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House Session - May 16, 2018

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

Speakers:
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  • 10:00:02 AM

    The House convened, starting a new legislative day.

    • 10:00:07 AM

      The Speaker designated the Honorable Clay Higgins to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.

      • 10:00:08 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        SPEAKER.

      • 10:00:17 AM

        THE CLERK

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

  • 10:00:21 AM

    MORNING-HOUR DEBATE

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

    • 10:00:30 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 10:01:14 AM

      MR. GUTIERREZ

      ALL OF THAT BLATHERING THIS PAST WEEK ABOUT WHETHER THE WHITE HOUSE OR…

      ALL OF THAT BLATHERING THIS PAST WEEK ABOUT WHETHER THE WHITE HOUSE OR PRESIDENT WOULD APOLOGIZE FOR COMMENTS BY A WHITE HOUSE STAFFER BY A GRAVELY ILL AMERICAN WAR HERO, SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN, WAS WASTED PREP. WE HAVE SOMEONE WHO DOES NOT APOLOGIZE OR REGRET SOMETHING HE OR HIS STAFF HAS DONE. THIS WEEK THE WHITE HOUSE IS NOT ALARMED A SENIOR STAFFER MADE LIGHT OF SENATOR MCCAIN'S ILLNESS AND LIFE EXPECTANCY, BUT RATHER THAT THE COMMENT ABOUT THE FORMER PRISONER OF WAR, AN AMERICAN HERO, WAS MADE PUBLIC. CLEARLY SOMEONE ON THE WHITE HOUSE STAFF WHO HEARD THE COMMENT KNEW IT WAS WRONG, JUST WRONG. MOREOVER, THEY RECOGNIZED THE COMMENT WAS EMBLEMATIC OF THE ATTITUDE AT THE WHITE HOUSE FROM THE PRESIDENT ON DOWN AND THOUGHT THE NATION AND THE WORLD SHOULD KNOW ABOUT IT. BUT IT WAS THE LEAK OF ACCURATE INFORMATION FROM INSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE THAT RAISED THE IRE OF THE PRESIDENT. NOT THE FACT THAT SOMEONE SAID THINGS REALLY AWFUL ABOUT A TRUE AMERICAN HERO. BUT WE SHOULD KNOW BY NOW THAT THIS PRESIDENT AND HIS HENCHMEN DO NOT APOLOGIZE. TWEETING RACIST VIDEOS FROM RIGHT WING BRITISH GROUPS? NO APOLOGIES. BOOTING ABLE-BODIED AMERICANS WHO WANT TO SERVE THEIR COUNTRY OUT OF THE MILITARY BECAUSE THEY ARE TRANSGENDER? BRAGGING ABOUT SEXUALLY ASSAULTING WOMEN BY GRABBING THEIR PRIVATE PARTS? WELL, HE CAME CLOSE TO APOLOGIZE, BUT NOT REALLY. SOME SPECULATE THAT UNAPOLOGETIC IS JUST THE PRESIDENT'S BRAND. HE IS BRASH AND SAYS MEAN THINGS AND DOESN'T BACK DOWN BECAUSE DOING SO WOULD MAKE HIM LOOK WEAK. REVEALING HIS WEAKNESS IN PUBLIC IS CLEARLY AMONG THE PRESIDENT'S GREATEST FEARS. THE PRESIDENT AND HIS LATE NIGHT PHONE BUDDY, SEAN HANNITY, REMEMBER? THEY COMPLAINED ABOUT THE LAST PRESIDENT BEING TOO APOLOGETIC. BUT LOOKING TOUGH TO COVER UP A -- COVERING UP IS ONLY ONE EXPLANATION WHY THIS PRESIDENT DOES NOT APOLOGIZE. HE OFTEN DOESN'T APOLOGIZE BECAUSE HE APOLOGETIC. BUT LOOKING TOUGH TO COVER UP A THINKS HE WAS RIGHT IN THE FIRST PLACE. LIKE WHEN HE SAID THERE WERE GOOD PEOPLE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE NAZI RALLY IN CHARLOTTESVILLE WHERE A WOMAN WAS MURDERED BY RACIST K.K.K. EXTREMISTS. THE PRESIDENT IS NOT GOING TO APOLOGIZE. AND NOT BECAUSE IT WOULD MAKE HIM LOOK WEAK IN THE CASE OF CHARLOTTESVILLE, BUT BECAUSE HE BELIEVES WHAT HE SAID WAS TRUE, NAZIS AND THE REST OF AMERICANS, THE SAME. HE WILL NEVER APOLOGIZE FOR HIS FOUNDING CAMPAIGN SIN, CALLING IMMIGRANTS, RAPISTS AND CRIMINALS. IN FACT, HE IS FACING A BROAD ANTI-IMMIGRATION AND ANTI-IMMIGRANT POLICY AGENDA ON THE BEDROCK BELIEF THAT CRIME AND THE SKIN COLOR OF A PERSON ARE SYNONYMOUS. THIS WAS EVERYONE AROUND THE PRESIDENT'S TYPICAL POSITION. DO THEY POINT OUT THE EMPEROR'S NUDITY OR DO THEY PRAISE HIS NEW SUIT? AND THE HIS CHIEF DISPATCHED DISPATCHED TO TELL A BLACK MEMBER OF CONGRESS THAT SHE WAS LYING ABOUT HOW THE PRESIDENT TREATED A SOLDIER KILLED IN ACTION UNTIL THE CHIEF OF STAFF WAS SHOWN TO BE LYING HIMSELF ABOUT WHAT THE CONGRESSWOMAN SAID. IN THE END, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNEW WHAT THEY WERE GETTING WITH THIS PRESIDENT AND A MINORITY, NOT MAJORITY, AND A MINORITY STILL ELECTED HIM TO THE WHITE HOUSE ANYWAY. BUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE LEARNING IMPORTANT LESSONS ABOUT THE PRESIDENT'S ENABLERS AT THE THREE MOST IMPORTANT BRANCHES OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. AT THE WHITE HOUSE, IN THE CONGRESS, AND AT FOX NEWS. WEIGH KNOW THE PRESIDENT DOESN'T LOSE SLEEP WRESTLING WITH THE MORLED IMPLICATIONS OF HIS BEHAVIOR, BUT ALL OF US HAD HIGHER HOPES FOR THE PROFESSIONALS AROUND THE PRESIDENT. EXPECTATIONS WHICH WERE APPARENTLY TOO HIGH, INDEED. ONE THING IS SURE. THIS COUNTRY OWES A A GREAT DEBT TO SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN AND OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH HIM EVEN IF THE PRESIDENT'S THOUGHTS ARE SOMEWHERE ELSE.

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    • 10:06:22 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      ROS-LEHTINEN: THANK YOU, SIR. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LAST WEEK ALL…

      ROS-LEHTINEN: THANK YOU, SIR. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LAST WEEK ALL AMERICANS WERE RELIEVED WHEN THREE OF OUR OWN CITIZENS WERE RELEASED AND RETURNED HOME FROM NORTH KOREA. WE'RE HAPPY FOR THEM, FOR THEIR FAMILIES, AND WE REJOICE IN THE REUNIFICATION. HOWEVER, MR.

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    • 10:06:33 AM

      MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

      SPEAKER, THIS SUCCESS ONLY SERVES AS A REMINDER THAT WE HAVE AMERICAN…

      SPEAKER, THIS SUCCESS ONLY SERVES AS A REMINDER THAT WE HAVE AMERICAN CITIZENS AND LEGAL PERMANENT RESIDENTS BEING UNJUSTLY DETAINED ELSEWHERE AROUND THE WORLD, PARTICULARLY IN IRAN. WE KNOW THAT THE IRANIAN REGIME HAS PLAYED THIS GAME OF DETAINING CITIZENS FROM THE U.S. AND WESTERN NATIONS IN AN EFFORT TO GET POLITICAL AND FINANCIAL CONCESSIONS FROM US. THEY HOLD THESE FOLKS HOSTAGES, USE THEM AS BARGAINING CHIPS, DESTROYING LIVES, AND FAMILIES IN THE PROCESS. LAST YEAR MY SOUTH FLORIDA COLLEAGUE AND RANKING MEMBER ON OUR SUBCOMMITTEE, THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA SUBCOMMITTEE, TED DEUTCH, WE HELD A HEARING ENTITLED HELD FOR RANSOM, THE FAMILY'S OF IRAN'S HOSTAGES SPEAKS OUT. WE HEARD FROM DOUG, SON OF BOB LEVINSON, WHO HAS BEEN MISSING IN IRAN SINCE 2007. 11 YEARS. BOB IS THE LONGEST HELD CIVILIAN HOSTAGE IN AMERICA'S HISTORY. HE'S ALSO A CONSTITUENT OF TED'S AND I KNOW THAT CONGRESSMAN DEUTCH HAS YOU WORKED TIRELESSLY OVER THE YEARS TO DO WHATEVER HE CAN TO BRING BOB HOME AND REUNITE HIM WITH HIS FAMILY. WE ALSO HEARD FROM OTHER INDIVIDUALS. BOB, WHOSE FATHER AND BROTHER HAVE BEEN FAMILY. UNJUSTLY DETAINED BY THE IRANIAN REGIME. I HAVE MET WITH HIM MANY TIMES AND MY HEART JUST BREAKS EACH ONE OF THOSE TIMES, ESPECIALLY WHEN WE HEAR OF AMERICANS BEING FREED FROM NORTH KOREA WHILE OTHERS LINGER IN IRAN'S PRISON. AND OUR SUBCOMMITTEE ALSO HEARD FROM OMAR, SON OF NIZAR. A U.S. LEGAL PERMANENT RESIDENT AND HOSTAGE OF THE IRANIAN REGIME. NIZAR HAS GONE ON HUNGER HAS GONE ON HUNGER STRIKES ABOUT A DOZEN TIMES SINCE FIRST BEING DETAINED IN 2015. I'M SURE, MR. SPEAKER, THAT THE IRANIAN REGIME USED THE NEWS OF THE FREED AMERICANS FROM NORTH KOREA AS A MEANS TO TORTURE THEIR HOSTAGES. THE MENTAL, PHYSICAL, AND PSYCHLOGICAL ABUSE THAT THESE INDIVIDUALS MUST BE UNDERGOING IS BEYOND COMPREHENSION. THE WHITE HOUSE HAS SAID THAT THIS IS A PRIORITY TO RELEASE ALL UNJUSTLY DETAINED PERSONS IN IRAN, NOT JUST AMERICAN CITIZENS AND U.S. LEGAL PERMANENT RESIDENTS, BUT ALL FOREIGNERS WHO ARE UNJUSTLY WHO ARE UNJUSTLY DETAINED. PRESIDENT TRUMP SPOKE ABOUT HOW THIS WOULD NOT HAPPEN IF HE WERE PRESIDENT. SO IT IS TIME FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP TO MAKE THAT A REALITY. AND HE CAN START BY URGING OUR EUROPEAN FRIENDS, SOME OF WHOM HAVE CITIZENS DETAINED IN IRAN AS WELL, TO MAKE THIS MORE OF A PRIORITY FOR THEM AS WELL. AND TO CONDITION AND TO CONDITION ANY FURTHER TALK ON THE RELEASE OF ALL PRISONERS. WE HAVE TO INCREASE THE PRESSURE USING ALL LEVERS THAT WE HAVE AND WE HAVE TO BRING THESE BRAVE INDIVIDUALS HOME. I WAS PLEASED TO SEE PRESIDENT TRUMP ANNOUNCED HIS INTENT TO APPOINT A SPECIAL PRESIDENTIAL ENVOY FOR HOSTAGES AFFAIRS EARLIER THIS WEEK. THIS IS A POSITIVE FIRST STEP, MR. SPEAKER. IT SIGNALS AN INTENT TO MAKE A MORE CONCERTED EFFORT TO BRING THESE AMERICANS HOME. FOR THE SAKE OF NIZAR AND HIS FAMILY, FOR THE SAKE OF BAKER AND THEIR FAMILIES AND THE SAKE OF BOB LEAVENSON AND HIS FAMILY. AND THE SAKE OF PRINCETON GRADUATE SUENT WANG AND HIS FAMILY, AND ALL THE AMERICANS AND OTHER FOREIGNERS BEING HELD IN IRAN, WE NEED TO MAKE THIS A PRIORITY. WE NEED TO SECURE THEIR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. COSTA, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:10:41 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

    • 10:10:49 AM

      MR. COSTA

    • 10:10:53 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    • 10:10:56 AM

      MR. COSTA

      DEMOCRATS WORKING WITH REPUBLICANS THROUGHOUT THE VARIOUS REGIONS OF THE…

      DEMOCRATS WORKING WITH REPUBLICANS THROUGHOUT THE VARIOUS REGIONS OF THE AMERICA. AND THIS IS THE THIRD FARM BILL THAT I HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN WORKING TOGETHER. SO WHERE ARE WE TODAY? WE'RE EXACTLY WHERE WE SHOULD NOT BE. WE'RE FACING A VOTE THIS WEEK ON A PARTISAN FARM BILL. THAT IS BOTH IN MY VIEW, BAD POLICY AND DIVIDES US EVEN FURTHER AS A COUNTRY. THIS BILL DOES NOT PROMOTE OR DEMONSTRATE THE SUCCESSFUL PROGRAMS I THINK NECESSARY TO STRENGTHEN OUR TRADE IN THE AGRICULTURAL SECTORS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. AMERICA TRADES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD AND OUR AGRICULTURAL ECONOMY IS DEPENDENT IN LARGE DEGREE ON OUR ABILITY TO PRODUCE MORE FOOD THAN WE THE AGRICULTURAL SECTORS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. AMERICA TRADES CAN CONSUME, THEREFORE TRADE BECOMES VERY IMPORTANT. AMERICAN AGRICULTURE NEEDS A FARM BILL THAT SUPPORTS AND PROMOTES NOT ONLY TRADE BUT NOW PERHAPS EVER MORE WITH LOOMING ESCALATION OF A TRADE WAR SPARKED BY THE ADMINISTRATION'S EFFORTS WITH STEEL AND ALUMINUM, WE SEE TARIFFS TAKING PLACE ON A HOST OF PRODUCTS GROWN IN THE MIDWEST, SOAR GUM, CORN, AND WHEAT, AND IN CALIFORNIA POTENTIAL INCREASES IN BEEF AND ALMONDS. THAT DOESN'T FAIR WELL. THE VERSION OF THE FARM BILL DOES NOT SUPPORT THE DAIRY SAFETY NET. OUR DAIRY ECONOMY IS BIG THROUGHOUT THE MIDWEST AND IN CALIFORNIA. ACTUALLY THE LARGEST DAIRY STATE IN THE NATION. NOR DOES IT DO ENOUGH FOR OUR SPECIALTY CROPS WHO GROW THE FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES PART OF A HEALTHY DIET. CALIFORNIA GROWS HALF THE NATION'S FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. THIS BILL ALSO PROPOSES TO MAKE CHANGES TO THE SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION PROGRAM, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS SNAP WHICH ALMOST DEVASTATE THE FOOD PROGRAM WORKING WELL. THIS IS AMERICA'S SAFETY NET AND WE HAVE A LOT OF NOT ONLY CHILDREN AND ELDERLY, BUT PEOPLE WHO ARE DISABLED WHO DEPEND AND RELY ON THESE IMPORTANT FOOD NUTRITION PROGRAMS. WE DO ALL BELIEVE THAT ABLE-BODIED PEOPLE SHOULD BE WORKING, AND ALL OF US HAVE THE SAME GOAL IN ENSURING THOSE ABLE-BODIED PEOPLE ARE SELF-SUFFICIENT. IF WE WANT PEOPLE TO BECOME SELF-RELIANT, GIVE THEM A SNAP PROGRAM THAT DOES JUST THAT. WE HAVE 10 PILOT PROJECTS IN 10 DIFFERENT STATES THAT ARE WORKING, THEY ARE TO REPORT BACK NEXT YEAR ON WHAT BEST WORKS TO GET ABLE-BODIED PEOPLE WORKING AND WHAT DOESN'T WORK. BUT THIS PROPOSAL IN THIS HOUSE VERSION, IT IS DOOMED TO FAILURE. AND THE HOUSE C.B.O. HAS SCORED IT ACCORDINGLY. INSTEAD T. WILL LIKELY CAUSE OUR STAFF TO CREATE TRAINING PROGRAMS THAT WILL COLLAPSE, COSTING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS, AND CREATE AGNEW FEDERAL BUREAUCRACY NEVER GIVEN A CHANCE TO SUCCEED. WE SHOULD NOT BE IN THIS POSITION, MR. SPEAKER. WHERE SHOULD WE BE? WE SHOULD BE WORKING TOGETHER AS WE HAVE WITH PREVIOUS FARM BILLS, DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, DELIBERATING, NEGOTIATING, AND, YES, EVEN DISAGREEING OVER IDEAS AND APPROACHES, BUT COMING TOGETHER WITH IMPORTANT COMPROMISES. THE FARM BILL IS AMERICA'S FOOD BILL. IT'S ALSO A NATIONAL SECURITY ITEM. PEOPLE DON'T THINK ABOUT IT THAT WAY. THE WAY. THE ABILITY TO PRODUCE ALL FOR AMERICA'S DINNER TABLE EVERY NIGHT, THE MOST HEALTHY, NUTRITIOUS FOOD IN THE WORLD IS A NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUE, I BELIEVE. THEREFORE WE MUST SUPPORT OUR FOOD SECURITY AND SAFETY FOR OUR FELL -- FELLOW AMERICANS. OUR NATION'S FOOD POLICY MUST FEED AMERICANS. ENSURE ALL FARMERS CAN BE SUCCESSFUL. IT SHOULD NOT SERVE AS SOME AND ABANDON OTHERS. IT SHOULD NOT FURTHER DIVIDE US AS A COUNTRY. AS I SAID, THIS IS THE THIRD FARM BILL I HAVE HAD THE PRIVILEGE TO WORK ON AND WE HAVE WORKED THROUGH THESE DIFFERENCES IN THE PAST. WE HAVE WORKED THROUGH THE CHALLENGES. AND IT'S MY HOPE THAT CONGRESS CAN DO THIS AGAIN. IT WILL NOT HAPPEN IF WE ALLOW THE PARTISAN ARM TWISTING TO RAM THIS BAD POLICY THROUGH THE HOUSE A VOTE AGAINST THE HOUSE VERSION OF THE FARM BILL IS A VOTE FOR SOMETHING BETTER. WHICH IS THE SENATE VERSION WHERE THEY ARE WORKING TOGETHER TRADITIONALLY IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION. THAT'S WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING, AND NOT ENGAGING IN THESE PARTISAN GAMES THAT CREATE BAD POLICY. . THEREFORE, A VOTE NO -- VOTE AGAINST IT IS ONE THAT'S A GOOD VOTE AND ONE THAT PROTECTS OUR PAST FARM POLICIES AS THEY WORKED. A NO VOTE IS A VOTE FOR MORE SUPPORT FOR OUR FARMERS AND OUR FAMILIES. IT'S DEMANDING CONGRESS TO DO BETTER BECAUSE WE MUST DO BETTER. THE SENATE VERSION IS CURRENTLY A VERSION THAT I THINK ULTIMATELY IS GOING TO SUCCEED. I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO WORK WITH OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE. REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS WHO ARE FOSTERING A BIPARTISAN BILL. SENATOR ROBERTS AND SENATOR STABENOW. I LOOK FORWARD TO MOVING PAST THIS VERSION OF THE FARM BILL SO THAT WE CAN SET ASIDE THIS OUTRAGEOUS EFFORT AND PARTISAN POLITICS AND GET BACK TO WORK ON AMERICA'S FOOD BILL, A NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUE TO BE SURE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 10:16:28 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      FITZPATRICK: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO INFORM THE HOUSE ABOUT OUR…

      FITZPATRICK: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO INFORM THE HOUSE ABOUT OUR TEAM'S WORK ON BEHALF OF WOMEN IN MY DISTRICT AND ACROSS THE NATION. LAST MONTH, DATA FROM YALE UNIVERSITY GYNECOLOGIST DEMONSTRATED BETWEEN 2% AND 10% OF AMERICAN WOMEN

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    • 10:16:34 AM

      MR. FITZPATRICK

      UNDERGOING GYNECOLOGICAL OPERATIONS HAS MISSED CANCERS. IT'S SHOCKING…

      UNDERGOING GYNECOLOGICAL OPERATIONS HAS MISSED CANCERS. IT'S SHOCKING THESE CANCERS ARE FOUND ONLY AFTER WOMEN UNDERGO THESE SURGERIES. THESE MISSED CANCERS ARE AT HIGH RISK OF BEING SPREAD BY THE VERY SURGERIES THESE WOMEN ARE UNDERGOING TO HELP THEM. MY PHYSICIAN CONSTITUENTS LIKE THE REED FAMILY TELL ME THIS REPRESENTS AN UNACCEPTABLE AND SEISMIC EPIDEMIC OF UNDIAGNOSED GYNECOLOGICAL CANCERS THAT ARE PRONE TO SPREAD AND UPSTAGING WITH CATASTROPHIC RESULTS. THEREFORE, MR. SPEAKER, I ASKED THE C.D.C. TO IMMEDIATELY GUIDE GYNECOLOGISTS TO IDENTIFY THE WOMEN AT RISK. I AM NOW AWAITING RESPONSE FROM C.D.C. LEADERSHIP WITH A PLAN OF ACTION TO CONTAIN WHAT IS LIKELY TO BE A SHOCKING EPIDEMIC OF UNDIAGNOSED GYNECOLOGICAL CANCERS IN AMERICAN WOMEN. MR. SPEAKER, WE MUST STAY FOCUSED ON THE SITUATION IN ORDER TO PROTECT ALL WOMEN FROM THIS GRAVE HEALTH RISK. MR. SPEAKER, THIS WEEK IS NATIONAL POLICE WEEK AND I'M PROUD TO RECOGNIZE A MEMBER OF THE LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY IN BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, WHOSE QUICK THINKING DELIVERED JUSTICE TO THE SURVIVOR OF ABUSE. MICHAEL MARKS OF THE MIDDLETOWN TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT PROMPTLY AND PROFESSIONALLY INVESTIGATED A PERSON WHO HAD SUFFERED BLUNT FORCE TRAUMA. IT LED TO A GRAND JURY INQUIRY WHICH BROUGHT CHARGES AGAINST A CARETAKER WHO WAS LATER FOUND GUILTY. BECAUSE OF THE WORK OF OFFICER MARKS, THIS INDIVIDUAL WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO PREY ON THE DEFENSELESS MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY. I'D LIKE TO PERSONALLY THANK OFFICER MARKS FOR HIS WORK IN DEFENDING OUR COMMUNITY AND SENDING A MESSAGE TO ALL OF OUR NEIGHBORS IN MIDDLETOWN TOWNSHIP THAT THEY ARE UNDOUBTEDLY SAFER FOR HAVING HIM ON OUR POLICE FORCE. MR. SPEAKER, OVER THE PAST YEAR, WOMEN ALL OVER OUR COUNTRY COLLECTIVELY RAISED THEIR VOICES AND ARE CONTINUING TO CHANGE OUR CULTURE FOR THE BETTER. TODAY, I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE A GROUP OF WOMEN IN OUR DISTRICT ACTIVELY WORKING TO MAKE BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, A BETTER PLACE. THE MAKEFIELD WOMEN'S ASSOCIATION LAST MONTH DONATED OVER $27,000 TO LOCAL CHARITIES, INCLUDING A WOMAN'S PLACE, THE FAMILY SERVICES ASSOCIATION, EMERGENCY HOMELESS SHELTER, THE FOOD PANTRY, WRAPPING PRESENTS, AND THE YARDLY MAKEFIELD VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY. I APPRECIATE THE WORK OF THE MAKEFIELD WOMEN'S ASSOCIATION WHICH GREATLY IMPROVES THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR OUR COMMUNITY. I'D ESPECIALLY LIKE TO THANK THE ORGANIZATION'S PRESIDENT, JENNIFER, FOR HER LEADERSHIP AND FOR HER SERVICE. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:19:57 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      BLUMENAUER: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ENJOYED LISTENING TO MY COLLEAGUE…

      BLUMENAUER: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ENJOYED LISTENING TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA TALK ABOUT HIS DEEP CONCERNS AND RESERVATIONS ABOUT THE FARM BILL THAT IS SLOWLY GRINDING ITS WAY, PERHAPS, TOWARDS THE FLOOR. BEING CONSIDERED TODAY BY THE RULES COMMITTEE. WHILE WE HAVE SOMEWHAT DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES AND DIFFERENT DISTRICTS, WE ARE UNITED IN THE FACT THIS FARM BILL DOES NOT REMOTELY REFLECT THE NEEDS OF THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. ONE OF THE PROBLEMS IS THAT WE FAIL TO ADDRESS THE

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    • 10:20:02 AM

      MR. BLUMENAUER

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, MR. BYRNE, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, MR. BYRNE, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:25:32 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    • 10:25:37 AM

      MR. BYRNE

      LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS LEAVE THE SAFETY OF THEIR HOMES EACH DAY NOT…

      LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS LEAVE THE SAFETY OF THEIR HOMES EACH DAY NOT KNOWING IF THEY WILL PASS BACK THROUGH THEIR OWN FRONT DOORS WHEN THEIR DAY IS DONE. THEY LEAVE THEIR FAMILIES BEHIND TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF OUR LOVED ONES AT SCHOOLS AND NEIGHBORHOODS AND ON ROADWAYS. THESE INDIVIDUALS ARE TRUE PUBLIC SERVANTS WHO ANSWER THE CALL AND PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE. AMONG THEIR MANY ROLES IN THE COMMUNITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS SERVE AS ROLE MODELS FOR OUR CHILDREN, KEEP THE PEACE IN OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, DIRECT TRAFFIC FOR FOOTBALL GAMES AND ARE THE FIRST TO RESPOND WHEN HELP IS NEEDED. FAR TOO OFTEN WE TAKE THEIR SERVICES FOR GRANTED. THIS WEEK I AM PROUD THAT THE HOUSE IS TAKING UP A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT BILLS TO SUPPORT OUR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT. FROM LEGISLATION TO PREVENT ATTACKS ON OUR OFFICERS TO PROVIDING FUNDING FOR ADDITIONAL RESOURCES, WE ARE WORKING TO ENSURE THESE DEDICATED INDIVIDUALS HAVE THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO DO THEIR JOBS SEE, OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ARE HEROES WHO PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE EACH DAY TO KEEP OUR CITIZENS FROM HARM'S WAY. NATIONAL POLICE WEEK IS A TIME FOR US TO STOP AND SHOW OUR APPRECIATION TO THESE HEROES FOR ALL THEY DO FOR OUR COMMUNITIES. OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS SERVE SELFLESSLY, FACING THE MANY DANGERS OF THE JOB WITH COURAGE AND BRAVERY. MR. SPEAKER, I'VE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO RIDE ALONG WITH MEMBERS IN BALDWIN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE IN ALABAMA. IT WAS AN EYE-OPENING EXPERIENCE. AT EVERY SINGLE TRAFFIC STOP, THE DEPUTIES HAD NO IDEA WHAT TO EXPECT. EVERY CALL WAS DIFFERENT, BUT EACH ONE CAME WITH AN INHERENT RISK OF THE UNKNOWN. DESPITE THE UNCERTAINTY, THE DEPUTIES ALWAYS CONDUCTED THEMSELVES WITH RESPECT AND PROFESSIONALISM. WHETHER IT'S A ROUTINE TRAFFIC STOP OR RESPONDING TO A DOMESTIC CALL, THESE OFFICERS HAVE NO IDEA HOW THEIR ENCOUNTERS WILL TURN OUT. THERE IS ALWAYS THE RISK IT CAN TURN HOSTILE AND SOME CASES DEADLY. NATIONAL POLICE WEEK IS ALSO AN OPPORTUNITY TO HONOR THE HEROES WHO HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES WHILE SERVING OUR COMMUNITIES. IN 2017, 136 OFFICERS WERE KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY. ALREADY THIS YEAR, 54 OFFICERS HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES WHILE SERVING OUR COMMUNITIES. SADLY, ONE OF THESE DEATHS OCCURRED IN MY HOME STATE OF ALABAMA EARLIER THIS YEAR. MOBILE POLICE OFFICER JUSTIN BILLUP PAID THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE WHEN HE WAS SHOT AND KILLED WHILE RESPONDING TO A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CALL ON FEBRUARY 20. AT JUST 27 YEARS OLD, OFFICER BILLUP LEFT BEHIND A LOVING WIFE, ERIN, AND A 1-YEAR-OLD SON, TAYLOR. IN SUCH A TIME OF IMMENSE GRIEF, WE SAW THE CITY OF MOBILE RALLY TOGETHER TO SUPPORT THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF FALLEN OFFICER BILLUP. YOU SEE, THESE OFFICERS ARE MUCH MORE THAN ENFORCERS OF THE LAW. THEY ARE AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE COMMUNITY. MR. SPEAKER, I LOVE SEEING THE COMMUNITY WRAP THE OFFICER'S FAMILY UP IN A SHIELD OF PRAYER AND LOVE, BUT WE SHOULDN'T JUST DO THAT WHEN WE LOSE AN OFFICER AND WE SHOULDN'T JUST DO IT DURING POLICE WEEK. EACH AND EVERY DAY WE SHOULD SHOW OUR DEEP APPRECIATION TO MEMBERS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AT EVERY LEVEL WHO PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE SO WE CAN LIVE IN SAFE COMMUNITIES. MAY WE NOT FORGET THAT WE GET TO LAY OUR HEADS DOWN ON OUR PILLOWS AT NIGHT FEELING SAFE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN OUT THERE PATROLING THE STREETS. SO, MR. SPEAKER, AS WE OBSERVE NATIONAL POLICE WEEK, I CAN THINK OF NO BETTER WAY TO SHOW APPRECIATION FOR OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN BLUE THAN TO ENCOURAGE EVERY AMERICAN TO TAKE THE TIME TO SAY THANK YOU TO YOUR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS. MAY THEIR SACRIFICES NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. AND I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. O'HALLERAN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:29:44 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      MR. O'HALLERAN: PAIRED WITH THE DRY CONDITIONS AND HIGH HEAT, THE FIRST…

      MR. O'HALLERAN: PAIRED WITH THE DRY CONDITIONS AND HIGH HEAT, THE FIRST DISTRICT IS HISTORICALLY HOME TO ONE OF THE WORST WILDFIRES IN THE COUNTRY. EARLIER THIS MONTH, MY CONSTITUENTS IN RURAL ARIZONA FACED OFF AGAINST THE TENDER FIRE, WHICH SPREAD MORE THAN 16,000 ACRES BEFORE BEING MOSTLY CONTAINED. .

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    • 10:29:56 AM

      MR. O'HALLERAN

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

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

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    • 10:35:09 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    • 10:35:15 AM

      MR. KUSTOFF

      ARE DONE IN WEST TENNESSEE. CONGRATULATIONS TO JOHNNY, THE CHAIR…

      ARE DONE IN WEST TENNESSEE. CONGRATULATIONS TO JOHNNY, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:37:03 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      MR. SPEAKER, IT'S ALWAYS AN HONOR TO STAND IN THE WELL OF THE HOUSE.

    • 10:37:08 AM

      MR. GREEN

      I CONSIDER THIS AN EXTRAORDINARY PRIVILEGE. MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE SEMINAL…

      I CONSIDER THIS AN EXTRAORDINARY PRIVILEGE. MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE SEMINAL MOMENTS IN TIME MOMENTS IN TIME THAT CAN IMPACT THE REST OF TIME. SEMINAL MOMENTS, SOMETIMES WHERE WRONG IS PLACED ON THE THROWN. WHERE MIGHT IS USED TO JUSTIFY WRONG. SEMINAL MOMENTS IN TIME. MR. SPEAKER, MIGHT CANNOT MAKE JUSTIFY WRONG. WRONG RIGHT. MIGHT CANNOT MAKE WRONG RIGHT. IT CAN ONLY PROLONG WRONG. SEMINAL MOMENTS IN TIME WHERE MIGHT IS USED TO JUSTIFY WRONG. MIGHT DID NOT MAKE SLAVERY RIGHT. THERE WERE THOSE WHO USED FALSE RELIGIOUSITY TO JUSTIFY SLAVERY. THEY HAD THE SLAVERY. THEY HAD THE MIGHT, POWER, THEY COULD IMPOSE THEIR WILL. BUT MIGHT WILL NOT MAKE WRONG RIGHT. MIGHT DID NOT MAKE SEGREGATION RIGHT TO FORCE PEOPLE TO GO TO SEPARATE AREAS, TO USE A LEVEL OF POWER TO IMPOSE A DECENCY UPON A PEOPLE -- INDECENCY UPON MAKE SEGREGATION6 C1 A PEOPLE. MIGHT CAN NEVER MAKE WRONG RIGHT. MR. SPEAKER, MIGHT HAS NOT MADE INVIDIOUS DISCRIMINATION RIGHT. IT STILL EXISTS TODAY. AND NO MATTER HOW MUCH POWER WE HAVE, WE WILL NOT MAKE IT RIGHT SIMPLY BECAUSE WE HAVE THE POWER TO TRY TO JUSTIFY IT WITH THE MIGHT THAT WE HAVE. FINALLY, MR. SPEAKER, TO JUSTIFY IT MIGHT WILL NOT MAKE BIGOTRY EMANATING FROM THE PRESIDENCY RIGHT. IT WILL NOT. THERE ARE MANY WHO WANT TO JUST LET IT GO. LET IT GO. MIGHT THE BIGOTRY, PUT IT BEHIND US. BIGOTRY EMANATING FROM THE PRESIDENCY IMPACTS THIS COUNTRY. IT GIVES THIS COUNTRY A STAINED IMAGE IN THE WORLD. THE PRESIDENT REPRESENTS THIS COUNTRY. HE REPRESENTS EVERY ONE OF US. WE MAY DIFFER WITH HIM, BUT HE IS THE STANDARD-BEARER. AND THE BIGOTRY THAT EMANATES FROM THE PRESIDENCY IS SOMETHING THAT WE ALL HAVE TO CONCERN OURSELVES WITH. WE CAN'T JUST SAY IT'S ALL OVER WITH. LET'S LET THAT GO. YES, IT HAS HAPPENED AND IT CONTINUES TO HAPPEN. AND MIGHT WILL NOT MAKE IT RIGHT. HE HAS POWER, BUT HIS POWER IS NOT GOING TO CAUSE HIS INVIDIOUS AND HARMFUL COMMENTARIES TO BECOME RIGHT. SO I'M HERE TODAY TO SIMPLY SAY THIS, MR. SPEAKER. THAT WHILE THE PRESIDENT HAS THE POWER, IMPEACHMENT IS THE REMEDY. A PRESIDENT WHO HAS SAID THAT THERE WERE SOME GOOD PEOPLE AMONG THOSE IN CHARLOTTESVILLE, A PRESIDENT WHO WOULD BAN MUSLIMS FROM THE COUNTRY. A PRESIDENT WHO HAS SAID LGBTQ PERSONS SHOULDN'T BE IN THE MILITARY, A PRESIDENT WHO HAS CALLED THE SONS OF SOME PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES, CALLED THEIR MOTHERS DOGS, S.O.B.'S, A PRESIDENT WHO HAS SAID THAT IN --

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    • 10:41:19 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME LANGUAGE HAS BEEN ACCEPTED ON THE FLOOR OF THIS…

      MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME LANGUAGE HAS BEEN ACCEPTED ON THE FLOOR OF THIS HOUSE --

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      GREEN: MR. SPEAKER, THE PRESIDENT IS ABOUT THE PEOPLE. IT'S ABOUT THE…

      GREEN: MR. SPEAKER, THE PRESIDENT IS ABOUT THE PEOPLE. IT'S ABOUT THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE. AND THE PEOPLE

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    • 10:41:37 AM

      MR. GREEN

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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      MR. GREEN

      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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      MR. GREEN

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      MR. HIGGINS, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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      MR. HIGGINS

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. KEATING, FOR…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. KEATING, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:45:36 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      MR.

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      MR. KEATING

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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      MR. KEATING

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. KELLY, FOR FIVE…

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

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    • 10:49:53 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    • 10:49:58 AM

      MR. KELLY

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:53:12 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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      MS. JACKSON LEE

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      JACKSON LEE: MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO BEGIN…

      JACKSON LEE: MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO BEGIN DISCUSSION ON THE

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    • 10:53:24 AM

      MS. JACKSON LEE

      FLOOR FOR ISSUES I THINK IN THE BACKDROP OF MOTHER'S DAY AND THE DESIRE TO…

      FLOOR FOR ISSUES I THINK IN THE BACKDROP OF MOTHER'S DAY AND THE DESIRE TO BE FAMILY FRIENDLY IN THIS NATION AND TO REALLY ANSWER THE QUESTIONS OF AMERICANS -- CAN OUR GOVERNMENT DO WELL BY THEM? AND SO I RAISE TO THE BODY HOW WE CAN BE MORE CONSTRUCTIVE AND I DO IT ON THE BASIS WHEN WE ALL DO AND INTERACT WITH OUR CONSTITUENTS AND SO I DID AS I WENT HOME THIS PAST WEEKEND, A COUPLE OF DAYS IN THE MIDST OF THE EXCITING GRADUATIONS THAT WE ALL HAD A CHANCE TO GO TO AND TO MAKE REMARKS AND I WANT TO CONGRATULATE THOSE STUDENTS THAT I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF BEING AND SPEAKING AT THEIR GRADUATIONS. THE HISTORICCALLY BLACK COLLEGE, TEXAS SOUTHERN COMMUNITY, LONE STAR COMMUNITY COLLEGE. WHAT AN AMAZING GROUP OF GRADUATES, PEOPLE WHO ARE ADULTS AND VETERANS AND STUDENTS WHO WERE WHAT WE CALL EARLY COLLEGE STUDENTS GRADUATING. AND OF COURSE TO THE SYSTEM, THE HOUSTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE, I SPOKE THERE. IT LOOKS LIKE I WAS GOING TO GRADUATIONS AND CELEBRATING WITH THEIR FAMILIES. THAT WAS GOOD. BUT THEN AT THE SAME TIME -- AND, MR. SPEAKER, THEY WERE DIVERSE. ALL BACKGROUNDS, RELIGIONS. THAT'S WHAT HOUSTON IS ALL ABOUT. THE SAME TIME I VISITED WITH AND HAD A PRESS CONFERENCE WITH A COLLECTIVE BODY OF HUMANITARIANS. THE SISTER ROGERS, A CATHOLIC SISTER AND MANY OTHERS ABOUT THE UNFORTUNATE CIRCUMSTANCES OF WHERE WE ARE IN THE DREAMERS AND WHY WE HAVEN'T ADDRESSED THAT QUESTION AND WHY WOULD DREAMERS WHO NEED TO BE STATUS, WHO ARE LAWYERS AND DOCTORS AND SOME IN THE -- SERVING IN PUBLIC SERVICE, WE HAD A PARAMEDIC STANDING WITH US, WHY WE CAN'T GET THEM STATUS. WHY CAN'T THE NATION DO WHAT IS RIGHT? WHY CAN'T THE PRESIDENT WORK WITH US AND SIGN THE PRESIDENT? THEN I INTRODUCED OR INDICATED THAT I AM GOING TO INTRODUCE THE RESTATUS OF T.P.S. STATUS PERSONS, SOME WHO HAVE BEEN HERE FOR 20 YEARS WITH MORTGAGES AND PEOPLE IN COLLEGE, YOUNG PEOPLE IN COLLEGE, AND TO STATUS THEM FOR TWO YEARS TO ALLOW THE CONGRESS TO FIX IT AND THAT THEIR STATUS BE TIED TO THE LAWS AND REQUIREMENTS THAT THEY BE IN SYNC WITH THOSE WHO WOULD GET CITIZENSHIP SO THEY WOULD NOT BE, IF YOU WILL, AWRY OF THE LAW, THEY WOULD BE IN STEP WITH THE LAW AS MOST OF THE PEOPLE ARE FROM EL SALVADOR, FROM HAITI AND BEYOND. THEN I WENT TO STAND WITH MOTHERS AT PUBLIC HOUSING AND INDICATED TO THEM IT'S LONG OVERDUE IN ALL OF OUR COMMUNITIES THAT WE INTRODUCE AN INFRASTRUCTURE BILL OF $150 BILLION TO FIX OUR PUBLIC HOUSING. BECAUSE AS I WAS STANDING WITH THESE MOTHERS AT CUNY HOMES, THEIR AIR-CONDITIONING WAS OUT. BUT WE STOOD THERE THE DAY BEFORE MOTHER'S DAY TO SALUTE THEM AND SAY THEY DESERVE TO LIVE IN QUALITY HOUSING. THEY'RE RAISING THEIR CHILDREN. SOME OF THEIR CHILDREN GO OFF TO THE UNITED STATES MILITARY. FINALLY, I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE, MR. SPEAKER, MAYBE THIS IS A CONFUSED STATEMENT. BY THE ADMINISTRATION. BUT I HAVE TO SPEAK AGAINST -- AND THESE ARE MY FRIENDS. WE WANT TO WORK INTERNATIONALLY. I WAS HERE FOR THE PERMANENT TRADE AGREEMENT THAT WAS DONE WITH CHINA, BUT IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW THAT OUR ECONOMY IS BASED ON INNOVATION. WHY WOULD THE ADMINISTRATION SUPPORT THE CHINESE FIRM OF Z.T.E. THAT OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY HAS TAKEN NOTE THAT THEY HAVE INTERFERED WITH OUR INNOVATION AND OUR TECHNOLOGY AND SUGGEST THAT HE WANTS THE CHINESE WORKERS TO HAVE THEIR JOBS AGAIN? I CERTAINLY WANT THE BEST FOR ANY COUNTRY, BUT I DO KNOW IT'S IMPORTANT TO RESTORE THE JOBS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THERE ARE MANY CALL CENTER AMERICAN COMPANIES THAT WOULD MAKE A GREAT INFUSION OF ENERGY AND DOLLARS IN VARIOUS COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE NATION. IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE REPORT OF 2012 INDICATED AND CONCLUDED THAT Z.T.E. CANNOT BE TRUSTED TO BE FREE OF FOREIGN STATE INFLUENCE AND THUS POSES A SECURITY THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES AND OUR SYSTEMS. IT ALSO SAID, IT IS ODD -- WHILE IT IS ODD THAT THIS PRESIDENT, WHO HAS PUT AN EXTENSIVE SANCTIONS ON IRAN AND NORTH KOREA, IS NOW WILLING TO OVERLOOK A HOUSE INTELLIGENCE REPORT INDICATING, OF COURSE, THAT Z.T.E. CANNOT BE TRUSTED. SO I STARTED, MR. SPEAKER, BY CONGRATULATING MY GRADUATES BUT I INDICATED THROUGHOUT THAT I'M BAFFLED BY THESE POLICIES OF THE ADMINISTRATION BUT I DO SAY THAT I HAVE FAITH IN THIS INSTITUTION AND I ASK MY COLLEAGUES, STAND WITH ME ON THE RESTORATION OF A TWO-YEAR STATUS FOR T.P.S. SO WE CAN GET IT RIGHT. LET US NOT SEPARATE MOTHERS FROM THEIR CHILDREN AND THE IMMIGRATION STRUCTURE AND LET'S PASS A DREAMERS BILL AND LET'S WORK TO INTRODUCE FUNDING FOR OUR PUBLIC HOUSING THAT EXISTS AND THAT MOTHERS ARE LIVING IN ACROSS AMERICA. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, YOUR KINDNESS IS APPRECIATED. I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS UNTIL NOON

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    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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      TO GO LIVE TO THE U.S. HOUSE. TODAY MEMBERS CONSIDERING BILLS DEALING WITH…

      TO GO LIVE TO THE U.S. HOUSE. TODAY MEMBERS CONSIDERING BILLS DEALING WITH ASSAULTS ON POLICE OFFICERS, VETERANS HEALTH CARE, AND FARM BILL. LIVE NOW TO THE FLOOR OF THE U.S. HOUSE HERE ON C-SPAN.

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  • 12:00:00 PM

    Reconvened

    The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of May 16.

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      PLEASE PRAY WITH ME, FATHER WE PRAISE YOU FOR ALLOWING US TO BE THE LAND…

      PLEASE PRAY WITH ME, FATHER WE PRAISE YOU FOR ALLOWING US TO BE THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE. WE EMBRACE THE TRUTH THAT WE ARE ALL CREATED IN YOUR IMAGE AND HAVE VALUE AND PURPOSE OF IN THIS LIFE AND COUNTRY BECAUSE OF YOUR LOVE FOR US. THE FOUNDATION OF PROSPERITY ITS RIGHTEOUSNESS AND WHEN IT INCREASES THAT PEOPLE PROSPER AND REJOICE. WOULD YOU CAUSE PERSONAL AND NATIONAL RIGHTEOUSNESS TO BE OUR BANNER AND VISION SO WE CAN KNOW YOUR GREAT VISION ACROSS THIS GREAT COUNTRY. THIS HOUSE HAS BUSINESS TO DO AND I PRAY THAT ALL TRANSACTIONS THAT TAKE PLACE IN THESE HALLS TODAY WILL BE MADE WITH WISDOM RESULTING IN THE BEST OF ALL. AND GOOD FAVOR TO JESUS, AMEN.

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    • 12:01:14 PM

      Today's prayer was offered by Dr. Ted Kitchens, Christ Chapel Bible Church, Fort Worth, TX.

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      SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL

      The Chair announced that he had examined the Journal of the last day's proceedings and had approved it. Mr. Wilson (SC) demanded that the question be put on agreeing to the Speaker's approval of the Journal and by voice vote, the Chair announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Wilson (SC) objected to the voice vote based upon the absence of a quorum and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of the Speaker's approval of the Journal until later in the legislative day.

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        MR. WILSON

        I OBJECT TO THE VOTE ON THE POINT THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT.

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        MR. WILSON

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

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

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    • 12:02:55 PM

      PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

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

      • 12:03:08 PM

        MR. CICILLINE

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    • 12:03:12 PM

      ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

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

      • 12:03:25 PM

        MS. FOXX

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        MS. FOXX

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        KILDEE: MR. SPEAKER, I SEEK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE…

        KILDEE: MR. SPEAKER, I SEEK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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      • 12:04:34 PM

        MR. KILLED YES

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        MR. KILDEE

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        GOOD INFRASTRUCTURE DRIVES OUR ECONOMY. AMERICANS DEPEND ON WATER SYSTEMS…

        GOOD INFRASTRUCTURE DRIVES OUR ECONOMY. AMERICANS DEPEND ON WATER SYSTEMS TO PROVIDE CLEAN AND SAFE DRINKABLE WATER. IN THIS COUNTRY, WE HAVE FAILED AT THE MAKE THE -- TO MAKE THE NECESSARY INVESTMENTS IN ROADS AND BRIDGES, ESSENTIAL INFRASTRUCTURE THAT'S IMPORTANT TO DRIVE OUR ECONOMY.

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      • 12:04:44 PM

        MR. KILDEE

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

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

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      • 12:05:58 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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      • 12:09:25 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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        MR. CICILLINE

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THEY VOTED TO DISMANTLE PROTECTIONS FOR PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. THEY…

        THEY VOTED TO DISMANTLE PROTECTIONS FOR PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. THEY VOTED TO RAISE OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSES. THEY VOTED TO TAKE AWAY HEALTH COVERAGE FROM 23 MILLION AMERICANS. AND GAVE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN TAX BREAKS TO PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES AND OTHER HEALTH CARE ORGANIZATIONS. LAST WEEK, PRESIDENT TRUMP OUTLINED HIS PLAN TO FURTHER LINE THE POCKETS OF BIG DRUG COMPANIES AND THEIR C.E.O.'S. DEMOCRATS HAVE A BETTER DEAL. OUR PLAN WILL FUNDAMENTALLY REFORM THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY.

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      • 12:09:37 PM

        MR. CICILLINE

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

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        WILSON: MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY AN EMERGENCY SESSION OF THE U.N.

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        MR. WILSON

        SECURITY COUNCIL, AMBASSADOR NIKKI HALEY SPOKE TRUTHFULLY ABOUT THE…

        SECURITY COUNCIL, AMBASSADOR NIKKI HALEY SPOKE TRUTHFULLY ABOUT THE TERRIFIC HAMAS TERRORIST ATTACKS IN GAZA.

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      • 12:10:51 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. WILSON

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

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

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        MR.

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        GREEN: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE FARM BILL AND THE…

        GREEN: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE FARM BILL AND THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY SCORCHED EARTH AND IRRESPONSIBLE APPROACH TO HISTORICALLY A BIPARTISAN BILL. THROUGHOUT THIS CONGRESS, THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY HAS CAST ASIDE BIPARTISAN EFFORTS BY KEEPING DEMOCRATS OUT OF NEGOTIATIONS.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. GREEN

        THE FARM BILL'S NO DIFFERENT. FROM SABOTAGING THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT TO…

        THE FARM BILL'S NO DIFFERENT. FROM SABOTAGING THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT TO GIVING WEALTHY FAMILIES AND CORPORATIONS A TAX BREAK AT THE COST OF HARDWORKING FAMILIES TO MAKE CUTS, DEEP CUTS AND SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM OF THE SNAP. THIS BILL IS ON A DANGEROUS PATH. WE NEED TO RETURN TO BIPARTISAN DISCUSSION SO THAT -- THAT MADE THE FARM BILL A WIN-WIN FOR BOTH URBAN AND RURAL COMMUNITIES F THIS BIPARTISAN BILL BECOMES LAW, ROUGHLY 265,000 LOW-INCOME CHILDREN WILL LOSE ACCESS TO FREE SCHOOL MEALS AND MORE THAN ONE MILLION AMERICANS WILL NO LONGER RECEIVE BENEFIT THEY RELY ON TO BUY FOOD. WE CAN DO BETTER BECAUSE AMERICA'S FARMERS AND CHILDREN TEA SERVE BETTER. WE HAD A FARM BILL EVERY FIVE YEARS. IS IT WORTH KICKING CHILDREN AND FAMILIES OFF SNAP? NO, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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      • 12:13:28 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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        MR. GIANFORTE

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. GIANFORTE

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

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

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MINUTE.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        NETWORK BOTS AND XIONG LINE ADS TO SPREAD INFORMATION DURING THE 2016…

        NETWORK BOTS AND XIONG LINE ADS TO SPREAD INFORMATION DURING THE 2016 ELECTION.

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      • 12:15:12 PM

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        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES GENTLELADY FROM INDIANA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      • 12:16:35 PM

        MRS. BROOKS

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

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        >>

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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      • 12:19:24 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        ROS-LEHTINEN: I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE ON THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      • 12:19:35 PM

        MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

        THE GENTLELADY YIELD BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES GENTLELADY FROM ARIZONA…

        THE GENTLELADY YIELD BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES GENTLELADY FROM ARIZONA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MINUTE.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        LESKO: I'M EAGER TO WORK WITH YOU TO ACCOMPLISH WHAT MY CONSTITUENTS SENT…

        LESKO: I'M EAGER TO WORK WITH YOU TO ACCOMPLISH WHAT MY CONSTITUENTS SENT ME HERE TO DO, SECURE OUR BORDERS, STRENGTHEN OUR MILITARY AND CREATE A STRONG ECONOMY. EARLIER TODAY, I MET WITH MIKE AND COLLEEN SUTTER FROM MY DISTRICT.

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      • 12:21:23 PM

        MS. LESKO

        THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES GENTLELADY FROM PUERTO…

        THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES GENTLELADY FROM PUERTO RICO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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      • 12:22:12 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      • 12:22:20 PM

        MISS GONZALEZ-COLON

        SPEAKER, TODAY, I ASK FOR THE FEDERAL SUPPORT OF PUERTO RICO TO THE POWER…

        SPEAKER, TODAY, I ASK FOR THE FEDERAL SUPPORT OF PUERTO RICO TO THE POWER RESTORATION MUST CONTINUE.

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      • 12:22:24 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      • 12:22:28 PM

        MISS GONZALEZ-COLON

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        THOMPSON: I RISE TO HONOR NATIONAL POLICE

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        WEEK. WE ARE HERE IN HONOR OF NATIONAL POLICE WEEK. ACCOMPLISHED BY A…

        WEEK. WE ARE HERE IN HONOR OF NATIONAL POLICE WEEK. ACCOMPLISHED BY A JOINT RESOLUTION OF CONGRESS IN 1962, NATIONAL POLICE WEEK PAYS SPECIAL RECOGNITION TO THE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE LINE OF DUTY FOR THE SAFETY AND PROTECTION OF OTHERS.

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      • 12:23:48 PM

        MR. THOMPSON

        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 CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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      • 12:24:48 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        AND EXTEND.

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        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      • 12:25:02 PM

        MR. LAMALFA

        THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING COMMUNICATION.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      • 12:26:19 PM

        The House received a communication from the Honorable Jim Banks. Mr. Banks (IN) submitted his resignation from the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. The resignation was accepted without objection.

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          The House received a communication from the Honorable John H. Rutherford. Mr. Rutherford submitted his resignation from the Committees on Homeland Security and Veterans' Affairs. The resignations were accepted without objection.

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            THE CLERK

            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES -- THE RESIGNATIONS ARE ACCEPTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE…

            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES -- THE RESIGNATIONS ARE ACCEPTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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        • 12:27:19 PM

          The House received a communication from the Honorable Brad R. Wenstrup. Mr. Wenstrup submitted his resignation from the Committees on Veterans' Affairs and Armed Services. The resignations were accepted without objection.

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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            MR. WOODALL

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            WOODALL: I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO CONSIDER THE RESOLUTION AS READ.

        • 12:28:21 PM

          Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 897 — "Electing Members to certain standing committees of the House of Representatives."

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            THE CLERK

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      • 12:28:28 PM

        On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.

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          MR. WOODALL

        • 12:28:32 PM

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

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        • 12:28:52 PM

          By direction of the Committee on Rules, Mr. Woodall called up H. Res. 891, and asked for its immediate consideration.

          • 12:28:56 PM

            THE CLERK

            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS SEEK RECOGNITION?

          • 12:33:02 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          • 12:33:07 PM

            MR. MCGOVERN

            RULES COMMITTEE MAY NOT COMMITTEE MAY NOT WAIVE THE POINT OF ORDER…

            RULES COMMITTEE MAY NOT COMMITTEE MAY NOT WAIVE THE POINT OF ORDER PRESCRIBED BY SECTION 425 OF THAT SAME AFPBLGT SECTION 3 OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 891 STATES THAT, AND I QUOTE, ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED, END QUOTE. THEREFORE I MAKE A POINT OF ORDER PURSUANT TO SECTION 426 OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET ACT THAT THIS RULE MAY NOT BE CONSIDERED.

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          • 12:33:45 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. --

      • 12:33:46 PM

        POINT OF ORDER

        Mr. McGovern raised a point of order against the provisions of H. Res. 891 because it violates the Congressional Budget Act. The Chair announced that the disposition of the point of order would be resolved by the question of consideration of H. Res. 891. The House proceeded with 20 minutes of debate on the point of order, at the end of which the Chair will put the question on consideration.

        • 12:34:25 PM

          MR. MCGOTSCHE

        • 12:34:27 PM

          MR. MCGOVERN

          THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

        • 12:41:10 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN QUALIFIES. IS RECOGNIZED.

        • 12:41:14 PM

          MR. WOODALL

        • 12:41:20 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        • 12:41:22 PM

          MR. WOODALL

          HOW MUCH TIME DO I HAVE REMAINING?

        • 12:45:40 PM

          MR. MCGOVERN

          STUDY. THE BILL WOULD IMPOSE INTERGOVERNMENTAL MANDATES BY AMENDING SNAP…

          STUDY. THE BILL WOULD IMPOSE INTERGOVERNMENTAL MANDATES BY AMENDING SNAP REQUIREMENTS AND

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        • 12:45:44 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        • 12:45:46 PM

          MR. MCGOVERN

          PLACING IT ON STATES AND REQUIRING NEW STATE ACTIVITIES IN THE SNAP…

          PLACING IT ON STATES AND REQUIRING NEW STATE ACTIVITIES IN THE SNAP PROGRAMS. SNAP AND CHILD ENFORCEMENT SUPPORT AND THE CONDITIONS ON STATES AND LOCALITIES AS INTERGOVERNMENTAL MANDATE IF AFFECTED GOVERNMENT LACKS AUTHORITY TO OFFSET THE COSTS BY REQUIRING TO THOSE INCREASES. AND IN AREAS WHERE THEY HAVE LIMITED FLEXIBILITY TO AMEND THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES AND OFFSET ADDITIONAL COSTS AND WOULD BE INTERGOVERNMENTAL MANDATES. IN OTHER WORDS, ON A WHOLE RANGE OF ISSUES, THIS BILL REQUIRES STATES TO DO SO MUCH MORE AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOES NOT PROVIDE THE FUNDING TO MEET THOSE OBLIGATIONS. IF STATES WANT TO PROVIDE SNAP BENEFITS TO THEIR CITIZENS WHICH I THINK EVERY STATE WANTS TO DO, THEY HAVE TO EMPRAYS THESE MANDATES AND ADD ADDITIONAL COSTS ON TO WHAT THEY ARE ALREADY PAYING. THESE ARE A BIG FAT UNFUNDED MANDATES. WHEN YOUR GOVERNORS READ THIS BILL, WHEN YOU READ THIS BILL, YOU ARE GOING TO BE AMAZED AT ALL THESE ADDITIONAL BURDENS TO BE IMPOSED ON STATES AND LOCALITIES. IF THIS ISN'T AN UNFUNDED MANDATE OR WHAT THAT REPUBLICAN INITIATIVE WAS ALL ABOUT WHEN IT WAS FIRST IMPLEMENTED, I HAVE NO IDEA. UNDER THE WORK TRAINING PROGRAMS, THIS BILL WOULD PROVIDE MAYBE $30 PER PERSON FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING. WE ARE TOLD THAT EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROGRAMS ON AVERAGE RANGE FROM $7,000 TO $14,000 TO BE EFFECTIVE. THIS IS AN UNFUNDED MANDATE PLAIN AND SIMPLE. IF YOU CARE ABOUT UNFUNDED MANDATE, YOU WILL SUPPORT US. AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. GEORGIA FROM GEORGIA.

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        • 12:47:44 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        • 12:47:51 PM

          MR. WOODALL

          FOLKS WANT TO BE A PART OF LIFTING PEOPLE OUT OF POVERTY. NOBODY WANTS TO…

          FOLKS WANT TO BE A PART OF LIFTING PEOPLE OUT OF POVERTY. NOBODY WANTS TO BE A PART OF TRAPPING PEOPLE IN A CYCLE OF POVERTY. AND THERE IS ABSOLUTELY A AGREE OF COMPLICITNESS THAT THIS CHAMBER HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN SAYING THIS IS THE BEST WE CAN DO AND CAN'T DO ANY BETTER AND RESIGN OURSELVES TO THE FACT THAT GENERATIONAL POVERTY WILL CONTINUE. I SAY NONSENSE. I SHARE MY FRIEND'S FRUSTRATION THAT WHAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN A BIPARTISAN REFORM BILL, WHAT TRADITIONALLY IS A BIPARTISAN FARM BILL WENT OFF THE RAILS SOMEWHERE IN THE PROCESS AND FOLKS WALKED AWAY FROM THE TABLE AND WE CAN ASSIGN BLAME HOWEVER WE CHOOSE TO DO IT. BUT IN THIS CASE, MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT A BILL THAT IS GOING TO TAKE A MAJOR STEP FORWARD LIFTING PEOPLE OUT OF POVERTY AND PUTTING PEOPLE BACK TO WORK, AND MAKING SURE THAT FOLKS WHO RECEIVE FEDERAL BENEFITS ARE THOSE WHO NEED FEDERAL BENEFITS BUT THOSE WHO HAVE OPPORTUNITIES TO DO MORE AND BETTER FOR THEIR FAMILIES, THEY HAVE PARTNERS IN FEDERAL AND STATE GOVERNMENTS TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN. I THINK THAT'S WHAT MY COLLEAGUES HERE WANT. I ENCOURAGE MY FRIENDS TO REJECT MY FRIEND'S POINT OF ORDER AND TO VOTE TO CONSIDER THIS BILL TODAY. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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        • 12:49:42 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

        • 12:49:58 PM

          MR. MCGOVERN

        • 12:50:03 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED…

          RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTE BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. 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 SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE YEAS ARE 223, THE NAYS ARE 181. THE QUESTION OF CONSIDERATION IS DECIDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE

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        • 12:50:24 PM

          On consideration of the resolution Roll Call 184 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

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          House Vote 184 - On Consideration of the Resolution

          Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 5698) to amend title 18, United States Code, to punish criminal offenses targeting law enforcement officers, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of the bill (S. 2372) to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide outer burial receptacles for remains buried in National Parks, and for other purposes; and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2) to provide for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through fiscal year 2023, and for other purposes.

          Passed (223 - 181)
          Yea
          Nay

          Vote Details: Yea - 223
          Republican - 223

          Vote Details: Nay - 181
          Democratic - 179
          Republican - 2

          Vote Details: Not Voting - 23
          Democratic - 14
          Republican - 9

          • 01:17:55 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

          • 01:18:30 PM

            Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 891 — "Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 5698) to amend title 18, United States Code, to punish criminal offenses targeting law enforcement officers, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of the bill (S. 2372) to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide outer burial receptacles for remains buried in National Parks, and for other purposes; and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2) to provide for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through fiscal year 2023, and for other purposes."

            • 01:18:36 PM

              MR. WOODALL

              CONSUME. I ASK THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE…

              CONSUME. I ASK THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS. THE RULE BEFORE US MAKES IN ORDER THREE PIECES OF LEGISLATION. THE ONE THAT YOU HEARD DISCUSSED ALREADY TODAY IS H.R. 2, THE AGRICULTURE NUTRITION ACT OF 2018. TWO OTHER MEASURES ARE H.R. 5698, PROTECT AND SERVE ACT OF 2018 AND S. 2372, THE V.A. MISSION ACT OF 2018. .

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        • 01:18:39 PM

          DEBATE

          The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 891.

          • 01:19:38 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            GENTLEMAN'S RECOGNIZED.

          • 01:19:49 PM

            MR. WOODALL

            SPEAKER. IT MAKES IT A FEDERAL CRIME TO ATTEMPT TO CAUSE OR INTENTIONALLY…

            SPEAKER. IT MAKES IT A FEDERAL CRIME TO ATTEMPT TO CAUSE OR INTENTIONALLY CAUSE SERIOUS BODILY HARM TO ANY LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER. WE ARE TRYING TO SPEAK IN THE ABSOLUTE STRONGEST TERMS WHEN WE SPEAK ON BEHALF OF OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM. JUST LAST NIGHT IN THE RULES COMMITTEE, MY FRIEND, MR. MCGOVERN, SAID THERE WAS NO DISAGREEMENT BETWEEN THE PARTIES AND THE CHAMBERS ON THIS LEGISLATION. ANOTHER BILL WE CAN AGREE ON, MR. SPEAKER, IS THE V.A. MISSION ACT. I WAS ONE WITH ONE OF THE AMERICAN LEGION CHAPTERS JUST OP MONDAY TALKING ABOUT THE VERY PROVISIONS IN THIS BILL AND HOW THEY CAN MAKE A SUBSTANTIVE DIFFERENCE FOR OUR MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE SERVED US IN THE ARMED FORCES. THIS IS A FOUR CORNERS DEPREEMENT BILL, MR. SPEAKER. BY FOUR CORNERS, THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBERS ON THE HOUSE SIDE AND SENATE SIDE HAVE AGREED ON THIS LEGISLATION. THEY HAVE WORKED TOGETHER ON THIS LEGISLATION. AND THEY PUT IT TOGETHER IN A WAY THAT WE CAN ALL BE PROUDLY SUPPORTIVE OF THAT FINAL PRODUCT. LET ME TELL YOU WHAT THIS BILL WILL DO IN SPECIFICS, MR. SPEAKER. IT CONSOLIDATES SEVEN DUPLICATIVE COMMUNITY CARE PROGRAMS INTO ONE PROGRAM THAT ARE EASIER FOR OUR VETERANS TO UNDERSTAND AND ACCESS. IT ENSURES THAT THE VETERANS' CHOICE PROGRAM HAS ENOUGH FUNDING TO CONTINUE WORKING FOR OUR VETERANS FOR YET ANOTHER YEAR AS THE COMMITTEES CONTINUE TO PERFECT THAT PROGRAM. I'M SURE YOU HEAR THE SAME INSTRUCTTIVE COUNSEL AND GOOD FOR THE OPT OUT BUT THE VETERANS' PROGRAMS HAVE TO APPROVE PROMPTLY AND GET THE DOCTORS REIMBURSED. IT CREATES A FAIR AND TRANSPARENT PROCESS FOR A COMPREHENSIVE AUDIT OF THE APPROVE PROMPTLY V.A. 'S PHYSICAL FACILITIES, WHERE ARE THOSE REGIONS OF THE COUNTRY THAT ARE UNDERSERVED AND REGIONS OF THE COUNTRY WOULD BETTER SERVE. THE V.A. CAN TRANSFORM ITS AGING INFRASTRUCTURE. THIS BILL PROVIDES A COMPREHENSIVE AUDIT PROCESS SO WE CAN MODERNIZE THE V.A. FOR TODAY'S VETERANS. IT EXPANDS THE CAREGIVER PROGRAM, MR. SPEAKER, TO PROVIDE THE BENEFITS TO PRE--9/11 VETERANS SO THEY ARE IN PARITY WITH THOSE VETERANS POST-9/11 AND PROVIDES RECRUITING AND RETENTION EFFORTS SO THE VETERANS HAVE ACCESS TO THE MEDICAL PERSONNEL. THESE REFORMS AREN'T JUST SUPPORTED BY THE FOUR CORNERS THAT I MENTIONED, THE REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS WHO LEAD THE COMMITTEES IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE BUT SUPPORTED BY OVER 30 VETERAN SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY. AS CHAIRMAN ROE HIGHLIGHTED IN THE RULES COMMITTEE LAST NIGHT. I DON'T PRETEND THAT THESE MEASURES DO EVERYTHING FOR EVERYONE. THEY DO NOT. BUT IT IS ANOTHER IN A LONG STEP OF BILLS MAKING PROGRESS ON BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHETHER WE ARE TALKING ABOUT OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN LAW ENFORCEMENT OR MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE WORN OUR MILITARY UNIFORMS. IT'S ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF HOW CHAIRMAN ROE AND RANKING MEMBER WALZ AND OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE ARE TAKING STEPS FORWARD TO REPAY OUR DEBTS. AND FINALLY, MR. SPEAKER, AS WE ALREADY DISCUSSED, THIS RULE WOULD MAKE IN ORDER H.R. 2. IT DOESN'T JUST MAKE IN ORDER THE BASE TEXT, MR. SPEAKER, BUT ALSO MAKES IN ORDER 20 AMENDMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN OFFERED BY BOTH REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS IN THIS CHAMBER WHO WOULD LIKE TO TRY TO MAKE THAT BILL EVEN BETTER. 20 AMENDMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE IN ORDER ALREADY AND WHEN WE FINISH OUR DEBATE, WE WILL RETURN TO THE RULES COMMITTEE UPSTAIRS AND CONSIDER ANOTHER ROUND OF AMENDMENTS THIS AFTERNOON TO CONTINUE TO PERFECT THIS BILL THROUGHOUT THE WEEK. MR. SPEAKER, ONE RULE, THREE BILLS, THREE BILLS THAT HAVE THE ABILITY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR FAMILIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY, NORTH, SOUTH, EAST AND WEST. I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES WILL SUPPORT THIS RULE AND GET INVOLVED AND SUPPORT THOSE BILLS ON FINAL PASSAGE AS WELL. I RESERVE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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          • 01:25:24 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          • 01:25:29 PM

            MR. MCGOVERN

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS…

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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          • 01:34:58 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            ASKING SINGLE WORKING AGE, HEALTHY, NONDISABLED MEN TO GO TO WORK IS GOING…

            ASKING SINGLE WORKING AGE, HEALTHY, NONDISABLED MEN TO GO TO WORK IS GOING TO MAKE THEIR LIFE HARDER, GOING TO WORK EVERY DAY IS HARD.

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          • 01:35:01 PM

            MR. WOODALL

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

          • 01:35:37 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          • 01:35:40 PM

            MR. WALDEN

            MEDICAL SCRIBES PILOT ACT. NOW, THIS WAS LEGISLATION I HELPED WRITE WITH…

            MEDICAL SCRIBES PILOT ACT. NOW, THIS WAS LEGISLATION I HELPED WRITE WITH CHAIRMAN ROE TO SET UP A PILOT PROGRAM FOR INCLUDING SCRIBES AND PRIMARY CARE TEAMS AT THE V.A. RESEARCH IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR HAS SHOWN THAT ALLOWING SCRIBES TO HANDLE ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS ALLOWS THE HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS, THE DOCTORS, TO DO MORE WHAT THEY DO BEST WHICH IS TO TREAT THE PATIENTS. SO WE HAVE DOCTORS TREATING PATIENTS RATHER THAN SPENDING THEIR VALUABLE TIME DOING PAPERWORK. CHAIRMAN ROE JOINED ME IN MY DISTRICT LAST FALL IN A TOUR OF THE V.A. CLINIC IN WHITE CITY WHERE WE HEARD FIRSTHAND ABOUT THE ADMINISTRATIVE CHALLENGES V.A. DOCTORS FACE AND HOW IT AFFECTS THEIR ABILITY TO CARE FOR VETERANS. SO THE UNDERLYING BILL HERE THAT WE WILL BRING TO THE FLOOR WILL HELP. THE ENTIRE BILL WILL HELP. THIS WILL HELP OUR DOCS SPEND MORE TIME WITH THEIR PATIENTS. WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH THE V.A. IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS PROGRAM. I'M PLEASED THIS IS IN THE BILL. I APPLAUD MY COLLEAGUES HELPING VETERANS GET THE BENEFITS THEY HAVE EARNED AND DESERVE. WITH THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD BACK THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME.

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          • 01:37:18 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          • 01:37:27 PM

            MR. MCGOVERN

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

          • 01:37:43 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          • 01:37:46 PM

            MR. SCHNEIDER

            THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS…

            THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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          • 01:39:09 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            WOODALL: I AGREE WITH MY FRIEND. I THINK PARTISAN APPROACHES IS THE WRONG…

            WOODALL: I AGREE WITH MY FRIEND. I THINK PARTISAN APPROACHES IS THE WRONG WAY. THIS IS NOT WHAT MY CHAIRMAN DESIRED. IT'S NOT WHAT ANY OF US WANTED TO END UP.

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          • 01:39:14 PM

            MR. WOODALL

          • 01:39:16 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            WHEN FOLKS WALK AWAY FROM THE TABLE. IT'S WHERE WE END UP. THIS IS THE…

            WHEN FOLKS WALK AWAY FROM THE TABLE. IT'S WHERE WE END UP. THIS IS THE START OF THE PROCESS. THIS IS NOT THE END OF THE PROCESS. I REGRET THE WAY THAT THIS IS SORTED OUT FOR MY AG FRIENDS.

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          • 01:39:18 PM

            MR. WOODALL

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS…

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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          • 01:39:51 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          • 01:39:54 PM

            MR. MCGOVERN

            POLIS: THANK YOU. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS. I WANT TO DRAW…

            POLIS: THANK YOU. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS. I WANT TO DRAW ATTENTION TO PROVISIONS OF THIS BILL WHICH ATTACK BEDROCK ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS AND RECKLESSLY PROMOTE LOGGING OVER CLEAN WATER RECREATION AND WILDLIFE. IN A DISTRICT LIKE MINE WHERE THE HOLDINGS OF THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE ARE EXTENSIVE, THIS BILL IS A CRITICAL PART OF HELPING TO PROTECT OUR ECONOMY, OUR WAY OF LIFE, AND THE WAY WE ENJOY OUR PUBLIC LANDS. TITLE 8 OF THE BILL INCLUDES BLATANT ATTEMPTS THAT UNDERMINE THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT, NEPA, AND THE ROADLESS AREA CONSERVATION RULE. THIS BILL ALLOWS FOR CONGRESSIONAL EXEMPTIONS. BASICALLY AN EARMARK TO PREVENT ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEWS AND PUBLIC COMMENT PERIODS THAT ACTUALLY PREVENTS COMMUNITIES FROM HAVING A SAY OVER WHAT HAPPENS QUITE LITERALLY IN THEIR BACK YARD. I THINK THAT WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE INVOLVE OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES.

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          • 01:39:59 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          • 01:40:02 PM

            MR. POLIS

            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

          • 01:43:10 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          • 01:43:11 PM

            MR. POLIS

            WOODALL: I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

          • 01:43:15 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GEORGIA FAMILIES WAKE UP EVERY DAY BACK HOME AND GO OUT AND OFTEN…

            THE GEORGIA FAMILIES WAKE UP EVERY DAY BACK HOME AND GO OUT AND OFTEN CASES ARE WORKING LAND THAT THEIR FATHER WORKED BEFORE THEM AND THEIR GRANDFATHER WORKED BEFORE THEM.

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          • 01:43:21 PM

            MR. WOODALL

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

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

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          • 01:45:08 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          • 01:45:13 PM

            MR. MCGOVERN

            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

          • 01:45:52 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          • 01:45:54 PM

            MR. MCGOVERN

            MR.

          • 01:45:58 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            LAMBORN: THE V.A. MISSION ACT IS A GOOD BILL. OUR VETERANS QUESTION IT…

            LAMBORN: THE V.A. MISSION ACT IS A GOOD BILL. OUR VETERANS QUESTION IT WHEN IT MEANS THAT WE SAY WE VALUE THEIR SERVICE. WE CANNOT ERASE THOSE DOUBTS IN ONE DAY OR ONE BILL BUT CAN TAKE A POSITIVE STEP FORWARD AND DOING THAT TODAY.

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          • 01:46:06 PM

            MR. LAMBORN

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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          • 01:48:49 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            FIRST TIME ON THE FLOOR WITH OUR NEW COLLEAGUE FROM PENNSYLVANIA AND I…

            FIRST TIME ON THE FLOOR WITH OUR NEW COLLEAGUE FROM PENNSYLVANIA AND I APPRECIATE HIS SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY. IN GENERAL, I FEEL YOUR PAIN. IT'S A GOOD BILL AND NOT A PERFECT BILL. I HAVE BEEN HERE SEVEN YEARS AND I COME DOWN HERE TIME AND TIME AGAIN TO FIND GOOD BILLS AND I'M FRUSTRATED THAT WE CAN'T GET IT THERE. AND WHAT I WILL SHARE WITH YOU, MR. SPEAKER, WHAT I HAVE DETERMINED THE REASON IS IS BECAUSE YOU FOLKS DO NOT AGREE WITH ME IS WHY I HAVE DECIDED I CAN'T GET TO THOSE PERFECT BILLS.

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          • 01:48:56 PM

            MR. WOODALL

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

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

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          • 01:52:31 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            WALZ: I THANK MY FRIEND FROM GEORGIA AND SEE COMRADE REDOWN HERE AND THANK…

            WALZ: I THANK MY FRIEND FROM GEORGIA AND SEE COMRADE REDOWN HERE AND THANK YOU FOR POINTING OUT WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE RULE AND THIS IS IMPORTANT ON THE RULE. WE MAY KNOW IT IN HERE BUT AMERICANS, THE RULE IS HOW WE HAVE THIS DEBATE AND THIS IS AN HONEST DEBATE.

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          • 01:52:36 PM

            MR. MCGOVERN

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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            MR. WALZ

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

          • 01:54:44 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            SO I RESERVE.

          • 01:54:47 PM

            MR. WOODAL

            MCGOVERN: WE HAVE A TON. I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED THE…

            MCGOVERN: WE HAVE A TON. I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR.

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          • 01:54:47 PM

            MR. WOODALL

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            CICILLINE. MR.

          • 01:54:58 PM

            MR. MCGOVERN

            CICILLINE: I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING REPUBLICAN…

            CICILLINE: I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING REPUBLICAN FARM BILL WHICH WOULD DEVASTATE WORKER FAMILIES AND SENIORS. CURRENTLY MORE THAN 41 MILLION AMERICANS RECEIVE BENEFITS. CLOSE TO 2/3 ARE CHILDREN, THE ELDERLY AND DISABLED.

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          • 01:55:06 PM

            MR. CICILLINE

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA…

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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          • 01:56:24 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            WELL WELL THIS FARM BILL --

          • 01:56:32 PM

            MR. MCGOVERN

            THIS HELPS PEOPLE IN ALL OF OUR DISTRICTS THAT NEED THE FOOD. THIS BILL…

            THIS HELPS PEOPLE IN ALL OF OUR DISTRICTS THAT NEED THE FOOD. THIS BILL HAS HAD NO PROCESS.

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          • 01:56:39 PM

            MR. WELCH

            IT IS A CONTINUATION OF AN EFFORT TO RATCHET DOWN ANY HELP THAT AMERICANS…

            IT IS A CONTINUATION OF AN EFFORT TO RATCHET DOWN ANY HELP THAT AMERICANS NEED. THAT HEALTH CARE BILL WAS GOING TO HELP ON HEALTH CARE BY TAKING IT AWAY FROM 24 MILLION PEOPLE. THIS NUTRITION PEOPLE IS GOING TO TAKE $23 MILLION WORTH OF BENEFITS, BILLIONS AWAY FROM CHILDREN, VETERANS, ELDERLY, DISABLED WHO NEED THAT FOOD? WHY? WE PASSED A TAX CUT. AND BY THE WAY, IT WASN'T PAID FOR, $2.3 TRILLION ADDED TO THE DEFICIT FOR A TAX BILL WHERE 87% OF THE BENEFITS GO TO MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS EARNING OVER $890,000 A YEAR. WELL, THE BILL HAS COME DUE AND WE HAVE A PROPOSAL HERE TO COME UP WITH $23 BILLION TO PAY FOR IT AND THAT'S TAKING MEALS OFF THE TABLE OF DISABLED PEOPLE. AND BY THE WAY, THE WORK REQUIREMENT, WHAT IS IT REALLY? THAT SOUNDS GOOD. WHO WANTS TO WORK? EVERYBODY WANTS TO WORK. WE ARE GOING TO PAY FOR THIS SO-CALLED WORK REQUIREMENT BY PAYING BUREAUCRATS AND GIVING THEM THE IMPOSSIBLE JOB OF PUTTING PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT ABLE TO WORK INTO JOBS THAT DON'T EXIST. TALK ABOUT CYNICAL. THAT'S WHAT THIS BILL IS. I'M FROM VERMONT WHERE WE HAVE LOTS OF FOLKS WHO NEED HELP AND WE HAVE LOTS OF VERMONTERS WHO WITH VERY LITTLE MONEY ARE DOING THINGS TO PUT MEALS, GOOD MEALS ON THE TABLES OF THOSE FAMILIES. DON'T PASS THIS FARM BILL. IT TAKES THAT NUTRITION AWAY FROM OUR VERMONTERS AND OUR AMERICAN CITIZENS. I YIELD BACK.

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          • 01:58:42 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            WOODALL: MY FRIEND FROM MINNESOTA MENTIONED FOLKS WHO MIGHT BE WATCHING…

            WOODALL: MY FRIEND FROM MINNESOTA MENTIONED FOLKS WHO MIGHT BE WATCHING THIS DEBATE FROM THEIR OFFICES OR FROM THEIR HOMES, I THINK IT'S A SHAME THAT WE DON'T OFTEN GET TO THE CORE OF WHAT SOME OF OUR DISAGREEMENTS ARE. AS WE SIT HERE TODAY, IT'S A FACT THERE ARE MORE JOB OPENINGS IN AMERICA THAN AT ANY OTHER TIME IN AMERICAN HISTORY. THAT'S A FACT. AND IT IS A FACT THAT AS WE SIT HERE GETTING READY TO MOVE FURTHER INTO THE MILLENNIUM, THAT THERE ARE MORE ABLE-BODIED SINGLE MEN OUT OF THE WORK FORCE THAN EVER BEFORE. THAT'S A FACT. FOLKS WHO HAVE DECIDED NOT TO WORK.

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          • 01:58:50 PM

            MR. WOODALL

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS…

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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          • 02:02:31 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            BROAD-BASED CATEGORICAL ELIGIBILITY GIVES STATES THE FLEXIBILITY TO OFFER…

            BROAD-BASED CATEGORICAL ELIGIBILITY GIVES STATES THE FLEXIBILITY TO OFFER PEOPLE WHO ARE STRUGGLING, MORE PEOPLE THE SNAP BENEFIT. THERE ARE MANY STATES, INCLUDING MINE, THAT BASICALLY OFFER SNAP TO PEOPLE WHO ARE AT 200% OF THE POVERTY LEVEL. THAT'S ABOUT $24,000. THIS BILL, THIS BILL CHANGES THE CRITERIA. SO YOU COULD BE WORKING AND MAKING ANYWHERE FROM $24,000 TO, LIKE, $15,900, AND RIGHT NOW YOU ARE WORKING AND THAT'S WHAT YOU MAKE AND YOU ARE ELIGIBLE FOR SNAP. THIS BILL SAYS YOU NO LONGER CAN GET THAT BENEFIT.

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          • 02:02:35 PM

            MR. MCGOVERN

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          • 02:02:39 PM

            MR. MCGOVERN

            THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

          • 02:03:56 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          • 02:03:58 PM

            MR. MCGOVERN

            MS. MUNT ROCHESTER -- MS.

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            BLUNT ROCHESTER: I WANT TO ECHO THE SENTIMENTS OF MY COLLEAGUE AND ALSO…

            BLUNT ROCHESTER: I WANT TO ECHO THE SENTIMENTS OF MY COLLEAGUE AND ALSO SHARE THAT I SERVED AS SECRETARY OF LABOR IN THE STATE OF DELAWARE.

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          • 02:04:14 PM

            MS. BLUNT ROCHESTER

            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          • 02:06:11 PM

            MS. BLUNT ROCHESTER

            SHE MAY BE A FRESHMAN BUT SHE'S GOT A LOT OF EXPERIENCE WORKING IN…

            SHE MAY BE A FRESHMAN BUT SHE'S GOT A LOT OF EXPERIENCE WORKING IN DEPARTMENTS OF LABOR, PUTTING PEOPLE TO WORK. I THINK THAT'S A GOAL WE ALL SHARE.

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          • 02:06:13 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          • 02:06:17 PM

            MR. WOODALL

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            MCGOVERN: I'D LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT IN THE RECORD A…

            MCGOVERN: I'D LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT IN THE RECORD A LETTER FROM THE CONSORTIUM CITIZENS WITH DISABILITIES STRONGLY OPPOSED TO THE FARM BILL.

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          • 02:08:56 PM

            MR. MCGOVERN

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          • 02:09:02 PM

            MR. MCGOVERN

            AND MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

            AND MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MRS. LAWRENCE.

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          • 02:09:10 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          • 02:09:11 PM

            MR. MCGOVERN

            LAWRENCE: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST THIS TERRIBLE…

            LAWRENCE: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST THIS TERRIBLE FARM BILL. MR. SPEAKER, WE WERE WORKING TOGETHER, DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, TO WORK ON A FARM BILL.

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          • 02:09:17 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          • 02:09:19 PM

            MRS. LAWRENCE

            I YIELD THE GENTLELADY ANOTHER 30 SECONDS.

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            MR. MCGOVERN

            WE SHOULD NOT PUT ALL OF THIS IN DANGER.

          • 02:10:39 PM

            MRS. LAWRENCE

            THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

            THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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          • 02:11:07 PM

            MR. WOODALL

          • 02:11:08 PM

            MR. MCGOVERN

            AT THIS POINT I'D LIKE TO YLD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN…

            AT THIS POINT I'D LIKE TO YLD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. GEL.

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          • 02:11:22 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          • 02:11:23 PM

            MR. MCGOVERN

          • 02:11:28 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            ENGEL: I THANK MY COLLEAGUE, AND I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE RULE. SNAP IS…

            ENGEL: I THANK MY COLLEAGUE, AND I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE RULE. SNAP IS A LIFELINE FOR 40 MILLION LOW-INCOME AMERICANS AND MILLIONS OF WORKING FAMILIES. IT IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE ANTI-HUNGER PROGRAM IN THE COUNTRY. IT'S A PROVEN PATHWAY OUT OF POVERTY FOR AMERICA'S MOST VULNERABLE FAMILIES AND YET INSTEAD OF PROTECTING SUCCESSFUL PROGRAMS LIKE SNAP, THIS CRUEL BILL WOULD TAKE OVER $23 BILLION IN BENEFITS AWAY FROM CHILDREN, SENIORS, VETERANS, INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES, AND WORKING FAMILIES STRUGGLING TO MAKE ENDS MEET.

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          • 02:11:30 PM

            MR. MCGOVERN

          • 02:11:34 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          • 02:11:37 PM

            MR. ENGEL

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

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

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          • 02:12:43 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            MCGOVERN: HOW MUCH TIME DO I HAVE REMAINING?

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            MR. WOODALL

          • 02:12:49 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            MCGOVERN: TWO MINUTES REMAINING. MR.

          • 02:12:51 PM

            MR. MCGOVERN

            SPEAKER, I WILL CLOSE FOR OUR SIDE.

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          • 02:12:55 PM

            MR. MCGOVERN

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          • 02:13:04 PM

            MR. MCGOVERN

            THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

          • 02:15:23 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          • 02:15:25 PM

            MR. MCGOVERN

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

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

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          • 02:15:33 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            I TOLD YOU WHEN WE STARTED THIS DEBATE YOU WOULD HEAR PASSION FROM MY…

            I TOLD YOU WHEN WE STARTED THIS DEBATE YOU WOULD HEAR PASSION FROM MY FRIEND FROM MASSACHUSETTS. HE SERVES HIS CONSTITUENCY WELL.

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          • 02:15:35 PM

            MR. WOODALL

            THE GENTLEMAN -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          • 02:20:55 PM

            MR. MCGOVERN

            THE GENTLEMAN HAS NOT STATED A PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY. THAT IS A MATTER FOR…

            THE GENTLEMAN HAS NOT STATED A PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY. THAT IS A MATTER FOR DEBATE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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          • 02:21:14 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          • 02:21:20 PM

            MR. WOODALL

            I WOULD BE HAPPY TO YIELD 60 SECONDS TO MY FRIEND FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

          • 02:21:30 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            MCGOVERN: I WOULD SAY TO THE GENTLEMAN NOBODY WALKED AWAY FROM THE TABLE.…

            MCGOVERN: I WOULD SAY TO THE GENTLEMAN NOBODY WALKED AWAY FROM THE TABLE. ONLY AFTER WE WERE TOTALLY SHUT OUT OF THE PROCESS. AS I MENTIONED IN MY OPENING STATEMENT IF THE GENTLEMAN WERE PAYING ATTENTION, THE RANKING MEMBER, MR. PETERSON, ACTUALLY TRIED TO OFFER OBJECTIONS, IT WAS SHUT OUT. I'M THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE NUTRITION SUBCOMMITTEE.

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          • 02:21:33 PM

            MR. WOODALL

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          • 02:21:39 PM

            MR. MCGOVERN

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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          • 02:22:54 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          • 02:22:59 PM

            MR. WOODALL

            I AGREE WITH WHAT MY FRIEND HAD TO SAY ABOUT COLLIN PETERSON FROM MEN…

            I AGREE WITH WHAT MY FRIEND HAD TO SAY ABOUT COLLIN PETERSON FROM MEN MFPBLET HE'S A FABULOUS MEMBER WHO WORKS AS HARD AS HE CAN ON O BEHALF OF HIS CONSTITUENTS TO GET WORK DONE. NOTHING IN THE ARTICLE I READ SAID COLLIN PETERSON WALKED AWAY FROM THE TABLE. EVERYTHING IN THE ARTICLE I READ SAID HE WAS PRESSURED BY HIS DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES TO WALK AWAY FROM THE TABLE. IN THE ARTICLE I WILL NOT YIELD AGAIN TO MY FRIEND. I'M I GOING TO O CLOSE BECAUSE I TAKE UMBRAGE -- I'M GOING TO CLOSE BECAUSE I TAKE UMBRAGE AT THE FACT WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO YIELD EACH OTHER'S TIME AND YOU WOULD USE IT TO SAY I MISCHARACTERIZE. THAT WE WOULD HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE A DISCUSSION AND YOU WOULD CONTINUE TO USE IT SAY FOLKS ARE NOT AS WELL INFORMED AS YOU ARE ABOUT THOSE ISSUES. WE HAVE OPPORTUNITIES IN THIS CHAMBER TO MAKE THINGS BETTER, AND WE HAVE OPPORTUNITIES TO MAKE THINGS WORSE. I WILL SAY TO MY FRIEND AND WILL I SAY TO YOU, MR. SPEAKER, IF WE TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR OPPORTUNITIES TO MAKE THINGS BETTER, I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL. IF WE TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR OPPORTUNITIES TO MAKE THINGS WORSE, I'M ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN THAT WE WILL. I CHOOSE THE LATTER. I CHOOSE THE LATTER. AND A VOTE IN SUPPORT OF THIS RULE IS A VOTE FOR THE LATTER. I HAVE -- I'M CHOOSING THE FORMER. THAT'S NOT RIGHT. HE'S NOT CHOOSING TO MAKE THINGS WORSE. I CHOOSE THE FORMER, MR. SPEAKER. AND A VOTE FOR THE RULE IS A VOTE FOR THE FORMER. WITH THAT I APOLOGIZE TO THE CHAIR FOR MY CONFUSION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. I MOVE ONCE AGAIN THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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          • 02:24:57 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            MCGOVERN: MR. SPEAKER, ON THAT I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

          • 02:25:00 PM

            On ordering the previous question Roll Call 185 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

            • 02:25:05 PM

              MR. MCGOVERN

            • 02:25:08 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              RECORDED VOTE.

            • 02:50:12 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING…

              THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING

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        • 02:50:13 PM

          House Vote 185 - On Ordering the Previous Question

          Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 5698) to amend title 18, United States Code, to punish criminal offenses targeting law enforcement officers, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of the bill (S. 2372) to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide outer burial receptacles for remains buried in National Parks, and for other purposes; and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2) to provide for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through fiscal year 2023, and for other purposes.

          Passed (230 - 184)
          Yea
          Nay

          Vote Details: Yea - 230
          Republican - 230

          Vote Details: Nay - 184
          Democratic - 183
          Republican - 1

          Vote Details: Not Voting - 13
          Democratic - 10
          Republican - 3

          • 02:50:14 PM

            On agreeing to the resolution Roll Call 186 - Recorded vote pending.

            • 02:50:27 PM

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            • 02:50:28 PM

              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 229. THE NAYS ARE 185. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE

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            • 02:58:54 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT IT ADDRESS THE HOUSE.

        • 02:58:56 PM

          House Vote 186 - On Agreeing to the Resolution

          Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 5698) to amend title 18, United States Code, to punish criminal offenses targeting law enforcement officers, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of the bill (S. 2372) to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide outer burial receptacles for remains buried in National Parks, and for other purposes; and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2) to provide for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through fiscal year 2023, and for other purposes.

          Passed (229 - 185)
          Aye
          No

          Vote Details: Aye - 229
          Republican - 228
          Democratic - 1

          Vote Details: No - 185
          Democratic - 184
          Republican - 1

          Vote Details: Not Voting - 13
          Democratic - 8
          Republican - 5

          • 02:58:58 PM

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

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            • 03:00:03 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              SPEAKER. MR.

            • 03:00:05 PM

              MR. NEWHOUSE

              REICHERT: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, MR. SPEAKER, THIS WEEK IS NATIONAL LAW…

              REICHERT: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, MR. SPEAKER, THIS WEEK IS NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT WEEK. YESTERDAY WAS NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT MEMORIAL DAY, THE DAY THAT WE STOP AND PAUSE AND HONOR THE FALLEN OFFICERS ACROSS THIS NATION THAT HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIVES TO PROTECT OUR FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES ACROSS THIS GREAT NATION. AND SOME OF YOU LAST YEAR EXPERIENCED THIS BRAVERY AND COURAGE FIRSTHAND AND ALL OF US WERE AFFECTED BY THE FRIENDS THAT WERE PRESENT AND WERE IN DANGER AND OUR CAPITOL POLICE CAME TO THEIR RESCUE. AS SOME OF YOU KNOW, I HAD A 33-YEAR LAW ENFORCEMENT CAREER BEFORE COMING TO CONGRESS. I LOST TWO OF MY BEST FRIENDS.

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            • 03:00:13 PM

              MR. REICHERT

              ONE WAS SHOT AND ONE WAS STABBED. THESE ARE BRAVE, COURAGEOUS PEOPLE, BUT…

              ONE WAS SHOT AND ONE WAS STABBED. THESE ARE BRAVE, COURAGEOUS PEOPLE, BUT THEY ARE NOT ONLY THAT, THEY HAVE BEEN BLESSED WITH A HEART FOR SERVING. THEY HAVE BEEN BLESSED WITH A GIFT TO SAVE OTHER'S LIVES BEFORE THEIRS. THERE WAS NO HESITATION ON THE BASEBALL FIELD. THEY WERE THERE FOR YOU. THESE WERE MY FRIENDS. I HAVE EMBRACED THE FAMILIES, THE FRIENDS, THE PARTNERS, THE CHILDREN AND THE SPOUSES AND THERE ARE NO WORDS IN THAT MOMENT WHEN THE WORLD IS SPINNING OUT OF CONTROL. THERE ARE NO WORDS WHEN THE WORLD COMES CRASHING DOWN. THERE ARE NO WORDS. THERE IS ONLY SILENCE AND TEARS. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS MY LAST YEAR IN CONGRESS. THIS IS MY LAST TIME THAT I'LL ASK YOU TO JOIN WITH ME IN A MOMENT OF SILENCE AND TEARS FOR THE FAMILIES WHO HAVE LOST THEIR LOVED ONES IN THE LINE OF DUTY.

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            • 03:02:26 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              SILENCE. WITHOUT OBJECTION, FIVE-MINUTE VOTING WILL CONTINUE. THE VOTE ON…

              SILENCE. WITHOUT OBJECTION, FIVE-MINUTE VOTING WILL CONTINUE. THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH, MR. BISHOP TO PASS S. 35 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED.

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        • 03:02:45 PM

          MOMENT OF SILENCE

          The House observed a moment of silence in honor of all law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

          • 03:03:15 PM

            THE CLERK

        • 03:03:19 PM

          UNFINSHED 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.

          • 03:03:28 PM

            Considered as unfinished business. S. 35 — "To transfer administrative jurisdiction over certain Bureau of Land Management land from the Secretary of the Interior to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for inclusion in the Black Hills National Cemetery, and for other purposes."

            • 03:03:30 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              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 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: THE YEAS ARE 407. THE NAYS ARE ZERO. NO ONE VOTING PRESENT. 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED AND THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE

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          • 03:04:13 PM

            On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Roll Call 187 - 2/3 Yea and Nay vote pending.

            • 03:10:59 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              I SEND TO THE DESK A PRIVILEGED RESOLUTION AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE…

              I SEND TO THE DESK A PRIVILEGED RESOLUTION AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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        • 03:11:04 PM

          House Vote 187 - On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass

          Black Hills National Cemetery Boundary Expansion Act

          Passed (407 - 0)
          Yea

          Vote Details: Yea - 407
          Republican - 223
          Democratic - 184

          Vote Details: Not Voting - 20
          Democratic - 9
          Republican - 11

          • 03:11:05 PM

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

            • 03:11:07 PM

              Considered by unanimous consent. H. Res. 899 — "Requesting the Senate to return to the House of Representatives the bill H.R. 4743."

              • 03:11:07 PM

                Mr. Chabot asked unanimous consent to consider as introduced.

                • 03:11:07 PM

                  Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 899 — "Requesting the Senate to return to the House of Representatives the bill H.R. 4743."

                • 03:11:09 PM

                  On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.

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                  • 03:11:27 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                    474 TO AMEND THE SMALL BUSINESS ACT --

                  • 03:11:30 PM

                    THE CLERK

                    , MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

                  • 03:11:45 PM

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

                  • 03:11:52 PM

                    On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.

                    • 03:11:55 PM

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

                      • 03:11:59 PM

                        Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 891. H.R. 5698 — "To amend title 18, United States Code, to punish criminal offenses targeting law enforcement officers, and for other purposes."

                        • 03:12:00 PM

                          The resolution provides for 1 hour of general on all three bills. For H.R. 5698 and H.R. 2, the resolution provides for consideration under a structured rule. For S. 2372, the resolution provides for consideration under a closed rule. Finally, the resolution provides for one motion to recommit with or without instructions on all three bills.

                        • 03:12:01 PM

                          ORDER OF BUSINESS

                          Mr. Goodlatte asked unanimous consent that the question of adopting the amendment H.R. 5698 may be subject to postponement as though under clause 8 of rule 20.

                          • 03:12:34 PM

                            MR. GOODLATTE

                          • 03:12:41 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE.

                          • 03:12:47 PM

                            MR. GOODLATTE

                            5698 A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 18 UNITED STATES CODE TO PUNISH CRIMINAL…

                            5698 A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 18 UNITED STATES CODE TO PUNISH CRIMINAL OFFENSES TARGETING LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                          • 03:12:59 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          • 03:13:01 PM

                            THE CLERK

                          • 03:13:15 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE QUESTION OF ADOPTING THE AMENDMENT TO…

                            I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE QUESTION OF ADOPTING THE AMENDMENT TO H.R. 5698 MAY BE SUBJECT TO POSTPONEMENT AS THOUGH UNDER CLAUSE 8, RULE 20.

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                        • 03:13:44 PM

                          DEBATE

                          The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 5698.

                          • 03:13:59 PM

                            MR. GOODLATTE

                          • 03:14:11 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

                          • 03:14:28 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          • 03:14:30 PM

                            MR. GOODLATTE

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

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

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                          • 03:20:14 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          • 03:20:21 PM

                            >>

                          • 03:20:23 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          • 03:20:26 PM

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                          • 03:20:36 PM

                            MR. NADLER

                            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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                          • 03:25:14 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          • 03:25:18 PM

                            MR. GOODLATTE

                            RUTHERFORD: THANK YOU, THEIRMAN GOODLATTE. AND THANK YOU -- THANK YOU,…

                            RUTHERFORD: THANK YOU, THEIRMAN GOODLATTE. AND THANK YOU -- THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE. AND THANK YOU, REPRESENTATIVE NADLER, FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION. MR.

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                          • 03:25:24 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 5698, THE PROTECT AND…

                            SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 5698, THE PROTECT AND SERVE ACT OF 2018. THIS IMPORTANT BILL WILL ENHANCE PENALTIES FOR ANYONE WHO INTENTIONALLY CAUSES HARM TO OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS. I CAN TELL YOU AFTER DEDICATED 40 YEARS OF MY LIFE TO LAW ENFORCEMENT, I KNOW WHAT OFFICERS GO THROUGH EVERY DAY WHEN THEY PUT THAT UNIFORM ON, SAY GOOD-BYE TO THEIR FAMILIES AND WALK OUT THE DOOR TO PROTECT THEIR

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                          • 03:25:27 PM

                            MR. RUTHERFORD

                            COMMUNITIES. SADLY, WE HAVE SEEN A RECENT RASH, AN INCREASE IN VIOLENCE…

                            COMMUNITIES. SADLY, WE HAVE SEEN A RECENT RASH, AN INCREASE IN VIOLENCE AGAINST OFFICERS, ESPECIALLY IN AMBUSH-STYLE ATTACKS. IN FACT, JUST LAST MONTH IN FLORIDA SERGEANT RAMIREZ AND DEPUTY LINDSEY WERE EATING LUNCH AND WERE SPECIFICALLY TARGETED AND ASSASSINATED IN THAT RESTAURANT, SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY WERE POLICE OFFICERS AND WORE THAT BLUE UNIFORM. AND THEY ARE NOT ALONE. SO FAR THIS YEAR 87 LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS HAVE BEEN SHOT IN THE LINE OF DUTY. 28 OF WHOM ULTIMATELY LOST THEIR LIVES. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A 75% INCREASE OVER LAST YEAR. FOR THIS REASON, I INTRODUCED BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION WITH MY GOOD FRIEND AND FORMER ORLANDO POLICE CHIEF, REPRESENTATIVE VAL DEMINGS, THAT WILL ENSURE THAT THERE ARE THE STRONGEST POSSIBLE PENALTIES FOR ANYONE WHO DECIDES TO TARGET AND HARM NOT ONLY FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS BUT ALSO LOCAL AND STATE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS. WE WORKED ON THIS BILL CLOSELY WITH THE FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE AND ARE PROUD TO HAVE EARNED THE SUPPORT OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF POLICE ORGANIZATIONS, THE SERGEANTS BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION, AND THE MAJOR COUNTY SHERIFFS OF AMERICA. WHICH REPRESENTS THOUSANDS OF OFFICERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THIS WEEK WE REMEMBER THE OFFICERS WHO HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIVES PROTECTING OUR COMMUNITIES. AND WE AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS MUST SHOW THE LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY ACROSS THIS COUNTRY THAT WE SUPPORT THEM AND THE IMPORTANT WORK THAT THEY DO DAY IN AND DAY OUT. WE MUST ALSO SHOW THAT THOSE WHO WISH TO TARGET POLICE OFFICERS WITH VIOLENCE, THAT THOSE ATTACKS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. AND I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS LEGISLATION. AND BEFORE I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER, I SHOULD MENTION, I THINK I'D BE REMISS IF I DIDN'T, THAT JUST YESTERDAY MORNING IN JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, AS MENTIONED EARLIER BY MY GOOD FRIEND FROM WASHINGTON, DAVE REICHERT, SHERIFF REICHERT HELD A MOMENT SIGH OF LENS FOR THOSE OFFICERS WHO HAVE GIVEN THEIR -- SILENCE FOR THOSE OFFICERS WHO HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIVES IN THE SERVICE OF DUTY. YESTERDAY MORNING, DURING A HORRIBLE STORM IN JACKSONVILLE, OFFICER LANCE WHITAKER GAVE HIS LIFE ON MEMORIAL DAY IN SERVICE TO THIS -- TO OUR COMMUNITY. I HAVE TO SAY, POLICE WEEK AND LAW ENFORCEMENT MEMORIAL DAY ALWAYS REMINDS ME OF THE WORDS OF RALPH WALDO EMERSON. WHO SAID THAT THE PURPOSE IN LIFE IS NOT TO BE HAPPY, IT'S TO BE USEFUL. IT'S TO BE HONORABLE. IT'S TO BE COMPASSIONATE. AND IT'S NO KNOW -- AND IT'S TO KNOW THAT YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE BECAUSE YOU LIVED. AND YOU LIVED WELL. I OFFER THIS BILL IN MEMORY OF OFFICER LANCE WHITAKER, WHO DIED YESTERDAY MORNING, LIVING WELL. I YIELD BACK.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            RECOGNIZED.

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                            MR. NADLER

                            THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                            MS. JACKSON LEE

                            I YIELD AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY.

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                            MR. NADLER

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                            MS. JACKSON LEE

                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                            MR. GOODLATTE

                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                            MR. SCALISE

                            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 NEW YORK.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            IS.

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                            MR. NADLER

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                            MR. GOODLATTE

                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                            MR. NADLER

                            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 VIRGINIA.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                            MR. GOODLATTE

                            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 NEW YORK.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                            MR. NADLER

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            NUMBER 115-677 ORDER BY MR.

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                            An amendment, offered by Mr. Goodlatte, numbered 1 printed in Part A of House Report 115-677 to add clarifying language so only those who cause injury to a law enforcement officer with intent, not by accident, can be charged under the statute. It also amends the definition of law enforcement officer to assure correctional officers are covered by the definition

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                              MR. GOODLATTE

                              GOODLATTE OF VIRGINIA.

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                              THE CLERK

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                          DEBATE

                          Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 891, the House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Goodlatte amendment No. 1.

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                            MR. GOODLATTE

                            FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RISE?

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                            MR. NADLER

                            I SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                            MR. NADLER

                            GOODLATTE: THAT'S GOOD NEWS. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                            MR. GOODLATTE

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING.

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                            The previous question was ordered on the amendment and bill without objection.

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

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                              THE CLERK

                              THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE…

                              THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              IT. THE YEAS AND NAYS HAVE BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE OF THE…

                              IT. THE YEAS AND NAYS HAVE BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE OF THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED.

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                              MR. GOODLATTE

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. ROE, SEEK…

                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. ROE, SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                            POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

                            At the conclusion of debate on H.R. 5698, the Chair put the question on passage of the bill and by voice vote announced the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Goodlatte demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings on passage of H.R. 5698 until later in the legislative day.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                              MR. ROE

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                              MR. ROE

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                              MR. ROE

                              YES, SIR.

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                              Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 891. S. 2372 — "To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide outer burial receptacles for remains buried in National Parks, and for other purposes."

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                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                MR. ROE

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                              The resolution provides for 1 hour of general on all three bills. For H.R. 5698 and H.R. 2, the resolution provides for consideration under a structured rule. For S. 2372, the resolution provides for consideration under a closed rule. Finally, the resolution provides for one motion to recommit with or without instructions on all three bills.

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                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                SENATE 2372, AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 38, UNITED STATES CODE, TO PROVIDE…

                                SENATE 2372, AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 38, UNITED STATES CODE, TO PROVIDE OUTER BURIAL RECEPTACLES FOR REMAINS BURIED IN NATIONAL PARKS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                MR. ROE

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                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                THE CLERK

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                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THANK YOU. I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                            DEBATE

                            The House proceeded with one hour of debate on S. 2372.

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                              MR. ROE

                              MCCAIN III, THE DANIEL K. AKAKA, AND WITH GREAT HONOR, THE SAMUEL R.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                              MR. ROE

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                              ACCURATE.

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                              MR. WALZ

                              I AM RING IN PERSONALLY IN OPPOSITION. THIS WILL BE MY LAST OPPORTUNITY TO…

                              I AM RING IN PERSONALLY IN OPPOSITION. THIS WILL BE MY LAST OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE ON THE CHOICE ACT. I'LL BE LEAVING THIS CONGRESS AFTER THIS TERM. AND AFTER MUCH -- MANY POSITIVE THING, AND I SAID IT TIME AND AGAIN, THE CHAIRMAN THAT CHAIRMAN ROE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, HAS SHOWN, WILL PROBABLY NOT BE PARALLELED IN TERMS OF CARE FOR VETERANS AND THE WAY HE'S APPROACHED THIS. THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT, THE CARE GIVERS PIECE IN IT, THE PIECE ON DEALING WITH V.A. ASSETS AND HOW WE LOOK AT CAPACITY GOING FORWARD AND OF COURSE CHOICE. AND I'D LIKE TO SAY, ESPECIALLY TO MY FRIEND SAM JOHNSON, VERY FEW WORDS NEED TO BE SAID ABOUT M JOHNSON. WE SERVED ON THE P.O.W. -M.I.A. COMMISSION IN DEALING WITH FINDING THE LOST REMAINS OF OUR WARRIORS AND DEAL TWHEG RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT. WHEN SAM JOHNSON'S NAME IS MENTIONED ANYWHERE AROUND THE WORLD, PEOPLE STOP AND LISTE AND SO IT'S APPROPRIATE AND I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR NAMING THAT. OF COURSE WITH SENATOR I AYE KAKA -- SENATOR IKAKA AND MCCAIN. THE V.S.O. 'S, I BELIEVE, DID EXACTLY WHAT THERE SUPPOSED TO DO. BUT I THINK THIS IS MY LAST CHANCE TO VOICE, HOW DO WE EVER GET TO THE POINT WHERE WE LOOK AT LO-TERM STABILITY? HOW DO WE EVER GET TO THE POINT, THREE TIMES WE HAD TO DO, AND THE CHAIRMAN IS RIGHT, I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT THIS BODY, BUZZ OF THE CARE FOR VETERANS ON BOTH SIDES,WILL DO WHATEVER IS NECESSARY WHEN WE RUN SHORT AND WE WILL. AND NEXT MAY, WHEN WE HIT THE DISCRETIONARY SPENDING CAPS AND THINGS HAD TO BE MADE, I HAVE NO DOUBT UNDER THE CHAIRMAN'S LEADERSHIP, WE'LL FIND A FIX OR WHOEVER SITZ IN THAT CHAIR WILL TRY AND FIND THAT FIX. I THOUGHT AND STILL BELIEVE TO THIS DAY THIS WAS OUR OPRTUNITY TO LOOK AT THE LONG-TERM CARE. THE ISSUE THAT WAS GOING TO BE THE STABILITY OF V.A. CARE. THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE ESTIMATES THIS BILL WILL COST $47 BILLION OVER FIVE YEARS. THERE'S NOT AN AMERICAN TAX PAYER THAT WOULD NOT PAY EVERY PENNY OF THAT TO GO TO CARE OF VETERANS. THIS IS NOT ABOUT TRYING TO FIGURE THAT PIECE OF IT OUT. PAYING FOR VETERANS CARE IN THE COMMUNITY IS GOING TO COST $22 BILLION ON THAT I AGREE THAT REFORMING CHOICE PROGRAMS, CONSOLIDATINGHE V.A. OTHER CARE PROGRAMS AS NEEDED. TRANSFERING THIS TO DISCRETIONARY FUNDING SO V.A. CAN BUDGET FOR THE INCREASED KANSASES AND ALL HEALTH CARE IS PAID BY THATUND, WE MUST ENSURE THE HIGH COST OF COMMUNITY CARE DOES NOT FORCE THE S.A. TO CUT OTHER CRITICAL VETERANS SERVICES. IT' UNFORTUNATELY THAT WE'VE CHOSEN TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM ON THE MANDATORY SIDE BY EXEMPTING V.A. CARE FROM STATUTORY PAY-GO BUT WON DO THAT IN THE FUTURE ON THE CARE IN THE COMMUNITY. IT'S NOT A PROBLEM YEARS FROM NOW. EVERYBODY IN HERE WHO IS COMING BACK AND VOTERS WILL TELL YOU IF YOU ARE OR NOT, IT'S COME. THE COST OF COMMUNITY CARE IS S EXPENSIVE, WE WILL NOT GET THROUGH FIAL YEAR 2019 WITHOUT A SIMILAR EXEMPTION ON THE DISCRETIONARY SIDE. THIS BILL FAILS TO ADDRESS HOW V.A. WILL FUND ALL ITS OTHER PROGRAMS ONCE THIS TRANSFER OCCURS. THE BIPARTISAN BUDGET ACT DEAL RAISED V.A. 'S GAPES $4 BILLION TO IMPROVE V.A. INFRASTRUCTURE. THIS INCREASED FUNDING RESPONSIBILITY IS GOING TO UNDERME THAT DEAL, FORCING V.A. TO CUT ITS OWN PROGRAMS AND USING FUNDS DESIGNATED FOR COMMUNITY CARE. I'M JUST SUGGESTING TODAY THAT WITH THE GOOD WILL, THE SMART POLICIES THE LEADERSHIP THAT WAS HER MAYBE WE SHOULD HAVE GONE FOR THE WHOLE ONE ON THIS I WILL TAKE THE CRITIQUE THAT ROOKING -- LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT AND THROWING AWAY THE GOODS A FAIR CRITIQUE. I'M JUST NOT SURE IN A CONGRESS WITH A $21 TRILLION DEFICIT AND A DISCRETIONARY SPENDING BUDGET THAT COULD BE EATEN UP ACROSS THERE, WHEN IS THAT HARD DECISION EV GOING TO BE MADE? COULD BE THAT V.A. PROVIDED IN V.A. HOSPITALS AND MAY NOTIANS OF THOSE FACILITIES WILL HAVE TO SEE CUTS UNDERHE WAY THE LAW IS MADE TO MAKE SURE COMMUNITY CARE IS FUNDING. COULD CAUSE CUTTO PROGRAMS ACROS THE PROGRAM INCLUDING THOSE THAT HELP VETERANS WITH JOB TRAINING. EVEN EXPANSION OF CAREGIVER ASSISTANCE FOR VETERANS OF ALL GENERATIONS, A KEY PART OF THIS BILL, SPORTED BY EVERYONE HERE, COULD FACE CUTS IF V.A. HITS THOSE SPENDING CAPS. ALL OF US HERE, IT'S THE JOB OF THIS COMMITTEE TO BE THE AUTHORIZING COMMITTEE. DON'T GET ME WRONG. I'M NOT GOING TO PUT THE PRESSURE WHERE THE WHITE HOUSE WAS OR THE APPROPRIATORS BUT THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS, AFTER THIS VOTE, THE CARE GIVERS PROGRAM HAS ZERO DOLLARS IN IT. NO DOARS IN IT. TH'RE GOING TO HAVE TO COME FROM SOMEWHERE. AND A BUDGET THAT THE CHAIRMAN HAS RIGHTFULLY TOLD US HAS INCREASED FOUR-FOLD IN THE LAST 10 YEARS, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO COME TO GRIPWITH THAT. I'M NOT SUGGESTING YOU CUT IT. I'M JUST SUGGESTING WE BUDGET HONESTLY ON THIS SO WE DON'T RUN INTO THIS NIGHTMARE SCENARIO THAT'S COMING IN MAY 2019. CONCERNS OVER LONG-TERM SUSTAINABILITY WITHOUT QUALIFIED LEADERSHIP IN PLACE TO CCESSFULLY IMPLEMENT THE PROGRAM. HERE'S WHAT I'M WORRIED ABOUT. IF THIS COMMITTEE AND EEVEN THIS CONGRESS WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR IMPLEMENTATION, BUT ONCE IT LEAVES HERE, IT GOES TO THE ECUTIVE BRANCH, I AS THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE HOUSE V.A. COMMITTM NOT QUITE SURE WHO TO CALL UP TRE RIGHT NOW IN THIS TRANSITION. WE HAVE BEEN 40 DAYS WITHOUT A V.A. SECRETARY. EFF WE DON'T HAVE ONE THAT I KNOW OF SCHEDULED TO GO IN FRONT OF THE SENATEOR CONFIRMATION AT THIS POINT IN TIME WE'RE WILLING TO CAPITULATE THE AUTHORITY, THE ABILITY TO GET THIS OVER THERE AND DECISIONS THAT WILL AFFECT GENERATIONAL CARE IN THE V.A. TO SOMEBODY YET TO BE PLACED. THAT LEADERSHIP PIECE SCARES ME BUT AGAIN, I'M -- SOME OF IT IS RELEED BECAE I KNOW YOU'VE GOT LEADERSHIP IN THIS HOUSE. I KNOW YOU'VE GOT A CHAIRMAN WHO CARES, WANTTO GET THIS RIGHT. I TRUST TO CARRY THAT OVERSIGHT OUT. THE PROBLEM IS ADMINISTRATIONS COME AND GO. SECRETARIES COME A GO. MEERS OF CONGRESS COME AND GO. THAT'S WHY WE DO STATORY REQUIREMENTS ON SPENDING THAT'S WHY THIS IS NOW DISCREONARY SPENDING. THAT'S WHY THERE ARE CAPS IN PLACE THA CANNOT BE VIOLATED. AND DCISIONWILL BE MADE WHERE THAT'S GOING TO COME FRO ALSO A SHORTAGE OF3,000 HEALTH PROVIDERS IN THE V.A. AND A $10 BILLION BACK WILNG TO FIX NEEDED FACILITIES THAT HAVE D OR F FE CONDITIONS THAT WSHOULD BE DOING MO TO ADRESS INTERNAL CARE. I AGREE THESE REFORMS ARE NEEDED. I AGREE THAT THESE PROGRAMS WERE DEBATED IN A LOGICAL, A FAIR, AND OPEN MANNER. WE GOT MUCH F WHAT NEEDEDO BE DONE IN THIS, WE GOT MUCH OF WHAT ISOOD. THE CHAIRMAN TOOK THIS PROCE EXACTLY WHA SULD BE EXPECTED OF US. MY RESPONSIBILITY ATHE FINAL TIME THAT I WILL STAND HERTO TALK ABOUT HOW WE FUND CHOICE AND HUE WE GO FOR LONG-TERM SUSTAINABILITY IS TO ASK US TO JUST PUT IN AND WE D A COUPLE OAMENDMTS THAT COULD DO THIS, ASK US WITH SOME CAPACITY BE ABLE TO FIX THAT C PIECE IN THIS AND LOOK FOR THAT LONG-TERM SUSTAINABILITY. SO WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME, MR. SPEAKER.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              ROE: IT'S MY HONOAND PRILEGE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES OF TIME TO ONE OF MY…

                              ROE: IT'S MY HONOAND PRILEGE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES OF TIME TO ONE OF MY PERSONAL HERO, ONE OF THE THINGS I'VE HAD THE 9 1/2 YEARS I'VE SERVED IN THIS U.S.

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                              MR. ROE

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              MR. JOHNSON

                              THE GENTLEMN FROM MINNETA I RECOGNIZED.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                              MR. WALZ

                              UNTRY. I'D KE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MR. TAKANO

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                              MR. TKANO

                              THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THANK YOU.

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                              MR. TAKANO

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED. MR.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              ROE: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND JUST FOR CLARIFICATION, WE HAVE BEEN…

                              ROE: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND JUST FOR CLARIFICATION, WE HAVE BEEN UNDER CAP SINCE 2011, THE V.A. BUDGET HAS GROWN EXPONENTIALLY SINCE THEN.

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                              MR. TAKANO

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              WE HAVE ALWAYS DONE THE RIGHT THING FOR OUR NATION'S HEROES AND WE'LL…

                              WE HAVE ALWAYS DONE THE RIGHT THING FOR OUR NATION'S HEROES AND WE'LL CONTINUE TO DO THAT.

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                            • 04:17:18 PM

                              MR. ROE

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                              MR. WENSTRUP

                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                              MR. WALZ

                              THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              MISSION ACT BECAUSE IT MAKES SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS TO THE V.A.

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                              MS. BROWNLEY

                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              BILIRAKIS OF FLORIDA.

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                              MR. ROE

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              SAM JOHNSON, A TRUE AMERICAN HERO. MR.

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                              MR. BILIRAKIS

                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                              MR. WALZ

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA HAS 15 1/2 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA HAS 15 1/2 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE HAS 10 1/4 MINUTES.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                              MR. WALZ

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THIS BILL IS ALMOST UNANIMOUSLY SUPPORTED BY THE VETERANS SERVICE…

                              THIS BILL IS ALMOST UNANIMOUSLY SUPPORTED BY THE VETERANS SERVICE ORGANIZATION COMMUNITY. I'M PROUD TO CO-SPONSOR THIS LEGISLATION BECAUSE IT WILL ENACT NEEDED REFORMS TO THE VETERANS CHOICE PROGRAM AND FINALLY EXTEND BENEFITS TO FAMILY CAREGIVERS FOR VETERANS OF ALL AIRAS. I'M PLEASED THAT THE COMMITTEE RETAINED PROVISIONES THAT SENATOR SULLIVAN OF ALASKA AND I FOUGHT FOR THAT WOULD RECOGNIZE THE UNIQUE ACCESS ISSUES FOR STATES THAT LACK A FULL SERVICE V.A.

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                            • 04:26:41 PM

                              MS. KUSTER

                              THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                              MS. KUSTER

                              KUSTER BACK. SHE'S BEEN OUT FOR A LITTLE BIT DUE TO SOME WORK AND GLAD TO…

                              KUSTER BACK. SHE'S BEEN OUT FOR A LITTLE BIT DUE TO SOME WORK AND GLAD TO SEE HER BACK ON THE FLOOR. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND AND VERY, VERY MUCH ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE VETERANS' AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, MR. BRUCE POLIQUIN.

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                              MR. ROE

                              POLIQUIN: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR.…

                              POLIQUIN: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. I APPRECIATE IT. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S A GREAT DAY, A EB GREAT WEEK FOR AMERICA. HERE WE'RE CELEBRATING NOT ONLY OUR GREAT VETERANS WHO HAVE GIVEN OUR FREEDOM AND WAY OF LIFE BUT ALSO OUR GREAT POLICE OFFICERS WHO STAND BETWEEN OURSELVES AND THE MORE CHAOTIC ENVIRONMENT, SO WE'RE GRATEFUL FOR EVERYBODY THAT STEPS UP, NOT ONLY OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM WHO HAVE REPRESENTED US, BUT ALSO OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN BLUE.

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                              MR. POLIQUIN

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE ALL OF OUR RURAL…

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE ALL OF OUR RURAL HOSPITALS IN THE STATE OF MAINE GET PAID AND THIS BILL SAYS IF THEY ARE NOT PAID WITHIN 30 DAYS, INTEREST STARTS ACCRUING ON THAT, THIS IS A GREAT WIN FOR OUR VETERANS, FOR OUR SMALL COMMUNITY HOSPITALS THAT NEED TO STAY OPEN FOR EVERYBODY AND FOR THIS COUNTRY. THANK YOU, SIR. I YIELD BACK ANY TIME I HAVE WHICH I DOUBT IS ANY.

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                              WALZ: MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND, A…

                              WALZ: MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND, A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON VETERANS AFFAIRS, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA WHO ALSO SERVED A VERY LISTENING TIME IN THE CALIFORNIA SENATE, SERVING VETERANS THERE.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                              MR. WALZ

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              MISSIONS ACT BECAUSE IT WILL IMPROVE ACT STOSS TIMELY CARE FOR ALL OUR…

                              MISSIONS ACT BECAUSE IT WILL IMPROVE ACT STOSS TIMELY CARE FOR ALL OUR VETERANS THROUGH CONSOLIDATION AND RENOMPLEE VARIOUS CARE AND COMMUNITY PROGRAMS AND THROUGH EXPANSION OF THE CAREGIVER PROGRAM.

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                              MR. CORREA

                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE SE RECOGNIZED.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              COMMITTEE.

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                              MR. ROE

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                              MR. DUNN

                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                              MR. WALZ

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              MISSION ACT OF 2018. I'M PROUD TO SUPPORT THE V.A.

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                              MS. ESTY

                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                              MR. ROE

                              RUTHERFORD: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN FOR THIS…

                              RUTHERFORD: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY AND RANKING MEMBER WALZ THANK YOU FOR SUCH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT AND WORK ON THIS BILL. I CAN TELL YOU, I'M VERY PROUD TO SERVE ON THIS COMMITTEE BECAUSE OF THE KIND OF WORK THAT GOES ON HERE UNDER YOUR LEADERSHIP, CHAIRMAN ROE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                              MR. RUTHERFORD

                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              ROE: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME IT'S MY PRIVILEGE TO YIELD THREE…

                              ROE: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME IT'S MY PRIVILEGE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO LIEUTENANT GENERAL BERGMAN FROM THE GREAT STATE OF MICHIGAN AND HE HAS AN INCREDIBLY VALUE -- HE IS AN INCREDIBLE LIP VALUED MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE.

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                              MR. WALZ

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                              MR. ROE

                              BERGMAN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU TO THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS…

                              BERGMAN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU TO THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS TIRELESS EFFORT ALONG WITH THE COMMITTEE STAFF AND EFFORT TO HIGHLIGHT THAT THE HOUSE VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMITTEE IS TRULY HOW A CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE IS SUPPOSED TO OPERATE.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                              MR. BERGMAN

                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                              MR. WALZ

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                              MR. ROE

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                              MR. WALZ

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

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                              MR. ROE

                              I WANT TO THANK MY SENATE COLLEAGUES, OUR SENATE COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER…

                              I WANT TO THANK MY SENATE COLLEAGUES, OUR SENATE COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS CAPITOL THAT WORKED VERY HARD AND THE HOURS THAT WENT IN. THE REAL WINNERS HERE IS OUR NATION'S HEROES, VETERANS. THIS BILL CAN GET HIGH QUALITY CARE BOTH INSIDE THE V.A. AND OUT WHEN THE V.A. CANNOT. IN MANY RURAL AREAS, WE HEARD SPEAKERS HERE WHEN THEY DON'T HAVE AN V.A. HOSPITAL THEY RELY ON THAT. I WAS IN OREGON A FEW MONTHS AGO AND REALIZED SOME VETERANS HAD TO DRIVE FIVE HOURS TO A V.A. FACILITY. THEY NEED A COMMUNITY CARE BILL IN THEIR COMMUNITY. WE PROVIDE THE FUNDING FOR THAT BILL TO BRIDGE US OVER UNTIL WE FULLY IMPLEMENT THAT. THE NEW SECRETARY IMPLEMENTS THAT. WE HAVE A CAREGIVER. I AM A VIETNAM-ERA VETERAN. I HAVE SEEN MANY CATASTROPHICALLY INJURED VIETNAM VETERANS. 520-PLUS VIETNAM VETERANS ARE DYING EVERY DAY. IT'S TIME WE IMPLEMENT THIS BILL AND GET THE NEEDED BENEFITS TO WORLD WAR II AND VETERANS UP TO THE 9/11. WE NEED TO RIGHT SIZE THE V.A. HEALTH CARE IS NOT PROVIDED LIKE IT USED TO BE. IT'S BECOME MUCH MORE SOPHISTICATED IN STREAMLINING OUTPATIENT. THE V.A. NEEDS TO GET TO THAT -- TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT ALSO. THAT'S WHAT THE A.I.R. ACT IS ABOUT. WE'RE INCREASING INTERNAL CAPACITY SO WE CAN TRAIN AND GET NEW CLINICIANS AND PROVIDERS IN. I WILL ONCE AGAIN THANK THE SPEAKER, SAM JOHNSON, WHO SPOKE A MINUTE AGO SAID IT ALL. WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO LOOK AT THAT HERO WHO IS A TRUE AMERICAN HERO AND LISTEN TO HIS SPEECH WHICH BROUGHT TEARS TO MY EYES AND VOTE FOR THIS BILL. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING.

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                              The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.

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                                THE CLERK

                                CRIMINAL -- A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 38, UNITED STATES CODE, TO PROVIDE OUTER…

                                CRIMINAL -- A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 38, UNITED STATES CODE, TO PROVIDE OUTER BURIAL RECEPTACLES FOR REMAINS BURIED IN NATIONAL PARKS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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                            POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

                            At the conclusion of debate on S. 2372, the Chair put the question on passage of the bill and by voice vote announced the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Roe (TN) demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on passage of S. 2372 until later in the legislative day.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                              MR. CONAWAY

                              OBJECTION. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 891 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR…

                              OBJECTION. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 891 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE CHAIR APPOINTS THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. MITCHELL, TO PRESIDE…

                              THE CHAIR APPOINTS THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. MITCHELL, TO PRESIDE OVER THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.

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                              Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 891. H.R. 2 — "To provide for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through fiscal year 2023, and for other purposes."

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                                The resolution provides for 1 hour of general on all three bills. For H.R. 5698 and H.R. 2, the resolution provides for consideration under a structured rule. For S. 2372, the resolution provides for consideration under a closed rule. Finally, the resolution provides for one motion to recommit with or without instructions on all three bills.

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR THE REFORM AND CONTINUATION OF AGRICULTURAL AND…

                                  A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR THE REFORM AND CONTINUATION OF AGRICULTURAL AND OTHER PROGRAMS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE THROUGH FISCAL YEAR 2023, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 891 and Rule XVIII.

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                                  The Speaker designated the Honorable Paul Mitchell to act as Chairman of the Committee.

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                                    THE CLERK

                                    CONAWAY, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    PETERSON, WILL EACH CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN…

                                    PETERSON, WILL EACH CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                GENERAL DEBATE

                                The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 2.

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                                  MR. CONAWAY

                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  2, THE AGRICULTURE AND NUTRITION ACT OF 2018. H.R. 2 IS NOT A WORK PRODUCT…

                                  2, THE AGRICULTURE AND NUTRITION ACT OF 2018. H.R. 2 IS NOT A WORK PRODUCT THAT I'M PROUD OF BECAUSE IT'S NOT ONE THAT I OR MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES HAD MUCH OF A ROLE IN PRODUCING. MORE THAN THAT, THOUGH, I'M OPPOSED TO H.R.

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                                  MR. PETERSON

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  THE CHAIR

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                                  MR. CONAWAY

                                  NOT ONCE DID THEY MENTION ANY OF THESE ISSUES. BUT WE DID HAVE AN…

                                  NOT ONCE DID THEY MENTION ANY OF THESE ISSUES. BUT WE DID HAVE AN AGREEMENT ON THE NON-SNAP TITLES. IT WAS THE SNAP TITLES THAT CAUSED THE RIFT. I RECOGNIZE MY COLLEAGUE FROM PENNSYLVANIA FOR THREE MINUTES.

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                                  MR. THOMPSON

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

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

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                                  THE CHAIR

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                                  MR. PETERSON

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                                  MR. SCOTT

                                  LET ME TELL YOU WHY. AFTER THE CIVIL WAR, WHEN THE SOUTH WAS UTTERLY…

                                  LET ME TELL YOU WHY. AFTER THE CIVIL WAR, WHEN THE SOUTH WAS UTTERLY DESTROYED, THEY ESTABLISHED LAND GRANT COLLEGES. AND IN THE 30 YEARS LATER, BECAUSE THERE WAS SO MUCH STRUGGLE WITHOUT ADEQUATE FREEDOM FOR MY PEOPLE, AFRICAN-AMERICANS, THEY ESTABLISHED THE 1890 LAND GRANT COLLEGES BECAUSE THEY HAD PLESSY VERSUS FERGUSON, SEPARATE BUT EQUAL ZRIN. YEAH, THEY WERE SEPARATED ALREADY, BUT NEVER EQUAL. THESE 1890 COLLEGES HAVE NEVER GOTTEN THE FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO EVEN COME CLOSE TO THE WHITE 1860'S THAT WERE THERE. SO WE TRIED TO MAKE AMENDS IN THIS FARM BILL TO COME UP WITH A VERY NOBEL IDEA WITH THE SHORTAGE OF YOUNGER PEOPLE NOT GOING INTO AGRICULTURE, NOT GOING INTO SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AND RESEARCH. WE ESTABLISHED SCHOLARSHIPS TO GO TO THE 1890'S. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT? WHEN THEY TOOK OUR BILL AND PUT IT IN THE FARM BILL, THEY TOOK THE MONEY OUT, JUST LIKE THEY DID BACK IN THE 1890'S. BLACK PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY HAVE SUFFERED TOO LONG AND WE NEED TO PUT A STOP TO IT. I'M HERE. I KNOW THAT THIS HOUSE WILL NOT PUT THE MONEY BACK IN. IT WAS JUST A MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR FOR EACH OF THE FIVE YEARS JUST TRYING TO GET PEOPLE IN. AND THESE LAND GRANTS KNEW. EVERY BLACK PERSON DOES NOT NECESSARILY WANT TO PLAY FOOTBALL OR BASKETBALL. THEY WANT TO BE SCIENTISTS AND FEED THE FUTURE. THIS IS A TERRIBLE BILL. AND I'M ASKING THAT THE SENATE PUT THE $95 MILLION BACK INTO THIS BILL AND LET'S FINALLY TREAT THE 1890 LAND GRANT AFRICAN-AMERICAN SCHOOLS WITH THE RESPECT AND THE DIGNITY THAT YOU NEVER GAVE US.

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE OF TIME TO MR. KING -- -- THERE WAS NEVER ANY…

                                  SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE OF TIME TO MR. KING -- -- THERE WAS NEVER ANY MONEY.

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  I YIELD A MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, MR. KING.

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                                  MR. CONAWAY

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                                  THE CHAIR

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                                  MR. KING

                                  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

                                  IOWA. -- OHIO.

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                                  MR. PETERSON

                                  SPEAKER, I STAND TODAY WITH MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES FIGHTING FOR THE VERY…

                                  SPEAKER, I STAND TODAY WITH MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES FIGHTING FOR THE VERY SOUL OF AMERICA. INSCRIBED ON THE STATUE OF LIBERTY ARE THESE WORD, GIVE ME YOUR TIRED, YOUR POOR, YOUR MASSES, THE MASSIVE REFUGE, SEND THESE THE HOMELESS, TEMPEST TOSS TO ME. I LIFT MY LAMP BESIDE THE GOLDEN DOOR. MS.

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                                  FUDGE: WE HAVE LOST OUR WAY. THERE IS NO LONGER A LAMP OR GOLDEN DOOR AND…

                                  FUDGE: WE HAVE LOST OUR WAY. THERE IS NO LONGER A LAMP OR GOLDEN DOOR AND IF WE FAIL TO PROTECT CHILDREN, SENIORS AND DISABLED, WE HAVE LOST OUR SOUL.

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                                  MS. FUDGE

                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  MR. BOSTON.

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                                  MR. CONAWAY

                                  BOST: I HEAR THAT RURAL AMERICA IS HURTING. WE NEED THE FARM BILL TO…

                                  BOST: I HEAR THAT RURAL AMERICA IS HURTING. WE NEED THE FARM BILL TO ADDRESS THE CONCERNS FACING AG ALL OVER AMERICA. THE FARM BILL DOES JUST THAT.

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                                  THE CHAIR

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                                  MR. BOST

                                  THE FARM BILL PROTECTS THE FARM SAFETY NET INCLUDING COMMODITY PROGRAMS…

                                  THE FARM BILL PROTECTS THE FARM SAFETY NET INCLUDING COMMODITY PROGRAMS AND CROP INSURANCE AND INVESTS IN RURAL BROADBAND AND MODERNIZES F.S.A. LOAN PROGRAMS FOR BEGINNING FARMERS AND RANCHERS AND INVEST IN CONSERVATION. PRESIDENT EISENHOWER SAID FARMING LOOKS EASY. THOSE WORDS HOLD TRUE TODAY. AND THAT'S WHY THIS BILL WAS CRAFTED WITH THOSE FARMERS IN MIND BECAUSE FARMERS IN -- FARMERS ARE EVERYONE'S BREAD AND BUTTER. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                                  THE CHAIR

                                  THE COMMITTEE WILL RISE TO RECEIVE A MESSAGE.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  RESS 52 TITLE 5, UNITED STATES CODE OF THE RULES SUBMITTED BY THE FEDERAL…

                                  RESS 52 TITLE 5, UNITED STATES CODE OF THE RULES SUBMITTED BY THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION IN WHICH THE CONCURRENCE OF THE HOUSE IS REQUESTED.

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

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    LUJAN GRISHAM.

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                                    MR. PETERSON

                                    IS RECOGNIZED. MS.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    LUJAN GRISHAM: I CAME TO CONGRESS TO CREATE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES FOR NEW…

                                    LUJAN GRISHAM: I CAME TO CONGRESS TO CREATE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES FOR NEW MEXICO WHICH IS STRUGGLING WITH THE HIGHEST UNEMPLOYMENT AND POVERTY RECOGNIZED. RATES IN THE NATION. WE HAD A CHANCE IN THIS FARM BILL TO DO JUST THAT AND I WORKED ON A AN ARRAY OF BIPARTISAN INITIATIVES INCLUDING THE FIRST EVER BROADBAND GRANT PROGRAM TO INCREASE INTERNET ACCESS, EXPEDITING THE ADOPTION OF INNOVATIVE CONSERVATION AND WATER MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGIES AND BANNING THE HEINOUS PRACTICE OF LUNCH SHAMING. THE BILL YOU BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR TODAY NOT ONLY JEOPARDIZES THAT BIPARTISAN WORK BUT INCLUDES PROVISIONS THAT WILL CAUSE SO MUCH PAIN TO SO MANY PEOPLE IN MY STATE.

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                                • 05:15:21 PM

                                  The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate passed S.J. Res. 52.

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                                    MS. LUJAN GRISHAM

                                    THIS BILL CREATES NEW RESTRICTIONS ON SNAPPLE GIBBLET AND A MASSIVE…

                                    THIS BILL CREATES NEW RESTRICTIONS ON SNAPPLE GIBBLET AND A MASSIVE UNFUNDED MANDATE ON STATE BUREAUCRACIES THAT WILL FURTHER DESTABILIZE AN ALREADY BROKEN SNAP SYSTEM IN NEW MEXICO. I SPENT YEARS TO HOLD MY STATE ACCOUNTABLE AND FOR ILLEGALLY DENYING THOUSANDS OF INDIVIDUALS THEIR BENEFITS. UNDER THIS BILL, THOSE MISTAKES WILL BECOME MUCH MORE COMMON, AND FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WILL BE KICKED OFF SNAP AND MORE CHILDREN AND FAMILIES WILL GO HUNGRY. MR. SPEAKER, IT MAY BE EX PEDYEET TO BRING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR THAT DESTROYS SNAP AS WE KNOW IT, BUT PASSING A BIPARTISAN BILL THAT WILL DIE IN THE SENATE DOES NOTHING FOR AMERICANS WHO WAIT FOR CONGRESS TO DO THEIR JOB. THIS IS A PERFECT REFLECTION OF WHAT IS WRONG WITH WASHINGTON THAT POLITICS ALWAYS TAKE PRIORITY OVER PROGRESS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO RECOMMIT TO THE BIPARTISAN COLLABORATIVE WORK THAT IS NEEDED BY RANCHERS, FARMERS AND VULNERABLE AMERICANS IN EVERY SINGLE ONE OF OUR DISTRICTS. THIS IS THE ONLY WAY WE WILL PASS A FARM BILL AND FULFILL OUR COMMITMENTS. WE HAVE A DUTY TO SERVE. I YIELD BACK. .

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                                  Subsequently, the Committee resumed it's sitting.

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                                    MR. ROUZER

                                    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MR. ROUZER

                                    MR. SPEAKER, PASSAGE OF THIS FARM BILL IS CRITICAL TO THE LIVELIHOOD AND…

                                    MR. SPEAKER, PASSAGE OF THIS FARM BILL IS CRITICAL TO THE LIVELIHOOD AND SUCCESS OF OUR FARM FAMILIES AND FOOD SUPPLY.

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                                    MR. CONAWAY

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                                    MR. ROUZER

                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MR. PETERSON

                                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MR. CROWLEY

                                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    YOHO, ONE MINUTE.

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                                    MR. CONAWAY

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MR. YOHO

                                    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MR. YOHO

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                                    MR. CONAWAY

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                                    MR. YOHO

                                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    KNOLLENBERG: MR. CHAIRMAN, MEMBERS OF THE --

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                                    MR. PETERSON

                                    THE SIMPLE TRUTH IS THAT PROCESS MATTERS. IF THE PROCESS FAILS, THE…

                                    THE SIMPLE TRUTH IS THAT PROCESS MATTERS. IF THE PROCESS FAILS, THE OUTCOME FAILS.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MR. KNOLLENBERG

                                    AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT HAS HAPPENED WITH THIS FARM BILL.

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                                    MR. NOLAN

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

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

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    EMMER: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. MR. SPEAKER, IN MY HOME STATE OF MINNESOTA,…

                                    EMMER: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. MR. SPEAKER, IN MY HOME STATE OF MINNESOTA, AGRICULTURE IS ONE OF THE PRIMARY DRIVERS OF OUR ECONOMY, AND RIGHT NOW FARMERS, RANCHERS, AND AGRICULTURE WORKERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE LOOKING TO CONGRESS FOR A STRONG FARM BILL THAT IMPROVES THE FARM SAFETY NET AND BRINGS CERTAINTY TO PRODUCERS IN UNCERTAIN TIMES.

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                                    MR. CONAWAY

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MR. EMMER

                                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MR. PETERSON

                                    BUSTOS: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. PASSING A FARM BILL THAT DELIVERS A…

                                    BUSTOS: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. PASSING A FARM BILL THAT DELIVERS A BETTER DEAL TO OUR GROWERS COULD HAVE AND SHOULD HAVE BEEN A BIPARTISAN PROCESS.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MRS. BUSTOS

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS…

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MR. CONAWAY

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS HAS 15 TWIRTS MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS HAS 15 TWIRTS MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA HAS 18 MINUTES REMAINING.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MR. CONAWAY

                                    2, THE AGRICULTURE AND NUTRITION ACT OF 2018. I HAVE THE GREAT HONOR OF…

                                    2, THE AGRICULTURE AND NUTRITION ACT OF 2018. I HAVE THE GREAT HONOR OF REPRESENTING GEORGIA'S 12TH DISTRICT, WHERE AGRICULTURE IS THE NUMBER ONE INDUSTRY. AS A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE, MY COLLEAGUES AND I HAVE WORKED DILIGENTLY TO CRAFT A FARM BILL THAT WORKS FOR OUR FARMERS AND PROVIDES THEM WITH THE ABILITY TO PROVIDE A SAFE, SECURE, ECONOMIC FOOD SUPPLY TO THIS NATION.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MR. ALLEN

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MR. PETERSON

                                    SCOTT: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, THERE IS A LOT WRONG WITH…

                                    SCOTT: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, THERE IS A LOT WRONG WITH THIS BILL, BUT AS RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND THE WORK FORCE, I'M PARTICULARLY CONCERNED ABOUT ITS IMPACT ON STUDENTS.

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                                  • 05:29:24 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MR. SCOTT

                                    SNAP ELIGIBILITY IS TIED TO ELIGIBILITY FOR OTHER VITAL FEDERAL PROGRAMS…

                                    SNAP ELIGIBILITY IS TIED TO ELIGIBILITY FOR OTHER VITAL FEDERAL PROGRAMS SO THE PROPOSED CUTS IN SNAP ELIGIBILITY WILL ALSO CUT ACCESS TO FREE SCHOOL MEALS FOR 265,000 CHILDREN. RESEARCH HAS CONSISTENTLY SHOWN STUDENTS STRUGGLING WITH HUNGER HAVE LOWER GRADES, LESS ABLE TO FOCUS, MORE LIKELY TO MISS SCHOOL. THIS BILL WILL UNDERMINE THE ABILITY OF HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS TO REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL BY CUTTING SNAP BENEFITS FOR THE FAMILY AND REDUCING SCHOOL BENEFITS FOR THE CHILDREN. IN THE WAKE OF A $1.5 TRILLION TAX CUT FOR CORPORATIONS IN THE TOP 1%, IT IS A SHAMEFUL STATEMENT OF PRIORITIES WHEN WE TRY TO PAY FOR THESE TAX CUTS BY REDUCING FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS FOR LOW-INCOME STUDENTS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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                                  • 05:30:31 PM

                                    MR. CONAWAY

                                    ROBY: I OFFER MY STRONGEST SUPPORT TO THE AGRICULTURE AND NEW TRISH AND…

                                    ROBY: I OFFER MY STRONGEST SUPPORT TO THE AGRICULTURE AND NEW TRISH AND ACT H.R. 2.

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                                  • 05:30:40 PM

                                    MRS. ROBY

                                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    KUSTER. MR.

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                                    MR. PETERSON

                                    KUSTOFF: I HAVE PROVIDE FOUND DISAPPOINTMENT IN -- COUSCOUS AS THE FIRST…

                                    KUSTOFF: I HAVE PROVIDE FOUND DISAPPOINTMENT IN -- COUSCOUS AS THE FIRST NEW HAMPSHIRE TO SERVE I'M HUMBLED BY THE RESPONSIBILITY TO FIGHT FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE FAMILY FARMS.

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                                    MR. KUSTOFF

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

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                  • 05:33:17 PM

                                    MR. CONAWAY

                                    2, THE AGRICULTURAL AND NEW TRISH ACT. RURAL AMERICA NEEDS OUR SUPPORT.

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                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    GRIJALVA.

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                                    MR. PETERSON

                                  • 05:35:15 PM

                                    MR. GRIJALVA

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

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    CRAWFORD, FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                                    MR. CONAWAY

                                    LET ME START BY SAYING, NO VERY OFTEN WE TALK ABOUT AGRICULTURE.

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                                    MR. CRAWFORD

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                  • 05:38:40 PM

                                    MR. PETERSON

                                    5 MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY, MS. ADAMS.

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                                    MS. ADAMS

                                    HOW MUCH TIME IS LEFT FOR EACH SIDE.

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                                    MR. CONAWAY

                                    SIDE. MR.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    CONAWAY: I RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS

                                  • 05:40:53 PM

                                    MR. CONAWAY

                                    HOW MUCH TIME IS ON OUR SIDE REMAINING?

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                                    MR. CONAWAY

                                    13

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                                    MR. PETERSON

                                    1/4. MR. O'HALLERAN: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO EXPRESS MY STRONG OPPOSITION…

                                    1/4. MR. O'HALLERAN: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO EXPRESS MY STRONG OPPOSITION TO H.R.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    2. SOME MAY CALL THIS FARM BILL, BUT FOR MY DISTRICT THIS IS A HARM BILL.…

                                    2. SOME MAY CALL THIS FARM BILL, BUT FOR MY DISTRICT THIS IS A HARM BILL. UNFORTUNATELY

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                                    MR. O'HALLERAN

                                    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. MR. O'HALLERAN: WE HE OWE THE AMERICAN…

                                    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. MR. O'HALLERAN: WE HE OWE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SOMETHING BETTER.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MR. O'HALLERAN

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                                    MR. CONAWAY

                                    LEE, ONE MINUTE. MS.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MR. PETERSON

                                    LEE: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND…

                                    LEE: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND ALSO FOR YOUR TREMENDOUS LEADERSHIP ON THIS BILL AND SO MANY OTHER ISSUES. I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS DISASTROUS FARM BILL.

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                                    MS. LEE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    TO REDUCED LUNCH PRICES.

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                                    MR. CONAWAY

                                    BUT THEY WOULD MAINTAIN THE FREE LUNCH PROGRAM. JUST TO CLARIFY THAT.…

                                    BUT THEY WOULD MAINTAIN THE FREE LUNCH PROGRAM. JUST TO CLARIFY THAT. GREAT PLEASURE TO RECOGNIZE MR. RODNEY DAVIS FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                                    MR. DAVIS

                                    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, THE…

                                    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, THE LEADER OF THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS, MS. PELOSI.

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                                    MR. PETERSON

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

                                    PELOSI: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I ESPECIALLY THANK HIM FOR HIS EXCEPTIONAL LEADERSHIP OVER THE YEARS TO HONOR THE HISTORIC COLLABORATION THAT HAS ALWAYS EXISTED IN OUR COUNTRY BETWEEN URBAN AND RURAL AMERICA THAT IS IN ALL OF OUR INTERESTS, THAT OUR FARM COUNTRY SUCCEED AND IT'S IN ALL OF OUR INTERESTS THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE NOT FOOD INSECURE. SO I THANK YOU, MR.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MS. PELOSI

                                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    MR.

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                                    MR. CONAWAY

                                  • 05:53:51 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                  • 05:53:52 PM

                                    MR. PETERSON

                                    PANETTA: THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AS I'VE TOLD YOU,…

                                    PANETTA: THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AS I'VE TOLD YOU, IT IS AN ABSOLUTE HONOR TO SERVE ON THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF THE CHAIRMAN AS WELL AS THE RANKING MEMBER. THERE'S NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT. BUT I MAINLY SAY THAT BASED ON THE WORK THIS COMMITTEE DOES TO SERVE THOSE IN AGRICULTURE AND WHAT THAT SERVICE CAN DO FOR THE BACKBONE INDUSTRY OF OUR COUNTRY. HOWEVER, AS A REPRESENTATIVE ON THIS COMMITTEE AND AS A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE SALAD BOWL OF THE WORLD ON THE CENTRAL COAST OF CALIFORNIA, MY COUNTRY AND, YES, MY COMMUNITY EXPECTED MORE OUT OF THIS FARM BILL. LOOK, IN MY AREA WITH ITS FLOURISHING SPECIALTY CROP INDUSTRY WE WANTED MORE FOR THE SPECIALTY CROP RESEARCH INITIATIVE.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                  • 05:53:58 PM

                                    MR. PANETTA

                                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    YOUNG: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2, THE…

                                    YOUNG: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2, THE AGRICULTURE AND NUTRITION ACT OF 2018.

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                                    MR. CONAWAY

                                    INCLUDED IN THIS GREAT BILL ARE TWO BILLS I INTRODUCED -- THE WATER ACT…

                                    INCLUDED IN THIS GREAT BILL ARE TWO BILLS I INTRODUCED -- THE WATER ACT AND THE STRESS ACT, WHICH WAS INTRODUCED WITH OTHER COLLEAGUES AS WELL. THE WATER ACT IMPROVES WATER QUALITY BY EASING ACCESS TO THE CONSERVATION INNOVATION GRANT PROGRAM AND REDUCING RED TAPE. IOWANS EXPECT AND DESERVE CLEAN WATER, AND THIS BILL WILL HELP DO THAT. THE STRESS ACT WILL HELP ADDRESS THE FARMER SUICIDE CRISIS GRIPPING OUR NATION BY OPENING THE FARM AND RANCH STRESS ASSISTANCE NETWORK.

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                                  • 05:55:42 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                  • 05:55:43 PM

                                    MR. YOUNG

                                    FARMERS FACING TOUGH TIMES CAN GET THE HELP THEY NEED. OUR FARMERS SPEED,…

                                    FARMERS FACING TOUGH TIMES CAN GET THE HELP THEY NEED. OUR FARMERS SPEED, FUEL, SUSTAIN THE WORLD. IT'S ONLY RIGHT WE TAKE STEPS TO HELP THEM. I WAS ALSO PLEASED AND I THANK THE CHAIRMAN THAT IN THE FARM BILL THERE'S POSITIVE STEPS TO ADDRESS THE FOOD WASTE THAT IS OUT THERE IN OUR COUNTRY. OUR COUNTRY WASTES 40% OF OUR FOOD SUPPLY. AS CO-FOUNDER OF THE FOOD WASTE CAUCUS, I'M COMMITTED TO REDUCING FOOD WASTE TO COMBAT HUNGER AS WELL AS ARE MANY OF MY OTHER COLLEAGUES. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN CONAWAY FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON PUTTING THE FOOD WASTE LIAISON AT THE F.D.A. TO REDUCE WASTE BY 50% BY 2030. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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                                  • 05:56:59 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    PETERSON: MR. CHAIRMAN, COULD I INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME WE HAVE ON OUR SIDE?

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                                    MR. PETERSON

                                    TEXAS.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    I YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO MS. BLUNT ROCHESTER.

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                                    MR. PETERSON

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                  • 05:57:31 PM

                                    MS. BLUNT ROCHESTER

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS…

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MR. CONAWAY

                                    MR.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    I HAVE ONE MORE SPEAKER.

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                                    MR. WALZ

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                                    MR. CONAWAY

                                  • 06:00:24 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                  • 06:00:25 PM

                                    MR. CONAWAY

                                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    AGO, WE WERE ON THE FLOOR OF THIS VERY CHAMBER WHEN WE TOOK UP THE…

                                    AGO, WE WERE ON THE FLOOR OF THIS VERY CHAMBER WHEN WE TOOK UP THE PREVIOUS FARM BILL.

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                                    MR. LUCAS

                                    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                  • 06:02:59 PM

                                    MR. LUCAS

                                  • 06:03:01 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    RECOGNIZED. MR.

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                                    PETERSON: MR. CHAIRMAN, AS I SPOKE EARLIER ON THE DRAWBACKS OF H.R. 2,…

                                    PETERSON: MR. CHAIRMAN, AS I SPOKE EARLIER ON THE DRAWBACKS OF H.R. 2, MENTIONED BEFORE THAT -- BEFORE I RESERVED, THAT I'M VERY FRUSTRATED BY THE BREAKDOWN IN THIS PROCESS THAT GOT US TO WHERE WE ARE. MR.

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                                  • 06:03:08 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                  • 06:03:12 PM

                                    MR. PETERSON

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

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

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                                  • 06:08:17 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  • 06:08:21 PM

                                    MR. CONAWAY

                                    ALL TIME FOR GENERAL DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

                                    ALL TIME FOR GENERAL DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                  • 06:11:45 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

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                                    MR. CONAWAY

                                    THE MOTION IS ADOPTED.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    MR. CHAIRMAN.

                                • 06:12:13 PM

                                  Mr. Conaway moved that the Committee now rise.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  • 06:12:19 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    2 AND HAS COME TO NOS REMAIN TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION THEREON. PURSUANT TO…

                                    2 AND HAS COME TO NOS REMAIN TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION THEREON. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, PROCEEDINGS WILL RESUME ON QUESTIONS PREVIOUSLY POSTPONED.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    PASSAGE OF H.R. 5698, AND AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE…

                                    PASSAGE OF H.R. 5698, AND AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL IF ORDER. THE FIRST ELECTRONIC VOTE WILL BE A 15-MINUTE VOTE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON PASSAGE OF H.R. 56898 -- 5698.

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                                On motion that the Committee now rise Agreed to by voice vote.

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                                  Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 2 as unfinished business.

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                                  UNFINISHED BUSINESS

                                  The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on passage of H.R. 5698 and S. 2372, and adoption of the Speaker's Approval of the Journal, all of which further proceedings had been postponed.

                                  • 06:12:58 PM

                                    THE CLERK

                                  • 06:13:09 PM

                                    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 380 --

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                                  • 06:13:16 PM

                                    Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 5698 — "To amend title 18, United States Code, to punish criminal offenses targeting law enforcement officers, and for other purposes."

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                                      On passage Roll Call 188 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

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                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                      • 06:36:22 PM

                                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                        7372.

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                                    House Vote 188 - On Passage

                                    Protect and Serve Act of 2018

                                    Passed (382 - 35)
                                    Yea

                                    Vote Details: Yea - 382
                                    Republican - 220
                                    Democratic - 162

                                    Vote Details: Nay - 35
                                    Republican - 11
                                    Democratic - 24

                                    Vote Details: Not Voting - 10
                                    Democratic - 7
                                    Republican - 3

                                    • 06:36:25 PM

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

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                                        THE CLERK

                                      • 06:36:47 PM

                                        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 347, THE NAYS ARE 70. THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE

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                                    • 06:36:57 PM

                                      Considered as unfinished business. S. 2372 — "To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide outer burial receptacles for remains buried in National Parks, and for other purposes."

                                      • 06:37:13 PM

                                        On passage Roll Call 189 - Recorded vote pending.

                                        • 06:43:47 PM

                                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          MR. SPEAKER.

                                    • 06:43:49 PM

                                      House Vote 189 - On Passage

                                      Veterans Cemetery Benefit Correction Act

                                      Passed (347 - 70)
                                      Aye

                                      Vote Details: Aye - 347
                                      Republican - 231
                                      Democratic - 116

                                      Vote Details: No - 70
                                      Democratic - 70

                                      Vote Details: Not Voting - 10
                                      Democratic - 7
                                      Republican - 3

                                      • 06:43:51 PM

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

                                        • 06:44:14 PM

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

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                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                          • 06:44:20 PM

                                            >>

                                            CONCURRENT RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE SECRETARY OF THE SENATE TO MAKE A…

                                            CONCURRENT RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE SECRETARY OF THE SENATE TO MAKE A CORRECTION IN THE ENROLLMENT OF THE BILL, SENATE 2372.

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                                        • 06:44:21 PM

                                          Considered by unanimous consent. H. Con. Res. 121 — "Directing the Secretary of the Senate to make a correction in the enrollment of the bill S. 2372."

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                                            Mr. Roe (TN) asked unanimous consent to consider as introduced.

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                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            • 06:44:28 PM

                                              THE CLERK

                                            • 06:44:39 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              TABLE. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 891, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN…

                                              TABLE. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 891, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2. WOULD THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. LEWIS, PLEASE KINDLY TAKE THE CHAIR.

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                                        • 06:44:46 PM

                                          On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.

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

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                                              Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 2 — "To provide for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through fiscal year 2023, and for other purposes."

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                                                The House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.

                                                • 06:46:02 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                • 06:46:11 PM

                                                  THE CLERK

                                                  PURPOSES.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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

                                                • 06:48:46 PM

                                                  MR. KING

                                                • 06:48:50 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  IOWA.

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                                                  THE CLERK

                                                  ORDER. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 891, THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, MR.

                                              • 06:48:52 PM

                                                An amendment, offered by Mr. King (IA), numbered 1 printed in Part C of House Report 115-677 to allow Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to go into contracts with drainage districts to provide irrigation or water efficiency.

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                                                DEBATE

                                                Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 891, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the King (IA) amendment No. 1.

                                                • 06:49:00 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  THANK YOU --

                                                • 06:49:17 PM

                                                  MR. KING

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                                                  >>

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  FLOOR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                  MR. KING

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

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA RISE?

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                                                • 06:52:08 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  CHAIRMAN, I RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION EVEN THOUGH I'M IN FAVOR OF…

                                                  CHAIRMAN, I RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION EVEN THOUGH I'M IN FAVOR OF THIS

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                                                  PETERSON: MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS IS SOMETHING I'VE BEEN WORKING ON UP IN MY…

                                                  PETERSON: MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS IS SOMETHING I'VE BEEN WORKING ON UP IN MY AREA FOR SOME TIME AS WELL. WE HAVE THE RED RIVER VALLEY WHICH IS A RIVER THAT FLOWS NORTH AND ALWAYS CAUSES A LOT OF TROUBLE WITH FLOODING AND SO FORTH A LOT OF EROSION PROBLEMS, WE'VE BEEN LOOKING AT WAYS TO DEAL WITH THIS. ONE OF THE WAYS THAT WE FOUND THAT REALLY WORKS IS TO PUT IN PATTERN TILE.

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                                                • 06:52:22 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                • 06:52:25 PM

                                                  MR. PETERSON

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

                                                • 06:53:36 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                • 06:53:40 PM

                                                  MR. KING

                                                  WORKING TOGETHER ON THIS KIND OF PROPOSAL I THINK WILL YIELD A GOOD RESULT…

                                                  WORKING TOGETHER ON THIS KIND OF PROPOSAL I THINK WILL YIELD A GOOD RESULT AND ALL THE WAY DOWN ESPECIALLY THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER, THE HYPOXIA IN THE GULF, THIS IS GOOD FOR THE ENTIRE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, IT'S SOMETHING I WISH WE'D DONE SOME TIME AGO. I APPRECIATE THE SUPPORT FOR THIS AMENDMENT, I URGE ITS ADOPTION AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                • 06:54:12 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                                              • 06:54:19 PM

                                                On agreeing to the King (IA) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.

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                                                  An amendment, offered by Mr. Gibbs, numbered 2 printed in Part C of House Report 115-677 to express a sense of congress encouraging partnerships at the watershed level between nonpoint sources and regulated point sources to advance the goals of the Water Pollution Control Act.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

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                                                DEBATE

                                                Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 891, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Gibbs amendment No. 2.

                                                • 06:54:45 PM

                                                  THE CLERK

                                                  GIBBS, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR…

                                                  GIBBS, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO. MR.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  GIBBS: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS AMENDMENT IS A SENSE OF CONGRESS THAT…

                                                  GIBBS: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS AMENDMENT IS A SENSE OF CONGRESS THAT WILL HELP SUPPORT WATER AND WASTEWATER UTILITIES IVEN KNOW VATING TO MEET CLEAN WATER ACT TARGETS FOR MESKET -- MORE EFFECTIVELY AND POTENTIALLY AT LOWER COST TO UTILITY BY WORKING THROUGHOUT THE WATERSHED FOR WATER QUALITY IMPROVEMENTS. UTILITIES OFTEN NEED NOT TO LOOK AT COSTLY TREATMENT TO REMOVE NUTRIENTS LIKE PHOSPHOROUS AND NITROGEN.

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                                                  MR. GIBBS

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

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE J -- FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA RISE?

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  IN MY PART OF THE WORLD, I HAVE IN THE HEARD REQUESTS FOR THIS, I DON'T…

                                                  IN MY PART OF THE WORLD, I HAVE IN THE HEARD REQUESTS FOR THIS, I DON'T THINK IT DOES ANY HARM SO

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                                                  I -- I DON'T HAVE ANYBODY ELSE WITH COMMENT, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MR. GIBBS

                                                  I APPRECIATE THE SUPPORT AND YIELD BACK.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  ROGERS OF ALABAMA.

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                                                  THE CLERK

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                                                  An amendment, offered by Mr. Rogers (AL), numbered 4 printed in Part C of House Report 115-677 to amend the Nutrition title to allow SNAP users to purchase a multivitamin with their SNAP benefits.

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                                                  DEBATE

                                                  Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 891, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Rogers (AL) amendment No. 4.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    ROGERS: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TO OFFER MY AMENDMENT TO ALLOW…

                                                    ROGERS: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TO OFFER MY AMENDMENT TO ALLOW SNAP USERS TO PURCHASE MULTIVITAMINS. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN CONAWAY FOR HIS HARD WORK IN THIS FARM BILL PROCESS. H.L.

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                                                    MR. ROGERS

                                                    2 IS A BILL TO STRENGTHEN THE FARM SAFETY NET FOR AMERICA'S FARMERS AND…

                                                    2 IS A BILL TO STRENGTHEN THE FARM SAFETY NET FOR AMERICA'S FARMERS AND RANCHERS AND GIVE FOLKS ON SNAP A PATH OUT OF POVERTY WITH WORK FORCE TRAINING PROGRAMS. THE MULTIVITAMIN CAN SERVE AS AN EFFECTIVE BRIDGE BETWEEN WHAT AMERICANS SHOULD EAT AND WHAT THEY ACTUALLY CONSUME. REPEATED STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT AMERICANS DO NOT CONSUME ESSENTIAL NUTRIENTS AT RECOMMENDED LEVELS THROUGH DIET ALONE. LOW INCOME AND OLDER AMERICANS ARE MORE LIKELY THAN OTHERS TO HAVE INSUFFICIENT AND NUTRITIONALLY INADEQUATE DIETS. MULTIVITAMINS AREN'T A REPLACEMENT FOR A HEALTHY DIET BUT THE SUPPLEMENTS CAN HELP FILL THE NUTRIENT GAP. SAFE, CONVENIENT AND SCIENTIFICALLY SUPPORTED MULTIVITAMINS SUPPORT A LOW-COST SOLUTION FOR THOSE LOOKING TO MAKE SURE THEIR FAMILY RECEIVE ADEQUATE INTAKE OF VITAMINS AND MINERALS. IT'S MY HOPE THAT BY EMPOWERING LOW-INCOME AMERICANS TO ACHIEVE NUTRITION, IT WILL BREAK THE CYCLE OF LIFELONG POVERTY AND END THE CYCLE OF POVERTIFMENT

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                                                  • 07:00:36 PM

                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT TO H.R. 2.

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                                                  On agreeing to the Rogers (AL) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.

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                                                    MR. BERGMAN

                                                    BERGMAN OF MICHIGAN.

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                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                    THE CHAIR

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                                                    An amendment, offered by Mr. Bergman, numbered 5 printed in Part C of House Report 115-677 to direct GAO to study the agricultural credit needs of farms, ranches, and related agricultural businesses that are owned or operated by Indian tribes on tribal lands or enrolled members of Indian tribes on Indian allotments. If needs are not being met, report shall include legislative and other recommendations that would result in a system under which the needs are met in an equitable and effective manner.

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                                                      THE CLERK

                                                      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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                                                  DEBATE

                                                  Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 891, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Bergman amendment No. 5.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

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                                                    MR. BERGMAN

                                                    MY DISTRICT IS HOME TO EIGHT FEDERALLY RECOGNIZED TRIBES AND IT HAS BEEN…

                                                    MY DISTRICT IS HOME TO EIGHT FEDERALLY RECOGNIZED TRIBES AND IT HAS BEEN MY HONOR TO REPRESENT EACH OF THEM OVER THE LAST 16 MONTHS. WE OFTEN HEAR ABOUT HOW MOST TRIBES ARE LOCATED WITHIN FOOD DESERTS. BUT WE MUST REMEMBER MOST TRIBES ARE ALSO LOCATED WITHIN CREDIT DESERTS. CREDIT DESERTS OCCUR WHEN THERE ARE VERY FEW LENDERS AVAILABLE IN A REGION. THE LACK OF CREDIT OPTIONS SEVERELY IMPACTS THE ABILITY OF TRIBES AND TRIBAL MEMBERS TO INVEST AND EXPAND THEIR AGRICULTURAL BUSINESSES. BY DIRECTING G.A.O. TO STUDY THE UNIQUE CREDIT NEEDS OF TRIBES, WE CAN IDENTIFY SOLUTIONS THAT WILL RESULT IN A SYSTEM UNDER WHICH THEIR NEEDS ARE MET IN AN EQUITABLE AND EFFECTIVE MANNER. THE FARM CREDIT SYSTEM IS VITALLY IMPORTANT FOR AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITIES IN RURAL AMERICA. WITHOUT SUFFICIENT ACCESS TO CREDIT, YOUNG FARMERS WILL NOT BE ABLE TO BEGIN A CAREER AND EXPERIENCE -- AND EXPERIENCED FARMERS WILL NOT BE ABLE TO EXPAND THEIR BUSINESSES. TRIBES ACROSS THE COUNTRY NEED FAIR AND EQUAL ACCESS TO ALL AGRICULTURAL PROGRAMS SO THEY CAN PROMOTE THEIR HISTORICAL AND CONSULTAL KNOWLEDGE FOR THE NEXT GENERATION -- CULTURAL KNOWLEDGE FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF AMERICAN FARMERS. THIS BILL REPRESENTS AN INVESTMENT IN RURAL AMERICA. WITH NET FARM INCOME DROPPING BY NEARLY 50% OVER THE PAST FOUR YEARS, CONGRESS MUST RECOGNIZE THE VITAL ROLE OUR AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITIES PLAY AND PROVIDE IN THE RESOURCES THEY NEED FOR SUCCESS. I THANK CHAIRMAN CONAWAY FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN BRINGING FORTH A BILL THAT IS RESPONSIVE TO THE NEEDS OF FARM COUNTRY. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE SUPPORT FOR MY AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                                    MR. ARRINGTON

                                                    ARRINGTON OF TEXAS.

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                                                    THE CHAIR

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                                                    THE CLERK

                                                    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. MR.

                                                  • 07:04:02 PM

                                                    THE CHAIR

                                                    ARRINGTON: I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN CONAWAY FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON H.R. 2,…

                                                    ARRINGTON: I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN CONAWAY FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON H.R. 2, THIS FARM BILL IS CRITICAL TO THIS COUNTRY'S FOOD SUPPLY TO RURAL AMERICA. I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR A GREAT FIRST STEP GETTING IT OUT OF THE COMMITTEE. AND WE STRENGTHEN THE SAFETY NET TO PROVIDE STABILITY TO THE AG ECONOMY HERE IN THE UNITED STATES.

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                                                  • 07:04:05 PM

                                                    An amendment, offered by Mr. Arrington, numbered 6 printed in Part C of House Report 115-677 to modify the Community Facilities Direct Loan and Guarantee Loan Program and the Business and Industry Guaranteed Loan Program to permit rural hospitals to refinance existing debt.

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                                                    DEBATE

                                                    Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 891, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Arrington amendment No. 6.

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                                                      MR. ARRINGTON

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

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA RISE?

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      CHAIRMAN, I APPRECIATE THE INTENT OF THE AMENDMENT BUT THERE'S A COUPLE…

                                                      CHAIRMAN, I APPRECIATE THE INTENT OF THE AMENDMENT BUT THERE'S A COUPLE PROBLEMS HERE. MR.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      PETERSON: ONE IS THAT, YOU KNOW, I'VE GOT SOME HOSPITALS IN MY AREA THAT…

                                                      PETERSON: ONE IS THAT, YOU KNOW, I'VE GOT SOME HOSPITALS IN MY AREA THAT HAVE USED THIS TO ESTABLISH RURAL HOSPITALS.

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                                                      MR. PETERSON

                                                      MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO RECLAIM MY TIME.

                                                    • 07:09:58 PM

                                                      MR. ARRINGTON

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                                                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                    • 07:10:07 PM

                                                      MR. ARRINGTON

                                                      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      I JUST, YOU KNOW, THE AVERAGE TOWN IN MY DISTRICT IS 1,000 PEOPLE. 1,500…

                                                      I JUST, YOU KNOW, THE AVERAGE TOWN IN MY DISTRICT IS 1,000 PEOPLE. 1,500 PEOPLE. THOSE ARE THE FOLKS THAT CANNOT AFFORD TO DO THIS. THAT'S WHAT THIS PROGRAM IS FOR.

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                                                      MR. PETERSON

                                                      AND I DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH MONEY WE HAVE WASTED ON BROADBAND IN CONGRESS,…

                                                      AND I DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH MONEY WE HAVE WASTED ON BROADBAND IN CONGRESS, AND ONE OF THE REASONS -- IN THIS CONGRESS, AND ONE OF THE REASONS WE WASTED IT IS WE HAD A 50,000 POPULATION LIMIT AND WHAT HAPPENED IS THESE TELECON COMPANIES AND CABLE COMPANIES WENT INTO THESE BIGGER COMMUNITIES BECAUSE THAT'S WHERE THEY COULD MAKE MONEY AND THEY OVERBUILT THE SYSTEMS TWO OR THREE TIMES. DID THEY COME OUT INTO THE RURAL AREAS AND DO ANYTHING? NO. SO WE STILL DON'T HAVE BROADBAND AND IN THE TOWNS OF 50,000 WE HAVE THREE SYSTEMS. SO WHAT I WAS TRYING TO DO IN 2008 WAS TRY TO FOCUS THIS STUFF TO WHERE IT, IN MY OPINION, BELONGS. SO YOU MIGHT IN YOUR PART OF THE WORLD, THAT MIGHT BE THE THING TO DO, BUT THIS DOES NOT WORK IN MY DISTRICT. AND I DON'T AGREE WITH IT. AND I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                    • 07:12:41 PM

                                                      THE CHAIR

                                                      TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 7 PRINTED IN PART C OF…

                                                      TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 7 PRINTED IN PART C OF HOUSE REPORT 115-677. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                  • 07:12:49 PM

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

                                                    • 07:13:07 PM

                                                      An amendment, offered by Mr. Jones, numbered 7 printed in Part C of House Report 115-677 to remove the first 1,500 individuals residing on military bases from calculation into population thresholds set for "rural areas.'

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                                                      DEBATE

                                                      Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 891, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Jones amendment No. 7.

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                                                        MR. JONES

                                                        THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                                        THE CHAIR

                                                      • 07:13:20 PM

                                                        THE CLERK

                                                        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA. MR.

                                                      • 07:13:24 PM

                                                        THE CHAIR

                                                        JONES: MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND THE…

                                                        JONES: MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND THE RANKING MEMBER FOR ME HAVING THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK ABOUT THIS

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                                                      • 07:13:34 PM

                                                        MR. JONES

                                                        DOES THE GENTLEMAN RESERVE HIS TIME?

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                                                        THE CHAIR

                                                        AMENDMENT? THE QUESTION IS ON -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS…

                                                        AMENDMENT? THE QUESTION IS ON -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED. MR.

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                                                      • 07:15:02 PM

                                                        MR. JONES

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                                                        THE CHAIR

                                                        JONES:

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                                                        MR. JONES

                                                      • 07:15:18 PM

                                                        THE CHAIR

                                                        I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                                        LATTA OF OHIO.

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                                                        THE CLERK

                                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE…

                                                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                    • 07:15:45 PM

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

                                                      • 07:15:52 PM

                                                        An amendment, offered by Mr. Latta, Amendment numbered 8 printed in Part C of House Report 115-677 to require the Federal Communications Commission, in consultation with the United States Department of Agriculture, to establish a task force for reviewing the connectivity and technology needs of precision agriculture in the United States.

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                                                        DEBATE

                                                        Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 891, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Latta amendment No. 8.

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                                                          THE CHAIR

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                                                          MR. LATTA

                                                          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                          THE CHAIR

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                                                          MR. PETERSON

                                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZEDED.

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                                                          THE CHAIR

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                                                          MR. LATTA

                                                          AND WITH THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, I WILL YIELD BECOME THE BALL APS OF MY TIME…

                                                          AND WITH THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, I WILL YIELD BECOME THE BALL APS OF MY TIME AND ASK FOR SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT.

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                                                          THE CHAIR

                                                          I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                                                      • 07:20:56 PM

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

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                                                          MR. THOMPSON

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                                                          THE CLERK

                                                          THE SCRASM PENNSYLVANIA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE…

                                                          THE SCRASM PENNSYLVANIA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                        • 07:21:23 PM

                                                          An amendment, offered by Mr. Thompson (PA), Amendment numbered 9 printed in Part C of House Report 115-677 to add Chronic Wasting Disease to Sec. 7208, High-Priority Research and Extension Initiatives.

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                                                          DEBATE

                                                          Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 891, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Thompson (PA) amendment No. 9.

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                                                            THE CHAIR

                                                            CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER, THANK YOU TO SPEAK ON THIS AMENDMENT.

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                                                            MR. THOMPSON

                                                            AND THIS IS A WILDLIFE HEALTH DISORDER IN 24 STATES INCLUDING PENNSYLVANIA

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                                                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA RISE?

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                                                          • 07:23:34 PM

                                                            THE CHAIR

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                                                            MR. PETERSON

                                                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS.

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                                                            THE CHAIR

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                                                            MR. THOMPSON

                                                            THAT IS NOT TRUE.

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                                                            MR. PETERSON

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                                                            MR. THOMPSON

                                                            I GUESS IT'S MY TIME. YOU RESERVE YOUR TIME?

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                                                            MR. PETERSON

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                                                            THE CHAIR

                                                            PETERSON: THAT'S NOT TRUE BECAUSE IT HAS HAPPENED. MAYBE THEY NEED TO BE…

                                                            PETERSON: THAT'S NOT TRUE BECAUSE IT HAS HAPPENED. MAYBE THEY NEED TO BE RESEARCHED.

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                                                          • 07:26:58 PM

                                                            MR. PETERSON

                                                            LITTLE BEHIND THE TIMES, IT SEEMS TO ME.

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                                                            MR. PETERSON

                                                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELD. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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                                                            THE CHAIR

                                                          • 07:28:15 PM

                                                            MR. THOMPSON

                                                          • 07:28:16 PM

                                                            THE CHAIR

                                                        • 07:28:20 PM

                                                          On agreeing to the Thompson (PA) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.

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                                                            AYE. ACCORDINGLY THE COMMITTEE

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                                                            Mr. Conaway moved that the Committee rise.

                                                            • 07:28:36 PM

                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MR. CHAIR.

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

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                                                            Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 2 as unfinished business.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              2 DIRECTS ME TO REPORT THAT IT HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                            • 07:29:20 PM

                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              2 AND HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN…

                                                              2 AND HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. PERLMUTTER, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MINORITY LEADER.

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                                                          ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

                                                          The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.

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                                                            SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES

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

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                                                              MR. PERLMUTTER

                                                              INVESTIGATION. AND THE KINDS OF RESULTS THAT ARE BEING DEVELOPED BY THE…

                                                              INVESTIGATION. AND THE KINDS OF RESULTS THAT ARE BEING DEVELOPED BY THE F.B.I. , BY THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, ON A LOT OF VERY SERIOUS TOPICS. THAT MAIN TOPIC IS THE RUSSIANS INTERFERING WITH OUR ELECTIONS. PARTICULARLY THE 2016 ELECTION. THAT KIND OF INTERFERENCE GOES TO THE HEART OF OUR NATION. GOES TO THE HEART OF OUR FREEDOM, GOES TO THE HEART OF OUR INDEPENDENCE, GOES TO THE HEART OF THIS COUNTRY'S SOVEREIGNTY, TO BE ABLE TO MAKE DECISIONS WITHOUT INTERFERENCE BY NATIONS OTHER THAN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. OTHER THAN US AS CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. NOW, I THINK WE NEED TO STEP BACK AND THINK ABOUT THIS A LITTLE BIT. BECAUSE IT'S CLEAR NOW, JUST TODAY THE SENATE REPUBLICAN CHAIR OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE SAID, THERE'S NO DOUBT THAT RUSSIA UNDERTOOK AN UNPRECEDENTED EFFORT TO INTERFERE WITH OUR 2016 ELECTIONS. AND HE SAYS, HE LOOKS FORWARD TO COMPLETING THE COMMITTEE'S INQUIRY AND ISSUING FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS TO AMERICANS. THE VICE CHAIRMAN, SENATOR WARNER FROM VIRGINIA, SAYS, AFTER THOROUGH REVIEW, OUR STAFF CONCLUDED THAT THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY'S CONCLUSIONS WERE ACCURATE AND ON POINT. THE RUSSIAN EFFORT WAS EXTENSIVE, SOPHISTICATED AND ORDERED BY PRESIDENT PUTIN HIMSELF FOR THE PURPOSE OF HELPING DONALD TRUMP AND HURTING HILLARY CLINTON. IN ORDER TO PROTECT OUR DEMOCRACY FROM FUTURE THREATS, WE MUST UNDERSTAND WHAT HAPPENED IN 2016. SO A YEAR AGO SPECIAL COUNSEL ROBERT MUELLER WAS APPOINTED TO LOOK INTO THIS AFFAIR. AND WHAT EXACTLY HAPPENED. AND TO BRING THOSE TO JUSTICE WHO BROKE OUR LAWS, WHO INTERFERED WITH OUR SOVEREIGNTY AND OUR FREEDOMS. BUT ALL ALONG THE WAY, THE WHITE HOUSE HAS OBJECTED, HAS TRIED TO DESCRIBE IT AS A WITCH HUNT, AS A HOAX, AS NOTHING BUT A CHARADE. WHEN IN FACT, IN THIS ONE-YEAR PERIOD, THERE HAVE BEEN FIVE GUILTY PLEAS AND 22 INDICTMENTS. WE KIND OF HAVE TO GO BACK TO THE GOLF SWING, MR. SPEAKER, A YEAR -- BACK TO THE BEGINNING, MR. SPEAKER. A YEAR AGO DEMOCRATS WERE ASKING THE PRESIDENT TO TURN OVER HIS TAX RETURNS. WHICH ALL PRESIDENTS HAVE DONE. YOU KNOW, WHICH CANDIDATES DO. THE PRESIDENT REFUSED AND CONTINUES TO REFUSE TO THIS DAY TO TURN OVER HIS TAX RETURNS. SO THE QUESTION IS, WHAT'S IN THERE TO HIDE? WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL? WHAT'S HE AFRAID OF US SEEING IN THOSE TAX RETURNS? TODAY, YOU KNOW, CAME OUT IN THE NEWS THAT THE FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE STATEMENT SHOWS A PAYMENT TO MICHAEL COHEN, HIS ATTORNEY, THAT HE SAID HE NEVER MADE. WE'VE GOT TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THESE NUMBERS, TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE. MR. MUELLER AND THE F.B.I. NEED TO BE ABLE TO FINISH THEIR INVESTIGATION WITHOUT INTERFERENCE, WITHOUT ANY OBSTRUCTION. FOR ALL OF US AS AMERICANS, THIS APPLIES TO THE VERY CORE OF WHAT A DEMOCRACY IS AND THAT'S FREE, FAIR AND UNIMPEDED ELECTIONS. SO, THERE ARE THREE KEY QUESTIONS THAT WE KEEP ASKING. AND WE ASK OUR FRIENDS ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE, PARTICULARLY SPEAKER RYAN, THE SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MCCONNELL, YOU KNOW, LET'S MOVE FORWARD WITH INVESTIGATIONS HERE IN THIS CONGRESS. YOU KNOW, WHY NOT? LET'S FIND OUT WHAT'S REALLY GOING ON. LET'S PROTECT THIS INVESTIGATION SO THAT THREATS BY THE WHITE HOUSE TO FIRE MR. MUELLER, TO FIRE ROD ROSENSTEIN FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, THEY DID FIRE INDIVIDUALS OUT OF THE F.B.I. , LET'S LET THESE DETECTIVES AND THESE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS FINISH THEIR JOB. BUT THE QUESTIONS ARE, WHAT ARE THEY HIDING, WHAT ARE THEY AFRAID THAT PEOPLE WILL SEE, AND WHY NOT LET THE DETECTIVES AND THE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS FINISH THEIR JOB? LET'S PLAY THIS OUT AND SEE EXACTLY WHAT THE FACTS ARE SO WE ALL KNOW WHAT HAPPENED AND HOW WE CAN STOP IT FROM HAPPENING AGAIN, TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS. NOW, I'VE BEEN ABLE TO ASK THESE QUESTIONS AND PARTICIPATE IN THIS HOUR OR THESE -- THIS SPECIAL ORDER -- THESE SPECIAL ORDERS, WITH SEVERAL OF MY FRIENDS. AND YOU ONE OF THOSE WHO HAS TAKEN -- AND ONE OF THOSE WHO HAS TAKEN A KEEN INTEREST IN PROTECTING THIS INVESTIGATION AND MAKING SURE THAT THE FACTS DO COME TO LIGHT HAS BEEN MY FRIEND, JAROD HUFFMAN, FROM NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. AND SO I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO HIM -- JARED HUFFMAN, FROM NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. AND SO I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO HIM FOR HIS THOUGHTS. BECAUSE WE'VE HAD MANY, MANY CHANGES IN TERMS OF THE LAWYERS WHO WERE REPRESENTING EITHER THE WHITE HOUSE OR THE PRESIDENT PERSONALLY, THEY'RE GONE. WE HAVE NEW LAWYERS, FORMER DISTRICT ATTORNEY AND MAYOR, GIULIANI IS NOW INVOLVED. OTHER PEOPLE, THE PRESIDENT'S PERSONAL LAWYER, MR. COHEN, IS NOW OUT. AND UNDER AN INVESTIGATION HIMSELF. SO, THERE SEEMS TO BE SOMETHING HAPPENING PRETTY MUCH EVERY DAY INDE JUST LIKE TO GET MY FRIENDS -- DAY AND I'D JUST LIKE TO GET MY FRIEND'S THOUGHTS ABOUT IT.

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                                                              MR. HUFFMAN

                                                              AND SO HERE WE ARE ONE YEAR INTO THE WORK OF SPECIAL COUNSEL MUELLER AND…

                                                              AND SO HERE WE ARE ONE YEAR INTO THE WORK OF SPECIAL COUNSEL MUELLER AND I'M GLAD THAT YOU BEGAN YOUR REMARKS, CONGRESSMAN PERLMUTTER, BY REMINDING US OF THE CONTEXT OF THIS ISSUE. THE FACT THAT WHAT HAPPENED IN THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION WAS A BIG DEAL. IT WAS UNPRECEDENTED. A FOREIGN ADVERSARY MALICIOUSLY INTERFERED IN OUR ELECTION WITH THE SPECIFIC INTENT TO HELP ONE CANDIDATE AND TO HURT ANOTHER. THEY PLACED A BET ON DONALD TRUMP THEY PUT THEIR THUMB ON THE SCALE -- DONALD TRUMP, THEY PUT THEIR THUMB ON THE SCALE IN EVERY WAY THEY COULD TO HELP DONALD TRUMP. AND MAYBE THAT'S WHY ALL ALONG HE'S BEEN RELUCTANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE WHAT OBVIOUSLY HAPPENED. HE DOESN'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT. HE WANTS TO WRITE IT ALL OFF AS A WITCH HUNT AND A CONSPIRACY THEORY. BECAUSE HE PROBABLY FEELS A LITTLE DEFENSIVE ABOUT THAT CLOUD OF LEGITIMACY INVOLVING RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE. BUT BASED ON WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR, THERE MAY BE AN EVEN MORE SINISTER EXPLANATION FOR SOME OF HIS BEHAVIOR. IT MAY BE THAT HE OR AT LEAST A LOT OF PEOPLE VERY CLOSE TO HIM WERE ACTIVELY WORKING WITH THE RUSSIANS AS PART OF THIS. THAT'S WHAT THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION IS LOOKING INTO. AND THAT'S WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE TO FIND OUT. WE HAVE TO KNOW THE FULL EXTENT OF EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED. NO MATTER WHERE THOSE FACTS MAY LEAD. AND THE TRUTH IS AT THIS ONE-YEAR MARK AND THIS HISTORIC INVESTIGATION THIS HISTORIC SCANDAL, THERE'S PLENTY OF REASON TO WORRY ABOUT WHAT PRESIDENT TRUMP MIGHT DO BY WAY OF TRYING TO BLOCK AND STOP AND INTERFERE WITH THIS INVESTIGATION. IT'S NOT JUST US SAYING IT. YOU CAN LOOK AT HIS OWN WORDS. HE HAS SAID AT VARIOUS TIMES IN RECENT MONTHS, QUOTE, AT SOME POINT I WILL HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO USE THE POWERS GRANTED TO THE PRESIDENCY AND GET INVOLVED. THAT'S OBVIOUSLY A THREAT. WHETHER THAT IS USING HIS PARDON POWER OR BEGINNING TO FIRE PEOPLE IN THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, THE F.B.I., OR EVEN THE SPECIAL COUNSEL HIMSELF. HE HAS THREATENED TO REVEAL CONFLICTS OF INTEREST OF THE SPECIAL COUNSEL. OBVIOUSLY THIS IS A FAVORITE TACTIC OF PRESIDENT TRUMP'S, TRYING TO INTIMIDATE, TRYING TO POSTURE WITH FOLKS WHO HE PERCEIVES AS ADVERSARIES. HE SAID ON ANOTHER OCCASION, MUELLER IS MOST CONFLICTED OF ALL EXCEPT ROSENSTEIN WHO SIGNED FISA AND COMEY LETTER, NO COLLUSION, SO THEY GO CRAZY. THESE ARE THE RAVINGINGS OF SOMEONE -- RAVINGS OF SOMEONE WHO IS ACTING VERY DEFENSIVELY. I WOULD SAY AS A FORMER ATTORNEY, YOU'RE A FORMER ATTORNEY YOURSELF, CONGRESSMAN PERLMUTTER, IT REALLY SPEAKS TO A CONSCIOUSNESS OF GUILT. WE WOULD ARGUE THAT IF WE WERE IN A COURT OF LAW AND WE HAD EVIDENCE OF STATEMENTS SUCH AS THIS. REPEATEDLY CALLING THIS INVESTIGATION A WITCH HUNT. ON ANOTHER OCCASION HE SAYS, I'VE BEEN SAYING ALL ALONG, IT'S ALL A BIG HOAX BY THE DEMOCRATS BASED ON PAYMENTS AND LIES. THERE SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN A SPECIAL COUNSEL APPOINTED, WITCH HUNT. ON ANOTHER OCCASION HE SAID, WHY DON'T I JUST FIRE MULER? WELL, WE'LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS -- MUELLER? WELL, WE'LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS. TAKEN TOGETHER, ALL OF HIS VARIOUS STATEMENTS SHOULD BE VERY TROUBLING TO ANYONE WHO CARES ABOUT THE INDEPENDENCE OF OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES, ABOUT THE INTEGRITY OF THIS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT INVESTIGATION. SO I AM GLAD TO STAND WITH YOU TONIGHT AND EVERY NIGHT THAT WE'VE HAD THESE SPECIAL ORDER HOURS, TO CONTINUE TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR COLLEAGUES HERE IN THE HOUSE KNOW THAT WE'RE GOING TO DEFEND THIS INVESTIGATION. THAT WE ARE GOING TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR LAURMENT PROFESSIONALS AND SPECIAL -- LAW ENFORCEMENT PROFESSIONALS AND SPECIAL COUNSEL MUELLER HAVE THE CHANCE TO FULLY FOLLOW THE EVIDENT WHEREVER IT MAY LEAD, TO GET THE TRUTH OUT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE DESERVE NOTHING LESS. AND WITH THAT I'M HAPPY TO YIELD BACK AND GLAD TO SEE OUR COLLEAGUE, JOE COURTNEY FROM KENTUCKY, JOINING -- CONNECTICUT, JOINING THE CONVERSATION.

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                                                              MR. PERLMUTTER

                                                              YOU KNOW, WHETHER IT WAS THE CONTRA AFFAIR OR WATER GATE OR WHATEVER, IT…

                                                              YOU KNOW, WHETHER IT WAS THE CONTRA AFFAIR OR WATER GATE OR WHATEVER, IT TAKES YEARS -- WATERGATE OR WHATEVER, IT TAKES YEARS AND YEARS. HERE, REALLY IN ONE YEAR, WE'VE HAD, YOU KNOW, 13 RUSSIANS, RUSSIAN EITHER AGENCIES OR CORPORATIONS, AND INDIVIDUALS INDICTED. WE'VE HAD AT LEAST SIX, SEVEN AMERICANS INDICTED IN THIS WHOLE PROCESS. RECENTLY, AS I THINK WITHIN THE LAST FEW DAYS, OR MAYBE IT WAS EVEN TODAY, PAUL MANAFORT, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CAMPAIGN, THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN, OBJECTED TO THE INDICTMENT THAT HE FOUND HIMSELF UNDER. WENT TO COURT, SAID THAT MUELLER HAD EXCEEDED HIS AUTHORITY BY BRINGING THE INDICTMENT. AND THE JUDGE SAID, NO. THAT INDICTMENT STANDS. SO THIS THING, THEY'RE REALLY -- YOU KNOW, THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF SMOKE. WE KNOW THAT THERE'S SOME FIRE CREATING THAT SMOKE AND WE'VE GOT TO FIND. THAT AND WE HAVE TO FIND PRECISELY WHAT HAPPEN -- FIND THAT. AND WE HAVE TO FIND PRECISELY WHAT HAPPENED. SO MY FRIEND FROM CONNECTICUT HAS JOINED US AND HE'S GOT SOME THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS. SO, MR. COURTNEY, WILL YOU SHARE?

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                                                              MR. COURTNEY

                                                              AND WHEN YOU HAVE FOLKS WHO, AGAIN, ARE HOLDING PUBLIC OFFICE, GOING…

                                                              AND WHEN YOU HAVE FOLKS WHO, AGAIN, ARE HOLDING PUBLIC OFFICE, GOING BEYOND JUST DISAGREEMENTS OF OPINION REGARDING ACTIONS THAT ALL OF US AS PUBLIC OFFICIALS HAVE TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR, BUT TO REALLY ATTACK THE INSTITUTIONS THEMSELVES, WHICH IS REALLY CLEARLY THE DRUMBEAT OF CRITICISM OF THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION AND WHERE IT'S HEADED, IS SOMETHING THAT REALLY WE NEED TO SPEAK OUT AND PUSH BACK AGAINST. AGAIN, THE ONE-YEAR RAIN REMEMBERS -- ANNIVERSARY IS A VERY IMPORTANT MOMENT TO STEP BACK AND REFLECT IN TERMS OF WHERE THIS INVESTIGATION STARTED AND WHERE IT IS TODAY. AGAIN, IF YOU GO BACK A YEAR AGO AND LOOK AT THE REACTION THAT GREETED THIS APPOINTMENT, FROM, AGAIN, REPUBLICAN LEADERS, NEWT GINGRICH, ROBERT MUELLER IS A SUPERB CHOICE TO BE SPECIAL COUNSEL. HIS REPUTATION IS IMPECCABLE. FOR HONESTY AND INTEGRITY. SPEAKER PAUL RYAN, MY PRIORITY HAS BEEN TO ENSURE THOROUGH AND INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATIONS ARE ALLOWED TO FOLLOW THE FACTS WHERE THEY MAY LEAD. THE ADDITION OF ROBERT MUELLER AS SPECIAL COUNSEL IS CONSIST EBT WITH THIS GOAL AND I WELL CONSCIOUS -- CONSISTENT WITH THIS GOAL AND I WELCOME HIS ROLE AT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. SENATOR GARDNER. ROBERT MUELLER HAS INCREDIBLE REPUTATION. SENATOR HATCH, I COMMEND THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE FOR BRINGING AN INDEPENDENT VOICE TO HELP CLARIFY THIS SITUATION. THE LIST GOES ON AND ON. AND AGAIN, WHY NOT? I MEAN, ROBERT MUELLER IS SOMEBODY WHOSE RECORD OF SERVICE TO THIS COUNTRY, GOING BACK TO WHEN HE WAS A MARINE IN VIETNAM, LED A RIFLE PLATOON, WAS WOUNDED, RECEIVED A PURPLE HEART, AS WELL AS THE VIETNAMESE CROSS OF GALLANTRY AND TWO NAVY COMMENDATION MEDALS FOR HIS MILITARY SERVICE. HE WENT ON OBVIOUSLY TO BECOME A DISTINGUISHED LEGAL PRACTITIONER, WAS APPOINTED BY PRESIDENT BUSH TO BE THE HEAD OF THE F.B.I. AND DID SUCH A GREAT JOB AFTER HIS TENURE TERM, THE U.S. SENATE EXTENDED HIS TERM BY TWO YEARS BY A VOAST 100-0. . WHEN YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT SOMEONE WHO IS CONSERVATIVE PROSECUTOR IN HIS TIME AS U.S. ATTORNEY AND IN HIS TERM AS HEAD OF THE F.B.I. , WE ARE DEALING WITH SOMEONE WHO IS BEYOND REPROACH. AND AS YOU POINTED OUT, THE DECISION THAT CAME DOWN AT THE WASHINGTON, D.C., DISTRICT COURT BY A FEDERAL JUDGE, 37-PAGE OPINION, WHICH AGAIN, PUSHED BACK, VERY POWER FULLY ABOUT THE NOTION THAT HE HAS STRAYED FROM HIS MISSION THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE GAVE HIM, HER DECISION IN CASE AFTER CASE, POINTS OUT THAT THE INDICTMENT OF MAN FORTH FELL PERFECTLY IN THE CHARGE BY ROSENSTEIN WHICH IS TO INVESTIGATE OTHER ISSUES THAT MAY ARISE. IN THE CASE OF MANAFORT, SOMEONE WHO WAS SQUARELY IN THE INTELLIGENCE THAT THE ELECTION WAS UNDER ATTACK FROM RUSSIANS. AND MANA FOR THE'S CONNECTIONS TO THE RUSSIANS WERE ON THE RUSSIAN SIDE OF THE UKRANIAN POLITICS IS AN OBVIOUS PLACE FOR THE SPECIAL COUNSEL TO PURSUE. AGAIN, AS YOU POINT OUT, THE NUMBER OF INDICTMENTS, THE NUMBER OF CONVICTIONS CLEARLY SHOW THIS IS NOT A FISHING EX PE DISHON BUT A SERIOUS INVESTIGATION AND ACTIONS HAVE BEEN RATIFIED BY THE COURTS AND RATIFIED BY THE APPOINTING AUTHORITY, MR. ROSENSTEIN AND ELECTED OFFICIALS HAVE TO STEP BACK AND LET THIS PROCESS PROCEED. PEOPLE -- THE FORENSICS IN THIS, JUST IN THE ENDORSEMENTS TO MR. MUELLER'S CREDIBILITY AND KNOWLEDGE IN THIS AREA SCREAM OUT FOR ALL OF US TO RESPECT THE RULE OF LAW AND LET THIS INVESTIGATION PROCEED. THANK YOU FOR HOLDING THIS EVENT ON THE ONE-YEAR MILESTONE OF THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION.

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                                                              MR. PERLMUTTER

                                                              , THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, OUR CHIEF AND TOP LAW ENFORCEMENT…

                                                              , THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, OUR CHIEF AND TOP LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY IN THIS COUNTRY. IS IT PERFECT? ABSOLUTELY NOT. ARE THEY DOING THEIR JOB TO PROTECT AMERICA? ABSOLUTELY. AND FOR THE PRESIDENT TO SORT OF JUST CONTINUE TO CHIP AWAY AND TO EX CORYATE THE F.B.I. BECAUSE IT IS UNDERTAKING AN INVESTIGATION THAT MAY IMPLICATE IN BREAKING LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, I THINK IS SOMETHING THAT WE HAVEN'T SEEN. AND THIS INVESTIGATION NEEDS TO CONTINUE TO DO ITS WORK, TO TALK TO WITNESSES, TO DETERMINE WHAT HAS OCCURRED HERE. AND YOU KNOW, THE SENATE JUDICIARY TODAY OR WITHIN THE LAST DAY OR TWO, RELEASED THOUSANDS OF PAGES OF TESTIMONY AND INFORMATION. AND ONE OF THE PLACES THAT IT TALKED ABOUT WAS TO TRY TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED AT A MEETING -- I THINK IT WAS AT THE TRUMP TOWER, IN JUNE OF 2016. SO FIVE MONTHS, SIX MONTHS BEFORE THE ELECTION. BETWEEN A RUSSIAN ATTORNEY AND I THINK ANOTHER RUSSIAN WAS THERE AND PAUL MANAFORT AND JARED KUSHNER AND DONALD TRUMP JUNIOR, HIS SON. AND THERE IS A LOT OF CONCERN ABOUT WHAT ACTUALLY OCCURRED IN THAT PARTICULAR MEETING. AND THERE IS A LOT OF MATERIAL HERE THAT IS VERY, VERY TROUBLING. AND SO, AGAIN, I WOULD ASK MY FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA, YOU KNOW, I THINK HE HAS THOUGHT ABOUT THIS AND THOUGHT ABOUT MR. GULIANI THAT DONALD TRUMP MIGHT TAKE THE FIFTH AMENDMENT WHICH CAME OUT OF NOWHERE. THE QUESTION IS WHAT IS HE HIDING AND LET LAW ENFORCEMENT COMPLETE ITS WORK.

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                                                              ANYONE WHO LOOKS OBJECTTIVELY AND ANYONE WHO IS NOT HOSTING A SHOW ON FOX…

                                                              ANYONE WHO LOOKS OBJECTTIVELY AND ANYONE WHO IS NOT HOSTING A SHOW ON FOX NEWS AT LEAST WOULD FEEL THERE IS A BIG, BIG PROBLEM HERE.

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                                                            • 07:51:31 PM

                                                              MR. HUFFMAN

                                                              HIS DAD, HAS A RESTRICTED NUMBER AND THAT IS A NOTICEABLE FACT. IF WE WERE…

                                                              HIS DAD, HAS A RESTRICTED NUMBER AND THAT IS A NOTICEABLE FACT. IF WE WERE SERIOUS, THEY WOULD FIND OUT WHO THAT PHONE CALL WAS TO, BECAUSE THOSE ARE ONE OF THE DOTS. BUT THEY ARE NOT INED AT ALL. THEY DIDN'T ASK THOSE QUESTIONS AND DIDN'T REQUIRE HIM TO ANSWER THOSE QUESTIONS. THAT BRINGS ME TO THE OTHER POINT. WE HAVE ALL TALKED ABOUT THE THREATS FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP HIMSELF BUT ANOTHER THREAT FROM WITHIN OUR WALLS FROM OUR COLLEAGUES WITHIN THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE WHO HAVE TAKEN THIS TRUST A OVERSIGHT AND COMPROMISED IT TO THE LEVEL THAT THEY ARE BE FRONTING TO THE PRESIDENT INSTEAD OF DOING AN INVESTIGATION AND RUSSIA WAS TRYING TO HELP PRESIDENT TRUMP AND INCLUDE A STATEMENT THAT THEY FIND NO EVIDENCE OF COL LIKE DESPITE EVERYTHING THAT IS IN THE PUBLIC RECORD. WE HAVE A PROBLEM WITHIN THESE WALLS.

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                                                              I KNOW MY FRIEND FROM CONNECTICUT HAS OTHER THOUGHTS AND I WOULD LIKE TO…

                                                              I KNOW MY FRIEND FROM CONNECTICUT HAS OTHER THOUGHTS AND I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO HIM.

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                                                            • 07:55:36 PM

                                                              MR. PERLMUTTER

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                                                              MUELLER INVESTIGATION.

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                                                              MR. COURTNEY

                                                              , THE LEADING LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY OF THIS COUNTRY IS CORRUPT AND SOME…

                                                              , THE LEADING LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY OF THIS COUNTRY IS CORRUPT AND SOME OF THE LANGUAGE THAT HAS BEEN TOSSED AROUND BY THE PRESIDENT'S DEFENDERS. AND YOU KNOW, THE HARM THAT DOES IN TERMS OF REALLY BASIC INSTITUTIONS IN THIS COUNTRY, YOU CAN'T TREAT IT AS NORMAL POLITICAL DISCOURSE. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT REAL LODGE LASTING HARM TO THE COUNTRY. THE F.B.I. , THERE ARE AGENTS THAT ARE HARD AT WORK, KEEPING THIS COUNTRY SAFE. THEY ARE INVOLVED IN INVESTIGATIONS OF MASS SHOOTINGS. YOU SEE THE F.B.I. JACKETS WHEN THESE EVENTS HAPPEN. AND THEY WERE IN CONNECTICUT WHEN SANDY HOOK TOOK PLACE. AND I WOULD SAY FROM A PERSONAL STAND POINT, MY PARENTS SERVED IN THE F.B.I. MY FATHER WAS A G-MAN AND MY MOTHER WAS A CLERICAL WORKER AND THAT'S HOW THEY MET. THEY WERE BORN IN THE WATCHFUL EYE OF THE F.B.I. BUT HE WAS SOMEBODY WHO WAS VERY PROUD OF HIS SERVICE. HIS JOB WAS TRACKING FIFTH COLUMNISTS IN THE U.S. WHO WERE LOOKING TO HAVE SABOTAGE IN FACILITIES IN THE COUNTRY. AGAIN, THERE ARE INSTANCES WHERE THERE ARE BAD A.M.LES. BUT AS AN INSTITUTION IN TERMS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT, THESE AGENTS ARE OUT THERE EVERY SINGLE DAY PROTECTING THIS COUNTRY AND TO ATTACK NOT JUST AN INDIVIDUAL ZISS BUT AN INSTITUTION IS AGAIN THE LEVEL THAT WE ARE WATCHING HAPPEN HERE WITH THE PUSHBACK ON THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION AND IT IS TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE AND ON THE ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY, IN TERMS OF CONCRETE REAL RESULTS AND THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE HAVE REPEATEDLY RECONFIRMED AND RE-AFFFIRMED THE RATIONALE AND THE FACT THAT IT IS OPERATING TOTALLY WITHIN THE MISSION IN CHARGE THAT WAS GIVEN. IT IS IMPORTANT TO RAISE OUR VOICES AND DEFEND RULE OF LAW TO PROTECT OUR CONSTITUTION AND OUR DEMOCRACY. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                            • 07:58:47 PM

                                                              MR. PERLMUTTER

                                                              THE SERIOUSNESS OF THIS SUBJECT CAN'T BE OVERSTATED. THE IMPACT ON…

                                                              THE SERIOUSNESS OF THIS SUBJECT CAN'T BE OVERSTATED. THE IMPACT ON ELECTIONS, THE TRUSTING OF OUR TESTIMONY OF ELECTIONS, THE TRUST IN OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT, THE TRUST IN OUR COURTS, THE TRUST WHICH IS ATTACKED BY THIS PRESIDENT AND TOO MANY OTHERS OF OUR INSTITUTIONS OF THE PRESS, WHETHER IT'S THE "WASHINGTON POST" OR THE "NEW YORK TIMES" OR SOMEBODY INVESTIGATING. AND IT GOES TO THRUST OF THIS NATION AND WHAT WE HAVE FORMED. AND WHEN YOU GOT OUTSIDE INFLUENCES LIKE RUSSIA STICKING THEIR NOSE IN OUR BUSINESS AND TRYING TO PIT THEIR THUMB ON THE SCALE AS TO WHO SHOULD RUN THIS NATION, I CAN'T THINK OF A HIGHER CRIME. AND WE KNOW THE NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER FOR DONALD TRUMP, MICHAEL FLYNN, INDICTED, RICK GATES, CAMPAIGN ADVISER FOR THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND GEORGE POP POP AND WRITCHARD AND ALL INDICTED, SENTENCED OR AT LEAST PLED GUILTY. INDICTED PAUL MANAFORT, RUSSIAN NATIONALS AND THREE RUSSIAN ENTITIES. THIS INVESTIGATION NEEDS TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF ALL OF THIS AND WE'VE GOT TO TRY TO FIGURE OUT IS THERE ANYTHING BEING HID SNN IS THERE ANYTHING WE AS AMERICANS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THIS INTERFERENCE THAT WE DON'T KNOW TODAY? AND OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS FROM ROBERT MUELLER TO THE F.B.I. TO THE COP ON THE BEAT NEED TO BE ALLOWED TO FINISH THIS INVESTIGATION. WITH THAT I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA , MY FRIEND FROM CONNECTICUT, I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO MY FRIEND FROM MAINE, SHE SEEMS TO BE READY TO GO HERE. I DON'T KNOW ABOUT HER TWO COLLEAGUES, THE ONE FROM NEW YORK AND THE ONE FROM OREGON, BECAUSE THEY SEEM TO BE KIND OF GETTING READY, BUT NOT NEARLY AS READY AS MY FRIEND CONGRESSWOMAN PINGREE FROM MAINE. SO MR. SPEAKER, I'M GOING TO YIELD TO MY FRIEND FROM MAINE.

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                                                              MS. PINGREE

                                                              FIRST YOU HAVE TO YIELD TO YOUR FRIEND FROM COLORADO.

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                                                              MY OTHER FRIEND FROM COLORADO.

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                                                              MS. PINGREE

                                                              WHO IS KIND ENOUGH TO BE CONTROLING THIS HOUR.

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                                                              MR. PERLMUTTER

                                                              OREGON.

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                                                              MR. BLUENAUER

                                                              IN FACT, NORTH HAVEN, I AM REFLECTING RIGHT NOW THAT IN THREE SHORT…

                                                              IN FACT, NORTH HAVEN, I AM REFLECTING RIGHT NOW THAT IN THREE SHORT MONTHS, DURING THE SUMMER RECESS, I PLAN ON SITTING ON A BAY -- ON A DECK LOOKING OUT AT NORTH HAVEN AND ENJOYING LOOKING FOR THOSE EAGLES THAT HAVE BEEN RESCUED AND ARE VERY MUCH IN EVIDENCE IN HER BEAUTIFUL PART OF THE COUNTRY. SHE IS NOT JUST AN ADVOCATE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND FOR AGRICULTURE, SHE'S A PRACTITIONER. I'VE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO TOUR HER MAGNIFICENT FARM, NORTH HAVEN, THAT IS REALLY A MODEL OF SUSTAINABILITY. SHOWING REALLY WHAT VALUE-ADDED AGRICULTURE IS RECLAIMING THE HISTORY OF THAT ISLAND IN TERMS OF THE BOUNTY OF THE LAND. BUT THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN BY ACCIDENT. IT TAKES COMMITMENT AND FOLLOW THROUGH. AND STEP BY STEP TRYING TO HARNESS THE FORCES OF SOUND AGRICULTURAL POLICIES, GOOD ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP TO BE ABLE TO ADD VALUE WHILE IT PROTECTS THE ENVIRONMENT. SO I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOUR HANDIWORK AGAIN THIS SUMMER. AND I DEEPLY APPRECIATE YOUR LEADERSHIP TONIGHT IN TERM OS THEY HAVE ENVIRONMENT, WHAT YOU CARE ABOUT IN TERMS OF NUTRITION, CELEBRITY CHEFS, A WHOLE RANGE OF THINGS. AND IT UNDERSCORES WHY WE ARE HERE TALKING ABOUT THE FARM BILL. IT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT LEGISLATION THAT MOST AMERICANS PAY NO ATTENTION TO. IT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT SADLY FEW IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES REALLY DRILL DOWN AND LOOK AT WHAT'S IN IT. IT WILL BE THE MOST IMPORTANT HEALTH BILL THAT THIS CONGRESS WILL PASS OR CONSIDER FOR THE REMAINDER OF THIS SESSION. WE STILL SUBSIDIZE A DIET THAT MAKES AMERICANS SICK, PAYING TOO MUCH TO THE WRONG PEOPLE TO GROW THE WRONG FOOD IN THE WRONG PLACES. AND IT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT ENVIRONMENTAL BILL BAR NONE. IF YOU CARE ABOUT EMISSIONS, GREENHOUSE GASES, THE AGRICULTURE SECTOR PLAYS A ROLE, 9%, IT IS CLAIMED, IF YOU FACTOR IN ALL OF THE INPUTS IN TERMS OF PESTICIDES AND TRANSPORTATION, REFRIGERATION, YOU WILL FIND THAT IT IS FAR GREATER THAN THAT. AND THESE ARE ELEMENTS THAT ARE WITHIN OUR CONTROL. THE GENTLELADY REFERENCED THE CONSERVATION PROGRAMS. IT'S INTERESTING TO ME IN READING THE GUIDANCE THAT THE ADMINISTRATION HAS PUT OUT ABOUT THE FARM BILL AND WHAT THEY TOUT, THEY WANT TO PROMOTE -- THEY DON'T -- THEY WANT TO PROMOTE INDEPENDENCE. THEY DON'T WANT TO SUPPORT DEPENDENCECY. THEY WANT TO HAVE HIGHER PERFORMANCE STANDARDS FOR PROJECTS THAT THEY'RE INVOLVED WITH. YET THE FARM BILL THAT IS BEING CONSIDERED NOW BY THE REPUBLICANS UNDERCUTS PERFORMANCE STANDARDS. WHEN THEY ELIMINATE AS THE GENTLELADY SAID THE CONSERVATION RESERVE PROGRAM, ONLY ONE OUT OF FOUR CONSERVATION GRANTS IS CURRENTLY FUNDED. THERE'S NOT ENOUGH MONEY AND THEY'RE GOING TO REDUCE IT A BILLION DOLLARS MORE. WHILE ELIMINATING CONSERVATION STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM. IT'S ALSO STUNNING WHEN THERE'S AN OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE PERFORMANCE STANDARDS FOR CONSERVATION. I'VE OFFERED AN AMENDMENT BEFORE THE RULES COMMITTEE THAT WOULD APPLY CONSERVATION STANDARDS THAT YOU GET CONSERVATION FUNDING IF YOU PRODUCE RESULTS. BUT THAT'S NOT THE WAY IT WORKS NOW. THE EQUIP PROGRAM. WHICH HANDS OUT GRANTS TO HELP FARMERS IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT, YOU LOOK AT THE PRACTICES THAT ARE AUTHORIZED UNDER THIS BILL. THAT ARE FUNDED UNDER THIS BILL. THERE ARE SIX OR EIGHT OF THEM THAT ACTUALLY HURT THE ENVIRONMENT. THEY'RE NOT REQUIRED TO ENHANCE THE ENVIRONMENT. AND WE PAY FOR THINGS LIKE FENCING. AND HOG LAGOONS FOR BIG OPERATIONS THAT OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO PAY THEIR OWN WAY AND THEY TAKE THAT MONEY THAT WOULDN'T BE AVAILABLE TO OTHER FARMERS AND RANCHERS TO BE ABLE TO FUND PROGRAMS THAT WOULD ACTUALLY ENHANCE THE ENVIRONMENT. I DEEPLY APPRECIATE THE GENTLELADY'S LEADERSHIP AND I APPRECIATE WHAT MY FRIEND FROM COLORADO HAS OFFERED UP. WE HAVE OTHER COLLEAGUES HERE WHO HAVE SOME THINGS TO SAY. I'LL HANG TIGHT FOR A MOMENT IN CASE WE RUN OUT OF SPEAKERS. BUT I WANT TO CHEER FOLKS ON BECAUSE IT'S TIME THAT WE PUT THE SPOTLIGHT ON THIS EGREGIOUS BILL, THE KING AMENDMENT, THE LACK OF ACCOUNTABILITY, AND WASTEFUL SPENDING.

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                                                              MR. PERLMUTTER

                                                              DAY. TO MY FRIEND FROM COLORADO, MR. POLIS WOULD LIKE TO ADD TO THIS…

                                                              DAY. TO MY FRIEND FROM COLORADO, MR. POLIS WOULD LIKE TO ADD TO THIS CONVERSATION.

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                                                              MR. POLIS

                                                              AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON MENTIONED, THE ELIMINATION OF THE PROGRAM…

                                                              AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON MENTIONED, THE ELIMINATION OF THE PROGRAM THAT HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL TO PRESERVE OVER 70 MILLION ACRES IS GIN EXCUSEABLE. IT SUPPORTS FARMERS, RANCHERS WHO WANT TO PURSUE HIGH LEVEL STEWARDSHIP ACTIVITIES AND PROTECT OUR TOWNS TO KEEP OUR AIR CLEAN, SEQUESTER CARBON AND PRESERVE HABITAT AND KEEP OUR FARMS PRODUCTIVE AND SUSTAINABLE IN THE LONG-TERM. WORKING LAND CONSERVATION ARE SO POPULAR, THAT THE SERVICE HAD A WAITING LIST AND TURNED AWAY THREE-QUARTERS OF THE QUALIFIED APPLICANTS. IT WOULD HAVE TO TURN 100% OF APPLICANTS. THEY CLAIM THEY ARE CONSOLIDATE TANGE PROGRAMS BUT FRANKLY THOSE PROGRAMS ARE DIFFERENT. WHEREAS THE STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM HELPS RANCHERS IMPLEMENT SYSTEMS TO HELP PRESERVE AND PROTECT THE RESOURCES ON THEIR LANDS. EQUIP. AND IT'S A ONE-TIME BASIS TO HELP A SPECIFIC CONSERVATION PRACTICE. IT'S NOT A PRACTICE THAT IS DESIGNED NOR DOES IT APPLY ASSISTANCE FOR LONG-TERM STABILITY. THE PROGRAM IS SO IMPORTANT FOR OUR FORESTS' HEALTH. SWITCHING GEARS, IT SEEMS THAT SOME MEMBERS OF THIS BODY ARE SEEKING TO ERODE PROTECTIONS. CROWN JEWELS OF YOUR NATIONAL FOREST SYSTEM FACES A HUGE THREAT WITH TWO AMENDMENTS. ONE OF THOSE AMENDMENTS WHICH WAS RULED IN ORDER LAST NIGHT WOULD EXEMPT ALL THE FEDERAL FORESTS IN ALASKA TO ALL OF OUR MOST IMPORTANT SAFEGUARDS TO 2001 AND THE SECOND AMENDMENT WOULD ERODE WHICH PROTECTS AREAS AND OTHER IMPORTANT LANDS FROM UNSUSTAINABLE LOGGING AND CHARTS A TRANSITIONAL WAY FROM OLD DEPROTH LOGGING TO BETTER AND NEW FORMS OF SUSTAINAL AND ECONOMIC VERY MANY. OUR COUNTRY'S OLD DEPROTH FORESTS ARE A NATIONAL TREASURE. NOT ONLY COMPROMISES OUR PUBLIC HANDS BUT FRAGMENTS HABITAT FOR WILDLIFE AND COMPETE WITH NATIVE SPECIES AND THE DRINKING WATER SUPPLIES FOR 60 MILLION PEOPLE. THE RULE IS VERY IMPORTANT, BECAUSE IT PROVIDES A BALANCED PROTECTION BETWEEN OUR OLD DEPROTH FORESTS AND HYDROPOWER PROJECTS. THE APPLICATION IN ALASKA HAS A AN IMPACT. AS REPRESENTATIVES OF OUR FORESTS, IT IS ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL TO PROTECT OUR PUBLIC LANDS. FROM THE CLEAN WATER ACT TO NEPA TO PROJECTS THAT ARE 6,000 ACRES OR LESS, THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT, WE NEED TO POKET THE TOOLS WE HAVE TO SECURE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM COLORADO AND OTHERS FOR SPEAKING ON THE IMPORTANT ENVIRONMENTAL PROVISIONS ON THIS BILL.

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                                                              MR. PERLMUTTER

                                                              TONKO, AGAIN, A TIRELESS ADVOCATE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT. A LOT OF FARMS. A…

                                                              TONKO, AGAIN, A TIRELESS ADVOCATE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT. A LOT OF FARMS. A LOT OF AGRICULTURE AND THIS IS A SUBJECT HE KNOWS WELL.

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                                                              MR. TONKO

                                                              AND SUSTAINABLE OUTCOME AND YOU MUST SPEAK TO THIS BILL BECAUSE IT IS SO…

                                                              AND SUSTAINABLE OUTCOME AND YOU MUST SPEAK TO THIS BILL BECAUSE IT IS SO DREADFULLY -- SO DREADFUL AS IT RELATES TO OUR ENVIRONMENTAL AND ENERGY POLICY. THIS BILL WEAKENS PUBLIC HEALTH PROTECTIONS AGAINST PELFT SIDES WHICH WERE ACCOMPLISHED TO PROTECT THE HEALTH OF OUR CHILDREN. AND THOSE PROTECTIONS THAT HAVE BEEN DESTROYED, WOULD BE DESTROYED, INCLUDE ALLOWING COMPANIES TO SPREAD PESTICIDES IN OUR WATER WAYS AND ENDANGERS DRINKING WATER AND WHERE WE SWIM AND FISH. AND TRYING TO PROTECT OUR COMMUNITIES FROM PESTICIDE AND WEAKENS BY ELIMINATING TOM CONSULT. THESE PESTICIDES CAN ELEVATE THE RISK OF CANCER AND OTHER DISEASES. THE PRO TEXTS AND THE PREEMPTION OF LOCAL EFFORTS PUTS OUR PUBLIC HEALTH AT GREAT RISK. THE INTERNATIONAL AGENCY FOR CANCER RESEVERE CLASSIFIED THAT THE PROBABLE HUMAN CANCER. THE YOU NUNES FINDS IT IN OUR UNITED STATES WATERWAYS. EEP SCIENTIFIC FOR IN WATER AND ON FOOD IS UNSAFE FOR CHILDREN AND INCREASES THE RISK FOR LEARNING DISABILITY. THEY ARE SOCIETY THE WITH REDUCED I I. QUFRLTE AND WHERE IT IS SPRAYED IT CAN CAUSE HARM TO KIDS, FARMERS AND WORKERS TO THOSE WHO ARE EXPOSED. DECADES AGO, FALCONS AND FALCONS WERE BROUGHT TO EXTINCTION. THE E.P.A. IS REQUIRED TO CONSULT WITH THE EXPERT FEDERAL WILDLIFE AGENCY TO PROVE CHEMICALS. THIS THREATENS WILDLIFE ENVIRONMENT. OUR FARM BILL IS ABOUT SUPPORTING WORK TO FARMERS STRENGTHENING FARMERS AND ROLLING PUBLIC HEALTH PROTECTIONS HAS NO PLACE IN THIS BILL. SO THE CUTS OF $-PLUS BILLION IN SNAP BENEFITS TO KICK ONE MILLION HOUSEHOLDS AND AFFECTS 25,000 CHILDREN IS TORT TUROUS. SOMEONE SAID WHEN I WAS A KID, MY MONEY WAS TAKEN BY THE SCHOOL. NOW CONGRESS IS TAKING THE MONEY FOR SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM. CUTS IN CONSERVATION FUNDING ARE DEVASTATING TO OUR ENVIRONMENT AND THE CUTTING OF FUNDING OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY ARE GOING TO BE A GREAT CONSEQUENCE OF THIS BILL. SO I JUST WAS COMPELLED TO THE FLOOR AND JOIN MY COLLEAGUES TO LOOK FOR SUSTAINABLE ENERGY TO SPEAK AGAINST THIS BILL WHICH IS GOING TO HURT THE PROGRESS OVER THE LAST DECADES WHICH SPEAKS TO FARMING IN AMERICA AND THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF CHILDREN IN AMERICA. I YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

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                                                            • 08:24:29 PM

                                                              MR. PERLMUTTER

                                                              KIND FOR HIS THOUGHTS ON THIS PARTICULAR SUBJECT, THE GENTLEMAN WHO IS AN…

                                                              KIND FOR HIS THOUGHTS ON THIS PARTICULAR SUBJECT, THE GENTLEMAN WHO IS AN OUTDOORSMAN AND TALKS ABOUT THE CHEESES OF WISCONSIN AND HE IS A REAL ADVOCATE AND I'M AFRAID AND I'M SORRY HE HAS THE GREEN BAY PACKERS AND FALLEN ON DIFFICULT TIMES. KIND KIND I THANK MY FRIEND AND I'M HORPPED TO BE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR WITH SO MANY OF MY ESTEEMED COLLEAGUES WHEN IT COMES TO STANDING UP TO OUR NATURAL RESOURCES AND I'M LOOKING AT MS. OPINION AGREE ON AGRICULTURAL POLICY AND THE INTRODUCTION OF THE LOCAL FARMS ACT AND FRIEND FROM OREGON, WHO IS ONE OF THE LEADERS WHO COMES TO POLICY AND THIS IS AN IMPORTANT MOMENT. THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT BILLS WE HAVE TO CONSIDER. THE RENEWAL OF THE FARM BILL. WE HAVE THE CHANCE TO LOOK AT THE PROGRAM AND SEE WHAT IS WORKING, WHAT ISN'T AND MAKE SURE WE ARE EMPOWERING OUR FARMERS TO BE SUCCESSFUL. I COME FROM ONE OF THE LARGEST IN THE NATION IN NORTH CENTRAL WISCONSIN AND IT HAS BEEN TOUGH, GIVEN WHERE COMMODITY PRICES HAVE BEEN AND MILK PRICES HAVE BEEN FALLING AND VERY DIFFICULT FOR THESE FAMILY FARLS TO SUCCEED WITH THE VERY TOUGH MARKET THEY ARE FACING RIGHT NOW. AND TAKING THE TIME TO GET THIS FARM BILL RIGHT IS THE APPROPRIATE THING TO DO. THE FARM BILL IN ITS CURRENT FORM MISSES THE MARK. THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF DISCUSSION. THE PROGRAM HAS WORKED WELL AND VERY SUCCESSFUL FOR MY FAMILY FARMERS. I COME FROM A HILLY AREA AND HIGHLYY SENSITIVE LAND AND BEING ABLE TO USE A STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM THAT IS BUILT IN FOR THE FLEX BUILT OF WHAT MY FARMERS NEED TO PUT GOOD CONSERVATION PLANS IN PRACTICE IS VERY IMPORTANT. AS THE PREVIOUS SPEAKER SAID THE DEMAND IS OVERWHELMING. THREE OUT OF FOUR ARE APPLYING FOR CONSERVATION AND ARE BEING TURNED AWAY. BY ELIMINATING THE PROGRAM, ELIMINATES $800 MILLION WORTH OF BASE FUNDING. AND THERE ARE $8 BILLION WORTH OF CUTS UNDER THE CONSERVATION TITLE. WE ARE NOT STEPPING UP TO ADDRESS THE NEED BUT ROLLING IT BACK EVEN FURTHER. THE PROBLEMS WITH THIS FARM BILL DOESN'T END UNDER THE TITLE. UNDER THE TITLE 1 COMMODITY PROGRAMS, THE CAPS HAVE BEEN IN EXISTENCE AND PASS-THROUGH ENTITIES WILL QUALIFY FOR THE SUBSIDY PAYMENTS. THERE ARE MAILING ADDRESSES FOR THESE PROGRAMS GOING TO NEW YORK, CHICAGO AND SAN FRANCISCO ENDING UP ON THE DOORSTEPS WHO ARE RECEIVING SUBSIDIES. THAT'S WRONG. THESE PEOPLE DON'T STEP FOOT ON A FAMILY FARM AND ROLLING BACK ON THE MULTIPLE ENT AT THIS TIME RULE WHICH MEANS HUSBAND, WATERS CAN QUALIFY FOR THE SAME PAYMENTS IS ALSO WRONG. AND THINKS AN OPPORTUNITY TO TIGHTEN THE CROP INSURANCE PROGRAM. IT IS PROHIBITED FROM TRACKING THESE SUBSIDIES. YOU CAN'T TRACK IT TO THE INDIVIDUAL. IF THERE IS ONE THING THIS FARM BILL SHOULD DEMAND IS MEET TRANSPARENCY, THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER DESERVES TO KNOW WHERE THEIR TAX DOLLARS ARE GOING. THAT IS WHAT I'M TROIG TO FIX WITH AN AMENDMENT AND TRY TO IMPOSITIVE THIS BILL. IT MAY BE BEYOND SALVAGE COMING OUT OF THE HOUSE BUT WE STILL HAVE TIME TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND MAKE SURE THIS FARM BILL SPEAKS TO THE NEED OF OUR FAMILY FARMERS BACK HOME AND NOT TO THE SPECIAL INTERESTS HERE IN WASHINGTON. AND I THANK MY COLLEAGUE AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                            • 08:29:42 PM

                                                              MR. PERLMUTTER

                                                              PLAUR BLUMENAUER IT HAS BEEN FUN WORKING WITH CONGRESSMAN PINGREE LOOKING…

                                                              PLAUR BLUMENAUER IT HAS BEEN FUN WORKING WITH CONGRESSMAN PINGREE LOOKING AT THESE PROGRAMS OVER THE YEARS. THERE IS AN ARTICLE BY AN AUTHOR , A PROFESSOR OF NUTRITION OF N.Y.U. AND IT IS "THE FARM BILL DROVE MY CRAZY. AND FOUND IT WAS HOPELESSLY COME PLECK. WHAT I APPRECIATE WORKING WITH THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MAINE AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, IS THAT IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THAT COMPLEX. WE OUGHT TO STRIP IT AWAY AND GET TO THE BASICS THAT MAKES THE MOST DIFFERENCE TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. HOPEFULLY THIS WILL COLLAPSE AND MAKE IT BETTER. WITH THAT, I KNOW MY TIME IS SPEEREDL EXPIRED. .

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                                                            • 08:31:07 PM

                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              CHAIR.

                                                          • 08:31:28 PM

                                                            Recess

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

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              SPEAKER.

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                                                              THE CLERK

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

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                            • 10:01:14 AM

                                                              MR. GUTIERREZ

                                                              ALL OF THAT BLATHERING THIS PAST WEEK ABOUT WHETHER THE WHITE HOUSE OR…

                                                              ALL OF THAT BLATHERING THIS PAST WEEK ABOUT WHETHER THE WHITE HOUSE OR PRESIDENT WOULD APOLOGIZE FOR COMMENTS BY A WHITE HOUSE STAFFER BY A GRAVELY ILL AMERICAN WAR HERO, SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN, WAS WASTED PREP. WE HAVE SOMEONE WHO DOES NOT APOLOGIZE OR REGRET SOMETHING HE OR HIS STAFF HAS DONE. THIS WEEK THE WHITE HOUSE IS NOT ALARMED A SENIOR STAFFER MADE LIGHT OF SENATOR MCCAIN'S ILLNESS AND LIFE EXPECTANCY, BUT RATHER THAT THE COMMENT ABOUT THE FORMER PRISONER OF WAR, AN AMERICAN HERO, WAS MADE PUBLIC. CLEARLY SOMEONE ON THE WHITE HOUSE STAFF WHO HEARD THE COMMENT KNEW IT WAS WRONG, JUST WRONG. MOREOVER, THEY RECOGNIZED THE COMMENT WAS EMBLEMATIC OF THE ATTITUDE AT THE WHITE HOUSE FROM THE PRESIDENT ON DOWN AND THOUGHT THE NATION AND THE WORLD SHOULD KNOW ABOUT IT. BUT IT WAS THE LEAK OF ACCURATE INFORMATION FROM INSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE THAT RAISED THE IRE OF THE PRESIDENT. NOT THE FACT THAT SOMEONE SAID THINGS REALLY AWFUL ABOUT A TRUE AMERICAN HERO. BUT WE SHOULD KNOW BY NOW THAT THIS PRESIDENT AND HIS HENCHMEN DO NOT APOLOGIZE. TWEETING RACIST VIDEOS FROM RIGHT WING BRITISH GROUPS? NO APOLOGIES. BOOTING ABLE-BODIED AMERICANS WHO WANT TO SERVE THEIR COUNTRY OUT OF THE MILITARY BECAUSE THEY ARE TRANSGENDER? BRAGGING ABOUT SEXUALLY ASSAULTING WOMEN BY GRABBING THEIR PRIVATE PARTS? WELL, HE CAME CLOSE TO APOLOGIZE, BUT NOT REALLY. SOME SPECULATE THAT UNAPOLOGETIC IS JUST THE PRESIDENT'S BRAND. HE IS BRASH AND SAYS MEAN THINGS AND DOESN'T BACK DOWN BECAUSE DOING SO WOULD MAKE HIM LOOK WEAK. REVEALING HIS WEAKNESS IN PUBLIC IS CLEARLY AMONG THE PRESIDENT'S GREATEST FEARS. THE PRESIDENT AND HIS LATE NIGHT PHONE BUDDY, SEAN HANNITY, REMEMBER? THEY COMPLAINED ABOUT THE LAST PRESIDENT BEING TOO APOLOGETIC. BUT LOOKING TOUGH TO COVER UP A -- COVERING UP IS ONLY ONE EXPLANATION WHY THIS PRESIDENT DOES NOT APOLOGIZE. HE OFTEN DOESN'T APOLOGIZE BECAUSE HE APOLOGETIC. BUT LOOKING TOUGH TO COVER UP A THINKS HE WAS RIGHT IN THE FIRST PLACE. LIKE WHEN HE SAID THERE WERE GOOD PEOPLE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE NAZI RALLY IN CHARLOTTESVILLE WHERE A WOMAN WAS MURDERED BY RACIST K.K.K. EXTREMISTS. THE PRESIDENT IS NOT GOING TO APOLOGIZE. AND NOT BECAUSE IT WOULD MAKE HIM LOOK WEAK IN THE CASE OF CHARLOTTESVILLE, BUT BECAUSE HE BELIEVES WHAT HE SAID WAS TRUE, NAZIS AND THE REST OF AMERICANS, THE SAME. HE WILL NEVER APOLOGIZE FOR HIS FOUNDING CAMPAIGN SIN, CALLING IMMIGRANTS, RAPISTS AND CRIMINALS. IN FACT, HE IS FACING A BROAD ANTI-IMMIGRATION AND ANTI-IMMIGRANT POLICY AGENDA ON THE BEDROCK BELIEF THAT CRIME AND THE SKIN COLOR OF A PERSON ARE SYNONYMOUS. THIS WAS EVERYONE AROUND THE PRESIDENT'S TYPICAL POSITION. DO THEY POINT OUT THE EMPEROR'S NUDITY OR DO THEY PRAISE HIS NEW SUIT? AND THE HIS CHIEF DISPATCHED DISPATCHED TO TELL A BLACK MEMBER OF CONGRESS THAT SHE WAS LYING ABOUT HOW THE PRESIDENT TREATED A SOLDIER KILLED IN ACTION UNTIL THE CHIEF OF STAFF WAS SHOWN TO BE LYING HIMSELF ABOUT WHAT THE CONGRESSWOMAN SAID. IN THE END, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNEW WHAT THEY WERE GETTING WITH THIS PRESIDENT AND A MINORITY, NOT MAJORITY, AND A MINORITY STILL ELECTED HIM TO THE WHITE HOUSE ANYWAY. BUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE LEARNING IMPORTANT LESSONS ABOUT THE PRESIDENT'S ENABLERS AT THE THREE MOST IMPORTANT BRANCHES OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. AT THE WHITE HOUSE, IN THE CONGRESS, AND AT FOX NEWS. WEIGH KNOW THE PRESIDENT DOESN'T LOSE SLEEP WRESTLING WITH THE MORLED IMPLICATIONS OF HIS BEHAVIOR, BUT ALL OF US HAD HIGHER HOPES FOR THE PROFESSIONALS AROUND THE PRESIDENT. EXPECTATIONS WHICH WERE APPARENTLY TOO HIGH, INDEED. ONE THING IS SURE. THIS COUNTRY OWES A A GREAT DEBT TO SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN AND OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH HIM EVEN IF THE PRESIDENT'S THOUGHTS ARE SOMEWHERE ELSE.

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                                                            • 10:06:22 AM

                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              ROS-LEHTINEN: THANK YOU, SIR. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LAST WEEK ALL…

                                                              ROS-LEHTINEN: THANK YOU, SIR. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LAST WEEK ALL AMERICANS WERE RELIEVED WHEN THREE OF OUR OWN CITIZENS WERE RELEASED AND RETURNED HOME FROM NORTH KOREA. WE'RE HAPPY FOR THEM, FOR THEIR FAMILIES, AND WE REJOICE IN THE REUNIFICATION. HOWEVER, MR.

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                                                            • 10:06:33 AM

                                                              MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                                                              SPEAKER, THIS SUCCESS ONLY SERVES AS A REMINDER THAT WE HAVE AMERICAN…

                                                              SPEAKER, THIS SUCCESS ONLY SERVES AS A REMINDER THAT WE HAVE AMERICAN CITIZENS AND LEGAL PERMANENT RESIDENTS BEING UNJUSTLY DETAINED ELSEWHERE AROUND THE WORLD, PARTICULARLY IN IRAN. WE KNOW THAT THE IRANIAN REGIME HAS PLAYED THIS GAME OF DETAINING CITIZENS FROM THE U.S. AND WESTERN NATIONS IN AN EFFORT TO GET POLITICAL AND FINANCIAL CONCESSIONS FROM US. THEY HOLD THESE FOLKS HOSTAGES, USE THEM AS BARGAINING CHIPS, DESTROYING LIVES, AND FAMILIES IN THE PROCESS. LAST YEAR MY SOUTH FLORIDA COLLEAGUE AND RANKING MEMBER ON OUR SUBCOMMITTEE, THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA SUBCOMMITTEE, TED DEUTCH, WE HELD A HEARING ENTITLED HELD FOR RANSOM, THE FAMILY'S OF IRAN'S HOSTAGES SPEAKS OUT. WE HEARD FROM DOUG, SON OF BOB LEVINSON, WHO HAS BEEN MISSING IN IRAN SINCE 2007. 11 YEARS. BOB IS THE LONGEST HELD CIVILIAN HOSTAGE IN AMERICA'S HISTORY. HE'S ALSO A CONSTITUENT OF TED'S AND I KNOW THAT CONGRESSMAN DEUTCH HAS YOU WORKED TIRELESSLY OVER THE YEARS TO DO WHATEVER HE CAN TO BRING BOB HOME AND REUNITE HIM WITH HIS FAMILY. WE ALSO HEARD FROM OTHER INDIVIDUALS. BOB, WHOSE FATHER AND BROTHER HAVE BEEN FAMILY. UNJUSTLY DETAINED BY THE IRANIAN REGIME. I HAVE MET WITH HIM MANY TIMES AND MY HEART JUST BREAKS EACH ONE OF THOSE TIMES, ESPECIALLY WHEN WE HEAR OF AMERICANS BEING FREED FROM NORTH KOREA WHILE OTHERS LINGER IN IRAN'S PRISON. AND OUR SUBCOMMITTEE ALSO HEARD FROM OMAR, SON OF NIZAR. A U.S. LEGAL PERMANENT RESIDENT AND HOSTAGE OF THE IRANIAN REGIME. NIZAR HAS GONE ON HUNGER HAS GONE ON HUNGER STRIKES ABOUT A DOZEN TIMES SINCE FIRST BEING DETAINED IN 2015. I'M SURE, MR. SPEAKER, THAT THE IRANIAN REGIME USED THE NEWS OF THE FREED AMERICANS FROM NORTH KOREA AS A MEANS TO TORTURE THEIR HOSTAGES. THE MENTAL, PHYSICAL, AND PSYCHLOGICAL ABUSE THAT THESE INDIVIDUALS MUST BE UNDERGOING IS BEYOND COMPREHENSION. THE WHITE HOUSE HAS SAID THAT THIS IS A PRIORITY TO RELEASE ALL UNJUSTLY DETAINED PERSONS IN IRAN, NOT JUST AMERICAN CITIZENS AND U.S. LEGAL PERMANENT RESIDENTS, BUT ALL FOREIGNERS WHO ARE UNJUSTLY WHO ARE UNJUSTLY DETAINED. PRESIDENT TRUMP SPOKE ABOUT HOW THIS WOULD NOT HAPPEN IF HE WERE PRESIDENT. SO IT IS TIME FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP TO MAKE THAT A REALITY. AND HE CAN START BY URGING OUR EUROPEAN FRIENDS, SOME OF WHOM HAVE CITIZENS DETAINED IN IRAN AS WELL, TO MAKE THIS MORE OF A PRIORITY FOR THEM AS WELL. AND TO CONDITION AND TO CONDITION ANY FURTHER TALK ON THE RELEASE OF ALL PRISONERS. WE HAVE TO INCREASE THE PRESSURE USING ALL LEVERS THAT WE HAVE AND WE HAVE TO BRING THESE BRAVE INDIVIDUALS HOME. I WAS PLEASED TO SEE PRESIDENT TRUMP ANNOUNCED HIS INTENT TO APPOINT A SPECIAL PRESIDENTIAL ENVOY FOR HOSTAGES AFFAIRS EARLIER THIS WEEK. THIS IS A POSITIVE FIRST STEP, MR. SPEAKER. IT SIGNALS AN INTENT TO MAKE A MORE CONCERTED EFFORT TO BRING THESE AMERICANS HOME. FOR THE SAKE OF NIZAR AND HIS FAMILY, FOR THE SAKE OF BAKER AND THEIR FAMILIES AND THE SAKE OF BOB LEAVENSON AND HIS FAMILY. AND THE SAKE OF PRINCETON GRADUATE SUENT WANG AND HIS FAMILY, AND ALL THE AMERICANS AND OTHER FOREIGNERS BEING HELD IN IRAN, WE NEED TO MAKE THIS A PRIORITY. WE NEED TO SECURE THEIR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. COSTA, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                            • 10:10:41 AM

                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                              MR. COSTA

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MR. COSTA

                                                              DEMOCRATS WORKING WITH REPUBLICANS THROUGHOUT THE VARIOUS REGIONS OF THE…

                                                              DEMOCRATS WORKING WITH REPUBLICANS THROUGHOUT THE VARIOUS REGIONS OF THE AMERICA. AND THIS IS THE THIRD FARM BILL THAT I HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN WORKING TOGETHER. SO WHERE ARE WE TODAY? WE'RE EXACTLY WHERE WE SHOULD NOT BE. WE'RE FACING A VOTE THIS WEEK ON A PARTISAN FARM BILL. THAT IS BOTH IN MY VIEW, BAD POLICY AND DIVIDES US EVEN FURTHER AS A COUNTRY. THIS BILL DOES NOT PROMOTE OR DEMONSTRATE THE SUCCESSFUL PROGRAMS I THINK NECESSARY TO STRENGTHEN OUR TRADE IN THE AGRICULTURAL SECTORS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. AMERICA TRADES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD AND OUR AGRICULTURAL ECONOMY IS DEPENDENT IN LARGE DEGREE ON OUR ABILITY TO PRODUCE MORE FOOD THAN WE THE AGRICULTURAL SECTORS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. AMERICA TRADES CAN CONSUME, THEREFORE TRADE BECOMES VERY IMPORTANT. AMERICAN AGRICULTURE NEEDS A FARM BILL THAT SUPPORTS AND PROMOTES NOT ONLY TRADE BUT NOW PERHAPS EVER MORE WITH LOOMING ESCALATION OF A TRADE WAR SPARKED BY THE ADMINISTRATION'S EFFORTS WITH STEEL AND ALUMINUM, WE SEE TARIFFS TAKING PLACE ON A HOST OF PRODUCTS GROWN IN THE MIDWEST, SOAR GUM, CORN, AND WHEAT, AND IN CALIFORNIA POTENTIAL INCREASES IN BEEF AND ALMONDS. THAT DOESN'T FAIR WELL. THE VERSION OF THE FARM BILL DOES NOT SUPPORT THE DAIRY SAFETY NET. OUR DAIRY ECONOMY IS BIG THROUGHOUT THE MIDWEST AND IN CALIFORNIA. ACTUALLY THE LARGEST DAIRY STATE IN THE NATION. NOR DOES IT DO ENOUGH FOR OUR SPECIALTY CROPS WHO GROW THE FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES PART OF A HEALTHY DIET. CALIFORNIA GROWS HALF THE NATION'S FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. THIS BILL ALSO PROPOSES TO MAKE CHANGES TO THE SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION PROGRAM, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS SNAP WHICH ALMOST DEVASTATE THE FOOD PROGRAM WORKING WELL. THIS IS AMERICA'S SAFETY NET AND WE HAVE A LOT OF NOT ONLY CHILDREN AND ELDERLY, BUT PEOPLE WHO ARE DISABLED WHO DEPEND AND RELY ON THESE IMPORTANT FOOD NUTRITION PROGRAMS. WE DO ALL BELIEVE THAT ABLE-BODIED PEOPLE SHOULD BE WORKING, AND ALL OF US HAVE THE SAME GOAL IN ENSURING THOSE ABLE-BODIED PEOPLE ARE SELF-SUFFICIENT. IF WE WANT PEOPLE TO BECOME SELF-RELIANT, GIVE THEM A SNAP PROGRAM THAT DOES JUST THAT. WE HAVE 10 PILOT PROJECTS IN 10 DIFFERENT STATES THAT ARE WORKING, THEY ARE TO REPORT BACK NEXT YEAR ON WHAT BEST WORKS TO GET ABLE-BODIED PEOPLE WORKING AND WHAT DOESN'T WORK. BUT THIS PROPOSAL IN THIS HOUSE VERSION, IT IS DOOMED TO FAILURE. AND THE HOUSE C.B.O. HAS SCORED IT ACCORDINGLY. INSTEAD T. WILL LIKELY CAUSE OUR STAFF TO CREATE TRAINING PROGRAMS THAT WILL COLLAPSE, COSTING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS, AND CREATE AGNEW FEDERAL BUREAUCRACY NEVER GIVEN A CHANCE TO SUCCEED. WE SHOULD NOT BE IN THIS POSITION, MR. SPEAKER. WHERE SHOULD WE BE? WE SHOULD BE WORKING TOGETHER AS WE HAVE WITH PREVIOUS FARM BILLS, DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, DELIBERATING, NEGOTIATING, AND, YES, EVEN DISAGREEING OVER IDEAS AND APPROACHES, BUT COMING TOGETHER WITH IMPORTANT COMPROMISES. THE FARM BILL IS AMERICA'S FOOD BILL. IT'S ALSO A NATIONAL SECURITY ITEM. PEOPLE DON'T THINK ABOUT IT THAT WAY. THE WAY. THE ABILITY TO PRODUCE ALL FOR AMERICA'S DINNER TABLE EVERY NIGHT, THE MOST HEALTHY, NUTRITIOUS FOOD IN THE WORLD IS A NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUE, I BELIEVE. THEREFORE WE MUST SUPPORT OUR FOOD SECURITY AND SAFETY FOR OUR FELL -- FELLOW AMERICANS. OUR NATION'S FOOD POLICY MUST FEED AMERICANS. ENSURE ALL FARMERS CAN BE SUCCESSFUL. IT SHOULD NOT SERVE AS SOME AND ABANDON OTHERS. IT SHOULD NOT FURTHER DIVIDE US AS A COUNTRY. AS I SAID, THIS IS THE THIRD FARM BILL I HAVE HAD THE PRIVILEGE TO WORK ON AND WE HAVE WORKED THROUGH THESE DIFFERENCES IN THE PAST. WE HAVE WORKED THROUGH THE CHALLENGES. AND IT'S MY HOPE THAT CONGRESS CAN DO THIS AGAIN. IT WILL NOT HAPPEN IF WE ALLOW THE PARTISAN ARM TWISTING TO RAM THIS BAD POLICY THROUGH THE HOUSE A VOTE AGAINST THE HOUSE VERSION OF THE FARM BILL IS A VOTE FOR SOMETHING BETTER. WHICH IS THE SENATE VERSION WHERE THEY ARE WORKING TOGETHER TRADITIONALLY IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION. THAT'S WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING, AND NOT ENGAGING IN THESE PARTISAN GAMES THAT CREATE BAD POLICY. . THEREFORE, A VOTE NO -- VOTE AGAINST IT IS ONE THAT'S A GOOD VOTE AND ONE THAT PROTECTS OUR PAST FARM POLICIES AS THEY WORKED. A NO VOTE IS A VOTE FOR MORE SUPPORT FOR OUR FARMERS AND OUR FAMILIES. IT'S DEMANDING CONGRESS TO DO BETTER BECAUSE WE MUST DO BETTER. THE SENATE VERSION IS CURRENTLY A VERSION THAT I THINK ULTIMATELY IS GOING TO SUCCEED. I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO WORK WITH OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE. REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS WHO ARE FOSTERING A BIPARTISAN BILL. SENATOR ROBERTS AND SENATOR STABENOW. I LOOK FORWARD TO MOVING PAST THIS VERSION OF THE FARM BILL SO THAT WE CAN SET ASIDE THIS OUTRAGEOUS EFFORT AND PARTISAN POLITICS AND GET BACK TO WORK ON AMERICA'S FOOD BILL, A NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUE TO BE SURE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                            • 10:16:28 AM

                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              FITZPATRICK: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO INFORM THE HOUSE ABOUT OUR…

                                                              FITZPATRICK: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO INFORM THE HOUSE ABOUT OUR TEAM'S WORK ON BEHALF OF WOMEN IN MY DISTRICT AND ACROSS THE NATION. LAST MONTH, DATA FROM YALE UNIVERSITY GYNECOLOGIST DEMONSTRATED BETWEEN 2% AND 10% OF AMERICAN WOMEN

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                                                            • 10:16:34 AM

                                                              MR. FITZPATRICK

                                                              UNDERGOING GYNECOLOGICAL OPERATIONS HAS MISSED CANCERS. IT'S SHOCKING…

                                                              UNDERGOING GYNECOLOGICAL OPERATIONS HAS MISSED CANCERS. IT'S SHOCKING THESE CANCERS ARE FOUND ONLY AFTER WOMEN UNDERGO THESE SURGERIES. THESE MISSED CANCERS ARE AT HIGH RISK OF BEING SPREAD BY THE VERY SURGERIES THESE WOMEN ARE UNDERGOING TO HELP THEM. MY PHYSICIAN CONSTITUENTS LIKE THE REED FAMILY TELL ME THIS REPRESENTS AN UNACCEPTABLE AND SEISMIC EPIDEMIC OF UNDIAGNOSED GYNECOLOGICAL CANCERS THAT ARE PRONE TO SPREAD AND UPSTAGING WITH CATASTROPHIC RESULTS. THEREFORE, MR. SPEAKER, I ASKED THE C.D.C. TO IMMEDIATELY GUIDE GYNECOLOGISTS TO IDENTIFY THE WOMEN AT RISK. I AM NOW AWAITING RESPONSE FROM C.D.C. LEADERSHIP WITH A PLAN OF ACTION TO CONTAIN WHAT IS LIKELY TO BE A SHOCKING EPIDEMIC OF UNDIAGNOSED GYNECOLOGICAL CANCERS IN AMERICAN WOMEN. MR. SPEAKER, WE MUST STAY FOCUSED ON THE SITUATION IN ORDER TO PROTECT ALL WOMEN FROM THIS GRAVE HEALTH RISK. MR. SPEAKER, THIS WEEK IS NATIONAL POLICE WEEK AND I'M PROUD TO RECOGNIZE A MEMBER OF THE LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY IN BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, WHOSE QUICK THINKING DELIVERED JUSTICE TO THE SURVIVOR OF ABUSE. MICHAEL MARKS OF THE MIDDLETOWN TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT PROMPTLY AND PROFESSIONALLY INVESTIGATED A PERSON WHO HAD SUFFERED BLUNT FORCE TRAUMA. IT LED TO A GRAND JURY INQUIRY WHICH BROUGHT CHARGES AGAINST A CARETAKER WHO WAS LATER FOUND GUILTY. BECAUSE OF THE WORK OF OFFICER MARKS, THIS INDIVIDUAL WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO PREY ON THE DEFENSELESS MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY. I'D LIKE TO PERSONALLY THANK OFFICER MARKS FOR HIS WORK IN DEFENDING OUR COMMUNITY AND SENDING A MESSAGE TO ALL OF OUR NEIGHBORS IN MIDDLETOWN TOWNSHIP THAT THEY ARE UNDOUBTEDLY SAFER FOR HAVING HIM ON OUR POLICE FORCE. MR. SPEAKER, OVER THE PAST YEAR, WOMEN ALL OVER OUR COUNTRY COLLECTIVELY RAISED THEIR VOICES AND ARE CONTINUING TO CHANGE OUR CULTURE FOR THE BETTER. TODAY, I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE A GROUP OF WOMEN IN OUR DISTRICT ACTIVELY WORKING TO MAKE BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, A BETTER PLACE. THE MAKEFIELD WOMEN'S ASSOCIATION LAST MONTH DONATED OVER $27,000 TO LOCAL CHARITIES, INCLUDING A WOMAN'S PLACE, THE FAMILY SERVICES ASSOCIATION, EMERGENCY HOMELESS SHELTER, THE FOOD PANTRY, WRAPPING PRESENTS, AND THE YARDLY MAKEFIELD VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY. I APPRECIATE THE WORK OF THE MAKEFIELD WOMEN'S ASSOCIATION WHICH GREATLY IMPROVES THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR OUR COMMUNITY. I'D ESPECIALLY LIKE TO THANK THE ORGANIZATION'S PRESIDENT, JENNIFER, FOR HER LEADERSHIP AND FOR HER SERVICE. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                            • 10:19:57 AM

                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              BLUMENAUER: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ENJOYED LISTENING TO MY COLLEAGUE…

                                                              BLUMENAUER: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ENJOYED LISTENING TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA TALK ABOUT HIS DEEP CONCERNS AND RESERVATIONS ABOUT THE FARM BILL THAT IS SLOWLY GRINDING ITS WAY, PERHAPS, TOWARDS THE FLOOR. BEING CONSIDERED TODAY BY THE RULES COMMITTEE. WHILE WE HAVE SOMEWHAT DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES AND DIFFERENT DISTRICTS, WE ARE UNITED IN THE FACT THIS FARM BILL DOES NOT REMOTELY REFLECT THE NEEDS OF THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. ONE OF THE PROBLEMS IS THAT WE FAIL TO ADDRESS THE

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                                                              MR. BLUMENAUER

                                                              THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, MR. BYRNE, FOR FIVE…

                                                              THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, MR. BYRNE, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                              MR. BYRNE

                                                              LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS LEAVE THE SAFETY OF THEIR HOMES EACH DAY NOT…

                                                              LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS LEAVE THE SAFETY OF THEIR HOMES EACH DAY NOT KNOWING IF THEY WILL PASS BACK THROUGH THEIR OWN FRONT DOORS WHEN THEIR DAY IS DONE. THEY LEAVE THEIR FAMILIES BEHIND TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF OUR LOVED ONES AT SCHOOLS AND NEIGHBORHOODS AND ON ROADWAYS. THESE INDIVIDUALS ARE TRUE PUBLIC SERVANTS WHO ANSWER THE CALL AND PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE. AMONG THEIR MANY ROLES IN THE COMMUNITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS SERVE AS ROLE MODELS FOR OUR CHILDREN, KEEP THE PEACE IN OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, DIRECT TRAFFIC FOR FOOTBALL GAMES AND ARE THE FIRST TO RESPOND WHEN HELP IS NEEDED. FAR TOO OFTEN WE TAKE THEIR SERVICES FOR GRANTED. THIS WEEK I AM PROUD THAT THE HOUSE IS TAKING UP A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT BILLS TO SUPPORT OUR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT. FROM LEGISLATION TO PREVENT ATTACKS ON OUR OFFICERS TO PROVIDING FUNDING FOR ADDITIONAL RESOURCES, WE ARE WORKING TO ENSURE THESE DEDICATED INDIVIDUALS HAVE THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO DO THEIR JOBS SEE, OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ARE HEROES WHO PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE EACH DAY TO KEEP OUR CITIZENS FROM HARM'S WAY. NATIONAL POLICE WEEK IS A TIME FOR US TO STOP AND SHOW OUR APPRECIATION TO THESE HEROES FOR ALL THEY DO FOR OUR COMMUNITIES. OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS SERVE SELFLESSLY, FACING THE MANY DANGERS OF THE JOB WITH COURAGE AND BRAVERY. MR. SPEAKER, I'VE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO RIDE ALONG WITH MEMBERS IN BALDWIN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE IN ALABAMA. IT WAS AN EYE-OPENING EXPERIENCE. AT EVERY SINGLE TRAFFIC STOP, THE DEPUTIES HAD NO IDEA WHAT TO EXPECT. EVERY CALL WAS DIFFERENT, BUT EACH ONE CAME WITH AN INHERENT RISK OF THE UNKNOWN. DESPITE THE UNCERTAINTY, THE DEPUTIES ALWAYS CONDUCTED THEMSELVES WITH RESPECT AND PROFESSIONALISM. WHETHER IT'S A ROUTINE TRAFFIC STOP OR RESPONDING TO A DOMESTIC CALL, THESE OFFICERS HAVE NO IDEA HOW THEIR ENCOUNTERS WILL TURN OUT. THERE IS ALWAYS THE RISK IT CAN TURN HOSTILE AND SOME CASES DEADLY. NATIONAL POLICE WEEK IS ALSO AN OPPORTUNITY TO HONOR THE HEROES WHO HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES WHILE SERVING OUR COMMUNITIES. IN 2017, 136 OFFICERS WERE KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY. ALREADY THIS YEAR, 54 OFFICERS HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES WHILE SERVING OUR COMMUNITIES. SADLY, ONE OF THESE DEATHS OCCURRED IN MY HOME STATE OF ALABAMA EARLIER THIS YEAR. MOBILE POLICE OFFICER JUSTIN BILLUP PAID THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE WHEN HE WAS SHOT AND KILLED WHILE RESPONDING TO A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CALL ON FEBRUARY 20. AT JUST 27 YEARS OLD, OFFICER BILLUP LEFT BEHIND A LOVING WIFE, ERIN, AND A 1-YEAR-OLD SON, TAYLOR. IN SUCH A TIME OF IMMENSE GRIEF, WE SAW THE CITY OF MOBILE RALLY TOGETHER TO SUPPORT THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF FALLEN OFFICER BILLUP. YOU SEE, THESE OFFICERS ARE MUCH MORE THAN ENFORCERS OF THE LAW. THEY ARE AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE COMMUNITY. MR. SPEAKER, I LOVE SEEING THE COMMUNITY WRAP THE OFFICER'S FAMILY UP IN A SHIELD OF PRAYER AND LOVE, BUT WE SHOULDN'T JUST DO THAT WHEN WE LOSE AN OFFICER AND WE SHOULDN'T JUST DO IT DURING POLICE WEEK. EACH AND EVERY DAY WE SHOULD SHOW OUR DEEP APPRECIATION TO MEMBERS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AT EVERY LEVEL WHO PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE SO WE CAN LIVE IN SAFE COMMUNITIES. MAY WE NOT FORGET THAT WE GET TO LAY OUR HEADS DOWN ON OUR PILLOWS AT NIGHT FEELING SAFE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN OUT THERE PATROLING THE STREETS. SO, MR. SPEAKER, AS WE OBSERVE NATIONAL POLICE WEEK, I CAN THINK OF NO BETTER WAY TO SHOW APPRECIATION FOR OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN BLUE THAN TO ENCOURAGE EVERY AMERICAN TO TAKE THE TIME TO SAY THANK YOU TO YOUR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS. MAY THEIR SACRIFICES NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. AND I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. O'HALLERAN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              MR. O'HALLERAN: PAIRED WITH THE DRY CONDITIONS AND HIGH HEAT, THE FIRST…

                                                              MR. O'HALLERAN: PAIRED WITH THE DRY CONDITIONS AND HIGH HEAT, THE FIRST DISTRICT IS HISTORICALLY HOME TO ONE OF THE WORST WILDFIRES IN THE COUNTRY. EARLIER THIS MONTH, MY CONSTITUENTS IN RURAL ARIZONA FACED OFF AGAINST THE TENDER FIRE, WHICH SPREAD MORE THAN 16,000 ACRES BEFORE BEING MOSTLY CONTAINED. .

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                                                              MR. O'HALLERAN

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

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

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                                                              MR. KUSTOFF

                                                              ARE DONE IN WEST TENNESSEE. CONGRATULATIONS TO JOHNNY, THE CHAIR…

                                                              ARE DONE IN WEST TENNESSEE. CONGRATULATIONS TO JOHNNY, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              MR. SPEAKER, IT'S ALWAYS AN HONOR TO STAND IN THE WELL OF THE HOUSE.

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                                                              MR. GREEN

                                                              I CONSIDER THIS AN EXTRAORDINARY PRIVILEGE. MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE SEMINAL…

                                                              I CONSIDER THIS AN EXTRAORDINARY PRIVILEGE. MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE SEMINAL MOMENTS IN TIME MOMENTS IN TIME THAT CAN IMPACT THE REST OF TIME. SEMINAL MOMENTS, SOMETIMES WHERE WRONG IS PLACED ON THE THROWN. WHERE MIGHT IS USED TO JUSTIFY WRONG. SEMINAL MOMENTS IN TIME. MR. SPEAKER, MIGHT CANNOT MAKE JUSTIFY WRONG. WRONG RIGHT. MIGHT CANNOT MAKE WRONG RIGHT. IT CAN ONLY PROLONG WRONG. SEMINAL MOMENTS IN TIME WHERE MIGHT IS USED TO JUSTIFY WRONG. MIGHT DID NOT MAKE SLAVERY RIGHT. THERE WERE THOSE WHO USED FALSE RELIGIOUSITY TO JUSTIFY SLAVERY. THEY HAD THE SLAVERY. THEY HAD THE MIGHT, POWER, THEY COULD IMPOSE THEIR WILL. BUT MIGHT WILL NOT MAKE WRONG RIGHT. MIGHT DID NOT MAKE SEGREGATION RIGHT TO FORCE PEOPLE TO GO TO SEPARATE AREAS, TO USE A LEVEL OF POWER TO IMPOSE A DECENCY UPON A PEOPLE -- INDECENCY UPON MAKE SEGREGATION6 C1 A PEOPLE. MIGHT CAN NEVER MAKE WRONG RIGHT. MR. SPEAKER, MIGHT HAS NOT MADE INVIDIOUS DISCRIMINATION RIGHT. IT STILL EXISTS TODAY. AND NO MATTER HOW MUCH POWER WE HAVE, WE WILL NOT MAKE IT RIGHT SIMPLY BECAUSE WE HAVE THE POWER TO TRY TO JUSTIFY IT WITH THE MIGHT THAT WE HAVE. FINALLY, MR. SPEAKER, TO JUSTIFY IT MIGHT WILL NOT MAKE BIGOTRY EMANATING FROM THE PRESIDENCY RIGHT. IT WILL NOT. THERE ARE MANY WHO WANT TO JUST LET IT GO. LET IT GO. MIGHT THE BIGOTRY, PUT IT BEHIND US. BIGOTRY EMANATING FROM THE PRESIDENCY IMPACTS THIS COUNTRY. IT GIVES THIS COUNTRY A STAINED IMAGE IN THE WORLD. THE PRESIDENT REPRESENTS THIS COUNTRY. HE REPRESENTS EVERY ONE OF US. WE MAY DIFFER WITH HIM, BUT HE IS THE STANDARD-BEARER. AND THE BIGOTRY THAT EMANATES FROM THE PRESIDENCY IS SOMETHING THAT WE ALL HAVE TO CONCERN OURSELVES WITH. WE CAN'T JUST SAY IT'S ALL OVER WITH. LET'S LET THAT GO. YES, IT HAS HAPPENED AND IT CONTINUES TO HAPPEN. AND MIGHT WILL NOT MAKE IT RIGHT. HE HAS POWER, BUT HIS POWER IS NOT GOING TO CAUSE HIS INVIDIOUS AND HARMFUL COMMENTARIES TO BECOME RIGHT. SO I'M HERE TODAY TO SIMPLY SAY THIS, MR. SPEAKER. THAT WHILE THE PRESIDENT HAS THE POWER, IMPEACHMENT IS THE REMEDY. A PRESIDENT WHO HAS SAID THAT THERE WERE SOME GOOD PEOPLE AMONG THOSE IN CHARLOTTESVILLE, A PRESIDENT WHO WOULD BAN MUSLIMS FROM THE COUNTRY. A PRESIDENT WHO HAS SAID LGBTQ PERSONS SHOULDN'T BE IN THE MILITARY, A PRESIDENT WHO HAS CALLED THE SONS OF SOME PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES, CALLED THEIR MOTHERS DOGS, S.O.B.'S, A PRESIDENT WHO HAS SAID THAT IN --

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME LANGUAGE HAS BEEN ACCEPTED ON THE FLOOR OF THIS…

                                                              MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME LANGUAGE HAS BEEN ACCEPTED ON THE FLOOR OF THIS HOUSE --

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                                                              GREEN: MR. SPEAKER, THE PRESIDENT IS ABOUT THE PEOPLE. IT'S ABOUT THE…

                                                              GREEN: MR. SPEAKER, THE PRESIDENT IS ABOUT THE PEOPLE. IT'S ABOUT THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE. AND THE PEOPLE

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                                                              MR. GREEN

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MR. GREEN

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                                                              MR. GREEN

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              MR. HIGGINS, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                              MR. HIGGINS

                                                              THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. KEATING, FOR…

                                                              THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. KEATING, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              MR.

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                                                              MR. KEATING

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MR. KEATING

                                                              THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. KELLY, FOR FIVE…

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

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                                                              MR. KELLY

                                                              THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE, FOR FIVE…

                                                              THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                              MS. JACKSON LEE

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              JACKSON LEE: MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO BEGIN…

                                                              JACKSON LEE: MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO BEGIN DISCUSSION ON THE

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                                                            • 10:53:24 AM

                                                              MS. JACKSON LEE

                                                              FLOOR FOR ISSUES I THINK IN THE BACKDROP OF MOTHER'S DAY AND THE DESIRE TO…

                                                              FLOOR FOR ISSUES I THINK IN THE BACKDROP OF MOTHER'S DAY AND THE DESIRE TO BE FAMILY FRIENDLY IN THIS NATION AND TO REALLY ANSWER THE QUESTIONS OF AMERICANS -- CAN OUR GOVERNMENT DO WELL BY THEM? AND SO I RAISE TO THE BODY HOW WE CAN BE MORE CONSTRUCTIVE AND I DO IT ON THE BASIS WHEN WE ALL DO AND INTERACT WITH OUR CONSTITUENTS AND SO I DID AS I WENT HOME THIS PAST WEEKEND, A COUPLE OF DAYS IN THE MIDST OF THE EXCITING GRADUATIONS THAT WE ALL HAD A CHANCE TO GO TO AND TO MAKE REMARKS AND I WANT TO CONGRATULATE THOSE STUDENTS THAT I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF BEING AND SPEAKING AT THEIR GRADUATIONS. THE HISTORICCALLY BLACK COLLEGE, TEXAS SOUTHERN COMMUNITY, LONE STAR COMMUNITY COLLEGE. WHAT AN AMAZING GROUP OF GRADUATES, PEOPLE WHO ARE ADULTS AND VETERANS AND STUDENTS WHO WERE WHAT WE CALL EARLY COLLEGE STUDENTS GRADUATING. AND OF COURSE TO THE SYSTEM, THE HOUSTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE, I SPOKE THERE. IT LOOKS LIKE I WAS GOING TO GRADUATIONS AND CELEBRATING WITH THEIR FAMILIES. THAT WAS GOOD. BUT THEN AT THE SAME TIME -- AND, MR. SPEAKER, THEY WERE DIVERSE. ALL BACKGROUNDS, RELIGIONS. THAT'S WHAT HOUSTON IS ALL ABOUT. THE SAME TIME I VISITED WITH AND HAD A PRESS CONFERENCE WITH A COLLECTIVE BODY OF HUMANITARIANS. THE SISTER ROGERS, A CATHOLIC SISTER AND MANY OTHERS ABOUT THE UNFORTUNATE CIRCUMSTANCES OF WHERE WE ARE IN THE DREAMERS AND WHY WE HAVEN'T ADDRESSED THAT QUESTION AND WHY WOULD DREAMERS WHO NEED TO BE STATUS, WHO ARE LAWYERS AND DOCTORS AND SOME IN THE -- SERVING IN PUBLIC SERVICE, WE HAD A PARAMEDIC STANDING WITH US, WHY WE CAN'T GET THEM STATUS. WHY CAN'T THE NATION DO WHAT IS RIGHT? WHY CAN'T THE PRESIDENT WORK WITH US AND SIGN THE PRESIDENT? THEN I INTRODUCED OR INDICATED THAT I AM GOING TO INTRODUCE THE RESTATUS OF T.P.S. STATUS PERSONS, SOME WHO HAVE BEEN HERE FOR 20 YEARS WITH MORTGAGES AND PEOPLE IN COLLEGE, YOUNG PEOPLE IN COLLEGE, AND TO STATUS THEM FOR TWO YEARS TO ALLOW THE CONGRESS TO FIX IT AND THAT THEIR STATUS BE TIED TO THE LAWS AND REQUIREMENTS THAT THEY BE IN SYNC WITH THOSE WHO WOULD GET CITIZENSHIP SO THEY WOULD NOT BE, IF YOU WILL, AWRY OF THE LAW, THEY WOULD BE IN STEP WITH THE LAW AS MOST OF THE PEOPLE ARE FROM EL SALVADOR, FROM HAITI AND BEYOND. THEN I WENT TO STAND WITH MOTHERS AT PUBLIC HOUSING AND INDICATED TO THEM IT'S LONG OVERDUE IN ALL OF OUR COMMUNITIES THAT WE INTRODUCE AN INFRASTRUCTURE BILL OF $150 BILLION TO FIX OUR PUBLIC HOUSING. BECAUSE AS I WAS STANDING WITH THESE MOTHERS AT CUNY HOMES, THEIR AIR-CONDITIONING WAS OUT. BUT WE STOOD THERE THE DAY BEFORE MOTHER'S DAY TO SALUTE THEM AND SAY THEY DESERVE TO LIVE IN QUALITY HOUSING. THEY'RE RAISING THEIR CHILDREN. SOME OF THEIR CHILDREN GO OFF TO THE UNITED STATES MILITARY. FINALLY, I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE, MR. SPEAKER, MAYBE THIS IS A CONFUSED STATEMENT. BY THE ADMINISTRATION. BUT I HAVE TO SPEAK AGAINST -- AND THESE ARE MY FRIENDS. WE WANT TO WORK INTERNATIONALLY. I WAS HERE FOR THE PERMANENT TRADE AGREEMENT THAT WAS DONE WITH CHINA, BUT IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW THAT OUR ECONOMY IS BASED ON INNOVATION. WHY WOULD THE ADMINISTRATION SUPPORT THE CHINESE FIRM OF Z.T.E. THAT OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY HAS TAKEN NOTE THAT THEY HAVE INTERFERED WITH OUR INNOVATION AND OUR TECHNOLOGY AND SUGGEST THAT HE WANTS THE CHINESE WORKERS TO HAVE THEIR JOBS AGAIN? I CERTAINLY WANT THE BEST FOR ANY COUNTRY, BUT I DO KNOW IT'S IMPORTANT TO RESTORE THE JOBS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THERE ARE MANY CALL CENTER AMERICAN COMPANIES THAT WOULD MAKE A GREAT INFUSION OF ENERGY AND DOLLARS IN VARIOUS COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE NATION. IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE REPORT OF 2012 INDICATED AND CONCLUDED THAT Z.T.E. CANNOT BE TRUSTED TO BE FREE OF FOREIGN STATE INFLUENCE AND THUS POSES A SECURITY THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES AND OUR SYSTEMS. IT ALSO SAID, IT IS ODD -- WHILE IT IS ODD THAT THIS PRESIDENT, WHO HAS PUT AN EXTENSIVE SANCTIONS ON IRAN AND NORTH KOREA, IS NOW WILLING TO OVERLOOK A HOUSE INTELLIGENCE REPORT INDICATING, OF COURSE, THAT Z.T.E. CANNOT BE TRUSTED. SO I STARTED, MR. SPEAKER, BY CONGRATULATING MY GRADUATES BUT I INDICATED THROUGHOUT THAT I'M BAFFLED BY THESE POLICIES OF THE ADMINISTRATION BUT I DO SAY THAT I HAVE FAITH IN THIS INSTITUTION AND I ASK MY COLLEAGUES, STAND WITH ME ON THE RESTORATION OF A TWO-YEAR STATUS FOR T.P.S. SO WE CAN GET IT RIGHT. LET US NOT SEPARATE MOTHERS FROM THEIR CHILDREN AND THE IMMIGRATION STRUCTURE AND LET'S PASS A DREAMERS BILL AND LET'S WORK TO INTRODUCE FUNDING FOR OUR PUBLIC HOUSING THAT EXISTS AND THAT MOTHERS ARE LIVING IN ACROSS AMERICA. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, YOUR KINDNESS IS APPRECIATED. I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS UNTIL NOON

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                                                              TO GO LIVE TO THE U.S. HOUSE. TODAY MEMBERS CONSIDERING BILLS DEALING WITH…

                                                              TO GO LIVE TO THE U.S. HOUSE. TODAY MEMBERS CONSIDERING BILLS DEALING WITH ASSAULTS ON POLICE OFFICERS, VETERANS HEALTH CARE, AND FARM BILL. LIVE NOW TO THE FLOOR OF THE U.S. HOUSE HERE ON C-SPAN.

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                                                              PLEASE PRAY WITH ME, FATHER WE PRAISE YOU FOR ALLOWING US TO BE THE LAND…

                                                              PLEASE PRAY WITH ME, FATHER WE PRAISE YOU FOR ALLOWING US TO BE THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE. WE EMBRACE THE TRUTH THAT WE ARE ALL CREATED IN YOUR IMAGE AND HAVE VALUE AND PURPOSE OF IN THIS LIFE AND COUNTRY BECAUSE OF YOUR LOVE FOR US. THE FOUNDATION OF PROSPERITY ITS RIGHTEOUSNESS AND WHEN IT INCREASES THAT PEOPLE PROSPER AND REJOICE. WOULD YOU CAUSE PERSONAL AND NATIONAL RIGHTEOUSNESS TO BE OUR BANNER AND VISION SO WE CAN KNOW YOUR GREAT VISION ACROSS THIS GREAT COUNTRY. THIS HOUSE HAS BUSINESS TO DO AND I PRAY THAT ALL TRANSACTIONS THAT TAKE PLACE IN THESE HALLS TODAY WILL BE MADE WITH WISDOM RESULTING IN THE BEST OF ALL. AND GOOD FAVOR TO JESUS, AMEN.

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                                                              MR. WILSON

                                                              I OBJECT TO THE VOTE ON THE POINT THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT.

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                                                              MR. WILSON

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

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

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                                                              MR. CICILLINE

                                                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR…

                                                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                              MS. FOXX

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                                                              MS. FOXX

                                                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              KILDEE: MR. SPEAKER, I SEEK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE…

                                                              KILDEE: MR. SPEAKER, I SEEK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                            • 12:04:34 PM

                                                              MR. KILLED YES

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                                                              MR. KILDEE

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              GOOD INFRASTRUCTURE DRIVES OUR ECONOMY. AMERICANS DEPEND ON WATER SYSTEMS…

                                                              GOOD INFRASTRUCTURE DRIVES OUR ECONOMY. AMERICANS DEPEND ON WATER SYSTEMS TO PROVIDE CLEAN AND SAFE DRINKABLE WATER. IN THIS COUNTRY, WE HAVE FAILED AT THE MAKE THE -- TO MAKE THE NECESSARY INVESTMENTS IN ROADS AND BRIDGES, ESSENTIAL INFRASTRUCTURE THAT'S IMPORTANT TO DRIVE OUR ECONOMY.

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                                                              MR. KILDEE

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

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

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                              MR. CICILLINE

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              THEY VOTED TO DISMANTLE PROTECTIONS FOR PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. THEY…

                                                              THEY VOTED TO DISMANTLE PROTECTIONS FOR PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. THEY VOTED TO RAISE OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSES. THEY VOTED TO TAKE AWAY HEALTH COVERAGE FROM 23 MILLION AMERICANS. AND GAVE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN TAX BREAKS TO PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES AND OTHER HEALTH CARE ORGANIZATIONS. LAST WEEK, PRESIDENT TRUMP OUTLINED HIS PLAN TO FURTHER LINE THE POCKETS OF BIG DRUG COMPANIES AND THEIR C.E.O.'S. DEMOCRATS HAVE A BETTER DEAL. OUR PLAN WILL FUNDAMENTALLY REFORM THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY.

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                                                              MR. CICILLINE

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

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              WILSON: MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY AN EMERGENCY SESSION OF THE U.N.

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                                                              MR. WILSON

                                                              SECURITY COUNCIL, AMBASSADOR NIKKI HALEY SPOKE TRUTHFULLY ABOUT THE…

                                                              SECURITY COUNCIL, AMBASSADOR NIKKI HALEY SPOKE TRUTHFULLY ABOUT THE TERRIFIC HAMAS TERRORIST ATTACKS IN GAZA.

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                                                              MR. WILSON

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

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

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                                                              MR.

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                                                              GREEN: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE FARM BILL AND THE…

                                                              GREEN: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE FARM BILL AND THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY SCORCHED EARTH AND IRRESPONSIBLE APPROACH TO HISTORICALLY A BIPARTISAN BILL. THROUGHOUT THIS CONGRESS, THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY HAS CAST ASIDE BIPARTISAN EFFORTS BY KEEPING DEMOCRATS OUT OF NEGOTIATIONS.

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                                                              MR. GREEN

                                                              THE FARM BILL'S NO DIFFERENT. FROM SABOTAGING THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT TO…

                                                              THE FARM BILL'S NO DIFFERENT. FROM SABOTAGING THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT TO GIVING WEALTHY FAMILIES AND CORPORATIONS A TAX BREAK AT THE COST OF HARDWORKING FAMILIES TO MAKE CUTS, DEEP CUTS AND SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM OF THE SNAP. THIS BILL IS ON A DANGEROUS PATH. WE NEED TO RETURN TO BIPARTISAN DISCUSSION SO THAT -- THAT MADE THE FARM BILL A WIN-WIN FOR BOTH URBAN AND RURAL COMMUNITIES F THIS BIPARTISAN BILL BECOMES LAW, ROUGHLY 265,000 LOW-INCOME CHILDREN WILL LOSE ACCESS TO FREE SCHOOL MEALS AND MORE THAN ONE MILLION AMERICANS WILL NO LONGER RECEIVE BENEFIT THEY RELY ON TO BUY FOOD. WE CAN DO BETTER BECAUSE AMERICA'S FARMERS AND CHILDREN TEA SERVE BETTER. WE HAD A FARM BILL EVERY FIVE YEARS. IS IT WORTH KICKING CHILDREN AND FAMILIES OFF SNAP? NO, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                                                              WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              MR. GIANFORTE

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MR. GIANFORTE

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

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

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                                                              NETWORK BOTS AND XIONG LINE ADS TO SPREAD INFORMATION DURING THE 2016…

                                                              NETWORK BOTS AND XIONG LINE ADS TO SPREAD INFORMATION DURING THE 2016 ELECTION.

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                                                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES GENTLELADY FROM INDIANA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MRS. BROOKS

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

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

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

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                                                              ROS-LEHTINEN: I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE ON THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY.

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                                                              MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                                                              THE GENTLELADY YIELD BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES GENTLELADY FROM ARIZONA…

                                                              THE GENTLELADY YIELD BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES GENTLELADY FROM ARIZONA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                              LESKO: I'M EAGER TO WORK WITH YOU TO ACCOMPLISH WHAT MY CONSTITUENTS SENT…

                                                              LESKO: I'M EAGER TO WORK WITH YOU TO ACCOMPLISH WHAT MY CONSTITUENTS SENT ME HERE TO DO, SECURE OUR BORDERS, STRENGTHEN OUR MILITARY AND CREATE A STRONG ECONOMY. EARLIER TODAY, I MET WITH MIKE AND COLLEEN SUTTER FROM MY DISTRICT.

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                                                              MS. LESKO

                                                              THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES GENTLELADY FROM PUERTO…

                                                              THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES GENTLELADY FROM PUERTO RICO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                              MISS GONZALEZ-COLON

                                                              SPEAKER, TODAY, I ASK FOR THE FEDERAL SUPPORT OF PUERTO RICO TO THE POWER…

                                                              SPEAKER, TODAY, I ASK FOR THE FEDERAL SUPPORT OF PUERTO RICO TO THE POWER RESTORATION MUST CONTINUE.

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                                                              MISS GONZALEZ-COLON

                                                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                              THOMPSON: I RISE TO HONOR NATIONAL POLICE

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                                                              WEEK. WE ARE HERE IN HONOR OF NATIONAL POLICE WEEK. ACCOMPLISHED BY A…

                                                              WEEK. WE ARE HERE IN HONOR OF NATIONAL POLICE WEEK. ACCOMPLISHED BY A JOINT RESOLUTION OF CONGRESS IN 1962, NATIONAL POLICE WEEK PAYS SPECIAL RECOGNITION TO THE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE LINE OF DUTY FOR THE SAFETY AND PROTECTION OF OTHERS.

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                                                              MR. THOMPSON

                                                              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 CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              AND EXTEND.

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                                                              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MR. LAMALFA

                                                              THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING COMMUNICATION.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              THE CLERK

                                                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES -- THE RESIGNATIONS ARE ACCEPTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE…

                                                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES -- THE RESIGNATIONS ARE ACCEPTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                              MR. WOODALL

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              WOODALL: I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO CONSIDER THE RESOLUTION AS READ.

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                                                              THE CLERK

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MR. WOODALL

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              THE CLERK

                                                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MR. MCGOVERN

                                                              RULES COMMITTEE MAY NOT COMMITTEE MAY NOT WAIVE THE POINT OF ORDER…

                                                              RULES COMMITTEE MAY NOT COMMITTEE MAY NOT WAIVE THE POINT OF ORDER PRESCRIBED BY SECTION 425 OF THAT SAME AFPBLGT SECTION 3 OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 891 STATES THAT, AND I QUOTE, ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED, END QUOTE. THEREFORE I MAKE A POINT OF ORDER PURSUANT TO SECTION 426 OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET ACT THAT THIS RULE MAY NOT BE CONSIDERED.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. --

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                                                              MR. MCGOTSCHE

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                                                              MR. MCGOVERN

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN QUALIFIES. IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              MR. WOODALL

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                                                              MR. WOODALL

                                                              HOW MUCH TIME DO I HAVE REMAINING?

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                                                              MR. MCGOVERN

                                                              STUDY. THE BILL WOULD IMPOSE INTERGOVERNMENTAL MANDATES BY AMENDING SNAP…

                                                              STUDY. THE BILL WOULD IMPOSE INTERGOVERNMENTAL MANDATES BY AMENDING SNAP REQUIREMENTS AND

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                                                              MR. MCGOVERN

                                                              PLACING IT ON STATES AND REQUIRING NEW STATE ACTIVITIES IN THE SNAP…

                                                              PLACING IT ON STATES AND REQUIRING NEW STATE ACTIVITIES IN THE SNAP PROGRAMS. SNAP AND CHILD ENFORCEMENT SUPPORT AND THE CONDITIONS ON STATES AND LOCALITIES AS INTERGOVERNMENTAL MANDATE IF AFFECTED GOVERNMENT LACKS AUTHORITY TO OFFSET THE COSTS BY REQUIRING TO THOSE INCREASES. AND IN AREAS WHERE THEY HAVE LIMITED FLEXIBILITY TO AMEND THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES AND OFFSET ADDITIONAL COSTS AND WOULD BE INTERGOVERNMENTAL MANDATES. IN OTHER WORDS, ON A WHOLE RANGE OF ISSUES, THIS BILL REQUIRES STATES TO DO SO MUCH MORE AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOES NOT PROVIDE THE FUNDING TO MEET THOSE OBLIGATIONS. IF STATES WANT TO PROVIDE SNAP BENEFITS TO THEIR CITIZENS WHICH I THINK EVERY STATE WANTS TO DO, THEY HAVE TO EMPRAYS THESE MANDATES AND ADD ADDITIONAL COSTS ON TO WHAT THEY ARE ALREADY PAYING. THESE ARE A BIG FAT UNFUNDED MANDATES. WHEN YOUR GOVERNORS READ THIS BILL, WHEN YOU READ THIS BILL, YOU ARE GOING TO BE AMAZED AT ALL THESE ADDITIONAL BURDENS TO BE IMPOSED ON STATES AND LOCALITIES. IF THIS ISN'T AN UNFUNDED MANDATE OR WHAT THAT REPUBLICAN INITIATIVE WAS ALL ABOUT WHEN IT WAS FIRST IMPLEMENTED, I HAVE NO IDEA. UNDER THE WORK TRAINING PROGRAMS, THIS BILL WOULD PROVIDE MAYBE $30 PER PERSON FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING. WE ARE TOLD THAT EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROGRAMS ON AVERAGE RANGE FROM $7,000 TO $14,000 TO BE EFFECTIVE. THIS IS AN UNFUNDED MANDATE PLAIN AND SIMPLE. IF YOU CARE ABOUT UNFUNDED MANDATE, YOU WILL SUPPORT US. AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. GEORGIA FROM GEORGIA.

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                                                              MR. WOODALL

                                                              FOLKS WANT TO BE A PART OF LIFTING PEOPLE OUT OF POVERTY. NOBODY WANTS TO…

                                                              FOLKS WANT TO BE A PART OF LIFTING PEOPLE OUT OF POVERTY. NOBODY WANTS TO BE A PART OF TRAPPING PEOPLE IN A CYCLE OF POVERTY. AND THERE IS ABSOLUTELY A AGREE OF COMPLICITNESS THAT THIS CHAMBER HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN SAYING THIS IS THE BEST WE CAN DO AND CAN'T DO ANY BETTER AND RESIGN OURSELVES TO THE FACT THAT GENERATIONAL POVERTY WILL CONTINUE. I SAY NONSENSE. I SHARE MY FRIEND'S FRUSTRATION THAT WHAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN A BIPARTISAN REFORM BILL, WHAT TRADITIONALLY IS A BIPARTISAN FARM BILL WENT OFF THE RAILS SOMEWHERE IN THE PROCESS AND FOLKS WALKED AWAY FROM THE TABLE AND WE CAN ASSIGN BLAME HOWEVER WE CHOOSE TO DO IT. BUT IN THIS CASE, MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT A BILL THAT IS GOING TO TAKE A MAJOR STEP FORWARD LIFTING PEOPLE OUT OF POVERTY AND PUTTING PEOPLE BACK TO WORK, AND MAKING SURE THAT FOLKS WHO RECEIVE FEDERAL BENEFITS ARE THOSE WHO NEED FEDERAL BENEFITS BUT THOSE WHO HAVE OPPORTUNITIES TO DO MORE AND BETTER FOR THEIR FAMILIES, THEY HAVE PARTNERS IN FEDERAL AND STATE GOVERNMENTS TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN. I THINK THAT'S WHAT MY COLLEAGUES HERE WANT. I ENCOURAGE MY FRIENDS TO REJECT MY FRIEND'S POINT OF ORDER AND TO VOTE TO CONSIDER THIS BILL TODAY. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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                                                              MR. MCGOVERN

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED…

                                                              RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTE BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. 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 SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE YEAS ARE 223, THE NAYS ARE 181. THE QUESTION OF CONSIDERATION IS DECIDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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                                                              MR. WOODALL

                                                              CONSUME. I ASK THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE…

                                                              CONSUME. I ASK THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS. THE RULE BEFORE US MAKES IN ORDER THREE PIECES OF LEGISLATION. THE ONE THAT YOU HEARD DISCUSSED ALREADY TODAY IS H.R. 2, THE AGRICULTURE NUTRITION ACT OF 2018. TWO OTHER MEASURES ARE H.R. 5698, PROTECT AND SERVE ACT OF 2018 AND S. 2372, THE V.A. MISSION ACT OF 2018. .

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                                                              GENTLEMAN'S RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              MR. WOODALL

                                                              SPEAKER. IT MAKES IT A FEDERAL CRIME TO ATTEMPT TO CAUSE OR INTENTIONALLY…

                                                              SPEAKER. IT MAKES IT A FEDERAL CRIME TO ATTEMPT TO CAUSE OR INTENTIONALLY CAUSE SERIOUS BODILY HARM TO ANY LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER. WE ARE TRYING TO SPEAK IN THE ABSOLUTE STRONGEST TERMS WHEN WE SPEAK ON BEHALF OF OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM. JUST LAST NIGHT IN THE RULES COMMITTEE, MY FRIEND, MR. MCGOVERN, SAID THERE WAS NO DISAGREEMENT BETWEEN THE PARTIES AND THE CHAMBERS ON THIS LEGISLATION. ANOTHER BILL WE CAN AGREE ON, MR. SPEAKER, IS THE V.A. MISSION ACT. I WAS ONE WITH ONE OF THE AMERICAN LEGION CHAPTERS JUST OP MONDAY TALKING ABOUT THE VERY PROVISIONS IN THIS BILL AND HOW THEY CAN MAKE A SUBSTANTIVE DIFFERENCE FOR OUR MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE SERVED US IN THE ARMED FORCES. THIS IS A FOUR CORNERS DEPREEMENT BILL, MR. SPEAKER. BY FOUR CORNERS, THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBERS ON THE HOUSE SIDE AND SENATE SIDE HAVE AGREED ON THIS LEGISLATION. THEY HAVE WORKED TOGETHER ON THIS LEGISLATION. AND THEY PUT IT TOGETHER IN A WAY THAT WE CAN ALL BE PROUDLY SUPPORTIVE OF THAT FINAL PRODUCT. LET ME TELL YOU WHAT THIS BILL WILL DO IN SPECIFICS, MR. SPEAKER. IT CONSOLIDATES SEVEN DUPLICATIVE COMMUNITY CARE PROGRAMS INTO ONE PROGRAM THAT ARE EASIER FOR OUR VETERANS TO UNDERSTAND AND ACCESS. IT ENSURES THAT THE VETERANS' CHOICE PROGRAM HAS ENOUGH FUNDING TO CONTINUE WORKING FOR OUR VETERANS FOR YET ANOTHER YEAR AS THE COMMITTEES CONTINUE TO PERFECT THAT PROGRAM. I'M SURE YOU HEAR THE SAME INSTRUCTTIVE COUNSEL AND GOOD FOR THE OPT OUT BUT THE VETERANS' PROGRAMS HAVE TO APPROVE PROMPTLY AND GET THE DOCTORS REIMBURSED. IT CREATES A FAIR AND TRANSPARENT PROCESS FOR A COMPREHENSIVE AUDIT OF THE APPROVE PROMPTLY V.A. 'S PHYSICAL FACILITIES, WHERE ARE THOSE REGIONS OF THE COUNTRY THAT ARE UNDERSERVED AND REGIONS OF THE COUNTRY WOULD BETTER SERVE. THE V.A. CAN TRANSFORM ITS AGING INFRASTRUCTURE. THIS BILL PROVIDES A COMPREHENSIVE AUDIT PROCESS SO WE CAN MODERNIZE THE V.A. FOR TODAY'S VETERANS. IT EXPANDS THE CAREGIVER PROGRAM, MR. SPEAKER, TO PROVIDE THE BENEFITS TO PRE--9/11 VETERANS SO THEY ARE IN PARITY WITH THOSE VETERANS POST-9/11 AND PROVIDES RECRUITING AND RETENTION EFFORTS SO THE VETERANS HAVE ACCESS TO THE MEDICAL PERSONNEL. THESE REFORMS AREN'T JUST SUPPORTED BY THE FOUR CORNERS THAT I MENTIONED, THE REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS WHO LEAD THE COMMITTEES IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE BUT SUPPORTED BY OVER 30 VETERAN SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY. AS CHAIRMAN ROE HIGHLIGHTED IN THE RULES COMMITTEE LAST NIGHT. I DON'T PRETEND THAT THESE MEASURES DO EVERYTHING FOR EVERYONE. THEY DO NOT. BUT IT IS ANOTHER IN A LONG STEP OF BILLS MAKING PROGRESS ON BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHETHER WE ARE TALKING ABOUT OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN LAW ENFORCEMENT OR MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE WORN OUR MILITARY UNIFORMS. IT'S ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF HOW CHAIRMAN ROE AND RANKING MEMBER WALZ AND OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE ARE TAKING STEPS FORWARD TO REPAY OUR DEBTS. AND FINALLY, MR. SPEAKER, AS WE ALREADY DISCUSSED, THIS RULE WOULD MAKE IN ORDER H.R. 2. IT DOESN'T JUST MAKE IN ORDER THE BASE TEXT, MR. SPEAKER, BUT ALSO MAKES IN ORDER 20 AMENDMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN OFFERED BY BOTH REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS IN THIS CHAMBER WHO WOULD LIKE TO TRY TO MAKE THAT BILL EVEN BETTER. 20 AMENDMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE IN ORDER ALREADY AND WHEN WE FINISH OUR DEBATE, WE WILL RETURN TO THE RULES COMMITTEE UPSTAIRS AND CONSIDER ANOTHER ROUND OF AMENDMENTS THIS AFTERNOON TO CONTINUE TO PERFECT THIS BILL THROUGHOUT THE WEEK. MR. SPEAKER, ONE RULE, THREE BILLS, THREE BILLS THAT HAVE THE ABILITY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR FAMILIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY, NORTH, SOUTH, EAST AND WEST. I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES WILL SUPPORT THIS RULE AND GET INVOLVED AND SUPPORT THOSE BILLS ON FINAL PASSAGE AS WELL. I RESERVE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              MR. MCGOVERN

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS…

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              ASKING SINGLE WORKING AGE, HEALTHY, NONDISABLED MEN TO GO TO WORK IS GOING…

                                                              ASKING SINGLE WORKING AGE, HEALTHY, NONDISABLED MEN TO GO TO WORK IS GOING TO MAKE THEIR LIFE HARDER, GOING TO WORK EVERY DAY IS HARD.

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                                                              MR. WOODALL

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MR. WALDEN

                                                              MEDICAL SCRIBES PILOT ACT. NOW, THIS WAS LEGISLATION I HELPED WRITE WITH…

                                                              MEDICAL SCRIBES PILOT ACT. NOW, THIS WAS LEGISLATION I HELPED WRITE WITH CHAIRMAN ROE TO SET UP A PILOT PROGRAM FOR INCLUDING SCRIBES AND PRIMARY CARE TEAMS AT THE V.A. RESEARCH IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR HAS SHOWN THAT ALLOWING SCRIBES TO HANDLE ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS ALLOWS THE HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS, THE DOCTORS, TO DO MORE WHAT THEY DO BEST WHICH IS TO TREAT THE PATIENTS. SO WE HAVE DOCTORS TREATING PATIENTS RATHER THAN SPENDING THEIR VALUABLE TIME DOING PAPERWORK. CHAIRMAN ROE JOINED ME IN MY DISTRICT LAST FALL IN A TOUR OF THE V.A. CLINIC IN WHITE CITY WHERE WE HEARD FIRSTHAND ABOUT THE ADMINISTRATIVE CHALLENGES V.A. DOCTORS FACE AND HOW IT AFFECTS THEIR ABILITY TO CARE FOR VETERANS. SO THE UNDERLYING BILL HERE THAT WE WILL BRING TO THE FLOOR WILL HELP. THE ENTIRE BILL WILL HELP. THIS WILL HELP OUR DOCS SPEND MORE TIME WITH THEIR PATIENTS. WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH THE V.A. IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS PROGRAM. I'M PLEASED THIS IS IN THE BILL. I APPLAUD MY COLLEAGUES HELPING VETERANS GET THE BENEFITS THEY HAVE EARNED AND DESERVE. WITH THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD BACK THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME.

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                                                              MR. MCGOVERN

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MR. SCHNEIDER

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS…

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              WOODALL: I AGREE WITH MY FRIEND. I THINK PARTISAN APPROACHES IS THE WRONG…

                                                              WOODALL: I AGREE WITH MY FRIEND. I THINK PARTISAN APPROACHES IS THE WRONG WAY. THIS IS NOT WHAT MY CHAIRMAN DESIRED. IT'S NOT WHAT ANY OF US WANTED TO END UP.

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                                                              MR. WOODALL

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              WHEN FOLKS WALK AWAY FROM THE TABLE. IT'S WHERE WE END UP. THIS IS THE…

                                                              WHEN FOLKS WALK AWAY FROM THE TABLE. IT'S WHERE WE END UP. THIS IS THE START OF THE PROCESS. THIS IS NOT THE END OF THE PROCESS. I REGRET THE WAY THAT THIS IS SORTED OUT FOR MY AG FRIENDS.

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                                                              MR. WOODALL

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS…

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              MR. MCGOVERN

                                                              POLIS: THANK YOU. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS. I WANT TO DRAW…

                                                              POLIS: THANK YOU. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS. I WANT TO DRAW ATTENTION TO PROVISIONS OF THIS BILL WHICH ATTACK BEDROCK ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS AND RECKLESSLY PROMOTE LOGGING OVER CLEAN WATER RECREATION AND WILDLIFE. IN A DISTRICT LIKE MINE WHERE THE HOLDINGS OF THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE ARE EXTENSIVE, THIS BILL IS A CRITICAL PART OF HELPING TO PROTECT OUR ECONOMY, OUR WAY OF LIFE, AND THE WAY WE ENJOY OUR PUBLIC LANDS. TITLE 8 OF THE BILL INCLUDES BLATANT ATTEMPTS THAT UNDERMINE THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT, NEPA, AND THE ROADLESS AREA CONSERVATION RULE. THIS BILL ALLOWS FOR CONGRESSIONAL EXEMPTIONS. BASICALLY AN EARMARK TO PREVENT ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEWS AND PUBLIC COMMENT PERIODS THAT ACTUALLY PREVENTS COMMUNITIES FROM HAVING A SAY OVER WHAT HAPPENS QUITE LITERALLY IN THEIR BACK YARD. I THINK THAT WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE INVOLVE OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MR. POLIS

                                                              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MR. POLIS

                                                              WOODALL: I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              THE GEORGIA FAMILIES WAKE UP EVERY DAY BACK HOME AND GO OUT AND OFTEN…

                                                              THE GEORGIA FAMILIES WAKE UP EVERY DAY BACK HOME AND GO OUT AND OFTEN CASES ARE WORKING LAND THAT THEIR FATHER WORKED BEFORE THEM AND THEIR GRANDFATHER WORKED BEFORE THEM.

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                                                              MR. WOODALL

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

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

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MR. MCGOVERN

                                                              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MR. MCGOVERN

                                                              MR.

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                                                              LAMBORN: THE V.A. MISSION ACT IS A GOOD BILL. OUR VETERANS QUESTION IT…

                                                              LAMBORN: THE V.A. MISSION ACT IS A GOOD BILL. OUR VETERANS QUESTION IT WHEN IT MEANS THAT WE SAY WE VALUE THEIR SERVICE. WE CANNOT ERASE THOSE DOUBTS IN ONE DAY OR ONE BILL BUT CAN TAKE A POSITIVE STEP FORWARD AND DOING THAT TODAY.

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                                                              MR. LAMBORN

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              FIRST TIME ON THE FLOOR WITH OUR NEW COLLEAGUE FROM PENNSYLVANIA AND I…

                                                              FIRST TIME ON THE FLOOR WITH OUR NEW COLLEAGUE FROM PENNSYLVANIA AND I APPRECIATE HIS SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY. IN GENERAL, I FEEL YOUR PAIN. IT'S A GOOD BILL AND NOT A PERFECT BILL. I HAVE BEEN HERE SEVEN YEARS AND I COME DOWN HERE TIME AND TIME AGAIN TO FIND GOOD BILLS AND I'M FRUSTRATED THAT WE CAN'T GET IT THERE. AND WHAT I WILL SHARE WITH YOU, MR. SPEAKER, WHAT I HAVE DETERMINED THE REASON IS IS BECAUSE YOU FOLKS DO NOT AGREE WITH ME IS WHY I HAVE DECIDED I CAN'T GET TO THOSE PERFECT BILLS.

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                                                              MR. WOODALL

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

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

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                                                            • 01:52:31 PM

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                                                              WALZ: I THANK MY FRIEND FROM GEORGIA AND SEE COMRADE REDOWN HERE AND THANK…

                                                              WALZ: I THANK MY FRIEND FROM GEORGIA AND SEE COMRADE REDOWN HERE AND THANK YOU FOR POINTING OUT WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE RULE AND THIS IS IMPORTANT ON THE RULE. WE MAY KNOW IT IN HERE BUT AMERICANS, THE RULE IS HOW WE HAVE THIS DEBATE AND THIS IS AN HONEST DEBATE.

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                                                              MR. MCGOVERN

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MR. WALZ

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              SO I RESERVE.

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                                                              MR. WOODAL

                                                              MCGOVERN: WE HAVE A TON. I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED THE…

                                                              MCGOVERN: WE HAVE A TON. I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR.

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                                                            • 01:54:47 PM

                                                              MR. WOODALL

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              CICILLINE. MR.

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                                                              MR. MCGOVERN

                                                              CICILLINE: I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING REPUBLICAN…

                                                              CICILLINE: I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING REPUBLICAN FARM BILL WHICH WOULD DEVASTATE WORKER FAMILIES AND SENIORS. CURRENTLY MORE THAN 41 MILLION AMERICANS RECEIVE BENEFITS. CLOSE TO 2/3 ARE CHILDREN, THE ELDERLY AND DISABLED.

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                                                              MR. CICILLINE

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA…

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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                                                            • 01:56:24 PM

                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              WELL WELL THIS FARM BILL --

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                                                              MR. MCGOVERN

                                                              THIS HELPS PEOPLE IN ALL OF OUR DISTRICTS THAT NEED THE FOOD. THIS BILL…

                                                              THIS HELPS PEOPLE IN ALL OF OUR DISTRICTS THAT NEED THE FOOD. THIS BILL HAS HAD NO PROCESS.

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                                                            • 01:56:39 PM

                                                              MR. WELCH

                                                              IT IS A CONTINUATION OF AN EFFORT TO RATCHET DOWN ANY HELP THAT AMERICANS…

                                                              IT IS A CONTINUATION OF AN EFFORT TO RATCHET DOWN ANY HELP THAT AMERICANS NEED. THAT HEALTH CARE BILL WAS GOING TO HELP ON HEALTH CARE BY TAKING IT AWAY FROM 24 MILLION PEOPLE. THIS NUTRITION PEOPLE IS GOING TO TAKE $23 MILLION WORTH OF BENEFITS, BILLIONS AWAY FROM CHILDREN, VETERANS, ELDERLY, DISABLED WHO NEED THAT FOOD? WHY? WE PASSED A TAX CUT. AND BY THE WAY, IT WASN'T PAID FOR, $2.3 TRILLION ADDED TO THE DEFICIT FOR A TAX BILL WHERE 87% OF THE BENEFITS GO TO MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS EARNING OVER $890,000 A YEAR. WELL, THE BILL HAS COME DUE AND WE HAVE A PROPOSAL HERE TO COME UP WITH $23 BILLION TO PAY FOR IT AND THAT'S TAKING MEALS OFF THE TABLE OF DISABLED PEOPLE. AND BY THE WAY, THE WORK REQUIREMENT, WHAT IS IT REALLY? THAT SOUNDS GOOD. WHO WANTS TO WORK? EVERYBODY WANTS TO WORK. WE ARE GOING TO PAY FOR THIS SO-CALLED WORK REQUIREMENT BY PAYING BUREAUCRATS AND GIVING THEM THE IMPOSSIBLE JOB OF PUTTING PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT ABLE TO WORK INTO JOBS THAT DON'T EXIST. TALK ABOUT CYNICAL. THAT'S WHAT THIS BILL IS. I'M FROM VERMONT WHERE WE HAVE LOTS OF FOLKS WHO NEED HELP AND WE HAVE LOTS OF VERMONTERS WHO WITH VERY LITTLE MONEY ARE DOING THINGS TO PUT MEALS, GOOD MEALS ON THE TABLES OF THOSE FAMILIES. DON'T PASS THIS FARM BILL. IT TAKES THAT NUTRITION AWAY FROM OUR VERMONTERS AND OUR AMERICAN CITIZENS. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                              WOODALL: MY FRIEND FROM MINNESOTA MENTIONED FOLKS WHO MIGHT BE WATCHING…

                                                              WOODALL: MY FRIEND FROM MINNESOTA MENTIONED FOLKS WHO MIGHT BE WATCHING THIS DEBATE FROM THEIR OFFICES OR FROM THEIR HOMES, I THINK IT'S A SHAME THAT WE DON'T OFTEN GET TO THE CORE OF WHAT SOME OF OUR DISAGREEMENTS ARE. AS WE SIT HERE TODAY, IT'S A FACT THERE ARE MORE JOB OPENINGS IN AMERICA THAN AT ANY OTHER TIME IN AMERICAN HISTORY. THAT'S A FACT. AND IT IS A FACT THAT AS WE SIT HERE GETTING READY TO MOVE FURTHER INTO THE MILLENNIUM, THAT THERE ARE MORE ABLE-BODIED SINGLE MEN OUT OF THE WORK FORCE THAN EVER BEFORE. THAT'S A FACT. FOLKS WHO HAVE DECIDED NOT TO WORK.

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                                                            • 01:58:50 PM

                                                              MR. WOODALL

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS…

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              BROAD-BASED CATEGORICAL ELIGIBILITY GIVES STATES THE FLEXIBILITY TO OFFER…

                                                              BROAD-BASED CATEGORICAL ELIGIBILITY GIVES STATES THE FLEXIBILITY TO OFFER PEOPLE WHO ARE STRUGGLING, MORE PEOPLE THE SNAP BENEFIT. THERE ARE MANY STATES, INCLUDING MINE, THAT BASICALLY OFFER SNAP TO PEOPLE WHO ARE AT 200% OF THE POVERTY LEVEL. THAT'S ABOUT $24,000. THIS BILL, THIS BILL CHANGES THE CRITERIA. SO YOU COULD BE WORKING AND MAKING ANYWHERE FROM $24,000 TO, LIKE, $15,900, AND RIGHT NOW YOU ARE WORKING AND THAT'S WHAT YOU MAKE AND YOU ARE ELIGIBLE FOR SNAP. THIS BILL SAYS YOU NO LONGER CAN GET THAT BENEFIT.

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                                                              MR. MCGOVERN

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                            • 02:02:39 PM

                                                              MR. MCGOVERN

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                            • 02:03:58 PM

                                                              MR. MCGOVERN

                                                              MS. MUNT ROCHESTER -- MS.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              BLUNT ROCHESTER: I WANT TO ECHO THE SENTIMENTS OF MY COLLEAGUE AND ALSO…

                                                              BLUNT ROCHESTER: I WANT TO ECHO THE SENTIMENTS OF MY COLLEAGUE AND ALSO SHARE THAT I SERVED AS SECRETARY OF LABOR IN THE STATE OF DELAWARE.

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                                                              MS. BLUNT ROCHESTER

                                                              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                            • 02:06:11 PM

                                                              MS. BLUNT ROCHESTER

                                                              SHE MAY BE A FRESHMAN BUT SHE'S GOT A LOT OF EXPERIENCE WORKING IN…

                                                              SHE MAY BE A FRESHMAN BUT SHE'S GOT A LOT OF EXPERIENCE WORKING IN DEPARTMENTS OF LABOR, PUTTING PEOPLE TO WORK. I THINK THAT'S A GOAL WE ALL SHARE.

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                                                            • 02:06:17 PM

                                                              MR. WOODALL

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              MCGOVERN: I'D LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT IN THE RECORD A…

                                                              MCGOVERN: I'D LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT IN THE RECORD A LETTER FROM THE CONSORTIUM CITIZENS WITH DISABILITIES STRONGLY OPPOSED TO THE FARM BILL.

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                                                              MR. MCGOVERN

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                            • 02:09:02 PM

                                                              MR. MCGOVERN

                                                              AND MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

                                                              AND MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MRS. LAWRENCE.

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                                                              MR. MCGOVERN

                                                              LAWRENCE: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST THIS TERRIBLE…

                                                              LAWRENCE: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST THIS TERRIBLE FARM BILL. MR. SPEAKER, WE WERE WORKING TOGETHER, DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, TO WORK ON A FARM BILL.

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                                                            • 02:09:19 PM

                                                              MRS. LAWRENCE

                                                              I YIELD THE GENTLELADY ANOTHER 30 SECONDS.

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                                                              MR. MCGOVERN

                                                              WE SHOULD NOT PUT ALL OF THIS IN DANGER.

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                                                              MRS. LAWRENCE

                                                              THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                                              THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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                                                            • 02:11:07 PM

                                                              MR. WOODALL

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                                                              MR. MCGOVERN

                                                              AT THIS POINT I'D LIKE TO YLD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN…

                                                              AT THIS POINT I'D LIKE TO YLD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. GEL.

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                                                              MR. MCGOVERN

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              ENGEL: I THANK MY COLLEAGUE, AND I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE RULE. SNAP IS…

                                                              ENGEL: I THANK MY COLLEAGUE, AND I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE RULE. SNAP IS A LIFELINE FOR 40 MILLION LOW-INCOME AMERICANS AND MILLIONS OF WORKING FAMILIES. IT IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE ANTI-HUNGER PROGRAM IN THE COUNTRY. IT'S A PROVEN PATHWAY OUT OF POVERTY FOR AMERICA'S MOST VULNERABLE FAMILIES AND YET INSTEAD OF PROTECTING SUCCESSFUL PROGRAMS LIKE SNAP, THIS CRUEL BILL WOULD TAKE OVER $23 BILLION IN BENEFITS AWAY FROM CHILDREN, SENIORS, VETERANS, INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES, AND WORKING FAMILIES STRUGGLING TO MAKE ENDS MEET.

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                                                              MR. MCGOVERN

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                            • 02:11:37 PM

                                                              MR. ENGEL

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

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

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              MCGOVERN: HOW MUCH TIME DO I HAVE REMAINING?

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                                                              MR. WOODALL

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              MCGOVERN: TWO MINUTES REMAINING. MR.

                                                            • 02:12:51 PM

                                                              MR. MCGOVERN

                                                              SPEAKER, I WILL CLOSE FOR OUR SIDE.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MR. MCGOVERN

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                            • 02:13:04 PM

                                                              MR. MCGOVERN

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                                                            • 02:15:25 PM

                                                              MR. MCGOVERN

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

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

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              I TOLD YOU WHEN WE STARTED THIS DEBATE YOU WOULD HEAR PASSION FROM MY…

                                                              I TOLD YOU WHEN WE STARTED THIS DEBATE YOU WOULD HEAR PASSION FROM MY FRIEND FROM MASSACHUSETTS. HE SERVES HIS CONSTITUENCY WELL.

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                                                              MR. WOODALL

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                            • 02:20:55 PM

                                                              MR. MCGOVERN

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN HAS NOT STATED A PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY. THAT IS A MATTER FOR…

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN HAS NOT STATED A PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY. THAT IS A MATTER FOR DEBATE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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                                                              MR. WOODALL

                                                              I WOULD BE HAPPY TO YIELD 60 SECONDS TO MY FRIEND FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              MCGOVERN: I WOULD SAY TO THE GENTLEMAN NOBODY WALKED AWAY FROM THE TABLE.…

                                                              MCGOVERN: I WOULD SAY TO THE GENTLEMAN NOBODY WALKED AWAY FROM THE TABLE. ONLY AFTER WE WERE TOTALLY SHUT OUT OF THE PROCESS. AS I MENTIONED IN MY OPENING STATEMENT IF THE GENTLEMAN WERE PAYING ATTENTION, THE RANKING MEMBER, MR. PETERSON, ACTUALLY TRIED TO OFFER OBJECTIONS, IT WAS SHUT OUT. I'M THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE NUTRITION SUBCOMMITTEE.

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                                                              MR. WOODALL

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                            • 02:21:39 PM

                                                              MR. MCGOVERN

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              MR. WOODALL

                                                              I AGREE WITH WHAT MY FRIEND HAD TO SAY ABOUT COLLIN PETERSON FROM MEN…

                                                              I AGREE WITH WHAT MY FRIEND HAD TO SAY ABOUT COLLIN PETERSON FROM MEN MFPBLET HE'S A FABULOUS MEMBER WHO WORKS AS HARD AS HE CAN ON O BEHALF OF HIS CONSTITUENTS TO GET WORK DONE. NOTHING IN THE ARTICLE I READ SAID COLLIN PETERSON WALKED AWAY FROM THE TABLE. EVERYTHING IN THE ARTICLE I READ SAID HE WAS PRESSURED BY HIS DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES TO WALK AWAY FROM THE TABLE. IN THE ARTICLE I WILL NOT YIELD AGAIN TO MY FRIEND. I'M I GOING TO O CLOSE BECAUSE I TAKE UMBRAGE -- I'M GOING TO CLOSE BECAUSE I TAKE UMBRAGE AT THE FACT WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO YIELD EACH OTHER'S TIME AND YOU WOULD USE IT TO SAY I MISCHARACTERIZE. THAT WE WOULD HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE A DISCUSSION AND YOU WOULD CONTINUE TO USE IT SAY FOLKS ARE NOT AS WELL INFORMED AS YOU ARE ABOUT THOSE ISSUES. WE HAVE OPPORTUNITIES IN THIS CHAMBER TO MAKE THINGS BETTER, AND WE HAVE OPPORTUNITIES TO MAKE THINGS WORSE. I WILL SAY TO MY FRIEND AND WILL I SAY TO YOU, MR. SPEAKER, IF WE TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR OPPORTUNITIES TO MAKE THINGS BETTER, I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL. IF WE TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR OPPORTUNITIES TO MAKE THINGS WORSE, I'M ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN THAT WE WILL. I CHOOSE THE LATTER. I CHOOSE THE LATTER. AND A VOTE IN SUPPORT OF THIS RULE IS A VOTE FOR THE LATTER. I HAVE -- I'M CHOOSING THE FORMER. THAT'S NOT RIGHT. HE'S NOT CHOOSING TO MAKE THINGS WORSE. I CHOOSE THE FORMER, MR. SPEAKER. AND A VOTE FOR THE RULE IS A VOTE FOR THE FORMER. WITH THAT I APOLOGIZE TO THE CHAIR FOR MY CONFUSION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. I MOVE ONCE AGAIN THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              MCGOVERN: MR. SPEAKER, ON THAT I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

                                                            • 02:25:05 PM

                                                              MR. MCGOVERN

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              RECORDED VOTE.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING…

                                                              THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS 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 229. THE NAYS ARE 185. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE

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                                                            • 02:58:54 PM

                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT IT ADDRESS THE HOUSE.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              SPEAKER. MR.

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                                                              MR. NEWHOUSE

                                                              REICHERT: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, MR. SPEAKER, THIS WEEK IS NATIONAL LAW…

                                                              REICHERT: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, MR. SPEAKER, THIS WEEK IS NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT WEEK. YESTERDAY WAS NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT MEMORIAL DAY, THE DAY THAT WE STOP AND PAUSE AND HONOR THE FALLEN OFFICERS ACROSS THIS NATION THAT HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIVES TO PROTECT OUR FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES ACROSS THIS GREAT NATION. AND SOME OF YOU LAST YEAR EXPERIENCED THIS BRAVERY AND COURAGE FIRSTHAND AND ALL OF US WERE AFFECTED BY THE FRIENDS THAT WERE PRESENT AND WERE IN DANGER AND OUR CAPITOL POLICE CAME TO THEIR RESCUE. AS SOME OF YOU KNOW, I HAD A 33-YEAR LAW ENFORCEMENT CAREER BEFORE COMING TO CONGRESS. I LOST TWO OF MY BEST FRIENDS.

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                                                              MR. REICHERT

                                                              ONE WAS SHOT AND ONE WAS STABBED. THESE ARE BRAVE, COURAGEOUS PEOPLE, BUT…

                                                              ONE WAS SHOT AND ONE WAS STABBED. THESE ARE BRAVE, COURAGEOUS PEOPLE, BUT THEY ARE NOT ONLY THAT, THEY HAVE BEEN BLESSED WITH A HEART FOR SERVING. THEY HAVE BEEN BLESSED WITH A GIFT TO SAVE OTHER'S LIVES BEFORE THEIRS. THERE WAS NO HESITATION ON THE BASEBALL FIELD. THEY WERE THERE FOR YOU. THESE WERE MY FRIENDS. I HAVE EMBRACED THE FAMILIES, THE FRIENDS, THE PARTNERS, THE CHILDREN AND THE SPOUSES AND THERE ARE NO WORDS IN THAT MOMENT WHEN THE WORLD IS SPINNING OUT OF CONTROL. THERE ARE NO WORDS WHEN THE WORLD COMES CRASHING DOWN. THERE ARE NO WORDS. THERE IS ONLY SILENCE AND TEARS. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS MY LAST YEAR IN CONGRESS. THIS IS MY LAST TIME THAT I'LL ASK YOU TO JOIN WITH ME IN A MOMENT OF SILENCE AND TEARS FOR THE FAMILIES WHO HAVE LOST THEIR LOVED ONES IN THE LINE OF DUTY.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              SILENCE. WITHOUT OBJECTION, FIVE-MINUTE VOTING WILL CONTINUE. THE VOTE ON…

                                                              SILENCE. WITHOUT OBJECTION, FIVE-MINUTE VOTING WILL CONTINUE. THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH, MR. BISHOP TO PASS S. 35 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED.

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                                                              THE CLERK

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              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 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: THE YEAS ARE 407. THE NAYS ARE ZERO. NO ONE VOTING PRESENT. 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED AND THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              I SEND TO THE DESK A PRIVILEGED RESOLUTION AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE…

                                                              I SEND TO THE DESK A PRIVILEGED RESOLUTION AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              474 TO AMEND THE SMALL BUSINESS ACT --

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                                                              THE CLERK

                                                              , MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

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                                                              MR. GOODLATTE

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE.

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                                                              MR. GOODLATTE

                                                              5698 A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 18 UNITED STATES CODE TO PUNISH CRIMINAL…

                                                              5698 A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 18 UNITED STATES CODE TO PUNISH CRIMINAL OFFENSES TARGETING LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              THE CLERK

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE QUESTION OF ADOPTING THE AMENDMENT TO…

                                                              I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE QUESTION OF ADOPTING THE AMENDMENT TO H.R. 5698 MAY BE SUBJECT TO POSTPONEMENT AS THOUGH UNDER CLAUSE 8, RULE 20.

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                                                              MR. GOODLATTE

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MR. GOODLATTE

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

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

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                                                              MR. NADLER

                                                              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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                                                              MR. GOODLATTE

                                                              RUTHERFORD: THANK YOU, THEIRMAN GOODLATTE. AND THANK YOU -- THANK YOU,…

                                                              RUTHERFORD: THANK YOU, THEIRMAN GOODLATTE. AND THANK YOU -- THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE. AND THANK YOU, REPRESENTATIVE NADLER, FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION. MR.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 5698, THE PROTECT AND…

                                                              SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 5698, THE PROTECT AND SERVE ACT OF 2018. THIS IMPORTANT BILL WILL ENHANCE PENALTIES FOR ANYONE WHO INTENTIONALLY CAUSES HARM TO OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS. I CAN TELL YOU AFTER DEDICATED 40 YEARS OF MY LIFE TO LAW ENFORCEMENT, I KNOW WHAT OFFICERS GO THROUGH EVERY DAY WHEN THEY PUT THAT UNIFORM ON, SAY GOOD-BYE TO THEIR FAMILIES AND WALK OUT THE DOOR TO PROTECT THEIR

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                                                              MR. RUTHERFORD

                                                              COMMUNITIES. SADLY, WE HAVE SEEN A RECENT RASH, AN INCREASE IN VIOLENCE…

                                                              COMMUNITIES. SADLY, WE HAVE SEEN A RECENT RASH, AN INCREASE IN VIOLENCE AGAINST OFFICERS, ESPECIALLY IN AMBUSH-STYLE ATTACKS. IN FACT, JUST LAST MONTH IN FLORIDA SERGEANT RAMIREZ AND DEPUTY LINDSEY WERE EATING LUNCH AND WERE SPECIFICALLY TARGETED AND ASSASSINATED IN THAT RESTAURANT, SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY WERE POLICE OFFICERS AND WORE THAT BLUE UNIFORM. AND THEY ARE NOT ALONE. SO FAR THIS YEAR 87 LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS HAVE BEEN SHOT IN THE LINE OF DUTY. 28 OF WHOM ULTIMATELY LOST THEIR LIVES. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A 75% INCREASE OVER LAST YEAR. FOR THIS REASON, I INTRODUCED BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION WITH MY GOOD FRIEND AND FORMER ORLANDO POLICE CHIEF, REPRESENTATIVE VAL DEMINGS, THAT WILL ENSURE THAT THERE ARE THE STRONGEST POSSIBLE PENALTIES FOR ANYONE WHO DECIDES TO TARGET AND HARM NOT ONLY FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS BUT ALSO LOCAL AND STATE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS. WE WORKED ON THIS BILL CLOSELY WITH THE FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE AND ARE PROUD TO HAVE EARNED THE SUPPORT OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF POLICE ORGANIZATIONS, THE SERGEANTS BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION, AND THE MAJOR COUNTY SHERIFFS OF AMERICA. WHICH REPRESENTS THOUSANDS OF OFFICERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THIS WEEK WE REMEMBER THE OFFICERS WHO HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIVES PROTECTING OUR COMMUNITIES. AND WE AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS MUST SHOW THE LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY ACROSS THIS COUNTRY THAT WE SUPPORT THEM AND THE IMPORTANT WORK THAT THEY DO DAY IN AND DAY OUT. WE MUST ALSO SHOW THAT THOSE WHO WISH TO TARGET POLICE OFFICERS WITH VIOLENCE, THAT THOSE ATTACKS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. AND I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS LEGISLATION. AND BEFORE I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER, I SHOULD MENTION, I THINK I'D BE REMISS IF I DIDN'T, THAT JUST YESTERDAY MORNING IN JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, AS MENTIONED EARLIER BY MY GOOD FRIEND FROM WASHINGTON, DAVE REICHERT, SHERIFF REICHERT HELD A MOMENT SIGH OF LENS FOR THOSE OFFICERS WHO HAVE GIVEN THEIR -- SILENCE FOR THOSE OFFICERS WHO HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIVES IN THE SERVICE OF DUTY. YESTERDAY MORNING, DURING A HORRIBLE STORM IN JACKSONVILLE, OFFICER LANCE WHITAKER GAVE HIS LIFE ON MEMORIAL DAY IN SERVICE TO THIS -- TO OUR COMMUNITY. I HAVE TO SAY, POLICE WEEK AND LAW ENFORCEMENT MEMORIAL DAY ALWAYS REMINDS ME OF THE WORDS OF RALPH WALDO EMERSON. WHO SAID THAT THE PURPOSE IN LIFE IS NOT TO BE HAPPY, IT'S TO BE USEFUL. IT'S TO BE HONORABLE. IT'S TO BE COMPASSIONATE. AND IT'S NO KNOW -- AND IT'S TO KNOW THAT YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE BECAUSE YOU LIVED. AND YOU LIVED WELL. I OFFER THIS BILL IN MEMORY OF OFFICER LANCE WHITAKER, WHO DIED YESTERDAY MORNING, LIVING WELL. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              MR. NADLER

                                                              THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MS. JACKSON LEE

                                                              I YIELD AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY.

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                                                              MR. NADLER

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                                                              MS. JACKSON LEE

                                                              THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MR. GOODLATTE

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MR. SCALISE

                                                              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 NEW YORK.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              IS.

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                                                              MR. NADLER

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                                                              MR. GOODLATTE

                                                              THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MR. NADLER

                                                              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 VIRGINIA.

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                                                              MR. GOODLATTE

                                                              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 NEW YORK.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MR. NADLER

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              NUMBER 115-677 ORDER BY MR.

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                                                              MR. GOODLATTE

                                                              GOODLATTE OF VIRGINIA.

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                                                              THE CLERK

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MR. GOODLATTE

                                                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RISE?

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MR. NADLER

                                                              I SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MR. NADLER

                                                              GOODLATTE: THAT'S GOOD NEWS. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MR. GOODLATTE

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              THE AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING.

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                                                              THE CLERK

                                                              THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE…

                                                              THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              IT. THE YEAS AND NAYS HAVE BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE OF THE…

                                                              IT. THE YEAS AND NAYS HAVE BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE OF THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED.

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                                                              MR. GOODLATTE

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. ROE, SEEK…

                                                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. ROE, SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MR. ROE

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MR. ROE

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MR. ROE

                                                              YES, SIR.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MR. ROE

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              SENATE 2372, AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 38, UNITED STATES CODE, TO PROVIDE…

                                                              SENATE 2372, AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 38, UNITED STATES CODE, TO PROVIDE OUTER BURIAL RECEPTACLES FOR REMAINS BURIED IN NATIONAL PARKS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                              MR. ROE

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              THE CLERK

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              THANK YOU. I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                                              MR. ROE

                                                              MCCAIN III, THE DANIEL K. AKAKA, AND WITH GREAT HONOR, THE SAMUEL R.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MR. ROE

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              ACCURATE.

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                                                              MR. WALZ

                                                              I AM RING IN PERSONALLY IN OPPOSITION. THIS WILL BE MY LAST OPPORTUNITY TO…

                                                              I AM RING IN PERSONALLY IN OPPOSITION. THIS WILL BE MY LAST OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE ON THE CHOICE ACT. I'LL BE LEAVING THIS CONGRESS AFTER THIS TERM. AND AFTER MUCH -- MANY POSITIVE THING, AND I SAID IT TIME AND AGAIN, THE CHAIRMAN THAT CHAIRMAN ROE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, HAS SHOWN, WILL PROBABLY NOT BE PARALLELED IN TERMS OF CARE FOR VETERANS AND THE WAY HE'S APPROACHED THIS. THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT, THE CARE GIVERS PIECE IN IT, THE PIECE ON DEALING WITH V.A. ASSETS AND HOW WE LOOK AT CAPACITY GOING FORWARD AND OF COURSE CHOICE. AND I'D LIKE TO SAY, ESPECIALLY TO MY FRIEND SAM JOHNSON, VERY FEW WORDS NEED TO BE SAID ABOUT M JOHNSON. WE SERVED ON THE P.O.W. -M.I.A. COMMISSION IN DEALING WITH FINDING THE LOST REMAINS OF OUR WARRIORS AND DEAL TWHEG RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT. WHEN SAM JOHNSON'S NAME IS MENTIONED ANYWHERE AROUND THE WORLD, PEOPLE STOP AND LISTE AND SO IT'S APPROPRIATE AND I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR NAMING THAT. OF COURSE WITH SENATOR I AYE KAKA -- SENATOR IKAKA AND MCCAIN. THE V.S.O. 'S, I BELIEVE, DID EXACTLY WHAT THERE SUPPOSED TO DO. BUT I THINK THIS IS MY LAST CHANCE TO VOICE, HOW DO WE EVER GET TO THE POINT WHERE WE LOOK AT LO-TERM STABILITY? HOW DO WE EVER GET TO THE POINT, THREE TIMES WE HAD TO DO, AND THE CHAIRMAN IS RIGHT, I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT THIS BODY, BUZZ OF THE CARE FOR VETERANS ON BOTH SIDES,WILL DO WHATEVER IS NECESSARY WHEN WE RUN SHORT AND WE WILL. AND NEXT MAY, WHEN WE HIT THE DISCRETIONARY SPENDING CAPS AND THINGS HAD TO BE MADE, I HAVE NO DOUBT UNDER THE CHAIRMAN'S LEADERSHIP, WE'LL FIND A FIX OR WHOEVER SITZ IN THAT CHAIR WILL TRY AND FIND THAT FIX. I THOUGHT AND STILL BELIEVE TO THIS DAY THIS WAS OUR OPRTUNITY TO LOOK AT THE LONG-TERM CARE. THE ISSUE THAT WAS GOING TO BE THE STABILITY OF V.A. CARE. THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE ESTIMATES THIS BILL WILL COST $47 BILLION OVER FIVE YEARS. THERE'S NOT AN AMERICAN TAX PAYER THAT WOULD NOT PAY EVERY PENNY OF THAT TO GO TO CARE OF VETERANS. THIS IS NOT ABOUT TRYING TO FIGURE THAT PIECE OF IT OUT. PAYING FOR VETERANS CARE IN THE COMMUNITY IS GOING TO COST $22 BILLION ON THAT I AGREE THAT REFORMING CHOICE PROGRAMS, CONSOLIDATINGHE V.A. OTHER CARE PROGRAMS AS NEEDED. TRANSFERING THIS TO DISCRETIONARY FUNDING SO V.A. CAN BUDGET FOR THE INCREASED KANSASES AND ALL HEALTH CARE IS PAID BY THATUND, WE MUST ENSURE THE HIGH COST OF COMMUNITY CARE DOES NOT FORCE THE S.A. TO CUT OTHER CRITICAL VETERANS SERVICES. IT' UNFORTUNATELY THAT WE'VE CHOSEN TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM ON THE MANDATORY SIDE BY EXEMPTING V.A. CARE FROM STATUTORY PAY-GO BUT WON DO THAT IN THE FUTURE ON THE CARE IN THE COMMUNITY. IT'S NOT A PROBLEM YEARS FROM NOW. EVERYBODY IN HERE WHO IS COMING BACK AND VOTERS WILL TELL YOU IF YOU ARE OR NOT, IT'S COME. THE COST OF COMMUNITY CARE IS S EXPENSIVE, WE WILL NOT GET THROUGH FIAL YEAR 2019 WITHOUT A SIMILAR EXEMPTION ON THE DISCRETIONARY SIDE. THIS BILL FAILS TO ADDRESS HOW V.A. WILL FUND ALL ITS OTHER PROGRAMS ONCE THIS TRANSFER OCCURS. THE BIPARTISAN BUDGET ACT DEAL RAISED V.A. 'S GAPES $4 BILLION TO IMPROVE V.A. INFRASTRUCTURE. THIS INCREASED FUNDING RESPONSIBILITY IS GOING TO UNDERME THAT DEAL, FORCING V.A. TO CUT ITS OWN PROGRAMS AND USING FUNDS DESIGNATED FOR COMMUNITY CARE. I'M JUST SUGGESTING TODAY THAT WITH THE GOOD WILL, THE SMART POLICIES THE LEADERSHIP THAT WAS HER MAYBE WE SHOULD HAVE GONE FOR THE WHOLE ONE ON THIS I WILL TAKE THE CRITIQUE THAT ROOKING -- LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT AND THROWING AWAY THE GOODS A FAIR CRITIQUE. I'M JUST NOT SURE IN A CONGRESS WITH A $21 TRILLION DEFICIT AND A DISCRETIONARY SPENDING BUDGET THAT COULD BE EATEN UP ACROSS THERE, WHEN IS THAT HARD DECISION EV GOING TO BE MADE? COULD BE THAT V.A. PROVIDED IN V.A. HOSPITALS AND MAY NOTIANS OF THOSE FACILITIES WILL HAVE TO SEE CUTS UNDERHE WAY THE LAW IS MADE TO MAKE SURE COMMUNITY CARE IS FUNDING. COULD CAUSE CUTTO PROGRAMS ACROS THE PROGRAM INCLUDING THOSE THAT HELP VETERANS WITH JOB TRAINING. EVEN EXPANSION OF CAREGIVER ASSISTANCE FOR VETERANS OF ALL GENERATIONS, A KEY PART OF THIS BILL, SPORTED BY EVERYONE HERE, COULD FACE CUTS IF V.A. HITS THOSE SPENDING CAPS. ALL OF US HERE, IT'S THE JOB OF THIS COMMITTEE TO BE THE AUTHORIZING COMMITTEE. DON'T GET ME WRONG. I'M NOT GOING TO PUT THE PRESSURE WHERE THE WHITE HOUSE WAS OR THE APPROPRIATORS BUT THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS, AFTER THIS VOTE, THE CARE GIVERS PROGRAM HAS ZERO DOLLARS IN IT. NO DOARS IN IT. TH'RE GOING TO HAVE TO COME FROM SOMEWHERE. AND A BUDGET THAT THE CHAIRMAN HAS RIGHTFULLY TOLD US HAS INCREASED FOUR-FOLD IN THE LAST 10 YEARS, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO COME TO GRIPWITH THAT. I'M NOT SUGGESTING YOU CUT IT. I'M JUST SUGGESTING WE BUDGET HONESTLY ON THIS SO WE DON'T RUN INTO THIS NIGHTMARE SCENARIO THAT'S COMING IN MAY 2019. CONCERNS OVER LONG-TERM SUSTAINABILITY WITHOUT QUALIFIED LEADERSHIP IN PLACE TO CCESSFULLY IMPLEMENT THE PROGRAM. HERE'S WHAT I'M WORRIED ABOUT. IF THIS COMMITTEE AND EEVEN THIS CONGRESS WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR IMPLEMENTATION, BUT ONCE IT LEAVES HERE, IT GOES TO THE ECUTIVE BRANCH, I AS THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE HOUSE V.A. COMMITTM NOT QUITE SURE WHO TO CALL UP TRE RIGHT NOW IN THIS TRANSITION. WE HAVE BEEN 40 DAYS WITHOUT A V.A. SECRETARY. EFF WE DON'T HAVE ONE THAT I KNOW OF SCHEDULED TO GO IN FRONT OF THE SENATEOR CONFIRMATION AT THIS POINT IN TIME WE'RE WILLING TO CAPITULATE THE AUTHORITY, THE ABILITY TO GET THIS OVER THERE AND DECISIONS THAT WILL AFFECT GENERATIONAL CARE IN THE V.A. TO SOMEBODY YET TO BE PLACED. THAT LEADERSHIP PIECE SCARES ME BUT AGAIN, I'M -- SOME OF IT IS RELEED BECAE I KNOW YOU'VE GOT LEADERSHIP IN THIS HOUSE. I KNOW YOU'VE GOT A CHAIRMAN WHO CARES, WANTTO GET THIS RIGHT. I TRUST TO CARRY THAT OVERSIGHT OUT. THE PROBLEM IS ADMINISTRATIONS COME AND GO. SECRETARIES COME A GO. MEERS OF CONGRESS COME AND GO. THAT'S WHY WE DO STATORY REQUIREMENTS ON SPENDING THAT'S WHY THIS IS NOW DISCREONARY SPENDING. THAT'S WHY THERE ARE CAPS IN PLACE THA CANNOT BE VIOLATED. AND DCISIONWILL BE MADE WHERE THAT'S GOING TO COME FRO ALSO A SHORTAGE OF3,000 HEALTH PROVIDERS IN THE V.A. AND A $10 BILLION BACK WILNG TO FIX NEEDED FACILITIES THAT HAVE D OR F FE CONDITIONS THAT WSHOULD BE DOING MO TO ADRESS INTERNAL CARE. I AGREE THESE REFORMS ARE NEEDED. I AGREE THAT THESE PROGRAMS WERE DEBATED IN A LOGICAL, A FAIR, AND OPEN MANNER. WE GOT MUCH F WHAT NEEDEDO BE DONE IN THIS, WE GOT MUCH OF WHAT ISOOD. THE CHAIRMAN TOOK THIS PROCE EXACTLY WHA SULD BE EXPECTED OF US. MY RESPONSIBILITY ATHE FINAL TIME THAT I WILL STAND HERTO TALK ABOUT HOW WE FUND CHOICE AND HUE WE GO FOR LONG-TERM SUSTAINABILITY IS TO ASK US TO JUST PUT IN AND WE D A COUPLE OAMENDMTS THAT COULD DO THIS, ASK US WITH SOME CAPACITY BE ABLE TO FIX THAT C PIECE IN THIS AND LOOK FOR THAT LONG-TERM SUSTAINABILITY. SO WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              ROE: IT'S MY HONOAND PRILEGE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES OF TIME TO ONE OF MY…

                                                              ROE: IT'S MY HONOAND PRILEGE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES OF TIME TO ONE OF MY PERSONAL HERO, ONE OF THE THINGS I'VE HAD THE 9 1/2 YEARS I'VE SERVED IN THIS U.S.

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                                                              MR. ROE

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              MR. JOHNSON

                                                              THE GENTLEMN FROM MINNETA I RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MR. WALZ

                                                              UNTRY. I'D KE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MR. TAKANO

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                                                              MR. TKANO

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              THANK YOU.

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                                                              MR. TAKANO

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED. MR.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              ROE: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND JUST FOR CLARIFICATION, WE HAVE BEEN…

                                                              ROE: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND JUST FOR CLARIFICATION, WE HAVE BEEN UNDER CAP SINCE 2011, THE V.A. BUDGET HAS GROWN EXPONENTIALLY SINCE THEN.

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                                                              MR. TAKANO

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              WE HAVE ALWAYS DONE THE RIGHT THING FOR OUR NATION'S HEROES AND WE'LL…

                                                              WE HAVE ALWAYS DONE THE RIGHT THING FOR OUR NATION'S HEROES AND WE'LL CONTINUE TO DO THAT.

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                                                              MR. ROE

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MR. WENSTRUP

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MR. WALZ

                                                              THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              MISSION ACT BECAUSE IT MAKES SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS TO THE V.A.

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                                                              MS. BROWNLEY

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              BILIRAKIS OF FLORIDA.

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                                                              MR. ROE

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              SAM JOHNSON, A TRUE AMERICAN HERO. MR.

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                                                              MR. BILIRAKIS

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MR. WALZ

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA HAS 15 1/2 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA HAS 15 1/2 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE HAS 10 1/4 MINUTES.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MR. WALZ

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              THIS BILL IS ALMOST UNANIMOUSLY SUPPORTED BY THE VETERANS SERVICE…

                                                              THIS BILL IS ALMOST UNANIMOUSLY SUPPORTED BY THE VETERANS SERVICE ORGANIZATION COMMUNITY. I'M PROUD TO CO-SPONSOR THIS LEGISLATION BECAUSE IT WILL ENACT NEEDED REFORMS TO THE VETERANS CHOICE PROGRAM AND FINALLY EXTEND BENEFITS TO FAMILY CAREGIVERS FOR VETERANS OF ALL AIRAS. I'M PLEASED THAT THE COMMITTEE RETAINED PROVISIONES THAT SENATOR SULLIVAN OF ALASKA AND I FOUGHT FOR THAT WOULD RECOGNIZE THE UNIQUE ACCESS ISSUES FOR STATES THAT LACK A FULL SERVICE V.A.

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                                                              MS. KUSTER

                                                              THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MS. KUSTER

                                                              KUSTER BACK. SHE'S BEEN OUT FOR A LITTLE BIT DUE TO SOME WORK AND GLAD TO…

                                                              KUSTER BACK. SHE'S BEEN OUT FOR A LITTLE BIT DUE TO SOME WORK AND GLAD TO SEE HER BACK ON THE FLOOR. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND AND VERY, VERY MUCH ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE VETERANS' AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, MR. BRUCE POLIQUIN.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MR. ROE

                                                              POLIQUIN: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR.…

                                                              POLIQUIN: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. I APPRECIATE IT. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S A GREAT DAY, A EB GREAT WEEK FOR AMERICA. HERE WE'RE CELEBRATING NOT ONLY OUR GREAT VETERANS WHO HAVE GIVEN OUR FREEDOM AND WAY OF LIFE BUT ALSO OUR GREAT POLICE OFFICERS WHO STAND BETWEEN OURSELVES AND THE MORE CHAOTIC ENVIRONMENT, SO WE'RE GRATEFUL FOR EVERYBODY THAT STEPS UP, NOT ONLY OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM WHO HAVE REPRESENTED US, BUT ALSO OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN BLUE.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MR. POLIQUIN

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE ALL OF OUR RURAL…

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE ALL OF OUR RURAL HOSPITALS IN THE STATE OF MAINE GET PAID AND THIS BILL SAYS IF THEY ARE NOT PAID WITHIN 30 DAYS, INTEREST STARTS ACCRUING ON THAT, THIS IS A GREAT WIN FOR OUR VETERANS, FOR OUR SMALL COMMUNITY HOSPITALS THAT NEED TO STAY OPEN FOR EVERYBODY AND FOR THIS COUNTRY. THANK YOU, SIR. I YIELD BACK ANY TIME I HAVE WHICH I DOUBT IS ANY.

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                                                              WALZ: MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND, A…

                                                              WALZ: MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND, A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON VETERANS AFFAIRS, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA WHO ALSO SERVED A VERY LISTENING TIME IN THE CALIFORNIA SENATE, SERVING VETERANS THERE.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MR. WALZ

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              MISSIONS ACT BECAUSE IT WILL IMPROVE ACT STOSS TIMELY CARE FOR ALL OUR…

                                                              MISSIONS ACT BECAUSE IT WILL IMPROVE ACT STOSS TIMELY CARE FOR ALL OUR VETERANS THROUGH CONSOLIDATION AND RENOMPLEE VARIOUS CARE AND COMMUNITY PROGRAMS AND THROUGH EXPANSION OF THE CAREGIVER PROGRAM.

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                                                              MR. CORREA

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE SE RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              COMMITTEE.

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                                                              MR. ROE

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MR. DUNN

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MR. WALZ

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              MISSION ACT OF 2018. I'M PROUD TO SUPPORT THE V.A.

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                                                              MS. ESTY

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MR. ROE

                                                              RUTHERFORD: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN FOR THIS…

                                                              RUTHERFORD: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY AND RANKING MEMBER WALZ THANK YOU FOR SUCH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT AND WORK ON THIS BILL. I CAN TELL YOU, I'M VERY PROUD TO SERVE ON THIS COMMITTEE BECAUSE OF THE KIND OF WORK THAT GOES ON HERE UNDER YOUR LEADERSHIP, CHAIRMAN ROE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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                                                              MR. RUTHERFORD

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              ROE: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME IT'S MY PRIVILEGE TO YIELD THREE…

                                                              ROE: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME IT'S MY PRIVILEGE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO LIEUTENANT GENERAL BERGMAN FROM THE GREAT STATE OF MICHIGAN AND HE HAS AN INCREDIBLY VALUE -- HE IS AN INCREDIBLE LIP VALUED MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE.

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                                                              MR. WALZ

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MR. ROE

                                                              BERGMAN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU TO THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS…

                                                              BERGMAN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU TO THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS TIRELESS EFFORT ALONG WITH THE COMMITTEE STAFF AND EFFORT TO HIGHLIGHT THAT THE HOUSE VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMITTEE IS TRULY HOW A CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE IS SUPPOSED TO OPERATE.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MR. BERGMAN

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MR. WALZ

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                                                              MR. ROE

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MR. WALZ

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

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MR. ROE

                                                              I WANT TO THANK MY SENATE COLLEAGUES, OUR SENATE COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER…

                                                              I WANT TO THANK MY SENATE COLLEAGUES, OUR SENATE COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS CAPITOL THAT WORKED VERY HARD AND THE HOURS THAT WENT IN. THE REAL WINNERS HERE IS OUR NATION'S HEROES, VETERANS. THIS BILL CAN GET HIGH QUALITY CARE BOTH INSIDE THE V.A. AND OUT WHEN THE V.A. CANNOT. IN MANY RURAL AREAS, WE HEARD SPEAKERS HERE WHEN THEY DON'T HAVE AN V.A. HOSPITAL THEY RELY ON THAT. I WAS IN OREGON A FEW MONTHS AGO AND REALIZED SOME VETERANS HAD TO DRIVE FIVE HOURS TO A V.A. FACILITY. THEY NEED A COMMUNITY CARE BILL IN THEIR COMMUNITY. WE PROVIDE THE FUNDING FOR THAT BILL TO BRIDGE US OVER UNTIL WE FULLY IMPLEMENT THAT. THE NEW SECRETARY IMPLEMENTS THAT. WE HAVE A CAREGIVER. I AM A VIETNAM-ERA VETERAN. I HAVE SEEN MANY CATASTROPHICALLY INJURED VIETNAM VETERANS. 520-PLUS VIETNAM VETERANS ARE DYING EVERY DAY. IT'S TIME WE IMPLEMENT THIS BILL AND GET THE NEEDED BENEFITS TO WORLD WAR II AND VETERANS UP TO THE 9/11. WE NEED TO RIGHT SIZE THE V.A. HEALTH CARE IS NOT PROVIDED LIKE IT USED TO BE. IT'S BECOME MUCH MORE SOPHISTICATED IN STREAMLINING OUTPATIENT. THE V.A. NEEDS TO GET TO THAT -- TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT ALSO. THAT'S WHAT THE A.I.R. ACT IS ABOUT. WE'RE INCREASING INTERNAL CAPACITY SO WE CAN TRAIN AND GET NEW CLINICIANS AND PROVIDERS IN. I WILL ONCE AGAIN THANK THE SPEAKER, SAM JOHNSON, WHO SPOKE A MINUTE AGO SAID IT ALL. WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO LOOK AT THAT HERO WHO IS A TRUE AMERICAN HERO AND LISTEN TO HIS SPEECH WHICH BROUGHT TEARS TO MY EYES AND VOTE FOR THIS BILL. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING.

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                                                              THE CLERK

                                                              CRIMINAL -- A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 38, UNITED STATES CODE, TO PROVIDE OUTER…

                                                              CRIMINAL -- A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 38, UNITED STATES CODE, TO PROVIDE OUTER BURIAL RECEPTACLES FOR REMAINS BURIED IN NATIONAL PARKS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MR. CONAWAY

                                                              OBJECTION. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 891 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR…

                                                              OBJECTION. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 891 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              THE CHAIR APPOINTS THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. MITCHELL, TO PRESIDE…

                                                              THE CHAIR APPOINTS THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. MITCHELL, TO PRESIDE OVER THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR THE REFORM AND CONTINUATION OF AGRICULTURAL AND…

                                                              A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR THE REFORM AND CONTINUATION OF AGRICULTURAL AND OTHER PROGRAMS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE THROUGH FISCAL YEAR 2023, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                                              THE CLERK

                                                              CONAWAY, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              PETERSON, WILL EACH CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN…

                                                              PETERSON, WILL EACH CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                                              MR. CONAWAY

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              2, THE AGRICULTURE AND NUTRITION ACT OF 2018. H.R. 2 IS NOT A WORK PRODUCT…

                                                              2, THE AGRICULTURE AND NUTRITION ACT OF 2018. H.R. 2 IS NOT A WORK PRODUCT THAT I'M PROUD OF BECAUSE IT'S NOT ONE THAT I OR MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES HAD MUCH OF A ROLE IN PRODUCING. MORE THAN THAT, THOUGH, I'M OPPOSED TO H.R.

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                                                              MR. PETERSON

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. CONAWAY

                                                              NOT ONCE DID THEY MENTION ANY OF THESE ISSUES. BUT WE DID HAVE AN…

                                                              NOT ONCE DID THEY MENTION ANY OF THESE ISSUES. BUT WE DID HAVE AN AGREEMENT ON THE NON-SNAP TITLES. IT WAS THE SNAP TITLES THAT CAUSED THE RIFT. I RECOGNIZE MY COLLEAGUE FROM PENNSYLVANIA FOR THREE MINUTES.

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                                                              MR. THOMPSON

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

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

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. PETERSON

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                                                              MR. SCOTT

                                                              LET ME TELL YOU WHY. AFTER THE CIVIL WAR, WHEN THE SOUTH WAS UTTERLY…

                                                              LET ME TELL YOU WHY. AFTER THE CIVIL WAR, WHEN THE SOUTH WAS UTTERLY DESTROYED, THEY ESTABLISHED LAND GRANT COLLEGES. AND IN THE 30 YEARS LATER, BECAUSE THERE WAS SO MUCH STRUGGLE WITHOUT ADEQUATE FREEDOM FOR MY PEOPLE, AFRICAN-AMERICANS, THEY ESTABLISHED THE 1890 LAND GRANT COLLEGES BECAUSE THEY HAD PLESSY VERSUS FERGUSON, SEPARATE BUT EQUAL ZRIN. YEAH, THEY WERE SEPARATED ALREADY, BUT NEVER EQUAL. THESE 1890 COLLEGES HAVE NEVER GOTTEN THE FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO EVEN COME CLOSE TO THE WHITE 1860'S THAT WERE THERE. SO WE TRIED TO MAKE AMENDS IN THIS FARM BILL TO COME UP WITH A VERY NOBEL IDEA WITH THE SHORTAGE OF YOUNGER PEOPLE NOT GOING INTO AGRICULTURE, NOT GOING INTO SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AND RESEARCH. WE ESTABLISHED SCHOLARSHIPS TO GO TO THE 1890'S. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT? WHEN THEY TOOK OUR BILL AND PUT IT IN THE FARM BILL, THEY TOOK THE MONEY OUT, JUST LIKE THEY DID BACK IN THE 1890'S. BLACK PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY HAVE SUFFERED TOO LONG AND WE NEED TO PUT A STOP TO IT. I'M HERE. I KNOW THAT THIS HOUSE WILL NOT PUT THE MONEY BACK IN. IT WAS JUST A MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR FOR EACH OF THE FIVE YEARS JUST TRYING TO GET PEOPLE IN. AND THESE LAND GRANTS KNEW. EVERY BLACK PERSON DOES NOT NECESSARILY WANT TO PLAY FOOTBALL OR BASKETBALL. THEY WANT TO BE SCIENTISTS AND FEED THE FUTURE. THIS IS A TERRIBLE BILL. AND I'M ASKING THAT THE SENATE PUT THE $95 MILLION BACK INTO THIS BILL AND LET'S FINALLY TREAT THE 1890 LAND GRANT AFRICAN-AMERICAN SCHOOLS WITH THE RESPECT AND THE DIGNITY THAT YOU NEVER GAVE US.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE OF TIME TO MR. KING -- -- THERE WAS NEVER ANY…

                                                              SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE OF TIME TO MR. KING -- -- THERE WAS NEVER ANY MONEY.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              I YIELD A MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, MR. KING.

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                                                              MR. CONAWAY

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. KING

                                                              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

                                                              IOWA. -- OHIO.

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                                                              MR. PETERSON

                                                              SPEAKER, I STAND TODAY WITH MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES FIGHTING FOR THE VERY…

                                                              SPEAKER, I STAND TODAY WITH MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES FIGHTING FOR THE VERY SOUL OF AMERICA. INSCRIBED ON THE STATUE OF LIBERTY ARE THESE WORD, GIVE ME YOUR TIRED, YOUR POOR, YOUR MASSES, THE MASSIVE REFUGE, SEND THESE THE HOMELESS, TEMPEST TOSS TO ME. I LIFT MY LAMP BESIDE THE GOLDEN DOOR. MS.

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                                                              FUDGE: WE HAVE LOST OUR WAY. THERE IS NO LONGER A LAMP OR GOLDEN DOOR AND…

                                                              FUDGE: WE HAVE LOST OUR WAY. THERE IS NO LONGER A LAMP OR GOLDEN DOOR AND IF WE FAIL TO PROTECT CHILDREN, SENIORS AND DISABLED, WE HAVE LOST OUR SOUL.

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                                                              MS. FUDGE

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              MR. BOSTON.

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                                                              MR. CONAWAY

                                                              BOST: I HEAR THAT RURAL AMERICA IS HURTING. WE NEED THE FARM BILL TO…

                                                              BOST: I HEAR THAT RURAL AMERICA IS HURTING. WE NEED THE FARM BILL TO ADDRESS THE CONCERNS FACING AG ALL OVER AMERICA. THE FARM BILL DOES JUST THAT.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. BOST

                                                              THE FARM BILL PROTECTS THE FARM SAFETY NET INCLUDING COMMODITY PROGRAMS…

                                                              THE FARM BILL PROTECTS THE FARM SAFETY NET INCLUDING COMMODITY PROGRAMS AND CROP INSURANCE AND INVESTS IN RURAL BROADBAND AND MODERNIZES F.S.A. LOAN PROGRAMS FOR BEGINNING FARMERS AND RANCHERS AND INVEST IN CONSERVATION. PRESIDENT EISENHOWER SAID FARMING LOOKS EASY. THOSE WORDS HOLD TRUE TODAY. AND THAT'S WHY THIS BILL WAS CRAFTED WITH THOSE FARMERS IN MIND BECAUSE FARMERS IN -- FARMERS ARE EVERYONE'S BREAD AND BUTTER. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              THE COMMITTEE WILL RISE TO RECEIVE A MESSAGE.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              RESS 52 TITLE 5, UNITED STATES CODE OF THE RULES SUBMITTED BY THE FEDERAL…

                                                              RESS 52 TITLE 5, UNITED STATES CODE OF THE RULES SUBMITTED BY THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION IN WHICH THE CONCURRENCE OF THE HOUSE IS REQUESTED.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              LUJAN GRISHAM.

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                                                              MR. PETERSON

                                                              IS RECOGNIZED. MS.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              LUJAN GRISHAM: I CAME TO CONGRESS TO CREATE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES FOR NEW…

                                                              LUJAN GRISHAM: I CAME TO CONGRESS TO CREATE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES FOR NEW MEXICO WHICH IS STRUGGLING WITH THE HIGHEST UNEMPLOYMENT AND POVERTY RECOGNIZED. RATES IN THE NATION. WE HAD A CHANCE IN THIS FARM BILL TO DO JUST THAT AND I WORKED ON A AN ARRAY OF BIPARTISAN INITIATIVES INCLUDING THE FIRST EVER BROADBAND GRANT PROGRAM TO INCREASE INTERNET ACCESS, EXPEDITING THE ADOPTION OF INNOVATIVE CONSERVATION AND WATER MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGIES AND BANNING THE HEINOUS PRACTICE OF LUNCH SHAMING. THE BILL YOU BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR TODAY NOT ONLY JEOPARDIZES THAT BIPARTISAN WORK BUT INCLUDES PROVISIONS THAT WILL CAUSE SO MUCH PAIN TO SO MANY PEOPLE IN MY STATE.

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                                                              MS. LUJAN GRISHAM

                                                              THIS BILL CREATES NEW RESTRICTIONS ON SNAPPLE GIBBLET AND A MASSIVE…

                                                              THIS BILL CREATES NEW RESTRICTIONS ON SNAPPLE GIBBLET AND A MASSIVE UNFUNDED MANDATE ON STATE BUREAUCRACIES THAT WILL FURTHER DESTABILIZE AN ALREADY BROKEN SNAP SYSTEM IN NEW MEXICO. I SPENT YEARS TO HOLD MY STATE ACCOUNTABLE AND FOR ILLEGALLY DENYING THOUSANDS OF INDIVIDUALS THEIR BENEFITS. UNDER THIS BILL, THOSE MISTAKES WILL BECOME MUCH MORE COMMON, AND FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WILL BE KICKED OFF SNAP AND MORE CHILDREN AND FAMILIES WILL GO HUNGRY. MR. SPEAKER, IT MAY BE EX PEDYEET TO BRING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR THAT DESTROYS SNAP AS WE KNOW IT, BUT PASSING A BIPARTISAN BILL THAT WILL DIE IN THE SENATE DOES NOTHING FOR AMERICANS WHO WAIT FOR CONGRESS TO DO THEIR JOB. THIS IS A PERFECT REFLECTION OF WHAT IS WRONG WITH WASHINGTON THAT POLITICS ALWAYS TAKE PRIORITY OVER PROGRESS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO RECOMMIT TO THE BIPARTISAN COLLABORATIVE WORK THAT IS NEEDED BY RANCHERS, FARMERS AND VULNERABLE AMERICANS IN EVERY SINGLE ONE OF OUR DISTRICTS. THIS IS THE ONLY WAY WE WILL PASS A FARM BILL AND FULFILL OUR COMMITMENTS. WE HAVE A DUTY TO SERVE. I YIELD BACK. .

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                                                              MR. ROUZER

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. ROUZER

                                                              MR. SPEAKER, PASSAGE OF THIS FARM BILL IS CRITICAL TO THE LIVELIHOOD AND…

                                                              MR. SPEAKER, PASSAGE OF THIS FARM BILL IS CRITICAL TO THE LIVELIHOOD AND SUCCESS OF OUR FARM FAMILIES AND FOOD SUPPLY.

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                                                              MR. CONAWAY

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                                                              MR. ROUZER

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. PETERSON

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. CROWLEY

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              YOHO, ONE MINUTE.

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                                                              MR. CONAWAY

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. YOHO

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. YOHO

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                                                              MR. CONAWAY

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                                                              MR. YOHO

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              KNOLLENBERG: MR. CHAIRMAN, MEMBERS OF THE --

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                                                              MR. PETERSON

                                                              THE SIMPLE TRUTH IS THAT PROCESS MATTERS. IF THE PROCESS FAILS, THE…

                                                              THE SIMPLE TRUTH IS THAT PROCESS MATTERS. IF THE PROCESS FAILS, THE OUTCOME FAILS.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. KNOLLENBERG

                                                              AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT HAS HAPPENED WITH THIS FARM BILL.

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                                                              MR. NOLAN

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

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

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              EMMER: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. MR. SPEAKER, IN MY HOME STATE OF MINNESOTA,…

                                                              EMMER: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. MR. SPEAKER, IN MY HOME STATE OF MINNESOTA, AGRICULTURE IS ONE OF THE PRIMARY DRIVERS OF OUR ECONOMY, AND RIGHT NOW FARMERS, RANCHERS, AND AGRICULTURE WORKERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE LOOKING TO CONGRESS FOR A STRONG FARM BILL THAT IMPROVES THE FARM SAFETY NET AND BRINGS CERTAINTY TO PRODUCERS IN UNCERTAIN TIMES.

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                                                              MR. CONAWAY

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. EMMER

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. PETERSON

                                                              BUSTOS: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. PASSING A FARM BILL THAT DELIVERS A…

                                                              BUSTOS: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. PASSING A FARM BILL THAT DELIVERS A BETTER DEAL TO OUR GROWERS COULD HAVE AND SHOULD HAVE BEEN A BIPARTISAN PROCESS.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MRS. BUSTOS

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS…

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. CONAWAY

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS HAS 15 TWIRTS MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS HAS 15 TWIRTS MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA HAS 18 MINUTES REMAINING.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. CONAWAY

                                                              2, THE AGRICULTURE AND NUTRITION ACT OF 2018. I HAVE THE GREAT HONOR OF…

                                                              2, THE AGRICULTURE AND NUTRITION ACT OF 2018. I HAVE THE GREAT HONOR OF REPRESENTING GEORGIA'S 12TH DISTRICT, WHERE AGRICULTURE IS THE NUMBER ONE INDUSTRY. AS A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE, MY COLLEAGUES AND I HAVE WORKED DILIGENTLY TO CRAFT A FARM BILL THAT WORKS FOR OUR FARMERS AND PROVIDES THEM WITH THE ABILITY TO PROVIDE A SAFE, SECURE, ECONOMIC FOOD SUPPLY TO THIS NATION.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. ALLEN

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. PETERSON

                                                              SCOTT: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, THERE IS A LOT WRONG WITH…

                                                              SCOTT: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, THERE IS A LOT WRONG WITH THIS BILL, BUT AS RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND THE WORK FORCE, I'M PARTICULARLY CONCERNED ABOUT ITS IMPACT ON STUDENTS.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. SCOTT

                                                              SNAP ELIGIBILITY IS TIED TO ELIGIBILITY FOR OTHER VITAL FEDERAL PROGRAMS…

                                                              SNAP ELIGIBILITY IS TIED TO ELIGIBILITY FOR OTHER VITAL FEDERAL PROGRAMS SO THE PROPOSED CUTS IN SNAP ELIGIBILITY WILL ALSO CUT ACCESS TO FREE SCHOOL MEALS FOR 265,000 CHILDREN. RESEARCH HAS CONSISTENTLY SHOWN STUDENTS STRUGGLING WITH HUNGER HAVE LOWER GRADES, LESS ABLE TO FOCUS, MORE LIKELY TO MISS SCHOOL. THIS BILL WILL UNDERMINE THE ABILITY OF HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS TO REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL BY CUTTING SNAP BENEFITS FOR THE FAMILY AND REDUCING SCHOOL BENEFITS FOR THE CHILDREN. IN THE WAKE OF A $1.5 TRILLION TAX CUT FOR CORPORATIONS IN THE TOP 1%, IT IS A SHAMEFUL STATEMENT OF PRIORITIES WHEN WE TRY TO PAY FOR THESE TAX CUTS BY REDUCING FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS FOR LOW-INCOME STUDENTS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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                                                              MR. CONAWAY

                                                              ROBY: I OFFER MY STRONGEST SUPPORT TO THE AGRICULTURE AND NEW TRISH AND…

                                                              ROBY: I OFFER MY STRONGEST SUPPORT TO THE AGRICULTURE AND NEW TRISH AND ACT H.R. 2.

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                                                              MRS. ROBY

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              KUSTER. MR.

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                                                              MR. PETERSON

                                                              KUSTOFF: I HAVE PROVIDE FOUND DISAPPOINTMENT IN -- COUSCOUS AS THE FIRST…

                                                              KUSTOFF: I HAVE PROVIDE FOUND DISAPPOINTMENT IN -- COUSCOUS AS THE FIRST NEW HAMPSHIRE TO SERVE I'M HUMBLED BY THE RESPONSIBILITY TO FIGHT FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE FAMILY FARMS.

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                                                              MR. KUSTOFF

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

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. CONAWAY

                                                              2, THE AGRICULTURAL AND NEW TRISH ACT. RURAL AMERICA NEEDS OUR SUPPORT.

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                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              GRIJALVA.

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                                                              MR. PETERSON

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                                                              MR. GRIJALVA

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

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              CRAWFORD, FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                                                              MR. CONAWAY

                                                              LET ME START BY SAYING, NO VERY OFTEN WE TALK ABOUT AGRICULTURE.

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                                                              MR. CRAWFORD

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. PETERSON

                                                              5 MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY, MS. ADAMS.

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                                                              MS. ADAMS

                                                              HOW MUCH TIME IS LEFT FOR EACH SIDE.

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                                                              MR. CONAWAY

                                                              SIDE. MR.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              CONAWAY: I RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS

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                                                              MR. CONAWAY

                                                              HOW MUCH TIME IS ON OUR SIDE REMAINING?

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                                                              MR. CONAWAY

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                                                              MR. PETERSON

                                                              1/4. MR. O'HALLERAN: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO EXPRESS MY STRONG OPPOSITION…

                                                              1/4. MR. O'HALLERAN: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO EXPRESS MY STRONG OPPOSITION TO H.R.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              2. SOME MAY CALL THIS FARM BILL, BUT FOR MY DISTRICT THIS IS A HARM BILL.…

                                                              2. SOME MAY CALL THIS FARM BILL, BUT FOR MY DISTRICT THIS IS A HARM BILL. UNFORTUNATELY

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                                                              MR. O'HALLERAN

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. MR. O'HALLERAN: WE HE OWE THE AMERICAN…

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. MR. O'HALLERAN: WE HE OWE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SOMETHING BETTER.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. O'HALLERAN

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                                                              MR. CONAWAY

                                                              LEE, ONE MINUTE. MS.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. PETERSON

                                                              LEE: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND…

                                                              LEE: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND ALSO FOR YOUR TREMENDOUS LEADERSHIP ON THIS BILL AND SO MANY OTHER ISSUES. I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS DISASTROUS FARM BILL.

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                                                              MS. LEE

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              TO REDUCED LUNCH PRICES.

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                                                              MR. CONAWAY

                                                              BUT THEY WOULD MAINTAIN THE FREE LUNCH PROGRAM. JUST TO CLARIFY THAT.…

                                                              BUT THEY WOULD MAINTAIN THE FREE LUNCH PROGRAM. JUST TO CLARIFY THAT. GREAT PLEASURE TO RECOGNIZE MR. RODNEY DAVIS FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                                                              MR. DAVIS

                                                              I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, THE…

                                                              I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, THE LEADER OF THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS, MS. PELOSI.

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                                                              MR. PETERSON

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

                                                              PELOSI: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I ESPECIALLY THANK HIM FOR HIS EXCEPTIONAL LEADERSHIP OVER THE YEARS TO HONOR THE HISTORIC COLLABORATION THAT HAS ALWAYS EXISTED IN OUR COUNTRY BETWEEN URBAN AND RURAL AMERICA THAT IS IN ALL OF OUR INTERESTS, THAT OUR FARM COUNTRY SUCCEED AND IT'S IN ALL OF OUR INTERESTS THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE NOT FOOD INSECURE. SO I THANK YOU, MR.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MS. PELOSI

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              MR.

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                                                              MR. CONAWAY

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. PETERSON

                                                              PANETTA: THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AS I'VE TOLD YOU,…

                                                              PANETTA: THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AS I'VE TOLD YOU, IT IS AN ABSOLUTE HONOR TO SERVE ON THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF THE CHAIRMAN AS WELL AS THE RANKING MEMBER. THERE'S NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT. BUT I MAINLY SAY THAT BASED ON THE WORK THIS COMMITTEE DOES TO SERVE THOSE IN AGRICULTURE AND WHAT THAT SERVICE CAN DO FOR THE BACKBONE INDUSTRY OF OUR COUNTRY. HOWEVER, AS A REPRESENTATIVE ON THIS COMMITTEE AND AS A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE SALAD BOWL OF THE WORLD ON THE CENTRAL COAST OF CALIFORNIA, MY COUNTRY AND, YES, MY COMMUNITY EXPECTED MORE OUT OF THIS FARM BILL. LOOK, IN MY AREA WITH ITS FLOURISHING SPECIALTY CROP INDUSTRY WE WANTED MORE FOR THE SPECIALTY CROP RESEARCH INITIATIVE.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. PANETTA

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              YOUNG: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2, THE…

                                                              YOUNG: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2, THE AGRICULTURE AND NUTRITION ACT OF 2018.

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                                                              MR. CONAWAY

                                                              INCLUDED IN THIS GREAT BILL ARE TWO BILLS I INTRODUCED -- THE WATER ACT…

                                                              INCLUDED IN THIS GREAT BILL ARE TWO BILLS I INTRODUCED -- THE WATER ACT AND THE STRESS ACT, WHICH WAS INTRODUCED WITH OTHER COLLEAGUES AS WELL. THE WATER ACT IMPROVES WATER QUALITY BY EASING ACCESS TO THE CONSERVATION INNOVATION GRANT PROGRAM AND REDUCING RED TAPE. IOWANS EXPECT AND DESERVE CLEAN WATER, AND THIS BILL WILL HELP DO THAT. THE STRESS ACT WILL HELP ADDRESS THE FARMER SUICIDE CRISIS GRIPPING OUR NATION BY OPENING THE FARM AND RANCH STRESS ASSISTANCE NETWORK.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. YOUNG

                                                              FARMERS FACING TOUGH TIMES CAN GET THE HELP THEY NEED. OUR FARMERS SPEED,…

                                                              FARMERS FACING TOUGH TIMES CAN GET THE HELP THEY NEED. OUR FARMERS SPEED, FUEL, SUSTAIN THE WORLD. IT'S ONLY RIGHT WE TAKE STEPS TO HELP THEM. I WAS ALSO PLEASED AND I THANK THE CHAIRMAN THAT IN THE FARM BILL THERE'S POSITIVE STEPS TO ADDRESS THE FOOD WASTE THAT IS OUT THERE IN OUR COUNTRY. OUR COUNTRY WASTES 40% OF OUR FOOD SUPPLY. AS CO-FOUNDER OF THE FOOD WASTE CAUCUS, I'M COMMITTED TO REDUCING FOOD WASTE TO COMBAT HUNGER AS WELL AS ARE MANY OF MY OTHER COLLEAGUES. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN CONAWAY FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON PUTTING THE FOOD WASTE LIAISON AT THE F.D.A. TO REDUCE WASTE BY 50% BY 2030. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              PETERSON: MR. CHAIRMAN, COULD I INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME WE HAVE ON OUR SIDE?

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                                                              MR. PETERSON

                                                              TEXAS.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              I YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO MS. BLUNT ROCHESTER.

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                                                              MR. PETERSON

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MS. BLUNT ROCHESTER

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS…

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. CONAWAY

                                                              MR.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              I HAVE ONE MORE SPEAKER.

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                                                              MR. WALZ

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                                                              MR. CONAWAY

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. CONAWAY

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              AGO, WE WERE ON THE FLOOR OF THIS VERY CHAMBER WHEN WE TOOK UP THE…

                                                              AGO, WE WERE ON THE FLOOR OF THIS VERY CHAMBER WHEN WE TOOK UP THE PREVIOUS FARM BILL.

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                                                              MR. LUCAS

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. LUCAS

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              RECOGNIZED. MR.

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                                                              PETERSON: MR. CHAIRMAN, AS I SPOKE EARLIER ON THE DRAWBACKS OF H.R. 2,…

                                                              PETERSON: MR. CHAIRMAN, AS I SPOKE EARLIER ON THE DRAWBACKS OF H.R. 2, MENTIONED BEFORE THAT -- BEFORE I RESERVED, THAT I'M VERY FRUSTRATED BY THE BREAKDOWN IN THIS PROCESS THAT GOT US TO WHERE WE ARE. MR.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. PETERSON

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

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

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MR. CONAWAY

                                                              ALL TIME FOR GENERAL DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

                                                              ALL TIME FOR GENERAL DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. CONAWAY

                                                              THE MOTION IS ADOPTED.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              MR. CHAIRMAN.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                            • 06:12:19 PM

                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              2 AND HAS COME TO NOS REMAIN TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION THEREON. PURSUANT TO…

                                                              2 AND HAS COME TO NOS REMAIN TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION THEREON. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, PROCEEDINGS WILL RESUME ON QUESTIONS PREVIOUSLY POSTPONED.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              PASSAGE OF H.R. 5698, AND AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE…

                                                              PASSAGE OF H.R. 5698, AND AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL IF ORDER. THE FIRST ELECTRONIC VOTE WILL BE A 15-MINUTE VOTE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON PASSAGE OF H.R. 56898 -- 5698.

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                                                              THE CLERK

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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 380 --

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              7372.

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                                                              THE CLERK

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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 347, THE NAYS ARE 70. THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              MR. SPEAKER.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              CONCURRENT RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE SECRETARY OF THE SENATE TO MAKE A…

                                                              CONCURRENT RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE SECRETARY OF THE SENATE TO MAKE A CORRECTION IN THE ENROLLMENT OF THE BILL, SENATE 2372.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              THE CLERK

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              TABLE. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 891, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN…

                                                              TABLE. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 891, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2. WOULD THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. LEWIS, PLEASE KINDLY TAKE THE CHAIR.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              THE CLERK

                                                              PURPOSES.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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

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                                                              MR. KING

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              IOWA.

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                                                              THE CLERK

                                                              ORDER. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 891, THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, MR.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              THANK YOU --

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                                                              MR. KING

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              FLOOR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                              MR. KING

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

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA RISE?

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              CHAIRMAN, I RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION EVEN THOUGH I'M IN FAVOR OF…

                                                              CHAIRMAN, I RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION EVEN THOUGH I'M IN FAVOR OF THIS

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                                                              PETERSON: MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS IS SOMETHING I'VE BEEN WORKING ON UP IN MY…

                                                              PETERSON: MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS IS SOMETHING I'VE BEEN WORKING ON UP IN MY AREA FOR SOME TIME AS WELL. WE HAVE THE RED RIVER VALLEY WHICH IS A RIVER THAT FLOWS NORTH AND ALWAYS CAUSES A LOT OF TROUBLE WITH FLOODING AND SO FORTH A LOT OF EROSION PROBLEMS, WE'VE BEEN LOOKING AT WAYS TO DEAL WITH THIS. ONE OF THE WAYS THAT WE FOUND THAT REALLY WORKS IS TO PUT IN PATTERN TILE.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. PETERSON

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

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. KING

                                                              WORKING TOGETHER ON THIS KIND OF PROPOSAL I THINK WILL YIELD A GOOD RESULT…

                                                              WORKING TOGETHER ON THIS KIND OF PROPOSAL I THINK WILL YIELD A GOOD RESULT AND ALL THE WAY DOWN ESPECIALLY THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER, THE HYPOXIA IN THE GULF, THIS IS GOOD FOR THE ENTIRE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, IT'S SOMETHING I WISH WE'D DONE SOME TIME AGO. I APPRECIATE THE SUPPORT FOR THIS AMENDMENT, I URGE ITS ADOPTION AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              THE CLERK

                                                              GIBBS, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR…

                                                              GIBBS, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO. MR.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              GIBBS: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS AMENDMENT IS A SENSE OF CONGRESS THAT…

                                                              GIBBS: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS AMENDMENT IS A SENSE OF CONGRESS THAT WILL HELP SUPPORT WATER AND WASTEWATER UTILITIES IVEN KNOW VATING TO MEET CLEAN WATER ACT TARGETS FOR MESKET -- MORE EFFECTIVELY AND POTENTIALLY AT LOWER COST TO UTILITY BY WORKING THROUGHOUT THE WATERSHED FOR WATER QUALITY IMPROVEMENTS. UTILITIES OFTEN NEED NOT TO LOOK AT COSTLY TREATMENT TO REMOVE NUTRIENTS LIKE PHOSPHOROUS AND NITROGEN.

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                                                              MR. GIBBS

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

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE J -- FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA RISE?

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              IN MY PART OF THE WORLD, I HAVE IN THE HEARD REQUESTS FOR THIS, I DON'T…

                                                              IN MY PART OF THE WORLD, I HAVE IN THE HEARD REQUESTS FOR THIS, I DON'T THINK IT DOES ANY HARM SO

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                                                              I -- I DON'T HAVE ANYBODY ELSE WITH COMMENT, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. GIBBS

                                                              I APPRECIATE THE SUPPORT AND YIELD BACK.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              ROGERS OF ALABAMA.

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                                                              THE CLERK

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              ROGERS: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TO OFFER MY AMENDMENT TO ALLOW…

                                                              ROGERS: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TO OFFER MY AMENDMENT TO ALLOW SNAP USERS TO PURCHASE MULTIVITAMINS. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN CONAWAY FOR HIS HARD WORK IN THIS FARM BILL PROCESS. H.L.

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                                                              MR. ROGERS

                                                              2 IS A BILL TO STRENGTHEN THE FARM SAFETY NET FOR AMERICA'S FARMERS AND…

                                                              2 IS A BILL TO STRENGTHEN THE FARM SAFETY NET FOR AMERICA'S FARMERS AND RANCHERS AND GIVE FOLKS ON SNAP A PATH OUT OF POVERTY WITH WORK FORCE TRAINING PROGRAMS. THE MULTIVITAMIN CAN SERVE AS AN EFFECTIVE BRIDGE BETWEEN WHAT AMERICANS SHOULD EAT AND WHAT THEY ACTUALLY CONSUME. REPEATED STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT AMERICANS DO NOT CONSUME ESSENTIAL NUTRIENTS AT RECOMMENDED LEVELS THROUGH DIET ALONE. LOW INCOME AND OLDER AMERICANS ARE MORE LIKELY THAN OTHERS TO HAVE INSUFFICIENT AND NUTRITIONALLY INADEQUATE DIETS. MULTIVITAMINS AREN'T A REPLACEMENT FOR A HEALTHY DIET BUT THE SUPPLEMENTS CAN HELP FILL THE NUTRIENT GAP. SAFE, CONVENIENT AND SCIENTIFICALLY SUPPORTED MULTIVITAMINS SUPPORT A LOW-COST SOLUTION FOR THOSE LOOKING TO MAKE SURE THEIR FAMILY RECEIVE ADEQUATE INTAKE OF VITAMINS AND MINERALS. IT'S MY HOPE THAT BY EMPOWERING LOW-INCOME AMERICANS TO ACHIEVE NUTRITION, IT WILL BREAK THE CYCLE OF LIFELONG POVERTY AND END THE CYCLE OF POVERTIFMENT

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT TO H.R. 2.

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                                                              MR. BERGMAN

                                                              BERGMAN OF MICHIGAN.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              THE CLERK

                                                              THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. BERGMAN

                                                              MY DISTRICT IS HOME TO EIGHT FEDERALLY RECOGNIZED TRIBES AND IT HAS BEEN…

                                                              MY DISTRICT IS HOME TO EIGHT FEDERALLY RECOGNIZED TRIBES AND IT HAS BEEN MY HONOR TO REPRESENT EACH OF THEM OVER THE LAST 16 MONTHS. WE OFTEN HEAR ABOUT HOW MOST TRIBES ARE LOCATED WITHIN FOOD DESERTS. BUT WE MUST REMEMBER MOST TRIBES ARE ALSO LOCATED WITHIN CREDIT DESERTS. CREDIT DESERTS OCCUR WHEN THERE ARE VERY FEW LENDERS AVAILABLE IN A REGION. THE LACK OF CREDIT OPTIONS SEVERELY IMPACTS THE ABILITY OF TRIBES AND TRIBAL MEMBERS TO INVEST AND EXPAND THEIR AGRICULTURAL BUSINESSES. BY DIRECTING G.A.O. TO STUDY THE UNIQUE CREDIT NEEDS OF TRIBES, WE CAN IDENTIFY SOLUTIONS THAT WILL RESULT IN A SYSTEM UNDER WHICH THEIR NEEDS ARE MET IN AN EQUITABLE AND EFFECTIVE MANNER. THE FARM CREDIT SYSTEM IS VITALLY IMPORTANT FOR AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITIES IN RURAL AMERICA. WITHOUT SUFFICIENT ACCESS TO CREDIT, YOUNG FARMERS WILL NOT BE ABLE TO BEGIN A CAREER AND EXPERIENCE -- AND EXPERIENCED FARMERS WILL NOT BE ABLE TO EXPAND THEIR BUSINESSES. TRIBES ACROSS THE COUNTRY NEED FAIR AND EQUAL ACCESS TO ALL AGRICULTURAL PROGRAMS SO THEY CAN PROMOTE THEIR HISTORICAL AND CONSULTAL KNOWLEDGE FOR THE NEXT GENERATION -- CULTURAL KNOWLEDGE FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF AMERICAN FARMERS. THIS BILL REPRESENTS AN INVESTMENT IN RURAL AMERICA. WITH NET FARM INCOME DROPPING BY NEARLY 50% OVER THE PAST FOUR YEARS, CONGRESS MUST RECOGNIZE THE VITAL ROLE OUR AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITIES PLAY AND PROVIDE IN THE RESOURCES THEY NEED FOR SUCCESS. I THANK CHAIRMAN CONAWAY FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN BRINGING FORTH A BILL THAT IS RESPONSIVE TO THE NEEDS OF FARM COUNTRY. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE SUPPORT FOR MY AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                            • 07:03:17 PM

                                                              THE CHAIR

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

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                                                              MR. ARRINGTON

                                                              ARRINGTON OF TEXAS.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              THE CLERK

                                                              THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. MR.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              ARRINGTON: I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN CONAWAY FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON H.R. 2,…

                                                              ARRINGTON: I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN CONAWAY FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON H.R. 2, THIS FARM BILL IS CRITICAL TO THIS COUNTRY'S FOOD SUPPLY TO RURAL AMERICA. I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR A GREAT FIRST STEP GETTING IT OUT OF THE COMMITTEE. AND WE STRENGTHEN THE SAFETY NET TO PROVIDE STABILITY TO THE AG ECONOMY HERE IN THE UNITED STATES.

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                                                            • 07:04:12 PM

                                                              MR. ARRINGTON

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

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA RISE?

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                                                            • 07:08:05 PM

                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              CHAIRMAN, I APPRECIATE THE INTENT OF THE AMENDMENT BUT THERE'S A COUPLE…

                                                              CHAIRMAN, I APPRECIATE THE INTENT OF THE AMENDMENT BUT THERE'S A COUPLE PROBLEMS HERE. MR.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              PETERSON: ONE IS THAT, YOU KNOW, I'VE GOT SOME HOSPITALS IN MY AREA THAT…

                                                              PETERSON: ONE IS THAT, YOU KNOW, I'VE GOT SOME HOSPITALS IN MY AREA THAT HAVE USED THIS TO ESTABLISH RURAL HOSPITALS.

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                                                              MR. PETERSON

                                                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO RECLAIM MY TIME.

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                                                              MR. ARRINGTON

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                              MR. ARRINGTON

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              I JUST, YOU KNOW, THE AVERAGE TOWN IN MY DISTRICT IS 1,000 PEOPLE. 1,500…

                                                              I JUST, YOU KNOW, THE AVERAGE TOWN IN MY DISTRICT IS 1,000 PEOPLE. 1,500 PEOPLE. THOSE ARE THE FOLKS THAT CANNOT AFFORD TO DO THIS. THAT'S WHAT THIS PROGRAM IS FOR.

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                                                            • 07:11:36 PM

                                                              MR. PETERSON

                                                              AND I DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH MONEY WE HAVE WASTED ON BROADBAND IN CONGRESS,…

                                                              AND I DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH MONEY WE HAVE WASTED ON BROADBAND IN CONGRESS, AND ONE OF THE REASONS -- IN THIS CONGRESS, AND ONE OF THE REASONS WE WASTED IT IS WE HAD A 50,000 POPULATION LIMIT AND WHAT HAPPENED IS THESE TELECON COMPANIES AND CABLE COMPANIES WENT INTO THESE BIGGER COMMUNITIES BECAUSE THAT'S WHERE THEY COULD MAKE MONEY AND THEY OVERBUILT THE SYSTEMS TWO OR THREE TIMES. DID THEY COME OUT INTO THE RURAL AREAS AND DO ANYTHING? NO. SO WE STILL DON'T HAVE BROADBAND AND IN THE TOWNS OF 50,000 WE HAVE THREE SYSTEMS. SO WHAT I WAS TRYING TO DO IN 2008 WAS TRY TO FOCUS THIS STUFF TO WHERE IT, IN MY OPINION, BELONGS. SO YOU MIGHT IN YOUR PART OF THE WORLD, THAT MIGHT BE THE THING TO DO, BUT THIS DOES NOT WORK IN MY DISTRICT. AND I DON'T AGREE WITH IT. AND I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                            • 07:12:41 PM

                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 7 PRINTED IN PART C OF…

                                                              TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 7 PRINTED IN PART C OF HOUSE REPORT 115-677. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                            • 07:13:10 PM

                                                              MR. JONES

                                                              THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              THE CLERK

                                                              THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA. MR.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              JONES: MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND THE…

                                                              JONES: MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND THE RANKING MEMBER FOR ME HAVING THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK ABOUT THIS

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                                                            • 07:13:34 PM

                                                              MR. JONES

                                                              DOES THE GENTLEMAN RESERVE HIS TIME?

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              AMENDMENT? THE QUESTION IS ON -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS…

                                                              AMENDMENT? THE QUESTION IS ON -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED. MR.

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                                                            • 07:15:02 PM

                                                              MR. JONES

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              JONES:

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                                                              MR. JONES

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                                              LATTA OF OHIO.

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                                                              THE CLERK

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE…

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                            • 07:15:56 PM

                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. LATTA

                                                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. PETERSON

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZEDED.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. LATTA

                                                              AND WITH THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, I WILL YIELD BECOME THE BALL APS OF MY TIME…

                                                              AND WITH THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, I WILL YIELD BECOME THE BALL APS OF MY TIME AND ASK FOR SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT.

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                                                            • 07:20:52 PM

                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                                              MR. THOMPSON

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                                                              THE CLERK

                                                              THE SCRASM PENNSYLVANIA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE…

                                                              THE SCRASM PENNSYLVANIA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                            • 07:21:34 PM

                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER, THANK YOU TO SPEAK ON THIS AMENDMENT.

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                                                              MR. THOMPSON

                                                              AND THIS IS A WILDLIFE HEALTH DISORDER IN 24 STATES INCLUDING PENNSYLVANIA

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA RISE?

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                                                            • 07:23:34 PM

                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. PETERSON

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. THOMPSON

                                                              THAT IS NOT TRUE.

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                                                              MR. PETERSON

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                                                              MR. THOMPSON

                                                              I GUESS IT'S MY TIME. YOU RESERVE YOUR TIME?

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                                                              MR. PETERSON

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              PETERSON: THAT'S NOT TRUE BECAUSE IT HAS HAPPENED. MAYBE THEY NEED TO BE…

                                                              PETERSON: THAT'S NOT TRUE BECAUSE IT HAS HAPPENED. MAYBE THEY NEED TO BE RESEARCHED.

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                                                            • 07:26:58 PM

                                                              MR. PETERSON

                                                              LITTLE BEHIND THE TIMES, IT SEEMS TO ME.

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                                                              MR. PETERSON

                                                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELD. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              MR. THOMPSON

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              AYE. ACCORDINGLY THE COMMITTEE

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                                                              THE CHAIR

                                                              THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MR. CHAIR.

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              2 DIRECTS ME TO REPORT THAT IT HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON.

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                                                              THE CHAIR

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                                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                              2 AND HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN…

                                                              2 AND HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. PERLMUTTER, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MINORITY LEADER.

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                                                              MR. PERLMUTTER

                                                              INVESTIGATION. AND THE KINDS OF RESULTS THAT ARE BEING DEVELOPED BY THE…

                                                              INVESTIGATION. AND THE KINDS OF RESULTS THAT ARE BEING DEVELOPED BY THE F.B.I. , BY THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, ON A LOT OF VERY SERIOUS TOPICS. THAT MAIN TOPIC IS THE RUSSIANS INTERFERING WITH OUR ELECTIONS. PARTICULARLY THE 2016 ELECTION. THAT KIND OF INTERFERENCE GOES TO THE HEART OF OUR NATION. GOES TO THE HEART OF OUR FREEDOM, GOES TO THE HEART OF OUR INDEPENDENCE, GOES TO THE HEART OF THIS COUNTRY'S SOVEREIGNTY, TO BE ABLE TO MAKE DECISIONS WITHOUT INTERFERENCE BY NATIONS OTHER THAN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. OTHER THAN US AS CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. NOW, I THINK WE NEED TO STEP BACK AND THINK ABOUT THIS A LITTLE BIT. BECAUSE IT'S CLEAR NOW, JUST TODAY THE SENATE REPUBLICAN CHAIR OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE SAID, THERE'S NO DOUBT THAT RUSSIA UNDERTOOK AN UNPRECEDENTED EFFORT TO INTERFERE WITH OUR 2016 ELECTIONS. AND HE SAYS, HE LOOKS FORWARD TO COMPLETING THE COMMITTEE'S INQUIRY AND ISSUING FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS TO AMERICANS. THE VICE CHAIRMAN, SENATOR WARNER FROM VIRGINIA, SAYS, AFTER THOROUGH REVIEW, OUR STAFF CONCLUDED THAT THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY'S CONCLUSIONS WERE ACCURATE AND ON POINT. THE RUSSIAN EFFORT WAS EXTENSIVE, SOPHISTICATED AND ORDERED BY PRESIDENT PUTIN HIMSELF FOR THE PURPOSE OF HELPING DONALD TRUMP AND HURTING HILLARY CLINTON. IN ORDER TO PROTECT OUR DEMOCRACY FROM FUTURE THREATS, WE MUST UNDERSTAND WHAT HAPPENED IN 2016. SO A YEAR AGO SPECIAL COUNSEL ROBERT MUELLER WAS APPOINTED TO LOOK INTO THIS AFFAIR. AND WHAT EXACTLY HAPPENED. AND TO BRING THOSE TO JUSTICE WHO BROKE OUR LAWS, WHO INTERFERED WITH OUR SOVEREIGNTY AND OUR FREEDOMS. BUT ALL ALONG THE WAY, THE WHITE HOUSE HAS OBJECTED, HAS TRIED TO DESCRIBE IT AS A WITCH HUNT, AS A HOAX, AS NOTHING BUT A CHARADE. WHEN IN FACT, IN THIS ONE-YEAR PERIOD, THERE HAVE BEEN FIVE GUILTY PLEAS AND 22 INDICTMENTS. WE KIND OF HAVE TO GO BACK TO THE GOLF SWING, MR. SPEAKER, A YEAR -- BACK TO THE BEGINNING, MR. SPEAKER. A YEAR AGO DEMOCRATS WERE ASKING THE PRESIDENT TO TURN OVER HIS TAX RETURNS. WHICH ALL PRESIDENTS HAVE DONE. YOU KNOW, WHICH CANDIDATES DO. THE PRESIDENT REFUSED AND CONTINUES TO REFUSE TO THIS DAY TO TURN OVER HIS TAX RETURNS. SO THE QUESTION IS, WHAT'S IN THERE TO HIDE? WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL? WHAT'S HE AFRAID OF US SEEING IN THOSE TAX RETURNS? TODAY, YOU KNOW, CAME OUT IN THE NEWS THAT THE FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE STATEMENT SHOWS A PAYMENT TO MICHAEL COHEN, HIS ATTORNEY, THAT HE SAID HE NEVER MADE. WE'VE GOT TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THESE NUMBERS, TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE. MR. MUELLER AND THE F.B.I. NEED TO BE ABLE TO FINISH THEIR INVESTIGATION WITHOUT INTERFERENCE, WITHOUT ANY OBSTRUCTION. FOR ALL OF US AS AMERICANS, THIS APPLIES TO THE VERY CORE OF WHAT A DEMOCRACY IS AND THAT'S FREE, FAIR AND UNIMPEDED ELECTIONS. SO, THERE ARE THREE KEY QUESTIONS THAT WE KEEP ASKING. AND WE ASK OUR FRIENDS ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE, PARTICULARLY SPEAKER RYAN, THE SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MCCONNELL, YOU KNOW, LET'S MOVE FORWARD WITH INVESTIGATIONS HERE IN THIS CONGRESS. YOU KNOW, WHY NOT? LET'S FIND OUT WHAT'S REALLY GOING ON. LET'S PROTECT THIS INVESTIGATION SO THAT THREATS BY THE WHITE HOUSE TO FIRE MR. MUELLER, TO FIRE ROD ROSENSTEIN FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, THEY DID FIRE INDIVIDUALS OUT OF THE F.B.I. , LET'S LET THESE DETECTIVES AND THESE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS FINISH THEIR JOB. BUT THE QUESTIONS ARE, WHAT ARE THEY HIDING, WHAT ARE THEY AFRAID THAT PEOPLE WILL SEE, AND WHY NOT LET THE DETECTIVES AND THE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS FINISH THEIR JOB? LET'S PLAY THIS OUT AND SEE EXACTLY WHAT THE FACTS ARE SO WE ALL KNOW WHAT HAPPENED AND HOW WE CAN STOP IT FROM HAPPENING AGAIN, TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS. NOW, I'VE BEEN ABLE TO ASK THESE QUESTIONS AND PARTICIPATE IN THIS HOUR OR THESE -- THIS SPECIAL ORDER -- THESE SPECIAL ORDERS, WITH SEVERAL OF MY FRIENDS. AND YOU ONE OF THOSE WHO HAS TAKEN -- AND ONE OF THOSE WHO HAS TAKEN A KEEN INTEREST IN PROTECTING THIS INVESTIGATION AND MAKING SURE THAT THE FACTS DO COME TO LIGHT HAS BEEN MY FRIEND, JAROD HUFFMAN, FROM NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. AND SO I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO HIM -- JARED HUFFMAN, FROM NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. AND SO I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO HIM FOR HIS THOUGHTS. BECAUSE WE'VE HAD MANY, MANY CHANGES IN TERMS OF THE LAWYERS WHO WERE REPRESENTING EITHER THE WHITE HOUSE OR THE PRESIDENT PERSONALLY, THEY'RE GONE. WE HAVE NEW LAWYERS, FORMER DISTRICT ATTORNEY AND MAYOR, GIULIANI IS NOW INVOLVED. OTHER PEOPLE, THE PRESIDENT'S PERSONAL LAWYER, MR. COHEN, IS NOW OUT. AND UNDER AN INVESTIGATION HIMSELF. SO, THERE SEEMS TO BE SOMETHING HAPPENING PRETTY MUCH EVERY DAY INDE JUST LIKE TO GET MY FRIENDS -- DAY AND I'D JUST LIKE TO GET MY FRIEND'S THOUGHTS ABOUT IT.

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                                                              MR. HUFFMAN

                                                              AND SO HERE WE ARE ONE YEAR INTO THE WORK OF SPECIAL COUNSEL MUELLER AND…

                                                              AND SO HERE WE ARE ONE YEAR INTO THE WORK OF SPECIAL COUNSEL MUELLER AND I'M GLAD THAT YOU BEGAN YOUR REMARKS, CONGRESSMAN PERLMUTTER, BY REMINDING US OF THE CONTEXT OF THIS ISSUE. THE FACT THAT WHAT HAPPENED IN THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION WAS A BIG DEAL. IT WAS UNPRECEDENTED. A FOREIGN ADVERSARY MALICIOUSLY INTERFERED IN OUR ELECTION WITH THE SPECIFIC INTENT TO HELP ONE CANDIDATE AND TO HURT ANOTHER. THEY PLACED A BET ON DONALD TRUMP THEY PUT THEIR THUMB ON THE SCALE -- DONALD TRUMP, THEY PUT THEIR THUMB ON THE SCALE IN EVERY WAY THEY COULD TO HELP DONALD TRUMP. AND MAYBE THAT'S WHY ALL ALONG HE'S BEEN RELUCTANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE WHAT OBVIOUSLY HAPPENED. HE DOESN'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT. HE WANTS TO WRITE IT ALL OFF AS A WITCH HUNT AND A CONSPIRACY THEORY. BECAUSE HE PROBABLY FEELS A LITTLE DEFENSIVE ABOUT THAT CLOUD OF LEGITIMACY INVOLVING RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE. BUT BASED ON WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR, THERE MAY BE AN EVEN MORE SINISTER EXPLANATION FOR SOME OF HIS BEHAVIOR. IT MAY BE THAT HE OR AT LEAST A LOT OF PEOPLE VERY CLOSE TO HIM WERE ACTIVELY WORKING WITH THE RUSSIANS AS PART OF THIS. THAT'S WHAT THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION IS LOOKING INTO. AND THAT'S WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE TO FIND OUT. WE HAVE TO KNOW THE FULL EXTENT OF EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED. NO MATTER WHERE THOSE FACTS MAY LEAD. AND THE TRUTH IS AT THIS ONE-YEAR MARK AND THIS HISTORIC INVESTIGATION THIS HISTORIC SCANDAL, THERE'S PLENTY OF REASON TO WORRY ABOUT WHAT PRESIDENT TRUMP MIGHT DO BY WAY OF TRYING TO BLOCK AND STOP AND INTERFERE WITH THIS INVESTIGATION. IT'S NOT JUST US SAYING IT. YOU CAN LOOK AT HIS OWN WORDS. HE HAS SAID AT VARIOUS TIMES IN RECENT MONTHS, QUOTE, AT SOME POINT I WILL HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO USE THE POWERS GRANTED TO THE PRESIDENCY AND GET INVOLVED. THAT'S OBVIOUSLY A THREAT. WHETHER THAT IS USING HIS PARDON POWER OR BEGINNING TO FIRE PEOPLE IN THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, THE F.B.I., OR EVEN THE SPECIAL COUNSEL HIMSELF. HE HAS THREATENED TO REVEAL CONFLICTS OF INTEREST OF THE SPECIAL COUNSEL. OBVIOUSLY THIS IS A FAVORITE TACTIC OF PRESIDENT TRUMP'S, TRYING TO INTIMIDATE, TRYING TO POSTURE WITH FOLKS WHO HE PERCEIVES AS ADVERSARIES. HE SAID ON ANOTHER OCCASION, MUELLER IS MOST CONFLICTED OF ALL EXCEPT ROSENSTEIN WHO SIGNED FISA AND COMEY LETTER, NO COLLUSION, SO THEY GO CRAZY. THESE ARE THE RAVINGINGS OF SOMEONE -- RAVINGS OF SOMEONE WHO IS ACTING VERY DEFENSIVELY. I WOULD SAY AS A FORMER ATTORNEY, YOU'RE A FORMER ATTORNEY YOURSELF, CONGRESSMAN PERLMUTTER, IT REALLY SPEAKS TO A CONSCIOUSNESS OF GUILT. WE WOULD ARGUE THAT IF WE WERE IN A COURT OF LAW AND WE HAD EVIDENCE OF STATEMENTS SUCH AS THIS. REPEATEDLY CALLING THIS INVESTIGATION A WITCH HUNT. ON ANOTHER OCCASION HE SAYS, I'VE BEEN SAYING ALL ALONG, IT'S ALL A BIG HOAX BY THE DEMOCRATS BASED ON PAYMENTS AND LIES. THERE SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN A SPECIAL COUNSEL APPOINTED, WITCH HUNT. ON ANOTHER OCCASION HE SAID, WHY DON'T I JUST FIRE MULER? WELL, WE'LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS -- MUELLER? WELL, WE'LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS. TAKEN TOGETHER, ALL OF HIS VARIOUS STATEMENTS SHOULD BE VERY TROUBLING TO ANYONE WHO CARES ABOUT THE INDEPENDENCE OF OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES, ABOUT THE INTEGRITY OF THIS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT INVESTIGATION. SO I AM GLAD TO STAND WITH YOU TONIGHT AND EVERY NIGHT THAT WE'VE HAD THESE SPECIAL ORDER HOURS, TO CONTINUE TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR COLLEAGUES HERE IN THE HOUSE KNOW THAT WE'RE GOING TO DEFEND THIS INVESTIGATION. THAT WE ARE GOING TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR LAURMENT PROFESSIONALS AND SPECIAL -- LAW ENFORCEMENT PROFESSIONALS AND SPECIAL COUNSEL MUELLER HAVE THE CHANCE TO FULLY FOLLOW THE EVIDENT WHEREVER IT MAY LEAD, TO GET THE TRUTH OUT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE DESERVE NOTHING LESS. AND WITH THAT I'M HAPPY TO YIELD BACK AND GLAD TO SEE OUR COLLEAGUE, JOE COURTNEY FROM KENTUCKY, JOINING -- CONNECTICUT, JOINING THE CONVERSATION.

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                                                              MR. PERLMUTTER

                                                              YOU KNOW, WHETHER IT WAS THE CONTRA AFFAIR OR WATER GATE OR WHATEVER, IT…

                                                              YOU KNOW, WHETHER IT WAS THE CONTRA AFFAIR OR WATER GATE OR WHATEVER, IT TAKES YEARS -- WATERGATE OR WHATEVER, IT TAKES YEARS AND YEARS. HERE, REALLY IN ONE YEAR, WE'VE HAD, YOU KNOW, 13 RUSSIANS, RUSSIAN EITHER AGENCIES OR CORPORATIONS, AND INDIVIDUALS INDICTED. WE'VE HAD AT LEAST SIX, SEVEN AMERICANS INDICTED IN THIS WHOLE PROCESS. RECENTLY, AS I THINK WITHIN THE LAST FEW DAYS, OR MAYBE IT WAS EVEN TODAY, PAUL MANAFORT, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CAMPAIGN, THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN, OBJECTED TO THE INDICTMENT THAT HE FOUND HIMSELF UNDER. WENT TO COURT, SAID THAT MUELLER HAD EXCEEDED HIS AUTHORITY BY BRINGING THE INDICTMENT. AND THE JUDGE SAID, NO. THAT INDICTMENT STANDS. SO THIS THING, THEY'RE REALLY -- YOU KNOW, THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF SMOKE. WE KNOW THAT THERE'S SOME FIRE CREATING THAT SMOKE AND WE'VE GOT TO FIND. THAT AND WE HAVE TO FIND PRECISELY WHAT HAPPEN -- FIND THAT. AND WE HAVE TO FIND PRECISELY WHAT HAPPENED. SO MY FRIEND FROM CONNECTICUT HAS JOINED US AND HE'S GOT SOME THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS. SO, MR. COURTNEY, WILL YOU SHARE?

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                                                              MR. COURTNEY

                                                              AND WHEN YOU HAVE FOLKS WHO, AGAIN, ARE HOLDING PUBLIC OFFICE, GOING…

                                                              AND WHEN YOU HAVE FOLKS WHO, AGAIN, ARE HOLDING PUBLIC OFFICE, GOING BEYOND JUST DISAGREEMENTS OF OPINION REGARDING ACTIONS THAT ALL OF US AS PUBLIC OFFICIALS HAVE TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR, BUT TO REALLY ATTACK THE INSTITUTIONS THEMSELVES, WHICH IS REALLY CLEARLY THE DRUMBEAT OF CRITICISM OF THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION AND WHERE IT'S HEADED, IS SOMETHING THAT REALLY WE NEED TO SPEAK OUT AND PUSH BACK AGAINST. AGAIN, THE ONE-YEAR RAIN REMEMBERS -- ANNIVERSARY IS A VERY IMPORTANT MOMENT TO STEP BACK AND REFLECT IN TERMS OF WHERE THIS INVESTIGATION STARTED AND WHERE IT IS TODAY. AGAIN, IF YOU GO BACK A YEAR AGO AND LOOK AT THE REACTION THAT GREETED THIS APPOINTMENT, FROM, AGAIN, REPUBLICAN LEADERS, NEWT GINGRICH, ROBERT MUELLER IS A SUPERB CHOICE TO BE SPECIAL COUNSEL. HIS REPUTATION IS IMPECCABLE. FOR HONESTY AND INTEGRITY. SPEAKER PAUL RYAN, MY PRIORITY HAS BEEN TO ENSURE THOROUGH AND INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATIONS ARE ALLOWED TO FOLLOW THE FACTS WHERE THEY MAY LEAD. THE ADDITION OF ROBERT MUELLER AS SPECIAL COUNSEL IS CONSIST EBT WITH THIS GOAL AND I WELL CONSCIOUS -- CONSISTENT WITH THIS GOAL AND I WELCOME HIS ROLE AT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. SENATOR GARDNER. ROBERT MUELLER HAS INCREDIBLE REPUTATION. SENATOR HATCH, I COMMEND THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE FOR BRINGING AN INDEPENDENT VOICE TO HELP CLARIFY THIS SITUATION. THE LIST GOES ON AND ON. AND AGAIN, WHY NOT? I MEAN, ROBERT MUELLER IS SOMEBODY WHOSE RECORD OF SERVICE TO THIS COUNTRY, GOING BACK TO WHEN HE WAS A MARINE IN VIETNAM, LED A RIFLE PLATOON, WAS WOUNDED, RECEIVED A PURPLE HEART, AS WELL AS THE VIETNAMESE CROSS OF GALLANTRY AND TWO NAVY COMMENDATION MEDALS FOR HIS MILITARY SERVICE. HE WENT ON OBVIOUSLY TO BECOME A DISTINGUISHED LEGAL PRACTITIONER, WAS APPOINTED BY PRESIDENT BUSH TO BE THE HEAD OF THE F.B.I. AND DID SUCH A GREAT JOB AFTER HIS TENURE TERM, THE U.S. SENATE EXTENDED HIS TERM BY TWO YEARS BY A VOAST 100-0. . WHEN YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT SOMEONE WHO IS CONSERVATIVE PROSECUTOR IN HIS TIME AS U.S. ATTORNEY AND IN HIS TERM AS HEAD OF THE F.B.I. , WE ARE DEALING WITH SOMEONE WHO IS BEYOND REPROACH. AND AS YOU POINTED OUT, THE DECISION THAT CAME DOWN AT THE WASHINGTON, D.C., DISTRICT COURT BY A FEDERAL JUDGE, 37-PAGE OPINION, WHICH AGAIN, PUSHED BACK, VERY POWER FULLY ABOUT THE NOTION THAT HE HAS STRAYED FROM HIS MISSION THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE GAVE HIM, HER DECISION IN CASE AFTER CASE, POINTS OUT THAT THE INDICTMENT OF MAN FORTH FELL PERFECTLY IN THE CHARGE BY ROSENSTEIN WHICH IS TO INVESTIGATE OTHER ISSUES THAT MAY ARISE. IN THE CASE OF MANAFORT, SOMEONE WHO WAS SQUARELY IN THE INTELLIGENCE THAT THE ELECTION WAS UNDER ATTACK FROM RUSSIANS. AND MANA FOR THE'S CONNECTIONS TO THE RUSSIANS WERE ON THE RUSSIAN SIDE OF THE UKRANIAN POLITICS IS AN OBVIOUS PLACE FOR THE SPECIAL COUNSEL TO PURSUE. AGAIN, AS YOU POINT OUT, THE NUMBER OF INDICTMENTS, THE NUMBER OF CONVICTIONS CLEARLY SHOW THIS IS NOT A FISHING EX PE DISHON BUT A SERIOUS INVESTIGATION AND ACTIONS HAVE BEEN RATIFIED BY THE COURTS AND RATIFIED BY THE APPOINTING AUTHORITY, MR. ROSENSTEIN AND ELECTED OFFICIALS HAVE TO STEP BACK AND LET THIS PROCESS PROCEED. PEOPLE -- THE FORENSICS IN THIS, JUST IN THE ENDORSEMENTS TO MR. MUELLER'S CREDIBILITY AND KNOWLEDGE IN THIS AREA SCREAM OUT FOR ALL OF US TO RESPECT THE RULE OF LAW AND LET THIS INVESTIGATION PROCEED. THANK YOU FOR HOLDING THIS EVENT ON THE ONE-YEAR MILESTONE OF THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION.

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                                                              MR. PERLMUTTER

                                                              , THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, OUR CHIEF AND TOP LAW ENFORCEMENT…

                                                              , THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, OUR CHIEF AND TOP LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY IN THIS COUNTRY. IS IT PERFECT? ABSOLUTELY NOT. ARE THEY DOING THEIR JOB TO PROTECT AMERICA? ABSOLUTELY. AND FOR THE PRESIDENT TO SORT OF JUST CONTINUE TO CHIP AWAY AND TO EX CORYATE THE F.B.I. BECAUSE IT IS UNDERTAKING AN INVESTIGATION THAT MAY IMPLICATE IN BREAKING LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, I THINK IS SOMETHING THAT WE HAVEN'T SEEN. AND THIS INVESTIGATION NEEDS TO CONTINUE TO DO ITS WORK, TO TALK TO WITNESSES, TO DETERMINE WHAT HAS OCCURRED HERE. AND YOU KNOW, THE SENATE JUDICIARY TODAY OR WITHIN THE LAST DAY OR TWO, RELEASED THOUSANDS OF PAGES OF TESTIMONY AND INFORMATION. AND ONE OF THE PLACES THAT IT TALKED ABOUT WAS TO TRY TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED AT A MEETING -- I THINK IT WAS AT THE TRUMP TOWER, IN JUNE OF 2016. SO FIVE MONTHS, SIX MONTHS BEFORE THE ELECTION. BETWEEN A RUSSIAN ATTORNEY AND I THINK ANOTHER RUSSIAN WAS THERE AND PAUL MANAFORT AND JARED KUSHNER AND DONALD TRUMP JUNIOR, HIS SON. AND THERE IS A LOT OF CONCERN ABOUT WHAT ACTUALLY OCCURRED IN THAT PARTICULAR MEETING. AND THERE IS A LOT OF MATERIAL HERE THAT IS VERY, VERY TROUBLING. AND SO, AGAIN, I WOULD ASK MY FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA, YOU KNOW, I THINK HE HAS THOUGHT ABOUT THIS AND THOUGHT ABOUT MR. GULIANI THAT DONALD TRUMP MIGHT TAKE THE FIFTH AMENDMENT WHICH CAME OUT OF NOWHERE. THE QUESTION IS WHAT IS HE HIDING AND LET LAW ENFORCEMENT COMPLETE ITS WORK.

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                                                              ANYONE WHO LOOKS OBJECTTIVELY AND ANYONE WHO IS NOT HOSTING A SHOW ON FOX…

                                                              ANYONE WHO LOOKS OBJECTTIVELY AND ANYONE WHO IS NOT HOSTING A SHOW ON FOX NEWS AT LEAST WOULD FEEL THERE IS A BIG, BIG PROBLEM HERE.

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                                                              MR. HUFFMAN

                                                              HIS DAD, HAS A RESTRICTED NUMBER AND THAT IS A NOTICEABLE FACT. IF WE WERE…

                                                              HIS DAD, HAS A RESTRICTED NUMBER AND THAT IS A NOTICEABLE FACT. IF WE WERE SERIOUS, THEY WOULD FIND OUT WHO THAT PHONE CALL WAS TO, BECAUSE THOSE ARE ONE OF THE DOTS. BUT THEY ARE NOT INED AT ALL. THEY DIDN'T ASK THOSE QUESTIONS AND DIDN'T REQUIRE HIM TO ANSWER THOSE QUESTIONS. THAT BRINGS ME TO THE OTHER POINT. WE HAVE ALL TALKED ABOUT THE THREATS FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP HIMSELF BUT ANOTHER THREAT FROM WITHIN OUR WALLS FROM OUR COLLEAGUES WITHIN THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE WHO HAVE TAKEN THIS TRUST A OVERSIGHT AND COMPROMISED IT TO THE LEVEL THAT THEY ARE BE FRONTING TO THE PRESIDENT INSTEAD OF DOING AN INVESTIGATION AND RUSSIA WAS TRYING TO HELP PRESIDENT TRUMP AND INCLUDE A STATEMENT THAT THEY FIND NO EVIDENCE OF COL LIKE DESPITE EVERYTHING THAT IS IN THE PUBLIC RECORD. WE HAVE A PROBLEM WITHIN THESE WALLS.

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                                                              I KNOW MY FRIEND FROM CONNECTICUT HAS OTHER THOUGHTS AND I WOULD LIKE TO…

                                                              I KNOW MY FRIEND FROM CONNECTICUT HAS OTHER THOUGHTS AND I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO HIM.

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                                                            • 07:55:36 PM

                                                              MR. PERLMUTTER

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                                                              MUELLER INVESTIGATION.

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                                                              MR. COURTNEY

                                                              , THE LEADING LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY OF THIS COUNTRY IS CORRUPT AND SOME…

                                                              , THE LEADING LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY OF THIS COUNTRY IS CORRUPT AND SOME OF THE LANGUAGE THAT HAS BEEN TOSSED AROUND BY THE PRESIDENT'S DEFENDERS. AND YOU KNOW, THE HARM THAT DOES IN TERMS OF REALLY BASIC INSTITUTIONS IN THIS COUNTRY, YOU CAN'T TREAT IT AS NORMAL POLITICAL DISCOURSE. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT REAL LODGE LASTING HARM TO THE COUNTRY. THE F.B.I. , THERE ARE AGENTS THAT ARE HARD AT WORK, KEEPING THIS COUNTRY SAFE. THEY ARE INVOLVED IN INVESTIGATIONS OF MASS SHOOTINGS. YOU SEE THE F.B.I. JACKETS WHEN THESE EVENTS HAPPEN. AND THEY WERE IN CONNECTICUT WHEN SANDY HOOK TOOK PLACE. AND I WOULD SAY FROM A PERSONAL STAND POINT, MY PARENTS SERVED IN THE F.B.I. MY FATHER WAS A G-MAN AND MY MOTHER WAS A CLERICAL WORKER AND THAT'S HOW THEY MET. THEY WERE BORN IN THE WATCHFUL EYE OF THE F.B.I. BUT HE WAS SOMEBODY WHO WAS VERY PROUD OF HIS SERVICE. HIS JOB WAS TRACKING FIFTH COLUMNISTS IN THE U.S. WHO WERE LOOKING TO HAVE SABOTAGE IN FACILITIES IN THE COUNTRY. AGAIN, THERE ARE INSTANCES WHERE THERE ARE BAD A.M.LES. BUT AS AN INSTITUTION IN TERMS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT, THESE AGENTS ARE OUT THERE EVERY SINGLE DAY PROTECTING THIS COUNTRY AND TO ATTACK NOT JUST AN INDIVIDUAL ZISS BUT AN INSTITUTION IS AGAIN THE LEVEL THAT WE ARE WATCHING HAPPEN HERE WITH THE PUSHBACK ON THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION AND IT IS TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE AND ON THE ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY, IN TERMS OF CONCRETE REAL RESULTS AND THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE HAVE REPEATEDLY RECONFIRMED AND RE-AFFFIRMED THE RATIONALE AND THE FACT THAT IT IS OPERATING TOTALLY WITHIN THE MISSION IN CHARGE THAT WAS GIVEN. IT IS IMPORTANT TO RAISE OUR VOICES AND DEFEND RULE OF LAW TO PROTECT OUR CONSTITUTION AND OUR DEMOCRACY. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                            • 07:58:47 PM

                                                              MR. PERLMUTTER

                                                              THE SERIOUSNESS OF THIS SUBJECT CAN'T BE OVERSTATED. THE IMPACT ON…

                                                              THE SERIOUSNESS OF THIS SUBJECT CAN'T BE OVERSTATED. THE IMPACT ON ELECTIONS, THE TRUSTING OF OUR TESTIMONY OF ELECTIONS, THE TRUST IN OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT, THE TRUST IN OUR COURTS, THE TRUST WHICH IS ATTACKED BY THIS PRESIDENT AND TOO MANY OTHERS OF OUR INSTITUTIONS OF THE PRESS, WHETHER IT'S THE "WASHINGTON POST" OR THE "NEW YORK TIMES" OR SOMEBODY INVESTIGATING. AND IT GOES TO THRUST OF THIS NATION AND WHAT WE HAVE FORMED. AND WHEN YOU GOT OUTSIDE INFLUENCES LIKE RUSSIA STICKING THEIR NOSE IN OUR BUSINESS AND TRYING TO PIT THEIR THUMB ON THE SCALE AS TO WHO SHOULD RUN THIS NATION, I CAN'T THINK OF A HIGHER CRIME. AND WE KNOW THE NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER FOR DONALD TRUMP, MICHAEL FLYNN, INDICTED, RICK GATES, CAMPAIGN ADVISER FOR THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND GEORGE POP POP AND WRITCHARD AND ALL INDICTED, SENTENCED OR AT LEAST PLED GUILTY. INDICTED PAUL MANAFORT, RUSSIAN NATIONALS AND THREE RUSSIAN ENTITIES. THIS INVESTIGATION NEEDS TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF ALL OF THIS AND WE'VE GOT TO TRY TO FIGURE OUT IS THERE ANYTHING BEING HID SNN IS THERE ANYTHING WE AS AMERICANS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THIS INTERFERENCE THAT WE DON'T KNOW TODAY? AND OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS FROM ROBERT MUELLER TO THE F.B.I. TO THE COP ON THE BEAT NEED TO BE ALLOWED TO FINISH THIS INVESTIGATION. WITH THAT I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA , MY FRIEND FROM CONNECTICUT, I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO MY FRIEND FROM MAINE, SHE SEEMS TO BE READY TO GO HERE. I DON'T KNOW ABOUT HER TWO COLLEAGUES, THE ONE FROM NEW YORK AND THE ONE FROM OREGON, BECAUSE THEY SEEM TO BE KIND OF GETTING READY, BUT NOT NEARLY AS READY AS MY FRIEND CONGRESSWOMAN PINGREE FROM MAINE. SO MR. SPEAKER, I'M GOING TO YIELD TO MY FRIEND FROM MAINE.

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                                                              MS. PINGREE

                                                              FIRST YOU HAVE TO YIELD TO YOUR FRIEND FROM COLORADO.

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                                                              MY OTHER FRIEND FROM COLORADO.

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                                                              MS. PINGREE

                                                              WHO IS KIND ENOUGH TO BE CONTROLING THIS HOUR.

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                                                              MR. PERLMUTTER

                                                              OREGON.

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                                                              MR. BLUENAUER

                                                              IN FACT, NORTH HAVEN, I AM REFLECTING RIGHT NOW THAT IN THREE SHORT…

                                                              IN FACT, NORTH HAVEN, I AM REFLECTING RIGHT NOW THAT IN THREE SHORT MONTHS, DURING THE SUMMER RECESS, I PLAN ON SITTING ON A BAY -- ON A DECK LOOKING OUT AT NORTH HAVEN AND ENJOYING LOOKING FOR THOSE EAGLES THAT HAVE BEEN RESCUED AND ARE VERY MUCH IN EVIDENCE IN HER BEAUTIFUL PART OF THE COUNTRY. SHE IS NOT JUST AN ADVOCATE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND FOR AGRICULTURE, SHE'S A PRACTITIONER. I'VE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO TOUR HER MAGNIFICENT FARM, NORTH HAVEN, THAT IS REALLY A MODEL OF SUSTAINABILITY. SHOWING REALLY WHAT VALUE-ADDED AGRICULTURE IS RECLAIMING THE HISTORY OF THAT ISLAND IN TERMS OF THE BOUNTY OF THE LAND. BUT THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN BY ACCIDENT. IT TAKES COMMITMENT AND FOLLOW THROUGH. AND STEP BY STEP TRYING TO HARNESS THE FORCES OF SOUND AGRICULTURAL POLICIES, GOOD ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP TO BE ABLE TO ADD VALUE WHILE IT PROTECTS THE ENVIRONMENT. SO I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOUR HANDIWORK AGAIN THIS SUMMER. AND I DEEPLY APPRECIATE YOUR LEADERSHIP TONIGHT IN TERM OS THEY HAVE ENVIRONMENT, WHAT YOU CARE ABOUT IN TERMS OF NUTRITION, CELEBRITY CHEFS, A WHOLE RANGE OF THINGS. AND IT UNDERSCORES WHY WE ARE HERE TALKING ABOUT THE FARM BILL. IT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT LEGISLATION THAT MOST AMERICANS PAY NO ATTENTION TO. IT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT SADLY FEW IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES REALLY DRILL DOWN AND LOOK AT WHAT'S IN IT. IT WILL BE THE MOST IMPORTANT HEALTH BILL THAT THIS CONGRESS WILL PASS OR CONSIDER FOR THE REMAINDER OF THIS SESSION. WE STILL SUBSIDIZE A DIET THAT MAKES AMERICANS SICK, PAYING TOO MUCH TO THE WRONG PEOPLE TO GROW THE WRONG FOOD IN THE WRONG PLACES. AND IT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT ENVIRONMENTAL BILL BAR NONE. IF YOU CARE ABOUT EMISSIONS, GREENHOUSE GASES, THE AGRICULTURE SECTOR PLAYS A ROLE, 9%, IT IS CLAIMED, IF YOU FACTOR IN ALL OF THE INPUTS IN TERMS OF PESTICIDES AND TRANSPORTATION, REFRIGERATION, YOU WILL FIND THAT IT IS FAR GREATER THAN THAT. AND THESE ARE ELEMENTS THAT ARE WITHIN OUR CONTROL. THE GENTLELADY REFERENCED THE CONSERVATION PROGRAMS. IT'S INTERESTING TO ME IN READING THE GUIDANCE THAT THE ADMINISTRATION HAS PUT OUT ABOUT THE FARM BILL AND WHAT THEY TOUT, THEY WANT TO PROMOTE -- THEY DON'T -- THEY WANT TO PROMOTE INDEPENDENCE. THEY DON'T WANT TO SUPPORT DEPENDENCECY. THEY WANT TO HAVE HIGHER PERFORMANCE STANDARDS FOR PROJECTS THAT THEY'RE INVOLVED WITH. YET THE FARM BILL THAT IS BEING CONSIDERED NOW BY THE REPUBLICANS UNDERCUTS PERFORMANCE STANDARDS. WHEN THEY ELIMINATE AS THE GENTLELADY SAID THE CONSERVATION RESERVE PROGRAM, ONLY ONE OUT OF FOUR CONSERVATION GRANTS IS CURRENTLY FUNDED. THERE'S NOT ENOUGH MONEY AND THEY'RE GOING TO REDUCE IT A BILLION DOLLARS MORE. WHILE ELIMINATING CONSERVATION STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM. IT'S ALSO STUNNING WHEN THERE'S AN OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE PERFORMANCE STANDARDS FOR CONSERVATION. I'VE OFFERED AN AMENDMENT BEFORE THE RULES COMMITTEE THAT WOULD APPLY CONSERVATION STANDARDS THAT YOU GET CONSERVATION FUNDING IF YOU PRODUCE RESULTS. BUT THAT'S NOT THE WAY IT WORKS NOW. THE EQUIP PROGRAM. WHICH HANDS OUT GRANTS TO HELP FARMERS IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT, YOU LOOK AT THE PRACTICES THAT ARE AUTHORIZED UNDER THIS BILL. THAT ARE FUNDED UNDER THIS BILL. THERE ARE SIX OR EIGHT OF THEM THAT ACTUALLY HURT THE ENVIRONMENT. THEY'RE NOT REQUIRED TO ENHANCE THE ENVIRONMENT. AND WE PAY FOR THINGS LIKE FENCING. AND HOG LAGOONS FOR BIG OPERATIONS THAT OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO PAY THEIR OWN WAY AND THEY TAKE THAT MONEY THAT WOULDN'T BE AVAILABLE TO OTHER FARMERS AND RANCHERS TO BE ABLE TO FUND PROGRAMS THAT WOULD ACTUALLY ENHANCE THE ENVIRONMENT. I DEEPLY APPRECIATE THE GENTLELADY'S LEADERSHIP AND I APPRECIATE WHAT MY FRIEND FROM COLORADO HAS OFFERED UP. WE HAVE OTHER COLLEAGUES HERE WHO HAVE SOME THINGS TO SAY. I'LL HANG TIGHT FOR A MOMENT IN CASE WE RUN OUT OF SPEAKERS. BUT I WANT TO CHEER FOLKS ON BECAUSE IT'S TIME THAT WE PUT THE SPOTLIGHT ON THIS EGREGIOUS BILL, THE KING AMENDMENT, THE LACK OF ACCOUNTABILITY, AND WASTEFUL SPENDING.

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                                                              MR. PERLMUTTER

                                                              DAY. TO MY FRIEND FROM COLORADO, MR. POLIS WOULD LIKE TO ADD TO THIS…

                                                              DAY. TO MY FRIEND FROM COLORADO, MR. POLIS WOULD LIKE TO ADD TO THIS CONVERSATION.

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                                                              MR. POLIS

                                                              AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON MENTIONED, THE ELIMINATION OF THE PROGRAM…

                                                              AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON MENTIONED, THE ELIMINATION OF THE PROGRAM THAT HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL TO PRESERVE OVER 70 MILLION ACRES IS GIN EXCUSEABLE. IT SUPPORTS FARMERS, RANCHERS WHO WANT TO PURSUE HIGH LEVEL STEWARDSHIP ACTIVITIES AND PROTECT OUR TOWNS TO KEEP OUR AIR CLEAN, SEQUESTER CARBON AND PRESERVE HABITAT AND KEEP OUR FARMS PRODUCTIVE AND SUSTAINABLE IN THE LONG-TERM. WORKING LAND CONSERVATION ARE SO POPULAR, THAT THE SERVICE HAD A WAITING LIST AND TURNED AWAY THREE-QUARTERS OF THE QUALIFIED APPLICANTS. IT WOULD HAVE TO TURN 100% OF APPLICANTS. THEY CLAIM THEY ARE CONSOLIDATE TANGE PROGRAMS BUT FRANKLY THOSE PROGRAMS ARE DIFFERENT. WHEREAS THE STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM HELPS RANCHERS IMPLEMENT SYSTEMS TO HELP PRESERVE AND PROTECT THE RESOURCES ON THEIR LANDS. EQUIP. AND IT'S A ONE-TIME BASIS TO HELP A SPECIFIC CONSERVATION PRACTICE. IT'S NOT A PRACTICE THAT IS DESIGNED NOR DOES IT APPLY ASSISTANCE FOR LONG-TERM STABILITY. THE PROGRAM IS SO IMPORTANT FOR OUR FORESTS' HEALTH. SWITCHING GEARS, IT SEEMS THAT SOME MEMBERS OF THIS BODY ARE SEEKING TO ERODE PROTECTIONS. CROWN JEWELS OF YOUR NATIONAL FOREST SYSTEM FACES A HUGE THREAT WITH TWO AMENDMENTS. ONE OF THOSE AMENDMENTS WHICH WAS RULED IN ORDER LAST NIGHT WOULD EXEMPT ALL THE FEDERAL FORESTS IN ALASKA TO ALL OF OUR MOST IMPORTANT SAFEGUARDS TO 2001 AND THE SECOND AMENDMENT WOULD ERODE WHICH PROTECTS AREAS AND OTHER IMPORTANT LANDS FROM UNSUSTAINABLE LOGGING AND CHARTS A TRANSITIONAL WAY FROM OLD DEPROTH LOGGING TO BETTER AND NEW FORMS OF SUSTAINAL AND ECONOMIC VERY MANY. OUR COUNTRY'S OLD DEPROTH FORESTS ARE A NATIONAL TREASURE. NOT ONLY COMPROMISES OUR PUBLIC HANDS BUT FRAGMENTS HABITAT FOR WILDLIFE AND COMPETE WITH NATIVE SPECIES AND THE DRINKING WATER SUPPLIES FOR 60 MILLION PEOPLE. THE RULE IS VERY IMPORTANT, BECAUSE IT PROVIDES A BALANCED PROTECTION BETWEEN OUR OLD DEPROTH FORESTS AND HYDROPOWER PROJECTS. THE APPLICATION IN ALASKA HAS A AN IMPACT. AS REPRESENTATIVES OF OUR FORESTS, IT IS ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL TO PROTECT OUR PUBLIC LANDS. FROM THE CLEAN WATER ACT TO NEPA TO PROJECTS THAT ARE 6,000 ACRES OR LESS, THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT, WE NEED TO POKET THE TOOLS WE HAVE TO SECURE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM COLORADO AND OTHERS FOR SPEAKING ON THE IMPORTANT ENVIRONMENTAL PROVISIONS ON THIS BILL.

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                                                              MR. PERLMUTTER

                                                              TONKO, AGAIN, A TIRELESS ADVOCATE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT. A LOT OF FARMS. A…

                                                              TONKO, AGAIN, A TIRELESS ADVOCATE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT. A LOT OF FARMS. A LOT OF AGRICULTURE AND THIS IS A SUBJECT HE KNOWS WELL.

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                                                              MR. TONKO

                                                              AND SUSTAINABLE OUTCOME AND YOU MUST SPEAK TO THIS BILL BECAUSE IT IS SO…

                                                              AND SUSTAINABLE OUTCOME AND YOU MUST SPEAK TO THIS BILL BECAUSE IT IS SO DREADFULLY -- SO DREADFUL AS IT RELATES TO OUR ENVIRONMENTAL AND ENERGY POLICY. THIS BILL WEAKENS PUBLIC HEALTH PROTECTIONS AGAINST PELFT SIDES WHICH WERE ACCOMPLISHED TO PROTECT THE HEALTH OF OUR CHILDREN. AND THOSE PROTECTIONS THAT HAVE BEEN DESTROYED, WOULD BE DESTROYED, INCLUDE ALLOWING COMPANIES TO SPREAD PESTICIDES IN OUR WATER WAYS AND ENDANGERS DRINKING WATER AND WHERE WE SWIM AND FISH. AND TRYING TO PROTECT OUR COMMUNITIES FROM PESTICIDE AND WEAKENS BY ELIMINATING TOM CONSULT. THESE PESTICIDES CAN ELEVATE THE RISK OF CANCER AND OTHER DISEASES. THE PRO TEXTS AND THE PREEMPTION OF LOCAL EFFORTS PUTS OUR PUBLIC HEALTH AT GREAT RISK. THE INTERNATIONAL AGENCY FOR CANCER RESEVERE CLASSIFIED THAT THE PROBABLE HUMAN CANCER. THE YOU NUNES FINDS IT IN OUR UNITED STATES WATERWAYS. EEP SCIENTIFIC FOR IN WATER AND ON FOOD IS UNSAFE FOR CHILDREN AND INCREASES THE RISK FOR LEARNING DISABILITY. THEY ARE SOCIETY THE WITH REDUCED I I. QUFRLTE AND WHERE IT IS SPRAYED IT CAN CAUSE HARM TO KIDS, FARMERS AND WORKERS TO THOSE WHO ARE EXPOSED. DECADES AGO, FALCONS AND FALCONS WERE BROUGHT TO EXTINCTION. THE E.P.A. IS REQUIRED TO CONSULT WITH THE EXPERT FEDERAL WILDLIFE AGENCY TO PROVE CHEMICALS. THIS THREATENS WILDLIFE ENVIRONMENT. OUR FARM BILL IS ABOUT SUPPORTING WORK TO FARMERS STRENGTHENING FARMERS AND ROLLING PUBLIC HEALTH PROTECTIONS HAS NO PLACE IN THIS BILL. SO THE CUTS OF $-PLUS BILLION IN SNAP BENEFITS TO KICK ONE MILLION HOUSEHOLDS AND AFFECTS 25,000 CHILDREN IS TORT TUROUS. SOMEONE SAID WHEN I WAS A KID, MY MONEY WAS TAKEN BY THE SCHOOL. NOW CONGRESS IS TAKING THE MONEY FOR SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM. CUTS IN CONSERVATION FUNDING ARE DEVASTATING TO OUR ENVIRONMENT AND THE CUTTING OF FUNDING OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY ARE GOING TO BE A GREAT CONSEQUENCE OF THIS BILL. SO I JUST WAS COMPELLED TO THE FLOOR AND JOIN MY COLLEAGUES TO LOOK FOR SUSTAINABLE ENERGY TO SPEAK AGAINST THIS BILL WHICH IS GOING TO HURT THE PROGRESS OVER THE LAST DECADES WHICH SPEAKS TO FARMING IN AMERICA AND THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF CHILDREN IN AMERICA. I YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

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                                                              MR. PERLMUTTER

                                                              KIND FOR HIS THOUGHTS ON THIS PARTICULAR SUBJECT, THE GENTLEMAN WHO IS AN…

                                                              KIND FOR HIS THOUGHTS ON THIS PARTICULAR SUBJECT, THE GENTLEMAN WHO IS AN OUTDOORSMAN AND TALKS ABOUT THE CHEESES OF WISCONSIN AND HE IS A REAL ADVOCATE AND I'M AFRAID AND I'M SORRY HE HAS THE GREEN BAY PACKERS AND FALLEN ON DIFFICULT TIMES. KIND KIND I THANK MY FRIEND AND I'M HORPPED TO BE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR WITH SO MANY OF MY ESTEEMED COLLEAGUES WHEN IT COMES TO STANDING UP TO OUR NATURAL RESOURCES AND I'M LOOKING AT MS. OPINION AGREE ON AGRICULTURAL POLICY AND THE INTRODUCTION OF THE LOCAL FARMS ACT AND FRIEND FROM OREGON, WHO IS ONE OF THE LEADERS WHO COMES TO POLICY AND THIS IS AN IMPORTANT MOMENT. THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT BILLS WE HAVE TO CONSIDER. THE RENEWAL OF THE FARM BILL. WE HAVE THE CHANCE TO LOOK AT THE PROGRAM AND SEE WHAT IS WORKING, WHAT ISN'T AND MAKE SURE WE ARE EMPOWERING OUR FARMERS TO BE SUCCESSFUL. I COME FROM ONE OF THE LARGEST IN THE NATION IN NORTH CENTRAL WISCONSIN AND IT HAS BEEN TOUGH, GIVEN WHERE COMMODITY PRICES HAVE BEEN AND MILK PRICES HAVE BEEN FALLING AND VERY DIFFICULT FOR THESE FAMILY FARLS TO SUCCEED WITH THE VERY TOUGH MARKET THEY ARE FACING RIGHT NOW. AND TAKING THE TIME TO GET THIS FARM BILL RIGHT IS THE APPROPRIATE THING TO DO. THE FARM BILL IN ITS CURRENT FORM MISSES THE MARK. THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF DISCUSSION. THE PROGRAM HAS WORKED WELL AND VERY SUCCESSFUL FOR MY FAMILY FARMERS. I COME FROM A HILLY AREA AND HIGHLYY SENSITIVE LAND AND BEING ABLE TO USE A STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM THAT IS BUILT IN FOR THE FLEX BUILT OF WHAT MY FARMERS NEED TO PUT GOOD CONSERVATION PLANS IN PRACTICE IS VERY IMPORTANT. AS THE PREVIOUS SPEAKER SAID THE DEMAND IS OVERWHELMING. THREE OUT OF FOUR ARE APPLYING FOR CONSERVATION AND ARE BEING TURNED AWAY. BY ELIMINATING THE PROGRAM, ELIMINATES $800 MILLION WORTH OF BASE FUNDING. AND THERE ARE $8 BILLION WORTH OF CUTS UNDER THE CONSERVATION TITLE. WE ARE NOT STEPPING UP TO ADDRESS THE NEED BUT ROLLING IT BACK EVEN FURTHER. THE PROBLEMS WITH THIS FARM BILL DOESN'T END UNDER THE TITLE. UNDER THE TITLE 1 COMMODITY PROGRAMS, THE CAPS HAVE BEEN IN EXISTENCE AND PASS-THROUGH ENTITIES WILL QUALIFY FOR THE SUBSIDY PAYMENTS. THERE ARE MAILING ADDRESSES FOR THESE PROGRAMS GOING TO NEW YORK, CHICAGO AND SAN FRANCISCO ENDING UP ON THE DOORSTEPS WHO ARE RECEIVING SUBSIDIES. THAT'S WRONG. THESE PEOPLE DON'T STEP FOOT ON A FAMILY FARM AND ROLLING BACK ON THE MULTIPLE ENT AT THIS TIME RULE WHICH MEANS HUSBAND, WATERS CAN QUALIFY FOR THE SAME PAYMENTS IS ALSO WRONG. AND THINKS AN OPPORTUNITY TO TIGHTEN THE CROP INSURANCE PROGRAM. IT IS PROHIBITED FROM TRACKING THESE SUBSIDIES. YOU CAN'T TRACK IT TO THE INDIVIDUAL. IF THERE IS ONE THING THIS FARM BILL SHOULD DEMAND IS MEET TRANSPARENCY, THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER DESERVES TO KNOW WHERE THEIR TAX DOLLARS ARE GOING. THAT IS WHAT I'M TROIG TO FIX WITH AN AMENDMENT AND TRY TO IMPOSITIVE THIS BILL. IT MAY BE BEYOND SALVAGE COMING OUT OF THE HOUSE BUT WE STILL HAVE TIME TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND MAKE SURE THIS FARM BILL SPEAKS TO THE NEED OF OUR FAMILY FARMERS BACK HOME AND NOT TO THE SPECIAL INTERESTS HERE IN WASHINGTON. AND I THANK MY COLLEAGUE AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                            • 08:29:42 PM

                                                              MR. PERLMUTTER

                                                              PLAUR BLUMENAUER IT HAS BEEN FUN WORKING WITH CONGRESSMAN PINGREE LOOKING…

                                                              PLAUR BLUMENAUER IT HAS BEEN FUN WORKING WITH CONGRESSMAN PINGREE LOOKING AT THESE PROGRAMS OVER THE YEARS. THERE IS AN ARTICLE BY AN AUTHOR , A PROFESSOR OF NUTRITION OF N.Y.U. AND IT IS "THE FARM BILL DROVE MY CRAZY. AND FOUND IT WAS HOPELESSLY COME PLECK. WHAT I APPRECIATE WORKING WITH THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MAINE AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, IS THAT IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THAT COMPLEX. WE OUGHT TO STRIP IT AWAY AND GET TO THE BASICS THAT MAKES THE MOST DIFFERENCE TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. HOPEFULLY THIS WILL COLLAPSE AND MAKE IT BETTER. WITH THAT, I KNOW MY TIME IS SPEEREDL EXPIRED. .

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