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House Session - March 7, 2018

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

Speakers:
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  • 10:00:34 AM

    MORNING-HOUR DEBATE

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

    • 10:00:39 AM

      E PURSUANT

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

      PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF JANUARY , 2018, THE CHAIR WILL NOW RECOGNIZE MEMBERS FROM LISTS SUBMITTED BY THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS FOR MORNING HOUR DEBATE. THE CHAIR WILL ALTERNATE RECOGNITION BETWEEN THE PARTIES. ALL TIME SHALL BE EQUALLY ALLOCATED BETWEEN THE PARTIES AND IN NO EVENT SHALL DEBATE CONTINUE BEYOND 11:50 A.M. EACH MEMBER OTHER THAN THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS AND MINORITY WHIP SHALL BE LIMITED TO FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCCLINTOCK, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:06:18 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 10:10:58 AM

      TEMPORE MEMBERS

      MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PROFANITY IN DEBATE.…

      MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PROFANITY IN DEBATE. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARD THE PRESIDENT. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS. ROS-LEHTINEN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:15:41 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR. HILL, FOR FIVE…

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

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    • 10:17:55 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 10:20:08 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. SANFORD, FOR…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. SANFORD, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:24:55 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 10:29:14 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 10:31:58 AM

    Recess

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

    • 10:32:02 AM

      TEMPORE PURSUANT

      PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE

    • 11:59:36 AM

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      HOUSE IS GAVELING IN FOR LEGISLATIVE WORK. THIS AFTERNOON A BILL…

      HOUSE IS GAVELING IN FOR LEGISLATIVE WORK. THIS AFTERNOON A BILL SUSPENDING CERTAIN E.P.A. EMISSIONS STANDARDS FOR BRICK AND CLAY KILNS. VOTES LATER THIS AFTERNOON. LIVE TO THE HOUSE FLOOR HERE ON C-SPAN.

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  • 12:00:34 PM

    Reconvened

    The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of March 7.

    • 12:00:51 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 12:00:51 PM

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

      • 12:02:08 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, RULE 1, THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED.

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    • 12:02:16 PM

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

    • 12:02:19 PM

      PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

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

      • 12:02:23 PM

        MR. DUNCAN

        WOULD YOU OUR GUESTS PLEASE JOIN US IN THE PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE. I PLEDGE…

        WOULD YOU OUR GUESTS PLEASE JOIN US IN THE PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE. I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

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    • 12:02:40 PM

      ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

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

      • 12:02:41 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

        THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE OF THE AISLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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      • 12:02:56 PM

        MR. WILSON

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

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

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      • 12:03:00 PM

        TEMPORE WITHOUT

        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

      • 12:03:02 PM

        MR. WILSON

        MR. SPEAKER, THIS WEEK WE HAVE REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE SOUTH CAROLINA…

        MR. SPEAKER, THIS WEEK WE HAVE REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE SOUTH CAROLINA MANUFACTURING EXTENSION PARTNERSHIP VISIT FOR THEIR ANNUAL LEGISLATIVE DAY. THEY ARE A PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS THAT HELP SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED MANUFACTURERS GROW THEIR BUSINESS. THERE ARE M.A.P. SENTERS IN ALL 50 STATES AND PUERTO RICO. MANUFACTURING IS ONE OF AMERICA'S MAJOR ECONOMIC DRIVERS. COMPRISING OVER 12% OF OUR ANNUAL G.D.P., WITH MOST MANUFACTURING FIRMS IN THE UNITED STATES HAVING 500 EMPLOYEES OR LESS. M.A.P.'S PROVIDE MUCH NEEDED ASSISTANCE FOR MANUFACTURERS TO BECOME MORE SUCCESSFUL. M.A.P.'S HELP MANUFACTURERS GROW THEIR GLOBAL MARKET WITH EXPORT GUIDANCE ON WHERE TO ELIMINATE WASTE. LAST YEAR M.A.P.'S ACROSS THE COUNTRY GENERATED $1ST7 BILLION IN COST SAVINGS, $3.5 BILLION IN NEW CLIENT INVESTMENTS, AND HELPED CREATE AN RETAIN OVER $100,000 JOBS. CAN YOU SEE THESE BENEFITS FIRSTHAND IN THIS SECOND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT WHERE THE SOUTH CAROLINA MANUFACTURING EXTENSION PARTNERSHIP LED BY CHUCK SPANGLER, SERVED OVER 40 COMPANIES LAST YEAR RESULTING IN $25 MILLION IN NEW SALES AND 325 RETAINED JOBS. I'M GRATEFUL FOR THE M.A.P.'S POSITIVE IMPACT IN COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND WE'LL NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM.

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      • 12:04:26 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM HAWAII SEEK RECOGNITION?

      • 12:04:31 PM

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        UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

      • 12:04:34 PM

        TEMPORE WITHOUT

        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

      • 12:04:36 PM

        MS. GABBARD

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

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE STUDENTS, FACULTY, STAFF, AND COMMUNITY AROUND MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL WHO LOST 176 THEIR THREE WEEKS AGO TODAY. -- 17 OF THEIR OWN THREE WEEKS AGO TODAY. I RISE TO SUPPORT THE COMMUNITY OF PARKLAND AND MILLIONS OF AMERICANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, WHO ARE SAYING ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. THE TIME FOR ACTION IS NOW. WE CANNOT ALLOW PARTISAN POLITICS TO GET IN THE WAY OF TAKING MEANINGFUL ACTION IN AREAS WHERE BOTH PARTIES AGREE AND THAT HAVE THE SUPPORT OF MOST AMERICANS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. HERE'S A VIEW EXAMPLES. BOTH DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS SUPPORT LEGISLATION I HAVE CO-SPONSORED TO BAN BUMP STOCKS. BOTH DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS SUPPORT LEGISLATION TO CLOSE THE LOOPHOLE EXPLOITED BY THE SOUTHERLAND SPRINGS, TEXAS SHOOTER LAST YEAR. BOTH DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS SUPPORT LEGISLATION TO UPHOLD SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS AND STRENGTHEN THE NATIONAL INSTANT CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK SYSTEM. NOW IS THE TIME FOR TO US COME TOGETHER. AND TO TAKE MEANINGFUL ACTION TOWARDS RESPONSIBLE COMMONSENSE GUN SAFETY REFORM. I YIELD BACK.

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      • 12:05:45 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE SEEK REX -- SEEK…

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE SEEK REX -- SEEK RECOGNITION?

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      • 12:05:51 PM

        MR. DUNCAN

        TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

      • 12:05:54 PM

        TEMPORE WITHOUT

        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

      • 12:05:56 PM

        MR. DUNCAN

        MR. SPEAKER, IN HIS COLUMN YESTERDAY PAT BUCHANAN WROTE THROUGH MOST OF…

        MR. SPEAKER, IN HIS COLUMN YESTERDAY PAT BUCHANAN WROTE THROUGH MOST OF ITS HISTORY THE REPUBLICAN PARTY WAS THE HIGH TARIFF PARTY FAVORING TARIFFS RATHER THAN INCOME TAXES. HE WROTE THAT THOSE TARIFFS HELPED THE U.S. TO BECOME THE STRONGEST INDUSTRIAL POWER IN THE WORLD. IN THE 1950'S AND 1960'S, 53% OF AMERICAN JOBS WERE INDUSTRIAL BAZED, MANY WHITE KOHL AMPLET NOW ONLY AROUND 10% ARE IN MANUFACTURING. AND MANY THOUSANDS OF COLLEGE GRADUATES ARE WORKING AT WAITERS AND WAITRESSES OR OTHER LOW-PAYING JOBS AND LIVING WITH THEIR PARENTS. FEARS OF A TRADE WAR ARE BEING GREATLY EXAGGERATED. WE HAVE BEEN IN A TRADE WAR FOR MANY YEARS AND WE HAVE BEEN LOSING. WITH ONLY 4% OF THE WORLD'S POPULATION, WE BUY ALMOST 23% OF THE WORLD'S GOODS. EVERY COUNTRY WANTS INTO OUR MARKETS. AND WE HAVE TREMENDOUS LEVERAGE ON TRADE THAT WE HAVEN'T BEEN USING. PETROLEUMP'S PROPOSED TARIFFS APPLY TO ONLY TWO PRODUCTS. I COMMEND HIM FOR HIS EFFORT TO TRY TO PROTECT AMERICAN JOBS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 12:06:58 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

      • 12:07:03 PM

        MR. CICILLINE

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

      • 12:07:07 PM

        TEMPORE WITHOUT

        WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

      • 12:07:09 PM

        MR. CICILLINE

        DESPITE THEIR BEST EFFORTS, MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS HAVE NOT FOOLED THE…

        DESPITE THEIR BEST EFFORTS, MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS HAVE NOT FOOLED THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THEY PROVIDE ADD MODEST TEMPORARY TAX CUT FOR SOME AMERICANS, BUT THEIR TAX BILL RAISED TAXES ON 86 MILLION MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES. 83% OF THE TAX CUTS GO TO THE TOP 1%. IT CREATES $2.3 TRILLION IN DEBT. AND PAYS FOR IT WITH DEEP CUTS TO MEDICARE AND MEDICAID. IT ALSO PROVIDES A HUGE TAX BREAK, $1.3 TRILLION, FOR THE BIGGEST CORPORATIONS IN THIS COUNTRY. AND FURTHER INCENTIVIZES SHIPPING AMERICAN JOBS OVERSEAS. CORPORATIONS HAVE ANNOUNCED MORE THAN $00 BILLION IN STOCK BUYBACKS IN JUST THREE MONTHS. MORE THAN 30 TIMES WHAT WORKERS RECEIVED. CORPORATIONS LIKE WAL-MART ARE AT THE SAME TIME LAYING OFF THOUSANDS OF WORKERS AS THEY POCKET MASSIVE TAX BREAKS FOR THEMSELVES. WE GAVE THEM INCENTIVES TO SHIP MORE JOBS OVERSEAS. DEMOCRATS WANT REAL BIPARTISAN TAX REFORM THAT STARTS WITH A REAL PERMANENT TAX BREAK FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS. THAT WILL PRODUCE BETTER JOBS, BERT WAGES, FOR A BETTER FUTURE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE A BETTER DEAL THAN THIS RAW DEAL THAT THEY GOT FROM THE REPUBLICANS IN THIS TAX BILL. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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      • 12:08:22 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

      • 12:08:25 PM

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

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

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      • 12:08:30 PM

        TEMPORE WITHOUT

        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

      • 12:08:32 PM

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        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN MEMORY OF SCOTLAND COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA…

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN MEMORY OF SCOTLAND COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA DEPUTY ALEXIS LOCKLEAR WHO WAS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY LAST THURSDAY WHILE RUSHING TO THE AID OF A FELLOW OFFICER.

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      • 12:08:47 PM

        MR. PITTENGER

        THE DEPUTY WAS 23 YEARS OLD AND HAD ONLY BEEN ON THE FORCE TORE 10 MONTHS.…

        THE DEPUTY WAS 23 YEARS OLD AND HAD ONLY BEEN ON THE FORCE TORE 10 MONTHS. YET THOSE WHO KNEW HIM BEST SAID HE TIED DOING WHAT HE LOVED. MY FRIEND, THE SHERIFF, SAID THAT THE DEPUTY MADE FRIENDS EVERYWHERE HE WENT. THE SHERIFF SAID, HE WANTED TO BE A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER AND HE CHOSE A SCOTLAND A COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE. IT DID NOT TAKE A LONG TIME TO KNOW THAT HE WOULD FIT RIGHT IN WITH HIS FAMILY. END OF QUOTE. THE DEPUTY LEAVES BEHIND A -YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER, AS WELL AS HIS PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS, AND SIX SISTERS. LAST WEEK THEY LOST A HERO, BUT A HERO REMEMBERED NEVER DIES IN OUR HEARTS. PLEASE JOIN ME IN OFFERING CONDOLENCES TO THE LOCKLEAR FAMILY, THE SHERIFF, AND THE SCOTLAND COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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      • 12:09:37 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION?

      • 12:09:42 PM

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        UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

      • 12:09:48 PM

        E WITHOUT

        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

      • 12:09:52 PM

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        MR. SPEAKER, THE THREAT OF FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN OUR ELECTIONS IS REAL.…

        MR. SPEAKER, THE THREAT OF FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN OUR ELECTIONS IS REAL. OUR INTELLIGENCE CHIEFS ARE SOUNDING THE ALARM THAT RUSSIA USED THE 201 ELECTION AS A TARGET FOR ADDITIONAL INTERFERENCE.

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      • 12:10:07 PM

        MR. SCHNEIDER

        FINALLY YESTERDAY, PRESIDENT TRUMP AT LAST ACKNOWLEDGED RUSSIAN MEDDLING…

        FINALLY YESTERDAY, PRESIDENT TRUMP AT LAST ACKNOWLEDGED RUSSIAN MEDDLING AND VOWED TO GUARD AGAINST IT SAYING, QUOTE, WE WON'T ALLOW IT TO HAPPEN. MR. SPEAKER, ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS AND TIME AND TIME AGAIN THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS PROVEN UNWILLING TO CONFRONT THIS THREAT. WE LEARNED THIS WEEK THE STATE DEPARTMENT IS NOT USING ANY OF THE RESOURCES THEY HAVE BEEN GIVEN TO COUNTER ELECTION INTERFERENCE. U.S. CYBER COMMAND CHIEF ADMIRAL ROGERS SAID THE PRESIDENT HAS NOT GRANTED HIM AUTHORITY TO DISRUPT RUSSIAN HACKING OPERATIONS. WE'RE STILL WAITING ON THE ADMINISTRATION TO IMPOSE SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA PASSED BY AN OVERWHELMING BIPARTISAN MAJORITY IN THIS CONGRESS. THIS ISN'T A FUTURE CONCERN. AMERICANS VOTED IN TEXAS PRIMARIES YESTERDAY AND ARE ALREADY HEADING TO THE POLLS IN MY STATE, ILLINOIS, WHERE EARLY VOTING BEGAN ON MONDAY. I URGE THE ADMINISTRATION TO GET SERIOUS ABOUT THIS THREAT AND SUPPORT FUNDING FOR THE ELECTION ASSISTANCE COMMISSION AND RESOURCES FOR STATE ELECTION OFFICIALS ON THE FRONTLINES OF THIS BATTLE. THIS IS NOT A PARTISAN ISSUE. IT'S ABOUT PROTECTING OUR DEMOCRACY AND ENSURING THE INTEGRITY OF EVERY AMERICANS' VOTE.

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      • 12:11:12 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

      • 12:11:15 PM

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

      • 12:11:21 PM

        TEMPORE WITHOUT

        WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

      • 12:11:25 PM

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        MR. SPEAKER, I CAME TO THE FLOOR TODAY TO SPEAK ABOUT MY COTTON FARMERS,…

        MR. SPEAKER, I CAME TO THE FLOOR TODAY TO SPEAK ABOUT MY COTTON FARMERS, BUT MY HEART IS HEAVY AFTER A CONVERSATION WITH OUR VETERANS, OUR V.F.W. TO BE EXACT, ABOUT THIS ISSUE OF UNION TIME, UNION ACTIVITIES ON THE TAXPAYER DOLE. THERE WAS A G.A.O. REPORT A YEAR AGO THAT SAID THERE WERE HUNDREDS OF V.A. EMPLOYEES SPENDING 1% OF THEIR TIME ON UNION ACTIVITY.

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      • 12:11:57 PM

        MR. ARRINGTON

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION.

      • 12:12:35 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION.

      • 12:12:38 PM

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

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

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      • 12:12:44 PM

        TEMPORE WITHOUT

        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

      • 12:12:46 PM

        MR. COSTA

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CALL FOR THE SUPPORT OF THE HMONG VETERANS…

        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CALL FOR THE SUPPORT OF THE HMONG VETERANS SERVICE RECOGNITION ACT THIS. BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION EXTENDS VETERANS' BURIAL BENEFITS TO HMONG AND LOU SHAN VETERANS WHO FOUGHT WITH THE AMERICAN FORCES DURING THE VIETNAM WAR. THEY RISKED THEIR LIVES FIGHTING ALONGSIDE AMERICAN SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN AS SOLDIERS IN THE SPECIAL GUERRILLA UNITS, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS S.G.U. THEY WERE COVERTLY TRAINED BY THE C.I.A. DURING THE VIETNAM WAR AND LED TO DIRECT COMBAT SUPPORT FOR AMERICAN FORCES. YET THEY HAVE NEVER BEEN RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR SERVICE. WHICH IS WHY I INTRODUCED THE LEGISLATION WITH CONGRESSMAN PAUL COOK, HIMSELF A DECORATED VIETNAM VETERAN, A COLONEL IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY. AND KNOWS THEIR STORY WELL. THERE ARE ONLY ESTIMATED 5,000 HMONG VETERANS STILL ALIVE TODAY WITH THOUSANDS IN THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY I REPRESENT. WE EXTENDED THIS HONOR TO FILIPINO SOLDIERS YEARS AGO. I ASK THAT WE HONOR THESE COURAGEOUS INDIVIDUALS WITH THEIR CHOICE OF BEING LAID TO REST NEXT TO THEIR BROTHERS IN ARMS. IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 12:13:57 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION?

      • 12:14:04 PM

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

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

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      • 12:14:10 PM

        TEMPORE WITHOUT

        WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

      • 12:14:12 PM

        MS. SCHAKOWSKY

        MR. SPEAKER, AS CONGRESS FAILS TO ADVANCE COMMONSENSE GUN SAFETY…

        MR. SPEAKER, AS CONGRESS FAILS TO ADVANCE COMMONSENSE GUN SAFETY LEGISLATION, I'D LIKE TO SHARE A LETTER FROM A YOUNG CONSTITUENT OF MINE, BELA, FROM SKOKIE, ILLINOIS. BELA RECENTLY HAD A LOCKDOWN AT HER SCHOOL. SHE WRITES, QUOTE, WHILE MY PEERS AND I CROWDED IN THE CORNER OF MY CLASSROOM, MY MIND INSTANTLY THOUGHT ABOUT THE RISE IN SCHOOL SHOOTINGS IN 2018. I THOUGHT, AM I GOING TO BE PART OF THAT STATISTIC? THIS LOCKDOWN MADE ME REALIZE THAT SOMETHING LIKE THAT COULD HAPPEN TO ANYONE ANYWHERE. PLEASE DO SOMETHING. BELA, WE HAVE SOLUTIONS THAT ARE SUPPORTED BY AN OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF AMERICANS. BANNING ASSAULT WEAPONS. PASSING COMPREHENSIVE BACKGROUND CHECKS. STUDENTS AND PARENTS AROUND THE COUNTRY ARE TELLING US TO DO SOMETHING. IT'S TIME NOW FOR CONGRESS TO LISTEN. AND I YIELD BACK.

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      • 12:15:17 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

      • 12:15:20 PM

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        PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE…

        PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE EXPERTS OF A LETTER I RECEIVED FROM A 15-YEAR-OLD IN MY DISTRICT. IT SHOWS THE IMPACT OF PARKLAND, FLORIDA SHOOTING IS HAVING. THIS YOUNG PERSON WRITES, AND I QUOTE, I HAVE NEVER BEEN IN A SCHOOL SHOOTING NOR DO I KNOW ANYONE WHO HAS. EVERY TIME I THINK ABOUT IT OR HAVE A DREAM ABOUT IT, I EXPERIENCE IT. I'M ONLY 15 YEARS OLD. WHY AM I TERRIFIED TO GO TO PLACES I USED TO LOVE BECAUSE SOMEONE COULD SHOOT ME? WHY IS IT SO EASY TO BUY AND MAKE GUNS IN THIS COUNTRY? WHY CAN NOBODY SEEM TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND PUT A STOP TO THIS? WHY DOES NOBODY PAY ATTENTION? THE KIDS IN THIS COUNTRY, WHO HAVE NEVER BEEN IN A SHOOTING BUT LIVE IN CONSTANT FEAR AND DO NOT FEEL SAFE. I AM ASKING YOU TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE GUN POLICIES IN THIS COUNTRY SO PEOPLE STOP DYING AND YOUNGER GENERATIONS OF PEOPLE CAN FEEL SAFE. PUT US FIRST, NOT GUNS. MR. SPEAKER, WHAT'S YOUR ANSWER TO THIS YOUNG VOICE?

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      • 12:16:42 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA SEEK RECOGNITION?

      • 12:16:45 PM

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        PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

      • 12:16:49 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

      • 12:16:50 PM

        MR. ELLISON

        I COME BEFORE THE HOUSE TODAY AND THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES BECAUSE…

        I COME BEFORE THE HOUSE TODAY AND THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES BECAUSE AMERICA NEEDS SINGLE PAYER HEALTH CARE. WE SPEND $9,000 PER PERSON ON HEALTH CARE, BUT FOR ALL THAT MONEY, WE STILL HAVE TENS OF MILLIONS OF UNINSURED AND HIGHEST MORTALITY RATE OF ANY WEALTHY NATION ON EARTH AND WE ARE LAST IN LIFE EXPECTANCY AMONG WEALTHY COUNTRIES. IN A FEW MOMENTS I EXPECT TO ASK FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT I MAY HEREAFTER BE THE FIRST CO-SPONSOR OF H.R. 676, THE BILL WAS ORIGINALLY INTRODUCED BY MY FRIEND, JOHN CONYERS. I HAVE HIS SUPPORT IN PICKING UP THE MANTLE WHERE HE LEFT IT AND FOR THE PURPOSES OF ADDING CO-SPONSORS AND REQUESTING REPRINTINGS. I WILL DO THAT IN A MOMENT. MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU. THE MONEY WE ARE SPENDING ON HEALTH CARE ISN'T GOING TO THE PATIENTS OR THE SURGEONS, IT ISN'T EVEN GOING TO THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRIES. THE INSURANCE INDUSTRIES ARE RAKING IN RECORD PROFITS ARE THE MAJOR BENEFICIARIES OF OUR POLICY. I YIELD BACK AT THIS TIME AND ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT FOR -- I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT I MAY BE CONSIDERED AS THE FIRST SPONSOR OF H.R. 676 THE EXPANDED AND IMPROVED MEDICAL HEALTH FOR ALL ACT FOR THE PURPOSES OF ADDING CO-SPONSORS AND REQUESTING REPRINTINGS PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 7 OF RULE 12.

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      • 12:18:01 PM

        ASSUMING FIRST SPONSORSHIP.

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        ASSUMING FIRST SPONSORSHIP

        Mr. Ellison asked unanimous consent that he may hereafter be considered as the first sponsor of H.R. 676, a bill originally introduced by former Representative Conyers, for purposes of adding cosponsors and requesting reprintings pursuant to clause 7 of rule XII. Agreed to without objection.

        • 12:18:33 PM

          ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

          The House resumed one minute speeches.

          • 12:18:38 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            WITHOUT OBJECTION. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK…

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

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            PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

          • 12:18:46 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

          • 12:18:47 PM

            MR. HASTINGS

            KEITH, PUT ME ON THAT. IN A FEW MOMENTS, I WILL MANAGE TODAY'S RULES, BUT…

            KEITH, PUT ME ON THAT. IN A FEW MOMENTS, I WILL MANAGE TODAY'S RULES, BUT RIGHT NOW, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE STAFF OF THE RULES COMMITTEE ON BOTH SIDES FOR THE HARD WORK THAT THEY DO AND ESPECIALLY THE STAFF DIRECTOR FOR THE DEMOCRATS. I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE A MOMENT TO RECOGNIZE A SENIOR FROM ALBION HIGH SCHOOL IN WESTERN NEW YORK. SHE IS HERE ALONG WITH CLASSMATES FROM HER SCHOOL AND DON IS HER UNCLE. TODAY, WE WILL NOT ADDRESS DREAMERS. TODAY, WE WILL NOT ADDRESS THE GUN EPIDEMIC. I ENCOURAGE ALL ADULT AMERICANS TO WORK WITH THE STUDENTS ON MARCH 24 THAT ARE COMING HERE TO WASHINGTON IN A MARCH FOR WHAT THEY DESCRIBE AS OUR FUTURE. I HOPE ADULT AMERICANS WILL ENCOURAGE MASSIVE ATTENDANCE AT THIS MARCH AND THAT THIS CONGRESS WILL TAKE ACTION TO ABATE THE GUN EPIDEMIC. I YIELD BACK.

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          • 12:19:59 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

          • 12:20:02 PM

            MS. JACKSON LEE

            PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

          • 12:20:06 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. THOSE IN…

            WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. THOSE IN FLORIDA ARE STILL SUFFERING AND NO GUN ACTION AT ALL. NO DEBATE. ADDITIONALLY YOUNG PEOPLE ARE IN THE STREETS AND THEIR FAMILIES ARE FEARFUL BECAUSE THE DACA FIX PROMISED BY THIS PRESIDENT HAS NOT BEEN DONE. WE NEED TO DO OUR WORK IF WE ARE AMERICANS AND NEED TO DO IT FOR ALL OF THOSE WHO LIVE WITHIN THE CONFINES OF THIS NATION. THEN FINALLY, WE HAD AN ELECTION YESTERDAY IN TEXAS, FULL OF MISTAKES AND CLOSED POLLS AND NONWORKING MACHINES. AND YET THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES HAS 120 MILLION TO SAFEGUARD OUR ELECTIONS IN 2018 AND HE HAS DONE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. IT IS A DEMAND THAT WE BEGIN TO LOOK AT THE RUSSIAN INTRUSION, FAULTY VOTING POLLS AND MACHINES AND BEGIN TO ADDRESS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE'S RIGHT AND CIVIL LITS OF VOTING, ONE VOTE, ONE PERSON, WITHOUT THE FEAR AND THE APPREHENSION OF RUSSIANS INTRUDING INTO AN ELECTION IN 2018 IN ORDER TO SKEW THE FEDERAL ELECTIONS. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. TIME FOR US TO ACT. I YIELD BACK.

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          • 12:21:42 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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          • 12:21:51 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZE THED FOR ONE MINUTE.

          • 12:21:55 PM

            MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

            MR. SPEAKER, AS WE CELEBRATE WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH AND THE RESILIENT WOMEN…

            MR. SPEAKER, AS WE CELEBRATE WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH AND THE RESILIENT WOMEN WHO HAVE CHALLENGED THE STATUS QUO, I'M HONORED TO RECOGNIZE MY CONGRESSIONAL COLLEAGUE AND DEAR FRIEND, REPRESENTATIVE MARCY KAPTUR. IN 1981 SHE DEFEATED THE INCUMBENT LEADING HER TO BECOME THE LONGEST SERVING WOMAN IN THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND SENIOR MEMBER OF THE POWERFUL AND HIGHLY COVETED APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE. I MET MARCY DURING MY FIRST TENURE IN THE HOUSE BACK IN 1989 AND AT THAT TIME THERE WERE ONLY 31 WOMEN SERVING. MARCY WELCOMED ME WITH OPEN ARMS AND SHE EMBODIES WHAT ANY LEGISLATOR SHOULD BE, PRINCIPLED, TRUTHFUL AND FIERCE FIGHTER FOR HER CONSTITUENTS. IT WAS BECAUSE OF HER VISION AND TIRELESS ADVOCACY THAT AMERICANS FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY ARE ABLE TO VISIT THE WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL HERE IN D.C. AND HONOR THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN WHO DEFENDED OUR COUNTRY. MARCY, YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION TO WOMEN EVERYWHERE AND I THANK YOU TO YOUR COMMITMENT TO ADVOCATE FOR SO MANY IMPORTANT ISSUES THAT MATTER TO ALL AMERICANS. CONGRATULATIONS ON THIS GREAT HONOR, THE LONGEST SERVING WOMAN IN U.S. HISTORY. I YIELD BACK.

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          • 12:23:25 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND SEEK RECOGNITION?

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          • 12:23:33 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

          • 12:23:35 PM

            MR. RASKIN

            ONE OF THE GREAT THINGS ABOUT OUR JOB IS WE HAVE ALL THESE WONDERFUL YOUNG…

            ONE OF THE GREAT THINGS ABOUT OUR JOB IS WE HAVE ALL THESE WONDERFUL YOUNG PEOPLE WHO COME TO US FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD. AND IN SCHOOL THEY READ JOHN LOCKE AND READ RUSSO AND THE WHOLE PREMISE IS THAT WE WILL BE SAFER IN CIVIL SOCIETY TOGETHER THAN WE WOULD BE STAY IF WE STATE IN THE STATE OF NATURE WHICH HOBBS WAS NASTY, BRUTISH AND SHORT. WE ARE FEELING THAT TEST AND OBLIGATION OF CIVIL GOVERNMENT BECAUSE WE ARE NOT KEEPING OUR PEOPLE SAFE. WHEN A TEENAGER CAN ACCESS AN AR-15 AND GO INTO A SCHOOL AND ASSASSINATE 17 TEACHERS AND STUDENTS. AND WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE IN CONGRESS? NOTHING. WE HAVE NOT HAD A SINGLE HEARING ON GUN VIOLENCE, NOT A SINGLE HEARING ON THE UNIVERSAL CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS WHICH IS SUPPORTED BY 97% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE CAN'T EVEN HAVE A HEARING ABOUT IT. WE ARE DEMANDING A HEARING AND DEMANDING WITH THE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE COMING MARCH 24 SERIOUS TREATMENT OF THE GUN VIOLENCE PROBLEM WHICH DOES NOT BELONG IN A CIVIL SOCIETY. I YIELD BACK.

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          • 12:24:57 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING SEEK RECOGNITION?

          • 12:25:01 PM

            MS. CHENEY

            MR. SPEAKER, BY THE DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE…

            MR. SPEAKER, BY THE DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 6723.

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          • 12:25:01 PM

            Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 762 — "Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1119) to establish the bases by which the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency shall issue, implement, and enforce certain emission limitations and allocations for existing electric utility steam generating units that convert coal refuse into energy, and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1917) to allow for judicial review of any final rule addressing national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants for brick and structural clay products or for clay ceramics manufacturing before requiring compliance with such rule."

            • 12:25:07 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE CLERK WILL REPORT.

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              THE CLERK

              REPORT.

            • 12:25:59 PM

              INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT

              WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT: (1) ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED…

              WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT: (1) ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE; AND (2) ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS. SECTION 2. UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE THE BILL, H.R. 1917, TO ALLOW FOR JUDICIAL REVIEW OF ANY FINAL RULE ADDRESSING NATIONAL EMISSION STANDARDS FOR HAZARDOUS AIR POLLUTANTS FOR BRICK AND STRUCTURAL CLAY PRODUCTS OR FOR CLAY CERAMICS MANUFACTURING BEFORE REQUIRING COMPLIANCE WITH SUCH RULE. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 115-62 SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ADOPTED. THE BILL, AS AMENDED, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST PROVISIONS IN THE BILL, AS AMENDED, ARE WAIVED. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL, AS AMENDED, AND ON ANY FURTHER AMENDMENT THERETO, TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT: (1) ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED

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              EXCEPT ONE

              ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING…

              ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE; AND (2) ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS.

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        • 12:27:12 PM

          DEBATE

          The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 762.

          • 12:27:17 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

          • 12:27:21 PM

            MS. CHENEY

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

            DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION, ALL TIME YIELDED IS FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY. I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OF FLORIDA PENDING WHICH I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME I MAY CONSUME. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS.

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          • 12:27:43 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

          • 12:27:45 PM

            MS. CHENEY

            RESOLUTION 762 WHICH PROVIDES FOR H.R. 1119 SATISFYING ENERGY NEEDS AND…

            RESOLUTION 762 WHICH PROVIDES FOR H.R. 1119 SATISFYING ENERGY NEEDS AND SAVING THE ENVIRONMENT AND FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 1917, THE OLYMPICING REGULATORY INTERFERENCE FROM CLOSING KILNS OR BRICK ACT OF 2017. MR. SPEAKER, FOR MANY YEARS OUR DOMESTIC ENERGY HAS SUFFERED UNDER UNNECESSARY AND POLITICALLY MOTIVATED REGULATIONS AND BURDENSOME BUREAUCRATIC RED TAPE. PROHIBITING GROWTH AND INNOVATION. PRESIDENT TRUMP AND HIS ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN WORKING HARD ALONG WITH THIS CONGRESS, TO UNDO THE POLICIES WHICH HAVE SO HARMED OUR DOMESTIC ENERGY INDUSTRY. TODAY'S RULE ALLOWS FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF TWO BILLS WHICH WILL FURTHER THOSE EFFORTS AND REFORM OUR REGULATORY FRAMEWORK SO OUR ENERGY PRODUCERS CAN DO THEIR JOBS MORE EFFICIENTLY AND ECONOMICALLY ALONG WITH SAFEGUARDS THAT WILL BE IN PLACE TO PROTECT HEALTH AND SAFETY. THESE BILLS PROVIDE A COMMONSENSE SOLUTION TO TAYLOR E.P.A. MISSION STANDARDS AND COMPLY GUIDELINES. THE FIRST BILL, H.R. 119, THE SENSE ACT, IS SPONSORED BY MR. ROTHFUS OF PENNSYLVANIA. THIS BILL WOULD PROVIDE FOR TARGETED MOTORCYCLESES TO THE E.P.A.'S MERCURY AND AIR TOXIC STANDARDS AS IT APPLIES TO COAL REFUSE TO ENERGY FACILITIES. THE E.P.A. HAS INCLUDED CERTAIN EMISSIONS LIMITS IN THE NEW STANDARDS THAT ARE SIMPLY NOT ACHIEVABLE FOR THESE REFUSE PLANTS. THESE SPECIALIZED POWER PLANTS HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED TO RECYCLE COAL REFUSE BY USING IT AS AN ENERGY SOURCE TO GENERATE AFFORDABLE AND RELIABLE ELECTRICITY. THESE FACILITIES HAVE REMOVED 214 MILLION TONS OF COAL REFUSE FROM THE ENVIRONMENT AT NO EXPENSE TO TAXPAYERS. IN ADDITION TO HELPING ADDRESS COAL REFUSE, THESE FACILITIES CREATED AN ESTIMATED 1,200 DIRECT AND 4,000 INDIRECT JOBS IN AREAS THAT HAVE BEEN ECONOMICALLY DISTRESSED FOR MANY YEARS. THERE ARE 19 OF THESE COAL TO ENERGY FACILITIES WHICH ARE AT DIRECT RISK BEING SHUT DOWN. THE SENSE ACT WOULD CREATE A WAY FOR COAL REFUSE TO ENERGY FACILITIES TO CONTINUE THEIR MUCH NEEDED WORK BY ALLOWING THESE PLANTS TO DEMONSTRATE COMPLIANCE WITH E.P.A.'S HYDRO COLORIC ACID STANDARDS BY USING SULFUR DIOXIDE AS A PROXY AND 93% REDUCTION DEMONSTRATES COMPLIANCE WITH THE HYDRO COLORIC REDUCTION STANDARDS. . IT WOULD ACHIEVE SUBSTANTIAL DECLINES IN EMISSIONS. BUT IT WOULD DO SO IN A WAY THAT THESE FACILITIES CAN ACHIEVE. WHILE ALSO REMAINING OPERATIONAL. RECOGNIZING THE CREW SHEAL ROLE THEY PLAY. IT ALSO PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 1917, THE BLOCKING REGULATORY INTERFERENCE FROM CLOSING KILNS, OR BRICK ASKET 2017, SPONSORED BY MY COLLEAGUE FROM OHIO, MR. JOHNSON. THIS BILL 1917, THE BLOCKING REGULATORY INTERFERENCE FROM CLOSING KILNS, OR BRICK ASKET 2017, SPONSORED BY MY COLLEAGUE FROM OHIO, MR. JOHNSON. THIS BILL WILL HELP PRESERVE AMERICA'S BRICK MAKING INDUSTRY AND IT'S 7,000 JOBS AND PROTECTS THEM FROM AN E.P.A. RULE THAT CREATED A FAR TOO RUSHED TO COMPLIANCE TIMETABLE FOR BUSINESSES ACROSS THE NATION. THE EMISSIONS STANDARDS IN THIS RULE APPLY TO KILNS AT BRICK AND STRUCTURAL CLAY PRODUCTS MANUFACTURING FACILITIES. AND AT CLAY CERAMIC MANUFACTURING FACILITIES. INDUSTRY ESTIMATED THE COST OF THIS RULE IF ALLOWED TO GO INTO EFFECT WOULD POTENTIALLY EXCEED $100 MILLION ANNUALLY. WHICH IS FOUR TIMES HIGHER THAN WHAT THE E.P.A. INITIALLY ESTIMATED. THIS IS YET ONE MORE EXAMPLE OF HOW POORLY THOUGHT OUT AND MISGUIDED REGULATION ARE HARMING INDUSTRIES AND HAVE BEEN A SEVERE HINDRANCE TO THE KIND OF JOB CREATION WE KNOW WE CAN NOW SEE UNLEASHED ACROSS OUR NATION. WE'VE GOT TO ENSURE BUSINESSES HAVE TIME TO COMPLY AND THE REGULATIONS MAKE SENSE. WE SHOULD NOT FORCE THEM INTO ARBITRARY TIMELINES THAT WILL MAKE THEM SHUT DOWN. H.R. 1917 PROVIDES THAT NEEDED TIME AND MAKES COMPLIANCE POSSIBLE. THE BRICK ACT ALSO INCLUDES THE TEXT OF THE RELIEF FROM NEW SOURCE PERFORMANCE STANDARDS. THIS LEGISLATION WAS AUTHORED BY MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUE FROM MINNESOTA, MR. PETERSON. THE PROVISION IN THIS BILL WILL HELP BOTH MANUFACTURERS AND USERS OF WOOD HEATERS BY PROVIDING RELIEF FROM OVERLY BURDENSOME AND ARBITRARY TIMELINES THAT HAVE BEEN IMPOSED BY THE E.P.A.'S NEW SOURCE PERFORMANCE STANDARDS. SPECIFICALLY, THIS BILL PROVIDES AN ADDITIONAL THREE YEARS FOR BUSINESSES TO COMPLY WITH THIS RULE. WOOD HEATERS ARE AN AFFORDABLE SOURCE OF HOME HEATING, ESPECIALLY IN RURAL AMERICA. AND IT'S CRITICALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE PROTECT THIS LOW COST SOURCE OF HEATING. THE NEW SOURCE PERFORMANCE STANDARDS FOR WOOD HEATERS, WHICH TOOK EFFECT IN 2015, INCLUDE A PROVISION THAT IS PROVING NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE ONCE AGAIN FOR MANUFACTURERS TO COMPLY WITH. AS THEY ARE STRUGGLING TO DESIGN CLIENT MODS IN A SHORT TIME FRAME ALLOWED BY THE AGENTCY. AS A RESULT, WE HAVE SEEN WORKERS LAID OFF AND OTHERS -- OTHER COMPANIES FEARING THAT THEY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO STAY IN BUSINESS AFTER 2020. WOOD HEATER USERS IN MANY LOW-INCOME HOUSEHOLDS ACROSS THE COUNTRY FACE THE LIKELIHOOD OF HAVING TO PAY MORE AND HAVING TO -- A REDUCED PRODUCT CHOICE. THIS IS ONE MORE EXAMPLE OF FEDERAL OVERREACH WHICH THE AGENCY FAILED TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE REAL IMPACT OF THESE REGULATIONS ON EVERYDAY AMERICANS ACROSS OUR COUNTRY. IT IS CRUCIAL THAT WE PASS THE BRICK ACT WHICH WOULD EXTEND THE DEADLINE FOR THE OF THESE SECOND PHASE OF THE WOOD HEATER STANDARDS FROM 2020 TO 2023. AND PROVIDE TIME FOR MEANINGFUL JUDICIAL REVIEW OF THE BRICK AND STRUCTURAL CLAY MANUFACTURING AND NATIONAL EMISSION STANDARDS. BEFORE THE OWNERS AND OPERATIONS OF THESE FACILITIES ARE REQUIRED TO MAKE SIGNIFICANT AND POTENTIALLY IRREVERSIBLE DECISIONS REGARDING CAPITAL INVESTMENTS OR DRIVING THEM OUT OF BUSINESS ALL TOGETHER. MR. SPEAKER, WE MUST ENSURE EMISSION STANDARDS ARE REASONABLE AND TO NOT UNNECESSARILY CRIPPLE SMALL BUSINESSES WHICH WE KNOW ARE THE DRIVERS OF OUR ECONOMY. THEREFORE, I ENCOURAGE SUPPORT FOR THE RULE, FOR THESE IMPORTANT BILLS, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 12:34:30 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

          • 12:34:33 PM

            MR. HASTINGS

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

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            TEMPORE WITHOUT

            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

          • 12:34:38 PM

            MR. HASTINGS

            MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE FIRST TO THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING, MY…

            MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE FIRST TO THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING, MY FRIEND, FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES FOR DEBATE. AND TODAY'S BILLS WOULD THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING, MY FRIEND, FOR YIELDING ME MODIFY CLEAN AIR ACT REGULATIONS. OR THE ACT ITSELF. TO GIVE A HANDOUT TO SPECIFIED INDUSTRIES TO EMIT MORE POLLUTION INTO THE AIR. THESE BILLS, IN MY VIEW, WOULD RESULT IN MORE SMOG, MORE FINE PARTICLE POLLUTION, AND MORE TOXIC AIR POLLUTION. THE EFFECTS WOULD BE WORSE RESULTING IN MORE ASTHMA ATTACKS, MORE KIDS IN EMERGENCY ROOMS, MORE BRONCHITIS, MORE CANCER DIAGNOSIS, AND MORE BIRTH DEFECTS. MR. SPEAKER, THESE BILLS REPRESENT A FUNDAMENTALLY UNFAIR AND DEEPLY TROUBLING APPROACH TO REGULATION. IN BRINGING UP THESE BILLS, THE REPUBLICAN-CONTROLLED CONGRESS IS GRANTSING FAVORS TO SPECIAL INTERESTS SPECIAL INTERESTS AT THE EXPENSE OF PUBLIC HEALTH. SHOCKING BUT NOT SURPRISING. BY BRINGING UP THESE BILLS, THE MAJORITY INTENDS TO OVERTURN EVIDENCE-BASED THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WITH THE HELP OF THE REPUBLICAN-CONTROLLED CONGRESS HAS TARGETED 67 ENVIRONMENTAL RULES. ONE OF THOSE RULES WAS THE REQUIREMENT THAT MINING COMPANIES PROVE THEY HAVE THE FINANCIAL WHEREWITHAL TO CLEAN UP THEIR POLLUTION. ANOTHER IS THE RULE REGULATING AIRBORNE MERCURY EMISSIONS FROM FOSSIL FUEL POWER PLANTS. AND MOST RECENTLY THE ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCED IT WAS TARGETING ALL SAFETY REGULATION, REGULATION THAT IS WERE IMPLEMENTED AFTER THE 2010 DEEP WATER HORIZON EXPLOSION AND OIL SPILL. A SPILL THAT BURNED FOR ALL SAFETY 36 HOURS, RELEASED 4.9 BILLION BARRELS OF CRUDE OIL INTO THE GULF OF MEXICO, SPREAD 3,850 SQUARE MILES, AND RESULTED IN BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF LOSSES TO THE U.S. FISHING INDUSTRY AND THE GULF COAST TOURIST INDUSTRY. MR. SPEAKER, SINCE PASSAGE OF THE CLEAN AIR ACT IN 1970, AMERICA HAS MADE SUBSTANTIAL PROGRESS IN CLEANING UP THIS NATION'S AIR. WE HAVE DONE THIS BY FOLLOWING A FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLE. HOLDING POLLUTERS ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR POLLUTION. INSTEAD OF FOLLOWING THIS COMMONSENSE, BEDROCK PRINCIPLE, MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, INSIST ON CREATING LOOPHOLES FOR A FEW FAVORED INDUSTRIES, WASTE COAL PLANTS, BRICK MANUFACTURERS, AND THOSE WHO MANUFACTURE RESIDENTIAL WOOD HEATERS. MR. SPEAKER, THE FIRST OF THESE BILLS, THE IRONICALLY TITLED, SENSE ACT, WEAKENS THE CRITICAL MERCURY AND AIR TOXIC RULE. WHICH ESTABLISHED THE FIRST NATIONAL STANDARDS TO ADDRESS POWER PLANT EMISSIONS OF TOXIC AIR POLLUTERS. THIS MERCURY AND AIR TOXIC STANDARDS RULE REQUIRES COAL FIRED POWER PLANTS TO MEET EMISSION STANDARDS FOR MERCURY, OTHER METALS, AND ACID. HAS THE MAJORITY ENGAGED IN ANY ANALYSIS WHAT WOULD HAPPEN WHEN THIS RULE IS WEAKENED? HAS THE MAJORITY FILLED ITS RANKS ARE EXPERT SCIENTISTS AND DOCTORS WHO WOULD BE ABLE TO PUT FORTH A CASE FOR WHY UNDERMINING THIS RULE IS GOOD POLICY? OF COURSE NOT. HERE'S WHAT WE KNOW. THE E.P.A. ESTIMATES THAT FOR EVERY DOLLAR SPENT TO REDUCE POLLUTION UNDER THIS RULE, AMERICAN FAMILIES RECEIVE UP TO $9 IN HEALTH BENEFITS. IN FACT, THE E.P.A. ESTIMATED THAT IN 2016, THE RULE WOULD AVOID UP TO 11,000 PREMATURE DEATHS, 2,800 CASES OF CHRONIC BRONCO CRY TISS, 4,700 HEART ATTACK, 130,000 CASES OF AGGRAVATED ASTHMA, 5,700 HOSPITAL AND EMERGENCY ROOMS VISITS, 6,300 CASES OF ACUTE BRONCHITIS. 140,000 CASES OF RESPIRATORY SYMPTOMS. AND 540,000 DAYS WHEN PEOPLE MISS WORK. MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WANT TO DO AWAY WITH THOSE HEALTH BENEFITS AND INSTEAD PERMIT FAVORED INDUSTRIES TO POLLUTE MORE. MR. SPEAKER, THE SECOND MEASURE COMBINES TWO BILLS. H.R. 1917, THE BRICK ACT. AND H.R. 453, THE RELIEF FROM NEW SOURCE PERFORMANCE STANDARDS. THE BRICK ACT UNJUSTIFIABLY DELAYS REDUCTIONS IN TOXIC AIR POLLUTION FROM BRICK MANUFACTURERS BY ALLOWING THEM TO CONTINUE TO POLLUTE ALL THEIR LAWSUITS -- UNTIL ALL THEIR LAWSUITS ARE EXHAUSTED. THE BILL THROWS OUT EXISTING JUDICIAL PROCESS BY PROVIDING A BLANKET EXTENSION FOR ANY COMPLIANCE DEADLINE REGARDLESS OF THE MERITS OF THE CASE. UNDER WELL ESTABLISHED LEGAL NORMS, THE COURT CAN OF APPEALS FOR THE DISTRICT CIRCUIT MAY STAY A RULE DURING LITIGATION IF IT FINDS THAT THE PARTY SEEKING THE STAY HAS DEMONSTRATED THAT. THERE IS A LIKELIHOOD OF SUCCESS ON THE MERITS, THE PROSPECT OF IRREPARABLE HARM TO THE PARTY REQUESTING THE STAY, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, WHETHER GRANTING THE STAY IS IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST. TO DATE NOT ONE OF THE INDUSTRY LITIGANTS HAVE EVEN ASKED THE COURT TO STAY THE BRICK AND STRUCTURAL CLAY PRODUCTS RULE. NOT ONE. PRESUMABLY IT'S BECAUSE THEY RECOGNIZE THAT THEY CANNOT MEET THIS LEGAL STANDARD. MR. SPEAKER, THE EXISTING JUDICIAL PROCESS IS THE APPROPRIATE METHOD TO SEEK A STAY OF THE RULE AND IS THE PREFERABLE METHOD TO UNNECESSARY CONGRESSIONAL INTERVENTION PROPOSED BY THE BRICK ACT. THIS BRINGS ME TO H.R. 453. THE RELIEF FROM NEW SOURCE PERFORMANCE STANDARDS ACT. WHICH DELAYS CLEANER BURNING WOOD STOMBS UNTIL 2023. ON TOP OF THE FIVE YEARS STANDARDS ACT. HAD TO COMPLY, EXPOSING COMMUNITIES TO ADDITIONAL YEARS OF UNHEALTHY MANUFACTURERS ALREADY FINE PARTICLE POLLUTION, CARBON MONOXIDE, AND VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS. IN 2015, THE E.P.A. STRENGTHENED THE POLLUTION CONTROL REQUIREMENTS FOR NEW RESIDENTIAL WOOD HEATERS. THE NEW STANDARDS WOULD CUT FINE PARTICLE POLLUTION AND VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS FROM NEW WOOD HEATERS BY ALMOST 70% AND WILL CUT CARBON MONOXIDE POLLUTION BY 62%. THE E.P.A. EVEN INCLUDED PROVISIONS IN THE RULE TO HELP MANUFACTURERS ACHIEVE THE NEW STANDARDS GIVING THE MANUFACTURERS FIVE YEARS TO COMPLY. MR. SPEAKER, THESE POLLUTANTS COMBINED WITH OTHER POLLUTANTS IN THE AIR FROM SMOG, BLACK CARBON, AND BENZENE HARMING THE HEALTH OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, PARTICULARLY OUR KIDS AND SENIORS, WHO WOULD HAVE TO PAY FOR THESE SPECIAL INTEREST BREAKS WITH THEIR HEALTH AND IN SOME CASES WITH THEIR LIVES. THESE THREE BILLS SACRIFICE AMERICANS' HEALTH WITH ADDITIONAL YEARS OF UNNECESSARY POLLUTION. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS AS DISAPPOINTING AS IT IS FRUSTRATING THAT WE COME HERE TODAY TO DEBATE BILLS THAT WILL INCREASE POLLUTION IN OUR COUNTRY AND ALSO HAVE VERY LITTLE HOPE, LET ME UNDERSCORE THAT, VERY LITTLE HOPE OF EVER BECOMING LAW. WE HAVE REAL WORK TO DO IN THIS PLACE AND THESE BILLS ARE NOT THAT WORK. THIS BODY MUST TURN ITS ATTENTION TO FINALLY ADDRESSING THE GUN VIOLENCE EPIDEMIC THAT HAS TAKEN OVER OUR COUNTRY. MOST RECENTLY AT MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL IN PARKLAND, FLORIDA, IN A DISTRICT ADJACENT TO THE DISTRICT THAT I'M PRIVILEGED TO SERVE, LESS THAN A MONTH AGO A 19-YEAR-OLD LEGALLY PURCHASED A SEMIAUTOMATIC AR-15 AND USED IT TO METHODICALLY MURDER 14 OF HIS FORMER CLASSMATES AND THREE TEACHERS. WHAT WAS THE RESPONSE OF THIS BODY? WELL, WE DID PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS. WHICH IS GOOD. DID MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES BRING TO THE FLOOR A BILL THAT WOULD BAN ASSAULT WEAPONS? DID THEY BRING TO THE FLOOR LEGISLATION TO CLOSE THE GUN SHOW LOOPHOLE. DID THEY BRING TO THE FLOOR LEGISLATION THAT WOULD RAISE THE MINIMUM PURCHASE AGE FOR RIFLES? OR MANDATORY COMPREHENSIVE BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR GUN BUYERS AND BAN BUMP STOCKS? OR ALLOW THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION TO STUDY GUN VIOLENCE? NO, MR. SPEAKER. INSTEAD THIS BODY OFFERED, AS I SAID, ITS THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS, AND I SAID IT IT BEFORE AND I'LL SAY IT AGAIN HERE TODAY, THOSE WHO STAND IN THE WAY OF LEGISLATION THAT WILL ADDRESS OUR COUNTRY'S GUN VIOLENCE EPIDEMIC ARE INCREASINGLY CULPABLE FOR ITS NEEDLESS CONTINUATION. . WHAT WE CHOOSE TO TALK ABOUT IS POLLUTION. WHAT WE SHOULD BE TALKING ABOUT IS THE GUN EPIDEMIC AND I'LL GET TO DACA LITTLE BIT LATER IN MY CLOSING. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 12:45:44 PM

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          • 12:45:47 PM

            MS. CHENEY

            MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

          • 12:45:56 PM

            MR. ROTHFUS

            JUST LISTENING TO THE OTHER SIDE'S COMMENTS ABOUT THE SENSE ACT, I'M…

            JUST LISTENING TO THE OTHER SIDE'S COMMENTS ABOUT THE SENSE ACT, I'M WONDERING IF THEY READ THE SAME BILL OR EVER VISITED THE HILLS OF WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA WHERE WE SEE THE ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE THAT WASTE COAL PILES HAVE DONE AND THE TREMENDOUS PROGRESS THAT WE HAVE SEEN OVER THE LAST NUMBER OF DECADES AND ACTUALLY CLEANING UP THE ENVIRONMENT. I'M HAPPY TO RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 762, THE RULE THAT IS UNDER CONSIDERATION. AND I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE SENSE ACT, WHICH IS INCLUDED WITHIN THIS RULE, H.R. 1119. THIS IS A PRO-ENVIRONMENT BILL. THE PURPOSE OF THE BILL IS TO ENSURE THAT COAL REFUSE TO ENERGY FACILITIES CAN BE HELD TO STRICT, BUT ACHIEVABLE STANDARDS. TO BE CLEAR, THESE PLANTS COMPLY WITH NEARLY ALL STANDARDS AS IT IS, INCLUDING MERCURY EMISSIONS. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT A MODIFICATION, AS IT WERE, IN RECOGNITION OF THE TREMENDOUS BENEFIT THAT THESE PLANTS HAVE MADE TO THE ENVIRONMENT. I HAVE INTRODUCED VERSIONS OF THIS BILL DURING PRIOR CONGRESSES AND I'M HOPEFUL THIS BILL CAN BECOME LAW. IT ENJOYS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. AS MANY OF YOU KNOW, COAL REFUSE IS A BYPRODUCT OF HISTORIC COAL MINING OPERATIONS. TOURING BLACK MOUNDS OF THIS MATERIAL LOOM BESIDES CITIES AND TOWNS ESPECIALLY IN PENNSYLVANIA AND IN WEST VIRGINIA. I INVITE MY COLLEAGUE FROM FLORIDA TO COME UP TO WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA AND LOOK AT THE LANDSCAPE AND POLLUTED RIVERS WE HAVE THERE AS A RESULT OF THESE COAL REFUSE PILES. MANY OF THESE PILES CAN SMOLDER AND SPONTANEOUSLY COMBUST WITH ZERO CONTROLS. THEY CATCH FIRE, SENDING HAZARDOUS SMOKE INTO THE AIR AND INTO SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES. LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ARE FORCED TO SPEND SCARES TAXPAYER RESOURCES FIGHTING THESE FIRES. RAIN WATER RELEASES CHEMICALS POLLUTING RIVERS RIVERS AND STREAMS. THE COAL INDUSTRY TURNED THIS MATERIAL INTO ENERGY WHILE REMEDIATING POLLUTED SITES AT NO COST TO THE TAXPAYER. THESE POWER PLANTS ARE THE ONLY SOLUTION TO THIS MASSIVE ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEM THAT WE HAVE IN PENNSYLVANIA AND WEST VIRGINIA THAT WOULD COST IN PENNSYLVANIA ALONE, AN ESTIMATED $2 BILLION TO REMEDIATE. THIS IS BEING DONE WITHOUT TAXPAYER FUNDING RIGHT NOW, THE CLEANUP. FOR SEVERAL YEARS, I HAVE SPOKEN ABOUT THE TREMENDOUS WORK BEING DONE BY HARDWORKING FOLKS IN THIS INDUSTRY, WHICH I HAVE SEEN. I HAVE STOOD ON PILES IN THE PROCESS IN REMEDIATION AND WALKED ON RESTORED SITES THAT ARE NOW PARKS AND MEADOWS WHICH ARE ASSETS AND NOT LIGHTS. FEEDING STREAMS THAT NOW HAVE FISH. DESPITE THIS INDUSTRY DOES FOR PENNSYLVANIA AND WEST VIRGINIA, FIVE FACILITIES ARE UNDER THREAT FROM FEDERAL REGULATIONS SEEMINGLY INCAPABLE OF FLEXIBILITY TO ACCOMMODATE PRIVATE SECTOR WORK THAT IS IMPROVING THE ENVIRONMENT. IF THEY MAKE NO EXCEPTIONS FOR THIS AGENCY, IT IS NOT JUST THE ENVIRONMENT THAT WILL CONTINUE TO SUFFER. THEY SUPPORT THOUSANDS OF JOBS AND THEY ARE AT STAKE IF THEY ARE REGULATED OUT OF BUSINESS BOTH DIRECT AND INDIRECT. MANY OF THESE JOBS ARE IN LOCALITIES THAT HAVE BEEN HIT HARD. THE PEOPLE EXPECT US TO STAND FOR THEM ESPECIALLY WHEN THEIR LIVELIHOODS COME UNDER THREAT FROM HEAVY HANDED ONE SIZE FITS ALL POLICIES. PLEASE KEEP IN MIND WHAT THE SUPPORTERS ARE FIGHTING FOR. HERE'S WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN IF THIS LAW DOESN'T PASS. RIVERS AND STREAMS AREN'T GOING TO COME BACK TO LIFE. HILLSIDES AREN'T GOING TO BE RESTORED AND THE PILES, THEY CAN SPONTANEOUSLY COMBUST WITH NO EMISSION CONTROLS WHATSOEVER. THIS IS ABOUT ENSURING THE CONTINUATION OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL SUCCESS STORY. I URGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THE RULE AND THE SENSE ACT. AGAIN, ARE WE CAPABLE OF MAKING JUDGMENTS IN THIS HOUSE? ARE WE CAPABLE OF CUSTOM HIGHSING ONE SIZE FITS ALL AND THE E.P.A. HAS RECKFIESED THE WORK OF THIS INDUSTRY. COAL REFUSE PILES ARE AN ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERN BECAUSE OF SEEPAGE, SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION AND LOW SOIL FERTILITY. UNITS THAT BURN THIS PROVIDE ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS BY COMBINING THE PRODUCTION OF ENERGY WITH THE REMOVAL OF COAL RECEIVE USE PILES. CONSEQUENTLY BECAUSE OF THE UNIQUE AND ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS THAT THEY PROVIDE, THE E.P.A., SAID, THESE UNITS WARRANT SPECIAL CONSIDERATION. SO I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES WOULD SEE --

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          • 12:51:16 PM

            MS. CHENEY

            I YIELD A MINUTE.

          • 12:51:18 PM

            MR. ROTHFUS

            I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES WOULD SEE THE BENEFITS THAT CAN COME FROM THIS. THIS…

            I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES WOULD SEE THE BENEFITS THAT CAN COME FROM THIS. THIS ISN'T A SPECIAL INTEREST CARVEOUT UNLESS YOU CONSIDER CLEANING UP THE ENVIRONMENT IN WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA, TO BE A SPECIAL INTEREST. AGAIN, ARE WE CAPABLE OF MAKING JUDGMENTS ABOUT WHAT THIS TOWN PUTS OUT, ONE SIZE FITS ALL. SEEMINGLY WITH BLINDERS ON, NOT HAVING THE ABILITY TO RECOGNIZE THAT IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES, CUSTOMIZATION IS APPROPRIATE. THAT'S WHAT THIS THIS UNDERLYING BILL DOES. IT DOES MAKE SENSE. SATISFYING ENERGY NEEDS AND SAVING THE ENVIRONMENT. I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES WOULD SEE THE SENSE IN THAT AND THEN WORK WITH US TO ALLOW THE ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANUP TO CONTINUE AND TO PROTECT HUNDREDS OF FAMILIES SUSTAINING JOBS ACROSS WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA AND WEST VIRGINIA AND I YIELD BACK.

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          • 12:52:20 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

          • 12:52:22 PM

            MR. HASTINGS

            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

          • 12:54:38 PM

            MR. HASTINGS

            TO MY GOOD FRIEND, THE DISTINGUISHED THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR.…

            TO MY GOOD FRIEND, THE DISTINGUISHED THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. COSTA, A MEMBER OF THE AGRICULTURE AND RESOURCES COMMITTEE OF THIS CONGRESS.

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          • 12:54:53 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR AND NOT TO A…

            MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR AND NOT TO A PERCEIVED VIEWING EVIDENCE.

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          • 12:55:04 PM

            COSTELLO MR.

            THE UNITED STATES IS A NATION OF IMMIGRANTS PAST AND PRESENT. FOR HUNDREDS…

            THE UNITED STATES IS A NATION OF IMMIGRANTS PAST AND PRESENT. FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS, PEOPLE HAVE COME TO OUR SHORES FOR A BETTER LIFE FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR CHILDREN. IMMIGRANTS FROM ACROSS THE WORLD HAVE MADE INCREDIBLE CHIROPRACTICS TO OUR COUNTRY. WE KNOW THAT AS FACT. FROM STARTING BUSINESSES TO HEALING THE SICK, TO HARVESTING OUR FIELDS, PUTTING FOOD ON AMERICA'S DINNER TABLE TO ENSURING SAFETY AND PURSUING JUSTICE. IMMIGRANTS HAVE MADE AMERICA A GREAT NATION BECAUSE OF THESE AND THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS. YET, THERE HAVE BEEN TIMES WHEN OUR NATION HAS STRUGGLED TO LIVE UP TO OUR OWN IDEALS AND RIGHT NOW IS ONE OF THOSE TIMES. THIS WEEK, THE PRESIDENT'S DEADLINE, MARCH 5, TWO DAYS PAST TO END THE DACA PROGRAM, TOOK EFFECT, THREATENING HUNDREDS AND THOUSANDS OF LIVES OF DREAMERS. NOW LET US REMEMBER, THIS IS BECAUSE PRESIDENT TRUMP'S UNIONY LATERAL ACTION LAST SEPTEMBER TO REPEAL DACA THAT WE ARE IN THE POSITION WE ARE IN TODAY. I AM STANDING HERE WITH THE DREAMERS. WITH OVER 80% OF THE AMERICANS AND WITH MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES BELIEVE WE OUGHT TO FIX THIS PROBLEM. I ASKED SPEAKER RYAN AND I CALL UPON THIS CHAMBER TO VOTE NOW ON A BIPARTISAN BICAMERAL DREAM ACT. THIS BILL WOULD PROVIDE PERMANENT LEGISLATIVE PROTECTIONS FOR OUR DREAMERS. IMMIGRANTS WHO WERE BROUGHT TO THE UNITED STATES' SHORES AS CHILDREN. THE AVERAGE AGE OF SIX YEARS. FOR THEM, AMERICA IS THE ONLY COUNTRY THEY HAVE EVER KNOWN. THE DREAM ACT WILL PROVIDE THESE PEOPLE WITH THE LEGAL STATUS AND ULTIMATELY A PATH TO CITIZENSHIP. IN MY DISTRICT THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF DACA RECIPIENTS, THOUSANDS OF DREAMERS. CURRENTLY OVER 600 AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT MERCED AND FRESNO STATE. PRESIDENT CASTRO FROM FRESNO STATE HAD A MEETING WITH DREAMERS. LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT ONE STUDENT WHO WOULD BE HELPED BY THE DREAM ACT. WHAT A STORY HE HAD TO TELL. HE CAME TO THE UNITED STATES WITH HIS MOTHER AND SIBLINGS WHEN HE WAS FOUR YEARS OLD, AT GREAT RISK. HE IS SET TO GRADUATE WITH A DEGREE IN CHEMISTRY THIS YEAR. DACA GAVE HIM THE ABILITY TO WORK THROUGH SCHOOL AND HELP HIS FAMILY AND ISN'T THAT THE IMMIGRANT WAY? JUST LAST WEEK, HE GOT SOME GREAT NEWS, HE LEARNED HE WAS ADMITTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN FRANCISCO SCHOOL OF PHARMACY, ONE OF THE BEST SCHOOLS IN THE NATION. HIS DREAMS AS A DREAMER, HIS DREAMS IS TO USE HIS EDUCATION AND SKILLS TO GIVE BACK TO OUR COMMUNITIES BY PROVIDING HEALTH CARE TO UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES. WE WANT DREAMERS LIKE YOU HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. THERE ARE OVER 800,000 OF YOU, ALL CONTRIBUTING AND GIVING. MANY OF YOU SERVED IN OUR ARMED SERVICES TODAY. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO BRING THE DREAM ACT TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE. SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. THEY SHOULD NOT BE HELD HOSTAGE FOR OTHER AGENDAS THAT ARE OUT THERE AND CLEARLY THIS IS THE CASE. THIS IS COMMON SENSE. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE RIGHT THING. LET'S BRING THE DREAM ACT TO THE FLOOR AS SOON AS WE GO. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 12:58:51 PM

            MS. CHENEY

            I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO AND THE SPONSOR OF THE…

            I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO AND THE SPONSOR OF THE BRICK ACT,

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          • 12:58:59 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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          • 12:59:01 PM

            MR. JOHNSON

            I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK. I'M A LITTLE BIT CON TUESDAYED. I…

            I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK. I'M A LITTLE BIT CON TUESDAYED. I THOUGHT THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A DEBATE ON A RULE DEALING WITH OVERTURNING ONEROUS E.P.A. REGULATIONS. INSTEAD OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE LEFT WANT TO TALK ABOUT SOMETHING NONGERMANE AND CHANGE THE SUBJECT AND WONDER WHY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE GET SO FRUSTRATED THAT THIS INSTITUTION CAN'T ADDRESS ITS BIG ISSUES AND I ALSO HEARD A LITTLE BIT AGO, AN IMPASSIONED CLAIM BY MY COLLEAGUE ON THE LEFT OVER HERE THAT THESE -- THE LEGISLATION THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT TODAY SOMEHOW FLIES IN THE FACE OF THE COURTS. WELL, THAT'S NOT TRUE, BECAUSE THE COURTS HAVE ALREADY OVERTURNED THIS REGULATION ONE TIME AND SET IT ASIDE AND IT'S COST THE INDUSTRIES MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS THAT THEY SHOULDN'T HAVE HAD TO SPEND. I ALSO HEARD IT CLAIMED THAT IT FLIES IN THE FACE OF COMMONSENSE SCIENCE-BASED EVIDENCE. WELL, THAT'S NOT TRUE, BECAUSE IF IT WERE, THEN THE COURTS WOULDN'T HAVE MADE THE DECISION TO SET IT ASIDE IN THE FIRST PLACE. . THE BRICK ACT IS ABOUT REGULATE COMMON SENSE, MR. SPEAKER. BUT IT'S ALSO ABOUT PRESERVING GOOD-PAYING JOBS IN RURAL COMMUNITIES ACROSS AMERICA. BRICK MAKERS AND TILE MANUFACTURERS ARE PRIMARILY SMALL BUSINESSES AND THEIR PRODUCT IS CRITICAL FOR OUR INFRASTRUCTURE. THEY HAVE BUILT SOME OF THE MOST ICONIC TOWNS AND BUILDINGS ACROSS AMERICA, AND THIS BILL WILL HELP ENSURE THAT THESE SMALL BUSINESSES ARE ABLE TO CONTINUE TO DO EXACTLY THAT. THE E.P.A.'S CURRENT BRICK MACK RULE FINALIZED IN 2015 WOULD IMPOSE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN COST ON THESE SMALL BUSINESSES ALL BEFORE JUDICIAL REVIEW OF THE -- BEFORE THE RULE IS COMPLETE. AND WHILE THE E.P.A., UNDER THE FORMER ADMINISTRATION, ESTIMATES THAT THE ANNUAL COST TO COMPLY WITH THE RULE WILL BE $25 MILLION, OTHER ESTIMATES WILL BE UP TO $100 MILLION OR GREATER. FOR A FACILITY WITH TWO KILNS, WHICH IS THE INDUSTRY AVERAGE, THE COSTS ARE ESTIMATED TO BE $4.4 MILLION. SECURING CAPITAL FOR THESE PROJECTS WILL BE VERY DIFFICULT, SOME WORRY IT MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE. CONSIDERING THESE COMPLIANCE COST ALSO NOT IMPROVE PLANT PRODUCTIVITY NOR HELP THE BOTTOM LINE. WHAT'S WORSE IS THAT THESE COSTS ARE OVER AND ABOVE THE TENS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS SPENT BY THE INDUSTRY TO COMPLY WITH AN EARLIER VERSION OF THE RULE VACATED BY THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA CIRCUIT COURT IN 2007. THIS BILL ALLOWS FOR ANY COMPLETION OF THE JUDICIAL REGARDING THE 2015 REGULATION BEFORE REGARDING COMPLIANCE. FOR AN INDUSTRY THAT'S FACED SO MUCH REGULATE UNCERTAINTY THROUGH RULES, VACATED RULES, AND NOW NEW REGULATION, H.R. 1917 WILL HELP INJECT A BIT OF MUCH-NEEDED REGULATE CERTAINTY BACK INTO THIS INDUSTRY. ADDITIONALLY, THIS BILL PROVIDES REGULATE RELIEF FOR OUR WOOD HEATER MANUFACTURERS WHICH HELP PROVIDE AN AFFORDABLE SOURCE OF HEAT FOR MANY LOW-INCOME AND RURAL HOUSEHOLDS. E.P.A. REGULATIONS SAID TO TAKE EFFECT IN 2020 ARE CAUSING SOME MANUFACTURERS TO ALREADY LAY OFF WORKERS. THIS INDUSTRY NEEDS MORE TIME TO COMPLY. AND A PROVISION WITHIN H.R. 1917 WILL SIMPLY EXTEND THAT COMPLIANCE DEADLINE FROM 2020 TO 2023. IF LEFT UNCHANGED, PRODUCT CHOICE WILL DIMINISH, PRICES WILL RISE, AND MORE JOBS WILL BE LOST. MR. SPEAKER, WE MUST ENSURE OUR FEDERAL AGENCIES ARE NOT NEEDLESSLY REGULATING COMPANIES OUT OF BUSINESS. BRICK MANUFACTURERS HAVE SUFFERED HEAVY LOSSES SINCE THE RECESSION. LOSING ABOUT 45% OF JOBS BETWEEN 2005 AND 2012. INCREASED COMPLIANCE COST FROM THESE E.P.A. REGULATIONS WILL ONLY LEAD TO MORE JOB LOSSES AND CONSOLIDATIONS WITHIN THIS PRIMARILY FAMILY-OWNED BUSINESS INDUSTRY. WE OWE THIS INDUSTRY REGULATE CERTAINTY, AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RULE AND TO SUPPORT H.R. 1917 BECAUSE IF WE DON'T, IF THE BRICK INDUSTRY GETS SHUT DOWN BECAUSE OF THESE ONEROUS RULES, WE'RE GOING TO STOP BUILDING BUILDINGS, -- START BUILDING BUILDINGS, MR. SPEAKER, OUT OF STRAW AND WITH STICKS INSTEAD OF BRICK. I YIELD BACK.

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          • 01:03:53 PM

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            THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

          • 01:03:55 PM

            MR. HASTINGS

            MR. SPEAKER, I'VE WATCHED THIS LAST YEAR AS REPUBLICANS WORKED TO…

            MR. SPEAKER, I'VE WATCHED THIS LAST YEAR AS REPUBLICANS WORKED TO ELIMINATE ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS THAT SERVE TO KEEP THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SAFE FROM HARMFUL TOXINS IN THEIR AIR AND WATER. I COULDN'T HELP BUT BE AMUSED BY MY COLLEAGUE ON THE RIGHT'S COMMENTS AT THE END THAT WE WILL BE USING STICKS INSTEAD OF BRICKS. VERY CLEVER. THE REAL TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS IN CERTAIN PARTS OF THE WORLD -- AND I WOULD URGE HIM TO VISIT SOME OF THEM -- THERE ARE EXAMPLES OF THINGS OTHER THAN BRICK FOR THE CONSTRUCTION. I HAVE NO QUARL WITH THE BRICK INDUSTRY. I JUST -- QUARREL WITH THE BRICK INDUSTRY. I JUST URGE THAT THEY DO EVERYTHING THEY CAN NOT TO POLLUTE THE ENVIRONMENT. I WATCHED MEMBERS IN THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY WORK RELENTLESSLY FOR SPECIAL INTERESTS GROUPS INSTEAD OF WORKING FOR ALL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I WATCHED MEMBERS OF THE REPUBLICAN PUT THE WISH LIST OF POWERFUL CORPORATE GUN LOBBY AHEAD OF THE SAFETY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND ON MONDAY, WE ALL WATCHED A SELF-IMPOSED REPUBLICAN DEADLINE SLIP BY TO THE DETRIMENT OF THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE IN OUR COUNTRY THAT WE HAVE IDENTIFIED AS DREAMERS. YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAVE KNOWN NO OTHER COUNTRY AS HOME THAN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. EVERY DAY OF INACTION ON THE PART OF MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE MEANS ANOTHER DAY THAT FAMILIES ARE NEEDLESSLY AND CRUELLY MADE TO LIVE UNDER THE THREAT OF BEING TORN. I HAD MY COLLEAGUE, LOIS FRANKEL AND I WERE AT A MEN'S CLUB BEFORE A COUPLE HUNDRED OF MEN IN BOYNTON BEACH. AND THE QUESTION WAS PUT TO BOTH OF US, WHY DO WE SUPPORT ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS IN THIS COUNTRY. WE TRIED TO MAKE THE DISTINCTION FOR HIM WITH REFERENCE TO DREAMERS AND THE FACT THAT ALL OF THESE ARE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE BROUGHT HERE AGAINST THEIR VOLITION BY THEIR PARENTS. AND SO IT IS THE DREAMERS THAT WE ARE SUPPORTING, AND I THINK HE FINALLY UNDERSTOOD THE IMPORTANCE OF US DOING COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM IN THIS COUNTRY. DEMOCRATS HAVE OFFERED TO BRING THE DREAM ACT TO THE FLOOR NOW 24 TIMES. WE ARE GOING TO GIVE THEM ONE MORE CHANCE. WE HAVE DONE IT 23. AND EVERY SINGLE TIME THIS EFFORT HAS BEEN BLOCKED BY THE MAJORITY. AND TO ADDRESS MY FRIEND WHO CORRECTLY CITED THAT WE WERE BRINGING THIS UP, IT'S NOT SO MUCH TO CHANGE THE TOPIC OF THE DAY. WE DON'T HAVE THAT PREROGATIVE. BUT WE DO HAVE EMBEDDED IN THIS RULE THE PREROGATIVE TO BRING A PREVIOUS QUESTION AND THAT CAN BE ON ANY SUBJECT THAT WE CHOOSE , AND WHAT WE CHOOSE TO DO IS PRIORITIZE THINGS THAT WE CONSIDER TO BE IMPORTANT. I WOULD NOT HAVE BLOCKED THIS PARTICULAR MEASURE. BUT THE FACT IS ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. THE PRESIDENT SAYS HE WANTS TO FIX THIS PROBLEM. THE SPEAKER SAYS HE WANTS TO FIX THIS PROBLEM. WE ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE CLEARLY WANT TO FIX THIS PROBLEM, SO LET'S DO IT NOW. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE A NO VOTE ON THE RULE, ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION AND THE UNDERLYING BILLS, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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          • 01:08:18 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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          • 01:08:23 PM

            MS. CHENEY

            COMMITTEE WITH ALL MY COLLEAGUES ON THE COMMITTEE. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT…

            COMMITTEE WITH ALL MY COLLEAGUES ON THE COMMITTEE. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I'M OFTEN ASKED, BECAUSE I'M A NEW MEMBER OF THIS BODY, WHAT SURPRISED ME MOST ABOUT BEING A MEMBER OF CONGRESS AND MY ANSWER IS OFTEN THAT, YOU KNOW, YOU SEE ON THE OUTSIDE WHAT LOOKS LIKE A LOT OF VITRIOL BETWEEN THE PARTIES. BUT THAT IN ACTUALITY I BELIEVE THAT EVERY MEMBER OF THIS BODY IS HERE FOR THE RIGHT REASONS. THEY'RE HERE BECAUSE THEY WANT TO SERVE THE PEOPLE OF THEIR DISTRICTS, THE PEOPLE OF THEIR STATES, THE PEOPLE OF THIS NATION. AND I THINK IT'S CRUCIALLY IMPORTANT, MR. SPEAKER, PARTICULARLY WHEN WE'RE TALKING ABOUT SOMETHING AS SACRED AS THE SAFETY OF OUR CHILDREN, THAT WE NOT ENGAGE IN THE KIND OF PARTISAN ATTACKS THAT WE NOT EXPLOIT TRAGEDY, THAT WE NOT ENGAGE IN THE KIND OF QUESTIONING OF MOTIVES THAT I JUST HEARD MY COLLEAGUE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE DO. I KNOW MY COLLEAGUE, MR. HASTINGS, KNOWS THAT WE MAY HAVE DISAGREEMENTS BUT THE REASON THAT I AS A MOTHER FEEL SO STRONGLY ABOUT THE SECOND AMENDMENT IS BECAUSE I WANT TO KEEP OUR KIDS SAFE. I KNOW HE KNOWS THAT MY BELIEFS ABOUT THE SECOND AMENDMENT, THOUGH THEY'RE DIFFERENT FROM HIS, ARE NOT BASED UPON ANY CAMPAIGN DONATIONS, ANY CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS. I KNOW HE KNOWS THAT THEY'RE BASED VERY FIRMLY ON A FUNDAMENTAL COMMITMENT TO THE IMPORTANCE OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT AS PART OF WHAT MAKES THIS NATION SAFE, AS PART OF WHAT MAKES OUR INDIVIDUALS SECURE, HOW IMPORTANT IT IS FOR US TO NOT TO USE THIS TRAGEDY TO TAKE STEPS THAT MAY MAKE PEOPLE FEEL BETTER THAT FUNDAMENTALLY VIOLATE OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS AND THAT WON'T KEEP OUR KIDS SAFE. YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU GO DOWN THE PATH THAT WE'VE HEARD SO MANY ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE SUGGEST WE GO DOWN, WHETHER THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT BANNING ENTIRE CLASSES OF WEAPONS, WHETHER THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT EXPANDING BACKGROUND CHECKS SO THEY'RE SOMEHOW UNIVERSAL -- YOU KNOW, OUR BACKGROUND CHECK SYSTEM RIGHT NOW IS BROKEN. IT DOESN'T WORK. WE HAVE A SITUATION IN WHICH STATES ARE NOT REPORTING THE WAY THAT THEY OUGHT TO REPORT. AND SO WHEN I HEAR MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE SUGGEST, WELL, WHAT WE OUGHT TO DO, FRANKLY, IS EXPAND A SYSTEM THAT'S FAILING AND CALL THAT PROGRESS, I CAN'T HELP BUT THINK THAT'S PRETTY MUCH THEIR STANDARD OPERATING ANOTHER NO MATTER WHAT THE POLICY IS. LET'S EXPAND THE BROKEN SYSTEM. LET'S IGNORE WHETHER OR NOT IT'S WORKING AND LET'S CALL IT PROGRESS. MR. SPEAKER, I WILL NOT BE A PARTY TO THAT. MR. SPEAKER, I WILL NOT BE A PARTY IN THE SITUATION WHICH WE HAD TRAGEDY AFTER TRAGEDY, A SITUATION WHICH IN THIS MOST RECENT TRAGEDY LAW ENFORCEMENT FUNDAMENTALLY AT ALL LEVELS FAILED OUR CHILDREN. WHEN YOU HAVE INDIVIDUALS INSIDE OF A SCHOOL WHO WERE KILLED BECAUSE ARMED OFFICERS OUTSIDE THE SCHOOL FAILED TO ENTER, WHEN YOU HAVE CHILDREN WHO WERE KILLED BECAUSE CALL AFTER CALL AFTER CALL TO THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, TO THE LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS WENT UNHEEDED BECAUSE SPECIFIC TIPS ABOUT THIS PARTICULAR INDIVIDUAL WENT UNHEEDED, THAT'S NOT A TIME FOR US, MR. SPEAKER, TO SAY WHAT WE SHOULD DO IS PREVENT LAW-ABIDING AMERICANS FROM HAVING ACCESS TO THE FIREARMS THEY HE NEED TO DEFEND AND PROTECT THEMSELVES. I THINK, MR. SPEAKER, IF YOU LOOK AT WHAT THOSE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE ARE ATTEMPTING TO DO WITH RESPECT TO GUNS AND THE DEBATE ABOUT SCHOOL SAFETY, IT'S CRITICALLY IMPORTANT FOR ALL OF US TO STAND UP AND SAY, NO, WE WILL NOT GO DOWN A PATH THAT'S GOING TO VIOLATE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS, THAT WILL NOT KEEP OUR CHILDREN SAFE, AND FIND SOME KIND OF FALSE COMFORT IN THAT. AND WHEN YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT THE BILLS THAT ARE BEFORE US TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE IN A SIMILAR SITUATION. WE HAVE HAD EIGHT YEARS IN THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WHERE THEY IMPOSED REGULATION AFTER REGULATION AFTER REGULATION IN THE NAME OF SOMEHOW PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT. AND MR. SPEAKER, THE PRESIDENT -- PRESIDENT OBAMA'S OWN E.P.A. ADMINISTRATOR TESTIFIED IN FRONT OF CONGRESS THAT THE CLEAN POWER PLAN WOULD IN FACT BE NOT HAVE ANY SORT OF POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT, ON GLOBAL TEMPERATURES. YET, THEY IMPOSE IT ANYWAY. IMPOSING MASSIVE COSTS IN OUR INDUSTRY IN THE NAME, I SUPPOSE, TRYING TO FEEL BETTER, TRY TO FEEL LIKE THEY'RE DOING SOMETHING BUT WHAT THEY'RE REALLY DOING IS ACTUALLY PUTTING OURSELVES IN A SITUATION WHERE WE'RE HARMING SMALL BUSINESSES, WHERE WE'RE STRANGLING THEM, PREVENTING THEIR ABILITY TO GROW AND TO THRIVE AND WE KNOW WE CAN DO THAT, MR. SPEAKER, IN A WAY THAT ALSO PROTECTS OUR ENVIRONMENT. SO MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES, MR. ROTHFUS AND MR. JOHNSON, FOR THEIR WORK ON THESE VERY IMPORTANT BILLS. IN WYOMING, MR. SPEAKER, WE KNOW THAT OUR COAL AND OUR FOSSIL FUELS ARE NATIONAL TREASURES. THEY ARE ABSOLUTELY CRUCIAL TO PROVIDING THE POWER THAT RUNS THIS NATION. I AM PROUD OF ALL THAT WE IN THIS BODY AND PRESIDENT TRUMP TOGETHER HAVE DONE TO ROLL BACK DANGEROUS AND ILL-ADVISED OBAMA-ERA REGULATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN AIMED AT KILLING OUR FOSSIL FUEL INDUSTRY. WE CAN NO LONGER GO DOWN THE PATH OF ALLOWING THESE REGULATIONS TO EXIST IN A WAY THAT DEVASTATES INDUSTRY, PUTS THE FUNDAMENTAL RELIABILITY OF OUR ELECTRICITY, OF OUR ENERGY GRID AT RISK AND ACHIEVES NO MEASURABLE IMPACT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT. IT'S LONG PAST TIME FOR THAT INDEFENSIBLE APPROACH TO END. THAT IS WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE TODAY. THESE ARE GOOD BILLS. THEY'RE IMPORTANT BILLS. THEY WILL TAKE THIS NEXT STEP IN ROLLING BACK THE KIND OF OVERWHELMING REGULATION THAT WE'VE SEEN, MR. SPEAKER. THEREFORE, I URGE THE ADOPTION OF BOTH THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILLS. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND I MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION.

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          • 01:14:21 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON…

            THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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          • 01:14:29 PM

            MR. HASTINGS

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

          • 01:14:31 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. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL REDUCE TO FIVE MINUTES THE MINIMUM TIME OF -- FOR ANY ELECTRONIC VOTE ON THE QUESTION OF ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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          • 01:14:42 PM

            On ordering the previous question Roll Call 96 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

          • 01:40:20 PM

            House Vote 96 - On Ordering the Previous Question

            Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1119) to establish the bases by which the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency shall issue, implement, and enforce certain emission limitations and allocations for existing electric utility steam generating units that convert coal refuse into energy, and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1917) to allow for judicial review of any final rule addressing national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants for brick and structural clay products or for clay ceramics manufacturing before requiring compliance with such rule.

            Passed (229 - 183)
            Yea
            Nay

            Vote Details: Yea - 229
            Republican - 229

            Vote Details: Nay - 183
            Democratic - 183

            Vote Details: Not Voting - 18
            Republican - 8
            Democratic - 10

            • 01:40:21 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 229. THE NAYS ARE 183. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS…

              ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 229. THE NAYS ARE 183. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. ALL THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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            • 01:40:22 PM

              On agreeing to the resolution Roll Call 97 - Recorded vote pending.

              • 01:40:35 PM

                MR. HASTINGS

                I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

              • 01:40:37 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS 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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              • 01:47:47 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                VET, THE AYES ARE 227, THE NAYS ARE 185. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED.…

                VET, THE AYES ARE 227, THE NAYS ARE 185. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. 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 CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. MEMBERS, PLEASE TAKE CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. WOULD MEMBERINGS IN THE REAR OF THE CHAMBER TO MY RIGHT PLEASE CEASE CONVERSATIONS. WOULD THE GENTLELADY FROM CONNECTICUT -- MEMBERS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE AISLE PLEASE REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR. MEMBERS IN THE REAR OF THE CHAMBER, PLEASE CEASE CONVERSATIONS. HOUSE WILL NOT PROCEED UNTIL WE HAVE ORDER. WOULD THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA PLEASE CEASE CONVERSATION ON THE FLOOR. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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          • 01:48:03 PM

            House Vote 97 - On Agreeing to the Resolution

            Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1119) to establish the bases by which the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency shall issue, implement, and enforce certain emission limitations and allocations for existing electric utility steam generating units that convert coal refuse into energy, and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1917) to allow for judicial review of any final rule addressing national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants for brick and structural clay products or for clay ceramics manufacturing before requiring compliance with such rule.

            Passed (227 - 185)
            Aye
            No

            Vote Details: Aye - 227
            Republican - 227

            Vote Details: No - 185
            Democratic - 185

            Vote Details: Not Voting - 18
            Republican - 10
            Democratic - 8

            • 01:48:04 PM

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

              • 01:51:31 PM

                Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 762. H.R. 1917 — "To allow for judicial review of any final rule addressing national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants for brick and structural clay products or for clay ceramics manufacturing before requiring compliance with such rule."

                • 01:51:34 PM

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                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 762, I CALL UP THE…

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 762, I CALL UP THE BILL H.R. 1917 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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              • 01:51:36 PM

                Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 1119 and H.R. 1917 under closed rules. Each measure shall be debatable for one hour equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce. The rule provides for one motion to recommit with or without instructions on each measure.

                • 01:51:44 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                • 01:51:48 PM

                  THE CLERK

                  UNION CALENDAR 379, H R. 1917 A BILL TO ALLOW FOR JUDICIAL REVIEW FOR ANY…

                  UNION CALENDAR 379, H R. 1917 A BILL TO ALLOW FOR JUDICIAL REVIEW FOR ANY REGULATION FOR HAZARDOUS POLLUTANTS FOR CLAY KER AMIC BEFORE REQUIRING COMPLIANCE WITH SUCH RULE.

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                • 01:52:06 PM

                  ORE PURSUANT

                  PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 76 , AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A…

                  PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 76 , AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 115-62 IS ADOPTED AND THE BILL AS AMENDED IS CONSIDERED READ. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. SHIMKUS, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. TONKO, EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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                • 01:52:27 PM

                  MR. SHIMKUS

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

                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INSERT EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.R. 1917.

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            • 01:52:33 PM

              DEBATE

              The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 1917.

              • 01:52:36 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                WITHOUT OBJECTION.

              • 01:52:38 PM

                MR. SHIMKUS

                I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

              • 01:52:42 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

              • 01:52:44 PM

                MR. SHIMKUS

                TODAY WE HAVE A CHANCE TO HELP HUNDREDS OF SMALL BUSINESS MANUFACTURERS,…

                TODAY WE HAVE A CHANCE TO HELP HUNDREDS OF SMALL BUSINESS MANUFACTURERS, AS WELL AS THOUSANDS OF EMPLOYEE, WHILE ALSO LOWERING PRICES FOR CONSUMERS. I THANK THE BIPARTISAN CO-SPONSORS OF H.R. 1917, THE BLOCKING REGULATORY INTERFERENCE FROM CLOSING KILNS, THE BRICK, ACT AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS COMMONSENSE BILL. AMERICAN BRICKMAKERS PRODUCE THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF OUR NATION. THEY ARE PRIMARILY SMALL BUSINESSES AND THEY ARE OFTEN THE MOST IMPORTANT EMPLOYER IN SMALL COMMUNITIES ACROSS AMERICA WHERE MANY ARE LOCATED. LIKE AN OLD BRICK HOUSE THIS INDUSTRY HAS HAD TO WEATHER A LOT, INCLUDING A LONG ECONOMIC DOWNTURN THAT WE HAVE FINALLY COME OUT OF. ONE THAT SUPPRESS NUD CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY AND THUS BRICK SALES FOR MANY YEARS. THEY EVEN WEATHERED THE 2003 E.P.A. REGULATION THAT COST MANY MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO COMPLY THAT REGULATION WAS LATER THROWN OUT BY THE FEDERAL COURT BUT THE JUDICIAL RELIEF CAME TOO LATE AS THE INDUSTRY HAD ALREADY SPENT CONSIDERABLE SUMS TO MEET E.P.A.'S TIGHT DEADLINES. WE DON'T WANT TO SEE A REPEAT OF THAT UNFAIR RESULT, BUT ONCE AGAIN E.P.A. IMPOSED ANOTHER REGULATION WITH DIFFICULT DEADLINES THAT WILL LIKELY TAKE EFFECT BEFORE JUDICIAL REVIEW IS COMPLETE. BRICKMAKERS HAVE TESTIFIED BEFORE THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE THAT THIS REGULATION MAY RESULT IN LAYOFFS AND EVEN PLANT CLOSURES. H.R. 1917 WOULD SIMPLY EXTEND THE COMPLIANCE DEADLINE UNTIL AFTER JUDICIAL REVIEW IS FINAL. THIS INDUSTRY HAS ALREADY REDUCED ITS EMISSIONS BY UP TO 95%, ACCORDING TO A STUDY FROM THE U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. IT SHOULD NOT BE FORCED TO COMPLY WITH ANOTHER NEW REGULATION THAT MAY NOT WITHSTAND JUDICIAL SCRUTINY. WE OWE IT TO THESE BRICKMAKER, THEIR EMPLOYEE, AND CONSUMERS OF BUILDING MATERIALS TO ALLOW MEANINGFUL JUDICIAL REVIEW. I MIGHT ADD THAT A SENATE BILL HAS BEEN RECENTLY INTRODUCED THAT ALSO PROVIDES REGULATORY FOR BRICKMAKERS BUT IT TAKES A DIFFERENT APPROACH TO OUR VERSION. I PLEDGE TO WORK WITH THE SENATE TO PROVIDE TIMELY RELIEF TO THIS IMPORTANT INDUSTRY. THE BILL ALSO DEALS WITH WOOD HEATERS AS WITH BRICK THE WOOD HEATERS INDUSTRY IS DOMINATED BY SMALL BUSINESS MANUFACTURERS THAT ARE THE ECONOMIC ANCHORS OF RURAL COMMUNITIES. AND MANY WOOD HEATER BUYERS ARE LOW-INCOME HOUSEHOLDS THAT REQUIRE THEM TO GET THROUGH THE WEEKEND. THE E.P.A. SET A TWO-STEP WOOD HEATER RULE. THE FIRST STEP TOOK EFFECT IN 2016, THE MORE STRINGENT SECOND STEP WILL TAKE EFFECT IN 2020 BUT IS CAUSING A GREAT DEAL OF DIFFICULTY. ONLY A SMALL FRACTION OF THE WOOD HEATING MODELS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE CAN MEET THE 2020 STANDARDS AND TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO DESIGN AND CERTIFY ANY ADDITIONAL MODELS. ONE WOOD HEATER MANUFACTURER TESTIFIED BEFORE THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE THAT HE'S ALREADY HAD TO CUT STAFF AS A RESULT OF THE 2020 DEADLINE AND OTHERS FEEL ADDITIONAL JOB LOSSES IF THE 2020 STANDARD IS RETAINED. BUT THIS IS NOT JUST A JOBS ISSUE. USERS OF WOOD HEATERS FACE BOTH REDUCED PRODUCT CHOICE AND HIGHER PRICES FOR NEW MODELS. MANY WOULD HAVE TO FOREGO BUYING A NEW WOOD HEATER AND CONTINUE USING OLDER AND DIRTIER ONES, WHICH UNDERCUTS CLAIMS THAT THE CURRENT DEADLINE WILL IMPROVE AIR QUALITY. THE PROVISIONS IN THE BILL RETAIN THE 2015 STANDARDS BUT EXTEND THE 2020 DEADLINE BY THREE YEARS TO 2023. THIS IS A REASONABLE FIX THAT WOULD AVOID UNNECESSARY ECONOMIC DAMAGE WHILE STILL PRIORITIZING ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION. IN CONCLUSION, THE BRICK INDUSTRY, THE WOOD HEATER INDUSTRY, MAY BOTH BE SMALL BUT THEY ARE FAR FROM SMALL TO THOSE WHO OWE THEIR JOBS TO THEM AND THOSE WHO RELY ON THEIR PRODUCTS. I URGE MY -- I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO PROVIDE TARGET RED LEAF TO THESE TWO INDUSTRIES BY SUPPORTING H.R. 1917 AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 01:56:45 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THIS EGENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

              • 01:56:48 PM

                MR. TONKO

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

              • 01:56:52 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

              • 01:56:54 PM

                MR. TONKO

                I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 1917, THE BLOCKING REGULATORY INTERFERENCE…

                I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 1917, THE BLOCKING REGULATORY INTERFERENCE FROM CLOSING KILNS OR BRICK ACT. E.P.A. ISSUED THE BRICK AND CLAY RULE IN 2015 WHICH SETS MAXIMUM ACHIEVEABLE CONTROL TECHNOLOGY BASED ON WHAT IS ALREADY BEING ACHIEVED AT SIMILAR FACILITIES. SECTION 206 THE BRICK ACT SEEKS TO DELAY COMPLIANCE WITH THE BRICK AND CLAY MACT UNTIL JUDGMENT BECOMES FINAL AND NO LONGER SUBJECT TO FURTHER APPEAL OR REVIEW. THIS WOULD INCENTIVIZE FRIVOLOUS LITIGATION SIMPLY TO PUT OFF HAVING TO COMPLY WITH THE RULE. COURTS ALREADY HAVE THE ABILITY TO ISSUE A STAY OF ANY COMPLIANCE DATES IN A FINAL RULE. CONGRESS SHOULD NOT INSERT ITSELF INTO THE JUDICIAL PROCESS. THE COURTS HAVE REGULARLY USED THIS PROCESS. THERE'S NO REASON FOR CONGRESS TO OVERRIDE IT. TO DATE NEW YORK ONE HAS PETITIONED THE COURT TO STAY THE BRICK AND CLAY MACT RULE. SECTION 3 OF H.R. 1917 INCORPORATES ANOTHER BILL REPORTED OUT OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, H.R. 453, THE RELIEF FROM THE NEW SOURCE PERFORMANCE STANDARDS ACT. THIS SECTION, MR. SPEAKER, DELAYS IMPLEMENTATION OF E.P.A.'S STEP TWO EMISSIONS STANDARDS FOR THREE CATEGORIES OF WOOD FUELED HEATERS. E.P.A. FINALIZED THE RULE IN 2015. UNDER THE RULE, MORES -- MANUFACTURERS HAVE UNTIL 2020 TO COMPLY WITH THE NEW STANDARDS THIS BILL WOULD DELAY THE STANDARDS UNTIL 2023. MUCH LIKE THE BRICK MACT, THESE STANDARDS ARE ACHIEVEABLE. IN A RECENT LIST OF DEVICES CERTIFIED UNDER THE 2015 STANDARD, 171 DEVICES REPORT CERTIFIED EMISSION LEVELS THAT ALREADY MEET THE 2020 STANDARDS. THESE 2020 COMPLIANT PRODUCTS ARE BOTH CLEANER AND MORE EFFICIENT. GENERATE MANAGER HEAT PER UNIT OF WOOD BURNED AND MAKING THEM LESS EXPENSIVE TO OPERATE. BY DELAYING THESE STANDARDS, CONGRESS IS UNFAIRLY PUNISHING COMPANIES THAT MADE INVESTMENTS TO PRODUCE CLEANER, MORE EFFICIENT PRODUCTS BY THE ORIGINAL DEADLINE. SINCE THESE APPLIANCES TYPICALLY LAST FOR 25 YEARS OR MORE, ONCE INSTALLED, DELAYING THIS STANDARD WILL RESULT IN DECADES OF ADDITIONAL POLLUTION IN AND AROUND PEOPLE'S HOMES. THE ORIGINAL BILL, H.R. 453, WAS OPPOSED BY STATE ATTORNEYS GENERAL OF NEW YORK, MARYLAND, MASSACHUSETTS, OREGON, RHODE ISLAND, AND THE PUGET SOUND CLEAN AIR AGENCY. IN A LETTER FROM DECEMBER 12, THESE OFFICIALS POINTED OUT THAT E.P.A. ESTIMATED THE NET BENEFITS OF IMPLEMENTING THE RULE AT MORE THAN 100 TIMES THE COST. WOOD SMOKE CONTAINS CONSIDERABLE AMOUNTS OF FINE PARTLE POLLUTION, CARBON MONOXIDE AND OTHER TOXIC POLLUTANTS. IN MY HOME STATE OF NEW YORK, LESS THAN 2% OF RESIDENTS HEAT THEIR HOME WITH WOODS BUT RESIDENTIAL WOOD HEATING ACCOUNTS FOR 41% OF EMISSIONS. THERE IS SIGNIFICANT HUMAN EXPOSURE WHICH IS WHY THIS BILL IS OPPOSED BY A NUMBER OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND MEDICAL ORGANIZATIONS. THE BRICK ACT GIVES SPECIAL TREATMENT TO A COUPLE OF INDUSTRIES BY SHIFTING THE HEALTH AND FINANCIAL BURDENS OF POLLUTION ONTO THE PUBLIC. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS BILL, MR. SPEAKER, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 02:00:18 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

              • 02:00:23 PM

                MR. SHIMKUS

                I YIELD SUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE.

              • 02:00:27 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED. .

              • 02:00:33 PM

                MRS. BLACKBURN

                I'D LIKE TO THANK MR. SHIMKUS. I'D LIKE TO THANK MR. JOHNSON WHO HAS…

                I'D LIKE TO THANK MR. SHIMKUS. I'D LIKE TO THANK MR. JOHNSON WHO HAS BROUGHT THIS LEGISLATION FORWARD WHO WORKED WITH INDIVIDUALS, WITH COMPANIES IN HIS DISTRICT TO ADDRESS THEIR CONCERNS ON THIS. NOW, WHAT BRINGS US HERE TODAY IS THE FACT THAT ONCE BEFORE THE BRICK INDUSTRY FACED AN E.P.A. RULE THAT WENT ON THE BOOKS, HASN'T GONE THROUGH JUDICIAL REVIEW. THIS HAPPENED IN 2003, AND OVER A PERIOD OF FIVE YEARS THEY BEGAN RAMPING UP TO MAKE THESE CHANGES. AND THIS IS EXPENSIVE BECAUSE MOST OF THE BRICK MANUFACTURERS IN OUR COUNTRY ARE SMALL BUSINESSES. THEY HAVE TWO KILNS, AND THEY ARE WORKING VERY, VERY HARD TO KEEP THE JOBS AND KEEP PEOPLE EMPLOYED. AND WHEN THEY LOOK AT HAVING TO CHANGE TO THIS NEW EQUIPMENT, THE INVESTMENT IS GOING TO BE $3 MILLION, $4 MILLION, $5 MILLION, DEPENDING ON THE SIZE OF THEIR BUSINESS. NOW, PREVIOUSLY A RULE WENT THROUGH THE PROCESS OF JUDICIAL REVIEW AND THEN IT WAS WITHDRAWN. WHAT THIS LEGISLATION DOES IS TO SAY, LOOK, LET'S FINISH THIS ENTIRE PROCESS BEFORE WE MOVE THAT EXPENSE TO THE INDUSTRY BECAUSE WHEN YOU PUT IT TO THE INDUSTRY AND THEY ARE INCURRING THIS COST THAT COULD END UP BEING AN UNNECESSARY COST, WHAT HAPPENS? BRICK COSTS MORE, BUILDING MATERIALS COST MORE. WHO ENDS UP PAYING FOR THAT? CONSUMERS, PURCHASERS, INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE BUYING HOMES, INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE REBUILDING HOMES, INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE BUILDING COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS. SO WHAT WE'RE SAYING IS, LET'S EXERCISE SOME WISDOM, LET'S EXERCISE A LITTLE BIT OF EXPERIENCE THAT COMES FROM HAVING BEEN HERE BEFORE, AND LET'S DELAY UNTIL THIS ENTIRE PROCESS IS FINISHED. AND AS WE'VE TALKED ABOUT BRICKS, WE'RE ALSO ADDRESSING THE WOOD HERETO INDUSTRY WHICH IS A PRIMARY -- HEATER INDUSTRY WHICH IS A PRIMARY SOURCE OF HEAT FOR MANY OF OUR HOMES AND SAYING LET'S BE MINDFUL, LET'S BE CAREFUL. LET'S PUT CONSUMERS AND TAXPAYERS IN FRONT OF THE BUREAUCRATS WHO ARE LOOKING TO IMPLEMENT THESE RULES AND REGULATIONS, AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 02:03:22 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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              • 02:03:25 PM

                MR. TONKO

                MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA AS MUCH TIME AS HE…

                MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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              • 02:03:28 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

              • 02:03:30 PM

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                I THANK MY FRIEND, THE RANKING MEMBER, AND I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS…

                I THANK MY FRIEND, THE RANKING MEMBER, AND I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS WORK ON THIS BUT I AM GOING TO RISE IN OPPOSITION OF 1917, H.R. 1917, THE BRICK ACT.

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              • 02:03:40 PM

                MR. MCNERNEY

                IT WOULD DELAY THE AGREEMENTATION OF THE CLAY PRODUCTS RULE AND THE FINAL…

                IT WOULD DELAY THE AGREEMENTATION OF THE CLAY PRODUCTS RULE AND THE FINAL CLAY, CERAMICS MANUFACTURING RULE BY EXTENDING ALL COMPLIANCE DEADLINES BASED ON PENDING JUDICIAL REVIEW. SO WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? THAT MEANS IT WILL DELAY AGREEMENTATION UNTIL JUDGMENT BECOMES FINAL AND NO -- NOT SUBJECT TO FURTHER REVIEW OR APPEAL. THIS IS A BLANKET EXTENSION THAT COULD HAVE LASTING NEGATIVE IMPACTS ON THE PUBLIC'S HEALTH. BRICK AND CLAY, IF UNREGULATED, CAN BE MAJOR SOURCES OF TOXIC AIR POLLUTANTS LIKE HYDROGEN FLUORIDE, HYDROGEN CHLORIDE AND HAZARDOUS METALS, THAT HAS A VARIETY OF ACUTE AND CHRONIC HEALTH EFFECTS INCLUDING CANCER. IT'S ESTIMATED THAT THE FINAL BRICK AND CLAY MACK RULE WILL REDO NATIONWIDE AIR TOXICS BY APPROXIMATELY 375 -- 375 TONS PER YEAR. LAST FRIDAY, THE O.M.B. ISSUED A REPORT SHOWING THAT REGULATIONS HAVE HIGH BENEFIT AND LOW COST. THE AGGREGATE BENEFITS OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS IS BETWEEN $219 BILLION TO $695 BILLION WHEREAS THE AGGREGATE COSTS ARE $59 BILLION TO $88 BILLION. MANY REGULATIONS SPUR INNOVATION THAT BENEFIT THE ECONOMY AS WELL AS HUMAN HEALTH. NOW, IT'S NO SURPRISE TO ME THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION AND REPUBLICANS ARE TARGETING AIR POLLUTION REGULATIONS. THE O.M.B. NOTED THAT E.P.A. RULES ACCOUNT FOR OVER 80% OF THE BENEFITS AND OVER 70% OF THE MONETIZED COSTS OF FEDERAL REGULATION DURING 2006 AND 2016. SINCE REGULATIONS PROTECT HUMAN HEALTH AND SAFETY AND HAVE MORE BENEFITS THAN COSTS FOR INDUSTRY, I STAND IN OPPOSITION TO BILLS LIKE THIS ONE THAT SEEK TO UNDERMINE THESE PROTECTIONS. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON H.R. 1917 AND YIELD BACK TO MY RANKING MEMBER.

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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 ILLINOIS.

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                MR. SHIMKUS

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. BEFORE I YIELD TO THE NEXT INDIVIDUAL, I JUST WANT…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. BEFORE I YIELD TO THE NEXT INDIVIDUAL, I JUST WANT TO SAY IT IS NOT A LOW COST TO THE INDIVIDUAL AND THESE COMMUNITIES WHO LOSE THEIR JOBS AND TO THE COMMUNITIES WHO LOSE A TAX BASE WHEN THESE SMALL BUSINESSES -- WHEN THESE SMALL BUSINESSES FOLD UP AND GO AWAY IN SMALL TOWNS. WITH THAT I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO A PERSON WHO ALSO REPRESENTS BIG PARTS OF RURAL AMERICA IN THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, CONGRESSMAN HARPER, FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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                MR. HARPER

                I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS COMMONSENSE BILL, H.R. 1917, THE…

                I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS COMMONSENSE BILL, H.R. 1917, THE BLOCKING REGULATORY INTERFERENCE FROM CLOSING KILNS ACT, H.R. 1917, KNOWN AS THE BRICK ACT, WHICH INCLUDES PROVISIONS WHICH WILL PROVIDE A COMPROMISED APPROACH THAT WILL DELAY MANUFACTURERS OF WOOD HEATERS. WOOD HEATERS ARE FREQUENTLY USED BY HOUSEHOLDS IN RURAL AMERICA. E.P.A.'S RUSH TO 2020 DEADLINE WOULD RAISE THE PRICE OF A NEW WOOD HEATER ON THOSE LEAST ABLE TO AFFORD IT. IT WOULD ALSO RESTRICT CONSUMER CHOICE. AS MANY CURRENTLY AVAILABLE MODEL MAY NOT BE ABLE TO MEET THE 2020 DEADLINE. H.R. 1917 WILL NOT REMOVE ANY REGULATIONS. IT WOULD SIMPLY EXTEND THE DEADLINE TO 2023. FRANK MOORE OF HARDY MANUFACTURING, LOCATED IN MY DISTRICT, TESTIFIED BEFORE THE ENVIRONMENT SUBCOMMITTEE IN SEPTEMBER THAT HE AND OTHER MANUFACTURERS ARE WORKING TO MEET THE 2020 STEP 2 STANDARDS BUT THAT A LACK OF TECHNOLOGY IS MAKING COMPLIANCE NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE. IN THAT HEARING, MR. MOORE SAID, WE PROVIDE JOBS FOR ABOUT 50 PEOPLE WITH PAYROLLS EXCEEDING $2 MILLION AND THAT EVEN IF A PRODUCT CAN MEET THE STEP 2 REQUIREMENTS, I BELIEVE IT WILL NOT BE CONSUMER-FRIENDLY, DURABLE, OR AFFORDABLE. AGAIN, EXTENSION OF THIS EFFECTIVE DATE DOESN'T REMOVE ANY REGULATIONS. EXTENSIONS PROVIDES MORE TIME FOR MANUFACTURERS TO COME INTO COMPLIANCE WITH MUCH STRICTER REQUIREMENTS. IT'S BEST FOR THE CONSUMERS. IT'S BEST FOR THE BUSINESSES, AND IT WILL NOT UNDO THE REGULATIONES THAT ARE REQUESTED, AND I HOPE THAT MEMBERS WILL AGREE THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION IS A COMPROMISED SOLUTION THAT HELPS SMALL BUSINESSES AND OUR CONSTITUENTS. I ENCOURAGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT H.R. 1917, AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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                MR. TONKO

                MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA FOR AS MUCH TIME…

                MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I THANK MY RANKING MEMBER. MR. SPEAKER, EVERY…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I THANK MY RANKING MEMBER. MR. SPEAKER, EVERY AMERICAN, IN FACT, EVERY HUMAN BEING HAS THE RIGHT TO BREATHE CLEAN AIR.

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                MR. BROWN

                IT'S A CONCRETE PUBLIC HEALTH DISASTER. ONE THAT WILL CAUSE NEEDLESS…

                IT'S A CONCRETE PUBLIC HEALTH DISASTER. ONE THAT WILL CAUSE NEEDLESS SUFFERING, ESPECIALLY FOR OUR MOST VULNERABLE FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS. THE REGULATIONS THIS BILL SEEKS TO IMPEDE ARE LONG OVERDUE. THE EARLIEST FORM OF THE BRICK AND CLAY RULES DATE BACK TO 2003. THAT WAS MORE THAN 14 YEARS AGO. AND NOW SOME OF MY FRIENDS IN THE MAJORITY ARE SEEKING EVEN LONGER DELAYS. WE HAVE BEEN PUTTING POLLUTANTS INTO OUR AIR AND WE CAN NEVER UNRING THAT BELL, BUT WE CAN DO BETTER MOVING FORWARD AND WE NEED TO MAKE THOSE IMPROVEMENTS SOONER RATHER THAN LATER. WE ALL KNOW THAT JUSTICE DELAYED IS JUSTICE DENIED.

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                MR. MCEACHIN

                JUSTICE HAS BEEN DELAYED BY MORE THAN DECADE. WE CAN MEASURE THAT COST.…

                JUSTICE HAS BEEN DELAYED BY MORE THAN DECADE. WE CAN MEASURE THAT COST. THE BRING AND CLAY RULE IN ITS CURRENT FORM WILL REMOVE THE AMOUNT OF TOXINS IN OUR AIR BY HUNDREDS OF TONS PER YEAR. IF WE DELAY THE RULE ANOTHER YEAR OR TWO YEARS OR LONGER, ALL OF OUR FAMILIES, ALL OF OUR CONSTITUENTS WILL BE BREATHING MORE DIRTIER, DANGEROUS AIRS. THIS BILL IS A DIRECT ATTACK ON OUR RIGHT TO LIVE IN A CLEAN AND HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT. I STRONGLY URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AGAINST THIS MISGUIDED BILL AND I YIELD BACK.

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                MR. SHIMKUS

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW RISE TO A DEMOCRAT, COLLIN PETERSON FROM THE…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW RISE TO A DEMOCRAT, COLLIN PETERSON FROM THE GREAT STATE OF MINNESOTA FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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                THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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              • 02:10:33 PM

                MR. PETERSON

                MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE BRICK ACT, PARTICULARLY SECRETARY 3…

                MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE BRICK ACT, PARTICULARLY SECRETARY 3 WHICH BRINGS MUCH-NEEDED REGULATE RELIEF TO WOOD MANUFACTURERS THAT IN MY DISTRICT AND ALSO ACROSS THE NATION. SECTION 3 DELAYS THE SECOND PHASE OF FEDERAL EMISSIONS FOR WOOD HEATERS BY THREE YEARS. IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE SINCE 2007, MANUFACTURERS HAVE VOLUNTARILY INVESTED IN TECHNOLOGY TO REDUCE THE ADMISSIONS TO COMPLY FOR THE FIRST PHASE OF THE REGULATIONS. I HAD ONE SITUATION IN THE NORTH PART OF MY DISTRICT WHERE THEY SPENT I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS COMING UP WITH THIS 90% REDUCTION, AND SIX MONTHS AFTER THEY ACCOMPLISHED IT THEY CAME IN WITH THESE NEW REGULATIONS TO ANOTHER 90% WHICH CAN'T BE DONE AND IT'S GOING TO PUT THEM OUT OF BUSINESS. SO THESE BUSINESS OWNERS IN MY DISTRICT AND AROUND THE COUNTRY HAVE APPROACHED ME AND SAID, AS I SAID, THEY'LL GO OUT OF BUSINESS IF THE SECOND PHASE IS NOT DELAYED. SOME HAVE ALREADY BECOME -- HAVE BEGUN LAYING PEOPLE OFF IN TOWNS LIKE GREEN BUSH, MINNESOTA, IN MY AREA, AND IN THESE SMALL COMMUNITIES, THESE LAYOFFS ARE DEVASTATING. THESE COMPANIES ALREADY PRODUCE SOME OF THE CLEANEST WOOD HEATERS IN THE NATION. AND THEY'RE TELLING ME THAT THE E.P.A. HAS JUST GONE TOO FAR. SO I WROTE THIS LANGUAGE TO HELP THESE BUSINESSES, THESE WORKERS, THE COMMUNITIES THAT DEPEND ON THE PRODUCTION OF THESE IMPORTANT APPLIANCES AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE BRICK ACT AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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                MR. TONKO

                MR. SPEAKER, I'LL CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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                MR. SHIMKUS

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO NOW RECOGNIZE THE AUTHOR OF THE BRICK…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO NOW RECOGNIZE THE AUTHOR OF THE BRICK ACT, CONGRESSMAN JOHNSON FROM OHIO, FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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                MR. JOHNSON

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YOU KNOW, THE MAJORITY OF U.S. BRICK AND CERAMIC…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YOU KNOW, THE MAJORITY OF U.S. BRICK AND CERAMIC PLANTS ARE SMALL. FAMILY-OWNED OPERATIONS OFTEN LOCATED IN RURAL COMMUNITIES THAT DEPEND ON THE PLANT FOR THEIR VERY LIVELIHOOD, FOR THE GOOD-PAYING JOBS. THEY BUILT SOME OF THE MOST RECOGNIZABLE BUILDINGS, CITIES, AND TOWNS IN EXISTENCE ACROSS AMERICA, INCLUDING MANY WITHIN MY DISTRICT IN EASTERN AND SOUTHEASTERN OHIO. UNFORTUNATELY, THESE INDUSTRIES HAVE BORNE THE BRUNT OF AN UNPREDICTABLE REGULATE PROCESS THAT'S NEARLY TWO DECADES IN THE MAKING. IN 2003, THE E.P.A. REQUIRED BRICK MAKERS TO INSTALL EXPENSIVE NEW EQUIPMENT TO COMPLY WITH THE AGENCY'S MAXIMUM ACHIEVABLE CONTROL TECHNOLOGY, OR THEIR MACT RULE. AFTER THEY SPENT MILLIONS TO IMPLEMENT THESE RULES, THE COURT OF APPEALS VACATED THE RULE. OUR BRICK MAKERS FIND THEMSELVES IN A VERY SIMILAR SITUATION TODAY. IN 2015, THE E.P.A. AGAIN FINALIZED A RULE REQUIRING THE INDUSTRY TO ONCE AGAIN INVEST IN SIMILAR CONTROL EQUIPMENT TECHNOLOGIES. ADDITIONALLY, THIS NEW REGULATION USES THE EMISSION REDUCTIONS ACHIEVED UNDER THE VACATED REGULATION AS A BASELINE FOR FURTHER EMISSION REDUCTIONS. IN OTHER WORDS, THE E.P.A., UNDER THE FORMER ADMINISTRATION, CHOSE NOT TO RECOGNIZE THE GREAT STRIDES THIS INDUSTRY ACHIEVED UNDER THE PREVIOUSLY VACATED RULE. THE AGENCY NEGLECTED TO TAKE THIS PAST REGULATE AND COMPLIANCE HISTORY INTO CONSIDERATION. MR. SPEAKER, THAT'S SIMPLY NOT RIGHT. THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY, H.R. 1917, THE BRICK ACT, ENSURES HISTORY DOES NOT REPEAT ITSELF. THIS LEGISLATION SIMPLY ALLOWS FOR THE CONSIDERATION AND COMPLETION OF ANY JUDICIAL REVIEW REGARDING THE 2015 REGULATION BEFORE REQUIRING COMPLIANCE. NOW, SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE SAY THEY'RE WORRIED THIS LEGISLATION SETS A DANGEROUS PRECEDENT. MANY OF THESE SAME COLLEAGUES ARE ALSO QUICK TO RECOGNIZE THE VERY UNIQUE REGULATE SITUATION THIS INDUSTRY FINDS ITSELF IN. THEY EVEN GO SO FAR AS TO SAY THEY ARE SYMPATHETIC TO THE UNIQUE SITUATION. HOWEVER, THEY'RE UNWILLING TO SUPPORT THIS BILL THAT SIMPLY EXTENDS THE COMPLIANCE DEADLINES, WHICH WOULD GIVE THE BRICK AND TILE INDUSTRIES A BIT OF REGULATE CERTAINTY WHILE THE COURTS COMPLETE THEIR WORK. MR. SPEAKER, THAT LOGIC BAFFLES ME. . WE NEED A BIT OF PRAGMATISM AS WE APPROACH THIS SITUATION. IF YOU REALLY WANT TO TALK ABOUT A DANGEROUS PRECEDENT, CONSIDER THIS, THIS NEW REGULATION ALSO CAPS THE ECONOMIC PRODUCTIVITY OF THE CLAY CERAMICS INDUSTRY. WHILE THE FORMER ADMINISTRATION ADMITTED THAT THIS REGULATION WILL NOT REDUCE EMISSIONS ADMITTED BY THE INDUSTRY, IT IT DECIDED TO SET NEW EMISSION STANDARDS THROUGH REGULATIONS ANYWAY. REGULATING AN INDUSTRY FOR NO IMMEDIATE REASON OR ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFIT? THAT'S A DANGEROUS PRECEDENT. BRICK MANUFACTURERS HAVE SUFFERED HEAVY LOSS SINCE THE RECESSION. SHEDDING 45% OF JOBS BETWEEN 2005 AND 2012. AND THESE INCREASED COMPLIANCE COSTS FROM E.P.A. REGULATIONS ARE DRIVING MORE JOB LOSSES AND CONSOLIDATIONS WITHIN THIS PRIMARILY FAMILY-OWNED INDUSTRY. BRICK PLANT OWNER ALREADY STRUGGLE TO OBTAIN FINANCING FOR PLANT MODENDIZATION PROJECTS AND BRICK COMPANIES ESTIMATED THIS RULE WILL COST AS MUCH AS $100 MILLION A YEAR TO COMPLY. MANY ARE WORRIED THE FINANCING NEEDED TO COMPLY WITH THIS MOST RECENT REITERATION OF THIS RULE WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE. CONSIDERING THAT THE REQUIRED CONTROL EQUIPMENT WILL NOT IMPROVE PLANT PRODUCTIVITY, NOR HELP THE BOTTOM LINE. I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION TODAY AND I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH MY SENATE COLLEAGUES TO QUICKLY ADDRESS THIS ISSUE. I KNOW SOME RECENT BIPARTISAN PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE IN THE SENATE BETWEEN SENATOR WICKER AND SENATOR DONNELLY, AND I AM VERY ENCOURAGED BY THAT PROGRESS. I'M HOPEFUL THAT THIS VOTE TODAY WILL HELP PUSH THE SENATE TO ACT AND ACT SOONER THAN LATER. THE COMPLIANCE DEADLINES ARE QUICKLY APPROACHING AND WE NEED A SOLUTION NOW TO THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE. OTHERWISE, MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE IN DANGER OF HAVING TO BUILD BUILDINGS IN AMERICA OUT OF STICKS AND STRAW, OR WORSE YET, OUT OF BRICKS IMPORTED FROM FOREIGN COUNTRIES. WITH THAT, I URGE A YES VOTE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                MR. SPEAKER, NO ONE WANTS TO SHUT DOWN THESE BUSINESS, BUT H.R. 1917 IS…

                MR. SPEAKER, NO ONE WANTS TO SHUT DOWN THESE BUSINESS, BUT H.R. 1917 IS THE WRONG REMEDY.

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              • 02:17:46 PM

                MR. TONKO

                WE UNDERSTAND THE CIRCUMSTANCES AND THOSE CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD BE BROUGHT…

                WE UNDERSTAND THE CIRCUMSTANCES AND THOSE CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD BE BROUGHT TO THE ATTENTION OF THE COURTS. THE COURT HAS THE POWER TO GRANT A STAY OF THIS RULE. FOR SOME REASON, THE INDUSTRY HAS NOT YET MADE THAT REQUEST. EVEN THOUGH THERE ARE A NUMBER OF PENDING LAWSUITS CHALLENGING THE RULE. IN FACT, INDUSTRY PETITIONED THE COURT TO PUT THEIR LAWSUITS ON HOLD UNTIL E.P.A. DECIDES WHETHER TO GRANT THEIR REQUEST TO RECONSIDER THE RULE. THE PENDING DECISIONS BY THE COURT AND THE E.P.A. INDICATE THERE ARE STILL A NUMBER OF REMEDIES AVAILABLE TO ADDRESS THE INDUSTRY'S CONCERNS, INCLUDING A REQUEST TO THE COURT TO STAY THE RULE. THERE'S NO NEED FOR H.R. 1917. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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              • 02:18:29 PM

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                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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                MR. SHIMKUS

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE NOW FOR AS MUCH…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE NOW FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, CONGRESSMAN CARTER.

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              • 02:18:41 PM

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                THE GENTLEMAN VIRGINIA TECH.

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                MR. CARTER

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

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE BLOCKING REGULATORY INTERFERENCE FROM CLOSING KILNS ACT OF 2017. THIS BILL IS VERY SIMPLE, MR. CHAIRMAN. AS IT SIMPLY ALIGNS THE TIMELINE FOR COMPLIANCE WITH JUDICIAL REVIEW OF THESE RULES AND REGULATIONS. AMERICAN BUSINESSES ARE FINDING THEMSELVES FACING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN CLIENT COSTS DUE TO BURDENSOME E.P.A. REGULATIONS. IT'S ESTIMATED THE E.P.A.'S RULES MAY COST THE BRICK AND CERAMICS INDUSTRY MILLIONS ANNUALLY WITH THE COST OF COMPLIANCE FOR THE AVERAGE FACILITY AT OVER $4 MILLION. INDUSTRY WON'T BE ABLE TO MEET THE REQUIREMENT DEADLINES IMPOSED BY THE RULE, WHICH IS CURRENTLY BEING REVIEWED IN OUR COURT SYSTEM. THE E.P.A.'S FIRST ATTEMPT AT A RULE WAS VACATED. BUT NOT BEFORE THE INDUSTRY SPENT MILLIONS IN COMPLIANCE MEASURES THAT WERE ULTIMATELY FOUND TO BE INVALID. SMALL BRICK AND BEFORE THE INDUSTRY CERAMICS BUSINESS VS. BEEN THE HARDEST HIT BY THE FIRST RULE AND IF SOMETHING ISN'T DONE, MANY OF THESE SMALL BUSINESSES WILL BE FORCED TO CLOSE THEIR DOORS FOR GOOD. CERAMICS BUSINESS VS. H.R. 1917 WOULD PROVIDE MUCH NEEDED REGULATORY RELIEF TO BRICK AND CERAMICS BUSINESSES BY SIMPLY STATING THAT WE NEED TO LET THE JUDICIAL REVIEW PROCESS MOVE AHEAD BEFORE WE PENALIZE HARDWORKING PEOPLE. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND TO SUPPORT BUSINESSES ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD BACK.

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                THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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                MR. TONKO

                MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND READY TO CLOSE.

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                THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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                MR. SHIMKUS

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

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. CHABOT, FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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                MR. CHABOT

                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. APPRECIATE YOU YIELDING,…

                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. APPRECIATE YOU YIELDING, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN WALDEN AS WELL FOR HIS HARD WORK IN THIS AREA, AS WELL AS YOURS, MR. SHIMKUS, AND THE ENTIRE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP IN THIS AREA. AS CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE, I CONTINUE TO HEAR FROM SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS ALL ACROSS AMERICA THAT COMPLIANCE WITH REGULATIONS IS ONE OF THE GREATEST CHALLENGES THAT THEY FACE. THIS IS IN ESSENCE WHAT THIS IS. IN FACT, TODAY I CHAIRED A HEARING ON HOW THE REGULATORY PROCESS IS IMPACTING SMALL BUSINESSES. THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY, THE BRICK ACT, WOULD PROVIDE CRUCIAL RELIEF TO AMERICA'S BRICK, CLAY, AND TILE INDUSTRIES. THE MAJORITY OF WHICH ARE BY DEFINITION SMALL BUSINESSES. WE SHOULD ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT SMALL BUSINESSES CREATE ABOUT SEVEN OUT OF EVERY 10 NEW JOBS IN AMERICA. THE BRICK ACT WOULD ENSURE THAT SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT SPENDING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO COMPLY WITH THE REGULATION THAT MAY WELL BE THROWN OUT IN COURT. I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK.

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              • 02:21:46 PM

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                MR. TONKO

                MR. SPEAKER, WITH NO OTHER SPEAKERS AVAILABLE, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.…

                MR. SPEAKER, WITH NO OTHER SPEAKERS AVAILABLE, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. CONGRESS SHOULD NOT BE IN THE BUSINESS OF ENCOURAGING FRIVOLOUS LITIGATION OR PENALIZING BUSINESSES THAT MAKE -- MADE THE NECESSARY INVESTMENTS TO COMPLY WITH STANDARDS. ESPECIALLY WHEN CLEAN AIR IS AT STAKE. UNFORTUNATELY, THAT IS WHAT THE BRICK ACT WOULD DO. THESE STANDARDS ARE ACHIEVABLE. LONG OVERDUE, AND PROVIDE CONSIDERABLE HEALTH BENEFITS. IT HAS BEEN NEARLY TWO DECADES FOR POLLUTION CONTROL STANDARDS FOR BRICK AND CLAY IF A SITS, TSH-FACILITIES, AND NEARLY THREE DECADES FOR WOOD STOMBS. WE SHOULDN'T HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN A GIVEAWAY TO A COUPLE OF SPECIAL INTERESTS OVER CLEAN AIR FOR ALL OF OUR CONSTITUENTS. AGAIN I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS BILL. WITH THAT, 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 ILLINOIS.

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              • 02:22:45 PM

                MR. SHIMKUS

                I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME, THE GENTLEMAN…

                I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, CHAIRMAN GOOD LOUISIANA

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                MR. GOODLATTE

                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I APPRECIATE YOUR GOOD WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION.…

                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I APPRECIATE YOUR GOOD WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION. MY DISTRICT AND MANY RURAL COMMUNITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY, WOOD BURNING STOMBS AND HEATERS ARE A POPULAR HEAT SOURCE -- STOMBS AND HEATERS ARE A POPULAR HEAT SOURCE AND IT'S A RENEWABLE FUEL. THE PERSON WHO UTILIZES A WOOD STOMB TO HEAT THEIR HOME IS NOT A SPECIAL INTEREST. THE E.P.A.'S NEW SOURCE PERFORMANCE STANDARDS FOR PRODUCTS LIKE WOOD AND PELLLATSTOMBS AND WOOD FURNACES HAVE SPECIAL INTEREST. THE E.P.A.'S NEW RAISED SIGNIFICANT CONCERNS. THIS REGULATION SETS FORTH AN UNUNREELISTIC AND UNREASONABLE TIMELINE TO COME INTO COMPLIANCE WITH THE STANDARDS IN TIME. I HAVE HEARD FROM MANUFACTURERS AND RETAILERS LIKE ENGLAND STOMB WORKERS IN AMHERST COUNTY IN MY DISTRICT THAT THEY DON'T WANT -- IT'S NOT THAT THEY DON'T WANT TO COMPLY WITH THE RULE, THEY SIMPLY NEED MORE TIME. FOR JUST 1-WOOD STOMB IT CAN TAKE UP TO SIX MONTHS TO COMPLETE THE E.P.A. CERTIFICATION PROCESS. IN THE MEANTIME, THE AVAILABILITY OF WOOD STOMBS -- STOVES, ACCORDIBILITY OF THIS HEATING SOURCE FOR OUR CONSTITUENTS AND OTHER PEOPLE, MOSTLY RURAL AREAS, BUT OTHER COMMUNITIES AS WELL AROUND THE COUNTRY, IS GOING TO GO UP. THE BRICK ACT BEFORE THE HOUSE STAYED INCLUDES PROVISIONS FROM A BILL THAT INTRODUCED ALONG WITH REPRESENTATIVE COLIN -COLLIN PETERSON. THIS PROVISION IS A SIMPLE ONE. IT EXTENDS THE TIME WOOD STOVE MANUFACTURERS HAVE TO COMPLY WITH FEDERAL REGULATIONS BY THREE YEARS. AFFORDABLE HEAT IS IMPORTANT IN MY -- TO MY CONSTITUENTS AND FEDERAL REGULATIONS MUST TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE REAL WORLD NEEDS AND TIME CONSTRAINTS OF THE INDUSTRIES THAT MAKE THESE PRODUCTS AND MUST NOW DEVELOP NEW TECHNOLOGIES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL TODAY TO GIVE THIS INDUSTRY MORE TIME AND ENSURE CONSUMERS CAN CHOOSE WOOD HEAT SOURCES TO HELP KEEP THEIR FAMILIES WARM. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. I YIELD BACK.

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                MR. SHIMKUS

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MY SOUTHWEST BALANCE OF THE TIME. THIS IS…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MY SOUTHWEST BALANCE OF THE TIME. THIS IS -- YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF THE TIME. IT'S A GOOD DEBATE AND DISCUSSION, ONE WE HAD IN THE SUBCOMMITTEE AND FULL COMMITTEE, AND WE'RE BRINGING IT TO THE FLOOR. IT JUST FOCUSES ON A DIFFERENT WAY IN WHICH WE VIEW MANUFACTURING AND REALLY AS YOU HEARD IN THIS DEBATE SMALL MANUFACTURERS. SMALL BRICK MANUFACTURERS. SMALL WOOD HEATERS. BECAUSE AS EVERYONE KNOWS, WHEN YOU ARE IN A BIG CORPORATION, YOU GOT LAWYERS AND YOU CAN DO ECONOMIC ANALYSIS, AND YOU CAN DO RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT. BUT A LOT OF THESE FOLKS ARE JUST SMALL, LOCAL OPERATIONS. PROBABLY STARTED BY A HUSBAND AND WIFE. PROBABLY BROUGHT ON A KID OR NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR. IN MY OPENING STATEMENT I MENTIONED HOW IN RURAL AMERICA THERE'S NOT A LOT OF BUSINESSES OTHER THAN MAYBE AGRICULTURE, PEOPLE COME INTO THE TOWN, SO NOT ONLY ARE THESE MANUFACTURERS, THEY ARE THE BACKBONE OF THESE SMALL COMMUNITIES. SIMPLY PUT THIS BILL IS A COMBINATION OF TWO. ONE SAYS, YOU REALLY SHOULDN'T FORCE SOMEONE TO COMPLY WITH A REGULATION UNTIL THEY HAVE THOUGHT -- FOUGHT THE LITIGATION BATTLE BECAUSE IN THE EXAMPLE, WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT TODAY, THE CLAIMANT, THE MANUFACTURERS, WON. WHERE EITHER THEY WENT OUT OF BUSINESS BECAUSE THEY WERE TRYING TO COMPLY OR THEY HAD TO HAVE THE SUCCESS -- EXSUSSIVE CLAIMANT, THE MANUFACTURERS, WON. WHERE EITHER THEY WENT OUT OF BUSINESS BECAUSE THEY WERE TRYING TO COMPLY OR THEY HAD TO HAVE THE SUCCESS -- EXSUSSIVE COSTS. ISSUE TWO, ON THE SMALL WOOD HEATERS IS JUST SAY THEY WERE FORCED TO MOVE FORWARD AND CLEAN TECHNOLOGY, INCREASING THEIR ENVIRONMENTAL ABILITY, 90%. WE ALL KNOW THAT THE CLEANER YOU GET, THE HARDER IT IS TO GET THE LAST PERCENTAGES. ALL THE FOLKS ARE ASKING IS FOR MORE TIME TO COMPLY. I REALLY-TSH THEY ARE BOTH BIPARTISAN BILLS. I APPLAUD FOLKS COMING DOWN TO TALK AND DEFEND THOSE. EXCITING TIME IN OUR COUNTRY. IT'S EXCITING BECAUSE WE'RE HAVING ECONOMIC GROWTH. WE'RE HAVING ECONOMIC GROWTH FOR TWO REASONS. ONE OUR HISTORIC TAX CUTS. 50% OF ALL MANUFACTURERS OF THE COUNTRY SAID THEY ARE GOING TO INVEST IN CAPITAL INVESTMENT. PRETTY EXCITING. THERE'S OPTIMISM AGAIN. WAGES ARE INCREASING. BENEFITS RUN CREASING. YOU HAVE -- BENEFITS ARE INCREASING. YOU HAVE PEOPLE GETTING CHECKS INCREASING OR NEW GROWTH CAPITAL EXPENSES. THERE IS ANOTHER COMPONENT OF THIS EXCITING TIME FOR JOBS AND THE ECONOMY. AND THIS INVESTMENT. PRETTY EXCITING. THERE'S OPTIMISM OTHER COMPONENT IS, EASING UP ON THE ASSAULT THAT THE E.P.A. HAS DONE OVER THE PAST DECADE ON OUR MANUFACTURING SECTOR AND JOB CREATORS. YOU PUT THESE TWO TOGETHER, THE AMERICAN WORKER HAS A GREATER OPPORTUNITY AND THESE ARE JUST A COUPLE EXAMPLES THE BILLS WE'RE MOVING TODAY, HOW WE CAN CONTINUE TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN. WITH THAT, I URGE PASSAGE OF THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 02:28:03 PM

                The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.

                • 02:28:08 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 762, THE…

                  ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 762, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ORDERED ON THE BILL AS AMENDED. THE QUESTION IS ON ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READING OF THE BILL. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING.

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                • 02:28:23 PM

                  THE CLERK

                  A BILL TO ALLOW FOR JUDICIAL REVIEW OF ANY FINAL RULE ADDRESSING NATIONAL…

                  A BILL TO ALLOW FOR JUDICIAL REVIEW OF ANY FINAL RULE ADDRESSING NATIONAL EMISSION STANDARDS FOR HAZARDOUS AIR POLLUTANTS FOR BRICK AND STRUCTURAL CLAY PRODUCTS AND CLAY CERAMICS MANUFACTURING BEFORE REQUIRING COMPLIANCE WITH SUCH RULE.

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              • 02:28:33 PM

                Ms. Castor (FL) moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

                • 02:28:36 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION.

                • 02:28:40 PM

                  >>

                  I HAVE A MOTION TO RECOMMIT AT THE DESK.

                • 02:28:41 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  IS THE GENTLEWOMAN OPPOSED TO THE BILL?

                • 02:28:45 PM

                  MS. CASTOR

                  I AM OPPOSED.

                • 02:28:46 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE MOTION.

                • 02:28:48 PM

                  THE CLERK

                  MS. CASTOR OF FLORIDA MOVES TO RECOMMIT THE BILL H.R. 1917 TO THE…

                  MS. CASTOR OF FLORIDA MOVES TO RECOMMIT THE BILL H.R. 1917 TO THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE WITH INSTRUCTIONS TO REPORT THE SAME BACK TO THE HOUSE FORTHWITH WITH THE FOLLOWING AMENDMENT. AT THE END OF SECTION 3 OF THE BILL, ADD THE FOLLOWING NEW SUBSECTION. C LIMITATION ON PRIVATE PLANE TRAVEL. NOTHING IN THIS ACT MAY BE CONSTRUED TO AUTHORIZE THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY TO BE CONSTRUED TO AUTHORIZE THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY TO CHARTER A FLIGHT OR TRAVEL IN ANY CLASS OF AIR ACCOMMODATION ABOVE COACH CLASS. TWO, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SUBSECTION B MAKE SUCH TECHNICAL AND CONFORMING CHANGES TO RULES AND GUIDANCE DOCUMENTS AND GUIDANCE DOCUMENTS AS MAY BE NECESSARY TO IMPLEMENT SUBSECTION A.

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            • 02:28:49 PM

              DEBATE

              The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Castor (FL) motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House with an amendment to the bill to add a new subsection entitled "Limitation on Private Plane Travel".

              • 02:29:37 PM

                TEMPORE PURSUANT

                PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE…

                PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HER MOTION.

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              • 02:29:40 PM

                MS. CASTOR

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS THE FINAL AMENDMENT TO THE…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS THE FINAL AMENDMENT TO THE BILL WHICH WILL NOT KILL THE BILL OR SEND IT BACK TO COMMITTEE. IF ADOPTED THE BILL WILL IMMEDIATELY PROCEED TO FINAL PASSAGE AS AMENDED. MR. SPEAKER, MY MOTION TO RECOMMIT IS SIMPLE AND SHOULD GARNER THE SUPPORT OF ALL MEMBERS WHO DISLIKE GOVERNMENT WASTE AND ABUSE OF POWER. MY MOTION GOES TO THE HEART OF THE COSTLY, ETHICAL VIOLATIONS BY E.P.A. ADMINISTRATOR SCOTT PRUITT AND HIS PENCHANT FOR FLYING FIRST CLASS IN VIOLATION OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS AND BILLING IT TO TAXPAYERS. . HE SUPPORTED CUTS TO E.P.A. CLEAN WATER AND CLEAN AIR INITIATIVES IN THE COMMUNITIES WE REPRESENT BACK HOME. SO MY AMENDMENT IS SIMPLE. IT SAYS NOTHING IN THIS ACT MAY BE CONSTRUED TO AUTHORIZE THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY TO CHARTER A FLIGHT OR TRAVEL IN ANY CLASS OF AIR ACCOMMODATION ABOVE COACH CLASS. SEE, FEDERAL REGULATIONS RIGHT NOW REQUIRE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS TO GET THE LEAST EXPENSIVE CLASS OF TRAVEL THAT MEETS THEIR NEEDS. NOW, AGENCIES ARE ALLOWED TO TRAVEL FIRST CLASS IN VERY RARE INSTANCES, SUCH AS A FLIGHT OF 14 HOURS OR MORE, MEDICAL DISABILITY, OR FOR EXCEPTIONAL SECURITY CIRCUMSTANCES IF YOUR LIFE OR GOVERNMENT PROPERTY IS IN DANGER. WELL, ADMINISTRATOR SCOTT PRUITT HAS ABUSED THESE EXCEPTIONS. THIS CAME TO LIGHT AFTER THE HOUSE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE ASKED THE PEAVERPLET ADMINISTRATOR TO EXPLAIN HIS COST -- E.P.A. ADMINISTRATOR TO EXPLAIN HIS COSTLY TRAVEL RECORDS WHICH SHOWED HE REPEATEDLY BOOKED FIRST-CLASS FLIGHTS AT TAXPAYER EXPENSE AND HOPED NO ONE WOULD NOTICE. THERE'S NO ADEQUATE JUSTIFICATION FOR THIS WASTEFUL SPENDING AND ABUSE OF POWER BY SCOTT PRUITT AND IF HE ENJOYS FLYING FIRST CLASS AND STAYING IN LUXURY HOTELS, THEN HE SHOULD PAY FOR IT HIMSELF AND NOT ASK THE TAXPAYERS FOOT THE BILL. HERE'S WHAT WE KNOW PER PRESS REPORTS AND COMMITTEE RESEARCH. LAST JUNE 5, PRUITT SETTLED INTO HIS $1,641 FIRST CLASS SEAT FOR A SHORT FLIGHT FROM D.C. TO NEW YORK. THE TICKET COST MORE THAN SIX TIMES THAT OF THE TWO MEDIA AIDES THAT TRAVELED ALONG WITH HIM AND SAT IN COACH. IN MANHATTAN, ADMINISTRATOR PRUITT MADE TWO BRIEF TELEVISION APPEARANCES PRAISING THE WHITE HOUSE'S DECISION TO WITHDRAWAL FROM THE 2015 PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT. HE STAYED IN AN UPSCALE HOTEL NEAR TIMES SQUARE AND RETURNED TO WASHINGTON THE NEXT DAY. THAT WEDNESDAY AFTER TRAVELING ON AIR FORCE ONE FOR AN INFRASTRUCTURE EVENT IN CINCINNATI, PRUITT AND SEVERAL STAFFERS RACED BACK TO NEW YORK ON A MILITARY JET AT THE COST OF $36,000 TO THEN CATCH A PLANE TO ROME. THE TRANS-ATLANTIC FLIGHT WAS PART OF A ROUNDTRIP TICKET FOR THE ADMINISTRATOR THAT COST OVER $7,000, ACCORDING TO E.P.A. RECORDS. SEVERAL TIMES WHAT WAS PAID FOR OTHER OFFICIALS WHO WENT. IN TOTAL THE TAXPAYER-FUNDED TRAVEL FOR PRUITT AND HIS TOP AIDES DURING THAT STRETCH IN JUNE COST AT LEAST $90,000. THANKS TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL INTEGRITY PROJECT WHO GOT THE RECORDS. HIS TRAVEL PRACTICES ARE QUITE DIFFERENT FROM PREVIOUS E.P.A. ADMINISTRATORS WHO VERY RARELY TRAVELED ON FIRST CLASS -- IN FIRST CLASS AND ALWAYS ANNOUNCED THEIR PUBLIC TRAVEL SCHEDULE TO THE PUBLIC, BUT SCOTT PRUITT'S TRAVEL IS DIFFERENT. IT'S SECRETIVE, IT'S COSTLY, AND IT'S FREQUENT. IN FACT, THIS YEAR WE'VE COME TO LEARN HE PLANS TO TRAVEL TO ISRAEL, AUSTRALIA, JAPAN, MEXICO, AND POSSIBLY CANADA. NONE OF THOSE HAVE BEEN OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED, BUT WE'VE BEEN DIGGING. PRUITT RARELY DISCLOSES WHERE HE PLANS TO BE. SO AT THE REQUEST OF CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS, THE E.P.A.'S OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL IS CONDUCTING PROBES OF PRUITT'S TRAVEL. HE HAS ATTEMPTED TO JUSTIFY HIS LUXURY TRAVEL BY NOTING THAT HE'S BEEN APPROACHED BY PEOPLE IN THE AIRPORT NUMEROUS TIMES TO TALK ABOUT HIS ENVIRONMENTAL RECORD. HOWEVER, IT'S UNCLEAR WHY THIS JUSTIFIES PURCHASING FIRST-CLASS TICKETS. THESE NEW JUSTIFICATIONS ARE ALSO CONTRADICT PREVIOUS EXPLANATIONS OF THIS QUESTIONABLE TRAVEL AS A WAY OF PROVIDING AN OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR DIRECTLY FROM PEOPLE AFFECTED BY E.P.A. THE ADMINISTRATOR SIMPLY PREFERS TO BE WASTEFUL OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS. WE'VE ASKED ABOUT OTHER CONFLICTS OF INTEREST. HE HAS CONTINUALLY SIDED WITH DIRTY ENERGY AND CHEMICAL COMPANIES, SO IT'S NO MATTER THAT MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WOULD LIKE TO DISCUSS THESE PRESSING ISSUES WITH HIM. ACCORDING TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL INTEGRITY PROJECT NEW TRAVEL RECORDS SHOW THAT PRUITT AND E.P.A. EMPLOYEES SPEND UP TO $50,000 ON PREMIUM AND COMMERCIAL CHARTERED FLIGHTS IN THE LAST FEW MONTHS. HE SAID HE WILL START FLYING COACH BUT HASN'T PROMISED TO DO SO. THROUGH THIS MOTION TO RECOMMIT WE'D LIKE TO MAKE IT PERMANENT. WE'D LIKE TO HOLD HIM ACCOUNTABLE AND FOR ANYONE THAT WOULD LIKE TO ELIMINATE WASTE IN GOVERNMENT AND MAKE SURE OUR OFFICIALS DO NOT ABUSE THEIR POWER, IT'S TIME TO ADOPT THIS AMENDMENT AND I URGE THE CONGRESS TO DO SO.

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              • 02:35:00 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION?

              • 02:35:05 PM

                MR. SHIMKUS

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT.

              • 02:35:09 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

              • 02:35:11 PM

                MR. SHIMKUS

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, A MEMBER USES A MOTION TO INSTRUCT OR…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, A MEMBER USES A MOTION TO INSTRUCT OR RECOMMIT TO CHANGE OR AMEND THE BILL. I DON'T THINK WE BUILD AND USE BRICKS TO MAKE OUR AIRPLANES, AND I DON'T THINK WE POWER OUR PLANES WITH WOOD HEATERS. SO WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH THIS MOTION TO INSTRUCT OR RECOMMIT? IT'S JUST PURELY POLITICS, AND IT'S NOT SURPRISING. WHY? WELL, BECAUSE DEMOCRATS WANT TO DISTORT US FROM OUR ECONOMIC SUCCESS OF THE REPUBLICAN AGENDA, AND IT'S BUILT ON TWO FOUNDATIONAL PRINCIPLES. ONE IS THE VERY SUCCESSFUL TAX REFORM AND BILL THAT WE PASSED IN DECEMBER AND AMERICANS ARE SEEING IT. 50% OF ALL MANUFACTURERS AROUND THE COUNTRY ARE GOING TO INVEST IN CAPITAL EXPANSION. PEOPLE HAVE BIGGER PAYCHECKS NOW. THEY'RE GETTING BONUSES. IN FACT, I WAS ON THE FLOOR LAST NIGHT WITH ILLINOISANS. WE WERE READING STORIES FROM CONSTITUENTS ABOUT THE BENEFITS THEY'RE RECEIVING, EITHER IN LESS MONEY BEING TAKEN OUT ON TAXES OR INCREASE IN WAGES. TRUCKING COMPANIES EXPANDING. SO IT'S AN INCREDIBLE SUCCESS OF OPTIMISM WHEN WE'VE BEEN IN AN ECONOMIC MALAISE FOR THE PAST EIGHT YEARS AND THAT'S THE KIND OF SOCIETY I WANT TO LIVE IN. I WANT TO LIVE IN A SOCIETY WHEN MY KIDS ENTER THE WORK FORCE, THERE'S A JOB THERE, AND WHEN I -- AND I WANT THEM TO SAY, IF I WORK HARD AND PLAY BY THE RULES, MAN, THERE'S AN OPPORTUNITY FOR ME. AND THAT'S WHAT'S COMING BACK. THERE'S ANOTHER COMPONENT TO THIS ECONOMIC SUCCESS, AND THAT'S CALLING OFF THE E.P.A. DOGS WHO'VE BEEN ATTACKING THE JOB CREATORS IN OUR COUNTRY OVER THE PAST EIGHT YEARS. EASE THE REGULATE BURDEN, PROVIDE HISTORIC TAX RELIEF, EXCITEMENT IN THE ECONOMY, NEW JOBS, NEW ENERGY AND SO I UNDERSTAND WHY MY OPPONENTS ON THE OTHER SIDE WOULD LIKE TO DISTORT US FROM THIS RECORD. THIS MOTION TO RECOMMIT IS PURELY POLITICS TO DO THAT, SO THAT'S WHY I CALL, ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT AND ONCE WE DO THAT SUPPORT THE UNDERLYING BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 02:37:34 PM

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

                • 02:37:39 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE MOTION TO…

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT. THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE MOTION IS NOT AGREED TO.

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            • 02:37:50 PM

              POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

              At the conclusion of debate on the Castor (FL) motion to recommit, the Chair put the question on adoption of the motion and by voice vote, announced the noes had prevailed. Ms. Castor (FL) demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the motion to recommit until later in the legislative day.

              • 02:37:52 PM

                MS. CASTOR

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

              • 02:37:55 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS SUBJECT TO THE CALL OF THE CHAIR.

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              • 02:38:17 PM

                >>

                CHAIR.

            • 02:38:53 PM

              Recess

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

              • 03:59:47 PM

                REPORTER

                AND ACCURACY. VISIT NCICAP.ORG] [CAPTIONS

              • 04:00:06 PM

                MR. RUBIO

                AND ACCURACY. VISIT NCICAP.ORG] [CAPTIONS COPYRIGHT NATIONAL CABLE…

                AND ACCURACY. VISIT NCICAP.ORG] [CAPTIONS COPYRIGHT NATIONAL CABLE SATELLITE CORP. 2018]

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            • 04:00:11 PM

              Reconvened

              The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of March 7.

              • 04:00:13 PM

                UNFINISHED BUSINESS

                The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on the motion to recommit the bill H.R. 1917, which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.

                • 04:00:24 PM

                  >>

                  THE HOUSE RETURNING NOW. WE'LL LEAVE THIS. HOUSE RETURNING FOR A SERIES OF…

                  THE HOUSE RETURNING NOW. WE'LL LEAVE THIS. HOUSE RETURNING FOR A SERIES OF VOTES ON BILLS DEBATED EARLIER. THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT ON H.R. 1917, AND PASSAGE OF H.R. 1917, IF ORDERED. THE FIRST ELECTRONIC VOTE WILL BE CONDUCTED AS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. REMAINING ELECTRONIC VOTES WILL BE CONDUCTED AS FIVE-MINUTE VOTES. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE QUESTION ON AGREEING TO THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT ON H.R. 1917 OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS. CASTOR, ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE MOTION.

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                • 04:00:46 PM

                  Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 1917 — "To allow for judicial review of any final rule addressing national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants for brick and structural clay products or for clay ceramics manufacturing before requiring compliance with such rule."

                  • 04:00:56 PM

                    On motion to recommit with instructions Roll Call 98 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

                    • 04:00:58 PM

                      THE CLERK

                      MOTION TO RECOMMIT H.R. 1917 OFFERED BY MS. CASTOR OF FLORIDA.

                    • 04:01:05 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE QUESTION IS ON AGREEING TO THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT. MEMBERS WILL RECORD…

                      THE QUESTION IS ON AGREEING TO THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT. 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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                    • 04:25:48 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 186. THE NAYS ARE 227. THE MOTION IS NOT…

                      ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 186. THE NAYS ARE 227. THE MOTION IS NOT ADOPTED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR, PLEASE SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, SAY NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK WISH TO BE RECOGNIZED?

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                • 04:25:49 PM

                  House Vote 98 - On Motion to Recommit with Instructions

                  Blocking Regulatory Interference from Closing Kilns Act of 2017

                  Failed (186 - 227)
                  Yea
                  Nay

                  Vote Details: Yea - 186
                  Democratic - 184
                  Republican - 2

                  Vote Details: Nay - 227
                  Republican - 227

                  Vote Details: Not Voting - 17
                  Republican - 8
                  Democratic - 9

                  • 04:25:57 PM

                    On passage Roll Call 99 - Recorded vote pending.

                    • 04:26:17 PM

                      MR. TONKO

                      CALL FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

                    • 04:26:20 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE PLEASE…

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

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                    • 04:33:41 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 234, THE NAYS ARE 18 06789 WITH ONE ANSWERING…

                      ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 234, THE NAYS ARE 18 06789 WITH ONE ANSWERING PRESENT -- 180 WITH ONE ANSWERING PRESENT. THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, A MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS WISH TO BE RECOGNIZED?

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                • 04:33:45 PM

                  House Vote 99 - On Passage

                  Blocking Regulatory Interference from Closing Kilns Act of 2017

                  Passed (234 - 180)
                  Aye
                  No

                  Vote Details: Aye - 234
                  Republican - 228
                  Democratic - 6

                  Vote Details: No - 180
                  Democratic - 179
                  Republican - 1

                  Vote Details: Not Voting - 15
                  Republican - 8
                  Democratic - 7

                  Vote Details: Present - 1
                  Democratic - 1

                  • 04:33:46 PM

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

                    • 04:33:58 PM

                      Mr. Shimkus asked unanimous consent that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 9:00 a.m. on March 8. Agreed to without objection.

                      • 04:34:03 PM

                        >>

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

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

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                      • 04:34:10 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL…

                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS ARE ASKED TO TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                  • 04:35:43 PM

                    ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

                    The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.

                    • 04:35:55 PM

                      MR. THOMPSON

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

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

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                    • 04:36:00 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                    • 04:36:06 PM

                      MR. THOMPSON

                      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ABOUT AN INSTITUTION THAT INFLUENCES…

                      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ABOUT AN INSTITUTION THAT INFLUENCES OUR NATION'S CULTURE AND HELPS OUR PEOPLE AND COMMUNITIES TO LEARN, GROW AND THRIVE. THAT ORGANIZATION IS THE WYMCA. THE Y ENGAGES MORE THAN 10,000 NEIGHBORHOODS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES, BY NURTURING THE POTENTIAL OF EVERY CHILD AND TEEN AND IMPROVING THE NATION'S HEALTH AND WELL-BEING AND SUPPORTING AND SERVING ITS NEIGHBORS, THE Y ENSURES THAT EVERYONE HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO BECOME HEALTHIER, MORE CONFIDENT, CONNECTED AND SECURE. THE Y WAS FOUNDED IN 1844 IN LONDON BY GEORGE WILLIAMS. HE ORGANIZED THE FIRST YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION MEETING. A REFUGE OF BIBLE STUDY AND PRAYER FOR MEN SEEKING ESCAPE FROM THE DANGERS OF LIFE ON THE STREETS. THE FELLOWSHIP AND SENSE OF COMMUNITY WAS COMPELLING. YEARS LATER THOMAS VALENTINE SULLIVAN WAS INSPIRED BY THE STORIES OF THE Y AND FOUND THE FIRST U.S. YMCA IN BOSTON IN 1851. SINCE THEN THE Y HAS BEEN STRENGTHENING COMMUNITY AS I CROSS -- ACROSS THE NATION. IT BRINGS PEOPLE TOGETHER REGARDLESS OF AGE, INCOME OR BACKGROUND. AND HELPS EVERYONE REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL. FOR THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I AM GRATEFUL. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 04:37:21 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS ARE ASKED TO TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                    • 04:37:40 PM

                      MR. PAYNE

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

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

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                    • 04:37:45 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                    • 04:37:56 PM

                      MR. PAYNE

                      MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY ELAINE CHAO TESTIFIED…

                      MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY ELAINE CHAO TESTIFIED BEFORE THE T.N.I. COMMITTEE. SECRETARY CHAO ACKNOWLEDGED THAT THE PRESIDENT TRUMP IS PERSONALLY INTERVENING TO PREVENT FEDERAL FUNDING OF THE GATEWAY PROJECT, WHICH IS THE NATION'S MOST CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT. MR. SPEAKER, THE GATEWAY PROJECT WOULD REBUILD THE CRUMBLING RAIL INFRASTRUCTURE THAT CONNECTS NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY, A KEY POINT IN AMTRAK AND THE NORTHEAST CORRIDOR'S RAIL LINE BETWEEN NEW JERSEY AND NEW YORK, ALSO 415 TRAINS THAT GO THROUGH THOSE TUNNELS EACH DAY. NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY WERE PROMISED BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TOWARD THE PROBABLY BUT PRESIDENT TRUMP IS ACTIVELY UNDERMINING GATEWAY. AS ANYONE WHO PLANS TO TRAVEL BY AMTRAK OR BY RAIL DURING LAST WEEK'S CYCLONE KNOWS, THE TRANSHUDSON TRACK INFRASTRUCTURE CONNECTS NOT JUST THE TWO STATES, BUT THE ENTIRE REGION. BETWEEN BOSTON AND WASHINGTON, D.C. BECAUSE GATEWAY IS SO IMPORTANT TO EVERYONE IN THE NORTHEAST, A SUBSTANTIAL FEDERAL COMMITMENT IS NECESSARY TO MAKE THIS PROJECT A REALITY. THE GATEWAY PROJECT IS FAR TOO IMPORTANT TO BE LEFT UNFUNDED. GATEWAY SHOULD NOT BE SACRIFICED BECAUSE OF PRESIDENT TRUMP'S POLITICAL ANIMOSITY. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS ARE ASKED TO TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THANK YOU. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                    • 04:39:34 PM

                      MR. PAUSEN

                      ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOUR WITH -- HOUSE FOR ONE…

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

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                    • 04:39:39 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                      MR. PAULSEN

                      RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE…

                      I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                    • 04:40:50 PM

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                      I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE TRINITY HIGH SCHOOL FOR EARNING THE…

                      I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE TRINITY HIGH SCHOOL FOR EARNING THE DESIGNATION OF TITLE OF NATIONAL TITLE ONE DIVISIONED SCHOOL FOR THE 2016-2007 SCHOOL YEAR.

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                    • 04:41:02 PM

                      MR. VEASEY

                      THIS EXCLUSIVE DESIGNATION IS GIVEN TO HIGH-POVERTY SCHOOLS THAT EXCEL IN…

                      THIS EXCLUSIVE DESIGNATION IS GIVEN TO HIGH-POVERTY SCHOOLS THAT EXCEL IN EITHER STUDENT PERFORMANCE OR FOR ITS WORK TO CLOSE THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP. IT WAS A STUDENT BODY THAT IS 86% ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED, WAS ONE OF 34 SCHOOLS ACROSS THE NATION TO BE PRAISED FOR, QUOTE, EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT PERFORMANCE FOR TWO OR MORE CONSECUTIVE YEARS. IT WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE STRONG PARTNERSHIPS OF ITS EDUCATORS, PARENTS, STUDENTS AND THE OAK CLIFF COMMUNITY IN DALLAS. FOR EACH OF YOU THAT HAVE MADE SURE THAT WE ARE DOING OUR PART TO EMPOWER OUR FUTURE LEADERS WITH THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO SUCCEED, CONGRATULATIONS TO THE HIGH SCHOOL FOR YOUR WELL-DESERVED RECOGNITION. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 04:41:51 PM

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

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

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                    • 04:42:04 PM

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                      MR. SPEAKER, I RECENTLY HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO JOIN THE LINCOLN VIETNAMESE…

                      MR. SPEAKER, I RECENTLY HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO JOIN THE LINCOLN VIETNAMESE COMMUNITY IN THE CELEBRATION OF THE VIETNAMESE NEW YEAR, THE YEAR OF THE DOG. I CELEBRATED THIS SPECIAL OCCASION AT ST. ANDREW CATHOLIC CHURCH IN LINCOLN WHERE I LIVE AND I PARTICIPATED IN THE CATHOLIC MASS FOLLOWED BY A WONDERFUL COMMUNITY FESTIVAL COMPLETE WITH TRADITIONAL DRAGON DANCERS.

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                    • 04:42:27 PM

                      MR. FORTENBERRY

                      FATHER AND THE PARISH COMMUNITY FOR THEIR GENEROSITY AND CHOICE --…

                      FATHER AND THE PARISH COMMUNITY FOR THEIR GENEROSITY AND CHOICE -- HOSPITALITY. MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE NEARLY TWO MILLION PERSONS OF VIETNAMESE DISSENT LIVING IN AMERICA. MY HOMETOWN OF LINCOLN HAS BECOME HOME FOR NEARLY 10,000 VIETNAMESE AMERICAN. SOME OF WHOM FACE THE TRAUMA OF PERSECUTION, ESCAPE, OPEN SEAS, REFUGEE CAMPS AND, FINALLY, RESETTLEMENT IN A NEW HOME. OUR VIBRANT, WELL RESPECTED VIETNAMESE COMMUNITY HAS BEEN AN INTEGRAL PART OF LINCOLN'S CULTURAL TRADITIONS AND ADDS TO OUR CAPITAL CITY'S VIBRANT TAPESTRY. VIETNAMESE IS THE THIRD MOST COMMONLY SPOKEN LANGUAGE IN THE CORNHUSKER STATE AND I'VE ACTIVELY ENCOURAGED THE YOUTH TO KEEP THE GREAT TRADITION ALIVE. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S NOT ADVICE TO BE TRY A LANGUAGE THAT YOU -- ADVISABLE TO TRY A LANGUAGE THAT YOU DON'T SPEAKS BUT TO MY VIETNAMESE FRIENDS, I WOULD LIKE TO TRY. [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO REMEMBER MY NEIGHBOR AND LONG-TIME…

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO REMEMBER MY NEIGHBOR AND LONG-TIME FRIEND, FRANKIE HESS. WHO FORMERLY SERVED AS SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE LEGENDARY NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMBER WHO FOR MANY YEARS CHAIRED THE PRESTIGIOUS WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE.

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                      MR. ESPAILLAT

                      FRANK WAS KNOWN FOR HIS COWBOY HATS AND BRUTAL HONESTY. HE DEVOTED HIS…

                      FRANK WAS KNOWN FOR HIS COWBOY HATS AND BRUTAL HONESTY. HE DEVOTED HIS LIFE TO PUBLIC SERVICE AND SPENT ALMOST 30 YEARS IN GOVERNMENT. HE WAS A DEVOTED GODFATHER, UNCLE, FATHERLY FIGURE TO ANYONE IN THE COMMUNITY WHO KNEW HIM. HE ONCE CALLED 20 STORES FOR TWO HOURS TO TRY TO FIND A PAIR OF SHOES FOR HIS NIECE. FRANK WAS A DEVOTED PERSON TO HIS FAMILY AND HIS COMMUNITY. THROUGH HIS LIFETIME DEVOTION TO PUBLIC SERVICE, HE MADE SURE WASHINGTON HEIGHTS WAS THE BETTER PLACE FOR ALL OF US. FRANK COULD ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING HE SET HIS MIND TO AND CAN UNITE DIFFERENT GROUPS OF PEOPLE DESPITE ANY RACIAL, ETHNIC OR RELIGIOUS DIFFERENCES. HE LIVED HIS LIFE DEMONSTRATING WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A CONTRIBUTING CITIZEN AND TO SERVE AS A ROLE MODEL FOR THOSE THAT -- THOSE LIKE MYSELF, WHO ARE FORTUNATE TO KNOW HIM. I WILL MISS FRANKIE HESS. HE WILL FOREVER BE MISSED BY OUR COMMUNITY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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

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

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                    • 04:45:19 PM

                      MR. KIHUEN

                      I REMEMBER THE LIFE OF DANA GARDNER. SHE ATTENDED THE ROUTE 51 FESTIVAL.…

                      I REMEMBER THE LIFE OF DANA GARDNER. SHE ATTENDED THE ROUTE 51 FESTIVAL. DANA WORKED FOR 26 YEARS IN THE RECORDER'S OFFICE. WHEN SHE WENT HOME FOR THE DAY, DANA ALWAYS MADE SACRIFICES FOR HER THREE CHILDREN AND TWO GRANDCHILDREN. DANA WANTED TO MAKE SURE HER KIDS UNDERSTOOD THE IMPORTANCE OF LOVING AND CARING FOR ALL HUMANS. SHE DID THIS THROUGH HER ACTIONS AS A DEDICATED PUBLIC SERVANT. DANA WAS AN AMAZING COOK WHO HAD JUST BEGUN TO TRAVEL MORE AND SPEND MORE TIME WITH HER FRIENDS. SHE HAD A CONTAGIOUS SMILE AND A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR THAT COULD LIGHT UP A ROOM. DANA'S REMEMBERED BY ALL THOSE WHO KNEW HER AS A GO-TO PERSON WITH A LOT OF KNOWLEDGE AND A CAN-DO ATTITUDE. I WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND MY CONDOLENCES TO DANA GARDNER'S FAMILY AND FRIENDS. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CITY OF LAS VEGAS, THE STATE OF NEVADA AND THE WHOLE COUNTRY GRIEVES WITH YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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                      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR UP TO ONE MINUTE AND TO…

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

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                      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO ACKNOWLEDGE A DISTINGUISHED PHILADELPHIAAN…

                      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO ACKNOWLEDGE A DISTINGUISHED PHILADELPHIAAN WHO WILL BE LEADING OUR CITY'S ANNUAL ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE AS GRAND MARSHALL. SISTER MARY. SHE IS A TOWERING FIGURE AND DRIVING FORCE FOR SOCIAL CHANGE IN PHILADELPHIA.

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                    • 04:46:52 PM

                      MR. BOYLE

                      SHE IS PART OF THE THIRD LARGEST SISTERS IN PHILADELPHIA AND PART OF…

                      SHE IS PART OF THE THIRD LARGEST SISTERS IN PHILADELPHIA AND PART OF PROJECT HOME, AN INFLUENTIAL NONPROFIT THAT SEEKS TO BREAK THE CYCLE OF HOMELESSNESS. SINCE 1989, SISTERS ORGANIZATION HAS HELPED PROVIDE SHELTER FOR THE HOMELESS, SET UP PROGRAMS FOR AT-RISK YOUTH ACROSS THE CITY AND ORGANIZE WELLNESS AND HEALTH CARE SERVICES. SHE'S ALSO BEEN A LEADER AT THE STATE, CITY, AND FEDERAL LEVEL TO BRING ABOUT AWARENESS AND MUCH-NEEDED FUNDING TO ADDRESS THE ROOT CAUSES OF HOMELESSNESS. AS A RELIGIOUS AND COMMUNITY LEADER, SISTER MARY HAS BECOME A HOUSEHOLD NAME IN PHILADELPHIA. AND A CHAMPION FOR THE VOICELESS IN OUR CITY. IT IS FITTING THAT SHE'S BEEN SELECTED TO LEAD THIS YEAR'S ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE AND I RISE TO COMMEND HER ON HER LIFETIME OF DEVOTED SERVICE. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                    • 04:47:46 PM

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

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

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

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

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                    • 04:47:56 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. JALEN…

                      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. JALEN ROSE THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. --

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                    • 04:48:00 PM

                      MR. JAYAPAL

                      TODAY IS THE 53RD ANNIVERSARY OF BLOODY SUNDAY. THIS IS THE DAY THAT OUR…

                      TODAY IS THE 53RD ANNIVERSARY OF BLOODY SUNDAY. THIS IS THE DAY THAT OUR INCREDIBLE COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS, AND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING LED 600 MARCHERS FROM SELMA TO MONTGOMERY. THEY DIDN'T GET VERY FAR. AT THE EDMUND PETTUS BRIDGE THEY WERE VICIOUSLY ATTACKED BY ALABAMA STATE TROOPERS WIELDING CLUB AND THEY WERE BEATEN AND LEFT BLOODIED. LAST WEEKEND I HAD THE INCREDIBLE HONOR OF JOINING CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS IN A BIPARTISAN SET -- AND A BIPARTISAN SET OF MEMBERS IN A PILGRIMAGE TO MONTGOMERY, BIRMINGHAM, SELMA AND MEMPHIS. I HAD MANY EPIPHANIES ON THAT TRIP BUT PERHAPS THE TWO MOST PROFOUND WERE FIRST THAT DETERMINED AND DISCIPLINED NONVIOLENT RESISTANCE WORKS. BACK THEN 53 YEARS AGO IT LED TO THE PASSAGE OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT. AND SECOND, THAT WE IN THIS BODY HAVE A CRITICAL RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT WE MOVE FORWARD AND NOT BACKWARD ON VOTING RIGHTS. OUR TRIP WAS AMAZING, ONE OF THE BEST EXPERIENCES OF MY LIFE, ACTUALLY, AND I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WILL JOIN NEXT YEAR. WE HEARD INCREDIBLE STORIES FOR ABIDING LOVE, EVEN FOR ADVERSARIES, THAT LEFT PEOPLE WITHOUT MUCH DIGNITY. NEWER ACTIVISTS OF ALL AGES ARE REIMAGINING THE SAME METHODS FOR THE WORLD WE ARE IN TODAY AND AS WE TODAY COMMEMORATE THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ASSASSINATION OF REVEREND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING ON APRIL 4, LET US RECOMMIT OURSELVES TO RESTORING THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT AND MAKING SURE WE CONTINUE TO PROTECT THESE CRITICAL RIGHTS IN OUR COUNTRY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 04:49:43 PM

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                      THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3,…

                      THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MS. TENNEY, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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                  • 04:49:45 PM

                    SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES

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

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                      MS. TENNEY

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I SEEK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE AND…

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I SEEK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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                      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                      MS. TENNEY

                      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                    • 04:52:18 PM

                      "THE YOUTH'S COMPANION

                      HAD 500,000 SUBSCRIBERS, BELLAMY WAS TASKED CREATING A PATRIOTIC SCHOOL…

                      HAD 500,000 SUBSCRIBERS, BELLAMY WAS TASKED CREATING A PATRIOTIC SCHOOL PROGRAM TO HONOR THE 400TH ANNIVERSARY OF CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS' ARRIVAL TO AMERICA. THROUGHOUT HIS ASSIGNMENT, THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE AS WE KNOW IT TODAY TOOK SHAPE. AT A TIME IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY, FRANCIS BELLAMY CAPTURED SO ELL GETLY AND SIMPLY -- ELEGANTLY AND SIMPLY AMERICA'S UNITY AND LOYALTY. WITH ONLY A SENTENCE, FRANCIS ULTIMATELY SYMBOLIZED AMERICA'S ABILITY TO SURPASS ALL INTERNAL DIFFERENCES. IT IS THE MANIFESTATION OF OUR PATRIOTIC CONSCIENCE AND IT IS RECOGNIZED THROUGHOUT OUR NATION. FRANCIS BELLAMY'S SPIRIT PERVADES IN ROME TILL THIS DAY, ESPECIALLY DURING PATRIOTIC HOLIDAYS LIKE ON FLAG DAY. ON FLAG DAY THE ROME ELKS REPLACE THE TWO FLAGS THAT FLY OVER FRANCIS BELLAMY'S GRAVESITE. THIS IS A DEDICATION TO THE PATRIOTIC PRINCIPLES THAT OUR FLAG STOOD FOR SINCE IT WAS FIRST ADOPTED IN 1777. IN 2008, THE ROME ELKS STARTED A SIGNIFICANT RENOVATION PROJECT ON BELLAMY'S GRAVESITE AND COMPLETED IT IN ONE YEAR -- ONE YEAR LATER JUST IN TIME TO REDEDICATE IT FOR FLAG DAY. IN ADDITION TO THEIR WORK IN HONORING SIR FRANCIS BELLAMY AND THE AMERICAN FLAG, THE ROME ELKS ARE WELL-KNOWN FOR THEIR COMMITMENT TO HELPING OUR LOCAL VETERANS. RECENTLY, THE ROME ELKS HELD A FUNDRAISER TO RAISE MONEY FOR THERAPY DOGS FOR VETERANS THROUGHOUT THE LOCAL ORGANIZATION CALLED CLEAR PATH FOR VETS. AS PART OF THE FUNDRAISER, THE ROME ELKS TOOK FLAGS THAT WERE FLOWN OVER SIR BELLAMY'S GRAVESITE AND ADDED A SLIP OF PAPER WITH THE WORDS, THIS LITTLE STAR IS PROUD TO SAY I FLEW OVER BELLAMY'S GRAVE. THE ROME ELKS CALLED THIS PROJECT STARS OVER BELLAMY. THE ROME ELKS STARTED WITH 300 OF THESE LITTLE PACKETS BUT ADDED 200 MORE WHEN THEY REALIZED HOW POPULAR THIS PROJECT WAS. THEY RAISED OVER $1,000 FOR THIS FUNDRAISING EFFORT. ONE OF THE MOST TOUCHING ASPECT OF THIS ASPECT IS EVERY VETERAN THAT A ROME ELKS MEMBER COMES ACROSS RECEIVES ONE OF THESE STARS FOR FREE AS A THANK YOU FOR THEIR YEARS FOR SERVICE. I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO BE ABLE TO PURCHASE A STAR FOR MYSELF AND A FEW OTHERS FOR MY SON, WHO IS CURRENTLY SERVING IN THE MARINE CORPS, AND IT'S A CONSTANT REMINDER FOR ME FOR THE LEGACY FRANCIS BELLAMY LEFT FOR OUR COUNTRY AS WELL AS THE PATRIOTIC PRINCIPLES I AS A MEMBER OF THE ILIAN ELKS LODGE, NUMBER 1443, HAVE COME TO LIVE BY. THESE ARE JUST A FEW EXAMPLES OF THE HARD WORK AND DEVOTION THE ROME ELKS SHOW FOR THEIR COMMUNITY. THEY BRING SO MUCH MORE TO THEIR COMMUNITY THAN JUST A BUILDING. ALTHOUGH IT'S A BEAUTIFUL HISTORIC BUILDING ON LIBERTY STREET, APTLY NAMED IN ROME, NEW YORK, THEY INVEST IN PROGRAMS THAT HELP CHILDREN GROW UP HEALTHY, DRUG-FREE, MEET THE NEEDS OF TODAY'S VETERAN, IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE IN OUR AREA. AS I MENTIONED, NUMBER 1443, I'M PROUD TO WORK WITH SO MANY ELKS THROUGHOUT OUR REGION. I ALSO AM EXCITED TO PARTICIPATE, OUR BENEVOLENT ELK LODGE ALSO HAS A MOTORCYCLE RIDE EACH YEAR AND WE TRAVEL TO EACH OF THE ELKS LODGES AND RAISE MONEY FOR CHARITIES THAT HELP MANY OF OUR VETERANS IN NEED. SO JUST WANT TO SAY IF YOU HAPPEN TO BE VISITING OUR REGION AND TAKE THE TIME TO STOP BY ONE OF OUR WONDERFUL ELKS LODGES, THEY HAVE WEEKLY EVENTS INCLUDING PARTICULARLY IN THE ROME ELKS LODGE WE HAVE TUESDAY WIG NIGHT, WEDNESDAY NIGHT SPAGHETTI SUPPER, FISH FRIDAY FRIDAY, AND IT'S REALLY A BEAUTIFUL AND WONDERFUL TIME TO MEET AND HAVE FELLOWSHIP WITH A COMMUNITY THAT'S SO PATRIOTIC AND SO DEVOTED TO OUR NATION. SO TODAY, I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES AND ANYONE WATCHING AT HOME TO THANK ELKS LODGES FROM AROUND OUR NATION FOR THE TREMENDOUS WORK THEY DO FOR OUR COMMUNITIES AND ESPECIALLY VETERANS. OR BETTER YET, TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO VOLUNTEER AT AN ELKS LODGE OR CONSIDER JOINING AN ELKS LODGE THAT DO SO MUCH GREAT, BENEVOLENT WORK FOR OUR COMMUNITIES. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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

                      THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. RASKIN, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MINORITY LEADER. 60 MINUTES.

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                    • 04:56:50 PM

                      MR. RASKIN

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

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

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                      MR. RASKIN

                      THANK YOU VERY MUCH. BEFORE I BEGIN, I JUST WANTED TO THANK THE…

                      THANK YOU VERY MUCH. BEFORE I BEGIN, I JUST WANTED TO THANK THE DISTINGUISHED CONGRESSWOMAN FROM NEW YORK FOR HER COMMENTS ABOUT FRANCIS BELLAMY, THE GREAT CHRISTIAN ABOLITIONIST, SOCIALIST WHO AUTHORED AMERICA'S DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE AND HE WAS A GREAT PATRIOT WHO WANTED TO UNIFY THE COUNTRY IN THE WAKE OF THE CIVIL WAR DURING THE RECONSTRUCTION PERIOD AND WE INDEED OWE HIM A GREAT DEBT OF GRATITUDE FOR EVERYTHING HE DID FOR AMERICA. BUT, MR. SPEAKER, I WANTED TO TALK ABOUT A MATTER OF PRESSING IMPORTANCE AND URGENCY TO THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA TODAY. AND THIS IS THE QUESTION OF GUN VIOLENCE AND WHAT CONGRESS IS DOING ABOUT THE PROBLEM OF GUN VIOLENCE. AND I WANT TO START BY INVOKING SOMETHING THAT ALL OF THE SCHOOLCHILDREN OF AMERICA KNOW ABOUT WHICH IS THE IDEA OF A SOCIAL CONTRACT, AND YOU CAN GO AND READ JOHN LOCK OR THOMAS HOBBS OR RUSSO BUT ALL BEGAN WITH THE IDEA THAT IN THE STATE OF NATURE WE ARE ALL IN A DANGEROUS AND PERILOUS CONDITION BECAUSE THERE'S NO LAW. AND IT'S THE RULE OF THE JUNGLE. HOBBS SAID THE STATE OF NATURE WAS A CONDITION THAT WAS SOLITARY, POOR, NASTY, BRUTISH AND SHORT. AND BECAUSE OF THAT PEOPLE ENTER INTO CIVIL SOCIETY TO CREATE A GOVERNMENT. AND THE FIRST PRINCIPLE OF GOVERNMENT IS WE GOT TO PROTECT OUR PEOPLE. AS CICERO PUT IT, THE SAFETY AND GOOD OF THE PEOPLE MUST BE THE HIGHEST LAW. THAT'S WHY WE HAVE A SOCIAL CONTRACT. BUT, MR. SPEAKER, IN AMERICA TODAY, OUR SOCIAL CONTRACT IS BRUISED AND BATTERED AND DAMAGED AND TEN WITH US BECAUSE OF THE GUN VY -- TENUOUS BECAUSE OF THE GUN VIOLENCE THAT'S COME TO OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS, TO OUR UNIVERSITIES, TO OUR CHURCHES, TO OUR MOVIE THEATERS, TO THE PUBLIC SQUARE. AND AMERICA'S HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS HAVE WOKEN US UP TO THE FACT THIS IS NOT A NORMAL COUNTRY. AMERICA IS AN ABSOLUTE OUTLIAR NATION IN TERMS OF THE LEVEL OF GUN VIOLENCE WE PERMIT TO TAKE PLACE IN OUR OWN SOCIETY. OUR SOCIAL CONTRACT IS THREATENED BY THE GUN VIOLENCE WHICH IS A MENACE TO EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN CITIZEN. NOW, WE HAVE A SOCIAL CONTRACT. WE'VE GOT A SOCIAL COVENANT AND IT'S THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES. AND WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE AN AMENDMENT IN THERE WHICH DEALS SPECIFICALLY WITH THE QUESTION OF GUNS, THE SECOND AMENDMENT, WHICH SAYS A WELL-REGULATED MILITIA BEING NECESSARY TO THE SECURITY OF A FREE STATE, COMMA, THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS SHOULD NOT BE INFRINGED. THAT'S THE SECOND AMENDMENT. NOW, SOME PEOPLE WOULD HAVE US BELIEVE THAT BECAUSE OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT THERE'S NOTHING THAT WE CAN DO ABOUT THE PROBLEM OF GUN VIOLENCE, OK, AND IF YOU REMEMBER NOTHING ELSE ABOUT WHAT I'M ABOUT TO SAY PLEASE REMEMBER THIS. THIS IS DEMONSTRABLY, ABSOLUTELY, CATEGORICALLY FALSE AND WE KNOW IT'S FALSE BECAUSE THE SUPREME COURT HAS TOLD US THAT IT'S FALSE. IN ITS 2008 DECISION IN DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA VS. HELLER, THE SUPREME COURT ADOPTED THE INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS OF VIEW OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT. THERE WAS A CONTEST BETWEEN THOSE WHO SAID, NO, YOU ONLY HAVE A RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS IN CONNECTION WITH MILITIA SERVICE VERSUS THOSE WHO SAID IT'S AN INDIVIDUAL RIGHT AND THE INDIVIDUAL RIGHT WON IN A 5-4 DECISION, BUT IN THE COURSE OF MAKING THAT 5-4 DECISION, THE MAJORITY ON THE SUPREME COURT AGREED READILY THAT THE RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS IS ONE THAT CAN BE CONDITIONED ON ALL KINDS OF REGULATION BY THE GOVERNMENT AND THAT'S TRUE OF ALL OF THE RIGHTS IN THE BILL OF RIGHTS. THINK ABOUT THE FIRST AMENDMENT. WHICH GUARANTEES ALL OF US THE RIGHT TO SPEAK. YOU GOT TO A RIGHT TO GO PROTEST ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE WHITE HOUSE, BUT YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO GO PROTEST ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE WHITE HOUSE AT 2:00 IN THE MORNING WITH 20,000 PEOPLE WITHOUT GETTING A PERMIT, OF COURSE YOU DO NOT. THE SUPREME COURT HAS SAID THAT THE EXERCISE OF FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS IS CONDITIONED BY REASONABLE TIME, PLACE, AND MANNER RESTRICTIONS, AND IN THE SAME SENSE, THE SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHT TO KEEP AND TO BEAR ARMS IS CONDITIONED ON REASONABLE, TIME, PLACE, MANNER, USE, RESTRICTIONS BY THE GOVERNMENT. WE KNOW THAT TO BE THE CASE. THE SUPREME COURT TOLD US THAT IN HELLER. IN HELLER THE COURT SAID, EVERYBODY'S GOT A RIGHT TO THE POSSESSION OF A HANDGUN FOR PURPOSES OF SELF-DEFENSE. EVERYBODY'S GOT A RIGHT TO A RIFLE FOR PURPOSES OF HUNTING AND RECREATION BUT NOBODY'S GOT A RIGHT TO POSSESS A MACHINE GUN EVEN THOUGH SOMEONE MIGHT DESCRIBE IT AS AN ARM. NOBODY'S GOT A RIGHT TO POSSESS A SAWED OFF SHOTGUN. NOBODY HAS A RIGHT TO ACCESS A WEAPON WITHOUT GOING THROUGH A BACKGROUND CHECK, WITHOUT GOING THROUGH THE GOVERNMENT'S POLICY FOR DETERMINING THAT YOU ARE NOT GOING TO BE A DANGER TO YOURSELF OR TO OTHER PEOPLE. . THE SUPREME COURT WERE WAS CLEAR ABOUT THAT. THOSE PEOPLE SAYING WE'RE WE CAN'T ALLOW GUN SAFETY REGULATION OR GUNS WILL BE TAKEN AWAY ARE ENGAGING IN A KNOWN FALSEHOOD. THERE'S NO WAY THE GUNS OF THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA, THE HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF GUNS OUT THERE, COULD BE CONFISCATED. THEY CAN'T BE CONFISCATED. PEOPLE HAVE A RIGHT TO THEM FOR PURPOSES OF SELF-DEFENSE AND FOR RECREATION AND HUNDREDING. IT DOESN'T GIVE YOU A RIGHT TO AN AR-15 OR GIVE YOU A RIGHT TO CARRY WEAPONS OF WAR INTO PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND MOVIE THEATERS AND INTO PUBLIC PLACES AND IT DOES NOT GIVE YOU THE RIGHT TO ACCESS GUNS WITHOUT A BACKGROUND CHECK. YET THAT'S PRECISELY WHAT THE LAW IS TODAY. WE'VE GOT A HUGE FWAPING LOOPHOLE WHERE TERRORISTS CAN GO TO A GUN SHOW AND SIMPLY BUY A GUN WITHOUT ANY BACKGROUND CHECK AT ALL. NOW, HERE'S THE GOOD NEWS THAT PEOPLE WANT TO KEEP FROM YOU. WE'VE GOT GREAT NEWS, AMERICA. MR. SPEAKER, WE KNOW THERE'S GOOD NEWS. HERE'S THE GOOD NEWS. WE HAVE A CONSENSUS ABOUT WHAT TO DO. STARTING WITH A UNIVERSAL CRIMINAL AND MENTAL BACKGROUND CHECK IN AMERICA. SUPPORTED BY NO LONGER 95% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN THE WAKE -- PEOPLE. IN THE WAKE OF THE PARKLAND PEOPLE IT'S 9 % OF THE PEOPLE WHO THINK YOU SHOULD NOT BE ABLE TO ACCESS A WEAPON WITHOUT FIRST PASSING A BACKGROUND CHECK. THAT IS THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE, MAYBE ALMOST A UNANIMOUS VERDICT BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, ALMOST EVERYBODY BELIEVES THAT WE NEED TO CLOSE THE GUN SHOW LOOPHOLE. WE NEED TO CLOSE THE INTERNET GUN SALE LOOPHOLE. WE NEED TO CLOSE THE 7-ELEVEN PARKING LOT LOOPHOLE. WE NEED TO CLOSE THE LOOPHOLE THAT WOULD ALLOW CRIMINALS AND GANGSTERS AND TERRORISTS TO GO TO A GUN SHOW AND PURCHASE A GUN, 97% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AGREE WITH THAT. 67% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AGREE WITH THE CALL OF THE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO SURVIVED THE MS. CONSIDER IN PARKLAND WHICH TOOK THE LIVES OF 17 STUDENTS AND TEACHERS, THE CALL FOR A BAN ON ASSAULT WEAPONS. 67% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, MORE THAN 2/3 OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AGREE WITH A BAN ON THE SALE OF MILITARY STYLE ASSAULT WEAPONS. AND 75% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SAY THAT CONGRESS MUST BE ACTING TO REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE. SO WE'VE GOT TO -- WE'VE GOT A CONSENSUS OVER WHAT TO DO. BUT WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW? I SERVE ON THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, MR. SPEAKER. WE HAD A VOTE TODAY, IT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH GUNS. IT WAS ABOUT COLLECTING DATA ON BAIL POLICIES, WHICH IS NOT TO SAY THAT'S UNIMPORTANT BUT SERIOUSLY, MILLIONS OF PEOPLE IN AMERICA ARE DEMANDING ACTION FROM CONGRESS AND WE CAN'T HAVE A HEARING ON THE PROBLEM OF PEOPLE ACCESSING ASSAULT WEAPONS AND GOING TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND ASSASSINATING OUR SCHOOLCHILDREN AT POINT-BLANK RINING. NOW, I HAD THE GOOD FORTUNE OF MEETING SOME OF THE YOUNG PEOPLE FROM PARKLAND WHO HAVE AWOKEN THE CONSCIENCE OF THE COUNTRY AND ONE OF THEM WAS ASKED THE QUESTION, WHY SUDDENLY IS AMERICA WAKING UP IN THE WAKE OF THE PARKLAND MASSACRE, WHICH TOOK THE LIVES OF 17 PEOPLE, BUT IT DIDN'T IN THE SAME WAY AFTER THE MASSACRE IN NEWTOWN, CONNECTICUT, AFTER SANDY HOOK WHICH TOOK THE LIVES OF ETCH MORE PEOPLE, 26 PEOPLE? SHE HAD A FASCINATING ANSWER, SHE SAID, MOST OF THE PEOPLE KILLED AT SANDY HOOK FOR FIRST GRADERS. AND FIRST GRADERS CAN'T START A REVOLUTION AGAINST THE POLITICAL POW OVER THE N.R.A. BUT HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS KNOW HOW TO DO IT. BECAUSE THEY UNDERSTAND HOW TO CONTACT PEOPLE AND THEY KNOW SOCIAL MEDIA AND THEY KNOW FACEBOOK AND TWITTER AND THEY HAVE ENOUGH EDUCATION THAT THEY CAN SPEAK WITH AUTHORITY ABOUT THE RECKLESSNESS AND NEGLIGENCE OF GOVERNMENT NOT ADDRESSING THE PROBLEM. CONGRESS NOW IS THE OUTLIER. CONGRESS WILL NOT ACT. ARE WE A FAILED STATE SUCH THAT WHEN MORE THAN 95% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AGREE SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE, CONGRESS CANNOT ACT? ARE WE ABANDONING OUR SOCIAL CONTRACT? ARE WE ABANDONING OUR PRIMARY COMMITMENT TO DEFEND THE LIVES OF OUR OWN PEOPLE? WELL, IT'S A VERY SERIOUS MOMENT AND WE'RE HAVING OUR SPECIAL ORDER HOUR ON THE PROBLEM OF GUN VIOLENCE, THE FAILURE OF CONGRESS TO ACT, BUT THE NEED FOR CONGRESS TO ACT AND I'M VERY HAPPY TO CALL ON FIRST, MY DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE IF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON, WITH WHOM I SERVE ON THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, PRAMILA JAYAPAL, AND I YIELD TO HER FOR SUCH TIME AS SHE MAY TAKE.

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                    • 05:07:37 PM

                      MS. JAYAPAL

                      THANK YOU, MR. RASKIN, I APPRECIATE YOU BRINGING THE REALITY OF THE…

                      THANK YOU, MR. RASKIN, I APPRECIATE YOU BRINGING THE REALITY OF THE SITUATION TO US. NOBODY IS TALK ABOUT TRYING TO TAKE GUNS AWAY FROM EVERYBODY. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT MAKING SURE THAT WE HAVE SAFETY WITH ANYBODY WHO OWNS A GUN. AND THAT WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO CHECK ANY OF THE DANGEROUS CONTEXTS FOR WHICH GUNS CAN BE USED. WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY, REALLY, TO PROTECT OUR COUNTRY. TO PROTECT OUR YOUNG PEOPLE. TO PROTECT ALL THE FAMILIES, TO DO SOMETHING FOR ALL OF THE FAMILIES THAT HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY GUN VIOLENCE AND IN ADDITION TO ALL OF THE THINGS THAT YOU MENTIONED, WE NEED TO CONSIDER GUN VIOLENCE AS A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS. THAT IS WHAT IT IS. WHEN WE LOOK AROUND AT THE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE THAT ARE DYING FROM GUN VIOLENCE, YOU THINK ABOUT THIS AND YOU THINK ABOUT THE WAY IN WHICH WE -- THE WAY IN WHICH WE TREATED VEHICLE FATALITIES AS PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS AND INSTITUTED LAWS AROUND SEAT BELTS. THE WAY WE THOUGHT ABOUT SMECKING AS A PUBLIC HELICOPTER CRISIS AND INSTITUTED LAWS AROUND SMOKING. BUT IN ORDER TO DO THAT, WE HAD TO FIRST DO RESEARCH INTO THESE AREAS AND FIGURE OUT WHAT WERE THE BEST WAYS FOR US TO MOVE FORWARD AS A COUNTRY IN PREVENTING THOSE KINDS OF FATALITIES THAT ARE PREVENTABLE. AND UNFORTUNATELY WHAT HAPPENED IN THIS COUNTRY IS THAT WE -- CONGRESSMAN DICKEY, SOME TIME AGO, PASSED AN AMENDMENT, THE DICKEY AMENDMENT, THAT WHILE IT DIDN'T EXPLICITLY PROHIBIT RESEARCH INTO GUN VIOLENCE, IT ALL BUT DID THAT, AND THERE HAVE NOW BEEN MANY, MANY CALLS TO REPEAL THE DICKEY AMENDMENT. CONGRESSMAN DICKEY PASSED AWAY LAST YEAR, HE CAME OUT ON THE RECORD BEFORE HE DIED SAYING HE WISHED HE HADN'T BEEN SO REACTIONARY , HE WISH HEAD HADN'T PASSED THAT AMENDMENT. HE REALIZED IT DID LEAD TO A CHILLING EFFECT ON RESEARCH INTO GUN SAFETY. AND THE WAY THAT IT DID THAT IS WHEN HE PASSED THE AMENDMENT IT SAID THAT NO FEDERAL FUNDS SHOULD BE USED FOR ADVOCACY BUT AT THE SAME TIME THE AMOUNT OF FUNDS THAT WERE USED FOR RESEARCH WERE CUT BY EXACTLY THAT AMOUNT. AND SO THIS IS NOT ABOUT ADVOCACY. THIS IS ABOUT HOW DO WE PROTECT OUR COUNTRY? HOW DO WE TREAT THIS AS WHAT IT IS? A GUN PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS. SO I'M HERE TO SAY THAT I'M REALLY PROUD OF MY HOME STATE OF WASHINGTON. JUST YESTERDAY WE BECAME THE LATEST CONSTITUENT TOO BAN BUMP STOCKS AND WE ALSO HAD A SENATE COMMITTEE PASS A BILL TO MANDATE THAT PEOPLE PURCHASING RIFLES GO THROUGH THE SAME BACKGROUND CHECKS REQUIRED FOR PISTOL PURCHASES AND THAT WE INCREASE THE LEGAL AGE TO BUY RIFLES TO 21. SO IN LESS THAN A MONTH , MY HOME STATE HAS FINALLY ADVANCED MEANINGFUL PROPOSALS TO PREVENT GUN VIOLENCE AND I WISH I COULD SAY THAT WE WERE DOING THAT HERE IN CONGRESS. I TRULY BELIEVE THAT THERE ARE MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE THAT WOULD LIKE TO PASS SENSIBLE GUN SAFETY REGULATIONS AND LEGISLATION AND UNFORTUNATELY, I FEEL LIKE WE'RE BEING HELD HOSTAGE NOT TO THE REASONS THAT WE ALL CAME TO CONGRESS, TO GET SENSIBLE THINGS DONE THAT PROTECT OUR CONSTITUENCIES, BUT BY LOBBYING INTERESTS IN THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION THAT EVERY TIME THERE'S A SMALL MOVEMENT TOWARD PROGRESS, SOMEHOW THEY COME IN AND ARE ESSENTIALLY -- AND ESSENTIALLY SQUASH THOSE EFFORTS. LAST YEAR, CONGRESS STOOD BY AFTER 58 PEOPLE WERE KILLED AT A MUSICFEST VALUE IN LAS VEGAS. ONE OF MY CONSTITUENTS, ZACH ELMORE, HIS SISTER WAS SHOT AND LUCKILY SHE WAS ONE OF THE LUCKY ONES WHO SURVIVED THE SHOOTING BUT I READ A LET OWN THE FLOOR THAT ZACH HAD WRITTEN TO -- A LETTER ON THE FLOOR THAT ZACH HAD WRITTEN TO ME, AN INCREDIBLY MOVING LETTER, ABOUT HIS DEEP ANGER AND FRUSTRATION AT CONGRESS FOR NOT PROTECTING HIS SISTER AND MILLIONS LIKE HER, MILLIONS WHO WERE MUCH LESS, WHO WERE NOT AS LUCKY AS SHE WAS. IN NOVEMBER, CONGRESS FAILED TO ACT AFTER 26 PEOPLE WERE KILLED AND 20 INJURED AT A CHURCH IN SOUTHERLAND SPRINGS, TEXAS, AND A FEW WEEKS AGO ON VALENTINE'S DAY, 14 STUDENTS AND THREE TESTIFIERS WERE KILLED AND 15 INJURED AT MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL IN FLORIDA. ALREADY IN 2018, THERE WAS BEEN 2,581 DEATHS BECAUSE OF GUN VIOLENCE. 105 OF THOSE DEATHS WERE CHILDREN AGES 11 AND UNDER. LET ME SAY THAT ONE MORE TIME. 105 OF THE 2,581 DEATHS THIS YEAR ALONE WERE CHILDREN AGED 11 AND UNDER. AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, WE NEED TO MAKE SURE OUR KIDS ARE SAFE. I'M SO GRATEFUL TO THE ENERGY AND COMMITMENT AND THE PASSION AND THE SMARTS AND THE ORGANIZING STRENGTH OF THE PARKLAND STUDENTS BECAUSE AS YOU SAY THEY WERE NOT FIRST GRADERS WHO COULDN'T ORGANIZE FOR THEMSELVES. THEY ARE STUDENT WHORS SOON GOING TO BE VOTERS AND THEY UNDERSTAND THAT THEY CAN'T VOTE RIGHT NOW BUT THEY ALSO UNDERSTAND THAT THEY DO HAVE A VOICE. THEIR PARENTS VOTE. AND THEY CAN MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY UNDERSTAND THAT WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO THEM. TO OUR CHILDREN. TO THE PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHO ARE AFRAID OF SENDING THEIR KIDS TO SCHOOL. THAT SHOULD BE OUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY, KEEPING OUR KIDS SAFE. OUR KIDS SHOULD BE ABLE TO WALK INTO SCHOOLS KNOWING THAT THEY CAN FULLY FOCUS ON LEARNING. AND OUR PARAPHERNALIAS SHOULD NOT -- SHOULDN'T HAVE TO WONDER WHETHER THEIR KIDS WILL COME HOME FROM SCHOOL. MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE FAMILIES WHO LOST SOMEONE IN THE PARKLAND SHOOTING AND ALL THE SHOOTINGS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. I'M PROUD TO STAND ALONGSIDE INCREDIBLE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WASTED NO TIME TO DEMAND ACTION AND JUSTICE FOR THEIR FRIENDS AND TEACHERS. THEY ARE DETERMINED, THEY ARE BRAVE, THEY ARE UNAFRAID AND THEY ARE DEPENDING ON US TO PASS MEANINGFUL LEGISLATION TO END GUN VIOLENCE. AND YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE INTERESTING THINGS I HEARD THEM SAY WHEN I MET WITH THEM IS WE'RE NOT LOOKING FOR THE WHOLE PACKAGE, WE JUST WANT TO SEE STEPS ALONG THE WAY TO SHOW IT'S POSSIBLE FOR US ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS TO MAKE SOME PROGRESS ON THIS CRITICAL ISSUE, TO MAKE SURE NO CHILD NEW YORK PARENT, NO COMMUNITY EVER AGAIN HAS TO EXPERIENCE THE UNSPEAKABLE TRAGEDY OF ANOTHER SCHOOL SHOOTING. AND I AM TIRED OF SEEING MEN, WOMEN, AND CHILDREN DIE BECAUSE THE GUN LOBBY PUTS PROFIT OVER PEOPLE. THAT'S NOT, AS YOU SO ELOQUENTLY SAID, WHAT OUR FOUNDERS INTENDED BY THE RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS. SUPPORT FOR STRICTER MEASURES TO PREVENT GUN VIOLENCE IS AT AN ALL-TIME HIGH. ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS. 8 % OF GUN OWNERS AND 74% OF N.R.A. MEMBERS SUPPORT COMMONSENSE SOLUTIONS LIKE CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS. SO I HAVE A PLEA FOR GUN OWNERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. MY HUSBAND USED TO BE A HUNTER. WE HAD GUNS AT HOME. AND I UNDERSTAND THE NEED FOR PEOPLE TO HAVE GUNS FOR RECREATIONAL PURPOSES, TO ENSURE THEIR OWN SAFETY, BUT THIS IS NOT ABOUT THAT. IT IS NOT ABOUT TAKING GUNS AWAY FROM PEOPLE WHO LEGITIMATELY EXERCISE RESPONSIBLE BEHAVIOR. IT IS ABOUT MAKING SURE THAT WE HAVE THE PROTECTIONS IN PLACE SO THAT NO MORE CHILDREN NEW YORK MORE PEOPLE DIE. SO HERE'S MY PLEA FOR GUN OWNERS. URGE THE N.R.A. TO REPRESENT YOUR VIEWS. SHOW THEM THAT YOU MEAN BUSINESS. MAYBE EVEN CONSIDER TERMINATING YOUR N.R.A. MEMBERSHIP IF THE ORGANIZATION CONTINUES TO ADVOCATE AGAINST THESE KINDS OF SENSIBLE GUN -- SENSIBLE GUN REFORMS. HERE IN CONGRESS I HOPE THAT WE ACT NOW. I REALLY, TRULY BELIEVE AND I TALKED TO MY REPUBLICAN -- SOME OF MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WHO ALSO WANT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS. THEY DON'T WANT TO BE HAM STRUNG. THEY WANT TO MOVE LEGISLATION FORWARD. BUT IN THE BY ATAMPING LEGISLATION THAT ACTUALLY LOOSENS GUN RESTRICTIONS INTO LEGISLATION THAT HELPS US. WE NEED JUST ONE OR TWO PIECES OF COMMONSENSE GUN REFORM LEGISLATION SO THAT WE CAN SHOW THESE YOUNG PEOPLE THAT WE ARE RESPONDING TO THEIR PLEAS. NO MORE SHOOTINGS IN SCHOOLS. NO MORE SHOOTINGS IN PLACES OF WORSHIP. NO MORE SHOOTINGS IN OUR STREETS. NO MORE MASS SHOOTINGS. PERIOD. LET'S SHOW THESE STUDENTS AND STUDENTS AT SCHOOLS ACROSS THE COUNTRY THAT WE ARE NOT AFRAID TO PROTECT THEM. LET'S SHOW THEM THAT WE CAN CHOOSE OUR COUNTRY OVER THE GUN LOBBY. LET'S STAND WITH OUR KIDS, LET'S PASS COMMONSENSE GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION LEGISLATION AND I JOIN YOU IN HOPING THAT IN JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, WHICH IS THE COMMITTEE OF RECORD FOR THIS ISSUE, THAT WE CAN AT LEAST HAVE SOME HEARINGS ON THIS. WHAT IS SO PROBLEMATIC ABOUT HAVING A HEARING ON PUBLIC HEALTH RESEARCH INTO GUN VIOLENCE? WHAT IS SO PROBLEMATIC ABOUT HAVING A HEARING ON MULTIPLE PIECES OF LEGISLATION THAT HAVE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT? ISN'T THAT WHAT WE ARE SUPPOSED TO DO? I KNOW THAT'S WHY I CAME HERE. I'M A FIRST TERM MEMBER AND I KNOW OUR SPEAKER IS AS WELL AND I BELIEVE THAT WE HAVE MUCH MORE IN COMMON THAN WE DO THAT DIVIDES US. WE DON'T HAVE TO NECESSARILY TACKLE EVERY PIECE OF THIS BUT LET'S MAKE SOME SUBSTANTIAL PROGRESS FORWARD TOGETHER AND LET'S SHOW OUR STUDENTS THAT WE WILL PROTECT THEM. WITH THAT, I THANK YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP AND YIELD BACK. .

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                    • 05:17:11 PM

                      MR. RASKIN

                      CONGRESSWOMAN PRACTICE MILA JAYAPAL -- PRAMILA JAYAPAL. THANK YOU FOR…

                      CONGRESSWOMAN PRACTICE MILA JAYAPAL -- PRAMILA JAYAPAL. THANK YOU FOR PLACING EMPHASIS ON THE FACT THAT WE HAVE HAD NO HEARINGS IN OUR CONGRESS SINCE WE ARRIVED HERE MORE THAN A YEAR AGO ON THE PROBLEM OF GUN VIOLENCE IN THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE COMMITTEE. THANK YOU FOR PLACING EMPHASIS ON THE DICKEY AMENDMENT WHICH FORBIDS ANY RESEARCH THE EPIDEMIOLOGY OF GUN VIOLENCE AND GUN VIOLENCE EPIDEMICS IN THE WAY CERTAIN OUTBREAKS OF GUN VIOLENCE AND MASS SHOOTINGS WILL TRIGGER OTHERS. AND THANK YOU, ALSO, FOR PLACING EMPHASIS ON THE FACT THAT THE NEWTOWN FAMILIES WHO COME TO LOBBY IN WASHINGTON, THE FAMILIES FROM PARKLAND JUST WANT TO SEE US BREAK THE LOGJAM. THEY WANT TO SEE US END THE PARALYSIS AND DO SOMETHING AND WHY NOT START WITH THE THING THAT'S BACKED BY MORE THAN NINE OUT OF 10 AMERICANS, A UNIVERSAL CRIMINAL AND MENTAL BACKGROUND CHECK SO PEOPLE WHO ARE CARRYING GUNS IN AMERICA ARE THE LAWFUL GUN OWNERS WHO CAN DO IT RESPONSIBLY? THAT'S SOMETHING THAT THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF AMERICAN PEOPLE BELIEVE IN, AND YET THIS CONGRESS SEEMS TO BE COMPLETELY STUCK, TOTALLY HAMSTRUNG. MR. SPEAKER, PLEASE HELP US DISLODGE THIS LEGISLATION. NOW, CONGRESSWOMAN JAYAPAL PRAISED HER HOME STATE OF WASHINGTON FOR THE ACTIONS THEY HAVE TAKEN TO BAN THE BUMP STOCKS AND PASS OTHER COMMON SENSE GUN SAFETY LEGISLATION. I WOULD LIKE TO TALK ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED IN MY GREAT STATE, THE STATE OF MARYLAND, WHICH IS TOUCHING WASHINGTON, D.C., WHERE WE ARE ALL RIGHT NOW. IN 2013, AFTER THE CATASTROPHE TOOK PLACE IN NEWTOWN, CONNECTICUT, AT SANDY HOOK WHERE AN AR-15 WAS USED TO ASSASSINATE 26 PEOPLE AT POINT BLANK RANGE, WE ACTED IN MARYLAND. WE PASSED A BAN ON THE SALE OF MILITARY-STYLE ASSAULT WEAPONS. WE PASSED A BAN ON HIGH-CAPACITY MAGAZINES. WE GAVE OUR STATE POLICE THE RIGHT TO ENGAGE IN FREQUENT AND UNANNOUNCED INSPECTIONS OF THE GUN DEALERS SO THAT BAD APPLE GUN DEALERS COULDN'T BE DEALING FIREARMS DIRECTLY INTO THE UNDERGROUND AND THEN WE SAID, IF A FIREARM IS LOST OR STOLEN, IT'S GOT TO BE REPORTED WITHIN 48 HOURS. AND IF NOT, THAT'S A MISDEMEANOR. BECAUSE WHAT WAS HAPPENING WAS THEY WERE SELLING GUNS TO CRIMINALS, THEY WOULD SURFACE IN A HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION 10 MONTHS LATER. WE WOULD TRACE IT BACK TO THE GUN DEALERS AND THE DEALERS WOULD SAY, OH, YEAH, THAT WAS STOLEN. WE FORGOT TO REPORT IT. OR WE LOST THAT BUT YET WE NEVER FILED A REPORT. IN OUR STATE YOU HAVE TO FILE A REPORT. COMMONSENSE GUN SAFETY SUPPORTED BY PEOPLE ACROSS THE SPECTRUM. SO WE DON'T HAVE A LEAKY SYSTEM WHERE GUNS ARE GETTING INTO THE WRONG HANDS. NOW, OUR OPPONENTS ON THIS, OF COURSE, MARCHED AND PROTESTED AND SAID THEY WERE OPPOSED TO ALL OF IT. THEY SAID THIS WAS AN ATTEMPT TO CONFISCATE EVERYBODY'S GUNS WHICH, OF COURSE, IT WAS NOT. AND RESPONSIBLE LAW-ABIDING GUN OWNERS HAVE ALL THE GUNS THEY HAD BEFORE. THEY STILL GOT THEM. BUT IT WAS CHALLENGED IN COURT. THEY SAID IT VIOLATED THE SECOND AMENDMENT. AND I RAISE IT BECAUSE I WANT AMERICA TO NOTICE THIS. THEY SUED THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT IN MARYLAND AND THEY LOST, AND THE COURT SAID, READING THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA VS. HELLER DECISION FROM 2008 THAT THE SECOND AMENDMENT PERMITS REASONABLE GUN SAFETY REGULATION THAT DOES NOT INFRINGE ON THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS FOR SELF-DEFENSE OR TO HAVE RIFLES FOR HUNTING AND RECREATION BUT THERE'S NO RIGHT FOR CIVILIANS TO BE CARRYING MILITARY-STYLE HARDWARE AND WEAPONRY IN PUBLIC. THEY APPEALED IT TO THE FOURTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS. THE FOURTH CIRCUIT AFFIRMED THE RULING OF THE DISTRICT COURT. THEN, THEY BROUGHT IT TO THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT AND THE SUPREME COURT LET THAT RULING STAND. SO THERE'S A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF HOW YOU CAN ENACT REASONABLE GUN SAFETY REGULATION AND IT DOESN'T INFRINGE ANYBODY'S SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS, AND IT DOESN'T IMPINGE ON THE RIGHT OF REASONABLE LAW-ABIDING GUN OWNERS TO HAVE GUNS FOR LAWFUL PURPOSES. SO WHY ARE WE INVOLVED IN THIS TERRIBLE, ATROCIOUS SITUATION WHERE WE HAVE RATES OF DEATHS -- RATES OF DEATH AND FATALITY AND INJURY GREATER THAN SIX TIMES HIGHER THAN ANY OTHER MODERN INDUSTRIALIZED COUNTRY ON EARTH? YOU KNOW, IN THE U.K., IT'S LESS THAN 50 PEOPLE A YEAR WHO DIE BY GUN. LESS THAN 50 PEOPLE A YEAR. IN JAPAN, IT'S LESS THAN 50 OR 60 PEOPLE A YEAR. WE'RE LOSING TENS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS EVERY YEAR. IS IT BECAUSE WE HAVE MENTAL ILLNESS AND THEY DON'T? NO. THEY GOT MENTAL ILLNESS TOO. IS IT BECAUSE AMERICANS ARE MORE VIOLENT THAN OTHER PEOPLE? I DON'T THINK SO. IT'S SIMPLY BECAUSE OF THE READY ACCESS TO FIREARMS WHEREVER YOU GO. AND ANYBODY CAN GET THEM ALMOST ANYWHERE. OK. SO WE NEED TO FOLLOW THE REST OF THE WORLD IN TERMS OF ENACTING REASONABLE GUN SAFETY LEGISLATION. NOW, WE GOT OUR SECOND AMENDMENT, SO NOBODY'S HANDGUNS WILL GET TAKEN AWAY. THE SUPREME COURT SAID IT IN THE HELLER DECISION AND REAFFIRMED IT TWO YEARS LATER THAT IT APPLIES NOT JUST IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA DIRECTLY AGAINST CONGRESS BUT IT APPLIES IN THE STATES. IN A CASE THAT CAME OUT OF CHICAGO. SO WE KNOW THAT NOBODY'S HANDGUNS WILL BE TAKEN AWAY AND NOBODY'S RIFLES WILL BE TAKEN AWAY. AND ALL WE'RE TALKING ABOUT IS KEEPING OUR CHILDREN AND OUR GRANDCHILDREN SAFE. KEEPING PEOPLE SAFE AT CONCERTS LIKE IN LAS VEGAS. PEOPLE SAFE IN CHURCH LIKE IN SOUTH CAROLINA. KEEPING PEOPLE SAFE IN THEIR PUBLIC SCHOOLS LIKE IN PARKLAND, FLORIDA. KEEPING COLLEGE STUDENTS SAFE LIKE AT VIRGINIA TECH. THAT'S WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT DOING. NOW, WE DON'T KNOW WHY CONGRESS WON'T ACT. SOME PEOPLE ARE STARTING TO HYPOTHESIZE THAT AMERICA HAS BECOME A FAILED STATE, THAT WE CAN'T RESPOND TO AN ALMOST UNANIMOUS DEMAND PUBLIC SAFETY WHICH IS THE MOST ELEMENTARY REQUIREMENT OF A CIVILIZED SOCIETY UNDER A SOCIAL CONTRACT. SOME PEOPLE SAY WE'VE BECOME A FAILED STATE LIKE FAILED STATES WE SEE AROUND THE WORLD. YOU KNOW THAT AUTHORITARIANISM IS ON THE MARCH ALL OVER THE WORLD, WHETHER IT'S IN PUTIN'S RUSSIA OR DUERTE'S PHILIPPINES OR AIRED JUAN'S --ERED BEGAN'S TURKEY WHERE IT'S IGNORING THE NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE, IGNORING THE RIGHTS OF THE PEOPLE BUT INSTEAD USING GOVERNMENT AS A MONEY-MAKING OPERATION FOR A TINY GROUP OF PEOPLE. HAVE WE BEGUN THE FAILED STATE? IS THAT WHAT WE ARE? I DON'T THINK WE'RE A FAILED STATE. WE'VE HAD OTHER PERIODS IN AMERICAN HISTORY WHERE CONGRESS HAS REFUSED TO DEAL WITH PRESSING PUBLIC POLICY PROBLEMS. ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS ONES BEGAN IN THE 1830'S WAS WHEN A PRO-SLAVERY FACTION WITHIN CONGRESS SAID IT WOULD REFUSE TO HAVE ANY HEARINGS AT ALL AND WOULD REFUSE TO ENTERTAIN ANY PETITIONS AGAINST SLAVERY FROM ANYWHERE IN THE COUNTRY. IT WAS A DIRECT ASSAULT ON THE RIGHT TO PETITION CONGRESS FOR REDRESS OF GRIEVANCES. IT WAS A DIRECT ASSAULT ON THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH, BUT THEY IMPOSED A STRANGLE HOLD ON CONGRESS SO THERE COULD BE NO DEBATE ON THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE OF THE DAY. NOW, I'M NOT LIKENING SLAVERY TO GUN VIOLENCE. OK. I WANT TO BE CLEAR ABOUT THAT. BUT I AM SAYING THERE ARE OTHER TIMES IN AMERICAN HISTORY WHERE CONGRESS HAS ACTED AS A CHOKE HOLD AGAINST THE VENTILATION OF SERIOUS PUBLIC CONCERNS AND GRIEVANCES. THERE HAVE BEEN TIMES WHEN CONGRESS HAS REFUSED TO ENGAGE IN DEBATE, DISCUSSION, AND ANALYSIS OF THE MOST PRESSING PROBLEMS OF THE DAY. AND THAT'S WHERE WE ARE RIGHT NOW ON GUN VIOLENCE. ALL WE ARE SAYING, MR. SPEAKER, TO THE MAJORITY IN CONGRESS IS, LET'S HAVE SOME HEARINGS ON THIS. LET'S HAVE SOME HEARINGS ON A UNIVERSAL CRIMINAL AND MENTAL BACKGROUND CHECK BEING DEMANDED BY NEARLY EVERY AMERICAN RIGHT NOW. LET'S START WITH THAT. IS THAT ONE THING WE CAN ALL AGREE ON? THAT THERE SHOULD BE A BACKGROUND CHECK BEFORE PEOPLE GO OUT AND OBTAIN WEAPONS OF WAR, THAT THEY THEN CARRY INTO THE HALLWAYS AND THE SCHOOL ROOMS OF OUR COUNTRY? CAN WE HAVE A HEARING ON THAT? IF YOU DON'T WANT TO VOTE FOR IT, YOU CAN STAND UP WITH THE 1% OR 2% OF THE PEOPLE THAT ARE AGAINST IT, BUT ALLOW THOSE OF US WHO WANT TO REPRESENT THE 97% OR 98% OF THE PEOPLE WHO ARE FOR IT FOR A VOTE BECAUSE WE DON'T THINK TERRORISTS OR CRIMINALS SHOULD BE ABLE TO GO TO A GUN SHOW AND PURPOSE FIREARMS, INCLUDING AR-15'S WITHOUT A CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK. WE DON'T THINK THAT. SO, MR. SPEAKER, WE GOT A CONSENSUS IN AMERICA ON THIS. LET'S NOT STIFLE THE CONSENSUS. LET'S NOT CHOKE OFF THE ABILITY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THEIR REPRESENTATIVES TO GOVERN. THAT'S WHY WE WERE SENT HERE, TO LEGISLATE. IN THE ESSENCE OF LEGISLATION IS HEARINGS. WE HAVE TO HEAR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE HAVE TO HEAR THE EXPERTS. WE HAVE TO COLLECT THE EVIDENCE. WE HAVE TO OVERTURN THE BAN ON THE COLLECTION OF STATISTICS ABOUT GUN VIOLENCE THAT WAS IMPOSED A FEW DECADES AGO ON THE C.D.C. WE GOT A COLLECT INFORMATION, AND WE HAVE TO ACT. THE TIME FOR JUST PRAYERS AND MEDITATION ABOUT THE PROBLEM IS LONG GONE, AS THE YOUNG PEOPLE FROM PARKLAND, FLORIDA, HAVE TOLD US. THEY WERE TOLD IN THE WAKE OF THE MASSACRE, IT'S TOO EARLY TO START DEBATING GUN POLICY, AND THEY TURNED AROUND AND SAID, NO, IT'S TOO LATE TO BE DEBATING GUN POLICY. THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE AFTER LAS VEGAS. IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE AFTER SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY. IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE AFTER THE SANDY HOOK MASSACRE. IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE AFTER VIRGINIA TECH. HOW MANY MORE MASSACRES DO WE HAVE TO WAIT BEFORE THIS CONGRESS DECIDES SOMETHING REALLY MUST BE DONE? HOW MANY MORE MASSACRES? THAT'S WHAT AMERICA IS ASKING US, MR. SPEAKER. PLEASE, LET'S DO OUR JOB. WE'VE SWORN AN OATH TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. LET'S GO AND REPRESENT THE PUBLIC WILL. LET'S MAKE IT CONSISTENT WITH THE SECOND AMENDMENT BECAUSE IT'S VERY EASY TO DO SO. WE PROVED IT IN THE STATE OF MARYLAND AND THE SUPREME COURT HAS TOLD US WE CAN PASS REASONABLE, COMMONSENSE GUN SAFETY MEASURES WITHOUT VIOLATING ANYONE'S RIGHTS. WE GOT A CONSENSUS IN AMERICA. IN CONGRESS WE GOT TO DO OUR JOB AND LET THAT CONSENSUS BECOME THE LAW. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I'LL YIELD BACK.

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                    • 05:28:44 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                    • 05:28:58 PM

                      MR. PERLMUTTER

                      MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE AND PEOPLE…

                      MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE AND PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND I'M JOINED TODAY BY TWO OF MY FRIENDS, JARED HUFFMAN, CONGRESSMAN FROM AMERICAN CALIFORNIA, AND DAN KILDEE, CONGRESSMAN FROM FLINT, MICHIGAN. AND WE'RE HERE ON ANOTHER VERY IMPORTANT TOPIC. WE JUST HEARD OUR FRIEND, JAMIE RASKIN FROM MARYLAND, TALKING ABOUT GUN VIOLENCE AND THE NEED TO TRY TO LIMIT THAT AND BRING IT UNDER CONTROL. BUT TODAY WE HAVE ANOTHER VERY IMPORTANT TOPIC, VERY TROUBLING TOPIC, AND IT HAS TO DO WITH THE SOVEREIGNTY OF OUR NATION, IT HAS TO DO WITH OUR FREEDOM AND IT'S REALLY PRETTY AS SIMPLE AS THAT. THIS COUNTRY SEPARATED FROM ENGLAND SO WE COULD BE A SOVEREIGN NATION, SO THAT WE COULD RULE OURSELVES. . RIGHT NOW, THAT'S A REAL BIG QUESTION AS TO WHETHER OR NOT THAT'S HAPPENING, BECAUSE IT'S CLEAR THAT THE RUSSIANS INTERFERED WITH OUR ELECTIONS LAST YEAR, AND THE INVESTIGATION INTO THAT INTERFERENCE NOW HAS RESULTED IN AT LEAST 13 INDICTMENTS OF RUSSIANS, COUPLED WITH INDICTMENTS OF FIVE OR SIX PEOPLE, FIVE OF WHOM HAVE PLED GUILTY TO SOME CRIME OR ANOTHER BASED UPON THE INVESTIGATION CONDUCTED BY ROBERT MUELLER. THERE SEEMINGS TO BE SOMETHING GOING ON BETWEEN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AND RUSSIA AND WE WANT TO KNOW WHAT IT IS. THE INVESTIGATION IS DIRECTED AT THAT. AND MR. SPEAKER, IT STARTS WITH SOMETHING THAT WE ASKED FOR LAST YEAR. WE ASKED TO SEE THE PRESIDENT'S TAX RETURNS. WE ASKED FOR IT ON A NUMBER OF OCCASIONS. BUT UNLIKE ANYBODY ELSE WHO HAS RUN FOR PRESIDENT, OR WHO HAS BEEN PRESIDENT, OUR PRESIDENT HAS REFUSED TO TURN OVER HIS TAX RETURNS. SO THE QUESTION WE ASK IS, WHY? WHAT'S IN THERE THAT WOULD STOP HIM FROM PRODUCING HIS TAX RETURNS? IS IT A RELATIONSHIP THAT SHOWS SOME KIND OF FINANCIAL CONNECTION TO RUSSIA OR THE LIKE? I MEAN, WHAT'S IN THERE? IS HE HIDING SOMETHING? WHAT IS IT? AS TIME HAS GONE ON, STARTING WITH THAT QUESTION, WE HAVE SOME MORE QUESTIONS. THERE'S BEEN THIS EFFORT BEGINNING LAST SUMMER TO QUESTION THE INTEGRITY OF THE F.B.I. TO AND QUESTION MR. MUELLER AND THIS INVESTIGATION TO THE POINT THERE WAS WORD THAT MR. MUELLER WAS GOING TO BE FIRED FROM HIS JOB LAST SUMMER AND THAT QUESTION SEEMS TO PERCOLATE TO THE SURFACE EVERY SO OFTEN. AND THE QUESTION IS, WHY? WHAT -- WHAT ARE THEY AFRAID OF THAT HE MIGHT FIND? WHAT CONNECTIONS ARE THEY WORRIED ABOUT THAT MR. MUELLER MAY UNCOVER THAT REALLY ARE HURTING OUR NATION? SO WHAT IS IT THAT THEY'RE HIDING? WHAT ARE THEY AFRAID OF? VERY SIMPLE QUESTIONS THAT NEED TO BE ANSWERED. YOU KNOW, THIS IS IMPORTANT. THIS GOS BACK TO THE HEART OF WHY OUR NATION WAS FOUNDED, AND THE HEART OF ALL OF US AS AMERICANS. IT'S OUR SOVEREIGNTY AND IT'S OUR FREEDOM. AND IF IN FACT WE'RE BEING DIRECTED, OUR GOVERNMENT IS BEING DIRECTED BY A FOREIGN ENTITY, BY VLADIMIR PUTIN OR RUSSIA GENERALLY, THEN THIS COUNTRY HAS BEEN UNDERMINED TO A DEGREE NONE OF US COULD HAVE EVER SEEN COMING. NOW HOPEFULLY THAT'S NOT THE CASE BUT LET'S GET THIS INVESTIGATION GOING. LET'S KEEP IT GOING. LET'S NOT IMPUGN THE INTEGRITY OF OUR DETECT IS, THE F.B.I., OR THE PROSECUTORS WHO ARE TRYING TO JUST FIND OUT WHAT THE TRUTH IS. ANY KINDS OF ACTIONS TO REALLY UNDERMINE THAT, WHETHER IT'S FROM HERE IN THE CONGRESS OR FROM THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH, IT'S LIKE, OK, WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF? WHAT ARE YOU HIDING? SO JUST TO KIND OF CONNECT A COUPLE MORE DOTS, SOMETHING THAT I'M CONCERNED ABOUT, AND I KNOW MY FRIENDS ARE TOO, IS GO BACK TO OUR SOVEREIGNTY, OUR FREEDOM. AND THIS CONGRESS, MR. SPEAKER, PARTICULARLY CONCERNED ABOUT THE INTERFERENCE BY THE RUSSIANS IN OUR ELECTIONS. THERE'S NOT ANY QUESTION THAT THERE'S BEEN SOME INTERFERENCE. AN WE KNOW THAT THE RUSSIANS ARE FLEXING THEIR MUSCLE AROUND THE WORLD. IN FACT, PUTIN THE OTHER DAY SAID, AYE GOT NUCLEAR WEAPONS YOU CAN'T DETECT. SO THEY'RE FLEXING THEIR MUSCLES. WE AS A CONGRESS, 419-3 IN THIS HOUSE AND 98-2 IN THE SENATE, VIRTUALLY UNANIMOUS, SAID WE WANT YOU TO BE IMPOSING SANCTIONS FOR RUSSIA -- AGAINST THIS RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE, AGAINST SOME THINGS THEY BEEN DOING AROUND THE WORLD. NOT ONE SANCTION HAS BEEN ADDED BY THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. WHY NOT? WHAT'S -- WHY NOT? EVEN MORE PERPLEXING, THE STATE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN APPROPRIATED , MR. SPEAKER, $120 MILLION TO PREVENT FURTHER ESPIONAGE AND INTERFERENCE BY THE RUSSIANS IN OUR ELECTION. YOU KNOW HOW MUCH MONEY HAS BEEN SPENT BY THEM? BY THE STATE DEPARTMENT? THUNDER WHITE HOUSE? TO STOP THIS INTERFERENCE? TO STOP THIS ESPIONAGE? NOT $1. THESE DEPARTMENTS GENERALLY SAY WE NEED MORE MONEY TO DO X, Y, OR Z. HERE, SOMETHING SO IMPORTANT AS TO THE INTEGRITY OF OUR ELECTIONS, NOT $1 SPENT BY THE STATE DEPARTMENT, DESPITE THE FACT THAT THIS CONGRESS APPROPRIATED $120 MILLION. WHY NOT? SO A LOT OF QUESTIONS ARE OUT THERE. I THINK IT'S TIME AND I THINK MY FRIENDS WILL MAKE SOME COMMENTS AND STATEMENTS SIMILAR TO MINE, THAT WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF? WHAT ARE YOU HIDING? LET THE DETECTIVES AND THE F.B.I., LET THE PROSECUTORS DO THEIR JOB. WHY AREN'T SANCTIONS BEING IMPOSED? WHY AREN'T WE USING THE MONEY WE'VE APPROPRIATED TO SPEND AGAINST THIS ESPIONAGE AND INTERFERENCE, WHY AREN'T YOU SPENDING IT? WITH THAT I TURN TO MY FRIEND FROM NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, JARED HUFFMAN, TO SEE IF HE HAS ANY ANSWERS OR IF ONLY HAS QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT'S GOING ON?

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                    • 05:36:31 PM

                      MR. HUFFMAN

                      I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, I HAVE ALL THE SAME QUESTIONS…

                      I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, I HAVE ALL THE SAME QUESTIONS AND ALL THE SAME CONCERNS. SO IT'S VERY APPROPRIATE THAT WE'RE COMING TOGETHER TO ASK, WHAT ARE THEY AFRAID OF? WHAT ARE THEY HIDING? THERE'S A LOT OF RED FLAGS. LAST NIGHT, MR. PERLMUTTER, I WAS AT A WASHINGTON PRESS CLUB EVENT, A FUN EVENT TO CELEBRATE THE FREE PRESS. BEST JOKE OF THE NIGHT, AND THERE'S A LOT OF HUMOROUS MATERIAL, BUT THE BEST JOKE OF THE NIGHT WAS FOR A GUY WHO DOESN'T CLAIM HE -- CLAIM HE IS DOESN'T DRINK, PRESIDENT TRUMP SURE LOVES A LOT OF WHITE RUSSIANS. BROUGHT THE HOUSE DOWN. BUT IT'S NOT REALLY FUNNY. WHEN YOU HAVE A PRESIDENT WHO WON'T IMPOSE THE SANCTIONS WE AUTHORIZE HIM TO IMPOSE, WON'T DIRECT THE STATE TO SPEND THE POUNDS PROTECT OUR ELECTION SYSTEM THAT WE AUTHORIZE AND APPROPRIATE, WHEN YOU HAVE ALL THESE OTHER PROBLEMS, IT'S NOT CLEAR THAT HE'S ABLE TO DO HIS JOB WITHOUT FEAR OR FAVOR. AND THAT'S A BIG PROBLEM FOR OUR DEMOCRACY AND FOR THE INTERESTS OF OUR COUNTRY. AND IF CONGRESS WERE DOING ITS JOB RIGHT NOW, WE WOULD BE ASKING THE HARD QUESTIONS. TO BRING FORWARD THE TRANCE PARAPHERNALIACY THAT THE PEOPLE NEED. TO GIVE THIS -- THE TRANSPARENCY THAT THE PEOPLE. TO GIVE THIS COUNTRY THE ASSURANCE THAT THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PRESIDENT CAN PERFORM THEIR JOB WITHOUT FEAR OR FAVOR. UNFORTUNATELY THIS BODY ISN'T DOING A GOOD JOB ASKING THOSE QUESTIONS. THAT'S IN PART WHY WE'RE HERE, TRYING TOO RAISE THESE ISSUES. ONE OF THE VERY IMPORTANT QUESTIONS I THINK WE HAVE TO ASK INVOLVES THE TIES BETWEEN THE N.R.A., YES, THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION, AND THIS TRUMP-RUSSIA SCANDAL. SPECIFICALLY, WE NEED TO KNOW WHETHER RUSSIA WORKED THROUGH THE N.R.A. TO ILLEGALLY MOVE FUNDS IN SUPPORT OF THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN. HERE'S WHAT WE DO KNOW. WE KNOW THAT MCCLASPKEY AND OTHERS -- MCCLATCHY AND OTHERS ARE INVESTIGATORS WHETHER THEY USED THE N.R.A. TO FUNNEL MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FROM RUSSIA TO SUPPORT DONALD TRUMP'S CANDIDACY. WE KNOW IN 2016, DONALD TRUMP JR. HAD DIN WE ARE TORSION WHO IS A CLOSE ALLY OF VLADIMIR PUTIN, AND ALSO IS SOMEONE ACCUSED OF MONEY LAUNDERING. THEY HAD THAT DINNER AT THE N.R.A. CONVENTION. WE KNOW THE M.V. -- N.R.A. SPENCE TENS OF MILLIONS OF $S ON THE 2016 ELECTIONS, INCLUDING $30 KNOLL SUPPORT DONALD TRUMP THREE TIMES WHAT THE N.R.A. SPENT TO SUPPORT MITT ROMNEY WHEN HE WAS THE REPUBLICAN NOMINEE JUST FOUR YEARS PRIOR. SO WE NEED TO THINK ABOUT AND ASK THIS QUESTION, WHERE DID ALL THAT MONEY COME FROM? WE'VE ASKED THE N.R.A., THE N.R.A. WON'T TELL US. NOW WE KNOW THAT IN TESTIMONY TO THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE , THERE ARE INDICATIONS THAT RUSSIANS MADE A VERY CONCERTED EFFORT TO WORK THROUGH THE N.R.A. AND THAT'S WHY SENATOR RON WYDEN HAS ASKED THE TISSUERY DEPARTMENT, AGAIN, BECAUSE THE N.R.A. WON'T ANSWER THESE QUESTIONINGS, BUT HE ASKED THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SUSPICIOUS RUSSIAN FUND OG OF THE N.R.A. SO TO RECAP A FEW OF THESE THINGS WE NEED TO BE ASKING ABOUT, WE KNOW HOW CLOSE PRESIDENT TRUMP IS TO THE N.R.A. WE KNOW HOW CLOSE THE RUSSIAN BANKER, ALEX TORSION IS, TO THE N.R.A. WE KNOW HOW CLOSE THE N.R.A. IS BECOMING, CLOSER AND CLOSER, TO RUSSIA. IN FACT, I HAVE A PIECE HERE THAT EXPLAINS HOW IN 015, A SERIES OF TOP N.R.A. OFFICIALS INCLUDING ONE OF THEIR TOP DONORS, A PAST PRESIDENT -- TOP DONOR, PAST PRESIDENTS, DELEGATION THAT INCLUDED DONALD TRUMP'S HIGH PROFILE SURROGATE, SHERIFF DAVID CLARK, THEY ALL WENT ON A SO-CALLED FACT FINDING MISSION INVOLVING GUN RIGHTS IN RUSSIA. THERE AREN'T A LOT OF GUN RIGHTS IN RUSSIA. RUSSIA HAS VERY RESTRICTIVE GUN LAWS. THERE'S NO SERIOUS EFFORT IN THE COUNTRY OF RUSSIA TO CHANGE THAT NEVERTHELESS, APPARENTLY THIS GROUP FELT THEY NEEDED TO GO TO RUSSIA FOR THIS FACT-FINDING TRIP TO COZY UP WITH SOME OF THE SAME FOLKS WE'RE TALKING ABOUT. SO THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS WE KNOW AND WE NEED TO ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT. WE KNOW THAT THE N.R.A. SPENT THIS HUGE CACHE OF MONEY ON THE 2016 CAMPAIGN TO SUPPORT DONALD TRUMP. AND WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE MORE QUESTIONS THAT NEED TO BE ANSWERED. SO WE NEED TO FOLLOW THIS MONEY AND WE NEED TO FIND OUT AGAIN AS YOU HAVE ASKED HERE ON THE FLOOR, WHAT ARE THEY HIDING? WHAT ARE THEY AFRAID OF. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                    • 05:41:22 PM

                      MR. PERLMUTTER

                      I YIELD TO OUR FRIEND, DAN KILDEE, OF MICHIGAN, AND THEN HE'LL MAKE SOME…

                      I YIELD TO OUR FRIEND, DAN KILDEE, OF MICHIGAN, AND THEN HE'LL MAKE SOME COMMENTS ABOUT HOW HE PERCEIVES ALL OF THIS, AND THEN WE'LL OPEN IT UP TO A LITTLE CONVERSATION AMONG THE THREE OF US.

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                    • 05:41:36 PM

                      MR. KILDEE

                      I THANK MY FRIEND FOR YIELDING. LIKE MY FRIEND MR. PERLMUTTER AND MY…

                      I THANK MY FRIEND FOR YIELDING. LIKE MY FRIEND MR. PERLMUTTER AND MY FRIEND MR. HUFFMAN AND OTHERS, WE CAN'T DOM -- WE DIDN'T COME TO CONGRESS WITH THE IDEA THAT WE'D SPEND OUR TIME TALKING ABOUT RUSSIAN COLLUSION WITH A CAMPAIGN TO TRY TO UNDERMINE OUR ELECTORAL SYSTEM WE CAME HERE TO SOLVE PROBLEMS THAT AMERICANS WANT US TO TAKE ON. DEAL WITH THE BIG PROBLEMS THAT WE FACE WHETHER IT'S INFRASTRUCTURE OR EDUCATION OR THE ENVIRONMENT OR -- YOU KNOW, ALL THE THINGS THAT PEOPLE ACTUALLY WERERY ABOUT. FINANCIAL SECURITY FOR FAMILIES. BUT WE DO HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO UPHOLD THE HOTHE THAT WE TOOK. WE SWORE AN OATH TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES. SO WHILE I -- IT'S NOT BYMY PREFERENCE, AND I KNOW FOR MY FRIENDS, IT'S NOT OUR PREFERENCE TO HAVE TO DEAL WITH THIS QUESTION, WE CAN'T AVOID IT. WE CAN'T JUST LOOK THE OTHER WAY. PARTICULARLY WHEN IT'S VERY CLEAR THAT NOT JUST THIS PRESIDENT, BUT SADLY, SOME AROUND HIM, AND I THINK WE HAVE TO ACKNOWLEDGE, SOME OF OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES SEEM WILLING TO TRY TO INTERFERE WITH OR OBFUSCATE WHAT IS A REALLY IMPORTANT INVESTIGATION. LET'S REMIND OURSELVES. MR. MUELLER, WHO IS LEADING THIS INVESTIGATION, AN THE SPECIAL COUNSEL, WAS APPOINTED BY THE REPUBLICAN ATTORNEY GENERAL. APPOINTED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. BOTH REPUBLICANS. BOB MUELLER WAS APPOINTED INTO THE F.B.I. BY A REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT. THIS IS NOT A PARTISAN QUESTION. CERTAINLY NOT A PARTISAN WITCH HUNT. THIS IS A QUESTION AS TO WHETHER OR NOT WE'RE GOING TO LET THIS INVESTIGATION GO TO COMPLETION. YOU KNOW, THE PRESIDENT KEEPS SAYING, NO COLLUSION. THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS, SO FAR, THERE'S BEEN NO CONCLUSION. THERE'S NO CONCLUSION TO BE DRAWN YET FROM THIS INVESTIGATION. OTHER THAN 17 INDIVIDUALS HAVE BEEN INDICTED, SEVERAL HAVE PLED GUILTY TO VERY SERIOUS CRIMES. SOME PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN VERY CLOSE TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, THE CLOSEST YOU CAN BE, LITERALLY ENGAGED IN HIS CAMPAIGN, SIDE BY SIDE WITH HIM EVERY DAY. SO IT BEGS THE QUESTION, AND REALLY THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION, WHAT ARE THEY AFRAID OF? WHAT DO THEY HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT? IF THERE'S NOTHING TO FIND, IF THERE'S NO COLLUSION, THEN LET'S LET THE PROCESS COMPLETE ITSELF. LET'S LET THE PROCESS COME TO CONCLUSION. AND ACCEPT THE RESULT. SO THIS IS REALLY A FUNDAMENTAL QUESTION TO OUR DEMOCRACY. ARE WE GOING TO ADHERE TO THE RULE OF LAW? OR ARE WE GOING TO RULE, ALLOW A PRESIDENT TO RULE, BY FIAT. ESSENTIALLY DISMISS OR DIMINISH OR DISCREDIT ANYONE WHO RAISES ANY QUESTION ABOUT HIS CONDUCT COMING INTO OR PERFORMING HIS DUTIES. THAT -- THAT IS NOT THE AMERICA THAT WE KNOW. THAT'S NOT A STANDARD WE OUGHT TO ALLOW. 17 17 PEOPLE INDICTED, PEOPLE AT THE TOP OF HIS CAMPAIGN, INCLUDING A WHOLE GROUP OF RUSSIANS WHO CLEARLY WERE ENGAGED IN TRYING TO AFFECT OUR ELECTION. NOW, DON'T YOU REMEMBER THE GOOD-OLD DAYS? I THINK ABOUT OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE WHEN THE BIGGEST SCANDAL THEY COULD COME UP WITH WAS THAT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WORE A TAN SUIT. THE OUTRAGE. WHERE'S THE OUTRAGE NOW WHEN A SPECIAL COUNSEL HAS BEEN APPOINTED AND EVERY MOMENT THERE IS AN ATTEMPT TO TRY TO DISCREDIT THE WORK THAT THIS INDIVIDUAL'S DOING? SO I ASK MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO STAND UP, ADHERE TO THE OATH THAT YOU SWORE, SUPPORT THIS PROCESS, ALLOW FOR YOUR OWN GOOD IN THE GOOD OF THE COUNTRY, ALLOW THE INVESTIGATION TO BE COMPLETED WITHOUT INTERFERENCE, PUSH BACK WHEN THE PRESIDENT TRIES TO DISCREDIT THIS PROCESS. THERE'S JUST TOO MUCH AT STAKE. WHAT ARE THEY AFRAID OF? WHAT ARE THEY WORRIED ABOUT? THIS GUY'S A PROFESSIONAL. WHEN HE WAS APPOINTED, REMEMBER THE CHORUS OF PRAISE. LEFT, RIGHT, AND CENTER FOR BOB MUELLER AND THE INTEGRITY WITH WHICH HE'S CONDUCTED HIMSELF IN PUBLIC LIFE. HE DIDN'T CHANGE. HE'S STILL DOING THAT. LET'S LET HIM DO HIS WORK. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK TO MY FRIEND.

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                    • 05:46:56 PM

                      MR. PERLMUTTER

                      OK. I THANK MY FRIEND FROM MICHIGAN AND HE WAS TALKING ABOUT THE 17…

                      OK. I THANK MY FRIEND FROM MICHIGAN AND HE WAS TALKING ABOUT THE 17 INDICTMENTS, BUT WE HAVE A POSTER HERE STARTING OVER ON THE FAR SIDE OF THIS POSTER TO MY RIGHT, PAUL MANAFORT, THE CAMPAIGN CHAIRMAN. THEN WE HAVE 13 RUSSIANS THAT HAVE BEEN INDICTED, PLUS THREE RUSSIAN COMPANIES THAT INTERFERED WITH OUR ELECTIONS. AND WE'LL SEE HOW THESE INDICTMENTS AND THE CASES UNFOLD, BUT BOB MUELLER AND THE TEAM HAVE SAID THOSE PEOPLE SHOULD BE INDICTED. THIS SIDE, WE HAVE GUILTY PLEAS BY MICHAEL FLYNN, NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR. RICK GATES, ASSISTANT CAMPAIGN MANAGER. GEORGE PAPADOPOULOS, CAMPAIGN ADVISOR. RICHARD PANETO, HE STOLE AN IDENTITY FROM SOMEBODY. AND A LAWYER, ALEX VAN DER ZWAAN, HE IS A FOREIGN LAWYER WHO WORKED HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. WE HAVE FIVE GUILTY PLEAS. WE HAVE 14, 15, 16 TIMES -- INDICTMENTS. THERE'S A LOT OF SMOKE. WHERE THERE'S SMOKE THERE'S FIRE. MR. KILDEE, YOU TALKED ABOUT SORT OF THE BREAD AND BUTTER ISSUES. DO I HAVE A GOOD JOB? AM I READY AS THE ECONOMY CHANGES AND INNOVATION KICKS IN? AM I GOING TO BE READY FOR THE NEXT JOB? DO WE HAVE THE PROPER INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THIS COUNTRY SO THAT FOR THE NEXT 50 YEARS WE CAN COMPETE WITH ANYBODY AT ANYTIME? I MEAN, THOSE ARE THE CONVERSATIONS WE REALLY WANT TO HAVE, BUT WHEN YOU GET DOWN TO IT, AT THE VERY HEART OF WHY WE ARE AMERICA, WHY WE ARE THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, IT'S ABOUT OUR FREEDOM. IT'S ABOUT THE SOVEREIGNTY OF THIS NATION TO CONDUCT ITS OWN AFFAIRS WITHOUT INTERFERENCE BY ANOTHER ENTITY. RUSSIA, ENGLAND, JAPAN, NORTH KOREA, DOESN'T MATTER. WE WANT TO TAKE CARE OF OURSELVES AND NOT BE TOLD WHAT TO DO BY OTHERS. AND THAT INTERFERENCE FROM OUTSIDE OF THIS COUNTRY, DESPITE THESE BIG QUESTIONS WE HAVE AS TO OUR INFRASTRUCTURE, OUR FUTURE OF OUR WORK FORCE, OUR EDUCATION, WHEN IT COMES TO FREEDOM, YOU DON'T STEP AWAY. YOU DON'T IGNORE ATTACKS ON OUR FREEDOM. AND WE'RE NOT GOING TO LET THAT HAPPEN. AND I'M JUST VERY PLEASED THAT YOU TWO JOINING ME TODAY, AND DEMOCRATS, REALLY, THROUGHOUT THIS CHAMBER, AND I KNOW SOME REPUBLICANS ARE VERY CONCERNED WHAT IS UNFOLDING. ALL OF US ARE ASKING, WHAT'S THE PROBLEM HERE? WHAT ARE YOU HIDING? WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF? WHY WON'T YOU LET THE DETECTIVES DO THEIR WORK? SAM NUMBERG, HE WAS ON ALL THE TV STATIONS, I'M NOT GOING TO HONOR THAT SUBPOENA. WHAT'S HE AFRAID OF? SO WE'VE BEEN JOINED BY OUR FRIEND, JAMIE RASKIN. LET ME GIVE HIM A SECOND TO CATCH HIS BREATH, TURN TO MY FRIEND FROM NORTHERN CALIFORNIA FOR A COMMENT OR TWO AND THEN WE'LL TURN IT OVER TO MR. RASKIN.

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                    • 05:50:08 PM

                      MR. HUFFMAN

                      WELL, YOU'RE ASKING ALL THE RIGHT QUESTIONS, CONGRESSMAN PERLMUTTER. THE…

                      WELL, YOU'RE ASKING ALL THE RIGHT QUESTIONS, CONGRESSMAN PERLMUTTER. THE SHORT TIME WE HAVE BEEN ON THE FLOOR, WE ARE SOMEHOW ASKING HARDER QUESTIONS THAN WHAT WE'RE SEEING FROM THE COMMITTEES THAT SHOULD BE CONDUCTING OVERSIGHT AND INVESTIGATIONS IF CONGRESS WERE FUNCTIONING AND TAKING THIS ISSUE AS SERIOUSLY AS IT SHOULD. THOSE QUESTIONS WOULD INCLUDE VERY DISTURBING REPORTING IN THE LAST FEW DAYS IN "THE NEW YORKER" THAT SUGGESTS THE STEEL DOSSIER MAY JUST BE THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG. THAT IN FACT YOU HAVE SENIOR RUSSIAN OFFICIALS WHO CLAIM THAT THEY HAD SOMETHING OF A VETO POWER OVER OUR CHOICE FOR SECRETARY OF STATE. WE SHOULD BE LOOKING INTO THAT RIGHT NOW IN A VERY INTENSE WAY. AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SHOULD KNOW THAT WE TAKE THOSE MATTERS VERY SERIOUSLY. BUT SO MUCH OF THIS SIMPLY FLIES BY THESE DAYS WITH THE CONSTANTLY MOVING MEDIA CYCLE, AND I THINK MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ARE BEGINNING TO WONDER IF CONGRESS IS INTERESTED IN EVEN ASKING HARD QUESTIONS OR IF WE JUST HAVE TO SIT BACK AND EITHER WAIT FOR SPECIAL COUNSEL MUELLER TO CATCH THESE FOLKS IN CRIMES OR WAIT FOR THE MEDIA -- THANK GOD FOR THE FREE PRESS -- BUT THE MEDIA HAS FAR MORE INFORMATION THAN THE OVERSIGHT ACTIONS OF THIS CONGRESS AND THAT'S DISAPPOINTING.

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                    • 05:51:32 PM

                      MR. PERLMUTTER

                      TAKING BACK MY TIME FOR A SECOND. WE GOT TO SAY TO THE SPEAKER AND TO THE…

                      TAKING BACK MY TIME FOR A SECOND. WE GOT TO SAY TO THE SPEAKER AND TO THE OTHER REPUBLICANS IN THIS CHAMBER, YOU KNOW, YOU GUYS NEED TO DO YOUR JOB ON THIS THING. THIS ISN'T JUST SOMETHING THAT'S PEANUTS. THIS GOES TO THE HEART OF WHAT AMERICA IS ALL ABOUT, OUR FREEDOM AND OUR SOVEREIGNTY. AND I WOULD NOW TAKE THE TIME BACK AND THEN HAND IT OFF TO MR. RASKIN FROM MARYLAND.

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                    • 05:51:55 PM

                      MR. RASKIN

                      MR. PERLMUTTER, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YIELDING. FOR JUST A MOMENT, I WAS…

                      MR. PERLMUTTER, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YIELDING. FOR JUST A MOMENT, I WAS VERY MOVED BY YOUR COMMENTS. WE KNOW ETERNAL VIGILANCE IS THE PRICE OF LIBERTY. I WANT TO SALUTE YOU FOR YOUR VIGILANCE AND STELLARNESS IN SUPPORTING US AGAINST FOREIGN ENEMIES WHO WOULD UNDERMINE OUR POLITICAL PROCESSEES. IT SEEMS TO ME IN CONGRESS WE HAVE TWO JOBS WE NEED TO DO NOW. ONE IS DEFEND THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION AND THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AGAINST UNFAIR ATTACKS AND ATTEMPTS TO SUBVERT AND UNDERMINE AN INVESTIGATION. AND, TWO, AND PERHAPS MORE IMPORTANTLY NOW, IS WE GOT TO WORK TO FORTIFY OUR ELECTION SYSTEMS AGAINST A REPEAT IN 2018. THE U.S. INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES THAT TOLD US IN JANUARY OF 2017 THAT THERE HAD BEEN A CAMPAIGN OF CYBERESPIONAGE AND CYBERSABOTAGE AND CYBERPROPAGANDA AGAINST AMERICAN ELECTIONS HAVE TOLD US THAT THE RUSSIANS ARE LIKELY TO BE DOING THE SAME THING WITH RESPECT TO THE 2018 ELECTION. BY THE WAY, IT'S NOT JUST THE RUSSIANS NOW. THEY MAY HAVE SET THE TEMPERATUREPLATE FOR OTHER BAD ACT -- TEMPLATE FOR OTHER BAD ACTORS WHO WANT TO STICK THEIR NOSE TOO. ONE WROTE THIS BOOK CALLED "BROKEN WINDOWS," IF YOU HAVE A BROKEN WINDOW, NOBODY DOES ANYTHING ABOUT IT, IT'S AN INVITATION FOR MORE PEOPLE TO COME ALONG AND BREAK SOME MORE WINDOWS. WELL, RIGHT NOW THE U.S. GOVERNMENT HAS DONE NOTHING. AS YOU SAID, WE'VE NOT SPENT THE MONEY IN THE STATE DEPARTMENT TO TRY TO DEFEND OURSELVES AGAINST THE FOREIGN SUBVERSION OF OUR ELECTIONS AND CYBERESPIONAGE AND SABOTAGE, AND WHEN WE HAD THE ATTORNEY GENERAL COME TO THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE WE ASKED HIM WHAT HAD HE ENGAGED IN TO TRY TO DEFEND OUR ELECTIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY AGAINST ANOTHER ATTACK AND HE SAID BASICALLY NOTHING. FOLLOW-UP EFFORTS BY MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE TO TRY TO GET THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TO MEET WITH US HAVE RESULTED IN NOTHING. SO THIS WEEK WE'VE ASKED FOR $14 MILLION FROM THE APPROPRIATORS TO GO TO THE ELECTION ASSISTANCE COMMISSION WHICH IS THE ONLY FEDERAL BODY WE GOT THAT'S CHARGED WITH TRYING TO HELP STATE ELECTION ADMINISTRATORS DEFEND THEMSELVES AGAINST CYBERATTACK. THAT $14 MILLION IS URGENT AND NECESSARY AND IT'S OBVIOUSLY A VERY SMALL SUM OF MONEY GIVEN THE AMOUNT OF MONEY WE SPEND ON DEFENSE IN AMERICA, BUT THIS IS DEFENSE OF OUR ELECTIONS. WE'RE ALSO ASKING $400 MILLION TO HELP UPDATE OUTMODED AND WEAK ELECTION TECHNOLOGY IN THE STATES TODAY. AND SO THAT'S ANOTHER BADLY NEEDED INFUSION OF CASH TO THE STATES SO WE CAN FORTIFY OUR ELECTIONS. WE KNOW THAT AT LEAST 22 STATES SUFFERED ATTEMPTED ELECTRONIC PROBES BY FOREIGN ACTORS IN 2016, AND THEY'RE COMING BACK IN 2018 AND EVERYBODY WANTS TO KNOW WHAT ARE WE DOING ABOUT IT AND WE HAVE NO COORDINATED PLAN. SO AT THE VERY LEAST WE SHOULD GET THIS MONEY TO THE ELECTION ASSISTANCE COMMISSION SO WE CAN HELP THE STATES HARDEN THEMSELVES. I'M HAPPY TO YIELD BACK.

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                    • 05:55:13 PM

                      MR. PERLMUTTER

                      WELL, I THANK MY FRIEND FROM MARYLAND FOR PARTICIPATING WITH US. WE'RE…

                      WELL, I THANK MY FRIEND FROM MARYLAND FOR PARTICIPATING WITH US. WE'RE GOING TO BE DOING THIS BECAUSE WE DON'T WANT PEOPLE -- WE WANT PEOPLE ASKING THIS QUESTION ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND I'LL YIELD NOW TO OUR FRIEND FROM MICHIGAN TO LET HIM CLOSE US OUT.

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                    • 05:55:26 PM

                      MR. KILDEE

                      WELL, MR. PERLMUTTER, THANK YOU FOR YIELDING. I JUST WANT TO UNDERSCORE A…

                      WELL, MR. PERLMUTTER, THANK YOU FOR YIELDING. I JUST WANT TO UNDERSCORE A POINT YOU MADE IN YOUR OPENING REMARKS. THIS IS FUNDAMENTALLY ABOUT A PRINCIPLE THAT WE HOLD PRETTY DEAR IN THIS COUNTRY AND THAT'S OUR FREEDOM. OUR FREEDOM IS ROOTED IN THE ASSUMPTION THAT OUR DEMOCRATIC SYSTEMS ACTUALLY WORK, THAT THE PROCESS OF DEMOCRACY HAS INTEGRITY, AND THAT THE CHOICES THAT PEOPLE MAKE ARE NOT THE SUBJECT OF INTERFERENCE BY SOME FOREIGN POWER. WE KNOW THAT RUSSIA INTERFERED IN OUR ELECTIONS. THERE ARE ONLY TWO PEOPLE I CAN THINK OF HAVE WHO DENIED THAT REPEATEDLY. ONE OF THEM IS PRESIDENT TRUMP. THE OTHER ONE IS VLADIMIR PUTIN. EVERYONE ELSE, INCLUDING OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES, ACKNOWLEDGE, INCLUDING OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY, ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE RUSSIANS INTERFERED WITH OUR ELECTIONS. FIVE PEOPLE HAD ACKNOWLEDGED THAT THEY COMMITTED CRIMES AS A RESULT OF THE INVESTIGATION THAT'S TAKING PLACE. 12 OTHER -- 15 OTHERS INDICTED. WHY ON EARTH WOULD NOT WE ALLOW THE INVESTIGATION THAT'S TAKING PLACE RIGHT NOW TO DETERMINE THE EXTENT OF THAT INTERFERENCE IN ORDER TO PREVENT IT FROM EVER HAPPENING AGAIN? WHY WOULD WE NOT INSIST THAT WE PROTECT THAT PRINCIPLE OF DEMOCRACY AND THAT FOUNDATIONAL PRINCIPLE OF FREEDOM BY LETTING THIS PROCESS COMPLETE? WHAT ARE THEY AFRAID OF? THAT'S THE QUESTION. WHAT ARE THEY AFRAID OF? AND THAT'S WHY I'M GLAD, MR. PERLMUTTER, YOU'VE INITIATED THIS EFFORT AND I'LL CONTINUE TO STAND WITH YOU AS YOU DO IT. I'LL YIELD BACK.

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                    • 05:57:10 PM

                      MR. PERLMUTTER

                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I THANK MR. HUFFMAN, MR. RASKIN. WITH THAT WE YIELD…

                      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I THANK MR. HUFFMAN, MR. RASKIN. WITH THAT WE YIELD BACK TO THE SPEAKER. OH, BEFORE THAT, MR. SPEAKER. -- OH, BEFORE THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I DO NOW MOVE THE HOUSE ADJOURN.

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                    • 05:57:25 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      HOUSE ADJOURN.

                    • 05:57:30 PM

                      Mr. Perlmutter moved that the House do now adjourn.

                    • 05:57:31 PM

                      On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.

                      • 05:57:32 PM

                        Adjourned

                        The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on March 8, 2018.

                        • 10:00:16 AM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION FROM THE SPEAKER.

                        • 10:00:27 AM

                          THE CLERK

                          THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A…

                          THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION MARCH 7, 2018. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE ROGER W. MARSHALL TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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                        • 10:00:39 AM

                          E PURSUANT

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

                          PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF JANUARY , 2018, THE CHAIR WILL NOW RECOGNIZE MEMBERS FROM LISTS SUBMITTED BY THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS FOR MORNING HOUR DEBATE. THE CHAIR WILL ALTERNATE RECOGNITION BETWEEN THE PARTIES. ALL TIME SHALL BE EQUALLY ALLOCATED BETWEEN THE PARTIES AND IN NO EVENT SHALL DEBATE CONTINUE BEYOND 11:50 A.M. EACH MEMBER OTHER THAN THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS AND MINORITY WHIP SHALL BE LIMITED TO FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCCLINTOCK, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                        • 10:06:18 AM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                        • 10:10:58 AM

                          TEMPORE MEMBERS

                          MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PROFANITY IN DEBATE.…

                          MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PROFANITY IN DEBATE. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARD THE PRESIDENT. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS. ROS-LEHTINEN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                        • 10:15:41 AM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR. HILL, FOR FIVE…

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

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                        • 10:17:55 AM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                        • 10:20:08 AM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. SANFORD, FOR…

                          THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. SANFORD, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                        • 10:24:55 AM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                        • 10:29:14 AM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                        • 10:32:02 AM

                          TEMPORE PURSUANT

                          PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE

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                          HOUSE IS GAVELING IN FOR LEGISLATIVE WORK. THIS AFTERNOON A BILL…

                          HOUSE IS GAVELING IN FOR LEGISLATIVE WORK. THIS AFTERNOON A BILL SUSPENDING CERTAIN E.P.A. EMISSIONS STANDARDS FOR BRICK AND CLAY KILNS. VOTES LATER THIS AFTERNOON. LIVE TO THE HOUSE FLOOR HERE ON C-SPAN.

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                        • 12:00:51 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                        • 12:02:08 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, RULE 1, THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED.

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                        • 12:02:23 PM

                          MR. DUNCAN

                          WOULD YOU OUR GUESTS PLEASE JOIN US IN THE PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE. I PLEDGE…

                          WOULD YOU OUR GUESTS PLEASE JOIN US IN THE PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE. I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

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                        • 12:02:41 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                          THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE OF THE AISLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                        • 12:02:56 PM

                          MR. WILSON

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

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

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                          WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                        • 12:03:02 PM

                          MR. WILSON

                          MR. SPEAKER, THIS WEEK WE HAVE REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE SOUTH CAROLINA…

                          MR. SPEAKER, THIS WEEK WE HAVE REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE SOUTH CAROLINA MANUFACTURING EXTENSION PARTNERSHIP VISIT FOR THEIR ANNUAL LEGISLATIVE DAY. THEY ARE A PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS THAT HELP SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED MANUFACTURERS GROW THEIR BUSINESS. THERE ARE M.A.P. SENTERS IN ALL 50 STATES AND PUERTO RICO. MANUFACTURING IS ONE OF AMERICA'S MAJOR ECONOMIC DRIVERS. COMPRISING OVER 12% OF OUR ANNUAL G.D.P., WITH MOST MANUFACTURING FIRMS IN THE UNITED STATES HAVING 500 EMPLOYEES OR LESS. M.A.P.'S PROVIDE MUCH NEEDED ASSISTANCE FOR MANUFACTURERS TO BECOME MORE SUCCESSFUL. M.A.P.'S HELP MANUFACTURERS GROW THEIR GLOBAL MARKET WITH EXPORT GUIDANCE ON WHERE TO ELIMINATE WASTE. LAST YEAR M.A.P.'S ACROSS THE COUNTRY GENERATED $1ST7 BILLION IN COST SAVINGS, $3.5 BILLION IN NEW CLIENT INVESTMENTS, AND HELPED CREATE AN RETAIN OVER $100,000 JOBS. CAN YOU SEE THESE BENEFITS FIRSTHAND IN THIS SECOND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT WHERE THE SOUTH CAROLINA MANUFACTURING EXTENSION PARTNERSHIP LED BY CHUCK SPANGLER, SERVED OVER 40 COMPANIES LAST YEAR RESULTING IN $25 MILLION IN NEW SALES AND 325 RETAINED JOBS. I'M GRATEFUL FOR THE M.A.P.'S POSITIVE IMPACT IN COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND WE'LL NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM.

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                        • 12:04:26 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM HAWAII SEEK RECOGNITION?

                        • 12:04:31 PM

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                          UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

                        • 12:04:34 PM

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                          WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                        • 12:04:36 PM

                          MS. GABBARD

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

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE STUDENTS, FACULTY, STAFF, AND COMMUNITY AROUND MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL WHO LOST 176 THEIR THREE WEEKS AGO TODAY. -- 17 OF THEIR OWN THREE WEEKS AGO TODAY. I RISE TO SUPPORT THE COMMUNITY OF PARKLAND AND MILLIONS OF AMERICANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, WHO ARE SAYING ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. THE TIME FOR ACTION IS NOW. WE CANNOT ALLOW PARTISAN POLITICS TO GET IN THE WAY OF TAKING MEANINGFUL ACTION IN AREAS WHERE BOTH PARTIES AGREE AND THAT HAVE THE SUPPORT OF MOST AMERICANS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. HERE'S A VIEW EXAMPLES. BOTH DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS SUPPORT LEGISLATION I HAVE CO-SPONSORED TO BAN BUMP STOCKS. BOTH DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS SUPPORT LEGISLATION TO CLOSE THE LOOPHOLE EXPLOITED BY THE SOUTHERLAND SPRINGS, TEXAS SHOOTER LAST YEAR. BOTH DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS SUPPORT LEGISLATION TO UPHOLD SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS AND STRENGTHEN THE NATIONAL INSTANT CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK SYSTEM. NOW IS THE TIME FOR TO US COME TOGETHER. AND TO TAKE MEANINGFUL ACTION TOWARDS RESPONSIBLE COMMONSENSE GUN SAFETY REFORM. I YIELD BACK.

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                        • 12:05:45 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE SEEK REX -- SEEK…

                          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE SEEK REX -- SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                        • 12:05:51 PM

                          MR. DUNCAN

                          TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

                        • 12:05:54 PM

                          TEMPORE WITHOUT

                          WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                        • 12:05:56 PM

                          MR. DUNCAN

                          MR. SPEAKER, IN HIS COLUMN YESTERDAY PAT BUCHANAN WROTE THROUGH MOST OF…

                          MR. SPEAKER, IN HIS COLUMN YESTERDAY PAT BUCHANAN WROTE THROUGH MOST OF ITS HISTORY THE REPUBLICAN PARTY WAS THE HIGH TARIFF PARTY FAVORING TARIFFS RATHER THAN INCOME TAXES. HE WROTE THAT THOSE TARIFFS HELPED THE U.S. TO BECOME THE STRONGEST INDUSTRIAL POWER IN THE WORLD. IN THE 1950'S AND 1960'S, 53% OF AMERICAN JOBS WERE INDUSTRIAL BAZED, MANY WHITE KOHL AMPLET NOW ONLY AROUND 10% ARE IN MANUFACTURING. AND MANY THOUSANDS OF COLLEGE GRADUATES ARE WORKING AT WAITERS AND WAITRESSES OR OTHER LOW-PAYING JOBS AND LIVING WITH THEIR PARENTS. FEARS OF A TRADE WAR ARE BEING GREATLY EXAGGERATED. WE HAVE BEEN IN A TRADE WAR FOR MANY YEARS AND WE HAVE BEEN LOSING. WITH ONLY 4% OF THE WORLD'S POPULATION, WE BUY ALMOST 23% OF THE WORLD'S GOODS. EVERY COUNTRY WANTS INTO OUR MARKETS. AND WE HAVE TREMENDOUS LEVERAGE ON TRADE THAT WE HAVEN'T BEEN USING. PETROLEUMP'S PROPOSED TARIFFS APPLY TO ONLY TWO PRODUCTS. I COMMEND HIM FOR HIS EFFORT TO TRY TO PROTECT AMERICAN JOBS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                        • 12:06:58 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                        • 12:07:03 PM

                          MR. CICILLINE

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

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                          WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                        • 12:07:09 PM

                          MR. CICILLINE

                          DESPITE THEIR BEST EFFORTS, MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS HAVE NOT FOOLED THE…

                          DESPITE THEIR BEST EFFORTS, MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS HAVE NOT FOOLED THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THEY PROVIDE ADD MODEST TEMPORARY TAX CUT FOR SOME AMERICANS, BUT THEIR TAX BILL RAISED TAXES ON 86 MILLION MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES. 83% OF THE TAX CUTS GO TO THE TOP 1%. IT CREATES $2.3 TRILLION IN DEBT. AND PAYS FOR IT WITH DEEP CUTS TO MEDICARE AND MEDICAID. IT ALSO PROVIDES A HUGE TAX BREAK, $1.3 TRILLION, FOR THE BIGGEST CORPORATIONS IN THIS COUNTRY. AND FURTHER INCENTIVIZES SHIPPING AMERICAN JOBS OVERSEAS. CORPORATIONS HAVE ANNOUNCED MORE THAN $00 BILLION IN STOCK BUYBACKS IN JUST THREE MONTHS. MORE THAN 30 TIMES WHAT WORKERS RECEIVED. CORPORATIONS LIKE WAL-MART ARE AT THE SAME TIME LAYING OFF THOUSANDS OF WORKERS AS THEY POCKET MASSIVE TAX BREAKS FOR THEMSELVES. WE GAVE THEM INCENTIVES TO SHIP MORE JOBS OVERSEAS. DEMOCRATS WANT REAL BIPARTISAN TAX REFORM THAT STARTS WITH A REAL PERMANENT TAX BREAK FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS. THAT WILL PRODUCE BETTER JOBS, BERT WAGES, FOR A BETTER FUTURE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE A BETTER DEAL THAN THIS RAW DEAL THAT THEY GOT FROM THE REPUBLICANS IN THIS TAX BILL. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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                        • 12:08:22 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                        • 12:08:25 PM

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

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

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                        • 12:08:30 PM

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                        • 12:08:32 PM

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                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN MEMORY OF SCOTLAND COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA…

                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN MEMORY OF SCOTLAND COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA DEPUTY ALEXIS LOCKLEAR WHO WAS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY LAST THURSDAY WHILE RUSHING TO THE AID OF A FELLOW OFFICER.

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                        • 12:08:47 PM

                          MR. PITTENGER

                          THE DEPUTY WAS 23 YEARS OLD AND HAD ONLY BEEN ON THE FORCE TORE 10 MONTHS.…

                          THE DEPUTY WAS 23 YEARS OLD AND HAD ONLY BEEN ON THE FORCE TORE 10 MONTHS. YET THOSE WHO KNEW HIM BEST SAID HE TIED DOING WHAT HE LOVED. MY FRIEND, THE SHERIFF, SAID THAT THE DEPUTY MADE FRIENDS EVERYWHERE HE WENT. THE SHERIFF SAID, HE WANTED TO BE A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER AND HE CHOSE A SCOTLAND A COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE. IT DID NOT TAKE A LONG TIME TO KNOW THAT HE WOULD FIT RIGHT IN WITH HIS FAMILY. END OF QUOTE. THE DEPUTY LEAVES BEHIND A -YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER, AS WELL AS HIS PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS, AND SIX SISTERS. LAST WEEK THEY LOST A HERO, BUT A HERO REMEMBERED NEVER DIES IN OUR HEARTS. PLEASE JOIN ME IN OFFERING CONDOLENCES TO THE LOCKLEAR FAMILY, THE SHERIFF, AND THE SCOTLAND COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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                        • 12:09:37 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION?

                        • 12:09:42 PM

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                          UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                          WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                        • 12:09:52 PM

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                          MR. SPEAKER, THE THREAT OF FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN OUR ELECTIONS IS REAL.…

                          MR. SPEAKER, THE THREAT OF FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN OUR ELECTIONS IS REAL. OUR INTELLIGENCE CHIEFS ARE SOUNDING THE ALARM THAT RUSSIA USED THE 201 ELECTION AS A TARGET FOR ADDITIONAL INTERFERENCE.

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                        • 12:10:07 PM

                          MR. SCHNEIDER

                          FINALLY YESTERDAY, PRESIDENT TRUMP AT LAST ACKNOWLEDGED RUSSIAN MEDDLING…

                          FINALLY YESTERDAY, PRESIDENT TRUMP AT LAST ACKNOWLEDGED RUSSIAN MEDDLING AND VOWED TO GUARD AGAINST IT SAYING, QUOTE, WE WON'T ALLOW IT TO HAPPEN. MR. SPEAKER, ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS AND TIME AND TIME AGAIN THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS PROVEN UNWILLING TO CONFRONT THIS THREAT. WE LEARNED THIS WEEK THE STATE DEPARTMENT IS NOT USING ANY OF THE RESOURCES THEY HAVE BEEN GIVEN TO COUNTER ELECTION INTERFERENCE. U.S. CYBER COMMAND CHIEF ADMIRAL ROGERS SAID THE PRESIDENT HAS NOT GRANTED HIM AUTHORITY TO DISRUPT RUSSIAN HACKING OPERATIONS. WE'RE STILL WAITING ON THE ADMINISTRATION TO IMPOSE SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA PASSED BY AN OVERWHELMING BIPARTISAN MAJORITY IN THIS CONGRESS. THIS ISN'T A FUTURE CONCERN. AMERICANS VOTED IN TEXAS PRIMARIES YESTERDAY AND ARE ALREADY HEADING TO THE POLLS IN MY STATE, ILLINOIS, WHERE EARLY VOTING BEGAN ON MONDAY. I URGE THE ADMINISTRATION TO GET SERIOUS ABOUT THIS THREAT AND SUPPORT FUNDING FOR THE ELECTION ASSISTANCE COMMISSION AND RESOURCES FOR STATE ELECTION OFFICIALS ON THE FRONTLINES OF THIS BATTLE. THIS IS NOT A PARTISAN ISSUE. IT'S ABOUT PROTECTING OUR DEMOCRACY AND ENSURING THE INTEGRITY OF EVERY AMERICANS' VOTE.

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                        • 12:11:12 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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                        • 12:11:25 PM

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                          MR. SPEAKER, I CAME TO THE FLOOR TODAY TO SPEAK ABOUT MY COTTON FARMERS,…

                          MR. SPEAKER, I CAME TO THE FLOOR TODAY TO SPEAK ABOUT MY COTTON FARMERS, BUT MY HEART IS HEAVY AFTER A CONVERSATION WITH OUR VETERANS, OUR V.F.W. TO BE EXACT, ABOUT THIS ISSUE OF UNION TIME, UNION ACTIVITIES ON THE TAXPAYER DOLE. THERE WAS A G.A.O. REPORT A YEAR AGO THAT SAID THERE WERE HUNDREDS OF V.A. EMPLOYEES SPENDING 1% OF THEIR TIME ON UNION ACTIVITY.

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                        • 12:11:57 PM

                          MR. ARRINGTON

                          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION.

                        • 12:12:35 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION.

                        • 12:12:38 PM

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

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

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                        • 12:12:46 PM

                          MR. COSTA

                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CALL FOR THE SUPPORT OF THE HMONG VETERANS…

                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CALL FOR THE SUPPORT OF THE HMONG VETERANS SERVICE RECOGNITION ACT THIS. BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION EXTENDS VETERANS' BURIAL BENEFITS TO HMONG AND LOU SHAN VETERANS WHO FOUGHT WITH THE AMERICAN FORCES DURING THE VIETNAM WAR. THEY RISKED THEIR LIVES FIGHTING ALONGSIDE AMERICAN SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN AS SOLDIERS IN THE SPECIAL GUERRILLA UNITS, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS S.G.U. THEY WERE COVERTLY TRAINED BY THE C.I.A. DURING THE VIETNAM WAR AND LED TO DIRECT COMBAT SUPPORT FOR AMERICAN FORCES. YET THEY HAVE NEVER BEEN RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR SERVICE. WHICH IS WHY I INTRODUCED THE LEGISLATION WITH CONGRESSMAN PAUL COOK, HIMSELF A DECORATED VIETNAM VETERAN, A COLONEL IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY. AND KNOWS THEIR STORY WELL. THERE ARE ONLY ESTIMATED 5,000 HMONG VETERANS STILL ALIVE TODAY WITH THOUSANDS IN THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY I REPRESENT. WE EXTENDED THIS HONOR TO FILIPINO SOLDIERS YEARS AGO. I ASK THAT WE HONOR THESE COURAGEOUS INDIVIDUALS WITH THEIR CHOICE OF BEING LAID TO REST NEXT TO THEIR BROTHERS IN ARMS. IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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                        • 12:14:12 PM

                          MS. SCHAKOWSKY

                          MR. SPEAKER, AS CONGRESS FAILS TO ADVANCE COMMONSENSE GUN SAFETY…

                          MR. SPEAKER, AS CONGRESS FAILS TO ADVANCE COMMONSENSE GUN SAFETY LEGISLATION, I'D LIKE TO SHARE A LETTER FROM A YOUNG CONSTITUENT OF MINE, BELA, FROM SKOKIE, ILLINOIS. BELA RECENTLY HAD A LOCKDOWN AT HER SCHOOL. SHE WRITES, QUOTE, WHILE MY PEERS AND I CROWDED IN THE CORNER OF MY CLASSROOM, MY MIND INSTANTLY THOUGHT ABOUT THE RISE IN SCHOOL SHOOTINGS IN 2018. I THOUGHT, AM I GOING TO BE PART OF THAT STATISTIC? THIS LOCKDOWN MADE ME REALIZE THAT SOMETHING LIKE THAT COULD HAPPEN TO ANYONE ANYWHERE. PLEASE DO SOMETHING. BELA, WE HAVE SOLUTIONS THAT ARE SUPPORTED BY AN OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF AMERICANS. BANNING ASSAULT WEAPONS. PASSING COMPREHENSIVE BACKGROUND CHECKS. STUDENTS AND PARENTS AROUND THE COUNTRY ARE TELLING US TO DO SOMETHING. IT'S TIME NOW FOR CONGRESS TO LISTEN. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                          PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE…

                          PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE EXPERTS OF A LETTER I RECEIVED FROM A 15-YEAR-OLD IN MY DISTRICT. IT SHOWS THE IMPACT OF PARKLAND, FLORIDA SHOOTING IS HAVING. THIS YOUNG PERSON WRITES, AND I QUOTE, I HAVE NEVER BEEN IN A SCHOOL SHOOTING NOR DO I KNOW ANYONE WHO HAS. EVERY TIME I THINK ABOUT IT OR HAVE A DREAM ABOUT IT, I EXPERIENCE IT. I'M ONLY 15 YEARS OLD. WHY AM I TERRIFIED TO GO TO PLACES I USED TO LOVE BECAUSE SOMEONE COULD SHOOT ME? WHY IS IT SO EASY TO BUY AND MAKE GUNS IN THIS COUNTRY? WHY CAN NOBODY SEEM TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND PUT A STOP TO THIS? WHY DOES NOBODY PAY ATTENTION? THE KIDS IN THIS COUNTRY, WHO HAVE NEVER BEEN IN A SHOOTING BUT LIVE IN CONSTANT FEAR AND DO NOT FEEL SAFE. I AM ASKING YOU TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE GUN POLICIES IN THIS COUNTRY SO PEOPLE STOP DYING AND YOUNGER GENERATIONS OF PEOPLE CAN FEEL SAFE. PUT US FIRST, NOT GUNS. MR. SPEAKER, WHAT'S YOUR ANSWER TO THIS YOUNG VOICE?

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                        • 12:16:50 PM

                          MR. ELLISON

                          I COME BEFORE THE HOUSE TODAY AND THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES BECAUSE…

                          I COME BEFORE THE HOUSE TODAY AND THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES BECAUSE AMERICA NEEDS SINGLE PAYER HEALTH CARE. WE SPEND $9,000 PER PERSON ON HEALTH CARE, BUT FOR ALL THAT MONEY, WE STILL HAVE TENS OF MILLIONS OF UNINSURED AND HIGHEST MORTALITY RATE OF ANY WEALTHY NATION ON EARTH AND WE ARE LAST IN LIFE EXPECTANCY AMONG WEALTHY COUNTRIES. IN A FEW MOMENTS I EXPECT TO ASK FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT I MAY HEREAFTER BE THE FIRST CO-SPONSOR OF H.R. 676, THE BILL WAS ORIGINALLY INTRODUCED BY MY FRIEND, JOHN CONYERS. I HAVE HIS SUPPORT IN PICKING UP THE MANTLE WHERE HE LEFT IT AND FOR THE PURPOSES OF ADDING CO-SPONSORS AND REQUESTING REPRINTINGS. I WILL DO THAT IN A MOMENT. MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU. THE MONEY WE ARE SPENDING ON HEALTH CARE ISN'T GOING TO THE PATIENTS OR THE SURGEONS, IT ISN'T EVEN GOING TO THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRIES. THE INSURANCE INDUSTRIES ARE RAKING IN RECORD PROFITS ARE THE MAJOR BENEFICIARIES OF OUR POLICY. I YIELD BACK AT THIS TIME AND ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT FOR -- I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT I MAY BE CONSIDERED AS THE FIRST SPONSOR OF H.R. 676 THE EXPANDED AND IMPROVED MEDICAL HEALTH FOR ALL ACT FOR THE PURPOSES OF ADDING CO-SPONSORS AND REQUESTING REPRINTINGS PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 7 OF RULE 12.

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                          WITHOUT OBJECTION. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK…

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

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                        • 12:18:47 PM

                          MR. HASTINGS

                          KEITH, PUT ME ON THAT. IN A FEW MOMENTS, I WILL MANAGE TODAY'S RULES, BUT…

                          KEITH, PUT ME ON THAT. IN A FEW MOMENTS, I WILL MANAGE TODAY'S RULES, BUT RIGHT NOW, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE STAFF OF THE RULES COMMITTEE ON BOTH SIDES FOR THE HARD WORK THAT THEY DO AND ESPECIALLY THE STAFF DIRECTOR FOR THE DEMOCRATS. I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE A MOMENT TO RECOGNIZE A SENIOR FROM ALBION HIGH SCHOOL IN WESTERN NEW YORK. SHE IS HERE ALONG WITH CLASSMATES FROM HER SCHOOL AND DON IS HER UNCLE. TODAY, WE WILL NOT ADDRESS DREAMERS. TODAY, WE WILL NOT ADDRESS THE GUN EPIDEMIC. I ENCOURAGE ALL ADULT AMERICANS TO WORK WITH THE STUDENTS ON MARCH 24 THAT ARE COMING HERE TO WASHINGTON IN A MARCH FOR WHAT THEY DESCRIBE AS OUR FUTURE. I HOPE ADULT AMERICANS WILL ENCOURAGE MASSIVE ATTENDANCE AT THIS MARCH AND THAT THIS CONGRESS WILL TAKE ACTION TO ABATE THE GUN EPIDEMIC. I YIELD BACK.

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                        • 12:19:59 PM

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                        • 12:20:02 PM

                          MS. JACKSON LEE

                          PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

                        • 12:20:06 PM

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                          WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. THOSE IN…

                          WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. THOSE IN FLORIDA ARE STILL SUFFERING AND NO GUN ACTION AT ALL. NO DEBATE. ADDITIONALLY YOUNG PEOPLE ARE IN THE STREETS AND THEIR FAMILIES ARE FEARFUL BECAUSE THE DACA FIX PROMISED BY THIS PRESIDENT HAS NOT BEEN DONE. WE NEED TO DO OUR WORK IF WE ARE AMERICANS AND NEED TO DO IT FOR ALL OF THOSE WHO LIVE WITHIN THE CONFINES OF THIS NATION. THEN FINALLY, WE HAD AN ELECTION YESTERDAY IN TEXAS, FULL OF MISTAKES AND CLOSED POLLS AND NONWORKING MACHINES. AND YET THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES HAS 120 MILLION TO SAFEGUARD OUR ELECTIONS IN 2018 AND HE HAS DONE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. IT IS A DEMAND THAT WE BEGIN TO LOOK AT THE RUSSIAN INTRUSION, FAULTY VOTING POLLS AND MACHINES AND BEGIN TO ADDRESS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE'S RIGHT AND CIVIL LITS OF VOTING, ONE VOTE, ONE PERSON, WITHOUT THE FEAR AND THE APPREHENSION OF RUSSIANS INTRUDING INTO AN ELECTION IN 2018 IN ORDER TO SKEW THE FEDERAL ELECTIONS. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. TIME FOR US TO ACT. I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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                        • 12:21:55 PM

                          MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                          MR. SPEAKER, AS WE CELEBRATE WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH AND THE RESILIENT WOMEN…

                          MR. SPEAKER, AS WE CELEBRATE WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH AND THE RESILIENT WOMEN WHO HAVE CHALLENGED THE STATUS QUO, I'M HONORED TO RECOGNIZE MY CONGRESSIONAL COLLEAGUE AND DEAR FRIEND, REPRESENTATIVE MARCY KAPTUR. IN 1981 SHE DEFEATED THE INCUMBENT LEADING HER TO BECOME THE LONGEST SERVING WOMAN IN THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND SENIOR MEMBER OF THE POWERFUL AND HIGHLY COVETED APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE. I MET MARCY DURING MY FIRST TENURE IN THE HOUSE BACK IN 1989 AND AT THAT TIME THERE WERE ONLY 31 WOMEN SERVING. MARCY WELCOMED ME WITH OPEN ARMS AND SHE EMBODIES WHAT ANY LEGISLATOR SHOULD BE, PRINCIPLED, TRUTHFUL AND FIERCE FIGHTER FOR HER CONSTITUENTS. IT WAS BECAUSE OF HER VISION AND TIRELESS ADVOCACY THAT AMERICANS FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY ARE ABLE TO VISIT THE WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL HERE IN D.C. AND HONOR THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN WHO DEFENDED OUR COUNTRY. MARCY, YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION TO WOMEN EVERYWHERE AND I THANK YOU TO YOUR COMMITMENT TO ADVOCATE FOR SO MANY IMPORTANT ISSUES THAT MATTER TO ALL AMERICANS. CONGRATULATIONS ON THIS GREAT HONOR, THE LONGEST SERVING WOMAN IN U.S. HISTORY. I YIELD BACK.

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                        • 12:23:33 PM

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                        • 12:23:35 PM

                          MR. RASKIN

                          ONE OF THE GREAT THINGS ABOUT OUR JOB IS WE HAVE ALL THESE WONDERFUL YOUNG…

                          ONE OF THE GREAT THINGS ABOUT OUR JOB IS WE HAVE ALL THESE WONDERFUL YOUNG PEOPLE WHO COME TO US FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD. AND IN SCHOOL THEY READ JOHN LOCKE AND READ RUSSO AND THE WHOLE PREMISE IS THAT WE WILL BE SAFER IN CIVIL SOCIETY TOGETHER THAN WE WOULD BE STAY IF WE STATE IN THE STATE OF NATURE WHICH HOBBS WAS NASTY, BRUTISH AND SHORT. WE ARE FEELING THAT TEST AND OBLIGATION OF CIVIL GOVERNMENT BECAUSE WE ARE NOT KEEPING OUR PEOPLE SAFE. WHEN A TEENAGER CAN ACCESS AN AR-15 AND GO INTO A SCHOOL AND ASSASSINATE 17 TEACHERS AND STUDENTS. AND WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE IN CONGRESS? NOTHING. WE HAVE NOT HAD A SINGLE HEARING ON GUN VIOLENCE, NOT A SINGLE HEARING ON THE UNIVERSAL CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS WHICH IS SUPPORTED BY 97% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE CAN'T EVEN HAVE A HEARING ABOUT IT. WE ARE DEMANDING A HEARING AND DEMANDING WITH THE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE COMING MARCH 24 SERIOUS TREATMENT OF THE GUN VIOLENCE PROBLEM WHICH DOES NOT BELONG IN A CIVIL SOCIETY. I YIELD BACK.

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                        • 12:25:01 PM

                          MS. CHENEY

                          MR. SPEAKER, BY THE DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE…

                          MR. SPEAKER, BY THE DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 6723.

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                          REPORT.

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                          INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT

                          WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT: (1) ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED…

                          WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT: (1) ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE; AND (2) ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS. SECTION 2. UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE THE BILL, H.R. 1917, TO ALLOW FOR JUDICIAL REVIEW OF ANY FINAL RULE ADDRESSING NATIONAL EMISSION STANDARDS FOR HAZARDOUS AIR POLLUTANTS FOR BRICK AND STRUCTURAL CLAY PRODUCTS OR FOR CLAY CERAMICS MANUFACTURING BEFORE REQUIRING COMPLIANCE WITH SUCH RULE. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 115-62 SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ADOPTED. THE BILL, AS AMENDED, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST PROVISIONS IN THE BILL, AS AMENDED, ARE WAIVED. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL, AS AMENDED, AND ON ANY FURTHER AMENDMENT THERETO, TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT: (1) ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED

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                          EXCEPT ONE

                          ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING…

                          ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE; AND (2) ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS.

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                          MS. CHENEY

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

                          DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION, ALL TIME YIELDED IS FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY. I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OF FLORIDA PENDING WHICH I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME I MAY CONSUME. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS.

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                        • 12:27:43 PM

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                        • 12:27:45 PM

                          MS. CHENEY

                          RESOLUTION 762 WHICH PROVIDES FOR H.R. 1119 SATISFYING ENERGY NEEDS AND…

                          RESOLUTION 762 WHICH PROVIDES FOR H.R. 1119 SATISFYING ENERGY NEEDS AND SAVING THE ENVIRONMENT AND FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 1917, THE OLYMPICING REGULATORY INTERFERENCE FROM CLOSING KILNS OR BRICK ACT OF 2017. MR. SPEAKER, FOR MANY YEARS OUR DOMESTIC ENERGY HAS SUFFERED UNDER UNNECESSARY AND POLITICALLY MOTIVATED REGULATIONS AND BURDENSOME BUREAUCRATIC RED TAPE. PROHIBITING GROWTH AND INNOVATION. PRESIDENT TRUMP AND HIS ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN WORKING HARD ALONG WITH THIS CONGRESS, TO UNDO THE POLICIES WHICH HAVE SO HARMED OUR DOMESTIC ENERGY INDUSTRY. TODAY'S RULE ALLOWS FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF TWO BILLS WHICH WILL FURTHER THOSE EFFORTS AND REFORM OUR REGULATORY FRAMEWORK SO OUR ENERGY PRODUCERS CAN DO THEIR JOBS MORE EFFICIENTLY AND ECONOMICALLY ALONG WITH SAFEGUARDS THAT WILL BE IN PLACE TO PROTECT HEALTH AND SAFETY. THESE BILLS PROVIDE A COMMONSENSE SOLUTION TO TAYLOR E.P.A. MISSION STANDARDS AND COMPLY GUIDELINES. THE FIRST BILL, H.R. 119, THE SENSE ACT, IS SPONSORED BY MR. ROTHFUS OF PENNSYLVANIA. THIS BILL WOULD PROVIDE FOR TARGETED MOTORCYCLESES TO THE E.P.A.'S MERCURY AND AIR TOXIC STANDARDS AS IT APPLIES TO COAL REFUSE TO ENERGY FACILITIES. THE E.P.A. HAS INCLUDED CERTAIN EMISSIONS LIMITS IN THE NEW STANDARDS THAT ARE SIMPLY NOT ACHIEVABLE FOR THESE REFUSE PLANTS. THESE SPECIALIZED POWER PLANTS HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED TO RECYCLE COAL REFUSE BY USING IT AS AN ENERGY SOURCE TO GENERATE AFFORDABLE AND RELIABLE ELECTRICITY. THESE FACILITIES HAVE REMOVED 214 MILLION TONS OF COAL REFUSE FROM THE ENVIRONMENT AT NO EXPENSE TO TAXPAYERS. IN ADDITION TO HELPING ADDRESS COAL REFUSE, THESE FACILITIES CREATED AN ESTIMATED 1,200 DIRECT AND 4,000 INDIRECT JOBS IN AREAS THAT HAVE BEEN ECONOMICALLY DISTRESSED FOR MANY YEARS. THERE ARE 19 OF THESE COAL TO ENERGY FACILITIES WHICH ARE AT DIRECT RISK BEING SHUT DOWN. THE SENSE ACT WOULD CREATE A WAY FOR COAL REFUSE TO ENERGY FACILITIES TO CONTINUE THEIR MUCH NEEDED WORK BY ALLOWING THESE PLANTS TO DEMONSTRATE COMPLIANCE WITH E.P.A.'S HYDRO COLORIC ACID STANDARDS BY USING SULFUR DIOXIDE AS A PROXY AND 93% REDUCTION DEMONSTRATES COMPLIANCE WITH THE HYDRO COLORIC REDUCTION STANDARDS. . IT WOULD ACHIEVE SUBSTANTIAL DECLINES IN EMISSIONS. BUT IT WOULD DO SO IN A WAY THAT THESE FACILITIES CAN ACHIEVE. WHILE ALSO REMAINING OPERATIONAL. RECOGNIZING THE CREW SHEAL ROLE THEY PLAY. IT ALSO PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 1917, THE BLOCKING REGULATORY INTERFERENCE FROM CLOSING KILNS, OR BRICK ASKET 2017, SPONSORED BY MY COLLEAGUE FROM OHIO, MR. JOHNSON. THIS BILL 1917, THE BLOCKING REGULATORY INTERFERENCE FROM CLOSING KILNS, OR BRICK ASKET 2017, SPONSORED BY MY COLLEAGUE FROM OHIO, MR. JOHNSON. THIS BILL WILL HELP PRESERVE AMERICA'S BRICK MAKING INDUSTRY AND IT'S 7,000 JOBS AND PROTECTS THEM FROM AN E.P.A. RULE THAT CREATED A FAR TOO RUSHED TO COMPLIANCE TIMETABLE FOR BUSINESSES ACROSS THE NATION. THE EMISSIONS STANDARDS IN THIS RULE APPLY TO KILNS AT BRICK AND STRUCTURAL CLAY PRODUCTS MANUFACTURING FACILITIES. AND AT CLAY CERAMIC MANUFACTURING FACILITIES. INDUSTRY ESTIMATED THE COST OF THIS RULE IF ALLOWED TO GO INTO EFFECT WOULD POTENTIALLY EXCEED $100 MILLION ANNUALLY. WHICH IS FOUR TIMES HIGHER THAN WHAT THE E.P.A. INITIALLY ESTIMATED. THIS IS YET ONE MORE EXAMPLE OF HOW POORLY THOUGHT OUT AND MISGUIDED REGULATION ARE HARMING INDUSTRIES AND HAVE BEEN A SEVERE HINDRANCE TO THE KIND OF JOB CREATION WE KNOW WE CAN NOW SEE UNLEASHED ACROSS OUR NATION. WE'VE GOT TO ENSURE BUSINESSES HAVE TIME TO COMPLY AND THE REGULATIONS MAKE SENSE. WE SHOULD NOT FORCE THEM INTO ARBITRARY TIMELINES THAT WILL MAKE THEM SHUT DOWN. H.R. 1917 PROVIDES THAT NEEDED TIME AND MAKES COMPLIANCE POSSIBLE. THE BRICK ACT ALSO INCLUDES THE TEXT OF THE RELIEF FROM NEW SOURCE PERFORMANCE STANDARDS. THIS LEGISLATION WAS AUTHORED BY MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUE FROM MINNESOTA, MR. PETERSON. THE PROVISION IN THIS BILL WILL HELP BOTH MANUFACTURERS AND USERS OF WOOD HEATERS BY PROVIDING RELIEF FROM OVERLY BURDENSOME AND ARBITRARY TIMELINES THAT HAVE BEEN IMPOSED BY THE E.P.A.'S NEW SOURCE PERFORMANCE STANDARDS. SPECIFICALLY, THIS BILL PROVIDES AN ADDITIONAL THREE YEARS FOR BUSINESSES TO COMPLY WITH THIS RULE. WOOD HEATERS ARE AN AFFORDABLE SOURCE OF HOME HEATING, ESPECIALLY IN RURAL AMERICA. AND IT'S CRITICALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE PROTECT THIS LOW COST SOURCE OF HEATING. THE NEW SOURCE PERFORMANCE STANDARDS FOR WOOD HEATERS, WHICH TOOK EFFECT IN 2015, INCLUDE A PROVISION THAT IS PROVING NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE ONCE AGAIN FOR MANUFACTURERS TO COMPLY WITH. AS THEY ARE STRUGGLING TO DESIGN CLIENT MODS IN A SHORT TIME FRAME ALLOWED BY THE AGENTCY. AS A RESULT, WE HAVE SEEN WORKERS LAID OFF AND OTHERS -- OTHER COMPANIES FEARING THAT THEY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO STAY IN BUSINESS AFTER 2020. WOOD HEATER USERS IN MANY LOW-INCOME HOUSEHOLDS ACROSS THE COUNTRY FACE THE LIKELIHOOD OF HAVING TO PAY MORE AND HAVING TO -- A REDUCED PRODUCT CHOICE. THIS IS ONE MORE EXAMPLE OF FEDERAL OVERREACH WHICH THE AGENCY FAILED TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE REAL IMPACT OF THESE REGULATIONS ON EVERYDAY AMERICANS ACROSS OUR COUNTRY. IT IS CRUCIAL THAT WE PASS THE BRICK ACT WHICH WOULD EXTEND THE DEADLINE FOR THE OF THESE SECOND PHASE OF THE WOOD HEATER STANDARDS FROM 2020 TO 2023. AND PROVIDE TIME FOR MEANINGFUL JUDICIAL REVIEW OF THE BRICK AND STRUCTURAL CLAY MANUFACTURING AND NATIONAL EMISSION STANDARDS. BEFORE THE OWNERS AND OPERATIONS OF THESE FACILITIES ARE REQUIRED TO MAKE SIGNIFICANT AND POTENTIALLY IRREVERSIBLE DECISIONS REGARDING CAPITAL INVESTMENTS OR DRIVING THEM OUT OF BUSINESS ALL TOGETHER. MR. SPEAKER, WE MUST ENSURE EMISSION STANDARDS ARE REASONABLE AND TO NOT UNNECESSARILY CRIPPLE SMALL BUSINESSES WHICH WE KNOW ARE THE DRIVERS OF OUR ECONOMY. THEREFORE, I ENCOURAGE SUPPORT FOR THE RULE, FOR THESE IMPORTANT BILLS, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                        • 12:34:30 PM

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                        • 12:34:33 PM

                          MR. HASTINGS

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

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                        • 12:34:38 PM

                          MR. HASTINGS

                          MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE FIRST TO THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING, MY…

                          MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE FIRST TO THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING, MY FRIEND, FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES FOR DEBATE. AND TODAY'S BILLS WOULD THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING, MY FRIEND, FOR YIELDING ME MODIFY CLEAN AIR ACT REGULATIONS. OR THE ACT ITSELF. TO GIVE A HANDOUT TO SPECIFIED INDUSTRIES TO EMIT MORE POLLUTION INTO THE AIR. THESE BILLS, IN MY VIEW, WOULD RESULT IN MORE SMOG, MORE FINE PARTICLE POLLUTION, AND MORE TOXIC AIR POLLUTION. THE EFFECTS WOULD BE WORSE RESULTING IN MORE ASTHMA ATTACKS, MORE KIDS IN EMERGENCY ROOMS, MORE BRONCHITIS, MORE CANCER DIAGNOSIS, AND MORE BIRTH DEFECTS. MR. SPEAKER, THESE BILLS REPRESENT A FUNDAMENTALLY UNFAIR AND DEEPLY TROUBLING APPROACH TO REGULATION. IN BRINGING UP THESE BILLS, THE REPUBLICAN-CONTROLLED CONGRESS IS GRANTSING FAVORS TO SPECIAL INTERESTS SPECIAL INTERESTS AT THE EXPENSE OF PUBLIC HEALTH. SHOCKING BUT NOT SURPRISING. BY BRINGING UP THESE BILLS, THE MAJORITY INTENDS TO OVERTURN EVIDENCE-BASED THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WITH THE HELP OF THE REPUBLICAN-CONTROLLED CONGRESS HAS TARGETED 67 ENVIRONMENTAL RULES. ONE OF THOSE RULES WAS THE REQUIREMENT THAT MINING COMPANIES PROVE THEY HAVE THE FINANCIAL WHEREWITHAL TO CLEAN UP THEIR POLLUTION. ANOTHER IS THE RULE REGULATING AIRBORNE MERCURY EMISSIONS FROM FOSSIL FUEL POWER PLANTS. AND MOST RECENTLY THE ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCED IT WAS TARGETING ALL SAFETY REGULATION, REGULATION THAT IS WERE IMPLEMENTED AFTER THE 2010 DEEP WATER HORIZON EXPLOSION AND OIL SPILL. A SPILL THAT BURNED FOR ALL SAFETY 36 HOURS, RELEASED 4.9 BILLION BARRELS OF CRUDE OIL INTO THE GULF OF MEXICO, SPREAD 3,850 SQUARE MILES, AND RESULTED IN BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF LOSSES TO THE U.S. FISHING INDUSTRY AND THE GULF COAST TOURIST INDUSTRY. MR. SPEAKER, SINCE PASSAGE OF THE CLEAN AIR ACT IN 1970, AMERICA HAS MADE SUBSTANTIAL PROGRESS IN CLEANING UP THIS NATION'S AIR. WE HAVE DONE THIS BY FOLLOWING A FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLE. HOLDING POLLUTERS ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR POLLUTION. INSTEAD OF FOLLOWING THIS COMMONSENSE, BEDROCK PRINCIPLE, MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, INSIST ON CREATING LOOPHOLES FOR A FEW FAVORED INDUSTRIES, WASTE COAL PLANTS, BRICK MANUFACTURERS, AND THOSE WHO MANUFACTURE RESIDENTIAL WOOD HEATERS. MR. SPEAKER, THE FIRST OF THESE BILLS, THE IRONICALLY TITLED, SENSE ACT, WEAKENS THE CRITICAL MERCURY AND AIR TOXIC RULE. WHICH ESTABLISHED THE FIRST NATIONAL STANDARDS TO ADDRESS POWER PLANT EMISSIONS OF TOXIC AIR POLLUTERS. THIS MERCURY AND AIR TOXIC STANDARDS RULE REQUIRES COAL FIRED POWER PLANTS TO MEET EMISSION STANDARDS FOR MERCURY, OTHER METALS, AND ACID. HAS THE MAJORITY ENGAGED IN ANY ANALYSIS WHAT WOULD HAPPEN WHEN THIS RULE IS WEAKENED? HAS THE MAJORITY FILLED ITS RANKS ARE EXPERT SCIENTISTS AND DOCTORS WHO WOULD BE ABLE TO PUT FORTH A CASE FOR WHY UNDERMINING THIS RULE IS GOOD POLICY? OF COURSE NOT. HERE'S WHAT WE KNOW. THE E.P.A. ESTIMATES THAT FOR EVERY DOLLAR SPENT TO REDUCE POLLUTION UNDER THIS RULE, AMERICAN FAMILIES RECEIVE UP TO $9 IN HEALTH BENEFITS. IN FACT, THE E.P.A. ESTIMATED THAT IN 2016, THE RULE WOULD AVOID UP TO 11,000 PREMATURE DEATHS, 2,800 CASES OF CHRONIC BRONCO CRY TISS, 4,700 HEART ATTACK, 130,000 CASES OF AGGRAVATED ASTHMA, 5,700 HOSPITAL AND EMERGENCY ROOMS VISITS, 6,300 CASES OF ACUTE BRONCHITIS. 140,000 CASES OF RESPIRATORY SYMPTOMS. AND 540,000 DAYS WHEN PEOPLE MISS WORK. MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WANT TO DO AWAY WITH THOSE HEALTH BENEFITS AND INSTEAD PERMIT FAVORED INDUSTRIES TO POLLUTE MORE. MR. SPEAKER, THE SECOND MEASURE COMBINES TWO BILLS. H.R. 1917, THE BRICK ACT. AND H.R. 453, THE RELIEF FROM NEW SOURCE PERFORMANCE STANDARDS. THE BRICK ACT UNJUSTIFIABLY DELAYS REDUCTIONS IN TOXIC AIR POLLUTION FROM BRICK MANUFACTURERS BY ALLOWING THEM TO CONTINUE TO POLLUTE ALL THEIR LAWSUITS -- UNTIL ALL THEIR LAWSUITS ARE EXHAUSTED. THE BILL THROWS OUT EXISTING JUDICIAL PROCESS BY PROVIDING A BLANKET EXTENSION FOR ANY COMPLIANCE DEADLINE REGARDLESS OF THE MERITS OF THE CASE. UNDER WELL ESTABLISHED LEGAL NORMS, THE COURT CAN OF APPEALS FOR THE DISTRICT CIRCUIT MAY STAY A RULE DURING LITIGATION IF IT FINDS THAT THE PARTY SEEKING THE STAY HAS DEMONSTRATED THAT. THERE IS A LIKELIHOOD OF SUCCESS ON THE MERITS, THE PROSPECT OF IRREPARABLE HARM TO THE PARTY REQUESTING THE STAY, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, WHETHER GRANTING THE STAY IS IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST. TO DATE NOT ONE OF THE INDUSTRY LITIGANTS HAVE EVEN ASKED THE COURT TO STAY THE BRICK AND STRUCTURAL CLAY PRODUCTS RULE. NOT ONE. PRESUMABLY IT'S BECAUSE THEY RECOGNIZE THAT THEY CANNOT MEET THIS LEGAL STANDARD. MR. SPEAKER, THE EXISTING JUDICIAL PROCESS IS THE APPROPRIATE METHOD TO SEEK A STAY OF THE RULE AND IS THE PREFERABLE METHOD TO UNNECESSARY CONGRESSIONAL INTERVENTION PROPOSED BY THE BRICK ACT. THIS BRINGS ME TO H.R. 453. THE RELIEF FROM NEW SOURCE PERFORMANCE STANDARDS ACT. WHICH DELAYS CLEANER BURNING WOOD STOMBS UNTIL 2023. ON TOP OF THE FIVE YEARS STANDARDS ACT. HAD TO COMPLY, EXPOSING COMMUNITIES TO ADDITIONAL YEARS OF UNHEALTHY MANUFACTURERS ALREADY FINE PARTICLE POLLUTION, CARBON MONOXIDE, AND VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS. IN 2015, THE E.P.A. STRENGTHENED THE POLLUTION CONTROL REQUIREMENTS FOR NEW RESIDENTIAL WOOD HEATERS. THE NEW STANDARDS WOULD CUT FINE PARTICLE POLLUTION AND VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS FROM NEW WOOD HEATERS BY ALMOST 70% AND WILL CUT CARBON MONOXIDE POLLUTION BY 62%. THE E.P.A. EVEN INCLUDED PROVISIONS IN THE RULE TO HELP MANUFACTURERS ACHIEVE THE NEW STANDARDS GIVING THE MANUFACTURERS FIVE YEARS TO COMPLY. MR. SPEAKER, THESE POLLUTANTS COMBINED WITH OTHER POLLUTANTS IN THE AIR FROM SMOG, BLACK CARBON, AND BENZENE HARMING THE HEALTH OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, PARTICULARLY OUR KIDS AND SENIORS, WHO WOULD HAVE TO PAY FOR THESE SPECIAL INTEREST BREAKS WITH THEIR HEALTH AND IN SOME CASES WITH THEIR LIVES. THESE THREE BILLS SACRIFICE AMERICANS' HEALTH WITH ADDITIONAL YEARS OF UNNECESSARY POLLUTION. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS AS DISAPPOINTING AS IT IS FRUSTRATING THAT WE COME HERE TODAY TO DEBATE BILLS THAT WILL INCREASE POLLUTION IN OUR COUNTRY AND ALSO HAVE VERY LITTLE HOPE, LET ME UNDERSCORE THAT, VERY LITTLE HOPE OF EVER BECOMING LAW. WE HAVE REAL WORK TO DO IN THIS PLACE AND THESE BILLS ARE NOT THAT WORK. THIS BODY MUST TURN ITS ATTENTION TO FINALLY ADDRESSING THE GUN VIOLENCE EPIDEMIC THAT HAS TAKEN OVER OUR COUNTRY. MOST RECENTLY AT MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL IN PARKLAND, FLORIDA, IN A DISTRICT ADJACENT TO THE DISTRICT THAT I'M PRIVILEGED TO SERVE, LESS THAN A MONTH AGO A 19-YEAR-OLD LEGALLY PURCHASED A SEMIAUTOMATIC AR-15 AND USED IT TO METHODICALLY MURDER 14 OF HIS FORMER CLASSMATES AND THREE TEACHERS. WHAT WAS THE RESPONSE OF THIS BODY? WELL, WE DID PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS. WHICH IS GOOD. DID MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES BRING TO THE FLOOR A BILL THAT WOULD BAN ASSAULT WEAPONS? DID THEY BRING TO THE FLOOR LEGISLATION TO CLOSE THE GUN SHOW LOOPHOLE. DID THEY BRING TO THE FLOOR LEGISLATION THAT WOULD RAISE THE MINIMUM PURCHASE AGE FOR RIFLES? OR MANDATORY COMPREHENSIVE BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR GUN BUYERS AND BAN BUMP STOCKS? OR ALLOW THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION TO STUDY GUN VIOLENCE? NO, MR. SPEAKER. INSTEAD THIS BODY OFFERED, AS I SAID, ITS THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS, AND I SAID IT IT BEFORE AND I'LL SAY IT AGAIN HERE TODAY, THOSE WHO STAND IN THE WAY OF LEGISLATION THAT WILL ADDRESS OUR COUNTRY'S GUN VIOLENCE EPIDEMIC ARE INCREASINGLY CULPABLE FOR ITS NEEDLESS CONTINUATION. . WHAT WE CHOOSE TO TALK ABOUT IS POLLUTION. WHAT WE SHOULD BE TALKING ABOUT IS THE GUN EPIDEMIC AND I'LL GET TO DACA LITTLE BIT LATER IN MY CLOSING. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          MS. CHENEY

                          MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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                        • 12:45:56 PM

                          MR. ROTHFUS

                          JUST LISTENING TO THE OTHER SIDE'S COMMENTS ABOUT THE SENSE ACT, I'M…

                          JUST LISTENING TO THE OTHER SIDE'S COMMENTS ABOUT THE SENSE ACT, I'M WONDERING IF THEY READ THE SAME BILL OR EVER VISITED THE HILLS OF WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA WHERE WE SEE THE ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE THAT WASTE COAL PILES HAVE DONE AND THE TREMENDOUS PROGRESS THAT WE HAVE SEEN OVER THE LAST NUMBER OF DECADES AND ACTUALLY CLEANING UP THE ENVIRONMENT. I'M HAPPY TO RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 762, THE RULE THAT IS UNDER CONSIDERATION. AND I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE SENSE ACT, WHICH IS INCLUDED WITHIN THIS RULE, H.R. 1119. THIS IS A PRO-ENVIRONMENT BILL. THE PURPOSE OF THE BILL IS TO ENSURE THAT COAL REFUSE TO ENERGY FACILITIES CAN BE HELD TO STRICT, BUT ACHIEVABLE STANDARDS. TO BE CLEAR, THESE PLANTS COMPLY WITH NEARLY ALL STANDARDS AS IT IS, INCLUDING MERCURY EMISSIONS. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT A MODIFICATION, AS IT WERE, IN RECOGNITION OF THE TREMENDOUS BENEFIT THAT THESE PLANTS HAVE MADE TO THE ENVIRONMENT. I HAVE INTRODUCED VERSIONS OF THIS BILL DURING PRIOR CONGRESSES AND I'M HOPEFUL THIS BILL CAN BECOME LAW. IT ENJOYS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. AS MANY OF YOU KNOW, COAL REFUSE IS A BYPRODUCT OF HISTORIC COAL MINING OPERATIONS. TOURING BLACK MOUNDS OF THIS MATERIAL LOOM BESIDES CITIES AND TOWNS ESPECIALLY IN PENNSYLVANIA AND IN WEST VIRGINIA. I INVITE MY COLLEAGUE FROM FLORIDA TO COME UP TO WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA AND LOOK AT THE LANDSCAPE AND POLLUTED RIVERS WE HAVE THERE AS A RESULT OF THESE COAL REFUSE PILES. MANY OF THESE PILES CAN SMOLDER AND SPONTANEOUSLY COMBUST WITH ZERO CONTROLS. THEY CATCH FIRE, SENDING HAZARDOUS SMOKE INTO THE AIR AND INTO SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES. LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ARE FORCED TO SPEND SCARES TAXPAYER RESOURCES FIGHTING THESE FIRES. RAIN WATER RELEASES CHEMICALS POLLUTING RIVERS RIVERS AND STREAMS. THE COAL INDUSTRY TURNED THIS MATERIAL INTO ENERGY WHILE REMEDIATING POLLUTED SITES AT NO COST TO THE TAXPAYER. THESE POWER PLANTS ARE THE ONLY SOLUTION TO THIS MASSIVE ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEM THAT WE HAVE IN PENNSYLVANIA AND WEST VIRGINIA THAT WOULD COST IN PENNSYLVANIA ALONE, AN ESTIMATED $2 BILLION TO REMEDIATE. THIS IS BEING DONE WITHOUT TAXPAYER FUNDING RIGHT NOW, THE CLEANUP. FOR SEVERAL YEARS, I HAVE SPOKEN ABOUT THE TREMENDOUS WORK BEING DONE BY HARDWORKING FOLKS IN THIS INDUSTRY, WHICH I HAVE SEEN. I HAVE STOOD ON PILES IN THE PROCESS IN REMEDIATION AND WALKED ON RESTORED SITES THAT ARE NOW PARKS AND MEADOWS WHICH ARE ASSETS AND NOT LIGHTS. FEEDING STREAMS THAT NOW HAVE FISH. DESPITE THIS INDUSTRY DOES FOR PENNSYLVANIA AND WEST VIRGINIA, FIVE FACILITIES ARE UNDER THREAT FROM FEDERAL REGULATIONS SEEMINGLY INCAPABLE OF FLEXIBILITY TO ACCOMMODATE PRIVATE SECTOR WORK THAT IS IMPROVING THE ENVIRONMENT. IF THEY MAKE NO EXCEPTIONS FOR THIS AGENCY, IT IS NOT JUST THE ENVIRONMENT THAT WILL CONTINUE TO SUFFER. THEY SUPPORT THOUSANDS OF JOBS AND THEY ARE AT STAKE IF THEY ARE REGULATED OUT OF BUSINESS BOTH DIRECT AND INDIRECT. MANY OF THESE JOBS ARE IN LOCALITIES THAT HAVE BEEN HIT HARD. THE PEOPLE EXPECT US TO STAND FOR THEM ESPECIALLY WHEN THEIR LIVELIHOODS COME UNDER THREAT FROM HEAVY HANDED ONE SIZE FITS ALL POLICIES. PLEASE KEEP IN MIND WHAT THE SUPPORTERS ARE FIGHTING FOR. HERE'S WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN IF THIS LAW DOESN'T PASS. RIVERS AND STREAMS AREN'T GOING TO COME BACK TO LIFE. HILLSIDES AREN'T GOING TO BE RESTORED AND THE PILES, THEY CAN SPONTANEOUSLY COMBUST WITH NO EMISSION CONTROLS WHATSOEVER. THIS IS ABOUT ENSURING THE CONTINUATION OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL SUCCESS STORY. I URGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THE RULE AND THE SENSE ACT. AGAIN, ARE WE CAPABLE OF MAKING JUDGMENTS IN THIS HOUSE? ARE WE CAPABLE OF CUSTOM HIGHSING ONE SIZE FITS ALL AND THE E.P.A. HAS RECKFIESED THE WORK OF THIS INDUSTRY. COAL REFUSE PILES ARE AN ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERN BECAUSE OF SEEPAGE, SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION AND LOW SOIL FERTILITY. UNITS THAT BURN THIS PROVIDE ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS BY COMBINING THE PRODUCTION OF ENERGY WITH THE REMOVAL OF COAL RECEIVE USE PILES. CONSEQUENTLY BECAUSE OF THE UNIQUE AND ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS THAT THEY PROVIDE, THE E.P.A., SAID, THESE UNITS WARRANT SPECIAL CONSIDERATION. SO I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES WOULD SEE --

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                        • 12:51:16 PM

                          MS. CHENEY

                          I YIELD A MINUTE.

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                          MR. ROTHFUS

                          I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES WOULD SEE THE BENEFITS THAT CAN COME FROM THIS. THIS…

                          I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES WOULD SEE THE BENEFITS THAT CAN COME FROM THIS. THIS ISN'T A SPECIAL INTEREST CARVEOUT UNLESS YOU CONSIDER CLEANING UP THE ENVIRONMENT IN WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA, TO BE A SPECIAL INTEREST. AGAIN, ARE WE CAPABLE OF MAKING JUDGMENTS ABOUT WHAT THIS TOWN PUTS OUT, ONE SIZE FITS ALL. SEEMINGLY WITH BLINDERS ON, NOT HAVING THE ABILITY TO RECOGNIZE THAT IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES, CUSTOMIZATION IS APPROPRIATE. THAT'S WHAT THIS THIS UNDERLYING BILL DOES. IT DOES MAKE SENSE. SATISFYING ENERGY NEEDS AND SAVING THE ENVIRONMENT. I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES WOULD SEE THE SENSE IN THAT AND THEN WORK WITH US TO ALLOW THE ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANUP TO CONTINUE AND TO PROTECT HUNDREDS OF FAMILIES SUSTAINING JOBS ACROSS WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA AND WEST VIRGINIA AND I YIELD BACK.

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                        • 12:52:20 PM

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                          MR. HASTINGS

                          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                        • 12:54:38 PM

                          MR. HASTINGS

                          TO MY GOOD FRIEND, THE DISTINGUISHED THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR.…

                          TO MY GOOD FRIEND, THE DISTINGUISHED THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. COSTA, A MEMBER OF THE AGRICULTURE AND RESOURCES COMMITTEE OF THIS CONGRESS.

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                          MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR AND NOT TO A…

                          MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR AND NOT TO A PERCEIVED VIEWING EVIDENCE.

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                        • 12:55:04 PM

                          COSTELLO MR.

                          THE UNITED STATES IS A NATION OF IMMIGRANTS PAST AND PRESENT. FOR HUNDREDS…

                          THE UNITED STATES IS A NATION OF IMMIGRANTS PAST AND PRESENT. FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS, PEOPLE HAVE COME TO OUR SHORES FOR A BETTER LIFE FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR CHILDREN. IMMIGRANTS FROM ACROSS THE WORLD HAVE MADE INCREDIBLE CHIROPRACTICS TO OUR COUNTRY. WE KNOW THAT AS FACT. FROM STARTING BUSINESSES TO HEALING THE SICK, TO HARVESTING OUR FIELDS, PUTTING FOOD ON AMERICA'S DINNER TABLE TO ENSURING SAFETY AND PURSUING JUSTICE. IMMIGRANTS HAVE MADE AMERICA A GREAT NATION BECAUSE OF THESE AND THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS. YET, THERE HAVE BEEN TIMES WHEN OUR NATION HAS STRUGGLED TO LIVE UP TO OUR OWN IDEALS AND RIGHT NOW IS ONE OF THOSE TIMES. THIS WEEK, THE PRESIDENT'S DEADLINE, MARCH 5, TWO DAYS PAST TO END THE DACA PROGRAM, TOOK EFFECT, THREATENING HUNDREDS AND THOUSANDS OF LIVES OF DREAMERS. NOW LET US REMEMBER, THIS IS BECAUSE PRESIDENT TRUMP'S UNIONY LATERAL ACTION LAST SEPTEMBER TO REPEAL DACA THAT WE ARE IN THE POSITION WE ARE IN TODAY. I AM STANDING HERE WITH THE DREAMERS. WITH OVER 80% OF THE AMERICANS AND WITH MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES BELIEVE WE OUGHT TO FIX THIS PROBLEM. I ASKED SPEAKER RYAN AND I CALL UPON THIS CHAMBER TO VOTE NOW ON A BIPARTISAN BICAMERAL DREAM ACT. THIS BILL WOULD PROVIDE PERMANENT LEGISLATIVE PROTECTIONS FOR OUR DREAMERS. IMMIGRANTS WHO WERE BROUGHT TO THE UNITED STATES' SHORES AS CHILDREN. THE AVERAGE AGE OF SIX YEARS. FOR THEM, AMERICA IS THE ONLY COUNTRY THEY HAVE EVER KNOWN. THE DREAM ACT WILL PROVIDE THESE PEOPLE WITH THE LEGAL STATUS AND ULTIMATELY A PATH TO CITIZENSHIP. IN MY DISTRICT THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF DACA RECIPIENTS, THOUSANDS OF DREAMERS. CURRENTLY OVER 600 AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT MERCED AND FRESNO STATE. PRESIDENT CASTRO FROM FRESNO STATE HAD A MEETING WITH DREAMERS. LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT ONE STUDENT WHO WOULD BE HELPED BY THE DREAM ACT. WHAT A STORY HE HAD TO TELL. HE CAME TO THE UNITED STATES WITH HIS MOTHER AND SIBLINGS WHEN HE WAS FOUR YEARS OLD, AT GREAT RISK. HE IS SET TO GRADUATE WITH A DEGREE IN CHEMISTRY THIS YEAR. DACA GAVE HIM THE ABILITY TO WORK THROUGH SCHOOL AND HELP HIS FAMILY AND ISN'T THAT THE IMMIGRANT WAY? JUST LAST WEEK, HE GOT SOME GREAT NEWS, HE LEARNED HE WAS ADMITTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN FRANCISCO SCHOOL OF PHARMACY, ONE OF THE BEST SCHOOLS IN THE NATION. HIS DREAMS AS A DREAMER, HIS DREAMS IS TO USE HIS EDUCATION AND SKILLS TO GIVE BACK TO OUR COMMUNITIES BY PROVIDING HEALTH CARE TO UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES. WE WANT DREAMERS LIKE YOU HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. THERE ARE OVER 800,000 OF YOU, ALL CONTRIBUTING AND GIVING. MANY OF YOU SERVED IN OUR ARMED SERVICES TODAY. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO BRING THE DREAM ACT TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE. SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. THEY SHOULD NOT BE HELD HOSTAGE FOR OTHER AGENDAS THAT ARE OUT THERE AND CLEARLY THIS IS THE CASE. THIS IS COMMON SENSE. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE RIGHT THING. LET'S BRING THE DREAM ACT TO THE FLOOR AS SOON AS WE GO. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                        • 12:58:51 PM

                          MS. CHENEY

                          I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO AND THE SPONSOR OF THE…

                          I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO AND THE SPONSOR OF THE BRICK ACT,

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                        • 12:58:59 PM

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                        • 12:59:01 PM

                          MR. JOHNSON

                          I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK. I'M A LITTLE BIT CON TUESDAYED. I…

                          I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK. I'M A LITTLE BIT CON TUESDAYED. I THOUGHT THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A DEBATE ON A RULE DEALING WITH OVERTURNING ONEROUS E.P.A. REGULATIONS. INSTEAD OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE LEFT WANT TO TALK ABOUT SOMETHING NONGERMANE AND CHANGE THE SUBJECT AND WONDER WHY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE GET SO FRUSTRATED THAT THIS INSTITUTION CAN'T ADDRESS ITS BIG ISSUES AND I ALSO HEARD A LITTLE BIT AGO, AN IMPASSIONED CLAIM BY MY COLLEAGUE ON THE LEFT OVER HERE THAT THESE -- THE LEGISLATION THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT TODAY SOMEHOW FLIES IN THE FACE OF THE COURTS. WELL, THAT'S NOT TRUE, BECAUSE THE COURTS HAVE ALREADY OVERTURNED THIS REGULATION ONE TIME AND SET IT ASIDE AND IT'S COST THE INDUSTRIES MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS THAT THEY SHOULDN'T HAVE HAD TO SPEND. I ALSO HEARD IT CLAIMED THAT IT FLIES IN THE FACE OF COMMONSENSE SCIENCE-BASED EVIDENCE. WELL, THAT'S NOT TRUE, BECAUSE IF IT WERE, THEN THE COURTS WOULDN'T HAVE MADE THE DECISION TO SET IT ASIDE IN THE FIRST PLACE. . THE BRICK ACT IS ABOUT REGULATE COMMON SENSE, MR. SPEAKER. BUT IT'S ALSO ABOUT PRESERVING GOOD-PAYING JOBS IN RURAL COMMUNITIES ACROSS AMERICA. BRICK MAKERS AND TILE MANUFACTURERS ARE PRIMARILY SMALL BUSINESSES AND THEIR PRODUCT IS CRITICAL FOR OUR INFRASTRUCTURE. THEY HAVE BUILT SOME OF THE MOST ICONIC TOWNS AND BUILDINGS ACROSS AMERICA, AND THIS BILL WILL HELP ENSURE THAT THESE SMALL BUSINESSES ARE ABLE TO CONTINUE TO DO EXACTLY THAT. THE E.P.A.'S CURRENT BRICK MACK RULE FINALIZED IN 2015 WOULD IMPOSE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN COST ON THESE SMALL BUSINESSES ALL BEFORE JUDICIAL REVIEW OF THE -- BEFORE THE RULE IS COMPLETE. AND WHILE THE E.P.A., UNDER THE FORMER ADMINISTRATION, ESTIMATES THAT THE ANNUAL COST TO COMPLY WITH THE RULE WILL BE $25 MILLION, OTHER ESTIMATES WILL BE UP TO $100 MILLION OR GREATER. FOR A FACILITY WITH TWO KILNS, WHICH IS THE INDUSTRY AVERAGE, THE COSTS ARE ESTIMATED TO BE $4.4 MILLION. SECURING CAPITAL FOR THESE PROJECTS WILL BE VERY DIFFICULT, SOME WORRY IT MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE. CONSIDERING THESE COMPLIANCE COST ALSO NOT IMPROVE PLANT PRODUCTIVITY NOR HELP THE BOTTOM LINE. WHAT'S WORSE IS THAT THESE COSTS ARE OVER AND ABOVE THE TENS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS SPENT BY THE INDUSTRY TO COMPLY WITH AN EARLIER VERSION OF THE RULE VACATED BY THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA CIRCUIT COURT IN 2007. THIS BILL ALLOWS FOR ANY COMPLETION OF THE JUDICIAL REGARDING THE 2015 REGULATION BEFORE REGARDING COMPLIANCE. FOR AN INDUSTRY THAT'S FACED SO MUCH REGULATE UNCERTAINTY THROUGH RULES, VACATED RULES, AND NOW NEW REGULATION, H.R. 1917 WILL HELP INJECT A BIT OF MUCH-NEEDED REGULATE CERTAINTY BACK INTO THIS INDUSTRY. ADDITIONALLY, THIS BILL PROVIDES REGULATE RELIEF FOR OUR WOOD HEATER MANUFACTURERS WHICH HELP PROVIDE AN AFFORDABLE SOURCE OF HEAT FOR MANY LOW-INCOME AND RURAL HOUSEHOLDS. E.P.A. REGULATIONS SAID TO TAKE EFFECT IN 2020 ARE CAUSING SOME MANUFACTURERS TO ALREADY LAY OFF WORKERS. THIS INDUSTRY NEEDS MORE TIME TO COMPLY. AND A PROVISION WITHIN H.R. 1917 WILL SIMPLY EXTEND THAT COMPLIANCE DEADLINE FROM 2020 TO 2023. IF LEFT UNCHANGED, PRODUCT CHOICE WILL DIMINISH, PRICES WILL RISE, AND MORE JOBS WILL BE LOST. MR. SPEAKER, WE MUST ENSURE OUR FEDERAL AGENCIES ARE NOT NEEDLESSLY REGULATING COMPANIES OUT OF BUSINESS. BRICK MANUFACTURERS HAVE SUFFERED HEAVY LOSSES SINCE THE RECESSION. LOSING ABOUT 45% OF JOBS BETWEEN 2005 AND 2012. INCREASED COMPLIANCE COST FROM THESE E.P.A. REGULATIONS WILL ONLY LEAD TO MORE JOB LOSSES AND CONSOLIDATIONS WITHIN THIS PRIMARILY FAMILY-OWNED BUSINESS INDUSTRY. WE OWE THIS INDUSTRY REGULATE CERTAINTY, AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RULE AND TO SUPPORT H.R. 1917 BECAUSE IF WE DON'T, IF THE BRICK INDUSTRY GETS SHUT DOWN BECAUSE OF THESE ONEROUS RULES, WE'RE GOING TO STOP BUILDING BUILDINGS, -- START BUILDING BUILDINGS, MR. SPEAKER, OUT OF STRAW AND WITH STICKS INSTEAD OF BRICK. I YIELD BACK.

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                          MR. HASTINGS

                          MR. SPEAKER, I'VE WATCHED THIS LAST YEAR AS REPUBLICANS WORKED TO…

                          MR. SPEAKER, I'VE WATCHED THIS LAST YEAR AS REPUBLICANS WORKED TO ELIMINATE ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS THAT SERVE TO KEEP THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SAFE FROM HARMFUL TOXINS IN THEIR AIR AND WATER. I COULDN'T HELP BUT BE AMUSED BY MY COLLEAGUE ON THE RIGHT'S COMMENTS AT THE END THAT WE WILL BE USING STICKS INSTEAD OF BRICKS. VERY CLEVER. THE REAL TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS IN CERTAIN PARTS OF THE WORLD -- AND I WOULD URGE HIM TO VISIT SOME OF THEM -- THERE ARE EXAMPLES OF THINGS OTHER THAN BRICK FOR THE CONSTRUCTION. I HAVE NO QUARL WITH THE BRICK INDUSTRY. I JUST -- QUARREL WITH THE BRICK INDUSTRY. I JUST URGE THAT THEY DO EVERYTHING THEY CAN NOT TO POLLUTE THE ENVIRONMENT. I WATCHED MEMBERS IN THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY WORK RELENTLESSLY FOR SPECIAL INTERESTS GROUPS INSTEAD OF WORKING FOR ALL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I WATCHED MEMBERS OF THE REPUBLICAN PUT THE WISH LIST OF POWERFUL CORPORATE GUN LOBBY AHEAD OF THE SAFETY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND ON MONDAY, WE ALL WATCHED A SELF-IMPOSED REPUBLICAN DEADLINE SLIP BY TO THE DETRIMENT OF THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE IN OUR COUNTRY THAT WE HAVE IDENTIFIED AS DREAMERS. YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAVE KNOWN NO OTHER COUNTRY AS HOME THAN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. EVERY DAY OF INACTION ON THE PART OF MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE MEANS ANOTHER DAY THAT FAMILIES ARE NEEDLESSLY AND CRUELLY MADE TO LIVE UNDER THE THREAT OF BEING TORN. I HAD MY COLLEAGUE, LOIS FRANKEL AND I WERE AT A MEN'S CLUB BEFORE A COUPLE HUNDRED OF MEN IN BOYNTON BEACH. AND THE QUESTION WAS PUT TO BOTH OF US, WHY DO WE SUPPORT ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS IN THIS COUNTRY. WE TRIED TO MAKE THE DISTINCTION FOR HIM WITH REFERENCE TO DREAMERS AND THE FACT THAT ALL OF THESE ARE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE BROUGHT HERE AGAINST THEIR VOLITION BY THEIR PARENTS. AND SO IT IS THE DREAMERS THAT WE ARE SUPPORTING, AND I THINK HE FINALLY UNDERSTOOD THE IMPORTANCE OF US DOING COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM IN THIS COUNTRY. DEMOCRATS HAVE OFFERED TO BRING THE DREAM ACT TO THE FLOOR NOW 24 TIMES. WE ARE GOING TO GIVE THEM ONE MORE CHANCE. WE HAVE DONE IT 23. AND EVERY SINGLE TIME THIS EFFORT HAS BEEN BLOCKED BY THE MAJORITY. AND TO ADDRESS MY FRIEND WHO CORRECTLY CITED THAT WE WERE BRINGING THIS UP, IT'S NOT SO MUCH TO CHANGE THE TOPIC OF THE DAY. WE DON'T HAVE THAT PREROGATIVE. BUT WE DO HAVE EMBEDDED IN THIS RULE THE PREROGATIVE TO BRING A PREVIOUS QUESTION AND THAT CAN BE ON ANY SUBJECT THAT WE CHOOSE , AND WHAT WE CHOOSE TO DO IS PRIORITIZE THINGS THAT WE CONSIDER TO BE IMPORTANT. I WOULD NOT HAVE BLOCKED THIS PARTICULAR MEASURE. BUT THE FACT IS ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. THE PRESIDENT SAYS HE WANTS TO FIX THIS PROBLEM. THE SPEAKER SAYS HE WANTS TO FIX THIS PROBLEM. WE ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE CLEARLY WANT TO FIX THIS PROBLEM, SO LET'S DO IT NOW. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE A NO VOTE ON THE RULE, ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION AND THE UNDERLYING BILLS, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                        • 01:08:18 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                        • 01:08:23 PM

                          MS. CHENEY

                          COMMITTEE WITH ALL MY COLLEAGUES ON THE COMMITTEE. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT…

                          COMMITTEE WITH ALL MY COLLEAGUES ON THE COMMITTEE. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I'M OFTEN ASKED, BECAUSE I'M A NEW MEMBER OF THIS BODY, WHAT SURPRISED ME MOST ABOUT BEING A MEMBER OF CONGRESS AND MY ANSWER IS OFTEN THAT, YOU KNOW, YOU SEE ON THE OUTSIDE WHAT LOOKS LIKE A LOT OF VITRIOL BETWEEN THE PARTIES. BUT THAT IN ACTUALITY I BELIEVE THAT EVERY MEMBER OF THIS BODY IS HERE FOR THE RIGHT REASONS. THEY'RE HERE BECAUSE THEY WANT TO SERVE THE PEOPLE OF THEIR DISTRICTS, THE PEOPLE OF THEIR STATES, THE PEOPLE OF THIS NATION. AND I THINK IT'S CRUCIALLY IMPORTANT, MR. SPEAKER, PARTICULARLY WHEN WE'RE TALKING ABOUT SOMETHING AS SACRED AS THE SAFETY OF OUR CHILDREN, THAT WE NOT ENGAGE IN THE KIND OF PARTISAN ATTACKS THAT WE NOT EXPLOIT TRAGEDY, THAT WE NOT ENGAGE IN THE KIND OF QUESTIONING OF MOTIVES THAT I JUST HEARD MY COLLEAGUE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE DO. I KNOW MY COLLEAGUE, MR. HASTINGS, KNOWS THAT WE MAY HAVE DISAGREEMENTS BUT THE REASON THAT I AS A MOTHER FEEL SO STRONGLY ABOUT THE SECOND AMENDMENT IS BECAUSE I WANT TO KEEP OUR KIDS SAFE. I KNOW HE KNOWS THAT MY BELIEFS ABOUT THE SECOND AMENDMENT, THOUGH THEY'RE DIFFERENT FROM HIS, ARE NOT BASED UPON ANY CAMPAIGN DONATIONS, ANY CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS. I KNOW HE KNOWS THAT THEY'RE BASED VERY FIRMLY ON A FUNDAMENTAL COMMITMENT TO THE IMPORTANCE OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT AS PART OF WHAT MAKES THIS NATION SAFE, AS PART OF WHAT MAKES OUR INDIVIDUALS SECURE, HOW IMPORTANT IT IS FOR US TO NOT TO USE THIS TRAGEDY TO TAKE STEPS THAT MAY MAKE PEOPLE FEEL BETTER THAT FUNDAMENTALLY VIOLATE OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS AND THAT WON'T KEEP OUR KIDS SAFE. YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU GO DOWN THE PATH THAT WE'VE HEARD SO MANY ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE SUGGEST WE GO DOWN, WHETHER THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT BANNING ENTIRE CLASSES OF WEAPONS, WHETHER THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT EXPANDING BACKGROUND CHECKS SO THEY'RE SOMEHOW UNIVERSAL -- YOU KNOW, OUR BACKGROUND CHECK SYSTEM RIGHT NOW IS BROKEN. IT DOESN'T WORK. WE HAVE A SITUATION IN WHICH STATES ARE NOT REPORTING THE WAY THAT THEY OUGHT TO REPORT. AND SO WHEN I HEAR MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE SUGGEST, WELL, WHAT WE OUGHT TO DO, FRANKLY, IS EXPAND A SYSTEM THAT'S FAILING AND CALL THAT PROGRESS, I CAN'T HELP BUT THINK THAT'S PRETTY MUCH THEIR STANDARD OPERATING ANOTHER NO MATTER WHAT THE POLICY IS. LET'S EXPAND THE BROKEN SYSTEM. LET'S IGNORE WHETHER OR NOT IT'S WORKING AND LET'S CALL IT PROGRESS. MR. SPEAKER, I WILL NOT BE A PARTY TO THAT. MR. SPEAKER, I WILL NOT BE A PARTY IN THE SITUATION WHICH WE HAD TRAGEDY AFTER TRAGEDY, A SITUATION WHICH IN THIS MOST RECENT TRAGEDY LAW ENFORCEMENT FUNDAMENTALLY AT ALL LEVELS FAILED OUR CHILDREN. WHEN YOU HAVE INDIVIDUALS INSIDE OF A SCHOOL WHO WERE KILLED BECAUSE ARMED OFFICERS OUTSIDE THE SCHOOL FAILED TO ENTER, WHEN YOU HAVE CHILDREN WHO WERE KILLED BECAUSE CALL AFTER CALL AFTER CALL TO THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, TO THE LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS WENT UNHEEDED BECAUSE SPECIFIC TIPS ABOUT THIS PARTICULAR INDIVIDUAL WENT UNHEEDED, THAT'S NOT A TIME FOR US, MR. SPEAKER, TO SAY WHAT WE SHOULD DO IS PREVENT LAW-ABIDING AMERICANS FROM HAVING ACCESS TO THE FIREARMS THEY HE NEED TO DEFEND AND PROTECT THEMSELVES. I THINK, MR. SPEAKER, IF YOU LOOK AT WHAT THOSE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE ARE ATTEMPTING TO DO WITH RESPECT TO GUNS AND THE DEBATE ABOUT SCHOOL SAFETY, IT'S CRITICALLY IMPORTANT FOR ALL OF US TO STAND UP AND SAY, NO, WE WILL NOT GO DOWN A PATH THAT'S GOING TO VIOLATE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS, THAT WILL NOT KEEP OUR CHILDREN SAFE, AND FIND SOME KIND OF FALSE COMFORT IN THAT. AND WHEN YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT THE BILLS THAT ARE BEFORE US TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE IN A SIMILAR SITUATION. WE HAVE HAD EIGHT YEARS IN THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WHERE THEY IMPOSED REGULATION AFTER REGULATION AFTER REGULATION IN THE NAME OF SOMEHOW PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT. AND MR. SPEAKER, THE PRESIDENT -- PRESIDENT OBAMA'S OWN E.P.A. ADMINISTRATOR TESTIFIED IN FRONT OF CONGRESS THAT THE CLEAN POWER PLAN WOULD IN FACT BE NOT HAVE ANY SORT OF POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT, ON GLOBAL TEMPERATURES. YET, THEY IMPOSE IT ANYWAY. IMPOSING MASSIVE COSTS IN OUR INDUSTRY IN THE NAME, I SUPPOSE, TRYING TO FEEL BETTER, TRY TO FEEL LIKE THEY'RE DOING SOMETHING BUT WHAT THEY'RE REALLY DOING IS ACTUALLY PUTTING OURSELVES IN A SITUATION WHERE WE'RE HARMING SMALL BUSINESSES, WHERE WE'RE STRANGLING THEM, PREVENTING THEIR ABILITY TO GROW AND TO THRIVE AND WE KNOW WE CAN DO THAT, MR. SPEAKER, IN A WAY THAT ALSO PROTECTS OUR ENVIRONMENT. SO MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES, MR. ROTHFUS AND MR. JOHNSON, FOR THEIR WORK ON THESE VERY IMPORTANT BILLS. IN WYOMING, MR. SPEAKER, WE KNOW THAT OUR COAL AND OUR FOSSIL FUELS ARE NATIONAL TREASURES. THEY ARE ABSOLUTELY CRUCIAL TO PROVIDING THE POWER THAT RUNS THIS NATION. I AM PROUD OF ALL THAT WE IN THIS BODY AND PRESIDENT TRUMP TOGETHER HAVE DONE TO ROLL BACK DANGEROUS AND ILL-ADVISED OBAMA-ERA REGULATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN AIMED AT KILLING OUR FOSSIL FUEL INDUSTRY. WE CAN NO LONGER GO DOWN THE PATH OF ALLOWING THESE REGULATIONS TO EXIST IN A WAY THAT DEVASTATES INDUSTRY, PUTS THE FUNDAMENTAL RELIABILITY OF OUR ELECTRICITY, OF OUR ENERGY GRID AT RISK AND ACHIEVES NO MEASURABLE IMPACT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT. IT'S LONG PAST TIME FOR THAT INDEFENSIBLE APPROACH TO END. THAT IS WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE TODAY. THESE ARE GOOD BILLS. THEY'RE IMPORTANT BILLS. THEY WILL TAKE THIS NEXT STEP IN ROLLING BACK THE KIND OF OVERWHELMING REGULATION THAT WE'VE SEEN, MR. SPEAKER. THEREFORE, I URGE THE ADOPTION OF BOTH THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILLS. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND I MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION.

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                        • 01:14:21 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON…

                          THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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                        • 01:14:29 PM

                          MR. HASTINGS

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

                        • 01:14:31 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. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL REDUCE TO FIVE MINUTES THE MINIMUM TIME OF -- FOR ANY ELECTRONIC VOTE ON THE QUESTION OF ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                        • 01:40:21 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 229. THE NAYS ARE 183. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS…

                          ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 229. THE NAYS ARE 183. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. ALL THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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                        • 01:40:35 PM

                          MR. HASTINGS

                          I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

                        • 01:40:37 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                          A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS 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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                        • 01:47:47 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          VET, THE AYES ARE 227, THE NAYS ARE 185. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED.…

                          VET, THE AYES ARE 227, THE NAYS ARE 185. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. 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 CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. MEMBERS, PLEASE TAKE CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. WOULD MEMBERINGS IN THE REAR OF THE CHAMBER TO MY RIGHT PLEASE CEASE CONVERSATIONS. WOULD THE GENTLELADY FROM CONNECTICUT -- MEMBERS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE AISLE PLEASE REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR. MEMBERS IN THE REAR OF THE CHAMBER, PLEASE CEASE CONVERSATIONS. HOUSE WILL NOT PROCEED UNTIL WE HAVE ORDER. WOULD THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA PLEASE CEASE CONVERSATION ON THE FLOOR. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                        • 01:51:34 PM

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                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 762, I CALL UP THE…

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 762, I CALL UP THE BILL H.R. 1917 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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                        • 01:51:44 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                        • 01:51:48 PM

                          THE CLERK

                          UNION CALENDAR 379, H R. 1917 A BILL TO ALLOW FOR JUDICIAL REVIEW FOR ANY…

                          UNION CALENDAR 379, H R. 1917 A BILL TO ALLOW FOR JUDICIAL REVIEW FOR ANY REGULATION FOR HAZARDOUS POLLUTANTS FOR CLAY KER AMIC BEFORE REQUIRING COMPLIANCE WITH SUCH RULE.

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                        • 01:52:06 PM

                          ORE PURSUANT

                          PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 76 , AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A…

                          PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 76 , AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 115-62 IS ADOPTED AND THE BILL AS AMENDED IS CONSIDERED READ. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. SHIMKUS, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. TONKO, EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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                        • 01:52:27 PM

                          MR. SHIMKUS

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

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INSERT EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.R. 1917.

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                        • 01:52:36 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                        • 01:52:38 PM

                          MR. SHIMKUS

                          I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

                        • 01:52:42 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                        • 01:52:44 PM

                          MR. SHIMKUS

                          TODAY WE HAVE A CHANCE TO HELP HUNDREDS OF SMALL BUSINESS MANUFACTURERS,…

                          TODAY WE HAVE A CHANCE TO HELP HUNDREDS OF SMALL BUSINESS MANUFACTURERS, AS WELL AS THOUSANDS OF EMPLOYEE, WHILE ALSO LOWERING PRICES FOR CONSUMERS. I THANK THE BIPARTISAN CO-SPONSORS OF H.R. 1917, THE BLOCKING REGULATORY INTERFERENCE FROM CLOSING KILNS, THE BRICK, ACT AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS COMMONSENSE BILL. AMERICAN BRICKMAKERS PRODUCE THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF OUR NATION. THEY ARE PRIMARILY SMALL BUSINESSES AND THEY ARE OFTEN THE MOST IMPORTANT EMPLOYER IN SMALL COMMUNITIES ACROSS AMERICA WHERE MANY ARE LOCATED. LIKE AN OLD BRICK HOUSE THIS INDUSTRY HAS HAD TO WEATHER A LOT, INCLUDING A LONG ECONOMIC DOWNTURN THAT WE HAVE FINALLY COME OUT OF. ONE THAT SUPPRESS NUD CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY AND THUS BRICK SALES FOR MANY YEARS. THEY EVEN WEATHERED THE 2003 E.P.A. REGULATION THAT COST MANY MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO COMPLY THAT REGULATION WAS LATER THROWN OUT BY THE FEDERAL COURT BUT THE JUDICIAL RELIEF CAME TOO LATE AS THE INDUSTRY HAD ALREADY SPENT CONSIDERABLE SUMS TO MEET E.P.A.'S TIGHT DEADLINES. WE DON'T WANT TO SEE A REPEAT OF THAT UNFAIR RESULT, BUT ONCE AGAIN E.P.A. IMPOSED ANOTHER REGULATION WITH DIFFICULT DEADLINES THAT WILL LIKELY TAKE EFFECT BEFORE JUDICIAL REVIEW IS COMPLETE. BRICKMAKERS HAVE TESTIFIED BEFORE THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE THAT THIS REGULATION MAY RESULT IN LAYOFFS AND EVEN PLANT CLOSURES. H.R. 1917 WOULD SIMPLY EXTEND THE COMPLIANCE DEADLINE UNTIL AFTER JUDICIAL REVIEW IS FINAL. THIS INDUSTRY HAS ALREADY REDUCED ITS EMISSIONS BY UP TO 95%, ACCORDING TO A STUDY FROM THE U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. IT SHOULD NOT BE FORCED TO COMPLY WITH ANOTHER NEW REGULATION THAT MAY NOT WITHSTAND JUDICIAL SCRUTINY. WE OWE IT TO THESE BRICKMAKER, THEIR EMPLOYEE, AND CONSUMERS OF BUILDING MATERIALS TO ALLOW MEANINGFUL JUDICIAL REVIEW. I MIGHT ADD THAT A SENATE BILL HAS BEEN RECENTLY INTRODUCED THAT ALSO PROVIDES REGULATORY FOR BRICKMAKERS BUT IT TAKES A DIFFERENT APPROACH TO OUR VERSION. I PLEDGE TO WORK WITH THE SENATE TO PROVIDE TIMELY RELIEF TO THIS IMPORTANT INDUSTRY. THE BILL ALSO DEALS WITH WOOD HEATERS AS WITH BRICK THE WOOD HEATERS INDUSTRY IS DOMINATED BY SMALL BUSINESS MANUFACTURERS THAT ARE THE ECONOMIC ANCHORS OF RURAL COMMUNITIES. AND MANY WOOD HEATER BUYERS ARE LOW-INCOME HOUSEHOLDS THAT REQUIRE THEM TO GET THROUGH THE WEEKEND. THE E.P.A. SET A TWO-STEP WOOD HEATER RULE. THE FIRST STEP TOOK EFFECT IN 2016, THE MORE STRINGENT SECOND STEP WILL TAKE EFFECT IN 2020 BUT IS CAUSING A GREAT DEAL OF DIFFICULTY. ONLY A SMALL FRACTION OF THE WOOD HEATING MODELS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE CAN MEET THE 2020 STANDARDS AND TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO DESIGN AND CERTIFY ANY ADDITIONAL MODELS. ONE WOOD HEATER MANUFACTURER TESTIFIED BEFORE THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE THAT HE'S ALREADY HAD TO CUT STAFF AS A RESULT OF THE 2020 DEADLINE AND OTHERS FEEL ADDITIONAL JOB LOSSES IF THE 2020 STANDARD IS RETAINED. BUT THIS IS NOT JUST A JOBS ISSUE. USERS OF WOOD HEATERS FACE BOTH REDUCED PRODUCT CHOICE AND HIGHER PRICES FOR NEW MODELS. MANY WOULD HAVE TO FOREGO BUYING A NEW WOOD HEATER AND CONTINUE USING OLDER AND DIRTIER ONES, WHICH UNDERCUTS CLAIMS THAT THE CURRENT DEADLINE WILL IMPROVE AIR QUALITY. THE PROVISIONS IN THE BILL RETAIN THE 2015 STANDARDS BUT EXTEND THE 2020 DEADLINE BY THREE YEARS TO 2023. THIS IS A REASONABLE FIX THAT WOULD AVOID UNNECESSARY ECONOMIC DAMAGE WHILE STILL PRIORITIZING ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION. IN CONCLUSION, THE BRICK INDUSTRY, THE WOOD HEATER INDUSTRY, MAY BOTH BE SMALL BUT THEY ARE FAR FROM SMALL TO THOSE WHO OWE THEIR JOBS TO THEM AND THOSE WHO RELY ON THEIR PRODUCTS. I URGE MY -- I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO PROVIDE TARGET RED LEAF TO THESE TWO INDUSTRIES BY SUPPORTING H.R. 1917 AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                        • 01:56:45 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THIS EGENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

                        • 01:56:48 PM

                          MR. TONKO

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

                        • 01:56:52 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                        • 01:56:54 PM

                          MR. TONKO

                          I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 1917, THE BLOCKING REGULATORY INTERFERENCE…

                          I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 1917, THE BLOCKING REGULATORY INTERFERENCE FROM CLOSING KILNS OR BRICK ACT. E.P.A. ISSUED THE BRICK AND CLAY RULE IN 2015 WHICH SETS MAXIMUM ACHIEVEABLE CONTROL TECHNOLOGY BASED ON WHAT IS ALREADY BEING ACHIEVED AT SIMILAR FACILITIES. SECTION 206 THE BRICK ACT SEEKS TO DELAY COMPLIANCE WITH THE BRICK AND CLAY MACT UNTIL JUDGMENT BECOMES FINAL AND NO LONGER SUBJECT TO FURTHER APPEAL OR REVIEW. THIS WOULD INCENTIVIZE FRIVOLOUS LITIGATION SIMPLY TO PUT OFF HAVING TO COMPLY WITH THE RULE. COURTS ALREADY HAVE THE ABILITY TO ISSUE A STAY OF ANY COMPLIANCE DATES IN A FINAL RULE. CONGRESS SHOULD NOT INSERT ITSELF INTO THE JUDICIAL PROCESS. THE COURTS HAVE REGULARLY USED THIS PROCESS. THERE'S NO REASON FOR CONGRESS TO OVERRIDE IT. TO DATE NEW YORK ONE HAS PETITIONED THE COURT TO STAY THE BRICK AND CLAY MACT RULE. SECTION 3 OF H.R. 1917 INCORPORATES ANOTHER BILL REPORTED OUT OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, H.R. 453, THE RELIEF FROM THE NEW SOURCE PERFORMANCE STANDARDS ACT. THIS SECTION, MR. SPEAKER, DELAYS IMPLEMENTATION OF E.P.A.'S STEP TWO EMISSIONS STANDARDS FOR THREE CATEGORIES OF WOOD FUELED HEATERS. E.P.A. FINALIZED THE RULE IN 2015. UNDER THE RULE, MORES -- MANUFACTURERS HAVE UNTIL 2020 TO COMPLY WITH THE NEW STANDARDS THIS BILL WOULD DELAY THE STANDARDS UNTIL 2023. MUCH LIKE THE BRICK MACT, THESE STANDARDS ARE ACHIEVEABLE. IN A RECENT LIST OF DEVICES CERTIFIED UNDER THE 2015 STANDARD, 171 DEVICES REPORT CERTIFIED EMISSION LEVELS THAT ALREADY MEET THE 2020 STANDARDS. THESE 2020 COMPLIANT PRODUCTS ARE BOTH CLEANER AND MORE EFFICIENT. GENERATE MANAGER HEAT PER UNIT OF WOOD BURNED AND MAKING THEM LESS EXPENSIVE TO OPERATE. BY DELAYING THESE STANDARDS, CONGRESS IS UNFAIRLY PUNISHING COMPANIES THAT MADE INVESTMENTS TO PRODUCE CLEANER, MORE EFFICIENT PRODUCTS BY THE ORIGINAL DEADLINE. SINCE THESE APPLIANCES TYPICALLY LAST FOR 25 YEARS OR MORE, ONCE INSTALLED, DELAYING THIS STANDARD WILL RESULT IN DECADES OF ADDITIONAL POLLUTION IN AND AROUND PEOPLE'S HOMES. THE ORIGINAL BILL, H.R. 453, WAS OPPOSED BY STATE ATTORNEYS GENERAL OF NEW YORK, MARYLAND, MASSACHUSETTS, OREGON, RHODE ISLAND, AND THE PUGET SOUND CLEAN AIR AGENCY. IN A LETTER FROM DECEMBER 12, THESE OFFICIALS POINTED OUT THAT E.P.A. ESTIMATED THE NET BENEFITS OF IMPLEMENTING THE RULE AT MORE THAN 100 TIMES THE COST. WOOD SMOKE CONTAINS CONSIDERABLE AMOUNTS OF FINE PARTLE POLLUTION, CARBON MONOXIDE AND OTHER TOXIC POLLUTANTS. IN MY HOME STATE OF NEW YORK, LESS THAN 2% OF RESIDENTS HEAT THEIR HOME WITH WOODS BUT RESIDENTIAL WOOD HEATING ACCOUNTS FOR 41% OF EMISSIONS. THERE IS SIGNIFICANT HUMAN EXPOSURE WHICH IS WHY THIS BILL IS OPPOSED BY A NUMBER OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND MEDICAL ORGANIZATIONS. THE BRICK ACT GIVES SPECIAL TREATMENT TO A COUPLE OF INDUSTRIES BY SHIFTING THE HEALTH AND FINANCIAL BURDENS OF POLLUTION ONTO THE PUBLIC. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS BILL, MR. SPEAKER, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                        • 02:00:18 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                        • 02:00:23 PM

                          MR. SHIMKUS

                          I YIELD SUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE.

                        • 02:00:27 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED. .

                        • 02:00:33 PM

                          MRS. BLACKBURN

                          I'D LIKE TO THANK MR. SHIMKUS. I'D LIKE TO THANK MR. JOHNSON WHO HAS…

                          I'D LIKE TO THANK MR. SHIMKUS. I'D LIKE TO THANK MR. JOHNSON WHO HAS BROUGHT THIS LEGISLATION FORWARD WHO WORKED WITH INDIVIDUALS, WITH COMPANIES IN HIS DISTRICT TO ADDRESS THEIR CONCERNS ON THIS. NOW, WHAT BRINGS US HERE TODAY IS THE FACT THAT ONCE BEFORE THE BRICK INDUSTRY FACED AN E.P.A. RULE THAT WENT ON THE BOOKS, HASN'T GONE THROUGH JUDICIAL REVIEW. THIS HAPPENED IN 2003, AND OVER A PERIOD OF FIVE YEARS THEY BEGAN RAMPING UP TO MAKE THESE CHANGES. AND THIS IS EXPENSIVE BECAUSE MOST OF THE BRICK MANUFACTURERS IN OUR COUNTRY ARE SMALL BUSINESSES. THEY HAVE TWO KILNS, AND THEY ARE WORKING VERY, VERY HARD TO KEEP THE JOBS AND KEEP PEOPLE EMPLOYED. AND WHEN THEY LOOK AT HAVING TO CHANGE TO THIS NEW EQUIPMENT, THE INVESTMENT IS GOING TO BE $3 MILLION, $4 MILLION, $5 MILLION, DEPENDING ON THE SIZE OF THEIR BUSINESS. NOW, PREVIOUSLY A RULE WENT THROUGH THE PROCESS OF JUDICIAL REVIEW AND THEN IT WAS WITHDRAWN. WHAT THIS LEGISLATION DOES IS TO SAY, LOOK, LET'S FINISH THIS ENTIRE PROCESS BEFORE WE MOVE THAT EXPENSE TO THE INDUSTRY BECAUSE WHEN YOU PUT IT TO THE INDUSTRY AND THEY ARE INCURRING THIS COST THAT COULD END UP BEING AN UNNECESSARY COST, WHAT HAPPENS? BRICK COSTS MORE, BUILDING MATERIALS COST MORE. WHO ENDS UP PAYING FOR THAT? CONSUMERS, PURCHASERS, INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE BUYING HOMES, INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE REBUILDING HOMES, INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE BUILDING COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS. SO WHAT WE'RE SAYING IS, LET'S EXERCISE SOME WISDOM, LET'S EXERCISE A LITTLE BIT OF EXPERIENCE THAT COMES FROM HAVING BEEN HERE BEFORE, AND LET'S DELAY UNTIL THIS ENTIRE PROCESS IS FINISHED. AND AS WE'VE TALKED ABOUT BRICKS, WE'RE ALSO ADDRESSING THE WOOD HERETO INDUSTRY WHICH IS A PRIMARY -- HEATER INDUSTRY WHICH IS A PRIMARY SOURCE OF HEAT FOR MANY OF OUR HOMES AND SAYING LET'S BE MINDFUL, LET'S BE CAREFUL. LET'S PUT CONSUMERS AND TAXPAYERS IN FRONT OF THE BUREAUCRATS WHO ARE LOOKING TO IMPLEMENT THESE RULES AND REGULATIONS, AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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                          MR. TONKO

                          MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA AS MUCH TIME AS HE…

                          MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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                          I THANK MY FRIEND, THE RANKING MEMBER, AND I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS…

                          I THANK MY FRIEND, THE RANKING MEMBER, AND I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS WORK ON THIS BUT I AM GOING TO RISE IN OPPOSITION OF 1917, H.R. 1917, THE BRICK ACT.

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                          MR. MCNERNEY

                          IT WOULD DELAY THE AGREEMENTATION OF THE CLAY PRODUCTS RULE AND THE FINAL…

                          IT WOULD DELAY THE AGREEMENTATION OF THE CLAY PRODUCTS RULE AND THE FINAL CLAY, CERAMICS MANUFACTURING RULE BY EXTENDING ALL COMPLIANCE DEADLINES BASED ON PENDING JUDICIAL REVIEW. SO WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? THAT MEANS IT WILL DELAY AGREEMENTATION UNTIL JUDGMENT BECOMES FINAL AND NO -- NOT SUBJECT TO FURTHER REVIEW OR APPEAL. THIS IS A BLANKET EXTENSION THAT COULD HAVE LASTING NEGATIVE IMPACTS ON THE PUBLIC'S HEALTH. BRICK AND CLAY, IF UNREGULATED, CAN BE MAJOR SOURCES OF TOXIC AIR POLLUTANTS LIKE HYDROGEN FLUORIDE, HYDROGEN CHLORIDE AND HAZARDOUS METALS, THAT HAS A VARIETY OF ACUTE AND CHRONIC HEALTH EFFECTS INCLUDING CANCER. IT'S ESTIMATED THAT THE FINAL BRICK AND CLAY MACK RULE WILL REDO NATIONWIDE AIR TOXICS BY APPROXIMATELY 375 -- 375 TONS PER YEAR. LAST FRIDAY, THE O.M.B. ISSUED A REPORT SHOWING THAT REGULATIONS HAVE HIGH BENEFIT AND LOW COST. THE AGGREGATE BENEFITS OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS IS BETWEEN $219 BILLION TO $695 BILLION WHEREAS THE AGGREGATE COSTS ARE $59 BILLION TO $88 BILLION. MANY REGULATIONS SPUR INNOVATION THAT BENEFIT THE ECONOMY AS WELL AS HUMAN HEALTH. NOW, IT'S NO SURPRISE TO ME THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION AND REPUBLICANS ARE TARGETING AIR POLLUTION REGULATIONS. THE O.M.B. NOTED THAT E.P.A. RULES ACCOUNT FOR OVER 80% OF THE BENEFITS AND OVER 70% OF THE MONETIZED COSTS OF FEDERAL REGULATION DURING 2006 AND 2016. SINCE REGULATIONS PROTECT HUMAN HEALTH AND SAFETY AND HAVE MORE BENEFITS THAN COSTS FOR INDUSTRY, I STAND IN OPPOSITION TO BILLS LIKE THIS ONE THAT SEEK TO UNDERMINE THESE PROTECTIONS. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON H.R. 1917 AND YIELD BACK TO MY RANKING MEMBER.

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

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                          MR. SHIMKUS

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. BEFORE I YIELD TO THE NEXT INDIVIDUAL, I JUST WANT…

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. BEFORE I YIELD TO THE NEXT INDIVIDUAL, I JUST WANT TO SAY IT IS NOT A LOW COST TO THE INDIVIDUAL AND THESE COMMUNITIES WHO LOSE THEIR JOBS AND TO THE COMMUNITIES WHO LOSE A TAX BASE WHEN THESE SMALL BUSINESSES -- WHEN THESE SMALL BUSINESSES FOLD UP AND GO AWAY IN SMALL TOWNS. WITH THAT I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO A PERSON WHO ALSO REPRESENTS BIG PARTS OF RURAL AMERICA IN THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, CONGRESSMAN HARPER, FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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                          MR. HARPER

                          I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS COMMONSENSE BILL, H.R. 1917, THE…

                          I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS COMMONSENSE BILL, H.R. 1917, THE BLOCKING REGULATORY INTERFERENCE FROM CLOSING KILNS ACT, H.R. 1917, KNOWN AS THE BRICK ACT, WHICH INCLUDES PROVISIONS WHICH WILL PROVIDE A COMPROMISED APPROACH THAT WILL DELAY MANUFACTURERS OF WOOD HEATERS. WOOD HEATERS ARE FREQUENTLY USED BY HOUSEHOLDS IN RURAL AMERICA. E.P.A.'S RUSH TO 2020 DEADLINE WOULD RAISE THE PRICE OF A NEW WOOD HEATER ON THOSE LEAST ABLE TO AFFORD IT. IT WOULD ALSO RESTRICT CONSUMER CHOICE. AS MANY CURRENTLY AVAILABLE MODEL MAY NOT BE ABLE TO MEET THE 2020 DEADLINE. H.R. 1917 WILL NOT REMOVE ANY REGULATIONS. IT WOULD SIMPLY EXTEND THE DEADLINE TO 2023. FRANK MOORE OF HARDY MANUFACTURING, LOCATED IN MY DISTRICT, TESTIFIED BEFORE THE ENVIRONMENT SUBCOMMITTEE IN SEPTEMBER THAT HE AND OTHER MANUFACTURERS ARE WORKING TO MEET THE 2020 STEP 2 STANDARDS BUT THAT A LACK OF TECHNOLOGY IS MAKING COMPLIANCE NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE. IN THAT HEARING, MR. MOORE SAID, WE PROVIDE JOBS FOR ABOUT 50 PEOPLE WITH PAYROLLS EXCEEDING $2 MILLION AND THAT EVEN IF A PRODUCT CAN MEET THE STEP 2 REQUIREMENTS, I BELIEVE IT WILL NOT BE CONSUMER-FRIENDLY, DURABLE, OR AFFORDABLE. AGAIN, EXTENSION OF THIS EFFECTIVE DATE DOESN'T REMOVE ANY REGULATIONS. EXTENSIONS PROVIDES MORE TIME FOR MANUFACTURERS TO COME INTO COMPLIANCE WITH MUCH STRICTER REQUIREMENTS. IT'S BEST FOR THE CONSUMERS. IT'S BEST FOR THE BUSINESSES, AND IT WILL NOT UNDO THE REGULATIONES THAT ARE REQUESTED, AND I HOPE THAT MEMBERS WILL AGREE THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION IS A COMPROMISED SOLUTION THAT HELPS SMALL BUSINESSES AND OUR CONSTITUENTS. I ENCOURAGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT H.R. 1917, AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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                          MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA FOR AS MUCH TIME…

                          MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I THANK MY RANKING MEMBER. MR. SPEAKER, EVERY…

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I THANK MY RANKING MEMBER. MR. SPEAKER, EVERY AMERICAN, IN FACT, EVERY HUMAN BEING HAS THE RIGHT TO BREATHE CLEAN AIR.

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                          MR. BROWN

                          IT'S A CONCRETE PUBLIC HEALTH DISASTER. ONE THAT WILL CAUSE NEEDLESS…

                          IT'S A CONCRETE PUBLIC HEALTH DISASTER. ONE THAT WILL CAUSE NEEDLESS SUFFERING, ESPECIALLY FOR OUR MOST VULNERABLE FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS. THE REGULATIONS THIS BILL SEEKS TO IMPEDE ARE LONG OVERDUE. THE EARLIEST FORM OF THE BRICK AND CLAY RULES DATE BACK TO 2003. THAT WAS MORE THAN 14 YEARS AGO. AND NOW SOME OF MY FRIENDS IN THE MAJORITY ARE SEEKING EVEN LONGER DELAYS. WE HAVE BEEN PUTTING POLLUTANTS INTO OUR AIR AND WE CAN NEVER UNRING THAT BELL, BUT WE CAN DO BETTER MOVING FORWARD AND WE NEED TO MAKE THOSE IMPROVEMENTS SOONER RATHER THAN LATER. WE ALL KNOW THAT JUSTICE DELAYED IS JUSTICE DENIED.

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                          MR. MCEACHIN

                          JUSTICE HAS BEEN DELAYED BY MORE THAN DECADE. WE CAN MEASURE THAT COST.…

                          JUSTICE HAS BEEN DELAYED BY MORE THAN DECADE. WE CAN MEASURE THAT COST. THE BRING AND CLAY RULE IN ITS CURRENT FORM WILL REMOVE THE AMOUNT OF TOXINS IN OUR AIR BY HUNDREDS OF TONS PER YEAR. IF WE DELAY THE RULE ANOTHER YEAR OR TWO YEARS OR LONGER, ALL OF OUR FAMILIES, ALL OF OUR CONSTITUENTS WILL BE BREATHING MORE DIRTIER, DANGEROUS AIRS. THIS BILL IS A DIRECT ATTACK ON OUR RIGHT TO LIVE IN A CLEAN AND HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT. I STRONGLY URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AGAINST THIS MISGUIDED BILL AND I YIELD BACK.

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                          MR. SHIMKUS

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW RISE TO A DEMOCRAT, COLLIN PETERSON FROM THE…

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW RISE TO A DEMOCRAT, COLLIN PETERSON FROM THE GREAT STATE OF MINNESOTA FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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                          MR. PETERSON

                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE BRICK ACT, PARTICULARLY SECRETARY 3…

                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE BRICK ACT, PARTICULARLY SECRETARY 3 WHICH BRINGS MUCH-NEEDED REGULATE RELIEF TO WOOD MANUFACTURERS THAT IN MY DISTRICT AND ALSO ACROSS THE NATION. SECTION 3 DELAYS THE SECOND PHASE OF FEDERAL EMISSIONS FOR WOOD HEATERS BY THREE YEARS. IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE SINCE 2007, MANUFACTURERS HAVE VOLUNTARILY INVESTED IN TECHNOLOGY TO REDUCE THE ADMISSIONS TO COMPLY FOR THE FIRST PHASE OF THE REGULATIONS. I HAD ONE SITUATION IN THE NORTH PART OF MY DISTRICT WHERE THEY SPENT I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS COMING UP WITH THIS 90% REDUCTION, AND SIX MONTHS AFTER THEY ACCOMPLISHED IT THEY CAME IN WITH THESE NEW REGULATIONS TO ANOTHER 90% WHICH CAN'T BE DONE AND IT'S GOING TO PUT THEM OUT OF BUSINESS. SO THESE BUSINESS OWNERS IN MY DISTRICT AND AROUND THE COUNTRY HAVE APPROACHED ME AND SAID, AS I SAID, THEY'LL GO OUT OF BUSINESS IF THE SECOND PHASE IS NOT DELAYED. SOME HAVE ALREADY BECOME -- HAVE BEGUN LAYING PEOPLE OFF IN TOWNS LIKE GREEN BUSH, MINNESOTA, IN MY AREA, AND IN THESE SMALL COMMUNITIES, THESE LAYOFFS ARE DEVASTATING. THESE COMPANIES ALREADY PRODUCE SOME OF THE CLEANEST WOOD HEATERS IN THE NATION. AND THEY'RE TELLING ME THAT THE E.P.A. HAS JUST GONE TOO FAR. SO I WROTE THIS LANGUAGE TO HELP THESE BUSINESSES, THESE WORKERS, THE COMMUNITIES THAT DEPEND ON THE PRODUCTION OF THESE IMPORTANT APPLIANCES AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE BRICK ACT AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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                          MR. TONKO

                          MR. SPEAKER, I'LL CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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                          THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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                          MR. SHIMKUS

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO NOW RECOGNIZE THE AUTHOR OF THE BRICK…

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO NOW RECOGNIZE THE AUTHOR OF THE BRICK ACT, CONGRESSMAN JOHNSON FROM OHIO, FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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                          MR. JOHNSON

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YOU KNOW, THE MAJORITY OF U.S. BRICK AND CERAMIC…

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YOU KNOW, THE MAJORITY OF U.S. BRICK AND CERAMIC PLANTS ARE SMALL. FAMILY-OWNED OPERATIONS OFTEN LOCATED IN RURAL COMMUNITIES THAT DEPEND ON THE PLANT FOR THEIR VERY LIVELIHOOD, FOR THE GOOD-PAYING JOBS. THEY BUILT SOME OF THE MOST RECOGNIZABLE BUILDINGS, CITIES, AND TOWNS IN EXISTENCE ACROSS AMERICA, INCLUDING MANY WITHIN MY DISTRICT IN EASTERN AND SOUTHEASTERN OHIO. UNFORTUNATELY, THESE INDUSTRIES HAVE BORNE THE BRUNT OF AN UNPREDICTABLE REGULATE PROCESS THAT'S NEARLY TWO DECADES IN THE MAKING. IN 2003, THE E.P.A. REQUIRED BRICK MAKERS TO INSTALL EXPENSIVE NEW EQUIPMENT TO COMPLY WITH THE AGENCY'S MAXIMUM ACHIEVABLE CONTROL TECHNOLOGY, OR THEIR MACT RULE. AFTER THEY SPENT MILLIONS TO IMPLEMENT THESE RULES, THE COURT OF APPEALS VACATED THE RULE. OUR BRICK MAKERS FIND THEMSELVES IN A VERY SIMILAR SITUATION TODAY. IN 2015, THE E.P.A. AGAIN FINALIZED A RULE REQUIRING THE INDUSTRY TO ONCE AGAIN INVEST IN SIMILAR CONTROL EQUIPMENT TECHNOLOGIES. ADDITIONALLY, THIS NEW REGULATION USES THE EMISSION REDUCTIONS ACHIEVED UNDER THE VACATED REGULATION AS A BASELINE FOR FURTHER EMISSION REDUCTIONS. IN OTHER WORDS, THE E.P.A., UNDER THE FORMER ADMINISTRATION, CHOSE NOT TO RECOGNIZE THE GREAT STRIDES THIS INDUSTRY ACHIEVED UNDER THE PREVIOUSLY VACATED RULE. THE AGENCY NEGLECTED TO TAKE THIS PAST REGULATE AND COMPLIANCE HISTORY INTO CONSIDERATION. MR. SPEAKER, THAT'S SIMPLY NOT RIGHT. THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY, H.R. 1917, THE BRICK ACT, ENSURES HISTORY DOES NOT REPEAT ITSELF. THIS LEGISLATION SIMPLY ALLOWS FOR THE CONSIDERATION AND COMPLETION OF ANY JUDICIAL REVIEW REGARDING THE 2015 REGULATION BEFORE REQUIRING COMPLIANCE. NOW, SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE SAY THEY'RE WORRIED THIS LEGISLATION SETS A DANGEROUS PRECEDENT. MANY OF THESE SAME COLLEAGUES ARE ALSO QUICK TO RECOGNIZE THE VERY UNIQUE REGULATE SITUATION THIS INDUSTRY FINDS ITSELF IN. THEY EVEN GO SO FAR AS TO SAY THEY ARE SYMPATHETIC TO THE UNIQUE SITUATION. HOWEVER, THEY'RE UNWILLING TO SUPPORT THIS BILL THAT SIMPLY EXTENDS THE COMPLIANCE DEADLINES, WHICH WOULD GIVE THE BRICK AND TILE INDUSTRIES A BIT OF REGULATE CERTAINTY WHILE THE COURTS COMPLETE THEIR WORK. MR. SPEAKER, THAT LOGIC BAFFLES ME. . WE NEED A BIT OF PRAGMATISM AS WE APPROACH THIS SITUATION. IF YOU REALLY WANT TO TALK ABOUT A DANGEROUS PRECEDENT, CONSIDER THIS, THIS NEW REGULATION ALSO CAPS THE ECONOMIC PRODUCTIVITY OF THE CLAY CERAMICS INDUSTRY. WHILE THE FORMER ADMINISTRATION ADMITTED THAT THIS REGULATION WILL NOT REDUCE EMISSIONS ADMITTED BY THE INDUSTRY, IT IT DECIDED TO SET NEW EMISSION STANDARDS THROUGH REGULATIONS ANYWAY. REGULATING AN INDUSTRY FOR NO IMMEDIATE REASON OR ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFIT? THAT'S A DANGEROUS PRECEDENT. BRICK MANUFACTURERS HAVE SUFFERED HEAVY LOSS SINCE THE RECESSION. SHEDDING 45% OF JOBS BETWEEN 2005 AND 2012. AND THESE INCREASED COMPLIANCE COSTS FROM E.P.A. REGULATIONS ARE DRIVING MORE JOB LOSSES AND CONSOLIDATIONS WITHIN THIS PRIMARILY FAMILY-OWNED INDUSTRY. BRICK PLANT OWNER ALREADY STRUGGLE TO OBTAIN FINANCING FOR PLANT MODENDIZATION PROJECTS AND BRICK COMPANIES ESTIMATED THIS RULE WILL COST AS MUCH AS $100 MILLION A YEAR TO COMPLY. MANY ARE WORRIED THE FINANCING NEEDED TO COMPLY WITH THIS MOST RECENT REITERATION OF THIS RULE WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE. CONSIDERING THAT THE REQUIRED CONTROL EQUIPMENT WILL NOT IMPROVE PLANT PRODUCTIVITY, NOR HELP THE BOTTOM LINE. I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION TODAY AND I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH MY SENATE COLLEAGUES TO QUICKLY ADDRESS THIS ISSUE. I KNOW SOME RECENT BIPARTISAN PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE IN THE SENATE BETWEEN SENATOR WICKER AND SENATOR DONNELLY, AND I AM VERY ENCOURAGED BY THAT PROGRESS. I'M HOPEFUL THAT THIS VOTE TODAY WILL HELP PUSH THE SENATE TO ACT AND ACT SOONER THAN LATER. THE COMPLIANCE DEADLINES ARE QUICKLY APPROACHING AND WE NEED A SOLUTION NOW TO THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE. OTHERWISE, MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE IN DANGER OF HAVING TO BUILD BUILDINGS IN AMERICA OUT OF STICKS AND STRAW, OR WORSE YET, OUT OF BRICKS IMPORTED FROM FOREIGN COUNTRIES. WITH THAT, I URGE A YES VOTE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          MR. SPEAKER, NO ONE WANTS TO SHUT DOWN THESE BUSINESS, BUT H.R. 1917 IS…

                          MR. SPEAKER, NO ONE WANTS TO SHUT DOWN THESE BUSINESS, BUT H.R. 1917 IS THE WRONG REMEDY.

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                          MR. TONKO

                          WE UNDERSTAND THE CIRCUMSTANCES AND THOSE CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD BE BROUGHT…

                          WE UNDERSTAND THE CIRCUMSTANCES AND THOSE CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD BE BROUGHT TO THE ATTENTION OF THE COURTS. THE COURT HAS THE POWER TO GRANT A STAY OF THIS RULE. FOR SOME REASON, THE INDUSTRY HAS NOT YET MADE THAT REQUEST. EVEN THOUGH THERE ARE A NUMBER OF PENDING LAWSUITS CHALLENGING THE RULE. IN FACT, INDUSTRY PETITIONED THE COURT TO PUT THEIR LAWSUITS ON HOLD UNTIL E.P.A. DECIDES WHETHER TO GRANT THEIR REQUEST TO RECONSIDER THE RULE. THE PENDING DECISIONS BY THE COURT AND THE E.P.A. INDICATE THERE ARE STILL A NUMBER OF REMEDIES AVAILABLE TO ADDRESS THE INDUSTRY'S CONCERNS, INCLUDING A REQUEST TO THE COURT TO STAY THE RULE. THERE'S NO NEED FOR H.R. 1917. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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                        • 02:18:29 PM

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                          THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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                          MR. SHIMKUS

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE NOW FOR AS MUCH…

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE NOW FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, CONGRESSMAN CARTER.

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                          MR. CARTER

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

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE BLOCKING REGULATORY INTERFERENCE FROM CLOSING KILNS ACT OF 2017. THIS BILL IS VERY SIMPLE, MR. CHAIRMAN. AS IT SIMPLY ALIGNS THE TIMELINE FOR COMPLIANCE WITH JUDICIAL REVIEW OF THESE RULES AND REGULATIONS. AMERICAN BUSINESSES ARE FINDING THEMSELVES FACING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN CLIENT COSTS DUE TO BURDENSOME E.P.A. REGULATIONS. IT'S ESTIMATED THE E.P.A.'S RULES MAY COST THE BRICK AND CERAMICS INDUSTRY MILLIONS ANNUALLY WITH THE COST OF COMPLIANCE FOR THE AVERAGE FACILITY AT OVER $4 MILLION. INDUSTRY WON'T BE ABLE TO MEET THE REQUIREMENT DEADLINES IMPOSED BY THE RULE, WHICH IS CURRENTLY BEING REVIEWED IN OUR COURT SYSTEM. THE E.P.A.'S FIRST ATTEMPT AT A RULE WAS VACATED. BUT NOT BEFORE THE INDUSTRY SPENT MILLIONS IN COMPLIANCE MEASURES THAT WERE ULTIMATELY FOUND TO BE INVALID. SMALL BRICK AND BEFORE THE INDUSTRY CERAMICS BUSINESS VS. BEEN THE HARDEST HIT BY THE FIRST RULE AND IF SOMETHING ISN'T DONE, MANY OF THESE SMALL BUSINESSES WILL BE FORCED TO CLOSE THEIR DOORS FOR GOOD. CERAMICS BUSINESS VS. H.R. 1917 WOULD PROVIDE MUCH NEEDED REGULATORY RELIEF TO BRICK AND CERAMICS BUSINESSES BY SIMPLY STATING THAT WE NEED TO LET THE JUDICIAL REVIEW PROCESS MOVE AHEAD BEFORE WE PENALIZE HARDWORKING PEOPLE. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND TO SUPPORT BUSINESSES ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD BACK.

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                          MR. TONKO

                          MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND READY TO CLOSE.

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                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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                          MR. SHIMKUS

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

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. CHABOT, FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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                          MR. CHABOT

                          THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. APPRECIATE YOU YIELDING,…

                          THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. APPRECIATE YOU YIELDING, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN WALDEN AS WELL FOR HIS HARD WORK IN THIS AREA, AS WELL AS YOURS, MR. SHIMKUS, AND THE ENTIRE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP IN THIS AREA. AS CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE, I CONTINUE TO HEAR FROM SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS ALL ACROSS AMERICA THAT COMPLIANCE WITH REGULATIONS IS ONE OF THE GREATEST CHALLENGES THAT THEY FACE. THIS IS IN ESSENCE WHAT THIS IS. IN FACT, TODAY I CHAIRED A HEARING ON HOW THE REGULATORY PROCESS IS IMPACTING SMALL BUSINESSES. THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY, THE BRICK ACT, WOULD PROVIDE CRUCIAL RELIEF TO AMERICA'S BRICK, CLAY, AND TILE INDUSTRIES. THE MAJORITY OF WHICH ARE BY DEFINITION SMALL BUSINESSES. WE SHOULD ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT SMALL BUSINESSES CREATE ABOUT SEVEN OUT OF EVERY 10 NEW JOBS IN AMERICA. THE BRICK ACT WOULD ENSURE THAT SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT SPENDING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO COMPLY WITH THE REGULATION THAT MAY WELL BE THROWN OUT IN COURT. I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK.

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                          MR. TONKO

                          MR. SPEAKER, WITH NO OTHER SPEAKERS AVAILABLE, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.…

                          MR. SPEAKER, WITH NO OTHER SPEAKERS AVAILABLE, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. CONGRESS SHOULD NOT BE IN THE BUSINESS OF ENCOURAGING FRIVOLOUS LITIGATION OR PENALIZING BUSINESSES THAT MAKE -- MADE THE NECESSARY INVESTMENTS TO COMPLY WITH STANDARDS. ESPECIALLY WHEN CLEAN AIR IS AT STAKE. UNFORTUNATELY, THAT IS WHAT THE BRICK ACT WOULD DO. THESE STANDARDS ARE ACHIEVABLE. LONG OVERDUE, AND PROVIDE CONSIDERABLE HEALTH BENEFITS. IT HAS BEEN NEARLY TWO DECADES FOR POLLUTION CONTROL STANDARDS FOR BRICK AND CLAY IF A SITS, TSH-FACILITIES, AND NEARLY THREE DECADES FOR WOOD STOMBS. WE SHOULDN'T HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN A GIVEAWAY TO A COUPLE OF SPECIAL INTERESTS OVER CLEAN AIR FOR ALL OF OUR CONSTITUENTS. AGAIN I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS BILL. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                        • 02:22:42 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 ILLINOIS.

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                        • 02:22:45 PM

                          MR. SHIMKUS

                          I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME, THE GENTLEMAN…

                          I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, CHAIRMAN GOOD LOUISIANA

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                        • 02:22:51 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                        • 02:22:53 PM

                          MR. GOODLATTE

                          THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I APPRECIATE YOUR GOOD WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION.…

                          THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I APPRECIATE YOUR GOOD WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION. MY DISTRICT AND MANY RURAL COMMUNITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY, WOOD BURNING STOMBS AND HEATERS ARE A POPULAR HEAT SOURCE -- STOMBS AND HEATERS ARE A POPULAR HEAT SOURCE AND IT'S A RENEWABLE FUEL. THE PERSON WHO UTILIZES A WOOD STOMB TO HEAT THEIR HOME IS NOT A SPECIAL INTEREST. THE E.P.A.'S NEW SOURCE PERFORMANCE STANDARDS FOR PRODUCTS LIKE WOOD AND PELLLATSTOMBS AND WOOD FURNACES HAVE SPECIAL INTEREST. THE E.P.A.'S NEW RAISED SIGNIFICANT CONCERNS. THIS REGULATION SETS FORTH AN UNUNREELISTIC AND UNREASONABLE TIMELINE TO COME INTO COMPLIANCE WITH THE STANDARDS IN TIME. I HAVE HEARD FROM MANUFACTURERS AND RETAILERS LIKE ENGLAND STOMB WORKERS IN AMHERST COUNTY IN MY DISTRICT THAT THEY DON'T WANT -- IT'S NOT THAT THEY DON'T WANT TO COMPLY WITH THE RULE, THEY SIMPLY NEED MORE TIME. FOR JUST 1-WOOD STOMB IT CAN TAKE UP TO SIX MONTHS TO COMPLETE THE E.P.A. CERTIFICATION PROCESS. IN THE MEANTIME, THE AVAILABILITY OF WOOD STOMBS -- STOVES, ACCORDIBILITY OF THIS HEATING SOURCE FOR OUR CONSTITUENTS AND OTHER PEOPLE, MOSTLY RURAL AREAS, BUT OTHER COMMUNITIES AS WELL AROUND THE COUNTRY, IS GOING TO GO UP. THE BRICK ACT BEFORE THE HOUSE STAYED INCLUDES PROVISIONS FROM A BILL THAT INTRODUCED ALONG WITH REPRESENTATIVE COLIN -COLLIN PETERSON. THIS PROVISION IS A SIMPLE ONE. IT EXTENDS THE TIME WOOD STOVE MANUFACTURERS HAVE TO COMPLY WITH FEDERAL REGULATIONS BY THREE YEARS. AFFORDABLE HEAT IS IMPORTANT IN MY -- TO MY CONSTITUENTS AND FEDERAL REGULATIONS MUST TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE REAL WORLD NEEDS AND TIME CONSTRAINTS OF THE INDUSTRIES THAT MAKE THESE PRODUCTS AND MUST NOW DEVELOP NEW TECHNOLOGIES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL TODAY TO GIVE THIS INDUSTRY MORE TIME AND ENSURE CONSUMERS CAN CHOOSE WOOD HEAT SOURCES TO HELP KEEP THEIR FAMILIES WARM. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. I YIELD BACK.

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                        • 02:24:56 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

                        • 02:24:58 PM

                          MR. SHIMKUS

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MY SOUTHWEST BALANCE OF THE TIME. THIS IS…

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MY SOUTHWEST BALANCE OF THE TIME. THIS IS -- YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF THE TIME. IT'S A GOOD DEBATE AND DISCUSSION, ONE WE HAD IN THE SUBCOMMITTEE AND FULL COMMITTEE, AND WE'RE BRINGING IT TO THE FLOOR. IT JUST FOCUSES ON A DIFFERENT WAY IN WHICH WE VIEW MANUFACTURING AND REALLY AS YOU HEARD IN THIS DEBATE SMALL MANUFACTURERS. SMALL BRICK MANUFACTURERS. SMALL WOOD HEATERS. BECAUSE AS EVERYONE KNOWS, WHEN YOU ARE IN A BIG CORPORATION, YOU GOT LAWYERS AND YOU CAN DO ECONOMIC ANALYSIS, AND YOU CAN DO RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT. BUT A LOT OF THESE FOLKS ARE JUST SMALL, LOCAL OPERATIONS. PROBABLY STARTED BY A HUSBAND AND WIFE. PROBABLY BROUGHT ON A KID OR NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR. IN MY OPENING STATEMENT I MENTIONED HOW IN RURAL AMERICA THERE'S NOT A LOT OF BUSINESSES OTHER THAN MAYBE AGRICULTURE, PEOPLE COME INTO THE TOWN, SO NOT ONLY ARE THESE MANUFACTURERS, THEY ARE THE BACKBONE OF THESE SMALL COMMUNITIES. SIMPLY PUT THIS BILL IS A COMBINATION OF TWO. ONE SAYS, YOU REALLY SHOULDN'T FORCE SOMEONE TO COMPLY WITH A REGULATION UNTIL THEY HAVE THOUGHT -- FOUGHT THE LITIGATION BATTLE BECAUSE IN THE EXAMPLE, WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT TODAY, THE CLAIMANT, THE MANUFACTURERS, WON. WHERE EITHER THEY WENT OUT OF BUSINESS BECAUSE THEY WERE TRYING TO COMPLY OR THEY HAD TO HAVE THE SUCCESS -- EXSUSSIVE CLAIMANT, THE MANUFACTURERS, WON. WHERE EITHER THEY WENT OUT OF BUSINESS BECAUSE THEY WERE TRYING TO COMPLY OR THEY HAD TO HAVE THE SUCCESS -- EXSUSSIVE COSTS. ISSUE TWO, ON THE SMALL WOOD HEATERS IS JUST SAY THEY WERE FORCED TO MOVE FORWARD AND CLEAN TECHNOLOGY, INCREASING THEIR ENVIRONMENTAL ABILITY, 90%. WE ALL KNOW THAT THE CLEANER YOU GET, THE HARDER IT IS TO GET THE LAST PERCENTAGES. ALL THE FOLKS ARE ASKING IS FOR MORE TIME TO COMPLY. I REALLY-TSH THEY ARE BOTH BIPARTISAN BILLS. I APPLAUD FOLKS COMING DOWN TO TALK AND DEFEND THOSE. EXCITING TIME IN OUR COUNTRY. IT'S EXCITING BECAUSE WE'RE HAVING ECONOMIC GROWTH. WE'RE HAVING ECONOMIC GROWTH FOR TWO REASONS. ONE OUR HISTORIC TAX CUTS. 50% OF ALL MANUFACTURERS OF THE COUNTRY SAID THEY ARE GOING TO INVEST IN CAPITAL INVESTMENT. PRETTY EXCITING. THERE'S OPTIMISM AGAIN. WAGES ARE INCREASING. BENEFITS RUN CREASING. YOU HAVE -- BENEFITS ARE INCREASING. YOU HAVE PEOPLE GETTING CHECKS INCREASING OR NEW GROWTH CAPITAL EXPENSES. THERE IS ANOTHER COMPONENT OF THIS EXCITING TIME FOR JOBS AND THE ECONOMY. AND THIS INVESTMENT. PRETTY EXCITING. THERE'S OPTIMISM OTHER COMPONENT IS, EASING UP ON THE ASSAULT THAT THE E.P.A. HAS DONE OVER THE PAST DECADE ON OUR MANUFACTURING SECTOR AND JOB CREATORS. YOU PUT THESE TWO TOGETHER, THE AMERICAN WORKER HAS A GREATER OPPORTUNITY AND THESE ARE JUST A COUPLE EXAMPLES THE BILLS WE'RE MOVING TODAY, HOW WE CAN CONTINUE TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN. WITH THAT, I URGE PASSAGE OF THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                        • 02:28:08 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 762, THE…

                          ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 762, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ORDERED ON THE BILL AS AMENDED. THE QUESTION IS ON ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READING OF THE BILL. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING.

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                        • 02:28:23 PM

                          THE CLERK

                          A BILL TO ALLOW FOR JUDICIAL REVIEW OF ANY FINAL RULE ADDRESSING NATIONAL…

                          A BILL TO ALLOW FOR JUDICIAL REVIEW OF ANY FINAL RULE ADDRESSING NATIONAL EMISSION STANDARDS FOR HAZARDOUS AIR POLLUTANTS FOR BRICK AND STRUCTURAL CLAY PRODUCTS AND CLAY CERAMICS MANUFACTURING BEFORE REQUIRING COMPLIANCE WITH SUCH RULE.

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                        • 02:28:36 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION.

                        • 02:28:40 PM

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                          I HAVE A MOTION TO RECOMMIT AT THE DESK.

                        • 02:28:41 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          IS THE GENTLEWOMAN OPPOSED TO THE BILL?

                        • 02:28:45 PM

                          MS. CASTOR

                          I AM OPPOSED.

                        • 02:28:46 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE MOTION.

                        • 02:28:48 PM

                          THE CLERK

                          MS. CASTOR OF FLORIDA MOVES TO RECOMMIT THE BILL H.R. 1917 TO THE…

                          MS. CASTOR OF FLORIDA MOVES TO RECOMMIT THE BILL H.R. 1917 TO THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE WITH INSTRUCTIONS TO REPORT THE SAME BACK TO THE HOUSE FORTHWITH WITH THE FOLLOWING AMENDMENT. AT THE END OF SECTION 3 OF THE BILL, ADD THE FOLLOWING NEW SUBSECTION. C LIMITATION ON PRIVATE PLANE TRAVEL. NOTHING IN THIS ACT MAY BE CONSTRUED TO AUTHORIZE THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY TO BE CONSTRUED TO AUTHORIZE THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY TO CHARTER A FLIGHT OR TRAVEL IN ANY CLASS OF AIR ACCOMMODATION ABOVE COACH CLASS. TWO, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SUBSECTION B MAKE SUCH TECHNICAL AND CONFORMING CHANGES TO RULES AND GUIDANCE DOCUMENTS AND GUIDANCE DOCUMENTS AS MAY BE NECESSARY TO IMPLEMENT SUBSECTION A.

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                        • 02:29:37 PM

                          TEMPORE PURSUANT

                          PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE…

                          PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HER MOTION.

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                        • 02:29:40 PM

                          MS. CASTOR

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS THE FINAL AMENDMENT TO THE…

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS THE FINAL AMENDMENT TO THE BILL WHICH WILL NOT KILL THE BILL OR SEND IT BACK TO COMMITTEE. IF ADOPTED THE BILL WILL IMMEDIATELY PROCEED TO FINAL PASSAGE AS AMENDED. MR. SPEAKER, MY MOTION TO RECOMMIT IS SIMPLE AND SHOULD GARNER THE SUPPORT OF ALL MEMBERS WHO DISLIKE GOVERNMENT WASTE AND ABUSE OF POWER. MY MOTION GOES TO THE HEART OF THE COSTLY, ETHICAL VIOLATIONS BY E.P.A. ADMINISTRATOR SCOTT PRUITT AND HIS PENCHANT FOR FLYING FIRST CLASS IN VIOLATION OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS AND BILLING IT TO TAXPAYERS. . HE SUPPORTED CUTS TO E.P.A. CLEAN WATER AND CLEAN AIR INITIATIVES IN THE COMMUNITIES WE REPRESENT BACK HOME. SO MY AMENDMENT IS SIMPLE. IT SAYS NOTHING IN THIS ACT MAY BE CONSTRUED TO AUTHORIZE THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY TO CHARTER A FLIGHT OR TRAVEL IN ANY CLASS OF AIR ACCOMMODATION ABOVE COACH CLASS. SEE, FEDERAL REGULATIONS RIGHT NOW REQUIRE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS TO GET THE LEAST EXPENSIVE CLASS OF TRAVEL THAT MEETS THEIR NEEDS. NOW, AGENCIES ARE ALLOWED TO TRAVEL FIRST CLASS IN VERY RARE INSTANCES, SUCH AS A FLIGHT OF 14 HOURS OR MORE, MEDICAL DISABILITY, OR FOR EXCEPTIONAL SECURITY CIRCUMSTANCES IF YOUR LIFE OR GOVERNMENT PROPERTY IS IN DANGER. WELL, ADMINISTRATOR SCOTT PRUITT HAS ABUSED THESE EXCEPTIONS. THIS CAME TO LIGHT AFTER THE HOUSE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE ASKED THE PEAVERPLET ADMINISTRATOR TO EXPLAIN HIS COST -- E.P.A. ADMINISTRATOR TO EXPLAIN HIS COSTLY TRAVEL RECORDS WHICH SHOWED HE REPEATEDLY BOOKED FIRST-CLASS FLIGHTS AT TAXPAYER EXPENSE AND HOPED NO ONE WOULD NOTICE. THERE'S NO ADEQUATE JUSTIFICATION FOR THIS WASTEFUL SPENDING AND ABUSE OF POWER BY SCOTT PRUITT AND IF HE ENJOYS FLYING FIRST CLASS AND STAYING IN LUXURY HOTELS, THEN HE SHOULD PAY FOR IT HIMSELF AND NOT ASK THE TAXPAYERS FOOT THE BILL. HERE'S WHAT WE KNOW PER PRESS REPORTS AND COMMITTEE RESEARCH. LAST JUNE 5, PRUITT SETTLED INTO HIS $1,641 FIRST CLASS SEAT FOR A SHORT FLIGHT FROM D.C. TO NEW YORK. THE TICKET COST MORE THAN SIX TIMES THAT OF THE TWO MEDIA AIDES THAT TRAVELED ALONG WITH HIM AND SAT IN COACH. IN MANHATTAN, ADMINISTRATOR PRUITT MADE TWO BRIEF TELEVISION APPEARANCES PRAISING THE WHITE HOUSE'S DECISION TO WITHDRAWAL FROM THE 2015 PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT. HE STAYED IN AN UPSCALE HOTEL NEAR TIMES SQUARE AND RETURNED TO WASHINGTON THE NEXT DAY. THAT WEDNESDAY AFTER TRAVELING ON AIR FORCE ONE FOR AN INFRASTRUCTURE EVENT IN CINCINNATI, PRUITT AND SEVERAL STAFFERS RACED BACK TO NEW YORK ON A MILITARY JET AT THE COST OF $36,000 TO THEN CATCH A PLANE TO ROME. THE TRANS-ATLANTIC FLIGHT WAS PART OF A ROUNDTRIP TICKET FOR THE ADMINISTRATOR THAT COST OVER $7,000, ACCORDING TO E.P.A. RECORDS. SEVERAL TIMES WHAT WAS PAID FOR OTHER OFFICIALS WHO WENT. IN TOTAL THE TAXPAYER-FUNDED TRAVEL FOR PRUITT AND HIS TOP AIDES DURING THAT STRETCH IN JUNE COST AT LEAST $90,000. THANKS TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL INTEGRITY PROJECT WHO GOT THE RECORDS. HIS TRAVEL PRACTICES ARE QUITE DIFFERENT FROM PREVIOUS E.P.A. ADMINISTRATORS WHO VERY RARELY TRAVELED ON FIRST CLASS -- IN FIRST CLASS AND ALWAYS ANNOUNCED THEIR PUBLIC TRAVEL SCHEDULE TO THE PUBLIC, BUT SCOTT PRUITT'S TRAVEL IS DIFFERENT. IT'S SECRETIVE, IT'S COSTLY, AND IT'S FREQUENT. IN FACT, THIS YEAR WE'VE COME TO LEARN HE PLANS TO TRAVEL TO ISRAEL, AUSTRALIA, JAPAN, MEXICO, AND POSSIBLY CANADA. NONE OF THOSE HAVE BEEN OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED, BUT WE'VE BEEN DIGGING. PRUITT RARELY DISCLOSES WHERE HE PLANS TO BE. SO AT THE REQUEST OF CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS, THE E.P.A.'S OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL IS CONDUCTING PROBES OF PRUITT'S TRAVEL. HE HAS ATTEMPTED TO JUSTIFY HIS LUXURY TRAVEL BY NOTING THAT HE'S BEEN APPROACHED BY PEOPLE IN THE AIRPORT NUMEROUS TIMES TO TALK ABOUT HIS ENVIRONMENTAL RECORD. HOWEVER, IT'S UNCLEAR WHY THIS JUSTIFIES PURCHASING FIRST-CLASS TICKETS. THESE NEW JUSTIFICATIONS ARE ALSO CONTRADICT PREVIOUS EXPLANATIONS OF THIS QUESTIONABLE TRAVEL AS A WAY OF PROVIDING AN OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR DIRECTLY FROM PEOPLE AFFECTED BY E.P.A. THE ADMINISTRATOR SIMPLY PREFERS TO BE WASTEFUL OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS. WE'VE ASKED ABOUT OTHER CONFLICTS OF INTEREST. HE HAS CONTINUALLY SIDED WITH DIRTY ENERGY AND CHEMICAL COMPANIES, SO IT'S NO MATTER THAT MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WOULD LIKE TO DISCUSS THESE PRESSING ISSUES WITH HIM. ACCORDING TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL INTEGRITY PROJECT NEW TRAVEL RECORDS SHOW THAT PRUITT AND E.P.A. EMPLOYEES SPEND UP TO $50,000 ON PREMIUM AND COMMERCIAL CHARTERED FLIGHTS IN THE LAST FEW MONTHS. HE SAID HE WILL START FLYING COACH BUT HASN'T PROMISED TO DO SO. THROUGH THIS MOTION TO RECOMMIT WE'D LIKE TO MAKE IT PERMANENT. WE'D LIKE TO HOLD HIM ACCOUNTABLE AND FOR ANYONE THAT WOULD LIKE TO ELIMINATE WASTE IN GOVERNMENT AND MAKE SURE OUR OFFICIALS DO NOT ABUSE THEIR POWER, IT'S TIME TO ADOPT THIS AMENDMENT AND I URGE THE CONGRESS TO DO SO.

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                        • 02:35:00 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION?

                        • 02:35:05 PM

                          MR. SHIMKUS

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT.

                        • 02:35:09 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

                        • 02:35:11 PM

                          MR. SHIMKUS

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, A MEMBER USES A MOTION TO INSTRUCT OR…

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, A MEMBER USES A MOTION TO INSTRUCT OR RECOMMIT TO CHANGE OR AMEND THE BILL. I DON'T THINK WE BUILD AND USE BRICKS TO MAKE OUR AIRPLANES, AND I DON'T THINK WE POWER OUR PLANES WITH WOOD HEATERS. SO WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH THIS MOTION TO INSTRUCT OR RECOMMIT? IT'S JUST PURELY POLITICS, AND IT'S NOT SURPRISING. WHY? WELL, BECAUSE DEMOCRATS WANT TO DISTORT US FROM OUR ECONOMIC SUCCESS OF THE REPUBLICAN AGENDA, AND IT'S BUILT ON TWO FOUNDATIONAL PRINCIPLES. ONE IS THE VERY SUCCESSFUL TAX REFORM AND BILL THAT WE PASSED IN DECEMBER AND AMERICANS ARE SEEING IT. 50% OF ALL MANUFACTURERS AROUND THE COUNTRY ARE GOING TO INVEST IN CAPITAL EXPANSION. PEOPLE HAVE BIGGER PAYCHECKS NOW. THEY'RE GETTING BONUSES. IN FACT, I WAS ON THE FLOOR LAST NIGHT WITH ILLINOISANS. WE WERE READING STORIES FROM CONSTITUENTS ABOUT THE BENEFITS THEY'RE RECEIVING, EITHER IN LESS MONEY BEING TAKEN OUT ON TAXES OR INCREASE IN WAGES. TRUCKING COMPANIES EXPANDING. SO IT'S AN INCREDIBLE SUCCESS OF OPTIMISM WHEN WE'VE BEEN IN AN ECONOMIC MALAISE FOR THE PAST EIGHT YEARS AND THAT'S THE KIND OF SOCIETY I WANT TO LIVE IN. I WANT TO LIVE IN A SOCIETY WHEN MY KIDS ENTER THE WORK FORCE, THERE'S A JOB THERE, AND WHEN I -- AND I WANT THEM TO SAY, IF I WORK HARD AND PLAY BY THE RULES, MAN, THERE'S AN OPPORTUNITY FOR ME. AND THAT'S WHAT'S COMING BACK. THERE'S ANOTHER COMPONENT TO THIS ECONOMIC SUCCESS, AND THAT'S CALLING OFF THE E.P.A. DOGS WHO'VE BEEN ATTACKING THE JOB CREATORS IN OUR COUNTRY OVER THE PAST EIGHT YEARS. EASE THE REGULATE BURDEN, PROVIDE HISTORIC TAX RELIEF, EXCITEMENT IN THE ECONOMY, NEW JOBS, NEW ENERGY AND SO I UNDERSTAND WHY MY OPPONENTS ON THE OTHER SIDE WOULD LIKE TO DISTORT US FROM THIS RECORD. THIS MOTION TO RECOMMIT IS PURELY POLITICS TO DO THAT, SO THAT'S WHY I CALL, ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT AND ONCE WE DO THAT SUPPORT THE UNDERLYING BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                        • 02:37:39 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE MOTION TO…

                          WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT. THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE MOTION IS NOT AGREED TO.

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                        • 02:37:52 PM

                          MS. CASTOR

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

                        • 02:37:55 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                          THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS SUBJECT TO THE CALL OF THE CHAIR.

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                        • 02:38:17 PM

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                          CHAIR.

                        • 03:59:47 PM

                          REPORTER

                          AND ACCURACY. VISIT NCICAP.ORG] [CAPTIONS

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                          MR. RUBIO

                          AND ACCURACY. VISIT NCICAP.ORG] [CAPTIONS COPYRIGHT NATIONAL CABLE…

                          AND ACCURACY. VISIT NCICAP.ORG] [CAPTIONS COPYRIGHT NATIONAL CABLE SATELLITE CORP. 2018]

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                          THE HOUSE RETURNING NOW. WE'LL LEAVE THIS. HOUSE RETURNING FOR A SERIES OF…

                          THE HOUSE RETURNING NOW. WE'LL LEAVE THIS. HOUSE RETURNING FOR A SERIES OF VOTES ON BILLS DEBATED EARLIER. THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT ON H.R. 1917, AND PASSAGE OF H.R. 1917, IF ORDERED. THE FIRST ELECTRONIC VOTE WILL BE CONDUCTED AS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. REMAINING ELECTRONIC VOTES WILL BE CONDUCTED AS FIVE-MINUTE VOTES. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE QUESTION ON AGREEING TO THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT ON H.R. 1917 OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS. CASTOR, ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE MOTION.

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                        • 04:00:58 PM

                          THE CLERK

                          MOTION TO RECOMMIT H.R. 1917 OFFERED BY MS. CASTOR OF FLORIDA.

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                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE QUESTION IS ON AGREEING TO THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT. MEMBERS WILL RECORD…

                          THE QUESTION IS ON AGREEING TO THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT. 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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                        • 04:25:48 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 186. THE NAYS ARE 227. THE MOTION IS NOT…

                          ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 186. THE NAYS ARE 227. THE MOTION IS NOT ADOPTED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR, PLEASE SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, SAY NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK WISH TO BE RECOGNIZED?

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                        • 04:26:17 PM

                          MR. TONKO

                          CALL FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE PLEASE…

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

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                        • 04:33:41 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 234, THE NAYS ARE 18 06789 WITH ONE ANSWERING…

                          ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 234, THE NAYS ARE 18 06789 WITH ONE ANSWERING PRESENT -- 180 WITH ONE ANSWERING PRESENT. THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, A MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS WISH TO BE RECOGNIZED?

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                        • 04:34:03 PM

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

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

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                        • 04:34:10 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL…

                          WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS ARE ASKED TO TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                        • 04:35:55 PM

                          MR. THOMPSON

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

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

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                        • 04:36:00 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                        • 04:36:06 PM

                          MR. THOMPSON

                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ABOUT AN INSTITUTION THAT INFLUENCES…

                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ABOUT AN INSTITUTION THAT INFLUENCES OUR NATION'S CULTURE AND HELPS OUR PEOPLE AND COMMUNITIES TO LEARN, GROW AND THRIVE. THAT ORGANIZATION IS THE WYMCA. THE Y ENGAGES MORE THAN 10,000 NEIGHBORHOODS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES, BY NURTURING THE POTENTIAL OF EVERY CHILD AND TEEN AND IMPROVING THE NATION'S HEALTH AND WELL-BEING AND SUPPORTING AND SERVING ITS NEIGHBORS, THE Y ENSURES THAT EVERYONE HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO BECOME HEALTHIER, MORE CONFIDENT, CONNECTED AND SECURE. THE Y WAS FOUNDED IN 1844 IN LONDON BY GEORGE WILLIAMS. HE ORGANIZED THE FIRST YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION MEETING. A REFUGE OF BIBLE STUDY AND PRAYER FOR MEN SEEKING ESCAPE FROM THE DANGERS OF LIFE ON THE STREETS. THE FELLOWSHIP AND SENSE OF COMMUNITY WAS COMPELLING. YEARS LATER THOMAS VALENTINE SULLIVAN WAS INSPIRED BY THE STORIES OF THE Y AND FOUND THE FIRST U.S. YMCA IN BOSTON IN 1851. SINCE THEN THE Y HAS BEEN STRENGTHENING COMMUNITY AS I CROSS -- ACROSS THE NATION. IT BRINGS PEOPLE TOGETHER REGARDLESS OF AGE, INCOME OR BACKGROUND. AND HELPS EVERYONE REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL. FOR THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I AM GRATEFUL. 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. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS ARE ASKED TO TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                          MR. PAYNE

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

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

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                          MR. PAYNE

                          MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY ELAINE CHAO TESTIFIED…

                          MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY ELAINE CHAO TESTIFIED BEFORE THE T.N.I. COMMITTEE. SECRETARY CHAO ACKNOWLEDGED THAT THE PRESIDENT TRUMP IS PERSONALLY INTERVENING TO PREVENT FEDERAL FUNDING OF THE GATEWAY PROJECT, WHICH IS THE NATION'S MOST CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT. MR. SPEAKER, THE GATEWAY PROJECT WOULD REBUILD THE CRUMBLING RAIL INFRASTRUCTURE THAT CONNECTS NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY, A KEY POINT IN AMTRAK AND THE NORTHEAST CORRIDOR'S RAIL LINE BETWEEN NEW JERSEY AND NEW YORK, ALSO 415 TRAINS THAT GO THROUGH THOSE TUNNELS EACH DAY. NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY WERE PROMISED BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TOWARD THE PROBABLY BUT PRESIDENT TRUMP IS ACTIVELY UNDERMINING GATEWAY. AS ANYONE WHO PLANS TO TRAVEL BY AMTRAK OR BY RAIL DURING LAST WEEK'S CYCLONE KNOWS, THE TRANSHUDSON TRACK INFRASTRUCTURE CONNECTS NOT JUST THE TWO STATES, BUT THE ENTIRE REGION. BETWEEN BOSTON AND WASHINGTON, D.C. BECAUSE GATEWAY IS SO IMPORTANT TO EVERYONE IN THE NORTHEAST, A SUBSTANTIAL FEDERAL COMMITMENT IS NECESSARY TO MAKE THIS PROJECT A REALITY. THE GATEWAY PROJECT IS FAR TOO IMPORTANT TO BE LEFT UNFUNDED. GATEWAY SHOULD NOT BE SACRIFICED BECAUSE OF PRESIDENT TRUMP'S POLITICAL ANIMOSITY. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS ARE ASKED TO TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THANK YOU. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                          MR. PAUSEN

                          ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOUR WITH -- HOUSE FOR ONE…

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

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                          MR. PAULSEN

                          RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                          I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                          I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE TRINITY HIGH SCHOOL FOR EARNING THE…

                          I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE TRINITY HIGH SCHOOL FOR EARNING THE DESIGNATION OF TITLE OF NATIONAL TITLE ONE DIVISIONED SCHOOL FOR THE 2016-2007 SCHOOL YEAR.

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                          MR. VEASEY

                          THIS EXCLUSIVE DESIGNATION IS GIVEN TO HIGH-POVERTY SCHOOLS THAT EXCEL IN…

                          THIS EXCLUSIVE DESIGNATION IS GIVEN TO HIGH-POVERTY SCHOOLS THAT EXCEL IN EITHER STUDENT PERFORMANCE OR FOR ITS WORK TO CLOSE THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP. IT WAS A STUDENT BODY THAT IS 86% ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED, WAS ONE OF 34 SCHOOLS ACROSS THE NATION TO BE PRAISED FOR, QUOTE, EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT PERFORMANCE FOR TWO OR MORE CONSECUTIVE YEARS. IT WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE STRONG PARTNERSHIPS OF ITS EDUCATORS, PARENTS, STUDENTS AND THE OAK CLIFF COMMUNITY IN DALLAS. FOR EACH OF YOU THAT HAVE MADE SURE THAT WE ARE DOING OUR PART TO EMPOWER OUR FUTURE LEADERS WITH THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO SUCCEED, CONGRATULATIONS TO THE HIGH SCHOOL FOR YOUR WELL-DESERVED RECOGNITION. 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 FROM NEBRASKA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                          MR. SPEAKER, I RECENTLY HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO JOIN THE LINCOLN VIETNAMESE…

                          MR. SPEAKER, I RECENTLY HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO JOIN THE LINCOLN VIETNAMESE COMMUNITY IN THE CELEBRATION OF THE VIETNAMESE NEW YEAR, THE YEAR OF THE DOG. I CELEBRATED THIS SPECIAL OCCASION AT ST. ANDREW CATHOLIC CHURCH IN LINCOLN WHERE I LIVE AND I PARTICIPATED IN THE CATHOLIC MASS FOLLOWED BY A WONDERFUL COMMUNITY FESTIVAL COMPLETE WITH TRADITIONAL DRAGON DANCERS.

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                          MR. FORTENBERRY

                          FATHER AND THE PARISH COMMUNITY FOR THEIR GENEROSITY AND CHOICE --…

                          FATHER AND THE PARISH COMMUNITY FOR THEIR GENEROSITY AND CHOICE -- HOSPITALITY. MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE NEARLY TWO MILLION PERSONS OF VIETNAMESE DISSENT LIVING IN AMERICA. MY HOMETOWN OF LINCOLN HAS BECOME HOME FOR NEARLY 10,000 VIETNAMESE AMERICAN. SOME OF WHOM FACE THE TRAUMA OF PERSECUTION, ESCAPE, OPEN SEAS, REFUGEE CAMPS AND, FINALLY, RESETTLEMENT IN A NEW HOME. OUR VIBRANT, WELL RESPECTED VIETNAMESE COMMUNITY HAS BEEN AN INTEGRAL PART OF LINCOLN'S CULTURAL TRADITIONS AND ADDS TO OUR CAPITAL CITY'S VIBRANT TAPESTRY. VIETNAMESE IS THE THIRD MOST COMMONLY SPOKEN LANGUAGE IN THE CORNHUSKER STATE AND I'VE ACTIVELY ENCOURAGED THE YOUTH TO KEEP THE GREAT TRADITION ALIVE. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S NOT ADVICE TO BE TRY A LANGUAGE THAT YOU -- ADVISABLE TO TRY A LANGUAGE THAT YOU DON'T SPEAKS BUT TO MY VIETNAMESE FRIENDS, I WOULD LIKE TO TRY. [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO REMEMBER MY NEIGHBOR AND LONG-TIME…

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO REMEMBER MY NEIGHBOR AND LONG-TIME FRIEND, FRANKIE HESS. WHO FORMERLY SERVED AS SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE LEGENDARY NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMBER WHO FOR MANY YEARS CHAIRED THE PRESTIGIOUS WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE.

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                          MR. ESPAILLAT

                          FRANK WAS KNOWN FOR HIS COWBOY HATS AND BRUTAL HONESTY. HE DEVOTED HIS…

                          FRANK WAS KNOWN FOR HIS COWBOY HATS AND BRUTAL HONESTY. HE DEVOTED HIS LIFE TO PUBLIC SERVICE AND SPENT ALMOST 30 YEARS IN GOVERNMENT. HE WAS A DEVOTED GODFATHER, UNCLE, FATHERLY FIGURE TO ANYONE IN THE COMMUNITY WHO KNEW HIM. HE ONCE CALLED 20 STORES FOR TWO HOURS TO TRY TO FIND A PAIR OF SHOES FOR HIS NIECE. FRANK WAS A DEVOTED PERSON TO HIS FAMILY AND HIS COMMUNITY. THROUGH HIS LIFETIME DEVOTION TO PUBLIC SERVICE, HE MADE SURE WASHINGTON HEIGHTS WAS THE BETTER PLACE FOR ALL OF US. FRANK COULD ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING HE SET HIS MIND TO AND CAN UNITE DIFFERENT GROUPS OF PEOPLE DESPITE ANY RACIAL, ETHNIC OR RELIGIOUS DIFFERENCES. HE LIVED HIS LIFE DEMONSTRATING WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A CONTRIBUTING CITIZEN AND TO SERVE AS A ROLE MODEL FOR THOSE THAT -- THOSE LIKE MYSELF, WHO ARE FORTUNATE TO KNOW HIM. I WILL MISS FRANKIE HESS. HE WILL FOREVER BE MISSED BY OUR COMMUNITY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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

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                          MR. KIHUEN

                          I REMEMBER THE LIFE OF DANA GARDNER. SHE ATTENDED THE ROUTE 51 FESTIVAL.…

                          I REMEMBER THE LIFE OF DANA GARDNER. SHE ATTENDED THE ROUTE 51 FESTIVAL. DANA WORKED FOR 26 YEARS IN THE RECORDER'S OFFICE. WHEN SHE WENT HOME FOR THE DAY, DANA ALWAYS MADE SACRIFICES FOR HER THREE CHILDREN AND TWO GRANDCHILDREN. DANA WANTED TO MAKE SURE HER KIDS UNDERSTOOD THE IMPORTANCE OF LOVING AND CARING FOR ALL HUMANS. SHE DID THIS THROUGH HER ACTIONS AS A DEDICATED PUBLIC SERVANT. DANA WAS AN AMAZING COOK WHO HAD JUST BEGUN TO TRAVEL MORE AND SPEND MORE TIME WITH HER FRIENDS. SHE HAD A CONTAGIOUS SMILE AND A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR THAT COULD LIGHT UP A ROOM. DANA'S REMEMBERED BY ALL THOSE WHO KNEW HER AS A GO-TO PERSON WITH A LOT OF KNOWLEDGE AND A CAN-DO ATTITUDE. I WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND MY CONDOLENCES TO DANA GARDNER'S FAMILY AND FRIENDS. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CITY OF LAS VEGAS, THE STATE OF NEVADA AND THE WHOLE COUNTRY GRIEVES WITH YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR UP TO ONE MINUTE AND TO…

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

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                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO ACKNOWLEDGE A DISTINGUISHED PHILADELPHIAAN…

                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO ACKNOWLEDGE A DISTINGUISHED PHILADELPHIAAN WHO WILL BE LEADING OUR CITY'S ANNUAL ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE AS GRAND MARSHALL. SISTER MARY. SHE IS A TOWERING FIGURE AND DRIVING FORCE FOR SOCIAL CHANGE IN PHILADELPHIA.

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                          MR. BOYLE

                          SHE IS PART OF THE THIRD LARGEST SISTERS IN PHILADELPHIA AND PART OF…

                          SHE IS PART OF THE THIRD LARGEST SISTERS IN PHILADELPHIA AND PART OF PROJECT HOME, AN INFLUENTIAL NONPROFIT THAT SEEKS TO BREAK THE CYCLE OF HOMELESSNESS. SINCE 1989, SISTERS ORGANIZATION HAS HELPED PROVIDE SHELTER FOR THE HOMELESS, SET UP PROGRAMS FOR AT-RISK YOUTH ACROSS THE CITY AND ORGANIZE WELLNESS AND HEALTH CARE SERVICES. SHE'S ALSO BEEN A LEADER AT THE STATE, CITY, AND FEDERAL LEVEL TO BRING ABOUT AWARENESS AND MUCH-NEEDED FUNDING TO ADDRESS THE ROOT CAUSES OF HOMELESSNESS. AS A RELIGIOUS AND COMMUNITY LEADER, SISTER MARY HAS BECOME A HOUSEHOLD NAME IN PHILADELPHIA. AND A CHAMPION FOR THE VOICELESS IN OUR CITY. IT IS FITTING THAT SHE'S BEEN SELECTED TO LEAD THIS YEAR'S ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE AND I RISE TO COMMEND HER ON HER LIFETIME OF DEVOTED SERVICE. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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

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                          WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. JALEN ROSE THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. --

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                          MR. JAYAPAL

                          TODAY IS THE 53RD ANNIVERSARY OF BLOODY SUNDAY. THIS IS THE DAY THAT OUR…

                          TODAY IS THE 53RD ANNIVERSARY OF BLOODY SUNDAY. THIS IS THE DAY THAT OUR INCREDIBLE COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS, AND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING LED 600 MARCHERS FROM SELMA TO MONTGOMERY. THEY DIDN'T GET VERY FAR. AT THE EDMUND PETTUS BRIDGE THEY WERE VICIOUSLY ATTACKED BY ALABAMA STATE TROOPERS WIELDING CLUB AND THEY WERE BEATEN AND LEFT BLOODIED. LAST WEEKEND I HAD THE INCREDIBLE HONOR OF JOINING CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS IN A BIPARTISAN SET -- AND A BIPARTISAN SET OF MEMBERS IN A PILGRIMAGE TO MONTGOMERY, BIRMINGHAM, SELMA AND MEMPHIS. I HAD MANY EPIPHANIES ON THAT TRIP BUT PERHAPS THE TWO MOST PROFOUND WERE FIRST THAT DETERMINED AND DISCIPLINED NONVIOLENT RESISTANCE WORKS. BACK THEN 53 YEARS AGO IT LED TO THE PASSAGE OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT. AND SECOND, THAT WE IN THIS BODY HAVE A CRITICAL RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT WE MOVE FORWARD AND NOT BACKWARD ON VOTING RIGHTS. OUR TRIP WAS AMAZING, ONE OF THE BEST EXPERIENCES OF MY LIFE, ACTUALLY, AND I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WILL JOIN NEXT YEAR. WE HEARD INCREDIBLE STORIES FOR ABIDING LOVE, EVEN FOR ADVERSARIES, THAT LEFT PEOPLE WITHOUT MUCH DIGNITY. NEWER ACTIVISTS OF ALL AGES ARE REIMAGINING THE SAME METHODS FOR THE WORLD WE ARE IN TODAY AND AS WE TODAY COMMEMORATE THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ASSASSINATION OF REVEREND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING ON APRIL 4, LET US RECOMMIT OURSELVES TO RESTORING THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT AND MAKING SURE WE CONTINUE TO PROTECT THESE CRITICAL RIGHTS IN OUR COUNTRY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MS. TENNEY, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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                          MS. TENNEY

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I SEEK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE AND…

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I SEEK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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                        • 04:52:18 PM

                          "THE YOUTH'S COMPANION

                          HAD 500,000 SUBSCRIBERS, BELLAMY WAS TASKED CREATING A PATRIOTIC SCHOOL…

                          HAD 500,000 SUBSCRIBERS, BELLAMY WAS TASKED CREATING A PATRIOTIC SCHOOL PROGRAM TO HONOR THE 400TH ANNIVERSARY OF CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS' ARRIVAL TO AMERICA. THROUGHOUT HIS ASSIGNMENT, THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE AS WE KNOW IT TODAY TOOK SHAPE. AT A TIME IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY, FRANCIS BELLAMY CAPTURED SO ELL GETLY AND SIMPLY -- ELEGANTLY AND SIMPLY AMERICA'S UNITY AND LOYALTY. WITH ONLY A SENTENCE, FRANCIS ULTIMATELY SYMBOLIZED AMERICA'S ABILITY TO SURPASS ALL INTERNAL DIFFERENCES. IT IS THE MANIFESTATION OF OUR PATRIOTIC CONSCIENCE AND IT IS RECOGNIZED THROUGHOUT OUR NATION. FRANCIS BELLAMY'S SPIRIT PERVADES IN ROME TILL THIS DAY, ESPECIALLY DURING PATRIOTIC HOLIDAYS LIKE ON FLAG DAY. ON FLAG DAY THE ROME ELKS REPLACE THE TWO FLAGS THAT FLY OVER FRANCIS BELLAMY'S GRAVESITE. THIS IS A DEDICATION TO THE PATRIOTIC PRINCIPLES THAT OUR FLAG STOOD FOR SINCE IT WAS FIRST ADOPTED IN 1777. IN 2008, THE ROME ELKS STARTED A SIGNIFICANT RENOVATION PROJECT ON BELLAMY'S GRAVESITE AND COMPLETED IT IN ONE YEAR -- ONE YEAR LATER JUST IN TIME TO REDEDICATE IT FOR FLAG DAY. IN ADDITION TO THEIR WORK IN HONORING SIR FRANCIS BELLAMY AND THE AMERICAN FLAG, THE ROME ELKS ARE WELL-KNOWN FOR THEIR COMMITMENT TO HELPING OUR LOCAL VETERANS. RECENTLY, THE ROME ELKS HELD A FUNDRAISER TO RAISE MONEY FOR THERAPY DOGS FOR VETERANS THROUGHOUT THE LOCAL ORGANIZATION CALLED CLEAR PATH FOR VETS. AS PART OF THE FUNDRAISER, THE ROME ELKS TOOK FLAGS THAT WERE FLOWN OVER SIR BELLAMY'S GRAVESITE AND ADDED A SLIP OF PAPER WITH THE WORDS, THIS LITTLE STAR IS PROUD TO SAY I FLEW OVER BELLAMY'S GRAVE. THE ROME ELKS CALLED THIS PROJECT STARS OVER BELLAMY. THE ROME ELKS STARTED WITH 300 OF THESE LITTLE PACKETS BUT ADDED 200 MORE WHEN THEY REALIZED HOW POPULAR THIS PROJECT WAS. THEY RAISED OVER $1,000 FOR THIS FUNDRAISING EFFORT. ONE OF THE MOST TOUCHING ASPECT OF THIS ASPECT IS EVERY VETERAN THAT A ROME ELKS MEMBER COMES ACROSS RECEIVES ONE OF THESE STARS FOR FREE AS A THANK YOU FOR THEIR YEARS FOR SERVICE. I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO BE ABLE TO PURCHASE A STAR FOR MYSELF AND A FEW OTHERS FOR MY SON, WHO IS CURRENTLY SERVING IN THE MARINE CORPS, AND IT'S A CONSTANT REMINDER FOR ME FOR THE LEGACY FRANCIS BELLAMY LEFT FOR OUR COUNTRY AS WELL AS THE PATRIOTIC PRINCIPLES I AS A MEMBER OF THE ILIAN ELKS LODGE, NUMBER 1443, HAVE COME TO LIVE BY. THESE ARE JUST A FEW EXAMPLES OF THE HARD WORK AND DEVOTION THE ROME ELKS SHOW FOR THEIR COMMUNITY. THEY BRING SO MUCH MORE TO THEIR COMMUNITY THAN JUST A BUILDING. ALTHOUGH IT'S A BEAUTIFUL HISTORIC BUILDING ON LIBERTY STREET, APTLY NAMED IN ROME, NEW YORK, THEY INVEST IN PROGRAMS THAT HELP CHILDREN GROW UP HEALTHY, DRUG-FREE, MEET THE NEEDS OF TODAY'S VETERAN, IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE IN OUR AREA. AS I MENTIONED, NUMBER 1443, I'M PROUD TO WORK WITH SO MANY ELKS THROUGHOUT OUR REGION. I ALSO AM EXCITED TO PARTICIPATE, OUR BENEVOLENT ELK LODGE ALSO HAS A MOTORCYCLE RIDE EACH YEAR AND WE TRAVEL TO EACH OF THE ELKS LODGES AND RAISE MONEY FOR CHARITIES THAT HELP MANY OF OUR VETERANS IN NEED. SO JUST WANT TO SAY IF YOU HAPPEN TO BE VISITING OUR REGION AND TAKE THE TIME TO STOP BY ONE OF OUR WONDERFUL ELKS LODGES, THEY HAVE WEEKLY EVENTS INCLUDING PARTICULARLY IN THE ROME ELKS LODGE WE HAVE TUESDAY WIG NIGHT, WEDNESDAY NIGHT SPAGHETTI SUPPER, FISH FRIDAY FRIDAY, AND IT'S REALLY A BEAUTIFUL AND WONDERFUL TIME TO MEET AND HAVE FELLOWSHIP WITH A COMMUNITY THAT'S SO PATRIOTIC AND SO DEVOTED TO OUR NATION. SO TODAY, I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES AND ANYONE WATCHING AT HOME TO THANK ELKS LODGES FROM AROUND OUR NATION FOR THE TREMENDOUS WORK THEY DO FOR OUR COMMUNITIES AND ESPECIALLY VETERANS. OR BETTER YET, TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO VOLUNTEER AT AN ELKS LODGE OR CONSIDER JOINING AN ELKS LODGE THAT DO SO MUCH GREAT, BENEVOLENT WORK FOR OUR COMMUNITIES. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                          THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. RASKIN, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MINORITY LEADER. 60 MINUTES.

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                          MR. RASKIN

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

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

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                          MR. RASKIN

                          THANK YOU VERY MUCH. BEFORE I BEGIN, I JUST WANTED TO THANK THE…

                          THANK YOU VERY MUCH. BEFORE I BEGIN, I JUST WANTED TO THANK THE DISTINGUISHED CONGRESSWOMAN FROM NEW YORK FOR HER COMMENTS ABOUT FRANCIS BELLAMY, THE GREAT CHRISTIAN ABOLITIONIST, SOCIALIST WHO AUTHORED AMERICA'S DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE AND HE WAS A GREAT PATRIOT WHO WANTED TO UNIFY THE COUNTRY IN THE WAKE OF THE CIVIL WAR DURING THE RECONSTRUCTION PERIOD AND WE INDEED OWE HIM A GREAT DEBT OF GRATITUDE FOR EVERYTHING HE DID FOR AMERICA. BUT, MR. SPEAKER, I WANTED TO TALK ABOUT A MATTER OF PRESSING IMPORTANCE AND URGENCY TO THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA TODAY. AND THIS IS THE QUESTION OF GUN VIOLENCE AND WHAT CONGRESS IS DOING ABOUT THE PROBLEM OF GUN VIOLENCE. AND I WANT TO START BY INVOKING SOMETHING THAT ALL OF THE SCHOOLCHILDREN OF AMERICA KNOW ABOUT WHICH IS THE IDEA OF A SOCIAL CONTRACT, AND YOU CAN GO AND READ JOHN LOCK OR THOMAS HOBBS OR RUSSO BUT ALL BEGAN WITH THE IDEA THAT IN THE STATE OF NATURE WE ARE ALL IN A DANGEROUS AND PERILOUS CONDITION BECAUSE THERE'S NO LAW. AND IT'S THE RULE OF THE JUNGLE. HOBBS SAID THE STATE OF NATURE WAS A CONDITION THAT WAS SOLITARY, POOR, NASTY, BRUTISH AND SHORT. AND BECAUSE OF THAT PEOPLE ENTER INTO CIVIL SOCIETY TO CREATE A GOVERNMENT. AND THE FIRST PRINCIPLE OF GOVERNMENT IS WE GOT TO PROTECT OUR PEOPLE. AS CICERO PUT IT, THE SAFETY AND GOOD OF THE PEOPLE MUST BE THE HIGHEST LAW. THAT'S WHY WE HAVE A SOCIAL CONTRACT. BUT, MR. SPEAKER, IN AMERICA TODAY, OUR SOCIAL CONTRACT IS BRUISED AND BATTERED AND DAMAGED AND TEN WITH US BECAUSE OF THE GUN VY -- TENUOUS BECAUSE OF THE GUN VIOLENCE THAT'S COME TO OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS, TO OUR UNIVERSITIES, TO OUR CHURCHES, TO OUR MOVIE THEATERS, TO THE PUBLIC SQUARE. AND AMERICA'S HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS HAVE WOKEN US UP TO THE FACT THIS IS NOT A NORMAL COUNTRY. AMERICA IS AN ABSOLUTE OUTLIAR NATION IN TERMS OF THE LEVEL OF GUN VIOLENCE WE PERMIT TO TAKE PLACE IN OUR OWN SOCIETY. OUR SOCIAL CONTRACT IS THREATENED BY THE GUN VIOLENCE WHICH IS A MENACE TO EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN CITIZEN. NOW, WE HAVE A SOCIAL CONTRACT. WE'VE GOT A SOCIAL COVENANT AND IT'S THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES. AND WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE AN AMENDMENT IN THERE WHICH DEALS SPECIFICALLY WITH THE QUESTION OF GUNS, THE SECOND AMENDMENT, WHICH SAYS A WELL-REGULATED MILITIA BEING NECESSARY TO THE SECURITY OF A FREE STATE, COMMA, THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS SHOULD NOT BE INFRINGED. THAT'S THE SECOND AMENDMENT. NOW, SOME PEOPLE WOULD HAVE US BELIEVE THAT BECAUSE OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT THERE'S NOTHING THAT WE CAN DO ABOUT THE PROBLEM OF GUN VIOLENCE, OK, AND IF YOU REMEMBER NOTHING ELSE ABOUT WHAT I'M ABOUT TO SAY PLEASE REMEMBER THIS. THIS IS DEMONSTRABLY, ABSOLUTELY, CATEGORICALLY FALSE AND WE KNOW IT'S FALSE BECAUSE THE SUPREME COURT HAS TOLD US THAT IT'S FALSE. IN ITS 2008 DECISION IN DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA VS. HELLER, THE SUPREME COURT ADOPTED THE INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS OF VIEW OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT. THERE WAS A CONTEST BETWEEN THOSE WHO SAID, NO, YOU ONLY HAVE A RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS IN CONNECTION WITH MILITIA SERVICE VERSUS THOSE WHO SAID IT'S AN INDIVIDUAL RIGHT AND THE INDIVIDUAL RIGHT WON IN A 5-4 DECISION, BUT IN THE COURSE OF MAKING THAT 5-4 DECISION, THE MAJORITY ON THE SUPREME COURT AGREED READILY THAT THE RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS IS ONE THAT CAN BE CONDITIONED ON ALL KINDS OF REGULATION BY THE GOVERNMENT AND THAT'S TRUE OF ALL OF THE RIGHTS IN THE BILL OF RIGHTS. THINK ABOUT THE FIRST AMENDMENT. WHICH GUARANTEES ALL OF US THE RIGHT TO SPEAK. YOU GOT TO A RIGHT TO GO PROTEST ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE WHITE HOUSE, BUT YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO GO PROTEST ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE WHITE HOUSE AT 2:00 IN THE MORNING WITH 20,000 PEOPLE WITHOUT GETTING A PERMIT, OF COURSE YOU DO NOT. THE SUPREME COURT HAS SAID THAT THE EXERCISE OF FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS IS CONDITIONED BY REASONABLE TIME, PLACE, AND MANNER RESTRICTIONS, AND IN THE SAME SENSE, THE SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHT TO KEEP AND TO BEAR ARMS IS CONDITIONED ON REASONABLE, TIME, PLACE, MANNER, USE, RESTRICTIONS BY THE GOVERNMENT. WE KNOW THAT TO BE THE CASE. THE SUPREME COURT TOLD US THAT IN HELLER. IN HELLER THE COURT SAID, EVERYBODY'S GOT A RIGHT TO THE POSSESSION OF A HANDGUN FOR PURPOSES OF SELF-DEFENSE. EVERYBODY'S GOT A RIGHT TO A RIFLE FOR PURPOSES OF HUNTING AND RECREATION BUT NOBODY'S GOT A RIGHT TO POSSESS A MACHINE GUN EVEN THOUGH SOMEONE MIGHT DESCRIBE IT AS AN ARM. NOBODY'S GOT A RIGHT TO POSSESS A SAWED OFF SHOTGUN. NOBODY HAS A RIGHT TO ACCESS A WEAPON WITHOUT GOING THROUGH A BACKGROUND CHECK, WITHOUT GOING THROUGH THE GOVERNMENT'S POLICY FOR DETERMINING THAT YOU ARE NOT GOING TO BE A DANGER TO YOURSELF OR TO OTHER PEOPLE. . THE SUPREME COURT WERE WAS CLEAR ABOUT THAT. THOSE PEOPLE SAYING WE'RE WE CAN'T ALLOW GUN SAFETY REGULATION OR GUNS WILL BE TAKEN AWAY ARE ENGAGING IN A KNOWN FALSEHOOD. THERE'S NO WAY THE GUNS OF THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA, THE HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF GUNS OUT THERE, COULD BE CONFISCATED. THEY CAN'T BE CONFISCATED. PEOPLE HAVE A RIGHT TO THEM FOR PURPOSES OF SELF-DEFENSE AND FOR RECREATION AND HUNDREDING. IT DOESN'T GIVE YOU A RIGHT TO AN AR-15 OR GIVE YOU A RIGHT TO CARRY WEAPONS OF WAR INTO PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND MOVIE THEATERS AND INTO PUBLIC PLACES AND IT DOES NOT GIVE YOU THE RIGHT TO ACCESS GUNS WITHOUT A BACKGROUND CHECK. YET THAT'S PRECISELY WHAT THE LAW IS TODAY. WE'VE GOT A HUGE FWAPING LOOPHOLE WHERE TERRORISTS CAN GO TO A GUN SHOW AND SIMPLY BUY A GUN WITHOUT ANY BACKGROUND CHECK AT ALL. NOW, HERE'S THE GOOD NEWS THAT PEOPLE WANT TO KEEP FROM YOU. WE'VE GOT GREAT NEWS, AMERICA. MR. SPEAKER, WE KNOW THERE'S GOOD NEWS. HERE'S THE GOOD NEWS. WE HAVE A CONSENSUS ABOUT WHAT TO DO. STARTING WITH A UNIVERSAL CRIMINAL AND MENTAL BACKGROUND CHECK IN AMERICA. SUPPORTED BY NO LONGER 95% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN THE WAKE -- PEOPLE. IN THE WAKE OF THE PARKLAND PEOPLE IT'S 9 % OF THE PEOPLE WHO THINK YOU SHOULD NOT BE ABLE TO ACCESS A WEAPON WITHOUT FIRST PASSING A BACKGROUND CHECK. THAT IS THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE, MAYBE ALMOST A UNANIMOUS VERDICT BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, ALMOST EVERYBODY BELIEVES THAT WE NEED TO CLOSE THE GUN SHOW LOOPHOLE. WE NEED TO CLOSE THE INTERNET GUN SALE LOOPHOLE. WE NEED TO CLOSE THE 7-ELEVEN PARKING LOT LOOPHOLE. WE NEED TO CLOSE THE LOOPHOLE THAT WOULD ALLOW CRIMINALS AND GANGSTERS AND TERRORISTS TO GO TO A GUN SHOW AND PURCHASE A GUN, 97% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AGREE WITH THAT. 67% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AGREE WITH THE CALL OF THE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO SURVIVED THE MS. CONSIDER IN PARKLAND WHICH TOOK THE LIVES OF 17 STUDENTS AND TEACHERS, THE CALL FOR A BAN ON ASSAULT WEAPONS. 67% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, MORE THAN 2/3 OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AGREE WITH A BAN ON THE SALE OF MILITARY STYLE ASSAULT WEAPONS. AND 75% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SAY THAT CONGRESS MUST BE ACTING TO REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE. SO WE'VE GOT TO -- WE'VE GOT A CONSENSUS OVER WHAT TO DO. BUT WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW? I SERVE ON THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, MR. SPEAKER. WE HAD A VOTE TODAY, IT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH GUNS. IT WAS ABOUT COLLECTING DATA ON BAIL POLICIES, WHICH IS NOT TO SAY THAT'S UNIMPORTANT BUT SERIOUSLY, MILLIONS OF PEOPLE IN AMERICA ARE DEMANDING ACTION FROM CONGRESS AND WE CAN'T HAVE A HEARING ON THE PROBLEM OF PEOPLE ACCESSING ASSAULT WEAPONS AND GOING TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND ASSASSINATING OUR SCHOOLCHILDREN AT POINT-BLANK RINING. NOW, I HAD THE GOOD FORTUNE OF MEETING SOME OF THE YOUNG PEOPLE FROM PARKLAND WHO HAVE AWOKEN THE CONSCIENCE OF THE COUNTRY AND ONE OF THEM WAS ASKED THE QUESTION, WHY SUDDENLY IS AMERICA WAKING UP IN THE WAKE OF THE PARKLAND MASSACRE, WHICH TOOK THE LIVES OF 17 PEOPLE, BUT IT DIDN'T IN THE SAME WAY AFTER THE MASSACRE IN NEWTOWN, CONNECTICUT, AFTER SANDY HOOK WHICH TOOK THE LIVES OF ETCH MORE PEOPLE, 26 PEOPLE? SHE HAD A FASCINATING ANSWER, SHE SAID, MOST OF THE PEOPLE KILLED AT SANDY HOOK FOR FIRST GRADERS. AND FIRST GRADERS CAN'T START A REVOLUTION AGAINST THE POLITICAL POW OVER THE N.R.A. BUT HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS KNOW HOW TO DO IT. BECAUSE THEY UNDERSTAND HOW TO CONTACT PEOPLE AND THEY KNOW SOCIAL MEDIA AND THEY KNOW FACEBOOK AND TWITTER AND THEY HAVE ENOUGH EDUCATION THAT THEY CAN SPEAK WITH AUTHORITY ABOUT THE RECKLESSNESS AND NEGLIGENCE OF GOVERNMENT NOT ADDRESSING THE PROBLEM. CONGRESS NOW IS THE OUTLIER. CONGRESS WILL NOT ACT. ARE WE A FAILED STATE SUCH THAT WHEN MORE THAN 95% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AGREE SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE, CONGRESS CANNOT ACT? ARE WE ABANDONING OUR SOCIAL CONTRACT? ARE WE ABANDONING OUR PRIMARY COMMITMENT TO DEFEND THE LIVES OF OUR OWN PEOPLE? WELL, IT'S A VERY SERIOUS MOMENT AND WE'RE HAVING OUR SPECIAL ORDER HOUR ON THE PROBLEM OF GUN VIOLENCE, THE FAILURE OF CONGRESS TO ACT, BUT THE NEED FOR CONGRESS TO ACT AND I'M VERY HAPPY TO CALL ON FIRST, MY DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE IF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON, WITH WHOM I SERVE ON THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, PRAMILA JAYAPAL, AND I YIELD TO HER FOR SUCH TIME AS SHE MAY TAKE.

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                        • 05:07:37 PM

                          MS. JAYAPAL

                          THANK YOU, MR. RASKIN, I APPRECIATE YOU BRINGING THE REALITY OF THE…

                          THANK YOU, MR. RASKIN, I APPRECIATE YOU BRINGING THE REALITY OF THE SITUATION TO US. NOBODY IS TALK ABOUT TRYING TO TAKE GUNS AWAY FROM EVERYBODY. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT MAKING SURE THAT WE HAVE SAFETY WITH ANYBODY WHO OWNS A GUN. AND THAT WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO CHECK ANY OF THE DANGEROUS CONTEXTS FOR WHICH GUNS CAN BE USED. WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY, REALLY, TO PROTECT OUR COUNTRY. TO PROTECT OUR YOUNG PEOPLE. TO PROTECT ALL THE FAMILIES, TO DO SOMETHING FOR ALL OF THE FAMILIES THAT HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY GUN VIOLENCE AND IN ADDITION TO ALL OF THE THINGS THAT YOU MENTIONED, WE NEED TO CONSIDER GUN VIOLENCE AS A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS. THAT IS WHAT IT IS. WHEN WE LOOK AROUND AT THE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE THAT ARE DYING FROM GUN VIOLENCE, YOU THINK ABOUT THIS AND YOU THINK ABOUT THE WAY IN WHICH WE -- THE WAY IN WHICH WE TREATED VEHICLE FATALITIES AS PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS AND INSTITUTED LAWS AROUND SEAT BELTS. THE WAY WE THOUGHT ABOUT SMECKING AS A PUBLIC HELICOPTER CRISIS AND INSTITUTED LAWS AROUND SMOKING. BUT IN ORDER TO DO THAT, WE HAD TO FIRST DO RESEARCH INTO THESE AREAS AND FIGURE OUT WHAT WERE THE BEST WAYS FOR US TO MOVE FORWARD AS A COUNTRY IN PREVENTING THOSE KINDS OF FATALITIES THAT ARE PREVENTABLE. AND UNFORTUNATELY WHAT HAPPENED IN THIS COUNTRY IS THAT WE -- CONGRESSMAN DICKEY, SOME TIME AGO, PASSED AN AMENDMENT, THE DICKEY AMENDMENT, THAT WHILE IT DIDN'T EXPLICITLY PROHIBIT RESEARCH INTO GUN VIOLENCE, IT ALL BUT DID THAT, AND THERE HAVE NOW BEEN MANY, MANY CALLS TO REPEAL THE DICKEY AMENDMENT. CONGRESSMAN DICKEY PASSED AWAY LAST YEAR, HE CAME OUT ON THE RECORD BEFORE HE DIED SAYING HE WISHED HE HADN'T BEEN SO REACTIONARY , HE WISH HEAD HADN'T PASSED THAT AMENDMENT. HE REALIZED IT DID LEAD TO A CHILLING EFFECT ON RESEARCH INTO GUN SAFETY. AND THE WAY THAT IT DID THAT IS WHEN HE PASSED THE AMENDMENT IT SAID THAT NO FEDERAL FUNDS SHOULD BE USED FOR ADVOCACY BUT AT THE SAME TIME THE AMOUNT OF FUNDS THAT WERE USED FOR RESEARCH WERE CUT BY EXACTLY THAT AMOUNT. AND SO THIS IS NOT ABOUT ADVOCACY. THIS IS ABOUT HOW DO WE PROTECT OUR COUNTRY? HOW DO WE TREAT THIS AS WHAT IT IS? A GUN PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS. SO I'M HERE TO SAY THAT I'M REALLY PROUD OF MY HOME STATE OF WASHINGTON. JUST YESTERDAY WE BECAME THE LATEST CONSTITUENT TOO BAN BUMP STOCKS AND WE ALSO HAD A SENATE COMMITTEE PASS A BILL TO MANDATE THAT PEOPLE PURCHASING RIFLES GO THROUGH THE SAME BACKGROUND CHECKS REQUIRED FOR PISTOL PURCHASES AND THAT WE INCREASE THE LEGAL AGE TO BUY RIFLES TO 21. SO IN LESS THAN A MONTH , MY HOME STATE HAS FINALLY ADVANCED MEANINGFUL PROPOSALS TO PREVENT GUN VIOLENCE AND I WISH I COULD SAY THAT WE WERE DOING THAT HERE IN CONGRESS. I TRULY BELIEVE THAT THERE ARE MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE THAT WOULD LIKE TO PASS SENSIBLE GUN SAFETY REGULATIONS AND LEGISLATION AND UNFORTUNATELY, I FEEL LIKE WE'RE BEING HELD HOSTAGE NOT TO THE REASONS THAT WE ALL CAME TO CONGRESS, TO GET SENSIBLE THINGS DONE THAT PROTECT OUR CONSTITUENCIES, BUT BY LOBBYING INTERESTS IN THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION THAT EVERY TIME THERE'S A SMALL MOVEMENT TOWARD PROGRESS, SOMEHOW THEY COME IN AND ARE ESSENTIALLY -- AND ESSENTIALLY SQUASH THOSE EFFORTS. LAST YEAR, CONGRESS STOOD BY AFTER 58 PEOPLE WERE KILLED AT A MUSICFEST VALUE IN LAS VEGAS. ONE OF MY CONSTITUENTS, ZACH ELMORE, HIS SISTER WAS SHOT AND LUCKILY SHE WAS ONE OF THE LUCKY ONES WHO SURVIVED THE SHOOTING BUT I READ A LET OWN THE FLOOR THAT ZACH HAD WRITTEN TO -- A LETTER ON THE FLOOR THAT ZACH HAD WRITTEN TO ME, AN INCREDIBLY MOVING LETTER, ABOUT HIS DEEP ANGER AND FRUSTRATION AT CONGRESS FOR NOT PROTECTING HIS SISTER AND MILLIONS LIKE HER, MILLIONS WHO WERE MUCH LESS, WHO WERE NOT AS LUCKY AS SHE WAS. IN NOVEMBER, CONGRESS FAILED TO ACT AFTER 26 PEOPLE WERE KILLED AND 20 INJURED AT A CHURCH IN SOUTHERLAND SPRINGS, TEXAS, AND A FEW WEEKS AGO ON VALENTINE'S DAY, 14 STUDENTS AND THREE TESTIFIERS WERE KILLED AND 15 INJURED AT MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL IN FLORIDA. ALREADY IN 2018, THERE WAS BEEN 2,581 DEATHS BECAUSE OF GUN VIOLENCE. 105 OF THOSE DEATHS WERE CHILDREN AGES 11 AND UNDER. LET ME SAY THAT ONE MORE TIME. 105 OF THE 2,581 DEATHS THIS YEAR ALONE WERE CHILDREN AGED 11 AND UNDER. AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, WE NEED TO MAKE SURE OUR KIDS ARE SAFE. I'M SO GRATEFUL TO THE ENERGY AND COMMITMENT AND THE PASSION AND THE SMARTS AND THE ORGANIZING STRENGTH OF THE PARKLAND STUDENTS BECAUSE AS YOU SAY THEY WERE NOT FIRST GRADERS WHO COULDN'T ORGANIZE FOR THEMSELVES. THEY ARE STUDENT WHORS SOON GOING TO BE VOTERS AND THEY UNDERSTAND THAT THEY CAN'T VOTE RIGHT NOW BUT THEY ALSO UNDERSTAND THAT THEY DO HAVE A VOICE. THEIR PARENTS VOTE. AND THEY CAN MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY UNDERSTAND THAT WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO THEM. TO OUR CHILDREN. TO THE PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHO ARE AFRAID OF SENDING THEIR KIDS TO SCHOOL. THAT SHOULD BE OUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY, KEEPING OUR KIDS SAFE. OUR KIDS SHOULD BE ABLE TO WALK INTO SCHOOLS KNOWING THAT THEY CAN FULLY FOCUS ON LEARNING. AND OUR PARAPHERNALIAS SHOULD NOT -- SHOULDN'T HAVE TO WONDER WHETHER THEIR KIDS WILL COME HOME FROM SCHOOL. MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE FAMILIES WHO LOST SOMEONE IN THE PARKLAND SHOOTING AND ALL THE SHOOTINGS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. I'M PROUD TO STAND ALONGSIDE INCREDIBLE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WASTED NO TIME TO DEMAND ACTION AND JUSTICE FOR THEIR FRIENDS AND TEACHERS. THEY ARE DETERMINED, THEY ARE BRAVE, THEY ARE UNAFRAID AND THEY ARE DEPENDING ON US TO PASS MEANINGFUL LEGISLATION TO END GUN VIOLENCE. AND YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE INTERESTING THINGS I HEARD THEM SAY WHEN I MET WITH THEM IS WE'RE NOT LOOKING FOR THE WHOLE PACKAGE, WE JUST WANT TO SEE STEPS ALONG THE WAY TO SHOW IT'S POSSIBLE FOR US ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS TO MAKE SOME PROGRESS ON THIS CRITICAL ISSUE, TO MAKE SURE NO CHILD NEW YORK PARENT, NO COMMUNITY EVER AGAIN HAS TO EXPERIENCE THE UNSPEAKABLE TRAGEDY OF ANOTHER SCHOOL SHOOTING. AND I AM TIRED OF SEEING MEN, WOMEN, AND CHILDREN DIE BECAUSE THE GUN LOBBY PUTS PROFIT OVER PEOPLE. THAT'S NOT, AS YOU SO ELOQUENTLY SAID, WHAT OUR FOUNDERS INTENDED BY THE RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS. SUPPORT FOR STRICTER MEASURES TO PREVENT GUN VIOLENCE IS AT AN ALL-TIME HIGH. ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS. 8 % OF GUN OWNERS AND 74% OF N.R.A. MEMBERS SUPPORT COMMONSENSE SOLUTIONS LIKE CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS. SO I HAVE A PLEA FOR GUN OWNERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. MY HUSBAND USED TO BE A HUNTER. WE HAD GUNS AT HOME. AND I UNDERSTAND THE NEED FOR PEOPLE TO HAVE GUNS FOR RECREATIONAL PURPOSES, TO ENSURE THEIR OWN SAFETY, BUT THIS IS NOT ABOUT THAT. IT IS NOT ABOUT TAKING GUNS AWAY FROM PEOPLE WHO LEGITIMATELY EXERCISE RESPONSIBLE BEHAVIOR. IT IS ABOUT MAKING SURE THAT WE HAVE THE PROTECTIONS IN PLACE SO THAT NO MORE CHILDREN NEW YORK MORE PEOPLE DIE. SO HERE'S MY PLEA FOR GUN OWNERS. URGE THE N.R.A. TO REPRESENT YOUR VIEWS. SHOW THEM THAT YOU MEAN BUSINESS. MAYBE EVEN CONSIDER TERMINATING YOUR N.R.A. MEMBERSHIP IF THE ORGANIZATION CONTINUES TO ADVOCATE AGAINST THESE KINDS OF SENSIBLE GUN -- SENSIBLE GUN REFORMS. HERE IN CONGRESS I HOPE THAT WE ACT NOW. I REALLY, TRULY BELIEVE AND I TALKED TO MY REPUBLICAN -- SOME OF MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WHO ALSO WANT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS. THEY DON'T WANT TO BE HAM STRUNG. THEY WANT TO MOVE LEGISLATION FORWARD. BUT IN THE BY ATAMPING LEGISLATION THAT ACTUALLY LOOSENS GUN RESTRICTIONS INTO LEGISLATION THAT HELPS US. WE NEED JUST ONE OR TWO PIECES OF COMMONSENSE GUN REFORM LEGISLATION SO THAT WE CAN SHOW THESE YOUNG PEOPLE THAT WE ARE RESPONDING TO THEIR PLEAS. NO MORE SHOOTINGS IN SCHOOLS. NO MORE SHOOTINGS IN PLACES OF WORSHIP. NO MORE SHOOTINGS IN OUR STREETS. NO MORE MASS SHOOTINGS. PERIOD. LET'S SHOW THESE STUDENTS AND STUDENTS AT SCHOOLS ACROSS THE COUNTRY THAT WE ARE NOT AFRAID TO PROTECT THEM. LET'S SHOW THEM THAT WE CAN CHOOSE OUR COUNTRY OVER THE GUN LOBBY. LET'S STAND WITH OUR KIDS, LET'S PASS COMMONSENSE GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION LEGISLATION AND I JOIN YOU IN HOPING THAT IN JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, WHICH IS THE COMMITTEE OF RECORD FOR THIS ISSUE, THAT WE CAN AT LEAST HAVE SOME HEARINGS ON THIS. WHAT IS SO PROBLEMATIC ABOUT HAVING A HEARING ON PUBLIC HEALTH RESEARCH INTO GUN VIOLENCE? WHAT IS SO PROBLEMATIC ABOUT HAVING A HEARING ON MULTIPLE PIECES OF LEGISLATION THAT HAVE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT? ISN'T THAT WHAT WE ARE SUPPOSED TO DO? I KNOW THAT'S WHY I CAME HERE. I'M A FIRST TERM MEMBER AND I KNOW OUR SPEAKER IS AS WELL AND I BELIEVE THAT WE HAVE MUCH MORE IN COMMON THAN WE DO THAT DIVIDES US. WE DON'T HAVE TO NECESSARILY TACKLE EVERY PIECE OF THIS BUT LET'S MAKE SOME SUBSTANTIAL PROGRESS FORWARD TOGETHER AND LET'S SHOW OUR STUDENTS THAT WE WILL PROTECT THEM. WITH THAT, I THANK YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP AND YIELD BACK. .

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                        • 05:17:11 PM

                          MR. RASKIN

                          CONGRESSWOMAN PRACTICE MILA JAYAPAL -- PRAMILA JAYAPAL. THANK YOU FOR…

                          CONGRESSWOMAN PRACTICE MILA JAYAPAL -- PRAMILA JAYAPAL. THANK YOU FOR PLACING EMPHASIS ON THE FACT THAT WE HAVE HAD NO HEARINGS IN OUR CONGRESS SINCE WE ARRIVED HERE MORE THAN A YEAR AGO ON THE PROBLEM OF GUN VIOLENCE IN THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE COMMITTEE. THANK YOU FOR PLACING EMPHASIS ON THE DICKEY AMENDMENT WHICH FORBIDS ANY RESEARCH THE EPIDEMIOLOGY OF GUN VIOLENCE AND GUN VIOLENCE EPIDEMICS IN THE WAY CERTAIN OUTBREAKS OF GUN VIOLENCE AND MASS SHOOTINGS WILL TRIGGER OTHERS. AND THANK YOU, ALSO, FOR PLACING EMPHASIS ON THE FACT THAT THE NEWTOWN FAMILIES WHO COME TO LOBBY IN WASHINGTON, THE FAMILIES FROM PARKLAND JUST WANT TO SEE US BREAK THE LOGJAM. THEY WANT TO SEE US END THE PARALYSIS AND DO SOMETHING AND WHY NOT START WITH THE THING THAT'S BACKED BY MORE THAN NINE OUT OF 10 AMERICANS, A UNIVERSAL CRIMINAL AND MENTAL BACKGROUND CHECK SO PEOPLE WHO ARE CARRYING GUNS IN AMERICA ARE THE LAWFUL GUN OWNERS WHO CAN DO IT RESPONSIBLY? THAT'S SOMETHING THAT THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF AMERICAN PEOPLE BELIEVE IN, AND YET THIS CONGRESS SEEMS TO BE COMPLETELY STUCK, TOTALLY HAMSTRUNG. MR. SPEAKER, PLEASE HELP US DISLODGE THIS LEGISLATION. NOW, CONGRESSWOMAN JAYAPAL PRAISED HER HOME STATE OF WASHINGTON FOR THE ACTIONS THEY HAVE TAKEN TO BAN THE BUMP STOCKS AND PASS OTHER COMMON SENSE GUN SAFETY LEGISLATION. I WOULD LIKE TO TALK ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED IN MY GREAT STATE, THE STATE OF MARYLAND, WHICH IS TOUCHING WASHINGTON, D.C., WHERE WE ARE ALL RIGHT NOW. IN 2013, AFTER THE CATASTROPHE TOOK PLACE IN NEWTOWN, CONNECTICUT, AT SANDY HOOK WHERE AN AR-15 WAS USED TO ASSASSINATE 26 PEOPLE AT POINT BLANK RANGE, WE ACTED IN MARYLAND. WE PASSED A BAN ON THE SALE OF MILITARY-STYLE ASSAULT WEAPONS. WE PASSED A BAN ON HIGH-CAPACITY MAGAZINES. WE GAVE OUR STATE POLICE THE RIGHT TO ENGAGE IN FREQUENT AND UNANNOUNCED INSPECTIONS OF THE GUN DEALERS SO THAT BAD APPLE GUN DEALERS COULDN'T BE DEALING FIREARMS DIRECTLY INTO THE UNDERGROUND AND THEN WE SAID, IF A FIREARM IS LOST OR STOLEN, IT'S GOT TO BE REPORTED WITHIN 48 HOURS. AND IF NOT, THAT'S A MISDEMEANOR. BECAUSE WHAT WAS HAPPENING WAS THEY WERE SELLING GUNS TO CRIMINALS, THEY WOULD SURFACE IN A HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION 10 MONTHS LATER. WE WOULD TRACE IT BACK TO THE GUN DEALERS AND THE DEALERS WOULD SAY, OH, YEAH, THAT WAS STOLEN. WE FORGOT TO REPORT IT. OR WE LOST THAT BUT YET WE NEVER FILED A REPORT. IN OUR STATE YOU HAVE TO FILE A REPORT. COMMONSENSE GUN SAFETY SUPPORTED BY PEOPLE ACROSS THE SPECTRUM. SO WE DON'T HAVE A LEAKY SYSTEM WHERE GUNS ARE GETTING INTO THE WRONG HANDS. NOW, OUR OPPONENTS ON THIS, OF COURSE, MARCHED AND PROTESTED AND SAID THEY WERE OPPOSED TO ALL OF IT. THEY SAID THIS WAS AN ATTEMPT TO CONFISCATE EVERYBODY'S GUNS WHICH, OF COURSE, IT WAS NOT. AND RESPONSIBLE LAW-ABIDING GUN OWNERS HAVE ALL THE GUNS THEY HAD BEFORE. THEY STILL GOT THEM. BUT IT WAS CHALLENGED IN COURT. THEY SAID IT VIOLATED THE SECOND AMENDMENT. AND I RAISE IT BECAUSE I WANT AMERICA TO NOTICE THIS. THEY SUED THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT IN MARYLAND AND THEY LOST, AND THE COURT SAID, READING THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA VS. HELLER DECISION FROM 2008 THAT THE SECOND AMENDMENT PERMITS REASONABLE GUN SAFETY REGULATION THAT DOES NOT INFRINGE ON THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS FOR SELF-DEFENSE OR TO HAVE RIFLES FOR HUNTING AND RECREATION BUT THERE'S NO RIGHT FOR CIVILIANS TO BE CARRYING MILITARY-STYLE HARDWARE AND WEAPONRY IN PUBLIC. THEY APPEALED IT TO THE FOURTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS. THE FOURTH CIRCUIT AFFIRMED THE RULING OF THE DISTRICT COURT. THEN, THEY BROUGHT IT TO THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT AND THE SUPREME COURT LET THAT RULING STAND. SO THERE'S A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF HOW YOU CAN ENACT REASONABLE GUN SAFETY REGULATION AND IT DOESN'T INFRINGE ANYBODY'S SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS, AND IT DOESN'T IMPINGE ON THE RIGHT OF REASONABLE LAW-ABIDING GUN OWNERS TO HAVE GUNS FOR LAWFUL PURPOSES. SO WHY ARE WE INVOLVED IN THIS TERRIBLE, ATROCIOUS SITUATION WHERE WE HAVE RATES OF DEATHS -- RATES OF DEATH AND FATALITY AND INJURY GREATER THAN SIX TIMES HIGHER THAN ANY OTHER MODERN INDUSTRIALIZED COUNTRY ON EARTH? YOU KNOW, IN THE U.K., IT'S LESS THAN 50 PEOPLE A YEAR WHO DIE BY GUN. LESS THAN 50 PEOPLE A YEAR. IN JAPAN, IT'S LESS THAN 50 OR 60 PEOPLE A YEAR. WE'RE LOSING TENS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS EVERY YEAR. IS IT BECAUSE WE HAVE MENTAL ILLNESS AND THEY DON'T? NO. THEY GOT MENTAL ILLNESS TOO. IS IT BECAUSE AMERICANS ARE MORE VIOLENT THAN OTHER PEOPLE? I DON'T THINK SO. IT'S SIMPLY BECAUSE OF THE READY ACCESS TO FIREARMS WHEREVER YOU GO. AND ANYBODY CAN GET THEM ALMOST ANYWHERE. OK. SO WE NEED TO FOLLOW THE REST OF THE WORLD IN TERMS OF ENACTING REASONABLE GUN SAFETY LEGISLATION. NOW, WE GOT OUR SECOND AMENDMENT, SO NOBODY'S HANDGUNS WILL GET TAKEN AWAY. THE SUPREME COURT SAID IT IN THE HELLER DECISION AND REAFFIRMED IT TWO YEARS LATER THAT IT APPLIES NOT JUST IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA DIRECTLY AGAINST CONGRESS BUT IT APPLIES IN THE STATES. IN A CASE THAT CAME OUT OF CHICAGO. SO WE KNOW THAT NOBODY'S HANDGUNS WILL BE TAKEN AWAY AND NOBODY'S RIFLES WILL BE TAKEN AWAY. AND ALL WE'RE TALKING ABOUT IS KEEPING OUR CHILDREN AND OUR GRANDCHILDREN SAFE. KEEPING PEOPLE SAFE AT CONCERTS LIKE IN LAS VEGAS. PEOPLE SAFE IN CHURCH LIKE IN SOUTH CAROLINA. KEEPING PEOPLE SAFE IN THEIR PUBLIC SCHOOLS LIKE IN PARKLAND, FLORIDA. KEEPING COLLEGE STUDENTS SAFE LIKE AT VIRGINIA TECH. THAT'S WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT DOING. NOW, WE DON'T KNOW WHY CONGRESS WON'T ACT. SOME PEOPLE ARE STARTING TO HYPOTHESIZE THAT AMERICA HAS BECOME A FAILED STATE, THAT WE CAN'T RESPOND TO AN ALMOST UNANIMOUS DEMAND PUBLIC SAFETY WHICH IS THE MOST ELEMENTARY REQUIREMENT OF A CIVILIZED SOCIETY UNDER A SOCIAL CONTRACT. SOME PEOPLE SAY WE'VE BECOME A FAILED STATE LIKE FAILED STATES WE SEE AROUND THE WORLD. YOU KNOW THAT AUTHORITARIANISM IS ON THE MARCH ALL OVER THE WORLD, WHETHER IT'S IN PUTIN'S RUSSIA OR DUERTE'S PHILIPPINES OR AIRED JUAN'S --ERED BEGAN'S TURKEY WHERE IT'S IGNORING THE NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE, IGNORING THE RIGHTS OF THE PEOPLE BUT INSTEAD USING GOVERNMENT AS A MONEY-MAKING OPERATION FOR A TINY GROUP OF PEOPLE. HAVE WE BEGUN THE FAILED STATE? IS THAT WHAT WE ARE? I DON'T THINK WE'RE A FAILED STATE. WE'VE HAD OTHER PERIODS IN AMERICAN HISTORY WHERE CONGRESS HAS REFUSED TO DEAL WITH PRESSING PUBLIC POLICY PROBLEMS. ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS ONES BEGAN IN THE 1830'S WAS WHEN A PRO-SLAVERY FACTION WITHIN CONGRESS SAID IT WOULD REFUSE TO HAVE ANY HEARINGS AT ALL AND WOULD REFUSE TO ENTERTAIN ANY PETITIONS AGAINST SLAVERY FROM ANYWHERE IN THE COUNTRY. IT WAS A DIRECT ASSAULT ON THE RIGHT TO PETITION CONGRESS FOR REDRESS OF GRIEVANCES. IT WAS A DIRECT ASSAULT ON THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH, BUT THEY IMPOSED A STRANGLE HOLD ON CONGRESS SO THERE COULD BE NO DEBATE ON THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE OF THE DAY. NOW, I'M NOT LIKENING SLAVERY TO GUN VIOLENCE. OK. I WANT TO BE CLEAR ABOUT THAT. BUT I AM SAYING THERE ARE OTHER TIMES IN AMERICAN HISTORY WHERE CONGRESS HAS ACTED AS A CHOKE HOLD AGAINST THE VENTILATION OF SERIOUS PUBLIC CONCERNS AND GRIEVANCES. THERE HAVE BEEN TIMES WHEN CONGRESS HAS REFUSED TO ENGAGE IN DEBATE, DISCUSSION, AND ANALYSIS OF THE MOST PRESSING PROBLEMS OF THE DAY. AND THAT'S WHERE WE ARE RIGHT NOW ON GUN VIOLENCE. ALL WE ARE SAYING, MR. SPEAKER, TO THE MAJORITY IN CONGRESS IS, LET'S HAVE SOME HEARINGS ON THIS. LET'S HAVE SOME HEARINGS ON A UNIVERSAL CRIMINAL AND MENTAL BACKGROUND CHECK BEING DEMANDED BY NEARLY EVERY AMERICAN RIGHT NOW. LET'S START WITH THAT. IS THAT ONE THING WE CAN ALL AGREE ON? THAT THERE SHOULD BE A BACKGROUND CHECK BEFORE PEOPLE GO OUT AND OBTAIN WEAPONS OF WAR, THAT THEY THEN CARRY INTO THE HALLWAYS AND THE SCHOOL ROOMS OF OUR COUNTRY? CAN WE HAVE A HEARING ON THAT? IF YOU DON'T WANT TO VOTE FOR IT, YOU CAN STAND UP WITH THE 1% OR 2% OF THE PEOPLE THAT ARE AGAINST IT, BUT ALLOW THOSE OF US WHO WANT TO REPRESENT THE 97% OR 98% OF THE PEOPLE WHO ARE FOR IT FOR A VOTE BECAUSE WE DON'T THINK TERRORISTS OR CRIMINALS SHOULD BE ABLE TO GO TO A GUN SHOW AND PURPOSE FIREARMS, INCLUDING AR-15'S WITHOUT A CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK. WE DON'T THINK THAT. SO, MR. SPEAKER, WE GOT A CONSENSUS IN AMERICA ON THIS. LET'S NOT STIFLE THE CONSENSUS. LET'S NOT CHOKE OFF THE ABILITY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THEIR REPRESENTATIVES TO GOVERN. THAT'S WHY WE WERE SENT HERE, TO LEGISLATE. IN THE ESSENCE OF LEGISLATION IS HEARINGS. WE HAVE TO HEAR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE HAVE TO HEAR THE EXPERTS. WE HAVE TO COLLECT THE EVIDENCE. WE HAVE TO OVERTURN THE BAN ON THE COLLECTION OF STATISTICS ABOUT GUN VIOLENCE THAT WAS IMPOSED A FEW DECADES AGO ON THE C.D.C. WE GOT A COLLECT INFORMATION, AND WE HAVE TO ACT. THE TIME FOR JUST PRAYERS AND MEDITATION ABOUT THE PROBLEM IS LONG GONE, AS THE YOUNG PEOPLE FROM PARKLAND, FLORIDA, HAVE TOLD US. THEY WERE TOLD IN THE WAKE OF THE MASSACRE, IT'S TOO EARLY TO START DEBATING GUN POLICY, AND THEY TURNED AROUND AND SAID, NO, IT'S TOO LATE TO BE DEBATING GUN POLICY. THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE AFTER LAS VEGAS. IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE AFTER SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY. IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE AFTER THE SANDY HOOK MASSACRE. IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE AFTER VIRGINIA TECH. HOW MANY MORE MASSACRES DO WE HAVE TO WAIT BEFORE THIS CONGRESS DECIDES SOMETHING REALLY MUST BE DONE? HOW MANY MORE MASSACRES? THAT'S WHAT AMERICA IS ASKING US, MR. SPEAKER. PLEASE, LET'S DO OUR JOB. WE'VE SWORN AN OATH TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. LET'S GO AND REPRESENT THE PUBLIC WILL. LET'S MAKE IT CONSISTENT WITH THE SECOND AMENDMENT BECAUSE IT'S VERY EASY TO DO SO. WE PROVED IT IN THE STATE OF MARYLAND AND THE SUPREME COURT HAS TOLD US WE CAN PASS REASONABLE, COMMONSENSE GUN SAFETY MEASURES WITHOUT VIOLATING ANYONE'S RIGHTS. WE GOT A CONSENSUS IN AMERICA. IN CONGRESS WE GOT TO DO OUR JOB AND LET THAT CONSENSUS BECOME THE LAW. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I'LL YIELD BACK.

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                        • 05:28:44 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                        • 05:28:58 PM

                          MR. PERLMUTTER

                          MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE AND PEOPLE…

                          MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE AND PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND I'M JOINED TODAY BY TWO OF MY FRIENDS, JARED HUFFMAN, CONGRESSMAN FROM AMERICAN CALIFORNIA, AND DAN KILDEE, CONGRESSMAN FROM FLINT, MICHIGAN. AND WE'RE HERE ON ANOTHER VERY IMPORTANT TOPIC. WE JUST HEARD OUR FRIEND, JAMIE RASKIN FROM MARYLAND, TALKING ABOUT GUN VIOLENCE AND THE NEED TO TRY TO LIMIT THAT AND BRING IT UNDER CONTROL. BUT TODAY WE HAVE ANOTHER VERY IMPORTANT TOPIC, VERY TROUBLING TOPIC, AND IT HAS TO DO WITH THE SOVEREIGNTY OF OUR NATION, IT HAS TO DO WITH OUR FREEDOM AND IT'S REALLY PRETTY AS SIMPLE AS THAT. THIS COUNTRY SEPARATED FROM ENGLAND SO WE COULD BE A SOVEREIGN NATION, SO THAT WE COULD RULE OURSELVES. . RIGHT NOW, THAT'S A REAL BIG QUESTION AS TO WHETHER OR NOT THAT'S HAPPENING, BECAUSE IT'S CLEAR THAT THE RUSSIANS INTERFERED WITH OUR ELECTIONS LAST YEAR, AND THE INVESTIGATION INTO THAT INTERFERENCE NOW HAS RESULTED IN AT LEAST 13 INDICTMENTS OF RUSSIANS, COUPLED WITH INDICTMENTS OF FIVE OR SIX PEOPLE, FIVE OF WHOM HAVE PLED GUILTY TO SOME CRIME OR ANOTHER BASED UPON THE INVESTIGATION CONDUCTED BY ROBERT MUELLER. THERE SEEMINGS TO BE SOMETHING GOING ON BETWEEN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AND RUSSIA AND WE WANT TO KNOW WHAT IT IS. THE INVESTIGATION IS DIRECTED AT THAT. AND MR. SPEAKER, IT STARTS WITH SOMETHING THAT WE ASKED FOR LAST YEAR. WE ASKED TO SEE THE PRESIDENT'S TAX RETURNS. WE ASKED FOR IT ON A NUMBER OF OCCASIONS. BUT UNLIKE ANYBODY ELSE WHO HAS RUN FOR PRESIDENT, OR WHO HAS BEEN PRESIDENT, OUR PRESIDENT HAS REFUSED TO TURN OVER HIS TAX RETURNS. SO THE QUESTION WE ASK IS, WHY? WHAT'S IN THERE THAT WOULD STOP HIM FROM PRODUCING HIS TAX RETURNS? IS IT A RELATIONSHIP THAT SHOWS SOME KIND OF FINANCIAL CONNECTION TO RUSSIA OR THE LIKE? I MEAN, WHAT'S IN THERE? IS HE HIDING SOMETHING? WHAT IS IT? AS TIME HAS GONE ON, STARTING WITH THAT QUESTION, WE HAVE SOME MORE QUESTIONS. THERE'S BEEN THIS EFFORT BEGINNING LAST SUMMER TO QUESTION THE INTEGRITY OF THE F.B.I. TO AND QUESTION MR. MUELLER AND THIS INVESTIGATION TO THE POINT THERE WAS WORD THAT MR. MUELLER WAS GOING TO BE FIRED FROM HIS JOB LAST SUMMER AND THAT QUESTION SEEMS TO PERCOLATE TO THE SURFACE EVERY SO OFTEN. AND THE QUESTION IS, WHY? WHAT -- WHAT ARE THEY AFRAID OF THAT HE MIGHT FIND? WHAT CONNECTIONS ARE THEY WORRIED ABOUT THAT MR. MUELLER MAY UNCOVER THAT REALLY ARE HURTING OUR NATION? SO WHAT IS IT THAT THEY'RE HIDING? WHAT ARE THEY AFRAID OF? VERY SIMPLE QUESTIONS THAT NEED TO BE ANSWERED. YOU KNOW, THIS IS IMPORTANT. THIS GOS BACK TO THE HEART OF WHY OUR NATION WAS FOUNDED, AND THE HEART OF ALL OF US AS AMERICANS. IT'S OUR SOVEREIGNTY AND IT'S OUR FREEDOM. AND IF IN FACT WE'RE BEING DIRECTED, OUR GOVERNMENT IS BEING DIRECTED BY A FOREIGN ENTITY, BY VLADIMIR PUTIN OR RUSSIA GENERALLY, THEN THIS COUNTRY HAS BEEN UNDERMINED TO A DEGREE NONE OF US COULD HAVE EVER SEEN COMING. NOW HOPEFULLY THAT'S NOT THE CASE BUT LET'S GET THIS INVESTIGATION GOING. LET'S KEEP IT GOING. LET'S NOT IMPUGN THE INTEGRITY OF OUR DETECT IS, THE F.B.I., OR THE PROSECUTORS WHO ARE TRYING TO JUST FIND OUT WHAT THE TRUTH IS. ANY KINDS OF ACTIONS TO REALLY UNDERMINE THAT, WHETHER IT'S FROM HERE IN THE CONGRESS OR FROM THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH, IT'S LIKE, OK, WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF? WHAT ARE YOU HIDING? SO JUST TO KIND OF CONNECT A COUPLE MORE DOTS, SOMETHING THAT I'M CONCERNED ABOUT, AND I KNOW MY FRIENDS ARE TOO, IS GO BACK TO OUR SOVEREIGNTY, OUR FREEDOM. AND THIS CONGRESS, MR. SPEAKER, PARTICULARLY CONCERNED ABOUT THE INTERFERENCE BY THE RUSSIANS IN OUR ELECTIONS. THERE'S NOT ANY QUESTION THAT THERE'S BEEN SOME INTERFERENCE. AN WE KNOW THAT THE RUSSIANS ARE FLEXING THEIR MUSCLE AROUND THE WORLD. IN FACT, PUTIN THE OTHER DAY SAID, AYE GOT NUCLEAR WEAPONS YOU CAN'T DETECT. SO THEY'RE FLEXING THEIR MUSCLES. WE AS A CONGRESS, 419-3 IN THIS HOUSE AND 98-2 IN THE SENATE, VIRTUALLY UNANIMOUS, SAID WE WANT YOU TO BE IMPOSING SANCTIONS FOR RUSSIA -- AGAINST THIS RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE, AGAINST SOME THINGS THEY BEEN DOING AROUND THE WORLD. NOT ONE SANCTION HAS BEEN ADDED BY THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. WHY NOT? WHAT'S -- WHY NOT? EVEN MORE PERPLEXING, THE STATE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN APPROPRIATED , MR. SPEAKER, $120 MILLION TO PREVENT FURTHER ESPIONAGE AND INTERFERENCE BY THE RUSSIANS IN OUR ELECTION. YOU KNOW HOW MUCH MONEY HAS BEEN SPENT BY THEM? BY THE STATE DEPARTMENT? THUNDER WHITE HOUSE? TO STOP THIS INTERFERENCE? TO STOP THIS ESPIONAGE? NOT $1. THESE DEPARTMENTS GENERALLY SAY WE NEED MORE MONEY TO DO X, Y, OR Z. HERE, SOMETHING SO IMPORTANT AS TO THE INTEGRITY OF OUR ELECTIONS, NOT $1 SPENT BY THE STATE DEPARTMENT, DESPITE THE FACT THAT THIS CONGRESS APPROPRIATED $120 MILLION. WHY NOT? SO A LOT OF QUESTIONS ARE OUT THERE. I THINK IT'S TIME AND I THINK MY FRIENDS WILL MAKE SOME COMMENTS AND STATEMENTS SIMILAR TO MINE, THAT WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF? WHAT ARE YOU HIDING? LET THE DETECTIVES AND THE F.B.I., LET THE PROSECUTORS DO THEIR JOB. WHY AREN'T SANCTIONS BEING IMPOSED? WHY AREN'T WE USING THE MONEY WE'VE APPROPRIATED TO SPEND AGAINST THIS ESPIONAGE AND INTERFERENCE, WHY AREN'T YOU SPENDING IT? WITH THAT I TURN TO MY FRIEND FROM NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, JARED HUFFMAN, TO SEE IF HE HAS ANY ANSWERS OR IF ONLY HAS QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT'S GOING ON?

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                        • 05:36:31 PM

                          MR. HUFFMAN

                          I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, I HAVE ALL THE SAME QUESTIONS…

                          I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, I HAVE ALL THE SAME QUESTIONS AND ALL THE SAME CONCERNS. SO IT'S VERY APPROPRIATE THAT WE'RE COMING TOGETHER TO ASK, WHAT ARE THEY AFRAID OF? WHAT ARE THEY HIDING? THERE'S A LOT OF RED FLAGS. LAST NIGHT, MR. PERLMUTTER, I WAS AT A WASHINGTON PRESS CLUB EVENT, A FUN EVENT TO CELEBRATE THE FREE PRESS. BEST JOKE OF THE NIGHT, AND THERE'S A LOT OF HUMOROUS MATERIAL, BUT THE BEST JOKE OF THE NIGHT WAS FOR A GUY WHO DOESN'T CLAIM HE -- CLAIM HE IS DOESN'T DRINK, PRESIDENT TRUMP SURE LOVES A LOT OF WHITE RUSSIANS. BROUGHT THE HOUSE DOWN. BUT IT'S NOT REALLY FUNNY. WHEN YOU HAVE A PRESIDENT WHO WON'T IMPOSE THE SANCTIONS WE AUTHORIZE HIM TO IMPOSE, WON'T DIRECT THE STATE TO SPEND THE POUNDS PROTECT OUR ELECTION SYSTEM THAT WE AUTHORIZE AND APPROPRIATE, WHEN YOU HAVE ALL THESE OTHER PROBLEMS, IT'S NOT CLEAR THAT HE'S ABLE TO DO HIS JOB WITHOUT FEAR OR FAVOR. AND THAT'S A BIG PROBLEM FOR OUR DEMOCRACY AND FOR THE INTERESTS OF OUR COUNTRY. AND IF CONGRESS WERE DOING ITS JOB RIGHT NOW, WE WOULD BE ASKING THE HARD QUESTIONS. TO BRING FORWARD THE TRANCE PARAPHERNALIACY THAT THE PEOPLE NEED. TO GIVE THIS -- THE TRANSPARENCY THAT THE PEOPLE. TO GIVE THIS COUNTRY THE ASSURANCE THAT THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PRESIDENT CAN PERFORM THEIR JOB WITHOUT FEAR OR FAVOR. UNFORTUNATELY THIS BODY ISN'T DOING A GOOD JOB ASKING THOSE QUESTIONS. THAT'S IN PART WHY WE'RE HERE, TRYING TOO RAISE THESE ISSUES. ONE OF THE VERY IMPORTANT QUESTIONS I THINK WE HAVE TO ASK INVOLVES THE TIES BETWEEN THE N.R.A., YES, THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION, AND THIS TRUMP-RUSSIA SCANDAL. SPECIFICALLY, WE NEED TO KNOW WHETHER RUSSIA WORKED THROUGH THE N.R.A. TO ILLEGALLY MOVE FUNDS IN SUPPORT OF THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN. HERE'S WHAT WE DO KNOW. WE KNOW THAT MCCLASPKEY AND OTHERS -- MCCLATCHY AND OTHERS ARE INVESTIGATORS WHETHER THEY USED THE N.R.A. TO FUNNEL MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FROM RUSSIA TO SUPPORT DONALD TRUMP'S CANDIDACY. WE KNOW IN 2016, DONALD TRUMP JR. HAD DIN WE ARE TORSION WHO IS A CLOSE ALLY OF VLADIMIR PUTIN, AND ALSO IS SOMEONE ACCUSED OF MONEY LAUNDERING. THEY HAD THAT DINNER AT THE N.R.A. CONVENTION. WE KNOW THE M.V. -- N.R.A. SPENCE TENS OF MILLIONS OF $S ON THE 2016 ELECTIONS, INCLUDING $30 KNOLL SUPPORT DONALD TRUMP THREE TIMES WHAT THE N.R.A. SPENT TO SUPPORT MITT ROMNEY WHEN HE WAS THE REPUBLICAN NOMINEE JUST FOUR YEARS PRIOR. SO WE NEED TO THINK ABOUT AND ASK THIS QUESTION, WHERE DID ALL THAT MONEY COME FROM? WE'VE ASKED THE N.R.A., THE N.R.A. WON'T TELL US. NOW WE KNOW THAT IN TESTIMONY TO THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE , THERE ARE INDICATIONS THAT RUSSIANS MADE A VERY CONCERTED EFFORT TO WORK THROUGH THE N.R.A. AND THAT'S WHY SENATOR RON WYDEN HAS ASKED THE TISSUERY DEPARTMENT, AGAIN, BECAUSE THE N.R.A. WON'T ANSWER THESE QUESTIONINGS, BUT HE ASKED THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SUSPICIOUS RUSSIAN FUND OG OF THE N.R.A. SO TO RECAP A FEW OF THESE THINGS WE NEED TO BE ASKING ABOUT, WE KNOW HOW CLOSE PRESIDENT TRUMP IS TO THE N.R.A. WE KNOW HOW CLOSE THE RUSSIAN BANKER, ALEX TORSION IS, TO THE N.R.A. WE KNOW HOW CLOSE THE N.R.A. IS BECOMING, CLOSER AND CLOSER, TO RUSSIA. IN FACT, I HAVE A PIECE HERE THAT EXPLAINS HOW IN 015, A SERIES OF TOP N.R.A. OFFICIALS INCLUDING ONE OF THEIR TOP DONORS, A PAST PRESIDENT -- TOP DONOR, PAST PRESIDENTS, DELEGATION THAT INCLUDED DONALD TRUMP'S HIGH PROFILE SURROGATE, SHERIFF DAVID CLARK, THEY ALL WENT ON A SO-CALLED FACT FINDING MISSION INVOLVING GUN RIGHTS IN RUSSIA. THERE AREN'T A LOT OF GUN RIGHTS IN RUSSIA. RUSSIA HAS VERY RESTRICTIVE GUN LAWS. THERE'S NO SERIOUS EFFORT IN THE COUNTRY OF RUSSIA TO CHANGE THAT NEVERTHELESS, APPARENTLY THIS GROUP FELT THEY NEEDED TO GO TO RUSSIA FOR THIS FACT-FINDING TRIP TO COZY UP WITH SOME OF THE SAME FOLKS WE'RE TALKING ABOUT. SO THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS WE KNOW AND WE NEED TO ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT. WE KNOW THAT THE N.R.A. SPENT THIS HUGE CACHE OF MONEY ON THE 2016 CAMPAIGN TO SUPPORT DONALD TRUMP. AND WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE MORE QUESTIONS THAT NEED TO BE ANSWERED. SO WE NEED TO FOLLOW THIS MONEY AND WE NEED TO FIND OUT AGAIN AS YOU HAVE ASKED HERE ON THE FLOOR, WHAT ARE THEY HIDING? WHAT ARE THEY AFRAID OF. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                        • 05:41:22 PM

                          MR. PERLMUTTER

                          I YIELD TO OUR FRIEND, DAN KILDEE, OF MICHIGAN, AND THEN HE'LL MAKE SOME…

                          I YIELD TO OUR FRIEND, DAN KILDEE, OF MICHIGAN, AND THEN HE'LL MAKE SOME COMMENTS ABOUT HOW HE PERCEIVES ALL OF THIS, AND THEN WE'LL OPEN IT UP TO A LITTLE CONVERSATION AMONG THE THREE OF US.

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                        • 05:41:36 PM

                          MR. KILDEE

                          I THANK MY FRIEND FOR YIELDING. LIKE MY FRIEND MR. PERLMUTTER AND MY…

                          I THANK MY FRIEND FOR YIELDING. LIKE MY FRIEND MR. PERLMUTTER AND MY FRIEND MR. HUFFMAN AND OTHERS, WE CAN'T DOM -- WE DIDN'T COME TO CONGRESS WITH THE IDEA THAT WE'D SPEND OUR TIME TALKING ABOUT RUSSIAN COLLUSION WITH A CAMPAIGN TO TRY TO UNDERMINE OUR ELECTORAL SYSTEM WE CAME HERE TO SOLVE PROBLEMS THAT AMERICANS WANT US TO TAKE ON. DEAL WITH THE BIG PROBLEMS THAT WE FACE WHETHER IT'S INFRASTRUCTURE OR EDUCATION OR THE ENVIRONMENT OR -- YOU KNOW, ALL THE THINGS THAT PEOPLE ACTUALLY WERERY ABOUT. FINANCIAL SECURITY FOR FAMILIES. BUT WE DO HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO UPHOLD THE HOTHE THAT WE TOOK. WE SWORE AN OATH TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES. SO WHILE I -- IT'S NOT BYMY PREFERENCE, AND I KNOW FOR MY FRIENDS, IT'S NOT OUR PREFERENCE TO HAVE TO DEAL WITH THIS QUESTION, WE CAN'T AVOID IT. WE CAN'T JUST LOOK THE OTHER WAY. PARTICULARLY WHEN IT'S VERY CLEAR THAT NOT JUST THIS PRESIDENT, BUT SADLY, SOME AROUND HIM, AND I THINK WE HAVE TO ACKNOWLEDGE, SOME OF OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES SEEM WILLING TO TRY TO INTERFERE WITH OR OBFUSCATE WHAT IS A REALLY IMPORTANT INVESTIGATION. LET'S REMIND OURSELVES. MR. MUELLER, WHO IS LEADING THIS INVESTIGATION, AN THE SPECIAL COUNSEL, WAS APPOINTED BY THE REPUBLICAN ATTORNEY GENERAL. APPOINTED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. BOTH REPUBLICANS. BOB MUELLER WAS APPOINTED INTO THE F.B.I. BY A REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT. THIS IS NOT A PARTISAN QUESTION. CERTAINLY NOT A PARTISAN WITCH HUNT. THIS IS A QUESTION AS TO WHETHER OR NOT WE'RE GOING TO LET THIS INVESTIGATION GO TO COMPLETION. YOU KNOW, THE PRESIDENT KEEPS SAYING, NO COLLUSION. THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS, SO FAR, THERE'S BEEN NO CONCLUSION. THERE'S NO CONCLUSION TO BE DRAWN YET FROM THIS INVESTIGATION. OTHER THAN 17 INDIVIDUALS HAVE BEEN INDICTED, SEVERAL HAVE PLED GUILTY TO VERY SERIOUS CRIMES. SOME PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN VERY CLOSE TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, THE CLOSEST YOU CAN BE, LITERALLY ENGAGED IN HIS CAMPAIGN, SIDE BY SIDE WITH HIM EVERY DAY. SO IT BEGS THE QUESTION, AND REALLY THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION, WHAT ARE THEY AFRAID OF? WHAT DO THEY HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT? IF THERE'S NOTHING TO FIND, IF THERE'S NO COLLUSION, THEN LET'S LET THE PROCESS COMPLETE ITSELF. LET'S LET THE PROCESS COME TO CONCLUSION. AND ACCEPT THE RESULT. SO THIS IS REALLY A FUNDAMENTAL QUESTION TO OUR DEMOCRACY. ARE WE GOING TO ADHERE TO THE RULE OF LAW? OR ARE WE GOING TO RULE, ALLOW A PRESIDENT TO RULE, BY FIAT. ESSENTIALLY DISMISS OR DIMINISH OR DISCREDIT ANYONE WHO RAISES ANY QUESTION ABOUT HIS CONDUCT COMING INTO OR PERFORMING HIS DUTIES. THAT -- THAT IS NOT THE AMERICA THAT WE KNOW. THAT'S NOT A STANDARD WE OUGHT TO ALLOW. 17 17 PEOPLE INDICTED, PEOPLE AT THE TOP OF HIS CAMPAIGN, INCLUDING A WHOLE GROUP OF RUSSIANS WHO CLEARLY WERE ENGAGED IN TRYING TO AFFECT OUR ELECTION. NOW, DON'T YOU REMEMBER THE GOOD-OLD DAYS? I THINK ABOUT OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE WHEN THE BIGGEST SCANDAL THEY COULD COME UP WITH WAS THAT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WORE A TAN SUIT. THE OUTRAGE. WHERE'S THE OUTRAGE NOW WHEN A SPECIAL COUNSEL HAS BEEN APPOINTED AND EVERY MOMENT THERE IS AN ATTEMPT TO TRY TO DISCREDIT THE WORK THAT THIS INDIVIDUAL'S DOING? SO I ASK MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO STAND UP, ADHERE TO THE OATH THAT YOU SWORE, SUPPORT THIS PROCESS, ALLOW FOR YOUR OWN GOOD IN THE GOOD OF THE COUNTRY, ALLOW THE INVESTIGATION TO BE COMPLETED WITHOUT INTERFERENCE, PUSH BACK WHEN THE PRESIDENT TRIES TO DISCREDIT THIS PROCESS. THERE'S JUST TOO MUCH AT STAKE. WHAT ARE THEY AFRAID OF? WHAT ARE THEY WORRIED ABOUT? THIS GUY'S A PROFESSIONAL. WHEN HE WAS APPOINTED, REMEMBER THE CHORUS OF PRAISE. LEFT, RIGHT, AND CENTER FOR BOB MUELLER AND THE INTEGRITY WITH WHICH HE'S CONDUCTED HIMSELF IN PUBLIC LIFE. HE DIDN'T CHANGE. HE'S STILL DOING THAT. LET'S LET HIM DO HIS WORK. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK TO MY FRIEND.

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                        • 05:46:56 PM

                          MR. PERLMUTTER

                          OK. I THANK MY FRIEND FROM MICHIGAN AND HE WAS TALKING ABOUT THE 17…

                          OK. I THANK MY FRIEND FROM MICHIGAN AND HE WAS TALKING ABOUT THE 17 INDICTMENTS, BUT WE HAVE A POSTER HERE STARTING OVER ON THE FAR SIDE OF THIS POSTER TO MY RIGHT, PAUL MANAFORT, THE CAMPAIGN CHAIRMAN. THEN WE HAVE 13 RUSSIANS THAT HAVE BEEN INDICTED, PLUS THREE RUSSIAN COMPANIES THAT INTERFERED WITH OUR ELECTIONS. AND WE'LL SEE HOW THESE INDICTMENTS AND THE CASES UNFOLD, BUT BOB MUELLER AND THE TEAM HAVE SAID THOSE PEOPLE SHOULD BE INDICTED. THIS SIDE, WE HAVE GUILTY PLEAS BY MICHAEL FLYNN, NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR. RICK GATES, ASSISTANT CAMPAIGN MANAGER. GEORGE PAPADOPOULOS, CAMPAIGN ADVISOR. RICHARD PANETO, HE STOLE AN IDENTITY FROM SOMEBODY. AND A LAWYER, ALEX VAN DER ZWAAN, HE IS A FOREIGN LAWYER WHO WORKED HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. WE HAVE FIVE GUILTY PLEAS. WE HAVE 14, 15, 16 TIMES -- INDICTMENTS. THERE'S A LOT OF SMOKE. WHERE THERE'S SMOKE THERE'S FIRE. MR. KILDEE, YOU TALKED ABOUT SORT OF THE BREAD AND BUTTER ISSUES. DO I HAVE A GOOD JOB? AM I READY AS THE ECONOMY CHANGES AND INNOVATION KICKS IN? AM I GOING TO BE READY FOR THE NEXT JOB? DO WE HAVE THE PROPER INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THIS COUNTRY SO THAT FOR THE NEXT 50 YEARS WE CAN COMPETE WITH ANYBODY AT ANYTIME? I MEAN, THOSE ARE THE CONVERSATIONS WE REALLY WANT TO HAVE, BUT WHEN YOU GET DOWN TO IT, AT THE VERY HEART OF WHY WE ARE AMERICA, WHY WE ARE THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, IT'S ABOUT OUR FREEDOM. IT'S ABOUT THE SOVEREIGNTY OF THIS NATION TO CONDUCT ITS OWN AFFAIRS WITHOUT INTERFERENCE BY ANOTHER ENTITY. RUSSIA, ENGLAND, JAPAN, NORTH KOREA, DOESN'T MATTER. WE WANT TO TAKE CARE OF OURSELVES AND NOT BE TOLD WHAT TO DO BY OTHERS. AND THAT INTERFERENCE FROM OUTSIDE OF THIS COUNTRY, DESPITE THESE BIG QUESTIONS WE HAVE AS TO OUR INFRASTRUCTURE, OUR FUTURE OF OUR WORK FORCE, OUR EDUCATION, WHEN IT COMES TO FREEDOM, YOU DON'T STEP AWAY. YOU DON'T IGNORE ATTACKS ON OUR FREEDOM. AND WE'RE NOT GOING TO LET THAT HAPPEN. AND I'M JUST VERY PLEASED THAT YOU TWO JOINING ME TODAY, AND DEMOCRATS, REALLY, THROUGHOUT THIS CHAMBER, AND I KNOW SOME REPUBLICANS ARE VERY CONCERNED WHAT IS UNFOLDING. ALL OF US ARE ASKING, WHAT'S THE PROBLEM HERE? WHAT ARE YOU HIDING? WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF? WHY WON'T YOU LET THE DETECTIVES DO THEIR WORK? SAM NUMBERG, HE WAS ON ALL THE TV STATIONS, I'M NOT GOING TO HONOR THAT SUBPOENA. WHAT'S HE AFRAID OF? SO WE'VE BEEN JOINED BY OUR FRIEND, JAMIE RASKIN. LET ME GIVE HIM A SECOND TO CATCH HIS BREATH, TURN TO MY FRIEND FROM NORTHERN CALIFORNIA FOR A COMMENT OR TWO AND THEN WE'LL TURN IT OVER TO MR. RASKIN.

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                        • 05:50:08 PM

                          MR. HUFFMAN

                          WELL, YOU'RE ASKING ALL THE RIGHT QUESTIONS, CONGRESSMAN PERLMUTTER. THE…

                          WELL, YOU'RE ASKING ALL THE RIGHT QUESTIONS, CONGRESSMAN PERLMUTTER. THE SHORT TIME WE HAVE BEEN ON THE FLOOR, WE ARE SOMEHOW ASKING HARDER QUESTIONS THAN WHAT WE'RE SEEING FROM THE COMMITTEES THAT SHOULD BE CONDUCTING OVERSIGHT AND INVESTIGATIONS IF CONGRESS WERE FUNCTIONING AND TAKING THIS ISSUE AS SERIOUSLY AS IT SHOULD. THOSE QUESTIONS WOULD INCLUDE VERY DISTURBING REPORTING IN THE LAST FEW DAYS IN "THE NEW YORKER" THAT SUGGESTS THE STEEL DOSSIER MAY JUST BE THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG. THAT IN FACT YOU HAVE SENIOR RUSSIAN OFFICIALS WHO CLAIM THAT THEY HAD SOMETHING OF A VETO POWER OVER OUR CHOICE FOR SECRETARY OF STATE. WE SHOULD BE LOOKING INTO THAT RIGHT NOW IN A VERY INTENSE WAY. AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SHOULD KNOW THAT WE TAKE THOSE MATTERS VERY SERIOUSLY. BUT SO MUCH OF THIS SIMPLY FLIES BY THESE DAYS WITH THE CONSTANTLY MOVING MEDIA CYCLE, AND I THINK MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ARE BEGINNING TO WONDER IF CONGRESS IS INTERESTED IN EVEN ASKING HARD QUESTIONS OR IF WE JUST HAVE TO SIT BACK AND EITHER WAIT FOR SPECIAL COUNSEL MUELLER TO CATCH THESE FOLKS IN CRIMES OR WAIT FOR THE MEDIA -- THANK GOD FOR THE FREE PRESS -- BUT THE MEDIA HAS FAR MORE INFORMATION THAN THE OVERSIGHT ACTIONS OF THIS CONGRESS AND THAT'S DISAPPOINTING.

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                        • 05:51:32 PM

                          MR. PERLMUTTER

                          TAKING BACK MY TIME FOR A SECOND. WE GOT TO SAY TO THE SPEAKER AND TO THE…

                          TAKING BACK MY TIME FOR A SECOND. WE GOT TO SAY TO THE SPEAKER AND TO THE OTHER REPUBLICANS IN THIS CHAMBER, YOU KNOW, YOU GUYS NEED TO DO YOUR JOB ON THIS THING. THIS ISN'T JUST SOMETHING THAT'S PEANUTS. THIS GOES TO THE HEART OF WHAT AMERICA IS ALL ABOUT, OUR FREEDOM AND OUR SOVEREIGNTY. AND I WOULD NOW TAKE THE TIME BACK AND THEN HAND IT OFF TO MR. RASKIN FROM MARYLAND.

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                        • 05:51:55 PM

                          MR. RASKIN

                          MR. PERLMUTTER, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YIELDING. FOR JUST A MOMENT, I WAS…

                          MR. PERLMUTTER, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YIELDING. FOR JUST A MOMENT, I WAS VERY MOVED BY YOUR COMMENTS. WE KNOW ETERNAL VIGILANCE IS THE PRICE OF LIBERTY. I WANT TO SALUTE YOU FOR YOUR VIGILANCE AND STELLARNESS IN SUPPORTING US AGAINST FOREIGN ENEMIES WHO WOULD UNDERMINE OUR POLITICAL PROCESSEES. IT SEEMS TO ME IN CONGRESS WE HAVE TWO JOBS WE NEED TO DO NOW. ONE IS DEFEND THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION AND THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AGAINST UNFAIR ATTACKS AND ATTEMPTS TO SUBVERT AND UNDERMINE AN INVESTIGATION. AND, TWO, AND PERHAPS MORE IMPORTANTLY NOW, IS WE GOT TO WORK TO FORTIFY OUR ELECTION SYSTEMS AGAINST A REPEAT IN 2018. THE U.S. INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES THAT TOLD US IN JANUARY OF 2017 THAT THERE HAD BEEN A CAMPAIGN OF CYBERESPIONAGE AND CYBERSABOTAGE AND CYBERPROPAGANDA AGAINST AMERICAN ELECTIONS HAVE TOLD US THAT THE RUSSIANS ARE LIKELY TO BE DOING THE SAME THING WITH RESPECT TO THE 2018 ELECTION. BY THE WAY, IT'S NOT JUST THE RUSSIANS NOW. THEY MAY HAVE SET THE TEMPERATUREPLATE FOR OTHER BAD ACT -- TEMPLATE FOR OTHER BAD ACTORS WHO WANT TO STICK THEIR NOSE TOO. ONE WROTE THIS BOOK CALLED "BROKEN WINDOWS," IF YOU HAVE A BROKEN WINDOW, NOBODY DOES ANYTHING ABOUT IT, IT'S AN INVITATION FOR MORE PEOPLE TO COME ALONG AND BREAK SOME MORE WINDOWS. WELL, RIGHT NOW THE U.S. GOVERNMENT HAS DONE NOTHING. AS YOU SAID, WE'VE NOT SPENT THE MONEY IN THE STATE DEPARTMENT TO TRY TO DEFEND OURSELVES AGAINST THE FOREIGN SUBVERSION OF OUR ELECTIONS AND CYBERESPIONAGE AND SABOTAGE, AND WHEN WE HAD THE ATTORNEY GENERAL COME TO THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE WE ASKED HIM WHAT HAD HE ENGAGED IN TO TRY TO DEFEND OUR ELECTIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY AGAINST ANOTHER ATTACK AND HE SAID BASICALLY NOTHING. FOLLOW-UP EFFORTS BY MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE TO TRY TO GET THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TO MEET WITH US HAVE RESULTED IN NOTHING. SO THIS WEEK WE'VE ASKED FOR $14 MILLION FROM THE APPROPRIATORS TO GO TO THE ELECTION ASSISTANCE COMMISSION WHICH IS THE ONLY FEDERAL BODY WE GOT THAT'S CHARGED WITH TRYING TO HELP STATE ELECTION ADMINISTRATORS DEFEND THEMSELVES AGAINST CYBERATTACK. THAT $14 MILLION IS URGENT AND NECESSARY AND IT'S OBVIOUSLY A VERY SMALL SUM OF MONEY GIVEN THE AMOUNT OF MONEY WE SPEND ON DEFENSE IN AMERICA, BUT THIS IS DEFENSE OF OUR ELECTIONS. WE'RE ALSO ASKING $400 MILLION TO HELP UPDATE OUTMODED AND WEAK ELECTION TECHNOLOGY IN THE STATES TODAY. AND SO THAT'S ANOTHER BADLY NEEDED INFUSION OF CASH TO THE STATES SO WE CAN FORTIFY OUR ELECTIONS. WE KNOW THAT AT LEAST 22 STATES SUFFERED ATTEMPTED ELECTRONIC PROBES BY FOREIGN ACTORS IN 2016, AND THEY'RE COMING BACK IN 2018 AND EVERYBODY WANTS TO KNOW WHAT ARE WE DOING ABOUT IT AND WE HAVE NO COORDINATED PLAN. SO AT THE VERY LEAST WE SHOULD GET THIS MONEY TO THE ELECTION ASSISTANCE COMMISSION SO WE CAN HELP THE STATES HARDEN THEMSELVES. I'M HAPPY TO YIELD BACK.

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                        • 05:55:13 PM

                          MR. PERLMUTTER

                          WELL, I THANK MY FRIEND FROM MARYLAND FOR PARTICIPATING WITH US. WE'RE…

                          WELL, I THANK MY FRIEND FROM MARYLAND FOR PARTICIPATING WITH US. WE'RE GOING TO BE DOING THIS BECAUSE WE DON'T WANT PEOPLE -- WE WANT PEOPLE ASKING THIS QUESTION ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND I'LL YIELD NOW TO OUR FRIEND FROM MICHIGAN TO LET HIM CLOSE US OUT.

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                        • 05:55:26 PM

                          MR. KILDEE

                          WELL, MR. PERLMUTTER, THANK YOU FOR YIELDING. I JUST WANT TO UNDERSCORE A…

                          WELL, MR. PERLMUTTER, THANK YOU FOR YIELDING. I JUST WANT TO UNDERSCORE A POINT YOU MADE IN YOUR OPENING REMARKS. THIS IS FUNDAMENTALLY ABOUT A PRINCIPLE THAT WE HOLD PRETTY DEAR IN THIS COUNTRY AND THAT'S OUR FREEDOM. OUR FREEDOM IS ROOTED IN THE ASSUMPTION THAT OUR DEMOCRATIC SYSTEMS ACTUALLY WORK, THAT THE PROCESS OF DEMOCRACY HAS INTEGRITY, AND THAT THE CHOICES THAT PEOPLE MAKE ARE NOT THE SUBJECT OF INTERFERENCE BY SOME FOREIGN POWER. WE KNOW THAT RUSSIA INTERFERED IN OUR ELECTIONS. THERE ARE ONLY TWO PEOPLE I CAN THINK OF HAVE WHO DENIED THAT REPEATEDLY. ONE OF THEM IS PRESIDENT TRUMP. THE OTHER ONE IS VLADIMIR PUTIN. EVERYONE ELSE, INCLUDING OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES, ACKNOWLEDGE, INCLUDING OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY, ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE RUSSIANS INTERFERED WITH OUR ELECTIONS. FIVE PEOPLE HAD ACKNOWLEDGED THAT THEY COMMITTED CRIMES AS A RESULT OF THE INVESTIGATION THAT'S TAKING PLACE. 12 OTHER -- 15 OTHERS INDICTED. WHY ON EARTH WOULD NOT WE ALLOW THE INVESTIGATION THAT'S TAKING PLACE RIGHT NOW TO DETERMINE THE EXTENT OF THAT INTERFERENCE IN ORDER TO PREVENT IT FROM EVER HAPPENING AGAIN? WHY WOULD WE NOT INSIST THAT WE PROTECT THAT PRINCIPLE OF DEMOCRACY AND THAT FOUNDATIONAL PRINCIPLE OF FREEDOM BY LETTING THIS PROCESS COMPLETE? WHAT ARE THEY AFRAID OF? THAT'S THE QUESTION. WHAT ARE THEY AFRAID OF? AND THAT'S WHY I'M GLAD, MR. PERLMUTTER, YOU'VE INITIATED THIS EFFORT AND I'LL CONTINUE TO STAND WITH YOU AS YOU DO IT. I'LL YIELD BACK.

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                        • 05:57:10 PM

                          MR. PERLMUTTER

                          I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I THANK MR. HUFFMAN, MR. RASKIN. WITH THAT WE YIELD…

                          I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I THANK MR. HUFFMAN, MR. RASKIN. WITH THAT WE YIELD BACK TO THE SPEAKER. OH, BEFORE THAT, MR. SPEAKER. -- OH, BEFORE THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I DO NOW MOVE THE HOUSE ADJOURN.

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                        • 05:57:25 PM

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