFENSE SPENDING AND I SHOW YOU THAT WE ARE STILL $100 BILLION A YEAR LOWER THAN BARACK OBAMA AND NANCY PELOSI AND HARRY REID HAD ANTICIPATED BEFORE I WAS ELECTED TO CORK IN 2010. ALL OF THIS AREA BETWEEN THE RED LINE AND THE BLACK LINE, MADAM SPEAKER ARE DOLLARS SAVED FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THOSE DOLLARS CAME AT A PRICE. I REFERENCE TESTIMONY THAT DEFENSE SECRETARY JIM MATTIS, FORMER GENERAL JIM MATTIS, GAVE IN THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE AND HE SAID THIS. THIS WAS JUST A WEEK AND TWO DAYS AGO. I CANNOT OVERSTATE THE IMPACT TO OUR TROOPS' MORALE FROM ALL OF THIS UNCERTAINTY. HE'S TALKING ABOUT THESE CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS THAT GET PASSED. AGAIN THE HOUSE PASSED ITS BILLS BACK LAST JULY. SENATE HASN'T BEEN ABLE TO PASS ANY OF ITS BILLS. WE WERE FUNDING THE BILL ONE SHORT-TERM TIME AT THE TIME CREATING HAVOC ON THE AMERICAN MILITARY. I CANNOT OVERSTATE THE IMPACT ON OUR TROOPS' MORALE FROM ALL THIS UNUNCERTAINTY. THE COMBINATION OF RAPIDLY CHANGING TECHNOLOGY, THE NEGATIVE IMPACT ON MILITARY READINESS RESULTING FROM THE LONGEST CONTINUING COMBAT IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY AND INSUFFICIENT FUNDING HAVE CREATED AN OVERSTRETCHED AND UNDERFUNDED MILITARY. I DON'T BELIEVE THERE'S A MAN OR WOMAN IN THIS CHAMBER WHO WOULD DISAGREE WITH THAT THE LONGEST CONTINUOUS STRETCH OF COMBAT IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY. THIS IS NOT AN ISSUE THAT DIVIDES THIS CHAMBER. THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT UNITED STATES THIS CHAME -- THAT UNITES THIS CHAMBER, MADAM SPEAKER. I'M PROUD WE CAME TOGETHER AS REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE TO ADDRESS THAT. I'LL QUOTE FROM GENERAL MATTIS TWO DAYS AFTER THAT, AFTER THIS BODY ACTED, AFTER THE SENATE FINALLY ACTED AFTER THE PRESIDENT PUT HIS SIGNATURE GENERAL MATTIS SAID. THIS I AM VERY CONFIDENT THAT WHAT THE CONGRESS HAS DONE AND THE PRESIDENT IS GOING TO ALLOCATE TO US IN THE BUDGET IS WHAT WE NEED TO BRING US BACK TO A POSITION OF PROMISE. WHAT THE CONGRESS HAS DONE AND WHAT THE PRESIDENT WILL ALLOCATE WILL BRING US BACK TO A POSITION OF PROMISING. I MENTIONED THAT, MADAM SPEAKER, BECAUSE AMONG THE MANY CONVERSATIONS WE HAVE HERE ABOUT MILITARY READINESS, GENERAL MATTIS HAS EXPRESSED CONFIDENCE THAT IN A TIME OF WAR, THE CONGRESS WOULD FUND THE MILITARY. IN FACT, HE SAYS THIS IN THAT SAME TESTIMONY THAT I QUOTED FROM EARLIER, BEFORE THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE. HE SAID, I KNOW THAT IN A TIME OF MAJOR WAR, CONGRESS WILL PROVIDE OUR MILITARY WITH WHAT IT NEEDS. BUT MONEY AT THE TIME OF CRISIS FAILS TO DETER WAR. I KNOW THE CONGRESS WILL PROVIDE WHAT WE NEED IN A TIME OF CRISIS, BUT MONEY IN A TIME OF CRISIS FAILS TO DETER THAT CRISIS. WE COULD HAVE AVOIDED THAT CONFLICT, HAD ONLY WE BEEN PROPERLY FUNDED. WE CAME TOGETHER WITH WHITE HOUSE LEADERSHIP, PRESIDENT SAID, I NEED $700 BILLION. FOR 2018. I NEED $716 FOR 2019. THAT'S WHAT GENERAL MATTIS SAID AS WELL. THAT'S WHAT WE'RE HEARING FROM THE ENTIRE ADMINISTRATION. THAT'S WHAT WE CAME TOGETHER AND GAVE. BUT THE ERA OF FISCAL CONSERVATISM, MADAM SPEAKER, IS NOT OVER. THE ERA OF SHORT CHANGING OUR MILITARY IN THE HOPES THAT WE MIGHT COME TOGETHER ON A BIGGER DEAL, THE GRIDLOCK THAT WAS CREATED BY THAT, THAT GRIDLOCK IS OVER. THAT UNCERTAINTY THAT GENERAL MATTIS BEMOANED, THAT IS OVER. BUT FISCAL CONSERVATISM CONTINUES. IT'S NOT JUST ON THE DEFENSE SIDE. IT'S EASY TO TALK ABOUT THE DEFENSE SIDE. BECAUSE I KNOW THAT'S SOMETHING THAT UNITES EVERYONE IN THE CHAMBER, MADAM SPEAKER. BUT LET'S LOOK AT THE NONDEFENSE SIDE. NONDEFENSE, AS YOU KNOW, MADAM SPEAKER, IS, WELL, EVERYTHING ELSE THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOES. THAT'S NOT AN INCOME SUPPORT PROGRAM, FROM PARKS TO ROADS, TO COURTS, FROM PRISONS TO EDUCATION, FROM INVESTMENTS IN N.I.H. AND THE C.D.C., FROM OUR INVOLVEMENT OVERSEAS IN HUNGER PROGRAMS AND REFUGEE PROGRAMS, ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING ELSE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOES IS IN THE NONDEFENSE DISCRETIONARY SIDE. I POINT YOU TO TWO LINES ONCE AGAIN, MADAM SPEAKER. THE RED LINE IS WHAT THEY ANTICIPATED SPENDING BEFORE I ARRIVE THE BLACK LINE IS WHAT WE HAVE ACTUALLY SPENT SINCE I ARRIVED. AMONG THE MANY CHANGES MADE IN THE LAW WHEN THE PRESIDENT SIGNED THE CAPS DEAL INTO EFFECT LAST WEEK IS THAT WE RAISED NONDEFENSE DISCRETIONARY SPENDING TOO. IN FACT, OVER THE TWO-YEAR DEAL THAT THE PRESIDENT SIGNED, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT AN ADDITIONAL $300 BILLION, BILLION WITH A B, DOLLARS IN ADDITIONAL SPENDING. WELL, BY GOLLY, MADAM SPEAKER IF YOU CARE ABOUT BUDGETS IF YOU CARE ABOUT DEFICITS, ISN'T $300 BILLION A FRIGHTENINGLY LARGE FIGURE TO INCREASE SPENDING IN A TIME OF ALREADY-EXISTING DEFICITS? OF COURSE IT IS. OF COURSE IT IS. BUT LET ME SAY ONCE AGAIN THAT DOES NOT MEAN THE ERA OF FISCAL CONSERVATISM IS OVER. WE HAD A CHOICE. WE COULD CONTINUE TO KEEP THE MILITARY IN THAT SPACE OF UNCERTAINTY THAT GENERAL MATTIS CITED AS BEING SO DANGEROUS, OR WE COULD CUT THE DEAL THAT WE HAD TO CUT TO BREAK THAT CYCLE OF UNCERTAINTY. I DON'T KNOW WHAT KIND OF NEGOTIATING EXPERIENCE YOU HAD, MADAM SPEAKER, BUT IT TURNS OUT WHEN YOU WALK INTO A NEGOTIATION AND SAY, I'VE GOT TO HAVE WHAT I'VE GOT TO HAVE AND I'LL GIVE YOU WHATEVER YOU NEED IN ORDER TO GET IT, YOU'RE NOT IN A PARTICULARLY STRONG FWOSHTING SPOT. THAT'S THE POSITION THE PRESIDENT FOUND HIMSELF IN. HE WAS 100% COMMITTED TO OUR TROOPS. HE WAS 100% COMMITTED TO NATIONAL SECURITY. HE WAS 100% COMMITTED TO THAT PAY RAISE WE HAD PROMISED OUR TROOPS BUT WE HAD NOT FUNDED AND HE SAID I'M GOING TO DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO GET $700 BILLION IN 2018 AND $716 BILLION IN 2019 TO MAKE SURE NATIONAL SECURITY IS PROTECTED AND OUR TROOPS ARE SERVED. WHAT THAT LED TO WAS AN INCREASE IN NONDEFENSE DISCRETIONARY SPENDING, MADAM SPEAKER, BUT STILL LOOK AT THESE LINES AND THAT DELTA BETWEEN THE TOP LINE OF WHERE WE WERE GOING TO GO AND THE BLACK LINE OF WHERE WE HAVE ACTUALLY GONE IS TRILLIONS, TRILLIONS WITH A T, DOLLARS WORTH OF SAVINGS. BETWEEN THE DEFENSE SPENDING, MADAM SPEAKER, WHICH CHANGED DRAMATICALLY AFTER THAT BIG FRESHMAN CLASS IN 2011 ARRIVED, AN NONDEFENSE SPENDING WHICH CHANGED DRAMATICALLY AFTER THAT BIG CLASS IN 2011 ARRIVED, TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN DEBT HAS NOT OCCURRED. TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN SPENDING OF AMERICAN TAXPAYER DOLLARS HAS NOT OCCURRED. WE HAVE SQUEEZED THOSE BUDGETS, THE SECURITY BUDGET AND THE NONSECURITY BUDGET. THE DEFENSE BUDGET AND THE NONDEFENSE BUDGET, WE HAVE SQUEEZED EACH OF THOSE BUDGETS TO MAKE SURE WE GET A DOLLAR'S WORTH OF VALUE FOR THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER OUT OF EVERY DOLLAR THAT WE SPEND AND THE NET RESULT OF THAT, MADAM SPEAKER THAT AND A COLLECTION OF ECONOMIC OUTCOMES THAT HAVE BEEN DESIRABLE, HAS LED TO A DECREASE IN NET INTEREST SPENDING, MONEY THAT WAS NOT BORROWED, INTEREST THAT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE PAID, MONEY THAT WAS NOT BORROWED AND THUS IT DIDN'T DRIVE INTEREST RATES UP, THUS INTEREST RATES ARE LOWER ON ALL THE OTHER MONEY THAT'S ALREADY BEEN BORROWED, NOT JUST TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN SAVINGS ON SPENDING THAT WAS FOREGONE, MADAM SPEAKER, BUT -- THAT WAS FORGONE, MADAM SPEAKER, BUT TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF SAVINGS IN INTEREST THAT WAS NOT PAID. WHY DO I TAKE THE TAME TO COME DOWN TO THE FLOOR AND TELL THAT STORY, MADAM SPEAKER? IT'S BECAUSE I GROW WEARY, AS I KNOW ALL MY COLLEAGUES DO, OF READING THE DEFEATIST HEADLINES THAT SHOW UP ON THE PAPER DAY AFTER DAY AFTER DAY, CONGRESS FAILING. GRIDLOCK PREVAILING. BIPARTISANSHIP DEAD. COOPERATION EXTENT. IT'S NOT TRUE. WHAT -- EXTINCT. IT'S NOT TRUE. WHAT WE HAVE DONE TOGETHER IS WORTH BRAG BEING BACK HOME WHAT WE HAVE DONE IS WORTH CELEBRATING WHEN WE ARE TOGETHER AND WHAT WE HAVE DONE TOGETHER IS WORTH USING AS A MODEL FOR THINKING ABOUT WHAT WE CAN DO TOGETHER AGAIN TOMORROW. IT DOESN'T MATTER WHETHER YOU SIT ON THE FURTHEST RIGHT IN THIS CHAMBER ON THE FURTHEST LEFT IN THIS CHAMBER, MADAM SPEAKER. THAT DOLLAR WORTH OF TAXES RAISED FROM THAT AMERICAN CITIZEN IS A VALUABLE THING. IT'S A TRUST. THERE'S A STEWARDSHIP OBLIGATION TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THOSE DOLLARS. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO USE IT FOR? MAYBE YOU WANT TO GIVE IT BACK TO THOSE AMERICAN CITIZENS. AND I'M PARTICULARLY PLEASED WITH THE TAX BILL WE PASSED THAT DID EXACTLY THAT. AGAIN, PASSED IT IN THE HOUSE, PASSED IT IN THE SENATE. MOVED IT TO THE WHITE HOUSE. DONE IN A BICAMERAL WAY. I THINK THE AMERICAN CITIZEN CAN GENERALLY SPEND THEIR DOLLAR BETTER THAN WE CAN SPEND IT ON THEIR BEHALF. I KNOW THEY TRUST THEMSELVES TO SPEND THEIR DOLLAR MORE THAN THEY TRUST US TO SPEND IT ON THEIR BEHALF. WE CAN TAKE THAT DOLLAR, WE CAN PUT IT BACK IN AN AMERICAN CITIZEN'S POCKET. LEAVE IT WITH THEM TO BEGIN WITH AND NEVER EVEN TAKE IT. THAT'S WHAT WE DID WITH THE TAX CUTS. WE COULD INVEST THAT DOLLAR IN NATIONAL SECURITY. WE COULD LOOK TO SEE WHAT IS THAT ADDITIONAL TRAINING AN AIRMAN MIGHT NEED, WHAT IS THAT ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT THAT A MARINE MIGHT NEED, WHAT IS THAT ADDITIONAL ITEM THAT WE COULD RESEARCH, PURCHASE, IMPROVE, REPAIR, THAT WOULD MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIFE OF A MAN OR WOMAN WHO IS SERVING THIS COUNTRY? CAN HE COULD SPEND THAT DOLLAR ON NATIONAL SECURITY. WE COULD SPEND THAT DOLLAR ON NONDEFENSE NEEDS. RESEARCH AND ALZHEIMER'S -- NOOLS. RESEARCH AT OUR MAJOR UNIVERSITIES. RESEARCH INTO THAT NEXT GENERATIONAL TRANSPORTATION OUTCOME THAT'S GOING TO CHANGE THE WAY THAT WE DEAL WITH CONGESTION IN AMERICA. THERE ARE A THOUSAND DIFFERENT WAYS TO SPEND EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THOSE DOLLARS. IT DOES NOT MATTER WHERE YOU BELIEVE THAT DOLLAR OUGHT TO GO. IT'S A WORTHWHILE PURCHASE TO MAKE SURE WE'RE USING THAT DOLLAR EITHER WITH THE AMERICAN CITIZEN IN THEIR POCKET, WITH THE D.O.D. IN THE PURSUIT OF NATIONAL SECURITY, OR WITH ONE OF OUR GREAT RESEARCH INSTITUTIONS IN PURSUIT OF THE NEXT HEALTH CARE DISCOVERY, RATHER THAN PAYING IT IN INTEREST TO SOMEONE AROUND THE GLOBE WHO LENT US MONEY IN OUR TIME OF NEED. WE NEED TO RESTRAIN THOSE DOLLARS TODAY, MADAM SPEAKER. SO WHEN WE HAVE A TIME OF NEED IN THE FUTURE, WE'LL BE ABLE TO ACCESS THEM. THE ERA OF FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY IS NOT BEHIND US, IT IS UPON US. WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY, EACH AND EVERY DAY TOGETHER, TO SQUEEZE THOSE DOLLARS UNTIL THEY SCREAM. SQUEEZE THE VALUE OUT OF EVERY NICKEL THAT COMES THROUGH THIS INSTITUTION. WE'VE DONE IT TOGETHER, MADAM SPEAKER. THIS ISN'T AN ASPIRATIONAL GOAL. THIS IS A CERTAIN FACT THAT WE HAVE DONE IT TOGETHER YEAR AFTER YEAR AFTER YEAR AFTER YEAR. THIS ISN'T SOMETHING THAT MAYBE ONE DAY IF ONLY WE WORK HARD ENOUGH WE CAN DO. THIS IS SOMETHING WE HAVE ACHIEVED YEAR AFTER YEAR AFTER YEAR AFTER YEAR. LET'S NOT STOP. LET'S NOT STOP. AND LET'S NOT LET FOLKS TELL US THAT WE CAN'T GET IT DONE TOGETHER. LET'S NOT GIVE IN TO THAT DEVIL ON THE LEFT SHOULDER THAT SAYS WE SHOULD GO DOWN AND RUN EACH OTHER OUT AND TALK ABOUT WHY THE INSTITUTION FAILS. LET'S GIVE INTO THAT ANGEL ON THE RIGHT SHOULDER THAT TALKS ABOUT HOW IF WE PUT OUR MINDS TOGETHER, IF WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO ONE ANOTHER, THERE IS GENUINELY NO LIMIT TO WHAT WE CAN DO TOGETHER. AND I'M NOT JUST TALKING ABOUT WHAT WE CAN DO TOGETHER AS THE BODY HERE IN THE UNITED STATES HOUSE. I'M NOT JUST TALKING ABOUT WHAT WE CAN DO TOGETHER AS THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE AND A WHITE HOUSE. I'M TALKING ABOUT WHAT WE CAN DO TOGETHER AS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE STRENGTH OF THIS INSTITUTION HAS NEVER BEEN THE 435 MEMBERS WHO ARE IN IT. IT HAS BEEN THE 300 MILLION AMERICANS WHO HAVE SENT US HERE. THE STRENGTH OF THIS INSTITUTION HAS NEVER COME FROM THE MEMBERS, IT HAS COME FROM THE NATION THAT LENDS US ITS POWER. I GENUINELY BELIEVE THERE'S NO LIMIT TO WHAT WE CAN DO TOGETHER. I AM GENERAL WENTLY DISAPPOINTED IN THOSE DAYS THAT WE GIVE IN TO THAT DEVIL ON THE LEFT SHOULDER THAT TELLS US THAT RUNNING EACH OTHER OUT, RUNNING EACH OTHER DOWN, DEN GRADING THE INSTITUTION, DENIGRATING THE NATION, DENIGRATING ONE ANOTHER IS THE PATHWAY TO SUCCESS. BUT WE'VE HAD ENOUGH VICTORIES TOGETHER, WE'VE COME THROUGH ENOUGH CHALLENGES TOGETHER, WE'VE SUCCEEDED WHEN THEY SAID WE WOULD FAIL TOGETHER ENOUGH THAT I HAVE GREAT OPTIMISM. NOT JUST ABOUT THE NEXT 10 MONTHS IN THIS CHAMBER, BUT ABOUT THE NEXT DECADE, THE NEXT GENERATION, THE NEXT 100 YEARS FOR THIS COUNTRY. WE DON'T KNOW WHEN THE ECONOMY IS GOING TO FAIL US, MADAM SPEAKER. WE HAVE TO PLAN FOR THAT RAINY DAY. WE'VE BEEN DOING THAT. WE'VE BEEN DOING IT WITH SPENDING AT EVERY SINGLE LEVEL IN THE GOVERNMENT. AND IT HAS MADE THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE IN DEBTS AND DEFICITS THAT I HAVE SEEN IN MY LIFETIME. LET'S BUILD ON THAT SUCCESS. LET'S RECOMMIT OURSELVES TO THAT GOAL. LET'S SURPRISE THE NAYSAYERS ABOUT THOSE THINGS THAT WE DO TOGETHER. WITH THAT, MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE…

                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE A MOTION?

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                • 01:36:08 PM

                  Mr. Woodall moved that the House do now adjourn.

                  • 01:36:09 PM

                    MR. WOODALL

                    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE -- THE HOUSE DO NOW ADJOURN.

              • 01:36:10 PM

                On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.

                • 01:36:11 PM

                  Adjourned

                  The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on February 16, 2018.

                  • 01:36:13 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A…

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

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                • 09:00:27 AM

                  THE CLERK

                  THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. FEBRUARY 15, 2018. I HEREBY APPOINT…

                  THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. FEBRUARY 15, 2018. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE MICHAEL K. SIMPSON TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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                • 09:00:45 AM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED OFFERED BY OUR

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                  CHAPLAIN CONROY

                  LET US PRAY. WE THANK YOU, O GOD, FOR GIVING US ANOTHER DAY. ENLIGHTEN THE…

                  LET US PRAY. WE THANK YOU, O GOD, FOR GIVING US ANOTHER DAY. ENLIGHTEN THE HEARTS OF THOSE WHO ARE FAITHFUL AND TIRELESS IN SECURING EQUAL JUSTICE UNDER THE LAW. FULFILL THE HOPES OF THOSE WHO LONG FOR PEACE AND SECURITY FOR THEIR CHILDREN. GUIDE AND PROTECT ALL ELECTED OFFICIALS AND ALL WHO CHOOSE TO SERVE THIS NATION AND THEIR LOCAL COMMUNITIES THROUGH PUBLIC SERVICE. MAY YOUR WILL BE DONE IN AND THROUGH THE MEMBERS OF THIS PEOPLE'S HOUSE, THOSE WHO TRUST IN YOUR DIVINE GUIDANCE, AND THOSE AS WELL WHO RELY UPON THE GIFTS YOU HAVE ENDOWED THEM WITH. EVEN IN THE MIDST OF CONFLICTING OPINIONS AND PHILOSOPHICAL DIFFERENCES, MAY THEY STHRIMB TO COME TO MUTUALLY BENEFICIAL ENDS. UNITE YOUR PEOPLE AND KEEP THEM FOCUSED ON THE ESSENTIALS THAT REFLECT YOUR KINGDOM. MAY THE FIRE OF DIVINE LOVE AND HUMAN FREEDOM RENEW THE FACE OF THE EARTH. MAY ALL THAT IS DONE TODAY BE FOR YOUR GREATER HONOR AND GLORY. AMEN.

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                • 09:02:01 AM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND ANNOUNCES TO THE HOUSE HIS APPROVAL…

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

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                  PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1, I DEMAND A VOTE ON AGREEING TO THE…

                  PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1, I DEMAND A VOTE ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL.

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                  THE QUESTION IS ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL. SMAFERE. -- SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA.

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

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

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                  TEMPORE FURTHER

                  FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. THE PLEDGE OF…

                  FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE LED BY GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. SCHROEDER.

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                • 09:02:42 AM

                  MR. SCHROEDER

                  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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                • 09:02:55 AM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                • 09:03:03 AM

                  MR. BYRNE

                  --

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                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE MY HOMETOWN AND MY HOME…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE MY HOMETOWN AND MY HOME STATE AS THE BIRTHPLACE OF THE BIRS EVER 9-1-1 PHONE CALL THAT WAS PLACED 50 YEARS AGO TOMORROW, FEBRUARY 16, 196. THIS PIONEERING PHONE CALL REMAINS A SOURCE OF GREAT PRIDE IN OUR CITY AND OUR STATE AND THE PHONE CALL WAS PLACED BY THEN ALABAMA SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE AND MY PREDECESSOR, CONGRESSMAN TOM BEVEL. THE CALL WAS MADE ON A BRIGHT RED PHONE THAT HAS BEEN SHOWCASED IN OUR CITY HALL FOR SEVERAL YEARS. I'M PROUD TO REPORT TO MY COLLEAGUES THIS MORNING THAT THE -- THIS RED PHONE, A PIECE OF HISTORY, WILL BE TEMPORARILY SHOWCASED BEEN SHOWCASED IN OUR CITY HALL FOR SEVERAL YEARS. I'M PROUD TO AS A PIECE OF AMERICAN HISTORY AT THE SMITHSONIAN. THE CURRENT MAYOR HAS DONE AN OUTSTANDING JOB IN MARKING THIS ANNIVERSARY FOR OUR TOWN. BY THE WAY, HIS FATHER-IN-LAW, JAMES, WAS THE MAYOR AT THE TIME THE PHONE CALL WAS MADE. I WANT TO PERSONALLY THANK THE MAYOR AND SO MANY OTHERS, INCLUDING THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY NUMBER ASSOCIATION, AND ALL THE 9-1-1 ORGANIZATIONS FOR ALL THEIR EFFORTS TO RECOGNIZE THIS FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WORLD'S FIRST 9-1-1 CALL. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 09:04:18 AM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON SEEK RECOGNITION?

                • 09:04:21 AM

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

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

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                • 09:04:25 AM

                  TEMPORE WITHOUT

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                  SHE'S A SOPHOMORE IN COLLEGE. SHE DREAMS OF ONE DAY HOLDING PUBLIC OFFICE…

                  SHE'S A SOPHOMORE IN COLLEGE. SHE DREAMS OF ONE DAY HOLDING PUBLIC OFFICE AND WORK TOWARDS A CAREER IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS OR COMPUTER ENGINEER IN THE HEALTH CARE SECTOR. THIS IS THE YOUNG LADY WHO IS WORKING HARD, DOING THE RIGHT THINGS TO BETTER HERSELF AND MAINTAIN GOALS TO GIVE BACK TO HER COMMUNITY AND THIS ARAISING COUNTRY THAT RAISED HER. THE SHAD REALITY IS THIS REPUBLICAN CONTROLLED CONGRESS AND ADMINISTRATION ARE HOLDING HER DREAMS HOSTAGE BY NOT ALLOWING A VOTE ON THE DREAM ACT. IT'S INHUMANE TO CONTINUE TO ENTANGLE THE LIVES OF THESE FOLKS IN PARTISAN GAMES. GET A DREAM ACT PASSED SO OUR COUNTRY CAN MOVE FORWARD AND PROTECT THE 800,000 DACA RECIPIENTS. I YIELD BACK.

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                • 09:04:57 AM

                  MR. SCHROEDER

                  THE 800,000 DACA RECIPIENTS. I YIELD BACK.

                • 09:05:33 AM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                • 09:05:39 AM

                  MR. BYRNE

                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL COURT REPORTING AND…

                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL COURT REPORTING AND CAPTIONS WEEK. AS AN ATTORNEY FROM FIRSTHAND EXPERIENCE I CAN SAY COURT REPORTERS HAVE HAD AN CONTINUE TO HAVE AN ENORMOUS IMPACT ON OUR LEGAL SYSTEM BOTH IN A PRACTICAL MATTER BUT ALSO IMPORTANT HISTORICAL SENSE. AS WE ATTORNEYS TALK AWAY, COURT REPORTERS TIRELESSLY CAPTURE EVERY SINGLE WORD. THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS CANNOT BE UNDER-THE-STATEMENTED -- UNDERESTIMATED. WITHOUT THEIR RECORD THERE COULD BE NO BROWN VS. BOARD OF EDUCATION, OR COUNTLESS OTHER LEGAL DECISIONS OF IMPORTANCE. CAPTIONERS ALSO DO WONDERFUL WORK TO HELP BETTER THE LIVES FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO ARE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING BY PROVIDING CAPTIONING REAL TIME. SO ON NATIONAL COURT REPORTING AND CAPTIONS WEEK, I WANT TO THANK THE THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS WHO WORK IN THIS INDUSTRY FOR THEIR HARD WORK AND THEIR DEDICATION. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                • 09:06:29 AM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MINNESOTA SEEK RECOGNITION?

                • 09:06:33 AM

                  >>

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

                • 09:06:36 AM

                  TEMPORE WITHOUT

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                  AS AMERICANS, WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT AND OUR…

                  AS AMERICANS, WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT AND OUR PUBLIC LANDS FOR TODAY AND FOR TOMORROW. AND THAT'S WHY WE, CONGRESS, PASSED CLEAN AIR AND CLEAN WATER LAWS.

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                • 09:06:51 AM

                  MS. MCCOLLUM

                  THAT'S WHY WE PROTECTED OUR PUBLIC LANDS AND TREASURED SPACES. PRESIDENT…

                  THAT'S WHY WE PROTECTED OUR PUBLIC LANDS AND TREASURED SPACES. PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS A DIFFER SET OF PRIORITIES WITH HIS DIRTY BUDGET AND INFRASTRUCTURE SCAM, PRESIDENT TRUMP IS ATTACKING BASIC ENVIRONMENTAL SAFEGUARDS. THE TRUMP BUDGET CUTS ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS AND MAKES IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR THE E.P.A. TO KEEP AMERICAN FAMILIES SAFE AND HEALTHY. THE TRUMP BUDGET STOPS ESSENTIAL RESEARCH OWN CLIMATE CHANGE, SLASHES CLEAN ENERGY DEVELOPMENT, AND THREATENS ENDANGERED SPECIES. THE TRUMP INFRASTRUCTURE SCAM REPEALS BASIC ENVIRONMENTAL SAFEGUARDS AND SELLS OFF OUR PUBLIC LANDS TO BIG OIL. ONCE AGAIN PRESIDENT TRUMP IS PUTTING POLLUTERS AND THEIR PROFITS FIRST AT THE EXPENSE OF AMERICA'S FAMILIES BEING HEALTHY. OUR AIR, WATER, AND LAND SHOULD NEVER BEEN PARTISAN ISSUES. CONGRESS MUST REJECT THIS DIRTY BUDGET AND INFRASTRUCTURE SCAM. AND WORK TO PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT AND NOT DESTROY IT. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                • 09:07:49 AM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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                • 09:07:57 AM

                  TEMPORE WITHOUT

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                • 09:08:02 AM

                  MR. FITZPATRICK

                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE PENS BURY SCHOOL DISTRICT IN…

                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE PENS BURY SCHOOL DISTRICT IN BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, FOR THE FOCUS OF THEIR MENTAL HEALTH ON THEIR STUDENTS AND COMMUNITY AT LARGE AND THEIR DETERMINATION TO END THE DRUG EPIDEMIC. THE DISTRICT RECENTLY LAUNCHED AN ONSITE MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING PROGRAM FOR THEIR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE DISTRICT'S NEW ADDICTION AND MENTAL HEALTH TASK FORCE. THE CLINICAL COUNSELING AND PARTNERSHIP WITH SAINT MARY MEDICAL CENTER BEGAN LAST MONTH AT THE PENNSBURY HIGH SCHOOL. IT CONTINUES ITS PARTNERSHIP AND EXPAND THE PROGRAM TO STUDENTS AND FAMILIES IN THE ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS. AS THE CO-CHAIR OF THE BIPARTISAN HEROIN TASK FORCE WE HAVE WORKED TIRELESSLY BOTH IN CONGRESS AND OUR COMMUNITIES TO FIND SOLUTIONS TO THIS DEVASTATING EPIDEMIC. WE'RE IN THE ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS. AS THE SO ENCOURAGED BY THE STEPS THAT THESE MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY ARE TAKING TO ADDRESS THE ISSUES OF MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION. WE ENCOURAGE EVERY SCHOOL DISTRICT IN BUCKS COUNTY TO FOLLOW THE LEAD OF PENNSBURY SCHOOL DISTRICT IN BOTH EDUCATING AND PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN. WE ALSO THANK THE ST. MARE MARY MEDICAL SENT' AND FAMILY ASSOCIATION OF BUCKS COUNTY FOR PARTNERING WITH THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. I YIELD BACK.

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                • 09:09:23 AM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                  UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

                • 09:09:29 AM

                  TEMPORE WITHOUT

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                • 09:09:30 AM

                  MS. KELLY

                  OBJECTION.

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  YOU. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                  YOU. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                • 09:10:49 AM

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

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                  TEMPORE WITHOUT

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE HERNANDEZ FOR WINNING…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE HERNANDEZ FOR WINNING THE JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION'S 2018 AMERICA'S CLASSIC AWARD.

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                • 09:11:05 AM

                  MR. NEWHOUSE

                  FELIPE HAS OPERATED THE AT THAT MALI EATERIE FOR THE LAST THREE DECADES.…

                  FELIPE HAS OPERATED THE AT THAT MALI EATERIE FOR THE LAST THREE DECADES. HE CAME TO AMERICA FROM MEXICO TO WORK IN AGRICULTURE. AND OPENED THE STORE IN 1990. THIS FAMILY-OWNED ESTABLISHMENT IS WELL-KNOWN FOR ITS PORK, CHICKEN, AND SEASONAL ASPARAGUS AT THAT MALIS AND UNTIL NOW RENAINED A RELATIVELY SECRET SPOT. THE JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION AMERICA'S CLASSIC AWARD, HONORS LOCALLY OWNED RESTAURANTS CHERISHED FOR QUALITY FOOD THAT REFLECTS THE CHARACTER OF THEIR COMMUNITY. AND THIS IS THE FIRST RESTAURANT IN CENTRAL WASHINGTON TO BE RECOGNIZED BY THE FOUNDATION. I, MYSELF, MY FRIENDS, AND MY STAFF CAN ALL ATTEST THAT THIS AWARD IS WELL DESERVED AND HONOR CHERISHED FOR QUALITY FOOD THAT REFLECTS THE CHARACTER OF TO RECOGNIZE THEM FOR THEIR HARD WORK AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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                • 09:11:59 AM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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                • 09:12:06 AM

                  TEMPORE WITHOUT

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                • 09:12:07 AM

                  MR. THOMPSON

                  MR. SPEAKER, TOMORROW MARKS ONE OF THE FINEST TRADITIONS ON PENN STATE'S…

                  MR. SPEAKER, TOMORROW MARKS ONE OF THE FINEST TRADITIONS ON PENN STATE'S CAMPUS A. 46-HOUR DANCE MARATHON CALLEDTHON. THON IS THE GRAND FINALE OF A YEAR-LONG FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN THAT PENN STATE STUDENTS UNDERTAKE FOR THE KIDS. BEGINNING AT 5:00 P.M. ON FRIDAY, MORE THAN 700 RECOGNIZED DANCERS WILL PUT THEIR STAMINA TO THE TEST AND DANCE FOR 46 HOURS. WITHOUT SLEEP, AT THE BRYCE JORDAN CENTER. IT IS THE LARGEST STUDENT RUN PHILANTHROPY IN THE WORLD. IT RAISES MONEY TO FIGHT PEDIATRIC CANCER. THE PROCEEDS RAISED GO DIRECTLY TO FOUR DIAMONDS, WHICH BENEFITS THE PENN STATE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL IN HER SHE. FOUR DIAMONDS ENSURING THAT FAMILIES WHO ARE BATTLING PEDIATRIC CANCER ARE NOT FACED WITH ANY COSTS. ALLOWING THEM TO FULLY FOCUS ON THE NEEDS OF THEIR CHILD. THON 2017 RAISED MORE THAN $10 MILLION. AND SINCE ITS INCEPTIONTHON HAS RAISED MORE THAN $146 MILLION. MR. SPEAKER, I AM ALWAYS IN AWE OF THE POWER OF OUR PENN STATE STUDENTS AND THEIR CARE AND CONCERN FOR OTHERS. I WISH EVERYONE PARTICIPATING THE BEST OF LUCK. WE'RE -- THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                • 09:13:44 AM

                  MR. GOODLATTE

                  MR. SPEAKER, I ASK FOR GENERAL LEAVE TO CONSIDER H.R. 620 EDUCATION REFORM…

                  MR. SPEAKER, I ASK FOR GENERAL LEAVE TO CONSIDER H.R. 620 EDUCATION REFORM ACT OF 2017 AND ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS. AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON H.R. 620.

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                • 09:14:01 AM

                  TEMPORE WITHOUT

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION. MR. --

                • 09:14:07 AM

                  TEMPORE PURSUANT

                  PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 736 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE…

                  PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 736 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 620. THE CHAIR APPOINTS THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO, MR. SIMPSON, TO PRESIDE OVER THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.

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                • 09:14:30 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE HOUSE IS IN COMMOLET HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE…

                  THE HOUSE IS IN COMMOLET HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 620. WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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                • 09:14:38 AM

                  THE CLERK

                  AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990 TO PROMOTE COMPLIANCE THROUGH…

                  AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990 TO PROMOTE COMPLIANCE THROUGH EDUCATION, TO CLARIFY THE REQUIREMENTS FOR DEMAND LETTERS, TO PROVIDE FOR A NOTICE AND CURE PERIOD BEFORE THE COMMENCEMENT OF A PRIVATE CIVIL ACTION, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                • 09:14:53 AM

                  THE CHAIR

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

                  PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE BILL IS CONSIDERED AS READ THE FIRST TIME GENERAL DEBATE SHALL NOT EXCEED ONE HOUR EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GOODLATTE, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. NADLERKS EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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                • 09:15:10 AM

                  MR. GOODLATTE

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

                • 09:15:13 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 09:15:15 AM

                  MR. GOODLATTE

                  PRIVATE ENFORCEMENT OF TITLE 3 OF THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT IS A…

                  PRIVATE ENFORCEMENT OF TITLE 3 OF THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT IS A CRITICAL TOOL FOR DISABLED INDIVIDUALS TO GAIN ACCESS TITLE 3 OF THE TO PLACES LIKE RESTAURANTS AND SHOPPING CENTERS. . THIS HAS BEEN THE CASE FOR DISABLED BUSINESS OWNERS WHO TESTIFIED BEFORE THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. LEE KEY TESTIFIED IN 2016. SHE RUNS ONE OF HER FAMILY'S DOUGHNUT SHOPS AND WAS SUED FOR TECHNICAL VIOLATES OF THE A.D.A. BECAUSE A RESTROOM SIGN WAS IN THE SHAPE OF A TRIANGLE INSTEAD OF A SQUARE. A PERSON WHO HAS NEVER WALKED IN HER LIFE, KEY TESTIFIED SAID SHE'S PROUD OF THIS NATION'S EFFORT TO IMPROVE ACCESSIBILITY BY ENACTING THE A.D.A. BUT THINKS BUSINESSES SHOULD BE GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO REMOVE BARRIERS BEFORE GETTING SUED. DONNA AND DAVID BATTLELAND HAVE ALSO TESTIFIED. THEY WERE CO-OWNERS OF A STORE THAT SOLD ACCESSIBILITY DEVICES IN FLORIDA. DESPITE TWO PEOPLE USING WHEELCHAIRS, DESPITE THE FACT THEIR ENTIRE CLIENTELE WAS COMPOSED OF CUSTOMERS WHO HAD MOBILITY LIMITATIONS, THEY WERE SUED BECAUSE THEY HAD NOT PAINTED LINES AND POSTED A SIGN FOR AN A.D.A. -- FOR A HANDICAP SPOT REQUIRED BY THE A.D.A. INDEED, ACCORDING TO THEIR TESTIMONY, IT WAS LATER FOUND THAT THEY HAD BEEN JUST ONE OF MANY BUSINESSES TARGETED BY AN UNSCRUPULOUS OUT-OF-STATE ATTORNEY. ACCORDING TO MRS. BATTLELAND, IT DID NOT MATTER THEIR PARKING LOT AND STORE WERE TOTALLY ACCESSIBLE. IT WAS GREED THAT WAS DRIVING THEIR SUITS. THESE EXAMPLES ARE AMONG MANY SHARED BY BUSINESSES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THE A.D.A.'S PRIVATE RIGHT OF ACTION, WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY INTENDED TO BE THE PRIMARY ENFORCEMENT MECHANISM TO ACHIEVE GREATER ACCESS, HAS INSTEAD ENCOURAGED THE COTTAGE INDUSTRY OF COSTLY AND WASTEFUL LITIGATION THAT NEITHER BENEFITS THE BUSINESS NOR DISABLED INDIVIDUALS SEEKING MORE ACCESSIBILITY. A REPORT AIRED ON "60 MINUTES" ON DECEMBER 4, 2016, FOR EXAMPLE, FEATURED SEVERAL SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS WHO WERE SUBJECT TO WHAT ARE KNOWN AS DRIVE-BY LAWSUITS. IN SUCH LAWSUITS COMMONLY FILED BY OPPORTUNISTIC TRIAL LAWYERS, THE PLAINTIFF NEED ONLY DRIVE BY THE PROPERTY, NOT ACTUALLY VISIT IT, TO FILE A LAWSUIT ALLEGING AN A.D.A. VIOLATION. IN OTHER CASES, PLAINTIFFS CAN EVEN USE GOOGLE EARTH TO TARGET ALLEGED VIOLATIONS AND IN TURN FILE LAWSUITS BEFORE EVEN NOTIFYING A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER OF THE PROBLEM. IN FACT, -- THE FACT THAT THESE TYPES OF SMALL BUSINESSES ARE ILL-EQUIPPED TO DEFEND AN A.D.A. LAWSUIT IS THE REASON WHY THEY'RE SUED. INDEED, OPPORTUNISTIC ATTORNEYS ARE MORE OFTEN WILLING TO SETTLE FOR JUST LESS THAN IT WOULD COST THOSE MOM AND POP BUSINESSES TO DEFEND THEMSELVES IN COURT. ACCORDING TO A 2017 OP-ED PUBLISHED IN "THE HILL" AN AVERAGE SETTLEMENT OF THE AMOUNT IS $7,500. GIVEN PLAINTIFF'S ATTORNEYS MOTIVES IS TO LINE THEIR OWN POCKETS, THERE IS LITTLE OR NO INCENTIVE TO WORK WITH BUSINESSES TO CURE A VIOLATION BEFORE A LAWSUIT IS FILED. THIS RESULTS IN WASTED RESOURCES THAT COULD HAVE BEEN USED TO IMPROVE ACCESS. H.R. 620 IS A COMMONSENSE SOLUTION BECAUSE IT GIVES BUSINESSES A FAIR CHANCE TO CURE TITLE 3 VIOLATIONS BEFORE THEY ARE FORCED INTO A LAWSUIT WHILE STILL PRESERVING THE POWER OF THE THREAT OF A LAWSUIT WHEN BUSINESSES FAIL TO MAKE THE REQUIRED FIXES IN A TIMELY MANNER. H.R. 620 WILL CREATE MORE ACCESS FOR MORE AMERICANS MORE QUICKLY BECAUSE BUSINESSES WOULD MUCH RATHER FIX AN ACCESS PROBLEM QUICKLY THAN FACE AN UNPREDICTABLE AND EXPENSIVE LAWSUIT THAT COULD HURT THEIR ABILITY TO EXPAND ACCESS IN OTHER WAYS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS COMMONSENSE REFORM, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 09:19:23 AM

                  THE CHAIR

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

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

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                • 09:19:26 AM

                  MR. NADLER

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

                • 09:19:34 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 09:19:35 AM

                  MR. NADLER

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. BEFORE WE DISCUSS THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY, I WANT…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. BEFORE WE DISCUSS THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY, I WANT TO ADDRESS THE HORRIBLE SCHOOL SHOOTING IN FLORIDA YESTERDAY. WE MOURN THE DEATHS OF THOSE SHOT AND KILLED AND WE SUPPORT THOSE WHO WERE INJURED AND THE FAMILIES OF THE VICTIMS. BUT WE MUST ALSO DO MORE TO PREVENT FUTURE SHOOTINGS IN OUR SCHOOLS AND ON OUR STREETS. THERE HAVE BEEN 18 SCHOOL SHOOTINGS IN THIS COUNTRY SO FAR THIS YEAR, AND IT IS ONLY FEBRUARY. ACCORDING TO "WASHINGTON POST" ANALYSIS, OVER THE LAST 19 YEARS, MORE THAN 150,000 STUDENTS ATTENDING AT LEAST 170 PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS HAVE EXPERIENCED A SHOOTING ON CAMPUS. THAT DOES NOT INCLUDE VIOLENCE OUTSIDE OF THE CLASSROOM. WE CANNOT ALLOW THIS TO CONTINUE. IT IS LONG PAST DUFORT THE HOUSE TO CONSIDER -- DUE FOR THE HOUSE TO CONSIDER LEGISLATION ON THIS FLOOR TO HELP PREVENT GUN VIOLENCE. OUR CALLS FOR HEARINGS ON GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION LEGISLATION HAVE BEEN MET WITH SILENCE. CONGRESS DID NOTHING AFTER COLUMBINE 20 YEARS AGO AND NOTHING AFTER SANDY HOOK FIVE YEARS AGO. INACTION IS UNACCEPTABLE, AND MOMENTS OF SILENCE ARE COMPLETELY INADEQUATE. OUR CITIZENS DEMAND THAT WE ACT WITHOUT DELAY. MR. CHAIRMAN, H.R. 620, THE SO-CALLED A.D.A. EDUCATION AND REFORM ACT OF 2017, WOULD UNDERMINE THE CIVIL RIGHTS OF AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES BY SIGNIFICANTLY WEAKENING THE KEY ENFORCEMENT TOOL OF THE A.D.A. ACT OF 1990, WHICH IS THE FILING OF PRIVATE LAWSUITS BY DISCRIMINATION VICTIMS. CONGRESS PASSED THE A.D.A. 28 YEARS AGO WITH THE GOALS OF FULLY INTEGRATED PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES INTO THE MAINSTREAM OF AMERICAN LIFE AND COUNTERACTING DISCRIMINATORY SOCIAL ATTITUDES TOWARDS THE DISABLED. BY MAKING IT HARDER FOR PERSONS FACING SUCH DISCRIMINATION TO VINDICATE THEIR RIGHTS IN COURT, THIS BILL ULTIMATELY UNDERMINES THOSE GOALS. H.R. 620 WOULD AMONG OTHER THINGS INSTITUTE A PRENOTICE -- PRESUIT, NOTICE AND CURE REGIME UNDER TITLE 3 OF THE A.D.A. WHICH PROHIBITS DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF DISABILITY AND PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS LIKE HOTELS, RESTAURANTS, PRIVATE SCHOOLS, AND PUBLIC -- AND HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS. SPECIFICALLY, THE BILL WOULD PROHIBIT A DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION VICTIM FROM FILING A LAWSUIT TO ENFORCE HIS OR HER RIGHTS UNDER TITLE 3 UNLESS THE VICTIM FIRST NOTIFIES THE BUSINESS OF A TITLE 3 VIOLATION. THE VICTIM MUST THEN WAIT TO 180 DAYS TO ALLOW THE BUSINESS TO EITHER COMPLY WITH THE LAW OR MAKE SOME UNDEFINED LEVEL OF SUBSTANTIAL PROGRESS, WHATEVER THAT MEANS, TOWARD COMPLYING WITH THE LAW. NO FEDERAL CIVIL RIGHTS STATUTE IMPOSES SUCH ONEROUS REQUIREMENTS ON DISCRIMINATION VICTIMS BEFORE THEY CAN HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ENFORCE THEIR RIGHTS IN COURT. BOTH INDIVIDUALLY AND CUMULATIVELY, THIS BILL'S NOTICE AND CURE PROVISIONS WILL HAVE THE EFFECT OF INAPPROPRIATELY SHIFTING THE BURDEN OF COMPLIANCE WITH THE FEDERAL CIVIL RIGHTS STATUTE FROM THE ALLEGED WRONGDOER ONTO THE DISCRIMINATION VICTIM AND PERVERSELY INCENTIVIZING BUSINESSES NOT TO COMPLY VOLUNTARILY WITH THE A.D.A. MOREOVER, BECAUSE H.R. 620 DOES NOT DEFINE THE TERM SUBSTANTIAL PROGRESS, THE BILL LEAVES IT TO A BUSINESS OWNER'S DISCRETION AS TO WHETHER HE MADE SUCH PROGRESS. THIS RAISES EXPENSIVE AND PROTRACTED LITIGATION OVER THE QUESTION WHETHER THE BUSINESS HAS MADE SUFFICIENTLY SUBSTANTIAL PROGRESS SHOULD A LAWSUIT BE FILED. SUCH A PROSPECT, ALONG WITH THE NEED TO WAIT 180 DAYS BEFORE FILING A LAWSUIT, MAY BE ENOUGH TO DETER DISCRIMINATION VICTIMS WITH MERITORIOUS CLAIMS FROM EVEN SENDING A NOTICE OF A VIOLATION, MUCH LESS FILING SUIT TO ENFORCE THEIR RIGHTS. IN ADDITION, THE BILL'S NOTICE REQUIREMENT IS OVERLY BURDENSOME AND ICKSSEGIVE. RATHER THAN TELLING THEM OF AN ACCESS BARRIER, THIS HAS THE PERSON TO GIVE A LEGAL PLEA OF THE CASE. IT IS TO DESCRIBE WHETHER THE VICTIM MADE A REQUEST ABOUT REMOVING AN ACCESS BARRIER AND EXPLAIN WHETHER AN ACCESS BARRIER WAS TEMPORARY OR PERMANENT. SUCH MAY BE DIFFICULT OR IMPOSSIBLE FOR A DISCRIMINATION VICTIM TO PROVIDE AT THE NOTICE STAGE, PARTICULARLY WITHOUT LEGAL COUNSEL. FINALLY, H.R. 620 DOES NOT EVEN ADDRESS THE PURPORTED PROBLEM IDENTIFIED BY ITS PROPONENTS WHO CLAIM PRESUIT NOTIFICATION IS NEEDED TO STOP LAWYERS FROM FILING NUMEROUS SIMILAR LAWSUITS, ALLEGING BOTH FEDERAL A.D.A. CLAIMS AND STATE LAW CLAIMS AGAINST NUMEROUS BUSINESSES IN ORDER TO ENFORCE QUICK SETTLEMENTS. THAT'S BECAUSE STATES ALLOW FOR DAMAGES UNDER THE STATE DISABILITY RIGHTS LAWS. BUT THIS IGNORES THE FACT THAT TITLE 3 OF THE FEDERAL A.D.A. ONLY PERMITS RECOVERY OF REASONABLE ATTORNEYS' FEES AND COSTS, NO RECOVERY OF MONEY DAMAGES. IN OTHER WORDS, IT IS STATE LAW, NOT THE FEDERAL A.D.A., WHICH PROVIDES THE FINANCIAL INCENTIVE FOR PURSUING NUMEROUS LAWSUITS. ADDITIONALLY, THE FILING OF MULTIPLE SUITS ALLEGING VIOLATIONS OF THE A.D.A. OR STATE DISABILITY LAWS SAYS NOTHING ABOUT THE UNDERLYING MERITS OF THOSE SUITS OR THE INTENTS OF THE PARTIES INVOLVED. TO THE EXTENT LAWYERS ENGAGE IN MISCONDUCT, COURTS ALREADY HAVE THE TOOLS TO ADDRESS SUCH MISCONDUCT INCLUDING BY IMPOSING SANCTIONS, REFUSING TO AWARD ATTORNEYS' FEES OR DISMISSING CASES THAT HAVE NO LEGAL OR FACTUAL BASIS. A PRESUIT NOTIFICATION REQUIREMENT TOGETHER WITH A LACK OF ANY REQUIREMENT TO ACTUALLY COMPLY WITH THE LAW IS A VIRTUAL GET OUT OF JAIL FREE CARD FOR EVERY PUBLIC ACCOMMODATION IN AMERICA. H.R. 620 SUBSTANTIALLY DIMINISHES THE PRIMARY INCENTIVE FOR VOLUNTARY COMPLIANCE FOR TITLE 3 WHICH IS THE CREDIBLE RISK OF BEING SUED AND HAVING TO PAY REASONABLE ATTORNEYS' FEES AND COSTS. H.R. 620'S NOTICE AND CURE REQUIREMENTS BY STARKLY DIMINISHING THE RISK OF LITIGATION WOULD SEND A CLEAR AND DEVASTATING MESSAGE TO EVERY PUBLIC ACCOMMODATION IN AMERICA, THAT THERE IS NO NEED TO COMPLY VOLUNTARILY WITH THE A.D.A. INSTEAD, THE BILL TELLS BUSINESSES THAT THEY SHOULD SIMPLY WAIT AND SEE IF THEY EVER RECEIVE A NOTICE OF VIOLATION AND FORGET ABOUT THE RIGHTS AND NEEDS OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES UNTIL THEN. AS A FORMER HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY TOM RIDGE WROTE RECENTLY IN "THE HILL" IN OPPOSING H.R. 620, QUOTE, IT IS UNACCEPTABLE TO ROLL BACK THE CIVIL RIGHTS OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES. WE SHOULD ENSURE ACCESS, NOT PROGRESS. WE SHOULD EXPECT BUSINESSES TO KNOW AND COMPLY WITH THEIR OBLIGATIONS, NOT REQUIRE NEIGHBORS AND COLLEAGUES WITH DISABILITIES TO SHOULDER THE BURDEN OF INFORMING AND EDUCATING BUSINESSES ABOUT THOSE OBLIGATIONS. WE SHOULD NOT TURN THE SIMPLE OF THE BUSINESS OF EVERYDAY LIFE INTO A COMPLEX AND LEGAL DEAL FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, UNQUOTE. FOR THE FORGOING REASONS, I OPPOSE H.R. 620 AND URGE THE HOUSE TO REJECT THIS DEEPLY FLAWED BILL. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 09:26:30 AM

                  THE CHAIR

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

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

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                • 09:26:33 AM

                  MR. GOODLATTE

                  MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS TO RESPOND TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                  MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS TO RESPOND TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK. POINT OF FACT, UNITED STATES CODE CONTAINS SEVERAL EXAMPLES IN WHICH A POTENTIAL PLAINTIFF MUST PROVIDE NOTICE BEFORE FILING A LAWSUIT. TITLE 1 OF THE A.D.A., IN FACT, FOR EXAMPLE, REQUIRES A PLAINTIFF TO FIRST FILE ADMINISTRATIVE COMPLAINT WITH THE EEOC. UNLIKE A COMPLAINT FILED IN FEDERAL COURT, IT'S A METHOD FOR PARTIES TO TRY TO RESOLVE THE CASE BEFORE LITIGATION THROUGH A CONTIL SILLIATION PROCESS. AS PART OF THIS PROCESS, THE PLAINTIFF IS REQUIRED TO FILL OUT A FORM THAT PUTS THE RECIPIENT ON NOTICE OF THE ALLEGED ISSUES. TITLE 2 OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT HAS A SIMILAR PROCESS. AT THIS TIME IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. CALVERT.

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                • 09:27:16 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

                • 09:27:19 AM

                  MR. CALVERT

                  I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, THE GOAL OF THE AMERICANS WITH…

                  I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, THE GOAL OF THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT IS TO PROVIDE ACCESS FOR THE DISABLED. THAT GOAL MUST BE PURSUED AND PROTECTED. IT'S IMPORTANT TO DISTINGUISH, HOWEVER, THAT THE A.D.A. IS NOT INTENDED TO FEED DRIVE-BY LAWSUITS AND PUT GOOD PEOPLE OUT OF BUSINESS. UNFORTUNATELY, MY STATE, CALIFORNIA, HAS BECOME GROUND ZERO FOR ABUSIVE A.D.A. LAWSUITS. I'VE HEARD MANY SMALL BUSINESSES IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT WHO HAVE FALLEN VICTIM TO ABUSIVE A.D.A. LAWSUITS THAT ARE NOT AIMED AT IMPROVING ACCESS TO THE DISABLED. IN FACT, CALIFORNIA ACCOUNTS FOR ROUGHLY 40%, 40% OF A.D.A. LAWSUITS NATIONWIDE. DESPITE BEING HOME TO JUST 12% OF THE COUNTRY'S DISABLED POPULATION. PROTECTING SMALL BUSINESSES FROM ABUSIVE LAWSUITS AND ENSURING DISABLED AMERICANS HAVE ADEQUATE ACCESS ARE NOT MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE GOALS. THAT'S WHY I'M AN ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR OF H.R. 620 AND BELIEVE ITS PASSAGE IS CRITICAL TO BOTH THE DISABLED AND TO OUR SMALL BUSINESS. BY GIVING BUSINESS OWNERS ADEQUATE TIME TO MAKE APPROPRIATE CHANGES TO PROVIDE ACCESS, WE'RE RETURNING TO THE ORIGINAL SPIRIT AND INTENT OF THE A.D.A. I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND FROM TEXAS, REPRESENTATIVE POE, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. AS WELL AS THE BIPARTISAN GROUP OF CO-SPONSORS FOR THEIR SUPPORT. I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR THIS BILL AND ENSURE THAT SERIAL LITIGANTS ARE NO LONGER REWARDED FOR TAKING ADVANTAGE OF AN IMPORTANT AND MEANINGFUL LAW. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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                • 09:28:59 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

                • 09:29:01 AM

                  MR. NADLER

                  SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. LEWIS.

                • 09:29:07 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

                • 09:29:18 AM

                  MR. LEWIS

                  SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK MY GOOD FRIEND, THE RANKING MEMBER, MR. NADLER,…

                  SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK MY GOOD FRIEND, THE RANKING MEMBER, MR. NADLER, FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL. MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES MAY NOT REMEMBER WHEN THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT BECAME THE LAW OF THE LAND IN 1964, BUT I REMEMBER. I WAS THERE. AS A MATTER OF FACT, I GAVE A LITTLE BLOOD DURING THE SIT-INS, DURING THE FREEDOM RIDES. I REMEMBER THE STRUGGLE, THE FIGHT, AND THE SACRIFICE OF SO MANY TO PROTECT THE DIGNITY AND WORDS OF EVERY HUMAN BEING. I WAS HERE SERVING IN THIS VERY CHAMBER WHEN THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT BECAME THE LAW OF THE LAND. 26 YEARS LATER. . YET TODAY IT IS UNBELIEVABLE, IT IS UNREAL WE'RE CONSIDERING A BILL THAT TURNS THE CLOCK BACKWARDS AND STRIKES A DEVASTATING BLOW IN THE FIGHT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT IT MAKE IT CHRIS CAL CLEAR FOR THE RECORD, THERE IS NO PLACE IN OUR COUNTRY TO BE PLACED ON THOSE WHOSE RIGHTS HAVE AND WILL BE VIOLATED TIME AND TIME AGAIN. MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL IS WRONG . IT IS MEAN-SPIRITED. AND IT IS A SHAME AND A DISGRACE THAT WE WOULD BRING IT TO THE FLOOR. I URGE EACH AND EVERY ONE OF MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS BILL. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD BRING IT TO THE FLOOR. YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                • 09:31:08 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

                • 09:31:10 AM

                  MR. GOODLATTE

                  MR. CHAIRMAN, AT THIS TIME IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE…

                  MR. CHAIRMAN, AT THIS TIME IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POE, A MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, AND THE CHIEF SPONSOR OF THIS LEGISLATION.

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                • 09:31:17 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR FAFE MINUTES.

                • 09:31:19 AM

                  MR. POE

                  I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS LONG WORK ON…

                  I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS LONG WORK ON THIS ISSUE AND ALSO I WANT TO THANK A COUPLE OF THE CO-SPONSORS. THIS IS A BIPARTISAN CONGRESSMAN PETERS AND CONGRESSWOMAN SPEIER AND MR. KEN CALVERT, ALSO, WHO HAS WORKED ON THIS FOR YEARS. I APPRECIATE THE WORDS OF THE GENTLEMAN WHO JUST SPOKE. A GREAT LEADER IN CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. BUT AS YOU PROBABLY KNOW, TITLE 7 OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT DOES REQUIRE NOTICE AS WELL AS THIS LEGISLATION HOPEFULLY WILL DO. LET ME BE CLEAR, THIS LEGISLATION MAKES THE A.D.A. BETTER BECAUSE IT REQUIRES THAT BUSINESSES BE TOLD AND BE GIVEN A CHANCE TO FIX THE PROBLEM, IF THERE IS A PROBLEM. UNDER CURRENT LAW, THAT IS NOT THE CASE. AND THIS WILL REQUIRE THE GOAL OF THIS BILL, THE A.D.A. LEGISLATION THAT WE HAVE, IS TO HAVE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR THE DISABLED. AND TO MAKE SURE BUSINESSES COMPLY WITH THAT ACCOMMODATION. AND WHEN A LAWSUIT IS FILED, MANY TIMES THE BUSINESS IS NEVER TOLD WHAT THE PROBLEM IS. AND IT MAY BE A YEAR FOR THE DISABLED. AND TO MAKE SURE BUSINESSES COMPLY WITH THAT ACCOMMODATION. THAT LAWSUIT ENDS UP IN A FEDERAL COURT. UNDER THIS LEGISLATION, BUSINESSES, ONCE THEY ARE PUT ON OR LONGER BEFORE NOTICE, THEY HAVE 160 DAYS TO FIX THE PROBLEM OR MAKE SUBSTANTIAL PROGRESS. SO IF THE GOAL OF THE A.D.A. IS TO GET PROBLEMS FIXED, THE LEGISLATION WE HAVE HERE HELPS THAT. BUT WHAT'S TAKING PLACE IN OUR COUNTRY, MR. SPEAKER, IS THAT BECAUSE THE LEGISLATION THAT WE CURRENTLY HAVE UNDER THE LAW, THE -- SOME LAWYERS, AS MENTIONED EARLIER, USE THE LEGISLATION AND ABUSE THE LEGISLATION UNDER CURRENT A.D.A. TO THE DISADVANTAGE OF THE DISABLED TO MAKE A PROFIT FOR THEMSELVES. HERE'S THE WAY IT WORKS, MR. SPEAKER. A LITIGANT, A PLAINTIFF WILL SEND A LETTER SEND A LETTER OR SOMETIMES FILE A LAWSUIT AGAINST A SMALL BUSINESS. WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT THE BIG BUSINESSES. WE'RE TAING ABT SMOUL, MOM AND POP STORES. AND TELLING THEM THEY HAVE AN A.D.A. VIOLATION. THE LETTER, THE LAWSUIT, MAY NOT EVEN STATE WHAT THE VIOLATION IS. THE LETTER SAYS YOU PAY OR WE WILL CONTINUE THE LAWSUIT. THESE BUSINESSES DON'T HAVE THE MONEY TO HIRE A LAWYER TO REPRESENT THEM. SO WHAT DO THEY DO? THEY PAY THE $3,000, $5,000, THE EXTORTION, SO THAT THOSE LAWSUITS ARE DISMISSED. AND THE PROBLEM THAT MAY BE ALLEGED IN THAT LAWSUIT IS NEVER REQUIRED TO BE FIXED. FOR TWO REASONS. ONE, THE LAWSUIT DOESN'T REQUIRE IT. AND SECOND, THESE LAWSUITS MAY NOT STATE WHAT THE PROBLEM IS. SO IF THE GOAL OF THE A.D.A. IS TO MAKE BUSINESSES COMPLY, THE SERIAL PLAINTIFFS FILING MULTIPLE LAWSUITS BUSINESSES STILL DON'T REQUIRE THAT THE BUSINESSES, EVEN IF THEY GET THE MONEY, HAVE TO COMPLY WITH THE ALLEGED VIOLATION. AND THIS IS HAPPENING THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES. LET ME MENTION JUST A FEW OF THESE. IN FLORIDA, A PLAINTIFF NAMED HOWARD COLEMAN, FILED 529 OF THESE LAWSUITS. CALIFORNIA, A PERSON NAMED VOGEL FILED 124. PENNSYLVANIA, A PLAYOFF NAMED MYLO BROUGHT 21. AND EVEN IN NEW YORK, THE PLAINTIFF BROUGHT 24 LAWSUITS. WHAT ARE THEY DOING? THESE PLAINTIFFS MAY NOT EVEN LIVE IN THE STATE WHERE THE VIOLATION IS SUPPOSED TO OCCUR. THESE PLAINTIFFS MAY NOT EVEN BE DISABLED THEMSELVES. BUT THEY WILL FILE THE LAWSUIT AGAINST THESE BUSINESSES, THE SOMETIMES USING GOOGLE MAPS, TO FIND A VIOLATION IN THE PARKING LOT. SEND A LETTER FROM A LAW FIRM SAYING YOU COMPLY WITH PAYING US THIS LAWSUIT, OR PAYING US THIS SHAKEDOWN, OR WE WILL CONTINUE THE LAWSUIT. AND MANY BUSINESSES FILE -- PAY THE EXTORTION. IT'S BECOME A PROFIT INDUSTRY. IT DOESN'T HELP THE DISABLED. CONTRARY TO WHAT THE OTHER SIDE HAS SAID, THESE LAWSUITS DO NOT HELP THE DISABLED. IN FACT, I THINK THESE LAWSUITS ARE BEING FILED ON BEHALF OF SERIAL PLAINTIFFS WHO WANT NOTHING ELSE EXCEPT TO RECEIVE A BOUNTY FOR THIS MONEY THAT HAS OCCURRED. BEFORE MY TIME IS COMPLETED, I WANT TO MENTION SOME OF THE FEDERAL JUDGES. ONE FEDERAL JUDGE FROM NEW YORK HAS TAKEN NOTICE OF THESE CASES. HE DESCRIBED THESE SERIES -- 30 SECONDS?

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                • 09:36:31 AM

                  MR. GADLAT

                  AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

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                  POE MR.

                  AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

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                  MR. POE

                  SAID THERE ARE ISSUES WITH THESE DRIVE BYE -- DRIVE BY LAWSUITS. A JUDGE…

                  SAID THERE ARE ISSUES WITH THESE DRIVE BYE -- DRIVE BY LAWSUITS. A JUDGE IN THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK IN HIS DECISION SAID THAT THESE CASE, QUOTE, ARE BROUGHT AGAINST SMALL BARS AND GRILLS AND RESTAURANTS AND OCCASIONALLY A CORNER GROCERY STORE WHICH ARE LIKELY ILL-EQUIPPED TO DEFEND THESE VIOLATIONS. IT IS TO INTIMIDATE BUSINESSES TO SETTLE BEFORE THE TRIAL TAKES PLACE. SO I HAVE PARENTS THAT ARE IN THEIR 90'S. I AM CONCERNED ABOUT ACCESS FOR ALL DISABLED PEOPLE. THE THOUGHT THAT THIS BILL MAKES IT WORSE FOR THE DISABLED IS WRONG. THIS BILL MAKES BUSINESSES COMPLY. PUTS THEM ON NOTICE. IF THEY DON'T COMPLY WITHIN A TIME PERIOD THEN FILE THE LAWSUIT. GO AFTER THEM. BUT BUSINESSES SHOULD BE ABLE TO HAVE THE NOTICE OF WHAT THE PROBLEM IS SO THAT THEY CAN FIX IT, WHICH IS THE GOAL OF THE A.D.A., TO MAKE BUSINESSES COMPLY. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK TO YOU.

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                • 09:37:45 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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                  MR. NADLER

                  MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM…

                  MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. SCOTT.

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                • 09:37:56 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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                  MR. SCOTT

                  THANK YOU. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 620, THE…

                  THANK YOU. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 620, THE SO-CALLED A.D.A. EDUCATION AND REFORM ACT OF 2017, IS AN ATTACK ON CIVIL RIGHTS, AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES. THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, OR THE A.D.A., IS A CIVIL RIGHTS LAW PASSED IN 1990 TO PROTECT PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES FROM DISCRIMINATION AND ALL ASPECTS OF SOCIETY. I RECOGNIZE THAT THE A.D.A. FALLS WITHIN THE COMMITTEE JURISDICTION OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE AND I'M HERE AS THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND THE WORK FORCE BECAUSE IF H.R. 20 WERE TO BECOME LAW, IT WOULD HAVE A PROFOUND EFFECT OBJECT STUDENTS AND WORKERS WITH DISABILITIES WHO ARE TRYING TO LEARN, WORK, OR GENERALLY ACCESS THEIR COMMUNITY. MR. SPEAKER, PRIOR TO THE A.D.A. PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES HAD NO RECOURSE IF THEY FACED DISCRIMINATION IN EMPLOYMENT, HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION, HEALTH SERVICES, OR WHEN ACCESSING PUBLIC SCHOOLS MUCH THE A.D.A. IS NEARLY 28 YEARS OLD. AND YET WE STILL HAVE CONTINUED GROSS NONCOMPLIANCE WITH THE LAW. H.R. 620 SPECIFICALLY TARGETS TITLE 3 OF THE A.D.A. REGARDING ACCESS TO PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS. TITLE 3 PROHIBITS DISCRIMINATION IN PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS SUCH AS RESTAURANTS, SHOPPING MALLS, MOTELS BY ADDING A NOTICE AND CURE REQUIREMENT, H.R. 620 SHIFTS THE COMPLIANCE BURDEN TO THE VICTIMS OF DISCRIMINATION. H.R. 620 EFFECTIVELY PROVIDES A DISCRIMINATION AGAINST PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES TO CONTINUE UNTIL SOMEBODY HIRES A LAWYER TO FILE A LEGAL COMPLAINT OF DISCRIMINATION, THEN THE BILL ALLOWS SIX MORE MONTHS TO ACHIEVE SOME UNDEFINED SUBSTANTIAL PROGRESS. SO EVEN WHEN PEOPLE KNOW THEY ARE OUT OF COMPLIANCE WITH THE A.D.A., THEY DON'T HAVE TO DO ANYTHING UNDER THE BILL UNTIL SOMEBODY FILES A FORMAL LEGAL COMPLAINT. MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL DOES NOT HELP PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES. THIS IS AN ATTACK ON CIVIL RIGHTS. THAT'S WHY THE -- DISABILITY COMMUNITY AND CIVIL RIGHTS COMMUNITIES ARE UNANIMOUSLY OPPOSED TO H.R. 620. 236 ORGANIZATIONS JOINED A LETTER LED BY THE CONSHORE SHUTTLE COLUMBIA OF CITIZENS WITH DISABILITIES -- CONSOAR SHUTTLE COLUMBIA OF CITIZENS WITH DISABILITIES. THEY URGED CONGRESS TO REJECT THE BILL. MORE THAN 200 ORGANIZATIONS SIGNED A LETTER LED BY THE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE ON HUMAN AND CIVIL -- CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS URGING CONGRESS TO REJECT THE BILL. THE A.D.A. WAS ENACTED TO ELIMINATE BARRIERS OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND SO I STRONGLY RIGHTS URGING CONGRESS TO REJECT THE BILL. THE A.D.A. WAS URGE EACH OF MY COLLEAGUES TO STAND WITH PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, PROTECT CIVIL RIGHTS BY VOTING NO ON THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 09:40:48 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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                  MR. GOODLATTE

                  MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE…

                  MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. PETERS, THE PRIMARY CO-SPONSOR OF THE LEGISLATION.

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                • 09:40:56 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

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                  MR. PETERS

                  ONE THING I WANT TO AGREE WITH MR. NADLER ON IS HIS COMMENTS ABOUT THE…

                  ONE THING I WANT TO AGREE WITH MR. NADLER ON IS HIS COMMENTS ABOUT THE TRAGEDY IN FLORIDA. I COMPLETELY ENDORSE THOSE COMMENTS WITH RESPECT TO THAT TRAGIC EVENT. I DO RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 620, THE A.D.A. EDUCATION AND REFORM ACT. TODAY, AS YOU HAVE HEARD, THE A.D.A.'S BEING ABUSED BY A FEW BAD ACTORS WHO ARE SERVING THEIR OWN PERSONAL INTEREST, FINANCIAL INTEREST, NOT FIGHTING FOR THE FOR THE DISABLED. THEY FILE LAWSUITS AND IMMEDIATELY SETTLE THEM FOR A FEW THOUSAND DOLLARS WITHOUT ACTUALLY REQUIRING THAT ANYTHING BE FIXED. NOBODY SAYS THIS ABUSE IS NOT HAPPENING. NOBODY SAYS THIS ADVANCES THE CAUSE OF ACCESS. A SMALL RESTAURANT OWNER IN SAN DIEGO, DOWNTOWN, TELLS A TYPICAL STORY. SUED BY AN ATTORNEY WHO FILED 50 A.D.A. SUITS AGAINST RESTAURANTS IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY IN ONE YEAR. THE BARRIERS CLAIMED, THAT SUIT DIDN'T EXIST. THE TABLES WERE AT CLIENT HEIGHT. THE BATHROOM WAS ACK'S CYBILL. THERE WAS ACCESS BETWEEN TABLES. THE PROPERTY OWNERS ATTORNEY TOLD THEM IT COULD COST THEM UP TO $50,000 TO PROVE IN COURT SO THEY SETTLED WITH THE PLAINTIFF FOR $2,500. THE SERIAL LITIGANT GOT THE QUICK PAYOFF THEY WANTED. THERE WERE NO VIOLATIONS TO BE FIXED AND IF THERE WERE, THEY WOULD BE REQUIRED TO BE FIXED. WE HEAR STORIES OF LAWSUITS SETTLED WITHOUT BARRIERS BEING FIXED. STATE GOVERNMENTS HAVE ACTED TO CURB THIS ABUSE. YOU KNOW WHO HAS LED THE FIGHT AGAINST THE ABUSE OF DISABILITY LAWS? CALIFORNIA DEMOCRATS. SOME STATE -- IN STATE GOVERNMENTS HAVE 2016, GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN SIGNED S.B. 269 AUTHORED BY A DEMOCRATIC STATE SENATOR, IT PASSED BY A MAJORITY DEMOCRATIC LEGISLATURE. IT GIFTS BUSINESSES 120 DAYS -- IT GIVES BUSINESSES 120 DAYS TO CORRECT THE VIOLATIONS. IT'S A BIPARTISAN SOLUTION THAT EDUCATES BUSINESS OWNERS ON COMPLIANCE, REDIRECTS PAYOUTS REDIRECTS PAYOUTS TO SETTLE CLAIMS AWAY FROM LAWYERS AND TOWARD ACTUALLY IMPROVING ACCESS. AND IT PROTECTS AGAINST THESE COOKIE CUTTER LAWSUITS FILED BY SERIAL CUTTER LAWSUITS FILED BY SERIAL PLAINTIFFS. LET ME ADDRESS SOME OF THE ISSUES -- THAT HAVE BEEN RAISED TODAY. WE'RE TRYING TO PROVIDE THE SAME CORRECTION AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL. FIRST, THIS BILL DOESN'T TURN ANYONE INTO -- TURN INTO -- ANYONE INTO A SECOND CLASS CITIZEN. UNDER THE CLEAN WATER ACT A COMPLAINTANT HAS TO NOTIFY VIOLATORS OF A VIOLATION. THEY HAVE 60 DAYS TO FIX THE PROBLEM BEFORE YOU CAN FILE A PRIVATE RIGHT OF ACTION. IN CIVIL RIGHTS LAWS, AS HAS BEEN SAID, NOTICE TO CURE IS COMMON. BEFORE YOU CAN FILE LAWSUIT FOR A HOSTILE WORKPLACE, ENVIRONMENT, FOR INSTANCE, YOU HAVE TO FILE A CLAIM AND GIVE THE EMPLOYER THE CHANCE TO FIX IT. THE SAME IS TRUE QUITE IRONICALLY FOR DISABILITY. IF YOU WANTED TO FILE NOTICE ON REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION, YOU HAVE TO GIVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO FIX IT. TODAY WE'RE ASKING THAT BUSINESS OWNERS BE GIVEN THE SAME CHANCE TO FIX PROBLEMS WE CURRENTLY GIVE EMPLOYERS. SECOND, THE BILL DOES NOT HOLD HARMLESS PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS UNDER H.R. 620, PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS STILL ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ENSURING ACCESS UNDER THREAT OF LITIGATION. IF A PROPERTY OWNER FAILS TIMELY AND ADEQUATELY TO RESPOND, THEY ARE SUBJECT TO THE SAME REMEDIES THAT EXIST TODAY. THIRD A. NOTICE AND CURE PERIOD DOES NOT SHIFT COMPLIANCE FROM BUSINESSES TO VICTIMS. TODAY IF A PUBLIC ACCOMMODATION IS OUT OF COMPLIANCE, A PLAINTIFF, REAL PLAINTIFF, WHO HAD A PROBLEM WITH IT, WOULD HAVE TO FILE A LAWSUIT TO FORCE COMPLIANCE. UNDER H.R. 620, A PLAINTIFF WOULD BE ABLE TO FILE A NOTICE THAT STARTS A TIMELINE TO FIX THE PROBLEMS THAT EXISTS. THAT DOESN'T SHIFT THE BURDEN. FINALLY, H.R. 620 DOES NOT WEAKEN THE RIGHTS OF THE DISABLED. ON THE CONTRARY, IT FACILITATES THE REMOVAL OF BARRIERS TO ENSURE BETTER ACCESS FOR THE DISABLED WITHIN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME, DISCAN COURAGING THE QUICK PAYOFFS THAT DO NOTHING FOR ACCESS. WITH NO ONE SOLUTION PROPOSED BY CONGRESS IS EVER PERFECT. I WORKED WITH MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO FIND AMOUNTS AND CHANGES TO THE LAW TO MAKE THE TIMELINE FOR FIXES TIGHTER AND TIGHTEN THE DEFINITIONS OF COMPLIANCE. IN FACT, MANY OF THE DEFECTS THAT ARE NOTICED BY MR. NADLER I BELIEVE WILL BE ADDRESSED BY AMENDMENTS TODAY.

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                • 09:45:12 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

                • 09:45:14 AM

                  MR. GOODLATTE

                  I'M PLEASED TO YIELD AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

                • 09:45:18 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 09:45:20 AM

                  MR. PETERS

                  SPECIFICALLY WE'LL HAVE A PROVISION FOR PLAIN LANGUAGE NOTICE WHICH IS AN…

                  SPECIFICALLY WE'LL HAVE A PROVISION FOR PLAIN LANGUAGE NOTICE WHICH IS AN IMPROVEMENT. 120-DAY CLARIFICATION INSTEAD OF 180. AND A BETTER DEFINITION OF WHAT SUBSTANTIAL PROGRESS MEANS. . I THINK WE CAN CONTINUE TO IMPROVE THE BILL AND I WILL WORK WITH MY COLLEAGUES. I'M CERTAIN DOING NOTHING IS THE WORST RESPONSE. I URGE SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. I THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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                • 09:45:51 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

                • 09:45:52 AM

                  MR. NADLER

                  SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON…

                  SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE.

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                • 09:45:58 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

                • 09:46:00 AM

                  MS. JACKSON LEE

                  BECAUSE WE ARE TALKING ABOUT NEEDS THIS MORNING -- AND I THANK THE…

                  BECAUSE WE ARE TALKING ABOUT NEEDS THIS MORNING -- AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK. LET ME OFFER MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY HAVING SEEN MR. DEUTCH IN FLORIDA FOR THE TRAGIC LOSS OF OUR CHILDREN. I RISE TODAY TO BE ABLE TO SPEAK FOR THOSE WHO CANNOT BE ON THE FLOOR TODAY OR MANY OF THOSE WHO CANNOT BE ON THE FLOOR TODAY AND THAT IS THE MILLIONS OF DISABLED AMERICANS AND TO BE ABLE TO SAY, WITH ALL OF THE CONSTERNATION AND THE UNCOMFORTABLENESS OF SOME OF THE VERY IMPORTANT PEOPLE IN AMERICA -- SMALL BUSINESSES, THE ENERGY OF OUR ECONOMY -- I HAVE TO STAND AND SPEAK FOR THE VALUE OF CIVIL RIGHTS AND THE CIVIL RIGHTS OF AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES WHO WAITED FOR CENTURIES TO NOT BE LOOKED UPON IN DISTASTE AND DISGUST. I REMEMBER PROCEEDING THE PASSAGE OF THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT. GEORGE H.W. BUSH WAS A TEXAN AND I SEE OFTEN HIS PRIDE FOR PASSING THAT BILL. 57 MILLION AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES, THAT TRANSLATES TO ONE IN FIVE AMERICANS, 31 MILLION AMERICANS WITH PHYSICAL DISABILITIES, AND I'VE HEARD SOME OF THEIR COMMENTS AS AN OLDER WOMAN WITH DISABILITIES, I FEEL INVISIBLE. OR I'M NOT LIVING, I'M JUST EXISTING. IN THIS BILL, THE NOTICE AND CURE FRAMEWORK INCLUDED IN THIS BILL WOULD FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGE THE STRUCTURE OF THE A.D.A.'S PUBLIC ACCOMMODATION TITLE AND REMOVE ANY REASONS FOR BUSINESS TO COMPLY PROACTIVELY WITH THE LAW. THE SAME AS THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT OF 1965 THAT WE NOW SUFFER BECAUSE WE GUTTED SECTION 4 AND SECTION 5 AND WE HAVE VOTER SUPPRESSION AND PEOPLE ARE NOT HAVING THEIR CIVIL RIGHTS IN TERMS OF VOTING. YOU TOUCH THIS IN A WAY, YOU UNDERMINE THE VERY EXISTENCE OF PEOPLE LIVING WITH DISABILITIES. I AM OUTRAGED, EVEN THOUGH I AM EMPATHETIC, BUT IF IT IS A PROBLEM OF LAWYERS AND STATE BARS -- THEN STATE BARS CAN REGULATE THEM, STATE COURTS CAN REGULATE THEM. YOU CAN PUNISH AND SANCTION LAWYERS WHO DO NOT HAVE THE PROPER PROTOCOLS. MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS IS WRONG-HEADED. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO STAND FOR CIVIL RIGHTS FOR AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES. THIS IS NOT JUST AN AMENDMENT. IT'S UNDERMINING THE CIVIL RIGHTS OF THOSE WHO ARE LIVING WITH DISABILITIES.

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                • 09:48:37 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

                • 09:48:40 AM

                  MR. GOODLATTE

                  I INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME REMAINS?

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                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA HAS 13 MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA HAS 13 MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK HAS 17 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING.

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                • 09:48:47 AM

                  MR. GOODLATTE

                  MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF A MINUTE TO RESPOND TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

                  MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF A MINUTE TO RESPOND TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS. PROPONENTS SAY IT WILL DELAY ACCESS EVEN JUST A FEW MONTHS. UNDER CURRENT LAW UNSCRUPULOUS LAWYERS DELAY FOR MONTHS AFTER VIOLATIONS ARE DISCOVERED SIMPLY TO BOOST THEIR CLAIM FOR ATTORNEYS' FEES BASED ON WORK. HERE'S AN AFFIDAVIT FROM A FORMER A.D.A. LAWYER SHOWING HIS FIRM FRAUDULENTLY AND ROUTINELY WAITED MONTHS TO ALERT BUSINESS OWNERS OF POTENTIAL VIOLATIONS AND FILE LAWSUITS SO THEY COULD FALSELY CLAIM MANY HOURS OF WORK PREPARING THE CASE WHEN NO SUCH WORK WAS REQUIRED. HERE'S WHAT THE LAWYER TESTIFIED TO. QUOTE, THE ALLEGED TIME ENTRIES AT ISSUE IN THIS CASE INCLUDE AUTHORIZING DISCOVERY SIX MONTHS IN ADVANCE OF THE CASE BEING FILED. I TOLD MR. LOPEZ THE REAL PERSON IN CHARGE, THIS PRACTICE WAS USELESS. MR. LOPEZ'S RESPONSE WAS INCREASING LEGAL FEES WAS WHAT I WAS SUPPOSED TO DO.

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                • 09:49:48 AM

                  MR. GOODLATTE

                  BILL, AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT.

                • 09:50:25 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

                • 09:50:27 AM

                  MR. GOODLATTE

                  I WILL YIELD TO GENTLEWOMAN. -- TO THE GENTLEWOMAN.

                • 09:50:34 AM

                  MS. JACKSON LEE

                  YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT LAWYERS, NOT THE DISABLED. LET THE STATE BARS, LET…

                  YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT LAWYERS, NOT THE DISABLED. LET THE STATE BARS, LET THE STATE COURTS REGULATE THESE LAWYERS. SANCTION THEM. JUST LIKE WE HAVE SANCTIONS IN THE FEDERAL COURT SYSTEM, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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                • 09:50:44 AM

                  MR. GOODLATTE

                  THEY OPPOSE OUR BILL TO INCREASE SANCTIONS ON UNETHICAL LAWYERS. MR.…

                  THEY OPPOSE OUR BILL TO INCREASE SANCTIONS ON UNETHICAL LAWYERS. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 09:50:51 AM

                  THE CHAIR

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

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

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                • 09:50:56 AM

                  MR. NADLER

                  NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. RASKIN.

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                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                  MR. RASKIN

                  MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. ONE OF OUR GREAT REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT,…

                  MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. ONE OF OUR GREAT REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT, ABRAHAM LINCOLN, WHO SERVED IN THIS BODY SPOKE OF GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE AND FOR THE PEOPLE. WE DIDN'T START OUT THAT WAY BUT THROUGH CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENTS AND CIVIL RIGHTS STATUTES WE OPENED AMERICA UP. AND THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT HAS BEEN A CRUCIAL PIECE OF LEGISLATION TO OPENING AMERICA UP. OUR RESTAURANTS, OUR HOTELS, ALL OF OUR BUSINESS ESTABLISHMENTS TO TENS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO OTHERWISE COULDN'T PARTICIPATE FULLY AND ON AN EQUAL BASIS. NOW, THIS BILL WOULD CREATE A TOTALLY NOVEL REQUIREMENT IN THE CIVIL RIGHTS FIELD THAT IN ORDER TO SUE FOR VIOLATIONS OF PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS LAW UNDER THE A.D.A. THE PERSON MUST FIRST NOTIFY THE BUSINESS OF THEIR ALLEGED VIOLATIONS AND THEN WAIT 180 DAYS TO ALLOW THE BUSINESS TO REMEDY THE VIOLATION OR MAKE SUBSTANTIAL PROGRESS TOWARDS COMPLIANCE. NO OTHER FEDERAL CIVIL RIGHTS LAW OPERATES THIS WAY. THEY JUST DON'T WORK LIKE THAT. THE A.D.A.'S BEEN IN PROCESS FOR 27 YEARS AND THERE'S NO REASON THAT ANY BUSINESS TODAY SHOULD BE OUT OF COMPLIANCE WITH A VERY CLEAR DIRECTIVE UNDER THE A.D.A. THE NEW NOTICE AND CURE PROVISIONS WILL HAVE THE EFFECT OF SHIFTING THE BURDEN OF ENFORCEMENT FROM THE WRONGDOER TO THE VICTIM OF DISCRIMINATION. IT WOULD INCENTIVIZE THE BUSINESSES TO NOT COMPLY WITH A.D.A. UNLESS IT RECEIVES A NOTICE OF VIOLATION. NOW, OUR COLLEAGUES RAISE QUESTIONS OF OVERZELLOUS OR ABUSIVE LITIGATION -- OVER ZEALOUS OR ABUSIVE LITIGATION. THEY ADDED DAMAGES UNDER THE A.D.A. UNDERSTAND UNDER THE A.D.A. FEDERALLY THERE ARE NO DAMAGES. YOU CAN JUST GET YOUR COST AND YOUR LEGAL FEES. SOME STATES ADDED DAMAGES AND THEN THERE ARE SOME LAWYERS WHO ARE OUT WHO ARE MAKING TROUBLE. WE AGREE WITH THAT. USE THE STATE BARS TO SANCTION THEM. IF THERE ARE SANCTIONAL BEHAVIOR, DISBAR THEM. DEAL WITH THAT PROBLEM BUT DON'T CUT THE HEART OF THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT WHICH HAS BEEN CENTRAL TO THE ABILITY OF OUR PEOPLE AND ALL OF OUR FAMILIES TO PARTICIPATE ON EQUAL BASIS IN OUR ECONOMY AND IN OUR SOCIETY. I YIELD BACK.

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                • 09:53:20 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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                  MR. GOODLATTE

                  MR. SPEAKER, IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                  MR. SPEAKER, IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA,

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                • 09:53:27 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. WOODY PAIGE…

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. WOODY PAIGE THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I --

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                • 09:53:33 AM

                  MR. WOODALL

                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. THE GENTLEMAN…

                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND SAID AFTER DECADES THE A.D.A. WAS WELL UNDERSTOOD AND THE LAW WAS EASY TO COMPLY WITH. IN MANY CASES THAT MAY BE TRUE BUT TECHNOLOGY HAS BEEN ADVANCING SO QUICKLY, THERE ARE AREAS WHERE THE A.D.A. IS NOT CLEAR TODAY AND WE'RE IN NEED OF GUIDANCE. MR. CHAIRMAN, IN THE GREAT STATE OF GEORGIA, SCORES OF BUSINESSES HAVE RECEIVED DEMAND LETTERS FOR THEIR WEBSITES, THAT THEIR WEBSITES SHOULD BE CONSIDERED PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS AND DEMAND LETTERS TO SAY THOSE WEBSITES DO NOT COMPLY WITH THE A.D.A. WHEN THESE BUSINESSES DO NOT KNOW HOW TO MAKE THEIR WEBSITES COMPLY WITH THE A.D.A. 50 CREDIT UNIONS ALONE, MR. SPEAKER -- MR. CHAIRMAN, FOLKS WHO ARE IN THE BUSINESS OF SERVING OUR COMMUNITIES HAVE RECEIVED THESE DEMAND LETTERS UNABLE TO RESPOND. I'D LIKE, IF HE'D BE WILLING TO ENTER INTO A COLLOQUY WITH THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, JUDGE POE, AND ASK IF YOU'RE AWARE, JUDGE POE, OF THE ISSUES CREATED BY THIS EMERGENCE OF TECHNOLOGY AND THE LITIGATION, THE PREDATORY LITIGATION THAT CREDIT UNIONS AND COMMUNITY BANKS AND OTHER SMALL MOM AND POP BUSINESSES ARE FACING?

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                • 09:54:49 AM

                  MR. POE

                  DOES THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

                • 09:54:51 AM

                  MR. WOODALL

                  I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                  MR. POE

                  YES, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. I AM AWARE OF THIS…

                  YES, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. I AM AWARE OF THIS MATTER. ALSO, I AM AWARE THAT YOU, THE CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE, 60 MEMBERS OF THIS CLAIM BER LAST YEAR TO URGE THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO FINALIZE -- CHAMBER LAST YEAR TO URGE THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO FINALIZE CERTAINTY. EVEN THOUGH IT'S NOT CLEAR THERE IS A STATUTORY OBLIGATION UNDER THE A.D.A. FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TO ACT WHICH IS WHY H.R. 620 DOESN'T ADDRESS THAT ISSUE SPECIFICALLY. I'LL YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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                • 09:55:25 AM

                  MR. WOODALL

                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS GUIDANCE. OF COURSE, THERE WAS NO…

                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS GUIDANCE. OF COURSE, THERE WAS NO OPPORTUNITY FOR THE A.D.A. TO ANTICIPATE THE INTERNET, TO ANTICIPATE WEBSITES AND SO IT'S UNCLEAR WHETHER OR NOT CONGRESS INTENDED FOR WEBSITES TO FALL INSIDE THE PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS STATUTE. JUDGE, ALL OF THE SMALL BUSINESSES, EVERYONE WITH A WEBSITE PRESENCE, MR. CHAIRMAN, IS UNCLEAR ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT THEY'RE VIOLATING THE LAW. THEY DON'T EVEN HAVE A FRAMEWORK OF GUIDANCE SO THEY COULD COMPLY WITH THE LAWS. I KNOW EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THESE CREDIT UNIONS, SMALL BANKS, SMALL BUSINESSES WANTS TO DO. I'D ASK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IF HE'D COMMIT TO WORKING WITH ME TO ENCOURAGE THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO MOVE FORWARD WITH SOME GUIDANCE IN THIS AREA SO THAT WE COULD PROVIDE CERTAINTY, NOT JUST TO CREDIT UNIONS, NOT JUST TO COMMUNITY BANKS BUT TO ALL OF THESE SMALL BUSINESSES LOOKING TO DO THEIR VERY BEST TO COMPLY WITH THE A.D.A.

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                • 09:56:24 AM

                  MR. POE

                  WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

                • 09:56:27 AM

                  MR. WOODALL

                  BE HAPPY TO YIELD TO MY FRIEND FROM TEXAS.

                • 09:56:34 AM

                  MR. POE

                  THIS LEGISLATION MAKES THE A.D.A. BETTER. THE RIGHT OF PEOPLE TO HAVE…

                  THIS LEGISLATION MAKES THE A.D.A. BETTER. THE RIGHT OF PEOPLE TO HAVE ACCESS -- HAVE 30 SECONDS?

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                • 09:56:41 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

                • 09:56:45 AM

                  MR. GOODLATTE

                  PLEASED TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                  MR. POE

                  THIS LEGISLATION MAKES IT BETTER FOR THE DISABLED TO HAVE ACCESS UNDER THE…

                  THIS LEGISLATION MAKES IT BETTER FOR THE DISABLED TO HAVE ACCESS UNDER THE NOTICE AND CURE REQUIREMENT AND THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND STAKEHOLDERS ON THIS. IN FACT, JURISDICTIONS SAID THE A.D.A. GOES TO WEBSITES. WE BELIEVE THAT 620 WILL HELP. I YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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                • 09:57:13 AM

                  MR. WOODALL

                  THESE ARE SMALL BUSINESSES, MR. CHAIRMAN, THAT WANT TO DO THEIR BEST TO…

                  THESE ARE SMALL BUSINESSES, MR. CHAIRMAN, THAT WANT TO DO THEIR BEST TO COMPLY WITH THE A.D.A. I THINK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE. I YIELD BACK.

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                • 09:57:22 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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                  MR. NADLER

                  MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM DELAWARE, MS.…

                  MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM DELAWARE, MS. BLUNT ROCHESTER.

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                • 09:57:30 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  ROCHESTER.

                • 09:57:33 AM

                  MS. BLUNT ROCHESTER

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

                • 09:59:24 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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                  MR. GOODLATTE

                  MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE.

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                  THE CHAIR

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

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

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                • 09:59:35 AM

                  MR. NADLER

                  MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS, MS.…

                  MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS, MS. SCHAKOWSKY.

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                • 09:59:41 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

                • 09:59:44 AM

                  MS. SCHAKOWSKY

                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO H.R.…

                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO H.R. 620, WHICH WOULD VIOLATE THE 28-YEAR-OLD AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT BY ALLOWING PUBLIC PLACES TO BAR ACCESS TO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES. H.R. 620 WILL ALLOW BARRIERS FOR THE DISABLED TO STAY IN PLACE AS LONG AS SUBSTANTIAL PROGRESS IS MADE TO REMOVE THEM, WHATEVER THAT MEANS. THE A.D.A. WAS A COMPROMISE, GIVEN THE DISABILITY COMMUNITY ACCESS AND HELPING BUSINESSES TO COMPLY BY GIVING THEM TAX CREDITS AND TRAINING. H.R. 620 UNDOES THAT COMPROMISE, MAKING IT VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO ENFORCE THE A.D.A.'S GOAL OF FAIRNESS AND INCLUSION, AND THAT'S WHY THE AARP, THE PARALYZED VETERANS OF AMERICA, THE NATIONAL COUNCIL ON INDEPENDENT LIVING AND THE CONSORTIUM OF CITIZENS WITH DISABILITIES OPPOSE THIS BILL. IT'S WHY THE NATIONAL ORGANIZATION OF NURSES WITH DISABILITIES, QUOTE, BELIEVES THAT H.R. 620 REPRESENTS A DOWNWARD SPIRAL OF THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT AND WILL IMPACT PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES' FREEDOM OF ACCESS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES AND IT'S WHY 55 ILLINOIS, WHERE I'M FROM, WHOSE PRESIDENT, MARCO BRISTOL, MY HERO, HELPED ENACT THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT AND SHE SAYS -- AND THEY SAY H.R. 620 WOULD FUNDAMENTALLY HARM OUR NATION'S PROGRESS TOWARD AN ACCESSIBLE AND INTEGRATED SOCIETY. . IT TELEGRAPHS TO INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES DISABILITIES THAT THEIR INCLUSION IS SIMPLY NOT IMPORTANT, UNQUOTE. LET'S SHOW PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES THAT THEY DO MATTER. THAT THEY SHOULDN'T BE LOCKED OUT OF RESTAURANTS OR SPORTING EVENTS OR JOB OPPORTUNITIES. THAT THEY SHOULD BE TREATED -- THEY SHOULD NOT BE TREATED AS SECOND CLASS CITIZENS IN THE AMERICAN CIVIL JUSTICE SYSTEM. SHOW YOUR COMMITMENT TO THE A.D.A. AND TO CIVIL RIGHTS AND VOTE NO. I YIELD BACK.

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                • 10:02:00 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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                  MR. GOODLATTE

                  MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I JUST ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE AFFIDAVIT…

                  MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I JUST ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE AFFIDAVIT THAT I CITED IN MY EARLIER REMARKS BE MADE PART OF THE RECORD.

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                • 10:02:10 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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                  MR. NADLER

                  MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM…

                  MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, THE MINORITY WHIP, AND ONE OF THE ORIGINAL AUTHORS OF THE A.D.A. IN 1990, MR. HOYER.

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                • 10:02:26 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

                • 10:02:28 AM

                  MR. HOYER

                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS…

                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS LEGISLATION. IN 1990 PRESIDENT GEORGE H.W. BUSH DECLARED A LONG OVERDUE INDEPENDENCE DAY FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AS HE SIGNED THE HISTORIC AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT INTO LAW. AS THE HOUSE SPONSOR OF THE A.D.A., I SHARED THE PRESIDENT'S OPTIMISM AND HOPE THAT EVERY MAN, WOMAN, AND CHILD WITH DISABILITY CAN NOW PASS-THROUGH ONCE CLOSED DOORS INTO A BRIGHT NEW ERA OF EQUALITY, INDEPENDENCE, AND FREEDOM. I WAS PROUD TO WORK ACROSS THE AISLE ON THE A.D.A. AND ON THE A.D.A. AMENDMENTS ACT OF 2008. THE ONLY TIME THE A.D.A. HAS EVER BEEN AMENDED. WE BROUGHT TOGETHER FROM OUTSIDE GROUPS FROM A BROAD RANGE OF AFFILIATIONS TO CREATE A FRAMEWORK FOR POLICY THAT WOULD VASTLY IMPROVE ACCESSIBILITY AND BE AGREEABLE TO ALL. UNFORTUNATELY, PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES STILL FACE STUBBORN BARRIERS TO FULL INCLUSION. IN THE LAST YEAR, PEOPLE WITH DIFFERING ABILITIES HAVE HAD TO FIGHT FOR ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE AND THE SERVICES THEY NEED TO LIVE INDEPENDENTLY AND WITH DIGNITY. NOW, WE HAVE ON THE FLOOR A BILL THAT WOULD UNDERMINE THE CENTRAL TENET OF THE A.D.A. THE RIGHT OF VICTIMS OF DISCRIMINATION TO SEEK REDRESS FOR EXCLUSION. REQUIRING VICTIMS OF VICTIMS OF OF A VIOLATION BEFORE BRINGING A LAWSUIT IS OF A VIOLATION BEFORE BRINGING A LAWSUIT IS AN IMPROPER SHIFT OF THE BURDEN OF COMPLIANCE ON TO VICTIMS. ONE NOT REQUIRED OF ANY OTHER GROUP BY ANY OTHER CIVIL RIGHTS LAW. NOT A SINGLE CIVIL RIGHTS LAW. -- RIGHTS LAW GIVES THIS KIND OF PROVISION. AS THE PARALYZEDET VETERANS OF AMERICA WROTE IN THE LETTER OF OPPOSITION AND I QUOTE, VETERANS WITH DISABILITIES WHO HONORABLY SERVE THEIR CONTRY, SHOULD NOT BEAR THE BURDEN OF ENSURING THAT BUSINESSES IN THEIR COMMUNITIES ARE MEETING THEIR A.D.A. OSAMA BIN LADEN -- A.D.A. OBLIGATIONS. INSTEAD IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE BUSINESS AND ASSOCIATIONS TO EDUCATE THEMSELVES ABOUT THE LAW'S REQUIREMENT. THIS LAW WAS PASSED SOME 27 YEARS AGO. THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR NOT KNOWING THE OBLIGATIONS. OUR LAWS DO NOT REQUIRE SUCH NOTICE FOR WOMEN SUCH NOTICE FOR WOMEN, AFRICAN-AMERICANS, LATINOS, RELIGIOUS MINORITIES, OR ANY OTHER PROTECTED AGAINST DESCRIPTION. I ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THERE ARE ISSUES IN -- AGAINST DISCRIMINATION. I ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THERE ARE ISSUES. THERE ARE NO DAMAGES IN THE NATIONAL A.D.A., A LAW WHICH WAS A COMPROMISE. A PROBLEM WITH STATE LAW, HOWEVER, SHOULD NOT BE FIXED -- SHOULD GROUPS BE FIXED AT THE STATE LEVEL AND NOT WITH A RETREAT IN THE FEDERAL LAW. LAWYERS WHO FILE SUITS MAY WELL BE IN VIOLATION OF THEIR ETHICAL OBLIGATIONS. SADLY, WE'RE SEEING THAT ALMOST 28 YEARS AFTER ITS PASSAGE, AND DECADES OF NOTICE AS TO WHAT IS REQUIRED, TAX CREDITS SO THAT YOU CAN MAKE CHANGES NECESSARY TO MAKE YOUR PLACE ACCESSIBLE, THERE ARE STILL THOSE WHO HAVE BARRIERS TO FULL ACCOMMODATION FOR AMERICANS WITH DIFFERING ABILITIES CONTRARY TO LAW. IN FACT, WHEN WE ADOPTED THE LAW, WE DIDN'T HAVE IT GO INTO EFFECT FOR 24 MONTHS, TWO YEARS, SO THAT PEOPLE COULD EDUCATE THEMSELVES ON THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES. PEOPLE WITH DELIVERING ABILITIES STILL HAVE TO FIGHT DAY IN AND DAY OUT FOR THE ACCESS AND INCLUSION TO WHICH THEY SHOULD ALREADY BE ENTITLED UNDER THE LAW AS BUSINESSES CONTINUE TO DISMISS THEIR OBLIGATIONS. WE HAD A COLLEAGUE, SENATOR TAMMY DUCKWORTH, SHE WAS A HELICOPTER PILOT. HER LEGS WERE SHOT OFF. SHE NOW SERVES DISMISS THEIR OBLIGATIONS. WE HAD A IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE. SHE'S A DISABLED VETERAN AN AMERICAN HERO. SHE WROTE THE FOLLOWING IN THE "WASHINGTON POST" ABOUT THIS BILL, AND I QUOTE, THIS OFFENSIVE LEGISLATION WOULD SEGREGATE THE DISABILITY COMMUNITY, MAKING IT THE ONLY PROTECTED CLASS UNDER CIVIL RIGHTS LAW THAT MUST RELY ON EDUCATION RATHER THAN STRONG ENFORCEMENT TO GUARANTEE ACCESS TO PUBLIC SPACES. I WILL BE VOTING NO ON THIS LEGISLATION. IN THE NAME OF UPHOLDING THE BEDROCK PRINCIPLES OF CIVIL RIGHTS LAW IN THIS COUNTRY, AND THE INTEGRITY OF THE A.D.A. THAT MANY OF US WORK TOGETHER TO ENACT ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS, AN OVERWHELMINGLY BIPARTISAN BASIS, 400 VOTES PLUS FOR THIS LEGISLATION. LET US NOT RETREAT THIS DAY. LET US NOT SAY TO THOSE WITH DISABILITIES, YOU'VE GOT TO WAIT 180 DAYS. WHAT IF BIPARTISAN BASIS, AN OVERWHELMINGLY BIPARTISAN BASIS, WE SAID IF YOU ARE A AFRICAN-AMERICAN AND TRY TO GO INTO A PLACE OF PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS AND THEY WOULDN'T ADMIT YOU AND YOU SAID, WELL, I'VE GOT A COMPLAINT.

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                • 10:07:47 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

                • 10:07:50 AM

                  MR. HOYER

                  YOU HAVE TO WAIT 180 DAYS TO HAVE THAT RIGHT REDRESSED. THAT'S NOT RIGHT.…

                  YOU HAVE TO WAIT 180 DAYS TO HAVE THAT RIGHT REDRESSED. THAT'S NOT RIGHT. LET'S NOT TREAT --

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                • 10:07:56 AM

                  THE CHAIR

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

                • 10:07:59 AM

                  MR. HOYER

                  CITIZENS.

                • 10:08:01 AM

                  THE CHAIR

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

                • 10:08:09 AM

                  MR. GOODLATTE

                  I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME TO RESPOND TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                  I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME TO RESPOND TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND. THE TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS OF TITLE ARE CONSTANTLY CHANGING. WE HAVE SEEN NUMEROUS REVISIONS TO BOTH REGULATIONS AND GUIDANCE. NOT TO MENTION THE RESULTING CASE LAW THAT AFFECTS ITS INTERPRETATION. THEREFORE, THE REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS OF THE A.D.A. IN 1991 ARE NOT THE SAME AS THOSE TODAY. THERE IS NO BETTER EXAMPLE OF THESE CHANGES THAN THE RISE OF THE INTERNET WHICH CAME INTO ITS CURRENT EXISTENCE AFTER THE A.D.A. WAS ENACTED. AS PEOPLE NO LONGER NEED A PHYSICAL STOREFRONT TO HAVE A BUSINESS, THE COURTS HAVE STRUGGLED TO APPLY THE A.D.A.'S PUBLIC ACCOMMODATION REQUIREMENTS. THERE IS, FOR EXAMPLE, A CURRENT CIRCUIT SPLIT AS TO WHETHER COMPANIES OPERATING EXCLUSIVELY ONLINE ARE SUBJECT TO THESE REQUIREMENTS. WITH CONTINUED ADVANCEMENTS IN TECHNOLOGY, WE WILL CONTINUE TO SEE CHANGES TO THE REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS. IT IS PERFECTLY REASONABLE ADVANCEMENTS IN TECHNOLOGY, WE WILL CONTINUE TO SEE CHANGES FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS, MANY OF WHOM ARE DISABLED THEMSELVES, OR OF MINORITIES, TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO FIX A PROBLEM BEFORE A PREDATORY LAWYER SIMPLY BRINGS AN ACTION FOR THE PURPOSE OF RECOVERING, NOT FIXING THE PROBLEM BUT GETTING MONEY THAT COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER SPENT BY THAT SMALL BUSINESS FIXING THE PROBLEM. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 10:09:34 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

                • 10:09:35 AM

                  MR. NADLER

                  MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD MYSELF ONE MINUTE.

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                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 10:09:50 AM

                  MR. NADLER

                  MR. SPEAKER, 28 YEARS AFTER THE A.D.A.'S PASSAGE, TOO MANY BUSINESSES…

                  MR. SPEAKER, 28 YEARS AFTER THE A.D.A.'S PASSAGE, TOO MANY BUSINESSES REMAIN INACCESSIBLE TO PERSON WITH DISABILITIES. THE LAST THING CONGRESS SHOULD BE DOING IS UNDERMINING THE CIVIL RIGHTS OF A DISCREET AND MINORITY GROUP BY MAKING IT IMPOSSIBLE TO ENFORCE THEIR RIGHTS IN COURT. THAT IS WHY MORE THAN 230 DISABILITY RIGHTS GROUPS, CIVIL RIGHTS GROUPS, LABOR UNIONS, AND VETERANS ORGANIZATIONS STRONGLY OPPOSE H.R. 620. INCLUDING THE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE ON CIVIL HUMAN RIGHTS, THE AARP, NAACP, AFL-CIO, THE PARALYZED VETERANS OF AMERICA, UNITED SPINAL ASSOCIATION, NATIONAL FEDERATION FOR THE BLIND, AND THE NATIONAL DISABILITY RIGHTS NETWORK. I URGE THE HOUSE TO ABIDE BY THESE GROUPS' CONCERNS WITH H.R. 20 AND REJECT THIS DEEPLY PROBLEMATIC LEGISLATION. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 10:10:45 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

                • 10:10:46 AM

                  MR. GOODLATTE

                  MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO SPEAKERS REMAINING OTHER THAN MYSELF AND AM…

                  MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO SPEAKERS REMAINING OTHER THAN MYSELF AND AM PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                • 10:10:51 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

                • 10:10:54 AM

                  MR. NADLER

                  WE'RE PREPARED TO CLOSE. MR. SPEAKER, TO CLOSE I YIELD THE BALANCE OF OUR…

                  WE'RE PREPARED TO CLOSE. MR. SPEAKER, TO CLOSE I YIELD THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME TO CLOSE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND,

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                • 10:11:06 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 5 1/2 MINUTES.

                • 10:11:15 AM

                  MR. LANGEVIN

                  I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE…

                  I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO H.R. 620, THE A.D.A. EDUCATION AND REFORM ACT. THIS MISGUIDED PIECE OF LEGISLATION IS BEING SOLD TO MY COLLEAGUES AND THE AMERICAN PUBLIC AS A MEASURE THAT WILL HELP PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, HELP BUSINESSES OVERCOME -- COME INTO COMPLIANCE WITH THE AMERICAN DISABILITIES ACT, AND HELP REDUCE DRIVE BY LAWSUITS IN STATES THAT HAVE GONE BEYOND THE A.D.A. TO ALLOW FOR MONETARY AWARDS. IN ACTUALITYITY -- IN ACTUALITY, THIS DOESN'T ACCOMPLISH ANY OBJECTIVES. THIS ILL CONSIDERED BILL WILL NOT ONLY DECIMATE THE PROTECTION THAT IS PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES RELY ON T. WOULD TURN BACK THE CLOCK TO MORE SEGREGATED SOCIETY. AND IT WILL UNRAVEL THE CORE PROMISE OF THE A.D.A. THAT A DISABLED VISIBLE OR OTHERWISE, CAN NEVER BE GROUNDS TO JUSTIFY OR TOLERATE DISCRIMINATION. MR. SPEAKER, I'M ANGRY. I'M FRUSTRATED. I'M INSULTED, BUT MORE THAN ANYTHING I'VE DISAPPOINTED. FURTHER, NEITHER MR. PETERS NOR MR. POE EVER EVEN APPROACHED TO ME -- EVER EVEN APPROACHED ME TO TRY TO FIND COMMON GROUND TO FIX THE PROBLEM IF IT IS ABOUT DRIVE BY LAWSUITS. HAS THE CONGRESS REALLY BECOME SO DIVORCED FROM THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE OF THE DISABILITY COMMUNITY THAT WE'RE WILLING TO SACRIFICE THEIR RIGHTS BECAUSE IT'S EASIER THAN TARGETING THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM? PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, PEOPLE LIKE ME, SO EASILY DISREGARDED? I'M HERE TO SAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. MR. SPEAKER, WHETHER SOMEONE IS BORN WITH A DISABILITY, DEVELOPS A DISABILITY, OR BECOMES DISABLED DUE TO ABACCIDENT -- TO AN ACCIDENT OR HAVING SERVED IN OUR ARMED FORCE, THE FUNDAMENTAL TRUTH IS THAT IT HAPPENED BY CHANCE. CERTAINLY NOT BY CHOICE. AS THE FIRST QUADRAPLEGIC ELECTED TO THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS, I OVERCAME MANY OBSTACLES TO SIT BESIDE YOU AS A MEMBER OF THIS CHAMBER. BUT I WOULD NEVER HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT I CHERISH TODAY WITHOUT THE TIRELESS EFFORTS OF THOSE THAT CAME BEFORE ME TO FIGHT FOR THE RIGHT FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES. MR. SPEAKER, I WAS INJURED IN 1980 AND JUST 16 YEARS OF AGE. A FULL 10 YEARS BEFORE THE PASSAGE OF THE A.D.A. I CERTAINLY REMEMBER WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE BEFORE THE A.D.A. BECAME LAW. I REMEMBER I COULDN'T GO INSIDE A PUBLIC BUILDING THAT DIDN'T HAVE A RAMP. COULDN'T TRAVEL WITHOUT ACCESSIBLE TRANSPORTATION. AND WAS EXCLUDED FROM GATHERINGS IN RESTAURANTS AND LIBRARIES, MOVIE THEATERS, AND SPORTS VENUES THAT COULDN'T ACCOMMODATE A WHEELCHAIR. I STRUGGLED TO WASH MY HANDS AT A SINK, ACCESS A REST ROOM. AND ENTER A CLASSROOM. I EVEN DECLINED SCHOOLING AT MY FIRST CHOICE COLLEGE BECAUSE THE CHALLENGE OF GETTING AROUND THE CAMPUS WOULD HAVE BEEN TOO DIFFICULT IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE. THE A.D.A., MR. SPEAKER, BROUGHT MORE THAN JUST THE RECOGNITION THAT DISABILITY RIGHTS ARE CIVIL RIGHTS. IT BROUGHT HOPE AND OPPORTUNITY TO MILLIONS OF PEOPLE. AND IT BROUGHT DIGNITY. MR. SPEAKER, AFTER ALL, HAVING A DISABILITY SHOULD NOT LIMIT OPPORTUNITY AND IT IS WITH OPPORTUNITY THAT PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES CAN LEAD MORE ACTIVE, PRODUCTIVE, AND INDEPENDENT LIVES. THE A.D.A. WAS PASSED NEARLY 28 YEARS AGO AND INSTEAD OF HOLDING PEOPLE ACCOUNTABLE TO CORRECTLY IMPLEMENT THE LAW, ESPECIALLY WHEN FREE RESOURCES AND TECHNICAL INFORMATION ARE READILY AVAILABLE, H.R. 620 WEAKENS FEDERAL PROTECTIONS UNDER THE A.D.A., PROTECTIONS THAT PROHIBIT DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF A DISABILITY. THE A.D.A. DOES NOT ALLOW PEOPLE TO SUE FOR COMPENSATORY OR PUNITIVE DAMAGE. ONLY INJUCKIVE RELIEF. YET SOME -- INJUNCTIVE RELIEF. YET SOME STATES HAVE GONE BEYOND THE LAW TO HAVE MONETARY REWARDS. THE IDEA THAT PLACES OF PUBLIC OF ACCOMMODATION SHOULD RECEIVE A FREE PASS FOR SIX MONTHS BEFORE CORRECTLY IMPLEMENTING A LAW THAT HAS BEEN A PART OF OUR LEGAL FRAMEWORK FOR NEARLY THREE DECADES, CREATES AN OBVIOUS DISINCENTIVE FOR A.D.A. COMPLIANCE. . PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, MR. SPEAKER, HAVE OBSTACLES DESPITE PASSAGE OF THE A.D.A. THIS PAST YEAR THE DISABILITY COMMUNITY HAS HAD TO FIGHT TO PRESERVE ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE, THE LONG-TERM SERVICES AND SUPPORTS THAT ARE A LIFELINE UNDER MEDICAID, AND THE ABILITY TO MAINTAIN CERTAIN PROTECTIONS AND CREDITS UNDER THE TAX CODE. MR. SPEAKER, THEY'RE TIRED AND I'M TIRED OF DEFENDING AGAINST EFFORTS TO WEAKEN OUR RIGHTS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SEE PAST THE SMOKE AND MIRRORS AND IRRESPONSIBLE CLAIMS THAT H.R. 620 IS ANYTHING BUT AN APPALLING EFFORT TO STRIP AWAY THE CIVIL RIGHTS OF A PROTECTED CLASS OF AMERICANS. MR. SPEAKER, EVERY VOTE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 620 WILL BE A MESSAGE TO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES THAT WE ARE NOT WORTHY OF INCLUSION, ACCEPTANCE, OR DESERVE THE SAME CIVIL RIGHTS PROTECTIONS AS OTHERS. MR. SPEAKER, AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ALONG UPON US TO DEFEND THEIR RIGHTS. LET US NOT VOTE TO ELIMINATE THEM. LET US MAKE THEM PROUD AND REJECT H.R. 620. I YIELD BACK.

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                • 10:17:09 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

                • 10:17:11 AM

                  MR. GOODLATTE

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

                • 10:17:15 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN HAS SIX MINUTES REMAINING.

                • 10:17:17 AM

                  MR. GOODLATTE

                  I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF THE TIME. MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE JUDICIARY…

                  I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF THE TIME. MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE OVER DECADES HAS HEARD TESTIMONY FROM MANY DISABLED OWNERS OF BUSINESSES, SEVERAL OF WHOM HAVE TESTIFIED BEFORE THE COMMITTEE WHO THEMSELVES HAVE BEEN EXTORTED BY TRIAL LAWYERS TO PAY THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS TO LAWYERS THAT MONEY COULD HAVE BEEN SPENT ON MAKING SMALL ADJUSTMENTS TO THE PREMISES TO EASILY OVERLOOK TECHNICAL VIOLATIONS. LET ME GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE. TAKE THE TESTIMONY OF DONNA WHO OWNED A STORE FOR THE DISABLED AND HERSELF USED A WHEELCHAIR. IT WAS A STORE DEVOTED ENTIRELY TO SELLING ACCESSIBILITY DEVICES AND SIMILAR ITEMS. SHE WAS MADE TO PAY $2,000 IN ATTORNEYS' FEES FOR A SIMPLE FIX THAT COST $100. CLEARLY, SHE WAS INTERESTED IN ACCOMMODATING THE DISABLED, YET, SHE, TOO, WAS CAUGHT UP IN A LEGAL SHAKEDOWN. SHE SAID THE FOLLOWING BEFORE THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE -- WE HAVE CO-OWNED A MOBILITY EQUIPMENT BUSINESS IN SOUTH FLORIDA FOR THE LAST 20 YEARS. OUR PARKING LOT AND OUR BUILDING ARE TOTALLY WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE. WE EMPLOY TWO PEOPLE WHO USE WHEELCHAIRS, AND WE OURSELVES USE WHEELCHAIRS, AND ALL OF OUR CUSTOMERS HAVE MOBILITY LIMITATION. WE HAD NOT PAINTED THE LINES AND POSTED A SIGN ON JUST ONE OF THE HANDICAP SPOTS REQUIRED BY THE A.D.A. AN ATTORNEY FROM NEW JERSEY, WITHOUT NOTICE, FILED A SUIT AGAINST US. IT COST US LESS THAN $100 TO CORRECT THE INFRACTIONS AND $2,000 FOR ATTORNEYS' FEES. THE ORIGINAL INTENT OF THE A.D.A. WAS TO PROVIDE ACCESS AND OPPORTUNITY TO AMERICAN LIFE FOR ALL PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, NOT TO GIVE THE LEGAL PROFESSION AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE MORE MONEY. AS ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S NAME WAS MENTIONED PREVIOUSLY, I WANTED TO QUOTE HIM ON THE SUBJECT OF UNNECESSARY AND WASTEFUL LITIGATION. IN HIS NOTES ON A LAW LECTURE HE DELIVERED, HERE'S WHAT ABRAHAM LINCOLN HAD TO SAY -- DISCOURAGE LITIGATION, POINT OUT TO THEM HOW THE NOMINAL WINNERS OFTEN A REAL LOSER IN FEES, EXPENSES AND WASTE OF TIME. AS A PEACEMAKER, THE LAWYER HAS A SUPERIOR OPPORTUNITY OF BEING A GOOD MAN. THERE WILL STILL BE BUSINESS ENOUGH. AND FINALLY, TO THAT SAME POINT, I HAVE TO SAY IT'S SIMPLY ETHICAL PRACTICE FOR LAWYERS TO GIVE BUSINESS A HEADS UP OF A POTENTIAL VIOLATION BEFORE A LAWSUIT IS FILED. THERE ARE MANY OTHER EXAMPLES IN FEDERAL LAW WHERE THAT NOTICE TO THE DEFENDANT TO CURE, INCLUDING IN CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIONS, IS AFFORDED. IT SHOULD BE AFFORDED HERE AS WELL. INDEED, THE VAST MAJORITY OF LAWYERS DO WHAT THIS BILL REQUIRES AS A MATTER OF SIMPLE ETHICAL LAWYERING. BUT MANY LAWYERS DON'T ACT PROFESSIONALLY AND THEY ABUSE THE LAW TO SHAKEDOWN BUSINESSES, TAKE MONEY AWAY FROM COMPLIANCE AND PUTTING IT INTO THEIR OWN POCKETS. ALL THIS BILL DOES IS REQUIRE THOSE UNSCRUPULOUS TRIAL LAWYERS TO DO WHAT ETHICAL LAWYERS ALREADY DO, GIVE FAIR NOTICE OF A VIOLATION BEFORE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN ATTORNEYS' FEES ARE RACKED UP AGAINST A SMALL BUSINESS, DIVERTED MONEY AWAY FROM ACCESSIBILITY WHERE IT BELONGS. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS THE RIGHT CORRECTION ADDRESSING THIS PROBLEM. IT WILL ENHANCE ACCESSIBILITY. IT WILL ENCOURAGE MORE WORK TO BE DONE, AND IT WILL NOT DEPRIVE ANYBODY OF THE OPPORTUNITY TO NOTIFY PEOPLE THAT THEY HAVE A PROBLEM OF ACCESSIBILITY AT THEIR BUSINESS, IF THEY DON'T FIX IT THEY WILL BE THE SUBJECT OF THAT VERY LAWSUIT, BUT THE OPPORTUNITY TO FIX IT IN A PROMPT FASHION IS, I THINK, CRITICALLY IMPORTANT TO MAKING ACCESSIBILITY MORE AVAILABLE AND HELPING SMALL BUSINESSES IN AMERICA TO SUCCEED, THRIVE, AND CREATE MORE JOBS AND EVEN MORE JOBS WITH PEOPLE WITH THOSE DISABILITIES. WITH THAT I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 10:21:31 AM

                  THE CHAIR

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

                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME FOR GENERAL DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR WOULD ENTERTAIN A MOTION TO RISE? THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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                • 10:21:52 AM

                  MR. GOODLATTE

                  I MOVE THE COMMITTEE DO NOW RISE.

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                  THE CHAIR

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

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

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                • 10:22:16 AM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER.

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                  THE CHAIR

                  MR. SPEAKER.

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  MR. CHAIRMAN.

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                  THE CHAIR

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

                  THE COMMITTEE OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION HAVING HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 620 DIRECTS ME TO REPORT THAT IT HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON.

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                • 10:22:29 AM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                  THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION REPORTS THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 620 AND HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS FOR A PERIOD OF LESS THAN 15 MINUTES.

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                • 10:22:48 AM

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                  THE HOUSE IS IN RECESS SUBJECT TO THE CALL OF THE CHAIR. WE DO EXPECT THEM…

                  THE HOUSE IS IN RECESS SUBJECT TO THE CALL OF THE CHAIR. WE DO EXPECT THEM BACK SHORTLY. MEMBERS HAVE BEEN DEBATING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT LEGISLATION, AND WE DO EXPECT MEMBERS TO VOTE ON THAT THIS AFTERNOON. LIVE COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE WHEN MEMBERS RETURN HERE ON C-SPAN. A SEGMENT NOW FROM THIS MORNING'S "WASHINGTON

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                • 10:24:01 AM

                  HOST

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                  GUEST

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                  HOST

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                  GUEST

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                  TO RETURN TO COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE. IDAHO, MR. SIMPSON, KINDLY RESUME THE…

                  TO RETURN TO COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE. IDAHO, MR. SIMPSON, KINDLY RESUME THE CHAIR.

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                • 10:28:20 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE COMMITTEE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE…

                  THE COMMITTEE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 620, WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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                • 10:28:27 AM

                  THE CLERK

                  A BILL TO AMEND THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990 TO PROMOTE…

                  A BILL TO AMEND THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990 TO PROMOTE COMPLIANCE THROUGH EDUCATION, TO CLARIFY THE REQUIREMENTS FOR DEMAND, PROVIDE FOR GNATS AND CURE PERIOD BEFORE THE COMMENCEMENT OF A PRIVATE CIVIL ACTION, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                • 10:28:41 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  WHEN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE ROSE EARLIER TODAY, ALL TIME FOR GENERAL…

                  WHEN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE ROSE EARLIER TODAY, ALL TIME FOR GENERAL DEBATE PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 736 HAD EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE AND SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. NO AMENDMENT TO THE BILL SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT THOSE PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-559. EACH SUCH AMENDMENT MAY BE OFFERED ONLY IN THE ORDER PRINTED IN THE REPORT BY A AM DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ, SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT, EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY A PROPONENT AND OPPONENT. SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO AN AMENDMENT AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-559. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                • 10:29:30 AM

                  MR. DENHAM

                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE ON MY AMENDMENT TO H.R. 620.

                • 10:29:33 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                  THE CLERK

                  REPORT NUMBER 115-559, OFFERED BY MR. DENHAM OF CALIFORNIA.

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                  THE CHAIR

                  PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 736, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR.…

                  PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 736, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. DENHAM, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                • 10:29:51 AM

                  MR. DENHAM

                  MY AMENDMENT WOULD ENSURE THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TAKES APPROPRIATE…

                  MY AMENDMENT WOULD ENSURE THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TAKES APPROPRIATE ACTIONS TO PROVIDE A.D.A. COMPLIANCE MATERIALS FOR BUSINESS OWNERS WHOSE PRIMARY LANGUAGE IS NOT ENGLISH. AS A REPRESENTATIVE FROM CALIFORNIA CENTRAL VALLEY, MY DISTRICT IS FAR TOO FAMILIAR WITH THE KINDS OF ABUSE LAWSUITS H.R. 620 AIMS TO CURB. FOR YEARS SMALL BUSINESSES, SOME THAT MAKE LESS THAN $30,000 YEAR, HAVE BEEN GETTING TARGETED BY DRIVE BY LAWSUITS FROM PEOPLE THAT ARE DRIVING BY, MANY OF WHICH ARE FROM OUTSIDE OF OUR STATE AND CERTAINLY OUTSIDE OF OUR COMMUNITY. THEY HAVE BEEN SLAPPED WITH DEMANDS FOR THOUSANDS, EVEN TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FOR MINOR INFRACTIONS LIKE FADED PARKING SIGNS OR OUTDATED SIGNAGE OR STRIPES IN THE PARKING LOT. MORE OFTEN THAN NOT, THE LAWYER OR PLAINTIFF DIDN'T EVEN ENTER THE BUSINESS IN THE FIRST PLACE. IN TOO MANY CASES, THESE LAWSUITS DID NOT LEAD TO COMPLIANCE. THEY LED TO SHAKEDOWNS AND SHUTDOWNS. THROUGHOUT CALIFORNIA, CERTAINLY THROUGHOUT CALIFORNIA'S CENTRAL VALLEY, WE HAVE NOT ONLY SEEN A NUMBER OF MINORITY BUSINESSES AND BUSINESSES AS A WHOLE, SMALL BUSINESS, THAT HAVE BEEN SHUT DOWN, BUT MANY OF THESE SHAKEDOWN LAWSUITS. OR THE ATTORNEY WILL CALL BACK AND SAY I UNDERSTAND YOU CAN'T PAY US TODAY BUT WE'LL PUT YOU ON A MONTHLY PLAN. THAT DOESN'T SOLVE ANY PROBLEMS FOR THOSE WITH DISABILITIES. CERTAINLY DOESN'T SOLVE ANY PROBLEMS FOR THE BUSINESSES. ALL IT DOES IS LINE THE POCKETS OF ABUSERS COMING INTO OUR AREA THAT WILL TARGET DOZENS OF BUSINESSES IN A DAY OR WEEK'S TIME ONLY TO LEAVE OUR COMMUNITY WITHOUT EVEN GOING INTO THESE BUSINESSES. IN MY DISTRICT ALONE, BARNWOOD RESTAURANT, SUED AND SHUT DOWN. MAIN STREET INN, SUED. COUNTY FORD TRUCKS, SUED. CITY HALL, SUED. COUNTY SUED. IN MY HOMETOWN, SEVEN BUSINESSES LESS THAN A MILE APART ON THE SAME ROAD WERE SUED BY THE SAME PLAINTIFF. 43 BUSINESSES IN THE CITY OF MOW DESSO -- MODESTO FROM ALL SUED BY THE SAME PLAINTIFF. CALIFORNIA HAS BEEN GROUND ZERO FOR THIS ABUSE. EVEN THE STATE LEGISLATURE IN A STATE THAT IS NOT CONSIDERED CONSERVATIVE BY ANY MEANS, HAS HAD A NUMBER OF A.D.A. LAWSUIT MEASURES AIMED AT TRYING TO CURB THIS. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS A JOB TO FIX THIS AND THAT'S ONE OF THE REASONS THAT I'M CO-AUTHOR AND SUPPORT THE A.D.A. EDUCATION REFORM ACT. I ESPECIALLY SUPPORT ITS PROVISIONS TO INCREASE BUSINESS OWNER EDUCATION ON A.D.A. COMPLIANCE, WHICH I BELIEVE MY AMENDMENT CAN HELP TO STRENGTHEN. IN CALIFORNIA, 75% OF THE BUSINESSES TARGETED BY THESE TYPES OF LAWSUITS ARE IMMIGRANT OR MINORITY OWNED. 75% OF THE BUSINESSES THAT ARE TARGETED IN CALIFORNIA ARE MINORITY OWNED. THESE DEMOGRAPHICS ARE MORE UNLIKELY TO BE FAMILIAR WITH A.D.A. STANDARDS, AS WELL AS THEIR OWN LEGAL RIGHT. THAT IS THE REASON FOR THE SHAKEDOWN OF THESE MINORITY OWNED BUSINESSES. ONE OBSTACLE FOR THESE TYPES OF BUSINESSPEOPLE IS THAT THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE D.O.J. COMPLIANCE RESOURCES AREN'T READILY AVAILABLE IN OTHER LANGUAGES. FOR EXAMPLE, KEY SECTIONS OF SPANISH TRANSLATED WEBPAGE HAVEN'T BEEN UPDATED FOR THREE YEARS, AND DOESN'T INCLUDE CLOSE TO THE NUMBER OF MATERIALS AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH WITH A DISTRICT LIKE MINE THAT'S OVER 40% SPANISH TRANSLATED WEBPAGE HAVEN'T BEEN UPDATED FOR THREE REAL PROBLEM. HISPANIC, THIS IS A IF YOU WANT BUSINESSES TO COMPLY WITH THE LAW, YOU HAVE TO GIVE THESE BUSINESSES AN OPPORTUNITY TO COMPLY. GIVE THEM THE ABILITY TO READ FROM THE WEBSITE WHAT THE NEW LAWS ARE GOING INTO EFFECT EVERY SINGLE YEAR. BECAUSE ONLY THE LAWYERS KNOW, THEN THE SHAKEDOWN ALSO CONTINUE TO OCCUR. BUSINESS ALSO CONTINUE TO LOSE MORE OF THEIR PROFITS AND UNABLE TO PROVIDE RAISES AND BONUSES TO THEIR EMPLOYEES. WORSE THAN THAT, YOU'LL CONTINUE TO SEE SMALL BUSINESSES SHUT DOWN. LET ME FINISH ON ONE FINAL NOTE. A FEW YEARS AGO I RECEIVED A PHONE CALL IN MY OFFICE. WE HAD BEEN FOCUSED ON A.D.A. LAWSUIT ABUSE FOR QUITE SOME TIME. TALKED TO THE LADY ABOUT HER CONCERNS. SHE EXPLAINED HOW SHE HAD RECEIVED A NOTICE IN THE MAIL AND THEN A FOLLOW-UP NOTICE. SOME TIME. TALKED TO THE LADY ABOUT HER THAT NO ATTORNEY HAD EVER COME INTO HER RESTAURANT, SMALL BUSINESS OWNER, SHE WAS JUST TRYING TO MAKE ENDS MEET. SHE WAS NOT ONLY THE PROPRIETOR OF THIS RESTAURANT, BUT SHE WORKED IN THE KITCHEN. SHE WORKED -- SHE STARTED THE BUSINESS AND WORKED THE FRONT END AND BACK END. SHE WAS THE FIRST TO COME AND LAST TO LEAVE. WE HEARD A LOT OF THESE STORIES ABOUT SMALL BUSINESSES AND THE REGULATORY IMPACTS THAT THEY FACE. BUT IN THIS CASE I WAS AMAZED TO FIND OUT THAT WHEN I VISITED SHE WAS MORE THAN HAPPY TO FIX ANY A.D.A. COMPLIANCE ISSUE. AS SHE WHEEL AROUND IN HER WHEELCHAIR FROM HER KITCHEN TO THE CASH REGISTER, AND HER SPANISH LANGUAGE BEING THE FIRST LANGUAGE THAT SHE KNEW, SHE WANTED TO FIX THINGS FOR HER CUSTOMERS. AND FIX THINGS FOR THOSE THAT ARE COMING IN WITH DISABILITIES. WE NEED TO GIVE HER THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO THAT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. ASK FOR SUPPORT OF THIS BILL.

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                • 10:35:20 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

                • 10:35:25 AM

                  MR. GOODLATTE

                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO SEEK THE TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT BUT…

                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO SEEK THE TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT BUT DO NOT OPPOSE.

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                • 10:35:30 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  TO THE AMENDMENT? IF NOT, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR…

                  TO THE AMENDMENT? IF NOT, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                • 10:35:35 AM

                  MR. GOODLATTE

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

                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. TO FIRST COMMEND THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR ADDRESSING THIS ISSUE. HE IS QUITE RIGHT THAT IT'S IMPORTANT THAT IN ORDER TO EXPEDITIOUSLY MAKE SURE THAT ACCOMMODATIONS FOR THE DISABLED ARE MADE, PEOPLE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THOSE REQUIREMENTS ARE. AND THE REGULATIONS ON THIS CHANGE FREQUENTLY AND CONSTANTLY. SO I DO NOT OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. I SUPPORT IT. I WOULD ASK THE GENTLEMAN IF HE WOULD WORK WITH US MOVING FORWARD TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS DOES NOT IMPOSE AN INORDINATE BURDEN ON THE BUREAUCRACY RESPONSIBLE FOR PUTTING THIS OUT SO AS TO DELAY GETTING NEW REGULATIONS TO PROTECT THE A.D.A. FOLKS. THERE ARE MANY, MANY LANGUAGES SPOKEN BY PEOPLE IN VARIOUS BUSINESSES IN THIS COUNTRY. SOME ARE VERY COMMON. AND THAT'S DEFINITELY THE CASE. WE MAY NOT HAVE THIS WRITTEN IN EVERY SINGLE LANGUAGE THAT'S SPOKEN BY EVERY SINGLE INDIVIDUAL. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, AT THIS TIME I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POFMENTE

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                • 10:36:42 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                  MR. POE

                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I THANK MR. DENHAM FOR OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT. AND…

                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I THANK MR. DENHAM FOR OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT. AND LETTING US ALL KNOW SOME OF THE DRIVE BY LAWSUIT PROBLEMS IN CALIFORNIA. MR. SPEAKER, THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, FOR EXAMPLE, HAS COME UP WITH 250 PAGES OF REGULATIONS RECENTLY ABOUT THE A.D.A. AND THESE REGULATIONS ARE SENT OUT TO THE BUSINESSES AND IT'S IMPORTANT, AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA HAS MENTIONED, THAT THESE BUSINESSES BE ABLE TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THOSE REGULATIONS. BECAUSE MANY OF THESE BUSINESSES THAT ARE BEING TARGETED BY UNSCRUPULOUS LAWYERS OR MINORITY -- ARE MINORITY-OWNED BUSINESSES. SOME FIRST GENERATION AMERICANS THAT HAVE COME INTO OUR COUNTRY. TRYING TO MAKE ENDS MEET. THE AMENDMENT IS A GOOD IDEA. I SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT. AND I URGE ALL MEMBERS OF THIS BODY TO VOTE FOR IT AS WELL.

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                • 10:37:39 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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                  MR. GOODLATTE

                  I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT…

                  I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT AND YIELD BACK.

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                • 10:37:45 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.…

                  THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-559. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                • 10:38:08 AM

                  MR. LANGEVIN

                  I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                  THE CHAIR

                  THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                  THE CLERK

                  AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 115-559,…

                  AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 115-559, OFFERED BY MR. LANGEVIN OF RHODE ISLAND.

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                • 10:38:20 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 736, THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR.…

                  PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 736, THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR. LANGEVIN, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND.

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                • 10:38:28 AM

                  MR. LANGEVIN

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

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                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                  MR. LANGEVIN

                  MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT WITH MY COLLEAGUE AND FELLOW…

                  MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT WITH MY COLLEAGUE AND FELLOW BIPARTISAN DISABILITIES CO-CHAIR, REPRESENTATIVE GREG HARPER. I WANT TO MENTION IT'S THE ONLY BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT BEING OFFERED TO H.R. 620. AND I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO STRESS THIS POINT. MR. SPEAKER, TWO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, FROM DIFFERENT POLITICAL PARTIES, WHO REPRESENT A CAUCUS THAT EXISTS SOLELY TO INFORM, EDUCATE, AND HIGHLIGHT ISSUES IMPACTED WITH THE DISABILITY COMMUNITY HAVE COME TOGETHER TO SAY THERE IS SOMETHING GRAVELY WRONG WITH THIS BILL. WE'RE OFFERING AN AMENDMENT THAT WOULD MAKE IT PALATABLE. SO THE AMENDMENT WOULD STRIKE H.R. 620'S NOTICE AND CURE REQUIREMENT. SO AS PRESENTLY WRITTEN THE NOTICE AND CURE SECTION MANDATES THAT SOMEONE WHO CLAIMS DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF A DISABILITY RELATING TO AN ARCHITECTURAL BARRIER MUST PROVIDE A WRITTEN NOTICE THAT ALLOWS 60 DAYS FOR -- IN ORDER TO ACKNOWLEDGE RECEIPT OF THE COMPLAINT AND 120 DAYS TO DEMONSTRATE SUBSTANTIAL PROGRESS AT REMOVING THE BARRIER BEFORE BURT LEGAL ACTION MAY BE PURSUED. THAT'S SIX MONTHS OF WAITING WITHOUT A GUARANTEE THE ARCHITECTURAL BARRIER WILL BE REMOVED AND ACCESS GRANTED. SO THE IDEA THAT PLACES OF PUBLIC ACCOMMODATION MUST FIRST RECEIVE A NOTICE BEFORE CORRECTLY IMPLEMENTING A LAW THAT HAS BEEN PART OF OUR LEGAL FRAMEWORK FOR NEARLY THREE DECADES CREATES AN OBVIOUS DISINCENTIVE FOR A.D.A. COMPLIANCE. SO THE PROPOSAL OF A NOTICE IGNORES THE TENETS OF THE A.D.A. THAT SUPPORT AN INDISPUTABLE RIGHT TO INCLUSION AND RESPECT. NO OTHER CIVIL RIGHTS LAW REQUIRES PROTECTING CLASS MEMBERS TO HAND NOTICE TO PEOPLE BEHAVING IN A DISCRIMINATORY MANNER IN ORDER TO EDUCATE THEM WITHOUT ANY GUARANTEE THE SITUATION WILL IMPROVE. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD KEEP PROGRAM FUNDING FOR THE A.D.A. EDUCATION AND IT ALSO MAINTAIN LANGUAGE SUPPORTING ALTERNATIVE MEDIATION PATHWAYS RELATED TO ARCHITECTURAL BARRIERS OUTSIDE OF EXISTING FRAMEWORK WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. AND IF SUPPORTERS OF H.R. 620 TRULY BELIEVE THESE STATE-BASED NUISANCE LAWS ARE THE RESULT OF A LACK OF KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT THE FEDERAL A.D.A. REQUIRES, AND THAT BUSINESSES NEED LESS COSTLY AVENUES TO REMEDY VIOLATION, THEN WHY WOULDN'T THEY SUPPORT AN AMENDMENT THAT PROVIDES ABANSWER TO BOTH THOSE CLAIMS WITHOUT -- AN ANSWER TO BOTH THOSE CLAIMS WITHOUT THE NOTICE AND CURE PERIOD THAT WEAKENS THE CIVIL RIGHTS PROTECTIONS OF THE A.D.A. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO CONSIDER THE CONSEQUENCES OF A BILL THAT DELAYS JUSTICE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES IN A WAY THAT NO OTHER PROTECTED CLASS BY CIVIL RIGHTS LAWS MUST ENDURE WHEN ASSERTING THEIR CIVIL RIGHTS AN CONSIDER WHETHER THE DELAY OF NOTICE AND CURE REQUIREMENT ADEQUATELY ADDRESSES THE UNDERLYING ISSUE OF DRIVE BY LAWSUITS. I'M HOPING -- HOPEFUL DOING SO WILL RESULT IN A DECISION TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT TO REMOVE THE HARMFUL NOTICE REQUIREMENT WHILE MAINTAINING PROVISION THAT IS INCREASE ACCESS TO EDUCATION AND MEDIATION. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I URGE PASSAGE OF THE AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 10:41:55 AM

                  THE CHAIR

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

                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                • 10:42:00 AM

                  MR. GOODLATTE

                  MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TO CLAIM OPPOSITION -- TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE…

                  MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TO CLAIM OPPOSITION -- TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT.

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                • 10:42:04 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

                • 10:42:06 AM

                  MR. GOODLATTE

                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I MUST OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT BECAUSE IT WOULD…

                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I MUST OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT BECAUSE IT WOULD COMPLETELY GUT THE NOTICE AND CURE PROVISIONS WHICH ARE THE CORE PROVISIONS OF THIS BILL. THE NEED FOR A NOTICE AND CURE PERIOD HAS BEEN HIGHLIGHTED IN CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS SINCE THE EARLY 2000S. IN 2016, DAVID WEISS, WHO TESTIFIED ON BEHALF OF THE INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF SHOPPING CENTERS STATED THE PROBLEM THAT THE PRIVATE SECTOR FACES IS AN INCREASING NUMBER OF LAWSUITS TYPICALLY BROUGHT BY A FEW PLAINTIFFS IN VARIOUS JURISDICTIONS AND OFTEN BY THE SAME LAWYERS FOR VERY TECHNICAL AND USUALLY MINOR VIOLATIONS. IT HAS BECOME ALL TOO COMMON FOR PROPERTY OWNTORIES SETTLE THESE CASES AS IT IS LESS EXPENSIVE TO SETTLE THEM THAN DEFEND THEM. EVEN IF THE PROPERTY OWNER IS CLIENT, IT IS OFTEN TOO COSTLY TO PROVE THAT A PROPERTY OWNER IS DOING WHAT IS RIGHT OR REQUIRED. THEREFORE, THE PROPERTY OWNER MAKES A RATIONAL BUSINESS DECISION COMMONLY RESULTING IN SETTLEMENT. GIVEN THAT PLAINTIFFS' ATTORNEYS MOTIVES ARE OFTEN MONETARY, THERE IS LITTLE OR NO INCENTIVE TO WORK WITH BUSINESSES TO CURE A VIOLATION BEFORE A LAWSUIT IS FILED. THIS UNINTENDED RESULT WASTES RESOURCES ON THE COST OF LITIGATION THAT COULD HAVE BEEN USED TO IMPROVE ACCESS SOONER. THIS DELAYS JUSTICE. H.R. 60 REMEDIES THESE PROBLEMS BY ALLOWING BUSINESSES A FINITE PERIOD OF TIME BEFORE A PRIVATE ENFORCEMENT LAWSUIT CAN BE FILED TO FIX DEFECTS ON THEIR PREMISES ONCE THEY ARE NOTIFIED THAT THESE PREMISES DO NOT COMPLY WITH THE A.D.A. THIS WILL REDUCE ABUSES BY THE LAW BY OPPORTUNISTIC LAWYERS AND WILL RESULT IN MORE ACCESS FOR THE DISABLED BECAUSE IT ENCOURAGES BUSINESSES TO CURE THEIR ACCESS ISSUES NOW IN ORDER TO AVOID COSTLY LITIGATION LATER. I WOULD ALSO NOTE ENCOURAGES BUSINESSES TO THAT MADE IN ORDER IS AN AMENDMENT COMING UP THAT WOULD REDUCE THIS AMENDMENT OF TIME BY TWO MONTHS. TOTAL AMOUNT OF TIME FOR NOTICE AND CURE. I THINK THAT IS A GOOD STEP TO ADDRESS THE CONCERNS RAISED, BUT I CANNOT SUPPORT AN AMENDMENT THAT COMPLETELY TAKES AWAY THE PURPOSE OF THE LEGISLATION, WHICH IS TO GIVE SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO CURE A PROBLEM ONCE THEY ARE MADE AWARE OF IT. AS I SAY, MANY OF THESE ARE VERY TECHNICAL VIOLATIONS OF THE LAW DESIGNED, I THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND.

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                • 10:44:42 AM

                  MR. A PROBLEM LANGEVIN

                  I'M PROUD TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

                  I'M PROUD TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE,

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                • 10:44:49 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                  MR. NADLER

                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I STRONGLY SUPPORT THE LANGDON VIN…

                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I STRONGLY SUPPORT THE LANGDON VIN HARPER AMENDMENT THIS. BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT REMOVES FROM THE BILL ITS ONEROUS AND UNJUST NOTICE PROVISIONS WHILE LEAVING IN PLACE THE POTENTIALLY HELPFUL AND EDUCATIONAL PROVISIONS. AS I DISCUSSED DURING GENERAL DEBATE, THE NOTICE AND CURE PROVISIONS WOULD HAVE THE EFFECT OF WEAKENING THE ABILITY OF DISCRIMINATION VICTIMS TO ENFORCE THEIR RIGHTS IN COURT. ANY LAW, INCLUDING THE A.D.A.'S ONLY AFFECTED TO THE EXTENT IT IS ENFORCEABLE. IN CIVIL RIGHTS STATUTES IN PARTICULAR DEPEND ON PRIVATE RIGHTS OF ACTION FOR THEIR ENFORCEMENT. BY WEAKENING ENFORCEMENT H.R. 620'S NOTICE AND CURE PROVISIONS UNDERMINE THE A.D.A.'S GOAL OF INTEGRATING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES INTO THE MAINSTREAM OF AMERICAN LIFE. FOR THESE REASONS I URGE THE HOUSE TO ADOPT THE LANGEVIN -HARPER AMENDMENT. I THANK YOU, I YIELD BACK. .

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                • 10:45:49 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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                  MR. GOODLATTE

                  MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE.

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                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND.

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                  MR. LANGEVIN

                  MR. SPEAKER, I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN HAS 30 SECONDS REMAINING.

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                  MR. LANGEVIN

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AGAIN, I URGE SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT. THE WHOLE…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AGAIN, I URGE SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT. THE WHOLE POINT OF THIS AMENDMENT IS TO REMOVE THE NOTICE AND CURE PROVISION. AGAIN, THIS LAW HAS BEEN ALLOWED -- THE A.D.A. HAS BEEN AROUND FOR NEARLY THREE DECADES NOW. PEOPLE SHOULD BE PROACTIVE AND UNDERSTANDING WHAT THE RESPONSIBILITIES ARE WHEN THEY OPERATE BUSINESSES OR ISSUES PUBLIC ACCOMMODATION TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES ARE. NOT BASICALLY TAKING THAT RESPONSIBILITY, INCENTIVIZES PEOPLE TO WAIT AND SEE IF THERE IS AN ISSUE AND ONLY IF WE GET NOTIFIED WILL WE THEN FIX THE PROBLEM. PEOPLE NEED TO BE PROACTIVE AND COMPLY WITH THE LAW. EVERYBODY WINS. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 10:46:50 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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                  MR. GOODLATTE

                  MR. CHAIRMAN, I OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT BECAUSE THE A.D.A. IS A…

                  MR. CHAIRMAN, I OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT BECAUSE THE A.D.A. IS A REGULATION-BASED LAW AND THOSE REGULATIONS ARE CONSTANTLY CHANGING AS NEW TECHNOLOGY CHANGES AND AS ACCESSIBILITY TO NEW FEATURES THAT BUSINESSES OFFER ARE DESIRED BY THOSE IN THE DISABILITY COMMUNITY. THAT IS A NECESSARY THING, BUT IT'S ALSO NECESSARY TO MAKE SURE BUSINESSES HAVE TIME TO ACCOMMODATE AS WELL AND LEARN ABOUT THOSE NEW REQUIREMENTS AND HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO FIX IT BEFORE SOMEBODY CAN JUST GET ATTORNEYS' FEES FOR SOMETHING THAT'S GOING TO BE DONE ANYWAY. I THINK THE BETTER APPROACH IS TO OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT AND SUPPORT THE UNDERLYING BILL WITH THE ADDITION OF AN AMENDMENT COMING UP THAT WOULD REDUCE THAT TIME BY TWO MONTHS. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK.

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                • 10:47:41 AM

                  THE CHAIR

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

                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT.

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                • 10:47:49 AM

                  MR. LANGEVIN

                  MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

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                  THE CHAIR

                  PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT…

                  PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND WILL BE POSTPONED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-559. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                • 10:48:10 AM

                  MR. FOSTER

                  TO SPEAK IN FAVOR OF THE AMENDMENT.

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                  THE CHAIR

                  THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                  THE CLERK

                  AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-559 OFFERED BY…

                  AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-559 OFFERED BY MR. FOSTER OF ILLINOIS.

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                • 10:48:20 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 736, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. FOSTER,…

                  PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 736, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. FOSTER, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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                • 10:48:28 AM

                  MR. FOSTER

                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. SINCE THE START OF THE DEBATE ON THIS…

                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. SINCE THE START OF THE DEBATE ON THIS LEGISLATION, I HAVE BEEN LASER FOCUSED ON GETTING THE PROBLEMS WITH A.D.A. COMPLIANCE ACTUALLY FIXED. THE PROBLEMS OF DRIVE-BY LAWSUITS HAVE HIT MY DISTRICT AND ABUSIVE DEMAND LETTERS ARE A PROBLEM NATIONWIDE. ONE OF THE TRAGEDIES OF THE STATUS QUO IS EVEN AFTER SETTLEMENT OF DEMAND LETTERS, THE PROBLEMS ARE OFTEN NOT EVEN FIXED. MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES HAVE EXPRESSED CONCERN, HOWEVER, THAT THE UNDERLYING TEXT OF THIS LEGISLATION WOULD NOT PROVIDE SUFFICIENT INCENTIVE FOR LEGITIMATE CIVIL RIGHTS ATTORNEYS TO TAKE TO COURT BUSINESSES THAT OFFER NO GOOD FAITH EFFORT TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM WITH A.D.A. COMPLIANCE AFTER THEY HAVE BEEN POINTED OUT. SO MY AMENDMENT WOULD SIMPLY ALLOW COURTS TO AWARD PUNITIVE DAMAGES IN THE CASES THAT A BUSINESS HAS MADE NO GOOD FAITH EFFORT TO REMOVE A BARRIER TO ACCESS. IF THEY CURE THE PROBLEM, THE MATTER'S RESOLVED. IF NOT, THEY SHOULD BE SUBJECT TO THE FULL FORCE OF THE LAW, INCLUDING PUNITIVE DAMAGES. SINCE ITS ENACTMENT, THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT HAS ALLOWED MILLIONS OF AMERICANS TO GAIN ACCESS TO PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS THAT MANY OF US TAKE FOR GRANTED. THE PASSAGE OF THE A.D.A. WAS A MAJOR CIVIL RIGHTS VICTORY. MANY MORE SCHOOLS, HOSPITALS, GROCERY STORES, MOVIE THEATERS ARE NOW ACCESSIBLE, AND THANKS TO THE A.D.A., MANY OF OUR FELLOW CITIZENS ARE FULLY INTEGRATED INTO THE FABRIC OF SOCIETY. DESPITE THESE GAINS, HOWEVER, MORE STILL REMAINS TO BE DONE. AS PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES HAVE CONTINUED TO WORK TO MAKE OUR PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS MORE ACCESSIBLE, UNFORTUNATELY SOME INDIVIDUALS HAVE FOUND WAYS TO USE THE CURRENT SYSTEM FOR THEIR OWN FINANCIAL BENEFIT. THE UNDERLYING BILL AIMS TO PREVENT UNSCRUPULOUS INDIVIDUALS FROM TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE LAW TO ESTABLISH A PROCESS LEADING TO INCREASED COMPLIANCE. HOWEVER, DURING MANY MEETINGS WITH DISABILITY GROUPS IN MY DISTRICT OVER THEIR CONCERNS, SOME VOICED FEARS THAT THE UNDERLYING BILL WOULD DISCOURAGE ATTORNEYS FROM TAKING A.D.A. CASES. MY AMENDMENT WOULD WORK TO CREATE AN INCENTIVE FOR LAWYERS TO TAKE A.D.A. CASES, KNOWING THAT A BUSINESS DOES NOT COMPLY, PUNITIVE DAMAGES MAY BE SOUGHT. THE GOAL IS THAT INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES HAVE ACCESS TO COMPETENT LEGAL REPRESENTATION IN ORDER TO BRING MAYORTORY YUSS CASES AGAINST -- MERITORIOUS CASES AGAINST CASES -- I RESERVE.

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                • 10:50:55 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

                • 10:50:58 AM

                  MR. POE

                  I RISE IN OPPOSITION OF THE AMENDMENT. THIS BILL RESOLVES ACCESS ISSUES…

                  I RISE IN OPPOSITION OF THE AMENDMENT. THIS BILL RESOLVES ACCESS ISSUES UNDER TITLE 3 WITHOUT THE NEED OF EXPENSIVE LITIGATION. THE PRIVATE ENFORCEMENT PROVISIONS IN TITLE 3 OF THE A.D.A. ARE ALREADY A POWERFUL TOOL TO ACHIEVE GREATER ACCESSIBILITY THROUGH INJUNCTIVE RELIEF. IMPORTANTLY, THE A.D.A. DOES NOT PROVIDE FOR DAMAGES IN PRIVATE LAWSUITS. IT NEVER HAS. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD THEN FOR THE FIRST TIME ALLOW SUCH DAMAGES WHICH WILL DRIVE UP LITIGATION COSTS AND PROVIDE EVEN MORE FODDER FOR TRIAL LAWYERS TO ABUSE THE LAW. BUSINESSES SHOULD USE THEIR RESOURCES TO FIX ACCESS TO PROBLEMS, NOT PAY UNNECESSARY AND WASTEFUL LITIGATION COSTS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT, AND I RESERVE MY TIME.

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                • 10:51:46 AM

                  THE CHAIR

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

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

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                • 10:51:49 AM

                  MR. FOSTER

                  WELL, I'D LIKE TO ANSWER BY SAYING MY GOAL IN THIS AMENDMENT HAS NOTHING…

                  WELL, I'D LIKE TO ANSWER BY SAYING MY GOAL IN THIS AMENDMENT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH, YOU KNOW, THE PLAINTIFF'S BAR. IT HAS TO DEAL WITH GETTING THE PROBLEMS FIXED WITHOUT GOING TO COURT. WITHOUT AT LEAST THE THREAT OF PUNITIVE DAMAGES I THINK IT'S A LEGITIMATE QUESTION AS TO WHETHER SOME FRACTION OF THE -- OF THE VIOLATIONS OF THE A.D.A. WILL IN FACT NOT BE FIXED, YOU KNOW, AS PART OF THE CALCULATION OF COST-BENEFIT. I THINK THAT'S NOT THE WAY WE SHOULD SOLVE THIS IN THIS COUNTRY. I THINK IT'S -- IT'S A TIME IN THIS COUNTRY WHEN A LOT OF OUR JUSTICE SYSTEMS, COURTS ARE COMING UNDER ATTACK. I ACTUALLY HAVE FAITH IN THE JUDGES AND COURTS IN OUR COUNTRY TO MAKE A REASONABLE JUDGMENT AS TO WHETHER OR NOT THERE WAS A GOOD FAITH EFFORT MADE TO FIX THIS FUNDAMENTAL LAW OF OUR COUNTRY. SO WITH THAT, I GUESS I AM WILLING TO YIELD THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME.

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                • 10:52:49 AM

                  THE CHAIR

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

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

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                • 10:52:53 AM

                  MR. POE

                  I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS COMMENT ABOUT HAVING…

                  I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS COMMENT ABOUT HAVING FAITH IN JUDGES. AS A FORMER JUDGE, I APPRECIATE THAT COMMENT. WHEN THE A.D.A. LEGISLATION WAS DEBATED HERE ON THIS HOUSE FLOOR IN 1990, THERE WAS DISCUSSION ABOUT THIS WHOLE ISSUE. AND THE PURPOSE OF THE A.D.A. LEGISLATION THAT PASSED CONGRESS WAS TO FIX THE PROBLEMS THAT BUSINESSES HAD IN ACCESSIBILITY FOR THE DISABLED. IT WAS NOT DESIGNED FOR PUNITIVE DAMAGES AT ALL. IT WAS DESIGNED TO FIX THE PROBLEM. THAT'S WHY THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION THAT WE ARE SPONSORING TODAY MAKES BUSINESSES MOVE IN A TIMELY MANNER IF THERE IS A VIOLATION. SO THIS WOULD CHANGE THE WHOLE CONCEPT OF THE A.D.A. I WOULD OPPOSE THIS LEGISLATION , AND I WOULD YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 10:53:44 AM

                  THE CHAIR

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

                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE NOES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO. IT'S NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-559. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                • 10:54:11 AM

                  MS. SPEIER

                  MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                • 10:54:14 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

                • 10:54:15 AM

                  THE CLERK

                  AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-559 OFFERED BY…

                  AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-559 OFFERED BY MS. SPEIER OF CALIFORNIA.

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                • 10:54:21 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 736, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS.…

                  PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 736, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. SPEIER, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                • 10:54:30 AM

                  MS. SPEIER

                  I THANK THE SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER AND MEMBERS, THE A.D.A. IS A POWERFUL AND…

                  I THANK THE SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER AND MEMBERS, THE A.D.A. IS A POWERFUL AND IMPORTANT LAW THAT WE ALL RESPECT AND EMBRACE. UNFORTUNATELY IN STATES LIKE CALIFORNIA IT HAS CREATED A COTTAGE INDUSTRY OF UNSCRUPULOUS ATTORNEYS ABUSING TITLE 3 OF THE A.D.A. THE AMENDMENT I'M OFFERING IS VERY SIMPLE. THE CURRENT LANGUAGE IN THE BILL PERMITS A BUSINESS NOTIFIED OF NONCOMPLIANCE OF THE A.D.A. TO SIMPLY MAKE SUBSTANTIAL PROGRESS IN REMEDYING THE VIOLATION. FRANKLY, THIS LANGUAGE IS TOO LOOSE. MY AMENDMENT STRENGTHENS THIS LANGUAGE TO ONLY PERMIT THE LANGUAGE OF SUBSTANTIAL PROGRESS WHERE THEY CANNOT COMPLETE THE WORK BECAUSE OF EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES. MR. SPEAKER, THIS AMENDMENT PROMOTES BASIC FAIRNESS. IT DOES NOT ALLOW DISHONEST PROPERTY OWNERS TO ABANDON RESPONSIBILITY BY CLAIMING THEY HAVE MADE SUBSTANTIAL PROGRESS. THE MESSAGE IS STILL CLEAR. BUSINESSES MUST FIX THEIR A.D.A. VIOLATIONS. TODAY'S A CHANCE TO PASS SOMETHING THAT ADDRESSES THE REAL PROBLEM. LET'S NOT LET THE LACK OF A PERFECT SOLUTION GET IN THE WAY OF REAL PROGRESS. I WANT TO SPEAK TO SOME OF THE ISSUES THAT WE HAVE HAD IN CALIFORNIA. IN CALIFORNIA, THIS PARTICULAR LAW HAS CREATED AN INDUSTRY THAT ALLOWS FOR LAWYERS TO MAKE A LOT OF MONEY OFF OF SMALL BUSINESSES. IT IS BASICALLY -- IT HAS BASICALLY ALLOWED SHADY LAW FIRMS TO MAKE A PROFIT AS A RESULT OF THE A.D.A. OFFERING HIGH LEGAL BILLS AND NO FIX TO THE ALLEGATIONS PRESENTED. IN MANY CASES, BUSINESSES ARE FORCED INTO SETTLEMENTS BECAUSE THE COST OF FIGHTING IS SO GREAT. THE AVERAGE COST IS $16,000. THE COST OF FIGHTING THE ALLEGATION IS SOMETIMES FOUR TO SIX TIMES THE AVERAGE $75,000 INCOME GENERATED BY THE BUSINESS. IN CALIFORNIA, A SIMPLE FIX, PUTTING UP A SIGN OR MOVING A DOOR FEW INCHES, CAN CARRY A $4,000 PENALTY. THE MINIMUM AMOUNT OF DAMAGES WHICH WILL BE WHEN THE BILL PASSES. THIS IS NO SMALL SUM IF YOU ARE A LOCAL BAKERY, BARBERSHOP. CALIFORNIA IS GROUND ZERO TO THIS PROBLEM. IT'S HOME TO 12% OF THE DISABLED POPULATION BUT 40% OF THE A.D.A. LAWSUITS NATIONWIDE. FROM 2012 TO 2014, 54% OF ALL RELATED COMPLAINTS IN CALIFORNIA WERE FILED BY JUST TWO LAW FIRMS. THE LAW FIRMS SOMETIMES RECRUIT PLAINTIFFS WHO ARE NOT DIRECTLY IMPACTED BY THE A.D.A. OR EVEN LIVING IN THE SAME STATE. 14 PLAINTIFFS BROUGHT 46% OF ALL THESE LAWSUITS. ONE OF THEM, ROBERT MCCARTHY, FILED MORE THAN 400 SUITS AGAINST CALIFORNIA BUSINESSES AND HE DOESN'T EVEN LIVE IN THE STATE. ONE EXAMPLE IN CALIFORNIA, BASED BY THE MOORE LAW FIRM, FILED MORE THAN 700 LAWSUITS OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS RESULTING IN LARGE SETTLEMENTS AND SOMETIMES BANKRUPTCIES OF SOME BUSINESSES. GIVEN RECENT LAWS TO ADDRESS THIS IN MY HOME STATE, TRIAL LAWYERS ARE RUSHING TO STATES LIKE TEXAS, NEW YORK, FLORIDA, WHERE THEY CAN MAKE A PROFIT. IN 2014, A BAR OWNER LIVING IN TORENS, CALIFORNIA, WAS HANDED FIVE -- TORRENCE, CALIFORNIA, WAS HANDED FIVE LAWSUITS AND NEEDED TO SAVE UP TO $30,000 TO REMODEL. SHE WAS A TARGET OF SMALL GROUP OF ATTORNEYS THAT TOOK AIM AT BUSINESS OWNERS IN A SHOPPING CENTER TO MAKE A QUICK PROFIT. WHAT WE NEED TO DO, MEMBERS, IS TAKE THE PROFIT OUT OF MAKING THESE FACILITIES ACCESSIBLE. WE ALL WANT THEM TO BE ACCESSIBLE. WE WANT TO GIVE THEM NOTICE AND A COUPLE OF MONTHS TO CURE THE PROBLEM OR ELSE THE LAWSUIT CAN CONTINUE. I THINK THIS MAKES A LOT OF SENSE, AND WITH THAT I'LL YIELD SOME TIME TO MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE.

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                • 10:58:31 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVE THE BALANCE OF HER TIME?

                • 10:58:34 AM

                  MS. SPEIER

                  I DO.

                • 10:58:35 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  WHO CLAIMS TIME IN OPPOSITION? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                  WHO CLAIMS TIME IN OPPOSITION? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                • 10:58:48 AM

                  MR. NADLER

                  AMENDMENT DOES NOT MAKE SUBSTANTIVE CHANGE TO H.R. 620. WHETHER THE…

                  AMENDMENT DOES NOT MAKE SUBSTANTIVE CHANGE TO H.R. 620. WHETHER THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED, A BUSINESS OWNER WHO FAILS TO MAKE SUBSTANTIAL PROGRESS WOULD BE SUBJECT TO THE LAWSUIT. THE AMENDMENT DOES NOT ADDRESS THE FUNDAMENTAL CONCERNS FOR H.R. 620'S NOTICE AND CURE PROVISIONS THAT I PRESSED IN GENERAL DEBATE, INCLUDING THE FACT THAT THEY CAN MAKE SUBSTANTIAL PROGRESS -- TOWARDS COMPLIANCE WITHIN THE BILL'S 180-DAY CURE PERIOD. WHILE THE AMENDMENT DOES NOT MAKE THE BILL WORSE, IT ALSO DOES NOT MAKE THE BILL BETTER. REGRETTABLY, THEREFORE, I MUST OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT. I RESERVE.

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                • 10:59:36 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

                • 10:59:41 AM

                  MS. SPEIER

                  I YIELD SO MUCH TIME TO MR. POE AS HE REREQUIRES -- REQUIRES.

                • 10:59:47 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 10:59:49 AM

                  MR. POE

                  I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FOR THIS AMENDMENT AND SUPPORTING THE BILL. I…

                  I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FOR THIS AMENDMENT AND SUPPORTING THE BILL. I SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. THIS PROVIDES NEEDED FLEXIBILITY FOR WHICH REMOVING A BARRIER IS BEYOND THE BUSINESS' CONTROL. FOR EXAMPLE, A BILL MAY NOT BE ABLE TO PURE CONCRETE IN -- POUR CONCRETE IN ALASKA IN THE WINTER WHILE FIXING A RAMP. AND GETTING A BUILDING PERMIT FROM THEIR GOVERNMENT IS TAKING LONGER THAN EXPECTED. AS WELL AS UNEXPECTED EVENTS, THE SUBSTANTIAL PROGRESS PROVISION PROVIDES JUDGES WITH THE DISCRETIONARY STANDARD TO DETERMINE WHETHER THE IMPROVEMENTS AND PROGRESS BY THE BUSINESS ARE BOTH MATERIAL AND MEANINGFUL. THIS CLARIFYING AMENDMENT FURTHER DEFINES THE TERM SUBSTANTIAL PROGRESS TO MAKE CLEAR CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND THE BUSINESS' CONTROL OWNER ARE THE ALLOWABLE JUSTIFICATIONS FOR NOT MAKING PROGRESS DURING THE PERIOD OF TIME. THIS AMENDMENT WILL HELP MORE ACCESS FOR THE DISABLE. I SUPPORT IT BECAUSE IT MAKES THE LEGISLATION BETTER. I YIELD BACK.

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                • 11:00:55 AM

                  THE CHAIR

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

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

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                • 11:00:58 AM

                  MS. SPEIER

                  MR. SPEAKER, LET ME CLOSE BY SAYING THIS. I WHOLEHEARTEDLY SUPPORT THE…

                  MR. SPEAKER, LET ME CLOSE BY SAYING THIS. I WHOLEHEARTEDLY SUPPORT THE LETTER AND THE SPIRIT OF THIS LAW. I RECOGNIZE HOW IMPORTANT IT IS. THIS LAW IS POWERFUL BUT IT HAS BEEN WEAPONIZED BY LAWYERS WHO ARE TRYING TO MAKE A QUICK BUCK. . I YIELD BACK. . QUOIP THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK. YIELD BACK HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 5 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-559. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                • 11:01:42 AM

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                  MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                • 11:01:45 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE DESIGNATED -- THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE…

                  THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE DESIGNATED -- THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                • 11:01:50 AM

                  THE CLERK

                  OFFERED BY MR. BERA OF CALIFORNIA.

                • 11:01:52 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 736, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. BERA,…

                  PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 736, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. BERA, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                • 11:02:01 AM

                  MR. BERA

                  MR. SPEAKER, THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT IS LANDMARK CIVIL RIGHTS…

                  MR. SPEAKER, THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT IS LANDMARK CIVIL RIGHTS LEGISLATION. AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES FACE REAL CHALLENGES EVERY DAY. WE SHOULD STRIVE TO SUPPORT THEM EVERY WAY WE CAN. WHEN CONGRESS PASSES A LAW, WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO MAKE SURE THAT LEGISLATION IS WORKING AND SEE IF IMPROVES CAN BE TSH-IMPROVEMENTS CAN BE MADE. UNDER THE A.D.A. BUSINESS OWNERS ARE RESPONSIBLE TO MAKE SURE THEIR BUSINESS IS FULLY ACCESSIBLE TO THOSE WITH DISABILITIES. HOWEVER IN SOME CASES BUSINESS OWNERS ARE UNAWARE THEY ARE IN VIOLATION OF THE A.D.A. MOST AMERICANS CAN AGREE RATHER THAN IMMEDIATELY FACE LAWSUITS FOR VIOLATIONS, BUSINESS OWNERS SHOULD BE GIVEN TIME TO ACTUALLY FIX WHAT'S WRONG. THIS SOLUTION ADVANCES OUR SHARED GOAL OF IMPROVED ACCESS FOR ALL MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY. BUT LISTENING TO MY CONSTITUENTS FROM SACRAMENTO COUNTY, MANY ARE CONCERNED THAT THE TIME FRAME FOR FIXING THESE VIOLATIONS WAS TOO LONG, AND I AGREE. IN RESPONSE, MY AMENDMENT WOULD CUT THE TIME BUSINESSES HAVE TO FIX VIOLATIONS IN HALF. THIS MEANS AFTER THE NOTIFICATION PERIOD, A BUSINESS HAS 60 DAYS TO FIX VIOLATIONS INSTEAD OF 120 DAYS IN THE CURRENT BILL. IN SOME CASES, THESE BARRIERS CAN AND SHOULD BE IMMEDIATELY ADDRESSED. BUT IN A STATE LIKE CALIFORNIA, WHICH IS PRONE TO EARTHQUAKES, CONSTRUCTION PERMITS CAN TAKE TIME. SMALL BUSINESSES SHOULD BE GIVEN A REASONABLE AMOUNT OF TIME TO MAKE CHANGES AND BETTER SERVE THEIR CUSTOMERS. HAVING HEARD BOTH SIDES OF THIS DEBATE, I BELIEVE WE CAN AND SHOULD FIND A COMPROMISE THAT WORKS FOR BOTH. I HAVE SEEN HOW HARD SACRAMENTO'S SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS WORK AND HOW IMPORTANT THEY ARE FOR GROWING OUR ECONOMY AND CREATING GOOD-PAYING JOBS. AND AS A DOCTOR, I HAVE SEEN FIRSTHAND THE CHALLENGES OF THOSE WITH DISABILITIES. THIS AMENDMENT SEEKS THE MIDDLE GROUND AND IS A COMMONSENSE IMPROVEMENT. AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES DESERVE TO LIVE FULL, HEALTHY LIVES UNAFRAID OF BARRIERS THAT RESTRICT THEIR MOVEMENT. LET ME BE CLEAR, IF A BUSINESS DOES NOT MAKE THE MODIFICATIONS ONCE NOTIFIED, THEY SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE AND THERE SHOULD BE CONSEQUENCES. WHEN WE WORK ACROSS THE AISLE, WASHINGTON CAN GET THINGS DONE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THIS AMENDMENT IS A COMMONSENSE FIX THAT MAKES THE BILL BETTER. I URGE SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 11:04:20 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  WHO SEEKS TIME IN OPPOSITION?

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                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION.

                • 11:04:27 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

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                  MR. LANGDON VIN

                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN --

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                  MR. LANGEVIN

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

                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE AGAIN IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. WHILE I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR STRESSING THE IMPORTANCE OF PROVIDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR PLACES OF ACCOMMODATION TO LEARN THEY ARE IN VIOLATION, I DISAGREE WITH THE PREMISE THAT THE ONUS OF ENFORCEMENT SHOULD BE PLACED ON PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES BY REQUIRING THEM TO ISSUE ARDUOUS AND DETAILED NOTICES. THERE ARE FREE RESOURCES AVAILABLE THAT PROVIDE INFORMATION AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO THE PUBLIC ON THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE A.D.A. I CAN'T STRESS THIS ENOUGH. WHEN SOMEONE OWNS A BUSINESS, THEY HAVE TO BALANCE A VARIETY OF REGULAR LACES AND REQUIREMENTS AT BOTH STATE AND FEDERAL LEVEL -- REGULATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS AT BOTH THE STATE AND FEDERAL LEVEL. REQUIREMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN IN EXISTENCE FOR DECADES BE WEAKENED OR VIEWED AS LESS IMPORTANT? WHY SHOULD BUSINESS OWNERS BE GIVEN A FREE PASS UNTIL SOMEONE CATCHES A VIOLATION BEFORE THEY COMPLY? THE SUGGESTION THAT WE CAN REDUCE THE TIME FRAME OF A NOTICE AND CURE PERIOD MISSES THE POINT. THERE IS NOTHING THAT CAN BE DONE TO IMPROVE A NOTICE REQUIREMENT THAT SHOULDN'T EXIST IN THE FIRST PLACE. NO OTHER CIVIL RIGHTS LAW REQUIRES PEOPLE WHO EXPERIENCE DISCRIMINATION TO WAIT FOR JUSTICE OR PROVIDE A WRITTEN NOTICE BEFORE TAKING LEGAL ACTION. WHY SHOULD PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES BE TREATED ANY DIFFERENTLY? FURTHER, WHAT IS THE INCENTIVE TO COMPLY WITH THE A.D.A. IN THE FIRST PLACE IF BUSINESS CAN WAIT TO BE TOLD WHAT'S WRONG AND THEN MAYBE FIX THE ISSUE. AFTER ALL, EVEN WITH THE REDUCTION IN THE NOTICE AND CURE TIME FRAME, THERE IS STILL NO CLEAR REQUIREMENT THAT A BARRIER ACTUALLY BE REMOVED. AGAIN I APPRECIATE MY COLLEAGUES' DESIRE TO FIND A COMPROMISE, BUT THIS IS NOT THE ANSWER. WHETHER THE NOTICE AND CURE PERIOD IS 120 DAYS OR 180 DAYS, IT DOES NOTHING TO ADDRESS THE UNDERLYING ISSUE OF DRIVE BY LAWSUITS. THAT'S THE CRUX OF THE PROBLEM. HAPPENING IN STATES THAT HAVE GONE BEYOND THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE A.D.A. IT DELAYS ACCESS AND CREATES A NATIONAL POLCY OF APATHY ON A.D.A. IMPLEMENTATION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 11:06:46 AM

                  THE CHAIR

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

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

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                • 11:06:51 AM

                  MR. BERA

                  I YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS, JUDGE POE, SUCH TIME.

                • 11:06:56 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                  MR. POE

                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, I SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT. THE GOAL OF…

                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, I SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT. THE GOAL OF THE BILL IS TO PROVIDE MORE ACCESS FOR AMERICANS QUICKER. ABSENT CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND A BUSINESS' CONTROL, 120 DAYS IS A SUFFICIENT TIME TO REMOVE A BARRIER. UNDER THIS AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN INSTEAD OF 180 CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND A BUSINESS' CONTROL, DAYS. BUSINESS WOULD HAVE 120 DAYS INSTEAD TO FIX ACCESS PROBLEMS. I BELIEVE THIS AMENDMENT IMPROVES THE BILL. I URGE ITS SUPPORT AND THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK PROBLEMS. MY TIME.

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                • 11:07:33 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND.

                • 11:07:35 AM

                  MR. LANGEVIN

                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. WHILE I APPRECIATE MY COLLEAGUES' ATTEMPT TO FIND…

                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. WHILE I APPRECIATE MY COLLEAGUES' ATTEMPT TO FIND SOMEWHAT OF A COMMON GROUND ON THIS ISSUE, IT DOES NOT ADDRESS THE UNDERLYING PROBLEM THAT THE ISSUE OF THE A.D.A. BEING AROUND FOR 30 YEARS HAS BEEN -- ALMOST 30 YEARS HAS BEEN WELL-KNOWN NOW. PEOPLE ARE PROACTIVE ABOUT FINDING WHAT THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES ARE UNDER THE A.D.A. AS OPPOSED TO JUST WAITING UNTIL THEY ARE NOTIFIED OF A PROBLEM. AND THEN PERHAPS COMPLY WITH IT. WE SHOULD NOT TREAT PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES ANY DIFFERENTLY THAN ANYONE ELSE THAT ARE PROTECTED UNDER CIVIL RIGHTS LAWS. THAT'S WHY WE HAVE THEM IN THE FIRST PLACE. I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. LET'S WORK TOGETHER ON FINDING A BETTER COMMON GROUND SOLUTION. BUT THIS AMENDMENT AND THE UNDERLYING BILL IS NOT THE ANSWER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 11:08:33 AM

                  MR. BERA

                  THIS AMENDMENT MAKES THE BILL BERT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE…

                  THIS AMENDMENT MAKES THE BILL BERT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT AND YIELD THE BALANCE.

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                • 11:08:38 AM

                  THE CHAIR

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

                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 6 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-559. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                • 11:09:01 AM

                  >>

                  MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE AS THE DESIGNEE OF MRS. MCMCMORRIS RODGERS AND I HE…

                  MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE AS THE DESIGNEE OF MRS. MCMCMORRIS RODGERS AND I HE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                • 11:09:11 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 115-559 OFFERED BY MR. POE OF…

                  PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 115-559 OFFERED BY MR. POE OF TEXAS.

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                • 11:09:16 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 736, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POE, AND A…

                  PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 736, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POE, AND A MEMBER POSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                • 11:09:25 AM

                  MR. POE

                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. THIS AMENDMENT WILL MAKE IT EASIER FOR DISABLED…

                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. THIS AMENDMENT WILL MAKE IT EASIER FOR DISABLED AMERICAN TO PROVIDE A BUSINESS WITH A NOTICE OF AN A.D.A. VIOLATION. VIOLATIONS OF THE A.D.A. CAN BE VERY TECHNICAL. THE DEPARTMENT OF IT EASIER FOR DISABLED AMERICAN TO PROVIDE JUSTICE HAS HUNDREDS IF NOT THOUSANDS OF PAGES OF REGULATIONS ON BUSINESSES AND GUIDANCE DOCUMENTS ON COMPLYING WITH THE PUBLIC ACCOMMODATION REQUIREMENTS OF TITLE 3 OF THE A.D.A. GIVEN THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE WILL NOT CERTIFY WHETHER A BUSINESS'S PROPERTY IS A.D.A. CLIENT, THESE REQUIREMENTS ARE OFTEN LEFT TO THE INTERPRETATION OF PLAINTIFFS' LAWYERS. THE NOTICE PROVISION OF H.R. 620 REQUIRE THAT THOSE WHO ALLEGE A BUSINESS IS VIOLATING THE A.D.A. MUST PROVIDE THE BUSINESS WITH A DISCRIMINATION OF, QUOTE, THE -- DESCRIPTION OF QUOTE, THE SPECIFIC SECTIONS OF THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ALLEGED TO HAVE VIOLATING THE A.D.A. MUST PROVIDE THE BUSINESS THIS. PROVISION WAS DESIGNED TO ENSURE THAT BEEN VIOLATED BUSINESSES HAVE A CLEAR PICTURE OF THE ALLEGED VIOLATION WITH THE BUSINESS. HOWEVER, THIS REQUIREMENT MAY GO TOO FAR. ACCORDINGLY THE AMENDMENT REMOVES THE REQUIREMENT MAKING CLEAR THAT WRITTEN NOTICE IS PROVIDED BY DISABLED INDIVIDUALS CAN BE WRITTEN IN PLAIN ENGLISH WITHOUT BUSINESSES HAVE A LEGALESE. REMOVING THIS REQUIREMENT WILL ALSO FACILITATE A DIALOGUE BETWEEN THE INDIVIDUAL AND THE BUSINESS. ADDITIONALLY, IT MAY AVOID ANY NEED FOR DISABLED INDIVIDUAL TO HIRE A LAWYER. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS AMENDMENT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 11:10:53 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME IS RESERVED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

                • 11:10:58 AM

                  MR. NADLER

                  I ASK FOR TIME IN OPPOSITION.

                • 11:11:00 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN VIRGINIA TECH.

                • 11:11:01 AM

                  MR. NADLER

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. -- THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 11:11:04 AM

                  MR. NADLER

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE THE INTENT BEHIND THIS AMENDMENT TO…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE THE INTENT BEHIND THIS AMENDMENT TO MAKE THIS PROVISION SLIGHTLY LESS ONEROUS. I ACKNOWLEDGE IT ELIMINATES THE REQUIREMENT THAT AN AGGRIEVED PERSON CITED THAT THE SPECIFIC A.D.A. PROVISION BEING VIOLATED. THE AMENDMENT, HOWEVER, STILL LEAVES IN PLACE THE BASIC PROBLEM WITH THE BILL, THE BASIC PROBLEM WITH THE NOTICE AND CURE PROVISION. AND THAT IS THE NOTICE AND CURE PROVISION. THEREFORE DOES NOT ALLEVIATE ANY OF THE REAL CONCERNS WITH THE UNDERLYING BILL. AGAIN THE BASIC NOTICE AND CURE PROVISIONS OF THE BILL TURN ON ITS HEAD THE NORMAL PRACTICE OF ANY CIVIL RIGHTS HERE WE PUT OF ANY CIVIL RIGHTS STATUTE IN WHICH THE BURDEN OF COMPLIANCE IS ON THE ACTOR NOT ON THE VICTIM. THE BURDEN OF COMPLIANCE ON THE VICTIM. AND WE TALK HERE THE DEBATE HAS BEEN AS IF PEOPLE HAVE NOT HAD 28 YEARS TO COME INTO COMPLIANCE. AND ONLY -- TO FIND OUT THEY ARE NOT IN COMPLIANCE WHEN SOMEONE COMPLAINS ABOUT IT BECAUSE SOME VICTIM IS VICTIMIZED. THAT'S WRONG. THIS GOES IN THE WRONG DIRECTION. AND ALTHOUGH THIS AMENDMENT WOULD SLIGHTLY ALLEVIATE THE PROVISION IT'S LIKE PUTTING LIPSTICK ON THE PIG. IN REFERENCE TO THE DISABILITY RIGHTS COMMUNITY WHICH OPPOSES THIS AMENDMENT AND THE NOTICE AND CURE REQUIREMENT, I MUST OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK THE PIG. IN REFERENCE TO THE DISABILITY MY TIME.

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                • 11:12:42 AM

                  THE CHAIR

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

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

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                • 11:12:44 AM

                  MR. POE

                  MR. CHAIRMAN, I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S COMMENTS. I WANT TO REMIND…

                  MR. CHAIRMAN, I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S COMMENTS. I WANT TO REMIND FOLKS THAT NOTICE REQUIREMENT IS REQUIRED EVEN UNDER TITLE 7 OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT. IT'S ALSO REQUIRED UNDER TITLE 1 OF THE ORIGINAL A.D.A. LEGISLATION. SO THIS IS NOT A NEW PHENOMENON. THE LEGISLATION OR THIS AMENDMENT GIVES POTENTIAL PLAINTIFFS THE ABILITY TO ADVISE AND PUT A BUSINESS ON NOTICE WITHOUT EVEN HAVING TO HIRE A LAWYER WITH THE LEGALESE REQUIREMENTS THAT ARE WRITTEN BY THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE WHO CONSTANTLY UPDATE WHAT REQUIREMENTS ARE UNDER THE A.D.A. THE INTENTION IS SIMPLY TO HAVE THE VIOLATION DESCRIBED IN A WAY THAT'S SUFFICIENT TO PUT THE BUSINESS ON NOTICE OF WHAT THE A.D.A. VIOLATION IS. THEREFORE I WOULD ASK THAT ALL MEMBERS SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 11:13:36 AM

                  THE CHAIR

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

                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. THE CHAIR UNDERSTANDS THAT AMENDMENT NUMBER 7, AMENDMENT NUMBER 7 WILL NOT BE OFFERED.

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                • 11:15:08 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TECH AS SEEK RECOGNITION?

                • 11:15:12 AM

                  MR. POE

                  I MOVE THAT THE COMMITTEE RISE.

                • 11:15:16 AM

                  CHAIR THOSE

                  THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. ACCORDINGLY, THE COMMITTEE…

                  THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. ACCORDINGLY, THE COMMITTEE RISES.

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                • 11:15:28 AM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  MR.

                • 11:15:31 AM

                  CHAIR THE

                  THE COMMITTEE HAVING HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION AND DIRECTS ME TO REPORT…

                  THE COMMITTEE HAVING HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION AND DIRECTS ME TO REPORT THERE IS NO RESOLUTION.

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                • 11:15:39 AM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE COMMITTEE REPORTS THAT HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 620 AND HAS…

                  THE COMMITTEE REPORTS THAT HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 620 AND HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS FOR A PERIOD LESS THAN

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                • 11:21:02 AM

                  HOST

                  PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 736 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE…

                  PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 736 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE COMMITTEE IN THE WHOLE HOUSE FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 620. WILL THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS KINDLY RESUME THE CHAIR.

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                • 11:21:19 AM

                  THE CHAIR

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

                  THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE OF THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 620.

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                • 11:21:29 AM

                  THE CLERK

                  THROUGH REQUIREMENTS AND PROVIDE FOR A NOTICE AND CURE PERIOD FOR THE…

                  THROUGH REQUIREMENTS AND PROVIDE FOR A NOTICE AND CURE PERIOD FOR THE COMMENCEMENT OF A PRIVATE CIVIL ACTION AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                • 11:21:44 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  EARLIER, AMENDMENT NUMBER 6 OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POE,…

                  EARLIER, AMENDMENT NUMBER 6 OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POE, HAD BEEN DISPOSED OF. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6, RULE 18, THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS REQUEST FOR A VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR. LANGEVIN, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND ON WHICH THE KNOWS PREVAILED. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE.

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                • 11:22:14 AM

                  THE CLERK

                  PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-959.

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                  THE CHAIR

                  THOSE IN SUPPORT OF A REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. SNULL, A…

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

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                • 11:47:05 AM

                  THE CHAIR

                  ARE 188 AND THE NAYS IS 226. THERE BEING NO FURTHER AMENDMENTS, UNDER THE…

                  ARE 188 AND THE NAYS IS 226. THERE BEING NO FURTHER AMENDMENTS, UNDER THE RULE, THE COMMITTEE RISES.

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                • 11:47:27 AM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE CHAIR NOTES A DISTURBANCE IN THE GALLERY. THE SERGEANT OF ARMS WILL…

                  THE CHAIR NOTES A DISTURBANCE IN THE GALLERY. THE SERGEANT OF ARMS WILL REMOVE THOSE PEOPLE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DISTURBANCE AND RESTORE ORDER IN THE GALLERY.

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                • 11:48:02 AM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE REPORTS THE COMMITTEE HAS…

                  THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE REPORTS THE COMMITTEE HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION AND PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 636 REPORTS THE BILL BACK TO THE HOUSE WITH AMENDMENTS ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED.

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                • 11:48:40 AM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS PLEASE TAKE YOUR SEATS. THE HOUSE WILL…

                  THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS PLEASE TAKE YOUR SEATS. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PLEASE TAKE YOUR SEATS. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER.

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                • 11:50:11 AM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  IS A SEPARATE VOTE DEMANDED? IF NOT, THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE…

                  IS A SEPARATE VOTE DEMANDED? IF NOT, THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE AMENDMENT. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT AND THE AMENDMENTS ARE AGREED TO. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. . THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING.

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                • 11:50:30 AM

                  THE CLERK

                  THE AMERICA CANG WITH DISABILITIES ACT TO PROVIDE FOR A NOTICE AND CURE…

                  THE AMERICA CANG WITH DISABILITIES ACT TO PROVIDE FOR A NOTICE AND CURE PERIOD BEFORE THE COMMISSIONING OF CIVIL ACTION AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                • 11:50:47 AM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                • 11:50:55 AM

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                  I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                • 11:57:50 AM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID…

                  THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE TAKE YOUR SEATS. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PLEASE REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATION FROM THE HOUSE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS WILL PLEASE TAKE THEIR SEATS AND MEMBERS PLEASE REMOVE CONVERSATIONS FROM THE HOUSE FLOOR.

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                • 11:58:30 AM

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                  MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE A POINT OF PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN…

                  MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE A POINT OF PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATION FROM THE HOUSE FLOOR. MEMBERS WILL PLEASE TAKE THEIR SEATS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                • 11:59:00 AM

                  MR. THOMPSON

                  POINT OF PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY. THE HOUSE ISN'T IN ORDER.

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE…

                  THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATION FROM THE HOUSE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                • 11:59:24 AM

                  MR. THOMPSON

                  A POINT OF PARLIAMENTARY QUINN YIRY. CAN YOU TELL US WHEN THE HOUSE WILL…

                  A POINT OF PARLIAMENTARY QUINN YIRY. CAN YOU TELL US WHEN THE HOUSE WILL MUSTER UP THE COURAGE TO TAKE UP THE ISSUE OF GUN VIOLENCE.

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                • 11:59:36 AM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  A PROPER PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY. WITHOUT OBJECTION, FIVE-MINUTE VOTING WILL…

                  A PROPER PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY. WITHOUT OBJECTION, FIVE-MINUTE VOTING WILL CONTINUE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL. THE QUESTION IS AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT AND THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED.

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE CHAIR ANNOUNCES ON BEHALF OF THE SPEAK THE JOINT APPOINTMENT OF THE…

                  THE CHAIR ANNOUNCES ON BEHALF OF THE SPEAK THE JOINT APPOINTMENT OF THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF JANUARY 3, 2017, OF MR. MICHAEL KASINSKI AS THE INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE HOUSE FLOOR. MEMBERS WILL PLEASE TAKE THEIR SEATS. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE HOUSE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECK ANYTHING? -- SEEK RECOGNITION? THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE HOUSE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                  MR. SHIMKUS

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

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE UPCOMING CENTENNIAL ANNIVERSARY, THE, THE PROCLAMATIONS OF ESTONIA. THUS IN THE AFTERMATH OF WORLD WAR I IN 1918, LITHUANIA, ESTONIA AND LATVIA DECLARED THEIR INDEPENDENCE AND MARKED THEIR BEGINNINGS AS NEW REPUBLICS AS MODERN DEMOCRATIC SOCIETIES. THE PEOPLE OF THE BALANCE TAKES HAVE ALWAYS -- BALTICS HAVE ALWAYS STOOD FOR UP FOR THEIR VALUES. THEY'RE COMMITTED TO MAKING THE TRANSATLANTIC COMMUNITY AN AREA OF COOPERATION AND PARTNERSHIP AND PROSPERITY. THE UNITED STATES IS PROUD TO BE STRONG ALLIES IN THE BALTIC STATES AND OUR NATIONS STAND TOGETHER TO DEFEND OUR DEMOCRACY.

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATIONS FROM…

                  THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE HOUSE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                • 12:05:55 PM

                  MR. PAYNE

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, WHAT WILL IT TAKE? WHAT WILL IT TAKE…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, WHAT WILL IT TAKE? WHAT WILL IT TAKE FOR THIS BODY TO FINAL GRAPPLE WITH THIS ISSUE? -- FINALLY GRAPPLE WITH THIS ISSUE? COLUMBINE WASN'T ENOUGH. WEST VIRGINIA WASN'T ENOUGH. COLORADO IN A MOVIE THEATER WASN'T ENOUGH. A NIGHT A NIGHT CLUB IN ORLANDO WASN'T ENOUGH. NEWTOWN WAS NOT ENOUGH. NOT ENOUGH. MR. SPEAKER, THIS HAS BECOME A NATIONAL DISGRACE. 95% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SAY THAT THEY BELIEVE IN SENSIBLE GUN REFORM, GUN LAWS THAT MAKE SENSE. 95%. THE MINORITY PARTY DID NOT REPRESENT 95% OF THIS NATION. YOU ARE IN THAT NUMBER AS WELL. BUT YET AND STILL YOU TURN YOUR BACK. ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE N.R.A., THE N.R.A., THE N.R.A. STANDS FOR NO REPUBLICAN ACTION. AND I YIELD BACK.

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

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                • 12:07:17 PM

                  MR. GIANFORTE

                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY AS A PROUD BOBCAT TO RECOGNIZE MONTANA STATE…

                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY AS A PROUD BOBCAT TO RECOGNIZE MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY, WHICH IS CELEBRATING ITS 125TH ANNIVERSARY TOMORROW ON FOUNDER'S DAY. MONTANA STATE, A LAPPED GRANT UNIVERSITY, IN -- LAND GRANT UNIVERSITY IN MY HOMETOWN, WAS FORMED IN 1893. ORIGINALLY THE AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA, THE SCHOOL STARTED WITH EIGHT STUDENTS IN A SMALL CLASSROOM IN A LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL. THE COLLEGE QUICKLY GREW TO INCLUDE MANY OTHER DEGREE PATHS, INCLUDING ENGINEERING AND NURSING. TWO PROGRAMS FOR WHICH THE SCHOOL'S PARTICULARLY KNOWN. TODAY MONTANA STATE SERVES OVER 16,000 STUDENTS EACH YEAR. THIS YEAR'S SPRING ENROLLMENT SET A NEW RECORD FOR THE 10TH YEAR IN A ROW. MONTANA STATE IS A CORNER STONE OF THE BOZEMAN COMMUNITY AND WE ARE FORTUNATE TO HAVE SUCH AN INSTITUTION IN OUR STATE. THE FACT IS THE SUCCESS OF MY BUSINESS, AS WELL AS THAT OF MANY OTHERS WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE WITHOUT MONTANA STATE. GO CATS GO. AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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                • 12:08:22 PM

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                  THANK YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                  THANK YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                  RISE WITH A HEAVY HEART, IMAGINING THE PAIN FELT IN PARKLAND, FLORIDA. NO…

                  RISE WITH A HEAVY HEART, IMAGINING THE PAIN FELT IN PARKLAND, FLORIDA. NO PARENT SHOULD HAVE TO SEND THEIR CHILDREN TO SCHOOL EACH DAY WONDERING IF THEY WILL RETURN HOME. WHILE DETAILS OF THE SHOOTING IN FLORIDA ARE STILL EMERGING, IT'S CLEAR THIS HORRIFIC ACT OF VIOLENCE WAS PERPETRATED BY AN INDIVIDUAL IN CRISIS. I LOST MY OLDER SISTER TO SUICIDE WITH FIREARM AT A YOUNG AGE. WHAT I LEARNED SINCE IS THAT HELPING TO PREVENT PEOPLE IN CRISIS FROM TEMPORARILY HAVING A GUN SAVES LIVES. TODAY I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE GUN VIOLENCE RESTRAINING ORDER ACT. ALLOWING FAMILIES, FAMILY MEMBERS, OR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS TO PETATION JUDGE TO TEMPORARILY REMOVE FIREARMS FROM AN INDIVIDUAL IN CRISIS.

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                • 12:09:30 PM

                  MR. CARBAJAL

                  FOR THOSE TWO KEEP REPEATING AFTER EACH MASS SHOOTING THAT IT IS TOO SOON…

                  FOR THOSE TWO KEEP REPEATING AFTER EACH MASS SHOOTING THAT IT IS TOO SOON TO DISCUSS GUN VIOLENCE REFORM, PLEASE CONSIDER THAT FOR MANY FAMILIES, INCLUDING MY OWN, IT IS FAR TOO LATE. WE OWE THESE FAMILIES MORE THAN JUST OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. WE OWE THEM SENSIBLE GUN LAWS THAT PROTECT OUR CHILDREN.

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                  THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THANK YOU.

                • 12:09:55 PM

                  MR. CARBAJAL

                  MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

                • 12:09:57 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

                • 12:10:00 PM

                  MR. POE

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

                • 12:10:03 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THANK YOU. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                • 12:10:06 PM

                  MR. POE

                  MADAM SPEAKER, JENNIFER'S CHILDHOOD WAS VIOLENTLY CHAOTIC. BY HER EARLY…

                  MADAM SPEAKER, JENNIFER'S CHILDHOOD WAS VIOLENTLY CHAOTIC. BY HER EARLY 20'S SHE WAS LIVING ON THE STREETS, BEGGING AND STEALING TO SURVIVE. AFTER A LOCAL GANG MEMBER SUSPECTED THAT SHE MAY HAVE STOLEN HIS MONEY, HER LIFE BECAME EVEN MORE HORRIFIC AND HELLISH. THE GANGSTER BEAT HER MERCILESSLY WITH A BASEBALL BAT UNTIL SHE CLAMSED. THEN HE AND OTHER GANG MEMBERS PISTOL WHIPPED HER AND BURNED HER WITH CIGARETTES. THEY TATTOOED THEIR NAMES ALL OVER HER BODY. BRANDING HER AS PROPERTY. FOR SIX YEARS THEY HELD HER IN SLAVERY, FORCED HER TO HAVE SEX WITH COUNTLESS MEN FOR MONEY. DESPERATE, JENNIFER TRIED TO KILL HERSELF. BUT WITH A ROPE -- BUT WHEN HER ROPE BROKE, SHE RESOLVED TO ESCAPE. LUCKILY FOR JENNIFER, SHE FOUND A SHELTER ANDWAY WAS ABLE TO REBUILD HER LIFE. SHE COVERED UP THE TRAFFICKER'S NAMES WITH FLOWERS IN THE WORDS -- AND THE WORDS FREE YOURSELF. WE AS A SOCIETY OWE JENNIFER AND SURVIVORS LIKE HER TO PROTECT THEM AND PUT THE SLAVE MASTERS IN THE JAIL HOUSE WHERE THEY BELONG. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I YIELD BACK.

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                • 12:11:15 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THANK YOU. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM HAWAII SEEK…

                  THANK YOU. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM HAWAII SEEK RECOGNITION? THANK YOU. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. GABRIELLE GIFFORDS THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER --

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                • 12:11:27 PM

                  MS. GABBARD

                  THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. OVER 120,000 JAPANESE AMERICANS WERE…

                  THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. OVER 120,000 JAPANESE AMERICANS WERE INCARCERATED ON AMERICAN SOIL DURING WORLD WAR II. ON THE ANNUAL DAY OF REMEMBRANCE, WE'RE REMINDED OF THE BRAVE MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN WHO LOST EVERYTHING. THEY LOST THEIR HOMES, THEIR BELONGINGS, THEIR BUSINESSES. REALLY KEEPING ONLY WHAT THEY COULD CARRY WITH THEM. BUT THEIR SPIRITS WERE NOT BROKEN. COUNTLESS STORIES OF BRAVERY, COURAGE AND RESILIENCE DEFINED AN ENTIRE GENERATION, INCLUDING THE 442ND INFANTRY REGIMENT. BECOMING THE MOST HIGHLY DECORATED UNIT IN ARMY HISTORY. THE ANNIVERSARY OF THIS SHAMEFUL BLIGHT ON OUR HISTORY REMAINS A POWERFUL REMINDER OF THE FROM A JILLITY OF CIVIL RIGHTS -- FRAGILITY OF CIVIL RIGHTS AND THE THREAT THAT BIGOTRY CONTINUE TO POSE TO OUR WAY OF LIFE TODAY. WE MUST FOLLOW IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THOSE JAPANESE AMERICANS WHO VOLUNTEERED TO SERVE THIS COUNTRY, EVEN WITH THEIR LOVED ONES INCARCERATED ON AMERICAN SOIL. AND FIND THE LIGHT AND LOVE OF THE ALOHA SPIRIT TO STAND UP AND FIGHT AGAINST INTOLERANCE, BIGOTRY AND HATRED. I YIELD BACK.

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                • 12:12:38 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                • 12:12:48 PM

                  MS. TENNEY

                  THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE TY MUSE, C.E.O. OF…

                  THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE TY MUSE, C.E.O. OF VISIONS FEDERAL CREDIT UNION, WHO WAS RECENTLY HONORED BY THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA AS THE BROOM COUNTY DISTINGUISHED CITIZEN OF THE YEAR. EACH YEAR THIS AWARD IS GIVEN TO AN INDIVIDUAL IN THE BROOM COUNTY COMMUNITY WHO SETS A POSITIVE EXAMPLE FOR OTHERS AND DEMONSTRATES CONCERN AND SIGNIFICANT CARE FOR THEIR COMMUNITY. MR. MUSE MOVED TO BROOM COUNTY AREA FIVE YEARS AGO AND HIT THE GROUND RUNNING. HE'S BEEN HONORED FOR HIS COMMITMENT TO HELPING YOUNG LEADERS THROUGHOUT THE REGION BY SPONSORING A FREE TRACK PROGRAM, DONATING, AND WORKING TO RAISE AWARENESS IN FINANCIAL LITERACY. I'D LIKE TO EXTEND MY -- BOTH MY CONGRATULATIONS AND MY THANKS TO MR. TY MUSE FOR HIS HARD WORK AND DEDICATION TO THE BROOM COUNTY COMMUNITY AND FOR HIS COMMITMENT TO INSPIRING LEADERS OF THE FUTURE. THANK YOU. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                • 12:13:43 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                • 12:13:58 PM

                  MRS. MALONEY

                  A LEADER MUST BELIEVE IN THE MISSION OF THE ORGANIZATION HE OR SHE HEADS.…

                  A LEADER MUST BELIEVE IN THE MISSION OF THE ORGANIZATION HE OR SHE HEADS. BUT DONALD TRUMP TURNED THIS PRINCIPLE ON ITS HEAD BY APPOINTING MICK MULVANEY TO HEAD THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU. MR. MULVANEY DOESN'T BELIEVE IN THE AGENCY'S MISSION. TO PROTECT CONSUMERS. IN FACT, HE ONCE SAID THAT HE DOESN'T, AND I QUOTE, LIKE THE FACT THAT THE CFPB EVEN EXISTS. END QUOTE. WHEN HE WAS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS, HE CO-SPONSORED LEGISLATION TO ELIMINATE IT. NOW AS DIRECTOR OF THE CFPB, HE WANTS TO ZERO OUT ITS BUDGET FOR THIS YEAR. HE EVISCERATED THE CFPB'S RULES AGAINST PREDATORY PAYDAY LENDING, AND THEN DROPPED ALL THE LAWSUITS AGAINST THEM. HE HALTED ITS INVESTIGATION INTO EQUIFAX. AS SENATOR ELIZABETH WARREN POINTED OUT, YOU SHOULD NOT PUT SOMEONE IN CHARGE OF AN AGENCY WHEN THEY WANT TO DESTROY IT.

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                • 12:15:04 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

                • 12:15:06 PM

                  MRS. MALONEY

                  HE IS RUNNING IT INTO THE GROUND AND WE MUST STOP HIM. CONSUMERS WILL PAY…

                  HE IS RUNNING IT INTO THE GROUND AND WE MUST STOP HIM. CONSUMERS WILL PAY DEARLY.

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                • 12:15:10 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                • 12:15:21 PM

                  MR. PAULSEN

                  HE WAS APPOINTED TO SERVE ON THE NATIONAL HONEY BOARD. AND WILL SERVE ON A…

                  HE WAS APPOINTED TO SERVE ON THE NATIONAL HONEY BOARD. AND WILL SERVE ON A THREE-YEAR IMPORT TERM. THE NATIONAL HONEY BOARD IS ONE OF THE TWO INDUSTRY BOARDS FUNDED UNDER THE AGRICULTURAL MARKETING SERVICE. AND ITS PURPOSE TO EXPAND HONEY AND HONEY PRODUCTS. IT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT, ADVERTISING AND PROMOTION. GREG BRINGS IMPORTANT INDUSTRY TO THE TABLE AND WILL ASSIST THE NATIONAL HONEY BOARD OF SUCCESSFUL INNOVATION, RESEARCH AND PROMOTIONAL WORK THAT PEOPLE RELY ON IN MINNESOTA AND ACROSS THE WORLD. CONGRATULATIONS TO GREG. I YIELD BACK.

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                • 12:16:10 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                • 12:16:15 PM

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                  PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. THE SPEAKER PRO…

                  PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                • 12:16:18 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                • 12:16:21 PM

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                  26% THAT'S HOW MUCH TRUMP WANTS TO CUT THE E.P.A. BUDGET. MASSIVE CUTS TO…

                  26% THAT'S HOW MUCH TRUMP WANTS TO CUT THE E.P.A. BUDGET. MASSIVE CUTS TO STAFF, MASSIVE CUTS TO OUR HEALTH AND SAFETY, MASSIVE CUTS TO THE E.P.A. TO DO ITS JOB. THE DAY AFTER THEY PROPOSED THOSE CUTS, MR. PRUITT LIKES TO FLY FIRST CLASS ON THE TAXPAYERS' DIME. ONE STRETCH LAST JUNE, TAX PAIR FUNDED COST $90,000. THEY WANT TO LOOK FOR CUTS, MAYBE SCOTT SHOULDN'T BE FLYING FIRST CLASS BUT MAYBE SIT NEXT TO THE CONSTITUENTS HE REPRESENTS. PRESIDENT TRUMP WANTS TO CUT THE BUDGET BY $3 BILLION. WE NEED TO PRIORITIZE BUT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE MR. PRUITT IS CAPABLE OF DOING IT FROM 40,000 FEET IN THE AIR

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                • 12:17:19 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

                • 12:17:22 PM

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                  PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

                • 12:17:26 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                • 12:18:36 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                • 12:18:42 PM

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                  PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. CHILDREN RELY ON LEADERS…

                  PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. CHILDREN RELY ON LEADERS IN CONGRESS FOR MUCH MORE THAN THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS BUT NEED US TO TAKE ACTION TO KEEP THEM SAFE. GUN VIOLENCE IS A HORRIFYING EPIDEMIC, 18 SCHOOL SHOOTINGS IN THE PAST 7 1/2 WEEKS. IT'S EVEN HARD TO TALK ABOUT THIS. IT'S DIFFICULT TO ARGUE WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE LOOKING AT CONGRESS AND WONDERING WHETHER TOO MANY MEMBERS IN CONGRESS ARE TOO CLOSE TO THE N.R.A. AND CONGRESS PASSED A LAW TO PREVENT THE C.D.C. FROM EVEN STUDYING GUN VIOLENCE. IN DIFFICULT TIMES, I SEEK THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS FROM FRIENDS AND CLERGY AND FAMILY, BUT THIS IS NOT STOPPING THE SLAUGHTER. I AGREE WITH POLICE OFFICERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHO SAID GET THE AR-15'S OUT OF THE HANDS. SPEAKER RYAN NEEDS TO ADDRESS GUN VIOLENCE OR HIS PARTY WILL GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS THE PARTY WHO BLOCKED SOLUTIONS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE

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                • 12:19:53 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  BLOCKED SOLUTIONS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

                  BLOCKED SOLUTIONS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                • 12:19:57 PM

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

                • 12:20:01 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 12:20:03 PM

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                  PRIDE THAT I RISE TO RECOGNIZE HURLEY FIRE DEPARTMENT SHEILA SWEENEY AND…

                  PRIDE THAT I RISE TO RECOGNIZE HURLEY FIRE DEPARTMENT SHEILA SWEENEY AND WAS NAMED THE FIRST FEMALE FIREFIGHTER OF THE YEAR. HER SERVICE AND DEDICATION AS A FIREFIGHTER, E.M.T. AND FIELD TRAINING OFFICER FOR MOBILE LIFE SUPPORT SERVICES IS MOST ADMIREABLE. HER INSPIRATION CAME FROM HER ATTENDANCE OF A FIRST AID CLASS, THE CONTINUATION OF HER EDUCATION AND TAKING CLASSES IN COLLEGE IS A TESTAMENT OF THE DEDICATION SHE FLECTS TO HER SERVICE AND HER COMMUNITY. SHEILA'S SELFLESS SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY WHILE STRIVING FOR PERSONAL GROWTH IS GREATLY APPRECIATED AND I WISH HER THE BEST ON CONTINUING ON HER JOURNEY. I YIELD BACK.

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                • 12:20:52 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                • 12:20:56 PM

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

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

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                • 12:21:02 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                • 12:21:03 PM

                  MR. MCNERNEY

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                • 12:22:13 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                  I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

                • 12:22:22 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                • 12:22:23 PM

                  MR. YOHO

                  MADAM SPEAKER, THIS WEEK COMMENCES THE LUNAR NEW YEAR, A TIME OF…

                  MADAM SPEAKER, THIS WEEK COMMENCES THE LUNAR NEW YEAR, A TIME OF THANKFULNESS WITH OUR ASIAN PARTNERS. REFLECTING LAST YEAR'S YEAR OF THE ROOSTER, WE HAVE ENJOYED POLITICAL, ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL ACHIEVEMENTS. WE CONTINUE TO LOOK TO OUR PARTNERS IN ASIA TO PROMOTE PEACEFUL INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS. DURING THE YEAR OF THE DOG, I BELIEVE OUR FRIENDS WILL CONTINUE TO EMBODY LOYALTY, HONESTY AND INTEGRITY WORKING WITH US TO CRAFT BENEFICIAL INTERNATIONAL POLICIES. IN TURN, THE UNITED STATES WILL ENCOURAGE EFFECTIVE BEHAVIORS AMONG ALL OUR ASIAN COUNTERPARTS. WE HAVE THE OBLIGATION TO PROTECT THE INTERESTS OF THE UNITED STATES AS WELL AS OUR STRONG ALLIES AROUND THE GLOBE ESPECIALLY IN THE ASIA-PACIFIC REGION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO WORK TOWARDS POLICIES THAT WILL POSITIVELY SHAPE MULTILATERAL FOREIGN RELATIONS IN 2018. I YIELD BACK.

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                • 12:23:25 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                  REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

                • 12:23:34 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                • 12:23:38 PM

                  MR. HUFFMAN

                  FROM THE MIGHTY RED WOODS TO THE HEADLANDS AND BEACHES TO THE BAY AREA TO…

                  FROM THE MIGHTY RED WOODS TO THE HEADLANDS AND BEACHES TO THE BAY AREA TO THE ANCHINGECHENT TREES AND WE KNOW OUR NATIONAL PARKS ARE WORTH PROTECTING. PARKS NOT ONLY PROTECT NATURE AND WILDLIFE BUT OUR HISTORY, TOO AND THEY ARE ECONOMIC ENGINES SUPPORTING THOUSANDS OF JOBS. PRESIDENT TRUMP'S DIRTY BUDGET WOULD BULLDOZE THROUGH THIS AMERICAN SUCCESS STORY. HE IS PROPOSING A 7% CUT TO THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE MEANING LESS MAINTENANCE AND 17% CUT TO THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR OVERALL WHILE GIVING SECRETARY ZINKE FREE REIGN TO DRILL. THEY WILL HIKE ENTRANCE FEES TO WORKING FAMILIES AND THREATENING ACCESS THAT DRIVE TOURISTS. WHILE GENERATINGS HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. UNDERFUNDING OUR PARKS PUTS OUR NATIONAL PARKS AT RISK.

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                • 12:24:51 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                • 12:24:56 PM

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                  REQUEST YALK -- UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.…

                  REQUEST YALK -- UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT HAS PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLL. IT IS TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF BY DISHONEST ATTORNEYS WHO FILE LAWSUITS AGAINST SMALL BUSINESSES IN ORDER TO GET A QUICK PAY DAY. A BUSINESS PAYS EXPENSIVE SETTLEMENT FEES FOR UNINTENDED OR TECHNICAL VIOLATIONS AND VAGUE INTERPRETATIONS OF THE A.D.A. THIS HAS RISEN DRAMATICALLY. A.D.A. COSTS HAVE INCREASED BY 182%. THIS GOES BEYOND THAT MANY YEARS PREVIOUSLY. THIS PRACTICE VIOLATES THE SPIRIT OF THE LAW AND HURTS SMALL BUSINESSES. ONE EXAMPLE, A MINI MARKET IN MY DISTRICT WENT THROUGH A RENOVATION AND PUT A NICE RAMP IN THE FRONT OF THEIR BUSINESS, CONCRETE STRUCTURE AND HAD BEEN INSPECTED AND WORKING WITH THE COUNTY, WHEN THEY ARE DONE, SOMEONE SAYS THIS IS ONE DEGREE OFF ON INCLINE. HOW ARE THEY SUPPOSED TO DEAL WITH THAT WHEN THE REGULATORS CAN'T KEEP TRACK OF WHAT THEY ARE SUPPOSED. THIS BENEFITS CORRUPTS CORRUPT ATTORNEYS.

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

                • 12:26:29 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                • 12:26:34 PM

                  MS. FRANKEL

                  THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. YOU KNOW, YOU SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL AND YOU…

                  THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. YOU KNOW, YOU SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL AND YOU EXPECT THEY ARE GOING TO COME HOME SAFELY. I AM SO SAD FOR THE GRIEVING FAMILIES IN PARKLAND. INNOCENT CHILDREN GONE IN A BLINK. I'M THANKFUL FOR THE FIRST RESPONDERS BUT FOREMOST, MY THOUGHTS ARE WITH THE GRIEVING FAMILIES, THE STUDENTS AND THE TEACHERS AFFECTED BY THIS HORRIFIC SHOOTING. WE SEE THIS CARNAGE OVER AND OVER AGAIN. OH, YEAH, WE KNOW THERE IS NO MAGIC SOLUTION, BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THAT THERE ARE NO SOLUTIONS. YEAH, WE NEED MORE RESOURCES FOR MENTAL HEALTH, NOT TAX CUTS FOR BILLIONAIRES. AND YES, MR. PRESIDENT, ARE YOU LISTENING? WE NEED COMMONSENSE GUN SAFETY LEGISLATION NOT THESE IDIOTIC BILLS THAT EXPAND. I YIELD BACK.

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO PLEASE ADDRESS YOUR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR AND…

                  THE MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO PLEASE ADDRESS YOUR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR AND NOT THE VIEWING AUDIENCE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

                • 12:27:56 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                  I DO NOT RISE TODAY FOR ANOTHER MOMENT OF SILENCE FOR PARKLAND, FLORIDA,…

                  I DO NOT RISE TODAY FOR ANOTHER MOMENT OF SILENCE FOR PARKLAND, FLORIDA, FOR THE SEMI-AUTOMATIC WEAPON AND SHOOTER ALREADY SILENCED 17 FLORIDIANS AND INJURED COUNTLESS OTHERS AT MARJORY STONEHAM DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL. INSTEAD I RISE TO MAKE THEIR VOICES HEARD. I ASK FOR SENSIBLE GUN REFORM. THE PARKLAND SHOOTER LIKELY GOT THE SEMI-AUTOMATIC WEAPON THROUGH A PRIVATE SALE OR GUN SHOW DESPITE MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES. THE LAS VEGAS SHOOTER USED A BUMP STOCK TO CONVERT A SEMI-AUTOMATIC MATIC WEAPON INTO AN AUTOMATIC WEAPON. WHY IS NOTHING HAPPENING? AND IN MY OWN HOME IN ORLANDO, WE WATCHED AN ORLANDO SHOOTER WHO WAS ON THE F.B.I. WATCH LIST. IMAGINE IF WE PASSED NO FLY-NO BUY AND STOPPED THAT FROM HAPPENING. NOW IS THE TIME FOR ACTION.

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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 NEVADA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

                • 12:29:23 PM

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                  WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                • 12:29:27 PM

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                  THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TO REMEMBER THE LIFE OF CHRIS TANA…

                  THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TO REMEMBER THE LIFE OF CHRIS TANA DUARTE. SHE ATTENDED THE CONCERT IN LAS VEGAS. SHE GRADUATED WITH A DEGREE IN BUSINESS MARKETING AND INTENDER WITH THE ARIZONA WILDCATS. AFTER GRADUATION, SHE WORKED FOR THE LOS ANGELES KINGS AT THE FAN SERVICES ASSOCIATES. FANS AND FAMILY REMEMBER HER AS A BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL YOUNG WOMAN WHO WAS FULL OF LIFE AND ENERGY. I EXTEND MY CONDOLENCES TO HER FAMILY AND FRIENDS. PLEASE KNOW THE CITY OF LAS VEGAS AND THE STATE OF NEVADA AND THE WHOLE COUNTRY GRIVES FOR YOU. .

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                • 12:30:31 PM

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                  MR. SPEAKER, A BUDGET REFLECTS ONE'S VALUES. PRESIDENT TRUMP'S BUDGET…

                  MR. SPEAKER, A BUDGET REFLECTS ONE'S VALUES. PRESIDENT TRUMP'S BUDGET SHOWS HE VALUES POLLUTERS AND PROFITS OVER PEOPLE. WITH THE INK BARELY DRY ON THE REPUBLICAN TAX SCAM, TRUMP'S BUDGET PROPOSES WE PAY FOR THEIR CORPORATE GIVEAWAY BY GUTTING PUBLIC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS. ONE OF THE BUDGET'S LARGEST TARGETS IS THE E.P.A. WHICH WILL SUFFER A 25% CUT.

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                • 12:30:54 PM

                  MR. GOMEZ

                  THIS MEANS CUTS TO GRANTS THAT HELP STATES LIKE CALIFORNIA IMPLEMENT THE…

                  THIS MEANS CUTS TO GRANTS THAT HELP STATES LIKE CALIFORNIA IMPLEMENT THE CLEAN AIR AND CLEAN WATER ACT. THAT MEANS CUTS TO SUPERFUND PROGRAMS THAT CLEAN UP SITES WHERE TOXIC CHEMICALS FROM FACTORIES AND LANDFILLS WERE DUMPED FOR DECADES, POLLUTING THE SURROUNDING SOIL, WATER AND AIR. WE CANNOT AFFORD A DIRTY BUDGET THAT PRIORITIZES POLLUTERS AND PROFITS OVER PEOPLE. I THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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                • 12:31:17 PM

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

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

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                  TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ITS FAILURE TO DEAL WITH GUN CONTROL AND MESSAGE…

                  TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ITS FAILURE TO DEAL WITH GUN CONTROL AND MESSAGE HEALTH.

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                • 12:31:28 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. DAVE COWENS THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER --

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                • 12:31:32 PM

                  MR. COHEN

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS HOUSE GENERALLY JUMPS INTO ACTION ONCE…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS HOUSE GENERALLY JUMPS INTO ACTION ONCE THERE'S BEEN A MASS SHOOTING. BY HAVING A MOMENT OF SILENCE. TODAY WE DIDN'T EVEN HAVE A MOMENT OF SILENCE BECAUSE THE HOUSE KNOWS THAT THOSE ARE MEANINGLESS ACTS THAT DON'T HAVE ANY EFFECT ON OUR SCHOOLCHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN THE VICTIMS OF 18 SCHOOL MASS SHOOTINGS THIS YEAR. IT IS SHAMEFUL THIS CONGRESS HAS NOT DEALT WITH NO FLY, NO BUY. YOU'RE A TERRORIST LIST, YOU CAN STILL BUY A GUN. IT'S A SHAME THIS CONGRESS PASSED A LAW THAT TAKES AWAY FROM SOCIAL SECURITY, INDIVIDUALS WHO GET SOCIAL SECURITY, THE MENTAL ILLINOIS, THE ABILITY TO BUY A GUN. WE DON'T EVEN HAVE STUDIES ON WHAT'S BEEN HAPPENING AND TRYING TO PROTECT SCHOOLCHILDREN. IT'S A SHAME. WE NEED TO AFPBLGT AMERICAN SCHOOLCHILDREN ARE AT RISK. AND I AM ASHAMED OF WHAT THIS CONGRESS HAS FAILED TO DO. TAKE ACTION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                • 12:32:32 PM

                  MR. HOYER

                  I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SPEAK OUT OF ORDER FOR ONE MINUTE.

                • 12:32:35 PM

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                  WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                • 12:32:38 PM

                  MR. HOYER

                  MADAM SPEAKER, WE HAVE FOUR LEGISLATIVE DAYS BEFORE THOSE PROTECTED BY…

                  MADAM SPEAKER, WE HAVE FOUR LEGISLATIVE DAYS BEFORE THOSE PROTECTED BY DACA WILL BE AT RISK. THE SPEAKER HAS SAID HE WAS GOING TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE. HE HAS NOT. AT THIS POINT IN TIME. THE SPEAKER SAID ON 9:00-23-2010 WE WILL ADVANCE MAJOR LEGISLATION ONE ISSUE AT A TIME. WHETHER HE NOT DUCK THE TOUGH ISSUES. WE'LL TAKE THEM HEAD-ON. IN THAT LIGHT, I URGE THE SPEAKER TO PUT ON THE FLOOR THE THREE BILLS THAT ARE SPENDING IN THIS HOUSE. THE CLEAN DREAM ACT. THE U.S.A. ACT SPONSORED BY REPRESENTATIVES AGUILAR AND HURD, A BIPARTISAN BILL. AND A REPUBLICAN BILL, THE SECURING AMERICA'S FUTURE ACT, SPONSORED BY REPRESENTATIVE GOODLATTE. MR. SPEAKER, LET THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE SPEAK. LET THEM VOTE. PUT THESE THREE BILLS ON THE FLOOR. AND LET THE MAJORITY RULE. THAT IS DEMOCRACY.

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

                • 12:33:45 PM

                  MR. HOYER

                  LET DEMOCRACY PREVAIL IN THIS HOUSE.

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                  THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

                • 12:33:49 PM

                  MR. HOYER

                  I HEARD YOU, MADAM SPEAKER.

                • 12:33:51 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL REQUEST.

                • 12:33:55 PM

                  THE CLERK

                  LEAVE OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. BISHOP OF GEORGIA FOR TODAY.

                • 12:34:01 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUEST IS GRANTED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GALLEGO, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MIBS AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MINORITY CONSCIOUS -- MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MINORITY LEADER.

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                • 12:34:25 PM

                  MR. GALLEGO

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN JUNE, SEVEN AMERICAN HEROES DIED ON A DARK…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN JUNE, SEVEN AMERICAN HEROES DIED ON A DARK NIGHT WHEN A SHIP COLLIDED WITH AN AMERICAN DESTROYER, THE U.S.S. FITZGERALD. AMONG THE DEAD WERE IMMIGRANTS FROM VIETNAM AND THE PHILIPPINES, AS WELL AS THE SON OF WORKERS WHO JOURNEYED NORTH FROM GUATEMALA. AS ONE OF THE SAILERS WHO SURVIVED EXPLAINED, YOU'RE CRAMMED IN WITH ALL SORTS OF CULTURES ON THIS SHIP. BUT WHEN YOU ARE ON THE FITZGERALD, YOU ARE FAMILY. JUST LIKE THE FITZGERALD, MY UNIT IN IRAQ, INCLUDED MANY MEN OF RACES AND RELIGIONS. WE WERE A FAMILY TOO AND IT MADE US STRONGER. MR. SPEAKER, WHAT'S TRUE OF OUR MILITARY IS ALSO TRUE OF OUR COUNTRY. LOTS OF NATIONS HAVE DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS. PLENTY OF COUNTRIES HAVE GOOD SCHOOLS. AND ALL TOO MANY, AS WE KNOW, WIELD POWERFUL WEAPONS. BUT WHAT MAKES AMERICA GREAT? WHAT MAKES AMERICA POWERFUL, WHAT MAKES AMERICA AMERICA IS THAT SINCE OUR FOUNDING, WE HAVE THROWN OUR DOORS OPEN TO THE WORLD. AND WE KEPT THEM OPEN TO THE STRIVERS AND THE DREAMERS FROM EVERY CORNER OF THE GLOBE. WE DIDN'T BECOME THE GREATEST, MOST POWERFUL COUNTRY IN THE WORLD BECAUSE WE LET IN A CERTAIN GROUP OF PEOPLE AND THEN SLAMMED THE DOOR BEHIND THEM. NO. MR. SPEAKER, WE BUILT THIS COUNTRY BY MAKING AMERICA THE ONLY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD WHERE ANYONE FROM ANYWHERE CAN ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING. PRESIDENT REAGAN MAY HAVE SUMMED IT UP BEST WHEN HE EXPLAINED THAT YOU CAN GO TO JAPAN TO LIVE, BUT YOU CANNOT BECOME JAPANESE. YOU CAN GO TO FRANCE TO LIVE AND NOT BECOME A FRENCHMAN. ANYONE CAN COME TO AMERICA TO LIVE AND BECOME AN AMERICAN. UNFORTUNATELY OUR CURRENT PRESIDENT AND HIS FRIENDS IN CONGRESS WANT TO TURN THEIR BACKS ON WHAT MADE AMERICA GREAT. THEIR ANTI-IMMIGRANT AGENDA WILL LEAD TO THE DEPORTATION OF MILLIONS AND DRASTIC CUTS IN LEGAL IMMIGRATION. THE LAST TIME CONGRESS RESTRICTED IMMIGRATION IN THIS WAY WAS ALMOST 100 YEARS AGO. BACK THEN, CONSERVATIVES WERE WORRIED THAT THERE WERE TOO MANY ITALIANS AND JEWS THAT WERE ARRIVING ON OUR SHORES. NOW THEY'RE CONCERNED ABOUT MEXICANS, NIGERIANS AND CHINESE IMMIGRANTS. THE RHETORIC MAY HAVE SHIFTED. THE TARGETS MAY HAVE CHANGED. BUT THE SAME KIND OF BACKWARD, UN-AMERICAN THINKING THAT EXISTS THEN. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE TOO SMART FOR THIS. WE DON'T FEAR PEOPLE WHO DON'T SPEAK LIKE US. OR LOOK LIKE US. OR EVEN PRAY THE WAY WE DO. TIME AND TIME AGAIN WE'VE REJECTED THE RACIST AND THE NATE VISITS OF THIS COUNTRY. WE'VE DONE IT BEFORE AND WE'LL DO IT AGAIN. MR. SPEAKER, I DON'T HAVE TO LOOK AT THE POLLS TO TELL YOU THAT THERE ARE A LOT MORE AMERICANS LIKE ERIN CHAMBERLAIN FROM PHOENIX THAN LIKE DONALD TRUMP. ERIN IS A RESTAURANT OWNER IN PHOENIX. WHEN HE LEARNED THAT A YOUNG PREP CHEF NAMED SUNI SANTANA WAS UNDOCUMENTED, AARON SAID SUNNI COULD STAY SO LONG AS HE FOUND A WAY TO FIX HIS UNDOCUMENTED STATUS. THANKFULLY SUNNI QUALIFIED FOR DACA. HE WORKED HARD AND THRIVED. IN FACT, HE DID SO WELL THAT AARON OFFERED TO PARTNER WITH HIM IN OPENING HIS VERY OWN NEW RESTAURANT IN DOWNTOWN PHOENIX. BUT THEN, CRUELLY AND WITHOUT WARNING, PRESIDENT TRUMP TERMINATED DACA AND STRIPPED AWAY SUNNI'S STATUS, THROWING HIS ENTIRE LIFE IN LIMBO. DEMOCRATS ARE FIGHTING FOR DREAMERS LIKE SUNNI. AND FOR BUSINESS OWNERS LIKE AARON WHO BELIEVE IN THEM. WE ARE ALSO FIGHTING FOR VETERANS LIKE MIGUEL PEREZ FROM CHICAGO. MIGUEL HAS LIVED IN THIS COUNTRY SINCE HE WAS 8 YEARS OLD. HE SERVED TWO TOURS IN AFGHANISTAN AND SUFFERS FROM PTSD AS A RESULT OF HIS SERVICE. UNFORTUNATELY AS IS TOO OFTEN THE CASE WITH US, THIS LED TO PROBLEMS WITH ADDICTION. MIGUEL DESERVES OUR SUPPORT. INSTEAD HE'S FACING DEPORTATION. AS I SPEAK, MIGUEL IS CURRENTLY SITTING IN AN I.C.E. DETENTION CENTER IN KENOSHA, WISCONSIN, WHICH HAPPENS TO BE IN THE DISTRICT OF OUR SPEAKER, PAUL RYAN. MIGUEL ISN'T ALONE. HUNDREDS OF IMMIGRANTS HAVE SERVED OUR COUNTRY'S UNIFORM COULD NOW BE DEPORTED AT THE BEHEST OF A PRESIDENT WHO HAS NEVER SERVED ONE DAY IN SERVICE TO THIS COUNTRY. THESE ARE MEN AND WOMEN WHO TOOK AN OATH TO PROTECT AND DEFEND THIS NATION. THEY'VE EARNED THE RIGHT TO CALL THIS COUNTRY HOME. THEY'VE EARNED THE RIGHT TO CALL THEMSELVES AMERICANS. TO DEPORT THESE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN AFTER THEY FOUGHT UNDER OUR FLAG DISHONORS THE SERVICE OF ALL OF US WHO RISKED OUR LIVES FOR THIS COUNTRY. WE MUST FIND A WAY TO PROTECT DREAMERS AND IMMIGRANT FAMILIES. INCLUDING BRAVE IMMIGRANTS WHO SERVED IN UNIFORM. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE ON OUR SIDE. THEY KNOW THAT TRUMP'S FEARFUL VISION FOR OUR FUTURE IS INCOMPATIBLE WITH WHO WE ARE AS AMERICANS. THEY'RE PROUD TO LIVE IN A COUNTRY THAT ATTRACTS THE BRIGHTEST MINDS AND THE HARDEST WORKERS FROM ALL AROUND THE WORLD. THEY UNDERSTAND THAT EXCLUSION AND HATE ARE THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF WHAT MAKES AMERICA AMERICA. THIS NATION DID NOT BECOME GREAT BY KICKING OUT IMMIGRANTS WHO FIGHT HARD LIKE MIGUEL OR WHO DREAM BIG LIKE SUNEY. UNLIKE ANY OTHER COUNTRY ON EARTH, WE AREN'T DEFINED BY WHERE WE COME FROM. IT WE ARE DEFINED BY WHAT WE BELIEVE. DONALD TRUMP MAY NOT UNDERSTAND THAT. BUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DO. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                • 12:39:45 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GARRETT, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 6 TO -- 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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                • 12:40:51 PM

                  MR. GARRETT

                  THANK YOU. IT'S A SOMBER TIME. TO COME INTO THIS CHAMBER. AS WE HAVE…

                  THANK YOU. IT'S A SOMBER TIME. TO COME INTO THIS CHAMBER. AS WE HAVE COLLEAGUES AT THE OTHER END OF THE BUILDING WHO FORMED SOMETHING THEY CALL THE COMMONSENSE COALITION. WHICH IS I THINK A GENTLEMAN EUPHEMISM, LIKE SO MANY THINGS IN THIS TOWN ARE, WHICH MIGHT WELL BE CALLED THE KICK THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD COALITION. THE DOING THE SAME THING AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN AND EXPECTING A DIFFERENT RESULT COALITION. OR THE THOSE WHO DO NOT LEARN FROM THE PAST ARE DOOMED TO REPEAT IT COALITION. THE PHOTO THAT'S TO MY LEFT, YOUR RIGHT, IF YOU ARE VIEWING AT HOME, IS OF ME AT A CEREMONY AT RED HILL FARM IN THE FIFTH DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA, WHERE A MAN NAMED PATRICK HENRY LIVED. PATRICK HENRY IS NOTABLE AS AN EARLY PATRIOT WHO SOUGHT TO ENSURE THE BLESSINGS OF SELF-DETERMINATION AND LIBERTY FOR OUR PLEDGELING NATION, THAT DETERMINED THAT IT WAS UNJUST, THAT THEY SHOULD BE GOVERNED BY EDICT FROM ACROSS THE SEA. AND MOST NOTABLY SAID THE WORDS, I KNOW NOT WHAT OF COURSE OTHERS MAY TAKE, BUT FOR ME, GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH. INDEED, ANYONE WHO SIGNED THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE UNDERSTOOD AT THAT TIME THAT THEY WERE LITERALLY SIGNING THEIR OWN DEATH WARRANT AND YET THEY DID BECAUSE IT WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO AND TODAY WE'VE GENERATED A NEW -- INTO A POLITICAL CLASS THAT KNOWS PANDERING AND EFFORTS TO PLACATE INDIVIDUALS WITHOUT THE INTEREST OF THE MASS CONSTITUENCY THAT WE ALL UNITE LID SERVE. AND THAT IS THE AMERICAN -- UNITEDLY SERVE. AND THAT IS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IN FACT, WHEN PATRICK HENRY SPOKE ABOUT LIBERTY, ONE DAY IN A SEPARATE SPEECH FROM THE BACK OF THE ROOM, SOMEONE SHOUTED, TREASON. AND HENRY RESPONDED ELOQUENTLY, IF THIS BE TREASON, MAKE THE MOST OF IT. WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO OUR LEADERS? AND SO THAT DAY, I SPOKE TO A GROUP OF A COUPLE OF DOZEN NEW AMERICANS FROM EVERY CORNER OF THE WORLD. FROM ASIA AND AFRICA, THE MIDDLE EAST AND EUROPE, SOUTH AMERICA. WHO HAD IN SOME INSTANCES WORKED DECADES TO BECOME AMERICANS. TO EARN THOSE BLESSINGS OF LIBERTY. GAINED FOR US BY PEOPLE LIKE PATRICK HENRY. LIKE A MILLION NAMELESS FACES WHO DIED OF COMBAT DEATH, DISEASE OR STARVATION DURING A WAR TO END THE HORRIFIC INSTITUTION OF SLAVERY. LIKE ABRAHAM LINCOLN. LIKE DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. SO THEY INDEED LOOK LIKE AMERICA. BROWN PEOPLE, WHITE PEOPLE, BLACK PEOPLE, ASIAN PEOPLE. AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND THEY EARNED IT. BUT WHAT'S COMING OUT OF THE SENATE NOW ESSENTIALLY THROWS ASIDE THE SACRIFICES OF SO MANY IN ORDER TO SCORE POLITICAL POINTS. IT WAS INDEED ONE OF THE GREATEST HONORS OF MY LIFE TO WELCOME THOSE NEW BROTHERS AND SISTERS TO OUR AMERICAN FAMILY. AND YET THE PROCESS THROUGH WHICH THEY PAINED AND LABORED DOES NOT IN ANY WAY MIRROR THE PROCESS THAT WE WOULD CONTINUE BY KICKING THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD UNDER THE PROPOSED SENATE QUOTE-UNQUOTE COMPROMISE. I COULD REALLY LITERALLY DO THIS ALL DAY AND ALL WEEK AND ALL MONTH AND ALL YEAR. IF I WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT THE CASES OF INDIVIDUALS WHO HAD LOST THEIR LIVES BECAUSE OF OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS COMPLETELY UNWILLING TO ENFORCE THE LAWS THAT IT CURRENTLY HAS ON THE BOOKS. MANY OF YOU RECOGNIZE THE LOVELY FACE OF KATE STEINLE ENJOYING A BEAUTIFUL AFTERNOON IN SAN FRANCISCO ON PEER -- PIER 14. SHE WORKED IN THE MEDICAL FIELD AND RECENTLY MOVED IN WITH HER BOYFRIEND. WHEN AN ILLEGAL WHO HAD BEEN DEPORTED FIVE TIMES THOUGH THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT REFUSED TO TURN OVER TO FEDERAL AUTHORITIES, DISCHARGED A WEAPON WHICH HE STOLE FROM A MEMBER OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AND WHAT HE SAID WAS A LIE, WHICH IS BAD ENOUGH, AND KILLED THIS LOVELY YOUNG WOMAN WHO LOVED YOGA AND HELPING OTHERS. REPORTS INDICATE THAT AMONG HER LAST WORDS WAS A PLEA TO HER FATHER WAS TO PLEASE HELP AND SHE PASSED AWAY BECAUSE WE REFUSE TO ENFORCE OUR LAW. EDWIN JACKSON, LINEBACKER FOR THE INDIANAPOLIS COLTS FROM THE SAME TOWN, ATLANTA GEORGIA. HE DIDN'T HAVE BIG FOOTBALL OFFERS. INSTEAD OF THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA OR UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, HE WENT TO GEORGIA'S SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY BUT HE WORKED AND WORKED WITH AN OPTIMISM THAT RADIATED FROM THE VERY SMILE ON HIS FACE AND NOT LONG AGO EDWIN JACKSON BECAME NEARLY OF 1,000 PEOPLE PER YEAR WHO DIE IN ALCOHOL-RELATED ACCIDENTS THAT INVOLVE PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY ILLEGALLY AS WELL AS HIS UBER DRIVER. HIS GREATEST GOAL IN LIFE WAS TO BE A POSITIVE ROLE MODEL FOR YOUNG PEOPLE. THE INDIVIDUAL WHO WAS DETAINED HAD A BLOOD ALCOHOL OF.239. HE HAD BEEN DEPORTED TWICE BEFORE AND TRIED TO RUN FROM THE SCENE AND LIED TO POLICE OFFICERS ABOUT HIS NAME. AND EDWIN JACKSON AND JEFFREY MONROE ARE DEAD BECAUSE WE REFUSE TO ENFORCE OUR LAWS. DENISE MOSER, IN MY HOME STATE OF VIRGINIA IN 2010 WAS RIDING IN A VAN WITH TWO OTHER NUNS FROM THE 33-WOMENMON AS TEAR WHERE SHE MADE HER HOME INSPIRING TO HELP PEOPLE. HER TWO DEAR FRIENDS

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                  BUDD.

                • 12:56:43 PM

                  MR. BUDD

                  I THANK MY FRIEND FROM VIRGINIA, COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING AND THANK HIM FOR…

                  I THANK MY FRIEND FROM VIRGINIA, COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING AND THANK HIM FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. THE LAST TIME I SPOKE ON THIS FLOOR ON IMMIGRATION, I TALKED ABOUT THREE PRINCIPLES. FIRST, AMERICANS HAVE THE RIGHT TO DETERMINE WHO BECOMES CITIZENS THROUGH LAWS. TWO, THE PEOPLE WHO DO COME HERE SHOULD BE IN THE BEST INTEREST OF AMERICAN CITIZENS. AND THREE, THAT WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO ENFORCE THOSE CHOICES. THE PEOPLE WHO DO COME HERE SHOULD BE IN THE BEST INTEREST OF AMERICAN CITIZENS. THAT'S KEY. BUT WHAT WE'RE DOING NOW ISN'T THERE YET. WE ALLOW TODAY ONE INDIVIDUAL TO GET A GREEN CARD, THEN HE IS ABLE TO SPONSOR HIS IMMEDIATE FAMILY AND RELATIVES AND THE RELATIVES CAN SPONSOR THEIR RELATIVES AND THOSE RELATIVES OF THOSE RELATIVES CAN SPONSOR THEIR RELATIVES AND SO ON UNTIL THERE IS NO ONE LEFT WHO EVEN WANTS TO COME TO THE UNITED STATES. POTENTIALLY, THIS COULD GO ON FOREVER. THIS IS CALLED CHAIN MIGRATION. 65% OF OUR GREEN CARDS ARE AWARDED THROUGH CHAIN MIGRATION. 700,000 PEOPLE EVERY YEAR GETTING PERMANENT RESIDENCE IN OUR COUNTRY OTHER THAN THEY ARE RELATED TO SOMEONE WHO LIVES HERE. WE HAVE NO IDEA IF THEY ARE GOING TO BE ECONOMICALLY SUCCESSFUL. WE HAVE NO IDEA WHETHER THEY WILL CONTRIBUTE TO OUR COUNTRY AND DON'T LOOK AT THOSE CHARACTERISTICS FOR CHAIN MIGRATION. WHO THE IMMIGRANT IS RELATED TO NOT WHETHER OR NOT HE MIGHT HELP AMERICA TO BE SAFER OR A MORE PROSPEROUS COUNTRY. AMERICAN IMMIGRATION SHOULD BE IN THE BEST INTEREST OF AMERICANS. THE SECURE AMERICA'S FUTURE ACT ENDS THIS CHAIN MIGRATION AND STOPS IT FOR EVERYONE EXCEPT FOR THE CHILDREN AND SPOUSES OF IMMIGRANTS. BUT THOSE RELATIVES CANNOT BRING IN ADDITIONAL IMMIGRANTS. THE SECURE AMERICA FUTURE ACT REPLACES THOSE IMMIGRANTS WITH SKILLED WORKERS, WORKERS THAT CAN HELP US BUILD A BETTER FUTURE. THINK ABOUT IT THIS WAY. THERE ARE 150 MILLION PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD WHO WOULD SAY THEY WOULD COME TO THE UNITED STATES IF THEY WERE JUST GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY. WHAT A DEBATE COUNTRY. WE WOULD DO THAT WHAT WE DO NOW AND ENTER ON THE BASIS OF WHO THEY ARE RELATED TO OR LET IN THE BEST ENGINEERS OR DOCTORS, NURSES, TEACHERS AND BUSINESSMEN AND WHO CAN SPEAK ENGLISH WELL AND KNOW OUR SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT. BUT THAT CAN ONLY HAPPEN IF WE END CHAIN MIGRATION. THE CHAIN MIGRATION PROPOSAL BECOMES EVEN MORE CRUCIAL WHEN WE LOOK AT THE DACA ISSUE. IF WE ALLOW DACA RECIPIENTS TO GET CITIZENSHIP, THEY WILL SPONSOR 3 1/2 IMMIGRANT EACH. THAT'S A HUGE INCENTIVE FOR FUTURE IMMIGRANTS TO COME HERE ILLEGALLY. THE NOTION THAT YOU WILL GET TO BRING YOUR WHOLE FAMILY OVER HERE IS PART OF WHAT LED TO THE 2013-2014 BORDER CRISIS WHEN THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION WAS RUMORED TO BE GRADGETTING AMNESTY TENS OF THOUSANDS OF LATIN AMERICANS SENT THEIR CHILDREN NORTH. AND THE IMMIGRANT PROCESSING FACILITIES THERE IN THE SOUTHWEST, WE HAD TO PASS EMERGENCY APPROPRIATIONS JUST TO PROCESS THESE INDIVIDUALS. ANY DACA FIX THAT DOES NOT ALSO INCLUDE ADDITIONAL BORDER SECURITY AND PROTECTIONS AGAINST THESE THOSE MIGRATING THIS WAY, THEY COULD SEE A SIMILAR CRISIS. . WHILE I HAVE DWELT ON ITS CHAIN MIGRATION PROVISIONS, AND THERE ARE MANY MORE WORTHY REFORMS THIS BILL CRACKS DOWN ON SANCTUARY CITIES, WHICH MY COLLEAGUE MENTIONED EARLIER. IT INCLUDES KATE'S LAW, TO TOUGHEN PENALTIES AGAINST THOSE WHO ARE DEPORTED, COME BACK TO THE UNITED STATES, AND COMMIT CRIMES. IT INCLUDES MANDATORY E-VERIFY TO CRACK DOWN ON BUSINESSES THAT BREAK THE LAW. IT ENDS THE DIVERSITY VISA LOTTERY, ONE OF THE MOST SENSELESS FEDERAL POLICIES THAT I CAN THINK OF. I THANK CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE FOR HIS EFFORTS ON THIS. I THANK REPRESENTATIVE LABRADOR. ONE OF OUR STAUNCHEST CONSERVATIVE LEADERS IN THE HOUSE FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN CRAFTING THIS BILL. AND I THANK REPRESENTATIVE GARRETT FOR ORGANIZING THIS OPPORTUNITY TO DISCUSS THE BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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                • 01:01:34 PM

                  MR. GARRETT

                  THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. THANK YOU, REPRESENTATIVE BUDD. AT THIS TIME I…

                  THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. THANK YOU, REPRESENTATIVE BUDD. AT THIS TIME I WOULD YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN, MY COLLEAGUE FROM FLORIDA, MR. YOHO.

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                • 01:01:43 PM

                  MR. YOHO

                  I'D LIKE TO THANK MY GOOD COLLEAGUE FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GARRETT, AND…

                  I'D LIKE TO THANK MY GOOD COLLEAGUE FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GARRETT, AND EVERYBODY ELSE THAT'S PARTICIPATED IN THIS IMPORTANT TOPIC. FOR FAR TOO LONG WASHINGTON HAS ALLOWED OUR BROKEN IMMIGRATION SYSTEM TO FESTER. SINCE 1986, WHEN SAFEGUARDS WERE PUT IN PLACE TO PROTECT OUR NATION FROM ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, WE SAW THE RULE OF LAW NOT FOLLOWED. AND IT'S LED TO THE SITUATION WE HAVE TODAY. THIS IS NOT AN OVERNIGHT SENSATION THAT'S JUST HAPPENED. IF YOU LOOK AT THE NUMBER ONE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT, IT'S TO PROVIDE FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE OF OUR NATION AND THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION. AND, MADAM SPEAKER, YOU CANNOT HAVE A SECURE NATION IF YOU DON'T HAVE SECURE BORDERS. THAT'S ONE OF THE REASONS WE LOCK OUR CAR DOORS. THAT'S ONE OF THE REASONS WE LOCK OUR HOUSE DOORS. IS TO SECURE OUR FAMILY. THE GOVERNMENT'S ROLE IS TO SECURE THEIR NATION AND THE PEOPLE WITHIN IT. SO THAT WE CAN HAVE A SECURE NATION, THE PEACE OF MIND THAT OUR FAMILIES, OUR -- THAT OUR FAMILIES ARE PROTECTED FROM PEOPLE WHO SHOULDN'T BE HERE IN THE FIRST PLACE. WE NEED TO REFORM OUR SYSTEM SO THAT WE HAVE LEGAL IMMIGRATION THAT'S NOT BURDENSOME TO THE POINT WHERE IT DOESN'T WORK. AND THAT'S WHAT WASHINGTON HAS BEEN WELL KNOWN FOR. WE NEED TO SEEK REAL REFORMS THAT CUT DOWN ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION WHILE PROTECTING AND BOLSTERING THE LEGAL IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. OUR NATION IS A NATION OF IMMIGRANTS AND THEODORE ROOSEVELT ADDRESSED THIS I THINK VERY SUCCINCTLY IN 1907 IN A SPEECH. WHEN HE TALKED ABOUT OUR LAND BEING A LAND OF IMMIGRANTS. HOW WE'VE COME OVER FROM OTHER COUNTRIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD. BUT HE ALSO WENT ON TO SAY AND TALK ABOUT THE VALUES OF AMERICA. THAT -- BEING A LAND OF IMMIGRANTS, UNDERSTAND THIS. THERE IS BUT ROOM FOR ONE FLAG. IT IS THE AMERICAN FLAG. YOU NEED TO HONOR. THERE'S ROOM BUT FOR ONE LANGUAGE. IT'S ENGLISH. YOU NEED TO LEARN IT. IMMIGRATION WITHOUT ASSIMULATION IS AN INVASION. AND THAT'S REALLY WHAT WE HAVE. AN INVASION. BECAUSE WE DON'T KNOW WHO'S HERE, WE DON'T KNOW WHERE THEY CAME FROM. AND DREAMERS THAT WERE BROUGHT HERE TO THIS COUNTRY, I THINK WE'RE ALL SYMPATHETIC. THEY WERE BROUGHT HERE TO THIS COUNTRY AT NO FAFFLET THEIR OWN AND REG-- AT NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN AND REGISTERED UNDER DACA. THERE WAS A PROGRAM WHERE THEY COULD HAVE REGISTERED. THEY ARE A DIFFERENT CLASS. BUT THEY CAN BE HANDLED IN A SYSTEMIC MANNER. WHETHER IT STARTS OFF WITH PROBATIONARY PERIODS, RUNNING BACKGROUND CHECKS, ENSURING ALL FINES ARE PAID FOR OUTSTANDING TRAFFIC TICKETS OR OTHER, AMONG OTHER THINGS. AND I STAND AND I'M CO-SPONSOR OF THE GOODLATTE-LABRADOR BILL. I THINK IT'S A GREAT START. AS IMMIGRATION POLICIES OR AS POLICIES UP HERE IN WASHINGTON, WE KNOW THEY CHANGE OVER TIME. AND SO I THINK THIS IS A GOOD START. WE NEED TO STRENGTHEN OUR BORDER. NEEDS TO BE PARAMOUNT. AND TIGHTEN OUR BORDERS THROUGH WHAT THE CUSTOM BORDER PATROLS TELL US TO DO. THERE'S PEOPLE THAT WANT TO BUILD A WALL FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA. I THINK WE SHOULD BUILD A WALL WHERE THE EXPERTS SAY WE NEED TO BUILD A WALL. AND DO OTHER FORMS OF SECURITY. BUT THE BOTTOM LINE IS WE HAVE TO HAVE A SECURE BORDER. AND IT'S NOT JUST OUR SOUTHWEST BORDER. IT'S ALL OF OUR BORDERS. AND I THINK EVERY AMERICAN SHOULD BE CONCERNED ABOUT THIS AND YOU WOULD THINK THEY WOULD WANT THIS. WE ALSO SHOULD ALLOW CUSTOMS AND BORDER PATROL TO SURVEY AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR HOW THEY THINK BEST WE CAN INCREASE THE SECURITY OF, AGAIN, NOT JUST OUR SOUTHERN BORDER, BUT, AGAIN, ALL THE BORDERS. SANCTUARY CITIES WHO OPENLY DEFY FEDERAL IMMIGRATION LAW PLACE AMERICAN CITIZENS AT RISK. AND I WOULD HOPE THE PEOPLE IN THOSE CITIES, THE CITIZENS OF THOSE CITIES, WOULD RISE UP AND HOLD THEIR ELECTED OFFICIALS ACCOUNTABLE SO THAT IT'S NOT A POLITICAL PLATFORM THAT A PARTY WANTS TO PROMOTE. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS LOOK AT THE MANY PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN KILLED BY PEOPLE HERE ILLEGALLY. AND THEY RUSH FOR THE PROTECTION OF A SANCTUARY CITY. AND THESE ARE CITIES, AGAIN, THAT ARE BREAKING THE FEDERAL LAW. THEY DEFY FEDERAL LAW WITHOUT CONSEQUENCE. CONGRESS DOES HAVE THE POWER TO HOLD THESE PEOPLE ACCOUNTABLE. THESE STATES. AND AGAIN, IT WILL BE THE CITIZENS OF THOSE CITIES, HOPEFULLY WILL RISE UP AND SAY ENOUGH'S ENOUGH. THE GOT LAD BILL, THE LABRADOR-GOODLATTE BILL -- THE GOODLATTE BILL, THE LABRADOR-GOODLATTE BILL, THE SECURING AMERICA'S FUTURE ACT, I CO-SPONSORED BECAUSE IT LAYS OUT PLAN TO ADDRESS MANY OF THE IMMIGRATION REFORM PRIORITIES. IT ELIMINATES THE DIVERSITY VISA, WHICH IS JUST A HAPPENSTANCE, IF YOU'RE THE LUCKY ONE THAT PULLS THE RIGHT NUMBER, YOU GET THE LOTTERY TICKET. THE LOTTERY TICKET IS COMING HERE TO AMERICA. INCREASES -- IT ELIMINATES THE DIVERSITY VISA TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF SKILLED WORKER VISAS, CREATES A NEW AGRICULTURE GUEST WORKER PROGRAM. AND I'M PROUD BECAUSE SOME OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS WE HAVE ARE IN THAT BILL. AND SO WE WANT TO SEE THAT PASS. THIS IS ONE OF THE THINGS THAT HAS TO HAPPEN. BUT BEFORE WE CAN GO FORWARD, WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT THE BORDERS ARE SECURED, THAT WE HAVE THE RULE OF LAW ENFORCED. AND THAT WE HAVE A GOOD GUEST WORKER PROGRAM. IT ALSO REQUIRES EMPLOYERS TO UTILIZE THE E-VERIFY SYSTEM TO ENSURE THEIR EMPLOYEES ARE LEGAL -- LEGALLY ABLE TO WORK IN THIS COUNTRY. THE GOOD THING ABOUT THE E-VERIFY SYSTEM, IT ALSO GIVES PROTECTION TO THE EMPLOYER. KNOWING THAT THEY WENT THROUGH THE PROCESS THAT THE GOVERNMENT SAYS THEY MUST GO THROUGH AND THEY'VE HIRED PEOPLE THAT THE GOVERNMENT SAYS IS OK. SO IT GIVES PROTECTION NOT JUST TO OUR EMPLOYERS, BUT GIVES PROTECTIONS TO THE PEOPLE HERE THAT COME HERE, FOR THE PRIVILEGE OF COMING TO AMERICA AND WORKING. IT INVESTS IN A NEW SECURITY MEASURE FOR OUR BORDERS, GIVES REGISTERED DACA RECIPIENTS A RENEWABLE THREE-YEAR LEGAL STATUS WHILE ENSURING INDIVIDUALS WHO CAN CAUSE HARM ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR IT. WITHHOLDS GRANTS AND FEDERAL FUNDING FROM SANCTUARY CITIES AND GETS RID OF THE CHAIN MIGRATION. SO THIS I THINK IS A VERY STRONG BILL. I THINK IT'S A VERY GOOD BILL THAT ACCOMPLISHES THE GOAL. IT COULD ALWAYS BE BETTER. IT'S NOT COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM. BUT IT'S A GREAT START. YOU KNOW, WORKING IN THE AGRICULTURAL SECTOR FOR 35 YEARS OF MY LIFE, AS A VETERINARIAN WORKING ON THE FARMS, I TALKED TO A LOT OF THE IMMIGRANTS. AND A LOT OF THE IMMIGRANTS THAT I TALKED WERE TO HERE ILLEGALLY. AND I ASKED THEM, DO YOU WANT TO BE A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES? THEY SAID, NO. THE MAJORITY OF THEM DIDN'T. THEY WANTED THE OPPORTUNITY, THE OPPORTUNITY TO COME HERE, TO MAKE SOME MONEY, TO GO BACK HOME. AND I THINK WE SHOULD ACCOMMODATE THAT. AND THEN IF YOU TALK TO OTHER IMMIGRANTS THAT ARE HERE AND THEY MIGRATED HERE LEGALLY, I ASKED THEM, WHY DID YOU COME HERE, OR WHY DID YOUR PARENTS COME HERE? YOU KNOW WHAT IT ALWAYS COMES DOWN TO? THEY WANTED OPPORTUNITY AND THEY WANTED SECURITY AND THEY WANTED A BETTER LIFE FOR THEIR FAMILY. AND SO OUR BROKEN SYSTEM DOES NOT ACCOMPLISH THAT. AND IT'S TIME TO FIX THE BROKEN SYSTEM. AND THIS IS THE TIME TO DO IT. AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR BRINGING UP THIS GREAT TOPIC, THIS PASSIONATE TOPIC, AND WITH YOUR WORK, YOUR HELP, WE CAN ACCOMPLISH THIS. SO THANK YOU.

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                • 01:09:05 PM

                  MR. GARRETT

                  MADAM SPEAKER, I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE…

                  MADAM SPEAKER, I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE , CONGRESSMAN YOHO. IN 42 YEARS, 3,037 AMERICANS HAVE BEEN KILLED ON U.S. SOIL BY FOREIGN-BORN TERRORISTS. 182 FOREIGN-BORN TERRORIST, TO BE PRECISE, HAVE TAKEN THE LIVES OF ALMOST 3,050 AMERICANS. 63 OF THOSE 182, OR GREATER THAN 1/3, CAME HERE LEGALLY ON VISAS. TO INCLUDE THE DIVERSITY VISA SCHEME. IN FACT, OUR OFFICE HAS TRIED RELATIVELY DILIGENTLY TO CALCULATE THE ACTUAL DEATH TOLL ON NATIVE-BORN AMERICANS OF RECIPIENTS OF DIVERSITY VISAS UNSUCCESSFULLY. THESE ARE DIFFICULT DATA POINTS. BUT JUST IN THE LAST FEW YEARS, THE NAME HAS BEEN IN THE AMERICAN NEWS. THIS JIHADIST, WHO HAD AN ADMIRATION FOR TERRORISTS, TO INCLUDE THE MURDEROUS, RAPING, INTOLERANT THUGS OF ISIS, TOOK THE LIVES OF EIGHT AMERICANS AND INJURED MANY IMPORTANT -- MANY MORE IN A TRUCK ATTACK ON HALLOWEEN JUST LAST OCTOBER. HE WAS THE RECIPIENT OF A DIVERSITY LOTTERY VISA. BEFORE THAT, ABDUL RASUL, FROM UZBEKISTAN, WAS ALSO THE RECIPIENT OF THE DIVERSITY LOTTERY VISA. HE WAS ARRESTED IN 2015 FOR CONSPIRING TO, QUOTE, KILL AS MANY AMERICANS AS HE COULD. HE WROTE, I AM IN THE U.S.A. NOW . WE DON'T HAVE THE WEAPONS WE NEED. IS IT POSSIBLE TO COMMIT OURSELVES AS DEDICATED MARTYRS ANYWAY WHILE HERE? WHAT I'M SAYING IS, TO GET GUNS, TO SHOOT OBAMA, AND THEN MAYBE GET SHOT OURSELVES. WOULD THAT DO? THAT WOULD STRIKE FEAR INTO THE HEARTS OF THE INFIDELS. THIS LEGAL DIVERSITY VISA RECIPIENT FROM BROOKLYN SAID, IF THIS IS NOT SUCCESSFUL, MAYBE BOMB CONEY ISLAND. FORTUNATELY HE WAS ARRESTED BEFORE HE COULD BRING TO FRUITION HIS PLANS TO ASSAULT INDIVIDUALS IN THE VERY NATION THAT HAD SO GRACIOUSLY OPENED ITS DOORS. IT'S INCREDIBLY INTERESTING TO ME THE RESULTS THAT I LEARNED WHEN MY WIFE AND I ENGAGED IN THAT WHICH IS ALL THE RAGE THESE DAYS AND LOOKED AT OUR D.N.A. I FOUND OUT I HAD RELATIVES FROM MULTIPLE CONTINENTS. AND I'M PROUD OF THAT. BUT I AM AN AMERICAN. JUST LIKE THOSE PEOPLE WHO STOOD WITH ME THAT DAY AT THE HOME OF GREAT AMERICAN PATRIOT PATRICK HENRY. FROM AFRICA AND ASIA, THE MIDDLE EAST, SOUTH AMERICA, EUROPE, OCEANA. THEY ARE -- OCEANIA. THEY ARE MY AMERICAN BROTHERS AND SISTERS. THEY DID EVERYTHING BY THE NUMBERS. AND AVAILED THEMSELVES OF A DREAM THAT WE ALL SHARE. THOSE WHO DO NOT CHEAPEN THE SACRIFICE MADE BY SO MANY WHO HAVE COME BEFORE THEM. AND WITH THAT, MADAM SPEAKER, I WOULD YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THANK YOU.

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                • 01:13:00 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. WOODALL, FOR 30 MINUTES.

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                • 01:13:35 PM

                  MR. WOODALL

                  MADAM SPEAKER, I VERY MUCH APPRECIATE THAT. AND I APPRECIATE YOU BEING…

                  MADAM SPEAKER, I VERY MUCH APPRECIATE THAT. AND I APPRECIATE YOU BEING HERE WITH US ON A THURSDAY AFTERNOON. I KNOW THAT YOU CAME TO CONGRESS WITH THE SAME OPTIMISM THAT I CAME TO CONGRESS WITH. AND THAT IS IF ONLY WE WORK HARD ENOUGH TOGETHER, IF ONLY WE COMMIT OURSELVES WITH EARNESTNESS TO ONE ANOTHER, WE'LL BE ABLE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR FOLKS. AND I STILL BELIEVE THAT. I HOPE YOU STILL BELIEVE THAT TOO, AFTER YOUR TIME HERE. I STILL BELIEVE THAT IF ONLY WE WORK HARD ENOUGH, WE'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO SERVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AS WE PROMISED WE WOULD. BUT OCCASIONALLY, OCCASIONALLY, I DON'T WANT TO VILIFY THE ENTIRE FOURTH ESTATE TODAY, MADAM SPEAKER, THERE'S NOT ENOUGH TIME TO GO THROUGH THAT TODAY. BUT OCCASIONALLY THE FOURTH ESTATE SEEMS TO SUGGEST THAT WE ARE FAILING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHEN IN FACT WE ARE SUCCEEDING ON THEIR BEHALF. AND THAT'S WHAT I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THIS AFTERNOON. WE JUST CAME THROUGH A DIFFICULT BUDGET TIME, MADAM SPEAKER. WE CAME THROUGH THAT NOT BECAUSE OF ANY FAILURES OF ANY MAN OR WOMAN IN THIS INSTITUTION. I WANT TO MAKE THAT CLEAR. THIS HOUSE CAME TOGETHER AS A BODY BACK IN JULY OF LAST YEAR AND PASSED EVERY SINGLE NATIONAL SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS BILL THAT WAS UPON US. JULY OF LAST YEAR, THREE MONTHS BEFORE THE END OF THE FISCAL YEAR, THIS BODY CAME TOGETHER, DID ITS JOB, TO FUND OUR MEN AND ABOUT -- MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM, FUND BORDER SECURITY, FUND THOSE INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT NATIONAL SECURITY ITEMS THAT EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN FAMILY CARES ABOUT. THE SENATE HAD BEEN UNABLE TO GET ANY OF THOSE BILLS PASSED AND THAT BROUGHT US TO JUST A WEEK AGO, WHEN THE PRESIDENT FINALLY SIGNED INTO LAW A FUNDING BILL FOR THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT TO COVER THE REMAINDER OF FISCAL YEAR 2018. . I MENTIONED THE HOUSE PASSED IN JULY OF LAST YEAR ALL THE NATIONAL SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS BILLS. IN SEPTEMBER OF LAST YEAR, MADAM SPEAKER, THE HOUSE PASSED ALL THE REST OF THE APPROPRIATIONS BILLS. THE ENTIRE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF THE 435 MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVE IN THE HOUSE, THAT WORK WAS COMPLETED ON TIME BEFORE THE ENDER OF THE FISCAL YEAR. BUT AGAIN, THE SENATE UNABLE TO TAKE UP ANY APPROPRIATIONS BILLS FOR A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT REASONS, I'M NOT INTERESTED IN ASSIGNING THAT BLAME TODAY, I'M INTERESTED IN FIGURING OUT WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT GOING FORWARD, TOOK UNTIL JUST A WEEK AGO FOR THE SENATE TO PASS A BILL, CRAFT A PLAN AND DO WHAT WE CALL RAISING THE CAPS TO WE COULD GET A FUNDING AGREEMENT THAT WILL TAKE US OVER THE NEXT 18 MONTHS. MADAM SPEAKER, YOU CAN'T SEE IT HERE BUT I HAVE A CHART OF DEFENSE SPENDING GOING BACK OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS. IN FACT, I STARTED THE CHART THE YEAR THAT I WAS RUNNING FOR CONGRESS FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME. IT WAS 2010. I CAME IN IN THAT BIG CLASS OF FRESHMEN, 100 OF US, IMAGINE THAT, 100 OUT OF 435 MEMBERS COMING IN FOR THE FIRST TIME TOGETHER IN JANUARY OF 2011 AND MANY OF US CAME HERE WITH THE DESIRE TO BALANCE BUDGETS. AMONG THE MANY DATA POINTS THAT GET SHARED, MADAM SPEAKER, ONE WAS SHARED WITH ME WHEN I WAS DOING C-SPAN'S "WASHINGTON JOURNAL" THIS WEEK, THE HOST SAID, ROB, DO YOU THINK THE ERA OF FISCAL CONSERVATISM IS OVER? I THOUGHT THAT WAS -- I THOUGHT THAT WAS ODD. I THOUGHT, I SERVE IN A BODY FULL OF MEN, WOMEN, BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, FISCAL CONSERVATIVES, WANT TO MAKE SURE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE GETTING A DOLLAR'S WORTH OF VALUE FOR A DOLLAR'S WORTH OF TAXES, WANTS TO MAKE SURE WE'RE NOT MORTGAGING THE FUTURE OF OUR CHILDREN AND OUR GRANDCHILDREN. WHY WOULD THE ERA OF FISCAL CONSERVATISM BE OVER? WELL, THE SUGGESTION WAS MADE, IT'S BECAUSE WE JUST SIGNED A BUDGET DEAL. AND THAT BUDGET DEAL RAISES LEVELS OF DISCRETIONARY SPENDING IN THIS COUNTRY AND IF WE'RE RAISING LEVELS OF DISCRETIONARY SPENDING, MUSTN'T THAT MEAN THAT OUR COMMITMENT TO FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY IS OVER? THAT LED ME TO COME TO THE FLOOR TODAY, MADAM SPEAKER, BECAUSE WHAT YOU CAN'T SEE ON THIS CHART BUT I HAVE DISPLAYED HERE ARE TWO LINES. ONE IS A RED LINE, IS OFTENTIMES, MADAM SPEAKER, FOLKS BRING CHARTS TO THE FLOOR THAT ARE ONLY SHOW YOU A PART OF THE PICTURE, SO THE AMPLE TUDE IS EXAGGERATED, LOOKS LIKE THINGS ARE WORSE OR BETTER THAN THEY ACTUALLY ARE. I GROUNDED MY CHART AT ZERO. ZERO DOLLARS OF SPENDING UP TO $1 TRILLION OF SPEND, THE YEAR I GOT HERE WE WERE SPENDING ABOUT $689 BILLION A YEAR ON DEFENSE. WELL, WE GOT TOGETHER AS A BODY, MADAM SPEAKER, AND I'LL REMIND YOU, REPUBLICANS CONTROLLED THE U.S. HOUSE AT THAT TIME, PRESIDENT OBAMA CONTROLLED THE WHITE HOUSE, HARRY REID CONTROLLED THE UNITED STATES SENATE. THE HOUSE WAS IN MINORITY HANDS, BEING LED BY REPUBLICANS, BUT WE GOT TOGETHER, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, HOUSE, SENATE, WHITE HOUSE, AND WE CRAFTED A BUDGET PLAN FORWARD THAT REDUCED SPENDING. NOW THE PLAN WAS THAT WE WERE GOING TO REDUCE SPENDING ON BOTH THE DEFENSE SIDE OF THE LEDGER AND THE NONDEFENSE SIDE OF THE LEDGER AND THEN WE WERE GOING TO COME TOGETHER AND DEAL WITH THE MAJOR HEALTH CARE ENTITLEMENT PROGRAMS THAT ARE DRIVING DEBT FOREOUT TISSUE FAR OUT INTO THE FUTURE, DEALING WITH MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY THAT ARE UNDERFUNDED TODAY THAT CANNOT SUSTAIN THE PRODGES THEY MADE FOR GENERATIONS, AND SUSTAIN THEM LONG INTO THE FUTURE. S TO HAVE A WORTHWHILE GOAL. IT WAS WORTHY OF THIS BODY. MEMBERS CAME TOGETHER. WHAT YOU CAN SEE ON THE CHART IS THE BLACK LINE INDICATES THE PATH WE TOOK OF FUNDING NATIONAL SECURITY. EACH YEAR SPENDING LESS AND LESS AND LESS. NOW MIND YOU, NOBODY THOUGHT THIS WAS THE RIGHT PLAN FOR HOW TO FUND NATIONAL SECURITY. THIS WAS DESIGNED TO BE A DRIVER TO FORCE FOLKS TO COME TOGETHER AND DEAL WITH THOSE LARGER ENTITLEMENT PROGRAMS THAT ACTUALLY ARE THE DRIVERS OF THE DEBT. IT DIDN'T WORK. IT DIDN'T WORK. IN FACT, WE HAD AN ENTIRE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION PSYCH THAT WILL JUST WENT ON 15 MONTHS AGO, MADAM SPEAKER, WHERE YOU CAN'T NAME THE CANDIDATE WHO RAN ON EITHER THE REPUBLICAN OR THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE OF THE AISLE WHO MADE DEBT AND DEFICITS THEIR PRIORITY. WHO WAS THAT? WHO WAS THAT LEADER RUNNING FOR THE WHITE HOUSE LAST TIME AROUND WHO FOCUSED ON DEBT AND DEFICIT AS THEIR PRIORITIES? FOR WHATEVER REASON, IT SLIPS FROM THE NATIONAL STAGE PROBABLY BECAUSE WE HAD BEEN SUCCESSFULLY CURBING THE NEEDLE ON SPENDING. SO FAST FORWARD TO A WEEK AGO, MADAM SPEAKER, WHERE WE RAISED DEFENSE SPENDING BY $100 BILLION. $100 BILLION. A YEAR. NOW IF YOU CALCULATE WHERE THE CAPS WERE GOING TO GO AND HOW THE SEQUESTER WAS GOING TO HAPPEN YOU ACTUALLY TURN OUT TO HAVE ABOUT $150 BILLION INCREASE. OVER WHERE FOLKS EXPECTED US TO BE. GOLLY, MADAM SPEAKER, 9/11 WASHINGTON, D.C. WHEN YOU RAISE A $550 BILLION BUDGET TO $700 BILLION, THAT IS AN ENORMOUS INCREASE. THAT'S WHY I WAS ASKED, IS THE ERA OF FISCAL CONSERVATISM OVER? I DIRECT YOU TO THIS CHART. I SHOW YOU THIS ENORMOUS INCREASE IN DEFENSE SPENDING AND I SHOW YOU THAT WE ARE STILL $100 BILLION A YEAR LOWER THAN BARACK OBAMA AND NANCY PELOSI AND HARRY REID HAD ANTICIPATED BEFORE I WAS ELECTED TO CORK IN 2010. ALL OF THIS AREA BETWEEN THE RED LINE AND THE BLACK LINE, MADAM SPEAKER ARE DOLLARS SAVED FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THOSE DOLLARS CAME AT A PRICE. I REFERENCE TESTIMONY THAT DEFENSE SECRETARY JIM MATTIS, FORMER GENERAL JIM MATTIS, GAVE IN THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE AND HE SAID THIS. THIS WAS JUST A WEEK AND TWO DAYS AGO. I CANNOT OVERSTATE THE IMPACT TO OUR TROOPS' MORALE FROM ALL OF THIS UNCERTAINTY. HE'S TALKING ABOUT THESE CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS THAT GET PASSED. AGAIN THE HOUSE PASSED ITS BILLS BACK LAST JULY. SENATE HASN'T BEEN ABLE TO PASS ANY OF ITS BILLS. WE WERE FUNDING THE BILL ONE SHORT-TERM TIME AT THE TIME CREATING HAVOC ON THE AMERICAN MILITARY. I CANNOT OVERSTATE THE IMPACT ON OUR TROOPS' MORALE FROM ALL THIS UNUNCERTAINTY. THE COMBINATION OF RAPIDLY CHANGING TECHNOLOGY, THE NEGATIVE IMPACT ON MILITARY READINESS RESULTING FROM THE LONGEST CONTINUING COMBAT IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY AND INSUFFICIENT FUNDING HAVE CREATED AN OVERSTRETCHED AND UNDERFUNDED MILITARY. I DON'T BELIEVE THERE'S A MAN OR WOMAN IN THIS CHAMBER WHO WOULD DISAGREE WITH THAT THE LONGEST CONTINUOUS STRETCH OF COMBAT IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY. THIS IS NOT AN ISSUE THAT DIVIDES THIS CHAMBER. THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT UNITED STATES THIS CHAME -- THAT UNITES THIS CHAMBER, MADAM SPEAKER. I'M PROUD WE CAME TOGETHER AS REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE TO ADDRESS THAT. I'LL QUOTE FROM GENERAL MATTIS TWO DAYS AFTER THAT, AFTER THIS BODY ACTED, AFTER THE SENATE FINALLY ACTED AFTER THE PRESIDENT PUT HIS SIGNATURE GENERAL MATTIS SAID. THIS I AM VERY CONFIDENT THAT WHAT THE CONGRESS HAS DONE AND THE PRESIDENT IS GOING TO ALLOCATE TO US IN THE BUDGET IS WHAT WE NEED TO BRING US BACK TO A POSITION OF PROMISE. WHAT THE CONGRESS HAS DONE AND WHAT THE PRESIDENT WILL ALLOCATE WILL BRING US BACK TO A POSITION OF PROMISING. I MENTIONED THAT, MADAM SPEAKER, BECAUSE AMONG THE MANY CONVERSATIONS WE HAVE HERE ABOUT MILITARY READINESS, GENERAL MATTIS HAS EXPRESSED CONFIDENCE THAT IN A TIME OF WAR, THE CONGRESS WOULD FUND THE MILITARY. IN FACT, HE SAYS THIS IN THAT SAME TESTIMONY THAT I QUOTED FROM EARLIER, BEFORE THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE. HE SAID, I KNOW THAT IN A TIME OF MAJOR WAR, CONGRESS WILL PROVIDE OUR MILITARY WITH WHAT IT NEEDS. BUT MONEY AT THE TIME OF CRISIS FAILS TO DETER WAR. I KNOW THE CONGRESS WILL PROVIDE WHAT WE NEED IN A TIME OF CRISIS, BUT MONEY IN A TIME OF CRISIS FAILS TO DETER THAT CRISIS. WE COULD HAVE AVOIDED THAT CONFLICT, HAD ONLY WE BEEN PROPERLY FUNDED. WE CAME TOGETHER WITH WHITE HOUSE LEADERSHIP, PRESIDENT SAID, I NEED $700 BILLION. FOR 2018. I NEED $716 FOR 2019. THAT'S WHAT GENERAL MATTIS SAID AS WELL. THAT'S WHAT WE'RE HEARING FROM THE ENTIRE ADMINISTRATION. THAT'S WHAT WE CAME TOGETHER AND GAVE. BUT THE ERA OF FISCAL CONSERVATISM, MADAM SPEAKER, IS NOT OVER. THE ERA OF SHORT CHANGING OUR MILITARY IN THE HOPES THAT WE MIGHT COME TOGETHER ON A BIGGER DEAL, THE GRIDLOCK THAT WAS CREATED BY THAT, THAT GRIDLOCK IS OVER. THAT UNCERTAINTY THAT GENERAL MATTIS BEMOANED, THAT IS OVER. BUT FISCAL CONSERVATISM CONTINUES. IT'S NOT JUST ON THE DEFENSE SIDE. IT'S EASY TO TALK ABOUT THE DEFENSE SIDE. BECAUSE I KNOW THAT'S SOMETHING THAT UNITES EVERYONE IN THE CHAMBER, MADAM SPEAKER. BUT LET'S LOOK AT THE NONDEFENSE SIDE. NONDEFENSE, AS YOU KNOW, MADAM SPEAKER, IS, WELL, EVERYTHING ELSE THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOES. THAT'S NOT AN INCOME SUPPORT PROGRAM, FROM PARKS TO ROADS, TO COURTS, FROM PRISONS TO EDUCATION, FROM INVESTMENTS IN N.I.H. AND THE C.D.C., FROM OUR INVOLVEMENT OVERSEAS IN HUNGER PROGRAMS AND REFUGEE PROGRAMS, ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING ELSE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOES IS IN THE NONDEFENSE DISCRETIONARY SIDE. I POINT YOU TO TWO LINES ONCE AGAIN, MADAM SPEAKER. THE RED LINE IS WHAT THEY ANTICIPATED SPENDING BEFORE I ARRIVE THE BLACK LINE IS WHAT WE HAVE ACTUALLY SPENT SINCE I ARRIVED. AMONG THE MANY CHANGES MADE IN THE LAW WHEN THE PRESIDENT SIGNED THE CAPS DEAL INTO EFFECT LAST WEEK IS THAT WE RAISED NONDEFENSE DISCRETIONARY SPENDING TOO. IN FACT, OVER THE TWO-YEAR DEAL THAT THE PRESIDENT SIGNED, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT AN ADDITIONAL $300 BILLION, BILLION WITH A B, DOLLARS IN ADDITIONAL SPENDING. WELL, BY GOLLY, MADAM SPEAKER IF YOU CARE ABOUT BUDGETS IF YOU CARE ABOUT DEFICITS, ISN'T $300 BILLION A FRIGHTENINGLY LARGE FIGURE TO INCREASE SPENDING IN A TIME OF ALREADY-EXISTING DEFICITS? OF COURSE IT IS. OF COURSE IT IS. BUT LET ME SAY ONCE AGAIN THAT DOES NOT MEAN THE ERA OF FISCAL CONSERVATISM IS OVER. WE HAD A CHOICE. WE COULD CONTINUE TO KEEP THE MILITARY IN THAT SPACE OF UNCERTAINTY THAT GENERAL MATTIS CITED AS BEING SO DANGEROUS, OR WE COULD CUT THE DEAL THAT WE HAD TO CUT TO BREAK THAT CYCLE OF UNCERTAINTY. I DON'T KNOW WHAT KIND OF NEGOTIATING EXPERIENCE YOU HAD, MADAM SPEAKER, BUT IT TURNS OUT WHEN YOU WALK INTO A NEGOTIATION AND SAY, I'VE GOT TO HAVE WHAT I'VE GOT TO HAVE AND I'LL GIVE YOU WHATEVER YOU NEED IN ORDER TO GET IT, YOU'RE NOT IN A PARTICULARLY STRONG FWOSHTING SPOT. THAT'S THE POSITION THE PRESIDENT FOUND HIMSELF IN. HE WAS 100% COMMITTED TO OUR TROOPS. HE WAS 100% COMMITTED TO NATIONAL SECURITY. HE WAS 100% COMMITTED TO THAT PAY RAISE WE HAD PROMISED OUR TROOPS BUT WE HAD NOT FUNDED AND HE SAID I'M GOING TO DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO GET $700 BILLION IN 2018 AND $716 BILLION IN 2019 TO MAKE SURE NATIONAL SECURITY IS PROTECTED AND OUR TROOPS ARE SERVED. WHAT THAT LED TO WAS AN INCREASE IN NONDEFENSE DISCRETIONARY SPENDING, MADAM SPEAKER, BUT STILL LOOK AT THESE LINES AND THAT DELTA BETWEEN THE TOP LINE OF WHERE WE WERE GOING TO GO AND THE BLACK LINE OF WHERE WE HAVE ACTUALLY GONE IS TRILLIONS, TRILLIONS WITH A T, DOLLARS WORTH OF SAVINGS. BETWEEN THE DEFENSE SPENDING, MADAM SPEAKER, WHICH CHANGED DRAMATICALLY AFTER THAT BIG FRESHMAN CLASS IN 2011 ARRIVED, AN NONDEFENSE SPENDING WHICH CHANGED DRAMATICALLY AFTER THAT BIG CLASS IN 2011 ARRIVED, TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN DEBT HAS NOT OCCURRED. TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN SPENDING OF AMERICAN TAXPAYER DOLLARS HAS NOT OCCURRED. WE HAVE SQUEEZED THOSE BUDGETS, THE SECURITY BUDGET AND THE NONSECURITY BUDGET. THE DEFENSE BUDGET AND THE NONDEFENSE BUDGET, WE HAVE SQUEEZED EACH OF THOSE BUDGETS TO MAKE SURE WE GET A DOLLAR'S WORTH OF VALUE FOR THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER OUT OF EVERY DOLLAR THAT WE SPEND AND THE NET RESULT OF THAT, MADAM SPEAKER THAT AND A COLLECTION OF ECONOMIC OUTCOMES THAT HAVE BEEN DESIRABLE, HAS LED TO A DECREASE IN NET INTEREST SPENDING, MONEY THAT WAS NOT BORROWED, INTEREST THAT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE PAID, MONEY THAT WAS NOT BORROWED AND THUS IT DIDN'T DRIVE INTEREST RATES UP, THUS INTEREST RATES ARE LOWER ON ALL THE OTHER MONEY THAT'S ALREADY BEEN BORROWED, NOT JUST TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN SAVINGS ON SPENDING THAT WAS FOREGONE, MADAM SPEAKER, BUT -- THAT WAS FORGONE, MADAM SPEAKER, BUT TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF SAVINGS IN INTEREST THAT WAS NOT PAID. WHY DO I TAKE THE TAME TO COME DOWN TO THE FLOOR AND TELL THAT STORY, MADAM SPEAKER? IT'S BECAUSE I GROW WEARY, AS I KNOW ALL MY COLLEAGUES DO, OF READING THE DEFEATIST HEADLINES THAT SHOW UP ON THE PAPER DAY AFTER DAY AFTER DAY, CONGRESS FAILING. GRIDLOCK PREVAILING. BIPARTISANSHIP DEAD. COOPERATION EXTENT. IT'S NOT TRUE. WHAT -- EXTINCT. IT'S NOT TRUE. WHAT WE HAVE DONE TOGETHER IS WORTH BRAG BEING BACK HOME WHAT WE HAVE DONE IS WORTH CELEBRATING WHEN WE ARE TOGETHER AND WHAT WE HAVE DONE TOGETHER IS WORTH USING AS A MODEL FOR THINKING ABOUT WHAT WE CAN DO TOGETHER AGAIN TOMORROW. IT DOESN'T MATTER WHETHER YOU SIT ON THE FURTHEST RIGHT IN THIS CHAMBER ON THE FURTHEST LEFT IN THIS CHAMBER, MADAM SPEAKER. THAT DOLLAR WORTH OF TAXES RAISED FROM THAT AMERICAN CITIZEN IS A VALUABLE THING. IT'S A TRUST. THERE'S A STEWARDSHIP OBLIGATION TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THOSE DOLLARS. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO USE IT FOR? MAYBE YOU WANT TO GIVE IT BACK TO THOSE AMERICAN CITIZENS. AND I'M PARTICULARLY PLEASED WITH THE TAX BILL WE PASSED THAT DID EXACTLY THAT. AGAIN, PASSED IT IN THE HOUSE, PASSED IT IN THE SENATE. MOVED IT TO THE WHITE HOUSE. DONE IN A BICAMERAL WAY. I THINK THE AMERICAN CITIZEN CAN GENERALLY SPEND THEIR DOLLAR BETTER THAN WE CAN SPEND IT ON THEIR BEHALF. I KNOW THEY TRUST THEMSELVES TO SPEND THEIR DOLLAR MORE THAN THEY TRUST US TO SPEND IT ON THEIR BEHALF. WE CAN TAKE THAT DOLLAR, WE CAN PUT IT BACK IN AN AMERICAN CITIZEN'S POCKET. LEAVE IT WITH THEM TO BEGIN WITH AND NEVER EVEN TAKE IT. THAT'S WHAT WE DID WITH THE TAX CUTS. WE COULD INVEST THAT DOLLAR IN NATIONAL SECURITY. WE COULD LOOK TO SEE WHAT IS THAT ADDITIONAL TRAINING AN AIRMAN MIGHT NEED, WHAT IS THAT ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT THAT A MARINE MIGHT NEED, WHAT IS THAT ADDITIONAL ITEM THAT WE COULD RESEARCH, PURCHASE, IMPROVE, REPAIR, THAT WOULD MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIFE OF A MAN OR WOMAN WHO IS SERVING THIS COUNTRY? CAN HE COULD SPEND THAT DOLLAR ON NATIONAL SECURITY. WE COULD SPEND THAT DOLLAR ON NONDEFENSE NEEDS. RESEARCH AND ALZHEIMER'S -- NOOLS. RESEARCH AT OUR MAJOR UNIVERSITIES. RESEARCH INTO THAT NEXT GENERATIONAL TRANSPORTATION OUTCOME THAT'S GOING TO CHANGE THE WAY THAT WE DEAL WITH CONGESTION IN AMERICA. THERE ARE A THOUSAND DIFFERENT WAYS TO SPEND EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THOSE DOLLARS. IT DOES NOT MATTER WHERE YOU BELIEVE THAT DOLLAR OUGHT TO GO. IT'S A WORTHWHILE PURCHASE TO MAKE SURE WE'RE USING THAT DOLLAR EITHER WITH THE AMERICAN CITIZEN IN THEIR POCKET, WITH THE D.O.D. IN THE PURSUIT OF NATIONAL SECURITY, OR WITH ONE OF OUR GREAT RESEARCH INSTITUTIONS IN PURSUIT OF THE NEXT HEALTH CARE DISCOVERY, RATHER THAN PAYING IT IN INTEREST TO SOMEONE AROUND THE GLOBE WHO LENT US MONEY IN OUR TIME OF NEED. WE NEED TO RESTRAIN THOSE DOLLARS TODAY, MADAM SPEAKER. SO WHEN WE HAVE A TIME OF NEED IN THE FUTURE, WE'LL BE ABLE TO ACCESS THEM. THE ERA OF FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY IS NOT BEHIND US, IT IS UPON US. WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY, EACH AND EVERY DAY TOGETHER, TO SQUEEZE THOSE DOLLARS UNTIL THEY SCREAM. SQUEEZE THE VALUE OUT OF EVERY NICKEL THAT COMES THROUGH THIS INSTITUTION. WE'VE DONE IT TOGETHER, MADAM SPEAKER. THIS ISN'T AN ASPIRATIONAL GOAL. THIS IS A CERTAIN FACT THAT WE HAVE DONE IT TOGETHER YEAR AFTER YEAR AFTER YEAR AFTER YEAR. THIS ISN'T SOMETHING THAT MAYBE ONE DAY IF ONLY WE WORK HARD ENOUGH WE CAN DO. THIS IS SOMETHING WE HAVE ACHIEVED YEAR AFTER YEAR AFTER YEAR AFTER YEAR. LET'S NOT STOP. LET'S NOT STOP. AND LET'S NOT LET FOLKS TELL US THAT WE CAN'T GET IT DONE TOGETHER. LET'S NOT GIVE IN TO THAT DEVIL ON THE LEFT SHOULDER THAT SAYS WE SHOULD GO DOWN AND RUN EACH OTHER OUT AND TALK ABOUT WHY THE INSTITUTION FAILS. LET'S GIVE INTO THAT ANGEL ON THE RIGHT SHOULDER THAT TALKS ABOUT HOW IF WE PUT OUR MINDS TOGETHER, IF WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO ONE ANOTHER, THERE IS GENUINELY NO LIMIT TO WHAT WE CAN DO TOGETHER. AND I'M NOT JUST TALKING ABOUT WHAT WE CAN DO TOGETHER AS THE BODY HERE IN THE UNITED STATES HOUSE. I'M NOT JUST TALKING ABOUT WHAT WE CAN DO TOGETHER AS THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE AND A WHITE HOUSE. I'M TALKING ABOUT WHAT WE CAN DO TOGETHER AS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE STRENGTH OF THIS INSTITUTION HAS NEVER BEEN THE 435 MEMBERS WHO ARE IN IT. IT HAS BEEN THE 300 MILLION AMERICANS WHO HAVE SENT US HERE. THE STRENGTH OF THIS INSTITUTION HAS NEVER COME FROM THE MEMBERS, IT HAS COME FROM THE NATION THAT LENDS US ITS POWER. I GENUINELY BELIEVE THERE'S NO LIMIT TO WHAT WE CAN DO TOGETHER. I AM GENERAL WENTLY DISAPPOINTED IN THOSE DAYS THAT WE GIVE IN TO THAT DEVIL ON THE LEFT SHOULDER THAT TELLS US THAT RUNNING EACH OTHER OUT, RUNNING EACH OTHER DOWN, DEN GRADING THE INSTITUTION, DENIGRATING THE NATION, DENIGRATING ONE ANOTHER IS THE PATHWAY TO SUCCESS. BUT WE'VE HAD ENOUGH VICTORIES TOGETHER, WE'VE COME THROUGH ENOUGH CHALLENGES TOGETHER, WE'VE SUCCEEDED WHEN THEY SAID WE WOULD FAIL TOGETHER ENOUGH THAT I HAVE GREAT OPTIMISM. NOT JUST ABOUT THE NEXT 10 MONTHS IN THIS CHAMBER, BUT ABOUT THE NEXT DECADE, THE NEXT GENERATION, THE NEXT 100 YEARS FOR THIS COUNTRY. WE DON'T KNOW WHEN THE ECONOMY IS GOING TO FAIL US, MADAM SPEAKER. WE HAVE TO PLAN FOR THAT RAINY DAY. WE'VE BEEN DOING THAT. WE'VE BEEN DOING IT WITH SPENDING AT EVERY SINGLE LEVEL IN THE GOVERNMENT. AND IT HAS MADE THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE IN DEBTS AND DEFICITS THAT I HAVE SEEN IN MY LIFETIME. LET'S BUILD ON THAT SUCCESS. LET'S RECOMMIT OURSELVES TO THAT GOAL. LET'S SURPRISE THE NAYSAYERS ABOUT THOSE THINGS THAT WE DO TOGETHER. WITH THAT, MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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