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House Session - April 26, 2018

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

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  • 10:00:04 AM

    The House convened, starting a new legislative day.

    • 10:00:05 AM

      HOST

      TAKE VIEWERS LIVE TO THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. TODAY'S…

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    • 10:00:09 AM

      The Speaker designated the Honorable Gregg Harper to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.

    • 10:00:25 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.

      • 10:01:13 AM

        MRLUMEUER

        THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA, MR. BACON, FOR FIVE…

        THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA, MR. BACON, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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      • 10:06:32 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        RISE TO RECOGNIZE THREE AMAZING KIDS WHO JOIN ME TODAY ON THE FLOOR. ALL…

        RISE TO RECOGNIZE THREE AMAZING KIDS WHO JOIN ME TODAY ON THE FLOOR. ALL THREE ARE TAKING PART IN TAKE OUR CHILDREN TO WORKDAY, HOSTED BY TUESDAY'S CHILDREN. THIS IS MY SECOND YEAR PARTICIPATING IN THIS WONDERFUL EVENT AND IT'S BRIGHTENED MY DAY BOTH TIMES.

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      • 10:06:36 AM

        MR. BACON

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

        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLLE NOW, MR. GUTIERREZ, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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      • 10:08:02 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      • 10:08:07 AM

        MR. GUTIERREZ

        LET ME REPEAT THAT. BIPARTISAN IS OFTEN APPLAUDED BUT SELDOM REWARDED.…

        LET ME REPEAT THAT. BIPARTISAN IS OFTEN APPLAUDED BUT SELDOM REWARDED. WHICH IS AN IMPORTANT PART WHY WE HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO PASS ANY MEANINGFUL ME IMMIGRATION REFORM IN THIS BODY FOR YEARS. I HAVE WORKED WITH GOOD MEN AND WOMEN ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE ON MANY OCCASIONS TO ADVANCE IMMIGRATION REFORM, BUT NONE OF THOSE EFFORTS FORCED THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, WHETHER HE OR SHE WAS AT THE TIME, TO ALLOW A VOTE, MANY OCCASIONS TO EXCEPT FOR THE TIME THE HOUSE PASSED THE DREAM ACT IN 2010. I CONTINUE TO WORK WITH PARTNERS ON THE OTHER SIDE BECAUSE I KNOW IF A VOTE IS ALLOWED THOSE WHO SEE IMMIGRANTS AND IMMIGRATION AS IMPORTANT ASSETS TO THIS COUNTRY WILL PREVAIL AND IT WILL TAKE DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS WORKING TOGETHER TO ENACT COMMONSENSE IMMIGRATION REFORM. EXCEPT FOR THE TIME THE HOUSE JUST THIS WEEK THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, REPUBLICAN, WORKED TOGETHER TO DEMAND STATISTICS FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO DETERMINE IF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS COMPLYING WITH FEDERAL COURT ORDERS ON THE RENEWAL OF DACA APPLICATIONS AND TO GET MORE INFORMATION ON THE DACA PROCESSING BACKLOGS. WORKING WITH REPUBLICANS DOESN'T WIN ME MANY FRIENDS AMONG DEMOCRATS WHO SPEND THEIR DAYS TRYING TO DEFEAT PEOPLE LIKE MR. COFFMAN. THEY WOULD PROBABLY PREFER I STOP WORKING WITH HIM. AS I SAID, BIPARTISANSHIP IS OFTEN PRAISED BUT SELDOM REWARDED. SECONDLY, BIPARTISANSHIP IS MORE THAN JUST SIGNING YOUR NAME. JEFF DUNHAM OF CALIFORNIA AND SOME OTHER REPUBLICANS ARE PROMOTING AN IDEA THAT HAS GREAT DEAL OF MERIT, THE SO-CALLED, QUEEN OF THE HILL RULE. WHICH HAS ALMOST 50 REPUBLICAN CO-SPONSORS AND ALL THE DEMOCRATS, MYSELF INCLUDED. THIS RULE CALLS FOR THE DEBATE AND VOTES IN THE HOUSE ON A SERIES OF IMMIGRATION REFORM BILLS. SOME OF QUI WOULD ADDRESS THE VULNERABILITY OF DREAMERS AND THEIR FAMILIES TO DEPORTATION. IT'S AN UNPRECEDENTED BIPARTISANSHIP ACTION TO DEMAND AN IMMIGRATION VOTE. AND I SUPPORT IT WHOLEHEARTEDLY. SO FAR ALL THE REPUBLICANS HAVE HAD TO DO IS SIGN THEIR NAMES AS CO-SPONSORS. THE NEXT STEP SHOULD BE THAT WE DEMAND THAT SPEAKER RYAN BRING THE RULE AND RELATED BILLS TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE THROUGH A DISCHARGE PETITION. YOU SEE, WORKING WITH PEOPLE FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE IS JUST ONE ASPECT OF BIPARTISANSHIP. WHEN THE RUBBER MEETS THE ROAD IS WHEN YOU TAKE ON THE LEADERS OF YOUR OWN PARTY IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE A BIPARTISAN GOAL. WHEN I GOT ARRESTED PROTESTING PRESIDENT OBAMA'S TREATMENT OF DREAMERS AND MIGRANTS, I DIDN'T WIN ANY POPULARITY CONTESTS WITHIN THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS. MY COLLEAGUES WERE QUICK TO DEFEND THE PRESIDENT AND THE DEMOCRATIC SPEAKER AT THE TIME. I WAS SHUNNED AND PASSED OVER MANY TIMES BY MY OWN TEAM. AND LATER WHEN I AND OTHER DEMOCRATS WORKED WITH JUDGE CARTER AND SAM JOHNSON TO FIND BIPARTISAN IMMIGRATION SOLUTIONS IN THE 113TH CONGRESS, MEMBERS OF MY OWN PARTY TOLD ME, STAY AWAY. RIGHT HERE ON THIS FLOOR THEY TOLD ME, DON'T HELP REPUBLICANS SOLVE THEIR IMMIGRATION PROBLEM. BUT I DIDN'T STAY AWAY AND I KEPT WORKING WITH REPUBLICANS UNTIL THEY WALKED AWAY. THEY WERE UNWILLING TO TAKE ON THEIR OWN PARTY IN THE END. SPEAKER BOEHNER BACKED AWAY WHEN THE CHIPS WERE DOWN. SPEAKER RYAN CAME TO MY DISTRICT IN CHICAGO AND TALKED ABOUT MOVING FORWARD ON IMMIGRATION WITH ME STANDING BY HIS SIDE. WE'RE STILL WAITING FOR HIM TO PUT SKIN IN THE GAME. AND THAT IS WHAT IT WILL TAKE, TAKING A COURAGEOUS POSITION, EVEN IN THE FACE OF OPPOSITION FROM YOUR OWN PARTY. SO, THE 48 REPUBLICANS WHO JOINED DENHAM'S QUEEN OF THE HILL RULE CALLING FOR IMMIGRATION VOTE SHOULD NOT DECLARE MISSION ACCOMPLISHED JUST YET. YOUR COUNTRY NEEDS YOU. RIGHT NOW TODAY WE NEED YOUR COURAGE IN ADDITION TO YOUR SIGNATURE. SIGN A DISCHARGE PETITION TO BRING ABOUT THE VOTE ON IMMIGRATION SOLUTION FOR DREAMERS. THAT PUTS YOUR SKIN IN THE GAME. YOU MAY NOT GET I VITED TO THE NEXT STATE DINNER OR -- INVITED TO THE NEXT STATE DINNER OR FLY ON AIR FORCE ONE, BUT YOU WILL HAVE DONE A SERVICE TO YOUR NATION. A DISCHARGE PETITION ON THE DENHAM BILL SAYS YOU ARE WILLING TO SPEND YOUR PERSONAL REPUTATION AND POLITICAL CAPITAL TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT AND NECESSARY IN A TIME OF GREAT OF GREAT HATRED AND DIVISIVENESS AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS OVER IMMIGRANTS, REFUGEES, AND ASYLUM SEEKERS. WILL YOU BE PRAISED FOR YOUR BIPARTISAN COURAGE? I HOPE SO. WILL YOU BE REWARDED BY OTHER POLITICIANS OR ACTIVISTS IN YOUR OWN PARTY OR VOTERS IN MINE? PROBABLY NOT. WHICH SECTION ACTLY MY POINT. IT'S HARD. IT'S THANKLESS, BUT YOUR COUNTRY NEEDS HELP THAT ONLY REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS CAN PROVIDE TO PUT PRESSURE ON YOUR OWN REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP. I AND A LOT OF MY COLLEAGUES WILL WORK WITH YOU, STAND BY YOU, SUPPORT YOU, BUT WE NEED YOU TO LEAD THE WAY.

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      • 10:12:56 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        MINUTES.

      • 10:13:16 AM

        MR. DENHAM

      • 10:13:25 AM

        MR. DENHAM

        THE PRESIDENT AND C.E.O. OF ONE OF THE LARGEST AG COMPANIES IN THE ENTIRE…

        THE PRESIDENT AND C.E.O. OF ONE OF THE LARGEST AG COMPANIES IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY. HE WOULD GROW THIS TO BECOME THE LARGEST LEVY GREENSHE PRESIDENT AND C.E.O. OF AND VEGETABLE PRODUCER IN THE REGION, AND HE SET UP AN ESOC MAKING THIS AN EMPLOYEE OWNED BUSINESS. THIS IS NOW A FOURTH GENERATION LEGACY AND SET UP AN NOW FARMS OVER 35,000 ACRES DISTRIBUTING TO NORTH AMERICA, EUROPE, AND ASIA. HE WORKED RIGHT ALONGSIDE WITH HIS SONS, BRIAN AND JEFFREY. RICK CONSTANTLY PUSHED DIFFERENT INNOVATION, EVEN IDEAS THAT WERE AGAINST NOW FARMS OVER CONVENTIONAL PRACTICE, THINGS THAT WERE SOMETIMES MOCKED OR SAID THIS THEY WOULD NEVER WORK BUT ARE NOW THE IMPORTANT INNOVATIONS THAT LEAD THE REST OF THE INDUSTRY. HE EMPHASIZED THE IMPORTANCE OF SUPPORTING AND INVESTING IN EMPLOYEES AND ALWAYS THOUGHT THEY WERE THE BACKBONE OF HIS COMPANY. HIS COMPANY'S 800-PERSON HOUSING COMPLEX HAS SAID TO BECOME A BLUEPRINT FOR OTHER HOUSE PROJECTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. ON A PERSONAL NOTE, I WOULD JUST SAY THAT SONIA AND TONYA, AS THEY WERE KNOWN TO MOST OF THE INDUSTRY, WORKED SIDE BY SIDE, AND RICK AND I WORKED SIDE BY SIDE AS WELL. NOT ONLY IS TONYA A MENTOR TO SONIA, RICK WAS A MENTOR TO ME. I LEARNED A LOT ABOUT BUSINESS. I LEARNED A LOT ABOUT FRIENDSHIP. I SAW THE PRIDE IN HIS GENERATIONAL FAMILY. HE'S GOING TO BE MISSED BY MANY HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C., IN THE SALINAS VALLEY, AROUND THE COUNTRY, AND CERTAINLY AS A FAMILY MAN, BRIAN AND JEFFREY, I KNOW THAT THEY ARE GOING THROUGH TREMENDOUS PAIN AS ARE ANTHONY AND NATALIE. . HE THOUGHT THE WORLD OF HIS FAMILY AND EMPLOYEES. I NOW YIELD TO MR. KOSTA FOR ANY REMARKS HE MAY HAVE.

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      • 10:15:55 AM

        MR. COSTA

        I YIELD TO MR. PANETTA.

      • 10:17:44 AM

        MR. PANETTA

        IN DEALING WITH THE SPECIALTY CROPS AND THE TECHNOLOGY AND THE PRACTICES…

        IN DEALING WITH THE SPECIALTY CROPS AND THE TECHNOLOGY AND THE PRACTICES THAT ARE NEEDED IN ORDER TO GROW THOSE TYPES OF CROPS. I MEAN, HE WAS ON THE FOREFRONT OF INNOVATION WHEN IT CAME TO PRECISION FARMING. FROM GROWING HYDROUPONIC LETTUCE TO A ROBOVATOR, THEY USED LESS WATER, LESS PESTICIDE AND THAT LED TO LESS HARM. THEY CONTINUED TO GROW A VAST AMOUNT OF VEGETABLES. IN WASN'T HIS INNOVATION THAT SET RICK APART, IT WAS HIS INGENUITY AND FORESIGHT THAT ALLOWED HIM TO IMPLEMENT STANDARDS, TO PROTECT OUR COMMUNITY, TO MAKE HIS EMPLOYEE'S LIVES BETTER AND TO THIS STRIVE, TO IMPACT POLICIES THAT WOULD IMPROVE THE AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY. RICK CLEARLY WAS A STEWARD OF OUR ENVIRONMENT. FROM T&A'S PACKAGING AND ENERGY USE, WATER USE, THEY WERE DEDICATED TO ENSURE LONG-TERM SUSTAINABILITY TO BENEFIT OUR COMMUNITY, OUR PLANET AND, YES, OUR NEXT GENERATION. RICK WAS COMMITTED TO MAKING HIS EMPLOYEE'S LIVES BETTER, FROM PROVIDING THAT STATE-OF-THE-ART HOUSING THAT MY COLLEAGUES MENTIONED, TO OFFERING EMPLOYEES STOCK OPTIONS TO HIS PLANS SO THEY COULD BE A PART OF THAT COMPANY, THEY COULD HAVE A STAKE IN THAT COMPANY. AND, YES, RICK WAS ALWAYS A TIRELESS ADVOCATE FOR THE AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY. WE DEFINITELY VALUED HIS VOICE AND HIS ADVICE. AND I CAN TELL YOU, LIKE I SAID, IT WASN'T JUST US BUT CLEARLY HIS FAMILY THAT HE INFLUENCED. I'LL NEVER FORGET HIS SON, BRIAN, TALKING ABOUT THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE THAT HE GOT FROM RICK WAS WHEN HE WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL AND RICK WAS GETTING HIM OUT IN THE FIELD AND RICK'S ADVICE TO BRIAN WAS, LOOK, THE BEST FERTILIZER A FARMER CAN HAVE IS HIS FARMER'S OWN SHADOW. BEING THERE, SHOWING UP. THAT'S WHAT RICK DID. AS YOU CAN SEE, MR. SPEAKER, RICK IS -- HE WAS AND HE IS A LEGEND, NOT JUST ON THE CENTRAL COAST, NOT JUST IN THE CENTRAL VALLEY BUT IN THE AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITY. CARRIE AND I WILL MISS HIM AND WE KNOW THAT HIS SPIRIT WILL CONTINUE TO BE FELT, NOT JUST IN THE SALAD BOWL OF THE WORLD, BUT IN ALL OF OUR WORLDS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK. THANK YOU, MR. DENHAM.

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      • 10:20:46 AM

        MR. DENHAM

        HIM. JUST SAY SPECIAL PRAYERS AND CONDOLENCES. THANK YOU. YIELD BACK.

      • 10:21:17 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        MCGOVERN: MR. SPEAKER, LAST WEEK AFTER TURNING THEIR BACKS ON…

        MCGOVERN: MR. SPEAKER, LAST WEEK AFTER TURNING THEIR BACKS ON BIPARTISANSHIP, REPUBLICANS ON THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE ADVANCED A HIGHLY PARTISAN FARM BILL THAT HURTS OUR MOST VULNERABLE CONSTITUENTS.

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      • 10:21:23 AM

        MR. MCGOVERN

        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

      • 10:26:16 AM

        TEMPORE WITHOUT

        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCCLINTOCK, FOR…

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

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      • 10:26:53 AM

        THESPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      • 10:26:57 AM

        MR. MCCLINTOCK

        THREE NUMBERS -- 26, 29, AND 46 -- TELL THE WHOLE STORY OVER THE LAST 10…

        THREE NUMBERS -- 26, 29, AND 46 -- TELL THE WHOLE STORY OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS, POPULATION AND INFLATION HAVE INCREASED A COMBINED 26%. OUR REVENUES HAVE MORE THAN KEPT PACE, INCREASING 29%. THE PROBLEM IS THAT THIRD NUMBER. OUR SPENDING HAS GROWN 46%. WE'RE NOW APPROACHING $1 TRILLION ANNUAL DEFICIT WITH $21 TRILLION OF TOTAL DEBT. THIS NOT ONLY CROWDS OUT CAPITAL THAT WOULD OTHERWISE BE USED FOR ECONOMIC EXPANSION, IT ALSO PRODUCES STAGGERING INTEREST COSTS ON THAT DEBT WHICH TODAY AMOUNT TO $475 BILLION A YEAR. OUR TOTAL DEFENSE SPENDING THIS YEAR IS ROUGHLY $675 BILLION. EVERY 1% INCREASE IN INTEREST RATES ADDS ROUGHLY $200 BILLION TO OUR ANNUAL INTEREST COSTS. IF CAPITAL MARKETS BELIEVE WE HAVE NO PLAN AND NO INCLINATION TO CONTROL OUR SPENDING, THEY CAN SOON BEGIN DEMANDING HIGHER RATES TO COMPENSATE THEIR HIGHER RISKS. THAT'S A DEBT SPIRAL. IT LEADS TO A DEBT CRISIS. PENSION SYSTEMS COMBLODE, BASIC SERVICES FALTER, THE POPULATION FLEES. PUERTO RICO'S DEBT CRISIS HAS LEFT ITS GOVERNMENT COMPLETELY HELPLESS TO RESPOND TO LAST YEAR'S HURRICANES. THE INSTRUMENT REQUIRED TO PREVENT THIS FROM HAPPENING IS THE FEDERAL BUDGET. IT IS SUPPOSED TO SET LIMITS ON DISCRETIONARY AND MANDATORY SPENDING AND TO PROVIDE A STREAMLINE PROCESS TO A ADJUST STATUTES TO MEET THOSE LEVELS. THE DEADLINE FOR CONGRESS TO PASS SUCH A BUDGET WAS APRIL 15. TO DATE, THE HOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEE HAS DONE PRECISELY NOTHING TO FULFILL THIS STATUTORY REQUIREMENT AND THIS FISCAL IMPERATIVE. NOTHING. THE CONSTITUTION GIVES TO THE HOUSE THE POWER OF THE PURSE. A DOLLAR IS NOT SPENT BY THIS GOVERNMENT UNLESS THE HOUSE SAYS IT GETS SPENT. TWO MONTHS AGO, HAVING CUT TAXES, THE HOUSE HAS APPROVED A 20% INCREASE IN DISCRETIONARY SPENDING, PLACING US ON A PATH THAT WILL LEAD TO A SOVEREIGN DEBT CRISIS. AND THE HOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEE, OVER THE OBJECTIONS OF MYSELF AND OTHERS, HAS DONE NOTHING TO PRODUCE A PLAN TO GET US OFF THAT PATH. FORTUNATELY, THE REPUBLICAN STUDY COMMITTEE, THE LARGEST CAUCUS IN THE CONGRESS, HAS STEPPED FORWARD TO OFFER A COMPREHENSIVE BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2019. I CHAIR THE BUDGET TASK FORCE OF THE R.S.C. , AND I WANT TO THANK THE MANY MEMBERS AND STAFF WHO PROVIDED COUNTLESS HOURS TO PRODUCE IT. THE R.S.C. BUDGET AT PRESENT IS THE ONLY CREDIBLE AND COMPREHENSIVE PLAN IN CONGRESS TO TURN US BACK TOWARD FISCAL SOLVENCY BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE, GETTING US BACK TO BALANCE BY 2026. IT COMBINES THE FISCAL REFORMS PROPOSED BY THE MEMBERS OF THE R.S.C. OVER THE LAST SEVERAL SESSIONS ALONG WITH INNOVATIONS AND SERVICE DELIVERY PROPOSED BY THE C.B.O. , THE G.A.O. , THE ADMINISTRATION, AND BY THINK TANKS BY HERITAGE AND RICADIS. IT SHOWS PROGRAM BY PROGRAM HOW WE CAN REFORM THEM IN A MANNER THAT PRODUCES MORE EFFECTIVE SERVICE DELIVERY AT MUCH LOWER COST, SAVE MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY FROM IMPENDING COLLAPSE, AND FULLY FUND OUR NATION'S DEFENSE. YES, IT GORES EVERY SACRED COWS AND WE WILL HERE HOWLS FROM THE STATUS QUO. WE ARE RUNNING OUT OF TIME AND WE ARE RUNNING OUT OF OPTIONS. THEY HAVE PLACED ON A COLLISION COURSE OF BANKRUPTCY AND COUNTRIES THAT BANKRUPT THEMSELVES ARE NOT AROUND FOR VERY LONG. A SOVEREIGN DEBT CRISIS IS COMING TO AMERICA AND AT OUR CURRENT RATE OF SPENDING AND BORROWING IT COULD BE COMING VERY SOON. I IMPLORE THE HOUSE LEADERSHIP TO ALLOW THIS BUDGET TO BE BROUGHT AT ONCE TO THE FLOOR AND AT LEAST GIVE THE HOUSE THE FLEETING AND PERHAPS FINAL CHANCE TO AVERT THE FISCAL CRISIS THAT LOOMS BEFORE US. . GIVEN THE FACT THERE IS NO CREDIBLE PLAN TO AVERT THIS CRISIS, THE R.S.C. BUDGET MAY REPRESENT THE LAST BEST HOPE OF RESTORING OUR GOVERNMENT TO SOL VAN HOLLENRY AND ENSURING WE CAN CONTINUE TO PROVIDE FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE AND PROMOTE THE GENERAL WELFARE FOR OURSELVES AND POSTERITY. I YIELD BACK.

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      • 10:31:54 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        KENNEDY: MR. SPEAKER, EARLIER THIS YEAR I STOOD IN MASSACHUSETTS AND TOLD…

        KENNEDY: MR. SPEAKER, EARLIER THIS YEAR I STOOD IN MASSACHUSETTS AND TOLD OUR COUNTRY THE STORY OF THAT PROUD AND RESILIENT CITY.

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      • 10:32:01 AM

        MR. KENNEDY

        TODAY FOR NEARLY 200 WORKING FAMILIES, THAT RESILIENCE IS BEING TESTED.…

        TODAY FOR NEARLY 200 WORKING FAMILIES, THAT RESILIENCE IS BEING TESTED. BECAUSE THIS WEEK AFTER CELEBRATE $342 MILLION IN PROFIT, PHILLIPS LIGHTING ANNOUNCED THEY WILL BE CLOSING THEIR FACTORY IN FALL RIVER AND MOVING THOSE JOBS TO MEXICO. ALMOST 200 LOYAL, LIFELONG EMPLOYEES ARE LEFT BEHIND. CAREERS UPENDED, SAVINGS LOST, MORTGAGES, HEALTH CARE BILLS, TIE WIGS PAYMENTS WILL BE MISSED. -- TUITION PAYMENTS WILL BE MISSED. FOR THE 61-YEAR-OLD WORKER NEARING RETIREMENT, AND PAYING OFF HIS DAUGHTER'S STUDENT LOANS, A MEAGER INVESTMENT IN WORK FORCE RETRAINING IS NOT WORTH ALL THAT MUCH. FOR THE COUNTLESS WORKERS WHO SIT AROUND DINING ROOM TABLES IN SOUTHEASTERN MASSACHUSETTS TONIGHT AND TRY TO FIGURE OUT HOW THEIR FAMILY BUDGET CAN ABSORB IMPOSSIBLE CUTS, LAND LIP SERVICE GIVEN BY THIS WHITE HOUSE YESTERDAY MEANS NOTHING. THAT'S NOT EVEN THE WHOLE STORY. PHILLIPS LIGHTING SHAREHOLDERS ARE BEING SHOWERED WITH $187.4 MILLION IN STOCK BUYBACKS BECAUSE OF DONALD TRUMP'S TAX PLAN. MAKE NO MISTAKE, THAT IS THE LEGACY OF THIS TAX BILL. WORKING FAMILIES THAT ARE LEFT SORTING THROUGH THE WRECKAGE WHILE C.E.O. 'S BASK IN WINDFALLS. LIGHTS TURNED OFF ON EMPTY AMERICAN FACTORY FLOORS, WHILE SHAREHOLDERS GRIN AROUND BOARDROOM TABLES. SUCCESS SOMEHOW DEFINED AND DIVIDENDS AND RETURN ON INVESTMENT RATHER THAN IN JOBS, IN PAYCHECKS, IN FAMILY SUPPORTED, RETIREMENTS EARNED, AND DREAMS REALIZED. SUPPORTED, YES, FALL RIVER IS A UNIQUE CITY. BUT ACROSS THIS COUNTRY, OTHER FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES FIND THEMSELVES IN THE SAME IMPOSSIBLE PLACE AS ECONOMIC AFTERTHOUGHTS AND A REPUBLICAN ECONOMY INCREASINGLY TILTED TOWARDS THE PRIVILEGED AND POWERFUL, BUT THE ECONOMIC GOVERNMENT WHO REFUSES TO HEAR THEIR VOICES. YIELD BACK.

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      • 10:35:01 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THOMPSON: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO…

        THOMPSON: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE A CONSTITUENT FROM WARREN COUNTY WHO HAS A TRULY REMARKABLE STORY.

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      • 10:35:09 AM

        MR. THOMPSON

        AN AMERICAN STORY. SALSA GREW UP IN RURAL INDONESIA ON THE CENTRAL ISLAND…

        AN AMERICAN STORY. SALSA GREW UP IN RURAL INDONESIA ON THE CENTRAL ISLAND OF JAVA. SHE WAS RAISED BY HER GRANDMOTHER AND UNCLE AND LIVED IN A HOUSE WITHOUT ELECTRICITY, WHERE WATER CAME FROM AN UNDERGROUND SPRING. SHE LEFT HOME AT AGE 1620 GO -- 16 TO GO TO WORK FOR SONY TV IN MALAYSIA. MOST OF THE MONEY SHE MADE WAS SENT HOME TO HELP HER FAMILY. SHE MOVED TO HONG KONG AT THE AGE OF 26 TO WITH MONEY SHE MADE FAMILIES. SHE HELPED RAISE CHILDREN, IT COOKING, AND GENERAL HOUSEKEEPING. AGAIN, MOST OF THE MONEY SHE MADE WAS SENT BACK TO INDONESIA TO HELP HER FAMILY SURVIVE. IT WAS IN HONG KONG SHE TAUGHT HERSELF HOW TO SPEAK ENGLISH. TODAY SHE NOT ONLY SPEAKS ENGLISH FLUENTLY, BUT ALSO FLUENT IN MORE THAN SIX LANGUAGE, ALL SELF-TAUGHT. IT WAS IN HONG KONG THAT SHE MET HER FUTURE HUSBAND, LINGOM, WHO WAS THERE ON -- LINCOLN, WHO WAS THERE ON BUSINESS. THE PAIR DATED LONG DISTANCE FOR FIVE YEARS AND IN 2010 SALSA CAME TO THE UNITED STATES ON A FIANCE VISA. THEY WERE MARRIED IN WARREN ON JULY 10, 2010 ON THE BEAUTIFUL GROUNDS OF THE PARRY MUSEUM. HER FIRST JOB WAS AS A VOLUNTEER AT THE WARREN COUNTY YMCA. SHE HELPED GREET GUESTS AND PERFORMED OTHER CUSTOMER SERVICE RESPONSIBILITIES. A YEAR LATER, SHE HAD DONE SOMETHING SHE HAD NEVER DONE BEFORE. SHE LEARNED TO DRIVE. SHE OBTAINED HER DRIVER'S LICENSE AND STARTED WORKING AT BLAIR IN THE PACKAGING AREA AND SHE HAD NEVER DRIVEN A CAR PRIOR TO MOVING TO THE UNITED STATES. SHE WAS SOON TAKING A JOB AT WHIRLY DRINK WORKS IN THE OFFICE PERFORMING ADMINISTRATIVE FUNCTIONS, COMMUNICATIONS, AND HUMAN RESOURCES. IN HER MORE THAN FIVE YEARS THERE, SHE HAS BECOME A HIGHLY VALUED AND RESPECTED TEAMMATE. SALSA WAS ALSO RECOGNIZED FOR HER TEAM WORK, POSITIVE ATTITUDE, AND ALWAYS COMING TO WORK WITH THE HIGHEST INTEGRITY AND LOYALTY TO THE COMPANY. IN 2013, SALSA GRADUATED FROM THE YEAR-LONG LEADERSHIP WARREN COUNTY PROGRAM. WHICH IS DESIGNED TO EDUCATE FUTURE LEADERS ON HOW TO WORK WITH NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS AND HELP THEM ACHIEVE SUSTAINED SUCCESS. ONE KEY PROJECT HER TEAM TOOK ON WAS TO HELP TEACH DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN HOW TO READ. SALSA AND LINCOLN ARE VERY ACTIVE IN GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY WITH THEIR TIME, LEADERSHIP, AND PERSONAL RESOURCES TO HELP MAKE WARREN COUNTY A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE AND WORK. AMONG THE ORGANIZATIONS THEY HAVE WORKED WITH INCLUDE THE WARREN YMCA, UNITED FUND OF WARREN COUNTY, WARREN GENERAL HOSPITAL, SALVATION ARMY, AND NUMEROUS OTHERS. MR. SPEAKER, SALSA'S STORY DOESN'T END THERE. ON FEBRUARY 2, 2018, SHE ACHIEVED ONE OF HER GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS. SOMETHING SHE CONSIDERS TO BE HER HIGHEST HONOR. SHE BECAME AS YOU US CITIZEN. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO REMARK ON WHAT AN INCREDIBLE PERSON SALSA IS FROM WORKING HARD TO TAKE CARE OF HER FAMILY TO TEACHING HERSELF MORE THAN SIX LANGUAGES AND GIVING BACK TO HER COMMUNITY. SALSA TRULY IS IMPRESSIVE. MR. SPEAKER, I CONGRATULATE SALSA ON ACHIEVING HER AMERICAN CITIZENSHIP. I'M PROUD TO CALL HER A FELLOW AMERICAN. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 10:38:48 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        SCHIFF: MR. SPEAKER, ON TUESDAY, THE WORLD MARKED THE 10 RD ANNIVERSARY OF…

        SCHIFF: MR. SPEAKER, ON TUESDAY, THE WORLD MARKED THE 10 RD ANNIVERSARY OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE.

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      • 10:38:55 AM

        MR. SCHIFF

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

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

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      • 10:42:51 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        SCHIFF, FOR HIS REMARKS ON GENOCIDE AND TURNING OUR BACK ON THE FACTS THAT…

        SCHIFF, FOR HIS REMARKS ON GENOCIDE AND TURNING OUR BACK ON THE FACTS THAT WE FIND AROUND THE WORLD. I APPRECIATE HIS THOUGHTS. I WANT TO RISE TODAY AND TALK TO MY COLLEAGUES AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ABOUT THE ATROCITIES IN SYRIA. AND CALL ON MY COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE TO COMPLIRBLE VOTE ON

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      • 10:42:55 AM

        MR. HILL

        A BILL -- COMPLIRBLE -- EXPEDITIOUSLY VOTE ON A BILL WRITTEN BY ELIOT…

        A BILL -- COMPLIRBLE -- EXPEDITIOUSLY VOTE ON A BILL WRITTEN BY ELIOT ENGEL, H.R. 1677, THIS LEGISLATION POSES -- IMPOSES NEW SANCTIONS ON HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSERS IN THE SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS IN SYRIA. AND THOSE WHO FACILITATE THE ASAWED REGIME'S ATROCITIES AND ENCOURAGING NEGOTIATIONS TO BRING ABOUT A LASTING POLITICAL SOLUTION THERE. IT ALSO AUTHORIZES THE STATE DEPARTMENT TO SUPPORT ENTITIES THAT ARE COLLECTING AND PRESERVING THE CHAIN OF EVIDENCE FOR THE EVENTUAL PROSECUTION OF THOSE WHO HAVE COMMITTED WAR CRIMES AND CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY IN SYRIA SINCE MARCH OF 2011. THE WORLD HAS WITNESSED MANY GENERATIONAL EXAMPLES OF BUTCHERY AND GENOCIDE BY MENACES INCLUDING HITLER, STALIN, AND POL POT. IN THE LAST SEVEN YEARS THE WORLD HAS ALLOWED US TO RECOGNIZE A NEW FAME FOR -- NEW NAME FOR EVIL AND CRUELTY, AL ASSAD AND HIS HENCHMAN. FOR THE PAST SEVEN YEARS THE WORLD HAS EXPRESSED OUTRAGE YET TWIDDLED THEIR THUMBS WHILE THIS MODERN DAY HITLER ANIGH LIGHTS THE CIVILIAN POPULATION OF SYRIA. LEADER ASSAD HAS AFTER SAVAGELY DIRECTED THE BOMBING, ELECTROCUTION, AND TORTURE OF HIS PEOPLE. SADDAM HUSSEIN'S USE OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS IN THE 1980'S AGAINST IRAN APPEARS TAME IN COMPARISON TO THE CALCULATED BOMBING OF WEAPONIZED CHLORINE AND SARIN DROPPED INTO CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS, MEDICAL FACILITIES, AND VILLAGES ACROSS SYRIA. . I'M GRATEFUL AFTER A LITTLE THUMB TWIDDLING OF THE LAST ADMINISTRATION OUR CURRENT ADMINISTRATION HAS TAKEN ACTION TO STOP THE USE OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS AGAINST THE SYRIAN PEOPLE. I CALL ON THE SENATE TO ACT WITH EXPEDITION AND PASS THE CAESAR SYRIAN CIVILIAN PROTECTION ACT AND FINALLY HELP OBTAIN THE KIND OF DOCUMENTATION THAT WE NEED, MR. SPEAKER, TO END THIS STEP BACK INTO DARKNESS AND CONVICT ASSAD AND HIS CO-CONSPIRATORS AND ENABLERS OF WAR CRIMES. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A GROUP OF STUDENTS IN ARKANSAS WHO ARE COLLECTING PERSONAL ITEMS LOST AFTER THE DEVASTATING TORNADO THAT HIT THEIR TOWN FOUR YEARS AGO. AARON RAPPAPORT, THE TEACHER WHO CREATED THIS PROJECT, WAS INSPIRED AFTER FINDING A BABY PICTURE IN THE DEBRIS. OVER THE LAST FOUR YEARS, THE STUDENTS HAVE COLLECTED 90,000 ITEMS AND ONLY HAVE ABOUT 2,000 LEFT TO BE CLAIMED. THEY LAUNCHED THEIR OWN WEBSITE TO HELP PEOPLE REUNITE WITH THEIR PHOTOS, THEIR BIRTH CERTIFICATES, AND EDUCATION DIPLOMAS. A MEMORIAL DEDICATION PLANNED BY THOSE STUDENTS WILL BE HELD FRIDAY AT 10:00 A.M. TO REMEMBER THE VICTIMS OF THE 2011 AND 2014 TORNADOS. IN THE FACE OF TRAGEDY, THESE STUDENTS HAVE FURNISHED US WITH AN INSPIRATIONAL MODEL FOR SOLIDARITY AND HOPE. I APPLAUD MR. RAPPAPORT AND THESE COURAGEOUS STUDENTS FOR THESE EFFORTS AND DEDICATION TO THE VALONIA COMMUNITY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        MINUTES.

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        MS. MOORE

        THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MS. MOORE

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE THE BIRTHDAY OF A NEVADA ICON. I'M SURE YOU ALL…

        I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE THE BIRTHDAY OF A NEVADA ICON. I'M SURE YOU ALL RECALL THAT THE STATE OF NEVADA TURNED 150 A FEW YEARS AGO AND THAT THE BIGGEST LITTLE CITY IN THE WORLD, RENO, IS TURNED

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      • 10:52:32 AM

        MR. AMODEI

        150. WELL, BOB, FORMER UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA REGENT, FORMER NEVADA…

        150. WELL, BOB, FORMER UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA REGENT, FORMER NEVADA LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR, FORMER MAYOR OF THE CITY OF RENO, HAS PASSED THE HALFWAY POINT IN CATCHING THE STATE OF NEVADA AND THE CITY OF RENO AT 150. HE'S 80. FOUR SCORE. A NATIVE OF THE LONE STAR STATE, LIKE MANY NEVADANS, BOB GOT TO NEVADA AS FAST AS HE COULD. A LEADER IN NEVADA'S GAMING RESORT INDUSTRY, AN A-LIST PHILANTHROPIST, HE'S DONE SOME GREAT WORK AS A NEVADAN. OF COURSE, HE OWES ALL OF HIS SUCCESS AND HIS DEFIANCE OF THE ACTUARIAL TABLES TO HIS WIFE, NANCY, WHO HAS PERFORMED MIRACLES DURING THEIR LIFE-LONG PARTNERSHIP OF TRANSFORMING THIS PILGRIM FROM TEXAS INTO A SPECIAL PART OF NEVADA'S FABRIC. THANK YOU, NANCY. AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, MR. MAYOR FOR LIFE. BOB IS 80. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        GREEN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, ONCE AGAIN I RISE BECAUSE I…

        GREEN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, ONCE AGAIN I RISE BECAUSE I LOVE MY COUNTRY. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE BECAUSE I WANT TO THANK THE PRESIDENT AND COMPLIMENT THE PRESIDENT.

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        MR. GREEN

        I THANK THE PRESIDENT FOR INDICATING THIS MORNING THAT HE WILL NOT, N-O-T,…

        I THANK THE PRESIDENT FOR INDICATING THIS MORNING THAT HE WILL NOT, N-O-T, WILL NOT INTERFERE WITH THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION. HE SAID AS MUCH ON NATIONAL TV. I COMPLIMENT HIM FOR THIS SAYING THIS, MR. SPEAKER, BECAUSE IF HE DOES SO IN CONTROVENTION OF ARTICLE 2, SECTION 4 OF THE CONSTITUTION, IT WILL BE TANTAMOUNT TO IMPEACHMENT. SO I COMPLIMENT YOU, MR. PRESIDENT, FOR BEING FORT RIGHT, AND I ASSUME YOU MEANT WHAT YOU SAID. HOWEVER, YOU WENT ON TO SAY, I MAY CHANGE MY MIND. MR. SPEAKER, I TRUST THAT THE PRESIDENT MEANT WHAT HE SAID INITIALLY AND THAT HE WILL NOT CHANGE HIS MIND. BECAUSE, AGAIN, TO DO SO IN CONTROVENTION OF ARTICLE 2, SECTION 4 OF THE CONSTITUTION, WILL BE TANTAMOUNT TO IMPEACHMENT. THE ONLY BODY IN THIS COUNTRY THAT CAN LITIGATE IMPEACHMENT IS THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. AS A RESULT, MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO ASSURE ALL, ESPECIALLY THE PRESIDENT, IF YOU DO THIS, MR. PRESIDENT, I ASSURE YOU THERE WILL BE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT BROUGHT BEFORE THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. NOW, MR. PRESIDENT, I AM IN NO RUSH TO DO THIS. AS A MATTER OF FACT, I DON'T ENJOY USING THE PERSONAL PRONOUN WHEN IT COMES TO THIS KIND OF DIALOGUE, MONOLOGUE, IN THIS CASE, AS I'M TALKING DIRECTLY TO YOU. BUT, MR. PRESIDENT, IF NO ONE ELSE DOES, I WILL. I WILL NOT ALLOW THE CONSTITUTION TO BE IGNORED AND TO A CERTAIN EXTENT TRAMPLED UPON. I'LL BRING THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT. AS A MATTER OF FACT, I HAVE INSTRUCTED MY STAFF TO DRAFT THEM. THEY WILL BE READY TO GO. I ALSO HAVE INSTRUCTED MY STAFF TO TWEET THIS MESSAGE THAT IF YOU DO SO, MR. PRESIDENT, IF YOU INTERFERE IN CONTROVENTION OF ARTICLE 2, SECTION 4, I WILL BRING THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        TEMPORE MEMBERS

        CHAIR. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. BUCK, FOR…

        CHAIR. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. BUCK, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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        MR. BUCK

        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MOVEMENT, MR. CLEAVER, FOR FIVE…

        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MOVEMENT, MR. CLEAVER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        SPEAKER, I WANT TO BEGIN BY SAYING THAT THERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS IN THIS…

        SPEAKER, I WANT TO BEGIN BY SAYING THAT THERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS IN THIS FARM BILL THAT I ACTUALLY AGREE WITH AND I WOULD LIKE TO BE SUPPORTIVE OF SUCH COMPONENTS OF THIS BILL. I AGREE WITH AND WOULD LIKE TO BE A PARTNER IN GETTING THIS BILL PASSED.

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        MR. CLEAVER

        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. ARRINGTON, FOR FIVE…

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

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        MR. ARRINGTON

        MEMBERS ARE ME INDED -- REMINDED TO PRETRAIN TO REFERENCES TO OCCUPANTS IN…

        MEMBERS ARE ME INDED -- REMINDED TO PRETRAIN TO REFERENCES TO OCCUPANTS IN THE GALLERY. THE CHAIR REFORMS TO FOOD STAMPS. GOD BLESS AMERICA. I YIELD BACK. RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. JEFFERIES, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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        TEMPORE MEMBERS

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        MR. JEFFERIES

        TO TAKE AWAY HEALTH CARE FOR MORE THAN 23 MILLION AMERICANS. RAW DEAL.…

        TO TAKE AWAY HEALTH CARE FOR MORE THAN 23 MILLION AMERICANS. RAW DEAL. TAKE AWAY WE WANT TO STRENGTHEN THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND DRAMATICALLY LOWER THE COSTS OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. BETTER DEAL. HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE A FAKE INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN THAT WILL DO NOTHING TO REPAIR OUR NATION'S CRUMBLING BRIDGES, ROADS, AND TUNNELS. RAW DEAL. DEMOCRATS HAVE A REAL INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN THAT WITH WOULD INVEST $1 TRILLION AND CREATE 16 MILLION GOOD-PAYING JOBS. BETTER DEAL. HOUSE REPUBLICANS PASSED A TAX SCAM WHERE 83% OF THE BENEFITS WENT TO THE WEALTHIEST 1% IN AMERICA SIMPLY TO SUBSIDIZE THE LIFESTYLES OF THE RICH AND SHAMELESS. RAW DEAL. DEMOCRATS WANT A PERMANENT TAX CUT FOR WORKING FAMILIES SO WE CAN PUT MORE MONEY INTO THE POCKETS OF EVERYDAY THE POCKETS OF EVERYDAY AMERICANS. BETTER DEAL. HOUSE REPUBLICANS WANT TO CUT MORE THAN $2 TRILLION FROM SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE, AND MEDICAID. RAW DEAL. DEMOCRATS WANT TO STRENGTHEN SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE, AND MEDICAID SO THAT SENIOR CITIZENS FROM THROUGHOUT THE LAND CAN LIVE OUT THEIR GOLDEN YEARS WITH GRACE AND DIGNITY. THAT'S A BETTER DEAL. HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE ALL ABOUT CHAOS, CRISIS, AND CONFUSION. DEMOCRATS ARE WORKING TO DELIVER BETTER JOBS, BETTER WAGES, AND A BETTER FUTURE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE. A BETTER DEAL. I YIELD BACK.

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        MINUTES.

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        MR. MASSIE

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

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

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        MR. ROTHFUS

        IN EFFECT, THEY WERE PRISONERS IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY. INDEED, IN POST-WAR…

        IN EFFECT, THEY WERE PRISONERS IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY. INDEED, IN POST-WAR GERMANY, THE COMMUNISTS EVEN BUILT A WALL THROUGH BERLIN. THEY DID SO NOT TO KEEP PEOPLE FROM WEST BERLIN TRAVELING TO EAST BERLIN, THEY DID TO PREVENT THE CAPTIVES OF EAST BERLIN FROM RUNNING TO FREEDOM IN THE WEST. THERE IS A TRAGIC STORY UNFOLDS IN BRITAIN THIS WEEK OF A NEW VIRTUAL BERLIN WALL THAT BRITISH AND EUROPEAN AUTHORITIES HAVE ERECTED ON LITTLE 2-YEAR-OLD ELFIE EVANS WHO LIVES IN BRITAIN. THEY HAVE ELIMINATED THIS CHILD'S RIGHT TO TRAVEL AND THEY ARE HOLDING HIM PRISONER. ELFIE IS SEVERELY HANDICAPPED. BRITISH OFFICIALS HAVE MADE THE DECISION OVER THE OBJECTION OF ELFIE'S YOUNG PARENTS THAT ELFIE WOULD BE BETTER OFF DEAD. AS SUCH, THEY ARE PROHIBITING ELFIE'S PARENTS FROM TAKING HIM TO BAMBINO JESUIT HOSPITAL IN ROME, WHICH HAS OFFERED TO CARE FOR THE BILL. ELFIE IS NOT SUFFERING, BUT BRITISH OFFICIALS APPEAR TO BE PROJECTING THEIR OWN SUBJECTIVE VIEWS ON ELFIE'S QUALITY OF LIFE AND ARE DEEMING HIS LIFE NOT WORTHY OF LIVING. AMONG MY MOST HEARTWARMING EXPERIENCES, MY WORK IN MY DISTRICT, ARE VISITS TO THE SEVERELY HANDICAPPED. I VISITED WITH INDIVIDUALS WHO WILL NEVER WALK AND WHO NEVER COMMUNICATE VERBALLY. BUT THEY CAN AND DO LOVE AND THEY ARE LOVED. FOR SOME FOLKS IN LIFE, THEIR CALLING IS THAT SIMPLE -- TO LOVE AND BE LOVED. AND THEIR PRESENCE MAKES US BETTER PERSONS. PERHAPS THAT'S ELFIE'S CALLING, TO LOVE AND BE LOVED. MAYBE THOSE IN BRITAIN RESPONSIBLE FOR ELFIE'S FATE SHOULD CONSIDER THAT. TO BE CLEAR, ELFIE'S RIGHT TO LIFE DOES NOT COME FROM PARLIAMENT. IT DOESN'T COME FROM THE CROWN. IT DOESN'T COME FROM ANY BRITISH COURT. IT COMES FROM GOD. MR. SPEAKER, THE BRITISH AUTHORITIES SHOULD BACK DOWN. THEY SHOULD ALLOW HIS PARENTS TO TAKE HIM TO BAMBINO JESUIT HOSPITAL IN ROME. THE BRITISH SHOULD TEAR DOWN THE VIRTUAL WALL THEY PUT UP AROUND HIM AND LET HIM BE FREE SO HE CONTINUE TO LOVE AND BE LOVED. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 11:21:42 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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        TEMPORE PURSUANT

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        EASTERN. A VOTE ON FINAL PASSAGE EXPECTED TOMORROW. TODAY IS BRING YOUR…

        EASTERN. A VOTE ON FINAL PASSAGE EXPECTED TOMORROW. TODAY IS BRING YOUR CHILD CHILD TO WORKDAY. SO CHILDREN WILL GET AN UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL LOOK AT WORK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR TAY. THE HOUSE WILL BE OUT NEXT WEEK FOR DISTRICT WORK PERIOD. THIS IS LIVE CONGRESS OF THE U.S. HOUSE. MEMBERS EXPECTED TO GAVEL BACK IN SHORTLY HERE.

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    • 12:00:33 PM

      Reconvened

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

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        Today's prayer was offered by Chaplain Phil Crenshaw, Lubbock, TX.

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          THE SPEAKER

          TEXAS.

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          THE CHAPLAIN

          WE RECOGNIZE OUR INABILITY TO EXIST AT OUR BEST WITHOUT THY SUPREME…

          WE RECOGNIZE OUR INABILITY TO EXIST AT OUR BEST WITHOUT THY SUPREME WISDOM. FOR THOU HAST SAID A CONTRITE HEART GOD WILL NOT DESS SPICE. BECAUSE OF THIS WE SEEK SUPREME DIRECTION IN THE DELIBERATION AND OUR NEED FOR DIVINE PETITION. WE FURTHER RECOGNIZE OUR IMPERFECTION AND BESEECH THY FORGIVENESS WHEN UNINTENTIONAL ERRORS IN JUDGMENT ARE FORTHCOMING. GRANT, DEAR FATHER, THY UNHINDERED BLESSING TO ALL THOSE ASSEMBLED AT THIS MOMENT. REMEMBERING THY WORDS, BLESSED IS THE NATION WHOSE GOD IS THE LORD. THANK YOU FOR LOVING US AND PRAYING THAT WE MAY IN TURN LOVE YOU WITH GRATEFUL, OVERFLOWING HEARTS. IT IS IN JESUS' NAME WE PRAY. AMEN.

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          THE SPEAKER

          GABBARD.

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        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 Ms. Gabbard to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

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          MS. GABBARD

          ALL.

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          THE SPEAKER

          MINUTE.

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        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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          MR. ARRINGTON

          CRENSHAW, WHAT A MAN, WHAT A GREAT AMERICAN. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO…

          CRENSHAW, WHAT A MAN, WHAT A GREAT AMERICAN. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE OUR GUEST CHAPLAIN, AND MY DEAR FRIEND, MR. PHIL CRENSHAW. MR. CRENSHAW'S LIFE HAS TAKEN HIM ACROSS THE GLOBE, FROM SERVING OUR COUNTRY IN WORLD WAR II, TO SPREADING THE GOSPEL OF JESUS IN PLACES LIKE NORWAY, ISRAEL, RUSSIA, INDIA. AT EVERY STOP ON HIS JOURNEY, MR. CRENSHAW'S MISSION HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE SAME. SIMPLY TO LOVE GOD AND SERVE OTHERS. WHILE STATIONED IN OKINAWA, HE ADMINISTERED TO MARINES AND SOLDIERS, AND AIRMEN, AS WELL AS OVER 4,000 JAPANESE P.O.W.'S, LIVING OUT GOD'S COMMANDMENT NOT JUST TO LOVE OUR NEIGHBOR, BUT TO LOVE OUR ENEMIES AS WELL. OVER THE YEARS FOLLOWING HIS RETURN FROM WAR, MR. CRENSHAW, ALONG WITH HIS LATE WIFE RUTH, WITH WHOM HE WAS MARRIED FOR 66 YEARS, OPENED UP THEIR HOME AND THEIR HEARTS TO MORE THAN 50 YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WERE IN NEED OF A PLACE TO STAY, SOME OF THEM WERE ORPHANS. AT 95 MR. CRENSHAW IS THE LAST LIVING CHAPLAIN FROM WORLD WAR II AND HE STILL LIVES EVERY DAY TO THE FULLEST. SERVING OUR COMMUNITY AND SERVING THE LORD WITH ALL HIS BODY, WITH ALL HIS SOUL, AND WITH ALL HIS STRENGTH. MR. CRENSHAW, YOUR LIFE OF PERSONAL SACRIFICE AND FAITHFUL SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY AND TO THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS AN INSPIRATION TO ALL OF US. AND WE ARE ALL HONORED TO HAVE YOU HERE THIS DAY. GOD BLESS YOU, MR. CRENSHAW. GOD BLESS THE COUNTRY YOU FOUGHT FOR AND SERVED, AND GO, WEST TEXAS. I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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        • 12:04:53 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          00 TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

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          MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

          HONOREES

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          TEMPORE WIT

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

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

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE WILL VOTE TOMORROW TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE FEDERAL…

          MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE WILL VOTE TOMORROW TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION. IN 2010 CONGRESS APPROVED LANDMARK FLIGHT SAFETY LEGISLATION AFTER THE FLIGHT OF 3407 CRASHED OUTSIDE OF BUFFALO, NEW YORK, IN 20 2009. THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD CONCLUDED THAT PILOT ERROR WAS A CAUSE OF THAT TRANGDY. THE BILL THE HOUSE WILL VOTE -- TRAGEDY. THE BILL THE HOUSE WILL VOTE ON TOMORROW MUST UPHOLD AND REAFFIRM OUR COMMITMENT TO THOSE SAFETY STANDARDS. THE SOUTHWEST AIRLINE EMERGENCY LANDING TWO WEEKS AGO IS AN URGENT AND INSPIRING REMINDER OF THE IMPORTANCE OF PILOT TRAINING TO KEEP THE FLYING PUBLIC SAFE. THE SOUTHWEST PILOT, TAMMY JOE SHULTZ, PILOTED THAT PLANE TO A SAFE LANDING IN A CALM, CONTROLLED, AND CONFIDENT MANNER BORN OUT OF ONE THING -- EXCELLENT PILOT TRAINING. I YIELD BACK.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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          MR. HIGGINS

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          SORRY, THE AFTERUTAH.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          OBJECTION.

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          TEMPORE WITHOUT

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

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

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          TEMPORE W

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          MS. GABBARD

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

          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION? MR. WE CANNOT THOMPSON: MR. SPEAKER, REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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          WE CANNOT THOMPSON

          THOMPSON: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY THERE ARE A LOFT BOYS…

          THOMPSON: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY THERE ARE A LOFT BOYS AND GIRLS IN THE CAPITOL WHO ARE DRESSED FOR SUCCESS AND READY TO GET TO WORK. OF COURSE I'M TALKING ABOUT TAKE YOUR DAUGHTERS AND SONS TO WORKDAY. WHILE MY THREE SONS ARE GROWN AND MY OLDEST HAS CHILDREN OF HIS OWN, I DO HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF HAVING SETH WITH ME TODAY. SETH LIVES IN MARYLAND AND THANKS TO THE NONPROFIT TUESDAY'S GROUP, HE GETS TO SPEND THE DAY WITH ME, OR RATHER I GET TO SPEND THE DAY WITH HIM. THIS IS MY SECOND YEAR IN A ROW WITH MY FRIEND SETH. I HAVE HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF HOSTING SETH FOR HOUR TAKE OUR DAUGHTERS AND SONS TO WORKDAY. MR.

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          TEMPORE WITHOUT

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          MR. THOMPSON

          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES -- FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES -- FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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          TEMPORE WITHOUT

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          MR. GREEN

          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO SEEK RECOGNITION.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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          TEMPORE WITHOUT

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          MR. COFFMAN

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

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

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          MY FELLOW DEMOCRATS AND I ARE FOCUSED ON DELIVERING BETTER JOBS, BETTER…

          MY FELLOW DEMOCRATS AND I ARE FOCUSED ON DELIVERING BETTER JOBS, BETTER WAGES AND A BETTER FUTURE FOR HARDWORKING AMERICANS IN PHILADELPHIA AND NEIGHBORHOODS NATIONWIDE.

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          I VISITED SEVERAL EARLY EDUCATION PROVIDERS. KING CREST, PARENTS…

          I VISITED SEVERAL EARLY EDUCATION PROVIDERS. KING CREST, PARENTS INVESTMENT CENTER AND SMART BEGINNINGS. I CAN TELL YOU FIRSTHAND THE SERVICES THEY OFFER ARE BUILDING A STRONGER CITY. AS YOUR VOICE IN CONGRESS, PLEASE KNOW I'M WORKING HARD TO DELIVER A BETTER DEAL FOR OUR CHILDREN, FAMILIES, THAT MEANS TO ENSURE PRE-K FOR OUR CHILDREN. TOGETHER WE CAN BUILD AND WE'LL LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD FOR A STRONG PHILADELPHIA BLOCK BY BLOCK AND A BETTER PLACE. THANK YOU, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        • 12:15:56 PM

          MR. EVANS

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          MINUTE.

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          MR. SMITH

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

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

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          TAKANO: AN AMERICAN PUBLIC THAT IS BETTER EQUIPPED TO UNDERSTAND WHAT GOES…

          TAKANO: AN AMERICAN PUBLIC THAT IS BETTER EQUIPPED TO UNDERSTAND WHAT GOES IN A GOOD CHART WILL BE BETTER EQUIPPED TO SPOT AND DISCARD FAKE NEWS. IN NEWS REPORTING AND ACADEMIA, THE USE OF PROPERLY SOURCED AND FORMATTED CHARTS HELP EXPLAIN COMPLEX ISSUES.

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        • 12:18:15 PM

          MR. TAKANO

          CHARTS HELP THE BRAIN DISCERN PATTERNS AND TRENDS THAT LARGE AMOUNTS OF…

          CHARTS HELP THE BRAIN DISCERN PATTERNS AND TRENDS THAT LARGE AMOUNTS OF DATA OFTEN HIDE. THE GOAL OF INTERNATIONAL CHART DAY IS TO STUDY THE HISTORY OF DATA VISUALIZATION, CELEBRATE INNOVATIONS AND ENCOURAGE WIDER ADOPTION OF THEIR USE ACROSS SOCIETY. MY COLLEAGUES AND I IN CONGRESS ARE PROLIFIC CREATORS OF CHARTS. MANY OF WHICH ARE ARCHIVED ON THE EXCELLENT BLOG FLOORCHARTS CURATE BIDWILL YAM GRAY. IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN JOINING IN ON THE CELEBRATION, PLEASE SHARE YOUR FAVORITE CHARTS ONLINE AND USE THE #CHARTDAY. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA SEEK

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        • 12:19:09 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE…

          RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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        • 12:19:23 PM

          MS. MCSALLY

          TAMMY JO SCHULTZ WAS A HERO LONG BEFORE THIS SUCCESSFUL EMERGENCY LANDING.…

          TAMMY JO SCHULTZ WAS A HERO LONG BEFORE THIS SUCCESSFUL EMERGENCY LANDING. CAPTAIN SCHULTZ WAS ONE OF THE FIRST FEMALE FIGHTER PILOTS FOR THE U.S. NAVY AND ONE OF THE FIRST TO PLY THE -- FLY IT THE FA-18. SHE BECAME AN AGGRESSIVE PILOT AND AN INSTRUCTORER. SHE REMINDS US THAT THE AIRPLANE DOESN'T CARE WHETHER YOU HAVE OVARIES OR NOT. AS LONG AS YOU HAVE THE QUALIFICATION AND THE TRAINING TO COMPLETE THE MISSION. THAT IS WHY, MR. SPEAKER, I INTRODUCED A RESOLUTION ON MONDAY TO COMMEND CAPTAIN TAMMY JO SCHULTZ FOR HER UNFLAPPABLE COURAGE THAT SAVED SO MANY LIVES. AND FOR PAVING THE WAY FOR WOMEN IN THE MILITARY AND COMMERCIAL AVIATION TO FINALLY FLY IN COMBAT AND LEAD AS EQUALS. GENERATIONS OF WOMEN CAN FIGHT FOR FREEDOM AND SAVE LIVES, LIKE SHE DID, BECAUSE OF HER. THANKS FOR LEADING THE WAY, TAMMY JO. FOR ALL OF US. AND I YIELD BACK.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          YARMUTH: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO OFFER…

          YARMUTH: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO OFFER REAL-LIFE ACCOUNT OF THE RAW DEAL THE REPUBLICANS GAVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WITH THEIR G.O.P. TAX SCAM.

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          MR. YARMUTH

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

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

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        • 12:21:45 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          SPEAKER, YESTERDAY'S "NEW YORK TIMES" CARRIED A STORY HEADLINED, QUOTE,…

          SPEAKER, YESTERDAY'S "NEW YORK TIMES" CARRIED A STORY HEADLINED, QUOTE, SCANDALS AND INVESTIGATIONS, BUT FEW ARRESTS FOR AIR MARSHALS PROGRAM. IN FACT, IN THE MOST RECENT 10-YEAR PERIOD THAT WAS STUDIED, 148 AIR MAR SHALZ WERE ARRESTED AND -- MARSHALS WERE ARRESTED AND THROUGHOUT THE HISTORY OF THIS PROGRAM THERE HAVE BEEN MANY MORE AIR MARSHALS ARRESTED THAN THERE HAVE BEEN ARRESTS MADE BY AIR MARSHALS. MR.

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          >>

          DUNCAN: OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS CONGRESS HAS APPROPRIATED WELL OVER $8…

          DUNCAN: OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS CONGRESS HAS APPROPRIATED WELL OVER $8 BILLION FOR THIS NEEDLESS, USELESS PROGRAM. AT LEAST 250 AIR MARSHALS HAVE BEEN TERMINATED FOR MISCONDUCT AND OVER 400 MORE HAVE RESIGNED OR RETIRED DURING CONDUCT INVESTIGATIONS.

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          MR. DUNCAN

          THIS HAS TO BE ABOUT THE EASIEST JOB IN THE COUNTRY TODAY. ALL THEY DO IS…

          THIS HAS TO BE ABOUT THE EASIEST JOB IN THE COUNTRY TODAY. ALL THEY DO IS FLY BACK AND FORTH ON AIRPLANES, USUALLY ARE OFTEN IN FIRST CLASS. "THE NEW YORK TIMES" STORY SAID THE PROGRAM IS, QUOTE, IN SUCH DISARRAY THAT IT DOES LITTLE TO DETER TERRORISTS, MANY OF THEIR OWN EMPLOYEES SAY. THE STORY ALSO SAID ALCOHOL ABUSE IS SO RAMPANT THAT THE T.S.A. , QUOTE, HAS HAD TO MONITOR WHETHER THE ARMED GUARDS SHOW UP FOR THEIR SHIFTS SOBER. MR. SPEAKER, YET WE ARE GOING TO GIVE THIS NEEDLESS, USELESS PROGRAM ANOTHER $800 MILLION THIS YEAR. RIDICULOUS. I YIELD BACK.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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          >>

          IN CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS AND COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS, I CONSISTENTLY HEAR…

          IN CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS AND COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS, I CONSISTENTLY HEAR ENHANCING CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR PRESCRIBERS ON THE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH OPIOID MEDICATIONS, AND INDICATIONS AND TREATMENT OF ADDICTIVE BEHAVIORS CAN HELP REDUCE DEPENDENCE AND ABUSE OF THESE DRUGS.

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          MR. SCHNEIDER

          WE KNOW MORE ABOUT OPIOID ADDICTION TODAY THAN WE DID 20 YEARS AGO. AND…

          WE KNOW MORE ABOUT OPIOID ADDICTION TODAY THAN WE DID 20 YEARS AGO. AND WITH ONGOING RESEARCH WE WILL CONTINUE TO GAIN NEW INSIGHTS AND UNDERSTANDING. WE NEED OUR DOCTORS TO BE EQUIPPED WITH THE LATEST TOOLS AND BEST PRACTICES WHEN TREATING PATIENTS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN US IN SUPPORT OF THIS EFFORT TO EQUIP THOSE ON THE FRONT LINES OF THE OPIOID CRISIS WITH THE LATEST AND BEST TRAINING TO HELP OUR COMMUNITIES. I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MAINE SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE

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        • 12:24:46 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          MINUTE.

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          MR. POLIQUIN

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

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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          >>

          BUT THERE IS STILL SO MUCH MORE TO DO FOR OUR VETERANS AND TO ADDRESS MANY…

          BUT THERE IS STILL SO MUCH MORE TO DO FOR OUR VETERANS AND TO ADDRESS MANY OF THE LONGSTANDING ISSUES WITHIN THE V.A. WHICH IS WHY IT IS ABSOLUTELY VITAL THAT OUR NEXT V.A. SECRETARY HAS THE EXPERIENCE AND COMMITMENT NEEDED TO BUILD UPON THE PROGRESS THAT WE'VE ALREADY MADE. OUR VETERANS HAVE MADE TREMENDOUS SACRIFICES TO KEEP OUR NATION FREE AND SECURE AND THEY DESERVE THE HIGHEST QUALITY OF PEOPLE SERVING AT THE V.A. TODAY I URGE THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO NOMINATE A V.A. SECRETARY COMMITTED TO MAKING IMPORTANT REFORMS AND SERVING OUR NATION'S HEROES WHO HAVE SERVED US SO WELL. WITH THAT, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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          MR. BANKS

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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          MR. POE

          MR. SPEAKER, I WAS JUST AT THE WHITE HOUSE WHERE THE PRESIDENT HONORED…

          MR. SPEAKER, I WAS JUST AT THE WHITE HOUSE WHERE THE PRESIDENT HONORED MANY OF OUR WOUNDED WARRIORS. SOME OF THEM WOUNDED IN AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ. PAKISTAN'S INTELLIGENCE SERVICES HAVE FOSTERED A WORKING RELATIONSHIP WITH THE ACANNY NETWORK, AL QAEDA AND THE TALIBAN. TERRORIST GROUPS. MEANWHILE, PAKISTAN GOVERNMENT HAS RECEIVED OVER $30 BILLION OF AMERICAN AID. PAKISTAN IS A BENEDICT ARNOLD UNFAITHFUL ALLY. WE NEED TO STOP PAYING PAKISTAN TO BETRAY US. THEY WILL DO IT FOR FREE. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I'LL YIELD BACK.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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          >>

          YODER: FOR OUR NATION TO REMAIN THE BEACON IN INNOVATION AND CREATION IT…

          YODER: FOR OUR NATION TO REMAIN THE BEACON IN INNOVATION AND CREATION IT IS TODAY, WE MUST SUPPORT AND INSPIRE OUR YOUTH TO EXPERIMENT AND EXPLORE THE WORLD AROUND THEM. IN JANUARY OF THIS YEAR, 9,000 HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AND 4,500 MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS PASSIONATE ABOUT SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS BEGAN TO COMPETE.

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          MR. YODER

          YOUNG PEOPLE FROM MY DISTRICT WORKED HARD AND HAVE FOUND THEMSELVES…

          YOUNG PEOPLE FROM MY DISTRICT WORKED HARD AND HAVE FOUND THEMSELVES PARTICIPATING IN NATIONAL FINALS. STARTING TODAY THESE TWO BRIGHT GROUPS OF YOUNG PEOPLE WILL REPRESENT KANSAS IN THE NATIONAL SCIENCE BOWL'S NATIONAL FINALS. MR. SPEAKER, I CALL UPON ALL OF US IN THIS BODY TO JOIN ME IN WISHING BLUE VALLEY WEST AND PLEASANT RIDGE'S TEAM GOOD LUCK IN THE FINALS. I YIELD BACK.

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        • 12:30:16 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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          THE CLERK

          ON REPORTING ON CERTAIN FOREIGN COUNTRIES ON WHO CASE ERA ASSETS RELATED…

          ON REPORTING ON CERTAIN FOREIGN COUNTRIES ON WHO CASE ERA ASSETS RELATED ISSUES.

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        • 12:32:22 PM

          Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 839. H.R. 4 — "To reauthorize programs of the Federal Aviation Administration, and for other purposes."

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            TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

            THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 4, WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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          The rule provides for consideration of H.R. 4, under a structured rule, and H.R. 3144, under a closed rule. The rule makes in order only those amendments printed in Part A of the committee report for H.R. 4. The rule provides for 1 hour of general debate for both H.R. 4 and H.R. 3144. The rule provides for one motion to recommit for both bills. And, the rule provides that on any legislative day during the period from April 30, 2018 through May 4, 2018, the Journal of the proceedings of the previous day shall be considered as approved.

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            House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 839 and Rule XVIII.

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              The Speaker designated the Honorable Daniel M. Donovan, Jr. to act as Chairman of the Committee.

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                THE CHAIR

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                THE CLERK

                GENERAL DEBATE SHALL NOT EXCEED ONE HOUR EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY…

                GENERAL DEBATE SHALL NOT EXCEED ONE HOUR EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. SHUSTER, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR.

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                THE CHAIR

                MR. SPEAKER, I NOW ASK --

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            GENERAL DEBATE

            The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 4.

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              MR. SHOES IR

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              MR. SHUSTER

              THE GENTLEMAN'S REQUEST IS COVERED UNDER GENERAL LEAVE.

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              THE CHAIR

              SHUSTER: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. FOR CALLING UP H.R. 4, THE F.A.A.

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              MR. SHUSTER

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              THE CHAIR

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              MR. SHUSTER

              THE THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON.

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              TEMPORE THE

              I'M PLEASED TO BE HERE TODAY WITH CHAIRMAN OF THE FULL COMMITTEE, MR.

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              MR. DEFAZIO

              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZE…

              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA. -- NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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            • 12:46:04 PM

              THE CHAIR

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              >>

              MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

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              THE CHAIR

              YOUNG: I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN, MR.

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              MR. YOUNG

              SHUSTER, AND THE RANKING MEMBER, MR. DEFAZIO, FOR BRINGING A BIPARTISAN…

              SHUSTER, AND THE RANKING MEMBER, MR. DEFAZIO, FOR BRINGING A BIPARTISAN BILL TO THE FLOOR. THIS IS A PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT'S LONG OVERDUE. I THINK WE'VE HAD HOW MANY EXTENSIONS? FIVE EXTENSIONS. THIS BILL IS NEEDED FOR AIR TRAFFIC.

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            • 12:46:22 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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              THE CHAIR

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              MR. YOUNG

              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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            • 12:49:41 PM

              THE CHAIR

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              >>

              AUTHORIZATION ACTIVE 2018. I'M PLEASED THAT CONGRESS SHEER TODAY TO…

              AUTHORIZATION ACTIVE 2018. I'M PLEASED THAT CONGRESS SHEER TODAY TO CONSIDER A LONG-TERM BILL TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE F.A.A.

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            • 12:49:50 PM

              THE CHAIR

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              >>

              THIS MOMENT HAS BEEN A LONG-TIME -- A LONG TIME IN COMING. CONGRESS IS NOT…

              THIS MOMENT HAS BEEN A LONG-TIME -- A LONG TIME IN COMING. CONGRESS IS NOT -- HAS NOT ENACTED A LONG-TERM F.A.A. BILL SINCE 2012 AND IT'S CURRENTLY RUNNING ON ITS FIFTH EXTENSION SINCE THAT TIME.

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              MR. LARSEN

              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES…

              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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            • 12:56:19 PM

              THE CHAIR

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              MR. SHUSTER

              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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              THE CHAIR

              SHUSTER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. THE…

              SHUSTER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON AVIATION BEGAN THE RE-AUTHORIZATION PROCESS OVER THREE YEARS AGO. VERY LONG PROCESS. IN THAT TIME, WE HAVE HELD THE SERIES OF ROUND TABLES AND HEARINGS ON THE STATE OF THE F.A.A.

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            • 12:57:09 PM

              LOEBSACK MR.

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED.

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              THE CHAIR

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              >>

              I'D LIKE TO YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEVADA.

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              MR. LARSEN

              RECOGNIZED. MS.

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              THE CHAIR

              TITUS: I COME TO ADDRESS THE LONG-TERM NEEDS OF THE F.A.A. AND OUR…

              TITUS: I COME TO ADDRESS THE LONG-TERM NEEDS OF THE F.A.A. AND OUR AVIATION INDUSTRY. IT INCLUDES A NUMBER OF PRIORITIES I FOUGHT FOR WHICH ARE CRITICAL TO MY STATE OF NEVADA. FIRST, THE LEGISLATION EXTENDS THE AUTHORIZATION OF THE NEVADA U.A.S.

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            • 01:02:27 PM

              MS. TITUS

              THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK --

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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              THE CHAIR

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              MR. SHUSTER

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              THE CHAIR

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              MR. BARLETTA

              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES.

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              THE CHAIR

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              >>

              SORRY.

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              THE CHAIR

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              MR. SHUSTER

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON 14 MINUTES.

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              THE CHAIR

              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO JORMENT CONNECTICUT.

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              MR. LARSEN

              ESTY: I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT TO H.R. 4, THE F.A.A.…

              ESTY: I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT TO H.R. 4, THE F.A.A. RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2018, WHICH WOULD ADDRESS THE UNDERREPRESENTATION OF WOMEN IN AVIATION CAREERS. WOMEN MAKE UP 50% OF THE NATIONAL WORK FORCE, BUT ARE SIGNIFICANTLY UNDERREPRESENTED IN THE AVIATION INDUSTRY, MAKING UP ONLY 2% OF AIRLINE MECHANICS, 18% OF FLIGHT DISPATCHERS, AND 6% OF PILOTS. TO ADDRESS THESE SHORTFALLS, I INTRODUCED THE PROMOTING WOMEN IN THE AVIATION WORK FORCE ACT WITH MY COLLEAGUES CONGRESSWOMEN

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            • 01:09:05 PM

              THE CHAIR

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              MS. ESTY

              THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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              THE CHAIR

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              MR. SHUSTER

              SMITH: MR. CHAIRMAN, I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, THE…

              SMITH: MR. CHAIRMAN, I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE, MR. SHUSTER, FOR YIELDING ME TIME. AND MR.

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            • 01:11:16 PM

              THE CHAIR

              CHAIRMAN, I SUPPORT THE F.A.A.

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              MR. SMITH

              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED.

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              THE CHAIR

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              MR. LARSEN

              NORTON: I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FOR YIELDING, AND I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR…

              NORTON: I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FOR YIELDING, AND I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR HIS VERY SPECIAL EFFORTS FOR THIS RE-AUTHORIZATION. PERHAPS OUR WHOLE COMMITTEE AND SUBCOMMITTEE DO SOME SELF-CONGRATULATIONS FOR REACHING A BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT FOR A LONG-TERM RE-AUTHORIZATION OF

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            • 01:13:28 PM

              THE CHAIR

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              MS. NORTON

              I YIELD AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

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              >>

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              THE CHAIR

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              MS. NORTON

              THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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              THE CHAIR

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              >>

              GRAVES: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, FOR YIELDING THE TIME. AND I PROUDLY RISE…

              GRAVES: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, FOR YIELDING THE TIME. AND I PROUDLY RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE F.A.A. RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2018. THERE'S A LOT OF IMPORTANT POLICIES IN THIS BILL THAT I WORKED ON. BUT THE MAIN THING I'M GLAD TO SEE INCLUDED IS THAT WE ACCOMPLISHED THIS BILL AS A LONG-TERM BILL. A FIVE-YEAR AUTHORIZATION. PASSING LONG-TERM BILLS IS SOMETHING THAT THE CHAIRMAN HAS REMAINED COMMITTED TO DURING HIS LEADERSHIP ON THE COMMITTEE. AND I STRONGLY SUPPORT. UNFORTUNATELY WE DON'T SEE ENOUGH OF THAT IN CONGRESS THAT MUCH ANYMORE. ONE OF THE BIG HIGHLIGHTS OF THE BILL IS THE LONG OVERDUE REFORMS TO THE F.A.A.

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            • 01:16:26 PM

              THE CHAIR

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              MR. GRAVES

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

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

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            • 01:23:13 PM

              THE CHAIR

              FOR HOW LONG? HOW MUCH TIME?

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              MR. SHUSTER

              GIBBS: THANK YOU. THIS BILL IS -- DOES A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT THINGS FOR…

              GIBBS: THANK YOU. THIS BILL IS -- DOES A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT THINGS FOR OUR AVIATION INDUSTRY, FOR THE SAFETY AND THE TRAVELING PUBLIC.

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            • 01:23:23 PM

              THE CHAIR

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              MR. SHUSTER

              INCLUDING PROVIDING STABLE FUNDING AND A CLEAR REGULATORY FRAMEWORK.

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              THE CHAIR

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              MR. GIBBS

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

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

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            • 01:24:30 PM

              THE CHAIR

              RECOGNIZED. MR.

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              MR. DEFAZIO

              SHUSTER: IT IS MY GREAT PLEASURE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

              SHUSTER: IT IS MY GREAT PLEASURE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE RAILROAD, PIPELINES AND HAZARDOUS MATERIALS COMMITTEE, 1 1/2 MINUTES.

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            • 01:24:36 PM

              THE CHAIR

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              MR. SHUSTER

              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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              THE CHAIR

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              MR. DENHAM

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

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

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            • 01:26:35 PM

              THE CHAIR

              SHUSTER: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I BELIEVE WE JUST HAVE ONE MORE SPEAKER…

              SHUSTER: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I BELIEVE WE JUST HAVE ONE MORE SPEAKER AND THEN I'M READY TO CLOSE. I WOULD NOW RECOGNIZE MR.

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            • 01:26:39 PM

              MR. DEFAZIO

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              THE CHAIR

              POSEY FOR ONE MINUTE.

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              MR. SHUSTER

              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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              THE CHAIR

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              MR. POSEY

              THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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              THE CHAIR

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              MR. SHUSTER

              THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD BACK.

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              MR. POSEY

              DEFAZIO: I WOULD YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              THE CHAIR

            • 01:28:33 PM

              MR. DEFAZIO

              SHUSTER: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I WOULD ENCOURAGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT…

              SHUSTER: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I WOULD ENCOURAGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS POSITIVE RE-AUTHORIZATION OF THE F.A.A. AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 01:28:34 PM

              MR. SHUSTER

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              MR. DEFAZIO

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              THE CHAIR

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              MR. SHUSTER

              PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE…

              PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE. NO AMENDMENT TO THE BILL SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT THOSE PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-650. AND AMENDMENTS EN BLOC DESCRIBED IN HOUSE RESOLUTION 839. EACH SUCH AMENDMENT PRINTED IN PART A OF THE REPORT MAY BE OFFERED ONLY IN THE ORDER PRINTED IN THE REPORT, BY A MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, SHALL BE CONSIDERED READ, AND SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT.

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              THE CHAIR

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

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              An amendment, offered by Mr. Shuster, numbered 1 printed in Part A of House Report 115-650 to improve aviation safety by addressing issues such as airline engines, air ambulances, certification processes, and airspace operations. Adjusts FAA authorization levels to conform with updated CBO baseline for FY 2018. Makes counter-UAS systems AIP eligible. Continues the contract weather observer program and requires the Secretary to define the roles and responsibilities of the FAA Tech Center. Reforms and provides transparency to FAA organization and programs. Addresses consumer concerns, including sexual misconduct on flights, treatment of passengers with disabilities, and harmonization of service animal standards. Improves the Airport Investment Partnership Program.

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                MR. SHUSTER

              • 01:29:44 PM

                THE CLERK

                SHUSTER OF PENNSYLVANIA.

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            DEBATE

            Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 839, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Shuster amendment No. 1.

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              THE CLERK

              THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

            • 01:29:54 PM

              THE CHAIR

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              MR. SHUSTE

              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED.

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              THE CHAIR

            • 01:34:07 PM

              MR. DEFAZIO

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              THE CHAIR

            • 01:34:11 PM

              MR. DEFAZIO

              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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              THE CHAIR

            • 01:36:25 PM

              MR. SHUSTER

              GRAVES: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR PUTTING…

              GRAVES: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR PUTTING TOGETHER, AGAIN, A LONG-TERM BILL. MR. CHAIRMAN, ONE OF THE PRIORITIES WHICH IS INCLUDED IN THE MANAGER'S AMENDMENT IS A PROGRAM TO INVEST IN OUR SMALL AIRPORTS. AS PART OF THE INCREASED INVESTMENT THAT WAS PROVIDED IN FISCAL YEAR 2018 OMNIBUS, WE PROVIDED AN ADDITIONAL $1 BILLION TO THE F.A.A.

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            • 01:36:36 PM

              MR. GRAVES

              IN DISCRETIONARY GRANTS TO SMALL AIRPORTS. NOW, AIRPORTS ACROSS THE…

              IN DISCRETIONARY GRANTS TO SMALL AIRPORTS. NOW, AIRPORTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE GOING TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO COMPETE FOR ADDITIONAL DOLLARS TO CARRY OUT THE LARGER PROJECTS. WE ALSO HAVE SOME VERY IMPORTANT ACCOUNTABILITY MEASURES. AS SUCH, WE'RE ASKING THE F.A.A. -- WE'RE ASKING TO REVIEW ALL THE F.A.A. REVIEWS TO DATE ON NEXTGEN. THIS IS ENSURE ACCOUNTABILITY TO MAKE SURE OUR TAX DOLLARS ARE BEING SPENT TO EXECUTE THE GOALS OF NEXT GEN. WITH THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN. I ASK ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE MANAGER'S AMENDMENT AND THE UNDERLYING BILL. THIS IS A GOOD BILL. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 01:37:33 PM

              THE CHAIR

              DEFAZIO: AT THIS POINT, I WOULD YIELD TO A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE, THE…

              DEFAZIO: AT THIS POINT, I WOULD YIELD TO A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE, THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA, MS. FRANKEL, ONE MINUTE.

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            • 01:37:41 PM

              MR. DEFAZIO

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              THE CHAIR

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              MS. FRANKEL

              I YIELD THE GENTLELADY AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

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              MR. DEFAZIO

            • 01:39:13 PM

              MS. FRANKEL

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              THE CHAIR

              TO STUDY THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS, WHICH I THINK IS A…

              TO STUDY THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS, WHICH I THINK IS A GOOD THING, AND ANALYZE THE POSSIBILITY OF SOME OTHER OPTIONS. AGAIN, I DO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK.

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            • 01:39:18 PM

              MS. FRANKEL

              SHUSTER: I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. MR.

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              THE CHAIR

              DEFAZIO: I YIELD BACK. MR.

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              MR. SHUSTER

              I YIELD BACK.

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              MR. DEFAZIO

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              MR. SHUSTER

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              THE CHAIR

              THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR WILL RECEIVE A MESSAGE. THE…

              THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR WILL RECEIVE A MESSAGE. THE MESSAGER: MR. SPEAKER, A MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE. THE SECRETARY:

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          • 01:39:57 PM

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

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              The Committee rose informally to receive a message from the Senate.

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                The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate passed S. 2758.

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                  THE MESSAGER

                  2758, AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 36 UNITED STATES CODE TO PROVIDE FOR THE…

                  2758, AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 36 UNITED STATES CODE TO PROVIDE FOR THE DISPLAY OF THE NATIONAL LEAGUE OF FAMILIES P.O.W.

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                • 01:40:35 PM

                  THE SECRETARY

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                  THE SECRETARY

                  THE COMMITTEE WILL RESUME ITS SITTING.

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                The Committee resumed its sitting.

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                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK…

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

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                • 01:41:06 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT THE AMENDMENTS EN BLOC.

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                  MR. SHUSTER

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                  THE CHAIR

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                  THE CLERK

                  30, PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115- 650 OFFERED BY MR. SHUSTER OF…

                  30, PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115- 650 OFFERED BY MR. SHUSTER OF PENNSYLVANIA.

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              • 01:41:37 PM

                Amendments en bloc offered by Mr. Shuster, printed in Part A of House Report 115-650 consisting of amendments numbered 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, as modified, 26, 27, 28, 29, and 30.

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                  Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 839, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 20 minutes of debate on the Shuster En bloc amendment No. 1, as modified.

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                    Shuster amendment; modified by unanimous consent.

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                      THE CHAIR

                      I ASK AMENDMENT NUMBER 20 BE MODIFIED IN THE FORM AT THE DESK.

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                      MR. SHUSTER

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                      THE CLERK

                      I ASK THE READING OF THE MODIFICATION BE DISPENSED WITH.

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                      MR. SHUSTER

                      IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE ORIGINAL REQUEST? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE…

                      IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE ORIGINAL REQUEST? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MODIFICATION IS APPROVED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                    • 01:42:27 PM

                      THE CHAIR

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                      MR. SHUSTER

                      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED.

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                      THE CHAIR

                      THIS GROUPING INCLUDES MANY DEMOCRATIC AND REPUBLICAN AMENDMENTS AND EACH,…

                      THIS GROUPING INCLUDES MANY DEMOCRATIC AND REPUBLICAN AMENDMENTS AND EACH, AS THE CHAIRMAN HAS SAID, HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY FOR CONSIDERATION EN BLOC. AMONG THE AMENDMENTS IN THIS PACKAGE IS MY COMPREHENSIVE SOLUTION TO THE EVER-GROWING LIST OF SAFETY AND SECURITY CONCERNS THAT HAVE RESULTED FROM AN UNWISE PROVISION OF LAW ADOPTED IN 2012. THAT LAW PROHIBITS THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION FROM PROMULGATING ANY RULE OR REGULATION RELATING TO DRONES FLOWN FOR A HOBBY OR RECREATIONAL PURPOSE. LET ME REPEAT. ANY RULE OR REGULATION RELATING TO DRONES FLOWN FOR HOBBY OR RECREATIONAL PURPOSES. THIS WAS PUT IN AT THE BEHEST OF MODEL AIRCRAFT FOLKS WHO HAVE A LONG AND VERY RESPONSIBLE HISTORY, KNOW THE RULES OF THE ROAD AND THE AIR, BUT NOW THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS, MILLIONS OF OTHER PEOPLE NOW, YOU KNOW, OPERATING RELATIVELY INEXPENSIVE DRONES.

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                      MR. DEFAZIO

                      THINGS HAVE CHANGED PRETTY DRAMATICALLY IN THAT TIME PERIOD. AND WE SORELY…

                      THINGS HAVE CHANGED PRETTY DRAMATICALLY IN THAT TIME PERIOD. AND WE SORELY NEED SOME REASONABLE REGULATIONS. THERE ARE VERY STRONG NATIONAL SECURITY CONCERNS EXPRESSED BY HOMELAND AND SECRET SERVICE AND OTHERS. THEY ARE SAYING THAT, YOU KNOW, BASICALLY THEY'RE GOING TO HOLD BACK ANY RULES, ANYTHING REGARDING DRONES UNTIL THEY CAN BE SURE THAT THE OPERATORS AND THE DRONE CAN BE IDENTIFIED, WHICH THE COMMERCIAL PEOPLE CAN EASILY DO. IT WOULD BE AN EXPENSE FOR THE RECREATIONAL MANUFACTURER, SO THERE IS A COMPETING AMENDMENT THAT LEAVES -- THAT IS MORE CONCILIATORY TOWARDS THE CHINESE DRONE MANUFACTURERS WHICH IS A CONCERN I DON'T HAVE. SOONER OR LATER, ONE OF THESE LITTLE TOY DRONES WILL TAKE DOWN AN AIRCRAFT AND PEOPLE ARE GOING TO DIE, PLAIN AND SIMPLE. THEY ALREADY CONDUCTED TESTS AND THEY FOUND A SMALL QUAD COPTER CAN CAUSE A FATAL -- A FATAL DAMAGE TO AIRCRAFT CONTROLS, AND THEY HAVEN'T EVEN DONE THE INJECTION TEST YET INTO A JET ENGINE, A TURBINE ENGINE, WHICH YOU WILL SEE CONTAINED FAILURES WHICH WE SAW LAST WEEK, SO IT'S CRITICAL WE GET A HANDLE ON THIS AND THE PROLIFERATION OF THESE WITH PEOPLE WITH LITTLE OR NO EXPERIENCE OR KNOWLEDGE OF AVIATION RULES. . COUNTLESS STAKEHOLDERS ARE SUPPORTING MY VERSION, WHICH WOULD BE THE COMMERCIAL DRONE INDUSTRY. U.S. AIRLINES AND PILOTS. AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS. AIRCRAFT MANUFACTURERS. STATE AND LOCAL ENTITIES. THEY'VE ALL BEEN ASKING FOR MODIFICATION OR REPEAL OF THE THAT -- OF THAT PROVISION, PROHIBITING THE F.A.A. FROM REGULATING RECREATIONAL DRONE USERS. UNTIL THIS IS DONE, OUR SKIES WILL BE LESS SAFE AND THE TRUE POTENTIAL OF THE COMMERCIAL DRONE INDUSTRY WILL NEVER BE UNLOCKED BECAUSE OF THE SECURITY CONCERNS THAT I ALREADY MENTIONED. MY AMENDMENT AMONG OTHER THINGS GRANTS THE F.A.A. THE AUTHORITY TO IMPOSE STANDARDS ON RECREATIONAL USERS AS NEEDED, ENSURE THE SAFETY OF OUR AIR SPACE SYSTEM GOING FORWARD, INCLUDING REQUIREMENTS REMOTELY IDENTIFYING AND TRACKING DRONE OPERATORS. THAT FIRST STEP IS CRITICAL TO PROTECTING SENSITIVE FACILITIES, AS ETS AND ADDRESSING THE CONCERNS -- ASSETS, AND ADDRESSING THE CONCERNS OF HOMELAND AND SECRET SERVICE AND OTHERS. SO I URGE SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT EN BLOC AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 01:46:43 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      SHUSTER: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I NOW RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                      SHUSTER: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I NOW RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS,

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                    • 01:46:51 PM

                      MR. SHUSTER

                      IT'S FINALLY A LONG-TERM RE-AUTHORIZATION OF THE

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                      MR. DAVIS

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS…

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED.

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                    • 01:49:11 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                      MR. DEFAZIO

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                      THE CHAIR

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                      >>

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                      MR. LIPINSKI

                      I'M SORRY, THE GENTLEMAN --

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                      MR. SHUSTER

                    • 01:50:36 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      SHUSTER: WE'RE COMMITTED TO WORK WITH THE GENTLEMAN AS WE MOVE FORWARD.

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                      MR. LIPINSKI

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                      MR. SHUSTER

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                      THE CHAIR

                    • 01:50:58 PM

                      MR. SHUSTER

                      LOUIS LOUIS I THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, --

                    • 01:51:09 PM

                      MR. LEWIS

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

                      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM RESERVES, FROM PENNSYLVANIA. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED.

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                    • 01:52:12 PM

                      TH CHAIR

                      MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA HAS 6 1/2 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN…

                      MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA HAS 6 1/2 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED. MR.

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                    • 01:52:18 PM

                      MR. DEFAZIO

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                      THE CHAIR

                      DEFAZIO: I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM WASHINGTON STATE.

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                      MR. DEFAZIO

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                      MS. JAYAPAL

                      THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN…

                      THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                    • 01:53:29 PM

                      THE CHAIR

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                      MR. SHUSTER

                      RECOGNIZED. MR.

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                      THE CHAIR

                      ESTES: THANK YOU. AS A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE FOURTH DISTRICT OF KANSAS,…

                      ESTES: THANK YOU. AS A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE FOURTH DISTRICT OF KANSAS, WHICH INCLUDES WICHITA, ALSO KNOWN AS THE AIR CAPITAL OF THE WORLD, I HAVE A DEEP APPRECIATION FOR THE IMPORTANCE OF THE AVIATION INDUSTRY IN OUR REGION AND COUNTRY. FOR MORE THAN 100 YEARS, OUR COMMUNITY HAS PIONEERED AVIATION AND MANUFACTURING. TODAY THE GREATER WICHITA AREA IS HOME TO MANY OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST AVIATION MANUFACTURERS AND PRODUCES NEARLY 50% OF ALL GENERAL AVIATION PLANES BUILT. WITHOUT QUESTION, AVIATION IS A GREAT SOURCE OF PRIDE FOR ALL KANSANS AND I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN SHUSTER AND THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE FOR THEIR EFFORTS TO SUPPORT THE INDUSTRY AND MODERNIZE THE F.A.A. AS PART OF THE F.A.A.

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                    • 01:53:50 PM

                      MR. ESTES

                      I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

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                      MR. SHUSTER

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                      THE CHAIR

                      ESTES: I BELIEVE THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR PRODUCING OUR NATION'S AIRCRAFT CAN…

                      ESTES: I BELIEVE THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR PRODUCING OUR NATION'S AIRCRAFT CAN PLAY A VALUABLE ROLE IN UPDATING SAFETY STANDARDS AND SHOULD HAVE A VOICE. I WANT TO THANK OUR COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR ATTENTION TO THE INDUSTRY AND CONSIDERATION OF THIS AMENDMENT AND TO SUPPORT THE F.A.A.

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                    • 01:55:04 PM

                      MR. ESTES

                      RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT. I YIELD BACK.

                    • 01:55:17 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      I'D YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

                    • 01:55:27 PM

                      MR. DEFAZIO

                      RECOGNIZED.

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                      THE CHAIR

                      KRISHNAMOORTHI: MY AMENDMENT WOULD REQUIRE THE F.A.A. TO STUDY THE…

                      KRISHNAMOORTHI: MY AMENDMENT WOULD REQUIRE THE F.A.A. TO STUDY THE ECONOMIC HARM CAUSED BY EXCESSIVE AIRCRAFT NOISE ON COMMUNITIES AND BUSINESSES NEAR MAJOR AIRPORTS. COMPANIES ADJACENT TO AIRPORTS SUCH AS O'HARE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IN MY DISTRICT SEE THAT FLIGHT PATHS HAVE TO CONTEND WITH THE ECONOMIC ACTIVITY IN THAT REGION.

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                    • 01:55:39 PM

                      >>

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                      MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI

                      AND NOISE DISRUPTS THEIR CUSTOMERS AND INTERFERES WITH BUSINESS, IN…

                      AND NOISE DISRUPTS THEIR CUSTOMERS AND INTERFERES WITH BUSINESS, IN ADDITION TO THE PHYSIOLOGICAL EFFECTS THAT CONSTANT NOISE HAS ON EMPLOYEES. UNDER MY AMENDMENT, THE F.A.A. WILL STUDY WHAT HAPPENS TO BUSINESSES WHEN THEY ARE SUBJECT TO EXCESSIVE NOISE THROUGHOUT THE WORK DAY. THIS WILL INCLUDE BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO EMPLOYEE PRODUCTIVITY AND RETENTION, WORKPLACE MORALE AND SATISFACTION, AND OTHER DATA TO HELP POLICYMAKERS GRASP THE FULL EFFECT OF AIRPORT NOISE ON NEIGHBORHOODS. THIS IS A BIPARTISAN, COMMONSENSE AMENDMENT AND, AGAIN, I THANK THE COMMITTEE FOR INCLUDING IT IN THE EN BLOC. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 01:56:49 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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                      MR. SHUSTER

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                      MR. SHUSTER

                    • 01:57:00 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                    • 01:57:02 PM

                      MR. DEFAZIO

                    • 01:57:04 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      IT RAISES QUESTIONS ABOUT THE F.A.A. 'S COMPLIANCE PHILOSOPHY,…

                      IT RAISES QUESTIONS ABOUT THE F.A.A. 'S COMPLIANCE PHILOSOPHY, QUOTE-UNQUOTE, FOCUSED ON FEWER ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS, MORE WORKING QUIETLY WITH THE AIRLINES BEHIND THE SCENES ON SAFETY ISSUES.

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                    • 01:57:32 PM

                      MR. CRIST

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

                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RESERVES.

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                    • 01:57:55 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                    • 01:58:00 PM

                      MR. SHUSTER

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                      THE CHAIR

                    • 01:58:03 PM

                      MR. DEFAZIO

                    • 01:58:10 PM

                      THE CHAIR

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                      >>

                      THIS WOULD HELP ENSURE THAT FAIRCHILD AND OTHER AIRPORTS LIKE IT ARE ABLE…

                      THIS WOULD HELP ENSURE THAT FAIRCHILD AND OTHER AIRPORTS LIKE IT ARE ABLE TO SECURE THE FUNDING NECESSARY TO MAINTAIN THEIR RUNWAY AND OTHER CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE SO THAT THE RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE WHEN DISASTER STRIKES. THIS MATTERS TO FOLKS IN MY NECK OF THE WOODS WHO LIVE IN THE SHADOW OF THE ZONE. WHEN THE BIG ONE HITS, THE FAIRCHILD AIRPORT WILL BE ESSENTIAL TO DEPLOYING EMERGENCY SUPPLIES, AS WELL AS FOR EVACUATING PEOPLE TO SAFETY. I'D LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN SHUSTER AND RANKING MEMBER DEFAZIO FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES VOLUNTARY TO VOTE YES ON IT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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                    • 01:58:49 PM

                      MR. KILMER

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                      THE CHAIR

                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I ENCOURAGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE…

                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I ENCOURAGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE EN BLOC PACKAGE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 01:59:26 PM

                      MR. SHUSTER

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                      THE CHAIR

                    • 01:59:29 PM

                      MR. DEFAZIO

                    • 01:59:30 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                    • 01:59:33 PM

                      MR. SHUSTER

                    • 01:59:38 PM

                      THE CHAIR

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

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                      MR. ROSKAM

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                      THE CHAIR

                    • 02:00:14 PM

                      THE CLERK

                      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS. .

                • 02:00:16 PM

                  On agreeing to the Shuster amendments; as modified Agreed to by voice vote.

                  • 02:00:20 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                  • 02:00:30 PM

                    An amendment, offered by Mr. Roskam, numbered 13 printed in Part A of House Report 115-650 to direct the FAA Administrator to study the relationship between jet aircraft approach and takeoff speeds and corresponding noise impacts on communities surrounding airports. It also requires the FAA Administrator to submit the results of the study in a report to Congress.

                    • 02:00:34 PM

                      MR. ROSKAM

                      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON RISE?

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                  DEBATE

                  Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 839, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Roskam amendment No. 13.

                  • 02:02:34 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                  • 02:02:36 PM

                    MR. DEFAZIO

                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

                  • 02:02:42 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                    ACTUALLY I RECENTLY HAD A CONVERSATION WITH THE ACTING F.A.A.

                  • 02:02:47 PM

                    MR. DEFAZIO

                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

                  • 02:03:42 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                  • 02:03:44 PM

                    MR. ROSKAM

                  • 02:03:48 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO OFFER IN SUPPORT.

                • 02:04:25 PM

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

                  • 02:04:37 PM

                    MR. DENHAM

                  • 02:04:42 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                  • 02:04:43 PM

                    THE CLERK

                    DENHAM, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES.

                  • 02:04:47 PM

                    An amendment, offered by Mr. Denham, numbered 17 printed in Part A of House Report 115-650 to harmonize the statute of limitations for Section 1309 of Public Law 114-94 with other Department of Transportation projects.

                    • 02:04:50 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

                • 02:04:50 PM

                  DEBATE

                  Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 839, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Denham amendment No. 17.

                  • 02:05:02 PM

                    MR. DENHAM

                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

                  • 02:08:49 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                  • 02:08:51 PM

                    MR. COSTA

                    THE GENTLEMAN, YOUR TIME HAS EXPIRED. TIME HAS EXPIRED. DOES ANY MEMBER…

                    THE GENTLEMAN, YOUR TIME HAS EXPIRED. TIME HAS EXPIRED. DOES ANY MEMBER RISE IN OPPOSITION?

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                  • 02:10:41 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                  • 02:10:45 PM

                    MR. DEFAZIO

                  • 02:10:48 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                  • 02:10:53 PM

                    MR. DEFAZIO

                    HAS NOT YET ACTED TO ESTABLISH THOSE RULES. SO I'VE CONCERNS ABOUT PUTTING…

                    HAS NOT YET ACTED TO ESTABLISH THOSE RULES. SO I'VE CONCERNS ABOUT PUTTING SCRIPTURES ON THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION BEFORE THEY HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO, YOU KNOW, IMPLEMENT THE RULE, WHICH HOPEFULLY WILL BE SOON FORTHCOMING. I ASSUME IT'S NOT ONE OF THESE RULES THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS HELD UP FROM BEING ISSUED SINCE IT WOULD BE SOMETHING THAT IS BENEFICIAL IF PROPERLY DONE. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                  • 02:11:57 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                    MR. CHAIRMAN, PURSUANT TO H.R. 839, I OFFER AMENDMENTS EN BLOC.

                • 02:12:07 PM

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

                  • 02:12:22 PM

                    MR. SHUSTER

                    EN BLOC NUMBER TWO CONSISTING OF AMENDMENTS NUMBER 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36,…

                    EN BLOC NUMBER TWO CONSISTING OF AMENDMENTS NUMBER 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 43, 45, 48, 50, 51, 52, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 61, 62, 64, AND 65 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-650 OFFERED BY MR. SHUSTER OF PENNSYLVANIA.

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                  • 02:12:26 PM

                    Amendments en bloc offered by Mr. Shuster, printed in Part A of House Report 115-650 consisting of amendments numbered 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 43, 45, 48, 50, 51, 52, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 61, 62, 64, and 65.

                    • 02:12:28 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                    • 02:12:31 PM

                      THE CLERK

                      SHUSTER, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. DEFAZIO, WILL EACH CONTROL 10…

                      SHUSTER, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. DEFAZIO, WILL EACH CONTROL 10 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA. MR.

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                    • 02:13:01 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      SHUSTER: MR. CHAIRMAN, I SUPPORT CONSIDERING THESE AMENDMENTS EN BLOC, ALL…

                      SHUSTER: MR. CHAIRMAN, I SUPPORT CONSIDERING THESE AMENDMENTS EN BLOC, ALL OF WHICH HAVE BEEN APPROVED BY BOTH THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY. THESE MEMBERS PUT FORWARD THOUGHTFUL AMENDMENTS, AND I'M PLEASED TO BE ABLE TO SUPPORT MOVING THEM EN BLOC.

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                • 02:13:10 PM

                  DEBATE

                  Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 839, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 20 minutes of debate on the Shuster En bloc amendment No. 2.

                  • 02:13:14 PM

                    MR. SHUSTER

                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES.

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                    THE CHAIR

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                    MR. DEFAZIO

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                    THE CHAIR

                  • 02:13:42 PM

                    MRS. DAVIS

                    IN SAN DIEGO, HELICOPTERS AND AIR TANKERS HAD TO BE GROUNDED DURING…

                    IN SAN DIEGO, HELICOPTERS AND AIR TANKERS HAD TO BE GROUNDED DURING FIREFIGHTS AFTER RECREATIONAL DRONES WERE SPOTTED IN THE AREA. THESE DRONES CAN POSE A RISK TO THE AIRCRAFT AND THE EMERGENCY PERSONNEL FLYING OVERHEAD. THAT'S WHY MY AMENDMENT WOULD PROTECT EMERGENCY RESPONSE EFFORTS FROM INTERRUPTIONS BY DRONES AND DIRECT THE F.A.A. TO WORK WITH LOCAL AGENCIES TO INFORM THE PUBLIC ABOUT THIS ISSUE. I WANT TO THANK, AGAIN, THE COMMITTEE FOR YOUR TIRELESS WORK ON THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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                  • 02:14:21 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                    ER THE

                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                    MR. SHUSTER

                    SPEAKER, THE NORTHERN PLAINS UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEM TESTING SITE IN…

                    SPEAKER, THE NORTHERN PLAINS UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEM TESTING SITE IN GRAND FORKS, SOUTH DAKOTA, IS DOING EXTENSIVE WORK WITH PRIVATE INDUSTRY STAKEHOLDERS ADVANCING THIS VERY IMPORTANT EMERGING INDUSTRY.

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                  • 02:14:39 PM

                    THE CHAIR

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                    MR. CRAMER

                    HOWEVER, THE GROWTH OF THE U.A.S. INDUSTRY IS RELYANT ON RECEIVING…

                    HOWEVER, THE GROWTH OF THE U.A.S. INDUSTRY IS RELYANT ON RECEIVING DEDICATED SPECTRUM ALLOCATION TO ENSURE THE CONNECTION FOR BEYOND VISUAL LINE OF SIGHT OPERATIONS. MY AMENDMENT SIMPLY DIRECTS THE F.A.A. , THE NTIA AND THE F.C.C. TO SUBMIT TO CONGRESS A REPORT ON WHETHER U.A.S. OPERATIONS OF ALL SIZES, AT ALL ALTITUDES, SHOULD BE PERMITTED TO OPERATE ON SPECTRUM THAT'S DESIGNATED FOR AVIATION USE. IT MAY ALSO INCLUDE RECOMMENDATIONS OF OTHER LICENSED SPECTRUM FREQUENCIES, SUCH AS L.T.E., THAT MAY BE APPROPRIATE FOR FLYING U.A.S. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR MY AMENDMENT TO ADVANCE THE U.A.S. INDUSTRY AND I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH STAKEHOLDERS AND MEMBERS OF THE SENATE TO TAKE IT ACROSS THE FINISH LINE AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                  • 02:15:39 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                    TEA FAZIO: I YIELD TO MR. CIES LYNNY.

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                    MR. TEA FAZIO

                    THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS BILL AS…

                    THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS BILL AS WELL AS THE INCLUSION OF A SECTION TO PROVIDE AIRLINES WITH A ONE-PAGE DESCRIPTION OF THEIR RIGHTS AS PASSENGERS. MY AMENDMENT WILL AMEND THIS SECTION TO ENSURE PASSENGERS ARE NOTIFIED WHAT COMPENSATION AIRLINES PROVIDE,

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                  • 02:15:50 PM

                    MR. CICILLINE

                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON RESERVES. GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS…

                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON RESERVES. GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                  • 02:16:26 PM

                    THE CHAIR

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                    MR. SHUSTER

                    SANFORD: I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU FOR TAKING OUR…

                    SANFORD: I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU FOR TAKING OUR AMENDMENT AND INCLUDING IT EN BLOC AMENDMENT. IT'S A G.A.O. STUDY OF REVENUE DIVERSION BY AIRPORTS.

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                  • 02:16:36 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                    I THINK IT'S FOR THREE DIFFERENT REASONS.

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                    MR. SANFORD

                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RESERVES. THE…

                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED.

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                  • 02:17:43 PM

                    THE CHAIR

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                    MR. DEFAZIO

                    MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE EN BLOC PACKAGE WHICH INCLUDES MY…

                    MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE EN BLOC PACKAGE WHICH INCLUDES MY AMENDMENT TO THE F.A.A.

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                  • 02:17:50 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                  • 02:17:52 PM

                    MR. LANGEVIN

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

                    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                  • 02:19:09 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                    BANKS: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR.

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                    MR. SHUSTER

                    SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK YOU AND MY -- MR. CHAIRMAN AND MY COLLEAGUES FOR…

                    SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK YOU AND MY -- MR. CHAIRMAN AND MY COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS UNDERLYING LEGISLATION.

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                  • 02:19:17 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                  • 02:19:18 PM

                    MR. BANKS

                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RESERVES. THE…

                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED.

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                  • 02:20:43 PM

                    THE CHAIR

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                    MR. DEFAZIO

                    MR. O'HALLERAN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO TAKE A MOMENT THANK…

                    MR. O'HALLERAN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO TAKE A MOMENT THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF MY COMMONSENSE, BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT THAT STRENGTHENS OUR COMMITMENT TO RURAL AMERICA. THE ESENTION SERVICE IS A CRITICAL LINK FOR RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES IN SMALL AND RURAL COMMUNITIES BY LINKING SERVICE TO HUB AIRPORTS IN 36 STATES.

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                  • 02:20:55 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                  • 02:20:57 PM

                    MR. O'HALLERAN

                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN…

                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                  • 02:22:12 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                  • 02:22:17 PM

                    MR. SHUSTER

                    DEFAZIO: I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,

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                    THE CHAIR

                  • 02:22:22 PM

                    MR. DEFAZIO

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                    THE CHAIR

                  • 02:22:32 PM

                    MR. PANETTA

                    4. MY AMENDMENT WILL ENSURE THAT THE PAY-PER-VIEW STUDIES ALTERNATIVE WAYS…

                    4. MY AMENDMENT WILL ENSURE THAT THE PAY-PER-VIEW STUDIES ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO MEASURE SOUND OVER A PERIOD OF TIME SUCH AS ACTUAL NOISE SAMPLING TO PROPERLY CAPTURE THE EXPERIENCE OF THOSE ON THE GROUND. I OFFER THIS AMENDMENT FOR MY CONSTITUENTS. PEOPLE WHO LIVED IN COMMUNITIES THAT WERE ONCE QUIET UNTIL THE F.A.A. AND NEXTGEN CHANGED THE ROUTES OVER THEIR HOUSES. BACK IN 2015. THEIR HEALTH, SLEEP, THEIR PETS, WELL-BEING WERE ALL AFFECTED BY THE SOUND OF JET ENGINES, AIR BRAKES, AND LANDING GEAR. I APPRECIATE THE WORK F.A.A. HAS DONE TO GET US CLOSETORY QUIETER SKIES IN MY COMMUNITY AS WELL AS A SELECT COMMITTEE ON THESE ISSUES AND THEIR WORK WITH THE PAY-PER-VIEW. LIKE MANY MEMBERS WHO HAVE DISTRICTS WHO HAVE FACED THESE TYPES OF AIRPLANE-U AIRPLANE NOISE CONCERN, BELIEVE THAT THE EXISTING DAY-NIGHT LEVEL 65 DECIBEL STANDARD IS OUT OF DATE, OUT OF TOUCH, AND INADEQUATE TO MEASURE THE AMOUNT OF SOUND POLLUTION IMPACTING OUR COMMUNITIES. MY AMENDMENT WOULD ENSURE NOT JUST ALTERNATIVE WAYS BUT PROPER WAYS TO STUDY NOISE SAMPLING. I APPRECIATE THE COMMITTEE FOR INCLUDING THIS AMENDMENT EN BLOC. THANK YOU.

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                  • 02:23:53 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                    SHUSTER: MR. CHAIRMAN, I'D LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                    SHUSTER: MR. CHAIRMAN, I'D LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. BIGS.

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                  • 02:23:58 PM

                    MR. SHUSTER

                    BIGGS: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MY AMENDMENT IS…

                    BIGGS: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MY AMENDMENT IS STRAIGHTFORWARD AND SIMPLY REQUIRES THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO PROVIDE A COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS TO CONGRESS BEFORE MOVING FORWARD WITH CHANGES TO WHAT'S COMMONLY REFERRED TO AS MISHANDLED BAGGAGE REPORTING RULE F D.O.T.

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                  • 02:24:08 PM

                    THE CHAIR

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                    MR. BIGGS

                    WANTS TO ALTER A SENSIBLE REPORTING REQUIREMENT THAT'S BEEN IN PLACE FOR…

                    WANTS TO ALTER A SENSIBLE REPORTING REQUIREMENT THAT'S BEEN IN PLACE FOR DECADES T. SHOULD AT THE VERY LEAST BE ASKED TO JUSTIFY WITH A COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS. WITH THAT I THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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                  • 02:24:38 PM

                    THE CHAIR

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                    MR. DEFAZIO

                    I WOULD YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

                  • 02:24:53 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE EN BLOC…

                    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE EN BLOC PACKAGE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                • 02:25:00 PM

                  On agreeing to the Shuster amendments; Agreed to by voice vote.

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                    MR. SHUSTER

                    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, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE EN BLOC AMENDMENTS ARE AGREED

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                  • 02:25:06 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                  • 02:25:09 PM

                    MR. SHUSTER

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

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                    THE CHAIR

                  • 02:25:36 PM

                    THE CLERK

                    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 839, THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR.…

                    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 839, THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. HIGGINS, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA.

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                  • 02:25:49 PM

                    THE CHAIR

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                    MR. HIGGINS

                    MEDIUM-HUB OR NONHUB AIRPORTS. THIS PILOT PROGRAM WOULD ADDITIONALLY…

                    MEDIUM-HUB OR NONHUB AIRPORTS. THIS PILOT PROGRAM WOULD ADDITIONALLY REQUIRE THAT PARTICIPATE IN AIRPORTS CERTIFY EACH YEAR THAT THEY WISH TO REMAIN IN THE PROGRAM. THE WHOLE PURPOSE OF MY AMENDMENT IS TO ALLOW RURAL AIRPORTS THAT ARE LOCATED OUTSIDE OF MORE HEAVILY POPULATED AREAS TO HAVE THE ABILITY TO CONDUCT COMMERCIAL AND NONCOMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES THAT CURRENTLY ARE NOT ALLOWED. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A PRO-BUSINESS AND COMMONSENSE AMENDMENT AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO SUPPORT IT. AND THE PASSAGE OF CHAIRMAN SHUSTER'S UNDERLYING BILL. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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                  • 02:25:56 PM

                    An amendment, offered by Mr. Higgins (LA), numbered 41 printed in Part A of House Report 115-650 to require the Administrator of the FAA to initiate a pilot program to permit the operator of a State 2 airplane to operate that airplane in non-revenue service into medium hub airports or non-hub airports if certain parameters are met.

                  • 02:25:58 PM

                    DEBATE

                    Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 839, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Higgins (LA) amendment No. 41.

                    • 02:26:53 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

                    • 02:27:03 PM

                      MR. DEFAZIO

                      THEY WERE PHASED OUT OF REVENUE SERVICE ABOUT 15 YEARS

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                      THE CHAIR

                    • 02:27:08 PM

                      MR. DEFAZIO

                    • 02:27:09 PM

                      HEARD DEFAZIO

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

                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO RECLAIM HIS TIME?

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                    • 02:27:48 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      FOUR MINUTES. MR.

                    • 02:27:52 PM

                      MR HIGGINS

                      HIGGINS: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS.

                    • 02:27:55 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      SHUSTER: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I BELIEVE THIS AMENDMENT THAT NEGOTIATES…

                      SHUSTER: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I BELIEVE THIS AMENDMENT THAT NEGOTIATES A PILOT PROGRAM ALLOWS SMALL NUMBERS OF THESE AIRCRAFT TO LAND IN THE UNITED STATES FOR MAINTENANCE SERVICES. I UNDERSTAND WHAT THE GENTLEMAN IS TRYING TO DO. NO COMMUNITY WOULD HAVE THESE OLDER AIRCRAFT LAND AT THEIR AIRPORTS UNLESS THEY CERTIFY ANNUALLY AND WILLING TO ACCEPT THEM. AGAIN I THINK THE GENTLEMAN IS TRYING TO CREATE JOBS IN HIS DISTRICT, RURAL AREA THAT THE NOISE WILL NOT AFFECT IT.

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                    • 02:28:00 PM

                      MR. HIGGINS

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                      THE CHAIR

                    • 02:28:04 PM

                      MR. SHUSTER

                      PUT HARDWORKING LOUISIANIANS TO WORK FIXING THESE CLAIMS THAT STILL…

                      PUT HARDWORKING LOUISIANIANS TO WORK FIXING THESE CLAIMS THAT STILL OPERATE AROUND THE CARIBBEAN. I SUPPORT THE GENTLEMAN ON THIS. AND URGE COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT. YIELD BACK.

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                    • 02:28:43 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA IS RECOGNIZED.

                    • 02:28:56 PM

                      MR. HIGGINS

                      THE FURTHER USE OF RURAL AIRPORTS WITHOUT INTERFERING WITH NEIGHBORHOODS.…

                      THE FURTHER USE OF RURAL AIRPORTS WITHOUT INTERFERING WITH NEIGHBORHOODS. IT HAS BROAD SUPPORT. MY FRIEND ACROSS THE COMMUNITIES THAT I REPRESENT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUE TO RECONSIDER AND SUPPORT MY AMENDMENT. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                    • 02:29:26 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK. NUMBER 42.

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                    On agreeing to the Higgins (LA) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.

                    • 02:30:05 PM

                      An amendment, offered by Mr. DeFazio, numbered 42 printed in Part A of House Report 115-650 to repeal a prohibition on U.S. regulation of air transportation of flammable lithium batteries unless there has been an accident. The amendment restores the DOT's authority to regulate lithium batteries beyond international baselines, without waiting for an accident to occur.

                      • 02:30:06 PM

                        MR. DEFAZIO

                  • 02:30:07 PM

                    DEBATE

                    Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 839, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the DeFazio amendment No. 42.

                    • 02:30:09 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      DEFAZIO OF OREGON. .

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                      THE CLERK

                      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON.

                    • 02:30:30 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                    • 02:30:33 PM

                      MR. DEFAZIO

                      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES.

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                      THE CHAIR

                      SHUSTER: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN.

                    • 02:35:22 PM

                      MR. SHUSTER

                      I OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. IT WOULD REPEAL EXISTING LAW THAT'S BEEN IN PLACE…

                      I OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. IT WOULD REPEAL EXISTING LAW THAT'S BEEN IN PLACE SINCE 2012.

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                    • 02:35:26 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      THE LAW GENERALLY PROVENTS D.O.T.

                    • 02:35:28 PM

                      MR. SHUSTER

                      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED.

                    • 02:37:43 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      TO REGULATE LITHIUM BATTERIES.

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                      MR. DEFAZIO

                      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

                    • 02:38:44 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                    • 02:38:46 PM

                      MR. DEFAZIO

                      WOULD, AGAIN, HAVING A SYSTEM THAT'S HARMONIZED THROUGHOUT THE WORLD IS…

                      WOULD, AGAIN, HAVING A SYSTEM THAT'S HARMONIZED THROUGHOUT THE WORLD IS CRITICAL.

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                    • 02:38:47 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                    • 02:38:49 PM

                      MR. SHUSTER

                      I.K.O. HAS ALREADY SAID IN THEIR STANDARD THEY RECOMMEND WE DON'T CARRY…

                      I.K.O. HAS ALREADY SAID IN THEIR STANDARD THEY RECOMMEND WE DON'T CARRY THEM ON PASSENGER AIRCRAFT. SO OUR INDUSTRY IN AMERICA HAS DONE THAT. FURTHER, THE COMPANIES THAT SHIP CARGO, U.P.S., FEDEX, ARE WORKING AND I'VE SEEN SOME OF THEIR -- WHAT THEY'VE DONE TO MAKE SURE THAT THE CREWS OF CARGO PLANES ARE PROTECTED. AGAIN, PRIVATE INDUSTRY UNDERSTANDS THIS, AND THEY ARE MOVING FORWARD TO DEVELOP THESE SYSTEMS THAT CONTAIN IT OR SUPPRESSION SYSTEMS SO, AGAIN, I BELIEVE THAT THE BEST WAY FORWARD IS TO, AGAIN, HARMONIZE WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD AND CONTINUE TO SHIP BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF THESE BATTERIES SAFELY EVERY YEAR. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO NOT SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 02:39:50 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      I WOULD ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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                    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

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

                    • 02:40:02 PM

                      MR. DEFAZIO

                    • 02:40:06 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                    • 02:40:07 PM

                      MR. DEFAZIO

                    • 02:40:09 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      TO AFFIRM WHAT THE SPEAKER ALREADY KNOWS, THAT I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE…

                      TO AFFIRM WHAT THE SPEAKER ALREADY KNOWS, THAT I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                    • 02:40:47 PM

                      MR. COHEN

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                      THE CHAIR

                      COHEN OF TENNESSEE.

                    • 02:40:53 PM

                      An amendment, offered by Mr. Cohen, numbered 46 printed in Part A of House Report 115-650 to alleviate delays in compliance with existing federal regulations to vet prospective pilots, by enabling 3rd party access to the National Driver Register.

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                        THE CLERK

                        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE. MR.

                      • 02:41:02 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        COHEN: I WOULD SKECK THAT THE AMENDMENT BE MOD -- ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT…

                        COHEN: I WOULD SKECK THAT THE AMENDMENT BE MOD -- ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE AMENDMENT BE MODIFIED.

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                      • 02:41:11 PM

                        MR. COHEN

                        THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE MODIFICATION.

                      • 02:41:20 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                      • 02:41:22 PM

                        THE CLERK

                      • 02:41:27 PM

                        MR. COHEN

                        MODIFICATION? HEARING NONE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS --

                      • 02:41:33 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                      • 02:41:47 PM

                        MR. COHEN

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

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

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                    • 02:41:51 PM

                      Cohen amendment; modified by unanimous consent.

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                      DEBATE

                      Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 839, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Cohen amendment No. 46, as modified.

                      • 02:43:23 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        MR.

                      • 02:43:28 PM

                        MR. SHUSTER

                      • 02:43:33 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                      • 02:43:36 PM

                        MR. SHUSTER

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

                      • 02:43:54 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                      • 02:43:57 PM

                        MR. COHEN

                        SHUSTER AS THE CHAIR. HE'S DONE AN OUTSTANDING JOB AND DONE HIS FATHER'S…

                        SHUSTER AS THE CHAIR. HE'S DONE AN OUTSTANDING JOB AND DONE HIS FATHER'S MEMORY AS GREAT CHAIRMAN EVEN GREATER HONOR. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 02:44:18 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK, I RISE TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT…

                        MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK, I RISE TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT.

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                    • 02:44:27 PM

                      On agreeing to the Cohen amendment; as modified Agreed to by voice vote.

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                        MR. BURGESS

                        BURGESS OF TEXAS. .

                      • 02:45:01 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                      • 02:45:03 PM

                        THE CLERK

                      • 02:45:07 PM

                        An amendment, offered by Mr. Burgess, numbered 47 printed in Part A of House Report 115-650 to establish prohibitions to prevent the use of unmanned aircraft systems as a weapon while operating in the national airspace.

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                        DEBATE

                        Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 839, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Burgess amendment No. 47.

                        • 02:45:13 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                        • 02:45:24 PM

                          MR. BURGESS

                          UNLESS THAT EQUIPMENT IS AUTHORIZED BY THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE FEDERAL…

                          UNLESS THAT EQUIPMENT IS AUTHORIZED BY THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION. I HAVE INTRODUCED THIS IMPORTANT LANGUAGE AS THE NO-ARMED DRONES ACT SINCE THE 112TH CONGRESS. IN 2015 AN 18-YEAR-OLD IN CONNECTICUT BUILT A MULTIROTORED DRONE MOUNTED WITH A 45-BALANCE GER SEMIAUTOMATIC HANDGUN CAPABLE OF FIRING LIVE AMMUNITION WHILE FLYING. THIS INDIVIDUAL DEMONSTRATED DRONE MOUNTED WITH A 45-BALANCE HOW EASY IT WAS FOR A PRIVATE CITIZEN TO CREATE AND OPERATE AN ARMED DRONE IN HIS YOUTUBE VIDEO ENTITLED, FLYING GUN. POLICE DID NOT ARREST THIS PERSON SAYING THAT NO VIOLATION OF LAW HAD OCCURRED. ACCORDING TO THE THEN CHIEF OF POLICE IN CLINTON, CONNECTICUT, WHERE THE DRONE VIDEO WAS MADE, THIS APPEARED TO BE A CASE OF TECHNOLOGY SURPASSING CURRENT LEGISLATION. IN RESPONSE TO THIS AND OTHER DRONE INCIDENTS, GOVERNMENT AGENCIES ARE DEVELOPING COUNTER DRONE TECHNOLOGY TO REDIRECT ROGUE DRONES. POLICE SAY THEIR GREATEST FEAR WITH THE INCREASE IN THE US -- USE OF RECREATIONAL DRONES IS THEIR MILITARIZATION. FLYING DRONES WITH ARMS QUOTED HERE LESS THAN LETHAL WEAPONS SINCE 2015, SOMETHING MANY IN LAW ENFORCEMENT SAY THEY ARE NOT COMFORTABLE DOING. THE USE OF DRONES FOR REGULAR BUSINESS OPERATIONS IS INCREASING AND THAT IS A GOOD LAW ENFORCEMENT SAY THEY ARE THING. FARMERS USE DRONES TO INSPECT THEIR CROPS. SECURITY COMPANIES USE DRONES TO CONDUCT SURVEILLANCE OVER GUARDED PROPERTIES. HOME REPAIR COMPANIES USE DRONES TO ASSESS DAMAGE ON STRUCTURES. AND DRONES CROPS. SECURITY COMPANIES USE ARE EVEN BEGINNING TO BE USED FOR HOME DELIVERY SERVICES. WHILE THESE ABILITIES MAY PROVE CONVENIENT TO OUR DAILY LIVES, WE MUST NOT LET THE CIVILIAN APPLICATIONS OF DRONE TECHNOLOGY ADVANCE TO WEAPONIZATION. OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES, TERRORIST GROUPS IN THE MIDDLE EAST HAVE USED SMALL DRONES AS WEAPONS. THERE IS REAL CONCERN THAT HOMEGROWN EXTREMISTS IN THE UNITED STATES COULD DO THE SAME THING. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT WE TAKE STEPS TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC BEFORE DEATH BY ARMED DRONE BECOMES A HEADLINE. THERE IS NO STATUTE IN THE UNITED STATES CODE THAT AFFIRM IVE -- AFFIRMATIVELY STATES THAT AN UNMANNED SYSTEM MAY NOT BE USED IN THE AIRSPACE AS A WEAPON. THIS AMENDMENT TODAY PROTECTS THE PUBLIC FROM DRONES THAT HAVE BEEN WEAPONIZED BOTH LETHAL AND NONLETHAL BY PRIVATE CITIZENS BY PREVENTING A PERSON FLYING AN ARMED DRONE IN NATIONAL AIRSPACE WITHOUT F.A.A. AUTHORIZATION. A PERSON WHO VIOLATES THIS REQUIREMENT MAY BE FINED A CIVIL PENALTY OF UP TO BE FINED A CIVIL PENALTY OF UP TO $25,000 PER VIOLATION UNDER THE STATUTE. . I OFFER THIS LANGUAGE TO THE F.A.A. RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2018 IN ORDER TO ALIGN OUR CURRENT LEGISLATION WITH AVAILABLE TECHNOLOGY. IT IS TIME WE TAKE A PREEMPTIVE RATHER THAN REACTIVE STEP TO PROTECT ALL AMERICANS. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                        • 02:49:00 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          IS THE GENTLEMAN OPPOSED?

                        • 02:49:08 PM

                          MR. DEFAZIO

                        • 02:49:11 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                        • 02:49:12 PM

                          MR. DEFAZIO

                        • 02:49:13 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                        • 02:49:15 PM

                          MR. DEFAZIO

                          DOES THE GENTLEMAN YIELD? DOES THE GENTLEMAN YIELD BACK HIS TIME?

                        • 02:50:14 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          MR. CHAIRMAN, I URGE ADOPTION OF THE AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE…

                          MR. CHAIRMAN, I URGE ADOPTION OF THE AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                        • 02:50:21 PM

                          MR. DEFAZIO

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                          THE CHAIR

                        • 02:50:27 PM

                          MR. BURGESS

                          THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE…

                          THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED

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                        • 02:50:30 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

                      • 02:50:39 PM

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

                        • 02:51:04 PM

                          PERLMUTTER

                          PERLMUTTER OF COLORADO.

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                          THE CHAIR

                        • 02:51:07 PM

                          THE CLERK

                          TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 83 , THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. PERLMUTTER, AND…

                          TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 83 , THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. PERLMUTTER, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

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                        • 02:51:08 PM

                          An amendment, offered by Mr. Perlmutter, numbered 49 printed in Part A of House Report 115-650 to implement recommendations from the FAA's Rotorcraft Occupant Protection Working Group to require all newly manufactured helicopters to meet certain standards to improve helicopter fuel system crash resistance within 18 months.

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                          DEBATE

                          Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 839, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Perlmutter amendment No. 49.

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                            THE CHAIR

                          • 02:51:26 PM

                            MR. PERLMUTTER

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

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                            THE CHAIR

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

                          • 02:54:42 PM

                            MR. PERLMUTTER

                            SHUSTER: I RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION THOUGH I DO NOT OPPOSE.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            SHUSTER: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR OFFERING HIS…

                            SHUSTER: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR OFFERING HIS AMENDMENT.

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                          • 02:54:50 PM

                            MR. SHUSTER

                            THIS AFFERED IMPLEMENTS CRITICAL RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE F.A.A. 'S ROTOR…

                            THIS AFFERED IMPLEMENTS CRITICAL RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE F.A.A. 'S ROTOR CRAFT OCCUPATION PROTECTION WORKING GROUP. SPECIFICALLY IT WILL REQUIRE NEWLY MANUFACTURED HELICOPTERS TO MEET SPECIFIC SAFETY STANDARDS TO PREVENT POST-CRASH FIRES FROM OCCURRING. IN MANY CASES FATAL HELICOPTER ACCIDENTS ARE DUE TO POST-CRASH FIRES RATHER THAN THE IMPACT.

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                          • 02:54:54 PM

                            THE CHAIR

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                            MR. SHUSTER

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

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

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                          • 02:55:40 PM

                            THE CHAIR

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                            MR. PERLMUTTER

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                            THE CHAIR

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                            MR. POLIS

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 02:57:42 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                          • 02:57:44 PM

                            MR. PERLMUTTER

                          • 02:57:51 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                        • 02:57:54 PM

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

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                            MR. ROHRABACHER

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                            THE CHAIR

                            THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

                          • 02:58:38 PM

                            MR. ROHRABACHER

                            ROHRABACHER OF CALIFORNIA.

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                            THE CHAIR

                          • 02:58:41 PM

                            THE CLERK

                          • 02:58:48 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            ROHRABACHER: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK…

                            ROHRABACHER: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSMAN DEFAZIO AND OF COURSE CHAIRMAN SHUSTER FOR THEIR HARD WORK THAT THEY PUT INTO

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                          • 02:58:56 PM

                            An amendment, offered by Mr. Rohrabacher, numbered 60 printed in Part A of House Report 115-650 to ensure that aircraft transitioning from flight over ocean to flight over land fly at safe altitude and no lower than specific flight operations require.

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                            DEBATE

                            Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 839, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Rohrbacher amendment No. 60.

                            • 02:59:00 PM

                              MR. ROHRABACHER

                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                              THE CHAIR

                              DEFAZIO: I APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT THE GENTLEMAN IS REPRESENTING VERY…

                              DEFAZIO: I APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT THE GENTLEMAN IS REPRESENTING VERY WELL HIS CONSTITUENTS' CONCERNS. WE HAD AN EARLIER DISCUSSION ON THE FLOOR OF THE AIRCRAFT NOISE.

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                            • 03:04:23 PM

                              MR. DEFAZIO

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                              THE CHAIR

                            • 03:04:27 PM

                              MR. DEFAZIO

                              AN AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED TO HAVE THE F.A.A. STUDY THE SPEED OF APPROACH,…

                              AN AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED TO HAVE THE F.A.A. STUDY THE SPEED OF APPROACH, WHICH APPARENTLY CAN DRAMATICALLY REDUCE, AND TAKE OFF, WHICH CAN DRAMATICALLY REDUCE THE NOISE IMPACT. I'VE ALSO ASKED THE F.A.A. TO LOOK AT ESTABLISHING ALTERNATE PERFORMANCE BASED NAVIGATION ROUTES SO THEY'RE NOT USING THE SAME ROUTE EVERY DAY OVER THE SAME HOUSES AND THE SAME NEIGHBORHOODS. WHEN I FIRST SAW THIS AMENDMENT, I THOUGHT IT WAS, YOU KNOW, IT SEEMED TO ME INNOCUOUS SINCE IT SEEMS TO FOLLOW THE BASIC REQUIREMENT IN THE CONTROLLER HAND BOOK, F.A.A. ORDER 7110. 65, SECTION 651. WHICH ADDRESSES THIS ISSUE. HOWEVER, WE HAVE BEEN CONTACTED BY THE NATIONAL AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS UNION AND THEY HAVE EXPRESSED GRAVE CONCERNS THAT THEY THINK IT MAY HAVE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES. UNFORTUNATELY THEY JUST CONTACTED US SO WE HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO GET THE DETAILS OF THEIR CONCERNS. IN THAT CASE, I WOULD HAVE TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 03:05:50 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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                            POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

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

                            • 03:06:03 PM

                              MR. ROHRABACHER

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                              THE CHAIR

                              I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK MADE IN ORDER BY THE RULE.

                            • 03:06:44 PM

                              MR. KING

                            • 03:06:48 PM

                              THE CLERK

                              THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA.

                            • 03:06:56 PM

                              THE CHAIR

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                              MR. KING

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

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

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                            • 03:07:12 PM

                              An amendment, offered by Mr. King (IA), numbered 63 printed in Part A of House Report 115-650 to ensure that none of the funds authorized by the Act are used to implement, administer, or enforce the prevailing wage requirements of the Davis-Bacon Act.

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                              DEBATE

                              Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 839, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the King (IA) amendment No. 63.

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                                THE CHAIR

                                DEFAZIO: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. THIS IS A PERPETUAL DEBATE HERE ON THE…

                                DEFAZIO: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. THIS IS A PERPETUAL DEBATE HERE ON THE FLOOR, WHENEVER IT COMES TO THE EXPENDITURE OF FEDERAL TAX DOLLARS. ON PROJECTS THAT ARE COVERED BY DAVIS-BACON, AS WOULD BE PROJECTS UNDER THE AIRPORT IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM AND OTHER RELATED ACTIVITIES BY THE F.A.A.

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                              • 03:10:08 PM

                                MR. DEFAZIO

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                                THE CHAIR

                              • 03:10:12 PM

                                MR. DEFAZIO

                                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR A MINUTE.

                              • 03:11:21 PM

                                THE CHAIR

                                AS THE RANKING MEMBER SAID, THIS IS SOMETHING THAT COMES UP EVERY YEAR.…

                                AS THE RANKING MEMBER SAID, THIS IS SOMETHING THAT COMES UP EVERY YEAR. THANKFULLY DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS HAVE STOOD TOGETHER TO PROTECT THIS IMPORTANT WORKER PROTECTION. AND LET'S JUST BE CLEAR ABOUT THIS. THIS IS ABOUT THE DESIRE TO ENGAGE IN THIS RACE TO THE BOTTOM, TO PAY WORKING FAMILIES LESS MONEY.

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                              • 03:11:24 PM

                                MR. KILDEE

                                I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

                              • 03:12:40 PM

                                MR. DEFAZIO

                              • 03:12:43 PM

                                THE CHAIR

                              • 03:12:45 PM

                                MR. KING

                                AND ON THE OTHER SIDE, MR. CHAIRMAN?

                              • 03:12:50 PM

                                THE CHAIR

                                KING: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY…

                                KING: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                              • 03:12:53 PM

                                MR. KING

                              • 03:12:56 PM

                                THE CHAIR

                                I HEAR THESE ARGUMENTS CONSTANTLY. LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR, NONUNION…

                                I HEAR THESE ARGUMENTS CONSTANTLY. LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR, NONUNION SHOPS. WE KNOW WHAT'S UNION SCALE, THERE'S A CONFESSION THAT IT IS. EVEN THOUGH THE LAW SAYS IT'S PREVAILING WAGE. EXPLOITING WORKERS, RACE TO THE BOTTOM, PEOPLE WORK HARD. THESE ARE STANDARD THRINES COME OUT EVERY YEAR -- LINES THAT COME OUT EVERY YEAR. BUT I'M THE ONE THAT'S LIVED THIS. WE PAY A COMPETITIVE WAGE AND WE WANT TO HAIR THE BEST PEOPLE WE CAN -- HIRE THE BEST PEOPLE WE CAN AND PAY THEM THE BEST WAGES WE CAN AND WE WANT TO HAVE THE LOWEST TURNOVER POSSIBLE AND WE'RE IN PRETTY GOOD SHAPE THAT WAY AFTER 42 YEARS. I THINK I KNOW ABOUT THIS.

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                              • 03:12:59 PM

                                MR. KING

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

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

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                              • 03:14:08 PM

                                THE CHAIR

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                                MR. DEFAZIO

                                THAT'S PRETTY PATHETIC. MY STATE IS ONE OF MANY THAT HAS CHOSEN TO FAR…

                                THAT'S PRETTY PATHETIC. MY STATE IS ONE OF MANY THAT HAS CHOSEN TO FAR EXCEED THAT MINIMUM WAKE. BUT IF WE DO AWAY WITH -- THIS SAYS THAT FEDERALLY FUNDED CONTRACTS MUST RECEIVE THE LOCAL PREVAILING WAGE FOR THEIR WORK. IN OREGON WE'VE RECOGNIZED THAT WITH A HIGHER MINIMUM WAGE. SO OUR PREVAILING WAGES ARE GOING TO BE HIGHER THAN SOME STATE THAT PAYS -- THAT ONLY FOLLOWS THE FEDERAL MINIMUM WAGE OF $7.50 AN HOUR. SO, WHAT MIGHT SOME CONTRACTOR DO? OH, I CAN GO OVER HERE AND HIRE PEOPLE WHO ARE USED TO EARNING $7.50, I'M GOING TO IMPORT THEM INTO OREGON, OF COURSE YOU'RE GOING TO STILL HAVE A PROBLEM WITH OUR MINIMUM WAGE LAW, BUT THIS IS WHAT THIS IS ABOUT. IS TO FIND LESS EXPENSIVE LABOR AND MOVE IT AROUND THE COUNTRY. AND THAT, I BELIEVE, IS A DISSERVICE TO THE WORKING PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES. I WOULD URGE CONGRESS, AS IT HAS DONE EVERY OTHER TIME THIS AMENDMENT HAS BEEN OFFERED, TO REJECT IT ON A BROAD BIPARTISAN BASIS. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                THE CHAIR

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                              POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

                              At the conclusion of debate on the King (IA) amendment, the Chair put the question on the amendment and by voice vote, announced the ayes had prevailed. Mr. DeFazio demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings until a time to be announced.

                              • 03:15:42 PM

                                MR. KING

                                I LONG SAID IF IT'S ROAD CONSTRUCTION, BUILD FIVE MILES OF ROAD INSTEAD OF…

                                I LONG SAID IF IT'S ROAD CONSTRUCTION, BUILD FIVE MILES OF ROAD INSTEAD OF FOUR IF YOU GET RID OF DAVIS-BACON. IF IT HAPPENS TO BE RIVER CONSTRUCTION, WE LOST A LOCK AN DAM ON MISSISSIPPI, LOCK AND DAM NUMBER 11. THESE THINGS COST MONEY. THERE ARE 29 OF THOSE. WE CAN EITHER FIX 23 OF THEM UNDER DAVIS-BACON OR ALL 29 WITHOUT DAVIS-BACON. THERE ARE 45 MAJOR AIRPORTS IN AMERICA IF WE'RE GOING TO RENOVATE THOSE, WE CAN RENOVATE ALL OF THEM OR 36 OF THEM DEPENDING ON WHETHER THIS AMENDMENT PASSES OR FAILS, MR. CHAIRMAN. I URGE THE ADOPTION OF MY AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              • 03:16:45 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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                                MR. DEFAZIO

                              • 03:17:03 PM

                                TEMPORE PURSUANT

                                FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

                              • 03:17:19 PM

                                Amendments en bloc offered by Mr. Shuster, printed in Part A of House Report 115-650 consisting of amendments numbered 66, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 76, 77, 80, 82, 83, 85, 86, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 98, 99, 100, and 101.

                                • 03:17:20 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                • 03:17:22 PM

                                  >>

                                  ENBLK NUMBER 3 CONSISTING OF AMENDMENTS 74, 76, 77, 8, 082, 83, 85, 86,…

                                  ENBLK NUMBER 3 CONSISTING OF AMENDMENTS 74, 76, 77, 8, 082, 83, 85, 86, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 98, 99, 100, AND 101, PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-650 OFFERED BY MR. SHUSTER OF PENNSYLVANIA.

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                            • 03:17:26 PM

                              DEBATE

                              Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 839, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 20 minutes of debate on the Shuster En bloc amendment No. 3.

                              • 03:17:28 PM

                                THE CHAIR

                              • 03:17:34 PM

                                THE CLERK

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                                THE CHAIR

                                DEFAZIO, EACH WILL CONTROL 10 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN…

                                DEFAZIO, EACH WILL CONTROL 10 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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                              • 03:18:13 PM

                                MR. SHUSTER

                                THE GENTLEMAN RE--

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                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THESE AMENDMENTS EN BLOC HAVE BEEN REVIEWED BY THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY…

                                THESE AMENDMENTS EN BLOC HAVE BEEN REVIEWED BY THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY AND THERE IS CONSENSUS ON THEIR MERIT. AND I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THEM.

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                              • 03:18:28 PM

                                THE CHAIR

                              • 03:18:31 PM

                                MR. DEFAZIO

                                WITH THAT, I YIELD TO MY CLOOG FROM TEXAS, REPRESENTATIVE DOGGETT, AS MUCH…

                                WITH THAT, I YIELD TO MY CLOOG FROM TEXAS, REPRESENTATIVE DOGGETT, AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME. I WOULD SAY FIRST THAT I STRONGLY SUPPORTED HIS AMENDMENT AND TRIED TO WORK WITH THE FORMER F.A.A. ADMINISTRATOR TO RECTIFY THIS ISSUE THAT LED TO THIS EXTRAORDINARY AND UNNECESSARY LOSS OF LIFE. WITH THAT, I YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO MR. DOGGETT. MR. DEGREE ET: THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP --

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                              • 03:19:13 PM

                                MR. DEGREE ET

                                HAD LISTENED, I THANK MR. SHUSTER AND STAFFS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE…

                                HAD LISTENED, I THANK MR. SHUSTER AND STAFFS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE COMMITTEE FOR INCLUDING THIS AMENDMENT WITH OTHERS THAT NEED TO BE PART OF THIS ACTION. IT WAS ABOUT TWO YEARS AGO THAT THE LARGEST, MOST DEADLY CRASH OF A COMMERCIAL BALLOON IN AMERICAN HIST ARE -- HISTORY OCCURRED JUST SOUTH OF AUSTIN NEAR LOCKHART AND MAXWELL, TEXAS. IT REMAINS THE LARGEST AVIATION DISASTER OF ANY TYPE IN THIS DECADE. AND WHEN THAT MORNING, THAT SATURDAY MORNING ENDED, THIS WAS ALL THAT WAS LEFT ALONG WITH THE BODIES OF THE VICTIMS OF THIS. THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION HAD BEEN ASKED PRIOR TO THIS INCIDENT BY THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD TO TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AND COME UP WITH REASONABLE REGULATIONS FOR THE COMMERCIAL BALLOON INDUSTRY. THE F.A.A.

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                              • 03:19:18 PM

                                MR. DOGGETT

                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

                              • 03:21:55 PM

                                THE CHAIR

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT --

                              • 03:21:58 PM

                                MR. SHUSTER

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                                >>

                                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                                THE CHAIR

                                RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT. I WISH TO THANK THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN, MR.

                              • 03:22:14 PM

                                MR. SHUSTER

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                                THE CHAIR

                              • 03:22:17 PM

                                >>

                                SHUSTER, OF THE COMMITTEE AND THE RANKING MEMBER, MR. DEFAZIO FOR THE…

                                SHUSTER, OF THE COMMITTEE AND THE RANKING MEMBER, MR. DEFAZIO FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO OFFER THIS AMENDMENT.

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                              • 03:22:32 PM

                                MR. FLEISCHMANN

                                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED.

                              • 03:24:24 PM

                                THE CHAIR

                              • 03:24:29 PM

                                MR. DEFAZIO

                                4 TO ENSURE THE F.A.A. IS HELPING BUSINESSES THAT HAVE BEEN HISTORICALLY…

                                4 TO ENSURE THE F.A.A. IS HELPING BUSINESSES THAT HAVE BEEN HISTORICALLY DISCRIMINATED AGAINST WHEN IT COMES TO GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE -- AND THE RANKING MEMBER FOR THEIR SUPPORT.

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                              • 03:24:34 PM

                                MS. MOORE

                                THE GENTLELADY YIELDS.

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                                THE CHAIR

                              • 03:25:48 PM

                                MR. DEFAZIO

                                LANCE: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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                                THE CHAIR

                                MY THANKS TO CHAIRMAN SHUSTER AND RANKING MEMBER DEFAZIO.

                              • 03:25:52 PM

                                MR. SHUSTER

                                I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF

                              • 03:25:55 PM

                                THE CHAIR

                              • 03:25:57 PM

                                MR. LANCE

                                THIS EN BLOC PACKAGE THAT CONTAIN MISBIPARTISAN AMENDMENT REQUIRING THE…

                                THIS EN BLOC PACKAGE THAT CONTAIN MISBIPARTISAN AMENDMENT REQUIRING THE F.A.A. TO STUDY THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF TEMPORARY FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS ON LOCAL AIRPORTS. AND TO RECOMMEND WAYS TO MITIGATE THE NEGATIVE EFFECTS POTENTIALLY INCLUDING CREATING SECURITY PROCEDURES TO ALLOW LIMITED USE OF CERTAIN AIRPORTS DURING A T.F.R. THIS IS ABOUT FAIRNESS FOR NEW JERSEY PILOTS AND SMALL BUSINESSES. THE PRESIDENT AND THE FIRST FAMILY USE TRUMP NATIONAL GOLF COURSE IN BEDMINSTER, NEW JERSEY, AS A WEEKENDRES. DANCE IN THE LATE SPRING, SUMMER, AND EARLY FALL. DURING SUCH VISITS, A T.F.R. IS IMPOSED IN THE AREA, SHUTTERING SOLBERG AND SOMERSET AIRPORTS AND GROUNDING RECREATIONAL AND TRAINING FLIGHTS. THE SAFETY OF THE FIRST FAMILY AND VISITORS IS PARAMOUNT BUT T.F.R. 'S CAN BE VERY CHALLENGING. AND I WANT TO FIND A COMPROMISE WITH THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION AND THE SECRET SERVICE SO PILOTS CAN BE VETTED, PRESCREENED, AND ALLOWED TO FLY. THIS IS NOT A NEW IDEA. FOR SOME AIRPORTS IN MARYLAND, NEAR WASHINGTON, D.C., PILOTS ARE PERMITTED LIMITED OPERATION AFTER BEING PROPERLY VETTED. I SEEK THE SAME STATUS FOR CONSTITUENTS I SERVE IN NEW JERSEY. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS INTEREST AND ASK FOR FURTHER HELP IN CRAFTING THIS POLICY WITH THE F.A.A. I FURTHER HOPE TO WORK WITH HIM ON ESTABLISHING A TEMPORARY REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAM AS WAS DONE FOR THE MARYLAND AIRPORTS IN THE EARLY 2000'S. I URGE A YES VOTE ON THIS LEGISLATION AND YIELD BACK THE PLANS OF MY TIME.

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                                THE CHAIR

                                I YIELD BACK.

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                                MR. DEFAZIO

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                                THE CHAIR

                              • 03:28:02 PM

                                MR. SHUSTER

                                THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO.

                              • 03:28:06 PM

                                THE CHAIR

                                I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                            • 03:28:16 PM

                              On agreeing to the Shuster amendments; Agreed to by voice vote.

                              • 03:28:37 PM

                                An amendment, offered by Mr. Beyer, numbered 67 printed in Part A of House Report 115-650 to require the FAA to review and revise helicopter flight paths for all helicopters, including military helicopters, flying in the National Capital Region--identifying and issuing new official paths if helicopters are able to fly at higher altitudes.

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                                DEBATE

                                Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 839, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Beyer amendment No. 67.

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                                  THE CHAIR

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                                  THE CLERK

                                  THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA. MR.

                                • 03:28:56 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  BEYER: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, I CONSISTENTLY HEAR A GREAT…

                                  BEYER: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, I CONSISTENTLY HEAR A GREAT DEAL FROM MY CONSTITUENTS ABOUT PERVASIVE, INTRUSIVE HELICOPTER NOISE.

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                                  MR. BEYER

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

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

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  SHUSTER: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I DO RISE IN OPPOSITION. THIS AMENDMENT…

                                  SHUSTER: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I DO RISE IN OPPOSITION. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD INTERFERE WITH NATIONAL SECURITY, HOMELAND SECURITY, AND LAW ENFORCEMENT OPERATIONS. THE AREA SERVES A CRITICAL ROLE FOR THE COUNTRY AS A HOME TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

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                                  MR. SHUSTER

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                                  MR. SHUSTER

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

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

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                                • 03:31:54 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

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                                  MR. BEYER

                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  BEYER: THEN I WILL YIELD BACK, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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                                  MR. SHUSTER

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  MR.

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                                  MR. SHUSTER

                                  I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                • 03:33:37 PM

                                  MR. BEYER

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO.

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                                POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

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

                                • 03:33:42 PM

                                  MR. SHUSTER

                                • 03:33:43 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                  I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                  MR. SMITH

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                                  An amendment, offered by Mr. Smith (NE), numbered 68 printed in Part A of House Report 115-650 to direct the Comptroller General to assess the current state of the aviation workforce, barriers to entry to the aviation workforce, and options to increase the future supply of individuals in the aviation workforce.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                DEBATE

                                Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 839, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Smith (NE) amendment No. 68.

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                                  THE CLERK

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  SMITH: I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN…

                                  SMITH: I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT, WHICH WOULD DIRECT THE COMPTROLLER GENERAL TO STUDY THE CURRENT AND FUTURE AVAILABILITY OF PILOTS IN THE AVIATION WORK FORCE. SINCE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF NEW PILOT TRAINING REQUIREMENTS FOR FIRST OFFICERS IN 2013, TWO AIRLINES WHICH PROVIDED AIR SERVICE TO MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT HAVE FILED FOR BANKRUPTCY. CITING THE INABILITY TO FIND PILOTS AS A PRIMARY FACTOR IN THEIR FINANCIAL STRUGGLES.

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                                  MR. SMITH

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

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

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                  THIS AMENDMENT WOULD REQUIRE THE COMPTROLLER GENERAL TO CONDUCT A STUDY ON…

                                  THIS AMENDMENT WOULD REQUIRE THE COMPTROLLER GENERAL TO CONDUCT A STUDY ON THE CURRENT AND FUTURE SUPPLY OF INDIVIDUALS FOR U.S.

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                                  THE CHAIR

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                                  >>

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

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

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                                • 03:37:21 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

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                                  MR. SMITH

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                • 03:37:30 PM

                                  MR. SHUSTER

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  AND CANCELED FLIGHTS HAVE BEEN A MAJOR PROBLEM FOR COMMUNITIES WITH THE…

                                  AND CANCELED FLIGHTS HAVE BEEN A MAJOR PROBLEM FOR COMMUNITIES WITH THE SMALLER AIRLINES AND CERTAINLY WE WANT TO PREVENT SOMETHING FROM -- IN A SIMILAR MANNER FROM IMPACTING THE LARGER AIRPORTS AROUND THE COUNTRY AS WELL. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER FOR THEIR SUPPORT AND I URGE OTHERS TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                • 03:37:59 PM

                                  MR. SMITH

                                  THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED,

                              • 03:38:24 PM

                                On agreeing to the Smith (NE) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO BRING MY AMENDMENT TO THE FLOOR. THANK YOU, MR.…

                                  MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO BRING MY AMENDMENT TO THE FLOOR. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                  MR. LEWIS

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  LEWIS OF MINNESOTA.

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                                  THE CLERK

                                • 03:39:31 PM

                                  An amendment, offered by Mr. Lewis (MN), numbered 75 printed in Part A of House Report 115-650 to clarify that MPOs established prior to December 18, 1991 should also have local elected officials on their governing boards.

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                                  DEBATE

                                  Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 839, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Lewis (MN) amendment No. 75.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    LEWIS: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. SINCE 1991, FEDERAL LAW HAS STATED THAT…

                                    LEWIS: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. SINCE 1991, FEDERAL LAW HAS STATED THAT METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATIONS AROUND THE COUNTRY SHOULD HAVE LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS ON THEIR BOARDS. IN 2012 CONGRESS PASSED MAP 21 AND INCLUDED A CLAUSE STATING THAT THESE M.P.O.

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                                    MR. LEWIS

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

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

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    LARSEN: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY TO OPPOSE…

                                    LARSEN: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY TO OPPOSE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA. I UNDERSTAND THE CONCERNS THAT HE HAS WITH HIS LOCAL M.P.O.

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                                  • 03:43:48 PM

                                    MR. LARSEN

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                  • 03:43:52 PM

                                    MR. LARSEN

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

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

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    SHUSTER: THANK YOU, MR. LEWIS. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR OFFERING THIS…

                                    SHUSTER: THANK YOU, MR. LEWIS. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT. THE METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATIONS WERE CREATED TO ENSURE LOCAL OFFICIALS DRIVE DECISIONS ABOUT HOW FEDERAL HIGHWAY AND TRANSIT FUNDS ARE SPENT. UNFORTUNATELY FOR THE GENTLEMAN'S DISTRICT, A LOOPHOLE IN THE LAW UNDERMINES ELECTED

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                                  • 03:44:57 PM

                                    MR. LEWIS

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                  • 03:45:01 PM

                                    MR. SHUSTER

                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    CLEARLY --

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                                    MR. LARSEN

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                                    MR. LEWIS

                                    LARSEN: I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                    MR. LARSEN

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                                • 03:46:11 PM

                                  On agreeing to the Lewis (MN) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.

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                                    An amendment, offered by Mr. Lipinski, numbered 78 printed in Part A of House Report 115-650 to direct a DOT rulemaking to require airlines to interline and provide accommodations to passengers who are displaced due to events within an airline's control.

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                • 03:46:28 PM

                                  DEBATE

                                  Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 839, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Lipinski amendment No. 78.

                                  • 03:46:30 PM

                                    THE CLERK

                                    LIPINSKI OF ILLINOIS.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

                                  • 03:46:52 PM

                                    MR. LIPINSKI

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                  • 03:46:57 PM

                                    MR. LIPINSKI

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

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

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                    MR. SHUSTER

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    SHUSTER: I HAVE THE RIGHT TO CLOSE.

                                  • 03:50:29 PM

                                    MR. LIPINSKI

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                  • 03:50:35 PM

                                    MR. SHUSTER

                                    RECOGNIZED. MR.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    LY SPINSKY: I YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO MR. LARSON.

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                                    MR.LY SPINSKY

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                                    MR. LARSON

                                    AIRLINES ARE NO LONGER REQUIRED TO COMPETE ON THE QUALITY OF SERVICES THEY…

                                    AIRLINES ARE NO LONGER REQUIRED TO COMPETE ON THE QUALITY OF SERVICES THEY PROVIDE TO CONSUMERS YET THE INDUSTRY HAS BECOME THE WORLD'S MOST PROFITABLE CUE TO COUNTLESS AVENS LAIR FEES THEY CHARGE TO PANELS.

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                                    MR. LARSEN

                                    A RULE OF GREAT INTENTIONS HAD SEVERAL UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES SUCH AS…

                                    A RULE OF GREAT INTENTIONS HAD SEVERAL UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES SUCH AS PASSENGERS BEING STRANDED OVERNIGHT AT DIVERSION AIRPORTS HUNDREDS OF MILES FROM THEIR DESTINATION. CONGRESS HAD TO MITIGATE SOME OF THESE ISSUES IN THE 2003 EXTENSION. WHEN WE'RE PRESCRIPTIONIVE ON THE CUSTOMER SERVICE FRONT WE HAVE TO BE SURE WE GET IT RIGHT. I WANT TO THANK MR. LIPINSKI FOR OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT AND WORK WITH THE COMMITTEE TO PERFECT IT. I STAND IN OPPOSITION TO IT. I YIELD BACK.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                  • 03:52:25 PM

                                    MR. LIPINSKI

                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES VISIT. THE…

                                    THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES VISIT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO. MR.

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                                    MR. SHUSTER

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    LIPINSKI: I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

                                • 03:53:35 PM

                                  POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

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

                                  • 03:53:36 PM

                                    MR. LIPINSKI

                                  • 03:53:39 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                  • 03:54:07 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                  • 03:54:09 PM

                                    THE CLERK

                                  • 03:54:17 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    DENHAM: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. REAL QUICKLY, LET ME EXPLAIN WHAT THE…

                                    DENHAM: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. REAL QUICKLY, LET ME EXPLAIN WHAT THE F-4-A OR DENHAM AMENDMENT DOES. IT CLARIFIES THE INTENT OF THE 1994 F.A.A.

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                                    An amendment, offered by Mr. Denham, numbered 79 printed in Part A of House Report 115-650 to clarify the intent of the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act of 1994 for motor carrier meal and rest regulations.

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                                    DEBATE

                                    Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 839, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Denham amendment No. 79.

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                                      MR. DENHAM

                                      BILL, THOUSANDS HOW IT GOT ITS NAME, THE F-4-A. IT WAS CREATED ONE FEDERAL…

                                      BILL, THOUSANDS HOW IT GOT ITS NAME, THE F-4-A. IT WAS CREATED ONE FEDERAL REGULATORY, ONE STANDARD FOR MEAL AND REST BREAKS FOR INTERSTATE FREIGHT AND PASSENGER MOTOR CARRIERS. THIS IS ORIGIN FAMILY IN THE F.A.A. BILL OF 1994. IT ALSO INCLUDE PEACE RATE. WE PASSED THIS FROM SEVERAL TIMES FROM THE HOUSE TO THE SENATE. A VERY GOOD BIPARTISAN BILL. BUT WHILE WE'VE HAD GREAT BIPARTISANSHIP IN THE PAST, TO CREATE -- TO CREATE GREATER BIPARTISANSHIP AND TO WORK WITH LABOR, WE ACTUALLY TOOK OUT THE PIECE RATE ISSUE. NOW THIS BILL ONLY DEALS WITH MEAL AND REST. THE SAME AS THAT PIECE OF IT THAT WAS IN 1994 WHERE CONGRESS, WHERE THIS BODY REPORTED OUT SAYING STATE ECONOMIC REGULATION OF MOTOR CARRIER OPERATORS CAUSES SIGNIFICANT INEFFICIENCIES, INCREASED COST, REDUCTION OF COMPETITION, AND CURTAILS THE EXPANSION OF MARKETS. THIS IS ABOUT INTERSTATE COMMERCE. MAKING SURE THAT YOU CAN DRIVE A TRUCK TRPSING GOODS FROM ONE STAID TO ANOTHER WITHOUT HAVING CHALLENGES GOING FROM A PATCH WORK OF STATES ACROSS THE ENTIRE COUNTRY. WE WANT THESE PROFESSIONAL DRIVERS TO BE SAFE MEANING IF YOU GET TIRED, TAKE A BREAK. WHAT WE DENT WANT TO DO IS SAY, AT TWO HOUR YOU NEED TO PULL OVER IMMEDIATELY. ON THE BRIDGE, ON THE HIGHWAY, WHEREVER YOU'RE AT, CREATING AN UNSAFE CONDITION. STOP AT THE REST STOP. STOP AT THE TRUCK STOP. STOP WHEN IT'S CONVENIENT, WHEN IT'S SAFE, AND WHEN YOU'RE TIRED. WE WANT TO GIVE THESE PROFESSIONAL DRIVERS THE FLEXIBILITY IN INTERSTATE COMMERCE. THAT WAS 1994, THAT WAS THE LUFE THE LAND UNTIL THE U.S. SUPREME COURT, THE APPEALS COURT, THE NINTH CIRCUIT RECONVENED AND CHANGED SOME MOTOR CARRIER LAWS. THE AMENDMENT AND THE FEDERAL STANDARD ONLY APPLY TO INTERSTATE. WHAT YOU DO IN YOUR OWN STATE IS UP TO YOUR STATE BUT INTERSTATE, GOING ACROSS STATE LINES, WHICH THE CONSTITUTION ENEW MEXICOLATED -- ENUMERATED TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN ARTICLE 1, SECTION 8, CLAUSE 306 THE COMMERCE CLAUSE, INTERSTATE HOURS OF SERVICE REGULATIONS CONTINUE TO BE REGULATED BY THE STATE BUS THIS HAS ALREADY BEEN PROVEN BY THE U.S. D.O.T. THAT THIS IS THE SAFEST WAY FOR INTERSTATE COMMERCE. WITH THAT, I'D LIKE TO YIELD THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. COSTA, 90 SECONDS.

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                                      THE CHAIR

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                                      MR. COSTA

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

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

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                                    • 03:59:17 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      BLUMENAUER: I YIELD MYSELF TWO MINUTES.

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                                      I OFFERED A NARROW FIX FOR THIS IN WHAT WAS TRUE INTERSTATE COMMERCE…

                                      I OFFERED A NARROW FIX FOR THIS IN WHAT WAS TRUE INTERSTATE COMMERCE BECAUSE OF THE POTENTIAL

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                    • 03:59:29 PM

                                      MR. BLUMENAUER

                                      CON FUSION --

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                                      MR. DEFAZIO

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

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

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES.

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                                      MR. DENHAM

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                    • 04:01:25 PM

                                      MR. DEFAZIO

                                      NAPOLITANO: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU, MR. DEFAZIO. I…

                                      NAPOLITANO: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU, MR. DEFAZIO. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE DENHAM AMENDMENT WHICH WOULD OVERTURN A FEDERAL COURT DECISION THAT DETERMINED THAT CALIFORNIA MALE AND REST BREAKS APPLY TO TRUCKERS.

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                                    • 04:01:31 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

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                                      MRS. NAPOLITANO

                                      GENERAL REQUEST WILL BE COVERED UNDER GENERAL LEAVE.

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      BACK.

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                                      MRS. NAPOLITANO

                                      HOW MUCH TIME REMAINS ON EACH SIDE?

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                                      THE CHAIR

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                                      MR. DEFAZIO

                                    • 04:03:31 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      MINUTE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                      MR. DENHAM

                                      THIS IS VERY FIGHT COMPARED TO 1994 WHEN THE DEMOCRATS HAD CONTROL OF THE…

                                      THIS IS VERY FIGHT COMPARED TO 1994 WHEN THE DEMOCRATS HAD CONTROL OF THE HOUSE, SENATE AND THE PRESIDENCY AND MR. DEFAZIO SUPPORTED IT DEALING WITH THESE ISSUES. NOW WE ARE DEALING WITH MEAL AND REST BREAKS ONLY. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO MR. CUELLAR ON THIS VERY BIPARTISAN MEASURE.

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                                    • 04:04:25 PM

                                      MR. CUELLAR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED.

                                    • 04:05:04 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      FOR HOW LONG?

                                    • 04:05:06 PM

                                      MR. DEFAZIO

                                      SECONDS. MR.

                                    • 04:05:14 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      MCEACHIN: THIS AMENDMENT PREEMPTS IMPORTANT STATE LEVEL PROTECTIONS TO…

                                      MCEACHIN: THIS AMENDMENT PREEMPTS IMPORTANT STATE LEVEL PROTECTIONS TO ENSURE THAT TRUCK DRIVERS ARE TREATED FAIRLY AND ABLE TO DO THEIR JOB SAFELY. THIS NOT ONLY ERASES BREAKS BUT AFFECT ALL LOCAL AND STATE WAGES WITH ADVERSE IMPLICATIONS FROM EVERYTHING FROM WORKERS' COMPENSATION TO THE MINIMUM WAGE. THESE CHANGES WOULD BE DEEPLY HURTFUL AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THEM. I YIELD BACK.

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                                    • 04:05:15 PM

                                      MR. DEFAZIO

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                                      MR. MCEACHIN

                                    • 04:05:51 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      I HAVE TIME IN OPPOSITION.

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                                      MR. DEFAZIO

                                    • 04:06:04 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

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                                      MR. DENHAM

                                      NO. LOOK, THIS IS -- I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                      MR. DEFAZIO

                                      IF YOU SIMPLY PICK UP A LOAD IN THE PORT OF LOS ANGELES AND DRIVE 10…

                                      IF YOU SIMPLY PICK UP A LOAD IN THE PORT OF LOS ANGELES AND DRIVE 10 MILES, THAT IS DEEMED INTERSTATE COMMERCE. THE PROBLEM I WAS TRYING TO SOLVE WAS A NARROW AMENDMENT VERSION WAS TO SAY IF SOMEONE IS COMING IN FROM NEVADA AND CROSSES THE STATE LINE, THERE WOULD BE CONFUSION. THAT IS TRULY INTERSTATE COMMERCE. AND WHAT WOULD APPLY, THE FEDERAL HOURS OF SERVICE, AND THERE COULD BE A NARROW FIX TO THIS ISSUE. BUT THIS IS A PREEMPTION. IF YOU READ THE LAW, BASICALLY YOU CANNOT HAVE FROM WORKING TO THE FULL EXTENT PERMITTED OR AT SUCH TIMES PERMITTED UNDER SAID SECTION OR IMPOSING ANY ADDITIONAL OBLIGATIONS ON MOTOR CAR YEARS IF EMPLOYEES WORK TO THE FULL EXTENT OR AT SUCH TIMES AS PERMITTED UNDER SUCH SECTION. SO THIS WOULD BE A PREEMPTION IN ALL THE 50 STATES OF WHATEVER ADDITIONAL CONDITIONS THEY HAVE PUT IN PLACE. TRUCK DRIVERS FOR MANY ARE WHO ARE APPLY ABUSED. WE HAVE DONE AWAY WITH DETENTION TIMES AND PUT LIMITS ON WHEN THEY CAN DRIVE. THEY ARE SITTING AT A WAREHOUSE FACILITY FOR HOURS EARNING NOTHING UNLESS WE CAN HAVE STATES WITH ADDITIONAL LAWS SAYING -- IF WE AREN'T GOING TO HAVE FEDERAL DETENTION TIMES, PERHAPS STATES CAN HELP US. WE DON'T WANT ABUSED TIRED TRUCK DRIVERS OUT ON THE ROAD. THEY NEED TO BE EARNING A LIVING WAGE. I MET THE DRIVERS WHO ARE IN THESE DEALS TO BUY THEIR TRUCKS THAT THEY NEVER GET TO BUY AND SOME OF THEM AREN'T TAKING HOME 100 BUCKS A WEEK AND WORKING MANY, MANY HOURS. THIS IS GOING TO MAKE THINGS WORST. I OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                    • 04:08:21 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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                                      MR. DEFAZIO

                                  • 04:08:37 PM

                                    POSTPONED PROCEEDING

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

                                    • 04:08:38 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK…

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

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                                  • 04:08:38 PM

                                    VACATED PROCEEDINGS

                                    Mr. Shuster asked unanimous consent to vacate the proceedings on Beyer amendment No. 67 of House Report 115-650, which was postponed, to the end that the Chair put the question de novo. Agreed to without objection.

                                    • 04:08:51 PM

                                      MR. SHUSTER

                                    • 04:09:02 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT H.R. NUMBER 4 AND I WANT TO THANK…

                                      I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT H.R. NUMBER 4 AND I WANT TO THANK --

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                                    • 04:09:43 PM

                                      MISS GONZALEZ-COLON

                                    • 04:09:50 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 839, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM PUERTO RICO AND A…

                                      PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 839, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM PUERTO RICO AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM PUERTO RICO.

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                                    • 04:10:04 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                      NUMBER 4 AND THE AMENDMENT THAT I'M SUPPORTING AND SPONSORING TODAY AND I…

                                      NUMBER 4 AND THE AMENDMENT THAT I'M SUPPORTING AND SPONSORING TODAY AND I THANK CHAIRMAN SHUSTER TO SPEAK ON BEHALF OF THIS SIMPLE YET VERY IMPORTANT AMENDMENT THAT CONGRESSMAN DON YOUNG HAS JOINED ME IN SPONSORING.

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                                  • 04:10:09 PM

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

                                    • 04:10:19 PM

                                      MISS GONZALEZ-COLON

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

                                      THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON RISE?

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                                    • 04:10:25 PM

                                      An amendment, offered by Miss Gonzalez-Colon (PR), numbered 81 printed in Part A of House Report 115-650 to require a study/assessment and data collection of the air cargo traffic in the Caribbean region.

                                    • 04:10:55 PM

                                      DEBATE

                                      Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 839, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Gonzalez-Colon amendment No. 81.

                                      • 04:14:02 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                      • 04:14:08 PM

                                        >>

                                        CHAIRMAN.

                                      • 04:14:16 PM

                                        >>

                                      • 04:14:20 PM

                                        MR. LARSEN

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

                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM PUERTO RICO.

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                                      • 04:14:47 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                        THIS BILL WILL PROVIDE DATA THAT IS IMPORTANT FOR THAT RECOGNITION IN…

                                        THIS BILL WILL PROVIDE DATA THAT IS IMPORTANT FOR THAT RECOGNITION IN TERMS OF THE DEPAKETS OF THE ISLAND FOR THE NEAR FUTURE AND I HOPE THIS BILL WILL PASS AND GIVE PUERTO RICO THE OPPORTUNITIES WE NEED TO FULFILL THE OPPORTUNITIES WE HAVE IN THE REGION AND WITH THE STATES. AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                                      • 04:14:52 PM

                                        MISS GONZALEZ-COLON

                                        ALL IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE…

                                        ALL IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. .

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                                      • 04:15:18 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

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

                                    • 04:15:28 PM

                                      On agreeing to the Gonzalez-Colon (PR) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.

                                      • 04:15:54 PM

                                        >>

                                      • 04:15:58 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                      • 04:15:59 PM

                                        THE CLERK

                                      • 04:16:05 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                        MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT MY AMENDMENT, NUMBER 84, BE…

                                        MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT MY AMENDMENT, NUMBER 84, BE MODIFIED IN THE MANNER I HAVE PLACED AT THE DESK.

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                                        An amendment, offered by Mrs. Comstock, numbered 84 printed in Part A of House Report 115-650 to require a study on possible funding options for a potential federal grant program for spaceport activities. Requires a report on a National Spaceports Policy which evaluates the national security and civil space launch demands; proposes policies designed to ensure a robust and resilient orbital and suborbital spaceport infrastructure; reviews the development and investments made by international competitors; and other aspects. Establishes an Office of Spaceports within the FAA to support, promote, and enable infrastructure improvements at FAA-licensed spaceports in the U.S.

                                        • 04:16:17 PM

                                          MRS. COMSTOCK

                                      • 04:16:20 PM

                                        Comstock amendment; modified by unanimous consent.

                                        • 04:16:25 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

                                          COMSTOCK OF VIRGINIA.

                                        • 04:16:27 PM

                                          THE CLERK

                                          MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE MODIFICATION BE CONSIDERED…

                                          MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE MODIFICATION BE CONSIDERED AS READ.

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                                        • 04:16:37 PM

                                          MRS. COMSTOCK

                                    • 04:16:39 PM

                                      DEBATE

                                      Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 839, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Comstock amendment No. 84, as modified.

                                      • 04:16:41 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                        THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                                      • 04:16:51 PM

                                        MRS. COMSTOCK

                                        THE GENTLELADY RESERVES HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

                                      • 04:19:00 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                        LARSEN: SO, MR. SPEAKER, I SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT BEING OFFERED BY THE…

                                        LARSEN: SO, MR. SPEAKER, I SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT BEING OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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                                      • 04:19:02 PM

                                        MR. LARSEN

                                        THIS AMENDMENT WOULD CREATE WITHIN THE F.A.A.

                                      • 04:19:07 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                      • 04:19:09 PM

                                        MR. LARSEN

                                        THE GENTLEMAN THE GENTLEMAN WILL YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM…

                                        THE GENTLEMAN THE GENTLEMAN WILL YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM VIRGINIA.

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                                      • 04:20:44 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                        DOES THE GENTLELADY YIELD BACK HER TIME?

                                      • 04:20:50 PM

                                        MRS. COMSTOCK

                                      • 04:20:52 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                      • 04:20:54 PM

                                        MRS. COMSTOCK

                                      • 04:20:56 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                        THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE.

                                      • 04:20:59 PM

                                        MRS. COMSTOCK

                                        THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE…

                                        THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT AS MODIFIED IS AGREED

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                                      • 04:21:01 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

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

                                    • 04:21:09 PM

                                      On agreeing to the Comstock amendment; as modified Agreed to by voice vote.

                                      • 04:21:31 PM

                                        MR. LYNCH

                                      • 04:21:33 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                      • 04:21:34 PM

                                        THE CLERK

                                      • 04:21:36 PM

                                        An amendment, offered by Mr. Lynch, numbered 87 printed in Part A of House Report 115-650 to direct the FAA Administrator to engage and cooperate with air carriers to identify and facilitate opportunities for air carriers to retrofit aircraft with devices that mitigate noise, including vortex generators.

                                        • 04:21:42 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

                                        • 04:21:55 PM

                                          MR. LYNCH

                                          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RISE?

                                    • 04:22:12 PM

                                      DEBATE

                                      Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 839, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Lynch amendment No. 87.

                                      • 04:26:03 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                        SHUSTER: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND AND ACTUALLY…

                                        SHUSTER: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND AND ACTUALLY MY CLASSMATE, MR. LYNCH. YOU, MYSELF AND JOE WILSON ARE THE LAST OF THE SPECIAL ELECTION EIGHT THAT CAME IN 2001. WITH ME LEAVING IT WILL BE UP TO YOU AND JOE WILSON.

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                                      • 04:26:06 PM

                                        MR. SHUSTER

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                                        THE CHAIR

                                      • 04:26:11 PM

                                        MR. SHUSTER

                                        THE GENTLEMAN HAS RESERVED.

                                      • 04:28:29 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                      • 04:28:31 PM

                                        MR. SHUSTER

                                        LARSEN.

                                      • 04:28:32 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                        LARSEN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY…

                                        LARSEN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN. IT WOULD DIRECT THE F.A.A.

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                                      • 04:28:36 PM

                                        MR. LYNCH

                                        DOES THE GENTLEMAN YIELD BACK HIS TIME?

                                      • 04:28:40 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                      • 04:28:41 PM

                                        MR. LARSEN

                                      • 04:29:13 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                      • 04:29:16 PM

                                        MR. LYNCH

                                        THOSE OPPOSED,

                                      • 04:29:19 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                        MR. CHAIRMAN, I'D LIKE A ROLL CALL.

                                      • 04:29:33 PM

                                        MR. LYNCH

                                    • 04:29:37 PM

                                      POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

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

                                      • 04:29:41 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

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

                                      • 04:30:05 PM

                                        MS. MENG

                                        OF HOUSE REPORT 115-650 OFFERED BY MS. MENG OF NEW YORK.

                                      • 04:30:08 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                      • 04:30:10 PM

                                        THE CLERK

                                      • 04:30:12 PM

                                        An amendment, offered by Ms. Meng, numbered 88 printed in Part A of House Report 115-650 to require the FAA to develop global-scale probabilistic convection guidance capability so that aircraft can avoid encounters with convection that causes turbulence.

                                        • 04:30:17 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

                                        • 04:30:31 PM

                                          MS. MENG

                                          THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                          THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RISE?

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                                    • 04:30:44 PM

                                      DEBATE

                                      Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 839, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Meng amendment No. 88.

                                      • 04:32:26 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                      • 04:32:32 PM

                                        MR. SHUSTER

                                        TO DEVELOP A GUIDANCE SYSTEM RELATED TO CONVECTION ACTIVITY. THE F.A.A.…

                                        TO DEVELOP A GUIDANCE SYSTEM RELATED TO CONVECTION ACTIVITY. THE F.A.A. HAS RESOURCES TO OBTAIN NECESSARY WEATHER INFORMATION FOR SAFE FLIGHT INFORMATION INCLUDING THUNDERSTORM INFORMATION AND THE F.A.A. IS ENGAGED IN WEATHER MODELING DEVELOPMENT AND WORKING TO DEPLOY SUCH CAPABILITY IN THE FUTURE. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD REQUIRE SIGNIFICANT BUDGETARY RESOURCES FROM F.A.A. AND NOAA AND THE LACK OF DETAILS RESULTS IN A VAGUE MANDATE THAT MAY DISTRACT THE F.A.A. AND NOAA. IF THE INTENT IS TO IMPROVE FORECASTING EFFORTS, LET'S NOT DISTRACT THEM FROM THOSE EFFORTS. FOR THESE REASONS, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                      • 04:33:39 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                        I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK, ZELDIN NUMBER 96.

                                    • 04:33:50 PM

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

                                      • 04:34:09 PM

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                                      • 04:34:14 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                        ZELDIN OF NEW YORK.

                                      • 04:34:15 PM

                                        An amendment, offered by Mr. Zeldin, numbered 96 printed in Part A of House Report 115-650 to require the FAA administrator to review the North Shore Helicopter Route to address the noise impact on affected communities, to improve altitude enforcement, and to assess alternatives including an all water route over the Atlantic Ocean.

                                        • 04:34:17 PM

                                          THE CLERK

                                          THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK. MR.

                                        • 04:34:26 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

                                          ZELDIN: I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT TO ADDRESS THE DEEPLY…

                                          ZELDIN: I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT TO ADDRESS THE DEEPLY FLAWED NORTH SHORE HELICOPTER ROUTE WHICH IS IMPACTING COMMUNITIES THROUGHOUT LONG ISLAND AND MY CONSTITUENTS ON THE NORTH PORT.

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                                    • 04:34:33 PM

                                      DEBATE

                                      Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 839, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Zeldin amendment No. 96.

                                      • 04:34:35 PM

                                        MR. ZELDIN

                                        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON RISE?

                                      • 04:37:14 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                      • 04:37:18 PM

                                        MR. LARSEN

                                        ADMINISTRATOR TO OFFER PUBLIC HEARINGS WITH THE NORTH SHORE HELICOPTER…

                                        ADMINISTRATOR TO OFFER PUBLIC HEARINGS WITH THE NORTH SHORE HELICOPTER ROUTE.

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                                      • 04:37:23 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                      • 04:37:24 PM

                                        MR. LARSEN

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

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

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                                      • 04:39:08 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                      • 04:39:12 PM

                                        MR. ZELDIN

                                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                      • 04:39:59 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                      • 04:40:01 PM

                                        MR. SHUSTER

                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

                                      • 04:40:39 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                      • 04:40:41 PM

                                        MR. ZELDIN

                                        REALLY IS VERY MUCH APPRECIATED BY THE RESIDENTS OF MY DISTRICT AND TO MY…

                                        REALLY IS VERY MUCH APPRECIATED BY THE RESIDENTS OF MY DISTRICT AND TO MY COLLEAGUES AND TO MY CONGRESSWOMAN GRACE MENG AND EVERYONE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WHO IS SHOWING LEADERSHIP IN SUPPORTING THIS EFFORT IS MUCH APPRECIATED UNDERSTANDING THAT THIS WAS LITERALLY JAMMED THROUGH IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER WITH ALL SORTS OF NOT JUST COURTESIES PROVIDED, BUT WORSE, MUZZ WILLING THE VOICE OF PEOPLE THAT THEY COULDN'T EVEN SHARE ANY, ANY OF THEIR COMMENTS WHATSOEVER. SUMMER AFTER SUMMER, THE QUALITY OF LIFE HAS SUFFERED DUE TO THE PERSISTENT ISSUE OF THIS NOISE. THE F.A.A. HAVE SOLE JURISDICTION OVER THE AIRCRAFT THAT HAVE IMPACTED THESE ACTIVITIES BUT FROM THE ROUTE'S PLANNING, THEY HAVE IGNORED THE RESIDENTS DIRECTLY AFFECTED. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON THIS AMENDMENT, AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                      • 04:42:00 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

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

                                    • 04:42:16 PM

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

                                      • 04:42:26 PM

                                        An amendment, offered by Mrs. Lawrence, numbered 97 printed in Part A of House Report 115-650 to require the FAA Administrator to conduct a study on the diversity of the cybersecurity workforce of the FAA in order to develop recommendations to increase the size, quality and diversity of such workforce.

                                        • 04:42:28 PM

                                          >>

                                        • 04:42:31 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

                                          LAWRENCE OF MICHIGAN.

                                        • 04:42:33 PM

                                          THE CLERK

                                        • 04:42:42 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

                                          THE CHAIR WILL RECOGNIZE THE GENTLELADY FROM MICHIGAN.

                                        • 04:42:55 PM

                                          MRS. LAWRENCE

                                          THE GENTLELADY RESERVES HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                          THE GENTLELADY RESERVES HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RISE?

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                                    • 04:42:56 PM

                                      DEBATE

                                      Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 839, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Lawrence amendment No. 97.

                                      • 04:46:51 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                                      • 04:46:55 PM

                                        MR. SHUSTER

                                      • 04:47:00 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                      • 04:47:01 PM

                                        MR. SHUSTER

                                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM MICHIGAN.

                                      • 04:47:15 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                      • 04:47:17 PM

                                        MRS. LAWRENCE

                                        SUPPLYING A WORK FORCE THAT'S GOING TO ADDRESS THE SKILLED NEEDS OF OUR…

                                        SUPPLYING A WORK FORCE THAT'S GOING TO ADDRESS THE SKILLED NEEDS OF OUR WORK FORCE, IF WE DON'T ADDRESS IT AND BE PROACTIVE, IT IS GOING TO BE CREATING A CHALLENGE NOT ONLY TO FILLING JOBS BUT CREATING THE WORK FORCE THAT WILL GET THE JOB DONE. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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                                      • 04:47:53 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                        AMENDMENT NUMBER 42 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-650 OFFERED BY…

                                        AMENDMENT NUMBER 42 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-650 OFFERED BY MR. DEFAZIO OF OREGON.

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                                    • 04:48:04 PM

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

                                      • 04:49:18 PM

                                        THE CLERK

                                        THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND BE…

                                        THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND BE COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE.

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                                      • 04:49:25 PM

                                        On agreeing to the DeFazio amendment (A007) Roll Call 155 - Recorded vote pending.

                                        • 04:49:26 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

                                          THIS WILL BE A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL…

                                          THIS WILL BE 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 CHAIR: ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 192. THE NAYS ARE 223. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT

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                                        • 05:17:34 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

                                          AMENDMENT NUMBER 60 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-650 OFFERED BY…

                                          AMENDMENT NUMBER 60 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-650 OFFERED BY MR. ROHRABACHER OF CALIFORNIA.

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                                    • 05:17:55 PM

                                      House Vote 155 - On Agreeing to the Amendment

                                      Failed (192 - 223)
                                      Aye
                                      No

                                      Vote Details: Aye - 192
                                      Democratic - 182
                                      Republican - 10

                                      Vote Details: No - 223
                                      Republican - 219
                                      Democratic - 4

                                      Vote Details: Not Voting - 13
                                      Republican - 6
                                      Democratic - 7

                                      • 05:18:17 PM

                                        THE CLERK

                                      • 05:18:18 PM

                                        On agreeing to the Rohrabacher amendment (A011) Roll Call 156 - Recorded vote pending.

                                        • 05:18:23 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

                                          MEMBERS, THIS IS A TWO-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE…

                                          MEMBERS, THIS IS A TWO-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 CHAIR: ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 37. THE NAYS ARE 375. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 63 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-650 BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, MR. KING, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND ON WHICH THE AYES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                        • 05:21:51 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

                                          AMENDMENT NUMBER 63 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-650 OFFERED BY…

                                          AMENDMENT NUMBER 63 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-650 OFFERED BY MR. KING OF IOWA.

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                                    • 05:21:52 PM

                                      House Vote 156 - On Agreeing to the Amendment

                                      Failed (37 - 375)
                                      No

                                      Vote Details: Aye - 37
                                      Republican - 27
                                      Democratic - 10

                                      Vote Details: No - 375
                                      Republican - 201
                                      Democratic - 174

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

                                      • 05:22:10 PM

                                        THE CLERK

                                        THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND BE…

                                        THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND BE COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS ON THE FLOOR, THIS IS A TWO-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.

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                                      • 05:22:15 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ] THE CHAIR: ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 172. THE…

                                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ] THE CHAIR: ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 172. THE NAYS ARE 243. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 78 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-650 FROM THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS,

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                                      House Vote 157 - On Agreeing to the Amendment

                                      Failed (172 - 243)
                                      Aye
                                      No

                                      Vote Details: Aye - 172
                                      Republican - 172

                                      Vote Details: No - 243
                                      Democratic - 186
                                      Republican - 57

                                      Vote Details: Not Voting - 13
                                      Republican - 6
                                      Democratic - 7

                                      • 05:28:39 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                        AMENDMENT NUMBER 78 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-650 BY THE…

                                        AMENDMENT NUMBER 78 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-650 BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. LIPINSKI.

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                                      • 05:28:46 PM

                                        On agreeing to the Lipinski amendment (A017) Roll Call 158 - Recorded vote pending.

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                                          THE CLERK

                                        • 05:29:07 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

                                          ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR…

                                          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 CHAIR: ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 92, THE NAYS ARE 323. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 79 PRINTED IN PART A BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR.

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                                        • 05:33:50 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

                                          AMENDMENT NUMBER 7 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-650 OFFERED BY…

                                          AMENDMENT NUMBER 7 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-650 OFFERED BY MR. DENHAM OF CALIFORNIA.

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                                    • 05:33:50 PM

                                      House Vote 158 - On Agreeing to the Amendment

                                      Failed (92 - 323)
                                      Aye
                                      No

                                      Vote Details: Aye - 92
                                      Democratic - 79
                                      Republican - 13

                                      Vote Details: No - 323
                                      Republican - 216
                                      Democratic - 107

                                      Vote Details: Not Voting - 13
                                      Republican - 6
                                      Democratic - 7

                                      • 05:34:09 PM

                                        THE CLERK

                                        THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND BE…

                                        THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND BE COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. MEMBERS, THIS IS A TWO-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING

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                                        THE CHAIR

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

                                        MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC. , IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ] THE CHAIR: ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 222, THE NAYS ARE 19 3RKS THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 87 PRINTED IF PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-650 BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. LYNCH, WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND THE NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                      • 05:37:08 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                        LYNCH OF MASSACHUSETTS.

                                    • 05:37:08 PM

                                      House Vote 159 - On Agreeing to the Amendment

                                      Agreed to (222 - 193)
                                      Aye
                                      No

                                      Vote Details: Aye - 222
                                      Republican - 217
                                      Democratic - 5

                                      Vote Details: No - 193
                                      Democratic - 181
                                      Republican - 12

                                      Vote Details: Not Voting - 13
                                      Republican - 6
                                      Democratic - 7

                                      • 05:37:24 PM

                                        THE CLERK

                                      • 05:37:32 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                        MR. CHAIRMAN, MR. CHAIRMAN, I MOVE THAT THE COMMITTEE DO NOW RISE.

                                      • 05:40:34 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                    • 05:40:38 PM

                                      House Vote 160 - On Agreeing to the Amendment

                                      Failed (187 - 227)
                                      Aye
                                      No

                                      Vote Details: Aye - 187
                                      Democratic - 180
                                      Republican - 7

                                      Vote Details: No - 227
                                      Republican - 222
                                      Democratic - 5

                                      Vote Details: Not Voting - 14
                                      Republican - 6
                                      Democratic - 8

                                      • 05:40:43 PM

                                        MR. SHUSTER

                                      • 05:40:47 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

                                        MR. CHAIRMAN.

                                      • 05:40:50 PM

                                        Mr. Shuster moved that the committee rise.

                                      • 05:41:03 PM

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

                                        • 05:41:06 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        • 05:41:08 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

                                          4 AND HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION

                                        • 05:41:15 PM

                                          Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 4 as unfinished business.

                                          • 05:41:16 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            H.R. 4744, A BILL TO IMPOSE ADDITIONAL SANCTIONS WITH RESPECT TO SERIOUS…

                                            H.R. 4744, A BILL TO IMPOSE ADDITIONAL SANCTIONS WITH RESPECT TO SERIOUS HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES OF THE GOVERNMENT OF RAB AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. -- OF IRAN AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                        UNFINISHED BUSINESS

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

                                        • 05:41:25 PM

                                          Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 4744 — "To impose additional sanctions with respect to serious human rights abuses of the Government of Iran, and for other purposes."

                                          • 05:41:44 PM

                                            THE CLERK

                                            MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A…

                                            MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING

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                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                            MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC. , IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ] THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 410. THE NAYS ARE TWO. 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

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                                        • 05:42:09 PM

                                          On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Roll Call 161 - 2/3 Yea and Nay vote pending.

                                          • 05:48:46 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI SEEK…

                                            TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                        House Vote 161 - On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended

                                        Iran Human Rights and Hostage-Taking Accountability Act

                                        Passed (410 - 2)
                                        Yea

                                        Vote Details: Yea - 410
                                        Republican - 224
                                        Democratic - 186

                                        Vote Details: Nay - 2
                                        Republican - 2

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

                                        • 05:48:52 PM

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

                                          • 05:49:17 PM

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

                                            • 05:49:21 PM

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                                              THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION.

                                          • 05:49:30 PM

                                            Considered by unanimous consent. H. Con. Res. 118 — "Authorizing the printing of "United States Capitol Grounds: Landscape Architect Frederick Law Olmstead's Design for Democracy" as a House document."

                                            • 05:49:31 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        • 05:49:32 PM

                                          On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.

                                          • 05:49:34 PM

                                            THE CLERK

                                            DOCUMENT. -- ARCHITECT HOLMES DESIGN FOR DEMOCRACY AS A HOUSE DOCUMENT.

                                          • 05:49:51 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                          • 05:49:52 PM

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

                                          • 05:50:58 PM

                                            ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

                                            The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.

                                            • 05:51:06 PM

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                                            • 05:51:10 PM

                                              TEMPORE WITHOUT

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

                                            • 05:52:41 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            • 05:52:44 PM

                                              >>

                                            • 05:52:49 PM

                                              TEMPORE WITHOUT

                                            • 05:52:52 PM

                                              >>

                                              TENY: THE VARSITY GIRL'S BASKETBALL TEAM WON THIS YEAR'S NEW YORK -- NEW…

                                              TENY: THE VARSITY GIRL'S BASKETBALL TEAM WON THIS YEAR'S NEW YORK -- NEW YORK STATE CLASS D BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP. IT WAS AN INTENSE GAME WITH A LAST THREE-MINUTE POINT SHOT FROM LOGAN BRUCE THAT CARRIED THE TEAM INTO OVERTIME.

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                                            • 05:53:05 PM

                                              MS. TENY

                                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND SEEK RECOGNITION?

                                            • 05:54:32 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            • 05:54:37 PM

                                              MR. HOYER

                                            • 05:54:43 PM

                                              TEMPORE WITHOUT

                                              ONE AREA WHERE THIS REPUBLICAN CONGRESS HAS GIVEN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE A…

                                              ONE AREA WHERE THIS REPUBLICAN CONGRESS HAS GIVEN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE A BAD DEAL IS HEALTH CARE. BECAUSE OF THEIR REPEATED ATTEMPTS TO REPEAL AND UNDERMINE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. UNCERTAINTY HAS PLAGUED OUR HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETS, LEADING INSURERS TO FILE AND -- FLEE AND PREMIUMS TO GO UP.

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                                            • 05:54:45 PM

                                              MR. HOYER

                                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

                                            • 05:56:10 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              CARTER: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION…

                                              CARTER: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKEBACK DAY ON APRIL 28. IN THE 30 YEARS I SERVED AS A COMMUNITY PHARMACIST, I SAW PRESCRIPTION DRUGS SAVE LIVES. HOWEVER, I'VE ALSO SEEN THEM, THE SAME DRUGS, COUPLED WITH ADDICTION, RUIN CAREERS, RUIN FAMILIES, AND RUIN LIVES.

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                                            • 05:56:15 PM

                                              MR. CARTER

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                                              TEMPORE WITHOUT

                                            • 05:56:21 PM

                                              MR. CARTER

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

                                            • 05:57:37 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            • 05:57:45 PM

                                              TEMPORE WITHOUT

                                              PAYNE: MR. SPEAKER, LAST WEEKEND WAS THE 13TH ANNIVERSARY OF GLOBAL YOUTH…

                                              PAYNE: MR. SPEAKER, LAST WEEKEND WAS THE 13TH ANNIVERSARY OF GLOBAL YOUTH DAY OF SERVICE.

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                                            • 05:57:47 PM

                                              MR. PAYNE

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

                                            • 05:59:02 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            • 05:59:06 PM

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                                            • 05:59:10 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              HE WAS A LOVING HUSBAND FOR 4 YEARS OF LIEU SILLIA.

                                            • 05:59:13 PM

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                                              HE WAS BORN ON FEBRUARY 24, 1953, IN SUMPTER, AND WAS A SON OF THE LATE…

                                              HE WAS BORN ON FEBRUARY 24, 1953, IN SUMPTER, AND WAS A SON OF THE LATE LONNIE NEWMAN SR. AND FRANCIS NEWMAN. ALAN ATTENDED BETHESDA CHURCH OF GOD WHERE HE WAS THE BASS PLAYER. HE PLAYED IN THE BAND KNOWN AS CHIEF COMPLAINT. HAL WAS ADMINISTRATOR OF NORTHWOOD SENIOR LIVING WITH PEOPLE WITH CHRONIC OR SIMILAR ILLNESS. HE SPENT HIS LIFE IN MINISTRY SERVING OTHERS. HE GRADUATED FROM SOUTHERN METHODIST COLLEGE.

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                                            • 05:59:57 PM

                                              MR. NORMAN

                                              JOIN ME IN WELCOMING ALAN NEWMAN INTO HEAVEN. I'LL YIELD BACK.

                                            • 06:00:16 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                                            • 06:00:35 PM

                                              >>

                                              LITERACY.

                                            • 06:01:01 PM

                                              MRS. BEATTY

                                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

                                            • 06:01:33 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            • 06:01:36 PM

                                              >>

                                            • 06:01:41 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            • 06:01:44 PM

                                              >>

                                              CROSSINGS VINEYARDS AND WINERY, WASHINGTON CROSSING, PENNSYLVANIA, WAS…

                                              CROSSINGS VINEYARDS AND WINERY, WASHINGTON CROSSING, PENNSYLVANIA, WAS NAMED A TOP 50 IRISH-OWNED SMALL BUSINESS AND WILL BE HONORED NEXT MONTH AT THE IRISH 50 AWARDS IN PHILADELPHIA.

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                                            • 06:02:21 PM

                                              MR. FITZPATRICK

                                              MILITARY TO DEVELOP AN ANTENNA THAT WILL BE DIFFICULT TO DETECT. I'M PROUD…

                                              MILITARY TO DEVELOP AN ANTENNA THAT WILL BE DIFFICULT TO DETECT. I'M PROUD OF THESE LOCAL SMALL BUSINESSES AND SO MANY OTHERS IN OUR DISTRICT, MR. SPEAKER. WE MUST DO OUR PART AS ELECTED OFFICIALS TO ENABLE THEM TO THRIVE AND SUCCEED IN OUR DIVERSE AND GLOBAL ECONOMY. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                            • 06:02:47 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE…

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

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                                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

                                            • 06:04:15 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            • 06:04:20 PM

                                              >>

                                            • 06:04:25 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            • 06:04:27 PM

                                              >>

                                            • 06:04:54 PM

                                              MR. LAMALFA

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

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

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                                            • 06:05:26 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            • 06:05:36 PM

                                              >>

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

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

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                                            • 06:06:46 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO COMMEMORATE PASTOR B.R. DANIELS JR.

                                            • 06:06:56 PM

                                              >>

                                              25TH PASTORAL ANNIVERSARY AT THE FIRST GREATER NEW HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH IN…

                                              25TH PASTORAL ANNIVERSARY AT THE FIRST GREATER NEW HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH IN FORT WORTH, TEXAS.

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                                            • 06:07:11 PM

                                              MR. VEASEY

                                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

                                            • 06:08:10 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              LEE: I WANT TO COMMENT VERY BRIEFLY ON THE FEDERAL AVIATION…

                                              LEE: I WANT TO COMMENT VERY BRIEFLY ON THE FEDERAL AVIATION RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT WHICH PROVIDES LONG-TERM STABILITY FOR OUR NATION'S AVIATION COMMUNITY AND CRITICAL INVESTIGATION.

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                                            • 06:08:14 PM

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                                            • 06:08:18 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            • 06:08:21 PM

                                              MS. LEE

                                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

                                            • 06:09:50 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                            • 06:09:56 PM

                                              MS. CAP PURR

                                              MS.

                                            • 06:09:59 PM

                                              MS. KAPTUR

                                            • 06:10:04 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              WHILE OPIOIDS MAY BE GOOD FOR PAIN MANAGEMENT, MISUSE AND ADDICTION CAN…

                                              WHILE OPIOIDS MAY BE GOOD FOR PAIN MANAGEMENT, MISUSE AND ADDICTION CAN BECOME A A SIDE EFFECT AND EXTREMELY COMMON UNFORTUNATELY. OHIO IS SECOND IN OUR NATION IN OVERDOSE DEATHS PER CAPITA AND 6.

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                                            • 06:10:07 PM

                                              MS. KAPTUR

                                              4 MILLION AMERICANS HAVE USED CONTROLLED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS IN 2015 AND…

                                              4 MILLION AMERICANS HAVE USED CONTROLLED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS IN 2015 AND ABOUT HALF OF THE PEOPLE OVER THE AGE OF 12 WHO MISUSE PRESCRIPTION PAIN RELIEVERS IN THE PAST YEAR OBTAINED THE DRUGS FROM A FRIEND OR RELATIVE. AMERICANS OF SOUND MIND AND BDY MUST DO MORE TO REDUCE THIS NUMBER AND MITIGATE MISUSE BY TAKING ACTION. PLEASE JOIN YOUR FELLOW CITIZENS IN PARTICIPATING IN NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKEBACK DAY THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 28. PROPER DISPOSAL OF UNUSED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS CAN SAVE LIVES. REMEMBER, YOU CAN GO TO A SELECT SITE ANY DAY OF THE YEAR TO DEPOSIT UNUSED AND EXTRA PILLS. GET RID OF THEM. YOU CAN FIND A COLLECTION SITE NEAR YOU BY VISITING TAKEBACKDAY -- YOUR VIGILANCE MATTERS. I YIELD BACK.

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                                            • 06:11:26 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              MINUTE.

                                            • 06:11:38 PM

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                                            • 06:11:51 PM

                                              MR. KIHUEN

                                              HE HAD MANY FRIENDS WHO REMEMBER HIM AS BEING SILLY AND GOOFY AND WANTING…

                                              HE HAD MANY FRIENDS WHO REMEMBER HIM AS BEING SILLY AND GOOFY AND WANTING TO MAKE PEOPLE LAUGH NO MATTER WHAT. I WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND MY CONDOLENCES TO ADRIAN'S FAMILY AND FRIENDS. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CITY OF LAS VEGAS, THE STATE OF NEVADA AND THE WHOLE COUNTRY GRIEVE WITH YOU. I YIELD BACK THE REMAINING BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                            • 06:12:39 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              MINUTE.

                                            • 06:12:53 PM

                                              >>

                                              I HAVE PROUDLY CO-SPONSORED THE MEDICARE FOR ALL LEGISLATION FOR MANY…

                                              I HAVE PROUDLY CO-SPONSORED THE MEDICARE FOR ALL LEGISLATION FOR MANY YEARS BECAUSE I DON'T BELIEVE A PERSON'S ECONOMIC STATUS SHOULD HAVE ANY BEARING WHATSOEVER ON THEIR ABILITY TO ACCESS QUALITY AND AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE.

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                                            • 06:13:17 PM

                                              MRS. MALONEY

                                              THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

                                            • 06:13:59 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            • 06:14:02 PM

                                              MS. MA LOW KNEE

                                            • 06:14:08 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            • 06:14:12 PM

                                              >>

                                            • 06:14:16 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            • 06:14:18 PM

                                              >>

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

                                            • 06:15:21 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              CICILLINE: TWO YEARS AGO, DONALD TRUMP SAID WE ARE GOING TO WIN SO MUCH…

                                              CICILLINE: TWO YEARS AGO, DONALD TRUMP SAID WE ARE GOING TO WIN SO MUCH YOU ARE GOING TO GET TIRED OF WINNING. IT HAS BEEN 16 MONTHS AND THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO ARE WINNING ARE THE WEALTHY AND WELL-CONNECTED. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE FAILED TO MAKE HEALTH CARE MORE AFFORDABLE AND FAILED TO INVEST IN OUR CRUMBLING INFRASTRUCTURE AND FAILED TO DRAIN THE SWAMP SM THE RIGID SYSTEM THEY PROMISED TO TEAR DONE DOWN IS WEALTHIER.

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                                            • 06:15:24 PM

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                                            • 06:15:29 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            • 06:15:31 PM

                                              MR. CICILLINE

                                              THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL REQUESTS.

                                            • 06:16:31 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              LEWIS OF GEORGIA FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW.

                                            • 06:16:37 PM

                                              THE CLERK

                                            • 06:16:46 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              ELLIS SON IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES.

                                          • 06:16:49 PM

                                            SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES

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

                                            • 06:17:15 PM

                                              MR. ELLSWORTH

                                              CALIFORNIA WHO HAS BEEN A LEADER ON JUSTICE AND I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN.

                                            • 06:17:37 PM

                                              MR. KHANNA

                                              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN -- ELSE

                                            • 06:20:46 PM

                                              MR. ELLSWORTH

                                              BUT THERE'S NOTHING THAT CAN REPLACE THE LIFE OF THIS PRESSURE YOUSE YOUNG…

                                              BUT THERE'S NOTHING THAT CAN REPLACE THE LIFE OF THIS PRESSURE YOUSE YOUNG WOMAN.

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                                              ELLISON WE

                                              SHE HAD PEOPLE WHO LOVED HER AND HAD EVERYTHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO, SHE…

                                              SHE HAD PEOPLE WHO LOVED HER AND HAD EVERYTHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO, SHE NEEDED HER COMMUNITY TO STEP FORWARD FOR HER AND HELP HER. AND BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE THE KIND OF HEALTH CARE SYSTEM WE COULD HAVE, WE WEREN'T THERE FOR HER, BUT IN HER MEMORY, WE HAVE TO BE ABLE TO MAKE IT RIGHT FOR THE YOUNG PEOPLE AND THE PEOPLE WHO ARE STILL WITH US. IN HER MEMORY, WE WILL FIGHT FOR MEDICARE FOR ALL. ANY FINAL COMMENTS YOU WANT TO MAKE?

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                                              AND IF THERE ARE THINGS WE CAN DO HERE UNDER YOUR LEADERSHIP AND AS…

                                              AND IF THERE ARE THINGS WE CAN DO HERE UNDER YOUR LEADERSHIP AND AS ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES, I HOPE WE WILL TAKE SERIOUSLY ABOUT THE CONSEQUENCES.

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                                            • 06:21:59 PM

                                              MR. ELLISON

                                              I YIELD TO PETER WELCH FROM VERMONT. WELL WELL WE HAVE -- WE ARE THE…

                                              I YIELD TO PETER WELCH FROM VERMONT. WELL WELL WE HAVE -- WE ARE THE WEALTHIEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD AND HAVE THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM THAT IS THE MOST EXTENSIVE IN THE WORLD AND MORE COSTS AND MORE PEOPLE NOT COVERED THAN IS ALL NECESSARY. AND THE FACT IS, WE HAVE HAD AS A GOAL IN THIS COUNTRY SINCE THE PRESIDENCY OF HARRY TRUMAN, A GOAL THAT ALL OUR CITIZENS BE COVERED AND HAVE ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE. AND THAT DREAM MADE A SOLID STEP FORWARD WHEN PRESIDENT JOHNSON WAS THE PRESIDENT AND CONGRESS, ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS, PASSED MEDICARE, WHICH PROVIDED HEALTH CARE PROTECTION FOR ALL AMERICANS 65 AND OLDER AND PROVIDED MEDICAID FOR LOW-INCOME CHILDREN AND FAMILIES. WE MADE A SECOND STEP FORWARD, UNFORTUNATELY NOT ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS, WITH THE PASSAGE DURING THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND THAT EXTENDED COVERAGE TO MILLIONS OF AMERICANS THAT OTHERWISE WOULD NOT HAVE HAD ACCESS TO CARE AND MADE IMPROVEMENTS IN HOW WE DELIVER CARE. WE ARE CONTINUING WITH THAT BATTLE. THOSE ARE TWO SOLID STEPS FORWARD, MEDICARE AND MEDICAID PASSED IN THE JOHNSON ADMINISTRATION AND THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT DURING THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. YET WE ARE STILL SPENDING THE MOST ON HEALTH CARE WITH OUTCOMES THAT ARE NOT THE BEST AND IN MANY CASES ARE NOT EVEN IN THE TOP 10. WE ARE SPENDING THE MOST AND GETTING THE LEAST. THE PROGRAM FOR HEALTH CARE THAT HAS THE MOST POPULARITY IN THIS COUNTRY AMONG REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS AND INDEPENDENTS IS MEDICARE. THE REASON IS BECAUSE ALL OF TUESDAY PAY INTO THE MEDICARE FUND AND WHEN WE ARE ELIGIBLE AT 65, WE ARE COVERED. IT'S SIMPLE. IT'S NOT A GOVERNMENT-RUN PROGRAM. IT'S FINANCED BY TAXPAYERS AND THE TAXPAYERS ARE THE BENEFICIARIES OF THAT PROGRAM ITSELF. IT MAKES SENSE. IT HAS THE CONFIDENCE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IT ALSO PUTS US IN A POSITION TO TRY TO CONTROL COSTS NOT AT THE EXPENSE OF THROWING 24 MILLION PEOPLE OFF OF THE HEALTH CARE ROLLS WHICH WOULD HAVE HAPPENED HAD THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT BEEN PASSED, BUT BY BRINGING DOWN, FOR INSTANCE, THE COST OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, WHERE SOMETHING THAT WAS COSTING $7.50 SUDDENLY COST $1,500 PER PILL BECAUSE THE OWNER HAD A MONOPOLY POWER AND STUCK IT TO THE CONSUMERS. SO MEDICARE FOR ALL, I BELIEVE, IS THE WAY THAT WE SHOULD STRIVE TO GET MEDICARE FOR EVERY SINGLE CITIZEN IN THIS COUNTRY. ARE THERE HARD QUESTIONS WE HAVE TO ADDRESS? SURE, THERE ARE. THERE ARE YOUNG GIRLS, WHO BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE, BECAUSE THE BUREAUCRACY TAKES SO MUCH TIME TO SEE IF SHE IS ELIGIBLE FOR MEDICAID OR MEDI-CAL, THEY DON'T GET ACCESS AND THE TRAGEDY IS THAT YOUNG WOMAN LOST HER LIFE. AND HAD THAT BEEN HEALTH CARE WHERE THE PARENTS WEREN'T TERRIFIED WHERE THE BILL MIGHT BE OR TAKE OUT A SECOND MORTGAGE OR BURYING THE BURDEN OF ESCAPING THE CLUTCHES OF BILL COLLECTORS, THAT PERSON WOULD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO GET TO A DOCTOR IN TIME TO GET LIMITED CARE THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN TEAB CARE OF A LIMITED CHALLENGE. MY COLLEAGUE, MR. ELLISON, I THANK YOU FOR CONVENING US TONIGHT. AND THE GOAL WE SHOULD HAVE IN THIS COUNTRY IS TO HAVE A HEALTH CARE SYSTEM WHERE EVERYBODY IS COVERED AND EVERYBODY HELPS PAY FOR THAT SYSTEM AND IT'S ABOUT AFFORDABLE, QUALITY CARE WHERE THE EMPHASIS IS ON THE PATIENT AND ON THE TAXPAYER. AND BY THE WAY, SOME FOLKS, THIS IS NOT ABOUT PRIVATIZING, THIS IS NOT ABOUT MAKING GOVERNMENT RUN THE HEALTH CARE. THAT'S THE IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER. IF YOU ARE ON MEDICARE OR MEDICAID OR OBAMACARE, YOU GET TO PICK YOUR DOCTOR AND HOSPITAL. THIS IS ABOUT HAVING THE SECURITY OF A SYSTEM THAT WORKS FOR YOU REGARDLESS OF YOUR INCOME, REGARDLESS OF YOUR JOB STATUS, REGARDLESS OF YOUR MEDICAL SITUATION. IT WORKS IN ALL OF THE OTHER INDUSTRIALIZED COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD. IT CAN WORK HERE. AND BY THE WAY, THE COSTS ARE STARTING TO KILLING US, DOESN'T MATTER IF IT IS THE EMPLOYER WHO IS FOOTING THE BILL OR THE INDIVIDUAL TRYING TO REACH INTO HIS OR HER POCKET TO PAY. WE HAVE TO BRING THESE COSTS DOWN AND ORGANIZED SYSTEM WITHOUT A BROKEN MARKET IS THE WAY TO GO. I APPLAUD YOU FOR YOUR WORK.

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                                              MR. ELLISON

                                              TO $1,500 MEANS THE OWNER OF THAT PILL AND WAS ABLE TO ABLE TO CORNER THE…

                                              TO $1,500 MEANS THE OWNER OF THAT PILL AND WAS ABLE TO ABLE TO CORNER THE MARKET AND THEN JUST MAKE ABSOLUTELY WHO HAVE TO HAVE THAT MEDICATION PAY THROUGH THE NOSE AND MORE THAN THEY CAN AFFORD. THAT'S AN EXAMPLE. WE HAVE ALL OF THESE STOPS ALONG THE WAY WHERE PRIVATE PROFIT IS THE MOTIVE. THE MOTIVE IS ABOUT PROFIT AND NOT ABOUT A SYSTEM THAT IS GOING TO WORK AND BE AFFORDABLE.

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                                            • 06:28:37 PM

                                              MR. ELLISON

                                              H.R. 676. I THANK MR. JOHN CONYERS WHO CARRIED THE BILL ALL THESE YEARS…

                                              H.R. 676. I THANK MR. JOHN CONYERS WHO CARRIED THE BILL ALL THESE YEARS BUT WE ARE CARRYING THE BILL FORWARD. IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE, THE PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS RECOGNIZES THAT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT MADE CRITICAL STEPS TO GET MORE PEOPLE COVERED AND WE MUST CONTINUE TO FIGHT. WE HAVE TO PROTECT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND DO WHAT WE CAN TO DEFEND IT. THERE ARE PEOPLE IN OUR CONGRESS WHO JUST WANT TO GET RID OF IT. BUT THE TRUTH IS, IT ACTUALLY HELPS MANY PEOPLE. AND HELPED BRING COVERAGE TO PEOPLE WHO HADN'T HAD IT. AND BROUGHT REAL ANSWERS. WE CAN LOOK FURTHER DOWN THE LINE AND THINK ABOUT A SYSTEM IN WHICH EVERYBODY PAYS AND EVERYBODY BENEFITS AND LOOK FORWARD TO A SYSTEM LIKE THAT. WE CAN LOOK FOR A MEDICARE FOR ALL-STYLED SYSTEM WHERE HEALTH CARE IS A RIGHT FOR EVERYONE. EDUCATION IS GUARANTEED FOR EVERYONE. EVERY SCHOOL KID IN AMERICA CAN GO TO A PUBLIC SCHOOL IN THE UNITED STATES. FIRE SERVICES. YOU DON'T HAVE TO PAY A SEPARATE CONTRACT TO GET THE FIRE DEPARTMENT TO PUT OUT YOUR FIRE. IF THERE IS A FIRE, YOU CALL TCHEM AND THEY WILL HELP YOU. AND POLICE DEPARTMENT, PUBLIC WORKS, WE HAVE SYSTEMS IN OUR SOCIETY NOW THAT WE PAY FOR IT THROUGH OUR TAXES AND OTHER SORTS OF THINGS THAT WE DO TO AFFORD THESE SERVICES. HEALTH CARE, I BELIEVE IS A SERVICE THAT WE SHOULD LOOK LIKE IN A SIMILAR LIGHT. MEDICARE FOR ALL WOULD DECREASE HEALTH CARE COSTS AND IT WILL ALLOW THE GOVERNMENT TO NEGOTIATE DECREASES IN THE COSTS OF CARE WITH SERVICE PROVIDERS. . . I THINK MY GOOD FRIEND PETER WELCH HAD AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE WITH PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. THERE'S A COMPANY, CORE PHARMA, THAT HIKED THE PRICE OF A PILL FROM $1 TO $13.50. AND WATCHED REVENUES CLIMBED. IN 2015, THEY SOLD THE RIGHTS TO THAT PILL TO TURING WHICH RAISED THE PRICE TO $750. AND SO IN A SYSTEM LIKE THAT, OF COURSE, YOU KNOW, WHATEVER SOMEBODY CAN MAKE MORE MONEY DOING THEY'RE GOING TO DO WE DON'T HAVE ANY REAL CONTROLS TO MAKE SURE THEY DON'T DO IT. IT'S THE KIND OF THING THAT WE HAVE TO STEP FORWARD AND ADDRESS. IN 2012, FOR EXAMPLE, THE AVERAGE COST OF CORONARY BYPASS SURGERY WAS MORE THAN $73,000 IN THE UNITED STATES. BUT IT WAS LESS THAN $23,000 IN FRANCE. FRANCE HAS GOOD HEALTH CARE. THE WORLD DOESN'T DENY THAT. $73,000 FOR A CORONARY BYPASS SURGERY IN THE UNITED STATES, $23,000 IN FRANCE. MEDICARE FOR ALL SINGLE PAYER SYSTEM WITH LOWER ADMINISTRATIVE COST AND NEARLY ELIMINATE SPENDING FOR COMPETITIVE ADVERTISING. WHICH DOESN'T REALLY BRING HEALTH TO ANYONE. THE U.S. SPENDS ABOUT 18% OF ITS G.D.P. ON HEALTH CARE WHILE CANADA SPENDS ABOUT 11.5% ON HEALTH CARE. THE UNITED KINGDOM, BRITAIN, ENGLAND, SCOTLAND, IRELAND, WALES, THE U.K. SPENDS ABOUT 9% OF ITS G.D.P. ON HEALTH CARE. GERMANY AND FRANCE SPEND ABOUT 11%. WE SPEND SUBSTANTIALLY MORE AND YET WE DO NOT HAVE THE BEST OUTCOMES IN THE WORLD. WE HAVE TO LOOK AT THE SYSTEM AND WHETHER IT'S WORKING FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I'M JUST -- I JUST MAKE THIS POINT BECAUSE WE REALY COULD JOIN THE REST OF THE WORLD AND HAVE MORE AFFORDABLE, MORE EFFECTIVE HEALTH CARE. IT'S NOT ONLY COUNTRIES LIKE GERMANY, FRANCE, CANADA THAT SPEND LESS AND GET BETTER OUTCOMES THAN THE UNITED STATES. IT'S ALSO NEW ZEALAND, NORWAY, DENMARK, SWEDEN, ALL HAVE SYSTEMS THAT ARE SIMILAR IN STYLE AND THEY COVER MORE PEOPLE AND THE PEOPLE BENEFIT FROM THAT. OUR SYSTEMS LIKE MEDICAID AND MEDICARE ARE SOME OF THE MOST POPULAR SYSTEMS OUT THERE. PEOPLE TEND TO LIKE IT. I'M NOT SITTING THERE TROUBLE-FREE. ANYBODY WHO THINKS THERE'S SOME PROGRAM MADE BY HUMAN BEINGS THAT'S GOING TO BE ABSOLUTELY PERFECT ALL THE TIME OF COURSE THEY'RE GOING TO BE WRONG. I GUARANTEE YOU, I SPENT PLENTY OF TIME IN MONTREAL, CANADA, CALGARY, AND I TELL YOU, FOR ALL THE AMERICANS DOWN SOUTH OF THE BORDER WHO COMPLAIN ABOUT CANADIAN HEALTH CARE, CANADIANS LIKE THEIR HEALTH CARE. THEY DON'T WANT TO SWITCH WITH US. NEITHER DO THE PEOPLE IN ENGLAND. WE NEED A BETTER DEAL. AND WE CAN HAVE ONE IF WE WERE TO MOVE FORWARD. TAIWAN HAS A HEALTH CARE SYSTEM THAT ALSO IS SIMILAR TO CANADA, NEW ZEALAND, NORWAY, DENMARK. WE CAN DO BETTER THAN WE'RE DOING RIGHT NOW AND WE SHOULD. AS I MENTIONED BEFORE, MEDICARE AND MEDICAID ARE POPULAR. THESE ARE PROGRAMS WHERE PEOPLE GET THE BENEFIT OF A HEALTH CARE SYSTEM THAT IS A SYSTEM THAT WE BENEFIT FROM AS A GOVERNMENT OF, BY, AND FOR THE PEOPLE AND MILLIONS OF OUR CONSTITUENTS FROM BIRTH UNTIL DEATH BENEFIT AND THEY SUPPORT PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, HAVING CHILDREN, PREGNANT WOMEN, AND SENIORS. THEY'RE WILDLY POPULAR. AND THEY ACTUALLY HAVE PRETTY LOW ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS. THE ESSENTIAL -- THEY ARE ESSENTIAL TO THE STABILITY OF OUR COUNTRY. IT ALSO MAKES SENSE THAT AMERICANS MUST ALSO SUPPORT MEDICARE FOR ALL OR SINGLE PAYER. BOTH A HARVARD HARRIS POLL FROM 2007 AND A 2018 KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION POLL FOUND THAT THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS SUPPORT A SINGLE PAYER HEALTH CARE SYSTEM FUNDED BY THE GOVERNMENT. YET SOME FOLKS IN THIS BODY WANT TO ACTUALLY CUT MEDICAID. THEY WANT TO CUT -- THEY WANT TO DRAIN FUNDS FROM THE MEDICARE TRUST FUND. THE FACT IS, AMERICANS ALL OVER THIS COUNTRY, THEY THINK THAT MANY OF OUR PROGRAMS, WHETHER IT BE THE V.A. OR MEDICARE, OR MEDICAID, ACTUALLY HELP A LOT OF PEOPLE. THESE PROGRAMS ARE POPULAR. YET WE CONTINUE TO HAVE TO FIGHT TO PROTECT THEM EVERY DAY. WHAT IF WE JUST MOVED FORWARD AND SAID THAT MORE PEOPLE COULD BENEFIT FROM A PROGRAM LIKE -- FROM A MEDICARE STYLE PROGRAM. AN EXPANDED MEDICARE FOR ALL WOULD CREATE MILLIONS OF GOOD JOBS. IT'S A PROGRAM THAT WOULD BRING MORE PEOPLE IN AND THEREFORE WE'D NEED MORE HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS TO COVER FOLK. MORE NURSES, MORE DOCTORS, MORE NURSE ANESTHETISTS, EVEN MORE EXERCISE PROFESSIONALS BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT IN A GOOD, SOLID, SINGLE-PAYER SYSTEM WE WOULD PUT AN EMPHASIS ON PREVENTIVE CARE. TRY TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE STAYED WELL. STAYED HEALTHY. LET ME JUST SAY THAT COST SAVINGS FOR INDIVIDUALS IS AN IMPORTANT FACTOR HERE. MEDICARE FOR ALL ISN'T JUST A FRINGE IDEA THAT WILL HELP VERY FEW PEOPLE. MEDICARE FOR ALL IS GOOD FOR BUSINESS AND GOOD FOR PEOPLE. A SINGLE PAYER SYSTEM WOULD LIFT A SIGNIFICANT FINANCIAL BURDEN FROM BUSINESSES THAT CURRENTLY FUND HEALTH CARE INSURANCE FOR THEIR EMPLOYEES AND WOULD LARGELY ELIMINATE THE FINANCIAL BURDEN OF ILLNESS, A LEADING CAUSE OF BANKRUPTCY AND DEBT SENT INTO COLLECTION. EVEN WITH THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WHICH SUBSTANTIALLY HELPED, 28 MILLION PEOPLE OR ABOUT 9% OF THE NATION REMAINS UNINSURED. I AM GRATEFUL FOR THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. IT MADE SUBSTANTIAL ADVANCES, BUT WE STILL CAN DO BETTER. A SINGLE PAYER SYSTEM IS NOT JUST ABOUT ENSURING THAT NO PERSON IS UNINSURED, IT'S ALSO ABOUT MAKING SURE THAT NO ONE IS UNDERINSURED. MANY PEOPLE ARE UNDERINSURED. THEY FACE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THEIR INSURANCE THAT THEY JUST CAN'T AFFORD TO HANDLE. AND THAT IS ALSO A SUBSTANTIAL PROBLEM. UNDERINSURED INDIVIDUALS ARE LESS LIKELY TO OBTAIN HEALTH CARE WHEN THEY NEED IT. THEY SKIP DOCTORS VISITS. THEY AVOID FILLING PRESCRIPTIONS AND THEY'RE MORE LIKELY TO END UP IN MEDICAL DEBT. WE CAN HAVE A SYSTEM THAT CAN HELP US AVOID THESE PROBLEMS. MEDICAL DEBT IS ONE OF THE LEADING CAUSES OF PERSONAL BANKRUPTCY IN THE UNITED STATES. IF WE WERE TO SET UP A SYSTEM THAT WAS FOCUSED MORE ON HEALTH AND WELLNESS, WHERE WE ALL COULD PAY AND THEN WE CAN ALL BENEFIT, IT WOULD MAKE OUR SOCIETY STRONGER, BETTER FINANCIALLY AND PHYSICALLY. MEDICARE FOR ALL WOULD ACTUALLY HELP REDUCE INCOME INEQUALITY. ONE OF THE PROBLEMS OF THE SOCIETY WE LIVE IN NOW IS THAT WE HAVE REALLY HISTORIC RECORD INEQUALITY. THE RICH AND THE TOP 1% ARE FAR MORE WEALTHY RELATIVE TO THE REST OF THEIR COUNTRY MEN AND WOMEN THAN HAS BEEN THE CASE SINCE THE GREAT DEPRESSION. SINCE THE GUILDED AGE. -- THE DILEDED AGE. YOU HAVE TO GO BACK TO THE TIME OF THE GREAT GASBY TO SEE WHAT WE'RE SEEING. IN A TIME WHEN WE'RE FACING RECORD LEVELS OF INEQUALITY, A SINGLE PAYER SYSTEM CAN ALSO HELP LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD AND HELP WORKING PEOPLE MAKE A BETTER GO AT THIS ECONOMY. MEDICARE FOR ALL WOULD MAKE SURE THAT EVERYONE WOULD HAVE THE SAME ACCESS, LEVEL OF CARE,ARDLESS OF THEIR INCOME, THEIR JOB, OR THE COMMUNITY THAT THEY LIVE IN. MEDICARE FOR ALL SYSTEM WOULD MEAN THAT PEOPLE WOULD BE ABLE TO COVER THEIR MEDICATIONS, COVER THEIR BILLS, IT WOULD MEAN THEY WOULD BE ABLE TO GET WHAT THEY NEED. IF YOU COMPARE THIS, WHAT IF WE DID HEALTH CARE THE WAY WE DO EDUCATION? YOU GOT TO HAVE A PRIVATE, IT'S A PRIVATE SYSTEM AND YOU COULDN'T GO UNLESS YOU COULD PAY. THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT WHAT WE'D END UP IS A SYSTEM WHERE THERE WOULD BE VERY UNEQUEAL EDUCATIONALLY SYSTEM. IT WOULD UNDERMINE PRODUCTIVITY, WEAKEN OUR SOCIETY. IF WE WERE TO HAVE A MEDICARE FOR ALL SYSTEM. THAT WOULD HELP MAKE SURE THAT EVERYBODY HAD A BASIC HEALTH BENEFIT AND IT DIDN'T MATTER WHETHER YOU HAD A JOB AT THE MOMENT OR NOT. DIDN'T MATTER WHETHER -- WHERE YOU LIVED. THEN IT WOULD PROVIDE A PLATFORM FOR ECONOMIC PROSPERITY IN THE MARKETPLACE. WHERE PEOPLE WOULD WORK. THIS WOULD ALSO MAKE OUR SOCIETY MORE EQUAL WHEN IT COMES TO OPPORTUNITY FOR PEOPLE OF COLOR AND RACIAL MINORITIES. BLACK AND HIS UPONIC AMERICANS ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE UNINSURED THAN OTHERS, STUDIES SHOW A DIRECT LINK BETWEEN BEING UNINSURED AND A HIGHER MORTALITY RATE. AND BY THE WAY WHEN PEOPLE HAVE DIED WITH A HIGHER MORTALITY RATE THEY DON'T JUST DIE. OFTEN THEY END UP IN THE E.R. WHICH IS ONE OF THE MOST EXPENSIVE PLACES TO TREAT SOMEBODY. BUT WHAT IF THEY ACTUALLY HAD THE TREATMENT THEY NEEDED? THEY HAD A REGULAR DOCTOR. THEY HAD THE TREATMENTS THEY NEEDED. THEY HAD WAYS TO KEEP THEMSELVES HEALTHY. AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLE TEND TO HAVE LOWER LIFE EXPECTANCIES THAN WHITE AMERICANS, EXPERIENCING HIGHER RATES OF MOST MAJOR CAUSES OF DEATH, INFANT MORTALITY, TRAUMA, HEART DISEASE AND DIABETES. MUCH OF THIS IS JUST RELATED TO THE FACT THAT HEALTH CARE ACCESS IS NOT EVENLY DISTRIBUTED AND THEREFORE THE DISPROPORTIONATE IMPACT SON PEOPLE WITH THE LOWER INCOME. RATES OF UNEMPLOYMENT ARE HIGHER AMONG AFRICAN-AMERICAN MEN AND WOMEN THAN THEIR NON-HISPANIC WHITE COUNTERPARTS AND JOB LOSS IS MORE PREVALENT AMONG MINORITY GROUPS. GETTING EMPLOYER-BASED COVERAGE IS NOT EASY IF YOU WORK A FEW PART-TIME JOBS YOU HAVE TO PIECE TOGETHER RATHER THAN A SOLID FULL-TIME JOB. SO WHAT DO PEOPLE DO WHEN THEY HAPPEN -- WHEN THAT HAPPENS? YOU GO WITHOUT HEALTH CARE OR HAVE GAPS IN HEALTH CARE COVERAGE. ESPECIALLY IF YOU LIVE IN A STATE WHERE THINGS LIKE EXPANDING MEDICAID ARE NOT PREFERRED. IF YOUR GOVERNON -- GOVERNOR AND YOUR STATE LEGISLATURE DON'T WANT TO EXPAND MEDICAID THEN THE CHANCES THAT YOU ARE GOING TO EXPERIENCE THESE GAPS IN COVERAGE AND BE UNINSURED ARE HIGHER. AND CONSEQUENTLY PEOPLE'S HEALTH OUTCOMES ARE WORSE. THE U.S. HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IS RANKED, WHEN WE LOOK AT IT, AMONG THE WORST AMONG COUNTRIES WITH ADVANCED ECONOMIES, DESPITE THE FACT THAT WE ARE AMONG THE ONES THAT SPEND THE MOST ON HEALTH CARE. IF WE WANT TO HAVE MORE EQUALITY BASED ON PEOPLE'S DIFFERENT RACIAL BACKGROUNDS. IF WE WANT MORE OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL REGARDLESS OF THEIR RACE BUT BASED ON INCOME AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THIS IS A COUNTRY WHERE A MIDDLE CLASS PERSON A WORKING CLASS PERSON, CAN DO BETTER, THEN THE FACT STANDS TRUE THAT WE HAVE GOT TO MOVE TO A MEDICARE FOR ALL STYLE SYSTEM. NOW MEDICARE FOR ALL STYLE SYSTEM AND DRUG PRICING, VERY IMPORTANT TOPIC TO TAKE UP. WE ARE ONE OF THE ONLY COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD THAT DOESN'T IN SOME WAY REGULATE THE COST OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. WE TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THIS BEFORE USING THE EXAMPLES OF DERAPR HIMBINGS M BUT IT SEEMS TO ME IF WE WERE TO MOVE TO A SYSTEM A MORE MEDICARE FOR ALL STYLE SYSTEM, AN EXPANDED, BETTER SYSTEM, WE CAN FIND OURSELVESES IN A SITUATION WHERE AMERICANS COULD ACTUALLY START AFFORDING THEIR DRUGS. WHILE PRESCRIPTION DRUGS ARE NOT GOIFERED CANADA'S SYSTEM, THERE ARE PRICE CONTROLS FOR MED CASES SO PRESCRIPTION DRUGS ARE OFTEN CHEAPER THAN IN THE U.S. WE HAVE A DRUG PRICING CRISIS IN THIS COUNTRY. AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW IT. THEY LIVE IT EVERY DAY. AND THE WORRIED PARENTS, STRUGGLING TO PAY THEIR KIDS INSULIN, SENIOR LIVING ON A FIXED INCOME WHO TAKES ARTHRITIS MEDICATION, MILLIONS OF WORKING PEOPLE WHO HAVE TO TAKE MED CASE AT SOME POINT OR ANOTHER IN THEIR LIFE THEY KNOW WE HAVE A SYSTEM THAT IS UNCRIMINAL -- UNCONTROLLED AND OUT OF CONTROL. IN A RECENT KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION POLL, EVERY 50% OF THE PEOPLE SAID THAT ADDRESSING THIS MED CASE CRISIS WOULD BE ONE -- SHOULD BE ONE OF THE PRESIDENT'S AND CONGRESS' TOP PRIORITIES. THIS SHOULD COME AS NO SURPRISE TO US. A MAJORITY OF AMERICANS ARE USING PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION. FOR TOO MANY FOLKS, PEOPLE HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN PAYING THEIR BILLS AND GETTING THE MEDICINE THEIR FAMILY NEEDS. IN FACT, 92% OF AMERICANS SUPPORT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT NEGOTIATING LOWER DRUG PRICES FOR FOLKS ON MEDICARE PART D. MEDICARE PART D IS A VERY UNFORTUNATE PROGRAM WHERE IT'S WRITTEN INTO THE LAW THAT WE CANNOT NEGOTIATE DRUG PRICES. THIS IS AN OUTRAGEOUS THING AND FOR PEOPLE DEDICATED TO FREE MARKET PRINCIPLES, THE FACT THAT YOU COULDN'T NEGOTIATE A PRICE SEEMS EXTREMELY IRONIC TO ME. IT SEEMS MORE LIKE CRONY CAPITALISM THAN FREE MARKET. 86% OF THE AMERICANS SUPPORT REQUIRING DRUG COMPANIES TO RELEASE INFORMATION ON HOW THEY MAKE THEIR DRUG PRICES. I THINK WHILE THAT IS CERTAINLY SOMETHING THAT WE SHOULD KNOW IT'S NOT PARTICULARLY DIFFICULT TO FIGURE OUT. THEY PRICE BASED ON AS MUCH AS THEY CAN GET. AND 78% SURVEYED OF AMERICANS SUPPORT LIFTING WHAT THE DRUG CORPORATIONS CAN CHARGE FOR DRUGS FOR ILLNESSES LIKE CANCER. WE MUST CONTINUE TO FIGHT TO PROTECT THE A.C.A. AND FIGHT FOR MEDICARE FOR ALL AS A SOLUTION. WE SHOULD AND WE COULD BEGIN TO TACKLE SO MANY OF OUR NATION'S PROBLEMS IF WE HAD A SHOT AT GOOD HEALTH AND STABLE HEALTH CARE. THERE IS PROOF FROM OUR FELLOW -- FROM OUR FELLOW NATIONS, FELLOW WEALTHY NATIONS, THAT YOU CAN HAVE A FREE MARKET ECONOMY AND YOU CAN HAVE A NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM THAT WORKS. THEY'RE DOING IT IN CANADA, THEY'RE DOING IT IN THE U.K. , THEY'RE DOING IT IN NEW ZEALAND, IN TAIWAN, THEY'RE DOING IT IN NORWAY, DENMARK, SWEDEN. THEY'RE DOING IT ALL OVER THE WORLD. AND THERE'S NO REASON WHY WE CAN'T DO IT HERE OTHER THAN SOME PEOPLE WANT A BENEFIT OF -- WHILE WANT TO BENEFIT WHILE OTHER PEOPLE ACTUALLY SUFFER. . THERE ARE A NUMBER OF -- THERE IS AN IMPORTANT DEBATE GOING ON IN OUR COUNTRY. THERE IS AN IMPORTANT CONVERSATION THAT WE'RE HAVING IN COMMUNITIES ALL OVER. I HOPE THAT ALL ACROSS THE UNITED STATES IN CHURCH BASEMENTS, SYNAGOGUE BASEMENTS, MOSQUES AND QUAKER MEETING ROOMS AND V.F.W. HALLS AND IN LODGES AND COFFEE SHOPS, WHEREVER PEOPLE GATHER, FOLKS WILL GET TOGETHER AND DISCUSS OUR HEALTH CARE FUTURE AS AMERICANS. THERE IS A BETTER WAY. THERE IS A BETTER WAY. AND I THINK THAT IT'S RIGHT IN FRONT OF US. I WAS SPEAKING ABOUT THIS ISSUE WHO TOLD ME, WELL, KEITH, HOW ARE WE GOING TO PAY FOR THIS? AND I THOUGHT THAT WAS AN INTERESTING QUESTION GIVEN WE JUST PASSED A REPUBLICAN TAX BILL THAT CARVED $1.5 TRILLION OUT OF THE FEDERAL REVENUE OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS. SOME PEOPLE HAVE ESTIMATED IT IS EVEN HIGHER THAN THAT. NOBODY WAS PARTICULARLY WORRIED ABOUT HOW WE WERE GOING TO PAY FOR THAT. BUT THE QUESTION IS STILL A LEGITIMATE QUESTION. WE DO HAVE TO PAY FOR THINGS. IF WE LOOK AT THE FACT THAT ABOUT 2/3 OF ALL THE FEDERAL SPENDING IS -- HEALTH CARE SPENDING IS FEDERAL SPENDING, WE KNEE TO KNOW, AND THEY ARE SEEING THE HEALTH CARE EXPENDITURES THAT THEY ARE ALREADY MAKING, BEING ABLE TO PAY A PART OF THIS. BUT THE OTHER PART IS A LEGITIMATE QUESTION. WE CAN SET OUT A SYSTEM OF PAYROLL TAX OR PERHAPS A TAX ON WALL STREET TRADES. THERE ARE A NUMBER OF THINGS THAT WE CAN DO. AND WE ALSO CAN SQUEEZE COSTS OUT OF THE SYSTEM. WE KNOW THAT SIMPLY BECAUSE YOU HAVE MULTIPLE INSURANCE COMPANIES AND MULTIPLE PAYERS, THERE IS RAMPANT WASTE IN THE SYSTEM AND SQUEEZE IT OUT AND GET EFFICIENCIES, WE WOULD BE ABLE TO LOWER COSTS IN THE SYSTEM. IF WE COULD CONTROL COSTS IN THE SYSTEM, WE WOULD HAVE A WORLD-CLASS SYSTEM WITH EXCELLENT HEALTH CARE OUTCOMES AND STILL PAY FOR IT. IT'S NOT BEYOND OUR REACH. I CAN TELL YOU THAT IT'S OFTEN BEEN SAID THAT SINGLE-PAYER SYSTEMS HAVE LONG WAITING LINES. WELL NOT ACCORDING TO THE DATA. ONE FROM THE COMMONWEALTH FUND LOOK AT THE SAME-DAY DOCTOR'S APPOINTMENT LIKE CANADA AND UNITED KINGDOM AND THE REST AND THE FACT IS THAT IN NEW ZEALAND, GERMANY, AUSTRALIA, YOU KNOW, IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, PEOPLE CAN GET SAME-DAY DOCTOR VISITS AT A HIGHER RATES. IT'S NOT THAT YOU HAVE LONG LINES OR WAIT. WE WILL DESIGN IT FOR OUR OWN PURPOSES. BUT IT SIMPLY IS NOT TRUE THAT A SINGLE-PAIR SYSTEM WILL HAVE LONGER WAITING LINES. PEOPLE SAY THIS, BUT IT'S JUST NOT TRUE. WE NEED TO HAVE THE DEBATE AND NEED TO HAVE THE DISCUSSION. WE NEED BUSINESSES TO SAY, WHAT WOULD IT MEAN TO ME IF I DIDN'T HAVE TO PAY HEALTH INSURANCE OUT OF MY BUSINESS EXPENSES, WHAT WOULD IT MEAN IF THEY DIDN'T HAVE TO PAY FOR CO-PAYS AND DEDUCTIBLES IF THEY COULD GET EYES AND EARS. WHAT WOULD IT MEAN IF THESE THINGS WERE POSSIBLE? WOULD IT ALLOW PEOPLE, FREE THEM AND ALLOW THEM TO BE MORE CREATIVE AND INNOVATIVE? WE HAVE SEEN A TCHINE IN SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT. IS THIS BECAUSE THEY ARE LOCKED IN INDEED-END JOBS. THERE IS A POSSIBILITY. WE HAVE GOT TO HAVE A DIALOGUE TO SERVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND OTHER COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD ARE DOING IT AND IT'S TIME FOR US TO MOVE FORWARD IN THAT DIRECTION, TOO. SO I WILL YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND THANK THE SPEAKER.

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                                            • 06:50:35 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              IT'S MY PRIVILEGE TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THE LIFE OF A GREAT AMERICAN BARBARA…

                                              IT'S MY PRIVILEGE TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THE LIFE OF A GREAT AMERICAN BARBARA BUSH. AND I WOULD ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT, MR. SPEAKER, THAT ALL MEMBERS PARTICIPATING MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE TOPIC OF THIS SPECIAL ORDER.

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                                              MR. CULBERSON

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                              MR. CULBERSON

                                              CONSUME.

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                                              MR. BURGESS

                                              SHE JOINED ABIGAIL ADAMS WHO ADVISED OUR NATION'S CHIEF EXECUTIVES LONG…

                                              SHE JOINED ABIGAIL ADAMS WHO ADVISED OUR NATION'S CHIEF EXECUTIVES LONG BEFORE THEY REACHED THE OVAL OFFICE. SHE USED HER INFLUENCE TO ENACT POSITIVE CHANGE. ALTHOUGH HER NAME WAS NEVER ON A BALLOT, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CHOSE MRS. BUSH AS A LEADER AND AS A ROLE MODEL. JUST YESTERDAY, THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE OFFERED BILLS OFFERING SOLUTIONS TO WHAT IS A SIGNIFICANT CRISIS IN OUR COUNTRY DEALING WITH DEATHS CAUSED BY OPIOIDSES. THE EPIDEMIC THAT HAS TOUCHED EVERY COMMUNITY. COMBATTING THIS CRISIS REQUIRES NOT ONLY LEGISLATION BUT COMPASSION AND UNDERSTANDING. BUT YEARS AGO IN HER WORK TO HELP THE MOST VULNERABLE, MRS. BUSH EPITOMIZED SUCH COMPASSION. I MENTIONED THIS YESTERDAY. A SIGNIFICANT PART OF HER LEGACY WILL ALWAYS BE HER SIMPLE EMBRACE OF A CHILD WITH HIV-AIDS AT A CLINIC AT A TIME WHEN THE ILLNESS WAS NOT WELL UNDERSTOOD AND I DARE SAY THE ILLNESS WAS FEARED BY MOST PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRY. THIS SIMPLE ACT, THIS SIMPLE EMBRACE TO REACH OUT AND PICK UP A CHILD AT AN AIDS CLINIC DESTIGMA ADVERTISED HIV-AIDS. IT WAS A SMALL BUT POWERFUL GESTURE IN 1989 AND THEN SHE PAVED THE WAY FOR PATIENTS WITH HIV-AIDS, THEIR FAMILIES AND THEY WERE MOVED OUT OF THE SHADOWS AND COULD BEGIN TO LOOK AT TREATMENT OPTIONS. THE WORLD IS VASTLY DIFFERENT TODAY FOR A PATIENT WITH HIV-AIDS BECAUSE OF THAT SIMPLE ACT OF COMPASSION EVIDENCED BY MRS. BUSH. AND HOW CONGRESS IS TRYING TO COMBAT OPIOIDS CRISIS, I HOPE WE CAN FIND HER DEDICATION AND DO WHAT IS RIGHT. I'M JOINED TO JOIN MY FELLOW COLLEAGUE FROM HOUSTON IN EXPRESSING OUR CONDOLENCES ON THE WONDERFUL LIFE OF FORMER FIRST LADY BARBARA PIERCE BUSH, AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                            • 06:54:43 PM

                                              MR. CULBERSON

                                              BUSH AND FOLLOWED BY BILL ARCHER AND I FOLLOWED BILL ARCHER, HE SUCCEEDED…

                                              BUSH AND FOLLOWED BY BILL ARCHER AND I FOLLOWED BILL ARCHER, HE SUCCEEDED GEORGE H.W. BUSH. AND THEY ARE ADMIRED AND REVERED BY ALL OF US IN TEXAS AND I'M JOINED BY MY COLLEAGUE FROM DALLAS AND I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE FRRL DALLAS TO HONOR THE LIFE OF BARBARA BUSH.

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                                            • 06:55:33 PM

                                              MS. JOHNSON

                                              SHE TRANSCENDED THE DIFFERENCES THAT ARE ALL TOO OFTEN EXPLOITED AND GAVE…

                                              SHE TRANSCENDED THE DIFFERENCES THAT ARE ALL TOO OFTEN EXPLOITED AND GAVE US A LIVING EXAMPLE OF GOODNESS THAT CAN BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER AS HUMAN BEINGS. DURING TIMES OF TROUBLE IN THE ADMINISTRATION OF BOTH HER HUSBAND AND SON IN WASHINGTON, SHE REMAINED A BEACON OF HOPE, STANDING FIRM AGAINST THE MOST HORRIFIC OF STORMS, EVEN THOSE WHO DISAGREED WITH THE POLICIES OF BOTH PRESIDENTS FOUND COMFORT IN THE WISDOM OF MRS. BUSH. I ALWAYS ADMIRED HER CHARISMA, TRUE PATRIOTISM AND THE LEADERSHIP SHE DEMONSTRATED IN ADVOCATING FOR STRONGER LITERACY PROGRAMS. SHE MADE SURE OUR YOUNG PEOPLE ARE BETTER OFF THROUGH HER COMMITMENT THROUGH CHARITABLE CAUSES AND PASSION FOR SERVICE. SHE WAS A STRONG ADVOCATE FOR CIVIL AND WOMEN'S RIGHTS AND POLICIES DURING HER HUSBAND'S ADMINISTRATION, WHICH SPOKE VOLUMES TO HER CHARACTER AND LEGACY SHE LEAVES BEHIND. FOUR LIVING PRESIDENTS PAID WHOMAGE TO BARBARA BUSH AT THE MEMORIAL SERVICE THAT CELEBRATED HER LIFE AND LEGACY. 1,500 MEMBERS CAME TO SAY GOOD-BYE TO A WOMAN WHO BEFRIENDED AFTER THEM. HOURS AFTER THE SERVICE CONCLUDED, SHE WAS LAID TO REST ON A GRAVE LOCATED IN THE LIBRARY. SHE WAS BURIED NEXT TO HER DAUGHTER ROBIN WHO PASSED AWAY FROM CANCER WHEN SHE WAS THREE YEARS OLD. WE ARE BLESSED TO VRL WITNESS A WOMAN. THOSE WHO HAVE BLESSED WITH THOSE ASSIST THOSE. THERE ARE MANY WHOSE LIVES WERE ENHANCED BY OF THE SERVICE, GRACIOUSOUSNESS AND THE LOVE THAT BARBARA BUSH CARRIED. MRS. BUSH TOOK PRIDE IN HER FAMILY AND TAUGHT THEM TO LOVE AND SERVE OTHERS. I HOPE HER FAMILY CAN TAKE SOLE ACE IN KNOWING SHE IS A BETTER PLACE IN WATCHING ALL OF THEM. ALL OF US WILL MISS BARBARA BUSH, HER TRUTHFULNESS, HER FAIRNESS AND HER PASSION. THE NATION AND THE WORLD IS A BETTER PLACE BECAUSE SHE LIVED AMONGST US GIVING ALL SHE COULD WITHOUT ANIMOSITY. I YIELD BACK.

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                                            • 06:59:32 PM

                                              MR. CULBERSON

                                              SHE HAS BEEN A SOURCE OF INSPIRATION TO ME AND THE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS.…

                                              SHE HAS BEEN A SOURCE OF INSPIRATION TO ME AND THE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD POWERED INTO HOUSTON TO PAY TRIBUTE TO HER AS SHE LAID IN REPOSE. PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE, DR. BURGESS SAID, SHE IN A VERY SIMPLE GESTURE WITH A PATIENT WHO WAS ILL WITH HIV-AIDS BROKE DOWN THE STIGMA THAT THE FEAR PEOPLE FELT. BARBARA BUSH ACTED INSTINCTTIVELY WITH COURAGE AND COMPASSION AND HUGGING THAT YOUNG MAN AND DEMONSTRATED TO THE WORLD, PEOPLE WHO WERE ILL WITH HI AND NOW THAT DISEASE HAS BEEN CONTAINED AND ROLLED BACK, IT IS A TREATABLE CONDITION AND SHE DEVOTED HER LIFE TO, AS MY COLLEAGUE FROM DALLAS SAID, HELPING THOSE WHO WERE LESS FORTUNATE. . BARBARA WAS BORN IN 1925, SHE WAS ONE OF ONLY TWO WOMEN IN AMERICAN HISTORY WHO WAS BOTH A WIFE TO AND A MOTHER TO A UNITED STATES PRESIDENT. SHE WAS THE WIFE OF THE 41ST PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, GEORGE H.W. BUSH AND MOTHER OF THE 43RD PRESIDENT, GEORGE W. BUSH. BARBARA WAS ONLY 18 YEARS OLD WHEN SHE IS MARRIED GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH IN 1945. THEY HAD SIX CHILDREN TOGETHER OVER THE COURSE OF THEIR MARRIAGE AND AS FIRST LADY SHE'S BEST REMEMBERED FOR HER UNTIRING ADVOCACY FOR UNIVERSAL LITERACY AND FOUNDED THE BARBARA BUSH FOUNDATION FOR FAMILY LITERACY. SHE FIRST MET GEORGE AT A CHRISTMAS DANCE IN CONNECTICUT IN 1941 WHEN SHE WAS 16 AND HE WAS 17. GEORGE BUSH ASKED A FEND IF HE KNEW BARBARA AND THE TWO WERE OFFICIALLY INTRODUCED. WHEN THE WALTZ BEGAN TO PLAY THEY SAT OUT THE DANCE BECAUSE HE DID NOT KNOW HOW TO WALTZ SO THEY SPENT THEIR TIME GETTING TO KNOW EACH OTHER. AS THEY SPENT MORE AND MORE TIME TOGETHER AND FELL IN LOVE, SHORTLY AFTER GEORGE'S 18TH BIRTHDAY THEY BOTH BECAME EACH OTHER'S FIRST KISS. THEIR ENGAGEMENT WAS OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED IN THE NEWSPAPER IN DECEMBER OF 1943. GEORGE WAS ON LEAVE DURING CHRISTMAS AS A NAVY PILOT AND THEY WERE REUNITED OVER THAT CHRISTMAS IN 1943. AND TWO WEEKS LATER, ON JANUARY 6, 1945, GEORGE AND BARBARA WERE MARRIED. BARBARA BUSH TOLD "TIME" MAGAZINE IN 1989 THAT, QUOTE, I MARRIED THE FIRST MAN I EVER KISSED AND WHEN I TELL THIS TO MY CHILDREN THEY JUST ABOUT THROW UP. WHILE GEORGE WAS AWAY AT WAR, THE TWO WROTE LETTERS TO EACH OTHER AS THEIR ONLY MEANS OF COMMUNICATION. THEY WERE DEEPLY AND PASSIONATELY IN LOVE AND SHE HELICOPTER -- SHE KEPT HER SENSE OF HUMOR RIGHT TO THE VERY END. IN A LETTER TO BARBARA GEORGE WROTE, I HAVE CLIMBED PERHAPS THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN IN THE WORLD BUT EPIDEMIC THAT CANNOT HOLD A CANDLE TO BEING BARBARA'S HUSBAND. IN ANOTHER LETTER DATED DECEMBER 12, 1943, GEORGE WROTE TO HIS DARLING BAR ABOUT HIS HAPPINESS AT READING THEIR ENGAGEMENT ANNOUNCEMENT IN THE NEWSPAPER. QUOTE, I LOVE YOU PRECIOUS WORK ALL MY HEART, AND TO KNOW YOU LOVE ME MEAN MISLIFE. HOW OFTEN I HAVE THOUGHT ABOUT THE IMMEASURABLE JOY THAT WILL BE OURS SOMEDAY HOW MUCH LUCKY OUR CHILDREN WILL BE TO HAVE A MOTHER LIKE YOU. THIS LETTER WAS RELEASED SHORTLY AFTER HER PASSING. SHE WAS AN EXTRAORDINARY WOMAN AND AN INSPIRATION TO ALL OF US. I'M PLEASED TO BE JOINED TONIGHT BY MY COLLEAGUE FROM THE 22ND DISTRICT OF TEXAS, CONGRESSMAN PETE OLSON, AND I WILL YIELD TO HIM SUCH TIME HEAS MAY CONSUME.

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                                            • 07:03:50 PM

                                              MR. OLSON

                                              BUSH. HER HUSBAND, GEORGE H.W. BUSH, AND BARBARA BUSH WERE NOT NATIVE…

                                              BUSH. HER HUSBAND, GEORGE H.W. BUSH, AND BARBARA BUSH WERE NOT NATIVE TEXANS. BUT THEY GOT THERE AS FAST AS THEY COULD. THE PRESIDENT EMBRACED TEXAS RIGHT OFF THE BAT. HE BECAME INVOLVED IN THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY, BLACK GOLD, TEXAS TEA. IN THOSE DAYS. HIS WIFE, BARBARA, BECAME THE EPITOME OF A TEXAS WOMAN. A STRAIGHT SHOOTER. WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET. BLACK, WHITE, NO GRAY. FAMILY, FAMILY, FAMILY, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. I'LL SHARE TWO STORIES ABOUT HER AND HER HUSBAND THAT SHOW HOW MUCH THEY LOVE LIFE AND HOW GREAT -- AND HOW GREAT A SENSE OF HUMOR THEY BOTH HAD. FIRST OF ALL, IN 2000, THEIR OLDEST SON GEORGE W. BUSH WAS ELECTED TO BECOME OUR 43RD PRESIDENT. WHEN TWO FAMILIES IN -- ONLY TWO FAMILIES IN OUR COUNTRY'S HISTORY HAD A MOTHER WHO HAD A HUSBAND AND A SON ELECTED TO THE WHITE HOUSE. THE ADAMS FAMILY AND THE BUSH FAMILY. REPORTERS CAME TO MRS. BUSH, REMEMBER ALL THIS CONTROVERSY, HANGING CHADS, FLORIDA, FLORIDA, FLORIDA. THEY PERSEVERED AND GEORGE BUSH WAS ELECTED OUR PRESIDENT. NATURALLY, REPORTERS WERE EXCITE. THEY APPROACHED OUR FIRST LAITY AND SAID, MRS. BUSH, IN YOUR HEART OF HEARTS, IN YOUR WILDEST DREAMS, DID YOU THINK ONE OF YOUR SONS COULD BECOME OUR PRESIDENT? HOLD THE SAME OFFICE THAT YOUR HUSBAND HAD FOR FOUR YEARS? AND BARBARA, BEING STRAIGHT-TALKING BARBARA, SAID, I'M PARAPHRASING, YES, SIR. MY BOYS WATCHED THEIR DAD ACHIEVE THE HIGHEST OFFICE IN THE WORLD. THEY KNEW WHAT IT TOOK. IT TOOK DETERMINATION. FOCUS. FRIENDS. FAITH. MY SONS SAW THAT IN THEIR FATHER. THEY KNEW WHAT IT WOULD TAKE. AND SO YES, I THOUGHT ONE OF MY SONS COULD BECOME OUR PRESIDENT. OF COURSE THEN SHE GAVE THE COUP DE GRACE, THE CLASSIC BARBARA BUSH, SHE SAID, I HAD -- I HAVE TO BE HONEST WITH YOU, THOUGH, I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE MY SMART SON. MEANING JEB BUSH, NOT GEORGE W. THAT COMMENT WAS TRUE LOVE AND THAT'S WHAT BARBARA BUSH WAS ALL ABOUT. ONE OTHER STORY ABOUT THE PRESIDENT AND THE FAMILY, PRESIDENT BUSH AS HE GOT OLDER LOVED TO SKYDIVE. BUSH 41. HE TURNED 90, HE SKYDIVED IN KEN BUNGPORT. HE HAD -- HE HAD PRETTY BAD PARKINSONS, COULDN'T WALK. WHEN HE LANDED HE KIND OF FELL OVER AND DID WHAT'S CALLED A FACE PLANT. FRIENDS UP THERE TOLD ME THAT BARBARA WAS THERE DAYS BEFORE THE JUMP SAYING, D NOT DO THIS. YOU ARE 90 YEARS OLD, DON'T JUMP OUT OF A PLANE. BUT PRESIDENT BUSH SAID, WHEN HE TURNED 85, HE'D DO IT WHEN HE WAS 90. HE KEPT HIS WORD. YOU SEE THE VIDEO, BARBARA CAME DOWN THERE, HUGGED HIM, KISSED HIM, PICKED HIM UP, LOVED HIM. BACK AT THE HOUSE IT WASN'T QUITE THE SAME. APPARENTLY SHE SAID OVER AND OVER, YOU OLD MAN, I TOLD YOU NOT TO JUMP OUT OF A PLANE. LOOK AT YOUR FACE. YOUR FACE IS ALL CUT UP. NEVER, EVER DO THIS AGAIN. IT WON'T HAPPEN. OF COURSE THE PRESIDENT SMILED AND SAID I LOVE YOU. AND THEY MOVED ON. NEXT STORY ABOUT THEIR LOVE, TRUE LOVE, CAME FROM THEIR PHOTOGRAPHER BACK HOME IN HOUSTON, TEXAS. THIS MAN HAS BEEN WITH THE FAMILY FOR AT LEAST 40 YEARS. THE BUSHES COME IN THERE EVERY YEAR FOR A BIG CAMERA SHOOT. THE PHOTOGRAPHER SAID IT'S GETTING KIND OF TOUGH, THE PRESIDENT HAS BAD PARKINSONS. HE CAN NO LONGER STAND. THAT MEANS FOR THESE SHOTS, I HAVE TO HAVE HIM SIT IN HIS WHEELCHAIR. AND HE HATES THAT CHAIR. IF THAT CHAIR POPS UP IN A PICTURE, HE TEARS THE PICTURE APART. SO HOW DOES HE DEAL WITH THAT FACT OF THE ATTITUDE WITH HIS WHEELCHAIR? HE TURNS TO THE FIRST LADY WHO IS 90 YEARS OLD, AND WORKS HER HARD. THEY HAVE TO HAVE THE SAME HEIGHT DIFFERENTIAL. HE'S ABOUT 6'0". SHE'S SOMEWHERE AROUND 5'7", 5'8". HE'S ABOVE HER. SO THE SHOTS WITH HIM IN A CHAIR SHE HAS TO BE BELOW HIM. THAT MEANS SHE IS SQUATTING DOWN. SHE'S 91 YEARS OLD AND SQUATTING DOWN FOR A PICTURE. IN PICTURE AFTER PICTURE. PHOTOGRAPHER TOLD ME, MOVED HER UP LEFT, HAD HER SQUAT DOWN, BACK, LEFT, OVER AND OVER AND OVER. A TRUE WORKOUT. FOR ANY HUMAN BEING. BUT ESPECIALLY A WOMAN WHO IS 90 YEARS OLD. AND THEN HE STARTED LAUGHING. AND SAID OUR PRESIDENT AND HIS WIFE ARE STILL IN LOVE. HOW DO I KNOW THAT? AT LEAST 10 TIMES DURING THE COURSE OF THAT SHOOT AS OUR FIRST LADY WALKED IN FRONT OF OUR PRESIDENT SHE STOPPED AND SAID STOP THAT, GEORGE. STOP THAT. STOP THAT, GEORGE. WE ALL KNOW WHAT PRESIDENT BUSH IS DOING WITH HIS BELOVED WIFE. HE WAS SAYING I LOVE YOU IN THE WAY THAT ONLY NAVAL AVIATORS CAN SAY. THAT LOVE RESULTED IN MARRIAGE OF 73 YEARS. WHILE BARBARA LEFT US LAST WEEK, THAT LOVE IS STILL GOING STRONG. BARBARA BUSH, PRESIDENT GEORGE H.W. BUSH, AND THE ENTIRE BUSH FAMILY ON BEHALF OF THE 850,000 TEXANS I WORK FOR IN TEXAS 22, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. FOR YOUR EXAMPLE, YOUR LIFE, YOUR PATRIOTISM, YOUR LAS VEGAS, AN YOUR FAMILY. THE WORLD IS A BETTER PLACE BECAUSE OF BARBARA BUSH. GOD BLESS HER. THANK YOU MY FRIEND. EYE ELLED BACK. -- I YIELD BACK.

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                                            • 07:12:28 PM

                                              MR. CULBERSON

                                              GEORGE BUSH'S SUCCESSOR IN CONGRESS, BILL ARCHER, WENT ON TO BECOME…

                                              GEORGE BUSH'S SUCCESSOR IN CONGRESS, BILL ARCHER, WENT ON TO BECOME CHAIRMAN OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE. CHAIRMAN ARCHER SERVED THERE FROM 1970 TO 2001 WHEN IT WAS MY PRIVILEGE TO SUCCEED BILL ARCHER. I JOINED THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE. RIGHT NOW I CHAIR A SUBCOMMITTEE. BUT THE UNITED STATES IS VERY, VERY FORTUNATE AND THAT ANOTHER TEXAN HAS STEPPED UP TO SERVE AS CHAIRMAN OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, CONGRESSMAN KEVIN BRADY WHO JOINS US HERE TONIGHT WHO REPRESENTS THE WOODLANDS AND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT EIGHT, AS CHAIRMAN OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE SUCCESSFULLY PASSED THE LARGEST TAX CUT IN AMERICAN HISTORY WHICH IS ALREADY DOING REMARKABLE THINGS TO REJUVENATE THE AMERICAN ECONOMY AND RESTORE IMMENSE PROSPERITY TO THIS NATION COAST TO COAST, SOMETHING I KNOW GEORGE AND BARBARA BUSH ARE IMMENSELY PROUD OF AND WE'RE HONORED TO HAVE YOU JOIN US HERE TONIGHT, CHAIRMAN BRADY, IN CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF BARBARA BUSH.

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                                            • 07:14:08 PM

                                              MR. BRADY

                                              ADVANCING THE WORLD IN MY VIEW AND LEADING THE EFFORT FOR HURRICANE HARVEY…

                                              ADVANCING THE WORLD IN MY VIEW AND LEADING THE EFFORT FOR HURRICANE HARVEY RELIEF. A RECORD $146 BILLION FOR HURRICANES HARVEY AND MARIA AND IRMA AND SOME OF THE WILDFIRES IN CALIFORNIA. ALL OF WHICH ARE THE LARGEST AMOUNT OF DISASTER RECOVERY AND REALLY THE FIRST PREVENTION FUNDS TO HELP REBUILD THE LEVEES AND DAMS AND ALL THAT CAN PREVENT THESE FUNDS. -- FLOODS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE OF BARBARA BUSH. OUR COUNTRY MOURNS THE LOSS OF A TRULY INCOMPARABLE FIRST LADY. FOR MANY OF US, BARBARA PIERCE BUSH IS THE ORIGINAL THOUSAND POINTS OF LIGHT. BY HER URGING, HER APPLAUDING AN AT SAMESIST INSIST -- INSISTING WE SHOULD ALL LIVE UP TO HIGHER STANDARDS WHEN IT COMES TO FAMILY, HONOR AND DUTY. SHE DESERVES TO BE HONORED BECAUSE OF HER DEDICATION TO MAKING OUR WORLD A BETTER PLACE. SPECIFICALLY THROUGH HER WORK AS AN ADVOCATE FOR ADULT AND CHILD LITERACY. THE BARBARA BUSH FOUNDATION FOR FAMILY LITERACY, THE LEADING ADVOCATE FOR FAMILY LITERACY IN AMERICA WILL CONTINUE HER GREAT WORK TO GIVE CHILDREN AND PARENTS SKILLS THEY NEED FOR BRIGHTER FUTURE. I HAD THE HONOR OF REPRESENTING TEXAS A&M AT COLLEGE STATION WHEN THE GEORGE H.W. PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY WAS DEDICATED. IT IS A IT IS A REMARKABLE LIBRARY IN SO MANY WAYS, AS IS PRESIDENT BUSH AND THE FIRST LADY. BUT IT WAS, TO ME, REMARKABLE HOW MUCH TIME AND ACCESS THE PRESIDENT AND BARBARA BUSCH GAVE TO THE YOUNG PEOPLE -- BUSH GAVE TO THE YOUNG PEOPLE AT COLLEGE STATION AND THE REGION. BRINGING IN LEADERS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY AND THE WORLD, HAVING DEEP DISCUSSIONS ABOUT FREEDOM, ABOUT FAITH, FAMILY, ABOUT LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE. ALL THE THINGS THAT MADE THE BUSH FAMILY SO SPECIAL. ONE TIME I WAS, EARLY ON A SATURDAY MORNING, CONGRESSMAN, I WAS DRIVING UP TO COLLEGE STATION TO INTERVIEW OUR APPLICANTS FOR WEST POINT AND THE NAVAL ACADEMY AND THE AIR FORCE AND MERCHANT MARINE. WE WERE DOING IT AT THE CORPS CADET CENTER AT TEXAS A&M. SO WE'RE ON 290 AND I'M NOT REALLY PAYING ATTENTION. I LOOK UP AND SEE THIS GREEN -- BLUISH-GREEN CAR JUST UP AHEAD OF ME AND I NOTICE THE LICENSE PLATE SAYS READ 1. I THOUGHT, READ 1. THAT'S AMAZING. AS WE DRIVE PAST HER, I MAY HAVE BEEN PUSHING THE SPEED LIMIT A BIT. I NOTICED THAT FAMOUS WHITEHAIR AND IT WAS MRS. BUSH DRIVING -- WHITE HAIR AND IT WAS MRS. BUSH DRIVING UP TO THE LIBRARY ON SATURDAY MORNING FOR SOME WORK OR THE OTHER. PROBABLY FOCUSED ON FAMILY LITERACY. THEY ARE, THE BUSH FAMILY IS SIMPLY ADORED IN TEXAS AND ESPECIALLY IN THE HOUSTON REGION, FOR SO MANY REASONS. I HAD A CHANCE, AS CONGRESSMAN CULBERSON TALKED ABOUT, YOU KNOW, TO BE ABLE TO FOLLOW ON THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, THE SEAT THAT PRESIDENT BUSH ONCE HELD, THAT CHAIRMAN ARCHER ONCE HELD, AND THAT I NOW HAVE THE PRIVILEGE TO HOLD. SO I ALWAYS FEEL LIKE I HAVE A DUTY TO UPHOLD HIS STANDARDS, HIS LEGACY, HIS COMMITMENT TO HONOR AND DUTY ON OUR COMMITTEE AS WELL. AND WHEN I WON THE SEAT ON WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, PRESIDENT BUSH REACHED OUT TO SAY CONGRATULATIONS, COME DOWN AND VISIT. THEN WHEN I WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO SUCCEED, NOW SPEAKER PAUL RYAN, TO CHAIR THE COMMITTEE, HIS OFFICE CALLED AGAIN AND SAID, COME DOWN, THE PRESIDENT WANTS TO VISIT ABOUT WAYS AND MEANS ISSUES. SO I GOT A CHANCE TO VISIT WITH MRS. BUSH AND THE PRESIDENT. MY GOOD FRIEND, CHASE, AND OTHERS. WE TALKED ABOUT TAX REFORM AND TRADE ISSUES AND SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE. MRS. BUSH WAS IN THE THICK OF THINGS IN THOSE DISCUSSIONS AND IT WAS -- THAT IS MY LAST MEMORY OF BEING ABLE TO VISIT WITH HER IN PERSON. ANYONE WHO DIDN'T LEAVE A CONVERSATION WITH HERBERT THAN WHEN YOU STARTED PROBABLY WASN'T PAYING ATTENTION TO THE CONVERSATION. SO WE'RE BLESSED. IT'S A REMARKABLE LEGACY. SHE -- LEGACY SHE LEAVES FOR HER FAMILY, FOR TEXAS, FOR THE UNITED STATES AND REALLY FOR THE WHOLE WORLD. SO SURELY HEAVEN REJOICED WHEN MRS. BUSH JOINED HER SAVIOR, PEARLS AND ALL. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, FOR BLESSING US WITH SUCH A REMARKABLE WOMAN, WITH A REMARKABLE LIFE AND A REMARKABLE FAMILY. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                            • 07:19:27 PM

                                              MR. CULBERSON

                                              THE BUSH STANDARD OF ABSOLUTELY IMPECCABLE INTEGRITY AND HONOR. AND…

                                              THE BUSH STANDARD OF ABSOLUTELY IMPECCABLE INTEGRITY AND HONOR. AND CONSISTENCY. THE PROVERBS TELL US THAT OUR GREATEST POSSESSION ON EARTH IS OUR GOOD NAME. WORTH MORE THAN ALL THE GOLD AND SILVER IN THE WORLD. AND BY THAT MEASURE THE BUSH FAMILY, BARBARA BUSH, GEORGE BUSH, THE ENTIRE BUSH FAMILY ARE THE WEALTHIEST PEOPLE ON EARTH. IN A MEMOIR THAT BARBARA WROTE IN 1994 LOOKING BACK ON THEIR 50 YEARS-PLUS OF MARRIAGE, SHE WROTE THAT GEORGE AND SHE WERE THE TWO LUCKIEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD. SHE SAID, WHEN ALL THE DUST IS SETTLED AND ALL THE CROWD ARE GONE, THE THINGS THAT MATTER MOST ARE FAMILY, FAITH AND FRIENDS. GEORGE AND I HAVE BEEN IN ORDERNANTLY BLESSED AND WE KNOW THAT. -- INOR THE NANLTLY BLESSED AND WE KNOW THAT. ACCORDING TO JENNA BUSH, THEY GAVE THANKS EVERY NIGHT IN THEIR PRAYERS. GEORGE H.W. STILL SAID, I LOVE YOU, BARBIE, TO HIS WIFE, ACCORDING TO JENNA. WHEN THE BUSHES FIRST CAME TO TEXAS, THEY SETTLED IN WEST TEXAS AND WENT INTO THE OIL BILLS. AND WERE PRIVILEGED -- WE'RE PRIVILEGED TONIGHT TO BE JOINED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE, THE CONGRESSMAN FROM -- REPRESENTING MIDLAND, ODESSA, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST TEXAS, MIKE CONAWAY, WE'RE DELIGHTED TO HAVE YOU WITH US TONIGHT. WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO YOU SUCH TIME AS YOU MAY CONSUME.

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                                            • 07:21:07 PM

                                              MR. CONAWAY

                                              THROUGH THEM LIVING IN ODESSA FOR A WHILE, THEN MOVING TO MIDLAND. GEORGE…

                                              THROUGH THEM LIVING IN ODESSA FOR A WHILE, THEN MOVING TO MIDLAND. GEORGE W. BUSH AND I WERE BUSINESS PARTNERS IN THE OIL BUSINESS FOR ABOUT FIVE YEARS. AND SO WHILE I HAD LIMITED OR NO DIRECT CONTACT WITH HIS MOM, I GOT TO SEE THE PRODUCT OF HER CHILD REARING BY WORKING WITH HIM ON A DAILY BASIS FOR FIVE YEARS. MRS. BUSH BROUGHT TO THE TABLE THAT INCREDIBLY TERRIFIC BLEND OF BEING A WOMAN WHO IS STRONG BUT COMPASSIONATE, LOVED HER FAMILY, STUNNINGLY PROTECTIVE OF HER FAMILY. BUT YET STEEL-WILLED WHEN SHE NEEDED TO BE. DIDN'T SUFFER FOOLS WELL. WHEN THEY WERE DOING THINGS THAT SHE DIDN'T LIKE. BUT DID IT WITH GRACE AND DIGNITY AND WAYS THAT ALL OF US SHOULD TRY TO ASPIRE TO DO IT. THEY DO LEAVE A LEGACY IN MIDLAND. THEY STILL CONSIDER -- MIDLAND STILL CONSIDERS THEM THEIR FIRST FAMILY. WE HAVE A MUSEUM IN ODESSA, COMMEMORATING THEIR HOME FROM WHEN THEY LIVED IN ODESSA. WE ALSO HAVE THE BUSH HOME IN MIDLAND THAT HAS BEEN TURNED INTO A MUSEUM, WORKING HARD TO GET THAT MOVED OVER TO THE PARKS DEPARTMENT SO THAT CAN BE PROPERLY MAINTAINED AND IS A GOOD EXAMPLE. BUT I DON'T HAVE A LOT OF TO -- A LOT TO SAY TONIGHT THAT'S NOT ALREADY BEEN SAID, OTHER THAN THE FACT THAT I'M HONORED TO BE ABLE TO SAY THESE THINGS. AND TO JUST SAY THAT ALL OF US SHOULD ASPIRE TO HAVE THE KIND OF LEGACY THAT BARBARA BUSH HAS LEFT. SHE WAS A WIFE, A MOTHER, A GRANDMOTHER, A GREAT-GRANDMOTHER. ALL OF THOSE THINGS SHE DID WITH INCREDIBLE EXCELLENCE AND STYLE. BUT SHE WAS ALSO HER OWN WOMAN. AND LEAVES THAT LEGACY AS WELL, OF WHAT STRONG WOMEN CAN DO, WHAT THEY MEAN TO THE STRENGTH OF A FAMILY, WHAT THEY EVEN IN A COMMUNITY THAT SHE LIVED IN, WHETHER IT'S MIDLAND OR HOUSTON OR HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C., AS FIRST LADY. SHE DID IT THE RIGHT WAY EVERY TIME. AND OUR NATION IS BETTER FOR HAVING HAD HER. I SUSPECT ABIGAIL ADAMS IS -- HAS WELCOMED HER WITH OPEN ARMS, AS BEING THE ONLY TWO WOMEN TO BE THE HUSBAND OF ONE PRESIDENT AND THE MOTHER OF ANOTHER. AND THAT'S A PRETTY SELECT GROUP THAT MRS. BUSH AND ABIGAIL ADAMS, BOTH OF WHOM HAVE HAD GREAT IMPACTS ON THE LEGACY OF THIS COUNTRY. THANK YOU AGAIN, BARBARA BUSH, FOR ALL THAT YOU DID. I KNOW HER FAMILY GRIEVES BUT IT'S A BITTERSWEET GRIEF AND KNOWING THAT A LIFE LIVED REALLY WELL FOR 92 YEARS IS SOMETHING RESPONSIBLE HE -- TO BE VERY PROUD OF. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                            • 07:24:03 PM

                                              MR. CULBERSON

                                              ROBIN. IT OF COURSE IS AN UNIMAGINABLE AND UNBEARABLE LOSS TO LOSE A…

                                              ROBIN. IT OF COURSE IS AN UNIMAGINABLE AND UNBEARABLE LOSS TO LOSE A CHILD. BUT ROBIN WAS CARRIED AWAY BUT LEUKEMIA. AND THE BUSHES DEVOTED MUCH OF THEIR LIVES TO RAISE MONEY FOR LEUKEMIA RESEARCH, TO DEFEAT THAT TERRIBLE DISEASE, TO RAISE AWARENESS OF THE DISEASE, TO GIVE HOPE TO OTHERS. BECAUSE WHEN THEY LOST ROBIN IN 1953, THERE WASN'T REALLY ANYTHING THE DOCTORS COULD DO. AND IT IS A GREAT TRIBUTE TO THEM BOTH THAT THEY WERE SO HEAVILY INVOLVED IN HELPING TO RAISE MONEY FOR CANCER RESEARCH, TO FIGHT LEUKEMIA, THROUGH THE TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER. M.D. ANDERSON, ONE OF THE GREATEST CANCER HOSPITALS IN THE WORLD, IS LOCATED IN THE TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER ON THE EDGE OF MY DISTRICT. AND IT'S BEEN MY PRIVILEGE AS A CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS TO SPEAR HEAD RECORD INCREASES IN FUNDING FOR THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH, TO HELP FIGHT CHILDHOOD CANCERS LIKE LEUKEMIA. AND THE BUSHES WERE AN INTEGRAL PART OF THAT. THEY HAVE DONE IMMEASURABLE GOOD IN SO MANY WAYS AND TOUCHED SO MANY LIVES. AND INSPIRED SO MANY PEOPLE ALL OVER THE UNITED STATES AND THROUGHOUT TEXAS. AND I KNOW THAT ALL OF US IN THE TEXAS DELEGATION, ALL OF US ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE PRAYING FOR THE BUSH FAMILY AND SHARE IN THEIR GRIEF, BUT WE ALSO HAVE THE SURE KNOWLEDGE THAT BARBARA BUSH IS IN A BETTER PLACE, THAT SHE'S BEEN REUNITED WITH HER DAUGHTER, ROBIN, AND THAT SHE WAS AT PEACE. AND WE'RE HONORED TONIGHT TO BE JOINED BY MY COLLEAGUE FROM HOUSTON, CONGRESSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON LEE, WHO JOINS US HERE TONIGHT TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THE LIFE OF THIS REMARKABLE AND EXTRAORDINARY FIRST LADY, BARBARA BUSH. I WOULD YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE SUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME.

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                                            • 07:26:09 PM

                                              MS. JACKSON LEE

                                              BUSH, THE SON OF BARBARA BUSH, WHEN HE WOULD GREET US DURING HIS…

                                              BUSH, THE SON OF BARBARA BUSH, WHEN HE WOULD GREET US DURING HIS PRESIDENCY. WHICH I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF BEING HERE IN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS. AND HE WOULD ALWAYS GREET ME AS HIS FELLOW TEXAN. AND HOW PROUD WE ARE TO BE ABLE TO CALL PRESIDENT H.W. BUSH AND THE EXTENDED FAMILY AND HIS WONDERFUL FIRST LADY, THE MATRIARCH, THE FIRST GIRLFRIEND, IF YOU WILL, AND AS HAS BEEN TOLD OVER AND OVER DURING THE TIME OF HER MEMORIAL, THE FIRST MAN THAT SHE KISSED. HOW PROUD WE ARE TO CALL BOTH OF THEM OUR FELLOW TEXANS. AND NOW WE ARE STANDING HERE TODAY TO MOURN BARBARA BUSH. AND AS I DO THAT, LET ME FIRST OF ALL ACKNOWLEDGE PRESIDENT H.W. BUSH AND WISH HIM A SPEEDY RECOVERY, FOR HIM TO REGAIN HIS STRENGTH, FOR ALL OF US WATCHED AS HE SAT IN THE VIEWING OF HER REPOSE ON THAT FRIDAY, AS HE CAME AND SAT AND REMAINED FOR A PERIOD OF TIME TO GREET THE MANY PEOPLE THAT CAME TO HONOR HER DURING THAT VIEWING. I WAS ONE OF THOSE WHO HAD THE PRIVILEGE TO GO AND TO PAY MY RESPECTS ON THAT DAY. BUT, AGAIN, THEY ARE ONE OF AMERICA'S GREATEST FAMILIES, ALTHOUGH BARBARA BUSH WOULD NEVER ACKNOWLEDGE THAT BY HER ATTITUDE OR THE WAY SHE ADDRESSED PEOPLE. SHE WAS JUST MRS. BARBARA BUSH, A VERY HUMBLE BUT FIRM AND STRAIGHTFORWARD FIRST LADY. SHE WAS A DESCENDENT OF THE 14TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, FRANKLIN PIERCE, THE WIFE OF THE 41ST, GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH, AND THE MOTHER OF THE 43RD, GEORGE W. BUSH. OF COURSE, SHE FINDS HER PLACE IN HISTORY FOR MANY, MANY REASONS, BUT OF COURSE WE TAKE NOTE OF THE FACT THERE WAS ONLY ONE OTHER WOMAN WHO WAS BOTH THE WIFE AND THE MOTHER OF A PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, ABE GALE ADAMS -- ABIGAIL ADAMS. SO THAT IS A VERY HIGH RANKING AND HONORABLE PLACE TO BE. BARBARA BUSH, THE WIDELY ADMIRED AND FIERCELY LOYAL WIFE, MOTHER AND GRANDMOTHER, WAS BORN IN NEW YORK, BUT SHE GOT TO TEXAS AS SOON AS SHE COULD. SHE MET A DASHING YOUNG GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH IN CONNECTICUT AT A SCHOOL DANCE WHEN SHE WAS 16 AND HE WAS A YEAR OLDER. WHAT AN AMAZING STORY. IN FACT, WHAT AN AMAZING LOVE STORY. THREE YEARS LATER, BARBARA BUSH MARRIED HER SWEETHEART AND THEIR LOVE LASTED FOR 73 YEARS. I REMEMBER AS WE MOURNED HER LAST WEEKEND, OVER AND OVER AGAIN THE COMMENTATORS WOULD SAY, 73 YEARS OF MARRIAGE. THAT ALONE IS A HISTORIC TRIBUTE TO THE INTEGRITY AND THE BEAUTY AND THE LOVE OF BOTH OF THEM. AND OF COURSE THEY WERE MARRIED UNTIL SHE DEPARTED IN DEATH. GEORGE AND BARBARA RAISED THEIR FAMILY FROM WEST TEXAS TO HOUSTON. OF COURSE WE KNOW THAT HE WAS A WAR HERO AND A REMARKABLE SET OF ACTION THAT HE SAW IN WORLD WAR II, AND MIRACULOUS RECOVERY FROM WHEN HIS PLANE FELL AND AS WELL MIRACULOUS IN THE FACT THAT HE SURVIVED, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, THE ACTIONS THAT TOOK PLACE AS HE PURSUED THE ENEMY. HE TRULY WAS A HERO AS WELL. BARBARA BUSH WAS PLAIN-SPOKEN BUT SHE HAD THAT WONDERFUL WHITEHAIR, PEARL NECKLACE AND EARRINGS. SO MANY IN HOUSTON, ON THE DAY OF BOTH HER FUNERAL AND AS WELL THE DAY THAT WE VIEWED HER REMAINS, AS SHE LIED IN REPOSE, SHE WAS THERE, WE WERE WEARING PEARL NECKLACES AND EARRINGS, JUST TO BE ABLE TO SAY SHE IS SOMEONE THAT WE ADMIRED, NOT FOR THOSE EXTERNAL THINGS, BUT FOR THE GOODNESS OF HER HEART. . SHE WAS AN EARLY PROPONENT OF THE EQUAL RIGHTS MOMENT AND WE REPEATED OVER AND OVER AGAIN OF HER GOING TO AN AIDS CLINIC AND PICKING UP A BABY AND HUGGING AND TOUCHING THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO WERE H.I.V. INFECTED. SO LET THE WORLD KNOW THAT THEY NEEDED THE LOVE AND COMFORT AND WE NEEDED TO FIGHT FOR THE CURE AND TO RECOGNIZE THE HUMANITY OF THOSE WHO WERE SUFFERING FROM HIV-AIDS. SHE LOVED LITERACY. THAT BECAME ONE OF HER MAJOR, MAJOR EFFORTS. AND THAT'S WHERE DURING HER TIME IN HOUSTON I WOULD SEE HER OFTEN WITH HER SON NEAL BUSH, EFFORTS DEALING WITH LITERACY. HER WORK AND DOLLARS CAME TO PLACES WAY BEYOND WHERE SHE MIGHT EXPECT AND CERTAINLY A LOT OF WORK ON LITERACY WAS DONE IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT CHEF RAISED, BARBARA BUSH, RAISED MORE THAN $1 BILLION FOR LITERACY AND CANCER CHARITIES AND AS MY COLLEAGUE HAS INDICATED, IT WAS BOTH IN TRIBUTE AND IN RECOGNITION OF THE DEVASTATION OF CHILDHOOD CANCER, LEUKEMIA, WHICH SHE LOST HER FIRST BORN TO. BARBARA BUSH RECOGNIZED THAT EDUCATION WAS THE KEY THAT UNLOCKED THE DOOR OF HUMAN POTENTIAL AND SO HER FOUNDATION, AGAIN, AS I INDICATED FOCUSED ON FAMILY LITERACY. I HAVE MET PEOPLE WHO THROUGH HER LITERACY PROGRAM WERE ABLE TO RESTORE THEIR LIVES AND SECURE EMPLOYMENT BECAUSE THEY WERE THEN ABLE TO MOVE FORWARD BECAUSE THEY LEARNED TO READ. UNFORTUNATELY, THEY LEARNED TO READ AFTER THEY FINISHED ALL THEIR EDUCATION. SHE UNDERSTOOD THE VALUE OF THAT. AS THEY CAME BACK TO HOUSTON WE WERE DELIGHTED TO CALL THEM HOUSTONIANS AND AS WELL WE RECOGNIZED WHAT A VALUABLE COUPLE THEY WERE TO US AND ANYTHING YOU ASKED THEM TO DO FROM BEING AT THE TEXANS WORK THE TEXANS AND SUPPORTING THEM AND ROOTING THEM ON AND BEING WITH THE ASTROS OR THE ROCKETS OR ANY OF OUR TEAMS, OR ANY OF OUR UNIVERSITIES OR ANYTHING THAT WAS NEEDED, THEY WERE THERE. AND SO I'M ALWAYS AMAZED AT THE BREADTH AND DEPTH OF BARBARA BUSH, HOW MANY PEOPLE SHE TOUCHED, HOW MANY PEOPLE LOVED HER, HOW MANY PEOPLE STOOD IN LINE TO PAY THEIR AREN'TS. WE KNOW OF HER BOOK WITH HER DOG MILLIE AND HER PUPPIES, WRITTEN DURING HER WHITE HOUSE YEARS, WAS A BESTSELLER AS WERE HER OTHER BOOKS. ALL OF IT WAS DONATED TO CHARITY. WE ALSO REALIZE THAT AS SHE AND HER HUSBAND ENDED THEIR TIME, THEIR SERVICE, AND BY THE WAY THEY WAS BY HIS SIDE FROM BEING THE REPRESENTATIVE IN CHINA, FOR BEING THE C.I.A. DIRECTOR, FOR BEING THE CONGRESSPERSON THAT PREVIOUSLY OVERLAPPED THE 18TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, MANY OF MY CONSTITUENTS WERE HIS CONSTITUENTS. AND SO WE'VE HAD A FULL CIRCLE OF THEIR WONDERFUL SERVICE TO THIS NATION. ON A PERSONAL NOTE I WANT TO OFFER MY TRIBUTE FROM MY HUSBAND, DR. ELWIN C. LEE BECAUSE AS A YOUNG MAN GROWING UP IT WAS THE BUSH FAMILY THAT HELPED HIM GO TO ANDOVER AND OPENED HIS EYES TO GO TO THE SAME SCHOOL THAT MR. BUSH, H.W. BUSH, WENT TO AND HIS -- IN HIS YEARS OF FINISHING WHEESM KNOW WHEN WE GOT MARRIED, WE RECEIVED A GIFT FROM THE BUSHES. COULDN'T EVEN IMAGINE IT THAT THEY WOULD EVEN REMEMBER US. WE SENT THEM AN INVITATION THEY REMEMBERED AND THEY PROVIDED WITH US A VERY SPECIAL GIFT. THEY ARE VERY, VERY SPECIAL PEOPLE AND I SPEAK IN PRESENT TENSE BECAUSE HER SPIRIT CONTINUES TO THRIVE AND WE'RE REMINDED OF THE CHARITY THE LOVE AND THE STANDARD BEARER SHE WAS FOR WHAT IS GREAT ABOUT AMERICA. WE KNOW SHE'S SURVIVED BY HER HUSBAND, THEIR CHILDREN, GEORGE, JEB, NEAL, MARVIN, AND DOROTHY AND AS HAS ALWAYS BEEN SAID SHE'LL JOIN HER FIRST-BORN ROBIN AT HER FINAL RESTING PLACE. IT IS IMPORTANT TO PAY TRIBUTE TO SUCH A WONDERFUL AMERICAN, SUCH A WONDERFUL WOMAN, AND TO BE ABLE TO THANK HER FOR TEACHING US AND TO REMIND US WHAT IS IMPORTANT IN LIFE AND IT IS FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND FAITH. THANK YOU, MRS. BARBARA PIERCE BUSH. MAY YOU REST IN PEACE BUT LET IT BE KNOWN WE'LL NEVER FORGET YOUR SPIRIT YOU STRENGTH, AND WHAT YOU DID FOR AMERICA AND YOU GAVE IT TO US STRAIGHT. FA I WILL -- FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND FAITH. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING TO ME AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                              MR. CULBERSON

                                              PACE A 63-YEAR-OLD SON OF A SHARECROPPER WHO HAD ONLY RECENTLY BECOME…

                                              PACE A 63-YEAR-OLD SON OF A SHARECROPPER WHO HAD ONLY RECENTLY BECOME LITERATE AND ABLE TO READ. HE WAS SCHEDULED TO READ THE CONSTITUTION'S PREAMBLE OUT LOUD IN FRONT OF A LARGE AUDIENCE. BARBARA BUSH INSTINCTIVELY UNDERSTOOD THAT HE WAS VERY, VERY NERVOUS AND SHE QUIETLY SLIPPED UP ALONGSIDE HIM AND ASKED HIM IF SHE COWL HELP HIM READ IT OUT LOUD WHILE STANDING NEXT TO HIM. MR. PACE WAS VERY GRATEFUL AND SAID YES, OF COURSE. SOON THEY WENT UP ON STAGE TOGETHER AND BEGAN READING OUT LOUD THE PREAMBLE OF THE CONSTITUTION. AS BARBARA BUSH DETECTED THAT MR. PACE BECAME MORE COMFORTABLE IN READING IN PUBLIC, SHE CONTINUED TO LOWER HER VOICE UNTIL ONLY HIS VOICE COULD BE HEARD. AND HE SUDDENLY REALIZED HE WAS READING THE PREAMBLE TO THE CONSTITUTION IN FRONT OF THIS HUGE AUDIENCE ON HIS OWN. IT BROUGHT TEARS TO HIS EYES BECAUSE BARBARA BUSH HAD STOOD ALONGSIDE HIM, UNDERSTOOD HIS FEAR AND ANXIETY, HAD LIFTED HIM UP AND GIVEN HIM THE CONFIDENCE THAT HE NEEDED TO COMPLETE THE TASK AND ALLOWED MR. PACE TO FIND HIS OWN VOICE. SHE WAS AN EXTRAORDINARY WOMAN AND I AM -- I FEEL HUMBLED EVERY DAY TO REPRESENT THE BUSHES, TO BE THEIR CONDITIONINGMAN, TO FOLLOW IN HIS FOOTSTEPS, TO FOLLOW IN HER FOOTSTEPS AND 20 DO MY VERY BEST TO LIVE UP TO THE VERY HIGH STANDARDS THAT THEY SET FOR ALL OF US AS AMERICANS AND ESPECIALLY AS PUBLICER IS VABTS. -- SERVANTS. EVERY DAY I HAVE THIS PRIVILEGE, I REMEMBER THE STANDARD SHE SET FOR ALL OF US. THE STANDARDS SHE SET FOR HER FAMILY, HER GRANDDAUGHTER, JENNA BUSH-HAGER, EXPLAINED WHY HER GRANNY WAS GIVEN THE NICKNAME "THE ENFORCERS." JENNA EXPLAINED THERE WERE A FEW SIMPLE RULES THAT HER GRANDMOTHER FOLLOWED. TREAT EVERYONE EQUALLY. DON'T LOOK DOWN ON ANYONE. USE YOUR VOICE FOR GOOD. AND READ ALL THE GREAT BOOKS. BARBARA LOVED HER FAMILY MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE ON EARTH. SHE LIKED TO TELL PEOPLE REPEATEDLY, IN THE END, WHEN ALL THE DUST IS SETTLED, ALL THE CROWDS ARE GONE, THE THING THAT MATTERS MOST ARE FAITH, FAMILY, AND FRIENDS. SHE WAS A ABUNDANT PLI BLESSED. IN FACT, I THINK IT BECAME HER MOST PRIZED POSSESSION WAS A PAINTED COW BECAUSE WHEN HER HUSBAND GEORGE SAW THAT BARBARA HAD SWOONED OVER THE PAINTED COW STATUES INSTALLED AROUND HOUSTON IN 2001 , HE DECIDED TO SURPRISE HER WITH ONE BUT AS THE FORMER PRESIDENT PACED A WAREHOUSE FULL OF COLORFUL WORKS OF COWS PAINED BY LOCAL ARTISTS WITH HIS LONGTIME CHIEF OF STAFF GENE BEG BECKER , HE COULDN'T DECIDE WHICH ONE HIS WIFE WOULD LIKE BEST SO HE BOUGHT A BLANK ONE. AND AS HE EXPECTED, MRS. BUSH TURNED IT INTO A FAMILY ART PROJECT. THEY HAD THE WHITE COW PLACE ODD THEN LAWN OF THE FLAME'S SEASIDE HOME IN KENNEBUNKPORT, MAINE, AND IN THE YEARS SINCE, THEY HAD EACH OF THEIR FIVE CHILDREN, 17 GRANDCHILDREN, AND EIGHT AND COUNTS GREAT GRANDCHILDREN DECORATE THE COW WITH HAND PRINTS AND AUTOFWRAFFS. AND IT BECAME HER MOST PRIZED POSSESSION BECAUSE IT SYMBOLIZED THEIR ENTIRE FAMILY AND THEIR DEEP BOND OF LOVE AND AFECK FOR EACH OTHER. BARBARA BUSH TAUGHT THAT HUMOR, WIT, AND GRACE WERE THE BEST ACCESSORIES A WOMAN COULD WEAR. JENNA BUSH-HAGER SHARED THAT HER GRANNY EMBODIED UNIQUENESS AND AUTHENTICITY FROM HER MISMATCHED KEDS, PEARL EARRINGS AND SNOW-WHITE HAIR, SHE STRESSED THE IMPORTANCE OF INTERNAL BEAUTY BECAUSE AS SHE SAID, YOUR LOOKS WILL FADE BUT YOUR KIND WORDS AND THE WAY YOU MAKE PEOPLE FEEL WILL BE REMEMBERED BY PEOPLE FOREVER. AND YOUR -- YOU'RE MEASURED BY THE LOVE OF THOSE AROUND YOU AND HOW YOU HAVE LOVED THEM. HER FAMILY MEMBERS STATED SHE WAS THE GLUE THAT HELD THEM ALL TOGETHER. IN A EULOGY BY HER SON JEB, HE STATED THAT HIS MOM WAS HIS FIRST AND MOST IMPORTANT TEACHER. SHE TAUGHT HIM TO, QUOTE, SIT UP, LOOK PEOPLE IN THE EYE, SAY PLEASE AN THANK YOU. QUIT WHINING AND STOP COMPLAINING AND EAT YOUR BROCCOLI. THE LITTLE THINGS THAT SHE TAUGHT TURNED INTO BIGGER LIFE LESSONS. QUOTE, BE KIND. ALWAYS TELL THE TRUTH. NEVER DISCOURAGE ANYONE. SERVE OTHERS. TREAT EVERYONE AS YOU WOULD WANT TO BE TREATED. AND LOVE YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART AND ALL YOUR SOUL. AT BARBARA EARS -- AT BARBARA'S FUNERAL, JEB BUSH TOLD A STORY OF THE LAST TIME HIS MOTHER WAS IN THE HOSPITAL HE SAID HIS FATHER PROBABLY GOT SICK ON PURPOSE JUST TO GO VISIT BAR BRAFMENT WHEN GEORGE WENT INTO HER ROOM HE HAD A BREATHING MASK OVER HIS FACE A HOSPITAL GOWN, HIS HAIR WAS UNKEMMED, IN FACT, STANDING STRAIGHT UP, AS HE WALKED INTO BARBARA'S HOSPITAL ROOM AND HELD HER HAND, BARBARA OPENED HER EYES, TOOK ONE LOOK AT HIM AND SAID, MY GOD, GEORGE, YOU ARE DEVASTATINGLY HANDSOME. SHE KEPT HER SENSE OF HUMOR AND HER PERSPECTIVE AND HER JOY AND LOVE FOR HER FAMILY RIGHT TO THE END. WHEN JEB ASKED HER HOW SHE FELT ABOUT DYING, BARBARA STATED THAT SHE KNEW THAT JESUS WAS HER LORD AND SAVIOR. SHE SAID SHE DID NOT WANT TO LEAVE HER HUSBAND BUT SHE KNEW SHE WOULD BE IN A BEAUTIFUL PLACE. WE KNOW THAT BARBARA IS NOW REUNITED WITH HER DAUGHTER ROBIN WHO PASSED AWAY WHEN SHE WAS 3 DUE TO LEUKEMIA. AND AS GEORGE W. BUSH SAID, AT THE END OF HIS MOTHER'S LIFE, ALTHOUGH, QUOTE, LAURA, BARBARA, JENNA, AND I ARE SAD, OUR SOULS ARE SETTLED BECAUSE WE KNOW HERS WAS. WE ARE ALL BLESSED AS AMERICANS, WE'RE CERTAINLY BLESSED AS TEXANS, AS HOUSTONIANS, TO BE NEIGHBORS, TO BE FRIENDS, TO HAVE KNOWN THIS GREAT GOOD WOMAN AND THIS EXTRAORDINARY FAMILY. THE BUSH FAMILY THAT HAS EXEMPLIFIED EVERYTHING THAT MADE AMERICA GREAT. INTEGRITY. DUTY. COURAGE. COMMITMENT. SELF-RELIANCE. RELIGIOUS FAITH. DEVOTION TO FAMILY. THE BENEFITS OF HARD WORK AND REMEMBERS THAT YOUR GOOD NAME IS YOUR MOST VALUABLE POSSESSION WORTH MORE THAN ALL THE GOLD AND SILVER IN THE WORLD. TRULY BY THAT MEASURE THE BUSHES ARE THE MOST WEALTHY PEOPLE ON EARTH AND WE ARE SO VERY FORTUNATE TO HAVE KNOWN THEM, TO HAVE LEARNED FROM THEM, TO BE INSPIRED BY THEM. AS I CONTINUE TO BE EVERY DAY AS THE CONGRESSMAN FROM THE SEVENTH DISTRICT OF TEXAS. EVERY DAY THAT I REPRESENT THIS EXTRAORDINARY DISTRICT AND THESE AMAZING PEOPLE IN HOUSTON WHO ALL STEPPED UP AND HELPED EACH OTHER IN HURRICANE HARVEY AND THE BUSHES WERE RIGHT THERE HELPING THEIR NEIGHBORS AND FRIENDS. EVERY DAY THAT I HAVE THE PRIVILEGE TO REPRESENT THIS GREAT CITY AND THIS AMAZING PLACE, THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THE STANDARD OF INTEGRITY THAT THE BUSH FAMILY LEFT FOR ME AND FOR ALL OF US AND I'LL WORK VERY, VERY HARD TO CONTINUE TO MAKE BARBARA AND GEORGE BUSH PROUD OF MY WORK ON THEIR BEHALF. WE'RE ALL ABUNDANTLY BLESSED TO HAVE HAD BARBARA BUSH AS FIRST LADY, AS A ROLE MODEL AND MENTOR. BUT WE KNOW THAT SHE'S IN A BETTER PLACE AND IS REUNITED WITH HER DAUGHTER ROBIN AND AS GEORGE B. SAID, WE WILL -- WE ARE ALL SAD FOR THE LESS, BUT OUR SOULS ARE SETTLED BECAUSE WE KNOW HERS WAS. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              YOHO, FOR 30 MINUTES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                              BUSH.

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                                              MR. YOHO

                                              IN A SENSELESS, EVIL AND COWARDLY ACT WITH COMPLETE DISREGARD AND RESPECT…

                                              IN A SENSELESS, EVIL AND COWARDLY ACT WITH COMPLETE DISREGARD AND RESPECT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AND LIFE ITSELF. WHILE I NO LONGER REPRESENT GILCHREST COUNTY HERE IN CONGRESS, MY WIFE AND I OPERATED TWO OF OUR VETERINARIAN BUSINESS S THERE. IT'S THE EITS -- BUSINESSES THERE. IT'S THE EPITOME OF AN AMERICAN TOWN THAT ESPOUSES GOD, COUNTRY AND FAMILY. OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY AS THEY RECOVER FROM THIS TRAGEDY. SERGEANT RAMIREZ WAS BORN ON JUNE 3, -- JUNE 30, 1988, IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK. AFTER GRAGG HIGH SCHOOL IN PUERTO RICO WITH HONORS, HE BEGAN HIS CAREER IN LAW ENFORCEMENT. DURING HIS SERVICE TO THE PEOPLE OF GILCHREST COUNTY, HE PLAYED AN ACTIVE ROLE IN RECRUITING NEW MEMBERS TO THE GILCHREST TEAM TO GROW WHAT HE LIKED TO CALL THE FAMILY IN THE GILCHREST COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT. HE WAS A MEDALIST IN THE FIRST RESPONDERS GAME IN BOTH BASKETBALL AND WEIGHT LIFTING, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY THAN THAT, HE WAS A LOVING AND DEDICATED FATHER AND HUSBAND. HE IS SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE, GIGI, AND THEIR TWO CHILDREN, KNOLLITO AND JOEY. ALONG -- NOELITO AND JOEY. ALONG WITH HIS PARENTS AND FAMILY. DEPUTY TAYLOR LINDSEY WAS BORN ON JUNE 30, 1992, IN GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA, AND GRADUATED FROM GAINESVILLE, HIGH SCHOOL. DEPUTY LINDSEY JOINED GILCHREST COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE IN 2013 WHERE HE BEGAN HIS LIFE-LONG DREAM TO BE A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER. FROM A LITTLE AGE, HE WANTED TO BE A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER AND HE COULDN'T SAY PATROL SO HE CALLED IT PEE-TROL. HE WENT ON TO FULFILL THAT DREAM AND WORKED THERE FOR THREE YEARS. WHILE QUIET AT FIRST, HE WAS QUICK TO LAUGH AND THOSE WHO WORKED WITH HIM CAN TELL YOU A FAVORITE TAYLOR LINDSEY STORY. DEPUTY LINDSEY IS SURVIVED BY HIS PARENTS, HIS FAMILY AND HIS GIRLFRIEND, KRISTEN. THE BIBLE REMINDS US, THERE IS NO GREATER LOVE THAN TO LIE DOWN ONE'S LIFE FOR THEIR FRIENDS. BOTH OFFICERS GAVE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE AND EPITOMIZES THE MEANING OF SERVICE BEFORE SELF. OUR LIVES AND OUR COMMUNITY AND OUR STATE, IN FACT OUR NATION, ARE BETTER BECAUSE OF THEIR SERVICE. REST EASY, GENTLEMEN. WE NOW HAVE YOUR WATCH. MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK. AND THANK YOU.

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                                            • 07:48:14 PM

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                                              THOMPSON, FOR 30 MINUTES.

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                                              MR. THOMPSON

                                              2, THE AGRICULTURE NUTRITION ACT OF 2018. ALONG WITH THE CRITICAL FARM…

                                              2, THE AGRICULTURE NUTRITION ACT OF 2018. ALONG WITH THE CRITICAL FARM SUPPORTS, THE FARM BILL ALSO AUTHORIZES AND PROVIDES FUNDING FOR THE SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, ALSO KNOWN AS SNAP. AND FORMERLY CALLED FOOD STAMPS. SNAP IS THE PRIMARY FEDERAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR THOSE IN NEED AND ENSURES THAT NO AMERICAN GOES HUNGRY. AS A YOUNG MARRIED MAN, I SAW THE VALUE AND THE IMPORTANCE THAT FEDERAL NUTRITION PROGRAMS SUCH AS SNAP PROVIDED WHEN TIMES GOT TOUGH. COMING FROM CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA, I ALWAYS SAY THAT THE WORST PART OF GROWING UP IN A RURAL AREA IS THAT EVERYONE KNOWS YOUR BUSINESS. BY THE SAME TONING, THE BEST THING ABOUT GROWING UP -- TOKEN, THE BEST THING ABOUT GROWING UP IN A RURAL AREA IS THAT EVERYONE KNOWS YOUR BUSINESS. AND WHEN TIMES GET TOUGH, NEIGHBORS ALL ALWAYS HELP NEIGHBORS IN NEED. -- ALWAYS HELP NEIGHBORS IN NEED. AND THAT IS HOW I THINK ABOUT SNAP. NO MATTER IF YOU LIVED IN THE MOST -- DOWN THE LONGEST RURAL COUNTRY LANE, OR IN THE MIDDLE OF NEW YORK CITY, SNAP IS ABOUT NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS. DESPITE THE RHETORIC THAT HAS BEEN ESPOUSED BY SOME OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS AND MONTHS ABOUT THE NUTRITION TITLE, I'D LIKE TO DISCUSS THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION, WHAT H.R. 2 ACTUALLY PROPOSES TO DO TO IMPROVE SNAP. OVER THE PAST THREE YEARS THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE HAS HELD 21 BIPARTISAN HEARINGS ON SNAP, WHILE HEARING FROM 81 WITNESSES. WE'VE DONE OUR HOMEWORK. WE'VE HEARD DIRECTLY FROM THOSE WHO ARE IMPACTED THE MOST. WE ALSO HAD NOT ONE AMENDMENT FROM MY DEMOCRAT COLLEAGUES TO THE NUTRITION TITLE DURING THE COMMITTEE MARKUP. IT'S A SAD LEGISLATIVE PROCESS WHEN NOT ONLY DO CRITICS DISMISS THE 21 HEARINGS, BUT THEY ALSO FAIL TO ENGAGE IN CONSTRUCTIVE AMENDMENT PROCESS TO IMPROVE THE BILL, WHERE THEY SEE SHORTCUMMINGS. REPUBLICAN MEMBERS -- SHORTCUMMINGS. REPUBLICAN MEMBERS ACTED TO IM-- SHORTCOMINGS. REPUBLICAN MEMBERS ACTED TO IMLOVE IN BILL BY ADDING 21 AMENDMENTS IN COMMITTEE. LET ME ADDRESS WORK RIRMENTES AND JOB TRAINING. WE CAN ALL AGREE THAT -- REQUIREMENTS AND JOB TRAINING. WE CAN ALL AGREE THAT SKILLS-BASED EDUCATION IS THE BEST WAY TO ASSIST AN INDIVIDUAL, TO ASSIST A FAMILY TO ACHIEVE FOOD SECURITY. I'M HARD-PRESSED TO FIND ANYONE THAT WOULD DISAGREE WITH THAT. MUCH HAS BEEN MADE BY SOME ABOUT WORK REQUIREMENTS, THOUGH. THESE WORK REQUIREMENTS HAVE BEEN ON THE BOOKS AS A PART OF SNAP AND PREVIOUSLY FOOD STAMPS SINCE 1971. EVEN THOUGH SOME STATES CHOSE TO WAIVE THEM FOR MANY ABLE-BODIED ADULTS THAT DID NOT HAVE DEPENDENTS AT HOME. IN OTHER WORDS, SOME STATES HAVE BEEN CIRCUMVENTING WORK REQUIREMENTS, I LIKE TO SAY IT AS CIRCUMVENTING AS PROVIDING ACCESS TO OPPORTUNITY FOR PEOPLE -- FOR THE PEOPLE WHO ARE THE MOST VULNERABLE, THE PEOPLE THAT NEED IT MOST, THE PEOPLE WHO ARE LIVING UNDER FINANCIAL STRESS. AND SOME STATES HAVE BEEN CIRCUMVENTING THOSE WORK REQUIREMENTS FOR ADULTS WHO ARE WORK-CAPABLE AND DON'T HAVE CHILDREN FOR YEARS. H.R. 2 STRENGTHENS AND STREAMLINES THESE WORK REQUIREMENTS FOR ABLE-BODIED ADULTS. THESE FOLKS ARE -- WORK -- ARE WORK-CAPABLE. THIS BILL ALSO MAKES A HISTORIC INVESTMENT INTO SNAP EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING, AND ALSO IN EXISTING LAW, THE WORK FORCE INNOVATION OPPORTUNITY ACT, THAT THIS BODY IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER A NUMBER OF YEARS AGO PASSED AS A RE-AUTHORIZATION TO THE WORK FORCE INNOVATION ACT. BY COUPLING THESE WORK REQUIREMENTS WITH JOB TRAINING ACTIVITIES, WE CAN ENCOURAGE A PATHWAY OUT OF POVERTY AND, QUITE FRANKLY, A PATHWAY TO LONG-TERM SELF-RELIANCE. WHILE EDUCATION AND TRAINING AND THE WORK FORCE INNOVATION ACT ALREADY EXISTS, H.R. 2 PROVIDES STATES WITH A SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENT, OPTIONS TO MOVE PEOPLE FORWARD. TO PROVIDE PEOPLE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR UPWARD MOBILITY. UPWARD MOBILITY REALLY IS THE AMERICAN DREAM. IT'S THE DREAM OF OPPORTUNITY. AND FOR TOO LONG, MANY HAVE NOT HAD THOSE TOLLS WITHIN REACH. H.R. 2 DOES SOME TREMENDOUS IMPROVEMENTS TO BE ABLE TO RESTORE THAT PATHWAY TO OPPORTUNITY. FOR SOME PEOPLE, IT MAY BE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THEIR LIFETIME . THIS ISN'T ABOUT BURDENING THE STATES. IT'S ABOUT HELPING SNAP RECIPIENTS, THOSE ARE PEOPLE, OUR NEIGHBORS, OUR FRIENDS, OUR RELATIVES, THEY'RE LIVING IN DIFFICULT FINANCIAL CHALLENGING TIMES. SOME OF IT'S LONG TERM. MAYBE LIVING IN POVERTY FOR GENERATIONS. INTERGENERATIONAL POVERTY. BUT MANY, -- BUT FOR MANY IT'S SHORT TERM. AS A RESULT OF WHETHER IT'S BAD LUCK OR BAD PLANNING, YOU KNOW, WHETHER IT'S UNEMPLOYMENT OR UNDEREMPLOYMENT, THESE INDIVIDUALS DESERVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO MOVE FORWARD AND TO MOVE UPWARDS. IT'S ABOUT HELPING SNAP RECIPIENTS CLIMB THE ECONOMIC LADDER, AND CLOSING THE SKILLS GAP. WE KNOW THAT THE SKILLS GAP, MR. SPEAKER, OR MADAM SPEAKER, IS ALL TOO REAL FOR SO MANY AMERICANS. WHO WAKE UP IN THE MORNING AND ARE WONDERING HOW THEY'RE GOING TO MAKE ENDS MEET, HOW WE'RE GOING TO PAY BILLS, AND THEY SEE THE JOB OPENINGS THAT ARE THERE, ESTIMATED TO BE CLOSE TO SIX MILLION TODAY AND GROWING. THE NUMBER OF JOCKS. AND THESE ARE JOBS -- I'M NOT -- JOBS. AND THESE ARE JOBS, I'M NOT TALKING ABOUT JOBS THAT REQUIRE BACHELOR'S DEGREES. THESE ARE JOBS THAT LARGELY REQUIRE SKILLS-BASED EDUCATION. IT MAY BE A MATTER OF SUPPORTIVE EMPLOYMENT. WHICH BY THE WAY H.R. 2 SUPPORTS. WHERE YOU CAN ACTUALLY START EARNING A PAYCHECK BY GOING TO WORK TO BE TRAINED. AND THROUGH APPRENTICESHIPS. SUPPORT OF EMPLOYMENT -- SUPPORTIVE EMPLOYMENT. THESE ARE JOBS THAT REQUIRE MAYBE A CERTIFICATION, SOME EXPERIENCE, ON-THE-JOB TRAINING, ALL OF THAT CAN LEAD TO PATHWAYS TO GREATER OPPORTUNITY. IT'S ABOUT GIVING THE OPPORTUNITY TO POOR PEOPLE, THE PEOPLE WHO ARE LIVING IN CHALLENGING FINANCIAL CIRCUMSTANCES, FOLKS THAT WOULD YOU CONSIDER POOR, GIVE -- IT GIVES THEM THE OPPORTUNITY THEY DESERVE TO ACHIEVE NOT JUST FOOD SECURITY, BUT ECONOMIC PROSPERITY. THESE NEW CHANGES ONLY APPLY TO ABLE-BODIED ADULTS WHO DO NOT HAVE CHILDREN OR DEPENDENTS WITH DISABILITIES, FOR CHILDREN, IT'S FOR THOSE UNDER THE AGE OF 6. THEREFORE THE VAST MAJORITY OF SNAP RECIPIENTS, CHILDREN, THE ELDERLY, THE DISABLED, THE PREGNANT WOMEN OR INDIVIDUALS WITH YOUNG CHILDREN WILL NOT BE IMPACTED BY THESE QING -- BY THESE CHANGES. PEOPLE AGES 18 TO 59 WHO WERE ABLE-BEAU -- ABLE-BODIED DESERVE A PATHWAY TO UPWARD MOBILITY, MADAM SPEAKER. WE DON'T PROVIDE THEM THAT TODAY. BUT WITH THESE CHANGES, WITH THE FARM BILL, WITH H.R. 2, WE GIVE THEM THAT HOPE. AND WE GIVE THEM A PATHWAY TO UPWARD MOBILITY. AND THERE ARE CHALLENGES TO DIFFERENT GROUPS. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT ABLE-BODIED FOLKS AGE 18 TO 19. WE ALL KNOW FOLKS THAT FALL -- 59. WE ALL KNOW FOLKS THAT FALL INTO THAT CATEGORY. THEY MAY BE FAMILY AND FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS, CERTAINLY AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WE ALL HAVE CONSTITUENTS THAT FALL -- THAT HAVE FOLKS IN THOSE AGE GROUPS THAT HAVE FALLEN ON HARD TIMES. ARE STRUGGLING FINANCIALLY. AND THEY NEED FOOD SECURITY. AND WE PROVIDE THAT WITH H.R. 2. THE FARM BILL, 2018. BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY WE PROVIDE THEM THAT PATHWAY TO OPPORTUNITY THROUGH PROVIDING BETTER ACCESS TO MORE EFFECTIVE EDUCATION. TRAINING. AND WE RECOGNIZE THE CHALLENGES, FOR THOSE THAT ARE 18 TO 29 AND ESPECIALLY DEPENDING ON THEIR LIFE CIRCUMSTANCES, YOU'RE JUST WORKING INTO THE -- WORKING YOUR WAY INTO THE WORK FORCE, IT IS EXTREMELY CHALLENGING. AND THERE ARE ISSUES OUT THERE THAT MAY HAVE TO DO WITH TRANSPORTATION, MAY -- THAT'S A FAIRLY FREQUENT ONE WITH YOUNGER INDIVIDUALS. CERTAINLY THE LACK OF WORK EXPERIENCE, OF BEING ABLE TO LEVERAGE WHAT SKILLS THEY HAVE AND UNFORTUNATELY IMPACTED BY WHAT SKILLS THEY DON'T HAVE, THAT SKILLS GAP. WITH WHAT WE DO WITH THIS FARM BILL, WE ACTUALLY GUARANTEE A TRAINING SLOT FOR EACH ONE OF THESE INDIVIDUALS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. AND WE REQUIRE CASE MANAGEMENT. AND IT'S CASE MANAGEMENT THAT CAN BE PROVIDED, THOSE CASE MANAGERS, TO HELP DEAL WITH THOSE BARRIERS THAT MAY BE OUT THERE INVOLVING OR MAKING THE MOST BENEFIT OUT OF THE JOB TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES, THE EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES THAT WILL BE PROVIDED. WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT CREATING ANY NEW BUREAUCRACIES. IT'S ABOUT WORKING WITH ANY WILLING AND ABLE PARTNER, MANY THAT ARE IN THIS BUSINESS TODAY, ALL THOSE AGENCIES CALLED ONE STOPS OR CAREER LINKS UNDER THE WORK FORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT, THAT CAN HELP WITH THIS, COULD BE NONPROFITS. ONE OF MY FAVORITE NONPROFITS DOES TREMENDOUS WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT IS GOODWILL. THEY PROVIDE CASE MANAGEMENT AND THEY HELP -- I THINK THE LAST NUMBER I LOOKED AT IN 2016, THEY ASSISTED OVER 300,000 PEOPLE. MANY OF THEM, SOME OF THEM WITH SPECIAL NEEDS, TO BE ABLE TO GET THE SKILLS TO BE ABLE TO FILL THAT SKILLS GAP. SO WE RECOGNIZE THE CHALLENGES OF 18 TO 29. BUT ALSO, YOU KNOW, LET'S LOOK AT THE OTHER END OF THE SPECTRUM OF FOLKS WHO WE CONSIDER MORE CAPABLE, 50 TO 59. IT IS VERY DIFFICULT, IF YOU LOSE YOUR JOB DURING THAT AGE GROUP, FOR MANY REASONS, TO BE TITLE OF THE BILL BREAK BACK INTO THE WORK FORCE -- TO BE ABLE TO BREAK BACK INTO THE WORK FORCE. SOMETIMES EMPLOYERS ARE LOOKING TO HIRE FOLKS A LITTLE YOUNG THAT ARE THEY CAN PAY A LOWER RATE. UNABLE TO PAY FOR THE WISDOM AND THE EXPERIENCE, UNFORTUNATELY. I THINK INVESTING IN THAT WISDOM AND EXPERIENCE IS A GOOD INVESTMENT FOR EMPLOYERS, BUT MANY CAN BE RELUCTANT TO DO THAT. . WE KNOW THOSE INDIVIDUALS NEED EXTRA HELP BREAKING INTO THE WORK FORCE AND THIS BILL PROVIDES THEM THE OPPORTUNITY FOR TAKING UP TO 20 HOURS OF TRAINING A WEEK AND YOU DON'T HAVE TO -- YOU WOULDN'T DO THE JOB TRAINING. BUT FOR SO MANY, HELPING THEM TO GET RETOOLING IN THAT AGE GROUP TO FIND A NEW OPPORTUNITY TO BE ABLE TO ABLE TO TAKE ALL THE EXPERIENCE THAT YOU'VE DEVELOPED AND BREAK INTO THAT WORK FORCE, THAT GROUP WOULD BENEFIT. MR. SPEAKER, LET ME TALK ABOUT CATEGORY ELIGIBILITY. SOME HAVE QUESTIONED THE PROPOSED CHANGES TO WHAT IS KNOWN AS BROAD BASED ELIGIBILITY. SNAP RECIPIENTS ARE DEEMED ELIGIBILITY FOR A NONCATCH OR STATE-FUNDED BENEFIT. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? WELL, THAT MEANS IF I HAND YOU LITERALLY, TODAY, NO MATTER WHAT YOUR INCOME IS, IF I HAPPENED YOU A BROCHURE ABOUT SNAP BENEFITS AND YOU TAKE THAT FROM ME THAT MAKES YOU SNAPPLE GIBBLE EVEN THUNDERSHOWER SUPPORTING THE NEEDS OF YOUR FAMILY AND YOU CALL AN 800 HOTLINE, THAT MAKES YOU ELIGIBLE FOR SNAP BENEFITS DESPITE WHAT YOUR BENEFITS WELL ABOVE THE INCOME REQUIREMENTS TO BE SNAPPLE GIBBLE. WHY IS THAT A PROBLEM? EVERY PROBLEM THAT IS UTILIZED INAPPROPRIATELY AND THAT IS WHAT HAPPENS UNDER THOSE SCENARIOS TAKES FOOD OUT OF THE MOUTH WHO ARE TRULY TRULY HUNGRY, WE FEED TO DEDICATE OURSELVES THAT EVERY DOLLAR IS USED APPROPRIATELY. AND SO, WE DON'T -- WE DON'T TAKE THE EFFICIENCIES OUT OF THE SNAP PROGRAM. WE ACTUALLY RETAIN TWO OTHER CATEGORIES, ONE IS BASED ON CASH ASSISTANCE BUT THE BOTTOM LINE, WE TRULY -- THOSE OTHER TWO CALT GOERS, THOSE TWO APPLICATION PROCESSES, WHICH ARE MORE EFFICIENT, ABSOLUTELY, BUT AT THE SAME TIME WE KNOW THE FOLKS THEY ARE SNAPPLE GIBBLE AND EXPENSE INFOOD INSECURITY. AND SO UNDER THIS BILL, CATEGORY ELLGIBBLET WILL REMAIN FOR HOUSEHOLDS ANDON GOING SERVICES SUCH AS CHILD CARE, TRANSIT, STILL IN PLACE. SNAP RECIPIENTS WILL CONTINUE DO BENEFITS AS LONG AS THEY MEET THE TEST LIMITS IN THE BILL. THOSE ARE MODERNIZED AND BROUGHT INTO THE 21ST CENTURY AND THEY HAVE BEEN PREVENTED TRULY HUNGER PEOPLE FROM BEING ABLE TO GET SNAP BENEFITS. WE HAVE CHANGED THAT THAT THE MOST VULNERABLE WILL HAVE SOME MONEY AND NOT GOING TO PUNISH THEM. THAT IS A BIG CHANGE. AND IF YOUR ASSETS WERE $3,000, YOU WERE ELIGIBLE FOR SNAP. WE ARE GOING TO TAKE THAT TO $ 7,000 AND THOSE FOLKS WHO HAVE A PERSON THAT IS AN ELDERLY OR DISABLED PERSON IN THE HOUSEHOLD, WE ARE GOING TO TAKE IT FROM $3,000 AND TAKE IT TO $12,000, FROM $5,000 TO 12,000 FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE STRUGGLING PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK, RIGHT NOW WHAT OUR GOVERNMENT DOES, IF YOU HAVE A VEHICLE THAT IS WORTH $4,650 OR LESS, YOU ARE ELIGIBLE. IF IT IS $4,651, YOU ARE INELIGIBLE. WE TAKE THAT TO A $12,000 VALUE. MADAM SPEAKER, I'M PROUD OF WHAT WE HAVE DONE FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE GREAT SOCIETY CREATED THESE POVERTY CLIFFS WHERE WE HAVE FIXED THOSE AND CREATED OPPORTUNITY AND INDEXED TO THE INCREASES SO THEY REFLECT THE REALITIES. WITHOUT THIS FARM BILL, THOSE POVERTY CLIFFS WILL CONTINUE. IT IS TIME TO ENT THE POVERTY CLIFFS. REPORTING, LET ME DEAL WITH THE REPORTING ISSUES. IT HAS NEVER BEEN ABOUT MUNG. WE NEVER TALKED ABOUT THE COSTS. WE LOOKED AT GOOD POLICY. AND WE KNOW THAT RATHER THAN PROVIDING GOOD POLICY THAT PROVIDES THE BEST FOOD SECURITY, THAT HAS BEEN OUR GOAL AND THAT IS WHAT WE HAVE ACHIEVED. THE NUTRITION TITLE HAS AN OVERALL BUDGET IMPACT IS NEUTRAL. YOU HEAR THESE CLAIMS AND I DON'T KNOW WHERE THIS POLITICAL SPEAK IS COMING. IT'S ELECTION TIME IS BEARING UPON US BECAUSE THERE ARE SOME THIS CHAMBER WHERE IT'S ALL POLITICS NOW AND THEY'LL THROW GOOD POLICY AND THROW HUNGRY PEOPLE UNDER THE BUS FOR THE PURPOSE OF POLITICS. SHOULDN'T DO IT, MADAM EXPIRE. THIS IS WORK WE NEED TO BE SERIOUS ABOUT. AND I RECOGNIZE THAT EVERY BILL CAN BE IMPROVED. I WAS DISAPPOINTED THAT SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE OFFERED NO AMENDMENTS ON THE AMENDMENT PROCESS. AND I WOULD HOPE THEY WOULD WORK WITH US BECAUSE WE WILL REF.B.I. FINE THIS. AND THERE WAS A FARM BILL MARKUP IN COMMITTEE AND BETTER PUT FORWARD AS SERIOUS AMENDMENTS A NUMBER OF THEM WE WOULD HAVE SUPPORTED. THAT SAID, TO HELP WITH PROGRAM INTEGRITY, THERE ARE A NUMBER OF PROPOSALS THAT WILL COMBAT WASTE AND FRAUD. THIS IS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF $700 MILLION. DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY HUNGRY CHILDREN WE COULD FEED WITH THAT $700 MILLION THAT IS USED BY FOLKS WHO AREN'T ELIGIBLE FOR THE PROGRAM? THE IMPACTS WE COULD HAVE WITH THE $700 MILLION WOULD BE AMAZING AND THE AMOUNT OF FOLKS WHO ARE EXPERIENCING FOOD INSECURITY AND FIND DEBATER OPPORTUNITY AS A RESULT OF THAT. THE NUTRITION TITLE DOES WORK TO HELP ADULTS WHO ARE FOOD INSECURE BY MAKING IMPROVEMENTS TO PREVENT FRAUD AND ABUSE AS POSSIBLE. .H.R. 2 ADDRESSES THAT. IT INCENTIVIZES STATES AS THEY ADMINISTER THE SNAP PROGRAM TO DEAL WITH. ALL SAVINGS ARE RE-INVESTED IN NUTRITION TITLE PROGRAMS. IT'S A WIN-WIN. WHERE STATES IDENTIFY FRAUD AND ABUSE, STATES WILL BE ABLE TO RETAIN 50% OF THE SAVINGS THAT THEY SECURE. LET ME BE CLEAR, WE EXPECT THEM TO INVEST WITHIN THE SNAP PROGRAM IN ORDER TO FURTHER ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF THEIR CITIZENS IN THEIR STATES EXPERIENCING FOOD INSECURITY. WE HEARD DETAILS ABOUT ALARMING FRAUD THAT OCCURRED IN FLORIDA. UNACCEPTABLE. I'M SO THANKFUL LAW ENFORCEMENT IN FLORIDA HAVE IDENTIFIED THAT AND MADE THOSE ARRESTS AND ARE PROSECUTING. BETWEEN 2012 AND 2017 THERE WERE SOME 22,000 FRAUDULENT SNAP TRANSACTIONS, TOTALLED $$3.7 MILLION. THAT IS $. MILLION THAT IF USED APPROPRIATELY AND WITHOUT FRAUD WOULD BE ABLE TO MEET THE FOOD INSECURITY NEEDS OF OUR CITIZENS, THAT ARE TRULY IN NEED AND IN RISK OF HUNGER. THESE INDIVIDUALS CREATED NONEXIST ANT BUSINESSES AND ACCEPTED PAYMENTS. 198 INDIVIDUALS HAVE BEEN ACCUSED OF SELLING BENEFITS THOSE ARE THE ELECTRONIC BENEFIT CARDS THAT WE USE WITH THE SNAP CARDS TODAY AND INVOLVED WITH THE PURCHASE. AS A STRONG SUPPORTER AND HELPING THOSE IN NEED THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE. WE INCENTIVIZE STATES TO IDENTIFY, STOP, AND RECOVER THAT WASTE, FRAUD AND ABUSE AND WE ASKED THEM AND HAVE THEM RETAIN 50% OF WHAT THEY ARE ABLE TO DO BUT REQUIRE THEM TO TO MAKE SURE FOOD INSECURE PEOPLE, HEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN DO NOT GO HUNGRY. THIS KIND OF ACTIVITY IS ENTIRELY UNACCEPTABLE AND UNDERSCORES THE NEED FOR MORE ACCOUNTABLE AND MODERATE REFORMS TO THE LAW. MADAM SPEAKER, THERE IS IF I COULD INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME REMAINS?

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                                              MR. THOMPSON

                                              INDIVIDUALS FRERL RECEIVING SNAP. THAT IS ABSOLUTELY FALSE. WITHOUT THIS…

                                              INDIVIDUALS FRERL RECEIVING SNAP. THAT IS ABSOLUTELY FALSE. WITHOUT THIS CHANGE, A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF FAMILIES RECEIVING FOOD INSECURITY WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE NUTRITION THEY HAVE. 2018 FARM BILL AND NUTRITION TITLE THAT PREVENTED FAMILIES. IN FACT, MADAM SPEAKER, IN OF THESE ASSET VALUES HAVE NOT BEEN CHANGED FROM THE 1970'S. THIS ASSET TEST TO ALLOW INDIVIDUALS TO EXPERIENCE MORE IN SAVINGS AND WITHOUT AFFECTING THEIR SNAPPLE GICT. ACTIVE DUTY, SNAP INCOME DETERMINATION WILL FOR THE FIRST TIME WILL HAVE MONTHLY OF THEIR BASIC HOUSING ALOUGES. WE HAVE A NUMBER OF FOLKS SERVING ACTIVE DUTY AND MILITARY THAT JOINED LATE IN LIFE AND THEY ARE NOT ABLE TO -- IT'S VERY DIFFICULT FOR THEM TO LIVE ON THE SALARY WOULD BE OF AN ENTRY-LEVEL OF OUR MILITARY AND THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THAT WE ADDRESS THIS FARM BILL THAT WILL BE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR IN A FEW WEEKS. THERE IS A CRITICISM OUT THERE THE TITLE CREATES NEW GOVERNMENT BUREAUCRACY TO IMPLEMENT THAT. THAT IS FALSE. THE IT GRANTS STATES TO BEST MEET THE NEEDS OF THEIR STATES AND PROVIDES AN EDUCATION AND TRAINING SLOT FOR EVERYONE WHO WANTS ONE AND HAS THIS IN AND STATE PROGRAMS AND UNDER THIS PROPOSAL, STATES ARE GRANTED THE FLEXIBILITY NEEDED TO PROVIDE SERVICES THAT BEST MEET THE NEEDS OF THEIR STATES. THERE IS NO ONE SIZE FITS ALL. WE ARE WILLING AND ABLE PARTNERS. I MENTIONED THAT THIS EVENING. COMMUNITY COLLEGES, STATE RESOURCES AND NATIONAL AND STATE. SOMEONE WHO IS LIVING IN POVERTY WOULD HAVE THE ACCESS. THEY COULD GO TO WORK AND BE TRAINED THROUGH THIS PROGRAM. IT HAS BEEN SAID THAT MORE THAN A MILLION PEOPLE WILL COME OFF OF SNAP THE NEXT 10 YEARS BUT WE ARE NOT TALKING -- WE ARE TALKING ABOUT FOLKS WHO ACHIEVED GREATER OPPORTUNITY. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT FOLKS WHO ARE ON THERE BECAUSE THEY TOOK A SNAP PAMPHLET. IF THOSE FOLKS ARE ELIGIBLE. THEY SHOW THE INCOME AND THEY'LL HAVE SNAP. THOSE FAMILIES WILL NOT COME OF OFF OF SNAP. THEY WILL HAVE THAT NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM. PART OF THOSE ARE FOLKS WHO HAVE A HIGHER INCOME THAT THEY ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR THIS PROGRAM AND THOSE FOLKS WILL COME OFF IF THEY CHOOSE NOT TO FILL OUT THE APPLICATION AND NOT ELIGIBLE. . IT'S BECAUSE THEY'VE GOTTEN GOOD JOBS, IT'S BECAUSE THEY'VE TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF THE EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROGRAMS THAT WE'RE NOW PROVIDING GREATER ACCESS TO UNDER THIS 2018 FARM BILL, AND SPECIFICALLY THE NUTRITION TITLE. HELPING OUR FELLOW CITIZENS TO BE ABLE TO ACHIEVE GREATER OPPORTUNITY, TO ACHIEVE THE AMERICAN DREAM, TO PROSPER, TO HAVE A LIVING WAGE, THAT'S NOT A BAD THING. THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE SHOULD CELEBRATE. MADAM SPEAKER, WE'RE GOING TO BRING THIS FARM BILL TO THE FLOOR HERE IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS. I HOPE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WILL TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO READ IT, TO ACTUALLY SEE WHAT'S IN. IT I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THEM -- IN IT. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THEM TO HELP IN ANY WAY IN TERMS OF HELPING THEM WITH THAT PROCESS. AND I LOOK FORWARD TO SUCCESSFULLY PASSING FARM BILL 2018. OUT OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. IN THE WEEKS TO COME. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                              I DO, MADAM SPEAKER. I MOVE THAT WE ADJOURN.

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                                              MR. THOMPSON

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              ACCORDINGLY, THE HOUSE

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                                            TAKE VIEWERS LIVE TO THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. TODAY'S…

                                            TAKE VIEWERS LIVE TO THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. TODAY'S BUSINESS READY TO START RIGHT NOW. [CAPTIONS COPYRIGHT NATIONAL CABLE SATELLITE CORP. 2018] [CAPTIONING PERFORMED BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, WHICH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS CAPTION CONTENT AND ACCURACY. VISIT NCICAP. ORG] 26,. I HEE APPOINT THEONOR GREGRPER TO ACAS S TEE AYIGNED,A. RYAN, SPEAKHE HOUF REPRENTATIVE TPEAK PRO TEMPO SUANT HE OER OF THE HOUSE OFAN 2018, E HAIR WILLOWECZEMRSROM LISTS SUITD BY E MORITY ANDINITY LDERS FOORNIG HOUR BAT THR WILL ALTERNAT COITIONEEETH PAI. TIM SHL BE EQUAY ALLOCATED BWE THETI INO EVENT SHALL DEBA CONTIUEEYOND 150. MEACH MBER OTHER THAN E MAJORITYND MORITY LE ANINORY WHIP L LD TOIVUTES. E -- LIMID TOIVE MINUS. THE CIR COGNIZESHE NTLEMAN FROMORON BLUMENER, FOFI MINUTES.

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                                            MRLUMEUER

                                            THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA, MR. BACON, FOR FIVE…

                                            THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA, MR. BACON, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                            RISE TO RECOGNIZE THREE AMAZING KIDS WHO JOIN ME TODAY ON THE FLOOR. ALL…

                                            RISE TO RECOGNIZE THREE AMAZING KIDS WHO JOIN ME TODAY ON THE FLOOR. ALL THREE ARE TAKING PART IN TAKE OUR CHILDREN TO WORKDAY, HOSTED BY TUESDAY'S CHILDREN. THIS IS MY SECOND YEAR PARTICIPATING IN THIS WONDERFUL EVENT AND IT'S BRIGHTENED MY DAY BOTH TIMES.

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                                            MR. BACON

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

                                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLLE NOW, MR. GUTIERREZ, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                            MR. GUTIERREZ

                                            LET ME REPEAT THAT. BIPARTISAN IS OFTEN APPLAUDED BUT SELDOM REWARDED.…

                                            LET ME REPEAT THAT. BIPARTISAN IS OFTEN APPLAUDED BUT SELDOM REWARDED. WHICH IS AN IMPORTANT PART WHY WE HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO PASS ANY MEANINGFUL ME IMMIGRATION REFORM IN THIS BODY FOR YEARS. I HAVE WORKED WITH GOOD MEN AND WOMEN ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE ON MANY OCCASIONS TO ADVANCE IMMIGRATION REFORM, BUT NONE OF THOSE EFFORTS FORCED THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, WHETHER HE OR SHE WAS AT THE TIME, TO ALLOW A VOTE, MANY OCCASIONS TO EXCEPT FOR THE TIME THE HOUSE PASSED THE DREAM ACT IN 2010. I CONTINUE TO WORK WITH PARTNERS ON THE OTHER SIDE BECAUSE I KNOW IF A VOTE IS ALLOWED THOSE WHO SEE IMMIGRANTS AND IMMIGRATION AS IMPORTANT ASSETS TO THIS COUNTRY WILL PREVAIL AND IT WILL TAKE DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS WORKING TOGETHER TO ENACT COMMONSENSE IMMIGRATION REFORM. EXCEPT FOR THE TIME THE HOUSE JUST THIS WEEK THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, REPUBLICAN, WORKED TOGETHER TO DEMAND STATISTICS FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO DETERMINE IF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS COMPLYING WITH FEDERAL COURT ORDERS ON THE RENEWAL OF DACA APPLICATIONS AND TO GET MORE INFORMATION ON THE DACA PROCESSING BACKLOGS. WORKING WITH REPUBLICANS DOESN'T WIN ME MANY FRIENDS AMONG DEMOCRATS WHO SPEND THEIR DAYS TRYING TO DEFEAT PEOPLE LIKE MR. COFFMAN. THEY WOULD PROBABLY PREFER I STOP WORKING WITH HIM. AS I SAID, BIPARTISANSHIP IS OFTEN PRAISED BUT SELDOM REWARDED. SECONDLY, BIPARTISANSHIP IS MORE THAN JUST SIGNING YOUR NAME. JEFF DUNHAM OF CALIFORNIA AND SOME OTHER REPUBLICANS ARE PROMOTING AN IDEA THAT HAS GREAT DEAL OF MERIT, THE SO-CALLED, QUEEN OF THE HILL RULE. WHICH HAS ALMOST 50 REPUBLICAN CO-SPONSORS AND ALL THE DEMOCRATS, MYSELF INCLUDED. THIS RULE CALLS FOR THE DEBATE AND VOTES IN THE HOUSE ON A SERIES OF IMMIGRATION REFORM BILLS. SOME OF QUI WOULD ADDRESS THE VULNERABILITY OF DREAMERS AND THEIR FAMILIES TO DEPORTATION. IT'S AN UNPRECEDENTED BIPARTISANSHIP ACTION TO DEMAND AN IMMIGRATION VOTE. AND I SUPPORT IT WHOLEHEARTEDLY. SO FAR ALL THE REPUBLICANS HAVE HAD TO DO IS SIGN THEIR NAMES AS CO-SPONSORS. THE NEXT STEP SHOULD BE THAT WE DEMAND THAT SPEAKER RYAN BRING THE RULE AND RELATED BILLS TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE THROUGH A DISCHARGE PETITION. YOU SEE, WORKING WITH PEOPLE FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE IS JUST ONE ASPECT OF BIPARTISANSHIP. WHEN THE RUBBER MEETS THE ROAD IS WHEN YOU TAKE ON THE LEADERS OF YOUR OWN PARTY IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE A BIPARTISAN GOAL. WHEN I GOT ARRESTED PROTESTING PRESIDENT OBAMA'S TREATMENT OF DREAMERS AND MIGRANTS, I DIDN'T WIN ANY POPULARITY CONTESTS WITHIN THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS. MY COLLEAGUES WERE QUICK TO DEFEND THE PRESIDENT AND THE DEMOCRATIC SPEAKER AT THE TIME. I WAS SHUNNED AND PASSED OVER MANY TIMES BY MY OWN TEAM. AND LATER WHEN I AND OTHER DEMOCRATS WORKED WITH JUDGE CARTER AND SAM JOHNSON TO FIND BIPARTISAN IMMIGRATION SOLUTIONS IN THE 113TH CONGRESS, MEMBERS OF MY OWN PARTY TOLD ME, STAY AWAY. RIGHT HERE ON THIS FLOOR THEY TOLD ME, DON'T HELP REPUBLICANS SOLVE THEIR IMMIGRATION PROBLEM. BUT I DIDN'T STAY AWAY AND I KEPT WORKING WITH REPUBLICANS UNTIL THEY WALKED AWAY. THEY WERE UNWILLING TO TAKE ON THEIR OWN PARTY IN THE END. SPEAKER BOEHNER BACKED AWAY WHEN THE CHIPS WERE DOWN. SPEAKER RYAN CAME TO MY DISTRICT IN CHICAGO AND TALKED ABOUT MOVING FORWARD ON IMMIGRATION WITH ME STANDING BY HIS SIDE. WE'RE STILL WAITING FOR HIM TO PUT SKIN IN THE GAME. AND THAT IS WHAT IT WILL TAKE, TAKING A COURAGEOUS POSITION, EVEN IN THE FACE OF OPPOSITION FROM YOUR OWN PARTY. SO, THE 48 REPUBLICANS WHO JOINED DENHAM'S QUEEN OF THE HILL RULE CALLING FOR IMMIGRATION VOTE SHOULD NOT DECLARE MISSION ACCOMPLISHED JUST YET. YOUR COUNTRY NEEDS YOU. RIGHT NOW TODAY WE NEED YOUR COURAGE IN ADDITION TO YOUR SIGNATURE. SIGN A DISCHARGE PETITION TO BRING ABOUT THE VOTE ON IMMIGRATION SOLUTION FOR DREAMERS. THAT PUTS YOUR SKIN IN THE GAME. YOU MAY NOT GET I VITED TO THE NEXT STATE DINNER OR -- INVITED TO THE NEXT STATE DINNER OR FLY ON AIR FORCE ONE, BUT YOU WILL HAVE DONE A SERVICE TO YOUR NATION. A DISCHARGE PETITION ON THE DENHAM BILL SAYS YOU ARE WILLING TO SPEND YOUR PERSONAL REPUTATION AND POLITICAL CAPITAL TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT AND NECESSARY IN A TIME OF GREAT OF GREAT HATRED AND DIVISIVENESS AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS OVER IMMIGRANTS, REFUGEES, AND ASYLUM SEEKERS. WILL YOU BE PRAISED FOR YOUR BIPARTISAN COURAGE? I HOPE SO. WILL YOU BE REWARDED BY OTHER POLITICIANS OR ACTIVISTS IN YOUR OWN PARTY OR VOTERS IN MINE? PROBABLY NOT. WHICH SECTION ACTLY MY POINT. IT'S HARD. IT'S THANKLESS, BUT YOUR COUNTRY NEEDS HELP THAT ONLY REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS CAN PROVIDE TO PUT PRESSURE ON YOUR OWN REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP. I AND A LOT OF MY COLLEAGUES WILL WORK WITH YOU, STAND BY YOU, SUPPORT YOU, BUT WE NEED YOU TO LEAD THE WAY.

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                                            MINUTES.

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                                            MR. DENHAM

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                                            MR. DENHAM

                                            THE PRESIDENT AND C.E.O. OF ONE OF THE LARGEST AG COMPANIES IN THE ENTIRE…

                                            THE PRESIDENT AND C.E.O. OF ONE OF THE LARGEST AG COMPANIES IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY. HE WOULD GROW THIS TO BECOME THE LARGEST LEVY GREENSHE PRESIDENT AND C.E.O. OF AND VEGETABLE PRODUCER IN THE REGION, AND HE SET UP AN ESOC MAKING THIS AN EMPLOYEE OWNED BUSINESS. THIS IS NOW A FOURTH GENERATION LEGACY AND SET UP AN NOW FARMS OVER 35,000 ACRES DISTRIBUTING TO NORTH AMERICA, EUROPE, AND ASIA. HE WORKED RIGHT ALONGSIDE WITH HIS SONS, BRIAN AND JEFFREY. RICK CONSTANTLY PUSHED DIFFERENT INNOVATION, EVEN IDEAS THAT WERE AGAINST NOW FARMS OVER CONVENTIONAL PRACTICE, THINGS THAT WERE SOMETIMES MOCKED OR SAID THIS THEY WOULD NEVER WORK BUT ARE NOW THE IMPORTANT INNOVATIONS THAT LEAD THE REST OF THE INDUSTRY. HE EMPHASIZED THE IMPORTANCE OF SUPPORTING AND INVESTING IN EMPLOYEES AND ALWAYS THOUGHT THEY WERE THE BACKBONE OF HIS COMPANY. HIS COMPANY'S 800-PERSON HOUSING COMPLEX HAS SAID TO BECOME A BLUEPRINT FOR OTHER HOUSE PROJECTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. ON A PERSONAL NOTE, I WOULD JUST SAY THAT SONIA AND TONYA, AS THEY WERE KNOWN TO MOST OF THE INDUSTRY, WORKED SIDE BY SIDE, AND RICK AND I WORKED SIDE BY SIDE AS WELL. NOT ONLY IS TONYA A MENTOR TO SONIA, RICK WAS A MENTOR TO ME. I LEARNED A LOT ABOUT BUSINESS. I LEARNED A LOT ABOUT FRIENDSHIP. I SAW THE PRIDE IN HIS GENERATIONAL FAMILY. HE'S GOING TO BE MISSED BY MANY HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C., IN THE SALINAS VALLEY, AROUND THE COUNTRY, AND CERTAINLY AS A FAMILY MAN, BRIAN AND JEFFREY, I KNOW THAT THEY ARE GOING THROUGH TREMENDOUS PAIN AS ARE ANTHONY AND NATALIE. . HE THOUGHT THE WORLD OF HIS FAMILY AND EMPLOYEES. I NOW YIELD TO MR. KOSTA FOR ANY REMARKS HE MAY HAVE.

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                                          • 10:15:55 AM

                                            MR. COSTA

                                            I YIELD TO MR. PANETTA.

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                                            MR. PANETTA

                                            IN DEALING WITH THE SPECIALTY CROPS AND THE TECHNOLOGY AND THE PRACTICES…

                                            IN DEALING WITH THE SPECIALTY CROPS AND THE TECHNOLOGY AND THE PRACTICES THAT ARE NEEDED IN ORDER TO GROW THOSE TYPES OF CROPS. I MEAN, HE WAS ON THE FOREFRONT OF INNOVATION WHEN IT CAME TO PRECISION FARMING. FROM GROWING HYDROUPONIC LETTUCE TO A ROBOVATOR, THEY USED LESS WATER, LESS PESTICIDE AND THAT LED TO LESS HARM. THEY CONTINUED TO GROW A VAST AMOUNT OF VEGETABLES. IN WASN'T HIS INNOVATION THAT SET RICK APART, IT WAS HIS INGENUITY AND FORESIGHT THAT ALLOWED HIM TO IMPLEMENT STANDARDS, TO PROTECT OUR COMMUNITY, TO MAKE HIS EMPLOYEE'S LIVES BETTER AND TO THIS STRIVE, TO IMPACT POLICIES THAT WOULD IMPROVE THE AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY. RICK CLEARLY WAS A STEWARD OF OUR ENVIRONMENT. FROM T&A'S PACKAGING AND ENERGY USE, WATER USE, THEY WERE DEDICATED TO ENSURE LONG-TERM SUSTAINABILITY TO BENEFIT OUR COMMUNITY, OUR PLANET AND, YES, OUR NEXT GENERATION. RICK WAS COMMITTED TO MAKING HIS EMPLOYEE'S LIVES BETTER, FROM PROVIDING THAT STATE-OF-THE-ART HOUSING THAT MY COLLEAGUES MENTIONED, TO OFFERING EMPLOYEES STOCK OPTIONS TO HIS PLANS SO THEY COULD BE A PART OF THAT COMPANY, THEY COULD HAVE A STAKE IN THAT COMPANY. AND, YES, RICK WAS ALWAYS A TIRELESS ADVOCATE FOR THE AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY. WE DEFINITELY VALUED HIS VOICE AND HIS ADVICE. AND I CAN TELL YOU, LIKE I SAID, IT WASN'T JUST US BUT CLEARLY HIS FAMILY THAT HE INFLUENCED. I'LL NEVER FORGET HIS SON, BRIAN, TALKING ABOUT THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE THAT HE GOT FROM RICK WAS WHEN HE WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL AND RICK WAS GETTING HIM OUT IN THE FIELD AND RICK'S ADVICE TO BRIAN WAS, LOOK, THE BEST FERTILIZER A FARMER CAN HAVE IS HIS FARMER'S OWN SHADOW. BEING THERE, SHOWING UP. THAT'S WHAT RICK DID. AS YOU CAN SEE, MR. SPEAKER, RICK IS -- HE WAS AND HE IS A LEGEND, NOT JUST ON THE CENTRAL COAST, NOT JUST IN THE CENTRAL VALLEY BUT IN THE AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITY. CARRIE AND I WILL MISS HIM AND WE KNOW THAT HIS SPIRIT WILL CONTINUE TO BE FELT, NOT JUST IN THE SALAD BOWL OF THE WORLD, BUT IN ALL OF OUR WORLDS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK. THANK YOU, MR. DENHAM.

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                                          • 10:20:46 AM

                                            MR. DENHAM

                                            HIM. JUST SAY SPECIAL PRAYERS AND CONDOLENCES. THANK YOU. YIELD BACK.

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                                            MCGOVERN: MR. SPEAKER, LAST WEEK AFTER TURNING THEIR BACKS ON…

                                            MCGOVERN: MR. SPEAKER, LAST WEEK AFTER TURNING THEIR BACKS ON BIPARTISANSHIP, REPUBLICANS ON THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE ADVANCED A HIGHLY PARTISAN FARM BILL THAT HURTS OUR MOST VULNERABLE CONSTITUENTS.

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                                          • 10:21:23 AM

                                            MR. MCGOVERN

                                            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCCLINTOCK, FOR…

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

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                                            MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                            THREE NUMBERS -- 26, 29, AND 46 -- TELL THE WHOLE STORY OVER THE LAST 10…

                                            THREE NUMBERS -- 26, 29, AND 46 -- TELL THE WHOLE STORY OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS, POPULATION AND INFLATION HAVE INCREASED A COMBINED 26%. OUR REVENUES HAVE MORE THAN KEPT PACE, INCREASING 29%. THE PROBLEM IS THAT THIRD NUMBER. OUR SPENDING HAS GROWN 46%. WE'RE NOW APPROACHING $1 TRILLION ANNUAL DEFICIT WITH $21 TRILLION OF TOTAL DEBT. THIS NOT ONLY CROWDS OUT CAPITAL THAT WOULD OTHERWISE BE USED FOR ECONOMIC EXPANSION, IT ALSO PRODUCES STAGGERING INTEREST COSTS ON THAT DEBT WHICH TODAY AMOUNT TO $475 BILLION A YEAR. OUR TOTAL DEFENSE SPENDING THIS YEAR IS ROUGHLY $675 BILLION. EVERY 1% INCREASE IN INTEREST RATES ADDS ROUGHLY $200 BILLION TO OUR ANNUAL INTEREST COSTS. IF CAPITAL MARKETS BELIEVE WE HAVE NO PLAN AND NO INCLINATION TO CONTROL OUR SPENDING, THEY CAN SOON BEGIN DEMANDING HIGHER RATES TO COMPENSATE THEIR HIGHER RISKS. THAT'S A DEBT SPIRAL. IT LEADS TO A DEBT CRISIS. PENSION SYSTEMS COMBLODE, BASIC SERVICES FALTER, THE POPULATION FLEES. PUERTO RICO'S DEBT CRISIS HAS LEFT ITS GOVERNMENT COMPLETELY HELPLESS TO RESPOND TO LAST YEAR'S HURRICANES. THE INSTRUMENT REQUIRED TO PREVENT THIS FROM HAPPENING IS THE FEDERAL BUDGET. IT IS SUPPOSED TO SET LIMITS ON DISCRETIONARY AND MANDATORY SPENDING AND TO PROVIDE A STREAMLINE PROCESS TO A ADJUST STATUTES TO MEET THOSE LEVELS. THE DEADLINE FOR CONGRESS TO PASS SUCH A BUDGET WAS APRIL 15. TO DATE, THE HOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEE HAS DONE PRECISELY NOTHING TO FULFILL THIS STATUTORY REQUIREMENT AND THIS FISCAL IMPERATIVE. NOTHING. THE CONSTITUTION GIVES TO THE HOUSE THE POWER OF THE PURSE. A DOLLAR IS NOT SPENT BY THIS GOVERNMENT UNLESS THE HOUSE SAYS IT GETS SPENT. TWO MONTHS AGO, HAVING CUT TAXES, THE HOUSE HAS APPROVED A 20% INCREASE IN DISCRETIONARY SPENDING, PLACING US ON A PATH THAT WILL LEAD TO A SOVEREIGN DEBT CRISIS. AND THE HOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEE, OVER THE OBJECTIONS OF MYSELF AND OTHERS, HAS DONE NOTHING TO PRODUCE A PLAN TO GET US OFF THAT PATH. FORTUNATELY, THE REPUBLICAN STUDY COMMITTEE, THE LARGEST CAUCUS IN THE CONGRESS, HAS STEPPED FORWARD TO OFFER A COMPREHENSIVE BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2019. I CHAIR THE BUDGET TASK FORCE OF THE R.S.C. , AND I WANT TO THANK THE MANY MEMBERS AND STAFF WHO PROVIDED COUNTLESS HOURS TO PRODUCE IT. THE R.S.C. BUDGET AT PRESENT IS THE ONLY CREDIBLE AND COMPREHENSIVE PLAN IN CONGRESS TO TURN US BACK TOWARD FISCAL SOLVENCY BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE, GETTING US BACK TO BALANCE BY 2026. IT COMBINES THE FISCAL REFORMS PROPOSED BY THE MEMBERS OF THE R.S.C. OVER THE LAST SEVERAL SESSIONS ALONG WITH INNOVATIONS AND SERVICE DELIVERY PROPOSED BY THE C.B.O. , THE G.A.O. , THE ADMINISTRATION, AND BY THINK TANKS BY HERITAGE AND RICADIS. IT SHOWS PROGRAM BY PROGRAM HOW WE CAN REFORM THEM IN A MANNER THAT PRODUCES MORE EFFECTIVE SERVICE DELIVERY AT MUCH LOWER COST, SAVE MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY FROM IMPENDING COLLAPSE, AND FULLY FUND OUR NATION'S DEFENSE. YES, IT GORES EVERY SACRED COWS AND WE WILL HERE HOWLS FROM THE STATUS QUO. WE ARE RUNNING OUT OF TIME AND WE ARE RUNNING OUT OF OPTIONS. THEY HAVE PLACED ON A COLLISION COURSE OF BANKRUPTCY AND COUNTRIES THAT BANKRUPT THEMSELVES ARE NOT AROUND FOR VERY LONG. A SOVEREIGN DEBT CRISIS IS COMING TO AMERICA AND AT OUR CURRENT RATE OF SPENDING AND BORROWING IT COULD BE COMING VERY SOON. I IMPLORE THE HOUSE LEADERSHIP TO ALLOW THIS BUDGET TO BE BROUGHT AT ONCE TO THE FLOOR AND AT LEAST GIVE THE HOUSE THE FLEETING AND PERHAPS FINAL CHANCE TO AVERT THE FISCAL CRISIS THAT LOOMS BEFORE US. . GIVEN THE FACT THERE IS NO CREDIBLE PLAN TO AVERT THIS CRISIS, THE R.S.C. BUDGET MAY REPRESENT THE LAST BEST HOPE OF RESTORING OUR GOVERNMENT TO SOL VAN HOLLENRY AND ENSURING WE CAN CONTINUE TO PROVIDE FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE AND PROMOTE THE GENERAL WELFARE FOR OURSELVES AND POSTERITY. I YIELD BACK.

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                                          • 10:31:54 AM

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                                            KENNEDY: MR. SPEAKER, EARLIER THIS YEAR I STOOD IN MASSACHUSETTS AND TOLD…

                                            KENNEDY: MR. SPEAKER, EARLIER THIS YEAR I STOOD IN MASSACHUSETTS AND TOLD OUR COUNTRY THE STORY OF THAT PROUD AND RESILIENT CITY.

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                                          • 10:32:01 AM

                                            MR. KENNEDY

                                            TODAY FOR NEARLY 200 WORKING FAMILIES, THAT RESILIENCE IS BEING TESTED.…

                                            TODAY FOR NEARLY 200 WORKING FAMILIES, THAT RESILIENCE IS BEING TESTED. BECAUSE THIS WEEK AFTER CELEBRATE $342 MILLION IN PROFIT, PHILLIPS LIGHTING ANNOUNCED THEY WILL BE CLOSING THEIR FACTORY IN FALL RIVER AND MOVING THOSE JOBS TO MEXICO. ALMOST 200 LOYAL, LIFELONG EMPLOYEES ARE LEFT BEHIND. CAREERS UPENDED, SAVINGS LOST, MORTGAGES, HEALTH CARE BILLS, TIE WIGS PAYMENTS WILL BE MISSED. -- TUITION PAYMENTS WILL BE MISSED. FOR THE 61-YEAR-OLD WORKER NEARING RETIREMENT, AND PAYING OFF HIS DAUGHTER'S STUDENT LOANS, A MEAGER INVESTMENT IN WORK FORCE RETRAINING IS NOT WORTH ALL THAT MUCH. FOR THE COUNTLESS WORKERS WHO SIT AROUND DINING ROOM TABLES IN SOUTHEASTERN MASSACHUSETTS TONIGHT AND TRY TO FIGURE OUT HOW THEIR FAMILY BUDGET CAN ABSORB IMPOSSIBLE CUTS, LAND LIP SERVICE GIVEN BY THIS WHITE HOUSE YESTERDAY MEANS NOTHING. THAT'S NOT EVEN THE WHOLE STORY. PHILLIPS LIGHTING SHAREHOLDERS ARE BEING SHOWERED WITH $187.4 MILLION IN STOCK BUYBACKS BECAUSE OF DONALD TRUMP'S TAX PLAN. MAKE NO MISTAKE, THAT IS THE LEGACY OF THIS TAX BILL. WORKING FAMILIES THAT ARE LEFT SORTING THROUGH THE WRECKAGE WHILE C.E.O. 'S BASK IN WINDFALLS. LIGHTS TURNED OFF ON EMPTY AMERICAN FACTORY FLOORS, WHILE SHAREHOLDERS GRIN AROUND BOARDROOM TABLES. SUCCESS SOMEHOW DEFINED AND DIVIDENDS AND RETURN ON INVESTMENT RATHER THAN IN JOBS, IN PAYCHECKS, IN FAMILY SUPPORTED, RETIREMENTS EARNED, AND DREAMS REALIZED. SUPPORTED, YES, FALL RIVER IS A UNIQUE CITY. BUT ACROSS THIS COUNTRY, OTHER FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES FIND THEMSELVES IN THE SAME IMPOSSIBLE PLACE AS ECONOMIC AFTERTHOUGHTS AND A REPUBLICAN ECONOMY INCREASINGLY TILTED TOWARDS THE PRIVILEGED AND POWERFUL, BUT THE ECONOMIC GOVERNMENT WHO REFUSES TO HEAR THEIR VOICES. YIELD BACK.

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                                          • 10:35:01 AM

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                                            THOMPSON: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO…

                                            THOMPSON: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE A CONSTITUENT FROM WARREN COUNTY WHO HAS A TRULY REMARKABLE STORY.

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                                            MR. THOMPSON

                                            AN AMERICAN STORY. SALSA GREW UP IN RURAL INDONESIA ON THE CENTRAL ISLAND…

                                            AN AMERICAN STORY. SALSA GREW UP IN RURAL INDONESIA ON THE CENTRAL ISLAND OF JAVA. SHE WAS RAISED BY HER GRANDMOTHER AND UNCLE AND LIVED IN A HOUSE WITHOUT ELECTRICITY, WHERE WATER CAME FROM AN UNDERGROUND SPRING. SHE LEFT HOME AT AGE 1620 GO -- 16 TO GO TO WORK FOR SONY TV IN MALAYSIA. MOST OF THE MONEY SHE MADE WAS SENT HOME TO HELP HER FAMILY. SHE MOVED TO HONG KONG AT THE AGE OF 26 TO WITH MONEY SHE MADE FAMILIES. SHE HELPED RAISE CHILDREN, IT COOKING, AND GENERAL HOUSEKEEPING. AGAIN, MOST OF THE MONEY SHE MADE WAS SENT BACK TO INDONESIA TO HELP HER FAMILY SURVIVE. IT WAS IN HONG KONG SHE TAUGHT HERSELF HOW TO SPEAK ENGLISH. TODAY SHE NOT ONLY SPEAKS ENGLISH FLUENTLY, BUT ALSO FLUENT IN MORE THAN SIX LANGUAGE, ALL SELF-TAUGHT. IT WAS IN HONG KONG THAT SHE MET HER FUTURE HUSBAND, LINGOM, WHO WAS THERE ON -- LINCOLN, WHO WAS THERE ON BUSINESS. THE PAIR DATED LONG DISTANCE FOR FIVE YEARS AND IN 2010 SALSA CAME TO THE UNITED STATES ON A FIANCE VISA. THEY WERE MARRIED IN WARREN ON JULY 10, 2010 ON THE BEAUTIFUL GROUNDS OF THE PARRY MUSEUM. HER FIRST JOB WAS AS A VOLUNTEER AT THE WARREN COUNTY YMCA. SHE HELPED GREET GUESTS AND PERFORMED OTHER CUSTOMER SERVICE RESPONSIBILITIES. A YEAR LATER, SHE HAD DONE SOMETHING SHE HAD NEVER DONE BEFORE. SHE LEARNED TO DRIVE. SHE OBTAINED HER DRIVER'S LICENSE AND STARTED WORKING AT BLAIR IN THE PACKAGING AREA AND SHE HAD NEVER DRIVEN A CAR PRIOR TO MOVING TO THE UNITED STATES. SHE WAS SOON TAKING A JOB AT WHIRLY DRINK WORKS IN THE OFFICE PERFORMING ADMINISTRATIVE FUNCTIONS, COMMUNICATIONS, AND HUMAN RESOURCES. IN HER MORE THAN FIVE YEARS THERE, SHE HAS BECOME A HIGHLY VALUED AND RESPECTED TEAMMATE. SALSA WAS ALSO RECOGNIZED FOR HER TEAM WORK, POSITIVE ATTITUDE, AND ALWAYS COMING TO WORK WITH THE HIGHEST INTEGRITY AND LOYALTY TO THE COMPANY. IN 2013, SALSA GRADUATED FROM THE YEAR-LONG LEADERSHIP WARREN COUNTY PROGRAM. WHICH IS DESIGNED TO EDUCATE FUTURE LEADERS ON HOW TO WORK WITH NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS AND HELP THEM ACHIEVE SUSTAINED SUCCESS. ONE KEY PROJECT HER TEAM TOOK ON WAS TO HELP TEACH DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN HOW TO READ. SALSA AND LINCOLN ARE VERY ACTIVE IN GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY WITH THEIR TIME, LEADERSHIP, AND PERSONAL RESOURCES TO HELP MAKE WARREN COUNTY A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE AND WORK. AMONG THE ORGANIZATIONS THEY HAVE WORKED WITH INCLUDE THE WARREN YMCA, UNITED FUND OF WARREN COUNTY, WARREN GENERAL HOSPITAL, SALVATION ARMY, AND NUMEROUS OTHERS. MR. SPEAKER, SALSA'S STORY DOESN'T END THERE. ON FEBRUARY 2, 2018, SHE ACHIEVED ONE OF HER GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS. SOMETHING SHE CONSIDERS TO BE HER HIGHEST HONOR. SHE BECAME AS YOU US CITIZEN. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO REMARK ON WHAT AN INCREDIBLE PERSON SALSA IS FROM WORKING HARD TO TAKE CARE OF HER FAMILY TO TEACHING HERSELF MORE THAN SIX LANGUAGES AND GIVING BACK TO HER COMMUNITY. SALSA TRULY IS IMPRESSIVE. MR. SPEAKER, I CONGRATULATE SALSA ON ACHIEVING HER AMERICAN CITIZENSHIP. I'M PROUD TO CALL HER A FELLOW AMERICAN. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          • 10:38:48 AM

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                                            SCHIFF: MR. SPEAKER, ON TUESDAY, THE WORLD MARKED THE 10 RD ANNIVERSARY OF…

                                            SCHIFF: MR. SPEAKER, ON TUESDAY, THE WORLD MARKED THE 10 RD ANNIVERSARY OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE.

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                                          • 10:38:55 AM

                                            MR. SCHIFF

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

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

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                                          • 10:42:51 AM

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                                            SCHIFF, FOR HIS REMARKS ON GENOCIDE AND TURNING OUR BACK ON THE FACTS THAT…

                                            SCHIFF, FOR HIS REMARKS ON GENOCIDE AND TURNING OUR BACK ON THE FACTS THAT WE FIND AROUND THE WORLD. I APPRECIATE HIS THOUGHTS. I WANT TO RISE TODAY AND TALK TO MY COLLEAGUES AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ABOUT THE ATROCITIES IN SYRIA. AND CALL ON MY COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE TO COMPLIRBLE VOTE ON

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                                          • 10:42:55 AM

                                            MR. HILL

                                            A BILL -- COMPLIRBLE -- EXPEDITIOUSLY VOTE ON A BILL WRITTEN BY ELIOT…

                                            A BILL -- COMPLIRBLE -- EXPEDITIOUSLY VOTE ON A BILL WRITTEN BY ELIOT ENGEL, H.R. 1677, THIS LEGISLATION POSES -- IMPOSES NEW SANCTIONS ON HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSERS IN THE SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS IN SYRIA. AND THOSE WHO FACILITATE THE ASAWED REGIME'S ATROCITIES AND ENCOURAGING NEGOTIATIONS TO BRING ABOUT A LASTING POLITICAL SOLUTION THERE. IT ALSO AUTHORIZES THE STATE DEPARTMENT TO SUPPORT ENTITIES THAT ARE COLLECTING AND PRESERVING THE CHAIN OF EVIDENCE FOR THE EVENTUAL PROSECUTION OF THOSE WHO HAVE COMMITTED WAR CRIMES AND CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY IN SYRIA SINCE MARCH OF 2011. THE WORLD HAS WITNESSED MANY GENERATIONAL EXAMPLES OF BUTCHERY AND GENOCIDE BY MENACES INCLUDING HITLER, STALIN, AND POL POT. IN THE LAST SEVEN YEARS THE WORLD HAS ALLOWED US TO RECOGNIZE A NEW FAME FOR -- NEW NAME FOR EVIL AND CRUELTY, AL ASSAD AND HIS HENCHMAN. FOR THE PAST SEVEN YEARS THE WORLD HAS EXPRESSED OUTRAGE YET TWIDDLED THEIR THUMBS WHILE THIS MODERN DAY HITLER ANIGH LIGHTS THE CIVILIAN POPULATION OF SYRIA. LEADER ASSAD HAS AFTER SAVAGELY DIRECTED THE BOMBING, ELECTROCUTION, AND TORTURE OF HIS PEOPLE. SADDAM HUSSEIN'S USE OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS IN THE 1980'S AGAINST IRAN APPEARS TAME IN COMPARISON TO THE CALCULATED BOMBING OF WEAPONIZED CHLORINE AND SARIN DROPPED INTO CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS, MEDICAL FACILITIES, AND VILLAGES ACROSS SYRIA. . I'M GRATEFUL AFTER A LITTLE THUMB TWIDDLING OF THE LAST ADMINISTRATION OUR CURRENT ADMINISTRATION HAS TAKEN ACTION TO STOP THE USE OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS AGAINST THE SYRIAN PEOPLE. I CALL ON THE SENATE TO ACT WITH EXPEDITION AND PASS THE CAESAR SYRIAN CIVILIAN PROTECTION ACT AND FINALLY HELP OBTAIN THE KIND OF DOCUMENTATION THAT WE NEED, MR. SPEAKER, TO END THIS STEP BACK INTO DARKNESS AND CONVICT ASSAD AND HIS CO-CONSPIRATORS AND ENABLERS OF WAR CRIMES. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A GROUP OF STUDENTS IN ARKANSAS WHO ARE COLLECTING PERSONAL ITEMS LOST AFTER THE DEVASTATING TORNADO THAT HIT THEIR TOWN FOUR YEARS AGO. AARON RAPPAPORT, THE TEACHER WHO CREATED THIS PROJECT, WAS INSPIRED AFTER FINDING A BABY PICTURE IN THE DEBRIS. OVER THE LAST FOUR YEARS, THE STUDENTS HAVE COLLECTED 90,000 ITEMS AND ONLY HAVE ABOUT 2,000 LEFT TO BE CLAIMED. THEY LAUNCHED THEIR OWN WEBSITE TO HELP PEOPLE REUNITE WITH THEIR PHOTOS, THEIR BIRTH CERTIFICATES, AND EDUCATION DIPLOMAS. A MEMORIAL DEDICATION PLANNED BY THOSE STUDENTS WILL BE HELD FRIDAY AT 10:00 A.M. TO REMEMBER THE VICTIMS OF THE 2011 AND 2014 TORNADOS. IN THE FACE OF TRAGEDY, THESE STUDENTS HAVE FURNISHED US WITH AN INSPIRATIONAL MODEL FOR SOLIDARITY AND HOPE. I APPLAUD MR. RAPPAPORT AND THESE COURAGEOUS STUDENTS FOR THESE EFFORTS AND DEDICATION TO THE VALONIA COMMUNITY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          • 10:47:02 AM

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                                            MINUTES.

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                                            MS. MOORE

                                            THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                                            MS. MOORE

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                                            I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE THE BIRTHDAY OF A NEVADA ICON. I'M SURE YOU ALL…

                                            I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE THE BIRTHDAY OF A NEVADA ICON. I'M SURE YOU ALL RECALL THAT THE STATE OF NEVADA TURNED 150 A FEW YEARS AGO AND THAT THE BIGGEST LITTLE CITY IN THE WORLD, RENO, IS TURNED

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                                          • 10:52:32 AM

                                            MR. AMODEI

                                            150. WELL, BOB, FORMER UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA REGENT, FORMER NEVADA…

                                            150. WELL, BOB, FORMER UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA REGENT, FORMER NEVADA LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR, FORMER MAYOR OF THE CITY OF RENO, HAS PASSED THE HALFWAY POINT IN CATCHING THE STATE OF NEVADA AND THE CITY OF RENO AT 150. HE'S 80. FOUR SCORE. A NATIVE OF THE LONE STAR STATE, LIKE MANY NEVADANS, BOB GOT TO NEVADA AS FAST AS HE COULD. A LEADER IN NEVADA'S GAMING RESORT INDUSTRY, AN A-LIST PHILANTHROPIST, HE'S DONE SOME GREAT WORK AS A NEVADAN. OF COURSE, HE OWES ALL OF HIS SUCCESS AND HIS DEFIANCE OF THE ACTUARIAL TABLES TO HIS WIFE, NANCY, WHO HAS PERFORMED MIRACLES DURING THEIR LIFE-LONG PARTNERSHIP OF TRANSFORMING THIS PILGRIM FROM TEXAS INTO A SPECIAL PART OF NEVADA'S FABRIC. THANK YOU, NANCY. AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, MR. MAYOR FOR LIFE. BOB IS 80. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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                                          • 10:54:00 AM

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                                            GREEN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, ONCE AGAIN I RISE BECAUSE I…

                                            GREEN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, ONCE AGAIN I RISE BECAUSE I LOVE MY COUNTRY. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE BECAUSE I WANT TO THANK THE PRESIDENT AND COMPLIMENT THE PRESIDENT.

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                                          • 10:54:08 AM

                                            MR. GREEN

                                            I THANK THE PRESIDENT FOR INDICATING THIS MORNING THAT HE WILL NOT, N-O-T,…

                                            I THANK THE PRESIDENT FOR INDICATING THIS MORNING THAT HE WILL NOT, N-O-T, WILL NOT INTERFERE WITH THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION. HE SAID AS MUCH ON NATIONAL TV. I COMPLIMENT HIM FOR THIS SAYING THIS, MR. SPEAKER, BECAUSE IF HE DOES SO IN CONTROVENTION OF ARTICLE 2, SECTION 4 OF THE CONSTITUTION, IT WILL BE TANTAMOUNT TO IMPEACHMENT. SO I COMPLIMENT YOU, MR. PRESIDENT, FOR BEING FORT RIGHT, AND I ASSUME YOU MEANT WHAT YOU SAID. HOWEVER, YOU WENT ON TO SAY, I MAY CHANGE MY MIND. MR. SPEAKER, I TRUST THAT THE PRESIDENT MEANT WHAT HE SAID INITIALLY AND THAT HE WILL NOT CHANGE HIS MIND. BECAUSE, AGAIN, TO DO SO IN CONTROVENTION OF ARTICLE 2, SECTION 4 OF THE CONSTITUTION, WILL BE TANTAMOUNT TO IMPEACHMENT. THE ONLY BODY IN THIS COUNTRY THAT CAN LITIGATE IMPEACHMENT IS THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. AS A RESULT, MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO ASSURE ALL, ESPECIALLY THE PRESIDENT, IF YOU DO THIS, MR. PRESIDENT, I ASSURE YOU THERE WILL BE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT BROUGHT BEFORE THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. NOW, MR. PRESIDENT, I AM IN NO RUSH TO DO THIS. AS A MATTER OF FACT, I DON'T ENJOY USING THE PERSONAL PRONOUN WHEN IT COMES TO THIS KIND OF DIALOGUE, MONOLOGUE, IN THIS CASE, AS I'M TALKING DIRECTLY TO YOU. BUT, MR. PRESIDENT, IF NO ONE ELSE DOES, I WILL. I WILL NOT ALLOW THE CONSTITUTION TO BE IGNORED AND TO A CERTAIN EXTENT TRAMPLED UPON. I'LL BRING THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT. AS A MATTER OF FACT, I HAVE INSTRUCTED MY STAFF TO DRAFT THEM. THEY WILL BE READY TO GO. I ALSO HAVE INSTRUCTED MY STAFF TO TWEET THIS MESSAGE THAT IF YOU DO SO, MR. PRESIDENT, IF YOU INTERFERE IN CONTROVENTION OF ARTICLE 2, SECTION 4, I WILL BRING THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                            CHAIR. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. BUCK, FOR…

                                            CHAIR. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. BUCK, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                            MR. BUCK

                                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MOVEMENT, MR. CLEAVER, FOR FIVE…

                                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MOVEMENT, MR. CLEAVER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                            SPEAKER, I WANT TO BEGIN BY SAYING THAT THERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS IN THIS…

                                            SPEAKER, I WANT TO BEGIN BY SAYING THAT THERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS IN THIS FARM BILL THAT I ACTUALLY AGREE WITH AND I WOULD LIKE TO BE SUPPORTIVE OF SUCH COMPONENTS OF THIS BILL. I AGREE WITH AND WOULD LIKE TO BE A PARTNER IN GETTING THIS BILL PASSED.

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                                            MR. CLEAVER

                                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. ARRINGTON, FOR FIVE…

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

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                                            MR. ARRINGTON

                                            MEMBERS ARE ME INDED -- REMINDED TO PRETRAIN TO REFERENCES TO OCCUPANTS IN…

                                            MEMBERS ARE ME INDED -- REMINDED TO PRETRAIN TO REFERENCES TO OCCUPANTS IN THE GALLERY. THE CHAIR REFORMS TO FOOD STAMPS. GOD BLESS AMERICA. I YIELD BACK. RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. JEFFERIES, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                            MR. JEFFERIES

                                            TO TAKE AWAY HEALTH CARE FOR MORE THAN 23 MILLION AMERICANS. RAW DEAL.…

                                            TO TAKE AWAY HEALTH CARE FOR MORE THAN 23 MILLION AMERICANS. RAW DEAL. TAKE AWAY WE WANT TO STRENGTHEN THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND DRAMATICALLY LOWER THE COSTS OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. BETTER DEAL. HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE A FAKE INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN THAT WILL DO NOTHING TO REPAIR OUR NATION'S CRUMBLING BRIDGES, ROADS, AND TUNNELS. RAW DEAL. DEMOCRATS HAVE A REAL INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN THAT WITH WOULD INVEST $1 TRILLION AND CREATE 16 MILLION GOOD-PAYING JOBS. BETTER DEAL. HOUSE REPUBLICANS PASSED A TAX SCAM WHERE 83% OF THE BENEFITS WENT TO THE WEALTHIEST 1% IN AMERICA SIMPLY TO SUBSIDIZE THE LIFESTYLES OF THE RICH AND SHAMELESS. RAW DEAL. DEMOCRATS WANT A PERMANENT TAX CUT FOR WORKING FAMILIES SO WE CAN PUT MORE MONEY INTO THE POCKETS OF EVERYDAY THE POCKETS OF EVERYDAY AMERICANS. BETTER DEAL. HOUSE REPUBLICANS WANT TO CUT MORE THAN $2 TRILLION FROM SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE, AND MEDICAID. RAW DEAL. DEMOCRATS WANT TO STRENGTHEN SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE, AND MEDICAID SO THAT SENIOR CITIZENS FROM THROUGHOUT THE LAND CAN LIVE OUT THEIR GOLDEN YEARS WITH GRACE AND DIGNITY. THAT'S A BETTER DEAL. HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE ALL ABOUT CHAOS, CRISIS, AND CONFUSION. DEMOCRATS ARE WORKING TO DELIVER BETTER JOBS, BETTER WAGES, AND A BETTER FUTURE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE. A BETTER DEAL. I YIELD BACK.

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                                            MINUTES.

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                                            MR. MASSIE

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

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

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                                            MR. ROTHFUS

                                            IN EFFECT, THEY WERE PRISONERS IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY. INDEED, IN POST-WAR…

                                            IN EFFECT, THEY WERE PRISONERS IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY. INDEED, IN POST-WAR GERMANY, THE COMMUNISTS EVEN BUILT A WALL THROUGH BERLIN. THEY DID SO NOT TO KEEP PEOPLE FROM WEST BERLIN TRAVELING TO EAST BERLIN, THEY DID TO PREVENT THE CAPTIVES OF EAST BERLIN FROM RUNNING TO FREEDOM IN THE WEST. THERE IS A TRAGIC STORY UNFOLDS IN BRITAIN THIS WEEK OF A NEW VIRTUAL BERLIN WALL THAT BRITISH AND EUROPEAN AUTHORITIES HAVE ERECTED ON LITTLE 2-YEAR-OLD ELFIE EVANS WHO LIVES IN BRITAIN. THEY HAVE ELIMINATED THIS CHILD'S RIGHT TO TRAVEL AND THEY ARE HOLDING HIM PRISONER. ELFIE IS SEVERELY HANDICAPPED. BRITISH OFFICIALS HAVE MADE THE DECISION OVER THE OBJECTION OF ELFIE'S YOUNG PARENTS THAT ELFIE WOULD BE BETTER OFF DEAD. AS SUCH, THEY ARE PROHIBITING ELFIE'S PARENTS FROM TAKING HIM TO BAMBINO JESUIT HOSPITAL IN ROME, WHICH HAS OFFERED TO CARE FOR THE BILL. ELFIE IS NOT SUFFERING, BUT BRITISH OFFICIALS APPEAR TO BE PROJECTING THEIR OWN SUBJECTIVE VIEWS ON ELFIE'S QUALITY OF LIFE AND ARE DEEMING HIS LIFE NOT WORTHY OF LIVING. AMONG MY MOST HEARTWARMING EXPERIENCES, MY WORK IN MY DISTRICT, ARE VISITS TO THE SEVERELY HANDICAPPED. I VISITED WITH INDIVIDUALS WHO WILL NEVER WALK AND WHO NEVER COMMUNICATE VERBALLY. BUT THEY CAN AND DO LOVE AND THEY ARE LOVED. FOR SOME FOLKS IN LIFE, THEIR CALLING IS THAT SIMPLE -- TO LOVE AND BE LOVED. AND THEIR PRESENCE MAKES US BETTER PERSONS. PERHAPS THAT'S ELFIE'S CALLING, TO LOVE AND BE LOVED. MAYBE THOSE IN BRITAIN RESPONSIBLE FOR ELFIE'S FATE SHOULD CONSIDER THAT. TO BE CLEAR, ELFIE'S RIGHT TO LIFE DOES NOT COME FROM PARLIAMENT. IT DOESN'T COME FROM THE CROWN. IT DOESN'T COME FROM ANY BRITISH COURT. IT COMES FROM GOD. MR. SPEAKER, THE BRITISH AUTHORITIES SHOULD BACK DOWN. THEY SHOULD ALLOW HIS PARENTS TO TAKE HIM TO BAMBINO JESUIT HOSPITAL IN ROME. THE BRITISH SHOULD TEAR DOWN THE VIRTUAL WALL THEY PUT UP AROUND HIM AND LET HIM BE FREE SO HE CONTINUE TO LOVE AND BE LOVED. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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                                            EASTERN. A VOTE ON FINAL PASSAGE EXPECTED TOMORROW. TODAY IS BRING YOUR…

                                            EASTERN. A VOTE ON FINAL PASSAGE EXPECTED TOMORROW. TODAY IS BRING YOUR CHILD CHILD TO WORKDAY. SO CHILDREN WILL GET AN UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL LOOK AT WORK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR TAY. THE HOUSE WILL BE OUT NEXT WEEK FOR DISTRICT WORK PERIOD. THIS IS LIVE CONGRESS OF THE U.S. HOUSE. MEMBERS EXPECTED TO GAVEL BACK IN SHORTLY HERE.

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                                            THE SPEAKER

                                            TEXAS.

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                                            THE CHAPLAIN

                                            WE RECOGNIZE OUR INABILITY TO EXIST AT OUR BEST WITHOUT THY SUPREME…

                                            WE RECOGNIZE OUR INABILITY TO EXIST AT OUR BEST WITHOUT THY SUPREME WISDOM. FOR THOU HAST SAID A CONTRITE HEART GOD WILL NOT DESS SPICE. BECAUSE OF THIS WE SEEK SUPREME DIRECTION IN THE DELIBERATION AND OUR NEED FOR DIVINE PETITION. WE FURTHER RECOGNIZE OUR IMPERFECTION AND BESEECH THY FORGIVENESS WHEN UNINTENTIONAL ERRORS IN JUDGMENT ARE FORTHCOMING. GRANT, DEAR FATHER, THY UNHINDERED BLESSING TO ALL THOSE ASSEMBLED AT THIS MOMENT. REMEMBERING THY WORDS, BLESSED IS THE NATION WHOSE GOD IS THE LORD. THANK YOU FOR LOVING US AND PRAYING THAT WE MAY IN TURN LOVE YOU WITH GRATEFUL, OVERFLOWING HEARTS. IT IS IN JESUS' NAME WE PRAY. AMEN.

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                                            THE SPEAKER

                                            GABBARD.

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                                            MS. GABBARD

                                            ALL.

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                                            MR. ARRINGTON

                                            CRENSHAW, WHAT A MAN, WHAT A GREAT AMERICAN. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO…

                                            CRENSHAW, WHAT A MAN, WHAT A GREAT AMERICAN. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE OUR GUEST CHAPLAIN, AND MY DEAR FRIEND, MR. PHIL CRENSHAW. MR. CRENSHAW'S LIFE HAS TAKEN HIM ACROSS THE GLOBE, FROM SERVING OUR COUNTRY IN WORLD WAR II, TO SPREADING THE GOSPEL OF JESUS IN PLACES LIKE NORWAY, ISRAEL, RUSSIA, INDIA. AT EVERY STOP ON HIS JOURNEY, MR. CRENSHAW'S MISSION HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE SAME. SIMPLY TO LOVE GOD AND SERVE OTHERS. WHILE STATIONED IN OKINAWA, HE ADMINISTERED TO MARINES AND SOLDIERS, AND AIRMEN, AS WELL AS OVER 4,000 JAPANESE P.O.W.'S, LIVING OUT GOD'S COMMANDMENT NOT JUST TO LOVE OUR NEIGHBOR, BUT TO LOVE OUR ENEMIES AS WELL. OVER THE YEARS FOLLOWING HIS RETURN FROM WAR, MR. CRENSHAW, ALONG WITH HIS LATE WIFE RUTH, WITH WHOM HE WAS MARRIED FOR 66 YEARS, OPENED UP THEIR HOME AND THEIR HEARTS TO MORE THAN 50 YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WERE IN NEED OF A PLACE TO STAY, SOME OF THEM WERE ORPHANS. AT 95 MR. CRENSHAW IS THE LAST LIVING CHAPLAIN FROM WORLD WAR II AND HE STILL LIVES EVERY DAY TO THE FULLEST. SERVING OUR COMMUNITY AND SERVING THE LORD WITH ALL HIS BODY, WITH ALL HIS SOUL, AND WITH ALL HIS STRENGTH. MR. CRENSHAW, YOUR LIFE OF PERSONAL SACRIFICE AND FAITHFUL SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY AND TO THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS AN INSPIRATION TO ALL OF US. AND WE ARE ALL HONORED TO HAVE YOU HERE THIS DAY. GOD BLESS YOU, MR. CRENSHAW. GOD BLESS THE COUNTRY YOU FOUGHT FOR AND SERVED, AND GO, WEST TEXAS. I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            00 TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

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                                            MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                                            HONOREES

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

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

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                                            MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE WILL VOTE TOMORROW TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE FEDERAL…

                                            MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE WILL VOTE TOMORROW TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION. IN 2010 CONGRESS APPROVED LANDMARK FLIGHT SAFETY LEGISLATION AFTER THE FLIGHT OF 3407 CRASHED OUTSIDE OF BUFFALO, NEW YORK, IN 20 2009. THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD CONCLUDED THAT PILOT ERROR WAS A CAUSE OF THAT TRANGDY. THE BILL THE HOUSE WILL VOTE -- TRAGEDY. THE BILL THE HOUSE WILL VOTE ON TOMORROW MUST UPHOLD AND REAFFIRM OUR COMMITMENT TO THOSE SAFETY STANDARDS. THE SOUTHWEST AIRLINE EMERGENCY LANDING TWO WEEKS AGO IS AN URGENT AND INSPIRING REMINDER OF THE IMPORTANCE OF PILOT TRAINING TO KEEP THE FLYING PUBLIC SAFE. THE SOUTHWEST PILOT, TAMMY JOE SHULTZ, PILOTED THAT PLANE TO A SAFE LANDING IN A CALM, CONTROLLED, AND CONFIDENT MANNER BORN OUT OF ONE THING -- EXCELLENT PILOT TRAINING. I YIELD BACK.

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                                            MR. HIGGINS

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                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            SORRY, THE AFTERUTAH.

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                                            OBJECTION.

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

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

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                                            MS. GABBARD

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

                                            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION? MR. WE CANNOT THOMPSON: MR. SPEAKER, REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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                                            WE CANNOT THOMPSON

                                            THOMPSON: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY THERE ARE A LOFT BOYS…

                                            THOMPSON: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY THERE ARE A LOFT BOYS AND GIRLS IN THE CAPITOL WHO ARE DRESSED FOR SUCCESS AND READY TO GET TO WORK. OF COURSE I'M TALKING ABOUT TAKE YOUR DAUGHTERS AND SONS TO WORKDAY. WHILE MY THREE SONS ARE GROWN AND MY OLDEST HAS CHILDREN OF HIS OWN, I DO HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF HAVING SETH WITH ME TODAY. SETH LIVES IN MARYLAND AND THANKS TO THE NONPROFIT TUESDAY'S GROUP, HE GETS TO SPEND THE DAY WITH ME, OR RATHER I GET TO SPEND THE DAY WITH HIM. THIS IS MY SECOND YEAR IN A ROW WITH MY FRIEND SETH. I HAVE HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF HOSTING SETH FOR HOUR TAKE OUR DAUGHTERS AND SONS TO WORKDAY. MR.

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                                            MR. THOMPSON

                                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES -- FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

                                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES -- FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION.

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                                            MR. GREEN

                                            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO SEEK RECOGNITION.

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                                            MR. COFFMAN

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

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

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                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            MY FELLOW DEMOCRATS AND I ARE FOCUSED ON DELIVERING BETTER JOBS, BETTER…

                                            MY FELLOW DEMOCRATS AND I ARE FOCUSED ON DELIVERING BETTER JOBS, BETTER WAGES AND A BETTER FUTURE FOR HARDWORKING AMERICANS IN PHILADELPHIA AND NEIGHBORHOODS NATIONWIDE.

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                                            I VISITED SEVERAL EARLY EDUCATION PROVIDERS. KING CREST, PARENTS…

                                            I VISITED SEVERAL EARLY EDUCATION PROVIDERS. KING CREST, PARENTS INVESTMENT CENTER AND SMART BEGINNINGS. I CAN TELL YOU FIRSTHAND THE SERVICES THEY OFFER ARE BUILDING A STRONGER CITY. AS YOUR VOICE IN CONGRESS, PLEASE KNOW I'M WORKING HARD TO DELIVER A BETTER DEAL FOR OUR CHILDREN, FAMILIES, THAT MEANS TO ENSURE PRE-K FOR OUR CHILDREN. TOGETHER WE CAN BUILD AND WE'LL LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD FOR A STRONG PHILADELPHIA BLOCK BY BLOCK AND A BETTER PLACE. THANK YOU, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          • 12:15:56 PM

                                            MR. EVANS

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                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            MINUTE.

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                                            MR. SMITH

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

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

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                                            TAKANO: AN AMERICAN PUBLIC THAT IS BETTER EQUIPPED TO UNDERSTAND WHAT GOES…

                                            TAKANO: AN AMERICAN PUBLIC THAT IS BETTER EQUIPPED TO UNDERSTAND WHAT GOES IN A GOOD CHART WILL BE BETTER EQUIPPED TO SPOT AND DISCARD FAKE NEWS. IN NEWS REPORTING AND ACADEMIA, THE USE OF PROPERLY SOURCED AND FORMATTED CHARTS HELP EXPLAIN COMPLEX ISSUES.

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                                            MR. TAKANO

                                            CHARTS HELP THE BRAIN DISCERN PATTERNS AND TRENDS THAT LARGE AMOUNTS OF…

                                            CHARTS HELP THE BRAIN DISCERN PATTERNS AND TRENDS THAT LARGE AMOUNTS OF DATA OFTEN HIDE. THE GOAL OF INTERNATIONAL CHART DAY IS TO STUDY THE HISTORY OF DATA VISUALIZATION, CELEBRATE INNOVATIONS AND ENCOURAGE WIDER ADOPTION OF THEIR USE ACROSS SOCIETY. MY COLLEAGUES AND I IN CONGRESS ARE PROLIFIC CREATORS OF CHARTS. MANY OF WHICH ARE ARCHIVED ON THE EXCELLENT BLOG FLOORCHARTS CURATE BIDWILL YAM GRAY. IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN JOINING IN ON THE CELEBRATION, PLEASE SHARE YOUR FAVORITE CHARTS ONLINE AND USE THE #CHARTDAY. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA SEEK

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                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE…

                                            RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                            MS. MCSALLY

                                            TAMMY JO SCHULTZ WAS A HERO LONG BEFORE THIS SUCCESSFUL EMERGENCY LANDING.…

                                            TAMMY JO SCHULTZ WAS A HERO LONG BEFORE THIS SUCCESSFUL EMERGENCY LANDING. CAPTAIN SCHULTZ WAS ONE OF THE FIRST FEMALE FIGHTER PILOTS FOR THE U.S. NAVY AND ONE OF THE FIRST TO PLY THE -- FLY IT THE FA-18. SHE BECAME AN AGGRESSIVE PILOT AND AN INSTRUCTORER. SHE REMINDS US THAT THE AIRPLANE DOESN'T CARE WHETHER YOU HAVE OVARIES OR NOT. AS LONG AS YOU HAVE THE QUALIFICATION AND THE TRAINING TO COMPLETE THE MISSION. THAT IS WHY, MR. SPEAKER, I INTRODUCED A RESOLUTION ON MONDAY TO COMMEND CAPTAIN TAMMY JO SCHULTZ FOR HER UNFLAPPABLE COURAGE THAT SAVED SO MANY LIVES. AND FOR PAVING THE WAY FOR WOMEN IN THE MILITARY AND COMMERCIAL AVIATION TO FINALLY FLY IN COMBAT AND LEAD AS EQUALS. GENERATIONS OF WOMEN CAN FIGHT FOR FREEDOM AND SAVE LIVES, LIKE SHE DID, BECAUSE OF HER. THANKS FOR LEADING THE WAY, TAMMY JO. FOR ALL OF US. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                            YARMUTH: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO OFFER…

                                            YARMUTH: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO OFFER REAL-LIFE ACCOUNT OF THE RAW DEAL THE REPUBLICANS GAVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WITH THEIR G.O.P. TAX SCAM.

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                                            MR. YARMUTH

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

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

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                                            SPEAKER, YESTERDAY'S "NEW YORK TIMES" CARRIED A STORY HEADLINED, QUOTE,…

                                            SPEAKER, YESTERDAY'S "NEW YORK TIMES" CARRIED A STORY HEADLINED, QUOTE, SCANDALS AND INVESTIGATIONS, BUT FEW ARRESTS FOR AIR MARSHALS PROGRAM. IN FACT, IN THE MOST RECENT 10-YEAR PERIOD THAT WAS STUDIED, 148 AIR MAR SHALZ WERE ARRESTED AND -- MARSHALS WERE ARRESTED AND THROUGHOUT THE HISTORY OF THIS PROGRAM THERE HAVE BEEN MANY MORE AIR MARSHALS ARRESTED THAN THERE HAVE BEEN ARRESTS MADE BY AIR MARSHALS. MR.

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                                            DUNCAN: OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS CONGRESS HAS APPROPRIATED WELL OVER $8…

                                            DUNCAN: OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS CONGRESS HAS APPROPRIATED WELL OVER $8 BILLION FOR THIS NEEDLESS, USELESS PROGRAM. AT LEAST 250 AIR MARSHALS HAVE BEEN TERMINATED FOR MISCONDUCT AND OVER 400 MORE HAVE RESIGNED OR RETIRED DURING CONDUCT INVESTIGATIONS.

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                                            MR. DUNCAN

                                            THIS HAS TO BE ABOUT THE EASIEST JOB IN THE COUNTRY TODAY. ALL THEY DO IS…

                                            THIS HAS TO BE ABOUT THE EASIEST JOB IN THE COUNTRY TODAY. ALL THEY DO IS FLY BACK AND FORTH ON AIRPLANES, USUALLY ARE OFTEN IN FIRST CLASS. "THE NEW YORK TIMES" STORY SAID THE PROGRAM IS, QUOTE, IN SUCH DISARRAY THAT IT DOES LITTLE TO DETER TERRORISTS, MANY OF THEIR OWN EMPLOYEES SAY. THE STORY ALSO SAID ALCOHOL ABUSE IS SO RAMPANT THAT THE T.S.A. , QUOTE, HAS HAD TO MONITOR WHETHER THE ARMED GUARDS SHOW UP FOR THEIR SHIFTS SOBER. MR. SPEAKER, YET WE ARE GOING TO GIVE THIS NEEDLESS, USELESS PROGRAM ANOTHER $800 MILLION THIS YEAR. RIDICULOUS. I YIELD BACK.

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

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                                            IN CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS AND COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS, I CONSISTENTLY HEAR…

                                            IN CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS AND COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS, I CONSISTENTLY HEAR ENHANCING CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR PRESCRIBERS ON THE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH OPIOID MEDICATIONS, AND INDICATIONS AND TREATMENT OF ADDICTIVE BEHAVIORS CAN HELP REDUCE DEPENDENCE AND ABUSE OF THESE DRUGS.

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                                            MR. SCHNEIDER

                                            WE KNOW MORE ABOUT OPIOID ADDICTION TODAY THAN WE DID 20 YEARS AGO. AND…

                                            WE KNOW MORE ABOUT OPIOID ADDICTION TODAY THAN WE DID 20 YEARS AGO. AND WITH ONGOING RESEARCH WE WILL CONTINUE TO GAIN NEW INSIGHTS AND UNDERSTANDING. WE NEED OUR DOCTORS TO BE EQUIPPED WITH THE LATEST TOOLS AND BEST PRACTICES WHEN TREATING PATIENTS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN US IN SUPPORT OF THIS EFFORT TO EQUIP THOSE ON THE FRONT LINES OF THE OPIOID CRISIS WITH THE LATEST AND BEST TRAINING TO HELP OUR COMMUNITIES. I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MAINE SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE

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                                            MR. POLIQUIN

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

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                                            BUT THERE IS STILL SO MUCH MORE TO DO FOR OUR VETERANS AND TO ADDRESS MANY…

                                            BUT THERE IS STILL SO MUCH MORE TO DO FOR OUR VETERANS AND TO ADDRESS MANY OF THE LONGSTANDING ISSUES WITHIN THE V.A. WHICH IS WHY IT IS ABSOLUTELY VITAL THAT OUR NEXT V.A. SECRETARY HAS THE EXPERIENCE AND COMMITMENT NEEDED TO BUILD UPON THE PROGRESS THAT WE'VE ALREADY MADE. OUR VETERANS HAVE MADE TREMENDOUS SACRIFICES TO KEEP OUR NATION FREE AND SECURE AND THEY DESERVE THE HIGHEST QUALITY OF PEOPLE SERVING AT THE V.A. TODAY I URGE THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO NOMINATE A V.A. SECRETARY COMMITTED TO MAKING IMPORTANT REFORMS AND SERVING OUR NATION'S HEROES WHO HAVE SERVED US SO WELL. WITH THAT, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                            MR. BANKS

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

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                                            MR. POE

                                            MR. SPEAKER, I WAS JUST AT THE WHITE HOUSE WHERE THE PRESIDENT HONORED…

                                            MR. SPEAKER, I WAS JUST AT THE WHITE HOUSE WHERE THE PRESIDENT HONORED MANY OF OUR WOUNDED WARRIORS. SOME OF THEM WOUNDED IN AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ. PAKISTAN'S INTELLIGENCE SERVICES HAVE FOSTERED A WORKING RELATIONSHIP WITH THE ACANNY NETWORK, AL QAEDA AND THE TALIBAN. TERRORIST GROUPS. MEANWHILE, PAKISTAN GOVERNMENT HAS RECEIVED OVER $30 BILLION OF AMERICAN AID. PAKISTAN IS A BENEDICT ARNOLD UNFAITHFUL ALLY. WE NEED TO STOP PAYING PAKISTAN TO BETRAY US. THEY WILL DO IT FOR FREE. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I'LL YIELD BACK.

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                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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                                            YODER: FOR OUR NATION TO REMAIN THE BEACON IN INNOVATION AND CREATION IT…

                                            YODER: FOR OUR NATION TO REMAIN THE BEACON IN INNOVATION AND CREATION IT IS TODAY, WE MUST SUPPORT AND INSPIRE OUR YOUTH TO EXPERIMENT AND EXPLORE THE WORLD AROUND THEM. IN JANUARY OF THIS YEAR, 9,000 HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AND 4,500 MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS PASSIONATE ABOUT SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS BEGAN TO COMPETE.

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                                            MR. YODER

                                            YOUNG PEOPLE FROM MY DISTRICT WORKED HARD AND HAVE FOUND THEMSELVES…

                                            YOUNG PEOPLE FROM MY DISTRICT WORKED HARD AND HAVE FOUND THEMSELVES PARTICIPATING IN NATIONAL FINALS. STARTING TODAY THESE TWO BRIGHT GROUPS OF YOUNG PEOPLE WILL REPRESENT KANSAS IN THE NATIONAL SCIENCE BOWL'S NATIONAL FINALS. MR. SPEAKER, I CALL UPON ALL OF US IN THIS BODY TO JOIN ME IN WISHING BLUE VALLEY WEST AND PLEASANT RIDGE'S TEAM GOOD LUCK IN THE FINALS. I YIELD BACK.

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                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                            THE CLERK

                                            ON REPORTING ON CERTAIN FOREIGN COUNTRIES ON WHO CASE ERA ASSETS RELATED…

                                            ON REPORTING ON CERTAIN FOREIGN COUNTRIES ON WHO CASE ERA ASSETS RELATED ISSUES.

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                                            TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

                                            THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 4, WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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                                          • 12:32:47 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            THE CLERK

                                            GENERAL DEBATE SHALL NOT EXCEED ONE HOUR EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY…

                                            GENERAL DEBATE SHALL NOT EXCEED ONE HOUR EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. SHUSTER, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR.

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            MR. SPEAKER, I NOW ASK --

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                                            MR. SHOES IR

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                                            MR. SHUSTER

                                            THE GENTLEMAN'S REQUEST IS COVERED UNDER GENERAL LEAVE.

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            SHUSTER: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. FOR CALLING UP H.R. 4, THE F.A.A.

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                                            MR. SHUSTER

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. SHUSTER

                                            THE THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON.

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                                            TEMPORE THE

                                            I'M PLEASED TO BE HERE TODAY WITH CHAIRMAN OF THE FULL COMMITTEE, MR.

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                                            MR. DEFAZIO

                                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZE…

                                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA. -- NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            >>

                                            MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            YOUNG: I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN, MR.

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                                            MR. YOUNG

                                            SHUSTER, AND THE RANKING MEMBER, MR. DEFAZIO, FOR BRINGING A BIPARTISAN…

                                            SHUSTER, AND THE RANKING MEMBER, MR. DEFAZIO, FOR BRINGING A BIPARTISAN BILL TO THE FLOOR. THIS IS A PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT'S LONG OVERDUE. I THINK WE'VE HAD HOW MANY EXTENSIONS? FIVE EXTENSIONS. THIS BILL IS NEEDED FOR AIR TRAFFIC.

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                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. YOUNG

                                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                          • 12:49:41 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            >>

                                            AUTHORIZATION ACTIVE 2018. I'M PLEASED THAT CONGRESS SHEER TODAY TO…

                                            AUTHORIZATION ACTIVE 2018. I'M PLEASED THAT CONGRESS SHEER TODAY TO CONSIDER A LONG-TERM BILL TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE F.A.A.

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            >>

                                            THIS MOMENT HAS BEEN A LONG-TIME -- A LONG TIME IN COMING. CONGRESS IS NOT…

                                            THIS MOMENT HAS BEEN A LONG-TIME -- A LONG TIME IN COMING. CONGRESS IS NOT -- HAS NOT ENACTED A LONG-TERM F.A.A. BILL SINCE 2012 AND IT'S CURRENTLY RUNNING ON ITS FIFTH EXTENSION SINCE THAT TIME.

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                                            MR. LARSEN

                                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES…

                                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. SHUSTER

                                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            SHUSTER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. THE…

                                            SHUSTER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON AVIATION BEGAN THE RE-AUTHORIZATION PROCESS OVER THREE YEARS AGO. VERY LONG PROCESS. IN THAT TIME, WE HAVE HELD THE SERIES OF ROUND TABLES AND HEARINGS ON THE STATE OF THE F.A.A.

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                                          • 12:57:09 PM

                                            LOEBSACK MR.

                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            >>

                                            I'D LIKE TO YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEVADA.

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                                            MR. LARSEN

                                            RECOGNIZED. MS.

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            TITUS: I COME TO ADDRESS THE LONG-TERM NEEDS OF THE F.A.A. AND OUR…

                                            TITUS: I COME TO ADDRESS THE LONG-TERM NEEDS OF THE F.A.A. AND OUR AVIATION INDUSTRY. IT INCLUDES A NUMBER OF PRIORITIES I FOUGHT FOR WHICH ARE CRITICAL TO MY STATE OF NEVADA. FIRST, THE LEGISLATION EXTENDS THE AUTHORIZATION OF THE NEVADA U.A.S.

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                                            MS. TITUS

                                            THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK --

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                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. SHUSTER

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. BARLETTA

                                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES.

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            >>

                                            SORRY.

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. SHUSTER

                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON 14 MINUTES.

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO JORMENT CONNECTICUT.

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                                            MR. LARSEN

                                            ESTY: I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT TO H.R. 4, THE F.A.A.…

                                            ESTY: I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT TO H.R. 4, THE F.A.A. RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2018, WHICH WOULD ADDRESS THE UNDERREPRESENTATION OF WOMEN IN AVIATION CAREERS. WOMEN MAKE UP 50% OF THE NATIONAL WORK FORCE, BUT ARE SIGNIFICANTLY UNDERREPRESENTED IN THE AVIATION INDUSTRY, MAKING UP ONLY 2% OF AIRLINE MECHANICS, 18% OF FLIGHT DISPATCHERS, AND 6% OF PILOTS. TO ADDRESS THESE SHORTFALLS, I INTRODUCED THE PROMOTING WOMEN IN THE AVIATION WORK FORCE ACT WITH MY COLLEAGUES CONGRESSWOMEN

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                                          • 01:09:05 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MS. ESTY

                                            THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. SHUSTER

                                            SMITH: MR. CHAIRMAN, I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, THE…

                                            SMITH: MR. CHAIRMAN, I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE, MR. SHUSTER, FOR YIELDING ME TIME. AND MR.

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            CHAIRMAN, I SUPPORT THE F.A.A.

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                                            MR. SMITH

                                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. LARSEN

                                            NORTON: I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FOR YIELDING, AND I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR…

                                            NORTON: I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FOR YIELDING, AND I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR HIS VERY SPECIAL EFFORTS FOR THIS RE-AUTHORIZATION. PERHAPS OUR WHOLE COMMITTEE AND SUBCOMMITTEE DO SOME SELF-CONGRATULATIONS FOR REACHING A BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT FOR A LONG-TERM RE-AUTHORIZATION OF

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MS. NORTON

                                            I YIELD AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

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                                            >>

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MS. NORTON

                                            THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                          • 01:16:11 PM

                                            >>

                                            GRAVES: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, FOR YIELDING THE TIME. AND I PROUDLY RISE…

                                            GRAVES: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, FOR YIELDING THE TIME. AND I PROUDLY RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE F.A.A. RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2018. THERE'S A LOT OF IMPORTANT POLICIES IN THIS BILL THAT I WORKED ON. BUT THE MAIN THING I'M GLAD TO SEE INCLUDED IS THAT WE ACCOMPLISHED THIS BILL AS A LONG-TERM BILL. A FIVE-YEAR AUTHORIZATION. PASSING LONG-TERM BILLS IS SOMETHING THAT THE CHAIRMAN HAS REMAINED COMMITTED TO DURING HIS LEADERSHIP ON THE COMMITTEE. AND I STRONGLY SUPPORT. UNFORTUNATELY WE DON'T SEE ENOUGH OF THAT IN CONGRESS THAT MUCH ANYMORE. ONE OF THE BIG HIGHLIGHTS OF THE BILL IS THE LONG OVERDUE REFORMS TO THE F.A.A.

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                          • 01:16:27 PM

                                            MR. GRAVES

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

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

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                                          • 01:23:13 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            FOR HOW LONG? HOW MUCH TIME?

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                                            MR. SHUSTER

                                            GIBBS: THANK YOU. THIS BILL IS -- DOES A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT THINGS FOR…

                                            GIBBS: THANK YOU. THIS BILL IS -- DOES A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT THINGS FOR OUR AVIATION INDUSTRY, FOR THE SAFETY AND THE TRAVELING PUBLIC.

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. SHUSTER

                                            INCLUDING PROVIDING STABLE FUNDING AND A CLEAR REGULATORY FRAMEWORK.

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. GIBBS

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

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

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            RECOGNIZED. MR.

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                                            MR. DEFAZIO

                                            SHUSTER: IT IS MY GREAT PLEASURE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                            SHUSTER: IT IS MY GREAT PLEASURE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE RAILROAD, PIPELINES AND HAZARDOUS MATERIALS COMMITTEE, 1 1/2 MINUTES.

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. SHUSTER

                                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                          • 01:24:58 PM

                                            MR. DENHAM

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

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

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                                          • 01:26:35 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            SHUSTER: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I BELIEVE WE JUST HAVE ONE MORE SPEAKER…

                                            SHUSTER: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I BELIEVE WE JUST HAVE ONE MORE SPEAKER AND THEN I'M READY TO CLOSE. I WOULD NOW RECOGNIZE MR.

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                                          • 01:26:39 PM

                                            MR. DEFAZIO

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            POSEY FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                            MR. SHUSTER

                                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. POSEY

                                            THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. SHUSTER

                                            THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD BACK.

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                                            MR. POSEY

                                            DEFAZIO: I WOULD YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                          • 01:28:33 PM

                                            MR. DEFAZIO

                                            SHUSTER: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I WOULD ENCOURAGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT…

                                            SHUSTER: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I WOULD ENCOURAGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS POSITIVE RE-AUTHORIZATION OF THE F.A.A. AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          • 01:28:34 PM

                                            MR. SHUSTER

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                                            MR. DEFAZIO

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                          • 01:28:41 PM

                                            MR. SHUSTER

                                            PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE…

                                            PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE. NO AMENDMENT TO THE BILL SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT THOSE PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-650. AND AMENDMENTS EN BLOC DESCRIBED IN HOUSE RESOLUTION 839. EACH SUCH AMENDMENT PRINTED IN PART A OF THE REPORT MAY BE OFFERED ONLY IN THE ORDER PRINTED IN THE REPORT, BY A MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, SHALL BE CONSIDERED READ, AND SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT.

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                                            THE CHAIR

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

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                                            MR. SHUSTER

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                                            THE CLERK

                                            SHUSTER OF PENNSYLVANIA.

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                                            THE CLERK

                                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                          • 01:30:05 PM

                                            MR. SHUSTE

                                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. DEFAZIO

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                          • 01:34:11 PM

                                            MR. DEFAZIO

                                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

                                          • 01:36:20 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                          • 01:36:25 PM

                                            MR. SHUSTER

                                            GRAVES: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR PUTTING…

                                            GRAVES: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR PUTTING TOGETHER, AGAIN, A LONG-TERM BILL. MR. CHAIRMAN, ONE OF THE PRIORITIES WHICH IS INCLUDED IN THE MANAGER'S AMENDMENT IS A PROGRAM TO INVEST IN OUR SMALL AIRPORTS. AS PART OF THE INCREASED INVESTMENT THAT WAS PROVIDED IN FISCAL YEAR 2018 OMNIBUS, WE PROVIDED AN ADDITIONAL $1 BILLION TO THE F.A.A.

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                                          • 01:36:36 PM

                                            MR. GRAVES

                                            IN DISCRETIONARY GRANTS TO SMALL AIRPORTS. NOW, AIRPORTS ACROSS THE…

                                            IN DISCRETIONARY GRANTS TO SMALL AIRPORTS. NOW, AIRPORTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE GOING TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO COMPETE FOR ADDITIONAL DOLLARS TO CARRY OUT THE LARGER PROJECTS. WE ALSO HAVE SOME VERY IMPORTANT ACCOUNTABILITY MEASURES. AS SUCH, WE'RE ASKING THE F.A.A. -- WE'RE ASKING TO REVIEW ALL THE F.A.A. REVIEWS TO DATE ON NEXTGEN. THIS IS ENSURE ACCOUNTABILITY TO MAKE SURE OUR TAX DOLLARS ARE BEING SPENT TO EXECUTE THE GOALS OF NEXT GEN. WITH THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN. I ASK ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE MANAGER'S AMENDMENT AND THE UNDERLYING BILL. THIS IS A GOOD BILL. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          • 01:37:33 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            DEFAZIO: AT THIS POINT, I WOULD YIELD TO A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE, THE…

                                            DEFAZIO: AT THIS POINT, I WOULD YIELD TO A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE, THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA, MS. FRANKEL, ONE MINUTE.

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                                          • 01:37:41 PM

                                            MR. DEFAZIO

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                          • 01:37:52 PM

                                            MS. FRANKEL

                                            I YIELD THE GENTLELADY AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

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                                            MR. DEFAZIO

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                                            MS. FRANKEL

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            TO STUDY THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS, WHICH I THINK IS A…

                                            TO STUDY THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS, WHICH I THINK IS A GOOD THING, AND ANALYZE THE POSSIBILITY OF SOME OTHER OPTIONS. AGAIN, I DO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                          • 01:39:18 PM

                                            MS. FRANKEL

                                            SHUSTER: I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. MR.

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            DEFAZIO: I YIELD BACK. MR.

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                                            MR. SHUSTER

                                            I YIELD BACK.

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                                            MR. DEFAZIO

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                                            MR. SHUSTER

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR WILL RECEIVE A MESSAGE. THE…

                                            THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR WILL RECEIVE A MESSAGE. THE MESSAGER: MR. SPEAKER, A MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE. THE SECRETARY:

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                                          • 01:40:29 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          • 01:40:32 PM

                                            THE MESSAGER

                                            2758, AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 36 UNITED STATES CODE TO PROVIDE FOR THE…

                                            2758, AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 36 UNITED STATES CODE TO PROVIDE FOR THE DISPLAY OF THE NATIONAL LEAGUE OF FAMILIES P.O.W.

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                                          • 01:40:35 PM

                                            THE SECRETARY

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                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          • 01:40:37 PM

                                            THE SECRETARY

                                            THE COMMITTEE WILL RESUME ITS SITTING.

                                          • 01:40:59 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK…

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

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                                          • 01:41:06 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT THE AMENDMENTS EN BLOC.

                                          • 01:41:15 PM

                                            MR. SHUSTER

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                          • 01:41:24 PM

                                            THE CLERK

                                            30, PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115- 650 OFFERED BY MR. SHUSTER OF…

                                            30, PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115- 650 OFFERED BY MR. SHUSTER OF PENNSYLVANIA.

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                                          • 01:41:54 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            I ASK AMENDMENT NUMBER 20 BE MODIFIED IN THE FORM AT THE DESK.

                                          • 01:42:08 PM

                                            MR. SHUSTER

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                                            THE CLERK

                                            I ASK THE READING OF THE MODIFICATION BE DISPENSED WITH.

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                                            MR. SHUSTER

                                            IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE ORIGINAL REQUEST? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE…

                                            IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE ORIGINAL REQUEST? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MODIFICATION IS APPROVED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          • 01:42:27 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. SHUSTER

                                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            THIS GROUPING INCLUDES MANY DEMOCRATIC AND REPUBLICAN AMENDMENTS AND EACH,…

                                            THIS GROUPING INCLUDES MANY DEMOCRATIC AND REPUBLICAN AMENDMENTS AND EACH, AS THE CHAIRMAN HAS SAID, HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY FOR CONSIDERATION EN BLOC. AMONG THE AMENDMENTS IN THIS PACKAGE IS MY COMPREHENSIVE SOLUTION TO THE EVER-GROWING LIST OF SAFETY AND SECURITY CONCERNS THAT HAVE RESULTED FROM AN UNWISE PROVISION OF LAW ADOPTED IN 2012. THAT LAW PROHIBITS THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION FROM PROMULGATING ANY RULE OR REGULATION RELATING TO DRONES FLOWN FOR A HOBBY OR RECREATIONAL PURPOSE. LET ME REPEAT. ANY RULE OR REGULATION RELATING TO DRONES FLOWN FOR HOBBY OR RECREATIONAL PURPOSES. THIS WAS PUT IN AT THE BEHEST OF MODEL AIRCRAFT FOLKS WHO HAVE A LONG AND VERY RESPONSIBLE HISTORY, KNOW THE RULES OF THE ROAD AND THE AIR, BUT NOW THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS, MILLIONS OF OTHER PEOPLE NOW, YOU KNOW, OPERATING RELATIVELY INEXPENSIVE DRONES.

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                                            MR. DEFAZIO

                                            THINGS HAVE CHANGED PRETTY DRAMATICALLY IN THAT TIME PERIOD. AND WE SORELY…

                                            THINGS HAVE CHANGED PRETTY DRAMATICALLY IN THAT TIME PERIOD. AND WE SORELY NEED SOME REASONABLE REGULATIONS. THERE ARE VERY STRONG NATIONAL SECURITY CONCERNS EXPRESSED BY HOMELAND AND SECRET SERVICE AND OTHERS. THEY ARE SAYING THAT, YOU KNOW, BASICALLY THEY'RE GOING TO HOLD BACK ANY RULES, ANYTHING REGARDING DRONES UNTIL THEY CAN BE SURE THAT THE OPERATORS AND THE DRONE CAN BE IDENTIFIED, WHICH THE COMMERCIAL PEOPLE CAN EASILY DO. IT WOULD BE AN EXPENSE FOR THE RECREATIONAL MANUFACTURER, SO THERE IS A COMPETING AMENDMENT THAT LEAVES -- THAT IS MORE CONCILIATORY TOWARDS THE CHINESE DRONE MANUFACTURERS WHICH IS A CONCERN I DON'T HAVE. SOONER OR LATER, ONE OF THESE LITTLE TOY DRONES WILL TAKE DOWN AN AIRCRAFT AND PEOPLE ARE GOING TO DIE, PLAIN AND SIMPLE. THEY ALREADY CONDUCTED TESTS AND THEY FOUND A SMALL QUAD COPTER CAN CAUSE A FATAL -- A FATAL DAMAGE TO AIRCRAFT CONTROLS, AND THEY HAVEN'T EVEN DONE THE INJECTION TEST YET INTO A JET ENGINE, A TURBINE ENGINE, WHICH YOU WILL SEE CONTAINED FAILURES WHICH WE SAW LAST WEEK, SO IT'S CRITICAL WE GET A HANDLE ON THIS AND THE PROLIFERATION OF THESE WITH PEOPLE WITH LITTLE OR NO EXPERIENCE OR KNOWLEDGE OF AVIATION RULES. . COUNTLESS STAKEHOLDERS ARE SUPPORTING MY VERSION, WHICH WOULD BE THE COMMERCIAL DRONE INDUSTRY. U.S. AIRLINES AND PILOTS. AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS. AIRCRAFT MANUFACTURERS. STATE AND LOCAL ENTITIES. THEY'VE ALL BEEN ASKING FOR MODIFICATION OR REPEAL OF THE THAT -- OF THAT PROVISION, PROHIBITING THE F.A.A. FROM REGULATING RECREATIONAL DRONE USERS. UNTIL THIS IS DONE, OUR SKIES WILL BE LESS SAFE AND THE TRUE POTENTIAL OF THE COMMERCIAL DRONE INDUSTRY WILL NEVER BE UNLOCKED BECAUSE OF THE SECURITY CONCERNS THAT I ALREADY MENTIONED. MY AMENDMENT AMONG OTHER THINGS GRANTS THE F.A.A. THE AUTHORITY TO IMPOSE STANDARDS ON RECREATIONAL USERS AS NEEDED, ENSURE THE SAFETY OF OUR AIR SPACE SYSTEM GOING FORWARD, INCLUDING REQUIREMENTS REMOTELY IDENTIFYING AND TRACKING DRONE OPERATORS. THAT FIRST STEP IS CRITICAL TO PROTECTING SENSITIVE FACILITIES, AS ETS AND ADDRESSING THE CONCERNS -- ASSETS, AND ADDRESSING THE CONCERNS OF HOMELAND AND SECRET SERVICE AND OTHERS. SO I URGE SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT EN BLOC AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          • 01:46:43 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            SHUSTER: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I NOW RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                            SHUSTER: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I NOW RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS,

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                                          • 01:46:51 PM

                                            MR. SHUSTER

                                            IT'S FINALLY A LONG-TERM RE-AUTHORIZATION OF THE

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                                            MR. DAVIS

                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS…

                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                            MR. DEFAZIO

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. LIPINSKI

                                            I'M SORRY, THE GENTLEMAN --

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                                            MR. SHUSTER

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            SHUSTER: WE'RE COMMITTED TO WORK WITH THE GENTLEMAN AS WE MOVE FORWARD.

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                                            MR. LIPINSKI

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                                            MR. SHUSTER

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. SHUSTER

                                            LOUIS LOUIS I THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, --

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                                            MR. LEWIS

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

                                            THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM RESERVES, FROM PENNSYLVANIA. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                            TH CHAIR

                                            MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA HAS 6 1/2 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN…

                                            MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA HAS 6 1/2 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED. MR.

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                                          • 01:52:18 PM

                                            MR. DEFAZIO

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            DEFAZIO: I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM WASHINGTON STATE.

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                                            MR. DEFAZIO

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                                            MS. JAYAPAL

                                            THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN…

                                            THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. SHUSTER

                                            RECOGNIZED. MR.

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            ESTES: THANK YOU. AS A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE FOURTH DISTRICT OF KANSAS,…

                                            ESTES: THANK YOU. AS A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE FOURTH DISTRICT OF KANSAS, WHICH INCLUDES WICHITA, ALSO KNOWN AS THE AIR CAPITAL OF THE WORLD, I HAVE A DEEP APPRECIATION FOR THE IMPORTANCE OF THE AVIATION INDUSTRY IN OUR REGION AND COUNTRY. FOR MORE THAN 100 YEARS, OUR COMMUNITY HAS PIONEERED AVIATION AND MANUFACTURING. TODAY THE GREATER WICHITA AREA IS HOME TO MANY OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST AVIATION MANUFACTURERS AND PRODUCES NEARLY 50% OF ALL GENERAL AVIATION PLANES BUILT. WITHOUT QUESTION, AVIATION IS A GREAT SOURCE OF PRIDE FOR ALL KANSANS AND I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN SHUSTER AND THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE FOR THEIR EFFORTS TO SUPPORT THE INDUSTRY AND MODERNIZE THE F.A.A. AS PART OF THE F.A.A.

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                                          • 01:53:50 PM

                                            MR. ESTES

                                            I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

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                                            MR. SHUSTER

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            ESTES: I BELIEVE THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR PRODUCING OUR NATION'S AIRCRAFT CAN…

                                            ESTES: I BELIEVE THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR PRODUCING OUR NATION'S AIRCRAFT CAN PLAY A VALUABLE ROLE IN UPDATING SAFETY STANDARDS AND SHOULD HAVE A VOICE. I WANT TO THANK OUR COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR ATTENTION TO THE INDUSTRY AND CONSIDERATION OF THIS AMENDMENT AND TO SUPPORT THE F.A.A.

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                                          • 01:55:04 PM

                                            MR. ESTES

                                            RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT. I YIELD BACK.

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            I'D YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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                                            MR. DEFAZIO

                                            RECOGNIZED.

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            KRISHNAMOORTHI: MY AMENDMENT WOULD REQUIRE THE F.A.A. TO STUDY THE…

                                            KRISHNAMOORTHI: MY AMENDMENT WOULD REQUIRE THE F.A.A. TO STUDY THE ECONOMIC HARM CAUSED BY EXCESSIVE AIRCRAFT NOISE ON COMMUNITIES AND BUSINESSES NEAR MAJOR AIRPORTS. COMPANIES ADJACENT TO AIRPORTS SUCH AS O'HARE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IN MY DISTRICT SEE THAT FLIGHT PATHS HAVE TO CONTEND WITH THE ECONOMIC ACTIVITY IN THAT REGION.

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                                            MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI

                                            AND NOISE DISRUPTS THEIR CUSTOMERS AND INTERFERES WITH BUSINESS, IN…

                                            AND NOISE DISRUPTS THEIR CUSTOMERS AND INTERFERES WITH BUSINESS, IN ADDITION TO THE PHYSIOLOGICAL EFFECTS THAT CONSTANT NOISE HAS ON EMPLOYEES. UNDER MY AMENDMENT, THE F.A.A. WILL STUDY WHAT HAPPENS TO BUSINESSES WHEN THEY ARE SUBJECT TO EXCESSIVE NOISE THROUGHOUT THE WORK DAY. THIS WILL INCLUDE BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO EMPLOYEE PRODUCTIVITY AND RETENTION, WORKPLACE MORALE AND SATISFACTION, AND OTHER DATA TO HELP POLICYMAKERS GRASP THE FULL EFFECT OF AIRPORT NOISE ON NEIGHBORHOODS. THIS IS A BIPARTISAN, COMMONSENSE AMENDMENT AND, AGAIN, I THANK THE COMMITTEE FOR INCLUDING IT IN THE EN BLOC. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          • 01:56:49 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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                                            MR. SHUSTER

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                                            MR. SHUSTER

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. DEFAZIO

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            IT RAISES QUESTIONS ABOUT THE F.A.A. 'S COMPLIANCE PHILOSOPHY,…

                                            IT RAISES QUESTIONS ABOUT THE F.A.A. 'S COMPLIANCE PHILOSOPHY, QUOTE-UNQUOTE, FOCUSED ON FEWER ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS, MORE WORKING QUIETLY WITH THE AIRLINES BEHIND THE SCENES ON SAFETY ISSUES.

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                                            MR. CRIST

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

                                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RESERVES.

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                                          • 01:57:55 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                            MR. SHUSTER

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. DEFAZIO

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            THIS WOULD HELP ENSURE THAT FAIRCHILD AND OTHER AIRPORTS LIKE IT ARE ABLE…

                                            THIS WOULD HELP ENSURE THAT FAIRCHILD AND OTHER AIRPORTS LIKE IT ARE ABLE TO SECURE THE FUNDING NECESSARY TO MAINTAIN THEIR RUNWAY AND OTHER CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE SO THAT THE RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE WHEN DISASTER STRIKES. THIS MATTERS TO FOLKS IN MY NECK OF THE WOODS WHO LIVE IN THE SHADOW OF THE ZONE. WHEN THE BIG ONE HITS, THE FAIRCHILD AIRPORT WILL BE ESSENTIAL TO DEPLOYING EMERGENCY SUPPLIES, AS WELL AS FOR EVACUATING PEOPLE TO SAFETY. I'D LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN SHUSTER AND RANKING MEMBER DEFAZIO FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES VOLUNTARY TO VOTE YES ON IT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                          • 01:58:49 PM

                                            MR. KILMER

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I ENCOURAGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE…

                                            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I ENCOURAGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE EN BLOC PACKAGE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          • 01:59:26 PM

                                            MR. SHUSTER

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. DEFAZIO

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. SHUSTER

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                                            THE CHAIR

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

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                                            MR. ROSKAM

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            THE CLERK

                                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS. .

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. ROSKAM

                                            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON RISE?

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. DEFAZIO

                                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            ACTUALLY I RECENTLY HAD A CONVERSATION WITH THE ACTING F.A.A.

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                                            MR. DEFAZIO

                                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. ROSKAM

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO OFFER IN SUPPORT.

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                                            MR. DENHAM

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            THE CLERK

                                            DENHAM, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES.

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                            MR. DENHAM

                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. COSTA

                                            THE GENTLEMAN, YOUR TIME HAS EXPIRED. TIME HAS EXPIRED. DOES ANY MEMBER…

                                            THE GENTLEMAN, YOUR TIME HAS EXPIRED. TIME HAS EXPIRED. DOES ANY MEMBER RISE IN OPPOSITION?

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                                          • 02:10:41 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. DEFAZIO

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. DEFAZIO

                                            HAS NOT YET ACTED TO ESTABLISH THOSE RULES. SO I'VE CONCERNS ABOUT PUTTING…

                                            HAS NOT YET ACTED TO ESTABLISH THOSE RULES. SO I'VE CONCERNS ABOUT PUTTING SCRIPTURES ON THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION BEFORE THEY HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO, YOU KNOW, IMPLEMENT THE RULE, WHICH HOPEFULLY WILL BE SOON FORTHCOMING. I ASSUME IT'S NOT ONE OF THESE RULES THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS HELD UP FROM BEING ISSUED SINCE IT WOULD BE SOMETHING THAT IS BENEFICIAL IF PROPERLY DONE. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          • 02:11:57 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            MR. CHAIRMAN, PURSUANT TO H.R. 839, I OFFER AMENDMENTS EN BLOC.

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                                            MR. SHUSTER

                                            EN BLOC NUMBER TWO CONSISTING OF AMENDMENTS NUMBER 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36,…

                                            EN BLOC NUMBER TWO CONSISTING OF AMENDMENTS NUMBER 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 43, 45, 48, 50, 51, 52, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 61, 62, 64, AND 65 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-650 OFFERED BY MR. SHUSTER OF PENNSYLVANIA.

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                                          • 02:12:28 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            THE CLERK

                                            SHUSTER, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. DEFAZIO, WILL EACH CONTROL 10…

                                            SHUSTER, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. DEFAZIO, WILL EACH CONTROL 10 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA. MR.

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                                          • 02:13:01 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            SHUSTER: MR. CHAIRMAN, I SUPPORT CONSIDERING THESE AMENDMENTS EN BLOC, ALL…

                                            SHUSTER: MR. CHAIRMAN, I SUPPORT CONSIDERING THESE AMENDMENTS EN BLOC, ALL OF WHICH HAVE BEEN APPROVED BY BOTH THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY. THESE MEMBERS PUT FORWARD THOUGHTFUL AMENDMENTS, AND I'M PLEASED TO BE ABLE TO SUPPORT MOVING THEM EN BLOC.

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                                          • 02:13:14 PM

                                            MR. SHUSTER

                                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES.

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. DEFAZIO

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MRS. DAVIS

                                            IN SAN DIEGO, HELICOPTERS AND AIR TANKERS HAD TO BE GROUNDED DURING…

                                            IN SAN DIEGO, HELICOPTERS AND AIR TANKERS HAD TO BE GROUNDED DURING FIREFIGHTS AFTER RECREATIONAL DRONES WERE SPOTTED IN THE AREA. THESE DRONES CAN POSE A RISK TO THE AIRCRAFT AND THE EMERGENCY PERSONNEL FLYING OVERHEAD. THAT'S WHY MY AMENDMENT WOULD PROTECT EMERGENCY RESPONSE EFFORTS FROM INTERRUPTIONS BY DRONES AND DIRECT THE F.A.A. TO WORK WITH LOCAL AGENCIES TO INFORM THE PUBLIC ABOUT THIS ISSUE. I WANT TO THANK, AGAIN, THE COMMITTEE FOR YOUR TIRELESS WORK ON THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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                                          • 02:14:21 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                            ER THE

                                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                            MR. SHUSTER

                                            SPEAKER, THE NORTHERN PLAINS UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEM TESTING SITE IN…

                                            SPEAKER, THE NORTHERN PLAINS UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEM TESTING SITE IN GRAND FORKS, SOUTH DAKOTA, IS DOING EXTENSIVE WORK WITH PRIVATE INDUSTRY STAKEHOLDERS ADVANCING THIS VERY IMPORTANT EMERGING INDUSTRY.

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. CRAMER

                                            HOWEVER, THE GROWTH OF THE U.A.S. INDUSTRY IS RELYANT ON RECEIVING…

                                            HOWEVER, THE GROWTH OF THE U.A.S. INDUSTRY IS RELYANT ON RECEIVING DEDICATED SPECTRUM ALLOCATION TO ENSURE THE CONNECTION FOR BEYOND VISUAL LINE OF SIGHT OPERATIONS. MY AMENDMENT SIMPLY DIRECTS THE F.A.A. , THE NTIA AND THE F.C.C. TO SUBMIT TO CONGRESS A REPORT ON WHETHER U.A.S. OPERATIONS OF ALL SIZES, AT ALL ALTITUDES, SHOULD BE PERMITTED TO OPERATE ON SPECTRUM THAT'S DESIGNATED FOR AVIATION USE. IT MAY ALSO INCLUDE RECOMMENDATIONS OF OTHER LICENSED SPECTRUM FREQUENCIES, SUCH AS L.T.E., THAT MAY BE APPROPRIATE FOR FLYING U.A.S. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR MY AMENDMENT TO ADVANCE THE U.A.S. INDUSTRY AND I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH STAKEHOLDERS AND MEMBERS OF THE SENATE TO TAKE IT ACROSS THE FINISH LINE AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          • 02:15:39 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            TEA FAZIO: I YIELD TO MR. CIES LYNNY.

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                                            MR. TEA FAZIO

                                            THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS BILL AS…

                                            THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS BILL AS WELL AS THE INCLUSION OF A SECTION TO PROVIDE AIRLINES WITH A ONE-PAGE DESCRIPTION OF THEIR RIGHTS AS PASSENGERS. MY AMENDMENT WILL AMEND THIS SECTION TO ENSURE PASSENGERS ARE NOTIFIED WHAT COMPENSATION AIRLINES PROVIDE,

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                                          • 02:15:50 PM

                                            MR. CICILLINE

                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON RESERVES. GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS…

                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON RESERVES. GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          • 02:16:26 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. SHUSTER

                                            SANFORD: I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU FOR TAKING OUR…

                                            SANFORD: I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU FOR TAKING OUR AMENDMENT AND INCLUDING IT EN BLOC AMENDMENT. IT'S A G.A.O. STUDY OF REVENUE DIVERSION BY AIRPORTS.

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                                          • 02:16:36 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            I THINK IT'S FOR THREE DIFFERENT REASONS.

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                                            MR. SANFORD

                                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RESERVES. THE…

                                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          • 02:17:43 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. DEFAZIO

                                            MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE EN BLOC PACKAGE WHICH INCLUDES MY…

                                            MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE EN BLOC PACKAGE WHICH INCLUDES MY AMENDMENT TO THE F.A.A.

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                                          • 02:17:50 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. LANGEVIN

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

                                            THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            BANKS: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR.

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                                            MR. SHUSTER

                                            SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK YOU AND MY -- MR. CHAIRMAN AND MY COLLEAGUES FOR…

                                            SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK YOU AND MY -- MR. CHAIRMAN AND MY COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS UNDERLYING LEGISLATION.

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                                          • 02:19:17 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. BANKS

                                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RESERVES. THE…

                                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. DEFAZIO

                                            MR. O'HALLERAN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO TAKE A MOMENT THANK…

                                            MR. O'HALLERAN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO TAKE A MOMENT THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF MY COMMONSENSE, BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT THAT STRENGTHENS OUR COMMITMENT TO RURAL AMERICA. THE ESENTION SERVICE IS A CRITICAL LINK FOR RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES IN SMALL AND RURAL COMMUNITIES BY LINKING SERVICE TO HUB AIRPORTS IN 36 STATES.

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. O'HALLERAN

                                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN…

                                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. SHUSTER

                                            DEFAZIO: I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. DEFAZIO

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. PANETTA

                                            4. MY AMENDMENT WILL ENSURE THAT THE PAY-PER-VIEW STUDIES ALTERNATIVE WAYS…

                                            4. MY AMENDMENT WILL ENSURE THAT THE PAY-PER-VIEW STUDIES ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO MEASURE SOUND OVER A PERIOD OF TIME SUCH AS ACTUAL NOISE SAMPLING TO PROPERLY CAPTURE THE EXPERIENCE OF THOSE ON THE GROUND. I OFFER THIS AMENDMENT FOR MY CONSTITUENTS. PEOPLE WHO LIVED IN COMMUNITIES THAT WERE ONCE QUIET UNTIL THE F.A.A. AND NEXTGEN CHANGED THE ROUTES OVER THEIR HOUSES. BACK IN 2015. THEIR HEALTH, SLEEP, THEIR PETS, WELL-BEING WERE ALL AFFECTED BY THE SOUND OF JET ENGINES, AIR BRAKES, AND LANDING GEAR. I APPRECIATE THE WORK F.A.A. HAS DONE TO GET US CLOSETORY QUIETER SKIES IN MY COMMUNITY AS WELL AS A SELECT COMMITTEE ON THESE ISSUES AND THEIR WORK WITH THE PAY-PER-VIEW. LIKE MANY MEMBERS WHO HAVE DISTRICTS WHO HAVE FACED THESE TYPES OF AIRPLANE-U AIRPLANE NOISE CONCERN, BELIEVE THAT THE EXISTING DAY-NIGHT LEVEL 65 DECIBEL STANDARD IS OUT OF DATE, OUT OF TOUCH, AND INADEQUATE TO MEASURE THE AMOUNT OF SOUND POLLUTION IMPACTING OUR COMMUNITIES. MY AMENDMENT WOULD ENSURE NOT JUST ALTERNATIVE WAYS BUT PROPER WAYS TO STUDY NOISE SAMPLING. I APPRECIATE THE COMMITTEE FOR INCLUDING THIS AMENDMENT EN BLOC. THANK YOU.

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                                          • 02:23:53 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            SHUSTER: MR. CHAIRMAN, I'D LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                            SHUSTER: MR. CHAIRMAN, I'D LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. BIGS.

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                                          • 02:23:58 PM

                                            MR. SHUSTER

                                            BIGGS: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MY AMENDMENT IS…

                                            BIGGS: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MY AMENDMENT IS STRAIGHTFORWARD AND SIMPLY REQUIRES THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO PROVIDE A COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS TO CONGRESS BEFORE MOVING FORWARD WITH CHANGES TO WHAT'S COMMONLY REFERRED TO AS MISHANDLED BAGGAGE REPORTING RULE F D.O.T.

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                                          • 02:24:08 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. BIGGS

                                            WANTS TO ALTER A SENSIBLE REPORTING REQUIREMENT THAT'S BEEN IN PLACE FOR…

                                            WANTS TO ALTER A SENSIBLE REPORTING REQUIREMENT THAT'S BEEN IN PLACE FOR DECADES T. SHOULD AT THE VERY LEAST BE ASKED TO JUSTIFY WITH A COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS. WITH THAT I THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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                                          • 02:24:38 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. DEFAZIO

                                            I WOULD YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

                                          • 02:24:53 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE EN BLOC…

                                            THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE EN BLOC PACKAGE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          • 02:25:02 PM

                                            MR. SHUSTER

                                            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, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE EN BLOC AMENDMENTS ARE AGREED

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                                          • 02:25:06 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                          • 02:25:09 PM

                                            MR. SHUSTER

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

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                          • 02:25:36 PM

                                            THE CLERK

                                            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 839, THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR.…

                                            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 839, THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. HIGGINS, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA.

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                                          • 02:25:49 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                          • 02:25:56 PM

                                            MR. HIGGINS

                                            MEDIUM-HUB OR NONHUB AIRPORTS. THIS PILOT PROGRAM WOULD ADDITIONALLY…

                                            MEDIUM-HUB OR NONHUB AIRPORTS. THIS PILOT PROGRAM WOULD ADDITIONALLY REQUIRE THAT PARTICIPATE IN AIRPORTS CERTIFY EACH YEAR THAT THEY WISH TO REMAIN IN THE PROGRAM. THE WHOLE PURPOSE OF MY AMENDMENT IS TO ALLOW RURAL AIRPORTS THAT ARE LOCATED OUTSIDE OF MORE HEAVILY POPULATED AREAS TO HAVE THE ABILITY TO CONDUCT COMMERCIAL AND NONCOMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES THAT CURRENTLY ARE NOT ALLOWED. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A PRO-BUSINESS AND COMMONSENSE AMENDMENT AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO SUPPORT IT. AND THE PASSAGE OF CHAIRMAN SHUSTER'S UNDERLYING BILL. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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                                          • 02:26:53 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                            MR. DEFAZIO

                                            THEY WERE PHASED OUT OF REVENUE SERVICE ABOUT 15 YEARS

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. DEFAZIO

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                                            HEARD DEFAZIO

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

                                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO RECLAIM HIS TIME?

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                                          • 02:27:48 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            FOUR MINUTES. MR.

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                                            MR HIGGINS

                                            HIGGINS: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS.

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            SHUSTER: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I BELIEVE THIS AMENDMENT THAT NEGOTIATES…

                                            SHUSTER: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I BELIEVE THIS AMENDMENT THAT NEGOTIATES A PILOT PROGRAM ALLOWS SMALL NUMBERS OF THESE AIRCRAFT TO LAND IN THE UNITED STATES FOR MAINTENANCE SERVICES. I UNDERSTAND WHAT THE GENTLEMAN IS TRYING TO DO. NO COMMUNITY WOULD HAVE THESE OLDER AIRCRAFT LAND AT THEIR AIRPORTS UNLESS THEY CERTIFY ANNUALLY AND WILLING TO ACCEPT THEM. AGAIN I THINK THE GENTLEMAN IS TRYING TO CREATE JOBS IN HIS DISTRICT, RURAL AREA THAT THE NOISE WILL NOT AFFECT IT.

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                                          • 02:28:00 PM

                                            MR. HIGGINS

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                          • 02:28:04 PM

                                            MR. SHUSTER

                                            PUT HARDWORKING LOUISIANIANS TO WORK FIXING THESE CLAIMS THAT STILL…

                                            PUT HARDWORKING LOUISIANIANS TO WORK FIXING THESE CLAIMS THAT STILL OPERATE AROUND THE CARIBBEAN. I SUPPORT THE GENTLEMAN ON THIS. AND URGE COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT. YIELD BACK.

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                                          • 02:28:43 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA IS RECOGNIZED.

                                          • 02:28:56 PM

                                            MR. HIGGINS

                                            THE FURTHER USE OF RURAL AIRPORTS WITHOUT INTERFERING WITH NEIGHBORHOODS.…

                                            THE FURTHER USE OF RURAL AIRPORTS WITHOUT INTERFERING WITH NEIGHBORHOODS. IT HAS BROAD SUPPORT. MY FRIEND ACROSS THE COMMUNITIES THAT I REPRESENT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUE TO RECONSIDER AND SUPPORT MY AMENDMENT. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                          • 02:29:26 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK. NUMBER 42.

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                                            MR. DEFAZIO

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            DEFAZIO OF OREGON. .

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                                            THE CLERK

                                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON.

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                          • 02:30:33 PM

                                            MR. DEFAZIO

                                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES.

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            SHUSTER: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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                                            MR. SHUSTER

                                            I OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. IT WOULD REPEAL EXISTING LAW THAT'S BEEN IN PLACE…

                                            I OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. IT WOULD REPEAL EXISTING LAW THAT'S BEEN IN PLACE SINCE 2012.

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                                          • 02:35:26 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            THE LAW GENERALLY PROVENTS D.O.T.

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                                            MR. SHUSTER

                                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED.

                                          • 02:37:43 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            TO REGULATE LITHIUM BATTERIES.

                                          • 02:37:46 PM

                                            MR. DEFAZIO

                                            THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

                                          • 02:38:44 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                          • 02:38:46 PM

                                            MR. DEFAZIO

                                            WOULD, AGAIN, HAVING A SYSTEM THAT'S HARMONIZED THROUGHOUT THE WORLD IS…

                                            WOULD, AGAIN, HAVING A SYSTEM THAT'S HARMONIZED THROUGHOUT THE WORLD IS CRITICAL.

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                                          • 02:38:47 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. SHUSTER

                                            I.K.O. HAS ALREADY SAID IN THEIR STANDARD THEY RECOMMEND WE DON'T CARRY…

                                            I.K.O. HAS ALREADY SAID IN THEIR STANDARD THEY RECOMMEND WE DON'T CARRY THEM ON PASSENGER AIRCRAFT. SO OUR INDUSTRY IN AMERICA HAS DONE THAT. FURTHER, THE COMPANIES THAT SHIP CARGO, U.P.S., FEDEX, ARE WORKING AND I'VE SEEN SOME OF THEIR -- WHAT THEY'VE DONE TO MAKE SURE THAT THE CREWS OF CARGO PLANES ARE PROTECTED. AGAIN, PRIVATE INDUSTRY UNDERSTANDS THIS, AND THEY ARE MOVING FORWARD TO DEVELOP THESE SYSTEMS THAT CONTAIN IT OR SUPPRESSION SYSTEMS SO, AGAIN, I BELIEVE THAT THE BEST WAY FORWARD IS TO, AGAIN, HARMONIZE WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD AND CONTINUE TO SHIP BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF THESE BATTERIES SAFELY EVERY YEAR. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO NOT SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          • 02:39:50 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            I WOULD ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

                                          • 02:40:02 PM

                                            MR. DEFAZIO

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                          • 02:40:07 PM

                                            MR. DEFAZIO

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            TO AFFIRM WHAT THE SPEAKER ALREADY KNOWS, THAT I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE…

                                            TO AFFIRM WHAT THE SPEAKER ALREADY KNOWS, THAT I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                          • 02:40:47 PM

                                            MR. COHEN

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            COHEN OF TENNESSEE.

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                                            THE CLERK

                                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE. MR.

                                          • 02:41:02 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            COHEN: I WOULD SKECK THAT THE AMENDMENT BE MOD -- ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT…

                                            COHEN: I WOULD SKECK THAT THE AMENDMENT BE MOD -- ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE AMENDMENT BE MODIFIED.

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                                          • 02:41:11 PM

                                            MR. COHEN

                                            THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE MODIFICATION.

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            THE CLERK

                                          • 02:41:27 PM

                                            MR. COHEN

                                            MODIFICATION? HEARING NONE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS --

                                          • 02:41:33 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                          • 02:41:47 PM

                                            MR. COHEN

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

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

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                                          • 02:43:23 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            MR.

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                                            MR. SHUSTER

                                          • 02:43:33 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                          • 02:43:36 PM

                                            MR. SHUSTER

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

                                          • 02:43:54 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                          • 02:43:57 PM

                                            MR. COHEN

                                            SHUSTER AS THE CHAIR. HE'S DONE AN OUTSTANDING JOB AND DONE HIS FATHER'S…

                                            SHUSTER AS THE CHAIR. HE'S DONE AN OUTSTANDING JOB AND DONE HIS FATHER'S MEMORY AS GREAT CHAIRMAN EVEN GREATER HONOR. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          • 02:44:18 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK, I RISE TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT…

                                            MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK, I RISE TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT.

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                                          • 02:44:57 PM

                                            MR. BURGESS

                                            BURGESS OF TEXAS. .

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            THE CLERK

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                          • 02:45:24 PM

                                            MR. BURGESS

                                            UNLESS THAT EQUIPMENT IS AUTHORIZED BY THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE FEDERAL…

                                            UNLESS THAT EQUIPMENT IS AUTHORIZED BY THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION. I HAVE INTRODUCED THIS IMPORTANT LANGUAGE AS THE NO-ARMED DRONES ACT SINCE THE 112TH CONGRESS. IN 2015 AN 18-YEAR-OLD IN CONNECTICUT BUILT A MULTIROTORED DRONE MOUNTED WITH A 45-BALANCE GER SEMIAUTOMATIC HANDGUN CAPABLE OF FIRING LIVE AMMUNITION WHILE FLYING. THIS INDIVIDUAL DEMONSTRATED DRONE MOUNTED WITH A 45-BALANCE HOW EASY IT WAS FOR A PRIVATE CITIZEN TO CREATE AND OPERATE AN ARMED DRONE IN HIS YOUTUBE VIDEO ENTITLED, FLYING GUN. POLICE DID NOT ARREST THIS PERSON SAYING THAT NO VIOLATION OF LAW HAD OCCURRED. ACCORDING TO THE THEN CHIEF OF POLICE IN CLINTON, CONNECTICUT, WHERE THE DRONE VIDEO WAS MADE, THIS APPEARED TO BE A CASE OF TECHNOLOGY SURPASSING CURRENT LEGISLATION. IN RESPONSE TO THIS AND OTHER DRONE INCIDENTS, GOVERNMENT AGENCIES ARE DEVELOPING COUNTER DRONE TECHNOLOGY TO REDIRECT ROGUE DRONES. POLICE SAY THEIR GREATEST FEAR WITH THE INCREASE IN THE US -- USE OF RECREATIONAL DRONES IS THEIR MILITARIZATION. FLYING DRONES WITH ARMS QUOTED HERE LESS THAN LETHAL WEAPONS SINCE 2015, SOMETHING MANY IN LAW ENFORCEMENT SAY THEY ARE NOT COMFORTABLE DOING. THE USE OF DRONES FOR REGULAR BUSINESS OPERATIONS IS INCREASING AND THAT IS A GOOD LAW ENFORCEMENT SAY THEY ARE THING. FARMERS USE DRONES TO INSPECT THEIR CROPS. SECURITY COMPANIES USE DRONES TO CONDUCT SURVEILLANCE OVER GUARDED PROPERTIES. HOME REPAIR COMPANIES USE DRONES TO ASSESS DAMAGE ON STRUCTURES. AND DRONES CROPS. SECURITY COMPANIES USE ARE EVEN BEGINNING TO BE USED FOR HOME DELIVERY SERVICES. WHILE THESE ABILITIES MAY PROVE CONVENIENT TO OUR DAILY LIVES, WE MUST NOT LET THE CIVILIAN APPLICATIONS OF DRONE TECHNOLOGY ADVANCE TO WEAPONIZATION. OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES, TERRORIST GROUPS IN THE MIDDLE EAST HAVE USED SMALL DRONES AS WEAPONS. THERE IS REAL CONCERN THAT HOMEGROWN EXTREMISTS IN THE UNITED STATES COULD DO THE SAME THING. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT WE TAKE STEPS TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC BEFORE DEATH BY ARMED DRONE BECOMES A HEADLINE. THERE IS NO STATUTE IN THE UNITED STATES CODE THAT AFFIRM IVE -- AFFIRMATIVELY STATES THAT AN UNMANNED SYSTEM MAY NOT BE USED IN THE AIRSPACE AS A WEAPON. THIS AMENDMENT TODAY PROTECTS THE PUBLIC FROM DRONES THAT HAVE BEEN WEAPONIZED BOTH LETHAL AND NONLETHAL BY PRIVATE CITIZENS BY PREVENTING A PERSON FLYING AN ARMED DRONE IN NATIONAL AIRSPACE WITHOUT F.A.A. AUTHORIZATION. A PERSON WHO VIOLATES THIS REQUIREMENT MAY BE FINED A CIVIL PENALTY OF UP TO BE FINED A CIVIL PENALTY OF UP TO $25,000 PER VIOLATION UNDER THE STATUTE. . I OFFER THIS LANGUAGE TO THE F.A.A. RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2018 IN ORDER TO ALIGN OUR CURRENT LEGISLATION WITH AVAILABLE TECHNOLOGY. IT IS TIME WE TAKE A PREEMPTIVE RATHER THAN REACTIVE STEP TO PROTECT ALL AMERICANS. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          • 02:49:00 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            IS THE GENTLEMAN OPPOSED?

                                          • 02:49:08 PM

                                            MR. DEFAZIO

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                          • 02:49:12 PM

                                            MR. DEFAZIO

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. DEFAZIO

                                            DOES THE GENTLEMAN YIELD? DOES THE GENTLEMAN YIELD BACK HIS TIME?

                                          • 02:50:14 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            MR. CHAIRMAN, I URGE ADOPTION OF THE AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE…

                                            MR. CHAIRMAN, I URGE ADOPTION OF THE AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          • 02:50:21 PM

                                            MR. DEFAZIO

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                          • 02:50:27 PM

                                            MR. BURGESS

                                            THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE…

                                            THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED

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                                          • 02:50:30 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

                                          • 02:51:04 PM

                                            PERLMUTTER

                                            PERLMUTTER OF COLORADO.

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                          • 02:51:07 PM

                                            THE CLERK

                                            TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 83 , THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. PERLMUTTER, AND…

                                            TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 83 , THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. PERLMUTTER, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

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                                          • 02:51:14 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                          • 02:51:26 PM

                                            MR. PERLMUTTER

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

                                          • 02:54:38 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

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

                                          • 02:54:42 PM

                                            MR. PERLMUTTER

                                            SHUSTER: I RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION THOUGH I DO NOT OPPOSE.

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            SHUSTER: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR OFFERING HIS…

                                            SHUSTER: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR OFFERING HIS AMENDMENT.

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                                          • 02:54:50 PM

                                            MR. SHUSTER

                                            THIS AFFERED IMPLEMENTS CRITICAL RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE F.A.A. 'S ROTOR…

                                            THIS AFFERED IMPLEMENTS CRITICAL RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE F.A.A. 'S ROTOR CRAFT OCCUPATION PROTECTION WORKING GROUP. SPECIFICALLY IT WILL REQUIRE NEWLY MANUFACTURED HELICOPTERS TO MEET SPECIFIC SAFETY STANDARDS TO PREVENT POST-CRASH FIRES FROM OCCURRING. IN MANY CASES FATAL HELICOPTER ACCIDENTS ARE DUE TO POST-CRASH FIRES RATHER THAN THE IMPACT.

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                                          • 02:54:54 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                          • 02:54:55 PM

                                            MR. SHUSTER

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

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

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                                          • 02:55:40 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. PERLMUTTER

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. POLIS

                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                          • 02:57:44 PM

                                            MR. PERLMUTTER

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                                          • 02:58:22 PM

                                            MR. ROHRABACHER

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                            MR. ROHRABACHER

                                            ROHRABACHER OF CALIFORNIA.

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                          • 02:58:41 PM

                                            THE CLERK

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            ROHRABACHER: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK…

                                            ROHRABACHER: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSMAN DEFAZIO AND OF COURSE CHAIRMAN SHUSTER FOR THEIR HARD WORK THAT THEY PUT INTO

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                                          • 02:59:00 PM

                                            MR. ROHRABACHER

                                            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            DEFAZIO: I APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT THE GENTLEMAN IS REPRESENTING VERY…

                                            DEFAZIO: I APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT THE GENTLEMAN IS REPRESENTING VERY WELL HIS CONSTITUENTS' CONCERNS. WE HAD AN EARLIER DISCUSSION ON THE FLOOR OF THE AIRCRAFT NOISE.

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                                          • 03:04:23 PM

                                            MR. DEFAZIO

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                          • 03:04:27 PM

                                            MR. DEFAZIO

                                            AN AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED TO HAVE THE F.A.A. STUDY THE SPEED OF APPROACH,…

                                            AN AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED TO HAVE THE F.A.A. STUDY THE SPEED OF APPROACH, WHICH APPARENTLY CAN DRAMATICALLY REDUCE, AND TAKE OFF, WHICH CAN DRAMATICALLY REDUCE THE NOISE IMPACT. I'VE ALSO ASKED THE F.A.A. TO LOOK AT ESTABLISHING ALTERNATE PERFORMANCE BASED NAVIGATION ROUTES SO THEY'RE NOT USING THE SAME ROUTE EVERY DAY OVER THE SAME HOUSES AND THE SAME NEIGHBORHOODS. WHEN I FIRST SAW THIS AMENDMENT, I THOUGHT IT WAS, YOU KNOW, IT SEEMED TO ME INNOCUOUS SINCE IT SEEMS TO FOLLOW THE BASIC REQUIREMENT IN THE CONTROLLER HAND BOOK, F.A.A. ORDER 7110. 65, SECTION 651. WHICH ADDRESSES THIS ISSUE. HOWEVER, WE HAVE BEEN CONTACTED BY THE NATIONAL AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS UNION AND THEY HAVE EXPRESSED GRAVE CONCERNS THAT THEY THINK IT MAY HAVE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES. UNFORTUNATELY THEY JUST CONTACTED US SO WE HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO GET THE DETAILS OF THEIR CONCERNS. IN THAT CASE, I WOULD HAVE TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          • 03:05:50 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN.

                                          • 03:06:03 PM

                                            MR. ROHRABACHER

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK MADE IN ORDER BY THE RULE.

                                          • 03:06:44 PM

                                            MR. KING

                                          • 03:06:48 PM

                                            THE CLERK

                                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA.

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                          • 03:07:07 PM

                                            MR. KING

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

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

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                                          • 03:10:03 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            DEFAZIO: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. THIS IS A PERPETUAL DEBATE HERE ON THE…

                                            DEFAZIO: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. THIS IS A PERPETUAL DEBATE HERE ON THE FLOOR, WHENEVER IT COMES TO THE EXPENDITURE OF FEDERAL TAX DOLLARS. ON PROJECTS THAT ARE COVERED BY DAVIS-BACON, AS WOULD BE PROJECTS UNDER THE AIRPORT IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM AND OTHER RELATED ACTIVITIES BY THE F.A.A.

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                                          • 03:10:08 PM

                                            MR. DEFAZIO

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. DEFAZIO

                                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR A MINUTE.

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            AS THE RANKING MEMBER SAID, THIS IS SOMETHING THAT COMES UP EVERY YEAR.…

                                            AS THE RANKING MEMBER SAID, THIS IS SOMETHING THAT COMES UP EVERY YEAR. THANKFULLY DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS HAVE STOOD TOGETHER TO PROTECT THIS IMPORTANT WORKER PROTECTION. AND LET'S JUST BE CLEAR ABOUT THIS. THIS IS ABOUT THE DESIRE TO ENGAGE IN THIS RACE TO THE BOTTOM, TO PAY WORKING FAMILIES LESS MONEY.

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                                          • 03:11:24 PM

                                            MR. KILDEE

                                            I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                            MR. DEFAZIO

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. KING

                                            AND ON THE OTHER SIDE, MR. CHAIRMAN?

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            KING: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY…

                                            KING: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                          • 03:12:53 PM

                                            MR. KING

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            I HEAR THESE ARGUMENTS CONSTANTLY. LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR, NONUNION…

                                            I HEAR THESE ARGUMENTS CONSTANTLY. LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR, NONUNION SHOPS. WE KNOW WHAT'S UNION SCALE, THERE'S A CONFESSION THAT IT IS. EVEN THOUGH THE LAW SAYS IT'S PREVAILING WAGE. EXPLOITING WORKERS, RACE TO THE BOTTOM, PEOPLE WORK HARD. THESE ARE STANDARD THRINES COME OUT EVERY YEAR -- LINES THAT COME OUT EVERY YEAR. BUT I'M THE ONE THAT'S LIVED THIS. WE PAY A COMPETITIVE WAGE AND WE WANT TO HAIR THE BEST PEOPLE WE CAN -- HIRE THE BEST PEOPLE WE CAN AND PAY THEM THE BEST WAGES WE CAN AND WE WANT TO HAVE THE LOWEST TURNOVER POSSIBLE AND WE'RE IN PRETTY GOOD SHAPE THAT WAY AFTER 42 YEARS. I THINK I KNOW ABOUT THIS.

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                                          • 03:12:59 PM

                                            MR. KING

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

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

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. DEFAZIO

                                            THAT'S PRETTY PATHETIC. MY STATE IS ONE OF MANY THAT HAS CHOSEN TO FAR…

                                            THAT'S PRETTY PATHETIC. MY STATE IS ONE OF MANY THAT HAS CHOSEN TO FAR EXCEED THAT MINIMUM WAKE. BUT IF WE DO AWAY WITH -- THIS SAYS THAT FEDERALLY FUNDED CONTRACTS MUST RECEIVE THE LOCAL PREVAILING WAGE FOR THEIR WORK. IN OREGON WE'VE RECOGNIZED THAT WITH A HIGHER MINIMUM WAGE. SO OUR PREVAILING WAGES ARE GOING TO BE HIGHER THAN SOME STATE THAT PAYS -- THAT ONLY FOLLOWS THE FEDERAL MINIMUM WAGE OF $7.50 AN HOUR. SO, WHAT MIGHT SOME CONTRACTOR DO? OH, I CAN GO OVER HERE AND HIRE PEOPLE WHO ARE USED TO EARNING $7.50, I'M GOING TO IMPORT THEM INTO OREGON, OF COURSE YOU'RE GOING TO STILL HAVE A PROBLEM WITH OUR MINIMUM WAGE LAW, BUT THIS IS WHAT THIS IS ABOUT. IS TO FIND LESS EXPENSIVE LABOR AND MOVE IT AROUND THE COUNTRY. AND THAT, I BELIEVE, IS A DISSERVICE TO THE WORKING PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES. I WOULD URGE CONGRESS, AS IT HAS DONE EVERY OTHER TIME THIS AMENDMENT HAS BEEN OFFERED, TO REJECT IT ON A BROAD BIPARTISAN BASIS. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          • 03:15:33 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. KING

                                            I LONG SAID IF IT'S ROAD CONSTRUCTION, BUILD FIVE MILES OF ROAD INSTEAD OF…

                                            I LONG SAID IF IT'S ROAD CONSTRUCTION, BUILD FIVE MILES OF ROAD INSTEAD OF FOUR IF YOU GET RID OF DAVIS-BACON. IF IT HAPPENS TO BE RIVER CONSTRUCTION, WE LOST A LOCK AN DAM ON MISSISSIPPI, LOCK AND DAM NUMBER 11. THESE THINGS COST MONEY. THERE ARE 29 OF THOSE. WE CAN EITHER FIX 23 OF THEM UNDER DAVIS-BACON OR ALL 29 WITHOUT DAVIS-BACON. THERE ARE 45 MAJOR AIRPORTS IN AMERICA IF WE'RE GOING TO RENOVATE THOSE, WE CAN RENOVATE ALL OF THEM OR 36 OF THEM DEPENDING ON WHETHER THIS AMENDMENT PASSES OR FAILS, MR. CHAIRMAN. I URGE THE ADOPTION OF MY AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          • 03:16:45 PM

                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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                                            MR. DEFAZIO

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                                            TEMPORE PURSUANT

                                            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            ENBLK NUMBER 3 CONSISTING OF AMENDMENTS 74, 76, 77, 8, 082, 83, 85, 86,…

                                            ENBLK NUMBER 3 CONSISTING OF AMENDMENTS 74, 76, 77, 8, 082, 83, 85, 86, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 98, 99, 100, AND 101, PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-650 OFFERED BY MR. SHUSTER OF PENNSYLVANIA.

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            THE CLERK

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            DEFAZIO, EACH WILL CONTROL 10 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN…

                                            DEFAZIO, EACH WILL CONTROL 10 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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                                          • 03:18:13 PM

                                            MR. SHUSTER

                                            THE GENTLEMAN RE--

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                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            THESE AMENDMENTS EN BLOC HAVE BEEN REVIEWED BY THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY…

                                            THESE AMENDMENTS EN BLOC HAVE BEEN REVIEWED BY THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY AND THERE IS CONSENSUS ON THEIR MERIT. AND I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THEM.

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                                          • 03:18:28 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. DEFAZIO

                                            WITH THAT, I YIELD TO MY CLOOG FROM TEXAS, REPRESENTATIVE DOGGETT, AS MUCH…

                                            WITH THAT, I YIELD TO MY CLOOG FROM TEXAS, REPRESENTATIVE DOGGETT, AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME. I WOULD SAY FIRST THAT I STRONGLY SUPPORTED HIS AMENDMENT AND TRIED TO WORK WITH THE FORMER F.A.A. ADMINISTRATOR TO RECTIFY THIS ISSUE THAT LED TO THIS EXTRAORDINARY AND UNNECESSARY LOSS OF LIFE. WITH THAT, I YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO MR. DOGGETT. MR. DEGREE ET: THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP --

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                                            MR. DEGREE ET

                                            HAD LISTENED, I THANK MR. SHUSTER AND STAFFS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE…

                                            HAD LISTENED, I THANK MR. SHUSTER AND STAFFS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE COMMITTEE FOR INCLUDING THIS AMENDMENT WITH OTHERS THAT NEED TO BE PART OF THIS ACTION. IT WAS ABOUT TWO YEARS AGO THAT THE LARGEST, MOST DEADLY CRASH OF A COMMERCIAL BALLOON IN AMERICAN HIST ARE -- HISTORY OCCURRED JUST SOUTH OF AUSTIN NEAR LOCKHART AND MAXWELL, TEXAS. IT REMAINS THE LARGEST AVIATION DISASTER OF ANY TYPE IN THIS DECADE. AND WHEN THAT MORNING, THAT SATURDAY MORNING ENDED, THIS WAS ALL THAT WAS LEFT ALONG WITH THE BODIES OF THE VICTIMS OF THIS. THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION HAD BEEN ASKED PRIOR TO THIS INCIDENT BY THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD TO TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AND COME UP WITH REASONABLE REGULATIONS FOR THE COMMERCIAL BALLOON INDUSTRY. THE F.A.A.

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                                            MR. DOGGETT

                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT --

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                                            MR. SHUSTER

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                                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT. I WISH TO THANK THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN, MR.

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                                            MR. SHUSTER

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            SHUSTER, OF THE COMMITTEE AND THE RANKING MEMBER, MR. DEFAZIO FOR THE…

                                            SHUSTER, OF THE COMMITTEE AND THE RANKING MEMBER, MR. DEFAZIO FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO OFFER THIS AMENDMENT.

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                                          • 03:22:32 PM

                                            MR. FLEISCHMANN

                                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                          • 03:24:29 PM

                                            MR. DEFAZIO

                                            4 TO ENSURE THE F.A.A. IS HELPING BUSINESSES THAT HAVE BEEN HISTORICALLY…

                                            4 TO ENSURE THE F.A.A. IS HELPING BUSINESSES THAT HAVE BEEN HISTORICALLY DISCRIMINATED AGAINST WHEN IT COMES TO GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE -- AND THE RANKING MEMBER FOR THEIR SUPPORT.

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                                          • 03:24:34 PM

                                            MS. MOORE

                                            THE GENTLELADY YIELDS.

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. DEFAZIO

                                            LANCE: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            MY THANKS TO CHAIRMAN SHUSTER AND RANKING MEMBER DEFAZIO.

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                                            MR. SHUSTER

                                            I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. LANCE

                                            THIS EN BLOC PACKAGE THAT CONTAIN MISBIPARTISAN AMENDMENT REQUIRING THE…

                                            THIS EN BLOC PACKAGE THAT CONTAIN MISBIPARTISAN AMENDMENT REQUIRING THE F.A.A. TO STUDY THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF TEMPORARY FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS ON LOCAL AIRPORTS. AND TO RECOMMEND WAYS TO MITIGATE THE NEGATIVE EFFECTS POTENTIALLY INCLUDING CREATING SECURITY PROCEDURES TO ALLOW LIMITED USE OF CERTAIN AIRPORTS DURING A T.F.R. THIS IS ABOUT FAIRNESS FOR NEW JERSEY PILOTS AND SMALL BUSINESSES. THE PRESIDENT AND THE FIRST FAMILY USE TRUMP NATIONAL GOLF COURSE IN BEDMINSTER, NEW JERSEY, AS A WEEKENDRES. DANCE IN THE LATE SPRING, SUMMER, AND EARLY FALL. DURING SUCH VISITS, A T.F.R. IS IMPOSED IN THE AREA, SHUTTERING SOLBERG AND SOMERSET AIRPORTS AND GROUNDING RECREATIONAL AND TRAINING FLIGHTS. THE SAFETY OF THE FIRST FAMILY AND VISITORS IS PARAMOUNT BUT T.F.R. 'S CAN BE VERY CHALLENGING. AND I WANT TO FIND A COMPROMISE WITH THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION AND THE SECRET SERVICE SO PILOTS CAN BE VETTED, PRESCREENED, AND ALLOWED TO FLY. THIS IS NOT A NEW IDEA. FOR SOME AIRPORTS IN MARYLAND, NEAR WASHINGTON, D.C., PILOTS ARE PERMITTED LIMITED OPERATION AFTER BEING PROPERLY VETTED. I SEEK THE SAME STATUS FOR CONSTITUENTS I SERVE IN NEW JERSEY. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS INTEREST AND ASK FOR FURTHER HELP IN CRAFTING THIS POLICY WITH THE F.A.A. I FURTHER HOPE TO WORK WITH HIM ON ESTABLISHING A TEMPORARY REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAM AS WAS DONE FOR THE MARYLAND AIRPORTS IN THE EARLY 2000'S. I URGE A YES VOTE ON THIS LEGISLATION AND YIELD BACK THE PLANS OF MY TIME.

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            I YIELD BACK.

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                                            MR. DEFAZIO

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. SHUSTER

                                            THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO.

                                          • 03:28:06 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            THE CLERK

                                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA. MR.

                                          • 03:28:56 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            BEYER: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, I CONSISTENTLY HEAR A GREAT…

                                            BEYER: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, I CONSISTENTLY HEAR A GREAT DEAL FROM MY CONSTITUENTS ABOUT PERVASIVE, INTRUSIVE HELICOPTER NOISE.

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                                            MR. BEYER

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

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

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                                          • 03:30:57 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            SHUSTER: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I DO RISE IN OPPOSITION. THIS AMENDMENT…

                                            SHUSTER: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I DO RISE IN OPPOSITION. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD INTERFERE WITH NATIONAL SECURITY, HOMELAND SECURITY, AND LAW ENFORCEMENT OPERATIONS. THE AREA SERVES A CRITICAL ROLE FOR THE COUNTRY AS A HOME TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

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                                          • 03:31:02 PM

                                            MR. SHUSTER

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                                            MR. SHUSTER

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

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

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                                          • 03:31:54 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. BEYER

                                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            BEYER: THEN I WILL YIELD BACK, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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                                            MR. SHUSTER

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            MR.

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                                            MR. SHUSTER

                                            I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. BEYER

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO.

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                                            MR. SHUSTER

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                                          • 03:34:25 PM

                                            MR. SMITH

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                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            THE CLERK

                                          • 03:34:37 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            SMITH: I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN…

                                            SMITH: I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT, WHICH WOULD DIRECT THE COMPTROLLER GENERAL TO STUDY THE CURRENT AND FUTURE AVAILABILITY OF PILOTS IN THE AVIATION WORK FORCE. SINCE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF NEW PILOT TRAINING REQUIREMENTS FOR FIRST OFFICERS IN 2013, TWO AIRLINES WHICH PROVIDED AIR SERVICE TO MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT HAVE FILED FOR BANKRUPTCY. CITING THE INABILITY TO FIND PILOTS AS A PRIMARY FACTOR IN THEIR FINANCIAL STRUGGLES.

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                                            MR. SMITH

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

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

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                                          • 03:36:45 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                            THIS AMENDMENT WOULD REQUIRE THE COMPTROLLER GENERAL TO CONDUCT A STUDY ON…

                                            THIS AMENDMENT WOULD REQUIRE THE COMPTROLLER GENERAL TO CONDUCT A STUDY ON THE CURRENT AND FUTURE SUPPLY OF INDIVIDUALS FOR U.S.

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                                            THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                          • 03:37:21 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

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                                            MR. SMITH

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                          • 03:37:30 PM

                                            MR. SHUSTER

                                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            AND CANCELED FLIGHTS HAVE BEEN A MAJOR PROBLEM FOR COMMUNITIES WITH THE…

                                            AND CANCELED FLIGHTS HAVE BEEN A MAJOR PROBLEM FOR COMMUNITIES WITH THE SMALLER AIRLINES AND CERTAINLY WE WANT TO PREVENT SOMETHING FROM -- IN A SIMILAR MANNER FROM IMPACTING THE LARGER AIRPORTS AROUND THE COUNTRY AS WELL. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER FOR THEIR SUPPORT AND I URGE OTHERS TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                          • 03:37:59 PM

                                            MR. SMITH

                                            THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED,

                                          • 03:38:26 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO BRING MY AMENDMENT TO THE FLOOR. THANK YOU, MR.…

                                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO BRING MY AMENDMENT TO THE FLOOR. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                          • 03:39:22 PM

                                            MR. LEWIS

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            LEWIS OF MINNESOTA.

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                                            THE CLERK

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            LEWIS: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. SINCE 1991, FEDERAL LAW HAS STATED THAT…

                                            LEWIS: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. SINCE 1991, FEDERAL LAW HAS STATED THAT METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATIONS AROUND THE COUNTRY SHOULD HAVE LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS ON THEIR BOARDS. IN 2012 CONGRESS PASSED MAP 21 AND INCLUDED A CLAUSE STATING THAT THESE M.P.O.

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                                          • 03:39:50 PM

                                            MR. LEWIS

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

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

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                                          • 03:43:41 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            LARSEN: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY TO OPPOSE…

                                            LARSEN: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY TO OPPOSE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA. I UNDERSTAND THE CONCERNS THAT HE HAS WITH HIS LOCAL M.P.O.

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                                          • 03:43:48 PM

                                            MR. LARSEN

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                          • 03:43:52 PM

                                            MR. LARSEN

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

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

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                                          • 03:44:51 PM

                                            THE CHAIR

                                            SHUSTER: THANK YOU, MR. LEWIS. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR OFFERING THIS…

                                            SHUSTER: THANK YOU, MR. LEWIS. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT. THE METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATIONS WERE CREATED TO ENSURE LOCAL OFFICIALS DRIVE DECISIONS ABOUT HOW FEDERAL HIGHWAY AND TRANSIT FUNDS ARE SPENT. UNFORTUNATELY FOR THE GENTLEMAN'S DISTRICT, A LOOPHOLE IN THE LAW UNDERMINES ELECTED

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                                          • 03:44:57 PM

                                            MR. LEWIS

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                          • 03:45:01 PM

                                            MR. SHUSTER

                                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            CLEARLY --

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                                            MR. LARSEN

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                                            MR. LEWIS

                                            LARSEN: I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                            MR. LARSEN

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                          • 03:46:30 PM

                                            THE CLERK

                                            LIPINSKI OF ILLINOIS.

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.