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House Session - February 26, 2018

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

Speakers:
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  • 12:00:00 PM

    The House convened, starting a new legislative day.

    • 12:00:08 PM

      The Speaker designated the Honorable Dan Newhouse to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.

      • 12:00:14 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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      • 12:00:22 PM

        THE CLERK

        THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. FEBRUARY 26, 2018. I HEREBY APPOINT…

        THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. FEBRUARY 26, 2018. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE DAN NEW HOUSE TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE -- DAN NEW HOUSES TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, SPRINE, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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      • 12:00:41 PM

        TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

        PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF JANUARY 8, 2018, THE CHAIR WILL NOW RECOGNIZE MEMBERS FROM LISTS SUBMITTED BY THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS FOR MORNING HOUR DEBATE. THE CHAIR WILL ALTERNATE RECOGNITION BETWEEN THE PARTIES. ALL TIME SHALL BE EQUALLY ALLOCATED BETWEEN THE PARTIES AND IN NO EVENT SHALL DEBATE CONTINUE BEYOND 1:50 P.M. EACH MEMBER OTHER THAN THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS AND MINORITY WHIP SHALL BE LIMITED TO FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. ABRAHAM, FOR FIVE MINUTES. P.M.

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      • 12:01:22 PM

        MR. ABRAHAM

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR ONE OF THE HARDEST WORKING…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR ONE OF THE HARDEST WORKING MEN ON CAPITOL HILL. JOE. JOE'S 84TH BIRTHDAY WAS SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10. HE'S BEEN CUTTING HAIR IN THE HOUSE FOR 47 YEARS. JOE EMBODIES THE PRINCIPLES OF HARD WORK, DEDICATION, AND HUMILITY. HE'S CUT THE HAIR OF THE MOST POWERFUL PEOPLE IN WASHINGTON, INCLUDING PRESIDENT GERALD FORD, PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH SENIOR, VICE PRESIDENT AL GORE, AND ALMOST EVERY SINGLE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE. HE'S CUT HAIR IN HOSPITAL ROOMS, BEFORE INAUGURATIONS, AND EVEN FOR FOREIGN PRESIDENTS AND AMBASSADORS. JOE GREW UP IN ITALY AND CAME TO THE UNITED STATES IN 1952. HE SERVED AS AN ITALIAN TRANSLATOR WITH THE AMERICAN AIR FORCE DURING THE KOREAN WAR. ALONG WITH AN HONORABLE DISCHARGE, JOE RECEIVED HIS AMERICAN CITIZENSHIP UPON LEAVING THE ARMY. IN 1960 JOE CAME TO D.C. AND HELD A NUMBER OF JOBS BEFORE CUTTING HAIR IN THE HOUSE. EVEN WORKED CONSTRUCTION ON THE RAYBURN OFFICE BUILDING. IMMIGRATING FROM ITALY, JOE IS SO PROUD OF HIS AMERICAN CITIZENSHIP. GROWING NUMBER ITALY JOE WAS FIRST INTRODUCED TO AMERICA WHEN AMERICAN TROOPS FLEW OVER HIS TOWN DURING WORLD WAR II. HE THEY WOULD GET SO CLOSE TO THE TOWN HE EVEN MADE EYE CONTACT WITH THE PILOTS FLYING THOSE PLANES. WHEN AMERICAN TROOPS CAME THROUGH HIS CITY, JOE REMEMBERS WAVING A SMALL AMERICAN FLAG ALONG WITH HIS FAMILY WELCOMING THEM TO HIS HOMETOWN. AFTER SERVING WITH THE AIR FORCE IN 1955, HE JOINED THE METROPOLITAN D.C. POLICE FORCE WHERE HE WAS ACTIVE FOR 25 YEARS. WHEN YOU SPEAK TO JOE, YOU SEE THE PRIDE AND JOY HE TAKES IN HIS JOB AND HIS COUNTRY REFLECTED IN HIS ATTITUDE. IT IS BECAUSE OF JOE AND THE HARDWORKING STAFF AND THE CAPITAL BUILDINGS OF THE CONGRESS THAT CONGRESS IS ABLE TO PERFORM ITS DUTIES EVERY DAY. TODAY I HONOR JOE AND THE LIFETIME OF SERVICE HE'S GIVEN TO THE CAPITOL AND TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THANK YOU.

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  • 12:02:10 PM

    MORNING-HOUR DEBATE

    The House proceeded with Morning-Hour Debate. At the conclusion of Morning-Hour, the House will recess until 2:00 p.m. for the start of legislative business.

    • 12:03:39 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    • 12:03:46 PM

      MR. POE

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN THE EARLY DAYS OF 1984 CONGRESS CAME UP WITH A…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN THE EARLY DAYS OF 1984 CONGRESS CAME UP WITH A UNIQUE IDEA. WITH CONGRESS' SUPPORT, PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN SIGNED INTO LAW THE VICTIMS OF CRIME ACT. OTHERWISE KNOWN AS VOCA. THIS LAW ESTABLISHED THE CRIME VICTIMS FUND WITH THE SOLE PURPOSE OF SUPPORTING CRIME VICTIMS THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES. BUT INSTEAD THIS LAW ESTABLISHED THE CRIME VICTIMS FUND OF USING TAXPAYER MONEY FOR THE FUND, CONGRESS CAME UP WITH A NOVEL IDEA. WHY NOT FORCE THE CRIMINALS, THE TRAFFICKERS, THE ABUSERS, THE SCOURGES ON SOCIETY TO PAY FOR THE RESTITUTION TO THEIR VICTIMS? THEY INFLICTED PAIN AND SUFFERING ON INNOCENT PEOPLE SO THEY SHOULD BE THE ONES LITERALLY TO PAY FOR THEIR CRIME. BECAUSE OF THE NEW LAW, CONVICTED FELONS IN FEDERAL COURT, WHO ARE ASSESSED FINES AND FEES, PAY IN TO THE CRIME VICTIMS FUND. THE MONEY IN THE FUND IS USED FOR A WIDE RANGE OF VICTIMS SERVICES. IT PAYS FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHELTERS. WHERE SPOUSE CAN RECOVER FROM THEIR ABUSERS. IT FUNDS RAPE CRISIS COALITION CENTERS, CHILDREN ASSESSMENT CENTERS LIKE THE ONE IN MY HOMETOWN OF HOUSTON T SENDS MONEY TO VICTIM ADVOCATES THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES WHO GO TO COURT WITH VICTIMS OF CRIME. IT GIVES VICTIMS REST 2I CONSTITUTION -- RESTITUTION AND PAYS FOR CRITICAL MEDICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMS. IT'S A REALLY GOOD IDEA, MR. SPEAKER. OVER THE YEARS BECAUSE OUR FEDERAL JUDGES HAVE CONTINUED TO FINE AND ASSESS GREATER AND GREATER PENALTIES TO THE CRIMINALS, THE VOCA FUND CURRENTLY HOLDS, GET THIS, MR. SPEAKER, $12 BILLION. AND LET ME MAKE IT CLEAR, THIS IS NOT TAXPAYER MONEY. IT'S MONEY THAT CRIMINALS HAVE PAID IN A THE SYSTEM. CRIMINALS ARE PAYING THE RENT ON THE COURTHOUSE. PAYING FOR THE SYSTEM THAT THEY HAVE CREATED. SO WHAT'S THE PROBLEM? HERE'S THE PROBLEM, MR. SPEAKER. THAT THE FUND EVERY YEAR IS ROBBED BY THE BUREAUCRATS TO OFFSET OTHER FEDERAL PROJECTS THAT ARE COMPLETELY UNRELATED TO CRIME VICTIMS. FOR EXAMPLE, ABOUT $800,000 IS SPENT OUT OF THE FUND WHICH HAS $12 BILLION IN MONEY. AND OVER THE YEARS IT CONTINUES TO HAVE MORE AND MORE MONEY BECAUSE LESS OF IT IS BEING SPENT. IN MY OPINION, THESE BUREAUCRATS ARE LITERALLY STEALING MONEY FROM THE VICTIMS' FUND AND THROWING IT INTO THE ABYSS OF THE FEDERAL TRESHRY. THAT MONEY DOES NOT BELONG TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT T. BELONGS TO CRIME VICTIMS. VICTIMS DO NOT HAVE, MR. SPEAKER, HIGH DOLLAR LOBBYISTS HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C., ADVOCATING ON THEIR BEHALF. THEY EXPECT US, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, TO BE THEIR LOBBYIST, TO BE THEIR VOICE. AS A FORMER PROSECUTOR AND FORMER JUDGE IN TEXAS, I TAKE THAT DUTY VERY SERIOUSLY. IT'S THE FIRST RESPONSIBILITY OF GOVERNMENT TO ACTUALLY PROTECT THE PEOPLE. WE MUST HAVE THOUGHT THE ROB OF BUREAUCRATS TO STEAL THE MONEY OUT OF THE CRIME VICTIMS FUND AND MAKE SURE THEY HAVE ACCESS TO THE RESOURCES THEY NEED TO BECOME SURVIVORS. SO TO ACHIEVE THIS GOAL MY FRIEND, REPRESENTATIVE JIM COSTA FROM CALIFORNIA, MY CO-CHAIR IN THE VICTIMS RIGHTS CAUCUS, AND I HAVE INTRODUCED THE CRIME VICTIMS FUND PRESERVATION ACT. THE BILL IS VERY SIMPLE. IT CREATES A LOCK BOX TO MAKE SURE THAT THE MONEY IN THE FUND CANNOT BE USED FOR ANYTHING OTHER THAN VICTIMS' PROGRAMS UNDER THE VICTIMS OF CRIME ACT. THE CRIME BOX TO MAKE VICTIMS FUND BECOMES AN ESPECIALLY ATTRACTIVE TARGET FOR OFFSETS AT THIS TIME WHEN OUR GOVERNMENT FACES A -- IN A DEFICIT. THAT'S WHY CONGRESS MUST SAFEGUARD THE FUND TO MAKE SURE THE MONEY IS PROTECTED. THE BILL USES THE MONEY, PAID BY CRIMINALS, TO HELP RESCUE AND RESTORE VICTIMS AND THAT IS SAVED FROM THE STICKY PILLERING IF HANDS OF BUREAUCRATS AND DOES SO FOREVER. LET THE VICTIMS OF CRIME KEEP THE MONEY AND NOT SEND IT TO OTHER PROGRAMS IN THE FEDERAL DEPARTMENTS THROUGHOUT THE NATION. THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 12:08:01 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR. HILL, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 12:08:08 PM

      MR. HILL

      I THANK THE SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE AND APPLAUD THE WORK OF NBA…

      I THANK THE SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE AND APPLAUD THE WORK OF NBA ALL STAR AND ARKANSAS NATIVE, JOE JOHNSON OF THE SACRAMENTO KINGS, WITH A LOCAL YOUTH BASKET PROGRAM, THE ARKANSAS HAWKS. THE ARKANSAS HAWKS, MEANING HARD AT WORK KIDS S. A MEMBER OF THE AMATEUR ATHLETIC UNION ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF ATHLETIC ABILITY IN AMERICAN YOUTH. UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF COACH BILL INGRAM, THE TEAM'S GOAL EXTENDS BEYOND THE COURTS AND INTO THE COMMUNITIES OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS. BUILDING A DYNASTY OF BASKETBALL PLAYERS WHO SEEK TO MAKE A LASTING IMPACT ON O THEIR NEIGHBORHOODS, CITY, STATE, AND COUNTRY. BEFORE HE WAS A SEVEN-TIME NBA ALL STAR, JOE JOHNSON WAS A STUDENT AT THE HISTORIC LITTLE ROCK CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL. AN HISTORIC PLAYER ON THE ARKANSAS HAWKS' ROSTER. IN THIS PARTNERSHIP THE TEAMS AND PLAYERS CONNECTED WITH THE HAWKS WILL BE GIVEN UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES, INCLUDING MENTORSHIP, PLAYER DEVELOPMENT, AND ACADEMIC ASSISTANCE. I'D LIKE TO EXTEND A HEARTY DEBT OF GRATITUDE AND CONGRATULATIONS TO JOE JOHNSON AND THE ARKANSAS HAWKS PROGRAM FOR THEIR SELFLESS AND WORTHWHILE INVESTMENT IN CENTRAL ARKANSAS YOUTH. PLAYER DEVELOPMENT, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE AND LELLINGACY OF ONE OF ARKANSAS -- LEGACY OF ONE OF ARKANSAS' INNOVATIVE LEADERS, MY FRIEND ALBERT, WHO PASSED AWAY EARLIER THIS YEAR AT THE AGE OF 94. AL WERT WORKED FOR OVER 75 YEARS--- ALBERT WORKED OVER 75 YEARS WITH HIS FAMILY TO MAKE ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL REGIONAL ICE CREAM COMPANIES IN THE UNITED STATES. IT CREATED MANY UNIQUE FLAVORS SUCH AS THE RAZORBACKS ICE CREAM, AND MY PERSONAL FAVORITE, PEPPERMENT. HE WAS AN ICON OF ARKANSAS BUSINESS AND ACKOR OF THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY FOR DECADES. HE'S A PAST PRESIDENT OF THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND SERVED AS MAYOR. HE WAS INDUCTED INTO THE ARKANSAS BUSINESS HALL OF FAME IN 2007, AND IS A MEMBER OF THE ARKANSAS DAIRY PRODUCTS HALL OF FAME. HE WAS A ROLE MODEL AND FRIEND TO MANY ACROSS OUR STATION. I EXTEND MY RESPECT, AFFECTION, AND PRAYERS TO HIS MANY DEAR FRIENDS, FAMILY, AND LOVED ONES. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE NORTH LITTLE ROCK MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER DAWN MCLEAN. DAWN A SIXTH GRADE SCIENCE AND MATH TEACHER WAS NAMED A 2017-2018 RECIPIENT OF THE NATIONAL MILKEN EDUCATOR AWARD. ONE OF ONLY 44 ACROSS OUR COUNTRY. THIS HONOR IS GIVEN TO TEACHERS WITH EXCEPTIONAL EDUCATION TALENT WHO IMPACT STUDENTS BOTH IN AND OUT OF THE CLASSROOM. DAWN HAS NOT ONLY INCRACIED HER STUDENTS' TEST SCORES, SHE'S ENGAGED HER STUDENTS THROUGH ROBOTICS, DESIGN MODELING, AND ROCKETRY. SHE'S A STRONG PROPONENT OF PROJECT BASED LEARNING, TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION, AND DATA DEPLOYMENT. DAWN IS ALSO FOCUSED ON HELPING HER STUDENTS BUILD LIFE SKILLS THAT WILL HELP THEM SUCCEED INTO ADULTHOOD AND WORKS TO BUILD STRONG RELATIONSHIPS WITH BOTH PARENTS AND HER STUDENTS. TEACHERS LIKE DAWN PROVE THAT EDUCATION IS ONE OF THE BEST INVESTMENTS AMERICA CAN MAKE. I'M PROUD TO REPRESENT HER AND ALL THE TEACHERS OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS WHO ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF OUR KIDS. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO RECOGNIZE ONE OF ARKANSAS' FINEST, CHIEF WARRANT ARKANSAS TWO, JOHN, WHO PASSED AWAY LATE LAST MONTHS AT THE AGE OF 7. HIS LEADERSHIP AND DEDICATION TO OUR O STATE AND NATION AS A SOLDIER, VETERAN, AND VOLUNTEER IS AN EXAMPLE TO ALL ARKANSANS AND ALL AMERICANS. HE ENLISTED IN THE ARMY IN 1962 AND AFTER MORE THAN 27 YEARS OF MILITARY SERVICE, JOHN RETIRED FROM THE ARKANSAS ARMY NATIONAL GUARD. FOR THE NEXT 23 YEARS JOHN PROVIDED HIS SERVICES AT CAMP ROBINSON IN THE LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE. HE WAS ONE OF MANY OF THE STRONGEST ADVOCATES IN CENTRAL ARKANSAS FOR ALL MATTERS RELATED TO OUR MILITARY VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES. FOR THE BETTER PART OF A HALF CENTURY JOHN AS A SELFLESS SERVANT TO OTHERS GIVING FOR MORE OF HIMSELF THAN HE HAD TO GIVE. HE HAD A PASSION FOR VOLUNTEERING RIVALED ONLY BY HIS PASSION FOR SERVICE TO HIS COUNTRY. I EXTEND MY AFFECTION YACHT PRAYERS TO HIS FAMILY AND LOVED ONES. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 12:12:57 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 12:13:07 PM

      MR. DESANTIS

      MR. SPEAKER, THE SHOOTING IN PARKLAND, FLORIDA, ON 14 FEBRUARY REPRESENTED…

      MR. SPEAKER, THE SHOOTING IN PARKLAND, FLORIDA, ON 14 FEBRUARY REPRESENTED A CATASTROPHIC FAILURE OF LOCAL AUTHORITIES AS WELL AS THE F.B.I. THE STUDENTS NEEDED A HERO THAT DAY AND WHILE THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT FAILED THE STUDENTS, I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO RECOGNIZE AND COMMEMORATE THE FACT THAT A 15-YEAR-OLD J ROTC CADET NAMED PETER HWANG ANSWERED THE CALL. IN THE FACE OF DERANGED GUNMAN DESCENDING ON HIS SCHOOL, HE HELPED HIS FELLOW STUDENTS FLEA TO -- FLEE TO SAFETY, EXPOSING HIMSELF TO FIRE IN THE PROCESS. HE COULD HAVE SIMPLY SAVED HIMSELF, BUT LIKE A TRUE HERO, PETER CHOSE TO PROTECT THE LIVES OF OTHERS. GOING ABOVE AND BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY. HE SACRIFICED HIS LIFE ON THAT FATEFUL DAY. SCRIPTURE TEACHES THAT THERE IS NO GREATER LOVE THAN THAT A MAN SHOULD LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS. AND HIS FELLOW STUDENTS WILL BE INDEBTED TO PETER HWANG FOR HIS ACTIONS ON THAT DAY. PETER HAD A DESIRE TO ATTEND WEST POINT AND HIS ACTIONS ON 14 FEBRUARY MORE THAN LIVED UP TO THE U.S. MILITARY ACADEMY'S MOTTO OF DUTY, HONOR, AND COUNTRY. HIS POST HE'LLOUS ADMITTANCE TO WEST POINT REPRESENTED A RARE BUT WELL DESERVED HONOR. IN PETER THE COUNTRY LOST SOMEONE WHO NO DOUBT WOULD HAVE ENRICHED THE ARMY'S OFFICER CORPS AND PROVIDED HONORABLE SERVICE IN UNIFORM. YET IT IS ALSO TRUE THAT WITH THE LIVES HE SAVED THAT DAY HE ACCOMPLISHED MORE ON HIS FINAL DAY ON THIS EARTH THAN MOST OF US WHO SERVE IN THE MILITARY ACCOMPLISH OVER THE COURSE OF AN ENTIRE CAREER. YOU CAN TRAIN FOR MOMENTS LIKE THOSE FACED BY PETER, BUT YOU DON'T KNOW IF YOU CAN PASS THE TEST UNTIL YOU ARE ACTUALLY PUT TO THE TEST. PETER PASSED HIS TEST WITH FLYING COLORS. . HIS STEADFAST DEVOTION TO DUTY WERE IN KEEPING WITH THE HIGHEST TRADITIONS OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY. REST IN PEACE, SOLDIER. JOB WELL DONE. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 12:15:30 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. NEWHOUSE, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. NEWHOUSE, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 12:15:35 PM

      MR. NEWHOUSE

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE AND SERVICE OF GRANT COUNTY…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE AND SERVICE OF GRANT COUNTY FIRE DISTRICT BATTALION CHIEF DAN DESHAWN. DAN PASSED AWAY ON JANUARY 8, 2018. DAN WAS A HUSBAND, A FATHER, A FRIEND, AND A HIGHLY RESPECTED FIRE SERVICE MEMBER. HIS LOVE OF FIREFIGHTING AND HIS DEDICATION TO HIS COMMUNITY WAS EVIDENT IN HIS 15 YEARS OF VOLUNTEER SERVICE AT BOTH THE GRANT COUNTY FIRE DISTRICT 13 AS WELL AS DISTRICT FIVE WHERE HE EVENTUALLY SECURED HIS DREAM JOB OF SHIFT CAPTAIN. LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS, MEMBERS OF HIS TEAM, AND THE COMMUNITY WILL REMEMBER HIM FOR HIS LEADERSHIP, HUMILITY AND COMMITMENT TO KEEPING THE CITIZENS OF GRANT COUNTY SAFE. MY PRAYERS AND SINCERE CONDOLENCES GO OUT TO HIS FAMILY AND HIS FRIENDS AND ALL THOSE AFFECTED BY HIS PASSING DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME. I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN THANKING DAN DESHAWN FOR HIS INSPIRATIONAL LIFE OF SERVICE TO WASHINGTON STATE AND THE FOURTH DISTRICT. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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    • 12:16:51 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 12:16:57 PM

      MR. MARSHALL

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF GLOBAL…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF GLOBAL HUNGER. TONIGHT, THIS VERY EVENING 800 MILLION PEOPLE ACROSS THE WORLD WILL GO TO BED HUNGRY. THROUGHOUT 2017, THIS VERY PAST YEAR, THIS NUMBER HAS ONLY GROWN, MAKING THIS THE FIRST YEAR IN A DECADE THAT GLOBAL HUNGER HAS INCREASED. THIS INCREASED ARISES FROM VIOLENT CONFLICTS AND NATURAL DISASTERS THAT HAVE WORSENED THE SITUATION FOR MANY LIVING IN EXTREME POVERTY. THESE CRISIS DEMONSTRATES THE NEED FOR LIFE SAVINGS UNITED STATES HUMANITARIAN RELIEF AROUND THE WORLD. FOR 63 YEARS OUR NATION'S SIGNATURE FOOD DONATION PROGRAM, FOOD FOR PEACE, HAS FED MORE THAN THREE BILLION INC. HUNGRY PEOPLE. THIS -- BILLION HUNGRY PEOPLE. THIS HAS HELPED AVERT FAMINE AND PROVIDED MEDICAL CARE FOR THOSE WHO NEED IT THE MOST. TODAY USAID REMAINS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING FOR PEOPLE IN DIRE SITUATIONS WITH EMERGENCY HEALTH. IN COUNTRIES LIKE YEMEN AND NIGERIA WHERE MORE THAN 70% OF THE POPULATION IS FACING SEVERE STARVATION, USAID CONTINUES TO STEP IN TO PREVENT FAMINE AND FIGHT DISEASE. THE USAID MISSION IS TO PROVIDE EMERGENCY FOOD ASSISTANCE, IS VITAL TO MANY COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD AND IS A KEY PILLAR OF PRESIDENT TRUMP'S NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY. ITS PURPOSE IS TO END THE NEED FOR ITS OWN EXISTENCE BY RESPONDING TO DISASTERS AND HELPING OUR PARTNERS AND CHIEF SELF-RELIANCE. A WORLD WITHOUT HUNGER IS IN AMERICA'S BEST INTEREST. HUNGER BREEDS INSTABILITY AND CONFLICT. THESE PROGRAMS REPRESENT A SMALL INVESTMENT TO PREVENT FUTURE CONFLICTS. I AM PROUD THAT WHEAT, WHEAT IS THE MOST USED COMMODITY IN U.S. HUNGER PROGRAMS. KANSAS IS KNOWN AS THE BREADBASKET OF THE WORLD AND IS THE NATION'S LEADING WHEAT PRODUCER. BUT TODAY WHILE OUR GROWERS HAVE FULL GRAIN ELEVATORS IN MY STATE, WE HAVE FOUR UNDECLARED FAMINES AROUND THE WORLD. THERE IS NO REASON WHY WE CANNOT CONNECT THE STARVING WITH OUR AMPLE FOOD. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORK WITH THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE SO USAID AND THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE CAN CONTINUE HELP, PROVIDE FOR THE HUNGER AND STRENGTHENING OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AROUND THE WORLD. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO EMPHASIZE THE NEED FOR BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT IN RURAL COMMUNITIES. MORE AND MORE WE SEE A TRANSITION FROM BRICK AND MORTAR TO CLICK AND MORTAR ESTABLISHMENTS. WITH THE WORLD QUICKLY MOVING FROM PAPER TO DIGITAL. IN RURAL AMERICA, THE DIGITAL DIVIDE IS BECOMING INCREASINGLY PRESENT. FROM LIMITED CONNECTION SPEEDS TO LOCATIONS ENTIRELY WITHOUT SERVICE, THESE COMMUNITIES ARE LACKING THE SAME BASIC ABILITIES AS THEIR URBAN COUNTERPARTS. I'M ENCOURAGED TO SEE SO MANY CONVERSATIONS HAPPENING IN AND AROUND THE HILL RELATED TO REMOVING THE BARRIERS TO CONNECTING AMERICANS, BUT THERE'S STILL A LOT OF WORK TO BE DONE. I APPLAUD THE EFFORTS OF PRESIDENT TRUMP, CHAIRMAN PAI, AND EXECUTIVE SECRETARY PERDUE IN MAKING BROADBAND DEPLOYMENT AND HOPE THAT WE HAVE COMPARABLE SERVICE NO MATTER IN THE COUNTRY WHERE THEY LIVE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 12:20:23 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR…

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS UNTIL

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    • 12:20:37 PM

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      UNTIL

  • 12:20:44 PM

    Recess

    The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 2:00 P.M. today.

    • 01:59:36 PM

      DEPTH FICTION

      3:00 P.M. EASTERN ON C-SPAN2.

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      WE'LL TAKE YOU LIVE NOW TO THE FLOOR OF THE U.S. HOUSE ON THE LEGISLATIVE…

      WE'LL TAKE YOU LIVE NOW TO THE FLOOR OF THE U.S. HOUSE ON THE LEGISLATIVE AGENDA TODAY, SEVEN BILLS INCLUDING ONE ALLOWING INDIAN TRIBES TO SET UP AMBER ALERTS. AND ANOTHER ON SICKLE CELL DISEASE PREVENTION AND TREATMENT PROGRAMS. THIS IS LIVE COVERAGE FROM THE HOUSE FLOOR ON C-SPAN.

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  • 02:00:02 PM

    Reconvened

    The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of February 26.

    • 02:00:07 PM

      Today's prayer was offered by Rev. Vincent DeRosa, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Washington, DC

      • 02:00:13 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY THE GUEST…

        THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY THE GUEST CHAPLAIN, REVEREND VINCENT DEROSE, ST. FRANCIS XAVIER CATHOLIC CHURCH, WASHINGTON, D.C.

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      • 02:01:12 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

        THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND ANNOUNCES TO THE HOUSE HIS APPROVAL THEREOF. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1, THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE LED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MISS MCCALL LUM.

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    • 02:01:15 PM

      The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.

    • 02:01:17 PM

      PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

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

      • 02:01:31 PM

        MS. MCCOLLUM

        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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    • 02:01:39 PM

      ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

      The House proceeded with one minute speeches.

      • 02:01:41 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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      • 02:01:50 PM

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

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

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      • 02:01:56 PM

        TEMPORE WITHOUT

        WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTES.

      • 02:01:58 PM

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        THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE AN OUTSTANDING TEACHER…

        THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE AN OUTSTANDING TEACHER FROM FLORIDA'S SECOND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. KATRINA RODENER WITHRY, A SCIENCE TEACHER AT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL WAS SELECTED BY THE SPACE FOUNDATION AS ONE OF 31 EDUCATORS WORLDWIDE WHO ARE HONORED FOR HER WORK PROMOTING SCIENCE AND SPACE CURRICULA. ALONG WITH THIS HONOR SHE AND HER COLLEAGUE WERE SELECTED TO WORK WITH NASA AS PART OF THEIR MICROGRAVITY UNIVERSITY FOR EDUCATORS 2018 CHALLENGE. THIS ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY WILL GIVE THESE TEACHERS AND FOUR OF THEIR STUDENTS THE CHANCE TO WORK DIRECTLY WITH THE RODENER WITHRY, A SCIENCE TEACHER AT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL WAS SELECTED BY THE SPACE FOUNDATION EXPERTS AT NASA.

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      • 02:02:44 PM

        MR. DUNN

        IT IS CLEAR THAT THEY ARE INSPIRING A LOVE OF SCIENCE AND SPACE IN THEIR…

        IT IS CLEAR THAT THEY ARE INSPIRING A LOVE OF SCIENCE AND SPACE IN THEIR STUDENTS. THESE TEACHERS ARE FORMING NOT JUST STRONG MINDS, BUT ALSO STRONG CHARACTERS AND BIG HEARTS IN YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN WITH A SENSE OF COMMUNITY. MR. SPEAKER, PLEASE JOIN ME IN CONGRATULATING MISS RODENBERRY AND THANK HER FOR INSTILLING A LOVE OF SCIENCE AND SPACE IN OUR NEXT GENERATION. SEARCH THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MINNESOTA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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      • 02:03:09 PM

        MS. MCCOLLUM

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

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        TEMPORE WITHOUT

        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

      • 02:03:16 PM

        MS. MCCOLLUM

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE AT THAT URGE THE IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF TWO JOURNALISTS.…

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE AT THAT URGE THE IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF TWO JOURNALISTS. WHO HAVE BEEN IMPRISONED IN BURMA FOR THEIR FEARLESS REPORTING ON THE ATROCITIES BEING PERPETRATED AGAINST THE A HINGEA. THE ETHNIC CLEANSING OF THE ROW HINGEA HAS SHOCKED THE CONSCIENCE OF THE WORLD, IN PART BECAUSE OF THE IMPORTANT PUBLIC TESTIMONY REARD BY THESE TWO JOURNALISTS. IN DECEMBER THEY WERE INVITED TO MEET WITH THE POLICE. THEY WERE HANDED DOCUMENTS BY OFFICERS THEY HAD NEVER MET BEFORE, AND THEY WERE IMMEDIATELY ARRESTED. UNDER OBJECT SUR CLONE -- OBSCURE COLONIAL ERA LAW. THE REFUSAL TO GRANT THEM BAIL IS HIGHLY IRREGULAR. IT SEEMS OBVIOUS THAT THE ONLY PURPOSE OF THEIR CONTINUED DETENTION IS TO CHILL THE INDEPENDENT MEDIA IN BURMA. MR. SPEAKER, A FREE PRESS IS ESSENTIAL TO A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY. AND I JOIN THE STATE DEPARTMENT AND GOVERNMENTS AROUND THE WORLD URGING BURMA TO RELEASE THESE JOURNALISTS IMMEDIATELY AND TO ALLOW THEM TO REUNITE WITH THEIR FAMILIES AND RETURN TO THEIR IMPORTANT WORK. I YIELD BACK.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE REFUSAL FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

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

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      • 02:04:32 PM

        MR. THOMPSON

        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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      • 02:04:37 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

      • 02:04:40 PM

        MR. THOMPSON

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS MORNING I WAS AT THE CENTRAL…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS MORNING I WAS AT THE CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA DIGITAL LEARNING FOUNDATION IN DUNCANSVILLE TO SPEAK ABOUT MY WORK ON THE HOUSE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE. THE CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA DIGITAL FOUNDATION CHARTER SCHOOL OFFICE A CUSTOMIZEABLE CYBER EDUCATION FOR STUDENTS THROUGHOUT PENNSYLVANIA. ITS LEARNING EXPERIENCE CONNECTS, ENGAGES AND EMPOWERS EVERY STUDENT TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN REACHING THEIR ACADEMIC AND PERSONAL GOALS FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW. THIS SCHOOL WAS DEVELOPED FROM THE GROUND UP BY THE ENGAGES AND AREA SUPERINTENDENTS IN COLLABORATION WITH INTERMEDIATE UNIT EIGHT. THE IU- WAS FURNISHED TO PROVIDE A BROAD RANGE OF SERVICES TO 35 PUBLIC SCHOOLS, TWO CHARTER SCHOOLS, AND APPROXIMATELY 8 NONPUBLIC SCHOOLS. MR. SPEAKER, WE MUST UNDERSTAND THAT THERE ARE NUMEROUS EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENTS AND MANY STUDENTS STRIVE IN A CYBER SCHOOL-STYLE SETUP. THE IU- HAS ENJOYED TREMENDOUS WORK TO ENSURE STUDENTS WHO CHOOSE THE EDUCATION RECEIVE THE SAME QUALITY EDUCATION AS THEIR PEER WHO IS ATTEND BRICK ANSWER MORTAR SCHOOLS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 02:05:50 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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

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

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        WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

      • 02:06:02 PM

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        MINUTE.

      • 02:06:16 PM

        FROM SCHNEIDER

        FROM THE TIME OUR CHILDREN ARE BORN WE UNDERSTAND IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY…

        FROM THE TIME OUR CHILDREN ARE BORN WE UNDERSTAND IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT THEM. BUT INCREASINGLY AS A NATION WE'RE FAILING OUR CHILDREN AND ALLOWING THEM TO BE GUNNED DOWN IN SCHOOLS, CONCERTS, AND HOUSES OF WORSHIP. STILL IN THIS DARKEST OF TIME I SEE REASON TO HOPE. I'M INSPIRED BY THE ELOQUENCE OF THE SURVIVORS OF THE YOUNG PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHO ARE SPEAKING OUT FOR POSITIVE ACTION. WE ALL KNOW THERE ARE COMMONSENSE ACTION THAT IS WOULD CURB GUN VIOLENCE IN OUR COMMUNITIES AND SAVE LIVES. UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS, BANNING MILITARY-STYLE ASSAULT WEAPONS, HIGH CAPACITY MAGAZINES, AND BUMP STOCKS, AND FUNDING MENTAL HEALTH CARE TO NAME A FEW. THESE MEASURES HAVE OVERWHELMING SUPPORT OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. ALL THAT'S MISSING IS THE POLITICAL WILL FROM CONGRESS. HOPEFULLY THIS MOMENT WILL BE DIFFERENT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO LISTEN TO THE VOICES MUCH OUR YOUNG PEOPLE. LET'S HAVE THE DEBATE AND VOTE ON REAL ACTIONS TO REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE IN OUR SCHOOLS, OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, AND OUR COUNTRY.

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      • 02:07:18 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 ARIZONA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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      • 02:07:22 PM

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

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

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      • 02:07:27 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND FOR A MOMENT. THE CHAIR WILL REMIND ALL PERSONS…

        THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND FOR A MOMENT. THE CHAIR WILL REMIND ALL PERSONS IN THE GALLERY THEY ARE HERE AS GUESTS OF THE HOUSE AND ANY MANIFESTATION OF APPROVAL OR DISAPPROVAL OF PROCEEDINGS IS IN VIOLATION OF THE RULES OF THE HOUSE. THE GENTLEMAN MAY PROCEED.

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      • 02:07:40 PM

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        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE EXTRAORDINARY WORK…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE EXTRAORDINARY WORK OF SALLY HARRISON. SHE'S THE PRESIDENT AND C.E.O. OF MESA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. SHE'S WORKED IN THIS ROLE SINCE 2013. MESA'S BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT IS THRIVING WITH HER AT THE HELM. SHE LED A MEETING AT ARIZONA STATE POLYTECHNIC CAMPUS WITH CONGRESSMAN JIM BRIDENSTINE. UNDER HER LEADERSHIP THIS UNIQUE COUNCIL CONTINUES TO HIGHLIGHT THE MANUFACTURING CAPABILITY WE HAVE IN MY DISTRICT. THERE HAVE BEEN POSITIVE REPORTS OF THE DISCUSSION SHE FACILITATED AND I AM CONFIDENT THAT SHE WILL CONTINUE TO CREATE THESE OPPORTUNITIES FOR MY CONSTITUENTS. THESE CONVERSATIONS BETWEEN LOCAL OFFICIALS, FEDERAL OFFICE HOLDERS, AND BUSINESS LEADERS ARE PARAMOUNT TO ENSURE THEIR CONSTITUENTS RECEIVE THE BEST POSSIBLE REPRESENTATION. SALLY UNDERSTANDS THIS AND IS WORKING EVERY DAY TO FACILITATE IT.

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      • 02:08:36 PM

        MR. BIGS

        I THANK HER FOR HER SERVICE TO OUR GREAT CITY AND YIELD BACK.

      • 02:08:39 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE SEEK RECOGNITION?

      • 02:08:47 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

      • 02:08:52 PM

        MR. COHEN

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

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        TEMPORE WITHOUT

        WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

      • 02:08:57 PM

        MR. COHEN

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE HAVE BEEN OUT OF SESSION FOR A WEEK AND MUCH…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE HAVE BEEN OUT OF SESSION FOR A WEEK AND MUCH HAS HAPPENED IN AMERICA. OF COURSE THE MOST DREADFUL THING IS PARKLAND, FLORIDA. THE DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL. I SHED QUITE A FEW TEARS THINKING ABOUT THOSE STUDENTS AND LOOKING AT THE TEACHERS THAT LOST THEIR LIVES. THE SYSTEM FAILED. THE F.B.I. FAILED TO FOLLOW UP. APPARENTLY THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT FAILED TO FOLLOW UP. AND, MR. SPEAKER, OUR PRESIDENT FAILED. BECAUSE HE FAILED TO SEE THE PROBLEM THAT WE HAVE IN THIS COUNTRY IS NOT GIVING TEACHERS GUNS BUT GIVING TEACHERS MORE RESPECT AND GIVING THEM MORE COUNSELORS AND MORE AID TO BE ABLE TO TEACH. HE FAILED TO SEE THE PROBLEMS NOT JUST IN SCHOOLS WHERE IT'S SO IMPORTANT AND THERE HAVE BEEN SHOOTINGS AND KILLINGS IN SCHOOLS, BUT KILLINGS IN TEXAS CHURCHES AND IN LAS VEGAS CONCERTS. AND BY PEOPLE OVER 21 YEARS OF AGE. BANNING BUMP STOCKS, WHICH WAS THE RESPONSE TO LAS VEGAS WAS RIGHT AND GOOD AND NEEDS TO BE DONE BY LAW TO BE DONE LEGALLY. BANNING ASSAULT WEAPONS BEING PURCHASED BY UNDER 21-YEAR-OLDS IS A GOOD, BUT WE NEED TO BAN ASSAULT WEAPONS FOR EVERYBODY FOR THE 58 VICTIMS IN LAS VEGAS AND THE CHURCH IN TEXAS AND HIGH CAPACITY MAGAZINES. WE NEED A STUDY. WE NEED TO ACT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. GOD SAVE AMERICA AND THE CHILDREN.

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      • 02:10:15 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        CHILDREN.

    • 02:10:17 PM

      Recess

      The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for approximately 4:45 p.m. today.

      • 04:43:47 PM

        GUEST

        C-SPAN NETWORKS. THE

    • 04:47:51 PM

      Reconvened

      The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of February 26.

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        C-SPAN NETWORKS. THE HOUSE IS GAVELING IN. LIVE VOTES WILL BE AT 6:30 HERE…

        C-SPAN NETWORKS. THE HOUSE IS GAVELING IN. LIVE VOTES WILL BE AT 6:30 HERE ON C-SPAN. LE 20. THE HOUSE WILL RESUME PROCEEDINGS ON POSTPONED QUESTIONS AT A LATER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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      • 04:48:02 PM

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

        • 04:48:16 PM

          Mr. Biggs moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. S. 772 — "To amend the PROTECT Act to make Indian tribes eligible for AMBER Alert grants."

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            MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS S. 772, THE ASHLYNNE…

            MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS S. 772, THE ASHLYNNE APPLE BERT ALERT IN INDIAN COUNTRY ACT.

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          • 04:48:35 PM

            THE CLERK

            S. 772, AN ACT TO AMEND THE PROTECT ACT TO MAKE INDIAN TRIBES ELIGIBLE FOR…

            S. 772, AN ACT TO AMEND THE PROTECT ACT TO MAKE INDIAN TRIBES ELIGIBLE FOR AMBER ALERT GRANTS.

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        • 04:48:35 PM

          Considered under suspension of the rules.

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          DEBATE

          The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 772.

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            TEMPORE PURSUANT

            PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. BIGGS, AND THE…

            PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. BIGGS, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. RASKIN, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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          • 04:48:49 PM

            MR. BIGGS

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

            MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON S. 772, CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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          • 04:49:01 PM

            TEMPORE WITHOUT

            MR. SPEAKER, I'M HONORED TO BE THE SPONSOR OF THE AMBER ALERT IN INDIAN…

            MR. SPEAKER, I'M HONORED TO BE THE SPONSOR OF THE AMBER ALERT IN INDIAN COUNTRY ACT IN MEMORY OF THE LIFE OF ASHLYNNE MIKE. I WANT TO THANK THE HOUSE LEADERSHIP AND CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE FOR BRINGING THIS BILL BEFORE THE HOUSE FOR CONSIDERATION. . 11-YEAR-OLD ASHLYNN LIVED IN NAVAJO NATION, THE LARGEST INDIAN RESERVATION IN THE UNITED STATES, LOCATED IN ARIZONA, UTAH, COLORADO AND NEW MEXICO. HER FAVORITE COLOR WAS YELLOW AND SHE ENJOYED PLAYING MUSIC FOR HER FRIENDS AND FAMILY. SHE WAS A KIND HEARTED YOUNG GIRL WHO HAD ENORMOUS POTENTIAL. AFTER SCHOOL ON MONDAY, MAY 2, 2007, WHILE ASHLYNN AND HER BROTHER PLAYED NEAR A BUS STOP, A MAN LURED THEM INTO HIS CAR. HE TOOK THEM TO A REMOTE PART OF THE RESERVATION, ABUSED AS 46RBINGS SK -- ASHLYNN, SLALLINGTERED HER, AND LEFT HER BROTHER TO FEND FOR HIMS. HER FATHER FILED A MISSING PERSON'S REPORT WITHIN THREE HOURS, BUT AN AMBER ALERT WASN'T ISSUED UNTIL 2:30 A.M. DAVID BEGAY, HER ATTACKER, SAID SHE WAS ALIVE WHEN HE LEFT. WHEN A CHILD IS ABDUCTED, ACTION IN THOSE FIRST HOURS IS CRUCIAL TO THEIR PROTECTION. THE AMBER ALERT PROGRAM HAS PROVEN EFFECTIVE AT INSTANTLY PROVIDING INFORMATION TO THE PUBLIC TO ASSIST IN THE EFFORT. ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN, OF THE AMBER ALERTS ISSUED IN 2016, 94% OF THE RECOVERED CHILDREN WERE FOUND WITHIN THE FIRST 72 HOURS, INCLUDING 47% WERE FOUND WITHIN THE FIRST THREE HOURS. BETWEEN 1997 AND FEBRUARY, 2017, THE AMBER ALERT PROGRAM HAS BEEN CREDITED WITH A SAFE RECOVERY OF 868 CHILDREN. AMBER ALERT SAVES LIVES. TODAY WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ENSURE ALL CHILDREN MAY BENEFIT FROM THE AMBER ALERT PROGRAM IF NECESSARY, NO MATTER WHERE THEY RESIDE. THIS BILL WILL RE-AUTHORIZE THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE GRANT PROGRAM THAT ASSISTS STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS IN DEVELOPING AND IMPLEMENTING AMBER ALERT COMMUNICATION PLANS. IT WILL EXPLICITLY REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TO PERFORM A NEEDS ASSESSMENT OF CAPABILITIES ON INDIAN RESERVATIONS AND FOR THE FIRST TIME REQUIRE FUNDS TO BE USED TO INTEGRATE TRIBAL AMBER ALERT SYSTEMS WITH THOSE OF NEIGHBORING JURISDICTIONS TO ENSURE AMBER ALERTS REACH AS MANY PEOPLE, AS SWIFTLY AS POSSIBLE. AGAIN, I THANK HOUSE LEADERSHIP AND CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE FOR BRINGING THIS BILL FORWARD AND ACKNOWLEDGING THE IMPORTANCE OF FILLING A GAP IN OUR AMBER ALERT SYSTEM THAT MIGHT HAVE PREVENTED THE DEATH OF ASHLYNN. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND IF ENACTED, THIS BILL WILL HELP TO BUILD A NATIONAL AND COHESIVE NETWORK OF AMBER ALERT. WITH THAT, I YIELD -- I RESERVE.

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          • 04:52:33 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND SEEK RECOGNITION?

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          • 04:52:37 PM

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            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF SENATE S. 77 , THE AMBER ALERT IN…

            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF SENATE S. 77 , THE AMBER ALERT IN INDIAN -- INDIAN COUNTRY ACT OF 2017.

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          • 04:52:49 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

          • 04:52:58 PM

            MR. RASKIN

            I STRONGLY SUPPORT THIS BILL. THROUGH THE GRANT PROGRAM RE-AUTHORIZED BY…

            I STRONGLY SUPPORT THIS BILL. THROUGH THE GRANT PROGRAM RE-AUTHORIZED BY S. 772, TRIBAL HAW LAW -- LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES WILL HAVE THE CAPACITY TO ISSUE THEIR OWN AMBER ALERTS AND ALLOW TRIBAL ALERT SYSTEMS TO BE INTEGRATED WITH THE MORE ADVANCED AMBER ALERT COMMUNICATIONS OF STATE AND REGIONAL LAW ENFORCE. TODAY. THE AMBER ALERT PROGRAM IS A POWERFUL TOOL THAT IS GEOGRAPHICALLY TARGETS LAW ENFORMENTS, SIGN PROVIDERS TO ISSUE URGENT ALERTS. THEY CAN INSTANTLY GALVANIZE A COMMUNITY TO SEARCH FOR AN ENDANGERED CHILD. THE AMBER ALERT PROGRAM HAS DIRECTLY LED TO THE RESCUE OF MORE THAN 900 CHILDREN. PRESENTLY THE AMBER ALERT PROGRAM IS JEWSED IN -- USED IN ALL 50 STATES, HERE IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, PUERTO RICO, AND THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS AND AMBER ALERT SYSTEMS HAVE EVOLVED TO UTILIZE ALL AVAILABLE TECHNOLOGY IN NOTIFYING THE PUBLIC OF A CHILD ABDUCTION. NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBAL COMMUNITIES ARE UNABLE TO FAKE FULL ADVANTAGE OF THIS LIFE-SAVING PROGRAM. CURRENTLY TRIBAL LAW ENFORCEMENT MUST RELY ON STATE OR REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGECIES OFF-RESERVATION TO ISSUE THE COMPLETE AMBER ALERT ON THEIR BEHALF. THIS IS UNFORTUNATE AND INDEED IT'S NOTABLE BECAUSE THE RATE OF CHILD ABDUCTIONS IS REPORTEDLY DOWN ACROSS THE COUNTRY, WITH THE SOLE EXCEPTION OF INDIAN COUNTRY. AS WE ALL KNOW, TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE WHEN A CHILD IS ABDUCTED OR GOES MISSING. AMBER -- AM BERT -- AMBER ALERT PLANS PROVIDES A RAPID RESPONSE SYSTEM WHICH IS CRITICAL IN SUCH CASES. STATISTICS SHOW 74% OF ABDUCTED CHILDREN WHO ARE MURDERED ARE KILLED WITHIN THE FIRST THREE HOURS OF THEIR ABDUCTION. THE TIME SPENT TO COORDINATE WITH STATE OR REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT BEFORE ISSUING AN AMBER ALERT CAN BE LENGTHY AND HAVE DIRE CONSEQUENCE. IN 2003, THE PROTECT ACT ESTABLISHED A GRANT PROGRAM TO BE ADMINISTERED BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR THE STATES WITH THE GOALS OF STRENGTHENING AMBER ALERT COMMUNICATIONS PLANNED NATIONWIDE AND DEVELOPING A SEAMLESS NETWORK THROUGH THE NATION WHICH DRAMATICALLY INCREASES THE LIKELIHOOD THAT ABDUCTED CHILDREN WILL BE FOUND SWIFTLY AND SAFELY THIS WOULD MAKE INDIAN COMMUNITIES ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE GRANT FUNDS FOR THE FIRST TIME. WITH THIS FUNDING, TRIBES LEB ABLE TO IMPLEMENT AMBER ALERT PLANS OF THEIR OWN AND INTEGRATE THEIR AMBER ALERT SYSTEMS INTO AND WITH STATE AND REGIONAL COMMUNICATION PLANS. THE GRANTS MAY BE USED FOR EDUCATION, TRAINING LAWENCE -- ENFORCEMENT AND TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT RELATED TO AMBER PLANS. THIS WILL HELP BUILD A TRULY NATIONAL AND COHESIVE NETWORK OF THE AMBER ALERT SYSTEMS. TRIBAL LAW ENFORCEMENT WILL HAVE THE ABILITY TO DIRECTLY ISSUE AMBER ALERTS WITHOUT HAVING TO RELY ON OUTSIDE LAW ENFORCEMENT WHILE OUTSIDE AGENCY WILL BE ABLE TO FILL IN GAPS IF NECESSARY THROUGH THE IMPROVED COORDINATION. ACCORDINGLY, I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN US IN SUPPORTING THIS CRUCIAL PIECE OF BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION AND I'LL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 04:56:21 PM

            MR. BIGGS

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

          • 04:56:25 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            IS THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND PREPARED TO CLOSE? THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

            IS THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND PREPARED TO CLOSE? THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

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          • 04:56:30 PM

            MR. RASKIN

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE LEGISLATION WAS INTRODUCED IN RESPONSE TO A…

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE LEGISLATION WAS INTRODUCED IN RESPONSE TO A FATAL ABDUCTION THAT OCCURRED ON THE NAVAJO NATION IN NEW MEXICO. 11-YEAR-OLD ASHLYNN MIKE WAS KIDNAPPED, HER BROTHER ESCAPED BUT SHE DID NOT. THAT CASE FOCUSED ATTENTION ON GAPS IN COMMUNICATION COORDINATION BETWEEN TRIBAL AND OFF-RES. ER VATION LAW ENFORCEMENT. IN THE PAST, THE NAVAJO NATION HAS RELIED ON ARIZONA, NEW MEXICO, AND UTAH TO ISSUE AMBER ALERTS. BASED ON SEVERAL ACCOUNTS OF THIS CASE, THE AMBER ALERT WAS ISSUED 10 OR MORE HOURS AFTER SHE WAS ABDUCTED. HER ABDUCTOR CONFESSED TO BRUTALIZING HER AND LEAVING HER ALIVE TO FEND FOR HERSELF IN THE DESERT. IT WAS TOO LATE FOR HER WHEN SHE WAS FOUND DEAD A DAY LATER. CHILDREN ARE PRECIOUS TO US AND THEY DESERVE OUR PROTECTION WHEREVER THEY MAY LIVE. EITHER ON RESERVATIONS OR OFF RESERVATIONS. BECAUSE WE SHOULD DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO ENSURE THAT APPROPRIATE RESOURCES ARE ALLOCATED EFFORTS TO RECOVER MISSING OR ABDUCTED CHILDREN. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME, MR. SPEAKER.

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          • 04:57:53 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED. MR.…

            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED. MR. BIGGS THANK THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN --

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          • 04:58:01 PM

            MR. BIGGS

            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, MR. SPEAKER. THIS BILL IS TRULY A BIPARTISAN…

            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, MR. SPEAKER. THIS BILL IS TRULY A BIPARTISAN EFFORT WORKED ON BY BOTH -- MEMBERS OF BOTH PARTIES. IT IS BECAUSE OF ITS IMPORTANCE. THE PARTICULAR CASE THAT BOTH OF US HAVE IT RATED TODAY DOES FOCUS THE ATTENTION ON THE MASSIVE HOLE WHERE THERE'S MORE THAN 500 INDIAN NATIONS, INDIAN TRIBES THAT DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO THE AMBER ALERT SYSTEM. IT IS THE ONLY PART OF THIS NATION AND ITS TERRITORIES NOT COVERED BY THE AMBER ALERT SYSTEM THIS WILL SOLVE THAT PROBLEM. AND WITH THAT, I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I YIELD.

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          • 04:58:42 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. BOTH SIDES HAVING YIELDED BACK THEIR TIME, THE…

            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. BOTH SIDES HAVING YIELDED BACK THEIR TIME, THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE PLULES AND -- WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS SENATE 772 AS AMENDED? THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, SEEK RECOGNITION?

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        • 04:58:57 PM

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

          • 04:58:59 PM

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

            • 05:00:00 PM

              Mr. Burgess moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 767 — "To establish the Stop, Observe, Ask, and Respond to Health and Wellness Training pilot program to address human trafficking in the health care system."

              • 05:00:05 PM

                MR. BURGESS

                I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 676, AS AMENDED.

              • 05:00:09 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

              • 05:00:12 PM

                THE CLERK

                H.R. 767, A BILL TO ESTABLISH THE STOP, OBSERVE, ASK, AND RESPOND TO…

                H.R. 767, A BILL TO ESTABLISH THE STOP, OBSERVE, ASK, AND RESPOND TO HEALTH AND WELLNESS TRAINING PILOT PROGRAM TO ADDRESS HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM.

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            • 05:00:15 PM

              Considered under suspension of the rules.

            • 05:00:18 PM

              DEBATE

              The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 767.

              • 05:00:25 PM

                TEMPORE PURSUANT

                PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, AND THE…

                PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GENE GREEN, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS.

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              • 05:00:35 PM

                MR. BURGESS

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

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

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              • 05:00:45 PM

                TEMPORE WITHOUT

                WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

              • 05:00:46 PM

                MR. BURGESS

                MR. SPEAKER, I'LL YIELD MYSELF THE TIME I MIGHT CONSUME.

              • 05:00:51 PM

                TEMPORE WITHOUT

                WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE…

                WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE WEESHES TO USE.

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              • 05:00:54 PM

                MR. BURGESS

                -- WISHES TO USE.

              • 05:00:56 PM

                MR. BURGESS

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF 767, THE STOP, OBSERVE, ASK,…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF 767, THE STOP, OBSERVE, ASK, AND RESPOND TO HEALTH AND WELLNESS ACT OF 2017, INTRODUCED BY OUR COLLEAGUE, REPRESENTATIVE STEVE COHEN OF TENNESSEE. THIS BILL WILL HELP IN THE FIGHT AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING . WORLDWIDE NEARLY 21 MILLION PEOPLE ARE VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING, FORCED LABOR OR EXPLOITATION. THIS BIPARTISAN INITIATIVE EXPANDS AND FURTHER CODIFIES THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES' STOP, OBSERVE, ASK, AND RESPOND PROGRAM, WHICH ENHANCES THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM'S RESPONSE TO HUMAN TRAFFICKING. BY REQUIRING THE PROGRAM TO PROVIDE GRANTS TO HEALTH CARE SITES TO WORK WITH STAKEHOLDERS TO DEVELOP FLEXIBLE TRAINING MODULES AND TO PROVIDE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO HEALTH EDUCATION PROGRAMS, THIS LEGISLATION WILL TEACH HEALTH PROFESSIONALS TO IDENTIFY AND TO RESPOND TO VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING. MR. SPEAKER, I THANK YOU FOR THE RECOGNITION. I'LL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 05:02:03 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.…

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GENE GREEN, IS RECOGNIZED.

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              • 05:02:09 PM

                MR. GREEN

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

              • 05:02:15 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

              • 05:02:17 PM

                MR. GREEN

                THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 767, THE SOAR TO HEALTH…

                THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 767, THE SOAR TO HEALTH AND WELLNESS ACT OF 2017. THIS PROVIDES HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS WITH TRAINING ON HOW TO IDENTIFY AND APPROPRIATELY TREAT VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING. NEARLY 21 MILLION PEOPLE WORLDWIDE ARE VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING, FORCED LABOR, OR SEXUAL EXPLOITATION. AT SOME POINT MANY OF THESE UNIDENTIFIED VICTIMS WILL COME INTO CONTACT WITH HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS DURING THEIR CAPTIVITY. A DOCTOR'S VISIT OR EMERGENCY ROOM TRIP MAY PROVIDE A BRIEF CHANCE WHEN A VICTIM MAY BE ABLE TO DETACH FROM TRAFFICKERS. THIS BILL WILL PROVIDE THE NECESSARY RESOURCES FOR THE HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS TO SPOT VICTIMS AND PROVIDE TRAUMA INFORMED, CULTURALLY APPROPRIATE CARE ONCE IDENTIFIED. HELPING HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS HELP EYE DEPARTMENTIFY SIGNS OF TRAFFICKING THAT -- IDENTIFYING SIGNS OF TRAFFICKING CAN MEAN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH. I WANT TO THANK MR. COHEN FOR SPONSORING THIS LEGISLATION AND NOW I YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM TENNESSEE, MR. COHEN.

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              • 05:03:30 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED.

              • 05:03:33 PM

                MR. COHEN

                THANK YOU, MR. GREEN. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO RISE IN SUPPORT OF…

                THANK YOU, MR. GREEN. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO RISE IN SUPPORT OF STOP, OBSERVE, ASK, AND RESPOND, OR SOAR. I HOSTED A FORUM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AND GATHERED STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIRST RESPONDERS, FAITH-BASED GROUPS AND EDUCATORS TO DISCUSS THE IMPORTANCE OF AND STRATEGIES TO COMBAT HUMAN TRAFFICKING. THIS EVENT SOLIDIFIED MY STANCE AND ACTIVATED ME TO GO FORWARD WITH LEGISLATION TO ADDRESS THE HUMAN TRAFFICKING THAT'S OCCURRING IN THE UNITED STATES. SHORTLY AFTER I WAS PROUD TO PROSBRUSE THIS BIPARTISAN BILL ALONG WITH MY COLLEAGUES, CONGRESSMAN KINZINGER OF ILLINOIS, CONGRESSMAN CARDENAS AND CONGRESSWOMAN WAGNER. HUMAN TRAFFICKING IS THE SECOND FASTEST GROWING CRIME IN TENNESSEE AND IT'S AMAZINGLY THAT EVERY TWO MINUTES SOMEONE IN THE UNITED STATES IS ENTERED INTO HUMAN TRAFFICKING. EVERY TWO MINUTES. IN 2016, 8,042 CASES WERE REPORTED TO THE NATIONAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING HOTLINE, WITH 110 OF THOSE OCCURRING IN TENNESSEE. AND THOSE ARE JUST THE CASES THAT WERE REPORTED. HUMAN TRAFFICKING REMAINS A HIDDEN CRIME AND VICTIMS RARELY SEEK HELP BECAUSE OF CULTURAL BARRIERS OR DUE TO FEAR OF THEIR TRAFFICKERS OR LAW ENFORCEMENT OR BEING DEPORTED, BECAUSE MANY ARE IMPORTED INTO OUR COUNTRY, TO ENGAGE IN SEX CRIMES. IN APRIL, 2016, I JOINED WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND HOSTING OUR CONFERENCE -- IN HOSTING OUR CONFERENCE IN MEMPHIS. FROM THERE CAME OUR LEGISLATION. THE SOOR ACT DIRECTS THE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES TO ESTABLISH A PROGRAM TO PROVIDE TRAINING AT ALL LEVELS ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING. TRAFFICKING VICTIMS OFTEN END UP IN HEALTH CARE SETTINGS BECAUSE TRAFFICKERS WANT TO MAXIMIZE PROFITS. VICTIMS WILL NOT FOLLOW-UP ON TREATMENT. AND PIMPS AND JOHNS WILL BEAT UP THE WOMEN AND THEY'LL END UP IN A HEALTH CARE FACILITY, PUBLIC HEALTH CARE FACILITY BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE INSURANCE. 57% OF TRAFFICKING VICTIMS REPORT PHYSICAL INJURIES AND NEARLY ALL FACE SEXUAL ABUSE OR VIOLENCE. THESE INJURIES CAUSE A REPORTED 63% OF TRAFFICKING VICTIMS TO GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM WHEN THEY ARE BEING EXPLOITED. MANY VICTIMS ALSO END UP WITH SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS, INCLUDING H.I.V. AND ARE AT A HIGH RISK OF PREGNANCY. AS A RESULT, NEARLY 88% OF TRAFFICKED VICTIMS ARE SEEN BY HEALTH CARE PROVIDER AT SOME POINT AND MORE LIKELY THAN NOT IT'S AN EMERGENCY ROOM AND SO THESE ARE THE PEOPLE WE SEEK OUT MOST TO TRAIN AND SEE THE SIGNS OF TRAFFICKING TO BE ABLE TO REPORT IT TO LAW ENFORCEMENT, HELP THESE LADIES OUT OF THE SITUATION THEY'RE IN. DESPITE THIS, OUT OF MORE THAN 5,600 HOSPITALS IN THE COUNTRY, ONLY A HANDFUL OF HAVE A PLAN FOR TREATING PATIENTS THAT ARE A VICTIM OF TRAFFICKING AND MOST ARE NOT TRAINED TO IDENTIFY TRAFFICKING VICTIMS. AS A RESULT, 1% OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING VICTIMS ARE IDENTIFIED WHEN THEY SEEK EMERGENCY CARE. WE MUST ENCOURAGE HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS TO BE ALERT TO POSSIBLE INSTANCES OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING, WHEN VICTIMS APPEAR IN CLINICS OR DOCTORS' OFFICE IT'S FOR NEEDED CARE, AND WE MUST PROVIDE THEM THE ADDITIONAL TRAINING AND RESOURCES TO ACCOMPLISH THIS GOAL. I'M PROUD TO WORK ON THE STOP, OBSERVE, ASK, AND RESPOND TO HEALTH AND WELLNESS ACT TO HELP PASS THIS TODAY. I THANK THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP FOR SCHEDULING THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 05:06:48 PM

                THE SPEAKER RO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES.

              • 05:06:52 PM

                MR. GREEN

                I RESERVE, MR. SPEAKER. YOU AND I KNOW HOW IMPORTANT HOW IMPORTANT…

                I RESERVE, MR. SPEAKER. YOU AND I KNOW HOW IMPORTANT HOW IMPORTANT TRAFFICKING IS FOR YOU AND YOUR HISTORY. I THINK THE SPIRKE OF THE HOUSE HAS AN INTEREST IN THIS BILL, TOO, AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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              • 05:07:07 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GENE GREEN, YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. AND THE…

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GENE GREEN, YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. AND THE GENTLEMAN, MR. BURGESS FROM TEXAS, IS RECOGNIZED.

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              • 05:07:14 PM

                MR. BURGESS

                THANK YOU. I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR.…

                THANK YOU. I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. KINZINGER, A VALUABLE MEMBER OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE AND IN FACT THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE OF OVERSIGHT AND INVESTIGATIONS AND HE'S RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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              • 05:07:28 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

              • 05:07:30 PM

                MR. KINZINGER

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

                I THANK YOU AND THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 767, THE STOP, OBSERVE, ASK, AND RESPOND TO HEALTH AND WELLNESS ACT AND I AM A PROUD CO-LEAD OF THIS BILL WITH MR. COHEN FROM TENNESSEE AND THANK HIM FOR HIS WORK. WHEN WE HEAR HUMAN TRAFFICKING WE THINK IT'S FAR AWAY FROM OUR SHORES THAT AFFECT PEOPLE THAT ARE NOT US. IT'S HARD TO IMAGINE THIS MODERN DAY SLAVERY IS HAPPENING OVER HERE, HURTING THE PEOPLE WITHIN OUR COMMUNITY EVERY DAY. IN MY HOME STATE OF ILLINOIS, WE HAVE THE FIFTH HIGHEST NUMBER OF TRAFFICKING CASES IN THIS COUNTRY. IN THE CITY OF ROCKFORD IN MY DISTRICT IS RANKED SECOND BEHIND CHICAGO IN HUMAN TRAFFICKING CASES. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING WE CAN DO IS COMBAT THIS HEINOUS CRIME IS TO RAISE AWARENESS AND THAT'S WHAT THE SOOR ACT, SOAR TO THE HEALTH AND WELLNESS ACT IS DESIGNED TO DO IT. IT WOULD EXPAND ON A PILOT PROGRAM BY SUPPORTING THE TRAINING OF HEALTH CARE WORKERS TO IDENTIFY VICTIMS AND BEST CARE FOR THEM THROUGH ESTABLISHED PROTOCOL AND PROCEDURES. MANY TIMES WHEN TRAFFICKING VICTIMS COME TO EMERGENCY ROOMS HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS MAY NOT ALWAYS SPOT THE SIGNS THEIR PATIENT WAS A VICTIM OF TRAFFICKING. THIS IS CRITICAL TO COMBATING TRAFFICKING. I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 767, AND I BELIEVE IT CAN HAVE AN IMPACT OF IDENTIFYING CASES OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND HELPING THE MOST VULNERABLE AND AT-RISK INDIVIDUALS OF THIS EVIL CRIME. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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              • 05:09:00 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, CONTROLS THE REST OF THE TIME.

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              • 05:09:06 PM

                MR. BURGESS

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S A WORTHWHILE BILL. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S A WORTHWHILE BILL. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT, AND I'LL YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 05:09:12 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. BOTH SIDES HAVING YIELDED BACK THEIR…

                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. BOTH SIDES HAVING YIELDED BACK THEIR TIME, THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 767, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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            • 05:09:29 PM

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

              • 05:09:31 PM

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

                • 05:09:51 PM

                  MR. BURGESS

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

                  MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 880, AS AMENDED.

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                • 05:09:56 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                • 05:09:59 PM

                  THE CLERK

                  H.R. 880, A BILL TO AMEND THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE ACT TO FACILITATE…

                  H.R. 880, A BILL TO AMEND THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE ACT TO FACILITATE ASSIGNMENT OF MILITARY TRAUMA CARE PROVIDERS TO CIVILIAN TRAUMA CENTERS IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN MILITARY TRAUMA READINESS AND TO SUPPORT SUCH CENTERS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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              • 05:10:01 PM

                Mr. Burgess moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 880 — "To amend the Public Health Service Act to facilitate assignment of military trauma care providers to civilian trauma centers in order to maintain military trauma readiness and to support such centers, and for other purposes."

                • 05:10:05 PM

                  Considered under suspension of the rules.

                • 05:10:06 PM

                  DEBATE

                  The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 880.

                  • 05:10:14 PM

                    TEMPORE PURSUANT

                    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, AND THE…

                    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GENE GREEN, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS.

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                  • 05:10:25 PM

                    MR. BURGESS

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

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

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                  • 05:10:33 PM

                    TEMPORE WITHOUT

                    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

                  • 05:10:34 PM

                    MR. BURGESS

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

                  • 05:10:38 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE WISHES TO USE.

                  • 05:10:41 PM

                    MR. BURGESS

                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, 40 YEARS AGO I WAS AN INTERN AND…

                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, 40 YEARS AGO I WAS AN INTERN AND RESIDENT AT PARKLAND HOSPITAL IN DALLAS. ANY INTERN OR RESIDENT WILL TELL YOU THE MONTH OF JULY IS SIGNIFICANT IN THE LIFE OF AN INTERN OR RESIDENT. YOUR LAST WEEK'S MEDICAL STUDENT AND THIS WEEK'S INTERN MANAGING THE EMERGENCY ROOM OR YOU'RE THIS WEEK'S -- LAST YEAR'S INTERN, YOU'RE THIS WEEK'S HOUSE OFFICER MANAGING PERHAPS A BUSINESSY PRACTICE, PERHAPS A BUSY PRACTICES, PERHAPS A BUSY EMERGENCY ROOM. EVERY INTERN AND RESIDENT REMEMBERS THE END OF THAT FIRST WEEK OF THEIR INTERNSHIP OR RESIDENCY. IT'S JUST SOMETHING YOU DO. YOU GOT THROUGH THE FIRST WEEK OF WHAT WAS A VERY TRYING TIME, SO I REMEMBER WELL JULY 7 OF MY INTERNSHIP, JULY 7 OF MY RESIDENCY. WELL, MR. SPEAKER, IN 2016, JULY 7 ALSO TOOK ON ADDITIONAL SIGNIFICANCE IN DALLAS, TEXAS. FIVE POLICE OFFICERS WERE KILLED AND NINE MORE WERE INJURED DURING A SHOOTING IN DOWNTOWN DALLAS. IN THE IMMEDIATE AFTERMATH OF THE ATTACK, AREA HOSPITALS SPRANG INTO ACTION AND ACTIVATED THEIR DISASTER PLANS. I'M PROUD TO SAY THE STAFF AT PARKLAND HOSPITAL, THE STAFF AT BAYLOR UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL AND OTHER MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS PROVIDED EXCELLENT EMERGENCY CARE TO THE VICTIMS OF THE ATTACK. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS CRITICAL THAT WE HAVE PEOPLE WHO ARE ABLE TO RESPOND WHEN CALLED. NOW, ADDITIONALLY, I'VE LONG BELIEVED THAT THE AMERICAN MILITARY IS THE ARSENAL OF DEMOCRACY AND IT IS CRITICAL FOR UPHOLDING FREEDOM IN THE WORLD. EACH MEMBER OF THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES HAS AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN COLLECTIVE TEAM EFFORT. THIS WAS ESPECIALLY TRUE IN A COMBAT ZONE WERE TRAUMA SURGEONS ARE ONE OF THE MOST CRUCIAL MEMBERS OF THE ARMED SOURCES. THESE MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS ARE TRAINED TO SAVE THE LIVES OF SOLDIERS WHO SUSTAIN TRAGEDIES ON THE BATTLEFIELD AND ARE SOME OF THE BEST IN THE BUSINESS. HOWEVER, AS WARS WIND DOWN AND OUR SOLDIERS COME HOME, THE EXPERIENCE THAT MILITARY TRAUMA SURGEONS HAVE GAINED OVERSEAS MAY BE DIMINISHED OR LOST UNLESS THESE SURGEONS CONTINUE TO TRAIN AND TO PREPARE FOR THEIR NEXT POSSIBLE DEPLOYMENT. TO LET THIS EXPERTISE AND SKILL DRIFT AWAY WOULD BE A SIGNIFICANT LOSS TO TRAUMA PATIENTS, BOTH AT HOME AND ABROAD. TRAUMA, MR. SPEAKER, IS NOT LIMITED TO THE BATTLEFIELDS AND ACTIVE CONFLICTS. UNFORTUNATELY, NO COMMUNITY IS IMMUNE FROM THE THREAT OF TRAUMATIC INJURY AND COMMUNITY DOCTORS MUST BE PREPARED TO GIVE LIFE-SAVING CARE TO TRAUMA VICTIMS. HOWEVER, THERE IS A WAY WE CAN ENSURE TRAINED COMBAT SURGEONS' SKILLS ARE UTILIZED TO HELP AMERICAN PATIENTS HERE IN THE HOMELAND WHO NEED IT. THE MISSION ZERO ACT SEEKS TO CONNECT AMERICAN PATIENTS WITH BATTLE-TESTED TRAUMA CARE THROUGH THE CRAFT OF MILITARY TRAUMA CARE PROVIDERS. THE BILL PROVIDES GRANTS TO ALLOW MILITARY TRAUMA CARE PROVIDERS AND TEAMS TO OFFER CARE IN OUR NATION'S LEADING TRAUMA CENTERS AND SYSTEMS. HERE'S THE BOTTOM LINE. THE MISSION ZERO ACT IS A WIN FOR BOTH CIVILIAN PATIENTS AND MILITARY TRAUMA DOCTORS. MR. SPEAKER, I AM GRATEFUL THAT THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION HAS FINALLY COME TO THE FLOOR. ALONG WITH MY FELLOW TEXAN, MR. GREEN GREEN, I INTRODUCE -- MR. GENE GREEN, I INTRODUCED THIS BILL IN 2016 FOLLOWING THAT PARTICULARLY TRAUMATIC INCIDENT THAT STRUCK SO CLOSE TO HOME. TEXAS IS NOT UNIQUE IN ITS NEED FOR THIS EXPERTISE. OVER THE LAST FEW MONTHS ALONE, OUR NATION HAS WITNESSED THE NEED FOR TRAUMA CARE HOSPITALS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. ONE SUCH INCIDENT WAS THE AMTRAK DERAILMENT NEAR DUPONT, WASHINGTON, ON DECEMBER 18, 2017. THAT INCIDENT RESULTED IN THREE PASSENGER FATALITIES AND 70 INJURIES OVER A BUSINESSY FREEWAY. AS -- BUSY FREEWAY. AS WE'VE SEEN HAVING EXPERIENCE TO TRAUMA CARE CAN BE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH FOR A CRITICALLY INJURED PATIENT. THERE IS NO DOUBT INTEGRATING MILITARY PHYSICIAN NOOSE THE TRAUMA AND DISASTER -- PHYSICIAN INTO THE TRAUMA AND DISASTER SYSTEM WILL HELP CIVILIAN PATIENTS. THIS WILL HELP OUR SERVICEMEN AND TRAUMA SYSTEM AND I THANK THE CO-SPONSORS FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE DIEAS FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF THIS -- DIAS FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION. QUITE SIMPLY, THE MISSION ZERO ACT IS COMMON SENSE AND I URGE MEMBERS TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS LIFE-SAVING LEGISLATION. I'LL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                  • 05:15:25 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN…

                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GENE GREEN, IS RECOGNIZED. .

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                  • 05:15:33 PM

                    MR. GREEN

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

                  • 05:15:37 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                  • 05:15:40 PM

                    MR. GREEN

                    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 8080, THE MILITARY INJURY -- THE MISSION…

                    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 8080, THE MILITARY INJURY -- THE MISSION ACT, TO ACHIEVE ZERO PREVENTION ACT, OR MISSION ZERO ACT. I'M PROUD TO HAVE WORKED CLOSELY WITH ENERGY AND COMMERCE SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIR, CHAIRMAN BURGESS, AND MY COLLEAGUES FROM FLORIDA AND NORTH CAROLINA, REPRESENTATIVE CASS TOR AND HUDSON, ON -- CASTOR AND HUDSON, ON THIS LEGISLATION. THIS WOULD HELP US MOVE TOWARD A TRAUMA SYSTEM THAT ACHIEVES THE GOAL OF ZERO PREVENTIVE TRAUMATIC DEATHS. WHETHER IN RESPONSE TO A GRUESOME SPORTS INJURY, A CAR ACCIDENT ON THE HIGHWAY, OR UNFORTUNATELY A TRAGIC EVENT LIKE THE RECENT SCHOOL SHOOTINGS IN PARKLAND, FLORIDA. AMERICANS OF ALL AGES AND BACKGROUNDS DEPEND ON THEIR TRAUMA CARE SYSTEM TO PROVIDE THE SERVICES NECESSARY TO SAVE LIVES AND PREVENT DISABILITY. THE MISSION ZERO ACT WILL HELP US ENSURE ACCESS TO QUALITY TRAUMA CARE BASED ON THE BEST AVAILABLE EVIDENCE, BY ESTABLISHING A GRANT PROGRAM TO ASSIST CIVILIAN TRAUMA CENTERS PARTNER WITH MILITARY TRAUMA PROFESSIONALS. THIS PARTNERSHIP WILL BENEFIT OUR CIVILIAN TRAUMA CENTERS BY INCREASING THE AVAILABILITY OF TRAUMA PROFESSIONALS TO SERVE IN TRAUMA CENTERS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. THIS PARTNERSHIP WILL BENEFIT OUR MILITARY TRAUMA SYSTEM BY ALLOWING TRAUMA PROFESSIONALS TO MAINTAIN THEIR TRAUMA CARE CAPABILITIES DURING TIMES OF PEACE AND HELP ENSURE THEIR PREPARE -- THEY'RE PREPARED TO MEET THE NEEDS OF OUR HEROES ON THE BATTLEFIELD. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND HELP ENSURE AMERICANS IN NEED OF TRAUMA SERVICES, WHETHER CIVILIAN OR ARMED FORCES, RECEIVE THE HIGHEST QUALITY OF CARE POSSIBLE. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                  • 05:17:18 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, IS RECOGNIZED.

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                  • 05:17:22 PM

                    MR. BURGESS

                    I'LL RESERVE AT THIS TIME.

                  • 05:17:25 PM

                    MR. GREEN

                    MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD THE TIME THAT SHE MAY CONSUME TO THE…

                    MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD THE TIME THAT SHE MAY CONSUME TO THE CO-SPONSOR OF THE BILL, CONGRESSWOMAN CASTOR, AND THANK OUR CO-SPONSORS OF THIS BILL -- OF THIS BILL FOR SERVING ON THIS COMMITTEE AND THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE.

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                  • 05:17:39 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    HOW MUCH TIME? THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS SHE…

                    HOW MUCH TIME? THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS SHE WISHES TO USE.

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                  • 05:17:45 PM

                    MR. CASTRO

                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN --

                  • 05:17:49 PM

                    MS. CASTOR

                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL AND I WOULD LIKE TO…

                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL AND I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MR. BURGESS AND GREEN AND HUDSON OF NORTH CAROLINA FOR SPONSORING THIS LEGISLATION WITH ME. THE MISSION ZERO ACT WILL ASSIST THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE IN ASSIGNING TRAUMA SURGEONS TO OUR CIVILIAN TRAUMA CENTERS. IT WILL HELP FILL THE GAP THAT WE CURRENTLY HAVE IN CARE THAT WAS RECENTLY EXAMINED BY THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES OF SCIENCES, ENGINEERING AND MEDICINE. THE MISSION ZERO ACT WILL ESTABLISH GRANT INITIATIVES FOR ELIGIBLE TRAUMA SYSTEMS, TO INCORPORATE FULL MILITARY TRAUMA TEAMS, OR AN INDIVIDUAL MILITARY TRAUMA PROVIDER INTO OUR HOSPITALS. THE ONES THAT HAVE BUSY EMERGENCY ROOMS. THIS MUTUALLY BENEFICIAL PARTNERSHIP WILL ALLOW CIVILIANS -- OUR CIVILIAN DOCTORS AND NURSES AND CARE PROVIDERS THE CHANCE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MILITARY BEST PRACTICES AND WILL GIVE OUR MILITARY TRAUMA CARE PROVIDERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO UTILIZE THEIR CUTTING-EDGE EXPERTISE WITHOUT LEAVING THE MILITARY. AND I HAVE SEEN THIS INITIATIVE IN ACTION ALREADY. BACK HOME IN TAMPA, AT THE TAMPA -- AT TAMPA GENERAL HOSPITAL, LOCATED JUST A FEW MILES DOWN THE ROAD FROM MCDILL AIR FORCE BASE, THAT IS HOME TO U.S. CENTRAL COMMAND, SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND AND THE SIXTH AIR MOBILITY WING, THEIR MOBILITY WING ALSO HAS -- IS HOME TO THE SIXTH MEDICAL GROUP. AND THEY -- SINCE ABOUT 2011 THEY HAVE HAD AN ONGOING PARTNERSHIP TO DO JUST WHAT THIS BILL PROVIDES. CREATE A LOT OF ENERGY AND SHARED EXPERTISE IN THE CIVILIAN TRAUMA CENTER AT TAMPA GENERAL HOSPITAL. AND BRING IN THE MILITARY SPECIALISTS SO THEY CAN CONTINUE TO HONE THEIR CARE-GIVING AND CRAFT. THEY USE NURSES, THEY USE SURGEONS, AND ALL SORTS OF SPECIALISTS. THE INITIATIVE ALLOWS MILITARY AND CIVILIAN MEDICAL TEAMS TO WORK IN THE MOST INTENSE TRAUMA ENVIRONMENTS. THAT IS OUR LEVEL ONE TRAUMA CENTER AND THEY TAKE CARE -- THEY TAKE VERY GOOD CARE OF FOLKS ALL ACROSS CENTRAL FLORIDA. THESE PARTNERSHIPS ARE VITAL FOR CONTINUED TRAINING FOR OUR COMMUNITY AND OUR MILITARY. AND I THANK DR. BURGESS AND MR. GREEN. YOU'RE DOING A GREAT SERVICE BY REPLICATING THIS IN OTHER TRAUMA CENTERS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. THE MISSION ZERO ACT IS ENDORSED BY THE AMERICAN CONGRESS OF NEUROLOGICAL SURGEONS, THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF EMERGENCY PHYSICIANS, THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS, AND THE TRAUMA CARE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA. AGAIN, I THANK DR. BURGESS, RANKING MEMBER GREEN, MR. HUDSON AND ALL OF MY ENERGY AND COMMERCE COLLEAGUES AND I URGE EVERYONE HERE IN THE HOUSE TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT BILL. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                  • 05:20:46 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA YIELDS BACK HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                    THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA YIELDS BACK HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN. RESERVES?

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                  • 05:20:52 PM

                    MR. GREEN

                    I RESERVE MY TIME.

                  • 05:20:54 PM

                    MR. BURGESS

                    I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS.

                  • 05:20:57 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

                  • 05:20:59 PM

                    MR. GREEN

                    I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

                  • 05:21:00 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                  • 05:21:03 PM

                    MR. BURGESS

                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT BILL. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO…

                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT BILL. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT AND I WILL YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                  • 05:21:08 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    BOTH SIDES HAVING YIELDED BACK THEIR TIME, THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE…

                    BOTH SIDES HAVING YIELDED BACK THEIR TIME, THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES, PASS THE BILL, H.R. 880 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                • 05:21:23 PM

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

                  • 05:21:30 PM

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

                    • 05:21:33 PM

                      Mr. Burgess moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 1222 — "To amend the Public Health Service Act to coordinate Federal congenital heart disease research efforts and to improve public education and awareness of congenital heart disease, and for other purposes."

                      • 05:21:35 PM

                        MR. BURGESS

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

                        MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 1222, AS AMENDED.

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                      • 05:21:40 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                      • 05:21:43 PM

                        THE CLERK

                        UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 239. H.R. 1222. A BILL TO AMEND THE PUBLIC HEALTH…

                        UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 239. H.R. 1222. A BILL TO AMEND THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE ACT TO COORDINATE FEDERAL CON GENITAL HEART DISEASE RESEARCH EFFORTS AND TO IMPROVE PUBLIC EDUCATION AND AWARENESS OF CON GENERAL GENITAL HEART DISEASE AND -- CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                    • 05:21:48 PM

                      Considered under suspension of the rules.

                    • 05:21:51 PM

                      DEBATE

                      The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1222.

                      • 05:22:03 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR.…

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BUREAU JELLS.

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                      • 05:22:10 PM

                        MR. BURGESS

                        THANK YOU, --

                      • 05:22:12 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS,

                      • 05:22:15 PM

                        MR. BURGESS

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

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS.

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                      • 05:22:20 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

                      • 05:22:21 PM

                        MR. BURGESS

                        I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

                      • 05:22:23 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                      • 05:22:25 PM

                        MR. BURGESS

                        IS RECOGNIZED.

                      • 05:22:49 PM

                        THIS BETO

                        INFANTS. THIS BETO: LEGISLATION ENHANCES -- THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION…

                        INFANTS. THIS BETO: LEGISLATION ENHANCES -- THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION ENHANCES RESEARCH AND AWARDS GRANTS TO FURTHER STUDY CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE AND DIRECTS THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH TO REPORT ON THEIR CURRENT RESEARCH EFFORTS IN THIS SPACE. MR. SPEAKER, I'LL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 05:23:09 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN, IS RECOGNIZED.

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                      • 05:23:15 PM

                        MR. GREEN

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

                      • 05:23:19 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                      • 05:23:20 PM

                        MR. GREEN

                        I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1222, THE CONGENITAL HEART FUTURES…

                        I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1222, THE CONGENITAL HEART FUTURES RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT, LED BY CONGRESSWOMAN BILIRAKIS AND -- CONGRESSMAN BILIRAKIS AND CONGRESSMAN SCHIFF OF CALIFORNIA. THIS RE-AUTHORIZES THE CON GENERAL GENITAL HEART -- CONGENITAL HEART FUTURES ACT. THIS ACT BUILDS ON THE SUCCESSES OF CURRENT EFFORTS BY CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION TO IMPROVE AND EXPAND RESEARCH, MONITORING, PUBLIC OUTREACH AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS RELATING TO CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE. THIS BILL REQUIRES THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH TO ISSUE A REPORT OUTLINING CURRENT AND FUTURE RESEARCH PLANS WITH RESPECT TO CON GENITAL HEART DISEASE -- CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE. EACH YEAR MORE THAN 40,000 BABIES ARE BORN IN THE UNITED STATES WITH A CONGENITAL HEART DEFECT. 1.4 MILLION ADULTS ARE CURRENTLY LIVING WITH DISORDERS. INDIVIDUALS LIVING WITH CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE OFTEN REQUIRE SPECIALIZED CARE. MORE RESEARCH AND -- MORE RESEARCH NEEDS TO BE DONE. THIS LEGISLATION WILL HELP EXPAND OUR UNDERSTANDING OF CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN AND HAS THE POTENTIAL TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF MILLIONS OF CHILDREN AND ADULTS LIVING WITH CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE IN AMERICA. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS MEASURE AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 05:24:48 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS.

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                      • 05:24:52 PM

                        MR. BURGESS

                        THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA,…

                        THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, THE PRINCIPAL AUTHOR OF THIS BILL.

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                      • 05:24:58 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

                      • 05:25:01 PM

                        MR. BILIRAKIS

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I APPRECIATE IT SO MUCH.…

                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I APPRECIATE IT SO MUCH. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1222, THE CONGENITAL HEART FUTURES RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT, WHICH WILL RE-AUTHORIZE, IT LEN SURE CONTINUED -- IT WILL ENSURE CONTINUED INVESTMENT IN SURVEILLANCE RESEARCH TO ASSESS THE LIFE-LONG NEEDS OF INDIVIDUALS WITH CONGENITAL HEART DEFECTS OR C.H.D. THESE SURVEILLANCE EFFORTS WILL HELP IMPROVE OUR UNDERSTANDING OF C.H.D. ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN, FROM BIRTH TO ADULTHOOD. THIS RESEARCH WILL HELP US LEARN MORE ABOUT DEMOGRAPHIC FACTORS SUCH AS AGE, RACE, GENDER OR ETHNICITY. IN ADDITION, THE LEGISLATION EMPHASIZES A NEED FOR CONTINUED BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH AT THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH ON THE DIAGNOSIS, TREATMENT AND PREVENTION OF C.H.D. N.I.H. WILL FURTHER RESEARCH INTO THE CAUSES OF CONGENITAL HEART DEFECTS, INCLUDING GENETIC CAUSES AND STUDY LONG-TERM OUTCOMES IN INDIVIDUALS WITH C.H.D. OF ALL AGELESS. N.I.H. MAY STUDY DATA TO IDENTIFY EFFECTIVE TREATMENTS AND OUTCOMES AND IDENTIFY BARRIERS TO LIFE-LONG CARE FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH CONGENITAL HEART DEFECTS. C.H.D. IS THE MOST COMMON BIRTH DEFECT AND THE LEADING CAUSE OF BIRTH DEFECT-RELATED INFANT MORTALITY. FOR THE DOWN SYNDROME COMMUNITY, ABOUT HALF OF THE CHILDREN BORN WITH DOWN SYNDROME HAVE C.H.D. IT IS A TRUE PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUE AS LATE NIGHT SHOW HOST JIMMY KIMMEL NOTED. IT DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE BY RACE, GENDER OR SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS. THE ROAD AHEAD MAY BE SCARY AND UNCERTAIN FOR ANY PARENT WITH A NEWBORN WHO HAS C.H.D., BUT THIS BILL HELPS GIVE HOPE TO THOSE COPING WITH THIS. NEARLY ONE IN 100 BABIES ARE BORN WITH C.H.D. AND MORE THAN 5% WILL NOT LIVE TO SEE THEIR FIRST BIRTHDAY, UNFORTUNATELY. WE HAVE TO CHANGE THAT. EVEN FOR THOSE WHO RECEIVE SUCCESSFUL INTERVENTION, IT IS NOT A CURE. WE HAVE TO CHANGE THAT. CHILDREN AND ADULTS BORN WITH C.H.D. REQUIRE ONGOING COSTLY SPECIALIZED CARDIAC CARE AND FACE A LIFE-LONG RISK OF PERMANENT -- PERMANENT DISABILITY AND PREMATURE DEATH. WE MUST CHANGE THAT. AS A RESULT, HEALTH CARE UTILIZATION AMONG THE C.H.D. POPULATION IS SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER THAN THE GENERAL POPULATION. IT IS ESTIMATED THAT COMPARED TO THEIR PEERS, THE MEDICAL COSTS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH CONGENITAL HEART DEFECTS ARE 10 TO 20 TIMES GREATER. HOSPITALIZATION COSTS FOR PEDIATRIC PATIENTS ALONE TOTAL MORE THAN $5.6 BILLION EACH YEAR, WHICH IS 15% OF ALL HOSPITALIZATION COSTS FOR PATIENTS 20 YEARS OF AGE AND YOUNGER. DESPITE ITS PREVALENCE AND SIGNIFICANCE, THERE ARE STILL GAPS IN RESEARCH AND STANDARDS OF CARE FOR C.H.D. PATIENTS. BUT FOR THE SAKE OF THE ESTIMATED 40,000 BABIES, MR. SPEAKER, WHO WILL BE BORN IN THE NEXT YEAR WITH C.H.D., THERE'S MORE WORK TO BE DONE. MR. SPEAKER, I BEGAN THIS JOURNEY ALMOST 10 YEARS AGO WITH THEN-CONGRESSMAN SPACE AND I. WE FIRST INTRODUCED THE CONGENITAL HEART FUTURES ACT. LAST CONGRESS, CONGRESSMAN SCHIFF AND I RE-INTRODUCED THE RE-AUTHORIZATION OF THE ORIGINAL BILL. DURING THAT TIME I MET A LOT OF PATIENTS WITH CONGENITAL HEART DEFECTS, ALONG THE WAY, AND I'VE BEEN TOUCHED BY THEIR STORY. PEOPLE LIKE TREY AND NICOLE FLYNN. A YOUNG FLORIDIAN COUPLE WHO LOST THEIR SON, HOLDEN, WHILE WAITING FOR A HEART TRANSPLANT. HE WAS ONLY 2 YEARS OLD. THIS BILL SUPPORTS THE ESSENTIAL RESEARCH NECESSARY TO MAKE SURE ANOTHER FAMILY DOESN'T HAVE TO LEAVE THE HOSPITAL WITHOUT THEIR CHILD IN THEIR ARMS. LUCAS, A YOUNG MAN BORN WITH A COMPLEX CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE THAT ESSENTIALLY LEFT HIM WITH A HALF A HEART. DESPITE HAVING THREE OPEN HEART SURGERIES, MR. SPEAKER, AND COUNTLESS DOCTOR VISITS AND MEDICAL PROCEDURES, LUCAS HAS HOPES AND DREAMS, LIKE EVERY OTHER CHILD. THIS BILL ENSURES THAT THE MEDICAL RESEARCH WILL KEEP THE PACE -- WILL KEEP PACE WITH THIS GENERATION AS THEY GROW TO BE ADULTS. . JACKSON --

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                      • 05:30:25 PM

                        MR. BURGESS

                        I YIELD AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS…

                        I YIELD AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                      • 05:30:28 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                      • 05:30:32 PM

                        MR. BILIRAKIS

                        JACKSON, BORN WITH HALF A HEART. HE HAS HYPOPLASNIC LEFT HEART SYNDROME…

                        JACKSON, BORN WITH HALF A HEART. HE HAS HYPOPLASNIC LEFT HEART SYNDROME WHICH MEANS THE LEFT SIDE OF HIS HEART WAS UNDERDEVELOPED. HE DEPENDED ON LIFE-SAVING RESEARCH TO HELP HIS FAILING HEART SURVIVE UNTIL HIS HEART TRANSPLANT AT AGE 11. HIS -- HE'S A TEENAGER NOW AND WILL LIVE HIS LIFE WITH A HIGH SENSITIVITY FOR HIS NEW HEART. NICHOLAS BASKIN, BORN WITH COMPLEX HEART DISEASE AND WASN'T GETTING BLOOD TO THE LOWER HALF OF HIS BODY, REQUIRING HEART SURGERY WHEN HE WAS JUST 2 DAYS OLD. HE'S NOW AT THE TOP OF HIS CLASS, AND THIS BILL WILL ENSURE THAT HIS FUTURE REMAINS BRIGHT AS HE 1/2 GATES THIS CHRONIC ILLNESS -- NAVIGATES THIS CHRONIC ILLNESS THROUGHOUT HIS ADULTHOOD. ABIGAIL ADAMS, A YOUNG ADVOCATE THAT I WILL AGAIN MEET TOMORROW, WITH DOWN SYNDROME. HALF OF THE BABIES WITH DOWN SYNDROME, MR. SPEAKER, HAVE A CONGENITAL HEART DEFECT. ABIGAIL CONTINUES TO ADVOCATE --

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                      • 05:31:51 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 SECONDS.

                      • 05:31:54 PM

                        MR. BILIRAKIS

                        WILL NOT OPEN NORMALLY, HE HAD EMERGENCY HEART SURGERY AT 2 DAYS OLD.…

                        WILL NOT OPEN NORMALLY, HE HAD EMERGENCY HEART SURGERY AT 2 DAYS OLD. ANOTHER CORRECTIVE SURGERY AT AGE 10, AND MANY HOSPITAL VISITS AND PROCEDURES IN THE MEANTIME. TODAY, AGAIN, WE'RE GIVING THESE CHILDREN HOPE. TODAY HE IS A HUSBAND AND A FATHER TO TWO KIDS, TRYING TO LIVE A NORMAL LIFE WITH ATREAL FLUTTER THAT REQUIRES ADDITIONAL SURGERIES. THIS BILL WILL CONTINUE THE SURVEILLANCE PROGRAM SO WE CAN COLLECT DATA ON CHILDREN AND ADULTS WITH CONGENITAL HEART PROBLEMS. I CAN GO ON AND ON, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH. AND LET'S PASS THIS GREAT BILL FOR OUR CHILDREN AND GIVE THEM HOPE. I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 05:32:53 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                        THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GENE GREEN.

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                      • 05:32:58 PM

                        MR. GREEN

                        MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. BUT I WANT TO THANK, ALSO, THE…

                        MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. BUT I WANT TO THANK, ALSO, THE CO-SPONSORS OF THE BILL, BOTH CONGRESSMAN SCHIFF AND A MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE, CONGRESSMAN BILIRAKIS, FOR INTRODUCING THIS RE-AUTHORIZATION BILL, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 05:33:14 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GENE GREEN, YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS…

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GENE GREEN, YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS.

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                      • 05:33:19 PM

                        MR. BURGESS

                        MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR.…

                        MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. CARTER, FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                      • 05:33:22 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                      • 05:33:25 PM

                        MR. CARTER

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

                        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE CONGENITAL HEART FUTURES RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT. THIS LEGISLATION WAS INTRODUCED BY MY COLLEAGUE AND GOOD FRIEND, MR. BILIRAKIS OF FLORIDA, TO ADDRESS THE VERY SERIOUS ISSUE. CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE IS THE LEADING CAUSE OF INFANT MORTALITY AND IS THE MOST COMMON BIRTH DEFECT FOUND IN YOUNG CHILDREN. THESE CHILDREN GROW UP FACING A WEALTH OF HEALTH ISSUES THAT WILL HAVE A TREMENDOUS IMPACT ON THEM FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES. THEY OFTEN REQUIRE SPECIALIZED CARE INCLUDING CARDIAC CARE AND ARE SUBJECTED TO A LIFETIME OF RISKS FOR DISABILITY OR PREMATURE DEATH. THIS LEGISLATION ENHANCES RESEARCH AND SURVEILLANCE AT THE C.D.C. TO ENSURE OUR MEDICAL COMMUNITY AND THE RESEARCH TO SUPPORT THEIR EFFORTS TO THE BEST AVAILABLE FOR TREATMENT. IT ALSO ESTABLISHES GRANT TO FURTHER STUDY CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE SO WE CAN BETTER COMBAT THIS DISEASE AND THE HARM IT CAUSES IN SO MANY PEOPLE'S LIVES. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A TERRIBLE DISEASE THAT LEAVES PEOPLE NEVER KNOWING WHEN IT COULD STRIKE. LIKE OTHER DISEASES, WE NEED TO BETTER UNDERSTAND HOW IT DEVELOPS AND IMPACTS PEOPLE SO WE HAVE A BETTER CHANCE OF FIGHTING IT AND SAVING LIVES. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE FOR GETTING THIS LEGISLATION PASSED THROUGH THE COMMITTEE AND I SUPPORT ITS PASSAGE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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                      • 05:34:41 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS.

                      • 05:34:43 PM

                        MR. BURGESS

                        MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME, HAVING NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, THE GENTLEMAN HAS…

                        MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME, HAVING NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, THE GENTLEMAN HAS YIELDED BACK, I'LL YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 05:34:50 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        BOTH SIDES HAVING YIELDED BACK THEIR TIME, THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE…

                        BOTH SIDES HAVING YIELDED BACK THEIR TIME, THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 1222, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE --

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                      • 05:35:03 PM

                        MR. GREEN

                        MR. SPEAKER, COULD WE HAVE A ROLL CALL VOTE?

                      • 05:35:05 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS.

                      • 05:35:07 PM

                        MR. BURGESS

                        I'D LIKE TO REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

                      • 05:35:09 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                        THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION ARE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK, MR. BURGESS, SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                      • 05:35:19 PM

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

                        • 05:35:35 PM

                          MR. BURGESS

                          MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2410.

                      • 05:35:35 PM

                        Mr. Burgess moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 2410 — "To amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize a sickle cell disease prevention and treatment demonstration program and to provide for sickle cell disease research, surveillance, prevention, and treatment."

                        • 05:35:39 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                        • 05:35:42 PM

                          THE CLERK

                          UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 258, H.R. 2410, A BILL TO AMEND THE PUBLIC HEALTH…

                          UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 258, H.R. 2410, A BILL TO AMEND THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE ACT TO RE-AUTHORIZE A SICKLE CELL DISEASE PREVENTION AND TREATMENT DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM AND TO PROVIDE FOR SICKLE CELL DISEASE RESEARCH, SURVEILLANCE, PREVENTION, AND TREATMENT.

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                      • 05:35:50 PM

                        Considered under suspension of the rules.

                      • 05:35:52 PM

                        DEBATE

                        The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2410.

                        • 05:35:58 PM

                          TEMPORE PURSUANT

                          PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, AND THE…

                          PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GENE GREEN, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS.

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                        • 05:36:07 PM

                          MR. BURGESS

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

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

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                        • 05:36:16 PM

                          TEMPORE WITHOUT

                          WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

                        • 05:36:17 PM

                          MR. BURGESS

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

                        • 05:36:21 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE WISHES TO USE.

                        • 05:36:24 PM

                          MR. BURGESS

                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 2410, THE SICKLE CELL…

                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 2410, THE SICKLE CELL DISEASE RESEARCH, SURVEILLANCE, PREVENTION, AND TREATMENT ACT OF 2017, INTRODUCED BY OUR COLLEAGUE, REPRESENTATIVE DANNY DAVIS OF ILLINOIS, AND THIS RE-AUTHORIZES THE SICKLE CELL DISEASE PREVENTION AND TREATMENT DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM. SICKLE CELL DISEASE CAUSES BLOCKAGES OF SMALL VESSELS LEADING TO VARIOUS HEALTH COMPLICATIONS. BY IMPROVING RESEARCH, SURVEILLANCE, PREVENTION, AND TREATMENT, ALONG WITH ENHANCES COLLABORATION WITH COMMUNITY-BASED ENTITIES FOCUSING ON SICKLE CELL DISEASE, THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION WILL HELP IMPROVE OUTCOMES IN PATIENTS SUFFERING FROM THIS INHERITED BLOOD DISORDER WHICH CURRENTLY AFFECTS ONE IN 500 AFRICAN-AMERICAN BIRTHS. MR. SPEAKER, I'LL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                        • 05:37:15 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GENE GREEN.

                        • 05:37:20 PM

                          MR. GREEN

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

                        • 05:37:24 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE WISHES TO USE.

                        • 05:37:27 PM

                          MR. GREEN

                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2410, THE SICKLE CELL DISEASE…

                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2410, THE SICKLE CELL DISEASE RESEARCH, SURVEILLANCE, PREVENTION AND TREATMENT ACT, INTRODUCED BY CONGRESSMAN DANNY DAVIS OF ILLINOIS, AND ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN BRURGE BURJESS. SICKLE CELL IS WHERE RED BLOOD CELLS AND HAVE A C SHAPE. WHEN THEY TRAVEL THROUGH THE BLOOD VESSELS THEY CAN GET STUCK AND CLOG THE BLOOD FLOW. IT OFTEN OCCURS EXTREME PAIN AND OTHER HEALTH PROBLEMS INCLUDING INFECTIONS, LUNG-RELATED COMPLICATIONS, AND STROKE. 100,000 AMERICANS ARE LIVING WITH SICKLE CELL DISEASE TODAY. THESE INDIVIDUALS NEED COMPREHENSIVE TREATMENT THROUGHOUT THEIR LIVES IN ORDER TO MANAGE THEIR SYMPTOMS AND PREVENT THEIR DISEASE FROM WORSENING WHICH REQUIRES A ROBUST NETWORK OF PROVIDERS AVAILABLE TO TREAT SICKLE CELL PATIENTS AT EVERY STAGE OF LIFE. H.R. 2410 WOULD RE-AUTHORIZE THE SICKLE CELL DISEASE TREATMENT DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM, ALLOWING DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES TO INVEST CRITICAL RESOURCES IN RESEARCH, SURVEILLANCE, AND PUBLIC HEALTH INITIATIVES FOR SICKLE CRL DISEASE. THESE WILL HELP -- CELL DISEASE. THIS WILL HELP IMPROVE TREATMENT OF SICKLE CELL PATIENTS OF ALL AGES. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                        • 05:38:48 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS,…

                          THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, RESERVES HIS TIME. SO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GENE GREEN, IS RECOGNIZED.

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                        • 05:38:57 PM

                          MR. GREEN

                          I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE SPONSOR OF THIS BILL, CONGRESSMAN DANNY DAVIS…

                          I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE SPONSOR OF THIS BILL, CONGRESSMAN DANNY DAVIS OF ILLINOIS.

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                        • 05:39:02 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

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                          MR. DAVIS

                          THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. LET ME JUST FIRST OF ALL COMMEND REPRESENTATIVE…

                          THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. LET ME JUST FIRST OF ALL COMMEND REPRESENTATIVE BURGESS, CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE, AND MR. GREEN, AS WELL AS REPRESENTATIVE BUTTERFIELD, AND ALL OF THE MEMBERS OF ENERGY AND COMMERCE FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP IN BRINGING THIS BILL TO THIS POINT AT THIS MOMENT. AS WE JUST HEARD, SICKLE CELL DISEASE IS AN INHERITED BLOOD DISORDER CHARACTERIZED BY AFFECTED BLOOD CELLS THAT MUTATE INTO THE SHAPE OF A CRESCENT OF SICKLE AND AS SUCH THESE CELLS ARE UNABLE TO PASS THROUGH SMALL BLOOD VESSELS. IT'S A RECESSIVE GENETIC CONDITION THAT OCCURS WHEN A CHILD INHERITS TWO SICKLE CELGENES OR TRAITS FROM EACH -- CELL GENES OR TRAITS FROM EACH PARENT. THE COMPLICATIONS FROM THIS DISEASE ARE EXTREME. ACCORDING TO THE SICKLE CELL DISEASE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA, WITH WHOM WE HAVE WORKED FOR MANY YEARS, HAVE STUDIED AND REPORTED THAT COMMON COMPLICATIONS WITH THIS DISEASE INCLUDE -- EARLY CHILDHOOD DEATH FROM INFECTION, STROKE IN YOUNG CHILDREN AND ADULTS, LUNG PROBLEMS SIMILAR TO PNEUMONIA, CHRONIC DANG TO ORGANS, INCLUDING THE KID -- CHRONIC DAMAGE TO ORGANS, INCLUDING THE KIDNEY, AND PULMONARY HYPERTENSION AND SEVERE EPISODES. IN FACT, PAIN EPISODES ARE A HALLMARK OF SICKLE CELL DISEASE. THEY ARE UNPREDICTABLE IN MANY WAYS. BOTH THE TIME AND WHEN THEY OCCUR, HOW SEVERE THEY WILL BE AND HOW LONG THEY WILL LAST. FOR THOSE WITH THE DISEASE, THESE DEVASTATING PAIN EPISODES CAN START AS EARLY AS 6 MONTHS OF AGE AND CAN SPAN A LIFETIME, IMPACTING SCHOOL ATTENDANCE AND PARTICIPATION IN THE WORK FORCE. IN FACT, THESE PAIN CRISIS CONTRIBUTES SIGNIFICANTLY TO THE 200,000 EMERGENCY ROOM VISITS COLLECTIVELY MADE BY SUFFERERS OF SICKLE CELL DISEASE EACH YEAR IN OUR COUNTRY. A TYPICAL CRISIS WILL RESULT IN A HOSPITAL STAY OF SIX TO 10 DAYS. MR. CHAIRMAN, WE'VE MADE A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF PROGRESS IN THE TREATMENT, RESEARCH, AND EFFECTIVE WAYS OF DEALING WITH THIS DISEASE. I NOTE THAT MORE THAN 20 YEARS AGO I WORKED WITH THE PROJECT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS RUNNING A SICKLE CELL EDUCATION PROJECT. AND I'VE SEEN MUCH OF THAT PROGRESS THAT WE TALKED ABOUT, BUT WE STILL HAVE A LONG WAYS TO GO. THERE ARE STILL TREMENDOUS NEED FOR RESEARCH. THERE'S NEED FOR ADDITIONAL TREATMENT. AGAIN, I THANK ALL THOSE WHO DEMONSTRATED SUPPORT FOR THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. I URGE ITS PASSAGE AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                        • 05:42:23 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GENE GREEN, RESERVES, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, CONTINUES TO RESERVE.

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                        • 05:42:32 PM

                          MR. GREEN

                          MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO OUR COLLEAGUE ON THE…

                          MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO OUR COLLEAGUE ON THE COMMITTEE, CONGRESSMAN BUTTERFIELD, WHICH I CALL JUDGE JUST LIKE I DO YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE BOTH FORMER DISTRICT JUDGES.

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                        • 05:42:46 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES. HARRISON BUTKER THANK YOU…

                          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES. HARRISON BUTKER THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I --

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                        • 05:42:54 PM

                          MR. BUTTERFIELD

                          THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2410, THE…

                          THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2410, THE SICKLE CELL DISEASE RESEARCH, SURVEILLANCE, PREVENTION, AND TREATMENT ACT. I WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE DAVIS AND MR. BURGESS. MR. DAVIS IN THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, CITY OF CHICAGO. AND MY FRIEND, DR. BURGESS FROM TEXAS, THANK BOTH OF YOU FOR YOUR INCREDIBLE WORK. I HAVE BEEN A LIFETIME ADVOCATE, MR. SPEAKER, FOR ADDRESSING SICKLE CELL DISEASE, AND I AM PROUD -- I AM PROUD TO CO-SPONSOR THIS BILL. I HAVE DONE SO IN PREVIOUS CONGRESSES. SICKLE CELL DISEASE IS THE MOST COMMON GENETIC BLOOD DISORDER. IT AFFECTS APPROXIMATELY 100,000 INDIVIDUALS, PRIMARILY AFRICAN-AMERICANS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. SICKLE CELL DISEASE AWARENESS IS SIGNIFICANT TO ME FOR MANY REASONS. ONE, BECAUSE THIS DISORDER AFFECTS MANY OF MY CONSTITUENTS IN NORTH CAROLINA. IT'S SIGNIFICANT, MR. SPEAKER, BECAUSE I HAD A DEAR COUSIN WHOSE NAME WAS RUBY BUTTERFIELD, WHO IN 1972 PASSED AWAY FROM THIS DISEASE IN FLORIDA. PEOPLE WITH SICKLE CELL DISEASE HAVE RED BLOOD CELLS WITH ABNORMAL TYPES OF HEMOGLOBIN, OFTEN CAUSING ANEMIA AND JAUNDICE AND THE FORMATION OF GAL STONES. WHAT IS TRULY FRIGHTENING IS SICKLE CELL DISEASE DOES NOT HAVE A OCCUR. THE MOST WIDELY USED TREATMENT FOR SICKLE CELL DISEASE WAS MODERN MEDICINE FROM 20 YEARS AGO THAT CAN REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF EPISODES BUT DOES NOT LIMIT THEM OR THEIR SEVERITY. THE HEALTH CHALLENGES FACING PEOPLE WITH SICKLE CELL DISEASE ARE ENORMOUS. THE DISEASE IS WIDESPREAD. THE CONSEQUENCES CAN BE DIRE. AND THAT'S WHY THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS AND THE HEALTH BRAIN TRUST OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS HAVE MADE THESE A PRIORITY IN OUR AGENDA OVER THE YEARS UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF ROBIN KELLY, ALSO OF CHICAGO, ILLINOIS. PEOPLE WITH SICKLE CELL DISEASE HAVE A MUCH SHORTER LIFE EXPECTANCIES WITH MEDIAN AGE OF MALES OF 33 YEARS AND FEMALES 36 YEARS. THESE PATIENTS ARE ALSO MORE LIKELY TO HAVE ADDITIONAL HEALTH COMPLICATIONS, INCLUDING STROKE AND BLOOD CLOTS, LOSS OF VISION, AND LUNG AND KIDNEY FAILURE. THERE ARE APPROXIMATELY 4,400 PEOPLE WITH SICKLE CELL DISEASE IN NORTH CAROLINA, AND I AM SURE THAT, MR. SPEAKER, IN THE STATE OF TEXAS, IT MAY BE EVEN MORE. MY HOPE IS THAT SOMEDAY THERE WILL BE NONE. THAT IS WHY WE MUST RE-AUTHORIZE THE SICKLE CELL DISEASE TREATMENT DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM TO ENABLE THE SECRETARY OF H.H.S. TO SUPPORT RESEARCH TO INCREASE OUR UNDERSTANDING OF THE DISEASE AND CREATE A GRANT PROGRAM TO STUDY THE PREVALENCE OF SICKLE CELL AND IDENTIFY WAYS TO PREVENT AND TREAT SICKLE CELL DISEASE EFFECTIVELY. 65% OF INDIVIDUALS WITH THIS DISEASE IN NORTH CAROLINA HAVE AT LEAST ONE EMERGENCY ROOM VISIT PER YEAR. THAT IS NO WAY TO LIVE, AND I'M SURE DR. BURGESS, WHEN HE PRACTICED MEDICINE IN HIS HOME STATE, SAW MANY, MANY PATIENTS WHO WERE SIMILARLY SITUATED. WE SHOULD DO ALL WE CAN TO HELP IMPROVE PATIENT'S LIVES, ADVANCE TREATMENT, AND FIND A CURE. I'M GRATEFUL FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO MOVE THIS BILL THROUGH THE HOUSE AND I HOPE THAT MY COLLEAGUES WILL JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING IT. I THANK YOU, DR. BURGESS, I THANK YOU, MR. DAVIS, AND I THANK YOU, MR. GREEN, ALL OF YOU GENTLEMEN HAVE DONE GREAT WORK IN THIS SPACE. I YIELD BACK. .

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                        • 05:46:34 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                        • 05:46:38 PM

                          MR. GREEN

                          I RESERVE, MR. SPEAKER.

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                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS.

                        • 05:46:41 PM

                          MR. BURGESS

                          I HAVE NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS. I'LL RESERVE MY TIME TO CLOSE.

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                          TEMPORE CONTINUES

                          CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN.

                        • 05:46:52 PM

                          MR. GREEN

                          I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

                        • 05:46:54 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

                        • 05:46:55 PM

                          MR. BURGESS

                          I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME, MR. SPEAKER. THE LEGISLATIVE…

                          I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME, MR. SPEAKER. THE LEGISLATIVE HEARING THAT WE HAD ON THIS BILL, IT'S BEEN NOW SEVERAL MONTHS AGO, BUT I WAS SURPRISED TO LEARN AT THAT LEGISLATIVE HEARING THAT THERE HAD NOT BEEN A NEW F.D.A.-APPROVED TREATMENT FOR SICKLE CELL IN 40 YEARS. MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT MAY HAVE CHANGED RECENTLY. BUT THAT IS WAY TOO LONG. WE DO NEED TO IMPROVE RESEARCH, SURVEILLANCE, PREVENTION AND TREATMENT. AND REALLY TAKE CARE OF THOSE PATIENTS THAT ARE SUFFERING WITH THIS DISEASE. IT'S A GOOD BILL. I THANK MR. DAVIS FOR BRINGING IT TO OUR ATTENTION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND URGE PASSAGE OF THE BILL.

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                        • 05:47:34 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. BOTH SIDES HAVING…

                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. BOTH SIDES HAVING YIELDED BACK THEIR TIME, THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 2410, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                        • 05:48:04 PM

                          MR. BURGESS

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

                          MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 2422, AS AMENDED.

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                      • 05:48:09 PM

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

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                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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

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                            THE CLERK

                            UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 238. H.R. 2422. A BILL TO AMEND THE PUBLIC HEALTH…

                            UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 238. H.R. 2422. A BILL TO AMEND THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE ACT, TO IMPROVE THE CENTRAL ORAL HEALTH CARE FOR LOW INCOME AND OTHER UNDERSERVED INDIVIDUALS BY BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS TO CARE AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                        • 05:48:15 PM

                          Mr. Burgess moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 2422 — "To amend the Public Health Service Act to improve essential oral health care for low-income and other underserved individuals by breaking down barriers to care, and for other purposes."

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                            Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                              TEMPORE PURSUANT

                              PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, AND THE…

                              PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GENE GREEN, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BUREAU JELLS.

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                        • 05:48:28 PM

                          DEBATE

                          The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2422.

                          • 05:48:38 PM

                            MR. BURGESS

                            MR. SPEAKER, I --

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS.

                          • 05:48:43 PM

                            MR. BURGESS

                            MR. SPEAKER, I ASK ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I ASK ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 05:48:53 PM

                            MR. BURGESS

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2422, THE ACTION…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2422, THE ACTION FOR DENTAL HEALTH ACT OF 2017. INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVE ROBIN KELLY. THE BILL RE-AUTHORIZES THE ORAL HEALTH PROMOTION AND DISEASE PREVENTION PROGRAMS AT THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION, AND PERMITS THE C.D.C. TO AWARD GRANTS OR ENTER INTO CONTRACTS WITH STAKEHOLDERS, TO DEVELOP PROJECTS, TO IMPROVE ORAL HEALTH EDUCATION AND DENTAL DISEASE PREVENTION. THE BILL ALSO RE-AUTHORIZES GRANTS TO STATES, TO SUPPORT ORAL HEALTH WORK FORCE ACTIVITIES AND PERMIT STATES TO ESTABLISH DENTAL HOMES, MOBILE OR PORTABLE DENTAL CLINICS, AND INITIATIVES TO REDUCE THE USE OF EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS BY PATIENTS SEEKING DENTAL SERVICES, AND INITIATIVES TO PROVIDE DENTAL CARE TO NURSING HOME RESIDENTS. GOOD ORAL HEALTH IS AN IMPORTANT COMPONENT OF GOOD OVERALL HEALTH. AND THIS BILL TAKES IMPORTANT STEPS TO HELP IMPROVE THE DENTAL CARE IN UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'LL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            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 TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                          • 05:50:08 PM

                            MR. GREEN

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

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            MR. GREEN

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2422 THE ACTION FOR DENTAL HEALTH…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2422 THE ACTION FOR DENTAL HEALTH ACT SPONSORED BY MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSWOMAN ROBIN KELLY OF ILLINOIS. FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS, AFFORDABLE DENTAL CARE IS HARD TO FIND AND DESPERATELY NEEDED. ACCORDING TO THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION, NEARLY HALF OF ALL INDIVIDUALS IN OUR COUNTRY OVER THE AGE OF 30 SUFFER FROM SOME FORM OF GUM DISEASE. ONE IN FOUR CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 5 ALREADY HAVE CAVITIES. THE LACK OF BASIC ORAL HEALTH SERVICES IN SOME COMMUNITIES TODAY LEADS MANY AMERICANS TO DELAY TREATMENT TO THE POINT THAT THE PAIN IS SO SEVERE THEY RUSH TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM, WHERE THEY RECEIVE EXPENSIVE TREATMENT FOR COMMON DENTAL ISSUES. DENTAL CARE IS NECESSARY FOR MORE THAN COSMETIC REASONS. GOOD ORAL HEALTH IS VITAL TO A PERSON'S OVERALL HEALTH. BAD ORAL HEALTH CAN BE A SIGN OF LARGER HEALTH ILLNESSES. INCREASING ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE DENTAL CARE WOULD LOWER THE NUMBER OF EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT VISITS FOR PREVENTABLE ORAL CARE CONDITIONS AND REDUCE THE RISK OF CHRONIC DISEASE. THE ACTION FOR DENTAL HEALTH ACT WILL MAKE GRANTS AVAILABLE THROUGH THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION AND THE HEALTH AND RESOURCES AND SERVICES ADMINISTRATION PROGRAM TO IMPROVE ORAL HEALTH FOR UNDERSERVED POPULATIONS. THIS LEGISLATION WILL MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR GROUPS SUCH AS STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENTS, NONPROFIT DENTAL SOCIETIES, TO RECEIVE FUNDING FOR CRITICAL SERVICES. THESE SERVICES MAY INCLUDE PROVIDING DENTAL SERVICES TO NURSING HOME RESIDENT, OPERATING A MOBILE DENTAL CLINIC, OR IMPLEMENTING BE A EMERGENCY ROOM PROGRAM SO PATIENTS CAN RECEIVE DENTAL CARE IN THE DENTIST'S CHAIR INSTEAD OF THE E.R. I THANK THE BILL'S SPONSOR FOR THEIR -- BILL'S SPONSORS FOR THEIR BIPARTISAN WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, RESERVES HIS TIME.

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                          • 05:52:07 PM

                            MR. GREEN

                            MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME TO OUR…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME TO OUR COLLEAGUE AND SPONSOR OF THIS BILL, CONGRESSWOMAN KELLY.

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                          • 05:52:15 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS SHE WISHES…

                            THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS SHE WISHES TO USE.

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                          • 05:52:20 PM

                            MS. KELLY

                            THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN BURGESS AND RANKING MEMBER GREEN. AS FEBRUARY'S…

                            THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN BURGESS AND RANKING MEMBER GREEN. AS FEBRUARY'S NATIONAL CHILDREN'S DENTAL HEALTH MONTH DRAWS TO A CLOSE, I THANK CHAIRMAN WALDEN AND RANKING MEMBER PALLONE FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP IN MAKING SURE THAT THIS BILL CAME TO THE FLOOR TODAY. IT HAS BEEN A TREMENDOUS HONOR TO WORK WITH MY COLLEAGUE, MR. SIMPSON OF IDAHO, IN MOVING THIS LEGISLATION THAT I AM INTENSELY PASSIONATE ABOUT, THE ACTION FOR DENTAL HEALTH ACT. I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT WHILE MEMBERS OF THIS CHAMBER MAY NOT ALWAYS SEE EYE-TO-EYE ON MATTERS OF HEALTH POLICY, I'M PROUD THAT MY COLLEAGUES WERE ABLE TO WORK TOGETHER IN A CONSTRUCTIVE, COMPASSIONATE, CONSIDERATE WAY TO ADDRESS A CRITICAL PUBLIC HEALTH MATTER OF IMPROVING ORAL HEALTH IN AMERICA. MR. CHAIRMAN, ALL AMERICANS DESERVE A HEALTHY SMILE, BUT SADLY EACH YEAR TENS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS FOREGO NEEDED OREL HEALTH CARE DUE TO -- ORAL HEALTH CARE DUE FOREST, FEAR, LANGUAGE OR CULTURAL BARRIERS, OR THE -- DUE TO FEAR, LANGUAGE OR CULTURAL BARRIERS. GOING TO THE DENTIST CAN TELL A LOT ABOUT YOUR OVERALL HEALTH, INCLUDING WHETHER OR NOT YOU MAY BE DEVELOPING A DISEASE LIKE DIABETES OR YOU'RE AT RISK FOR A STROKE. 50 MILLION AMERICANS LIVE IN PLACES WITH LIMITED ACCESS TO DENTAL CARE AND ECONOMICALLY VULNERABLE ADULTS ARE ALMOST TWICES A LIKELY TO HAVE HAD NO DENTAL CARE -- TWICE AS LIKELY TO HAVE HAD NO DENTAL CARE IN PREVIOUS YEARS THAN UPPER AND MIDDLE INCOME BRACKETS. DENTAL PROBLEMS ARE A LEADING CAUSE OF SCHOOL ABSENCES FOR KIDS AND PARENTS. ORAL HEALTH HAS A DIRECT RELATIONSHIP WITH SCHOOL PERFORMANCE. KIDS WHO REPORTED HAVING RECENT TOOTH PAIN WERE FOUR TIMES MORE LIKELY TO HAVE A LOW GRADE POINT AVERAGE. BELOW THE MEDIAN G.P.A. OF 2.8. WHEN COMPARED TO CHILDREN WITHOUT ORAL PAIN, ACCORDING TO A STUDY BY THE SCHOOL OF DEN TERRORISTRY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA -- DENTISTRY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. MY BILL IMPROVES ORAL HEALTH FOR AMERICANS BY BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS TO CARE. IT ALLOWS ORGANIZATIONS TO EQUAL FEW -- QUALIFY FOR ORAL HEALTH GRANTS TO SUPPORT ACTIVITIES THAT IMPROVE ORAL HEALTH EDUCATION AND DENTAL DISEASE PREVENTION. THIS INCLUDES DEVELOPING AND EXPANDING OUTREACH PROGRAMS THAT WILL FACILITATE ESTABLISHING DENTAL HOMES FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS, INCLUDING THE ELDERLY, BLIND AND DISABLED. THE ACTION FOR DENTAL HEALTH ACT HAS RECEIVES THE ENDORSEMENT OF THE AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION THE NATIONAL DENTAL ASSOCIATION, THE AMERICAN DENTAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION, AND A BIPARTISAN COALITION OF OUR CONGRESSIONAL COLLEAGUES. ON THE FINAL NOTE, I'D LIKE TO THANK THE STAFF OF ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, MIA KEYS ON MY STAFF, JAMIE MCNEAL WITH CONGRESSMAN SIMPSON, AND ALSO DR. CHERYL WATSON LOWERY, WHO CAME TO TESTIFY ON BEHALF OF THE BILL. IN WORKING TOGETHER TO HELP SHERPPED THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY -- SHEPHERD THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY. I AM A TRUE BELIEVER IN THE POWER OF BIPARTISANSHIP IN HELPING THE LIVES OF FAMILIES WE REPRESENT. WORKING WITH ALL OF YOU HAS TRULY STRENGTHENED MY BELIEF IN THAT POWER. WITH THAT, I YIELD. THANK YOU.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                            THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN, IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            MR. GREEN

                            WE HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY…

                            WE HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS, MR. 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. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BUREAU JELLS.

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                          • 05:55:43 PM

                            MR. BURGESS

                            MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS --

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS.

                          • 05:55:46 PM

                            MR. BURGESS

                            MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A GOOD BILL. I URGE PASSAGE OF THE BILL.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                            THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 2422 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, --

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                          • 05:56:00 PM

                            MR. BURGESS

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                            MR. BURGESS

                            MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                            THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS -- SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                          • 05:56:12 PM

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

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                              Mr. Burgess moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended. H. Res. 443 — "Recognizing the importance and effectiveness of trauma-informed care."

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                                MR. BURGESS

                                I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 443, AS AMENDED.

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                                THE CLERK

                                HOUSE RESOLUTION 443. RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING THE IMPORTANCE AND…

                                HOUSE RESOLUTION 443. RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING THE IMPORTANCE AND EFFECTIVENESS OF TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE.

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                            • 05:56:48 PM

                              Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                              DEBATE

                              The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Res. 443.

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                                TEMPORE PURSUANT

                                PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, AND THE…

                                PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GENE GREEN, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS.

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                                MR. BURGESS

                                MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE DEATHIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO -- LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN…

                                MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE DEATHIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO -- LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INSERT EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS INTO THE RECORD ON THE RESOLUTION.

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                              • 05:57:13 PM

                                TEMPORE WITHOUT

                                WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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                                MR. BURGESS

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

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                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                MR. BURGESS

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE IN SUPPORT OF REPRESENTATIVE MIKE…

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE IN SUPPORT OF REPRESENTATIVE MIKE GALLAGHER'S H.RES. 443, WHICH RECOGNIZES THE IMPORTANCE AND EFFECTIVENESS OF TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE. ACCORDING TO THE SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION, TRAUMA RESULTS FROM AN EVENT OR SERIES OF EVENTS THAT CAUSES INTENSE PHYSICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL STRESS REACTIONS. THE INDIVIDUAL'S FUNCTIONING AND EMOTIONAL, PHYSICAL, SOCIAL AND SPIRITUAL HEALTH CAN BE SEVERELY AFFECTED. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT HEALTH PROVIDERS UNDERSTAND THE NATURE AN IMPACT OF TRAUMA, WHEN CARING FOR THEIR PATIENTS. H.RES. 443 HIGHLIGHTS THE WORK OF STATES IN TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE AND ENCOURAGES THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO BUILD ON THE STATE'S MOMENTUM BY IDENTIFYING OPPORTUNITIES TO IMBED THIS APPROACH TO CARE WITHIN CURRENT FEDERAL HEALTH OPERATIONS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE RECOGNITION. I'LL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GENE GREEN.

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                                MR. GREEN

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

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                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE WISHES TO USE.

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                                MR. GREEN

                                MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.RES. 443, RECOGNIZING THE IMPORTANCE…

                                MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.RES. 443, RECOGNIZING THE IMPORTANCE AND EFFECTIVENESS OF TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE SPONSORED BY CONGRESSWOMAN GALLAGHER OF WISCONSIN AND CONGRESSMAN DAVIS OF ILLINOIS. THIS RESOLUTION RECOGNIZES THE IMPORTANT ROLE THAT TRAUMA PLAYS IN HEALTH AND LIFE SITUATIONS WITH THE IMPORTANCE OF DEPLOYING TRAUMA-INFORMED PROTOCOLS TO RESPOND TO TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCES. RESEARCH SHOWS THAT TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCES ARE ASSOCIATED WITH BEHAVIORAL HEALTH. AND CHRONIC PHYSICAL HEALTH CONDITIONS SUCH AS SUBSTANCE ABUSE DISORDERS, MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS, AND HEART DISEASE. TRAUMA EXPERIENCES SUCH AS PHYSICAL OR SEXUAL ABUSE, NEGLECT, BULLYING, COMMUNITY-BASED VIOLENCE, NATURAL DISASTER GIVE RISE TO THESE NEGATIVE HEALTH CONSEQUENCES. BECAUSE OF THE HARMFUL CONSEQUENCES OF TRAUMA, IMPORTANT THAT OUR HEALTH SYSTEM -- IN OUR HEALTH SYSTEM TO DEPLOY TRAUMA-INFORMED PROTOCOLS. THIS REQUIRES THE IMPORTANCE OF FEDERAL AGENCIES DEPLOYING TRAUMA-INFORMED QUESTIONNAIRE TO -- CARE TO ENSURE THAT LOCAL CARE PROVIDERS ARE APPROPRIATELY ENGAGING WITH INDIVIDUALS WITH HISTORIES OF TRAUMA AND IMPLEMENTING STRATEGIES TO INTERVENE ON THE NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES OF TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS RESOLUTION AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              • 05:59:41 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS.

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                              • 05:59:46 PM

                                MR. BURGESS

                                MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. GALLAGHER, PRINCIPAL AUTHOR OF THIS BILL, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. GAG GAG THANK…

                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. GAG GAG THANK YOU, --

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                              • 05:59:57 PM

                                MR. GALLEGLY

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS A GREAT --

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                                MR. GALLAGHER

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS A GREAT DAY FOR CARE GIVERS IN MY HOME…

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS A GREAT DAY FOR CARE GIVERS IN MY HOME STATE OF WISCONSIN AND ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. HOUSE RESOLUTION 443 RECOGNIZES THE IMPORTANCE OF TRAUMA INFORMED CARE TO INDIVIDUAL WELLNESS, TO THE EFFICACY OF CARE, AND IMPROVED QUALITY OF LIFE FOR THOSE WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED TRAUMA. PASSAGE OF THIS RESOLUTION DEMONSTRATES THAT THIS BODY BELIEVES IN THE POWER THAT TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE CAN HAVE IN HELPING CHILDREN, FAMILIES AND ADULTS OVERCOME TRAUMA AND LEAD HEALTHY LIVES. . FROM VETERANS REINTEGRATING INTO SOCIETY TO SURVIVORS OF CHILDHOOD ABUSE MANY CAN BENEFIT FROM THE PRINCIPLES OF TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE. BY RECOGNIZING AND SENSE TIFFLY ADDRESSING THE IMPACTS OF TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCES WE CAN BUILD STRONGER AND MORE RESILIENT COMMUNITIES. WE ALL WANT TO ADDRESS MAJOR POBS LIKE ADDICTION, OBESITY, AND THIS MOVES THE BALL FORWARD BY RAISING AWARENESS IN RECOGNIZING EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE AND SOLUTIONS. RIGOROUS STUDY HAVE SHOWN BENEFITS FOR COMMUNITIES AN GOVERNMENTS THAT IMPLEMENT TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE. I'M PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT MY HOME STATE OF WISCONSIN IS ON TRACK TO BECOMING THE FIRST FULLY TRAUMA INFORMED STATE IN THE NATION AND IN ILLINOIS, HOME TO OUR COLLEAGUES AND THE CO-LEAD OF THIS RESOLUTION, CONGRESSMAN DAVIS, EXPERTS HAVE COME TOGETHER TO MAKE THIS MATERIAL MORE ACCESSIBLE TO POLICYMAKERS THE PUBLIC. EXCITING INNOVATION IN MENTAL SHK HAPPENING ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND THIS IS RECOGNIZING THAT HARD WORK. I WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS MY SINCERE THANKS TO MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN DAVIS, FOR HIS COMMITMENT TO THIS RESOLUTION AND I'D LIKE TO THANK THE FIRST LADY OF WISCONSIN FOR HER DEDICATION, SERVICE AND LEADERSHIP IN THIS CAUSE. ADDITIONALLY I'D LIKE TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMR FOR THEIR HARD WORK AS WELL. H.R. 443 IS AN IMPORTANT STEP IN BREAKING DOWN THE STIGMA OF CARE AND BUILD MANAGER RESILIENT COMMUNITIES, MORE STRONG COMMUNITIES THAT TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER AND I ENCOURAGE YOU ALL TO SUPPORT ITS PASSAGE. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                              • 06:02:18 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN, IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              • 06:02:25 PM

                                MR. GREEN

                                I YIELD FOR WHATEVER TIME HE MAY CONSUME TO THE CO-SPON OR OF THIS EBILL,…

                                I YIELD FOR WHATEVER TIME HE MAY CONSUME TO THE CO-SPON OR OF THIS EBILL, CONGRESSMAN DANNY DAVIS OF ILLINOIS.

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                              • 06:02:31 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME AS HE WISHES TO USE.

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                                MR. DAVIS

                                THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. AGAIN, I WANT TO COMMEND DR. BURGESS…

                                THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. AGAIN, I WANT TO COMMEND DR. BURGESS FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND REPRESENTATIVE GENE GREEN. THEY HAVE BOTH DEMONSTRATED, I THINK, THE KIND OF LEADERSHIP THAT WE'RE OFTEN SEEKING, SEARCHING FOR AND LOOKING FOR. IT HAS BEEN MY PLEASURE TO WORK WITH REPRESENTATIVE GALLAGHER OF WISCONSIN IN DEVELOPMENT OF THIS LEGISLATION. I ALSO WANT TO COMMEND THE FIRST LADY OF WISCONSIN FOR THE LEADERSHIP THAT SHE HAS PRVIDED. OF COURSE THE FIRST LADY IS THE WIFE OF THE GOVERNOR AND I MUST ADMIT I WAS A BIT AMAZED WHEN WE WERE CONTACTED BY THE FIRST LADY OF WISCONSIN TO TALK ABOUT THIS KIND OF LEGISLATION AND TO TALK ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF IT. SO I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.RES. 443, WHICH RECOGNIZES THE IMPORTANCE AND EFFECTIVENESS OF TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE AND PROPOSES TO IMPLEMENT THIS CARE AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL. TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCES AFFECT MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY. INCLUDING THE CITY OF CHICAGO. IT IS INTEGRAL TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF ANY PERSON WHO HAS EXPERIENCED TRAUMA TO GET PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL SUPPORT AFTER EXPERIENCING AN EXTREMELY STRESSFUL LIFE EVENT. THIS IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT TO OUR NATION'S CHILDREN AS ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES CAN AFFECT THE HEALTH OF A CHILD FOR THE REST OF HIS OR HER LIFE. IF A CHILD DOES NOT RECEIVE CARE FOR TRAUMA, IT COULD EVEN SHORTEN HIS OR HER LIFE SPANN AND THIS STRESS FACILITATES NEGATIVE BRAIN DEVELOPMENT. DRAMA-INFORMED CARE ADDRESSES SURVIVOR'S SPECIFICS NEEDS IN RELATION TO HIS OR HER PERSONAL TRAUMA AND RECOVERY. IT PROMOTES A COLLABORATIVE ENVIRONMENT BETWEEN THE SURVIVOR AND CLOSE FRIENDS AND FAMILY, AND IT ADDRESSES THE SYMPTOMS OF TRAUMA THAT REQUIRE TREATMENT. THIS HELPS THE SURVIVOR WORK THROUGH HIS OR HER RECOVERY IN A POSITIVE WAY WITH THE SUPPORT OF CLOSE ALLIES. THOUGH MANY STATES HAVE ADOPTED TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE PROGRAMS, IT IS ESSENTIAL TO IMPLEMENT TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL AND MAKE SURE PEOPLE ANYWHERE IN THE COUNTRY GET THE TREATMENT AND SUPPORT THEY NEED. NOT JUST THOSE IN CERTAIN STATES. IT HAS ALSO BEEN MY PLEASURE TO WORK CLOSELY WITH SENATOR DURBIN, THE SENIOR SENATOR FROM THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, AND HUNDREDS OF GROUPS WHO HAVE FORMED A COALITION TO HELP PROMOTE AND DEVELOP AN UNDERSTANDING OF JUST HOW MUCH TRAUMA CARE IS NEEDED. VERY SELDOM DO I TALK ABOUT IT OR MENTION IT, BUT I HAD A GRANDSON WHO WAS MURDERED A YEAR OR SO AGO, AND THERE WERE OTHER CHILDREN IN THE HOME. IT WAS A HOME INVASION. AND SO I CAN TELL PEOPLE FIRSTHAND THAT THE KIND OF ATTENTION AND CARE THAT INDIVIDUALS GET AFTER THEY'VE HAD A TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCE MAKES A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF DIFFERENCE IN THEIR RECOVERY. I ALSO NOTE THAT I WAS TRAINED AS A PSYCHOLOGIST AND SO I'VE INTERACTED IN MANY INSTANCES WITH INDIVIDUALS WHO HAD EXPERIENCED STRESS. SO THIS IS AN EXCELLENT PIECE OF LEGISLATION. REPRESENTATIVE GALLAGHER, I COMMEND YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP. IT HAS BEEN MY PRESSURE TO WORK WITH YOU. I LOOK FORWARD TO ITS PASSAGE. AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN.

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                                MR. GREEN

                                I CONTINUE TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                MR. GREEN

                                I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS.

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                                MR. BURGESS

                                I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF MY TIME, THIS IS AN IMPORTANT RESOLUTION AND…

                                I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF MY TIME, THIS IS AN IMPORTANT RESOLUTION AND I YIELD BACK.

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                              • 06:07:27 PM

                                TEMPORE BOTH

                                BOTH TIMES HAVING YIELDED BACK THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE…

                                BOTH TIMES HAVING YIELDED BACK THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 443 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS UNTIL

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                            • 06:07:45 PM

                              On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.

                              • 06:07:51 PM

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

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                                  IN RECESS UNTIL

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                              Recess

                              The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 6:30 P.M. today.

                              • 06:29:26 PM

                                MS. SANDERS

                                THE YEAS AND NAYS. THE

                            • 06:31:11 PM

                              Reconvened

                              The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of February 26.

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                                UNFINISHED BUSINESS

                                The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on motions to suspend the rules, which were debate earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.

                                • 06:31:35 PM

                                  Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 1222 — "To amend the Public Health Service Act to coordinate Federal congenital heart disease research efforts and to improve public education and awareness of congenital heart disease, and for other purposes."

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                                    THE CLERK

                                    UNION CALENDAR 39 H.R. 1222 A BILL TO AMEND THE ACT AND TO IMPROVE PUBLIC…

                                    UNION CALENDAR 39 H.R. 1222 A BILL TO AMEND THE ACT AND TO IMPROVE PUBLIC AWARENESS AND EDUCATION ABOUT CON JELL TALL -- CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                • 06:32:09 PM

                                  On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Roll Call 81 - 2/3 Yea and Nay vote pending.

                                  • 06:32:10 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                  • 06:56:33 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE YEAS ARE 394, THE NAYS ARE 7. 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES…

                                    THE YEAS ARE 394, THE NAYS ARE 7. 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED AND THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE TAKE THE CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE TAKE CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. MEMBERS, PLEASE TAKE SEATS.

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                              • 06:56:36 PM

                                House Vote 81 - On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended

                                Congenital Heart Futures Reauthorization Act of 2017

                                Passed (394 - 7)
                                Yea

                                Vote Details: Yea - 394
                                Republican - 217
                                Democratic - 177

                                Vote Details: Nay - 7
                                Republican - 7

                                Vote Details: Not Voting - 29
                                Republican - 13
                                Democratic - 16

                                • 06:56:37 PM

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

                                • 06:58:06 PM

                                  MOMENT OF SILENCE

                                  The House observed a moment of silence in memory of the victims of the attack in Parkland, FL.

                                  • 06:58:11 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION? DEUTSCHE DEUTSCHE I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SPEAK OUT OF ORDER FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                  • 06:58:19 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                  • 06:58:21 PM

                                    MR. DEUTCH

                                    I RISE TO HONOR THE MEMORY OF 17 MEMBERS OF THE MARJORY STONEHAM DOUGLAS…

                                    I RISE TO HONOR THE MEMORY OF 17 MEMBERS OF THE MARJORY STONEHAM DOUGLAS COMMUNITY IN PARKLAND, FLORIDA AND TO DO SO IN THE PRESENCE OF SOME OF THEIR CLASSMATES. ALISA CHRIS MEADOW, SCOTT LUKE, HELENA MARTIN, KARA, ALEX, NICHOLAS, GINA, CARMEN, AARON, JOAQUIN, PETER, JAMIE AND ELENA. ON FEBRUARY 14, 2018, THEY WERE KILLED IN YET ANOTHER SENSELESS ACT OF GUN SILENCE. I ASK THAT WE REMEMBER THOSE WE LOST AND I ASK WE LIFT UP THE FAMILIES THAT ARE GRIEVING. AND OFFER PRAYERS OF HEALING FOR THOSE WHO ARE INJURED AND PRAYERS OF PEACE FOR THE 3300 SURVIVORS. I ASK FOR THEIR QUIET CONTEMPLATION STIR COURAGE IN THE MEMBERS OF THIS BODY TO ENSURE THE FREEDOM OF OUR STUDENTS, THE FREEDOM TO LEARN WITHOUT FEAR AND TO TAKE ACTION TO SECURE THE FREEDOM OF ALL AMERICANS TO LIVE IN COMMUNITIES WITHOUT GUN VIOLENCE.

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                                  • 06:59:56 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    MEMBERS AND GUESTS IN THE GALLERY, PLEASE RISE FOR A MOMENT OF SILENCE.

                                  • 07:00:23 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                    TO GIVE NOTICE.

                                  • 07:00:28 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

                                  • 07:00:39 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE TAKE SEATS, OR TAKE CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                • 07:00:49 PM

                                  NOTIFICATION OF INTENT TO OFFER RESOLUTION

                                  Mr. Thompson (CA) was recognized to give notice of his intent to raise a question of the privileges of the House and proceeded to present the form of a resolution. Subsequently, under rule IX, the Chair announced that a resolution offered from the floor by a Member other than the Majority Leader or the Minority Leader as a question of the privileges of the House has immediate precedence only at a time designated by the Chair within two legislative days after the resolution is properly noticed.

                                  • 07:01:01 PM

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                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 2-A-1 OF RULE 9 I…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 2-A-1 OF RULE 9 I RISE TO GIVE NOTICE OF MY INTENT TO RAISE A QUESTION OF PRIVILEGES OF THE HOUSE. THE FORM OF THE RESOLUTION IS AS FOLLOWS. CALLENING -- CALLING ON THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO IMMEDIATELY CONSIDER GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION LEGISLATION. WHEREAS GUN VIOLENCE AFFECTS EVERY COMMUNITY IN OUR NATION. WHEREAS 30 PEOPLE ARE KILLED EVERY DAY BY SOMEONE USING A GUN, WHEREAS MORE THAN 2,200 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED THIS YEAR BY SOMEONE USING A GUN, WHEREAS THERE HAVE BEEN AT LEAST 34 MASS SHOOTINGS THIS YEAR, WHEREAS WHILE MASS SHOOTINGS OFTEN RECEIVE MEDIA ATTENTION, GUN VIOLENCE IS PRESENT EVERY DAY IN EVERY COMMUNITY. WHEREAS SINCE THE TRAGEDY AT SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HAS HELD 43 MOMENTS OF SILENCE TO HONOR THE MEMORY OF PEOPLE KILLED BY SOMEONE USING GUNS. WHEREAS MOST GUN OWNERS ARE RESPONSIBLE AND LAW-ABIDING.

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                                  • 07:02:21 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

                                  • 07:02:32 PM

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                                    WHEREAS MOST GUN OWNERS ARE RESPONSIBLE AND LAW-ABIDING. WHEREAS THE…

                                    WHEREAS MOST GUN OWNERS ARE RESPONSIBLE AND LAW-ABIDING. WHEREAS THE SPOUFERT IN ITS DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA VERSUS HELLER DECISION RECOGNIZED THE RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS.

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                                  • 07:02:47 PM

                                    MR. THOMPSON

                                    PREVENTION ACT WAS ENACTED IN 1993. WHEREAS BACKGROUND CHECKS HAVE BEEN…

                                    PREVENTION ACT WAS ENACTED IN 1993. WHEREAS BACKGROUND CHECKS HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL AND EVERY DAY STOP MORE THAN 170 FELONS, SOME 50 DOMESTIC ABUSERS, AND NEARLY 20 FUGITIVES FROM BUYING A GUN. WHEREAS OVER TWO MILLION GUN SALES WERE BLOCKED SINCE ENACTMENT OF THE BRADY HANDGUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION ACT. WHEREAS 90% OF ALL BACKGROUND CHECKS ARE DONE INSTANTLY. WHEREAS THE STATES THAT REQUIRE BACKGROUND CHECKS, 47% FEWER WOMEN ARE MURDERED BY INTIMATE PARTNERS. WHEREAS IN STATES THAT REQUIRE BACKGROUND CHECKS, THERE ARE 47% FIREARM SUICIDES. WHEREAS IN STATES THAT REQUIRE BACKGROUND CHECKS, 53% FEWER LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ARE KILLED BY SOMEONE USING A GUN. WHEREAS 97% OF AMERICANS POLLED SUPPORT BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR ALL GUN SALES. WHEREAS IN MANY STATES NO BACKGROUND CHECK IS REQUIRED TO BUY A GUN ONLINE OR AT A GUN SHOW. AND WHEREAS THE PRESIDENT HAS SAID, QUOTE, WHETHER WE ARE REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRATS MUST NOW FOE CUS ON STRENGTHENING -- FOCUS ON STRENGTHENING BACKGROUND CHECK, END QUOTE. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES SHOULD IMMEDIATELY CONSIDER H.R. 4240 THE PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS PROTECTION ACT OF 2017, AND H.R. 3464, THE BACKGROUND CHECK COMPLETION ACT OF 2017.

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                                  • 07:04:45 PM

                                    TEMPORE PURSUANT

                                    PURSUANT TO RULE 9, A RESOLUTION OFFERED FROM THE FLOOR BY OTHER THAN THE…

                                    PURSUANT TO RULE 9, A RESOLUTION OFFERED FROM THE FLOOR BY OTHER THAN THE MAJORITY LEADER OR MINORITY LEADER AS A QUESTION OF PRIVILEGES OF THE HOUSE HAS PRECEDENCE ONLY AT A TIME DESIGNATED BY THE CHAIR WITHIN TWO DAYS AFTER IT IS PROPERLY NOTICED. THE FORM OF THE RESOLUTION NOTICED BY THE GENTLEMAN WILL APPEAR AT THIS POINT IN THE RECORD. THE CHAIR WILL NOT AT THIS POINT DETERMINE WHETHER IT CONSTITUTES A QUESTION OF PRIVILEGES THAT WILL BE DETERMINED AT THE TIME GRANNED FOR THE RESOLUTION. WITHOUT OBJECTION, FIVE MINUTE VOTING WILL CONTINUE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2422 AS AMENDED, ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED.

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                                  • 07:05:22 PM

                                    Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 2422 — "To amend the Public Health Service Act to improve essential oral health care for low-income and other underserved individuals by breaking down barriers to care, and for other purposes."

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                                      THE CLERK

                                      UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 238, H.R. 2422, A BILL TO AMEND THE PUBLIC HEALTH…

                                      UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 238, H.R. 2422, A BILL TO AMEND THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE ACT TO IMPROVE ORAL HEALTH CARE FOR LOW INCOME AND UNDERSERVED INDIVIDUALS BY BREAK DOWN BARRIERS TO CARE AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                  • 07:05:47 PM

                                    On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Roll Call 82 - 2/3 Yea and Nay vote pending.

                                    • 07:05:49 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AS AMENDED? MEMBERS WILL…

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

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                                    • 07:14:07 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 387, THE NAYS ARE 13. 2/3 BEING IN THE…

                                      ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 387, THE NAYS ARE 13. 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                • 07:14:08 PM

                                  House Vote 82 - On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended

                                  Action for Dental Health Act of 2017

                                  Passed (387 - 13)
                                  Yea

                                  Vote Details: Yea - 387
                                  Republican - 209
                                  Democratic - 178

                                  Vote Details: Nay - 13
                                  Republican - 13

                                  Vote Details: Not Voting - 30
                                  Republican - 15
                                  Democratic - 15

                                  • 07:14:09 PM

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

                                    • 07:14:20 PM

                                      Mr. Collins (GA) filed reports from the Committee on Rules, H. Res. 747 and H. Res. 748.

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                                        I SEND TO THE DESK PROPRIVILEGE RED PORTS FOR FILING UNDER THE RULE.

                                      • 07:14:30 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLES.

                                      • 07:14:35 PM

                                        THE CLERK

                                        RESOLUTION 727, PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 4296 TO PLACE…

                                        RESOLUTION 727, PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 4296 TO PLACE OPERATION RISK CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS BY AN APPROPRIATION FEDERAL BANKING AGENCY AND PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 4607 TO AMEND THE ECONOMIC GROWTH AND REGULATORY PAPERWORK REDUCTION ACT OF TWINGS TO ENSURE A COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF REGULATIONS TO IDENTIFY OUTDATED OR OTHERWISE UNNECESSARY REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS IMPOSED ON PENSIONS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES REPORT TO ACCOMPANY HOUSE RESOLUTION 74 PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 1865, TO AMEND THE COMMUNICATIONS ACT OF 1934 TO CLARIFY THAT SECTION 230 OF SUCH ACT DOES NOT PROHIBIT THE ENFORCEMENT AGAINST PROVIDERS AND USERS OF INTERACTIVE COMPUTER SERVICES, A FEDERAL, STATE, AND CIVIL CRIMINAL LAW RELATED TO SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN OR SEX TRAFFICKING AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                      • 07:15:42 PM

                                        TEMPORE REFERRED

                                        REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                        REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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                                      • 07:15:46 PM

                                        MR. COLLINS

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

                                        I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURN TODAY IT ADJOURN TO MEET AT 10:00 A.M. FOR MORNING HOUR DEBATE AND 11:00 A.M. FOR LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS.

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                                    • 07:15:51 PM

                                      Mr. Collins (GA) asked unanimous consent that when the House adjourns on Monday, February 26, 2018, it adjourn to meet on February 27, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. for morning-hour debate and 11:00 a.m. for legislative business. Agreed to without objection.

                                      • 07:15:57 PM

                                        TEMPORE WITHOUT

                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE…

                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA SEEK RECOGNITION? THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA.

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                                      • 07:16:34 PM

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                                        MR. SPEAKER, IN HONOR OF WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH, I RISE TO RECOGNIZE A…

                                        MR. SPEAKER, IN HONOR OF WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH, I RISE TO RECOGNIZE A WOMAN DEDICATED TO JOURNALISTIC INTEGRITY. WHO MADE HISTORY AS OMAHA'S FIRST FEMALE TV NEWS DIRECTOR. ROSEANNE SHANNON RECENTLY RETIRED AFTER 45 YEARS IN TV NEWS AND WHEN SHE STARTED HER CAREER IN 1973, SHE WAS ONE OF ONLY THREE WOMEN IN OMAHA TV NEWS. AFTER THAT, SHE WORKED AS A COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR FOR OMAHA'S MAYOR, THEN RETURNED TO KETV NEWS AT KETV. SHE WAS PROMOTED TO NEWS DIRECTOR. THE FIRST FEMALE TV NEWS DIRECTOR IN OMAHA. KETV'S GENERAL MANAGER SAID ROSEANNE EXEMPLIFIED INTEGRITY FIRST, JOURNALISM AT ITS CORE. SHE'S A TRAILBLAZE WHO ARE SHATTERED A GLASS CEILING SHE -- TRAIL BLAZER WHO SHATTERED A GLASS CEILING. SHE WAS INTEGRITY AND TRUTH. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  • 07:16:52 PM

                                    ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

                                    The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.

                                    • 07:17:36 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                    • 07:17:43 PM

                                      MR. LANGEVIN

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

                                    • 07:17:46 PM

                                      TEMPORE WITHOUT

                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                    • 07:17:48 PM

                                      MR. LANGEVIN

                                      MR. SPEAKER, NO ONE SHOULD EXPERIENCE WHAT THE STUDENTS AT PARKLAND,…

                                      MR. SPEAKER, NO ONE SHOULD EXPERIENCE WHAT THE STUDENTS AT PARKLAND, FLORIDA, DID LAST WEEK. MY HEART BREAKS FOR THAT COMMUNITY, FOR THE LIVES THAT WERE LOST, FOR THOSE THAT WERE INJURED AND FOR THE FAMILIES THAT WERE AFFECTED. NO FAMILY SHOULD EVER HAVE TO BURY A CHILD BECAUSE OF -- BECAUSE OF GUN VIOLENCE IN SCHOOLS. MR. SPEAKER, WE NEED SENSIBLE GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION LEGISLATION TO FINALLY BEGIN TO ADDRESS THESE TRAGEDIES. BUT I WANT TO SAY I CANNOT SUPPORT THE PRESIDENT'S FRIGHTENING PROPOSAL TO PUT MORE GUNS IN OURNITION -- IN OUR NATION'S SCHOOLS AND CLASSROOMS. I WHOLEHEART LID AGREE THAT WE MUST MAKE OUR -- WHOLEHEARTEDLY AGREE THAT WE MUST MAKE SCHOOLS SAFER PLACES TO LEARN, BUT ARMING TEACHERS WILL DO THE OPPOSITE. I KNOW FIRSTHAND THAT ACCIDENTS CAN HAPPEN EVEN WHEN GUNS ARE IN THE HANDS OF HIGHLY TRAINED FIREARMS EXPERTS. WHEN I WAS 16 A STRAY BULLET HIT MY SPINE AND LEFT ME PARALYZED. THIS WAS AT THE HANDS OF TWO WEAPONS EXPERTS ON THE POLICE SWAT TEAM. MY ACCIDENT OCCURRED AS A PLA -- AT THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AMONG TRAINED EXPERTS. JUST IMAGINE WHAT COULD HAPPEN WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE HANDLING FIREARMS THAT ARE NOT AS WELL TRAINED. MR. SPEAKER, WE MUST DO MORE TO KEEP OUR STUDENTS SAFE. MORE GUNS AROUND THEM ARE NOT THE ANSWER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                    • 07:19:01 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 ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                    • 07:19:17 PM

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                                      RARE DISEASE DAY, I'M PROUD TO RECOGNIZE GRACE, A 6-YEAR-OLD FROM…

                                      RARE DISEASE DAY, I'M PROUD TO RECOGNIZE GRACE, A 6-YEAR-OLD FROM HILLSBOROUGH, ILLINOIS, WHO CONTINUES TO BE AN INSPIRATION FOR THOUSANDS. WHEN GRACE WAS 3 YEARS OLD, SHE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH A NEURO DEGENERATIVE DISEASE THAT RESULTS IN A LOSS OF MUSCLE STRENGTH, MOVEMENT AND THE ABILITY TO SPEAK AND THE ABILITY TO SPEAK.

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                                    • 07:19:44 PM

                                      MR. DAVIS

                                      AT THE TIME OF HER DIAGNOSIS, THERE WERE ONLY 10 DOCUMENTED CASES OF INAD…

                                      AT THE TIME OF HER DIAGNOSIS, THERE WERE ONLY 10 DOCUMENTED CASES OF INAD IN THE NATION. AND MOST CHILDREN WITH THIS DISEASE DO NOT MAKE IT TO THEIR 10TH BIRTHDAY. THROUGHOUT HER DIAGNOSIS, AND THERAPY TREATMENT, GRACE AND HER FAMILY HAVE BEEN A SOURCE OF INSPIRATION THROUGHOUT ILLINOIS. THEY HAVE INCREASED AWARENESS FOR A RARE AND TERMINAL DISEASE AND HAVE RAISED MORE THAN $175,000 FOR RESEARCH, WITH DONORS COMING FROM ALL 50 STATES. GRACE AND HER FAMILY'S STORY IS JUST ONE EXAMPLE OF WHY I SUPPORT INCREASED FUNDING FOR THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH AND LEGISLATION LIKE THE 21ST CENTURY CURES AFPBLGT THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS ARE AFFLICTED -- ACT. THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS ARE AFFLICTED WITH RARE DISEASES AND WE AS A NATION MUST WORK TOGETHER TO ENSURE BETTER TREATMENT, CURES AND HOPE THAT IS PRIORITIZED AND POSSIBLE FOR THESE PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILY -- FAMILIES. I YIELD BACK.

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                                    • 07:20:33 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 ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                    • 07:20:48 PM

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                                      MR. SPEAKER, THE CITY OF CHICAGO AND CHICAGO'S AIRLINE CARRIERS ARE…

                                      MR. SPEAKER, THE CITY OF CHICAGO AND CHICAGO'S AIRLINE CARRIERS ARE FINALIZING THEIR NEGOTIATIONS FOR AN $8.5 BILLION EXPANSION OF CHICAGO O'HARE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.

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                                    • 07:21:59 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 MINNESOTA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                    • 07:22:08 PM

                                      MR. PAULSEN

                                      MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO RECOGNIZE FAIRVIEW SOUTH DALE HOSPITAL FOR RECENTLY…

                                      MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO RECOGNIZE FAIRVIEW SOUTH DALE HOSPITAL FOR RECENTLY RECEIVING THE DISTINGUISHED HOSPITAL AWARD FOR CLINICAL EXCELLENCE FROM HEALTH GRADES. THEY WERE ALSO NAMED ONE OF THE COUNTRY'S TOP 100 BEST HOSPITALS FOR CARDIAC CARE, CORONARY INTERVENTION, AND PULMONARY CARE. DISTINGUISHED HOSPITALS ARE DETERMINED TO -- AND MEASURED IF THEY ACHIEVE OUTSTANDING OUTCOMES IN AT LEAST 21 OF 23 COMMON CONDITIONS AND PROCEDURES. PATIENTS WHO ARE TREATED IN THESE HOSPITALS ON AVERAGE FACE A LOWER RISK OF DEATH THAN IF THEY WERE TREATED IN HOSPITALS WITHOUT THIS DESIGNATION. AND THESE HOSPITALS ALSO ACHIEVE BETTER CLINICAL RESULTS THAN 95% OF HOSPITALS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. SO, MR. SPEAKER, THE DOCTORS, THE NURSES, THE STAFF AT FAIRVIEW DO INCREDIBLE WORK AND I KNOW THEY DESERVE THIS RECOGNITION. AND WE ALSO KNOW THEIR PATIENTS ARE IN GOOD HANDS. I YIELD BACK.

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                                    • 07:23:01 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                    • 07:23:06 PM

                                      MS. KAPTUR

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

                                    • 07:23:10 PM

                                      TEMPORE WITHOUT

                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                                    • 07:23:12 PM

                                      MS. KAPTUR

                                      MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE FEW AMERICANS WHO DEDICATE THEIR LIVES COMPLETELY…

                                      MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE FEW AMERICANS WHO DEDICATE THEIR LIVES COMPLETELY TO REBUILDING AN INNER CITY COMMUNITY. IMAGINE A PERSON WHO SEEKS NO PERSONAL RECOGNITION, BUT IS IMBUED WITH DEEP FAITH IN A FUTURE THEY HELP GUIDE. IMAGINE THEIR DRIVE ARISING FROM THEIR MISSION TO SERVE OTHERS. ONE OF THESE RARE SOULS IS WILLIAM LINDOR OF NEWARK, NEW JERSEY. THE FOUNDER OF THE NEW COMMUNITY CORPORATION WHICH CELEBRATES ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARY THIS YEAR. HE -- HIS LIFE IS A POWERFUL EXAMPLE OF A MODERN WISE MAN WHO PLANTED CHURCH IN THE PUBLIC SQUARE TO TRANSFORM AMERICA. AS A YOUNG PRIEST IN THE 1960'S, HE WAS ASSIGNED TO NEWARK'S CENTRAL WARD AMIDST RIOTS AND RACIAL TENSION. THIS WAS A DEVIVES AND UNCERTAIN TIME. YET HE TOOK IT UPON HIMSELF TO WALK HAND IN HAND WITH THE PEOPLE OF NEWARK WHO DESPERATELY NEEDED SOMEONE TO BELIEVE IN THEM AND INSPIRE A BETTER WAY FORWARD. HE LISTENED TO THE PEOPLE. AND TOGETHER THEY ORGANIZED FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING, CIVIL RIGHTS AND A BETTER WAY OF LIFE FOR ALL. HIS DETERMINATION AND BOUNDLESS FAITH HELP NUD COMMUNITY ACHIEVE MAJOR REVITALLYIZATION -- HELPED NEW COMMUNITY ACHIEVE MAJOR REVITALIZATION. THEY PROVIDE A BLUEPRINT FOR REBUILDING AMERICA'S MOST NEGLECTED SPACES. AMERICA IS BLESSED INDEED, HUMBLED, AND FILLED WITH GRATITUDE FOR HIS LIFE OF SERVICE. THANK YOU. YOU ARE A GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT. AND LIVING EXAMPLE OF THE COMMITMENT REAL PROGRESS REQUIRES. I YIELD BACK.

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                                    • 07:24:46 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                    • 07:24:51 PM

                                      MR. POE

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

                                    • 07:24:55 PM

                                      RE WITHOUT

                                      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                                    • 07:24:58 PM

                                      MR. POE

                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. NEW YORK CITY LIGHTS, MODELING AND STAGGER IN…

                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. NEW YORK CITY LIGHTS, MODELING AND STAGGER IN MUSIC VIDEOS. SOUNDS -- STARRING IN MUSIC VIDEOS. SOUNDS LIKE A SCRIPT FROM A MOVIE. SO WHEN TWO YOUNG GIRLS MET A GUY ON INSTAGRAM, THEY THOUGHT THEY HAD THEIR TICKET TO THE SPOTLIGHT. LITTLE DID THEY KNOW THEY WERE ABOUT TO BECOME VICTIMS OF HUMAN SEX TRAFFICKING. THE GIRLS HEADED TO THE AIRPORT, READY TO CHECK IN TO THEIR AMERICAN AIRLINES FLIGHT. DENISE WAS WORKING THE AMERICAN AIRLINES TICKET COUNT WHEN ARE THE GIRLS APPROACHED. SHE NOTICED THAT THE TEENAGERS LOOKED NERVOUS. THEY HAD TOO MANY BAGS. NO ADULT WAS WITH THEM. AND THEY HAD ONE WAY FIRST CLASS TICKETS. DENISE'S TRAINING KICKED IN, RECOGNIZING THE RED FLAGS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING. SHE IMMEDIATELY ALERTED LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THEY CAME TO THE RESCUE. THANKFULLY THIS STORY ENDS WITH BOTH GIRLS RETURNING HOME SAFELY. THEY WERE NOT TRAFFICKED INTO THE SCOURGE OF HUMAN SLAVERY. IN LARGE PART BECAUSE OF DENISE WHO SAW SOMETHING AND SAID SOMETHING. WE THANK PEOPLE LIKE DENISE FOR THEIR WORK, FOR THEIR PERSONAL INVOLVEMENT IN RESCUING THESE TWO GIRLS FROM EVIL. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                    • 07:26:13 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                    • 07:26:23 PM

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                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. EARLIER TODAY THE SUPREME COURT REJECTED THE TRUMP…

                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. EARLIER TODAY THE SUPREME COURT REJECTED THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S APPEAL TO LEAPFROG THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM IN AN ATTEMPT TO END DACA. TODAY'S DECISION IS A VICTORY FOR DREAMERS AND THE ENTIRE NATION. BUT OUR WORK IN CONGRESS MUST CONTINUE UNTIL WE PASS THE DREAM ACT TO PROTECT DREAMERS ONCE AND FOR ALL.

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                                    • 07:26:44 PM

                                      MR. ESPAILLAT

                                      THIS DECISION TELLS US WHAT WE ALREADY KNOW, THAT ENDING DACA WILL BE…

                                      THIS DECISION TELLS US WHAT WE ALREADY KNOW, THAT ENDING DACA WILL BE DETRIMENTAL TO OUR COMMUNITY AND FOR OUR ECONOMY. WITH THE LOSS OF REVENUE IF WE END DACA, IT MEANS THAT CRITICAL PUBLIC PROGRAMS LIKE SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICAID WILL TAKE A BIG HIT. WE KNOW THAT THE DREAMERS BRING IN -- WILL BRING IN $460 BILLION IN ECONOMIC OUTPUT OVER A DECADE. DREAMERS ARE OUR SISTERS, OUR BROTHERS, OUR COUSINS. THEY'RE OWNERS OF GROCERY STORES, TAXI DRIVERS, MEMBERS OF OUR ARMED FORCES. WE CANNOT AFFORD TO SIT IDLY, MR. SPEAKER. I URGE THAT WE BRING THE CLEAN DREAM ACT TO THE FLOOR. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                                    • 07:27:28 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                    • 07:27:43 PM

                                      MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                                      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO CONGRATULATE ROMERO, A PROMELPROSMNENT MEMBER OF…

                                      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO CONGRATULATE ROMERO, A PROMELPROSMNENT MEMBER OF OUR SOUTH FLORIDA COMMUNITY, ON HER RETIREMENT FROM ALL AMERICAN CON TERRANCE. SHE IS IS A POWERHOUSE. ALONG WITH HER HUSBAND, SHE ESTABLISHED ALL AMERICAN CONTAINERS MAURBLINGSITY MILLION-DOLLAR BUSINESS -- A MULTI-- CONTAINERS, A MULTIMILLION-DOLLAR BUSINESS. HER SON, HER DAUGHTER AND HER GRANDCHILDREN ALSO WORK IN THE FAMILY BUSINESS. LIKE ME, SHE WAS FORCED TO FLEE THE CASTRO REGIME AND COMMUNIST CUBA AND SHE HAS BEEN A UNSTOPPABLE COMMITMENT, A FORCE FOR THE ISLAND'S FREEDOM. SHE HAS BEEN A TRUSTED ADVISOR TO PRESIDENTS, TO SENATORS, TO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ON THE ISSUE OF HER NATIVE HOMELAND. AND HER ADVOCACY AND CHARITABLE EVENTS IS SECOND TO NONE. SHE HAS BEEN A LEADER IN THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY, RAISING FUNDS AND AWARENESS TO ASSIST THOSE STRICKEN WITH THIS TERRIBLE DISEASE. WHILE SHE MAY BE RETIRING FROM ALL AMERICAN CONTAINERS, SHE IS NOT RETIRING FROM OUR COMMUNITY AND I LOOK FORWARD TO HER NEXT ENDESKER. [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] -- ENDEAVOR. [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                    • 07:29:07 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                    • 07:29:15 PM

                                      MS. JACKSON LEE

                                      MR. SPEAKER, ALTHOUGH MANY IN MY CONSTITUENCY ARE STILL RECOVERING FROM…

                                      MR. SPEAKER, ALTHOUGH MANY IN MY CONSTITUENCY ARE STILL RECOVERING FROM HURRICANE HARVEY, AND I WEAR A HOUSTON STRONG PIN, AND WE'RE WORKING ON GETTING HOUSING REBUILT, SENIORS BACK IN THEIR HOMES, I CAN TELL YOU THAT THROUGHOUT MY DISTRICT, AS I WAS THERE THIS PAST WEEK, THEY SPOKE IN QUIET TONES ABOUT DOUGLAS, THE HIGH SCHOOL, AND THE TRAGEDY IN FLORIDA. AND NONE OF THEM SEEMED TO AGREE. AND IN PARTICULAR YOUNG MEN, WHO I WILL TALK ABOUT IN THE CONGRESSAL BLACK CAUCUS SPECIAL -- CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS SPECIAL ORDER ON GUNS, NONE OF THEM SEEMED TO AGREE TO ARMING TEACHERS. ALL OF THEM HAD IDEAS ABOUT GUN VIOLENCE AND HANDGUNS AS WELL AS WEAPONS OF WAR. AND I BELIEVE THE YOUNG PEOPLE SHOULD BE LISTENED TO. AND WE SHOULD NOT LEAVE UNTIL WE DO CONSTRUCTIVE SENSIBLE GUN SAFETY LEGISLATION AND IT SHOULD BE DONE NOW. I ASK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO RISE UP AND SPEAK IN TONES OF NONPARTISANSHIP, BIPARTISANSHIP, TO SAVE AND SECURE OUR CHILDREN AND OUR TEACHERS. I YIELD BACK,

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                                    • 07:30:25 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE MAJOR SANDRA STOKER.…

                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE MAJOR SANDRA STOKER. MAJOR STOKER TOOK CHARGE OF THE AIR NATIONAL GUARD UNIT IN MY DISTRICT.

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                                    • 07:31:05 PM

                                      MS. TENNEY

                                      THE RECOVERY OF HURRICANE KATRINA. IN 2013 SHE WAS NAMED PUBLIC AFFAIRS…

                                      THE RECOVERY OF HURRICANE KATRINA. IN 2013 SHE WAS NAMED PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER FOR THE ATTACK WING BASED OUT OF SYRACUSE, NEW YORK. SHE SERVED IN BOONEVILLE, NEW YORK, AS WELL AS ON THE BOARD FOR CENTRAL NEW YORK VETERANS OUTREACH CENT FOR THE UTICA. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE TIME TO THANK MAJOR STOKER FOR HER DEDICATION TO OUR COMMUNITY. SHE'S AN INSPIRATION TULLE AND A WONDERFUL COMMUNITY LEADER. THANK YOU. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES

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                                    • 07:31:47 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      LEADER. THANK YOU. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

                                      LEADER. THANK YOU. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                    • 07:31:59 PM

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                                      MR. SPEAKER, AMERICA LOSES ZEN BILLION GALLONS OF CLEAN DRINKING WATER…

                                      MR. SPEAKER, AMERICA LOSES ZEN BILLION GALLONS OF CLEAN DRINKING WATER EVERY SING DALE THROUGH BROKEN PIPES AND LEAKING PIPES.

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                                      MR. TONKO

                                      WATER, YES, BUT ALSO DELARKS DOLLARS TO PURIFY THE WATER AND TREAT IT. 86%…

                                      WATER, YES, BUT ALSO DELARKS DOLLARS TO PURIFY THE WATER AND TREAT IT. 86% OF OUR HOUSEHOLDS DEPEND ON PUBLIC DRINKING WATER AND THESE SYSTEMS ARE FAILING. I HAVE SEEN MY SHARE OF CORRODED PIPES AND BROKEN PUMPS OVER THE YEARS. I HAVE SEEN COMMUNITIES AND BUSINESSES SUFFER FROM WATER MAIN BREAKS THAT HAPPENED 700 TIMES A DAY ACROSS AMERICA. I VISITED SYSTEMS IN ROTTERDAM, CASTLETON ON HUDSON IN MY DISTRICT. I VISITED THAT LEGENDARY BABY FOOTMAKER BEECHNUT WHICH REQUIRES 275,000 GALLONS OF WATER PER DAY. THE MESSAGE IS CLEAR. WE MUST INVEST IN OUR PUBLIC WATER SYSTEMS TO PROTECT OUR PUBLIC HEALTH AND SUPPORT OUR LOCAL BUSINESSES. WE HAVE A BIPARTISAN BILL, H.R. 3387, THAT HAS PASS THROUGH THE COMMITTEE AND NOW AWAITS A VOTE BY THE FULL HOUSE. IT WOULD DELIVER CRITICAL FUNDING TO STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO GET THIS BIG JOB STARTED. WHETHER YOU ARE A REPUBLICAN, DEMOCRAT OR INDEPENDENT, EVERY LIFE AND EVERY JOB DEPENDS ON ACCESS TO SAFE DRINKING WATER. THIS IS THE KIND OF INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN WE NEED. LET'S GET THIS JOB DONE. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                                    • 07:33:21 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                    • 07:34:48 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE LEGACY OF GWEN YORK WHO…

                                      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE LEGACY OF GWEN YORK WHO DEDICATED HER LIFE TO ADVANCING THE FWELLS OF THE TRANSPORT WORKERS UNION AND TEXAS AFL-CIO.

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                                      MR. VEASEY

                                      SHE WAS BORN DECEMBER 27, 1956, AND SOON AFTER HER BIRTHDAY SHE LOCATED TO…

                                      SHE WAS BORN DECEMBER 27, 1956, AND SOON AFTER HER BIRTHDAY SHE LOCATED TO GARRLAND, JUST OUTSIDE OF DALLAS, WHERE SHE WOULD SPEND MUCH OF HER LIFE THE GRADUATED FROM SOUTH GARLAND HIGH SCHOOL AND ATTENDED UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS IN AUSTIN AND LATER WENT ON TO JOIN SOUTHWEST AIRLINES IN 1980. IT WAS A JOB SHE LOVED DEARLY AND PUT EVERYTHING INTO IT. SHE LATER RETURNED TO SCHOOL AND GRADUATED FROM THE NATIONAL LABOR COLLEGE IN 2006. AND FOR THE PAST 0 YEARS, GWEN CONTINUED HER PASSION FOR MAKING SURE THAT PEOPLE COULD HAVE A GOOD LIFE, PARTICULARLY THOSE AT THE TRANSPORT WORKERS UNION. SHE WAS LOYAL AND DEDICATED, SHE WAS EVERYBODY'S ADVOCATE AND FRIEND. I CHECKED MY LAST TEXT TO GWEN, IT WAS TRYING TO GET HER TO ADVOCATE FOR ME AND GIVE ME ADVICE ON SOMETHING. SHE WAS THAT TYPE OF PERSON. ALWAYS VERY BUSY WITH HER WORK BUT ALWAYS MADE TIME TO MENTOR TEEM, ESPECIALLY A LOT OF YOUNG WOMEN WHO ARE ALSO PART OF THE LABOR MOVEMENT. GWEN LEFT US VERY SOON AND IT WAS VERY TRAGIC IN HOW SHE DID BUT I WANT ALL OF HER FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO KNOW JUST WHAT A BIG IMPACT SHE MADE ON THIS WORLD AND FOR THE STATE OF TEXAS AND FOR WORKERS EVERYWHERE AND SHE IS SURVIVED BY HER HUSBAND, MARK YORK, HER DAUGHTER, ALLISON REID, AND HER SISTER, WANDA GOOD I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  • 07:36:37 PM

                                    SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES

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

                                    • 07:36:38 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. ARE THERE FURTHER ONE-MINUTE REQUESTS? UNDER…

                                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. ARE THERE FURTHER ONE-MINUTE REQUESTS? UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. EVANS IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DEZ I I -- DESIGNEE FOR THE MINORITY LEADER.

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                                    • 07:36:54 PM

                                      MR. EVANS

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

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

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                                    • 07:37:07 PM

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                                      IT IS WITH GREAT HONOR I RISE TODAY TO ANCHOR THE C.B.C. SPECIAL ORDER…

                                      IT IS WITH GREAT HONOR I RISE TODAY TO ANCHOR THE C.B.C. SPECIAL ORDER HOUR. ID I WOULD -- I WOULD LIKE TO THANK C.B.C. CHAIRMAN CEDRIC RICHMOND FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN THIS EFFORT. CHAIRMAN RICHMOND HAS BEEN LEADING THIS EFFORT AND RAISING THE QUESTION OF ABOUT WHEN THE PRESIDENT SAID, WHAT DO WE HAVE TO LOSE? THE SHARME INDICATED WE HAVE A LOT TO LOSE. SO FOR THE NEXT 60 MINUTES, WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK DIRECTLY TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ABOUT ISSUES OF GREAT IMPORTANCE TO THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS AND THE MILLIONS OF CONSTITUENTS WHO REPRESENT -- WE REPRESENT. TONIGHT'S SPECIAL ORDER IS ABOUT GUN VIOLENCE. I THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR JOINING ME HERE TODAY TO SPEAK ABOUT THE NATIONAL EPIDEMIC OF GUN VIOLENCE, AN IMPORTANT TOPIC TO US ALL. THE BLACK COMMUNITIES -- THE BLACK COMMUNITY'S AT A CRITICAL POINT BECAUSE WE HAVE A LOT TO LOSE BECAUSE TOO MANY OF OUR NEIGHBORS HAVE UNFORTUNATELY BEEN SUBJECT TO GUN VIOLENCE AT A CONSISTENT RATE. CRIME WHICH OFTEN GOS UNFUNNISHED -- UNPUNISHED BECAUSE OF UNRELIABLE WITNESSES. ON FEBRUARY 14, THIS NATION ONCE AGAIN WITNESSED A HORRIFIC TRAGEDY THAT TOOK PLACE IN A HIGH SCHOOL IN FLORIDA. 17 LIVES WERE TAKEN AT THE HANDS OF GUNS, FIREPOWER. THE HORROR AND TRAGEDY OF THIS SHOCK AT THE FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL SHOULD BE UNIMAGINABLE IN THIS COUNTRY, YET TRAGICALLY, OUR NATION HAS LOST TOO MANY LOVED ONES AT THE HANDS OF GUN VIOLENCE TO THE POINT WHERE WE OFTEN SEE THE SAME REACTION -- HAND WRINGING, BLAMING GOING AROUND, NOTHING IS DONE TO STOP THE VIOLENCE. THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA KNOWS ALL TOO WELL THE LIVES WE HAVE LOST AT THE HANDS OF GUN VIOLENCE. IN 2017, WE SAW THE CITY EXPERIENCE ITS LARGEST HOMICIDE EPIDEMIC SINCE 2012. THERE WERE OVER 370 HOMICIDES IN PHILADELPHIA, ACCORDING THE TAI TA FOR THE PHILADELPHIA POLICE DEPARTMENT. WITH THE CONTINUING SCOURGE OF GUN VIOLENCE IN PHILADELPHIA, LAST YEAR I HAND DELIVERED A LETTER TO THE PENNSYLVANIA ATTORNEY GENERAL OUTLINING OUR COMMONWEALTH'S NEED TO USE OUR RESOURCES -- TO USE ALL RESOURCES POSSIBLE TO ADVOCATE FOR COMMONSENSE GUN REFORM. SINCE I GAVE THAT LETTER TO OUR COMMONWEALTH ATTORNEY, THERE HAVE BEEN MORE HEART BREAKS IN AMERICA, INCLUDING UNSPEAKABLE TRAGEDY AT CHURCH A PLACE OF WORSHIP IN TEXAS, AND A MASS SHOOTING IN LAS VEGAS. MR. SPEAKER, THE GENTLEMAN WHO IS THE LEADER FROM OUR CAUCUS, WHO WOULD SPEAK TO THIS ISSUE , HE KNOWS AN AWFUL LOT ABOUT IT, I'VE WATCHED HIM IN THE SHORT PERIOD OF TIME I'VE BEEN HERE, THE HONORABLE JAMES CLYBURN FROM THE SIXTH DISTRICT.

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                                      MR. CLYBURN

                                      THANK YOU VERY MUCH, REPRESENTATIVE EVANS, FOR GRANTING ME SOME TIME. MR.…

                                      THANK YOU VERY MUCH, REPRESENTATIVE EVANS, FOR GRANTING ME SOME TIME. MR. SPEAKER, I PROUDLY REPRESENT THE SIXTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA IN THIS AUGUST BODY, AND THIS PAST WEEK, I SPENT A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF TIME THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT MEETING WITH FAITH LEADERS AS WELL AS OTHER COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS AND ONE OF THE THINGS I KEPT HEARING THAT CAME FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE PARTICULARLY INTERESTED IN WHETHER OR NOT THIS CONGRESS WILL DO ANYTHING TO RESPOND TO THIS HORRIFIC PROBLEM THAT WE HAVE WITH GUNS. OF ALL THE THINGS THAT I FIND MYSELF TALKING ABOUT, THE ONE THING THAT BOTHERS ME MOST IS THE FACT THAT WE SEEM TO BE NO LONGER SAFE IN OUR MOST SACRED INSTITUTIONS. I OFTEN QUOTE ALEXIS DE TOCQUEVILLE, WHO CAME TO THIS COUNTRY WAY BACK IN THE EARLY 1800'S, SEEKING WHAT HE CALLED THE MAGIC OF THIS GREAT COUNTRY. HE SAID THAT HE WENT THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY LOOKING AT OUR INSTITUTIONS, EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS. LEGISLATIVE BODIES. TRYING TO FIND THE MAGIC OF THIS GREAT COUNTRY. ALEXIS DE TOCQUEVILLE SAID HE COULD NOT FIND IT IN ANY OF THESE PLACES. HE SAID THAT IT WAS NOT UNTIL HE WENT INTO OUR CHURCHES AND SYNAGOGUES THAT HE FOUND THE REAL MAGIC OF THIS GREAT COUNTRY. HE SAID THAT HE CAME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT IN SPITE OF ALL OF THE DIFFICULTIES AND CHALLENGES WE HAD AS A COUNTRY, THAT AMERICA WAS GREAT BECAUSE AMERICANS ARE GOOD. AND HE WENT ON TO SURPRISE THAT -- SURMISE THAT IF AMERICANS EVER SEIZED TO BE GOOD -- CEASED TO BE GOOD, AMERICA WOULD CEASE TO BE GREAT. IT'S KIND OF INTERESTING THAT HE CAME TO THAT CONCLUSION BY VISITING OUR PLACES OF WORSHIP. AND TONIGHT, I WANT TO REMIND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT THAT SACRED INSTITUTION THAT'S BEEN VIOLATED TIME AND TIME AGAIN AND ON THIS QUESTION OF GUN VIOLENCE, WE REMEMBER THE EMANUEL NINE, NINE SOULFUL BIBLE STUDY PUPILS, IN THE BASEMENT OF THEIR CHURCH. ONCE AGAIN RE-ESTABLISHING THE GOODNESS OF AMERICANS. THEY HAD THAT GOODNESS VIOLATED. BY A YOUNG MAN WITH A GUN. WHO SAT AMONG THEM FOR A FULL HOUR BEFORE OPENING FIRE, KILLING NINE OF THEM. NOW, WHEN WE THINK ABOUT THAT INCIDENT, AND WE ASK OURSELVES HOW COULD SUCH A THING HAPPEN, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE DO KNOW IS THAT THIS YOUNG MAN WAS ABLE TO PURCHASE A WEAPON, ALTHOUGH UNDER THE LAW HE WAS NOT ELIGIBLE TO MAKE THE PURCHASE. BUT BECAUSE OF A LITTLE LOOPHOLE THAT WE HAVE IN THE LAW, A LOOPHOLE THAT I HAVE TAKEN TO CALL THE CHARLESTON LOOPHOLE, THE LOOPHOLE SAYS SIMPLY THAT IF THE BACKGROUND CHECK IS NOT COMPLETED WITHIN THREE DAYS, THAT THE PURCHASE CAN PROCEED TO CONCLUSION. NOW, THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS, THIS GUN WAS PURCHASED IN WEST COLUMBIA. I DON'T KNOW WHETHER OR NOT THIS YOUNG MAN HAD ENOUGH SOPHISTICATION ABOUT THE LAW TO GET THE WRONG -- TO GIVE THE WRONG INFORMATION ABOUT HIS ADDRESS. BUT WHAT WE DO KNOW IS THAT THE WRONG ADDRESS WAS KEYED IN AND BECAUSE IT WAS KEYED IN, THERE WAS DIFFICULTY TRYING TO GET THE INFORMATION THAT WAS NEEDED. AND BY THE TIME THEY FOUND OUT THE PROBLEM, THE THREE DAYS HAD EXPIRED AND THE YOUNG MAN WENT BACK TO GET THE GUN AND WITHIN DAYS, TRAVELED ALL THE WAY FROM COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA, DOWN TO CHARLESTON. HE PICKED THIS CHURCH BECAUSE HE SAID IT WAS HISTORIC. HE WANTED TO GO INTO A HIS FORIC -- A HISTORIC BLACK CHURCH. WELL THIS MONTH, THE NATION HAS SET ASIDE TIME TO HONOR THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF BLACK AMERICANS. I CAN THINK OF NO WAY FOR US TO BETTER HIGHLIGHT WHAT THIS MONTH IS ALL ABOUT THAN TO ONCE AND FOR ALL CLOSE THIS CHARLESTON LOOPHOLE, TO DEMONSTRATE TO THOSE NINE AFRICAN-AMERICAN WORSHIPERS WHO WERE GOING ABOUT THE BUSINESS OF HELPING TO MAKE THIS COUNTRY GREAT, GOING ABOUT THE BUSINESS OF DEMONSTRATING THE GOODNESS OF AMERICANS, TO HAVE THEIR LIVES SNUFFED OUT, I CAN THINK OF NO BETTER WAY FOR US TO HONOR THEIR LIVES THAN FOR US TO CLOSE THIS LOOPHOLE. . AND TOMORROW I'M GOING TO COME BEFORE THIS BODY WITH A DISCHARGE PETITION. BECAUSE THE LEGISLATION TO CLOSE THIS LOOPHOLE WAS FILED IN THIS BODY LAST JULY. IT'S BEEN HANGING AROUND NOW FOR EIGHT MONTHS. AND I AM GOING TO ASK ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES, DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, TO SIGN THIS DISCHARGE PETITION. BEFORE THE END OF THIS BLACK HISTORY MONTH. SO THAT WE CAN SAY TO THOSE SOULS, REST IN PEACE. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                                      MR. SPEAKER, MAY I ASK THE GENTLEMAN A QUESTION? I WANT YOU, IF YOU COULD…

                                      MR. SPEAKER, MAY I ASK THE GENTLEMAN A QUESTION? I WANT YOU, IF YOU COULD JUST TAKE A SECOND MORE ABOUT THAT MAGIC YOU TALKED ABOUT. AND HOW DO WE GET THERE? DO YOU HAVE ANY SENSE OF --

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                                      WELL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WELL, I BELIEVE -- I'M SORT OF A HISTORY BUFF.…

                                      WELL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WELL, I BELIEVE -- I'M SORT OF A HISTORY BUFF. I SPENT A LITTLE TIME TRYING TO FIND OUT WHAT THIS COUNTRY IS ALL ABOUT.

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                                    • 07:48:12 PM

                                      MR. CLYBURN

                                      GREAT WRITER, GEORGE SANTIANO, ONCE WRITING THAT IF WE FAIL TO LEARN THE…

                                      GREAT WRITER, GEORGE SANTIANO, ONCE WRITING THAT IF WE FAIL TO LEARN THE LESSONS OF OUR HISTORY, WE'RE BOUND TO REPEAT THEM. I BELIEVE THAT HISTORY SHOULD BE INSTRUCTIVE. AND I THINK THAT THAT'S WHAT THE BILL WAS TALKING ABOUT IN HIS WRITINGS. HE REALLY CAME TO THIS COUNTRY FROM FRANCE TO STUDY OUR PENNEL SYSTEM ON THAT PARTICULAR OCCASION. BUT HE WAS ENAMORED WITH THIS COUNTRY BECAUSE OF ITS PEOPLE. NOW THE INTERESTING THING ABOUT THIS, REMEMBER THE EARLY 1800'S, WHEN HE CAME HERE, SLAVERY WAS THE LAW OF THE LAND. AND HE WROTE ABOUT HOW CONTRADICTORY THAT WAS TO WHAT HE FOUND IN PEOPLE'S HEARTS. THE GOODNESS THAT HE FOUND IN PEOPLE. SO IRRESPECTIVE OF WHAT THE CHALLENGES MAY BE, OF THE VARIOUS INSTITUTIONS THAT WE MIGHT HAVE, THE VARIOUS LEGAL ISSUES THAT MAY COME BEFORE US, THE VARIOUS LEGISLATIVE ACCOMPLISHMENTS WE MIGHT MAKE, IRRESPECTIVE OF ALL THAT THERE IS A CERTAIN GOODNESS IN AMERICANS THAT OUGHT TO BE ON DEMONSTRATION AT ALL TIMES. AND I REALLY FEEL THAT IT WILL DEMONSTRATE THAT GOODNESS IF WE CAN SAY TO THESE NINE SOULS, THAT JUST AS HE FOUND IN OUR PLACES OF WORSHIP WHAT THE BASIC GOODNESS OF AMERICA IS ALL ABOUT, IT IS WHAT YOU ARE IN PURSUIT OF, AS YOU SAT IN YOUR -- IN THE BASEMENT OF YOUR CHURCH ON CALHOUN STREET. SOUTH CAROLINA. YOU WERE THERE PERPETUATING THAT GOODNESS. AND IT WAS VIOLATED. AND I BELIEVE THAT THIS BODY CAN GO -- TAKE A LONG STEP TOWARD DEMONSTRATING HOW IMPORTANT IT IS BY SAYING IN THEIR MEMORY WE ARE GOING TO CLOSE THIS LOOPHOLE. SO THAT THEIR NINE SOULS CAN REST IN PEACE.

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                                    • 07:50:52 PM

                                      MR. EVANS

                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, YOU JUST HEARD THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, YOU JUST HEARD THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, IN MY VIEW, LAY OUT A VERY CLEAR VISION OF WHAT IT SHOULD BE LIKE FROM THE ASPIRATION STANDPOINT. AND SPEAKING OF THE LEADER OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS, LEADING THE CONSCIENCE OF THIS BODY, AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE GREAT STATE OF LOUISIANA. HE KNOWS A LITTLE BIT ABOUT IT, HE HAS LEGISLATION. THAT'S CHAIRMAN CEDRIC RICHMOND FROM THE SECOND DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA.

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                                    • 07:51:35 PM

                                      RICHARDSON MR.

                                      MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA FOR ONCE…

                                      MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA FOR ONCE AGAIN LEADING THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS' SPECIAL ORDER HOUR. WHERE WE GET TO ADDRESS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND TALK DIRECTLY TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ABOUT WHAT IT IS THAT'S GOING ON IN CONGRESS, WHAT WE'D LIKE TO DO. AND TONIGHT IS A VERY SOMBER BUT IMPORTANT SPECIAL ORDER HOUR. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT PROTECTING AMERICAN LIVES. AND IF WE'RE -- IT WOULD NOT BE BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITHOUT A QUOTE FROM DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING. BUT HE SAYS AT SOME POINT SILENCE BECOMES BETRAYAL. AND I WANT US TO JUST THINK ABOUT THAT. SILENCE BECOMES BETRAYAL. THIS CONGRESS, WHEN IT COMES TO OUR COMMUNITIES BEING INUNDATED WITH GUNS, THIS CONGRESS HAS BEEN FAR TOO SILENT. IN FACT, WHAT WE DO IS JUST TAKE MOMENTS OF SILENCE. ONE AFTER ANOTHER. WHETHER IT IS VIRGINIA TECH, MOMENT OF SILENCE. SANDY HOOK, MOMENT OF SILENCE. MOTHER EMANUEL, MOMENT OF SILENCE. PULSE NIGHT CLUB. MOMENT OF SILENCE. FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, MOMENT OF SILENCE. LAS VEGAS, MOMENT OF VIOLENCE. -- SILENCE. MOTHER EMANUEL, MOTHER OF SILENCE. SO FAR IN 2018 WE'VE ALREADY SEEN 8,200 INCIDENTS OF GUN VIOLENCE IN AMERICA. INCLUDING 34 MASS SHOOTINGS. THESE ACTS OF VIOLENCE HAVE TAKEN MORE THAN 2,200 LIVES. THAT'S 2,200 FAMILIES AFFECTED BY GUN VIOLENCE. AND I WOULD JUST SAY THAT IT'S TIME FOR CONGRESS TO DO SOMETHING. AT LEAST HAVE THE DEBATE. BUT WE OUGHT NOT BECOME CO-CONSPIRATORS WITH THE CRIMES THAT ARE BEING COMMITTED ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. AND KNOW MANY PEOPLE WILL SAY THAT, HEY, YOU ALL ARE IN CONGRESS, YOU ALL DEAL IN THEORY. WE DEAL IN REALITY. BANNING ASSAULT WEAPONS WOULDN'T HAVE KEPT THIS KID FROM BEING ABLE TO BUY AN AR-15. WELL, LET ME JUST TELL YOU, THAT'S NOT TRUE. AN AR-15 FROM THE STORE RANGES ABOUT $500 TO $600. AND A KID COULD PROBABLY GET $500 OR $600. BUT DURING THE DAYS OF THE ASSAULT WEAPON BAN, THOSE GUNS, THE STREET VALUE BECAME THREE TIMES AS MUCH. SO THAT MEANS THAT $600 GUN HE BOUGHT WOULD HAVE BEEN $1,800. AND THE QUESTION IS WHETHER HE WOULD HAVE HAD ACCESS TO GET THAT $1,800. WHETHER GOOD COMMON SENSE WOULD HAVE PREVAILED BEFORE HE GOT THAT. WHETHER SOMEBODY WOULD HAVE CAUGHT ONTO HIS PLAN WHILE HE TRIED TO GET $1,800. AT SOME POINT WE CAN'T NOT DO ANYTHING BECAUSE WE SAY IT WOULDN'T HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE. THE ONE THING I WILL SAY IS IT'S AMAZING TO SEE THESE YOUNG PEOPLE RISE UP AND SPEAK OUT WITH ONE VOICE. THAT THEY WANT SOMETHING DONE. IT'S A SAD DAY IN AMERICA WHEN OUR SENIORS CAN'T GO TO CHURCH WITHOUT FEAR OF GUN VIOLENCE. WHEN FAMILIES CAN'T GO TO THE MOVIES BECAUSE OF FEAR OF GUN VIOLENCE. AND WHEN CHILDREN CAN'T GO TO SCHOOL BECAUSE OF FEAR OF GUN VIOLENCE. WE AS A CONGRESS, BOTH DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO THIS COUNTRY TO MAKE SURE THAT WE PROTECT PEOPLE THAT ARE VULNERABLE. AND I DON'T THINK IT'S TOO MUCH TO ASK FOR BOTH SIDES TO COME TOGETHER. AND IGNORE THE WILL OF THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION. BUT TO LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE IN OUR COUNTRY WHO ARE DEMANDING THAT WE DO SOMETHING. AND WHEN WE START TALKING ABOUT BACKGROUND CHECKS, ASSAULT RIFLES, HIGH CAPACITY CARTRIDGES THAT GO HE'S IN GUNS, WHICH ALLOW PEOPLE TO SHOOT -- GO IN THESE GUNS, WHICH ALLOW PEOPLE TO SHOOT LARGE AMOUNTS OF PEOPLE IN A SHORT ORDER OF TIME. THOSE GUNS, AND LET'S JUST BE CLEAR, CONGRESSMAN EVANS, I WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT. NOBODY'S TALKING ABOUT ENDING THE SECOND AMENDMENT. THE RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS IS AS FUNDAMENTAL AND AS PROTECTED AS ANYTHING ELSE IN THIS COUNTRY. HOWEVER, WHEN YOU START TALKING ABOUT AR-15'S AND THESE ASSAULT WEAPONS AND THESE AUTOMATIC THINGS, YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. WE WENT TO AFGHANISTAN LOOKING FOR WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION WHEN THEY WERE RIGHT HERE IN THIS COUNTRY. WE DON'T HAVE TO GO TO IRAQ. WE DON'T HAVE TO GO TO AFGHANISTAN. IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION, THEY'RE SOLD IN OUR SPORTING GOODS SHOPS ALL ACROSS OUR COUNTRY AND THEY'RE BEING USED TO SLAUGHTER AMERICAN CITIZENS. SO I JUST ASK IN CLOSING THAT AT SOME POINT SILENCE IS BETRAYAL. AND AS FOR ME, BECAUSE OF MY CONVICTION, BECAUSE OF MY CONSCIENCE, AND BECAUSE I DON'T LACK ANY COURAGE, I WILL NOT BE SILENT. AND I WOULD JUST URGE THIS BODY THAT WE CAN'T BE SILENT ANYMORE, AS WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION DESTROY OUR COMMUNITIES. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                    • 07:57:15 PM

                                      MR. EVANS

                                      MR. SPEAKER, THE GENTLEMAN, THIS IS THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF DR. KING'S…

                                      MR. SPEAKER, THE GENTLEMAN, THIS IS THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF DR. KING'S ASSASSINATION, TO THE POINT THAT YOU RAISED ABOUT THE MOMENTS OF SILENCE. IF YOU LOOK BACK AND LOOK WHERE WE ARE TODAY, ARE WE ANY CLOSER TO ADDRESSING THESE MOMENTS OF SILENCE? BECAUSE I HEAR FRUSTRATION IN YOUR VOICE.

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                                      MR. RICHMOND

                                      I AM FRUSTRATED. I COME FROM A FUNERAL HOME FAMILY. AND I KNOW WHAT IT'S…

                                      I AM FRUSTRATED. I COME FROM A FUNERAL HOME FAMILY. AND I KNOW WHAT IT'S LIKE WHEN PEOPLE HAVE TO BURY LOVED ONES. AND I KNOW THE NATURAL ORDER OF THINGS. BECAUSE I'VE HAD TO BURY MY FATHER. AND MY STEP-FATHER. AND MY GRANDPARENTS, WHO WERE -- MY GRANDFATHER SPECIFICALLY WHO STEPPED IN FOR MY FATHER WHEN HE DIED. BUT THAT'S THE NATURAL ORDER OF THINGS. ALTHOUGH MY DAD DIED WHEN HE WAS 33, IT WAS OF NATURAL CAUSES. PARENTS SHOULDN'T BE BURYING CHILDREN. CHILDREN SHOULDN'T BE VICTIMS AND SHOT IN SCHOOL. SO, THE FRUSTRATION COMES BECAUSE I KNOW THE PAIN ASSOCIATED. SO WHEN WE START TALKING ABOUT THE 2,200 PEOPLE THAT WERE KILLED, THAT'S 2,200 FAMILIES THAT HAD TO GET UP AND HEAR THE PREACHER SAY, OH, PAIN MAY ENDURE THROUGH THE NIGHT, BUT JOY COMES IN THE MORNING. WELL, JOY IS NOT GOING TO COME IN THE MORNING IF THE SAME THING KEEPS HAPPENING AND CONGRESS KEEPS -- CONGRESS WILL NOT DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT. BECAUSE THAT MEANS THOSE LIVES WERE LOST IN VAIN. AND THAT IS JUST AS BIG A SIN, IN MY ESTIMATION. I JUST THINK THAT WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. YOU KNOW, IT'S ONE THING WHEN THE CAMERAS ARE THERE AND THE FAMILY HAS THE SUPPORT AT THE FUNERAL OF ALL THESE PEOPLE, THE CONGRESSPERSON COMES, FAMILY COMES. OH, WE'RE GOING TO BE WITH YOU AND WE'RE GOING TO SUPPORT YOU AND PRAY FOR YOU DURING THIS TIME. BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY, THAT MOTHER AND FATHER GOES BACK TO THAT HOUSE AND THAT KID'S ROOM IS EMPTY. THERE'S NO WORDS OF COMFORT THAT WE CAN GIVE TO THAT FAMILY WHEN THEY WALK BY THAT ROOM EVERY NIGHT AND IT'S EMPTY BECAUSE WE LET SOMEBODY WITH MENTAL ISSUES GET THEIR HANDS ON AN AR-15 AND SLAUGHTER A BUNCH OF KIDS IN SCHOOL. SO IF IT SOUNDS LIKE I'M UPSET, THEN, YOU'RE RIGHT. BECAUSE THOSE PARENTS SHOULDN'T HAVE TO PASS AN EMPTY ROOM. AND EVERY EMPTY ROOM THAT HAPPENS, MY FEAR IS THAT WE'RE COMPLICIT BY OMISSION OF LETTING IT HAPPEN OVER AND OVER AGAIN. AND I DON'T WANT THAT ON MY CONSCIENCE. SO THANK YOU FOR ASKING ME THE QUESTION AND WITH THAT I'LL YIELD BACK.

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                                    • 08:00:04 PM

                                      MR. EVANS

                                      THANK YOU MR. SPEAKER,. I

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                                      MR. EVANS

                                      THANK YOU FOR LAYING THAT OUT. SOMEONE WHO IS FROM THE GREAT STATE OF…

                                      THANK YOU FOR LAYING THAT OUT. SOMEONE WHO IS FROM THE GREAT STATE OF ILLINOIS, WHO SINCE I HAVE BEEN HERE, SHE'S BEEN RELENTLESS ON THIS ISSUE, PARTICULARLY FROM THE INNER CITY STANDPOINT. I HAVE WATCHED OVER AND OVER AGAIN HER STAND UP AND MAKE COMMENTS AND I WONDER IF SHE THINKS ANYBODY IS LISTENING BUT WILL GIVE HER THE OPPORTUNITY TO SAY A FEW THINGS THIS EVENING. I YIELD TO ROBIN KELLY.

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                                      MS. KELLY

                                      I THANK YOU, MR. EVANS, FOR YIELDING. I ASSOCIATE MYSELF WITH THE WORDS OF…

                                      I THANK YOU, MR. EVANS, FOR YIELDING. I ASSOCIATE MYSELF WITH THE WORDS OF MY COLLEAGUES WHO HAVE ALREADY SPOKEN. MR. SPEAKER, I NEVER TIRE IN MY CALL TO END SENSELESS GUN VIOLENCE. THE GRASSROOTS MOVEMENTS FROM THE BRAVE STUDENTS WHO SURVIVED IN PARKLAND, FLORIDA, WHICH TOOK THE LIVES OF 17 STUDENTS AND TEACHERS. THEY REMIND ME OF THE DETERMINED YOUNG PEOPLE I HAVE COME TO KNOW IN THE CHICAGO AREA WHO HAVE BEEN CALLING FOR CHANGE. DO YOU REMEMBER THE TERROR YOU FELT THIS PAST SUMMER ON THE BASEBALL DIAMOND WHEN YOU WERE ATTACKED WITH A RIFLE? DO YOU REMEMBER THE TERROR YOU FELT AS GROWN MEN? NOW IMAGINE BEING A TEENAGER WITHOUT THE TRAINED CAPITOL POLICE OFFICERS AT YOUR SIDE BEING ATTACKED WITH AN AR-15. IMAGINE BEING RAISED IN A WORLD OF FEAR BEING SHOT AT SCHOOL ON YOUR BLOCK OR IN A PARK WAS A DAILY REALITY. COUNTLESS DAILY SHOOTINGS THAT DO NOT MAKE THE NEWS DO NOT SPUR YOU TO ACT. MOVING THE KILLING OF ELEMENTARY SPUR YOU TO ACT. YOU YOURSELVES BEING THE TARGETS HAVEN'T EVEN SPURRED YOU TO ACT. IN THE AFTERMATH OF PARKLAND, OUR CHILDREN HAVE MADE ONE THING ABUNDANTLY CLEAR, IF YOU DO NOT ACT TO END THIS SENSELESS VIOLENCE, AMERICA WILL REPLACE YOU WITH BOLD LEADERS WHO WILL. MANDATORY BACKGROUND CHECKS INCLUDING PURCHASES ON LINES AND TIGHTENING THE BACKGROUND CHECKS. REMOVING WEAPONS OF WAR. IMPLEMENTING GUN VIOLENCE PROTECTIVE ORDERS. ALLOWING SCIENTISTS TO STUDY THIS ISSUE FOR WHAT IT IS, A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS. AND PROVIDING YOUNG PEOPLE WITH HOPE TO PUT DOWN GUNS. WHEN APPROPRIATE, ACCESS TO MENTAL HEALTH. YOU CUT THE BUDGET TO MENTAL HEALTH AND YOU BLAME MENTAL HEALTH FOR THE REASONS. NONE OF THESE PROPOSES ARE NEW. I ISSUED THE KELLY REPORT. IN STUDYING THESE ISSUES WITH EACH OF THESE RECOMMENDATIONS. I WILL PROVIDE EVERY MEMBER OF THIS HOUSE A COPY. THE SOLUTIONS AND CHOICES ARE CLEAR, WILL YOU STAND UP TO THE N.R.A. AND EVEN READ MY REPORT? OUR CHILDREN ARE DEMANDING IT. I YIELD BACK.

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                                    • 08:03:42 PM

                                      MR. EVANS

                                      I WOULD LIKE TO ASK JUST ONE QUESTION TO THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS. AND…

                                      I WOULD LIKE TO ASK JUST ONE QUESTION TO THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS. AND YOU HAVE BEEN SPEAKING TO THIS ISSUE A LOT. YOU HAVE ANY SENSE OF OPTIMISM OF PEOPLE HEARING YOU IN ANY WAY YOU? DO YOU SEE ANY SIGNS? YOU TICKED OFF INFORMATION ABOUT CHANGE.

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                                    • 08:04:09 PM

                                      MS. KELLY

                                      I COULDN'T BE IN THIS JOB IF I WASN'T AN OPTIMISMIST. THERE ARE BIPARTISAN…

                                      I COULDN'T BE IN THIS JOB IF I WASN'T AN OPTIMISMIST. THERE ARE BIPARTISAN BILLS READY TO GO, BIPARTISAN BILLS, SOME BILLS ARE SPONSORED BY REPUBLICANS, SOME BY DEMOCRATS THAT HAVE A LOT OF CO-SPONSORS. BUT THE LEADERSHIP HAS TO WANT TO DO SOMETHING AND THE LEADERSHIP ON BOTH SIDES HAS BEEN VERY, VERY SILENT. I'M HOPING THE PRESSURE WILL CONTINUE TO BE PUT ON BY EVERYBODY ACROSS THESE UNITED STATES.

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                                    • 08:04:40 PM

                                      MR. EVANS

                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE SOMEONE WHO I HAVE UTMOST RESPECT FOR HIM…

                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE SOMEONE WHO I HAVE UTMOST RESPECT FOR HIM AND HE SAID HE COULD BE ELECTED IN PENNSYLVANIA AND GREAT STATE OF MISSISSIPPI. MY GOOD COLLEAGUE FROM THE SECOND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, MR. BEENEY THOMPSON. I YIELD.

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                                    • 08:05:11 PM

                                      MR. THOMPSON

                                      CAN YOU DESCRIBE WHAT THIS AR-15.

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                                      CAN YOU DESCRIBE WHAT THIS AR-15.

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                                      MR. EVANS

                                      THIS GUN, WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE.

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                                      MR. THOMPSON

                                      IT'S A WEAPON DESIGNED TO KILL. IT'S A WEAPON DESIGNED FOR WAR. MY FRIENDS…

                                      IT'S A WEAPON DESIGNED TO KILL. IT'S A WEAPON DESIGNED FOR WAR. MY FRIENDS WHO ARE IN LAW ENFORCEMENT, I WANT THEM TO HAVE WEAPONS LIKE THAT TO DEFEND THEMSELVES HERE. WE HAVE MADE THESE GUNS STREET LEGAL SO THAT THE POTENTIAL THAT OUR FRIENDS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT ARE GOING TO RUN UP ON PEOPLE WHO HAVE GUNS AS POWERFUL IF NOT MORE POWERFUL THAN THEY ARE. THAT GUN IS NOT MADE FOR HUNTING, NOT MADE FOR ANYTHING OTHER THAN TO KILL. I WANT MY SOLDIERS WHO ARE FIGHTING WARS TO HAVE WEAPONS LIKE THAT. BUT, AGAIN, FOR US TO TRY TO STRETCH THE MARGIN THAT THAT'S A SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS, IT'S NOT ANY ARM. AND SO, AGAIN, IT'S A KILLING MACHINE. AND IF ANYBODY EVER HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO FIRE ONE, WHICH I HAVE, IT'S NOT ACCURATE AT ALL, BUT IT WILL SPRAY A LOT OF BULLETS OUT AND WILL DO SOME KILLING, LIKE WE JUST SAW IN FLORIDA AND A LOT OF OTHER PLACES. IT'S NOT WHO WE ARE AS A NATION. WE ARE BETTER PEOPLE THAN THAT, BUT ADULTS ARE GOING TO HAVE TO DO THE RIGHT THING, OTHERWISE THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY WILL DO IT FOR US.

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                                    • 08:14:24 PM

                                      MR. EVANS

                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR GIVING A REALLY…

                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR GIVING A REALLY CLEAR SENSE OF WHAT THE CHALLENGE IS. CAN I ASK THE SPEAKER, HOW MUCH TIME DO WE HAVE?

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                                    • 08:14:39 PM

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                                      MR. EVANS

                                      THE INTERESTING COMING BEHIND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, WE HAVE…

                                      THE INTERESTING COMING BEHIND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, WE HAVE SOMEONE WHO KNOWS A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WEAPONRY. SHE WAS POLICE CHIEF IN ORLANDO AND SINCE SHE AND I ARE IN THE SAME CLASS, I HAVE LEARNED A LOT FROM HER AND COMING FROM THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, THIS IS SOMEONE WHO RUN A POLICE DEPARTMENT AND COULDN'T HAVE A BETTER PERSON, VAL DEMMINGS FROM THE 10TH DISTRICT. . DEMOCRAT DEMOCRAT I RISE TODAY AT THAT --

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                                    • 08:15:29 PM

                                      MRS. DEMINGS

                                      I RISE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT AN ALL TOO FAMILIAR TOPIC AND THAT IS GUN…

                                      I RISE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT AN ALL TOO FAMILIAR TOPIC AND THAT IS GUN VIOLENCE IN AMERICA. MASS SHOOTINGS IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. A FEW DAYS AGO I PURCHASED A CARD OF SYMPATHY FOR THE FAMILY OF A YOUNG MAN WHO DIED WAY TOO SOON. THE CARD THAT I FINALLY CHOSE READ, I HARDLY KNOW WHAT TO SAY. WHEN I THINK ABOUT YET ANOTHER MASS SHOOTING IN A COUNTRY, WHERE THROUGH INGENUITY AND DETERMINATION WE HAVE SOLVED SOME OF THE WORLD'S TOUGHEST PROBLEMS AND CHALLENGES, YET WE HAVE CHOSEN TO DO NOTHING ABOUT MASS SHOOTINGS. I HARDLY KNOW WHAT TO SAY. MR. SPEAKER, YOU KNOW LAST WEEK A MAN USED A SEMIAUTOMATIC RIFLE TO BRUTALLY MURDER 17 CHILDREN AND EDUCATORS IN PARKLAND, FLORIDA. UNLIKE PAST SHOOTINGS, WE HAVE NOT JUST MOVED ON. THIS IS BECAUSE OF THE SURVIVORS. NOT OUR GENERATION DOING SOMETHING. BUT THE CHILDREN. BECAUSE OF THEM. YOU SEE, THIS GENERATION BELIEVES THAT THEY CAN CHANGE THE WORLD. I MEAN, ISN'T THAT EXACTLY WHAT WE AS PARENTS TAUGHT THEM? THAT THEY CAN CHANGE THE WORLD? THEY BELIEVE IN WHAT PRESIDENT OBAMA CALLED THE AUDACITY OF HOPE. NOT OUR GENERATION, BUT THE GENERATION OF OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN. AND THEY HAVE STOOD UP TO DECLARE WHAT SHOULD BE OBVIOUS TO ALL OF US. THAT EVERY AMERICAN SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO GO TO SCHOOL, TO GO TO CHURCH, TO GO TO A MALL, TO GO TO A MOVIE THEATER OR A NIGHT CLUB WITHOUT BEING BRUTALLY MURDERED BY SOMEONE WITH A GUN. NO LESS AN ASSAULT RIFLE. WHICH GREATLY DIMINISHES THEIR CHANCES OF SURVIVAL. SURE, HIGH SCHOOL IS TOUGH FOR SOME CHILDREN. BUT THE WORST OUR CHILDREN SHOULD HAVE TO FEAR IS WHETHER THEY CAN MAKE A FRIEND IN A NEW SCHOOLER, OR WHETHER THEY'LL MAKE THE TRACK TEAM -- SCHOOL, OR WHETHER THEY'LL MAKE THE TRACK TEAM, OR WHETHER THE BOY OR GIRL THEY LIKE WILL NOTICE THEM IN THE HALLWAY OR IN CLASS. 150,000 AMERICAN CHILDREN HAVE EXPERIENCED A SCHOOL SHOOTING. THAT IS NOT SOMETHING A GREAT SOCIETY TOLERATES. THAT IS SOMETHING WE CHANGE. MR. SPEAKER, I'M PROUD OF THE STRENGTH, THE COURAGE, THE PASSION OF THESE YOUNG PEOPLE IN FLORIDA. NOT OUR GENERATION, BUT THE TEENAGERS. AND I AM ALSO PROUD OF PREVIOUS SURVIVORS AND ACTIVISTS WHO LAID THE GROUNDWORK FOR THE MOVEMENT THAT IS GROWING ACROSS AMERICA. SURVIVORS AT THE PULSE NIGHT CLUB SHOOTING HAVE JOINED PARKLAND SURVIVORS TO WORK FOR CHANGE. THAT SHOOTING, WHICH TOOK PLACE IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, WAS THE SECOND WORST MASS SHOOTING IN U.S. HISTORY AFTER LAS VEGAS. THAT IS NOT THE ONLY MASS SHOOTING TO TORMENT FLORIDA. IN 2017 A MAN SHOT AND KILLED FIVE PEOPLE AT THE FORT LAUDERDALE AIRPORT. IN 2013, A MAN SHOT AND KILLED SIX PEOPLE AT AN APARTMENT COMPLEX IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY. IN 1990 A MAN SHOT AND KILLED NINE PEOPLE IN JACKSONVILLE. ACCORDING TO THE GUN VIOLENCE ARCHIVES, THERE HAVE BEEN AT LEAST 113 MASS SHOOTINGS, DEFINED AS FOUR OR MORE PERSONS INJURED AND KILLED, IN FLORIDA SINCE 2013. INSTEAD OF SIMPLY WAITING AND RESPONDING TO MASS SHOOTINGS, WE SHOULD WORK TO PREVENT THEM. WE SHOULD WORK TO PREVENT THEM. WE SHOULD WORK TO PREVENT THEM. AS ORLANDO, FLORIDA'S, FORMER CHIEF OF POLICE, MY GOAL WAS TO NOT ONLY -- NOT MERELY SAVE LIVES OF THOSE WHO EXPERIENCED VIOLENCE, BUT WE TRIED TO STOP THE VIOLENCE FROM OCCURRING IN THE FIRST PLACE. WHEN WE KNOW BETTER, WE'RE SUPPOSED TO DO BETTER. SOME PROPOSALS MAY NEED MORE DEBATE. SOME LESS. BUT LET US HAVE THAT DEBATE. AS A FORMER LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, OUR JOB WAS TO ENFORCE THE LAWS AND TO PROTECT THE INNOCENT. AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS, OUR JOB IS TO CREATE LAWS THAT PROTECT THE INNOCENT. WELL, CONGRESS IS FAILING AT THAT JOB. THE BEST GIFT, MR. SPEAKER, WE CAN GIVE TO OUR TEACHERS AND OUR STUDENTS, AND TO EVERY AMERICAN, IS TO PASS LEGISLATION THAT KEEPS DEADLY GUNS OUT OF THE HANDS OF BAD PEOPLE. THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE GOOD. GOD WILL ORDER OUR STEP. BUT WE HAVE TO MOVE OUR FEET. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                    • 08:21:11 PM

                                      MR. EVANS

                                      MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO ASK MY COLLEAGUE FROM FLORIDA JUST A QUESTION,…

                                      MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO ASK MY COLLEAGUE FROM FLORIDA JUST A QUESTION, SINCE SHE TALKED ABOUT HER LAW ENFORCEMENT BACKGROUND. YOU'RE CORRECT, CONGRESS IS TO MAKE LAWS AND THE PRESIDENTIAL ADMINISTRATION TALKS ABOUT LAW AND ORDER. IS HE REALLY LAW AND ORDER AND ON THE SIDE OF THE POLICE IF THIS IS HAPPENING AND RUNNING AMOK? I MEAN, IF YOU WERE POLICE CHIEF AND YOU HAVE THAT RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT PEOPLE, AND WE IN CONGRESS, AS WAS STATED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS, THE MOMENTS OF SILENCE, WITH A WOULD YOU -- IF YOU WERE ON THE FRONT LINE AGAIN, YOU WERE OUT THERE, AND YOU STILL KNOW A LOT OF THE PEOPLE, HOW DO YOU THINK THE POLICE DEPARTMENTS FEEL WHEN THEY'RE OUTGUNNED? CAN YOU TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THAT?

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                                    • 08:22:08 PM

                                      MRS. DEMINGS

                                      WELL, MR. EVANS, ONE OF MY BIGGEST FEARS AS A 27-YEAR LAW ENFORCEMENT…

                                      WELL, MR. EVANS, ONE OF MY BIGGEST FEARS AS A 27-YEAR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER WAS THAT MY OFFICERS, THE OFFICERS WHO WORKED FOR ME, THE OFFICERS WHO SWORE THAT THEY WOULD PROTECT AND SERVE, WOULD FIND THEMSELVES IN AN ACTIVE SHOOTER SITUATION WHERE THEY WOULD BE OUTGUNNED. AND AS I INDICATED EARLIER, THE AR-15 AND OTHER WEAPONS LIKE IT , IF YOU ARE SHOT WITH ONE YOUR CHANCES OF SURVIVAL ARE GREATLY DIMINISHED. AS MY COLLEAGUE INDICATED EARLIER FROM MISSISSIPPI, THE WEAPON IS DESIGNED -- EARLIER, FROM MISSISSIPPI, THE WEAPON IS DESIGNED TO CREATE MASS DEVASTATION. IT WAS DESIGNED FOR THE BATTLEFIELD. AND YOU'RE RIGHT. ON THE BATTLEFIELD WE WANT OUR SOLDIERS TO TAKE THE ENEMY DOWN AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. BUT THOSE WEAPONS WERE NOT DESIGNED FOR OUR STREETS. FOR OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, WHERE OUR CHILDREN PLAY. FOR OUR SCHOOLS. IF WE ARE A GREAT SOCIETY, IF WE WANT TO BE THE GREAT NATION THAT WE ALWAYS TALK ABOUT, THEN LET'S DO WHAT IS WITHIN OUR POWERFUL AS ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL BODIES IN THE WORLD. MY 5-YEAR-OLD GRANDDAUGHTER'S KINDERGARTEN CLASS HAD A MOMENT OF SILENCE. I BELIEVE AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WE CAN DO BETTER. -- WE CAN DO BETTER THAN THAT. THANK YOU.

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                                    • 08:23:44 PM

                                      MR. EVANS

                                      THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK CONGRESSWOMAN FROM FLORIDA --…

                                      THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK CONGRESSWOMAN FROM FLORIDA -- THE CONGRESSWOMAN FROM FLORIDA. SOMEONE WHO, WHEN I CAME HERE, SAID I HAVE TO MEET HER. SHE'S A VERY DYNAMIC PERSON AND SHE'S THE HONORABLE BARBARA LEE FROM THE 13TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA. AND YIELD TO THE CONGRESSWOMAN.

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                                    • 08:24:13 PM

                                      MS. LEE

                                      THANK YOU VERY MUCH, CONGRESSMAN EVANS. AND I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR…

                                      THANK YOU VERY MUCH, CONGRESSMAN EVANS. AND I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR TREMENDOUS LEADERSHIP AND YOUR FRIENDSHIP. AND THANK YOU FOR HOSTING THIS VERY IMPORTANT SPECIAL HOUR. YOUR LEADERSHIP IN OUR CAUCUS TO FIGHT THE EPIDEMIC OF GUN VIOLENCE IN AMERICA IS BOLD, IT'S VISIONARY, AND THANK YOU FOR CALLING US TOGETHER TONIGHT. ALSO LET ME JUST ACKNOWLEDGE MY SISTER AND COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSWOMAN ROBIN KELLY, WHO SPOKE EARLIER. CONGRESSWOMAN KELLY CHAIRS OUR CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS HEALTH BRAIN TRUST. AND SHE CONTINUES TO DEMAND THAT GUN VIOLENCE BE TREATED AS A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS. SO I RISE TODAY WITH MY COLLEAGUES IN THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS TO SAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. THE EPIDEMIC OF GUN VIOLENCE IN AMERICA MUST BE BROUGHT TO AN END. TWO WEEKS AGO THE WORLD STOOD IN SHOCK AS YET ANOTHER GUNMAN MASSACRED INNOCENT STUDENTS AND TEACHERS IN AN AMERICAN SCHOOL. THE 19-YEAR-OLD KILLER LEGALLY PURCHASED AN AR-15 ASSAULT RIFLE. AND KILLED 17 STUDENTS AT STONEMAN DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL. MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE VICTIMS, THEIR CLASSMATES, FAMILIES, AND THE ENTIRE PARKLAND COMMUNITY. WE MUST TAKE ACTION SO THAT THIS NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN. NEWTOWN, AURORA, CHARLESTON, ORLANDO, LAS VEGAS, AND NOW PARKLAND. THIS IS NOT NORMAL IN A CIVILIZED SOCIETY. THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IS THE ONLY DEVELOPED NATION THAT EXPERIENCES MASS SHOOTINGS WITH THIS LEVEL OF FREQUENCY. THIS DOESN'T HAPPEN ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD. BECAUSE, OF COURSE, WE KNOW IT'S BECAUSE THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION CAN'T BUY THEIR VOTES IN OTHER COUNTRIES. AND THE CHILDREN'S LIVES COME FIRST. SPEAKER RYAN AND THE REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS HAVE BEEN BOUGHT BY THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION. AND MAKING IT EASIER FOR MASS SHOOTINGS TO OCCUR. AND LET ME JUST SAY THAT MASS SHOOTINGS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS UNFORTUNATELY ARE JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG WHEN IT COMES TO GUN VIOLENCE IN AMERICA. OUR COMMUNITIES, ESPECIALLY IN OUR URBAN COMMUNITIES, THEY'RE WAR ZONES. ON AN AVERAGE, 93 INNOCENT LIVES IN AMERICA ARE CUT SHORT DUE TO GUN VIOLENCE. THIS YEAR ALONE THERE HAVE BEEN OVER 8,200 INCIDENTS OF GUN VIOLENCE IN AMERICA, INCLUDING 24 MASS SHOOTINGS. THESE INTO -- THESE SENSELESS ACTS OF VIOLENCE HAVE TAKEN MORE THAN 2,200 LIVES ALREADY. I REPRESENT THE 13TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA IN THE BAY AREA, WHICH INCLUDES THE CITY OF OAKLAND, WHICH HAS BEEN BRUTALIZED BY GUN VIOLENCE. SINCE 2014, 3 126 MY CONSTITUENTS -- 312 OF MY CONSTITUENTS HAVE HAD THEIR LIVES CUT SHORT BY GUN VIOLENCE. OUR COMMUNITY FEELS THEIR LOSS EVERY SINGLE DAY. HERE ARE JUST A FEW OF THEIR NAMES AND TRAGIC STORIES. DEVON ELLIS. HE WAS A STAR FOOTBALL PLAYER AND AN EXCELLENT STUDENT AT OAKLAND TECH HIGH SCHOOL. HE WAS SHOT AND KILLED WHILE WALKING HOME FROM SCHOOL. MY NEPHEW WAS WALKING WITH HIM WHEN HE WAS GUNNED DOWN. TRAYVON GODFREY. TRAYVON WAS KILLED IN 2016 WHILE SITTING IN A CAR WITH HIS FRIENDS IN FRONT OF HIS HOME. EVERY TIME I THINK ABOUT TRAYVON, MY HEART BREAKS. TRAYVON CAME TO A TOWN MEETING THAT I HELD ON GUN VIOLENCE IN JANUARY OF 2016. AND TRAYVON SHARED, AND HE WAS WORRIED ABOUT COMING TO THAT TOWN MEETING. AND HE SHARED THE TOLL THAT GUN VIOLENCE HAD TAKEN ON HIS LIFE AND THAT OF HIS FRIENDS' LIVES. BUT YET HE WAS DETERMINED TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND FINISH SCHOOL AND GO ON TO COLLEGE. LESS THAN A YEAR LATER ON NOVEMBER 28 IN 2016, TRAYVON AND HIS LIFE-LONG FRIEND DANTE MILLER WERE SHOT AND KILLED IN BROAD DAYLIGHT. HERE'S ANNA BELL -- ANNABELL. SHE WAS OAKLAND'S YOUNGEST GUN VIC -- VICTIM IN 2013. HE WAS ONLY 13 YEARS OLD AND SHOT OUTSIDE OF A COMMUNITY CENTER. FRANCIS CAN -- FRANCISCA. SHE WAS ONE OF OAKLAND'S FIRST HOMICIDE VICTIMS IN 2018 AND KILLED BY

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                                    • 08:28:56 PM

                                      MR. HERRERA

                                      HUSBAND DURING A DOMESTICDY -- KILLED BY HER HUSBAND DURING A DOMESTIC…

                                      HUSBAND DURING A DOMESTICDY -- KILLED BY HER HUSBAND DURING A DOMESTIC DISPUTE. SADLY THESE HEARTBREAKING STORIES ARE ALL TOO FAMILIAR IN COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. MORE THAN 30,000 AMERICANS LOSE THEIR LIVES TO GUN VIOLENCE EACH YEAR. SHOOTINGS NOW KILL AS MANY AMERICANS AS CAR ACCIDENTS. LAST YEAR THERE WERE 77 GUN VIOLENCE HOMICIDES IN MY HOME CITY OF OAKLAND. AND ALREADY THIS YEAR THERE HAVE BEEN 12. THIS IS ONLY THIS IS ONLY FEBRUARY. WE NEED ACTION AND WE NEED IT NOW. WE NEED TO PASS THE BIPARTISAN KING-THOMPSON LEGISLATION THAT STRENGTHENS BACKGROUND CHECKS AND YES, WE NEED TO RE-INSTITUTE A BAN ON ASSAULT WEAPONS TO GET THESE WEAPONS OF WAR OUT OF OUR COMMUNITIES AND WE NEED TO CLOSE THE GUN SHOW LOOPHOLE ONCE AND FOR ALL. PASSING CONGRESSMAN CLYBURN'S LEGISLATION TO REQUIRE BACKGROUND CHECKS TO BE COMPLETED BEFORE YOU CAN BUY A GUN, THAT LEGISLATION IS LONG OVERDUE. THAT'S COMMON SENSE. AT SOME POINT, WE HAVE TO STAND UP ENOUGH IS ENOUGH AND STAND UP TO THIS N.R.A. 97% OF AMERICANS SUPPORT GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION GUN LEGISLATION. I'M STANDING HERE DEMANDING THAT THE SPEAKER TAKE ACTION AND BRING COMMONSENSE GUN LEGISLATION TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE. GIVE US A VOTE, SPEAKER RYAN. GIVE US A VOTE.

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                                    • 08:30:37 PM

                                      MR. EVANS

                                      I APPRECIATE THAT. I REALLY DO. THANK YOU FOR SHOWING THOSE PITS. YOU GOT…

                                      I APPRECIATE THAT. I REALLY DO. THANK YOU FOR SHOWING THOSE PITS. YOU GOT YOUR POINT ACROSS. I HOPE MY COLLEAGUE, THOSE PICTURES WILL SEND A MESSAGE TO ALL OF US. CLOSING OUT TONIGHT, AND I THINK ALL OUR COLLEAGUES REALLY JUST SUMMED UP THIS GUN VIOLENCE ISSUE, BUT SOMEONE I HAVE KNOWN WELL AND ADMIRED, THE HONORABLE SHEILA JACKSON LEE FROM THE 16TH DISTRICT IN TEXAS. I YIELD.

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                                    • 08:31:15 PM

                                      MS. JACKSON LEE

                                      LEE: I THANK THE DISTINGUISHED THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA FOR HIS…

                                      LEE: I THANK THE DISTINGUISHED THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA FOR HIS LEADERSHIP. I'M DELIGHTED TO JOIN THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS THIS EVENING UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF CHAIRMAN RICHMOND. WE HAVE BEEN SADLY, A LEADER ON COMMONSENSE GUN SAFETY LEGISLATION SADLY BECAUSE MANY OF OUR DISTRICTS, ALTHOUGH WE REPRESENT THE HUGE NUMBERS OF DIVERSE AMERICANS, OUR DISTRICTS REPRESENT WHITES, AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND LATINOS, ALL WEALTH BACKGROUNDS AND BACKGROUNDS DEALING WITH RELIGION, WE ARE ABLE TO SPEAK BECAUSE MANY OF OUR DISTRICTS HAVE THE REALITY OF GUN VIOLENCE. SO I WANT TO SPEAK, CONGRESSMAN, TO A PARTICULAR POINT THAT I HAVE HEARD FROM THE STANDER-UPERS OF THE N.R.A., PARTICULARLY THE PRESIDENT AND C.E.O. WHEN HE SPOKE TO THE CONSERVATIVE ORGANIZATION THIS PAST WEEK. I WAS SHOCKED TO HEAR ACCUSATIONS AND SOCIALISTS AND CALLING OUT MEMBERS' NAMES WHICH I THINK PATENTLY REJECTS THE COMITY OF RECOGNIZING DEMOCRACY AND TWO DISTINCT PARTIES AND RESPECTS DIFFERENCES OF OPINION. BUT LET ME BE CLEAR ON THE RECORD. NO ONE MEMBER OF THIS BODY, YOU, THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN, CAN ELIMINATE THE SECOND AMENDMENT. NO GROUP OF 20 MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, NO ALL REPUBLICANS OF CONGRESS, NO DEMOCRATS OF CONGRESS CAN ELIMINATE THE SECOND AMENDMENT. THE SECOND AMENDMENT IS A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT AND THERE IS A DECIDED PRACTICE OF A PERCENTAGE OF MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND THE PERCENTAGE OF THE MEMBERS OF 50 STATES. AND WITH THAT IN MIND, LET US CLEAR THE AIR. BUT IF WE WANT TO KNOW THE TRUTH WHAT IS BEING FOUGHT IS GUN SAFETY LEGISLATION, NOT GUN ERADICATION. IN MY STATE, YOU CANNOT RENT A CAR IF YOU ARE NOT 21. THE FEDERAL LAW SAYS YOU CANNOT BUY A GUN. I WILL BE UZBEKISTANNING TOE RAISE THE LEGISLATION. I WILL INTRODUCING TO BAN BUMP STOCKS. WE ARE INTRODUCING ONE NOW. THERE ARE A MULTITUDE OF INTRODUCTIONS OF BILLS, MULTITUDE OF DECISIONS TO BE MADE BY THE FLORIDA DELEGATION. AND I HOPE THEY WILL COME FORWARD IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. BUT LET ME TALK ABOUT THE CHILDREN AND PARENTS. I WAS ON THE AIR OR TALKING AND HEARING THAT PARENTS ARE SCARED SENDING THEIR CHILDREN TO SCHOOL. THIS LAST WEEK, I WENT INTO MY SCHOOLS WHERE CHILDREN WERE TALKING NOT TALKING ABOUT ARMING THEIR TEACHERS OR THOSE KNEE SCHOOLS WHO HAD SKIERED IN THE WRONG DIRECTION, THOSE CHILDREN WERE TALKING ABOUT, YOU HAVE TO PACK. GUN CULTURE DOESN'T REALIZE WHAT WE ARE TURNING IT INTO. FROM LAS VEGAS, TO SAN BERNARDINO TO DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL, THE QUESTION IS WHEN ARE WE GOING TO ACT. CHILDREN DIE FROM GUN-RELATED INJURIES. MOST AMERICANS SUPPORT BARRING PEOPLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS FROM BUYING GUNS. BUT LET ME VERY CLEAR. I DON'T LABEL PEOPLE WHO SUFFER FROM MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES. AND CLEARLY, BETWEEN THE MISTAKES OF REPORTING WHAT THIS YOUNG HAD INDICATED TO THE STATE AND LOCAL AND FEDERAL LEVEL TO MISTAKES ON HIS SITUATION, WE CONSIDER STAND IN BLAME. BUT THERE ARE ADULTS AND WHAT THE RESPONSE HAS BEEN FROM OUR GOOD FRIENDS ON WHO ARE THE GUN ADVOCATES, WHO SHE SAY, CLOSE THEIR EYES AND EARS AND NOT SIT DOWN. THE GUN MANUFACTURERS COTS CONTINUE TO DOMINATE THE DISCUSSION OF SENSIBLE GUN LEGISLATION, FROM GABBY GIFFORDS TO THE TRAGEDIES I HAVE LISTED TO MY CHILDREN WHO SAY, I HOVER IN MY ROOM LISTENING TO GUN FIRE IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD BECAUSE OF THE PRO LIFFERINGS OF GUNS IS SO EXTENSIVE. GUNS ARE BEING TRAFFICKED ILLEGALLY BECAUSE OF THE GUN CULTURE. WE ARE TRYING TO CHANGE THE GUN CULTURE BECAUSE OF WHAT HAPPENED IN CHICAGO. I JOIN REPRESENTATIVE KELLY. OUR CHILDREN ARE COWERING. SECURING OUR SCHOOLS AND BANNING THOSE WEAPONS OF WARR EXTENDING THE TIME FRAME IS AND GETTING THE CHECKS, THE GUN CHECKS, BACKGROUND CHECKS TO CLOSE THE LOOPHOLES IS. AND SO I'M ASKING THIS FLOOR, I'M ASKING THIS LEADERSHIP, AS WE ARE DOING GOOD LEGISLATION ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING, OF WHICH I WILL PARTICIPATE IN TOMORROW, I'M ASKING WE PUT ON THE FLOOR PLEDGES OF GUN SAFETY. AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND HIS LEADERSHIP TONIGHT.

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                                    • 08:37:21 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      UNT THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY , 2017, MR. MITCH ELLIS…

                                      UNT THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY , 2017, MR. MITCH ELLIS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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                                      MR. MITCHELL

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

                                      I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS GERMANE TO THE TOPIC OF THIS SPECIAL ORDER. I'M HERE WITH MS. WATERS OF CALIFORNIA. THIS IS AN EXCITING FIRST 14 MONTHS. I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF REPRESENTING THE FRESHMAN CLASS. TAX CUTS AND TAX REFORM ARE IMPORTANT TO ME AS I GREW UP THE OLDEST OF SEVEN KIDS IN WHICH MY DAD BUILT TRUCKS. I SAW FIRSTHAND THE DIFFICULTIES EXPERIENCED TO MAKE ENDS MEET AND SUPPORT THAT FAMILY AND THAT'S WHY I'M COMMITTED TO ENSURE JOBS, ECONOMIC GROWTH AND WAGES IN THE POCKETS OF PEOPLE WHO GO TO WORK EVERY DAY AND GET A PAYCHECK. UNTIL LAST DECEMBER, IT SEEMED TO BE ONLY A DREAM THAT WE COULD ACHIEVE MEANINGFUL TAX CUTS AND REFORM. IT HAS BEEN 30 YEARS. NEW RULES HAVE GROWN IT INTO A BEAST OF 74,000 PAGES. YOU HAVE TO BE A WIZARD TO KNOW WHAT IS IN IT. THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT ADDRESSED THESE PROBLEMS AND PUTS MORE MONEY IN THE POCKETS OF HARD-WORKING AMERICANS AND MAKE DECISIONS ABOUT HOW TO USE THEIR OWN MONEY. UP UNTIL NOW WE TALKED ABOUT THE POSSIBILITIES THE DREAMS OF TAX CUTS AND REFORM AND TALK ABOUT THE REALITIES OF WHAT IT IS BRINGING TO AMERICA. REPRESENTATIVE WALTERS AND I HAVE ERP ORGANIZED FLOOR SPEECHES THAT BEGIN TONIGHT. EACH WEEK WE DESIGNATE ONE OR MORE STATES DELEGATIONS THAT WILL TALK ABOUT TAX REFORM AND THE IMPACT IT IS HAVING ON THEIR CONSTITUENTS. TEXAS IS KICKING OFF THAT INITIATIVE TONIGHT. AND I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE MY COLLEAGUE, THE CO-CHAIR OF THE TRUTH TAX SQUAD, MRS. WALTERS.

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                                    • 08:39:51 PM

                                      MRS. WALTERS

                                      I THANK YOU FOR THIS. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT…

                                      I THANK YOU FOR THIS. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT ON THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT, FROM DAY ONE, MISINFORMATION ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF THIS HISTORIC TAX REFORM PLAN HAVE CIRCULATED. THE TRUTH IS, AMERICANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE RECEIVING BONUSES, PAY INCREASE AND OTHER BENEFITS AND HELPING TO SAVE FOR THEIR FUTURES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN STARTED THE TRUTH TELLERS INITIATIVE ON TAX REFORM TO HIGHLIGHT THE WAYS THIS BILL HELPS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE HAVE WITNESSED THE POSITIVE IMPACT. SMALL BUSINESSES ARE EXPANDING. JOBS ARE BEING CREATED. RETIREMENT AND BENEFIT PACKAGES ARE INCREASING IN VALUE AND PEOPLE ARE KEEPING MORE OF THEIR HARD-EARNED PAYCHECKS. REPRESENTATIVES FROM EACH STATE WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE HOW TAX REFORM HAS HELPED THEIR CONSTITUENTS. I CAN THINK OF NO BETTER PERSON TO KICK IT OFF THAN THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, MR. BRADY, FROM TEXAS.

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                                    • 08:41:11 PM

                                      MR. BRADY

                                      THROUGH THE EVENING, I WILL HIGHLIGHT SOME IMPORTANT COMPONENTS. I THINK…

                                      THROUGH THE EVENING, I WILL HIGHLIGHT SOME IMPORTANT COMPONENTS. I THINK ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT COMPONENTS IS THE LARGER STANDARD DEDUCTION THAT INCREASES THE STANDARD DEDUCTION OF $12,000 TO 24,000 FOR MARRIED COUPLES. CREATE A SIMPLER FILING PROCESS. 90% OF AMERICANS WOULD FILE THEIR TAXES ON A FORM OF THIS SIZE. SIGNIFICANTLY BETTER THAN THE CURRENT TAX CODE. I HAVE NOW THE PRIVILEGE TO RECOGNIZE A GOOD FRIEND, A COLLEAGUE AND THE GENTLEMAN THAT LED US THROUGH THE WHOLE BATTLE TO ACHIEVE THIS PETTY EPIC CHANGE, AR TRUE CHAMPION, REPRESENTATIVE OF THE 8TH DISTRICT OF TEXAS, I YIELD TO CHAIRMAN BRADY.

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                                    • 08:42:13 PM

                                      MR. BRADY

                                      YOU FOR HIGHLIGHTING THE BENEFITS OF THE TAX CUTS AND JOB ACT AND JOINED…

                                      YOU FOR HIGHLIGHTING THE BENEFITS OF THE TAX CUTS AND JOB ACT AND JOINED BY OUR TEXAS COLLEAGUES. TEXAS IS A BIG WINNER BECAUSE OF THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT. IT WILL CREATE 81,000 NEW GOOD PAYING JOBS IN OUR STATE ALONE. NOT JUST OUR STATE. YOU WOULD SEE HUGE JOB GAINS IN CALIFORNIA AND NEW YORK AND THE SOUTHERN STATES, OUR MANUFACTURING AND THIS HISTORIC TAX REFORM IS MAKING A REAL DIFFERENCE. WE ALL KNOW ABOUT TAX RELIEF FOR OUR SMALL BUSINESSES. THE FIRST EVER. AND THE ABILITY TO WRITE OFF ON DIFFICULT ONE THEARP NEW INVESTMENT IN PLANTS, EQUIPMENT, SOFTWARE AND TECHNOLOGY. THEY CAN COMPETE AND WIN ALL AROUND THE WORLD. I GET EXCITED ABOUT WHAT WE DID FOR FAMILIES. LOWERING THE TAX RATES AT EVERY LEVEL. YOU YOU KEEP MORE OF WHAT YOU EARN, DOUBLING THE STANDARD DEDUCTION SO FEW PEOPLE HAVE TO ITEM MS. AND QUAD DRUPELING HOW MANY AMERICANS CAN USE IT FOR THE FIRST TIME ALL MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICANS. DOING AWAY WITH THE A.M.T. EXCEPT FOR HOUSEHOLDS OVER A MILLION DOLLARS. WHAT THAT MEANS, INSTEAD OF FIVE MILLION AMERICANS, JUST A FRACTION OF WHAT IT IS TODAY. WHAT I LOVE IS THE SFORSE. WHEN I WAS IN HOME DEPOT THE OTHER DAY, ON SUNDAY. AND WE ARE REDOING OUR BATHROOM. AND MY WIFE WAS LOOKING AT SAMPLES. AND A WOMAN INTRODUCED HERSELF, HER NAME IS PAM. A SMALL BUSINESS PERSON, REPAINS AND WORKS FOR THE HOME DEPOT TO MAKE ENDS MEET AND SHE SAID THANK YOU. I GET $184 MORE. MAYBE THAT WILL MEAN A LOT. THANK YOU FOR THAT. DONALD FROM LEWIS, TEXAS. HE SAW THE BENEFITS IN HIS PAY STUB AND MY DEDUCTIONS WENT FROM 9% TO 12%. BECAUSE OF TAX REFORM, WE ARE STRONG. LARRY SADSE I'M A 78-YEAR-OLD RETIREE WORKING PART-TIME AND I'M DELIGHTED TO SEE THE ECONOMIC ACTIVITY THAT SHOULD BENEFIT ALL LOCALLY. EVERY DAY, I HEAR STORIES LIKE THIS. PEOPLE RECEIVING RAISES AND DID SIMPLIFY THE CODE. UNDER THE NEW TAX CODE, NEXT YEAR, NEARLY 90% OF AMERICANS WILL FILE THEIR TAXES USING THE POST CARD SYSTEM. AND I'M REALLY -- I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES FROM TEXAS JOINING US HERE TONIGHT FOR THEIR CRITICAL ROLENER PASSING THIS HISTORIC TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT. THANK YOU TO CONGRESSMAN MITCHELL, FOR YOU AND CONGRESSMAN WALTERS ARRANGING THIS SPECIAL ORDER AND CONTINUING AS YOU DID DURING THE DEBATES AND INFORMING THE TAX REFORM PLAN. THANK YOU FOR PAYING A LEADERSHIP ROLE. AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK. .

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                                    • 08:45:59 PM

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                                      YOU TALKED ABOUT THE IMPACT IT'S HAD IN YOUR DISTRICT, IN TEXAS. HERE WE…

                                      YOU TALKED ABOUT THE IMPACT IT'S HAD IN YOUR DISTRICT, IN TEXAS. HERE WE HAVE A SIGN, SINCE THE TAX REFORM BILL PASSED, MORE THAN 400 COMPANIES HAVE GIVEN A PAY RAISE, A BONUS, INCREASED 401-K CONTRIBUTIONS, OR IN THE CASE OF UTILITIES, LOWERED THEIR RATES.

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                                    • 08:46:19 PM

                                      MR. MITCHELL

                                      ARE RECEIVING SPECIAL TAX REFORM BONUSES THAT -- BONUSES. THE DIRECT BONUS…

                                      ARE RECEIVING SPECIAL TAX REFORM BONUSES THAT -- BONUSES. THE DIRECT BONUS ANNOUNCEMENTS TO DATE EXCEED $3 BILLION. COMPANIES FROM JETBLUE, KEY BANK, D.T.E. ENERGY IN MY DISTRICT BACK HOME. ALASKA AIRLINES. WE COULD GO THROUGH THE LIST. 400 COMPANIES HAVE ALREADY ANNOUNCED MAJOR CHANGES AND MAJOR INVESTMENTS. THESE HAVE MAJOR IMPACTS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY AND TO CONSTITUENTS. NEXT WE'RE GOING TO HEAR FROM ANOTHER COLLEAGUE, A GOOD FRIEND. I NOW YIELD TO THE REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE 25TH DISTRICT OF TEXAS, WHO HAS CONSISTENTLY BEEN A VOICE OF BUSINESS OWNERS THROUGHOUT HIS DISTRICT AND AMERICA, AND THROUGH HIS WORK ON THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, CONGRESSMAN ROGER WILLIAMS.

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                                    • 08:47:04 PM

                                      MR. WILLIAMS

                                      THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO TAKE THIS TIME TO TALK…

                                      THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO TAKE THIS TIME TO TALK ABOUT HOW THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT IS BENEFITING TEXANS. ESPECIALLY THE FOLKS IN THE 25TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT THAT I REPRESENT. THERE ARE APPROXIMATELY 28 MILLION PEOPLE LUCKY ENOUGH TO CALL THEMSELVES TEXANS. OF THAT I HAVE THE GREAT HONOR OF REPRESENTING HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF HARDWORKING AMERICANS WHO WAKE UP AND GO TO WORK EVERY DAY JUST LIKE YOU AND JUST LIKE ME. FOR FIVE YEARS I HAVE TRAVELED UP AND DOWN THE 25TH DISTRICT OF TEXAS. MOST RECENTLY JUST LAST WEEK. WHERE I VISITED MANY LOCAL BUSINESSES ALONG THE WAY. I'VE WITNESSED FIRSTHAND THE HARDSHIPS THAT FAMILIES AND SMALL BUSINESSES FACE DAY IN AND DAY OUT DUE TO AN INTRUSIVE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND OVERREACHING ADMINISTRATION. I PLEDGED TO THESE PEOPLE THAT I WOULD BRING MY COMMONSENSE BUSINESS PERSPECTIVE TO WASHINGTON, IN ORDER TO JUMP-START THIS ECONOMY. AND I'M PROUD TO SAY THAT I UPHELD THAT PROMISE. WHEN I VISITED THESE FOLKS LAST WEEK, THERE WAS SOMETHING DIFFERENT ABOUT THEM. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME I HAD BUSINESS OWNERS AND THEIR EMPLOYEES TELLING ME ABOUT THE POSITIVE IMPACTS COMING FROM OUR NATION'S TAX CODE. THEY WERE TELLING ME THEY NOTICED MORE MONEY IN THEIR MOST RECENT PAYCHECKS. ONE MAN EVEN TOLD ME HE PLANS TO USE HIS EXTRA MONEY TO PUT INTO HIS 401-K. SO THAT HE CAN SAVE EVEN MORE FOR HIS RETIREMENT. THIS MEANS PARENTS CAN NOW PLAN FOR THEIR FUTURE. AND START PUTTING AWAY MONEY FOR THEIR KIDS' COLLEGE FUNDS. IT MEANS COMPANIES ARE ADDING TO THEIR WORK FORCE AND THAT THOSE INDIVIDUALS CAN KEEP MORE MONEY IN THEIR POCKETS. ULTIMATELY THESE HARDWORKING TEXANS ARE SEEING MORE JOBS, FAIRER TAXES AND BIGGER PAYCHECKS. I'M PROUD TO BE THEIR VOICE IN WASHINGTON. AND I WILL CONTINUE FIGHTING ON THEIR BEHALF. IN GOD WE TRUST. I YIELD BACK.

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                                    • 08:48:52 PM

                                      MR. MITCHELL

                                      THANK YOU, MR. WILLIAMS, FOR YOUR COMMENTS. SOME OF OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE…

                                      THANK YOU, MR. WILLIAMS, FOR YOUR COMMENTS. SOME OF OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE FLOOR, AS WE WORK TOWARD PASS -- WORKED TOWARD PASSING THIS EPIC REFORM, TALKED ABOUT THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT AS BEING ARMAGEDDON. AS BEING THE END OF THE WORLD. LET'S TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THAT. ON CNBC ON FEBRUARY 20, THEY HAD A SURVEY. Q-1 SMALL BUSINESS CONFIDENCE INDEX SAW AN INCREASE IN POINTS. TAX POLICY CHANGES WOULD HAVE A POSITIVE EFFECT ON THEIR BUSINESS, UP FROM 38% IN THE FOURTH QUARTER. THE NUMBER OF THOSE SAME TAX POLICY CHANGES OF NEGATIVE IMPACT FELL SHARPLY TO 23%. ONLY ONE IN THREE RESPONDED SAID -- THE TAX POLICY SAID FOUR OUT OF FIVE AMERICANS WOULD SEE A TAX CUT BY THE END OF THE YEAR. NOT THE ARMAGEDDON SOME OF OUR COLLEAGUES PREDICTED. WE'RE NOW GOING TO HEAR FROM ANOTHER COLLEAGUE REPRESENTING TEXAS' 22ND DISTRICT, AND A VOCAL ADVOCATE FOR SIMPLER AND A FAIRER TAX CODE. I NOW YIELD TO CONGRESSMAN PETE OLSON.

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                                    • 08:50:11 PM

                                      MR. OLSON

                                      I THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MY FRIEND FROM MICHIGAN, MR. MITCHELL, AND HIS…

                                      I THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MY FRIEND FROM MICHIGAN, MR. MITCHELL, AND HIS CO-HOSTS -- CO-HOST, FOR THE FIRST SPECIAL ORDER OF THE TAX REFORM TRUTH SQUAD. WE'RE THRILLED THAT TEXANS HAD THE FIRST CHOICE, FIRST CHANCE TO SPEAK ON SUCH AN IMPORTANT ISSUE. THAT, MY FRIEND, TEXANS LOVE TO BRAG ABOUT TEXAS. AND THAT'S WHAT WE'LL DO TONIGHT. THAT'S WHAT I'LL DO. I WANT TO BRAG ABOUT TWO STORIES FROM HOME. AND TWO FACES FROM HOME. THE FIRST FACE IS JUSTIN. THAT'S HIM RIGHT THERE. HE RUNS THE HOUSTON SHOE HOSTILE IN MY HOMETOWN OF SUGARLAND, TEXAS. IT'S RIGHT THERE AT THE CORNER OF -- SUGAR LAND, TEXAS. IT'S RIGHT THERE AT THE CORNER OF WILLIAM'S TRACE AND HIGHWAY 66. FOR 10 YEARS I'VE TAKEN MY BOOTS TO BE SHINED AT THAT STORE. I TALKED TO JUSTIN ABOUT WHAT THE TAX CODE, THE CUTS, WILL DO FOR HIS BUSINESS. HE SAID, IT'S SIMPLE. MORE MONEY IN MY POCKET MEANS I WILL PAY OFF ALL MY CREDIT CARDS. AND ALL OUR DEBT. BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, JUSTIN MET HIS BRIDE IN MEXICO. THEY WERE MARRIED THERE. WITH ALL THIS NEW MONEY HE HAS, BECAUSE OF OUR TAX CUTS, HE PLANS TO TAKE HIS TWO KIDS TO THE SAME CHURCH WHERE THEY WERE MARRIED, TO BAPTIZE THEM. THAT IS PRICELESS AND THAT HAS HAPPENED BECAUSE OF THESE TAX CUTS. THE SECOND STORY THAT COMES TO MIND IS A DEAR FRIEND. ANDRES. HE'S THE ONLIER -- OWNER OF A MEXICAN RESTAURANT RIGHT THERE OFF OF HIGHWAY 357. HE TOLD ME THAT THE BEGGEST BENEFIT TO HIS BUSINESS -- BIGGEST BENEFIT TO HIS BUSINESS IS THAT EKPE HIS EMPLOYEES MORE. MORE MONEY -- HE CAN PAY HIS EMPLOYEES MORE. MORE MONEY IN THEIR POCKETS. HE CAN EXPAND HIS BUSINESS. NEW EQUIPMENT. HE SAID THE LAST FOUR YEARS OF HIGH TAXES AND EXPLODING REGULATIONS HAVE CAUSED A SMALL RETROACTION IN HIS BUSINESS. RETRACTION. HE'S NOW IN FULL EXPANSION MODE. HE'S GIVING HIS EMPLOYEES MORE PAY. AND HAS PLANS RIGHT NOW TO BUY MORE EQUIPMENT. AND THERE'S MORE. ANDRES IS THE HEART AND SOUL OF AN ANNUAL FUNDRAISING FOR SENIORS' MEALS FOR WHEELS. EVERY CINCO DE MAYO, WHEN MEXICO CELEBRATES THEIR INDEPENDENCE FROM FRANCE, HE HAS A FUNDRAISER AT HIS RESTAURANT. LAST YEAR HE RAISED OVER $60,000. WITH MORE MONEY IN HIS POCKET, HE THINKS HE CAN HAVE A BIGGER PARTY. MAYBE RAISE $100,000. OR MAYBE PURCHASE A NEW VAN TO DELIVER FOODS. THAT'S RIM RIGHT THERE. HE WAS SMILING BECAUSE HE WAS TALKING TO US ABOUT THOSE AMAZING TAX CUTS. ONE MORE PICTURE. I INVITE AMERICA TO CHECK OUT JUSTIN'S STORY AND ANDRES' STORE HERY -- STORY AT MY WEBSITE, MY FACEBOOK OR MY TWITTER. HEAR THEIR VOICES. SEE THEM SPEAK. LEARN WHAT THEY'VE LEARNED. I'LL CLOSE WITH A REQUEST FROM JUSTIN AND ANDRES. THEY WANT ME TO SAY THANK YOU TO PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP. THANK YOU TO EVERY MEMBER OF CONGRESS WHO VOTED FOR THIS BILL. THIS BILL IS NOT ABOUT CRUMBS. THIS BILL IS ABOUT REAL MONEY AND REAL PEOPLE'S -- IN REAL PEOPLE'S POCKETS. I INVITE EVERYONE TO COME DOWN TO HOUSTON, TEXAS, SUGARLAND. GET YOUR BOOTS SHINED. IF YOU HAVE TIME, ADD ANOTHER BELT BUCKLE, BECAUSE YOU'LL GET FILLED UP AT ANDRES' RESTAURANT. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, MR. MITCHELL. I YIELD BACK.

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                                    • 08:55:33 PM

                                      MR. MITCHELL

                                      THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT SOME OF THE IMPROVEMENTS…

                                      THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT SOME OF THE IMPROVEMENTS IN PEOPLE'S LIVES WITH THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT HAS CREATED. OVER THE WEEKEND I RECEIVED A MESSAGE FROM ONE OF MY CONSTITUENTS, MARK. I KNOW HIM, HE AND HIS WIFE WORK HARD. THEY DON'T MAKE A LOT OF MONEY. BUT I GOT A NICE NOTE SAYING, THANK YOU SO MUCH. THEY MET WITH THEIR ACCOUNTANT ABOUT THIS YEAR'S TAXES AND PROBABLIED NEXT YEAR AND HE SAID THEY'LL HAVE ANOTHER -- PROJECTED NEXT YEAR AND THEY SAID THEY'LL HAVE ANOTHER $2,700 IN THEIR POCKET THAT THEY CAN USE TO FIX THEIR HOUSE OR MAYBE EVEN TAKE A LITTLE VACATION UP NORTH. THESE ARE THE THINGS THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT HAS DONE. NOW I'LL TAKE A MOMENT AND INTRODUCE AND YIELD TIME TO A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE, AN INSTRUMENTAL MEMBER IN BRINGING THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT TO THE HOUSE FLOOR. HIS WORK ON BEHALF OF THE 32ND DISTRICT OF TEXAS AND ALL AMERICANS HAS CERTAINLY BEEN RECOGNIZED. I NOW YIELD TIME TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE RULES COMMITTEE, CONGRESSMAN PETE SESSIONS.

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                                    • 08:56:29 PM

                                      MR. SESSIONS

                                      CONGRESSMAN MITCHELL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. SPEAKER, TONIGHT, AS I JOIN…

                                      CONGRESSMAN MITCHELL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. SPEAKER, TONIGHT, AS I JOIN YOU TO TALK AND TO THANK YOU FOR THE LEADERSHIP OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY, WHO MADE A FIRM DECISION DURING THE LAST ELECTIONS THAT OUR PARTY NEEDED TO STAND FOR NOT ONLY MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, BUT EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN NEEDED AN OPPORTUNITY TO JOIN IN THAT ENDEAVOR. AND TONIGHT I STAND IN THIS BEAUTIFUL TIME THAT WE DISCUSS THE TAX BILL THAT REPUBLICANS PASSED LAST YEAR, ABOUT THE EFFECTS OF IT AND HOW MUCH IT IS HELPING AMERICA. I THINK A STORY NEEDS TO BE TOLD ABOUT WHAT WAS THE GOAL OF THE TAX BILL? WHY DID REPUBLICANS WORK SO HARD TO MOVE THESE IDEAS FORWARD? AND THE BOTTOM LINE TO IT IS, IS THAT AMERICANS WATCHED AS THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND PRESIDENT OBAMA NOT ONLY HAD THEIR CONTROL OF THE COUNTRY, BUT ECONOMICALLY, AS THE POLICIES OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY BECAME MORE AWARE TO PEOPLE, AMERICANS AND THE WORLD WATCHED AS AMERICA DWINDLED IN ECONOMIC ACTIVITY AND ECONOMIC GROWTH. AND THIS TOOK PLACE BECAUSE OF THE POLICIES THAT THE PRESIDENT, PRESIDENT OBAMA AT THAT TIME, BROUGHT FORTH AND CONGRESS PASSED. TRILLION-DOLLAR SPENDING PLANS. TRILLION-DOLLAR INCREASES TO THE BUDGET. AND TALK OF RAISING TAXES ANOTHER TRILLION. AND WHAT HAPPENED IS FOR SOME EIGHT YEARS THERE WAS G.D.P. GROWTH OF ABOUT 1.2%. MR. SPEAKER, THAT MEANS VERY PLAINLY THAT IT WOULD TAKE ABOUT 70 YEARS TO DOUBLE THE SIZE OF OUR ECONOMY. WHICH MEANS THAT COMMUNITIES AND STATES AND COMPANIES AND INDIVIDUALS LAGGED BEHIND AS THEY WOULD WATCH OTHER CITIES AND OTHER COUNTRIES AND OTHER PEOPLE AROUND THE GLOBE NOT ONLY HAVE ECONOMIC ACTIVITY, BUT OPPORTUNITY THAT CAME TO THEIR DOORSTEPS. I.P.O.'S, INITIAL PUBLIC OFFERINGS, AND ALL THE ACRONYMS THAT GO WITH ECONOMIC GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT WENT OVERSEAS. THEY WENT OTHER PLACES. AND SO REPUBLICANS BEGAN THIS DISCUSSION WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, GOING TO 2010. 2010. THAT SAID, WE NEED TO BE CAREFUL ABOUT GOVERNMENT SPENDING. BUT ON THE SAME SIDE WHAT WE NEED TO DO IS TO GROW OUR ECONOMY. AND THAT IS EXACTLY THE DISCUSSION THAT TOOK PLACE DURING THE LAST PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. SO, REPUBLICANS, AS SOON AS THE ELECTION WAS OVER, BEGAN THE PROCESS OF NOT ONLY MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, BUT DOING IT BY EMPOWERING EVERY SINGLE STATE AND EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN TO BE A PART OF THIS GROWTH. SO, ESSENTIALLY THERE WAS A LOOK AT SOME $12 TRILLION WORTH OF ECONOMIC TAX COMPONENTS. KEVIN BRADY, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, FROM HOUSTON, TEXAS, ACTUALLY SPRING, TEXAS, WAS IN CHARGE AS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE OF LOOKING AT HOW WE WERE GOING TO MOVE OUR ECONOMY FORWARD. I CALL THAT POP. HOW WE WERE GOING TO TAKE ECONOMIC ACTIVITY, INSTEAD OF PERHAPS IT HELPING AN INDIVIDUAL OR A COMPANY OR NECESSARILY ONE PARTICULAR PART OF THE ECONOMY, WE WANTED TO WHERE IT WOULD GO AND ADD POP OR BE GENERATIONALLY -- DEVELOP MORE ECONOMIC ACTIVITY THAN JUST FOR A SINGULAR ENTITY. AND SO KEVIN BRADY, AS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, LOOKED A SO THE -- LOOKED AT SOME 5DS.6 TRILLION OUT OF THIS $12 -- $5.6 TRILLION OUT OF THIS $12 TRILLION AND SAID, WE NEED TO TAKE THAT AND MAKE THAT THE ENGINE OF THE ECONOMY. AND SO A DECISION WAS MADE TO MOVE THAT DIRECTLY TO THE FREE ENTERPRISE SYSTEM. AND, MR. SPEAKER, IT IS THE FREE ENTERPRISE SYSTEM THAT STANDS AS THE GREATEST ACTIVITY FOR FREEDOM IN THE WORLD, AND ACTIVITY THAT NOT ONLY BRINGS OPPORTUNITY AND INVESTMENT AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP, BUT MORE THAN THAT, IT BRINGS WEALTH. IT HAS BROUGHT WEALTH TO THE COMBRITES OF AMERICA, A FREE -- TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, A FREE ENTERPRISE SYSTEM IS THIS TO PRODUCE FOR ANYBODY THAT CHOOSES TO BE PARTICIPATORY IN THAT ENVIRONMENT, AN OPPORTUNITY TO BEGIN BY INVESTING YOUR OWN MONEY, BY HARD WORK, WHEN YOU SHOW UP AT WORK, AND HAVING CUSTOMERS OR CONSUMERS THAT GO AND GENERATE ECONOMIC ACTIVITY. AND THAT IS WHAT AMERICA HAS BEEN AND THAT IS WHAT WE WERE SLOWING DOWN. . THE ENGINE OF THAT ECONOMY WAS SLOWING DOWN, BECAUSE OUR PREDECESSOR, NOT JUST IN THE PRESIDENCY, BUT ALSO OUR FRIENDS, THE DEMOCRATS, BELIEVED THEY WOULD ENGAGE THE FREE ENTERPRISE SYSTEM IN SUCH A WAY THAT DID NOT ALLOW IT TO GROW, DID NOT ALLOW IT TO EXPAND, DID NOT ALLOW ITSELF TO BUILD. WHAT KEVIN BRADY DID IS PROPOSE A TAX BILL THAT WOULD TAKE $5.6 TRILLION WORTH OF TAX COMPONENTS AND MOVE IT DIRECTLY TO THE FREE ENTERPRISE SYSTEM. BY MOVING IT TO THE FREE ENTERPRISE SYSTEM, WE REDUCED TAXES. WE REDUCED TAXES FROM THE 37% RANGE FOR CORPORATE, DOWN TO 21%. WHAT DOES THAT DO? WELL THAT TAKES AMERICA, AN AMERICAN BUSINESS, AS SEEN BY THE WORLD, FROM 24TH IN THE WORLD TO NUMBER ONE. SO INSTEAD OF US BEING -- BEING ON A LIST OF WHAT MIGHT BE 24TH PLACE OF EASY TO DO BUSINESS, THAT WAS GENERATING NOT ONLY GOODS AND SERVICES, BUT WITH THE EASE OF DOING BUSINESS WITH THAT PEOPLE WANTED TO BE PART OF, THAT HAS TAKEN US TO FIRST IN THE WORLD. THAT MEANS THAT AMERICA WILL BEGIN BUILDING BACK NOT ONLY JOBS, AND JOB CREATION, BUT IT WILL BUILD BACK WITH THAT, THE INTELLECTUAL CAPACITY TO BUILD THE NEWEST, FINEST IDEAS AND PRODUCTS THAT THE WORLD NEEDS FOR TOMORROW BECAUSE AMERICA WILL BE A PLACE THAT IS NOT ONLY EASY TO DO BUSINESS, BUT IS LESS PRICED. BECAUSE WE CAN BE LESS PRICE, WE CAN BECOME THE PRODUCTS OF CHOICE AROUND THE WORLD. SO MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO SAY, THIS IS WORKING. THIS IS WORKING TO TAKE AMERICA NOT ONLY WHERE THEY'RE IN FIRST PLACE, BUT IT MEANS AMERICANS AND AMERICAN COMPANIES CAN BE IN THE SAME POSITION. AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS FROM DALLAS, TEXAS, I HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE FIRSTHAND NOT ONLY HOW THIS IMPACTS PEOPLE AND COMPANIES, BUT HOW IT IMPACTS THE WORKERS. AND IT WASN'T BUT TWO WEEKS AGO WHEN I WAS AT WHAT WAS CALLED THE NATIONAL WRITE YOUR CONGRESSMAN WHICH HEADQUARTERED IN DALLAS, TEXAS, RANDY FORD IS THEIR PRESIDENT, RANDY GAVE ME GOOD NEWS HE SAID THAT OF THE SMALL BUSINESSES THAT THEY HAD TALKED TO, THAT THEY BELIEVE THAT 74% OF SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS EXPECTED REVENUES TO BE HIGHER IN 2018 AND EVEN HIGHER THE NEXT YEAR, WHICH MEANT THAT THEY FELT POSITIVE ABOUT NOT ONLY ECONOMIC GROWTH, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, THEIR COMPANIES. I ALSO VISITED TEXAS MOVING COMPANY, WHICH IS A FAMILY-OWNED BUSINESS, SOME 40 YEARS OLD , IN RICHARDSON, TEXAS. THEY TOLD ME POINT BLANK THAT AS A RESULT OF US MAKING SURE THAT WE WOULD REDUCE THE COST OF DOING BUSINESS BY REDUCING TAXES, THAT THEY HAD INCREASED THEIR DRIVERS' PAY OVER $2,400. THAT MEANS IT DOES COME DIRECTLY TO THE EMPLOYEES THAT ARE ABLE TO HAVE NOT ONLY MORE TAKE HOME PAY BUT THEY'RE ABLE TO KNOW THAT THEY CAN FALL INTO MORE EASILY KNOWING THAT THEY MAY TAKE A PART-TIME JOB TO A FULL-TIME JOB A FULL-TIME JOB TO A CAREER, AND A CAREER AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY BETTER THE LIVES OF NOT ONLY THEIR FAMILY, BUT THEIR CHILDREN ALSO AND THEIR COMMUNITY. AND THIS IS WHAT TEXAS MOVING COMPANY MADE A DECISION THEN, AS THEY SAW THIS MONEY THAT THEY WOULD HAVE THEY MADE A DETERMINATION THAT THEY WOULD GIVE THEIR -- THE -- INCREASE THEIR EMPLOYEES BY $2,400 BUT ALSO INCREASED THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE REIMBURSEMENT TO WHERE THEY NOW PAY $3,480 A YEAR TO HELP THEIR EMPLOYEES TO PAY MORE OF THEIR HEALTH CARE KANSASES. BECAUSE THEY CAN DO THAT ON A PRETAX BASIS. MR. SPEAKER, TLS ALL THESE -- IT IS ALL THESE THINGS THAT THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY HAS DONE. WHEN OTHERS SAID IT WOULD SIMPLY BE CRUMBS OREN POORNT -- OR UNIMPORTANT, WE SAID WE ARE GOING TO FOCUS ON MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN. AND WHEN YOU DO THAT, YOU WILL FIND THAT YOU NOT ONLY MAKE AMERICA GREAT, BUT YOU MAKE AMERICANS AND THEIR FAMILIES GREATER ALSO. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS WHY WE AS TEXANS STAND UP NOT ONLY AS PROUD MEMBERS OF CONGRESS BUT ALSO AS PROUD AMERICANS WHO SAY, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERYBODY, NO MATTER WHERE THEY LIVE IN THE UNITED STATES, THAT THEY WOULD BE A PART OF MAKING THEIR CITY, THEIR STATE, THEIR COMPANY, AND THEIR FAMILY EVEN STRONGER. SO I APPRECIATE MR. MITCHELL, YOU ALLOWING ME TO BE WITH YOU TONIGHT. IT IS MY HOPE THAT THE DISCUSSION THAT WE HAVE WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND YOU, MR. SPEAKER, THAT YOU WILL RECOGNIZE THAT IF WE'RE GOING TO DO THIS, IT WILL MEAN THAT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO UNDERSTAND IT IS NOT UP TO GOVERNMENT TO MAKE THIS WORK, IT IS UP TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE'RE GIVING THEM THE TOOLS IN THIS TAX BILL AND I THINK THEY'LL DO THE RIGHT THING FOR EVERYBODY. I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME TIME THIS EVENING.

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                                    • 09:06:58 PM

                                      MR. MITCHELL

                                      I APPRECIATE MR. SESSIONS JOINING US TONIGHT. AS I SAID, ALONG THE WAY…

                                      I APPRECIATE MR. SESSIONS JOINING US TONIGHT. AS I SAID, ALONG THE WAY WE'RE GOING TO HIGHLIGHT SOME ASPECTS OF THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT. REAL QUICKLY, I WANT TO OUTLINE THAT $24,000 OF A MARRIED COUPLE'S INCOME IS TAXED AT ZERO, NO TAX ON THAT WE CONTINUE TO ALLOW FAMILIES TO DEDUCT STATE AND LOCAL TAXES UP TO $10,000. WE DOUBLE THE CHILD TAX CREDIT AND PRESERVE THE CHILD AND DEPENDENT TAX CREDIT WHILE ALSO PRESERVING THE ADOPTION TAX CREDIT. ALL CRITICAL THINGS TO FAMILIES IN HELPING TO SUPPORT FAMILIES THROUGH THE TAX CODE. NEXT I WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT TO RECOGNIZE A MEMBER OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE WITH DECK CAUSE OF EXPERIENCE, JOB CREATION AND THE OPPORTUNITY FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH. REPRESENTING THE 17TH DISTRICT OF TEXAS, I YIELD TO CONGRESSMAN BILL FLORES.

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                                    • 09:07:49 PM

                                      MR. FLORES

                                      MR. SPEAKER, I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING SOME TIME TO ME. TODAY I…

                                      MR. SPEAKER, I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING SOME TIME TO ME. TODAY I RISE WITH MY FELLOW TEXAS COLLEAGUES TO SHARE SOME EXAMPLES OF HOW THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT IS HELPING HARDWORKING TEXANS AND THEIR FAMILIES. OUR BOLD, PRO-GROWTH TAX REFORM BILL WAS SIGNED INTO LAW 6 TAIS AGO. SINCE THEN, MORE THAN FOUR MILLION AMERICANS HAVE SEEN SOME COMBINATION OF WAGE BOOST, A BONUS, OR ENHANCED EMPLOYEE BENEFITS. BUSINESSES WITH FOOTPRINTS IN THE 17TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, THE DISTRICT I'M HONORED TO REPRESENT, SUCH AS APPLE, BEST BUY, COGNIZANT C.V.S., FEDEX, HOME DEPOT, LOWES, STARBUCKS, U.P.S., WASTE MANAGEMENT AND VISA HAVE PASSED ON SOME OF THE SAVINGS THEY'RE GETTING FROM THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT ONTO THEIR EMPLOYEES. ADDITIONALLY WE KNOW THERE ARE PLENTY OF OTHER SMALL AND LARGE BUSINESSES IN TEXAS WHO ARE DOING THE SAME. ANOTHER GREAT EXAMPLE OF BENEFITS TO CENTRAL TEXAS FAMILIES IS ONCOR ELECTRIC, WHICH SERVES ABOUT 3.4 MILLION HOMES AND BUSINESSES IN TEXAS, INCLUDING SEVEN COUNTIES IN THE 17TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. THEY HAVE AGREED RETURN ALL THE TAX CUT BENEFITS TO THEIR CUSTOMERS IN THE FORM OF LOWER ENERGY BILLS. NOW THAT FEDERAL TAX WITHHOLDING TABLES HAVE BEEN UPDATED TO REFLECT THE LOWER TAX RATES, MANY TEXANS ARE TAKING HOME BIGGER PAYCHECKS. IN THE 17TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT ARCHETYPICAL WORKING CLASS FAMILY OF FOUR WILL SEE A TAX CUT OF $1,885. THIS MUCH-WELCOME INFLUX OF CASH HELPS CENTRAL TEXANS HAVE A CHANCE TO SAVE AND A CHANCE TO GET AHEAD. I'M ALSO PROUD TO REPRESENT A DISTRICT THAT INCLUDES A SIGNIFICANT FOOTPRINT OF TEXAS' BEST RESEARCH INSTITUTE, INCLUDING TEXAS A&M, BAYLOR, AND U.T. AUSTIN. WE PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS BY CONTINUING TO EXEMPT THE VALUE OF REDUCE AND FREE DUE EDUCATION FROM TAXES. THISES SOMETHING I FOUGHT HARD TO PRESERVE SO WE CAN CONTINUE TO HAVE THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST STUDENTS AS THEY EDUCATE AND PURSUE IMPORTANT RESEARCH INITIATIVES IN THE 21ST CENTURY IN THE STATE OF TEXAS. MR. SPEAKER, THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT IS DOING EXACTLY WHAT WE SET OUT TO DO. WHICH IS TO HELP CREATE MORE JOBS, BIGGER PAYCHECKS, AND FAIRER TAXES FOR HARD WORKING AMERICAN FAMILIES. I THANK THE JERUSALEM FROM CALIFORNIA, MIMI WALTERS, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, PAUL MITCHELL, AND MY FELLOW TEXAS COLLEAGUE AND CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, KEVIN BRADY, FOR LEADING THIS GREAT DISCUSSION TONIGHT ON THE POSITIVE CHANGES BROUGHT ABOUT THROUGH THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT. I LOOK FORWARD TO LEARN MANAGER ABOUT AN SHARING THESE IMPORTANT SUCCESS STORIES WITH THE CITIZENS OF MY DISTRICT. AS I CLOSE, I ASK THAT ALL AMERICANS CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR OUR COUNTRY DURING THESE DIFFICULT TIMES, FOR THE FAMILIES OF THE VICTIMS IN FLORIDA, THE RECENT FLORIDA SHOOTINGS, FOR OUR MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN WHO PROTECT US FROM EXTERNAL THREATS, AND FOR OUR FIRST RESPONDERS WHO PROTECT US AT HOME. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK TO MR. MITCHELL.

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                                    • 09:11:09 PM

                                      MR. MITCHELL

                                      THANK YOU, MR. FLORES. I WOULD LIKE TO CONTINUE WITH A DISCUSSION OF THE…

                                      THANK YOU, MR. FLORES. I WOULD LIKE TO CONTINUE WITH A DISCUSSION OF THE IMPACT OF THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT BY INTRODUCING A COLLEAGUE OF MINE ON THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE AND A DEFENDER OF A STRONG RURAL ECONOMY, REPRESENTING THE 36TH DISTRICT OF TEXAS, I YIELD TO CONGRESSMAN BRIAN BABIN.

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                                    • 09:11:28 PM

                                      MR. BABIN

                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. REPRESENTATIVE PAUL MITCHELL, FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY…

                                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. REPRESENTATIVE PAUL MITCHELL, FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TO TALK ABOUT OUR HISTORIC TAX CUT LEGISLATION AND THE GREAT BENEFITS THAT ARE FLOWING TO SMALL BUSINESSES IN TENS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO WORK FOR THEM. THIS IS A -- THIS IS ESPECIALLY TRUE IN THE GREAT STATE OF TEXAS AND THE NINE COUNTIES THAT I REPRESENT FROM HOUSTON TO THE LOUISIANA STATE LINE WHICH HAS MORE PETROCHEMICAL REFINING FACILITIES THAN ANY DISTRICT IN THE ENTIRE UNITED STATES. AND THEIR EMPLOYEES -- THERE ARE EMPLOYEES BENEFITING FROM LOCAL TAXES BUT THE GAINS THAT WE HAVE SEEN SAY SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT. THE GAINS EXTEND FAR BEYOND JUST EMPLOYEES BENEFITING FROM LOWER TAXES. I'M ALSO HEARING FROM HUNDRED OVES INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES ABOUT HOW THEIR TAX BILLS ARE BEING CUT AND WHAT THEY PLAN TO DO WITH THEIR LARGER PAYCHECKS. EXXONMOBIL HAS ANNOUNCED A $50 BILLION INVESTMENT IN ITS U.S. OPERATIONS AND EMPLOYEES OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS. WAL-MART HAS ALREADY BOOSTED HOURLY WAGES AND PROVIDED EMPLOYEES WITH A BONUS. BOEING INCORPORATED HAS ANNOUNCED 300 MILLION EMPLOYEE RELATED INVESTMENTS AND CHARITABLE GIVING. LET'S BREAK THIS DOWN EVEN FURTHER TO THE STORIES THAT AREN'T MAKING THE HEADLINES OF THE MAJOR PAPERS BUT WHICH ARE IMPROVING LIVES AND GROWING BUSINESSES ALL ACROSS SOUTHEAST TEXAS. JUAN AND LEY BOTH OWN SMALL BUSINESSES IN HOUSTON AND ARE HIRING PEOPLE WITH THE TAX CUTS. AMY IN POLK COUNTY SHARED THAT SHE WAS ABLE TO PURCHASE NEW EQUIPMENT TO RUN HER BUSINESS MORE EFFICIENTLY. HE WILLEN IN TYLER COUNTY TOOK HER TAX SAVINGS AND PLOWED IT BACK INTO HER BUSINESS TO HELP IT GROW. JULIE IN ORANGE SHARED THAT SHE WILL SAVE ENOUGH FROM THE TAX CUTS TO PURCHASE A LARGER INVENTORY FOR HER BUSINESS. FOLKS, SMALL BUSINESSES ARE THE BACKBONE OF OUR ECONOMY AND I'M HEARING STORY AFTER STORY JUST LIKE THIS ABOUT SMALL BUSINESSES GROWING AND HIRING OUR FRIENDS AND OUR NEIGHBORS. INDIVIDUAL TAX RATE CUTS ARE MAKING A HUGE DIFFERENCE FOR EAST TEXANS AS OVER 90% OF AMERICANS ARE GETTING A TAX CUT. ROBERT FROM HIGHLANDS WROTE TO TELL ME HE IS USING HIS TAX SAVINGS TO HELP HIS DAUGHTER GET A COLLEGE DEGREE. ALAN IN HOUSTON HAS DECIDED TO PUT HIS TAX CUT INTO SAVINGS FOR HIS RETIREMENT. MRS. DRAKE IS NOW ABLE TO BUY A NEW STOVE WHILE JUSTIN FROM HARRIS COUNTY IS PAYING DOWN CREDIT CARD DEBT. SCOTT IS USING HIS SAVINGS TO HELP HIM BUY A BRAND NEW HOME. MR. WOODS TOLD ME THAT HIS TAX SAVINGS, HE IS SPENDING IT ON HIS WIFE HE MAY BE THE SMARTEST OF US ALL. THE TAX CUTS ARE EVEN HELPING IN HURRICANE HARVEY RECOVERY. JUDY FROM ORANGE COUNTY SHARED WITH ME HOW THE TAX CUTS HAVE ENABLED HER TO REPLACE HOUSEHOLD ITEM DESTROYED BY HURRICANE HARVEY. AND JASON FROM BAY TON IS ABLE TO NOW REPAIR HIS HOME. THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT IS MAKING A REAL DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF OUR FRIENDS AND OUR NEIGHBORS IN SOUTHEAST TEXAS. AND ALL ACROSS THIS NATION. THESE DECISIONS ADD UP TO TENS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF INVESTMENTS IN OUR ECONOMY. AND SMALL BUSINESSES. AND EDUCATION. AND IN THE IMPROVEMENT OF OUR LIVES. TENS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS ARE SEEING LOWER PAYROLL DEDUCTIONS, RESULTING IN BIGGER PAYCHECKS, MORE RETIREMENT SAVINGS, AND BIGGER FAMILY BUDGETS AND RELIEF AT EVERY LEVEL. THIS TAX CUT BILL IS BENEFITING FAMILIES, JOB CREATORS, AND OUR ECONOMY. AND I WISH TO THANK MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM MICHIGAN, MR. PAUL MITCHELL, FOR GIVING US THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK ABOUT THIS WONDERFUL HISTORIC TAX PACKAGE. I YIELD BACK.

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                                    • 09:15:34 PM

                                      MR. MITCHELL

                                      TALKS ABOUT THE IMPACT ON SMALL BUSINESSES. MANY OF THE BUSINESSES ARE…

                                      TALKS ABOUT THE IMPACT ON SMALL BUSINESSES. MANY OF THE BUSINESSES ARE CALLED FAMILY BUSINESSES AND THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT PROVIDES THE ABILITY FOR SMALL BUSINESSES TO DEDUCT 20% OF THEIR INCOME AT A MUCH LOWER RATE, AT 25% TO ALLOW BUSINESSES TO GROW AND ALLOWS BUSINESSES TO WRITE OFF THE FULL COST OF NEW EQUIPMENT RATHER THAN EXPENSE ITS. IT MEANS REAL MONEY OUT. SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCES ALLOWING BUSINESSES TO INVEST IN GROWTH. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD AT THIS TIME TO THE REPRESENTATIVE FROM 14TH DISTRICT OF TEXAS TO CONGRESSWOMAN RANDY WEBER.

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                                    • 09:16:33 PM

                                      MR. WEBER

                                      GOOD EVENING. TONIGHT, THE TEXAS DELEGATION COMES BEFORE THE AMERICAN…

                                      GOOD EVENING. TONIGHT, THE TEXAS DELEGATION COMES BEFORE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO SAY THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT IS WORKING. IT'S MAKING AN IMPACT, POSITIVE IMPACT ON OUR PAYCHECKS AND OUR LIVES. THIS BILL IS MAKING A BIG DIFFERENCE. NOT JUST CRUMBS BUT MAKING A BIG DIFFERENCE. RONALD REAGAN ONCE SAID, WHENEVER WE LOWER THE TAX RATES, OUR NATION IS BETTER OFF. PRESIDENT REAGAN, YOU WERE ON TO SOMETHING. MR. SPEAKER, IN JUST OVER TWO MONTHS, LISTEN TO THESE STATISTICS, JUST OVER TWO MONTHS, 350 COMPANIES HAVE ANNOUNCED MORE THAN $300 BILLION WITH BENEFITS. THAT BENEFITS OVER FOUR MILLION AMERICANS. THE SUCCESS OF THIS BILL STANDS FROM COAST TO COAST AND ACROSS ALL INDUSTRIES BOTH LARGE AND SMALL AND ACROSS REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, I MIGHT ADD. I HEAR THE SUCCESS OF THIS AS COMPANIES MAKE VARIOUS ANNOUNCEMENTS AND WHEN I'M BACK HOME, I HAVE PEOPLE COMING UP TO ME AND TELLING ME HOW GREAT THIS BILL IS DOING FOR THEM, THE GREAT THINGS IT IS DOING FOR THEIR FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES. THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT IS MAKING A BIG DIFFERENCE. EVERYONE HAS A STORY TO SHARE. PAYCHECKS ARE BIGGER, THERE ARE MORE OPPORTUNITIES SHALL. STUREND LOANS DON'T SEEM AS DAUNTING. A NEW CAR IS IN REACH. SPORTS AQUIFMENT FOR THEIR CHILDREN IS REACHABLE. THAT FAMILY VACATION THEY HAVE BEEN SAVING FOR IS ON THE VERGE OF REALITY. WE HAVE A LOT OF SMALL BUSINESSES IN MY DISTRICT. AND THEY SUPPORT THE COMMUNITIES IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE. ONE HAS ANNOUNCED BENEFITS FROM THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT AND THAT IS HAWKINS BUSINESS. GREAT BUSINESS PEOPLE, JAY LET ME KNOW TODAY THEY RECENTLY GAVE EACH OF THEIR EMPLOYEES A $1,000 BONUS. LET ME REPEAT THAT. IF I REMEMBER CORRECTLY, THEY HAVE 120 EMPLOYEES. DO THE MATH, THAT IS 120,000 PUT BACK IN THIS ECONOMY. THAT IS FAR FROM CRUMBS AND THAT WILL MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE. EXXONMOBIL WILL EXPAND A PROJECT. THIS WILL CREATE THOUSANDS OF JOBS. IT WILL STRENGTHEN THE ECONOMY. IT WILL BOLSTER NATIONAL ENERGY AND NATIONAL SECURITY I MIGHT ADD. THE PERSONALIAN BASIN IS A BIT OF A DRIVE FROM THE COAST BUT THE INCREASED PRODUCTION WILL INCREASE LOW COST FEEDSTOCKS THROUGHOUT THE STATE INCLUDING EXXONMOBIL'S PLANT IN BEAUMONT, TEXAS. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO TELL YOU SOMETHING THAT MY DAD TAUGHT ME, IF IT AIN'T PROBING, IT GOING TO FIX. AND FIX IT WE DID. AND MR. MITCHELL AND MRS. WALTERS FOR THIS SPECIAL ORDER. CHAIRMAN BRADY, THANK YOU FOR THIS BILL. WE COULDN'T HAVE DONE THIS WITHOUT YOU. THANK YOU FOR HOSTING THIS TAX RY FORM SPECIAL ORDER. I YIELD BACK.

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                                    • 09:20:32 PM

                                      MR. MITCHELL

                                      WILL HEAR FROM ANOTHER COL OWING TO TEXAS. I, LIKE MYSELF, HE IS PROUD TO…

                                      WILL HEAR FROM ANOTHER COL OWING TO TEXAS. I, LIKE MYSELF, HE IS PROUD TO INTRODUCE FELLOW COLLEAGUES. HE SERVES ON THE BUDGET COMMITTEE.

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                                    • 09:20:56 PM

                                      MR. ARRINGTON

                                      I THANK MR. MITCHELL FOR HOSTING US AND THE OPPORTUNITY FROM THE GREAT…

                                      I THANK MR. MITCHELL FOR HOSTING US AND THE OPPORTUNITY FROM THE GREAT STATE OF TEXAS TO TALK ABOUT THE EFFECTS OF THIS RECENT TAX REFORM AND TAX RELIEF FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND MR. SPEAKER, I'M PROUD TO HAVE HELPED PASS THIS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND DELIVER ON A PROMISE THAT WE WOULD CREATE JOBS AND WE WOULD IMPROVE THE OVERALL QUALITY OF LIFE FOR ALL AMERICANS. I REPRESENT FREEDOM-LOVING PEOPLE IN RURAL WEST TEXAS. THEY PRODUCE THE FUEL, FOOD AND FIBER. THEY FEED AND CLOTHE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND FUEL THIS GREAT AMERICAN ECONOMY. THE BURDEN OF HIGH TAXES AND REGULATIONS HURT ALL OF OUR JOB CREATEORS BUT THEY HAVE A DISPROPORTIONATE NEGATIVE IMPACT ON THE LITTLE GUYS IN RURAL AMERICA. OUR MALL BUSINESSES, OUR COMMUNITY BANKS, OUR FAMILY FARMERS AND RANCHERS AND ENERGY PRODUCERS AND I CAN SAY WITH GREAT CONFIDENCE, HAVING BEEN BACK TO THE DISTRICT AND TALKED TO NUMEROUS PEOPLE FROM ALL OF THOSE 29 COUNTIES I REPRESENT IN THE SWATH OF LAND I REPRESENT, THIS REFORM PACKAGE IS PRO-ENERGY AND PRO-AGRICULTURE AND PRE-RURAL AMERICAN. WE HOSTED SOME ROUND TABLES WITH SMALL BUSINESSES WITH THE CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE AND VARIOUS EVENTS AND EVEN CONDUCTED SURVEYS AND ACCORDING TO OUR SURVEY OVER 80% OF THE PEOPLE I REPRESENT SAY THAT THIS TAX REFORM PACKAGE HAS HELPED EVERYBODY, EVERYBODY AND THAT THE -- AT ONE OF OUR ROUND-TABLE EVENTS, WE HAD A BUSINESSMAN WHO SAID THAT HE HAD HAD 600 NEW CUSTOMERS THIS JANUARY OVER LAST YEAR. AND HE SAID THE EFFECTS OF THAT IS THAT HE CONVERTED SOME OF HIS PART-TIME WORKERS TO FULL-TIME AND GAVE FOLKS A RAISE. THE HAPPY STATE BANK, THE EMPLOYEES ARE HAPPY AND IN THEIR HAPPY DAYS FOR THAT ORGANIZATION BECAUSE THEY ARE PLOWING IT BACK IN TO THEIR HUMAN CAPITAL, 600 OUT OF 700 HAPPY STATE EMPLOYEES WILL RECEIVE AN INCREASE IN THEIR PAY AND BENEFITS. SOLE WILL RECEIVE OVER 50% PAY INCREASE. NOW THIS IS NOT CRUMBS, TO THE FOLKS THAT I REPRESENT IN WEST TEXAS. THIS IS REAL CASH IN THE POCKETS OF REAL AMERICANS WHO WORK EVERY DAY TO MAKE ENDS MEET. THERE HAS BEEN A CHANGE IN WEST TEXAS AND FOR ONCE, IT'S NOT THE WEATHER. THERE IS A RENEWED OPTIMISM AND YOU WITH SEE IT IN THEIR FACES. MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE WITNESSING A GREAT AMERICAN COMEBACK AND THE FORMULA HASN'T CHANGED. LIMIT THE GOVERNMENT. AND YOU WILL UNLEASH THE POTENTIAL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. GOD BLESS AMERICA. AND GO WEST TEXAS. I YIELD BACK.

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                                    • 09:24:46 PM

                                      MR. MITCHELL

                                      THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. YOU REFERENCED SOME OF THE IMPROVEMENTS IN THE…

                                      THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. YOU REFERENCED SOME OF THE IMPROVEMENTS IN THE CLIMATE. SOUTHWEST AIRLINES AND AMERICAN AIRLINES GAVE BONUSES TO THEIR EMPLOYEES SHORTLY AFTER THE PASSAGE OF THIS BILL. WE HAD ANTICIPATED WAS LORINGS ELECTRICITY BILLS IN NORTH TEXAS AND MY DISTRICT IN MICHIGAN. MASSIVE CUTS IN UTILITY RATES. NOT SOMETHING WE THOUGHT AT THE TIME. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK CONGRESSMAN BURGESS FOR BRINGING HIS MEDICAL EXPERTISE WITH HIS SERVICE ON THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE. I YIELD TO MR. BURG IS.

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                                    • 09:25:40 PM

                                      MR. BURGESS

                                      THANK YOU FOR YIELDING. THE LAST TIME OUR TAX CODE WAS REFINED, I HAD BEEN…

                                      THANK YOU FOR YIELDING. THE LAST TIME OUR TAX CODE WAS REFINED, I HAD BEEN PRACTICING MEDICINE FOR FIVE YEARS. NOW SOME 31 YEARS LATER AND 15 YEARS IN CONGRESS, THE REFORMATION HAS MADE A PROFOUND DIFFERENCE. IT IS NOT LOGS ON ME THAT THE RHETORIC ON THE CONFERENCE REPORT WAS PRETTY NEGATIVE AND THE IDEA WAS TO SOW DOUBT IN THE MINDS OF PEOPLE WHO WOULD BE EFFECTED AND SOW ON PEOPLE WHO WOULD WANT TO VOTE FOR TAX RELIEF AND TAX IMPROVEMENT. I HAVE TO TELL YOU SOMETHING. AFTER THAT VOTE AND MR. MITCHELL REFERENCED SOUTHWEST AIRLINES AND AMERICAN AIRLINES, I CANNOT REMEMBER EVER HAVING THE POSITIVE FEEDBACK FOR A VOTE I HAVE TAKEN IN THIS CONGRESS LIKE THIS WAS FOR THIS TAX VOTE. MY OWN WAL-MART, PEOPLE WERE COMING UP TO ME AND SAY, I WORK FOR AMERICAN AIRLINES AND SOUTHWEST AIRLINES. I HAVE A LOT OF FAMILIES WHO WORK FOR AMERICAN OR SOUTHWEST AND THEY ALL GOT $1,000 BECAUSE OF THE TAX RELIEF THAT WE HAD PROVIDED. AGAIN, I CANNOT EVER REMEMBER HAVING THAT MUCH POSITIVE REENFORCEMENT ON A BILL THAT WAS THE RHETORIC GOING SPOO IT WAS PRETTY NEGATIVE. INCREASES IN SALARIES. BONUSES PAID TO EMPLOYEES. AND SOUTHWEST EMPLOYEES DONATED $5 MILLION TO CHARITY AS WELL AS MADE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS. FED EX HAS A BIG HUB IN THE DISTRICT I REPRESENT IS GOING TO SPEND $1 INCREASING HOURLY WAGES AND GET THIS, $3 BILLION ON THEIR PENSION PLAN AND CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS. THAT'S A PRETTY BIG TURN YOURNED. BEATER BUILTBI LMPTMP INSTRUCTION. AS A DIRECT RESULT OF THIS TAX BILL. THEY ALSO ESTIMATE 2018 EFFECTIVE GLOBAL TAX RATE WILL BE REDUCED BY 8% AND LOWER TAX RATE WILL INDEED STIMULATE PROSPERITY INVESTMENT. THIS WILL IMPROVE THE FINANCIAL SITUATION OF THEIR EMPLOYEES COUPLED WITH A DOUBLE STANDARD DEDUCTION, INCOME FOR MOST FAMILIES WILL INCREASE. CHAIRMAN BRADY TALKED ABOUT FILING TAXES ON A POVERTY CARD. I WANTED US TO ENACT THE FLAT TAX AND I WILL TAKE THE IMPROVEMENT WE HAVE GOTTEN. THE GIFT OF TIME BACK TO 85% TO 90% OF TAX FILERS WHO WILL NOT KEEP UP WITH THOSE SHOE BOX EQUAL OF RESETS. WE ARE GOING A LOU P.M. TO PAY FOR NECESSITIES WITHOUT VRG TO ITEMS PROVIDED BY SMALL BUSINESSES. BUSINESS OWNERS, I WOULD LIKE, IT IS GOING TO BENEFIT ELM STREET. AND GOING TO ALLOW PEOPLE TO SPEND MONEY ACROSS STATE LINES. AND IT WILL INJECT CAPITAL IN THE MARKET AND CONTINUE THE GROLLINGT FOR OUR ECONOMY. WE ARE RIGHT ON THE VERGE OF ECONOMIC CHANGES THAT WILL BE BENEFICIAL. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT TIME IN THIS COUNTRY. TIME FOR US TO GET TO WORK AND DELIVER FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                    • 09:30:24 PM

                                      MR. MITCHELL

                                      I WANT TO TAKE THIS TIME TO WRAP UP THIS EVENING'S TAX TRUTH SQUAD. SINCE…

                                      I WANT TO TAKE THIS TIME TO WRAP UP THIS EVENING'S TAX TRUTH SQUAD. SINCE THE TAX REFORM BILL WAS PASSED AND SIGNED INTO LAW, LET ME STATE AGAIN, MORE THAN 400 COMPANIES HAVE GIVEN A PAY RAISE, BONUS, INCREASED 401-K CONTRIBUTIONS OR LOWERED RATES DRAMATICALLY. AT LEAST FOUR MILLION AMERICANS ARE RECEIVING SPECIAL TAX REFORM BONUSES. DIRECT BONUS ANNOUNCEMENTS HAVE TOPPED $3 BILLION. $3 BILLION INTO OUR ECONOMY, INTO PEOPLE'S POCKETS, DECISIONS THEY CAN MAKE ABOUT WHAT THEY WANT TO DO WITH THE MONEY RATHER THAN TURNING IT OVER TO THE GOVERNMENT, RATHER THAN TURNING IT OVER TO THE I.R.S., RATHER THAN SPENDING ON BUREAUCRACY. IN MY HOME DISTRICT, WE'LL TALK MORE ABOUT THAT NEXT WEEK, BUT FIAT CHRYSLER IS MOVING JOBS HERE FROM MEXICO. INVESTING $1 BILLION, YES, YOU HEAR THAT RIGHT, $1 BILLION IN EXPANDING THE PLANT AND CREATING 2,500 NEW JOBS IN MICHIGAN JUST IN THAT ONE PLANT. AND OH, BY THE WAY, THEY ANNOUNCED A BONUS A TAX BONUS, SEPARATE FROM THEIR BONUS IN THEIR CONTRACT WHICH SOME PEOPLE SAY, OH, IT'S IN THEIR CONTRACT, NO, IT WASN'T, OF $2,000 PER EMPLOYEE. AS A RESULT OF THE TAX BILL. THESE ARE MAJOR CUTS THAT PEOPLE EVERLOOK. LOOK AT THESE COMPANIES. LOOK AT THE LIST OF THEM. IT GROWS EVERY DAY. LET ME SUGGEST QUICKLY -- I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU, MR. SPEAKER, BUT I KNOW MANY MY DISTRICT, I KNOW MY CONSTITUENTS, $1,000 IS NOT CRUMBS. I REFERENCED EARLIER OVER THE WEEKEND FROM MARK IN MY DISTRICT THAT GOT -- HIS PROJECTED TAXES NEXT YEAR SAVE HIM $2,700 IN HIS POCKET. I KNOW WHERE YOUR LIVE, WHERE I LIVE, IT'S REAL MONEY. MAYBE FOR SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES IT DOESN'T MATTER AS MUCH. THAT'S WHY WE WORK SOD HARD ON THIS BILL, THAT'S WHY WE SUPPORT IT, THAT'S THE TRUTH ABOUT TAXES. THAT'S WHAT WE WANT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND. WE ARE PUTTING MONEY BACK IN THEIR POCKETS. MONEY BACK IN THE ECONOMY. RATHER THAN TAKING MONEY, PUTTING IT IN THE GOVERNMENT AND HOPING THEY DO SOMETHING PRODUCTIVE WITH IT. SO I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE TIME THIS EVENING. AT THIS POINT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THANK YOU.

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                                    • 09:32:55 PM

                                      TEMPORE UND

                                      ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN…

                                      ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GEMERT, UNTIL NO LATER THAN 10:00 P.M.

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                                    • 09:33:10 PM

                                      MR. GOHMERT

                                      AND ENCOURAGEMENT, HEARING IT ALL ACROSS EAST TEXAS AS I WAS ALL OVER THE…

                                      AND ENCOURAGEMENT, HEARING IT ALL ACROSS EAST TEXAS AS I WAS ALL OVER THE DISTRICT THIS PAST WEEK AND PEOPLE ARE ENCOURAGED. WHEN IT COMES TO THE ECONOMY. PEOPLE ARE FEELING BETTER ABOUT THE ECONOMY. I'M HEARING IT, THEY'RE ENCOURAGED. BUT AFTER YET ANOTHER SCHOOL SHOOTING, ANOTHER MASS SHOOTING, I'M HEARING MORE AND MORE PEOPLE THAT ARE ASKING, WHY? WHY IS THIS? OF COURSE SOME SAY, YOU KNOW, UNITED STATES IS THE ONLY PLACE THAT MASS SHOOTINGS OCCUR, AND OF COURSE THAT'S JUST FALSE. THERE ARE WORSE MASS SHOOTINGS IN OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY -- OR OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD. SOME SAY IF WE GET RID OF ALL GUNS IN THE COUNTRY, THEN WE COULD END THE SENSELESS VIOLENCE. BUT WHEN YOU TRY TO TELL THAT TO PEOPLE THAT WERE IN RWANDA DURING THE PERIOD WHEN 800,000 PEOPLE OR SO WERE SLAUGHTERED WITH MACHETES FOR THE MOST PART, IT GOES BEYOND QUESTION OF THE WEAPON. WE'VE SEEN AIRPLANES USED AS BOMBS. FOR THE WORST MASS EXECUTION IN OUR COUNTRY'S HISTORY. PEARL HARBOR, BOMBS WERE USED, BOMBS THEMSELVES. WE KNOW IN OKLAHOMA CITY, APPARENTLY IT WAS AN HYDROUS AMMONIA, FERTILIZERS. WE HAVE SEEN THE BOSTON BOMBING UTILIZING PRESSURE CACKERS. SO IF THE ANSWER IS TO GET RID OF THE WEAPONS, WE GOT TO GET RID OF AIRPLANES, WE'VE GOT TO GET RID OF RENTAL TRUCK, WE'VE GOT TO GET RID OF FERTILIZER -- FERTILIZER, PRESSURE COOK VERSE GOT TO GO, MACHETES HAVE GOT TO GO. ONCE YOU START LISTING THE THINGS BY WHICH PEOPLE WITH EVIL INTENT HAVE KILLED OTHERS, YOU REALIZE THIS IS AN ENDLESS LIST. THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT HAVE EXACTED VIOLENCE ON OTHERS ALL KINDS OF WAYS. AND THERE'S NOTHING MORE SENSELESS AND IGNORANT AND I DON'T MEAN THAT MEAN-SPIRITED, IT MEANS, EVERYTHING IS IGNORANT OF SOMETHING, SOME ARE JUST IGNORANT OF MORE THINGS, BUT THE STATEMENT, I JUST WANT CONGRESS TO DO SOMETHING, EVEN IF IT'S WRONG. THAT'S HOW YOU LOSE CIVILIZATIONS, BY DOING SOMETHING, EVEN IF IT'S WRONG. BUT THERE ARE PLENTY OF INDICATIONS OF THINGS WE CAN DO. THINGS WE CAN AGREE ON. IT SEEMS ABSOLUTELY SENSELESS THAT A SCHOOL WOULD KNOW ABOUT A STUDENT WHO IS REPEATEDLY INVOLVED IN VIOLENCE, THREATS UPON OTHER STUDENTS, THREATS UPON OTHER PEOPLE, BUT ACTUALLY NOT JUST THREATS, BUT ACTUAL VIOLENCE. BUT SOMEHOW, AND WE WANT TO LOOK INTO TO SEE IF THIS IS A NATIONAL PHENOMENON, THAT SOME OF OUR SCHOOLS, TO AVOID HAVING STUDENTS CONTINUE TO BE ARRESTED, THAT THEY ACTUALLY TRY SOME MEDIATION PROCESS SO THEY AVOID GIVING A 17, 18-YEAR-OLD STUDENT AN ARREST RECORD WHICH ONCE THEY HAVE AN ASSAULT THAT IS CONFIRMED IN COURT, THEN CERTAINLY THAT WOULD AFFECT THEIR ABILITY TO GET A GUN AT ALL, OF ANY KIND. SO ACTUALLY WHEN YOU START ANALYZING ALL OF THE WAYS THAT THE SYSTEM BROKE DOWN AND DIDN'T WORK, THE THINGS THAT SHOULD HAVE PROTECTED THOSE PRECIOUS LIVES IN PARKLAND, FLORIDA, INSTEAD OF SAYING JUST DO SOMETHING EVEN IF IT'S WRONG, HOW ABOUT IF WE DO SOMETHING THAT'S RIGHT? HOW ABOUT IF WE DO SOMETHING THAT WOULD ACTUALLY PREVENT THAT KIND OF SENSELESS VIOLENCE FROM BEING EXACTED UPON INNOCENT PEOPLE? I MEAN, WE GOT A SHERIFF AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT KIND OF DEPARTMENT THIS GUY IS RUNNING, BUT I KNOW WHEN THERE WAS A SHOOTING INVOLVING A DOMESTIC CASE AND UNTIL TERRORIST ACTIVITIES AND MASS SHOOTINGS STARTED OCCURRING, MOST OFTEN IF THERE WAS VIOLENCE AT A COURTHOUSE, IT WAS OVER A DOMESTIC AFFAIRS CASE. BUT I SAW THE VIDEO, I WAS ALREADY IN CONGRESS, NO LONGER SITTING ON THE BENCH IN THAT COURTHOUSE, BUT I SAW THE VIDEO. AND AS SOON AS THERE WERE GUNSHOTS, THOSE DEPUTIES, KNEW THEM, I LOVED THEM, THEY WERE RUNNING TO THE SOUND OF THE GUN. THEY DIDN'T HUNKER BEHIND ANYTHING. THEY RAN TO THE SOUND OF THE GUN. AND THAT HAS BEEN REPEATED AROUND THE COUNTRY, LAW OFFICERS HEARD A GUN AND THEY RUN TO THE SOUND OF THE GUN. BUT APPARENTLY IT APPEARS FROM WHAT WE'RE READING THAT THE SHERIFF THERE HAD A DEPARTMENT THAT IS LIVING IN PRECOLUMBINE DAYS, JUST LIKE BEFORE 9/11, IT WAS THOUGHT THAT IF YOUR PLANE IS HIJACKED, JUST DON'T CREATE A PROBLEM, THERE'LL BE NEGOTIATION WHEN YOU LAND SOMEWHERE, BECAUSE I STILL BELIEVE TO THIS DAY THAT THERE WERE AMERICAN HEROES ON ALL FOUR OF THOSE PLANES AND IF THE FIRST THREE PLANES HAD KNOWN THEY WERE GOING TO BE USED AS A BOMB TO KILL OTHERS, THERE WERE AMERICANS THAT WOULD HAVE STEPPED UP AND STOPPED IT JUST LIKE THOSE INCREDIBLY HEROIC AMERICANS DID, BROUGHT DOWN A PLANE IN PENNSYLVANIA. SO I DON'T THINK IT'LL EVER HAPPEN AGAIN. THERE WILL ALWAYS BE PEOPLE WHO LOVE THIS COUNTRY AND LOVE LIFE SO MUCH THAT THEY WOULD GIVE THEIRS TO SAVE SO MANY OTHERS. THAT'S WHAT JESUS SAID IS THE GREATEST LOVE. AND CLEARLY THE FOURTH FLIGHT HAD THAT. BUT YOU LOOK, HERE'S A STORY FROM THE FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL, AND IT TALKS ABOUT SCHOOL SHOOTER NIKOLAING S CRUZ, UNENDING SAGA OF DISTURBED BEHAVIOR AND RED FLAGS, WRITTEN BY BRITTANY WALLMAN, MEGAN OMAN, THEY DOCUMENT THIS. THAT HE DID THINGS LIKE, WELL, OF COURSE WE KNOW APPARENTLY HE DIDN'T KNOW HIS FATHER. HE KNEW HIS ADOPTED FATHER. OF COURSE HIS ADOPTED FATHER AND MOTHER DIED. BUT APARAPHERNALIALY THEY HAD A WONDERFUL HOME, SWIMMING POOL, LOTS OF COMFORTS. BUT HE DIDN'T HAVE MORAL -- A MORAL COMPASS AT ALL. APPARENTLY THREATENED HIS MOTHER, THREATENED HIS BROTHER. VIOLENCE ON HIS BROTHER. AT LEAST THREATENED VIOLENCE ON HIS OWN MOTHER. AND WE KNOW FROM THIS ARTICLE AT LEAST, IT SAYS THE ADOPTED FATHER, MR. CRUZ, DIDN'T OWN ANY GUNS. BUT NIKOLAS, HE WAS DIAGNOSED AS HAVING A STRING OF DISORDERS, DEPRESSION, ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPER ACTIVITY DISORDER, EMOTIONAL BEHAVIOR DISABILITY, AUTISM. HIS MOM TOLD THE SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES HE ALSO HAD OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DISORDER AND ANGER ISSUES HE HAD COUNSELORS IN SCHOOL AND AT HOME. ACCORDING TO D.C.F. RECORDS. HE TOOK MEDICATIONS. DON'T KNOW WHAT ALL MEDICATION HE IS TOOK. MAYBE THERE'S SOME RELATIONSHIP THERE WE OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO DISCERN, HOW MANY OF THESE PEOPLE HAVE TAKEN DIFFERENT TYPES OF DRUGS AND WHICH ONES WERE THEY. WE KNOW THERE SEEMS TO BE A CORRELATION BETWEEN PEOPLE COMMITTING SUICIDE AND MANY OF THE MEDICATIONS THAT ARE PRESCRIBED TO KIDS WHO FEEL TROUBLED. THIS ARTICLE SAYS THAT NIKOLAS WAS A MAMA'S BOY, YET HE THREATENED HIS MOTHER. HIS MOTHER CALLED THE POLICE TO SAY HE GOT PHYSICAL WITH HIS BROTHER AND WITH HER. SOUNDS LIKE A PHYSICAL ASSAULT ON HIS MOTHER. MY LATE MOTHER WAS CLOSE TO 5 OY. I WAS A LOT BIGGER THAN SHE WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL. BUT I KNEW NOT TO EVEN THINK ABOUT RAISING A HAND. WHEN HE WAS 14, HIS MOTHER REPORTED HE HAD HIT HER WITH A PLASTIC HOSE FROM A VACUUM CLEANER. A FEW MONTHS LATER, SHE TOLD DEPUTY HE IS HAD THROWN HER AGAINST THE WALL BECAUSE SHE TOOK AWAY HIS XBOX GAMING SYSTEM. A YEAR LATER, SHE TOLD DEPUTIES NIKOLAS HAD PUNCHED THE WALL AFTER SHE TOOK AWAY HIS XBOX. FOUL LANGUAGE. INSULTS. DISOBEDIENCE. DISRUPTION. CRUZ'S BEHAVIOR WAS EXACTLY WHAT SCHOOL TEACHERS FROWNED UPON. HE WENT TO A DIFFERENT SCHOOL FOR A WHILE. WHICH OFFERED A PROGRAM FOR EMOTIONALLY AND BEHAVIOR -- BEHAVIORALLY DISABLED CHILDREN. BUT ACCORDING TO THE ARTICLE, GEE, HE, CRUZ, COULD NOT CONTROL HIMSELF. NOW, IT TALKED ABOUT IN THE ARTICLE THAT HE WAS 5'7", 120 POUNDS, BUT I KNOW A LOT ABOUT BEING BULLIED UP THROUGH JUNIOR HIGH, UP THROUGH EIGHTH GRADE BECAUSE I WAS VERY SMALL, I DIDN'T START GROWING UNTIL HIGH SCHOOL OF ANY SIZE. MAY HAVE BEEN THE SMALLEST GUY ON OUR FOOTBALL TEAM. FIRST COUPLE OF YEARS IN HIGH SCHOOL. I KNOW A LOT ABOUT GETTING BULLIED. I KNOW A LOT ABOUT GETTING MY NOSE BLOODIED. NEVER KILLED ANYBODY. I HAD PARENTS THAT WOULD MAKE ALL FOUR OF US KIDS QUITE ANGRY BUT THEY TAUGHT US RESPECT OF AUTHORITY. THEY THEY DISCIPLINED US. AND THEY MADE SURE WE WERE IN SUNDAY SCHOOL AND CHURCH EVERY WEEK. YOU KNOW, IT LOOKS LIKE, THE SCHOOL AND THE COMMUNITY AND THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE ALL HELPED MS. CRUZ AND I USE IT LOOSELY, AVOID HAVING A CRIMINAL RECORD, THAT WOULD HAVE PREVENTED HIM FROM HAVING A GUN AND WOULD HAVE PREVENTED HIM FROM KILLING 17 PEOPLE, AT LEAST IT WOULD BE A WHOLE LOT MORE DIFFICULT THAN WITH A GUN HE HAD. THEY WORKED ALL TOGETHER. IT WAS NOT INTENTIONALLY. THEY THOUGHT THEY WERE HELPING HIM. AND WHAT THEY WERE DOING, WHAT WAS COMING DOWN THE ROAD WAS A DISASTER OF MASSIVE PROPORTIONS. WE DO NEED TO DO SOMETHING THAT PREVENTS THIS IN THE FUTURE. SOME SAY WELL, IT'S TIME TO END THE PERSONAL TRANSFER LOOPHOLE SO A FATHER CAN'T GIVE A SON A WEAPON. WELL, PERHAPS, IF HIS FATHER HAD TAUGHT HIM -- GOT A FRIEND FROM FLORIDA THAT I WAS VISITING WITH THIS WEEKEND AND HE SAID THE WORST WEAPON THAT HE EVER GOT WAS WHEN HE POINTED A GUN -- HIS GRANDFATHER'S GUN AT HIS BROTHER. HE NEVER DID THAT AGAIN. AND I'M NOT ADVOCATING VIOLENCE ON KIDS. I KNOW, THE BIBLE SAYS. FOOLISHNESS IS BOUND UP IN THE HEART OF A CHILD, BUT AS A FELONY JUDGE, I HAVE SEEN KIDS BE ABUSED BEYOND PROPRIETY. BUT WE COULD TAKE SOME ACTION, IT WOULD SEEM, THAT WOULD PREVENT ENTITIES, WHETHER IT'S THE AIR FORCE, WHETHER IT'S THE BROWARD SCHOOL SYSTEM, THE BROWARD COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE FROM PREVENTING SOMEONE FROM AVOIDING APPROPRIATELY HAVING A CRIMINAL RECORD THAT WOULD PROHIBIT THEM FROM GETTING A GUN. THAT WAY, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THIS SAME THING FROM HAPPENING. WHEN IT COMES TO THE PERSONAL TRANSFER OF WEAPONS, OVER 100 YEARS, THERE HAS NOT BEEN A MASS SHOOTING THAT INVOLVED A GUN RECEIVED IN A PERSONAL TRANSFER, WHETHER IT'S FROM FATHER-SON, FRIEND-TO-FRIEND. AND IF SOMEBODY IS AT A GUN SHOW THAT IS NOT HAVING A BACKGROUND CHECK AND SELLING MORE THAN ONE WEAPON THERE, THERE IS A CHANCE THEY ARE COMMITTING A CRIME. IT'S NOT A LOOPHOLE AT A GUN SHOW. ANYBODY THERE SELLING GUNS NEEDS TO HAVE THE BACKGROUND CHECK DONE. AND THEY DO. AND YOU CAN'T GET THE GUN UNTIL IT HAS GONE THROUGH A PROPER BACKGROUND CHECK AND GET IT FROM SOMEONE WHO ENSURES THAT EVERYTHING IS FOLLOWED. I WON A GUN AT AN AUCTION -- I HEARD SOME PEOPLE SAY. I HAD TO GO THROUGH THE BACKGROUND CHECK AND PICK IT UP -- I FELT SORRY FOR THE STORE BUT THERE ARE STOICE THAT ARE CLEARING SOMEONE THAT BOUGHT ONLINE AND YOU GO TO ENSURE THAT THE BACKGROUND CHECK IS DONE AND GETTING THE WEAPON. SO THAT SEEMS TO BE SOMETHING THAT WE CAN DO AND TALKING TO OUR FREEDOM CAUCUS TONIGHT AND UNLIKE THE NO-FLY LIST WHERE THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WOULD NOT GIVE US ANY IDEA HOW YOU APPEAL AND GET OFF. WE WOULD PLEA, SOMETIMES THEY GET OFF, SOMETIMES THEY DON'T, BUT WE AS A CONGRESS, HOUSE AND SENATE SETS UP A DUE PROCESS WHERE IF YOU ARE ON THE NO-FLY LIST, YOU CAN APPEAL AND GET OFF. WE OUGHT TO MAKE IT WHERE IF YOU HAVE BEEN GUILTY OF ASSAULT, WHETHER IN SCHOOL OR IN THE HOME, AS NIKOLAS CRUZ WAS OR WHETHER IT'S IN BUBR PUBLIC, THAT OUGHT TO PREVENT YOU FROM GETTING A GUN. AND DOMESTIC SITUATIONS, THINGS GET SO HEATED -- I HAVE SEEN TERRIBLE CHARGES ALLEGED AGAINST A FATHER OR MOTHER DURING THE COURSE OF A DIVORCE AND THAT IS SOMETHING THE STATE LEGISLATURE COULD DEAL WITH. IF IT INVOLVED SOME FEDERAL ENTITY AND SOMETHING WE COULD DEAL WITH AND SAY THIS IS HOW YOU COULD APPEAL AND GET AN UNJUST DECISION OLYMPICING A GUN PURCHASE. BUT WE ALSO KNOW THOSE PEOPLE SAY, THERE ARE 3

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                                    • 09:51:36 PM

                                      MR. MILLER

                                      ION PEOPLE THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN BLOCKED. THEY DON'T THE REST OF THE…

                                      ION PEOPLE THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN BLOCKED. THEY DON'T THE REST OF THE STORY. THERE ARE A FEW DOZEN PEOPLE THAT GET PROSECUTED OUT OF THREE MILLION -- SOMEONE TOLD ME IT WAS OM A FEW DOZEN OUT OF THE THREE MILLION THAT WERE PROSECUTED FOR FILING FOR ON A GUN. AND THREE MILLION PEOPLE MAY HAVE BEEN DENIED, BUT THERE WERE MISTAKES IN WHICH THE NAMES ARE CHECKED. YOU REALLY WANT TO GET TO THE BOTTOM LINE, MR. SPEAKER? JOHN ADAMS WAS PRESENT IN 1898, SOME OF THESE ISSUES KEPT COMING UP. THE P.M. THAT FOUNDED THIS COUNT -- THE PEOPLE THAT FOUNDED THIS COUNTRY, THEY WERE BETTER READ THAN MOST STUDENTS ARE TODAY, EVEN AFTER COLLEGE. AND EVEN THOSE THAT DIDN'T BELIEVE THE BIBLE, THEY QUOTED IT. AND IN FACT, IN THIS VERY ROOM, AND IN THE ROOM RIGHT DOWN THE HALL WHERE THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES MET FOR THE MAJORITY OF THE 1800'S, THE BIBLE DURING SESSIONS WAS THE MOST QUOTED BOOK IN OUR HISTORY. AND HERE, IN THAT ROOM AND THE SENATE DOWN THE HALL, THE BIBLE IS THE MOST QUOTED BOOK IN OUR HISTORY. AND THERE WOULD SEEM TO BE GOOD REASONS WITHIN THE BIBLE ITSELF. THE WORD OF GOD, HE IS LIVING AND POWERFUL. PIERCING TO THE DIVISION OF SOUL AND SPIRIT. IT'S A DISCERNER OF THE THOUGHTS AND INTENSE OF THE HEART. JOHN ADAMS WAS PRESIDENT AFTER TWO TERMS UNDER PRESIDENT GEORGE WASHINGTON, UNDER OUR CURRENT CONSTITUTION. HE KNEW PRECISELY WHAT THE CONSTITUTION SAID. HE KNEW HOW IT HAD COME ABOUT. HE WAS VICE PRESIDENT, PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE. WHEN THE BILL OF RIGHTS WERE CREATED. HE WAS PART OF THAT PROCESS. JOHN ADAMS EXPLAINED, PRESIDENT ADAMS EXPLAINED IN 1898, THE BOTTOM LINE THAT PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY HAVE GOT TO UNDERSTAND IF WE ARE GOING TO ADDRESS THE KIND OF VIOLENCE THAT IS SPARKED AROUND THIS COUNTRY. JOHN ADAMS EXPLAINED IT. HIS WORDS WERE MORE THAN AN IMPRESSION. THEY ARE PERPTLY TRUE AS LONG AS WE ARE OPERATING UNDER THIS CONSTITUTION. AS HE SAID KNOWING -- HAVING READ MANY TIMES THE THE BRILL OF RIGHTS HELPED GENERATE THESE BILL OF RIGHTS. BUT HE SAID OUR CONSTITUTION WAS MADE ONLY FOR AR MORAL AND RELIGIOUS PEOPLE. IT IT WHOLLY INADEQUATE TO THE GOVERNMENT OF ANY OTHER. YOU WANT TO KNOW WHERE THE ANSWER IS? IF PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE SAFE IN AMERICA, WE HAVE A CHOICE. WE EITHER START ANEW, TEACHING MORALITY, TEACHING THAT THERE IS A RIGHT OR WRONG, THAT NOT EVERYTHING IS RELATIVE. AND EVEN IF THOSE WHO DON'T BELIEVE THERE IS A GOD, DON'T THAT WANT TO HEAR ABOUT IT, IT'S OK TO TALK ABOUT GOD. YOU DON'T HAVE TO BELIEVER IT. LOOK AT JEFFERSON'S WORDS. HE MADE CLEAR. IT AMAZES ME HOW HE COULD PUT THE BIGGEST GRIEVANCE AGAINST KING GEORGE IN ALLOWING SLAVERY. HE COULD SEE THE PROBLEMS CREATED FOR AMERICA BY IFFER LOFFERING THE MAN-TO-MAN. BUT HE TALKED ABOUT THE BEST HOPE BEING THE TEACHING OF THE -- THE TEACHINGS OF JESUS. THE BEST HOPE FOR AMERICA. BUT IF WE'RE GOING TO BE SAFE, WE HAVE TO EITHER TEACH MORALITY. ENCOURAGE RELIGION. NOT FORCE SECULAR HUMANISM ON AMERICANS. IT IS OK TO TALK ABOUT IT AND OK TO TEACH ABOUT IT L IT. IN FACT THESE STUDIES HAVE SAW AS A FELONY JUDGE INDICATED THE BEST HOPE OF CUTTING RESIDISM IF THEY GO THROUGH A BIBLE STUDY. SO AFRAID OF TALKING ABOUT THE BIBLE AND CHRISTIANITY. THIS IS NO OFFICIAL RELIGION IN THIS COUNTRY. BUT AS THE SUPREME COURT SAID AT THE END OF THE 19TH CENTURY, THIS IS A CHRISTIAN NATION. BUT IT WAS FOUND ON OUR BELIEFS AND FOUNDED ON THE BIBLE AND MOSES' FULL FACE IS UP THERE IN THE MIDDLE BECAUSE IT WAS FELT HE WAS THE BEST LAW GIVER IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD. THE SUPREME COURT DOESN'T THINK SO MUCH ANYMORE. WE HAVE A CHOICE. TEACH MORALITY AND ENCOURAGE RELIGION OR IN ORDER TO BE SAFE, WE HAVE TO GIVE UP THE SECOND AMENDMENT. WE HAVE ALREADY GIVEN UP PARTS OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT. WE HAVE GIVEN UP PART OF OUR ASSEMBLY AND FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND FREEDOM OF RELIGION BECAUSE THIS CONSTITUTION WAS ONLY MEANT TO GOVERN A MORAL AND RELIGIOUS PEOPLE. AND YLS WE ARE WILLING TO TEACH MORALITY AGAIN, WE HAVE NO HOPE OF BEING SAFE UNDER THE CURRENT CONSTITUTION. I PRAY TO GOD AND PRAYERS CAN WORK, GOD WILL HEAR IN HEAVEN AND PEOPLE WILL WAKE UP AND DON'T DISCHARGE PART OF OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS IN ORDER TO REMAIN SAFE. AND I LOOK AT THE INTERIOR OF THIS BIBLE FROM MY UNCHING. MAY THE LORD BE WITH YOU. BUT INSIDE, AT THE TOP IT SAYS, WHITE HOUSE, WASHINGTON. I COMMEND THE READING OF THE BIBLE TO ALL WHO SERVE IN THE EMUNITED STATES. MANY OF MANY FAITHS HAVE FOUND IN THIS SACRED BOOK, WORDS OF WISDOM, COUNSEL AND INSPIRATION. AND NOW AS ALWAYS, ATTAINING THE HIGHEST INSPIRATION OF THE HUMAN SOUL. SIGNED BY FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT. THAT IS NOT A MISTAKE THAT PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT MADE. WE DON'T MAKE. AND WITH TA, I YIELD BACK.

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                                    • 09:59:41 PM

                                      Mr. Gohmert moved that the House do now adjourn.

                                    • 09:59:53 PM

                                      On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.

                                      • 09:59:54 PM

                                        Adjourned

                                        The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on February 27, 2018.

                                        • 10:00:44 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN A MOTION IF…

                                          THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN A MOTION IF ADJOURN.

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                                        • 10:00:52 PM

                                          MR. GOHMERT

                                          I MOVE TO NOW ADJOURN.

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                                        YOU CAN WATCH THIS ON HER WEBSITE. WE WILL NOW TAKE YOU TO THE FLOOR OF…

                                        YOU CAN WATCH THIS ON HER WEBSITE. WE WILL NOW TAKE YOU TO THE FLOOR OF THE U.S. HOUSE.

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                      • 12:00:22 PM

                                        THE CLERK

                                        THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. FEBRUARY 26, 2018. I HEREBY APPOINT…

                                        THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. FEBRUARY 26, 2018. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE DAN NEW HOUSE TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE -- DAN NEW HOUSES TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, SPRINE, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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                                        TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

                                        PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF JANUARY 8, 2018, THE CHAIR WILL NOW RECOGNIZE MEMBERS FROM LISTS SUBMITTED BY THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS FOR MORNING HOUR DEBATE. THE CHAIR WILL ALTERNATE RECOGNITION BETWEEN THE PARTIES. ALL TIME SHALL BE EQUALLY ALLOCATED BETWEEN THE PARTIES AND IN NO EVENT SHALL DEBATE CONTINUE BEYOND 1:50 P.M. EACH MEMBER OTHER THAN THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS AND MINORITY WHIP SHALL BE LIMITED TO FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. ABRAHAM, FOR FIVE MINUTES. P.M.

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                                      • 12:01:22 PM

                                        MR. ABRAHAM

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR ONE OF THE HARDEST WORKING…

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR ONE OF THE HARDEST WORKING MEN ON CAPITOL HILL. JOE. JOE'S 84TH BIRTHDAY WAS SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10. HE'S BEEN CUTTING HAIR IN THE HOUSE FOR 47 YEARS. JOE EMBODIES THE PRINCIPLES OF HARD WORK, DEDICATION, AND HUMILITY. HE'S CUT THE HAIR OF THE MOST POWERFUL PEOPLE IN WASHINGTON, INCLUDING PRESIDENT GERALD FORD, PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH SENIOR, VICE PRESIDENT AL GORE, AND ALMOST EVERY SINGLE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE. HE'S CUT HAIR IN HOSPITAL ROOMS, BEFORE INAUGURATIONS, AND EVEN FOR FOREIGN PRESIDENTS AND AMBASSADORS. JOE GREW UP IN ITALY AND CAME TO THE UNITED STATES IN 1952. HE SERVED AS AN ITALIAN TRANSLATOR WITH THE AMERICAN AIR FORCE DURING THE KOREAN WAR. ALONG WITH AN HONORABLE DISCHARGE, JOE RECEIVED HIS AMERICAN CITIZENSHIP UPON LEAVING THE ARMY. IN 1960 JOE CAME TO D.C. AND HELD A NUMBER OF JOBS BEFORE CUTTING HAIR IN THE HOUSE. EVEN WORKED CONSTRUCTION ON THE RAYBURN OFFICE BUILDING. IMMIGRATING FROM ITALY, JOE IS SO PROUD OF HIS AMERICAN CITIZENSHIP. GROWING NUMBER ITALY JOE WAS FIRST INTRODUCED TO AMERICA WHEN AMERICAN TROOPS FLEW OVER HIS TOWN DURING WORLD WAR II. HE THEY WOULD GET SO CLOSE TO THE TOWN HE EVEN MADE EYE CONTACT WITH THE PILOTS FLYING THOSE PLANES. WHEN AMERICAN TROOPS CAME THROUGH HIS CITY, JOE REMEMBERS WAVING A SMALL AMERICAN FLAG ALONG WITH HIS FAMILY WELCOMING THEM TO HIS HOMETOWN. AFTER SERVING WITH THE AIR FORCE IN 1955, HE JOINED THE METROPOLITAN D.C. POLICE FORCE WHERE HE WAS ACTIVE FOR 25 YEARS. WHEN YOU SPEAK TO JOE, YOU SEE THE PRIDE AND JOY HE TAKES IN HIS JOB AND HIS COUNTRY REFLECTED IN HIS ATTITUDE. IT IS BECAUSE OF JOE AND THE HARDWORKING STAFF AND THE CAPITAL BUILDINGS OF THE CONGRESS THAT CONGRESS IS ABLE TO PERFORM ITS DUTIES EVERY DAY. TODAY I HONOR JOE AND THE LIFETIME OF SERVICE HE'S GIVEN TO THE CAPITOL AND TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THANK YOU.

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                                      • 12:03:39 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                      • 12:03:46 PM

                                        MR. POE

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN THE EARLY DAYS OF 1984 CONGRESS CAME UP WITH A…

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN THE EARLY DAYS OF 1984 CONGRESS CAME UP WITH A UNIQUE IDEA. WITH CONGRESS' SUPPORT, PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN SIGNED INTO LAW THE VICTIMS OF CRIME ACT. OTHERWISE KNOWN AS VOCA. THIS LAW ESTABLISHED THE CRIME VICTIMS FUND WITH THE SOLE PURPOSE OF SUPPORTING CRIME VICTIMS THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES. BUT INSTEAD THIS LAW ESTABLISHED THE CRIME VICTIMS FUND OF USING TAXPAYER MONEY FOR THE FUND, CONGRESS CAME UP WITH A NOVEL IDEA. WHY NOT FORCE THE CRIMINALS, THE TRAFFICKERS, THE ABUSERS, THE SCOURGES ON SOCIETY TO PAY FOR THE RESTITUTION TO THEIR VICTIMS? THEY INFLICTED PAIN AND SUFFERING ON INNOCENT PEOPLE SO THEY SHOULD BE THE ONES LITERALLY TO PAY FOR THEIR CRIME. BECAUSE OF THE NEW LAW, CONVICTED FELONS IN FEDERAL COURT, WHO ARE ASSESSED FINES AND FEES, PAY IN TO THE CRIME VICTIMS FUND. THE MONEY IN THE FUND IS USED FOR A WIDE RANGE OF VICTIMS SERVICES. IT PAYS FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHELTERS. WHERE SPOUSE CAN RECOVER FROM THEIR ABUSERS. IT FUNDS RAPE CRISIS COALITION CENTERS, CHILDREN ASSESSMENT CENTERS LIKE THE ONE IN MY HOMETOWN OF HOUSTON T SENDS MONEY TO VICTIM ADVOCATES THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES WHO GO TO COURT WITH VICTIMS OF CRIME. IT GIVES VICTIMS REST 2I CONSTITUTION -- RESTITUTION AND PAYS FOR CRITICAL MEDICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMS. IT'S A REALLY GOOD IDEA, MR. SPEAKER. OVER THE YEARS BECAUSE OUR FEDERAL JUDGES HAVE CONTINUED TO FINE AND ASSESS GREATER AND GREATER PENALTIES TO THE CRIMINALS, THE VOCA FUND CURRENTLY HOLDS, GET THIS, MR. SPEAKER, $12 BILLION. AND LET ME MAKE IT CLEAR, THIS IS NOT TAXPAYER MONEY. IT'S MONEY THAT CRIMINALS HAVE PAID IN A THE SYSTEM. CRIMINALS ARE PAYING THE RENT ON THE COURTHOUSE. PAYING FOR THE SYSTEM THAT THEY HAVE CREATED. SO WHAT'S THE PROBLEM? HERE'S THE PROBLEM, MR. SPEAKER. THAT THE FUND EVERY YEAR IS ROBBED BY THE BUREAUCRATS TO OFFSET OTHER FEDERAL PROJECTS THAT ARE COMPLETELY UNRELATED TO CRIME VICTIMS. FOR EXAMPLE, ABOUT $800,000 IS SPENT OUT OF THE FUND WHICH HAS $12 BILLION IN MONEY. AND OVER THE YEARS IT CONTINUES TO HAVE MORE AND MORE MONEY BECAUSE LESS OF IT IS BEING SPENT. IN MY OPINION, THESE BUREAUCRATS ARE LITERALLY STEALING MONEY FROM THE VICTIMS' FUND AND THROWING IT INTO THE ABYSS OF THE FEDERAL TRESHRY. THAT MONEY DOES NOT BELONG TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT T. BELONGS TO CRIME VICTIMS. VICTIMS DO NOT HAVE, MR. SPEAKER, HIGH DOLLAR LOBBYISTS HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C., ADVOCATING ON THEIR BEHALF. THEY EXPECT US, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, TO BE THEIR LOBBYIST, TO BE THEIR VOICE. AS A FORMER PROSECUTOR AND FORMER JUDGE IN TEXAS, I TAKE THAT DUTY VERY SERIOUSLY. IT'S THE FIRST RESPONSIBILITY OF GOVERNMENT TO ACTUALLY PROTECT THE PEOPLE. WE MUST HAVE THOUGHT THE ROB OF BUREAUCRATS TO STEAL THE MONEY OUT OF THE CRIME VICTIMS FUND AND MAKE SURE THEY HAVE ACCESS TO THE RESOURCES THEY NEED TO BECOME SURVIVORS. SO TO ACHIEVE THIS GOAL MY FRIEND, REPRESENTATIVE JIM COSTA FROM CALIFORNIA, MY CO-CHAIR IN THE VICTIMS RIGHTS CAUCUS, AND I HAVE INTRODUCED THE CRIME VICTIMS FUND PRESERVATION ACT. THE BILL IS VERY SIMPLE. IT CREATES A LOCK BOX TO MAKE SURE THAT THE MONEY IN THE FUND CANNOT BE USED FOR ANYTHING OTHER THAN VICTIMS' PROGRAMS UNDER THE VICTIMS OF CRIME ACT. THE CRIME BOX TO MAKE VICTIMS FUND BECOMES AN ESPECIALLY ATTRACTIVE TARGET FOR OFFSETS AT THIS TIME WHEN OUR GOVERNMENT FACES A -- IN A DEFICIT. THAT'S WHY CONGRESS MUST SAFEGUARD THE FUND TO MAKE SURE THE MONEY IS PROTECTED. THE BILL USES THE MONEY, PAID BY CRIMINALS, TO HELP RESCUE AND RESTORE VICTIMS AND THAT IS SAVED FROM THE STICKY PILLERING IF HANDS OF BUREAUCRATS AND DOES SO FOREVER. LET THE VICTIMS OF CRIME KEEP THE MONEY AND NOT SEND IT TO OTHER PROGRAMS IN THE FEDERAL DEPARTMENTS THROUGHOUT THE NATION. THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I YIELD BACK.

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                                      • 12:08:01 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR. HILL, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                      • 12:08:08 PM

                                        MR. HILL

                                        I THANK THE SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE AND APPLAUD THE WORK OF NBA…

                                        I THANK THE SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE AND APPLAUD THE WORK OF NBA ALL STAR AND ARKANSAS NATIVE, JOE JOHNSON OF THE SACRAMENTO KINGS, WITH A LOCAL YOUTH BASKET PROGRAM, THE ARKANSAS HAWKS. THE ARKANSAS HAWKS, MEANING HARD AT WORK KIDS S. A MEMBER OF THE AMATEUR ATHLETIC UNION ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF ATHLETIC ABILITY IN AMERICAN YOUTH. UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF COACH BILL INGRAM, THE TEAM'S GOAL EXTENDS BEYOND THE COURTS AND INTO THE COMMUNITIES OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS. BUILDING A DYNASTY OF BASKETBALL PLAYERS WHO SEEK TO MAKE A LASTING IMPACT ON O THEIR NEIGHBORHOODS, CITY, STATE, AND COUNTRY. BEFORE HE WAS A SEVEN-TIME NBA ALL STAR, JOE JOHNSON WAS A STUDENT AT THE HISTORIC LITTLE ROCK CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL. AN HISTORIC PLAYER ON THE ARKANSAS HAWKS' ROSTER. IN THIS PARTNERSHIP THE TEAMS AND PLAYERS CONNECTED WITH THE HAWKS WILL BE GIVEN UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES, INCLUDING MENTORSHIP, PLAYER DEVELOPMENT, AND ACADEMIC ASSISTANCE. I'D LIKE TO EXTEND A HEARTY DEBT OF GRATITUDE AND CONGRATULATIONS TO JOE JOHNSON AND THE ARKANSAS HAWKS PROGRAM FOR THEIR SELFLESS AND WORTHWHILE INVESTMENT IN CENTRAL ARKANSAS YOUTH. PLAYER DEVELOPMENT, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE AND LELLINGACY OF ONE OF ARKANSAS -- LEGACY OF ONE OF ARKANSAS' INNOVATIVE LEADERS, MY FRIEND ALBERT, WHO PASSED AWAY EARLIER THIS YEAR AT THE AGE OF 94. AL WERT WORKED FOR OVER 75 YEARS--- ALBERT WORKED OVER 75 YEARS WITH HIS FAMILY TO MAKE ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL REGIONAL ICE CREAM COMPANIES IN THE UNITED STATES. IT CREATED MANY UNIQUE FLAVORS SUCH AS THE RAZORBACKS ICE CREAM, AND MY PERSONAL FAVORITE, PEPPERMENT. HE WAS AN ICON OF ARKANSAS BUSINESS AND ACKOR OF THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY FOR DECADES. HE'S A PAST PRESIDENT OF THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND SERVED AS MAYOR. HE WAS INDUCTED INTO THE ARKANSAS BUSINESS HALL OF FAME IN 2007, AND IS A MEMBER OF THE ARKANSAS DAIRY PRODUCTS HALL OF FAME. HE WAS A ROLE MODEL AND FRIEND TO MANY ACROSS OUR STATION. I EXTEND MY RESPECT, AFFECTION, AND PRAYERS TO HIS MANY DEAR FRIENDS, FAMILY, AND LOVED ONES. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE NORTH LITTLE ROCK MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER DAWN MCLEAN. DAWN A SIXTH GRADE SCIENCE AND MATH TEACHER WAS NAMED A 2017-2018 RECIPIENT OF THE NATIONAL MILKEN EDUCATOR AWARD. ONE OF ONLY 44 ACROSS OUR COUNTRY. THIS HONOR IS GIVEN TO TEACHERS WITH EXCEPTIONAL EDUCATION TALENT WHO IMPACT STUDENTS BOTH IN AND OUT OF THE CLASSROOM. DAWN HAS NOT ONLY INCRACIED HER STUDENTS' TEST SCORES, SHE'S ENGAGED HER STUDENTS THROUGH ROBOTICS, DESIGN MODELING, AND ROCKETRY. SHE'S A STRONG PROPONENT OF PROJECT BASED LEARNING, TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION, AND DATA DEPLOYMENT. DAWN IS ALSO FOCUSED ON HELPING HER STUDENTS BUILD LIFE SKILLS THAT WILL HELP THEM SUCCEED INTO ADULTHOOD AND WORKS TO BUILD STRONG RELATIONSHIPS WITH BOTH PARENTS AND HER STUDENTS. TEACHERS LIKE DAWN PROVE THAT EDUCATION IS ONE OF THE BEST INVESTMENTS AMERICA CAN MAKE. I'M PROUD TO REPRESENT HER AND ALL THE TEACHERS OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS WHO ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF OUR KIDS. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO RECOGNIZE ONE OF ARKANSAS' FINEST, CHIEF WARRANT ARKANSAS TWO, JOHN, WHO PASSED AWAY LATE LAST MONTHS AT THE AGE OF 7. HIS LEADERSHIP AND DEDICATION TO OUR O STATE AND NATION AS A SOLDIER, VETERAN, AND VOLUNTEER IS AN EXAMPLE TO ALL ARKANSANS AND ALL AMERICANS. HE ENLISTED IN THE ARMY IN 1962 AND AFTER MORE THAN 27 YEARS OF MILITARY SERVICE, JOHN RETIRED FROM THE ARKANSAS ARMY NATIONAL GUARD. FOR THE NEXT 23 YEARS JOHN PROVIDED HIS SERVICES AT CAMP ROBINSON IN THE LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE. HE WAS ONE OF MANY OF THE STRONGEST ADVOCATES IN CENTRAL ARKANSAS FOR ALL MATTERS RELATED TO OUR MILITARY VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES. FOR THE BETTER PART OF A HALF CENTURY JOHN AS A SELFLESS SERVANT TO OTHERS GIVING FOR MORE OF HIMSELF THAN HE HAD TO GIVE. HE HAD A PASSION FOR VOLUNTEERING RIVALED ONLY BY HIS PASSION FOR SERVICE TO HIS COUNTRY. I EXTEND MY AFFECTION YACHT PRAYERS TO HIS FAMILY AND LOVED ONES. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                      • 12:12:57 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                      • 12:13:07 PM

                                        MR. DESANTIS

                                        MR. SPEAKER, THE SHOOTING IN PARKLAND, FLORIDA, ON 14 FEBRUARY REPRESENTED…

                                        MR. SPEAKER, THE SHOOTING IN PARKLAND, FLORIDA, ON 14 FEBRUARY REPRESENTED A CATASTROPHIC FAILURE OF LOCAL AUTHORITIES AS WELL AS THE F.B.I. THE STUDENTS NEEDED A HERO THAT DAY AND WHILE THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT FAILED THE STUDENTS, I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO RECOGNIZE AND COMMEMORATE THE FACT THAT A 15-YEAR-OLD J ROTC CADET NAMED PETER HWANG ANSWERED THE CALL. IN THE FACE OF DERANGED GUNMAN DESCENDING ON HIS SCHOOL, HE HELPED HIS FELLOW STUDENTS FLEA TO -- FLEE TO SAFETY, EXPOSING HIMSELF TO FIRE IN THE PROCESS. HE COULD HAVE SIMPLY SAVED HIMSELF, BUT LIKE A TRUE HERO, PETER CHOSE TO PROTECT THE LIVES OF OTHERS. GOING ABOVE AND BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY. HE SACRIFICED HIS LIFE ON THAT FATEFUL DAY. SCRIPTURE TEACHES THAT THERE IS NO GREATER LOVE THAN THAT A MAN SHOULD LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS. AND HIS FELLOW STUDENTS WILL BE INDEBTED TO PETER HWANG FOR HIS ACTIONS ON THAT DAY. PETER HAD A DESIRE TO ATTEND WEST POINT AND HIS ACTIONS ON 14 FEBRUARY MORE THAN LIVED UP TO THE U.S. MILITARY ACADEMY'S MOTTO OF DUTY, HONOR, AND COUNTRY. HIS POST HE'LLOUS ADMITTANCE TO WEST POINT REPRESENTED A RARE BUT WELL DESERVED HONOR. IN PETER THE COUNTRY LOST SOMEONE WHO NO DOUBT WOULD HAVE ENRICHED THE ARMY'S OFFICER CORPS AND PROVIDED HONORABLE SERVICE IN UNIFORM. YET IT IS ALSO TRUE THAT WITH THE LIVES HE SAVED THAT DAY HE ACCOMPLISHED MORE ON HIS FINAL DAY ON THIS EARTH THAN MOST OF US WHO SERVE IN THE MILITARY ACCOMPLISH OVER THE COURSE OF AN ENTIRE CAREER. YOU CAN TRAIN FOR MOMENTS LIKE THOSE FACED BY PETER, BUT YOU DON'T KNOW IF YOU CAN PASS THE TEST UNTIL YOU ARE ACTUALLY PUT TO THE TEST. PETER PASSED HIS TEST WITH FLYING COLORS. . HIS STEADFAST DEVOTION TO DUTY WERE IN KEEPING WITH THE HIGHEST TRADITIONS OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY. REST IN PEACE, SOLDIER. JOB WELL DONE. I YIELD BACK.

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                                      • 12:15:30 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. NEWHOUSE, FOR FIVE…

                                        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. NEWHOUSE, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                        MR. NEWHOUSE

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE AND SERVICE OF GRANT COUNTY…

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE AND SERVICE OF GRANT COUNTY FIRE DISTRICT BATTALION CHIEF DAN DESHAWN. DAN PASSED AWAY ON JANUARY 8, 2018. DAN WAS A HUSBAND, A FATHER, A FRIEND, AND A HIGHLY RESPECTED FIRE SERVICE MEMBER. HIS LOVE OF FIREFIGHTING AND HIS DEDICATION TO HIS COMMUNITY WAS EVIDENT IN HIS 15 YEARS OF VOLUNTEER SERVICE AT BOTH THE GRANT COUNTY FIRE DISTRICT 13 AS WELL AS DISTRICT FIVE WHERE HE EVENTUALLY SECURED HIS DREAM JOB OF SHIFT CAPTAIN. LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS, MEMBERS OF HIS TEAM, AND THE COMMUNITY WILL REMEMBER HIM FOR HIS LEADERSHIP, HUMILITY AND COMMITMENT TO KEEPING THE CITIZENS OF GRANT COUNTY SAFE. MY PRAYERS AND SINCERE CONDOLENCES GO OUT TO HIS FAMILY AND HIS FRIENDS AND ALL THOSE AFFECTED BY HIS PASSING DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME. I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN THANKING DAN DESHAWN FOR HIS INSPIRATIONAL LIFE OF SERVICE TO WASHINGTON STATE AND THE FOURTH DISTRICT. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                      • 12:16:51 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                      • 12:16:57 PM

                                        MR. MARSHALL

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF GLOBAL…

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF GLOBAL HUNGER. TONIGHT, THIS VERY EVENING 800 MILLION PEOPLE ACROSS THE WORLD WILL GO TO BED HUNGRY. THROUGHOUT 2017, THIS VERY PAST YEAR, THIS NUMBER HAS ONLY GROWN, MAKING THIS THE FIRST YEAR IN A DECADE THAT GLOBAL HUNGER HAS INCREASED. THIS INCREASED ARISES FROM VIOLENT CONFLICTS AND NATURAL DISASTERS THAT HAVE WORSENED THE SITUATION FOR MANY LIVING IN EXTREME POVERTY. THESE CRISIS DEMONSTRATES THE NEED FOR LIFE SAVINGS UNITED STATES HUMANITARIAN RELIEF AROUND THE WORLD. FOR 63 YEARS OUR NATION'S SIGNATURE FOOD DONATION PROGRAM, FOOD FOR PEACE, HAS FED MORE THAN THREE BILLION INC. HUNGRY PEOPLE. THIS -- BILLION HUNGRY PEOPLE. THIS HAS HELPED AVERT FAMINE AND PROVIDED MEDICAL CARE FOR THOSE WHO NEED IT THE MOST. TODAY USAID REMAINS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING FOR PEOPLE IN DIRE SITUATIONS WITH EMERGENCY HEALTH. IN COUNTRIES LIKE YEMEN AND NIGERIA WHERE MORE THAN 70% OF THE POPULATION IS FACING SEVERE STARVATION, USAID CONTINUES TO STEP IN TO PREVENT FAMINE AND FIGHT DISEASE. THE USAID MISSION IS TO PROVIDE EMERGENCY FOOD ASSISTANCE, IS VITAL TO MANY COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD AND IS A KEY PILLAR OF PRESIDENT TRUMP'S NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY. ITS PURPOSE IS TO END THE NEED FOR ITS OWN EXISTENCE BY RESPONDING TO DISASTERS AND HELPING OUR PARTNERS AND CHIEF SELF-RELIANCE. A WORLD WITHOUT HUNGER IS IN AMERICA'S BEST INTEREST. HUNGER BREEDS INSTABILITY AND CONFLICT. THESE PROGRAMS REPRESENT A SMALL INVESTMENT TO PREVENT FUTURE CONFLICTS. I AM PROUD THAT WHEAT, WHEAT IS THE MOST USED COMMODITY IN U.S. HUNGER PROGRAMS. KANSAS IS KNOWN AS THE BREADBASKET OF THE WORLD AND IS THE NATION'S LEADING WHEAT PRODUCER. BUT TODAY WHILE OUR GROWERS HAVE FULL GRAIN ELEVATORS IN MY STATE, WE HAVE FOUR UNDECLARED FAMINES AROUND THE WORLD. THERE IS NO REASON WHY WE CANNOT CONNECT THE STARVING WITH OUR AMPLE FOOD. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORK WITH THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE SO USAID AND THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE CAN CONTINUE HELP, PROVIDE FOR THE HUNGER AND STRENGTHENING OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AROUND THE WORLD. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO EMPHASIZE THE NEED FOR BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT IN RURAL COMMUNITIES. MORE AND MORE WE SEE A TRANSITION FROM BRICK AND MORTAR TO CLICK AND MORTAR ESTABLISHMENTS. WITH THE WORLD QUICKLY MOVING FROM PAPER TO DIGITAL. IN RURAL AMERICA, THE DIGITAL DIVIDE IS BECOMING INCREASINGLY PRESENT. FROM LIMITED CONNECTION SPEEDS TO LOCATIONS ENTIRELY WITHOUT SERVICE, THESE COMMUNITIES ARE LACKING THE SAME BASIC ABILITIES AS THEIR URBAN COUNTERPARTS. I'M ENCOURAGED TO SEE SO MANY CONVERSATIONS HAPPENING IN AND AROUND THE HILL RELATED TO REMOVING THE BARRIERS TO CONNECTING AMERICANS, BUT THERE'S STILL A LOT OF WORK TO BE DONE. I APPLAUD THE EFFORTS OF PRESIDENT TRUMP, CHAIRMAN PAI, AND EXECUTIVE SECRETARY PERDUE IN MAKING BROADBAND DEPLOYMENT AND HOPE THAT WE HAVE COMPARABLE SERVICE NO MATTER IN THE COUNTRY WHERE THEY LIVE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR…

                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS UNTIL

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                                        DEPTH FICTION

                                        3:00 P.M. EASTERN ON C-SPAN2.

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                                        WE'LL TAKE YOU LIVE NOW TO THE FLOOR OF THE U.S. HOUSE ON THE LEGISLATIVE…

                                        WE'LL TAKE YOU LIVE NOW TO THE FLOOR OF THE U.S. HOUSE ON THE LEGISLATIVE AGENDA TODAY, SEVEN BILLS INCLUDING ONE ALLOWING INDIAN TRIBES TO SET UP AMBER ALERTS. AND ANOTHER ON SICKLE CELL DISEASE PREVENTION AND TREATMENT PROGRAMS. THIS IS LIVE COVERAGE FROM THE HOUSE FLOOR ON C-SPAN.

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                                        THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY THE GUEST…

                                        THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY THE GUEST CHAPLAIN, REVEREND VINCENT DEROSE, ST. FRANCIS XAVIER CATHOLIC CHURCH, WASHINGTON, D.C.

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

                                        THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND ANNOUNCES TO THE HOUSE HIS APPROVAL THEREOF. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1, THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE LED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MISS MCCALL LUM.

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                                        MS. MCCOLLUM

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

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

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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

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

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                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTES.

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                                        THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE AN OUTSTANDING TEACHER…

                                        THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE AN OUTSTANDING TEACHER FROM FLORIDA'S SECOND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. KATRINA RODENER WITHRY, A SCIENCE TEACHER AT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL WAS SELECTED BY THE SPACE FOUNDATION AS ONE OF 31 EDUCATORS WORLDWIDE WHO ARE HONORED FOR HER WORK PROMOTING SCIENCE AND SPACE CURRICULA. ALONG WITH THIS HONOR SHE AND HER COLLEAGUE WERE SELECTED TO WORK WITH NASA AS PART OF THEIR MICROGRAVITY UNIVERSITY FOR EDUCATORS 2018 CHALLENGE. THIS ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY WILL GIVE THESE TEACHERS AND FOUR OF THEIR STUDENTS THE CHANCE TO WORK DIRECTLY WITH THE RODENER WITHRY, A SCIENCE TEACHER AT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL WAS SELECTED BY THE SPACE FOUNDATION EXPERTS AT NASA.

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                                        MR. DUNN

                                        IT IS CLEAR THAT THEY ARE INSPIRING A LOVE OF SCIENCE AND SPACE IN THEIR…

                                        IT IS CLEAR THAT THEY ARE INSPIRING A LOVE OF SCIENCE AND SPACE IN THEIR STUDENTS. THESE TEACHERS ARE FORMING NOT JUST STRONG MINDS, BUT ALSO STRONG CHARACTERS AND BIG HEARTS IN YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN WITH A SENSE OF COMMUNITY. MR. SPEAKER, PLEASE JOIN ME IN CONGRATULATING MISS RODENBERRY AND THANK HER FOR INSTILLING A LOVE OF SCIENCE AND SPACE IN OUR NEXT GENERATION. SEARCH THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MINNESOTA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                        MS. MCCOLLUM

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

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                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                        MS. MCCOLLUM

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE AT THAT URGE THE IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF TWO JOURNALISTS.…

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE AT THAT URGE THE IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF TWO JOURNALISTS. WHO HAVE BEEN IMPRISONED IN BURMA FOR THEIR FEARLESS REPORTING ON THE ATROCITIES BEING PERPETRATED AGAINST THE A HINGEA. THE ETHNIC CLEANSING OF THE ROW HINGEA HAS SHOCKED THE CONSCIENCE OF THE WORLD, IN PART BECAUSE OF THE IMPORTANT PUBLIC TESTIMONY REARD BY THESE TWO JOURNALISTS. IN DECEMBER THEY WERE INVITED TO MEET WITH THE POLICE. THEY WERE HANDED DOCUMENTS BY OFFICERS THEY HAD NEVER MET BEFORE, AND THEY WERE IMMEDIATELY ARRESTED. UNDER OBJECT SUR CLONE -- OBSCURE COLONIAL ERA LAW. THE REFUSAL TO GRANT THEM BAIL IS HIGHLY IRREGULAR. IT SEEMS OBVIOUS THAT THE ONLY PURPOSE OF THEIR CONTINUED DETENTION IS TO CHILL THE INDEPENDENT MEDIA IN BURMA. MR. SPEAKER, A FREE PRESS IS ESSENTIAL TO A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY. AND I JOIN THE STATE DEPARTMENT AND GOVERNMENTS AROUND THE WORLD URGING BURMA TO RELEASE THESE JOURNALISTS IMMEDIATELY AND TO ALLOW THEM TO REUNITE WITH THEIR FAMILIES AND RETURN TO THEIR IMPORTANT WORK. I YIELD BACK.

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                                        THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE REFUSAL FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

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

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                                        MR. THOMPSON

                                        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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                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                        MR. THOMPSON

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS MORNING I WAS AT THE CENTRAL…

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS MORNING I WAS AT THE CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA DIGITAL LEARNING FOUNDATION IN DUNCANSVILLE TO SPEAK ABOUT MY WORK ON THE HOUSE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE. THE CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA DIGITAL FOUNDATION CHARTER SCHOOL OFFICE A CUSTOMIZEABLE CYBER EDUCATION FOR STUDENTS THROUGHOUT PENNSYLVANIA. ITS LEARNING EXPERIENCE CONNECTS, ENGAGES AND EMPOWERS EVERY STUDENT TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN REACHING THEIR ACADEMIC AND PERSONAL GOALS FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW. THIS SCHOOL WAS DEVELOPED FROM THE GROUND UP BY THE ENGAGES AND AREA SUPERINTENDENTS IN COLLABORATION WITH INTERMEDIATE UNIT EIGHT. THE IU- WAS FURNISHED TO PROVIDE A BROAD RANGE OF SERVICES TO 35 PUBLIC SCHOOLS, TWO CHARTER SCHOOLS, AND APPROXIMATELY 8 NONPUBLIC SCHOOLS. MR. SPEAKER, WE MUST UNDERSTAND THAT THERE ARE NUMEROUS EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENTS AND MANY STUDENTS STRIVE IN A CYBER SCHOOL-STYLE SETUP. THE IU- HAS ENJOYED TREMENDOUS WORK TO ENSURE STUDENTS WHO CHOOSE THE EDUCATION RECEIVE THE SAME QUALITY EDUCATION AS THEIR PEER WHO IS ATTEND BRICK ANSWER MORTAR SCHOOLS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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

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

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                                        MINUTE.

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                                        FROM SCHNEIDER

                                        FROM THE TIME OUR CHILDREN ARE BORN WE UNDERSTAND IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY…

                                        FROM THE TIME OUR CHILDREN ARE BORN WE UNDERSTAND IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT THEM. BUT INCREASINGLY AS A NATION WE'RE FAILING OUR CHILDREN AND ALLOWING THEM TO BE GUNNED DOWN IN SCHOOLS, CONCERTS, AND HOUSES OF WORSHIP. STILL IN THIS DARKEST OF TIME I SEE REASON TO HOPE. I'M INSPIRED BY THE ELOQUENCE OF THE SURVIVORS OF THE YOUNG PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHO ARE SPEAKING OUT FOR POSITIVE ACTION. WE ALL KNOW THERE ARE COMMONSENSE ACTION THAT IS WOULD CURB GUN VIOLENCE IN OUR COMMUNITIES AND SAVE LIVES. UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS, BANNING MILITARY-STYLE ASSAULT WEAPONS, HIGH CAPACITY MAGAZINES, AND BUMP STOCKS, AND FUNDING MENTAL HEALTH CARE TO NAME A FEW. THESE MEASURES HAVE OVERWHELMING SUPPORT OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. ALL THAT'S MISSING IS THE POLITICAL WILL FROM CONGRESS. HOPEFULLY THIS MOMENT WILL BE DIFFERENT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO LISTEN TO THE VOICES MUCH OUR YOUNG PEOPLE. LET'S HAVE THE DEBATE AND VOTE ON REAL ACTIONS TO REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE IN OUR SCHOOLS, OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, AND OUR COUNTRY.

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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 ARIZONA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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                                      • 02:07:27 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND FOR A MOMENT. THE CHAIR WILL REMIND ALL PERSONS…

                                        THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND FOR A MOMENT. THE CHAIR WILL REMIND ALL PERSONS IN THE GALLERY THEY ARE HERE AS GUESTS OF THE HOUSE AND ANY MANIFESTATION OF APPROVAL OR DISAPPROVAL OF PROCEEDINGS IS IN VIOLATION OF THE RULES OF THE HOUSE. THE GENTLEMAN MAY PROCEED.

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                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE EXTRAORDINARY WORK…

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE EXTRAORDINARY WORK OF SALLY HARRISON. SHE'S THE PRESIDENT AND C.E.O. OF MESA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. SHE'S WORKED IN THIS ROLE SINCE 2013. MESA'S BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT IS THRIVING WITH HER AT THE HELM. SHE LED A MEETING AT ARIZONA STATE POLYTECHNIC CAMPUS WITH CONGRESSMAN JIM BRIDENSTINE. UNDER HER LEADERSHIP THIS UNIQUE COUNCIL CONTINUES TO HIGHLIGHT THE MANUFACTURING CAPABILITY WE HAVE IN MY DISTRICT. THERE HAVE BEEN POSITIVE REPORTS OF THE DISCUSSION SHE FACILITATED AND I AM CONFIDENT THAT SHE WILL CONTINUE TO CREATE THESE OPPORTUNITIES FOR MY CONSTITUENTS. THESE CONVERSATIONS BETWEEN LOCAL OFFICIALS, FEDERAL OFFICE HOLDERS, AND BUSINESS LEADERS ARE PARAMOUNT TO ENSURE THEIR CONSTITUENTS RECEIVE THE BEST POSSIBLE REPRESENTATION. SALLY UNDERSTANDS THIS AND IS WORKING EVERY DAY TO FACILITATE IT.

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                                        MR. BIGS

                                        I THANK HER FOR HER SERVICE TO OUR GREAT CITY AND YIELD BACK.

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

                                      • 02:08:52 PM

                                        MR. COHEN

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

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                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                        MR. COHEN

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE HAVE BEEN OUT OF SESSION FOR A WEEK AND MUCH…

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE HAVE BEEN OUT OF SESSION FOR A WEEK AND MUCH HAS HAPPENED IN AMERICA. OF COURSE THE MOST DREADFUL THING IS PARKLAND, FLORIDA. THE DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL. I SHED QUITE A FEW TEARS THINKING ABOUT THOSE STUDENTS AND LOOKING AT THE TEACHERS THAT LOST THEIR LIVES. THE SYSTEM FAILED. THE F.B.I. FAILED TO FOLLOW UP. APPARENTLY THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT FAILED TO FOLLOW UP. AND, MR. SPEAKER, OUR PRESIDENT FAILED. BECAUSE HE FAILED TO SEE THE PROBLEM THAT WE HAVE IN THIS COUNTRY IS NOT GIVING TEACHERS GUNS BUT GIVING TEACHERS MORE RESPECT AND GIVING THEM MORE COUNSELORS AND MORE AID TO BE ABLE TO TEACH. HE FAILED TO SEE THE PROBLEMS NOT JUST IN SCHOOLS WHERE IT'S SO IMPORTANT AND THERE HAVE BEEN SHOOTINGS AND KILLINGS IN SCHOOLS, BUT KILLINGS IN TEXAS CHURCHES AND IN LAS VEGAS CONCERTS. AND BY PEOPLE OVER 21 YEARS OF AGE. BANNING BUMP STOCKS, WHICH WAS THE RESPONSE TO LAS VEGAS WAS RIGHT AND GOOD AND NEEDS TO BE DONE BY LAW TO BE DONE LEGALLY. BANNING ASSAULT WEAPONS BEING PURCHASED BY UNDER 21-YEAR-OLDS IS A GOOD, BUT WE NEED TO BAN ASSAULT WEAPONS FOR EVERYBODY FOR THE 58 VICTIMS IN LAS VEGAS AND THE CHURCH IN TEXAS AND HIGH CAPACITY MAGAZINES. WE NEED A STUDY. WE NEED TO ACT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. GOD SAVE AMERICA AND THE CHILDREN.

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                                        CHILDREN.

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                                        GUEST

                                        C-SPAN NETWORKS. THE

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                                        C-SPAN NETWORKS. THE HOUSE IS GAVELING IN. LIVE VOTES WILL BE AT 6:30 HERE…

                                        C-SPAN NETWORKS. THE HOUSE IS GAVELING IN. LIVE VOTES WILL BE AT 6:30 HERE ON C-SPAN. LE 20. THE HOUSE WILL RESUME PROCEEDINGS ON POSTPONED QUESTIONS AT A LATER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                        MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS S. 772, THE ASHLYNNE…

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS S. 772, THE ASHLYNNE APPLE BERT ALERT IN INDIAN COUNTRY ACT.

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                                        THE CLERK

                                        S. 772, AN ACT TO AMEND THE PROTECT ACT TO MAKE INDIAN TRIBES ELIGIBLE FOR…

                                        S. 772, AN ACT TO AMEND THE PROTECT ACT TO MAKE INDIAN TRIBES ELIGIBLE FOR AMBER ALERT GRANTS.

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                                        TEMPORE PURSUANT

                                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. BIGGS, AND THE…

                                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. BIGGS, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. RASKIN, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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                                        MR. BIGGS

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

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON S. 772, CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                                        MR. SPEAKER, I'M HONORED TO BE THE SPONSOR OF THE AMBER ALERT IN INDIAN…

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I'M HONORED TO BE THE SPONSOR OF THE AMBER ALERT IN INDIAN COUNTRY ACT IN MEMORY OF THE LIFE OF ASHLYNNE MIKE. I WANT TO THANK THE HOUSE LEADERSHIP AND CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE FOR BRINGING THIS BILL BEFORE THE HOUSE FOR CONSIDERATION. . 11-YEAR-OLD ASHLYNN LIVED IN NAVAJO NATION, THE LARGEST INDIAN RESERVATION IN THE UNITED STATES, LOCATED IN ARIZONA, UTAH, COLORADO AND NEW MEXICO. HER FAVORITE COLOR WAS YELLOW AND SHE ENJOYED PLAYING MUSIC FOR HER FRIENDS AND FAMILY. SHE WAS A KIND HEARTED YOUNG GIRL WHO HAD ENORMOUS POTENTIAL. AFTER SCHOOL ON MONDAY, MAY 2, 2007, WHILE ASHLYNN AND HER BROTHER PLAYED NEAR A BUS STOP, A MAN LURED THEM INTO HIS CAR. HE TOOK THEM TO A REMOTE PART OF THE RESERVATION, ABUSED AS 46RBINGS SK -- ASHLYNN, SLALLINGTERED HER, AND LEFT HER BROTHER TO FEND FOR HIMS. HER FATHER FILED A MISSING PERSON'S REPORT WITHIN THREE HOURS, BUT AN AMBER ALERT WASN'T ISSUED UNTIL 2:30 A.M. DAVID BEGAY, HER ATTACKER, SAID SHE WAS ALIVE WHEN HE LEFT. WHEN A CHILD IS ABDUCTED, ACTION IN THOSE FIRST HOURS IS CRUCIAL TO THEIR PROTECTION. THE AMBER ALERT PROGRAM HAS PROVEN EFFECTIVE AT INSTANTLY PROVIDING INFORMATION TO THE PUBLIC TO ASSIST IN THE EFFORT. ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN, OF THE AMBER ALERTS ISSUED IN 2016, 94% OF THE RECOVERED CHILDREN WERE FOUND WITHIN THE FIRST 72 HOURS, INCLUDING 47% WERE FOUND WITHIN THE FIRST THREE HOURS. BETWEEN 1997 AND FEBRUARY, 2017, THE AMBER ALERT PROGRAM HAS BEEN CREDITED WITH A SAFE RECOVERY OF 868 CHILDREN. AMBER ALERT SAVES LIVES. TODAY WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ENSURE ALL CHILDREN MAY BENEFIT FROM THE AMBER ALERT PROGRAM IF NECESSARY, NO MATTER WHERE THEY RESIDE. THIS BILL WILL RE-AUTHORIZE THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE GRANT PROGRAM THAT ASSISTS STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS IN DEVELOPING AND IMPLEMENTING AMBER ALERT COMMUNICATION PLANS. IT WILL EXPLICITLY REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TO PERFORM A NEEDS ASSESSMENT OF CAPABILITIES ON INDIAN RESERVATIONS AND FOR THE FIRST TIME REQUIRE FUNDS TO BE USED TO INTEGRATE TRIBAL AMBER ALERT SYSTEMS WITH THOSE OF NEIGHBORING JURISDICTIONS TO ENSURE AMBER ALERTS REACH AS MANY PEOPLE, AS SWIFTLY AS POSSIBLE. AGAIN, I THANK HOUSE LEADERSHIP AND CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE FOR BRINGING THIS BILL FORWARD AND ACKNOWLEDGING THE IMPORTANCE OF FILLING A GAP IN OUR AMBER ALERT SYSTEM THAT MIGHT HAVE PREVENTED THE DEATH OF ASHLYNN. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND IF ENACTED, THIS BILL WILL HELP TO BUILD A NATIONAL AND COHESIVE NETWORK OF AMBER ALERT. WITH THAT, I YIELD -- I RESERVE.

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF SENATE S. 77 , THE AMBER ALERT IN…

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF SENATE S. 77 , THE AMBER ALERT IN INDIAN -- INDIAN COUNTRY ACT OF 2017.

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                        MR. RASKIN

                                        I STRONGLY SUPPORT THIS BILL. THROUGH THE GRANT PROGRAM RE-AUTHORIZED BY…

                                        I STRONGLY SUPPORT THIS BILL. THROUGH THE GRANT PROGRAM RE-AUTHORIZED BY S. 772, TRIBAL HAW LAW -- LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES WILL HAVE THE CAPACITY TO ISSUE THEIR OWN AMBER ALERTS AND ALLOW TRIBAL ALERT SYSTEMS TO BE INTEGRATED WITH THE MORE ADVANCED AMBER ALERT COMMUNICATIONS OF STATE AND REGIONAL LAW ENFORCE. TODAY. THE AMBER ALERT PROGRAM IS A POWERFUL TOOL THAT IS GEOGRAPHICALLY TARGETS LAW ENFORMENTS, SIGN PROVIDERS TO ISSUE URGENT ALERTS. THEY CAN INSTANTLY GALVANIZE A COMMUNITY TO SEARCH FOR AN ENDANGERED CHILD. THE AMBER ALERT PROGRAM HAS DIRECTLY LED TO THE RESCUE OF MORE THAN 900 CHILDREN. PRESENTLY THE AMBER ALERT PROGRAM IS JEWSED IN -- USED IN ALL 50 STATES, HERE IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, PUERTO RICO, AND THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS AND AMBER ALERT SYSTEMS HAVE EVOLVED TO UTILIZE ALL AVAILABLE TECHNOLOGY IN NOTIFYING THE PUBLIC OF A CHILD ABDUCTION. NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBAL COMMUNITIES ARE UNABLE TO FAKE FULL ADVANTAGE OF THIS LIFE-SAVING PROGRAM. CURRENTLY TRIBAL LAW ENFORCEMENT MUST RELY ON STATE OR REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGECIES OFF-RESERVATION TO ISSUE THE COMPLETE AMBER ALERT ON THEIR BEHALF. THIS IS UNFORTUNATE AND INDEED IT'S NOTABLE BECAUSE THE RATE OF CHILD ABDUCTIONS IS REPORTEDLY DOWN ACROSS THE COUNTRY, WITH THE SOLE EXCEPTION OF INDIAN COUNTRY. AS WE ALL KNOW, TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE WHEN A CHILD IS ABDUCTED OR GOES MISSING. AMBER -- AM BERT -- AMBER ALERT PLANS PROVIDES A RAPID RESPONSE SYSTEM WHICH IS CRITICAL IN SUCH CASES. STATISTICS SHOW 74% OF ABDUCTED CHILDREN WHO ARE MURDERED ARE KILLED WITHIN THE FIRST THREE HOURS OF THEIR ABDUCTION. THE TIME SPENT TO COORDINATE WITH STATE OR REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT BEFORE ISSUING AN AMBER ALERT CAN BE LENGTHY AND HAVE DIRE CONSEQUENCE. IN 2003, THE PROTECT ACT ESTABLISHED A GRANT PROGRAM TO BE ADMINISTERED BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR THE STATES WITH THE GOALS OF STRENGTHENING AMBER ALERT COMMUNICATIONS PLANNED NATIONWIDE AND DEVELOPING A SEAMLESS NETWORK THROUGH THE NATION WHICH DRAMATICALLY INCREASES THE LIKELIHOOD THAT ABDUCTED CHILDREN WILL BE FOUND SWIFTLY AND SAFELY THIS WOULD MAKE INDIAN COMMUNITIES ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE GRANT FUNDS FOR THE FIRST TIME. WITH THIS FUNDING, TRIBES LEB ABLE TO IMPLEMENT AMBER ALERT PLANS OF THEIR OWN AND INTEGRATE THEIR AMBER ALERT SYSTEMS INTO AND WITH STATE AND REGIONAL COMMUNICATION PLANS. THE GRANTS MAY BE USED FOR EDUCATION, TRAINING LAWENCE -- ENFORCEMENT AND TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT RELATED TO AMBER PLANS. THIS WILL HELP BUILD A TRULY NATIONAL AND COHESIVE NETWORK OF THE AMBER ALERT SYSTEMS. TRIBAL LAW ENFORCEMENT WILL HAVE THE ABILITY TO DIRECTLY ISSUE AMBER ALERTS WITHOUT HAVING TO RELY ON OUTSIDE LAW ENFORCEMENT WHILE OUTSIDE AGENCY WILL BE ABLE TO FILL IN GAPS IF NECESSARY THROUGH THE IMPROVED COORDINATION. ACCORDINGLY, I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN US IN SUPPORTING THIS CRUCIAL PIECE OF BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION AND I'LL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                      • 04:56:21 PM

                                        MR. BIGGS

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        IS THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND PREPARED TO CLOSE? THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                        IS THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND PREPARED TO CLOSE? THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                      • 04:56:30 PM

                                        MR. RASKIN

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE LEGISLATION WAS INTRODUCED IN RESPONSE TO A…

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE LEGISLATION WAS INTRODUCED IN RESPONSE TO A FATAL ABDUCTION THAT OCCURRED ON THE NAVAJO NATION IN NEW MEXICO. 11-YEAR-OLD ASHLYNN MIKE WAS KIDNAPPED, HER BROTHER ESCAPED BUT SHE DID NOT. THAT CASE FOCUSED ATTENTION ON GAPS IN COMMUNICATION COORDINATION BETWEEN TRIBAL AND OFF-RES. ER VATION LAW ENFORCEMENT. IN THE PAST, THE NAVAJO NATION HAS RELIED ON ARIZONA, NEW MEXICO, AND UTAH TO ISSUE AMBER ALERTS. BASED ON SEVERAL ACCOUNTS OF THIS CASE, THE AMBER ALERT WAS ISSUED 10 OR MORE HOURS AFTER SHE WAS ABDUCTED. HER ABDUCTOR CONFESSED TO BRUTALIZING HER AND LEAVING HER ALIVE TO FEND FOR HERSELF IN THE DESERT. IT WAS TOO LATE FOR HER WHEN SHE WAS FOUND DEAD A DAY LATER. CHILDREN ARE PRECIOUS TO US AND THEY DESERVE OUR PROTECTION WHEREVER THEY MAY LIVE. EITHER ON RESERVATIONS OR OFF RESERVATIONS. BECAUSE WE SHOULD DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO ENSURE THAT APPROPRIATE RESOURCES ARE ALLOCATED EFFORTS TO RECOVER MISSING OR ABDUCTED CHILDREN. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                      • 04:57:53 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED. MR.…

                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED. MR. BIGGS THANK THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN --

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                                      • 04:58:01 PM

                                        MR. BIGGS

                                        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, MR. SPEAKER. THIS BILL IS TRULY A BIPARTISAN…

                                        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, MR. SPEAKER. THIS BILL IS TRULY A BIPARTISAN EFFORT WORKED ON BY BOTH -- MEMBERS OF BOTH PARTIES. IT IS BECAUSE OF ITS IMPORTANCE. THE PARTICULAR CASE THAT BOTH OF US HAVE IT RATED TODAY DOES FOCUS THE ATTENTION ON THE MASSIVE HOLE WHERE THERE'S MORE THAN 500 INDIAN NATIONS, INDIAN TRIBES THAT DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO THE AMBER ALERT SYSTEM. IT IS THE ONLY PART OF THIS NATION AND ITS TERRITORIES NOT COVERED BY THE AMBER ALERT SYSTEM THIS WILL SOLVE THAT PROBLEM. AND WITH THAT, I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I YIELD.

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                                      • 04:58:42 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. BOTH SIDES HAVING YIELDED BACK THEIR TIME, THE…

                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. BOTH SIDES HAVING YIELDED BACK THEIR TIME, THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE PLULES AND -- WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS SENATE 772 AS AMENDED? THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                      • 05:00:05 PM

                                        MR. BURGESS

                                        I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 676, AS AMENDED.

                                      • 05:00:09 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                        THE CLERK

                                        H.R. 767, A BILL TO ESTABLISH THE STOP, OBSERVE, ASK, AND RESPOND TO…

                                        H.R. 767, A BILL TO ESTABLISH THE STOP, OBSERVE, ASK, AND RESPOND TO HEALTH AND WELLNESS TRAINING PILOT PROGRAM TO ADDRESS HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM.

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                                        TEMPORE PURSUANT

                                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, AND THE…

                                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GENE GREEN, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS.

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                                      • 05:00:35 PM

                                        MR. BURGESS

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

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

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                                      • 05:00:45 PM

                                        TEMPORE WITHOUT

                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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                                        MR. BURGESS

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I'LL YIELD MYSELF THE TIME I MIGHT CONSUME.

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                                        TEMPORE WITHOUT

                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE…

                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE WEESHES TO USE.

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                                      • 05:00:54 PM

                                        MR. BURGESS

                                        -- WISHES TO USE.

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                                        MR. BURGESS

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF 767, THE STOP, OBSERVE, ASK,…

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF 767, THE STOP, OBSERVE, ASK, AND RESPOND TO HEALTH AND WELLNESS ACT OF 2017, INTRODUCED BY OUR COLLEAGUE, REPRESENTATIVE STEVE COHEN OF TENNESSEE. THIS BILL WILL HELP IN THE FIGHT AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING . WORLDWIDE NEARLY 21 MILLION PEOPLE ARE VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING, FORCED LABOR OR EXPLOITATION. THIS BIPARTISAN INITIATIVE EXPANDS AND FURTHER CODIFIES THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES' STOP, OBSERVE, ASK, AND RESPOND PROGRAM, WHICH ENHANCES THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM'S RESPONSE TO HUMAN TRAFFICKING. BY REQUIRING THE PROGRAM TO PROVIDE GRANTS TO HEALTH CARE SITES TO WORK WITH STAKEHOLDERS TO DEVELOP FLEXIBLE TRAINING MODULES AND TO PROVIDE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO HEALTH EDUCATION PROGRAMS, THIS LEGISLATION WILL TEACH HEALTH PROFESSIONALS TO IDENTIFY AND TO RESPOND TO VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING. MR. SPEAKER, I THANK YOU FOR THE RECOGNITION. I'LL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                      • 05:02:03 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.…

                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GENE GREEN, IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                        MR. GREEN

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

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                        MR. GREEN

                                        THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 767, THE SOAR TO HEALTH…

                                        THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 767, THE SOAR TO HEALTH AND WELLNESS ACT OF 2017. THIS PROVIDES HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS WITH TRAINING ON HOW TO IDENTIFY AND APPROPRIATELY TREAT VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING. NEARLY 21 MILLION PEOPLE WORLDWIDE ARE VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING, FORCED LABOR, OR SEXUAL EXPLOITATION. AT SOME POINT MANY OF THESE UNIDENTIFIED VICTIMS WILL COME INTO CONTACT WITH HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS DURING THEIR CAPTIVITY. A DOCTOR'S VISIT OR EMERGENCY ROOM TRIP MAY PROVIDE A BRIEF CHANCE WHEN A VICTIM MAY BE ABLE TO DETACH FROM TRAFFICKERS. THIS BILL WILL PROVIDE THE NECESSARY RESOURCES FOR THE HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS TO SPOT VICTIMS AND PROVIDE TRAUMA INFORMED, CULTURALLY APPROPRIATE CARE ONCE IDENTIFIED. HELPING HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS HELP EYE DEPARTMENTIFY SIGNS OF TRAFFICKING THAT -- IDENTIFYING SIGNS OF TRAFFICKING CAN MEAN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH. I WANT TO THANK MR. COHEN FOR SPONSORING THIS LEGISLATION AND NOW I YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM TENNESSEE, MR. COHEN.

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                                      • 05:03:30 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                        MR. COHEN

                                        THANK YOU, MR. GREEN. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO RISE IN SUPPORT OF…

                                        THANK YOU, MR. GREEN. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO RISE IN SUPPORT OF STOP, OBSERVE, ASK, AND RESPOND, OR SOAR. I HOSTED A FORUM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AND GATHERED STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIRST RESPONDERS, FAITH-BASED GROUPS AND EDUCATORS TO DISCUSS THE IMPORTANCE OF AND STRATEGIES TO COMBAT HUMAN TRAFFICKING. THIS EVENT SOLIDIFIED MY STANCE AND ACTIVATED ME TO GO FORWARD WITH LEGISLATION TO ADDRESS THE HUMAN TRAFFICKING THAT'S OCCURRING IN THE UNITED STATES. SHORTLY AFTER I WAS PROUD TO PROSBRUSE THIS BIPARTISAN BILL ALONG WITH MY COLLEAGUES, CONGRESSMAN KINZINGER OF ILLINOIS, CONGRESSMAN CARDENAS AND CONGRESSWOMAN WAGNER. HUMAN TRAFFICKING IS THE SECOND FASTEST GROWING CRIME IN TENNESSEE AND IT'S AMAZINGLY THAT EVERY TWO MINUTES SOMEONE IN THE UNITED STATES IS ENTERED INTO HUMAN TRAFFICKING. EVERY TWO MINUTES. IN 2016, 8,042 CASES WERE REPORTED TO THE NATIONAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING HOTLINE, WITH 110 OF THOSE OCCURRING IN TENNESSEE. AND THOSE ARE JUST THE CASES THAT WERE REPORTED. HUMAN TRAFFICKING REMAINS A HIDDEN CRIME AND VICTIMS RARELY SEEK HELP BECAUSE OF CULTURAL BARRIERS OR DUE TO FEAR OF THEIR TRAFFICKERS OR LAW ENFORCEMENT OR BEING DEPORTED, BECAUSE MANY ARE IMPORTED INTO OUR COUNTRY, TO ENGAGE IN SEX CRIMES. IN APRIL, 2016, I JOINED WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND HOSTING OUR CONFERENCE -- IN HOSTING OUR CONFERENCE IN MEMPHIS. FROM THERE CAME OUR LEGISLATION. THE SOOR ACT DIRECTS THE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES TO ESTABLISH A PROGRAM TO PROVIDE TRAINING AT ALL LEVELS ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING. TRAFFICKING VICTIMS OFTEN END UP IN HEALTH CARE SETTINGS BECAUSE TRAFFICKERS WANT TO MAXIMIZE PROFITS. VICTIMS WILL NOT FOLLOW-UP ON TREATMENT. AND PIMPS AND JOHNS WILL BEAT UP THE WOMEN AND THEY'LL END UP IN A HEALTH CARE FACILITY, PUBLIC HEALTH CARE FACILITY BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE INSURANCE. 57% OF TRAFFICKING VICTIMS REPORT PHYSICAL INJURIES AND NEARLY ALL FACE SEXUAL ABUSE OR VIOLENCE. THESE INJURIES CAUSE A REPORTED 63% OF TRAFFICKING VICTIMS TO GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM WHEN THEY ARE BEING EXPLOITED. MANY VICTIMS ALSO END UP WITH SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS, INCLUDING H.I.V. AND ARE AT A HIGH RISK OF PREGNANCY. AS A RESULT, NEARLY 88% OF TRAFFICKED VICTIMS ARE SEEN BY HEALTH CARE PROVIDER AT SOME POINT AND MORE LIKELY THAN NOT IT'S AN EMERGENCY ROOM AND SO THESE ARE THE PEOPLE WE SEEK OUT MOST TO TRAIN AND SEE THE SIGNS OF TRAFFICKING TO BE ABLE TO REPORT IT TO LAW ENFORCEMENT, HELP THESE LADIES OUT OF THE SITUATION THEY'RE IN. DESPITE THIS, OUT OF MORE THAN 5,600 HOSPITALS IN THE COUNTRY, ONLY A HANDFUL OF HAVE A PLAN FOR TREATING PATIENTS THAT ARE A VICTIM OF TRAFFICKING AND MOST ARE NOT TRAINED TO IDENTIFY TRAFFICKING VICTIMS. AS A RESULT, 1% OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING VICTIMS ARE IDENTIFIED WHEN THEY SEEK EMERGENCY CARE. WE MUST ENCOURAGE HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS TO BE ALERT TO POSSIBLE INSTANCES OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING, WHEN VICTIMS APPEAR IN CLINICS OR DOCTORS' OFFICE IT'S FOR NEEDED CARE, AND WE MUST PROVIDE THEM THE ADDITIONAL TRAINING AND RESOURCES TO ACCOMPLISH THIS GOAL. I'M PROUD TO WORK ON THE STOP, OBSERVE, ASK, AND RESPOND TO HEALTH AND WELLNESS ACT TO HELP PASS THIS TODAY. I THANK THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP FOR SCHEDULING THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                      • 05:06:48 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER RO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES.

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                                        MR. GREEN

                                        I RESERVE, MR. SPEAKER. YOU AND I KNOW HOW IMPORTANT HOW IMPORTANT…

                                        I RESERVE, MR. SPEAKER. YOU AND I KNOW HOW IMPORTANT HOW IMPORTANT TRAFFICKING IS FOR YOU AND YOUR HISTORY. I THINK THE SPIRKE OF THE HOUSE HAS AN INTEREST IN THIS BILL, TOO, AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                                      • 05:07:07 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GENE GREEN, YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. AND THE…

                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GENE GREEN, YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. AND THE GENTLEMAN, MR. BURGESS FROM TEXAS, IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                      • 05:07:14 PM

                                        MR. BURGESS

                                        THANK YOU. I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR.…

                                        THANK YOU. I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. KINZINGER, A VALUABLE MEMBER OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE AND IN FACT THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE OF OVERSIGHT AND INVESTIGATIONS AND HE'S RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                      • 05:07:28 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

                                      • 05:07:30 PM

                                        MR. KINZINGER

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

                                        I THANK YOU AND THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 767, THE STOP, OBSERVE, ASK, AND RESPOND TO HEALTH AND WELLNESS ACT AND I AM A PROUD CO-LEAD OF THIS BILL WITH MR. COHEN FROM TENNESSEE AND THANK HIM FOR HIS WORK. WHEN WE HEAR HUMAN TRAFFICKING WE THINK IT'S FAR AWAY FROM OUR SHORES THAT AFFECT PEOPLE THAT ARE NOT US. IT'S HARD TO IMAGINE THIS MODERN DAY SLAVERY IS HAPPENING OVER HERE, HURTING THE PEOPLE WITHIN OUR COMMUNITY EVERY DAY. IN MY HOME STATE OF ILLINOIS, WE HAVE THE FIFTH HIGHEST NUMBER OF TRAFFICKING CASES IN THIS COUNTRY. IN THE CITY OF ROCKFORD IN MY DISTRICT IS RANKED SECOND BEHIND CHICAGO IN HUMAN TRAFFICKING CASES. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING WE CAN DO IS COMBAT THIS HEINOUS CRIME IS TO RAISE AWARENESS AND THAT'S WHAT THE SOOR ACT, SOAR TO THE HEALTH AND WELLNESS ACT IS DESIGNED TO DO IT. IT WOULD EXPAND ON A PILOT PROGRAM BY SUPPORTING THE TRAINING OF HEALTH CARE WORKERS TO IDENTIFY VICTIMS AND BEST CARE FOR THEM THROUGH ESTABLISHED PROTOCOL AND PROCEDURES. MANY TIMES WHEN TRAFFICKING VICTIMS COME TO EMERGENCY ROOMS HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS MAY NOT ALWAYS SPOT THE SIGNS THEIR PATIENT WAS A VICTIM OF TRAFFICKING. THIS IS CRITICAL TO COMBATING TRAFFICKING. I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 767, AND I BELIEVE IT CAN HAVE AN IMPACT OF IDENTIFYING CASES OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND HELPING THE MOST VULNERABLE AND AT-RISK INDIVIDUALS OF THIS EVIL CRIME. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, CONTROLS THE REST OF THE TIME.

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                                      • 05:09:06 PM

                                        MR. BURGESS

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S A WORTHWHILE BILL. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO…

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S A WORTHWHILE BILL. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT, AND I'LL YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                      • 05:09:12 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. BOTH SIDES HAVING YIELDED BACK THEIR…

                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. BOTH SIDES HAVING YIELDED BACK THEIR TIME, THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 767, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                      • 05:09:51 PM

                                        MR. BURGESS

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

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 880, AS AMENDED.

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                                      • 05:09:56 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                                      • 05:09:59 PM

                                        THE CLERK

                                        H.R. 880, A BILL TO AMEND THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE ACT TO FACILITATE…

                                        H.R. 880, A BILL TO AMEND THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE ACT TO FACILITATE ASSIGNMENT OF MILITARY TRAUMA CARE PROVIDERS TO CIVILIAN TRAUMA CENTERS IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN MILITARY TRAUMA READINESS AND TO SUPPORT SUCH CENTERS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                        TEMPORE PURSUANT

                                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, AND THE…

                                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GENE GREEN, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS.

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                                      • 05:10:25 PM

                                        MR. BURGESS

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

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

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                                        TEMPORE WITHOUT

                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

                                      • 05:10:34 PM

                                        MR. BURGESS

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

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE WISHES TO USE.

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                                        MR. BURGESS

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, 40 YEARS AGO I WAS AN INTERN AND…

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, 40 YEARS AGO I WAS AN INTERN AND RESIDENT AT PARKLAND HOSPITAL IN DALLAS. ANY INTERN OR RESIDENT WILL TELL YOU THE MONTH OF JULY IS SIGNIFICANT IN THE LIFE OF AN INTERN OR RESIDENT. YOUR LAST WEEK'S MEDICAL STUDENT AND THIS WEEK'S INTERN MANAGING THE EMERGENCY ROOM OR YOU'RE THIS WEEK'S -- LAST YEAR'S INTERN, YOU'RE THIS WEEK'S HOUSE OFFICER MANAGING PERHAPS A BUSINESSY PRACTICE, PERHAPS A BUSY PRACTICES, PERHAPS A BUSY EMERGENCY ROOM. EVERY INTERN AND RESIDENT REMEMBERS THE END OF THAT FIRST WEEK OF THEIR INTERNSHIP OR RESIDENCY. IT'S JUST SOMETHING YOU DO. YOU GOT THROUGH THE FIRST WEEK OF WHAT WAS A VERY TRYING TIME, SO I REMEMBER WELL JULY 7 OF MY INTERNSHIP, JULY 7 OF MY RESIDENCY. WELL, MR. SPEAKER, IN 2016, JULY 7 ALSO TOOK ON ADDITIONAL SIGNIFICANCE IN DALLAS, TEXAS. FIVE POLICE OFFICERS WERE KILLED AND NINE MORE WERE INJURED DURING A SHOOTING IN DOWNTOWN DALLAS. IN THE IMMEDIATE AFTERMATH OF THE ATTACK, AREA HOSPITALS SPRANG INTO ACTION AND ACTIVATED THEIR DISASTER PLANS. I'M PROUD TO SAY THE STAFF AT PARKLAND HOSPITAL, THE STAFF AT BAYLOR UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL AND OTHER MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS PROVIDED EXCELLENT EMERGENCY CARE TO THE VICTIMS OF THE ATTACK. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS CRITICAL THAT WE HAVE PEOPLE WHO ARE ABLE TO RESPOND WHEN CALLED. NOW, ADDITIONALLY, I'VE LONG BELIEVED THAT THE AMERICAN MILITARY IS THE ARSENAL OF DEMOCRACY AND IT IS CRITICAL FOR UPHOLDING FREEDOM IN THE WORLD. EACH MEMBER OF THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES HAS AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN COLLECTIVE TEAM EFFORT. THIS WAS ESPECIALLY TRUE IN A COMBAT ZONE WERE TRAUMA SURGEONS ARE ONE OF THE MOST CRUCIAL MEMBERS OF THE ARMED SOURCES. THESE MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS ARE TRAINED TO SAVE THE LIVES OF SOLDIERS WHO SUSTAIN TRAGEDIES ON THE BATTLEFIELD AND ARE SOME OF THE BEST IN THE BUSINESS. HOWEVER, AS WARS WIND DOWN AND OUR SOLDIERS COME HOME, THE EXPERIENCE THAT MILITARY TRAUMA SURGEONS HAVE GAINED OVERSEAS MAY BE DIMINISHED OR LOST UNLESS THESE SURGEONS CONTINUE TO TRAIN AND TO PREPARE FOR THEIR NEXT POSSIBLE DEPLOYMENT. TO LET THIS EXPERTISE AND SKILL DRIFT AWAY WOULD BE A SIGNIFICANT LOSS TO TRAUMA PATIENTS, BOTH AT HOME AND ABROAD. TRAUMA, MR. SPEAKER, IS NOT LIMITED TO THE BATTLEFIELDS AND ACTIVE CONFLICTS. UNFORTUNATELY, NO COMMUNITY IS IMMUNE FROM THE THREAT OF TRAUMATIC INJURY AND COMMUNITY DOCTORS MUST BE PREPARED TO GIVE LIFE-SAVING CARE TO TRAUMA VICTIMS. HOWEVER, THERE IS A WAY WE CAN ENSURE TRAINED COMBAT SURGEONS' SKILLS ARE UTILIZED TO HELP AMERICAN PATIENTS HERE IN THE HOMELAND WHO NEED IT. THE MISSION ZERO ACT SEEKS TO CONNECT AMERICAN PATIENTS WITH BATTLE-TESTED TRAUMA CARE THROUGH THE CRAFT OF MILITARY TRAUMA CARE PROVIDERS. THE BILL PROVIDES GRANTS TO ALLOW MILITARY TRAUMA CARE PROVIDERS AND TEAMS TO OFFER CARE IN OUR NATION'S LEADING TRAUMA CENTERS AND SYSTEMS. HERE'S THE BOTTOM LINE. THE MISSION ZERO ACT IS A WIN FOR BOTH CIVILIAN PATIENTS AND MILITARY TRAUMA DOCTORS. MR. SPEAKER, I AM GRATEFUL THAT THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION HAS FINALLY COME TO THE FLOOR. ALONG WITH MY FELLOW TEXAN, MR. GREEN GREEN, I INTRODUCE -- MR. GENE GREEN, I INTRODUCED THIS BILL IN 2016 FOLLOWING THAT PARTICULARLY TRAUMATIC INCIDENT THAT STRUCK SO CLOSE TO HOME. TEXAS IS NOT UNIQUE IN ITS NEED FOR THIS EXPERTISE. OVER THE LAST FEW MONTHS ALONE, OUR NATION HAS WITNESSED THE NEED FOR TRAUMA CARE HOSPITALS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. ONE SUCH INCIDENT WAS THE AMTRAK DERAILMENT NEAR DUPONT, WASHINGTON, ON DECEMBER 18, 2017. THAT INCIDENT RESULTED IN THREE PASSENGER FATALITIES AND 70 INJURIES OVER A BUSINESSY FREEWAY. AS -- BUSY FREEWAY. AS WE'VE SEEN HAVING EXPERIENCE TO TRAUMA CARE CAN BE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH FOR A CRITICALLY INJURED PATIENT. THERE IS NO DOUBT INTEGRATING MILITARY PHYSICIAN NOOSE THE TRAUMA AND DISASTER -- PHYSICIAN INTO THE TRAUMA AND DISASTER SYSTEM WILL HELP CIVILIAN PATIENTS. THIS WILL HELP OUR SERVICEMEN AND TRAUMA SYSTEM AND I THANK THE CO-SPONSORS FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE DIEAS FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF THIS -- DIAS FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION. QUITE SIMPLY, THE MISSION ZERO ACT IS COMMON SENSE AND I URGE MEMBERS TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS LIFE-SAVING LEGISLATION. I'LL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                      • 05:15:25 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN…

                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GENE GREEN, IS RECOGNIZED. .

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                                        MR. GREEN

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

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                        MR. GREEN

                                        I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 8080, THE MILITARY INJURY -- THE MISSION…

                                        I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 8080, THE MILITARY INJURY -- THE MISSION ACT, TO ACHIEVE ZERO PREVENTION ACT, OR MISSION ZERO ACT. I'M PROUD TO HAVE WORKED CLOSELY WITH ENERGY AND COMMERCE SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIR, CHAIRMAN BURGESS, AND MY COLLEAGUES FROM FLORIDA AND NORTH CAROLINA, REPRESENTATIVE CASS TOR AND HUDSON, ON -- CASTOR AND HUDSON, ON THIS LEGISLATION. THIS WOULD HELP US MOVE TOWARD A TRAUMA SYSTEM THAT ACHIEVES THE GOAL OF ZERO PREVENTIVE TRAUMATIC DEATHS. WHETHER IN RESPONSE TO A GRUESOME SPORTS INJURY, A CAR ACCIDENT ON THE HIGHWAY, OR UNFORTUNATELY A TRAGIC EVENT LIKE THE RECENT SCHOOL SHOOTINGS IN PARKLAND, FLORIDA. AMERICANS OF ALL AGES AND BACKGROUNDS DEPEND ON THEIR TRAUMA CARE SYSTEM TO PROVIDE THE SERVICES NECESSARY TO SAVE LIVES AND PREVENT DISABILITY. THE MISSION ZERO ACT WILL HELP US ENSURE ACCESS TO QUALITY TRAUMA CARE BASED ON THE BEST AVAILABLE EVIDENCE, BY ESTABLISHING A GRANT PROGRAM TO ASSIST CIVILIAN TRAUMA CENTERS PARTNER WITH MILITARY TRAUMA PROFESSIONALS. THIS PARTNERSHIP WILL BENEFIT OUR CIVILIAN TRAUMA CENTERS BY INCREASING THE AVAILABILITY OF TRAUMA PROFESSIONALS TO SERVE IN TRAUMA CENTERS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. THIS PARTNERSHIP WILL BENEFIT OUR MILITARY TRAUMA SYSTEM BY ALLOWING TRAUMA PROFESSIONALS TO MAINTAIN THEIR TRAUMA CARE CAPABILITIES DURING TIMES OF PEACE AND HELP ENSURE THEIR PREPARE -- THEY'RE PREPARED TO MEET THE NEEDS OF OUR HEROES ON THE BATTLEFIELD. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND HELP ENSURE AMERICANS IN NEED OF TRAUMA SERVICES, WHETHER CIVILIAN OR ARMED FORCES, RECEIVE THE HIGHEST QUALITY OF CARE POSSIBLE. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                        MR. BURGESS

                                        I'LL RESERVE AT THIS TIME.

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                                        MR. GREEN

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD THE TIME THAT SHE MAY CONSUME TO THE…

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD THE TIME THAT SHE MAY CONSUME TO THE CO-SPONSOR OF THE BILL, CONGRESSWOMAN CASTOR, AND THANK OUR CO-SPONSORS OF THIS BILL -- OF THIS BILL FOR SERVING ON THIS COMMITTEE AND THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE.

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                                      • 05:17:39 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        HOW MUCH TIME? THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS SHE…

                                        HOW MUCH TIME? THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS SHE WISHES TO USE.

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                                        MR. CASTRO

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN --

                                      • 05:17:49 PM

                                        MS. CASTOR

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL AND I WOULD LIKE TO…

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL AND I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MR. BURGESS AND GREEN AND HUDSON OF NORTH CAROLINA FOR SPONSORING THIS LEGISLATION WITH ME. THE MISSION ZERO ACT WILL ASSIST THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE IN ASSIGNING TRAUMA SURGEONS TO OUR CIVILIAN TRAUMA CENTERS. IT WILL HELP FILL THE GAP THAT WE CURRENTLY HAVE IN CARE THAT WAS RECENTLY EXAMINED BY THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES OF SCIENCES, ENGINEERING AND MEDICINE. THE MISSION ZERO ACT WILL ESTABLISH GRANT INITIATIVES FOR ELIGIBLE TRAUMA SYSTEMS, TO INCORPORATE FULL MILITARY TRAUMA TEAMS, OR AN INDIVIDUAL MILITARY TRAUMA PROVIDER INTO OUR HOSPITALS. THE ONES THAT HAVE BUSY EMERGENCY ROOMS. THIS MUTUALLY BENEFICIAL PARTNERSHIP WILL ALLOW CIVILIANS -- OUR CIVILIAN DOCTORS AND NURSES AND CARE PROVIDERS THE CHANCE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MILITARY BEST PRACTICES AND WILL GIVE OUR MILITARY TRAUMA CARE PROVIDERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO UTILIZE THEIR CUTTING-EDGE EXPERTISE WITHOUT LEAVING THE MILITARY. AND I HAVE SEEN THIS INITIATIVE IN ACTION ALREADY. BACK HOME IN TAMPA, AT THE TAMPA -- AT TAMPA GENERAL HOSPITAL, LOCATED JUST A FEW MILES DOWN THE ROAD FROM MCDILL AIR FORCE BASE, THAT IS HOME TO U.S. CENTRAL COMMAND, SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND AND THE SIXTH AIR MOBILITY WING, THEIR MOBILITY WING ALSO HAS -- IS HOME TO THE SIXTH MEDICAL GROUP. AND THEY -- SINCE ABOUT 2011 THEY HAVE HAD AN ONGOING PARTNERSHIP TO DO JUST WHAT THIS BILL PROVIDES. CREATE A LOT OF ENERGY AND SHARED EXPERTISE IN THE CIVILIAN TRAUMA CENTER AT TAMPA GENERAL HOSPITAL. AND BRING IN THE MILITARY SPECIALISTS SO THEY CAN CONTINUE TO HONE THEIR CARE-GIVING AND CRAFT. THEY USE NURSES, THEY USE SURGEONS, AND ALL SORTS OF SPECIALISTS. THE INITIATIVE ALLOWS MILITARY AND CIVILIAN MEDICAL TEAMS TO WORK IN THE MOST INTENSE TRAUMA ENVIRONMENTS. THAT IS OUR LEVEL ONE TRAUMA CENTER AND THEY TAKE CARE -- THEY TAKE VERY GOOD CARE OF FOLKS ALL ACROSS CENTRAL FLORIDA. THESE PARTNERSHIPS ARE VITAL FOR CONTINUED TRAINING FOR OUR COMMUNITY AND OUR MILITARY. AND I THANK DR. BURGESS AND MR. GREEN. YOU'RE DOING A GREAT SERVICE BY REPLICATING THIS IN OTHER TRAUMA CENTERS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. THE MISSION ZERO ACT IS ENDORSED BY THE AMERICAN CONGRESS OF NEUROLOGICAL SURGEONS, THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF EMERGENCY PHYSICIANS, THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS, AND THE TRAUMA CARE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA. AGAIN, I THANK DR. BURGESS, RANKING MEMBER GREEN, MR. HUDSON AND ALL OF MY ENERGY AND COMMERCE COLLEAGUES AND I URGE EVERYONE HERE IN THE HOUSE TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT BILL. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA YIELDS BACK HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                        THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA YIELDS BACK HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN. RESERVES?

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                                        MR. GREEN

                                        I RESERVE MY TIME.

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                                        MR. BURGESS

                                        I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS.

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                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                        MR. GREEN

                                        I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                      • 05:21:03 PM

                                        MR. BURGESS

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT BILL. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO…

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT BILL. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT AND I WILL YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                      • 05:21:08 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        BOTH SIDES HAVING YIELDED BACK THEIR TIME, THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE…

                                        BOTH SIDES HAVING YIELDED BACK THEIR TIME, THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES, PASS THE BILL, H.R. 880 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                      • 05:21:35 PM

                                        MR. BURGESS

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

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 1222, AS AMENDED.

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                                        THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                        THE CLERK

                                        UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 239. H.R. 1222. A BILL TO AMEND THE PUBLIC HEALTH…

                                        UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 239. H.R. 1222. A BILL TO AMEND THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE ACT TO COORDINATE FEDERAL CON GENITAL HEART DISEASE RESEARCH EFFORTS AND TO IMPROVE PUBLIC EDUCATION AND AWARENESS OF CON GENERAL GENITAL HEART DISEASE AND -- CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR.…

                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BUREAU JELLS.

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                                        MR. BURGESS

                                        THANK YOU, --

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS,

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                                        MR. BURGESS

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

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS.

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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                                        MR. BURGESS

                                        I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                        MR. BURGESS

                                        IS RECOGNIZED.

                                      • 05:22:49 PM

                                        THIS BETO

                                        INFANTS. THIS BETO: LEGISLATION ENHANCES -- THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION…

                                        INFANTS. THIS BETO: LEGISLATION ENHANCES -- THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION ENHANCES RESEARCH AND AWARDS GRANTS TO FURTHER STUDY CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE AND DIRECTS THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH TO REPORT ON THEIR CURRENT RESEARCH EFFORTS IN THIS SPACE. MR. SPEAKER, I'LL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN, IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                        MR. GREEN

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

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                        MR. GREEN

                                        I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1222, THE CONGENITAL HEART FUTURES…

                                        I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1222, THE CONGENITAL HEART FUTURES RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT, LED BY CONGRESSWOMAN BILIRAKIS AND -- CONGRESSMAN BILIRAKIS AND CONGRESSMAN SCHIFF OF CALIFORNIA. THIS RE-AUTHORIZES THE CON GENERAL GENITAL HEART -- CONGENITAL HEART FUTURES ACT. THIS ACT BUILDS ON THE SUCCESSES OF CURRENT EFFORTS BY CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION TO IMPROVE AND EXPAND RESEARCH, MONITORING, PUBLIC OUTREACH AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS RELATING TO CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE. THIS BILL REQUIRES THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH TO ISSUE A REPORT OUTLINING CURRENT AND FUTURE RESEARCH PLANS WITH RESPECT TO CON GENITAL HEART DISEASE -- CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE. EACH YEAR MORE THAN 40,000 BABIES ARE BORN IN THE UNITED STATES WITH A CONGENITAL HEART DEFECT. 1.4 MILLION ADULTS ARE CURRENTLY LIVING WITH DISORDERS. INDIVIDUALS LIVING WITH CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE OFTEN REQUIRE SPECIALIZED CARE. MORE RESEARCH AND -- MORE RESEARCH NEEDS TO BE DONE. THIS LEGISLATION WILL HELP EXPAND OUR UNDERSTANDING OF CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN AND HAS THE POTENTIAL TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF MILLIONS OF CHILDREN AND ADULTS LIVING WITH CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE IN AMERICA. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS MEASURE AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS.

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                                        MR. BURGESS

                                        THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA,…

                                        THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, THE PRINCIPAL AUTHOR OF THIS BILL.

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

                                      • 05:25:01 PM

                                        MR. BILIRAKIS

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I APPRECIATE IT SO MUCH.…

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I APPRECIATE IT SO MUCH. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1222, THE CONGENITAL HEART FUTURES RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT, WHICH WILL RE-AUTHORIZE, IT LEN SURE CONTINUED -- IT WILL ENSURE CONTINUED INVESTMENT IN SURVEILLANCE RESEARCH TO ASSESS THE LIFE-LONG NEEDS OF INDIVIDUALS WITH CONGENITAL HEART DEFECTS OR C.H.D. THESE SURVEILLANCE EFFORTS WILL HELP IMPROVE OUR UNDERSTANDING OF C.H.D. ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN, FROM BIRTH TO ADULTHOOD. THIS RESEARCH WILL HELP US LEARN MORE ABOUT DEMOGRAPHIC FACTORS SUCH AS AGE, RACE, GENDER OR ETHNICITY. IN ADDITION, THE LEGISLATION EMPHASIZES A NEED FOR CONTINUED BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH AT THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH ON THE DIAGNOSIS, TREATMENT AND PREVENTION OF C.H.D. N.I.H. WILL FURTHER RESEARCH INTO THE CAUSES OF CONGENITAL HEART DEFECTS, INCLUDING GENETIC CAUSES AND STUDY LONG-TERM OUTCOMES IN INDIVIDUALS WITH C.H.D. OF ALL AGELESS. N.I.H. MAY STUDY DATA TO IDENTIFY EFFECTIVE TREATMENTS AND OUTCOMES AND IDENTIFY BARRIERS TO LIFE-LONG CARE FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH CONGENITAL HEART DEFECTS. C.H.D. IS THE MOST COMMON BIRTH DEFECT AND THE LEADING CAUSE OF BIRTH DEFECT-RELATED INFANT MORTALITY. FOR THE DOWN SYNDROME COMMUNITY, ABOUT HALF OF THE CHILDREN BORN WITH DOWN SYNDROME HAVE C.H.D. IT IS A TRUE PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUE AS LATE NIGHT SHOW HOST JIMMY KIMMEL NOTED. IT DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE BY RACE, GENDER OR SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS. THE ROAD AHEAD MAY BE SCARY AND UNCERTAIN FOR ANY PARENT WITH A NEWBORN WHO HAS C.H.D., BUT THIS BILL HELPS GIVE HOPE TO THOSE COPING WITH THIS. NEARLY ONE IN 100 BABIES ARE BORN WITH C.H.D. AND MORE THAN 5% WILL NOT LIVE TO SEE THEIR FIRST BIRTHDAY, UNFORTUNATELY. WE HAVE TO CHANGE THAT. EVEN FOR THOSE WHO RECEIVE SUCCESSFUL INTERVENTION, IT IS NOT A CURE. WE HAVE TO CHANGE THAT. CHILDREN AND ADULTS BORN WITH C.H.D. REQUIRE ONGOING COSTLY SPECIALIZED CARDIAC CARE AND FACE A LIFE-LONG RISK OF PERMANENT -- PERMANENT DISABILITY AND PREMATURE DEATH. WE MUST CHANGE THAT. AS A RESULT, HEALTH CARE UTILIZATION AMONG THE C.H.D. POPULATION IS SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER THAN THE GENERAL POPULATION. IT IS ESTIMATED THAT COMPARED TO THEIR PEERS, THE MEDICAL COSTS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH CONGENITAL HEART DEFECTS ARE 10 TO 20 TIMES GREATER. HOSPITALIZATION COSTS FOR PEDIATRIC PATIENTS ALONE TOTAL MORE THAN $5.6 BILLION EACH YEAR, WHICH IS 15% OF ALL HOSPITALIZATION COSTS FOR PATIENTS 20 YEARS OF AGE AND YOUNGER. DESPITE ITS PREVALENCE AND SIGNIFICANCE, THERE ARE STILL GAPS IN RESEARCH AND STANDARDS OF CARE FOR C.H.D. PATIENTS. BUT FOR THE SAKE OF THE ESTIMATED 40,000 BABIES, MR. SPEAKER, WHO WILL BE BORN IN THE NEXT YEAR WITH C.H.D., THERE'S MORE WORK TO BE DONE. MR. SPEAKER, I BEGAN THIS JOURNEY ALMOST 10 YEARS AGO WITH THEN-CONGRESSMAN SPACE AND I. WE FIRST INTRODUCED THE CONGENITAL HEART FUTURES ACT. LAST CONGRESS, CONGRESSMAN SCHIFF AND I RE-INTRODUCED THE RE-AUTHORIZATION OF THE ORIGINAL BILL. DURING THAT TIME I MET A LOT OF PATIENTS WITH CONGENITAL HEART DEFECTS, ALONG THE WAY, AND I'VE BEEN TOUCHED BY THEIR STORY. PEOPLE LIKE TREY AND NICOLE FLYNN. A YOUNG FLORIDIAN COUPLE WHO LOST THEIR SON, HOLDEN, WHILE WAITING FOR A HEART TRANSPLANT. HE WAS ONLY 2 YEARS OLD. THIS BILL SUPPORTS THE ESSENTIAL RESEARCH NECESSARY TO MAKE SURE ANOTHER FAMILY DOESN'T HAVE TO LEAVE THE HOSPITAL WITHOUT THEIR CHILD IN THEIR ARMS. LUCAS, A YOUNG MAN BORN WITH A COMPLEX CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE THAT ESSENTIALLY LEFT HIM WITH A HALF A HEART. DESPITE HAVING THREE OPEN HEART SURGERIES, MR. SPEAKER, AND COUNTLESS DOCTOR VISITS AND MEDICAL PROCEDURES, LUCAS HAS HOPES AND DREAMS, LIKE EVERY OTHER CHILD. THIS BILL ENSURES THAT THE MEDICAL RESEARCH WILL KEEP THE PACE -- WILL KEEP PACE WITH THIS GENERATION AS THEY GROW TO BE ADULTS. . JACKSON --

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                                      • 05:30:25 PM

                                        MR. BURGESS

                                        I YIELD AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS…

                                        I YIELD AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                        PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                        MR. BILIRAKIS

                                        JACKSON, BORN WITH HALF A HEART. HE HAS HYPOPLASNIC LEFT HEART SYNDROME…

                                        JACKSON, BORN WITH HALF A HEART. HE HAS HYPOPLASNIC LEFT HEART SYNDROME WHICH MEANS THE LEFT SIDE OF HIS HEART WAS UNDERDEVELOPED. HE DEPENDED ON LIFE-SAVING RESEARCH TO HELP HIS FAILING HEART SURVIVE UNTIL HIS HEART TRANSPLANT AT AGE 11. HIS -- HE'S A TEENAGER NOW AND WILL LIVE HIS LIFE WITH A HIGH SENSITIVITY FOR HIS NEW HEART. NICHOLAS BASKIN, BORN WITH COMPLEX HEART DISEASE AND WASN'T GETTING BLOOD TO THE LOWER HALF OF HIS BODY, REQUIRING HEART SURGERY WHEN HE WAS JUST 2 DAYS OLD. HE'S NOW AT THE TOP OF HIS CLASS, AND THIS BILL WILL ENSURE THAT HIS FUTURE REMAINS BRIGHT AS HE 1/2 GATES THIS CHRONIC ILLNESS -- NAVIGATES THIS CHRONIC ILLNESS THROUGHOUT HIS ADULTHOOD. ABIGAIL ADAMS, A YOUNG ADVOCATE THAT I WILL AGAIN MEET TOMORROW, WITH DOWN SYNDROME. HALF OF THE BABIES WITH DOWN SYNDROME, MR. SPEAKER, HAVE A CONGENITAL HEART DEFECT. ABIGAIL CONTINUES TO ADVOCATE --

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 SECONDS.

                                      • 05:31:54 PM

                                        MR. BILIRAKIS

                                        WILL NOT OPEN NORMALLY, HE HAD EMERGENCY HEART SURGERY AT 2 DAYS OLD.…

                                        WILL NOT OPEN NORMALLY, HE HAD EMERGENCY HEART SURGERY AT 2 DAYS OLD. ANOTHER CORRECTIVE SURGERY AT AGE 10, AND MANY HOSPITAL VISITS AND PROCEDURES IN THE MEANTIME. TODAY, AGAIN, WE'RE GIVING THESE CHILDREN HOPE. TODAY HE IS A HUSBAND AND A FATHER TO TWO KIDS, TRYING TO LIVE A NORMAL LIFE WITH ATREAL FLUTTER THAT REQUIRES ADDITIONAL SURGERIES. THIS BILL WILL CONTINUE THE SURVEILLANCE PROGRAM SO WE CAN COLLECT DATA ON CHILDREN AND ADULTS WITH CONGENITAL HEART PROBLEMS. I CAN GO ON AND ON, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH. AND LET'S PASS THIS GREAT BILL FOR OUR CHILDREN AND GIVE THEM HOPE. I YIELD BACK.

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                                      • 05:32:53 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                        THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GENE GREEN.

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                                      • 05:32:58 PM

                                        MR. GREEN

                                        MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. BUT I WANT TO THANK, ALSO, THE…

                                        MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. BUT I WANT TO THANK, ALSO, THE CO-SPONSORS OF THE BILL, BOTH CONGRESSMAN SCHIFF AND A MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE, CONGRESSMAN BILIRAKIS, FOR INTRODUCING THIS RE-AUTHORIZATION BILL, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                      • 05:33:14 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GENE GREEN, YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS…

                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GENE GREEN, YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS.

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                                      • 05:33:19 PM

                                        MR. BURGESS

                                        MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR.…

                                        MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. CARTER, FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                                      • 05:33:25 PM

                                        MR. CARTER

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

                                        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE CONGENITAL HEART FUTURES RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT. THIS LEGISLATION WAS INTRODUCED BY MY COLLEAGUE AND GOOD FRIEND, MR. BILIRAKIS OF FLORIDA, TO ADDRESS THE VERY SERIOUS ISSUE. CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE IS THE LEADING CAUSE OF INFANT MORTALITY AND IS THE MOST COMMON BIRTH DEFECT FOUND IN YOUNG CHILDREN. THESE CHILDREN GROW UP FACING A WEALTH OF HEALTH ISSUES THAT WILL HAVE A TREMENDOUS IMPACT ON THEM FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES. THEY OFTEN REQUIRE SPECIALIZED CARE INCLUDING CARDIAC CARE AND ARE SUBJECTED TO A LIFETIME OF RISKS FOR DISABILITY OR PREMATURE DEATH. THIS LEGISLATION ENHANCES RESEARCH AND SURVEILLANCE AT THE C.D.C. TO ENSURE OUR MEDICAL COMMUNITY AND THE RESEARCH TO SUPPORT THEIR EFFORTS TO THE BEST AVAILABLE FOR TREATMENT. IT ALSO ESTABLISHES GRANT TO FURTHER STUDY CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE SO WE CAN BETTER COMBAT THIS DISEASE AND THE HARM IT CAUSES IN SO MANY PEOPLE'S LIVES. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A TERRIBLE DISEASE THAT LEAVES PEOPLE NEVER KNOWING WHEN IT COULD STRIKE. LIKE OTHER DISEASES, WE NEED TO BETTER UNDERSTAND HOW IT DEVELOPS AND IMPACTS PEOPLE SO WE HAVE A BETTER CHANCE OF FIGHTING IT AND SAVING LIVES. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE FOR GETTING THIS LEGISLATION PASSED THROUGH THE COMMITTEE AND I SUPPORT ITS PASSAGE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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                                      • 05:34:41 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS.

                                      • 05:34:43 PM

                                        MR. BURGESS

                                        MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME, HAVING NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, THE GENTLEMAN HAS…

                                        MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME, HAVING NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, THE GENTLEMAN HAS YIELDED BACK, I'LL YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        BOTH SIDES HAVING YIELDED BACK THEIR TIME, THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE…

                                        BOTH SIDES HAVING YIELDED BACK THEIR TIME, THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 1222, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE --

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                                      • 05:35:03 PM

                                        MR. GREEN

                                        MR. SPEAKER, COULD WE HAVE A ROLL CALL VOTE?

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS.

                                      • 05:35:07 PM

                                        MR. BURGESS

                                        I'D LIKE TO REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                        THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION ARE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK, MR. BURGESS, SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                      • 05:35:35 PM

                                        MR. BURGESS

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2410.

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                                      • 05:35:42 PM

                                        THE CLERK

                                        UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 258, H.R. 2410, A BILL TO AMEND THE PUBLIC HEALTH…

                                        UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 258, H.R. 2410, A BILL TO AMEND THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE ACT TO RE-AUTHORIZE A SICKLE CELL DISEASE PREVENTION AND TREATMENT DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM AND TO PROVIDE FOR SICKLE CELL DISEASE RESEARCH, SURVEILLANCE, PREVENTION, AND TREATMENT.

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                                        TEMPORE PURSUANT

                                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, AND THE…

                                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GENE GREEN, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS.

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                                      • 05:36:07 PM

                                        MR. BURGESS

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

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

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                                      • 05:36:16 PM

                                        TEMPORE WITHOUT

                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

                                      • 05:36:17 PM

                                        MR. BURGESS

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

                                      • 05:36:21 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE WISHES TO USE.

                                      • 05:36:24 PM

                                        MR. BURGESS

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 2410, THE SICKLE CELL…

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 2410, THE SICKLE CELL DISEASE RESEARCH, SURVEILLANCE, PREVENTION, AND TREATMENT ACT OF 2017, INTRODUCED BY OUR COLLEAGUE, REPRESENTATIVE DANNY DAVIS OF ILLINOIS, AND THIS RE-AUTHORIZES THE SICKLE CELL DISEASE PREVENTION AND TREATMENT DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM. SICKLE CELL DISEASE CAUSES BLOCKAGES OF SMALL VESSELS LEADING TO VARIOUS HEALTH COMPLICATIONS. BY IMPROVING RESEARCH, SURVEILLANCE, PREVENTION, AND TREATMENT, ALONG WITH ENHANCES COLLABORATION WITH COMMUNITY-BASED ENTITIES FOCUSING ON SICKLE CELL DISEASE, THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION WILL HELP IMPROVE OUTCOMES IN PATIENTS SUFFERING FROM THIS INHERITED BLOOD DISORDER WHICH CURRENTLY AFFECTS ONE IN 500 AFRICAN-AMERICAN BIRTHS. MR. SPEAKER, I'LL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                      • 05:37:15 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GENE GREEN.

                                      • 05:37:20 PM

                                        MR. GREEN

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

                                      • 05:37:24 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE WISHES TO USE.

                                      • 05:37:27 PM

                                        MR. GREEN

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2410, THE SICKLE CELL DISEASE…

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2410, THE SICKLE CELL DISEASE RESEARCH, SURVEILLANCE, PREVENTION AND TREATMENT ACT, INTRODUCED BY CONGRESSMAN DANNY DAVIS OF ILLINOIS, AND ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN BRURGE BURJESS. SICKLE CELL IS WHERE RED BLOOD CELLS AND HAVE A C SHAPE. WHEN THEY TRAVEL THROUGH THE BLOOD VESSELS THEY CAN GET STUCK AND CLOG THE BLOOD FLOW. IT OFTEN OCCURS EXTREME PAIN AND OTHER HEALTH PROBLEMS INCLUDING INFECTIONS, LUNG-RELATED COMPLICATIONS, AND STROKE. 100,000 AMERICANS ARE LIVING WITH SICKLE CELL DISEASE TODAY. THESE INDIVIDUALS NEED COMPREHENSIVE TREATMENT THROUGHOUT THEIR LIVES IN ORDER TO MANAGE THEIR SYMPTOMS AND PREVENT THEIR DISEASE FROM WORSENING WHICH REQUIRES A ROBUST NETWORK OF PROVIDERS AVAILABLE TO TREAT SICKLE CELL PATIENTS AT EVERY STAGE OF LIFE. H.R. 2410 WOULD RE-AUTHORIZE THE SICKLE CELL DISEASE TREATMENT DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM, ALLOWING DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES TO INVEST CRITICAL RESOURCES IN RESEARCH, SURVEILLANCE, AND PUBLIC HEALTH INITIATIVES FOR SICKLE CRL DISEASE. THESE WILL HELP -- CELL DISEASE. THIS WILL HELP IMPROVE TREATMENT OF SICKLE CELL PATIENTS OF ALL AGES. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                      • 05:38:48 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS,…

                                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, RESERVES HIS TIME. SO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GENE GREEN, IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                      • 05:38:57 PM

                                        MR. GREEN

                                        I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE SPONSOR OF THIS BILL, CONGRESSMAN DANNY DAVIS…

                                        I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE SPONSOR OF THIS BILL, CONGRESSMAN DANNY DAVIS OF ILLINOIS.

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                                      • 05:39:02 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

                                      • 05:39:05 PM

                                        MR. DAVIS

                                        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. LET ME JUST FIRST OF ALL COMMEND REPRESENTATIVE…

                                        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. LET ME JUST FIRST OF ALL COMMEND REPRESENTATIVE BURGESS, CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE, AND MR. GREEN, AS WELL AS REPRESENTATIVE BUTTERFIELD, AND ALL OF THE MEMBERS OF ENERGY AND COMMERCE FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP IN BRINGING THIS BILL TO THIS POINT AT THIS MOMENT. AS WE JUST HEARD, SICKLE CELL DISEASE IS AN INHERITED BLOOD DISORDER CHARACTERIZED BY AFFECTED BLOOD CELLS THAT MUTATE INTO THE SHAPE OF A CRESCENT OF SICKLE AND AS SUCH THESE CELLS ARE UNABLE TO PASS THROUGH SMALL BLOOD VESSELS. IT'S A RECESSIVE GENETIC CONDITION THAT OCCURS WHEN A CHILD INHERITS TWO SICKLE CELGENES OR TRAITS FROM EACH -- CELL GENES OR TRAITS FROM EACH PARENT. THE COMPLICATIONS FROM THIS DISEASE ARE EXTREME. ACCORDING TO THE SICKLE CELL DISEASE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA, WITH WHOM WE HAVE WORKED FOR MANY YEARS, HAVE STUDIED AND REPORTED THAT COMMON COMPLICATIONS WITH THIS DISEASE INCLUDE -- EARLY CHILDHOOD DEATH FROM INFECTION, STROKE IN YOUNG CHILDREN AND ADULTS, LUNG PROBLEMS SIMILAR TO PNEUMONIA, CHRONIC DANG TO ORGANS, INCLUDING THE KID -- CHRONIC DAMAGE TO ORGANS, INCLUDING THE KIDNEY, AND PULMONARY HYPERTENSION AND SEVERE EPISODES. IN FACT, PAIN EPISODES ARE A HALLMARK OF SICKLE CELL DISEASE. THEY ARE UNPREDICTABLE IN MANY WAYS. BOTH THE TIME AND WHEN THEY OCCUR, HOW SEVERE THEY WILL BE AND HOW LONG THEY WILL LAST. FOR THOSE WITH THE DISEASE, THESE DEVASTATING PAIN EPISODES CAN START AS EARLY AS 6 MONTHS OF AGE AND CAN SPAN A LIFETIME, IMPACTING SCHOOL ATTENDANCE AND PARTICIPATION IN THE WORK FORCE. IN FACT, THESE PAIN CRISIS CONTRIBUTES SIGNIFICANTLY TO THE 200,000 EMERGENCY ROOM VISITS COLLECTIVELY MADE BY SUFFERERS OF SICKLE CELL DISEASE EACH YEAR IN OUR COUNTRY. A TYPICAL CRISIS WILL RESULT IN A HOSPITAL STAY OF SIX TO 10 DAYS. MR. CHAIRMAN, WE'VE MADE A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF PROGRESS IN THE TREATMENT, RESEARCH, AND EFFECTIVE WAYS OF DEALING WITH THIS DISEASE. I NOTE THAT MORE THAN 20 YEARS AGO I WORKED WITH THE PROJECT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS RUNNING A SICKLE CELL EDUCATION PROJECT. AND I'VE SEEN MUCH OF THAT PROGRESS THAT WE TALKED ABOUT, BUT WE STILL HAVE A LONG WAYS TO GO. THERE ARE STILL TREMENDOUS NEED FOR RESEARCH. THERE'S NEED FOR ADDITIONAL TREATMENT. AGAIN, I THANK ALL THOSE WHO DEMONSTRATED SUPPORT FOR THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. I URGE ITS PASSAGE AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GENE GREEN, RESERVES, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, CONTINUES TO RESERVE.

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                                      • 05:42:32 PM

                                        MR. GREEN

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO OUR COLLEAGUE ON THE…

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO OUR COLLEAGUE ON THE COMMITTEE, CONGRESSMAN BUTTERFIELD, WHICH I CALL JUDGE JUST LIKE I DO YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE BOTH FORMER DISTRICT JUDGES.

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES. HARRISON BUTKER THANK YOU…

                                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES. HARRISON BUTKER THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I --

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                                      • 05:42:54 PM

                                        MR. BUTTERFIELD

                                        THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2410, THE…

                                        THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2410, THE SICKLE CELL DISEASE RESEARCH, SURVEILLANCE, PREVENTION, AND TREATMENT ACT. I WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE DAVIS AND MR. BURGESS. MR. DAVIS IN THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, CITY OF CHICAGO. AND MY FRIEND, DR. BURGESS FROM TEXAS, THANK BOTH OF YOU FOR YOUR INCREDIBLE WORK. I HAVE BEEN A LIFETIME ADVOCATE, MR. SPEAKER, FOR ADDRESSING SICKLE CELL DISEASE, AND I AM PROUD -- I AM PROUD TO CO-SPONSOR THIS BILL. I HAVE DONE SO IN PREVIOUS CONGRESSES. SICKLE CELL DISEASE IS THE MOST COMMON GENETIC BLOOD DISORDER. IT AFFECTS APPROXIMATELY 100,000 INDIVIDUALS, PRIMARILY AFRICAN-AMERICANS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. SICKLE CELL DISEASE AWARENESS IS SIGNIFICANT TO ME FOR MANY REASONS. ONE, BECAUSE THIS DISORDER AFFECTS MANY OF MY CONSTITUENTS IN NORTH CAROLINA. IT'S SIGNIFICANT, MR. SPEAKER, BECAUSE I HAD A DEAR COUSIN WHOSE NAME WAS RUBY BUTTERFIELD, WHO IN 1972 PASSED AWAY FROM THIS DISEASE IN FLORIDA. PEOPLE WITH SICKLE CELL DISEASE HAVE RED BLOOD CELLS WITH ABNORMAL TYPES OF HEMOGLOBIN, OFTEN CAUSING ANEMIA AND JAUNDICE AND THE FORMATION OF GAL STONES. WHAT IS TRULY FRIGHTENING IS SICKLE CELL DISEASE DOES NOT HAVE A OCCUR. THE MOST WIDELY USED TREATMENT FOR SICKLE CELL DISEASE WAS MODERN MEDICINE FROM 20 YEARS AGO THAT CAN REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF EPISODES BUT DOES NOT LIMIT THEM OR THEIR SEVERITY. THE HEALTH CHALLENGES FACING PEOPLE WITH SICKLE CELL DISEASE ARE ENORMOUS. THE DISEASE IS WIDESPREAD. THE CONSEQUENCES CAN BE DIRE. AND THAT'S WHY THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS AND THE HEALTH BRAIN TRUST OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS HAVE MADE THESE A PRIORITY IN OUR AGENDA OVER THE YEARS UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF ROBIN KELLY, ALSO OF CHICAGO, ILLINOIS. PEOPLE WITH SICKLE CELL DISEASE HAVE A MUCH SHORTER LIFE EXPECTANCIES WITH MEDIAN AGE OF MALES OF 33 YEARS AND FEMALES 36 YEARS. THESE PATIENTS ARE ALSO MORE LIKELY TO HAVE ADDITIONAL HEALTH COMPLICATIONS, INCLUDING STROKE AND BLOOD CLOTS, LOSS OF VISION, AND LUNG AND KIDNEY FAILURE. THERE ARE APPROXIMATELY 4,400 PEOPLE WITH SICKLE CELL DISEASE IN NORTH CAROLINA, AND I AM SURE THAT, MR. SPEAKER, IN THE STATE OF TEXAS, IT MAY BE EVEN MORE. MY HOPE IS THAT SOMEDAY THERE WILL BE NONE. THAT IS WHY WE MUST RE-AUTHORIZE THE SICKLE CELL DISEASE TREATMENT DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM TO ENABLE THE SECRETARY OF H.H.S. TO SUPPORT RESEARCH TO INCREASE OUR UNDERSTANDING OF THE DISEASE AND CREATE A GRANT PROGRAM TO STUDY THE PREVALENCE OF SICKLE CELL AND IDENTIFY WAYS TO PREVENT AND TREAT SICKLE CELL DISEASE EFFECTIVELY. 65% OF INDIVIDUALS WITH THIS DISEASE IN NORTH CAROLINA HAVE AT LEAST ONE EMERGENCY ROOM VISIT PER YEAR. THAT IS NO WAY TO LIVE, AND I'M SURE DR. BURGESS, WHEN HE PRACTICED MEDICINE IN HIS HOME STATE, SAW MANY, MANY PATIENTS WHO WERE SIMILARLY SITUATED. WE SHOULD DO ALL WE CAN TO HELP IMPROVE PATIENT'S LIVES, ADVANCE TREATMENT, AND FIND A CURE. I'M GRATEFUL FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO MOVE THIS BILL THROUGH THE HOUSE AND I HOPE THAT MY COLLEAGUES WILL JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING IT. I THANK YOU, DR. BURGESS, I THANK YOU, MR. DAVIS, AND I THANK YOU, MR. GREEN, ALL OF YOU GENTLEMEN HAVE DONE GREAT WORK IN THIS SPACE. I YIELD BACK. .

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                                      • 05:46:34 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                      • 05:46:38 PM

                                        MR. GREEN

                                        I RESERVE, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS.

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                                        MR. BURGESS

                                        I HAVE NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS. I'LL RESERVE MY TIME TO CLOSE.

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      • 05:46:50 PM

                                        TEMPORE CONTINUES

                                        CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN.

                                      • 05:46:52 PM

                                        MR. GREEN

                                        I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

                                      • 05:46:55 PM

                                        MR. BURGESS

                                        I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME, MR. SPEAKER. THE LEGISLATIVE…

                                        I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME, MR. SPEAKER. THE LEGISLATIVE HEARING THAT WE HAD ON THIS BILL, IT'S BEEN NOW SEVERAL MONTHS AGO, BUT I WAS SURPRISED TO LEARN AT THAT LEGISLATIVE HEARING THAT THERE HAD NOT BEEN A NEW F.D.A.-APPROVED TREATMENT FOR SICKLE CELL IN 40 YEARS. MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT MAY HAVE CHANGED RECENTLY. BUT THAT IS WAY TOO LONG. WE DO NEED TO IMPROVE RESEARCH, SURVEILLANCE, PREVENTION AND TREATMENT. AND REALLY TAKE CARE OF THOSE PATIENTS THAT ARE SUFFERING WITH THIS DISEASE. IT'S A GOOD BILL. I THANK MR. DAVIS FOR BRINGING IT TO OUR ATTENTION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND URGE PASSAGE OF THE BILL.

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                                      • 05:47:34 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. BOTH SIDES HAVING…

                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. BOTH SIDES HAVING YIELDED BACK THEIR TIME, THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 2410, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                      • 05:48:04 PM

                                        MR. BURGESS

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

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 2422, AS AMENDED.

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                        THE CLERK

                                        UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 238. H.R. 2422. A BILL TO AMEND THE PUBLIC HEALTH…

                                        UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 238. H.R. 2422. A BILL TO AMEND THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE ACT, TO IMPROVE THE CENTRAL ORAL HEALTH CARE FOR LOW INCOME AND OTHER UNDERSERVED INDIVIDUALS BY BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS TO CARE AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                        TEMPORE PURSUANT

                                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, AND THE…

                                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GENE GREEN, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BUREAU JELLS.

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                                      • 05:48:38 PM

                                        MR. BURGESS

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I --

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS.

                                      • 05:48:43 PM

                                        MR. BURGESS

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I ASK ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND…

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I ASK ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                      • 05:48:53 PM

                                        MR. BURGESS

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2422, THE ACTION…

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2422, THE ACTION FOR DENTAL HEALTH ACT OF 2017. INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVE ROBIN KELLY. THE BILL RE-AUTHORIZES THE ORAL HEALTH PROMOTION AND DISEASE PREVENTION PROGRAMS AT THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION, AND PERMITS THE C.D.C. TO AWARD GRANTS OR ENTER INTO CONTRACTS WITH STAKEHOLDERS, TO DEVELOP PROJECTS, TO IMPROVE ORAL HEALTH EDUCATION AND DENTAL DISEASE PREVENTION. THE BILL ALSO RE-AUTHORIZES GRANTS TO STATES, TO SUPPORT ORAL HEALTH WORK FORCE ACTIVITIES AND PERMIT STATES TO ESTABLISH DENTAL HOMES, MOBILE OR PORTABLE DENTAL CLINICS, AND INITIATIVES TO REDUCE THE USE OF EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS BY PATIENTS SEEKING DENTAL SERVICES, AND INITIATIVES TO PROVIDE DENTAL CARE TO NURSING HOME RESIDENTS. GOOD ORAL HEALTH IS AN IMPORTANT COMPONENT OF GOOD OVERALL HEALTH. AND THIS BILL TAKES IMPORTANT STEPS TO HELP IMPROVE THE DENTAL CARE IN UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'LL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                        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 TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                        MR. GREEN

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

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                        MR. GREEN

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2422 THE ACTION FOR DENTAL HEALTH…

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2422 THE ACTION FOR DENTAL HEALTH ACT SPONSORED BY MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSWOMAN ROBIN KELLY OF ILLINOIS. FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS, AFFORDABLE DENTAL CARE IS HARD TO FIND AND DESPERATELY NEEDED. ACCORDING TO THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION, NEARLY HALF OF ALL INDIVIDUALS IN OUR COUNTRY OVER THE AGE OF 30 SUFFER FROM SOME FORM OF GUM DISEASE. ONE IN FOUR CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 5 ALREADY HAVE CAVITIES. THE LACK OF BASIC ORAL HEALTH SERVICES IN SOME COMMUNITIES TODAY LEADS MANY AMERICANS TO DELAY TREATMENT TO THE POINT THAT THE PAIN IS SO SEVERE THEY RUSH TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM, WHERE THEY RECEIVE EXPENSIVE TREATMENT FOR COMMON DENTAL ISSUES. DENTAL CARE IS NECESSARY FOR MORE THAN COSMETIC REASONS. GOOD ORAL HEALTH IS VITAL TO A PERSON'S OVERALL HEALTH. BAD ORAL HEALTH CAN BE A SIGN OF LARGER HEALTH ILLNESSES. INCREASING ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE DENTAL CARE WOULD LOWER THE NUMBER OF EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT VISITS FOR PREVENTABLE ORAL CARE CONDITIONS AND REDUCE THE RISK OF CHRONIC DISEASE. THE ACTION FOR DENTAL HEALTH ACT WILL MAKE GRANTS AVAILABLE THROUGH THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION AND THE HEALTH AND RESOURCES AND SERVICES ADMINISTRATION PROGRAM TO IMPROVE ORAL HEALTH FOR UNDERSERVED POPULATIONS. THIS LEGISLATION WILL MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR GROUPS SUCH AS STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENTS, NONPROFIT DENTAL SOCIETIES, TO RECEIVE FUNDING FOR CRITICAL SERVICES. THESE SERVICES MAY INCLUDE PROVIDING DENTAL SERVICES TO NURSING HOME RESIDENT, OPERATING A MOBILE DENTAL CLINIC, OR IMPLEMENTING BE A EMERGENCY ROOM PROGRAM SO PATIENTS CAN RECEIVE DENTAL CARE IN THE DENTIST'S CHAIR INSTEAD OF THE E.R. I THANK THE BILL'S SPONSOR FOR THEIR -- BILL'S SPONSORS FOR THEIR BIPARTISAN WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

                                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, RESERVES HIS TIME.

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                                        MR. GREEN

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME TO OUR…

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME TO OUR COLLEAGUE AND SPONSOR OF THIS BILL, CONGRESSWOMAN KELLY.

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                                        THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS SHE WISHES…

                                        THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS SHE WISHES TO USE.

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                                      • 05:52:20 PM

                                        MS. KELLY

                                        THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN BURGESS AND RANKING MEMBER GREEN. AS FEBRUARY'S…

                                        THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN BURGESS AND RANKING MEMBER GREEN. AS FEBRUARY'S NATIONAL CHILDREN'S DENTAL HEALTH MONTH DRAWS TO A CLOSE, I THANK CHAIRMAN WALDEN AND RANKING MEMBER PALLONE FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP IN MAKING SURE THAT THIS BILL CAME TO THE FLOOR TODAY. IT HAS BEEN A TREMENDOUS HONOR TO WORK WITH MY COLLEAGUE, MR. SIMPSON OF IDAHO, IN MOVING THIS LEGISLATION THAT I AM INTENSELY PASSIONATE ABOUT, THE ACTION FOR DENTAL HEALTH ACT. I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT WHILE MEMBERS OF THIS CHAMBER MAY NOT ALWAYS SEE EYE-TO-EYE ON MATTERS OF HEALTH POLICY, I'M PROUD THAT MY COLLEAGUES WERE ABLE TO WORK TOGETHER IN A CONSTRUCTIVE, COMPASSIONATE, CONSIDERATE WAY TO ADDRESS A CRITICAL PUBLIC HEALTH MATTER OF IMPROVING ORAL HEALTH IN AMERICA. MR. CHAIRMAN, ALL AMERICANS DESERVE A HEALTHY SMILE, BUT SADLY EACH YEAR TENS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS FOREGO NEEDED OREL HEALTH CARE DUE TO -- ORAL HEALTH CARE DUE FOREST, FEAR, LANGUAGE OR CULTURAL BARRIERS, OR THE -- DUE TO FEAR, LANGUAGE OR CULTURAL BARRIERS. GOING TO THE DENTIST CAN TELL A LOT ABOUT YOUR OVERALL HEALTH, INCLUDING WHETHER OR NOT YOU MAY BE DEVELOPING A DISEASE LIKE DIABETES OR YOU'RE AT RISK FOR A STROKE. 50 MILLION AMERICANS LIVE IN PLACES WITH LIMITED ACCESS TO DENTAL CARE AND ECONOMICALLY VULNERABLE ADULTS ARE ALMOST TWICES A LIKELY TO HAVE HAD NO DENTAL CARE -- TWICE AS LIKELY TO HAVE HAD NO DENTAL CARE IN PREVIOUS YEARS THAN UPPER AND MIDDLE INCOME BRACKETS. DENTAL PROBLEMS ARE A LEADING CAUSE OF SCHOOL ABSENCES FOR KIDS AND PARENTS. ORAL HEALTH HAS A DIRECT RELATIONSHIP WITH SCHOOL PERFORMANCE. KIDS WHO REPORTED HAVING RECENT TOOTH PAIN WERE FOUR TIMES MORE LIKELY TO HAVE A LOW GRADE POINT AVERAGE. BELOW THE MEDIAN G.P.A. OF 2.8. WHEN COMPARED TO CHILDREN WITHOUT ORAL PAIN, ACCORDING TO A STUDY BY THE SCHOOL OF DEN TERRORISTRY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA -- DENTISTRY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. MY BILL IMPROVES ORAL HEALTH FOR AMERICANS BY BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS TO CARE. IT ALLOWS ORGANIZATIONS TO EQUAL FEW -- QUALIFY FOR ORAL HEALTH GRANTS TO SUPPORT ACTIVITIES THAT IMPROVE ORAL HEALTH EDUCATION AND DENTAL DISEASE PREVENTION. THIS INCLUDES DEVELOPING AND EXPANDING OUTREACH PROGRAMS THAT WILL FACILITATE ESTABLISHING DENTAL HOMES FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS, INCLUDING THE ELDERLY, BLIND AND DISABLED. THE ACTION FOR DENTAL HEALTH ACT HAS RECEIVES THE ENDORSEMENT OF THE AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION THE NATIONAL DENTAL ASSOCIATION, THE AMERICAN DENTAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION, AND A BIPARTISAN COALITION OF OUR CONGRESSIONAL COLLEAGUES. ON THE FINAL NOTE, I'D LIKE TO THANK THE STAFF OF ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, MIA KEYS ON MY STAFF, JAMIE MCNEAL WITH CONGRESSMAN SIMPSON, AND ALSO DR. CHERYL WATSON LOWERY, WHO CAME TO TESTIFY ON BEHALF OF THE BILL. IN WORKING TOGETHER TO HELP SHERPPED THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY -- SHEPHERD THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY. I AM A TRUE BELIEVER IN THE POWER OF BIPARTISANSHIP IN HELPING THE LIVES OF FAMILIES WE REPRESENT. WORKING WITH ALL OF YOU HAS TRULY STRENGTHENED MY BELIEF IN THAT POWER. WITH THAT, I YIELD. THANK YOU.

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

                                        THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN, IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                        MR. GREEN

                                        WE HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY…

                                        WE HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BUREAU JELLS.

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                                        MR. BURGESS

                                        MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS --

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS.

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                                        MR. BURGESS

                                        MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A GOOD BILL. I URGE PASSAGE OF THE BILL.

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                        THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 2422 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, --

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                                        MR. BURGESS

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                        MR. BURGESS

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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

                                        THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS -- SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                      • 05:56:38 PM

                                        MR. BURGESS

                                        I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 443, AS AMENDED.

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                                        THE CLERK

                                        HOUSE RESOLUTION 443. RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING THE IMPORTANCE AND…

                                        HOUSE RESOLUTION 443. RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING THE IMPORTANCE AND EFFECTIVENESS OF TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE.

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                                        TEMPORE PURSUANT

                                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, AND THE…

                                        PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GENE GREEN, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS.

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                                        MR. BURGESS

                                        MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE DEATHIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO -- LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN…

                                        MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE DEATHIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO -- LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INSERT EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS INTO THE RECORD ON THE RESOLUTION.

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                                        TEMPORE WITHOUT

                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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                                        MR. BURGESS

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

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                        MR. BURGESS

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE IN SUPPORT OF REPRESENTATIVE MIKE…

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE IN SUPPORT OF REPRESENTATIVE MIKE GALLAGHER'S H.RES. 443, WHICH RECOGNIZES THE IMPORTANCE AND EFFECTIVENESS OF TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE. ACCORDING TO THE SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION, TRAUMA RESULTS FROM AN EVENT OR SERIES OF EVENTS THAT CAUSES INTENSE PHYSICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL STRESS REACTIONS. THE INDIVIDUAL'S FUNCTIONING AND EMOTIONAL, PHYSICAL, SOCIAL AND SPIRITUAL HEALTH CAN BE SEVERELY AFFECTED. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT HEALTH PROVIDERS UNDERSTAND THE NATURE AN IMPACT OF TRAUMA, WHEN CARING FOR THEIR PATIENTS. H.RES. 443 HIGHLIGHTS THE WORK OF STATES IN TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE AND ENCOURAGES THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO BUILD ON THE STATE'S MOMENTUM BY IDENTIFYING OPPORTUNITIES TO IMBED THIS APPROACH TO CARE WITHIN CURRENT FEDERAL HEALTH OPERATIONS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE RECOGNITION. I'LL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GENE GREEN.

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                                        MR. GREEN

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

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE WISHES TO USE.

                                      • 05:58:29 PM

                                        MR. GREEN

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.RES. 443, RECOGNIZING THE IMPORTANCE…

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.RES. 443, RECOGNIZING THE IMPORTANCE AND EFFECTIVENESS OF TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE SPONSORED BY CONGRESSWOMAN GALLAGHER OF WISCONSIN AND CONGRESSMAN DAVIS OF ILLINOIS. THIS RESOLUTION RECOGNIZES THE IMPORTANT ROLE THAT TRAUMA PLAYS IN HEALTH AND LIFE SITUATIONS WITH THE IMPORTANCE OF DEPLOYING TRAUMA-INFORMED PROTOCOLS TO RESPOND TO TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCES. RESEARCH SHOWS THAT TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCES ARE ASSOCIATED WITH BEHAVIORAL HEALTH. AND CHRONIC PHYSICAL HEALTH CONDITIONS SUCH AS SUBSTANCE ABUSE DISORDERS, MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS, AND HEART DISEASE. TRAUMA EXPERIENCES SUCH AS PHYSICAL OR SEXUAL ABUSE, NEGLECT, BULLYING, COMMUNITY-BASED VIOLENCE, NATURAL DISASTER GIVE RISE TO THESE NEGATIVE HEALTH CONSEQUENCES. BECAUSE OF THE HARMFUL CONSEQUENCES OF TRAUMA, IMPORTANT THAT OUR HEALTH SYSTEM -- IN OUR HEALTH SYSTEM TO DEPLOY TRAUMA-INFORMED PROTOCOLS. THIS REQUIRES THE IMPORTANCE OF FEDERAL AGENCIES DEPLOYING TRAUMA-INFORMED QUESTIONNAIRE TO -- CARE TO ENSURE THAT LOCAL CARE PROVIDERS ARE APPROPRIATELY ENGAGING WITH INDIVIDUALS WITH HISTORIES OF TRAUMA AND IMPLEMENTING STRATEGIES TO INTERVENE ON THE NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES OF TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS RESOLUTION AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                      • 05:59:41 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS.

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                                      • 05:59:46 PM

                                        MR. BURGESS

                                        MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                        MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. GALLAGHER, PRINCIPAL AUTHOR OF THIS BILL, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. GAG GAG THANK…

                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. GAG GAG THANK YOU, --

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                                        MR. GALLEGLY

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS A GREAT --

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                                        MR. GALLAGHER

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS A GREAT DAY FOR CARE GIVERS IN MY HOME…

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS A GREAT DAY FOR CARE GIVERS IN MY HOME STATE OF WISCONSIN AND ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. HOUSE RESOLUTION 443 RECOGNIZES THE IMPORTANCE OF TRAUMA INFORMED CARE TO INDIVIDUAL WELLNESS, TO THE EFFICACY OF CARE, AND IMPROVED QUALITY OF LIFE FOR THOSE WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED TRAUMA. PASSAGE OF THIS RESOLUTION DEMONSTRATES THAT THIS BODY BELIEVES IN THE POWER THAT TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE CAN HAVE IN HELPING CHILDREN, FAMILIES AND ADULTS OVERCOME TRAUMA AND LEAD HEALTHY LIVES. . FROM VETERANS REINTEGRATING INTO SOCIETY TO SURVIVORS OF CHILDHOOD ABUSE MANY CAN BENEFIT FROM THE PRINCIPLES OF TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE. BY RECOGNIZING AND SENSE TIFFLY ADDRESSING THE IMPACTS OF TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCES WE CAN BUILD STRONGER AND MORE RESILIENT COMMUNITIES. WE ALL WANT TO ADDRESS MAJOR POBS LIKE ADDICTION, OBESITY, AND THIS MOVES THE BALL FORWARD BY RAISING AWARENESS IN RECOGNIZING EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE AND SOLUTIONS. RIGOROUS STUDY HAVE SHOWN BENEFITS FOR COMMUNITIES AN GOVERNMENTS THAT IMPLEMENT TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE. I'M PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT MY HOME STATE OF WISCONSIN IS ON TRACK TO BECOMING THE FIRST FULLY TRAUMA INFORMED STATE IN THE NATION AND IN ILLINOIS, HOME TO OUR COLLEAGUES AND THE CO-LEAD OF THIS RESOLUTION, CONGRESSMAN DAVIS, EXPERTS HAVE COME TOGETHER TO MAKE THIS MATERIAL MORE ACCESSIBLE TO POLICYMAKERS THE PUBLIC. EXCITING INNOVATION IN MENTAL SHK HAPPENING ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND THIS IS RECOGNIZING THAT HARD WORK. I WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS MY SINCERE THANKS TO MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN DAVIS, FOR HIS COMMITMENT TO THIS RESOLUTION AND I'D LIKE TO THANK THE FIRST LADY OF WISCONSIN FOR HER DEDICATION, SERVICE AND LEADERSHIP IN THIS CAUSE. ADDITIONALLY I'D LIKE TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMR FOR THEIR HARD WORK AS WELL. H.R. 443 IS AN IMPORTANT STEP IN BREAKING DOWN THE STIGMA OF CARE AND BUILD MANAGER RESILIENT COMMUNITIES, MORE STRONG COMMUNITIES THAT TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER AND I ENCOURAGE YOU ALL TO SUPPORT ITS PASSAGE. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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

                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN, IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                        MR. GREEN

                                        I YIELD FOR WHATEVER TIME HE MAY CONSUME TO THE CO-SPON OR OF THIS EBILL,…

                                        I YIELD FOR WHATEVER TIME HE MAY CONSUME TO THE CO-SPON OR OF THIS EBILL, CONGRESSMAN DANNY DAVIS OF ILLINOIS.

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME AS HE WISHES TO USE.

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                                        MR. DAVIS

                                        THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. AGAIN, I WANT TO COMMEND DR. BURGESS…

                                        THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. AGAIN, I WANT TO COMMEND DR. BURGESS FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND REPRESENTATIVE GENE GREEN. THEY HAVE BOTH DEMONSTRATED, I THINK, THE KIND OF LEADERSHIP THAT WE'RE OFTEN SEEKING, SEARCHING FOR AND LOOKING FOR. IT HAS BEEN MY PLEASURE TO WORK WITH REPRESENTATIVE GALLAGHER OF WISCONSIN IN DEVELOPMENT OF THIS LEGISLATION. I ALSO WANT TO COMMEND THE FIRST LADY OF WISCONSIN FOR THE LEADERSHIP THAT SHE HAS PRVIDED. OF COURSE THE FIRST LADY IS THE WIFE OF THE GOVERNOR AND I MUST ADMIT I WAS A BIT AMAZED WHEN WE WERE CONTACTED BY THE FIRST LADY OF WISCONSIN TO TALK ABOUT THIS KIND OF LEGISLATION AND TO TALK ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF IT. SO I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.RES. 443, WHICH RECOGNIZES THE IMPORTANCE AND EFFECTIVENESS OF TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE AND PROPOSES TO IMPLEMENT THIS CARE AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL. TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCES AFFECT MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY. INCLUDING THE CITY OF CHICAGO. IT IS INTEGRAL TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF ANY PERSON WHO HAS EXPERIENCED TRAUMA TO GET PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL SUPPORT AFTER EXPERIENCING AN EXTREMELY STRESSFUL LIFE EVENT. THIS IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT TO OUR NATION'S CHILDREN AS ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES CAN AFFECT THE HEALTH OF A CHILD FOR THE REST OF HIS OR HER LIFE. IF A CHILD DOES NOT RECEIVE CARE FOR TRAUMA, IT COULD EVEN SHORTEN HIS OR HER LIFE SPANN AND THIS STRESS FACILITATES NEGATIVE BRAIN DEVELOPMENT. DRAMA-INFORMED CARE ADDRESSES SURVIVOR'S SPECIFICS NEEDS IN RELATION TO HIS OR HER PERSONAL TRAUMA AND RECOVERY. IT PROMOTES A COLLABORATIVE ENVIRONMENT BETWEEN THE SURVIVOR AND CLOSE FRIENDS AND FAMILY, AND IT ADDRESSES THE SYMPTOMS OF TRAUMA THAT REQUIRE TREATMENT. THIS HELPS THE SURVIVOR WORK THROUGH HIS OR HER RECOVERY IN A POSITIVE WAY WITH THE SUPPORT OF CLOSE ALLIES. THOUGH MANY STATES HAVE ADOPTED TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE PROGRAMS, IT IS ESSENTIAL TO IMPLEMENT TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL AND MAKE SURE PEOPLE ANYWHERE IN THE COUNTRY GET THE TREATMENT AND SUPPORT THEY NEED. NOT JUST THOSE IN CERTAIN STATES. IT HAS ALSO BEEN MY PLEASURE TO WORK CLOSELY WITH SENATOR DURBIN, THE SENIOR SENATOR FROM THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, AND HUNDREDS OF GROUPS WHO HAVE FORMED A COALITION TO HELP PROMOTE AND DEVELOP AN UNDERSTANDING OF JUST HOW MUCH TRAUMA CARE IS NEEDED. VERY SELDOM DO I TALK ABOUT IT OR MENTION IT, BUT I HAD A GRANDSON WHO WAS MURDERED A YEAR OR SO AGO, AND THERE WERE OTHER CHILDREN IN THE HOME. IT WAS A HOME INVASION. AND SO I CAN TELL PEOPLE FIRSTHAND THAT THE KIND OF ATTENTION AND CARE THAT INDIVIDUALS GET AFTER THEY'VE HAD A TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCE MAKES A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF DIFFERENCE IN THEIR RECOVERY. I ALSO NOTE THAT I WAS TRAINED AS A PSYCHOLOGIST AND SO I'VE INTERACTED IN MANY INSTANCES WITH INDIVIDUALS WHO HAD EXPERIENCED STRESS. SO THIS IS AN EXCELLENT PIECE OF LEGISLATION. REPRESENTATIVE GALLAGHER, I COMMEND YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP. IT HAS BEEN MY PRESSURE TO WORK WITH YOU. I LOOK FORWARD TO ITS PASSAGE. AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN.

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                                        MR. GREEN

                                        I CONTINUE TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                        MR. GREEN

                                        I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS.

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                                        MR. BURGESS

                                        I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF MY TIME, THIS IS AN IMPORTANT RESOLUTION AND…

                                        I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF MY TIME, THIS IS AN IMPORTANT RESOLUTION AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                        TEMPORE BOTH

                                        BOTH TIMES HAVING YIELDED BACK THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE…

                                        BOTH TIMES HAVING YIELDED BACK THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 443 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS UNTIL

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                                        IN RECESS UNTIL

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                                        MS. SANDERS

                                        THE YEAS AND NAYS. THE

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                                        THE CLERK

                                        UNION CALENDAR 39 H.R. 1222 A BILL TO AMEND THE ACT AND TO IMPROVE PUBLIC…

                                        UNION CALENDAR 39 H.R. 1222 A BILL TO AMEND THE ACT AND TO IMPROVE PUBLIC AWARENESS AND EDUCATION ABOUT CON JELL TALL -- CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                      • 06:32:10 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                      • 06:56:33 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE YEAS ARE 394, THE NAYS ARE 7. 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES…

                                        THE YEAS ARE 394, THE NAYS ARE 7. 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED AND THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE TAKE THE CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE TAKE CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. MEMBERS, PLEASE TAKE SEATS.

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                                      • 06:58:11 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION? DEUTSCHE DEUTSCHE I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SPEAK OUT OF ORDER FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                      • 06:58:19 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                        MR. DEUTCH

                                        I RISE TO HONOR THE MEMORY OF 17 MEMBERS OF THE MARJORY STONEHAM DOUGLAS…

                                        I RISE TO HONOR THE MEMORY OF 17 MEMBERS OF THE MARJORY STONEHAM DOUGLAS COMMUNITY IN PARKLAND, FLORIDA AND TO DO SO IN THE PRESENCE OF SOME OF THEIR CLASSMATES. ALISA CHRIS MEADOW, SCOTT LUKE, HELENA MARTIN, KARA, ALEX, NICHOLAS, GINA, CARMEN, AARON, JOAQUIN, PETER, JAMIE AND ELENA. ON FEBRUARY 14, 2018, THEY WERE KILLED IN YET ANOTHER SENSELESS ACT OF GUN SILENCE. I ASK THAT WE REMEMBER THOSE WE LOST AND I ASK WE LIFT UP THE FAMILIES THAT ARE GRIEVING. AND OFFER PRAYERS OF HEALING FOR THOSE WHO ARE INJURED AND PRAYERS OF PEACE FOR THE 3300 SURVIVORS. I ASK FOR THEIR QUIET CONTEMPLATION STIR COURAGE IN THE MEMBERS OF THIS BODY TO ENSURE THE FREEDOM OF OUR STUDENTS, THE FREEDOM TO LEARN WITHOUT FEAR AND TO TAKE ACTION TO SECURE THE FREEDOM OF ALL AMERICANS TO LIVE IN COMMUNITIES WITHOUT GUN VIOLENCE.

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                                      • 06:59:56 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        MEMBERS AND GUESTS IN THE GALLERY, PLEASE RISE FOR A MOMENT OF SILENCE.

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                        TO GIVE NOTICE.

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                        THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                        THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE TAKE SEATS, OR TAKE CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 2-A-1 OF RULE 9 I…

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 2-A-1 OF RULE 9 I RISE TO GIVE NOTICE OF MY INTENT TO RAISE A QUESTION OF PRIVILEGES OF THE HOUSE. THE FORM OF THE RESOLUTION IS AS FOLLOWS. CALLENING -- CALLING ON THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO IMMEDIATELY CONSIDER GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION LEGISLATION. WHEREAS GUN VIOLENCE AFFECTS EVERY COMMUNITY IN OUR NATION. WHEREAS 30 PEOPLE ARE KILLED EVERY DAY BY SOMEONE USING A GUN, WHEREAS MORE THAN 2,200 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED THIS YEAR BY SOMEONE USING A GUN, WHEREAS THERE HAVE BEEN AT LEAST 34 MASS SHOOTINGS THIS YEAR, WHEREAS WHILE MASS SHOOTINGS OFTEN RECEIVE MEDIA ATTENTION, GUN VIOLENCE IS PRESENT EVERY DAY IN EVERY COMMUNITY. WHEREAS SINCE THE TRAGEDY AT SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HAS HELD 43 MOMENTS OF SILENCE TO HONOR THE MEMORY OF PEOPLE KILLED BY SOMEONE USING GUNS. WHEREAS MOST GUN OWNERS ARE RESPONSIBLE AND LAW-ABIDING.

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                                      • 07:02:21 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                        WHEREAS MOST GUN OWNERS ARE RESPONSIBLE AND LAW-ABIDING. WHEREAS THE…

                                        WHEREAS MOST GUN OWNERS ARE RESPONSIBLE AND LAW-ABIDING. WHEREAS THE SPOUFERT IN ITS DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA VERSUS HELLER DECISION RECOGNIZED THE RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS.

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                                      • 07:02:47 PM

                                        MR. THOMPSON

                                        PREVENTION ACT WAS ENACTED IN 1993. WHEREAS BACKGROUND CHECKS HAVE BEEN…

                                        PREVENTION ACT WAS ENACTED IN 1993. WHEREAS BACKGROUND CHECKS HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL AND EVERY DAY STOP MORE THAN 170 FELONS, SOME 50 DOMESTIC ABUSERS, AND NEARLY 20 FUGITIVES FROM BUYING A GUN. WHEREAS OVER TWO MILLION GUN SALES WERE BLOCKED SINCE ENACTMENT OF THE BRADY HANDGUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION ACT. WHEREAS 90% OF ALL BACKGROUND CHECKS ARE DONE INSTANTLY. WHEREAS THE STATES THAT REQUIRE BACKGROUND CHECKS, 47% FEWER WOMEN ARE MURDERED BY INTIMATE PARTNERS. WHEREAS IN STATES THAT REQUIRE BACKGROUND CHECKS, THERE ARE 47% FIREARM SUICIDES. WHEREAS IN STATES THAT REQUIRE BACKGROUND CHECKS, 53% FEWER LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ARE KILLED BY SOMEONE USING A GUN. WHEREAS 97% OF AMERICANS POLLED SUPPORT BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR ALL GUN SALES. WHEREAS IN MANY STATES NO BACKGROUND CHECK IS REQUIRED TO BUY A GUN ONLINE OR AT A GUN SHOW. AND WHEREAS THE PRESIDENT HAS SAID, QUOTE, WHETHER WE ARE REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRATS MUST NOW FOE CUS ON STRENGTHENING -- FOCUS ON STRENGTHENING BACKGROUND CHECK, END QUOTE. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES SHOULD IMMEDIATELY CONSIDER H.R. 4240 THE PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS PROTECTION ACT OF 2017, AND H.R. 3464, THE BACKGROUND CHECK COMPLETION ACT OF 2017.

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                                      • 07:04:45 PM

                                        TEMPORE PURSUANT

                                        PURSUANT TO RULE 9, A RESOLUTION OFFERED FROM THE FLOOR BY OTHER THAN THE…

                                        PURSUANT TO RULE 9, A RESOLUTION OFFERED FROM THE FLOOR BY OTHER THAN THE MAJORITY LEADER OR MINORITY LEADER AS A QUESTION OF PRIVILEGES OF THE HOUSE HAS PRECEDENCE ONLY AT A TIME DESIGNATED BY THE CHAIR WITHIN TWO DAYS AFTER IT IS PROPERLY NOTICED. THE FORM OF THE RESOLUTION NOTICED BY THE GENTLEMAN WILL APPEAR AT THIS POINT IN THE RECORD. THE CHAIR WILL NOT AT THIS POINT DETERMINE WHETHER IT CONSTITUTES A QUESTION OF PRIVILEGES THAT WILL BE DETERMINED AT THE TIME GRANNED FOR THE RESOLUTION. WITHOUT OBJECTION, FIVE MINUTE VOTING WILL CONTINUE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2422 AS AMENDED, ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED.

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                                      • 07:05:33 PM

                                        THE CLERK

                                        UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 238, H.R. 2422, A BILL TO AMEND THE PUBLIC HEALTH…

                                        UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 238, H.R. 2422, A BILL TO AMEND THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE ACT TO IMPROVE ORAL HEALTH CARE FOR LOW INCOME AND UNDERSERVED INDIVIDUALS BY BREAK DOWN BARRIERS TO CARE AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                      • 07:05:49 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AS AMENDED? MEMBERS WILL…

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

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 387, THE NAYS ARE 13. 2/3 BEING IN THE…

                                        ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 387, THE NAYS ARE 13. 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                        I SEND TO THE DESK PROPRIVILEGE RED PORTS FOR FILING UNDER THE RULE.

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLES.

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                                        THE CLERK

                                        RESOLUTION 727, PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 4296 TO PLACE…

                                        RESOLUTION 727, PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 4296 TO PLACE OPERATION RISK CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS BY AN APPROPRIATION FEDERAL BANKING AGENCY AND PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 4607 TO AMEND THE ECONOMIC GROWTH AND REGULATORY PAPERWORK REDUCTION ACT OF TWINGS TO ENSURE A COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF REGULATIONS TO IDENTIFY OUTDATED OR OTHERWISE UNNECESSARY REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS IMPOSED ON PENSIONS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES REPORT TO ACCOMPANY HOUSE RESOLUTION 74 PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 1865, TO AMEND THE COMMUNICATIONS ACT OF 1934 TO CLARIFY THAT SECTION 230 OF SUCH ACT DOES NOT PROHIBIT THE ENFORCEMENT AGAINST PROVIDERS AND USERS OF INTERACTIVE COMPUTER SERVICES, A FEDERAL, STATE, AND CIVIL CRIMINAL LAW RELATED TO SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN OR SEX TRAFFICKING AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                      • 07:15:42 PM

                                        TEMPORE REFERRED

                                        REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                        REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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                                      • 07:15:46 PM

                                        MR. COLLINS

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

                                        I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURN TODAY IT ADJOURN TO MEET AT 10:00 A.M. FOR MORNING HOUR DEBATE AND 11:00 A.M. FOR LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS.

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                                      • 07:15:57 PM

                                        TEMPORE WITHOUT

                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE…

                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA SEEK RECOGNITION? THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA.

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                                        MR. SPEAKER, IN HONOR OF WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH, I RISE TO RECOGNIZE A…

                                        MR. SPEAKER, IN HONOR OF WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH, I RISE TO RECOGNIZE A WOMAN DEDICATED TO JOURNALISTIC INTEGRITY. WHO MADE HISTORY AS OMAHA'S FIRST FEMALE TV NEWS DIRECTOR. ROSEANNE SHANNON RECENTLY RETIRED AFTER 45 YEARS IN TV NEWS AND WHEN SHE STARTED HER CAREER IN 1973, SHE WAS ONE OF ONLY THREE WOMEN IN OMAHA TV NEWS. AFTER THAT, SHE WORKED AS A COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR FOR OMAHA'S MAYOR, THEN RETURNED TO KETV NEWS AT KETV. SHE WAS PROMOTED TO NEWS DIRECTOR. THE FIRST FEMALE TV NEWS DIRECTOR IN OMAHA. KETV'S GENERAL MANAGER SAID ROSEANNE EXEMPLIFIED INTEGRITY FIRST, JOURNALISM AT ITS CORE. SHE'S A TRAILBLAZE WHO ARE SHATTERED A GLASS CEILING SHE -- TRAIL BLAZER WHO SHATTERED A GLASS CEILING. SHE WAS INTEGRITY AND TRUTH. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                      • 07:17:36 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                      • 07:17:43 PM

                                        MR. LANGEVIN

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

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                                        TEMPORE WITHOUT

                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                      • 07:17:48 PM

                                        MR. LANGEVIN

                                        MR. SPEAKER, NO ONE SHOULD EXPERIENCE WHAT THE STUDENTS AT PARKLAND,…

                                        MR. SPEAKER, NO ONE SHOULD EXPERIENCE WHAT THE STUDENTS AT PARKLAND, FLORIDA, DID LAST WEEK. MY HEART BREAKS FOR THAT COMMUNITY, FOR THE LIVES THAT WERE LOST, FOR THOSE THAT WERE INJURED AND FOR THE FAMILIES THAT WERE AFFECTED. NO FAMILY SHOULD EVER HAVE TO BURY A CHILD BECAUSE OF -- BECAUSE OF GUN VIOLENCE IN SCHOOLS. MR. SPEAKER, WE NEED SENSIBLE GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION LEGISLATION TO FINALLY BEGIN TO ADDRESS THESE TRAGEDIES. BUT I WANT TO SAY I CANNOT SUPPORT THE PRESIDENT'S FRIGHTENING PROPOSAL TO PUT MORE GUNS IN OURNITION -- IN OUR NATION'S SCHOOLS AND CLASSROOMS. I WHOLEHEART LID AGREE THAT WE MUST MAKE OUR -- WHOLEHEARTEDLY AGREE THAT WE MUST MAKE SCHOOLS SAFER PLACES TO LEARN, BUT ARMING TEACHERS WILL DO THE OPPOSITE. I KNOW FIRSTHAND THAT ACCIDENTS CAN HAPPEN EVEN WHEN GUNS ARE IN THE HANDS OF HIGHLY TRAINED FIREARMS EXPERTS. WHEN I WAS 16 A STRAY BULLET HIT MY SPINE AND LEFT ME PARALYZED. THIS WAS AT THE HANDS OF TWO WEAPONS EXPERTS ON THE POLICE SWAT TEAM. MY ACCIDENT OCCURRED AS A PLA -- AT THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AMONG TRAINED EXPERTS. JUST IMAGINE WHAT COULD HAPPEN WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE HANDLING FIREARMS THAT ARE NOT AS WELL TRAINED. MR. SPEAKER, WE MUST DO MORE TO KEEP OUR STUDENTS SAFE. MORE GUNS AROUND THEM ARE NOT THE ANSWER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                      • 07:19:01 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 ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                        RARE DISEASE DAY, I'M PROUD TO RECOGNIZE GRACE, A 6-YEAR-OLD FROM…

                                        RARE DISEASE DAY, I'M PROUD TO RECOGNIZE GRACE, A 6-YEAR-OLD FROM HILLSBOROUGH, ILLINOIS, WHO CONTINUES TO BE AN INSPIRATION FOR THOUSANDS. WHEN GRACE WAS 3 YEARS OLD, SHE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH A NEURO DEGENERATIVE DISEASE THAT RESULTS IN A LOSS OF MUSCLE STRENGTH, MOVEMENT AND THE ABILITY TO SPEAK AND THE ABILITY TO SPEAK.

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                                      • 07:19:44 PM

                                        MR. DAVIS

                                        AT THE TIME OF HER DIAGNOSIS, THERE WERE ONLY 10 DOCUMENTED CASES OF INAD…

                                        AT THE TIME OF HER DIAGNOSIS, THERE WERE ONLY 10 DOCUMENTED CASES OF INAD IN THE NATION. AND MOST CHILDREN WITH THIS DISEASE DO NOT MAKE IT TO THEIR 10TH BIRTHDAY. THROUGHOUT HER DIAGNOSIS, AND THERAPY TREATMENT, GRACE AND HER FAMILY HAVE BEEN A SOURCE OF INSPIRATION THROUGHOUT ILLINOIS. THEY HAVE INCREASED AWARENESS FOR A RARE AND TERMINAL DISEASE AND HAVE RAISED MORE THAN $175,000 FOR RESEARCH, WITH DONORS COMING FROM ALL 50 STATES. GRACE AND HER FAMILY'S STORY IS JUST ONE EXAMPLE OF WHY I SUPPORT INCREASED FUNDING FOR THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH AND LEGISLATION LIKE THE 21ST CENTURY CURES AFPBLGT THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS ARE AFFLICTED -- ACT. THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS ARE AFFLICTED WITH RARE DISEASES AND WE AS A NATION MUST WORK TOGETHER TO ENSURE BETTER TREATMENT, CURES AND HOPE THAT IS PRIORITIZED AND POSSIBLE FOR THESE PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILY -- FAMILIES. I YIELD BACK.

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                                      • 07:20:33 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 ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                      • 07:20:48 PM

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                                        MR. SPEAKER, THE CITY OF CHICAGO AND CHICAGO'S AIRLINE CARRIERS ARE…

                                        MR. SPEAKER, THE CITY OF CHICAGO AND CHICAGO'S AIRLINE CARRIERS ARE FINALIZING THEIR NEGOTIATIONS FOR AN $8.5 BILLION EXPANSION OF CHICAGO O'HARE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.

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                                      • 07:21:59 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 MINNESOTA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                      • 07:22:08 PM

                                        MR. PAULSEN

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO RECOGNIZE FAIRVIEW SOUTH DALE HOSPITAL FOR RECENTLY…

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO RECOGNIZE FAIRVIEW SOUTH DALE HOSPITAL FOR RECENTLY RECEIVING THE DISTINGUISHED HOSPITAL AWARD FOR CLINICAL EXCELLENCE FROM HEALTH GRADES. THEY WERE ALSO NAMED ONE OF THE COUNTRY'S TOP 100 BEST HOSPITALS FOR CARDIAC CARE, CORONARY INTERVENTION, AND PULMONARY CARE. DISTINGUISHED HOSPITALS ARE DETERMINED TO -- AND MEASURED IF THEY ACHIEVE OUTSTANDING OUTCOMES IN AT LEAST 21 OF 23 COMMON CONDITIONS AND PROCEDURES. PATIENTS WHO ARE TREATED IN THESE HOSPITALS ON AVERAGE FACE A LOWER RISK OF DEATH THAN IF THEY WERE TREATED IN HOSPITALS WITHOUT THIS DESIGNATION. AND THESE HOSPITALS ALSO ACHIEVE BETTER CLINICAL RESULTS THAN 95% OF HOSPITALS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. SO, MR. SPEAKER, THE DOCTORS, THE NURSES, THE STAFF AT FAIRVIEW DO INCREDIBLE WORK AND I KNOW THEY DESERVE THIS RECOGNITION. AND WE ALSO KNOW THEIR PATIENTS ARE IN GOOD HANDS. I YIELD BACK.

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                                      • 07:23:01 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                      • 07:23:06 PM

                                        MS. KAPTUR

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

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                                        TEMPORE WITHOUT

                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                                      • 07:23:12 PM

                                        MS. KAPTUR

                                        MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE FEW AMERICANS WHO DEDICATE THEIR LIVES COMPLETELY…

                                        MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE FEW AMERICANS WHO DEDICATE THEIR LIVES COMPLETELY TO REBUILDING AN INNER CITY COMMUNITY. IMAGINE A PERSON WHO SEEKS NO PERSONAL RECOGNITION, BUT IS IMBUED WITH DEEP FAITH IN A FUTURE THEY HELP GUIDE. IMAGINE THEIR DRIVE ARISING FROM THEIR MISSION TO SERVE OTHERS. ONE OF THESE RARE SOULS IS WILLIAM LINDOR OF NEWARK, NEW JERSEY. THE FOUNDER OF THE NEW COMMUNITY CORPORATION WHICH CELEBRATES ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARY THIS YEAR. HE -- HIS LIFE IS A POWERFUL EXAMPLE OF A MODERN WISE MAN WHO PLANTED CHURCH IN THE PUBLIC SQUARE TO TRANSFORM AMERICA. AS A YOUNG PRIEST IN THE 1960'S, HE WAS ASSIGNED TO NEWARK'S CENTRAL WARD AMIDST RIOTS AND RACIAL TENSION. THIS WAS A DEVIVES AND UNCERTAIN TIME. YET HE TOOK IT UPON HIMSELF TO WALK HAND IN HAND WITH THE PEOPLE OF NEWARK WHO DESPERATELY NEEDED SOMEONE TO BELIEVE IN THEM AND INSPIRE A BETTER WAY FORWARD. HE LISTENED TO THE PEOPLE. AND TOGETHER THEY ORGANIZED FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING, CIVIL RIGHTS AND A BETTER WAY OF LIFE FOR ALL. HIS DETERMINATION AND BOUNDLESS FAITH HELP NUD COMMUNITY ACHIEVE MAJOR REVITALLYIZATION -- HELPED NEW COMMUNITY ACHIEVE MAJOR REVITALIZATION. THEY PROVIDE A BLUEPRINT FOR REBUILDING AMERICA'S MOST NEGLECTED SPACES. AMERICA IS BLESSED INDEED, HUMBLED, AND FILLED WITH GRATITUDE FOR HIS LIFE OF SERVICE. THANK YOU. YOU ARE A GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT. AND LIVING EXAMPLE OF THE COMMITMENT REAL PROGRESS REQUIRES. I YIELD BACK.

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                                      • 07:24:46 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                      • 07:24:51 PM

                                        MR. POE

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

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                                        RE WITHOUT

                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                                      • 07:24:58 PM

                                        MR. POE

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. NEW YORK CITY LIGHTS, MODELING AND STAGGER IN…

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. NEW YORK CITY LIGHTS, MODELING AND STAGGER IN MUSIC VIDEOS. SOUNDS -- STARRING IN MUSIC VIDEOS. SOUNDS LIKE A SCRIPT FROM A MOVIE. SO WHEN TWO YOUNG GIRLS MET A GUY ON INSTAGRAM, THEY THOUGHT THEY HAD THEIR TICKET TO THE SPOTLIGHT. LITTLE DID THEY KNOW THEY WERE ABOUT TO BECOME VICTIMS OF HUMAN SEX TRAFFICKING. THE GIRLS HEADED TO THE AIRPORT, READY TO CHECK IN TO THEIR AMERICAN AIRLINES FLIGHT. DENISE WAS WORKING THE AMERICAN AIRLINES TICKET COUNT WHEN ARE THE GIRLS APPROACHED. SHE NOTICED THAT THE TEENAGERS LOOKED NERVOUS. THEY HAD TOO MANY BAGS. NO ADULT WAS WITH THEM. AND THEY HAD ONE WAY FIRST CLASS TICKETS. DENISE'S TRAINING KICKED IN, RECOGNIZING THE RED FLAGS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING. SHE IMMEDIATELY ALERTED LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THEY CAME TO THE RESCUE. THANKFULLY THIS STORY ENDS WITH BOTH GIRLS RETURNING HOME SAFELY. THEY WERE NOT TRAFFICKED INTO THE SCOURGE OF HUMAN SLAVERY. IN LARGE PART BECAUSE OF DENISE WHO SAW SOMETHING AND SAID SOMETHING. WE THANK PEOPLE LIKE DENISE FOR THEIR WORK, FOR THEIR PERSONAL INVOLVEMENT IN RESCUING THESE TWO GIRLS FROM EVIL. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                      • 07:26:13 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                      • 07:26:23 PM

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                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. EARLIER TODAY THE SUPREME COURT REJECTED THE TRUMP…

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. EARLIER TODAY THE SUPREME COURT REJECTED THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S APPEAL TO LEAPFROG THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM IN AN ATTEMPT TO END DACA. TODAY'S DECISION IS A VICTORY FOR DREAMERS AND THE ENTIRE NATION. BUT OUR WORK IN CONGRESS MUST CONTINUE UNTIL WE PASS THE DREAM ACT TO PROTECT DREAMERS ONCE AND FOR ALL.

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                                      • 07:26:44 PM

                                        MR. ESPAILLAT

                                        THIS DECISION TELLS US WHAT WE ALREADY KNOW, THAT ENDING DACA WILL BE…

                                        THIS DECISION TELLS US WHAT WE ALREADY KNOW, THAT ENDING DACA WILL BE DETRIMENTAL TO OUR COMMUNITY AND FOR OUR ECONOMY. WITH THE LOSS OF REVENUE IF WE END DACA, IT MEANS THAT CRITICAL PUBLIC PROGRAMS LIKE SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICAID WILL TAKE A BIG HIT. WE KNOW THAT THE DREAMERS BRING IN -- WILL BRING IN $460 BILLION IN ECONOMIC OUTPUT OVER A DECADE. DREAMERS ARE OUR SISTERS, OUR BROTHERS, OUR COUSINS. THEY'RE OWNERS OF GROCERY STORES, TAXI DRIVERS, MEMBERS OF OUR ARMED FORCES. WE CANNOT AFFORD TO SIT IDLY, MR. SPEAKER. I URGE THAT WE BRING THE CLEAN DREAM ACT TO THE FLOOR. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                                      • 07:27:28 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                      • 07:27:43 PM

                                        MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO CONGRATULATE ROMERO, A PROMELPROSMNENT MEMBER OF…

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO CONGRATULATE ROMERO, A PROMELPROSMNENT MEMBER OF OUR SOUTH FLORIDA COMMUNITY, ON HER RETIREMENT FROM ALL AMERICAN CON TERRANCE. SHE IS IS A POWERHOUSE. ALONG WITH HER HUSBAND, SHE ESTABLISHED ALL AMERICAN CONTAINERS MAURBLINGSITY MILLION-DOLLAR BUSINESS -- A MULTI-- CONTAINERS, A MULTIMILLION-DOLLAR BUSINESS. HER SON, HER DAUGHTER AND HER GRANDCHILDREN ALSO WORK IN THE FAMILY BUSINESS. LIKE ME, SHE WAS FORCED TO FLEE THE CASTRO REGIME AND COMMUNIST CUBA AND SHE HAS BEEN A UNSTOPPABLE COMMITMENT, A FORCE FOR THE ISLAND'S FREEDOM. SHE HAS BEEN A TRUSTED ADVISOR TO PRESIDENTS, TO SENATORS, TO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ON THE ISSUE OF HER NATIVE HOMELAND. AND HER ADVOCACY AND CHARITABLE EVENTS IS SECOND TO NONE. SHE HAS BEEN A LEADER IN THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY, RAISING FUNDS AND AWARENESS TO ASSIST THOSE STRICKEN WITH THIS TERRIBLE DISEASE. WHILE SHE MAY BE RETIRING FROM ALL AMERICAN CONTAINERS, SHE IS NOT RETIRING FROM OUR COMMUNITY AND I LOOK FORWARD TO HER NEXT ENDESKER. [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] -- ENDEAVOR. [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                      • 07:29:07 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                      • 07:29:15 PM

                                        MS. JACKSON LEE

                                        MR. SPEAKER, ALTHOUGH MANY IN MY CONSTITUENCY ARE STILL RECOVERING FROM…

                                        MR. SPEAKER, ALTHOUGH MANY IN MY CONSTITUENCY ARE STILL RECOVERING FROM HURRICANE HARVEY, AND I WEAR A HOUSTON STRONG PIN, AND WE'RE WORKING ON GETTING HOUSING REBUILT, SENIORS BACK IN THEIR HOMES, I CAN TELL YOU THAT THROUGHOUT MY DISTRICT, AS I WAS THERE THIS PAST WEEK, THEY SPOKE IN QUIET TONES ABOUT DOUGLAS, THE HIGH SCHOOL, AND THE TRAGEDY IN FLORIDA. AND NONE OF THEM SEEMED TO AGREE. AND IN PARTICULAR YOUNG MEN, WHO I WILL TALK ABOUT IN THE CONGRESSAL BLACK CAUCUS SPECIAL -- CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS SPECIAL ORDER ON GUNS, NONE OF THEM SEEMED TO AGREE TO ARMING TEACHERS. ALL OF THEM HAD IDEAS ABOUT GUN VIOLENCE AND HANDGUNS AS WELL AS WEAPONS OF WAR. AND I BELIEVE THE YOUNG PEOPLE SHOULD BE LISTENED TO. AND WE SHOULD NOT LEAVE UNTIL WE DO CONSTRUCTIVE SENSIBLE GUN SAFETY LEGISLATION AND IT SHOULD BE DONE NOW. I ASK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO RISE UP AND SPEAK IN TONES OF NONPARTISANSHIP, BIPARTISANSHIP, TO SAVE AND SECURE OUR CHILDREN AND OUR TEACHERS. I YIELD BACK,

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                                      • 07:30:25 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                      • 07:30:39 PM

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                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE MAJOR SANDRA STOKER.…

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE MAJOR SANDRA STOKER. MAJOR STOKER TOOK CHARGE OF THE AIR NATIONAL GUARD UNIT IN MY DISTRICT.

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                                      • 07:31:05 PM

                                        MS. TENNEY

                                        THE RECOVERY OF HURRICANE KATRINA. IN 2013 SHE WAS NAMED PUBLIC AFFAIRS…

                                        THE RECOVERY OF HURRICANE KATRINA. IN 2013 SHE WAS NAMED PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER FOR THE ATTACK WING BASED OUT OF SYRACUSE, NEW YORK. SHE SERVED IN BOONEVILLE, NEW YORK, AS WELL AS ON THE BOARD FOR CENTRAL NEW YORK VETERANS OUTREACH CENT FOR THE UTICA. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE TIME TO THANK MAJOR STOKER FOR HER DEDICATION TO OUR COMMUNITY. SHE'S AN INSPIRATION TULLE AND A WONDERFUL COMMUNITY LEADER. THANK YOU. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        LEADER. THANK YOU. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

                                        LEADER. THANK YOU. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                      • 07:31:59 PM

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                                        MR. SPEAKER, AMERICA LOSES ZEN BILLION GALLONS OF CLEAN DRINKING WATER…

                                        MR. SPEAKER, AMERICA LOSES ZEN BILLION GALLONS OF CLEAN DRINKING WATER EVERY SING DALE THROUGH BROKEN PIPES AND LEAKING PIPES.

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                                        MR. TONKO

                                        WATER, YES, BUT ALSO DELARKS DOLLARS TO PURIFY THE WATER AND TREAT IT. 86%…

                                        WATER, YES, BUT ALSO DELARKS DOLLARS TO PURIFY THE WATER AND TREAT IT. 86% OF OUR HOUSEHOLDS DEPEND ON PUBLIC DRINKING WATER AND THESE SYSTEMS ARE FAILING. I HAVE SEEN MY SHARE OF CORRODED PIPES AND BROKEN PUMPS OVER THE YEARS. I HAVE SEEN COMMUNITIES AND BUSINESSES SUFFER FROM WATER MAIN BREAKS THAT HAPPENED 700 TIMES A DAY ACROSS AMERICA. I VISITED SYSTEMS IN ROTTERDAM, CASTLETON ON HUDSON IN MY DISTRICT. I VISITED THAT LEGENDARY BABY FOOTMAKER BEECHNUT WHICH REQUIRES 275,000 GALLONS OF WATER PER DAY. THE MESSAGE IS CLEAR. WE MUST INVEST IN OUR PUBLIC WATER SYSTEMS TO PROTECT OUR PUBLIC HEALTH AND SUPPORT OUR LOCAL BUSINESSES. WE HAVE A BIPARTISAN BILL, H.R. 3387, THAT HAS PASS THROUGH THE COMMITTEE AND NOW AWAITS A VOTE BY THE FULL HOUSE. IT WOULD DELIVER CRITICAL FUNDING TO STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO GET THIS BIG JOB STARTED. WHETHER YOU ARE A REPUBLICAN, DEMOCRAT OR INDEPENDENT, EVERY LIFE AND EVERY JOB DEPENDS ON ACCESS TO SAFE DRINKING WATER. THIS IS THE KIND OF INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN WE NEED. LET'S GET THIS JOB DONE. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                                      • 07:33:21 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                      • 07:34:48 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                      • 07:35:00 PM

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                                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE LEGACY OF GWEN YORK WHO…

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE LEGACY OF GWEN YORK WHO DEDICATED HER LIFE TO ADVANCING THE FWELLS OF THE TRANSPORT WORKERS UNION AND TEXAS AFL-CIO.

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                                        MR. VEASEY

                                        SHE WAS BORN DECEMBER 27, 1956, AND SOON AFTER HER BIRTHDAY SHE LOCATED TO…

                                        SHE WAS BORN DECEMBER 27, 1956, AND SOON AFTER HER BIRTHDAY SHE LOCATED TO GARRLAND, JUST OUTSIDE OF DALLAS, WHERE SHE WOULD SPEND MUCH OF HER LIFE THE GRADUATED FROM SOUTH GARLAND HIGH SCHOOL AND ATTENDED UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS IN AUSTIN AND LATER WENT ON TO JOIN SOUTHWEST AIRLINES IN 1980. IT WAS A JOB SHE LOVED DEARLY AND PUT EVERYTHING INTO IT. SHE LATER RETURNED TO SCHOOL AND GRADUATED FROM THE NATIONAL LABOR COLLEGE IN 2006. AND FOR THE PAST 0 YEARS, GWEN CONTINUED HER PASSION FOR MAKING SURE THAT PEOPLE COULD HAVE A GOOD LIFE, PARTICULARLY THOSE AT THE TRANSPORT WORKERS UNION. SHE WAS LOYAL AND DEDICATED, SHE WAS EVERYBODY'S ADVOCATE AND FRIEND. I CHECKED MY LAST TEXT TO GWEN, IT WAS TRYING TO GET HER TO ADVOCATE FOR ME AND GIVE ME ADVICE ON SOMETHING. SHE WAS THAT TYPE OF PERSON. ALWAYS VERY BUSY WITH HER WORK BUT ALWAYS MADE TIME TO MENTOR TEEM, ESPECIALLY A LOT OF YOUNG WOMEN WHO ARE ALSO PART OF THE LABOR MOVEMENT. GWEN LEFT US VERY SOON AND IT WAS VERY TRAGIC IN HOW SHE DID BUT I WANT ALL OF HER FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO KNOW JUST WHAT A BIG IMPACT SHE MADE ON THIS WORLD AND FOR THE STATE OF TEXAS AND FOR WORKERS EVERYWHERE AND SHE IS SURVIVED BY HER HUSBAND, MARK YORK, HER DAUGHTER, ALLISON REID, AND HER SISTER, WANDA GOOD I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                      • 07:36:38 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. ARE THERE FURTHER ONE-MINUTE REQUESTS? UNDER…

                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. ARE THERE FURTHER ONE-MINUTE REQUESTS? UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. EVANS IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DEZ I I -- DESIGNEE FOR THE MINORITY LEADER.

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                                      • 07:36:54 PM

                                        MR. EVANS

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

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

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                                      • 07:37:07 PM

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                                        IT IS WITH GREAT HONOR I RISE TODAY TO ANCHOR THE C.B.C. SPECIAL ORDER…

                                        IT IS WITH GREAT HONOR I RISE TODAY TO ANCHOR THE C.B.C. SPECIAL ORDER HOUR. ID I WOULD -- I WOULD LIKE TO THANK C.B.C. CHAIRMAN CEDRIC RICHMOND FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN THIS EFFORT. CHAIRMAN RICHMOND HAS BEEN LEADING THIS EFFORT AND RAISING THE QUESTION OF ABOUT WHEN THE PRESIDENT SAID, WHAT DO WE HAVE TO LOSE? THE SHARME INDICATED WE HAVE A LOT TO LOSE. SO FOR THE NEXT 60 MINUTES, WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK DIRECTLY TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ABOUT ISSUES OF GREAT IMPORTANCE TO THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS AND THE MILLIONS OF CONSTITUENTS WHO REPRESENT -- WE REPRESENT. TONIGHT'S SPECIAL ORDER IS ABOUT GUN VIOLENCE. I THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR JOINING ME HERE TODAY TO SPEAK ABOUT THE NATIONAL EPIDEMIC OF GUN VIOLENCE, AN IMPORTANT TOPIC TO US ALL. THE BLACK COMMUNITIES -- THE BLACK COMMUNITY'S AT A CRITICAL POINT BECAUSE WE HAVE A LOT TO LOSE BECAUSE TOO MANY OF OUR NEIGHBORS HAVE UNFORTUNATELY BEEN SUBJECT TO GUN VIOLENCE AT A CONSISTENT RATE. CRIME WHICH OFTEN GOS UNFUNNISHED -- UNPUNISHED BECAUSE OF UNRELIABLE WITNESSES. ON FEBRUARY 14, THIS NATION ONCE AGAIN WITNESSED A HORRIFIC TRAGEDY THAT TOOK PLACE IN A HIGH SCHOOL IN FLORIDA. 17 LIVES WERE TAKEN AT THE HANDS OF GUNS, FIREPOWER. THE HORROR AND TRAGEDY OF THIS SHOCK AT THE FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL SHOULD BE UNIMAGINABLE IN THIS COUNTRY, YET TRAGICALLY, OUR NATION HAS LOST TOO MANY LOVED ONES AT THE HANDS OF GUN VIOLENCE TO THE POINT WHERE WE OFTEN SEE THE SAME REACTION -- HAND WRINGING, BLAMING GOING AROUND, NOTHING IS DONE TO STOP THE VIOLENCE. THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA KNOWS ALL TOO WELL THE LIVES WE HAVE LOST AT THE HANDS OF GUN VIOLENCE. IN 2017, WE SAW THE CITY EXPERIENCE ITS LARGEST HOMICIDE EPIDEMIC SINCE 2012. THERE WERE OVER 370 HOMICIDES IN PHILADELPHIA, ACCORDING THE TAI TA FOR THE PHILADELPHIA POLICE DEPARTMENT. WITH THE CONTINUING SCOURGE OF GUN VIOLENCE IN PHILADELPHIA, LAST YEAR I HAND DELIVERED A LETTER TO THE PENNSYLVANIA ATTORNEY GENERAL OUTLINING OUR COMMONWEALTH'S NEED TO USE OUR RESOURCES -- TO USE ALL RESOURCES POSSIBLE TO ADVOCATE FOR COMMONSENSE GUN REFORM. SINCE I GAVE THAT LETTER TO OUR COMMONWEALTH ATTORNEY, THERE HAVE BEEN MORE HEART BREAKS IN AMERICA, INCLUDING UNSPEAKABLE TRAGEDY AT CHURCH A PLACE OF WORSHIP IN TEXAS, AND A MASS SHOOTING IN LAS VEGAS. MR. SPEAKER, THE GENTLEMAN WHO IS THE LEADER FROM OUR CAUCUS, WHO WOULD SPEAK TO THIS ISSUE , HE KNOWS AN AWFUL LOT ABOUT IT, I'VE WATCHED HIM IN THE SHORT PERIOD OF TIME I'VE BEEN HERE, THE HONORABLE JAMES CLYBURN FROM THE SIXTH DISTRICT.

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                                        MR. CLYBURN

                                        THANK YOU VERY MUCH, REPRESENTATIVE EVANS, FOR GRANTING ME SOME TIME. MR.…

                                        THANK YOU VERY MUCH, REPRESENTATIVE EVANS, FOR GRANTING ME SOME TIME. MR. SPEAKER, I PROUDLY REPRESENT THE SIXTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA IN THIS AUGUST BODY, AND THIS PAST WEEK, I SPENT A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF TIME THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT MEETING WITH FAITH LEADERS AS WELL AS OTHER COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS AND ONE OF THE THINGS I KEPT HEARING THAT CAME FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE PARTICULARLY INTERESTED IN WHETHER OR NOT THIS CONGRESS WILL DO ANYTHING TO RESPOND TO THIS HORRIFIC PROBLEM THAT WE HAVE WITH GUNS. OF ALL THE THINGS THAT I FIND MYSELF TALKING ABOUT, THE ONE THING THAT BOTHERS ME MOST IS THE FACT THAT WE SEEM TO BE NO LONGER SAFE IN OUR MOST SACRED INSTITUTIONS. I OFTEN QUOTE ALEXIS DE TOCQUEVILLE, WHO CAME TO THIS COUNTRY WAY BACK IN THE EARLY 1800'S, SEEKING WHAT HE CALLED THE MAGIC OF THIS GREAT COUNTRY. HE SAID THAT HE WENT THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY LOOKING AT OUR INSTITUTIONS, EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS. LEGISLATIVE BODIES. TRYING TO FIND THE MAGIC OF THIS GREAT COUNTRY. ALEXIS DE TOCQUEVILLE SAID HE COULD NOT FIND IT IN ANY OF THESE PLACES. HE SAID THAT IT WAS NOT UNTIL HE WENT INTO OUR CHURCHES AND SYNAGOGUES THAT HE FOUND THE REAL MAGIC OF THIS GREAT COUNTRY. HE SAID THAT HE CAME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT IN SPITE OF ALL OF THE DIFFICULTIES AND CHALLENGES WE HAD AS A COUNTRY, THAT AMERICA WAS GREAT BECAUSE AMERICANS ARE GOOD. AND HE WENT ON TO SURPRISE THAT -- SURMISE THAT IF AMERICANS EVER SEIZED TO BE GOOD -- CEASED TO BE GOOD, AMERICA WOULD CEASE TO BE GREAT. IT'S KIND OF INTERESTING THAT HE CAME TO THAT CONCLUSION BY VISITING OUR PLACES OF WORSHIP. AND TONIGHT, I WANT TO REMIND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT THAT SACRED INSTITUTION THAT'S BEEN VIOLATED TIME AND TIME AGAIN AND ON THIS QUESTION OF GUN VIOLENCE, WE REMEMBER THE EMANUEL NINE, NINE SOULFUL BIBLE STUDY PUPILS, IN THE BASEMENT OF THEIR CHURCH. ONCE AGAIN RE-ESTABLISHING THE GOODNESS OF AMERICANS. THEY HAD THAT GOODNESS VIOLATED. BY A YOUNG MAN WITH A GUN. WHO SAT AMONG THEM FOR A FULL HOUR BEFORE OPENING FIRE, KILLING NINE OF THEM. NOW, WHEN WE THINK ABOUT THAT INCIDENT, AND WE ASK OURSELVES HOW COULD SUCH A THING HAPPEN, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE DO KNOW IS THAT THIS YOUNG MAN WAS ABLE TO PURCHASE A WEAPON, ALTHOUGH UNDER THE LAW HE WAS NOT ELIGIBLE TO MAKE THE PURCHASE. BUT BECAUSE OF A LITTLE LOOPHOLE THAT WE HAVE IN THE LAW, A LOOPHOLE THAT I HAVE TAKEN TO CALL THE CHARLESTON LOOPHOLE, THE LOOPHOLE SAYS SIMPLY THAT IF THE BACKGROUND CHECK IS NOT COMPLETED WITHIN THREE DAYS, THAT THE PURCHASE CAN PROCEED TO CONCLUSION. NOW, THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS, THIS GUN WAS PURCHASED IN WEST COLUMBIA. I DON'T KNOW WHETHER OR NOT THIS YOUNG MAN HAD ENOUGH SOPHISTICATION ABOUT THE LAW TO GET THE WRONG -- TO GIVE THE WRONG INFORMATION ABOUT HIS ADDRESS. BUT WHAT WE DO KNOW IS THAT THE WRONG ADDRESS WAS KEYED IN AND BECAUSE IT WAS KEYED IN, THERE WAS DIFFICULTY TRYING TO GET THE INFORMATION THAT WAS NEEDED. AND BY THE TIME THEY FOUND OUT THE PROBLEM, THE THREE DAYS HAD EXPIRED AND THE YOUNG MAN WENT BACK TO GET THE GUN AND WITHIN DAYS, TRAVELED ALL THE WAY FROM COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA, DOWN TO CHARLESTON. HE PICKED THIS CHURCH BECAUSE HE SAID IT WAS HISTORIC. HE WANTED TO GO INTO A HIS FORIC -- A HISTORIC BLACK CHURCH. WELL THIS MONTH, THE NATION HAS SET ASIDE TIME TO HONOR THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF BLACK AMERICANS. I CAN THINK OF NO WAY FOR US TO BETTER HIGHLIGHT WHAT THIS MONTH IS ALL ABOUT THAN TO ONCE AND FOR ALL CLOSE THIS CHARLESTON LOOPHOLE, TO DEMONSTRATE TO THOSE NINE AFRICAN-AMERICAN WORSHIPERS WHO WERE GOING ABOUT THE BUSINESS OF HELPING TO MAKE THIS COUNTRY GREAT, GOING ABOUT THE BUSINESS OF DEMONSTRATING THE GOODNESS OF AMERICANS, TO HAVE THEIR LIVES SNUFFED OUT, I CAN THINK OF NO BETTER WAY FOR US TO HONOR THEIR LIVES THAN FOR US TO CLOSE THIS LOOPHOLE. . AND TOMORROW I'M GOING TO COME BEFORE THIS BODY WITH A DISCHARGE PETITION. BECAUSE THE LEGISLATION TO CLOSE THIS LOOPHOLE WAS FILED IN THIS BODY LAST JULY. IT'S BEEN HANGING AROUND NOW FOR EIGHT MONTHS. AND I AM GOING TO ASK ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES, DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, TO SIGN THIS DISCHARGE PETITION. BEFORE THE END OF THIS BLACK HISTORY MONTH. SO THAT WE CAN SAY TO THOSE SOULS, REST IN PEACE. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                                        MR. SPEAKER, MAY I ASK THE GENTLEMAN A QUESTION? I WANT YOU, IF YOU COULD…

                                        MR. SPEAKER, MAY I ASK THE GENTLEMAN A QUESTION? I WANT YOU, IF YOU COULD JUST TAKE A SECOND MORE ABOUT THAT MAGIC YOU TALKED ABOUT. AND HOW DO WE GET THERE? DO YOU HAVE ANY SENSE OF --

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                                        WELL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WELL, I BELIEVE -- I'M SORT OF A HISTORY BUFF.…

                                        WELL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WELL, I BELIEVE -- I'M SORT OF A HISTORY BUFF. I SPENT A LITTLE TIME TRYING TO FIND OUT WHAT THIS COUNTRY IS ALL ABOUT.

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                                      • 07:48:12 PM

                                        MR. CLYBURN

                                        GREAT WRITER, GEORGE SANTIANO, ONCE WRITING THAT IF WE FAIL TO LEARN THE…

                                        GREAT WRITER, GEORGE SANTIANO, ONCE WRITING THAT IF WE FAIL TO LEARN THE LESSONS OF OUR HISTORY, WE'RE BOUND TO REPEAT THEM. I BELIEVE THAT HISTORY SHOULD BE INSTRUCTIVE. AND I THINK THAT THAT'S WHAT THE BILL WAS TALKING ABOUT IN HIS WRITINGS. HE REALLY CAME TO THIS COUNTRY FROM FRANCE TO STUDY OUR PENNEL SYSTEM ON THAT PARTICULAR OCCASION. BUT HE WAS ENAMORED WITH THIS COUNTRY BECAUSE OF ITS PEOPLE. NOW THE INTERESTING THING ABOUT THIS, REMEMBER THE EARLY 1800'S, WHEN HE CAME HERE, SLAVERY WAS THE LAW OF THE LAND. AND HE WROTE ABOUT HOW CONTRADICTORY THAT WAS TO WHAT HE FOUND IN PEOPLE'S HEARTS. THE GOODNESS THAT HE FOUND IN PEOPLE. SO IRRESPECTIVE OF WHAT THE CHALLENGES MAY BE, OF THE VARIOUS INSTITUTIONS THAT WE MIGHT HAVE, THE VARIOUS LEGAL ISSUES THAT MAY COME BEFORE US, THE VARIOUS LEGISLATIVE ACCOMPLISHMENTS WE MIGHT MAKE, IRRESPECTIVE OF ALL THAT THERE IS A CERTAIN GOODNESS IN AMERICANS THAT OUGHT TO BE ON DEMONSTRATION AT ALL TIMES. AND I REALLY FEEL THAT IT WILL DEMONSTRATE THAT GOODNESS IF WE CAN SAY TO THESE NINE SOULS, THAT JUST AS HE FOUND IN OUR PLACES OF WORSHIP WHAT THE BASIC GOODNESS OF AMERICA IS ALL ABOUT, IT IS WHAT YOU ARE IN PURSUIT OF, AS YOU SAT IN YOUR -- IN THE BASEMENT OF YOUR CHURCH ON CALHOUN STREET. SOUTH CAROLINA. YOU WERE THERE PERPETUATING THAT GOODNESS. AND IT WAS VIOLATED. AND I BELIEVE THAT THIS BODY CAN GO -- TAKE A LONG STEP TOWARD DEMONSTRATING HOW IMPORTANT IT IS BY SAYING IN THEIR MEMORY WE ARE GOING TO CLOSE THIS LOOPHOLE. SO THAT THEIR NINE SOULS CAN REST IN PEACE.

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                                      • 07:50:52 PM

                                        MR. EVANS

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, YOU JUST HEARD THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, YOU JUST HEARD THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, IN MY VIEW, LAY OUT A VERY CLEAR VISION OF WHAT IT SHOULD BE LIKE FROM THE ASPIRATION STANDPOINT. AND SPEAKING OF THE LEADER OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS, LEADING THE CONSCIENCE OF THIS BODY, AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE GREAT STATE OF LOUISIANA. HE KNOWS A LITTLE BIT ABOUT IT, HE HAS LEGISLATION. THAT'S CHAIRMAN CEDRIC RICHMOND FROM THE SECOND DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA.

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                                      • 07:51:35 PM

                                        RICHARDSON MR.

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA FOR ONCE…

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA FOR ONCE AGAIN LEADING THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS' SPECIAL ORDER HOUR. WHERE WE GET TO ADDRESS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND TALK DIRECTLY TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ABOUT WHAT IT IS THAT'S GOING ON IN CONGRESS, WHAT WE'D LIKE TO DO. AND TONIGHT IS A VERY SOMBER BUT IMPORTANT SPECIAL ORDER HOUR. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT PROTECTING AMERICAN LIVES. AND IF WE'RE -- IT WOULD NOT BE BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITHOUT A QUOTE FROM DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING. BUT HE SAYS AT SOME POINT SILENCE BECOMES BETRAYAL. AND I WANT US TO JUST THINK ABOUT THAT. SILENCE BECOMES BETRAYAL. THIS CONGRESS, WHEN IT COMES TO OUR COMMUNITIES BEING INUNDATED WITH GUNS, THIS CONGRESS HAS BEEN FAR TOO SILENT. IN FACT, WHAT WE DO IS JUST TAKE MOMENTS OF SILENCE. ONE AFTER ANOTHER. WHETHER IT IS VIRGINIA TECH, MOMENT OF SILENCE. SANDY HOOK, MOMENT OF SILENCE. MOTHER EMANUEL, MOMENT OF SILENCE. PULSE NIGHT CLUB. MOMENT OF SILENCE. FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, MOMENT OF SILENCE. LAS VEGAS, MOMENT OF VIOLENCE. -- SILENCE. MOTHER EMANUEL, MOTHER OF SILENCE. SO FAR IN 2018 WE'VE ALREADY SEEN 8,200 INCIDENTS OF GUN VIOLENCE IN AMERICA. INCLUDING 34 MASS SHOOTINGS. THESE ACTS OF VIOLENCE HAVE TAKEN MORE THAN 2,200 LIVES. THAT'S 2,200 FAMILIES AFFECTED BY GUN VIOLENCE. AND I WOULD JUST SAY THAT IT'S TIME FOR CONGRESS TO DO SOMETHING. AT LEAST HAVE THE DEBATE. BUT WE OUGHT NOT BECOME CO-CONSPIRATORS WITH THE CRIMES THAT ARE BEING COMMITTED ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. AND KNOW MANY PEOPLE WILL SAY THAT, HEY, YOU ALL ARE IN CONGRESS, YOU ALL DEAL IN THEORY. WE DEAL IN REALITY. BANNING ASSAULT WEAPONS WOULDN'T HAVE KEPT THIS KID FROM BEING ABLE TO BUY AN AR-15. WELL, LET ME JUST TELL YOU, THAT'S NOT TRUE. AN AR-15 FROM THE STORE RANGES ABOUT $500 TO $600. AND A KID COULD PROBABLY GET $500 OR $600. BUT DURING THE DAYS OF THE ASSAULT WEAPON BAN, THOSE GUNS, THE STREET VALUE BECAME THREE TIMES AS MUCH. SO THAT MEANS THAT $600 GUN HE BOUGHT WOULD HAVE BEEN $1,800. AND THE QUESTION IS WHETHER HE WOULD HAVE HAD ACCESS TO GET THAT $1,800. WHETHER GOOD COMMON SENSE WOULD HAVE PREVAILED BEFORE HE GOT THAT. WHETHER SOMEBODY WOULD HAVE CAUGHT ONTO HIS PLAN WHILE HE TRIED TO GET $1,800. AT SOME POINT WE CAN'T NOT DO ANYTHING BECAUSE WE SAY IT WOULDN'T HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE. THE ONE THING I WILL SAY IS IT'S AMAZING TO SEE THESE YOUNG PEOPLE RISE UP AND SPEAK OUT WITH ONE VOICE. THAT THEY WANT SOMETHING DONE. IT'S A SAD DAY IN AMERICA WHEN OUR SENIORS CAN'T GO TO CHURCH WITHOUT FEAR OF GUN VIOLENCE. WHEN FAMILIES CAN'T GO TO THE MOVIES BECAUSE OF FEAR OF GUN VIOLENCE. AND WHEN CHILDREN CAN'T GO TO SCHOOL BECAUSE OF FEAR OF GUN VIOLENCE. WE AS A CONGRESS, BOTH DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO THIS COUNTRY TO MAKE SURE THAT WE PROTECT PEOPLE THAT ARE VULNERABLE. AND I DON'T THINK IT'S TOO MUCH TO ASK FOR BOTH SIDES TO COME TOGETHER. AND IGNORE THE WILL OF THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION. BUT TO LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE IN OUR COUNTRY WHO ARE DEMANDING THAT WE DO SOMETHING. AND WHEN WE START TALKING ABOUT BACKGROUND CHECKS, ASSAULT RIFLES, HIGH CAPACITY CARTRIDGES THAT GO HE'S IN GUNS, WHICH ALLOW PEOPLE TO SHOOT -- GO IN THESE GUNS, WHICH ALLOW PEOPLE TO SHOOT LARGE AMOUNTS OF PEOPLE IN A SHORT ORDER OF TIME. THOSE GUNS, AND LET'S JUST BE CLEAR, CONGRESSMAN EVANS, I WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT. NOBODY'S TALKING ABOUT ENDING THE SECOND AMENDMENT. THE RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS IS AS FUNDAMENTAL AND AS PROTECTED AS ANYTHING ELSE IN THIS COUNTRY. HOWEVER, WHEN YOU START TALKING ABOUT AR-15'S AND THESE ASSAULT WEAPONS AND THESE AUTOMATIC THINGS, YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. WE WENT TO AFGHANISTAN LOOKING FOR WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION WHEN THEY WERE RIGHT HERE IN THIS COUNTRY. WE DON'T HAVE TO GO TO IRAQ. WE DON'T HAVE TO GO TO AFGHANISTAN. IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION, THEY'RE SOLD IN OUR SPORTING GOODS SHOPS ALL ACROSS OUR COUNTRY AND THEY'RE BEING USED TO SLAUGHTER AMERICAN CITIZENS. SO I JUST ASK IN CLOSING THAT AT SOME POINT SILENCE IS BETRAYAL. AND AS FOR ME, BECAUSE OF MY CONVICTION, BECAUSE OF MY CONSCIENCE, AND BECAUSE I DON'T LACK ANY COURAGE, I WILL NOT BE SILENT. AND I WOULD JUST URGE THIS BODY THAT WE CAN'T BE SILENT ANYMORE, AS WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION DESTROY OUR COMMUNITIES. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                      • 07:57:15 PM

                                        MR. EVANS

                                        MR. SPEAKER, THE GENTLEMAN, THIS IS THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF DR. KING'S…

                                        MR. SPEAKER, THE GENTLEMAN, THIS IS THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF DR. KING'S ASSASSINATION, TO THE POINT THAT YOU RAISED ABOUT THE MOMENTS OF SILENCE. IF YOU LOOK BACK AND LOOK WHERE WE ARE TODAY, ARE WE ANY CLOSER TO ADDRESSING THESE MOMENTS OF SILENCE? BECAUSE I HEAR FRUSTRATION IN YOUR VOICE.

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                                        MR. RICHMOND

                                        I AM FRUSTRATED. I COME FROM A FUNERAL HOME FAMILY. AND I KNOW WHAT IT'S…

                                        I AM FRUSTRATED. I COME FROM A FUNERAL HOME FAMILY. AND I KNOW WHAT IT'S LIKE WHEN PEOPLE HAVE TO BURY LOVED ONES. AND I KNOW THE NATURAL ORDER OF THINGS. BECAUSE I'VE HAD TO BURY MY FATHER. AND MY STEP-FATHER. AND MY GRANDPARENTS, WHO WERE -- MY GRANDFATHER SPECIFICALLY WHO STEPPED IN FOR MY FATHER WHEN HE DIED. BUT THAT'S THE NATURAL ORDER OF THINGS. ALTHOUGH MY DAD DIED WHEN HE WAS 33, IT WAS OF NATURAL CAUSES. PARENTS SHOULDN'T BE BURYING CHILDREN. CHILDREN SHOULDN'T BE VICTIMS AND SHOT IN SCHOOL. SO, THE FRUSTRATION COMES BECAUSE I KNOW THE PAIN ASSOCIATED. SO WHEN WE START TALKING ABOUT THE 2,200 PEOPLE THAT WERE KILLED, THAT'S 2,200 FAMILIES THAT HAD TO GET UP AND HEAR THE PREACHER SAY, OH, PAIN MAY ENDURE THROUGH THE NIGHT, BUT JOY COMES IN THE MORNING. WELL, JOY IS NOT GOING TO COME IN THE MORNING IF THE SAME THING KEEPS HAPPENING AND CONGRESS KEEPS -- CONGRESS WILL NOT DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT. BECAUSE THAT MEANS THOSE LIVES WERE LOST IN VAIN. AND THAT IS JUST AS BIG A SIN, IN MY ESTIMATION. I JUST THINK THAT WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. YOU KNOW, IT'S ONE THING WHEN THE CAMERAS ARE THERE AND THE FAMILY HAS THE SUPPORT AT THE FUNERAL OF ALL THESE PEOPLE, THE CONGRESSPERSON COMES, FAMILY COMES. OH, WE'RE GOING TO BE WITH YOU AND WE'RE GOING TO SUPPORT YOU AND PRAY FOR YOU DURING THIS TIME. BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY, THAT MOTHER AND FATHER GOES BACK TO THAT HOUSE AND THAT KID'S ROOM IS EMPTY. THERE'S NO WORDS OF COMFORT THAT WE CAN GIVE TO THAT FAMILY WHEN THEY WALK BY THAT ROOM EVERY NIGHT AND IT'S EMPTY BECAUSE WE LET SOMEBODY WITH MENTAL ISSUES GET THEIR HANDS ON AN AR-15 AND SLAUGHTER A BUNCH OF KIDS IN SCHOOL. SO IF IT SOUNDS LIKE I'M UPSET, THEN, YOU'RE RIGHT. BECAUSE THOSE PARENTS SHOULDN'T HAVE TO PASS AN EMPTY ROOM. AND EVERY EMPTY ROOM THAT HAPPENS, MY FEAR IS THAT WE'RE COMPLICIT BY OMISSION OF LETTING IT HAPPEN OVER AND OVER AGAIN. AND I DON'T WANT THAT ON MY CONSCIENCE. SO THANK YOU FOR ASKING ME THE QUESTION AND WITH THAT I'LL YIELD BACK.

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                                      • 08:00:04 PM

                                        MR. EVANS

                                        THANK YOU MR. SPEAKER,. I

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                                        MR. EVANS

                                        THANK YOU FOR LAYING THAT OUT. SOMEONE WHO IS FROM THE GREAT STATE OF…

                                        THANK YOU FOR LAYING THAT OUT. SOMEONE WHO IS FROM THE GREAT STATE OF ILLINOIS, WHO SINCE I HAVE BEEN HERE, SHE'S BEEN RELENTLESS ON THIS ISSUE, PARTICULARLY FROM THE INNER CITY STANDPOINT. I HAVE WATCHED OVER AND OVER AGAIN HER STAND UP AND MAKE COMMENTS AND I WONDER IF SHE THINKS ANYBODY IS LISTENING BUT WILL GIVE HER THE OPPORTUNITY TO SAY A FEW THINGS THIS EVENING. I YIELD TO ROBIN KELLY.

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                                      • 08:00:45 PM

                                        MS. KELLY

                                        I THANK YOU, MR. EVANS, FOR YIELDING. I ASSOCIATE MYSELF WITH THE WORDS OF…

                                        I THANK YOU, MR. EVANS, FOR YIELDING. I ASSOCIATE MYSELF WITH THE WORDS OF MY COLLEAGUES WHO HAVE ALREADY SPOKEN. MR. SPEAKER, I NEVER TIRE IN MY CALL TO END SENSELESS GUN VIOLENCE. THE GRASSROOTS MOVEMENTS FROM THE BRAVE STUDENTS WHO SURVIVED IN PARKLAND, FLORIDA, WHICH TOOK THE LIVES OF 17 STUDENTS AND TEACHERS. THEY REMIND ME OF THE DETERMINED YOUNG PEOPLE I HAVE COME TO KNOW IN THE CHICAGO AREA WHO HAVE BEEN CALLING FOR CHANGE. DO YOU REMEMBER THE TERROR YOU FELT THIS PAST SUMMER ON THE BASEBALL DIAMOND WHEN YOU WERE ATTACKED WITH A RIFLE? DO YOU REMEMBER THE TERROR YOU FELT AS GROWN MEN? NOW IMAGINE BEING A TEENAGER WITHOUT THE TRAINED CAPITOL POLICE OFFICERS AT YOUR SIDE BEING ATTACKED WITH AN AR-15. IMAGINE BEING RAISED IN A WORLD OF FEAR BEING SHOT AT SCHOOL ON YOUR BLOCK OR IN A PARK WAS A DAILY REALITY. COUNTLESS DAILY SHOOTINGS THAT DO NOT MAKE THE NEWS DO NOT SPUR YOU TO ACT. MOVING THE KILLING OF ELEMENTARY SPUR YOU TO ACT. YOU YOURSELVES BEING THE TARGETS HAVEN'T EVEN SPURRED YOU TO ACT. IN THE AFTERMATH OF PARKLAND, OUR CHILDREN HAVE MADE ONE THING ABUNDANTLY CLEAR, IF YOU DO NOT ACT TO END THIS SENSELESS VIOLENCE, AMERICA WILL REPLACE YOU WITH BOLD LEADERS WHO WILL. MANDATORY BACKGROUND CHECKS INCLUDING PURCHASES ON LINES AND TIGHTENING THE BACKGROUND CHECKS. REMOVING WEAPONS OF WAR. IMPLEMENTING GUN VIOLENCE PROTECTIVE ORDERS. ALLOWING SCIENTISTS TO STUDY THIS ISSUE FOR WHAT IT IS, A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS. AND PROVIDING YOUNG PEOPLE WITH HOPE TO PUT DOWN GUNS. WHEN APPROPRIATE, ACCESS TO MENTAL HEALTH. YOU CUT THE BUDGET TO MENTAL HEALTH AND YOU BLAME MENTAL HEALTH FOR THE REASONS. NONE OF THESE PROPOSES ARE NEW. I ISSUED THE KELLY REPORT. IN STUDYING THESE ISSUES WITH EACH OF THESE RECOMMENDATIONS. I WILL PROVIDE EVERY MEMBER OF THIS HOUSE A COPY. THE SOLUTIONS AND CHOICES ARE CLEAR, WILL YOU STAND UP TO THE N.R.A. AND EVEN READ MY REPORT? OUR CHILDREN ARE DEMANDING IT. I YIELD BACK.

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                                      • 08:03:42 PM

                                        MR. EVANS

                                        I WOULD LIKE TO ASK JUST ONE QUESTION TO THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS. AND…

                                        I WOULD LIKE TO ASK JUST ONE QUESTION TO THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS. AND YOU HAVE BEEN SPEAKING TO THIS ISSUE A LOT. YOU HAVE ANY SENSE OF OPTIMISM OF PEOPLE HEARING YOU IN ANY WAY YOU? DO YOU SEE ANY SIGNS? YOU TICKED OFF INFORMATION ABOUT CHANGE.

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                                      • 08:04:09 PM

                                        MS. KELLY

                                        I COULDN'T BE IN THIS JOB IF I WASN'T AN OPTIMISMIST. THERE ARE BIPARTISAN…

                                        I COULDN'T BE IN THIS JOB IF I WASN'T AN OPTIMISMIST. THERE ARE BIPARTISAN BILLS READY TO GO, BIPARTISAN BILLS, SOME BILLS ARE SPONSORED BY REPUBLICANS, SOME BY DEMOCRATS THAT HAVE A LOT OF CO-SPONSORS. BUT THE LEADERSHIP HAS TO WANT TO DO SOMETHING AND THE LEADERSHIP ON BOTH SIDES HAS BEEN VERY, VERY SILENT. I'M HOPING THE PRESSURE WILL CONTINUE TO BE PUT ON BY EVERYBODY ACROSS THESE UNITED STATES.

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                                      • 08:04:40 PM

                                        MR. EVANS

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE SOMEONE WHO I HAVE UTMOST RESPECT FOR HIM…

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE SOMEONE WHO I HAVE UTMOST RESPECT FOR HIM AND HE SAID HE COULD BE ELECTED IN PENNSYLVANIA AND GREAT STATE OF MISSISSIPPI. MY GOOD COLLEAGUE FROM THE SECOND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, MR. BEENEY THOMPSON. I YIELD.

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                                      • 08:05:11 PM

                                        MR. THOMPSON

                                        CAN YOU DESCRIBE WHAT THIS AR-15.

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                                        CAN YOU DESCRIBE WHAT THIS AR-15.

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                                        MR. EVANS

                                        THIS GUN, WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE.

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                                        MR. THOMPSON

                                        IT'S A WEAPON DESIGNED TO KILL. IT'S A WEAPON DESIGNED FOR WAR. MY FRIENDS…

                                        IT'S A WEAPON DESIGNED TO KILL. IT'S A WEAPON DESIGNED FOR WAR. MY FRIENDS WHO ARE IN LAW ENFORCEMENT, I WANT THEM TO HAVE WEAPONS LIKE THAT TO DEFEND THEMSELVES HERE. WE HAVE MADE THESE GUNS STREET LEGAL SO THAT THE POTENTIAL THAT OUR FRIENDS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT ARE GOING TO RUN UP ON PEOPLE WHO HAVE GUNS AS POWERFUL IF NOT MORE POWERFUL THAN THEY ARE. THAT GUN IS NOT MADE FOR HUNTING, NOT MADE FOR ANYTHING OTHER THAN TO KILL. I WANT MY SOLDIERS WHO ARE FIGHTING WARS TO HAVE WEAPONS LIKE THAT. BUT, AGAIN, FOR US TO TRY TO STRETCH THE MARGIN THAT THAT'S A SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS, IT'S NOT ANY ARM. AND SO, AGAIN, IT'S A KILLING MACHINE. AND IF ANYBODY EVER HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO FIRE ONE, WHICH I HAVE, IT'S NOT ACCURATE AT ALL, BUT IT WILL SPRAY A LOT OF BULLETS OUT AND WILL DO SOME KILLING, LIKE WE JUST SAW IN FLORIDA AND A LOT OF OTHER PLACES. IT'S NOT WHO WE ARE AS A NATION. WE ARE BETTER PEOPLE THAN THAT, BUT ADULTS ARE GOING TO HAVE TO DO THE RIGHT THING, OTHERWISE THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY WILL DO IT FOR US.

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                                      • 08:14:24 PM

                                        MR. EVANS

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR GIVING A REALLY…

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR GIVING A REALLY CLEAR SENSE OF WHAT THE CHALLENGE IS. CAN I ASK THE SPEAKER, HOW MUCH TIME DO WE HAVE?

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                                      • 08:14:39 PM

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                                        MR. EVANS

                                        THE INTERESTING COMING BEHIND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, WE HAVE…

                                        THE INTERESTING COMING BEHIND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, WE HAVE SOMEONE WHO KNOWS A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WEAPONRY. SHE WAS POLICE CHIEF IN ORLANDO AND SINCE SHE AND I ARE IN THE SAME CLASS, I HAVE LEARNED A LOT FROM HER AND COMING FROM THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, THIS IS SOMEONE WHO RUN A POLICE DEPARTMENT AND COULDN'T HAVE A BETTER PERSON, VAL DEMMINGS FROM THE 10TH DISTRICT. . DEMOCRAT DEMOCRAT I RISE TODAY AT THAT --

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                                      • 08:15:29 PM

                                        MRS. DEMINGS

                                        I RISE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT AN ALL TOO FAMILIAR TOPIC AND THAT IS GUN…

                                        I RISE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT AN ALL TOO FAMILIAR TOPIC AND THAT IS GUN VIOLENCE IN AMERICA. MASS SHOOTINGS IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. A FEW DAYS AGO I PURCHASED A CARD OF SYMPATHY FOR THE FAMILY OF A YOUNG MAN WHO DIED WAY TOO SOON. THE CARD THAT I FINALLY CHOSE READ, I HARDLY KNOW WHAT TO SAY. WHEN I THINK ABOUT YET ANOTHER MASS SHOOTING IN A COUNTRY, WHERE THROUGH INGENUITY AND DETERMINATION WE HAVE SOLVED SOME OF THE WORLD'S TOUGHEST PROBLEMS AND CHALLENGES, YET WE HAVE CHOSEN TO DO NOTHING ABOUT MASS SHOOTINGS. I HARDLY KNOW WHAT TO SAY. MR. SPEAKER, YOU KNOW LAST WEEK A MAN USED A SEMIAUTOMATIC RIFLE TO BRUTALLY MURDER 17 CHILDREN AND EDUCATORS IN PARKLAND, FLORIDA. UNLIKE PAST SHOOTINGS, WE HAVE NOT JUST MOVED ON. THIS IS BECAUSE OF THE SURVIVORS. NOT OUR GENERATION DOING SOMETHING. BUT THE CHILDREN. BECAUSE OF THEM. YOU SEE, THIS GENERATION BELIEVES THAT THEY CAN CHANGE THE WORLD. I MEAN, ISN'T THAT EXACTLY WHAT WE AS PARENTS TAUGHT THEM? THAT THEY CAN CHANGE THE WORLD? THEY BELIEVE IN WHAT PRESIDENT OBAMA CALLED THE AUDACITY OF HOPE. NOT OUR GENERATION, BUT THE GENERATION OF OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN. AND THEY HAVE STOOD UP TO DECLARE WHAT SHOULD BE OBVIOUS TO ALL OF US. THAT EVERY AMERICAN SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO GO TO SCHOOL, TO GO TO CHURCH, TO GO TO A MALL, TO GO TO A MOVIE THEATER OR A NIGHT CLUB WITHOUT BEING BRUTALLY MURDERED BY SOMEONE WITH A GUN. NO LESS AN ASSAULT RIFLE. WHICH GREATLY DIMINISHES THEIR CHANCES OF SURVIVAL. SURE, HIGH SCHOOL IS TOUGH FOR SOME CHILDREN. BUT THE WORST OUR CHILDREN SHOULD HAVE TO FEAR IS WHETHER THEY CAN MAKE A FRIEND IN A NEW SCHOOLER, OR WHETHER THEY'LL MAKE THE TRACK TEAM -- SCHOOL, OR WHETHER THEY'LL MAKE THE TRACK TEAM, OR WHETHER THE BOY OR GIRL THEY LIKE WILL NOTICE THEM IN THE HALLWAY OR IN CLASS. 150,000 AMERICAN CHILDREN HAVE EXPERIENCED A SCHOOL SHOOTING. THAT IS NOT SOMETHING A GREAT SOCIETY TOLERATES. THAT IS SOMETHING WE CHANGE. MR. SPEAKER, I'M PROUD OF THE STRENGTH, THE COURAGE, THE PASSION OF THESE YOUNG PEOPLE IN FLORIDA. NOT OUR GENERATION, BUT THE TEENAGERS. AND I AM ALSO PROUD OF PREVIOUS SURVIVORS AND ACTIVISTS WHO LAID THE GROUNDWORK FOR THE MOVEMENT THAT IS GROWING ACROSS AMERICA. SURVIVORS AT THE PULSE NIGHT CLUB SHOOTING HAVE JOINED PARKLAND SURVIVORS TO WORK FOR CHANGE. THAT SHOOTING, WHICH TOOK PLACE IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, WAS THE SECOND WORST MASS SHOOTING IN U.S. HISTORY AFTER LAS VEGAS. THAT IS NOT THE ONLY MASS SHOOTING TO TORMENT FLORIDA. IN 2017 A MAN SHOT AND KILLED FIVE PEOPLE AT THE FORT LAUDERDALE AIRPORT. IN 2013, A MAN SHOT AND KILLED SIX PEOPLE AT AN APARTMENT COMPLEX IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY. IN 1990 A MAN SHOT AND KILLED NINE PEOPLE IN JACKSONVILLE. ACCORDING TO THE GUN VIOLENCE ARCHIVES, THERE HAVE BEEN AT LEAST 113 MASS SHOOTINGS, DEFINED AS FOUR OR MORE PERSONS INJURED AND KILLED, IN FLORIDA SINCE 2013. INSTEAD OF SIMPLY WAITING AND RESPONDING TO MASS SHOOTINGS, WE SHOULD WORK TO PREVENT THEM. WE SHOULD WORK TO PREVENT THEM. WE SHOULD WORK TO PREVENT THEM. AS ORLANDO, FLORIDA'S, FORMER CHIEF OF POLICE, MY GOAL WAS TO NOT ONLY -- NOT MERELY SAVE LIVES OF THOSE WHO EXPERIENCED VIOLENCE, BUT WE TRIED TO STOP THE VIOLENCE FROM OCCURRING IN THE FIRST PLACE. WHEN WE KNOW BETTER, WE'RE SUPPOSED TO DO BETTER. SOME PROPOSALS MAY NEED MORE DEBATE. SOME LESS. BUT LET US HAVE THAT DEBATE. AS A FORMER LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, OUR JOB WAS TO ENFORCE THE LAWS AND TO PROTECT THE INNOCENT. AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS, OUR JOB IS TO CREATE LAWS THAT PROTECT THE INNOCENT. WELL, CONGRESS IS FAILING AT THAT JOB. THE BEST GIFT, MR. SPEAKER, WE CAN GIVE TO OUR TEACHERS AND OUR STUDENTS, AND TO EVERY AMERICAN, IS TO PASS LEGISLATION THAT KEEPS DEADLY GUNS OUT OF THE HANDS OF BAD PEOPLE. THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE GOOD. GOD WILL ORDER OUR STEP. BUT WE HAVE TO MOVE OUR FEET. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                      • 08:21:11 PM

                                        MR. EVANS

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO ASK MY COLLEAGUE FROM FLORIDA JUST A QUESTION,…

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO ASK MY COLLEAGUE FROM FLORIDA JUST A QUESTION, SINCE SHE TALKED ABOUT HER LAW ENFORCEMENT BACKGROUND. YOU'RE CORRECT, CONGRESS IS TO MAKE LAWS AND THE PRESIDENTIAL ADMINISTRATION TALKS ABOUT LAW AND ORDER. IS HE REALLY LAW AND ORDER AND ON THE SIDE OF THE POLICE IF THIS IS HAPPENING AND RUNNING AMOK? I MEAN, IF YOU WERE POLICE CHIEF AND YOU HAVE THAT RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT PEOPLE, AND WE IN CONGRESS, AS WAS STATED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS, THE MOMENTS OF SILENCE, WITH A WOULD YOU -- IF YOU WERE ON THE FRONT LINE AGAIN, YOU WERE OUT THERE, AND YOU STILL KNOW A LOT OF THE PEOPLE, HOW DO YOU THINK THE POLICE DEPARTMENTS FEEL WHEN THEY'RE OUTGUNNED? CAN YOU TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THAT?

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                                      • 08:22:08 PM

                                        MRS. DEMINGS

                                        WELL, MR. EVANS, ONE OF MY BIGGEST FEARS AS A 27-YEAR LAW ENFORCEMENT…

                                        WELL, MR. EVANS, ONE OF MY BIGGEST FEARS AS A 27-YEAR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER WAS THAT MY OFFICERS, THE OFFICERS WHO WORKED FOR ME, THE OFFICERS WHO SWORE THAT THEY WOULD PROTECT AND SERVE, WOULD FIND THEMSELVES IN AN ACTIVE SHOOTER SITUATION WHERE THEY WOULD BE OUTGUNNED. AND AS I INDICATED EARLIER, THE AR-15 AND OTHER WEAPONS LIKE IT , IF YOU ARE SHOT WITH ONE YOUR CHANCES OF SURVIVAL ARE GREATLY DIMINISHED. AS MY COLLEAGUE INDICATED EARLIER FROM MISSISSIPPI, THE WEAPON IS DESIGNED -- EARLIER, FROM MISSISSIPPI, THE WEAPON IS DESIGNED TO CREATE MASS DEVASTATION. IT WAS DESIGNED FOR THE BATTLEFIELD. AND YOU'RE RIGHT. ON THE BATTLEFIELD WE WANT OUR SOLDIERS TO TAKE THE ENEMY DOWN AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. BUT THOSE WEAPONS WERE NOT DESIGNED FOR OUR STREETS. FOR OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, WHERE OUR CHILDREN PLAY. FOR OUR SCHOOLS. IF WE ARE A GREAT SOCIETY, IF WE WANT TO BE THE GREAT NATION THAT WE ALWAYS TALK ABOUT, THEN LET'S DO WHAT IS WITHIN OUR POWERFUL AS ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL BODIES IN THE WORLD. MY 5-YEAR-OLD GRANDDAUGHTER'S KINDERGARTEN CLASS HAD A MOMENT OF SILENCE. I BELIEVE AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WE CAN DO BETTER. -- WE CAN DO BETTER THAN THAT. THANK YOU.

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                                      • 08:23:44 PM

                                        MR. EVANS

                                        THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK CONGRESSWOMAN FROM FLORIDA --…

                                        THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK CONGRESSWOMAN FROM FLORIDA -- THE CONGRESSWOMAN FROM FLORIDA. SOMEONE WHO, WHEN I CAME HERE, SAID I HAVE TO MEET HER. SHE'S A VERY DYNAMIC PERSON AND SHE'S THE HONORABLE BARBARA LEE FROM THE 13TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA. AND YIELD TO THE CONGRESSWOMAN.

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                                      • 08:24:13 PM

                                        MS. LEE

                                        THANK YOU VERY MUCH, CONGRESSMAN EVANS. AND I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR…

                                        THANK YOU VERY MUCH, CONGRESSMAN EVANS. AND I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR TREMENDOUS LEADERSHIP AND YOUR FRIENDSHIP. AND THANK YOU FOR HOSTING THIS VERY IMPORTANT SPECIAL HOUR. YOUR LEADERSHIP IN OUR CAUCUS TO FIGHT THE EPIDEMIC OF GUN VIOLENCE IN AMERICA IS BOLD, IT'S VISIONARY, AND THANK YOU FOR CALLING US TOGETHER TONIGHT. ALSO LET ME JUST ACKNOWLEDGE MY SISTER AND COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSWOMAN ROBIN KELLY, WHO SPOKE EARLIER. CONGRESSWOMAN KELLY CHAIRS OUR CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS HEALTH BRAIN TRUST. AND SHE CONTINUES TO DEMAND THAT GUN VIOLENCE BE TREATED AS A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS. SO I RISE TODAY WITH MY COLLEAGUES IN THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS TO SAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. THE EPIDEMIC OF GUN VIOLENCE IN AMERICA MUST BE BROUGHT TO AN END. TWO WEEKS AGO THE WORLD STOOD IN SHOCK AS YET ANOTHER GUNMAN MASSACRED INNOCENT STUDENTS AND TEACHERS IN AN AMERICAN SCHOOL. THE 19-YEAR-OLD KILLER LEGALLY PURCHASED AN AR-15 ASSAULT RIFLE. AND KILLED 17 STUDENTS AT STONEMAN DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL. MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE VICTIMS, THEIR CLASSMATES, FAMILIES, AND THE ENTIRE PARKLAND COMMUNITY. WE MUST TAKE ACTION SO THAT THIS NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN. NEWTOWN, AURORA, CHARLESTON, ORLANDO, LAS VEGAS, AND NOW PARKLAND. THIS IS NOT NORMAL IN A CIVILIZED SOCIETY. THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IS THE ONLY DEVELOPED NATION THAT EXPERIENCES MASS SHOOTINGS WITH THIS LEVEL OF FREQUENCY. THIS DOESN'T HAPPEN ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD. BECAUSE, OF COURSE, WE KNOW IT'S BECAUSE THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION CAN'T BUY THEIR VOTES IN OTHER COUNTRIES. AND THE CHILDREN'S LIVES COME FIRST. SPEAKER RYAN AND THE REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS HAVE BEEN BOUGHT BY THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION. AND MAKING IT EASIER FOR MASS SHOOTINGS TO OCCUR. AND LET ME JUST SAY THAT MASS SHOOTINGS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS UNFORTUNATELY ARE JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG WHEN IT COMES TO GUN VIOLENCE IN AMERICA. OUR COMMUNITIES, ESPECIALLY IN OUR URBAN COMMUNITIES, THEY'RE WAR ZONES. ON AN AVERAGE, 93 INNOCENT LIVES IN AMERICA ARE CUT SHORT DUE TO GUN VIOLENCE. THIS YEAR ALONE THERE HAVE BEEN OVER 8,200 INCIDENTS OF GUN VIOLENCE IN AMERICA, INCLUDING 24 MASS SHOOTINGS. THESE INTO -- THESE SENSELESS ACTS OF VIOLENCE HAVE TAKEN MORE THAN 2,200 LIVES ALREADY. I REPRESENT THE 13TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA IN THE BAY AREA, WHICH INCLUDES THE CITY OF OAKLAND, WHICH HAS BEEN BRUTALIZED BY GUN VIOLENCE. SINCE 2014, 3 126 MY CONSTITUENTS -- 312 OF MY CONSTITUENTS HAVE HAD THEIR LIVES CUT SHORT BY GUN VIOLENCE. OUR COMMUNITY FEELS THEIR LOSS EVERY SINGLE DAY. HERE ARE JUST A FEW OF THEIR NAMES AND TRAGIC STORIES. DEVON ELLIS. HE WAS A STAR FOOTBALL PLAYER AND AN EXCELLENT STUDENT AT OAKLAND TECH HIGH SCHOOL. HE WAS SHOT AND KILLED WHILE WALKING HOME FROM SCHOOL. MY NEPHEW WAS WALKING WITH HIM WHEN HE WAS GUNNED DOWN. TRAYVON GODFREY. TRAYVON WAS KILLED IN 2016 WHILE SITTING IN A CAR WITH HIS FRIENDS IN FRONT OF HIS HOME. EVERY TIME I THINK ABOUT TRAYVON, MY HEART BREAKS. TRAYVON CAME TO A TOWN MEETING THAT I HELD ON GUN VIOLENCE IN JANUARY OF 2016. AND TRAYVON SHARED, AND HE WAS WORRIED ABOUT COMING TO THAT TOWN MEETING. AND HE SHARED THE TOLL THAT GUN VIOLENCE HAD TAKEN ON HIS LIFE AND THAT OF HIS FRIENDS' LIVES. BUT YET HE WAS DETERMINED TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND FINISH SCHOOL AND GO ON TO COLLEGE. LESS THAN A YEAR LATER ON NOVEMBER 28 IN 2016, TRAYVON AND HIS LIFE-LONG FRIEND DANTE MILLER WERE SHOT AND KILLED IN BROAD DAYLIGHT. HERE'S ANNA BELL -- ANNABELL. SHE WAS OAKLAND'S YOUNGEST GUN VIC -- VICTIM IN 2013. HE WAS ONLY 13 YEARS OLD AND SHOT OUTSIDE OF A COMMUNITY CENTER. FRANCIS CAN -- FRANCISCA. SHE WAS ONE OF OAKLAND'S FIRST HOMICIDE VICTIMS IN 2018 AND KILLED BY

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                                      • 08:28:56 PM

                                        MR. HERRERA

                                        HUSBAND DURING A DOMESTICDY -- KILLED BY HER HUSBAND DURING A DOMESTIC…

                                        HUSBAND DURING A DOMESTICDY -- KILLED BY HER HUSBAND DURING A DOMESTIC DISPUTE. SADLY THESE HEARTBREAKING STORIES ARE ALL TOO FAMILIAR IN COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. MORE THAN 30,000 AMERICANS LOSE THEIR LIVES TO GUN VIOLENCE EACH YEAR. SHOOTINGS NOW KILL AS MANY AMERICANS AS CAR ACCIDENTS. LAST YEAR THERE WERE 77 GUN VIOLENCE HOMICIDES IN MY HOME CITY OF OAKLAND. AND ALREADY THIS YEAR THERE HAVE BEEN 12. THIS IS ONLY THIS IS ONLY FEBRUARY. WE NEED ACTION AND WE NEED IT NOW. WE NEED TO PASS THE BIPARTISAN KING-THOMPSON LEGISLATION THAT STRENGTHENS BACKGROUND CHECKS AND YES, WE NEED TO RE-INSTITUTE A BAN ON ASSAULT WEAPONS TO GET THESE WEAPONS OF WAR OUT OF OUR COMMUNITIES AND WE NEED TO CLOSE THE GUN SHOW LOOPHOLE ONCE AND FOR ALL. PASSING CONGRESSMAN CLYBURN'S LEGISLATION TO REQUIRE BACKGROUND CHECKS TO BE COMPLETED BEFORE YOU CAN BUY A GUN, THAT LEGISLATION IS LONG OVERDUE. THAT'S COMMON SENSE. AT SOME POINT, WE HAVE TO STAND UP ENOUGH IS ENOUGH AND STAND UP TO THIS N.R.A. 97% OF AMERICANS SUPPORT GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION GUN LEGISLATION. I'M STANDING HERE DEMANDING THAT THE SPEAKER TAKE ACTION AND BRING COMMONSENSE GUN LEGISLATION TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE. GIVE US A VOTE, SPEAKER RYAN. GIVE US A VOTE.

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                                      • 08:30:37 PM

                                        MR. EVANS

                                        I APPRECIATE THAT. I REALLY DO. THANK YOU FOR SHOWING THOSE PITS. YOU GOT…

                                        I APPRECIATE THAT. I REALLY DO. THANK YOU FOR SHOWING THOSE PITS. YOU GOT YOUR POINT ACROSS. I HOPE MY COLLEAGUE, THOSE PICTURES WILL SEND A MESSAGE TO ALL OF US. CLOSING OUT TONIGHT, AND I THINK ALL OUR COLLEAGUES REALLY JUST SUMMED UP THIS GUN VIOLENCE ISSUE, BUT SOMEONE I HAVE KNOWN WELL AND ADMIRED, THE HONORABLE SHEILA JACKSON LEE FROM THE 16TH DISTRICT IN TEXAS. I YIELD.

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                                      • 08:31:15 PM

                                        MS. JACKSON LEE

                                        LEE: I THANK THE DISTINGUISHED THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA FOR HIS…

                                        LEE: I THANK THE DISTINGUISHED THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA FOR HIS LEADERSHIP. I'M DELIGHTED TO JOIN THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS THIS EVENING UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF CHAIRMAN RICHMOND. WE HAVE BEEN SADLY, A LEADER ON COMMONSENSE GUN SAFETY LEGISLATION SADLY BECAUSE MANY OF OUR DISTRICTS, ALTHOUGH WE REPRESENT THE HUGE NUMBERS OF DIVERSE AMERICANS, OUR DISTRICTS REPRESENT WHITES, AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND LATINOS, ALL WEALTH BACKGROUNDS AND BACKGROUNDS DEALING WITH RELIGION, WE ARE ABLE TO SPEAK BECAUSE MANY OF OUR DISTRICTS HAVE THE REALITY OF GUN VIOLENCE. SO I WANT TO SPEAK, CONGRESSMAN, TO A PARTICULAR POINT THAT I HAVE HEARD FROM THE STANDER-UPERS OF THE N.R.A., PARTICULARLY THE PRESIDENT AND C.E.O. WHEN HE SPOKE TO THE CONSERVATIVE ORGANIZATION THIS PAST WEEK. I WAS SHOCKED TO HEAR ACCUSATIONS AND SOCIALISTS AND CALLING OUT MEMBERS' NAMES WHICH I THINK PATENTLY REJECTS THE COMITY OF RECOGNIZING DEMOCRACY AND TWO DISTINCT PARTIES AND RESPECTS DIFFERENCES OF OPINION. BUT LET ME BE CLEAR ON THE RECORD. NO ONE MEMBER OF THIS BODY, YOU, THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN, CAN ELIMINATE THE SECOND AMENDMENT. NO GROUP OF 20 MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, NO ALL REPUBLICANS OF CONGRESS, NO DEMOCRATS OF CONGRESS CAN ELIMINATE THE SECOND AMENDMENT. THE SECOND AMENDMENT IS A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT AND THERE IS A DECIDED PRACTICE OF A PERCENTAGE OF MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND THE PERCENTAGE OF THE MEMBERS OF 50 STATES. AND WITH THAT IN MIND, LET US CLEAR THE AIR. BUT IF WE WANT TO KNOW THE TRUTH WHAT IS BEING FOUGHT IS GUN SAFETY LEGISLATION, NOT GUN ERADICATION. IN MY STATE, YOU CANNOT RENT A CAR IF YOU ARE NOT 21. THE FEDERAL LAW SAYS YOU CANNOT BUY A GUN. I WILL BE UZBEKISTANNING TOE RAISE THE LEGISLATION. I WILL INTRODUCING TO BAN BUMP STOCKS. WE ARE INTRODUCING ONE NOW. THERE ARE A MULTITUDE OF INTRODUCTIONS OF BILLS, MULTITUDE OF DECISIONS TO BE MADE BY THE FLORIDA DELEGATION. AND I HOPE THEY WILL COME FORWARD IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. BUT LET ME TALK ABOUT THE CHILDREN AND PARENTS. I WAS ON THE AIR OR TALKING AND HEARING THAT PARENTS ARE SCARED SENDING THEIR CHILDREN TO SCHOOL. THIS LAST WEEK, I WENT INTO MY SCHOOLS WHERE CHILDREN WERE TALKING NOT TALKING ABOUT ARMING THEIR TEACHERS OR THOSE KNEE SCHOOLS WHO HAD SKIERED IN THE WRONG DIRECTION, THOSE CHILDREN WERE TALKING ABOUT, YOU HAVE TO PACK. GUN CULTURE DOESN'T REALIZE WHAT WE ARE TURNING IT INTO. FROM LAS VEGAS, TO SAN BERNARDINO TO DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL, THE QUESTION IS WHEN ARE WE GOING TO ACT. CHILDREN DIE FROM GUN-RELATED INJURIES. MOST AMERICANS SUPPORT BARRING PEOPLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS FROM BUYING GUNS. BUT LET ME VERY CLEAR. I DON'T LABEL PEOPLE WHO SUFFER FROM MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES. AND CLEARLY, BETWEEN THE MISTAKES OF REPORTING WHAT THIS YOUNG HAD INDICATED TO THE STATE AND LOCAL AND FEDERAL LEVEL TO MISTAKES ON HIS SITUATION, WE CONSIDER STAND IN BLAME. BUT THERE ARE ADULTS AND WHAT THE RESPONSE HAS BEEN FROM OUR GOOD FRIENDS ON WHO ARE THE GUN ADVOCATES, WHO SHE SAY, CLOSE THEIR EYES AND EARS AND NOT SIT DOWN. THE GUN MANUFACTURERS COTS CONTINUE TO DOMINATE THE DISCUSSION OF SENSIBLE GUN LEGISLATION, FROM GABBY GIFFORDS TO THE TRAGEDIES I HAVE LISTED TO MY CHILDREN WHO SAY, I HOVER IN MY ROOM LISTENING TO GUN FIRE IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD BECAUSE OF THE PRO LIFFERINGS OF GUNS IS SO EXTENSIVE. GUNS ARE BEING TRAFFICKED ILLEGALLY BECAUSE OF THE GUN CULTURE. WE ARE TRYING TO CHANGE THE GUN CULTURE BECAUSE OF WHAT HAPPENED IN CHICAGO. I JOIN REPRESENTATIVE KELLY. OUR CHILDREN ARE COWERING. SECURING OUR SCHOOLS AND BANNING THOSE WEAPONS OF WARR EXTENDING THE TIME FRAME IS AND GETTING THE CHECKS, THE GUN CHECKS, BACKGROUND CHECKS TO CLOSE THE LOOPHOLES IS. AND SO I'M ASKING THIS FLOOR, I'M ASKING THIS LEADERSHIP, AS WE ARE DOING GOOD LEGISLATION ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING, OF WHICH I WILL PARTICIPATE IN TOMORROW, I'M ASKING WE PUT ON THE FLOOR PLEDGES OF GUN SAFETY. AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND HIS LEADERSHIP TONIGHT.

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                                      • 08:37:21 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        UNT THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY , 2017, MR. MITCH ELLIS…

                                        UNT THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY , 2017, MR. MITCH ELLIS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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                                      • 08:37:34 PM

                                        MR. MITCHELL

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

                                        I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS GERMANE TO THE TOPIC OF THIS SPECIAL ORDER. I'M HERE WITH MS. WATERS OF CALIFORNIA. THIS IS AN EXCITING FIRST 14 MONTHS. I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF REPRESENTING THE FRESHMAN CLASS. TAX CUTS AND TAX REFORM ARE IMPORTANT TO ME AS I GREW UP THE OLDEST OF SEVEN KIDS IN WHICH MY DAD BUILT TRUCKS. I SAW FIRSTHAND THE DIFFICULTIES EXPERIENCED TO MAKE ENDS MEET AND SUPPORT THAT FAMILY AND THAT'S WHY I'M COMMITTED TO ENSURE JOBS, ECONOMIC GROWTH AND WAGES IN THE POCKETS OF PEOPLE WHO GO TO WORK EVERY DAY AND GET A PAYCHECK. UNTIL LAST DECEMBER, IT SEEMED TO BE ONLY A DREAM THAT WE COULD ACHIEVE MEANINGFUL TAX CUTS AND REFORM. IT HAS BEEN 30 YEARS. NEW RULES HAVE GROWN IT INTO A BEAST OF 74,000 PAGES. YOU HAVE TO BE A WIZARD TO KNOW WHAT IS IN IT. THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT ADDRESSED THESE PROBLEMS AND PUTS MORE MONEY IN THE POCKETS OF HARD-WORKING AMERICANS AND MAKE DECISIONS ABOUT HOW TO USE THEIR OWN MONEY. UP UNTIL NOW WE TALKED ABOUT THE POSSIBILITIES THE DREAMS OF TAX CUTS AND REFORM AND TALK ABOUT THE REALITIES OF WHAT IT IS BRINGING TO AMERICA. REPRESENTATIVE WALTERS AND I HAVE ERP ORGANIZED FLOOR SPEECHES THAT BEGIN TONIGHT. EACH WEEK WE DESIGNATE ONE OR MORE STATES DELEGATIONS THAT WILL TALK ABOUT TAX REFORM AND THE IMPACT IT IS HAVING ON THEIR CONSTITUENTS. TEXAS IS KICKING OFF THAT INITIATIVE TONIGHT. AND I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE MY COLLEAGUE, THE CO-CHAIR OF THE TRUTH TAX SQUAD, MRS. WALTERS.

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                                      • 08:39:51 PM

                                        MRS. WALTERS

                                        I THANK YOU FOR THIS. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT…

                                        I THANK YOU FOR THIS. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT ON THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT, FROM DAY ONE, MISINFORMATION ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF THIS HISTORIC TAX REFORM PLAN HAVE CIRCULATED. THE TRUTH IS, AMERICANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE RECEIVING BONUSES, PAY INCREASE AND OTHER BENEFITS AND HELPING TO SAVE FOR THEIR FUTURES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN STARTED THE TRUTH TELLERS INITIATIVE ON TAX REFORM TO HIGHLIGHT THE WAYS THIS BILL HELPS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE HAVE WITNESSED THE POSITIVE IMPACT. SMALL BUSINESSES ARE EXPANDING. JOBS ARE BEING CREATED. RETIREMENT AND BENEFIT PACKAGES ARE INCREASING IN VALUE AND PEOPLE ARE KEEPING MORE OF THEIR HARD-EARNED PAYCHECKS. REPRESENTATIVES FROM EACH STATE WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE HOW TAX REFORM HAS HELPED THEIR CONSTITUENTS. I CAN THINK OF NO BETTER PERSON TO KICK IT OFF THAN THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, MR. BRADY, FROM TEXAS.

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                                      • 08:41:11 PM

                                        MR. BRADY

                                        THROUGH THE EVENING, I WILL HIGHLIGHT SOME IMPORTANT COMPONENTS. I THINK…

                                        THROUGH THE EVENING, I WILL HIGHLIGHT SOME IMPORTANT COMPONENTS. I THINK ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT COMPONENTS IS THE LARGER STANDARD DEDUCTION THAT INCREASES THE STANDARD DEDUCTION OF $12,000 TO 24,000 FOR MARRIED COUPLES. CREATE A SIMPLER FILING PROCESS. 90% OF AMERICANS WOULD FILE THEIR TAXES ON A FORM OF THIS SIZE. SIGNIFICANTLY BETTER THAN THE CURRENT TAX CODE. I HAVE NOW THE PRIVILEGE TO RECOGNIZE A GOOD FRIEND, A COLLEAGUE AND THE GENTLEMAN THAT LED US THROUGH THE WHOLE BATTLE TO ACHIEVE THIS PETTY EPIC CHANGE, AR TRUE CHAMPION, REPRESENTATIVE OF THE 8TH DISTRICT OF TEXAS, I YIELD TO CHAIRMAN BRADY.

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                                      • 08:42:13 PM

                                        MR. BRADY

                                        YOU FOR HIGHLIGHTING THE BENEFITS OF THE TAX CUTS AND JOB ACT AND JOINED…

                                        YOU FOR HIGHLIGHTING THE BENEFITS OF THE TAX CUTS AND JOB ACT AND JOINED BY OUR TEXAS COLLEAGUES. TEXAS IS A BIG WINNER BECAUSE OF THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT. IT WILL CREATE 81,000 NEW GOOD PAYING JOBS IN OUR STATE ALONE. NOT JUST OUR STATE. YOU WOULD SEE HUGE JOB GAINS IN CALIFORNIA AND NEW YORK AND THE SOUTHERN STATES, OUR MANUFACTURING AND THIS HISTORIC TAX REFORM IS MAKING A REAL DIFFERENCE. WE ALL KNOW ABOUT TAX RELIEF FOR OUR SMALL BUSINESSES. THE FIRST EVER. AND THE ABILITY TO WRITE OFF ON DIFFICULT ONE THEARP NEW INVESTMENT IN PLANTS, EQUIPMENT, SOFTWARE AND TECHNOLOGY. THEY CAN COMPETE AND WIN ALL AROUND THE WORLD. I GET EXCITED ABOUT WHAT WE DID FOR FAMILIES. LOWERING THE TAX RATES AT EVERY LEVEL. YOU YOU KEEP MORE OF WHAT YOU EARN, DOUBLING THE STANDARD DEDUCTION SO FEW PEOPLE HAVE TO ITEM MS. AND QUAD DRUPELING HOW MANY AMERICANS CAN USE IT FOR THE FIRST TIME ALL MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICANS. DOING AWAY WITH THE A.M.T. EXCEPT FOR HOUSEHOLDS OVER A MILLION DOLLARS. WHAT THAT MEANS, INSTEAD OF FIVE MILLION AMERICANS, JUST A FRACTION OF WHAT IT IS TODAY. WHAT I LOVE IS THE SFORSE. WHEN I WAS IN HOME DEPOT THE OTHER DAY, ON SUNDAY. AND WE ARE REDOING OUR BATHROOM. AND MY WIFE WAS LOOKING AT SAMPLES. AND A WOMAN INTRODUCED HERSELF, HER NAME IS PAM. A SMALL BUSINESS PERSON, REPAINS AND WORKS FOR THE HOME DEPOT TO MAKE ENDS MEET AND SHE SAID THANK YOU. I GET $184 MORE. MAYBE THAT WILL MEAN A LOT. THANK YOU FOR THAT. DONALD FROM LEWIS, TEXAS. HE SAW THE BENEFITS IN HIS PAY STUB AND MY DEDUCTIONS WENT FROM 9% TO 12%. BECAUSE OF TAX REFORM, WE ARE STRONG. LARRY SADSE I'M A 78-YEAR-OLD RETIREE WORKING PART-TIME AND I'M DELIGHTED TO SEE THE ECONOMIC ACTIVITY THAT SHOULD BENEFIT ALL LOCALLY. EVERY DAY, I HEAR STORIES LIKE THIS. PEOPLE RECEIVING RAISES AND DID SIMPLIFY THE CODE. UNDER THE NEW TAX CODE, NEXT YEAR, NEARLY 90% OF AMERICANS WILL FILE THEIR TAXES USING THE POST CARD SYSTEM. AND I'M REALLY -- I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES FROM TEXAS JOINING US HERE TONIGHT FOR THEIR CRITICAL ROLENER PASSING THIS HISTORIC TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT. THANK YOU TO CONGRESSMAN MITCHELL, FOR YOU AND CONGRESSMAN WALTERS ARRANGING THIS SPECIAL ORDER AND CONTINUING AS YOU DID DURING THE DEBATES AND INFORMING THE TAX REFORM PLAN. THANK YOU FOR PAYING A LEADERSHIP ROLE. AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK. .

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                                      • 08:45:59 PM

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                                        YOU TALKED ABOUT THE IMPACT IT'S HAD IN YOUR DISTRICT, IN TEXAS. HERE WE…

                                        YOU TALKED ABOUT THE IMPACT IT'S HAD IN YOUR DISTRICT, IN TEXAS. HERE WE HAVE A SIGN, SINCE THE TAX REFORM BILL PASSED, MORE THAN 400 COMPANIES HAVE GIVEN A PAY RAISE, A BONUS, INCREASED 401-K CONTRIBUTIONS, OR IN THE CASE OF UTILITIES, LOWERED THEIR RATES.

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                                      • 08:46:19 PM

                                        MR. MITCHELL

                                        ARE RECEIVING SPECIAL TAX REFORM BONUSES THAT -- BONUSES. THE DIRECT BONUS…

                                        ARE RECEIVING SPECIAL TAX REFORM BONUSES THAT -- BONUSES. THE DIRECT BONUS ANNOUNCEMENTS TO DATE EXCEED $3 BILLION. COMPANIES FROM JETBLUE, KEY BANK, D.T.E. ENERGY IN MY DISTRICT BACK HOME. ALASKA AIRLINES. WE COULD GO THROUGH THE LIST. 400 COMPANIES HAVE ALREADY ANNOUNCED MAJOR CHANGES AND MAJOR INVESTMENTS. THESE HAVE MAJOR IMPACTS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY AND TO CONSTITUENTS. NEXT WE'RE GOING TO HEAR FROM ANOTHER COLLEAGUE, A GOOD FRIEND. I NOW YIELD TO THE REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE 25TH DISTRICT OF TEXAS, WHO HAS CONSISTENTLY BEEN A VOICE OF BUSINESS OWNERS THROUGHOUT HIS DISTRICT AND AMERICA, AND THROUGH HIS WORK ON THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, CONGRESSMAN ROGER WILLIAMS.

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                                      • 08:47:04 PM

                                        MR. WILLIAMS

                                        THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO TAKE THIS TIME TO TALK…

                                        THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO TAKE THIS TIME TO TALK ABOUT HOW THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT IS BENEFITING TEXANS. ESPECIALLY THE FOLKS IN THE 25TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT THAT I REPRESENT. THERE ARE APPROXIMATELY 28 MILLION PEOPLE LUCKY ENOUGH TO CALL THEMSELVES TEXANS. OF THAT I HAVE THE GREAT HONOR OF REPRESENTING HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF HARDWORKING AMERICANS WHO WAKE UP AND GO TO WORK EVERY DAY JUST LIKE YOU AND JUST LIKE ME. FOR FIVE YEARS I HAVE TRAVELED UP AND DOWN THE 25TH DISTRICT OF TEXAS. MOST RECENTLY JUST LAST WEEK. WHERE I VISITED MANY LOCAL BUSINESSES ALONG THE WAY. I'VE WITNESSED FIRSTHAND THE HARDSHIPS THAT FAMILIES AND SMALL BUSINESSES FACE DAY IN AND DAY OUT DUE TO AN INTRUSIVE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND OVERREACHING ADMINISTRATION. I PLEDGED TO THESE PEOPLE THAT I WOULD BRING MY COMMONSENSE BUSINESS PERSPECTIVE TO WASHINGTON, IN ORDER TO JUMP-START THIS ECONOMY. AND I'M PROUD TO SAY THAT I UPHELD THAT PROMISE. WHEN I VISITED THESE FOLKS LAST WEEK, THERE WAS SOMETHING DIFFERENT ABOUT THEM. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME I HAD BUSINESS OWNERS AND THEIR EMPLOYEES TELLING ME ABOUT THE POSITIVE IMPACTS COMING FROM OUR NATION'S TAX CODE. THEY WERE TELLING ME THEY NOTICED MORE MONEY IN THEIR MOST RECENT PAYCHECKS. ONE MAN EVEN TOLD ME HE PLANS TO USE HIS EXTRA MONEY TO PUT INTO HIS 401-K. SO THAT HE CAN SAVE EVEN MORE FOR HIS RETIREMENT. THIS MEANS PARENTS CAN NOW PLAN FOR THEIR FUTURE. AND START PUTTING AWAY MONEY FOR THEIR KIDS' COLLEGE FUNDS. IT MEANS COMPANIES ARE ADDING TO THEIR WORK FORCE AND THAT THOSE INDIVIDUALS CAN KEEP MORE MONEY IN THEIR POCKETS. ULTIMATELY THESE HARDWORKING TEXANS ARE SEEING MORE JOBS, FAIRER TAXES AND BIGGER PAYCHECKS. I'M PROUD TO BE THEIR VOICE IN WASHINGTON. AND I WILL CONTINUE FIGHTING ON THEIR BEHALF. IN GOD WE TRUST. I YIELD BACK.

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                                      • 08:48:52 PM

                                        MR. MITCHELL

                                        THANK YOU, MR. WILLIAMS, FOR YOUR COMMENTS. SOME OF OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE…

                                        THANK YOU, MR. WILLIAMS, FOR YOUR COMMENTS. SOME OF OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE FLOOR, AS WE WORK TOWARD PASS -- WORKED TOWARD PASSING THIS EPIC REFORM, TALKED ABOUT THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT AS BEING ARMAGEDDON. AS BEING THE END OF THE WORLD. LET'S TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THAT. ON CNBC ON FEBRUARY 20, THEY HAD A SURVEY. Q-1 SMALL BUSINESS CONFIDENCE INDEX SAW AN INCREASE IN POINTS. TAX POLICY CHANGES WOULD HAVE A POSITIVE EFFECT ON THEIR BUSINESS, UP FROM 38% IN THE FOURTH QUARTER. THE NUMBER OF THOSE SAME TAX POLICY CHANGES OF NEGATIVE IMPACT FELL SHARPLY TO 23%. ONLY ONE IN THREE RESPONDED SAID -- THE TAX POLICY SAID FOUR OUT OF FIVE AMERICANS WOULD SEE A TAX CUT BY THE END OF THE YEAR. NOT THE ARMAGEDDON SOME OF OUR COLLEAGUES PREDICTED. WE'RE NOW GOING TO HEAR FROM ANOTHER COLLEAGUE REPRESENTING TEXAS' 22ND DISTRICT, AND A VOCAL ADVOCATE FOR SIMPLER AND A FAIRER TAX CODE. I NOW YIELD TO CONGRESSMAN PETE OLSON.

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                                      • 08:50:11 PM

                                        MR. OLSON

                                        I THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MY FRIEND FROM MICHIGAN, MR. MITCHELL, AND HIS…

                                        I THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MY FRIEND FROM MICHIGAN, MR. MITCHELL, AND HIS CO-HOSTS -- CO-HOST, FOR THE FIRST SPECIAL ORDER OF THE TAX REFORM TRUTH SQUAD. WE'RE THRILLED THAT TEXANS HAD THE FIRST CHOICE, FIRST CHANCE TO SPEAK ON SUCH AN IMPORTANT ISSUE. THAT, MY FRIEND, TEXANS LOVE TO BRAG ABOUT TEXAS. AND THAT'S WHAT WE'LL DO TONIGHT. THAT'S WHAT I'LL DO. I WANT TO BRAG ABOUT TWO STORIES FROM HOME. AND TWO FACES FROM HOME. THE FIRST FACE IS JUSTIN. THAT'S HIM RIGHT THERE. HE RUNS THE HOUSTON SHOE HOSTILE IN MY HOMETOWN OF SUGARLAND, TEXAS. IT'S RIGHT THERE AT THE CORNER OF -- SUGAR LAND, TEXAS. IT'S RIGHT THERE AT THE CORNER OF WILLIAM'S TRACE AND HIGHWAY 66. FOR 10 YEARS I'VE TAKEN MY BOOTS TO BE SHINED AT THAT STORE. I TALKED TO JUSTIN ABOUT WHAT THE TAX CODE, THE CUTS, WILL DO FOR HIS BUSINESS. HE SAID, IT'S SIMPLE. MORE MONEY IN MY POCKET MEANS I WILL PAY OFF ALL MY CREDIT CARDS. AND ALL OUR DEBT. BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, JUSTIN MET HIS BRIDE IN MEXICO. THEY WERE MARRIED THERE. WITH ALL THIS NEW MONEY HE HAS, BECAUSE OF OUR TAX CUTS, HE PLANS TO TAKE HIS TWO KIDS TO THE SAME CHURCH WHERE THEY WERE MARRIED, TO BAPTIZE THEM. THAT IS PRICELESS AND THAT HAS HAPPENED BECAUSE OF THESE TAX CUTS. THE SECOND STORY THAT COMES TO MIND IS A DEAR FRIEND. ANDRES. HE'S THE ONLIER -- OWNER OF A MEXICAN RESTAURANT RIGHT THERE OFF OF HIGHWAY 357. HE TOLD ME THAT THE BEGGEST BENEFIT TO HIS BUSINESS -- BIGGEST BENEFIT TO HIS BUSINESS IS THAT EKPE HIS EMPLOYEES MORE. MORE MONEY -- HE CAN PAY HIS EMPLOYEES MORE. MORE MONEY IN THEIR POCKETS. HE CAN EXPAND HIS BUSINESS. NEW EQUIPMENT. HE SAID THE LAST FOUR YEARS OF HIGH TAXES AND EXPLODING REGULATIONS HAVE CAUSED A SMALL RETROACTION IN HIS BUSINESS. RETRACTION. HE'S NOW IN FULL EXPANSION MODE. HE'S GIVING HIS EMPLOYEES MORE PAY. AND HAS PLANS RIGHT NOW TO BUY MORE EQUIPMENT. AND THERE'S MORE. ANDRES IS THE HEART AND SOUL OF AN ANNUAL FUNDRAISING FOR SENIORS' MEALS FOR WHEELS. EVERY CINCO DE MAYO, WHEN MEXICO CELEBRATES THEIR INDEPENDENCE FROM FRANCE, HE HAS A FUNDRAISER AT HIS RESTAURANT. LAST YEAR HE RAISED OVER $60,000. WITH MORE MONEY IN HIS POCKET, HE THINKS HE CAN HAVE A BIGGER PARTY. MAYBE RAISE $100,000. OR MAYBE PURCHASE A NEW VAN TO DELIVER FOODS. THAT'S RIM RIGHT THERE. HE WAS SMILING BECAUSE HE WAS TALKING TO US ABOUT THOSE AMAZING TAX CUTS. ONE MORE PICTURE. I INVITE AMERICA TO CHECK OUT JUSTIN'S STORY AND ANDRES' STORE HERY -- STORY AT MY WEBSITE, MY FACEBOOK OR MY TWITTER. HEAR THEIR VOICES. SEE THEM SPEAK. LEARN WHAT THEY'VE LEARNED. I'LL CLOSE WITH A REQUEST FROM JUSTIN AND ANDRES. THEY WANT ME TO SAY THANK YOU TO PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP. THANK YOU TO EVERY MEMBER OF CONGRESS WHO VOTED FOR THIS BILL. THIS BILL IS NOT ABOUT CRUMBS. THIS BILL IS ABOUT REAL MONEY AND REAL PEOPLE'S -- IN REAL PEOPLE'S POCKETS. I INVITE EVERYONE TO COME DOWN TO HOUSTON, TEXAS, SUGARLAND. GET YOUR BOOTS SHINED. IF YOU HAVE TIME, ADD ANOTHER BELT BUCKLE, BECAUSE YOU'LL GET FILLED UP AT ANDRES' RESTAURANT. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, MR. MITCHELL. I YIELD BACK.

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                                      • 08:55:33 PM

                                        MR. MITCHELL

                                        THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT SOME OF THE IMPROVEMENTS…

                                        THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT SOME OF THE IMPROVEMENTS IN PEOPLE'S LIVES WITH THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT HAS CREATED. OVER THE WEEKEND I RECEIVED A MESSAGE FROM ONE OF MY CONSTITUENTS, MARK. I KNOW HIM, HE AND HIS WIFE WORK HARD. THEY DON'T MAKE A LOT OF MONEY. BUT I GOT A NICE NOTE SAYING, THANK YOU SO MUCH. THEY MET WITH THEIR ACCOUNTANT ABOUT THIS YEAR'S TAXES AND PROBABLIED NEXT YEAR AND HE SAID THEY'LL HAVE ANOTHER -- PROJECTED NEXT YEAR AND THEY SAID THEY'LL HAVE ANOTHER $2,700 IN THEIR POCKET THAT THEY CAN USE TO FIX THEIR HOUSE OR MAYBE EVEN TAKE A LITTLE VACATION UP NORTH. THESE ARE THE THINGS THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT HAS DONE. NOW I'LL TAKE A MOMENT AND INTRODUCE AND YIELD TIME TO A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE, AN INSTRUMENTAL MEMBER IN BRINGING THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT TO THE HOUSE FLOOR. HIS WORK ON BEHALF OF THE 32ND DISTRICT OF TEXAS AND ALL AMERICANS HAS CERTAINLY BEEN RECOGNIZED. I NOW YIELD TIME TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE RULES COMMITTEE, CONGRESSMAN PETE SESSIONS.

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                                      • 08:56:29 PM

                                        MR. SESSIONS

                                        CONGRESSMAN MITCHELL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. SPEAKER, TONIGHT, AS I JOIN…

                                        CONGRESSMAN MITCHELL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. SPEAKER, TONIGHT, AS I JOIN YOU TO TALK AND TO THANK YOU FOR THE LEADERSHIP OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY, WHO MADE A FIRM DECISION DURING THE LAST ELECTIONS THAT OUR PARTY NEEDED TO STAND FOR NOT ONLY MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, BUT EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN NEEDED AN OPPORTUNITY TO JOIN IN THAT ENDEAVOR. AND TONIGHT I STAND IN THIS BEAUTIFUL TIME THAT WE DISCUSS THE TAX BILL THAT REPUBLICANS PASSED LAST YEAR, ABOUT THE EFFECTS OF IT AND HOW MUCH IT IS HELPING AMERICA. I THINK A STORY NEEDS TO BE TOLD ABOUT WHAT WAS THE GOAL OF THE TAX BILL? WHY DID REPUBLICANS WORK SO HARD TO MOVE THESE IDEAS FORWARD? AND THE BOTTOM LINE TO IT IS, IS THAT AMERICANS WATCHED AS THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND PRESIDENT OBAMA NOT ONLY HAD THEIR CONTROL OF THE COUNTRY, BUT ECONOMICALLY, AS THE POLICIES OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY BECAME MORE AWARE TO PEOPLE, AMERICANS AND THE WORLD WATCHED AS AMERICA DWINDLED IN ECONOMIC ACTIVITY AND ECONOMIC GROWTH. AND THIS TOOK PLACE BECAUSE OF THE POLICIES THAT THE PRESIDENT, PRESIDENT OBAMA AT THAT TIME, BROUGHT FORTH AND CONGRESS PASSED. TRILLION-DOLLAR SPENDING PLANS. TRILLION-DOLLAR INCREASES TO THE BUDGET. AND TALK OF RAISING TAXES ANOTHER TRILLION. AND WHAT HAPPENED IS FOR SOME EIGHT YEARS THERE WAS G.D.P. GROWTH OF ABOUT 1.2%. MR. SPEAKER, THAT MEANS VERY PLAINLY THAT IT WOULD TAKE ABOUT 70 YEARS TO DOUBLE THE SIZE OF OUR ECONOMY. WHICH MEANS THAT COMMUNITIES AND STATES AND COMPANIES AND INDIVIDUALS LAGGED BEHIND AS THEY WOULD WATCH OTHER CITIES AND OTHER COUNTRIES AND OTHER PEOPLE AROUND THE GLOBE NOT ONLY HAVE ECONOMIC ACTIVITY, BUT OPPORTUNITY THAT CAME TO THEIR DOORSTEPS. I.P.O.'S, INITIAL PUBLIC OFFERINGS, AND ALL THE ACRONYMS THAT GO WITH ECONOMIC GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT WENT OVERSEAS. THEY WENT OTHER PLACES. AND SO REPUBLICANS BEGAN THIS DISCUSSION WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, GOING TO 2010. 2010. THAT SAID, WE NEED TO BE CAREFUL ABOUT GOVERNMENT SPENDING. BUT ON THE SAME SIDE WHAT WE NEED TO DO IS TO GROW OUR ECONOMY. AND THAT IS EXACTLY THE DISCUSSION THAT TOOK PLACE DURING THE LAST PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. SO, REPUBLICANS, AS SOON AS THE ELECTION WAS OVER, BEGAN THE PROCESS OF NOT ONLY MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, BUT DOING IT BY EMPOWERING EVERY SINGLE STATE AND EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN TO BE A PART OF THIS GROWTH. SO, ESSENTIALLY THERE WAS A LOOK AT SOME $12 TRILLION WORTH OF ECONOMIC TAX COMPONENTS. KEVIN BRADY, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, FROM HOUSTON, TEXAS, ACTUALLY SPRING, TEXAS, WAS IN CHARGE AS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE OF LOOKING AT HOW WE WERE GOING TO MOVE OUR ECONOMY FORWARD. I CALL THAT POP. HOW WE WERE GOING TO TAKE ECONOMIC ACTIVITY, INSTEAD OF PERHAPS IT HELPING AN INDIVIDUAL OR A COMPANY OR NECESSARILY ONE PARTICULAR PART OF THE ECONOMY, WE WANTED TO WHERE IT WOULD GO AND ADD POP OR BE GENERATIONALLY -- DEVELOP MORE ECONOMIC ACTIVITY THAN JUST FOR A SINGULAR ENTITY. AND SO KEVIN BRADY, AS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, LOOKED A SO THE -- LOOKED AT SOME 5DS.6 TRILLION OUT OF THIS $12 -- $5.6 TRILLION OUT OF THIS $12 TRILLION AND SAID, WE NEED TO TAKE THAT AND MAKE THAT THE ENGINE OF THE ECONOMY. AND SO A DECISION WAS MADE TO MOVE THAT DIRECTLY TO THE FREE ENTERPRISE SYSTEM. AND, MR. SPEAKER, IT IS THE FREE ENTERPRISE SYSTEM THAT STANDS AS THE GREATEST ACTIVITY FOR FREEDOM IN THE WORLD, AND ACTIVITY THAT NOT ONLY BRINGS OPPORTUNITY AND INVESTMENT AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP, BUT MORE THAN THAT, IT BRINGS WEALTH. IT HAS BROUGHT WEALTH TO THE COMBRITES OF AMERICA, A FREE -- TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, A FREE ENTERPRISE SYSTEM IS THIS TO PRODUCE FOR ANYBODY THAT CHOOSES TO BE PARTICIPATORY IN THAT ENVIRONMENT, AN OPPORTUNITY TO BEGIN BY INVESTING YOUR OWN MONEY, BY HARD WORK, WHEN YOU SHOW UP AT WORK, AND HAVING CUSTOMERS OR CONSUMERS THAT GO AND GENERATE ECONOMIC ACTIVITY. AND THAT IS WHAT AMERICA HAS BEEN AND THAT IS WHAT WE WERE SLOWING DOWN. . THE ENGINE OF THAT ECONOMY WAS SLOWING DOWN, BECAUSE OUR PREDECESSOR, NOT JUST IN THE PRESIDENCY, BUT ALSO OUR FRIENDS, THE DEMOCRATS, BELIEVED THEY WOULD ENGAGE THE FREE ENTERPRISE SYSTEM IN SUCH A WAY THAT DID NOT ALLOW IT TO GROW, DID NOT ALLOW IT TO EXPAND, DID NOT ALLOW ITSELF TO BUILD. WHAT KEVIN BRADY DID IS PROPOSE A TAX BILL THAT WOULD TAKE $5.6 TRILLION WORTH OF TAX COMPONENTS AND MOVE IT DIRECTLY TO THE FREE ENTERPRISE SYSTEM. BY MOVING IT TO THE FREE ENTERPRISE SYSTEM, WE REDUCED TAXES. WE REDUCED TAXES FROM THE 37% RANGE FOR CORPORATE, DOWN TO 21%. WHAT DOES THAT DO? WELL THAT TAKES AMERICA, AN AMERICAN BUSINESS, AS SEEN BY THE WORLD, FROM 24TH IN THE WORLD TO NUMBER ONE. SO INSTEAD OF US BEING -- BEING ON A LIST OF WHAT MIGHT BE 24TH PLACE OF EASY TO DO BUSINESS, THAT WAS GENERATING NOT ONLY GOODS AND SERVICES, BUT WITH THE EASE OF DOING BUSINESS WITH THAT PEOPLE WANTED TO BE PART OF, THAT HAS TAKEN US TO FIRST IN THE WORLD. THAT MEANS THAT AMERICA WILL BEGIN BUILDING BACK NOT ONLY JOBS, AND JOB CREATION, BUT IT WILL BUILD BACK WITH THAT, THE INTELLECTUAL CAPACITY TO BUILD THE NEWEST, FINEST IDEAS AND PRODUCTS THAT THE WORLD NEEDS FOR TOMORROW BECAUSE AMERICA WILL BE A PLACE THAT IS NOT ONLY EASY TO DO BUSINESS, BUT IS LESS PRICED. BECAUSE WE CAN BE LESS PRICE, WE CAN BECOME THE PRODUCTS OF CHOICE AROUND THE WORLD. SO MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO SAY, THIS IS WORKING. THIS IS WORKING TO TAKE AMERICA NOT ONLY WHERE THEY'RE IN FIRST PLACE, BUT IT MEANS AMERICANS AND AMERICAN COMPANIES CAN BE IN THE SAME POSITION. AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS FROM DALLAS, TEXAS, I HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE FIRSTHAND NOT ONLY HOW THIS IMPACTS PEOPLE AND COMPANIES, BUT HOW IT IMPACTS THE WORKERS. AND IT WASN'T BUT TWO WEEKS AGO WHEN I WAS AT WHAT WAS CALLED THE NATIONAL WRITE YOUR CONGRESSMAN WHICH HEADQUARTERED IN DALLAS, TEXAS, RANDY FORD IS THEIR PRESIDENT, RANDY GAVE ME GOOD NEWS HE SAID THAT OF THE SMALL BUSINESSES THAT THEY HAD TALKED TO, THAT THEY BELIEVE THAT 74% OF SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS EXPECTED REVENUES TO BE HIGHER IN 2018 AND EVEN HIGHER THE NEXT YEAR, WHICH MEANT THAT THEY FELT POSITIVE ABOUT NOT ONLY ECONOMIC GROWTH, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, THEIR COMPANIES. I ALSO VISITED TEXAS MOVING COMPANY, WHICH IS A FAMILY-OWNED BUSINESS, SOME 40 YEARS OLD , IN RICHARDSON, TEXAS. THEY TOLD ME POINT BLANK THAT AS A RESULT OF US MAKING SURE THAT WE WOULD REDUCE THE COST OF DOING BUSINESS BY REDUCING TAXES, THAT THEY HAD INCREASED THEIR DRIVERS' PAY OVER $2,400. THAT MEANS IT DOES COME DIRECTLY TO THE EMPLOYEES THAT ARE ABLE TO HAVE NOT ONLY MORE TAKE HOME PAY BUT THEY'RE ABLE TO KNOW THAT THEY CAN FALL INTO MORE EASILY KNOWING THAT THEY MAY TAKE A PART-TIME JOB TO A FULL-TIME JOB A FULL-TIME JOB TO A CAREER, AND A CAREER AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY BETTER THE LIVES OF NOT ONLY THEIR FAMILY, BUT THEIR CHILDREN ALSO AND THEIR COMMUNITY. AND THIS IS WHAT TEXAS MOVING COMPANY MADE A DECISION THEN, AS THEY SAW THIS MONEY THAT THEY WOULD HAVE THEY MADE A DETERMINATION THAT THEY WOULD GIVE THEIR -- THE -- INCREASE THEIR EMPLOYEES BY $2,400 BUT ALSO INCREASED THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE REIMBURSEMENT TO WHERE THEY NOW PAY $3,480 A YEAR TO HELP THEIR EMPLOYEES TO PAY MORE OF THEIR HEALTH CARE KANSASES. BECAUSE THEY CAN DO THAT ON A PRETAX BASIS. MR. SPEAKER, TLS ALL THESE -- IT IS ALL THESE THINGS THAT THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY HAS DONE. WHEN OTHERS SAID IT WOULD SIMPLY BE CRUMBS OREN POORNT -- OR UNIMPORTANT, WE SAID WE ARE GOING TO FOCUS ON MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN. AND WHEN YOU DO THAT, YOU WILL FIND THAT YOU NOT ONLY MAKE AMERICA GREAT, BUT YOU MAKE AMERICANS AND THEIR FAMILIES GREATER ALSO. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS WHY WE AS TEXANS STAND UP NOT ONLY AS PROUD MEMBERS OF CONGRESS BUT ALSO AS PROUD AMERICANS WHO SAY, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERYBODY, NO MATTER WHERE THEY LIVE IN THE UNITED STATES, THAT THEY WOULD BE A PART OF MAKING THEIR CITY, THEIR STATE, THEIR COMPANY, AND THEIR FAMILY EVEN STRONGER. SO I APPRECIATE MR. MITCHELL, YOU ALLOWING ME TO BE WITH YOU TONIGHT. IT IS MY HOPE THAT THE DISCUSSION THAT WE HAVE WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND YOU, MR. SPEAKER, THAT YOU WILL RECOGNIZE THAT IF WE'RE GOING TO DO THIS, IT WILL MEAN THAT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO UNDERSTAND IT IS NOT UP TO GOVERNMENT TO MAKE THIS WORK, IT IS UP TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE'RE GIVING THEM THE TOOLS IN THIS TAX BILL AND I THINK THEY'LL DO THE RIGHT THING FOR EVERYBODY. I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME TIME THIS EVENING.

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                                      • 09:06:58 PM

                                        MR. MITCHELL

                                        I APPRECIATE MR. SESSIONS JOINING US TONIGHT. AS I SAID, ALONG THE WAY…

                                        I APPRECIATE MR. SESSIONS JOINING US TONIGHT. AS I SAID, ALONG THE WAY WE'RE GOING TO HIGHLIGHT SOME ASPECTS OF THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT. REAL QUICKLY, I WANT TO OUTLINE THAT $24,000 OF A MARRIED COUPLE'S INCOME IS TAXED AT ZERO, NO TAX ON THAT WE CONTINUE TO ALLOW FAMILIES TO DEDUCT STATE AND LOCAL TAXES UP TO $10,000. WE DOUBLE THE CHILD TAX CREDIT AND PRESERVE THE CHILD AND DEPENDENT TAX CREDIT WHILE ALSO PRESERVING THE ADOPTION TAX CREDIT. ALL CRITICAL THINGS TO FAMILIES IN HELPING TO SUPPORT FAMILIES THROUGH THE TAX CODE. NEXT I WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT TO RECOGNIZE A MEMBER OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE WITH DECK CAUSE OF EXPERIENCE, JOB CREATION AND THE OPPORTUNITY FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH. REPRESENTING THE 17TH DISTRICT OF TEXAS, I YIELD TO CONGRESSMAN BILL FLORES.

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                                      • 09:07:49 PM

                                        MR. FLORES

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING SOME TIME TO ME. TODAY I…

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING SOME TIME TO ME. TODAY I RISE WITH MY FELLOW TEXAS COLLEAGUES TO SHARE SOME EXAMPLES OF HOW THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT IS HELPING HARDWORKING TEXANS AND THEIR FAMILIES. OUR BOLD, PRO-GROWTH TAX REFORM BILL WAS SIGNED INTO LAW 6 TAIS AGO. SINCE THEN, MORE THAN FOUR MILLION AMERICANS HAVE SEEN SOME COMBINATION OF WAGE BOOST, A BONUS, OR ENHANCED EMPLOYEE BENEFITS. BUSINESSES WITH FOOTPRINTS IN THE 17TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, THE DISTRICT I'M HONORED TO REPRESENT, SUCH AS APPLE, BEST BUY, COGNIZANT C.V.S., FEDEX, HOME DEPOT, LOWES, STARBUCKS, U.P.S., WASTE MANAGEMENT AND VISA HAVE PASSED ON SOME OF THE SAVINGS THEY'RE GETTING FROM THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT ONTO THEIR EMPLOYEES. ADDITIONALLY WE KNOW THERE ARE PLENTY OF OTHER SMALL AND LARGE BUSINESSES IN TEXAS WHO ARE DOING THE SAME. ANOTHER GREAT EXAMPLE OF BENEFITS TO CENTRAL TEXAS FAMILIES IS ONCOR ELECTRIC, WHICH SERVES ABOUT 3.4 MILLION HOMES AND BUSINESSES IN TEXAS, INCLUDING SEVEN COUNTIES IN THE 17TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. THEY HAVE AGREED RETURN ALL THE TAX CUT BENEFITS TO THEIR CUSTOMERS IN THE FORM OF LOWER ENERGY BILLS. NOW THAT FEDERAL TAX WITHHOLDING TABLES HAVE BEEN UPDATED TO REFLECT THE LOWER TAX RATES, MANY TEXANS ARE TAKING HOME BIGGER PAYCHECKS. IN THE 17TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT ARCHETYPICAL WORKING CLASS FAMILY OF FOUR WILL SEE A TAX CUT OF $1,885. THIS MUCH-WELCOME INFLUX OF CASH HELPS CENTRAL TEXANS HAVE A CHANCE TO SAVE AND A CHANCE TO GET AHEAD. I'M ALSO PROUD TO REPRESENT A DISTRICT THAT INCLUDES A SIGNIFICANT FOOTPRINT OF TEXAS' BEST RESEARCH INSTITUTE, INCLUDING TEXAS A&M, BAYLOR, AND U.T. AUSTIN. WE PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS BY CONTINUING TO EXEMPT THE VALUE OF REDUCE AND FREE DUE EDUCATION FROM TAXES. THISES SOMETHING I FOUGHT HARD TO PRESERVE SO WE CAN CONTINUE TO HAVE THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST STUDENTS AS THEY EDUCATE AND PURSUE IMPORTANT RESEARCH INITIATIVES IN THE 21ST CENTURY IN THE STATE OF TEXAS. MR. SPEAKER, THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT IS DOING EXACTLY WHAT WE SET OUT TO DO. WHICH IS TO HELP CREATE MORE JOBS, BIGGER PAYCHECKS, AND FAIRER TAXES FOR HARD WORKING AMERICAN FAMILIES. I THANK THE JERUSALEM FROM CALIFORNIA, MIMI WALTERS, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, PAUL MITCHELL, AND MY FELLOW TEXAS COLLEAGUE AND CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, KEVIN BRADY, FOR LEADING THIS GREAT DISCUSSION TONIGHT ON THE POSITIVE CHANGES BROUGHT ABOUT THROUGH THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT. I LOOK FORWARD TO LEARN MANAGER ABOUT AN SHARING THESE IMPORTANT SUCCESS STORIES WITH THE CITIZENS OF MY DISTRICT. AS I CLOSE, I ASK THAT ALL AMERICANS CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR OUR COUNTRY DURING THESE DIFFICULT TIMES, FOR THE FAMILIES OF THE VICTIMS IN FLORIDA, THE RECENT FLORIDA SHOOTINGS, FOR OUR MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN WHO PROTECT US FROM EXTERNAL THREATS, AND FOR OUR FIRST RESPONDERS WHO PROTECT US AT HOME. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK TO MR. MITCHELL.

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                                      • 09:11:09 PM

                                        MR. MITCHELL

                                        THANK YOU, MR. FLORES. I WOULD LIKE TO CONTINUE WITH A DISCUSSION OF THE…

                                        THANK YOU, MR. FLORES. I WOULD LIKE TO CONTINUE WITH A DISCUSSION OF THE IMPACT OF THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT BY INTRODUCING A COLLEAGUE OF MINE ON THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE AND A DEFENDER OF A STRONG RURAL ECONOMY, REPRESENTING THE 36TH DISTRICT OF TEXAS, I YIELD TO CONGRESSMAN BRIAN BABIN.

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                                      • 09:11:28 PM

                                        MR. BABIN

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. REPRESENTATIVE PAUL MITCHELL, FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY…

                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. REPRESENTATIVE PAUL MITCHELL, FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TO TALK ABOUT OUR HISTORIC TAX CUT LEGISLATION AND THE GREAT BENEFITS THAT ARE FLOWING TO SMALL BUSINESSES IN TENS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO WORK FOR THEM. THIS IS A -- THIS IS ESPECIALLY TRUE IN THE GREAT STATE OF TEXAS AND THE NINE COUNTIES THAT I REPRESENT FROM HOUSTON TO THE LOUISIANA STATE LINE WHICH HAS MORE PETROCHEMICAL REFINING FACILITIES THAN ANY DISTRICT IN THE ENTIRE UNITED STATES. AND THEIR EMPLOYEES -- THERE ARE EMPLOYEES BENEFITING FROM LOCAL TAXES BUT THE GAINS THAT WE HAVE SEEN SAY SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT. THE GAINS EXTEND FAR BEYOND JUST EMPLOYEES BENEFITING FROM LOWER TAXES. I'M ALSO HEARING FROM HUNDRED OVES INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES ABOUT HOW THEIR TAX BILLS ARE BEING CUT AND WHAT THEY PLAN TO DO WITH THEIR LARGER PAYCHECKS. EXXONMOBIL HAS ANNOUNCED A $50 BILLION INVESTMENT IN ITS U.S. OPERATIONS AND EMPLOYEES OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS. WAL-MART HAS ALREADY BOOSTED HOURLY WAGES AND PROVIDED EMPLOYEES WITH A BONUS. BOEING INCORPORATED HAS ANNOUNCED 300 MILLION EMPLOYEE RELATED INVESTMENTS AND CHARITABLE GIVING. LET'S BREAK THIS DOWN EVEN FURTHER TO THE STORIES THAT AREN'T MAKING THE HEADLINES OF THE MAJOR PAPERS BUT WHICH ARE IMPROVING LIVES AND GROWING BUSINESSES ALL ACROSS SOUTHEAST TEXAS. JUAN AND LEY BOTH OWN SMALL BUSINESSES IN HOUSTON AND ARE HIRING PEOPLE WITH THE TAX CUTS. AMY IN POLK COUNTY SHARED THAT SHE WAS ABLE TO PURCHASE NEW EQUIPMENT TO RUN HER BUSINESS MORE EFFICIENTLY. HE WILLEN IN TYLER COUNTY TOOK HER TAX SAVINGS AND PLOWED IT BACK INTO HER BUSINESS TO HELP IT GROW. JULIE IN ORANGE SHARED THAT SHE WILL SAVE ENOUGH FROM THE TAX CUTS TO PURCHASE A LARGER INVENTORY FOR HER BUSINESS. FOLKS, SMALL BUSINESSES ARE THE BACKBONE OF OUR ECONOMY AND I'M HEARING STORY AFTER STORY JUST LIKE THIS ABOUT SMALL BUSINESSES GROWING AND HIRING OUR FRIENDS AND OUR NEIGHBORS. INDIVIDUAL TAX RATE CUTS ARE MAKING A HUGE DIFFERENCE FOR EAST TEXANS AS OVER 90% OF AMERICANS ARE GETTING A TAX CUT. ROBERT FROM HIGHLANDS WROTE TO TELL ME HE IS USING HIS TAX SAVINGS TO HELP HIS DAUGHTER GET A COLLEGE DEGREE. ALAN IN HOUSTON HAS DECIDED TO PUT HIS TAX CUT INTO SAVINGS FOR HIS RETIREMENT. MRS. DRAKE IS NOW ABLE TO BUY A NEW STOVE WHILE JUSTIN FROM HARRIS COUNTY IS PAYING DOWN CREDIT CARD DEBT. SCOTT IS USING HIS SAVINGS TO HELP HIM BUY A BRAND NEW HOME. MR. WOODS TOLD ME THAT HIS TAX SAVINGS, HE IS SPENDING IT ON HIS WIFE HE MAY BE THE SMARTEST OF US ALL. THE TAX CUTS ARE EVEN HELPING IN HURRICANE HARVEY RECOVERY. JUDY FROM ORANGE COUNTY SHARED WITH ME HOW THE TAX CUTS HAVE ENABLED HER TO REPLACE HOUSEHOLD ITEM DESTROYED BY HURRICANE HARVEY. AND JASON FROM BAY TON IS ABLE TO NOW REPAIR HIS HOME. THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT IS MAKING A REAL DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF OUR FRIENDS AND OUR NEIGHBORS IN SOUTHEAST TEXAS. AND ALL ACROSS THIS NATION. THESE DECISIONS ADD UP TO TENS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF INVESTMENTS IN OUR ECONOMY. AND SMALL BUSINESSES. AND EDUCATION. AND IN THE IMPROVEMENT OF OUR LIVES. TENS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS ARE SEEING LOWER PAYROLL DEDUCTIONS, RESULTING IN BIGGER PAYCHECKS, MORE RETIREMENT SAVINGS, AND BIGGER FAMILY BUDGETS AND RELIEF AT EVERY LEVEL. THIS TAX CUT BILL IS BENEFITING FAMILIES, JOB CREATORS, AND OUR ECONOMY. AND I WISH TO THANK MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM MICHIGAN, MR. PAUL MITCHELL, FOR GIVING US THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK ABOUT THIS WONDERFUL HISTORIC TAX PACKAGE. I YIELD BACK.

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                                      • 09:15:34 PM

                                        MR. MITCHELL

                                        TALKS ABOUT THE IMPACT ON SMALL BUSINESSES. MANY OF THE BUSINESSES ARE…

                                        TALKS ABOUT THE IMPACT ON SMALL BUSINESSES. MANY OF THE BUSINESSES ARE CALLED FAMILY BUSINESSES AND THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT PROVIDES THE ABILITY FOR SMALL BUSINESSES TO DEDUCT 20% OF THEIR INCOME AT A MUCH LOWER RATE, AT 25% TO ALLOW BUSINESSES TO GROW AND ALLOWS BUSINESSES TO WRITE OFF THE FULL COST OF NEW EQUIPMENT RATHER THAN EXPENSE ITS. IT MEANS REAL MONEY OUT. SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCES ALLOWING BUSINESSES TO INVEST IN GROWTH. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD AT THIS TIME TO THE REPRESENTATIVE FROM 14TH DISTRICT OF TEXAS TO CONGRESSWOMAN RANDY WEBER.

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                                      • 09:16:33 PM

                                        MR. WEBER

                                        GOOD EVENING. TONIGHT, THE TEXAS DELEGATION COMES BEFORE THE AMERICAN…

                                        GOOD EVENING. TONIGHT, THE TEXAS DELEGATION COMES BEFORE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO SAY THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT IS WORKING. IT'S MAKING AN IMPACT, POSITIVE IMPACT ON OUR PAYCHECKS AND OUR LIVES. THIS BILL IS MAKING A BIG DIFFERENCE. NOT JUST CRUMBS BUT MAKING A BIG DIFFERENCE. RONALD REAGAN ONCE SAID, WHENEVER WE LOWER THE TAX RATES, OUR NATION IS BETTER OFF. PRESIDENT REAGAN, YOU WERE ON TO SOMETHING. MR. SPEAKER, IN JUST OVER TWO MONTHS, LISTEN TO THESE STATISTICS, JUST OVER TWO MONTHS, 350 COMPANIES HAVE ANNOUNCED MORE THAN $300 BILLION WITH BENEFITS. THAT BENEFITS OVER FOUR MILLION AMERICANS. THE SUCCESS OF THIS BILL STANDS FROM COAST TO COAST AND ACROSS ALL INDUSTRIES BOTH LARGE AND SMALL AND ACROSS REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, I MIGHT ADD. I HEAR THE SUCCESS OF THIS AS COMPANIES MAKE VARIOUS ANNOUNCEMENTS AND WHEN I'M BACK HOME, I HAVE PEOPLE COMING UP TO ME AND TELLING ME HOW GREAT THIS BILL IS DOING FOR THEM, THE GREAT THINGS IT IS DOING FOR THEIR FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES. THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT IS MAKING A BIG DIFFERENCE. EVERYONE HAS A STORY TO SHARE. PAYCHECKS ARE BIGGER, THERE ARE MORE OPPORTUNITIES SHALL. STUREND LOANS DON'T SEEM AS DAUNTING. A NEW CAR IS IN REACH. SPORTS AQUIFMENT FOR THEIR CHILDREN IS REACHABLE. THAT FAMILY VACATION THEY HAVE BEEN SAVING FOR IS ON THE VERGE OF REALITY. WE HAVE A LOT OF SMALL BUSINESSES IN MY DISTRICT. AND THEY SUPPORT THE COMMUNITIES IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE. ONE HAS ANNOUNCED BENEFITS FROM THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT AND THAT IS HAWKINS BUSINESS. GREAT BUSINESS PEOPLE, JAY LET ME KNOW TODAY THEY RECENTLY GAVE EACH OF THEIR EMPLOYEES A $1,000 BONUS. LET ME REPEAT THAT. IF I REMEMBER CORRECTLY, THEY HAVE 120 EMPLOYEES. DO THE MATH, THAT IS 120,000 PUT BACK IN THIS ECONOMY. THAT IS FAR FROM CRUMBS AND THAT WILL MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE. EXXONMOBIL WILL EXPAND A PROJECT. THIS WILL CREATE THOUSANDS OF JOBS. IT WILL STRENGTHEN THE ECONOMY. IT WILL BOLSTER NATIONAL ENERGY AND NATIONAL SECURITY I MIGHT ADD. THE PERSONALIAN BASIN IS A BIT OF A DRIVE FROM THE COAST BUT THE INCREASED PRODUCTION WILL INCREASE LOW COST FEEDSTOCKS THROUGHOUT THE STATE INCLUDING EXXONMOBIL'S PLANT IN BEAUMONT, TEXAS. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO TELL YOU SOMETHING THAT MY DAD TAUGHT ME, IF IT AIN'T PROBING, IT GOING TO FIX. AND FIX IT WE DID. AND MR. MITCHELL AND MRS. WALTERS FOR THIS SPECIAL ORDER. CHAIRMAN BRADY, THANK YOU FOR THIS BILL. WE COULDN'T HAVE DONE THIS WITHOUT YOU. THANK YOU FOR HOSTING THIS TAX RY FORM SPECIAL ORDER. I YIELD BACK.

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                                      • 09:20:32 PM

                                        MR. MITCHELL

                                        WILL HEAR FROM ANOTHER COL OWING TO TEXAS. I, LIKE MYSELF, HE IS PROUD TO…

                                        WILL HEAR FROM ANOTHER COL OWING TO TEXAS. I, LIKE MYSELF, HE IS PROUD TO INTRODUCE FELLOW COLLEAGUES. HE SERVES ON THE BUDGET COMMITTEE.

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                                      • 09:20:56 PM

                                        MR. ARRINGTON

                                        I THANK MR. MITCHELL FOR HOSTING US AND THE OPPORTUNITY FROM THE GREAT…

                                        I THANK MR. MITCHELL FOR HOSTING US AND THE OPPORTUNITY FROM THE GREAT STATE OF TEXAS TO TALK ABOUT THE EFFECTS OF THIS RECENT TAX REFORM AND TAX RELIEF FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND MR. SPEAKER, I'M PROUD TO HAVE HELPED PASS THIS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND DELIVER ON A PROMISE THAT WE WOULD CREATE JOBS AND WE WOULD IMPROVE THE OVERALL QUALITY OF LIFE FOR ALL AMERICANS. I REPRESENT FREEDOM-LOVING PEOPLE IN RURAL WEST TEXAS. THEY PRODUCE THE FUEL, FOOD AND FIBER. THEY FEED AND CLOTHE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND FUEL THIS GREAT AMERICAN ECONOMY. THE BURDEN OF HIGH TAXES AND REGULATIONS HURT ALL OF OUR JOB CREATEORS BUT THEY HAVE A DISPROPORTIONATE NEGATIVE IMPACT ON THE LITTLE GUYS IN RURAL AMERICA. OUR MALL BUSINESSES, OUR COMMUNITY BANKS, OUR FAMILY FARMERS AND RANCHERS AND ENERGY PRODUCERS AND I CAN SAY WITH GREAT CONFIDENCE, HAVING BEEN BACK TO THE DISTRICT AND TALKED TO NUMEROUS PEOPLE FROM ALL OF THOSE 29 COUNTIES I REPRESENT IN THE SWATH OF LAND I REPRESENT, THIS REFORM PACKAGE IS PRO-ENERGY AND PRO-AGRICULTURE AND PRE-RURAL AMERICAN. WE HOSTED SOME ROUND TABLES WITH SMALL BUSINESSES WITH THE CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE AND VARIOUS EVENTS AND EVEN CONDUCTED SURVEYS AND ACCORDING TO OUR SURVEY OVER 80% OF THE PEOPLE I REPRESENT SAY THAT THIS TAX REFORM PACKAGE HAS HELPED EVERYBODY, EVERYBODY AND THAT THE -- AT ONE OF OUR ROUND-TABLE EVENTS, WE HAD A BUSINESSMAN WHO SAID THAT HE HAD HAD 600 NEW CUSTOMERS THIS JANUARY OVER LAST YEAR. AND HE SAID THE EFFECTS OF THAT IS THAT HE CONVERTED SOME OF HIS PART-TIME WORKERS TO FULL-TIME AND GAVE FOLKS A RAISE. THE HAPPY STATE BANK, THE EMPLOYEES ARE HAPPY AND IN THEIR HAPPY DAYS FOR THAT ORGANIZATION BECAUSE THEY ARE PLOWING IT BACK IN TO THEIR HUMAN CAPITAL, 600 OUT OF 700 HAPPY STATE EMPLOYEES WILL RECEIVE AN INCREASE IN THEIR PAY AND BENEFITS. SOLE WILL RECEIVE OVER 50% PAY INCREASE. NOW THIS IS NOT CRUMBS, TO THE FOLKS THAT I REPRESENT IN WEST TEXAS. THIS IS REAL CASH IN THE POCKETS OF REAL AMERICANS WHO WORK EVERY DAY TO MAKE ENDS MEET. THERE HAS BEEN A CHANGE IN WEST TEXAS AND FOR ONCE, IT'S NOT THE WEATHER. THERE IS A RENEWED OPTIMISM AND YOU WITH SEE IT IN THEIR FACES. MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE WITNESSING A GREAT AMERICAN COMEBACK AND THE FORMULA HASN'T CHANGED. LIMIT THE GOVERNMENT. AND YOU WILL UNLEASH THE POTENTIAL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. GOD BLESS AMERICA. AND GO WEST TEXAS. I YIELD BACK.

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                                      • 09:24:46 PM

                                        MR. MITCHELL

                                        THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. YOU REFERENCED SOME OF THE IMPROVEMENTS IN THE…

                                        THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. YOU REFERENCED SOME OF THE IMPROVEMENTS IN THE CLIMATE. SOUTHWEST AIRLINES AND AMERICAN AIRLINES GAVE BONUSES TO THEIR EMPLOYEES SHORTLY AFTER THE PASSAGE OF THIS BILL. WE HAD ANTICIPATED WAS LORINGS ELECTRICITY BILLS IN NORTH TEXAS AND MY DISTRICT IN MICHIGAN. MASSIVE CUTS IN UTILITY RATES. NOT SOMETHING WE THOUGHT AT THE TIME. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK CONGRESSMAN BURGESS FOR BRINGING HIS MEDICAL EXPERTISE WITH HIS SERVICE ON THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE. I YIELD TO MR. BURG IS.

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                                      • 09:25:40 PM

                                        MR. BURGESS

                                        THANK YOU FOR YIELDING. THE LAST TIME OUR TAX CODE WAS REFINED, I HAD BEEN…

                                        THANK YOU FOR YIELDING. THE LAST TIME OUR TAX CODE WAS REFINED, I HAD BEEN PRACTICING MEDICINE FOR FIVE YEARS. NOW SOME 31 YEARS LATER AND 15 YEARS IN CONGRESS, THE REFORMATION HAS MADE A PROFOUND DIFFERENCE. IT IS NOT LOGS ON ME THAT THE RHETORIC ON THE CONFERENCE REPORT WAS PRETTY NEGATIVE AND THE IDEA WAS TO SOW DOUBT IN THE MINDS OF PEOPLE WHO WOULD BE EFFECTED AND SOW ON PEOPLE WHO WOULD WANT TO VOTE FOR TAX RELIEF AND TAX IMPROVEMENT. I HAVE TO TELL YOU SOMETHING. AFTER THAT VOTE AND MR. MITCHELL REFERENCED SOUTHWEST AIRLINES AND AMERICAN AIRLINES, I CANNOT REMEMBER EVER HAVING THE POSITIVE FEEDBACK FOR A VOTE I HAVE TAKEN IN THIS CONGRESS LIKE THIS WAS FOR THIS TAX VOTE. MY OWN WAL-MART, PEOPLE WERE COMING UP TO ME AND SAY, I WORK FOR AMERICAN AIRLINES AND SOUTHWEST AIRLINES. I HAVE A LOT OF FAMILIES WHO WORK FOR AMERICAN OR SOUTHWEST AND THEY ALL GOT $1,000 BECAUSE OF THE TAX RELIEF THAT WE HAD PROVIDED. AGAIN, I CANNOT EVER REMEMBER HAVING THAT MUCH POSITIVE REENFORCEMENT ON A BILL THAT WAS THE RHETORIC GOING SPOO IT WAS PRETTY NEGATIVE. INCREASES IN SALARIES. BONUSES PAID TO EMPLOYEES. AND SOUTHWEST EMPLOYEES DONATED $5 MILLION TO CHARITY AS WELL AS MADE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS. FED EX HAS A BIG HUB IN THE DISTRICT I REPRESENT IS GOING TO SPEND $1 INCREASING HOURLY WAGES AND GET THIS, $3 BILLION ON THEIR PENSION PLAN AND CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS. THAT'S A PRETTY BIG TURN YOURNED. BEATER BUILTBI LMPTMP INSTRUCTION. AS A DIRECT RESULT OF THIS TAX BILL. THEY ALSO ESTIMATE 2018 EFFECTIVE GLOBAL TAX RATE WILL BE REDUCED BY 8% AND LOWER TAX RATE WILL INDEED STIMULATE PROSPERITY INVESTMENT. THIS WILL IMPROVE THE FINANCIAL SITUATION OF THEIR EMPLOYEES COUPLED WITH A DOUBLE STANDARD DEDUCTION, INCOME FOR MOST FAMILIES WILL INCREASE. CHAIRMAN BRADY TALKED ABOUT FILING TAXES ON A POVERTY CARD. I WANTED US TO ENACT THE FLAT TAX AND I WILL TAKE THE IMPROVEMENT WE HAVE GOTTEN. THE GIFT OF TIME BACK TO 85% TO 90% OF TAX FILERS WHO WILL NOT KEEP UP WITH THOSE SHOE BOX EQUAL OF RESETS. WE ARE GOING A LOU P.M. TO PAY FOR NECESSITIES WITHOUT VRG TO ITEMS PROVIDED BY SMALL BUSINESSES. BUSINESS OWNERS, I WOULD LIKE, IT IS GOING TO BENEFIT ELM STREET. AND GOING TO ALLOW PEOPLE TO SPEND MONEY ACROSS STATE LINES. AND IT WILL INJECT CAPITAL IN THE MARKET AND CONTINUE THE GROLLINGT FOR OUR ECONOMY. WE ARE RIGHT ON THE VERGE OF ECONOMIC CHANGES THAT WILL BE BENEFICIAL. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT TIME IN THIS COUNTRY. TIME FOR US TO GET TO WORK AND DELIVER FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                      • 09:30:24 PM

                                        MR. MITCHELL

                                        I WANT TO TAKE THIS TIME TO WRAP UP THIS EVENING'S TAX TRUTH SQUAD. SINCE…

                                        I WANT TO TAKE THIS TIME TO WRAP UP THIS EVENING'S TAX TRUTH SQUAD. SINCE THE TAX REFORM BILL WAS PASSED AND SIGNED INTO LAW, LET ME STATE AGAIN, MORE THAN 400 COMPANIES HAVE GIVEN A PAY RAISE, BONUS, INCREASED 401-K CONTRIBUTIONS OR LOWERED RATES DRAMATICALLY. AT LEAST FOUR MILLION AMERICANS ARE RECEIVING SPECIAL TAX REFORM BONUSES. DIRECT BONUS ANNOUNCEMENTS HAVE TOPPED $3 BILLION. $3 BILLION INTO OUR ECONOMY, INTO PEOPLE'S POCKETS, DECISIONS THEY CAN MAKE ABOUT WHAT THEY WANT TO DO WITH THE MONEY RATHER THAN TURNING IT OVER TO THE GOVERNMENT, RATHER THAN TURNING IT OVER TO THE I.R.S., RATHER THAN SPENDING ON BUREAUCRACY. IN MY HOME DISTRICT, WE'LL TALK MORE ABOUT THAT NEXT WEEK, BUT FIAT CHRYSLER IS MOVING JOBS HERE FROM MEXICO. INVESTING $1 BILLION, YES, YOU HEAR THAT RIGHT, $1 BILLION IN EXPANDING THE PLANT AND CREATING 2,500 NEW JOBS IN MICHIGAN JUST IN THAT ONE PLANT. AND OH, BY THE WAY, THEY ANNOUNCED A BONUS A TAX BONUS, SEPARATE FROM THEIR BONUS IN THEIR CONTRACT WHICH SOME PEOPLE SAY, OH, IT'S IN THEIR CONTRACT, NO, IT WASN'T, OF $2,000 PER EMPLOYEE. AS A RESULT OF THE TAX BILL. THESE ARE MAJOR CUTS THAT PEOPLE EVERLOOK. LOOK AT THESE COMPANIES. LOOK AT THE LIST OF THEM. IT GROWS EVERY DAY. LET ME SUGGEST QUICKLY -- I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU, MR. SPEAKER, BUT I KNOW MANY MY DISTRICT, I KNOW MY CONSTITUENTS, $1,000 IS NOT CRUMBS. I REFERENCED EARLIER OVER THE WEEKEND FROM MARK IN MY DISTRICT THAT GOT -- HIS PROJECTED TAXES NEXT YEAR SAVE HIM $2,700 IN HIS POCKET. I KNOW WHERE YOUR LIVE, WHERE I LIVE, IT'S REAL MONEY. MAYBE FOR SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES IT DOESN'T MATTER AS MUCH. THAT'S WHY WE WORK SOD HARD ON THIS BILL, THAT'S WHY WE SUPPORT IT, THAT'S THE TRUTH ABOUT TAXES. THAT'S WHAT WE WANT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND. WE ARE PUTTING MONEY BACK IN THEIR POCKETS. MONEY BACK IN THE ECONOMY. RATHER THAN TAKING MONEY, PUTTING IT IN THE GOVERNMENT AND HOPING THEY DO SOMETHING PRODUCTIVE WITH IT. SO I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE TIME THIS EVENING. AT THIS POINT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THANK YOU.

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                                      • 09:32:55 PM

                                        TEMPORE UND

                                        ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN…

                                        ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GEMERT, UNTIL NO LATER THAN 10:00 P.M.

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                                      • 09:33:10 PM

                                        MR. GOHMERT

                                        AND ENCOURAGEMENT, HEARING IT ALL ACROSS EAST TEXAS AS I WAS ALL OVER THE…

                                        AND ENCOURAGEMENT, HEARING IT ALL ACROSS EAST TEXAS AS I WAS ALL OVER THE DISTRICT THIS PAST WEEK AND PEOPLE ARE ENCOURAGED. WHEN IT COMES TO THE ECONOMY. PEOPLE ARE FEELING BETTER ABOUT THE ECONOMY. I'M HEARING IT, THEY'RE ENCOURAGED. BUT AFTER YET ANOTHER SCHOOL SHOOTING, ANOTHER MASS SHOOTING, I'M HEARING MORE AND MORE PEOPLE THAT ARE ASKING, WHY? WHY IS THIS? OF COURSE SOME SAY, YOU KNOW, UNITED STATES IS THE ONLY PLACE THAT MASS SHOOTINGS OCCUR, AND OF COURSE THAT'S JUST FALSE. THERE ARE WORSE MASS SHOOTINGS IN OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY -- OR OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD. SOME SAY IF WE GET RID OF ALL GUNS IN THE COUNTRY, THEN WE COULD END THE SENSELESS VIOLENCE. BUT WHEN YOU TRY TO TELL THAT TO PEOPLE THAT WERE IN RWANDA DURING THE PERIOD WHEN 800,000 PEOPLE OR SO WERE SLAUGHTERED WITH MACHETES FOR THE MOST PART, IT GOES BEYOND QUESTION OF THE WEAPON. WE'VE SEEN AIRPLANES USED AS BOMBS. FOR THE WORST MASS EXECUTION IN OUR COUNTRY'S HISTORY. PEARL HARBOR, BOMBS WERE USED, BOMBS THEMSELVES. WE KNOW IN OKLAHOMA CITY, APPARENTLY IT WAS AN HYDROUS AMMONIA, FERTILIZERS. WE HAVE SEEN THE BOSTON BOMBING UTILIZING PRESSURE CACKERS. SO IF THE ANSWER IS TO GET RID OF THE WEAPONS, WE GOT TO GET RID OF AIRPLANES, WE'VE GOT TO GET RID OF RENTAL TRUCK, WE'VE GOT TO GET RID OF FERTILIZER -- FERTILIZER, PRESSURE COOK VERSE GOT TO GO, MACHETES HAVE GOT TO GO. ONCE YOU START LISTING THE THINGS BY WHICH PEOPLE WITH EVIL INTENT HAVE KILLED OTHERS, YOU REALIZE THIS IS AN ENDLESS LIST. THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT HAVE EXACTED VIOLENCE ON OTHERS ALL KINDS OF WAYS. AND THERE'S NOTHING MORE SENSELESS AND IGNORANT AND I DON'T MEAN THAT MEAN-SPIRITED, IT MEANS, EVERYTHING IS IGNORANT OF SOMETHING, SOME ARE JUST IGNORANT OF MORE THINGS, BUT THE STATEMENT, I JUST WANT CONGRESS TO DO SOMETHING, EVEN IF IT'S WRONG. THAT'S HOW YOU LOSE CIVILIZATIONS, BY DOING SOMETHING, EVEN IF IT'S WRONG. BUT THERE ARE PLENTY OF INDICATIONS OF THINGS WE CAN DO. THINGS WE CAN AGREE ON. IT SEEMS ABSOLUTELY SENSELESS THAT A SCHOOL WOULD KNOW ABOUT A STUDENT WHO IS REPEATEDLY INVOLVED IN VIOLENCE, THREATS UPON OTHER STUDENTS, THREATS UPON OTHER PEOPLE, BUT ACTUALLY NOT JUST THREATS, BUT ACTUAL VIOLENCE. BUT SOMEHOW, AND WE WANT TO LOOK INTO TO SEE IF THIS IS A NATIONAL PHENOMENON, THAT SOME OF OUR SCHOOLS, TO AVOID HAVING STUDENTS CONTINUE TO BE ARRESTED, THAT THEY ACTUALLY TRY SOME MEDIATION PROCESS SO THEY AVOID GIVING A 17, 18-YEAR-OLD STUDENT AN ARREST RECORD WHICH ONCE THEY HAVE AN ASSAULT THAT IS CONFIRMED IN COURT, THEN CERTAINLY THAT WOULD AFFECT THEIR ABILITY TO GET A GUN AT ALL, OF ANY KIND. SO ACTUALLY WHEN YOU START ANALYZING ALL OF THE WAYS THAT THE SYSTEM BROKE DOWN AND DIDN'T WORK, THE THINGS THAT SHOULD HAVE PROTECTED THOSE PRECIOUS LIVES IN PARKLAND, FLORIDA, INSTEAD OF SAYING JUST DO SOMETHING EVEN IF IT'S WRONG, HOW ABOUT IF WE DO SOMETHING THAT'S RIGHT? HOW ABOUT IF WE DO SOMETHING THAT WOULD ACTUALLY PREVENT THAT KIND OF SENSELESS VIOLENCE FROM BEING EXACTED UPON INNOCENT PEOPLE? I MEAN, WE GOT A SHERIFF AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT KIND OF DEPARTMENT THIS GUY IS RUNNING, BUT I KNOW WHEN THERE WAS A SHOOTING INVOLVING A DOMESTIC CASE AND UNTIL TERRORIST ACTIVITIES AND MASS SHOOTINGS STARTED OCCURRING, MOST OFTEN IF THERE WAS VIOLENCE AT A COURTHOUSE, IT WAS OVER A DOMESTIC AFFAIRS CASE. BUT I SAW THE VIDEO, I WAS ALREADY IN CONGRESS, NO LONGER SITTING ON THE BENCH IN THAT COURTHOUSE, BUT I SAW THE VIDEO. AND AS SOON AS THERE WERE GUNSHOTS, THOSE DEPUTIES, KNEW THEM, I LOVED THEM, THEY WERE RUNNING TO THE SOUND OF THE GUN. THEY DIDN'T HUNKER BEHIND ANYTHING. THEY RAN TO THE SOUND OF THE GUN. AND THAT HAS BEEN REPEATED AROUND THE COUNTRY, LAW OFFICERS HEARD A GUN AND THEY RUN TO THE SOUND OF THE GUN. BUT APPARENTLY IT APPEARS FROM WHAT WE'RE READING THAT THE SHERIFF THERE HAD A DEPARTMENT THAT IS LIVING IN PRECOLUMBINE DAYS, JUST LIKE BEFORE 9/11, IT WAS THOUGHT THAT IF YOUR PLANE IS HIJACKED, JUST DON'T CREATE A PROBLEM, THERE'LL BE NEGOTIATION WHEN YOU LAND SOMEWHERE, BECAUSE I STILL BELIEVE TO THIS DAY THAT THERE WERE AMERICAN HEROES ON ALL FOUR OF THOSE PLANES AND IF THE FIRST THREE PLANES HAD KNOWN THEY WERE GOING TO BE USED AS A BOMB TO KILL OTHERS, THERE WERE AMERICANS THAT WOULD HAVE STEPPED UP AND STOPPED IT JUST LIKE THOSE INCREDIBLY HEROIC AMERICANS DID, BROUGHT DOWN A PLANE IN PENNSYLVANIA. SO I DON'T THINK IT'LL EVER HAPPEN AGAIN. THERE WILL ALWAYS BE PEOPLE WHO LOVE THIS COUNTRY AND LOVE LIFE SO MUCH THAT THEY WOULD GIVE THEIRS TO SAVE SO MANY OTHERS. THAT'S WHAT JESUS SAID IS THE GREATEST LOVE. AND CLEARLY THE FOURTH FLIGHT HAD THAT. BUT YOU LOOK, HERE'S A STORY FROM THE FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL, AND IT TALKS ABOUT SCHOOL SHOOTER NIKOLAING S CRUZ, UNENDING SAGA OF DISTURBED BEHAVIOR AND RED FLAGS, WRITTEN BY BRITTANY WALLMAN, MEGAN OMAN, THEY DOCUMENT THIS. THAT HE DID THINGS LIKE, WELL, OF COURSE WE KNOW APPARENTLY HE DIDN'T KNOW HIS FATHER. HE KNEW HIS ADOPTED FATHER. OF COURSE HIS ADOPTED FATHER AND MOTHER DIED. BUT APARAPHERNALIALY THEY HAD A WONDERFUL HOME, SWIMMING POOL, LOTS OF COMFORTS. BUT HE DIDN'T HAVE MORAL -- A MORAL COMPASS AT ALL. APPARENTLY THREATENED HIS MOTHER, THREATENED HIS BROTHER. VIOLENCE ON HIS BROTHER. AT LEAST THREATENED VIOLENCE ON HIS OWN MOTHER. AND WE KNOW FROM THIS ARTICLE AT LEAST, IT SAYS THE ADOPTED FATHER, MR. CRUZ, DIDN'T OWN ANY GUNS. BUT NIKOLAS, HE WAS DIAGNOSED AS HAVING A STRING OF DISORDERS, DEPRESSION, ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPER ACTIVITY DISORDER, EMOTIONAL BEHAVIOR DISABILITY, AUTISM. HIS MOM TOLD THE SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES HE ALSO HAD OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DISORDER AND ANGER ISSUES HE HAD COUNSELORS IN SCHOOL AND AT HOME. ACCORDING TO D.C.F. RECORDS. HE TOOK MEDICATIONS. DON'T KNOW WHAT ALL MEDICATION HE IS TOOK. MAYBE THERE'S SOME RELATIONSHIP THERE WE OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO DISCERN, HOW MANY OF THESE PEOPLE HAVE TAKEN DIFFERENT TYPES OF DRUGS AND WHICH ONES WERE THEY. WE KNOW THERE SEEMS TO BE A CORRELATION BETWEEN PEOPLE COMMITTING SUICIDE AND MANY OF THE MEDICATIONS THAT ARE PRESCRIBED TO KIDS WHO FEEL TROUBLED. THIS ARTICLE SAYS THAT NIKOLAS WAS A MAMA'S BOY, YET HE THREATENED HIS MOTHER. HIS MOTHER CALLED THE POLICE TO SAY HE GOT PHYSICAL WITH HIS BROTHER AND WITH HER. SOUNDS LIKE A PHYSICAL ASSAULT ON HIS MOTHER. MY LATE MOTHER WAS CLOSE TO 5 OY. I WAS A LOT BIGGER THAN SHE WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL. BUT I KNEW NOT TO EVEN THINK ABOUT RAISING A HAND. WHEN HE WAS 14, HIS MOTHER REPORTED HE HAD HIT HER WITH A PLASTIC HOSE FROM A VACUUM CLEANER. A FEW MONTHS LATER, SHE TOLD DEPUTY HE IS HAD THROWN HER AGAINST THE WALL BECAUSE SHE TOOK AWAY HIS XBOX GAMING SYSTEM. A YEAR LATER, SHE TOLD DEPUTIES NIKOLAS HAD PUNCHED THE WALL AFTER SHE TOOK AWAY HIS XBOX. FOUL LANGUAGE. INSULTS. DISOBEDIENCE. DISRUPTION. CRUZ'S BEHAVIOR WAS EXACTLY WHAT SCHOOL TEACHERS FROWNED UPON. HE WENT TO A DIFFERENT SCHOOL FOR A WHILE. WHICH OFFERED A PROGRAM FOR EMOTIONALLY AND BEHAVIOR -- BEHAVIORALLY DISABLED CHILDREN. BUT ACCORDING TO THE ARTICLE, GEE, HE, CRUZ, COULD NOT CONTROL HIMSELF. NOW, IT TALKED ABOUT IN THE ARTICLE THAT HE WAS 5'7", 120 POUNDS, BUT I KNOW A LOT ABOUT BEING BULLIED UP THROUGH JUNIOR HIGH, UP THROUGH EIGHTH GRADE BECAUSE I WAS VERY SMALL, I DIDN'T START GROWING UNTIL HIGH SCHOOL OF ANY SIZE. MAY HAVE BEEN THE SMALLEST GUY ON OUR FOOTBALL TEAM. FIRST COUPLE OF YEARS IN HIGH SCHOOL. I KNOW A LOT ABOUT GETTING BULLIED. I KNOW A LOT ABOUT GETTING MY NOSE BLOODIED. NEVER KILLED ANYBODY. I HAD PARENTS THAT WOULD MAKE ALL FOUR OF US KIDS QUITE ANGRY BUT THEY TAUGHT US RESPECT OF AUTHORITY. THEY THEY DISCIPLINED US. AND THEY MADE SURE WE WERE IN SUNDAY SCHOOL AND CHURCH EVERY WEEK. YOU KNOW, IT LOOKS LIKE, THE SCHOOL AND THE COMMUNITY AND THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE ALL HELPED MS. CRUZ AND I USE IT LOOSELY, AVOID HAVING A CRIMINAL RECORD, THAT WOULD HAVE PREVENTED HIM FROM HAVING A GUN AND WOULD HAVE PREVENTED HIM FROM KILLING 17 PEOPLE, AT LEAST IT WOULD BE A WHOLE LOT MORE DIFFICULT THAN WITH A GUN HE HAD. THEY WORKED ALL TOGETHER. IT WAS NOT INTENTIONALLY. THEY THOUGHT THEY WERE HELPING HIM. AND WHAT THEY WERE DOING, WHAT WAS COMING DOWN THE ROAD WAS A DISASTER OF MASSIVE PROPORTIONS. WE DO NEED TO DO SOMETHING THAT PREVENTS THIS IN THE FUTURE. SOME SAY WELL, IT'S TIME TO END THE PERSONAL TRANSFER LOOPHOLE SO A FATHER CAN'T GIVE A SON A WEAPON. WELL, PERHAPS, IF HIS FATHER HAD TAUGHT HIM -- GOT A FRIEND FROM FLORIDA THAT I WAS VISITING WITH THIS WEEKEND AND HE SAID THE WORST WEAPON THAT HE EVER GOT WAS WHEN HE POINTED A GUN -- HIS GRANDFATHER'S GUN AT HIS BROTHER. HE NEVER DID THAT AGAIN. AND I'M NOT ADVOCATING VIOLENCE ON KIDS. I KNOW, THE BIBLE SAYS. FOOLISHNESS IS BOUND UP IN THE HEART OF A CHILD, BUT AS A FELONY JUDGE, I HAVE SEEN KIDS BE ABUSED BEYOND PROPRIETY. BUT WE COULD TAKE SOME ACTION, IT WOULD SEEM, THAT WOULD PREVENT ENTITIES, WHETHER IT'S THE AIR FORCE, WHETHER IT'S THE BROWARD SCHOOL SYSTEM, THE BROWARD COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE FROM PREVENTING SOMEONE FROM AVOIDING APPROPRIATELY HAVING A CRIMINAL RECORD THAT WOULD PROHIBIT THEM FROM GETTING A GUN. THAT WAY, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THIS SAME THING FROM HAPPENING. WHEN IT COMES TO THE PERSONAL TRANSFER OF WEAPONS, OVER 100 YEARS, THERE HAS NOT BEEN A MASS SHOOTING THAT INVOLVED A GUN RECEIVED IN A PERSONAL TRANSFER, WHETHER IT'S FROM FATHER-SON, FRIEND-TO-FRIEND. AND IF SOMEBODY IS AT A GUN SHOW THAT IS NOT HAVING A BACKGROUND CHECK AND SELLING MORE THAN ONE WEAPON THERE, THERE IS A CHANCE THEY ARE COMMITTING A CRIME. IT'S NOT A LOOPHOLE AT A GUN SHOW. ANYBODY THERE SELLING GUNS NEEDS TO HAVE THE BACKGROUND CHECK DONE. AND THEY DO. AND YOU CAN'T GET THE GUN UNTIL IT HAS GONE THROUGH A PROPER BACKGROUND CHECK AND GET IT FROM SOMEONE WHO ENSURES THAT EVERYTHING IS FOLLOWED. I WON A GUN AT AN AUCTION -- I HEARD SOME PEOPLE SAY. I HAD TO GO THROUGH THE BACKGROUND CHECK AND PICK IT UP -- I FELT SORRY FOR THE STORE BUT THERE ARE STOICE THAT ARE CLEARING SOMEONE THAT BOUGHT ONLINE AND YOU GO TO ENSURE THAT THE BACKGROUND CHECK IS DONE AND GETTING THE WEAPON. SO THAT SEEMS TO BE SOMETHING THAT WE CAN DO AND TALKING TO OUR FREEDOM CAUCUS TONIGHT AND UNLIKE THE NO-FLY LIST WHERE THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WOULD NOT GIVE US ANY IDEA HOW YOU APPEAL AND GET OFF. WE WOULD PLEA, SOMETIMES THEY GET OFF, SOMETIMES THEY DON'T, BUT WE AS A CONGRESS, HOUSE AND SENATE SETS UP A DUE PROCESS WHERE IF YOU ARE ON THE NO-FLY LIST, YOU CAN APPEAL AND GET OFF. WE OUGHT TO MAKE IT WHERE IF YOU HAVE BEEN GUILTY OF ASSAULT, WHETHER IN SCHOOL OR IN THE HOME, AS NIKOLAS CRUZ WAS OR WHETHER IT'S IN BUBR PUBLIC, THAT OUGHT TO PREVENT YOU FROM GETTING A GUN. AND DOMESTIC SITUATIONS, THINGS GET SO HEATED -- I HAVE SEEN TERRIBLE CHARGES ALLEGED AGAINST A FATHER OR MOTHER DURING THE COURSE OF A DIVORCE AND THAT IS SOMETHING THE STATE LEGISLATURE COULD DEAL WITH. IF IT INVOLVED SOME FEDERAL ENTITY AND SOMETHING WE COULD DEAL WITH AND SAY THIS IS HOW YOU COULD APPEAL AND GET AN UNJUST DECISION OLYMPICING A GUN PURCHASE. BUT WE ALSO KNOW THOSE PEOPLE SAY, THERE ARE 3

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                                      • 09:51:36 PM

                                        MR. MILLER

                                        ION PEOPLE THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN BLOCKED. THEY DON'T THE REST OF THE…

                                        ION PEOPLE THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN BLOCKED. THEY DON'T THE REST OF THE STORY. THERE ARE A FEW DOZEN PEOPLE THAT GET PROSECUTED OUT OF THREE MILLION -- SOMEONE TOLD ME IT WAS OM A FEW DOZEN OUT OF THE THREE MILLION THAT WERE PROSECUTED FOR FILING FOR ON A GUN. AND THREE MILLION PEOPLE MAY HAVE BEEN DENIED, BUT THERE WERE MISTAKES IN WHICH THE NAMES ARE CHECKED. YOU REALLY WANT TO GET TO THE BOTTOM LINE, MR. SPEAKER? JOHN ADAMS WAS PRESENT IN 1898, SOME OF THESE ISSUES KEPT COMING UP. THE P.M. THAT FOUNDED THIS COUNT -- THE PEOPLE THAT FOUNDED THIS COUNTRY, THEY WERE BETTER READ THAN MOST STUDENTS ARE TODAY, EVEN AFTER COLLEGE. AND EVEN THOSE THAT DIDN'T BELIEVE THE BIBLE, THEY QUOTED IT. AND IN FACT, IN THIS VERY ROOM, AND IN THE ROOM RIGHT DOWN THE HALL WHERE THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES MET FOR THE MAJORITY OF THE 1800'S, THE BIBLE DURING SESSIONS WAS THE MOST QUOTED BOOK IN OUR HISTORY. AND HERE, IN THAT ROOM AND THE SENATE DOWN THE HALL, THE BIBLE IS THE MOST QUOTED BOOK IN OUR HISTORY. AND THERE WOULD SEEM TO BE GOOD REASONS WITHIN THE BIBLE ITSELF. THE WORD OF GOD, HE IS LIVING AND POWERFUL. PIERCING TO THE DIVISION OF SOUL AND SPIRIT. IT'S A DISCERNER OF THE THOUGHTS AND INTENSE OF THE HEART. JOHN ADAMS WAS PRESIDENT AFTER TWO TERMS UNDER PRESIDENT GEORGE WASHINGTON, UNDER OUR CURRENT CONSTITUTION. HE KNEW PRECISELY WHAT THE CONSTITUTION SAID. HE KNEW HOW IT HAD COME ABOUT. HE WAS VICE PRESIDENT, PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE. WHEN THE BILL OF RIGHTS WERE CREATED. HE WAS PART OF THAT PROCESS. JOHN ADAMS EXPLAINED, PRESIDENT ADAMS EXPLAINED IN 1898, THE BOTTOM LINE THAT PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY HAVE GOT TO UNDERSTAND IF WE ARE GOING TO ADDRESS THE KIND OF VIOLENCE THAT IS SPARKED AROUND THIS COUNTRY. JOHN ADAMS EXPLAINED IT. HIS WORDS WERE MORE THAN AN IMPRESSION. THEY ARE PERPTLY TRUE AS LONG AS WE ARE OPERATING UNDER THIS CONSTITUTION. AS HE SAID KNOWING -- HAVING READ MANY TIMES THE THE BRILL OF RIGHTS HELPED GENERATE THESE BILL OF RIGHTS. BUT HE SAID OUR CONSTITUTION WAS MADE ONLY FOR AR MORAL AND RELIGIOUS PEOPLE. IT IT WHOLLY INADEQUATE TO THE GOVERNMENT OF ANY OTHER. YOU WANT TO KNOW WHERE THE ANSWER IS? IF PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE SAFE IN AMERICA, WE HAVE A CHOICE. WE EITHER START ANEW, TEACHING MORALITY, TEACHING THAT THERE IS A RIGHT OR WRONG, THAT NOT EVERYTHING IS RELATIVE. AND EVEN IF THOSE WHO DON'T BELIEVE THERE IS A GOD, DON'T THAT WANT TO HEAR ABOUT IT, IT'S OK TO TALK ABOUT GOD. YOU DON'T HAVE TO BELIEVER IT. LOOK AT JEFFERSON'S WORDS. HE MADE CLEAR. IT AMAZES ME HOW HE COULD PUT THE BIGGEST GRIEVANCE AGAINST KING GEORGE IN ALLOWING SLAVERY. HE COULD SEE THE PROBLEMS CREATED FOR AMERICA BY IFFER LOFFERING THE MAN-TO-MAN. BUT HE TALKED ABOUT THE BEST HOPE BEING THE TEACHING OF THE -- THE TEACHINGS OF JESUS. THE BEST HOPE FOR AMERICA. BUT IF WE'RE GOING TO BE SAFE, WE HAVE TO EITHER TEACH MORALITY. ENCOURAGE RELIGION. NOT FORCE SECULAR HUMANISM ON AMERICANS. IT IS OK TO TALK ABOUT IT AND OK TO TEACH ABOUT IT L IT. IN FACT THESE STUDIES HAVE SAW AS A FELONY JUDGE INDICATED THE BEST HOPE OF CUTTING RESIDISM IF THEY GO THROUGH A BIBLE STUDY. SO AFRAID OF TALKING ABOUT THE BIBLE AND CHRISTIANITY. THIS IS NO OFFICIAL RELIGION IN THIS COUNTRY. BUT AS THE SUPREME COURT SAID AT THE END OF THE 19TH CENTURY, THIS IS A CHRISTIAN NATION. BUT IT WAS FOUND ON OUR BELIEFS AND FOUNDED ON THE BIBLE AND MOSES' FULL FACE IS UP THERE IN THE MIDDLE BECAUSE IT WAS FELT HE WAS THE BEST LAW GIVER IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD. THE SUPREME COURT DOESN'T THINK SO MUCH ANYMORE. WE HAVE A CHOICE. TEACH MORALITY AND ENCOURAGE RELIGION OR IN ORDER TO BE SAFE, WE HAVE TO GIVE UP THE SECOND AMENDMENT. WE HAVE ALREADY GIVEN UP PARTS OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT. WE HAVE GIVEN UP PART OF OUR ASSEMBLY AND FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND FREEDOM OF RELIGION BECAUSE THIS CONSTITUTION WAS ONLY MEANT TO GOVERN A MORAL AND RELIGIOUS PEOPLE. AND YLS WE ARE WILLING TO TEACH MORALITY AGAIN, WE HAVE NO HOPE OF BEING SAFE UNDER THE CURRENT CONSTITUTION. I PRAY TO GOD AND PRAYERS CAN WORK, GOD WILL HEAR IN HEAVEN AND PEOPLE WILL WAKE UP AND DON'T DISCHARGE PART OF OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS IN ORDER TO REMAIN SAFE. AND I LOOK AT THE INTERIOR OF THIS BIBLE FROM MY UNCHING. MAY THE LORD BE WITH YOU. BUT INSIDE, AT THE TOP IT SAYS, WHITE HOUSE, WASHINGTON. I COMMEND THE READING OF THE BIBLE TO ALL WHO SERVE IN THE EMUNITED STATES. MANY OF MANY FAITHS HAVE FOUND IN THIS SACRED BOOK, WORDS OF WISDOM, COUNSEL AND INSPIRATION. AND NOW AS ALWAYS, ATTAINING THE HIGHEST INSPIRATION OF THE HUMAN SOUL. SIGNED BY FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT. THAT IS NOT A MISTAKE THAT PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT MADE. WE DON'T MAKE. AND WITH TA, I YIELD BACK.

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