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House Session - April 17, 2018

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

Speakers:
Time
Action
  • 10:00:11 AM

    The Speaker designated the Honorable Rob Bishop to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.

    • 10:00:20 AM

      THE CLERK

      SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

  • 10:00:34 AM

    MORNING-HOUR DEBATE

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

    • 10:00:37 AM

      TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

      THE CHAIR WILL ALTERNATE RECOGNITION BETWEEN THE PARTIES. ALL TIME SHALL BE EQUALLY ALLOCATED BETWEEN THE PARTIES AND IN NO EVENT SHALL DEBATE CONTINUE BEYOND 11:50 A.M. EACH MEMBER OTHER SHALL BE THAN THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS AND MINORITY WHIP SHALL BE LIMITED TO FIVE MINUTES OF THE THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS. MR. GUTIERREZ, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:01:07 AM

      MR. GUTIERREZ

      TO REWARD INVEST YOST WHILE STILL SELLING SEATS AT ROCK BOTTOM TICKET…

      TO REWARD INVEST YOST WHILE STILL SELLING SEATS AT ROCK BOTTOM TICKET PRICES, THEY PUSH THEIR AGING SECONDHAND FLEET OF 99 OUTDATED AIRCRAFT BEYOND THEIR LIMITS. BUT, HEY, APPARENTLY IN CORPORATE AMERICA PROFITS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN PEOPLE IF EVEN CARRYING PEOPLE SUPPOSEDLY SAFELY IS SUPPOSED TO BE YOUR MAIN CONCERN. SO FAR, THE ONLY THING TO CRASH WITH THIS AIRLIN CARRYING PEOPLEE IS THE HIGH FLYING STOCK PRICES WHICH IS DOWN 11% SINCE WORD OF THE STORY FIRST CAME OUT. BECAUSE 60 MINUTES DOCUMENTED INCIDENT AFTER INCIDENT MORE THAN 100 IN LESS THAN TWO YEARS OF ABORTED TAKEOFFS, UNSCHEDULED LANDINGS, SMOKE FILLED CABINS, AND OTHER EMERGENCY SITUATIONS. A FORMER PROSECUTOR AT THE F.A.A. WITH 30 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE SAYS, QUOTE, YOU KNOW, IF GOD FORBID THERE IS AN ACCIDENT, I THINK THERE WILL BE A LOT OF PEOPLE SAYING WE KNEW. WE KNEW AND WE DID NOTHING, END QUOTE. MR. SPEAKER, ALIEGEANT AIRLINE IS A TRAGEDY WAITING TO HAPPEN. THEY SHOULD KNOW BETTER AS WE AS A COUNTRY SHOULD KNOW BETTER BECAUSE THE C.E.O. OF ALIEGEANT IS NONE OTHER THAN ONE TRAGEDY WAITING TO OF THE FOUNDERS OF VALUEJET. REMEMBER THEM? THEY WERE THE CUT RATE AIRLINE THAT WAS APPARENTLY CUTTING CORNERS ON SAFETY TO BOOST THEIR POSITION WITH STOCKHOLDERS. THEY AREN'T FLYING ANYMORE BECAUSE VALUEJET FLIGHT 592 WITH 1910 PEOPLE ONBOARD PLUNGED INTO THE EVERGLADES AFTER TAKING OFF FROM MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT 22 YEARS AGO. WHAT WE LEARNED AFTER THE FACT WAS THAT THE AIRLINE DROVE UP PROFITS, PUSHED ITS FLEETS TO THE EDGE, TOOK EXTRA FREIGHT IN CARGO HOLDS TO MAKE EXTRA MONEY, AND CUT CORNERS ON THE SAFETY OF ITS PASSENGERS. YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED? PEOPLE DIED. WE HAVE SEEN THIS BEFORE. WHICH LEADS TO THE VERY IMPORTANT QUESTION FOR CONGRESS, WHY ISN'T ANYONE DOING ANYTHING ABOUT IT? WHERE IS THE F.A.A.? WHERE IS THE D.O.T.? THE COMMITTEES OF JURISDICTION HERE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES? I HEAR THE SENATORS ARE DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT. WHY HAVE THERE BEEN NO HEARINGS AND SO LITTLE RESPONSE FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT? "60 MINUTES" MADE A COMPELLING CASE THE REGULATORS ARE NOT DOING THEIR JOBS. THE HOST SAID, OVER THE LAST THREE YEARS THE F.A.A. HAS SWITCHED ITS PRIORITIES FROM ACTIVELY ENFORCING SAFETY RULES WITH FINES, WARNING LETTERS, AND SANCTIONS, WHICH WOULD BECOME PART 69 PUBLIC RECORD SO WE WOULD KNOW ABOUT THE SAFETY OF THESE AIRLINES, TO WORKING QUIETLY WITH THE AIRLINES BEHIND THE SCENES TO FIX THE PROBLEMS. AT THE BACKS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO PROTECT. THIS AIRLINE WITH THREE 1/2 -- 3 1/2 TIMES AS MANY EMERGENCIES WHITE MITE BE A SPECIAL CASE OR TYPICAL. WE JUST DON'T KNOW A GAD JOB OR TYPICAL. WE JUST DON'T KNOW. 9 AMERICAN PEOPLE JUST DON'T KNOW -- THE AMERICAN PEOPLE JUST DON'T KNOW. IF THE PAY-PER-VIEW ISN'T DOING MAKING SURE IT IS SAFE, WHAT ELSE ARE WE MISSING ABOUT THE AIRLINES? WE OUGHT TO DEMAND THE EXSMERTS INSIDE AND OUTSIDE CONGRESS -- EXPERTS INSIDE AND OUTSIDE CONGRESS GETS THE INFO. IT IS NOT CLEAR THAT THE DOWNSIDE AND REGULATORY OVERSIGHT HAPPENED EXCLUSIVELY OR EVEN MORE RAPIDLY SINCE OUR CURRENT BUSINESSMAN AND PRESIDENT TOOK OFFICE. I THINK IT'S CLEAR THAT FOLLOWING THE RULES, BEING TRANSPARENT, AND BEING ACCOUNTABLE IN AMERICAN INDUSTRY, ESPECIALLY THE AIRLINE INDUSTRY, WHERE MILLIONS OF LIVES ARE AT STAKE EVERY DAY, OUGHT TO BE A TOP PRIORITY. WHEN I SAT DOWN TO DINNER WITH MY FAMILY, I WANT TO KNOW THE CHICKEN AND VEGETABLES ON MAY PLATE ARE SAFE TO EAT. MY CAR, GADGETS, AND FLIGHT HOME DESERVE RIGOROUS SCRUTINY. I WANT TO KNOW THE WATER MY GRANDSON DRINKS IS CLEAN. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE LOSING CONFIDENCE, MR. SPEAKER, THAT THE PEOPLE WHO ARE SUPPOSEDLY WATCHING OUT FOR US ARE WATCHING OUT FOR US WHEN WE EAT, DRINK, BREATHE, TRAVEL. THERE IS A BIG DRIVE IN CONGRESS TO CUT GOVERNMENT SUPPOSEDLY BUDGETS, CUT RED TAPE, CRUSADE AGAINST REGULATION. THE OTHER SIDE DEMONIZES REGULATION ALMOST AS MUCH AS THE PRESIDENT DEMONIZES IMMIGRANTS. I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WHEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND THIS CONGRESS ARE CUTTING BUDGETS AND WE'RE NOT CUTTING CORNERS THAT ALLOWS AIRPLANES WITH AMERICANS ON IT, WITH HUMAN BEINGS ON IT, TO FLY OUT OF THE SKY SO THEIR COMPANIES CAN MAKE BETTER PROFITS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    • 10:06:11 AM

      TEMPORE MEMBERS

      ROS-LEHTINEN: THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. AND I RISE THIS MORNING TO…

      ROS-LEHTINEN: THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. AND I RISE THIS MORNING TO IT RECOGNIZE THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR AUTISM AND RELATED DISABILITIES, KNOWN AS UMNSU CARD. ON APRIL 28, FRIENDS, FAMILIES, HEALTH CARE ADVOCATES, AND COMMUNITY LEADERS FROM THROUGHOUT OUR AREA IN SOUTH FLORIDA WILL GATHER TOGETHER TO CELEBRATE THIS NOTABLE MILESTONE AT THE TROPICAL NIGHTS GALA ON BEAUTIFUL BISCAYNE BAY.

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    • 10:06:23 AM

      MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

      THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. COHEN, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. COHEN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:09:00 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      ON THIS DAY AS A LAWYER AND AS A CONGRESSMAN I WANT TO EXPRESS MY…

      ON THIS DAY AS A LAWYER AND AS A CONGRESSMAN I WANT TO EXPRESS MY APPRECIATION FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, THE F.B.I.

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    • 10:09:05 AM

      MR. COHEN

      , MR. MUELLER, MR. ROSEN STEIN, MR. RAY -- ROSENSTEIN, MR. RAY, AND…

      , MR. MUELLER, MR. ROSEN STEIN, MR. RAY -- ROSENSTEIN, MR. RAY, AND OTHERS. THE ATTORNEYS IN THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ARE AMONG THE BEST IN THE COUNTRY, AND MR. MUELLER AND MR. ROSENSTEIN ARE IN THAT GROUP. AND THE F.B.I. ARE THE FINEST LAW ENFORCEMENT PEOPLE IN OUR COUNTRY. MR. RAY HEADS THAT OFFICE UP. BESIDES BEING OUTSTANDING JURISTS, MEN OF RECTITUDE WHAT ELSE DID MR. RAY, MR. ROSENSTEIN, AND MR. MUELLER HAVE IN COMMON? THEY ARE ALL REPUBLICANS. AND THEY HAVE ALL BEEN ATTACKED BY OUR PRESIDENT. OUR PRESIDENT SAID, WHEN THE WARRANT WAS ISSUED ON HIS ATTORNEY'S OFFICE FOR HIS MATERIALS, THAT THAT WAS AN ATTACK ON OUR COUNTRY. IN MY OPINION, THAT STATEMENT AND THE ATTACKS ON OUR JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AND OUR F.B.I. AND OUR MR. ROSENSTEIN AND MR. MUELLER AND MR. RAY, THOSE WERE THE OUR JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AND ATTACKS ON OUR COUNTRY. WHEN ONE UNDERMINES THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AND THE F.B.I., BASICALLY PEOPLE WORKING IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT US AND SEE THAT OUR LAWS ARE CARRIED OUT IN AN APPROPRIATE ATTACKS ON OUR COUNTRY. MANNER, AND THAT THE RULE OF LAW WHICH THIS COUNTRY IS RESPECTED FOR ALL AROUND THE WORLD IS MEATED OUT IN AN -- METED OUT IN AN EVENHANDED FASHION, THAT IS A FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I RESENT THAT SUGGESTION. THE FACT IS, MR. ROSENSTEIN SHOWED GREAT BRAVERY IN SEEING AS WE SAY IN JURY CHARGES, GOING WHERE TRUTH DICTATED AND JUSTICE DEMANDED AND SEEING THAT WARRANT WAS ISSUED. THEY DID IT ON THE BASIS OF PROBABLE CAUSE. INFORMATION THAT THEY HAD TO HAVE SURVEILLANCE OF MR. COHEN. THEY HAD TO HAVE PROBABLE CAUSE IT EVEN HAVE SURVEILLANCE. THEN IT TO GO THROUGH KNOWING THIS MAN WAS THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PRESIDENT AND AUTHORIZE THE WARRANT AND KNOW HIS JOB WAS ON THE LINE AND HIS NECK WAS ON THE LINE SHOWED GREAT COURAGE, SOMETHING WE ALL IN AMERICA SHOULD RESPECT AND HOLD UP AS AN ADMIRABLE QUALITY AND A MAN WHO EXHIBITS THE BEST CHARACTERISTICS OF OUR CITIZENRY. THEN MR. ROSENSTEIN, A LEARNED ATTORNEY WHO DIDN'T FEEL ATTORNEY-CLIENT PRIVILEGE WAS BEING FRINGED UPON SENT THE CASE TO SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF YORK WHERE OTHER LAWYERS TRAINED TOOK THE CASE TO THE JUDGE SAID THE WARRANT SHOULD ISSUE. ATTORNEY-CLIENT PRIVILEGE IS ALIVE. AND IT IS BEING DEALT WITH IN THE PROPER FASHION IN JUDGE WOODS' COURTROOM. SHE'S PROPERLY SEEING TO IT THAT IT'S RESPECTED BUT THAT INFORMATION THAT IS NOT THAT OF A ATTORNEY-CLIENT PRIVILEGE WILL BE REVEALED TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. FOR SOME REASON A LOT OF PEOPLE TODAY WHO NORMALLY ARE TALKING ABOUT THE SECOND AMENDMENT ARE TALKING ABOUT ATTORNEY-CLIENT PRIVILEGE LIKE IT'S THE BIGGEST LEGAL PRINCIPLE IN OUR COUNTRY'S FABRIC. WHAT'S MORE IMPORTANT THAN ANYTHING, AN ATTORNEY-CLIENT PRIVILEGE IS BEING RESPECTED, IS THE INFORMATION THAT'S BEEN GARNERED THROUGH THAT SEARCH WARRANT THAT COULD SHOW THE POSSIBILITY OF CRIMES BEING COMMITTED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THERE IS NOTHING MORE IMPORTANT TO BE SEEN AN ATTORNEY-CLIENT PRIVILEGE IS NOTHING COMPARED TO THAT. WHY PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THAT AND NOT THE INFORMATION THEY ARE TRYING TO KEEP QUIET ASTONISHES ME. WE NEED A TRANSPARENT PRESIDENT. WE NEED A PRESIDENT WHO PAYS HIS TAXES AND REVEALS THEM TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC AND WHO DOESN'T TRY TO SQUASH THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, THE F.B.I. , AND PEOPLE OF RECTITUDE AND CHARACTER. THANK YOU, MR. ROSENSTEIN. THANK YOU, MR. MUELLER. THANK YOU, MR. RAY. THANK YOU JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AND F.B.I. OFFICIALS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 10:13:20 AM

      TEMPORE MEMBERS

      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

    • 10:13:31 AM

      MR. POE

      OF AGE, AARON BURR,

    • 10:13:36 AM

      TEMPORE WITHOUT

    • 10:13:37 AM

      MR. POE

      20. JAMES MONROE, 18. JAMES MADISON, 25 YEARS OLD. THESE YOUNG FOUNDING…

      20. JAMES MONROE, 18. JAMES MADISON, 25 YEARS OLD. THESE YOUNG FOUNDING FATHERS, SOME OF AMERICA'S MOST JAMES MONROE, NOTABLE NAMES, WERE COLLEGE AGE WHEN THEY STOOD AGAINST AN IMPOSING BRITISH MONARCH AND DEMANDED LIFE, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. IN FACT, THE RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF SPEECH WAS CONSIDERED SO IMPORTANT THAT JAMES MADISON, THE AUTHOR OF THE CONSTITUTION, MADE IT THE FIRST AMENDMENT IN THE BILL NOTABLE OF RIGHTS. HOWEVER, IT SEEMS TODAY THAT SOME OF AMERICA'S YOUNGEST MINDS OF THIS GENERATION HAVE FORGOTTEN JUST WHAT IT IS THIS GREAT NATION STANDS FOR AND WHAT IDEALS IT WAS BUILT ON. A DISTURBING TREND HAS BEGUN CROPPING UP ON SOME COLLEGE CAMPUSES AROUND THE COUNTRY. THE IDEALS THAT OUR FOUNDING FATHERS SO PAINSTAKINGLY PENNED TO LIFE ARE AT RISK OF DISAPPEARING FROM THE SACRED PARCHMENT OF LIBERTY. FREEDOM OF SPEECH SUNNED ATTACK. THE LEFT HAS PERPETRATED THE IDEA THAT FREEDOM OF SPEECH ONLY APPLIES TO THEM BUT NOT TO OPPOSING VIEWS. FREE SPEECH FOR ME BUT NOT FOR THEE. CONSERVATIVE THINKERS ARE OFTEN BAN INTERESTED SOME UNIVERSITIES. IF THEY ARE INVITED, STUDENTS ARE ALLOWED TO DISRUPT THE EVENTS. MR. SPEAKER, SINCE WHEN DOES A WAR OF WORDS INCLUDE PHYSICAL VIOLENCE AGAINST ANYONE WHO DISAGREES? SOME UNIVERSITIES AND STUDENTS CLAIM IF SPEECH IS OFFENSIVE, IT MUST BE BANNED. . OPPOSING WHO WILL WE HURT, THE LISTENER, ACADEMIA? STUDENTS ARE ACCEPTING THIS. THE BRITISH CENSORED SPEECH CRITICAL OF THE KING. THAT'S ONE REASON THE FREE FLOW OF DIVERSE IDEAS IS PROTECTED IN OUR COUNTRY. LENNON ENFORCED CENSORSHIP OF IDEAS HE OPPOSED. SPEECH CONTROLLED BY UNIVERSITIES, PROFESSORS IS A VIOLATION OF THE 1776 MOVEMENT. IT SEEMS AS IF OUR VERY FOUNDING DOCUMENT IS AT RISK OF FADING INTO THE ABYSS OF HISTORY. HAVE WE FORGOTTENING THE MEANING OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT? THE FIRST AMENDMENT PROTECTS ALL FORMS OF SPEECH, EVEN THOSE WE DON'T PERSONALLY AGREE WITH. IF OUR AMERICAN PUBLIC SQUARE OR UNIVERSITY BECOME A PLACE WHERE ONLY IDEAS -- IDEAS THAT SPEECH POLICE ALLOW, WE'VE LOST OUR WAY AND HAVE BECOME NOTHING MORE THAN AN ECOCHAMBER. HOW CAN POLITICAL IDEALS BE CHALLENGED IF PEOPLE CANNOT BE ALLOWED THE FREEDOM TO SPEAK DIFFERENT OPINIONS? IN ONE CASE, SUPREME COURT JUSTICE DOUGLAS STATED, QUOTE, A FUNCTION OF FREE SPEECH UNDER OUR SYSTEM IS TO INVITE DISPUTE. IT MAY INDEED BEST SERVE ITS HIGH PURPOSE WHEN IT INDUCES A CONDITION OF UNREST, CREATES DISSATISFACTION WITH CONDITIONS AS THEY ARE OR EVEN STIRS PEOPLE TO ANGER. I GUESS JUSTICE DOUGLASS WOULD NOT BE ALLOWED ON SOME OF OUR UNIVERSITY COMPASSES TODAY TO HAVE DIALOGUE WITH STUDENTS BECAUSE HE RULED CONTROVERSIAL VIEWS ARE CONSTITUTIONALLY PROTECTED. WE MUST REMEMBER THAT FACT AND REJECT THE TENDENCY TO BRUISE THE FIRST AMENDMENT BY STAMPING OUT SPEECH THAT'S CONTROVERSIAL. IN THE FAMOUS WORDS OF EVELYN HALL WHO WROTE UNDER A SUED NIM IN THE 1900'S, QUOTE, I DISAPPROVE OF WHAT YOU SAY BUT I WILL DEFEND TO THE DEATH YOUR RIGHT TO SAY IT. I DON'T SEE ANY UNIVERSITY PROFESSORS TEACHING THIS DEDICATION TO FREE SPEECH. THIS MOST DISTURBING IS THAT OFTEN IT IS THE PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES THAT ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR SILENCING SPEECH THAT THEY DON'T AGREE WITH. THIS IS CLEARLY A VIOLATION OF THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT. GEORGE WASHINGTON SAID IT BEST. IF THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH IS TAKEN AWAY, THEN DUMB AND SILENT WE MAY BE, LED LIKE SHEEP TO THE SLAUGHTER. MR. SPEAKER, I LEAVE YOU WITH THE WORDS OF JAMES MADISON. THE ADVANCEMENT AND DIFUSION OF KNOWLEDGE IS THE ONLY GUARDIAN OF TRUE LIBERTY. OUR COLLEGE OF TODAY SHOULD HEED THE WORDS OF THE AMERICAN YOUTH OF 1776, BUT THE ELITE ACADEMIA OF OUR UNIVERSITY SPEECH POLICE MAY NOT ALLOW CONTROVERSIAL WORDS, THOSE WORDS OF MADISON AND JEFFERSON BE TAUGHT ON CAMPUS BECAUSE IT JUST MIGHT OFFEND THEM. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I'LL YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:18:27 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    • 10:18:31 AM

      MR. KING

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    • 10:18:47 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    • 10:18:49 AM

      MR. KING

      THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MISSOURI, MRS. HARTZLER, IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE…

      THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MISSOURI, MRS. HARTZLER, IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:22:50 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    • 10:22:54 AM

      MRS. HARTZLER

      IT IS A WAR BEING WAGED ON OUR SOIL AND OUR COMMUNITIES AND EXPLOITING…

      IT IS A WAR BEING WAGED ON OUR SOIL AND OUR COMMUNITIES AND EXPLOITING DISCOURSE AMONG FRIENDS, FAMILY, AND NEIGHBORS. IT IS A WAR INTENDED TO DIVIDE OUR GREAT NATION IN ORDER TO WEAKEN OUR UNITY AND OUR RESILIENCE. THE TACTICS OF THIS WARFARE ARE NOT ALWAYS APPARENT, MAKING IT POSSIBLE FOR ANY CITIZEN TO BECOME A CASUALTY OF THIS DANGEROUS CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE UNITED STATES. THE WAR I'M REFERRING TO IS THE DISINFORMATION WAR AGAINST WESTERN DEMOCRACIES BEING WAGED BY THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION. RUSSIA'S DISINFORMATION CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE UNITED STATES STARTED BEFORE THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. IN 2013, THE CHIEF OF STAFF OF THE ARMED FORCES OF RUSSIA STATED, QUOTE, THE VERY RULES OF WAR HAVE CHANGED. THE ROLE OF NONMILITARY MEANS OF ACHIEVING POLITICAL AND STRATEGIC GOALS HAVE GROWN AND IN MANY CASES THEY HAVE EXCEEDED THE POWER OF FORCE OF WEAPONS IN THEIR EFFECTIVENESS. THE FOCUS OF APPLIED WEAPONS OF CONFLICT HAVE THE BROAD USE OF POLITICAL, ECONOMIC, INFORMATION, HUMANITARIAN, AND OTHER NONMILITARY MEASURES APPLIED IN COORDINATION WITH THE PROTEST POTENTIAL OF THE POPULATION. LAST MONTH, GERALD BREEDLOVE TESTIFIED BEFORE THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE STATING, RUSSIA SEES THE WEST AND IN PARTICULAR A UNIFIED WEST AS AN ADVERSARY, WAGING A CONVENTIONAL WAR AGAINST THE WEST WOULD BE UNFAVORABLE TO RUSSIA. AS SUCH, IT HAS USED HYBRID WARFARE TO BREAK UP WESTERN UNITY. HE WENT ON TO SAY, EXPLOITING DIVISIONS IN U.S. SOCIETY AND PROMOTING A CULTURE WAR IS ONE KEY ELEMENT OF MOSCOW'S EFFORTS TO WEAKEN THE WEST. IN 2015, RUSSIA'S DISINFORMATION CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE UNITED STATES IMPACTED MY HOME STATE OF MISSOURI. RESEARCH CONDUCTED BY U.S. AIR FORCE LIEUTENANT COLONEL JARED PETER FOUND THE SAME RUSSIAN TROLLS INVOLVED IN THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION INTERJECTED THEMSELVES IN THE 2015 PROTEST AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI WITH THE GOAL OF INCITING FURTHER UNREST AND SPREADING DISCORD AND FEAR. THE RUSSIAN ACCOUNT, AT FANFARE 1911 TWEETED, QUOTE, THE COPS ARE MARCHING WITH THE K.K.K. THEY BEAT UP MY LITTLE BROTHER. WATCH OUT. THE TWEET WAS THEN RETWEETED BY TWITTER BOTS AND HUNDREDS OF REAL TWITTER USERS WHO FELL VICTIM TO THE HOAX. LIEUTENANT COLONEL PIERRE'S RESEARCH FOUND THAT THIS SAME TWITTER ACCOUNT LATER CHANGED ITS TWEETS TO ALL GERMAN AND SPREAD RUMORS ABOUT SYRIAN REFUGEES PROVOKETTING UNREST IN GERMANY -- PROVOKING UNREST IN GERMANY DURING THE HEIGHT OF THE REFUGEE CRISIS. THEN IN 2016, THE ACCOUNT SWITCHED BACK TO ENGLISH AND BEGAN TWEETING ABOUT THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. RUSSIA'S INTERFERENCE IN THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION BY SPREADING DISINFORMATION ON SOCIAL MEDIA IS TROUBLING. AND IT SHOWCASES RUSSIA'S SUCCESS IN WEAPONIZING THE INTERNET. RUSSIA HAS EXPLOITING POLITICAL DIVISIONS WITH THE INTENTION TO CAUSE INDIVIDUALS TO QUESTION THE LEGITIMACY OF OUR DEMOCRACY. THAT IS RUSSIA'S ULTIMATE GOAL, NOT TO SWAY THE OUTCOME OF ELECTIONS BUT TO CALL INTO QUESTION THE VERY FOUNDATIONS THAT MADE OUR DEMOCRACY STRONG BY PROVOKING MISTRUST AND INSTABILITY INTO DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS. AS AMERICANS, WE MUST WAKE UP AND BAND TOGETHER TO FIGHT AGAINST RUSSIA'S -- AGAINST RUSSIA. WE HAVE SQUABBLES. BROTHERS AND SISTERS HAVE FIGHTS. THE MINUTE THE NEIGHBORHOOD KID PICKS ON ONE US REMEMBER TOGETHER. RUSSIA IS EXPLOITING OUR AMERICAN FAMILY DISAGREEMENTS AND MAKING THEM FAR WORSE. INSTEAD OF PLACING BLAME ON EACH OTHER AND FURTHER POLARIZING OUR NATION, WE SHOULD TURN TOWARD EACH OTHER TO DEVELOP A DEFENSE STRATEGY TO COUNTER RUSSIA'S PROPAGANDA MACHINE. RUSSIA IS SBENS GAITING FIGHTS ON BOTH -- INSTIGATING FIGHTS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT AMERICAN POLITICAL PARTIES BUT RATHER THE DEMISE OF WESTERN DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS. IT IS TIME THAT WE STOP RUSSIA FROM INFECTING OUR FAMILY WITH THIS DISINFORMATION VIRUS. I CALL ON ALL AMERICANS TO JUDGE INFLAMMATORY POSTS WITH A WEARY EYE. WE NEED TO QUIT BEING NAIVE, ALLOWING OURSELVES TO BECOME A PAWN OF THOSE WHO WANT OUR UNDOING. THE INTERNET IS NOW A BATTLEFIELD. IT'S CRITICAL WE CONSIDER THE SOURCE OF ALL INFORMATION WE RECEIVE. THAT INFORMATION COULD BE FROM A RUSSIA BOT IN ST. PETERSBURG. IT'S TIME TO STAND UNITED, TALK TO EACH OTHER, WORK TOGETHER TO SOLVE THE CHALLENGES OF OUR TIMES. THANK YOU.

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    • 10:28:16 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      SEWELL: MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE TO HONOR A MENTOR, A FELLOW SELMA,…

      SEWELL: MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE TO HONOR A MENTOR, A FELLOW SELMA, ALABAMA, NATIVE, VOTING RIGHTS ACTIVIST AND AMERICAN HERO, REVEREND DR.

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    • 10:28:22 AM

      MS. SEWELL

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

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

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    • 10:33:22 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN HONOR OF THE CIVIL AIR PATROL AND THE…

      SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN HONOR OF THE CIVIL AIR PATROL AND THE CONTRIBUTIONS THE CIVILIAN AUXILIARY MAKES TO OUR GREAT NATION. THEY SUPPORT AMERICA'S COMMUNITIES WITH EMERGENCY RESPONSE, AND GROUND SERVICES, YOUTH DEVELOPMENT IN THE

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    • 10:33:29 AM

      MR. THOMPSON

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER, FOR FIVE…

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

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    • 10:36:34 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    • 10:36:38 AM

      MR. BLUMENAUER

      WITH VERY LITTLE FANFARE. ACTUALLY WE CAN KIND OF UNDERSTAND WHY IT'S BEEN…

      WITH VERY LITTLE FANFARE. ACTUALLY WE CAN KIND OF UNDERSTAND WHY IT'S BEEN SORT OF PLAYED DOWN A LITTLE BIT. THE BIT. THE DRAFT FARM BILL MAKES IT MORE DIFFICULT TO GET SNAP BENEFITS, WHILE WEAKENING THE MEAGER WLIMENTS FOR FARM SUBSIDIES -- LIMITS FOR FARM SUBSIDIES, AND CUTTING INVESTMENTS IN CONSERVATION AND INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS THAT PEOPLE CARE DEEPLY ABOUT. THE DRAFT BILL CUTS BILLIONS FROM THOSE SNAP BENEFITS, IT CREATES BURDENSOME WORK REQUIREMENTS FOR CARETAKERS OF CHILDREN OVER SIX AND PEOPLE BETWEEN THE AGES OF 50 AND 59. UNDER THIS PROVISION, PEOPLE WOULD HAVE TO FIND WORK OR ATTEND JOB TRAINING FOR AT LEAST 20 HOURS PER WEEK. THE PROVISIONS WON'T DO ANYTHING AT ALL TO ADDRESS POVERTY. DATED FROM THE BUREAU OF -- DATA FROM THE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS SHOW THAT EVEN THOSE IN THE GENERAL POPULATION SECURING A JOB WITHIN THREE MONTHS IS VIRTUALLY UNATTAINABLE. THERE WILL BE A SPIRITED DEBATE ABOUT WHETHER WE OUGHT TO REDUCE NUTRITION FOR LOW-INCOME PEOPLE. BUT THERE ARE A WHOLE RANGE OF OTHER ITEMS THAT NEED TO HAVE ATTENTION. THE COMMODITIES PROGRAMS THAT CHANNEL 94% OF THE SUBSIDIES IN THE FARM BILL TO PEOPLE WHO GROW SIX COMMODITIES, THIS BILL WILL EXEMPT MOST CORPORATE FARMS FROM PAYMENT LIMITS AND MAKE IT EASIER FOR LARGE AGRICULTURE ENTITIES TO CALL THEMSELVES FAMILY FARMS AND GET EVEN MORE SUBSIDIES. IT GETS RID OF PAYMENT LIMITS FOR MARKETING LOAN GAINS AND LOAN DEFICIENCY PAYMENTS, AND EXEMPTS PARTNERSHIPS, JOINT VENTURE, L.L.C.'S, AND SUBCHAPTER S. CORPORATION FROM MEANS TESTING. OPENING THE LOOPHOLES WIDER. IN THE AREA OF CONSERVATION, WHICH MATTERS DEEPLY TO AMERICANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE TO FARMERS AND RANCHERS IN OREGON, THIS BILL GETS RID OF THE CONSERVATION STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM. ONE OF THE LARGEST CONSERVATION PROGRAMS IN THE FARM BILL. IT CUTS THE CONSERVATION TITLE BY $1 BILLION OVER 10 YEARS. AND CUTS FUNDING FOR THE WORKING LANDS PROGRAM BY NEARLY $5 BILLION OVER 10 YEARS. IT WEAKENS THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT BY ALLOWING PESTICIDES TO BE APPROVED WITHOUT CONSIDERING THE IMPACT ON ENDANGERED SPECIES. MR. SPEAKER, ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT AREAS THAT NEEDS OUR ATTENTION DEALS WITH LOCAL FOOD AND REGIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE TO PROMOTE LOCAL, SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE. IT EFFECTIVELY ELIMINATES FUNDING FOR FARMERS MARKETS, VALUE ADDED PRODUCER GRANTS, COST SHARING PROGRAMS FOR ORGANIC CERTIFICATION BY FAILING TO RE-AUTHORIZE MANDATORY FUNDING FOR THESE PROGRAMS. MR. SPEAKER, I SPENT THE BETTER PART OF 2 1/2 YEARS TRAVELING IN OREGON AFTER THE LAST FARM BILL ASKING PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANTED. AND I WILL TELL YOU WHAT PEOPLE IN OREGON, FARMERS AND RANCHERS, PEOPLE WHO EAT, SPORTS PEOPLE, PEOPLE WHO ARE INVOLVED WITH FOOD PRODUCTION, NUTRITION THIS IS NOT THE APPROACH THAT PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY WANT, NOR PEOPLE, PEOPLE WHO ARE INVOLVED WITH FOOD FRANKLY BY ALL AVAILABLE EVIDENCE THE VAST MAJORITY OF FARMERS AND RANCHERS. THEY WANT TO SEE REFORMS. THEY WANT TO HAVE A CROP INSURANCE PROGRAM THAT ISN'T WASTEFUL SUPPORT FOR LARGE COMMODITY PRODUCERS, BUT ACTUALLY IS AVAILABLE FOR PEOPLE WHO GROW FOOD, ESPECIALLY CROPS FOR NURSERY AND WINE INDUSTRY. IT OUGHT TO BE HELPING BEGINNING FARMERS AND RANCHERS GET A TOEHOLD. IT OUGHT TO DEAL WITH THE EFFORTS TO CUT DOWN FOOT WASTE TO PROVIDE PROTECTION FOR ANIMAL -- FOOD WASTE TO PROVIDE PROTECTION FOR ANIMAL WELFARE. THE DRAFT PROPOSAL THAT HAS BEEN RELEASED IS A MISSED OPPORTUNITY. A MISSED OPPORTUNITY FOR THE COMMITTEE, BUT I'M HOPEFUL THAT CONGRESS, AS THIS PROCESS WORKS OUT, CONGRESS WILL STEP UP AND DO ITS PART TO MAKE IT BETTER, TO FOCUS ON PEOPLE WHO EAT, PEOPLE WHO CARE ABOUT CLEAN AIR, CLEAN WATER, PEOPLE WHO WANT TO PROTECT ANIMAL WELFARE. PEOPLE DO ITS PART TO MAKE IT BETTER, TO FOCUS ON WHO WANT TO HAVE A VIBRANT, THRIVING LOCAL FOOD SCENE, AND TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE FOOD SECURITY FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE AT RISK. MR. SPEAKER, WE CAN DO BETTER. I STRONGLY URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO TAKE A HARD LOOK AT THIS PROPOSAL AND THINK ABOUT WHAT A FARM BILL WOULD LOOK LIKE FOR THEIR COMMUNITY. I THINK THEY WILL FIND THIS BILL FALLS FAR, FAR SHORT.

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    • 10:41:53 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      FITZPATRICK: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE AN ORGANIZATION IN MY…

      FITZPATRICK: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE AN ORGANIZATION IN MY DISTRICT THAT STRIVES TO EMPOWER

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    • 10:42:00 AM

      MR. FITZPATRICK

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK NEW YORK FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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      WITHOUT OBJECTION. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO…

      WITHOUT OBJECTION. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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      TEMPORE WI

      ASEMIMAN FRANK SCARTOS, AND THE NEWBERG MAYOR. FIRST FRANK REPRESENTED A…

      ASEMIMAN FRANK SCARTOS, AND THE NEWBERG MAYOR. FIRST FRANK REPRESENTED A NUMBER OF COMMUNITIES UP AND DOWN THE HUDSON VALLEY. HE LOST A BATTLE WITH CANCER EARLY SUNDAY MORNING. MR.

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      TEMPORE WITHOUT

      MALONEY: EVEN THOUGH HE WAS STRUGGLING THROUGH HIS SICKNESS, HE FOUGHT…

      MALONEY: EVEN THOUGH HE WAS STRUGGLING THROUGH HIS SICKNESS, HE FOUGHT RELENTLESSLY FOR HIS NEIGHBORS IN ALBANY. FRANK WAS AN IMMIGRANT FROM GREECE.

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    • 10:44:42 AM

      MR. MALONEY

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

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

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    • 10:47:00 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      COSTA: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RAISE CONCERNS ABOUT THE FARM BILL…

      COSTA: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RAISE CONCERNS ABOUT THE FARM BILL THAT WE WILL CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE TOMORROW. IN ANY LEGISLATION, THERE ARE PARTS OF IT THAT YOU SUPPORT AND AREAS THAT ARE PROBLEMATIC AND THERE ARE TITLES THAT YOU MAY OPPOSE. THAT'S PART OF LEGISLATION. SOME OF THESE AREAS, OF COURSE, ARE WORKS IN PROGRESS. THAT'S PART OF LEGISLATION AS WELL. AND THE FARM BILL IS NO EXCEPTION.

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    • 10:47:04 AM

      MR. COSTA

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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      MR. COSTA

      THERE ARE PARTS OF THIS PROPOSAL THAT ARE A CONTINUATION OF GOOD THINGS…

      THERE ARE PARTS OF THIS PROPOSAL THAT ARE A CONTINUATION OF GOOD THINGS THAT WE HAVE DONE IN PREVIOUS FARM BILLS THAT HAVE WORKED. THIS VERSION OF THE FARM BILL SUPPORTS PROGRAMS THAT ARE CRITICAL TO SPECIALTY CROPS IN THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY AND ACROSS CALIFORNIA AND THE NATION. SPECIALTY CROPS ARE NOT THAT SPECIAL. THEY ARE FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES THAT SERVE AS THE FOUNDATION OF A HEALTHY DIET. CALIFORNIA GROWS HALF OF THE NATION'S SPECIALTY CROPS. THIS BILL ALSO PROVIDES SUPPORT FOR RESEARCH AND RISK MANAGEMENT TOOLS THAT ARE NECESSARY. THAT INCLUDES CONTINUOUS SUPPORT FOR THE ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY INCENTIVES PROGRAM, A PROGRAM THAT ENCOURAGES FARMERS TO BE GOOD STEWARDS OF OUR ENVIRONMENT. IT ALSO HAS PROPOSALS THAT SUPPORT PROGRAMS THAT HELP OUR FARMERS, RANCHERS, AND DAIRY PRODUCERS EXPAND TO FOREIGN MARKETS SO WE CAN COMPETE. FURTHER, IT ALSO INCLUDES RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT OF ORGANIC FARMING THAT CONTINUES TO BE VERY, VERY IMPORTANT. AND IT ENCOURAGES COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO ENSURING THAT OUR HEALTH AND SECURITY OF OUR LIVESTOCK, BUT WE CAN DO MORE IN ALL OF THESE AREAS. THERE ARE ALSO PARTS OF THIS FARM BILL FOR ME ARE PROBLEMATIC. AS WRITTEN, THE DAIRY PROVISIONS CREATE AN UNEVEN PLAYING FIELD THAT PROTECTS SOME WHILE LEAVING OTHERS EXPOSED, SEWING A REGIONAL DIVIDE WITHIN THE DAIRY INDUSTRY. INSTEAD, WE SHOULD RAISE THE THRESHOLD FOR CATASTROPHIC COVERAGE UNDER THE DAIRY SAFETY NET SO WE CAN RESPOND MORE QUICKLY FOR ALL DAIRY PRODUCERS WHEN MILK MARKETS PLUMMET. THE CALIFORNIA DAIRY INDUSTRY HAS HIT HARD TIMES IN RECENT YEARS. LASTLY, THERE ARE COMPONENTS OF THIS FARM BILL THAT I STRONGLY OPPOSE AS DO COUNTLESS OTHER ORGANIZATIONS, PEOPLE IN THE VALLEY AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY. ONE OF THESE PROPOSALS MAKES CHANGES TO THE SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS SNAP, THAT WILL DEVASTATE PARTS OF THE FOOD PROGRAM THAT ARE WORKING WELL. SNAP EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROGRAMS ARE DESIGNED TO HELP PEOPLE AND HELP RECIPIENT DEVELOP SKILLS SO ULTIMATELY THEY WILL BECOME SELF-RELYANT. I'M A STRONG SUPPORTER -- SELF-RELIANT. I'M A STRONG SUPPORTER OF THE EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROGRAMS. ALTHOUGH SOME ARE YIELDING GREAT RESULTS, WE HAVE A PILOT PROJECT IN FRESNO COUNTY CALLED THE FRESNO BRIDGE ACADEMY THAT'S EXPANDED. AND WE HAVE AS A RESULT OF THE LAST FARM BILL HAVE 10 PILOT PROJECTS AROUND THE COUNTRY. IN 2019 THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO REPORT BACK TO THE CONGRESS TO SAY WHAT WORKS AND WHAT DOESN'T WORK. AND THAT'S THE WAY WE SHOULD BE DOING THIS. SO THAT WE CAN GET PEOPLE OFF OF ASSISTANCE, MAKE THEM SELF-SUFFICIENT. WE ALL AGREE THAT ABLE-BODIED PEOPLE SHOULD BE WORKING. IF THIS FARM BILL MAKES AN ENROLLMENT IN THE SNAP EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROGRAM MANDATORY AND IN MANY CASES WITHOUT GIVING THEM THE NECESSARY TOOLS TO GET REAL JOBS THAT EXIST. WE'VE BEEN WARNED SUCH A STRAIN WILL PUT -- ON BURGEONING PROGRAMS MAY VERY WELL COLLAPSE COSTING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND CREATING A NEW FEDERAL BUREAUCRACY. IN ADDITION, THIS PROPOSAL COULD SYSTEMATICALLY GET PEOPLE FROM GETTING FOOD ASSISTANCE THAT THEY BADLY NEED, INCLUDING DISABLED, OUR SENIORS AND OUR VETERANS. 25% OF MY CONSTITUENTS ARE ON SNAP AND REQUIRE FOOD ASSISTANCE. THIS PROGRAM IS VITAL TO THE HEALTH OF OUR COMMUNITIES, BOTH IN RURAL AND URBAN AREAS IN EVERY STATE OF THE NATION. THE FARM BILL IS AMERICA'S FOOD BILL. IT'S ABOUT OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT. IT SHOULD NOT SERVE SOME WELL AND ABANDON OTHERS. ALTHOUGH THIS PROPOSAL DOES INCLUDE SOME GOOD PROVISIONS, IT FAILS TO SERVE IMPORTANT PARTS OF OUR COMMUNITY AND IT BUILDS A BIGGER AND MORE INTENSE DIVIDE BETWEEN REGIONS AND GROUPS IN OUR COUNTRY. OUR NATION'S FOOD POLICY SHOULD NOT BE SOMETHING THAT FURTHER DIVIDES US. THIS PART OF THE HOUSE FARM BILL PROPOSAL I THINK IS BAD POLICY. IT WILL NOT SUCCEED LEGISLATIVELY NOR CAN IT BE SUCCESSFULLY IMPLEMENTED. THE UNITED STATES SENATE IS WRITING A BIPARTISAN FARM BILL, AND THAT'S WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING IN THE HOUSE. AS A MATTER OF FACT, THE FARM BILL, FOR OVER 40 YEARS, HAS BEEN ONE OF THE MOST BIPARTISAN THINGS THAT WE DO IN CONGRESS. I CALL UPON MY COLLEAGUES TO WORK TOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION TO NEGOTIATE THESE DIFFERENCES, ONE THAT SERVES THE WIDEST RANGE OF AMERICANS SO THAT WE CAN PRODUCE ENDURING GOOD PUBLIC POLICY DECISIONS THAT SERVES TO PROTECT THE SAFETY NET FOR ALL AMERICANS, PROMOTE AMERICAN FARMERS, RANCHERS, AND DAIRY PEOPLE SO THAT WE CAN NOT ONLY FEED THE NATION BUT COMPETE IN FOREIGN MARKETS. WE CAN DO BETTER. WE SHOULD DO BETTER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:52:38 AM

    Recess

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

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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 CONROY.

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  • 12:00:08 PM

    Reconvened

    The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of April 17.

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      THE SPEAKER

      IN YOUR WAYS THAT OUR NATION MIGHT BE GUIDED ALONG THE ROADS OF JUSTICE,…

      IN YOUR WAYS THAT OUR NATION MIGHT BE GUIDED ALONG THE ROADS OF JUSTICE, PEACE AND GOODWILL.

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    • 12:00:12 PM

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

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        CHAPLAIN CONROY

        GRANT STRENGTH AND WISDOM TO OUR SPEAKER AND THE MEMBERS OF BOTH THIS…

        GRANT STRENGTH AND WISDOM TO OUR SPEAKER AND THE MEMBERS OF BOTH THIS ASSEMBLY AND THE SENATE. TO OUR PRESIDENT AND HIS CABINET AND TO OUR SUPREME COURT AS WELL AS TO US ALL, THAT ALL OUR INSTITUTIONS AND ALL OUR COMMUNITIES FULFILL THE NOBLE PROMISES OF OUR REPRESENTATIVE FORM OF SELF-GOVERNMENT. GRANT US THE COURAGE TO BECOME WHOM YOU HAVE CALLED US TO BE, OUR BETTER SELVES SO THAT THE UNITED STATES MIGHT CONTINUE TO BE A NATION WORTHY OF EMYOU LATION. BLESS US THIS DAY AND EVERY DAY AND MAY ALL THAT IS DONE WITHIN THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE BE FOR YOUR GREATER HONOR AND GLORY AMEN.

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        THE SPEAKER

        THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE LED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS,…

        THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE LED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. MCGOVERN.

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    • 12:01:29 PM

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

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      PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

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

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        MR. MCGOVERN

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

        THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    • 12:01:46 PM

      ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

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

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        THE SPEAKER

        WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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        MUR FREESBOROUGH VOLLEYBALL TEAM TO WIN

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        THE SPEAKER

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        THE CHAMPIONSHIP. THEY EGYPTIAN CONFERENCE TITLE. THAT WIN WAS A CAREER…

        THE CHAMPIONSHIP. THEY EGYPTIAN CONFERENCE TITLE. THAT WIN WAS A CAREER MILESTONE FOR MOACH MIKE LANE. IT MARKED THE 1,000TH COMBINED CAREER WIN WHILE COACHING VOLLEYBALL AT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL LEVELS. I EXTEND CONGRAT LAYINGS TO THE PLAYERS, COACHING STAFF, SCHOOLS ' OFFICIALS WHO SUPPORTED THESE YOUNG LADIES. SOUTHERN ILLINOIS IS PROUD OF YOU. GO BLUE DEVILS.

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      • 12:02:47 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. MCGOVERN

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

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

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      • 12:04:05 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        GIANFORTE: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO MARK TAX DAY, 2018. I DO NOT MAKE…

        GIANFORTE: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO MARK TAX DAY, 2018. I DO NOT MAKE IT HAVET CELEBRATING TAX DAY, BUT THIS YEAR IS DIFFERENT.

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        MR. GIANFORTE

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        TEMPORE WITHOUT

        TAX DAY, 2018, IS THE LAST TIME THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO FILE…

        TAX DAY, 2018, IS THE LAST TIME THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO FILE THEIR TAXES UNDER A COMPLEX, OUTDATED TAX

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      • 12:04:17 PM

        MR. GIANFORTE

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

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

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      • 12:05:22 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MS. JACKSON LEE

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MS. JACKSON LEE

        THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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      • 12:06:53 PM

        MS. JACKSON LEE

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        POE: MR. SPEAKER, THE FIRST BOARD LANDED ON THE DOCK YARD WITH A LOUD…

        POE: MR. SPEAKER, THE FIRST BOARD LANDED ON THE DOCK YARD WITH A LOUD THUMB, IT WAS 107 YEARS AGO. ONE YEAR LATER SHE SAILED SMOOTHLY INTO NEWPORT VIRGINIA HARBOR CHRISTENED THE U.S.S.

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      • 12:07:05 PM

        MR. POE

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT SEEK RECOGNITION?

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE RECENTLY RELEASED FARM BILL FOR YIELD…

        I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE RECENTLY RELEASED FARM BILL FOR YIELD BACK.

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      • 12:08:27 PM

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        CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS AND THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WANT TO UNRAVEL THE…

        CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS AND THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WANT TO UNRAVEL THE SOCIAL SAFETY NET AND ACCORDING TO THE CENTER ON BUDGET PRIORITIES, THIS FARM BILL CUTS TOTAL SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM BENEFITS, THAT'S THE FOOD STAMP PROGRAM, BY MORE THAN $23

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      • 12:08:32 PM

        TEMPORE WITHOUT

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        MS. DELAURO

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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      • 12:09:53 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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        TEMPORE WITHOUT

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        'S DATABASE. THE VALUE OF THIS SENSITIVE INFORMATION HOUSED WITHIN THIS…

        'S DATABASE. THE VALUE OF THIS SENSITIVE INFORMATION HOUSED WITHIN THIS DATABASE INCLUDES SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS, BROKER NUMBERS, ACCOUNT NUMBERS, IN FACT IT'S COMPARABLE TO NINE TIMES THE WEALTH THAT'S IN FORT KNOX. FAR MORE SENSITIVE THAN THE EXWHICH FACTION DATA WHOSE BREACH AFFECTS 143 MILLION AMERICANS. DESPITE THE ENORMITY OF WEALTH WITHIN THIS DATABASE, THE UNFORTUNATE REALITY IS THAT ITS CYBER SECURITY SYSTEMS ARE NOT YET ADEQUATE. THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE REPORT FOUND THE S.E.C. SYSTEMS ADD UNNECESSARY RISK OF COMPROMISE. THE CAT OPERATOR RECENTLY DELAYED THE ISSUING OF THE TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS WHICH MEANS INDUSTRY WILL HAVE ONE MONTH TO TRANSMIT ALL THIS MARKET DATA.

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      • 12:10:57 PM

        MR. DAVIDSON

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

        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION 1234 SECURELY AND WITHOUT RISK. I STRONGLY URGE MY KILDEE: I SEEK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        KILDEE: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY'S TAX DAY. THE DAY THAT HARDWORKING…

        KILDEE: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY'S TAX DAY. THE DAY THAT HARDWORKING AMERICANS FINISH -- RECOGNITION? MR. PREPARING THEIR TAXES. IT'S ALREADY CLEAR LOOKING AT THE NEW TAX BILL THAT IT WILL OVERWHELMINGLY

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      • 12:11:26 PM

        I STRONGLY URGE MY KILDEE

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        TEMPORE WITHOUT

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        MR. KILDEE

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

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

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      • 12:12:41 PM

        THE SPEKER PRO TEMPORE

        MINUTE.

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        TEMPORE WITHOUT

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        --

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        HAD MR.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        BEFORE YOU RETIRE, SPEAKER RYAN, DO THE RIGHT THING AND BRING THE DREAM…

        BEFORE YOU RETIRE, SPEAKER RYAN, DO THE RIGHT THING AND BRING THE DREAM ACT TO THE FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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        TEMPORE WI

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        THIS WILL --

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        MR. HE PYATT

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        HE PYATT

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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        TODAY IS TAX DAY. TYPICALLY, AMERICANS DREAD THIS DAY THE DEADLINE FOR…

        TODAY IS TAX DAY. TYPICALLY, AMERICANS DREAD THIS DAY THE DEADLINE FOR FILING FEDERAL INCOME TAX RETURNS THANKS TO A COMPLEX AND CONFUSING TAX CODE. FEAR NOT THANKS TO THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT, THIS IS THE LAST TIME AMERICANS WILL FILE UNDER THE OLD SYSTEM. NEXT YEAR TAXPAYERS WILL BE ABLE TO KEEP MORE OF THEIR HARD-EARNED DOLLARS. APPROXIMATELY 2/3 HOUSEHOLDS WILL SEE A LOWER INCOME TAX RATE ACCORDING TO THE RECENT ANALYSIS BY THE TAX POLICY CENTER. THANKS TO THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT, AMERICAN FAMILIES CAN LOOK FORWARD TO LOWER INDIVIDUAL TAX RATES AND NEARLY DOUBLE STANDARD EXEMPTION UP TO $12,000 FOR INDIVIDUALS AND UP TO $24,000 FOR AMERICAN COUPLES. THE TAX

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      • 12:15:30 PM

        MR. THOMPSON

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        HASTINGS: I RISE TODAY TO MOURN THE PASSING OF MY DEAR FRIEND.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        LOTEY WAS BORN ON DECEMBER 25, 1915 TO EVA AND

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        MR. HASTINGS

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. JOHNSON

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

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

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      • 12:20:15 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 830 — "Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 5192) to authorize the Commissioner of Social Security to provide confirmation of fraud protection data to certain permitted entities, and for other purposes."

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          MR. BYRNE

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

          830, RESOLVED, THAT UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE THE BILL H.R.

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        • 12:20:32 PM

          THE CLERK

          5192, TO AUTHORIZE THE COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY TO PROVIDE…

          5192, TO AUTHORIZE THE COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY TO PROVIDE CONFIRMATION OF FRAUD PROTECTION DATA TO CERTAIN PERMITTED ENTITIES, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. IN LIEU OF THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS NOW PRINTED IN THE BILL, AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 115-68 SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ADOPTED. THE BILL, AS AMENDED, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST PROVISIONS IN THE BILL, AS AMENDED, ARE WAIVED. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL, AS AMENDED, AND ON ANY FURTHER AMENDMENT THERETO, TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT, ONE, ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS, AND TWO, ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS. IFMENTS THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

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    • 12:21:32 PM

      DEBATE

      The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 830.

      • 12:21:39 PM

        MR. BYRNE

        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. BYRNE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. HASTINGS

        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA IS RECOGNIZED.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        BYRNES: I APPRECIATE THE REMARKS. I DO WANT TO NOTE THE PRESENCE ON FLOORT…

        BYRNES: I APPRECIATE THE REMARKS. I DO WANT TO NOTE THE PRESENCE ON FLOORT OUR NEWEST MEMBER OF THE RULES COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MISS TORRES, WE WELCOME HER TO THE COMMITTEE. I DO THINK THERE ARE BIPARTISAN THINGS WE CAN DO. THE GENTLEMAN SAID ONE THAT'S

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      • 12:36:37 PM

        BURNES MR.

        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        COMMITTEE IN A MR.

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        MR. HATINGS

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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        MR. BYRNES

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      • 12:41:23 PM

        MR. HASTINGS

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

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

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      • 12:45:19 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THAT IS TRULY BIPARTISAN ON THE ISSUE OF IMMIGRATION REFORM INCLUDING…

        THAT IS TRULY BIPARTISAN ON THE ISSUE OF IMMIGRATION REFORM INCLUDING BORDER SECURITY.

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      • 12:45:24 PM

        MR. BYRNE

        I KNOW SOME PEOPLE, NOT INCLUDING MY FRIEND FROM FLORIDA, WHO WOULD LIKE…

        I KNOW SOME PEOPLE, NOT INCLUDING MY FRIEND FROM FLORIDA, WHO WOULD LIKE TO PASS LEGISLATION THAT REPEALS THE SECOND AMENDMENT. I HOPE IT DOESN'T COME TO THE FLOOR BECAUSE IT WOULD NOT MEET WITH THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA. WE SHOULD BE DEBATING ON THIS FLOOR A NEW AUTHORIZATION FOR THE USE OF MILITARY FORCE. BUT I'LL SAY AGAIN, THE PRESIDENT DID NOT NEED THAT AUTHORIZATION FOR WHAT HE DID ON FRIDAY NIGHT NOT BECAUSE HE WAS ACTING UNDER AN OLD AUTHORIZATION BUT UNDER ARTICLE 2 OF THE CONSTITUTION. HE DOESN'T NEED EXTRA AUTHORIZATION FROM US. THIS BILL THAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT TODAY IS SOMETHING WE CAN ALL AGREE ON ON SOMETHING THAT IS IMPORTANT FOR PROTECTING YOUNG CHILDREN AND PROTECTING PEOPLE WHO HAVE BECOME IMMIGRANT CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY. I APPLAUD THAT WE HAVE BROUGHT THIS LEGISLATION AND LOOK FORWARD TO THE DEBATE ON THE FLOOR OF THIS HOUSE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT HOUSE RESOLUTION 830 AND THE UNDERLYING BILL. I MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION.

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      • 12:46:42 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION FROM THE OFFICE OF

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        The previous question was ordered without objection.

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        On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by voice vote.

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

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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            THE CLERK

            THE HONORABLE MICHAEL STINGER AT SERGEANT OF ARMS AND DOOR KEEPER OF THE…

            THE HONORABLE MICHAEL STINGER AT SERGEANT OF ARMS AND DOOR KEEPER OF THE SENATE. WITH BEST WISHES, I AM, SIGNED SINCERELY, KAREN L. HAAS. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8, RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL POSTPONEFURTHER PROCEEDINGSES ON MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES ON WHICH A RECORDED VOTE OR THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED ARE ORDERED. THE HOUSE WILL RESUME PROCEEDINGS ON POSTPONED QUESTIONS AT A LATER TIME.

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          The House received a message from the Clerk. Pursuant to the permission granted in Clause 2(h) of Rule II of the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Clerk notified the House that she had received the following message from the Secretary of the Senate on April 17 2018, at 11:20 a.m.: That the Senate agreed to S. Res. 467.

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

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2905, JUSTICE FOR…

              MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2905, JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS OF I.R.S. SCAMS AND IDENTITY THEFT ACT OF 2018 AS IT IS AMENDED.

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            • 12:49:22 PM

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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              THE CLERK

              AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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              TEMPORE PURSUANT

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              MR. POE

              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              POE: MR. SPEAKER, IDENTITY THEFT IS A PROBLEM ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. IT…

              POE: MR. SPEAKER, IDENTITY THEFT IS A PROBLEM ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. IT AFFECTS MILLIONS OF AMERICANS EACH YEAR.

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            • 12:50:23 PM

              MR. POE

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              A RECENT STUDY FOUND THAT $16 BILLION WAS STOLEN FROM MORE THAN 15 MILLION…

              A RECENT STUDY FOUND THAT $16 BILLION WAS STOLEN FROM MORE THAN 15 MILLION AMERICAN CONSUMERS IN 2016.

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            • 12:50:30 PM

              MR. POE

              THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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            Mr. Poe (TX) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 2905 — "To require the Attorney General to establish procedures for expedited review of the case of any person who unlawfully solicits personal information for purposes of committing identity theft, while purporting to be acting on behalf of the IRS, 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. 2905.

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                LET ME THANK THE MANAGER OF THIS BILL, MR. POE, AGAIN, FOR HIS CONTINUED…

                LET ME THANK THE MANAGER OF THIS BILL, MR. POE, AGAIN, FOR HIS CONTINUED LEADERSHIP ON ISSUES OF PROTECTING THE VICTIM.

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              • 12:52:46 PM

                MS. JACKSON LEE

                THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES.

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                YOUNG FROM IOWA.

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                MR. POE

                YOUNG: I THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF THIS MEASURE. I RISE…

                YOUNG: I THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF THIS MEASURE. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF MY BIPARTISAN BILL, H.R.

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              • 12:58:50 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                2905 THE JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS OF I.R.S.

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                MR. YOUNG

                I RESERVE MY TIME.

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                MR. POE

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                MS. JACKSON LEE

                OK. THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                MR. POE

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              • 01:02:35 PM

                MS. JACKSON LEE

                THE GENTLELADY YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                YOUNG FROM IOWA, MS.

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                MR. POE

                SINEMA FROM ARIZONA FOR THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF…

                SINEMA FROM ARIZONA FOR THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE FOR BRINGING THIS TO THE FLOOR AND MY FRIEND, MS. JACKSON LEE FROM HOUSTON, TEXAS, FOR SUPPORTING THIS LEGISLATION AS WELL. MR.

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              • 01:06:06 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              • 01:06:07 PM

                MR. POE

                SPEAKER, WHEN THE PHONE RINGS AND A PERSON ANSWERS IT, IF SOMEBODY ON THE…

                SPEAKER, WHEN THE PHONE RINGS AND A PERSON ANSWERS IT, IF SOMEBODY ON THE OTHER END SAYS THEY ARE FROM THE I.R.S. , THAT BRINGS FEAR AND TREPIDATION INTO THE SOUL OF WHOEVER ANSWERS THE PHONE. PEOPLE FEAR THE I.R.S. FOR A MULTITUDE OF REASONS, AND SO THEY BECOME VULNERABLE TO A THIEF WHO IDENTIFIES THEMSELVES AS AN I.R.S. AGENT AND WANT TO DO THE RIGHT THING, DON'T WANT TO GO TO JAIL FOR AN I.R.S. VIOLATION, AND SO THEY COOPERATE WITH THIS CRIMINAL ON THE OTHER END WHO IS A SMOOTH-TALKING CRIMINAL THIEF, TRYING TO STEAL MONEY FROM THIS PERSON. AS MS. JACKSON LEE SAID, MANY TIMES THESE ARE THE ELDERLY, THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO HAVE TRIED TO SAVE MONEY OVER THE YEARS AND NOW THE I.R.S. , THEY THINK, IS COMING AFTER THEM AND THEY WANT TO COOPERATE BECAUSE THEY WANT TO FOLLOW THE LAW. AND THESE SCAMMERS ARE JUST TO ME SOME OF THE WORST PEOPLE IN OUR SOCIETY. AS A FORMER JUDGE AND PROSECUTOR, I DON'T LIKE THIEVES, PEOPLE WHO STEAL FROM OTHERS, ESPECIALLY VULNERABLE PEOPLE. SO THIS LEGISLATION HELPS IN A COUPLE WAYS, SEVERAL WAYS. IT HELPS THE VICTIMS UNDERSTAND WHAT THEIR RESPONSIBILITY IS AND IS NOT WHEN SOMEBODY CALLS. IT ALSO LETS THOSE THIEVES OUT THERE IN OUR COUNTRY AND OTHER COUNTRIES KNOW THAT WE'RE GOING TO GO AFTER YOU. I MEAN, $16 BILLION STOLEN IN ONE YEAR FROM 15 MILLION AMERICANS. THAT'S A LOT OF MONEY. THAT'S A LOT OF MONEY EVEN FOR THE GOVERNMENT. SO THIS LEGISLATION IS VITAL. IT'S GOOD LEGISLATION. IT'S BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION. AND IT SHOULD PASS QUICKLY AND THE SENATE DOWN THE HALLWAY SHOULD TAKE UP THIS BILL AND PASS IT AS WELL. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I'LL YIELD BACK.

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              • 01:08:38 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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                MR. POE

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4403,…

                MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4403, THE MOVING AMERICANS PRIVACY PROTECTION ACT, AS AMENDED.

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              • 01:09:04 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. REICHERT

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                Mr. Reichert moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 4403 — "To amend the Tariff Act of 1930 to protect personally identifiable information, and for other purposes."

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  TO PROTECT PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                  THE CLERK

                  MR.

              • 01:10:39 PM

                Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                DEBATE

                The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4403.

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                  TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

                  REICHERT: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR

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                • 01:10:51 PM

                  MR. REICHERT

                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                  TEMPORE WITHOUT

                  4403, THE MOVING AMERICANS PRIVACY PROTECTION ACT, A BIPARTISAN,…

                  4403, THE MOVING AMERICANS PRIVACY PROTECTION ACT, A BIPARTISAN, COMMONSENSE BILL AUTHORED BY CONGRESSMAN JEFF DENHAM AND CONGRESSMAN BILL PASCRELL. IT WAS FAVORABLY REPORTED OUT OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE BY A VOICE VOTE LAST WEEK.

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                • 01:11:13 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                  MR. REICHERT

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

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                  MR. PASCRELL

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                  TEMPORE WITHOUT

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                  MR. PASCRELL

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                  MR. PASCRELL

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

                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED.

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                • 01:15:52 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                  MR. REICHERT

                  DENHAM: I THANK FOR YOU YIELDING.

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  PROTECTING AMERICANS' PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION HAS BEEN HOTLY…

                  PROTECTING AMERICANS' PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION HAS BEEN HOTLY DEBATED IN THE HALLS OF CONGRESS THIS MONTH. LAST WEEK WE DEBATED APPROPRIATE LIMITATIONS ON PRIVATE COMPANIES' ACCESS, USE AND DISTRIBUTION OF PRIVATE DATA. THIS WEEK IN THE HOUSE, WE ARE MOVING A PACKAGE OF BILLS TO IMPROVE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S USE OF AMERICANS' DATA TO ENSURE THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS DOING EVERYTHING TO KEEP ITS CITIZENS SAFE.

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                • 01:16:10 PM

                  MR. DENHAM

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

                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                  MR. PASCRELL

                  REICHERT: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY…

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

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                • 01:19:09 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  I RESERVE.

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                  MR. REICHERT

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED. MR.

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  PASCRELL: MR.

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                  MR. REICHERT

                  SPEAKER I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  PASCRELL: TODAY IS TAX DAY, MR.

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                  MR. PASCRELL

                  SPEAKER, AS IF YOU DIDN'T KNOW THAT. AND NEWLY FILED S.E.C.

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  REPORTS SHOW THAT THE PRESIDENT'S CAMPAIGN PAID HIS BUSINESSES $150,000 IN…

                  REPORTS SHOW THAT THE PRESIDENT'S CAMPAIGN PAID HIS BUSINESSES $150,000 IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF THIS YEAR INCLUDING $68,000 TO THE TRUMP HOTEL IN D.C.

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                • 01:19:33 PM

                  MR. PASCRELL

                  AND $58,000 FOR RENT. LOBBYISTS IN FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS CONTINUE TO SPEND…

                  AND $58,000 FOR RENT. LOBBYISTS IN FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS CONTINUE TO SPEND MONEY AT THESE HOTELS. WE HAVE NO WAY OF VERIFYING WHAT THAT INCOME LOOKS LIKE OR WHERE IT'S COMING FROM. CANDIDATE TRUMP SAID ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL, QUOTE, MY WHOLE LIFE, I HAVE BEEN GREEDY, GREEDY, GREEDY. I GRABBED ALL THE MONEY I COULD GET. I AM SO GREEDY, UNQUOTE. SINCE THE ELECTION, WE HAVE WITNESSED NOT JUST HIS OWN CONFLICTS OF SELF-ENRICHMENT AT TAXPAYERS' BUT PETTY GRAFT FROM MEMBERS OF HIS ADMINISTRATION. LAVISH TRAVEL ON MILITARY JETS AND FIRST-CLASS TICKETS FOR PERSONAL REASONS AND EXPENSIVE OFFICE DECORATIONS, LOBBYISTS HAVE BEEN WELCOMED INTO AGENCIES TO WRITE THEIR OWN REGULATIONS. HIS CAMPAIGN AND WHITE HOUSE IS FILLED WITH THE RANKS OF FOLKS LIKE PEOPLE WHO ALREADY PLEADED GUILTY, MICHAEL FLYNN, WHO SOLD HIS CONNECTIONS TO RUSSIA AND TURKISH DICTATORS WHILE WORKING FOR MR. TRUMP AND SO MANY OTHER ASSOCIATES AND CONNECTIONS TO FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS AS LEVERAGE AND THAT IS POTENTIALLY A CONFLICT OF INTEREST. BRIBERY AND DRIFT MIGHT HAVE A PLACE IN A CRIME FAMILY BUT NO PLACE IN THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OR IN THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES. AND THIS CONGRESS HAS BEEN ABSOLUTELY DEER ELECTRICITY AND COMPLICIT IN THE UNPRECEDENTED CONFLICTS OF THIS PRESIDENCY. SINCE FEBRUARY OF 2017, I HAVE BEEN CALLING ON THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS TO REQUEST THE PRESIDENT'S TAX RETURNS, WHICH HE HAS THE AUTHORITY TO DO UNDER SECTION 6103 OF THE TAX CODE. I CALLED UP RESOLUTIONS 18 TIMES THE COMMITTEE AND THIS HOUSE HAVE VOTED AGAINST SEEING THE PRESIDENT'S TAX RETURNS. WHY? WHY DID THE PRESIDENT'S SUPPORT GIVING RICH PEOPLE AND CORPORATIONS A GIANT TAX CUT? WHY IS HE LETTING WALL STREET AND BIG OIL WRITE HIS OWN RULES? WHY ARE HIS CHILDREN STILL RUNNING HIS COMPANY? WHY HAS HE NOT DIVESTED AS HE WAS TOLD TO DO BY THE ETHICS COMMISSIONER. HE SEEMS TO HAVE AN UNHEALTHY ADMIRATION FOR AUTHOR TAN I CAN'T REMEMBER LEADERS AND TURNING AMERICA INTO AN ECONOMY AND GOVERNMENT RUN BY HIS OWN GREEDY CIRCLE OF OLIGARCHES. BUT SUBVERTING OUR DEMOCRACY FOR PERSONAL GAIN WHILE CONGRESS LOOKS THE OTHER WAY IS POISONOUS TO OUR REPUBLIC AND TO OUR DEMOCRACY. AND IT IS AGAINST OUR VALUES. TODAY'S TAX DAY. 452ND DAY OF MR. TRUMP'S PRESIDENCY. AND THE 452ND DAY OF THIS CONGRESS HAS LEFT HIM OFF THE HOOK. I CALL ON THE CHAIRMAN OF WAYS AND MEANS AND STOP DELAYING AND GET MR. TRUMP'S TAX RETURNS NOW, LIKE EVERY OTHER PRESIDENT FOR THE PAST SEVERAL DECADES. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DEMAND IT. WE OWE IT TO OUR DEMOCRACY TO SHED LIGHT ON HIS CONFLICTS. MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU FOR YOUR INDULGENCE AND I YIELD BACK.

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                • 01:23:39 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  I WANT TO ENTER WHAT'S GOING TO COME INTO THE RECORD.

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                  MR. PASCRELL

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                  MR. PASCRELL

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 01:24:01 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  WHILE I RESPECT MY GOOD FRIEND'S RIGHT TO VOICE HIS OPINION AND RESPECT…

                  WHILE I RESPECT MY GOOD FRIEND'S RIGHT TO VOICE HIS OPINION AND RESPECT THE FACT THAT HE SHARED THAT INFORMATION WITH US, I AM DISAPPOINTED, HOWEVER, THAT HE CHOSE THIS MOMENT TO MAKE THOSE COMMENTS.

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                • 01:24:06 PM

                  MR. REICHERT

                  THIS IS A BIPARTISAN BILL. WAS, IN FACT, LAST WEEK IN THE WAYS AND MEANS…

                  THIS IS A BIPARTISAN BILL. WAS, IN FACT, LAST WEEK IN THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE. THE INFORMATION AND COMMENTS SHARED BY MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WERE IDEAS THAT WERE SHARED THAT WERE BIPARTISAN IN NATURE. THE BILL WAS TALKED ABOUT IN A POSITIVE WAY AND IT WAS MY HOPE TODAY, MR. PASCRELL, WE COULD HAVE HAD THAT SAME CON GENE ATLANTA ON THE FLOOR TODAY INSTEAD OF TAKING A LEFT TURN INTO THE PRESIDENT'S TAXES. TODAY WE ARE TALKING ABOUT AMERICANS AND THE NEED TO PROTECT THEIR IDENTITY AND AMERICANS WANT TO HEAR, HOW IS CONGRESS ABLE TO HELP THEM TODAY. AND SO, FROM THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE, MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE FOCUSED ON JUST THAT. WE ARE FOCUSED ON PASSING H.R. 4403. IT'S A STRAIGHTFORWARD COMMONSENSE AND ONCE AGAIN I'LL SAY IT, BIPARTISAN, UNUSUAL IN THIS DAY AND AGE, BUT TRUE IN THIS CASE. IT PUTS AN END TO THE INADVERTENT DISCLOSURE OF PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION CONTAINED ON SHIPMENT DOCUMENTS TO C.B.P. AND HOLDS THE AGENCY ACCOUNTABLE. AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW WE ARE DOING THIS KIND OF WORK. THIS IS A GOOD PIECE OF LEGISLATION THANKING PROTECTS THEIR IDENTIFICATION AND HELPS THE C.B.P. AND GIVES THAT LANGUAGE TO CONGRESS TO HOLD THE C.B.P. ACCOUNTABLE. WE ARE COMMITTED TO PROVIDING LEGISLATIVE SOLUTIONS THAT HELP PROTECT AMERICANS FROM HAVING THEIR IDENTITIES STOLEN AND THIS BILL DOES JUST THAT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN US IN SUPPORTING THIS BIPARTISAN BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 01:26:28 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM KANSAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

              • 01:26:52 PM

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

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

                  • 01:27:29 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    H.R. 544 ON TO REQUIRE NOTICE FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY.

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                    MS. JENKINS

                    5440 A BILL TO REQUIRE NOTICE FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY IN THE…

                    5440 A BILL TO REQUIRE NOTICE FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY IN THE CASE OF ANY CLOSURE OF A TAXPAYER ASSISTANCE CENTER.

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                • 01:27:39 PM

                  Ms. Jenkins (KS) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 5440 — "To require notice from the Secretary of the Treasury in the case of any closure of a Taxpayer Assistance Center."

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                    THE CLERK

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                  Considered under suspension of the rules.

                • 01:27:53 PM

                  DEBATE

                  The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 5440.

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                    TEMPORE PURSUANT

                    JENKINS: I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE…

                    JENKINS: I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.R. 5440.

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                  • 01:28:06 PM

                    MS. JENKINS

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                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  • 01:28:21 PM

                    MS. JENKINS

                    ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IN 2017 MORE THAN 350 LOCATIONS PROVIDED FACE-TO-FACE…

                    ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IN 2017 MORE THAN 350 LOCATIONS PROVIDED FACE-TO-FACE SERVICES TO MORE THAN 3. 2 MILLION TAXPAYERS. THEY CAN ASSIST TAXPAYERS IN MAKING PAYMENTS, ANSWERING QUESTIONS ABOUT THEIR ACCOUNT AND OTHER SERVICES. THESE OFFICES PROVIDE VALUABLE SERVICES FOR TAXPAYERS TO ASSIST THEM IN FULFILLING THEIR TAX RESPONSIBILITIES. EMPLOYEES ARE THE ONLY FACE TAXPAYERS SEE IN THEIR ROUTINE INTERACTIONS WITH THE I.R.S. AS THE I.R.S. HAS MOVED MORE SERVICES ONLINE, THE AGENCY HAS MADE CHANGES. LAST YEAR ALL OF THEM MOVED TO AN APPOINTMENT SYSTEM THAT DRASTICALLY CUT DOWN ON WAIT TIME. H.R. 5440 PROVIDES IMPORTANT IMPROVEMENTS AND TRANSPARENCY FOR THE MILLIONS OF TAXPAYERS WHO VISIT CENTERS EVERY YEAR. THIS IMPORTANT BILL ENSURES THAT IMPACTED COMMUNITIES ARE PROVIDED AT LEAST 90 DAYS NOTICE PRIOR TO THE CLOSURE. LATE LAST YEAR THE CENTER IN HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA CLOSED SUDDENLY AND WAS A PROBLEM FOR TAXPAYERS. LOCAL TAXPAYERS DID NOT KNOW THAT THE OFFICE WAS CLOSED WITH SOME DRIVING 50 MILES ONLY TO FIND A SIGN ON THE DOOR DIRECTING THEM TO ANOTHER OFFICE 70 MILES AN WE. THIS CAN BE DISRUPTIVE FOR ALL TAXPAYERS BUT PARTICULARLY THOSE IN RURAL AREAS. FORTUNATELY LAST MONTH, THE OFFICE OPENED SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED HOURS. THE 90 DAYS ADVANCED PUBLIC NOTICE IS REQUIRED TO GO THROUGH ONLINE MEANS AND ALSO NONELECTRONIC MEANS AS WELL. THIS CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED THROUGH NEWS AND RADIO OR POSTS AT THE THE LIBRARY AND MUST PROVIDE INFORMATION ALTERNATIVE WAYS FOR TAXPAYERS TO OBTAIN ASSISTANCE. . WHILE THE I.R.S. NEEDS FLEXIBILITY TO ALLOCATE SCARCE RESOURCES, THIS BILL WILL PROVIDE TRANSPARENCY FOR THOSE IMPACTED. I'D LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES, CONGRESSWOMAN KAREN HANDLE AND CONGRESSMAN TOM O'HALLERAN FOR THEIR TIME AND ATTENTION ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                  • 01:31:14 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                    MR. DAVIS

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                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    RECOGNIZES TAXPAYER ASSISTANCE CENTERS ARE THE PRIMARY FACE OF THE…

                    RECOGNIZES TAXPAYER ASSISTANCE CENTERS ARE THE PRIMARY FACE OF THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE IN LOCAL COMMUNITIES.

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                  • 01:31:27 PM

                    MR. DAVIS

                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM KANSAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                    MS. JENKINS

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                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  • 01:35:51 PM

                    MRS. HANDEL

                    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    DEMOCRATIC CO-SPONSOR, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, CONGRESSMAN

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                    MR. DAVIS

                    O'HALERAN.

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                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  • 01:38:34 PM

                    MR. O'HALLORAN

                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM KANSAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                    MS. JENKINS

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                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                    MR. DAVIS

                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLELADY FROM KANSAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                    MS. JENKINS

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                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                    MS. JENKINS

                    THIS BILL WILL REQUIRE CLOSURE OF T.A.C. TO ENSURE THE PUBLIC IS NOTIFIED…

                    THIS BILL WILL REQUIRE CLOSURE OF T.A.C. TO ENSURE THE PUBLIC IS NOTIFIED AND PROVIDED WITH INFORMATION ON HOW THEY CAN GET THE HELP THEY NEED FROM THE I.R.S. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                  • 01:44:27 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM KANSAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                      MS. JENKINS

                      5446 A BILL TO AMEND THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE TO RESTRICT THE SALE OF…

                      5446 A BILL TO AMEND THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE TO RESTRICT THE SALE OF SEIZED PROPERTY BY THE SECRETARY OF TREASURY TO PERISHABLE GOODS.

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                    Ms. Jenkins (KS) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 5446 — "To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to restrict the immediate sale of seized property by the Secretary of the Treasury to perishable goods."

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                      THE CLERK

                      CROWLEY EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. MS.

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                      TEMPORE PURSUANT

                      JENKINS: I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS…

                      JENKINS: I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.R.

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                  • 01:45:52 PM

                    Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                    DEBATE

                    The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 5446.

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                      MS. JENKINS

                      5446 CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION. YOIFMENT

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                      MS. JENKINS

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

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                      MR. CROWLEY

                      THE GENTLELADY FROM KANSAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                      MS. JENKINS

                      5446, THIS COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION MAKES A TARGETED REFORM TO PROTECT…

                      5446, THIS COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION MAKES A TARGETED REFORM TO PROTECT SMALL BUSINESSES TO ENSURE THE RULES FOR SEIZURE OF PERISHABLE GOODS ARE RESTRICTED TO GOODS THAT ARE IN FACT PERISHABLE. THE FACT THAT WE ARE COMMENTING ON A SMALL BUSINESS IN TEXAS WAS DESTROYED BY

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                    • 01:54:06 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                      MR. FERGUSON

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

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE GENTLELADY FROM KANSAS.

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                      MR. CROWLEY

                      I RESERVE.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      CROWLEY: LET ME THANK MR. FERGUSON AND MS. JENKINS OF BRINGING THIS BILL…

                      CROWLEY: LET ME THANK MR. FERGUSON AND MS. JENKINS OF BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR. I DON'T WANT ANYONE WHO MAY BE WATCHING US ON C-SPAN AND MAYBE JUST WAKING UP AND TURNING ON THE TELEVISION AND LOOKING AT THE INCREDIBLE BIPARTISANSHIP THAT IS HAPPENING HERE TODAY TO THINK THAT THEY HAVE DIED AND GONE TO BIPARTISAN HEAVEN. ALTHOUGH MUCH OF THE WORK WE ARE DOING TODAY IS BIPARTISAN IN NATURE, IT REALLY IS

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                    • 01:55:55 PM

                      MS. JENKINS

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    • 01:55:59 PM

                      MR. CROWLEY

                      DRASTICALLY IN WHICH THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS HAS CONDUCTED…

                      DRASTICALLY IN WHICH THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS HAS CONDUCTED BUSINESS IN THE RECENT PAST IN CONNECTION WITH THE PASSAGE OF THE REPUBLICAN TAX BILL. DEMOCRATS HAVE CALLED IT A TAX SCAM BILL. IT HAD ABSOLUTELY NO INPUT FROM THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE OF THE AISLE AND CERTAINLY HERE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, IN THE COMMITTEE OR HERE ON THE FLOOR. NOT REFLECTIVE OF ANY OF THE DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLE OF VALUES IN THAT BILL AND ITS PASSAGE. AS MUCH AS WE ARE WORKING IN A BIPARTISAN WAY, IT IS NOT A REFLECTION OF MY GOOD FRIEND, MS. JENKINS BUT THE REPUBLICAN CAUCUS IN RAM, INC. A BILL THROUGH THE COMMITTEE WITHOUT PROPER HEARINGS, WITHOUT THE INCLUSION OF A SINGLE DEMOCRATIC AMENDMENT IN THAT PROCESS, SPOKE ILL ABOUT THE PROCESS ITSELF. NOBODY CARES HOW SAUSAGE GETS MADE OR HOW LEGISLATION GETS MADE. NO ONE TAKES CARE UNTIL THEY TASTE IT AND IT DOESN'T TASTE GOOD. AND THAT IS WHAT IS HAPPENING NOW. THIS TAX BILL IS FALLING FLAT ON ITS FACE. THIS TAX SCAM BILL IS FALLING ON ITS FACE BECAUSE IT IS NOT HELPING THE PEOPLE THAT IT WAS PURPORTED TO HELP PEOPLE. THE GREATEST BAIT AND SWITCH IN TERMS OF WHAT THE PRESIDENT WAS GOING TO HELP, THE MIDDLE CLASS AND HARDWORKING PEOPLE AND INSTEAD, IT ALL WENT TO THE WEALTHIEST 1% AND THE WEALTHIEST MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS IN THE HISTORY OF MANKIND. THEY GOT PERMANENT TAX RELIEF AND THE MIDDLE CLASS AND WORKING MEN AND WOMEN IN THIS COUNTRY, THEY GOT NOTHING. AND REALITY IS THEY KNOW WHAT HAPPENED HERE. THEY KNOW THAT 80% OF THAT BILL WENT TO THE WEALTHIEST 1% AND 17% TO WORKING MEN AND WOMEN AND WORKING POOR PEOPLE. THAT IS OBSCENE. THAT IS NOT REFLECTIVE OF WHO WE ARE AS A NATION, COUNTRY OR AS A PEOPLE. NO SMALL PART THAT IT WAS DONE IN SUCH A PARTISAN WAY. THE BILL HAD NOT A SINGLE HEARING WITHIN THE COMMITTEE AND WAS BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR ALL TO MEET A DEADLINE OF PASSING IT BEFORE THE CHRISTMAS BREAK. THAT WAS THE ONLY GOAL SO MY COLLEAGUES COULD SAY THEY ACHIEVED SOMETHING EVEN THOUGH IT WAS RUSHED TO JUDGMENT. AND NOW WE KNOW ABOUT ALL THE PROBLEMS WITH THE BILL AND ALL THE FIXES THAT HAVE TO TAKE PLACE, THINGS THAT MAYBE COULD HAVE BEEN WORKED OUT IF THERE HAD BEEN A MORE OPEN AND DELIBERATIVE PROCESS AND THE INCLUSION OF DEMOCRATS IN THAT PROCESS, JUST MAYBE. I DON'T WANT ANYONE AGAIN TO BE WATCHING C-SPAN OR TURNING ON THE NEWS TONIGHT AND LEARNING ABOUT ALL THE BIPARTISANSHIP THAT IS HAPPENING HERE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR, AND IT'S GOOD. THESE ARE GOOD BILLS THAT WE ARE WORKING ON TOGETHER. AND SAY DID I DIE AND SOMETHING HAPPENED? IS THE WORLD RIGHTED, AM I MISSING SOMETHING? NO. THAT TAX SCAM BILL DID PASS AND IT DID GO TOWARDS HELPING THE WEALTHIEST 1% AND THE RICHEST MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD AND THE LITTLE GUY, YOU ARE NOT GETTING VERY MUCH AT ALL. THAT'S STILL THE CASE. THAT HASN'T CHANGED. AND IT'S SAD, BUT IT'S TRUE. AND I ONCE AGAIN WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR HER EFFORTS IN BRINGING THIS BIPARTISAN BILL TO THE FLOOR, BUT LET IT BE KNOWN THAT THIS IS MORE OF AN AND ORATION AND NOT THE NORM OF HOW THE COMMITTEE HAS BEEN CONDUCTING BUSINESS OR THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES BEEN CONDUCTING BUSINESS IN THE MORE RECENT PAST. I YIELD BACK.

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                    • 02:00:35 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      JENKINS: I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSMAN DREW FERGUSON AND CONGRESSMAN JOE…

                      JENKINS: I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSMAN DREW FERGUSON AND CONGRESSMAN JOE CROWLEY FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE,

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                    • 02:00:42 PM

                      MS. JENKINS

                      H.R. 5446 FURTHER STRENGTHENS THE SAFEGUARDS IN PLACE SO SOLDS BEING SOLD…

                      H.R. 5446 FURTHER STRENGTHENS THE SAFEGUARDS IN PLACE SO SOLDS BEING SOLD IMMEDIATELY -- SAFEGUARDS IN PLACE, SO I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 02:01:08 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5438,…

                      MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5438, TO AMEND THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 1986 TO ALLOW OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY TO PROVIDE TO TAXPAYERS INFORMATION REGARDING LOW-INCOME TAXPAYER CLINICS, AS AMENDED.

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                  • 02:01:17 PM

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

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

                      • 02:01:41 PM

                        Mr. Holding moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 5438 — "To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow officers and employees of the Department of the Treasury to provide to taxpayers information regarding low-income taxpayer clinics."

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                          MR. HOLDING

                      • 02:02:02 PM

                        Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                        DEBATE

                        The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 5438.

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                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        • 02:02:10 PM

                          THE CLERK

                          PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. HOLDING, AND…

                          PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. HOLDING, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. LEWIS, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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                        • 02:02:33 PM

                          MR. HOLDING

                          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                          TEMPORE WITHOUT

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                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        • 02:02:54 PM

                          MR. HOLDING

                          MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A SHORT AND SWEET BILL. IT ALLOWS THE I.R.S.…

                          MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A SHORT AND SWEET BILL. IT ALLOWS THE I.R.S. EMPLOYEES TO PROVIDE TAXPAYERS WITH INFORMATION ON LOW-INCOME TAXPAYER CLINICS. SPECIFICALLY, I.R.S. EMPLOYEES WILL BE PERMITTED TO PROVIDE PROGRAM DETAILS, INCLUDING THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS TO RECEIVE ASSISTANCE FROM A LOW-INCOME TAXPAYER CLINIC. ALSO, WHERE THE CENTERS ARE LOCATED AND HOW TO CONTACT THEM. AS MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES KNOW, THE LOW-INCOME TAXPAYER CLINIC PROGRAM PROVIDES MATCHING GRANTS TO ORGANIZATIONS THAT ASSIST LOW-INCOME TAXPAYERS AS WELL AS THOSE WHO SPEAK ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE. THESE CLINICS PRIMARILY WORK WITH TAXPAYERS ON DISPUTE RESOLUTION ISSUES WITH THE I.R.S. THEY PROVIDE REPRESENTATION FOR AUDITS, APPEALS, COLLECTION MATTERS, AND FEDERAL TAX LITIGATION. THESE CLINICS ARE OPERATED BY NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS OR ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS AND SERVICES ARE PROVIDED FOR FREE OR FOR A VERY SMALL FEE. MY DISTRICT IN NORTH CAROLINA IS SERVED BY ONE OF THE CLINICS THAT'S OPERATED BY NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW, A FINE INSTITUTION JUST WEST OF MY HOUSE. NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL'S MOTTO IS TRUTH AND SERVICE, AND THIS CLINIC ALLOWS INDIVIDUALS TO COME AND GET TAX ASSISTANCE FROM LAW SCHOOL STUDENTS WHO WORK UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF THE STAFF ATTORNEY THERE AT THE LAW SCHOOL. I APPRECIATE THE HARD WORK THAT THOSE VOLUNTEERS ARE DOING IN MY COMMUNITIES. THIS LEGISLATION BEFORE US TODAY WOULD ALLOW THE I.R.S. TO NOTIFY OUR VARIOUS CONSTITUENTS OF THESE CLINICS AND THEIR SERVICES, AND THESE CLINICS PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE BY HELPING TAXPAYERS, AND I'M PLEASED TO SEE THIS LEGISLATION MOVE FORWARD AND THE HELP IT WILL GIVE TO OUR CONSTITUENTS MAKING THEM AWARE OF THE TOOLS AVAILABLE IN THEIR OWN COMMUNITIES. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A PRACTICAL PROPOSAL THAT WILL IMPROVE TAXPAYERS' EXPERIENCE WITH THE I.R.S. , AND I WOULD LIKE TO THANK CONGRESSMAN LEWIS FROM GEORGIA, MY COLLEAGUE ON THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, MY FRIEND, FOR PARTNERING WITH ME ON THIS BILL. THIS BILL WAS APPROVED BY UNANIMOUS SUPPORT BY THE HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                        • 02:05:32 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                        • 02:05:39 PM

                          MR. LEWIS

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                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        • 02:05:47 PM

                          MR. LEWIS

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

                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                        • 02:07:45 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        • 02:07:49 PM

                          MR. HOLDING

                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE DEBATE FOR THE MINORITY.

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                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          MR. SPEAKER, HAVING NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                          MR. LEWIS

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                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        • 02:08:09 PM

                          MR. LEWIS

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

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                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          HOLDING: MR. SPEAKER, I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR HIS SUPPORT AND URGE ALL…

                          HOLDING: MR. SPEAKER, I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR HIS SUPPORT AND URGE ALL MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE TO SUPPORT THIS COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION. MR.

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                        • 02:08:17 PM

                          MR. HOLDING

                          SPEAKER, THE I.R.S.

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                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          IS LONG OVERDUFORT AN UPDATE AND -- OVERDUE FOR AN UPDATE AND TODAY'S BILL…

                          IS LONG OVERDUFORT AN UPDATE AND -- OVERDUE FOR AN UPDATE AND TODAY'S BILL WILL PROVIDE THE REFORM THE AGENCY NEEDS AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE. LATE LAST YEAR, HOUSE AND SENATE REPUBLICANS USHERED THROUGH A NEW AND IMPROVED TAX CODE WHICH ALLOWS INDIVIDUALS TO KEEP MORE OF THEIR HARD-EARNED TAX DOLLARS. ALONG WITH THE NEW TAX CODE, WE NEED A NEW AND IMPROVED I.R.S.

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                        • 02:08:24 PM

                          MR. HOLDING

                          , AND THE MULTIPLE BILLS WE ARE TAKING UP TODAY ACCOMPLISHES THAT GOAL IN…

                          , AND THE MULTIPLE BILLS WE ARE TAKING UP TODAY ACCOMPLISHES THAT GOAL IN SOME DEGREE. THE TAXPAYER NEEDS TO COME FIRST, AND I'M GLAD THAT REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE HAVE COME TOGETHER TO WORK AND MAKE THIS A REALITY. THE BILLS BEFORE THE HOUSE TODAY ARE CENTERED ON IMPROVING THE FUNCTIONALITY AND THE TAXPAYERS' EXPERIENCE WITH THE I.R.S. , FROM DIRECTING THE I.R.S. TO DEVELOP A CUSTOMER SERVICE STRATEGY TO CODIFYING THE FREE FILE PROGRAM WE'RE FORMING THE I.R.S. INTO AN AGENCY THAT WORKS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IT PUTS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FIRST. THESE BILLS WILL IMPROVE THE EASE AND EFFICIENCY OF FILING TAXES AND RETRIEVING INFORMATION. WE ALSO ESTABLISH AN INDEPENDENT OFFICE OF APPEALS TO ENSURE TAXPAYERS RECEIVE A FAIR AND IMPARTIAL REVIEW OF DISPUTES THAT MAY ARISE. MOST OF ALL, WE GUARANTEE THAT CUSTOMER SERVICE GOALS ARE SET BY THE I.R.S. AND ENSURE THE I.R.S. ARE ACCOUNTABLE FOR MEETING THEM. THAT'S NOT ALL, MR. SPEAKER. IN TODAY'S WORLD, THE VALUE OF PRIVACY CANNOT BE UNDERSTATED. THE I.R.S. CONTINUES TO FACE SERIOUS CYBERTHREATS THAT ARE BECOMING MORE AND MORE ADVANCED. IT'S NECESSARY THE I.R.S. STAY AHEAD OF THESE THREATS. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY WE'RE FACED WITH AN INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY TO MODERNIZE THE I.R.S. AND PUT THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER FIRST. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL, H.R. 5438, AND OTHER BILLS THAT ARE BEFORE THE HOUSE. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                        • 02:10:29 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          5438 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR WILL SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE…

                          5438 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR WILL SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                      • 02:10:47 PM

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

                        • 02:10:49 PM

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

                          • 02:11:24 PM

                            Mr. Paulsen moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 5437 — "To require the Secretary of the Treasury to establish a program for the issuance of identity protection personal identification numbers."

                            • 02:11:29 PM

                              MR. PAULSEN

                              THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

                          • 02:11:36 PM

                            Considered under suspension of the rules.

                          • 02:11:37 PM

                            DEBATE

                            The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 5437.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            • 02:11:44 PM

                              THE CLERK

                              THE CHAIR

                            • 02:11:57 PM

                              TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

                              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.R. 5437, CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                            • 02:12:08 PM

                              MR. PAULSEN

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

                            • 02:12:18 PM

                              TEMPORE WITHOUT

                            • 02:12:19 PM

                              MR. PAULSEN

                              5437, LEGISLATION THAT I AM CO-AUTHORING AND AUTHORING WITH MY COLLEAGUE,…

                              5437, LEGISLATION THAT I AM CO-AUTHORING AND AUTHORING WITH MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSWOMAN DELBENE FROM WASHINGTON STATE, THAT WILL TACKLE IDENTITY THEFT. EACH YEAR THE I.R.S.

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                            • 02:12:23 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            • 02:12:25 PM

                              MR. PAULSEN

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

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            • 02:15:01 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            • 02:15:06 PM

                              MS. DELBENE

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            • 02:15:20 PM

                              MISS BELL DEN

                              THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WASHINGTON RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE…

                              THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WASHINGTON RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            • 02:17:51 PM

                              MS.DELBENE

                              THE GENTLELADY FROM WASHINGTON YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA…

                              THE GENTLELADY FROM WASHINGTON YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED. TO CLOSE DEBATE ON THIS BILL.

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                            • 02:18:03 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            • 02:18:10 PM

                              MR. PAULSEN

                            • 02:18:12 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            • 02:18:14 PM

                              MR. PAULSEN

                              ALLOWS ALL HARDWORKING AMERICANS TO KEEP MORE OF THEIR OWN HARD-EARNED…

                              ALLOWS ALL HARDWORKING AMERICANS TO KEEP MORE OF THEIR OWN HARD-EARNED DOLLARS. HOWEVER THERE IS STILL A LOT THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO HELP PROTECT TAXPAYERS BY CRACKING DOWN ON IDENTITY THEFT. WHICH IS BECOMING MORE AND MORE PREVALENT. THIS IS A VERY COMMONSENSE, STRAIGHTFORWARD BILL THAT WILL HELP TACKLE IDENTITY THEFT. I WANT TO THANK NOT ONLY CHAIRMAN BRADY FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON SOME OF THE I.R.S. REFORM EFFORTS, BUT ALSO ON MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSWOMAN DELBENE, FOR PARTNERING UP ON THIS ISSUE AS WELL. IT'S VERY COMMONSENSE. IT'S BIPARTISAN. BY GIVING TAXPAYERS WHO ARE AT-RISK OF IDENTITY THEFT THE OPPORTUNITY TO REQUEST THAT P.I.N. NUMBER, IT WILL ALLOW THEM TO MAKE SURE THEIR TAX RETURN IS SAFE AND SECURE AND AUTHENTIC. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE

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

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

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                                Mr. Renacci moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 5439 — "To provide for a single point of contact at the Internal Revenue Service for the taxpayers who are victims of tax-related identity theft."

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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. 5439.

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                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                VICTIMS OF TAX OF TAX RELATED IDENTITY THEFT.

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                                THE CLERK

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                                TEMPORE PURSUANT

                                REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.R.

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                                MR. RENACCI

                                WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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                                TEMPORE WITHOUT

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                                MR. RENACCI

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                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                5439, WHICH CREATES A SINGLE POINT OF CONTACT AT THE I.R.S. FOR IDENTITY…

                                5439, WHICH CREATES A SINGLE POINT OF CONTACT AT THE I.R.S. FOR IDENTITY THEFT VICTIMS. I INTRODUCED THIS LEGISLATION WITH MY GOOD FRIEND, REPRESENTATIVE JOHN LEWIS.

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                                MR. RENACCI

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

                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                MR. LEWIS

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                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                5439. I BELIEVE THIS IS

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                                MR. LEWIS

                                ONE OF MY FAVORITE DEALS. MR. SPEAKER, I AM PROUD, VERY PROUD TO JOIN MY…

                                ONE OF MY FAVORITE DEALS. MR. SPEAKER, I AM PROUD, VERY PROUD TO JOIN MY FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, OF MY FAVORITE DEALS. MR. SPEAKER, MR. RENACCI, IN INTRODUCING THIS COMMONSENSE DEAL. I WANT TO THANK YOU. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO AND I SHARE A PASSION AND A COMMITMENT TO THIS ISSUE. TWO YEARS AGO WE INTRODUCED A STOLEN IDENTITY FRAUD PREVENTION ACT. WE BOTH BELIEVE THAT TAXPAYERS SHOULD RECEIVE THE HELP AND SUPPORT THEY NEED AND DESERVE. AND I AM PROUD TO JOIN HIM AGAIN TODAY IN SPONSORING THIS BILL. IN RECENT YEARS I ALSO INCLUDED THIS COMMONSENSE POLICY IN THE WAYS AND MEANS OVERSIGHT SUBCOMMITTEE DEMOCRATIC BILL, THE TAXPAYER PROTECTION ACT. H.R. 5439, RESPONDS TO A FREQUENT ONGOING CONCERN FOR MANY OF OUR CITIZENS. THIS BILL WILL HELP EASE THE FRUSTRATION THAT VICTIM ATTACK -- VICTIM IT OF TAX RELATED IDENTITY FEEL AND ADDRESSES THE TOP I.R.S. ISSUE IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. THIS BILL ESTABLISHED A SINGLE POINT OF CONTACT WITHIN THE I.R.S. FOR ANY TAXPAYER WHO IS THE VICTIM OF IDENTITY THEFT. AS A RESULT OF THIS BILL, THE TAXPAYER WILL NOT NEED TO START FWEN FROM SCRATCH EVERY TIME THEY TRIED TO GET AN UPDATE ON THEIR CASE. INSTEAD, THE SINGLE POINT OF CONTACT WOULD WORK WITH OTHER I.R.S. UNITS TO SOLVE THE TAXPAYER ISSUE AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. THIS GOOD, COMMONSENSE BILL WILL HELP TAXPAYERS ACROSS OUR COUNTRY. FOR THESE REASONS, MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 5439. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                TEMPORE

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. HAVING NO OTHER SPEAKERS I RESERVE.

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                                MR. RENACCI

                                THANK YOU, IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE DEBATE FOR THE MINORITY.

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                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                LEWIS: MR. SPEAKER, ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL.

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                                MR. RENACCI

                                I YIELD BACK.

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                                MR. LEWIS

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                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                MR. LEWIS

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                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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                                MR. RENACCI

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                                TEMPORE MR.

                                SHOULD THEY HAVE THEIR IDENTITY STOLEN. ALONG WITH MY PERSONAL STORY, I…

                                SHOULD THEY HAVE THEIR IDENTITY STOLEN. ALONG WITH MY PERSONAL STORY, I HAVE HEARD FROM COUNTLESS CONSTITUENTS AND OHIOANS WHO HAVE BEEN FRUSTRATED BY THE HOOPS THAT THEY OFTEN NEED TO JUMP THROUGH TO GET THEIR IDENTITY THEFT CONCERNS ADDRESSED ALL THE WHILE DEALING WITH THE FEAR AND ANXIETY OF HAVING THEIR IDENTITY STOLEN. THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION WILL PROVIDE RELIEVE BY REQUIRING A SINGLE POINT OF CONTACT WITHIN THE I.R.S.

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                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                MR. RENACCI

                                FOR VICTIMS OF IDENTITY THEFT. I WANT TO AGAIN THEANING THANK MY COLLEAGUE…

                                FOR VICTIMS OF IDENTITY THEFT. I WANT TO AGAIN THEANING THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM GEORGIA, MR. LEWIS, FOR HIS SUPPORT. I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE…

                                SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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                                  Mr. Kelly (PA) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 5443 — "To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to require electronic filing of the annual returns of exempt organizations and provide for making such returns available for public inspection."

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                                    MR. KELLY

                                    THE CLERK WILL REPORT -- DOES THE GENTLEMAN MOVE TO PASS THE BILL AS…

                                    THE CLERK WILL REPORT -- DOES THE GENTLEMAN MOVE TO PASS THE BILL AS AMENDED.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    H.R. 5443, A BILL TO AMEND THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 1986 TO REQUIRE…

                                    H.R. 5443, A BILL TO AMEND THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 1986 TO REQUIRE ELECTRONIC FILING OF THE ANNUAL RETURNS OF EXEMPT ORGANIZATIONS AND PROVIDE FOR MAKING SUCH RETURNS AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION.

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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. 5443.

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                                    MR. KELLY

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                    THE CLERK

                                    KELLY, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. LEWIS, EACH WILL CONTROL 20…

                                    KELLY, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. LEWIS, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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                                    TEMPORE PURSUANT

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                                    MR. KELLY

                                    5443, CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT…

                                    5443, CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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                                    MR. COALLY

                                    KELLY: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R.

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                                    MR. KELLY

                                    5443. THIS BILL IN SHORT WOULD

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                    MR. KELLY

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

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    LEWIS: MR. SPEAKER, LET ME JUST THANK MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM…

                                    LEWIS: MR. SPEAKER, LET ME JUST THANK MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM PENNSYLVANIA FOR THOSE KIND WORDS.

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                                    MR. LEWIS

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                    MR. LEWIS

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

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    MR. KELLY

                                    SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE LEAD DEMOCRATIC CO-SPONSOR, THE…

                                    SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE LEAD DEMOCRATIC CO-SPONSOR, THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA, CONGRESSWOMAN MURPHY.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                    MR. LEWIS

                                    MURPHY: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PROUD TO BE THE LEAD DEMOCRAT ON THIS…

                                    MURPHY: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PROUD TO BE THE LEAD DEMOCRAT ON THIS BIPARTISAN BILL WHICH WOULD PROVIDE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS WITH THE TIMELY INFORMATION THEY NEED TO PREVENT AND PUNISH FRAUD IN CONNECTION WITH CHARITABLE SOLICITATION AND THE USE OF CHARITABLE ASSETS. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE AND CO-LEAD FROM PENNSYLVANIA, CONGRESSMAN MIKE KELLY, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER AND THE MEMBERS OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE WHICH UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THIS BILL LAST WEEK.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                    MRS. MURPHY

                                    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA…

                                    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                    MR. KELLY

                                    RESERVE? THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    MR. LEWIS

                                    I YIELD BACK.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                    MR. LEWIS

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                    MR. KELLY

                                    IN 2016 ALONE, AMERICANS GAVE $390 BILLION WITH 63 MILLION AMERICANS, 25%…

                                    IN 2016 ALONE, AMERICANS GAVE $390 BILLION WITH 63 MILLION AMERICANS, 25% OF THE ADULT POPULATION VOLUNTEERING THEIR TIME, THEIR TALENT, THEIR ENERGY AND THEIR DOLLARS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. AS A RECENT COMMENTATOR NOTED, AMERICANS HAVE IT IN THEIR D.N.A. TO BE PHILANTHROPIC. OF ALL THE COUNTRIES WE ARE THE MOST GENEROUS. BECAUSE I KNOW MY COLLEAGUES HAVE IT IN THEIR D.N.A. TO SUPPORT OUR PHILANTHROPIC HISTORY AND COMMUNITY, I ASK THEM TO SUPPORT THIS AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN…

                                    THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS SUBJECT TO THE CALL OF THE

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

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

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                                    Recess

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

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                                      MADAM SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2901, THE…

                                      MADAM SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2901, THE VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE PERM ASSISTANCE ACT, AS AMENDED.

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                                    Reconvened

                                    The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of April 17.

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                                      Mr. Curbelo (FL) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 2901 — "To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make permanent the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance matching grant program."

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                                        MR. CURBELO

                                        2901 A BILL TO AMEND THE INTERNAL REVENUE COID OF 1986 TO MAKE PERMANENT…

                                        2901 A BILL TO AMEND THE INTERNAL REVENUE COID OF 1986 TO MAKE PERMANENT THE VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE MATCHING GRANT PROGRAM.

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                                      Considered under suspension of the rules.

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                    DEBATE

                                    The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2901.

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                                      THE CLERK

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                                      MPORE PURSUANT

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

                                      I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS OTHEN BILL CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                                      MR. CURBELO

                                      I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                      MR. CURBELO

                                      2901, THAT I'M GRATEFUL TO SEE BROUGHT BEFORE THE HOUSE TODAY. THE…

                                      2901, THAT I'M GRATEFUL TO SEE BROUGHT BEFORE THE HOUSE TODAY. THE VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE PROGRAM IS A MATCHING GRANT PROGRAM ADMINISTERED BY THE I.R.S.

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                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                      MR. CURBELO

                                      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I I MIGHT CONSUME.

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                                      MR. DAVIS

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                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                      MR. DAVIS

                                      2901, THE VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE PERMANENCE ACT. I WANT TO THANK…

                                      2901, THE VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE PERMANENCE ACT. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE AND COMMEND HIM FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN BRINGING THIS LEGISLATION TO THE FLOOR. IT'S BEEN GOOD WORKING WITH YOU, MR. CURBELO AND I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO DO SO. THIS CRUCIAL PROGRAM PROVIDES HIGH QUALINGT TAX ASSISTANCE TO HARD WORKING FAMILIES. TO HELP THOSE WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM A PROGRAM THAT IS DESIGNED TO HETCH. THE VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, VIE TA, OFFERS FREE TAX -- VITA, OFFERS FREE TAX SERVICES TO PEOPLE WHO MAKE LESS THAN 250% OF THE POVERTY LEVEL. AND TO UNDERSERVED TAXPAYERS INCLUDING PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES, THE ELDERLY, AND LIMITED ENGLISH SPEAKERS. IT IS A PRIME EXAMPLE OF SMART FEDERAL INVESTMENT BECAUSE EACH FEDERAL DOLLAR IS MATCHED BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR. THE DEMAND FOR VITA SERVICES IS GREAT. THE NUMBER OF TAX RETURNS PREPARED BY THE VITA PROGRAM DOUBLED BETWEEN 2014 AND 2016. IN 2016, VITA GRANTEES FILED MORE THAN 3. 8 MILLION RETURNS. HELPING FAMILIES CLAIM ABOUT $1.1 BILLION IN EARNED TAX BENEFITS. IN ILLINOIS, OVER 23,000 RETURNS WERE FILED. FOR ALMOST $32 MILLION IN REFUNDS. WITH THE NEW TAX LAW, THESE HIGH CALIBER, IN-PERSON SERVICES ARE NEEDED EVEN MORE, ESPECIALLY IN STATES LIKE ILLINOIS. AFFECTED BY THE SALT LIMITATION. VITA SERVICES ARE TOP-NOTCH. THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE REPORTED THAT VITA PREPAYERS HAVE A 9 % ACCURACY RATE NATIONALLY ON RETURNS CLAIMING THE EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT. FURTHER, VITA SERVICES MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE TO INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES. VITA SITES A SKILL OF BEING SURE TAXPAYERS GET ALL BENEFITS FOR WHICH THEY'RE ELIGIBLE. THESE SAVINGS, COUPLESLED WITH THE SAVINGS OF HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS IN TAX PREPARATION COSTS PUT MORE MONEY IN MY CONSTITUENTS' POCKETS TO COVER THE COSTS LIKE RENT, GROCERIES, AND MEDICAL CARE. H.R. 2901 MAKES IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE VITA PROGRAM. FOR EXAMPLE, IN ADDITION TO PERMANENTLY AUTHORIZING VITA, THE BILL ALLOWS THE SECRETARY TO FUND THE VITA GRANTS UP TO $30 MILLION. WE HAVE FULLY EXHAUSTED THE RECENT APPROPRIATIONS OF $15 MILLION. THE I.R.S. ESTIMATES THAT 70% OF AMERICANS ARE ELIGIBLE TO FILE THEIR TAXES FOR FREE. GIVEN THE HIGH DEMAND AND NEED, H.R. 2901 RECOGNIZES THAT THE I.R.S. SHOULD PUT TAXPAYERS FIRST BY GIVING THEM ACCESS TO HIGH QUALITY FREE SERVICES. DOUBLING OUR FEDERAL INVESTMENT VIA THIS QUALITY MATCHING GRANT PROGRAM. I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND RECOGNIZE THE WONDERFUL VITA SITES IN CHICAGO. THE CENTER FOR ECONOMIC PROGRESS, THE CITY WIDE TAX ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, AND I'M ESPECIALLY PLEASED THAT THE UNITED WAY OF METROPOLITAN CHICAGO HELPS CHAMPION THIS PROGRAM IN MY HOMETOWN. AS THESE PROGRAMS DO, MANY VITA SITES PROVIDE ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS TO INCREASE FINANCIAL STABILITY FOR FAPLIES AND I'M GRATEFUL FOR THEIR PRESENCE IN CHICAGO AND OTHER PLACES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. I ALSO WANT TO THANK RANKING MEMBERS NEIL AND -- NEAL AND LEWIS, CHAIRMAN BRADY AND JENKINS, SENATORS BROWN AND HELLER, FORMER REPRESENTATIVE MIKE HONDA, FORMER REPRESENTATIVE HARVEY -- JAVIER BECERRA, THE UNITED WAY AND PROSPERITY NOW FOR LEADERSHIP IN PROVIDING THE PERMANENCE OF THIS PROGRAM. AS I NOTE PEOPLE ARE STRUGGLING, RUNNING, TRYING TO GET THEIR FAST BEFORE THE DEADLINE EXPIRES TO GET FILED, I'M GLAD TO KNOW THAT THOSE WHO NEEDED IT WERE ABLE TO GET HELP. I URGE SUPPORT FOR THIS PROGRAM AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      CULBERSON: HAVING NO OTHER SPEAKERS, I RESERVE AND AM PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                                      MR. CULBERSON

                                      DAVIS: MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND SO I WILL CLOSE AT THIS…

                                      DAVIS: MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND SO I WILL CLOSE AT THIS TIME.

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                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR.

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                                      MR. DAVIS

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

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                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                      MR. CURBELO

                                      AND I WANT TO REMIND MY COLLEAGUES ONCE AGAIN WHAT THE VITA PROGRAM IS ALL…

                                      AND I WANT TO REMIND MY COLLEAGUES ONCE AGAIN WHAT THE VITA PROGRAM IS ALL ABOUT. EVERY TAX FILING SEASON, UNSCRUPULOUS PREPARERS TRY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF UNDERSERVED POPULATIONS BY FILING FRAUDULENT RETURNS ON THEIR BEHALF: THE TAXPAYER, AND NOT THE PREPARER, IS THEN LIABLE FOR THE FRAUDULENT RETURN. THIS HAPPENS WAY TOO OFTEN, MADAM SPEAKER.

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                                      RETURNS ON THEIR BEHALF

                                      IN SOUTH FLORIDA AND THROUGH THE THE COUNTRY. IF I -- THE VITA PROGRAM GOS…

                                      IN SOUTH FLORIDA AND THROUGH THE THE COUNTRY. IF I -- THE VITA PROGRAM GOS A LONG WAY TO MITIGATE THE THREAT PREPARER FRAUD POSES TO VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES BY PROVIDING FREE TAX PREPARATION SERVICES ADMINISTERED BY CERTIFIED PREPARERS. TAX PAYERS WHO JUST WANT TO COMPLY WITH THE CODE SHOULDN'T HAVE TO FEAR ADDITIONAL TAXES OR PENALTIES BECAUSE OF A FRAUDULENTLY PREPARED RETURN. THE VITA PROGRAM GIVES THESE TAXPAYERS A PLACE TO GO TO ENSURE THEIR TAX RETURN IS FILED ACCURATELY AND AT NO COST. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS COMMONSENSE PROGRAM AND VOTE TO PERMANENTLY RE-AUTHORIZE THE VITA PROGRAM. I WANT TO THANK SO MANY VOLUNTEERS AT THE UNITED WAY, AT BRANCHES IN SOUTH DADE WHO EVERY TAX SEASON HELP HUNDREDS, HUNDREDS OF LOWER AND MIDDLE INCOME AMERICANS GET THROUGH THIS DIFFICULT PROCESS. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I ENCOURAGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      MADAM SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1512,…

                                      MADAM SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1512, THE SOCIAL SECURITY CHILD PROTECTION ACT OF 2017, AS AMENDED.

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

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

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                                        Mr. Marchant moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 1512 — "To amend title II of the Social Security Act to provide for the reissuance of Social Security account numbers to young children in cases where confidentiality has been compromised."

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                                          MR. MARCHANT

                                          H.R. 1512, A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 2 OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT TO PROVIDE…

                                          H.R. 1512, A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 2 OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT TO PROVIDE FOR THE REISSUANCE OF SOCIAL SECURITY ACCOUNT NUMBERS TO YOUNG CHILDREN IN CASES WHERE CONFIDENTIALITY HAS BEEN COMPROMISED.

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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. 1512.

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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. MARCHANT

                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                          TEMPORE WITHOUT

                                          MARCHANT: THE HISTORY OF THIS LEGISLATION BEGINS IN MY DISTRICT IN SOUTH…

                                          MARCHANT: THE HISTORY OF THIS LEGISLATION BEGINS IN MY DISTRICT IN SOUTH LAKE, TEXAS. A CONSTITUENT OF MINE CALLED MY OFFICE VERY DISTRAUGHT THAT HER MAIL HAD BEEN STOLEN AND WITH IT HER NEWBORN BABY'S SOCIAL SECURITY CARD AND NUMBER.

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                                          MR. MARCHANT

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MR. MARCHANT

                                          THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MR. DAVIS

                                          THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MR. MARCHANT

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          JOHNSON: THANK YOU, SIR.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          JOHNSON: THANK YOU FOR INTRODUCING THIS COMMONSENSE BILL. CHILDREN WHO…

                                          JOHNSON: THANK YOU FOR INTRODUCING THIS COMMONSENSE BILL. CHILDREN WHO HAVE HAD THEIR SOCIAL SECURITY CARDS STOLEN FROM THE MAIL BEFORE IT EVEN GETS TO THEM DESERVE A NEW SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER.

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                                          -- MR. JOHNSON

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MR. JOHNSON

                                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS.

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                                          THE SPEAKR PRO TEMPORE

                                          DAVIS: THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AND IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD FIVE…

                                          DAVIS: THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AND IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, REPRESENTATIVE LLOYD DOGGETT.

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                                          MR. MARCHANT

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MR. DAVIS

                                          THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MR. DOGGETT

                                          A FULL 10 YEARS AGO, I AUTHORED A MEASURE HERE IN THE HOUSE TO REMOVE THIS…

                                          A FULL 10 YEARS AGO, I AUTHORED A MEASURE HERE IN THE HOUSE TO REMOVE THIS INFORMATION FROM THE MEDICARE CARD, AND THE NEXT SESSION, FINALLY IN 2010, WE WERE ABLE TO PASS THAT THROUGH THE HOUSE WITH THE HELP OF REPRESENTATIVE JOHNSON. IT WAS A BIPARTISAN INITIATIVE. THEN THE SENATE DIDN'T PASS IT. WHEN REPUBLICANS TOOK OVER CONTROL OF THE HOUSE, MR. JOHNSON APPROPRIATELY TOOK THE LEAD ON THAT LEGISLATION, AND HE WORKED AT IT FOR A WHILE. AND FINALLY IN 2015, GOT IT PASSED TO REMOVE THE SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER FROM THE MEDICARE CARD. REPRESENTATIVE JOHNSON, AS YOU KNOW, FINALLY NOW, 10 YEARS FROM WHEN WE STARTED IN JUNE OF THIS YEAR, IT LOOKS LIKE SENIORS WILL BEGIN GETTING THEIR MEDICARE CARDS WITHOUT THE SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER ON IT TO PROTECT THEIR PRIVACY AND TO AVOID THE EXPLOITATION THAT HAS OCCURRED. TO HIS CREDIT, MR. MARCHANT HAS IDENTIFIED ANOTHER GROUP OF VERY VULNERABLE INDIVIDUALS, CHILDREN. CARNEGIE MELAN DID A STUDY THAT REPORTED THAT NEARLY 10% OF AMERICA'S CHILDREN HAD THEIR IDENTITY ALREADY STOLEN, AND THE SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER IS A FACTOR IN THAT. THAT'S SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER THAN IT IS FOR ADULTS. SOME 51 TIMES HIGHER, ACCORDING TO THE STUDY. CHILDREN ARE PARTICULARLY VULNERABLE IN THIS REGARD BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE A DRIVER'S LICENSE. THEY'RE REALLY KIND OF A BLANK CANVAS. THEY DON'T WORK. THEY DON'T ESTABLISH CREDIT, AND THIS ALLOWS THEFT AND FRAUD TO GO UNDETECTED FOR MANY YEARS IN SOME CASES. BY THE TIME THAT THEY'RE YOUNG ADULTS, THEY COULD UNKNOWINGLY BE BURIED IN DEBT AND FACE DELAYS IN VERY IMPORTANT STEPS IN THEIR EDUCATION, IN THEIR WORK, GETTING THEIR FIRST, GETTING THAT DRIVER'S LICENSE OR APPLYING FOR A STUDENT LOAN. I SALUTE MR. MARCHANT FOR SEEING THAT THIS IS A PROBLEM, AND I'M PLEASED TO JOIN HIM IN SUPPORTING THIS MEASURE AND MY COLLEAGUE, MR. DAVIS FROM ILLINOIS. CHILDREN AND THEIR PARENTS AND THEIR GUARDIANS ACTING ON THEIR BEHALF DESERVE A STREAMLINE PROCESS THAT WILL ALLOW FOR A CHILD TO BE ISSUED A NEW SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER LONG BEFORE ANY MISUSE OCCURS. NO CHILD SHOULD HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE INEVITABLE HARM TO COME ALONG AND HAVE THEIR IDENTITY STOLEN BEFORE ACTION OCCURS. BUILDING ON THE SUCCESS THAT WE'VE HAD WITH SENIORS AND I HOPE IN A MUCH MORE PROMPT FASHION THAN WE WERE ABLE TO DO IT FOR SENIORS, WE NOW, THROUGH MR. MARCHANT'S EFFORTS, ARE WORKING TO ENSURE ONCE AGAIN ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS THAT WE PROVIDE THE SAME KIND OF PROTECTION FOR INFANTS AND CHILDREN FROM BASELESS IDENTITY THIEVES. I URGE ADOPTION OF THE LEGISLATION, AND I YIELD BACK. .

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          I RESERVE, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                                          I'M PLEASED TO NOTE THAT H.R.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          1512 AND OTHER BILLS BEFORE US TODAY TAKE IMPORTANT STEPS TO DECREASE…

                                          1512 AND OTHER BILLS BEFORE US TODAY TAKE IMPORTANT STEPS TO DECREASE IDENTITY THEFT.

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                                          MR. DAVIS

                                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MR. MARCHANT

                                          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                          MR. MARCHANT

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

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

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                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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                                            Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 830. H.R. 5192 — "To authorize the Commissioner of Social Security to provide confirmation of fraud protection data to certain permitted entities, and for other purposes."

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                                              Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 5192. Rule provides for one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Ways and Means, and provides for one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

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                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                                5192, A BILL TO PROVIDE FRAUD PROTECTION DATA TO CERTAIN PERMITTED…

                                                5192, A BILL TO PROVIDE FRAUD PROTECTION DATA TO CERTAIN PERMITTED ENTITIES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                THE CLERK

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                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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                                                MR. CURBELO

                                                WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                MR. CURBELO

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                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                MR. CURBELO

                                                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. DAVIS, IS…

                                                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. DAVIS, IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                            DEBATE

                                            The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 5192.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                              MR. DAVIS

                                              5192, THE PROTECTING CHILDREN FROM IDENTITY THEFT ACT, WHICH WAS…

                                              5192, THE PROTECTING CHILDREN FROM IDENTITY THEFT ACT, WHICH WAS INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES CARLOS CURBELO OF FLORIDA

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              MR. DAVIS

                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. AND AGAIN, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS…

                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. AND AGAIN, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              JOHNSON.

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                                              MR. CURBELO

                                              JOHNSON: THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              THANK YOU, MR. CURBELO FOR YIELDING AND FOR INTRODUCING THIS COMMONSENSE…

                                              THANK YOU, MR. CURBELO FOR YIELDING AND FOR INTRODUCING THIS COMMONSENSE AND MUCH-NEEDED BILL.

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                                              MR. JOHNSON

                                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              MR. DAVIS

                                              THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              5192, THE PROTECTING CHILDREN FROM IDENTITY THEFT ACT. MR.

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                                              MS. SINEMA

                                              THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              MR. CURBELO

                                              AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. HULTGREN, IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              I'D ALSO LIKE TO BEGIN BY THANKING LEADER MCCARTHY AND MY COLLEAGUES ON…

                                              I'D ALSO LIKE TO BEGIN BY THANKING LEADER MCCARTHY AND MY COLLEAGUES ON THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, CARLOS CURBELO, FOR THEIR SUPPORT FOR BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE HOUSE FLOOR. THIS BILL WILL BRING THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION INTO THE 21ST CENTURY TO ASSIST THE PRIVATE SECTOR IN COMBATING IDENTITY FRAUD.

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                                              MR. HULTGREN

                                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              MR. DAVIS

                                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OFTENTIMES SEE US ARGUING. IT IS LESS OFTEN THAT THEY…

                                              THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OFTENTIMES SEE US ARGUING. IT IS LESS OFTEN THAT THEY SEE US COLLABORATING, WORKING TOGETHER TO ADVANCE POLICIES THAT WILL IMPROVE QUALITY OF LIFE IN OUR COUNTRY. AND THAT'S WHY I WANT TO BEGIN URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES -- AGAIN URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE PROTECTING CHILDREN FROM IDENTITY THEFT ACT. WE NEED TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO SAFEGUARD OUR COMMUNITIES FROM THESE FRAUD SCHEMES.

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                                              MR. CURBELO

                                              THIS PROBLEM HAS WORSENED SIGNIFICANTLY OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS AND IS…

                                              THIS PROBLEM HAS WORSENED SIGNIFICANTLY OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS AND IS LEAVING FAMILIES WITH DEBT THEY DID NOT ACCRUE AND A WEAKER CREDIT HISTORY. H.R. 5192 WILL HELP ROOT OUT SYNTHETIC IDENTITY FRAUD THROUGH MODERNIZATION OF CUSTOMER INFORMATION. I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES WILL HELP VOTE TO PROTECT INDIVIDUALS ACROSS THE COUNTRY FROM THIS ILLEGAL ACTIVITY. SO ONCE AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, MY APPRECIATION TO CHAIRMAN BRADY, TO RANKING MEMBER NEAL, TO DR. DAVIS, TO MR. HULTGREN, MS. SINEMA, EVERYONE WHO'S BEEN A PART OF MAKING THIS HAPPEN SO THAT AFTER WE PASS THIS LEGISLATION CHILDREN IN OUR COUNTRY WON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT HAVING THEIR IDENTITIES STOLEN AT SUCH A YOUNG AGE. THIS KIND OF FRAUD CAN REALLY RUIN PEOPLE'S LIVES AND TODAY WE'RE WORKING TOGETHER AS ONE UNITED HOUSE, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, TO FIGHT FRAUD AND TO PROTECT CHILDREN, SOME OF THE MOST VULNERABLE PEOPLE IN OUR SOCIETY. SO I URGE A YES VOTE, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                              The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.

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                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY TO PROVIDE…

                                                A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY TO PROVIDE CONFIRMATION OF FRAUD PROTECTION DATA TO CERTAIN PERMITTED ENTITIES, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                THE CLERK

                                                THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT…

                                                THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. MR.

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                                              On passage Roll Call 142 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

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                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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                                                MR. CURBELO

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                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                DEVICE. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE…

                                                DEVICE. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ] THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 420. THE NAYS ARE ONE. THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE

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                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                MR. SPEAKER, BY DIRECTION OF THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS, I OFFER A PRIVILEGED…

                                                MR. SPEAKER, BY DIRECTION OF THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS, I OFFER A PRIVILEGED RESOLUTION AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION BY THE CHAMBER.

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                                                MR. CROWLEY

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                                            House Vote 142 - On Passage

                                            Protecting Children from Identity Theft Act

                                            Passed (420 - 1)
                                            Yea

                                            Vote Details: Yea - 420
                                            Republican - 230
                                            Democratic - 190

                                            Vote Details: Nay - 1
                                            Republican - 1

                                            Vote Details: Not Voting - 8
                                            Republican - 5
                                            Democratic - 3

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

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                                                Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 833 — "Electing Members to certain standing committees of the House of Representatives."

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                  THE CLERK

                                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED. THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS…

                                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED. THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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                                              On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.

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

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                                                  TEMPORE WITHOUT

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                                                  MR. CROWLEY

                                                  BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  BE CONSIDERED AS THE FIRST SPONSOR OF H.R. 141, A BILL ORIGINALLY…

                                                  BE CONSIDERED AS THE FIRST SPONSOR OF H.R. 141, A BILL ORIGINALLY INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVE CONYERS OF MICHIGAN, FOR THE PURPOSES OF ADDING CO-SPONSORS AND REQUESTING REPRINTINGS PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 7 OF RULE 12.

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                                              ASSUMING FIRST SPONSORSHIP

                                              Mr. Johnson (GA) asked unanimous consent that he may hereafter be considered as the first sponsor of H.R. 141, a bill originally introduced by former Representative Conyers, for purposes of adding cosponsors and requesting reprintings pursuant to clause 7 of rule XII. Agreed to without objection.

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                                                I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND…

                                                I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE BE DISCHARGED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 115 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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                                              • 05:22:59 PM

                                                TEMPORE WITHOUT

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                                                Mr. Barletta asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 115, AUTHORIZING THE USE OF THE CAPITOL…

                                                  HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 115, AUTHORIZING THE USE OF THE CAPITOL GROUNDS FOR THE NATIONAL PEACE OFFICERS MEMORIAL SERVICE AND THE NATIONAL HONOR GUARD AND PIPE BAND EXHIBITION.

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                                                • 05:23:26 PM

                                                  THE CLERK

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                                                Considered by unanimous consent. H. Con. Res. 115 — "Authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the National Peace Officers Memorial Service and the National Honor Guard and Pipe Band Exhibition."

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT IT MAY BE ORDER AT ANY TIME ON WEDNESDAY,…

                                                  I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT IT MAY BE ORDER AT ANY TIME ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2018, FOR THE SPEAKER TO DECLARE A RECESS SUBJECT TO THE CALL OF THE CHAIR FOR THE PURPOSE OF RECEIVING IN JOINT MEETING HIS EXCELLENCY, EMANUEL MACRON, PRESIDENT OF THE FRENCH REPUBLIC.

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                                            • 05:23:36 PM

                                              On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.

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

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                                                Mr. Barletta asked unanimous consent That it may be in order at any time on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, for the Speaker to declare a recess, subject to the call of the Chair, for the purpose of receiving in joint meeting His Excellency Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic. Agreed to without objection.

                                                • 05:24:08 PM

                                                  TEMPORE WITHOUT

                                                  OBJECTION.

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS ARE ADVISED TO TAKE THEIR…

                                                  ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS ARE ADVISED TO TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RISE? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. WILL MEMBERS PLEASE TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR.

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                                            • 05:25:30 PM

                                              ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

                                              The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.

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                                                THE U.S. ITSELF WILL BE INDEPENDENT BEFORE LONG. IT'S ESTIMATED THE U.S.…

                                                THE U.S. ITSELF WILL BE INDEPENDENT BEFORE LONG. IT'S ESTIMATED THE U.S. WILL SUPPLY 30% OF MEXICO'S GAS BY 2030. IN THE PERMIAN BASIN ALONE, ONE OF THE THREE PRODUCING SANDS IS ESTIMATED TO HOLD OVER 20 BILLION BARRELS OF OILI QUIFF LENS. AS THE C.E.O. OF SHELL SAID RECENTLY, WE WILL SEE PEAK DEMAND FOR GAS AND OIL WITHIN -- GASOLINE AND OIL WITHIN THE DECADE. SHELL'S LATEST OFF-SHORE PLATFORM, THE VETO, HAS BEEN SCALED BACK FROM 40,000 TONS TO 8,000 TONS. MR. SPEAKER, PLEASE PROTECT FLORIDA AND MAKE THE BAN PERMANENT. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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                                              • 05:27:17 PM

                                                MR. ROONEY

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                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                FLOOR. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?…

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

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                                                MR. MCEACHIN

                                                ALL AMERICANS NEED, DESERVE, AND HAVE A RIGHT TO BREATHE CLEAN AIR.…

                                                ALL AMERICANS NEED, DESERVE, AND HAVE A RIGHT TO BREATHE CLEAN AIR. HISTORICALLY WE HAVE UPHELD THAT RIGHT TO REASONABLE SCIENCE-BASED LIMITS ON POLLUTION. THAT TRADITION IS UNDER ASSAULT. LAST WEEK THE ADMINISTRATION DIRECTED THE E.P.A. TO WEAKEN THE STANDARDS FOR AMBIENT AIR POLLUTION BY ALLOWING FOR EMISSIONS TRADING. THIS WILL MAGNIFY EXISTING ENVIRONMENTAL INJUSTICES, ENABLING IN INCREASED POLLUTION IN AREAS THAT LIVE WITH ALREADY DANGEROUS CONCENTRATIONS. IT SOFTENS HEALTH MANDATES UNDER THE CLEAN AIR ACT. IT INCREASES THE WORKLOAD WITHOUT PROVIDING NEW RESOURCES. MR. SPEAKER, IF WE IGNORE THE BEST AVAILABLE SCIENCE OR IF WE STARVE AGENCIES OF THE RESOURCES THEY NEED TO ACTUALLY UPHOLD COMMONSENSE LIMITS, THEN WE ARE NOT PROTECTING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. LAST WEEK'S DIRECTOR -- DIRECTIVE WAS A MISTAKE. LIKE MOST OF THE ADMINISTRATION'S AGENDA, IT NEEDS TO BE ROLLED BACK. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                ME. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE…

                                                ME. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO -- THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO…

                                                FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO -- THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                Pursuant to clause 8 of rule XX, the Speaker postponed until a time to be announced the roll call vote on a motion to suspend the rules and pass H.R. 2905, as amended, which was ordered on Tuesday, April 17, 2018.

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                                                  OBJECTION.

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                                                  MRS. BEATTY

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

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                                                  REMARKS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO RECOGNIZE THE LEGACY OF

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                                                  MS. TENNEY

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

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                                                  MINUTE.

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                                                  TO RECOGNIZE AN AMERICAN HERO, WHO IS HERE WITH US TODAY.

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                                                  DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                  MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                                                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                  RICK,

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                                                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                  CARTER: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO REMEMBER THE LIFE OF MAYOR RONNIE…

                                                  CARTER: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO REMEMBER THE LIFE OF MAYOR RONNIE JACOBS WHO PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 64.

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                                                  MR. CARTER

                                                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM HAWAII SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                  KAPTUR: AS SOON AS MARCH 20 IS THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING, TODAY APRIL 16 AT…

                                                  KAPTUR: AS SOON AS MARCH 20 IS THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING, TODAY APRIL 16 AT MIDNIGHT IS THE TAX FILING DEADLINE FOR 2017 RETURNS. MONTHS AFTER PASSING THE $1.8 TRILLION

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                                                  MS. KAPTUR

                                                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                  A MADED. SHE WOULD ALWAYS TAKE TIME OFF FROM HER JOB AS A WAIT TRESS IN…

                                                  A MADED. SHE WOULD ALWAYS TAKE TIME OFF FROM HER JOB AS A WAIT TRESS IN CANADA TO TRAVEL TO LAS VEGAS FOR THE FESTIVAL. SHE WAS A HARD WORKER AND TO BECOME A KNEW MANAGER AT HER RESTAURANT. SHE WAS MATURE AND LIGHT-HEARTED PERSON. SHE WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR BEING KIND AND WARM-HEARTED AND SOMEONE WHO WOULD GREET YOU WITH A BEAMING SMILE. I EXTEND MY CONDOLENCES, THE CITY OF LAS VEGAS, THE STATE OF NEVADA AND THE WHOLE COUNTRY GRIEVE WITH YOU. I YIELD THE REMAINING BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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

                                                  TONKO: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE ANY EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE TOPIC OF MY SPECIAL ORDER.

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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. TONKO

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                                                TEMPORE WITHOUT

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                                                MR. TONKO

                                                AND IT ONLY BUILT BEYOND WHAT I ANTICIPATED THROUGH THE YEARS. A WOMAN OF…

                                                AND IT ONLY BUILT BEYOND WHAT I ANTICIPATED THROUGH THE YEARS. A WOMAN OF GREAT RESPECT, OF GREAT CHARM, WITH INTELLECT, INTEGRITY, AND PASSION FOR DOING THE RIGHT THING. AND LOUISE, THIS EVENING, WE JUST SAY THANK YOU FOR THE IMPACT YOU HAD ON OUR LIVES AND MORE IMPORTANTLY ON THE PEOPLE FOR WHOM YOU'VE SPOKEN AND FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN IMPACTED FAVORABLY BY YOUR SOUND WORKS. WE CALL TO MIND THIS EVENING THE PEOPLE OF THE 25TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF NEW YORK WHO HAVE LOST A GREAT VOICE IN THIS CHAMBER AND THOSE OF OTHER DISTRICTS, ITERATIONS SHE REPRESENTED THROUGH THE YEARS THAT SHE SERVED IN THIS REMARKABLE BODY. WE CALL TO MIND DON IN HER RULES STAFF, THOSE WHO WERE THERE AS COMMITTEE PEOPLE ASSISTING HER IN HER EVERY MOVE. WE CALL TO MIND LEA AND HER CREW IN D.C. AND AT HOME IN THE DISTRICT OFFICE. AND CERTAINLY HER FAMILY AND FRIENDS, PEOPLE WHO HAVE WORKED WITH HER THROUGH THE YEARS. IT IS A GREAT LOSS FOR ALL OF US. LOUISE DID EVERYTHING WITH CHARM. WHEN LOUISE INTRODUCED HERSELF TO NEWLY ELECTED HOUSE SPEAKER JIM WRIGHT AS A NEWLY ENTERING MEMBER, BACK IN 1986, SHE SPOKE IN THAT WONDERFUL UPSTATE NEW YORK ACCENT, INFECTED WITH HER DEEP KENTUCKY ROOTS WHICH SPEAK ER WRIGHT DISCERNS. IN HER VERY FORWARD WAY, SHE THREW OUT HER HAND TO SHAKE HIS AND SHE INTRODUCED HERSELF TO THE NEW SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I'M LOUISE SLAUGHTER FROM UPSTATE NEW YORK. AND HE RESPONDED, IT'S ABOUT TIME UPSTATE NEW YORK ELECTED SOMEBODY WITHOUT AN ACCENT. LOUISE WAS A GREAT STORYTELLER. SHE HAD THIS WAY OF REALLY PERSONALIZING AN ISSUE AND MAKING IT SO HUMAN THAT YOU COULDN'T SHAKE IT. SHE BROUGHT THE RELEVANCE OF ISSUES TO HUMAN LIFE. THERE WAS NO BETTER STORYTELLER THAN LOUISE SLAUGHTER, AND SHE PEPPERED EVERYTHING WITH HER UNIQUE AND DELIGHTFUL SAYINGS THAT WERE SUCH A SIGNATURE OF HER PERSONALITY. SHE WAS A PERSON OF EXTRAORDINARY INTEGRITY AND COURAGE. I REMEMBER SITTING WITH HER AND SOME OF OUR COLLEAGUES WHEN BOB PASSED, HER LATE HUSBAND PASSED. I KNOW HOW MUCH SHE LOVED HIM AND HOW MUCH HE LOVED HER. AND I CANNOT IMAGINE THE PAIN SHE FELT IN THAT MOMENT. BUT I WATCHED HER STEEL HERSELF, PICK HERSELF UP AND GO ON JUST THE WAY BOB WOULD HAVE WANTED, AN EXPRESSION OF THE DEEPEST LOVE AND RESPECT I HAVE EVER BEEN PRIVILEGED TO WITNESS. LOUISE HAD A DEVOTION TO PUBLIC SERVICE THAT WAS BORN IN THE 1960'S, IN A TRULY ASPIRATIONAL MOMENT FOR OUR COUNTRY, AN ERA THAT GAVE BIRTH TO A NEW FOUND DRIVEN POLITICAL GENERATION, AND I'D LIKE TO IMAGINE LOUISE IN THAT MOMENT LISTENING TO THE VOICES OF THE PEOPLE, READING NEWS OF CONFLICT, OF HOPE FOR RACIAL AND SOCIAL JUSTICE, OF FIGHT FOR PEACE IN THE FACE OF SEEMLESS WAR IN VIETNAM, EMPOWERING WOMEN AND SPEAKING FOR OUR ENVIRONMENT. AND ALL SET WITH EXTRAORDINARY MUSIC. BOB DILLON'S "BLOWING IN THE WIND" GAVE A SERIES OF INTRACTABLE QUESTIONS, ABOUT PEACE, ABOUT WAR, ABOUT FREEDOM AT A TIME WHEN THOSE QUESTIONS WERE ON THE LIPS OF EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN. AND LOUISE, SPEAKING ABOUT "BLOWING IN THE WIND," WAS NEVER A WEATHER VAIN POLITICIAN. AMIDST THE UNCERTAINTY AND CONFLICT OF THAT MOMENT, SHE FORGED HERSELF A BACKBONE OF STEEL AND NEVER WAVERED, NEVER BLEW WITH THE WIND. SHE DID WHAT WAS RIGHT AND IT DIDN'T HAVE TO BE POPULAR. BOB HAD A LOVE AND PASSION FOR POLITICS AS GREAT AS HIS WONDERFUL WIFE LOUISE. THEY WERE SUCH A WASHINGTON COUPLE. BOB WOULD SOMETIMES DRIVE LOUISE BACK AND FORTH FROM ROCHESTER, NEW YORK, TO ALBANY. HE WAS KNOWN AS AN INCREDIBLY THOUGHTFUL AND BRILLIANT PARTNER WHO SUPPORTED LOUISE TIRELESSLY. THEIR ACTIVISM BEGAN WITH THEIR FIGHT TO PROTECT HEARTS WOODS JUST OUTSIDE OF ROCHESTER. LOUISE WOULD GO ON TO ORGANIZE DEMOCRATS AND BOB WENT ON TO FIND THE POWER COALITION, FIGHTING AGAINST RATE INCREASES. BOB AND LOUISE LOVED THEIR FAMILY ABOVE ALL AND TONIGHT I WANT TO RECOGNIZE THEIR DAUGHTERS, ROBIN, AMY SLAUGHTER, EMILY, AND THANK THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES FOR THE GIFT OF THEIR MOTHER'S TIME AND THEIR UNSELFISH GIVING OF HER SO THAT SHE COULD SERVE OUR NATION. ROBIN AND AMY AND EMILY, THIS NATION OWES YOU A DEBT OF THANKS FOR THE EXTRAORDINARY SPIRIT AND ACHIEVEMENT OF YOUR PARENTS, OUR GREAT AND DEARLY DEPARTED FRIENDS, LOUISE AND BOB SLAUGHTER. I HAVE TO SPEAK OF THEM AS A TEAM. LOUISE LEFT AN IMPACT FOR WHOM SHE LEFT ON ROCHESTER AND IN WASHINGTON AND FOR A GENERATION YET UNBORN. LOUISE' PASSION AND FORE SIGHT LIVE ON THROUGH THE -- FORESIGHT LIVE ON THROUGH THE LASTING LEGACY OF HER WORK AND THROUGH THE SERVICE THAT SHE PROVIDED KNOWING THAT THAT SERVICE WILL CONTINUE LONG INTO THE FUTURE. SHE WAS RECOGNIZED AS A FIGHTER FOR THE COMMON, ORDINARY PERSON, AND THAT IS THE GREATEST TRIBUTE WE CAN OFFER HER. WE SAY THANK YOU TO A HUMBLE SERVANT WHO PICKED UP THE TASK AND DID IT MASTERFULLY WELL. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TO REPRESENTATIVE ELIOT ENGEL OF NEW YORK'S 16TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT.

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                                                MR. ENGEL

                                                I HAD THE PLEASURE OF KNOWING LOUISE FOR ALMOST 40 YEARS. WE SERVED…

                                                I HAD THE PLEASURE OF KNOWING LOUISE FOR ALMOST 40 YEARS. WE SERVED TOGETHER IN THE NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY UP IN ALBANY, NEW YORK, AND I WAS SENIOR TO HER IN THE NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY. SHE RAN FOR CONGRESS A FEW YEARS BEFORE I DID, AND SHE WAS SENIOR TO ME HERE AND I NEVER STOPPED TEASING HER ABOUT THAT, TO REMIND HER SHE MAY BE SENIOR HERE BUT IF YOU PUT THE LENGTH OF OUR TERMS TOGETHER I AM SENIOR TO HER AND WE ALWAYS GOT A KICK OUT OF THAT AND ALWAYS LAUGHED. ONE THING ABOUT LOUISE IS WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET, WHAT YOU SAW IS WHAT YOU GOT. LOUISE SPOKE HER MIND, SHE WASN'T AFRAID TO STAND UP TO POWER. SHE WAS ALWAYS THINKING OF THE GOOD FOR THE COUNTRY AND FOR NEW YORK AND HER CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. AND THERE WAS NO OTHER CALCULATION IN WHAT SHE DID. IT WAS JUST FEELING GOOD TRYING TO HELP THE PEOPLE. SHE WAS OUTSPOKEN AND SHE SAID WHAT WAS ON HER MIND AND SHE KNEW MORE THINGS THAT MANY OF US HAVE FORGOTTEN. SHE KNEW THEM. SHE REMEMBERED THEM. AND SHE WOULD ALWAYS HAVE A LITTLE QUIP OR A LITTLE THING TO SAY THAT WOULD REALLY MAKE YOU LAUGH AND WOULD MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE YOU WERE WITH A FRIEND AND SHE KIND OF GAVE YOU THE INSIDE SCOOP ON A BUNCH OF THINGS. YOU KNOW, SHE WAS THE MEMBER OF CONGRESS WHO WAS THE OLDEST MEMBER OF CONGRESS, AND YOU'D NEVER KNOW IT. WHEN I FIRST FOUND OUT HOW OLD SHE WAS, I THOUGHT IT WAS A MISPRINT. SHE WAS ALWAYS YOUNG. TO THE DAY SHE DIED SHE WAS YOUNG AND YOUNG AND HAVING A PASSION OF BELIEF, OF HELPING PEOPLE, AND HAVING A BELIEF IN GOVERNMENT AND GOVERNMENT WAS THERE TO DO GOOD FOR PEOPLE AND TO BE A GOOD TOOL. NOT AS SOME PEOPLE WOULD SAY, GOVERNMENT IS THE ENEMY, LOUISE ALWAYS BELIEVED THAT GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE AND COULD BE AND WOULD BE A FRIEND, A FRIEND TO DO THINGS FOR PEOPLE, FOR SENIORS, FOR POOR PEOPLE, FOR IMMIGRANTS. IF YOU NEEDED SOMEONE TO COME AND HELP YOU WORK FOR ANY CAUSE THAT WAS THE RIGHT CAUSE, ALL YOU HAD TO DO WAS ASK LOUISE AND SHE ALWAYS SAID YES. NOW, OUR OFFICES BACK IN THE RAYBURN BUILDING ARE OPPOSITE EACH OTHER SO YOU GO DOWN THE HALLWAY, IF YOU TURN LEFT, YOU'RE IN MY OFFICE, YOU TURN RIGHT, YOU'RE HE IN HER OFFICE. AND SO I OFTEN GOT TO MEET HER AND WE WERE GOING TO VOTES AND GOT TO SAY THINGS TO HER ABOUT NEW YORK POLITICS. AND SHE REALLY HAD THE IN, THE SCOOP. REALLY KNEW WHAT IT WAS. I AM GOING TO MISS HER. I ALREADY MISS HER. AND I KNOW YOU HAVE -- WE HAVE SO MANY OF OUR COLLEAGUES FROM NEW YORK WHO ARE HERE BECAUSE ALL OF US TOGETHER HAVE A HEART-FELT APPRECIATION OF WHAT IT WAS TO BE LOUISE AND TO BE LOUISE'S FRIEND. YOU KNOW THAT TWANG SHE HAD FROM KENTUCKY, SHE ALWAYS PROUDLY TOLD EVERYBODY SHE WAS FROM KENTUCKY BUT HER HEARD WAS REALLY FROM NEW YORK AND I WILL MISS HEAR DEARLY. REST PEACEFULLY, MY FRIEND. WE ALL LOVE YOU.

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                                                MS. VELAZQUEZ

                                                LOUISE WAS A REMARKABLE WOMAN, AN ASTUTE LEGISLATOR, A GIFTER DEBATER. SHE…

                                                LOUISE WAS A REMARKABLE WOMAN, AN ASTUTE LEGISLATOR, A GIFTER DEBATER. SHE WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR ALL THOSE TRAITS. BUT SHE WILL ALSO BE REMEMBERED FOR HER COMPASSION, HER HUMOR, AND THE MANY KINDNESSES SHE EXTENDED TO ALL OF US. I WILL ALWAYS RECALL THE MANY TIMES COMING DOWN TO THIS VERY FLOOR TO SPEAK AND HEARING LOUISE ARGUING FOR FAIRNESS AND OPPOSING POLICIES BAD FOR OUR NATION. SHE WAS A FIERCE ORATOR WITH A SHARP WIT. SHE WAS A PASSIONATE VOICE FOR PROGRESSIVE VALUES. LIKE A NEW YORKER, SHE NEVER BACKED DOWN FROM A FIGHT. IF SHE WANTED TO GET SOMETHING DONE, SHE DUG IN HER HEELS AND FOUGHT LIKE HELL FOR IT. BUT AS A DAUGHTER OF THE SOUTH, SHE WILL EQUALLY BE REMEMBERED FOR HER AMAZING WIT, HER GENTLE TOUCH, HER GENUINE FRIENDSHIP AN BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. WHAT IS REMARKABLE IS THAT AT THE END OF THE DAY, WHEN THE DEBATE CONCLUDED AND THE VOTES WERE TAKEN, LOUISE WAS KNOWN FOR SHARING A LAUGH WITH HER COLLEAGUES ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE AISLE. SOMEONE ONCE DESCRIBED HER, AND I QUOTE, A COMBINATION OF SOUTHERN CHARM AND BACK ROOM POLITICS, A SOMEONE WITH A CIGAR IN HER MOUTH, SHE WAS TRULY LARGER THAN LIFE. WHEN LOUISE CAME TO CONGRESS, THERE WERE FAR FEWER WOMEN IN THIS BODY. SHE HELPED LEAD THE WAY FOR SO MANY OF US WHO CAME AFTER, BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS. SO MANY OF US OWE HER A DEBT OF GRATITUDE FOR THE TRAILS SHE BLAZED. AS A FELLOW NEW YORKER, AS A FELLOW FEMALE MEMBER OF CONGRESS, MOST OF ALL, AS HER FRIEND, I KNOW I WILL MISS HER. THIS BODY IS BETTER SERVED FOR HER SERVICE, AND THE U.S. HOUSE WILL CERTAINLY BE LESS COLORFUL PLACE WITHOUT SEEING HER ON THE FLOOR LEADING DEBATES ON THE RULES WITH HER KENTUCKY ACCENT AND HER COMMITMENT TO PROGRESSIVE VALUES. I THANK MY FRIENDS FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK AND YIELD BACK.

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                                                MR. TONKO

                                                LOWEY: MR. SPEAKER, OUR NATION STILL GRIEVES THE LOSS OF A GREAT NEW…

                                                LOWEY: MR. SPEAKER, OUR NATION STILL GRIEVES THE LOSS OF A GREAT NEW YORKER, LOUISE SLAUGHTER. I'LL NEVER FORGET WHEN LOUISE AND I STILL JUST JUNIOR CONGRESS WOMEN AT THE TIME CHARGED UP THE STEPS OF THE U.S.

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                                                MRS. LOWEY

                                                SENATE TO DEMAND THAT ANITA HILL BE ALLOWED TO TESTIFY AGAINST CLARENCE…

                                                SENATE TO DEMAND THAT ANITA HILL BE ALLOWED TO TESTIFY AGAINST CLARENCE THOMAS. LOUISE NEVER LOST THAT FIGHTING SPIRIT. FEARLESSNESS AND COMMITMENT TO JUSTICE, EQUALITY, AND WOMEN'S RIGHTS. SHE BROKE BARRIERS, BECOMING THE FIRST WOMAN TO CHAIR THE HOUSE RULES COMMITTEE AND SET A STRONG EXAMPLE OF PUBLIC SERVICE AND PRINCIPLED LEADERSHIP AS DEAN OF THE NEW YORK CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION. AS A LEADING CHAMPION OF WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT, SHE PROUDLY REPRESENTED SENECA FALLS, THE SITE OF THE FIRST WOMEN'S RIGHTS CONVENTION. IT WAS AN HONOR TO CHARGE ALONGSIDE LOUISE UP THE STEPS OF THE SENATE THAT FALL DAY YEARS AGO AND DURING THE MANY BATTLES WE FOUGHT TOGETHER FOR AMERICA'S HEALTH CARE, WOMEN'S RIGHTS, OPPORTUNITY FOR WORKING MEN AND WOMEN AND SO MUCH MORE. . NEW YORK, THE CONGRESS AND OUR COUNTRY HAVE SUFFERED AN IMMEASURABLE LOSS. I DO PRAY THAT CONGRESSWOMAN SLAUGHTER'S FAMILY AND THE LEGIONS OF STAFF WHO SERVED HER MAY FIND COMFORT KNOWING HER GREAT LEGACY AND MANY ACCOMPLISHMENTS HAVE IMPROVED THE LIVES OF SO MANY AMERICANS. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                MR. TONKO

                                                MALONEY.

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                                                MRS. MALONEY

                                                SHE WORKED FOR PEOPLE RIGHT UP UNTIL THE DAY SHE DIED. AND WHEN I FIRST…

                                                SHE WORKED FOR PEOPLE RIGHT UP UNTIL THE DAY SHE DIED. AND WHEN I FIRST CAME TO CONGRESS, LOUISE TOOK ME UNDER HER WING AND FOR THAT AND FOR HER FRIENDSHIP I WILL BE GRATEFUL. I TRULY MISS HER DEARLY BUT I'M COMFORTED KNOWING THE LEGACY THAT SHE LEAVES BEHIND. WHEN LOUISE BECAME A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE IN 1987, SHE WAS ONE OF JUST 25 FEMALE LEADERS. TODAY WE NUMBER MORE THAN 100. I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT HER LEADERSHIP AND THE EXAMPLES SHE SET AS THE FIRST FEMALE CHAIR OF THE HOUSE RULES COMMITTEE LED TO MORE WOMEN RUNNING FOR OFFICE. SHE WAS A TRAIL BLAZER AND SHE BROKE DOWN DOORS FOR PEOPLE AND FOR WOMEN AND FOR REAL CHANGE IN THIS COUNTRY. AND WHILE I COULD GO ON AND ON ABOUT HER LEGISLATIVE ACHIEVEMENTS, INCLUDING THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT, THE FIRST BILL THAT I WORKED ON WHEN I CAME TO CONGRESS WITH LOUISE, SHE WAS THE LEAD DEMOCRAT, ALONG WITH THEN-SENATOR BIDEN. IT WAS A TRANSFORMATIONAL BILL THAT ADDRESSED VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN. SHE FOUGHT YEARS FOR IT. MANY PEOPLE THOUGHT IT WAS A PERSONAL AFFAIR, A FAMILY AFFAIR, AND SHE FOUGHT TO MAKING IT A LEGAL AFFAIR THAT WOMEN SHOULD BE PROTECTED IN ANY AND EVERY CIRCUMSTANCE. AND HAD MONEY IN IT TO TRAIN POLICE AND PROSECUTORS TO BE MORE SENSITIVE TO THE NEEDS OF WOMEN AND THE VIOLENCE AGAINST THEM. SHE WAS A BIOLOGIST BY TRAINING AND WAS VERY PROUD OF THIS BACKGROUND AND WAS A LEADER ON F.D.A. , HEALTH ISSUES, AND WAS THE FIRST TO INTRODUCE GENETIC INFORMATION AND THE ANTI-DISCRIMINATION ACT THAT BECAME A CENTRAL PART OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. THAT YOU SHOULD NOT HOLD PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS AND PREVENT HEALTH CARE FOR PEOPLE BECAUSE OF PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. SHE CONSIDERED THAT ONE OF HER GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS. AND SHE LED THE DEBATE ON THE FLOOR FOR THE DEMOCRATS, FOR THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. AND ITS PASSAGE. SHE OVERSAW THAT HISTORIC DEBATE. AND HER IMPACT EXTENDS FAR BEYOND THE BILLS THAT SHE PASSED AND THE COMMITTEES THAT SHE CHAIRED. SHE WAS THE FIRST WOMAN TO CHAIR MOST OF THE COMMITTEES THAT SHE BECAME PART OF. DURING HER 31 YEARS IN CONGRESS SHE WAS A MENTOR TO MANY FEMALE MEMBERS, AND BECAUSE OF THAT, PLAYED A MAJOR ROLE IN SHAPING OUR PARTY AND COALITION WE ARE TODAY. SHE WAS A LEADER FOR NEW YORK AND SHE WAS A LEADER FOR DEMOCRATS IN NEW YORK. SHE WAS ONE OF THE FIRST DEMOCRATS TO BE ELECTED IN UPSTATE NEW YORK. AND EVERYONE RUNNING FOR OFFICE IN UPSTATE NEW YORK, THE FIRST PERSON THEY WENT TO WAS LOUISE SLAUGHTER. I AM PROUD AND GRATEFUL TO HAVE CALLED HER A DEAR FRIEND AND MENTOR. AND TO BE ABLE TO PAY TRIBUTE TO HER AND TO SAY THANK YOU TO HER AND HER FAMILY. SHE ADORED HER LATE HUSBAND, BOB. AND WE ALL APPRECIATE THE GREAT IMPACT SHE HAD ON ME, ON THIS CONGRESS, AND ON OUR NATION. LOUISE, WE MISS YOU. YOU ARE IN OUR HEARTS. THANK YOU, DEAR FRIEND. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                MR. TONKO

                                                CLARKE: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. TONKO, FOR LEADING THIS…

                                                CLARKE: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. TONKO, FOR LEADING THIS SPECIAL ORDER HOUR, IN COMMEMORATION AND REMEMBRANCE OF OUR DEAR COLLEAGUE, THE HONORABLE LOUISE SLAUGHTER.

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                                                MS. CLARKE

                                                MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TO REPRESENTATIVE JERRY NADLER OF NEW YORK'S 10TH…

                                                MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TO REPRESENTATIVE JERRY NADLER OF NEW YORK'S 10TH DISTRICT.

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                                                MR. TONKO

                                                SPEAKER, I AM HEARTBROKEN AT THE LOSS OF LOUISE SLAUGHTER, WHO IS A DEAR…

                                                SPEAKER, I AM HEARTBROKEN AT THE LOSS OF LOUISE SLAUGHTER, WHO IS A DEAR FRIEND AND A BELOVED COLLEAGUE. I FIRST MET LOUISE WHEN SHE WAS ELECTED TO THE STATE ASSEMBLY IN 1982.

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                                                MR. NADLER

                                                MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD NOW TO NEW YORK'S 24TH DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE, JOHN…

                                                MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD NOW TO NEW YORK'S 24TH DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE, JOHN KATKO.

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                                                MR. TONKO

                                                SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE OF ONE OF MY DEAR FRIENDS AND…

                                                SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE OF ONE OF MY DEAR FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES, REPRESENTATIVE DOROTHY LOUISE MCINTOSH SLAUGHTER. CONGRESSWOMAN SLAUGHTER PAT PASTED AWAY LAST MONTH -- SLAUGHTER PASSED AWAY LAST MONTH AFTER MORE THAN 31 YEEFERS SERVICE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES -- YEARS OF SERVICE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. BORN TOA COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER -- BORN A COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER FROM KENTUCKY, SHE BECAME A TRUE DAUGHTER OF UPSTATE NEW YORK, EXEMPLIFYING ITS VALUES AND REPRESENTING HER FELLOW CONSTITUENTS WITH THE ZEAL AND TENACITY THAT WAS UNRIVALED IN HER STORE RID TENURE. BECOMING THE FIRST -- HER STORIED TENURE. BECOMING THE FIRST WOMAN TO CHAIR THE HOUSE RULES COMMITTEE, SHE WAS A PIONEER HERR IN HER ADVOCACY -- IN HER

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                                                MR. KATKO

                                                ADVOCACY. I HAD THE DISTINCT HONOR AND PLEASURE AND PRIVILEGE TO WORK WITH…

                                                ADVOCACY. I HAD THE DISTINCT HONOR AND PLEASURE AND PRIVILEGE TO WORK WITH REPRESENTATIVE SLAUGHTER ON A WHOLE HOST OF ISSUES THAT AFFECT OUR NEIGHBORING COMMUNITIES IN UPSTATE NEW YORK, AND THE NATION AT LARGE. WHETHER IT WAS TACKLING THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC OR ENSURING OUR CITIZENS ACCESS TO CLEAN DRINKING WATER, I AM PROUD BUT HUMBLED TO SAY LOUISE AND I WORKED SIDE BY SIDE. FOR LOUISE, THE INTERESTS OF HER CONSTITUENTS AND FELLOW AMERICANS ROSE ABOVE ALL ELSE AS SHE EMBODIED THE TRUE MEANING OF BIPARTISANSHIP, READILY REACHING ACROSS THE AISLE TO PEOPLE LIKE ME IN SPITE OF PARTY OR PUBLIC PRESSURE TO ACHIEVE THE COMMON GOOD. REST PEACEFULLY, LOUISE. I WILL MISS YOUR LOVELY DEMEANOR AND YOUR WONDERFUL SMILE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                MR. TONKO

                                                LEWIS.

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                                                MR. LEWIS

                                                DIFFICULT TO STAND HERE AND KNOW THAT SISTER LOUISE SLAUGHTER IS NOT HERE.…

                                                DIFFICULT TO STAND HERE AND KNOW THAT SISTER LOUISE SLAUGHTER IS NOT HERE. WE CAME TO CONGRESS TOGETHER. AND FROM TIME TO TIME SHE WOULD CALL ME BROTHER JOHN. I LOVE SISTER LOUISE. SHE WOULD TALK, SHE WOULD LAUGH. SHE WAS SMART, GIFTED, BRAVE, COURAGEOUS AND SOMETIMES VERY BOLD. I WILL NEVER FORGET THE TRIP TO ROCHESTER, TO BE WITH HER AND SEE HOW THE PEOPLE LOVED HER, ADORED HER. I THINK WHEN GOD CREATED SISTER LOUISE, HE DESTROYED THE MOLD. SHE WAS ONE OF A KIND. SO WONDERFUL, I MISS HER EVERY SINGLE DAY. THANK YOU, BROTHER PAUL, FOR DOING THIS. SISTER LOUISE WOULD BE VERY PROUD OF YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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                                              • 06:13:05 PM

                                                MR. TONKO

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                                                MS. PELOSI

                                                THANK YOU FOR BEING SUCH AN INSPIRATION. THANK YOU FOR LOVING LOUISE SO…

                                                THANK YOU FOR BEING SUCH AN INSPIRATION. THANK YOU FOR LOVING LOUISE SO MUCH. AS WE KNOW SHE LOVED YOU AS WELL. BROTHER JOHN. AND AREN'T WE PROUD OF PAUL TONKO AND HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH LOUISE, A FRIENDSHIP THAT GOES BACK TO THE STATE LEGISLATURE MANY YEARS AGO IN NEW YORK. LOUISE CAME 31 YEARS AGO TO THE CONGRESS. YOU CAME MORE RECENTLY. BUT YOUR FRIENDSHIP GOES BACK LONGER. SO DEAR WERE YOU TO HER. SO HERE WE HAVE LOUISE, AND I DON'T HAVE A MAGIC MINUTE, SO THIS IS NOT AN EIGHT-HOUR PREPSITION. IN HIGH HEELS. ALTHOUGH I'D LOVE TO DO THAT FOR LOUISE ANY TIME. BUT LET ME JUST MAKE SOME WISHES. I WISH YOU COULD HAVE ALL BEEN IN ROCHESTER FOR LOUISE'S MEMORIAL SERVICE. TO HER -- HEAR HER GRANDCHILDREN TALK ABOUT HER. AS A GRANDMOTHER, MYSELF, ANY TIME I GO TO A SERVICE NOW, I THINK, WHAT DO THE GRANDCHILDREN THINK? WHAT DO THEY KNOW ABOUT THEIR GRANDMOTHER? HOW MUCH -- DO THEY KNOW HOW MUCH THEIR GRANDMOTHER LOVED THEM? LOUISE'S GRANDCHILDREN DO AND DID. HOPEFULLY WE'LL BE HEARING MORE FROM THEM. THEY SPOKE MAGNIFICENTLY ABOUT HER PERSONALLY. NOT SO GREAT ABOUT HER COOKING. WOULDN'T YOU SAY? NOT THAT DAY ANYWAY. BUT ANYWAY. THEY JUST LOVED HER SO MUCH. AND SHE WAS ABOUT THE FUTURE. BUT SHE HAD A TREMENDOUS RESPECT FOR THE PAST AS WELL. AND SO WHEN MANY OF US VISITED HER IN ROCHESTER, WE'D GO TO SUSAN B. ANTHONY'S HOME TO SEE WHERE SO MUCH OF WOMEN'S RIGHTS BEGAN, SHE'D TAKE US ACROSS THE BORDERLINE OF THE DISTRICT TO SEE WHERE IT ALL BEGAN, SENECA FALLS. SHE TOOK SUCH OWNERSHIP OF OUR SUFFRAGETTES AND HER RESPONSIBILITY TO HAVE -- TO CARRY FORTH THEIR COURAGE, THEIR POSSIBILITIES FOR THE FUTURE. . SHE WAS A SOUTHERN BELLE WITH SOUTHERN CHARM, AND NORTHERN TIMETABLE. SO YOU NEVER WANTED TO WASTE TOO MUCH TIME NOT GIVING IN TO LOUISE. BECAUSE EVENTUALLY SHE WOULD HAVE HER WAY. SAVE YOURSELF SOME TIME. WHATEVER YOU SAY, LOUISE. SHE WAS A BEAUTIFUL PERSON TO SERVE WITH. MANY OF OUR COLLEAGUES WANT TO SPEAK ABOUT HER. I'LL HAVE ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TOMORROW BUT I DID WANT TO ADD MY VOICE ONCE AGAIN TO OUR COLLEAGUES AS WE SPEAK ABOUT HER WITH GREAT RESPECT, ADMIRATION, WHICH WE DO FOR OUR COLLEAGUES, BUT RESPECT, ADMIRATION, AND AFFECTION. THAT'S ABOUT LOUISE SLAUGHTER. I YIELD BACK.

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                                              • 06:16:31 PM

                                                MR. TONKO

                                                ESHOO.

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                                                MS. ESHOO

                                                SHE WOULD TALK ABOUT EACH ONE OF YOU, I DON'T KNOW WHICH ONE IS WHICH BUT…

                                                SHE WOULD TALK ABOUT EACH ONE OF YOU, I DON'T KNOW WHICH ONE IS WHICH BUT SHE THOUGHT THAT WE ALL KNEW WHICH ONE WAS WHICH. SHE HAD ALL THE STORIES STRAIGHT, SHE WAS SO PROUD OF YOU. THERE'S SO MUCH TO BE SAID ABOUT LOUISE. SHE WAS A GREAT MOTHER. SHE WAS A FABULOUS WIFE TO BOB. SHE WAS A MICROBIOLOGIST. SHE WAS A GREAT GRANDMOTHER. SHE REPRESENTED A DISTRICT IN WESTERN NEW YORK WITH A KENTUCKY ACCENT. THAT WILL, I DON'T THINK, EVER HAPPEN AGAIN. AND SHE HAD A BEAUTIFUL SINGING VOICE. I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY OF YOU KNOW THAT. WHEN OUR COUNTRY WAS ATTACKED AND THE CONGRESS WENT OUT IN FRONT OF THE CAPITOL, IT WAS CONGRESSWOMAN SLAUGHTER THAT STARTED SINGING "GOD BLESS AMERICA" AND EVERYONE JOINED IN ON THAT. SHE WAS NOT ONLY PROUD TO REPRESENT THE HOME OF THE FEMINISTS, THOSE REVOLUTIONARIES, SHE WAS ONE HERSELF. AND SHE WAS DAMN PROUD OF IT. SHE WASN'T AN APOLOGIST FOR ANY OF IT. SHE WAS PROUD OF IT. BECAUSE SHE UNDERSTOOD THAT THAT WAS WHAT WAS GOING TO MOVE AMERICA FORWARD. SHE LOVED THIS HOUSE. SHE HAD A HOME ON THE HILL AND SHE HAD A HOME IN HER DISTRICT. BUT SHE LOVED THIS HOUSE. AND USED TO STAND RIGHT HERE, THIS IS WHERE SHE DID HER WORK. THIS IS WHERE SHE DID HER WORK. DON'T CROSS LOUISE. DON'T EVER CROSS LOUISE. I MEAN, SHE WAS A LADY BUT I'LL TELL YOU SOMETHING IF -- YOU WOULD FEEL THE WRATH OF LOUISE SLAUGHTER IF YOU WENT THE OTHER WAY ON HER. THE WAY I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER LOUISE IS THAT SHE KNEW HOW TO LOVE. SHE KNEW HOW TO LOVE WELL. SHE HAD A FIERCENESS ABOUT HER IN TAKING CARE OF HER CONSTITUENTS. THEY BELONGED TO HER. SHE BELONGED TO THEM. AND WHAT THE LEADER RECALLED, THE TRIBUTE THEY PAID TO HER AT HER MEMORIAL I THINK WAS SECOND TO NONE. SO LOUISE, MY FRIEND, NO ONE IS EVER GOING TO FILL YOUR SHOES AROUND HERE BUT WE STAND TALLER BECAUSE WE KNEW YOU. YOU SHOWED US THE RIGHT WAY. THE RIGHT WAY TO BE A FRIEND. THE BEST WAY TO REPRESENT PEOPLE. HOW TO FIGHT TOUGH AND FIGHT HARD FOR THE RIGHT THINGS. LOUISE -- I LOVED LOUISE'S ACCENT. AND WHEN YOU'D SEE HER ON THE FLOOR SHE WOULD SAY, ANNA, HAVE I TOLD YOU THIS WEEK THAT I JUST LOVE YOU? AND WHEN SHE SPOKE IT WAS AS IF HER WORDS WERE JUST A SECURITY BLANKET AROUND YOU. YOU KNEW THAT SHE MEANT IT. IT WAS TENDER. IT WAS LOVING. AND YOU KNEW THAT YOU HAD ONE OF THE BEST PARTNERS YOU COULD EVER HAVE IN ANY UNDERTAKING. I THINK THAT LOUISE IS VERY HAPPY IN HEAVEN. AND I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT SHE IS CHAIRING THE BIG RULES COMMITTEE IN THE SKY. AND I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT WHEN SHE GOT TO THE GATE THERE WAS ABSOLUTELY NO DISCUSSION WHATSOEVER AS TO WHETHER SHE WAS GOING TO TAKE A HIGH PLACE IN HEAVEN BECAUSE OF EVERYTHING THAT SHE DID ON EARTH. SO LOUISE, BE HAPPY THERE. YOU EARNED IT. WE MISS YOU HERE. BUT WE KNOW THAT YOUR SPIRIT IS WITH US. IT ALWAYS WILL BE. AND THAT WE WILL LOVE YOU ACROSS ETERNITY. THERE WAS A POET THAT WROTE THESE BEAUTIFUL WORDS. AND SO SHE PASSED ON, AND ALL THE TRUMPETS SOUNDED ON THE OTHER SIDE. GOD REST YOU, LOUISE.

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                                              • 06:21:48 PM

                                                MR. TONKO

                                                KAPTUR: WHAT A PRIVILEGE IT IS WITH OUR COLLEAGUES TONIGHT TO JOIN…

                                                KAPTUR: WHAT A PRIVILEGE IT IS WITH OUR COLLEAGUES TONIGHT TO JOIN TOGETHER TO PAY TRIBUTE TO OUR FRIEND, LOUISE MCINTOSH SLAUGHTER, BORN IN HARLAN COUNTY, KENTUCKY WHO WROTE FRESH PAGES IN AMERICAN HISTORY.

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                                              • 06:21:56 PM

                                                MS. KAPTUR

                                                THANK YOU. I YIELD TO SHEILA JACKSON LEE, THE CONGRESSWOMAN FROM TEXAS 18.

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                                                MR. TONKO

                                                I RISE TODAY TO REALLY HIGHLIGHT THE SUNSHINE THAT LOUISE SLAUGHTER,…

                                                I RISE TODAY TO REALLY HIGHLIGHT THE SUNSHINE THAT LOUISE SLAUGHTER, CONGRESSWOMAN LOUISE MCINTOSH SLAUGHTER REALLY WAS TO ALL OF US.

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                                                MS. JACKSON LEE

                                                I'M REMINDED OF THAT DAY WHEN THOSE TWO PLANES LANDED IN ROCHESTER, NEW…

                                                I'M REMINDED OF THAT DAY WHEN THOSE TWO PLANES LANDED IN ROCHESTER, NEW YORK, HER BELOVED COMMUNITY, THE BRIGHT, SUNNY DAY BUT IT WAS ALMOST AMAZING AS THE BUSES DREW UP TO THE PLACE OF HER FUNERAL AND THE LINES AND LINES OF ROCHESTER CITIZENS, HER CONSTITUENTS, WHO WERE LINING UP TWO BY TWO WAITING TO COME TO HONOR HER. THAT WAS A TRUE TESTIMONY TO WHAT LOUISE SLAUGHTER AND HER HUSBAND BOB WERE TO THAT COMMUNITY. THEY LOVED THEIR COMMUNITY AND THAT COMMUNITY LOVED HER. 88 YEARS OF YOUTH BECAUSE SHE WAS YOUNG AND VIBRANT AND READY AND I AM DELIGHTED TO ACKNOWLEDGE SO MUCH THAT SHE DID IN THE AREAS OF WOMEN'S RIGHTS AND EMPOWERMENT, THE ARTS, ECONOMIC REVITALIZATION, THE ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIAL JUSTICE AND OF COURSE HER WORK DEALING WITH THE ISSUE OF THE GENETICS THAT REALLY A LOT OF PEOPLE IN CONGRESS DIDN'T EVEN UNDERSTAND BUT LOUISE, WITH HER EXPERTISE IN MICROBIOLOGY, THERE SHE WAS EDUCATING ALL OF US. HER LEADERSHIP ON THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. SHE WAS ONE OF THE SOLDIERS AND GENERALS THAT MADE SURE IT PASSED AND AS WELL HER GREAT WORK IN DEALING WITH THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT. THE STOCK ACT. TO MAKE SURE WE AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS DID THE RIGHT THING FINANCIALLY. REALLY I WANT TO EMPHASIZE THE TUTORING THAT LOUISE SLAUGHTER GAVE TO ME. I WANT TO THANK HER STAFF , HE STAFF IS SIT BACK IN THIS CHAMBER, STAFF IN HER HOME DISTRICT, BUT IF GRU CAME TO THE RULES COMMITTEE EITHER AS LOUISE WAS A MEMBER A SENIOR MEMBER, OR RANKING MEMBER OR CHAIRING HER ASUITNESS -- ASTUTENESS AND GENIUS, HER SHARP WIT, HER REMINDING MEMBERS THAT SHE WAS THE CHAIR THAT WE COULD LEARN FROM HER IF WE DECIDED TO DO SO, I KNOW PERSONALLY AS A FREQUENT VISITOR TO THE RULES COMMITTEE, LOUISE SLAUGHTER WAS IN CHARGE. AND THE FIRST WOMAN CHAIR OF THIS POWERFUL COMMITTEE AND I LEARNED FAST FROM HER. I CANNOT THANK HER ENOUGH FOR TEACHING A NEW MEMBER AT THAT TIME OF THE WORKS AND THE GOINGS ON AND THE PROTOCOLS OF THE RULES COMMITTEE AND HOW TO DO IT RIGHT. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH. SHE NEVER LOST HER HUMOR, THAT WONDERFUL SOUTHERN TWANG AND WHO WOULD BE BETTER LEADING SENECA FALLS THAN LOUISE MCINTOSH SLAUGHTER. I THANK HER FOR HER FIGHT FOR WOMEN'S RIGHTS AND AS WELL FOR TAKING ME TO NIAGARA FALLS AS A MEMBER THEY HAVE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE. AS I CLOSE, I'M REMINDED THAT CONGRESSWOMAN SLAUGHTER HAD AN IRON FIST IN A VELVET GLF AND I LOVED IT AND I LOVED HER WIT AND I LOVED THE FACT THAT SHE WAS A TRUE AMERICAN. SO MY PRAYER IS THAT THE LORD BRING COMFORT TO THE MANY PEOPLE, THOSE WHOM LOUISE KNEW AND THOSE WHO FELT THEY KNEW LOUISE SLAUGHTER WHO KNOW THAT A MIGHTY OAK AS FALLEN AND OUR -- AND ARE HEART BROKEN AT HER LOSS. AASK THAT GOD BLESS HER, MAY GOD REST HER AND MAY GOD BLESS HER CONSTITUENTS AS GOD BLESSES THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. FAREWELL, CONGRESSWOMAN LOUISE MCINTOSH SLAUGHTER, YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN, YOU WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED. I YIELD BACK.

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                                              • 06:30:20 PM

                                                MR. TONKO

                                                DISTRICT.

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                                                MS. LEE

                                                EVERY TIME I WALK ON THIS FLOOR, I STILL LOOK FOR LOUISE. ACTUALLY, PAUL,…

                                                EVERY TIME I WALK ON THIS FLOOR, I STILL LOOK FOR LOUISE. ACTUALLY, PAUL, RIGHT THERE. THE VOID THAT SHE HAS LEFT IS JUST UNBEARABLE. HER PASSING WAS DEVASTATING NEWS FOR ALL OF US HERE. BUT I MUST ONCE AGAIN SEND MY THOUGHTS AND CONDOLENCES TO HER BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTERS, HER GRANDCHILDREN, AND TO HER ENTIRE CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT AND THE STATE OF NEW YORK AND REALLY TO OUR ENTIRE COUNTRY. LOUISE WAS A DEAR FRIEND AND MENTOR AND SHE WAS AN UNPARALLELED LEGISLATOR. AND OF COURSE SHE LOVED HER DISTRICT AND FOUGHT FOR THEM WITH PASSION, INTELLECT AND DEDICATION. AND I ALSO WANT TO SAY TO LOUISE'S STAFF, HOW MUCH I KNOW, LIKE ANNA SAID, THAT SHE LOVED YOU AND RESPECTED YOU. AND I HAVE TO SAY, YOU KNOW, AROUND HERE, POACHING IS A NO-NO. WELL, LOUISE POACHED ONE OF MY STAFF MEMBERS AND I TOLD HER, WE TALKED ABOUT IT, HE SAID, I AM SO HAPPY, -- I SAID, I AM SO HAPPY, LOUISE. YOU'RE THE ONLY MEMBER I WOULD BE HAPPY ABOUT POACHING. SO THANK YOU ALL BECAUSE I KNOW SHE LOVED YOU AND I WAS HAPPY TO ALLOW LOUISE TO POACH MY STAFF. BECAUSE SHE DID AN INCREDIBLE JOB FOR LOUISE. LOUISE INVITED ME TO HER DISTRICT SEVERAL TIMES. AND I TELL YOU, THE LOVE AND THE RESPECT ALL ACROSS HER DISTRICT I WITNESSED. I SAID, IF ONLY MY DISTRICT, YOU KNOW, SAW THIS. HOW SHE BROUGHT PEOPLE TOGETHER. BECAUSE I THINK WE COULD LEARN A LOT FROM LOUISE'S ABILITY TO BUILD COALITIONS. I REMEMBER WHEN I FIRST CAME TO CONGRESS, YES, 20 YEARS ARKS APRIL 21, IT WILL BE -- YEARS AGO, APRIL 21, IT WILL BE 20 YEARS AGO. LOUISE CAME UP TO ME AND SHE SAID,-Y, AND SHE CALLED EVERYBODY -- HONEY, AND SHE CALLED EVERYBODY HUNDREDY, SHE SAID, I WANT TO BE YOUR FRIEND AND I -- HONEY, SHE SAID, I WANT TO BE YOUR FRIEND, I WANT TO GET TO KNOW YOU. AND WANT TO INVITE YOU TO COME UP TO SENECA FALLS TO MARK THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DECLARATION OF SENTIMENT. I TELL YOU, THAT WAS QUITE A REMARKABLE MOMENT FOR ME TO BE WITH LOUISE SLAUGHTER. AND WE BECAME CLOSE FRIENDS FROM THAT DAY FORWARD. SHE WAS A TRAILBLAZER. THE ONLY MICROBIOLOGIST IN CONGRESS. SHE HAD A PH.D. SHE WAS BRILLIANT. ALSO, WATCHING LOUISE WORK LATE INTO THE NIGHT, PAST MIDNIGHT, BUT YET SHE STAYED ENGAGED AND ENERGIZED, NO MATTER HOW LATE THE RULES COMMITTEE WORKED. SHE USED HER ROLE, THOUGH, AS CHAIR TO FIGHT FOR CHILDREN AND FOR FAMILIES, FOR WOMEN, FOR COMMUNITIES OF COLOR, FOR THOSE LIVING BELOW THE POVERTY LINE. ANOTHER REMARKABLE THING ABOUT LOUISE WAS HER HUMOR. ANY MEMBER OF CONGRESS, JUST ASK ANYONE, REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT, AND THEY'LL TELL YOU A STORY, THEY'LL SHARE A STORY ABOUT HER SENSE OF HUMOR. YET LOUISE WAS VERY DIRECT. SHE DID NOT MISS HER -- MINCE HER WORDS. SHE WAS A STRAIGHT SHOOTER. YOU NEVER HAD TO GUESS WHERE SHE WAS COMING FROM. I REMEMBER WHEN HER DEAR HUSBAND, BOB, PASSED. I GOT TO KNOW BOB BECAUSE WE TRAVELED TOGETHER SEVERAL TIMES. AND WHEN LEW AUTO -- WHEN LOUISE CAME BACK, SHE TOLD ME, SHE SAYS, HONEY, SHE SAID, I COULDN'T LIVE IF I DIDN'T HAVE THIS JOB. SHE SAID, I LOVE SERVING THE PEOPLE OF MY DISTRICT, I LOVE HELPING THE PEOPLE OF WESTERN NEW YORK. I LOVE SERVING THIS COUNTRY. THIS WAS HER LIFE'S WORK. SO FINALLY, LET ME JUST SAY, I NOT ONLY LOST A COLLEAGUE, BUT ALSO A DEAR FRIEND. MY PRAYERS ARE WITH HER FAMILY AND FRIENDS, HER STAFF, HER DISTRICT. LOUISE WILL HAVE A LASTING PLACE IN HISTORY. HER SPIRIT IS WITH US TONIGHT. SHE WAS A WOMAN WHO EXUDED GRACE, DIGNITY, INTELLIGENCE, AND SHE TOUCHED AND ENRICHED ALL OUR LIVES. LOUISE, WE WILL MISS YOU SO MUCH. MAY YOU REST IN PEACE. MAY GOD BLESS YOU. AND THANK YOU, AGAIN, PAUL.

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                                              • 06:35:03 PM

                                                MR. TONKO

                                                DISTRICT.

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                                                MS. SPEIER

                                                A LADY." LOUISE SLAUGHTER WAS THAT LADY, EXCEPT NONE OF THE OTHER LYRICS…

                                                A LADY." LOUISE SLAUGHTER WAS THAT LADY, EXCEPT NONE OF THE OTHER LYRICS OF THAT SONG WERE APPROPRIATE FOR LOUISE. SHE WAS A LADY WHO WAS TOUGH AS NAILS, WITH A STEEL BACKBONE AND A SHARP AND VERY FUNNY TONGUE. THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE I LIKE IN OUR CHAMBER. A FEW I TRULY LOVE. I LOVED LOUISE SLAUGHTER. MEMBERS COME AND GO AND HARDLY LEAVE A FOOTPRINT AROUND HERE. EVEN MEMBERS WHO HAVE SERVED LONG PERIODS OF TIME. THAT'S NOT TRUE ABOUT LOUISE. I STILL DID IT TODAY, I WALK ONTO THIS FLOOR SEEKING HER OUT. I LOOK AT C-SPAN AND EXPECT TO SEE HER PRESENTING ANOTHER COGENT ARGUMENT ON THE INANE CLOSED RULE OFFERED BY THE OTHER SIDE. THERE IS A VOID IN THIS CHAMBER WITH HER PASSING. BUT HER FOOTPRINTS ARE EVERYWHERE. LOUISE DISTINGUISHED HERSELF IN SO MANY ISSUES. AND IN SO MANY WAYS. THE FIRST WOMAN, AS WE'VE SAID OVER AND OVER AGAIN, TO REPRESENT WESTERN NEW YORK. THE FIRST WOMAN TO CHAIR THE RULES COMMITTEE. NOW, AS AN 88-YEAR-OLD WOMAN, SHE WAS CHAIRING THIS COMMITTEE INTO THE WEE HOURS OF THE MORNING DAY AFTER DAY AND NEVER LOST A BEAT. SHE'S ONE OF THE LONGEST SERVING MEMBERS. SHE'S THE ONLY MICROBIOLOGIST. SHE WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR CREATING THE FIRST $500 MILLION SET ASIDE FOR BREAST CANCER RESEARCH. SHE CREATED THE OFFICE OF RESEARCH ON WOMEN'S HEALTH. AND SHE'S RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PASSAGE OF THE STOCK ACT. AND, MR. SPEAKER, AND TO OUR LEADER, NANCY PELOSI, I HOPE THAT WE TAKE THE TIME TO NAME THE STOCK ACT AFTER LOUISE SLAUGHTER. YOU KNOW, LOUISE AND I SPENT WONDERFUL EVENING TOGETHER WITH PAUL TONKO AND MARCY -- EVENINGINGS TOGETHER WITH PAUL TONKO AND MARCY -- EVENINGS TOGETHER WITH PAUL TONKO AND MARCY KAPTUR SHE KEPT US IN STITCHES. SHE DID NOT SUFFER FOOLS GLADLY AND SHE WOULD SEE A PHONY $2 BILLION OF A MEMBER ON THE FLOOR AND -- BILL OF A MEMBER ON THE FLOOR AND NOT MINSC -- MINCE WORDS. SHE ALSO TAUGHT ME TO SPEAK SOUTHERN. SHE TAUGHT ME THAT YOU SHOULD SAY BLESS YOUR SWEETHEART. WHICH REALLY MEANT, MOVE OVER, EXPLETIVE DELETED. I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HER LYING PEACEFULLY IN THE HOSPITAL ROOM, WITH PERFECTLY QUAFFED HAIR, AS ONLY A LADY WOULD HAVE, AND A FAINT SMILE ON HER FACE. I LIKED TO THINK THAT SHE WAS SMILING BECAUSE SHE LEFT THIS WORLD WITH HER BOOTS ON. SHE WAS STILL FIGHTING FOR HER CONSTITUENTS, TAKING HER LAST BREATHS WITH DIGNITY, STRENGTH, ELEGANCE AND AT PEACE, WITH HER THREE DAUGHTERS LOOKING ON WITH LOVE AND ADMIRATION. LOUISE, YOU ARE NOW WITH YOUR BELOVED BOB. WE ALL HERE, INCLUDING YOUR EXTRAORDINARY STAFF WHO IS SEATED HERE IN THE CHAMBER, ARE HEARTBROKEN. WE ARE FRANKLY STILL IN SHOCK. BUT WE ARE DEEPLY GRATEFUL TO HAVE KNOWN AND TO LOVE YOU. GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS.

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                                              • 06:39:23 PM

                                                MR. TONKO

                                                ADAMS: I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR…

                                                ADAMS: I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF MY DEAR FRIEND, CONGRESSWOMAN LOUISE SLAUGHTER.

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                                              • 06:39:31 PM

                                                MS. ADAMS

                                                I DIDN'T KNOW HER AS LONG AS MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES. BUT OUR BRIEF…

                                                I DIDN'T KNOW HER AS LONG AS MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES. BUT OUR BRIEF ASSOCIATION WAS PROFOUND AND MEANINGFUL. WHEN I CAME TO CONGRESS FOUR YEARS AGO, LOUISE SLAUGHTER WAS ONE OF THE FIRST TO WELCOME ME. SHE WAS ALWAYS GENUINE, KIND AND PERSONALLY SUPPORTIVE. ALWAYS PLEASANT. AND SHE ALWAYS MADE YOU FEEL REALLY GOOD. AS A HISTORY-MAKING TRAILBLAZING CHAMPION OF WOMEN'S RIGHTS AND THE ONLY MICROBIOLOGIST, AS YOU'VE HEARD IN CONGRESS, LOUISE SLAUGHTER FOUGHT FOR OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL PEOPLE. THE IMPACT OF HER YEARS OF ADVOCACY AND MENTORSHIP AND FRIENDSHIP CAN BE SEEN HERE TODAY IN THE MANY COLLEAGUES WHO ARE STANDING TOGETHER TO HONOR HER LIFE. LOUISE WAS A CHAMPION FOR THE PEOPLE FROM THE GREAT STATE OF NEW YORK, BUT I LIKE TO THINK OF HER WITH KENTUCKY ROOTS AND A SOUTHERN ACCENT. AS A FELLOW SOUTHERNER AS HEART -- AT HEART. SHE LEFT BIG SHOES TO FILL. BUT I KNOW SHE'D BE PROUD TO WELCOME IN THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS. AND SO I JOIN MY COLLEAGUES THIS EVENING IN EXPRESSING MY DEEPEST SYMPATHIES FOR THE FAMILY, FOR THE FRIENDS, FOR THE STAFF, AND THE CONSTITUENTS THAT SHE LEAVES BEHIND. SHE MAY NO LONGER BE WITH US ON EARTH, BUT HER SPIRIT AND HER PASSION FOR LIFE WILL LIVE ON FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. SHE CLEARLY MADE OUR WORLD MUCH BETTER THAN SHE FOUND IT.

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                                              • 06:41:08 PM

                                                MR. TONKO

                                                SHEA-PORTER: THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN TONKO. I KNOW HOW CLOSE YOU WERE TO…

                                                SHEA-PORTER: THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN TONKO. I KNOW HOW CLOSE YOU WERE TO LOUISE AND HOW MUCH SHE LOVED YOU AND YOU LOVED HER. I OFFER MY CONDOLENCES NOT ONLY TO LOUISE'S FAMILY, BUT ALSO TO PAUL AND TO THE ENTIRE CHAMBER.

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                                                MS. SHEA-PORTER

                                                AND TO ME BECAUSE I LOVED LOUISE ALSO. YOU HEAR PEOPLE USING THE WORD LOVE…

                                                AND TO ME BECAUSE I LOVED LOUISE ALSO. YOU HEAR PEOPLE USING THE WORD LOVE HERE. AND IT WAS VERY GENUINE. WHEN I ARRIVED IN JANUARY OF 2007, I SAW THE FIRE IN LIEU HE'S AND I SAW THE HUNDRED -- IN LIEU HE'S AND I SAW THE HONEY IN LIEU -- IN LOUISE AND I SAW THE HONEY IN LOUISE. THAT'S WHAT MADE HER SO DELIGHTFUL. I SAW HER TAKE ON THINGS WITH THE FIRE IN HER. THEN HE SAW HER WITH THE HONEY AND THE SWEETNESS AND THAT'S WHY PEOPLE USE THE WORD LOVE WHEN THEY TALK ABOUT LOUISE. SO I WANT TO TELL JUST A VERY SHORT STORY ABOUT MY FIRST REAL CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH LOUISE SLAUGHTER. I HAD A DEAR FRIEND IN NEW HAMPSHIRE WHO VERY MUCH ADMIRED LOUISE AND WANTED TO MEET HER AND I SAID, YOU KNOW, SHE'S BUSY, SHE'S JUST TAKING -- TAKEN OVER THIS NEW POSITION AND I'M NEW. BUT OK. I'LL ASK HER. SO WE'RE WALKING THERE AND I CALLED LOUISE OVER AND I SAID, LOUISE, I'D LIKE TO INTRODUCE YOU TO SOMEBODY WHO JUST HAS ALWAYS ADMIRED YOU AND LOUISE SAYS, HONEY, HAVE HER COME INTO MY OFFICE. AND SO WE DID. AND LOUISE SAT DOWN ON COUCH LIKE SHE DIDN'T HAVE A THING TO DO THAT DAY EXCEPT TO ENTERTAIN US WITH TEA AND SMALL TALK AND JUST HER WARMTH AND HER VIBRANCY. MY FRIEND NEVER FORGOT THAT. I NEVER FORGOT THAT EITHER. THAT WAS LOUISE. ABSOLUTELY FULL OF LOVE AND AS I SAID FULL OF HONEY AND ALSO FULL OF FIRE. WE MISS HER VERY MUCH HERE. WE ALWAYS WILL. CONDOLENCES TO HER STAFF WHO LOVED HER AS WELL. AND I KNOW THAT SHE LOVED THEM AND TO THE PEOPLE OF WESTERN NEW YORK. THANK YOU FOR SHARING HER WITH US FOR LONG IS. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                MR. TONKO

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                                                MR. DOGGETT

                                                OUTSPOKEN ADVOCATE FOR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE. AND SHE PUT TOGETHER A…

                                                OUTSPOKEN ADVOCATE FOR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE. AND SHE PUT TOGETHER A GREAT TEAM, A SERIES OF TEAMS THROUGH HER YEARS HERE. SOME OF WHOM ARE ON THE FLOOR TODAY. AND WE SALUTE THEM ALSO. LOUISE WAS FUNNY, SHE WAS SOMETIMES A BIT CONSPIRATORIAL. AND SHE WAS A PERSON WHO JUST REFUSED TO ACT HER AGE IN THE BEST WAYS POSSIBLE. I WAS AMAZED MYSELF KNOWING THAT LOUISE HAD BEEN HERE A FEW YEARS, MORE THAN I HAD. TO LEARN WHAT HER AGE WAS AT THE TIME OF HER PASSING. BECAUSE SHE WAS OUT POWERFULLY SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER RIGHT UP UNTIL THE WEEK BEFORE SHE PASSED. SHE HAD THE ENTHUSIASTIC SUPPORT OF HER LATE HUSBAND AND TREMENDOUS PARTNER, BOB. AND BOTH OF THEM UNDERSTOOD THE CHALLENGES OF PUBLIC SERVICE AND THEY WITHSTOOD REPEATED REPUBLICAN ASSAULTS WITH WIT AND GRIT. HER FIERCE PASSION WAS MATCHED WITH SINCERE COMPASSION AND KINDNESS. OVER THE YEARS TIME AND TIME AGAIN SHE REACHED OUT AND HELPED ME AND HELPED OTHER MEMBERS. I ADMIRED HER UNWAVERING COMMITMENT TO SPEAK TRUTH AND TO HONOR VALUES OF ACCEPTANCE, EQUALITY AND JUSTICE. SHE PUT THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF PEOPLE FIRST AND SHE FOUGHT TIRELESSLY TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF THE PEOPLE IN HER COMMUNITY AND ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. LOUISE SHARED JUST -- SHE SHOWED JUST HOW MUCH ONE DETERMINED WOMAN CAN DO FOR OUR COUNTRY. AS CHAIR OF THE RULES COMMITTEE SHE WAS INVOLVED IN EVERY MAJOR PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND MANY MINOR ONES THAT CAME BEFORE THIS HOUSE. AND IN HER SERVICE ON RULES, IT CAN CERTAINLY BE SAID THAT SHE WORKED DAY AND NIGHT, SOMETIMES ALL NIGHT, ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY. . SHE OVERCAME SIGNIFICANT RESISTANCE TO ACHIEVE THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN'S ACT, ACHIEVING SIGNIFICANT FUNDING IN WOMEN'S HEALTH, SHE WAS A TRAIL BLAZER WHEN IT CAME TO SO MANY ISSUES AND INSPIRE SOD MANY WOMEN TO GET INVOLVED AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR OUR COUNTRY. SHE OFFERED -- AUTHORED THE STOCK ACT TO ENSURE MORE PLEAT AND TIMELY DISCLOSURE OF FINANCIAL DEALINGS BY MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE SO NO ONE WAS TRADING OFF THE PUBLIC TRUST FOR PRIVATE GAINISM THINK OF LOUISE AND LOOK OVER TO THIS MICROPHONE EACH TIME A RULE IS BROUGHT UP IN THE HOUSE. SETTING FORTH THE TERMS OF DEBATE FOR LEGISLATION. THERE'S A VACANCY IN THE HOUSE AND THERE'S A VACANCY IN OUR HEARTS FOR A TOUGH BUT GENEROUS WOMAN. WE SALUTE HER DAUGHTER, MEGAN, AMY, AND EMILY, OUR -- HER GRANDCHILDREN, HER GREAT GRANDCHILD, ALL OF WHOM SHE OFTEN REFERRED TO AND SHOWED SUCH GREAT AFFECTION FOR. MAYBE A SOURCE OF COMFORT FOR EACH OF THEM THAT THEIR MOTHER WAS A LOYAL AND LOVING FRIEND A FIERCE AND GENUINE PUBLIC SERVANT A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH, A CHAMPION FOR SO MANY VITAL CAUSES AND MAY HER VERY FIERY SPIRIT LIVE ON WITH ALL OF US. I YIELD BACK.

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                                              • 06:46:54 PM

                                                MR. TONKO

                                                FOR THE WEAK VOICED OR UNDERHEARD IN GOVERNMENT, THE PIONEER EXPRESSION,…

                                                FOR THE WEAK VOICED OR UNDERHEARD IN GOVERNMENT, THE PIONEER EXPRESSION, THE DRUM MAJOR FOR WOMEN, IT GOES ON AND ON, SHE EARN SOD MANY LABELS, TO OUR FRIEND, LOUISE SLAUGHTER OR YOU ARE COLLEAGUE, OUR MENTOR, REST IN PEACE, BELOVED FRIEND. I YIELD BACK.

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                                              • 06:47:39 PM

                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                LEADER.

                                              • 06:48:02 PM

                                                MR. SCHWEIKERT

                                                WINS. AND TO OUR FRIENDS OVER HERE, I GUESS I -- I DON'T MEAN TO JUMP ONTO…

                                                WINS. AND TO OUR FRIENDS OVER HERE, I GUESS I -- I DON'T MEAN TO JUMP ONTO THIS, BUT YOU'VE JUST HEARD SOME OF THE DISCUSSION ABOUT MS. SLAUGHTER. I'M OBVIOUSLY FROM A DIFFERENT PART OF THE COUNTRY A DIFFERENT PARTY, DIFFERENT PHILOSOPHY AND SHE WAS ALWAYS INCREDIBLY KIND TO ME AND FUNNY. MOST PEOPLE -- I DON'T KNOW IF THEY COMPLETELY UNDERSTOOD. SHE HAD A BRUTAL WIT. AND SO A COUPLE OF TIMES WHEN I WOULD GO IN FRONT OF THE RULE COMMITTEES, SOMETIMES THE BANTER BACK AN FORTH YOU'D SIT THERE AND GO, IS SHE JUST PLAYING WITH ME? SO FOR MY FRIENDS THAT ARE JUST LEAVING FROM THAT. ALL RIGHT. SO I'M GOING TO TRY TO DO A COUPLE OF THING HERE'S, MR. SPEAKER. I'M GOING TO ACTUALLY SORT OF WALK THROUGH WHAT WAS IN THE MOST RECENT C.B.O. REPORT BUT ALSO A COUPLE OF THE PREVIOUS C.B.O. REPORTS IN WHAT'S HAPPENING IN OUR NATION'S DEBT. AT THE SAME TIME I'M ALSO GOING TO TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE POSITIVE THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING AND SOME OF IT BECAUSE OF THE TAX REFORM SOME OF THE THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING IN OUR EMPLOYMENT AND OPPORTUNITY OUT THERE LET'S WALK THROUGH A COUPLE OF BASELINE NUMBERS. THEN I'M GOING TO GRIND THROUGH THESE SO IT TELLS A STORY OF WHERE WE ARE GOING AND WHERE WE'RE AT AS A COUNTRY. WHEN WE GET BEHIND THESE MICROPHONES AND SAY WE HAVE A ENTITLEMENT CRISIS COMING WE HAVE TO DEAL WORK THEY'VE BEEN SAYING IT BEHIND THESE MICROPHONES FOR 30 YEARS. IT'S HERE. THE PEAK OF THE BABY BOOM, I THINK, TODAY IS ABOUT 62 YEARS OLD. THERE'S 74 MILLION OF US WHO ARE BABY BOOMERS. WHO ARE -- WHO WILL BE MOVING INTO OUR BENEFITS. AND WE DON'T HAVE THE RESOURCES TO COVER OUR PROMISES THE WAY THINGS ARE STRUCTURED TODAY. YET IF YOU LOOK AT THE PEW POLL FROM A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, ONLY 15% OF REPUBLICANS BELIEVE THERE'S AN ENTITLEMENT CRISIS COMING, BUT ONLY 5% OF DEMOCRATS BELIEVE IT. SO THIS IS ONE OF THE GREAT DIFFICULTIES IN THIS BODY WHERE YOU OFTEN HEARSAYING, YOU KNOW, SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER. HOW ABOUT MATH TO POWER. WHAT ABOUT OUR OWN CONSTITUENTS WHEN THEY DON'T BELIEVE US BECAUSE MAYBE THERE'S BEEN CRYING WOLF OR BECAUSE IT'S BEEN EASIER TO SAY THINGS LIKE, WELL THE PROBLEM IS WASTE AND FRAUD. THERE IS PROBLEMS WITH WASTE AND FRAUD. BUT THE NUMBERS ARE TINY COMPARED TO WHAT'S ABOUT TO HAPPEN. SO LET'S -- SOME BASELINE MATH. WHEN I WAS BORN, 1962. THERE WERE FIVE WORKERS FOR EVERY ONE RETIREE. TODAY, LET'S ACTUALLY DO 12 YEARS FROM NOW. THAT'S WHEN IT GETS DRAMATIC. 12 YEARS FROM NOW THERE WILL ONLY BE TWO. YOU AND YOUR SPOUSE WILL BE COVERING ONE RETIREE. SO IN MY -- IN JUST MY LIFETIME WE'LL HAVE GONE FROM FIVE WORKERS FOR ONE RETIREE TO TWO. THE MATH IS BRUTAL. SO THINK ABOUT THIS. OVER THE LAST DECADE SO FROM 2008 TO 2018, YOU ACTUALLY LOOK AT THE GROWTH AND THE SIZE OF SPENDING IN GOVERNMENT, 72% OF IT WAS JUST SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE. SO IF YOU ACTUALLY LOOK AT THE GROWTH OF THE FEDERAL SPENDING, DO UNDERSTAND, OVER THE LAST 10 YEAR, 72% OF THAT GROWTH WERE JUST THOSE TWO PROGRAMS. SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE. OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS, JUST THE GROWTH WILL BE ABOUT $1.3 TRILLION. THAT'S FUNCTIONALLY JUST THE GROWTH IN SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE WILL BE TWO FULL DEFENSE DEPARTMENTS. IT'S IMPORTANT TO GET OUR HEAD AROUND TELLING THE TRUTH. BECAUSE IF WE'RE GOING TO SAVE THESE EARNED ENTITLEMENTS, WE NEED TO HAVE THAT MOMENT OF REFLECTION THAT COMES OFF A CALCULATOR INSTEAD OF WHAT HAPPENS SO OFTEN BEHIND THESE MICROPHONES WHERE WE TRIED TO MAKE PUBLIC POLICY BY FEELINGS. SO FIRST BOARD I HAVE UP HERE, THIS IS FROM THE LATEST C.B.O. REPORT WHICH I HAVE IN HERE, WHICH I'M TRYING TO KEEP FROM FALLING OFF THE PODIUM HERE. AND THERE'S ACTUALLY SOME GOOD NEWS HERE. AND THAT IS BECAUSE OF WHAT'S GOING ON THE LAST COUPLE OF QUARTERS THIS LAST YEAR, SUBSTANTIALLY I BELIEVE BECAUSE OF WHAT'S HAPPENING THROUGH GROWTH OR POLICIES, WHETHER IT BE THE TAX REFORM WHETHER IT BE WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT, YOU'RE ACTUALLY SEEING REVENUE INTO THE TRUST FUND GO UP A BIT. IT'S STILL A CRISIS. BUT IF YOU ACTUALLY LOOK LIKE AT SSDI WHICH IS SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY, I THINK IT WAS MAYBE A YEAR AND A HALF TWO YEARS AGO, I GOT BEHIND THIS MICROPHONE AND THERE WERE ONLY, LIKE, FOUR YEARS LEFT IN THE TRUST FUND AND IT WENT TO ZERO. WE GAINED ALMOST THREE ADDITIONAL YEARS. SOME OF THAT IS BECAUSE OF POLICY. SOME BECAUSE OF REVENUES BECAUSE WE HAVE SO MANY MORE PEOPLE WORKING RIGHT NOW. IF YOU ACTUALLY ALSO TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE MONEY GOING INTO SOCIAL SECURITY, SOME OF THE MONEY GOING INTO MEDICARE PART A, THE TRUST FUND PORTION. WE'RE ACTUALLY PICKING UP A COUPLE OF YEARS, ONE YEAR HERE, TWO YEARS THERE, IN ADDITIONAL ACTUARIAL SOUNDNESS OF THE TRUST FURNED. THINK OF THIS AS AN OPPORTUNITY. IF WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO MAKE POLICY, AND AS I SAND -- AS I STAND BEHIND THIS MICROPHONE I'M LOOKING FOR A UNIFIED THEORY. IT'S NOT JUST ENTITLEMENT REFORM BECAUSE LET'S FACE IT, THAT'S THE THIRD RAIL. PEOPLE GO NUTS. THEY RUN ATTACK ADS ON YOU. IT'S MORE COMPLICATED. WE NEED TO DO THOSE THINGS IN OUR SOCIETY THAT HELP PEOPLE BE EMPLOYED. REGULATORY POLICY. TRAINING POLICY. OPPORTUNITY POLICIES. THE MORE OF OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHO ARE WORK, HOW DO WE GO FROM 63% LABOR FORCE PARTICIPATION WHICH IS A WONDERFUL NUMBER FROM WHERE WE THOUGHT WE'D BE 10 YEARS AGO UNTIL NOW, HOW DO WE GET IT TO GO FURTHER? HOW DO WE GET MORE OF OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS TO MOVE FROM BEING THE LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYED, THE DISCOURAGED WORKERS AND GET THEM TO MOVE INTO THE OPPORTUNITY TO -- OPPORTUNITIES THAT ARE OUT THERE RIGHT NOW BECAUSE WE HAVE APPARENTLY MILLIONS OF JOBS THAT ARE LOOKING FOR WORKERS BUT IT ALSO DOES POWERFUL THINGS TO THESE NUMBERS. BUT WE'RE ALSO GOING TO HAVE TO BE HONEST ABOUT MECK ANYMORES WITHIN IMMIGRATION. WE HAVE A BIRTH RATE CRISIS IN THIS COUNTRY. THE LAST FEW YEARS, YOU ACTUALLY LOOK AT THE NUMBER OF BABIES WE'RE HAVING, WE'RE -- OUR NUMBERS HAVE SUBSTANTIALLY COLLAPSED. REMEMBER, TODAY'S CHILD IS TOMORROW'S WORKER. AND IF IN TODAY'S WORLD WHEN YOU TURN 65 AND BEGIN SOME OF YOUR BENEFITS, THE MATH IS YOU WILL SPEND ABOUT ONE THIRD OF YOUR ADULT LIFE IN RETIREMENT. BUT WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH YOUNG PEOPLE BECAUSE THESE PROGRAMS ARE PAY AS YOU GO PROGRAMS. AND THAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT AS WE SORT OF WALK THROUGH THE MATH. 10 IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR THAT UNIFIED THEORY, IT ADDS IN THINGS LIKE TRADE. IF WE'RE GOING TO BE A COUNTRY THAT'S VERY SLOW ON OUR BIRTH RATE, AND IMMIGRATION, WE'VE DESIGNED A TALENT BASED IMDEPRATION SYSTEM THAT DOES SOME REWARDS FOR YOUNGER DEMOGRAPHICS. BUT WE'RE ALSO GOING TO HAVE TO HAVE TRADE WITH COUNTRIES THAT ALSO HAVE POSITIVE DEMOGRAPHICS SO WE HAVE CUSTOMERS. THERE'S LOTS OF THESE THINGS THAT ALL HAVE TO BE THOUGHT OF TOGETHER AND SOMETHING I'M NOT GOING TO DO TONIGHT BUT AYE DONE'RE EVENINGS AND WE'LL DO IN A MONTH OR SO IS A FIXATION ON TECHNOLOGY. AND HOW TECHNOLOGY ALSO CAN PROVIDE AMAZING OPPORTUNITIES IN EVERYTHING FROM CHANGING THE HEALTH CARE CURVE TO ACTUALLY ALLOWING MORE OF OUR BROTHERS AND CYSTERS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE WORK FORCE EVEN THOSE WITH CERTAIN DIFFICULTIES IN LIFE OR EVEN THOSE WHO MAY BE OLDER BUT CHOOSE TO WORK. THERE'S -- INSTEAD OF BEING SCARED OF TECHNOLOGY, I THINK IT MAY BE OUR SOLUTION, BENDING SOME OF THESE COST CURVES. WHAT'S IMPORTANT IS AS YOU LOOK AT THE CHART, JUST TAKE A LOOK AT THIS FIRST NUMBER HERE. THAT'S THE SOCIAL SECURITY TRUST FUND. NOW AS YOU KNOW, OUR GENERAL FUND HAS TAKEN THAT MONEY AND BOAR REED IT. B -- BORROWED IT. THEN WE REPLACE IT WITH SPECIAL SOCIAL SECURITY I.O.U. 'S. IF I REMEMBER CORRECTLY, LAST YEAR WE WERE PAYING THE SOCIAL SECURITY TRUST FUND LIKE 3.1% INTEREST FOR THOSE BORROW MONEYS. SO WHEN YOU SEE SOME OF THE FUTURE SLIDES HERE, BOARDS, YOU'LL ACTUALLY SEE HERE'S THE TRUST FUND BALANCE BUT ALSO HERE IT IS WITH SOME OF THE INTEREST REVENUES THAT WE ALSO PAY OURSELVES BACK. SO THINK OF THIS CRAZINESS. WE FUNCTIONALLY AS A SOCIETY, WE BORROW MONEY TO PAY BACK THE BORROWED MONEY. BECAUSE THAT CASH THAT WE TOOK OUT OF THOSE TRUST FUNDS HAS LONG SINCE BEEN SPENT. BUT ON THIS BOARD IN 10 YEARS, THE SOCIAL SECURITY TRUST FUND IS CUT IN HALF. AND JUST A FEW YEARS THE DISABILITY INSURANCE TRUST FUND IS EMPTY AND IF YOU ACTUALLY -- IF YOU CAN ACTUALLY SEE IT, THE HOSPITAL, THE MEDICARE PART A WHICH IS THE ONLY PART REALLY WITH A TRUST FUND, AND A FEW YEARS, IT'S ALSO DOWN TO ZERO. SO JUST GETTING OUR HEADS AROUND THIS IS REALITY. THIS IS MATH. BUT IT'S BETTER THAN IT WAS A YEAR OR SO AGO, BUT IT'S STILL A CRISIS. AND THIS -- I'M GOING TO PUT UP TWO OF THESE BOARDS THAT JUST SORT OF SHOW YOU SEE THIS SORT OF FLAT INFLECTION HERE. THAT'S ACTUALLY PART OF THE GOOD NEWS. BECAUSE WHERE YOU SEE, LAST YEAR IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A CONSTANT CURVE DOWNWARD THAT WE WERE DEPLETING THE FUNDS. AS YOU KNOW, THEY'VE GONE NEGATIVE THIS YEAR. MEANING THAT THE REVENUES COMING OUT OF SOCIAL SECURITY IS ACTUALLY GREATER THAN THE REVENUES COMING IN. EXCEPT FOR SINCE THE TAX REFORM AND SOME OF THE ECONOMIC EXPANSION ALL OF A SUDDEN WE'VE HIT A BIT OF A PLATEAU, C.B.O. HAD IT LOOKING LIKE IT WAS GOING TO LAST FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS. I'M MORE OTT MYSTIC TO SOME OF THEIR BASELINE NUMBER. THAT'S THAT MATHEMATICAL REPRIEVE. YOU SEE THE TWO LINES THERE, THE VARIANCE IN THOSE IS WHAT WE'RE ALSO PAYING OURSELVES BACK IN INTEREST. SO THIS ONE IS SOCIAL SECURITY. OLD AGE SURVIVORS INSURANCE TRUST FUND BUT THEN WHEN WE MOVE OVER TO THE HOSPITAL FUND AND IMPORT, YOU'LL SEE THIS IN FUTURE SLIDES, SOCIAL SECURITY IN MANY WAYS ISN'T MY CRISIS, ISN'T OUR CRISIS, BECAUSE IT'S A DEFINED BENEFIT. FIXING IT, THE MATH IS ACTUALLY FAIRLY EASY. IT'S MEDICARE. THAT BECOMES SO INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT AND MEDICARE AS YOU'RE GOING TO SEE IN A COUPLE OF FUTURE SLIDES IS A MUCH LARGER FINANCIAL ISSUE IN OUR NEAR FUTURE. SO YOU ACTUALLY JUST SEE SORT OF THE SAME THING IN THAT EVEN THE HOSPITAL TRUST FUND NOW IS MOVING NEGATIVE. MEANING WE'RE TAKING MORE MONEY OUT OF IT. THAN IS GOING IN. AND YET YOU DO SEE A LITTLE BIT OF THE PLATEAU WE'RE GETTING BECAUSE OF THE CURRENT PAYROLL TAX. JUST A POINT OF REFERENCE ON THAT. IF YOU LOOKED AT THE TAX FOUNDATION'S NUMBERS BEFORE THE TAX -- WHEN THE TAX REFORM WAS COMING OUT, THEY ACTUALLY HAD, I THINK IT WAS JUST SHY OF $300 BILLION OVER THIS NEXT 10 YEARS, IN NEW PAYROLL TAX. FICA REVENUES. AND THAT ACTUALLY REACHES INTO THIS AREA. SO, THIS IS A CHART THAT I'VE NEVER SEEN ON THE FLOOR BEFORE. BUT IS A REALLY INTERESTING ONE. BECAUSE I THINK A LOT OF US DON'T REALLY HAVE OUR HEAD AROUND WHERE DOES THE MONEY IN MEDICARE COME FROM? AND I'M SORRIER I KNOW THIS IS A LITTLE HARD TO SEE -- SORRY, I KNOW THIS IS A LITTLE HARD TO SEE. BUT IF YOU SEE THIS, THIS IS THE ENTIRE MEDICARE. THIS 45% UP HERE IS GENERAL REVENUE. WE'RE REACHING INTO THE GENERAL FUND AND PAYING IT OUT TO HOSPITALS AND DOCTORS AND DURABLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT. THE 36% THERE -- THERE, THAT'S ACTUALLY THE TAX REVENUE. THAT'S THE PAYROLL TAX. THAT'S WITHIN OUR FICA. THEN WE ALSO HAVE SOME TAXES ON HIGHER INCOME EARNERS AND SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS AND IT COMES INTO HERE AND THEN YOU SEE THIS 3% DOWN THERE. THAT'S ACTUALLY REVENUE THAT WE PAY OURSELVES. SO WE BORROWED THE MONEY. GAVE IT TO THE GENERAL FUND. SPENT IT. BUT WE PAY OURSELVES THAT. THAT'S WHAT THAT 3% IS DOWN THERE. SO IF YOU ADDED UP ABOUT HALF OF THIS, HALF OF WHAT WE SPEND IN MEDICARE IS GENERAL FUND, HALF IS COMING IN THROUGH THE PAYROLL TAX. SO IF YOU LOOK AT PART A, THE HOSPITAL TRUST FUND, OK. THAT'S ALMOST ALL PAYROLL TAXES. BUT IF YOU START LOOKING AT PART B AND PART D, YOU SEE THE ORANGE THERE, 75% AND 78% RESPECTIVELY. THAT'S ALL COMING OUT OF THE GENERAL FUND. SO ON OCCASION WHEN I'VE DONE SOME OF THESE PRESENTATIONS AT HOME, YOU'LL GET THE HAND GOES UP AND PEOPLE THINK THAT IT'S ALL PAID FOR BY THE PAYROLL TAXES. THAT'S ACTUALLY CREATING THIS SORT OF WEIRD MISUNDERSTANDING OF -- IT'S NOT ALL WITHIN THE TRUST FUND. ALMOST HALF OF WHAT WE SPEND IN MEDICARE ACTUALLY IS COMING OUT OF THE GENERAL FUND. AND THERE'S ACTUALLY AS, WHERE WE SEE THE SUBSTANTIAL GROWTH, YOU SEE GENERAL FUND SPENDING GROWING AND WHY A SUBSTANTIAL PORTION OF THAT FUND GROWING IS PART OF THIS. COUPLE OF THE OTHER SLIDES JUST TO UNDERSTAND, AS WE HAVE 74 MILLION OF OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHO ARE BABY BOOMERS MOVING INTO RETIREMENT RIGHT NOW, WHAT IS IT, ABOUT 10,000, 10,300 EVERY SINGLE DAY, IT ACTUALLY HAS A LITTLE BIT OF A STEEPENING CURVE OVER THE NEXT THREE, FOUR YEARS. YOU START TO LOOK. THE HEADLINE ON THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT. SOCIAL SECURITY, HEALTH ENTITLEMENTS AND INTEREST COSTS. SO YOU HAVE TO PUT IN THE PAYING INTEREST ON ALL THE MONEY WE'VE BORROWED AS A SOCIETY, DRIVING 91% OF THE 2008 TO 2028 SPENDING HIKES. REMEMBER MY NUMBER BEFORE. THAT IF WE JUST DO SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS, 72% OF THE INCREASED SPENDING WE HAD AS A GOVERNMENT IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WAS JUST THE GROWTH IN SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE. OK. BUT IF YOU ADD IN ALSO INTEREST ON TOP OF IT, IT GOES FROM 72% NOW TO 91%. SO UNDERSTAND, THOSE ARE THE LEVERS THAT ARE GOING TO SQUEEZE OUT SO MANY OF THE OTHER THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING. BUT ALSO THE GREATEST FRAGILITY TO BEING SAFE HERE. SO, IF YOU -- LET'S GO ON TO THE NEXT BOARD. BECAUSE I THINK IT HELPS SORT OF SHOW WHERE WE'RE GOING. BUT WHAT'S ALSO IMPORTANT HERE IS AS YOU LOOK AT THESE, THOSE ON THE BOTTOM, YOU'LL ACTUALLY SEE THINGS LIKE DEFENSE, DISCRETIONARY SPENDING. ALL BEING FAIRLY FLAT-LINED. EVEN WITH THE MOST RECENT BUDGET APPROPRIATION BILL. IF YOU LOOK AT IT OVER THE NEXT DECADE OR OVER THE NEXT THREE DECADES, ALMOST ALL THE GROWTH IN SPENDING COMES FROM THE TWO PROGRAMS AND COVERING INTEREST COSTS. SO THIS ONE'S REALLY NOISY AND WE'LL PUT THESE UP OR PUT THEM OUT. BUT OVER THE NEXT 30 YEARS, THIS ONE ACTUALLY GOES FROM 1960, BUT WHEN YOU GET HERE, LOOK AT THE GROWTH. YOU'RE HEADING TOWARD A TIME, 2047. SEEMS LIKE A LIFETIME FROM NOW. BUT YOU'RE IN 2018 RIGHT NOW. SO REACH OUT 20 YEARS FROM NOW. REACH OUT 30 YEARS FROM NOW. DEFENSE IS 2. 7% OF SPENDING EQUAL TO THE SIZE OF THE ECONOMY. SO THIS IS A PER G.D.P. SLIDE. BUT THE EXPLOSION, YOU SEE THAT RED AREA? IN THAT TIME, WHEN I'M HOPEFULLY WELL INTO MY RETIREMENT, 15.6% OF THE ENTIRE SIZE OF THE ECONOMY SO, WE'RE GOING TO REACH IN AND TAKE -- SAY THE ECONOMY IS THIS BIG, WE'RE GOING TO TAKE 15. 6% OF THAT AND THAT'S JUST GOING TO BE SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE. AND ANOTHER 6. 2% WILL BE COVERING THE INTEREST COSTS. IT IS UNSUSTAINABLE. WHEN YOU START TO REALIZE YOU WILL BE APPROACHING 30% OF THE ENTIRE GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT OF THIS COUNTRY IN FEDERAL SPENDING. IT IS NOT DEFENSE. IT IS NOT NONDEFENSE DISCRETIONARY. IT'S NOT EVEN SOME OF THE OTHER ENTITLEMENTS. EVEN THOUGH SOMETIMES THAT'S EASIER TO TALK ABOUT BEHIND THESE MICROPHONES. IT REALLY IS WHERE WE ARE DEMOGRAPHICALLY AS A SOCIETY. AND, LOOK, DEMOGRAPHS IS OUR DEFT NIFMENT WE CAN'T PRE-- DESTINY. WE CAN'T PRETEND IT'S NOT HAPPENING. WE ARE ALL GETTING OLDER. IT IS THE NATURE OF LIFE. AND UNDERSTAND ALSO, THESE NUMBERS ARE ASSUMING NO WARS, NO RECESSIONS, NO DISASTERS. THESE ARE JUST BASELINE NUMBERS. AND THAT SHOULD MAKE THIS REALLY, REALLY SCARY. SO HOW DO I CONVINCE OUR VOTERS, MY FELLOW MEMBERS THAT WE HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF REPRIEVE RIGHT NOW BECAUSE WE'RE IN A TIME OF TERRIFIC ECONOMIC EXPANSION? TERRIFIC EMPLOYMENT. GOOD NUMBERS COMING IN IN THE FICA TAX. HOW DO WE USE THIS AS A MOMENT TO ACTUALLY SAY, LET'S BE ADULTS, LET'S COME UP WITH SOMETHING MUCH MORE ELEGANT THAN JUST ENTITLEMENT REFORM, BUT THERE'S ACTUALLY WAYS WHERE WE CAN MAKE -- KEEP OUR PROMISES TO OUR SENIORS, KEEP OUR PROMISES TO THOSE WHO ARE HEADING INTO THE RETIREMENT, BUT ALSO HAVE IT SO WE'RE NOT ALL HERE 15 YEARS FROM NOW SAYING WE'VE HIT A DEFICIT CRISIS WE CAN'T SELL OUR BONDS, OUR INTEREST RATES ARE EXPLODING, EVERYONE'S GOING TO BE TAKING HUGE CUTS, LET'S ATTACK IT TODAY BECAUSE I BELIEVE IF WE DO THINGS THAT MAXIMIZE ECONOMIC GROWTH, THINGS THAT ACTUALLY HELP OUR NATION'S DEMOGRAPHICS, IF WE ADOPT A VERY AGGRESSIVE ADOPTION OF TECHNOLOGY, PARTICULARLY IN THE HEALTH CARE SPACE, AND ALSO PROVIDE SOME OPTIONS WITHIN THE ENTITLEMENTS, IT'S ALL STUFF WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE 10 YEARS AGO BUT WE'VE BEEN GIVEN A LITTLE BIT OF REPRIEVE RIGHT NOW BECAUSE OF WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE ECONOMIC GROWTH. SO HERE'S SOMETHING TO GET OUR HEADS AROUND. IF YOU ACTUALLY LOOK AT THE NUMBERS, YOU SEE THE FIRST TWO BAR CHART. THAT'S SOCIAL SECURITY. TURNS OUT THE AVERAGE AMERICAN WILL PUT IN ABOUT $543,000 OVER THEIR WORKING LIFE. AND THIS IS SOMEONE WHO WOULD BE RETIRING RIGHT NOW. THEY'RE GOING TO GET OUT $616,000. SO, OK, A LITTLE VARIANCE. NOW THE PROBLEM IS WE'VE OBVIOUSLY ALREADY SPENT ALL THAT MONEY THAT WAS IN THE TRUST FUND AND WE PUT I.O.U. 'S IN IT. BUT STILL, IT'S A FAIR DEAL. MEDICARE IS OUR CRISIS. BECAUSE APPARENTLY SOMEONE THAT'S RETIRING TODAY WILL HAVE PUT IN ABOUT $140,000 IN MEDICARE TAXES. BUT, THE PERSON WHO RETIRES TODAY IS TAKING OUGHT ABOUT $422,000 -- OUT ABOUT $422,000. SO $140,000 IN, $422,000 OUT. NOW MULTIPLY THAT BY 74 MILLION OF US WHO ARE BABY BOOMERS. AND YOU START TO UNDERSTAND THE SIZE AND THE SCALE WHERE THE GAP IS COMING FROM. IT'S MATH. I DESPERATELY WISH THERE WAS A WAY TO BLIND THE POLITICAL RAGE AND JUST SAY, IT'S MATH. AND THE MATH WILL ALWAYS WIN. AND IF WE WOULD STEP UP AND BE LESS POLITICAL AND MORE LIKE ACCOUNTANTS FOR A MOMENT, AND I'M SORRIERS I KNOW AS REPUBLICANS THAT'S -- SORRY, I KNOW AS REPUBLICANS THAT'S OFTEN OUR PROBLEM. WE SOUND MORE LIKE ACCOUNTANTS. BUT THE VIOLENCE, THE CRUELTY WE'RE GOING TO DO TO OUR SOCIETY IF WE CONTINUE TO AVOID THE REALITY OF THE MATH AND A DECADE, A DECADE AND A HALF FROM NOW, WHEN THE CRISIS IS UPON US, OUR ABILITY TO FIX IT WILL BE VERY, VERY DIFFICULT. IT'S GOING TO BE DIFFICULT RIGHT NOW. BUT IT'S DOABLE. THERE ARE APPROACHES TO MAKE THESE NUMBERS WORK. THIS IS ALSO, FOR THOSE FOLKS WHO ARE NOW DEFICIT HAWKS OR NEWFOUND DEFICIT HAWKS, TIME FOR A MOMENT OF HONESTY AND REALITY. OVER THE NEXT 30 YEARS, AND THIS IS NOT INFLATION ADJUSTED, SO IF FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO WOULD LIKE TO DO CONSTANT DOLLARS, YOU'D PROBABLY DEDUCT -- REDUCE THE NUMBER BY ABOUT 1/3. BUT THIS IS OVER THE NEXT 30 YEARS. SO IF YOU PLAN TO BE ALEVE FOR THE NEXT -- ALIVE FOR THE NEXT 30 YEARS, THIS IS WHAT YOU'RE FACING TODAY. $82 TRILLION IN CASH SHORTFALL. $82 TRILLION IN CASH SHORTFALL. $78 TRILLION OF THAT IS JUST SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE AND THE INTEREST ON THAT SHORTFALL. SO ALL OF THE OTHER THINGS WE TALK ABOUT, OH, IT'S DEFENSE SPENDING. NO, IT'S NOT. OH, IT'S OTHER NONDEFENSE DISCRETIONARY. NO, IT'S NOT. IT'S OTHER ENTITLEMENT PROGRAMS. A LITTLE BIT. BUT NOT REALLY. IT'S THE TWO PROGRAMS THAT ARE EARNED ENTITLEMENTS THAT WE AS CONGRESS AND ITS WISDOM OVER THE LAST FEW DECADES DIDN'T MAKE THE MATH ACTUALLY SOUND. AND JUST PRETENDING IT'S NOT THERE DOESN'T FIX IT. SO ONE MORE TIME, THINK ABOUT THIS. SO OVER THE NEXT 30 YEARS, THE SOCIAL SECURITY DEFICIT, $18.9 TRILLION. MEDICARE DEFICIT, $39.7 TRILLION . AND THEN THE INTEREST WE'RE GOING TO SPEND ON THOSE SHORTFALLS IS ANOTHER $23.4 TRILLION. THAT'S $78 TRILLION. NOW, IF YOU WANT TO USE INFLATION ADJUSTED, JUST REDUCE IT BY 1/3. THIS IS THE GREATEST THREAT TO OUR SOCIETY. BECAUSE YOU SEE THE VERY END, YOU SEE THE LITTLE BLUE? THE REST OF THE BUDGET ACTUALLY IS IN BALANCE. OVER THE NEXT 30 YEARS. AND THAT'S ACTUALLY USING THE C.B.O. SCORES, WHICH I THINK SORT OF UNDERESTIMATE CURRENT GROWTH, BUT THAT'S JUST THE MATH. THIS ISN'T REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT. IT'S MATH. YET IT'S THE GREATEST THREAT TO OUR SOCIETY. AND YET WHEN I WILL STAND IN FRONT OF MY CONSTITUENTS AND WE'LL HAVE A MEETING AND WE'LL DISCUSS WHAT'S THE GREATEST THREAT TO SOCIETY, THE HANDS GO UP AND IT BECOMES ALL SORTS OF THINGS. BECAUSE THIS IS REALLY HARD, IT'S REALLY BIG, IT'S REALLY DIFFICULT, AND IT'S REALLY, REALLY, REALLY IMPORTANT. SO AS WE WALK THROUGH THESE, I NEED TO DO -- AND FORGIVE MY STACKS OF PAPER, BUT SOMETIMES WHEN YOU'RE TRYING TO DO THE MATH, THIS IS ONE OF THOSE WHERE YOU LAY OUT, YOU KNOW, THE EXCEL SPREAD SHEET AND IT GOES ON AND ON AND ON AND ON. THINK OF THIS. IN NINE YEARS SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE, WITHOUT THE INTEREST, WILL BE 10. 3% OF THE ENTIRE ECONOMY. SO THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT WILL SAY, HEY, THE ECONOMY IS, YOU KNOW, TODAY, WHAT, THE G.D.P. IS $22 TRILLION, HOPEFULLY 10 YEARS FROM NOW IT'S SUBSTANTIALLY LARGER. BUT 10 YEARS FROM NOW IT'S GOING TO BE OVER 10%, JUST BEING REACHED IN AND SPENT ON MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY. IT'S THE MATH. BUT IT ACTUALLY, OVER THE NEXT -- THE NEXT DECADE, IT GETS UP INTO THE 12%. THEN A LITTLE WHILE AFTER THAT IT GOES UP FURTHER. BUT THAT'S OF SPENDING EQUAL TO THE ENTIRE SIZE OF THE ECONOMY. WHY IT BECOMES SO INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT THAT PART OF THAT HOLISTIC SOLUTION OF HOW WE SAVE THESE PROGRAMS IS ALSO THAT WE MAXIMIZE ECONOMIC EXPANSION. SO WHEN WE GET INTO THE DISCUSSION THAT'S HAPPENED AROUND HERE A LOT LATELY, WHERE WE TALK ABOUT THE TAX REFORM AND THE JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES IT'S CREATING, I'VE HAD THIS RUNNING CONVERSATION, AND I SAW IT ON THE FLOOR HERE, I THINK YESTERDAY, WHERE SOMEONE IS POUNDING ON -- WELL, YOU KNOW, TAX REFORM IS NOT PAYING FOR ITSELF. TAX CUTS NEVER PAY FOR THEMSELVES. IT'S PARTIALLY TRUE. CERTAIN PARTS DON'T. CERTAIN PARTS ARE POLITICAL, SOCIETAL DECISIONS TO ALLOW FAMILIES TO KEEP MORE. BUT THERE WAS AN INTERESTING LITTLE SET OF NUMBERS AND THIS OFTEN HAPPENS WHEN YOU HAVE YOUR SPREAD SHEETS AND EVERYTHING LAYING OUT IN FRONT OF YOU AND YOU'RE GOING OVER THEM. SO IN DECEMBER, THE IN DECEMBER, THE JOINT TAX COMMITTEE IS OUR SCORE KEEPER ACTUALLY SAID, HERE'S WHAT WE THINK THE TAX REFORM COSTS. BUT THEY WERE IN TWO DIFFERENT REPORTS. TURNS OUT, I TOOK THE BUSINESS NUMBERS AND SAID, THE BUSINESS PORTION, WHAT WAS IT DOING GROWTH-WISE. AND YOU WILL FIND THIS INTERESTING AND MAYBE I'M THE ONLY ONE, SOY, IT TURNS OUT THAT THE BUSINESS TAX REFORM, I THINK THE TITLE 2 PORTION OF OUR REFORM BILL FROM DECEMBER SAID HEY, BUSINESSES, $65 BILLION IN LESS TAXES, RECEIVE NEWS TO OUR GOVERNMENT OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS. BUT THE INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS PORTION OF THE BOOK, WE ARE ACTUALLY GOING TO TAKE IN $324 BILLION. $$653 BILLION IF YOU ARE HERE, BUT BECAUSE WE ARE BRINGING THOSE MONIES BACK IN AND ACTUALLY ENCOURAGING COMPANIES TO COME BACK TO THE UBSE AND WORK HERE, WE ACTUALLY GAINED $234 BILLION. I'M STILL NEGATIVE $329 BILLION OVER THE 10 YEARS OVER THE BIG CORPORATIONS. BUT ON THE NEXT JOINT TAX REPORT, THEY TALKED ABOUT THE DYNAMIC SCORING, WHAT THEY SAW IS THE GROWTH ESTIMATE. YOU HAVE ALREADY SEEN THE C.B.O. HAS LIFTED UP THE GROWTH ESTIMATES FROM EVEN DECEMBER. AND HOPEFULLY THESE NUMBERS EXPAND. IF YOU PUT THE GROWTH BACK IN, THEY WERE ESTIMATING, $ 84 BILLION IN GROWTH OF NEW REVENUES BECAUSE OF THE MORE JOBS AND MORE OPPORTUNITY. NOW MOST OF THAT IS FROM WHAT WAS HAPPENING IN THOSE CORPORATIONS. SO TURNS OUT THE BUSINESS PORTION ON THE TAX REFORM BILL AND JOINT TAX OWN NUMBERS IS ABOUT $ 5 BILLION TO THE UPSIDE IN THEIR OWN MODELING OVER THE 10 YEARS. AND I PUT THIS UP BECAUSE I WAS EMBARRASSED AND DIDN'T SEE IT IN THEIR MATH SOONER. THAT'S WHAT IT IS. I GUESS, ULTIMATELY, MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE A COUPLE MESSAGES HERE. AND I UNDERSTAND WE ARE SORT OF IN THE TIME OF VERY DIFFICULT POLITICS. BUT WE NEED TO GROW WITH THE REALITY. WE ARE GETTING OLDER AS A SOCIETY. WE MADE LOTS AND LOTS OF PROMISES. WE NEED TO KEEP THOSE PROMISES. THERE ARE WAYS TO DO IT. BUT EVERY SINGLE DAY, WE DON'T STEP UP AND DEAL WITH THE REALITY OF MATH, WE MAKE IT THAT MUCH MORE DIFFICULT FOR ALL OF US. AND I'M 56 YEARS OLD. MY WIFE -- I SHOULDN'T SAY THIS, BUT SHE IS EXACTLY MY AGE AND WE ARE INCREDIBLY BLESSED, WE HAVE A 2 1/2-YEAR-OLD. SHE WAS WITH US ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE LAST WEEK AND MAYBE IT IS BECAUSE MY LITTLE GIRL THAT I'M GOING TO DOUBLE DOWN ON MY EFFORTS HERE, HOW DO I GET OUR FREBBEDS ON THE LEFT AND OUR FRIEND IN THE MAJORITY AND SAY MAYBE IT'S TIME WE DO THE MOST DIFFICULT THING ANY OF US WOULD EVER DO IN OUR ELECTED CAREER AND THAT IS TAKE ON THE BIGGEST ISSUES OF OUR TIMES AND THAT IS THE UNFUNDED LIABILITIES AND THE PROMISES WE MADE. DO WE DO A BLACK COMMISSION TO SAY NOT TO CLOSE THINGS BUT TO ACTUALLY LOOK AT EVERYTHING. IT IS A LITTLE BIT OF A SOLUTION, REFORMING HOW WE REFORM HEALTH CARE AND MEDICARE AND IMMIGRATION, A DIFFERENT TIME OF IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. IS IT EVERYTHING ALL TOGETHER? IS IT MAXIMIZING SO PAYROLL TAXES BECOME MUCH MORROW BUS AND CREATING A PATH THAT ARE DIS AFFECTED AND THOSE WHO ARE ON SOCIAL ENTITLEMENT PROGRAMS BECAUSE THERE IS OPPORTUNITY? THE ANSWER IS WHICH NEED TO DO IT ALL AT THE SAME TIME. HOW DO YOU GET THIS BODY WITH ALL OF THE NOISE AND THE PEOPLE BANGING ON US, THE CHAOS THAT IS TODAY'S MEDIA WHICH IS ENTERTAINMENT MEDIA AND GET PEOPLE TO PULL OUT A CALCULATOR AND PULL OUT SOME GREAT ACONOMETRICS AND DO WHAT IS NECESSARY TO DEAL WHAT IS THE GREATEST THREAT TO THIS COUNTRY. THAT GREATEST THREAT IS NOT MILITARY, IT'S ACTUALLY DEBT AND PROMISES WE MADE. AND AS YOU HAVE SEEN ON THE SLIDES, I THINK EVERYTHING ELSE IS IN BALANCE OVER THE NEXT 30 YEARS. WHAT BELOW ZERO US UP IS THE PROMISES WE MADE IN SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE. IT IS FIXABLE, BUT WE CANNOT CONTINUE TO WAIT. THE LAST THING I WANTED TO SHARE , AND I KNOW I'M BACK TRACKING A BIT, THAT CONTINUES TO BE MORE GOOD NEWS THAT COMES IN FROM THE TAX REFORM. AND THE POSITIVE THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING WITHIN THE ECONOMY, BUT THERE WAS A GREAT ARTICLE TODAY THAT IS HAPPENING IN OUR STATE AND LOCAL LEVELS AND THAT FITS INTO THAT UNIFIED THEORY, DO IT IN THE TIME WHEN YOU HAVE ECONOMIC EXPANSION. REVENUES TO OUR STATE LOOKS LIKE IT IS TAKING QUITE A POP UPWARDS. ANOTHER ARTICLE, THE INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND DID A CALCULATION AND STEPPED UP WORLD GROWTH AND GAVE HALF THE CREDIT OF THAT GROWTH. WHAT WE DID HERE IN THE UNITED STATES IS MADE A POOR FAMILY ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD, BETTER. TO ACTUALLY START TO LOOK AT THE THINGS THAT ARE GOING ON AROUND US, EVEN A TIME OF TURBULENT POLITICS, WE HAVE SOME GOOD THINGS HAPPENING. AND STEP UP AND DO THE REALLY HARD THINGS BECAUSE THE HARD THINGS IS HOW WE ARE GOING TO BE JUDGED WHEN ALL OF US ELECTED MEMBERS LEAVE HERE, WILL WE SAVE OUR COUNTRY WHICH IS THE DEBT WHICH WILL BE CRASHING DOWN ON US VERY, VERY SOON. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                MR. SCHWEIKERT

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                                              EASTERN, 4:00 A.M. PACIFIC, ON THE "WASHINGTON JOURNAL."

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                                              THE CLERK

                                              SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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

                                              THE CHAIR WILL ALTERNATE RECOGNITION BETWEEN THE PARTIES. ALL TIME SHALL BE EQUALLY ALLOCATED BETWEEN THE PARTIES AND IN NO EVENT SHALL DEBATE CONTINUE BEYOND 11:50 A.M. EACH MEMBER OTHER SHALL BE THAN THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS AND MINORITY WHIP SHALL BE LIMITED TO FIVE MINUTES OF THE THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS. MR. GUTIERREZ, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                              MR. GUTIERREZ

                                              TO REWARD INVEST YOST WHILE STILL SELLING SEATS AT ROCK BOTTOM TICKET…

                                              TO REWARD INVEST YOST WHILE STILL SELLING SEATS AT ROCK BOTTOM TICKET PRICES, THEY PUSH THEIR AGING SECONDHAND FLEET OF 99 OUTDATED AIRCRAFT BEYOND THEIR LIMITS. BUT, HEY, APPARENTLY IN CORPORATE AMERICA PROFITS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN PEOPLE IF EVEN CARRYING PEOPLE SUPPOSEDLY SAFELY IS SUPPOSED TO BE YOUR MAIN CONCERN. SO FAR, THE ONLY THING TO CRASH WITH THIS AIRLIN CARRYING PEOPLEE IS THE HIGH FLYING STOCK PRICES WHICH IS DOWN 11% SINCE WORD OF THE STORY FIRST CAME OUT. BECAUSE 60 MINUTES DOCUMENTED INCIDENT AFTER INCIDENT MORE THAN 100 IN LESS THAN TWO YEARS OF ABORTED TAKEOFFS, UNSCHEDULED LANDINGS, SMOKE FILLED CABINS, AND OTHER EMERGENCY SITUATIONS. A FORMER PROSECUTOR AT THE F.A.A. WITH 30 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE SAYS, QUOTE, YOU KNOW, IF GOD FORBID THERE IS AN ACCIDENT, I THINK THERE WILL BE A LOT OF PEOPLE SAYING WE KNEW. WE KNEW AND WE DID NOTHING, END QUOTE. MR. SPEAKER, ALIEGEANT AIRLINE IS A TRAGEDY WAITING TO HAPPEN. THEY SHOULD KNOW BETTER AS WE AS A COUNTRY SHOULD KNOW BETTER BECAUSE THE C.E.O. OF ALIEGEANT IS NONE OTHER THAN ONE TRAGEDY WAITING TO OF THE FOUNDERS OF VALUEJET. REMEMBER THEM? THEY WERE THE CUT RATE AIRLINE THAT WAS APPARENTLY CUTTING CORNERS ON SAFETY TO BOOST THEIR POSITION WITH STOCKHOLDERS. THEY AREN'T FLYING ANYMORE BECAUSE VALUEJET FLIGHT 592 WITH 1910 PEOPLE ONBOARD PLUNGED INTO THE EVERGLADES AFTER TAKING OFF FROM MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT 22 YEARS AGO. WHAT WE LEARNED AFTER THE FACT WAS THAT THE AIRLINE DROVE UP PROFITS, PUSHED ITS FLEETS TO THE EDGE, TOOK EXTRA FREIGHT IN CARGO HOLDS TO MAKE EXTRA MONEY, AND CUT CORNERS ON THE SAFETY OF ITS PASSENGERS. YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED? PEOPLE DIED. WE HAVE SEEN THIS BEFORE. WHICH LEADS TO THE VERY IMPORTANT QUESTION FOR CONGRESS, WHY ISN'T ANYONE DOING ANYTHING ABOUT IT? WHERE IS THE F.A.A.? WHERE IS THE D.O.T.? THE COMMITTEES OF JURISDICTION HERE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES? I HEAR THE SENATORS ARE DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT. WHY HAVE THERE BEEN NO HEARINGS AND SO LITTLE RESPONSE FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT? "60 MINUTES" MADE A COMPELLING CASE THE REGULATORS ARE NOT DOING THEIR JOBS. THE HOST SAID, OVER THE LAST THREE YEARS THE F.A.A. HAS SWITCHED ITS PRIORITIES FROM ACTIVELY ENFORCING SAFETY RULES WITH FINES, WARNING LETTERS, AND SANCTIONS, WHICH WOULD BECOME PART 69 PUBLIC RECORD SO WE WOULD KNOW ABOUT THE SAFETY OF THESE AIRLINES, TO WORKING QUIETLY WITH THE AIRLINES BEHIND THE SCENES TO FIX THE PROBLEMS. AT THE BACKS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO PROTECT. THIS AIRLINE WITH THREE 1/2 -- 3 1/2 TIMES AS MANY EMERGENCIES WHITE MITE BE A SPECIAL CASE OR TYPICAL. WE JUST DON'T KNOW A GAD JOB OR TYPICAL. WE JUST DON'T KNOW. 9 AMERICAN PEOPLE JUST DON'T KNOW -- THE AMERICAN PEOPLE JUST DON'T KNOW. IF THE PAY-PER-VIEW ISN'T DOING MAKING SURE IT IS SAFE, WHAT ELSE ARE WE MISSING ABOUT THE AIRLINES? WE OUGHT TO DEMAND THE EXSMERTS INSIDE AND OUTSIDE CONGRESS -- EXPERTS INSIDE AND OUTSIDE CONGRESS GETS THE INFO. IT IS NOT CLEAR THAT THE DOWNSIDE AND REGULATORY OVERSIGHT HAPPENED EXCLUSIVELY OR EVEN MORE RAPIDLY SINCE OUR CURRENT BUSINESSMAN AND PRESIDENT TOOK OFFICE. I THINK IT'S CLEAR THAT FOLLOWING THE RULES, BEING TRANSPARENT, AND BEING ACCOUNTABLE IN AMERICAN INDUSTRY, ESPECIALLY THE AIRLINE INDUSTRY, WHERE MILLIONS OF LIVES ARE AT STAKE EVERY DAY, OUGHT TO BE A TOP PRIORITY. WHEN I SAT DOWN TO DINNER WITH MY FAMILY, I WANT TO KNOW THE CHICKEN AND VEGETABLES ON MAY PLATE ARE SAFE TO EAT. MY CAR, GADGETS, AND FLIGHT HOME DESERVE RIGOROUS SCRUTINY. I WANT TO KNOW THE WATER MY GRANDSON DRINKS IS CLEAN. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE LOSING CONFIDENCE, MR. SPEAKER, THAT THE PEOPLE WHO ARE SUPPOSEDLY WATCHING OUT FOR US ARE WATCHING OUT FOR US WHEN WE EAT, DRINK, BREATHE, TRAVEL. THERE IS A BIG DRIVE IN CONGRESS TO CUT GOVERNMENT SUPPOSEDLY BUDGETS, CUT RED TAPE, CRUSADE AGAINST REGULATION. THE OTHER SIDE DEMONIZES REGULATION ALMOST AS MUCH AS THE PRESIDENT DEMONIZES IMMIGRANTS. I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WHEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND THIS CONGRESS ARE CUTTING BUDGETS AND WE'RE NOT CUTTING CORNERS THAT ALLOWS AIRPLANES WITH AMERICANS ON IT, WITH HUMAN BEINGS ON IT, TO FLY OUT OF THE SKY SO THEIR COMPANIES CAN MAKE BETTER PROFITS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                              ROS-LEHTINEN: THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. AND I RISE THIS MORNING TO…

                                              ROS-LEHTINEN: THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. AND I RISE THIS MORNING TO IT RECOGNIZE THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR AUTISM AND RELATED DISABILITIES, KNOWN AS UMNSU CARD. ON APRIL 28, FRIENDS, FAMILIES, HEALTH CARE ADVOCATES, AND COMMUNITY LEADERS FROM THROUGHOUT OUR AREA IN SOUTH FLORIDA WILL GATHER TOGETHER TO CELEBRATE THIS NOTABLE MILESTONE AT THE TROPICAL NIGHTS GALA ON BEAUTIFUL BISCAYNE BAY.

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                                              MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                                              THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. COHEN, FOR FIVE…

                                              THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. COHEN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              ON THIS DAY AS A LAWYER AND AS A CONGRESSMAN I WANT TO EXPRESS MY…

                                              ON THIS DAY AS A LAWYER AND AS A CONGRESSMAN I WANT TO EXPRESS MY APPRECIATION FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, THE F.B.I.

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                                              MR. COHEN

                                              , MR. MUELLER, MR. ROSEN STEIN, MR. RAY -- ROSENSTEIN, MR. RAY, AND…

                                              , MR. MUELLER, MR. ROSEN STEIN, MR. RAY -- ROSENSTEIN, MR. RAY, AND OTHERS. THE ATTORNEYS IN THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ARE AMONG THE BEST IN THE COUNTRY, AND MR. MUELLER AND MR. ROSENSTEIN ARE IN THAT GROUP. AND THE F.B.I. ARE THE FINEST LAW ENFORCEMENT PEOPLE IN OUR COUNTRY. MR. RAY HEADS THAT OFFICE UP. BESIDES BEING OUTSTANDING JURISTS, MEN OF RECTITUDE WHAT ELSE DID MR. RAY, MR. ROSENSTEIN, AND MR. MUELLER HAVE IN COMMON? THEY ARE ALL REPUBLICANS. AND THEY HAVE ALL BEEN ATTACKED BY OUR PRESIDENT. OUR PRESIDENT SAID, WHEN THE WARRANT WAS ISSUED ON HIS ATTORNEY'S OFFICE FOR HIS MATERIALS, THAT THAT WAS AN ATTACK ON OUR COUNTRY. IN MY OPINION, THAT STATEMENT AND THE ATTACKS ON OUR JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AND OUR F.B.I. AND OUR MR. ROSENSTEIN AND MR. MUELLER AND MR. RAY, THOSE WERE THE OUR JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AND ATTACKS ON OUR COUNTRY. WHEN ONE UNDERMINES THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AND THE F.B.I., BASICALLY PEOPLE WORKING IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT US AND SEE THAT OUR LAWS ARE CARRIED OUT IN AN APPROPRIATE ATTACKS ON OUR COUNTRY. MANNER, AND THAT THE RULE OF LAW WHICH THIS COUNTRY IS RESPECTED FOR ALL AROUND THE WORLD IS MEATED OUT IN AN -- METED OUT IN AN EVENHANDED FASHION, THAT IS A FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I RESENT THAT SUGGESTION. THE FACT IS, MR. ROSENSTEIN SHOWED GREAT BRAVERY IN SEEING AS WE SAY IN JURY CHARGES, GOING WHERE TRUTH DICTATED AND JUSTICE DEMANDED AND SEEING THAT WARRANT WAS ISSUED. THEY DID IT ON THE BASIS OF PROBABLE CAUSE. INFORMATION THAT THEY HAD TO HAVE SURVEILLANCE OF MR. COHEN. THEY HAD TO HAVE PROBABLE CAUSE IT EVEN HAVE SURVEILLANCE. THEN IT TO GO THROUGH KNOWING THIS MAN WAS THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PRESIDENT AND AUTHORIZE THE WARRANT AND KNOW HIS JOB WAS ON THE LINE AND HIS NECK WAS ON THE LINE SHOWED GREAT COURAGE, SOMETHING WE ALL IN AMERICA SHOULD RESPECT AND HOLD UP AS AN ADMIRABLE QUALITY AND A MAN WHO EXHIBITS THE BEST CHARACTERISTICS OF OUR CITIZENRY. THEN MR. ROSENSTEIN, A LEARNED ATTORNEY WHO DIDN'T FEEL ATTORNEY-CLIENT PRIVILEGE WAS BEING FRINGED UPON SENT THE CASE TO SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF YORK WHERE OTHER LAWYERS TRAINED TOOK THE CASE TO THE JUDGE SAID THE WARRANT SHOULD ISSUE. ATTORNEY-CLIENT PRIVILEGE IS ALIVE. AND IT IS BEING DEALT WITH IN THE PROPER FASHION IN JUDGE WOODS' COURTROOM. SHE'S PROPERLY SEEING TO IT THAT IT'S RESPECTED BUT THAT INFORMATION THAT IS NOT THAT OF A ATTORNEY-CLIENT PRIVILEGE WILL BE REVEALED TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. FOR SOME REASON A LOT OF PEOPLE TODAY WHO NORMALLY ARE TALKING ABOUT THE SECOND AMENDMENT ARE TALKING ABOUT ATTORNEY-CLIENT PRIVILEGE LIKE IT'S THE BIGGEST LEGAL PRINCIPLE IN OUR COUNTRY'S FABRIC. WHAT'S MORE IMPORTANT THAN ANYTHING, AN ATTORNEY-CLIENT PRIVILEGE IS BEING RESPECTED, IS THE INFORMATION THAT'S BEEN GARNERED THROUGH THAT SEARCH WARRANT THAT COULD SHOW THE POSSIBILITY OF CRIMES BEING COMMITTED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THERE IS NOTHING MORE IMPORTANT TO BE SEEN AN ATTORNEY-CLIENT PRIVILEGE IS NOTHING COMPARED TO THAT. WHY PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THAT AND NOT THE INFORMATION THEY ARE TRYING TO KEEP QUIET ASTONISHES ME. WE NEED A TRANSPARENT PRESIDENT. WE NEED A PRESIDENT WHO PAYS HIS TAXES AND REVEALS THEM TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC AND WHO DOESN'T TRY TO SQUASH THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, THE F.B.I. , AND PEOPLE OF RECTITUDE AND CHARACTER. THANK YOU, MR. ROSENSTEIN. THANK YOU, MR. MUELLER. THANK YOU, MR. RAY. THANK YOU JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AND F.B.I. OFFICIALS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                              MR. POE

                                              OF AGE, AARON BURR,

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                                              20. JAMES MONROE, 18. JAMES MADISON, 25 YEARS OLD. THESE YOUNG FOUNDING…

                                              20. JAMES MONROE, 18. JAMES MADISON, 25 YEARS OLD. THESE YOUNG FOUNDING FATHERS, SOME OF AMERICA'S MOST JAMES MONROE, NOTABLE NAMES, WERE COLLEGE AGE WHEN THEY STOOD AGAINST AN IMPOSING BRITISH MONARCH AND DEMANDED LIFE, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. IN FACT, THE RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF SPEECH WAS CONSIDERED SO IMPORTANT THAT JAMES MADISON, THE AUTHOR OF THE CONSTITUTION, MADE IT THE FIRST AMENDMENT IN THE BILL NOTABLE OF RIGHTS. HOWEVER, IT SEEMS TODAY THAT SOME OF AMERICA'S YOUNGEST MINDS OF THIS GENERATION HAVE FORGOTTEN JUST WHAT IT IS THIS GREAT NATION STANDS FOR AND WHAT IDEALS IT WAS BUILT ON. A DISTURBING TREND HAS BEGUN CROPPING UP ON SOME COLLEGE CAMPUSES AROUND THE COUNTRY. THE IDEALS THAT OUR FOUNDING FATHERS SO PAINSTAKINGLY PENNED TO LIFE ARE AT RISK OF DISAPPEARING FROM THE SACRED PARCHMENT OF LIBERTY. FREEDOM OF SPEECH SUNNED ATTACK. THE LEFT HAS PERPETRATED THE IDEA THAT FREEDOM OF SPEECH ONLY APPLIES TO THEM BUT NOT TO OPPOSING VIEWS. FREE SPEECH FOR ME BUT NOT FOR THEE. CONSERVATIVE THINKERS ARE OFTEN BAN INTERESTED SOME UNIVERSITIES. IF THEY ARE INVITED, STUDENTS ARE ALLOWED TO DISRUPT THE EVENTS. MR. SPEAKER, SINCE WHEN DOES A WAR OF WORDS INCLUDE PHYSICAL VIOLENCE AGAINST ANYONE WHO DISAGREES? SOME UNIVERSITIES AND STUDENTS CLAIM IF SPEECH IS OFFENSIVE, IT MUST BE BANNED. . OPPOSING WHO WILL WE HURT, THE LISTENER, ACADEMIA? STUDENTS ARE ACCEPTING THIS. THE BRITISH CENSORED SPEECH CRITICAL OF THE KING. THAT'S ONE REASON THE FREE FLOW OF DIVERSE IDEAS IS PROTECTED IN OUR COUNTRY. LENNON ENFORCED CENSORSHIP OF IDEAS HE OPPOSED. SPEECH CONTROLLED BY UNIVERSITIES, PROFESSORS IS A VIOLATION OF THE 1776 MOVEMENT. IT SEEMS AS IF OUR VERY FOUNDING DOCUMENT IS AT RISK OF FADING INTO THE ABYSS OF HISTORY. HAVE WE FORGOTTENING THE MEANING OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT? THE FIRST AMENDMENT PROTECTS ALL FORMS OF SPEECH, EVEN THOSE WE DON'T PERSONALLY AGREE WITH. IF OUR AMERICAN PUBLIC SQUARE OR UNIVERSITY BECOME A PLACE WHERE ONLY IDEAS -- IDEAS THAT SPEECH POLICE ALLOW, WE'VE LOST OUR WAY AND HAVE BECOME NOTHING MORE THAN AN ECOCHAMBER. HOW CAN POLITICAL IDEALS BE CHALLENGED IF PEOPLE CANNOT BE ALLOWED THE FREEDOM TO SPEAK DIFFERENT OPINIONS? IN ONE CASE, SUPREME COURT JUSTICE DOUGLAS STATED, QUOTE, A FUNCTION OF FREE SPEECH UNDER OUR SYSTEM IS TO INVITE DISPUTE. IT MAY INDEED BEST SERVE ITS HIGH PURPOSE WHEN IT INDUCES A CONDITION OF UNREST, CREATES DISSATISFACTION WITH CONDITIONS AS THEY ARE OR EVEN STIRS PEOPLE TO ANGER. I GUESS JUSTICE DOUGLASS WOULD NOT BE ALLOWED ON SOME OF OUR UNIVERSITY COMPASSES TODAY TO HAVE DIALOGUE WITH STUDENTS BECAUSE HE RULED CONTROVERSIAL VIEWS ARE CONSTITUTIONALLY PROTECTED. WE MUST REMEMBER THAT FACT AND REJECT THE TENDENCY TO BRUISE THE FIRST AMENDMENT BY STAMPING OUT SPEECH THAT'S CONTROVERSIAL. IN THE FAMOUS WORDS OF EVELYN HALL WHO WROTE UNDER A SUED NIM IN THE 1900'S, QUOTE, I DISAPPROVE OF WHAT YOU SAY BUT I WILL DEFEND TO THE DEATH YOUR RIGHT TO SAY IT. I DON'T SEE ANY UNIVERSITY PROFESSORS TEACHING THIS DEDICATION TO FREE SPEECH. THIS MOST DISTURBING IS THAT OFTEN IT IS THE PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES THAT ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR SILENCING SPEECH THAT THEY DON'T AGREE WITH. THIS IS CLEARLY A VIOLATION OF THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT. GEORGE WASHINGTON SAID IT BEST. IF THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH IS TAKEN AWAY, THEN DUMB AND SILENT WE MAY BE, LED LIKE SHEEP TO THE SLAUGHTER. MR. SPEAKER, I LEAVE YOU WITH THE WORDS OF JAMES MADISON. THE ADVANCEMENT AND DIFUSION OF KNOWLEDGE IS THE ONLY GUARDIAN OF TRUE LIBERTY. OUR COLLEGE OF TODAY SHOULD HEED THE WORDS OF THE AMERICAN YOUTH OF 1776, BUT THE ELITE ACADEMIA OF OUR UNIVERSITY SPEECH POLICE MAY NOT ALLOW CONTROVERSIAL WORDS, THOSE WORDS OF MADISON AND JEFFERSON BE TAUGHT ON CAMPUS BECAUSE IT JUST MIGHT OFFEND THEM. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I'LL YIELD BACK.

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                                              MR. KING

                                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY…

                                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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                                              MR. KING

                                              THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MISSOURI, MRS. HARTZLER, IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE…

                                              THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MISSOURI, MRS. HARTZLER, IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                              MRS. HARTZLER

                                              IT IS A WAR BEING WAGED ON OUR SOIL AND OUR COMMUNITIES AND EXPLOITING…

                                              IT IS A WAR BEING WAGED ON OUR SOIL AND OUR COMMUNITIES AND EXPLOITING DISCOURSE AMONG FRIENDS, FAMILY, AND NEIGHBORS. IT IS A WAR INTENDED TO DIVIDE OUR GREAT NATION IN ORDER TO WEAKEN OUR UNITY AND OUR RESILIENCE. THE TACTICS OF THIS WARFARE ARE NOT ALWAYS APPARENT, MAKING IT POSSIBLE FOR ANY CITIZEN TO BECOME A CASUALTY OF THIS DANGEROUS CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE UNITED STATES. THE WAR I'M REFERRING TO IS THE DISINFORMATION WAR AGAINST WESTERN DEMOCRACIES BEING WAGED BY THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION. RUSSIA'S DISINFORMATION CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE UNITED STATES STARTED BEFORE THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. IN 2013, THE CHIEF OF STAFF OF THE ARMED FORCES OF RUSSIA STATED, QUOTE, THE VERY RULES OF WAR HAVE CHANGED. THE ROLE OF NONMILITARY MEANS OF ACHIEVING POLITICAL AND STRATEGIC GOALS HAVE GROWN AND IN MANY CASES THEY HAVE EXCEEDED THE POWER OF FORCE OF WEAPONS IN THEIR EFFECTIVENESS. THE FOCUS OF APPLIED WEAPONS OF CONFLICT HAVE THE BROAD USE OF POLITICAL, ECONOMIC, INFORMATION, HUMANITARIAN, AND OTHER NONMILITARY MEASURES APPLIED IN COORDINATION WITH THE PROTEST POTENTIAL OF THE POPULATION. LAST MONTH, GERALD BREEDLOVE TESTIFIED BEFORE THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE STATING, RUSSIA SEES THE WEST AND IN PARTICULAR A UNIFIED WEST AS AN ADVERSARY, WAGING A CONVENTIONAL WAR AGAINST THE WEST WOULD BE UNFAVORABLE TO RUSSIA. AS SUCH, IT HAS USED HYBRID WARFARE TO BREAK UP WESTERN UNITY. HE WENT ON TO SAY, EXPLOITING DIVISIONS IN U.S. SOCIETY AND PROMOTING A CULTURE WAR IS ONE KEY ELEMENT OF MOSCOW'S EFFORTS TO WEAKEN THE WEST. IN 2015, RUSSIA'S DISINFORMATION CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE UNITED STATES IMPACTED MY HOME STATE OF MISSOURI. RESEARCH CONDUCTED BY U.S. AIR FORCE LIEUTENANT COLONEL JARED PETER FOUND THE SAME RUSSIAN TROLLS INVOLVED IN THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION INTERJECTED THEMSELVES IN THE 2015 PROTEST AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI WITH THE GOAL OF INCITING FURTHER UNREST AND SPREADING DISCORD AND FEAR. THE RUSSIAN ACCOUNT, AT FANFARE 1911 TWEETED, QUOTE, THE COPS ARE MARCHING WITH THE K.K.K. THEY BEAT UP MY LITTLE BROTHER. WATCH OUT. THE TWEET WAS THEN RETWEETED BY TWITTER BOTS AND HUNDREDS OF REAL TWITTER USERS WHO FELL VICTIM TO THE HOAX. LIEUTENANT COLONEL PIERRE'S RESEARCH FOUND THAT THIS SAME TWITTER ACCOUNT LATER CHANGED ITS TWEETS TO ALL GERMAN AND SPREAD RUMORS ABOUT SYRIAN REFUGEES PROVOKETTING UNREST IN GERMANY -- PROVOKING UNREST IN GERMANY DURING THE HEIGHT OF THE REFUGEE CRISIS. THEN IN 2016, THE ACCOUNT SWITCHED BACK TO ENGLISH AND BEGAN TWEETING ABOUT THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. RUSSIA'S INTERFERENCE IN THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION BY SPREADING DISINFORMATION ON SOCIAL MEDIA IS TROUBLING. AND IT SHOWCASES RUSSIA'S SUCCESS IN WEAPONIZING THE INTERNET. RUSSIA HAS EXPLOITING POLITICAL DIVISIONS WITH THE INTENTION TO CAUSE INDIVIDUALS TO QUESTION THE LEGITIMACY OF OUR DEMOCRACY. THAT IS RUSSIA'S ULTIMATE GOAL, NOT TO SWAY THE OUTCOME OF ELECTIONS BUT TO CALL INTO QUESTION THE VERY FOUNDATIONS THAT MADE OUR DEMOCRACY STRONG BY PROVOKING MISTRUST AND INSTABILITY INTO DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS. AS AMERICANS, WE MUST WAKE UP AND BAND TOGETHER TO FIGHT AGAINST RUSSIA'S -- AGAINST RUSSIA. WE HAVE SQUABBLES. BROTHERS AND SISTERS HAVE FIGHTS. THE MINUTE THE NEIGHBORHOOD KID PICKS ON ONE US REMEMBER TOGETHER. RUSSIA IS EXPLOITING OUR AMERICAN FAMILY DISAGREEMENTS AND MAKING THEM FAR WORSE. INSTEAD OF PLACING BLAME ON EACH OTHER AND FURTHER POLARIZING OUR NATION, WE SHOULD TURN TOWARD EACH OTHER TO DEVELOP A DEFENSE STRATEGY TO COUNTER RUSSIA'S PROPAGANDA MACHINE. RUSSIA IS SBENS GAITING FIGHTS ON BOTH -- INSTIGATING FIGHTS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT AMERICAN POLITICAL PARTIES BUT RATHER THE DEMISE OF WESTERN DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS. IT IS TIME THAT WE STOP RUSSIA FROM INFECTING OUR FAMILY WITH THIS DISINFORMATION VIRUS. I CALL ON ALL AMERICANS TO JUDGE INFLAMMATORY POSTS WITH A WEARY EYE. WE NEED TO QUIT BEING NAIVE, ALLOWING OURSELVES TO BECOME A PAWN OF THOSE WHO WANT OUR UNDOING. THE INTERNET IS NOW A BATTLEFIELD. IT'S CRITICAL WE CONSIDER THE SOURCE OF ALL INFORMATION WE RECEIVE. THAT INFORMATION COULD BE FROM A RUSSIA BOT IN ST. PETERSBURG. IT'S TIME TO STAND UNITED, TALK TO EACH OTHER, WORK TOGETHER TO SOLVE THE CHALLENGES OF OUR TIMES. THANK YOU.

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                                              SEWELL: MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE TO HONOR A MENTOR, A FELLOW SELMA,…

                                              SEWELL: MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE TO HONOR A MENTOR, A FELLOW SELMA, ALABAMA, NATIVE, VOTING RIGHTS ACTIVIST AND AMERICAN HERO, REVEREND DR.

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                                              MS. SEWELL

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

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

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                                              SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN HONOR OF THE CIVIL AIR PATROL AND THE…

                                              SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN HONOR OF THE CIVIL AIR PATROL AND THE CONTRIBUTIONS THE CIVILIAN AUXILIARY MAKES TO OUR GREAT NATION. THEY SUPPORT AMERICA'S COMMUNITIES WITH EMERGENCY RESPONSE, AND GROUND SERVICES, YOUTH DEVELOPMENT IN THE

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                                              MR. THOMPSON

                                              THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER, FOR FIVE…

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

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                                              MR. BLUMENAUER

                                              WITH VERY LITTLE FANFARE. ACTUALLY WE CAN KIND OF UNDERSTAND WHY IT'S BEEN…

                                              WITH VERY LITTLE FANFARE. ACTUALLY WE CAN KIND OF UNDERSTAND WHY IT'S BEEN SORT OF PLAYED DOWN A LITTLE BIT. THE BIT. THE DRAFT FARM BILL MAKES IT MORE DIFFICULT TO GET SNAP BENEFITS, WHILE WEAKENING THE MEAGER WLIMENTS FOR FARM SUBSIDIES -- LIMITS FOR FARM SUBSIDIES, AND CUTTING INVESTMENTS IN CONSERVATION AND INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS THAT PEOPLE CARE DEEPLY ABOUT. THE DRAFT BILL CUTS BILLIONS FROM THOSE SNAP BENEFITS, IT CREATES BURDENSOME WORK REQUIREMENTS FOR CARETAKERS OF CHILDREN OVER SIX AND PEOPLE BETWEEN THE AGES OF 50 AND 59. UNDER THIS PROVISION, PEOPLE WOULD HAVE TO FIND WORK OR ATTEND JOB TRAINING FOR AT LEAST 20 HOURS PER WEEK. THE PROVISIONS WON'T DO ANYTHING AT ALL TO ADDRESS POVERTY. DATED FROM THE BUREAU OF -- DATA FROM THE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS SHOW THAT EVEN THOSE IN THE GENERAL POPULATION SECURING A JOB WITHIN THREE MONTHS IS VIRTUALLY UNATTAINABLE. THERE WILL BE A SPIRITED DEBATE ABOUT WHETHER WE OUGHT TO REDUCE NUTRITION FOR LOW-INCOME PEOPLE. BUT THERE ARE A WHOLE RANGE OF OTHER ITEMS THAT NEED TO HAVE ATTENTION. THE COMMODITIES PROGRAMS THAT CHANNEL 94% OF THE SUBSIDIES IN THE FARM BILL TO PEOPLE WHO GROW SIX COMMODITIES, THIS BILL WILL EXEMPT MOST CORPORATE FARMS FROM PAYMENT LIMITS AND MAKE IT EASIER FOR LARGE AGRICULTURE ENTITIES TO CALL THEMSELVES FAMILY FARMS AND GET EVEN MORE SUBSIDIES. IT GETS RID OF PAYMENT LIMITS FOR MARKETING LOAN GAINS AND LOAN DEFICIENCY PAYMENTS, AND EXEMPTS PARTNERSHIPS, JOINT VENTURE, L.L.C.'S, AND SUBCHAPTER S. CORPORATION FROM MEANS TESTING. OPENING THE LOOPHOLES WIDER. IN THE AREA OF CONSERVATION, WHICH MATTERS DEEPLY TO AMERICANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE TO FARMERS AND RANCHERS IN OREGON, THIS BILL GETS RID OF THE CONSERVATION STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM. ONE OF THE LARGEST CONSERVATION PROGRAMS IN THE FARM BILL. IT CUTS THE CONSERVATION TITLE BY $1 BILLION OVER 10 YEARS. AND CUTS FUNDING FOR THE WORKING LANDS PROGRAM BY NEARLY $5 BILLION OVER 10 YEARS. IT WEAKENS THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT BY ALLOWING PESTICIDES TO BE APPROVED WITHOUT CONSIDERING THE IMPACT ON ENDANGERED SPECIES. MR. SPEAKER, ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT AREAS THAT NEEDS OUR ATTENTION DEALS WITH LOCAL FOOD AND REGIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE TO PROMOTE LOCAL, SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE. IT EFFECTIVELY ELIMINATES FUNDING FOR FARMERS MARKETS, VALUE ADDED PRODUCER GRANTS, COST SHARING PROGRAMS FOR ORGANIC CERTIFICATION BY FAILING TO RE-AUTHORIZE MANDATORY FUNDING FOR THESE PROGRAMS. MR. SPEAKER, I SPENT THE BETTER PART OF 2 1/2 YEARS TRAVELING IN OREGON AFTER THE LAST FARM BILL ASKING PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANTED. AND I WILL TELL YOU WHAT PEOPLE IN OREGON, FARMERS AND RANCHERS, PEOPLE WHO EAT, SPORTS PEOPLE, PEOPLE WHO ARE INVOLVED WITH FOOD PRODUCTION, NUTRITION THIS IS NOT THE APPROACH THAT PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY WANT, NOR PEOPLE, PEOPLE WHO ARE INVOLVED WITH FOOD FRANKLY BY ALL AVAILABLE EVIDENCE THE VAST MAJORITY OF FARMERS AND RANCHERS. THEY WANT TO SEE REFORMS. THEY WANT TO HAVE A CROP INSURANCE PROGRAM THAT ISN'T WASTEFUL SUPPORT FOR LARGE COMMODITY PRODUCERS, BUT ACTUALLY IS AVAILABLE FOR PEOPLE WHO GROW FOOD, ESPECIALLY CROPS FOR NURSERY AND WINE INDUSTRY. IT OUGHT TO BE HELPING BEGINNING FARMERS AND RANCHERS GET A TOEHOLD. IT OUGHT TO DEAL WITH THE EFFORTS TO CUT DOWN FOOT WASTE TO PROVIDE PROTECTION FOR ANIMAL -- FOOD WASTE TO PROVIDE PROTECTION FOR ANIMAL WELFARE. THE DRAFT PROPOSAL THAT HAS BEEN RELEASED IS A MISSED OPPORTUNITY. A MISSED OPPORTUNITY FOR THE COMMITTEE, BUT I'M HOPEFUL THAT CONGRESS, AS THIS PROCESS WORKS OUT, CONGRESS WILL STEP UP AND DO ITS PART TO MAKE IT BETTER, TO FOCUS ON PEOPLE WHO EAT, PEOPLE WHO CARE ABOUT CLEAN AIR, CLEAN WATER, PEOPLE WHO WANT TO PROTECT ANIMAL WELFARE. PEOPLE DO ITS PART TO MAKE IT BETTER, TO FOCUS ON WHO WANT TO HAVE A VIBRANT, THRIVING LOCAL FOOD SCENE, AND TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE FOOD SECURITY FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE AT RISK. MR. SPEAKER, WE CAN DO BETTER. I STRONGLY URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO TAKE A HARD LOOK AT THIS PROPOSAL AND THINK ABOUT WHAT A FARM BILL WOULD LOOK LIKE FOR THEIR COMMUNITY. I THINK THEY WILL FIND THIS BILL FALLS FAR, FAR SHORT.

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                                              FITZPATRICK: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE AN ORGANIZATION IN MY…

                                              FITZPATRICK: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE AN ORGANIZATION IN MY DISTRICT THAT STRIVES TO EMPOWER

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                                              MR. FITZPATRICK

                                              THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK NEW YORK FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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                                              WITHOUT OBJECTION. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO…

                                              WITHOUT OBJECTION. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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                                              TEMPORE WI

                                              ASEMIMAN FRANK SCARTOS, AND THE NEWBERG MAYOR. FIRST FRANK REPRESENTED A…

                                              ASEMIMAN FRANK SCARTOS, AND THE NEWBERG MAYOR. FIRST FRANK REPRESENTED A NUMBER OF COMMUNITIES UP AND DOWN THE HUDSON VALLEY. HE LOST A BATTLE WITH CANCER EARLY SUNDAY MORNING. MR.

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                                              MALONEY: EVEN THOUGH HE WAS STRUGGLING THROUGH HIS SICKNESS, HE FOUGHT…

                                              MALONEY: EVEN THOUGH HE WAS STRUGGLING THROUGH HIS SICKNESS, HE FOUGHT RELENTLESSLY FOR HIS NEIGHBORS IN ALBANY. FRANK WAS AN IMMIGRANT FROM GREECE.

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                                              MR. MALONEY

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

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

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              COSTA: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RAISE CONCERNS ABOUT THE FARM BILL…

                                              COSTA: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RAISE CONCERNS ABOUT THE FARM BILL THAT WE WILL CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE TOMORROW. IN ANY LEGISLATION, THERE ARE PARTS OF IT THAT YOU SUPPORT AND AREAS THAT ARE PROBLEMATIC AND THERE ARE TITLES THAT YOU MAY OPPOSE. THAT'S PART OF LEGISLATION. SOME OF THESE AREAS, OF COURSE, ARE WORKS IN PROGRESS. THAT'S PART OF LEGISLATION AS WELL. AND THE FARM BILL IS NO EXCEPTION.

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                                              MR. COSTA

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                                              MR. COSTA

                                              THERE ARE PARTS OF THIS PROPOSAL THAT ARE A CONTINUATION OF GOOD THINGS…

                                              THERE ARE PARTS OF THIS PROPOSAL THAT ARE A CONTINUATION OF GOOD THINGS THAT WE HAVE DONE IN PREVIOUS FARM BILLS THAT HAVE WORKED. THIS VERSION OF THE FARM BILL SUPPORTS PROGRAMS THAT ARE CRITICAL TO SPECIALTY CROPS IN THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY AND ACROSS CALIFORNIA AND THE NATION. SPECIALTY CROPS ARE NOT THAT SPECIAL. THEY ARE FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES THAT SERVE AS THE FOUNDATION OF A HEALTHY DIET. CALIFORNIA GROWS HALF OF THE NATION'S SPECIALTY CROPS. THIS BILL ALSO PROVIDES SUPPORT FOR RESEARCH AND RISK MANAGEMENT TOOLS THAT ARE NECESSARY. THAT INCLUDES CONTINUOUS SUPPORT FOR THE ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY INCENTIVES PROGRAM, A PROGRAM THAT ENCOURAGES FARMERS TO BE GOOD STEWARDS OF OUR ENVIRONMENT. IT ALSO HAS PROPOSALS THAT SUPPORT PROGRAMS THAT HELP OUR FARMERS, RANCHERS, AND DAIRY PRODUCERS EXPAND TO FOREIGN MARKETS SO WE CAN COMPETE. FURTHER, IT ALSO INCLUDES RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT OF ORGANIC FARMING THAT CONTINUES TO BE VERY, VERY IMPORTANT. AND IT ENCOURAGES COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO ENSURING THAT OUR HEALTH AND SECURITY OF OUR LIVESTOCK, BUT WE CAN DO MORE IN ALL OF THESE AREAS. THERE ARE ALSO PARTS OF THIS FARM BILL FOR ME ARE PROBLEMATIC. AS WRITTEN, THE DAIRY PROVISIONS CREATE AN UNEVEN PLAYING FIELD THAT PROTECTS SOME WHILE LEAVING OTHERS EXPOSED, SEWING A REGIONAL DIVIDE WITHIN THE DAIRY INDUSTRY. INSTEAD, WE SHOULD RAISE THE THRESHOLD FOR CATASTROPHIC COVERAGE UNDER THE DAIRY SAFETY NET SO WE CAN RESPOND MORE QUICKLY FOR ALL DAIRY PRODUCERS WHEN MILK MARKETS PLUMMET. THE CALIFORNIA DAIRY INDUSTRY HAS HIT HARD TIMES IN RECENT YEARS. LASTLY, THERE ARE COMPONENTS OF THIS FARM BILL THAT I STRONGLY OPPOSE AS DO COUNTLESS OTHER ORGANIZATIONS, PEOPLE IN THE VALLEY AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY. ONE OF THESE PROPOSALS MAKES CHANGES TO THE SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS SNAP, THAT WILL DEVASTATE PARTS OF THE FOOD PROGRAM THAT ARE WORKING WELL. SNAP EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROGRAMS ARE DESIGNED TO HELP PEOPLE AND HELP RECIPIENT DEVELOP SKILLS SO ULTIMATELY THEY WILL BECOME SELF-RELYANT. I'M A STRONG SUPPORTER -- SELF-RELIANT. I'M A STRONG SUPPORTER OF THE EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROGRAMS. ALTHOUGH SOME ARE YIELDING GREAT RESULTS, WE HAVE A PILOT PROJECT IN FRESNO COUNTY CALLED THE FRESNO BRIDGE ACADEMY THAT'S EXPANDED. AND WE HAVE AS A RESULT OF THE LAST FARM BILL HAVE 10 PILOT PROJECTS AROUND THE COUNTRY. IN 2019 THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO REPORT BACK TO THE CONGRESS TO SAY WHAT WORKS AND WHAT DOESN'T WORK. AND THAT'S THE WAY WE SHOULD BE DOING THIS. SO THAT WE CAN GET PEOPLE OFF OF ASSISTANCE, MAKE THEM SELF-SUFFICIENT. WE ALL AGREE THAT ABLE-BODIED PEOPLE SHOULD BE WORKING. IF THIS FARM BILL MAKES AN ENROLLMENT IN THE SNAP EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROGRAM MANDATORY AND IN MANY CASES WITHOUT GIVING THEM THE NECESSARY TOOLS TO GET REAL JOBS THAT EXIST. WE'VE BEEN WARNED SUCH A STRAIN WILL PUT -- ON BURGEONING PROGRAMS MAY VERY WELL COLLAPSE COSTING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND CREATING A NEW FEDERAL BUREAUCRACY. IN ADDITION, THIS PROPOSAL COULD SYSTEMATICALLY GET PEOPLE FROM GETTING FOOD ASSISTANCE THAT THEY BADLY NEED, INCLUDING DISABLED, OUR SENIORS AND OUR VETERANS. 25% OF MY CONSTITUENTS ARE ON SNAP AND REQUIRE FOOD ASSISTANCE. THIS PROGRAM IS VITAL TO THE HEALTH OF OUR COMMUNITIES, BOTH IN RURAL AND URBAN AREAS IN EVERY STATE OF THE NATION. THE FARM BILL IS AMERICA'S FOOD BILL. IT'S ABOUT OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT. IT SHOULD NOT SERVE SOME WELL AND ABANDON OTHERS. ALTHOUGH THIS PROPOSAL DOES INCLUDE SOME GOOD PROVISIONS, IT FAILS TO SERVE IMPORTANT PARTS OF OUR COMMUNITY AND IT BUILDS A BIGGER AND MORE INTENSE DIVIDE BETWEEN REGIONS AND GROUPS IN OUR COUNTRY. OUR NATION'S FOOD POLICY SHOULD NOT BE SOMETHING THAT FURTHER DIVIDES US. THIS PART OF THE HOUSE FARM BILL PROPOSAL I THINK IS BAD POLICY. IT WILL NOT SUCCEED LEGISLATIVELY NOR CAN IT BE SUCCESSFULLY IMPLEMENTED. THE UNITED STATES SENATE IS WRITING A BIPARTISAN FARM BILL, AND THAT'S WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING IN THE HOUSE. AS A MATTER OF FACT, THE FARM BILL, FOR OVER 40 YEARS, HAS BEEN ONE OF THE MOST BIPARTISAN THINGS THAT WE DO IN CONGRESS. I CALL UPON MY COLLEAGUES TO WORK TOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION TO NEGOTIATE THESE DIFFERENCES, ONE THAT SERVES THE WIDEST RANGE OF AMERICANS SO THAT WE CAN PRODUCE ENDURING GOOD PUBLIC POLICY DECISIONS THAT SERVES TO PROTECT THE SAFETY NET FOR ALL AMERICANS, PROMOTE AMERICAN FARMERS, RANCHERS, AND DAIRY PEOPLE SO THAT WE CAN NOT ONLY FEED THE NATION BUT COMPETE IN FOREIGN MARKETS. WE CAN DO BETTER. WE SHOULD DO BETTER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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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 CONROY.

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                                              THE SPEAKER

                                              IN YOUR WAYS THAT OUR NATION MIGHT BE GUIDED ALONG THE ROADS OF JUSTICE,…

                                              IN YOUR WAYS THAT OUR NATION MIGHT BE GUIDED ALONG THE ROADS OF JUSTICE, PEACE AND GOODWILL.

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                                              CHAPLAIN CONROY

                                              GRANT STRENGTH AND WISDOM TO OUR SPEAKER AND THE MEMBERS OF BOTH THIS…

                                              GRANT STRENGTH AND WISDOM TO OUR SPEAKER AND THE MEMBERS OF BOTH THIS ASSEMBLY AND THE SENATE. TO OUR PRESIDENT AND HIS CABINET AND TO OUR SUPREME COURT AS WELL AS TO US ALL, THAT ALL OUR INSTITUTIONS AND ALL OUR COMMUNITIES FULFILL THE NOBLE PROMISES OF OUR REPRESENTATIVE FORM OF SELF-GOVERNMENT. GRANT US THE COURAGE TO BECOME WHOM YOU HAVE CALLED US TO BE, OUR BETTER SELVES SO THAT THE UNITED STATES MIGHT CONTINUE TO BE A NATION WORTHY OF EMYOU LATION. BLESS US THIS DAY AND EVERY DAY AND MAY ALL THAT IS DONE WITHIN THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE BE FOR YOUR GREATER HONOR AND GLORY AMEN.

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                                              THE SPEAKER

                                              THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE LED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS,…

                                              THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE LED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. MCGOVERN.

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                                              MR. MCGOVERN

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

                                              THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                              WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                              MUR FREESBOROUGH VOLLEYBALL TEAM TO WIN

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                                              THE CHAMPIONSHIP. THEY EGYPTIAN CONFERENCE TITLE. THAT WIN WAS A CAREER…

                                              THE CHAMPIONSHIP. THEY EGYPTIAN CONFERENCE TITLE. THAT WIN WAS A CAREER MILESTONE FOR MOACH MIKE LANE. IT MARKED THE 1,000TH COMBINED CAREER WIN WHILE COACHING VOLLEYBALL AT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL LEVELS. I EXTEND CONGRAT LAYINGS TO THE PLAYERS, COACHING STAFF, SCHOOLS ' OFFICIALS WHO SUPPORTED THESE YOUNG LADIES. SOUTHERN ILLINOIS IS PROUD OF YOU. GO BLUE DEVILS.

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                                              MR. MCGOVERN

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

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

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              GIANFORTE: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO MARK TAX DAY, 2018. I DO NOT MAKE…

                                              GIANFORTE: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO MARK TAX DAY, 2018. I DO NOT MAKE IT HAVET CELEBRATING TAX DAY, BUT THIS YEAR IS DIFFERENT.

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                                              MR. GIANFORTE

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                                              TEMPORE WITHOUT

                                              TAX DAY, 2018, IS THE LAST TIME THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO FILE…

                                              TAX DAY, 2018, IS THE LAST TIME THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO FILE THEIR TAXES UNDER A COMPLEX, OUTDATED TAX

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                                              MR. GIANFORTE

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

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

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                                              MS. JACKSON LEE

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              MS. JACKSON LEE

                                              THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                              MS. JACKSON LEE

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                                              POE: MR. SPEAKER, THE FIRST BOARD LANDED ON THE DOCK YARD WITH A LOUD…

                                              POE: MR. SPEAKER, THE FIRST BOARD LANDED ON THE DOCK YARD WITH A LOUD THUMB, IT WAS 107 YEARS AGO. ONE YEAR LATER SHE SAILED SMOOTHLY INTO NEWPORT VIRGINIA HARBOR CHRISTENED THE U.S.S.

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                                              MR. POE

                                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE RECENTLY RELEASED FARM BILL FOR YIELD…

                                              I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE RECENTLY RELEASED FARM BILL FOR YIELD BACK.

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                                              CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS AND THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WANT TO UNRAVEL THE…

                                              CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS AND THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WANT TO UNRAVEL THE SOCIAL SAFETY NET AND ACCORDING TO THE CENTER ON BUDGET PRIORITIES, THIS FARM BILL CUTS TOTAL SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM BENEFITS, THAT'S THE FOOD STAMP PROGRAM, BY MORE THAN $23

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                                              MS. DELAURO

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                              'S DATABASE. THE VALUE OF THIS SENSITIVE INFORMATION HOUSED WITHIN THIS…

                                              'S DATABASE. THE VALUE OF THIS SENSITIVE INFORMATION HOUSED WITHIN THIS DATABASE INCLUDES SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS, BROKER NUMBERS, ACCOUNT NUMBERS, IN FACT IT'S COMPARABLE TO NINE TIMES THE WEALTH THAT'S IN FORT KNOX. FAR MORE SENSITIVE THAN THE EXWHICH FACTION DATA WHOSE BREACH AFFECTS 143 MILLION AMERICANS. DESPITE THE ENORMITY OF WEALTH WITHIN THIS DATABASE, THE UNFORTUNATE REALITY IS THAT ITS CYBER SECURITY SYSTEMS ARE NOT YET ADEQUATE. THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE REPORT FOUND THE S.E.C. SYSTEMS ADD UNNECESSARY RISK OF COMPROMISE. THE CAT OPERATOR RECENTLY DELAYED THE ISSUING OF THE TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS WHICH MEANS INDUSTRY WILL HAVE ONE MONTH TO TRANSMIT ALL THIS MARKET DATA.

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                                              MR. DAVIDSON

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

                                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION 1234 SECURELY AND WITHOUT RISK. I STRONGLY URGE MY KILDEE: I SEEK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                              KILDEE: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY'S TAX DAY. THE DAY THAT HARDWORKING…

                                              KILDEE: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY'S TAX DAY. THE DAY THAT HARDWORKING AMERICANS FINISH -- RECOGNITION? MR. PREPARING THEIR TAXES. IT'S ALREADY CLEAR LOOKING AT THE NEW TAX BILL THAT IT WILL OVERWHELMINGLY

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                                              I STRONGLY URGE MY KILDEE

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                                              MR. KILDEE

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

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

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                                              MINUTE.

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                                              HAD MR.

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                                              BEFORE YOU RETIRE, SPEAKER RYAN, DO THE RIGHT THING AND BRING THE DREAM…

                                              BEFORE YOU RETIRE, SPEAKER RYAN, DO THE RIGHT THING AND BRING THE DREAM ACT TO THE FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                              THIS WILL --

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                                              MR. HE PYATT

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                                              HE PYATT

                                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                              TODAY IS TAX DAY. TYPICALLY, AMERICANS DREAD THIS DAY THE DEADLINE FOR…

                                              TODAY IS TAX DAY. TYPICALLY, AMERICANS DREAD THIS DAY THE DEADLINE FOR FILING FEDERAL INCOME TAX RETURNS THANKS TO A COMPLEX AND CONFUSING TAX CODE. FEAR NOT THANKS TO THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT, THIS IS THE LAST TIME AMERICANS WILL FILE UNDER THE OLD SYSTEM. NEXT YEAR TAXPAYERS WILL BE ABLE TO KEEP MORE OF THEIR HARD-EARNED DOLLARS. APPROXIMATELY 2/3 HOUSEHOLDS WILL SEE A LOWER INCOME TAX RATE ACCORDING TO THE RECENT ANALYSIS BY THE TAX POLICY CENTER. THANKS TO THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT, AMERICAN FAMILIES CAN LOOK FORWARD TO LOWER INDIVIDUAL TAX RATES AND NEARLY DOUBLE STANDARD EXEMPTION UP TO $12,000 FOR INDIVIDUALS AND UP TO $24,000 FOR AMERICAN COUPLES. THE TAX

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                                              MR. THOMPSON

                                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              HASTINGS: I RISE TODAY TO MOURN THE PASSING OF MY DEAR FRIEND.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              LOTEY WAS BORN ON DECEMBER 25, 1915 TO EVA AND

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                                              MR. HASTINGS

                                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                              MR. JOHNSON

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

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

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                                              MR. BYRNE

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                              830, RESOLVED, THAT UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE THE BILL H.R.

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                                              THE CLERK

                                              5192, TO AUTHORIZE THE COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY TO PROVIDE…

                                              5192, TO AUTHORIZE THE COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY TO PROVIDE CONFIRMATION OF FRAUD PROTECTION DATA TO CERTAIN PERMITTED ENTITIES, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. IN LIEU OF THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS NOW PRINTED IN THE BILL, AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 115-68 SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ADOPTED. THE BILL, AS AMENDED, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST PROVISIONS IN THE BILL, AS AMENDED, ARE WAIVED. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL, AS AMENDED, AND ON ANY FURTHER AMENDMENT THERETO, TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT, ONE, ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS, AND TWO, ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS. IFMENTS THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

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                                              MR. BYRNE

                                              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              MR. BYRNE

                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              MR. HASTINGS

                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              BYRNES: I APPRECIATE THE REMARKS. I DO WANT TO NOTE THE PRESENCE ON FLOORT…

                                              BYRNES: I APPRECIATE THE REMARKS. I DO WANT TO NOTE THE PRESENCE ON FLOORT OUR NEWEST MEMBER OF THE RULES COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MISS TORRES, WE WELCOME HER TO THE COMMITTEE. I DO THINK THERE ARE BIPARTISAN THINGS WE CAN DO. THE GENTLEMAN SAID ONE THAT'S

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                                              BURNES MR.

                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              COMMITTEE IN A MR.

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                                              MR. HATINGS

                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                              MR. BYRNES

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              MR. HASTINGS

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

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

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              THAT IS TRULY BIPARTISAN ON THE ISSUE OF IMMIGRATION REFORM INCLUDING…

                                              THAT IS TRULY BIPARTISAN ON THE ISSUE OF IMMIGRATION REFORM INCLUDING BORDER SECURITY.

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                                              MR. BYRNE

                                              I KNOW SOME PEOPLE, NOT INCLUDING MY FRIEND FROM FLORIDA, WHO WOULD LIKE…

                                              I KNOW SOME PEOPLE, NOT INCLUDING MY FRIEND FROM FLORIDA, WHO WOULD LIKE TO PASS LEGISLATION THAT REPEALS THE SECOND AMENDMENT. I HOPE IT DOESN'T COME TO THE FLOOR BECAUSE IT WOULD NOT MEET WITH THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA. WE SHOULD BE DEBATING ON THIS FLOOR A NEW AUTHORIZATION FOR THE USE OF MILITARY FORCE. BUT I'LL SAY AGAIN, THE PRESIDENT DID NOT NEED THAT AUTHORIZATION FOR WHAT HE DID ON FRIDAY NIGHT NOT BECAUSE HE WAS ACTING UNDER AN OLD AUTHORIZATION BUT UNDER ARTICLE 2 OF THE CONSTITUTION. HE DOESN'T NEED EXTRA AUTHORIZATION FROM US. THIS BILL THAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT TODAY IS SOMETHING WE CAN ALL AGREE ON ON SOMETHING THAT IS IMPORTANT FOR PROTECTING YOUNG CHILDREN AND PROTECTING PEOPLE WHO HAVE BECOME IMMIGRANT CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY. I APPLAUD THAT WE HAVE BROUGHT THIS LEGISLATION AND LOOK FORWARD TO THE DEBATE ON THE FLOOR OF THIS HOUSE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT HOUSE RESOLUTION 830 AND THE UNDERLYING BILL. I MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION FROM THE OFFICE OF

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              THE CLERK

                                              THE HONORABLE MICHAEL STINGER AT SERGEANT OF ARMS AND DOOR KEEPER OF THE…

                                              THE HONORABLE MICHAEL STINGER AT SERGEANT OF ARMS AND DOOR KEEPER OF THE SENATE. WITH BEST WISHES, I AM, SIGNED SINCERELY, KAREN L. HAAS. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8, RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL POSTPONEFURTHER PROCEEDINGSES ON MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES ON WHICH A RECORDED VOTE OR THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED ARE ORDERED. THE HOUSE WILL RESUME PROCEEDINGS ON POSTPONED QUESTIONS AT A LATER TIME.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2905, JUSTICE FOR…

                                              MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2905, JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS OF I.R.S. SCAMS AND IDENTITY THEFT ACT OF 2018 AS IT IS AMENDED.

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                                              THE CLERK

                                              AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                              TEMPORE PURSUANT

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                                              MR. POE

                                              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              POE: MR. SPEAKER, IDENTITY THEFT IS A PROBLEM ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. IT…

                                              POE: MR. SPEAKER, IDENTITY THEFT IS A PROBLEM ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. IT AFFECTS MILLIONS OF AMERICANS EACH YEAR.

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                                              MR. POE

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              A RECENT STUDY FOUND THAT $16 BILLION WAS STOLEN FROM MORE THAN 15 MILLION…

                                              A RECENT STUDY FOUND THAT $16 BILLION WAS STOLEN FROM MORE THAN 15 MILLION AMERICAN CONSUMERS IN 2016.

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                                              MR. POE

                                              THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              LET ME THANK THE MANAGER OF THIS BILL, MR. POE, AGAIN, FOR HIS CONTINUED…

                                              LET ME THANK THE MANAGER OF THIS BILL, MR. POE, AGAIN, FOR HIS CONTINUED LEADERSHIP ON ISSUES OF PROTECTING THE VICTIM.

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                                              MS. JACKSON LEE

                                              THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              YOUNG FROM IOWA.

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                                              MR. POE

                                              YOUNG: I THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF THIS MEASURE. I RISE…

                                              YOUNG: I THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF THIS MEASURE. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF MY BIPARTISAN BILL, H.R.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              2905 THE JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS OF I.R.S.

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                                              MR. YOUNG

                                              I RESERVE MY TIME.

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                                              MR. POE

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              MS. JACKSON LEE

                                              OK. THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                              MR. POE

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              MS. JACKSON LEE

                                              THE GENTLELADY YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              YOUNG FROM IOWA, MS.

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                                              MR. POE

                                              SINEMA FROM ARIZONA FOR THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF…

                                              SINEMA FROM ARIZONA FOR THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE FOR BRINGING THIS TO THE FLOOR AND MY FRIEND, MS. JACKSON LEE FROM HOUSTON, TEXAS, FOR SUPPORTING THIS LEGISLATION AS WELL. MR.

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                                              MR. POE

                                              SPEAKER, WHEN THE PHONE RINGS AND A PERSON ANSWERS IT, IF SOMEBODY ON THE…

                                              SPEAKER, WHEN THE PHONE RINGS AND A PERSON ANSWERS IT, IF SOMEBODY ON THE OTHER END SAYS THEY ARE FROM THE I.R.S. , THAT BRINGS FEAR AND TREPIDATION INTO THE SOUL OF WHOEVER ANSWERS THE PHONE. PEOPLE FEAR THE I.R.S. FOR A MULTITUDE OF REASONS, AND SO THEY BECOME VULNERABLE TO A THIEF WHO IDENTIFIES THEMSELVES AS AN I.R.S. AGENT AND WANT TO DO THE RIGHT THING, DON'T WANT TO GO TO JAIL FOR AN I.R.S. VIOLATION, AND SO THEY COOPERATE WITH THIS CRIMINAL ON THE OTHER END WHO IS A SMOOTH-TALKING CRIMINAL THIEF, TRYING TO STEAL MONEY FROM THIS PERSON. AS MS. JACKSON LEE SAID, MANY TIMES THESE ARE THE ELDERLY, THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO HAVE TRIED TO SAVE MONEY OVER THE YEARS AND NOW THE I.R.S. , THEY THINK, IS COMING AFTER THEM AND THEY WANT TO COOPERATE BECAUSE THEY WANT TO FOLLOW THE LAW. AND THESE SCAMMERS ARE JUST TO ME SOME OF THE WORST PEOPLE IN OUR SOCIETY. AS A FORMER JUDGE AND PROSECUTOR, I DON'T LIKE THIEVES, PEOPLE WHO STEAL FROM OTHERS, ESPECIALLY VULNERABLE PEOPLE. SO THIS LEGISLATION HELPS IN A COUPLE WAYS, SEVERAL WAYS. IT HELPS THE VICTIMS UNDERSTAND WHAT THEIR RESPONSIBILITY IS AND IS NOT WHEN SOMEBODY CALLS. IT ALSO LETS THOSE THIEVES OUT THERE IN OUR COUNTRY AND OTHER COUNTRIES KNOW THAT WE'RE GOING TO GO AFTER YOU. I MEAN, $16 BILLION STOLEN IN ONE YEAR FROM 15 MILLION AMERICANS. THAT'S A LOT OF MONEY. THAT'S A LOT OF MONEY EVEN FOR THE GOVERNMENT. SO THIS LEGISLATION IS VITAL. IT'S GOOD LEGISLATION. IT'S BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION. AND IT SHOULD PASS QUICKLY AND THE SENATE DOWN THE HALLWAY SHOULD TAKE UP THIS BILL AND PASS IT AS WELL. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I'LL YIELD BACK.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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                                              MR. POE

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4403,…

                                              MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4403, THE MOVING AMERICANS PRIVACY PROTECTION ACT, AS AMENDED.

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                                              MR. REICHERT

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              TO PROTECT PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                              THE CLERK

                                              MR.

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                                              TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

                                              REICHERT: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR

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                                              MR. REICHERT

                                              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                              TEMPORE WITHOUT

                                              4403, THE MOVING AMERICANS PRIVACY PROTECTION ACT, A BIPARTISAN,…

                                              4403, THE MOVING AMERICANS PRIVACY PROTECTION ACT, A BIPARTISAN, COMMONSENSE BILL AUTHORED BY CONGRESSMAN JEFF DENHAM AND CONGRESSMAN BILL PASCRELL. IT WAS FAVORABLY REPORTED OUT OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE BY A VOICE VOTE LAST WEEK.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              MR. REICHERT

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

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              MR. PASCRELL

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                                              TEMPORE WITHOUT

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                                              MR. PASCRELL

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              MR. PASCRELL

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

                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              MR. REICHERT

                                              DENHAM: I THANK FOR YOU YIELDING.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              PROTECTING AMERICANS' PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION HAS BEEN HOTLY…

                                              PROTECTING AMERICANS' PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION HAS BEEN HOTLY DEBATED IN THE HALLS OF CONGRESS THIS MONTH. LAST WEEK WE DEBATED APPROPRIATE LIMITATIONS ON PRIVATE COMPANIES' ACCESS, USE AND DISTRIBUTION OF PRIVATE DATA. THIS WEEK IN THE HOUSE, WE ARE MOVING A PACKAGE OF BILLS TO IMPROVE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S USE OF AMERICANS' DATA TO ENSURE THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS DOING EVERYTHING TO KEEP ITS CITIZENS SAFE.

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                                              MR. DENHAM

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

                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              MR. PASCRELL

                                              REICHERT: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY…

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

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              I RESERVE.

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                                              MR. REICHERT

                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED. MR.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              PASCRELL: MR.

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                                              MR. REICHERT

                                              SPEAKER I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              PASCRELL: TODAY IS TAX DAY, MR.

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                                              MR. PASCRELL

                                              SPEAKER, AS IF YOU DIDN'T KNOW THAT. AND NEWLY FILED S.E.C.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              REPORTS SHOW THAT THE PRESIDENT'S CAMPAIGN PAID HIS BUSINESSES $150,000 IN…

                                              REPORTS SHOW THAT THE PRESIDENT'S CAMPAIGN PAID HIS BUSINESSES $150,000 IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF THIS YEAR INCLUDING $68,000 TO THE TRUMP HOTEL IN D.C.

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                                              MR. PASCRELL

                                              AND $58,000 FOR RENT. LOBBYISTS IN FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS CONTINUE TO SPEND…

                                              AND $58,000 FOR RENT. LOBBYISTS IN FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS CONTINUE TO SPEND MONEY AT THESE HOTELS. WE HAVE NO WAY OF VERIFYING WHAT THAT INCOME LOOKS LIKE OR WHERE IT'S COMING FROM. CANDIDATE TRUMP SAID ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL, QUOTE, MY WHOLE LIFE, I HAVE BEEN GREEDY, GREEDY, GREEDY. I GRABBED ALL THE MONEY I COULD GET. I AM SO GREEDY, UNQUOTE. SINCE THE ELECTION, WE HAVE WITNESSED NOT JUST HIS OWN CONFLICTS OF SELF-ENRICHMENT AT TAXPAYERS' BUT PETTY GRAFT FROM MEMBERS OF HIS ADMINISTRATION. LAVISH TRAVEL ON MILITARY JETS AND FIRST-CLASS TICKETS FOR PERSONAL REASONS AND EXPENSIVE OFFICE DECORATIONS, LOBBYISTS HAVE BEEN WELCOMED INTO AGENCIES TO WRITE THEIR OWN REGULATIONS. HIS CAMPAIGN AND WHITE HOUSE IS FILLED WITH THE RANKS OF FOLKS LIKE PEOPLE WHO ALREADY PLEADED GUILTY, MICHAEL FLYNN, WHO SOLD HIS CONNECTIONS TO RUSSIA AND TURKISH DICTATORS WHILE WORKING FOR MR. TRUMP AND SO MANY OTHER ASSOCIATES AND CONNECTIONS TO FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS AS LEVERAGE AND THAT IS POTENTIALLY A CONFLICT OF INTEREST. BRIBERY AND DRIFT MIGHT HAVE A PLACE IN A CRIME FAMILY BUT NO PLACE IN THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OR IN THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES. AND THIS CONGRESS HAS BEEN ABSOLUTELY DEER ELECTRICITY AND COMPLICIT IN THE UNPRECEDENTED CONFLICTS OF THIS PRESIDENCY. SINCE FEBRUARY OF 2017, I HAVE BEEN CALLING ON THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS TO REQUEST THE PRESIDENT'S TAX RETURNS, WHICH HE HAS THE AUTHORITY TO DO UNDER SECTION 6103 OF THE TAX CODE. I CALLED UP RESOLUTIONS 18 TIMES THE COMMITTEE AND THIS HOUSE HAVE VOTED AGAINST SEEING THE PRESIDENT'S TAX RETURNS. WHY? WHY DID THE PRESIDENT'S SUPPORT GIVING RICH PEOPLE AND CORPORATIONS A GIANT TAX CUT? WHY IS HE LETTING WALL STREET AND BIG OIL WRITE HIS OWN RULES? WHY ARE HIS CHILDREN STILL RUNNING HIS COMPANY? WHY HAS HE NOT DIVESTED AS HE WAS TOLD TO DO BY THE ETHICS COMMISSIONER. HE SEEMS TO HAVE AN UNHEALTHY ADMIRATION FOR AUTHOR TAN I CAN'T REMEMBER LEADERS AND TURNING AMERICA INTO AN ECONOMY AND GOVERNMENT RUN BY HIS OWN GREEDY CIRCLE OF OLIGARCHES. BUT SUBVERTING OUR DEMOCRACY FOR PERSONAL GAIN WHILE CONGRESS LOOKS THE OTHER WAY IS POISONOUS TO OUR REPUBLIC AND TO OUR DEMOCRACY. AND IT IS AGAINST OUR VALUES. TODAY'S TAX DAY. 452ND DAY OF MR. TRUMP'S PRESIDENCY. AND THE 452ND DAY OF THIS CONGRESS HAS LEFT HIM OFF THE HOOK. I CALL ON THE CHAIRMAN OF WAYS AND MEANS AND STOP DELAYING AND GET MR. TRUMP'S TAX RETURNS NOW, LIKE EVERY OTHER PRESIDENT FOR THE PAST SEVERAL DECADES. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DEMAND IT. WE OWE IT TO OUR DEMOCRACY TO SHED LIGHT ON HIS CONFLICTS. MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU FOR YOUR INDULGENCE AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              I WANT TO ENTER WHAT'S GOING TO COME INTO THE RECORD.

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                                              MR. PASCRELL

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                                              MR. PASCRELL

                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              WHILE I RESPECT MY GOOD FRIEND'S RIGHT TO VOICE HIS OPINION AND RESPECT…

                                              WHILE I RESPECT MY GOOD FRIEND'S RIGHT TO VOICE HIS OPINION AND RESPECT THE FACT THAT HE SHARED THAT INFORMATION WITH US, I AM DISAPPOINTED, HOWEVER, THAT HE CHOSE THIS MOMENT TO MAKE THOSE COMMENTS.

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                                              MR. REICHERT

                                              THIS IS A BIPARTISAN BILL. WAS, IN FACT, LAST WEEK IN THE WAYS AND MEANS…

                                              THIS IS A BIPARTISAN BILL. WAS, IN FACT, LAST WEEK IN THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE. THE INFORMATION AND COMMENTS SHARED BY MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WERE IDEAS THAT WERE SHARED THAT WERE BIPARTISAN IN NATURE. THE BILL WAS TALKED ABOUT IN A POSITIVE WAY AND IT WAS MY HOPE TODAY, MR. PASCRELL, WE COULD HAVE HAD THAT SAME CON GENE ATLANTA ON THE FLOOR TODAY INSTEAD OF TAKING A LEFT TURN INTO THE PRESIDENT'S TAXES. TODAY WE ARE TALKING ABOUT AMERICANS AND THE NEED TO PROTECT THEIR IDENTITY AND AMERICANS WANT TO HEAR, HOW IS CONGRESS ABLE TO HELP THEM TODAY. AND SO, FROM THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE, MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE FOCUSED ON JUST THAT. WE ARE FOCUSED ON PASSING H.R. 4403. IT'S A STRAIGHTFORWARD COMMONSENSE AND ONCE AGAIN I'LL SAY IT, BIPARTISAN, UNUSUAL IN THIS DAY AND AGE, BUT TRUE IN THIS CASE. IT PUTS AN END TO THE INADVERTENT DISCLOSURE OF PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION CONTAINED ON SHIPMENT DOCUMENTS TO C.B.P. AND HOLDS THE AGENCY ACCOUNTABLE. AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW WE ARE DOING THIS KIND OF WORK. THIS IS A GOOD PIECE OF LEGISLATION THANKING PROTECTS THEIR IDENTIFICATION AND HELPS THE C.B.P. AND GIVES THAT LANGUAGE TO CONGRESS TO HOLD THE C.B.P. ACCOUNTABLE. WE ARE COMMITTED TO PROVIDING LEGISLATIVE SOLUTIONS THAT HELP PROTECT AMERICANS FROM HAVING THEIR IDENTITIES STOLEN AND THIS BILL DOES JUST THAT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN US IN SUPPORTING THIS BIPARTISAN BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM KANSAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              H.R. 544 ON TO REQUIRE NOTICE FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY.

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                                              MS. JENKINS

                                              5440 A BILL TO REQUIRE NOTICE FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY IN THE…

                                              5440 A BILL TO REQUIRE NOTICE FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY IN THE CASE OF ANY CLOSURE OF A TAXPAYER ASSISTANCE CENTER.

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                                              THE CLERK

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                                              TEMPORE PURSUANT

                                              JENKINS: I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE…

                                              JENKINS: I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.R. 5440.

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                                              MS. JENKINS

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              MS. JENKINS

                                              ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IN 2017 MORE THAN 350 LOCATIONS PROVIDED FACE-TO-FACE…

                                              ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IN 2017 MORE THAN 350 LOCATIONS PROVIDED FACE-TO-FACE SERVICES TO MORE THAN 3. 2 MILLION TAXPAYERS. THEY CAN ASSIST TAXPAYERS IN MAKING PAYMENTS, ANSWERING QUESTIONS ABOUT THEIR ACCOUNT AND OTHER SERVICES. THESE OFFICES PROVIDE VALUABLE SERVICES FOR TAXPAYERS TO ASSIST THEM IN FULFILLING THEIR TAX RESPONSIBILITIES. EMPLOYEES ARE THE ONLY FACE TAXPAYERS SEE IN THEIR ROUTINE INTERACTIONS WITH THE I.R.S. AS THE I.R.S. HAS MOVED MORE SERVICES ONLINE, THE AGENCY HAS MADE CHANGES. LAST YEAR ALL OF THEM MOVED TO AN APPOINTMENT SYSTEM THAT DRASTICALLY CUT DOWN ON WAIT TIME. H.R. 5440 PROVIDES IMPORTANT IMPROVEMENTS AND TRANSPARENCY FOR THE MILLIONS OF TAXPAYERS WHO VISIT CENTERS EVERY YEAR. THIS IMPORTANT BILL ENSURES THAT IMPACTED COMMUNITIES ARE PROVIDED AT LEAST 90 DAYS NOTICE PRIOR TO THE CLOSURE. LATE LAST YEAR THE CENTER IN HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA CLOSED SUDDENLY AND WAS A PROBLEM FOR TAXPAYERS. LOCAL TAXPAYERS DID NOT KNOW THAT THE OFFICE WAS CLOSED WITH SOME DRIVING 50 MILES ONLY TO FIND A SIGN ON THE DOOR DIRECTING THEM TO ANOTHER OFFICE 70 MILES AN WE. THIS CAN BE DISRUPTIVE FOR ALL TAXPAYERS BUT PARTICULARLY THOSE IN RURAL AREAS. FORTUNATELY LAST MONTH, THE OFFICE OPENED SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED HOURS. THE 90 DAYS ADVANCED PUBLIC NOTICE IS REQUIRED TO GO THROUGH ONLINE MEANS AND ALSO NONELECTRONIC MEANS AS WELL. THIS CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED THROUGH NEWS AND RADIO OR POSTS AT THE THE LIBRARY AND MUST PROVIDE INFORMATION ALTERNATIVE WAYS FOR TAXPAYERS TO OBTAIN ASSISTANCE. . WHILE THE I.R.S. NEEDS FLEXIBILITY TO ALLOCATE SCARCE RESOURCES, THIS BILL WILL PROVIDE TRANSPARENCY FOR THOSE IMPACTED. I'D LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES, CONGRESSWOMAN KAREN HANDLE AND CONGRESSMAN TOM O'HALLERAN FOR THEIR TIME AND ATTENTION ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                              MR. DAVIS

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              RECOGNIZES TAXPAYER ASSISTANCE CENTERS ARE THE PRIMARY FACE OF THE…

                                              RECOGNIZES TAXPAYER ASSISTANCE CENTERS ARE THE PRIMARY FACE OF THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE IN LOCAL COMMUNITIES.

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                                              MR. DAVIS

                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM KANSAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              MS. JENKINS

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              MRS. HANDEL

                                              THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              DEMOCRATIC CO-SPONSOR, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, CONGRESSMAN

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                                              MR. DAVIS

                                              O'HALERAN.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              MR. O'HALLORAN

                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM KANSAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              MS. JENKINS

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              MR. DAVIS

                                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLELADY FROM KANSAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              MS. JENKINS

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              MS. JENKINS

                                              THIS BILL WILL REQUIRE CLOSURE OF T.A.C. TO ENSURE THE PUBLIC IS NOTIFIED…

                                              THIS BILL WILL REQUIRE CLOSURE OF T.A.C. TO ENSURE THE PUBLIC IS NOTIFIED AND PROVIDED WITH INFORMATION ON HOW THEY CAN GET THE HELP THEY NEED FROM THE I.R.S. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM KANSAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              MS. JENKINS

                                              5446 A BILL TO AMEND THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE TO RESTRICT THE SALE OF…

                                              5446 A BILL TO AMEND THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE TO RESTRICT THE SALE OF SEIZED PROPERTY BY THE SECRETARY OF TREASURY TO PERISHABLE GOODS.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              THE CLERK

                                              CROWLEY EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. MS.

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                                              TEMPORE PURSUANT

                                              JENKINS: I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS…

                                              JENKINS: I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.R.

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                                              MS. JENKINS

                                              5446 CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION. YOIFMENT

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                                              MS. JENKINS

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

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              MR. CROWLEY

                                              THE GENTLELADY FROM KANSAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                              MS. JENKINS

                                              5446, THIS COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION MAKES A TARGETED REFORM TO PROTECT…

                                              5446, THIS COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION MAKES A TARGETED REFORM TO PROTECT SMALL BUSINESSES TO ENSURE THE RULES FOR SEIZURE OF PERISHABLE GOODS ARE RESTRICTED TO GOODS THAT ARE IN FACT PERISHABLE. THE FACT THAT WE ARE COMMENTING ON A SMALL BUSINESS IN TEXAS WAS DESTROYED BY

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              MR. FERGUSON

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

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              THE GENTLELADY FROM KANSAS.

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                                              MR. CROWLEY

                                              I RESERVE.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              CROWLEY: LET ME THANK MR. FERGUSON AND MS. JENKINS OF BRINGING THIS BILL…

                                              CROWLEY: LET ME THANK MR. FERGUSON AND MS. JENKINS OF BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR. I DON'T WANT ANYONE WHO MAY BE WATCHING US ON C-SPAN AND MAYBE JUST WAKING UP AND TURNING ON THE TELEVISION AND LOOKING AT THE INCREDIBLE BIPARTISANSHIP THAT IS HAPPENING HERE TODAY TO THINK THAT THEY HAVE DIED AND GONE TO BIPARTISAN HEAVEN. ALTHOUGH MUCH OF THE WORK WE ARE DOING TODAY IS BIPARTISAN IN NATURE, IT REALLY IS

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                                            • 01:55:55 PM

                                              MS. JENKINS

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              MR. CROWLEY

                                              DRASTICALLY IN WHICH THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS HAS CONDUCTED…

                                              DRASTICALLY IN WHICH THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS HAS CONDUCTED BUSINESS IN THE RECENT PAST IN CONNECTION WITH THE PASSAGE OF THE REPUBLICAN TAX BILL. DEMOCRATS HAVE CALLED IT A TAX SCAM BILL. IT HAD ABSOLUTELY NO INPUT FROM THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE OF THE AISLE AND CERTAINLY HERE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, IN THE COMMITTEE OR HERE ON THE FLOOR. NOT REFLECTIVE OF ANY OF THE DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLE OF VALUES IN THAT BILL AND ITS PASSAGE. AS MUCH AS WE ARE WORKING IN A BIPARTISAN WAY, IT IS NOT A REFLECTION OF MY GOOD FRIEND, MS. JENKINS BUT THE REPUBLICAN CAUCUS IN RAM, INC. A BILL THROUGH THE COMMITTEE WITHOUT PROPER HEARINGS, WITHOUT THE INCLUSION OF A SINGLE DEMOCRATIC AMENDMENT IN THAT PROCESS, SPOKE ILL ABOUT THE PROCESS ITSELF. NOBODY CARES HOW SAUSAGE GETS MADE OR HOW LEGISLATION GETS MADE. NO ONE TAKES CARE UNTIL THEY TASTE IT AND IT DOESN'T TASTE GOOD. AND THAT IS WHAT IS HAPPENING NOW. THIS TAX BILL IS FALLING FLAT ON ITS FACE. THIS TAX SCAM BILL IS FALLING ON ITS FACE BECAUSE IT IS NOT HELPING THE PEOPLE THAT IT WAS PURPORTED TO HELP PEOPLE. THE GREATEST BAIT AND SWITCH IN TERMS OF WHAT THE PRESIDENT WAS GOING TO HELP, THE MIDDLE CLASS AND HARDWORKING PEOPLE AND INSTEAD, IT ALL WENT TO THE WEALTHIEST 1% AND THE WEALTHIEST MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS IN THE HISTORY OF MANKIND. THEY GOT PERMANENT TAX RELIEF AND THE MIDDLE CLASS AND WORKING MEN AND WOMEN IN THIS COUNTRY, THEY GOT NOTHING. AND REALITY IS THEY KNOW WHAT HAPPENED HERE. THEY KNOW THAT 80% OF THAT BILL WENT TO THE WEALTHIEST 1% AND 17% TO WORKING MEN AND WOMEN AND WORKING POOR PEOPLE. THAT IS OBSCENE. THAT IS NOT REFLECTIVE OF WHO WE ARE AS A NATION, COUNTRY OR AS A PEOPLE. NO SMALL PART THAT IT WAS DONE IN SUCH A PARTISAN WAY. THE BILL HAD NOT A SINGLE HEARING WITHIN THE COMMITTEE AND WAS BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR ALL TO MEET A DEADLINE OF PASSING IT BEFORE THE CHRISTMAS BREAK. THAT WAS THE ONLY GOAL SO MY COLLEAGUES COULD SAY THEY ACHIEVED SOMETHING EVEN THOUGH IT WAS RUSHED TO JUDGMENT. AND NOW WE KNOW ABOUT ALL THE PROBLEMS WITH THE BILL AND ALL THE FIXES THAT HAVE TO TAKE PLACE, THINGS THAT MAYBE COULD HAVE BEEN WORKED OUT IF THERE HAD BEEN A MORE OPEN AND DELIBERATIVE PROCESS AND THE INCLUSION OF DEMOCRATS IN THAT PROCESS, JUST MAYBE. I DON'T WANT ANYONE AGAIN TO BE WATCHING C-SPAN OR TURNING ON THE NEWS TONIGHT AND LEARNING ABOUT ALL THE BIPARTISANSHIP THAT IS HAPPENING HERE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR, AND IT'S GOOD. THESE ARE GOOD BILLS THAT WE ARE WORKING ON TOGETHER. AND SAY DID I DIE AND SOMETHING HAPPENED? IS THE WORLD RIGHTED, AM I MISSING SOMETHING? NO. THAT TAX SCAM BILL DID PASS AND IT DID GO TOWARDS HELPING THE WEALTHIEST 1% AND THE RICHEST MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD AND THE LITTLE GUY, YOU ARE NOT GETTING VERY MUCH AT ALL. THAT'S STILL THE CASE. THAT HASN'T CHANGED. AND IT'S SAD, BUT IT'S TRUE. AND I ONCE AGAIN WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR HER EFFORTS IN BRINGING THIS BIPARTISAN BILL TO THE FLOOR, BUT LET IT BE KNOWN THAT THIS IS MORE OF AN AND ORATION AND NOT THE NORM OF HOW THE COMMITTEE HAS BEEN CONDUCTING BUSINESS OR THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES BEEN CONDUCTING BUSINESS IN THE MORE RECENT PAST. I YIELD BACK.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              JENKINS: I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSMAN DREW FERGUSON AND CONGRESSMAN JOE…

                                              JENKINS: I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSMAN DREW FERGUSON AND CONGRESSMAN JOE CROWLEY FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE,

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                                              MS. JENKINS

                                              H.R. 5446 FURTHER STRENGTHENS THE SAFEGUARDS IN PLACE SO SOLDS BEING SOLD…

                                              H.R. 5446 FURTHER STRENGTHENS THE SAFEGUARDS IN PLACE SO SOLDS BEING SOLD IMMEDIATELY -- SAFEGUARDS IN PLACE, SO I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5438,…

                                              MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5438, TO AMEND THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 1986 TO ALLOW OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY TO PROVIDE TO TAXPAYERS INFORMATION REGARDING LOW-INCOME TAXPAYER CLINICS, AS AMENDED.

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                                              MR. HOLDING

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              THE CLERK

                                              PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. HOLDING, AND…

                                              PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. HOLDING, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. LEWIS, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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                                              MR. HOLDING

                                              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                              TEMPORE WITHOUT

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              MR. HOLDING

                                              MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A SHORT AND SWEET BILL. IT ALLOWS THE I.R.S.…

                                              MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A SHORT AND SWEET BILL. IT ALLOWS THE I.R.S. EMPLOYEES TO PROVIDE TAXPAYERS WITH INFORMATION ON LOW-INCOME TAXPAYER CLINICS. SPECIFICALLY, I.R.S. EMPLOYEES WILL BE PERMITTED TO PROVIDE PROGRAM DETAILS, INCLUDING THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS TO RECEIVE ASSISTANCE FROM A LOW-INCOME TAXPAYER CLINIC. ALSO, WHERE THE CENTERS ARE LOCATED AND HOW TO CONTACT THEM. AS MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES KNOW, THE LOW-INCOME TAXPAYER CLINIC PROGRAM PROVIDES MATCHING GRANTS TO ORGANIZATIONS THAT ASSIST LOW-INCOME TAXPAYERS AS WELL AS THOSE WHO SPEAK ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE. THESE CLINICS PRIMARILY WORK WITH TAXPAYERS ON DISPUTE RESOLUTION ISSUES WITH THE I.R.S. THEY PROVIDE REPRESENTATION FOR AUDITS, APPEALS, COLLECTION MATTERS, AND FEDERAL TAX LITIGATION. THESE CLINICS ARE OPERATED BY NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS OR ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS AND SERVICES ARE PROVIDED FOR FREE OR FOR A VERY SMALL FEE. MY DISTRICT IN NORTH CAROLINA IS SERVED BY ONE OF THE CLINICS THAT'S OPERATED BY NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW, A FINE INSTITUTION JUST WEST OF MY HOUSE. NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL'S MOTTO IS TRUTH AND SERVICE, AND THIS CLINIC ALLOWS INDIVIDUALS TO COME AND GET TAX ASSISTANCE FROM LAW SCHOOL STUDENTS WHO WORK UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF THE STAFF ATTORNEY THERE AT THE LAW SCHOOL. I APPRECIATE THE HARD WORK THAT THOSE VOLUNTEERS ARE DOING IN MY COMMUNITIES. THIS LEGISLATION BEFORE US TODAY WOULD ALLOW THE I.R.S. TO NOTIFY OUR VARIOUS CONSTITUENTS OF THESE CLINICS AND THEIR SERVICES, AND THESE CLINICS PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE BY HELPING TAXPAYERS, AND I'M PLEASED TO SEE THIS LEGISLATION MOVE FORWARD AND THE HELP IT WILL GIVE TO OUR CONSTITUENTS MAKING THEM AWARE OF THE TOOLS AVAILABLE IN THEIR OWN COMMUNITIES. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A PRACTICAL PROPOSAL THAT WILL IMPROVE TAXPAYERS' EXPERIENCE WITH THE I.R.S. , AND I WOULD LIKE TO THANK CONGRESSMAN LEWIS FROM GEORGIA, MY COLLEAGUE ON THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, MY FRIEND, FOR PARTNERING WITH ME ON THIS BILL. THIS BILL WAS APPROVED BY UNANIMOUS SUPPORT BY THE HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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                                              MR. LEWIS

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              MR. LEWIS

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

                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                              MR. HOLDING

                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE DEBATE FOR THE MINORITY.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              MR. SPEAKER, HAVING NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                                              MR. LEWIS

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              MR. LEWIS

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

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              HOLDING: MR. SPEAKER, I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR HIS SUPPORT AND URGE ALL…

                                              HOLDING: MR. SPEAKER, I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR HIS SUPPORT AND URGE ALL MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE TO SUPPORT THIS COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION. MR.

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                                            • 02:08:17 PM

                                              MR. HOLDING

                                              SPEAKER, THE I.R.S.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              IS LONG OVERDUFORT AN UPDATE AND -- OVERDUE FOR AN UPDATE AND TODAY'S BILL…

                                              IS LONG OVERDUFORT AN UPDATE AND -- OVERDUE FOR AN UPDATE AND TODAY'S BILL WILL PROVIDE THE REFORM THE AGENCY NEEDS AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE. LATE LAST YEAR, HOUSE AND SENATE REPUBLICANS USHERED THROUGH A NEW AND IMPROVED TAX CODE WHICH ALLOWS INDIVIDUALS TO KEEP MORE OF THEIR HARD-EARNED TAX DOLLARS. ALONG WITH THE NEW TAX CODE, WE NEED A NEW AND IMPROVED I.R.S.

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                                              MR. HOLDING

                                              , AND THE MULTIPLE BILLS WE ARE TAKING UP TODAY ACCOMPLISHES THAT GOAL IN…

                                              , AND THE MULTIPLE BILLS WE ARE TAKING UP TODAY ACCOMPLISHES THAT GOAL IN SOME DEGREE. THE TAXPAYER NEEDS TO COME FIRST, AND I'M GLAD THAT REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE HAVE COME TOGETHER TO WORK AND MAKE THIS A REALITY. THE BILLS BEFORE THE HOUSE TODAY ARE CENTERED ON IMPROVING THE FUNCTIONALITY AND THE TAXPAYERS' EXPERIENCE WITH THE I.R.S. , FROM DIRECTING THE I.R.S. TO DEVELOP A CUSTOMER SERVICE STRATEGY TO CODIFYING THE FREE FILE PROGRAM WE'RE FORMING THE I.R.S. INTO AN AGENCY THAT WORKS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IT PUTS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FIRST. THESE BILLS WILL IMPROVE THE EASE AND EFFICIENCY OF FILING TAXES AND RETRIEVING INFORMATION. WE ALSO ESTABLISH AN INDEPENDENT OFFICE OF APPEALS TO ENSURE TAXPAYERS RECEIVE A FAIR AND IMPARTIAL REVIEW OF DISPUTES THAT MAY ARISE. MOST OF ALL, WE GUARANTEE THAT CUSTOMER SERVICE GOALS ARE SET BY THE I.R.S. AND ENSURE THE I.R.S. ARE ACCOUNTABLE FOR MEETING THEM. THAT'S NOT ALL, MR. SPEAKER. IN TODAY'S WORLD, THE VALUE OF PRIVACY CANNOT BE UNDERSTATED. THE I.R.S. CONTINUES TO FACE SERIOUS CYBERTHREATS THAT ARE BECOMING MORE AND MORE ADVANCED. IT'S NECESSARY THE I.R.S. STAY AHEAD OF THESE THREATS. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY WE'RE FACED WITH AN INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY TO MODERNIZE THE I.R.S. AND PUT THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER FIRST. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL, H.R. 5438, AND OTHER BILLS THAT ARE BEFORE THE HOUSE. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                                              5438 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR WILL SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE…

                                              5438 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR WILL SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                              MR. PAULSEN

                                              THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              THE CLERK

                                              THE CHAIR

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                                              TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

                                              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.R. 5437, CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                                              MR. PAULSEN

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

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                                              TEMPORE WITHOUT

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                                              MR. PAULSEN

                                              5437, LEGISLATION THAT I AM CO-AUTHORING AND AUTHORING WITH MY COLLEAGUE,…

                                              5437, LEGISLATION THAT I AM CO-AUTHORING AND AUTHORING WITH MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSWOMAN DELBENE FROM WASHINGTON STATE, THAT WILL TACKLE IDENTITY THEFT. EACH YEAR THE I.R.S.

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                                              MR. PAULSEN

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

                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                              MS. DELBENE

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                                              MISS BELL DEN

                                              THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WASHINGTON RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE…

                                              THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WASHINGTON RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                              MS.DELBENE

                                              THE GENTLELADY FROM WASHINGTON YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA…

                                              THE GENTLELADY FROM WASHINGTON YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED. TO CLOSE DEBATE ON THIS BILL.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              MR. PAULSEN

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              MR. PAULSEN

                                              ALLOWS ALL HARDWORKING AMERICANS TO KEEP MORE OF THEIR OWN HARD-EARNED…

                                              ALLOWS ALL HARDWORKING AMERICANS TO KEEP MORE OF THEIR OWN HARD-EARNED DOLLARS. HOWEVER THERE IS STILL A LOT THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO HELP PROTECT TAXPAYERS BY CRACKING DOWN ON IDENTITY THEFT. WHICH IS BECOMING MORE AND MORE PREVALENT. THIS IS A VERY COMMONSENSE, STRAIGHTFORWARD BILL THAT WILL HELP TACKLE IDENTITY THEFT. I WANT TO THANK NOT ONLY CHAIRMAN BRADY FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON SOME OF THE I.R.S. REFORM EFFORTS, BUT ALSO ON MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSWOMAN DELBENE, FOR PARTNERING UP ON THIS ISSUE AS WELL. IT'S VERY COMMONSENSE. IT'S BIPARTISAN. BY GIVING TAXPAYERS WHO ARE AT-RISK OF IDENTITY THEFT THE OPPORTUNITY TO REQUEST THAT P.I.N. NUMBER, IT WILL ALLOW THEM TO MAKE SURE THEIR TAX RETURN IS SAFE AND SECURE AND AUTHENTIC. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              VICTIMS OF TAX OF TAX RELATED IDENTITY THEFT.

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                                              THE CLERK

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                                              TEMPORE PURSUANT

                                              REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.R.

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                                              MR. RENACCI

                                              WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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                                              TEMPORE WITHOUT

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                                              MR. RENACCI

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              5439, WHICH CREATES A SINGLE POINT OF CONTACT AT THE I.R.S. FOR IDENTITY…

                                              5439, WHICH CREATES A SINGLE POINT OF CONTACT AT THE I.R.S. FOR IDENTITY THEFT VICTIMS. I INTRODUCED THIS LEGISLATION WITH MY GOOD FRIEND, REPRESENTATIVE JOHN LEWIS.

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                                              MR. RENACCI

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

                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                              MR. LEWIS

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              5439. I BELIEVE THIS IS

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                                              MR. LEWIS

                                              ONE OF MY FAVORITE DEALS. MR. SPEAKER, I AM PROUD, VERY PROUD TO JOIN MY…

                                              ONE OF MY FAVORITE DEALS. MR. SPEAKER, I AM PROUD, VERY PROUD TO JOIN MY FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, OF MY FAVORITE DEALS. MR. SPEAKER, MR. RENACCI, IN INTRODUCING THIS COMMONSENSE DEAL. I WANT TO THANK YOU. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO AND I SHARE A PASSION AND A COMMITMENT TO THIS ISSUE. TWO YEARS AGO WE INTRODUCED A STOLEN IDENTITY FRAUD PREVENTION ACT. WE BOTH BELIEVE THAT TAXPAYERS SHOULD RECEIVE THE HELP AND SUPPORT THEY NEED AND DESERVE. AND I AM PROUD TO JOIN HIM AGAIN TODAY IN SPONSORING THIS BILL. IN RECENT YEARS I ALSO INCLUDED THIS COMMONSENSE POLICY IN THE WAYS AND MEANS OVERSIGHT SUBCOMMITTEE DEMOCRATIC BILL, THE TAXPAYER PROTECTION ACT. H.R. 5439, RESPONDS TO A FREQUENT ONGOING CONCERN FOR MANY OF OUR CITIZENS. THIS BILL WILL HELP EASE THE FRUSTRATION THAT VICTIM ATTACK -- VICTIM IT OF TAX RELATED IDENTITY FEEL AND ADDRESSES THE TOP I.R.S. ISSUE IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. THIS BILL ESTABLISHED A SINGLE POINT OF CONTACT WITHIN THE I.R.S. FOR ANY TAXPAYER WHO IS THE VICTIM OF IDENTITY THEFT. AS A RESULT OF THIS BILL, THE TAXPAYER WILL NOT NEED TO START FWEN FROM SCRATCH EVERY TIME THEY TRIED TO GET AN UPDATE ON THEIR CASE. INSTEAD, THE SINGLE POINT OF CONTACT WOULD WORK WITH OTHER I.R.S. UNITS TO SOLVE THE TAXPAYER ISSUE AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. THIS GOOD, COMMONSENSE BILL WILL HELP TAXPAYERS ACROSS OUR COUNTRY. FOR THESE REASONS, MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 5439. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                              TEMPORE

                                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. HAVING NO OTHER SPEAKERS I RESERVE.

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                                              MR. RENACCI

                                              THANK YOU, IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE DEBATE FOR THE MINORITY.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              LEWIS: MR. SPEAKER, ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL.

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                                              MR. RENACCI

                                              I YIELD BACK.

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                                              MR. LEWIS

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              MR. LEWIS

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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                                              MR. RENACCI

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                                              TEMPORE MR.

                                              SHOULD THEY HAVE THEIR IDENTITY STOLEN. ALONG WITH MY PERSONAL STORY, I…

                                              SHOULD THEY HAVE THEIR IDENTITY STOLEN. ALONG WITH MY PERSONAL STORY, I HAVE HEARD FROM COUNTLESS CONSTITUENTS AND OHIOANS WHO HAVE BEEN FRUSTRATED BY THE HOOPS THAT THEY OFTEN NEED TO JUMP THROUGH TO GET THEIR IDENTITY THEFT CONCERNS ADDRESSED ALL THE WHILE DEALING WITH THE FEAR AND ANXIETY OF HAVING THEIR IDENTITY STOLEN. THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION WILL PROVIDE RELIEVE BY REQUIRING A SINGLE POINT OF CONTACT WITHIN THE I.R.S.

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                                              MR. RENACCI

                                              FOR VICTIMS OF IDENTITY THEFT. I WANT TO AGAIN THEANING THANK MY COLLEAGUE…

                                              FOR VICTIMS OF IDENTITY THEFT. I WANT TO AGAIN THEANING THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM GEORGIA, MR. LEWIS, FOR HIS SUPPORT. I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE…

                                              SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                              MR. KELLY

                                              THE CLERK WILL REPORT -- DOES THE GENTLEMAN MOVE TO PASS THE BILL AS…

                                              THE CLERK WILL REPORT -- DOES THE GENTLEMAN MOVE TO PASS THE BILL AS AMENDED.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              H.R. 5443, A BILL TO AMEND THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 1986 TO REQUIRE…

                                              H.R. 5443, A BILL TO AMEND THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 1986 TO REQUIRE ELECTRONIC FILING OF THE ANNUAL RETURNS OF EXEMPT ORGANIZATIONS AND PROVIDE FOR MAKING SUCH RETURNS AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION.

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                                              MR. KELLY

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              THE CLERK

                                              KELLY, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. LEWIS, EACH WILL CONTROL 20…

                                              KELLY, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. LEWIS, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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                                              MR. KELLY

                                              5443, CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT…

                                              5443, CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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                                              MR. COALLY

                                              KELLY: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R.

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                                              MR. KELLY

                                              5443. THIS BILL IN SHORT WOULD

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              MR. KELLY

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

                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                              LEWIS: MR. SPEAKER, LET ME JUST THANK MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM…

                                              LEWIS: MR. SPEAKER, LET ME JUST THANK MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM PENNSYLVANIA FOR THOSE KIND WORDS.

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                                              MR. LEWIS

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                                              MR. LEWIS

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

                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                              MR. KELLY

                                              SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE LEAD DEMOCRATIC CO-SPONSOR, THE…

                                              SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE LEAD DEMOCRATIC CO-SPONSOR, THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA, CONGRESSWOMAN MURPHY.

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                                              MR. LEWIS

                                              MURPHY: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PROUD TO BE THE LEAD DEMOCRAT ON THIS…

                                              MURPHY: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PROUD TO BE THE LEAD DEMOCRAT ON THIS BIPARTISAN BILL WHICH WOULD PROVIDE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS WITH THE TIMELY INFORMATION THEY NEED TO PREVENT AND PUNISH FRAUD IN CONNECTION WITH CHARITABLE SOLICITATION AND THE USE OF CHARITABLE ASSETS. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE AND CO-LEAD FROM PENNSYLVANIA, CONGRESSMAN MIKE KELLY, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER AND THE MEMBERS OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE WHICH UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THIS BILL LAST WEEK.

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                                              MRS. MURPHY

                                              THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA…

                                              THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                              MR. KELLY

                                              RESERVE? THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                              MR. LEWIS

                                              I YIELD BACK.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              MR. LEWIS

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              MR. KELLY

                                              IN 2016 ALONE, AMERICANS GAVE $390 BILLION WITH 63 MILLION AMERICANS, 25%…

                                              IN 2016 ALONE, AMERICANS GAVE $390 BILLION WITH 63 MILLION AMERICANS, 25% OF THE ADULT POPULATION VOLUNTEERING THEIR TIME, THEIR TALENT, THEIR ENERGY AND THEIR DOLLARS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. AS A RECENT COMMENTATOR NOTED, AMERICANS HAVE IT IN THEIR D.N.A. TO BE PHILANTHROPIC. OF ALL THE COUNTRIES WE ARE THE MOST GENEROUS. BECAUSE I KNOW MY COLLEAGUES HAVE IT IN THEIR D.N.A. TO SUPPORT OUR PHILANTHROPIC HISTORY AND COMMUNITY, I ASK THEM TO SUPPORT THIS AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN…

                                              THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS SUBJECT TO THE CALL OF THE

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                                              MADAM SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2901, THE…

                                              MADAM SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2901, THE VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE PERM ASSISTANCE ACT, AS AMENDED.

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                                              MR. CURBELO

                                              2901 A BILL TO AMEND THE INTERNAL REVENUE COID OF 1986 TO MAKE PERMANENT…

                                              2901 A BILL TO AMEND THE INTERNAL REVENUE COID OF 1986 TO MAKE PERMANENT THE VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE MATCHING GRANT PROGRAM.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              THE CLERK

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                                              MPORE PURSUANT

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

                                              I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS OTHEN BILL CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                                              MR. CURBELO

                                              I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              MR. CURBELO

                                              2901, THAT I'M GRATEFUL TO SEE BROUGHT BEFORE THE HOUSE TODAY. THE…

                                              2901, THAT I'M GRATEFUL TO SEE BROUGHT BEFORE THE HOUSE TODAY. THE VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE PROGRAM IS A MATCHING GRANT PROGRAM ADMINISTERED BY THE I.R.S.

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                                              MR. CURBELO

                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I I MIGHT CONSUME.

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                                              MR. DAVIS

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              MR. DAVIS

                                              2901, THE VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE PERMANENCE ACT. I WANT TO THANK…

                                              2901, THE VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE PERMANENCE ACT. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE AND COMMEND HIM FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN BRINGING THIS LEGISLATION TO THE FLOOR. IT'S BEEN GOOD WORKING WITH YOU, MR. CURBELO AND I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO DO SO. THIS CRUCIAL PROGRAM PROVIDES HIGH QUALINGT TAX ASSISTANCE TO HARD WORKING FAMILIES. TO HELP THOSE WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM A PROGRAM THAT IS DESIGNED TO HETCH. THE VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, VIE TA, OFFERS FREE TAX -- VITA, OFFERS FREE TAX SERVICES TO PEOPLE WHO MAKE LESS THAN 250% OF THE POVERTY LEVEL. AND TO UNDERSERVED TAXPAYERS INCLUDING PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES, THE ELDERLY, AND LIMITED ENGLISH SPEAKERS. IT IS A PRIME EXAMPLE OF SMART FEDERAL INVESTMENT BECAUSE EACH FEDERAL DOLLAR IS MATCHED BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR. THE DEMAND FOR VITA SERVICES IS GREAT. THE NUMBER OF TAX RETURNS PREPARED BY THE VITA PROGRAM DOUBLED BETWEEN 2014 AND 2016. IN 2016, VITA GRANTEES FILED MORE THAN 3. 8 MILLION RETURNS. HELPING FAMILIES CLAIM ABOUT $1.1 BILLION IN EARNED TAX BENEFITS. IN ILLINOIS, OVER 23,000 RETURNS WERE FILED. FOR ALMOST $32 MILLION IN REFUNDS. WITH THE NEW TAX LAW, THESE HIGH CALIBER, IN-PERSON SERVICES ARE NEEDED EVEN MORE, ESPECIALLY IN STATES LIKE ILLINOIS. AFFECTED BY THE SALT LIMITATION. VITA SERVICES ARE TOP-NOTCH. THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE REPORTED THAT VITA PREPAYERS HAVE A 9 % ACCURACY RATE NATIONALLY ON RETURNS CLAIMING THE EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT. FURTHER, VITA SERVICES MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE TO INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES. VITA SITES A SKILL OF BEING SURE TAXPAYERS GET ALL BENEFITS FOR WHICH THEY'RE ELIGIBLE. THESE SAVINGS, COUPLESLED WITH THE SAVINGS OF HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS IN TAX PREPARATION COSTS PUT MORE MONEY IN MY CONSTITUENTS' POCKETS TO COVER THE COSTS LIKE RENT, GROCERIES, AND MEDICAL CARE. H.R. 2901 MAKES IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE VITA PROGRAM. FOR EXAMPLE, IN ADDITION TO PERMANENTLY AUTHORIZING VITA, THE BILL ALLOWS THE SECRETARY TO FUND THE VITA GRANTS UP TO $30 MILLION. WE HAVE FULLY EXHAUSTED THE RECENT APPROPRIATIONS OF $15 MILLION. THE I.R.S. ESTIMATES THAT 70% OF AMERICANS ARE ELIGIBLE TO FILE THEIR TAXES FOR FREE. GIVEN THE HIGH DEMAND AND NEED, H.R. 2901 RECOGNIZES THAT THE I.R.S. SHOULD PUT TAXPAYERS FIRST BY GIVING THEM ACCESS TO HIGH QUALITY FREE SERVICES. DOUBLING OUR FEDERAL INVESTMENT VIA THIS QUALITY MATCHING GRANT PROGRAM. I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND RECOGNIZE THE WONDERFUL VITA SITES IN CHICAGO. THE CENTER FOR ECONOMIC PROGRESS, THE CITY WIDE TAX ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, AND I'M ESPECIALLY PLEASED THAT THE UNITED WAY OF METROPOLITAN CHICAGO HELPS CHAMPION THIS PROGRAM IN MY HOMETOWN. AS THESE PROGRAMS DO, MANY VITA SITES PROVIDE ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS TO INCREASE FINANCIAL STABILITY FOR FAPLIES AND I'M GRATEFUL FOR THEIR PRESENCE IN CHICAGO AND OTHER PLACES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. I ALSO WANT TO THANK RANKING MEMBERS NEIL AND -- NEAL AND LEWIS, CHAIRMAN BRADY AND JENKINS, SENATORS BROWN AND HELLER, FORMER REPRESENTATIVE MIKE HONDA, FORMER REPRESENTATIVE HARVEY -- JAVIER BECERRA, THE UNITED WAY AND PROSPERITY NOW FOR LEADERSHIP IN PROVIDING THE PERMANENCE OF THIS PROGRAM. AS I NOTE PEOPLE ARE STRUGGLING, RUNNING, TRYING TO GET THEIR FAST BEFORE THE DEADLINE EXPIRES TO GET FILED, I'M GLAD TO KNOW THAT THOSE WHO NEEDED IT WERE ABLE TO GET HELP. I URGE SUPPORT FOR THIS PROGRAM AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              CULBERSON: HAVING NO OTHER SPEAKERS, I RESERVE AND AM PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                                              MR. CULBERSON

                                              DAVIS: MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND SO I WILL CLOSE AT THIS…

                                              DAVIS: MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND SO I WILL CLOSE AT THIS TIME.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR.

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                                              MR. DAVIS

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

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              MR. CURBELO

                                              AND I WANT TO REMIND MY COLLEAGUES ONCE AGAIN WHAT THE VITA PROGRAM IS ALL…

                                              AND I WANT TO REMIND MY COLLEAGUES ONCE AGAIN WHAT THE VITA PROGRAM IS ALL ABOUT. EVERY TAX FILING SEASON, UNSCRUPULOUS PREPARERS TRY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF UNDERSERVED POPULATIONS BY FILING FRAUDULENT RETURNS ON THEIR BEHALF: THE TAXPAYER, AND NOT THE PREPARER, IS THEN LIABLE FOR THE FRAUDULENT RETURN. THIS HAPPENS WAY TOO OFTEN, MADAM SPEAKER.

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                                              RETURNS ON THEIR BEHALF

                                              IN SOUTH FLORIDA AND THROUGH THE THE COUNTRY. IF I -- THE VITA PROGRAM GOS…

                                              IN SOUTH FLORIDA AND THROUGH THE THE COUNTRY. IF I -- THE VITA PROGRAM GOS A LONG WAY TO MITIGATE THE THREAT PREPARER FRAUD POSES TO VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES BY PROVIDING FREE TAX PREPARATION SERVICES ADMINISTERED BY CERTIFIED PREPARERS. TAX PAYERS WHO JUST WANT TO COMPLY WITH THE CODE SHOULDN'T HAVE TO FEAR ADDITIONAL TAXES OR PENALTIES BECAUSE OF A FRAUDULENTLY PREPARED RETURN. THE VITA PROGRAM GIVES THESE TAXPAYERS A PLACE TO GO TO ENSURE THEIR TAX RETURN IS FILED ACCURATELY AND AT NO COST. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS COMMONSENSE PROGRAM AND VOTE TO PERMANENTLY RE-AUTHORIZE THE VITA PROGRAM. I WANT TO THANK SO MANY VOLUNTEERS AT THE UNITED WAY, AT BRANCHES IN SOUTH DADE WHO EVERY TAX SEASON HELP HUNDREDS, HUNDREDS OF LOWER AND MIDDLE INCOME AMERICANS GET THROUGH THIS DIFFICULT PROCESS. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I ENCOURAGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              MADAM SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1512,…

                                              MADAM SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1512, THE SOCIAL SECURITY CHILD PROTECTION ACT OF 2017, AS AMENDED.

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                                              MR. MARCHANT

                                              H.R. 1512, A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 2 OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT TO PROVIDE…

                                              H.R. 1512, A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 2 OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT TO PROVIDE FOR THE REISSUANCE OF SOCIAL SECURITY ACCOUNT NUMBERS TO YOUNG CHILDREN IN CASES WHERE CONFIDENTIALITY HAS BEEN COMPROMISED.

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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. MARCHANT

                                              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                              TEMPORE WITHOUT

                                              MARCHANT: THE HISTORY OF THIS LEGISLATION BEGINS IN MY DISTRICT IN SOUTH…

                                              MARCHANT: THE HISTORY OF THIS LEGISLATION BEGINS IN MY DISTRICT IN SOUTH LAKE, TEXAS. A CONSTITUENT OF MINE CALLED MY OFFICE VERY DISTRAUGHT THAT HER MAIL HAD BEEN STOLEN AND WITH IT HER NEWBORN BABY'S SOCIAL SECURITY CARD AND NUMBER.

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                                            • 04:18:05 PM

                                              MR. MARCHANT

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              MR. MARCHANT

                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              MR. DAVIS

                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              MR. MARCHANT

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              JOHNSON: THANK YOU, SIR.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              JOHNSON: THANK YOU FOR INTRODUCING THIS COMMONSENSE BILL. CHILDREN WHO…

                                              JOHNSON: THANK YOU FOR INTRODUCING THIS COMMONSENSE BILL. CHILDREN WHO HAVE HAD THEIR SOCIAL SECURITY CARDS STOLEN FROM THE MAIL BEFORE IT EVEN GETS TO THEM DESERVE A NEW SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER.

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                                              -- MR. JOHNSON

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              MR. JOHNSON

                                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS.

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                                              THE SPEAKR PRO TEMPORE

                                              DAVIS: THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AND IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD FIVE…

                                              DAVIS: THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AND IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, REPRESENTATIVE LLOYD DOGGETT.

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                                              MR. MARCHANT

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              MR. DAVIS

                                              THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            • 04:27:32 PM

                                              MR. DOGGETT

                                              A FULL 10 YEARS AGO, I AUTHORED A MEASURE HERE IN THE HOUSE TO REMOVE THIS…

                                              A FULL 10 YEARS AGO, I AUTHORED A MEASURE HERE IN THE HOUSE TO REMOVE THIS INFORMATION FROM THE MEDICARE CARD, AND THE NEXT SESSION, FINALLY IN 2010, WE WERE ABLE TO PASS THAT THROUGH THE HOUSE WITH THE HELP OF REPRESENTATIVE JOHNSON. IT WAS A BIPARTISAN INITIATIVE. THEN THE SENATE DIDN'T PASS IT. WHEN REPUBLICANS TOOK OVER CONTROL OF THE HOUSE, MR. JOHNSON APPROPRIATELY TOOK THE LEAD ON THAT LEGISLATION, AND HE WORKED AT IT FOR A WHILE. AND FINALLY IN 2015, GOT IT PASSED TO REMOVE THE SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER FROM THE MEDICARE CARD. REPRESENTATIVE JOHNSON, AS YOU KNOW, FINALLY NOW, 10 YEARS FROM WHEN WE STARTED IN JUNE OF THIS YEAR, IT LOOKS LIKE SENIORS WILL BEGIN GETTING THEIR MEDICARE CARDS WITHOUT THE SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER ON IT TO PROTECT THEIR PRIVACY AND TO AVOID THE EXPLOITATION THAT HAS OCCURRED. TO HIS CREDIT, MR. MARCHANT HAS IDENTIFIED ANOTHER GROUP OF VERY VULNERABLE INDIVIDUALS, CHILDREN. CARNEGIE MELAN DID A STUDY THAT REPORTED THAT NEARLY 10% OF AMERICA'S CHILDREN HAD THEIR IDENTITY ALREADY STOLEN, AND THE SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER IS A FACTOR IN THAT. THAT'S SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER THAN IT IS FOR ADULTS. SOME 51 TIMES HIGHER, ACCORDING TO THE STUDY. CHILDREN ARE PARTICULARLY VULNERABLE IN THIS REGARD BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE A DRIVER'S LICENSE. THEY'RE REALLY KIND OF A BLANK CANVAS. THEY DON'T WORK. THEY DON'T ESTABLISH CREDIT, AND THIS ALLOWS THEFT AND FRAUD TO GO UNDETECTED FOR MANY YEARS IN SOME CASES. BY THE TIME THAT THEY'RE YOUNG ADULTS, THEY COULD UNKNOWINGLY BE BURIED IN DEBT AND FACE DELAYS IN VERY IMPORTANT STEPS IN THEIR EDUCATION, IN THEIR WORK, GETTING THEIR FIRST, GETTING THAT DRIVER'S LICENSE OR APPLYING FOR A STUDENT LOAN. I SALUTE MR. MARCHANT FOR SEEING THAT THIS IS A PROBLEM, AND I'M PLEASED TO JOIN HIM IN SUPPORTING THIS MEASURE AND MY COLLEAGUE, MR. DAVIS FROM ILLINOIS. CHILDREN AND THEIR PARENTS AND THEIR GUARDIANS ACTING ON THEIR BEHALF DESERVE A STREAMLINE PROCESS THAT WILL ALLOW FOR A CHILD TO BE ISSUED A NEW SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER LONG BEFORE ANY MISUSE OCCURS. NO CHILD SHOULD HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE INEVITABLE HARM TO COME ALONG AND HAVE THEIR IDENTITY STOLEN BEFORE ACTION OCCURS. BUILDING ON THE SUCCESS THAT WE'VE HAD WITH SENIORS AND I HOPE IN A MUCH MORE PROMPT FASHION THAN WE WERE ABLE TO DO IT FOR SENIORS, WE NOW, THROUGH MR. MARCHANT'S EFFORTS, ARE WORKING TO ENSURE ONCE AGAIN ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS THAT WE PROVIDE THE SAME KIND OF PROTECTION FOR INFANTS AND CHILDREN FROM BASELESS IDENTITY THIEVES. I URGE ADOPTION OF THE LEGISLATION, AND I YIELD BACK. .

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              I RESERVE, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                                              I'M PLEASED TO NOTE THAT H.R.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              1512 AND OTHER BILLS BEFORE US TODAY TAKE IMPORTANT STEPS TO DECREASE…

                                              1512 AND OTHER BILLS BEFORE US TODAY TAKE IMPORTANT STEPS TO DECREASE IDENTITY THEFT.

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                                              MR. DAVIS

                                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            • 04:31:53 PM

                                              MR. MARCHANT

                                              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            • 04:32:29 PM

                                              MR. MARCHANT

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

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

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

                                            • 04:34:53 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                                              5192, A BILL TO PROVIDE FRAUD PROTECTION DATA TO CERTAIN PERMITTED…

                                              5192, A BILL TO PROVIDE FRAUD PROTECTION DATA TO CERTAIN PERMITTED ENTITIES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                            • 04:35:08 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              THE CLERK

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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                                              MR. CURBELO

                                              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              MR. CURBELO

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            • 04:36:14 PM

                                              MR. CURBELO

                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. DAVIS, IS…

                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. DAVIS, IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                              MR. DAVIS

                                              5192, THE PROTECTING CHILDREN FROM IDENTITY THEFT ACT, WHICH WAS…

                                              5192, THE PROTECTING CHILDREN FROM IDENTITY THEFT ACT, WHICH WAS INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES CARLOS CURBELO OF FLORIDA

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              MR. DAVIS

                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. AND AGAIN, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS…

                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. AND AGAIN, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              JOHNSON.

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                                              MR. CURBELO

                                              JOHNSON: THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              THANK YOU, MR. CURBELO FOR YIELDING AND FOR INTRODUCING THIS COMMONSENSE…

                                              THANK YOU, MR. CURBELO FOR YIELDING AND FOR INTRODUCING THIS COMMONSENSE AND MUCH-NEEDED BILL.

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                                              MR. JOHNSON

                                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              MR. DAVIS

                                              THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              5192, THE PROTECTING CHILDREN FROM IDENTITY THEFT ACT. MR.

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                                              MS. SINEMA

                                              THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              MR. CURBELO

                                              AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. HULTGREN, IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              I'D ALSO LIKE TO BEGIN BY THANKING LEADER MCCARTHY AND MY COLLEAGUES ON…

                                              I'D ALSO LIKE TO BEGIN BY THANKING LEADER MCCARTHY AND MY COLLEAGUES ON THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, CARLOS CURBELO, FOR THEIR SUPPORT FOR BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE HOUSE FLOOR. THIS BILL WILL BRING THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION INTO THE 21ST CENTURY TO ASSIST THE PRIVATE SECTOR IN COMBATING IDENTITY FRAUD.

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                                              MR. HULTGREN

                                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              MR. DAVIS

                                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OFTENTIMES SEE US ARGUING. IT IS LESS OFTEN THAT THEY…

                                              THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OFTENTIMES SEE US ARGUING. IT IS LESS OFTEN THAT THEY SEE US COLLABORATING, WORKING TOGETHER TO ADVANCE POLICIES THAT WILL IMPROVE QUALITY OF LIFE IN OUR COUNTRY. AND THAT'S WHY I WANT TO BEGIN URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES -- AGAIN URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE PROTECTING CHILDREN FROM IDENTITY THEFT ACT. WE NEED TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO SAFEGUARD OUR COMMUNITIES FROM THESE FRAUD SCHEMES.

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                                              MR. CURBELO

                                              THIS PROBLEM HAS WORSENED SIGNIFICANTLY OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS AND IS…

                                              THIS PROBLEM HAS WORSENED SIGNIFICANTLY OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS AND IS LEAVING FAMILIES WITH DEBT THEY DID NOT ACCRUE AND A WEAKER CREDIT HISTORY. H.R. 5192 WILL HELP ROOT OUT SYNTHETIC IDENTITY FRAUD THROUGH MODERNIZATION OF CUSTOMER INFORMATION. I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES WILL HELP VOTE TO PROTECT INDIVIDUALS ACROSS THE COUNTRY FROM THIS ILLEGAL ACTIVITY. SO ONCE AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, MY APPRECIATION TO CHAIRMAN BRADY, TO RANKING MEMBER NEAL, TO DR. DAVIS, TO MR. HULTGREN, MS. SINEMA, EVERYONE WHO'S BEEN A PART OF MAKING THIS HAPPEN SO THAT AFTER WE PASS THIS LEGISLATION CHILDREN IN OUR COUNTRY WON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT HAVING THEIR IDENTITIES STOLEN AT SUCH A YOUNG AGE. THIS KIND OF FRAUD CAN REALLY RUIN PEOPLE'S LIVES AND TODAY WE'RE WORKING TOGETHER AS ONE UNITED HOUSE, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, TO FIGHT FRAUD AND TO PROTECT CHILDREN, SOME OF THE MOST VULNERABLE PEOPLE IN OUR SOCIETY. SO I URGE A YES VOTE, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                            • 04:54:21 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY TO PROVIDE…

                                              A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY TO PROVIDE CONFIRMATION OF FRAUD PROTECTION DATA TO CERTAIN PERMITTED ENTITIES, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                              THE CLERK

                                              THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT…

                                              THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. MR.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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                                              MR. CURBELO

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              DEVICE. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE…

                                              DEVICE. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ] THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 420. THE NAYS ARE ONE. THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              MR. SPEAKER, BY DIRECTION OF THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS, I OFFER A PRIVILEGED…

                                              MR. SPEAKER, BY DIRECTION OF THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS, I OFFER A PRIVILEGED RESOLUTION AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION BY THE CHAMBER.

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                                              MR. CROWLEY

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            • 05:21:51 PM

                                              THE CLERK

                                              WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED. THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS…

                                              WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED. THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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                                              TEMPORE WITHOUT

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                                              MR. CROWLEY

                                              BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              BE CONSIDERED AS THE FIRST SPONSOR OF H.R. 141, A BILL ORIGINALLY…

                                              BE CONSIDERED AS THE FIRST SPONSOR OF H.R. 141, A BILL ORIGINALLY INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVE CONYERS OF MICHIGAN, FOR THE PURPOSES OF ADDING CO-SPONSORS AND REQUESTING REPRINTINGS PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 7 OF RULE 12.

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                                              I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND…

                                              I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE BE DISCHARGED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 115 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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                                              TEMPORE WITHOUT

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 115, AUTHORIZING THE USE OF THE CAPITOL…

                                              HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 115, AUTHORIZING THE USE OF THE CAPITOL GROUNDS FOR THE NATIONAL PEACE OFFICERS MEMORIAL SERVICE AND THE NATIONAL HONOR GUARD AND PIPE BAND EXHIBITION.

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                                            • 05:23:26 PM

                                              THE CLERK

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT IT MAY BE ORDER AT ANY TIME ON WEDNESDAY,…

                                              I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT IT MAY BE ORDER AT ANY TIME ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2018, FOR THE SPEAKER TO DECLARE A RECESS SUBJECT TO THE CALL OF THE CHAIR FOR THE PURPOSE OF RECEIVING IN JOINT MEETING HIS EXCELLENCY, EMANUEL MACRON, PRESIDENT OF THE FRENCH REPUBLIC.

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                                              TEMPORE WITHOUT

                                              OBJECTION.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS ARE ADVISED TO TAKE THEIR…

                                              ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS ARE ADVISED TO TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RISE? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. WILL MEMBERS PLEASE TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR.

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                                              THE U.S. ITSELF WILL BE INDEPENDENT BEFORE LONG. IT'S ESTIMATED THE U.S.…

                                              THE U.S. ITSELF WILL BE INDEPENDENT BEFORE LONG. IT'S ESTIMATED THE U.S. WILL SUPPLY 30% OF MEXICO'S GAS BY 2030. IN THE PERMIAN BASIN ALONE, ONE OF THE THREE PRODUCING SANDS IS ESTIMATED TO HOLD OVER 20 BILLION BARRELS OF OILI QUIFF LENS. AS THE C.E.O. OF SHELL SAID RECENTLY, WE WILL SEE PEAK DEMAND FOR GAS AND OIL WITHIN -- GASOLINE AND OIL WITHIN THE DECADE. SHELL'S LATEST OFF-SHORE PLATFORM, THE VETO, HAS BEEN SCALED BACK FROM 40,000 TONS TO 8,000 TONS. MR. SPEAKER, PLEASE PROTECT FLORIDA AND MAKE THE BAN PERMANENT. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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                                              MR. ROONEY

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              FLOOR. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?…

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

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                                              MR. MCEACHIN

                                              ALL AMERICANS NEED, DESERVE, AND HAVE A RIGHT TO BREATHE CLEAN AIR.…

                                              ALL AMERICANS NEED, DESERVE, AND HAVE A RIGHT TO BREATHE CLEAN AIR. HISTORICALLY WE HAVE UPHELD THAT RIGHT TO REASONABLE SCIENCE-BASED LIMITS ON POLLUTION. THAT TRADITION IS UNDER ASSAULT. LAST WEEK THE ADMINISTRATION DIRECTED THE E.P.A. TO WEAKEN THE STANDARDS FOR AMBIENT AIR POLLUTION BY ALLOWING FOR EMISSIONS TRADING. THIS WILL MAGNIFY EXISTING ENVIRONMENTAL INJUSTICES, ENABLING IN INCREASED POLLUTION IN AREAS THAT LIVE WITH ALREADY DANGEROUS CONCENTRATIONS. IT SOFTENS HEALTH MANDATES UNDER THE CLEAN AIR ACT. IT INCREASES THE WORKLOAD WITHOUT PROVIDING NEW RESOURCES. MR. SPEAKER, IF WE IGNORE THE BEST AVAILABLE SCIENCE OR IF WE STARVE AGENCIES OF THE RESOURCES THEY NEED TO ACTUALLY UPHOLD COMMONSENSE LIMITS, THEN WE ARE NOT PROTECTING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. LAST WEEK'S DIRECTOR -- DIRECTIVE WAS A MISTAKE. LIKE MOST OF THE ADMINISTRATION'S AGENDA, IT NEEDS TO BE ROLLED BACK. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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                                              ME. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE…

                                              ME. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO -- THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO…

                                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO -- THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                              OBJECTION.

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                                              MRS. BEATTY

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

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              REMARKS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO RECOGNIZE THE LEGACY OF

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                                              MS. TENNEY

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

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                                              MINUTE.

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                                              TO RECOGNIZE AN AMERICAN HERO, WHO IS HERE WITH US TODAY.

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                                              DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                              MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                              RICK,

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                                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                              CARTER: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO REMEMBER THE LIFE OF MAYOR RONNIE…

                                              CARTER: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO REMEMBER THE LIFE OF MAYOR RONNIE JACOBS WHO PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 64.

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                                              MR. CARTER

                                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM HAWAII SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                              KAPTUR: AS SOON AS MARCH 20 IS THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING, TODAY APRIL 16 AT…

                                              KAPTUR: AS SOON AS MARCH 20 IS THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING, TODAY APRIL 16 AT MIDNIGHT IS THE TAX FILING DEADLINE FOR 2017 RETURNS. MONTHS AFTER PASSING THE $1.8 TRILLION

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                                              MS. KAPTUR

                                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                              A MADED. SHE WOULD ALWAYS TAKE TIME OFF FROM HER JOB AS A WAIT TRESS IN…

                                              A MADED. SHE WOULD ALWAYS TAKE TIME OFF FROM HER JOB AS A WAIT TRESS IN CANADA TO TRAVEL TO LAS VEGAS FOR THE FESTIVAL. SHE WAS A HARD WORKER AND TO BECOME A KNEW MANAGER AT HER RESTAURANT. SHE WAS MATURE AND LIGHT-HEARTED PERSON. SHE WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR BEING KIND AND WARM-HEARTED AND SOMEONE WHO WOULD GREET YOU WITH A BEAMING SMILE. I EXTEND MY CONDOLENCES, THE CITY OF LAS VEGAS, THE STATE OF NEVADA AND THE WHOLE COUNTRY GRIEVE WITH YOU. I YIELD THE REMAINING BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                              TONKO: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE ANY EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE TOPIC OF MY SPECIAL ORDER.

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                                              MR. TONKO

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                                              MR. TONKO

                                              AND IT ONLY BUILT BEYOND WHAT I ANTICIPATED THROUGH THE YEARS. A WOMAN OF…

                                              AND IT ONLY BUILT BEYOND WHAT I ANTICIPATED THROUGH THE YEARS. A WOMAN OF GREAT RESPECT, OF GREAT CHARM, WITH INTELLECT, INTEGRITY, AND PASSION FOR DOING THE RIGHT THING. AND LOUISE, THIS EVENING, WE JUST SAY THANK YOU FOR THE IMPACT YOU HAD ON OUR LIVES AND MORE IMPORTANTLY ON THE PEOPLE FOR WHOM YOU'VE SPOKEN AND FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN IMPACTED FAVORABLY BY YOUR SOUND WORKS. WE CALL TO MIND THIS EVENING THE PEOPLE OF THE 25TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF NEW YORK WHO HAVE LOST A GREAT VOICE IN THIS CHAMBER AND THOSE OF OTHER DISTRICTS, ITERATIONS SHE REPRESENTED THROUGH THE YEARS THAT SHE SERVED IN THIS REMARKABLE BODY. WE CALL TO MIND DON IN HER RULES STAFF, THOSE WHO WERE THERE AS COMMITTEE PEOPLE ASSISTING HER IN HER EVERY MOVE. WE CALL TO MIND LEA AND HER CREW IN D.C. AND AT HOME IN THE DISTRICT OFFICE. AND CERTAINLY HER FAMILY AND FRIENDS, PEOPLE WHO HAVE WORKED WITH HER THROUGH THE YEARS. IT IS A GREAT LOSS FOR ALL OF US. LOUISE DID EVERYTHING WITH CHARM. WHEN LOUISE INTRODUCED HERSELF TO NEWLY ELECTED HOUSE SPEAKER JIM WRIGHT AS A NEWLY ENTERING MEMBER, BACK IN 1986, SHE SPOKE IN THAT WONDERFUL UPSTATE NEW YORK ACCENT, INFECTED WITH HER DEEP KENTUCKY ROOTS WHICH SPEAK ER WRIGHT DISCERNS. IN HER VERY FORWARD WAY, SHE THREW OUT HER HAND TO SHAKE HIS AND SHE INTRODUCED HERSELF TO THE NEW SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I'M LOUISE SLAUGHTER FROM UPSTATE NEW YORK. AND HE RESPONDED, IT'S ABOUT TIME UPSTATE NEW YORK ELECTED SOMEBODY WITHOUT AN ACCENT. LOUISE WAS A GREAT STORYTELLER. SHE HAD THIS WAY OF REALLY PERSONALIZING AN ISSUE AND MAKING IT SO HUMAN THAT YOU COULDN'T SHAKE IT. SHE BROUGHT THE RELEVANCE OF ISSUES TO HUMAN LIFE. THERE WAS NO BETTER STORYTELLER THAN LOUISE SLAUGHTER, AND SHE PEPPERED EVERYTHING WITH HER UNIQUE AND DELIGHTFUL SAYINGS THAT WERE SUCH A SIGNATURE OF HER PERSONALITY. SHE WAS A PERSON OF EXTRAORDINARY INTEGRITY AND COURAGE. I REMEMBER SITTING WITH HER AND SOME OF OUR COLLEAGUES WHEN BOB PASSED, HER LATE HUSBAND PASSED. I KNOW HOW MUCH SHE LOVED HIM AND HOW MUCH HE LOVED HER. AND I CANNOT IMAGINE THE PAIN SHE FELT IN THAT MOMENT. BUT I WATCHED HER STEEL HERSELF, PICK HERSELF UP AND GO ON JUST THE WAY BOB WOULD HAVE WANTED, AN EXPRESSION OF THE DEEPEST LOVE AND RESPECT I HAVE EVER BEEN PRIVILEGED TO WITNESS. LOUISE HAD A DEVOTION TO PUBLIC SERVICE THAT WAS BORN IN THE 1960'S, IN A TRULY ASPIRATIONAL MOMENT FOR OUR COUNTRY, AN ERA THAT GAVE BIRTH TO A NEW FOUND DRIVEN POLITICAL GENERATION, AND I'D LIKE TO IMAGINE LOUISE IN THAT MOMENT LISTENING TO THE VOICES OF THE PEOPLE, READING NEWS OF CONFLICT, OF HOPE FOR RACIAL AND SOCIAL JUSTICE, OF FIGHT FOR PEACE IN THE FACE OF SEEMLESS WAR IN VIETNAM, EMPOWERING WOMEN AND SPEAKING FOR OUR ENVIRONMENT. AND ALL SET WITH EXTRAORDINARY MUSIC. BOB DILLON'S "BLOWING IN THE WIND" GAVE A SERIES OF INTRACTABLE QUESTIONS, ABOUT PEACE, ABOUT WAR, ABOUT FREEDOM AT A TIME WHEN THOSE QUESTIONS WERE ON THE LIPS OF EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN. AND LOUISE, SPEAKING ABOUT "BLOWING IN THE WIND," WAS NEVER A WEATHER VAIN POLITICIAN. AMIDST THE UNCERTAINTY AND CONFLICT OF THAT MOMENT, SHE FORGED HERSELF A BACKBONE OF STEEL AND NEVER WAVERED, NEVER BLEW WITH THE WIND. SHE DID WHAT WAS RIGHT AND IT DIDN'T HAVE TO BE POPULAR. BOB HAD A LOVE AND PASSION FOR POLITICS AS GREAT AS HIS WONDERFUL WIFE LOUISE. THEY WERE SUCH A WASHINGTON COUPLE. BOB WOULD SOMETIMES DRIVE LOUISE BACK AND FORTH FROM ROCHESTER, NEW YORK, TO ALBANY. HE WAS KNOWN AS AN INCREDIBLY THOUGHTFUL AND BRILLIANT PARTNER WHO SUPPORTED LOUISE TIRELESSLY. THEIR ACTIVISM BEGAN WITH THEIR FIGHT TO PROTECT HEARTS WOODS JUST OUTSIDE OF ROCHESTER. LOUISE WOULD GO ON TO ORGANIZE DEMOCRATS AND BOB WENT ON TO FIND THE POWER COALITION, FIGHTING AGAINST RATE INCREASES. BOB AND LOUISE LOVED THEIR FAMILY ABOVE ALL AND TONIGHT I WANT TO RECOGNIZE THEIR DAUGHTERS, ROBIN, AMY SLAUGHTER, EMILY, AND THANK THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES FOR THE GIFT OF THEIR MOTHER'S TIME AND THEIR UNSELFISH GIVING OF HER SO THAT SHE COULD SERVE OUR NATION. ROBIN AND AMY AND EMILY, THIS NATION OWES YOU A DEBT OF THANKS FOR THE EXTRAORDINARY SPIRIT AND ACHIEVEMENT OF YOUR PARENTS, OUR GREAT AND DEARLY DEPARTED FRIENDS, LOUISE AND BOB SLAUGHTER. I HAVE TO SPEAK OF THEM AS A TEAM. LOUISE LEFT AN IMPACT FOR WHOM SHE LEFT ON ROCHESTER AND IN WASHINGTON AND FOR A GENERATION YET UNBORN. LOUISE' PASSION AND FORE SIGHT LIVE ON THROUGH THE -- FORESIGHT LIVE ON THROUGH THE LASTING LEGACY OF HER WORK AND THROUGH THE SERVICE THAT SHE PROVIDED KNOWING THAT THAT SERVICE WILL CONTINUE LONG INTO THE FUTURE. SHE WAS RECOGNIZED AS A FIGHTER FOR THE COMMON, ORDINARY PERSON, AND THAT IS THE GREATEST TRIBUTE WE CAN OFFER HER. WE SAY THANK YOU TO A HUMBLE SERVANT WHO PICKED UP THE TASK AND DID IT MASTERFULLY WELL. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TO REPRESENTATIVE ELIOT ENGEL OF NEW YORK'S 16TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT.

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                                              MR. ENGEL

                                              I HAD THE PLEASURE OF KNOWING LOUISE FOR ALMOST 40 YEARS. WE SERVED…

                                              I HAD THE PLEASURE OF KNOWING LOUISE FOR ALMOST 40 YEARS. WE SERVED TOGETHER IN THE NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY UP IN ALBANY, NEW YORK, AND I WAS SENIOR TO HER IN THE NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY. SHE RAN FOR CONGRESS A FEW YEARS BEFORE I DID, AND SHE WAS SENIOR TO ME HERE AND I NEVER STOPPED TEASING HER ABOUT THAT, TO REMIND HER SHE MAY BE SENIOR HERE BUT IF YOU PUT THE LENGTH OF OUR TERMS TOGETHER I AM SENIOR TO HER AND WE ALWAYS GOT A KICK OUT OF THAT AND ALWAYS LAUGHED. ONE THING ABOUT LOUISE IS WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET, WHAT YOU SAW IS WHAT YOU GOT. LOUISE SPOKE HER MIND, SHE WASN'T AFRAID TO STAND UP TO POWER. SHE WAS ALWAYS THINKING OF THE GOOD FOR THE COUNTRY AND FOR NEW YORK AND HER CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. AND THERE WAS NO OTHER CALCULATION IN WHAT SHE DID. IT WAS JUST FEELING GOOD TRYING TO HELP THE PEOPLE. SHE WAS OUTSPOKEN AND SHE SAID WHAT WAS ON HER MIND AND SHE KNEW MORE THINGS THAT MANY OF US HAVE FORGOTTEN. SHE KNEW THEM. SHE REMEMBERED THEM. AND SHE WOULD ALWAYS HAVE A LITTLE QUIP OR A LITTLE THING TO SAY THAT WOULD REALLY MAKE YOU LAUGH AND WOULD MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE YOU WERE WITH A FRIEND AND SHE KIND OF GAVE YOU THE INSIDE SCOOP ON A BUNCH OF THINGS. YOU KNOW, SHE WAS THE MEMBER OF CONGRESS WHO WAS THE OLDEST MEMBER OF CONGRESS, AND YOU'D NEVER KNOW IT. WHEN I FIRST FOUND OUT HOW OLD SHE WAS, I THOUGHT IT WAS A MISPRINT. SHE WAS ALWAYS YOUNG. TO THE DAY SHE DIED SHE WAS YOUNG AND YOUNG AND HAVING A PASSION OF BELIEF, OF HELPING PEOPLE, AND HAVING A BELIEF IN GOVERNMENT AND GOVERNMENT WAS THERE TO DO GOOD FOR PEOPLE AND TO BE A GOOD TOOL. NOT AS SOME PEOPLE WOULD SAY, GOVERNMENT IS THE ENEMY, LOUISE ALWAYS BELIEVED THAT GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE AND COULD BE AND WOULD BE A FRIEND, A FRIEND TO DO THINGS FOR PEOPLE, FOR SENIORS, FOR POOR PEOPLE, FOR IMMIGRANTS. IF YOU NEEDED SOMEONE TO COME AND HELP YOU WORK FOR ANY CAUSE THAT WAS THE RIGHT CAUSE, ALL YOU HAD TO DO WAS ASK LOUISE AND SHE ALWAYS SAID YES. NOW, OUR OFFICES BACK IN THE RAYBURN BUILDING ARE OPPOSITE EACH OTHER SO YOU GO DOWN THE HALLWAY, IF YOU TURN LEFT, YOU'RE IN MY OFFICE, YOU TURN RIGHT, YOU'RE HE IN HER OFFICE. AND SO I OFTEN GOT TO MEET HER AND WE WERE GOING TO VOTES AND GOT TO SAY THINGS TO HER ABOUT NEW YORK POLITICS. AND SHE REALLY HAD THE IN, THE SCOOP. REALLY KNEW WHAT IT WAS. I AM GOING TO MISS HER. I ALREADY MISS HER. AND I KNOW YOU HAVE -- WE HAVE SO MANY OF OUR COLLEAGUES FROM NEW YORK WHO ARE HERE BECAUSE ALL OF US TOGETHER HAVE A HEART-FELT APPRECIATION OF WHAT IT WAS TO BE LOUISE AND TO BE LOUISE'S FRIEND. YOU KNOW THAT TWANG SHE HAD FROM KENTUCKY, SHE ALWAYS PROUDLY TOLD EVERYBODY SHE WAS FROM KENTUCKY BUT HER HEARD WAS REALLY FROM NEW YORK AND I WILL MISS HEAR DEARLY. REST PEACEFULLY, MY FRIEND. WE ALL LOVE YOU.

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                                              MR. TONKO

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                                              MS. VELAZQUEZ

                                              LOUISE WAS A REMARKABLE WOMAN, AN ASTUTE LEGISLATOR, A GIFTER DEBATER. SHE…

                                              LOUISE WAS A REMARKABLE WOMAN, AN ASTUTE LEGISLATOR, A GIFTER DEBATER. SHE WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR ALL THOSE TRAITS. BUT SHE WILL ALSO BE REMEMBERED FOR HER COMPASSION, HER HUMOR, AND THE MANY KINDNESSES SHE EXTENDED TO ALL OF US. I WILL ALWAYS RECALL THE MANY TIMES COMING DOWN TO THIS VERY FLOOR TO SPEAK AND HEARING LOUISE ARGUING FOR FAIRNESS AND OPPOSING POLICIES BAD FOR OUR NATION. SHE WAS A FIERCE ORATOR WITH A SHARP WIT. SHE WAS A PASSIONATE VOICE FOR PROGRESSIVE VALUES. LIKE A NEW YORKER, SHE NEVER BACKED DOWN FROM A FIGHT. IF SHE WANTED TO GET SOMETHING DONE, SHE DUG IN HER HEELS AND FOUGHT LIKE HELL FOR IT. BUT AS A DAUGHTER OF THE SOUTH, SHE WILL EQUALLY BE REMEMBERED FOR HER AMAZING WIT, HER GENTLE TOUCH, HER GENUINE FRIENDSHIP AN BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. WHAT IS REMARKABLE IS THAT AT THE END OF THE DAY, WHEN THE DEBATE CONCLUDED AND THE VOTES WERE TAKEN, LOUISE WAS KNOWN FOR SHARING A LAUGH WITH HER COLLEAGUES ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE AISLE. SOMEONE ONCE DESCRIBED HER, AND I QUOTE, A COMBINATION OF SOUTHERN CHARM AND BACK ROOM POLITICS, A SOMEONE WITH A CIGAR IN HER MOUTH, SHE WAS TRULY LARGER THAN LIFE. WHEN LOUISE CAME TO CONGRESS, THERE WERE FAR FEWER WOMEN IN THIS BODY. SHE HELPED LEAD THE WAY FOR SO MANY OF US WHO CAME AFTER, BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS. SO MANY OF US OWE HER A DEBT OF GRATITUDE FOR THE TRAILS SHE BLAZED. AS A FELLOW NEW YORKER, AS A FELLOW FEMALE MEMBER OF CONGRESS, MOST OF ALL, AS HER FRIEND, I KNOW I WILL MISS HER. THIS BODY IS BETTER SERVED FOR HER SERVICE, AND THE U.S. HOUSE WILL CERTAINLY BE LESS COLORFUL PLACE WITHOUT SEEING HER ON THE FLOOR LEADING DEBATES ON THE RULES WITH HER KENTUCKY ACCENT AND HER COMMITMENT TO PROGRESSIVE VALUES. I THANK MY FRIENDS FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK AND YIELD BACK.

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                                              MR. TONKO

                                              LOWEY: MR. SPEAKER, OUR NATION STILL GRIEVES THE LOSS OF A GREAT NEW…

                                              LOWEY: MR. SPEAKER, OUR NATION STILL GRIEVES THE LOSS OF A GREAT NEW YORKER, LOUISE SLAUGHTER. I'LL NEVER FORGET WHEN LOUISE AND I STILL JUST JUNIOR CONGRESS WOMEN AT THE TIME CHARGED UP THE STEPS OF THE U.S.

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                                              MRS. LOWEY

                                              SENATE TO DEMAND THAT ANITA HILL BE ALLOWED TO TESTIFY AGAINST CLARENCE…

                                              SENATE TO DEMAND THAT ANITA HILL BE ALLOWED TO TESTIFY AGAINST CLARENCE THOMAS. LOUISE NEVER LOST THAT FIGHTING SPIRIT. FEARLESSNESS AND COMMITMENT TO JUSTICE, EQUALITY, AND WOMEN'S RIGHTS. SHE BROKE BARRIERS, BECOMING THE FIRST WOMAN TO CHAIR THE HOUSE RULES COMMITTEE AND SET A STRONG EXAMPLE OF PUBLIC SERVICE AND PRINCIPLED LEADERSHIP AS DEAN OF THE NEW YORK CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION. AS A LEADING CHAMPION OF WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT, SHE PROUDLY REPRESENTED SENECA FALLS, THE SITE OF THE FIRST WOMEN'S RIGHTS CONVENTION. IT WAS AN HONOR TO CHARGE ALONGSIDE LOUISE UP THE STEPS OF THE SENATE THAT FALL DAY YEARS AGO AND DURING THE MANY BATTLES WE FOUGHT TOGETHER FOR AMERICA'S HEALTH CARE, WOMEN'S RIGHTS, OPPORTUNITY FOR WORKING MEN AND WOMEN AND SO MUCH MORE. . NEW YORK, THE CONGRESS AND OUR COUNTRY HAVE SUFFERED AN IMMEASURABLE LOSS. I DO PRAY THAT CONGRESSWOMAN SLAUGHTER'S FAMILY AND THE LEGIONS OF STAFF WHO SERVED HER MAY FIND COMFORT KNOWING HER GREAT LEGACY AND MANY ACCOMPLISHMENTS HAVE IMPROVED THE LIVES OF SO MANY AMERICANS. I YIELD BACK.

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                                              MR. TONKO

                                              MALONEY.

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                                              MRS. MALONEY

                                              SHE WORKED FOR PEOPLE RIGHT UP UNTIL THE DAY SHE DIED. AND WHEN I FIRST…

                                              SHE WORKED FOR PEOPLE RIGHT UP UNTIL THE DAY SHE DIED. AND WHEN I FIRST CAME TO CONGRESS, LOUISE TOOK ME UNDER HER WING AND FOR THAT AND FOR HER FRIENDSHIP I WILL BE GRATEFUL. I TRULY MISS HER DEARLY BUT I'M COMFORTED KNOWING THE LEGACY THAT SHE LEAVES BEHIND. WHEN LOUISE BECAME A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE IN 1987, SHE WAS ONE OF JUST 25 FEMALE LEADERS. TODAY WE NUMBER MORE THAN 100. I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT HER LEADERSHIP AND THE EXAMPLES SHE SET AS THE FIRST FEMALE CHAIR OF THE HOUSE RULES COMMITTEE LED TO MORE WOMEN RUNNING FOR OFFICE. SHE WAS A TRAIL BLAZER AND SHE BROKE DOWN DOORS FOR PEOPLE AND FOR WOMEN AND FOR REAL CHANGE IN THIS COUNTRY. AND WHILE I COULD GO ON AND ON ABOUT HER LEGISLATIVE ACHIEVEMENTS, INCLUDING THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT, THE FIRST BILL THAT I WORKED ON WHEN I CAME TO CONGRESS WITH LOUISE, SHE WAS THE LEAD DEMOCRAT, ALONG WITH THEN-SENATOR BIDEN. IT WAS A TRANSFORMATIONAL BILL THAT ADDRESSED VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN. SHE FOUGHT YEARS FOR IT. MANY PEOPLE THOUGHT IT WAS A PERSONAL AFFAIR, A FAMILY AFFAIR, AND SHE FOUGHT TO MAKING IT A LEGAL AFFAIR THAT WOMEN SHOULD BE PROTECTED IN ANY AND EVERY CIRCUMSTANCE. AND HAD MONEY IN IT TO TRAIN POLICE AND PROSECUTORS TO BE MORE SENSITIVE TO THE NEEDS OF WOMEN AND THE VIOLENCE AGAINST THEM. SHE WAS A BIOLOGIST BY TRAINING AND WAS VERY PROUD OF THIS BACKGROUND AND WAS A LEADER ON F.D.A. , HEALTH ISSUES, AND WAS THE FIRST TO INTRODUCE GENETIC INFORMATION AND THE ANTI-DISCRIMINATION ACT THAT BECAME A CENTRAL PART OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. THAT YOU SHOULD NOT HOLD PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS AND PREVENT HEALTH CARE FOR PEOPLE BECAUSE OF PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. SHE CONSIDERED THAT ONE OF HER GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS. AND SHE LED THE DEBATE ON THE FLOOR FOR THE DEMOCRATS, FOR THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. AND ITS PASSAGE. SHE OVERSAW THAT HISTORIC DEBATE. AND HER IMPACT EXTENDS FAR BEYOND THE BILLS THAT SHE PASSED AND THE COMMITTEES THAT SHE CHAIRED. SHE WAS THE FIRST WOMAN TO CHAIR MOST OF THE COMMITTEES THAT SHE BECAME PART OF. DURING HER 31 YEARS IN CONGRESS SHE WAS A MENTOR TO MANY FEMALE MEMBERS, AND BECAUSE OF THAT, PLAYED A MAJOR ROLE IN SHAPING OUR PARTY AND COALITION WE ARE TODAY. SHE WAS A LEADER FOR NEW YORK AND SHE WAS A LEADER FOR DEMOCRATS IN NEW YORK. SHE WAS ONE OF THE FIRST DEMOCRATS TO BE ELECTED IN UPSTATE NEW YORK. AND EVERYONE RUNNING FOR OFFICE IN UPSTATE NEW YORK, THE FIRST PERSON THEY WENT TO WAS LOUISE SLAUGHTER. I AM PROUD AND GRATEFUL TO HAVE CALLED HER A DEAR FRIEND AND MENTOR. AND TO BE ABLE TO PAY TRIBUTE TO HER AND TO SAY THANK YOU TO HER AND HER FAMILY. SHE ADORED HER LATE HUSBAND, BOB. AND WE ALL APPRECIATE THE GREAT IMPACT SHE HAD ON ME, ON THIS CONGRESS, AND ON OUR NATION. LOUISE, WE MISS YOU. YOU ARE IN OUR HEARTS. THANK YOU, DEAR FRIEND. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                              MR. TONKO

                                              CLARKE: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. TONKO, FOR LEADING THIS…

                                              CLARKE: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. TONKO, FOR LEADING THIS SPECIAL ORDER HOUR, IN COMMEMORATION AND REMEMBRANCE OF OUR DEAR COLLEAGUE, THE HONORABLE LOUISE SLAUGHTER.

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                                              MS. CLARKE

                                              MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TO REPRESENTATIVE JERRY NADLER OF NEW YORK'S 10TH…

                                              MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TO REPRESENTATIVE JERRY NADLER OF NEW YORK'S 10TH DISTRICT.

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                                              MR. TONKO

                                              SPEAKER, I AM HEARTBROKEN AT THE LOSS OF LOUISE SLAUGHTER, WHO IS A DEAR…

                                              SPEAKER, I AM HEARTBROKEN AT THE LOSS OF LOUISE SLAUGHTER, WHO IS A DEAR FRIEND AND A BELOVED COLLEAGUE. I FIRST MET LOUISE WHEN SHE WAS ELECTED TO THE STATE ASSEMBLY IN 1982.

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                                              MR. NADLER

                                              MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD NOW TO NEW YORK'S 24TH DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE, JOHN…

                                              MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD NOW TO NEW YORK'S 24TH DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE, JOHN KATKO.

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                                              MR. TONKO

                                              SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE OF ONE OF MY DEAR FRIENDS AND…

                                              SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE OF ONE OF MY DEAR FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES, REPRESENTATIVE DOROTHY LOUISE MCINTOSH SLAUGHTER. CONGRESSWOMAN SLAUGHTER PAT PASTED AWAY LAST MONTH -- SLAUGHTER PASSED AWAY LAST MONTH AFTER MORE THAN 31 YEEFERS SERVICE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES -- YEARS OF SERVICE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. BORN TOA COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER -- BORN A COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER FROM KENTUCKY, SHE BECAME A TRUE DAUGHTER OF UPSTATE NEW YORK, EXEMPLIFYING ITS VALUES AND REPRESENTING HER FELLOW CONSTITUENTS WITH THE ZEAL AND TENACITY THAT WAS UNRIVALED IN HER STORE RID TENURE. BECOMING THE FIRST -- HER STORIED TENURE. BECOMING THE FIRST WOMAN TO CHAIR THE HOUSE RULES COMMITTEE, SHE WAS A PIONEER HERR IN HER ADVOCACY -- IN HER

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                                              MR. KATKO

                                              ADVOCACY. I HAD THE DISTINCT HONOR AND PLEASURE AND PRIVILEGE TO WORK WITH…

                                              ADVOCACY. I HAD THE DISTINCT HONOR AND PLEASURE AND PRIVILEGE TO WORK WITH REPRESENTATIVE SLAUGHTER ON A WHOLE HOST OF ISSUES THAT AFFECT OUR NEIGHBORING COMMUNITIES IN UPSTATE NEW YORK, AND THE NATION AT LARGE. WHETHER IT WAS TACKLING THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC OR ENSURING OUR CITIZENS ACCESS TO CLEAN DRINKING WATER, I AM PROUD BUT HUMBLED TO SAY LOUISE AND I WORKED SIDE BY SIDE. FOR LOUISE, THE INTERESTS OF HER CONSTITUENTS AND FELLOW AMERICANS ROSE ABOVE ALL ELSE AS SHE EMBODIED THE TRUE MEANING OF BIPARTISANSHIP, READILY REACHING ACROSS THE AISLE TO PEOPLE LIKE ME IN SPITE OF PARTY OR PUBLIC PRESSURE TO ACHIEVE THE COMMON GOOD. REST PEACEFULLY, LOUISE. I WILL MISS YOUR LOVELY DEMEANOR AND YOUR WONDERFUL SMILE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                            • 06:11:32 PM

                                              MR. TONKO

                                              LEWIS.

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                                              MR. LEWIS

                                              DIFFICULT TO STAND HERE AND KNOW THAT SISTER LOUISE SLAUGHTER IS NOT HERE.…

                                              DIFFICULT TO STAND HERE AND KNOW THAT SISTER LOUISE SLAUGHTER IS NOT HERE. WE CAME TO CONGRESS TOGETHER. AND FROM TIME TO TIME SHE WOULD CALL ME BROTHER JOHN. I LOVE SISTER LOUISE. SHE WOULD TALK, SHE WOULD LAUGH. SHE WAS SMART, GIFTED, BRAVE, COURAGEOUS AND SOMETIMES VERY BOLD. I WILL NEVER FORGET THE TRIP TO ROCHESTER, TO BE WITH HER AND SEE HOW THE PEOPLE LOVED HER, ADORED HER. I THINK WHEN GOD CREATED SISTER LOUISE, HE DESTROYED THE MOLD. SHE WAS ONE OF A KIND. SO WONDERFUL, I MISS HER EVERY SINGLE DAY. THANK YOU, BROTHER PAUL, FOR DOING THIS. SISTER LOUISE WOULD BE VERY PROUD OF YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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                                            • 06:13:05 PM

                                              MR. TONKO

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                                              MS. PELOSI

                                              THANK YOU FOR BEING SUCH AN INSPIRATION. THANK YOU FOR LOVING LOUISE SO…

                                              THANK YOU FOR BEING SUCH AN INSPIRATION. THANK YOU FOR LOVING LOUISE SO MUCH. AS WE KNOW SHE LOVED YOU AS WELL. BROTHER JOHN. AND AREN'T WE PROUD OF PAUL TONKO AND HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH LOUISE, A FRIENDSHIP THAT GOES BACK TO THE STATE LEGISLATURE MANY YEARS AGO IN NEW YORK. LOUISE CAME 31 YEARS AGO TO THE CONGRESS. YOU CAME MORE RECENTLY. BUT YOUR FRIENDSHIP GOES BACK LONGER. SO DEAR WERE YOU TO HER. SO HERE WE HAVE LOUISE, AND I DON'T HAVE A MAGIC MINUTE, SO THIS IS NOT AN EIGHT-HOUR PREPSITION. IN HIGH HEELS. ALTHOUGH I'D LOVE TO DO THAT FOR LOUISE ANY TIME. BUT LET ME JUST MAKE SOME WISHES. I WISH YOU COULD HAVE ALL BEEN IN ROCHESTER FOR LOUISE'S MEMORIAL SERVICE. TO HER -- HEAR HER GRANDCHILDREN TALK ABOUT HER. AS A GRANDMOTHER, MYSELF, ANY TIME I GO TO A SERVICE NOW, I THINK, WHAT DO THE GRANDCHILDREN THINK? WHAT DO THEY KNOW ABOUT THEIR GRANDMOTHER? HOW MUCH -- DO THEY KNOW HOW MUCH THEIR GRANDMOTHER LOVED THEM? LOUISE'S GRANDCHILDREN DO AND DID. HOPEFULLY WE'LL BE HEARING MORE FROM THEM. THEY SPOKE MAGNIFICENTLY ABOUT HER PERSONALLY. NOT SO GREAT ABOUT HER COOKING. WOULDN'T YOU SAY? NOT THAT DAY ANYWAY. BUT ANYWAY. THEY JUST LOVED HER SO MUCH. AND SHE WAS ABOUT THE FUTURE. BUT SHE HAD A TREMENDOUS RESPECT FOR THE PAST AS WELL. AND SO WHEN MANY OF US VISITED HER IN ROCHESTER, WE'D GO TO SUSAN B. ANTHONY'S HOME TO SEE WHERE SO MUCH OF WOMEN'S RIGHTS BEGAN, SHE'D TAKE US ACROSS THE BORDERLINE OF THE DISTRICT TO SEE WHERE IT ALL BEGAN, SENECA FALLS. SHE TOOK SUCH OWNERSHIP OF OUR SUFFRAGETTES AND HER RESPONSIBILITY TO HAVE -- TO CARRY FORTH THEIR COURAGE, THEIR POSSIBILITIES FOR THE FUTURE. . SHE WAS A SOUTHERN BELLE WITH SOUTHERN CHARM, AND NORTHERN TIMETABLE. SO YOU NEVER WANTED TO WASTE TOO MUCH TIME NOT GIVING IN TO LOUISE. BECAUSE EVENTUALLY SHE WOULD HAVE HER WAY. SAVE YOURSELF SOME TIME. WHATEVER YOU SAY, LOUISE. SHE WAS A BEAUTIFUL PERSON TO SERVE WITH. MANY OF OUR COLLEAGUES WANT TO SPEAK ABOUT HER. I'LL HAVE ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TOMORROW BUT I DID WANT TO ADD MY VOICE ONCE AGAIN TO OUR COLLEAGUES AS WE SPEAK ABOUT HER WITH GREAT RESPECT, ADMIRATION, WHICH WE DO FOR OUR COLLEAGUES, BUT RESPECT, ADMIRATION, AND AFFECTION. THAT'S ABOUT LOUISE SLAUGHTER. I YIELD BACK.

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                                            • 06:16:31 PM

                                              MR. TONKO

                                              ESHOO.

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                                              MS. ESHOO

                                              SHE WOULD TALK ABOUT EACH ONE OF YOU, I DON'T KNOW WHICH ONE IS WHICH BUT…

                                              SHE WOULD TALK ABOUT EACH ONE OF YOU, I DON'T KNOW WHICH ONE IS WHICH BUT SHE THOUGHT THAT WE ALL KNEW WHICH ONE WAS WHICH. SHE HAD ALL THE STORIES STRAIGHT, SHE WAS SO PROUD OF YOU. THERE'S SO MUCH TO BE SAID ABOUT LOUISE. SHE WAS A GREAT MOTHER. SHE WAS A FABULOUS WIFE TO BOB. SHE WAS A MICROBIOLOGIST. SHE WAS A GREAT GRANDMOTHER. SHE REPRESENTED A DISTRICT IN WESTERN NEW YORK WITH A KENTUCKY ACCENT. THAT WILL, I DON'T THINK, EVER HAPPEN AGAIN. AND SHE HAD A BEAUTIFUL SINGING VOICE. I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY OF YOU KNOW THAT. WHEN OUR COUNTRY WAS ATTACKED AND THE CONGRESS WENT OUT IN FRONT OF THE CAPITOL, IT WAS CONGRESSWOMAN SLAUGHTER THAT STARTED SINGING "GOD BLESS AMERICA" AND EVERYONE JOINED IN ON THAT. SHE WAS NOT ONLY PROUD TO REPRESENT THE HOME OF THE FEMINISTS, THOSE REVOLUTIONARIES, SHE WAS ONE HERSELF. AND SHE WAS DAMN PROUD OF IT. SHE WASN'T AN APOLOGIST FOR ANY OF IT. SHE WAS PROUD OF IT. BECAUSE SHE UNDERSTOOD THAT THAT WAS WHAT WAS GOING TO MOVE AMERICA FORWARD. SHE LOVED THIS HOUSE. SHE HAD A HOME ON THE HILL AND SHE HAD A HOME IN HER DISTRICT. BUT SHE LOVED THIS HOUSE. AND USED TO STAND RIGHT HERE, THIS IS WHERE SHE DID HER WORK. THIS IS WHERE SHE DID HER WORK. DON'T CROSS LOUISE. DON'T EVER CROSS LOUISE. I MEAN, SHE WAS A LADY BUT I'LL TELL YOU SOMETHING IF -- YOU WOULD FEEL THE WRATH OF LOUISE SLAUGHTER IF YOU WENT THE OTHER WAY ON HER. THE WAY I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER LOUISE IS THAT SHE KNEW HOW TO LOVE. SHE KNEW HOW TO LOVE WELL. SHE HAD A FIERCENESS ABOUT HER IN TAKING CARE OF HER CONSTITUENTS. THEY BELONGED TO HER. SHE BELONGED TO THEM. AND WHAT THE LEADER RECALLED, THE TRIBUTE THEY PAID TO HER AT HER MEMORIAL I THINK WAS SECOND TO NONE. SO LOUISE, MY FRIEND, NO ONE IS EVER GOING TO FILL YOUR SHOES AROUND HERE BUT WE STAND TALLER BECAUSE WE KNEW YOU. YOU SHOWED US THE RIGHT WAY. THE RIGHT WAY TO BE A FRIEND. THE BEST WAY TO REPRESENT PEOPLE. HOW TO FIGHT TOUGH AND FIGHT HARD FOR THE RIGHT THINGS. LOUISE -- I LOVED LOUISE'S ACCENT. AND WHEN YOU'D SEE HER ON THE FLOOR SHE WOULD SAY, ANNA, HAVE I TOLD YOU THIS WEEK THAT I JUST LOVE YOU? AND WHEN SHE SPOKE IT WAS AS IF HER WORDS WERE JUST A SECURITY BLANKET AROUND YOU. YOU KNEW THAT SHE MEANT IT. IT WAS TENDER. IT WAS LOVING. AND YOU KNEW THAT YOU HAD ONE OF THE BEST PARTNERS YOU COULD EVER HAVE IN ANY UNDERTAKING. I THINK THAT LOUISE IS VERY HAPPY IN HEAVEN. AND I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT SHE IS CHAIRING THE BIG RULES COMMITTEE IN THE SKY. AND I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT WHEN SHE GOT TO THE GATE THERE WAS ABSOLUTELY NO DISCUSSION WHATSOEVER AS TO WHETHER SHE WAS GOING TO TAKE A HIGH PLACE IN HEAVEN BECAUSE OF EVERYTHING THAT SHE DID ON EARTH. SO LOUISE, BE HAPPY THERE. YOU EARNED IT. WE MISS YOU HERE. BUT WE KNOW THAT YOUR SPIRIT IS WITH US. IT ALWAYS WILL BE. AND THAT WE WILL LOVE YOU ACROSS ETERNITY. THERE WAS A POET THAT WROTE THESE BEAUTIFUL WORDS. AND SO SHE PASSED ON, AND ALL THE TRUMPETS SOUNDED ON THE OTHER SIDE. GOD REST YOU, LOUISE.

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                                            • 06:21:48 PM

                                              MR. TONKO

                                              KAPTUR: WHAT A PRIVILEGE IT IS WITH OUR COLLEAGUES TONIGHT TO JOIN…

                                              KAPTUR: WHAT A PRIVILEGE IT IS WITH OUR COLLEAGUES TONIGHT TO JOIN TOGETHER TO PAY TRIBUTE TO OUR FRIEND, LOUISE MCINTOSH SLAUGHTER, BORN IN HARLAN COUNTY, KENTUCKY WHO WROTE FRESH PAGES IN AMERICAN HISTORY.

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                                            • 06:21:56 PM

                                              MS. KAPTUR

                                              THANK YOU. I YIELD TO SHEILA JACKSON LEE, THE CONGRESSWOMAN FROM TEXAS 18.

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                                              MR. TONKO

                                              I RISE TODAY TO REALLY HIGHLIGHT THE SUNSHINE THAT LOUISE SLAUGHTER,…

                                              I RISE TODAY TO REALLY HIGHLIGHT THE SUNSHINE THAT LOUISE SLAUGHTER, CONGRESSWOMAN LOUISE MCINTOSH SLAUGHTER REALLY WAS TO ALL OF US.

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                                              MS. JACKSON LEE

                                              I'M REMINDED OF THAT DAY WHEN THOSE TWO PLANES LANDED IN ROCHESTER, NEW…

                                              I'M REMINDED OF THAT DAY WHEN THOSE TWO PLANES LANDED IN ROCHESTER, NEW YORK, HER BELOVED COMMUNITY, THE BRIGHT, SUNNY DAY BUT IT WAS ALMOST AMAZING AS THE BUSES DREW UP TO THE PLACE OF HER FUNERAL AND THE LINES AND LINES OF ROCHESTER CITIZENS, HER CONSTITUENTS, WHO WERE LINING UP TWO BY TWO WAITING TO COME TO HONOR HER. THAT WAS A TRUE TESTIMONY TO WHAT LOUISE SLAUGHTER AND HER HUSBAND BOB WERE TO THAT COMMUNITY. THEY LOVED THEIR COMMUNITY AND THAT COMMUNITY LOVED HER. 88 YEARS OF YOUTH BECAUSE SHE WAS YOUNG AND VIBRANT AND READY AND I AM DELIGHTED TO ACKNOWLEDGE SO MUCH THAT SHE DID IN THE AREAS OF WOMEN'S RIGHTS AND EMPOWERMENT, THE ARTS, ECONOMIC REVITALIZATION, THE ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIAL JUSTICE AND OF COURSE HER WORK DEALING WITH THE ISSUE OF THE GENETICS THAT REALLY A LOT OF PEOPLE IN CONGRESS DIDN'T EVEN UNDERSTAND BUT LOUISE, WITH HER EXPERTISE IN MICROBIOLOGY, THERE SHE WAS EDUCATING ALL OF US. HER LEADERSHIP ON THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. SHE WAS ONE OF THE SOLDIERS AND GENERALS THAT MADE SURE IT PASSED AND AS WELL HER GREAT WORK IN DEALING WITH THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT. THE STOCK ACT. TO MAKE SURE WE AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS DID THE RIGHT THING FINANCIALLY. REALLY I WANT TO EMPHASIZE THE TUTORING THAT LOUISE SLAUGHTER GAVE TO ME. I WANT TO THANK HER STAFF , HE STAFF IS SIT BACK IN THIS CHAMBER, STAFF IN HER HOME DISTRICT, BUT IF GRU CAME TO THE RULES COMMITTEE EITHER AS LOUISE WAS A MEMBER A SENIOR MEMBER, OR RANKING MEMBER OR CHAIRING HER ASUITNESS -- ASTUTENESS AND GENIUS, HER SHARP WIT, HER REMINDING MEMBERS THAT SHE WAS THE CHAIR THAT WE COULD LEARN FROM HER IF WE DECIDED TO DO SO, I KNOW PERSONALLY AS A FREQUENT VISITOR TO THE RULES COMMITTEE, LOUISE SLAUGHTER WAS IN CHARGE. AND THE FIRST WOMAN CHAIR OF THIS POWERFUL COMMITTEE AND I LEARNED FAST FROM HER. I CANNOT THANK HER ENOUGH FOR TEACHING A NEW MEMBER AT THAT TIME OF THE WORKS AND THE GOINGS ON AND THE PROTOCOLS OF THE RULES COMMITTEE AND HOW TO DO IT RIGHT. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH. SHE NEVER LOST HER HUMOR, THAT WONDERFUL SOUTHERN TWANG AND WHO WOULD BE BETTER LEADING SENECA FALLS THAN LOUISE MCINTOSH SLAUGHTER. I THANK HER FOR HER FIGHT FOR WOMEN'S RIGHTS AND AS WELL FOR TAKING ME TO NIAGARA FALLS AS A MEMBER THEY HAVE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE. AS I CLOSE, I'M REMINDED THAT CONGRESSWOMAN SLAUGHTER HAD AN IRON FIST IN A VELVET GLF AND I LOVED IT AND I LOVED HER WIT AND I LOVED THE FACT THAT SHE WAS A TRUE AMERICAN. SO MY PRAYER IS THAT THE LORD BRING COMFORT TO THE MANY PEOPLE, THOSE WHOM LOUISE KNEW AND THOSE WHO FELT THEY KNEW LOUISE SLAUGHTER WHO KNOW THAT A MIGHTY OAK AS FALLEN AND OUR -- AND ARE HEART BROKEN AT HER LOSS. AASK THAT GOD BLESS HER, MAY GOD REST HER AND MAY GOD BLESS HER CONSTITUENTS AS GOD BLESSES THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. FAREWELL, CONGRESSWOMAN LOUISE MCINTOSH SLAUGHTER, YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN, YOU WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED. I YIELD BACK.

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                                            • 06:30:20 PM

                                              MR. TONKO

                                              DISTRICT.

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                                              MS. LEE

                                              EVERY TIME I WALK ON THIS FLOOR, I STILL LOOK FOR LOUISE. ACTUALLY, PAUL,…

                                              EVERY TIME I WALK ON THIS FLOOR, I STILL LOOK FOR LOUISE. ACTUALLY, PAUL, RIGHT THERE. THE VOID THAT SHE HAS LEFT IS JUST UNBEARABLE. HER PASSING WAS DEVASTATING NEWS FOR ALL OF US HERE. BUT I MUST ONCE AGAIN SEND MY THOUGHTS AND CONDOLENCES TO HER BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTERS, HER GRANDCHILDREN, AND TO HER ENTIRE CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT AND THE STATE OF NEW YORK AND REALLY TO OUR ENTIRE COUNTRY. LOUISE WAS A DEAR FRIEND AND MENTOR AND SHE WAS AN UNPARALLELED LEGISLATOR. AND OF COURSE SHE LOVED HER DISTRICT AND FOUGHT FOR THEM WITH PASSION, INTELLECT AND DEDICATION. AND I ALSO WANT TO SAY TO LOUISE'S STAFF, HOW MUCH I KNOW, LIKE ANNA SAID, THAT SHE LOVED YOU AND RESPECTED YOU. AND I HAVE TO SAY, YOU KNOW, AROUND HERE, POACHING IS A NO-NO. WELL, LOUISE POACHED ONE OF MY STAFF MEMBERS AND I TOLD HER, WE TALKED ABOUT IT, HE SAID, I AM SO HAPPY, -- I SAID, I AM SO HAPPY, LOUISE. YOU'RE THE ONLY MEMBER I WOULD BE HAPPY ABOUT POACHING. SO THANK YOU ALL BECAUSE I KNOW SHE LOVED YOU AND I WAS HAPPY TO ALLOW LOUISE TO POACH MY STAFF. BECAUSE SHE DID AN INCREDIBLE JOB FOR LOUISE. LOUISE INVITED ME TO HER DISTRICT SEVERAL TIMES. AND I TELL YOU, THE LOVE AND THE RESPECT ALL ACROSS HER DISTRICT I WITNESSED. I SAID, IF ONLY MY DISTRICT, YOU KNOW, SAW THIS. HOW SHE BROUGHT PEOPLE TOGETHER. BECAUSE I THINK WE COULD LEARN A LOT FROM LOUISE'S ABILITY TO BUILD COALITIONS. I REMEMBER WHEN I FIRST CAME TO CONGRESS, YES, 20 YEARS ARKS APRIL 21, IT WILL BE -- YEARS AGO, APRIL 21, IT WILL BE 20 YEARS AGO. LOUISE CAME UP TO ME AND SHE SAID,-Y, AND SHE CALLED EVERYBODY -- HONEY, AND SHE CALLED EVERYBODY HUNDREDY, SHE SAID, I WANT TO BE YOUR FRIEND AND I -- HONEY, SHE SAID, I WANT TO BE YOUR FRIEND, I WANT TO GET TO KNOW YOU. AND WANT TO INVITE YOU TO COME UP TO SENECA FALLS TO MARK THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DECLARATION OF SENTIMENT. I TELL YOU, THAT WAS QUITE A REMARKABLE MOMENT FOR ME TO BE WITH LOUISE SLAUGHTER. AND WE BECAME CLOSE FRIENDS FROM THAT DAY FORWARD. SHE WAS A TRAILBLAZER. THE ONLY MICROBIOLOGIST IN CONGRESS. SHE HAD A PH.D. SHE WAS BRILLIANT. ALSO, WATCHING LOUISE WORK LATE INTO THE NIGHT, PAST MIDNIGHT, BUT YET SHE STAYED ENGAGED AND ENERGIZED, NO MATTER HOW LATE THE RULES COMMITTEE WORKED. SHE USED HER ROLE, THOUGH, AS CHAIR TO FIGHT FOR CHILDREN AND FOR FAMILIES, FOR WOMEN, FOR COMMUNITIES OF COLOR, FOR THOSE LIVING BELOW THE POVERTY LINE. ANOTHER REMARKABLE THING ABOUT LOUISE WAS HER HUMOR. ANY MEMBER OF CONGRESS, JUST ASK ANYONE, REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT, AND THEY'LL TELL YOU A STORY, THEY'LL SHARE A STORY ABOUT HER SENSE OF HUMOR. YET LOUISE WAS VERY DIRECT. SHE DID NOT MISS HER -- MINCE HER WORDS. SHE WAS A STRAIGHT SHOOTER. YOU NEVER HAD TO GUESS WHERE SHE WAS COMING FROM. I REMEMBER WHEN HER DEAR HUSBAND, BOB, PASSED. I GOT TO KNOW BOB BECAUSE WE TRAVELED TOGETHER SEVERAL TIMES. AND WHEN LEW AUTO -- WHEN LOUISE CAME BACK, SHE TOLD ME, SHE SAYS, HONEY, SHE SAID, I COULDN'T LIVE IF I DIDN'T HAVE THIS JOB. SHE SAID, I LOVE SERVING THE PEOPLE OF MY DISTRICT, I LOVE HELPING THE PEOPLE OF WESTERN NEW YORK. I LOVE SERVING THIS COUNTRY. THIS WAS HER LIFE'S WORK. SO FINALLY, LET ME JUST SAY, I NOT ONLY LOST A COLLEAGUE, BUT ALSO A DEAR FRIEND. MY PRAYERS ARE WITH HER FAMILY AND FRIENDS, HER STAFF, HER DISTRICT. LOUISE WILL HAVE A LASTING PLACE IN HISTORY. HER SPIRIT IS WITH US TONIGHT. SHE WAS A WOMAN WHO EXUDED GRACE, DIGNITY, INTELLIGENCE, AND SHE TOUCHED AND ENRICHED ALL OUR LIVES. LOUISE, WE WILL MISS YOU SO MUCH. MAY YOU REST IN PEACE. MAY GOD BLESS YOU. AND THANK YOU, AGAIN, PAUL.

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                                            • 06:35:03 PM

                                              MR. TONKO

                                              DISTRICT.

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                                              MS. SPEIER

                                              A LADY." LOUISE SLAUGHTER WAS THAT LADY, EXCEPT NONE OF THE OTHER LYRICS…

                                              A LADY." LOUISE SLAUGHTER WAS THAT LADY, EXCEPT NONE OF THE OTHER LYRICS OF THAT SONG WERE APPROPRIATE FOR LOUISE. SHE WAS A LADY WHO WAS TOUGH AS NAILS, WITH A STEEL BACKBONE AND A SHARP AND VERY FUNNY TONGUE. THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE I LIKE IN OUR CHAMBER. A FEW I TRULY LOVE. I LOVED LOUISE SLAUGHTER. MEMBERS COME AND GO AND HARDLY LEAVE A FOOTPRINT AROUND HERE. EVEN MEMBERS WHO HAVE SERVED LONG PERIODS OF TIME. THAT'S NOT TRUE ABOUT LOUISE. I STILL DID IT TODAY, I WALK ONTO THIS FLOOR SEEKING HER OUT. I LOOK AT C-SPAN AND EXPECT TO SEE HER PRESENTING ANOTHER COGENT ARGUMENT ON THE INANE CLOSED RULE OFFERED BY THE OTHER SIDE. THERE IS A VOID IN THIS CHAMBER WITH HER PASSING. BUT HER FOOTPRINTS ARE EVERYWHERE. LOUISE DISTINGUISHED HERSELF IN SO MANY ISSUES. AND IN SO MANY WAYS. THE FIRST WOMAN, AS WE'VE SAID OVER AND OVER AGAIN, TO REPRESENT WESTERN NEW YORK. THE FIRST WOMAN TO CHAIR THE RULES COMMITTEE. NOW, AS AN 88-YEAR-OLD WOMAN, SHE WAS CHAIRING THIS COMMITTEE INTO THE WEE HOURS OF THE MORNING DAY AFTER DAY AND NEVER LOST A BEAT. SHE'S ONE OF THE LONGEST SERVING MEMBERS. SHE'S THE ONLY MICROBIOLOGIST. SHE WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR CREATING THE FIRST $500 MILLION SET ASIDE FOR BREAST CANCER RESEARCH. SHE CREATED THE OFFICE OF RESEARCH ON WOMEN'S HEALTH. AND SHE'S RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PASSAGE OF THE STOCK ACT. AND, MR. SPEAKER, AND TO OUR LEADER, NANCY PELOSI, I HOPE THAT WE TAKE THE TIME TO NAME THE STOCK ACT AFTER LOUISE SLAUGHTER. YOU KNOW, LOUISE AND I SPENT WONDERFUL EVENING TOGETHER WITH PAUL TONKO AND MARCY -- EVENINGINGS TOGETHER WITH PAUL TONKO AND MARCY -- EVENINGS TOGETHER WITH PAUL TONKO AND MARCY KAPTUR SHE KEPT US IN STITCHES. SHE DID NOT SUFFER FOOLS GLADLY AND SHE WOULD SEE A PHONY $2 BILLION OF A MEMBER ON THE FLOOR AND -- BILL OF A MEMBER ON THE FLOOR AND NOT MINSC -- MINCE WORDS. SHE ALSO TAUGHT ME TO SPEAK SOUTHERN. SHE TAUGHT ME THAT YOU SHOULD SAY BLESS YOUR SWEETHEART. WHICH REALLY MEANT, MOVE OVER, EXPLETIVE DELETED. I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HER LYING PEACEFULLY IN THE HOSPITAL ROOM, WITH PERFECTLY QUAFFED HAIR, AS ONLY A LADY WOULD HAVE, AND A FAINT SMILE ON HER FACE. I LIKED TO THINK THAT SHE WAS SMILING BECAUSE SHE LEFT THIS WORLD WITH HER BOOTS ON. SHE WAS STILL FIGHTING FOR HER CONSTITUENTS, TAKING HER LAST BREATHS WITH DIGNITY, STRENGTH, ELEGANCE AND AT PEACE, WITH HER THREE DAUGHTERS LOOKING ON WITH LOVE AND ADMIRATION. LOUISE, YOU ARE NOW WITH YOUR BELOVED BOB. WE ALL HERE, INCLUDING YOUR EXTRAORDINARY STAFF WHO IS SEATED HERE IN THE CHAMBER, ARE HEARTBROKEN. WE ARE FRANKLY STILL IN SHOCK. BUT WE ARE DEEPLY GRATEFUL TO HAVE KNOWN AND TO LOVE YOU. GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS.

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                                            • 06:39:23 PM

                                              MR. TONKO

                                              ADAMS: I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR…

                                              ADAMS: I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF MY DEAR FRIEND, CONGRESSWOMAN LOUISE SLAUGHTER.

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                                              MS. ADAMS

                                              I DIDN'T KNOW HER AS LONG AS MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES. BUT OUR BRIEF…

                                              I DIDN'T KNOW HER AS LONG AS MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES. BUT OUR BRIEF ASSOCIATION WAS PROFOUND AND MEANINGFUL. WHEN I CAME TO CONGRESS FOUR YEARS AGO, LOUISE SLAUGHTER WAS ONE OF THE FIRST TO WELCOME ME. SHE WAS ALWAYS GENUINE, KIND AND PERSONALLY SUPPORTIVE. ALWAYS PLEASANT. AND SHE ALWAYS MADE YOU FEEL REALLY GOOD. AS A HISTORY-MAKING TRAILBLAZING CHAMPION OF WOMEN'S RIGHTS AND THE ONLY MICROBIOLOGIST, AS YOU'VE HEARD IN CONGRESS, LOUISE SLAUGHTER FOUGHT FOR OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL PEOPLE. THE IMPACT OF HER YEARS OF ADVOCACY AND MENTORSHIP AND FRIENDSHIP CAN BE SEEN HERE TODAY IN THE MANY COLLEAGUES WHO ARE STANDING TOGETHER TO HONOR HER LIFE. LOUISE WAS A CHAMPION FOR THE PEOPLE FROM THE GREAT STATE OF NEW YORK, BUT I LIKE TO THINK OF HER WITH KENTUCKY ROOTS AND A SOUTHERN ACCENT. AS A FELLOW SOUTHERNER AS HEART -- AT HEART. SHE LEFT BIG SHOES TO FILL. BUT I KNOW SHE'D BE PROUD TO WELCOME IN THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS. AND SO I JOIN MY COLLEAGUES THIS EVENING IN EXPRESSING MY DEEPEST SYMPATHIES FOR THE FAMILY, FOR THE FRIENDS, FOR THE STAFF, AND THE CONSTITUENTS THAT SHE LEAVES BEHIND. SHE MAY NO LONGER BE WITH US ON EARTH, BUT HER SPIRIT AND HER PASSION FOR LIFE WILL LIVE ON FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. SHE CLEARLY MADE OUR WORLD MUCH BETTER THAN SHE FOUND IT.

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                                            • 06:41:08 PM

                                              MR. TONKO

                                              SHEA-PORTER: THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN TONKO. I KNOW HOW CLOSE YOU WERE TO…

                                              SHEA-PORTER: THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN TONKO. I KNOW HOW CLOSE YOU WERE TO LOUISE AND HOW MUCH SHE LOVED YOU AND YOU LOVED HER. I OFFER MY CONDOLENCES NOT ONLY TO LOUISE'S FAMILY, BUT ALSO TO PAUL AND TO THE ENTIRE CHAMBER.

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                                              MS. SHEA-PORTER

                                              AND TO ME BECAUSE I LOVED LOUISE ALSO. YOU HEAR PEOPLE USING THE WORD LOVE…

                                              AND TO ME BECAUSE I LOVED LOUISE ALSO. YOU HEAR PEOPLE USING THE WORD LOVE HERE. AND IT WAS VERY GENUINE. WHEN I ARRIVED IN JANUARY OF 2007, I SAW THE FIRE IN LIEU HE'S AND I SAW THE HUNDRED -- IN LIEU HE'S AND I SAW THE HONEY IN LIEU -- IN LOUISE AND I SAW THE HONEY IN LOUISE. THAT'S WHAT MADE HER SO DELIGHTFUL. I SAW HER TAKE ON THINGS WITH THE FIRE IN HER. THEN HE SAW HER WITH THE HONEY AND THE SWEETNESS AND THAT'S WHY PEOPLE USE THE WORD LOVE WHEN THEY TALK ABOUT LOUISE. SO I WANT TO TELL JUST A VERY SHORT STORY ABOUT MY FIRST REAL CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH LOUISE SLAUGHTER. I HAD A DEAR FRIEND IN NEW HAMPSHIRE WHO VERY MUCH ADMIRED LOUISE AND WANTED TO MEET HER AND I SAID, YOU KNOW, SHE'S BUSY, SHE'S JUST TAKING -- TAKEN OVER THIS NEW POSITION AND I'M NEW. BUT OK. I'LL ASK HER. SO WE'RE WALKING THERE AND I CALLED LOUISE OVER AND I SAID, LOUISE, I'D LIKE TO INTRODUCE YOU TO SOMEBODY WHO JUST HAS ALWAYS ADMIRED YOU AND LOUISE SAYS, HONEY, HAVE HER COME INTO MY OFFICE. AND SO WE DID. AND LOUISE SAT DOWN ON COUCH LIKE SHE DIDN'T HAVE A THING TO DO THAT DAY EXCEPT TO ENTERTAIN US WITH TEA AND SMALL TALK AND JUST HER WARMTH AND HER VIBRANCY. MY FRIEND NEVER FORGOT THAT. I NEVER FORGOT THAT EITHER. THAT WAS LOUISE. ABSOLUTELY FULL OF LOVE AND AS I SAID FULL OF HONEY AND ALSO FULL OF FIRE. WE MISS HER VERY MUCH HERE. WE ALWAYS WILL. CONDOLENCES TO HER STAFF WHO LOVED HER AS WELL. AND I KNOW THAT SHE LOVED THEM AND TO THE PEOPLE OF WESTERN NEW YORK. THANK YOU FOR SHARING HER WITH US FOR LONG IS. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                              MR. TONKO

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                                              MR. DOGGETT

                                              OUTSPOKEN ADVOCATE FOR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE. AND SHE PUT TOGETHER A…

                                              OUTSPOKEN ADVOCATE FOR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE. AND SHE PUT TOGETHER A GREAT TEAM, A SERIES OF TEAMS THROUGH HER YEARS HERE. SOME OF WHOM ARE ON THE FLOOR TODAY. AND WE SALUTE THEM ALSO. LOUISE WAS FUNNY, SHE WAS SOMETIMES A BIT CONSPIRATORIAL. AND SHE WAS A PERSON WHO JUST REFUSED TO ACT HER AGE IN THE BEST WAYS POSSIBLE. I WAS AMAZED MYSELF KNOWING THAT LOUISE HAD BEEN HERE A FEW YEARS, MORE THAN I HAD. TO LEARN WHAT HER AGE WAS AT THE TIME OF HER PASSING. BECAUSE SHE WAS OUT POWERFULLY SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER RIGHT UP UNTIL THE WEEK BEFORE SHE PASSED. SHE HAD THE ENTHUSIASTIC SUPPORT OF HER LATE HUSBAND AND TREMENDOUS PARTNER, BOB. AND BOTH OF THEM UNDERSTOOD THE CHALLENGES OF PUBLIC SERVICE AND THEY WITHSTOOD REPEATED REPUBLICAN ASSAULTS WITH WIT AND GRIT. HER FIERCE PASSION WAS MATCHED WITH SINCERE COMPASSION AND KINDNESS. OVER THE YEARS TIME AND TIME AGAIN SHE REACHED OUT AND HELPED ME AND HELPED OTHER MEMBERS. I ADMIRED HER UNWAVERING COMMITMENT TO SPEAK TRUTH AND TO HONOR VALUES OF ACCEPTANCE, EQUALITY AND JUSTICE. SHE PUT THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF PEOPLE FIRST AND SHE FOUGHT TIRELESSLY TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF THE PEOPLE IN HER COMMUNITY AND ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. LOUISE SHARED JUST -- SHE SHOWED JUST HOW MUCH ONE DETERMINED WOMAN CAN DO FOR OUR COUNTRY. AS CHAIR OF THE RULES COMMITTEE SHE WAS INVOLVED IN EVERY MAJOR PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND MANY MINOR ONES THAT CAME BEFORE THIS HOUSE. AND IN HER SERVICE ON RULES, IT CAN CERTAINLY BE SAID THAT SHE WORKED DAY AND NIGHT, SOMETIMES ALL NIGHT, ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY. . SHE OVERCAME SIGNIFICANT RESISTANCE TO ACHIEVE THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN'S ACT, ACHIEVING SIGNIFICANT FUNDING IN WOMEN'S HEALTH, SHE WAS A TRAIL BLAZER WHEN IT CAME TO SO MANY ISSUES AND INSPIRE SOD MANY WOMEN TO GET INVOLVED AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR OUR COUNTRY. SHE OFFERED -- AUTHORED THE STOCK ACT TO ENSURE MORE PLEAT AND TIMELY DISCLOSURE OF FINANCIAL DEALINGS BY MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE SO NO ONE WAS TRADING OFF THE PUBLIC TRUST FOR PRIVATE GAINISM THINK OF LOUISE AND LOOK OVER TO THIS MICROPHONE EACH TIME A RULE IS BROUGHT UP IN THE HOUSE. SETTING FORTH THE TERMS OF DEBATE FOR LEGISLATION. THERE'S A VACANCY IN THE HOUSE AND THERE'S A VACANCY IN OUR HEARTS FOR A TOUGH BUT GENEROUS WOMAN. WE SALUTE HER DAUGHTER, MEGAN, AMY, AND EMILY, OUR -- HER GRANDCHILDREN, HER GREAT GRANDCHILD, ALL OF WHOM SHE OFTEN REFERRED TO AND SHOWED SUCH GREAT AFFECTION FOR. MAYBE A SOURCE OF COMFORT FOR EACH OF THEM THAT THEIR MOTHER WAS A LOYAL AND LOVING FRIEND A FIERCE AND GENUINE PUBLIC SERVANT A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH, A CHAMPION FOR SO MANY VITAL CAUSES AND MAY HER VERY FIERY SPIRIT LIVE ON WITH ALL OF US. I YIELD BACK.

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                                            • 06:46:54 PM

                                              MR. TONKO

                                              FOR THE WEAK VOICED OR UNDERHEARD IN GOVERNMENT, THE PIONEER EXPRESSION,…

                                              FOR THE WEAK VOICED OR UNDERHEARD IN GOVERNMENT, THE PIONEER EXPRESSION, THE DRUM MAJOR FOR WOMEN, IT GOES ON AND ON, SHE EARN SOD MANY LABELS, TO OUR FRIEND, LOUISE SLAUGHTER OR YOU ARE COLLEAGUE, OUR MENTOR, REST IN PEACE, BELOVED FRIEND. I YIELD BACK.

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                                            • 06:47:39 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              MR. SCHWEIKERT

                                              WINS. AND TO OUR FRIENDS OVER HERE, I GUESS I -- I DON'T MEAN TO JUMP ONTO…

                                              WINS. AND TO OUR FRIENDS OVER HERE, I GUESS I -- I DON'T MEAN TO JUMP ONTO THIS, BUT YOU'VE JUST HEARD SOME OF THE DISCUSSION ABOUT MS. SLAUGHTER. I'M OBVIOUSLY FROM A DIFFERENT PART OF THE COUNTRY A DIFFERENT PARTY, DIFFERENT PHILOSOPHY AND SHE WAS ALWAYS INCREDIBLY KIND TO ME AND FUNNY. MOST PEOPLE -- I DON'T KNOW IF THEY COMPLETELY UNDERSTOOD. SHE HAD A BRUTAL WIT. AND SO A COUPLE OF TIMES WHEN I WOULD GO IN FRONT OF THE RULE COMMITTEES, SOMETIMES THE BANTER BACK AN FORTH YOU'D SIT THERE AND GO, IS SHE JUST PLAYING WITH ME? SO FOR MY FRIENDS THAT ARE JUST LEAVING FROM THAT. ALL RIGHT. SO I'M GOING TO TRY TO DO A COUPLE OF THING HERE'S, MR. SPEAKER. I'M GOING TO ACTUALLY SORT OF WALK THROUGH WHAT WAS IN THE MOST RECENT C.B.O. REPORT BUT ALSO A COUPLE OF THE PREVIOUS C.B.O. REPORTS IN WHAT'S HAPPENING IN OUR NATION'S DEBT. AT THE SAME TIME I'M ALSO GOING TO TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE POSITIVE THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING AND SOME OF IT BECAUSE OF THE TAX REFORM SOME OF THE THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING IN OUR EMPLOYMENT AND OPPORTUNITY OUT THERE LET'S WALK THROUGH A COUPLE OF BASELINE NUMBERS. THEN I'M GOING TO GRIND THROUGH THESE SO IT TELLS A STORY OF WHERE WE ARE GOING AND WHERE WE'RE AT AS A COUNTRY. WHEN WE GET BEHIND THESE MICROPHONES AND SAY WE HAVE A ENTITLEMENT CRISIS COMING WE HAVE TO DEAL WORK THEY'VE BEEN SAYING IT BEHIND THESE MICROPHONES FOR 30 YEARS. IT'S HERE. THE PEAK OF THE BABY BOOM, I THINK, TODAY IS ABOUT 62 YEARS OLD. THERE'S 74 MILLION OF US WHO ARE BABY BOOMERS. WHO ARE -- WHO WILL BE MOVING INTO OUR BENEFITS. AND WE DON'T HAVE THE RESOURCES TO COVER OUR PROMISES THE WAY THINGS ARE STRUCTURED TODAY. YET IF YOU LOOK AT THE PEW POLL FROM A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, ONLY 15% OF REPUBLICANS BELIEVE THERE'S AN ENTITLEMENT CRISIS COMING, BUT ONLY 5% OF DEMOCRATS BELIEVE IT. SO THIS IS ONE OF THE GREAT DIFFICULTIES IN THIS BODY WHERE YOU OFTEN HEARSAYING, YOU KNOW, SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER. HOW ABOUT MATH TO POWER. WHAT ABOUT OUR OWN CONSTITUENTS WHEN THEY DON'T BELIEVE US BECAUSE MAYBE THERE'S BEEN CRYING WOLF OR BECAUSE IT'S BEEN EASIER TO SAY THINGS LIKE, WELL THE PROBLEM IS WASTE AND FRAUD. THERE IS PROBLEMS WITH WASTE AND FRAUD. BUT THE NUMBERS ARE TINY COMPARED TO WHAT'S ABOUT TO HAPPEN. SO LET'S -- SOME BASELINE MATH. WHEN I WAS BORN, 1962. THERE WERE FIVE WORKERS FOR EVERY ONE RETIREE. TODAY, LET'S ACTUALLY DO 12 YEARS FROM NOW. THAT'S WHEN IT GETS DRAMATIC. 12 YEARS FROM NOW THERE WILL ONLY BE TWO. YOU AND YOUR SPOUSE WILL BE COVERING ONE RETIREE. SO IN MY -- IN JUST MY LIFETIME WE'LL HAVE GONE FROM FIVE WORKERS FOR ONE RETIREE TO TWO. THE MATH IS BRUTAL. SO THINK ABOUT THIS. OVER THE LAST DECADE SO FROM 2008 TO 2018, YOU ACTUALLY LOOK AT THE GROWTH AND THE SIZE OF SPENDING IN GOVERNMENT, 72% OF IT WAS JUST SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE. SO IF YOU ACTUALLY LOOK AT THE GROWTH OF THE FEDERAL SPENDING, DO UNDERSTAND, OVER THE LAST 10 YEAR, 72% OF THAT GROWTH WERE JUST THOSE TWO PROGRAMS. SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE. OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS, JUST THE GROWTH WILL BE ABOUT $1.3 TRILLION. THAT'S FUNCTIONALLY JUST THE GROWTH IN SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE WILL BE TWO FULL DEFENSE DEPARTMENTS. IT'S IMPORTANT TO GET OUR HEAD AROUND TELLING THE TRUTH. BECAUSE IF WE'RE GOING TO SAVE THESE EARNED ENTITLEMENTS, WE NEED TO HAVE THAT MOMENT OF REFLECTION THAT COMES OFF A CALCULATOR INSTEAD OF WHAT HAPPENS SO OFTEN BEHIND THESE MICROPHONES WHERE WE TRIED TO MAKE PUBLIC POLICY BY FEELINGS. SO FIRST BOARD I HAVE UP HERE, THIS IS FROM THE LATEST C.B.O. REPORT WHICH I HAVE IN HERE, WHICH I'M TRYING TO KEEP FROM FALLING OFF THE PODIUM HERE. AND THERE'S ACTUALLY SOME GOOD NEWS HERE. AND THAT IS BECAUSE OF WHAT'S GOING ON THE LAST COUPLE OF QUARTERS THIS LAST YEAR, SUBSTANTIALLY I BELIEVE BECAUSE OF WHAT'S HAPPENING THROUGH GROWTH OR POLICIES, WHETHER IT BE THE TAX REFORM WHETHER IT BE WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT, YOU'RE ACTUALLY SEEING REVENUE INTO THE TRUST FUND GO UP A BIT. IT'S STILL A CRISIS. BUT IF YOU ACTUALLY LOOK LIKE AT SSDI WHICH IS SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY, I THINK IT WAS MAYBE A YEAR AND A HALF TWO YEARS AGO, I GOT BEHIND THIS MICROPHONE AND THERE WERE ONLY, LIKE, FOUR YEARS LEFT IN THE TRUST FUND AND IT WENT TO ZERO. WE GAINED ALMOST THREE ADDITIONAL YEARS. SOME OF THAT IS BECAUSE OF POLICY. SOME BECAUSE OF REVENUES BECAUSE WE HAVE SO MANY MORE PEOPLE WORKING RIGHT NOW. IF YOU ACTUALLY ALSO TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE MONEY GOING INTO SOCIAL SECURITY, SOME OF THE MONEY GOING INTO MEDICARE PART A, THE TRUST FUND PORTION. WE'RE ACTUALLY PICKING UP A COUPLE OF YEARS, ONE YEAR HERE, TWO YEARS THERE, IN ADDITIONAL ACTUARIAL SOUNDNESS OF THE TRUST FURNED. THINK OF THIS AS AN OPPORTUNITY. IF WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO MAKE POLICY, AND AS I SAND -- AS I STAND BEHIND THIS MICROPHONE I'M LOOKING FOR A UNIFIED THEORY. IT'S NOT JUST ENTITLEMENT REFORM BECAUSE LET'S FACE IT, THAT'S THE THIRD RAIL. PEOPLE GO NUTS. THEY RUN ATTACK ADS ON YOU. IT'S MORE COMPLICATED. WE NEED TO DO THOSE THINGS IN OUR SOCIETY THAT HELP PEOPLE BE EMPLOYED. REGULATORY POLICY. TRAINING POLICY. OPPORTUNITY POLICIES. THE MORE OF OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHO ARE WORK, HOW DO WE GO FROM 63% LABOR FORCE PARTICIPATION WHICH IS A WONDERFUL NUMBER FROM WHERE WE THOUGHT WE'D BE 10 YEARS AGO UNTIL NOW, HOW DO WE GET IT TO GO FURTHER? HOW DO WE GET MORE OF OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS TO MOVE FROM BEING THE LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYED, THE DISCOURAGED WORKERS AND GET THEM TO MOVE INTO THE OPPORTUNITY TO -- OPPORTUNITIES THAT ARE OUT THERE RIGHT NOW BECAUSE WE HAVE APPARENTLY MILLIONS OF JOBS THAT ARE LOOKING FOR WORKERS BUT IT ALSO DOES POWERFUL THINGS TO THESE NUMBERS. BUT WE'RE ALSO GOING TO HAVE TO BE HONEST ABOUT MECK ANYMORES WITHIN IMMIGRATION. WE HAVE A BIRTH RATE CRISIS IN THIS COUNTRY. THE LAST FEW YEARS, YOU ACTUALLY LOOK AT THE NUMBER OF BABIES WE'RE HAVING, WE'RE -- OUR NUMBERS HAVE SUBSTANTIALLY COLLAPSED. REMEMBER, TODAY'S CHILD IS TOMORROW'S WORKER. AND IF IN TODAY'S WORLD WHEN YOU TURN 65 AND BEGIN SOME OF YOUR BENEFITS, THE MATH IS YOU WILL SPEND ABOUT ONE THIRD OF YOUR ADULT LIFE IN RETIREMENT. BUT WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH YOUNG PEOPLE BECAUSE THESE PROGRAMS ARE PAY AS YOU GO PROGRAMS. AND THAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT AS WE SORT OF WALK THROUGH THE MATH. 10 IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR THAT UNIFIED THEORY, IT ADDS IN THINGS LIKE TRADE. IF WE'RE GOING TO BE A COUNTRY THAT'S VERY SLOW ON OUR BIRTH RATE, AND IMMIGRATION, WE'VE DESIGNED A TALENT BASED IMDEPRATION SYSTEM THAT DOES SOME REWARDS FOR YOUNGER DEMOGRAPHICS. BUT WE'RE ALSO GOING TO HAVE TO HAVE TRADE WITH COUNTRIES THAT ALSO HAVE POSITIVE DEMOGRAPHICS SO WE HAVE CUSTOMERS. THERE'S LOTS OF THESE THINGS THAT ALL HAVE TO BE THOUGHT OF TOGETHER AND SOMETHING I'M NOT GOING TO DO TONIGHT BUT AYE DONE'RE EVENINGS AND WE'LL DO IN A MONTH OR SO IS A FIXATION ON TECHNOLOGY. AND HOW TECHNOLOGY ALSO CAN PROVIDE AMAZING OPPORTUNITIES IN EVERYTHING FROM CHANGING THE HEALTH CARE CURVE TO ACTUALLY ALLOWING MORE OF OUR BROTHERS AND CYSTERS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE WORK FORCE EVEN THOSE WITH CERTAIN DIFFICULTIES IN LIFE OR EVEN THOSE WHO MAY BE OLDER BUT CHOOSE TO WORK. THERE'S -- INSTEAD OF BEING SCARED OF TECHNOLOGY, I THINK IT MAY BE OUR SOLUTION, BENDING SOME OF THESE COST CURVES. WHAT'S IMPORTANT IS AS YOU LOOK AT THE CHART, JUST TAKE A LOOK AT THIS FIRST NUMBER HERE. THAT'S THE SOCIAL SECURITY TRUST FUND. NOW AS YOU KNOW, OUR GENERAL FUND HAS TAKEN THAT MONEY AND BOAR REED IT. B -- BORROWED IT. THEN WE REPLACE IT WITH SPECIAL SOCIAL SECURITY I.O.U. 'S. IF I REMEMBER CORRECTLY, LAST YEAR WE WERE PAYING THE SOCIAL SECURITY TRUST FUND LIKE 3.1% INTEREST FOR THOSE BORROW MONEYS. SO WHEN YOU SEE SOME OF THE FUTURE SLIDES HERE, BOARDS, YOU'LL ACTUALLY SEE HERE'S THE TRUST FUND BALANCE BUT ALSO HERE IT IS WITH SOME OF THE INTEREST REVENUES THAT WE ALSO PAY OURSELVES BACK. SO THINK OF THIS CRAZINESS. WE FUNCTIONALLY AS A SOCIETY, WE BORROW MONEY TO PAY BACK THE BORROWED MONEY. BECAUSE THAT CASH THAT WE TOOK OUT OF THOSE TRUST FUNDS HAS LONG SINCE BEEN SPENT. BUT ON THIS BOARD IN 10 YEARS, THE SOCIAL SECURITY TRUST FUND IS CUT IN HALF. AND JUST A FEW YEARS THE DISABILITY INSURANCE TRUST FUND IS EMPTY AND IF YOU ACTUALLY -- IF YOU CAN ACTUALLY SEE IT, THE HOSPITAL, THE MEDICARE PART A WHICH IS THE ONLY PART REALLY WITH A TRUST FUND, AND A FEW YEARS, IT'S ALSO DOWN TO ZERO. SO JUST GETTING OUR HEADS AROUND THIS IS REALITY. THIS IS MATH. BUT IT'S BETTER THAN IT WAS A YEAR OR SO AGO, BUT IT'S STILL A CRISIS. AND THIS -- I'M GOING TO PUT UP TWO OF THESE BOARDS THAT JUST SORT OF SHOW YOU SEE THIS SORT OF FLAT INFLECTION HERE. THAT'S ACTUALLY PART OF THE GOOD NEWS. BECAUSE WHERE YOU SEE, LAST YEAR IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A CONSTANT CURVE DOWNWARD THAT WE WERE DEPLETING THE FUNDS. AS YOU KNOW, THEY'VE GONE NEGATIVE THIS YEAR. MEANING THAT THE REVENUES COMING OUT OF SOCIAL SECURITY IS ACTUALLY GREATER THAN THE REVENUES COMING IN. EXCEPT FOR SINCE THE TAX REFORM AND SOME OF THE ECONOMIC EXPANSION ALL OF A SUDDEN WE'VE HIT A BIT OF A PLATEAU, C.B.O. HAD IT LOOKING LIKE IT WAS GOING TO LAST FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS. I'M MORE OTT MYSTIC TO SOME OF THEIR BASELINE NUMBER. THAT'S THAT MATHEMATICAL REPRIEVE. YOU SEE THE TWO LINES THERE, THE VARIANCE IN THOSE IS WHAT WE'RE ALSO PAYING OURSELVES BACK IN INTEREST. SO THIS ONE IS SOCIAL SECURITY. OLD AGE SURVIVORS INSURANCE TRUST FUND BUT THEN WHEN WE MOVE OVER TO THE HOSPITAL FUND AND IMPORT, YOU'LL SEE THIS IN FUTURE SLIDES, SOCIAL SECURITY IN MANY WAYS ISN'T MY CRISIS, ISN'T OUR CRISIS, BECAUSE IT'S A DEFINED BENEFIT. FIXING IT, THE MATH IS ACTUALLY FAIRLY EASY. IT'S MEDICARE. THAT BECOMES SO INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT AND MEDICARE AS YOU'RE GOING TO SEE IN A COUPLE OF FUTURE SLIDES IS A MUCH LARGER FINANCIAL ISSUE IN OUR NEAR FUTURE. SO YOU ACTUALLY JUST SEE SORT OF THE SAME THING IN THAT EVEN THE HOSPITAL TRUST FUND NOW IS MOVING NEGATIVE. MEANING WE'RE TAKING MORE MONEY OUT OF IT. THAN IS GOING IN. AND YET YOU DO SEE A LITTLE BIT OF THE PLATEAU WE'RE GETTING BECAUSE OF THE CURRENT PAYROLL TAX. JUST A POINT OF REFERENCE ON THAT. IF YOU LOOKED AT THE TAX FOUNDATION'S NUMBERS BEFORE THE TAX -- WHEN THE TAX REFORM WAS COMING OUT, THEY ACTUALLY HAD, I THINK IT WAS JUST SHY OF $300 BILLION OVER THIS NEXT 10 YEARS, IN NEW PAYROLL TAX. FICA REVENUES. AND THAT ACTUALLY REACHES INTO THIS AREA. SO, THIS IS A CHART THAT I'VE NEVER SEEN ON THE FLOOR BEFORE. BUT IS A REALLY INTERESTING ONE. BECAUSE I THINK A LOT OF US DON'T REALLY HAVE OUR HEAD AROUND WHERE DOES THE MONEY IN MEDICARE COME FROM? AND I'M SORRIER I KNOW THIS IS A LITTLE HARD TO SEE -- SORRY, I KNOW THIS IS A LITTLE HARD TO SEE. BUT IF YOU SEE THIS, THIS IS THE ENTIRE MEDICARE. THIS 45% UP HERE IS GENERAL REVENUE. WE'RE REACHING INTO THE GENERAL FUND AND PAYING IT OUT TO HOSPITALS AND DOCTORS AND DURABLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT. THE 36% THERE -- THERE, THAT'S ACTUALLY THE TAX REVENUE. THAT'S THE PAYROLL TAX. THAT'S WITHIN OUR FICA. THEN WE ALSO HAVE SOME TAXES ON HIGHER INCOME EARNERS AND SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS AND IT COMES INTO HERE AND THEN YOU SEE THIS 3% DOWN THERE. THAT'S ACTUALLY REVENUE THAT WE PAY OURSELVES. SO WE BORROWED THE MONEY. GAVE IT TO THE GENERAL FUND. SPENT IT. BUT WE PAY OURSELVES THAT. THAT'S WHAT THAT 3% IS DOWN THERE. SO IF YOU ADDED UP ABOUT HALF OF THIS, HALF OF WHAT WE SPEND IN MEDICARE IS GENERAL FUND, HALF IS COMING IN THROUGH THE PAYROLL TAX. SO IF YOU LOOK AT PART A, THE HOSPITAL TRUST FUND, OK. THAT'S ALMOST ALL PAYROLL TAXES. BUT IF YOU START LOOKING AT PART B AND PART D, YOU SEE THE ORANGE THERE, 75% AND 78% RESPECTIVELY. THAT'S ALL COMING OUT OF THE GENERAL FUND. SO ON OCCASION WHEN I'VE DONE SOME OF THESE PRESENTATIONS AT HOME, YOU'LL GET THE HAND GOES UP AND PEOPLE THINK THAT IT'S ALL PAID FOR BY THE PAYROLL TAXES. THAT'S ACTUALLY CREATING THIS SORT OF WEIRD MISUNDERSTANDING OF -- IT'S NOT ALL WITHIN THE TRUST FUND. ALMOST HALF OF WHAT WE SPEND IN MEDICARE ACTUALLY IS COMING OUT OF THE GENERAL FUND. AND THERE'S ACTUALLY AS, WHERE WE SEE THE SUBSTANTIAL GROWTH, YOU SEE GENERAL FUND SPENDING GROWING AND WHY A SUBSTANTIAL PORTION OF THAT FUND GROWING IS PART OF THIS. COUPLE OF THE OTHER SLIDES JUST TO UNDERSTAND, AS WE HAVE 74 MILLION OF OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHO ARE BABY BOOMERS MOVING INTO RETIREMENT RIGHT NOW, WHAT IS IT, ABOUT 10,000, 10,300 EVERY SINGLE DAY, IT ACTUALLY HAS A LITTLE BIT OF A STEEPENING CURVE OVER THE NEXT THREE, FOUR YEARS. YOU START TO LOOK. THE HEADLINE ON THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT. SOCIAL SECURITY, HEALTH ENTITLEMENTS AND INTEREST COSTS. SO YOU HAVE TO PUT IN THE PAYING INTEREST ON ALL THE MONEY WE'VE BORROWED AS A SOCIETY, DRIVING 91% OF THE 2008 TO 2028 SPENDING HIKES. REMEMBER MY NUMBER BEFORE. THAT IF WE JUST DO SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS, 72% OF THE INCREASED SPENDING WE HAD AS A GOVERNMENT IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WAS JUST THE GROWTH IN SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE. OK. BUT IF YOU ADD IN ALSO INTEREST ON TOP OF IT, IT GOES FROM 72% NOW TO 91%. SO UNDERSTAND, THOSE ARE THE LEVERS THAT ARE GOING TO SQUEEZE OUT SO MANY OF THE OTHER THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING. BUT ALSO THE GREATEST FRAGILITY TO BEING SAFE HERE. SO, IF YOU -- LET'S GO ON TO THE NEXT BOARD. BECAUSE I THINK IT HELPS SORT OF SHOW WHERE WE'RE GOING. BUT WHAT'S ALSO IMPORTANT HERE IS AS YOU LOOK AT THESE, THOSE ON THE BOTTOM, YOU'LL ACTUALLY SEE THINGS LIKE DEFENSE, DISCRETIONARY SPENDING. ALL BEING FAIRLY FLAT-LINED. EVEN WITH THE MOST RECENT BUDGET APPROPRIATION BILL. IF YOU LOOK AT IT OVER THE NEXT DECADE OR OVER THE NEXT THREE DECADES, ALMOST ALL THE GROWTH IN SPENDING COMES FROM THE TWO PROGRAMS AND COVERING INTEREST COSTS. SO THIS ONE'S REALLY NOISY AND WE'LL PUT THESE UP OR PUT THEM OUT. BUT OVER THE NEXT 30 YEARS, THIS ONE ACTUALLY GOES FROM 1960, BUT WHEN YOU GET HERE, LOOK AT THE GROWTH. YOU'RE HEADING TOWARD A TIME, 2047. SEEMS LIKE A LIFETIME FROM NOW. BUT YOU'RE IN 2018 RIGHT NOW. SO REACH OUT 20 YEARS FROM NOW. REACH OUT 30 YEARS FROM NOW. DEFENSE IS 2. 7% OF SPENDING EQUAL TO THE SIZE OF THE ECONOMY. SO THIS IS A PER G.D.P. SLIDE. BUT THE EXPLOSION, YOU SEE THAT RED AREA? IN THAT TIME, WHEN I'M HOPEFULLY WELL INTO MY RETIREMENT, 15.6% OF THE ENTIRE SIZE OF THE ECONOMY SO, WE'RE GOING TO REACH IN AND TAKE -- SAY THE ECONOMY IS THIS BIG, WE'RE GOING TO TAKE 15. 6% OF THAT AND THAT'S JUST GOING TO BE SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE. AND ANOTHER 6. 2% WILL BE COVERING THE INTEREST COSTS. IT IS UNSUSTAINABLE. WHEN YOU START TO REALIZE YOU WILL BE APPROACHING 30% OF THE ENTIRE GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT OF THIS COUNTRY IN FEDERAL SPENDING. IT IS NOT DEFENSE. IT IS NOT NONDEFENSE DISCRETIONARY. IT'S NOT EVEN SOME OF THE OTHER ENTITLEMENTS. EVEN THOUGH SOMETIMES THAT'S EASIER TO TALK ABOUT BEHIND THESE MICROPHONES. IT REALLY IS WHERE WE ARE DEMOGRAPHICALLY AS A SOCIETY. AND, LOOK, DEMOGRAPHS IS OUR DEFT NIFMENT WE CAN'T PRE-- DESTINY. WE CAN'T PRETEND IT'S NOT HAPPENING. WE ARE ALL GETTING OLDER. IT IS THE NATURE OF LIFE. AND UNDERSTAND ALSO, THESE NUMBERS ARE ASSUMING NO WARS, NO RECESSIONS, NO DISASTERS. THESE ARE JUST BASELINE NUMBERS. AND THAT SHOULD MAKE THIS REALLY, REALLY SCARY. SO HOW DO I CONVINCE OUR VOTERS, MY FELLOW MEMBERS THAT WE HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF REPRIEVE RIGHT NOW BECAUSE WE'RE IN A TIME OF TERRIFIC ECONOMIC EXPANSION? TERRIFIC EMPLOYMENT. GOOD NUMBERS COMING IN IN THE FICA TAX. HOW DO WE USE THIS AS A MOMENT TO ACTUALLY SAY, LET'S BE ADULTS, LET'S COME UP WITH SOMETHING MUCH MORE ELEGANT THAN JUST ENTITLEMENT REFORM, BUT THERE'S ACTUALLY WAYS WHERE WE CAN MAKE -- KEEP OUR PROMISES TO OUR SENIORS, KEEP OUR PROMISES TO THOSE WHO ARE HEADING INTO THE RETIREMENT, BUT ALSO HAVE IT SO WE'RE NOT ALL HERE 15 YEARS FROM NOW SAYING WE'VE HIT A DEFICIT CRISIS WE CAN'T SELL OUR BONDS, OUR INTEREST RATES ARE EXPLODING, EVERYONE'S GOING TO BE TAKING HUGE CUTS, LET'S ATTACK IT TODAY BECAUSE I BELIEVE IF WE DO THINGS THAT MAXIMIZE ECONOMIC GROWTH, THINGS THAT ACTUALLY HELP OUR NATION'S DEMOGRAPHICS, IF WE ADOPT A VERY AGGRESSIVE ADOPTION OF TECHNOLOGY, PARTICULARLY IN THE HEALTH CARE SPACE, AND ALSO PROVIDE SOME OPTIONS WITHIN THE ENTITLEMENTS, IT'S ALL STUFF WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE 10 YEARS AGO BUT WE'VE BEEN GIVEN A LITTLE BIT OF REPRIEVE RIGHT NOW BECAUSE OF WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE ECONOMIC GROWTH. SO HERE'S SOMETHING TO GET OUR HEADS AROUND. IF YOU ACTUALLY LOOK AT THE NUMBERS, YOU SEE THE FIRST TWO BAR CHART. THAT'S SOCIAL SECURITY. TURNS OUT THE AVERAGE AMERICAN WILL PUT IN ABOUT $543,000 OVER THEIR WORKING LIFE. AND THIS IS SOMEONE WHO WOULD BE RETIRING RIGHT NOW. THEY'RE GOING TO GET OUT $616,000. SO, OK, A LITTLE VARIANCE. NOW THE PROBLEM IS WE'VE OBVIOUSLY ALREADY SPENT ALL THAT MONEY THAT WAS IN THE TRUST FUND AND WE PUT I.O.U. 'S IN IT. BUT STILL, IT'S A FAIR DEAL. MEDICARE IS OUR CRISIS. BECAUSE APPARENTLY SOMEONE THAT'S RETIRING TODAY WILL HAVE PUT IN ABOUT $140,000 IN MEDICARE TAXES. BUT, THE PERSON WHO RETIRES TODAY IS TAKING OUGHT ABOUT $422,000 -- OUT ABOUT $422,000. SO $140,000 IN, $422,000 OUT. NOW MULTIPLY THAT BY 74 MILLION OF US WHO ARE BABY BOOMERS. AND YOU START TO UNDERSTAND THE SIZE AND THE SCALE WHERE THE GAP IS COMING FROM. IT'S MATH. I DESPERATELY WISH THERE WAS A WAY TO BLIND THE POLITICAL RAGE AND JUST SAY, IT'S MATH. AND THE MATH WILL ALWAYS WIN. AND IF WE WOULD STEP UP AND BE LESS POLITICAL AND MORE LIKE ACCOUNTANTS FOR A MOMENT, AND I'M SORRIERS I KNOW AS REPUBLICANS THAT'S -- SORRY, I KNOW AS REPUBLICANS THAT'S OFTEN OUR PROBLEM. WE SOUND MORE LIKE ACCOUNTANTS. BUT THE VIOLENCE, THE CRUELTY WE'RE GOING TO DO TO OUR SOCIETY IF WE CONTINUE TO AVOID THE REALITY OF THE MATH AND A DECADE, A DECADE AND A HALF FROM NOW, WHEN THE CRISIS IS UPON US, OUR ABILITY TO FIX IT WILL BE VERY, VERY DIFFICULT. IT'S GOING TO BE DIFFICULT RIGHT NOW. BUT IT'S DOABLE. THERE ARE APPROACHES TO MAKE THESE NUMBERS WORK. THIS IS ALSO, FOR THOSE FOLKS WHO ARE NOW DEFICIT HAWKS OR NEWFOUND DEFICIT HAWKS, TIME FOR A MOMENT OF HONESTY AND REALITY. OVER THE NEXT 30 YEARS, AND THIS IS NOT INFLATION ADJUSTED, SO IF FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO WOULD LIKE TO DO CONSTANT DOLLARS, YOU'D PROBABLY DEDUCT -- REDUCE THE NUMBER BY ABOUT 1/3. BUT THIS IS OVER THE NEXT 30 YEARS. SO IF YOU PLAN TO BE ALEVE FOR THE NEXT -- ALIVE FOR THE NEXT 30 YEARS, THIS IS WHAT YOU'RE FACING TODAY. $82 TRILLION IN CASH SHORTFALL. $82 TRILLION IN CASH SHORTFALL. $78 TRILLION OF THAT IS JUST SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE AND THE INTEREST ON THAT SHORTFALL. SO ALL OF THE OTHER THINGS WE TALK ABOUT, OH, IT'S DEFENSE SPENDING. NO, IT'S NOT. OH, IT'S OTHER NONDEFENSE DISCRETIONARY. NO, IT'S NOT. IT'S OTHER ENTITLEMENT PROGRAMS. A LITTLE BIT. BUT NOT REALLY. IT'S THE TWO PROGRAMS THAT ARE EARNED ENTITLEMENTS THAT WE AS CONGRESS AND ITS WISDOM OVER THE LAST FEW DECADES DIDN'T MAKE THE MATH ACTUALLY SOUND. AND JUST PRETENDING IT'S NOT THERE DOESN'T FIX IT. SO ONE MORE TIME, THINK ABOUT THIS. SO OVER THE NEXT 30 YEARS, THE SOCIAL SECURITY DEFICIT, $18.9 TRILLION. MEDICARE DEFICIT, $39.7 TRILLION . AND THEN THE INTEREST WE'RE GOING TO SPEND ON THOSE SHORTFALLS IS ANOTHER $23.4 TRILLION. THAT'S $78 TRILLION. NOW, IF YOU WANT TO USE INFLATION ADJUSTED, JUST REDUCE IT BY 1/3. THIS IS THE GREATEST THREAT TO OUR SOCIETY. BECAUSE YOU SEE THE VERY END, YOU SEE THE LITTLE BLUE? THE REST OF THE BUDGET ACTUALLY IS IN BALANCE. OVER THE NEXT 30 YEARS. AND THAT'S ACTUALLY USING THE C.B.O. SCORES, WHICH I THINK SORT OF UNDERESTIMATE CURRENT GROWTH, BUT THAT'S JUST THE MATH. THIS ISN'T REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT. IT'S MATH. YET IT'S THE GREATEST THREAT TO OUR SOCIETY. AND YET WHEN I WILL STAND IN FRONT OF MY CONSTITUENTS AND WE'LL HAVE A MEETING AND WE'LL DISCUSS WHAT'S THE GREATEST THREAT TO SOCIETY, THE HANDS GO UP AND IT BECOMES ALL SORTS OF THINGS. BECAUSE THIS IS REALLY HARD, IT'S REALLY BIG, IT'S REALLY DIFFICULT, AND IT'S REALLY, REALLY, REALLY IMPORTANT. SO AS WE WALK THROUGH THESE, I NEED TO DO -- AND FORGIVE MY STACKS OF PAPER, BUT SOMETIMES WHEN YOU'RE TRYING TO DO THE MATH, THIS IS ONE OF THOSE WHERE YOU LAY OUT, YOU KNOW, THE EXCEL SPREAD SHEET AND IT GOES ON AND ON AND ON AND ON. THINK OF THIS. IN NINE YEARS SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE, WITHOUT THE INTEREST, WILL BE 10. 3% OF THE ENTIRE ECONOMY. SO THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT WILL SAY, HEY, THE ECONOMY IS, YOU KNOW, TODAY, WHAT, THE G.D.P. IS $22 TRILLION, HOPEFULLY 10 YEARS FROM NOW IT'S SUBSTANTIALLY LARGER. BUT 10 YEARS FROM NOW IT'S GOING TO BE OVER 10%, JUST BEING REACHED IN AND SPENT ON MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY. IT'S THE MATH. BUT IT ACTUALLY, OVER THE NEXT -- THE NEXT DECADE, IT GETS UP INTO THE 12%. THEN A LITTLE WHILE AFTER THAT IT GOES UP FURTHER. BUT THAT'S OF SPENDING EQUAL TO THE ENTIRE SIZE OF THE ECONOMY. WHY IT BECOMES SO INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT THAT PART OF THAT HOLISTIC SOLUTION OF HOW WE SAVE THESE PROGRAMS IS ALSO THAT WE MAXIMIZE ECONOMIC EXPANSION. SO WHEN WE GET INTO THE DISCUSSION THAT'S HAPPENED AROUND HERE A LOT LATELY, WHERE WE TALK ABOUT THE TAX REFORM AND THE JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES IT'S CREATING, I'VE HAD THIS RUNNING CONVERSATION, AND I SAW IT ON THE FLOOR HERE, I THINK YESTERDAY, WHERE SOMEONE IS POUNDING ON -- WELL, YOU KNOW, TAX REFORM IS NOT PAYING FOR ITSELF. TAX CUTS NEVER PAY FOR THEMSELVES. IT'S PARTIALLY TRUE. CERTAIN PARTS DON'T. CERTAIN PARTS ARE POLITICAL, SOCIETAL DECISIONS TO ALLOW FAMILIES TO KEEP MORE. BUT THERE WAS AN INTERESTING LITTLE SET OF NUMBERS AND THIS OFTEN HAPPENS WHEN YOU HAVE YOUR SPREAD SHEETS AND EVERYTHING LAYING OUT IN FRONT OF YOU AND YOU'RE GOING OVER THEM. SO IN DECEMBER, THE IN DECEMBER, THE JOINT TAX COMMITTEE IS OUR SCORE KEEPER ACTUALLY SAID, HERE'S WHAT WE THINK THE TAX REFORM COSTS. BUT THEY WERE IN TWO DIFFERENT REPORTS. TURNS OUT, I TOOK THE BUSINESS NUMBERS AND SAID, THE BUSINESS PORTION, WHAT WAS IT DOING GROWTH-WISE. AND YOU WILL FIND THIS INTERESTING AND MAYBE I'M THE ONLY ONE, SOY, IT TURNS OUT THAT THE BUSINESS TAX REFORM, I THINK THE TITLE 2 PORTION OF OUR REFORM BILL FROM DECEMBER SAID HEY, BUSINESSES, $65 BILLION IN LESS TAXES, RECEIVE NEWS TO OUR GOVERNMENT OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS. BUT THE INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS PORTION OF THE BOOK, WE ARE ACTUALLY GOING TO TAKE IN $324 BILLION. $$653 BILLION IF YOU ARE HERE, BUT BECAUSE WE ARE BRINGING THOSE MONIES BACK IN AND ACTUALLY ENCOURAGING COMPANIES TO COME BACK TO THE UBSE AND WORK HERE, WE ACTUALLY GAINED $234 BILLION. I'M STILL NEGATIVE $329 BILLION OVER THE 10 YEARS OVER THE BIG CORPORATIONS. BUT ON THE NEXT JOINT TAX REPORT, THEY TALKED ABOUT THE DYNAMIC SCORING, WHAT THEY SAW IS THE GROWTH ESTIMATE. YOU HAVE ALREADY SEEN THE C.B.O. HAS LIFTED UP THE GROWTH ESTIMATES FROM EVEN DECEMBER. AND HOPEFULLY THESE NUMBERS EXPAND. IF YOU PUT THE GROWTH BACK IN, THEY WERE ESTIMATING, $ 84 BILLION IN GROWTH OF NEW REVENUES BECAUSE OF THE MORE JOBS AND MORE OPPORTUNITY. NOW MOST OF THAT IS FROM WHAT WAS HAPPENING IN THOSE CORPORATIONS. SO TURNS OUT THE BUSINESS PORTION ON THE TAX REFORM BILL AND JOINT TAX OWN NUMBERS IS ABOUT $ 5 BILLION TO THE UPSIDE IN THEIR OWN MODELING OVER THE 10 YEARS. AND I PUT THIS UP BECAUSE I WAS EMBARRASSED AND DIDN'T SEE IT IN THEIR MATH SOONER. THAT'S WHAT IT IS. I GUESS, ULTIMATELY, MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE A COUPLE MESSAGES HERE. AND I UNDERSTAND WE ARE SORT OF IN THE TIME OF VERY DIFFICULT POLITICS. BUT WE NEED TO GROW WITH THE REALITY. WE ARE GETTING OLDER AS A SOCIETY. WE MADE LOTS AND LOTS OF PROMISES. WE NEED TO KEEP THOSE PROMISES. THERE ARE WAYS TO DO IT. BUT EVERY SINGLE DAY, WE DON'T STEP UP AND DEAL WITH THE REALITY OF MATH, WE MAKE IT THAT MUCH MORE DIFFICULT FOR ALL OF US. AND I'M 56 YEARS OLD. MY WIFE -- I SHOULDN'T SAY THIS, BUT SHE IS EXACTLY MY AGE AND WE ARE INCREDIBLY BLESSED, WE HAVE A 2 1/2-YEAR-OLD. SHE WAS WITH US ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE LAST WEEK AND MAYBE IT IS BECAUSE MY LITTLE GIRL THAT I'M GOING TO DOUBLE DOWN ON MY EFFORTS HERE, HOW DO I GET OUR FREBBEDS ON THE LEFT AND OUR FRIEND IN THE MAJORITY AND SAY MAYBE IT'S TIME WE DO THE MOST DIFFICULT THING ANY OF US WOULD EVER DO IN OUR ELECTED CAREER AND THAT IS TAKE ON THE BIGGEST ISSUES OF OUR TIMES AND THAT IS THE UNFUNDED LIABILITIES AND THE PROMISES WE MADE. DO WE DO A BLACK COMMISSION TO SAY NOT TO CLOSE THINGS BUT TO ACTUALLY LOOK AT EVERYTHING. IT IS A LITTLE BIT OF A SOLUTION, REFORMING HOW WE REFORM HEALTH CARE AND MEDICARE AND IMMIGRATION, A DIFFERENT TIME OF IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. IS IT EVERYTHING ALL TOGETHER? IS IT MAXIMIZING SO PAYROLL TAXES BECOME MUCH MORROW BUS AND CREATING A PATH THAT ARE DIS AFFECTED AND THOSE WHO ARE ON SOCIAL ENTITLEMENT PROGRAMS BECAUSE THERE IS OPPORTUNITY? THE ANSWER IS WHICH NEED TO DO IT ALL AT THE SAME TIME. HOW DO YOU GET THIS BODY WITH ALL OF THE NOISE AND THE PEOPLE BANGING ON US, THE CHAOS THAT IS TODAY'S MEDIA WHICH IS ENTERTAINMENT MEDIA AND GET PEOPLE TO PULL OUT A CALCULATOR AND PULL OUT SOME GREAT ACONOMETRICS AND DO WHAT IS NECESSARY TO DEAL WHAT IS THE GREATEST THREAT TO THIS COUNTRY. THAT GREATEST THREAT IS NOT MILITARY, IT'S ACTUALLY DEBT AND PROMISES WE MADE. AND AS YOU HAVE SEEN ON THE SLIDES, I THINK EVERYTHING ELSE IS IN BALANCE OVER THE NEXT 30 YEARS. WHAT BELOW ZERO US UP IS THE PROMISES WE MADE IN SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE. IT IS FIXABLE, BUT WE CANNOT CONTINUE TO WAIT. THE LAST THING I WANTED TO SHARE , AND I KNOW I'M BACK TRACKING A BIT, THAT CONTINUES TO BE MORE GOOD NEWS THAT COMES IN FROM THE TAX REFORM. AND THE POSITIVE THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING WITHIN THE ECONOMY, BUT THERE WAS A GREAT ARTICLE TODAY THAT IS HAPPENING IN OUR STATE AND LOCAL LEVELS AND THAT FITS INTO THAT UNIFIED THEORY, DO IT IN THE TIME WHEN YOU HAVE ECONOMIC EXPANSION. REVENUES TO OUR STATE LOOKS LIKE IT IS TAKING QUITE A POP UPWARDS. ANOTHER ARTICLE, THE INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND DID A CALCULATION AND STEPPED UP WORLD GROWTH AND GAVE HALF THE CREDIT OF THAT GROWTH. WHAT WE DID HERE IN THE UNITED STATES IS MADE A POOR FAMILY ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD, BETTER. TO ACTUALLY START TO LOOK AT THE THINGS THAT ARE GOING ON AROUND US, EVEN A TIME OF TURBULENT POLITICS, WE HAVE SOME GOOD THINGS HAPPENING. AND STEP UP AND DO THE REALLY HARD THINGS BECAUSE THE HARD THINGS IS HOW WE ARE GOING TO BE JUDGED WHEN ALL OF US ELECTED MEMBERS LEAVE HERE, WILL WE SAVE OUR COUNTRY WHICH IS THE DEBT WHICH WILL BE CRASHING DOWN ON US VERY, VERY SOON. I YIELD BACK.

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