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House Session - March 19, 2018

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

Speakers:
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Action
  • 12:00:03 PM

    The House convened, starting a new legislative day.

    • 12:00:13 PM

      ANNOUNCER

      19, 201. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE MARK MEADOWS TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO…

      19, 201. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE MARK MEADOWS TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAK OF THE HOUSE OF

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    • 12:00:13 PM

      The Speaker designated the Honorable Mark Meadows to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.

      • 12:00:18 PM

        THE CLERK

        REPRESENTATIVES.

  • 12:00:29 PM

    MORNING-HOUR DEBATE

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

    • 12:00:34 PM

      MPORE PURSUANT

      DEBATE. THE CHAIR WILL ALTERNATE RECOGNITION BETWEEN THE PARTIES. ALL TIME…

      DEBATE. THE CHAIR WILL ALTERNATE RECOGNITION BETWEEN THE PARTIES. ALL TIME SHALL BE EQUALLY ALLOCATED BETWEEN THE PARTIES AND IN IN EVENT SHALL THE DEBATE CONTINUE BEYOND 1:50 P.M.. EACH MEMBER OTHER THAN THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS AND MINORITY WHIP SHALL BE LIMITED TO FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, MR. MARSHALL, FOR FIVE MINUTES. MR.

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    • 12:01:09 PM

      MR. MARSHALL

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MARCH 25 THROUGH MARCH 31 IS NATIONAL PHYSICIANS…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MARCH 25 THROUGH MARCH 31 IS NATIONAL PHYSICIANS WEEK. AS A PRACTICING PHYSICIAN FOR NEARLY 30 YEARS, I'D LIKE TO USE MY TIME TODAY TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE DEDICATED DOCTORS NATIONWIDE THAT DEVOTE THEIR LIVES TO PROVIDING QUALITY CARE FOR OUR PATIENTS. I'M SO MARCH 25 THROUGH MARCH 31 IS NATIONAL THANKFUL FOR THE DOCTORS THAT HAVE LED THE CHARGE TO OBSERVE A WEEK DEDICATED TO OUR NATION'S PHYSICIANS, AND ESPECIALLY THANKS TO DR. KIMBERLY JACKSON. DR. JACKSON IS A TRUE PIONEER FOR THE MEDICAL PROFESSION. IN JUNE OF 2015 SHE FOUND THE PHYSICIANS WORKING TOGETHER ORGANIZATION. THIS GROUP WAS CREATED TO BRING PHYSICIANS TOGETHER FROM A BROAD SPECTRUM OF SPECIALTIES. DR. JACKSON THEN JUST ONE YEAR LATER ESTABLISHED THE LAST WEEK OF MARCH AS NATIONAL PHYSICIANS WEEK. THIS YEAR CELEBRATION WILL INCLUDE A PHYSICIAN-LED VIRTUAL CONFERENCE HOSTED BY THE PHYSICIANS WORKING TOGETHER GROUP. THE CONFERENCE IS AVAILABLE FOR FREE AND PROVIDE PHYSICIANS WITH VALUABLE WAYS TO IMPROVE THEIR EVERYDAY PRACTICE. THE VIRTUAL SESSION ALSO ALSO HIGHLIGHT WAYS PHYSICIANS WILL TAKE ACTION AND POLICY THROUGH ADVOCACY GROUPS AND NAVIGATE THE WORLD OF POLITICS. I ENCOURAGE MY FRIENDS IN THE MEDICAL INDUSTRY TO TUNE IN. AS AN OBSTETRICIAN AND GYNECOLOGIST, I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS WITH PATIENTS THAT I ALWAYS HOLD DEAR TO MY HEART. THERE IS NOTHING QUITE LIKE WATCHING A FAMILY GROW BEFORE YOUR EYES AND HAVING A HAND IN THEIR HEALTHY GROWING. ALTHOUGH GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS PILED ON OVER THE YEARS HAVE CONTINUED TO MAKE IT DIFFICULT TO BUILD AND NUTURE THESE RELATIONSHIPS, MY PATIENTS HAVE BECOME NO LESS IMPORTANT, NO LESS OF A PRIORITY TO ME. I KNOW THIS TO BE THE CASE FOR MANY OTHER DOCTORS THROUGHOUT THE NATION. THREE MY TIME PRACTICING MEDICINE IN KANSAS, I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK ALONGSIDE MANY FELLOW PHYSICIANS WHO PRACTICE WITH A LEVEL OF CARE I WANT FOR MY OWN FAMILY. PHYSICIANS ARE MORE THAN DESERVING OF A WEEK OF APPRECIATION. SO PLEASE TAKE A FEW MOMENTS TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR YOUR LOCAL PHYSICIANS. FOR MORE INFORMATION WE'D ASK YOU TO SCOMMECK OUT THE NATIONAL PHYSICIANS WEEK FACEBOOK PAGE OR LOOK AT OUR OWN SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES FOR MORE WAYS TO SPREAD THE WORLD. I YIELD BACK THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    • 12:03:32 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    • 12:03:37 PM

      MR. COHEN

      THE CONTINUED SPECIAL COUNCIL POSITION OF ROBERT MUELLER. ON FRIDAY NIGHT…

      THE CONTINUED SPECIAL COUNCIL POSITION OF ROBERT MUELLER. ON FRIDAY NIGHT LATE, THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE F.B.I., MR. ANDREW MCCABE, WAS FIRED. I HAVEN'T SEEN THE I.G. REPORT, NOBODY'S SEEN IT. IT WON'T BE AVAILABLE UNTIL APRIL. BUT IT'S CONCERNING THAT THAT LATE AT NIGHT PEOPLE WERE WORKING AT JUSTICE TO FIRE A CAREER EMPLOYEE AND POSSIBLY DEPRIVE HIM OF HIS PENSION. MR. BECOME -- MR. MCCABE BELIEVES THE REASON HE WAS FIRED WAS BECAUSE OF MR. COMEY'S CONVERSATIONS WITH THE PRESIDENT AND HIS OWN CONVERSATIONS WITH THE PRESIDENT, AND HIS BEING A CORROBORATING WITNESS. I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE CAUSE WAS, BUT THE PROCESS WAS AND HIS OWN CONVERSATIONS WITH AWFUL. IT WAS SEEMED TO VIOLATE THE DUE PROCESS RIGHTS OF THIS CAREER FEDERAL EMPLOYEE. AND THEN TO WATCH THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, A MULTIBILLIONAIRE, SPIKE THE BALL ON BEING ABLE TO DEPRIVE A 20-YEAR FEDERAL EMPLOYEE OF A PENSION WAS CRUEL RUSHED. AND IT, UN-AMERICAN, AND MEAN-SPIRITED. IT WAS A SHOT ACROSS THE BOW AT OTHER GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS WHO ARE DOING THEIR JOBS. JUSTICE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS, F.B.I. OFFICIALS, LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS WHO LOVE THIS COUNTRY AND PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE. AND IF THEY DON'T AGREE WITH THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION CONTINUING, OR IF THEY SEE CONCERNS ABOUT THE UNITED STATES PRESIDENT AND HIS CAMPAIGN AND SOME INVOLVEMENT WITH RUSSIA OR THE OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE OR VIOLATIONS, THAT THEY, TOO, RISK THEIR JOBS AND PENSIONS AND RISK THEIR FINANCIAL SECURITY. IT'S A SCARY TIME IN AMERICA. WE'RE LOOKING AT THE ABYSS. IN DECEMBER, I WAS CONCERNED ABOUT THIS AS WELL. AND REPRESENTATIVE WALTER JONES OF NORTH CAROLINA, REPUBLICAN AND I, HAVE A BIPARTISAN BILL, HOUSE BILL 4669, WHICH HAS A SENATE COMPANION FILED BIPARTISAN AS WELL, SENATOR TILLIS AND SENATOR COONS WHICH IS SENATE BILL 1741. IT GIVES THE SPECIAL COUNCIL DUE PROCESS IF HE IS FIRED FOR CAUSE THAT IS ARE NOT OBJECTIVE , RELATED TO HIS JOB, AND THE PERFORMANCE OF HIS DUTIES. BUT IT MEANS HE COULDN'T BE FIRED FOR POLITICS AND HE COULDN'T BE FIRED TO SQUELCH AN INVESTIGATION CONCERNING THE VERY FUNDAMENTALS OF THIS COUNTRY AND ALLEGIANCE AND ADHERENCE TO THE CONSTITUTION AND LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA FOR WHICH WE HAVE FIRED TO SQUELCH AN INVESTIGATION ALL TAKEN AN OATH TO UPHOLD. NOTHING IS MORE SACRED. IF THE PRESIDENT HAS DONE NOTHING WRONG, AS HE HAS SAID ON MANY OCCASIONS, AND HE'S TWEETED RECENTLY ABOUT MR. MULE EARN SAID IT'S A WITCH-HUNT AND SAID THERE IS NO COLLUSION, IF THERE IS NO COLLUSION, IF THERE IS NO OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE, IF THERE ARE NO VIOLATIONS, THE PRESIDENT SHOULD AS REPRESENTATIVE TRAY GOWDY HAS SAID, WELCOME THE CONTINUATION OF THE INVESTIGATION TO CLEAR HIM. AS REPRESENTATIVE TREY GOWDY SAID, HE IS NOT ACTING LIKE A MAN WHO IS INNOCENT. AND REPRESENTATIVE CHARLIE DENT HAS SAID SIMILAR THINGS. IF YOU HAVE NOTHING TO HIDE, WHY STOP AN INVESTIGATION IF THERE IS NO FIND? AND IF THERE IS SOMETHING TO FIND AND SOMETHING FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT, FOR CONGRESS TO KNOW ABOUT, AND ACT ON, THEN SAID, HE IS NOT IT'S ANTEKOUNMPO ON TO US PROTECT MR. MUELLER -- IT'S INCOME BENT ON INCOME BENT ON US TO PROTECT MR. MUELLER. I KNOW THERE ARE DEMOCRATIC SUPPORT FOR THESE BILLS BUT THERE HASN'T BEEN REPUBLICAN SUPPORT THAT I KNOW SUPPORT THAT I KNOW OF BEYOND SENATOR TILLIS AND REPRESENTATIVE WALTER JONES. I CALL ON SPEAKER RYAN TO SCHEDULE THIS BILL, HAVE IT SCHEDULED, AND RIFFIVE -- REPRESENTATIVE GOODLATTE'S COMMITTEE FOR HEARING OR BRING IT DIRECTLY TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE. I CALL ON REPRESENTATIVE GOODLATTE TO SCHEDULE THE BILL FOR A MARKUP. AND HAVE IT VOTED ON. BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, I CALL ON MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO STAND UP FOR AMERICA, STAND UP FOR THEIR OATH OF OFFICE. WE GET ALONG, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, REPUBLICANS ARE GOOD PEOPLE, TOO. THEY HAVE DIFFERENT THOUGHTS ON CERTAIN ISSUES AND DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES THAN MOST DEMOCRATS, THAN I DO. BUT WE ALL BELIEVE IN AMERICA. THAT SHOULD NOT BE CAPITULATING TO RUSSIA AND AN AMERICA THAT SHOULDN'T BE SEEING THE CONSTITUTION SHREDDED AND LAWS VIOLATED. I CALL ON MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO LOOK INTO THEIR SOUL, THEIR HEART, REMEMBER THEIR OATH, SIGN ON TO H.R. 4669 AS REPRESENTATIVE WALTER JONES HAS AND STAND UP FOR AMERICA. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 12:08:44 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      FITZPATRICK: MR. SPEAKER, OVER FOUR WEEKS HAVE PASSED SINCE OUR NATION…

      FITZPATRICK: MR. SPEAKER, OVER FOUR WEEKS HAVE PASSED SINCE OUR NATION SUFFERED AN UNSPEAKABLE TRAGEDY IN PARKLAND, FLORIDA. WHERE WE LOST 17 SOULS THAT WE CANNOT GET BACK. FIRST, MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO HAVE EACH OF THEIR NAMES ENTERED INTO THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD TO MEMORIALIZE THESE YOUNG BRAVE SOULS WHO WILL MOVE THIS COUNTRY TO ACT TO PROTECT OTHER YOUNG STUDENTS ACROSS THIS NATION.

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    • 12:08:59 PM

      MR. FITZPATRICK

    • 12:09:26 PM

      TEMPORE WITHOUT

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

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 12:12:09 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      PRESENTATION FROM MY FRIEND FROM PENNSYLVANIA. I COULD NOT AGREE MORE THAT…

      PRESENTATION FROM MY FRIEND FROM PENNSYLVANIA. I COULD NOT AGREE MORE THAT IT IS TIME FOR US TO COME FORWARD WITH ACTION. IT WAS MY HONOR THIS MORNING TO ADDRESS THE COUNSEL OF GREAT CITY SCHOOLS -- COUNCIL OF GREAT CITIES SCHOOLS WHO ARE GEART IN OUR NATION'S CAPITAL, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENTS, DEALING WITH THE CHALLENGES OF EDUCATION. AND THEY ARE STANDING IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAVE RAISED THEIR VOICES, CALLING UPON CONGRESS TO FINALLY ACT. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT IS DEEPLY TROUBLING IS THAT THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP REFUSES TO ALLOW A ROBUST DEBATE AND ACTION ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE. THERE ARE DOZENS OF PROVISIONS THAT WE CAN COME TOGETHER, PRODUCE

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    • 12:12:17 PM

      MR. BLUMENAUER

      IS THE GENTLEMAN ASKING FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT?

    • 12:13:37 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    • 12:13:39 PM

      MR. BLUMENAUER

    • 12:13:41 PM

      TEMPORE WITHOUT

    • 12:13:42 PM

      MR. BLUMENAUER

      THINKING. THE GREAT CITY SCHOOL COUNCIL POINTED OUT IN THEIR RESOLUTION…

      THINKING. THE GREAT CITY SCHOOL COUNCIL POINTED OUT IN THEIR RESOLUTION THAT AMERICANS ARE 25 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE KILLED WITH A GUN THAN PEOPLE IN OTHER DEVELOPED COUNTRIES. . THEY REJECT THE PROPOSITION THAT WE HAVE TO BE THE ONLY DEVELOPED COUNTRY THAT CANNOT PROTECT OUR FAMILIES FROM GUN VIOLENCE. THEY RECOGNIZE THAT THERE IS NO PLACE TO ARM TEACHERS IN RESPONSE. THERE'S NO EVIDENCE THAT HAVING TEACHERS PACKING HEAT WOULD MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE AT ALL. WHAT IT WOULD DO IS ADD ANOTHER LAYER OF UNCERTAINTY AND MORE GUNS IN SCHOOLS INCREASES THE LIKELIHOOD THEY WILL BE USED. THEY CATEGORICALLY REJECT THE ARMING OF TEACHERS BUT SAY, MOVE FORWARD, REMOVE THE ABILITY OF PEOPLE TO PURCHASE HIGH-CAPACITY AUTOMATIC WEAPONS , TIGHTEN BACKGROUND CHECKS, MAKE IT EASIER TO DO RESEARCH ON GUN VIOLENCE WHICH THIS CONGRESS HAS TRIED TO MAKE ILLEGAL. MR. SPEAKER, I AM HOPEFUL THAT WE WILL NOT HAVE THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP CONTINUE TO DENY US AN OPPORTUNITY TO FULLY DEBATE THE PROPOSALS THAT ARE CIRCULATING ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS THAT WOULD MAKE A DIFFERENCE DEALING WITH BACKGROUND CHECKS, DEALING WITH TAKING GUNS AWAY FROM PEOPLE WHO SHOULDN'T HAVE THEM, MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE REDUCING THE ACCESS TO SOME OF THE MOST DESTRUCTIVE MILITARY WEAPONS THAT HAVE NO PLACE CIRCULATING IN SOCIETY. CHILDREN NOT OLD ENOUGH -- YOUNG MEN NOT OLD ENOUGH TO BUY A BEER CAN BUY AN AK-47, THAT'S WRONG. MR. SPEAKER, I HOPE THAT PEOPLE'S HEARTS AND MINDS WILL BE TOUCHED BY THE ELOQUENCE THAT WE HAVE HEARD FROM THESE YOUNG PEOPLE IN FLORIDA WHO'VE ENDURED IT, WHO HAVE PUT PRESSURE ON THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO ACT. I HOPE WE --

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    • 12:17:28 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      MS. BORDALLO, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

    • 12:17:43 PM

      MS. BORDALLO

      H.R. 4761, THIS YEAR. I HAVE ALSO CHAMPIONED LEGISLATION TO REIMBURSE GOV…

      H.R. 4761, THIS YEAR. I HAVE ALSO CHAMPIONED LEGISLATION TO REIMBURSE GOV GUAM FOR COMPACT IMPACT AT THE MANDATORY $180 MILLION ANNUAL LEVEL, RECOMMENDED BY THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE. TRANSFERS OF VALUABLE SURPLUS FEDERAL PROPERTY UNDER MY GUAM LAND RETURN ACT PROVIDES YET ANOTHER WAY TO INCREASE FEDERAL REIMBURSEMENT TO GOV GUAM FOR COMPACT IMPACT EXPENSES, AND THESE TRANSFERS OF SURPLUS PROPERTY WOULD OCCUR AT NO COST TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OR THE TAXPAYERS. OUR ISLAND OF GUAM HOLDS A SUBSTANTIAL -- HOSTS A SUBSTANTIAL MILITARY PRESENCE AND IS AN IMPORTANT MILITARY BASE IN THE ASIA PACIFIC REGION. IN 2011, THE U.S. MILITARY MADE A COMMITMENT TO THE PEOPLE OF GUAM TO REDUCE FEDERAL LANDOWNERSHIP AND THE MILITARY'S FOOTPRINT ON GUAM. IMPORTANTLY, THE COMMITMENT COINCIDES WITH THE BUILDUP OF AMERICAN MILITARY PERSONNEL AND BASE RESOURCES ON GUAM, PART OF THE RELOCATION OF U.S. MARINES FROM OKINAWA, JAPAN. U.S. MILITARY AND DEFENSE DEPARTMENT LEADERSHIP UNDER THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAVE REAFFIRMED THIS NET NEGATIVE COMMITMENT TO OUR PEOPLE AND TO ME PERSONALLY. SINCE JANUARY OF 2011, THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT HAS RETURNED APPROXIMATELY 686 ACRES TO GOV GUAM. MY GUAM LAND RETURN ACT HOLDS THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT ACCOUNTABLE FOR MEETING THE NET NEGATIVE COMMITMENT IN FULL. THIS LEGISLATION WOULD REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE TO MAINTAIN A PUBLIC INVENTORY OF ALL LAND PARCELS THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT EXPECTS TO ULTIMATELY TRANSFER TO GOV GUAM UNDER THE NET NEGATIVE COMMITMENT. MY LEGISLATION OUTLINES 17 SPECIFIC FEDERAL LAND PARCELS, TOTALING 476 ACRES THAT SHOULD BE TRANSFERRED TO GOV GUAM. THE GUAM LAND REFORM ACT WOULD ALSO PROVIDE A PUBLIC MECHANISM FOR THE GOVERNOR OF GUAM TO PETITION THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT TO CONSIDER TRANSFERRING ADDITIONAL LAND PARCELS TO GOV GUAM UNDER THE NET NEGATIVE COMMITMENT. AND LASTLY, MY LEGISLATION INCLUDES SEVERAL PROVISIONS RELATING TO CURRENT AND FORMER FEDERAL LAND ON GUAM. TWO PROVISIONS ENSURE THAT NO COST TRANSFERS OF SURPLUS FEDERAL LAND AND OTHER VALUABLE PROPERTY DO NOT CREATE ADDITIONAL LIABILITIES OR PUBLIC SAFETY CONCERNS FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT RELATING TO ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANUP OR FLIGHT PATHS FOR AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL. ONE SECTION REMOVES AN ANTIQUATED FEDERAL RESTRICTION ON 927 ACRES ON GUAM'S CABRES ISLAND WHICH GOV GUAM HAS OWNED SINCE 1981. THE PEOPLE OF GUAM ARE PATRIOTIC AMERICANS AND SUPPORT OUR MILITARY SERVICE MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES AND THE NATION'S VETERANS. AND AT THE SAME TIME THE PEOPLE OF GUAM WANT TO SEE THEIR ANCESTRAL LANDS RETURNED AND RIGHTFULLY SO. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK.

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    • 12:23:00 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      FUNDING EXPIRES FRIDAY AT MIDNIGHT. BOTH THE HOUSE AND SENATE MUST PASS…

      FUNDING EXPIRES FRIDAY AT MIDNIGHT. BOTH THE HOUSE AND SENATE MUST PASS SPENDING LEGISLATION TO PREVENT A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN. LIVE COVERAGE HERE ON C-SPAN FROM THE FLOOR OF THE U.S. HOUSE WHEN THEY RETURN AT 2:00.

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  • 12:23:22 PM

    Recess

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

    • 12:23:44 PM

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      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 CONROIFMENT --CONROY.

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  • 02:00:15 PM

    Reconvened

    The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of March 19.

    • 02:00:16 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    • 02:00:18 PM

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

      • 02:00:24 PM

        CHAPLAIN CONROY

        LOVE. THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IS A NOBLE INSTITUTION WHICH EMBRACES…

        LOVE. THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IS A NOBLE INSTITUTION WHICH EMBRACES THE HIGHEST ASPIRATIONS OF THE NATION'S PEOPLE AND EMBODIES THEIR LASTING VALUES. HELP THE MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE TO LOOK AT THEMSELVES, THEIR POLITICS, PRIORITIES, AND THE NATION'S INTERESTS WITH NEW VISION IN THE LIGHT OF YOUR SPIRIT. HELP THEM TO BE WISE AND PATIENT LEGISLATORS SEEKING NOT IMMEDIATE POLITICAL WINS BUT A PRODUCTIVE FUTURE WHICH WILL NOURISH THE STABILITY OF OUR HOMELAND AND REAP A HARVEST OF PEACE IN THE WORLD. MAY ALL THAT IS DONE THIS DAY BE FOR YOUR GREATER HONOR AND GLORY, AMEN.

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      • 02:01:29 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        PLEASE JOIN MEEFMENT I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES…

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

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    • 02:01:44 PM

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

    • 02:01:46 PM

      PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

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

      • 02:01:54 PM

        MR. DUNN

        MEEFMENT

      • 02:02:01 PM

        MR. DUNN

        SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK

    • 02:02:02 PM

      ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

      The House proceeded with one minute speeches.

      • 02:02:04 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

      • 02:02:16 PM

        MR. DUNN

      • 02:02:19 PM

        TEMPORE WITHOUT

      • 02:02:21 PM

        MR. DUNN

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

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

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      • 02:03:29 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        TEMPORE WITHOUT

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

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        MR. VEASEY

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        TEMPORE WITHOUT

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        TEMPORE WITHOUT

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        MR. VISCLOSKY

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

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

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      • 02:07:36 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MINUTE.

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        TEMPORE WITHOUT

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        MR. LAMALFA

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

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

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      • 02:09:26 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        TEMPORE WITHOUT

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        MR. FITZPATRICK

        CAN TAKE A VIRTUAL HOT AIR BALLOON OR GRAB A SHOVEL AND DIG TO FIND…

        CAN TAKE A VIRTUAL HOT AIR BALLOON OR GRAB A SHOVEL AND DIG TO FIND ARTIFACTS IN A DIGGING EXHIBIT OF THE IT IS IMPORTANT WE CONTINUE TO INSPIRE AND TAKE A VIRTUAL EDUCATE OUR NEXT GENERATION. I WANT TO THANK THE BUCKS COUNTY CHILDREN'S MUSEUM FOR WHAT THEY DO TO BRING WONDER AND WONDERFUL EXPERIENCES TO THE YOUNGEST CITIZENS OF BUCKS COUNTY. I YIELD BACK.

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      • 02:10:31 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE WHOLE NUMBER OF THE HOUSE IS 430. WHOLE NUMBER PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A…

        THE WHOLE NUMBER OF THE HOUSE IS 430. WHOLE NUMBER PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS UNTIL APPROXIMATELY 3:45 P.M. TODAY.

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    • 02:10:41 PM

      ADJUSTMENT OF WHOLE HOUSE

      Under clause 5(d) of rule 20, the Chair announced to the House that, in light of the passing of the gentlewoman from New York, Ms. Slaughter, the whole number of the House is 430.

      • 02:10:50 PM

        Recess

        The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for approximately 3:45 p.m. today.

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        • 02:12:10 PM

          HOST

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          CALLER

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          GUEST

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

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

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      • 03:45:55 PM

        Reconvened

        The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of March 19.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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          THE SECRETARY

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          TEMPORE PURSUANT

          MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL S.…

          MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL S. 20306789

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        • 03:46:50 PM

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

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            THE CLERK

        • 03:47:10 PM

          Mr. Upton moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. S. 2030 — "To deem the compliance date for amended energy conservation standards for ceiling light kits to be January 21, 2020, and for other purposes."

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            Considered under suspension of the rules.

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            DEBATE

            The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 2030.

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              TEMPORE PURSUANT

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              MR. UPTON

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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              MR. UPTON

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

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

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            • 03:49:24 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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              MR. MCNERNEY

              WITH THE CHAIRMAN TO THIS ISSUE. THE BIPARTISAN AND WE'RE GOING TO GO…

              WITH THE CHAIRMAN TO THIS ISSUE. THE BIPARTISAN AND WE'RE GOING TO GO AHEAD AND DO THIS LAW RIGHT. NOW, S. 2030 IS ESSENTIALLY IDENTICAL TO H.R. 3477, LEGISLATION INTRODUCED BY MY COLLEAGUES ON THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, MR. HUDSON AND MR. BUTTERFIELD. THE PURPOSE OF THE LEGISLATION IS TO ALIGN THE CURRENT 2019 COMPLIANCE DEADLINE FOR CEILING FAT LIGHT KIT STANDARDS, WITH SEPARATE STANDARD FOR CEILING FANS SET FOR 2020. S. 2030 ESSENTIALLY EXTENDS THE COMPLIANCE DEADLINE FOR THE RULE AMENDING THE STANDARDS FOR CEILING FAN LIGHT KITS BY JUST OVER ONE YEAR, TO JANUARY 21, 2030, SO THEY CAN BOTH OCCUR AT THE SAME TIME. THE ENERGY POLICY AND CONSERVATION ACT, AS AMENDED, BY THE ENERGY POLICY ACT OF 2005, REQUIRED THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY TO PUT IN PLACE EFFICIENCY STANDARDS FOR CEILING LIGHT FAN -- CEILING KITS. THE D.O.E. HAS DETERMINED THAN CREASING EFFICIENCY STANDARDS FOR CEILING -- THAT INCREASING EFFICIENCY STANDARDS FOR CEILING FAN LIGHT KITS WOULD CONSERVE ENERGY MORE WHILE BEING ECONOMICALLY FEASIBLE. THE D.O.E. FINALLY PUT FORTH A STANDARD THAT, AS STATED PREVIOUSLY, WOULD TAKE EFFECT IN JANUARY OF NEXT YEAR. HOWEVER, BECAUSE THE D.O.E. DID NOT MEET THE STATUTORY DEADLINE FOR PROMULGATING A CEILING FAN LIGHTING KIT STANDARD, CERTAIN BACK STOP REQUIREMENTS HAVE BEEN TRIGGERED THAT WOULD BE INDIVIDUALATED BY THE NEW REGULATIONS. SOME OF US QUESTION AS TO WHETHER OR NOT THE ENACT THE OF THIS LEGISLATION WOULD RESULT IN THE EXTENSION OF THESE BACK DROP REQUIREMENTS. I THINK IT'S

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            • 03:49:35 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            • 03:49:37 PM

              MR. MCNERNEY

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

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

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            • 03:52:08 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            • 03:52:12 PM

              MR. UPTON

            • 03:52:22 PM

              MR. MCNERNEY

            • 03:52:32 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            • 03:52:35 PM

              MR. MCNERNEY

            • 03:53:09 PM

              MR. UPTON

            • 03:53:12 PM

              MR. MCNERNEY

            • 03:53:53 PM

              MR. UPTON

            • 03:54:04 PM

              MR. MCNERNEY

              THE GENTLEMAN WILL YIELD, AS HE DOES. YOU ARE CORRECT. TO HAVE HEARD FROM…

              THE GENTLEMAN WILL YIELD, AS HE DOES. YOU ARE CORRECT. TO HAVE HEARD FROM LIGHTING MANUFACTURERS -- I TOO HAVE HEARD FROM LIGHTING MANUFACTURERS AND SYMPATHIZE WITH THEM IN WITH REGARDS TO UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES. THE INTENT OF THIS BILL, ANDER INTO MATTER, MY INTENT, IS TO KEEP THE COMPLIANCE DEADLINE FOR CHANGES TO THE 190-WATT LIMITER REQUIREMENT AT JANUARY 7, 2019. WE NOW KNOW THAT THE LIMITER REQUIREMENT ADDS TO THE COST TO CONSUMERS AND CAN COMPROMISE CEILING FAN RELIABILITY AND IS NO LONGER NEEDED TO MEET EFFICIENCY STANDARDS. THE FINAL RULE THAT INCLUDED THE CEILING FAN LIGHT KIT STANDARDS ALSO PROVIDED THE 190-WATT LIMITER REQUIREMENT IS DEEMED BE MET BY ANY PRODUCT THAT COMPLICE WITH THE NEW EFFICIENCY STANDARD -- COMPLIES WITH THE NEW EFFICIENCY STANDARD. THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT THE 190-WATT LIMITER SHOULD NO LONGER BE REQUIRED BEGINNING ON JANUARY 2, -- JANUARY 7, 2019. THIS BILL, S. 2030, SEEKS TO DELAY THE CEILING FAN LIGHT KIT COMPLIANCE DEADLINE ONLY, BUT NOT TO DELAY THE CHANGE TO THE 190-WATT LIMITER REQUIREMENT.

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            • 03:55:15 PM

              MR. UPTON

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              MR. MCNERNEY

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              MR. UPTON

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              MR. MCNERNEY

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            • 03:58:41 PM

              MR. UPTON

            • 03:58:45 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            • 03:58:48 PM

              MR. MCNERNEY

            • 03:59:31 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

          • 03:59:59 PM

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

            • 04:00:02 PM

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

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              • 04:03:17 PM

                MR. MCCAUL

            • 04:03:25 PM

              Mr. McCaul moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 5074 — "To authorize cyber incident response teams at the Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes."

              • 04:03:34 PM

                CLERK THE

            • 04:03:37 PM

              Considered under suspension of the rules.

            • 04:03:38 PM

              DEBATE

              The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 5074.

              • 04:03:44 PM

                MPORE PURSUANT

                WITHOUT OBJECTION.

              • 04:03:50 PM

                MR. MCCAUL

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                TEMPORE WITHOUT

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                MR. MCCAUL

                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              • 04:09:40 PM

                MR. THOMPSON

                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              • 04:12:28 PM

                MR. MCCAUL

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

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

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              • 04:12:33 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              • 04:12:35 PM

                MR. THOMPSON

              • 04:13:37 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                MR. MCCAUL

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              • 04:13:44 PM

                MR. MCCAUL

              • 04:14:38 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL AS AMENDED.

            • 04:14:41 PM

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

              • 04:14:43 PM

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

                • 04:15:13 PM

                  Mr. Estes (KS) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 4176 — "To strengthen air cargo security, and for other purposes."

                  • 04:15:29 PM

                    Considered under suspension of the rules.

                  • 04:15:31 PM

                    DEBATE

                    The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4176.

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                      >>

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                      THE CLERK

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                      TEMPORE PURSUANT

                    • 04:15:52 PM

                      MR. ESTES

                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    • 04:16:15 PM

                      MR. ESTES

                      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME IS RESERVED. THE GENTLEMAN IF MISSISSIPPI.

                    • 04:19:53 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                    • 04:19:57 PM

                      MR. THOMPSON

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    • 04:20:10 PM

                      MR. THOMPSON

                      I HAVE NO MORE SPEAKERS AND AM PREPARED TO CLOSE WHEN THE GENTLEMAN DOES.

                    • 04:22:08 PM

                      MR. ESTES

                    • 04:22:15 PM

                      MR. THOMPSON

                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    • 04:22:59 PM

                      MR. ESTES

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    • 04:23:03 PM

                      MR. ESTES

                    • 04:23:09 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  • 04:23:09 PM

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

                    • 04:23:11 PM

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

                      • 04:23:23 PM

                        Mr. Estes (KS) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 5099 — "To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish in the Department of Homeland Security a fusion center technical assistance program."

                        • 04:23:29 PM

                          MR. ESTES

                      • 04:23:34 PM

                        Considered under suspension of the rules.

                      • 04:23:36 PM

                        DEBATE

                        The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 5099.

                        • 04:23:40 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        • 04:23:43 PM

                          THE CLERK

                        • 04:23:55 PM

                          PORE PURSUANT

                        • 04:24:04 PM

                          MR. ESTES

                        • 04:24:14 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        • 04:24:15 PM

                          MR. ESTES

                        • 04:24:19 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        • 04:24:21 PM

                          MR. ESTES

                          THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI IS RECOGNIZED.

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                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        • 04:27:27 PM

                          MR. THOMPSON

                        • 04:27:37 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        • 04:27:39 PM

                          MR. THOMPSON

                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMORE

                        • 04:29:16 PM

                          MR. ESTES

                        • 04:29:21 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        • 04:29:23 PM

                          MR. THOMPSON

                        • 04:29:58 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        • 04:30:03 PM

                          RECOGNIZED. MR. ESTES

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                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        • 04:30:09 PM

                          MR. ESTES

                          H.R. 5099? THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED,

                        • 04:30:18 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4227.

                      • 04:30:32 PM

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

                        • 04:30:33 PM

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

                          • 04:30:51 PM

                            MR. ESTES

                            H.R. 4227, A BILL TO REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO EXAMINE…

                            H.R. 4227, A BILL TO REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO EXAMINE WHAT ACTIONS THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY IS UNDERTAKING TO COMBAT THE THREAT OF VEHICULAR TERRORISM, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                          • 04:30:58 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                            THE CLERK

                          • 04:31:13 PM

                            TEMPORE PURSUANT

                          • 04:31:19 PM

                            MR. ESTES

                        • 04:31:24 PM

                          Mr. Estes (KS) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 4227 — "To require the Secretary of Homeland Security to examine what actions the Department of Homeland Security is undertaking to combat the threat of vehicular terrorism, and for other purposes."

                          • 04:31:30 PM

                            TEMPORE WITHOUT

                          • 04:31:31 PM

                            MR. ESTES

                          • 04:31:34 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          • 04:31:36 PM

                            MR. ESTES

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS -- THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS -- THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI IS RECOGNIZED.

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                        • 04:31:36 PM

                          Considered under suspension of the rules.

                        • 04:31:37 PM

                          DEBATE

                          The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4227.

                          • 04:33:49 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 04:33:53 PM

                            MR. THOMPSON

                          • 04:34:05 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          • 04:34:07 PM

                            MR. THOMPSON

                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 04:36:29 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          • 04:36:32 PM

                            MR. ESTES

                          • 04:36:40 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          • 04:36:42 PM

                            MR. LATTA

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS.

                          • 04:38:55 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          • 04:38:57 PM

                            MR. ESTES

                          • 04:39:01 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          • 04:39:04 PM

                            MR. THOMPSON

                          • 04:40:18 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          • 04:40:22 PM

                            MR. ESTES

                          • 04:40:25 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          • 04:40:27 PM

                            MR. ESTES

                            H.R. 4227. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED,

                          • 04:40:35 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            MR. CHAIRMAN, I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

                          • 04:40:45 PM

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

                            • 04:40:53 PM

                              MR. ESTES

                            • 04:40:56 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5079, THE…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5079, THE D.H.S. FIELD ENGAGEMENT ACCOUNTABILITY ACT, AS AMENDED.

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                            • 04:41:40 PM

                              MR. BACON

                          • 04:41:42 PM

                            Mr. Bacon moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 5079 — "To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require the Department of Homeland Security to develop an engagement strategy with fusion centers, and for other purposes."

                            • 04:41:45 PM

                              Considered under suspension of the rules.

                            • 04:41:47 PM

                              DEBATE

                              The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 5079.

                              • 04:41:50 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                H.R. 5079, A BILL TO AMEND THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002 TO REQUIRE…

                                H.R. 5079, A BILL TO AMEND THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002 TO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO DEVELOP AN ENGAGEMENT STRATEGY WITH FUSION CENTERS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                              • 04:41:59 PM

                                THE CLERK

                              • 04:42:06 PM

                                THE CLERK

                              • 04:42:07 PM

                                TEMPORE PURSUANT

                              • 04:42:11 PM

                                MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                              • 04:42:18 PM

                                MR. BACON

                              • 04:42:28 PM

                                TEMPORE WITHOUT

                              • 04:42:31 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              • 04:42:32 PM

                                MR. BACON

                                FIELD ENGAGEMENT ACCOUNTABILITY ACT, WILL HOLD D.H.S. -- FIRST, IT…

                                FIELD ENGAGEMENT ACCOUNTABILITY ACT, WILL HOLD D.H.S. -- FIRST, IT REQUIRES D.H.S. TO DEVELOP A STRATEGY FOR ENGAGEMENT WITH FUSION CENTERS. WITH THE MATURATION OF THE NATIONAL NETWORK, MANY FUSION CENTERS ADOPTED AN ALL-THREATS, ALL-HAZARDS MISSION TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE KEEPING PACE WITH THE ENVIRONMENT. IT WILL ENSURE D.H.S.'S SUPPORTING AND LEVERAGING FUSION CENTERS EFFECTIVELY AND EFFICIENTLY. SECOND, THIS BILL MANDATES PERFORMANCE METRICS TO HOLD D.H.S. PERSONNEL AND THE FIELD ACCOUNTABLE. AMONG OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES, THESE PERSONNEL YOU IS SEMB AS AMBASSADORS TO THE DEPARTMENT -- PERSONNEL TO SERVE AS AMBASSADORS TO THE DEPARTMENT. THE DEPARTMENT MUST HAVE OBJECTIVES AND METRICS IN PLACE TO ENSURE EXPECTATIONS OF THESE OFFICERS AND ACCOUNT ACT -- ACCOUNTABILITY WHEN ISSUES ARISE. CLASSIFIED AND UNCLASSIFIED INFORMATION SHARING SYSTEMS THAT THE DEPARTMENT'S MAKE AVAILABLE TO FUSION CENTERS AND OTHER LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES. WHILE D.H.S. HAS MADE STRIDES IN FACILITATING FUSION CENTER ACCESS TO INFORMATION AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS, THERE ARE GAPS IN THE DEPARTMENT'S EFFORTS TO ENSURE THESE PARTNERS ARE ADEQUATELY TRAINED TO UTILIZE THESE SYSTEMS. SO, FOR EXAMPLE, WHILE ALL FUSION CENTERS NOW HAVE ACCESS TO D.H.S.'S CLASSIFIED TO HSDN, MANY PERSONNEL ARE NOT PROFICIENT IN SYSTEM AND D.H.S. DOES NOT HAVE ANY STANDARDIZED TRAINING. GRANTING THE APPROPRIATE CLEARANCES AND CREDENTIALS TO ACCESS D.H.S. SYSTEMS IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS ENSURING COMPETENCY WHEN USING THESE SYSTEMS. ADDITIONALLY, I HAVE LEARNED THAT MANY D.H.S. COMPONENTS DO NOT ROUTINELY SHARE ANALYTIC PRODUCTS ON THE PORTAL AND MANY DOCUMENTS ARE NOT POSTED ON A TIMELY BASIS. IT IS INCUMBENT ON THE DEPARTMENT TO ENSURE THE APPROPRIATE POLICIES AND METRICS ARE IN PLACE TO INCENTIVIZE COMPONENT USE OF THIS CRITICAL INFORMATION SHARING PROGRAM. SO IN THAT REGARD, I AM PLEASED TO REPORT AS OF THIS MONTH BOTH THE FEDERAL PROTECTIVE SERVICE AND UNITED STATES COAST GUARD STARTED PARTICIPATING ON THE HSIN. I ENCOURAGE OTHER COMPONENTS OF THE DEPARTMENT TO FOLLOW SUIT. THIS IS A COMMONSENSE BILL WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT THAT WILL ENHANCE THE D.H.S. RELATIONSHIP WITH STATE AND LOCAL FUSION CENTERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IN SHORT, WE HAVE LEARNED MANY LESSONS THIS PAST YEAR IN ANALYZING AND STUDYING FUSION CENTERS. THIS BILL FIXES THE MULTIPLE PROBLEMS THAT WE'VE ENCOUNTERED. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              • 04:45:50 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5079, THE D.H.S. FIELD ENGAGEMENT ACCOUNTABILITY…

                                I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5079, THE D.H.S. FIELD ENGAGEMENT ACCOUNTABILITY ACT.

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                              • 04:45:59 PM

                                MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                              • 04:46:07 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              • 04:46:11 PM

                                MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA.

                              • 04:48:02 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              • 04:48:07 PM

                                MR. BACON

                              • 04:48:13 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              • 04:48:18 PM

                                MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                              • 04:48:23 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              • 04:48:26 PM

                                MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA.

                              • 04:49:50 PM

                                THE SPEAKER

                              • 04:49:55 PM

                                MR. BACON

                              • 04:49:59 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              • 04:50:01 PM

                                MR. BACON

                              • 04:50:15 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R.…

                                I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5013, THE SURFACE TRANSPORTATION SECURITY IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2018, AS AMENDED SPROISM THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                            • 04:50:31 PM

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

                              • 04:50:32 PM

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

                                • 04:50:53 PM

                                  MR. BACON

                                • 04:51:02 PM

                                  THE CLERK

                                • 04:51:17 PM

                                  TEMPORE PURSUANT

                              • 04:51:19 PM

                                Mr. Bacon moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 5131 — "To improve the effectiveness of Federal efforts to identify and address homeland security risks to surface transportation, secure against vehicle-based attacks, and conduct a feasibility assessment of introducing new security technologies and measures, and for other purposes."

                                • 04:51:29 PM

                                  MR. BACON

                              • 04:51:34 PM

                                Considered under suspension of the rules.

                              • 04:51:36 PM

                                DEBATE

                                The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 5131.

                                • 04:51:39 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                • 04:51:41 PM

                                  MR. BACON

                                • 04:51:45 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                • 04:51:47 PM

                                  MR. BACON

                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW JERSEY.

                                • 04:54:12 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                • 04:54:20 PM

                                  MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                • 04:54:31 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                • 04:54:35 PM

                                  MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                  THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA IS RECOGNIZED.

                                • 04:57:00 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                • 04:57:03 PM

                                  MR. BACON

                                • 04:57:07 PM

                                  TEMPORE

                                • 04:57:11 PM

                                  MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                • 04:57:15 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                • 04:57:18 PM

                                  MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                • 04:57:51 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                • 04:57:59 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                • 04:58:01 PM

                                  MR. BACON

                                • 04:58:26 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                • 04:58:42 PM

                                  MR. BAY KOHN

                                • 04:58:45 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                • 04:58:45 PM

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

                                  • 04:58:46 PM

                                    BEING IN THE -- MR. BACON

                                  • 04:58:51 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4467, THE…

                                    I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4467, THE STRENGTHENING AVIATION SECURITY ACT OF 2018, AS AMENDED.

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                                • 04:58:59 PM

                                  Mr. Bacon moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 4467 — "To require the Federal Air Marshal Service to utilize risk-based strategies, and for other purposes."

                                  • 04:59:09 PM

                                    Considered under suspension of the rules.

                                  • 04:59:10 PM

                                    DEBATE

                                    The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4467.

                                    • 04:59:14 PM

                                      MR. BACON

                                    • 04:59:22 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    • 04:59:26 PM

                                      THE CLERK

                                      PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA, MR. BACON, AND THE BILL…

                                      PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA, MR. BACON, AND THE BILL TO REQUIRE THE FEDERAL AIR GENTLEMAN FROM -- THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MRS. WATSON COLEMAN, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA.

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                                    • 04:59:40 PM

                                      TEMPORE PURSUANT

                                    • 04:59:48 PM

                                      MR. BACON

                                    • 04:59:55 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    • 04:59:56 PM

                                      MR. BACON

                                    • 04:59:59 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    • 05:00:01 PM

                                      MR. BACON

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

                                    • 05:02:42 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    • 05:02:45 PM

                                      MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                    • 05:02:56 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    • 05:02:58 PM

                                      MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                    • 05:04:50 PM

                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    • 05:04:53 PM

                                      RECOGNIZED. MR. BACON

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                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                      MR. HICE

                                      MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO MORE SPEAKERS AND I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE ONCE THE…

                                      MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO MORE SPEAKERS AND I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE ONCE THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW JERSEY IS DONE.

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                                      MR. BACON

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                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                      MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

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                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                      MRS. WATON COLEMAN

                                      THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                      MR. BACON

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                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    • 05:09:07 PM

                                      MR. BACON

                                      ANALYTICALLY, SCIENTIFICALLY BASED SO WE CAN GET THE MOST BANG FOR OUR…

                                      ANALYTICALLY, SCIENTIFICALLY BASED SO WE CAN GET THE MOST BANG FOR OUR BUCK. I URGE SUPPORT OF THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      MR. SPEAKER.

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

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                                        MR. BACON

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                        MR. BACON

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5089, THE…

                                        MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5089, THE STRENGTHENING LOCAL TRANSPORTATION SECURITY CAPABILITIES ACT OF 2018, AS AMENDED.

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                                      Mr. Bacon moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 5089 — "To improve threat information sharing, integrated operations, and law enforcement training for transportation security, and for other purposes."

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                                        Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                        DEBATE

                                        The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 5089.

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                                          MR. BACON

                                          BILL.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA, MR. BACON, AND THE…

                                          PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA, MR. BACON, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. BARRAGAN, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA.

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                                          THE CLERK

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                                          TEMPORE PURSUANT

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                                          MR. BACON

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                                          TEMPORE WITHOUT

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                                          MR. BACON

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MR. BACON

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MS. BARRAGAN

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MS. BARRAGAN

                                          MY BILL IS THAT NEXT STEP. H.R. 5089 IS FOCUSED ON ENHANCING THE…

                                          MY BILL IS THAT NEXT STEP. H.R. 5089 IS FOCUSED ON ENHANCING THE CAPABILITIES OF LOCAL TRANSPORTATION SECURITY STAKEHOLDERS TO PREVENT AND RESPOND TO TERRORIST ATTACKS AND OTHER SERIOUS INCIDENTS. STATE AND LOCAL STAKEHOLDERS, INCLUDING TRANSIT SYSTEM OWNERS AND OPERATORS, AND LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES, PLAY A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN SECURING SURFACE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS AGAINST THREATS. YET MANY STAKEHOLDERS CITE A LACK OF SUFFICIENT INFORMATION FROM T.S.A. AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO ADEQUATELY PREPARE FOR THESE THREATS. THE STRENGTHENING THE LOCAL TRANSPORTATION SECURITIES CAPABILITIES ACT OF 2018 REQUIRES D.H.S. TO PRIORITIZE THE ASSIGNMENT OF OFFICERS AND INTELLIGENCE ANALYSTS TO FUSION CENTERS IN JURISDICTIONS WITH THE HIGH-RISK SURFACE TRANSPORTATION ASSET, THUS IMPROVING INFORMATION SHARING. FURTHER, IT DIRECTS T.S.A. TO MAKE A FRAMEWORK AVAILABLE TO STAKEHOLDERS FOR ESTABLISHING OPERATION CENTERS RESPONSIBLE FOR OVERSEEING DAILY OPERATIONS OF TRANSPORTATION FACILITIES, ALLOWING FOR IMPROVED COMMUNICATIONS. FINALLY, IT AUTHORIZES D.H.S. TO DEVELOP A TRAINING PROGRAM THROUGH THE FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING CENTERS, TO ENCHANCE THE CAPABILITIES OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES OPERATING AT SURFACE TRANSPORTATION ASSETS. TAKEN TOGETHER THE PROVISIONS BUILD UPON PREVIOUS EFFORTS TO SECURE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS BY ENHANCING THE PROTECTION PREPAREDNESS AND -- PROTECTION, PREPAREDS AND RESPONSE CAPABILITIES OF STATE AND LOCAL PARTNERS WORKING TO PROTECT THESE CRITICAL SYSTEMS. WITH THAT, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS MEASURE AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO SPEAKERS AND AM PREPARES TO CLOSE. BARGBARG THANK…

                                          MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO SPEAKERS AND AM PREPARES TO CLOSE. BARGBARG THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I AM --

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                                        • 05:17:31 PM

                                          MS. BARRAGAN

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

                                          THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MR. BACON

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MR. BACON

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4851, AS AMENDED.

                                        • 05:19:07 PM

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

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                                            Mr. Lamborn moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 4851 — "To establish the Kennedy-King National Historic Site in the State of Indiana, and for other purposes."

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                                              MR. LAMBORN

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              THE CLERK

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                                            Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                            DEBATE

                                            The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4851.

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                                              TEMPORE PURSUANT

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                                              MR. LAMBORN

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              MR. LAMBORN

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            • 05:20:51 PM

                                              MR. LAMBORN

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              MS. HANABUSA

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              MR. CARSON

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

                                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM HAWAII IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                              THE PEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              MS. HANABUSA

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              MR. LAMBORN

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            • 05:29:03 PM

                                              MRS. BROOKS

                                              THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            • 05:32:05 PM

                                              MR. LAMBORN

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              MS. HANABUSA

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              MR. LAMBORN

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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

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                                                MR. LAMBORN

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                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 835

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                                              Mr. Lamborn moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 835 — "To update the map of, and modify the maximum acreage available for inclusion in, the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument."

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                                                Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                                DEBATE

                                                The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 835.

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                                                  MR. LAMBORN

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                  THE CLERK

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                                                  TEMPORE P

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                                                  MR. LAMBORN

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                  MR. LAMBORN

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM HAWAII IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                  MS. HANABUSA

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                  MS. HANABUSA

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                  MR. LAMBORN

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                  MS. HANABUSA

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                • 05:40:06 PM

                                                  MR. LAMBORN

                                                • 05:40:19 PM

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

                                                  • 05:40:20 PM

                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                    MR. LAMBORN

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                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                    TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES, PURSUANT TO SECTION 233-E-1 OF THE…

                                                    TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES, PURSUANT TO SECTION 233-E-1 OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT, AS AMENDED BY THE SOCIAL SECURITY AMENDMENTS OF 1977, I TRANSMIT HEREWITH A SOCIAL SECURITY TOTALITYIZATION AGREEMENT WITH URUGUAY BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE ORIENTAL REPUBLIC OF URUGUAY. AND THE ACCOMPANYING LEGALLY BINDING ADMINISTRATIVE ARRANGEMENT TITLED ADMINISTRATIVE ARRANGEMENT BETWEEN THE COMPETENT AUTHORITIES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE ORIENTAL REPUBLIC OF URUGUAY FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE AGREEMENT ON SOCIAL SECURITY BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE ORIENTAL REPUBLIC OF URUGUAY. COLLECTIVELY THE AGREEMENTS. THE AGREEMENTS WERE SIGNED IN URUGUAY ON JANUARY 10, 2017. THE AGREEMENTS ARE SIMILAR IN OBJECTIVE AND CONTENT -- AND CONTENT TO THE SOCIAL SECURITY TOTALITYIZATION AGREEMENTS ALREADY ENFORCED WITH MOST EUROPEAN UNION COUNTRIES, AUSTRALIA, CANADA, CHILE, JAPAN, NORWAY, THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA, AND SWITZERLAND. SUCH BILATERAL AGREEMENTS PROVIDE FOR LIMITED COORDINATION BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND FOREIGN SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEMS TO ELIMINATE DUAL SOCIAL SECURITY COVERAGE AND TAXATION AND HELP PREVENT THE LOST BENEFIT PROTECTION THAT CAN OCCUR WHEN WORKERS DIVIDE THEIR CAREERS BETWEEN TWO COUNTRIES. THE AGREEMENTS CONTAIN ALL PROVISIONS MANDATED BY SECTION 233 OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT AND PURSUANT TO SECTION 233-C-4 OTHER PROVISIONS WHICH I DEEM APPROPRIATE TO CARRY OUT THE PURPOSES OF SECTION 233. I ALSO TRANSMIT FOR THE INFORMATION OF THE CONGRESS A REPORT REQUIRED BY SECTION 233-E-1 OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT ON THE ESTIMATED NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS WHO WILL BE AFFECTED BY THE AGREEMENTS AND THE AGREEMENTS ESTIMATED COST EFFECT. I COMMEND TO THE CONGRESS THE AGREEMENT ON SOCIAL SECURITY BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE ORIENTAL REPUBLIC OF URUGUAY AND THE ADMINISTRATIVE ARRANGEMENT BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE ORIENTAL REPUBLIC OF URUGUAY FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE AGREEMENT ON SOCIAL SECURITY BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE ORIENTAL REPUBLIC OF URUGUAY. SIGNED, DONALD J. TRUMP, THE WHITE HOUSE, MARCH 19, 2018.

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                                              • 05:40:48 PM

                                                The Speaker laid before the House a message from the President transmitting a social security totalization agreement with Uruguay. States of America and the Oriental Republic of Uruguay"

                                                referred to the Committee on Ways and Means and ordered to be printed (H. Doc. 115-102).

                                                • 05:41:09 PM

                                                  MESSENGER THE

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                                                Recess

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

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                                                  Pursuant to clause 8 of rule XX, the Speaker postponed until a time to be announced, the roll call votes on motions to suspend the rules and pass H.R. 4227, as amended; H.R. 5131, as amended; H.R. 4467, as amended; and H.R. 5089, as amended, which were ordered on Monday, March 19, 2018.

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                                                    TEMPORE REFERRED

                                                    PRINTED.

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                                                • 06:30:34 PM

                                                  Reconvened

                                                  The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of March 19.

                                                  • 06:30:37 PM

                                                    TEMPORE PURSUANT

                                                    GOING LIVE TO THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE.

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                                                    WILL BE CONDUCTED AS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. REMAIN EGG ELECTRONIC VOTES WILL BE…

                                                    WILL BE CONDUCTED AS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. REMAIN EGG ELECTRONIC VOTES WILL BE CONDUCTED AS FIVE-MINUTE VOTES. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. LAMB BORN, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 835 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                • 06:30:43 PM

                                                  UNFINISHED BUSINESS

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

                                                  • 06:30:58 PM

                                                    Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 835 — "To update the map of, and modify the maximum acreage available for inclusion in, the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument."

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                                                      THE CLERK

                                                      THE FLORISSAN FOSSIL BEDS NATIONAL MONUMENT.

                                                  • 06:31:22 PM

                                                    On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Roll Call 115 - 2/3 Yea and Nay vote pending.

                                                    • 06:31:36 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      REPRESENTATIVES.]

                                                    • 06:53:11 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER.

                                                • 06:53:18 PM

                                                  House Vote 115 - On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass

                                                  To update the map of, and modify the maximum acreage available for inclusion in, the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument.

                                                  Passed (385 - 3)
                                                  Yea

                                                  Vote Details: Yea - 385
                                                  Republican - 220
                                                  Democratic - 165

                                                  Vote Details: Nay - 3
                                                  Republican - 3

                                                  Vote Details: Not Voting - 41
                                                  Democratic - 27
                                                  Republican - 14

                                                  • 06:53:19 PM

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

                                                    • 06:53:56 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                    • 06:54:01 PM

                                                      THE SPEAKER

                                                      FIVE-MINUTE VOTING IS THE UNFINISHED TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R.…

                                                      FIVE-MINUTE VOTING IS THE UNFINISHED TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4851. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                • 06:54:36 PM

                                                  MOMENT OF SILENCE

                                                  The House observed a moment of silence in memory of the late Honorable Louise McIntosh Slaughter.

                                                  • 06:55:17 PM

                                                    THE SPEAKER

                                                  • 06:55:30 PM

                                                    THE CLERK

                                                  • 06:55:37 PM

                                                    THE SPEAKER

                                                    MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION…

                                                    MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                                                  • 06:55:37 PM

                                                    Considered as unfinished business.

                                                    • 06:55:38 PM

                                                      On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Roll Call 116 - 2/3 Yea and Nay vote pending.

                                                      • 07:03:17 PM

                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I SEND TO THE DESK A PRIVILEGE RED PORT FROM THE COMMITTEE ON…

                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I SEND TO THE DESK A PRIVILEGE RED PORT FROM THE COMMITTEE ON RULES FOR FILING UNDER THE RULE.

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                                                  • 07:03:23 PM

                                                    House Vote 116 - On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended

                                                    Kennedy-King Establishment Act of 2018

                                                    Passed (391 - 0)
                                                    Yea

                                                    Vote Details: Yea - 391
                                                    Republican - 222
                                                    Democratic - 169

                                                    Vote Details: Not Voting - 38
                                                    Republican - 15
                                                    Democratic - 23

                                                    • 07:03:24 PM

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

                                                      • 07:03:29 PM

                                                        The title of the measure was amended. Agreed to without objection.

                                                        • 07:03:54 PM

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                                                        • 07:04:02 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                        • 07:04:04 PM

                                                          THE CLERK

                                                          PURPOSES.

                                                      • 07:04:05 PM

                                                        Mr. Burgess filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 787.

                                                        • 07:04:48 PM

                                                          TEMPORE REFERRED

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, IT'S THE HIGHEST HONOR TO OFFER A PRIVILEGED RESOLUTION AND…

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, IT'S THE HIGHEST HONOR TO OFFER A PRIVILEGED RESOLUTION AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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                                                        • 07:05:10 PM

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                                                      • 07:05:13 PM

                                                        Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 788 — "Expressing the profound sorrow of the House of Representatives on the death of the Honorable Louise McIntosh Slaughter."

                                                        • 07:05:19 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                        • 07:05:22 PM

                                                          THE CLERK

                                                          DECEASED. RESOLVED, THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS TODAY IT ADJOURN AS A…

                                                          DECEASED. RESOLVED, THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS TODAY IT ADJOURN AS A FURTHER MARK OF RESPECT TO THE MEMORY OF THE DECEASED.

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                                                        • 07:06:21 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I AM JOINED HERE TODAY BY MEMBERS OF THE FLORIDA DELEGATION…

                                                          MR. SPEAKER, I AM JOINED HERE TODAY BY MEMBERS OF THE FLORIDA DELEGATION TO HONOR THE VICTIMS OF THE TRAGIC PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE COLLAPSE AT FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY. LAST WEEK A PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE DESIGNED TO PROTECT STUDENTS AND OTHER CAMPUS PERSONNEL AND VISITORS FROM THE TRAFFIC OF ONE OF OUR BUSIEST THOR ROGUE FARES COLLAPSED. TAKING THE LIVES OF SIX INNOCENT PEOPLE.

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                                                    • 07:06:27 PM

                                                      On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.

                                                      • 07:06:35 PM

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

                                                        • 07:06:52 PM

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                                                          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                                        • 07:07:18 PM

                                                          MR. DIAZ-BALART

                                                        • 07:07:26 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                        • 07:07:28 PM

                                                          MR. DIAZ-BALART

                                                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

                                                        • 07:09:47 PM

                                                          MR. DIAZ-BALART

                                                        • 07:09:49 PM

                                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                    • 07:10:25 PM

                                                      MOMENT OF SILENCE

                                                      The House observed a moment of silence to honor the victims of the pedestrian bridge collapse at Florida International University.

                                                      • 07:10:50 PM

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                                                        REMARKS.

                                                      • 07:11:01 PM

                                                        MR. THOMPSON

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

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

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                                                    • 07:11:10 PM

                                                      ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

                                                      The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.

                                                      • 07:12:08 PM

                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                      • 07:12:39 PM

                                                        MR. LANGEVIN

                                                      • 07:13:22 PM

                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                        FOR INCLUES IN THE FLORISSANT FOSSIL BEDS NATIONAL MONUMENT. I WOULD HAVE…

                                                        FOR INCLUES IN THE FLORISSANT FOSSIL BEDS NATIONAL MONUMENT. I WOULD HAVE VOTED AYE. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT MY VOTE AS INDICATED WILL BE PLACED APPROPRIATELY IN THE RECORD.

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                                                      • 07:13:37 PM

                                                        MS. JACKSON LEE

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                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      • 07:13:56 PM

                                                        MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                                                      • 07:14:01 PM

                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      • 07:14:06 PM

                                                        MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

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

                                                      • 07:15:51 PM

                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                      • 07:15:54 PM

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                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE NORTH COMMUNITY SOLUTIO FOR ITS…

                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE NORTH COMMUNITY SOLUTIO FOR ITS TND WORK ON REDUCING CRIME -- FOR ITS CONTINUED WORK ON REDUCING CRIME AND STRENGTHENING CONNECTIONS BETWEEN COURTS AND THE COMMUNITY. NEWARK COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS WORKS WITH YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE AT RISK OF BEING VICTIMS OR PERPETRATORS OF GUN VIOLENCE. THEY PROVIDE JOB TRAINING, COUNSELING, AND PEER MENTORSHIP. THE ORGANIZATION ALSO DEVELOPS SUPPORT NETWORKS FOR CRIME VICTIMS, PROVIDES MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING, -- COUNSELING FOR VETERANS, AND -- VETERANS AND SCHOOLCHILDREN TO AVOID EXPULSION. THE NEWARK COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS PROGRAMS PRODUCE REAL RESULTS AND THEY'RE FELT THROUGHOUT ESSEX COUNTY. IN CITIES THROUGHOUT MY DISTRICT, WE ARE SEEING SAFER STREETS, REDUCED INCARCERATION -- INCARCERATION AND IMPROVED NEIGHBORHOODS' PERCEPTION OF JUSTICE. THE PROGRAM AT NEWARK CMUNITY SOLUTIONS CAN BE A MODEL FOR CITIES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. NEWARK COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS SHOWS THAT BY INVESTING IN THE COMMUNITY, WE CAN BUILD A FOUNDATION FOR SENSIBLE AND THOUGHTFUL CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM. AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LAST FRIDAY PRESIDENT TRUMP HAD ANDREW MCCABE, THE…

                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LAST FRIDAY PRESIDENT TRUMP HAD ANDREW MCCABE, THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE F.B.I., FIRED. HIS OFFENSE, WELL, HE'S ABOUT TO BE A WITNESS IN THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION AND HAD COPIOUS NOTES ABOUT HIS CONVERSATIONS WITH THE PRESIDENT.

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                                                        MR. NEWHOUSE

                                                        VIOLENT RUMLYLOW, AND SISTER KATHY ROSS. WITH A VISION TO CREATE A…

                                                        VIOLENT RUMLYLOW, AND SISTER KATHY ROSS. WITH A VISION TO CREATE A COMMUNITY AND INSPIRE OTHERS TO SERVE, THEY BROUGHT EDUCATION TO THE UNDERSERVED POPULATIONS OF THE VALLEY. TODAY HERITAGE UNIVERSITY HAS GROWN IMMENSELY AND NOW OFFERS MORE THAN 50 UNDERGRADUATE -- UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE MAJORS. THE HIGH-QUALITY EDUCATION AND INCLUSIVE ENVIRONMENT HAS LED TO OVER 9,500 GRADUATED STUDENTS THAT WILL CONTINUE TO GROW THEIR LEGACY. MARTHA, VIOLENT AND SISTER KATHLEEN SAW AN OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE AN IMPACT ON THE LIVES OF THEIR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS AND IT IS SAFE TO SAY THEY EXCEEDED THEIR GOAL. THEIR PERSEVERANCE, AMBITION AND SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY ARE AN INSPIRATION FOR ALL OF US IN CENTRAL WASHINGTON AND IT IS A PRIVILEGE AND HONOR TO SERVE THEM DURING WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                        MR. SPEAKER, STUDY AFTER SHOULD CAN -- STUDY HAS SHOWN EMPLOYERS AND…

                                                        MR. SPEAKER, STUDY AFTER SHOULD CAN -- STUDY HAS SHOWN EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES FIND THAT ON-SIGHT CHILD CARE -- ON-SITE CHILD CARE PROVIDES THE GREATEST VALUE OF ANY EMPLOYER-PROVIDED CHILD CARE OPTION.

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

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

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                                                        MS. JACKSON LEE

                                                        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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                                                        MS. KAPTUR

                                                        INSTITUTIONS. LET TRUTH WILL OUT.

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                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE THIS EVENING TO STAND WITH MY COLLEAGUES ON…

                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE THIS EVENING TO STAND WITH MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE AS WELL AS US ON OUR SIDE IN RECOGNITION OF A LIFE WELL DONE. AND THAT IS THE PASSING OF OUR COLLEAGUE, LOUISE SLAUGHTER, TO ME, TONIGHT, IS SOMETHING WE SHOULD TAKE A MOMENT TO REFLECT UPON AND RECOGNIZE. HER LIFE, HER COMMITMENT TO THIS BODY. HAVING SERVED WITH HER ON THE RULE COMMITTEES, I CAN PERSONALLY ATTEST, BEING A FELLOW NEW YORKER THAT WE SHARED A COMMITMENT TO OUR HOME AREA. WE ALWAYS BROUGHT THE PASSION OF OUR BELIEF BOTH ON THE LEFT AND THE RIGHT INTO THE ROOM BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY, LOUISE SLAUGHTER REPRESENTED US WELL. IN THE SENSE OF HOW SHE REPRESENTED AND CARRIED 4ERS IN THIS CHAMBER AS SHE REPRESENTED HER PEOPLE, HER FOLKS BACK HOME, OF ROCHESTER NEW YORK, AND I'M PROUD TO CALL HER AND REMEMBER HER THIS EVENING AS A MEMBER OF THIS BODY AND HER SERVICE TO ALL OF US. SHE WAS A SOUTHERN LADY AT HEART, HAD A GOOD I WIT AND SHE WILL BE MISSED BY MANY MEMBERS, IF NOT ALL MEMBERS, ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                        AND LAST MONTH THEY MADE THIS WIN GOLDEN. SINCE RETURNING HOME, THEY HAVE…

                                                        AND LAST MONTH THEY MADE THIS WIN GOLDEN. SINCE RETURNING HOME, THEY HAVE JOINED TEAM U.S.A. IN APPEARANCES ACROSS THE NATION, INSPIRING A NEW GENERATION OF WOMEN ATHLETES THIS ECHEERING CROWD FILLED THE HOCKEY ARENA IN GRAND FORKSMARK OF THEM YOUNG GIRLS AND WOMEN ON AREA HOCKEY TEAMS WHO CAME TO CONGRATULATE THEIR HOMETOWN CHAMPIONS WHO BROUGHT THE U.S. WOMEN'S HOCKEY TEAM THEIR FIRST GOLDED ME. A I SALUTE JOCELYN AND MONIQUE. YOU SET A HIGH BAR AND WE HONOR YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                        MESSAGE.

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                                                        THE CLERK

                                                        2018.

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                                                      The Speaker laid before the House a message from the President transmitting a notification with respect to Venezuela that takes additional steps with respect to the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13692, and relied upon for additional steps taken in Executive Order 13808.

                                                      referred to the Committees on Foreign Affairs and Financial Services and ordered to be printed (H. Doc. 115-103).

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                                                        LEAVE OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. DANNY DAVIS FOR MARCH 19 AND 20, MR.…

                                                        LEAVE OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. DANNY DAVIS FOR MARCH 19 AND 20, MR. POE OF TEXAS FOR TODAY, MR. JONES OF NORTH CAROLINA FOR TODAY AND THE BALANCE OF THE WEEK.

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                                                        THE CLERK

                                                        I RISE TODAY TO SHARE HOW THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT IS HELPING FOLKS…

                                                        I RISE TODAY TO SHARE HOW THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT IS HELPING FOLKS AROUND THE UNITED STATES AND THROUGHOUT THE THIRD DISTRICT OF GEORGIA. OVER 400 MAJOR COMPANIES ACROSS OUR GREAT NATION HAVE ANNOUNCED BONUSES, PAY RAISES, NEW INVESTMENTS IN THEIR BUSINESSES AND COMMUNITIES THAT WILL BENEFIT FOR -- THAT WILL OFFER BENEFITS TO OVER FOUR MILLION AMERICANS. I'M THRILLED THAT A NUMBER OF GREAT GEORGIA COMPANIES INCLUDED IN THIS, LIKE COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, BASED AFLAC AND TOTAL SYSTEM SERVICES AS WELL AS COMPANIES LIKE HOME DEPOT, NANCY BROTHERS, COX ENTERPRISES, SUNTRUST AND UNITED PARCEL SERVICE TO NAME A FEW. THESE ARE ALL MAJOR COMPANIES IN MY HOME STATE OF GEORGIA THAT ARE MAKING INVESTMENTS IN THEIR PEOPLE AND THEIR INDUSTRIES SO THEY CAN BETTER SERVE THEIR CUSTOMERS AND IT IS PAYING BIG DIVIDENDS. IT'S ALWAYS COMMITING TO HEAR ABOUT THESE ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM MAJOR EMPLOYERS AROUND THE STATE. BUT THESE -- THE BENEFITS OF TAX REFORM ARE NOT JUST FELT BY EMPLOYEES AT MAJOR CORPORATIONS, THEY'RE BEING FELT BY JOB CREATORS ON MAIN STREET AND HERE IN GEORGIA'S THIRD DISTRICT. TWO I WILL HIGHLIGHT AT SOME POINT TONIGHT WILL BE SHRED-X IN GRIFFTON GEORGIA AND CUSTOM TRUCK AND BODY WORK. BOTH ARE EXPANDING AND HIRE MANAGER WORKERS. THIS IS A GREAT STORY FOR THE STATE OF GEORGIA AND THE THIRD DISTRICT AND WE'RE AWFULLY PROUD OF THEM. THE POSITIVE IMPACTS OF TACT REFORM -- TAX REFORM HAVE BEEN FELT BY MILLIONS MORE AMERICANS AS THE UPDATED WITHHOLDING TABLES TOOK EFFECT. AS EMPLOYERS I REMEMBERMENTED THESE TABLES AMERICANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY HAVE SEEN TAX CUTS REFLECTED IN BIGGER PABLINGS. THIS MEANS KEEPING MORE OF YOUR HARD-EARNED MONEY TO SPEN AS -- SPEN AS YOU SEE FIT. I'VE LONG SAID AMERICANS KNOW HOW TO SPEND THEIR HARD-EARNED MONEY FAR BETTER THAN THE BUREAUCRAT HERE'S IN WASHINGTON. I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING HOW OUR ECONOMY CONTINUES TO IMPROVE AND NOW I'D LIKE TO YIELD SOME TIME TO MY GOOD FRIEND, PAUL MITCHELL, REPRESENTATIVE MITCHELL HAS BECOME A DEAR FRIEND AND DOES A WONDERFUL JOB OF REPRESENTING MICHIGAN'S 10TH DISTRICT. I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR SETTING UP THESE SPECIALED ORERS TO TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT TAX REFORM AND HOW IT'S HELPING AMERICANS. MR. MITCHELL'S DISTRICT, PEOPLE THAT ARE MAKING THE MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME WILL SEE A TAX CUT OF JUST OVER $150RKS0. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MR. MITCHELL.

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                                                      SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES

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

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                                                        MR. MITCHELL

                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AFLAC WAS ONE OF THE VERY FIRST COMPANIES TO…

                                                        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AFLAC WAS ONE OF THE VERY FIRST COMPANIES TO ANNOUNCE BENEFITS TO ITS EMPLOYEES AND SHORTLY AFTER CHRISTMAS, AFLAC ANNOUNCED THAT THEY WOULD INCREASE THEIR INVESTMENTS BY $250 MILLION IN THE U.S., INE CREASE THE COMPANY'S 401-K MATCH FOR EMPLOYEES AND MAKE A ONE-TIME CONTRIBUTION OF $500 TO EACH EMPLOYEE'S ACCOUNT.

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                                                        COMMUNITIES. MR. SPEAKER, MY NEXT SPEAKER IS MR. PALM WHO ARE REPRESENTS…

                                                        COMMUNITIES. MR. SPEAKER, MY NEXT SPEAKER IS MR. PALM WHO ARE REPRESENTS THE SIXTH DISTRICT OF ALABAMA. AND A HOUSEHOLD EARNED IN THE DISTRICT'S MEDIAN INCOME WOULD SEE A TAX BREAK OF $1,534. I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA. PALM PALM I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM --

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                                                        MR. PALMER

                                                        DISTRICT SENT A NOTE ALONG WITH THEIR EMPLOYEES' PAYCHECKS LETTING THEM…

                                                        DISTRICT SENT A NOTE ALONG WITH THEIR EMPLOYEES' PAYCHECKS LETTING THEM KNOW THAT AS A RESULT OF THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT, THEY WOULD BE GETTING CUMULATIVELY $22,000 IN BONUSES. DESPITE FIERCE OPPOSITION FROM THOSE THAT WANTED TO MAINTAIN THE BROKEN STATUS QUO, REPUBLICANS IN BOTH HOUSES OF CONGRESS WERE ABLE TO DELIVER A SIGNIFICANT WIN FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. GOING FORWARD WE MUST MAINTAIN THIS MOMENTUM AND CONTINUE TO ENACT POLICIES THAT STRENGTHEN OUR ECONOMY, CREATE JOBS AND INCREASE THE PAY AND BENEFITS FOR AMERICAN WORKERS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                        MR. FERGUSON

                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, REPRESENTATIVE CARTER.

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                                                        MR. CARTER

                                                        MR. SPEAKER, AS WE GO THROUGH TONIGHT AND BEGIN TO HIGHLIGHT SOME OF THE…

                                                        MR. SPEAKER, AS WE GO THROUGH TONIGHT AND BEGIN TO HIGHLIGHT SOME OF THE BENEFITS OF TAX REFORM, WE TALKED A LOT ABOUT A LARGE BUSINESS SUCH AS AFLAC, A SMALL BUSINESS SUCH AS SHRED-X. BUT THIS IS HAVING AN EFFECT ON INDIVIDUAL FAMILIES AS WELL. AND I'VE HEARD FROM PEOPLE ALL OVER GEORGIA'S THIRD DISTRICT THAT ARE TELLING ME THAT IT IS HAVING AN IMPACT IN THEIR PAYCHECKS AND THAT'S HELPING THEIR FAMILIES. ROBERT AND THOMAS WROTE INTO MY OFFICE -- ROBERT THOMASON WROTE INTO MY OFFICE TO SAY HE HAD MORE MONEY IN HIS RETIREE ACCOUNT STATEMENT IN HIS MILITARY PENSION BECAUSE OF THE TAX REFORM. THAT'S HELPING HIM MEET HIS MONTHLY FINANCE GOALS. ERIN TOLD ME SHE HAS $132 MORE IN EACH PAYCHECK. SHE SAID, WHILE IT MAY NOT SEEM LIKE A LOT TO SOME, IT'S HER MONEY AND EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS. AND THESE ARE JUST TWO OF THE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO ARE SEEING LARGER PAYCHECKS BECAUSE OF COMPREHENSIVE TAX REFORM. AND IF YOU AREN'T SURE OF TAX -- IF TAX REFORM IS HELPING YOU, I WANT TO ENCOURAGE YOU TO CHECK YOUR CHECK. SEE HOW MUCH MORE MONEY YOU'RE SAVING EACH AND EVERY MONTH. MR. SPEAKER, MY NEXT GUEST IS THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA'S 12TH DISTRICT, MR. RICK ALLEN. MR. ALLEN REPRESENTS A VERY BROAD SWATH OF THE EASTERN PART OF OUR STATE. AND HE WILL DISTRIBUTE MEDIAN INCOME FAMILY IN HIS DISTRICT WILL RECEIVE A TAX SAVINGS OF $875 A YEAR THANKS TO THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT. I YIELD NOW THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM AUGUSTA, GEORGIA, MR. ALLEN.

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                                                        MR. FERGUSON

                                                        IT, TSS. IT'S A MAJOR CREDIT CARD PROCESSES AND EMPLOYEES THOUSANDS OF…

                                                        IT, TSS. IT'S A MAJOR CREDIT CARD PROCESSES AND EMPLOYEES THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE IN OUR AREA. BECAUSE OF TAX REFORM THEY WERE ABLE TO GIVE THEIR EMPLOYEES A BONUS AND JUST AS IMPORTANTLY, THEY'VE BEEN ABLE TO INVEST IN THEIR BUSINESS, TO GROW AT A MORE PROFITABLE RATE AND CONTINUE TO RETURN THE BENEFITS TO THE COMMUNITY. I'VE HEARD A LOT OF FOLKS SAY, AND TALK ABOUT TAX REFORM BEING JUST CRUMBS. BUT TO MIDDLE CLASS AMERICANS IN MY DISTRICT, IF YOU TALK ABOUT CRUMS, IT IS NOT ABOUT TAX REFORM. TAX REFORM IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN MIDDLE AMERICA AND LIVES EVERY SINGLE DAY. AND IT'S HELPING FAMILIES MAKE THEIR ENDS MEET, GO ON A VACATION THAT THEY'VE WORKED SO HARD FOR OR TO INVEST IN THEIR HOME. THESE TAX CUTS ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE AND COMPANIES LIKE T.S.S. THAT ARE RETURNING THESE BENEFITS TO THEIR EMPLOYEES AND MAKING INVESTMENTS IN THEIR BUSINESS ARE CONTINUING TO DO THEIR PART TO MAKE THIS NATION THE MOST COMPETITIVE PLACE IN THE WORLD TO DO BUSINESS. NOW I'D LIKE TO CALL ON MY COLLEAGUE FROM GEORGIA, REPRESENTATIVE LOUDERMILK, REPRESENTATIVE LOUDERMILK REPRESENTS GEORGIA'S 11TH DISTRICT AND THE MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME IN HIS DISTRICT WILL SEE AN AVERAGE SAVINGS OF $1,780. I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA'S 11TH.

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                                                        MR. LOUDERMILK

                                                        IF YOU GO TO THE AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM, YOU WILL SEE A TESTAMENT IN THAT…

                                                        IF YOU GO TO THE AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM, YOU WILL SEE A TESTAMENT IN THAT FREEDOM WHERE TWO BICYCLE MECHANICS WERE ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH WHAT THE ENGINEERS COULDN'T PLIB BECAUSE THEY HAVE THE FREEDOM. WE HAVE TAUGHT OUR CHILDREN TO DREAM BIG. IN AMERICA, YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING. BUT IN THE PAST COUPLE OF DECADES, WE HAVE SQUASHED THE DREAMS OF THESE KIDS BECAUSE AS WE PUT OUT THE FIRE THAT WE TELL THEM THEY CAN HAVE A FIRE, WE ARE QUELL MUCHING THAT. I WANT TO SHARE A STORY, A LETTER FROM A 14-YEAR-OLD THANKING ME FOR THE TAX REFORM BILL, THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT WHICH PUT MORE MONEY IN THE BACK POCKET OF HIS PARENTS. HE DREAMED OF BEING A PILOT. HE WANTED TO BE A PILOT. BUT AS A PILOT MYSELF, THAT IS A VERY DIFFICULT THING TO ACCOMPLISH. NOT ONLY IS THE TRAINING DIFFICULT, BUT IT CAN BE VERY EXPENSIVE. BUT HE THANKED ME BECAUSE OF THE BONUS THAT HIS DAD RECEIVED FROM HIS COMPANY BECAUSE OF THE CORPORATE TAX CUT AND THE MONEY THEY ARE GOING TO SAVE BECAUSE OF THE INDIVIDUAL TAX CUTS. HIS PARENTS ARE USING THAT MONEY TO ENSURE THAT HE GETS FLIGHT LESSONS AT 14 YEARS OLD. HE IS ACCOMPLISHING A DREAM BECAUSE WE REMOVED GOVERNMENT OUT OF THE WAY. WE NEED AIRLINE PROGRAMS AND WHAT GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS CAN WE PUT IN TO GET PEOPLE TO FLY WHEN ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS GET OUT OF THE WAY AND LET OUR CHILDREN DREAM BIG. AND WE ARE GETTING OUT OF THE WAY. WHEN YOU LOOK AT GEORGIA, THE RESULTS HAVE BEEN APPEAR STOUNDING. HOME DEPOT IS HEAD QUARTERED IN MY DISTRICT IS INVESTING 20,000 TRADES PEOPLE TO FILL THE GAP. LET ME BRING UP THAT THE NUMBER OF JOBS THAT WE HAVE AVAILABLE IN THIS NATION IS ABOUT EQUIVALENT TO THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WE HAVE UNEMPLOYED. WE NEED TO CONTINUE TO GET OUT OF THE WAY. AND I YIELD BACK. THANK YOU, MR. FERGUSON, FOR THE TIME.

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                                                        MR. FERGUSON

                                                        THINGS IS CUSTOM TRUCK AND BODY WORKS. THIS SMALL COMPANY CREATES VEHICLES…

                                                        THINGS IS CUSTOM TRUCK AND BODY WORKS. THIS SMALL COMPANY CREATES VEHICLES FOR FIRST RESPONDERS AND HAD BEEN HOPING TO GROW THEIR BUSINESS BUT WERE BURDENED BY A TAX CODE. AND THEY ARE ABLE TO HIRE WORKERS AND GIVE THEIR EMPLOYEES ADDITIONAL BENEFITS AND I GOT TO THE SEE THE IMPACT ON A RECENT VISIT TO THEIR FACILITY IN WOOD BURY, GEORGIA. AND IT BROUGHT HOME THAT THE ACT WAS MAKING IN THE 3RD DISTRICT OF GEORGIA. I CALL ON MY COLLEAGUE FROM ALABAMA, CONGRESSMAN MIKE ROGERS AND REPRESENTS ALABAMA'S THIRD DISTRICT AND MEDIAN FAMILY HOUSEHOLD WILL SEE A TAX CUT OF ALMOST $1,000. I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE.

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                                                        MR. ROGERS

                                                        ACT. AFTER WORKING UNDER AN OUTDATED TAX CODE, ALABAMA AND THE ENTIRE…

                                                        ACT. AFTER WORKING UNDER AN OUTDATED TAX CODE, ALABAMA AND THE ENTIRE COUNTRY ARE FEELING RELIEF. FROM BIGGER PAYCHECKS, TO BONE MUST NEWSES AND RAISES, MANY COMPANIES HAVE DISTRIBUTED $4 BILLION. RUSSELL LANDS DISTRIBUTED $500 BONUSES TO EACH OF THEIR 500 EMPLOYEES AS A DIRECT RESULT OF THE TAX OVERHAUL. THREE COMPANIES IN A DISTRICT REWARDED THEIR EMPLOYEES AFTER FLECK AND TOTAL SYSTEM SERVICES. THIS IS PUTTING MORE MONEY BACK IN THE POCKETS OF SOME MY CONSTITUENTS RIGHT ACROSS THE STATE LINE IN RUSSELL COUNTY. REGIONS BANK, COGEENT BUILDING GROUP OVERSEAS HARD ARE OTHER COMPANIES ACROSS OUR GREAT STATE THAT HAVE BEEN GIVING BONUSES. I'M APPLIED OF BEN RUSSELL AND THE OTHER COMPANIES I MENTIONED LEADING THE WAY. BECAUSE OF TAX REFORM, OVER FOUR MILLION WORKERS HAVE RECEIVED A BONUS OR PAY INCREASE. THESE BIGGER PAYCHECKS AND BONUSES CAN HELP SAVE FOR A KID'S SCHOOL OR APPLIANCE OR MAKING A CAR PAYMENT. THIS REPRESENTS OPPORTUNITY. AT A TIME WHEN EVERY PENNY COUNTS, TAX REFORM IS GIVING THEM MORE MONEY TO TAKE HOME. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                        MR. FERGUSON

                                                        GEORGIA. BOB WOODALL. I THANK HIM FOR HIS LEADERSHIP. I WOULD LIKE TO…

                                                        GEORGIA. BOB WOODALL. I THANK HIM FOR HIS LEADERSHIP. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR THE TIME YOU HAVE SPENT WITH ME AS A FRESHMAN GUIDING ME ALONG THE WAY. AND THE FOLKS BACK HOME TRULY APPRECIATE YOUR EFFORTS. FAMILIES MAKING THE MEDIAN INCOME IN YOUR DISTRICT RECEIVE $1,866 INCREASE IN THEIR PAYCHECKS. I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA'S SOUTHERN.

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                                                        MR. WOODALL

                                                        I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA'S 7TH. WELL SAID. AS I…

                                                        I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA'S 7TH. WELL SAID. AS I CLOSE OUT TONIGHT, I FIRST WANT TO THANK ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES WHO SHARED SOME OF THEIR AMAZING STORIES FROM THEIR DISTRICTS AND STATES ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING AS A RESULT OF THE TAX REFORM AND JOBTS ACT. AND IT'S CLEAR, IT'S CLEAR THIS IS HAVING A REAL IMPACT AND THE BENEFITS ARE CLEARLY MORE THAN JUST CRUMBS. THEY ARE MEANINGFUL TO EVERY SINGLE FAMILY. AND I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I SEE AND I'M BEGINNING TO SEE MORE AND MORE OF, IT'S NOT SIMPLY AN EMPLOYEE IS GETTING A BIGGER PAYCHECK, THAT IS GREAT. BUT THAT ENTHUSIASM THAT THEY HAVE, NOT ONLY IN THEIR JOBS THEY ARE BEING REWARDED FOR A JOB WELL DONE, BUT SEEING NEW OPPORTUNITIES BECAUSE OF GROWING BUSINESSES THAT THEY NEVER HAD BEFORE. AND IT'S EXCITING AND WONDERFUL TO SEE OUR FRIENDS, FAMILY AND NEIGHBORS, THE PEOPLE WE CARE ABOUT, THE PEOPLE WE REPRESENT BEING AFFECTED IN A POSITIVE WAY. AS OUR ECONOMY GROWS AND AS WE DO THINGS HERE TO PUT MORE AND MORE BACK INTO OUR COMMUNITIES IN THE FORMS OF PEOPLE'S FREEDOMS, FOR THEM TO MAKE LISKS AND RAISE THEIR CHILDREN AND DO WITH THEIR FAMILIES THAT THEY THINK IS BEST, I SEE A BRIGHT FUTURE. JUST LOOKING RIGHT NOW, FOUR MILLION PEOPLE RECEIVING BONUSES ON TOP OF THEIR TAX CUTS, HUGE IMPACT, IT'S MAKING A DIFFERENCE. THIS IS A PROMISE THAT WAS MADE AND IT'S A PROMISE THAT HAS BEEN KEPT. AND BECAUSE OF OUR GROWING ECONOMY, WE WILL PROMISE AND DEFEND THRL COUNTRY AGAINST FOREIGN INVADERS AND OUR IMPORTANT SAFETY NETS ARE THERE IN THE FUTURE, MAKING SURE WE CAN KEEP EVERY PROMISE MADE TO OUR SENIORS IN TERMS OF SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE AND MAKING SURE WE KEEP OUR PROMISES TO THE MEN AND WOMEN OF OUR ARMED SERVICES THAT WERE WILLING TO DIE FOR OUR FREEDOMS. WE CAN KEEP OUR PROMISES TO MAKE THIS NATION A WONDERFUL AND GREAT PLACE TO THEM BECAUSE WE ARE BEGINNING TO HAVE THE RESOURCES THAT WE NEED TO TACKLE ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT CHALLENGES THAT WE WILL EVER FACE AND THAT IS THE $21 TRILLION IN DEBT THAT WE HAVE BURDENED FUTURE GENERATIONS WITH. GROWING THE ECONOMY GIVES US THE RESOURCES TO DO JUST THIS AND I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE WHAT THIS FUTURE LOOKS LIKE BECAUSE I KNOW IT IS STRONG AND BRIGHT AND IT IS RIGHT, BECAUSE WE WILL BE ABLE TO KEEP OUR PROMISES. AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                        MR. FERGUSON

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                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                        MR. CLARKE

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                                                        MS. CLARKE

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                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                        MS. CLARKE

                                                        PEOPLE ABOUT ISSUES OF GREAT IMPORTANCE TO THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS…

                                                        PEOPLE ABOUT ISSUES OF GREAT IMPORTANCE TO THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS AND THE MILLIONS OF CONSTITUENTS THAT WE REPRESENT. TONIGHT'S SPECIAL ORDER HOUR TOPIC IS WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH. MR. SPEAKER, DURING WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH, WE SALUTE PHENOMENAL WOMEN WHO REFUSE TO SIT ON THE SIDELINES OF HISTORY. AFTER THE PASSAGE OF THE 19TH AMENDMENT, MILLIONS OF WOMEN HAVE CONTINUED TO MARCH, LIKE THE WOMEN WHO CAME BEFORE THEM. FOR GENERATIONS, WOMEN, PARTICULARLY BLACK WOMEN, HAVE BEEN ON THE FRONT LINES FIGHTING FOR KEY RIGHTS FOR AMERICA'S WOMEN, INCLUDING THE RIGHT TO EQUAL PAY, THE RIGHT TO EQUAL ACCESS TO EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES, THE RIGHT TO EQUAL ACCESS TO OPPORTUNITIES IN THE WORKPLACE. IN THAT SPIRIT, I RISE TODAY ON BEHALF OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS AND RE-- IN RECLAIMING 2018 AS THE YEAR OF THE BLACK WOMAN. 2018, THE YEAR OF THE BLACK WOMAN, AND I LIKE THE SOUND OF THAT. BLACK WOMEN ARE A FORCE TO RECKON WITH AND WE SHALL NOBT MOVED -- NOT BE MOVED. NEW YORK, MY HOMETOWN, HAS A LONG STANDING AND ILLUSTRIOUS LEGACY OF LEADING THE WAY TO ADVANCE WOMEN'S RIGHTS FROM SENECA FALLS TO THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS AND EVEN ON THE ROAD TO THE WHITE HOUSE. IT WAS WHERE MADAM C.J. WALKER AND BILLY HOLLYWOOD LAID DOWN THEIR ROOT -- BILLIE HOLIDAY LAID DOWN THEIR ROOTS. IT WAS THE HOME OF THE LATE GREAT CONGRESSWOMAN SHIRLEY CHISS , -- SHIRLEY CHISHOLM, THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMAN TO SERVE IN THIS HOUSE, AND WHOSE CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT I REPRESENT TODAY. I'M NOT A CANDIDATE OF BLACK AMERICA. ALTHOUGH I AM BLACK AND PROUD. I'M NOT A CANDIDATE OF THE WOMEN'S MOVEMENT OF THIS COUNTRY, ALTHOUGH I AM A WOMAN AND I AM EQUALLY PROUD OF THAT. I AM THE CANDIDATE OF THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA. THESE ARE THE WORDS SHE SPOKE. THIS YEAR MARKS THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF SHIRLEY CHISHOLM'S ELECTION TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AS A REFORMER FROM BROOKLYN AND THE 46TH ANNIVERSARY OF HER HISTORIC BID FOR THE PRESIDENCY. IN DOING SO, SHIRLEY CHISHOLM BLAZED A PATHWAY FOR MILLIONS OF GIRLS AND WOMEN TO DREAM UNTHINKABLE DREAMS. SHIRLEY CHISHOLM'S LABOR AND CONTRIBUTION TO BROOKLYN, CONGRESS AND THE NATION CONTINUES TO BEAR FRUIT TODAY. SHE PAVED THE WAY FOR MANY OTHER WOMEN, MYSELF INCLUDED, TO RUN FOR ELECTIVE OFFICE AT ALL LEVELS. SHIRLEY CHISHOLM OPPOSED WAR, RACISM, SEXISM AND INEQUALITY. SHE STOOD UP TO REPUBLICANS AND DEMANDED MORE FROM HER OWN PARTY. SHE WON, SHE LOST, SHE NEVER BACKED DOWN. 46 YEARS AGO THE UNBOUGHT AND UNBOUGHT SHIRLEY CHISHOLM ANNOUNCED HER CANDIDACY FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, MAKING HER THE FIRST WOMAN IN HISTORY TO RUN FOR THE HIGHEST OFFICE IN THE LAND. I CAN BECAUSE SHE DID. CONGRESSWOMAN CHISHOLM USED THE AUTHORITY OF HER EXPERIENCE TO CREATE NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS, EXPAND HEALTH CARE SERVICES FOR PARENTS AND CHILDREN, INCREASE THE MINIMUM WAGE, SUPPORT THE VETERANS OF OUR ARMED FORCES. AND PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN IN COLLEGE, GRADUATE SCHOOL AND COLLEGIATE AND PROFESSIONAL SPORTS WITH THE ENACTMENT OF TITLE IX. BUT THAT'S NOT ALL. SHIRLEY CHISHOLM PUSHED THIS COUNTRY FORWARD. I CAN RECALL GROWING UP IN BROOKLYN AND JUST BEING SO PROUD AS A YOUNG GIRL GROWING UP. KNOWING THAT THERE WAS A WOMAN WHO LOOKED LIKE ME, WHO CAME FROM MY NEIGHBORHOOD, WHO CAME FROM MY ORIGINS, SITTING HERE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. SHE WAS SOMEWHAT OF A ROCK STAR IN BROOKLYN. HER INTELLECT, HER ABILITY, HER SAVVYNESS WAS SOMETHING THAT SHE EXUDED IN EVERY ENVIRONMENT THAT SHE FOUND HERSELF. SHE'S PRETTY STYLISH AS WELL. BUT IT WAS INDEED HER STRATEGIC THINKING AND HER ABILITY TO BE A VOICE FOR THE VOICELESS THAT REALLY PROPELLED SHIRLEY CHISHOLM INTO THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF ALL AMERICANS. SHIRLEY CHISHOLM PUSHED THIS COUNTRY FORWARD. AND FOR THIS AND OTHER REASONS, SHE DESERVES A PERMANENT PLACE AMONG OTHER FIGURES IN THE UNITED STATES -- OF UNITED STATES HISTORY, RIGHT HERE IN THE CAPITOL. IN JANUARY I INTRODUCED H.R. 4856. WHAT I'VE NAMED THE SHIRLEY CHISHOLM STATUE BILL. THE BILL WOULD DO JUST THAT. HONOR SHIRLEY CHISHOLM'S LEGACY WITH A PERMANENT, AMONG THOSE STATUES IN OUR HALLOWED HALLS. H.R. 4856 DIRECTS THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON THE LIBRARY, WHICH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR OVERSIGHT OF THE OPERATIONS OF THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS AND MANAGEMENT OF STATUARY HALL COLLECTION, TO OBTAIN A STATUE OF CHISHOLM FOR PERMANENT PLACEMENT IN THE UNITED STATES CAPITOL. I'M VERY PLEASED TO SAY THAT OVER 70 MEMBERS IN THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ARE CO-SPONSORS. MY SISTER, COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND, THE SENATOR CAM LA HARRIS OF CALIFORNIA, -- CAM LA HARRIS OF CALIFORNIA, IN LATE FEBRUARY INTRODUCED THE COMPANION BILL. AMONG SPONSORS ARE THE C.B.C. MEMBERS, SENATORY COREY BOOKER OF NEW JERSEY, IN ADDITION TO SENATORS WARREN AND SANDERS. AND SENATORS CHUCK SCHUMER AND GILLIBRAND AS WELL. SENATOR HARRIS AND I AGREE, SHIRLEY CHISHOLM CREATED A PATH FOR BLACK WOMEN, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, WHO HAVE SERVED AFTER HER. HER LEGACY ENCOURAGES US TO KEEP UP THE FIGHT FOR OUR MOST VOICELESS AND VULNERABLE, SENATOR HARRIS STATED. MR. SPEAKER, ROSA AND SOJOURNER, GIANT FIGURES IN AMERICAN HISTORY, AND OTHER -- THE ONLY TWO AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN CREMEANTED PERMANENTLY HERE IN THE CAPITOL, ARE LONELY. MR. SPEAKER, I HOPE YOU'LL JOIN US IN THIS EFFORT. LET'S PASS THE SHIRLEY CHISHOLM STATUE BILL RIGHT AWAY. THANK YOU AND I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM MICHIGAN, THE HONORABLE BRENDSA LAWRENCE, ONE OF THE -- BRENDA LAWRENCE. ONE OF THE STAUNCH SUPPORTERS OF WOMEN'S RIGHTS HERE ON CAPITOL HILL, AND CO-CHAIR OF THE BIPARTISAN WOMEN'S CAUCUS.

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                                                        MRS. LAWRENCE

                                                        THE GENTLEWOMAN'S REQUEST WILL BE COVERED UNDER GENERAL LEAVE.

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                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                        MRS. LAWRENCE

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                                                        MS. CLARKE

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                                                        MS. LEE

                                                        NATION. MARY MCLEOD, AUDREY LORD AND MICHELLE OBAMA, THIS LIST OF…

                                                        NATION. MARY MCLEOD, AUDREY LORD AND MICHELLE OBAMA, THIS LIST OF HISTORICAL BLACK GIRL MAGIC COULD GO ON AND ON BECAUSE IN EVERY CHAPTER OF AMERICAN HISTORY, BLACK WOMEN HAVE STOOD UP AND SPOKEN OUT AND PUSHED THIS NATION CLOSER TO FREEDOM AND JUSTICE FOR FREEDOM OF ALL. WE SAW THE INFLUENCE THAT BLACK WOMEN HAVE ON OUR SOCIETY THROUGH THE EMERGENCE OF THE ME -- HASH TALL METOO MOVEMENT. IT WAS STARTED TO SUPPORT THEM. BURKE WORKED IN THE MOVEMENT AND REVOLUTIONIZED THE WAY WE APPROACH SEXUAL ASSAULT. THE STORY OF BLACK WOMEN IS LOST IN MAIN STREET COVERAGE OF THIS MOVEMENT. AND WHAT IS A SHAME IT IS, ONCE AGAIN, 2018, THIS IS THE YEAR OF BLACK WOMEN AND THANK YOU FOR GIVING US A CHANCE TO HIGHLIGHT THESE HIDDEN FIGURES. BOLD WOMEN HAVE BEEN FIGHTING FOR THE SOUL OF THIS COUNTRY. AND DESPITE OF BEING LOCKED OUT OF OPPORTUNITY, LIKE OUR BELOVED, THE LATE DR. AGELOU SAID, STILL WE RISE. WE RISE IN THE SPIRIT OF IDA B. WELLS WHO WAS BORN ON JULY 16, SHE WAS A JOURNALIST AND CRUSADER WHO SPOT TRUTH TO POWER. WE RISE WITH THE HOPE AND DETERMINATION OF BLACK WOMEN LIKE MY MENTOR, CONGRESSWOMAN HE VET CLARKE HAS TAKEN UP HER AGEPPEDA AND STANDING ON HER SHOULDERS, SHIRLEY CHISHOLM, THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN AND WOMEN CANDIDATE WHO RAN FOR THE UNITED STATES CANDIDACY. MISSY BROKE MANY BARRIERS WHILE ADVOCATING FOR THE MOST VULNERABLE NATION. AND I HAVE TO SAY I GOT TO KNOW HER VERY WELL. I WAS HONORED TO HAVE COORDINATED HER NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CAMPAIGN AND I SAW THE MANY OBSTACLES THAT SHE OVERCAME AS A BLOCK WOMAN IN POLITICS. I HAPPENED TO HAVE BEEN HONORED TO BE A SHIRLEY CHISHOLM DELEGATE. TALK ABOUT MEANTORS, CONGRESSWOMAN CHISHOLM, SHE CHAMPIONED ME. SHE WAS A CATALYST FOR CHANGE AND HE WAS UNBOUGHT. AND I THINK BLACK WOMEN TODAY ARE UNBOUGHT AND UNBOSSED AND WE ARE THE CATALYST FOR CHANGE. I CAN'T HELP BUT HONOR CONGRESSWOMAN SHIRLEY CHISHOLM AND THANK HER FOR HER CONTRIBUTIONS TO OUR COUNTRY AND BEING SO SPECIAL IN MY LIFE BECAUSE I SHARED MANY, MANY, MANY MOMENTS WITH HER. THANK YOU , AGAIN AND WE WANT TO RECOGNIZE HER ON THIS FLOOR. WE RISE WITH THE COURAGE OF FEAR LESS COURAGE LIKE ANITA HILL, WHO SPOKE OUT AGAINST SEXUAL HARASSMENT DESPITE OF BEING HUMILIATED BY WHITE SENATORS. AND I WAS REMINDED BY ANDREA MITCHELL, CONGRESSWOMAN SLAUGHTER WAS ONE OF THOSE WHO MARCHED OVER THERE AND HELD THAT HEARING UP FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS. WHEN WE RISE, WHEN WE STAND UP TOGETHER, WHEN WE REFUSE TO BE SIGH LEPT, BLACK WOMEN AND WOMEN CAN CHANGE HISTORY. BECAUSE ANITA HILL, SHE REFUSED TO LET THE ABUSE SHE WAS SUBJECTED TO DISSUADE HER FROM WORKING TO CREATE A WORLD WHERE OTHER YOUNG FEMALE PROFESSIONS WOULDN'T ACCEPT SEXUAL HARASSMENT AS PART OF THE JOB. A MOVEMENT WAS BEGUN BECAUSE OF THAT. IT LED TO THE PASSAGE OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1991 THAT ALLOWED EMPLOYEES TO SUE FOR DAMAGES DUE TO SEXUAL HARASSMENT. AND ANITA REMINDED US SHE WAS THE FIRST ONE WHO FILED A SEXUAL HARASSMENT LAWSUIT IN THE MID-1980'S. THIS LED TO WOMEN BEING ELECTED TO OFFICE. AND BECAUSE OF THAT MOVEMENT, THERE ARE 22 WOMEN SENATORS AND 104 MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE. MAKE NO MISTAKE. WE STILL HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO TO ACHIEVE LASTING EQUALITY FOR BLACK WOMEN. BLACK WOMEN MAKE 60 CENTS FOR EVERY DOLLAR AS WHITE MALES MAKE. WE HAVE TO FIGHT FOR ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE AND STRUCTURAL SEXUAL HARASSMENT STANDS IN THE WAY FOR BLACK WOMEN BEING ABLE TO ACHIEVE THE AMERICAN DREAM BUT STILL WE RISE. NO MATTER WHAT OBSTACLES WE FACE, AS LONG AS WE FIGHT FOR WHAT IS RIGHT, WE WILL WIN. AND LET ME SAY AS A BLOCK WOMAN WHO HAS BEEN FIGHTING FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE AND EQUALITY, ALL OF MY ENTIRE LIFE, THE FIGHT IS WORTH IT. I'M PROUD TO STAND HERE WITH YOU TONIGHT IN MEMORY OF MY MOTHER, A WOMAN WHO TAUGHT ME NEVER TO BACK DOWN. AND IF BLACK WOMEN LIKE IDA B. WELLS, COMMANG CHISHOLM AND ANITA HILL GAVE UP, MIGHT NOT BE STANDING HERE TODAY AS THE -- 17TH AMERICAN AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMAN IN CONGRESS AND THE 163RD WOMEN TO SERVE, I KNOW I WOULD NOT BE HERE IF IT WEREN'T FOR THESE PHENOMENAL AFRICAN-AMERICAN WARRIOR WOMEN. THANK YOU FOR GIVING US A CHANCE TO TALK ABOUT OUR GREAT HEROES. AND I HOPE WE CONTINUE TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC AND LIFT UP BLACK WOMEN SO THE ENTIRE COUNTRY WILL REALLY UNDERSTAND AND VALUE AND KNOW WHERE WE HAVE BEEN SO THEY KNOW WHERE WE'RE GOING AND THAT'S TO ACHIEVE LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR EVERYONE IN THIS COUNTRY. THANK YOU, AGAIN.

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                                                      • 08:39:58 PM

                                                        MS. CLARKE

                                                        FROM, GREAT CITY OF PHILADELPHIA, BROTHERLY LOVE AND SISTERLY LOVE, DWIGHT…

                                                        FROM, GREAT CITY OF PHILADELPHIA, BROTHERLY LOVE AND SISTERLY LOVE, DWIGHT EVANS.

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                                                        MR. EVANS

                                                        MY COLLEAGUE FROM CONGRESSWOMAN LAWRENCE. I COMPLIMENT BOTH OF THEM. I…

                                                        MY COLLEAGUE FROM CONGRESSWOMAN LAWRENCE. I COMPLIMENT BOTH OF THEM. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR HOLDING THIS SPECIAL ORDER HOUR TO TALK ABOUT OUR QUEENS, OUR ROCK AND BLACK WOMEN. AND I SAY THAT, BECAUSE I WAS RAISED BY A BLACK WOMAN, WHO WAS SINGLE HEAD OF THE HOUSEHOLD, BETTER KNOWN AS MY MOM, JEAN EVANS. SHE WAS SOMEONE, THEN AND NOW, WHO WAS ALWAYS VERY CONSISTENT IN HER MESSAGE IN TERMS OF STAY STRONG AND ALWAYS LOOK FORWARD. AS WE PAINT A PICTURE OF THE BLACK COMMUNITY IN 12018, IT IS CLEAR WE HAVE A LOT TO LOSE BECAUSE TOO MANY OF OUR NEIGHBORHOODS ARE STILL PLAGUED BY RAMPANT POVERTY, AND CRIME. BUT LAST WEEK'S SPECIAL ORDER, AND TONIGHT THEME, WHEN THE CONNOR REPORT WAS SHOULD AND EVEN TODAY, BLACK WOMEN HAD TO DEAL WITH RACISM AND SEXISM. BUT I'M COMFORTED THAT BLACK WOMEN CONTINUE TO OUTSHINE THE DOOM AND GLOOM THAT SOME OF THESE PROBLEMS BRING. IN FACT, THE FASTEST GROWING CATEGORY OF ENTREPRENEURS ARE BLACK WOMEN. AND I DON'T HAVE TO LOOK TOO FAR BECAUSE OF PHILADELPHIA, HOME OF SOME OF THE MOST DYNAMIC WOMEN AND BLACK WOMEN IN AMERICA. THERE IS A WOMAN WHO IS VERY GOOD AND I HAVE KNOWN HER FOR A LONG TIME, CITY COUNCILMAN JAMIE COUNSELWOMAN, JAMIE BLACKWELL AND SEASONNED ADVOCATE AND 30-YEAR REPUTATION FOR SERVING COMMUNITY MEMBERS, THE POOR, UNDERPRIVILEGED AND MAKING HER A LEADER IN OUR CITY. CONGRESSWOMAN JAMIE BLACKWELL. DELLA CLARK, HAS PLAYED AN INTEGRAL ROLE IN THE TECHNICAL AND PROFESSIONAL PROGRESS IN DEVELOPMENT OVER THE COURSE OF HER LIFE. ESTELLE RICHMOND, FORMER SECRETARY OF PUBLIC WELFARE AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICE OFFICER. RICHMOND OVERSAW AGENCIES' EFFORTS THAT SAW AN INCREASE PERCENTAGE OF FOSTER CHILDREN. A DROP IN THE WAITING LIST FOR MENTAL RETARDATION. JULIA GRANT IS THE PRESIDENT AND C.E.O. OF THE PHILADELPHIA CONVENTION BUREAU AND OVERSEES THE DEPARTMENTS AND OPERATING DUTIES PRIOR TO BEING NAMED AS THE SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF THE STAFF 25 PEOPLE. SHE LEADS THAT ORGANIZATION AS SHE REPRESENTS THE FACE OF PHILADELPHIA. THE LATE SEE DO LORES TUCKER WHO WAS THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN TO SERVE IN THE GOVERNOR'S CABINET. AND SARO REESE, PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER OF W.R.D., A BLACK-OWNED RADIO STATION. ALL OF THESE WOMEN I HAVE MENTIONED HAVE AFFECTED ME PERSONALLY AND HAVE PLAYED A KEY ROLE IN MY LIFE. I JOIN WITH MY COLLEAGUES AND TALK ABOUT THESE BEAUTIFUL WOMEN, OUR QUEENS, OUR ROCKS, OUR GREAT WOMEN. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR ALLOWING ME THIS OPPORTUNITY TO JOIN THIS DISCUSSION. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                                        MS. CLARKE

                                                        IN PHILADELPHIA. THIS DOES NOT EX TOLL THE VIRTUES OF EVERYONE WHO IS…

                                                        IN PHILADELPHIA. THIS DOES NOT EX TOLL THE VIRTUES OF EVERYONE WHO IS LABORING AND TRAILBLAZER AND MAKING THINGS HAPPEN FOR COMMUNITIES AND MUNICIPALITIES AND STATES ACROSS THIS NATION. AND WE ARE ILLUMINATING HIDDEN FIGURES THIS EVENING AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA FOR DOING A TREMENDOUS JOB. IT IS NOW MY HONOR AND PRIVILEGE TO BRING FORWARD THE GENTLEMAN FROM FROM JUST ACROSS THE RIVER FROM THE DISTRICT I REPRESENT IN NEW YORK, HE IS THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY. HE HAS BEEN AN EXTRAORDINARY ADVOCATE FOR COMMUNITIES OF COLOR IN THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY, WHO HAS DONE A TREMENDOUS JOB AND WORK ON THE COMMITTEE FOR HOMELAND SECURITY AND WHO I KNOW HAS BEEN AN ADVOCATE FOR PROMOTING AND PUTTING FORTH BLACK WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP POSITIONS AS HE WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR ELECTING THE FIRST BLACK WOMAN TO BE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY, DONALD PAYNE JUNIOR FROM NEW JERSEY. .

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                                                        MR. PAYNE

                                                        FIRST -- SECOND TERM, SECOND TERM. WITH US HERE IN THE CONGRESS. AND HAS…

                                                        FIRST -- SECOND TERM, SECOND TERM. WITH US HERE IN THE CONGRESS. AND HAS DEMONSTRATED HER LEADERSHIP DAY IN AND DAY OUT AS WELL. THE YEAR OF THE BLACK WOMAN WILL FOR ME, MR. SPEAKER, OF COURSE EVERY YEAR IS THE YEAR OF THE BLACK WOMAN FOR ME. JUST AS BLACK WOMEN LIKE LATE AND GREAT SHIRLEY CHISHOLM AND BARBARA JORDAN PAVED THE WAY FOR OTHER BLACK WOMEN TO RUN FOR OFFICE, THE WORK YOU DO HAS INSPIRED A NEW GENERATION OF BLACK WOMEN TO CHANGE THE COURSE OF OUR NATION. AND FOR THAT WE ARE ALL GRATEFUL . THROUGHOUT AMERICAN HISTORY BLACK WOMEN HAVE BEEN UNDERVALUED AND UNDERCOMPENSATED. NATIONALLY BLACK WOMEN WHO WORK IN FULL-TIME JOBS MAKE ONLY 64 CENTS FOR EVERY $1 A WHITE MAN MAKES. IN NEW JERSEY BLACK WOMEN ONLY MAKE 58 CENTS FOR EVERY $1 A MAN MAKES, WHITE MAN MAKES. AND BLACK WOMEN BOTH IN NEW JERSEY AND NATIONALLY MAKE PERSISTENTLY LESS THAN WHITE WOMEN, DESPITE THE FACT THAT BLACK WOMEN HAVE THE HIGHEST LABOR FORCE PARTICIPATION RATE IN THE UNITED STATES AMONG WOMEN. REGARDLESS OF THEIR EDUCATIONAL LEVEL, BLACK WOMEN ARE LESS LIKELY THAN OTHER WORKERS TO BE EMPLOYED IN HIGHER PAYING CAREERS. THEY'RE MORE LIKELY THAN OTHER GROUPS TO BE EMPLOYED IN SERVICE INDUSTRY JOBS AND -- WITH LOW PAY, NO BENEFITS, AND OUTSIDE THE SCOPE OF THE LABOR LAWS IN THIS COUNTRY. BLACK WOMEN ARE KEY TO BUILDING LONG-TERM SUCCESS IN OUR COMMUNITIES. YET THEY ARE DISPROPORTIONATELY INCARCERATED. THEY'RE MORE LIKELY TO FACE EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION AND HOUSING DISCRIMINATION. THEY'RE MORE LIKELY TO BE DISCIPLINED AT SCHOOL AND THEY ARE STILL UNDERVALUED AND UNDER-REPRESENTED IN OUR SOCIETY. WHAT SHOULD WE BE DOING IN CONGRESS AND IN OUR COMMUNITIES? FIRST, WE SHOULD BE STRENGTHENING BLACK WOMEN'S POLITICAL PARTICIPATION. WE NEED MORE BLACK WOMEN IN OFFICE AT THE LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT -- AT ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT. EACH US SHOULD MENTOR YOUNG BLACK WOMEN WHO WANT TO SERVE. WE SHOULD UPLIFT THEIR VOICES AND GIVE THEM THE MICROPHONE AND BUILD INFRASTRUCTURE THAT GETS THEM INTO OFFICE. SECRETARIES -- SECOND, WE MUST PROTECT THE RIGHT TO VOTE FOR BLACK WOMEN AND ALL PEOPLE OF COLOR. OVER THE PAST FIVE YEARS, THE SUPREME COURT HAS GUTTED THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT, LEGISLATURES IN STATES LIKE TEXAS AND SOUTH CAROLINA HAVE PASSED VOTER I.D. LAWS THAT ARE DISPROPORTIONATELY RE-- THAT DISPROPORTIONATELY RESTRICT THE RIGHT TO VOTE FOR PEOPLE OF COLOR. AND RUSSIAN SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS HAVE TARGETED THE BLACK COMMUNITY TO SOW DIVISION AND DISCORD IN OUR ELECTIONS. AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, WE HAVE THE POWER TO RESTORE THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT. PROTECT THE RIGHT TO VOTE. AND ENSURE OUR ELECTIONS ARE SECURE FROM FOREIGN INTERFERENCE. THIRD, WE NEED TO SUPPORT INCREASED EMPLOYMENT AND HIGHER EARN EARN -- HIGHER EARNINGS FOR BLACK WOMEN. THAT INCLUDES RAISING THE FEDERAL MINIMUM WAGE TO MAKE IT A LIVABLE WAGE. THAT MEANS STRENGTHENING COLLECTIVE BARGAINING. MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE MANY EXAMPLES OF WOMEN IN NEW JERSEY THAT HAVE MADE GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENTS. THROUGHOUT 2018, THE YEAR OF THE BLACK WOMAN, IT'S VITALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE ELEVATE BLACK WOMEN'S VOICES AND THEIR EXPERIENCES. HERE ARE JUST A FEW BLACK WOMEN FROM MY DISTRICT WHO ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE. IPTAHAJ MOHAMED. THE FIRST AMERICAN OLYMPIAN TO WEAR A HIJAB DURING HER EVENT. SHE WAS ALSO A MODEL FOR THE FIRST HIJAB WEARING BARBIE DOLL. SHE'S A TRAIL BLAZER. SHE FENCED IN THIS YEAR'S -- THE PAST OLYMPICS, SUMMER OLYMPICS. SHEILA OLVER, AS MS. CLARKE INTIMATED, A NEWARK NATIVE, JUST BECAME THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR IN NEW JERSEY'S HISTORY. SHE'D ALREADY BROKEN THE GLASS CEILING BY BECOMING THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMAN TO SERVE AS ASSEMBLY SPEAKER IN NEW JERSEY, AND ONLY THE SECOND AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMAN IN THE COUNTRY TO LEAD A STATE LEGISLATURE. THE FIRST, OF COURSE, WAS OUR COLLEAGUE, KAREN BASS FROM CALIFORNIA. SHEILA OLIVER AND KAREN BASS ARE TRAIL BLAZERS. MADDIE HOLLOWAY FROM HILLSIDE, NEW JERSEY, HAS SPENT NEARLY 40 YEARS UPLIFTING YOUNG WOMEN IN HER COMMUNITY. FOR THE PAST THREE DECADES, SHE'S LED HOPE INC, A COMMUNITY SERVICE ORGANIZATION THAT HELPS PREGNANT TEENS AND YOUNG MOTHERS STAY ON TRACK DURING AND AFTER THEIR PREGNANCY. MADDIE HOLLOWAY IS A TRAIL BLAZER. AND THERE'S A YOUNG WOMAN NAMED JAE WILSON. SHE'S 9 YEARS OLD. JAE WAS AT THE MALL ONE DAY WHEN SHE NOTICED A HOMELESS MAN WASN'T WEARING SOX. JAE SAW A NEED AND STEPPED UP TO FILL IT. THIS YOUNG WOMAN NOW SPREADS -- SPENDS HER SPARE TIME COLLECTING SOCKS AND SOUP TO DISTRIBUTE TO PEOPLE IN NEED. JAE WILSON IS A TRAIL BLAZER. THERE ARE COUNTLESS BLACK WOMEN WHOSE CONTRIBUTIONS TO OUR COLLECTIVE FREEDOM HAVE GOTTEN US TO THIS POINT TODAY. TOO OFTEN THERE HAVE BEEN -- THEY HAVE BEEN SIDELINED AND AS I STATED, UNDERVALUED AND DISRESPECTED. LET'S DO A BETTER JOB TO CELEBRATE AND UPLIFT AND EMPOWER OUR SISTERS THIS YEAR AND EVERY YEAR. AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

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                                                      • 08:54:39 PM

                                                        MS. CLARKE

                                                        WHICH, IS ONE, BLACK WOMEN HAVE EXCELLED BEYOND EXPECTATION. DESPITE ALL…

                                                        WHICH, IS ONE, BLACK WOMEN HAVE EXCELLED BEYOND EXPECTATION. DESPITE ALL OF THE CHALLENGES AND THE OBSTACLES THAT THEY HAVE FACED. WE CONTINUE TO SEE BLACK WOMEN RISE AND I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR OBSERVATIONS, FOR YOUR EXPERIENCE, YOUR INTERACTIONS AS PART OF THIS SPECIAL ORDER HOUR. AND WE KNOW THAT, AGAIN, THESE ARE HIDDEN FIGURES. BUT TODAY I SAY, HIDDEN NO MORE. THEY'RE IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD. AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR ADDING SUCH RICHNESS TO THE RECORD THIS EVENING. IT IS NOW MY HONOR TO YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS. THE HONORABLE SHEILA JACKSON LEE . WHO WILL BE SHARING WITH US HER INSIGHTS DURING THIS SPECIAL ORDER HOUR, AS WE HIGHLIGHT THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND WE SPEAK TO THE CONCERNS IN THE YEAR OF THE BLACK WOMAN.

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                                                        MS. JACKSON LEE

                                                        I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS FOR REALLY BRINGING TO THE FLOOR SO MANY…

                                                        I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS FOR REALLY BRINGING TO THE FLOOR SO MANY OF THE ISSUES THAT BLACK WOMEN HAVE BEEN IN THE LEAD OF OR HAVE BEEN FIGHTING FOR. SOCIAL JUSTICE, THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM THAT IS THE HALLMARK OF THE LEADERSHIP OF CONGRESSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON LEE, WE ARE GRATEFUL TO HER FOR EXPRESSING TODAY ALL OF THESE OBSTACLES THAT WE MUST OVERCOME AND THAT WE ARE FOCUSED ON HERE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. I WANT TO YIELD SOME TIME NOW TO CONGRESSWOMAN BRENDA LAWRENCE FOR HER CLOSING STATEMENT.

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                                                        MS. CLARKE

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                                                        MRS. LAWRENCE

                                                        WOMEN WHO ABSOLUTELY HAVE INSPIRED ME. IT IS NOT THE LOAD THAT BREAKS YOU…

                                                        WOMEN WHO ABSOLUTELY HAVE INSPIRED ME. IT IS NOT THE LOAD THAT BREAKS YOU DOWN, IT'S THE WAY YOU CAR REIT, LENA HORNEE. I DID WHAT MY CONSCIENCE TOLD ME TO DO AND YOU CAN'T FAIL IF YOU DO THAT, ANITA HILL. MISTAKES ARE A FACT OF LIFE, IT IS THE RESPONSE TO THE ERROR THAT COUNTS -- NICKY J. VONTA. DON'T FEEL ENTITLED TO ANYTHING YOU DIDN'T SWEAT AND STRUGGLE FOR, THAT IS THE LEGENDARY MARION WRIGHT EDELMAN. AND TO CLOSE WITH THE AMAZING WOMAN WE'VE TALKED SO MUCH ABOUT, SERVICE IS THE RENT THAT YOU PAY FOR THE ROOM ON THIS EARTH. BY SHIRLEY CHISHOLM. THANK YOU AND THANK YOU AND I AM SO PROUD TO BE A WOMAN IN AMERICA AND TO BE BLESSED BY GOD WITH THIS BEAUTIFUL BLACK SKIN, TO BE A BLACK WOMAN IN AMERICA. THANK YOU.

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                                                        MS. CLARKE

                                                        BACK.

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                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                        BACK. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE CHAIR…

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

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                                                        MR. GOHMERT

                                                        BETWEEN PRESIDENT TRUMP AND RUSSIA AND IT HAS GONE INTO WHATEVER HE WANTS…

                                                        BETWEEN PRESIDENT TRUMP AND RUSSIA AND IT HAS GONE INTO WHATEVER HE WANTS TO PURSUE, KIND OF LIKE THE INVESTIGATION THAT JAMES COMEY, AS THE DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL RECOMMENDED THAT THE THEN ATTORNEY GENERAL, JOHN ASHCROFT, SHOULD RECUSE HIMSELF, WHICH HE FOLLOWED THAT ADVICE AND THEN MR. COMEY WAS ABLE TO APPOINT HIS VERY DEAR FRIEND AND CHILD'S FRIEND, SPECIAL ATTORNEY. SPECIAL ATTORNEY, SPECIAL COUNSEL AND MR. COMEY APPARENTLY KNEW AT THE TIME THE INVESTIGATION BEGAN THAT THE PERSON THAT LEAKED VALERIE PLAME'S IDENTITY AS C.I.A. AGENT WAS NAMED RICHARD HERMTADGE, SOMEONE THEY DID NOT WANT TO GO AFTER. BUT THEY WERE NOT INTERESTED IN THE CRIME BUT INTERESTED IN NAILING A PERSON OR PERSONS. AND IT REALLY APPEARS THAT'S NOT ONLY WHAT PATRICK FITZGERALD DID, HE WANTED SOMEBODY'S HIDE AND APPARENTLY IT WAS DICK CHENEY'S, I'LL SETTLE FOR KARL ROVE AND THE OFFER WAS MADE MORE THAN ONCE AND REPORTED THAT FITZGERALD WAS OFFERING SCOOTER LIBBY, IF YOU COULD GIVE ME ANYTHING THAT WILL CONVICT VICE PRESIDENT CHENEY, WE'LL MAKE SURE YOU DON'T HAVE ANYTHING TO WORRY ABOUT. SCOOTER LIBBY WASN'T GOING TO LIE TO GET HIMSELF OUT FROM UNDER THE GUN. AND AS WAS REPORTED, WITNESS AGAINST HIM, JUDY MILLER, WHEN SHE FOUND SOME NOTES, WHOOPS, LIBBY HAD NOT LIED. APPARENTLY HE WAS INNOCENT JUST AS HE HAD CONTENDED. AND APPARENTLY WOULD HAVE WALKED AWAY WITH ANY PROBLEMS WITHOUT THE FULL FORCE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT COMING AFTER HIM, GIVEN HIM ANYTHING THAT COMEY TELLS HIS GODFATHER, GIVE HIM ANYTHING THAT WOULD HAVE ALLOWED HIM TO CONVICT VICE PRESIDENT CHENEY. AND IT APPEARS MUELLER'S INVESTIGATION NOW NOW HAS CEASED LOOKING FOR A CRIME INVOLVING TRUMP AND RUSSIA AND IS FOCUSED ON JUST FINDING SOMETHING, KIND OF LIKE THE EFFORT THAT COMEY'S BUDDY, COMEY BUDDY, COMEY AND MUELLER ARE BASICALLY JOINED AT THE HIP, MUST HAVE BEEN MUELLER'S FRIEND, TOO, BUT THEY WANTED VICE PRESIDENT CHENEY AND WHEN SCOOTER LIBBY WOULDN'T LIE TO DO THAT, THEY CONVICTED HIM OF LYING WHEN APPARENTLY HE DID NOT LIE. HE WAS INNOCENT. WHICH YOU COULD GO BACK AND FIND THESE TYPE OF THINGS IN ROBERT MUELLER'S WAKE, WHETHER IT WAS AS THE ASSIST ANT U.S. ATTORNEY IN CHARGE OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS IN BOSTON WHEN THEY WERE FOUND TO HAVE LATER TO HAVE HAD PEOPLE THAT WORKED FOR MUELLER WHO WERE IN BED WITH WHITEY BULGER, MOB LEADER AND MUELLER INSISTED THESE FOUR PEOPLE SHOULD REMAIN IN PRISON AND NOT BE PAROLED. TWO OF THEM DIED IN PRISON AND THERE WAS ULTIMATELY A SETTLEMENT, BUT MUELLER COULDN'T BE BOTHERED WITH THE SETTLEMENT BECAUSE OF THE ACTIONS OF THE PEOPLE THAT WORK FOR HIM, JUST LIKE HE WENT AFTER DR. HATFIELD, CLAIMING THAT HE WAS THE ANTHRAX KILLER AND SOME SAY THAT WAS THE HIGHEST PROFILE CASE, THAT OTHERS WOULD SAY IT WAS THE PROSECUTION AND CONVICTION OF TED STEVENS, U.S. SENATOR, WHICH WE LATER FOUND OUT WAS A FRAME OUT. THE F.B.I. WAS REPORTED TO HAVE HIDDEN EVIDENCE THAT COMPLETELY EXONERATED HIM AND MANUFACTURED EVIDENCE AND AFTER THAT CAME TO LIGHT, HIS CONVICTION -- ALL THE CASES WERE DROPPED, AS IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN, WELL BEFORE IT WAS EVER PURSUED. BUT IT GOT THE INTENDED RESULT. THE TRIAL, THE WEEK OR SO BEFORE HIS ELECTION, HE WAS CONVICTED AND THEREFORE LOST THE ELECTION. KIND OF LIKE WHAT MUELLER AS F.B.I. DIRECTOR, AS F.B.I. DO TO KIRK WELDON AS I SAW NUMEROUS TIMES AND THAT THE F.B.I. HAD INFORMATION THAT SHOWED THEY COULD HAVE STOPPED OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. HE KEPT BEATING UP ON THE F.B.I. I DIDN'T HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT KIRK WELDON WAS TALKING ABOUT, WAS TRUE OR NOT. BUT I DO KNOW THAT JUST A FEW WEEKS BEFORE HIS RE-ELECT, AND AFTER HE WAS SHOWN TO HAVE A DECENT LEAD OVER A GOOD DEMOCRATIC OPPONENT, THREE WEEKS BEFORE THE ELECTION, THE F.B.I. FORMED HIS DAUGHTER'S OFFICE AND MUELLER'S F.B.I. HAD LEAKED THE INFORMATION APPARENTLY BECAUSE PLACE WAS COVERED WITH REPORTERS OF ALL KINDS SO THEY COULD DOCUMENT THE RAID AND SHORTLY THEREAFTER, PROTESTORS SHOWED UP AT KIRK'S OFFICE, CLAIMING THAT HE HAD BEEN CAUGHT RED-HANDED AND THE IMPLICATIONS WERE CLEAR FROM THE F.B.I. THAT KIRK WELDON WAS GUILTY OF SOMETHING AND THAT BROUGHT ABOUT HIS DEFEAT BY 2%. AND AS I UNDERSTAND, YEAR AFTER THAT RAID ON THE WELDONS, THE F.B.I. CONTACTED KIRK WELDON'S DAUGHTER AND SAID YOU NEED TO PICK UP THIS STUFF. THERE WAS NEVER A GRAND JURY THAT WE KNOW OF. THERE WAS NO REAL INVESTIGATION. MUELLER'S INVESTIGATION WERE TIRED OF THE INVESTIGATION AND THEY SILENCED HIM AS A REPRESENTATIVE. SO AND THERE IS MUCH MORE. BUT WE FIND OUT AND THERE IS AN ARTICLE IN THE QUOLE AMERICAN THEIR" BY DANIEL JOHN SABINSKI, AND IT TALKS ABOUT URANIUM ONE AND THIS IS BACK IN JULY, CALLED FOR A CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION INTO HILLARY CLINTON'S COLLUSION TO TURN OVER OUR URANIUM SUPPLIES IN RETURN FOR $145 MILLION IN DONATIONS TO THE CLINTON FOUNDATION. NOW IT TURNS OUT THERE WAS ONE. AND F.B.I. INVESTIGATION DATING BACK TO 2009, WITH CURRENT DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL ROD ROSENSTEIN AND SPECIAL PROSECUTOR ROBERT MUELLER UP TO THEIR EYEBALLS IN COVERING UP, BORDERING ON TREASON WITH PUTIN. PRIOR TO PROVING THE CONTROVERSIAL DEAL IN 2010, GIVING PRESIDENT BUSH YEAH 20%, RUSSIA NUCLEAR OFFICIALS WERE INVOLVED IN KICKBACKS AND MONEY LAUNDERING IN ORDER TO BENEFIT PUTIN. JOHN SOLOMON, FEDERAL AGENCIES SAID THIS. THEY USED U.S. WITNESS WORKING INSIDE THE NUCLEAR INDUSTRY TO GATHER RECORDS AND MAKE SECRET RECORDINGS AND INTERCEPT RECORDINGS AS EARLY AS 2009 THAT SHOWED MOSCOW COMPROMISED WITH BRIBES AND CUTBACKS. F.B.I. AND COURT DOCUMENTS SHOW. SO FROM TODAY'S REPORT, WE FIND THE REPORT WAS SUPERVISED BY THEN U.S. ATTORNEY ROD ROSEN TEEN WHO IS PRESIDENT TRUMP'S DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL AND THEN APPED DREW MCCABE WHO IS THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR UNDER TRUMP. FROM 2001 UNTIL JAMES COMEY TOOK OVER IN 2013. THEY WERE BOTH INVOLVED IN THIS RUSH AND SCAM BEING THIS SCAM ENDED IN 2015. LET ME INSERT PARENTHETICALLY. I DON'T KNOW WHO RECOMMENDED THAT THE U.S. ATTORNEY INVESTIGATING RUSSIAN COLLUSION WITH HILLARY CLINTON AND WITH TRUCKING FIRM, WITH OTHERS HERE IN THE UNITED STATES, BUT WHOEVER RECOMMENDED ROD ROSENSTEIN TO PRESIDENT TRUMP AS DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL SHOULD BE FIRED, WHOEVER THAT WAS. THEY ARE NOT THERE TO HELP PRESIDENT TRUMP. ON FURTHER DOWN, THE ARTICLE SAYS, TUESDAY ON FOX BUSINESS NETWORK, EDITOR-AT-LARGE PETER SAID, THERE NEEDS TO BE A FEDERAL INVESTIGATION INTO THE URANIUM DEAL AND THE CLINTON STATE DEPARTMENT APPROVED AFTER THE CLINTON FOUNDATION RECEIVED $145 MILLION FROM THE SHARE HOLDERS OF URANIUM ONE. THE ARTICLE GOES ON TO POINT OUT ABOUT THE INVESTIGATION INTO HILLARY CLINTON AND IT QUOTES FROM SWEITZE AND SAID PEOPLE DO NOT REALIZE THAT AMERICAN SOIL IS OWNED BY PUTIN'S GOVERNMENT BECAUSE THIS DEAL WENT THROUGH. HE GOES ON AND MAKES SOME INTERESTING OBSERVATION. AT THE CONCLUSION HE SAYS WE NO LONGER NEED AN INVESTIGATION INTO HILLARY CLINTON AND URANIUM ONE. THIS INVESTIGATION IS EVIDENCE OF CRIMINAL CORRUPTION AND INTENTIONAL PUTTING OF AMERICAN NATIONAL SECURITY AT RISK FOR PERSONAL FINANCIAL GAIN. AND THIS ARTICLE FROM LEE SMITH, MARCH 13, TITLED ROBERT MUELLER'S BELTWAY COVERUP AND THIS POINTS OUT THAT IF THE DEEP STATE HERE -- AND IT DOES CROSS PARTY LINES -- THEY WANTED SOMEONE TO EFFECTIVELY COVER UP ALL OF THE LEAKS, EACH ONE OF WHICH IS A CRIME PUNISHABLE BY TIME IN PRISON. IF THE DEEP STATE HERE IN WASHINGTON WANTED SOMEBODY THAT COULD PROTECT ALL THESE CRIMINALS THAT ARE WORKING IN INTELLIGENCE OR F.B.I., THAT REGULARLY LEAK INFORMATION TO HURT PEOPLE THAT THREATEN THEIR POWER HERE IN WASHINGTON, THEN THEY COULD NOT HAVE A BETTER PERSON AS SPECIAL COUNSEL THAN ROBERT MUELLER, AS OVERSEEN BY ROD ROSENSTEIN, POINTS OUT THAT MUELLER TOOK HIS JOB NOT AT THE BELEFT BY THE MAN BY ALL ACCOUNTS WHO IS PROFESSIONALLY AND DISDAIN DONALD TRUMP BUT THE BLUE CHIP ELITE. THAT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, ROD ROSENSTEIN APPOINTED HIM A YEAR AGO TO LEAD AN INVESTIGATION WITHOUT PARAMETERS. THAT'S BECAUSE MUELLER'S JOB IS TO OBSCURE THE ABUSES THAT OCCURRED UNDER THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. THE FACT THAT SOMEONE AT THE LEVEL OF FORMER F.B.I. DIRECTOR WAS CALLED IN TO SWEEP IN THE MESS LEFT BY BAD ACTORS IN THE BUREAU AND CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY AND OTHER AGENCIES SUGGEST THAT THE PROBLEMS ARE EVEN WORSE THAN PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT. AND THAT MEANS THE CONSTITUENCY FOR MUELLER'S POLITICAL INTERVENTION IS ENORMOUS. MUELLER IS SAID TO BELIEVE THERE ARE MEETING -- REFERENCING BACK IN 2017, WITH A RUSSIAN BANKER, THAT WOULD BE WELL AFTER THE ELECTION, OBVIOUSLY, WAS SET UP -- WAS TO SET UP A BACK CHANNEL WITH THE KREMLIN, BUT THAT MAKES NO SENSE. ACCORDING TO THE COLLUSION NARRATIVE, THE DOSSIER ALLEGEDLY WRITTEN BY STEELE, THE KREMLIN CULTIVATED TRUMP FOR YEARS. WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF A BACK CHANNEL WHEN PUTIN HAD A KEY TO MAR-A-LAGO. THE TRUMP CIRCLE TEAMED WITH THE HIGH LEVEL OFFICIALS WITH THE PUP OF WINNING THE 2016 ELECTION. HOW DOES A MEETING ADVANCE THE CROOKED ELECTION VICTORY PLOT? IT DOESN'T. IT CONTRADICTS IT. . HE TALKS SOME ABOUT ERIC PRINCE BUT THE IDEA THAT ANYONE WHO SUPPORTED TRUMP OR VOTED FOR HIM MET WITH A RUSSIAN NATIONAL THE DISH ON THE TABLE IS TREASON IS THE STUFF OF COLD WAR B MOVIES BUT IT'S ALSO SOMETHING MORE, PROSECUTORIAL OVERREACH. THE FACT THAT MUELLER HAS ZEROED IN ON PRINCE POINTS TO A KEY MOTIVE BEHIND THE INVESTIGATION HE TALKS ABOUT PRINCE THROWN INTO THED MY THOLVE RUSSIA-GATE AFTER THE APRIL 23, 2017, "WASHINGTON POST" REPORTED HIS MEETING WITH THE RUSSIAN BANKER. HOW DID ANYONE KNOW ABOUT THE MEETING? AFTER THE STORY, PRINCE SAID HE WAS SHOWN SPECIFIC EVIDENCE BY SOURCES FROM THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY THAT THE INFORMATION WAS SWEPT UP IN THE COLLECTION OF ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS AND HIS IDENTITY WAS UNMASK THE U.S. OFFICIAL OR OFFICIAL WHOGS GAVE HIS NAME TO "THE WASHINGTON POST" BROKE THE LAW WHEN THEY ELECTED -- LEAKED CLASSIFIED INFORMATION. FURTHER IT SAYS MUELLER PRESUMABLY KNOWS WHETHER PRINCE'S NAME WAS UNMASKED AND THEN LEAKED TO THE PRESS AND THAT THE LEAK WAS A CRIME. MUELLER CERTAINLY KNOWS MOST OF THE CASE HE HAS REGARDING RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE IN THE 2016 ELECTION WAS BUILT BY ABUSES OF THE FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE APPARATUS AND OTHER RELATED CRIMES THAT ARE PUNISHABLE WITH JAIL TIME. THE IDENTITY OF TRUMP'S SHORT-TERM NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR MICHAEL FLYNN WAS SWEPT UP AND LEAKED TO THE PRESS IN THE SAME WAY PRINCE'S -- AS PRINCE'S. IT WAS LEAKED TO THE SAME NEWSPAPER, THE "WASHINGTON POST." AS I EXPLAINED LAST WEEK, THE IDENTITY OF ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS WAS ALSO UNMASKED FROM AN INTELLIGENCE INTERCEPT AND LEAKED TO "THE WASHINGTON POST." THE FACT THAT THE F.B.I. HAD A -- HAD SECURED A FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE ACT WARRANT ON CARTER PAGE WAS ALSO LEAKED TO THE POST. THE WARRANT ON PAGE WAS SECURED ON THE BASIS OF FINDINGS IN THE STEEL DOSSIER AND UNVERIFIED PIECE OF OPPOSITION RESEARCH PAID FOR BY THE CLINTON CAMPAIGN AND DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE. AS DIRECTOR OF THE F.B.I. DURING THE POST-9/11 PERIOD, WHEN FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE AND ITS ABUSES WERE MADE REGULAR FRONT PAGE HEADLINES, MUELLER KNOWS EXACTLY HOW THE SYSTEM CAN BE ABUSED AND WHAT THE PENALTIES ARE. HE ALSO RECOGNIZES THAT RUSSIAGATE IS EVIDENCE OF HOW IT WAS ABUSE AND WHO ABUSED IT INCLUDING SOME OF THE SAME PEOPLE HE WORKED WITH DURING HIS 12-YEAR TENURE AS F.B.I. DIRECTOR. THE MUCH OF THE MUELLER INQUIRY IS THEREFORE NOT TO INVESTIGATE THE MOST LUDICROUSLY SEEMING CHARGES IN THE STEELE DOSSIER BUT TO PROTECT THE INSTITUTION OF THE F.B.I., FORMER COLLEAGUES, AS WELL AS THE NATIONAL SECURITY SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM. THEREFORE THE INQUIRY HAS TO COVER UP THE SIMPLE ORIGINS OF THE COLLUSION NARRATIVE ITSELF. WHICH WAS BORN IN REPEATED ABUFSE POWER AND SUBSEQUENT CRIMES COMMITTED BY U.S. OFFICIALS IN THE INTELLIGENCE BUREAUCRACY AND THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. SO MR. SPEAKER, REGARDLESS OF WHAT ANYBODY THINKS OF PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, AND I KNOW THERE ARE SOME -- THERE ARE SOME REPUBLICANS THAT ARE UNHAPPY THAT HE WAS ELECTED PRESIDENT, WANT HIM GONE AT ALL COSTS. AND I KNOW THAT MOST OF THE DEMOCRATS I KNOW IT JUST GRIEVES THEM TO NO END HE WAS ELECTED. THEY WANT HIM GONE AT ALL COSTS. BUT AT SOME POINT, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE HAVE GOT TO WAKE UP TO THE FACT THAT WE HAVE CRIMES BEING COMMITTED IN THE F.B.I. AND IN OUR INTELLIGENCE APPARATUS. THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE BEING PAID WITH GOVERNMENT CHECKS WHO ARE OUT TO DESTROY PEOPLE WHO DISAGREE WITH THEIR POWER GRABS AND THEIR CRIMES. THIS ARTICLE POINTS OUT, MUELLER'S INVESTIGATION HAS GOT TO DRAG ON AS LONG AS NECESSARY TO PREVENT ANY OF THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE COMMITTED THE CRIMES OF LEAKING AND OTHER CRIMES, LEAKING, LYING, PERJURY, OBSTRUCTING JUSTICE, TRYING TO CREATE AN INSURANCE POLICY TO TAKE OUT A SITTING PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, IT'S TIME WE WAKE UP. WHEN ELECTED OFFICIALS IN THIS CITY HAVE TO FEAR FOR THEIR POLITICAL LIVES BY PEOPLE THAT THEY HAVE GIVEN POWER IN THE F.B.I., D.O.J., C.I.A., N.S.A., THEN THE SYSTEM IS BROKEN. IT IS OUT OF CONTROL. AND IT'S HOW YOU LOSE A DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC LIKE WE HAVE OR LIKE WE USED TO HAVE. IT'S TIME TO GET IT UNDER CONTROL. MULER IS NOT THE ANSWER, HE'S THE PROBLEM. HE IS THE POSTER CHILD FOR THE PROBLEM THAT HE'S CREATED DURING HIS ENTIRE TENURE AND IF HE HAD ANY DECENCY HE WOULD HAVE NEVER ACCEPTED THIS SPECIAL PROSECUTION ON ANYTHING INVOLVING RUSSIA BECAUSE HE'D BEEN INVOLVED IN THAT INVESTIGATION AND BECAUSE HE REMAINED SILENT OR PERHAPS SPOKE UP TO KEEP IT HUSH-HUSH. BUT HE AND ROSENSTEIN BOTH SHOULD HAVE STOPPED THE SALE OF 20% OF OUR RUE RAIN YUM TO A NATIONAL ENEMY. APPARENTLY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WAS SO INTENT ON THAT RESET BECAUSE THEY FELT LIKE, YOU KNOW, GEORGE W. BUSH OVERREACTED, ALL PUTIN DID WAS INVADE GEORGIA, ONE COUNTRY INVADING ANOTHER, SMALLER, WEAKER COUNTRY, AND BUSH, THEY FELT LIKE OVERREACTED, SAID YOU SHOULDN'T BE DOING THIS. PUT SOME SANCTIONS IN PLACE. SO THEY WANTED TO SHOW WE'RE JUST FINE WITH YOU INVADING ADJOINING COUNTRIES, MAYBE EVEN THOSE THAT DON'T ADJOIN. BUT SURE AT LEAST ADJOINING COUNTRIES. THEY GAVE THE RED LIGHT, WHETHER THEY KNEW IT OR NOT, TO PUTIN TO INVADE THE CRIMEA, INVADE UKRAINE. AND THEY GAVE THE GREEN LIGHT, THEY HAD TO KNOW THIS, BECAUSE IT WAS PART OF WHAT THEY DID, THEY GAVE THE GREEN LIGHT TO THE SALE OF 20% OF OUR URANIUM TO A COUNTRY THAT MOST RECENTLY HAD ITS DICTATORIAL LEADER BRAGGING THAT HE HAD MISSILES, THAT HE COULD PUT THOSE NUKES ON, THAT THE UNITED STATES COULDN'T STOP. AND THOSE NUKES CAN BE TIPPED AT LEAST 20% OF THEM WITH WHAT HILLARY CLINTON, MUELLER, ROSENSTEIN, HAD TO BE COMPLICIT IN GIVING, LETTING THEM HAVE. THIS IS SERIOUS STUFF. BUT UNTIL THE LEAKERS AND THE ABUSERS OF OUR INTELLIGENCE SYSTEM ARE BROUGHT TO JUSTICE, THEN NOBODY THAT BELIEVES IN REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT IS SAFE. WE END UP LIKE CHINA, LIKE RUSSIA, WHERE YOU'RE SCARED TO DEATH OF THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE SCENES, BEHIND THE GOVERNMENT, OR EVEN THE DICTATORIAL LEADER BECAUSE YOU KNOW THEY MADE YOU AND THEY CAN DESTROY YOU. AND WHEN THE FREE PRESS IS NOT FREE, THEY'RE COMPLICIT IN ASSISTING IN THE COMMITTING OF CRIMES BY GLADLY ACCEPTING THE LEAKS, PUBLISHING THEM TO COMPLETE THE CRIME, WE'RE IN BIG TROUBLE. SO I WOULD SAY, YOU KNOW, IF MUELLER HAD ANY DECENCY HE WOULD JUST RESIGN. AND HE DOESN'T EVEN HAVE TO EXPLAIN HOW WRONG IT WAS FOR HIM TO ACCEPT THE APPOINTMENT. I'D HOPED THAT THE DAMAGE HE DID TO THE F.B.I. WOULD HAVE COME TO AN END WHEN HIS 10 YEARS WAS UP BUT NO, PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS SO THRILLED WITH THE THINGS HE WAS DOING, HE EXTENDED HIS TERM TWO YEARS AND PUSHED THROUGH CONGRESS, PEOPLE WOULDN'T LISTEN TO ME, OH, NO, THIS IS NOT A GUY YOU WANT FOR TWO MORE YEAR, HE'S DONE ENOUGH DAMAGE. ANY REPUBLICAN THAT SAYS OH, HE'LL BE FAIR, IS EITHER DESPERATELY WANTING PRESIDENT TRUMP GONE OR IS INTENTIONALLY IGNORING THE FACTS OF MUELLER'S BACKGROUND FROM THE DAYS AS THE ASSISTANT U.S. ATTORNEY IN CHARGE OF CRIME IN BOSTON, UP THROUGH THE PRESENT. THERE'S A LOT OF INNOCENT PEOPLE THAT LIE IN HIS WAKE. SOME OF THEM GOT MILLION DOLLARS, MULTIMILLION DOLLAR SETTLEMENTS FOR THE DAMAGE MUELLER DID TO THEM BUT MOST DIDN'T EVEN GET AN APOLOGY. MUELLER COULDN'T BE BOTHERED WITH HOW MANY MILLIONS WERE PAID OUT IN BOSTON BECAUSE OF WHAT HE OVERSAW. HE COULDN'T BE BOTHERED WITH THE $5. MILLION THAT WAS PAID TO HATFIELD BECAUSE THE F.B.I. UNDER MUELLER AND UNDER HIS DIRECTION APPARENTLY FROM WHAT THE ARTICLE SAID HE TOOK DIRECT OVERSIGHT OVER THE HATFIELD INVESTIGATION, ASSURING WHEN THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE THAT HE COMMITTED ANY WRONG THAT HE WAS STILL THE ONE. IT'S TIME THAT MUELLER'S INVESTIGATION COME TO AN END, I THINK LEE SMITH HAD IT RIGHT. I THINK THE ARTICLE BY DANIEL JOHN SOBIEWSKI HAD THINGS RIGHT. WE'VE ALREADY HAD AN INVESTIGATION OF RUSSIAN COLLUSION. IT WAS DONE BY U.S. ATTORNEY ROB ROSENSTEIN AND F.B.I. DIRECTOR ROBERT MUELLER AND THEY SHUT HER DOWN, SHUT UP THE INFORMATION, SO THE CLINTON FOUNDATION COULD BE THE BENEFICIARY AND GOODNESS SAKES THEY WERE BIG-TIME BENEFICIARIES. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                        MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT WE DO NOW HEREBY ADJOURN.

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                                                        MR. GOHMERT

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                                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                        TO. ACCORDINGLY, PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 788, THE HOUSE STANDS…

                                                        TO. ACCORDINGLY, PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 788, THE HOUSE STANDS ADJOURNED UNTIL 10:00 A.M. TOMORROW FOR MORNING HOUR DEBATE AS A FURTHER MARK OF RESPECT TO THE MEMORY OF THE LATE HONORABLE LOUISE MCINTOSH SLAUGHTER.

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                                                        Mr. Gohmert moved that the House do now adjourn.

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                                                        On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.

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                                                          Adjourned

                                                          The House adjourned pursuant to H. Res. 788. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on March 20, 2018.

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                                                            FEW MINUTES OF THIS LIVE ON C-SPAN.ORG. TAKING NOW LIVE TO THE FLOOR OF…

                                                            FEW MINUTES OF THIS LIVE ON C-SPAN.ORG. TAKING NOW LIVE TO THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE. [CAPTIONING PERFORMED BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, WHICH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS CAPTION CONTENT AND ACCURACY. VISIT NCICAP.ORG] ANNOUNCER: "WASHINGTON JOURNAL" CONTINUES.

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                                                            ANNOUNCER

                                                            19, 201. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE MARK MEADOWS TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO…

                                                            19, 201. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE MARK MEADOWS TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAK OF THE HOUSE OF

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                                                            THE CLERK

                                                            REPRESENTATIVES.

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                                                            MPORE PURSUANT

                                                            DEBATE. THE CHAIR WILL ALTERNATE RECOGNITION BETWEEN THE PARTIES. ALL TIME…

                                                            DEBATE. THE CHAIR WILL ALTERNATE RECOGNITION BETWEEN THE PARTIES. ALL TIME SHALL BE EQUALLY ALLOCATED BETWEEN THE PARTIES AND IN IN EVENT SHALL THE DEBATE CONTINUE BEYOND 1:50 P.M.. EACH MEMBER OTHER THAN THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS AND MINORITY WHIP SHALL BE LIMITED TO FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, MR. MARSHALL, FOR FIVE MINUTES. MR.

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                                                            MR. MARSHALL

                                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MARCH 25 THROUGH MARCH 31 IS NATIONAL PHYSICIANS…

                                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MARCH 25 THROUGH MARCH 31 IS NATIONAL PHYSICIANS WEEK. AS A PRACTICING PHYSICIAN FOR NEARLY 30 YEARS, I'D LIKE TO USE MY TIME TODAY TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE DEDICATED DOCTORS NATIONWIDE THAT DEVOTE THEIR LIVES TO PROVIDING QUALITY CARE FOR OUR PATIENTS. I'M SO MARCH 25 THROUGH MARCH 31 IS NATIONAL THANKFUL FOR THE DOCTORS THAT HAVE LED THE CHARGE TO OBSERVE A WEEK DEDICATED TO OUR NATION'S PHYSICIANS, AND ESPECIALLY THANKS TO DR. KIMBERLY JACKSON. DR. JACKSON IS A TRUE PIONEER FOR THE MEDICAL PROFESSION. IN JUNE OF 2015 SHE FOUND THE PHYSICIANS WORKING TOGETHER ORGANIZATION. THIS GROUP WAS CREATED TO BRING PHYSICIANS TOGETHER FROM A BROAD SPECTRUM OF SPECIALTIES. DR. JACKSON THEN JUST ONE YEAR LATER ESTABLISHED THE LAST WEEK OF MARCH AS NATIONAL PHYSICIANS WEEK. THIS YEAR CELEBRATION WILL INCLUDE A PHYSICIAN-LED VIRTUAL CONFERENCE HOSTED BY THE PHYSICIANS WORKING TOGETHER GROUP. THE CONFERENCE IS AVAILABLE FOR FREE AND PROVIDE PHYSICIANS WITH VALUABLE WAYS TO IMPROVE THEIR EVERYDAY PRACTICE. THE VIRTUAL SESSION ALSO ALSO HIGHLIGHT WAYS PHYSICIANS WILL TAKE ACTION AND POLICY THROUGH ADVOCACY GROUPS AND NAVIGATE THE WORLD OF POLITICS. I ENCOURAGE MY FRIENDS IN THE MEDICAL INDUSTRY TO TUNE IN. AS AN OBSTETRICIAN AND GYNECOLOGIST, I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS WITH PATIENTS THAT I ALWAYS HOLD DEAR TO MY HEART. THERE IS NOTHING QUITE LIKE WATCHING A FAMILY GROW BEFORE YOUR EYES AND HAVING A HAND IN THEIR HEALTHY GROWING. ALTHOUGH GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS PILED ON OVER THE YEARS HAVE CONTINUED TO MAKE IT DIFFICULT TO BUILD AND NUTURE THESE RELATIONSHIPS, MY PATIENTS HAVE BECOME NO LESS IMPORTANT, NO LESS OF A PRIORITY TO ME. I KNOW THIS TO BE THE CASE FOR MANY OTHER DOCTORS THROUGHOUT THE NATION. THREE MY TIME PRACTICING MEDICINE IN KANSAS, I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK ALONGSIDE MANY FELLOW PHYSICIANS WHO PRACTICE WITH A LEVEL OF CARE I WANT FOR MY OWN FAMILY. PHYSICIANS ARE MORE THAN DESERVING OF A WEEK OF APPRECIATION. SO PLEASE TAKE A FEW MOMENTS TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR YOUR LOCAL PHYSICIANS. FOR MORE INFORMATION WE'D ASK YOU TO SCOMMECK OUT THE NATIONAL PHYSICIANS WEEK FACEBOOK PAGE OR LOOK AT OUR OWN SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES FOR MORE WAYS TO SPREAD THE WORLD. I YIELD BACK THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                                            THE CONTINUED SPECIAL COUNCIL POSITION OF ROBERT MUELLER. ON FRIDAY NIGHT…

                                                            THE CONTINUED SPECIAL COUNCIL POSITION OF ROBERT MUELLER. ON FRIDAY NIGHT LATE, THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE F.B.I., MR. ANDREW MCCABE, WAS FIRED. I HAVEN'T SEEN THE I.G. REPORT, NOBODY'S SEEN IT. IT WON'T BE AVAILABLE UNTIL APRIL. BUT IT'S CONCERNING THAT THAT LATE AT NIGHT PEOPLE WERE WORKING AT JUSTICE TO FIRE A CAREER EMPLOYEE AND POSSIBLY DEPRIVE HIM OF HIS PENSION. MR. BECOME -- MR. MCCABE BELIEVES THE REASON HE WAS FIRED WAS BECAUSE OF MR. COMEY'S CONVERSATIONS WITH THE PRESIDENT AND HIS OWN CONVERSATIONS WITH THE PRESIDENT, AND HIS BEING A CORROBORATING WITNESS. I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE CAUSE WAS, BUT THE PROCESS WAS AND HIS OWN CONVERSATIONS WITH AWFUL. IT WAS SEEMED TO VIOLATE THE DUE PROCESS RIGHTS OF THIS CAREER FEDERAL EMPLOYEE. AND THEN TO WATCH THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, A MULTIBILLIONAIRE, SPIKE THE BALL ON BEING ABLE TO DEPRIVE A 20-YEAR FEDERAL EMPLOYEE OF A PENSION WAS CRUEL RUSHED. AND IT, UN-AMERICAN, AND MEAN-SPIRITED. IT WAS A SHOT ACROSS THE BOW AT OTHER GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS WHO ARE DOING THEIR JOBS. JUSTICE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS, F.B.I. OFFICIALS, LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS WHO LOVE THIS COUNTRY AND PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE. AND IF THEY DON'T AGREE WITH THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION CONTINUING, OR IF THEY SEE CONCERNS ABOUT THE UNITED STATES PRESIDENT AND HIS CAMPAIGN AND SOME INVOLVEMENT WITH RUSSIA OR THE OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE OR VIOLATIONS, THAT THEY, TOO, RISK THEIR JOBS AND PENSIONS AND RISK THEIR FINANCIAL SECURITY. IT'S A SCARY TIME IN AMERICA. WE'RE LOOKING AT THE ABYSS. IN DECEMBER, I WAS CONCERNED ABOUT THIS AS WELL. AND REPRESENTATIVE WALTER JONES OF NORTH CAROLINA, REPUBLICAN AND I, HAVE A BIPARTISAN BILL, HOUSE BILL 4669, WHICH HAS A SENATE COMPANION FILED BIPARTISAN AS WELL, SENATOR TILLIS AND SENATOR COONS WHICH IS SENATE BILL 1741. IT GIVES THE SPECIAL COUNCIL DUE PROCESS IF HE IS FIRED FOR CAUSE THAT IS ARE NOT OBJECTIVE , RELATED TO HIS JOB, AND THE PERFORMANCE OF HIS DUTIES. BUT IT MEANS HE COULDN'T BE FIRED FOR POLITICS AND HE COULDN'T BE FIRED TO SQUELCH AN INVESTIGATION CONCERNING THE VERY FUNDAMENTALS OF THIS COUNTRY AND ALLEGIANCE AND ADHERENCE TO THE CONSTITUTION AND LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA FOR WHICH WE HAVE FIRED TO SQUELCH AN INVESTIGATION ALL TAKEN AN OATH TO UPHOLD. NOTHING IS MORE SACRED. IF THE PRESIDENT HAS DONE NOTHING WRONG, AS HE HAS SAID ON MANY OCCASIONS, AND HE'S TWEETED RECENTLY ABOUT MR. MULE EARN SAID IT'S A WITCH-HUNT AND SAID THERE IS NO COLLUSION, IF THERE IS NO COLLUSION, IF THERE IS NO OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE, IF THERE ARE NO VIOLATIONS, THE PRESIDENT SHOULD AS REPRESENTATIVE TRAY GOWDY HAS SAID, WELCOME THE CONTINUATION OF THE INVESTIGATION TO CLEAR HIM. AS REPRESENTATIVE TREY GOWDY SAID, HE IS NOT ACTING LIKE A MAN WHO IS INNOCENT. AND REPRESENTATIVE CHARLIE DENT HAS SAID SIMILAR THINGS. IF YOU HAVE NOTHING TO HIDE, WHY STOP AN INVESTIGATION IF THERE IS NO FIND? AND IF THERE IS SOMETHING TO FIND AND SOMETHING FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT, FOR CONGRESS TO KNOW ABOUT, AND ACT ON, THEN SAID, HE IS NOT IT'S ANTEKOUNMPO ON TO US PROTECT MR. MUELLER -- IT'S INCOME BENT ON INCOME BENT ON US TO PROTECT MR. MUELLER. I KNOW THERE ARE DEMOCRATIC SUPPORT FOR THESE BILLS BUT THERE HASN'T BEEN REPUBLICAN SUPPORT THAT I KNOW SUPPORT THAT I KNOW OF BEYOND SENATOR TILLIS AND REPRESENTATIVE WALTER JONES. I CALL ON SPEAKER RYAN TO SCHEDULE THIS BILL, HAVE IT SCHEDULED, AND RIFFIVE -- REPRESENTATIVE GOODLATTE'S COMMITTEE FOR HEARING OR BRING IT DIRECTLY TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE. I CALL ON REPRESENTATIVE GOODLATTE TO SCHEDULE THE BILL FOR A MARKUP. AND HAVE IT VOTED ON. BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, I CALL ON MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO STAND UP FOR AMERICA, STAND UP FOR THEIR OATH OF OFFICE. WE GET ALONG, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, REPUBLICANS ARE GOOD PEOPLE, TOO. THEY HAVE DIFFERENT THOUGHTS ON CERTAIN ISSUES AND DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES THAN MOST DEMOCRATS, THAN I DO. BUT WE ALL BELIEVE IN AMERICA. THAT SHOULD NOT BE CAPITULATING TO RUSSIA AND AN AMERICA THAT SHOULDN'T BE SEEING THE CONSTITUTION SHREDDED AND LAWS VIOLATED. I CALL ON MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO LOOK INTO THEIR SOUL, THEIR HEART, REMEMBER THEIR OATH, SIGN ON TO H.R. 4669 AS REPRESENTATIVE WALTER JONES HAS AND STAND UP FOR AMERICA. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                            FITZPATRICK: MR. SPEAKER, OVER FOUR WEEKS HAVE PASSED SINCE OUR NATION…

                                                            FITZPATRICK: MR. SPEAKER, OVER FOUR WEEKS HAVE PASSED SINCE OUR NATION SUFFERED AN UNSPEAKABLE TRAGEDY IN PARKLAND, FLORIDA. WHERE WE LOST 17 SOULS THAT WE CANNOT GET BACK. FIRST, MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO HAVE EACH OF THEIR NAMES ENTERED INTO THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD TO MEMORIALIZE THESE YOUNG BRAVE SOULS WHO WILL MOVE THIS COUNTRY TO ACT TO PROTECT OTHER YOUNG STUDENTS ACROSS THIS NATION.

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

                                                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                            PRESENTATION FROM MY FRIEND FROM PENNSYLVANIA. I COULD NOT AGREE MORE THAT…

                                                            PRESENTATION FROM MY FRIEND FROM PENNSYLVANIA. I COULD NOT AGREE MORE THAT IT IS TIME FOR US TO COME FORWARD WITH ACTION. IT WAS MY HONOR THIS MORNING TO ADDRESS THE COUNSEL OF GREAT CITY SCHOOLS -- COUNCIL OF GREAT CITIES SCHOOLS WHO ARE GEART IN OUR NATION'S CAPITAL, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENTS, DEALING WITH THE CHALLENGES OF EDUCATION. AND THEY ARE STANDING IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAVE RAISED THEIR VOICES, CALLING UPON CONGRESS TO FINALLY ACT. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT IS DEEPLY TROUBLING IS THAT THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP REFUSES TO ALLOW A ROBUST DEBATE AND ACTION ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE. THERE ARE DOZENS OF PROVISIONS THAT WE CAN COME TOGETHER, PRODUCE

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                                                            IS THE GENTLEMAN ASKING FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT?

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                                                            THINKING. THE GREAT CITY SCHOOL COUNCIL POINTED OUT IN THEIR RESOLUTION…

                                                            THINKING. THE GREAT CITY SCHOOL COUNCIL POINTED OUT IN THEIR RESOLUTION THAT AMERICANS ARE 25 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE KILLED WITH A GUN THAN PEOPLE IN OTHER DEVELOPED COUNTRIES. . THEY REJECT THE PROPOSITION THAT WE HAVE TO BE THE ONLY DEVELOPED COUNTRY THAT CANNOT PROTECT OUR FAMILIES FROM GUN VIOLENCE. THEY RECOGNIZE THAT THERE IS NO PLACE TO ARM TEACHERS IN RESPONSE. THERE'S NO EVIDENCE THAT HAVING TEACHERS PACKING HEAT WOULD MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE AT ALL. WHAT IT WOULD DO IS ADD ANOTHER LAYER OF UNCERTAINTY AND MORE GUNS IN SCHOOLS INCREASES THE LIKELIHOOD THEY WILL BE USED. THEY CATEGORICALLY REJECT THE ARMING OF TEACHERS BUT SAY, MOVE FORWARD, REMOVE THE ABILITY OF PEOPLE TO PURCHASE HIGH-CAPACITY AUTOMATIC WEAPONS , TIGHTEN BACKGROUND CHECKS, MAKE IT EASIER TO DO RESEARCH ON GUN VIOLENCE WHICH THIS CONGRESS HAS TRIED TO MAKE ILLEGAL. MR. SPEAKER, I AM HOPEFUL THAT WE WILL NOT HAVE THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP CONTINUE TO DENY US AN OPPORTUNITY TO FULLY DEBATE THE PROPOSALS THAT ARE CIRCULATING ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS THAT WOULD MAKE A DIFFERENCE DEALING WITH BACKGROUND CHECKS, DEALING WITH TAKING GUNS AWAY FROM PEOPLE WHO SHOULDN'T HAVE THEM, MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE REDUCING THE ACCESS TO SOME OF THE MOST DESTRUCTIVE MILITARY WEAPONS THAT HAVE NO PLACE CIRCULATING IN SOCIETY. CHILDREN NOT OLD ENOUGH -- YOUNG MEN NOT OLD ENOUGH TO BUY A BEER CAN BUY AN AK-47, THAT'S WRONG. MR. SPEAKER, I HOPE THAT PEOPLE'S HEARTS AND MINDS WILL BE TOUCHED BY THE ELOQUENCE THAT WE HAVE HEARD FROM THESE YOUNG PEOPLE IN FLORIDA WHO'VE ENDURED IT, WHO HAVE PUT PRESSURE ON THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO ACT. I HOPE WE --

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                                                            MS. BORDALLO, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                            MS. BORDALLO

                                                            H.R. 4761, THIS YEAR. I HAVE ALSO CHAMPIONED LEGISLATION TO REIMBURSE GOV…

                                                            H.R. 4761, THIS YEAR. I HAVE ALSO CHAMPIONED LEGISLATION TO REIMBURSE GOV GUAM FOR COMPACT IMPACT AT THE MANDATORY $180 MILLION ANNUAL LEVEL, RECOMMENDED BY THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE. TRANSFERS OF VALUABLE SURPLUS FEDERAL PROPERTY UNDER MY GUAM LAND RETURN ACT PROVIDES YET ANOTHER WAY TO INCREASE FEDERAL REIMBURSEMENT TO GOV GUAM FOR COMPACT IMPACT EXPENSES, AND THESE TRANSFERS OF SURPLUS PROPERTY WOULD OCCUR AT NO COST TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OR THE TAXPAYERS. OUR ISLAND OF GUAM HOLDS A SUBSTANTIAL -- HOSTS A SUBSTANTIAL MILITARY PRESENCE AND IS AN IMPORTANT MILITARY BASE IN THE ASIA PACIFIC REGION. IN 2011, THE U.S. MILITARY MADE A COMMITMENT TO THE PEOPLE OF GUAM TO REDUCE FEDERAL LANDOWNERSHIP AND THE MILITARY'S FOOTPRINT ON GUAM. IMPORTANTLY, THE COMMITMENT COINCIDES WITH THE BUILDUP OF AMERICAN MILITARY PERSONNEL AND BASE RESOURCES ON GUAM, PART OF THE RELOCATION OF U.S. MARINES FROM OKINAWA, JAPAN. U.S. MILITARY AND DEFENSE DEPARTMENT LEADERSHIP UNDER THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAVE REAFFIRMED THIS NET NEGATIVE COMMITMENT TO OUR PEOPLE AND TO ME PERSONALLY. SINCE JANUARY OF 2011, THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT HAS RETURNED APPROXIMATELY 686 ACRES TO GOV GUAM. MY GUAM LAND RETURN ACT HOLDS THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT ACCOUNTABLE FOR MEETING THE NET NEGATIVE COMMITMENT IN FULL. THIS LEGISLATION WOULD REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE TO MAINTAIN A PUBLIC INVENTORY OF ALL LAND PARCELS THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT EXPECTS TO ULTIMATELY TRANSFER TO GOV GUAM UNDER THE NET NEGATIVE COMMITMENT. MY LEGISLATION OUTLINES 17 SPECIFIC FEDERAL LAND PARCELS, TOTALING 476 ACRES THAT SHOULD BE TRANSFERRED TO GOV GUAM. THE GUAM LAND REFORM ACT WOULD ALSO PROVIDE A PUBLIC MECHANISM FOR THE GOVERNOR OF GUAM TO PETITION THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT TO CONSIDER TRANSFERRING ADDITIONAL LAND PARCELS TO GOV GUAM UNDER THE NET NEGATIVE COMMITMENT. AND LASTLY, MY LEGISLATION INCLUDES SEVERAL PROVISIONS RELATING TO CURRENT AND FORMER FEDERAL LAND ON GUAM. TWO PROVISIONS ENSURE THAT NO COST TRANSFERS OF SURPLUS FEDERAL LAND AND OTHER VALUABLE PROPERTY DO NOT CREATE ADDITIONAL LIABILITIES OR PUBLIC SAFETY CONCERNS FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT RELATING TO ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANUP OR FLIGHT PATHS FOR AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL. ONE SECTION REMOVES AN ANTIQUATED FEDERAL RESTRICTION ON 927 ACRES ON GUAM'S CABRES ISLAND WHICH GOV GUAM HAS OWNED SINCE 1981. THE PEOPLE OF GUAM ARE PATRIOTIC AMERICANS AND SUPPORT OUR MILITARY SERVICE MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES AND THE NATION'S VETERANS. AND AT THE SAME TIME THE PEOPLE OF GUAM WANT TO SEE THEIR ANCESTRAL LANDS RETURNED AND RIGHTFULLY SO. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                            FUNDING EXPIRES FRIDAY AT MIDNIGHT. BOTH THE HOUSE AND SENATE MUST PASS…

                                                            FUNDING EXPIRES FRIDAY AT MIDNIGHT. BOTH THE HOUSE AND SENATE MUST PASS SPENDING LEGISLATION TO PREVENT A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN. LIVE COVERAGE HERE ON C-SPAN FROM THE FLOOR OF THE U.S. HOUSE WHEN THEY RETURN AT 2:00.

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                                                            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 CONROIFMENT --CONROY.

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                                                            CHAPLAIN CONROY

                                                            LOVE. THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IS A NOBLE INSTITUTION WHICH EMBRACES…

                                                            LOVE. THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IS A NOBLE INSTITUTION WHICH EMBRACES THE HIGHEST ASPIRATIONS OF THE NATION'S PEOPLE AND EMBODIES THEIR LASTING VALUES. HELP THE MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE TO LOOK AT THEMSELVES, THEIR POLITICS, PRIORITIES, AND THE NATION'S INTERESTS WITH NEW VISION IN THE LIGHT OF YOUR SPIRIT. HELP THEM TO BE WISE AND PATIENT LEGISLATORS SEEKING NOT IMMEDIATE POLITICAL WINS BUT A PRODUCTIVE FUTURE WHICH WILL NOURISH THE STABILITY OF OUR HOMELAND AND REAP A HARVEST OF PEACE IN THE WORLD. MAY ALL THAT IS DONE THIS DAY BE FOR YOUR GREATER HONOR AND GLORY, AMEN.

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                                                            PLEASE JOIN MEEFMENT I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES…

                                                            PLEASE JOIN MEEFMENT 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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                                                            MEEFMENT

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                                                            SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK

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

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

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                                                            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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

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

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                                                            CAN TAKE A VIRTUAL HOT AIR BALLOON OR GRAB A SHOVEL AND DIG TO FIND…

                                                            CAN TAKE A VIRTUAL HOT AIR BALLOON OR GRAB A SHOVEL AND DIG TO FIND ARTIFACTS IN A DIGGING EXHIBIT OF THE IT IS IMPORTANT WE CONTINUE TO INSPIRE AND TAKE A VIRTUAL EDUCATE OUR NEXT GENERATION. I WANT TO THANK THE BUCKS COUNTY CHILDREN'S MUSEUM FOR WHAT THEY DO TO BRING WONDER AND WONDERFUL EXPERIENCES TO THE YOUNGEST CITIZENS OF BUCKS COUNTY. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                            THE WHOLE NUMBER OF THE HOUSE IS 430. WHOLE NUMBER PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A…

                                                            THE WHOLE NUMBER OF THE HOUSE IS 430. WHOLE NUMBER PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS UNTIL APPROXIMATELY 3:45 P.M. TODAY.

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

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

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                                                            MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL S. 20306789

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

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

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                                                            WITH THE CHAIRMAN TO THIS ISSUE. THE BIPARTISAN AND WE'RE GOING TO GO…

                                                            WITH THE CHAIRMAN TO THIS ISSUE. THE BIPARTISAN AND WE'RE GOING TO GO AHEAD AND DO THIS LAW RIGHT. NOW, S. 2030 IS ESSENTIALLY IDENTICAL TO H.R. 3477, LEGISLATION INTRODUCED BY MY COLLEAGUES ON THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, MR. HUDSON AND MR. BUTTERFIELD. THE PURPOSE OF THE LEGISLATION IS TO ALIGN THE CURRENT 2019 COMPLIANCE DEADLINE FOR CEILING FAT LIGHT KIT STANDARDS, WITH SEPARATE STANDARD FOR CEILING FANS SET FOR 2020. S. 2030 ESSENTIALLY EXTENDS THE COMPLIANCE DEADLINE FOR THE RULE AMENDING THE STANDARDS FOR CEILING FAN LIGHT KITS BY JUST OVER ONE YEAR, TO JANUARY 21, 2030, SO THEY CAN BOTH OCCUR AT THE SAME TIME. THE ENERGY POLICY AND CONSERVATION ACT, AS AMENDED, BY THE ENERGY POLICY ACT OF 2005, REQUIRED THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY TO PUT IN PLACE EFFICIENCY STANDARDS FOR CEILING LIGHT FAN -- CEILING KITS. THE D.O.E. HAS DETERMINED THAN CREASING EFFICIENCY STANDARDS FOR CEILING -- THAT INCREASING EFFICIENCY STANDARDS FOR CEILING FAN LIGHT KITS WOULD CONSERVE ENERGY MORE WHILE BEING ECONOMICALLY FEASIBLE. THE D.O.E. FINALLY PUT FORTH A STANDARD THAT, AS STATED PREVIOUSLY, WOULD TAKE EFFECT IN JANUARY OF NEXT YEAR. HOWEVER, BECAUSE THE D.O.E. DID NOT MEET THE STATUTORY DEADLINE FOR PROMULGATING A CEILING FAN LIGHTING KIT STANDARD, CERTAIN BACK STOP REQUIREMENTS HAVE BEEN TRIGGERED THAT WOULD BE INDIVIDUALATED BY THE NEW REGULATIONS. SOME OF US QUESTION AS TO WHETHER OR NOT THE ENACT THE OF THIS LEGISLATION WOULD RESULT IN THE EXTENSION OF THESE BACK DROP REQUIREMENTS. I THINK IT'S

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

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

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                                                            MR. MCNERNEY

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                                                            MR. UPTON

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                                                            MR. MCNERNEY

                                                            THE GENTLEMAN WILL YIELD, AS HE DOES. YOU ARE CORRECT. TO HAVE HEARD FROM…

                                                            THE GENTLEMAN WILL YIELD, AS HE DOES. YOU ARE CORRECT. TO HAVE HEARD FROM LIGHTING MANUFACTURERS -- I TOO HAVE HEARD FROM LIGHTING MANUFACTURERS AND SYMPATHIZE WITH THEM IN WITH REGARDS TO UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES. THE INTENT OF THIS BILL, ANDER INTO MATTER, MY INTENT, IS TO KEEP THE COMPLIANCE DEADLINE FOR CHANGES TO THE 190-WATT LIMITER REQUIREMENT AT JANUARY 7, 2019. WE NOW KNOW THAT THE LIMITER REQUIREMENT ADDS TO THE COST TO CONSUMERS AND CAN COMPROMISE CEILING FAN RELIABILITY AND IS NO LONGER NEEDED TO MEET EFFICIENCY STANDARDS. THE FINAL RULE THAT INCLUDED THE CEILING FAN LIGHT KIT STANDARDS ALSO PROVIDED THE 190-WATT LIMITER REQUIREMENT IS DEEMED BE MET BY ANY PRODUCT THAT COMPLICE WITH THE NEW EFFICIENCY STANDARD -- COMPLIES WITH THE NEW EFFICIENCY STANDARD. THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT THE 190-WATT LIMITER SHOULD NO LONGER BE REQUIRED BEGINNING ON JANUARY 2, -- JANUARY 7, 2019. THIS BILL, S. 2030, SEEKS TO DELAY THE CEILING FAN LIGHT KIT COMPLIANCE DEADLINE ONLY, BUT NOT TO DELAY THE CHANGE TO THE 190-WATT LIMITER REQUIREMENT.

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                                                            MR. UPTON

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                                                            MR. MCNERNEY

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                                                            MR. UPTON

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                                                            MR. MCNERNEY

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            MR. UPTON

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            MR. MCNERNEY

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            MR. MCCAUL

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                                                            CLERK THE

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                                                            MPORE PURSUANT

                                                            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                            MR. MCCAUL

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                                                            TEMPORE WITHOUT

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                                                            MR. MCCAUL

                                                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            MR. THOMPSON

                                                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            MR. MCCAUL

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

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

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            MR. THOMPSON

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            MR. MCCAUL

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            MR. MCCAUL

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                            I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL AS AMENDED.

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            THE CLERK

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                                                            TEMPORE PURSUANT

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                                                            MR. ESTES

                                                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            MR. ESTES

                                                            THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME IS RESERVED. THE GENTLEMAN IF MISSISSIPPI.

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                            MR. THOMPSON

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            MR. THOMPSON

                                                            I HAVE NO MORE SPEAKERS AND AM PREPARED TO CLOSE WHEN THE GENTLEMAN DOES.

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                                                            MR. ESTES

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                                                            MR. THOMPSON

                                                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS.

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                                                            MR. ESTES

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                                                            MR. ESTES

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                                                            MR. ESTES

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                                                            THE CLERK

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                                                            PORE PURSUANT

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                                                            MR. ESTES

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            MR. ESTES

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            MR. ESTES

                                                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            MR. THOMPSON

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            MR. THOMPSON

                                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMORE

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                                                            MR. ESTES

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            MR. THOMPSON

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            RECOGNIZED. MR. ESTES

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            MR. ESTES

                                                            H.R. 5099? THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED,

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                            MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4227.

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                                                            MR. ESTES

                                                            H.R. 4227, A BILL TO REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO EXAMINE…

                                                            H.R. 4227, A BILL TO REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO EXAMINE WHAT ACTIONS THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY IS UNDERTAKING TO COMBAT THE THREAT OF VEHICULAR TERRORISM, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                            THE CLERK

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                                                            TEMPORE PURSUANT

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                                                            MR. ESTES

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                                                            TEMPORE WITHOUT

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                                                            MR. ESTES

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            MR. ESTES

                                                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS -- THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS -- THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                            MR. THOMPSON

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            MR. THOMPSON

                                                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            MR. ESTES

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            MR. LATTA

                                                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS.

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            MR. ESTES

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            MR. THOMPSON

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            MR. ESTES

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            MR. ESTES

                                                            H.R. 4227. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED,

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                            MR. CHAIRMAN, I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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                                                            MR. ESTES

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                            MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5079, THE…

                                                            MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5079, THE D.H.S. FIELD ENGAGEMENT ACCOUNTABILITY ACT, AS AMENDED.

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                                                            MR. BACON

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                            H.R. 5079, A BILL TO AMEND THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002 TO REQUIRE…

                                                            H.R. 5079, A BILL TO AMEND THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002 TO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO DEVELOP AN ENGAGEMENT STRATEGY WITH FUSION CENTERS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                            THE CLERK

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                                                            THE CLERK

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                                                            TEMPORE PURSUANT

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                                                            MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

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                                                            MR. BACON

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                                                            TEMPORE WITHOUT

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            MR. BACON

                                                            FIELD ENGAGEMENT ACCOUNTABILITY ACT, WILL HOLD D.H.S. -- FIRST, IT…

                                                            FIELD ENGAGEMENT ACCOUNTABILITY ACT, WILL HOLD D.H.S. -- FIRST, IT REQUIRES D.H.S. TO DEVELOP A STRATEGY FOR ENGAGEMENT WITH FUSION CENTERS. WITH THE MATURATION OF THE NATIONAL NETWORK, MANY FUSION CENTERS ADOPTED AN ALL-THREATS, ALL-HAZARDS MISSION TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE KEEPING PACE WITH THE ENVIRONMENT. IT WILL ENSURE D.H.S.'S SUPPORTING AND LEVERAGING FUSION CENTERS EFFECTIVELY AND EFFICIENTLY. SECOND, THIS BILL MANDATES PERFORMANCE METRICS TO HOLD D.H.S. PERSONNEL AND THE FIELD ACCOUNTABLE. AMONG OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES, THESE PERSONNEL YOU IS SEMB AS AMBASSADORS TO THE DEPARTMENT -- PERSONNEL TO SERVE AS AMBASSADORS TO THE DEPARTMENT. THE DEPARTMENT MUST HAVE OBJECTIVES AND METRICS IN PLACE TO ENSURE EXPECTATIONS OF THESE OFFICERS AND ACCOUNT ACT -- ACCOUNTABILITY WHEN ISSUES ARISE. CLASSIFIED AND UNCLASSIFIED INFORMATION SHARING SYSTEMS THAT THE DEPARTMENT'S MAKE AVAILABLE TO FUSION CENTERS AND OTHER LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES. WHILE D.H.S. HAS MADE STRIDES IN FACILITATING FUSION CENTER ACCESS TO INFORMATION AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS, THERE ARE GAPS IN THE DEPARTMENT'S EFFORTS TO ENSURE THESE PARTNERS ARE ADEQUATELY TRAINED TO UTILIZE THESE SYSTEMS. SO, FOR EXAMPLE, WHILE ALL FUSION CENTERS NOW HAVE ACCESS TO D.H.S.'S CLASSIFIED TO HSDN, MANY PERSONNEL ARE NOT PROFICIENT IN SYSTEM AND D.H.S. DOES NOT HAVE ANY STANDARDIZED TRAINING. GRANTING THE APPROPRIATE CLEARANCES AND CREDENTIALS TO ACCESS D.H.S. SYSTEMS IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS ENSURING COMPETENCY WHEN USING THESE SYSTEMS. ADDITIONALLY, I HAVE LEARNED THAT MANY D.H.S. COMPONENTS DO NOT ROUTINELY SHARE ANALYTIC PRODUCTS ON THE PORTAL AND MANY DOCUMENTS ARE NOT POSTED ON A TIMELY BASIS. IT IS INCUMBENT ON THE DEPARTMENT TO ENSURE THE APPROPRIATE POLICIES AND METRICS ARE IN PLACE TO INCENTIVIZE COMPONENT USE OF THIS CRITICAL INFORMATION SHARING PROGRAM. SO IN THAT REGARD, I AM PLEASED TO REPORT AS OF THIS MONTH BOTH THE FEDERAL PROTECTIVE SERVICE AND UNITED STATES COAST GUARD STARTED PARTICIPATING ON THE HSIN. I ENCOURAGE OTHER COMPONENTS OF THE DEPARTMENT TO FOLLOW SUIT. THIS IS A COMMONSENSE BILL WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT THAT WILL ENHANCE THE D.H.S. RELATIONSHIP WITH STATE AND LOCAL FUSION CENTERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IN SHORT, WE HAVE LEARNED MANY LESSONS THIS PAST YEAR IN ANALYZING AND STUDYING FUSION CENTERS. THIS BILL FIXES THE MULTIPLE PROBLEMS THAT WE'VE ENCOUNTERED. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                            I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5079, THE D.H.S. FIELD ENGAGEMENT ACCOUNTABILITY…

                                                            I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5079, THE D.H.S. FIELD ENGAGEMENT ACCOUNTABILITY ACT.

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                                                            MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                                            THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA.

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            MR. BACON

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                                            THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA.

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                                                            THE SPEAKER

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                                                            MR. BACON

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            MR. BACON

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                            I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R.…

                                                            I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5013, THE SURFACE TRANSPORTATION SECURITY IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2018, AS AMENDED SPROISM THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                            MR. BACON

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                                                            THE CLERK

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                                                            TEMPORE PURSUANT

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                                                            MR. BACON

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            MR. BACON

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            MR. BACON

                                                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          • 04:54:35 PM

                                                            MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                                            THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            MR. BACON

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                                                            TEMPORE

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                                                            MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            MR. BACON

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            MR. BAY KOHN

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            BEING IN THE -- MR. BACON

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                            I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4467, THE…

                                                            I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4467, THE STRENGTHENING AVIATION SECURITY ACT OF 2018, AS AMENDED.

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                                                            MR. BACON

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            THE CLERK

                                                            PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA, MR. BACON, AND THE BILL…

                                                            PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA, MR. BACON, AND THE BILL TO REQUIRE THE FEDERAL AIR GENTLEMAN FROM -- THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MRS. WATSON COLEMAN, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA.

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                                                            TEMPORE PURSUANT

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                                                            MR. BACON

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            MR. BACON

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            MR. BACON

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

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            RECOGNIZED. MR. BACON

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            MR. HICE

                                                            MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO MORE SPEAKERS AND I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE ONCE THE…

                                                            MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO MORE SPEAKERS AND I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE ONCE THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW JERSEY IS DONE.

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                                                            MR. BACON

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          • 05:08:25 PM

                                                            MRS. WATON COLEMAN

                                                            THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            MR. BACON

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          • 05:09:07 PM

                                                            MR. BACON

                                                            ANALYTICALLY, SCIENTIFICALLY BASED SO WE CAN GET THE MOST BANG FOR OUR…

                                                            ANALYTICALLY, SCIENTIFICALLY BASED SO WE CAN GET THE MOST BANG FOR OUR BUCK. I URGE SUPPORT OF THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                            MR. SPEAKER.

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                                                            MR. BACON

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            MR. BACON

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                            MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5089, THE…

                                                            MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5089, THE STRENGTHENING LOCAL TRANSPORTATION SECURITY CAPABILITIES ACT OF 2018, AS AMENDED.

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                                                            MR. BACON

                                                            BILL.

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                            PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA, MR. BACON, AND THE…

                                                            PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA, MR. BACON, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. BARRAGAN, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA.

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                                                            THE CLERK

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                                                            TEMPORE PURSUANT

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                                                            MR. BACON

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                                                            TEMPORE WITHOUT

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                                                            MR. BACON

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            MR. BACON

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            MS. BARRAGAN

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                          • 05:14:36 PM

                                                            MS. BARRAGAN

                                                            MY BILL IS THAT NEXT STEP. H.R. 5089 IS FOCUSED ON ENHANCING THE…

                                                            MY BILL IS THAT NEXT STEP. H.R. 5089 IS FOCUSED ON ENHANCING THE CAPABILITIES OF LOCAL TRANSPORTATION SECURITY STAKEHOLDERS TO PREVENT AND RESPOND TO TERRORIST ATTACKS AND OTHER SERIOUS INCIDENTS. STATE AND LOCAL STAKEHOLDERS, INCLUDING TRANSIT SYSTEM OWNERS AND OPERATORS, AND LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES, PLAY A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN SECURING SURFACE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS AGAINST THREATS. YET MANY STAKEHOLDERS CITE A LACK OF SUFFICIENT INFORMATION FROM T.S.A. AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO ADEQUATELY PREPARE FOR THESE THREATS. THE STRENGTHENING THE LOCAL TRANSPORTATION SECURITIES CAPABILITIES ACT OF 2018 REQUIRES D.H.S. TO PRIORITIZE THE ASSIGNMENT OF OFFICERS AND INTELLIGENCE ANALYSTS TO FUSION CENTERS IN JURISDICTIONS WITH THE HIGH-RISK SURFACE TRANSPORTATION ASSET, THUS IMPROVING INFORMATION SHARING. FURTHER, IT DIRECTS T.S.A. TO MAKE A FRAMEWORK AVAILABLE TO STAKEHOLDERS FOR ESTABLISHING OPERATION CENTERS RESPONSIBLE FOR OVERSEEING DAILY OPERATIONS OF TRANSPORTATION FACILITIES, ALLOWING FOR IMPROVED COMMUNICATIONS. FINALLY, IT AUTHORIZES D.H.S. TO DEVELOP A TRAINING PROGRAM THROUGH THE FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING CENTERS, TO ENCHANCE THE CAPABILITIES OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES OPERATING AT SURFACE TRANSPORTATION ASSETS. TAKEN TOGETHER THE PROVISIONS BUILD UPON PREVIOUS EFFORTS TO SECURE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS BY ENHANCING THE PROTECTION PREPAREDNESS AND -- PROTECTION, PREPAREDS AND RESPONSE CAPABILITIES OF STATE AND LOCAL PARTNERS WORKING TO PROTECT THESE CRITICAL SYSTEMS. WITH THAT, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS MEASURE AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                            MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO SPEAKERS AND AM PREPARES TO CLOSE. BARGBARG THANK…

                                                            MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO SPEAKERS AND AM PREPARES TO CLOSE. BARGBARG THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I AM --

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                                                            MS. BARRAGAN

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

                                                            THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                            MR. BACON

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                                                            MR. BACON

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                                                            MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4851, AS AMENDED.

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                                                            MR. LAMBORN

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                                                            THE CLERK

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                                                            TEMPORE PURSUANT

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                                                            MR. LAMBORN

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                                                            MS. HANABUSA

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                                                            MR. CARSON

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

                                                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM HAWAII IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                            MS. HANABUSA

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                                                            MRS. BROOKS

                                                            THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                            MR. LAMBORN

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                                                            MR. LAMBORN

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                                                            I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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                                                            MR. LAMBORN

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                            MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 835

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                                                            MR. LAMBORN

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                                                            THE CLERK

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                                                            MR. LAMBORN

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                                                            MR. LAMBORN

                                                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM HAWAII IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                            MS. HANABUSA

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                                                            MR. LAMBORN

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                                                            MR. LAMBORN

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                            TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES, PURSUANT TO SECTION 233-E-1 OF THE…

                                                            TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES, PURSUANT TO SECTION 233-E-1 OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT, AS AMENDED BY THE SOCIAL SECURITY AMENDMENTS OF 1977, I TRANSMIT HEREWITH A SOCIAL SECURITY TOTALITYIZATION AGREEMENT WITH URUGUAY BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE ORIENTAL REPUBLIC OF URUGUAY. AND THE ACCOMPANYING LEGALLY BINDING ADMINISTRATIVE ARRANGEMENT TITLED ADMINISTRATIVE ARRANGEMENT BETWEEN THE COMPETENT AUTHORITIES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE ORIENTAL REPUBLIC OF URUGUAY FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE AGREEMENT ON SOCIAL SECURITY BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE ORIENTAL REPUBLIC OF URUGUAY. COLLECTIVELY THE AGREEMENTS. THE AGREEMENTS WERE SIGNED IN URUGUAY ON JANUARY 10, 2017. THE AGREEMENTS ARE SIMILAR IN OBJECTIVE AND CONTENT -- AND CONTENT TO THE SOCIAL SECURITY TOTALITYIZATION AGREEMENTS ALREADY ENFORCED WITH MOST EUROPEAN UNION COUNTRIES, AUSTRALIA, CANADA, CHILE, JAPAN, NORWAY, THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA, AND SWITZERLAND. SUCH BILATERAL AGREEMENTS PROVIDE FOR LIMITED COORDINATION BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND FOREIGN SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEMS TO ELIMINATE DUAL SOCIAL SECURITY COVERAGE AND TAXATION AND HELP PREVENT THE LOST BENEFIT PROTECTION THAT CAN OCCUR WHEN WORKERS DIVIDE THEIR CAREERS BETWEEN TWO COUNTRIES. THE AGREEMENTS CONTAIN ALL PROVISIONS MANDATED BY SECTION 233 OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT AND PURSUANT TO SECTION 233-C-4 OTHER PROVISIONS WHICH I DEEM APPROPRIATE TO CARRY OUT THE PURPOSES OF SECTION 233. I ALSO TRANSMIT FOR THE INFORMATION OF THE CONGRESS A REPORT REQUIRED BY SECTION 233-E-1 OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT ON THE ESTIMATED NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS WHO WILL BE AFFECTED BY THE AGREEMENTS AND THE AGREEMENTS ESTIMATED COST EFFECT. I COMMEND TO THE CONGRESS THE AGREEMENT ON SOCIAL SECURITY BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE ORIENTAL REPUBLIC OF URUGUAY AND THE ADMINISTRATIVE ARRANGEMENT BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE ORIENTAL REPUBLIC OF URUGUAY FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE AGREEMENT ON SOCIAL SECURITY BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE ORIENTAL REPUBLIC OF URUGUAY. SIGNED, DONALD J. TRUMP, THE WHITE HOUSE, MARCH 19, 2018.

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                                                            MESSENGER THE

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                                                            TEMPORE REFERRED

                                                            PRINTED.

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                                                            TEMPORE PURSUANT

                                                            GOING LIVE TO THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE.

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                                                            WILL BE CONDUCTED AS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. REMAIN EGG ELECTRONIC VOTES WILL BE…

                                                            WILL BE CONDUCTED AS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. REMAIN EGG ELECTRONIC VOTES WILL BE CONDUCTED AS FIVE-MINUTE VOTES. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. LAMB BORN, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 835 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                            THE CLERK

                                                            THE FLORISSAN FOSSIL BEDS NATIONAL MONUMENT.

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                            REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                                                            THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER.

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                                                            THE SPEAKER

                                                            FIVE-MINUTE VOTING IS THE UNFINISHED TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R.…

                                                            FIVE-MINUTE VOTING IS THE UNFINISHED TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4851. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                            THE CLERK

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                                                            THE SPEAKER

                                                            MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION…

                                                            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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                                                            MR. SPEAKER, I SEND TO THE DESK A PRIVILEGE RED PORT FROM THE COMMITTEE ON…

                                                            MR. SPEAKER, I SEND TO THE DESK A PRIVILEGE RED PORT FROM THE COMMITTEE ON RULES FOR FILING UNDER THE RULE.

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                                                            THE CLERK

                                                            PURPOSES.

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                                                            TEMPORE REFERRED

                                                            MR. SPEAKER, IT'S THE HIGHEST HONOR TO OFFER A PRIVILEGED RESOLUTION AND…

                                                            MR. SPEAKER, IT'S THE HIGHEST HONOR TO OFFER A PRIVILEGED RESOLUTION AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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                                                            THE CLERK

                                                            DECEASED. RESOLVED, THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS TODAY IT ADJOURN AS A…

                                                            DECEASED. RESOLVED, THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS TODAY IT ADJOURN AS A FURTHER MARK OF RESPECT TO THE MEMORY OF THE DECEASED.

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                                                            MR. SPEAKER, I AM JOINED HERE TODAY BY MEMBERS OF THE FLORIDA DELEGATION…

                                                            MR. SPEAKER, I AM JOINED HERE TODAY BY MEMBERS OF THE FLORIDA DELEGATION TO HONOR THE VICTIMS OF THE TRAGIC PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE COLLAPSE AT FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY. LAST WEEK A PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE DESIGNED TO PROTECT STUDENTS AND OTHER CAMPUS PERSONNEL AND VISITORS FROM THE TRAFFIC OF ONE OF OUR BUSIEST THOR ROGUE FARES COLLAPSED. TAKING THE LIVES OF SIX INNOCENT PEOPLE.

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                                                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                            MR. DIAZ-BALART

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                                                            MR. DIAZ-BALART

                                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                            MR. DIAZ-BALART

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

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

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                                                            REMARKS.

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                                                            MR. THOMPSON

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

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

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                                                            MR. LANGEVIN

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                                                            FOR INCLUES IN THE FLORISSANT FOSSIL BEDS NATIONAL MONUMENT. I WOULD HAVE…

                                                            FOR INCLUES IN THE FLORISSANT FOSSIL BEDS NATIONAL MONUMENT. I WOULD HAVE VOTED AYE. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT MY VOTE AS INDICATED WILL BE PLACED APPROPRIATELY IN THE RECORD.

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                                                            MS. JACKSON LEE

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                                                            MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

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                                                            MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

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

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                                                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE NORTH COMMUNITY SOLUTIO FOR ITS…

                                                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE NORTH COMMUNITY SOLUTIO FOR ITS TND WORK ON REDUCING CRIME -- FOR ITS CONTINUED WORK ON REDUCING CRIME AND STRENGTHENING CONNECTIONS BETWEEN COURTS AND THE COMMUNITY. NEWARK COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS WORKS WITH YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE AT RISK OF BEING VICTIMS OR PERPETRATORS OF GUN VIOLENCE. THEY PROVIDE JOB TRAINING, COUNSELING, AND PEER MENTORSHIP. THE ORGANIZATION ALSO DEVELOPS SUPPORT NETWORKS FOR CRIME VICTIMS, PROVIDES MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING, -- COUNSELING FOR VETERANS, AND -- VETERANS AND SCHOOLCHILDREN TO AVOID EXPULSION. THE NEWARK COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS PROGRAMS PRODUCE REAL RESULTS AND THEY'RE FELT THROUGHOUT ESSEX COUNTY. IN CITIES THROUGHOUT MY DISTRICT, WE ARE SEEING SAFER STREETS, REDUCED INCARCERATION -- INCARCERATION AND IMPROVED NEIGHBORHOODS' PERCEPTION OF JUSTICE. THE PROGRAM AT NEWARK CMUNITY SOLUTIONS CAN BE A MODEL FOR CITIES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. NEWARK COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS SHOWS THAT BY INVESTING IN THE COMMUNITY, WE CAN BUILD A FOUNDATION FOR SENSIBLE AND THOUGHTFUL CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM. AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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                                                            MR. PAYNE

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                                                            MS. TENNEY

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                                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LAST FRIDAY PRESIDENT TRUMP HAD ANDREW MCCABE, THE…

                                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LAST FRIDAY PRESIDENT TRUMP HAD ANDREW MCCABE, THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE F.B.I., FIRED. HIS OFFENSE, WELL, HE'S ABOUT TO BE A WITNESS IN THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION AND HAD COPIOUS NOTES ABOUT HIS CONVERSATIONS WITH THE PRESIDENT.

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                                                            MR. POCAN

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                                                            MR. NEWHOUSE

                                                            VIOLENT RUMLYLOW, AND SISTER KATHY ROSS. WITH A VISION TO CREATE A…

                                                            VIOLENT RUMLYLOW, AND SISTER KATHY ROSS. WITH A VISION TO CREATE A COMMUNITY AND INSPIRE OTHERS TO SERVE, THEY BROUGHT EDUCATION TO THE UNDERSERVED POPULATIONS OF THE VALLEY. TODAY HERITAGE UNIVERSITY HAS GROWN IMMENSELY AND NOW OFFERS MORE THAN 50 UNDERGRADUATE -- UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE MAJORS. THE HIGH-QUALITY EDUCATION AND INCLUSIVE ENVIRONMENT HAS LED TO OVER 9,500 GRADUATED STUDENTS THAT WILL CONTINUE TO GROW THEIR LEGACY. MARTHA, VIOLENT AND SISTER KATHLEEN SAW AN OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE AN IMPACT ON THE LIVES OF THEIR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS AND IT IS SAFE TO SAY THEY EXCEEDED THEIR GOAL. THEIR PERSEVERANCE, AMBITION AND SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY ARE AN INSPIRATION FOR ALL OF US IN CENTRAL WASHINGTON AND IT IS A PRIVILEGE AND HONOR TO SERVE THEM DURING WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                            MR. SPEAKER, STUDY AFTER SHOULD CAN -- STUDY HAS SHOWN EMPLOYERS AND…

                                                            MR. SPEAKER, STUDY AFTER SHOULD CAN -- STUDY HAS SHOWN EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES FIND THAT ON-SIGHT CHILD CARE -- ON-SITE CHILD CARE PROVIDES THE GREATEST VALUE OF ANY EMPLOYER-PROVIDED CHILD CARE OPTION.

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                                                            MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI

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                                                            MINUTE.

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                                                            MR. OLSON

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

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

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                                                            MR. KIHUEN

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                                                            MS. JACKSON LEE

                                                            SO

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                                                            MS. JACKSON LEE

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                                                            MS. JACKSON LEE

                                                            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                            MINUTE.

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

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

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                                                            MS. KAPTUR

                                                            INSTITUTIONS. LET TRUTH WILL OUT.

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                                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE THIS EVENING TO STAND WITH MY COLLEAGUES ON…

                                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE THIS EVENING TO STAND WITH MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE AS WELL AS US ON OUR SIDE IN RECOGNITION OF A LIFE WELL DONE. AND THAT IS THE PASSING OF OUR COLLEAGUE, LOUISE SLAUGHTER, TO ME, TONIGHT, IS SOMETHING WE SHOULD TAKE A MOMENT TO REFLECT UPON AND RECOGNIZE. HER LIFE, HER COMMITMENT TO THIS BODY. HAVING SERVED WITH HER ON THE RULE COMMITTEES, I CAN PERSONALLY ATTEST, BEING A FELLOW NEW YORKER THAT WE SHARED A COMMITMENT TO OUR HOME AREA. WE ALWAYS BROUGHT THE PASSION OF OUR BELIEF BOTH ON THE LEFT AND THE RIGHT INTO THE ROOM BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY, LOUISE SLAUGHTER REPRESENTED US WELL. IN THE SENSE OF HOW SHE REPRESENTED AND CARRIED 4ERS IN THIS CHAMBER AS SHE REPRESENTED HER PEOPLE, HER FOLKS BACK HOME, OF ROCHESTER NEW YORK, AND I'M PROUD TO CALL HER AND REMEMBER HER THIS EVENING AS A MEMBER OF THIS BODY AND HER SERVICE TO ALL OF US. SHE WAS A SOUTHERN LADY AT HEART, HAD A GOOD I WIT AND SHE WILL BE MISSED BY MANY MEMBERS, IF NOT ALL MEMBERS, ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                            RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                            AND LAST MONTH THEY MADE THIS WIN GOLDEN. SINCE RETURNING HOME, THEY HAVE…

                                                            AND LAST MONTH THEY MADE THIS WIN GOLDEN. SINCE RETURNING HOME, THEY HAVE JOINED TEAM U.S.A. IN APPEARANCES ACROSS THE NATION, INSPIRING A NEW GENERATION OF WOMEN ATHLETES THIS ECHEERING CROWD FILLED THE HOCKEY ARENA IN GRAND FORKSMARK OF THEM YOUNG GIRLS AND WOMEN ON AREA HOCKEY TEAMS WHO CAME TO CONGRATULATE THEIR HOMETOWN CHAMPIONS WHO BROUGHT THE U.S. WOMEN'S HOCKEY TEAM THEIR FIRST GOLDED ME. A I SALUTE JOCELYN AND MONIQUE. YOU SET A HIGH BAR AND WE HONOR YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                            MR. CRAMER

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            MR. ARRINGTON

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            THE CLERK

                                                            2018.

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                                                            TEMPORE REFERRED

                                                            LEAVE OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. DANNY DAVIS FOR MARCH 19 AND 20, MR.…

                                                            LEAVE OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. DANNY DAVIS FOR MARCH 19 AND 20, MR. POE OF TEXAS FOR TODAY, MR. JONES OF NORTH CAROLINA FOR TODAY AND THE BALANCE OF THE WEEK.

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                                                            THE CLERK

                                                            I RISE TODAY TO SHARE HOW THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT IS HELPING FOLKS…

                                                            I RISE TODAY TO SHARE HOW THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT IS HELPING FOLKS AROUND THE UNITED STATES AND THROUGHOUT THE THIRD DISTRICT OF GEORGIA. OVER 400 MAJOR COMPANIES ACROSS OUR GREAT NATION HAVE ANNOUNCED BONUSES, PAY RAISES, NEW INVESTMENTS IN THEIR BUSINESSES AND COMMUNITIES THAT WILL BENEFIT FOR -- THAT WILL OFFER BENEFITS TO OVER FOUR MILLION AMERICANS. I'M THRILLED THAT A NUMBER OF GREAT GEORGIA COMPANIES INCLUDED IN THIS, LIKE COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, BASED AFLAC AND TOTAL SYSTEM SERVICES AS WELL AS COMPANIES LIKE HOME DEPOT, NANCY BROTHERS, COX ENTERPRISES, SUNTRUST AND UNITED PARCEL SERVICE TO NAME A FEW. THESE ARE ALL MAJOR COMPANIES IN MY HOME STATE OF GEORGIA THAT ARE MAKING INVESTMENTS IN THEIR PEOPLE AND THEIR INDUSTRIES SO THEY CAN BETTER SERVE THEIR CUSTOMERS AND IT IS PAYING BIG DIVIDENDS. IT'S ALWAYS COMMITING TO HEAR ABOUT THESE ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM MAJOR EMPLOYERS AROUND THE STATE. BUT THESE -- THE BENEFITS OF TAX REFORM ARE NOT JUST FELT BY EMPLOYEES AT MAJOR CORPORATIONS, THEY'RE BEING FELT BY JOB CREATORS ON MAIN STREET AND HERE IN GEORGIA'S THIRD DISTRICT. TWO I WILL HIGHLIGHT AT SOME POINT TONIGHT WILL BE SHRED-X IN GRIFFTON GEORGIA AND CUSTOM TRUCK AND BODY WORK. BOTH ARE EXPANDING AND HIRE MANAGER WORKERS. THIS IS A GREAT STORY FOR THE STATE OF GEORGIA AND THE THIRD DISTRICT AND WE'RE AWFULLY PROUD OF THEM. THE POSITIVE IMPACTS OF TACT REFORM -- TAX REFORM HAVE BEEN FELT BY MILLIONS MORE AMERICANS AS THE UPDATED WITHHOLDING TABLES TOOK EFFECT. AS EMPLOYERS I REMEMBERMENTED THESE TABLES AMERICANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY HAVE SEEN TAX CUTS REFLECTED IN BIGGER PABLINGS. THIS MEANS KEEPING MORE OF YOUR HARD-EARNED MONEY TO SPEN AS -- SPEN AS YOU SEE FIT. I'VE LONG SAID AMERICANS KNOW HOW TO SPEND THEIR HARD-EARNED MONEY FAR BETTER THAN THE BUREAUCRAT HERE'S IN WASHINGTON. I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING HOW OUR ECONOMY CONTINUES TO IMPROVE AND NOW I'D LIKE TO YIELD SOME TIME TO MY GOOD FRIEND, PAUL MITCHELL, REPRESENTATIVE MITCHELL HAS BECOME A DEAR FRIEND AND DOES A WONDERFUL JOB OF REPRESENTING MICHIGAN'S 10TH DISTRICT. I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR SETTING UP THESE SPECIALED ORERS TO TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT TAX REFORM AND HOW IT'S HELPING AMERICANS. MR. MITCHELL'S DISTRICT, PEOPLE THAT ARE MAKING THE MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME WILL SEE A TAX CUT OF JUST OVER $150RKS0. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MR. MITCHELL.

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            MR. FERGUSON

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                                                            MR. MITCHELL

                                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AFLAC WAS ONE OF THE VERY FIRST COMPANIES TO…

                                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AFLAC WAS ONE OF THE VERY FIRST COMPANIES TO ANNOUNCE BENEFITS TO ITS EMPLOYEES AND SHORTLY AFTER CHRISTMAS, AFLAC ANNOUNCED THAT THEY WOULD INCREASE THEIR INVESTMENTS BY $250 MILLION IN THE U.S., INE CREASE THE COMPANY'S 401-K MATCH FOR EMPLOYEES AND MAKE A ONE-TIME CONTRIBUTION OF $500 TO EACH EMPLOYEE'S ACCOUNT.

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                                                            MR. FERGUSON

                                                            COMMUNITIES. MR. SPEAKER, MY NEXT SPEAKER IS MR. PALM WHO ARE REPRESENTS…

                                                            COMMUNITIES. MR. SPEAKER, MY NEXT SPEAKER IS MR. PALM WHO ARE REPRESENTS THE SIXTH DISTRICT OF ALABAMA. AND A HOUSEHOLD EARNED IN THE DISTRICT'S MEDIAN INCOME WOULD SEE A TAX BREAK OF $1,534. I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA. PALM PALM I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM --

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                                                            MR. PALMER

                                                            DISTRICT SENT A NOTE ALONG WITH THEIR EMPLOYEES' PAYCHECKS LETTING THEM…

                                                            DISTRICT SENT A NOTE ALONG WITH THEIR EMPLOYEES' PAYCHECKS LETTING THEM KNOW THAT AS A RESULT OF THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT, THEY WOULD BE GETTING CUMULATIVELY $22,000 IN BONUSES. DESPITE FIERCE OPPOSITION FROM THOSE THAT WANTED TO MAINTAIN THE BROKEN STATUS QUO, REPUBLICANS IN BOTH HOUSES OF CONGRESS WERE ABLE TO DELIVER A SIGNIFICANT WIN FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. GOING FORWARD WE MUST MAINTAIN THIS MOMENTUM AND CONTINUE TO ENACT POLICIES THAT STRENGTHEN OUR ECONOMY, CREATE JOBS AND INCREASE THE PAY AND BENEFITS FOR AMERICAN WORKERS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                            MR. FERGUSON

                                                            MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                                            MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, REPRESENTATIVE CARTER.

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                                                            MR. CARTER

                                                            MR. SPEAKER, AS WE GO THROUGH TONIGHT AND BEGIN TO HIGHLIGHT SOME OF THE…

                                                            MR. SPEAKER, AS WE GO THROUGH TONIGHT AND BEGIN TO HIGHLIGHT SOME OF THE BENEFITS OF TAX REFORM, WE TALKED A LOT ABOUT A LARGE BUSINESS SUCH AS AFLAC, A SMALL BUSINESS SUCH AS SHRED-X. BUT THIS IS HAVING AN EFFECT ON INDIVIDUAL FAMILIES AS WELL. AND I'VE HEARD FROM PEOPLE ALL OVER GEORGIA'S THIRD DISTRICT THAT ARE TELLING ME THAT IT IS HAVING AN IMPACT IN THEIR PAYCHECKS AND THAT'S HELPING THEIR FAMILIES. ROBERT AND THOMAS WROTE INTO MY OFFICE -- ROBERT THOMASON WROTE INTO MY OFFICE TO SAY HE HAD MORE MONEY IN HIS RETIREE ACCOUNT STATEMENT IN HIS MILITARY PENSION BECAUSE OF THE TAX REFORM. THAT'S HELPING HIM MEET HIS MONTHLY FINANCE GOALS. ERIN TOLD ME SHE HAS $132 MORE IN EACH PAYCHECK. SHE SAID, WHILE IT MAY NOT SEEM LIKE A LOT TO SOME, IT'S HER MONEY AND EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS. AND THESE ARE JUST TWO OF THE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO ARE SEEING LARGER PAYCHECKS BECAUSE OF COMPREHENSIVE TAX REFORM. AND IF YOU AREN'T SURE OF TAX -- IF TAX REFORM IS HELPING YOU, I WANT TO ENCOURAGE YOU TO CHECK YOUR CHECK. SEE HOW MUCH MORE MONEY YOU'RE SAVING EACH AND EVERY MONTH. MR. SPEAKER, MY NEXT GUEST IS THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA'S 12TH DISTRICT, MR. RICK ALLEN. MR. ALLEN REPRESENTS A VERY BROAD SWATH OF THE EASTERN PART OF OUR STATE. AND HE WILL DISTRIBUTE MEDIAN INCOME FAMILY IN HIS DISTRICT WILL RECEIVE A TAX SAVINGS OF $875 A YEAR THANKS TO THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT. I YIELD NOW THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM AUGUSTA, GEORGIA, MR. ALLEN.

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                                                            MR. FERGUSON

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                                                            MR. FERGUSON

                                                            IT, TSS. IT'S A MAJOR CREDIT CARD PROCESSES AND EMPLOYEES THOUSANDS OF…

                                                            IT, TSS. IT'S A MAJOR CREDIT CARD PROCESSES AND EMPLOYEES THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE IN OUR AREA. BECAUSE OF TAX REFORM THEY WERE ABLE TO GIVE THEIR EMPLOYEES A BONUS AND JUST AS IMPORTANTLY, THEY'VE BEEN ABLE TO INVEST IN THEIR BUSINESS, TO GROW AT A MORE PROFITABLE RATE AND CONTINUE TO RETURN THE BENEFITS TO THE COMMUNITY. I'VE HEARD A LOT OF FOLKS SAY, AND TALK ABOUT TAX REFORM BEING JUST CRUMBS. BUT TO MIDDLE CLASS AMERICANS IN MY DISTRICT, IF YOU TALK ABOUT CRUMS, IT IS NOT ABOUT TAX REFORM. TAX REFORM IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN MIDDLE AMERICA AND LIVES EVERY SINGLE DAY. AND IT'S HELPING FAMILIES MAKE THEIR ENDS MEET, GO ON A VACATION THAT THEY'VE WORKED SO HARD FOR OR TO INVEST IN THEIR HOME. THESE TAX CUTS ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE AND COMPANIES LIKE T.S.S. THAT ARE RETURNING THESE BENEFITS TO THEIR EMPLOYEES AND MAKING INVESTMENTS IN THEIR BUSINESS ARE CONTINUING TO DO THEIR PART TO MAKE THIS NATION THE MOST COMPETITIVE PLACE IN THE WORLD TO DO BUSINESS. NOW I'D LIKE TO CALL ON MY COLLEAGUE FROM GEORGIA, REPRESENTATIVE LOUDERMILK, REPRESENTATIVE LOUDERMILK REPRESENTS GEORGIA'S 11TH DISTRICT AND THE MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME IN HIS DISTRICT WILL SEE AN AVERAGE SAVINGS OF $1,780. I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA'S 11TH.

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                                                            MR. LOUDERMILK

                                                            IF YOU GO TO THE AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM, YOU WILL SEE A TESTAMENT IN THAT…

                                                            IF YOU GO TO THE AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM, YOU WILL SEE A TESTAMENT IN THAT FREEDOM WHERE TWO BICYCLE MECHANICS WERE ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH WHAT THE ENGINEERS COULDN'T PLIB BECAUSE THEY HAVE THE FREEDOM. WE HAVE TAUGHT OUR CHILDREN TO DREAM BIG. IN AMERICA, YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING. BUT IN THE PAST COUPLE OF DECADES, WE HAVE SQUASHED THE DREAMS OF THESE KIDS BECAUSE AS WE PUT OUT THE FIRE THAT WE TELL THEM THEY CAN HAVE A FIRE, WE ARE QUELL MUCHING THAT. I WANT TO SHARE A STORY, A LETTER FROM A 14-YEAR-OLD THANKING ME FOR THE TAX REFORM BILL, THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT WHICH PUT MORE MONEY IN THE BACK POCKET OF HIS PARENTS. HE DREAMED OF BEING A PILOT. HE WANTED TO BE A PILOT. BUT AS A PILOT MYSELF, THAT IS A VERY DIFFICULT THING TO ACCOMPLISH. NOT ONLY IS THE TRAINING DIFFICULT, BUT IT CAN BE VERY EXPENSIVE. BUT HE THANKED ME BECAUSE OF THE BONUS THAT HIS DAD RECEIVED FROM HIS COMPANY BECAUSE OF THE CORPORATE TAX CUT AND THE MONEY THEY ARE GOING TO SAVE BECAUSE OF THE INDIVIDUAL TAX CUTS. HIS PARENTS ARE USING THAT MONEY TO ENSURE THAT HE GETS FLIGHT LESSONS AT 14 YEARS OLD. HE IS ACCOMPLISHING A DREAM BECAUSE WE REMOVED GOVERNMENT OUT OF THE WAY. WE NEED AIRLINE PROGRAMS AND WHAT GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS CAN WE PUT IN TO GET PEOPLE TO FLY WHEN ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS GET OUT OF THE WAY AND LET OUR CHILDREN DREAM BIG. AND WE ARE GETTING OUT OF THE WAY. WHEN YOU LOOK AT GEORGIA, THE RESULTS HAVE BEEN APPEAR STOUNDING. HOME DEPOT IS HEAD QUARTERED IN MY DISTRICT IS INVESTING 20,000 TRADES PEOPLE TO FILL THE GAP. LET ME BRING UP THAT THE NUMBER OF JOBS THAT WE HAVE AVAILABLE IN THIS NATION IS ABOUT EQUIVALENT TO THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WE HAVE UNEMPLOYED. WE NEED TO CONTINUE TO GET OUT OF THE WAY. AND I YIELD BACK. THANK YOU, MR. FERGUSON, FOR THE TIME.

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                                                            MR. FERGUSON

                                                            THINGS IS CUSTOM TRUCK AND BODY WORKS. THIS SMALL COMPANY CREATES VEHICLES…

                                                            THINGS IS CUSTOM TRUCK AND BODY WORKS. THIS SMALL COMPANY CREATES VEHICLES FOR FIRST RESPONDERS AND HAD BEEN HOPING TO GROW THEIR BUSINESS BUT WERE BURDENED BY A TAX CODE. AND THEY ARE ABLE TO HIRE WORKERS AND GIVE THEIR EMPLOYEES ADDITIONAL BENEFITS AND I GOT TO THE SEE THE IMPACT ON A RECENT VISIT TO THEIR FACILITY IN WOOD BURY, GEORGIA. AND IT BROUGHT HOME THAT THE ACT WAS MAKING IN THE 3RD DISTRICT OF GEORGIA. I CALL ON MY COLLEAGUE FROM ALABAMA, CONGRESSMAN MIKE ROGERS AND REPRESENTS ALABAMA'S THIRD DISTRICT AND MEDIAN FAMILY HOUSEHOLD WILL SEE A TAX CUT OF ALMOST $1,000. I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE.

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                                                            MR. ROGERS

                                                            ACT. AFTER WORKING UNDER AN OUTDATED TAX CODE, ALABAMA AND THE ENTIRE…

                                                            ACT. AFTER WORKING UNDER AN OUTDATED TAX CODE, ALABAMA AND THE ENTIRE COUNTRY ARE FEELING RELIEF. FROM BIGGER PAYCHECKS, TO BONE MUST NEWSES AND RAISES, MANY COMPANIES HAVE DISTRIBUTED $4 BILLION. RUSSELL LANDS DISTRIBUTED $500 BONUSES TO EACH OF THEIR 500 EMPLOYEES AS A DIRECT RESULT OF THE TAX OVERHAUL. THREE COMPANIES IN A DISTRICT REWARDED THEIR EMPLOYEES AFTER FLECK AND TOTAL SYSTEM SERVICES. THIS IS PUTTING MORE MONEY BACK IN THE POCKETS OF SOME MY CONSTITUENTS RIGHT ACROSS THE STATE LINE IN RUSSELL COUNTY. REGIONS BANK, COGEENT BUILDING GROUP OVERSEAS HARD ARE OTHER COMPANIES ACROSS OUR GREAT STATE THAT HAVE BEEN GIVING BONUSES. I'M APPLIED OF BEN RUSSELL AND THE OTHER COMPANIES I MENTIONED LEADING THE WAY. BECAUSE OF TAX REFORM, OVER FOUR MILLION WORKERS HAVE RECEIVED A BONUS OR PAY INCREASE. THESE BIGGER PAYCHECKS AND BONUSES CAN HELP SAVE FOR A KID'S SCHOOL OR APPLIANCE OR MAKING A CAR PAYMENT. THIS REPRESENTS OPPORTUNITY. AT A TIME WHEN EVERY PENNY COUNTS, TAX REFORM IS GIVING THEM MORE MONEY TO TAKE HOME. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                            MR. FERGUSON

                                                            GEORGIA. BOB WOODALL. I THANK HIM FOR HIS LEADERSHIP. I WOULD LIKE TO…

                                                            GEORGIA. BOB WOODALL. I THANK HIM FOR HIS LEADERSHIP. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR THE TIME YOU HAVE SPENT WITH ME AS A FRESHMAN GUIDING ME ALONG THE WAY. AND THE FOLKS BACK HOME TRULY APPRECIATE YOUR EFFORTS. FAMILIES MAKING THE MEDIAN INCOME IN YOUR DISTRICT RECEIVE $1,866 INCREASE IN THEIR PAYCHECKS. I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA'S SOUTHERN.

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                                                            MR. WOODALL

                                                            I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA'S 7TH. WELL SAID. AS I…

                                                            I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA'S 7TH. WELL SAID. AS I CLOSE OUT TONIGHT, I FIRST WANT TO THANK ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES WHO SHARED SOME OF THEIR AMAZING STORIES FROM THEIR DISTRICTS AND STATES ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING AS A RESULT OF THE TAX REFORM AND JOBTS ACT. AND IT'S CLEAR, IT'S CLEAR THIS IS HAVING A REAL IMPACT AND THE BENEFITS ARE CLEARLY MORE THAN JUST CRUMBS. THEY ARE MEANINGFUL TO EVERY SINGLE FAMILY. AND I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I SEE AND I'M BEGINNING TO SEE MORE AND MORE OF, IT'S NOT SIMPLY AN EMPLOYEE IS GETTING A BIGGER PAYCHECK, THAT IS GREAT. BUT THAT ENTHUSIASM THAT THEY HAVE, NOT ONLY IN THEIR JOBS THEY ARE BEING REWARDED FOR A JOB WELL DONE, BUT SEEING NEW OPPORTUNITIES BECAUSE OF GROWING BUSINESSES THAT THEY NEVER HAD BEFORE. AND IT'S EXCITING AND WONDERFUL TO SEE OUR FRIENDS, FAMILY AND NEIGHBORS, THE PEOPLE WE CARE ABOUT, THE PEOPLE WE REPRESENT BEING AFFECTED IN A POSITIVE WAY. AS OUR ECONOMY GROWS AND AS WE DO THINGS HERE TO PUT MORE AND MORE BACK INTO OUR COMMUNITIES IN THE FORMS OF PEOPLE'S FREEDOMS, FOR THEM TO MAKE LISKS AND RAISE THEIR CHILDREN AND DO WITH THEIR FAMILIES THAT THEY THINK IS BEST, I SEE A BRIGHT FUTURE. JUST LOOKING RIGHT NOW, FOUR MILLION PEOPLE RECEIVING BONUSES ON TOP OF THEIR TAX CUTS, HUGE IMPACT, IT'S MAKING A DIFFERENCE. THIS IS A PROMISE THAT WAS MADE AND IT'S A PROMISE THAT HAS BEEN KEPT. AND BECAUSE OF OUR GROWING ECONOMY, WE WILL PROMISE AND DEFEND THRL COUNTRY AGAINST FOREIGN INVADERS AND OUR IMPORTANT SAFETY NETS ARE THERE IN THE FUTURE, MAKING SURE WE CAN KEEP EVERY PROMISE MADE TO OUR SENIORS IN TERMS OF SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE AND MAKING SURE WE KEEP OUR PROMISES TO THE MEN AND WOMEN OF OUR ARMED SERVICES THAT WERE WILLING TO DIE FOR OUR FREEDOMS. WE CAN KEEP OUR PROMISES TO MAKE THIS NATION A WONDERFUL AND GREAT PLACE TO THEM BECAUSE WE ARE BEGINNING TO HAVE THE RESOURCES THAT WE NEED TO TACKLE ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT CHALLENGES THAT WE WILL EVER FACE AND THAT IS THE $21 TRILLION IN DEBT THAT WE HAVE BURDENED FUTURE GENERATIONS WITH. GROWING THE ECONOMY GIVES US THE RESOURCES TO DO JUST THIS AND I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE WHAT THIS FUTURE LOOKS LIKE BECAUSE I KNOW IT IS STRONG AND BRIGHT AND IT IS RIGHT, BECAUSE WE WILL BE ABLE TO KEEP OUR PROMISES. AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                            MR. FERGUSON

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            MR. CLARKE

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                                                            MS. CLARKE

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            MS. CLARKE

                                                            PEOPLE ABOUT ISSUES OF GREAT IMPORTANCE TO THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS…

                                                            PEOPLE ABOUT ISSUES OF GREAT IMPORTANCE TO THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS AND THE MILLIONS OF CONSTITUENTS THAT WE REPRESENT. TONIGHT'S SPECIAL ORDER HOUR TOPIC IS WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH. MR. SPEAKER, DURING WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH, WE SALUTE PHENOMENAL WOMEN WHO REFUSE TO SIT ON THE SIDELINES OF HISTORY. AFTER THE PASSAGE OF THE 19TH AMENDMENT, MILLIONS OF WOMEN HAVE CONTINUED TO MARCH, LIKE THE WOMEN WHO CAME BEFORE THEM. FOR GENERATIONS, WOMEN, PARTICULARLY BLACK WOMEN, HAVE BEEN ON THE FRONT LINES FIGHTING FOR KEY RIGHTS FOR AMERICA'S WOMEN, INCLUDING THE RIGHT TO EQUAL PAY, THE RIGHT TO EQUAL ACCESS TO EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES, THE RIGHT TO EQUAL ACCESS TO OPPORTUNITIES IN THE WORKPLACE. IN THAT SPIRIT, I RISE TODAY ON BEHALF OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS AND RE-- IN RECLAIMING 2018 AS THE YEAR OF THE BLACK WOMAN. 2018, THE YEAR OF THE BLACK WOMAN, AND I LIKE THE SOUND OF THAT. BLACK WOMEN ARE A FORCE TO RECKON WITH AND WE SHALL NOBT MOVED -- NOT BE MOVED. NEW YORK, MY HOMETOWN, HAS A LONG STANDING AND ILLUSTRIOUS LEGACY OF LEADING THE WAY TO ADVANCE WOMEN'S RIGHTS FROM SENECA FALLS TO THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS AND EVEN ON THE ROAD TO THE WHITE HOUSE. IT WAS WHERE MADAM C.J. WALKER AND BILLY HOLLYWOOD LAID DOWN THEIR ROOT -- BILLIE HOLIDAY LAID DOWN THEIR ROOTS. IT WAS THE HOME OF THE LATE GREAT CONGRESSWOMAN SHIRLEY CHISS , -- SHIRLEY CHISHOLM, THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMAN TO SERVE IN THIS HOUSE, AND WHOSE CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT I REPRESENT TODAY. I'M NOT A CANDIDATE OF BLACK AMERICA. ALTHOUGH I AM BLACK AND PROUD. I'M NOT A CANDIDATE OF THE WOMEN'S MOVEMENT OF THIS COUNTRY, ALTHOUGH I AM A WOMAN AND I AM EQUALLY PROUD OF THAT. I AM THE CANDIDATE OF THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA. THESE ARE THE WORDS SHE SPOKE. THIS YEAR MARKS THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF SHIRLEY CHISHOLM'S ELECTION TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AS A REFORMER FROM BROOKLYN AND THE 46TH ANNIVERSARY OF HER HISTORIC BID FOR THE PRESIDENCY. IN DOING SO, SHIRLEY CHISHOLM BLAZED A PATHWAY FOR MILLIONS OF GIRLS AND WOMEN TO DREAM UNTHINKABLE DREAMS. SHIRLEY CHISHOLM'S LABOR AND CONTRIBUTION TO BROOKLYN, CONGRESS AND THE NATION CONTINUES TO BEAR FRUIT TODAY. SHE PAVED THE WAY FOR MANY OTHER WOMEN, MYSELF INCLUDED, TO RUN FOR ELECTIVE OFFICE AT ALL LEVELS. SHIRLEY CHISHOLM OPPOSED WAR, RACISM, SEXISM AND INEQUALITY. SHE STOOD UP TO REPUBLICANS AND DEMANDED MORE FROM HER OWN PARTY. SHE WON, SHE LOST, SHE NEVER BACKED DOWN. 46 YEARS AGO THE UNBOUGHT AND UNBOUGHT SHIRLEY CHISHOLM ANNOUNCED HER CANDIDACY FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, MAKING HER THE FIRST WOMAN IN HISTORY TO RUN FOR THE HIGHEST OFFICE IN THE LAND. I CAN BECAUSE SHE DID. CONGRESSWOMAN CHISHOLM USED THE AUTHORITY OF HER EXPERIENCE TO CREATE NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS, EXPAND HEALTH CARE SERVICES FOR PARENTS AND CHILDREN, INCREASE THE MINIMUM WAGE, SUPPORT THE VETERANS OF OUR ARMED FORCES. AND PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN IN COLLEGE, GRADUATE SCHOOL AND COLLEGIATE AND PROFESSIONAL SPORTS WITH THE ENACTMENT OF TITLE IX. BUT THAT'S NOT ALL. SHIRLEY CHISHOLM PUSHED THIS COUNTRY FORWARD. I CAN RECALL GROWING UP IN BROOKLYN AND JUST BEING SO PROUD AS A YOUNG GIRL GROWING UP. KNOWING THAT THERE WAS A WOMAN WHO LOOKED LIKE ME, WHO CAME FROM MY NEIGHBORHOOD, WHO CAME FROM MY ORIGINS, SITTING HERE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. SHE WAS SOMEWHAT OF A ROCK STAR IN BROOKLYN. HER INTELLECT, HER ABILITY, HER SAVVYNESS WAS SOMETHING THAT SHE EXUDED IN EVERY ENVIRONMENT THAT SHE FOUND HERSELF. SHE'S PRETTY STYLISH AS WELL. BUT IT WAS INDEED HER STRATEGIC THINKING AND HER ABILITY TO BE A VOICE FOR THE VOICELESS THAT REALLY PROPELLED SHIRLEY CHISHOLM INTO THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF ALL AMERICANS. SHIRLEY CHISHOLM PUSHED THIS COUNTRY FORWARD. AND FOR THIS AND OTHER REASONS, SHE DESERVES A PERMANENT PLACE AMONG OTHER FIGURES IN THE UNITED STATES -- OF UNITED STATES HISTORY, RIGHT HERE IN THE CAPITOL. IN JANUARY I INTRODUCED H.R. 4856. WHAT I'VE NAMED THE SHIRLEY CHISHOLM STATUE BILL. THE BILL WOULD DO JUST THAT. HONOR SHIRLEY CHISHOLM'S LEGACY WITH A PERMANENT, AMONG THOSE STATUES IN OUR HALLOWED HALLS. H.R. 4856 DIRECTS THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON THE LIBRARY, WHICH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR OVERSIGHT OF THE OPERATIONS OF THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS AND MANAGEMENT OF STATUARY HALL COLLECTION, TO OBTAIN A STATUE OF CHISHOLM FOR PERMANENT PLACEMENT IN THE UNITED STATES CAPITOL. I'M VERY PLEASED TO SAY THAT OVER 70 MEMBERS IN THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ARE CO-SPONSORS. MY SISTER, COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND, THE SENATOR CAM LA HARRIS OF CALIFORNIA, -- CAM LA HARRIS OF CALIFORNIA, IN LATE FEBRUARY INTRODUCED THE COMPANION BILL. AMONG SPONSORS ARE THE C.B.C. MEMBERS, SENATORY COREY BOOKER OF NEW JERSEY, IN ADDITION TO SENATORS WARREN AND SANDERS. AND SENATORS CHUCK SCHUMER AND GILLIBRAND AS WELL. SENATOR HARRIS AND I AGREE, SHIRLEY CHISHOLM CREATED A PATH FOR BLACK WOMEN, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, WHO HAVE SERVED AFTER HER. HER LEGACY ENCOURAGES US TO KEEP UP THE FIGHT FOR OUR MOST VOICELESS AND VULNERABLE, SENATOR HARRIS STATED. MR. SPEAKER, ROSA AND SOJOURNER, GIANT FIGURES IN AMERICAN HISTORY, AND OTHER -- THE ONLY TWO AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN CREMEANTED PERMANENTLY HERE IN THE CAPITOL, ARE LONELY. MR. SPEAKER, I HOPE YOU'LL JOIN US IN THIS EFFORT. LET'S PASS THE SHIRLEY CHISHOLM STATUE BILL RIGHT AWAY. THANK YOU AND I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM MICHIGAN, THE HONORABLE BRENDSA LAWRENCE, ONE OF THE -- BRENDA LAWRENCE. ONE OF THE STAUNCH SUPPORTERS OF WOMEN'S RIGHTS HERE ON CAPITOL HILL, AND CO-CHAIR OF THE BIPARTISAN WOMEN'S CAUCUS.

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                                                            MRS. LAWRENCE

                                                            THE GENTLEWOMAN'S REQUEST WILL BE COVERED UNDER GENERAL LEAVE.

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                            MRS. LAWRENCE

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                                                            MS. CLARKE

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                                                            MS. LEE

                                                            NATION. MARY MCLEOD, AUDREY LORD AND MICHELLE OBAMA, THIS LIST OF…

                                                            NATION. MARY MCLEOD, AUDREY LORD AND MICHELLE OBAMA, THIS LIST OF HISTORICAL BLACK GIRL MAGIC COULD GO ON AND ON BECAUSE IN EVERY CHAPTER OF AMERICAN HISTORY, BLACK WOMEN HAVE STOOD UP AND SPOKEN OUT AND PUSHED THIS NATION CLOSER TO FREEDOM AND JUSTICE FOR FREEDOM OF ALL. WE SAW THE INFLUENCE THAT BLACK WOMEN HAVE ON OUR SOCIETY THROUGH THE EMERGENCE OF THE ME -- HASH TALL METOO MOVEMENT. IT WAS STARTED TO SUPPORT THEM. BURKE WORKED IN THE MOVEMENT AND REVOLUTIONIZED THE WAY WE APPROACH SEXUAL ASSAULT. THE STORY OF BLACK WOMEN IS LOST IN MAIN STREET COVERAGE OF THIS MOVEMENT. AND WHAT IS A SHAME IT IS, ONCE AGAIN, 2018, THIS IS THE YEAR OF BLACK WOMEN AND THANK YOU FOR GIVING US A CHANCE TO HIGHLIGHT THESE HIDDEN FIGURES. BOLD WOMEN HAVE BEEN FIGHTING FOR THE SOUL OF THIS COUNTRY. AND DESPITE OF BEING LOCKED OUT OF OPPORTUNITY, LIKE OUR BELOVED, THE LATE DR. AGELOU SAID, STILL WE RISE. WE RISE IN THE SPIRIT OF IDA B. WELLS WHO WAS BORN ON JULY 16, SHE WAS A JOURNALIST AND CRUSADER WHO SPOT TRUTH TO POWER. WE RISE WITH THE HOPE AND DETERMINATION OF BLACK WOMEN LIKE MY MENTOR, CONGRESSWOMAN HE VET CLARKE HAS TAKEN UP HER AGEPPEDA AND STANDING ON HER SHOULDERS, SHIRLEY CHISHOLM, THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN AND WOMEN CANDIDATE WHO RAN FOR THE UNITED STATES CANDIDACY. MISSY BROKE MANY BARRIERS WHILE ADVOCATING FOR THE MOST VULNERABLE NATION. AND I HAVE TO SAY I GOT TO KNOW HER VERY WELL. I WAS HONORED TO HAVE COORDINATED HER NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CAMPAIGN AND I SAW THE MANY OBSTACLES THAT SHE OVERCAME AS A BLOCK WOMAN IN POLITICS. I HAPPENED TO HAVE BEEN HONORED TO BE A SHIRLEY CHISHOLM DELEGATE. TALK ABOUT MEANTORS, CONGRESSWOMAN CHISHOLM, SHE CHAMPIONED ME. SHE WAS A CATALYST FOR CHANGE AND HE WAS UNBOUGHT. AND I THINK BLACK WOMEN TODAY ARE UNBOUGHT AND UNBOSSED AND WE ARE THE CATALYST FOR CHANGE. I CAN'T HELP BUT HONOR CONGRESSWOMAN SHIRLEY CHISHOLM AND THANK HER FOR HER CONTRIBUTIONS TO OUR COUNTRY AND BEING SO SPECIAL IN MY LIFE BECAUSE I SHARED MANY, MANY, MANY MOMENTS WITH HER. THANK YOU , AGAIN AND WE WANT TO RECOGNIZE HER ON THIS FLOOR. WE RISE WITH THE COURAGE OF FEAR LESS COURAGE LIKE ANITA HILL, WHO SPOKE OUT AGAINST SEXUAL HARASSMENT DESPITE OF BEING HUMILIATED BY WHITE SENATORS. AND I WAS REMINDED BY ANDREA MITCHELL, CONGRESSWOMAN SLAUGHTER WAS ONE OF THOSE WHO MARCHED OVER THERE AND HELD THAT HEARING UP FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS. WHEN WE RISE, WHEN WE STAND UP TOGETHER, WHEN WE REFUSE TO BE SIGH LEPT, BLACK WOMEN AND WOMEN CAN CHANGE HISTORY. BECAUSE ANITA HILL, SHE REFUSED TO LET THE ABUSE SHE WAS SUBJECTED TO DISSUADE HER FROM WORKING TO CREATE A WORLD WHERE OTHER YOUNG FEMALE PROFESSIONS WOULDN'T ACCEPT SEXUAL HARASSMENT AS PART OF THE JOB. A MOVEMENT WAS BEGUN BECAUSE OF THAT. IT LED TO THE PASSAGE OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1991 THAT ALLOWED EMPLOYEES TO SUE FOR DAMAGES DUE TO SEXUAL HARASSMENT. AND ANITA REMINDED US SHE WAS THE FIRST ONE WHO FILED A SEXUAL HARASSMENT LAWSUIT IN THE MID-1980'S. THIS LED TO WOMEN BEING ELECTED TO OFFICE. AND BECAUSE OF THAT MOVEMENT, THERE ARE 22 WOMEN SENATORS AND 104 MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE. MAKE NO MISTAKE. WE STILL HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO TO ACHIEVE LASTING EQUALITY FOR BLACK WOMEN. BLACK WOMEN MAKE 60 CENTS FOR EVERY DOLLAR AS WHITE MALES MAKE. WE HAVE TO FIGHT FOR ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE AND STRUCTURAL SEXUAL HARASSMENT STANDS IN THE WAY FOR BLACK WOMEN BEING ABLE TO ACHIEVE THE AMERICAN DREAM BUT STILL WE RISE. NO MATTER WHAT OBSTACLES WE FACE, AS LONG AS WE FIGHT FOR WHAT IS RIGHT, WE WILL WIN. AND LET ME SAY AS A BLOCK WOMAN WHO HAS BEEN FIGHTING FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE AND EQUALITY, ALL OF MY ENTIRE LIFE, THE FIGHT IS WORTH IT. I'M PROUD TO STAND HERE WITH YOU TONIGHT IN MEMORY OF MY MOTHER, A WOMAN WHO TAUGHT ME NEVER TO BACK DOWN. AND IF BLACK WOMEN LIKE IDA B. WELLS, COMMANG CHISHOLM AND ANITA HILL GAVE UP, MIGHT NOT BE STANDING HERE TODAY AS THE -- 17TH AMERICAN AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMAN IN CONGRESS AND THE 163RD WOMEN TO SERVE, I KNOW I WOULD NOT BE HERE IF IT WEREN'T FOR THESE PHENOMENAL AFRICAN-AMERICAN WARRIOR WOMEN. THANK YOU FOR GIVING US A CHANCE TO TALK ABOUT OUR GREAT HEROES. AND I HOPE WE CONTINUE TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC AND LIFT UP BLACK WOMEN SO THE ENTIRE COUNTRY WILL REALLY UNDERSTAND AND VALUE AND KNOW WHERE WE HAVE BEEN SO THEY KNOW WHERE WE'RE GOING AND THAT'S TO ACHIEVE LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR EVERYONE IN THIS COUNTRY. THANK YOU, AGAIN.

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                                                          • 08:39:58 PM

                                                            MS. CLARKE

                                                            FROM, GREAT CITY OF PHILADELPHIA, BROTHERLY LOVE AND SISTERLY LOVE, DWIGHT…

                                                            FROM, GREAT CITY OF PHILADELPHIA, BROTHERLY LOVE AND SISTERLY LOVE, DWIGHT EVANS.

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                                                            MR. EVANS

                                                            MY COLLEAGUE FROM CONGRESSWOMAN LAWRENCE. I COMPLIMENT BOTH OF THEM. I…

                                                            MY COLLEAGUE FROM CONGRESSWOMAN LAWRENCE. I COMPLIMENT BOTH OF THEM. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR HOLDING THIS SPECIAL ORDER HOUR TO TALK ABOUT OUR QUEENS, OUR ROCK AND BLACK WOMEN. AND I SAY THAT, BECAUSE I WAS RAISED BY A BLACK WOMAN, WHO WAS SINGLE HEAD OF THE HOUSEHOLD, BETTER KNOWN AS MY MOM, JEAN EVANS. SHE WAS SOMEONE, THEN AND NOW, WHO WAS ALWAYS VERY CONSISTENT IN HER MESSAGE IN TERMS OF STAY STRONG AND ALWAYS LOOK FORWARD. AS WE PAINT A PICTURE OF THE BLACK COMMUNITY IN 12018, IT IS CLEAR WE HAVE A LOT TO LOSE BECAUSE TOO MANY OF OUR NEIGHBORHOODS ARE STILL PLAGUED BY RAMPANT POVERTY, AND CRIME. BUT LAST WEEK'S SPECIAL ORDER, AND TONIGHT THEME, WHEN THE CONNOR REPORT WAS SHOULD AND EVEN TODAY, BLACK WOMEN HAD TO DEAL WITH RACISM AND SEXISM. BUT I'M COMFORTED THAT BLACK WOMEN CONTINUE TO OUTSHINE THE DOOM AND GLOOM THAT SOME OF THESE PROBLEMS BRING. IN FACT, THE FASTEST GROWING CATEGORY OF ENTREPRENEURS ARE BLACK WOMEN. AND I DON'T HAVE TO LOOK TOO FAR BECAUSE OF PHILADELPHIA, HOME OF SOME OF THE MOST DYNAMIC WOMEN AND BLACK WOMEN IN AMERICA. THERE IS A WOMAN WHO IS VERY GOOD AND I HAVE KNOWN HER FOR A LONG TIME, CITY COUNCILMAN JAMIE COUNSELWOMAN, JAMIE BLACKWELL AND SEASONNED ADVOCATE AND 30-YEAR REPUTATION FOR SERVING COMMUNITY MEMBERS, THE POOR, UNDERPRIVILEGED AND MAKING HER A LEADER IN OUR CITY. CONGRESSWOMAN JAMIE BLACKWELL. DELLA CLARK, HAS PLAYED AN INTEGRAL ROLE IN THE TECHNICAL AND PROFESSIONAL PROGRESS IN DEVELOPMENT OVER THE COURSE OF HER LIFE. ESTELLE RICHMOND, FORMER SECRETARY OF PUBLIC WELFARE AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICE OFFICER. RICHMOND OVERSAW AGENCIES' EFFORTS THAT SAW AN INCREASE PERCENTAGE OF FOSTER CHILDREN. A DROP IN THE WAITING LIST FOR MENTAL RETARDATION. JULIA GRANT IS THE PRESIDENT AND C.E.O. OF THE PHILADELPHIA CONVENTION BUREAU AND OVERSEES THE DEPARTMENTS AND OPERATING DUTIES PRIOR TO BEING NAMED AS THE SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF THE STAFF 25 PEOPLE. SHE LEADS THAT ORGANIZATION AS SHE REPRESENTS THE FACE OF PHILADELPHIA. THE LATE SEE DO LORES TUCKER WHO WAS THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN TO SERVE IN THE GOVERNOR'S CABINET. AND SARO REESE, PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER OF W.R.D., A BLACK-OWNED RADIO STATION. ALL OF THESE WOMEN I HAVE MENTIONED HAVE AFFECTED ME PERSONALLY AND HAVE PLAYED A KEY ROLE IN MY LIFE. I JOIN WITH MY COLLEAGUES AND TALK ABOUT THESE BEAUTIFUL WOMEN, OUR QUEENS, OUR ROCKS, OUR GREAT WOMEN. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR ALLOWING ME THIS OPPORTUNITY TO JOIN THIS DISCUSSION. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                                          • 08:45:09 PM

                                                            MS. CLARKE

                                                            IN PHILADELPHIA. THIS DOES NOT EX TOLL THE VIRTUES OF EVERYONE WHO IS…

                                                            IN PHILADELPHIA. THIS DOES NOT EX TOLL THE VIRTUES OF EVERYONE WHO IS LABORING AND TRAILBLAZER AND MAKING THINGS HAPPEN FOR COMMUNITIES AND MUNICIPALITIES AND STATES ACROSS THIS NATION. AND WE ARE ILLUMINATING HIDDEN FIGURES THIS EVENING AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA FOR DOING A TREMENDOUS JOB. IT IS NOW MY HONOR AND PRIVILEGE TO BRING FORWARD THE GENTLEMAN FROM FROM JUST ACROSS THE RIVER FROM THE DISTRICT I REPRESENT IN NEW YORK, HE IS THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY. HE HAS BEEN AN EXTRAORDINARY ADVOCATE FOR COMMUNITIES OF COLOR IN THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY, WHO HAS DONE A TREMENDOUS JOB AND WORK ON THE COMMITTEE FOR HOMELAND SECURITY AND WHO I KNOW HAS BEEN AN ADVOCATE FOR PROMOTING AND PUTTING FORTH BLACK WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP POSITIONS AS HE WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR ELECTING THE FIRST BLACK WOMAN TO BE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY, DONALD PAYNE JUNIOR FROM NEW JERSEY. .

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                                                            MR. PAYNE

                                                            FIRST -- SECOND TERM, SECOND TERM. WITH US HERE IN THE CONGRESS. AND HAS…

                                                            FIRST -- SECOND TERM, SECOND TERM. WITH US HERE IN THE CONGRESS. AND HAS DEMONSTRATED HER LEADERSHIP DAY IN AND DAY OUT AS WELL. THE YEAR OF THE BLACK WOMAN WILL FOR ME, MR. SPEAKER, OF COURSE EVERY YEAR IS THE YEAR OF THE BLACK WOMAN FOR ME. JUST AS BLACK WOMEN LIKE LATE AND GREAT SHIRLEY CHISHOLM AND BARBARA JORDAN PAVED THE WAY FOR OTHER BLACK WOMEN TO RUN FOR OFFICE, THE WORK YOU DO HAS INSPIRED A NEW GENERATION OF BLACK WOMEN TO CHANGE THE COURSE OF OUR NATION. AND FOR THAT WE ARE ALL GRATEFUL . THROUGHOUT AMERICAN HISTORY BLACK WOMEN HAVE BEEN UNDERVALUED AND UNDERCOMPENSATED. NATIONALLY BLACK WOMEN WHO WORK IN FULL-TIME JOBS MAKE ONLY 64 CENTS FOR EVERY $1 A WHITE MAN MAKES. IN NEW JERSEY BLACK WOMEN ONLY MAKE 58 CENTS FOR EVERY $1 A MAN MAKES, WHITE MAN MAKES. AND BLACK WOMEN BOTH IN NEW JERSEY AND NATIONALLY MAKE PERSISTENTLY LESS THAN WHITE WOMEN, DESPITE THE FACT THAT BLACK WOMEN HAVE THE HIGHEST LABOR FORCE PARTICIPATION RATE IN THE UNITED STATES AMONG WOMEN. REGARDLESS OF THEIR EDUCATIONAL LEVEL, BLACK WOMEN ARE LESS LIKELY THAN OTHER WORKERS TO BE EMPLOYED IN HIGHER PAYING CAREERS. THEY'RE MORE LIKELY THAN OTHER GROUPS TO BE EMPLOYED IN SERVICE INDUSTRY JOBS AND -- WITH LOW PAY, NO BENEFITS, AND OUTSIDE THE SCOPE OF THE LABOR LAWS IN THIS COUNTRY. BLACK WOMEN ARE KEY TO BUILDING LONG-TERM SUCCESS IN OUR COMMUNITIES. YET THEY ARE DISPROPORTIONATELY INCARCERATED. THEY'RE MORE LIKELY TO FACE EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION AND HOUSING DISCRIMINATION. THEY'RE MORE LIKELY TO BE DISCIPLINED AT SCHOOL AND THEY ARE STILL UNDERVALUED AND UNDER-REPRESENTED IN OUR SOCIETY. WHAT SHOULD WE BE DOING IN CONGRESS AND IN OUR COMMUNITIES? FIRST, WE SHOULD BE STRENGTHENING BLACK WOMEN'S POLITICAL PARTICIPATION. WE NEED MORE BLACK WOMEN IN OFFICE AT THE LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT -- AT ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT. EACH US SHOULD MENTOR YOUNG BLACK WOMEN WHO WANT TO SERVE. WE SHOULD UPLIFT THEIR VOICES AND GIVE THEM THE MICROPHONE AND BUILD INFRASTRUCTURE THAT GETS THEM INTO OFFICE. SECRETARIES -- SECOND, WE MUST PROTECT THE RIGHT TO VOTE FOR BLACK WOMEN AND ALL PEOPLE OF COLOR. OVER THE PAST FIVE YEARS, THE SUPREME COURT HAS GUTTED THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT, LEGISLATURES IN STATES LIKE TEXAS AND SOUTH CAROLINA HAVE PASSED VOTER I.D. LAWS THAT ARE DISPROPORTIONATELY RE-- THAT DISPROPORTIONATELY RESTRICT THE RIGHT TO VOTE FOR PEOPLE OF COLOR. AND RUSSIAN SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS HAVE TARGETED THE BLACK COMMUNITY TO SOW DIVISION AND DISCORD IN OUR ELECTIONS. AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, WE HAVE THE POWER TO RESTORE THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT. PROTECT THE RIGHT TO VOTE. AND ENSURE OUR ELECTIONS ARE SECURE FROM FOREIGN INTERFERENCE. THIRD, WE NEED TO SUPPORT INCREASED EMPLOYMENT AND HIGHER EARN EARN -- HIGHER EARNINGS FOR BLACK WOMEN. THAT INCLUDES RAISING THE FEDERAL MINIMUM WAGE TO MAKE IT A LIVABLE WAGE. THAT MEANS STRENGTHENING COLLECTIVE BARGAINING. MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE MANY EXAMPLES OF WOMEN IN NEW JERSEY THAT HAVE MADE GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENTS. THROUGHOUT 2018, THE YEAR OF THE BLACK WOMAN, IT'S VITALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE ELEVATE BLACK WOMEN'S VOICES AND THEIR EXPERIENCES. HERE ARE JUST A FEW BLACK WOMEN FROM MY DISTRICT WHO ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE. IPTAHAJ MOHAMED. THE FIRST AMERICAN OLYMPIAN TO WEAR A HIJAB DURING HER EVENT. SHE WAS ALSO A MODEL FOR THE FIRST HIJAB WEARING BARBIE DOLL. SHE'S A TRAIL BLAZER. SHE FENCED IN THIS YEAR'S -- THE PAST OLYMPICS, SUMMER OLYMPICS. SHEILA OLVER, AS MS. CLARKE INTIMATED, A NEWARK NATIVE, JUST BECAME THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR IN NEW JERSEY'S HISTORY. SHE'D ALREADY BROKEN THE GLASS CEILING BY BECOMING THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMAN TO SERVE AS ASSEMBLY SPEAKER IN NEW JERSEY, AND ONLY THE SECOND AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMAN IN THE COUNTRY TO LEAD A STATE LEGISLATURE. THE FIRST, OF COURSE, WAS OUR COLLEAGUE, KAREN BASS FROM CALIFORNIA. SHEILA OLIVER AND KAREN BASS ARE TRAIL BLAZERS. MADDIE HOLLOWAY FROM HILLSIDE, NEW JERSEY, HAS SPENT NEARLY 40 YEARS UPLIFTING YOUNG WOMEN IN HER COMMUNITY. FOR THE PAST THREE DECADES, SHE'S LED HOPE INC, A COMMUNITY SERVICE ORGANIZATION THAT HELPS PREGNANT TEENS AND YOUNG MOTHERS STAY ON TRACK DURING AND AFTER THEIR PREGNANCY. MADDIE HOLLOWAY IS A TRAIL BLAZER. AND THERE'S A YOUNG WOMAN NAMED JAE WILSON. SHE'S 9 YEARS OLD. JAE WAS AT THE MALL ONE DAY WHEN SHE NOTICED A HOMELESS MAN WASN'T WEARING SOX. JAE SAW A NEED AND STEPPED UP TO FILL IT. THIS YOUNG WOMAN NOW SPREADS -- SPENDS HER SPARE TIME COLLECTING SOCKS AND SOUP TO DISTRIBUTE TO PEOPLE IN NEED. JAE WILSON IS A TRAIL BLAZER. THERE ARE COUNTLESS BLACK WOMEN WHOSE CONTRIBUTIONS TO OUR COLLECTIVE FREEDOM HAVE GOTTEN US TO THIS POINT TODAY. TOO OFTEN THERE HAVE BEEN -- THEY HAVE BEEN SIDELINED AND AS I STATED, UNDERVALUED AND DISRESPECTED. LET'S DO A BETTER JOB TO CELEBRATE AND UPLIFT AND EMPOWER OUR SISTERS THIS YEAR AND EVERY YEAR. AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

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                                                          • 08:54:39 PM

                                                            MS. CLARKE

                                                            WHICH, IS ONE, BLACK WOMEN HAVE EXCELLED BEYOND EXPECTATION. DESPITE ALL…

                                                            WHICH, IS ONE, BLACK WOMEN HAVE EXCELLED BEYOND EXPECTATION. DESPITE ALL OF THE CHALLENGES AND THE OBSTACLES THAT THEY HAVE FACED. WE CONTINUE TO SEE BLACK WOMEN RISE AND I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR OBSERVATIONS, FOR YOUR EXPERIENCE, YOUR INTERACTIONS AS PART OF THIS SPECIAL ORDER HOUR. AND WE KNOW THAT, AGAIN, THESE ARE HIDDEN FIGURES. BUT TODAY I SAY, HIDDEN NO MORE. THEY'RE IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD. AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR ADDING SUCH RICHNESS TO THE RECORD THIS EVENING. IT IS NOW MY HONOR TO YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS. THE HONORABLE SHEILA JACKSON LEE . WHO WILL BE SHARING WITH US HER INSIGHTS DURING THIS SPECIAL ORDER HOUR, AS WE HIGHLIGHT THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND WE SPEAK TO THE CONCERNS IN THE YEAR OF THE BLACK WOMAN.

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                                                            MS. JACKSON LEE

                                                            I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS FOR REALLY BRINGING TO THE FLOOR SO MANY…

                                                            I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS FOR REALLY BRINGING TO THE FLOOR SO MANY OF THE ISSUES THAT BLACK WOMEN HAVE BEEN IN THE LEAD OF OR HAVE BEEN FIGHTING FOR. SOCIAL JUSTICE, THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM THAT IS THE HALLMARK OF THE LEADERSHIP OF CONGRESSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON LEE, WE ARE GRATEFUL TO HER FOR EXPRESSING TODAY ALL OF THESE OBSTACLES THAT WE MUST OVERCOME AND THAT WE ARE FOCUSED ON HERE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. I WANT TO YIELD SOME TIME NOW TO CONGRESSWOMAN BRENDA LAWRENCE FOR HER CLOSING STATEMENT.

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                                                            MS. CLARKE

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                                                            MRS. LAWRENCE

                                                            WOMEN WHO ABSOLUTELY HAVE INSPIRED ME. IT IS NOT THE LOAD THAT BREAKS YOU…

                                                            WOMEN WHO ABSOLUTELY HAVE INSPIRED ME. IT IS NOT THE LOAD THAT BREAKS YOU DOWN, IT'S THE WAY YOU CAR REIT, LENA HORNEE. I DID WHAT MY CONSCIENCE TOLD ME TO DO AND YOU CAN'T FAIL IF YOU DO THAT, ANITA HILL. MISTAKES ARE A FACT OF LIFE, IT IS THE RESPONSE TO THE ERROR THAT COUNTS -- NICKY J. VONTA. DON'T FEEL ENTITLED TO ANYTHING YOU DIDN'T SWEAT AND STRUGGLE FOR, THAT IS THE LEGENDARY MARION WRIGHT EDELMAN. AND TO CLOSE WITH THE AMAZING WOMAN WE'VE TALKED SO MUCH ABOUT, SERVICE IS THE RENT THAT YOU PAY FOR THE ROOM ON THIS EARTH. BY SHIRLEY CHISHOLM. THANK YOU AND THANK YOU AND I AM SO PROUD TO BE A WOMAN IN AMERICA AND TO BE BLESSED BY GOD WITH THIS BEAUTIFUL BLACK SKIN, TO BE A BLACK WOMAN IN AMERICA. THANK YOU.

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                                                          • 09:12:02 PM

                                                            MS. CLARKE

                                                            BACK.

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                            BACK. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE CHAIR…

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

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                                                            MR. GOHMERT

                                                            BETWEEN PRESIDENT TRUMP AND RUSSIA AND IT HAS GONE INTO WHATEVER HE WANTS…

                                                            BETWEEN PRESIDENT TRUMP AND RUSSIA AND IT HAS GONE INTO WHATEVER HE WANTS TO PURSUE, KIND OF LIKE THE INVESTIGATION THAT JAMES COMEY, AS THE DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL RECOMMENDED THAT THE THEN ATTORNEY GENERAL, JOHN ASHCROFT, SHOULD RECUSE HIMSELF, WHICH HE FOLLOWED THAT ADVICE AND THEN MR. COMEY WAS ABLE TO APPOINT HIS VERY DEAR FRIEND AND CHILD'S FRIEND, SPECIAL ATTORNEY. SPECIAL ATTORNEY, SPECIAL COUNSEL AND MR. COMEY APPARENTLY KNEW AT THE TIME THE INVESTIGATION BEGAN THAT THE PERSON THAT LEAKED VALERIE PLAME'S IDENTITY AS C.I.A. AGENT WAS NAMED RICHARD HERMTADGE, SOMEONE THEY DID NOT WANT TO GO AFTER. BUT THEY WERE NOT INTERESTED IN THE CRIME BUT INTERESTED IN NAILING A PERSON OR PERSONS. AND IT REALLY APPEARS THAT'S NOT ONLY WHAT PATRICK FITZGERALD DID, HE WANTED SOMEBODY'S HIDE AND APPARENTLY IT WAS DICK CHENEY'S, I'LL SETTLE FOR KARL ROVE AND THE OFFER WAS MADE MORE THAN ONCE AND REPORTED THAT FITZGERALD WAS OFFERING SCOOTER LIBBY, IF YOU COULD GIVE ME ANYTHING THAT WILL CONVICT VICE PRESIDENT CHENEY, WE'LL MAKE SURE YOU DON'T HAVE ANYTHING TO WORRY ABOUT. SCOOTER LIBBY WASN'T GOING TO LIE TO GET HIMSELF OUT FROM UNDER THE GUN. AND AS WAS REPORTED, WITNESS AGAINST HIM, JUDY MILLER, WHEN SHE FOUND SOME NOTES, WHOOPS, LIBBY HAD NOT LIED. APPARENTLY HE WAS INNOCENT JUST AS HE HAD CONTENDED. AND APPARENTLY WOULD HAVE WALKED AWAY WITH ANY PROBLEMS WITHOUT THE FULL FORCE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT COMING AFTER HIM, GIVEN HIM ANYTHING THAT COMEY TELLS HIS GODFATHER, GIVE HIM ANYTHING THAT WOULD HAVE ALLOWED HIM TO CONVICT VICE PRESIDENT CHENEY. AND IT APPEARS MUELLER'S INVESTIGATION NOW NOW HAS CEASED LOOKING FOR A CRIME INVOLVING TRUMP AND RUSSIA AND IS FOCUSED ON JUST FINDING SOMETHING, KIND OF LIKE THE EFFORT THAT COMEY'S BUDDY, COMEY BUDDY, COMEY AND MUELLER ARE BASICALLY JOINED AT THE HIP, MUST HAVE BEEN MUELLER'S FRIEND, TOO, BUT THEY WANTED VICE PRESIDENT CHENEY AND WHEN SCOOTER LIBBY WOULDN'T LIE TO DO THAT, THEY CONVICTED HIM OF LYING WHEN APPARENTLY HE DID NOT LIE. HE WAS INNOCENT. WHICH YOU COULD GO BACK AND FIND THESE TYPE OF THINGS IN ROBERT MUELLER'S WAKE, WHETHER IT WAS AS THE ASSIST ANT U.S. ATTORNEY IN CHARGE OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS IN BOSTON WHEN THEY WERE FOUND TO HAVE LATER TO HAVE HAD PEOPLE THAT WORKED FOR MUELLER WHO WERE IN BED WITH WHITEY BULGER, MOB LEADER AND MUELLER INSISTED THESE FOUR PEOPLE SHOULD REMAIN IN PRISON AND NOT BE PAROLED. TWO OF THEM DIED IN PRISON AND THERE WAS ULTIMATELY A SETTLEMENT, BUT MUELLER COULDN'T BE BOTHERED WITH THE SETTLEMENT BECAUSE OF THE ACTIONS OF THE PEOPLE THAT WORK FOR HIM, JUST LIKE HE WENT AFTER DR. HATFIELD, CLAIMING THAT HE WAS THE ANTHRAX KILLER AND SOME SAY THAT WAS THE HIGHEST PROFILE CASE, THAT OTHERS WOULD SAY IT WAS THE PROSECUTION AND CONVICTION OF TED STEVENS, U.S. SENATOR, WHICH WE LATER FOUND OUT WAS A FRAME OUT. THE F.B.I. WAS REPORTED TO HAVE HIDDEN EVIDENCE THAT COMPLETELY EXONERATED HIM AND MANUFACTURED EVIDENCE AND AFTER THAT CAME TO LIGHT, HIS CONVICTION -- ALL THE CASES WERE DROPPED, AS IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN, WELL BEFORE IT WAS EVER PURSUED. BUT IT GOT THE INTENDED RESULT. THE TRIAL, THE WEEK OR SO BEFORE HIS ELECTION, HE WAS CONVICTED AND THEREFORE LOST THE ELECTION. KIND OF LIKE WHAT MUELLER AS F.B.I. DIRECTOR, AS F.B.I. DO TO KIRK WELDON AS I SAW NUMEROUS TIMES AND THAT THE F.B.I. HAD INFORMATION THAT SHOWED THEY COULD HAVE STOPPED OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. HE KEPT BEATING UP ON THE F.B.I. I DIDN'T HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT KIRK WELDON WAS TALKING ABOUT, WAS TRUE OR NOT. BUT I DO KNOW THAT JUST A FEW WEEKS BEFORE HIS RE-ELECT, AND AFTER HE WAS SHOWN TO HAVE A DECENT LEAD OVER A GOOD DEMOCRATIC OPPONENT, THREE WEEKS BEFORE THE ELECTION, THE F.B.I. FORMED HIS DAUGHTER'S OFFICE AND MUELLER'S F.B.I. HAD LEAKED THE INFORMATION APPARENTLY BECAUSE PLACE WAS COVERED WITH REPORTERS OF ALL KINDS SO THEY COULD DOCUMENT THE RAID AND SHORTLY THEREAFTER, PROTESTORS SHOWED UP AT KIRK'S OFFICE, CLAIMING THAT HE HAD BEEN CAUGHT RED-HANDED AND THE IMPLICATIONS WERE CLEAR FROM THE F.B.I. THAT KIRK WELDON WAS GUILTY OF SOMETHING AND THAT BROUGHT ABOUT HIS DEFEAT BY 2%. AND AS I UNDERSTAND, YEAR AFTER THAT RAID ON THE WELDONS, THE F.B.I. CONTACTED KIRK WELDON'S DAUGHTER AND SAID YOU NEED TO PICK UP THIS STUFF. THERE WAS NEVER A GRAND JURY THAT WE KNOW OF. THERE WAS NO REAL INVESTIGATION. MUELLER'S INVESTIGATION WERE TIRED OF THE INVESTIGATION AND THEY SILENCED HIM AS A REPRESENTATIVE. SO AND THERE IS MUCH MORE. BUT WE FIND OUT AND THERE IS AN ARTICLE IN THE QUOLE AMERICAN THEIR" BY DANIEL JOHN SABINSKI, AND IT TALKS ABOUT URANIUM ONE AND THIS IS BACK IN JULY, CALLED FOR A CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION INTO HILLARY CLINTON'S COLLUSION TO TURN OVER OUR URANIUM SUPPLIES IN RETURN FOR $145 MILLION IN DONATIONS TO THE CLINTON FOUNDATION. NOW IT TURNS OUT THERE WAS ONE. AND F.B.I. INVESTIGATION DATING BACK TO 2009, WITH CURRENT DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL ROD ROSENSTEIN AND SPECIAL PROSECUTOR ROBERT MUELLER UP TO THEIR EYEBALLS IN COVERING UP, BORDERING ON TREASON WITH PUTIN. PRIOR TO PROVING THE CONTROVERSIAL DEAL IN 2010, GIVING PRESIDENT BUSH YEAH 20%, RUSSIA NUCLEAR OFFICIALS WERE INVOLVED IN KICKBACKS AND MONEY LAUNDERING IN ORDER TO BENEFIT PUTIN. JOHN SOLOMON, FEDERAL AGENCIES SAID THIS. THEY USED U.S. WITNESS WORKING INSIDE THE NUCLEAR INDUSTRY TO GATHER RECORDS AND MAKE SECRET RECORDINGS AND INTERCEPT RECORDINGS AS EARLY AS 2009 THAT SHOWED MOSCOW COMPROMISED WITH BRIBES AND CUTBACKS. F.B.I. AND COURT DOCUMENTS SHOW. SO FROM TODAY'S REPORT, WE FIND THE REPORT WAS SUPERVISED BY THEN U.S. ATTORNEY ROD ROSEN TEEN WHO IS PRESIDENT TRUMP'S DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL AND THEN APPED DREW MCCABE WHO IS THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR UNDER TRUMP. FROM 2001 UNTIL JAMES COMEY TOOK OVER IN 2013. THEY WERE BOTH INVOLVED IN THIS RUSH AND SCAM BEING THIS SCAM ENDED IN 2015. LET ME INSERT PARENTHETICALLY. I DON'T KNOW WHO RECOMMENDED THAT THE U.S. ATTORNEY INVESTIGATING RUSSIAN COLLUSION WITH HILLARY CLINTON AND WITH TRUCKING FIRM, WITH OTHERS HERE IN THE UNITED STATES, BUT WHOEVER RECOMMENDED ROD ROSENSTEIN TO PRESIDENT TRUMP AS DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL SHOULD BE FIRED, WHOEVER THAT WAS. THEY ARE NOT THERE TO HELP PRESIDENT TRUMP. ON FURTHER DOWN, THE ARTICLE SAYS, TUESDAY ON FOX BUSINESS NETWORK, EDITOR-AT-LARGE PETER SAID, THERE NEEDS TO BE A FEDERAL INVESTIGATION INTO THE URANIUM DEAL AND THE CLINTON STATE DEPARTMENT APPROVED AFTER THE CLINTON FOUNDATION RECEIVED $145 MILLION FROM THE SHARE HOLDERS OF URANIUM ONE. THE ARTICLE GOES ON TO POINT OUT ABOUT THE INVESTIGATION INTO HILLARY CLINTON AND IT QUOTES FROM SWEITZE AND SAID PEOPLE DO NOT REALIZE THAT AMERICAN SOIL IS OWNED BY PUTIN'S GOVERNMENT BECAUSE THIS DEAL WENT THROUGH. HE GOES ON AND MAKES SOME INTERESTING OBSERVATION. AT THE CONCLUSION HE SAYS WE NO LONGER NEED AN INVESTIGATION INTO HILLARY CLINTON AND URANIUM ONE. THIS INVESTIGATION IS EVIDENCE OF CRIMINAL CORRUPTION AND INTENTIONAL PUTTING OF AMERICAN NATIONAL SECURITY AT RISK FOR PERSONAL FINANCIAL GAIN. AND THIS ARTICLE FROM LEE SMITH, MARCH 13, TITLED ROBERT MUELLER'S BELTWAY COVERUP AND THIS POINTS OUT THAT IF THE DEEP STATE HERE -- AND IT DOES CROSS PARTY LINES -- THEY WANTED SOMEONE TO EFFECTIVELY COVER UP ALL OF THE LEAKS, EACH ONE OF WHICH IS A CRIME PUNISHABLE BY TIME IN PRISON. IF THE DEEP STATE HERE IN WASHINGTON WANTED SOMEBODY THAT COULD PROTECT ALL THESE CRIMINALS THAT ARE WORKING IN INTELLIGENCE OR F.B.I., THAT REGULARLY LEAK INFORMATION TO HURT PEOPLE THAT THREATEN THEIR POWER HERE IN WASHINGTON, THEN THEY COULD NOT HAVE A BETTER PERSON AS SPECIAL COUNSEL THAN ROBERT MUELLER, AS OVERSEEN BY ROD ROSENSTEIN, POINTS OUT THAT MUELLER TOOK HIS JOB NOT AT THE BELEFT BY THE MAN BY ALL ACCOUNTS WHO IS PROFESSIONALLY AND DISDAIN DONALD TRUMP BUT THE BLUE CHIP ELITE. THAT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, ROD ROSENSTEIN APPOINTED HIM A YEAR AGO TO LEAD AN INVESTIGATION WITHOUT PARAMETERS. THAT'S BECAUSE MUELLER'S JOB IS TO OBSCURE THE ABUSES THAT OCCURRED UNDER THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. THE FACT THAT SOMEONE AT THE LEVEL OF FORMER F.B.I. DIRECTOR WAS CALLED IN TO SWEEP IN THE MESS LEFT BY BAD ACTORS IN THE BUREAU AND CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY AND OTHER AGENCIES SUGGEST THAT THE PROBLEMS ARE EVEN WORSE THAN PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT. AND THAT MEANS THE CONSTITUENCY FOR MUELLER'S POLITICAL INTERVENTION IS ENORMOUS. MUELLER IS SAID TO BELIEVE THERE ARE MEETING -- REFERENCING BACK IN 2017, WITH A RUSSIAN BANKER, THAT WOULD BE WELL AFTER THE ELECTION, OBVIOUSLY, WAS SET UP -- WAS TO SET UP A BACK CHANNEL WITH THE KREMLIN, BUT THAT MAKES NO SENSE. ACCORDING TO THE COLLUSION NARRATIVE, THE DOSSIER ALLEGEDLY WRITTEN BY STEELE, THE KREMLIN CULTIVATED TRUMP FOR YEARS. WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF A BACK CHANNEL WHEN PUTIN HAD A KEY TO MAR-A-LAGO. THE TRUMP CIRCLE TEAMED WITH THE HIGH LEVEL OFFICIALS WITH THE PUP OF WINNING THE 2016 ELECTION. HOW DOES A MEETING ADVANCE THE CROOKED ELECTION VICTORY PLOT? IT DOESN'T. IT CONTRADICTS IT. . HE TALKS SOME ABOUT ERIC PRINCE BUT THE IDEA THAT ANYONE WHO SUPPORTED TRUMP OR VOTED FOR HIM MET WITH A RUSSIAN NATIONAL THE DISH ON THE TABLE IS TREASON IS THE STUFF OF COLD WAR B MOVIES BUT IT'S ALSO SOMETHING MORE, PROSECUTORIAL OVERREACH. THE FACT THAT MUELLER HAS ZEROED IN ON PRINCE POINTS TO A KEY MOTIVE BEHIND THE INVESTIGATION HE TALKS ABOUT PRINCE THROWN INTO THED MY THOLVE RUSSIA-GATE AFTER THE APRIL 23, 2017, "WASHINGTON POST" REPORTED HIS MEETING WITH THE RUSSIAN BANKER. HOW DID ANYONE KNOW ABOUT THE MEETING? AFTER THE STORY, PRINCE SAID HE WAS SHOWN SPECIFIC EVIDENCE BY SOURCES FROM THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY THAT THE INFORMATION WAS SWEPT UP IN THE COLLECTION OF ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS AND HIS IDENTITY WAS UNMASK THE U.S. OFFICIAL OR OFFICIAL WHOGS GAVE HIS NAME TO "THE WASHINGTON POST" BROKE THE LAW WHEN THEY ELECTED -- LEAKED CLASSIFIED INFORMATION. FURTHER IT SAYS MUELLER PRESUMABLY KNOWS WHETHER PRINCE'S NAME WAS UNMASKED AND THEN LEAKED TO THE PRESS AND THAT THE LEAK WAS A CRIME. MUELLER CERTAINLY KNOWS MOST OF THE CASE HE HAS REGARDING RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE IN THE 2016 ELECTION WAS BUILT BY ABUSES OF THE FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE APPARATUS AND OTHER RELATED CRIMES THAT ARE PUNISHABLE WITH JAIL TIME. THE IDENTITY OF TRUMP'S SHORT-TERM NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR MICHAEL FLYNN WAS SWEPT UP AND LEAKED TO THE PRESS IN THE SAME WAY PRINCE'S -- AS PRINCE'S. IT WAS LEAKED TO THE SAME NEWSPAPER, THE "WASHINGTON POST." AS I EXPLAINED LAST WEEK, THE IDENTITY OF ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS WAS ALSO UNMASKED FROM AN INTELLIGENCE INTERCEPT AND LEAKED TO "THE WASHINGTON POST." THE FACT THAT THE F.B.I. HAD A -- HAD SECURED A FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE ACT WARRANT ON CARTER PAGE WAS ALSO LEAKED TO THE POST. THE WARRANT ON PAGE WAS SECURED ON THE BASIS OF FINDINGS IN THE STEEL DOSSIER AND UNVERIFIED PIECE OF OPPOSITION RESEARCH PAID FOR BY THE CLINTON CAMPAIGN AND DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE. AS DIRECTOR OF THE F.B.I. DURING THE POST-9/11 PERIOD, WHEN FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE AND ITS ABUSES WERE MADE REGULAR FRONT PAGE HEADLINES, MUELLER KNOWS EXACTLY HOW THE SYSTEM CAN BE ABUSED AND WHAT THE PENALTIES ARE. HE ALSO RECOGNIZES THAT RUSSIAGATE IS EVIDENCE OF HOW IT WAS ABUSE AND WHO ABUSED IT INCLUDING SOME OF THE SAME PEOPLE HE WORKED WITH DURING HIS 12-YEAR TENURE AS F.B.I. DIRECTOR. THE MUCH OF THE MUELLER INQUIRY IS THEREFORE NOT TO INVESTIGATE THE MOST LUDICROUSLY SEEMING CHARGES IN THE STEELE DOSSIER BUT TO PROTECT THE INSTITUTION OF THE F.B.I., FORMER COLLEAGUES, AS WELL AS THE NATIONAL SECURITY SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM. THEREFORE THE INQUIRY HAS TO COVER UP THE SIMPLE ORIGINS OF THE COLLUSION NARRATIVE ITSELF. WHICH WAS BORN IN REPEATED ABUFSE POWER AND SUBSEQUENT CRIMES COMMITTED BY U.S. OFFICIALS IN THE INTELLIGENCE BUREAUCRACY AND THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. SO MR. SPEAKER, REGARDLESS OF WHAT ANYBODY THINKS OF PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, AND I KNOW THERE ARE SOME -- THERE ARE SOME REPUBLICANS THAT ARE UNHAPPY THAT HE WAS ELECTED PRESIDENT, WANT HIM GONE AT ALL COSTS. AND I KNOW THAT MOST OF THE DEMOCRATS I KNOW IT JUST GRIEVES THEM TO NO END HE WAS ELECTED. THEY WANT HIM GONE AT ALL COSTS. BUT AT SOME POINT, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE HAVE GOT TO WAKE UP TO THE FACT THAT WE HAVE CRIMES BEING COMMITTED IN THE F.B.I. AND IN OUR INTELLIGENCE APPARATUS. THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE BEING PAID WITH GOVERNMENT CHECKS WHO ARE OUT TO DESTROY PEOPLE WHO DISAGREE WITH THEIR POWER GRABS AND THEIR CRIMES. THIS ARTICLE POINTS OUT, MUELLER'S INVESTIGATION HAS GOT TO DRAG ON AS LONG AS NECESSARY TO PREVENT ANY OF THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE COMMITTED THE CRIMES OF LEAKING AND OTHER CRIMES, LEAKING, LYING, PERJURY, OBSTRUCTING JUSTICE, TRYING TO CREATE AN INSURANCE POLICY TO TAKE OUT A SITTING PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, IT'S TIME WE WAKE UP. WHEN ELECTED OFFICIALS IN THIS CITY HAVE TO FEAR FOR THEIR POLITICAL LIVES BY PEOPLE THAT THEY HAVE GIVEN POWER IN THE F.B.I., D.O.J., C.I.A., N.S.A., THEN THE SYSTEM IS BROKEN. IT IS OUT OF CONTROL. AND IT'S HOW YOU LOSE A DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC LIKE WE HAVE OR LIKE WE USED TO HAVE. IT'S TIME TO GET IT UNDER CONTROL. MULER IS NOT THE ANSWER, HE'S THE PROBLEM. HE IS THE POSTER CHILD FOR THE PROBLEM THAT HE'S CREATED DURING HIS ENTIRE TENURE AND IF HE HAD ANY DECENCY HE WOULD HAVE NEVER ACCEPTED THIS SPECIAL PROSECUTION ON ANYTHING INVOLVING RUSSIA BECAUSE HE'D BEEN INVOLVED IN THAT INVESTIGATION AND BECAUSE HE REMAINED SILENT OR PERHAPS SPOKE UP TO KEEP IT HUSH-HUSH. BUT HE AND ROSENSTEIN BOTH SHOULD HAVE STOPPED THE SALE OF 20% OF OUR RUE RAIN YUM TO A NATIONAL ENEMY. APPARENTLY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WAS SO INTENT ON THAT RESET BECAUSE THEY FELT LIKE, YOU KNOW, GEORGE W. BUSH OVERREACTED, ALL PUTIN DID WAS INVADE GEORGIA, ONE COUNTRY INVADING ANOTHER, SMALLER, WEAKER COUNTRY, AND BUSH, THEY FELT LIKE OVERREACTED, SAID YOU SHOULDN'T BE DOING THIS. PUT SOME SANCTIONS IN PLACE. SO THEY WANTED TO SHOW WE'RE JUST FINE WITH YOU INVADING ADJOINING COUNTRIES, MAYBE EVEN THOSE THAT DON'T ADJOIN. BUT SURE AT LEAST ADJOINING COUNTRIES. THEY GAVE THE RED LIGHT, WHETHER THEY KNEW IT OR NOT, TO PUTIN TO INVADE THE CRIMEA, INVADE UKRAINE. AND THEY GAVE THE GREEN LIGHT, THEY HAD TO KNOW THIS, BECAUSE IT WAS PART OF WHAT THEY DID, THEY GAVE THE GREEN LIGHT TO THE SALE OF 20% OF OUR URANIUM TO A COUNTRY THAT MOST RECENTLY HAD ITS DICTATORIAL LEADER BRAGGING THAT HE HAD MISSILES, THAT HE COULD PUT THOSE NUKES ON, THAT THE UNITED STATES COULDN'T STOP. AND THOSE NUKES CAN BE TIPPED AT LEAST 20% OF THEM WITH WHAT HILLARY CLINTON, MUELLER, ROSENSTEIN, HAD TO BE COMPLICIT IN GIVING, LETTING THEM HAVE. THIS IS SERIOUS STUFF. BUT UNTIL THE LEAKERS AND THE ABUSERS OF OUR INTELLIGENCE SYSTEM ARE BROUGHT TO JUSTICE, THEN NOBODY THAT BELIEVES IN REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT IS SAFE. WE END UP LIKE CHINA, LIKE RUSSIA, WHERE YOU'RE SCARED TO DEATH OF THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE SCENES, BEHIND THE GOVERNMENT, OR EVEN THE DICTATORIAL LEADER BECAUSE YOU KNOW THEY MADE YOU AND THEY CAN DESTROY YOU. AND WHEN THE FREE PRESS IS NOT FREE, THEY'RE COMPLICIT IN ASSISTING IN THE COMMITTING OF CRIMES BY GLADLY ACCEPTING THE LEAKS, PUBLISHING THEM TO COMPLETE THE CRIME, WE'RE IN BIG TROUBLE. SO I WOULD SAY, YOU KNOW, IF MUELLER HAD ANY DECENCY HE WOULD JUST RESIGN. AND HE DOESN'T EVEN HAVE TO EXPLAIN HOW WRONG IT WAS FOR HIM TO ACCEPT THE APPOINTMENT. I'D HOPED THAT THE DAMAGE HE DID TO THE F.B.I. WOULD HAVE COME TO AN END WHEN HIS 10 YEARS WAS UP BUT NO, PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS SO THRILLED WITH THE THINGS HE WAS DOING, HE EXTENDED HIS TERM TWO YEARS AND PUSHED THROUGH CONGRESS, PEOPLE WOULDN'T LISTEN TO ME, OH, NO, THIS IS NOT A GUY YOU WANT FOR TWO MORE YEAR, HE'S DONE ENOUGH DAMAGE. ANY REPUBLICAN THAT SAYS OH, HE'LL BE FAIR, IS EITHER DESPERATELY WANTING PRESIDENT TRUMP GONE OR IS INTENTIONALLY IGNORING THE FACTS OF MUELLER'S BACKGROUND FROM THE DAYS AS THE ASSISTANT U.S. ATTORNEY IN CHARGE OF CRIME IN BOSTON, UP THROUGH THE PRESENT. THERE'S A LOT OF INNOCENT PEOPLE THAT LIE IN HIS WAKE. SOME OF THEM GOT MILLION DOLLARS, MULTIMILLION DOLLAR SETTLEMENTS FOR THE DAMAGE MUELLER DID TO THEM BUT MOST DIDN'T EVEN GET AN APOLOGY. MUELLER COULDN'T BE BOTHERED WITH HOW MANY MILLIONS WERE PAID OUT IN BOSTON BECAUSE OF WHAT HE OVERSAW. HE COULDN'T BE BOTHERED WITH THE $5. MILLION THAT WAS PAID TO HATFIELD BECAUSE THE F.B.I. UNDER MUELLER AND UNDER HIS DIRECTION APPARENTLY FROM WHAT THE ARTICLE SAID HE TOOK DIRECT OVERSIGHT OVER THE HATFIELD INVESTIGATION, ASSURING WHEN THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE THAT HE COMMITTED ANY WRONG THAT HE WAS STILL THE ONE. IT'S TIME THAT MUELLER'S INVESTIGATION COME TO AN END, I THINK LEE SMITH HAD IT RIGHT. I THINK THE ARTICLE BY DANIEL JOHN SOBIEWSKI HAD THINGS RIGHT. WE'VE ALREADY HAD AN INVESTIGATION OF RUSSIAN COLLUSION. IT WAS DONE BY U.S. ATTORNEY ROB ROSENSTEIN AND F.B.I. DIRECTOR ROBERT MUELLER AND THEY SHUT HER DOWN, SHUT UP THE INFORMATION, SO THE CLINTON FOUNDATION COULD BE THE BENEFICIARY AND GOODNESS SAKES THEY WERE BIG-TIME BENEFICIARIES. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                            MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT WE DO NOW HEREBY ADJOURN.

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                            TO. ACCORDINGLY, PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 788, THE HOUSE STANDS…

                                                            TO. ACCORDINGLY, PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 788, THE HOUSE STANDS ADJOURNED UNTIL 10:00 A.M. TOMORROW FOR MORNING HOUR DEBATE AS A FURTHER MARK OF RESPECT TO THE MEMORY OF THE LATE HONORABLE LOUISE MCINTOSH SLAUGHTER.

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