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House Session - May 17, 2018

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

Speakers:
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  • 10:00:01 AM

    The House convened, starting a new legislative day.

    • 10:00:14 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      SPEAKER.

    • 10:00:17 AM

      The Speaker designated the Honorable Scott DesJarlais to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.

      • 10:00:22 AM

        THE CLERK

        HONORABLE SCOTT DESJARLAIS TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY.…

        HONORABLE SCOTT DESJARLAIS TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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  • 10:00:36 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.

    • 10:00:38 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      A.M. EACH MEMBER OTHER THAN THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS AND THE…

      A.M. EACH MEMBER OTHER THAN THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS AND THE MAJORITY WHIP SHALL BE LIMITED TO FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. MITCHELL, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:01:17 AM

      MR. MITCHELL

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. SUOZZI, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. SUOZZI, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:03:55 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    • 10:04:00 AM

      MR. SUOZZI

      UNFORTUNATELY, TOO MANY AMERICANS AND ELECTED OFFICIALS HAVE BEEN…

      UNFORTUNATELY, TOO MANY AMERICANS AND ELECTED OFFICIALS HAVE BEEN DISTRACTED FROM RUSSIA'S SECRET OPERATIONS BECAUSE OF THE PITCHED PARTISAN BATTLE REGARDING PUTIN'S INVOLVEMENT IN THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL RACE. THE BOTTOM LINE IS THIS -- DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS CAN'T LOSE FOCUS ON RUSSIA'S WORLDWIDE STRETCHERY DUE TO OUR HYPER-- STRETCHRY DUE TO OUR HYPERPARTISANSHIP AT HOME. REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS MUST WORK TOGETHER TO EXPOSE THEIR WORLDWIDE PLAN TO SUBVERT DEMOCRACY. WE MUST FACE THE REALITY THAT RUSSIA IS USING NONTRADITIONAL, NONMILITARY WEAPONS IN A HYBRID WARFARE TO UNDERMINE DEMOCRACIES IN COUNTRIES THAT ARE ILL-EQUIPPED TO COMBAT THEIR MALIGN EFFORTS. INSTEAD OF FOCUSING ON RUSSIA'S ACTIVITIES DURING THE 2016, I HAVE INTRODUCED A BIPARTISAN BILL, THE RUSSIA ANTI-CORRUPTION ACT, WITH 13 REPUBLICANS AND 10 DEMOCRATIC CO-SPONSORS TO EXPOSE AND THWART PUTIN AND HIS CRONIES' ILLICIT ACTIVITIES IN EASTERN EUROPE AND EUROPE AS A WHOLE. WHETHER BRIBING POLITICIANS, BUYING MEDIA OUTLETS TO PROMOTE PROPAGANDA, PURCHASING POWER PLANTS TO CONTROL ENERGY SUPPLIES TO GAIN LEVERAGE OVER UNSTABLE GOVERNMENTS, WE MUST DEFINE, DOCUMENT, AND DISRUPT THE CORRUPTION FLOWING FROM MOSCOW WHICH IMPERILS THE DEMOCRATIC FOUNDATIONS OF OUR U.S. ALLIES. OUR LEGISLATION WILL ESTABLISH WITHIN THE STATE DEPARTMENT AN OFFICE OF ANTI-CORRUPTION RELATING TO ILLICIT RUSSIAN FINANCIAL ACTIVITIES IN EUROPE. WHICH WOULD ANALYZE RUSSIA'S FINANCIAL MEDDLING AND STRATEGIC EUROPE -- IN STRATEGIC EUROPEAN SECTORS INCLUDING REAL ESTATE, ENERGY, MEDIA, INFRASTRUCTURE. THE OFFICE WILL COLLABORATE WITH THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT TO TRAIN U.S. DIPLOMATS TO WORK WITH FOREIGN PARTNERS. THIS OFFICE WILL ALSO WORK WITH OUR NATO ALLIES TO ELEVATE ANTI-CORRUPTION OPERATIONS AS PART OF NATO'S READINESS ACTION PLAN. OLE GARKED CONNECTED TO PUTIN ARE ALLIES IN THE HYBRID WARFARE SCHEME. THEY FLOOD EUROPE WITH DIRTY MONEY, BRIBING POLITICIANS AND PURCHASING KEY ASSETS TO SUBVERT DEMOCRACY. THE PANAMA PAPERS FOUND A TRAIL OF $2 BILLION THAT LEADS BACK TO THE RUSSIAN PRESIDENT. SUCH MONEY HAS GONE TO SUPPORT FRINGE POLITICAL PARTIES IN FRANCE, GERMANY, AUSTRIA, AND ELSEWHERE. WELL-FUNDED RUSSIAN MEDIA OUTLETS ALSO PLAY A KEY WAR IN THIS HYBRID WARFARE. THEY SPREAD LIES AND WEAKEN FAITH. OUR ALLIES IN EASTERN AND CENTRAL EUROPE TRIED TO UNDERMINE THE TRANS-ATLANTIC ALLIANCE. THIS SUBVERTS FROM THE MILITARY AGGRESSION IN UKRAINE, TO ASSASSINATIONS ON EUROPEAN SOIL. AS PUTINS AND HIS CRONIES WORK, THE INFLUENCE GROWS AND GROWS AND GROWS AND THAT'S HOW DEMOCRACY KS DIE. MR. SPEAKER THIS IS NOT ABOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP. IT'S NOT ABOUT DEMOCRATS VS. REPUBLICANS. MEMBERS OF CONGRESS MUST WORK TOGETHER TO FIND SOLUTIONS TO THE VERY SERIOUS THREATS POSED BY RUSSIA THE WORLD OVER. I'D NOW LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE OF MY TIME TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, FRENCH HILL, THE ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR OF THE RUSSIAN ANTI-CORRUPTION ACT AND A REAL LEADER ON THIS CRITICAL ISSUE. MR. HILL.

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    • 10:07:37 AM

      MR. HILL

      I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I YIELD BACK.

    • 10:09:08 AM

      MR. SUOZZI

      MR. -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA, MR. JENKINS, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

    • 10:09:10 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    • 10:09:21 AM

      MR. JENKINS

      THIS WEEK, THE NAME OF OFFICER CROOK, ALONG WITH 359 OF HIS FALLEN…

      THIS WEEK, THE NAME OF OFFICER CROOK, ALONG WITH 359 OF HIS FALLEN BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN BLUE, WILL BE ADDED TO THE NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS MEMORIAL HERE IN WASHINGTON. AS OUR NATION HONORS OUR POLICE OFFICERS FOR THEIR SACRIFICES, WE GIVE THANKS TO THE LIFE OF OFFICER CROOK, WHOM WE SADLY LOST LAST MAY. LIEUTENANT CROOK WAS BORN IN SUMMERS COUNTY, GRADUATED FROM BLUEFIELD STATE COLLEGE AND PROUDLY SERVED IN THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS RESERVE FOR SIX YEARS. AFTER SERVING HIS NATION, HE EXCHANGED HIS MARINE UNIFORM FOR THAT OF THE BLUEFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT IN 2008. LIEUTENANT CROOK WAS AN OUTSTANDING POLICE OFFICER AND DEVOTED FAMILY MAN. HE LOVED THE OUTDOORS AND WOULD NEVER PASS UP AN OPPORTUNITY TO GO FISHING. IN FACT, THE CITY OF BLUEFIELD IS PLANNING TO RENAME A LAKE IN HIS HONOR. SO HIS LEGACY CAN CARRY ON THROUGH ONE OF HIS FAVORITE PASTIMES. HIS MEMORY IS KEPT ALIVE BY HIS WIFE, WHITNEY, HIS KIDS BRYCE AND PAISLEY. HIS EXTENDED FAMILY, THE BLUEFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT, AND SO MANY OTHERS. HE WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. OUR STATE AND COUNTRY LOST A GOOD MAN, AND OFFICER CROOK IS MISSED EACH AND EVERY DAY. MAY HE REST IN PEACE. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:11:30 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    • 10:11:39 AM

      MR. RUIZ

      FOR ME AND FOR THE COMMUNITIES THAT I REPRESENT, IT'S PERSONAL. JUST TWO…

      FOR ME AND FOR THE COMMUNITIES THAT I REPRESENT, IT'S PERSONAL. JUST TWO YEARS AGO OFFICERS LESLIE AND GIL FROM THE PALM SPRINGS POLICE DEPARTMENT WERE SHOT AND KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY RESPONDING TO WHAT APPEARED TO BE A ROUTINE DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE. IN THE WAKE OF THIS TRAGEDY, OUR COMMUNITIES CAME TOGETHER TO REMEMBER THE OFFICERS AND TO DO MORE FOR THE ENTIRE LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY. OVER THE PAST YEAR, I HAVE WORKED WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTERS, AND OTHER LOCAL AND NATIONAL PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICER LEADERS TO DRAFT THE HEROES FIRST RESPONDERS SURVIVORS SUPPORT ACT. LEGISLATION THAT HONORS THOSE WHO HAVE PASSED BY SERVING THE LIVING. WE DEVELOPED THIS BILL WITH ONE CENTRAL IDEA IN MIND -- THAT THOSE WHO RISK THEIR LIVES FOR OUR COMMUNITY DESERVE THE PEACE OF MIND TO KNOW THAT IF SOMETHING HAPPENED TO THEM, THEIR FAMILY WOULD BE ALL RIGHT, THAT THEY WOULD BE ABLE TO PAY OFF THEIR DEBT, PUT THEIR KIDS THROUGH COLLEGE, AND HAVE A FAIR SHOT AT MAKING IT IN THE WORLD. SO WE DID THE MATH. LOOKING AT THE EXISTING PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICER BENEFIT PROGRAM TO SEE IF IT ACHIEVED THESE PRINCIPLES AND WE FOUND THAT FAMILIES OF FALLEN FIRST RESPONDERS, THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR ALL TO PROTECT US, ARE BEING SHORTCHANGED AND DON'T EVEN HAVE ENOUGH TO PAY OFF THEIR DEBT AND PAY FOR THE RISING COST OF AN EDUCATION. FAMILIES OF FALLEN PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS ARE STILL STRUGGLING. SO MY BIPARTISAN BILL WILL CORRECT THIS AND PROVIDE NEEDED RELIEF FOR THOSE WHO SACRIFICED SO MUCH. IT WILL INCREASE THE PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICER BENEFIT FROM $350,000 TO $500,000 IN ORDER TO PAY OFF THE CALCULATED NATIONAL AVERAGE DEBT MOST FAMILIES HAVE. IT WILL INCREASE THE MONTHLY EDUCATION BENEFIT FROM $1,024 PER MONTH TO $2,000 PER MONTH TO ENSURE THEY CAN AFFORD THE ACTUAL RISING COST OF AN EDUCATION. AND IT WILL FIX A BUREAUCRATIC LOOPHOLE THAT COST FAMILIES TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FOR NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN. RIGHT NOW OUR MEN AND WOMEN WHO RISK THEIR LIVES IN ORDER TO SAVE OUR LIVES ARE BEING SHORTCHANGED, AND I URGE ALL MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO DO THE RIGHT THING, TO FOLLOW WORDS WITH ACTION, AND ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING PRAGMATIC THAT WILL IMPROVE THE LIVES OF FALLEN FIRST RESPONDERS' FAMILIES. I HOPE THAT ALL MEMBERS WILL CO-SPONSOR AND SUPPORT MY BIPARTISAN HEROES LESLIE AND GIL FIRST RESPONDERS SURVIVORS SUPPORT ACT AND I URGE THE SPEAKER TO BRING IT UP FOR A VOTE IMMEDIATELY. LET'S SUPPORT THIS BILL AND STAND UP FOR THESE FAMILIES THAT HAVE SACRIFICED SO MUCH FOR US. THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO HONOR AN INCREDIBLE ORGANIZATION IN MY DISTRICT THAT FOR MORE THAN A DECADE SERVED THE COMMUNITY BY PROVIDING INFORMATION AND RESOURCES TO HELP CHILDREN, THE ELDERLY, AND VULNERABLE INDIVIDUALS PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM VIOLENT CRIMES. CHRISTOPHER'S CLUBHOUSE WAS STARTED IN 1996 AFTER MICAH MOULTON'S SON CHRISTOPHER WAS KIDNAPPED AND MURDERED AT 10 YEARS OLD. THE FAMILY MADE THE BRAVE AND SELFLESS CHOICE TO TURN THEIR GRIEF INTO SOMETHING POSITIVE. THEY REALIZED THAT WHILE THEY HAD DONE EVERYTHING RIGHT, LIKE TELLING CHRISTOPHER NOT TO TALK TO STRANGERS, THAT NO ONE HAD TOLD HIM THERE WAS MORE THEY COULD HAVE DONE. THEY REALIZED THEY HAD NOT TAUGHT HIM WHAT TO DO IF SOMEONE GRABBED CHRISTOPHER. THEY DIDN'T WANT ANY PARENT TO FACE THAT SAME REALIZATION AND THAT SAME GRIEF, SO THEY STARTED CHRISTOPHER'S CLUBHOUSE TO PROVIDE SAFETY SKILLS AND PERSONAL DEFENSE TECHNIQUES FOR CHILDREN, TEENS, AND THE ELDERLY THROUGHOUT THE COACHELLA VALLEY OVER THE YEARS, CHRISTOPHER'S CLUBHOUSE HAS SERVED MORE THAN 100,000 PEOPLE THROUGH THEIR PROGRAMS IN SCHOOLS, COMMUNITY EVENTS, AND CHURCHES. . THERE IS NO DOUBT THEY HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE AND SAVED LIVES. PREVENTING OTHER PARENTS FROM GOING THROUGH THEIR PAIN. AND I THANK THEM AND I APPLAUD THEM FOR THEIR YEARS OF SERVICE. WHILE THE CHRISTOPHER CLUBHOUSE MAY BE CLOSING, THE LEGACY OF THEIR WORK WILL BE FELT FOR GENERATIONS. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    • 10:16:10 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      DONOVAN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR.

    • 10:16:14 AM

      MR. DONOVAN

      SPEAKER, I RISE TO HONOR THE MEMORY AND SACRIFICE OF NEW YORK POLICE…

      SPEAKER, I RISE TO HONOR THE MEMORY AND SACRIFICE OF NEW YORK POLICE OFFICERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY. EVERY DAY WOMEN AND MEN DON BLUE UNIFORMS AND HEAD OUT INTO OUR STREETS. UNSURE OF WHAT DANGER THAT THEY MAY ENCOUNTER. THEY PROTECT MY FAMILY AND THE 8. 5 MILLION PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN NEW YORK CITY. I THANK THEM FOR RISKING EVERYTHING TO KEEP US SAFE. THE FOLLOWING MEN AND WOMEN, NEW YORK'S FINEST, HAVE MET THEIR END OF WATCH WHILE CARRYING OUT THEIR DUTIES SINCE I CAME TO OFFICE IN CONGRESS IN MAY OF 2015. I'D LIKE TO HONOR THEM BY READING THEIR NAMES HERE IN THE HOUSE CHAMBER. LIEUTENANT JEFFREY FRANCIS, 9/11 RELATED ILLNESSES. DETECTIVE MILOS FAMILIA, GUN FAIR. OFFICER MICHAEL HENCE, 9/11 RELATED ILLNESS. SERGEANT TERENCE SCOTT O'HARA, 9/11 RELATED ILLNESS. DEPUTY CHIEF JAMES MILLOY, 9/11 RELATED ILLNESS. DETECTIVE STEVEN MCDONNELL, GUNFIRE. DETECTIVE STEVEN KABINSKI, 9/11 RELATE THE ILLNESS. SERGEANT BALL DIZOLI, GUNFIRE. ASSISTANT CHIEF MICHAEL QUINN, 9/11 RELATED ILLNESS. DETECTIVE MICHAEL GLAZER, 9/11 RELATED ILLNESS. LIEUTENANT KEN R THE OZELLO, 9/11 RELATED ILLNESS. OFFICER KENNETH WOLF, 9/11 RELATED ILLNESS. OFFICER DEBORAH JEFF, 9/11 RELATED ILLNESS. DETECTIVE ANDREW SIROCCO, 9/11 RELATED ILLNESS. OFFICER JUAN FELICIANO, HEART ATTACK. SERGEANT DONALD SCOTT CONIFF, VEHICLE ASSAULT. SERGEANT MICHAEL GALVIN, 9/11 RELATED ILLNESS. SERGEANT WAYNE JACKSON, 9/11 RELATED ILLNESS. LIEUTENANT MARCY SIMS -- SIMMS, 9/11 RELATED ILLNESS. OFFICER CHARLES KAREN, 9/11 RELATED ILLNESS. SERGEANT LOUIS PIOLI, 9/11 RELATED ILLNESS. DETECTIVE RANDOLPH HOLDER, GUNFIRE. SERGEANT GERARD AHR O OT, 9/11 RELATED ILLNESS. DETECTIVE RONALD RICHARDS, 9/11 RELATED ILLNESS. SERGEANT EDMUND MURRAY, 9/11 RELATED ILLNESS. LIEUTENANT REBECCA BUCK, 9/11 RELATED ILLNESS. OFFICER ALEXANDER FIGUEROA, 9/11 FIGUEROA, 9/11 RELATED ILLNESS. LIEUTENANT LEWIS LOPEZ, 9/11 RELATED ILLNESS. BETZO, 9/11 RELATED ILLNESS. DETECTIVE LEROY DIXON, NEVER RELATED ILLNESS. DETECTIVE MICHAEL KENNETH DAVIS, 9/11 FIGUEROA, 9/11 RELATED ILLNESS. LIEUTENANT LEWIS LOPEZ, 9/11 RELATED ILLNESS. OFFICER MATTHEW GAY, 9/11 RELATED ILLNESS. OFFICER JAMES RELATED ILLNESS. AND SERGEANT CHARLES GUZLANDMUN, 9/11 RELATED ILLNESS. MAY THEIR FAMILIES CONTINUE TO BE IN OUR PRAYERS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 10:20:10 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    • 10:20:18 AM

      MR. DEFAZIO

      AND THE $100 BILLION IN TRANSIT. IT'S ALL -- WELL, NONE OF THAT'S…

      AND THE $100 BILLION IN TRANSIT. IT'S ALL -- WELL, NONE OF THAT'S HAPPENING. IN FACT, DESPITE THE PRESIDENT BEING RIGHT HERE AND TALKING ABOUT A $1.5 TRILLION PLAN, BIG SURPRISE, UP BY $500 BILLION, DURING THE STATE OF THE UNION, THE NET RESULT OF WHAT THIS PRESIDENT AND THIS ADMINISTRATION HAD A DONE IS ACTUALLY TO REDUCE SPENDING ON INFRASTRUCTURE. AND PUT FORWARD A PAPER PLAN THAT WOULD SAY, YOU'RE ON YOUR OWN. IT'S CALLED DEVOLUTION. THAT IS WE'RE GOING TO SAY TO THE STATES AND THE TERRITORIES, IT'S YOUR OBLIGATION TO BUILD A NATIONAL COORDINATED TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE. THIS IS A GRAND NEW IDEA FROM SOME OF THE RIGHT WING THINK TANKS. MAKE THE STATES DO IT. HOW IS THAT GOING TO WORK? ACTUALLY, IT'S NOT A NEW IDEA. WE TRIED IT ONCE BEFORE. WE TRIED IT BY DEFAULT UNTIL WE HAD THE EISENHOWER PLAN, REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT TORQUES BUILD THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY SYSTEM. THIS WAS THE NET RESULT OF DEVOLUTION. DEVOLUTION. KANSAS, OKLAHOMA, YOU BUILD IT, WE'LL BUILD IT. UP, KANSAS BUILT IT. WHAT'S THIS? OH, THAT IS THE STATE LINE. THIS IS OKLAHOMA. SORRY, WE DON'T HAVE THE MONEY TO BUILD AND CONTINUE THAT BEAUTIFUL NEW FREEWAY. 1956. AND FOR THREE YEARS CARS CRASHED THROUGH A WOODEN BARRIER THEY BUILT AT THE END, AT THE STATE LINE, INTO A FARM FIELD. UNTIL WE HAD A NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION PLAN FROM A REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT FUNDED BY A USER FEE, A GAS TAX, TO BUILD OUT THE SYSTEM NATIONWIDE. THEN IT WAS RONALD REAGAN WHO SAID, WAIT A MINUTE. WAIT A MINUTE. WE CAN'T JUST HAVE HIGHWAYS, WE NEED TO HAVE TRANSIT TO SERVE OUR NATION'S LARGEST CITIES AND OUR HUBS. WE ADDED IN TRANSIT INTO THIS. THAT'S ALL WELL AND GOOD. WE BUILT THE SYSTEM THAT WAS THE ENVY OF THE WORLD 40 YEARS AGO. 30 YEARS AGO, MAYBE EVEN 25 YEARS AGO. SINCE THEN IT'S BEEN CRUMBLING WITH NEGLECT. WE HAVEN'T RAISED THE FEDERAL GAS TAX SINCE 1993. 140,000 BRIDGES NEED REPAIR. $100 BILLION BACKLOG IN TRANSIT JUST TO BUILD OUT TO A STATE OF GOOD REPAIR FOR WHAT WE HAVE. NOT EVEN GIVE PEOPLE NEW TRANSIT OPTIONS TO GET OUT OF THE TRAFFIC. WE'RE WASTING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS A YEAR, WASTING FUEL. PEOPLE SITTING IN GRIDLOCK ALL AROUND THE COUNTRY. THEY ARE DAMAGING THEIR CARS THROUGH POTHOLES. AND THEY DON'T HAVE THE TRANSIT OPTIONS THAT WERE PROMISED TO THEM. WHAT'S GOING ON? WELL, SEEMS LIKE THE REPUBLICANS LOVE TO TALK ABOUT IT. THEY JUST LOVE TO TALK ABOUT INFRASTRUCTURE. EVERYBODY LOVES TO TALK ABOUT T WE'RE GOING TO FILL THOSE POTHOLES, BUILD THOSE BRIDGES, TAKE CARE OF YOU. BUT, THEY REFUSE TO FUND IT. THAT'S THE BOTTOM LINE. WE NEED TO FUND AN AMBITIOUS NEW NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN. TRANSIT, ROADS, BRIDGES, HIGHWAYS, HARBORS AND PORTS, WASTEWATER, CLEAN WATER. THE LIST GOES ON AND ON AND ON. YOU CAN'T BE A GREAT NATION IF YOUR PEOPLE ARE MIRED IN GRIDLOCK. IF YOUR ROADS ARE POTHOLED. IF YOUR HARBORS ARE SILTED IN. IF YOUR JETTIES ARE FAILING. IF YOUR WASTEWATER SYSTEMS ARE 50 YEARS OLD AND CAN'T DAYCARE ANY -- CAN'T TAKE ANY NEW CAPACITY AND POLLUTING OUR RIVERS, AND CLEAN WATER IS NOT AVAILABLE TO PEOPLE IN SOME OF THE LARGEST CITIES IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WHERE IS THE FEDERAL PARTNER? THERE IS NO FEDERAL PARTNER WITH THE REPUBLICANS IN CHARGE. LET THE STATES DO IT. LET'S DEVOLVE THIS OBLIGATION TO THE STATES. THAT'S THEIR SOLUTION. THE STATES SHOULD PAY FOR IT. WELL, IT DIDN'T WORK IN THE 1950'S, HOW THE HECK IS THAT GOING TO WORK IN THE 21ST CENTURY? EVEN IF, LIKE ONE STATE DECIDES NOW TO -- LIKE INCREASE CAPACITY TO MOVE FREIGHT, SAY CALIFORNIA WANTS TO MOVE THE ALL THE FREIGHT THAT MOVES INTO LOS ANGELES OUT OF CALIFORNIA TO THE REST OF NATION WHERE IT'S GOING AND BRING THE GOODS IN TO EXPORT FROM THERE. HOW IS THAT GOING TO WORK WHEN YOU GET TO THE NEVADA STATE LINE AND THERE IS A TWO LANE ROAD OR NO ROAD ON THE OTHER SIDE? THIS IS AN ABJECT FAILURE. IT'S TIME THE GOODS IN FOR CONGRESS TO ACT. IF THE REPUBLICANS WON'T ACT, MAYBE WE NEED TO REPLACE THEM WITH A PARTY THAT WILL ACT TO REBUILD AMERICA AND MAKE A US COMPETITIVE IN THE WORLD FOR THE 21ST TRENTRY -- CENTURY. NOT DEVOLUTION. WE NEED A FEDERAL PARTNERSHIP. WE NEED FEDERAL INVESTMENT. WE NEED A COORDINATED 21ST CENTURY NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 10:25:32 AM

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    • 10:25:36 AM

      MR. FITZPATRICK

      MR. SPEAKER, IT IS MY HONOR TO RECOGNIZE AN EDUCATOR IN MY DISTRICT WHO IS…

      MR. SPEAKER, IT IS MY HONOR TO RECOGNIZE AN EDUCATOR IN MY DISTRICT WHO IS MAKING A LASTING DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF BUCKS COUNTY STUDENTS. REBECCA OBERTHORN OF PENNWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL WAS RECENTLY NAMED THE WINNER OF THE ALL PRO TEACH EVER OF THE YEAR AWARD. FOR THIS DISTINCTION SHE'S SECURED $7,000 FOR PENNWOOD TO BE USED ON MATERIALS THAT PROMOTE STEM EDUCATION AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS. THIS PROGRAM, WHICH IS IN COLLABORATION WITH THE PHILADELPHIA EAGLES, HONORED REBECCA DUE TO OUR DEDICATION IN THE CLASSROOM, ALONG WITH HER WORK ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AT SILVER LAKE NATURE CENTER IN BRISTOL, AND THROUGH STEM WORK AT THE BUCKS COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE. IT ALSO FEATURED AN EVENT AT PENNSWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL WITH EAGLES WIDE RECEIVER HICKS. I APPLAUD HER FOR HER WORK IN PROMOTING STEM EDUCATION AND COMMITMENT TO BUILDING OUR NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS IN BUCKS COUNTY. MR. SPEAKER, THE HIGHEST AND MOST ADEPT PEOPLE IN THE WORLD ARE EXECUTED BY PEOPLE IN SPACE EXPLORATION AND RESEARCH AND PROUD TO RECOGNIZE SOME OF THE YOUNGEST EMPLOYEES WHO WORK NOT OUT OF HOUSTON, TEXAS, BUT FROM COUNCIL ROCKS SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL IN PENNSYLVANIA. COUNCIL ROCKS SOUTH IS ONE OF 125 SCHOOLS IN THE NATION AND ONLY SCHOOL IN PENNSYLVANIA THAT PARTICIPATES IN A UNIQUE PROGRAM THAT ENABLES STUDENTS TO DEVELOP PROJECTS THAT ULTIMATELY COULD BE USED BY NASA ITSELF. INDEED, NASA'S CURRENTLY WORKING ON ONE OF THE PROJECTS THAT ORIGINATED FROM COUNCIL ROCKS SOUTH. SEVERAL YEARS PRIOR. A VIBRATION ISOLATION CHAMBER THAT WOULD PROTECT FERTILIZED EGGS. I APPLAUD THESE STUDENTS FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS AND WOULD LIKE TO THANK TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION TEACHER, FRED BOWER, FOR THE GUIDANCE AND DIRECTION HE PROVIDES THESE IMPRESSIVE YOUNG WOMEN AND MEN. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:27:53 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      KELLY: THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT

    • 10:27:59 AM

      MS. KELLY

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES MR. DESJARLAIS FOR FIVE MINUTES.

    • 10:32:44 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    • 10:32:48 AM

      MR. DESJARLAIS

      UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF POLICE CHIEF CLINT HOOVE, WHO IS A MASTER CHIEF,…

      UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF POLICE CHIEF CLINT HOOVE, WHO IS A MASTER CHIEF, THE DUNLAP POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN ACTIVE IN THEIR SUPPORT FOR THE GUARD AND THE RESERVE EMPLOYEES. LIKE MANY EMPLOYERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, THE CHIEF AND THE DUNLAP P.D. PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN OUR NATION'S MILITARY READINESS THROUGH THEIR UNWAVERING SUPPORT OF OUR RESERVE COMPONENTS. ON BEHALF OF TENNESSEE'S FOURTH DISTRICT, I'D LIKE TO CONGRATULATE THEM ON THEIR RECOGNITION AND OFFER MY SINCERE GRATITUDE FOR THE COMMITMENT THEY HAVE MADE TO OUR CITIZEN SOLDIERS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:34:04 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      MINUTES.

    • 10:34:13 AM

      MR. BLUMENAUER

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

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

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    • 10:39:40 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    • 10:39:44 AM

      MR. THOMPSON

      BY WASHINGTON, D.C., FOR DECADES THAT SERVE AS A SPIDERWEB AND MAKES…

      BY WASHINGTON, D.C., FOR DECADES THAT SERVE AS A SPIDERWEB AND MAKES PEOPLE FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE LIVING IN POVERTY WHICH IS NOTHING WE SHOULD EVER DO. WE SHOULD ALWAYS BE WORKING TO PROVIDE OUR FRIENDS, OUR NEIGHBORS, OUR NEIGHBORS IN NEED WITH A PATHWAY TO OPPORTUNITY. SALVATION ARMY IS A GREAT ORGANIZATION, ACTUALLY, THAT ACCOMPLISHES THAT. WITH THE HELP OF 3.2 VOLUNTEERS, SALVATION ARMY SERVES NEARLY 25 MILLION AMERICANS THROUGH A RANGE OF SOCIAL SERVICES, INCLUDING FOOD FOR THE HUNGRY, RELIEF FOR DISASTER SURVIVORS, CLOTHING, AND SHELTER FOR THE HOMELESS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN. NATIONAL SALVATION ARMY WEEK BEGAN IN 1954 WHEN CONGRESS APPROVED A JOINT RESOLUTION FOR PRESIDENT DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER TO PROCLAIM A WEEK TO RECOGNIZE THE HUMANITARIAN EFFORTS OF THE SALVATION ARMY. THE SALVATION ARMY IS ONE OF THE NATION'S LARGEST AND OLDEST FAITH-BASED HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES PROVIDERS. WITH THE PRESENCE IN EVERY ZIP CODE ACROSS THE COUNTRY, THE SALVATION ARMY UNDERSTANDS THE DEMAND FOR AMERICANS IN NEED. LOUISIANA YEAR, THE SALVATION ARMY SERVED MORE THAN 56 MILLION MEALS AND PROVIDED 10 MILLION NIGHTS OF SHELTER. SALVATION ARMY IS ON THE FRONT LINES OF THE OPIOID CRISIS, SERVING MORE THAN 173,000 AMERICANS, 139 REHAB CENTERS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. SINCE THE 1900 GALVESTON HURRICANE, THE SALVATION ARMY HAS HELPED SURVIVORS IN EVERY NATURAL DISASTER AND NUMEROUS MAN-MADE DISASTER. IT HELPS MORE THAN 275,000 SURVIVORS RECEIVE HOPE, HEALING, AND COMFORT. THROUGH A WIDE VARIETY OF JOB TRAINING PROGRAMS, INCLUDING CULINARY, HOSPITALITY, LANDSCAPING TRAINING, SALVATION ARMY HELPS AMERICANS TO LIFT THEMSELVES OUT OF POVERTY, HELP THEM ACHIEVE FOOD SECURITY. THE SALVATION ARMY TAKES A HOLISTIC APPROACH IN ADDRESSING PEOPLE'S NEEDS. IT SUPPORTS THE EMOTIONAL, SPIRITUAL, PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT OF THOSE THEY SERVE. DATA SHOWS WHEN THEY GO TO THE CARE PROGRAMS ARE MORE LIKELY TO RECLAIM THEIR LIVES AND GET BACK ON THEIR FEET. MR. SPEAKER, THE SALVATION ARMY WAS ESTABLISHED IN LONDON IN 1865 AND FOR MORE THAN 135 YEARS IT'S BEEN SUPPORTING THOSE IN NEED WITHOUT DISCRIMINATION. WE CAN JOIN THE FIGHT FOR GOOD AND I WANT TO RECOGNIZE THIS OUTSTANDING ORGANIZATION WHO HAS GIVEN SCORES OF AMERICANS THE HELP THEY NEED DURING TRYING TIMES. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 10:42:51 AM

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    • 10:42:57 AM

      MR. O'HALLERAN

      AND TO THANK THOSE OFFICERS WHO ARE PUTTING THEIR LIFE ON THE LINE EVERY…

      AND TO THANK THOSE OFFICERS WHO ARE PUTTING THEIR LIFE ON THE LINE EVERY DAY TO PROTECT OUR COMMUNITIES. WE OWE A GREAT DEBT OF GRATITUDE TO THESE MEN AND WOMEN AND THEIR FAMILIES WHO MAKE THEIR OWN SACRIFICES AS THEY SEE THEIR LOVED ONES OFF EVERY DAY. I HAVE -- I REMEMBER WHEN I WENT OFF EVERY DAY AND SAID GOODBYE TO MY WIFE AND MY CHILDREN. USUALLY WORKED NIGHTTIME AND I REMEMBER AFTERWARDS COMING HOME AND SOME NIGHTS WHEN AN OFFICER HAD BEEN KILLED OR SHOT AND THEY MENTIONED IT ON TV BUT WOULDN'T GIVE THE NAME OUT UNTIL THE FAMILY WAS NOTIFIED. THOSE TIMES FOR ALL THE FAMILIES IN A LARGE MAJOR POLICE DEPARTMENT OR SMALL ONE ARE TRAUMATIC. AND AFTER A WHILE, MY SON, WHO WAS VERY YOUNG AT THE TIME, WOULD SIT ON THE STAIRWAY GOING UP TO THE SECOND FLOOR BEDROOMS, LATE IN THE EVENING UNTIL I CAME HOME. I HAVE LOST FRIENDS AND PARTNERS IN THE LINE OF DUTY. ONE, IRWIN JACKSON, AFTER HE SAVED MY LIFE DURING A ROBBERY ARREST. WITHIN A YEAR HE WAS SHOT DEAD ON A CALL. I HAVE GRIEVED WITH THEIR FAMILIES AND DURING THE MOST DIFFICULT TIMES I'VE EXPERIENCED FIRSTHAND THE REAL SACRIFICES THEY MAKE. THIS WEEK MY WIFE, PAT, AND I PAUSE TO REMEMBER OUR FRIENDS AND WE FLECT ON THEIR SERVICE. -- REFLECT ON THEIR SERVICE. MR. SPEAKER, LAST YEAR 129 OFFICERS DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. AND SO FAR THIS YEAR, PRELIMINARY REPORTS SHOW 54 OFFICERS HAVE DIED. ARIZONA HAS LOST ONE BRAVE OFFICER SO FAR THIS YEAR. THE FAMILY OF NOGALES POLICE JESUS CORDOVA AND THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY CONTINUE TO MOURN HIS DEATH AFTER HE WAS SHOT AND KILLED BY A CAR JACKING SUSPECT LAST MONTH. . HE HE WAS THE FIRST OFFICER TO BE SHOT AND KILLED IN 130 YEARS. THESE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS SERVED AND PROTECTED THEIR COMMUNITIES ADMIRABLY. WHILE WE CAN NEVER REPAY THE DEBT WE OWE THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES, WE WILL NEVER -- WE WILL FOREVER REMEMBER THEIR SERVICE. THIS WEEK, 360 OFFICERS WERE MEMORIALIZED ON THE NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT MEMORIAL HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C. THREE BRAVE ARIZONANS WERE HONORED. PAUL LUZINSKI OF THE ELMIRAGE POLICE DEPARTMENT WHOSE WATCH WILL FOREVER REMEMBER THEIR SERVICE. ENDED LAST YEAR. ALFRED MOORE OF THE ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF LIQUOR CONTROL, WHOSE WATCH ENDED IN 1965. AND RUPERT HOPKINS OF THE PIMA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE, WHOSE WATCH ENDED IN 1950. THE MEMORIAL ALSO INCLUDES NAVAJO NATION OFFICER HOUSTON LARGO WHO DIED LAST YEAR WHILE REPRESENTING -- RESPONDING TO A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CALL IN NEW MEXICO. AS WE LOOK TO THE FUTURE, NATION IT IS IMPORTANT TO HIGHLIGHT THE WORK BEING DONE AT THE LOCAL, COUNTY, AND STATE LEVELS TO IMPROVE THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN POLICE OFFICERS AND THEIR COMMUNITIES. I HAVE SEEN FIRSTHAND HOW COMMUNITY POLICING PRACTICES BENEFIT BOTH THE COMMUNITIES AND THE OFFICERS ON PATROL. IT IMPROVES SAFETY, INCREASES TRUST, AND REDUCES VIOLENCE. COMMUNITIES ACROSS ARIZONA ARE LEADING THE WAY IN DEVELOPING STRONG RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN THESE TWO GROUPS AND I APPLAUD THEIR HARD WORK. MR. SPEAKER, I'M GRATEFUL FOR THE SUPPORT I HAVE SEEN THIS WEEK FOR OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY. I WANT TO FOR THE SUPPORT I HAVE SEEN THIS WEEK SPECIFICALLY SAY I ADDRESSED HOW MY FAMILY FELT. I SPENT A LOT OF TIME AT FUNERALS WITH FAMILIES OF THOSE THAT HAD FALLEN. AND TOO MUCH TIME. AND I SPENT SO MANY TIMES AT BEDSIDES WITH SERIOUSLY SPECIFICALLY SAY WOUNDED OFFICERS. I WAS A HOMICIDE DETECTIVE AND I INVESTIGATED THEIR SHOOTINGS. PLEASE REMEMBER IN YOUR PLAYERS NOT ONLY THE -- PRAYERS O NOT ONLY THE OFFICERS THAT HAVE FALLEN BUT THEIR LOVED ONES. I YIELD.

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    • 10:47:47 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      JAYAPAL: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LATER ON THIS AFTERNOON IN RECOGNITION OF…

      JAYAPAL: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LATER ON THIS AFTERNOON IN RECOGNITION OF INFRASTRUCTURE WEEK, I WILL BE RELEASING THE SECOND ANNUAL OVERVIEW OF TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE PRIORITIES IN MY DISTRICT, WASHINGTON'S SEVENTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT.

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    • 10:47:52 AM

      MS. JAYAPAL

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. ELLISON, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. ELLISON, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:52:36 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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      MR. ELLISON

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      WORLD. INSTEAD, THIS BILL WOULD ALLOW COMPANIES TO SPRAY PESTICIDES INTO…

      WORLD. INSTEAD, THIS BILL WOULD ALLOW COMPANIES TO SPRAY PESTICIDES INTO OUR WATERWAY THE, -- WATERWAYS, WHICH ARE ENDANGERED ALL OVER THIS COUNTRY. IT WOULD ALLOW ALL SORTS OF ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES AND WILL DIMINISH THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR PEOPLE. THEY WON'T EVEN ALLOW A PROVISION TO HAVE A CLEAN QUALITY OF LIFE FOR PEOPLE WATER ACT PERMIT TO SPRAY PESTICIDES. THE BILL IS ALSO AN ATTACK ON LOCAL CONTROL. I THOUGHT LOCAL CONTROL WAS A HALLMARK OF WHAT IT MEANT TO BE CONSERVATIVE. APPARENTLY NOT. BECAUSE THIS BILL PREEMPTS LOCAL GOVERNMENTS FROM TAKING STEPS TO PROTECT THEIR COMMUNITIES FROM PESTICIDES. I THINK A LOCAL COMMUNITY IS IN A BETTER POSITION TO UNDERSTAND THEIR HEALTH NEEDS OF ITS PEOPLE THAN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS. THE BILL WOULD ALSO TAKE DEEP CUTS TO THE SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, SNAP, A PROGRAM USED TO BE CALLED FOOD STAMPS, THERE ARE NO ACTUAL STAMPS ANYMORE. THIS BENEFIT IS PROVIDED ON A CARD THAT PEOPLE USE. THE FIVE-YEAR AUTHORIZATION OF THE FARM BILL WOULD CUT $23 BILLION PROVIDED ON A CARD THAT PEOPLE FROM SNAP. $23 BILLION. THE PROPOSAL ALSO ADDS WORK REQUIREMENTS. NOW, SOME PEOPLE THINK, YEAH, WHAT'S WRONG WITH MAKING PEOPLE WORK FOR A LIVING? I WORK FOR A LIVING. THE TRUTH IS, PEOPLE WHO USE THE FOOD STAMP PROGRAM OFTEN WORK FOR A LIVING, TOO. THEY JUST HAPPEN TO HAVE A TOUGH PATCH IN THEIR LIVES WHERE THEY NEED THEIR NEIGHBORS, THAT'S US, TO STEP UP AND HELP MAKE SURE THAT THEY CAN HAVE FOOD ON THE TABLE. THE IDEA THAT PEOPLE WHO HAVE ECONOMIC HARDSHIP DON'T WANT TO WORK IS SIMPLY WRONG. THIS BODY GIVES MONEY OUT TO RICH PEOPLE ALL THE TIME AND DOESN'T ASK FOR ANY WORK REQUIREMENTS. WE DON'T ASK FOR MANY REQUIREMENTS AT ALL. BUT WE DO. IT'S ALL PART OF THIS SHAMING AND BLAMING THE POOR. THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE ESTIMATES THAT THIS NEW WORK REQUIREMENT, PLUS OTHER RESTRICTIONS PROPOSED BY THE FARM BILL AS PROPOSED, WOULD END UP DENYING OR REDUCING NUTRITIONAL AID TO ABOUT TWO MILLION PEOPLE, MOSTLY FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN. REDUCING BY THE WAY, 70% OF POOR KIDS IN AMERICA ELIGIBLE FOR FOOD STAMPS LIVE IN A HOUSEHOLD WITH SOMEBODY WHO WORKS. BUT THE FEDERAL MINIMUM WAGE IS $7.25. AND ON $7.25 THAT WORKS OUT TO ABOUT $15,000 A YEAR. YOU CAN WORK FULL-TIME AND BE ELIGIBLE FOR FOOD STAMPS. PEOPLE WHO DON'T WORK BECAUSE OF WHATEVER DIFFICULT PATCH THEY HIT IN THEIR LIFE SHOULD NOT BE SHAMED INTO NOT ACCEPTING FOOD ASSISTANCE. IF THEY ARE NOT HEALTHY AND NOT WELL-FED, HOW ARE THEY GOING TO GET BACK IN THE WORK FORCE? UNDER THIS PROPOSAL MOST ADULTS BETWEEN 18 AND 59 WILL BE REQUIRED TO WORK PART-TIME OR ENROLL IN 20 HOURS A WEEK OF WORK FORCE TRAINING TO RECEIVE ASSISTANCE T WOULD IMPOSE STRICTER ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES FOR LOW-INCOME FAMILIES WHO QUALIFY FOR SNAP THROUGH OTHER WELFARE PROGRAMS. MANY SNAP RECIPIENTS FACE LEGITIMATE BARRIERS TO ENROLLING IN THESE PROGRAMS, SUCH AS THE UNRELIABLE TRANSPORTATION. ONE OF MY COLLEAGUES ALREADY TALKED ABOUT THE DIFFICULTY WITH TRANSPORTATION AND GETTING TO A BETTER PAYING JOB IN THIS ECONOMY. LOW HOUSING SECURITY. TALKED ABOUT THE DIFFICULTY WITH A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE HOMELESS. IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO STAY EMPLOYED IF YOU ARE HOMELESS. AND SHIFTING CHILDCARE AND MEDICAL SCHEDULES. SNAP HELPS 42 MILLION PEOPLE IN NEARLY 21 MILLION HOUSEHOLDS. IN 2016, SNAP LIFTED 3. 6 MILLION PEOPLE OUT OF POVERTY. THEY WERE IN POVERTY, NOW THEY WEREN'T BECAUSE OF SNAP. IT'S A GOOD PROGRAM. IN MY HOME STATE OF MINNESOTA, MORE THAN 69% OF SNAP PARTICIPANTS ARE FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN. ALMOST 30% ARE IN FAMILIES WITH MEMBERS WHO HAVE ELDERLY OR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES. MORE THAN 54% ARE WORKING FAMILIES. PEOPLE WHO USE FOOD STAMPS BENEFITS, THEY WORK HARD EVERY DAY. THEY WORK HARDER THAN MANY OF US WHO EASTERN A LOT MORE THAN THEM. IS -- EARN A LOT MORE THAN THEM. SNAP KEPT ALMOST 60,000 CHILDREN PER YEAR. LET ME WRAP UP BY SAYING THE FARM BILL AS CURRENTLY PROPOSED I CANNOT VOTE FOR. I'LL HAVE TO URGE A NO. I HOPE WE LEARN SOMETHING IMPORTANT ABOUT PEOPLE WHO STRUGGLE HARD IN THIS ECONOMY. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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    • 10:58:23 AM

      MR. GALLEGO

      I WAS A FREE LUNCH KID WAS A FREE LUNCH KID GROWING UP. I WAS THE YOUNG…

      I WAS A FREE LUNCH KID WAS A FREE LUNCH KID GROWING UP. I WAS THE YOUNG MAN THAT BROUGHT HIS I.D. CARD TO THE LUNCH LADY AND SHE LOOKED ON O THE BACK NOR THAT YELLOW STICKER -- FOR THAT YELLOW STICKER, AND I RECEIVED FREE BREAKFAST AND FREE LUNCH. I KNOW WHAT IT'S LIKE TO COME FROM A HOME WITH A LOT OF LOVE BUT NOT A LOT OF MONEY. I CAN TELL YOU FOR A FACT THAT KIDS WITH BACKGROUNDS LIKE ME CANNOT SUCCEED IN THE CLASSROOM IF THEY ARE WORRIED ABOUT THE NEXT MEAL. THAT'S WHY THIS G.O.P. FARM BILL IS SO REPREHENSIBLE. REPUBLICANS ARE PROPOSING SNAP CUTS THAT WILL KICK A QUARTER OF A MILLION STUDENTS OFF OF THE FREE LUNCH PROGRAM. THAT'S RIGHT, MR. SPEAKER. THEY HAVE JUST GIVEN MASSIVE TAX CUTS TO MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES BUT NOW TO SAVE MONEY THEY ARE TRYING TO PASS A BILL THAT COULD COST POOR KIDS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY TO GO HUNGRY. THIS LEGISLATION IS A DIRECT ATTACK ON MY CONSTITUENTS. IT IS A DIRECT ATTACK ON THE POOR. ONE IN FOUR FAMILIES IN MY DISTRICT ALONE COUNT ON SNAP TO PUT FOOD ON TABLE. THEY DESERVE BERT, OUR COUNTRY DESERVES BERT, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS SHAMEFUL LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:59:36 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      LANGEVIN: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO ADDRESS THE WORK BEING DONE BY THE…

      LANGEVIN: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO ADDRESS THE WORK BEING DONE BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE REGARDING THE THREAT OF CLIMATE CHANGE AND REINFORCE CONGRESSIONAL INTENT ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE. LAST YEAR'S NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT EXPRESSED THE SENSE OF CONGRESS THAT CLIMATE CHANGE IS A DIRECT THREAT TO NATIONAL SECURITY.

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    • 10:59:44 AM

      MR. LANGEVIN

      WE HAVE STUDIED THE NUMBER OF FACTORS WHEN IT COMES TO OUR ARMED FORCES,…

      WE HAVE STUDIED THE NUMBER OF FACTORS WHEN IT COMES TO OUR ARMED FORCES, BUT FOR TOO LONG WE HAVE NOT GIVEN THIS MAJOR MULTIFACETED THREAT THE ATTENTION IT DESERVES. FORMER MILITARY LEADERS AND MEMBERS OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY AGREE THAT CLIMATE CHANGE POSES A SECURITY CHALLENGE THAT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO AFFECT OUR TACTICAL AND STREDGE READINESS. . SECRETARY MATTIS WAS RIGHT WHEN HE SAID, THE EFFECTS OF A CHANGING CLIMATE, SUCH AS INCREASE MARITIME ACCESS TO THE ARCTIC, RISING SEA LEVELS, DESERT, AMONG OTHERS, WILL IMPACT OUR SECURITY SITUATION, END QUOTE. NAVAL BASES SUCH AS NORFOLK OR KEY WEST ARE AT RISK FOR FLOODING. STORM SURGES WILL INCREASE IN MAGNITUDE AND TIDES CONTINUE TO RISE. INLAND BASES WILL EXPERIENCE OTHER WEATHER VOLATILITY SUCH AS EXTREME HEAT AND WILDFIRES, ALL OF WHICH CAN IMPACT THEIR ABILITY TO TRAIN AND ULTIMATELY IMPACT READINESS. THE DISPLAYS OF DOMINANCE IN THE ARCTIC WILL GROW WHERE NEW SEA LANES WILL CONNECT CONTINENTS MORE DIRECTLY THAN EVER BEFORE. THE CHANGING GLOBAL CLIMATE, MR. SPEAKER, WILL ALSO LEAD TO GREATER INSTABILITY IN THE FORM OF ECONOMIC MIGRATION, CRINESSED COMPETITION OR RESOURCES -- INCREASED COMPETITION OR RESOURCES AND POSSIBLY MORE FAILED STATES WHICH WE KNOW WILL BE BREEDING GROUNDS FOR EXTREMISM AND TERRORISM. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS CLEAR THAT A CHANGING CLIMATE WILL ALTER OUR JOINT BATTLE SPACE. SO IN THE U.S. CONGRESS INSTRUCTS THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TO TAKE THESE THREATS SERIOUSLY AND EVALUATE THE RISKS POSED TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY BY CLIMATE CHANGE, WE NEED EXACTLY -- WE MEAN EXACTLY THAT. OUR INTENT IS CLEAR AND THERE CAN BE NO ROOM FOR MISSED INTERPRETATION. LAST WEEK "THE WASHINGTON POST" REPORTED THAT DURING REVISION OF THE DEPARTMENT'S JANUARY, 2018, SCREENING LEVEL VULNERABILITY ASSESSMENT SURVEY REPORT, DEFENSE OFFICIALS OMITTED INFORMATION PERTINENT TO HOW OUR MILITARY INSTALLATIONS REPORT THEIR VULNERABILITY TO SEA LEVEL RISE, HOW CLIMATE CHANGE IS AFFECTING THE OPERATING ENVIRONMENT IN THE ARCTIC, AND THE POTENTIAL RISK TO THE DEPARTMENT'S ABILITY TO CONDUCT TRAINING AND TESTING ACTIVITIES THAT IMPACTS OUR READINESS. WHILE I APPRECIATE THE NEED TO UPDATE REPORTS WHEN IT IS APPROPRIATE AND NECESSARY, IT IS UNACCEPTABLE TO ATTEMPT TO BEND CONGRESSIONAL INTENT FOR POLITICAL CONVENIENCE. THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE MUST ANSWER TOUGH QUESTIONS AS TO WHAT MOTIVATED THESE CHANGES IF NOT ASKEWED POLITICAL NARRATIVE. IN FACT, THE ISSUE OF CLIMATE CHANGE AND ITS IMPACT ON NATIONAL SECURITY HAS BECOME MORE BIPARTISAN OVER THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS. IN FACT, LAST YEAR, THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT, IN THAT ACT, CONGRESS INSTRUCTED EACH SERVICE WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TO ASSESS THE TOP 10 MILITARY INSTALLATIONS LIKELY TO BE AFFECTED BY CLIMATE CHANGE OVER THE NEXT 20 YEARS. WE ALSO INSTRUCT COMBATANT COMMANDERS TO INCORPORATE THE EFFECTS OF A CHANGING CLIMATE INTO THEIR STRATEGIC BATTLE PLANS. 46 REPUBLICANS JOINED WITH DEMOCRATS TO SUPPORT THIS LANGUAGE ON THE HOUSE -- ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE. I EXPECT WHEN THIS REPORT IS DELIVERED TO CONGRESS LATER THIS YEAR, IT WILL MAKE CANDID ASSESSMENTS IN LINE WITH THE CLEAR LANGUAGE THAT WE SUPPORTED IN THAT FLOOR VOTE AND THAT WAS SIGNED INTO LAW BY THE PRESIDENT. MR. SPEAKER, WE MUST ENSURE THAT THE DEPARTMENT REMAINS RESILIENT AND IS PREPARED TO ADDRESS THE EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON THREAT ASSESSMENTS, RESOURCES, AND READINESS, AS WELL AS TO CONDUCT OPERATIONS BOTH TODAY AND IN THE FUTURE. CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT PLAYS AN UNDENIABLE ROLE IN THAT PROCESS. MR. SPEAKER, THE DANGERS OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE ARE REAL AND WE SUPPORT THE RESEARCHERS ON THE FRONT LINES OF THESE CRITICAL THREAT ASSESSMENTS. TOGETHER, WE CAN CONTINUE TO CRAFT A SANE AND SOBER STRATEGY TO DEFEND THE UNITED STATES FROM A VARIETY OF THREATS, INCLUDING CLIMATE CHANGE. THAT IS THE EXPRESSED INTENT OF CONGRESS FOR THE UPCOMING CLIMATE REPORT AND IS A NECESSITY AS WE PREPARE FOR OUR NATION'S FUTURE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 11:04:40 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      SPEIER: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YOU KNOW, MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES HAVE A…

      SPEIER: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YOU KNOW, MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES HAVE A POINT. IT'S REALLY TERRIBLE THAT SOME PEOPLE TAKE ADVANTAGE OF FREE FOOD AND DRINK, TO CONTINUE

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    • 11:04:45 AM

      MS. SPEIER

      THEIR SLOTHFUL LIFESTYLE. I AGREE, THIS CONDUCT MUST STOP. OF COURSE,…

      THEIR SLOTHFUL LIFESTYLE. I AGREE, THIS CONDUCT MUST STOP. OF COURSE, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS CAN ATTEND LUNCHES AND RECEPTIONS WITH FREE FOOD AND DRINK EVERY SINGLE DAY. AND SLEEP ON THE TAXPAYERS' DIME IN THEIR OFFICES. OH, AND HAVE THE TAXPAYERS DO THEIR LAUNDRY TOO. THE HOUSE HAS BEEN IN SESSION FOR A MEASLY 50 DAYS THIS YEAR, AND I COMPILED AT LEAST 54RY RECEPTIONS WHICH -- 54 RECEPTIONS. BUT EVEN ESTIMATING A MODEST $10 FOR A GLASS OF WINE AND A PLATE OF APPETIZERS, THAT MEANS THAT A MEMBER WHO ATTENDS A RECEPTION EVERY NIGHT THE HOUSE IS IN SESSION HAS RECEIVED A BENEFIT OF OVER $500, JUST SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THIS YEAR. THAT'S ABOUT THE SAME AMOUNT OF MONEY AS THE MAXIMUM MONTHLY FOOD STAMP BENEFIT FOR A FAMILY OF THREE. EXCEPT CONGRESS MEMBERS ARE NIBBLING ON PORK SLIDERS AND FRENCH BRIE AND PATE, WHILE THESE POOR FAMILIES ARE EXPECTED TO FEED EACH FAMILY MEMBER THREE MEALS A DAY FOR 30 DAYS. THAT BREAKS DOWN TO ABOUT $5.60 FOR EACH MEAL, FOR ABOUT $1.87 PER PERSON PER MEAL. NOW, I'M SURE NONE OF MY COLLEAGUES WOULD THINK THEY ARE BETTER THAN WORKING PEOPLE WHO STRUGGLE TO KEEP A ROOF OVER THEIR HEADS AND FOOD ON THEIR TABLES. AND I'M SURE ALL OF US ARE HAPPY TO BE SUBJECT TO THE SAME RULES THAT WE VOTE ON IN THIS CHAMBER. SO HERE'S MY MODEST PROPOSAL. THE CONGRESSIONAL ELECTRONIC BENEFITS TRANSFER CARD, OR CONGRESSIONAL FOOD STAMP CARD. WE'LL PUT A LITTLE CASH IN IT, SAY $1.87 PER RECEPTION, AND MEMBERS CAN FIGURE OUT HOW TO MAKE THEIR MONTHLY RECEPTION BUDGET STRETCH TO FIT THEIR WHINING AND DINING NEEDS -- WINING AND DINING NEEDS. MAYBE WE NEED TO HAVE MEMBERS CARRYING THEIR SINGLE GLASS OF WINE FROM ONE RECEPTION TO ANOTHER, OR MAYBE THEY'LL BLOW THEIR WHOLE ALLOTMENT ON ONE PLATE OF SHRIMP. OR MAYBE, JUST MAYBE, WE'LL SEE MORE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS SHOWING EMPATHY FOR THE MOST VULNERABLE IN OUR SOCIETY. NOW, TO BE CLEAR, THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS SPENDING THEIR OWN MONEY ON OUTREACH TO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. I CERTAINLY ATTENDED MY SHARE OF RECEPTIONS, AS HAVE EVERYONE ELSE HERE. BUT WHAT IS TRULY REPELLANT IN THIS DEBATE IS THE RANK HYPOCRISY. HERE WE SIT, WE GET PAID $174,000 A YEAR TO WORK FOUR DAYS A WEEK HERE AT THE U.S. CAPITOL. AND WE'RE CONSIDERING A BILL THAT WOULD TAKE FOOD ASSISTANCE AWAY FROM MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. MEMBERS OF CONGRESS CAN LITERALLY WALK DOWN THE HALL FOR FREE APPETIZERS ANYTIME OF THE DAY OR THE WEEK. AND YET, REPUBLICANS ARE PROPOSING TO DENY 265,000 CHILDREN SCHOOL MEALS. CONGRESS CAN'T PASS AN INFRASTRUCTURE BILL OR DACA, BUT WE CAN DEBATE A BUREAUCRATIC AND INEFFECTIVE WORK REQUIREMENT FOR PEOPLE STRUGGLING WITH HUNGER. PERHAPS IF MY COLLEAGUES RAN OUT OF FUNDS IN THEIR CONGRESSIONAL FOOD STAMP CARD AND GOT A BIT PECKISH, THEY WOULD REMEMBER THAT IN ONE OF THE RICHEST COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD, WE SHOULD NOT LET PEOPLE GO HUNGRY. PERIOD. HOW CAN WE BE DEBATING ON WHETHER TO STARVE CHILDREN WHOSE PARENTS ARE STRUGGLING WITH LOW-PAYING OR UNSTABLE JOBS? YOU KNOW WHAT SHOULD BE AN UNSTABLE JOB, GIVING CORPORATIONS $2 TRILLION IN TAX CUTS WHILE SLASHING BASIC FOOD ASSISTANCE TO 20 MILLION CHILDREN, FIVE MILLION SENIORS, AND ONE MILLION VETERANS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AGAINST THIS DISGUSTING BILL. AND FOR THOSE THAT DON'T, I WILL PRAY THAT YOU REGRET EVERY BITE OF FREE SHRIMP COCKTAIL AND EVERY SIP OF FREE WINE. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 11:09:31 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      NOON WHEN THE HOUSE IS BACK IN SESSION, WE'LL HAVE LIVE COVERAGE

  • 11:09:36 AM

    Recess

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

    • 12:00:21 PM

      Reconvened

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

      • 12:00:23 PM

        Today's prayer was offered by Monsignor John Zenz, Holy Name Parish, Birmingham, MI.

        • 12:01:30 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          MR. SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1, RULE 1, I DEMAND A VOTE ON AGREEING TO…

          MR. SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1, RULE 1, I DEMAND A VOTE ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL.

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    • 12:01:44 PM

      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.

      • 12:01:48 PM

        MR. WILSON

        THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        MR. SPEAKER, I OBJECT TO THE VOTE ON THE GROUNDS THAT A QUORUM IS NOT…

        MR. SPEAKER, I OBJECT TO THE VOTE ON THE GROUNDS THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT AND MAKE THE POINT OF ORDER THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT.

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      • 12:02:10 PM

        MR. WILSON

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        MR. GALLAGHER.

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      PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

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

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        MR. GALLEGO

        -- THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

        -- THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. TROTT, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. MR.

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    • 12:02:44 PM

      ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

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

      • 12:02:47 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        TROTT: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE CONTRIBUTIONS…

        TROTT: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF MONSIGNOR JOHN ZENZ, A STAPLE IN SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN, AND PASTOR AT HOLY NAMED CATHOLIC CHURCH. ORDAINED ALMOST 40 YEARS AGO, HE RECEIVED A DOCTORATE IN SPIRITUAL THEOLOGY IN 1984 AND HAS SERVED AT THE FACULTY AT SACRED HEART FOR OVER 35 YEARS.

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        MR. TROTT

        THE CHAIR WILL RECEIVE A MESSAGE. MARTIN: MR. SPEAKER, MESSAGE -- THE…

        THE CHAIR WILL RECEIVE A MESSAGE. MARTIN: MR. SPEAKER, MESSAGE -- THE MESSENGER: MR. SPEAKER, MESSAGES FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. THE SECRETARY: I AM DIRECTED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES TO DELIVER TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES MESSAGES IN WRITING.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MARTIN

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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        MR. WILSON

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. WILSON

        I WAS JOINED BY REPRESENTATIVE MARIO DIAZ-BALART OF FLORIDA, RON DESANTIS…

        I WAS JOINED BY REPRESENTATIVE MARIO DIAZ-BALART OF FLORIDA, RON DESANTIS OF FLORIDA, JODY HICE OF GEORGIA, STEVE KNIGHT OF CALIFORNIA, TOM RICE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, DENNIS ROSS OF FLORIDA, SCOTT TAYLOR OF VIRGINIA, LEE ZELDIN OF NEW YORK. I APPRECIATE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN MAC THORNBERRY FOR AUTHORIZING THE DELEGATION. WE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET TO THE ISRAELI PARLIAMENT AND ESPECIALLY GRATEFUL AS A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE HOUSE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE TO MEET WITH THE PARLIAMENT. WE MUST WORK TOGETHER TO STOP HAMAS TERRORIST ATTACKS, USING HUMAN SHIELDS FINANCED BY IRAN. WITH PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, THE ALLIANCE HAS NEVER BEEN STRONGER TO PROTECT AMERICAN FAMILIES. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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      • 12:06:02 PM

        MS. PLASKETT

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        CONTRARY TO THE ORIGINAL INTENT OF THE ANIMAL WELFARE ACT OF 1976, AND…

        CONTRARY TO THE ORIGINAL INTENT OF THE ANIMAL WELFARE ACT OF 1976, AND THAT INTENT WAS TO AID STATE AND LAW ENFORCEMENTS IN JURISDICTIONS WHERE GAME FOWL EVENTS WERE PROHIBITED TO TRANSFERS THAT ALLOWED IT. CAULK FIGHTING LIKE HORSERACING IS A LONG STANDING RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES IN THE U.S.

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      • 12:06:09 PM

        MS. PLASKETT

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. GALLAGHER

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        I INTRODUCED A DO YOUR JOB ACT WHICH IS SIMPLE. IT WOULD ALLOW CONGRESS TO…

        I INTRODUCED A DO YOUR JOB ACT WHICH IS SIMPLE. IT WOULD ALLOW CONGRESS TO GO INTO RECESS UNLESS WE ACTUALLY DONE OUR WORK, PASSED ALL OUR APPROPRIATIONS BILLS.

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        MR. GALLAGHER

        TO SPEAK OUT OF ORDER FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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        MR. HOYER

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. HOYER

        FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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        SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE PASSING OF A TRULY GREAT AMERICAN,…

        SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE PASSING OF A TRULY GREAT AMERICAN, THE MAYOR OF AURORA, COLORADO, STEVEN D.

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        HOGAN. MAYOR HOGAN PASSED AWAY ON THE 13TH OF MAY. THROUGHOUT HIS NEARLY…

        HOGAN. MAYOR HOGAN PASSED AWAY ON THE 13TH OF MAY. THROUGHOUT HIS NEARLY EIGHT-YEAR TENURE AS MAYOR OF MY HOMETOWN, STEVE HOGAN OVERSAW A REMARKABLE AND EXCITING RENAISSANCE OF THE CITY. AURORA HAS BECOME COLORADO'S THIRD LARGEST CITY AND A DRIVING FORCE BEHIND INNOVATION, DEVELOPMENT, AND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY.

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        MR. COFFMAN

        MAYOR HOGAN'S CAREER IN PUBLIC SERVICE HAS TAKEN HIM FROM SERVING IN THE…

        MAYOR HOGAN'S CAREER IN PUBLIC SERVICE HAS TAKEN HIM FROM SERVING IN THE COLORADO HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN THE 16970'S TO SERVING SIX TERMS AS AN AURORA CITY COUNCILMEMBER AND FINALLY TWO TERMS AS THE MAYOR OF THE CITY, A CITY I KNOW HE LOVED SO DEARLY. MAYOR HOGAN EXEMPLIFIED THE SPIRIT OF THAT -- OF PUBLIC SERVICE AND MY HOMETOWN OF AURORA WILL NOT BE THE WONDERFUL PLACE IT IS TODAY WITHOUT HIS VISION AND HIS LEADERSHIP. WE ALL ARE BETTER OFF BECAUSE OF HIS DECADES OF HARD WORK. MR. SPEAKER, I AM PROUD TO HAVE BEEN ABLE TO CALL MAYOR STEVE HOGAN A FRIEND AND HIS FAMILY WILL REMAIN IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. I YIELD BACK.

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      The Speaker laid before the House a message from the President transmitting a social security totalization agreement with Slovenia, titled "Agreement on Social security between the United States of America and the Republic of Slovenia"

      referred to the Committee on Ways and Means and ordered to be printed (H. Doc. 115-125).

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        THE CLERK

        SUCH BILATERAL AGREEMENTS PROVIDE FOR LIMITED COORDINATION BETWEEN THE…

        SUCH BILATERAL AGREEMENTS PROVIDE FOR LIMITED COORDINATION BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND FOREIGN SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEMS TO ELIMINATE DUAL SOCIAL SECURITY COVERAGE AND TAXATION AND HELP PREVENT THE LOSS OF BENEFIT PROTECTION THAT CAN OCCUR WHEN WORKERS DIVIDE THEIR CAREERS BETWEEN TWO COUNTRIES. . AND PURSUANT TO SECTION 233-C-4 OF THE PROVISIONS TO CARRY OUT THE PURPOSES OF SECTION 233. I TRANSMIT FOR THE INFORMATION OF THE CONGRESS A REPORT REQUIRED BY SECTION 22-E-1 OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY AGGET ON THE NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS WHO WILL BE AFFECTED BY THE AGREEMENTS AND THE AGREEMENTS' COST EFFECT. ALSO INCLUDED ARE THE MAIN PROVISIONS OF THE AGREEMENTS WITH DESCRIPTIONS OF EACH ARTICLE. THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE AND SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION CONCLUDED THAT THESE AGREEMENTS ARE IN THE NATIONAL INTERESTS OF THE UNITED STATES. I COMMEND TO THE CONGRESS THE AGREEMENT ON SOCIAL SECURITY BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE REPUBLIC OF SLOVENIA AND THE ADMINISTRATIVE ARRANGE MEANT BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ON SOCIAL SECURITY BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE REPUBLIC OF SLOVENIA. SIGNED DONALD J. TRUMP. THE WHITE HOUSE, MAY 17, 2018.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        PRINTED.

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        Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 900 — "Providing for further 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."

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE SPEAKER CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 900 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE…

          THE SPEAKER CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 900 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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          MR. NEWHOUSE

          THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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          THE CLERK

          THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

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      DEBATE

      The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 900.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. NEWHOUSE

        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. NEWHOUSE

        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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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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        MR. MCGOVERN

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. MCGOVERN

        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. NEWHOUSE

        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE…

        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. CONYERS

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        MR. CONAWAY

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. NEWHOUSE

        MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS POINT I'D LIKE TO YIELD THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME TO…

        MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS POINT I'D LIKE TO YIELD THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. WOODALL, AND ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT FOR HIM TO BE ABLE TO CONTROL THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        MCGOVERN: MR. SPEAKER, AS MY COLLEAGUE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, IS…

        MCGOVERN: MR. SPEAKER, AS MY COLLEAGUE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, IS LEAVING, I'D JUST URGE HIM TO READ THE BILL. BECAUSE IF HE DID, HE WOULD REALIZE IF THIS BILL WERE TO BECOME LAW, THERE ARE 60,000 PEOPLE IN HIS HOME STATE OF WASHINGTON WHO WOULD LOSE SNAP BENEFITS JUST DUE TO CATEGORICAL ELIGIBILITY CHANGES ALONE. MORE WOULD LOSE THEIR BENEFITS BUT FOR THIS ONE TWEAK IN THIS BILL.

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        MR. MCGOVERN

        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. MCGOVERN

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON…

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        RECOGNIZED.

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        MRS. BUSTOS

        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. WOODALL

        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. MCGOVERN

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. ENGEL

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

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

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. WOODALL

        51 DIFFERENT AMENDMENTS PROFFERED BY MEMBERS OF THIS CHAMBER TO MAKE THIS…

        51 DIFFERENT AMENDMENTS PROFFERED BY MEMBERS OF THIS CHAMBER TO MAKE THIS BILL BETTER. IF WE PASS THIS RULE TODAY, WE WILL BE ABLE TO MOVE TO THE UNDERLYING BIG FOR CONSIDERATION OF THOSE AMENDMENTS. I RESERVE.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        I YIELD 30 SECONDS.

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        MR. MCGOVERN

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. LAWSON

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

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

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      • 12:49:58 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. WOODALL

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM MAINE IS RECOGNIZED.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        I KNOW YOU DIDN'T SAY THAT, BUT I KNOW YOU MEANT THAT. MAINE IS THE HOME…

        I KNOW YOU DIDN'T SAY THAT, BUT I KNOW YOU MEANT THAT. MAINE IS THE HOME OF THE MOST HONEST, HARDEST WORKING PEOPLE YOU CAN FIND ANYWHERE IN THIS COUNTRY. WE GREW UP IN A RESILIENT AND INDEPENDENT TIME IN MAINE AND WE CARE FOR OUR NEIGHBORS AND FRIENDS BECAUSE IT IS COMPASSIONATE TO EXTEND A HELPING HAND. MY 90-YEAR-OLD MOTHER WAS A TERRIFIC NURSE AND CARED FOR THOUSANDS

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        MR. POLIQUIN

        WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

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        MR. MCGOVERN

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        MR. POLIQUIN

        SPEAKER, THERE IS ONE OTHER PART OF THE FARM BILL THAT I'M PROUD OF THAT…

        SPEAKER, THERE IS ONE OTHER PART OF THE FARM BILL THAT I'M PROUD OF THAT IS IN THE BILL AND THAT HELPS RURAL MAINE AND RURAL AMERICA. FOR THE FIRST TIME, LOCALLY GROWN FRUITS AND VEGETABLES CAN NOW BE FROZZ YES OR NO OR DRIED -- FROZEN, DRIED OR PUREED IN ORDER TO QUALIFY FOR SCHOOL LUNCHES AND SNACKS. THEY ARE ABLE TO BUY FOODS THAT ARE JUST AS NUTRITIOUS AS THOSE WHO ARE FRESH, SAVE A HOT OF MONEY AND MAKE SURE OUR KIDS CAN EAT HEALTHY YEAR ROUND AND HELPS LOCAL FARMERS. I HAVE ONE SON WHO IS 27, AND NOTHING WAS MORE IMPORTANT THAN MAKING SURE HE HAD NUTRITIOUS FOOD ON THE TABLE TO EAT. THIS HELPS US DO THAT. WITH THAT, I ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO VOTE YES FOR THIS FARM BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. MCGOVERN

        BENEFITS WILL BE CUT TO SUPPORT AN UNDERFUNDED, UNPROVEN, RIDICULOUS…

        BENEFITS WILL BE CUT TO SUPPORT AN UNDERFUNDED, UNPROVEN, RIDICULOUS EXCUSE FOR WORK FORCE AND TRAINING PROGRAM. I WOULD SAY, I HOPE NOBODY WANT TO EMULATE THE STATE OF MAINE WHEN IT COMES TO PEOPLE WHO ARE STRUGGLING IN POVERTY AND NEED FOOD. I WOULD INSTRUCT MY COLLEAGUES TO READ APPEAR ARTICLE THAT APPEARED IN THE "WASHINGTON POST" LAST YEAR ABOUT WHAT HARSH POLICIES HAVE RESULTED IN. A VETERAN WHO SERVED THIS COUNTRY LOST HIS JOB DUE TO AN INJURY AND BECAUSE OF MAINE'S STRICT WORK REQUIREMENTS WAS THROWN OFF THE SNAP BENEFITS, BECAME HOMELESS AND WAS SKINNING SQUIRRELS IN ORDER TO PROVIDE, THAT ISN'T A POLICY THAT THIS STATE OR THIS COUNTRY WANT TO REACH TOWARD. ONE OF THE THINGS I AM PROUD ABOUT THE SNAP PROGRAM, IT MEANS THAT WE RECOGNIZE THAT WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO MAKE SURE THAT NOBODY IN THIS COUNTRY GOES HUNGRY. WHY IS THAT SUCH A RADICAL IDEA? WHY HAS THIS PROGRAM BEEN DEMONIZED. AND WHEN HE TALKS ABOUT A LIFE OF DEPENDENCY, READ THE STATISTICS, THE AVERAGE TIME THAT SOMEONE IS ON SNAP IS LESS THAN A YEAR. I'M NOT SURE WHAT HE'S TALKING. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, MS. DELAURO.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        DELAURO: THE HYPOCRISY OF THIS FARM BILL FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE…

        DELAURO: THE HYPOCRISY OF THIS FARM BILL FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE REPUBLICANS MEANS MORE SUBSIDIES FOR THE RICH AND GREATER HUNGER FOR THE POOR. THE FOOD STAMP PROGRAM IS ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL ANTI-HUNGER PROGRAMS IN OUR FAGE.

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        MS. DELAURO

        I YIELD AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

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        MR. MCGOVERN

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        MS. DELAURO

        THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES -- THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

        THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES -- THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        WE WOULD NORMALLY HAVE MORE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT HERE ON THE FLOOR. WE GOT…

        WE WOULD NORMALLY HAVE MORE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT HERE ON THE FLOOR. WE GOT SIDE WAYS ON A COUPLE OF ISSUES EARLY ON IN THE PROCESS.

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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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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        REFERRED TRUMP TOLD AMERICANS TO GET WORK OR LOSE BENEFITS, WHICH TALKS…

        REFERRED TRUMP TOLD AMERICANS TO GET WORK OR LOSE BENEFITS, WHICH TALKS ABOUT A VETERAN IN MAIN THAT BASICALLY WAS SHUT OUT OF HIS FOOD BENEFIT BECAUSE OF MAINE'S POLICIES. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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        MR. MCGOVERN

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA JUST SUGGESTED WE ALL TAKE A MISSION TRIP…

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA JUST SUGGESTED WE ALL TAKE A MISSION TRIP AROUND THE WORLD TO SEE HUNGER AND SEE HOW LUCKY WE'RE HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. LET ME TELL THE GENTLEMAN, YOU DON'T HAVE TO GO HALFWAY AROUND THE WORLD TO SEE HUNGER. I CAN TAKE YOU HALFWAY DOWN THE BLOCK AND YOU CAN SEE HUNGER RIGHT HERE IN OUR NATION'S CAPITAL AND EVERY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IN THIS COUNTRY.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEWOMAN VIRGIN ISLANDS IS RECOGNIZED.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MISS BLAST KET

        THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        WHY? BECAUSE IT IS NOT A BIPARTISAN BILL. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE

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        MS. PLASKETT

        NO.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. WOODALL

        -- FURTHER. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. MCGOVERN

        THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MS. MOORE

        THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MS. MOORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        MCGOVERN: MR. SPEAKER, COULD I INQUIRE OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA DOES…

        MCGOVERN: MR. SPEAKER, COULD I INQUIRE OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA DOES HE HAVE ANY SPEAKERS OVER THERE? ANYBODY WANT TO TALK ABOUT THIS BILL? WE HAVE A TON AND WE JUST WANT TO -- MR.

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      • 01:09:48 PM

        MR. WOODALL

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. MCGOVERN

        WOODALL: IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD YIELD.

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        MR. WOODALL

        IT'S AN INQUIRY.

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        MR. MCGOVERN

        WOODALL: I YIELD. WE DO HAVE ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS REMAINING.

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        MR. WOODALL

        IF WE MAKE THIS RULE IN ORDER. WE'LL HAVE 31 DIFFERENT AMENDMENTS AND…

        IF WE MAKE THIS RULE IN ORDER. WE'LL HAVE 31 DIFFERENT AMENDMENTS AND SPEAKERS COMING DOWN ON EACH ONE OF THOSE AS WELL.

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      • 01:10:14 PM

        MR. MCGOVERN

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        MR. WOODALL

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        MR. MCGOVERN

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        PINGREE: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. FROM

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        MS. PINGREE

        MAINE. THANK TO YOU MY COLLEAGUE, MR. MCGOVERN, FOR BEING KIND ENOUGH TO…

        MAINE. THANK TO YOU MY COLLEAGUE, MR. MCGOVERN, FOR BEING KIND ENOUGH TO YIELD THE TIME AND DOING A GREAT JOB ON A CHALLENGING BILL. I RISE TODAY TO VOICE MY STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE CURRENT VERSION OF THE FARM BILL. THERE ARE MANY REASONS WHY. AMONG THEM THE UNREALISTIC CHALLENGES TO FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS THAT WILL HAVE A BIG NEGATIVE IMPACT IN MY STATE IN MAINE. BUT WHAT I WANT TO FOCUS ON IN MY LIMITED TIME IS HOW THIS LEGISLATION DOES A DISSERVICE TO THE FARMERS AND RURAL COMMUNITIES WE REPRESENT. THE PUBLIC IS VERY CLEAR. THEY WANT GREATER ACCESS TO HEALTHY, LOCALLY GROWN FOOD. THEY WANT MORE OF IT GROWN ORR BEGANICALLY. AND THEY WANT -- ORGANICALLY AND THEY WANT TO SUPPORT LOCAL FARMERS. FEDERAL POLICY IS BEHIND THE TIMES. THIS LEGISLATION WOULD MAKE IT WORSE. FARMERS AREN'T IGNORING THE TRENDS, THEY ARE CAPITALIZING THEM. IN MY STATE, THE CHANGING MARKET AND DEMAND FOR LOCALLY GROWN AND/OR BEGANIC FOOD HAS -- AND ORGANIC FOOD AS REIG VIGORATED THE ECONOMY. THIS MAN PICTURE HEERED, AFTER EARNING A MASTER'S DEGREE AND APRESENT TISSING, HE DECIDED TO RETURN TO HIS HOMETOWN TO START HIS OWN FARM. THE SMALL SOURCES OF FEDERAL SUPPORT AVAILABLE TO FARMERS LIKE JOSH PAIL IN -- PALE IN COMPARISON TO WHAT COMMODITY ARMERS -- FARMERS RECEIVE. FOR INSTANCE, JOSH USES THE ORGANIC PROGRAM TO HELP COVER THE COST OF CERTIFICATION WHICH HELPS HIM GET MORE FOR HIS PRODUCT. THE FUNDING FOR THIS AND MANY OTHER PROGRAMS SEN DANGERED IN THIS FARM BILL. OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS CONSUMERS WILL CONTINUE TO CHANGE THEIR BUYING ACTS AND OUR FOOD SYSTEM. THE QUESTION IS WHETHER THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WOULD MAKE GOOD POLICY TO HELP FARMERS LIKE JOSH. ASK ANYONE IN THIS CHAMBER IF THEY SUPPORT RURAL AMERICA. THEY'LL SAY YES, ABSOLUTELY. I ASK WE PUT OUR MONEY WHERE OUR MOUTHS ARE. WE SHOULD SEND A MESSAGE TO THOSE KEEPING OUR FARMING COMMUNITIES ALIVE THAT WE BELIEVE IN THEIR POTENTIAL. WE VALUE THEIR SERVICE, AND WE WILL HELP THEM SUCCEED BY VOTING DOWN THIS TERRIBLY PARTISAN LEGISLATION AND START OVER MAKING A GOOD BILL. I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED. MR.

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      • 01:12:55 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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      • 01:13:04 PM

        MR. WOODALL

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        I WANT TO MAKE IT CLEAR TO MY COLLEAGUES, THERE SHOULD BE

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        MR. MCGOVERN

        NO MISTAKE, THIS BILL IS MISTAKE, THIS BILL IS GOING TO HURT KIDS. FIRST…

        NO MISTAKE, THIS BILL IS MISTAKE, THIS BILL IS GOING TO HURT KIDS. FIRST IT CUTS ONE MILLION PEOPLE OFF BENEFITS THROUGH CATEGORICAL ELIGIBILITY CHANGES ALONE. THESE PEOPLE ARE WORKING FAMILIES WITH KIDS. AND ONCE THESE KIDS LOSE THEIR SNAP BENEFITS, C.B.O. , THE NONPARTISAN GROUP OF EXPERTS WE RELY ON, EXPECTS 265,000 CHILDREN WILL LOSE ACCESS TO FREE SCHOOL MEALS. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES, IS THAT WHAT YOU WANT OUT OF A FARM BILL? WE CAN DO SO MUCH BETTER. I RESERVE MY TIME.

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      • 01:13:52 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      • 01:13:56 PM

        MR. WOODALL

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

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. GEORGIA'S A RURAL STATE. LIKE SO MANY JURISDICTIONS REPRESENTED IN THIS CHAMBER, SOMETIMES YOU HAVE A BIG CITY IN ONE PART OF THE STATE AND THE REST OF THE STATE IS RURAL. THE CONVERSATIONS WE HAVE IN GEORGIA ARE NOT REPUBLICANS AGAINST DEMOCRATS POLITICALLY, IT'S ATLANTA AGAINST THE REST OF THE STATE POLITICALLY BECAUSE FOLKS OFTEN DON'T CONNECT THE DOTS BETWEEN THE FOOD THAT THEY ARE BUYING ON THE SHELF AT KROEGER BEING DIRECTLY YOU, MR. SPEAKER. RELATED TO WHETHER OR NOT FARMERS ARE PRODUCING THAT FOOD IN THE FIELD. WE HAVE MADE HUGE STRIDES IN TERMS OF TRYING TO BRING MORE FRESH PRODUCE. NOT JUST IN TO OUR SCHOOL SYSTEMS BUT LOCAL FARMERS MARKETS. HUGE STRIDES INTO MAKING SURE ELECTRONIC BENEFITS AREN'T JUST ABLE TO BE USED AT THE LOCAL CONVENIENCE STORE, BUT ARE ABLE TO BE USED IN FARMERS MARKETS, HIGHER QUALITY PRODUCE CAN END UP ON FAMILIES' TABLES. AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, WE CAN FIND DISAGREEMENT IN EVERY BILL THAT COMES TO THE FLOOR, BUT WE CAN ALSO FIND PROGRESS. THERE IS A LOT OF PROGRESS IN THIS I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 01:15:10 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        NEVADA, MS. TITUS. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MS.

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        MR. MCGOVERN

        TITUS: THANK YOU FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS RULE AND…

        TITUS: THANK YOU FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS RULE AND UNDERLYING BILL WHICH MUCH LIKE THE REPUBLICAN TAX MEASURE COMFORTS THE COMFORTABLE AND AFFLICTS THE AFFLICTED AND WILL HAVE DEVASTATING IMPACT INCLUDING ONE IN SEVEN WHO ARE ON THIS PROGRAM AND TAKE AWAY FOOD ASSISTANCE FROM SOME OF OUR MOST VULNERABLE, YOUNG CHILDREN, SENIORS AND THE DISABLED AND WILL FORCE FAMILIES TO JUMP THROUGH EXTRA HOOPS IN ORDER TO ACCESS OTHER NEEDED BENEFITS LIKE ASSISTANCE WITH THEIR ELECTRICITY BILLS. WE CAN AND SHOULD BE DOING MORE TO LIFT FAMILIES OUT OF POVERTY AND END HUNGER IN THE UNITED STATES.

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      • 01:15:22 PM

        MS. TITUS

        THE GENTLELADY YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        MCGOVERN: AT THIS POINT, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE THE…

        MCGOVERN: AT THIS POINT, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ALABAMA, MS. SEWELL. MS.

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      • 01:16:16 PM

        MR. WOODALL

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        SEWELL: TODAY I RISE IN OPPOSITION OF THIS CRUEL AND MEAN-SPIRITED FARM…

        SEWELL: TODAY I RISE IN OPPOSITION OF THIS CRUEL AND MEAN-SPIRITED FARM BILL. A FARM BILL THAT WILL LEAVE WORKING FAMILIES AND CHILDREN OUT IN THE CORLED. THE FARM BILL CUTS $23 BILLION FROM SNAP. THE SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM. THAT WOULD LEAVE 2 MILLION AMERICANS WITHOUT THE SUPPORT THEY NEED. I REPRESENT BOTH RURAL AND URBAN FROM BIRMINGHAM TO THE PLAQUE BELT OF ALABAMA AND EVERY COMMUNITY IN MY DISTRICT WILL BE WORST OFF. FOR CHILDREN AND WORKING FAMILIES, SNAP MEANS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A HOT MEAL OR GOING TO BED HUNGRY. FOR FARMERS AND GROCERY STORES, SNAP IS AN INVESTMENT IN OUR FOOD SYSTEM THAT CREATES 50,000 AGRICULTURAL JOBS.

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      • 01:16:19 PM

        MR. MCGOVERN

      • 01:16:26 PM

        MS. SEWELL

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        WE FEEL VERY PASSIONATELY ABOUT ISSUES ON THIS FLOOR. I WANT TO GIVE MY…

        WE FEEL VERY PASSIONATELY ABOUT ISSUES ON THIS FLOOR. I WANT TO GIVE MY COLLEAGUE FROM ALABAMA AN OPPORTUNITY TO RETRACT THE ACCUSATION THAT THIS IS A MEAN-SPIRITED AND CRUEL BILL. I KNOW THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVE ON THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE AND DON'T HAVE A CRUEL BONE IN THEIR BODY.

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      • 01:18:05 PM

        MR. WOODALL

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        KIND: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE RULE AND UNDERLYING BILL…

        KIND: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE RULE AND UNDERLYING BILL BECAUSE IT IS A MISSED OPPORTUNITY. I OFFERED AMENDMENTS TO IMPROVE THE BILL, ALL OF WHICH WERE REJECTED. FOR INSTANCE, WHY IS A FARM ENTITY WITH ADJUSTED GROSS INCOME OF $500,000 STILL RECEIVING TAX SUBSIDIES UNDER THIS BILL? WHY CAN'T WE AT LEAST TRACK THE CROP INSURANCE SUBSIDY PAYMENTS TO THE INDIVIDUAL ENTITIES? RIGHT NOW THAT IS CURRENTLY PROHIBITED UNDER THE BILL. THAT IS NOT RIGHT. THE TAXPAYERS NEED TO SERVE HOW THEIR DOLLARS ARE BEING RUN. THREE OUT OF EVERY FOUR FARMERS APPLYING FOR CONSERVATION FUNDING ASSISTANCE TODAY ARE DENIED BECAUSE OF INADEQUACY OF FUNDS? THIS SHOULD BE HELPING OUR FAMILY FARMERS SUCCEED NOT SPECIAL INTERESTS HERE IN WASHINGTON. THIS IS WHY THIS IS A MISSED OPPORTUNITY. I YIELD BACK.

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      • 01:19:49 PM

        MR. MCGOVERN

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      • 01:19:55 PM

        MR. KIND

        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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      • 01:20:57 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      • 01:21:02 PM

        MR. WOODALL

        2011 AND BUDGET COMMITTEE MATES BACK IN THE DAY. THE GENTLELADY FROM…

        2011 AND BUDGET COMMITTEE MATES BACK IN THE DAY. THE GENTLELADY FROM MISSOURI, MRS. HARTZLER.

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      • 01:21:18 PM

        MRS. HARTZLER

        THE FARM BILL MAKES SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENTS IN BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE BY…

        THE FARM BILL MAKES SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENTS IN BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE BY SETTING A MINIMUM SPEED FOR FEDERAL INVESTMENT. THIS BILL CONTAINS HISTORIC IMPROVEMENTS TO SNAP, WHICH HELPS RESIP YINTS BREAK THE CYCLE OF POVERTY BY IMPROVING WORK OPPORTUNITIES FOR ABLE-BODIED ADULTS. THIS BILL PROMOTES WORK AND INDIVIDUAL SUCCESS WHILE EMPOWERING THOSE DEPENDENT ON GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE. THESE REFORMS WILL REDUCE UNEMPLOYMENT AND INSTILL A SENSE OF PRIDE AND WORK ETHIC BY HELPING PEOPLE MOVE FROM DEPENDENCY TO INDEPENDENCE AND SELF-SUFFICIENCY. THESE ARE COMMONSENSE IMPROVEMENTS. THE 2018 FARM BILL IS A RESPONSIBLE AND EFFECTIVE PIECE OF LEGISLATION WHICH MAINTAINS SAFETY NET PROGRAMS AND CROP INSURANCE FOR AMERICA'S FARMERS WHILE MAKING INVESTMENTS IN JOB TRAINING PROGRAMS TO LIFT THOSE IN NEED OUT OF POVERTY. THIS BILL HAS MY FULL SUPPORT. AND I THANK AND COMMEND CHAIRMAN CONAWAY ON MOVING THE LEGISLATION FORWARD AND I YIELD BACK.

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      • 01:22:46 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        I YIELD TO MR. KILDEE.

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        MR. MCGOVERN

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        MR. KILDEE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      • 01:24:26 PM

        MR. WOODALL

        HE GOT GRILLED BY BOTH THE REPUBLICANS AND THE DEMOCRATS. EVERYBODY WANTED…

        HE GOT GRILLED BY BOTH THE REPUBLICANS AND THE DEMOCRATS. EVERYBODY WANTED THEIR OUNCE OF MICHIGAN FLESH IN THAT DAY, BUT AT THE END OF THAT CONVERSATION AND I DON'T SAY THIS FLIPPANTLY, AT THE END OF THAT CONVERSATION I FELT MORE OPTIMISTIC ABOUT US COMING TOGETHER AND DOING DIFFICULT INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS. THOSE THINGS DON'T HAPPEN WITHOUT PEOPLE INVESTING THE TIME AND ENERGY LIKE YOU HAVE. I TELL THE GENTLEMAN HOW MUCH I APPRECIATE THAT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 01:25:11 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        MR. MCGOVERN IS RECOGNIZED.

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        The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate passed S. 2349, H.R. 3562, H.R. 4009, H.R. 2772 amended, and H.R. 3249 amended. Senate agreed to H. Con. Res. 112.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          WOODALL: I'M PREPARED TO

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          MR. MCGOVERN

          CLOSE. MR.

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          MR. WOODALL

          MCGOVERN: I HAVE TO GIVE CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE. THIS MAJORITY CAN'T…

          MCGOVERN: I HAVE TO GIVE CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE. THIS MAJORITY CAN'T BALANCE A BUDGET AND CAN'T EVEN PASS A BUDGET AND CAN'T FUND THE GOVERNMENT WITHOUT FIRST SHUTTING IT DOWN.

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        • 01:25:56 PM

          MR. MCGOVERN

          THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

    • 01:26:12 PM

      DEBATE

      The House resumed debate on H. Res. 900.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. WOODALL

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      • 01:29:57 PM

        MR. WOODALL

        YOU HEARD THE ACCUSATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE ON THE FLOOR TODAY. THE…

        YOU HEARD THE ACCUSATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE ON THE FLOOR TODAY. THE UNEMPLOYMENT IS AS LOW AS IT EVER BEEN IN MY LIFETIME AND THE NUMBER OF CHILDLESS WORKING AGE MEN WHO ARE SITTING IT OUT IS AS HIGH AS IT'S EVER BEEN IN MY LIFETIME. . WE CAN ARGUE ABOUT HOW TO LOVE PEOPLE MORE. BUT I CAN TELL YOU HELPING SOMEONE FIND A JOB MATTERS. HISTORICALLY, MR. SPEAKER, IT'S ONE OF THOSE THINGS WE AGREE ONLE OF FOR WHATEVER REASON WE MADE IT THE TOPIC OF SOMETHING WE'RE GOING TO PRETEND TO DISAGREE ON TODAY. MORE JOBS AVAILABLE IN THIS COUNTRY THAN EVER BEFORE. I THINK WE OWE IT TO FAMILIES WHO HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO CONNECT THEMSELVES WITH THAT JOB MARKET TO HELP THEM TO DO BETTER. MR. SPEAKER, SO OFTEN WE TALK ABOUT ALL THE LAWYERS IN CONGRESS, ALL THE LAWYERS WHO ARE BUREAUCRATS, ALL THE FOLKS WORKING ON POLICIES THEY JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND. I WANT TO CLOSE WHERE MY COLLEAGUE FROM WASHINGTON STATE BEGAN. HE HE'S A FORMER AG COMMISSIONER FROM WASHINGTON STATE. HE SAID THIS, HE SAID HE'S NOT THE ONLY FARMER IN THIS HOUSE. THERE ARE 20 FARMERS, RANCHERS, AND PRODUCERS SERVING HERE IN THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE. AN ALMOND FARMER FROM CENTRAL CALIFORNIA A BLUEBERRY FARMER FROM MAINE. A RANCHER FROM SOUTH DAKOTA. A CATTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY. A RICE FARMER FROM MINNESOTA. AND A HOPS FARMER FROM WASHINGTON STATE. MR. SPEAKER, THIS BODY REALLY DOES REFLECT WORKING AMERICANS. FOLKS OUT THERE TRYING TO BE THE BREADBASKET TO THE WORLD. TRYING TO PUT FRESH PRODUCE ON THE SHELVES FOR EVERY AMERICAN FAMILY TO BENEFIT FROM. THIS BILL CONTINUES OUR COMMITMENT TO SERVING THE HUNGRY, AND IT CONTINUES OUR COMMITMENT TO BEING THE FINEST AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION NATION THAT THIS PLANET HAS EVER SEEN. VOTE YES ON THIS RULE. LET'S CONSIDER SOME AMENDMENTS TO MAKE THIS BILL BETTER AND SEND IT TO THE SENATE AND GIVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE A BILL THEY CAN BE PROUD OF. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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      • 01:32:22 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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        MR. MCGOVERN

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

        A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC

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      • 01:32:41 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 AND CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 20, THIS 15-MINUTE VOTE…

        DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 AND CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 20, THIS 15-MINUTE VOTE ON O ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION WILL BE FOLLOWED BY FIVE-MINUTE VOTES ON ADOPTING THE RESOLUTION, IF ORDERED, AND AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL, IF ORDERED. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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      • 01:32:51 PM

        On ordering the previous question Roll Call 190 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

    • 01:57:48 PM

      House Vote 190 - On Ordering the Previous Question

      Passed (228 - 189)
      Yea
      Nay

      Vote Details: Yea - 228
      Republican - 228

      Vote Details: Nay - 189
      Democratic - 188
      Republican - 1

      Vote Details: Not Voting - 10
      Democratic - 5
      Republican - 5

      • 01:57:50 PM

        On agreeing to the resolution Roll Call 191 - Recorded vote pending.

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          MR. MCGOVERN

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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          MR. MCGOVERN

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING…

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

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        • 02:05:35 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE.

    • 02:05:43 PM
      • 02:05:45 PM

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

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        • 02:06:38 PM

          >>

          MEMBERS, PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE GENTLEMAN MAY…

          MEMBERS, PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE GENTLEMAN MAY RESUME.

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        • 02:06:54 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        • 02:07:03 PM

          >>

          AND IT IS A COMPETITION BETWEEN REPUBLICAN MEMBERS OF CONGRESS THAT ARE…

          AND IT IS A COMPETITION BETWEEN REPUBLICAN MEMBERS OF CONGRESS THAT ARE MEMBERS OF THE SPORTSMAN CAUCUS AND DEMOCRAT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS THAT ARE MEMBERS OF THE SPORTSMAN CAUCUS. THIS YEAR WE HAD 28 SHOOTERS. AND I AM PLEASED TO SAY THAT THE REPUBLICAN TEAM ONCE AGAIN RETAINED THE TROPHY FOR ANOTHER YEAR. WE ALSO HAD SOME INDIVIDUAL COMPETITIONS GOING ON AND I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THOSE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. THE TOP SHOT MEMBER OF CONGRESS THIS YEAR GOES TO REPRESENTATIVE JOHN RUTHERFORD FROM FLORIDA. NOW, MR. SPEAKER, THIS WAS HIS FIRST TIME AT THIS EVENT. AND HE HAD THE SECOND HIGHEST SCORE FOR A MEMBER OF CONGRESS SINCE THE YEAR 2010. HE SHOT 61 OUT OF A TOTAL POSSIBLE 75. WE ALSO HAD A TOP GUN REPUBLICAN MEMBER, RICHARD HUDSON, FROM NORTH CAROLINA. WE HAD A TOP GUN DEMOCRAT, THAT WAS REPRESENTATIVE MIKE THOMPSON FROM CALIFORNIA. WHO ALWAYS SHOOTS WELL. I LIKE SHOOTING AGAINST HIM. OF COURSE I WON THE TOP SKEET AWARD. DUNCAN HUNTER FROM CALIFORNIA WON THE TOP TRAP. AND THE TOP SPORTING CLAYS WAS REPRESENTATIVE AUSTIN SCOTT, WHO IS ALSO THE CO-VICE CHAIR ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE FOR THE CONGRESSIONAL SPORTSMANS CAUCUS. THE CAUCUS IS MADE UP OF TWO CHAIRMEN, ONE REPUBLICAN, ONE DEMOCRAT. TWO VICE CHAIRMAN, ONE REPUBLICAN, ONE DEMOCRAT. I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO YIELD SOME TIME TO THE CO-CHAIRMAN, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN.

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        • 02:09:02 PM

          MR. GREEN

          YOU AND I BOTH KNOW WE'RE TERM LIMITED AS CO-CHAIRS AND MY REPLACEMENT…

          YOU AND I BOTH KNOW WE'RE TERM LIMITED AS CO-CHAIRS AND MY REPLACEMENT NEXT YEAR WILL BE ANOTHER TEXAN. WHERE'S THE TEXAN -- CONGRESSMAN MARC VEASEY. I KNOW HE SHOT BETTER THAN I D MAYBE HE'LL IMPROVE OUR LOT NEXT TIME. IT'S A LOT OF FUN. THE CAMARADERIE IS GREAT. I'M HONORED TO HAVE THAT TIME TO BE THE VICE CHAIR NOW THE CO-CHAIR OF IT. THANK YOU.

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        • 02:09:50 PM

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          TO JOIN THE SPORTSMANS CAUCUS. IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT HUNTING AND FISHING.…

          TO JOIN THE SPORTSMANS CAUCUS. IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT HUNTING AND FISHING. IT'S ABOUT ACCESS TO OUTDOOR PROPERTY THAT WE OWN AS TAXPAYERS, PUBLIC ACCESS IS IMPORTANT. IT'S ABOUT TRAPPING. IT'S ABOUT A LOT OF OTHER OUTDOOR ACTIVITY THAT IS WE CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF. THE SPORTING CLAY, THE COMPETITION THAT WE HAD, IS OPEN TO ALL MEMBERS FROM BEGINNER TO EXPERT COME OUT AND ENJOY A DAY NEXT YEAR ABOUT THIS SAME TIME, ENJOY A DAY OUT IN MARYLAND AT THE PRINCE GEORGE SKEET RANGE, GUN CLUB, AND IT'S A GREAT AFTERNOON. MR. SPEAKER, THIS TROPHY WILL RESIDE IN MY OFFICE, 2229, RAYBURN HOUSE OFFICE BUILDING IF ANYONE WANTS TO ADMIRE IT. IT WILL HAVE A NEW PLAQUE THAT SAYS THE REPUBLICANS WON THE 2018 COMPETITION W THAT I YIELD BACK.

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    • 02:10:39 PM

      UNFINISHED BUSINESS

      The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on the Speaker's approval of the Journal and put the question de novo.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        ON THAT I ASK THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      • 02:11:15 PM

        On approving the Journal Roll Call 192 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

          MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS WITHIN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL.

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    • 02:18:16 PM

      House Vote 192 - On Approving the Journal

      Passed (217 - 188)
      Yea
      Nay

      Vote Details: Yea - 217
      Republican - 141
      Democratic - 76

      Vote Details: Nay - 188
      Democratic - 108
      Republican - 80

      Vote Details: Not Voting - 20
      Democratic - 8
      Republican - 12

      Vote Details: Present - 2
      Republican - 1
      Democratic - 1

      • 02:18:24 PM

        MR. CONAWAY

        OBJECTION. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

        THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2 WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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      • 02:18:49 PM

        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."

        • 02:19:03 PM

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

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            THE CHAIR

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            THE CLERK

            PURPOSES.

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            THE CHAIR

            OF. IT'S NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 10 PRINTED IN PART C OF…

            OF. IT'S NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 10 PRINTED IN PART C OF HOUSE REPORT 115-677. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WASHINGTON SEEK RECOGNITION? THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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          • 02:20:08 PM

            THE CLERK

            WASHINGTON.

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          An amendment, offered by Ms. Herrera Beutler, numbered 10 printed in Part C of House Report 115-677 to direct the payment of a portion of stewardship project revenues to the county in which the stewardship project occurs.

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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 Herrera Beutler amendment No. 10.

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            THE CHAIR

            HERRERA BEUTLER: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU, MR. CONAWAY, FOR…

            HERRERA BEUTLER: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU, MR. CONAWAY, FOR LETTING ME OFFER THIS IMPORTANT AMENDMENT TO THE FARM BILL TODAY. I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSMAN WESTERMAN FOR HIS TIRELESS WORK ON BEHALF OF OUR RURAL COMMUNITIES THAT ARE DEPENDENT ON TIMBER. THE KEY TAKEAWAY HERE IS SIMPLE.

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          • 02:20:29 PM

            MS. HERRERA BEUTLER

            IF MONEYS ARE GENERATED DURING RESTORATIVE WORK IN OUR FORESTS, THEN A…

            IF MONEYS ARE GENERATED DURING RESTORATIVE WORK IN OUR FORESTS, THEN A PORTION OF MONEY GENERATED FROM THAT WORK OUGHT TO REMAIN IN THE COMMUNITY. TRADITIONAL TIMBER SALES REQUIRE THAT A QUARTER OF THE REVENUES STAY IN THE LOCAL COMMUNITY. THE COUNTY. BUT WHEN THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE OR THE B.L.M. USE WHAT'S CALLED STEWARDSHIP CONTRACTS TO WORK IN THE FORESTS, NONE OF THOSE PROCEEDS REMAIN LOCALLY. NOW, OUR FORESTED COUNTIES ARE FACING A FINANCIAL CRISIS RIGHT NOW. FEDERAL ENDANGERED SPECIES LISTINGS HAVE LEFT TIMBER DEPENDENT COMMUNITIES IN WASHINGTON WITH LITTLE OR NO REVENUE FROM TIMBER SALES. IN COUNTIES THAT ARE PRIMARILY FEDERALLY OWNED LIKE ONE IN MY DISTRICT WHICH IS 90% OWNED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, THEY ARE UNABLE TO MAKE UP THESE DRASTICALLY REDUCED REVENUES FROM PROPERTY TAXES. THAT MEANS BY NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN THEY LACK THE LOCAL TAX BASE TO SUPPORT THE BASIC SERVICES LIKE SCHOOLS OR ROADS OR LOCAL FIRE OR POLICE. TO HELP MAKE UP THAT REVENUE, DESPITE MY AND MY COLLEAGUE'S PERSISTENT EFFORTS TO FIND A SOLUTION, WE CAN'T RELY ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S SHORT-TERM FIXES. THAT'S NOT DOING RIGHT BY THESE COMMUNITIES. THIS AMENDMENT WILL EMPOWER FUNDS TO STAY IN THE LOCAL COMMUNITIES. INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES SHOULD NOT BE VICTIM OF FEDERAL DYSFUNCTION. LET'S NOT LET THE FOREST RESTORATION LEAVE THOSE COMMUNITIES EMPTY HANDED. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND ENSURE THE PROCEEDS FROM THESE CONTRACTS ARE BEING RIGHTFULLY DIRECTED TO TIMBER COUNTIES. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND I URGE SUPPORT OF THIS IMPORTANT AMENDMENT. ACTUALLY, MR. SPEAKER, I DON'T YIELD BACK MY TIME. I'D LIKE TO MAINTAIN MY TIME.

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          • 02:22:40 PM

            THE CHAIR

            HERRERA BEUTLER: WELL, WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. OK,…

            HERRERA BEUTLER: WELL, WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. OK, MR. SPEAKER, I DON'T YIELD MY TIME BACK.

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          • 02:22:52 PM

            MS. HERRERA BEUTLER

            THE GENTLELADY YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS IS RECOGNIZED. HOW MUCH…

            THE GENTLELADY YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS IS RECOGNIZED. HOW MUCH TIME DOES THE GENTLELADY WISH TO YIELD?

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          • 02:23:04 PM

            THE CHAIR

            WESTERMAN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO COMMEND THE GENTLELADY FROM…

            WESTERMAN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO COMMEND THE GENTLELADY FROM WASHINGTON STATE, MS. HERRERA BEUTLER, FOR HER LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. MR.

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          • 02:23:11 PM

            MS. HERRERA BEUTLER

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            THE CHAIR

          • 02:23:15 PM

            MR. WESTERMAN

            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. DOES THE GENTLELADY --

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            THE CHAIR

          • 02:24:56 PM

            MS. HERRERA BEUTLER

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            THE CHAIR

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

        • 02:25:09 PM

          On agreeing to the Herrera Beutler amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.

          • 02:25:24 PM

            An amendment, offered by Mr. Gosar, numbered 11 printed in Part C of House Report 115-677 to authorize counties to be included in Good Neighbor Authority cooperative agreements and contracts in order to improve forest health and bolster watershed restoration.

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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 Gosar amendment No. 11.

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              MR. GOSAR

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              THE CHAIR

            • 02:25:32 PM

              THE CLERK

            • 02:25:39 PM

              THE CHAIR

              GOSAR: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TODAY TO OFFER A COMMENCE AMENDMENT…

              GOSAR: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TODAY TO OFFER A COMMENCE AMENDMENT THAT LEM POWER LOCAL COMMUNITIES BY ALLOWING -- THAT WILL EMPOWER LOCAL COMMUNITIES BY

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            • 02:25:50 PM

              MR. GOSAR

              ALLOWING WATERSHED RESTORATION. THE BASE FARM BILL RE-AUTHORIZES GOOD…

              ALLOWING WATERSHED RESTORATION. THE BASE FARM BILL RE-AUTHORIZES GOOD NEIGHBOR AUTHORITY THROUGH FISCAL YEAR 2023 AND CONTAINS A PROVISION THAT ALLOWS TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS TO BE ELIGIBLE TO ENTER IN GOOD NEIGHBOR AUTHORITY COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS AND CONTRACTS. OUR AMENDMENT SIMPLY BUILDS ON THAT COMMONSENSE PROVISION BY ALLOWING COUNTIES TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR GOOD NEIGHBOR AUTHORITY. GOOD NEIGHBOR AUTHORITY PROJECTS HAVE BEEN REMARKABLY SUCCESSFUL. FROM 2002 TO 2013, 63 PROJECTS CREATED -- TREATED MORE THAN 4,100 ACRES IN COLORADO AND UTAH. THESE WORTHWHILE TREATMENTS MITIGATED THE THREAT OF CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRE, REDUCING FLOODING, ENHANCED FOREST HEALTH AND IMPROVED WATER QUALITY. MEMBERS REQUESTED NEW AUTHORITY. THE PROBLEM IN COCONINO COUNTY, A LIBERAL COUNTY, REPRESENTED BY MR. O'HALLERAN, IS THAT WOOD IS LOW VALUE TIMBER. THEY CAN'T COMPLETE THE PENDING WORK. COUNTIES NEED TO DO THE WORK THEMSELVES WILL FIND A CONTRACTOR IF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WON'T TREAT THEIR FORESTS. ALL THAT'S NEEDING IS AUTHORIZATION FROM CONGRESS. THE -- IN WISCONSIN THIS IS WORKING FOR THEM AS WELL. SOME COUNTIES HAVE ACTUAL FORESTERS OR OTHER LAND MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONALS ON STAFF. THESE ARE NOT LIMITED SPECIFICALLY TO LARGE COUNTIES EITHER. FOR EXAMPLE, ADAMS COUNTY, IDAHO, POPULATION 4,000, HAS A NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE THAT'S CHAIRED BY A RETIRED FOREST SERVICE EMPLOYEE WHO ALSO SERVES ON THE LOCAL FOREST COLLABORATIVE. COCONINO HAS A FOREST RESTORATION DIRECTOR WHO WOULD BE IN CHARGE OF THE GOOD NEIGHBOR AUTHORITY AGREEMENTS. THIS IS A EXECUTIVE POSITION THAT -- AND SOME COUNTIES LIKE -- WILL LIKELY CONTRACT WITH OUTSIDE ENTITIES TO PERFORM THE WORK. COUNTY CONTRACTS WILL BE OVERSEEN BY SOMEONE SUCH AS AN AUDITOR OR WORK. THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT STATING, AND I QUOTE, THEY STAND READY TO WORK WITH YOU TO PROMOTE LOCALLY SUPPORTIVE AND CONSENSUS DRIVEN SOLUTIONS TO ADDRESS FOREST MANAGEMENT CHALLENGES AND TO REDUCE THE RISK OF CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRE. NACO URGES THE CONGRESS TO ADOPT THE AMENDMENT AND ALLOW COUNTIES TO ASSIST OUR FEDERAL PARTNERS TO MAKE OUR NATIONAL FORESTS HEALTHY AGAIN, END OF QUOTE. I AM I'M PROUD TO HAVE THE SUPPORT OF THE ARIZONA ASSOCIATION CONSERVATION DISTRICT, SALT RIVER PROJECT, COLORADO CORE PRODUCERS COUNCIL, AND ORGANIZATIONS AND ELECTED OFFICIALS. I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES IN THE CONGRESS TO SUPPORT THIS COMMONSENSE AMENDMENT, IMPROVE FOREST HEALTH, AND BOLSTER WATER RESTORATION. IT PUTS MORE POWER IN THE HANDS OF LOCAL COMMUNITY WHO NEED THE WORK DONE BUT HAVE NOWHERE TO TURN UNDER THE STATUS QUO. I'D NOW LIKE TO YIELD 30 SECONDS TO MY GOOD FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM MONTANA WHO IS CO-SPONSOR OF THE AMENDMENT, MR. GIANFORTE. GINA HASPEL I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS --

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            • 02:29:20 PM

              MR. GIANFORTE

              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND I ALSO YIELD TO THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS COMMENTS.

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              MR. GOSAR

              THOMPSON: I'D LIKE TO THANK MR. GOSAR FOR OFFERING THIS. GOOD NEIGHBOR…

              THOMPSON: I'D LIKE TO THANK MR. GOSAR FOR OFFERING THIS. GOOD NEIGHBOR AUTHORITY WAS ONE OF THE HARD FOUGHT ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE 2014 FARM BILL THAT'S PROVEN USEFUL IN IMPROVING OUR NATIONAL FORESTS IN OUR RURAL COMMUNITIES. AND PLEASED TO EXPAND THE GOOD NEIGHBOR AUTHORITY TO INDIAN TRIBES.

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            • 02:30:06 PM

              THE CHAIR

            • 02:30:09 PM

              MR. THOMPSON

              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. DOES ANYONE WISH TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO…

              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. DOES ANYONE WISH TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT? --

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            • 02:30:36 PM

              MR. GOSAR

            • 02:30:43 PM

              THE CHAIR

              GOSAR: I YIELD BACK.

          • 02:30:45 PM

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

            • 02:30:48 PM

              MR. GOSAR

              IT'S NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 12 PRINTED IN PART C

            • 02:30:50 PM

              THE CHAIR

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

            • 02:31:03 PM

              An amendment, offered by Mr. Gianforte, numbered 12 printed in Part C of House Report 115-677 to authorize expedited salvage operations for areas burned by wildfire to salvage dead trees and reforest to prevent re-burn, provide for the utilization of burned trees, or to provide a funding source for reforestation. Requires a two month environmental assessment for reforestation activities and at least 75% of the burned area be reforested.

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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 Gianforte amendment No. 12.

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                MR. GIANFORTE

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                THE CHAIR

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                THE CLERK

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                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                MR. GIANFORTE

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                THE CHAIR

                TREES AFTER WILDFIRES

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                MR. GIANFORTE

                TO PAY FOR REFORESTATION AND REHABILITATION AFTER DEVASTATING FIRES. LAST…

                TO PAY FOR REFORESTATION AND REHABILITATION AFTER DEVASTATING FIRES. LAST YEAR OVER ONE MILLION ACRES BURNED IN MONTANA. LIVELIHOODS WERE THREATENED, WILDLIFE HABITATS WERE DESTROYED, AND WHOLE LANDSCAPES WERE SCARRED. MY COMMONSENSE AMENDMENT WAS PASSED VERBATIM IN THE RESILIENT FEDERAL FOREST ACT BY THIS BODY. IT WOULD ALLOW THE AGENCIES TO QUICKLY RESPOND, AS WELL AS TO RAISE FUNDS TO FURTHER REHABILITATE THE FOREST. AN EXPEDITED ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT WOULD STILL BE REQUIRED, AND PUBLIC INPUT WOULD STILL BE INCLUDED IN ORDER TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE PROJECT. MOST IMPORTANTLY, THIS AMENDMENT WOULD REQUIRE AT LEAST 75% OF THE BURNED AREA WOULD BE REFORESTED. BURNED AREA WOULD BE REFORESTED. THESE LANDSCAPED SCALE PROJECTS ARE BADLY NEEDED. THE RICE RIDGE FIRE BURNED OVER 1 0,000 ACRES ALONE -- 160,000 ACRES ALONE. QUICKLY RESPONDING TO THE DAMAGE CAUSED WOULD PROTECT OUR PUBLIC LANDS AND RESTORE OUR WATER SHEDS FOR THE FUTURE AND RESTORE THEM TO THE QUALITY WE HAVE COME TO LOVE IN MONTANA. AS I MENTIONED, SIMILAR LANGUAGE WAS INCLUDED IN THE RESILIENT FEDERAL FOREST ACT WHICH WOULD BIPARTISAN BASIS ON NOVEMBER 11, 2017. MY AMENDMENT IS PASSED THE HOUSE ON A SUPPORTED BY THE FEDERAL FOREST RESOURCE COALITION, THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES, THE NATIONAL WATER RESOURCES ASSOCIATION, AND THE IDAHO FOREST GROUP. I'D LIKE TO RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 02:33:17 PM

                THE CHAIR

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

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

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              • 02:33:26 PM

                MR. GIANFORTE

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                THE CHAIR

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                >>

                CONGRESSMAN GIANFORTE'S, WILDFIRE SALVAGE OPERATIONS AMENDMENT. I'M GLAD…

                CONGRESSMAN GIANFORTE'S, WILDFIRE SALVAGE OPERATIONS AMENDMENT. I'M GLAD WITH THE FARM BILL PACKAGES WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO LOOK AT FORESTRY AND WILDFIRE GIANFORTE'S, ISSUES FROM ALL SIDES. THIS AMENDMENT IS PART AND PARCEL OF A BROADER WILDFIRE STRATEGY THAT REQUIRES PROACTIVE ACTION FROM CONGRESS FOR THE STEPS BEFORE, DURING, AND AFTER WILDFIRES ARE EXPECTED. SPECIFICALLY, THIS AMENDMENT WILL ENSURE THAT THE NATIONAL FOREST SYSTEM FOREST IS CLEARED AND REPLANTED IF A CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRE CHARRED IT TO THE GROUND. OUR NATIONAL FOREST SYSTEM LANDS WILL BE REHABILITATED AFTER WILDFIRE DEVASTATES THEM BUT IN A WAY CONSISTENT WITH FOREST PLANS. THAT WAY THE ECOSYSTEM OF THE NEW FOREST WILL HAVE BETTER MANAGEMENT AND LESS -- BE LESS SUSCEPTIBLE TO ANOTHER LARGE-SCALE BURNT DOWN EVENT.

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              • 02:34:28 PM

                MR. GOSAR

                THIS DEMONSTRATION THAT SHOWS CONGRESS ISN'T WILLING TO JUST GIVE UP AND…

                THIS DEMONSTRATION THAT SHOWS CONGRESS ISN'T WILLING TO JUST GIVE UP AND LET OUR FOREST SYSTEM LANDS BE CATASTROPHICALLY BURNED. I APPLAUD REPRESENTATIVE GIANFORTE FOR HIS STRONG LEADERSHIP AND TIRELESS EFFORTS TO REDUCE THE THREAT OF DANGEROUS WILDFIRES. I URGE ADOPTION OF THIS COMMONSENSE AMENDMENT. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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              • 02:34:56 PM

                THE CHAIR

                I YIELD TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. THOMPSON.

              • 02:35:05 PM

                MR. GIANFORTE

                CONSUME.

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                THE CHAIR

                MR.

              • 02:35:11 PM

                MR. GIANFORTE

                THOMPSON: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. THANK YOU TO MR. GIANFORTE FOR OFFERING…

                THOMPSON: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. THANK YOU TO MR. GIANFORTE FOR OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT. IMPORTANT AMENDMENT FOR MONTANA AND QUITE FRANKLY FOR OUR NATIONAL FOREST THE GENTLEMAN. THANK YOU TO MR.

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              • 02:35:17 PM

                MR. THOMPSON

                GIANFORTE FOR OVER THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS FIRES HAVE HAD A SYSTEM AS A…

                GIANFORTE FOR OVER THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS FIRES HAVE HAD A SYSTEM AS A WHOLE. DEVASTATING IMPACT ON OUR FOREST SYSTEM LANDS RESORTING IN DETERIORATED LANDSCAPES. I WITNESSED THIS FIRST HAND ACROSS THE COUNTRIES AS FORMER CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE AND AGRICULTURE ON FORESTRY. IT IS VITAL THAT THE FOREST SERVICE HAS THE RIGHT TOOLS, ABILITY TO RESTORE THESE LANDSCAPES AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE TO PRESERVE HABITAT, CLEAN AIR, AND SIGNIFICANT IMPACT THESE INSTANCE CAN HAVE ON CLEAN WATER. UNFORTUNATELY, LITIGATION STALLS MANY OF THESE PROJECTS. AS MADISON COUNTY MONTANA COMMISSIONER DAVID SHULTZ NOTED BEFORE THE HOUSE NATURAL RESOURCES FEDERAL LAND SUBCOMMITTEE IN MAY OF 2015 DUE TO THE THREAT OF LITIGATION FROM OUTSIDE COUNTY MONTANA GROUPS REFUSING TO MEET OR COLLABORATE WITH THE COMMUNITY, WHAT STARTED OUT AS A CONSENSUS PROPOSAL FOR 100,000 ACRES OF FIRE SALVAGE AND REFORESTATION REDUCED TO LESS THAN 2,000 ACRES OF SALVAGE. FEAR OF LITIGATION PREVENTS THE FOREST SERVICE FROM THINKING BIG AND ANOTHER QUOTA OFFERED SIGNIFICANT FACTOR IN PREVENTING RESPONSIBLE MANAGEMENT. I SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT THAT'S ALREADY PASSED THE HOUSE AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME. I YIELD BACK.

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              • 02:36:34 PM

                THE CHAIR

              • 02:36:43 PM

                THE CHAIR

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

            • 02:36:47 PM

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

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                >>

              • 02:37:14 PM

                THE CHAIR

                WESTERMAN OF ARKANSAS.

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                THE CLERK

              • 02:37:16 PM

                An amendment, offered by Mr. Westerman, numbered 13 printed in Part C of House Report 115-677 to require the Forest Service to consider long-term health of our nation's forests when developing collaborative management plans, and shields agency decision making from certain injunctions on sustainable forest management.

              • 02:37:18 PM

                DEBATE

                Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 891, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Westerman amendment No. 13.

                • 02:37:23 PM

                  THE CHAIR

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

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

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                • 02:37:32 PM

                  MR. WESTERMAN

                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. IS THERE ANYONE WISHING TO CLAIM TIME IN…

                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. IS THERE ANYONE WISHING TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT?

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                • 02:39:27 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS. AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I…

                  OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS. AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                • 02:39:33 PM

                  >>

                • 02:39:34 PM

                  THE CHAIR

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                  >>

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                  THE CHAIR

                • 02:39:44 PM

                  MR. GRIJALVA

                  DOES THE GENTLEMAN RESERVE OR YIELD BACK?

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                  THE CHAIR

                • 02:41:10 PM

                  MR. GRIJALVA

                  MR.

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                  THE CHAIR

                  WESTERMAN: IT SIMPLY SAYS WE HAVE TO EVALUATE THE DO-NOTHING OPTION AND…

                  WESTERMAN: IT SIMPLY SAYS WE HAVE TO EVALUATE THE DO-NOTHING OPTION AND THE EFFECT OF THE FOREST IS ON THAT. AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GOSAR.

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                • 02:41:15 PM

                  >>

                • 02:41:20 PM

                  MR. WESTERMAN

                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 02:41:32 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                • 02:41:33 PM

                  MR. GOSAR

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA IS…

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                • 02:43:12 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  GRIJALVA: THANK YOU.

                • 02:43:17 PM

                  MR. GRIJALVA

                  IF MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE ARE SERIOUS ABOUT THE LONG-TERM

                • 02:43:22 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                • 02:43:24 PM

                  MR. GRIJALVA

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

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

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                • 02:45:05 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  IT SIMPLY SAYS YOU HAVE TO EVAL IT -- EVALUATE THE ALTERNATIVE OF DOING…

                  IT SIMPLY SAYS YOU HAVE TO EVAL IT -- EVALUATE THE ALTERNATIVE OF DOING NOTHING. I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR.

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                • 02:45:09 PM

                  MR. WESTERMAN

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED.

                • 02:45:23 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                • 02:45:25 PM

                  MR. TIPTON

                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS IS…

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

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                • 02:46:21 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                • 02:46:24 PM

                  MR. WESTERMAN

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

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

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                • 02:46:37 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

              • 02:46:41 PM

                POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

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

                • 02:46:48 PM

                  MR. GRIJALVA

                • 02:46:51 PM

                  THE CHAIR

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

                • 02:47:10 PM

                  MR. YOUNG

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                  THE CHAIR

                • 02:47:13 PM

                  THE CLERK

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

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

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                • 02:47:13 PM

                  An amendment, offered by Mr. Young (AK), numbered 14 printed in Part C of House Report 115-677 to exempt all National Forests in Alaska from the U.S. Forest Service Roadless Rule.

                • 02:47:14 PM

                  DEBATE

                  Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 891, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Young (AK) amendment No. 14.

                  • 02:47:19 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                    YOUNG: MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUBMIT FOR THE RECORD MY…

                    YOUNG: MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUBMIT FOR THE RECORD MY STATEMENT.

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                  • 02:47:27 PM

                    MR. YOUNG

                    NEVER MIND. REVISE AND EXTEND.

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                    THE CHAIR

                    YOUNG: MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS IS A SIMPLE AMENDMENT. IT'S A CLINTON ERA…

                    YOUNG: MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS IS A SIMPLE AMENDMENT. IT'S A CLINTON ERA ROADLESS RULE THAT APPLIES TO ONE SIZE FITS ALL TO THE APPROACH OF AREAS WHERE THERE ARE POLICIES THAT RARELY WORK. ESPECIALLY THE FEDERALLY LOCKE LANDS IN ALASKA. AT 16.

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                  • 02:47:36 PM

                    MR. YOUNG

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                    THE CHAIR

                  • 02:47:40 PM

                    MR. YOUNG

                    DOES ANYONE WISH TO SPEAK TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT?

                  • 02:50:51 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                  • 02:50:55 PM

                    MR. GRIJALVA

                  • 02:51:03 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                  • 02:51:05 PM

                    MR. GRIJALVA

                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA.

                  • 02:53:17 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                  • 02:53:20 PM

                    MR. YOUNG

                    CONAWAY: I SUPPORT THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT. IT'S COMMON SENSE. ALLOWS…

                    CONAWAY: I SUPPORT THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT. IT'S COMMON SENSE. ALLOWS ALASKA TAKING A BETTER JOB OF TAKING CARE OF ALASKA.

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                  • 02:53:25 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                    I URGE SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT.

                  • 02:53:28 PM

                    MR. CONAWAY

                  • 02:53:39 PM

                    MR. YOUNG

                    IF THEY DON'T LIKE WHAT I DO, THEY DON'T VOTE FOR ME. I JUST BELIEVE IN…

                    IF THEY DON'T LIKE WHAT I DO, THEY DON'T VOTE FOR ME. I JUST BELIEVE IN JOBS. WHEN I FIRST GOT ELECTED TO THIS JOB WHEN I FIRST STARTED THIS TONGASS BATTLE, WE HAD 15,000 JOBS IN ALASKA, THE TIMBER INDUSTRY IN THE TONGASS. SO THE NATIONAL LAND ACT ITSELF, WE WERE TOLD NO OTHER JOBS WOULD BE LOST IN THE TIMBER INDUSTRY. AND THEY SLOWLY CREPT AROUND AND ELIMINATED WHAT REMAINING JOBS OCCURRED AND THE SAD PART ABOUT IT, IN MY POINT OF VIEW, THEY'VE KILLED THE TIMBER INDUSTRY. THAT WAS NOT THE INTENT. WE WERE SUPPOSESED TO HAVE A TIMBER INDUSTRY. THEN, ALONG COMES THE CLINTON ERA ROADLESS RULE. THAT MEANS YOU CAN'T BUILD A ROAD THAT DOESN'T HAVE A ROAD. WE HAD TO FIGHT FOR YEARS TO GET A HIGH ROW POWER SITE. THIS -- HYDROPOWER SITE. THIS ACTION BY THE PAST ADMINISTRATIONS HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THIS IS ABOUT EMPLOYMENT. THIS IS ABOUT MANAGING, MANAGING TIMBER. THOSE WHO DON'T MANAGE ANYTHING, YOU DESTROY IT. SO I'M URGING MY BODY, THIS CONGRESS TO DO WHAT'S RIGHT FOR THE STATE OF ALASKA AND RIGHT FOR THE TIMBER, RIGHT FOR THE PEOPLE THAT LIVE THERE AND DEPEND UPON A SOURCE OF INCOME OTHER THAN LIVING OFF, VERY FRANKLY, SOMEBODY GIVING THEM SOMETHING. THEY WANT TO WORK FOR IT. I URGE THAT TIME AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                  • 02:55:13 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                    GRIJALVA: THANK YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. YOU KNOW, ALASKA…

                    GRIJALVA: THANK YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. YOU KNOW, ALASKA RECENTLY LOST IN FEDERAL COURT ON THIS VERY ISSUE. THE SUPREME COURT REFUSED TO HEAR THE STATE'S APPEAL OF A RULING THAT STRUCK DOWN THE TONGASS EXEMPTION. THIS ENDED THE CASE. THIS AMENDMENT ATTEMPTS TO RUN AROUND THAT RULING AND WOULD EXEMPT ALASKA FROM PROTECTIONS THAT ARE WIDELY SUPPORTED AND INTENDED TO PROTECT OUR PRISTINE PUBLIC LANDS. I RECOMMEND A NO VOTE ON THIS, AND WITH REGARD TO THE ROADLESS RULE, IF THE

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                  • 02:55:24 PM

                    MR. GRIJALVA

                    ISSUES, THE VERY IMPORTANT AND SIGNIFICANT ISSUES WE CONFRONT, WHETHER…

                    ISSUES, THE VERY IMPORTANT AND SIGNIFICANT ISSUES WE CONFRONT, WHETHER IT'S IMMIGRATION, WHETHER IT'S EMPLOYMENT, WHETHER IT'S EDUCATION, THE ISSUES OF POVERTY AND HUNGER IN THIS COUNTRY, I WOULD SUGGEST THAT THE CAUSE FOR NOT FINDING SOLUTIONS IS RESTED IN THIS CHAMBER. IT DOESN'T REST WITH THE ROADLESS RULE. WITH THAT I RECOMMEND A NO VOTE AGAIN AND I YIELD BACK THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME.

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                  • 02:56:21 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                    MR. SPEAKER, ON THAT I WOULD ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

                • 02:56:27 PM

                  POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

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

                  • 02:56:32 PM

                    MR. GRIJALVA

                  • 02:56:35 PM

                    THE CHAIR

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

                  • 02:57:03 PM

                    MR. PEARCE

                  • 02:57:05 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                  • 02:57:07 PM

                    THE CLERK

                    THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW MEXICO.

                  • 02:57:13 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                  • 02:57:18 PM

                    An amendment, offered by Mr. Pearce, numbered 15 printed in Part C of House Report 115-677 to allow the Village of Santa Clara to purchase land from the United States Forest Service that was formerly part of Fort Bayard Military Reservation.

                  • 02:57:20 PM

                    DEBATE

                    Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 891, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Pearce amendment No. 15.

                    • 02:57:23 PM

                      MR. PEARCE

                      IT -- IN THE STATE IT'S IN, BECAUSE IT WAS SET APART BACK IN 1869 AS PART…

                      IT -- IN THE STATE IT'S IN, BECAUSE IT WAS SET APART BACK IN 1869 AS PART OF THE FORT BAYARD MILITARY RESERVATION, THEY CANNOT BE DISPOSED OF IN A NORMAL FASHION BY THE FOREST SERVICE, THEY MUST BE RELEASED BY LAW. BACK IN 1968 THERE WAS A BILL THAT RELEASED OTHER PARCELS OF FORT BAYARD TO BE SOLD AND DISTRIBUTED TO THE STATE. THIS PARCEL JUST WAS NOT INCLUDED IN THAT FOR SOME REASON AND SO THE AMENDMENT STEPS AROUND AND INCLUDES THAT NOW TO WHERE THE FOREST SERVICE WOULD BE ALLOWED TO DISPOSE OF LAND. IT WOULD HAVE TO BE APPRAISED, IT WOULD BE SOLD THROUGH NORMAL PROCESSES. IT'S JUST IT REQUIRES A LAW TO DO IT. IT CANNOT GO ANY OTHER WAY. THE VILLAGE'S DESPERATELY IN NEED OF EXPANSION ROOM, LIKE I SAID. THIS FOREST SERVICE LAND BUTTS UP AGAINST THE VILLAGE AND STOPS THEIR GROWTH, STOPS THEIR ECONOMIC POTENTIAL, AND IT'S A VERY KEY PIECE OF PROPERTY FOR THE VILLAGE. IT'S NOT A KEY PIECE OF PROPERTY FOR THE FOREST SERVICE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS NONCONTROVERSIAL AMENDMENT AND WOULD RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      THE CHAIR

                      JUST, I WOULD WRAP UP BY SAYING, AGAIN, THIS IS A NONCONTROVERSIAL…

                      JUST, I WOULD WRAP UP BY SAYING, AGAIN, THIS IS A NONCONTROVERSIAL AMENDMENT. IT WOULD URGE ADOPTION -- I WOULD URGE ADOPTION AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 02:59:34 PM

                      MR. PEARCE

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

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

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                    • 02:59:43 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      TO.

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

                    • 02:59:59 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      LAMALFA: I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                    • 03:00:10 PM

                      An amendment, offered by Mr. LaMalfa, numbered 16 printed in Part C of House Report 115-677 to streamline the Forest Service application process required to construct broadband infrastructure on federal land.

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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 LaMalfa amendment No. 16.

                      • 03:00:16 PM

                        MR. LAMALFA

                        LAMALFA OF CALIFORNIA.

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                        THE CLERK

                      • 03:00:27 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

                      • 03:00:38 PM

                        MR. LAMALFA

                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES ANY MEMBER WISH TO…

                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES ANY MEMBER WISH TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT? THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                      • 03:02:55 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        WOULD

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                        >>

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                        MR. GOSAR

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                        THE CHAIR

                      • 03:04:11 PM

                        MR. LAMALFA

                        THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.…

                        THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT AND THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 17 IN PART C OF HOUSE REPORT 115-677.

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                      • 03:05:22 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        DESK.

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

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                        MR. WESTERMAN

                        WESTERMAN OF ARKANSAS.

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                        An amendment, offered by Mr. Westerman, numbered 17 printed in Part C of House Report 115-677 to instruct the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Interior to provide Congress a yearly report tabulating the metrics surrounding wildfire prevention, including the number of acres treated and agency response time.

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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 Westerman amendment No. 17.

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                          THE CLERK

                          WESTERMAN, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. MR.

                        • 03:05:54 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          WESTERMAN: I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MY AMENDMENT IS…

                          WESTERMAN: I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MY AMENDMENT IS SIMPLE, IT CALLS FOR U.S. FOREST SERVICE AND BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT TO REPORT BACK ON THE PROGRESS THEY ARE MAKING TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEM OF CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRE, THE PROSH THAT HAS CONTINUED TO GET WORSE. OUR CURRENT FOREST MANAGEMENT PROCESS TOOK DECADES OF MISMANAGEMENT, INACTION TO CREATE. WE HAVE SLOWLY LOVED OUR TREES TO DEATH ON MUCH OF OUR FEDERAL LANDS. IT WILL TAKE DECADES TO REVERSE THE EFFECTS THIS MISMANAGEMENT HAS HAD ON OUR FORESTS DURING WHICH TIME WE WILL SEE MORE DEVASTATING WILDFIRES.

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                          MR. WESTERMAN

                          THIS AMENDMENT REQUIRES OUR FEDERAL AGENCIES ADDRESSING THIS ISSUE TO…

                          THIS AMENDMENT REQUIRES OUR FEDERAL AGENCIES ADDRESSING THIS ISSUE TO REPORT BACK ON HOW THEY ARE DOING NOT ONLY SO CONGRESS CAN PROVIDE OVERSIGHT ON THEIR PROGRESS BUT SO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CAN KNOW HOW THEIR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS DOING SO WE CAN MEASURE, MONITOR AND DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY. MR. SPEAKER, I THINK I SPEAK FOR THIS ENTIRE CHAMBER WHEN I SAY OUR GOAL IS TO RETUESDAY THE EFFECTS OF WILDFIRES AND BE TRANSPARENT FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EACH STEP OF THE WAY. MY AMENDMENT PROMOTES TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY AS WE WORK TOWARDS THIS GOAL. I RESERVE.

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                        • 03:07:20 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                        • 03:07:28 PM

                          MR. WESTERMAN

                          I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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

                        • 03:07:53 PM

                          MR. PEARCE

                        • 03:07:55 PM

                          THE CLERK

                        • 03:07:58 PM

                          An amendment, offered by Mr. Pearce, numbered 18 printed in Part C of House Report 115-677 to reauthorize the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program for another 10 years.

                        • 03:08:02 PM

                          DEBATE

                          Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 891, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Pearce amendment No. 18.

                          • 03:08:04 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            MR. PEARCE

                            COLLABORATIVE FOREST LAND CAPE RESTORATION PROGRAM. THIS WAS INITIATED IN…

                            COLLABORATIVE FOREST LAND CAPE RESTORATION PROGRAM. THIS WAS INITIATED IN 2009 AND IT AIMS TO RESTORE VITAL SECTIONS OF OUR NATIONAL FOREST LANDS. THERE ARE TWO PROJECTS, THE STATE WITH OVER 24,000 ACRES THAT WOULD BE COVERED UNDER THIS PROJECT.

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                          • 03:08:16 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                          • 03:08:18 PM

                            MR. PEARCE

                            IS THERE ANY MEMBER WHO WISHES TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION? THE GENTLEMAN…

                            IS THERE ANY MEMBER WHO WISHES TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION? THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW MEXICO IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            THE CHAIR

                            AND I YIELD BACK.

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                            MR. PEARCE

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

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

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                            THE CHAIR

                            IT IS IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 19. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

                            IT IS IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 19. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                          • 03:10:33 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                        • 03:10:37 PM

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

                          • 03:10:42 PM

                            THE CLERK

                          • 03:10:46 PM

                            An amendment, offered by Mr. Tipton, numbered 19 printed in Part C of House Report 115-677 to authorize the U.S. Forest Service to convey 3.61 acres of Forest Service Land to Dolores County, Colorado for the strict purpose of building a fire station.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              TIPTON: WEST FORK IS SURROUNDED BY THE SAN JUAN NATIONAL FORESTS.…

                              TIPTON: WEST FORK IS SURROUNDED BY THE SAN JUAN NATIONAL FORESTS. EMERGENCY AND FIRE RESPONSE IS A CHALLENGE IN THIS PART OF THE COUNTY BECAUSE THE CLOSEST FIRE STATION IS 26 MILES AWAY.

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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 Tipton amendment No. 19.

                          • 03:11:01 PM

                            MR. TIPTON

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

                          • 03:12:05 PM

                            THE CHAIR

                          • 03:12:08 PM

                            THE CHAIR

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                            THE CHAIR

                            REPORT 115-677.

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

                          • 03:12:32 PM

                            THE CLERK

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. THORNBERRY AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL…

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. THORNBERRY AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES.

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                          • 03:12:34 PM

                            An amendment, offered by Mr. Thornberry, numbered 20 printed in Part C of House Report 115-677 to establish Cattle and Carcass Grading Correlation and Training Centers to limit subjectivity and increase the accuracy of grading cattle across the country.

                            • 03:12:38 PM

                              Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 891, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Thornberry amendment No. 20.

                              • 03:12:41 PM

                                THE CHAIR

                              • 03:12:48 PM

                                MR. THORNBERRY

                                CHAIRMAN, WHEN WE GO TO THE GOSSRY STORE, WE MAKE DECISIONS ABOUT WHAT…

                                CHAIRMAN, WHEN WE GO TO THE GOSSRY STORE, WE MAKE DECISIONS ABOUT WHAT TYPE OF BEEF AND WHAT GRADE OF BEEF WE ARE GOING TO PURCHASE. THE CHALLENGE IS THAT THE GRADES ARE DIFFERENT FROM PLACE TO PLACE, BECAUSE THERE IS NOT A UNIFORM GRADING SYSTEM ACROSS THE COUNTRY. MY AMENDMENT REQUIRES USDA TO SET UP THREE TRAINING CENTERS TO TRAIN GRADERS SO THAT THERE CAN BE MORE STANDARDIZATION. IF YOU ARE GOING TO BUY A PRIME OR CHOICE STEAK IN ONE PLACE, IT SHOULD BE THE SAME AS ANOTHER PLACE. THIS WILL BENEFIT CONSUMERS AND BENEFIT THE BEEF ON INDUSTRY AND I HOPE OUR COLLEAGUES WILL SUPPORT IT. I RESERVE.

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                                THE CHAIR

                                QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. THOSE IN…

                                QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT AND THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                              • 03:14:05 PM

                                MR. THORNBERRY

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                                THE CHAIR

                          • 03:14:16 PM

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

                            • 03:14:20 PM

                              MR. CONAWAY

                              THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT, ACCORDINGLY, THE COMMITTEE

                            • 03:14:23 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              RISES.

                            • 03:14:47 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                            • 03:14:52 PM

                              Mr. Conaway moved that the Committee now rise.

                              • 03:14:58 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2 WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE.

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

                            • 03:15:26 PM

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

                              • 03:15:37 PM

                                THE CHAIR

                              • 03:15:43 PM

                                THE CLERK

                                PURPOSES.

                              • 03:15:54 PM

                                THE CHAIR

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

                            • 03:16:28 PM

                              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."

                              • 03:16:47 PM

                                MS. FOXX

                                FOXX OF NORTH CAROLINA.

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                                THE CHAIR

                            • 03:16:49 PM

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

                              • 03:16:52 PM

                                THE CLERK

                              • 03:16:58 PM

                                THE CHAIR

                                FOXX: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I COMMEND MY COLLEAGUE, MIKE…

                                FOXX: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I COMMEND MY COLLEAGUE, MIKE CONAWAY, AND THE OTHER MEMBERS OF THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE FOR THEIR WORK ON THE FARM BILL. I HAVE EVERY INTENTION OF VOTING FOR THE BILL AND HAVE STATED THAT ON MANY OCCASIONS. HAVING BEEN WORKING ON A RE-AUTHORIZATION OF A MAJOR BILL RECENTLY, I CAN CERTAINLY SYMPATHIZE WITH THE EFFORT HERE AND SAY THAT OVERALL THIS BILL IS AN IMPROVEMENT ON PAST FARM BILLS BECAUSE IT RESPONDS TO THE DESPERATE NEED OF WORK REQUIREMENTS FOR ABLE-BODIED PEOPLE.

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                            • 03:16:59 PM

                              An amendment, offered by Ms. Foxx, numbered 1 printed in House Report 115-679 to modernize and reform the sugar program by removing barriers to domestic production and implementing market reforms.

                            • 03:17:02 PM

                              DEBATE

                              Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 900, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 20 minutes of debate on the Foxx amendment No. 1.

                              • 03:17:06 PM

                                MS. FOXX

                                THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. DOES ANY MEMBER WISH TO…

                                THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. DOES ANY MEMBER WISH TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT? THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                THE CHAIR

                                FOXX'S AMENDMENT. SHE SINGLES OUT SUGAR, CUTS THIS PROGRAM TO WHERE IT WAS…

                                FOXX'S AMENDMENT. SHE SINGLES OUT SUGAR, CUTS THIS PROGRAM TO WHERE IT WAS 33 YEARS AGO. DENIGRATES THE HARDWORKING MEN AND WOMEN, THE FARMERS, THOSE PROCESSORS SHE MENTIONED ARE COOP OWNED, THEY'RE EARNED BY THOSE HARDWORK FARMERS.

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                                MR. CONAWAY

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

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

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                              • 03:23:07 PM

                                THE CHAIR

                                TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. KIND.

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                                MS. FOXX

                                KIND: I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE…

                                KIND: I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT. I THANK HER LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. THIS AMENDMENT IS LONG OVERDUE. THE SUGAR PROGRAM THAT CURRENTLY EXISTS HAS DISTORTSED THE MARKETPLACE FOR TOO LONG -- DISTORTED THE MARKETPLACE FOR TOO LOFPBLGT IT'S MAKING IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR US TO -- LONG. IT'S MAKING IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR US

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                              • 03:23:20 PM

                                THE CHAIR

                              • 03:23:22 PM

                                MR. KIND

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

                                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA RESERVE?

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                              • 03:24:40 PM

                                THE CHAIR

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                                MS. FOXX

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                                THE CHAIR

                              • 03:24:46 PM

                                MR. CONAWAY

                                PETERSON: THE COMMITTEE WOULD ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE ILLEGAL…

                                PETERSON: THE COMMITTEE WOULD ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE ILLEGAL SUBSIDIZATION THAT'S GOING TONIGHT IN SUGAR INDUSTRY IN THE WORLD. INSTEAD OF COME HERE AND COMPLAIN ABOUT A PROGRAM THAT ACTUALLY WORKS. I HAVE THE BIGGEST SUGAR DISTRICT IN THE COUNTRY.

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                              • 03:24:52 PM

                                THE CHAIR

                              • 03:24:54 PM

                                MR. PETERSON

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

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

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                              • 03:27:06 PM

                                THE CHAIR

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                                MS. FOXX

                                HENSARLING: I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I COME HERE…

                                HENSARLING: I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I COME HERE TO THE HOUSE FLOOR AS THE SON, GRANDSON AND GREAT-GRANDSON OF FARMERS. I GREW UP WORKING ON A FARM IN RURAL TEXAS. AND I STRONGLY OPPOSE FEDERAL SUBSIDIES TO AGRICULTURAL -- AGRICULTURE IN GENERAL AND THE SUGAR PROGRAM IN PARTICULAR. UNDER THE FEDERAL SUGAR PROGRAM, WHICH DATES BACK TO THE NEW DEAL, DOMESTIC SUGAR PRICES ARE PROPPED UP VIA

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                              • 03:27:22 PM

                                THE CHAIR

                              • 03:27:25 PM

                                MR. HENSARLING

                                A BIZENTINE SYSTEM OF PRICE SUPPORTS AND A LOAN GUARANTEE PROGRAM SO BAD…

                                A BIZENTINE SYSTEM OF PRICE SUPPORTS AND A LOAN GUARANTEE PROGRAM SO BAD IT WOULD MAKE A SOVIET CZAR BLUSH. THIS MAY BE A SWEET DEAL FOR SUGAR PRODUCERS, BUT IT IS NOT A SWEET DEAL FOR THE AUTO MECHANIC IN TEXAS, THE STORE CLERK IN TEXAS, OR THE TEACHER IN GARLAND, TEXAS, THAT I REPRESENT IN THE FIFTH DISTRICT. WHERE'S THEIR GOVERNMENT SUBSIDY PROGRAM? THIS IS ANTI-JOB, IT IS A FOOD TAX, IT IS INCOME REDISTRIBUTION AT ITS WORST, AND IT IS NOT COMMENSURATE WITH ANY FREE MARKET PRINCIPLE I KNOW. I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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                              • 03:28:35 PM

                                THE CHAIR

                                THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA RESERVES.

                              • 03:28:44 PM

                                MS. FOXX

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                                THE CHAIR

                              • 03:28:51 PM

                                MR. CONAWAY

                                FARM POLICY. THE FARM POLICY IS THERE TO PRODUCE A POLICY SO THAT THE…

                                FARM POLICY. THE FARM POLICY IS THERE TO PRODUCE A POLICY SO THAT THE AMERICAN FARMERS CAN GO OUT AND RAISE CROPS FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. TO CONTINUE TO PRODUCE THE HIGHEST QUALITY, THE MOST ABUNDANT, AND THE CHEAPEST FOOD PRODUCED IN THE WORLD OF ANY INDUSTRIALIZED WORLD. THAT'S WHY WE HAVE A FARM POLICY. THIS AMENDMENT OF MS.

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                                FOXX'S GOES AFTER THE AMERICAN FARMERS FOR THE BETTERMENT OF MULTINATIONAL…

                                FOXX'S GOES AFTER THE AMERICAN FARMERS FOR THE BETTERMENT OF MULTINATIONAL SODA COMPANIES AND CANDY COMPANIES.

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                              • 03:29:35 PM

                                MR. YOHO

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

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

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                              • 03:30:02 PM

                                THE CHAIR

                                FOREIGN -- AND U.S. AND FOREIGN SWEET PRODUCT MANUFACTURERS HAVE ANNOUNCED…

                                FOREIGN -- AND U.S. AND FOREIGN SWEET PRODUCT MANUFACTURERS HAVE ANNOUNCED 100 PLAN OPENINGS IN THE UNITED STATES DURING THAT SAME TIME FRAME AND I RESERVE.

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                                MR. CONAWAY

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

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

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                              • 03:30:22 PM

                                THE CHAIR

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                                MS. FOXX

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                                THE CHAIR

                              • 03:30:38 PM

                                MR. GOODLATTE

                                I RESERVE.

                              • 03:31:36 PM

                                MS. FOXX

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                                MR. CONAWAY

                                THE OTHER SIDE HAS 3 1/2 TAX. MR.

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                                THE CHAIR

                                CONAWAY: THAT HIDDEN TAX WILL NOT BE SHARED WITH CONSUMERS BUT SHIFT THOSE…

                                CONAWAY: THAT HIDDEN TAX WILL NOT BE SHARED WITH CONSUMERS BUT SHIFT THOSE PROFITS INTO THE MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS THAT WE ARE DEFENDING BY SUPPORTING THIS AMENDMENT.

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                              • 03:31:50 PM

                                MR. CONAWAY

                                WITH THAT, I YIELD 30 SECONDS TO MY COLLEAGUE.

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                                >>

                                I RESERVE.

                              • 03:32:51 PM

                                MR. CONAWAY

                              • 03:32:54 PM

                                THE CHAIR

                              • 03:32:58 PM

                                MS. FOXX

                              • 03:33:03 PM

                                THE CHAIR

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

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

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                              • 03:34:18 PM

                                THE CHAIR

                              • 03:34:25 PM

                                MR. CONAWAY

                                KILDEE: I WANT TO POINT OUT THAT THE REPUBLICAN CHAIRMAN OF THIS COMMITTEE…

                                KILDEE: I WANT TO POINT OUT THAT THE REPUBLICAN CHAIRMAN OF THIS COMMITTEE AND THE DEMOCRATIC RANKING MEMBER OF THIS COMMITTEE BOTH OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT FOR GOOD REASON. IT'S A SIMPLE QUESTION, DO WE WANT TO SUPPORT LOCAL GROWERS LIKE THE 900 FAMILIES I REPRESENT WHO COLLECTIVELY THROUGH A CO-OP OWN A PROCESSING FACILITY.

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                              • 03:34:31 PM

                                MR. KILDEE

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

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

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                              • 03:35:21 PM

                                THE CHAIR

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                                MS. FOXX

                                SPEIER.

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                                MS. SPEIER

                                THE AMENDMENT WOULD MAKE FAIRER FOR TAXPAYERS. BY REMOVING THE MANY…

                                THE AMENDMENT WOULD MAKE FAIRER FOR TAXPAYERS. BY REMOVING THE MANY UNNECESSARY GOVERNMENT INTERVENTIONS THAT KEPT SUGAR PRICES EXCESSIVELY HIGH, MANUFACTURERS WILL CREATE JOBS AND AMERICAN CONSUMERS WILL NO LONGER BE ON THE HOOK FOR HIDDEN SUGAR COSTS.

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                                THE CHAIR

                                CONAWAY: U.S. IS THE THIRD LARGEST IMPORTER OF SUGAR IN THE WORLD AND…

                                CONAWAY: U.S. IS THE THIRD LARGEST IMPORTER OF SUGAR IN THE WORLD AND VITALLY ALL OF THAT COMES IN DUTY-FREE. I YIELD.

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                              • 03:36:24 PM

                                MR. CONAWAY

                                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                THE CHAIR

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                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS CONTINUES TO RESERVE.

                              • 03:37:05 PM

                                THE CHAIR

                              • 03:37:09 PM

                                MR. CONAWAY

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                                THE CHAIR

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                                THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                THE CHAIR

                                FROM CALIFORNIA,

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                                MS. FOXX

                                MR. SANFORD.

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                                MS. SANCHEZ

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                                MR. SANFORD

                                ONE THING SUBSIDIZE IS THE THINGS THAT CAUSE US PROBLEMS. AND WE ARE…

                                ONE THING SUBSIDIZE IS THE THINGS THAT CAUSE US PROBLEMS. AND WE ARE SPENDING A QUARTER OF A TRILLION DOLLARS IN HEALTH CARE COSTS AS TYPE 2 DIABETES HAS BALLOONED. ZHRRS 327 BILL QUON A YEAR IS SPENT ON TYPE 2 DIABETES. THE IDEA OF SAYING LET'S SUBSIDIZE OUR SUGAR --

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                                THE CHAIR

                                CONAWAY: I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE MR. LAHOOD, 20 SECONDS .

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                                MR. CONAWAY

                                GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA IS RECOGNIZED. MR.

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                                THE CHAIR

                                SMITH: I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. IT'S INTERESTING TO LISTEN…

                                SMITH: I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. IT'S INTERESTING TO LISTEN TO THE VARIOUS ARGUMENTS HERE BUT CERTAINLY THERE IS UNFAIR COMPETITION, IF YOU WILL.

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                                MR. SMITH

                                HARD TO CALL IT COMPETITION OVERSEAS. BUT WE HAVE UNFAIR TRADE PRACTICES…

                                HARD TO CALL IT COMPETITION OVERSEAS. BUT WE HAVE UNFAIR TRADE PRACTICES AND SUGAR POLICY HERE HELPS US DEFEND OURSELVES. THESE ARE MANUFACTURING JOBS IN WESTERN NEBRASKA THAT ARE USE RESPONSIBLY AND IT'S ONLY REASONABLE TO CONTINUE A POLICY THAT IS NOT A COST TO TAXPAYERS. I URGE OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT.

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                                THE CHAIR

                                FOXX: MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD 30 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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                                MS. FOXX

                                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                THE CHAIR

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                                THE GENTLELADY CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                THE CHAIR

                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                MR. CONAWAY

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                                THE CHAIR

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                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS…

                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                THE CHAIR

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                                MS. FOXX

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                                THE CHAIR

                                CONAWAY: I RECOGNIZE MISMCCOLLUM FOR 30 SECONDS. MS.

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                                MS. FOXX

                                MCCOLLUM: I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE FOXX AMENDMENT.

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                                MR. CONAWAY

                                MY HOME STATE OF MINNESOTA, SUGAR BEET IS NUMBER ONE. THIS MEANS THIS WILL…

                                MY HOME STATE OF MINNESOTA, SUGAR BEET IS NUMBER ONE. THIS MEANS THIS WILL HURT OUR STATE'S ECONOMY. IT CREATES 28,000 JOBS AND ANNUAL IMPACT OF MORE THAN $3

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                              • 03:42:06 PM

                                MS. MCCOLLUM

                                BILLION. THIS AMENDMENT WILL COST MINNESOTA SO MUCH MORE AND HURT FARMERS,…

                                BILLION. THIS AMENDMENT WILL COST MINNESOTA SO MUCH MORE AND HURT FARMERS, SMALL BUSINESSES, SCHOOLS, HOSPITALS, REAL LIVES OF REAL PEOPLE. WE SHOULD BE SUPPORTING THE AMERICAN FARMERS INSTEAD OF SENDING THEIR JOBS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN OPPOSING THIS HARMFUL AMENDMENT AND I ASK THEM TO STAND WITH FARMERS IN MINNESOTA.

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                                THE CHAIR

                                FOXX: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. OUR GOVERNMENT'S…

                                FOXX: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. OUR GOVERNMENT'S SUGAR PROGRAM IS A JOB KILLER AND ENSURES PROFITS FOR THE CONNECTED FEW AT THE EXPENSE OF THE MANY. IT OPERATES AT A SUBSTANTIAL COST TO TAXPAYERS, CONSUMERS AND BUSINESSES. IT'S ROOTED IN SUPPLY MANAGEMENT ECONOMICS THAT WERE DRAFTED NEARLY 90 YEARS AGO. EVERY OTHER COMMODITY THAT WERE SUBJECTED TO REFORMS EXCEPT THE SUGAR PROGRAM. ECONOMISTS AND CONSUMER GROUPS, MANUFACTURERS, EDITORIAL BOARDS AND GROUPS ON BOTH THE LEFT AND RIGHT OF THE IDEOLOGICAL SPECTRUM HAVE ALL ENDORSED THE IDEA OF SUBSTANTIALLY REFORMING THIS PROGRAM.

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                                MS. FOXX

                                THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                THE CHAIR

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                                MR. CONAWAY

                                SO PRICES WILL NOT GO DOWN. THERE ARE NO TAX DOLLARS INVOLVED. THIS…

                                SO PRICES WILL NOT GO DOWN. THERE ARE NO TAX DOLLARS INVOLVED. THIS PROGRAM WORKED. THIS PROGRAM WAS NOT CHANGED IN 2014 BECAUSE IT WORKS. IT DOESN'T COST THE TAXPAYERS MONEY. SUGAR PRICES ARE NOT DISTORTED AND THE MANUFACTURERS WILL NOT SUPPORT ONE INSTANCE WHERE THEY LOWERED THE COST OF THEIR PRODUCT WHEN SUGAR PRICES DROPPED AS A RESULT OF UNFAIR, UNFAIR COMPETITION AROUND THIS WORLD. IF WE COULD TALK THE REST OF THE WORLD OF GOING TO A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD, I WOULD AGREE COMPLETELY WITH MY COLLEAGUES WHO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. WE NEED TO DEFEAT THIS AMENDMENT AND PROTECT THE HARDWORKING FARMERS. SAY NO TO FOXX. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                THE CHAIR

                                MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

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                                MS. FOXX

                                PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6, RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT…

                                PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6, RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA WILL BE POSTPONED. .

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                                THE CHAIR

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

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                              POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

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

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                                MR. CONAWAY

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                                An amendment, offered by Mr. Conaway, numbered 2 printed in House Report 115-679 to make technical and conforming changes, in addition to making amendments to titles IV, VI and XI of H.R. 2. These amendments consist of changes to nutrition programs, requiring consultation between USDA and NTIA on broadband loan and grant programs and establishing a food access liaison at USDA.

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                                  THE CLERK

                                  THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. MR.

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                              DEBATE

                              Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 900, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Conaway amendment No. 2.

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                                THE CHAIR

                                CONAWAY: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. H.R. 2 INCLUDES A SUBSTANTIVE AND…

                                CONAWAY: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. H.R. 2 INCLUDES A SUBSTANTIVE AND FORCIBLE WORK REQUIREMENT FOR WORK-CAPABLE INDIVIDUALS. WAIVERS AND EXEMPTIONS WERE TIGHTENED TO MAKE SURE LITTLE ABUSE. WE'VE ALSO HEARD FROM OUR CONSERVATIVE STAKE HOLDS THAT ARE WORK FARE IS AN IMPORTANT TOOL FOR E.P.

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                                MR. CONAWAY

                                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES ANYONE SEEK TIME IN…

                                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES ANYONE SEEK TIME IN OPPOSITION?

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                                THE CHAIR

                                MCGOVERN: THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, FIRST OF ALL, I JUST WANT TO SAY FOR THE…

                                MCGOVERN: THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, FIRST OF ALL, I JUST WANT TO SAY FOR THE RECORD THAT BOTH FEEDING AMERICA AND FEEDING TEXAS OPPOSE THIS FARM BILL.

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                                THE CHAIR

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                                MR. MCGOVERN

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

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

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                                THE CHAIR

                                ON -- SUBCOMMITTEE

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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

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                                JUST BRIEFLY, THIS AMENDMENT OR THIS INDIVIDUAL WILL BE TASKED WITH…

                                JUST BRIEFLY, THIS AMENDMENT OR THIS INDIVIDUAL WILL BE TASKED WITH COORDINATING USDA PROGRAMS, PROVIDING TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO COMMUNITY LEADERS WHO ARE WORKING TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF THOSE LIVING IN FOOD DESERTS.

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                                MR. CRAWFORD

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

                                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZE.

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                                THE CHAIR

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                                MR. MCGOVERN

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                                THE CHAIR

                                BLUNT ROCHESTER: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I HAD THE HONOR OF NOT ONLY…

                                BLUNT ROCHESTER: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I HAD THE HONOR OF NOT ONLY SITTING ON THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE, BUT ALSO OF SITTING ON THE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE. SO I KNOW VERY WELL HOW IMPORTANT HEALTHY, HUNGER-FREE CHILDREN ARE TO A GOOD EDUCATION SYSTEM.

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                                MR. MCGOVERN

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                                THE CHAIR

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                                MS. BLUNT ROCHESTER

                                ON TOP OF AN ALREADY HARMFUL POLICY, THE CONAWAY MANAGER'S AMENDMENT…

                                ON TOP OF AN ALREADY HARMFUL POLICY, THE CONAWAY MANAGER'S AMENDMENT COMPROMISES THE CURRENT SCIENCE-BASED NUTRITION STANDARDS IN FEDERAL SCHOOLS' MEALS PROGRAMS. BY POLITICIZING AND LEGISLATING NUTRITION STANDARDS, THIS AMENDMENT, IF ADOPTED, WILL FURTHER THREATEN THE SCHOOL MEALS PROGRAMS, WHICH MILLIONS OF CHILDREN RELY ON. THE USDA UPDATED THE CURRENT STANDARDS BASED ON RIGOROUS EVIDENCE-BASED PROCESSES, AS REQUIRED BY LAST BIPARTISAN CHILD NUTRITION RE-AUTHORIZATION. THESE STANDARDS RELY ON EXPERT NONPARTISAN RECOMMENDATIONS. RESEARCH SHOWS THAT CHILDREN ARE NOW EATING 16% MORE VEGETABLES AND 23% MORE FRUIT AT LUNCH. FURTHER, ACCORDING TO A POLL BY THE W.K. KELLOGG FOUNDATION, 90% OF AMERICANS SUPPORT THE NATIONAL SCHOOL NUTRITION STANDARDS, AND 86% SAY THE SCHOOL NUTRITION STANDARDS SHOULD STAY OR BE STRENGTHENED. THERE IS SIMPLY NO REASON TO DEPART FROM SCIENCE-BASED AND EVIDENCE-BASED STANDARDS. WE SHOULD NOT COMPROMISE ON WHAT IS BEST FOR OUR CHILDREN. THAT IS WHY THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS, AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION, AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION, AND OTHERS OPPOSE ROLLING BACK THE STANDARDS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THESE EFFORTS THAT WOULD FURTHER THREATEN THE HEALTH OF OUR NATION'S CHILDREN AND STUDENTS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                THE CHAIR

                                MAY I INQUIRE HOW MANY MORE SPEAKERS THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SNASS

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                                MR. MCGOVERN

                                HAS.

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                                THE CHAIR

                                NONE. I'M READY TO CLOSE.

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                                MR. CONAWAY

                                MR.

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                                MR. MCGOVERN

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                                THE CHAIR

                                AND I REGRET VERY MUCH THAT A FLAWED BILL IS BEING BROUGHT TO THE HOUSE…

                                AND I REGRET VERY MUCH THAT A FLAWED BILL IS BEING BROUGHT TO THE HOUSE FLOOR, BECAUSE OF A FLAWED PROCESS.

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                                MR. MCGOVERN

                                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 CHAIR

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                                MR. CONAWAY

                                CHAIRMAN, WE'VE GOT A GOOD BILL HERE, THE BASE BILL. THIS SIMPLY MAKES IT…

                                CHAIRMAN, WE'VE GOT A GOOD BILL HERE, THE BASE BILL. THIS SIMPLY MAKES IT BETTER. AND WITH THAT I URGE ADOPTION OF THE AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                MCCLINTOCK OF CALIFORNIA.

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                                THE CHAIR

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                                An amendment, offered by Mr. McClintock, numbered 3 printed in House Report 115-679 to phase out agricultural subsidies.

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                                  THE CLERK

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                              DEBATE

                              Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 900, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the McClintock amendment No. 3.

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                                THE CHAIR

                                MCCLINTOCK: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FARM SUBSIDIES ESSENTIALLY TAKING…

                                MCCLINTOCK: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FARM SUBSIDIES ESSENTIALLY TAKING MONEY FROM TAXPAYERS TO INFLATE THE PRICE OF THEIR OWN GROCERIES WAS NEVER A GOOD IDEA.

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                                MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. WHO CLAIMS TIME IN…

                                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. WHO CLAIMS TIME IN OPPOSITION?

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                                THE CHAIR

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                                MR. CONAWAY

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                                THE CHAIR

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                                MR. CONAWAY

                                PETERSON: I OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT. WE TRIED SOMETHING SIMILAR TO THIS. IT…

                                PETERSON: I OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT. WE TRIED SOMETHING SIMILAR TO THIS. IT WASN'T AS EXTREME, BUT IT WAS SUPPOSED TO SAVE US A LITTLE BIT OF MONEY. FRANK, YOU REMEMBER.

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                                MR. PETERSON

                                AND IT ENDED UP COSTING FIVE TIMES MORE THAN WHAT WE SAVED BECAUSE IT…

                                AND IT ENDED UP COSTING FIVE TIMES MORE THAN WHAT WE SAVED BECAUSE IT DIDN'T WORK. THIS IS A FANTASY THAT'S OUT THERE FOR SOME PEOPLE. PEOPLE HAVE NO CLUE HOW MUCH IT COST TO FARM NOWADAYS WHAT KIND OF RISKS YOU TAKE IN FARMING. IF YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE A FEW PEOPLE FARM THIS WHOLE COUNTRY, THIS IS THE WAY TO DO IT, BECAUSE WITHOUT CROP INSURANCE, WITHOUT THESE OTHER BACKSTOPS, YOUNG PEOPLE OR ORDINARY PEOPLE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO FARM. THE PEOPLE THAT WILL FARM ARE PEOPLE WITH DEEP POCKETS

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                                MR. CRAWFORD

                                THE ISSUE WE HAVE HERE, IS IT WORTH IT TO US TO MAKE AN INVESTMENT IN OUR…

                                THE ISSUE WE HAVE HERE, IS IT WORTH IT TO US TO MAKE AN INVESTMENT IN OUR NATIONAL SECURITY? OUR ABILITY TO FEED OURSELVES IS CRUCIAL TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. NUMBER ONE. NUMBER TWO, WE SUPPORT OUR FARMERS AT A FRACTION WHAT THE REST OF THE WORLD DOES. AND SO WE GET MUCH BETTER VALUE, MUCH BETTER RETURN ON INVESTMENT. AND I THINK THE DISPOSABLE INCOME OF AVERAGE AMERICAN IS SOMEWHERE WITHIN THE 12% RANGE WHAT WE SPEND ON FOOD. IF YOU THINK ABOUT THAT AND COMPARE IT TO, SAY, IN EUROPE, WHERE THEY'RE UPWARDS 20%. IN JAPAN, 25% RANGE OF THEIR DISPOSABLE INCOME, WE GET A MUCH BETTER RETURN, MUCH BETTER VALUE TO THE TAXPAYER. I YIELD BACK.

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                              • 04:02:50 PM

                                MR. CONAWAY

                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA.

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                                THE CHAIR

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                                MR. LUCAS

                                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                THE CHAIR

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                                MR. MCCLINTOCK

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

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

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                                THE CHAIR

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                                MR. CONAWAY

                                IT WORKS. AS THE CHAIRMAN SAID, LOWEST PRICE COST FOOD IN THE DEVELOPED…

                                IT WORKS. AS THE CHAIRMAN SAID, LOWEST PRICE COST FOOD IN THE DEVELOPED WORLD. HERE'S WHY THAT'S IMPORTANT. HALF OF AMERICA WORKS PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK. THEIR RENT DOESN'T CHANGE, CAR PAYMENT DOESN'T CHANGE. IF SOMETHING COMES UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MONTH, IT'S COMING OUT OF THE FOOD BUDGET. I DON'T WANT TO MAKE THAT MOM'S JOB HARDER THAN IT ALREADY IS BY IGNORING THE VAST AMOUNT OF COMPETITION AROUND THIS WORLD THAT'S FUNDAMENTALLY UNFAIR. IF WE CAN GO TO THE UTOPIA THAT MY COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA WANTS TO GET US TO, FANTASTIC. WE CAN'T DO IT. THEY BARELY CAN DO IT IN NEW ZEALAND, FOR GOODNESS SAKES. I WOULD ARGUE U.S. PRODUCTION IS A BIT MORE COMPLICATED THAN WHATEVER NEW ZEALAND MIGHT OR MIGHT NOT BE DOING. WE OUGHT TO COMPETE IN A WORLD MARKET AGAINST FOREIGN TREASURIES THAT ARE SPENDING STUNNINGLY MORE MONEY THAN WE ARE. CHINA SPENT $3 BILLION ON THREE PRODUCTS. DOES IT SEND A WRONG MESSAGE TO THOSE FOLKS? YES. RICE FARMERS, OTHER PRODUCERS HAVE TO COMPETE AGAINST THE PRICE LIKE THAT. WE CAN'T GO AGAINST THE REST OF THE WORLD. IF THE REST OF THE WORLD WILL GO TO A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD I DON'T HAVE ONE FARMER THAT SAYS, I WILL KEEP IT IN PLACE. THIS AMENDMENT WILL STRIP THEM THE ABILITY TO DO THAT. WE WILL GO TO FOREIGN INPUTTED -- IMPORTED FOOD WITH STANDARDS NOT CLOSE TO OURS, LABOR THAT'S NOT PROTECTED THE WAY OURS IS. LET'S DEFEAT THE MCCLINTOCK AMENDMENT. SHOW THE AMERICAN FARMER AND RANCHER THAT WORKS HARDER THAN ANYONE OUT THERE, 20 HOURS IS SOMETHING THEY'RE DOING IN THE SECOND OR THIRD JOB. A YES FOR MR. COLIN TO BE SAYS NEVER MIND. WE DON'T CARE ABOUT YOU. A NO VOTE IS SENDING A MESSAGE WE WANT TO SEND. I HOPE THIS IS A STUNGLY GOOD VOTE SO PEOPLE CAN UNDERSTAND THIS CONGRESS UNDERSTANDS THE UNFAIR FOREIGN COMPETITION WHICH THEY ARE COMPETING WITH. VOTE NO ON MCCLINTOCK, AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                THE CHAIR

                                MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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                              POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

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

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                                MR. MCCLINTOCK

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                                THE CHAIR

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

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                                An amendment, offered by Mr. LaHood, numbered 4 printed in House Report 115-679 to streamline the sign up process for Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) by directing the Secretary of Agriculture to change the regulatory requirements from an annual sign up to a `one and done' process for ARC and PLC only.

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                                  MR. LAHOOD

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                                  THE CHAIR

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                              DEBATE

                              Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 900, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the LaHood amendment No. 4.

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                                THE CLERK

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                                THE CHAIR

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

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                                MR. LAHOOD

                                THE FIRST IS THE AGRICULTURE RISK COVERAGE, OR A.R.C., AND THE PRICE…

                                THE FIRST IS THE AGRICULTURE RISK COVERAGE, OR A.R.C., AND THE PRICE COVERAGE -- THE PRICE LOSS COVERAGE, OR P.L.C. MY AMENDMENT CHANGES THE SIGNUP PROCESS FROM AN ANNUAL SIGNUP PROCESS TO A ONE AND DONE PROCESS FOR THE DURATION OF THE FIVE-YEAR FARM BILL.

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                              • 04:08:44 PM

                                THE CHAIR

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                                MR. LAHOOD

                                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. DOES ANY MEMBER CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION? THE…

                                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. DOES ANY MEMBER CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION? THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA.

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                                THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                MR. PETERSON

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                                THE CHAIR

                                I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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

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                                MR. ROGERS

                                ROGERS OF ALABAMA.

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                                THE CHAIR

                              • 04:12:01 PM

                                An amendment, offered by Mr. Rogers (AL), numbered 5 printed in House Report 115-679 to amend the Conservation Title to cap the number of CRP acres at 24 million a year.

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                                  THE CLERK

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                              DEBATE

                              Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 900, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Rogers (AL) amendment No. 5.

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                                THE CHAIR

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                                MR. ROGERS

                                CONAWAY AND TALKING ABOUT THE C.R.P. PROGRAM. MR. CONAWAY HAS BEEN A…

                                CONAWAY AND TALKING ABOUT THE C.R.P. PROGRAM. MR. CONAWAY HAS BEEN A LEADER OF FARMERS. C.R.P. IS A WELL INTENDED PROGRAM IN PROTECTING SENSITIVE LANDS. HOWEVER, THE PROGRAM SHOULD NOT BE EXPANDED BEYOND LEVELS CURRENTLY AUTHORIZED IN THE AGRICULTURE ACT OF 2014. THE AGRICULTURE ACT OF 2014 REDUCED THE C.R.P. ACRE FROM 24 MILLION ACRES TO 27 ACRES -- 27 MILLION ACRES. THIS BILL WILL INCREASE THE ACRE EACH ONE TO A MAXIMUM OF 29 MILLION ACRES BY 2023. USDA FARM DATA REVEALS FOR 2016 FISCAL YEAR, 23.9 MILLION ACRES WERE ENROLLED IN C.R.P. , REPRESENTING APPROXIMATELY 7% OF THE U.S. CROPLAND. RENTAL RATES AND LEASES OFFERED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ARE OFTEN MUCH MORE LUCRATIVE THAN FARMING WOULD BE. WHILE CONGRESSIONAL DIRECTIVES AND A FAVORABLE FARM ECONOMY IN PRIOR YEARS LED TO LOWER C.R.P. ENROLLMENT, NEARLY ONE QUARTER OF ALL LAND ENROLLED IN C.R.P. HAS BEEN ENROLLED FOR MORE THAN 20 YEARS, INCLUDING 2. 7 MILLION ACRES OR 12% ENROLLED FOR MORE THAN THREE DECADES SINCE THE INCEPTION OF THE PROGRAM. DURING THE 2016 FISCAL YEAR PAYMENTS FOR C.R.P. LANDS TOTALED $1.7 BILLION. AS OUR NATION'S FARMERS AND RANCHERS FACE THE CHALLENGE OF MEETING THE INCREASING DEMAND FOR FOOD AND FIBER IN THE U.S. AND ABROAD, I WOULD YIELD AND ASK THE CHAIRMAN, SHOULD AMERICA'S PRODUCERS BE FORCED TO CONTINUE COMPETING WITH FEDERAL PROGRAMS FOR ACCESS TO FARMLAND?

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                                MR. CONAWAY

                                I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND COMMITMENT AND WITHDRAW THIS…

                                I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND COMMITMENT AND WITHDRAW THIS AMENDMENT.

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                              • 04:14:44 PM

                                MR. ROGERS

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                                By unanimous consent, the Rogers (AL) amendment was withdrawn.

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                                  THE CHAIR

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

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                                  MR. FASO

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                                  THE CHAIR

                              • 04:15:12 PM

                                An amendment, offered by Mr. Faso, numbered 6 printed in House Report 115-679 to expand USDA's ability to assess natural resource concerns through enhanced measurement, evaluation, and reporting on conservation program outcomes.

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                                  THE CLERK

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                              DEBATE

                              Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 900, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Faso amendment No. 6.

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                                THE CHAIR

                                FASO: MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT WHICH WOULD PROVIDE…

                                FASO: MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT WHICH WOULD PROVIDE THE USDA THE TOOLS IT NEEDS TO QUANTIFIABLY MEASURE CONSERVATION OUTCOMES. THESE PROVISIONS ARE SUBSTANTIVELY THE SAME AS A BIPARTISAN BILL I INTRODUCED EARLIER THIS YEAR WITH REPRESENTATIVE MARCIA FUDGE.

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                                MR. FASO

                                IF INCLUDED IN THE FARM BILL, MY AMENDMENT WOULD HAVE THE USDA MEASURE,…

                                IF INCLUDED IN THE FARM BILL, MY AMENDMENT WOULD HAVE THE USDA MEASURE, EVALUATE, AND REPORT ON VARIOUS CONSERVATION PROGRAMS ACROSS THE NATION. . THIS INFORMATION IS NECESSARY TO HELP DEFINE AND JUSTIFY TAXPAYER RETURN ON CONSERVATION INVESTMENT PROGRAMS. RIGHT NOW THE USDA CAN PROVIDE INFORMATION ON THE IMPACT OF CONSERVATION PROGRAMS IN TERMS OF CONTRACTS AND ACRES BUT THEY LACK THE ABILITY TO PROVIDE THE IMPACT OF THESE PROGRAMS ON IMPORTANT RESOURCE CONCERNS. BY ENSURING THE USDA HAS ALL THE TOOLS NECESSARY TO COLLECT THIS INFORMATION, WE CAN BETTER PROTECT AND PRESERVE THESE PROGRAMS INTO THE FUTURE. THE USDA'S VOLUNTARY CONSERVATION PROGRAMS ARE HELPING FARMERS MAKE INVESTMENTS INTO NATURAL RESOURCES WHILE ALSO INCREASING FARM PRODUCT IITY. THIS WILL ENSURE THEY CAN CONTINUE TO IMPROVE EXISTING PRACTICES WHILE SUPPORTING OUR NATION'S FARMERS. MR. CHAIRMAN, WE'LL ALSO SEEK IN RESPONSE TO CONCERNS RAISED BY THE FARM PEW ROW IN CONCERNS TO FURTHER REFINE THE PRIVACY PROVISIONS RELATING TO THE RESEARCH ACTIVITIES THAT RESEARCH ACTIVITIES THAT WOULD TAKE PLACE UNDER THIS BILL TO ENSURE THAT ANY PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION THAT WOULD BE CONTAINED WITH THE ANALYSIS OF CONSERVATION PROGRAMS IS FURTHER PROTECTED BY THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE.

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                                >>

                                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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                                MR. FASO

                                I'M ENCOURAGED BY THE SUPPORT FOR MY AMENDMENT AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE…

                                I'M ENCOURAGED BY THE SUPPORT FOR MY AMENDMENT AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              • 04:17:32 PM

                                THE CHAIR

                              • 04:17:38 PM

                                MR. FASO

                              • 04:17:42 PM

                                THE CHAIR

                                I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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

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                                MR. MCCLINTOCK

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                                THE CHAIR

                              • 04:19:14 PM

                                An amendment, offered by Mr. McClintock, numbered 8 printed in House Report 115-679 to amend SNAP work requirements to repeal geographic area waivers to allow states to exempt only 5% of SNAP recipients, set the same hour per week work requirement for married parents as for single parents, exempt parents of children under 3 instead of children under 6, require participants in training programs to go through E Verify.

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                                  THE CLERK

                                  MCCLINTOCK: THIS AMENDMENT DOES TWO THINGS. IT INCREASES FROM 20% TO 70%…

                                  MCCLINTOCK: THIS AMENDMENT DOES TWO THINGS. IT INCREASES FROM 20% TO 70% THE PERCENTAGE OF ABLE BODIED ADULTS IN SNAP THAT WOULD BE REQUIRED TO COMPLY WITH THE WORK REQUIREMENTS IN THE BILL, AND IT REQUIRES THE USE OF THE E-VERIFY SYSTEM TO ASSURE THAT WORK TRAINING IS AVAILABLE ONLY TO LEGAL RESIDENTS IN THIS COUNTRY WHO ARE LEGALLY ENTITLED TO WORK.

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                              DEBATE

                              Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 900, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the McClintock amendment No. 8.

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                                THE CHAIR

                              • 04:19:26 PM

                                MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                MR. CHAIRMAN, I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION.

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                                >>

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                                THE CHAIR

                                THIS INCLUDES SUBSTANTIVE -- H.R.

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                                >>

                                2 INCLUDES SUBSTANTIVE WORK REQUIREMENTS.

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                                MR. THOMPSON

                                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                THE CHAIR

                              • 04:25:08 PM

                                MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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                                THE CHAIR

                                MR.

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                                MR. THOMPSON

                                FASO: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                FASO: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA'S -- THE IMPETUS BEHIND HIS AMENDMENT BUT I THINK THIS EAMENTS IF IT WERE DEPARTMENTED WOULD THREATEN TO DESTROY THE CAREFULLY CONSTRUCTED EFFORTS THAT WE HAVE ENDEAVORED TO ENGAGE IN IN THE COMMITTEE TO CREATE SOMETHING THAT WAS REALISTIC AND ACHIEVEABLE, LOWERING THE AGE FROM 6 TO 3 WILL MAKE IT MUCH MORE DIFFICULT FOR SNAP, MANY SNAP FAMILIES TO COMPLY WITH THE WORK REQUIREMENTS AND REDUCING THE ABILITY OF A STATE TO HAVE A WAIVER OF UP TO 15% OF THE POPULATION WILL ALSO MAKE IT

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                              • 04:25:28 PM

                                THE CHAIR

                              • 04:25:30 PM

                                MR. FASO

                                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. DOES THE GENTLEMAN YIELD BACK?

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                                THE CHAIR

                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. MR. MCCLINTOCK SPIFF I HAVE ONE MORE…

                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. MR. MCCLINTOCK SPIFF I HAVE ONE MORE SPEAKER TO CLOSE OUT OUR

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                              • 04:26:52 PM

                                THE CHAIR

                                I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLELADY FROM DELAWARE FOR SUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME.

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                                MR. THOMPSON

                              • 04:27:10 PM

                                THE CHAIR

                                THESE NUMBERS STAY -- STAND OUT FOR

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                                AND THE PROCESS HAS BEEN FLAWED AND NOW WE HAVE A FLAWED PRODUCT. SO AGAIN…

                                AND THE PROCESS HAS BEEN FLAWED AND NOW WE HAVE A FLAWED PRODUCT. SO AGAIN I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE TO COME BACK TOGETHER IN THE GREAT TRADITION OF THE AG COMMITTEE AND WORK ON A BIPARTISAN PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT MOVES AMERICANS INTO WORK, MEANINGFUL WORK, AND I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                MS. ROCHESTER

                                I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME TO MY COLLEAGUING ON THE HOUSE BUDGET…

                                I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME TO MY COLLEAGUING ON THE HOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. GROTHMAN.

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                              • 04:28:26 PM

                                THE CHAIR

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                                MR. MCCLINTOCK

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                                THE CHAIR

                              • 04:28:45 PM

                                MR. GROTHMAN

                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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                                THE CHAIR

                                TO MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE WHO KEEP ASKING

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                                MR. THOMPSON

                                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE…

                                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. ALL THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT.

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                              • 04:31:09 PM

                                THE CHAIR

                                MCCLINTOCK: I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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                              POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

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

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                                MR. MCCLINTOCK

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

                                FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION THAT THE COMMITTEE RISE. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. ALL THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE MOTION IS -- THE AYES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. ACCORDINGLY, THE COMMITTEE

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                              • 04:31:19 PM

                                THE CHAIR

                              • 04:31:21 PM

                                MR. MCCLINTOCK

                              • 04:31:22 PM

                                THE CHAIR

                                MR. CHAIRMAN.

                              • 04:31:29 PM

                                Mr. Conaway moved that the Committee now rise.

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

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                • 04:31:52 PM

                                  THE CHAIR

                                • 04:31:58 PM

                                  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

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                                ORDER OF PROCEDURE

                                Mr. Conaway asked unanimous consent that during further consideration of H.R. 2, in the Committee of the Whole pursuant to H. Res. 900, amendment numbered 7 printed in House Report 115-679 may be offered out of sequence. Agreed to without objection.

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                                  MR. CONAWAY

                                • 04:32:13 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                • 04:32:15 PM

                                  MR. CONAWAY

                                  IS THERE OBJECTION? HEARING NONE, SO ORDERED.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                • 04:32:32 PM

                                  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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                                    MR. CONAWAY

                                  • 04:32:35 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                    THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2 WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                  • 04:33:06 PM

                                    THE CLERK

                                  • 04:33:13 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

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

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                                  An amendment, offered by Mr. Fortenberry, numbered 7 printed in House Report 115-679 to provide sequencing and prioritization for volunteer visits and improves communication and coordination between USDA, USAID and implementing partners. The amendment also establishes a geographically defined crop yield metrics system and an Internet-based resource for data and knowledge sharing among the participants, stakeholders and the public.

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                                  DEBATE

                                  Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 900, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Fortenberry amendment No. 7.

                                  • 04:33:41 PM

                                    MR. FORTENBERRY

                                    FORTENBERRY OF NEBRASKA.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                  • 04:33:48 PM

                                    THE CLERK

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA.

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                                    MR. FORTENBERRY

                                    STARTING 4:00. EARNED A PH.D. IN DAIRY SCIENCE. DID WORK FOR 20 YEARS. GOT…

                                    STARTING 4:00. EARNED A PH.D. IN DAIRY SCIENCE. DID WORK FOR 20 YEARS. GOT INVOLVED IN FARMER TO FARMER. ONE OF HIS EXPERIENCES WAS IN BANGLADESH. THEY HAVE AS MANY DAIRY COULD YOU SAY AS WE DO IN THE -- COWS AS WE DO IN THE UNITED STATES AND WE HAVE 12 TIMES THE CAPACITY THAN THEY DO. THROUGH AFTERNOONIE'S WORK, PARTICULARLY THROUGH -- ARCHIE'S WORK, PARTICULARLY THROUGH NUTRITION GUIDANCE, HE'S HELPED WITH STRUCTURAL POVERTY AND NOT ENOUGH TO EAT. IN FACT, THE BANGLADESHIS WANTED TO NAME HIM FATHER OF MODERN DAIRY. 'S A HUMBLE MAN, MY CONSTITUENT. -- HE'S A HUMBLE MAN, MY CONSTITUENT. NONETHELESS, THIS AMENDMENT ADDRESSES THIS IMPORTANT PROGRAM. THIS PROGRAM HAS CONNECTED VOLUNTEER AMERICAN FARMERS, AG EXTENSION EXPERTS AND OTHERS WITH EXPERIENCE WITH FARMERS ABROAD AS WELL AS AGRICULTURE EXPERTS FROM AMERICAN UNIVERSITIES TO OTHER COUNTRIES AROUND THE GLOBE. THE SHARING OF AMERICA'S AGRICULTURAL EXPERTISE DRAMATICALLY ENHANCES THE CAPACITY OF PEOPLE ELSEWHERE TO GROW THEIR OWN FOOD AND REALLY, MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS INITIATIVE IS ABOUT THREE THINGS. IT'S ABOUT THE RICHNESS OF AMERICA'S FARM EXPERIENCE. IT'S ABOUT AN ENGINE OF ECONOMIC REGENERATION AND THE FIGHT AGAINST STRUCTURAL GLOBAL POVERTY. IT ALSO, I BELIEVE, WILL ENHANCE OUR 21ST CENTURY ARCHITECTURE OF THE EMERGING DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS. THIS PROGRAM WAS INITIALLY AUTHORIZED IN 1985 AND HAS BEEN IN SUBSEQUENT FARM BILLS AND, AGAIN, HAS PROMOTED SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC GROWTH, FOOD SECURITY AND AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT WORLDWIDE. ALL 50 STATES HAVE BEEN REPRESENTED IN VOLUNTEER TRIPS OVERSEAS TO ASSIST FARMERS AND SPECIALISTS FROM A VARIETY OF AGRICULTURAL DISCIPLINES HAVE TAUGHT HOST COUNTRY FARMERS IN OVER 100 NATIONS THROUGH COORDINATION WITH 12,000 DIFFERENT LOCAL HOST ORGANIZATIONS. THE GROWTH OF THE PROGRAM HAS FOSTERED COMMUNITY ECOSYSTEMS, SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE. IT'S ENHANCED THE ABILITY TO ACCESS NEW MARKETS AND CONSERVED ENVIRONMENTAL AND NATURAL RESOURCES. THE WORK OF OUR AMERICAN FARMERS HAS BORNE GREAT FRUIT OVERSEAS. AND WITH SOME INNOVATIVE RETHINKING, I THINK WE CAN HELP FULLY REALIZE THIS PROGRAM'S POTENTIAL. THIS AMENDMENT SERVES THREE CRITICAL OBJECTIVES. FIRST, IT ELEVATES THE ROLE OF THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE IN COORDINATING SEQUENCING AND PRIORITY TIESING FARMER VISITS TO HOST COUNTRIES. SECOND, IT ESTABLISHES GEOGRAPHICALLY DEFINED CROP YIELD METRICS SYSTEM AND ASSESS WHETHER YIELDS IN CROPS ARE GENERATING. THIRD, THE DATA GENERATED THROUGH THIS METRIC WILL BE AVAILABLE PUBLICLY. IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THE AMENDMENT ENHANCES AND PRIORITIZES NEW IMPLEMENTING PARTNERS, INCREASES PARTICIPANTS AND SERVES TO EXPAND RECRUITMENT OF NEW VOLUNTEERS THROUGH -- FROM DIVERSE AGRICULTURAL KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLED BACKGROUNDS. MR. CHAIRMAN, I BELIEVE THIS AMENDMENT WILL ALSO BETTER SUPPORT OUR WORK IN GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY PROGRAMS THAT ALREADY EXIST AND HAVE WIDE CONGRESSIONAL BACKING. WE HAVE AN IMPORTANT MOMENT HERE. TO RENEW, INNOVATE, AND MODERNIZE A VERY GOOD PROGRAM. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  • 04:37:44 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SOME TIME.

                                  • 04:37:55 PM

                                    MR. FORTENBERRY

                                    CONAWAY: I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT. THIS IS TAKING…

                                    CONAWAY: I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT. THIS IS TAKING AMERICAN EXPERTISE GOING PEOPLE TO PEOPLE ACROSS THIS WORLD SHARING THE GREAT TECHNIQUES WE'RE DEVELOPING HERE. WHILE THAT MAKE THOSE HOST COUNTRIES A LITTLE MORE COMPETITIVE WITH OUR PRODUCTION IN AGRICULTURE IN AMERICA IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. I SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT AND I APPRECIATE MR. FORTENBERRY'S DEDICATION NOT ONLY ON THIS SPECIFIC ISSUE BUT HIS BROADER WORK ACROSS THE INTERNATIONAL ARENA THAT HE'S SHOWN HIS EXPERTISE IN.

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                                  • 04:38:00 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                  • 04:38:03 PM

                                    MR. CONAWAY

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA. MR. FORTENBERRY --

                                  • 04:38:32 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                  • 04:38:36 PM

                                    MR. FORTENBERRY

                                  • 04:38:38 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

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

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                                    MR. MACARTHUR

                                    MACARTHUR OF NEW JERSEY.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                  • 04:39:06 PM

                                    THE CLERK

                                • 04:39:06 PM

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

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    MACARTHUR: I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE FOR…

                                    MACARTHUR: I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE FOR HIS SUPPORT AND CRAFTING A FARM BILL THAT I THINK WILL BENEFIT A GREAT MANY AMERICANS. THIS BILL BENEFITS BOTH FARMERS AND CONSUMERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, EVEN IN A DENSELY POPULATED STATE LIKE MINE. NEW JERSEY, THE MOST DENSELY POPULATED STATE IN THE NATION, AND YET IN MY DISTRICT I HAVE OVER 800 FAMILY FARMS THAT WILL BENEFIT FROM THIS BILL. I HAVE CRANBERRY AND BLUEBERRY GROWERS THAT WILL BENEFIT FROM SPECIALTY CROP GRANTS.

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                                    An amendment, offered by Mr. MacArthur, numbered 9 printed in House Report 115-679 to ensure that if an individual becomes ineligible to participate in the supplemental nutrition assistance program as a household member due to failure to meet the requirements under subparagraph (B), the remaining household members (including children), shall not become ineligible to apply to participate in the supplemental nutrition assistance program due to such individual's ineligibility.

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                                    DEBATE

                                    Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 900, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the MacArthur amendment No. 9.

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                                      MR. MACARTHUR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. WHO CLAIMS TIME IN OPPOSITION? THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. WHO CLAIMS TIME IN OPPOSITION? THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      MCGOVERN: I AM NOT GOING TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT, MR. SPEAKER. I DO WANT…

                                      MCGOVERN: I AM NOT GOING TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT, MR. SPEAKER. I DO WANT TO SAY A FEW WORDS. I AM TRYING TO UNDERSTAND THIS AMENDMENT BECAUSE I REALLY DON'T UNDERSTAND THE POINT OF IT.

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                                      MR. MCGOVERN

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                    • 04:42:33 PM

                                      MR. MCGOVERN

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

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

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                                    • 04:45:13 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

                                    • 04:45:17 PM

                                      MR. MACARTHUR

                                      THIS AMENDMENT MAKES IT EXPLICITLY CLEAR TO THOSE WHO ADMINISTER THE SNAP…

                                      THIS AMENDMENT MAKES IT EXPLICITLY CLEAR TO THOSE WHO ADMINISTER THE SNAP PROGRAM THAT CHILDREN MUST BE HELD HARMLESS, THEY MUST BE PROTECTED, AND ON TOP OF THAT, THE BILL STOPS FAMILY SANCTIONING. YOU CAN CALL IT A BELT AND SUSPENDERS APPROACH. WHEN IT COMES TO CHILDREN, I THINK IT'S WORTH MAKING IT AS CRYSTAL CLEAR AS POSSIBLE THEY CANNOT BE HARMED. I WOULD YIELD TO MY FRIEND FROM ILLINOIS, MR. RODNEY DAVIS.

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                                    • 04:45:58 PM

                                      MR. DAVIS

                                      I RESERVE.

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                                      MR. MACARTHUR

                                      THE MCGOVERN: LET'S BE HONEST WITH EACH OTHER AND WITH OUR CONSTITUENTS.…

                                      THE MCGOVERN: LET'S BE HONEST WITH EACH OTHER AND WITH OUR CONSTITUENTS. H.R.

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      2 WILL HURT FAMILIES, WILL HURT WORKING FAMILY, WILL HURT KIDS. ONE THING…

                                      2 WILL HURT FAMILIES, WILL HURT WORKING FAMILY, WILL HURT KIDS. ONE THING IS ALSO EXPLICIT, MR. MACARTHUR, ACCORDING TO C.B.O.

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                                    • 04:47:11 PM

                                      MR. MCGOVERN

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      MACARTHUR: I YIELD 30 SECONDS TO MY FRIEND FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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                                      MR. MACARTMACARTHUR

                                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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                                      MR. MACARTHUR

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                                      THE CHAIR

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                                      MR. MACARTHUR

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      IF THIS WAS A SNAP BRE SURE AND I HAND THIS TO YOU REGARDLESS OF OWHAT…

                                      IF THIS WAS A SNAP BRE SURE AND I HAND THIS TO YOU REGARDLESS OF OWHAT YOUR INCOME SFRK YOU ACCEPT THIS SNAP BROCHURE YOU'RE ELIGIBLE FOR SNAP.

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                                      >>

                                      THAT'S BROAD-BASED CAT GORICAL ELIGIBILITY.

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                                      MR. THOMPSON

                                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS. HAS ONE MINUTE REMAINING.

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                                      THE CHAIR

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                                      MR. MR. MCGOVERN

                                      2 WITH REGARD TO CAT GORICAL ELIGIBILITY. WE ESTIMATE THAT TO BE A MILLION…

                                      2 WITH REGARD TO CAT GORICAL ELIGIBILITY. WE ESTIMATE THAT TO BE A MILLION PEOPLE. THAT'S UNDENIABLE. SO YOU CAN SIT HERE ALL YOU WANT AND SAY THIS IS GOING TO HOLD EVERYBODY HARM LETS AND KIDS WON'T SUFFER, IT'S JUST NOT TRUE. I MEAN, C.B.O., READ THE C.B. : SCORE. READ THE BILL. AND LOOK, YOU WANT TO -- WE HAVE NO OBJECTION TO YOU PASSING A RESTATEMENT OF CURRENT LAW BECAUSE CURRENT LAW SAYS THAT EVEN IF PARENTS DON'T COMPLY, THE KIDS CAN'T BE PUNISHED. BUT MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT, THE OVERALL FOOD ALLOWANCE IN THAT HOUSEHOLD WILL DECREASE THAT IS A FACT THAT WILL IMPACT THOSE KIDS. SO IF YOU TRULY WANT TO HELP KIDS IF YOU TRULY CARE ABOUT KIDS YOU'LL VOTE NO ON THIS BILL. YOU WILL VOTE NO ON H.R. 2. YOU WILL MAKE SURE THAT THIS BILL GOBACKS TO COMMITTEE AND WE HAVE A BIPARTISAN PROCESS AND WE HAVE A BILL THAT COMES TO THE FLOOR THAT HELP OURS FARMERS AND THAT HELPS THOSE IN NEED IN THIS COUNTRY. THIS IS NOT IT. THIS IS TH DOES NOT HELP KIDS. YOUR AMENDMENT DOES NOTHING. THIS IS COVERING YOUR REAR END AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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                                    • 04:49:36 PM

                                      MR. MCGOVERN

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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

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                                      An amendment, offered by Mr. Holding, numbered 11 printed in House Report 115-679 to end eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for convicted violent rapists, pedophiles and murderers after enactment into law.

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                                        MR. MR. HOLDING

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                                        MR. HOLDING

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                                    DEBATE

                                    Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 900, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Holding amendment No. 11.

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                                      THE CHAIR

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                                      THE CLERK

                                      HOLDING: I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT AND URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT…

                                      HOLDING: I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT AND URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT ITS INCLUSION IN THE FARM BILL TODAY. THE AMENDMENT IS SIMPLE. IT ENDS ELIGIBILITY FOR SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR CONVICTED RAPISTS, MURDERERS AND THOSE GUILTY OF SEXUAL EXPLOITATION.

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                                    • 04:51:29 PM

                                      THE CHAIR

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                                      MR. HOLDING

                                      THE 2014 FARM BILL CONTAINED A PROHIBITION FOR THESE INDIVIDUALS FOR BEING…

                                      THE 2014 FARM BILL CONTAINED A PROHIBITION FOR THESE INDIVIDUALS FOR BEING ELIGIBLE FOR SNAP BUT THE INDIVIDUAL ALSO HAS TO BE CONSIDERED A FLEEING FELON. THIS MEANS THAT IN ORDER TO LOSE ELIGIBILITY, THE PERSON HAS TO NOT ONLY BE A CONVICTED MURDERER, RAPIST, ETC., BUT THEY ALSO MUST BE IN VIOLATION OF THE TERMS OF THEIR SENTENCE. MR. CHAIRMAN, I BELIEVE WE SHOULD NOT HAVE TO WAIT BEFORE A CRIMINAL -- FOR A CRIMINAL WHO HAS ALREADY BEEN CONVICTED OF THESE ACTS VIOLATES THE TERMS OF THEIR SENTENCE BEFORE TERMINATING BENEFITS. SO THIS AMENDMENT WOULD ELIMINATE THE FLEEING FELON PROVISION FROM THE UNDERLYING LAW AND THEREBY PROHIBIT CONVICTED RAPISTS, PEDOPHILES, ETC. , MURDERER, FROM BEING ELIGIBLE FOR SNAP. THIS HAS A COMMONSENSE PROPOSAL THAT SAYS IF YOU COMMIT THESE ATROCIOUS CRIMES, YOU ARE ENELIGIBLE NOR GOVERNMENT PROGRAM. MR. CHAIRMAN, I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      HOLDING: MR. CHAIRMAN, I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR THIS…

                                      HOLDING: MR. CHAIRMAN, I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR THIS COMMONSENSE AMENDMENT AND INCLUDE IT IN THE FARM BILL THAT WE HAVE UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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                                      MR. HOLDING

                                      I YIELD BACK.

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                                      THE CHAIR

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                                      MR. HOLDING

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      I HAVE TWO AMENDMENTS TO H.R. 2 AT THE DESK, NUMBER 12 AND NUMBER 15.

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                                      MISS GONZALEZ-COLON

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

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                                      THE CLERK

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                                      THE CHAIR

                                      WILL -- MISS GONZALEZ-COLON WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES.

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                                      An amendment, offered by Miss Gonzalez-Colon (PR), numbered 12 printed in House Report 115-679 to require the Secretary of Agriculture to conduct a feasibility study on developing a Thrifty Food Plan to calculate the amount of the Nutritional Assistance Program for Puerto Rico.

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                                      DEBATE

                                      Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 900, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Gonzalez-Colon amendment No. 12.

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                                        MISS GONZALEZ-COLON

                                        BUT, HOWEVER, PUERTO RICO, MOST OF OUR FOOD ITEMS THAT ARE SOLD IN STORES…

                                        BUT, HOWEVER, PUERTO RICO, MOST OF OUR FOOD ITEMS THAT ARE SOLD IN STORES INCLUDE -- INCREASES THE COST OF FAMILIES WHEN THEY PAY THOSE FOODS. WE IMPORT ALL OF THOSE ITEMS. THAT'S THE REASON MOST OF OUR FAMILIES INCREASE THEIR COST OF THEIR DIET WHEN THEY PURCHASE ALL THOSE ITEMS. MY AMENDMENT WILL REQUEST THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE TO PRODUCE A REPORT ON THE FEASIBILITY AND IMPACT OF PUERTO RICO HAVING ITS OWN THRIFTY FOOD PLAN. THIS WILL ALLOW THE GOVERNMENT OF PUERTO RICO AND THE DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY WHICH ADMINISTERS THE PROGRAM ON THE ISLAND TO MAKE AN EDUCATED DECISION ON HOW TO MOVE FORWARD IN TERMS OF ON THE ISLAND. MY SECOND AMENDMENT REQUESTS THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE TO PRODUCE AN UPDATE ON THE 2010 REPORT PREVIOUSLY GENERATED BY THE FOOD SERVICE AGENCY AT THE USDA. THAT WILL INDICATE THE PERCENTAGE OF HOUSEHOLDS THAT WILL RECEIVE NUTRITIONAL ASSISTANCE AND WHAT THE AVERAGE MONTHLY BENEFIT PER HOUSEHOLD WILL BE IF PUERTO RICO WERE TREATED EQUALLY UNDER THE SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, SNAP. AS APPROVED BY THE 2014 FARM BILL, PUERTO RICO CASH PORTION OF BENEFITS OBTAINED THROUGH NAP BILL GRADUALLY BE REDUCED BY 5% EACH YEAR UNTIL 2021. RIGHT NOW THAT MEASURE IS WAIVED BY THIS ADMINISTRATION BECAUSE OF THE HURRICANE. AT THAT TIME IN 2021, WHEN ALL BENEFITS WILL BE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE ELECTRONIC BENEFIT TRANSFER SYSTEM. IN VIEW OF THIS AND IN PREPARATION FOR THIS WE START CONSIDERING IF THE RESCISSION TO SNAP IS FEASIBLE OR NOT AND IF SO WHAT WOULD IT MEAN FOR MY CONSTITUENTS IN TERMS OF BENEFITS AND END REQUIREMENTS. AN UPDATED STUDY WILL ALLOW US TO HAVE RECENT DATA TO PROPERLY CONSIDER MAKING THIS DECISION ALONG WITH THE GOVERNMENT OF PUERTO RICO AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. MR. SHERMAN, MR. SPEAKER, MY -- MR. CHAIRMAN, MR. SPEAKER, I SEEK BETTER DATA TO THE BENEFIT MISCONSTITUENTS RECEIVE AND DEPEND ON. FOR MANY FAMILIES ON THE ISLAND, THIS IS THE MAIN SOURCE OF NUTRITIONAL ASSISTANCE. AS PUERTO RICO'S SOLE REPRESENTATIVE HERE IN CONGRESS IT IS MY RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE THE TOOLS AND INFORMATION WE NEED AT HAND TO COLLABORATE WITH STATE OFFICIALS AND MAKE THOSE DECISIONS THAT WILL CONTINUE TO HELP FAMILIES ON THE ISLAND MAINTAIN PROPER ACCESS TO A QUALITY OF DIET AND THEREFORE A PROPER EQUALITY OF LIFE. DECISIONS IN THIS IMPORTANT AND DELICATE ISSUE SHOULD NOT BE SUBJECT TO GUESSWORK BUT BASED ON UPDATED FACTS. THOSE TWO AMENDMENTS WILL DO THAT. I ALSO WANT TO SHARE THAT THIS AMENDMENT AS DRAFTED DO NOT INCREASE MANDATORY SPENDING. AND LAST, I WILL -- I WOULD LIKE TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THESE TWO AMENDMENTS AND I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE FOR HELPING ME OUT DRAFTING THOSE AMENDMENTS AND HELPING THE PEOPLE OF PUERTO RICO. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                      • 04:58:02 PM

                                        THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                        MR. FASO

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                                        THE CHAIR

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                                        THE CLERK

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                                        An amendment, offered by Mr. Faso, numbered 13 printed in House Report 115-679 to provide states the flexibility to contract out administrative functions of SNAP.

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                                        DEBATE

                                        Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 900, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Faso amendment No. 13.

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          FASO: I RISE TO OFFER MY AMENDMENT WHICH WOULD PROVIDE STATES ADDITIONAL…

                                          FASO: I RISE TO OFFER MY AMENDMENT WHICH WOULD PROVIDE STATES ADDITIONAL FLEX TO BELIEVE THE A ADMINISTER THE SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE. IF INCLUDED IN THE FARM BILL THIS WOULD PROVIDE STATES THE OPTION, NOT A MANDATE, TO DETERMINE THE APPROPRIATE MIX OF GOVERNMENT STAFF AND SERVICE PROVIDER STAFF FOR ALL ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF FUNCTIONS. IT WOULD BUILD ON EXISTING SNAP ADMRTIVE FLEXIBILITY WITHIN EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING PROGRAMS AS WELL AS THE TECHNOLOGY INITIATIVES LIKE ELECTRONIC BENEFITS TRANSFER THIS BARRIER CURRENTLY IN THIS SNAP LAW DATING FROM THE 1970'S PREVENTS THE IMPLEMENTATION OF COMMONSENSE ADMINISTRATIVE SOLUTIONS THAT INCLUDE INTEGRATED CALL CENTERS, LEVERAGING INVEST OPTOMETRIST MODERNIZE PROGRAMS AND INCORPORATE BEST PRACTICES AND THE ABILITY TO ADDRESS PERIODIC PEAKS IN ENROLLMENT ACTIVITY THAT ACCOMPANY TIMES OF ECONOMIC DISTRESS.

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                                        • 04:58:54 PM

                                          MR. FASO

                                          THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. WHO CLAIMS TIME IN OPPOSITION.

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          MCGOVERN: I OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. THIS PROPOSAL OPENS THE DOOR TO…

                                          MCGOVERN: I OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. THIS PROPOSAL OPENS THE DOOR TO SWEEPING CHANGE IN HOW STATES CAN OPERATE SNAP. THE AMENDMENT, WHICH WAS NEVER DEBATED, OR DISCUSSED BY THE COMMITTEE, COULD RESULT IN TENS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICAN JOBS BEING SHIPPED OVERSEAS.

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                                          MR. MCGOVERN

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                                          THE CHAIR

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                                          MR. MCGOVERN

                                          THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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                                          THE CHAIR

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                                          MR. FAFASO

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

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

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                                          MR. FASO

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                                          THE CHAIR

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                                          MR. MCGOVERN

                                          AND I DON'T WANT -- AND I THINK THE ISSUES LIKE DETERMINING ELIGIBILITY…

                                          AND I DON'T WANT -- AND I THINK THE ISSUES LIKE DETERMINING ELIGIBILITY FOR WHO CAN RECEIVE SNAP SHOULD NOT BE CONTRACTED OUT TO SOME PRIVATE COMPANY. AND I DO WORRY ABOUT CREATING MORE JOBS OVERSEAS AND LOSING VERY GOOD JOBS HERE AT HOME. IF YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT KEEPING GOOD JOBS AND THESE ARE GOOD JOBS, CIVIL SERVICE JOBS HERE IN THE UNITED STATES, THEN YOU GOT TO OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. AND, YOU KNOW, SHIFTING COURSE FUNCTIONS TO PRIVATE WORKERS COULD DISRUPT TIMELY AND ACCURATE PROVISIONS OF BENEFITS.

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                                          THE CHAIR

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                                          MR. MCGOVERN

                                          THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                          THE CHAIR

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                                          MS. JACKSON LEE

                                          THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY. NEW…

                                          THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY. NEW YORK.

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          IDAHO. MR. CHAIRMAN, TO CLOSE ON THE AMENDMENT, LET ME REITERATE, THIS…

                                          IDAHO. MR. CHAIRMAN, TO CLOSE ON THE AMENDMENT, LET ME REITERATE, THIS AMENDMENT SIMPLY SEEKS TO TREAT STATES FLEXIBILITY FOR SNAP THE SAME AS IT DOES AS CURRENT LAW DOES FOR TANF, FOR A HOST OF OTHER PROGRAMS, SOCIAL SERVICE PROGRAMS, AND FOR CHIP.

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                                          MR. FASO

                                          AND I WOULD ALSO POINT OUT IN RESPONSE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                          AND I WOULD ALSO POINT OUT IN RESPONSE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS' CONCERN, THE STATES THAT DO THIS FOR CHIP AND USE NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS TO ASSIST WITH THEM IN ELIGIBILITY AND OTHER DETERMINATIONS EXPLICITLY PROHIBIT THE OUTSOURCING OF THESE JOBS TO FOREIGN COUNTRIES AND MANY EVEN PROHIBIT THE OUTSOURCING OF ANY JOB OUT OF STATE. SO THE GENTLEMAN RAISES A RED HERRING THAT IS NOT APPROPRIATE IN THIS CONTEXT AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED. THIS SIMPLY GIVES THE STATES THE FLEXIBILITY TO SEAMLESSLY MANAGE THE SNAP PROGRAM AND COORDINATE THE BENEFITS AS THEY MIGHT HAVE FOR HOME HEATING ASSISTANCE OR THEY MIGHT HAVE FOR CHIP OR THEY MIGHT HAVE FOR TANF. MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                        • 05:09:40 PM

                                          THE CHAIR

                                          MCGOVERN: MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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                                        POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

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

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                                          MR. MCGOVERN

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                          MR. YOUNG

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                                          THE CHAIR

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                                          An amendment, offered by Mr. Young (AK), numbered 14 printed in House Report 115-679 to expand access to traditional foods for native populations first created in Sec. 4033 of PL 113-79.

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                                            THE CLERK

                                            THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA. MR.

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                                        DEBATE

                                        Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 900, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Young (AK) amendment No. 14.

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          YOUNG: MR. SPEAKER, MY AMENDMENT IS SIMPLE. IT'S TO MAKE SURE ALASKAN…

                                          YOUNG: MR. SPEAKER, MY AMENDMENT IS SIMPLE. IT'S TO MAKE SURE ALASKAN NATIVES AND AMERICAN INDIAN POPULATIONS ARE ABLE TO ACCESS TRADITIONAL FOOD AND NUTRITION PROGRAMS.

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                                          MR. YOUNG

                                          DOES THE GENTLEMAN YIELD BACK? THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. WHO CLAIMS TIME IN…

                                          DOES THE GENTLEMAN YIELD BACK? THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. WHO CLAIMS TIME IN OPPOSITION?

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          CONAWAY: IT'S WITH GREAT RELUCTANCE I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE…

                                          CONAWAY: IT'S WITH GREAT RELUCTANCE I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT. IF IT WERE LIMITED TO JUST ALASKA, IT MIGHT BE ONE THING. THE UNDERLYING LANGUAGE, THE LANGUAGE IS TOO BROAD. IT WILL ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. I HAVE SOME CONCERNS ABOUT FOOD SAFETY WITH RESPECT TO THAT. I UNDERSTAND WHAT HE'S TRYING TO GET AT.

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                                          MR. CONAWAY

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                        • 05:12:56 PM

                                          MR. CONAWAY

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

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

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                                          THE CHAIR

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                                          MR. YOUNG

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                          MR. YOUNG

                                          I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I HAVE BEEN TO ALASKA WITH MR.

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                          YOUNG A NUMBER OF TIMES AND KNOW THE CULTURE UP THERE AND WHAT IS GOING ON.

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                                          MR. PETPETERSON

                                          I THANK THE GENTLEMAN.

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                                          MR. PETERSON

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                                          MR. YOUNG

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                                          THE CHAIR

                                        • 05:14:06 PM

                                          MR. YOUNG

                                          MY DIET IS CONSISTENT OF SEAL MEAT, SEAL OIL, WHALE MEAT AND WHALE OIL,…

                                          MY DIET IS CONSISTENT OF SEAL MEAT, SEAL OIL, WHALE MEAT AND WHALE OIL, BERRIES. I'M AN OLDER MAN. I AM IN A HOSPITAL IN ANCHORAGE, ALASKA, OR A FACILITY, LONG-TERM FACILITY TO TAKE CARE OF ME AND THEY SERVE ME OF ALL THINGS A CHICKEN. OR THEY'LL SERVE ME SOME SALTY SPAM. THAT'S NOT TOO BAD, BY THE WAY. BUT THINGS THAT WILL NOT MAKE ME WELL. AND IN MY MIND I DESIRE AND MY BODY CRAVES WHAT I HAVE EATEN DURING THE HISTORY OF MY LIFE. . RICO WERE TREATED EQUALLY UNDER THE SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM. WE WILL RECEIVE THAT. AS APPROVED IN THE 2014 FARM BILL, PUERTO RICO CASH PORTION OF THE BENEFIT OBTAINED THROUGH THE PROGRAM WILL GRADUALLY BE REDUCED EACH YEAR THROUGH THE THAT 5% SINCE THE LAST YEAR BECAUSE OF THE HURRICANE SITUATION BY THE ADMINISTRATION, BUT WHEN ALL BENEFITS WILL LEAVE THEM AVAILABLE THROUGH THE ELECTRONIC BENEFIT TRANSFER SYSTEM. IN VIEW OF THIS AND IN PREPARATION OF THIS, WE ARE BEGINNING TO CONSIDER THE TRANSITION TO SNAP IF IT IS FEASIBLE OR NOT. SO WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO HAVE OUR REPORT THAT WILL ALLOW US TO KNOW WHAT KIND OF BENEFITS MY CONSTITUENTS WILL BE RECEIVING. AN UPDATED STUDY WILL ALLOW US TO HAVE US TO MAKE THIS DECISION ALONG WITH THE GOVERNMENT OF PUERTO RICO. MY AMENDMENT WILL ESSENTIALLY SEEK BETTER FACTS AND BETTER DATA FOR MY CONSTITUENTS AND THE PEOPLE OF PUERTO RICO THAT THEY RECEIVE AND DEPEND ON AND MANY FAMILIES ON THE ISLAND, AS YOU MAY KNOW, THIS IS THE MAIN SOURCE OF NUTRITIONAL ASSISTANCE. AND IT IS MY RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE WE RECEIVE THAT KIND OF DATA. LAST TIME IT WAS IN 2010. WE ARE IN 2018 WITHOUT AN UPDATE OF THAT REPORT. WE LOOK FORWARD TO HAVE THE TOOLS AND INFORMATION WE HAVE AT HAND TO COLLABORATE WITH THE FIRST OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO MAKE THOSE FAMILIES TO CONTINUE TO RECEIVE THOSE KIND OF SERVICES AND THE ISLAND TO MAINTAIN A PROPER ACCESS. AND THEREFORE, PROPER QUALITY OF LIFE. THOSE NEED TO BE MADE AND UPDATED FACTS AND NOT SUBJECT TO GUESSWORK FOR SOME OFFICIALS. I DO BELIEVE THAT THESE AMENDMENTS AS DRAFTED DO NOT INCLUDE THE MANDATORY SPENDING. THESE WILL ALSO REQUIRE JUST DATA. AND THAT'S WHAT WE NEED. SO WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE.

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                                      • 05:16:28 PM

                                        On agreeing to the Young (AK) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.

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                                          An amendment, offered by Miss Gonzalez-Colon (PR), numbered 15 printed in House Report 115-679 to require the Secretary of Agriculture to provide an extension of study on comparable access to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance for Puerto Rico.

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                                          DEBATE

                                          Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 900, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Gonzalez-Colon amendment No. 15.

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                                            THE CHAIR

                                            THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER…

                                            THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 16 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-679, FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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                                            An amendment, offered by Mr. Biggs, numbered 16 printed in House Report 115-679 to repeal the bioenergy subsidy programs established in title IX of the 2002 farm bill.

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                                            DEBATE

                                            Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 900, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Biggs amendment No. 16.

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                                              THE CLERK

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                                              THE CHAIR

                                              BIGGS: MY AMENDMENT IS STRAIGHTFORWARD AND NEARLY AMENDMENTS THE…

                                              BIGGS: MY AMENDMENT IS STRAIGHTFORWARD AND NEARLY AMENDMENTS THE BIOPROGRAMS THAT WERE ESTABLISHED IN TITLE 9 IN THE FARM BILL SOME 16 YEARS AGO. THEY ARE THE BIOREFINERY CHEMICAL AND PRODUCT MANUFACTURING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, THE BIODIESEL EDUCATION PROGRAM AND RURAL AMERICA AND BIOMASS INITIATIVE, THE FEED STOCK PROGRAM AND

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                                            • 05:21:04 PM

                                              MR. BIGGS

                                              ANY MEMBER CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT? THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                              ANY MEMBER CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT? THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                              THE CHAIR

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                                              >>

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

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                                              THE CHAIR

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                                              MR. BIGGS

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                                              THE CHAIR

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                                              NOEM: I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO THE BIGGS' AMENDMENT AS WELL. IT WOULD…

                                              NOEM: I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO THE BIGGS' AMENDMENT AS WELL. IT WOULD REPEAL THE BIOENERGY PROGRAMS THAT WERE ESTABLISHED IN THE PROGRAM.

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                                              MRS. NOEM

                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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                                              THE CHAIR

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                                              MR. BIGGS

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

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

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                                              THE CHAIR

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                                              >>

                                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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                                            POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

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

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                                              THE CHAIR

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

                                              THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. MR.

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                                            • 05:25:33 PM

                                              MR. BIGGS

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                                              THE CHAIR

                                            • 05:25:46 PM

                                              MR. MR. BIGGS

                                              BIGGS: I RECALL BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA WILL BE POSTPONED. PURSUANT…

                                              BIGGS: I RECALL BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA WILL BE POSTPONED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, PROCEEDINGS WILL RESUME ON THOSE AMENDMENTS PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-679. AMENDMENT NUMBER ONE, AMENDMENT NUMBER 3, AMENDMENT NUMBER 8, AMENDMENT NUMBER 13, AND AMENDMENT NUMBER 16. THE CHAIR WILL REDUCE TO TWO MINUTES THE MINIMUM TIME FOR ANY ELECTRONIC VOTE AFTER THE FIRST VOTE IN THIS SERIES.

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                                            • 05:25:46 PM

                                              MR. BIGGS

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                                              THE CHAIR

                                              THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER…

                                              THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER ONE PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-679 OFFERED BY MS. FOXX ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                          • 05:26:09 PM

                                            UNFINISHED BUSINESS

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

                                            • 05:26:39 PM

                                              On agreeing to the Foxx amendment (A020) Roll Call 193 - Recorded vote pending.

                                              • 05:26:44 PM

                                                THE CLERK

                                              • 05:26:53 PM

                                                THE CHAIR

                                                VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE,…

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

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                                          • 05:54:36 PM

                                            House Vote 193 - On Agreeing to the Amendment

                                            Failed (137 - 278)
                                            Aye
                                            No

                                            Vote Details: Aye - 137
                                            Republican - 96
                                            Democratic - 41

                                            Vote Details: No - 278
                                            Republican - 132
                                            Democratic - 146

                                            Vote Details: Not Voting - 12
                                            Democratic - 6
                                            Republican - 6

                                            • 05:54:37 PM

                                              THE CHAIR

                                              AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 OFFERED BY MR. MCCLINTOCK OF CALIFORNIA.

                                            • 05:54:57 PM

                                              THE CLERK

                                              MEMBERS, WE ARE ON TWO-MINUTE VOTE SERIES. THIS IS A TWO-MINUTE

                                            • 05:55:03 PM

                                              THE CHAIR

                                              VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC.…

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

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                                          • 05:59:43 PM

                                            House Vote 194 - On Agreeing to the Amendment

                                            Failed (34 - 380)
                                            No

                                            Vote Details: Aye - 34
                                            Republican - 34

                                            Vote Details: No - 380
                                            Republican - 194
                                            Democratic - 186

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

                                            • 05:59:45 PM

                                              THE CHAIR

                                              AMENDMENT NUMBER 8 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-679 OFFERED BY MR.…

                                              AMENDMENT NUMBER 8 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-679 OFFERED BY MR. MCCLINTOCK OF CALIFORNIA.

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                                            • 06:00:03 PM

                                              THE CLERK

                                            • 06:00:10 PM

                                              THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                            • 06:03:20 PM

                                              THE CHAIR

                                              ] THE CHAIR: ON THIS VOTE THE

                                          • 06:03:55 PM

                                            House Vote 195 - On Agreeing to the Amendment

                                            Failed (83 - 330)
                                            No

                                            Vote Details: Aye - 83
                                            Republican - 83

                                            Vote Details: No - 330
                                            Republican - 145
                                            Democratic - 185

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

                                            • 06:03:56 PM

                                              THE CHAIR

                                              REMINDED, THIS IS A TWO-MINUTE VOTE SERIES THAT WE ARE IN. MEMBERS ARE…

                                              REMINDED, THIS IS A TWO-MINUTE VOTE SERIES THAT WE ARE IN. MEMBERS ARE ADVISED TO STAY CLOSE TO THE FLOOR. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 13 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-679 BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. FASO.

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                                            • 06:04:18 PM

                                              On agreeing to the Faso amendment (A031) Roll Call 196 - Recorded vote pending.

                                              • 06:04:20 PM

                                                THE CLERK

                                              • 06:04:26 PM

                                                THE CHAIR

                                                VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE,…

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

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                                          • 06:08:02 PM

                                            House Vote 196 - On Agreeing to the Amendment

                                            Agreed to (222 - 192)
                                            Aye
                                            No

                                            Vote Details: Aye - 222
                                            Republican - 222

                                            Vote Details: No - 192
                                            Democratic - 186
                                            Republican - 6

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

                                            • 06:08:05 PM

                                              THE CHAIR

                                              AMENDMENT NUMBER 16 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-679 OFFERED BY MR. BIGGS…

                                              AMENDMENT NUMBER 16 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-679 OFFERED BY MR. BIGGS OF ARIZONA.

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                                            • 06:08:16 PM

                                              On agreeing to the Biggs amendment (A034) Roll Call 197 - Recorded vote pending.

                                              • 06:08:21 PM

                                                THE CLERK

                                              • 06:08:28 PM

                                                THE CHAIR

                                                VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC.…

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

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                                              • 06:11:35 PM

                                                THE CHAIR

                                                ] THE CHAIR: ON

                                          • 06:12:10 PM

                                            House Vote 197 - On Agreeing to the Amendment

                                            Failed (75 - 340)
                                            No

                                            Vote Details: Aye - 75
                                            Republican - 74
                                            Democratic - 1

                                            Vote Details: No - 340
                                            Republican - 154
                                            Democratic - 186

                                            Vote Details: Not Voting - 12
                                            Democratic - 6
                                            Republican - 6

                                            • 06:12:13 PM

                                              THE CHAIR

                                              ON THIS VOTE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

                                            • 06:12:20 PM

                                              Mr. Conaway moved that the committee rise.

                                              • 06:12:22 PM

                                                MR. CONAWAY

                                                THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS…

                                                THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. ACCORDINGLY, THE COMMITTEE

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                                              • 06:12:27 PM

                                                THE CHAIR

                                                MR. CHAIRMAN.

                                          • 06:12:39 PM

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

                                            • 06:12:41 PM

                                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                            • 06:12:43 PM

                                              THE CHAIR

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

                                            • 06:12:47 PM

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

                                              • 06:12:51 PM

                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE OF THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE.

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                                            • 06:12:53 PM

                                              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."

                                              • 06:13:08 PM

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

                                                • 06:13:17 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                • 06:13:23 PM

                                                  THE CLERK

                                                • 06:13:32 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  AMENDMENT NUMBER 13, AMENDMENT NUMBER 14, THE CHAIR WILL REDUCE TO TWO…

                                                  AMENDMENT NUMBER 13, AMENDMENT NUMBER 14, THE CHAIR WILL REDUCE TO TWO MINUTES THE MINIMUM TIME FOR ANY ELECTRONIC VOTE IN THIS SERIES. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 13 PRINTED IN PART C OF HOUSE REPORT 115-677 BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR. WESTERMAN, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND THE AYES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE.

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                                                • 06:14:12 PM

                                                  THE CLERK

                                              • 06:14:14 PM

                                                On agreeing to the Westerman amendment (A012) Roll Call 198 - Recorded vote pending.

                                                • 06:14:21 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                            • 06:17:11 PM

                                              House Vote 198 - On Agreeing to the Amendment

                                              Agreed to (224 - 191)
                                              Aye
                                              No

                                              Vote Details: Aye - 224
                                              Republican - 220
                                              Democratic - 4

                                              Vote Details: No - 191
                                              Democratic - 183
                                              Republican - 8

                                              Vote Details: Not Voting - 12
                                              Democratic - 6
                                              Republican - 6

                                              • 06:17:15 PM

                                                THE CHAIR

                                                AMENDMENT NUMBER 14 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-667 OFFERED BY MR. YOUNG…

                                                AMENDMENT NUMBER 14 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-667 OFFERED BY MR. YOUNG OF ALASKA.

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                                              • 06:17:24 PM

                                                On agreeing to the Young (AK) amendment (A013) Roll Call 199 - Recorded vote pending.

                                                • 06:17:35 PM

                                                  THE CLERK

                                                • 06:17:42 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

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

                                                  MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A TWO-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                                                • 06:31:00 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  RISES. MR. SPEAKER, COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION…

                                                  RISES. MR. SPEAKER, COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION DIRECT KNOWS REPORT IT HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON.

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                                            • 06:31:00 PM

                                              House Vote 199 - On Agreeing to the Amendment

                                              Agreed to (208 - 207)
                                              Aye
                                              No

                                              Vote Details: Aye - 208
                                              Republican - 206
                                              Democratic - 2

                                              Vote Details: No - 207
                                              Democratic - 184
                                              Republican - 23

                                              Vote Details: Not Voting - 12
                                              Democratic - 7
                                              Republican - 5

                                              • 06:31:35 PM

                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORETEMPORE

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

                                                THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2.

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                                              • 06:31:35 PM

                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                              • 06:32:14 PM

                                                THE CHAIR

                                              • 06:32:18 PM

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

                                                • 06:32:19 PM

                                                  THE CLERK

                                              • 06:32:20 PM

                                                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."

                                                • 06:32:30 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

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

                                              • 06:32:51 PM

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

                                                • 06:34:24 PM

                                                  >>

                                                • 06:34:26 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                • 06:34:28 PM

                                                  THE CLERK

                                                  OKLAHOMA.

                                                • 06:34:37 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  ORDER. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA. RUSS RUSS THANK…

                                                  ORDER. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA. RUSS RUSS THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN --

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                                              • 06:34:38 PM

                                                An amendment, offered by Mr. Russell, numbered 17 printed in House Report 115-679 to amend the Agricultural Risk Protection act of 2000 to prohibit the Depa rtment of Agriculture (USDA) from awarding value-added agricultural product market development grants to support the marketing of beer, wine, distilled spirits, hard cider, or other alcohol products. The amendment also rescinds $8 million of the unobligated funds that were previously provided to USDA for grants.

                                                • 06:34:56 PM

                                                  MR. MR. RUSSELL

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

                                                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                • 06:34:56 PM

                                                  MR. RUSSELL

                                            • 06:35:09 PM

                                              DEBATE

                                              Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 900, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Russell amendment No. 17.

                                              • 06:36:56 PM

                                                THE CHAIR

                                              • 06:37:06 PM

                                                >>

                                              • 06:37:19 PM

                                                MR. NEWHOUSE

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

                                              • 06:38:48 PM

                                                THE CHAIR

                                              • 06:38:51 PM

                                                MR. NEWHOUNEWHOUSE

                                                THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

                                              • 06:38:51 PM

                                                MR. NEWHOUSE

                                              • 06:39:12 PM

                                                THE CHAIR

                                              • 06:39:15 PM

                                                MS. MS. PINGREE

                                                THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME.

                                              • 06:39:15 PM

                                                MS. PINGREE

                                              • 06:40:58 PM

                                                THE CHAIR

                                                RUSSELL: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. BAD SITUATION WORSE. YOU WANT TO SEE A…

                                                RUSSELL: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. BAD SITUATION WORSE. YOU WANT TO SEE A BAD SITUATION, HOW ABOUT THIS. JUST IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, 3.5 BILLION DOLLARS IN 2010 IN DIRECT ECONOMIC COSTS. $179 BILLION OF THE TOTAL COST OF ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION COMES FROM A LOSS IN WORKPLACE PRODUCT TIBITY.

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                                              • 06:41:01 PM

                                                MR. NEWHOUSE

                                              • 06:41:02 PM

                                                THE CHAIR

                                              • 06:41:05 PM

                                                MR. RUSSELL

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

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

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                                              • 06:42:33 PM

                                                THE CHAIR

                                              • 06:42:38 PM

                                                MR. NEWHOUSNEWHOUSE

                                                THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA HAS THE RIGHT TO CLOSE.

                                              • 06:42:38 PM

                                                MR. NEWHOUSE

                                              • 06:42:46 PM

                                                THE CHAIR

                                              • 06:42:49 PM

                                                MR. RUSSELL

                                              • 06:42:53 PM

                                                MR. NEWHOUSE

                                                RECOGNIZED.

                                              • 06:42:57 PM

                                                THE CHAIR

                                              • 06:43:02 PM

                                                MR. LUCAS

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

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

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                                              • 06:44:34 PM

                                                THE CHAIR

                                              • 06:44:39 PM

                                                MR. RUSSELL

                                              • 06:44:41 PM

                                                THE CHAIR

                                              • 06:44:43 PM

                                                MR. RUSSELL

                                                BUT WE CANNOT BE BOTH. AND I RESERVE. .

                                              • 06:45:46 PM

                                                THE CHAIR

                                              • 06:45:50 PM

                                                MR. RUSSELL

                                                VALUE-ADDED CROPS AND ADDING TO THE MARK PLACE, WE DON'T NEED TO ADD TO…

                                                VALUE-ADDED CROPS AND ADDING TO THE MARK PLACE, WE DON'T NEED TO ADD TO THE ALCOHOL INDUSTRY WHEN WE SEE MILLIONS GIVEN TO THEM BY LOB GISTS. THESE CROPS CAN STAND ON THEIR OWN AND DO IT WITHOUT THE TAXPAYER SUBSIDIZATION AND THEN OUR FURTHER SPENDING TO TRY TO CURTAIL IT. I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                              • 06:46:48 PM

                                                THE CHAIR

                                                I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                                            • 06:47:09 PM

                                              POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

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

                                              • 06:47:35 PM

                                                MR. MR. TURNER

                                              • 06:47:35 PM

                                                MR. TURNER

                                              • 06:47:36 PM

                                                An amendment, offered by Mr. Turner, numbered 18 printed in House Report 115-679 to ensure that newly designated 1890 Institution's base funding is calculated by using the same formula as already established 1890 Institutions.

                                                • 06:47:38 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                • 06:47:41 PM

                                                  THE CLERK

                                                  TURNER: I RISE TO SPEAK IN FAVOR OF MY AMENDMENT TO THE FARM BILL.

                                                • 06:47:47 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  I HAD A GREAT CONVERSATION TODAY WITH THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE, PURDUE…

                                                  I HAD A GREAT CONVERSATION TODAY WITH THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE, PURDUE , IN WHICH HE SPOKE HIGHLY OF THE STUDENTS, FACULTY, AND PRESIDENT OF CENTRAL STATE UNIVERSITY IN HIS VISIT TO THE UNIVERSITY. CENTRAL STATE UNIVERSITY IS IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT AND I WANT TO THANK SECRETARY PURDUE FOR HIS LEADERSHIP. I'M COMMITTED TO WORKING WITH THE SECRETARY'S OFFICE AND ALL THE HISTORICAL BLACK COLLEGES TO STOP THE DISPARTY FUNDING IN PLACE.

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                                                • 06:47:53 PM

                                                  MR. TURNER

                                                  ALL 1890 LAND GRANT INSTITUTIONS SHOULD BE TREATED EQUAL. THIS EVENS THE…

                                                  ALL 1890 LAND GRANT INSTITUTIONS SHOULD BE TREATED EQUAL. THIS EVENS THE PLAYING FIELD FOR ALL 1890 LAND GRANT HISTORICAL BLACK COLLEGES AS IT IS CURRENTLY WRITTEN NOW. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS SUPPORT FOR MY WORK ON THIS AMENDMENT. I WANT TO THANK JOYCE BEATTY WHO SUPPORTS THE AMENDMENT AND IS THE ONLY ALUMNUS FROM CENTRAL STATE UNIVERSITY AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY -- I RESERVE MY TIME.

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                                            • 06:48:01 PM

                                              DEBATE

                                              Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 900, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Turner amendment No. 18.

                                              • 06:48:51 PM

                                                THE CHAIR

                                                I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

                                              • 06:49:02 PM

                                                MR. TURNER

                                              • 06:49:04 PM

                                                THE CHAIR

                                            • 06:49:21 PM

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

                                              • 06:49:35 PM

                                                MS. MS. STEFANIK

                                                THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE 19 OFFERED BY MS. STEFANIK OF NEW YORK.

                                              • 06:49:35 PM

                                                MS. STEFANIK

                                              • 06:49:38 PM

                                                THE CHAIR

                                              • 06:49:41 PM

                                                THE CLERK

                                              • 06:49:46 PM

                                                THE CHAIR

                                              • 06:49:51 PM

                                                An amendment, offered by Ms. Stefanik, numbered 19 printed in House Report 115-679 to add invasive vegetation to Section 602 of the Healthy Forests Restoration Act.

                                                • 06:49:55 PM

                                                  MS. STEFANIK

                                                  THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. DOES ANY MEMBER SEEK TIME IN OPPOSITION? THE…

                                                  THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. DOES ANY MEMBER SEEK TIME IN OPPOSITION? THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

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                                                • 06:51:03 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                • 06:51:10 PM

                                                  MS. STEFANIK

                                                • 06:51:12 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                                            • 06:51:14 PM

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

                                              • 06:51:39 PM

                                                MS. CHANEY

                                              • 06:51:40 PM

                                                An amendment, offered by Ms. Cheney, numbered 20 printed in House Report 115-679 to direct the USFS and DOI to make vacant allotments available to grazing permit or lease holders in the even of a natural disaster, conflict with wildlife, or court-issued injunction. To prevent a court injunction in the event that the federal agency is unable to make a vacant allotment available.

                                                • 06:51:41 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  CHANEY OF WYOMING.

                                                • 06:51:44 PM

                                                  THE CLERK

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

                                                  CHANEY, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING.

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                                                • 06:51:50 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                • 06:52:01 PM

                                                  MS. MS. MS. CHANEY

                                                  CHAIRMAN, THESE CIRCUMSTANCES CAN LEAD TO SITUATIONS WHERE OUR RANCHERS…

                                                  CHAIRMAN, THESE CIRCUMSTANCES CAN LEAD TO SITUATIONS WHERE OUR RANCHERS FACE TWO OPTIONS. THEY EITHER FORCE THEIR LIVESTK TO GRAZE IN CONFINED CONDITIONS THAT ARE UNSUITABLE AND CAN'T SUPPORT THE STOCK. OR THEY'VE GOT TO SELL THEIR LIVESTOCK AND FIRE SALE PRICES. WE'VE SEEN FAMILY RANCHERS -- RANCHES GO OUT OF BUSINESS AND OTHERS ARE NOW FACING THE PROSPECT THAT THEIR ALLOTMENTS WILL BE LOST WITHIN THE NEXT YEAR. AND THIS ALL DESPITE THE FACT, MR. CHAIRMAN, THAT THE FOREST SERVICE HAS VACANT ALLOTMENTS AVAILABLE NEARBY. MY AMENDMENT WOULD PROVIDE RELIEF AND JUSTICE FOR THESE FAMILY RANCH OPERATIONS. IT WOULD ENSURE THAT FEDERAL AGENCIES HONOR THE TERMS OF THESE ALLOTMENTS. AND BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES WOULD BE MAINTAINED, MR. CHAIRMAN, BY ENSURING THAT THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE ORIGINAL ALLOT. S ARE HONORED ON THE NEW ONES. ALLOWING OUR RANCHERS TO MOVE THEIR LIVESTOCK TO VACANT ALLOTMENTS IS PLAIN COMMONSENSE AND IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO, MR. CHAIRMAN, FOR OUR LIVESTOCK INDUSTRY. OUR HARD WORKING RANCH FAMILIES SHOULDN'T FACE THE POTENTIAL OF ECONOMIC RUIN BECAUSE OF NATURAL DISASTER OR FRIVOLOUS LAWSUITS. MY AMENDMENT WILL HELP PROTECT THEM WHILE WE KEEP THEM ON LANDSCAPES THEY'VE GRAZED ON FOR VENN GENERATIONS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT, MR. CHAIRMAN, TO PROVIDE STABILITY AND PEACE OF MIND FOR OUR RANCHERS ACROSS THE WEST. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                • 06:52:01 PM

                                                  MS. CHANEY

                                            • 06:52:06 PM

                                              DEBATE

                                              Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 900, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Cheney amendment No. 20.

                                              • 06:54:01 PM

                                                THE CHAIR

                                              • 06:54:16 PM

                                                MS. MS. CHANEY

                                                RECOGNITION? CHAIRMAN.

                                              • 06:54:16 PM

                                                MS. CHANEY

                                              • 06:54:20 PM

                                                THE CHAIR

                                                NEWHOUSE: I RISE IN SUPPORT OF AMENDMENT NUMBER 20 OFFERED BY MY FRIEND MS.

                                              • 06:54:22 PM

                                                MS. CHANEY

                                                CHANEY AND I'M A PROUD CO-SPONSOR AS WELL OF THIS AMENDMENT.

                                              • 06:54:25 PM

                                                THE CHAIRCHAIR

                                              • 06:54:25 PM

                                                THE CHAIR

                                              • 06:54:27 PM

                                                MR. NEWHOUSE

                                                THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING.

                                              • 06:55:27 PM

                                                THE CHAIR

                                                NEWHOUSE, AND CHAIRMAN CONAWAY FOR HIS WORK ON THIS IMPORTANT BILL OVERALL…

                                                NEWHOUSE, AND CHAIRMAN CONAWAY FOR HIS WORK ON THIS IMPORTANT BILL OVERALL AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT THAT WILL JUST PROVIDE JUSTICE FOR OUR RANCH FAMILIES. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                              • 06:55:28 PM

                                                MS. CHANEY

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                                                THE CHAIR

                                                I MOVE THAT THE COMMITTEE NOW RISE.

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

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                                                Mr. Conaway moved that the committee rise.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  MR. SPEAKER, THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION,…

                                                  MR. SPEAKER, THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION, HAVING HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 2, DIRECTS ME TO REPORT IT HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON.

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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 CHAIR

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  THEREON. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE.

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                                              The Speaker laid before the House a message from the President transmitting a social security totalization agreement with Iceland, titled "Agreement on Social Security between the United States of America and Iceland"

                                              referred to the Committee on Ways and Means and ordered to be printed (H. Doc. 115-127).

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                                                THE CLERK

                                                U.S.C. 433-E-1 I TRANSMIT HERE WITH A SOCIAL SECURITY AGREEMENT WITH…

                                                U.S.C. 433-E-1 I TRANSMIT HERE WITH A SOCIAL SECURITY AGREEMENT WITH ICELAND TITLED AGREEMENT ON SOCIAL SECURITY BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND ICELAND AND THE ACCOMPANYING LEGALLY BINDING ADMINISTRATIVE ARRANGEMENT TITLED ADMINISTRATIVE ARRANGEMENT BETWEEN THE COMPETENT THORSES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND ICELAND FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE AGREEMENT ON SOCIAL SECURITY BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND ICELAND. COLLECTIVELY, THE AGREEMENT. THE AGREEMENTS WERE SIGNED AT ICELAND ON SEPTEMBER 27, 2016. THE AGREEMENTS ARE SIMILAR IN OBJECTIVE AND CONTENT TO THE SOCIAL SECURITY TOTALIZATION AGREEMENTS ALREADY IN FORCE WITH OTHER LEADING ECONOMIC PARTNERS IN EUROPE AND ELSEWHERE, INCLUDING AUSTRALIA, CANADA, CHILE, JAPAN, NORWAY, THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA, AND SWITZERLAND. SUCH BILATERAL AGREEMENTS PROVIDE FOR LIMITED COORDINATION BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND FOREIGN SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEMS TO ELIMINATE DUAL SOCIAL SECURITY COVERAGE AND TAXATION AND HELP PREVENT THE LOSS OF BENEFIT PROTECTION THAT CAN OCCUR WHEN WORKERS DIVIDE THEIR CAREER BETWEEN TWO COUNTRIES. THE AGREEMENTS CONTAIN ALL PROVISIONS MANDATED BY SECTION 233 OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT AND PURSUANT TO SECTION 233-C-4 OTHER PROVISIONS WHICH I DEEM APPROPRIATE TO CARRY OUT THE PURPOSES OF SECTION 233. I ALSO TRANSMIT FOR THE INFORMATION OF THE CONGRESS A REPORT REQUIRED BY SECTION 233-E-1 OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT ON THE ESTIMATED NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS WHO WILL BE AFFECTED BY THE AGREEMENT AND THE AGREEMENT'S ESTIMATED COST EFFECT. ALSO INCLUDED ARE A SUMMARY OF THE MAIN PROVISIONS OF THE AGREEMENT AND AN ANNOTATED VERSION OF THE AGREEMENTS WITH DESCRIPTIONS OF EACH ARTICLE. THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE AND ITS SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION CONCLUDED THAT THESE AGREEMENTS ARE IN THE NATIONAL INTEREST OF THE UNITED STATES. I COMMEND THE CONGRESS THE AGREEMENT ON SOCIAL SECURITY BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND ICELAND AND THE ADMINISTRATIVE ARRANGEMENT BETWEEN THE COMPETENT AUTHORITIES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND ICELAND FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE AGREEMENT ON SOCIAL SECURITY BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND ICELAND. SIGNED, DONALD JOHN TRUMP, THE WHITE HOUSE, MAY 17, 2018.

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                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                              ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

                                              The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.

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                                                MR. THOMPSON

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                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                MINUTE.

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                                                I ALSO RECOGNIZE WHAT OFFICERS REALIZE, THAT THEIR SACRIFICE AND SERVICE…

                                                I ALSO RECOGNIZE WHAT OFFICERS REALIZE, THAT THEIR SACRIFICE AND SERVICE IS FOR EVERYBODY. PEOPLE THEY KNOW AND DON'T KNOW AND PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEM AND PEOPLE WHO HATE THEM. BUT THAT'S A BIG PART OF WHY OUR OFFICERS SHOULD BE RECOGNIZED. BECAUSE NO MATTER WHO IT IS, NO MATTER WHAT THE DANGER IS, POLICE ARE TRAINED TO AND POLICE DO WHAT WE NATURALLY DON'T DO AS CIVILIANS. THEY RUN TOWARD DANGER, NOT AWAY FROM IT.

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                                                MR. PANETTA

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

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

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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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                                                MR. KIHUEN

                                                SHE ENJOYED WATCHING SPORTING EVENTS AND SUPPORTING EACH OF HER FAVORITE…

                                                SHE ENJOYED WATCHING SPORTING EVENTS AND SUPPORTING EACH OF HER FAVORITE TEAMS. MELISSA WAS KNOWN FOR BEING A HARD WORKER, DEEPLY LOVING HER FAMILY AND MAKING SURE SHE ALWAYS ENJOYED LIFE. I WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND MY CONDOLENCES TO MELISSA RAMIREZ'S FAMILY AND FRIENDS. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CITY OF LAS VEGAS, THE NEVADA AND THE WHOLE COUNTRY GRIEVE WITH YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THE REMAINING BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                MR. MR. BABIN

                                                LEADER. MR. SAID, HI, I'M NICK. I'M A SCHOOL SHOOTER. ACCORDING TO THOSE…

                                                LEADER. MR. SAID, HI, I'M NICK. I'M A SCHOOL SHOOTER. ACCORDING TO THOSE WHO KNEW HIM, NICHOLAS CRUZ, THE DERANGED MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL MURDERER, WAS KNOWN TO DO JUST THAT. HE ATTACKED A NEIGHBOR'S CAR, HE SHOT THEIR ANIMALS. HE WAS KNOWN TO VANDALIZE AND STEAL PROPERTY. ALARMING SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS. EXPULSION FROM SCHOOL. MULTIPLE REPORTS TO LOCAL POLICE AND THE F.B.I. AND MANY OTHER EGREGIOUS RED FLAGS WAVING LONG BEFORE 17 INNOCENT LIVES WERE TAKEN AND ANOTHER 17 WOUNDED ON FEBRUARY 14, 2018. IN THE SEVEN YEARS LEADING UP TO THE SHOOTING, POLICE VISITED CRUZ'S HOME 39 TIMES. INCREDIBLY. MR. SPEAKER, THE PARKLAND SHOOTING SHOULD HAVE NEVER HAPPENED. EVERY WARNING SIGN WAS THERE. THEY WERE NOT MISSED. OFFICIALS JUST FAILED TO CONNECT THE DOTS. I WISH THAT I COULD SAY THAT THIS FAILURE IS UNIQUE TO PARKLAND BUT SADLY IT'S NOT. NEARLY 20 YEARS AGO HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR BROOKS BROWN CAME ACROSS A WEBSITE WHERE A FELLOW CLASSMATE THREATENED TO KILL HIM AND HIS FAMILY. BROWN'S PARENTS ALERTED THE LOCAL POLICE WHO WERE ALREADY AWARE OF CONCERNING BEHAVIORS FROM THIS WEBSITE'S AUTHOR. AND ANOTHER INVOLVED STUDENT. WITHIN ONLY A FEW MONTHS, THESE SAME STUDENTS, ERIC HARRIS AND DYLAN KLEBOLD, WOULD MURDER 13 AND WOUND 24 COLUMBINE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS IN WHAT HAS BEEN CALLED THE FIRST MODERN MASS SHOOTING. AGAIN, THE RED FLAGS WERE DETECTED BUT THE APPROPRIATE STEPS WERE NOT TAKEN. THIS IS NOT A NEW PHENOMENON. IN 1966 CHARLES WITTMAN SOUGHT HELP FROM A PSYCHIATRIST AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS FOR, QUOTE, OVERWHELMING PERIODS OF HOSTILITY, INCLUDING WANTING TO GO, QUOTE, UP IN THE TOWER AND START SHOOTING PEOPLE, UNQUOTE. SIX MONTHS LATER HE WOULD CARRY OUT HIS SYCOPHANTSY EXACTLY AS HE DESCRIBED -- HIS SICK FANTASY EXACTLY AS HE DESCRIBED. SIX DEAD AND 31 WOUNDED. MR. SPEAKER, UNFORTUNATELY THIS LIST GOES ON AND ON. THE PULSE NIGHT CLUB, SOUTHERLAND SPRINGS CHURCH, THE BOSTON MARATHON, WASHINGTON NAVY YARD, THE ATTACK ON CONGRESSWOMAN GABBY GIFFORDS IN TUCSON. SANDY HOOK. THE AURORA THEATER. VIRGINIA TECH. THE NORWEGIAN SUMMER CAMP. WEST NICKEL MINES AMISH SCHOOL. THE CHARLESTON CHURCH MASSACRE. THE ATTACK ON REPUBLICAN MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AT BASEBALL PRACTICE. AND EVEN THE YOUTUBE AND TENNESSEE WAFFLE HOUSE SHOOTINGS, JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO. MR. SPEAKER, ALL OF THESE HORRIFYING EVENTS ON THIS NONEXHAUSTIVE LIST HAVE SOMETHING IN COMMON. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THESE ATTACKS WAS CARRIED OUT AFTER SOMEONE CLOSE TO THE KILLER OBSERVED AND REPORTED CONCERNING BEHAVIOR TO THE AUTHORITIES. THE GOOD NEWS IS THERE IS SOMETHING THAT WE CAN DO TO FIX THIS. THESE KILLERS WERE UNDER LAW ENFORCEMENT'S WATCH. BUT A PROACTIVE THREAT MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE IN LARGE PART DOES NOT EXIST IN THE CULTURE AND FABRIC OF CONTEMPORARY LAW ENFORCEMENT TODAY. FOR STARTERS, OUR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT IS SIMPLY UNDERTRAINED, UNDERSTAFFED, UNDEREQUIPPED AND HAVE NO INTEGRATED SYSTEM IN PLACE TO EFFECTIVELY IDENTIFY AND ADDRESS THESE TYPES OF THREATS. THE LACK OF INFORMATION SHARING CAPABILITIES BETWEEN LOCAL, STATE AND LAW ENFORCEMENT AND FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT, SCHOOL OFFICIALS, MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS, SOCIAL SERVICES AND OTHER COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATIONS PREVENT THESE KEY PLAYERS FROM IMPLEMENTING AN EFFECTIVE INTERVENTION STRATEGY DIRECTED AT THOSE WHO ARE ON THE PATHWAY TO VIOLENCE. FOR DECADES THERE'S BEEN AN EFFECTIVE SYSTEM IN PLACE, PIONEERED BY THE SECRET SERVICE, THAT HAS SUCCESSFULLY WORKED TO PROTECT OUR PRESIDENTS AND OTHER PUBLIC FIGURES. I BELIEVE THAT IT'S TIME TO TAKE A PAGE OUT OF THE SECRET SERVICE'S PLAYBOOK AND ADDRESS THIS CRITICAL NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUE BY IMPLEMENTING THEIR ESTABLISHED AND PROVEN THREAT MANAGEMENT PROCESS FOR IDENTIFYING, INVESTIGATING, EVALUATING AND MITIGATING THREATS AS A CRITICAL MEANS TO PROTECT OUR COMMUNITIES. CURRENTLY THREAT ASSESSMENT AND PROTECTIVE INTELLIGENCE IS USED AS A METHOD FOR GATHERING AND EVALUATING INFORMATION ABOUT A PERSON WHO MAY HAVE THE MOTIVE, INTENTION AND CAPABILITY TO MOUNT AN ATTACK AGAINST PUBLIC FIGURES. THE SECRET SERVICE WILL GAUGE A POTENTIAL THREAT, ASSESS THE VULNERABILITY OF THE TARGETED INDIVIDUALS, AND GUIDE AN INTERVENTION WHEN NECESSARY. THIS PROACTIVE PROCESS LEAVES NO STONE UNTURNED. THIS APPROACH IS ENTIRELY DIFFERENT FROM WHAT THE F.B.I. AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT CURRENTLY USE, BECAUSE IT COMPILES INFORMATION FROM A VARIETY OF COMPREHENSIVE SOURCES TO BUILD OUT A THREAT ASSESSMENT, AND IT WORKS. SINCE THE 1981 ATTEMPTED AIS A -- ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT REAGAN, NOBODY HAS EVEN COME CLOSE SINCE. IF THIS SYSTEM WORKS TO PROTECT THE LIFE OF THE PRESIDENT, ELECTED OFFICIALS, FOREIGN DIGNITARIES AND EVEN CELEBRITIES, WHY COULDN'T THIS ALSO WORK TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES? WHETHER IT'S A SHOOTING, A STABBING, A WEAPONIZED VEHICLE, A BOMBING, MASS CASUALTY EVENTS ARE OCCURRING MORE AND MORE FREQUENTLY AT HOME AND ABROAD. IT'S MORE IMPORTANT NOW THAN EVER THAT WE ACT. INCORPORATING THREAT ASSESSMENT AND PROTECTIVE INTELLIGENCE INTO ALL FACETS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT WILL SAVE LIVES. IF WE CAN PROPERLY RECOGNIZE THE WARNINGS AND ACT, WE CAN PREVENT TARGETED VIOLENCE. IT'S TIME THAT WE PUT AN END TO THE POLITICIZED GUN-GRANNING -- GUN-GRABBING RHETORIC AND START TACKLING THE REAL ROOT OF THIS ISSUE. THANK YOU, AND I YIELD BACK. I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND.

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                                                MR. BABIN

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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. CICILLINE

                                                I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE DO NOW ADJOURN

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                                                Mr. Babin moved that the House do now adjourn.

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                                                On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.

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                                                  Adjourned

                                                  The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on May 18, 2018.

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                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                    THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. . THE AYES HAVE IT. THE MOTION…

                                                    THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. . THE AYES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS

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                                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                    ADOPTED.

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  SPEAKER.

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                                                  THE CLERK

                                                  HONORABLE SCOTT DESJARLAIS TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY.…

                                                  HONORABLE SCOTT DESJARLAIS TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  A.M. EACH MEMBER OTHER THAN THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS AND THE…

                                                  A.M. EACH MEMBER OTHER THAN THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS AND THE MAJORITY WHIP SHALL BE LIMITED TO FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. MITCHELL, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                  MR. MITCHELL

                                                  THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. SUOZZI, FOR FIVE…

                                                  THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. SUOZZI, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                  MR. SUOZZI

                                                  UNFORTUNATELY, TOO MANY AMERICANS AND ELECTED OFFICIALS HAVE BEEN…

                                                  UNFORTUNATELY, TOO MANY AMERICANS AND ELECTED OFFICIALS HAVE BEEN DISTRACTED FROM RUSSIA'S SECRET OPERATIONS BECAUSE OF THE PITCHED PARTISAN BATTLE REGARDING PUTIN'S INVOLVEMENT IN THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL RACE. THE BOTTOM LINE IS THIS -- DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS CAN'T LOSE FOCUS ON RUSSIA'S WORLDWIDE STRETCHERY DUE TO OUR HYPER-- STRETCHRY DUE TO OUR HYPERPARTISANSHIP AT HOME. REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS MUST WORK TOGETHER TO EXPOSE THEIR WORLDWIDE PLAN TO SUBVERT DEMOCRACY. WE MUST FACE THE REALITY THAT RUSSIA IS USING NONTRADITIONAL, NONMILITARY WEAPONS IN A HYBRID WARFARE TO UNDERMINE DEMOCRACIES IN COUNTRIES THAT ARE ILL-EQUIPPED TO COMBAT THEIR MALIGN EFFORTS. INSTEAD OF FOCUSING ON RUSSIA'S ACTIVITIES DURING THE 2016, I HAVE INTRODUCED A BIPARTISAN BILL, THE RUSSIA ANTI-CORRUPTION ACT, WITH 13 REPUBLICANS AND 10 DEMOCRATIC CO-SPONSORS TO EXPOSE AND THWART PUTIN AND HIS CRONIES' ILLICIT ACTIVITIES IN EASTERN EUROPE AND EUROPE AS A WHOLE. WHETHER BRIBING POLITICIANS, BUYING MEDIA OUTLETS TO PROMOTE PROPAGANDA, PURCHASING POWER PLANTS TO CONTROL ENERGY SUPPLIES TO GAIN LEVERAGE OVER UNSTABLE GOVERNMENTS, WE MUST DEFINE, DOCUMENT, AND DISRUPT THE CORRUPTION FLOWING FROM MOSCOW WHICH IMPERILS THE DEMOCRATIC FOUNDATIONS OF OUR U.S. ALLIES. OUR LEGISLATION WILL ESTABLISH WITHIN THE STATE DEPARTMENT AN OFFICE OF ANTI-CORRUPTION RELATING TO ILLICIT RUSSIAN FINANCIAL ACTIVITIES IN EUROPE. WHICH WOULD ANALYZE RUSSIA'S FINANCIAL MEDDLING AND STRATEGIC EUROPE -- IN STRATEGIC EUROPEAN SECTORS INCLUDING REAL ESTATE, ENERGY, MEDIA, INFRASTRUCTURE. THE OFFICE WILL COLLABORATE WITH THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT TO TRAIN U.S. DIPLOMATS TO WORK WITH FOREIGN PARTNERS. THIS OFFICE WILL ALSO WORK WITH OUR NATO ALLIES TO ELEVATE ANTI-CORRUPTION OPERATIONS AS PART OF NATO'S READINESS ACTION PLAN. OLE GARKED CONNECTED TO PUTIN ARE ALLIES IN THE HYBRID WARFARE SCHEME. THEY FLOOD EUROPE WITH DIRTY MONEY, BRIBING POLITICIANS AND PURCHASING KEY ASSETS TO SUBVERT DEMOCRACY. THE PANAMA PAPERS FOUND A TRAIL OF $2 BILLION THAT LEADS BACK TO THE RUSSIAN PRESIDENT. SUCH MONEY HAS GONE TO SUPPORT FRINGE POLITICAL PARTIES IN FRANCE, GERMANY, AUSTRIA, AND ELSEWHERE. WELL-FUNDED RUSSIAN MEDIA OUTLETS ALSO PLAY A KEY WAR IN THIS HYBRID WARFARE. THEY SPREAD LIES AND WEAKEN FAITH. OUR ALLIES IN EASTERN AND CENTRAL EUROPE TRIED TO UNDERMINE THE TRANS-ATLANTIC ALLIANCE. THIS SUBVERTS FROM THE MILITARY AGGRESSION IN UKRAINE, TO ASSASSINATIONS ON EUROPEAN SOIL. AS PUTINS AND HIS CRONIES WORK, THE INFLUENCE GROWS AND GROWS AND GROWS AND THAT'S HOW DEMOCRACY KS DIE. MR. SPEAKER THIS IS NOT ABOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP. IT'S NOT ABOUT DEMOCRATS VS. REPUBLICANS. MEMBERS OF CONGRESS MUST WORK TOGETHER TO FIND SOLUTIONS TO THE VERY SERIOUS THREATS POSED BY RUSSIA THE WORLD OVER. I'D NOW LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE OF MY TIME TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, FRENCH HILL, THE ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR OF THE RUSSIAN ANTI-CORRUPTION ACT AND A REAL LEADER ON THIS CRITICAL ISSUE. MR. HILL.

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                                                  MR. HILL

                                                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                  MR. SUOZZI

                                                  MR. -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA, MR. JENKINS, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                  MR. JENKINS

                                                  THIS WEEK, THE NAME OF OFFICER CROOK, ALONG WITH 359 OF HIS FALLEN…

                                                  THIS WEEK, THE NAME OF OFFICER CROOK, ALONG WITH 359 OF HIS FALLEN BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN BLUE, WILL BE ADDED TO THE NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS MEMORIAL HERE IN WASHINGTON. AS OUR NATION HONORS OUR POLICE OFFICERS FOR THEIR SACRIFICES, WE GIVE THANKS TO THE LIFE OF OFFICER CROOK, WHOM WE SADLY LOST LAST MAY. LIEUTENANT CROOK WAS BORN IN SUMMERS COUNTY, GRADUATED FROM BLUEFIELD STATE COLLEGE AND PROUDLY SERVED IN THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS RESERVE FOR SIX YEARS. AFTER SERVING HIS NATION, HE EXCHANGED HIS MARINE UNIFORM FOR THAT OF THE BLUEFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT IN 2008. LIEUTENANT CROOK WAS AN OUTSTANDING POLICE OFFICER AND DEVOTED FAMILY MAN. HE LOVED THE OUTDOORS AND WOULD NEVER PASS UP AN OPPORTUNITY TO GO FISHING. IN FACT, THE CITY OF BLUEFIELD IS PLANNING TO RENAME A LAKE IN HIS HONOR. SO HIS LEGACY CAN CARRY ON THROUGH ONE OF HIS FAVORITE PASTIMES. HIS MEMORY IS KEPT ALIVE BY HIS WIFE, WHITNEY, HIS KIDS BRYCE AND PAISLEY. HIS EXTENDED FAMILY, THE BLUEFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT, AND SO MANY OTHERS. HE WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. OUR STATE AND COUNTRY LOST A GOOD MAN, AND OFFICER CROOK IS MISSED EACH AND EVERY DAY. MAY HE REST IN PEACE. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                  MR. RUIZ

                                                  FOR ME AND FOR THE COMMUNITIES THAT I REPRESENT, IT'S PERSONAL. JUST TWO…

                                                  FOR ME AND FOR THE COMMUNITIES THAT I REPRESENT, IT'S PERSONAL. JUST TWO YEARS AGO OFFICERS LESLIE AND GIL FROM THE PALM SPRINGS POLICE DEPARTMENT WERE SHOT AND KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY RESPONDING TO WHAT APPEARED TO BE A ROUTINE DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE. IN THE WAKE OF THIS TRAGEDY, OUR COMMUNITIES CAME TOGETHER TO REMEMBER THE OFFICERS AND TO DO MORE FOR THE ENTIRE LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY. OVER THE PAST YEAR, I HAVE WORKED WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTERS, AND OTHER LOCAL AND NATIONAL PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICER LEADERS TO DRAFT THE HEROES FIRST RESPONDERS SURVIVORS SUPPORT ACT. LEGISLATION THAT HONORS THOSE WHO HAVE PASSED BY SERVING THE LIVING. WE DEVELOPED THIS BILL WITH ONE CENTRAL IDEA IN MIND -- THAT THOSE WHO RISK THEIR LIVES FOR OUR COMMUNITY DESERVE THE PEACE OF MIND TO KNOW THAT IF SOMETHING HAPPENED TO THEM, THEIR FAMILY WOULD BE ALL RIGHT, THAT THEY WOULD BE ABLE TO PAY OFF THEIR DEBT, PUT THEIR KIDS THROUGH COLLEGE, AND HAVE A FAIR SHOT AT MAKING IT IN THE WORLD. SO WE DID THE MATH. LOOKING AT THE EXISTING PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICER BENEFIT PROGRAM TO SEE IF IT ACHIEVED THESE PRINCIPLES AND WE FOUND THAT FAMILIES OF FALLEN FIRST RESPONDERS, THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR ALL TO PROTECT US, ARE BEING SHORTCHANGED AND DON'T EVEN HAVE ENOUGH TO PAY OFF THEIR DEBT AND PAY FOR THE RISING COST OF AN EDUCATION. FAMILIES OF FALLEN PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS ARE STILL STRUGGLING. SO MY BIPARTISAN BILL WILL CORRECT THIS AND PROVIDE NEEDED RELIEF FOR THOSE WHO SACRIFICED SO MUCH. IT WILL INCREASE THE PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICER BENEFIT FROM $350,000 TO $500,000 IN ORDER TO PAY OFF THE CALCULATED NATIONAL AVERAGE DEBT MOST FAMILIES HAVE. IT WILL INCREASE THE MONTHLY EDUCATION BENEFIT FROM $1,024 PER MONTH TO $2,000 PER MONTH TO ENSURE THEY CAN AFFORD THE ACTUAL RISING COST OF AN EDUCATION. AND IT WILL FIX A BUREAUCRATIC LOOPHOLE THAT COST FAMILIES TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FOR NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN. RIGHT NOW OUR MEN AND WOMEN WHO RISK THEIR LIVES IN ORDER TO SAVE OUR LIVES ARE BEING SHORTCHANGED, AND I URGE ALL MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO DO THE RIGHT THING, TO FOLLOW WORDS WITH ACTION, AND ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING PRAGMATIC THAT WILL IMPROVE THE LIVES OF FALLEN FIRST RESPONDERS' FAMILIES. I HOPE THAT ALL MEMBERS WILL CO-SPONSOR AND SUPPORT MY BIPARTISAN HEROES LESLIE AND GIL FIRST RESPONDERS SURVIVORS SUPPORT ACT AND I URGE THE SPEAKER TO BRING IT UP FOR A VOTE IMMEDIATELY. LET'S SUPPORT THIS BILL AND STAND UP FOR THESE FAMILIES THAT HAVE SACRIFICED SO MUCH FOR US. THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO HONOR AN INCREDIBLE ORGANIZATION IN MY DISTRICT THAT FOR MORE THAN A DECADE SERVED THE COMMUNITY BY PROVIDING INFORMATION AND RESOURCES TO HELP CHILDREN, THE ELDERLY, AND VULNERABLE INDIVIDUALS PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM VIOLENT CRIMES. CHRISTOPHER'S CLUBHOUSE WAS STARTED IN 1996 AFTER MICAH MOULTON'S SON CHRISTOPHER WAS KIDNAPPED AND MURDERED AT 10 YEARS OLD. THE FAMILY MADE THE BRAVE AND SELFLESS CHOICE TO TURN THEIR GRIEF INTO SOMETHING POSITIVE. THEY REALIZED THAT WHILE THEY HAD DONE EVERYTHING RIGHT, LIKE TELLING CHRISTOPHER NOT TO TALK TO STRANGERS, THAT NO ONE HAD TOLD HIM THERE WAS MORE THEY COULD HAVE DONE. THEY REALIZED THEY HAD NOT TAUGHT HIM WHAT TO DO IF SOMEONE GRABBED CHRISTOPHER. THEY DIDN'T WANT ANY PARENT TO FACE THAT SAME REALIZATION AND THAT SAME GRIEF, SO THEY STARTED CHRISTOPHER'S CLUBHOUSE TO PROVIDE SAFETY SKILLS AND PERSONAL DEFENSE TECHNIQUES FOR CHILDREN, TEENS, AND THE ELDERLY THROUGHOUT THE COACHELLA VALLEY OVER THE YEARS, CHRISTOPHER'S CLUBHOUSE HAS SERVED MORE THAN 100,000 PEOPLE THROUGH THEIR PROGRAMS IN SCHOOLS, COMMUNITY EVENTS, AND CHURCHES. . THERE IS NO DOUBT THEY HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE AND SAVED LIVES. PREVENTING OTHER PARENTS FROM GOING THROUGH THEIR PAIN. AND I THANK THEM AND I APPLAUD THEM FOR THEIR YEARS OF SERVICE. WHILE THE CHRISTOPHER CLUBHOUSE MAY BE CLOSING, THE LEGACY OF THEIR WORK WILL BE FELT FOR GENERATIONS. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  DONOVAN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR.

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                                                  MR. DONOVAN

                                                  SPEAKER, I RISE TO HONOR THE MEMORY AND SACRIFICE OF NEW YORK POLICE…

                                                  SPEAKER, I RISE TO HONOR THE MEMORY AND SACRIFICE OF NEW YORK POLICE OFFICERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY. EVERY DAY WOMEN AND MEN DON BLUE UNIFORMS AND HEAD OUT INTO OUR STREETS. UNSURE OF WHAT DANGER THAT THEY MAY ENCOUNTER. THEY PROTECT MY FAMILY AND THE 8. 5 MILLION PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN NEW YORK CITY. I THANK THEM FOR RISKING EVERYTHING TO KEEP US SAFE. THE FOLLOWING MEN AND WOMEN, NEW YORK'S FINEST, HAVE MET THEIR END OF WATCH WHILE CARRYING OUT THEIR DUTIES SINCE I CAME TO OFFICE IN CONGRESS IN MAY OF 2015. I'D LIKE TO HONOR THEM BY READING THEIR NAMES HERE IN THE HOUSE CHAMBER. LIEUTENANT JEFFREY FRANCIS, 9/11 RELATED ILLNESSES. DETECTIVE MILOS FAMILIA, GUN FAIR. OFFICER MICHAEL HENCE, 9/11 RELATED ILLNESS. SERGEANT TERENCE SCOTT O'HARA, 9/11 RELATED ILLNESS. DEPUTY CHIEF JAMES MILLOY, 9/11 RELATED ILLNESS. DETECTIVE STEVEN MCDONNELL, GUNFIRE. DETECTIVE STEVEN KABINSKI, 9/11 RELATE THE ILLNESS. SERGEANT BALL DIZOLI, GUNFIRE. ASSISTANT CHIEF MICHAEL QUINN, 9/11 RELATED ILLNESS. DETECTIVE MICHAEL GLAZER, 9/11 RELATED ILLNESS. LIEUTENANT KEN R THE OZELLO, 9/11 RELATED ILLNESS. OFFICER KENNETH WOLF, 9/11 RELATED ILLNESS. OFFICER DEBORAH JEFF, 9/11 RELATED ILLNESS. DETECTIVE ANDREW SIROCCO, 9/11 RELATED ILLNESS. OFFICER JUAN FELICIANO, HEART ATTACK. SERGEANT DONALD SCOTT CONIFF, VEHICLE ASSAULT. SERGEANT MICHAEL GALVIN, 9/11 RELATED ILLNESS. SERGEANT WAYNE JACKSON, 9/11 RELATED ILLNESS. LIEUTENANT MARCY SIMS -- SIMMS, 9/11 RELATED ILLNESS. OFFICER CHARLES KAREN, 9/11 RELATED ILLNESS. SERGEANT LOUIS PIOLI, 9/11 RELATED ILLNESS. DETECTIVE RANDOLPH HOLDER, GUNFIRE. SERGEANT GERARD AHR O OT, 9/11 RELATED ILLNESS. DETECTIVE RONALD RICHARDS, 9/11 RELATED ILLNESS. SERGEANT EDMUND MURRAY, 9/11 RELATED ILLNESS. LIEUTENANT REBECCA BUCK, 9/11 RELATED ILLNESS. OFFICER ALEXANDER FIGUEROA, 9/11 FIGUEROA, 9/11 RELATED ILLNESS. LIEUTENANT LEWIS LOPEZ, 9/11 RELATED ILLNESS. BETZO, 9/11 RELATED ILLNESS. DETECTIVE LEROY DIXON, NEVER RELATED ILLNESS. DETECTIVE MICHAEL KENNETH DAVIS, 9/11 FIGUEROA, 9/11 RELATED ILLNESS. LIEUTENANT LEWIS LOPEZ, 9/11 RELATED ILLNESS. OFFICER MATTHEW GAY, 9/11 RELATED ILLNESS. OFFICER JAMES RELATED ILLNESS. AND SERGEANT CHARLES GUZLANDMUN, 9/11 RELATED ILLNESS. MAY THEIR FAMILIES CONTINUE TO BE IN OUR PRAYERS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                  MR. DEFAZIO

                                                  AND THE $100 BILLION IN TRANSIT. IT'S ALL -- WELL, NONE OF THAT'S…

                                                  AND THE $100 BILLION IN TRANSIT. IT'S ALL -- WELL, NONE OF THAT'S HAPPENING. IN FACT, DESPITE THE PRESIDENT BEING RIGHT HERE AND TALKING ABOUT A $1.5 TRILLION PLAN, BIG SURPRISE, UP BY $500 BILLION, DURING THE STATE OF THE UNION, THE NET RESULT OF WHAT THIS PRESIDENT AND THIS ADMINISTRATION HAD A DONE IS ACTUALLY TO REDUCE SPENDING ON INFRASTRUCTURE. AND PUT FORWARD A PAPER PLAN THAT WOULD SAY, YOU'RE ON YOUR OWN. IT'S CALLED DEVOLUTION. THAT IS WE'RE GOING TO SAY TO THE STATES AND THE TERRITORIES, IT'S YOUR OBLIGATION TO BUILD A NATIONAL COORDINATED TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE. THIS IS A GRAND NEW IDEA FROM SOME OF THE RIGHT WING THINK TANKS. MAKE THE STATES DO IT. HOW IS THAT GOING TO WORK? ACTUALLY, IT'S NOT A NEW IDEA. WE TRIED IT ONCE BEFORE. WE TRIED IT BY DEFAULT UNTIL WE HAD THE EISENHOWER PLAN, REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT TORQUES BUILD THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY SYSTEM. THIS WAS THE NET RESULT OF DEVOLUTION. DEVOLUTION. KANSAS, OKLAHOMA, YOU BUILD IT, WE'LL BUILD IT. UP, KANSAS BUILT IT. WHAT'S THIS? OH, THAT IS THE STATE LINE. THIS IS OKLAHOMA. SORRY, WE DON'T HAVE THE MONEY TO BUILD AND CONTINUE THAT BEAUTIFUL NEW FREEWAY. 1956. AND FOR THREE YEARS CARS CRASHED THROUGH A WOODEN BARRIER THEY BUILT AT THE END, AT THE STATE LINE, INTO A FARM FIELD. UNTIL WE HAD A NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION PLAN FROM A REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT FUNDED BY A USER FEE, A GAS TAX, TO BUILD OUT THE SYSTEM NATIONWIDE. THEN IT WAS RONALD REAGAN WHO SAID, WAIT A MINUTE. WAIT A MINUTE. WE CAN'T JUST HAVE HIGHWAYS, WE NEED TO HAVE TRANSIT TO SERVE OUR NATION'S LARGEST CITIES AND OUR HUBS. WE ADDED IN TRANSIT INTO THIS. THAT'S ALL WELL AND GOOD. WE BUILT THE SYSTEM THAT WAS THE ENVY OF THE WORLD 40 YEARS AGO. 30 YEARS AGO, MAYBE EVEN 25 YEARS AGO. SINCE THEN IT'S BEEN CRUMBLING WITH NEGLECT. WE HAVEN'T RAISED THE FEDERAL GAS TAX SINCE 1993. 140,000 BRIDGES NEED REPAIR. $100 BILLION BACKLOG IN TRANSIT JUST TO BUILD OUT TO A STATE OF GOOD REPAIR FOR WHAT WE HAVE. NOT EVEN GIVE PEOPLE NEW TRANSIT OPTIONS TO GET OUT OF THE TRAFFIC. WE'RE WASTING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS A YEAR, WASTING FUEL. PEOPLE SITTING IN GRIDLOCK ALL AROUND THE COUNTRY. THEY ARE DAMAGING THEIR CARS THROUGH POTHOLES. AND THEY DON'T HAVE THE TRANSIT OPTIONS THAT WERE PROMISED TO THEM. WHAT'S GOING ON? WELL, SEEMS LIKE THE REPUBLICANS LOVE TO TALK ABOUT IT. THEY JUST LOVE TO TALK ABOUT INFRASTRUCTURE. EVERYBODY LOVES TO TALK ABOUT T WE'RE GOING TO FILL THOSE POTHOLES, BUILD THOSE BRIDGES, TAKE CARE OF YOU. BUT, THEY REFUSE TO FUND IT. THAT'S THE BOTTOM LINE. WE NEED TO FUND AN AMBITIOUS NEW NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN. TRANSIT, ROADS, BRIDGES, HIGHWAYS, HARBORS AND PORTS, WASTEWATER, CLEAN WATER. THE LIST GOES ON AND ON AND ON. YOU CAN'T BE A GREAT NATION IF YOUR PEOPLE ARE MIRED IN GRIDLOCK. IF YOUR ROADS ARE POTHOLED. IF YOUR HARBORS ARE SILTED IN. IF YOUR JETTIES ARE FAILING. IF YOUR WASTEWATER SYSTEMS ARE 50 YEARS OLD AND CAN'T DAYCARE ANY -- CAN'T TAKE ANY NEW CAPACITY AND POLLUTING OUR RIVERS, AND CLEAN WATER IS NOT AVAILABLE TO PEOPLE IN SOME OF THE LARGEST CITIES IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WHERE IS THE FEDERAL PARTNER? THERE IS NO FEDERAL PARTNER WITH THE REPUBLICANS IN CHARGE. LET THE STATES DO IT. LET'S DEVOLVE THIS OBLIGATION TO THE STATES. THAT'S THEIR SOLUTION. THE STATES SHOULD PAY FOR IT. WELL, IT DIDN'T WORK IN THE 1950'S, HOW THE HECK IS THAT GOING TO WORK IN THE 21ST CENTURY? EVEN IF, LIKE ONE STATE DECIDES NOW TO -- LIKE INCREASE CAPACITY TO MOVE FREIGHT, SAY CALIFORNIA WANTS TO MOVE THE ALL THE FREIGHT THAT MOVES INTO LOS ANGELES OUT OF CALIFORNIA TO THE REST OF NATION WHERE IT'S GOING AND BRING THE GOODS IN TO EXPORT FROM THERE. HOW IS THAT GOING TO WORK WHEN YOU GET TO THE NEVADA STATE LINE AND THERE IS A TWO LANE ROAD OR NO ROAD ON THE OTHER SIDE? THIS IS AN ABJECT FAILURE. IT'S TIME THE GOODS IN FOR CONGRESS TO ACT. IF THE REPUBLICANS WON'T ACT, MAYBE WE NEED TO REPLACE THEM WITH A PARTY THAT WILL ACT TO REBUILD AMERICA AND MAKE A US COMPETITIVE IN THE WORLD FOR THE 21ST TRENTRY -- CENTURY. NOT DEVOLUTION. WE NEED A FEDERAL PARTNERSHIP. WE NEED FEDERAL INVESTMENT. WE NEED A COORDINATED 21ST CENTURY NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                  MR. FITZPATRICK

                                                  MR. SPEAKER, IT IS MY HONOR TO RECOGNIZE AN EDUCATOR IN MY DISTRICT WHO IS…

                                                  MR. SPEAKER, IT IS MY HONOR TO RECOGNIZE AN EDUCATOR IN MY DISTRICT WHO IS MAKING A LASTING DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF BUCKS COUNTY STUDENTS. REBECCA OBERTHORN OF PENNWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL WAS RECENTLY NAMED THE WINNER OF THE ALL PRO TEACH EVER OF THE YEAR AWARD. FOR THIS DISTINCTION SHE'S SECURED $7,000 FOR PENNWOOD TO BE USED ON MATERIALS THAT PROMOTE STEM EDUCATION AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS. THIS PROGRAM, WHICH IS IN COLLABORATION WITH THE PHILADELPHIA EAGLES, HONORED REBECCA DUE TO OUR DEDICATION IN THE CLASSROOM, ALONG WITH HER WORK ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AT SILVER LAKE NATURE CENTER IN BRISTOL, AND THROUGH STEM WORK AT THE BUCKS COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE. IT ALSO FEATURED AN EVENT AT PENNSWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL WITH EAGLES WIDE RECEIVER HICKS. I APPLAUD HER FOR HER WORK IN PROMOTING STEM EDUCATION AND COMMITMENT TO BUILDING OUR NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS IN BUCKS COUNTY. MR. SPEAKER, THE HIGHEST AND MOST ADEPT PEOPLE IN THE WORLD ARE EXECUTED BY PEOPLE IN SPACE EXPLORATION AND RESEARCH AND PROUD TO RECOGNIZE SOME OF THE YOUNGEST EMPLOYEES WHO WORK NOT OUT OF HOUSTON, TEXAS, BUT FROM COUNCIL ROCKS SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL IN PENNSYLVANIA. COUNCIL ROCKS SOUTH IS ONE OF 125 SCHOOLS IN THE NATION AND ONLY SCHOOL IN PENNSYLVANIA THAT PARTICIPATES IN A UNIQUE PROGRAM THAT ENABLES STUDENTS TO DEVELOP PROJECTS THAT ULTIMATELY COULD BE USED BY NASA ITSELF. INDEED, NASA'S CURRENTLY WORKING ON ONE OF THE PROJECTS THAT ORIGINATED FROM COUNCIL ROCKS SOUTH. SEVERAL YEARS PRIOR. A VIBRATION ISOLATION CHAMBER THAT WOULD PROTECT FERTILIZED EGGS. I APPLAUD THESE STUDENTS FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS AND WOULD LIKE TO THANK TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION TEACHER, FRED BOWER, FOR THE GUIDANCE AND DIRECTION HE PROVIDES THESE IMPRESSIVE YOUNG WOMEN AND MEN. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                                  KELLY: THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT

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                                                  MS. KELLY

                                                  THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES MR. DESJARLAIS FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                  MR. DESJARLAIS

                                                  UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF POLICE CHIEF CLINT HOOVE, WHO IS A MASTER CHIEF,…

                                                  UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF POLICE CHIEF CLINT HOOVE, WHO IS A MASTER CHIEF, THE DUNLAP POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN ACTIVE IN THEIR SUPPORT FOR THE GUARD AND THE RESERVE EMPLOYEES. LIKE MANY EMPLOYERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, THE CHIEF AND THE DUNLAP P.D. PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN OUR NATION'S MILITARY READINESS THROUGH THEIR UNWAVERING SUPPORT OF OUR RESERVE COMPONENTS. ON BEHALF OF TENNESSEE'S FOURTH DISTRICT, I'D LIKE TO CONGRATULATE THEM ON THEIR RECOGNITION AND OFFER MY SINCERE GRATITUDE FOR THE COMMITMENT THEY HAVE MADE TO OUR CITIZEN SOLDIERS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                  MINUTES.

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                                                  MR. BLUMENAUER

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

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

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                                                  MR. THOMPSON

                                                  BY WASHINGTON, D.C., FOR DECADES THAT SERVE AS A SPIDERWEB AND MAKES…

                                                  BY WASHINGTON, D.C., FOR DECADES THAT SERVE AS A SPIDERWEB AND MAKES PEOPLE FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE LIVING IN POVERTY WHICH IS NOTHING WE SHOULD EVER DO. WE SHOULD ALWAYS BE WORKING TO PROVIDE OUR FRIENDS, OUR NEIGHBORS, OUR NEIGHBORS IN NEED WITH A PATHWAY TO OPPORTUNITY. SALVATION ARMY IS A GREAT ORGANIZATION, ACTUALLY, THAT ACCOMPLISHES THAT. WITH THE HELP OF 3.2 VOLUNTEERS, SALVATION ARMY SERVES NEARLY 25 MILLION AMERICANS THROUGH A RANGE OF SOCIAL SERVICES, INCLUDING FOOD FOR THE HUNGRY, RELIEF FOR DISASTER SURVIVORS, CLOTHING, AND SHELTER FOR THE HOMELESS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN. NATIONAL SALVATION ARMY WEEK BEGAN IN 1954 WHEN CONGRESS APPROVED A JOINT RESOLUTION FOR PRESIDENT DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER TO PROCLAIM A WEEK TO RECOGNIZE THE HUMANITARIAN EFFORTS OF THE SALVATION ARMY. THE SALVATION ARMY IS ONE OF THE NATION'S LARGEST AND OLDEST FAITH-BASED HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES PROVIDERS. WITH THE PRESENCE IN EVERY ZIP CODE ACROSS THE COUNTRY, THE SALVATION ARMY UNDERSTANDS THE DEMAND FOR AMERICANS IN NEED. LOUISIANA YEAR, THE SALVATION ARMY SERVED MORE THAN 56 MILLION MEALS AND PROVIDED 10 MILLION NIGHTS OF SHELTER. SALVATION ARMY IS ON THE FRONT LINES OF THE OPIOID CRISIS, SERVING MORE THAN 173,000 AMERICANS, 139 REHAB CENTERS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. SINCE THE 1900 GALVESTON HURRICANE, THE SALVATION ARMY HAS HELPED SURVIVORS IN EVERY NATURAL DISASTER AND NUMEROUS MAN-MADE DISASTER. IT HELPS MORE THAN 275,000 SURVIVORS RECEIVE HOPE, HEALING, AND COMFORT. THROUGH A WIDE VARIETY OF JOB TRAINING PROGRAMS, INCLUDING CULINARY, HOSPITALITY, LANDSCAPING TRAINING, SALVATION ARMY HELPS AMERICANS TO LIFT THEMSELVES OUT OF POVERTY, HELP THEM ACHIEVE FOOD SECURITY. THE SALVATION ARMY TAKES A HOLISTIC APPROACH IN ADDRESSING PEOPLE'S NEEDS. IT SUPPORTS THE EMOTIONAL, SPIRITUAL, PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT OF THOSE THEY SERVE. DATA SHOWS WHEN THEY GO TO THE CARE PROGRAMS ARE MORE LIKELY TO RECLAIM THEIR LIVES AND GET BACK ON THEIR FEET. MR. SPEAKER, THE SALVATION ARMY WAS ESTABLISHED IN LONDON IN 1865 AND FOR MORE THAN 135 YEARS IT'S BEEN SUPPORTING THOSE IN NEED WITHOUT DISCRIMINATION. WE CAN JOIN THE FIGHT FOR GOOD AND I WANT TO RECOGNIZE THIS OUTSTANDING ORGANIZATION WHO HAS GIVEN SCORES OF AMERICANS THE HELP THEY NEED DURING TRYING TIMES. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                  MR. O'HALLERAN

                                                  AND TO THANK THOSE OFFICERS WHO ARE PUTTING THEIR LIFE ON THE LINE EVERY…

                                                  AND TO THANK THOSE OFFICERS WHO ARE PUTTING THEIR LIFE ON THE LINE EVERY DAY TO PROTECT OUR COMMUNITIES. WE OWE A GREAT DEBT OF GRATITUDE TO THESE MEN AND WOMEN AND THEIR FAMILIES WHO MAKE THEIR OWN SACRIFICES AS THEY SEE THEIR LOVED ONES OFF EVERY DAY. I HAVE -- I REMEMBER WHEN I WENT OFF EVERY DAY AND SAID GOODBYE TO MY WIFE AND MY CHILDREN. USUALLY WORKED NIGHTTIME AND I REMEMBER AFTERWARDS COMING HOME AND SOME NIGHTS WHEN AN OFFICER HAD BEEN KILLED OR SHOT AND THEY MENTIONED IT ON TV BUT WOULDN'T GIVE THE NAME OUT UNTIL THE FAMILY WAS NOTIFIED. THOSE TIMES FOR ALL THE FAMILIES IN A LARGE MAJOR POLICE DEPARTMENT OR SMALL ONE ARE TRAUMATIC. AND AFTER A WHILE, MY SON, WHO WAS VERY YOUNG AT THE TIME, WOULD SIT ON THE STAIRWAY GOING UP TO THE SECOND FLOOR BEDROOMS, LATE IN THE EVENING UNTIL I CAME HOME. I HAVE LOST FRIENDS AND PARTNERS IN THE LINE OF DUTY. ONE, IRWIN JACKSON, AFTER HE SAVED MY LIFE DURING A ROBBERY ARREST. WITHIN A YEAR HE WAS SHOT DEAD ON A CALL. I HAVE GRIEVED WITH THEIR FAMILIES AND DURING THE MOST DIFFICULT TIMES I'VE EXPERIENCED FIRSTHAND THE REAL SACRIFICES THEY MAKE. THIS WEEK MY WIFE, PAT, AND I PAUSE TO REMEMBER OUR FRIENDS AND WE FLECT ON THEIR SERVICE. -- REFLECT ON THEIR SERVICE. MR. SPEAKER, LAST YEAR 129 OFFICERS DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. AND SO FAR THIS YEAR, PRELIMINARY REPORTS SHOW 54 OFFICERS HAVE DIED. ARIZONA HAS LOST ONE BRAVE OFFICER SO FAR THIS YEAR. THE FAMILY OF NOGALES POLICE JESUS CORDOVA AND THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY CONTINUE TO MOURN HIS DEATH AFTER HE WAS SHOT AND KILLED BY A CAR JACKING SUSPECT LAST MONTH. . HE HE WAS THE FIRST OFFICER TO BE SHOT AND KILLED IN 130 YEARS. THESE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS SERVED AND PROTECTED THEIR COMMUNITIES ADMIRABLY. WHILE WE CAN NEVER REPAY THE DEBT WE OWE THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES, WE WILL NEVER -- WE WILL FOREVER REMEMBER THEIR SERVICE. THIS WEEK, 360 OFFICERS WERE MEMORIALIZED ON THE NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT MEMORIAL HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C. THREE BRAVE ARIZONANS WERE HONORED. PAUL LUZINSKI OF THE ELMIRAGE POLICE DEPARTMENT WHOSE WATCH WILL FOREVER REMEMBER THEIR SERVICE. ENDED LAST YEAR. ALFRED MOORE OF THE ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF LIQUOR CONTROL, WHOSE WATCH ENDED IN 1965. AND RUPERT HOPKINS OF THE PIMA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE, WHOSE WATCH ENDED IN 1950. THE MEMORIAL ALSO INCLUDES NAVAJO NATION OFFICER HOUSTON LARGO WHO DIED LAST YEAR WHILE REPRESENTING -- RESPONDING TO A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CALL IN NEW MEXICO. AS WE LOOK TO THE FUTURE, NATION IT IS IMPORTANT TO HIGHLIGHT THE WORK BEING DONE AT THE LOCAL, COUNTY, AND STATE LEVELS TO IMPROVE THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN POLICE OFFICERS AND THEIR COMMUNITIES. I HAVE SEEN FIRSTHAND HOW COMMUNITY POLICING PRACTICES BENEFIT BOTH THE COMMUNITIES AND THE OFFICERS ON PATROL. IT IMPROVES SAFETY, INCREASES TRUST, AND REDUCES VIOLENCE. COMMUNITIES ACROSS ARIZONA ARE LEADING THE WAY IN DEVELOPING STRONG RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN THESE TWO GROUPS AND I APPLAUD THEIR HARD WORK. MR. SPEAKER, I'M GRATEFUL FOR THE SUPPORT I HAVE SEEN THIS WEEK FOR OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY. I WANT TO FOR THE SUPPORT I HAVE SEEN THIS WEEK SPECIFICALLY SAY I ADDRESSED HOW MY FAMILY FELT. I SPENT A LOT OF TIME AT FUNERALS WITH FAMILIES OF THOSE THAT HAD FALLEN. AND TOO MUCH TIME. AND I SPENT SO MANY TIMES AT BEDSIDES WITH SERIOUSLY SPECIFICALLY SAY WOUNDED OFFICERS. I WAS A HOMICIDE DETECTIVE AND I INVESTIGATED THEIR SHOOTINGS. PLEASE REMEMBER IN YOUR PLAYERS NOT ONLY THE -- PRAYERS O NOT ONLY THE OFFICERS THAT HAVE FALLEN BUT THEIR LOVED ONES. I YIELD.

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                                                  JAYAPAL: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LATER ON THIS AFTERNOON IN RECOGNITION OF…

                                                  JAYAPAL: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LATER ON THIS AFTERNOON IN RECOGNITION OF INFRASTRUCTURE WEEK, I WILL BE RELEASING THE SECOND ANNUAL OVERVIEW OF TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE PRIORITIES IN MY DISTRICT, WASHINGTON'S SEVENTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT.

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                                                  MS. JAYAPAL

                                                  THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. ELLISON, FOR FIVE…

                                                  THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. ELLISON, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                  MR. ELLISON

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  WORLD. INSTEAD, THIS BILL WOULD ALLOW COMPANIES TO SPRAY PESTICIDES INTO…

                                                  WORLD. INSTEAD, THIS BILL WOULD ALLOW COMPANIES TO SPRAY PESTICIDES INTO OUR WATERWAY THE, -- WATERWAYS, WHICH ARE ENDANGERED ALL OVER THIS COUNTRY. IT WOULD ALLOW ALL SORTS OF ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES AND WILL DIMINISH THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR PEOPLE. THEY WON'T EVEN ALLOW A PROVISION TO HAVE A CLEAN QUALITY OF LIFE FOR PEOPLE WATER ACT PERMIT TO SPRAY PESTICIDES. THE BILL IS ALSO AN ATTACK ON LOCAL CONTROL. I THOUGHT LOCAL CONTROL WAS A HALLMARK OF WHAT IT MEANT TO BE CONSERVATIVE. APPARENTLY NOT. BECAUSE THIS BILL PREEMPTS LOCAL GOVERNMENTS FROM TAKING STEPS TO PROTECT THEIR COMMUNITIES FROM PESTICIDES. I THINK A LOCAL COMMUNITY IS IN A BETTER POSITION TO UNDERSTAND THEIR HEALTH NEEDS OF ITS PEOPLE THAN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS. THE BILL WOULD ALSO TAKE DEEP CUTS TO THE SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, SNAP, A PROGRAM USED TO BE CALLED FOOD STAMPS, THERE ARE NO ACTUAL STAMPS ANYMORE. THIS BENEFIT IS PROVIDED ON A CARD THAT PEOPLE USE. THE FIVE-YEAR AUTHORIZATION OF THE FARM BILL WOULD CUT $23 BILLION PROVIDED ON A CARD THAT PEOPLE FROM SNAP. $23 BILLION. THE PROPOSAL ALSO ADDS WORK REQUIREMENTS. NOW, SOME PEOPLE THINK, YEAH, WHAT'S WRONG WITH MAKING PEOPLE WORK FOR A LIVING? I WORK FOR A LIVING. THE TRUTH IS, PEOPLE WHO USE THE FOOD STAMP PROGRAM OFTEN WORK FOR A LIVING, TOO. THEY JUST HAPPEN TO HAVE A TOUGH PATCH IN THEIR LIVES WHERE THEY NEED THEIR NEIGHBORS, THAT'S US, TO STEP UP AND HELP MAKE SURE THAT THEY CAN HAVE FOOD ON THE TABLE. THE IDEA THAT PEOPLE WHO HAVE ECONOMIC HARDSHIP DON'T WANT TO WORK IS SIMPLY WRONG. THIS BODY GIVES MONEY OUT TO RICH PEOPLE ALL THE TIME AND DOESN'T ASK FOR ANY WORK REQUIREMENTS. WE DON'T ASK FOR MANY REQUIREMENTS AT ALL. BUT WE DO. IT'S ALL PART OF THIS SHAMING AND BLAMING THE POOR. THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE ESTIMATES THAT THIS NEW WORK REQUIREMENT, PLUS OTHER RESTRICTIONS PROPOSED BY THE FARM BILL AS PROPOSED, WOULD END UP DENYING OR REDUCING NUTRITIONAL AID TO ABOUT TWO MILLION PEOPLE, MOSTLY FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN. REDUCING BY THE WAY, 70% OF POOR KIDS IN AMERICA ELIGIBLE FOR FOOD STAMPS LIVE IN A HOUSEHOLD WITH SOMEBODY WHO WORKS. BUT THE FEDERAL MINIMUM WAGE IS $7.25. AND ON $7.25 THAT WORKS OUT TO ABOUT $15,000 A YEAR. YOU CAN WORK FULL-TIME AND BE ELIGIBLE FOR FOOD STAMPS. PEOPLE WHO DON'T WORK BECAUSE OF WHATEVER DIFFICULT PATCH THEY HIT IN THEIR LIFE SHOULD NOT BE SHAMED INTO NOT ACCEPTING FOOD ASSISTANCE. IF THEY ARE NOT HEALTHY AND NOT WELL-FED, HOW ARE THEY GOING TO GET BACK IN THE WORK FORCE? UNDER THIS PROPOSAL MOST ADULTS BETWEEN 18 AND 59 WILL BE REQUIRED TO WORK PART-TIME OR ENROLL IN 20 HOURS A WEEK OF WORK FORCE TRAINING TO RECEIVE ASSISTANCE T WOULD IMPOSE STRICTER ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES FOR LOW-INCOME FAMILIES WHO QUALIFY FOR SNAP THROUGH OTHER WELFARE PROGRAMS. MANY SNAP RECIPIENTS FACE LEGITIMATE BARRIERS TO ENROLLING IN THESE PROGRAMS, SUCH AS THE UNRELIABLE TRANSPORTATION. ONE OF MY COLLEAGUES ALREADY TALKED ABOUT THE DIFFICULTY WITH TRANSPORTATION AND GETTING TO A BETTER PAYING JOB IN THIS ECONOMY. LOW HOUSING SECURITY. TALKED ABOUT THE DIFFICULTY WITH A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE HOMELESS. IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO STAY EMPLOYED IF YOU ARE HOMELESS. AND SHIFTING CHILDCARE AND MEDICAL SCHEDULES. SNAP HELPS 42 MILLION PEOPLE IN NEARLY 21 MILLION HOUSEHOLDS. IN 2016, SNAP LIFTED 3. 6 MILLION PEOPLE OUT OF POVERTY. THEY WERE IN POVERTY, NOW THEY WEREN'T BECAUSE OF SNAP. IT'S A GOOD PROGRAM. IN MY HOME STATE OF MINNESOTA, MORE THAN 69% OF SNAP PARTICIPANTS ARE FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN. ALMOST 30% ARE IN FAMILIES WITH MEMBERS WHO HAVE ELDERLY OR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES. MORE THAN 54% ARE WORKING FAMILIES. PEOPLE WHO USE FOOD STAMPS BENEFITS, THEY WORK HARD EVERY DAY. THEY WORK HARDER THAN MANY OF US WHO EASTERN A LOT MORE THAN THEM. IS -- EARN A LOT MORE THAN THEM. SNAP KEPT ALMOST 60,000 CHILDREN PER YEAR. LET ME WRAP UP BY SAYING THE FARM BILL AS CURRENTLY PROPOSED I CANNOT VOTE FOR. I'LL HAVE TO URGE A NO. I HOPE WE LEARN SOMETHING IMPORTANT ABOUT PEOPLE WHO STRUGGLE HARD IN THIS ECONOMY. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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                                                  MR. GALLEGO

                                                  I WAS A FREE LUNCH KID WAS A FREE LUNCH KID GROWING UP. I WAS THE YOUNG…

                                                  I WAS A FREE LUNCH KID WAS A FREE LUNCH KID GROWING UP. I WAS THE YOUNG MAN THAT BROUGHT HIS I.D. CARD TO THE LUNCH LADY AND SHE LOOKED ON O THE BACK NOR THAT YELLOW STICKER -- FOR THAT YELLOW STICKER, AND I RECEIVED FREE BREAKFAST AND FREE LUNCH. I KNOW WHAT IT'S LIKE TO COME FROM A HOME WITH A LOT OF LOVE BUT NOT A LOT OF MONEY. I CAN TELL YOU FOR A FACT THAT KIDS WITH BACKGROUNDS LIKE ME CANNOT SUCCEED IN THE CLASSROOM IF THEY ARE WORRIED ABOUT THE NEXT MEAL. THAT'S WHY THIS G.O.P. FARM BILL IS SO REPREHENSIBLE. REPUBLICANS ARE PROPOSING SNAP CUTS THAT WILL KICK A QUARTER OF A MILLION STUDENTS OFF OF THE FREE LUNCH PROGRAM. THAT'S RIGHT, MR. SPEAKER. THEY HAVE JUST GIVEN MASSIVE TAX CUTS TO MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES BUT NOW TO SAVE MONEY THEY ARE TRYING TO PASS A BILL THAT COULD COST POOR KIDS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY TO GO HUNGRY. THIS LEGISLATION IS A DIRECT ATTACK ON MY CONSTITUENTS. IT IS A DIRECT ATTACK ON THE POOR. ONE IN FOUR FAMILIES IN MY DISTRICT ALONE COUNT ON SNAP TO PUT FOOD ON TABLE. THEY DESERVE BERT, OUR COUNTRY DESERVES BERT, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS SHAMEFUL LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  LANGEVIN: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO ADDRESS THE WORK BEING DONE BY THE…

                                                  LANGEVIN: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO ADDRESS THE WORK BEING DONE BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE REGARDING THE THREAT OF CLIMATE CHANGE AND REINFORCE CONGRESSIONAL INTENT ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE. LAST YEAR'S NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT EXPRESSED THE SENSE OF CONGRESS THAT CLIMATE CHANGE IS A DIRECT THREAT TO NATIONAL SECURITY.

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                                                  MR. LANGEVIN

                                                  WE HAVE STUDIED THE NUMBER OF FACTORS WHEN IT COMES TO OUR ARMED FORCES,…

                                                  WE HAVE STUDIED THE NUMBER OF FACTORS WHEN IT COMES TO OUR ARMED FORCES, BUT FOR TOO LONG WE HAVE NOT GIVEN THIS MAJOR MULTIFACETED THREAT THE ATTENTION IT DESERVES. FORMER MILITARY LEADERS AND MEMBERS OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY AGREE THAT CLIMATE CHANGE POSES A SECURITY CHALLENGE THAT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO AFFECT OUR TACTICAL AND STREDGE READINESS. . SECRETARY MATTIS WAS RIGHT WHEN HE SAID, THE EFFECTS OF A CHANGING CLIMATE, SUCH AS INCREASE MARITIME ACCESS TO THE ARCTIC, RISING SEA LEVELS, DESERT, AMONG OTHERS, WILL IMPACT OUR SECURITY SITUATION, END QUOTE. NAVAL BASES SUCH AS NORFOLK OR KEY WEST ARE AT RISK FOR FLOODING. STORM SURGES WILL INCREASE IN MAGNITUDE AND TIDES CONTINUE TO RISE. INLAND BASES WILL EXPERIENCE OTHER WEATHER VOLATILITY SUCH AS EXTREME HEAT AND WILDFIRES, ALL OF WHICH CAN IMPACT THEIR ABILITY TO TRAIN AND ULTIMATELY IMPACT READINESS. THE DISPLAYS OF DOMINANCE IN THE ARCTIC WILL GROW WHERE NEW SEA LANES WILL CONNECT CONTINENTS MORE DIRECTLY THAN EVER BEFORE. THE CHANGING GLOBAL CLIMATE, MR. SPEAKER, WILL ALSO LEAD TO GREATER INSTABILITY IN THE FORM OF ECONOMIC MIGRATION, CRINESSED COMPETITION OR RESOURCES -- INCREASED COMPETITION OR RESOURCES AND POSSIBLY MORE FAILED STATES WHICH WE KNOW WILL BE BREEDING GROUNDS FOR EXTREMISM AND TERRORISM. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS CLEAR THAT A CHANGING CLIMATE WILL ALTER OUR JOINT BATTLE SPACE. SO IN THE U.S. CONGRESS INSTRUCTS THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TO TAKE THESE THREATS SERIOUSLY AND EVALUATE THE RISKS POSED TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY BY CLIMATE CHANGE, WE NEED EXACTLY -- WE MEAN EXACTLY THAT. OUR INTENT IS CLEAR AND THERE CAN BE NO ROOM FOR MISSED INTERPRETATION. LAST WEEK "THE WASHINGTON POST" REPORTED THAT DURING REVISION OF THE DEPARTMENT'S JANUARY, 2018, SCREENING LEVEL VULNERABILITY ASSESSMENT SURVEY REPORT, DEFENSE OFFICIALS OMITTED INFORMATION PERTINENT TO HOW OUR MILITARY INSTALLATIONS REPORT THEIR VULNERABILITY TO SEA LEVEL RISE, HOW CLIMATE CHANGE IS AFFECTING THE OPERATING ENVIRONMENT IN THE ARCTIC, AND THE POTENTIAL RISK TO THE DEPARTMENT'S ABILITY TO CONDUCT TRAINING AND TESTING ACTIVITIES THAT IMPACTS OUR READINESS. WHILE I APPRECIATE THE NEED TO UPDATE REPORTS WHEN IT IS APPROPRIATE AND NECESSARY, IT IS UNACCEPTABLE TO ATTEMPT TO BEND CONGRESSIONAL INTENT FOR POLITICAL CONVENIENCE. THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE MUST ANSWER TOUGH QUESTIONS AS TO WHAT MOTIVATED THESE CHANGES IF NOT ASKEWED POLITICAL NARRATIVE. IN FACT, THE ISSUE OF CLIMATE CHANGE AND ITS IMPACT ON NATIONAL SECURITY HAS BECOME MORE BIPARTISAN OVER THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS. IN FACT, LAST YEAR, THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT, IN THAT ACT, CONGRESS INSTRUCTED EACH SERVICE WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TO ASSESS THE TOP 10 MILITARY INSTALLATIONS LIKELY TO BE AFFECTED BY CLIMATE CHANGE OVER THE NEXT 20 YEARS. WE ALSO INSTRUCT COMBATANT COMMANDERS TO INCORPORATE THE EFFECTS OF A CHANGING CLIMATE INTO THEIR STRATEGIC BATTLE PLANS. 46 REPUBLICANS JOINED WITH DEMOCRATS TO SUPPORT THIS LANGUAGE ON THE HOUSE -- ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE. I EXPECT WHEN THIS REPORT IS DELIVERED TO CONGRESS LATER THIS YEAR, IT WILL MAKE CANDID ASSESSMENTS IN LINE WITH THE CLEAR LANGUAGE THAT WE SUPPORTED IN THAT FLOOR VOTE AND THAT WAS SIGNED INTO LAW BY THE PRESIDENT. MR. SPEAKER, WE MUST ENSURE THAT THE DEPARTMENT REMAINS RESILIENT AND IS PREPARED TO ADDRESS THE EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON THREAT ASSESSMENTS, RESOURCES, AND READINESS, AS WELL AS TO CONDUCT OPERATIONS BOTH TODAY AND IN THE FUTURE. CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT PLAYS AN UNDENIABLE ROLE IN THAT PROCESS. MR. SPEAKER, THE DANGERS OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE ARE REAL AND WE SUPPORT THE RESEARCHERS ON THE FRONT LINES OF THESE CRITICAL THREAT ASSESSMENTS. TOGETHER, WE CAN CONTINUE TO CRAFT A SANE AND SOBER STRATEGY TO DEFEND THE UNITED STATES FROM A VARIETY OF THREATS, INCLUDING CLIMATE CHANGE. THAT IS THE EXPRESSED INTENT OF CONGRESS FOR THE UPCOMING CLIMATE REPORT AND IS A NECESSITY AS WE PREPARE FOR OUR NATION'S FUTURE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                  SPEIER: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YOU KNOW, MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES HAVE A…

                                                  SPEIER: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YOU KNOW, MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES HAVE A POINT. IT'S REALLY TERRIBLE THAT SOME PEOPLE TAKE ADVANTAGE OF FREE FOOD AND DRINK, TO CONTINUE

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                                                  MS. SPEIER

                                                  THEIR SLOTHFUL LIFESTYLE. I AGREE, THIS CONDUCT MUST STOP. OF COURSE,…

                                                  THEIR SLOTHFUL LIFESTYLE. I AGREE, THIS CONDUCT MUST STOP. OF COURSE, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS CAN ATTEND LUNCHES AND RECEPTIONS WITH FREE FOOD AND DRINK EVERY SINGLE DAY. AND SLEEP ON THE TAXPAYERS' DIME IN THEIR OFFICES. OH, AND HAVE THE TAXPAYERS DO THEIR LAUNDRY TOO. THE HOUSE HAS BEEN IN SESSION FOR A MEASLY 50 DAYS THIS YEAR, AND I COMPILED AT LEAST 54RY RECEPTIONS WHICH -- 54 RECEPTIONS. BUT EVEN ESTIMATING A MODEST $10 FOR A GLASS OF WINE AND A PLATE OF APPETIZERS, THAT MEANS THAT A MEMBER WHO ATTENDS A RECEPTION EVERY NIGHT THE HOUSE IS IN SESSION HAS RECEIVED A BENEFIT OF OVER $500, JUST SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THIS YEAR. THAT'S ABOUT THE SAME AMOUNT OF MONEY AS THE MAXIMUM MONTHLY FOOD STAMP BENEFIT FOR A FAMILY OF THREE. EXCEPT CONGRESS MEMBERS ARE NIBBLING ON PORK SLIDERS AND FRENCH BRIE AND PATE, WHILE THESE POOR FAMILIES ARE EXPECTED TO FEED EACH FAMILY MEMBER THREE MEALS A DAY FOR 30 DAYS. THAT BREAKS DOWN TO ABOUT $5.60 FOR EACH MEAL, FOR ABOUT $1.87 PER PERSON PER MEAL. NOW, I'M SURE NONE OF MY COLLEAGUES WOULD THINK THEY ARE BETTER THAN WORKING PEOPLE WHO STRUGGLE TO KEEP A ROOF OVER THEIR HEADS AND FOOD ON THEIR TABLES. AND I'M SURE ALL OF US ARE HAPPY TO BE SUBJECT TO THE SAME RULES THAT WE VOTE ON IN THIS CHAMBER. SO HERE'S MY MODEST PROPOSAL. THE CONGRESSIONAL ELECTRONIC BENEFITS TRANSFER CARD, OR CONGRESSIONAL FOOD STAMP CARD. WE'LL PUT A LITTLE CASH IN IT, SAY $1.87 PER RECEPTION, AND MEMBERS CAN FIGURE OUT HOW TO MAKE THEIR MONTHLY RECEPTION BUDGET STRETCH TO FIT THEIR WHINING AND DINING NEEDS -- WINING AND DINING NEEDS. MAYBE WE NEED TO HAVE MEMBERS CARRYING THEIR SINGLE GLASS OF WINE FROM ONE RECEPTION TO ANOTHER, OR MAYBE THEY'LL BLOW THEIR WHOLE ALLOTMENT ON ONE PLATE OF SHRIMP. OR MAYBE, JUST MAYBE, WE'LL SEE MORE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS SHOWING EMPATHY FOR THE MOST VULNERABLE IN OUR SOCIETY. NOW, TO BE CLEAR, THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS SPENDING THEIR OWN MONEY ON OUTREACH TO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. I CERTAINLY ATTENDED MY SHARE OF RECEPTIONS, AS HAVE EVERYONE ELSE HERE. BUT WHAT IS TRULY REPELLANT IN THIS DEBATE IS THE RANK HYPOCRISY. HERE WE SIT, WE GET PAID $174,000 A YEAR TO WORK FOUR DAYS A WEEK HERE AT THE U.S. CAPITOL. AND WE'RE CONSIDERING A BILL THAT WOULD TAKE FOOD ASSISTANCE AWAY FROM MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. MEMBERS OF CONGRESS CAN LITERALLY WALK DOWN THE HALL FOR FREE APPETIZERS ANYTIME OF THE DAY OR THE WEEK. AND YET, REPUBLICANS ARE PROPOSING TO DENY 265,000 CHILDREN SCHOOL MEALS. CONGRESS CAN'T PASS AN INFRASTRUCTURE BILL OR DACA, BUT WE CAN DEBATE A BUREAUCRATIC AND INEFFECTIVE WORK REQUIREMENT FOR PEOPLE STRUGGLING WITH HUNGER. PERHAPS IF MY COLLEAGUES RAN OUT OF FUNDS IN THEIR CONGRESSIONAL FOOD STAMP CARD AND GOT A BIT PECKISH, THEY WOULD REMEMBER THAT IN ONE OF THE RICHEST COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD, WE SHOULD NOT LET PEOPLE GO HUNGRY. PERIOD. HOW CAN WE BE DEBATING ON WHETHER TO STARVE CHILDREN WHOSE PARENTS ARE STRUGGLING WITH LOW-PAYING OR UNSTABLE JOBS? YOU KNOW WHAT SHOULD BE AN UNSTABLE JOB, GIVING CORPORATIONS $2 TRILLION IN TAX CUTS WHILE SLASHING BASIC FOOD ASSISTANCE TO 20 MILLION CHILDREN, FIVE MILLION SENIORS, AND ONE MILLION VETERANS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AGAINST THIS DISGUSTING BILL. AND FOR THOSE THAT DON'T, I WILL PRAY THAT YOU REGRET EVERY BITE OF FREE SHRIMP COCKTAIL AND EVERY SIP OF FREE WINE. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  NOON WHEN THE HOUSE IS BACK IN SESSION, WE'LL HAVE LIVE COVERAGE

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                                                  MR. SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1, RULE 1, I DEMAND A VOTE ON AGREEING TO…

                                                  MR. SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1, RULE 1, I DEMAND A VOTE ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL.

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                                                  MR. WILSON

                                                  THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT.

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I OBJECT TO THE VOTE ON THE GROUNDS THAT A QUORUM IS NOT…

                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I OBJECT TO THE VOTE ON THE GROUNDS THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT AND MAKE THE POINT OF ORDER THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT.

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                                                  MR. WILSON

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  MR. GALLAGHER.

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                                                  MR. GALLEGO

                                                  -- THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                                  -- THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. TROTT, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. MR.

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                                                  TROTT: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE CONTRIBUTIONS…

                                                  TROTT: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF MONSIGNOR JOHN ZENZ, A STAPLE IN SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN, AND PASTOR AT HOLY NAMED CATHOLIC CHURCH. ORDAINED ALMOST 40 YEARS AGO, HE RECEIVED A DOCTORATE IN SPIRITUAL THEOLOGY IN 1984 AND HAS SERVED AT THE FACULTY AT SACRED HEART FOR OVER 35 YEARS.

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                                                  MR. TROTT

                                                  THE CHAIR WILL RECEIVE A MESSAGE. MARTIN: MR. SPEAKER, MESSAGE -- THE…

                                                  THE CHAIR WILL RECEIVE A MESSAGE. MARTIN: MR. SPEAKER, MESSAGE -- THE MESSENGER: MR. SPEAKER, MESSAGES FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. THE SECRETARY: I AM DIRECTED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES TO DELIVER TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES MESSAGES IN WRITING.

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                                                  MARTIN

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                • 12:04:37 PM

                                                  MR. WILSON

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                                                  MR. WILSON

                                                  I WAS JOINED BY REPRESENTATIVE MARIO DIAZ-BALART OF FLORIDA, RON DESANTIS…

                                                  I WAS JOINED BY REPRESENTATIVE MARIO DIAZ-BALART OF FLORIDA, RON DESANTIS OF FLORIDA, JODY HICE OF GEORGIA, STEVE KNIGHT OF CALIFORNIA, TOM RICE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, DENNIS ROSS OF FLORIDA, SCOTT TAYLOR OF VIRGINIA, LEE ZELDIN OF NEW YORK. I APPRECIATE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN MAC THORNBERRY FOR AUTHORIZING THE DELEGATION. WE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET TO THE ISRAELI PARLIAMENT AND ESPECIALLY GRATEFUL AS A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE HOUSE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE TO MEET WITH THE PARLIAMENT. WE MUST WORK TOGETHER TO STOP HAMAS TERRORIST ATTACKS, USING HUMAN SHIELDS FINANCED BY IRAN. WITH PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, THE ALLIANCE HAS NEVER BEEN STRONGER TO PROTECT AMERICAN FAMILIES. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM.

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                                • 12:06:02 PM

                                                  MS. PLASKETT

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  CONTRARY TO THE ORIGINAL INTENT OF THE ANIMAL WELFARE ACT OF 1976, AND…

                                                  CONTRARY TO THE ORIGINAL INTENT OF THE ANIMAL WELFARE ACT OF 1976, AND THAT INTENT WAS TO AID STATE AND LAW ENFORCEMENTS IN JURISDICTIONS WHERE GAME FOWL EVENTS WERE PROHIBITED TO TRANSFERS THAT ALLOWED IT. CAULK FIGHTING LIKE HORSERACING IS A LONG STANDING RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES IN THE U.S.

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                                                  MS. PLASKETT

                                                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                  MR. GALLAGHER

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  I INTRODUCED A DO YOUR JOB ACT WHICH IS SIMPLE. IT WOULD ALLOW CONGRESS TO…

                                                  I INTRODUCED A DO YOUR JOB ACT WHICH IS SIMPLE. IT WOULD ALLOW CONGRESS TO GO INTO RECESS UNLESS WE ACTUALLY DONE OUR WORK, PASSED ALL OUR APPROPRIATIONS BILLS.

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                                                  MR. GALLAGHER

                                                  TO SPEAK OUT OF ORDER FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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                                                  MR. HOYER

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                  MR. HOYER

                                                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                  SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE PASSING OF A TRULY GREAT AMERICAN,…

                                                  SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE PASSING OF A TRULY GREAT AMERICAN, THE MAYOR OF AURORA, COLORADO, STEVEN D.

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                                                  HOGAN. MAYOR HOGAN PASSED AWAY ON THE 13TH OF MAY. THROUGHOUT HIS NEARLY…

                                                  HOGAN. MAYOR HOGAN PASSED AWAY ON THE 13TH OF MAY. THROUGHOUT HIS NEARLY EIGHT-YEAR TENURE AS MAYOR OF MY HOMETOWN, STEVE HOGAN OVERSAW A REMARKABLE AND EXCITING RENAISSANCE OF THE CITY. AURORA HAS BECOME COLORADO'S THIRD LARGEST CITY AND A DRIVING FORCE BEHIND INNOVATION, DEVELOPMENT, AND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY.

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                                                  MR. COFFMAN

                                                  MAYOR HOGAN'S CAREER IN PUBLIC SERVICE HAS TAKEN HIM FROM SERVING IN THE…

                                                  MAYOR HOGAN'S CAREER IN PUBLIC SERVICE HAS TAKEN HIM FROM SERVING IN THE COLORADO HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN THE 16970'S TO SERVING SIX TERMS AS AN AURORA CITY COUNCILMEMBER AND FINALLY TWO TERMS AS THE MAYOR OF THE CITY, A CITY I KNOW HE LOVED SO DEARLY. MAYOR HOGAN EXEMPLIFIED THE SPIRIT OF THAT -- OF PUBLIC SERVICE AND MY HOMETOWN OF AURORA WILL NOT BE THE WONDERFUL PLACE IT IS TODAY WITHOUT HIS VISION AND HIS LEADERSHIP. WE ALL ARE BETTER OFF BECAUSE OF HIS DECADES OF HARD WORK. MR. SPEAKER, I AM PROUD TO HAVE BEEN ABLE TO CALL MAYOR STEVE HOGAN A FRIEND AND HIS FAMILY WILL REMAIN IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                  THE CLERK

                                                  SUCH BILATERAL AGREEMENTS PROVIDE FOR LIMITED COORDINATION BETWEEN THE…

                                                  SUCH BILATERAL AGREEMENTS PROVIDE FOR LIMITED COORDINATION BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND FOREIGN SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEMS TO ELIMINATE DUAL SOCIAL SECURITY COVERAGE AND TAXATION AND HELP PREVENT THE LOSS OF BENEFIT PROTECTION THAT CAN OCCUR WHEN WORKERS DIVIDE THEIR CAREERS BETWEEN TWO COUNTRIES. . AND PURSUANT TO SECTION 233-C-4 OF THE PROVISIONS TO CARRY OUT THE PURPOSES OF SECTION 233. I TRANSMIT FOR THE INFORMATION OF THE CONGRESS A REPORT REQUIRED BY SECTION 22-E-1 OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY AGGET ON THE NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS WHO WILL BE AFFECTED BY THE AGREEMENTS AND THE AGREEMENTS' COST EFFECT. ALSO INCLUDED ARE THE MAIN PROVISIONS OF THE AGREEMENTS WITH DESCRIPTIONS OF EACH ARTICLE. THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE AND SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION CONCLUDED THAT THESE AGREEMENTS ARE IN THE NATIONAL INTERESTS OF THE UNITED STATES. I COMMEND TO THE CONGRESS THE AGREEMENT ON SOCIAL SECURITY BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE REPUBLIC OF SLOVENIA AND THE ADMINISTRATIVE ARRANGE MEANT BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ON SOCIAL SECURITY BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE REPUBLIC OF SLOVENIA. SIGNED DONALD J. TRUMP. THE WHITE HOUSE, MAY 17, 2018.

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  PRINTED.

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  THE SPEAKER CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 900 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE…

                                                  THE SPEAKER CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 900 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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                                                  MR. NEWHOUSE

                                                  THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                  THE CLERK

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                  MR. NEWHOUSE

                                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                  MR. NEWHOUSE

                                                  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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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                  MR. MCGOVERN

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                  MR. MCGOVERN

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                  MR. NEWHOUSE

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE…

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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                                                  MR. CONYERS

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                                                  MR. CONAWAY

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                  MR. NEWHOUSE

                                                  MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS POINT I'D LIKE TO YIELD THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME TO…

                                                  MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS POINT I'D LIKE TO YIELD THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. WOODALL, AND ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT FOR HIM TO BE ABLE TO CONTROL THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  MCGOVERN: MR. SPEAKER, AS MY COLLEAGUE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, IS…

                                                  MCGOVERN: MR. SPEAKER, AS MY COLLEAGUE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, IS LEAVING, I'D JUST URGE HIM TO READ THE BILL. BECAUSE IF HE DID, HE WOULD REALIZE IF THIS BILL WERE TO BECOME LAW, THERE ARE 60,000 PEOPLE IN HIS HOME STATE OF WASHINGTON WHO WOULD LOSE SNAP BENEFITS JUST DUE TO CATEGORICAL ELIGIBILITY CHANGES ALONE. MORE WOULD LOSE THEIR BENEFITS BUT FOR THIS ONE TWEAK IN THIS BILL.

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                                                  MR. MCGOVERN

                                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                • 12:41:09 PM

                                                  MR. MCGOVERN

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON…

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  RECOGNIZED.

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                                                  MRS. BUSTOS

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                  MR. WOODALL

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                  MR. MCGOVERN

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                  MR. ENGEL

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

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

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                                                  MR. WOODALL

                                                  51 DIFFERENT AMENDMENTS PROFFERED BY MEMBERS OF THIS CHAMBER TO MAKE THIS…

                                                  51 DIFFERENT AMENDMENTS PROFFERED BY MEMBERS OF THIS CHAMBER TO MAKE THIS BILL BETTER. IF WE PASS THIS RULE TODAY, WE WILL BE ABLE TO MOVE TO THE UNDERLYING BIG FOR CONSIDERATION OF THOSE AMENDMENTS. I RESERVE.

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                                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                                  I YIELD 30 SECONDS.

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                                                  MR. MCGOVERN

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                                                  MR. LAWSON

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

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

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                                                  MR. WOODALL

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM MAINE IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                  I KNOW YOU DIDN'T SAY THAT, BUT I KNOW YOU MEANT THAT. MAINE IS THE HOME…

                                                  I KNOW YOU DIDN'T SAY THAT, BUT I KNOW YOU MEANT THAT. MAINE IS THE HOME OF THE MOST HONEST, HARDEST WORKING PEOPLE YOU CAN FIND ANYWHERE IN THIS COUNTRY. WE GREW UP IN A RESILIENT AND INDEPENDENT TIME IN MAINE AND WE CARE FOR OUR NEIGHBORS AND FRIENDS BECAUSE IT IS COMPASSIONATE TO EXTEND A HELPING HAND. MY 90-YEAR-OLD MOTHER WAS A TERRIFIC NURSE AND CARED FOR THOUSANDS

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                                                  MR. POLIQUIN

                                                  WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

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                                                  MR. MCGOVERN

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                                                  MR. POLIQUIN

                                                  SPEAKER, THERE IS ONE OTHER PART OF THE FARM BILL THAT I'M PROUD OF THAT…

                                                  SPEAKER, THERE IS ONE OTHER PART OF THE FARM BILL THAT I'M PROUD OF THAT IS IN THE BILL AND THAT HELPS RURAL MAINE AND RURAL AMERICA. FOR THE FIRST TIME, LOCALLY GROWN FRUITS AND VEGETABLES CAN NOW BE FROZZ YES OR NO OR DRIED -- FROZEN, DRIED OR PUREED IN ORDER TO QUALIFY FOR SCHOOL LUNCHES AND SNACKS. THEY ARE ABLE TO BUY FOODS THAT ARE JUST AS NUTRITIOUS AS THOSE WHO ARE FRESH, SAVE A HOT OF MONEY AND MAKE SURE OUR KIDS CAN EAT HEALTHY YEAR ROUND AND HELPS LOCAL FARMERS. I HAVE ONE SON WHO IS 27, AND NOTHING WAS MORE IMPORTANT THAN MAKING SURE HE HAD NUTRITIOUS FOOD ON THE TABLE TO EAT. THIS HELPS US DO THAT. WITH THAT, I ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO VOTE YES FOR THIS FARM BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                  MR. MCGOVERN

                                                  BENEFITS WILL BE CUT TO SUPPORT AN UNDERFUNDED, UNPROVEN, RIDICULOUS…

                                                  BENEFITS WILL BE CUT TO SUPPORT AN UNDERFUNDED, UNPROVEN, RIDICULOUS EXCUSE FOR WORK FORCE AND TRAINING PROGRAM. I WOULD SAY, I HOPE NOBODY WANT TO EMULATE THE STATE OF MAINE WHEN IT COMES TO PEOPLE WHO ARE STRUGGLING IN POVERTY AND NEED FOOD. I WOULD INSTRUCT MY COLLEAGUES TO READ APPEAR ARTICLE THAT APPEARED IN THE "WASHINGTON POST" LAST YEAR ABOUT WHAT HARSH POLICIES HAVE RESULTED IN. A VETERAN WHO SERVED THIS COUNTRY LOST HIS JOB DUE TO AN INJURY AND BECAUSE OF MAINE'S STRICT WORK REQUIREMENTS WAS THROWN OFF THE SNAP BENEFITS, BECAME HOMELESS AND WAS SKINNING SQUIRRELS IN ORDER TO PROVIDE, THAT ISN'T A POLICY THAT THIS STATE OR THIS COUNTRY WANT TO REACH TOWARD. ONE OF THE THINGS I AM PROUD ABOUT THE SNAP PROGRAM, IT MEANS THAT WE RECOGNIZE THAT WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO MAKE SURE THAT NOBODY IN THIS COUNTRY GOES HUNGRY. WHY IS THAT SUCH A RADICAL IDEA? WHY HAS THIS PROGRAM BEEN DEMONIZED. AND WHEN HE TALKS ABOUT A LIFE OF DEPENDENCY, READ THE STATISTICS, THE AVERAGE TIME THAT SOMEONE IS ON SNAP IS LESS THAN A YEAR. I'M NOT SURE WHAT HE'S TALKING. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, MS. DELAURO.

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                                                  DELAURO: THE HYPOCRISY OF THIS FARM BILL FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE…

                                                  DELAURO: THE HYPOCRISY OF THIS FARM BILL FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE REPUBLICANS MEANS MORE SUBSIDIES FOR THE RICH AND GREATER HUNGER FOR THE POOR. THE FOOD STAMP PROGRAM IS ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL ANTI-HUNGER PROGRAMS IN OUR FAGE.

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                                                  MS. DELAURO

                                                  I YIELD AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

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                                                  MR. MCGOVERN

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                                                  MS. DELAURO

                                                  THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES -- THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                                  THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES -- THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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                                                  WE WOULD NORMALLY HAVE MORE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT HERE ON THE FLOOR. WE GOT…

                                                  WE WOULD NORMALLY HAVE MORE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT HERE ON THE FLOOR. WE GOT SIDE WAYS ON A COUPLE OF ISSUES EARLY ON IN THE PROCESS.

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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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                                                  REFERRED TRUMP TOLD AMERICANS TO GET WORK OR LOSE BENEFITS, WHICH TALKS…

                                                  REFERRED TRUMP TOLD AMERICANS TO GET WORK OR LOSE BENEFITS, WHICH TALKS ABOUT A VETERAN IN MAIN THAT BASICALLY WAS SHUT OUT OF HIS FOOD BENEFIT BECAUSE OF MAINE'S POLICIES. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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                                                  MR. MCGOVERN

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA JUST SUGGESTED WE ALL TAKE A MISSION TRIP…

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA JUST SUGGESTED WE ALL TAKE A MISSION TRIP AROUND THE WORLD TO SEE HUNGER AND SEE HOW LUCKY WE'RE HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. LET ME TELL THE GENTLEMAN, YOU DON'T HAVE TO GO HALFWAY AROUND THE WORLD TO SEE HUNGER. I CAN TAKE YOU HALFWAY DOWN THE BLOCK AND YOU CAN SEE HUNGER RIGHT HERE IN OUR NATION'S CAPITAL AND EVERY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IN THIS COUNTRY.

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                                                  THE GENTLEWOMAN VIRGIN ISLANDS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                  MISS BLAST KET

                                                  THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                                                  WHY? BECAUSE IT IS NOT A BIPARTISAN BILL. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE

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                                                  MS. PLASKETT

                                                  NO.

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                                                  MR. WOODALL

                                                  -- FURTHER. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                  MR. MCGOVERN

                                                  THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                  MS. MOORE

                                                  THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                                                  MS. MOORE

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                  MCGOVERN: MR. SPEAKER, COULD I INQUIRE OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA DOES…

                                                  MCGOVERN: MR. SPEAKER, COULD I INQUIRE OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA DOES HE HAVE ANY SPEAKERS OVER THERE? ANYBODY WANT TO TALK ABOUT THIS BILL? WE HAVE A TON AND WE JUST WANT TO -- MR.

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                                                  MR. WOODALL

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                                                  WOODALL: IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD YIELD.

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                                                  MR. WOODALL

                                                  IT'S AN INQUIRY.

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                                                  MR. MCGOVERN

                                                  WOODALL: I YIELD. WE DO HAVE ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS REMAINING.

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                                                  MR. WOODALL

                                                  IF WE MAKE THIS RULE IN ORDER. WE'LL HAVE 31 DIFFERENT AMENDMENTS AND…

                                                  IF WE MAKE THIS RULE IN ORDER. WE'LL HAVE 31 DIFFERENT AMENDMENTS AND SPEAKERS COMING DOWN ON EACH ONE OF THOSE AS WELL.

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                                                  MR. MCGOVERN

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                                                  MR. WOODALL

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                                                  MR. MCGOVERN

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                                                  PINGREE: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. FROM

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                                                  MS. PINGREE

                                                  MAINE. THANK TO YOU MY COLLEAGUE, MR. MCGOVERN, FOR BEING KIND ENOUGH TO…

                                                  MAINE. THANK TO YOU MY COLLEAGUE, MR. MCGOVERN, FOR BEING KIND ENOUGH TO YIELD THE TIME AND DOING A GREAT JOB ON A CHALLENGING BILL. I RISE TODAY TO VOICE MY STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE CURRENT VERSION OF THE FARM BILL. THERE ARE MANY REASONS WHY. AMONG THEM THE UNREALISTIC CHALLENGES TO FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS THAT WILL HAVE A BIG NEGATIVE IMPACT IN MY STATE IN MAINE. BUT WHAT I WANT TO FOCUS ON IN MY LIMITED TIME IS HOW THIS LEGISLATION DOES A DISSERVICE TO THE FARMERS AND RURAL COMMUNITIES WE REPRESENT. THE PUBLIC IS VERY CLEAR. THEY WANT GREATER ACCESS TO HEALTHY, LOCALLY GROWN FOOD. THEY WANT MORE OF IT GROWN ORR BEGANICALLY. AND THEY WANT -- ORGANICALLY AND THEY WANT TO SUPPORT LOCAL FARMERS. FEDERAL POLICY IS BEHIND THE TIMES. THIS LEGISLATION WOULD MAKE IT WORSE. FARMERS AREN'T IGNORING THE TRENDS, THEY ARE CAPITALIZING THEM. IN MY STATE, THE CHANGING MARKET AND DEMAND FOR LOCALLY GROWN AND/OR BEGANIC FOOD HAS -- AND ORGANIC FOOD AS REIG VIGORATED THE ECONOMY. THIS MAN PICTURE HEERED, AFTER EARNING A MASTER'S DEGREE AND APRESENT TISSING, HE DECIDED TO RETURN TO HIS HOMETOWN TO START HIS OWN FARM. THE SMALL SOURCES OF FEDERAL SUPPORT AVAILABLE TO FARMERS LIKE JOSH PAIL IN -- PALE IN COMPARISON TO WHAT COMMODITY ARMERS -- FARMERS RECEIVE. FOR INSTANCE, JOSH USES THE ORGANIC PROGRAM TO HELP COVER THE COST OF CERTIFICATION WHICH HELPS HIM GET MORE FOR HIS PRODUCT. THE FUNDING FOR THIS AND MANY OTHER PROGRAMS SEN DANGERED IN THIS FARM BILL. OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS CONSUMERS WILL CONTINUE TO CHANGE THEIR BUYING ACTS AND OUR FOOD SYSTEM. THE QUESTION IS WHETHER THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WOULD MAKE GOOD POLICY TO HELP FARMERS LIKE JOSH. ASK ANYONE IN THIS CHAMBER IF THEY SUPPORT RURAL AMERICA. THEY'LL SAY YES, ABSOLUTELY. I ASK WE PUT OUR MONEY WHERE OUR MOUTHS ARE. WE SHOULD SEND A MESSAGE TO THOSE KEEPING OUR FARMING COMMUNITIES ALIVE THAT WE BELIEVE IN THEIR POTENTIAL. WE VALUE THEIR SERVICE, AND WE WILL HELP THEM SUCCEED BY VOTING DOWN THIS TERRIBLY PARTISAN LEGISLATION AND START OVER MAKING A GOOD BILL. I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED. MR.

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

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

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                                                  MR. WOODALL

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                                                  I WANT TO MAKE IT CLEAR TO MY COLLEAGUES, THERE SHOULD BE

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                                                  MR. MCGOVERN

                                                  NO MISTAKE, THIS BILL IS MISTAKE, THIS BILL IS GOING TO HURT KIDS. FIRST…

                                                  NO MISTAKE, THIS BILL IS MISTAKE, THIS BILL IS GOING TO HURT KIDS. FIRST IT CUTS ONE MILLION PEOPLE OFF BENEFITS THROUGH CATEGORICAL ELIGIBILITY CHANGES ALONE. THESE PEOPLE ARE WORKING FAMILIES WITH KIDS. AND ONCE THESE KIDS LOSE THEIR SNAP BENEFITS, C.B.O. , THE NONPARTISAN GROUP OF EXPERTS WE RELY ON, EXPECTS 265,000 CHILDREN WILL LOSE ACCESS TO FREE SCHOOL MEALS. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES, IS THAT WHAT YOU WANT OUT OF A FARM BILL? WE CAN DO SO MUCH BETTER. I RESERVE MY TIME.

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                                                  MR. WOODALL

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

                                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. GEORGIA'S A RURAL STATE. LIKE SO MANY JURISDICTIONS REPRESENTED IN THIS CHAMBER, SOMETIMES YOU HAVE A BIG CITY IN ONE PART OF THE STATE AND THE REST OF THE STATE IS RURAL. THE CONVERSATIONS WE HAVE IN GEORGIA ARE NOT REPUBLICANS AGAINST DEMOCRATS POLITICALLY, IT'S ATLANTA AGAINST THE REST OF THE STATE POLITICALLY BECAUSE FOLKS OFTEN DON'T CONNECT THE DOTS BETWEEN THE FOOD THAT THEY ARE BUYING ON THE SHELF AT KROEGER BEING DIRECTLY YOU, MR. SPEAKER. RELATED TO WHETHER OR NOT FARMERS ARE PRODUCING THAT FOOD IN THE FIELD. WE HAVE MADE HUGE STRIDES IN TERMS OF TRYING TO BRING MORE FRESH PRODUCE. NOT JUST IN TO OUR SCHOOL SYSTEMS BUT LOCAL FARMERS MARKETS. HUGE STRIDES INTO MAKING SURE ELECTRONIC BENEFITS AREN'T JUST ABLE TO BE USED AT THE LOCAL CONVENIENCE STORE, BUT ARE ABLE TO BE USED IN FARMERS MARKETS, HIGHER QUALITY PRODUCE CAN END UP ON FAMILIES' TABLES. AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, WE CAN FIND DISAGREEMENT IN EVERY BILL THAT COMES TO THE FLOOR, BUT WE CAN ALSO FIND PROGRESS. THERE IS A LOT OF PROGRESS IN THIS I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                  NEVADA, MS. TITUS. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MS.

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                                                  MR. MCGOVERN

                                                  TITUS: THANK YOU FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS RULE AND…

                                                  TITUS: THANK YOU FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS RULE AND UNDERLYING BILL WHICH MUCH LIKE THE REPUBLICAN TAX MEASURE COMFORTS THE COMFORTABLE AND AFFLICTS THE AFFLICTED AND WILL HAVE DEVASTATING IMPACT INCLUDING ONE IN SEVEN WHO ARE ON THIS PROGRAM AND TAKE AWAY FOOD ASSISTANCE FROM SOME OF OUR MOST VULNERABLE, YOUNG CHILDREN, SENIORS AND THE DISABLED AND WILL FORCE FAMILIES TO JUMP THROUGH EXTRA HOOPS IN ORDER TO ACCESS OTHER NEEDED BENEFITS LIKE ASSISTANCE WITH THEIR ELECTRICITY BILLS. WE CAN AND SHOULD BE DOING MORE TO LIFT FAMILIES OUT OF POVERTY AND END HUNGER IN THE UNITED STATES.

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                                                  MS. TITUS

                                                  THE GENTLELADY YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                  MCGOVERN: AT THIS POINT, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE THE…

                                                  MCGOVERN: AT THIS POINT, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ALABAMA, MS. SEWELL. MS.

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                                                  MR. WOODALL

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                                                  SEWELL: TODAY I RISE IN OPPOSITION OF THIS CRUEL AND MEAN-SPIRITED FARM…

                                                  SEWELL: TODAY I RISE IN OPPOSITION OF THIS CRUEL AND MEAN-SPIRITED FARM BILL. A FARM BILL THAT WILL LEAVE WORKING FAMILIES AND CHILDREN OUT IN THE CORLED. THE FARM BILL CUTS $23 BILLION FROM SNAP. THE SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM. THAT WOULD LEAVE 2 MILLION AMERICANS WITHOUT THE SUPPORT THEY NEED. I REPRESENT BOTH RURAL AND URBAN FROM BIRMINGHAM TO THE PLAQUE BELT OF ALABAMA AND EVERY COMMUNITY IN MY DISTRICT WILL BE WORST OFF. FOR CHILDREN AND WORKING FAMILIES, SNAP MEANS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A HOT MEAL OR GOING TO BED HUNGRY. FOR FARMERS AND GROCERY STORES, SNAP IS AN INVESTMENT IN OUR FOOD SYSTEM THAT CREATES 50,000 AGRICULTURAL JOBS.

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                                                  MR. MCGOVERN

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                                                  MS. SEWELL

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                  WE FEEL VERY PASSIONATELY ABOUT ISSUES ON THIS FLOOR. I WANT TO GIVE MY…

                                                  WE FEEL VERY PASSIONATELY ABOUT ISSUES ON THIS FLOOR. I WANT TO GIVE MY COLLEAGUE FROM ALABAMA AN OPPORTUNITY TO RETRACT THE ACCUSATION THAT THIS IS A MEAN-SPIRITED AND CRUEL BILL. I KNOW THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVE ON THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE AND DON'T HAVE A CRUEL BONE IN THEIR BODY.

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                                                  MR. WOODALL

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  KIND: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE RULE AND UNDERLYING BILL…

                                                  KIND: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE RULE AND UNDERLYING BILL BECAUSE IT IS A MISSED OPPORTUNITY. I OFFERED AMENDMENTS TO IMPROVE THE BILL, ALL OF WHICH WERE REJECTED. FOR INSTANCE, WHY IS A FARM ENTITY WITH ADJUSTED GROSS INCOME OF $500,000 STILL RECEIVING TAX SUBSIDIES UNDER THIS BILL? WHY CAN'T WE AT LEAST TRACK THE CROP INSURANCE SUBSIDY PAYMENTS TO THE INDIVIDUAL ENTITIES? RIGHT NOW THAT IS CURRENTLY PROHIBITED UNDER THE BILL. THAT IS NOT RIGHT. THE TAXPAYERS NEED TO SERVE HOW THEIR DOLLARS ARE BEING RUN. THREE OUT OF EVERY FOUR FARMERS APPLYING FOR CONSERVATION FUNDING ASSISTANCE TODAY ARE DENIED BECAUSE OF INADEQUACY OF FUNDS? THIS SHOULD BE HELPING OUR FAMILY FARMERS SUCCEED NOT SPECIAL INTERESTS HERE IN WASHINGTON. THIS IS WHY THIS IS A MISSED OPPORTUNITY. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                  MR. MCGOVERN

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                                                  MR. KIND

                                                  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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                                                  MR. WOODALL

                                                  2011 AND BUDGET COMMITTEE MATES BACK IN THE DAY. THE GENTLELADY FROM…

                                                  2011 AND BUDGET COMMITTEE MATES BACK IN THE DAY. THE GENTLELADY FROM MISSOURI, MRS. HARTZLER.

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                                                  MRS. HARTZLER

                                                  THE FARM BILL MAKES SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENTS IN BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE BY…

                                                  THE FARM BILL MAKES SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENTS IN BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE BY SETTING A MINIMUM SPEED FOR FEDERAL INVESTMENT. THIS BILL CONTAINS HISTORIC IMPROVEMENTS TO SNAP, WHICH HELPS RESIP YINTS BREAK THE CYCLE OF POVERTY BY IMPROVING WORK OPPORTUNITIES FOR ABLE-BODIED ADULTS. THIS BILL PROMOTES WORK AND INDIVIDUAL SUCCESS WHILE EMPOWERING THOSE DEPENDENT ON GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE. THESE REFORMS WILL REDUCE UNEMPLOYMENT AND INSTILL A SENSE OF PRIDE AND WORK ETHIC BY HELPING PEOPLE MOVE FROM DEPENDENCY TO INDEPENDENCE AND SELF-SUFFICIENCY. THESE ARE COMMONSENSE IMPROVEMENTS. THE 2018 FARM BILL IS A RESPONSIBLE AND EFFECTIVE PIECE OF LEGISLATION WHICH MAINTAINS SAFETY NET PROGRAMS AND CROP INSURANCE FOR AMERICA'S FARMERS WHILE MAKING INVESTMENTS IN JOB TRAINING PROGRAMS TO LIFT THOSE IN NEED OUT OF POVERTY. THIS BILL HAS MY FULL SUPPORT. AND I THANK AND COMMEND CHAIRMAN CONAWAY ON MOVING THE LEGISLATION FORWARD AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                  I YIELD TO MR. KILDEE.

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                                                  MR. MCGOVERN

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                                                  MR. KILDEE

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                  MR. WOODALL

                                                  HE GOT GRILLED BY BOTH THE REPUBLICANS AND THE DEMOCRATS. EVERYBODY WANTED…

                                                  HE GOT GRILLED BY BOTH THE REPUBLICANS AND THE DEMOCRATS. EVERYBODY WANTED THEIR OUNCE OF MICHIGAN FLESH IN THAT DAY, BUT AT THE END OF THAT CONVERSATION AND I DON'T SAY THIS FLIPPANTLY, AT THE END OF THAT CONVERSATION I FELT MORE OPTIMISTIC ABOUT US COMING TOGETHER AND DOING DIFFICULT INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS. THOSE THINGS DON'T HAPPEN WITHOUT PEOPLE INVESTING THE TIME AND ENERGY LIKE YOU HAVE. I TELL THE GENTLEMAN HOW MUCH I APPRECIATE THAT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  MR. MCGOVERN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  WOODALL: I'M PREPARED TO

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                                                  MR. MCGOVERN

                                                  CLOSE. MR.

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                                                  MR. WOODALL

                                                  MCGOVERN: I HAVE TO GIVE CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE. THIS MAJORITY CAN'T…

                                                  MCGOVERN: I HAVE TO GIVE CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE. THIS MAJORITY CAN'T BALANCE A BUDGET AND CAN'T EVEN PASS A BUDGET AND CAN'T FUND THE GOVERNMENT WITHOUT FIRST SHUTTING IT DOWN.

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                                                  MR. MCGOVERN

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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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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                                                  MR. WOODALL

                                                  YOU HEARD THE ACCUSATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE ON THE FLOOR TODAY. THE…

                                                  YOU HEARD THE ACCUSATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE ON THE FLOOR TODAY. THE UNEMPLOYMENT IS AS LOW AS IT EVER BEEN IN MY LIFETIME AND THE NUMBER OF CHILDLESS WORKING AGE MEN WHO ARE SITTING IT OUT IS AS HIGH AS IT'S EVER BEEN IN MY LIFETIME. . WE CAN ARGUE ABOUT HOW TO LOVE PEOPLE MORE. BUT I CAN TELL YOU HELPING SOMEONE FIND A JOB MATTERS. HISTORICALLY, MR. SPEAKER, IT'S ONE OF THOSE THINGS WE AGREE ONLE OF FOR WHATEVER REASON WE MADE IT THE TOPIC OF SOMETHING WE'RE GOING TO PRETEND TO DISAGREE ON TODAY. MORE JOBS AVAILABLE IN THIS COUNTRY THAN EVER BEFORE. I THINK WE OWE IT TO FAMILIES WHO HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO CONNECT THEMSELVES WITH THAT JOB MARKET TO HELP THEM TO DO BETTER. MR. SPEAKER, SO OFTEN WE TALK ABOUT ALL THE LAWYERS IN CONGRESS, ALL THE LAWYERS WHO ARE BUREAUCRATS, ALL THE FOLKS WORKING ON POLICIES THEY JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND. I WANT TO CLOSE WHERE MY COLLEAGUE FROM WASHINGTON STATE BEGAN. HE HE'S A FORMER AG COMMISSIONER FROM WASHINGTON STATE. HE SAID THIS, HE SAID HE'S NOT THE ONLY FARMER IN THIS HOUSE. THERE ARE 20 FARMERS, RANCHERS, AND PRODUCERS SERVING HERE IN THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE. AN ALMOND FARMER FROM CENTRAL CALIFORNIA A BLUEBERRY FARMER FROM MAINE. A RANCHER FROM SOUTH DAKOTA. A CATTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY. A RICE FARMER FROM MINNESOTA. AND A HOPS FARMER FROM WASHINGTON STATE. MR. SPEAKER, THIS BODY REALLY DOES REFLECT WORKING AMERICANS. FOLKS OUT THERE TRYING TO BE THE BREADBASKET TO THE WORLD. TRYING TO PUT FRESH PRODUCE ON THE SHELVES FOR EVERY AMERICAN FAMILY TO BENEFIT FROM. THIS BILL CONTINUES OUR COMMITMENT TO SERVING THE HUNGRY, AND IT CONTINUES OUR COMMITMENT TO BEING THE FINEST AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION NATION THAT THIS PLANET HAS EVER SEEN. VOTE YES ON THIS RULE. LET'S CONSIDER SOME AMENDMENTS TO MAKE THIS BILL BETTER AND SEND IT TO THE SENATE AND GIVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE A BILL THEY CAN BE PROUD OF. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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                                                  MR. MCGOVERN

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

                                                  A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 AND CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 20, THIS 15-MINUTE VOTE…

                                                  DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 AND CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 20, THIS 15-MINUTE VOTE ON O ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION WILL BE FOLLOWED BY FIVE-MINUTE VOTES ON ADOPTING THE RESOLUTION, IF ORDERED, AND AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL, IF ORDERED. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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                                                  MR. MCGOVERN

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                  MR. MCGOVERN

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING…

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

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE.

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE.

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                                                  MEMBERS, PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE GENTLEMAN MAY…

                                                  MEMBERS, PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE GENTLEMAN MAY RESUME.

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                  AND IT IS A COMPETITION BETWEEN REPUBLICAN MEMBERS OF CONGRESS THAT ARE…

                                                  AND IT IS A COMPETITION BETWEEN REPUBLICAN MEMBERS OF CONGRESS THAT ARE MEMBERS OF THE SPORTSMAN CAUCUS AND DEMOCRAT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS THAT ARE MEMBERS OF THE SPORTSMAN CAUCUS. THIS YEAR WE HAD 28 SHOOTERS. AND I AM PLEASED TO SAY THAT THE REPUBLICAN TEAM ONCE AGAIN RETAINED THE TROPHY FOR ANOTHER YEAR. WE ALSO HAD SOME INDIVIDUAL COMPETITIONS GOING ON AND I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THOSE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. THE TOP SHOT MEMBER OF CONGRESS THIS YEAR GOES TO REPRESENTATIVE JOHN RUTHERFORD FROM FLORIDA. NOW, MR. SPEAKER, THIS WAS HIS FIRST TIME AT THIS EVENT. AND HE HAD THE SECOND HIGHEST SCORE FOR A MEMBER OF CONGRESS SINCE THE YEAR 2010. HE SHOT 61 OUT OF A TOTAL POSSIBLE 75. WE ALSO HAD A TOP GUN REPUBLICAN MEMBER, RICHARD HUDSON, FROM NORTH CAROLINA. WE HAD A TOP GUN DEMOCRAT, THAT WAS REPRESENTATIVE MIKE THOMPSON FROM CALIFORNIA. WHO ALWAYS SHOOTS WELL. I LIKE SHOOTING AGAINST HIM. OF COURSE I WON THE TOP SKEET AWARD. DUNCAN HUNTER FROM CALIFORNIA WON THE TOP TRAP. AND THE TOP SPORTING CLAYS WAS REPRESENTATIVE AUSTIN SCOTT, WHO IS ALSO THE CO-VICE CHAIR ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE FOR THE CONGRESSIONAL SPORTSMANS CAUCUS. THE CAUCUS IS MADE UP OF TWO CHAIRMEN, ONE REPUBLICAN, ONE DEMOCRAT. TWO VICE CHAIRMAN, ONE REPUBLICAN, ONE DEMOCRAT. I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO YIELD SOME TIME TO THE CO-CHAIRMAN, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN.

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                                                  MR. GREEN

                                                  YOU AND I BOTH KNOW WE'RE TERM LIMITED AS CO-CHAIRS AND MY REPLACEMENT…

                                                  YOU AND I BOTH KNOW WE'RE TERM LIMITED AS CO-CHAIRS AND MY REPLACEMENT NEXT YEAR WILL BE ANOTHER TEXAN. WHERE'S THE TEXAN -- CONGRESSMAN MARC VEASEY. I KNOW HE SHOT BETTER THAN I D MAYBE HE'LL IMPROVE OUR LOT NEXT TIME. IT'S A LOT OF FUN. THE CAMARADERIE IS GREAT. I'M HONORED TO HAVE THAT TIME TO BE THE VICE CHAIR NOW THE CO-CHAIR OF IT. THANK YOU.

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                                                  TO JOIN THE SPORTSMANS CAUCUS. IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT HUNTING AND FISHING.…

                                                  TO JOIN THE SPORTSMANS CAUCUS. IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT HUNTING AND FISHING. IT'S ABOUT ACCESS TO OUTDOOR PROPERTY THAT WE OWN AS TAXPAYERS, PUBLIC ACCESS IS IMPORTANT. IT'S ABOUT TRAPPING. IT'S ABOUT A LOT OF OTHER OUTDOOR ACTIVITY THAT IS WE CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF. THE SPORTING CLAY, THE COMPETITION THAT WE HAD, IS OPEN TO ALL MEMBERS FROM BEGINNER TO EXPERT COME OUT AND ENJOY A DAY NEXT YEAR ABOUT THIS SAME TIME, ENJOY A DAY OUT IN MARYLAND AT THE PRINCE GEORGE SKEET RANGE, GUN CLUB, AND IT'S A GREAT AFTERNOON. MR. SPEAKER, THIS TROPHY WILL RESIDE IN MY OFFICE, 2229, RAYBURN HOUSE OFFICE BUILDING IF ANYONE WANTS TO ADMIRE IT. IT WILL HAVE A NEW PLAQUE THAT SAYS THE REPUBLICANS WON THE 2018 COMPETITION W THAT I YIELD BACK.

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                                  ON THAT I ASK THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS WITHIN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL.

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                                                • 02:18:24 PM

                                                  MR. CONAWAY

                                                  OBJECTION. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER.

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                  THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2 WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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                                                • 02:19:11 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  THE CLERK

                                                  PURPOSES.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  OF. IT'S NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 10 PRINTED IN PART C OF…

                                                  OF. IT'S NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 10 PRINTED IN PART C OF HOUSE REPORT 115-677. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WASHINGTON SEEK RECOGNITION? THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                                                  THE CLERK

                                                  WASHINGTON.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  HERRERA BEUTLER: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU, MR. CONAWAY, FOR…

                                                  HERRERA BEUTLER: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU, MR. CONAWAY, FOR LETTING ME OFFER THIS IMPORTANT AMENDMENT TO THE FARM BILL TODAY. I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSMAN WESTERMAN FOR HIS TIRELESS WORK ON BEHALF OF OUR RURAL COMMUNITIES THAT ARE DEPENDENT ON TIMBER. THE KEY TAKEAWAY HERE IS SIMPLE.

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                                                  MS. HERRERA BEUTLER

                                                  IF MONEYS ARE GENERATED DURING RESTORATIVE WORK IN OUR FORESTS, THEN A…

                                                  IF MONEYS ARE GENERATED DURING RESTORATIVE WORK IN OUR FORESTS, THEN A PORTION OF MONEY GENERATED FROM THAT WORK OUGHT TO REMAIN IN THE COMMUNITY. TRADITIONAL TIMBER SALES REQUIRE THAT A QUARTER OF THE REVENUES STAY IN THE LOCAL COMMUNITY. THE COUNTY. BUT WHEN THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE OR THE B.L.M. USE WHAT'S CALLED STEWARDSHIP CONTRACTS TO WORK IN THE FORESTS, NONE OF THOSE PROCEEDS REMAIN LOCALLY. NOW, OUR FORESTED COUNTIES ARE FACING A FINANCIAL CRISIS RIGHT NOW. FEDERAL ENDANGERED SPECIES LISTINGS HAVE LEFT TIMBER DEPENDENT COMMUNITIES IN WASHINGTON WITH LITTLE OR NO REVENUE FROM TIMBER SALES. IN COUNTIES THAT ARE PRIMARILY FEDERALLY OWNED LIKE ONE IN MY DISTRICT WHICH IS 90% OWNED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, THEY ARE UNABLE TO MAKE UP THESE DRASTICALLY REDUCED REVENUES FROM PROPERTY TAXES. THAT MEANS BY NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN THEY LACK THE LOCAL TAX BASE TO SUPPORT THE BASIC SERVICES LIKE SCHOOLS OR ROADS OR LOCAL FIRE OR POLICE. TO HELP MAKE UP THAT REVENUE, DESPITE MY AND MY COLLEAGUE'S PERSISTENT EFFORTS TO FIND A SOLUTION, WE CAN'T RELY ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S SHORT-TERM FIXES. THAT'S NOT DOING RIGHT BY THESE COMMUNITIES. THIS AMENDMENT WILL EMPOWER FUNDS TO STAY IN THE LOCAL COMMUNITIES. INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES SHOULD NOT BE VICTIM OF FEDERAL DYSFUNCTION. LET'S NOT LET THE FOREST RESTORATION LEAVE THOSE COMMUNITIES EMPTY HANDED. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND ENSURE THE PROCEEDS FROM THESE CONTRACTS ARE BEING RIGHTFULLY DIRECTED TO TIMBER COUNTIES. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND I URGE SUPPORT OF THIS IMPORTANT AMENDMENT. ACTUALLY, MR. SPEAKER, I DON'T YIELD BACK MY TIME. I'D LIKE TO MAINTAIN MY TIME.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  HERRERA BEUTLER: WELL, WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. OK,…

                                                  HERRERA BEUTLER: WELL, WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. OK, MR. SPEAKER, I DON'T YIELD MY TIME BACK.

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                                                • 02:22:52 PM

                                                  MS. HERRERA BEUTLER

                                                  THE GENTLELADY YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS IS RECOGNIZED. HOW MUCH…

                                                  THE GENTLELADY YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS IS RECOGNIZED. HOW MUCH TIME DOES THE GENTLELADY WISH TO YIELD?

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  WESTERMAN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO COMMEND THE GENTLELADY FROM…

                                                  WESTERMAN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO COMMEND THE GENTLELADY FROM WASHINGTON STATE, MS. HERRERA BEUTLER, FOR HER LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. MR.

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                                                  MS. HERRERA BEUTLER

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MR. WESTERMAN

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. DOES THE GENTLELADY --

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MS. HERRERA BEUTLER

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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

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                                                  MR. GOSAR

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  THE CLERK

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  GOSAR: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TODAY TO OFFER A COMMENCE AMENDMENT…

                                                  GOSAR: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TODAY TO OFFER A COMMENCE AMENDMENT THAT LEM POWER LOCAL COMMUNITIES BY ALLOWING -- THAT WILL EMPOWER LOCAL COMMUNITIES BY

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                                                • 02:25:50 PM

                                                  MR. GOSAR

                                                  ALLOWING WATERSHED RESTORATION. THE BASE FARM BILL RE-AUTHORIZES GOOD…

                                                  ALLOWING WATERSHED RESTORATION. THE BASE FARM BILL RE-AUTHORIZES GOOD NEIGHBOR AUTHORITY THROUGH FISCAL YEAR 2023 AND CONTAINS A PROVISION THAT ALLOWS TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS TO BE ELIGIBLE TO ENTER IN GOOD NEIGHBOR AUTHORITY COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS AND CONTRACTS. OUR AMENDMENT SIMPLY BUILDS ON THAT COMMONSENSE PROVISION BY ALLOWING COUNTIES TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR GOOD NEIGHBOR AUTHORITY. GOOD NEIGHBOR AUTHORITY PROJECTS HAVE BEEN REMARKABLY SUCCESSFUL. FROM 2002 TO 2013, 63 PROJECTS CREATED -- TREATED MORE THAN 4,100 ACRES IN COLORADO AND UTAH. THESE WORTHWHILE TREATMENTS MITIGATED THE THREAT OF CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRE, REDUCING FLOODING, ENHANCED FOREST HEALTH AND IMPROVED WATER QUALITY. MEMBERS REQUESTED NEW AUTHORITY. THE PROBLEM IN COCONINO COUNTY, A LIBERAL COUNTY, REPRESENTED BY MR. O'HALLERAN, IS THAT WOOD IS LOW VALUE TIMBER. THEY CAN'T COMPLETE THE PENDING WORK. COUNTIES NEED TO DO THE WORK THEMSELVES WILL FIND A CONTRACTOR IF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WON'T TREAT THEIR FORESTS. ALL THAT'S NEEDING IS AUTHORIZATION FROM CONGRESS. THE -- IN WISCONSIN THIS IS WORKING FOR THEM AS WELL. SOME COUNTIES HAVE ACTUAL FORESTERS OR OTHER LAND MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONALS ON STAFF. THESE ARE NOT LIMITED SPECIFICALLY TO LARGE COUNTIES EITHER. FOR EXAMPLE, ADAMS COUNTY, IDAHO, POPULATION 4,000, HAS A NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE THAT'S CHAIRED BY A RETIRED FOREST SERVICE EMPLOYEE WHO ALSO SERVES ON THE LOCAL FOREST COLLABORATIVE. COCONINO HAS A FOREST RESTORATION DIRECTOR WHO WOULD BE IN CHARGE OF THE GOOD NEIGHBOR AUTHORITY AGREEMENTS. THIS IS A EXECUTIVE POSITION THAT -- AND SOME COUNTIES LIKE -- WILL LIKELY CONTRACT WITH OUTSIDE ENTITIES TO PERFORM THE WORK. COUNTY CONTRACTS WILL BE OVERSEEN BY SOMEONE SUCH AS AN AUDITOR OR WORK. THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT STATING, AND I QUOTE, THEY STAND READY TO WORK WITH YOU TO PROMOTE LOCALLY SUPPORTIVE AND CONSENSUS DRIVEN SOLUTIONS TO ADDRESS FOREST MANAGEMENT CHALLENGES AND TO REDUCE THE RISK OF CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRE. NACO URGES THE CONGRESS TO ADOPT THE AMENDMENT AND ALLOW COUNTIES TO ASSIST OUR FEDERAL PARTNERS TO MAKE OUR NATIONAL FORESTS HEALTHY AGAIN, END OF QUOTE. I AM I'M PROUD TO HAVE THE SUPPORT OF THE ARIZONA ASSOCIATION CONSERVATION DISTRICT, SALT RIVER PROJECT, COLORADO CORE PRODUCERS COUNCIL, AND ORGANIZATIONS AND ELECTED OFFICIALS. I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES IN THE CONGRESS TO SUPPORT THIS COMMONSENSE AMENDMENT, IMPROVE FOREST HEALTH, AND BOLSTER WATER RESTORATION. IT PUTS MORE POWER IN THE HANDS OF LOCAL COMMUNITY WHO NEED THE WORK DONE BUT HAVE NOWHERE TO TURN UNDER THE STATUS QUO. I'D NOW LIKE TO YIELD 30 SECONDS TO MY GOOD FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM MONTANA WHO IS CO-SPONSOR OF THE AMENDMENT, MR. GIANFORTE. GINA HASPEL I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS --

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                                                • 02:29:20 PM

                                                  MR. GIANFORTE

                                                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND I ALSO YIELD TO THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS COMMENTS.

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                                                  MR. GOSAR

                                                  THOMPSON: I'D LIKE TO THANK MR. GOSAR FOR OFFERING THIS. GOOD NEIGHBOR…

                                                  THOMPSON: I'D LIKE TO THANK MR. GOSAR FOR OFFERING THIS. GOOD NEIGHBOR AUTHORITY WAS ONE OF THE HARD FOUGHT ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE 2014 FARM BILL THAT'S PROVEN USEFUL IN IMPROVING OUR NATIONAL FORESTS IN OUR RURAL COMMUNITIES. AND PLEASED TO EXPAND THE GOOD NEIGHBOR AUTHORITY TO INDIAN TRIBES.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MR. THOMPSON

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. DOES ANYONE WISH TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO…

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. DOES ANYONE WISH TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT? --

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                                                  MR. GOSAR

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  GOSAR: I YIELD BACK.

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                                                  MR. GOSAR

                                                  IT'S NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 12 PRINTED IN PART C

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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

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                                                  MR. GIANFORTE

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  THE CLERK

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                  MR. GIANFORTE

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  TREES AFTER WILDFIRES

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                                                  MR. GIANFORTE

                                                  TO PAY FOR REFORESTATION AND REHABILITATION AFTER DEVASTATING FIRES. LAST…

                                                  TO PAY FOR REFORESTATION AND REHABILITATION AFTER DEVASTATING FIRES. LAST YEAR OVER ONE MILLION ACRES BURNED IN MONTANA. LIVELIHOODS WERE THREATENED, WILDLIFE HABITATS WERE DESTROYED, AND WHOLE LANDSCAPES WERE SCARRED. MY COMMONSENSE AMENDMENT WAS PASSED VERBATIM IN THE RESILIENT FEDERAL FOREST ACT BY THIS BODY. IT WOULD ALLOW THE AGENCIES TO QUICKLY RESPOND, AS WELL AS TO RAISE FUNDS TO FURTHER REHABILITATE THE FOREST. AN EXPEDITED ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT WOULD STILL BE REQUIRED, AND PUBLIC INPUT WOULD STILL BE INCLUDED IN ORDER TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE PROJECT. MOST IMPORTANTLY, THIS AMENDMENT WOULD REQUIRE AT LEAST 75% OF THE BURNED AREA WOULD BE REFORESTED. BURNED AREA WOULD BE REFORESTED. THESE LANDSCAPED SCALE PROJECTS ARE BADLY NEEDED. THE RICE RIDGE FIRE BURNED OVER 1 0,000 ACRES ALONE -- 160,000 ACRES ALONE. QUICKLY RESPONDING TO THE DAMAGE CAUSED WOULD PROTECT OUR PUBLIC LANDS AND RESTORE OUR WATER SHEDS FOR THE FUTURE AND RESTORE THEM TO THE QUALITY WE HAVE COME TO LOVE IN MONTANA. AS I MENTIONED, SIMILAR LANGUAGE WAS INCLUDED IN THE RESILIENT FEDERAL FOREST ACT WHICH WOULD BIPARTISAN BASIS ON NOVEMBER 11, 2017. MY AMENDMENT IS PASSED THE HOUSE ON A SUPPORTED BY THE FEDERAL FOREST RESOURCE COALITION, THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES, THE NATIONAL WATER RESOURCES ASSOCIATION, AND THE IDAHO FOREST GROUP. I'D LIKE TO RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                                  MR. GIANFORTE

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  CONGRESSMAN GIANFORTE'S, WILDFIRE SALVAGE OPERATIONS AMENDMENT. I'M GLAD…

                                                  CONGRESSMAN GIANFORTE'S, WILDFIRE SALVAGE OPERATIONS AMENDMENT. I'M GLAD WITH THE FARM BILL PACKAGES WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO LOOK AT FORESTRY AND WILDFIRE GIANFORTE'S, ISSUES FROM ALL SIDES. THIS AMENDMENT IS PART AND PARCEL OF A BROADER WILDFIRE STRATEGY THAT REQUIRES PROACTIVE ACTION FROM CONGRESS FOR THE STEPS BEFORE, DURING, AND AFTER WILDFIRES ARE EXPECTED. SPECIFICALLY, THIS AMENDMENT WILL ENSURE THAT THE NATIONAL FOREST SYSTEM FOREST IS CLEARED AND REPLANTED IF A CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRE CHARRED IT TO THE GROUND. OUR NATIONAL FOREST SYSTEM LANDS WILL BE REHABILITATED AFTER WILDFIRE DEVASTATES THEM BUT IN A WAY CONSISTENT WITH FOREST PLANS. THAT WAY THE ECOSYSTEM OF THE NEW FOREST WILL HAVE BETTER MANAGEMENT AND LESS -- BE LESS SUSCEPTIBLE TO ANOTHER LARGE-SCALE BURNT DOWN EVENT.

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                                                  MR. GOSAR

                                                  THIS DEMONSTRATION THAT SHOWS CONGRESS ISN'T WILLING TO JUST GIVE UP AND…

                                                  THIS DEMONSTRATION THAT SHOWS CONGRESS ISN'T WILLING TO JUST GIVE UP AND LET OUR FOREST SYSTEM LANDS BE CATASTROPHICALLY BURNED. I APPLAUD REPRESENTATIVE GIANFORTE FOR HIS STRONG LEADERSHIP AND TIRELESS EFFORTS TO REDUCE THE THREAT OF DANGEROUS WILDFIRES. I URGE ADOPTION OF THIS COMMONSENSE AMENDMENT. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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                                                • 02:34:56 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  I YIELD TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. THOMPSON.

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                                                  MR. GIANFORTE

                                                  CONSUME.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  MR.

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                                                  MR. GIANFORTE

                                                  THOMPSON: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. THANK YOU TO MR. GIANFORTE FOR OFFERING…

                                                  THOMPSON: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. THANK YOU TO MR. GIANFORTE FOR OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT. IMPORTANT AMENDMENT FOR MONTANA AND QUITE FRANKLY FOR OUR NATIONAL FOREST THE GENTLEMAN. THANK YOU TO MR.

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                                                • 02:35:17 PM

                                                  MR. THOMPSON

                                                  GIANFORTE FOR OVER THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS FIRES HAVE HAD A SYSTEM AS A…

                                                  GIANFORTE FOR OVER THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS FIRES HAVE HAD A SYSTEM AS A WHOLE. DEVASTATING IMPACT ON OUR FOREST SYSTEM LANDS RESORTING IN DETERIORATED LANDSCAPES. I WITNESSED THIS FIRST HAND ACROSS THE COUNTRIES AS FORMER CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE AND AGRICULTURE ON FORESTRY. IT IS VITAL THAT THE FOREST SERVICE HAS THE RIGHT TOOLS, ABILITY TO RESTORE THESE LANDSCAPES AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE TO PRESERVE HABITAT, CLEAN AIR, AND SIGNIFICANT IMPACT THESE INSTANCE CAN HAVE ON CLEAN WATER. UNFORTUNATELY, LITIGATION STALLS MANY OF THESE PROJECTS. AS MADISON COUNTY MONTANA COMMISSIONER DAVID SHULTZ NOTED BEFORE THE HOUSE NATURAL RESOURCES FEDERAL LAND SUBCOMMITTEE IN MAY OF 2015 DUE TO THE THREAT OF LITIGATION FROM OUTSIDE COUNTY MONTANA GROUPS REFUSING TO MEET OR COLLABORATE WITH THE COMMUNITY, WHAT STARTED OUT AS A CONSENSUS PROPOSAL FOR 100,000 ACRES OF FIRE SALVAGE AND REFORESTATION REDUCED TO LESS THAN 2,000 ACRES OF SALVAGE. FEAR OF LITIGATION PREVENTS THE FOREST SERVICE FROM THINKING BIG AND ANOTHER QUOTA OFFERED SIGNIFICANT FACTOR IN PREVENTING RESPONSIBLE MANAGEMENT. I SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT THAT'S ALREADY PASSED THE HOUSE AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  WESTERMAN OF ARKANSAS.

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                                                  THE CLERK

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                                  MR. WESTERMAN

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. IS THERE ANYONE WISHING TO CLAIM TIME IN…

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. IS THERE ANYONE WISHING TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT?

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS. AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I…

                                                  OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS. AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MR. GRIJALVA

                                                  DOES THE GENTLEMAN RESERVE OR YIELD BACK?

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MR. GRIJALVA

                                                  MR.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  WESTERMAN: IT SIMPLY SAYS WE HAVE TO EVALUATE THE DO-NOTHING OPTION AND…

                                                  WESTERMAN: IT SIMPLY SAYS WE HAVE TO EVALUATE THE DO-NOTHING OPTION AND THE EFFECT OF THE FOREST IS ON THAT. AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GOSAR.

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                                                  MR. WESTERMAN

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MR. GOSAR

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA IS…

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  GRIJALVA: THANK YOU.

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                                                  MR. GRIJALVA

                                                  IF MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE ARE SERIOUS ABOUT THE LONG-TERM

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MR. GRIJALVA

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

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

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  IT SIMPLY SAYS YOU HAVE TO EVAL IT -- EVALUATE THE ALTERNATIVE OF DOING…

                                                  IT SIMPLY SAYS YOU HAVE TO EVAL IT -- EVALUATE THE ALTERNATIVE OF DOING NOTHING. I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR.

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                                                  MR. WESTERMAN

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MR. TIPTON

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS IS…

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

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MR. WESTERMAN

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

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

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

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                                                  MR. GRIJALVA

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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

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                                                  MR. YOUNG

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  THE CLERK

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

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

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  YOUNG: MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUBMIT FOR THE RECORD MY…

                                                  YOUNG: MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUBMIT FOR THE RECORD MY STATEMENT.

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                                                  MR. YOUNG

                                                  NEVER MIND. REVISE AND EXTEND.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  YOUNG: MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS IS A SIMPLE AMENDMENT. IT'S A CLINTON ERA…

                                                  YOUNG: MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS IS A SIMPLE AMENDMENT. IT'S A CLINTON ERA ROADLESS RULE THAT APPLIES TO ONE SIZE FITS ALL TO THE APPROACH OF AREAS WHERE THERE ARE POLICIES THAT RARELY WORK. ESPECIALLY THE FEDERALLY LOCKE LANDS IN ALASKA. AT 16.

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                                                  MR. YOUNG

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MR. YOUNG

                                                  DOES ANYONE WISH TO SPEAK TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT?

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MR. GRIJALVA

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MR. GRIJALVA

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MR. YOUNG

                                                  CONAWAY: I SUPPORT THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT. IT'S COMMON SENSE. ALLOWS…

                                                  CONAWAY: I SUPPORT THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT. IT'S COMMON SENSE. ALLOWS ALASKA TAKING A BETTER JOB OF TAKING CARE OF ALASKA.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  I URGE SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT.

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                                                  MR. CONAWAY

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                                                  MR. YOUNG

                                                  IF THEY DON'T LIKE WHAT I DO, THEY DON'T VOTE FOR ME. I JUST BELIEVE IN…

                                                  IF THEY DON'T LIKE WHAT I DO, THEY DON'T VOTE FOR ME. I JUST BELIEVE IN JOBS. WHEN I FIRST GOT ELECTED TO THIS JOB WHEN I FIRST STARTED THIS TONGASS BATTLE, WE HAD 15,000 JOBS IN ALASKA, THE TIMBER INDUSTRY IN THE TONGASS. SO THE NATIONAL LAND ACT ITSELF, WE WERE TOLD NO OTHER JOBS WOULD BE LOST IN THE TIMBER INDUSTRY. AND THEY SLOWLY CREPT AROUND AND ELIMINATED WHAT REMAINING JOBS OCCURRED AND THE SAD PART ABOUT IT, IN MY POINT OF VIEW, THEY'VE KILLED THE TIMBER INDUSTRY. THAT WAS NOT THE INTENT. WE WERE SUPPOSESED TO HAVE A TIMBER INDUSTRY. THEN, ALONG COMES THE CLINTON ERA ROADLESS RULE. THAT MEANS YOU CAN'T BUILD A ROAD THAT DOESN'T HAVE A ROAD. WE HAD TO FIGHT FOR YEARS TO GET A HIGH ROW POWER SITE. THIS -- HYDROPOWER SITE. THIS ACTION BY THE PAST ADMINISTRATIONS HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THIS IS ABOUT EMPLOYMENT. THIS IS ABOUT MANAGING, MANAGING TIMBER. THOSE WHO DON'T MANAGE ANYTHING, YOU DESTROY IT. SO I'M URGING MY BODY, THIS CONGRESS TO DO WHAT'S RIGHT FOR THE STATE OF ALASKA AND RIGHT FOR THE TIMBER, RIGHT FOR THE PEOPLE THAT LIVE THERE AND DEPEND UPON A SOURCE OF INCOME OTHER THAN LIVING OFF, VERY FRANKLY, SOMEBODY GIVING THEM SOMETHING. THEY WANT TO WORK FOR IT. I URGE THAT TIME AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  GRIJALVA: THANK YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. YOU KNOW, ALASKA…

                                                  GRIJALVA: THANK YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. YOU KNOW, ALASKA RECENTLY LOST IN FEDERAL COURT ON THIS VERY ISSUE. THE SUPREME COURT REFUSED TO HEAR THE STATE'S APPEAL OF A RULING THAT STRUCK DOWN THE TONGASS EXEMPTION. THIS ENDED THE CASE. THIS AMENDMENT ATTEMPTS TO RUN AROUND THAT RULING AND WOULD EXEMPT ALASKA FROM PROTECTIONS THAT ARE WIDELY SUPPORTED AND INTENDED TO PROTECT OUR PRISTINE PUBLIC LANDS. I RECOMMEND A NO VOTE ON THIS, AND WITH REGARD TO THE ROADLESS RULE, IF THE

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                                                  MR. GRIJALVA

                                                  ISSUES, THE VERY IMPORTANT AND SIGNIFICANT ISSUES WE CONFRONT, WHETHER…

                                                  ISSUES, THE VERY IMPORTANT AND SIGNIFICANT ISSUES WE CONFRONT, WHETHER IT'S IMMIGRATION, WHETHER IT'S EMPLOYMENT, WHETHER IT'S EDUCATION, THE ISSUES OF POVERTY AND HUNGER IN THIS COUNTRY, I WOULD SUGGEST THAT THE CAUSE FOR NOT FINDING SOLUTIONS IS RESTED IN THIS CHAMBER. IT DOESN'T REST WITH THE ROADLESS RULE. WITH THAT I RECOMMEND A NO VOTE AGAIN AND I YIELD BACK THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  MR. SPEAKER, ON THAT I WOULD ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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                                                  MR. GRIJALVA

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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

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                                                  MR. PEARCE

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  THE CLERK

                                                  THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW MEXICO.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MR. PEARCE

                                                  IT -- IN THE STATE IT'S IN, BECAUSE IT WAS SET APART BACK IN 1869 AS PART…

                                                  IT -- IN THE STATE IT'S IN, BECAUSE IT WAS SET APART BACK IN 1869 AS PART OF THE FORT BAYARD MILITARY RESERVATION, THEY CANNOT BE DISPOSED OF IN A NORMAL FASHION BY THE FOREST SERVICE, THEY MUST BE RELEASED BY LAW. BACK IN 1968 THERE WAS A BILL THAT RELEASED OTHER PARCELS OF FORT BAYARD TO BE SOLD AND DISTRIBUTED TO THE STATE. THIS PARCEL JUST WAS NOT INCLUDED IN THAT FOR SOME REASON AND SO THE AMENDMENT STEPS AROUND AND INCLUDES THAT NOW TO WHERE THE FOREST SERVICE WOULD BE ALLOWED TO DISPOSE OF LAND. IT WOULD HAVE TO BE APPRAISED, IT WOULD BE SOLD THROUGH NORMAL PROCESSES. IT'S JUST IT REQUIRES A LAW TO DO IT. IT CANNOT GO ANY OTHER WAY. THE VILLAGE'S DESPERATELY IN NEED OF EXPANSION ROOM, LIKE I SAID. THIS FOREST SERVICE LAND BUTTS UP AGAINST THE VILLAGE AND STOPS THEIR GROWTH, STOPS THEIR ECONOMIC POTENTIAL, AND IT'S A VERY KEY PIECE OF PROPERTY FOR THE VILLAGE. IT'S NOT A KEY PIECE OF PROPERTY FOR THE FOREST SERVICE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS NONCONTROVERSIAL AMENDMENT AND WOULD RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  JUST, I WOULD WRAP UP BY SAYING, AGAIN, THIS IS A NONCONTROVERSIAL…

                                                  JUST, I WOULD WRAP UP BY SAYING, AGAIN, THIS IS A NONCONTROVERSIAL AMENDMENT. IT WOULD URGE ADOPTION -- I WOULD URGE ADOPTION AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                  MR. PEARCE

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

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

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  TO.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  LAMALFA: I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                                  MR. LAMALFA

                                                  LAMALFA OF CALIFORNIA.

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                                                  THE CLERK

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                                  MR. LAMALFA

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES ANY MEMBER WISH TO…

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES ANY MEMBER WISH TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT? THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  WOULD

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                                                  MR. GOSAR

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MR. LAMALFA

                                                  THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.…

                                                  THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT AND THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 17 IN PART C OF HOUSE REPORT 115-677.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  DESK.

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                                                  MR. WESTERMAN

                                                  WESTERMAN OF ARKANSAS.

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                                                  THE CLERK

                                                  WESTERMAN, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. MR.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  WESTERMAN: I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MY AMENDMENT IS…

                                                  WESTERMAN: I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MY AMENDMENT IS SIMPLE, IT CALLS FOR U.S. FOREST SERVICE AND BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT TO REPORT BACK ON THE PROGRESS THEY ARE MAKING TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEM OF CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRE, THE PROSH THAT HAS CONTINUED TO GET WORSE. OUR CURRENT FOREST MANAGEMENT PROCESS TOOK DECADES OF MISMANAGEMENT, INACTION TO CREATE. WE HAVE SLOWLY LOVED OUR TREES TO DEATH ON MUCH OF OUR FEDERAL LANDS. IT WILL TAKE DECADES TO REVERSE THE EFFECTS THIS MISMANAGEMENT HAS HAD ON OUR FORESTS DURING WHICH TIME WE WILL SEE MORE DEVASTATING WILDFIRES.

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                                                  MR. WESTERMAN

                                                  THIS AMENDMENT REQUIRES OUR FEDERAL AGENCIES ADDRESSING THIS ISSUE TO…

                                                  THIS AMENDMENT REQUIRES OUR FEDERAL AGENCIES ADDRESSING THIS ISSUE TO REPORT BACK ON HOW THEY ARE DOING NOT ONLY SO CONGRESS CAN PROVIDE OVERSIGHT ON THEIR PROGRESS BUT SO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CAN KNOW HOW THEIR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS DOING SO WE CAN MEASURE, MONITOR AND DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY. MR. SPEAKER, I THINK I SPEAK FOR THIS ENTIRE CHAMBER WHEN I SAY OUR GOAL IS TO RETUESDAY THE EFFECTS OF WILDFIRES AND BE TRANSPARENT FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EACH STEP OF THE WAY. MY AMENDMENT PROMOTES TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY AS WE WORK TOWARDS THIS GOAL. I RESERVE.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MR. WESTERMAN

                                                  I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                                  MR. PEARCE

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                                                  THE CLERK

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                  MR. PEARCE

                                                  COLLABORATIVE FOREST LAND CAPE RESTORATION PROGRAM. THIS WAS INITIATED IN…

                                                  COLLABORATIVE FOREST LAND CAPE RESTORATION PROGRAM. THIS WAS INITIATED IN 2009 AND IT AIMS TO RESTORE VITAL SECTIONS OF OUR NATIONAL FOREST LANDS. THERE ARE TWO PROJECTS, THE STATE WITH OVER 24,000 ACRES THAT WOULD BE COVERED UNDER THIS PROJECT.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MR. PEARCE

                                                  IS THERE ANY MEMBER WHO WISHES TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION? THE GENTLEMAN…

                                                  IS THERE ANY MEMBER WHO WISHES TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION? THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW MEXICO IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                  MR. PEARCE

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

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

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  IT IS IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 19. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

                                                  IT IS IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 19. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  THE CLERK

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  TIPTON: WEST FORK IS SURROUNDED BY THE SAN JUAN NATIONAL FORESTS.…

                                                  TIPTON: WEST FORK IS SURROUNDED BY THE SAN JUAN NATIONAL FORESTS. EMERGENCY AND FIRE RESPONSE IS A CHALLENGE IN THIS PART OF THE COUNTY BECAUSE THE CLOSEST FIRE STATION IS 26 MILES AWAY.

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                                                  MR. TIPTON

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  REPORT 115-677.

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                                                  THE CLERK

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. THORNBERRY AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL…

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. THORNBERRY AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MR. THORNBERRY

                                                  CHAIRMAN, WHEN WE GO TO THE GOSSRY STORE, WE MAKE DECISIONS ABOUT WHAT…

                                                  CHAIRMAN, WHEN WE GO TO THE GOSSRY STORE, WE MAKE DECISIONS ABOUT WHAT TYPE OF BEEF AND WHAT GRADE OF BEEF WE ARE GOING TO PURCHASE. THE CHALLENGE IS THAT THE GRADES ARE DIFFERENT FROM PLACE TO PLACE, BECAUSE THERE IS NOT A UNIFORM GRADING SYSTEM ACROSS THE COUNTRY. MY AMENDMENT REQUIRES USDA TO SET UP THREE TRAINING CENTERS TO TRAIN GRADERS SO THAT THERE CAN BE MORE STANDARDIZATION. IF YOU ARE GOING TO BUY A PRIME OR CHOICE STEAK IN ONE PLACE, IT SHOULD BE THE SAME AS ANOTHER PLACE. THIS WILL BENEFIT CONSUMERS AND BENEFIT THE BEEF ON INDUSTRY AND I HOPE OUR COLLEAGUES WILL SUPPORT IT. I RESERVE.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. THOSE IN…

                                                  QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT AND THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                                  MR. THORNBERRY

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MR. CONAWAY

                                                  THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT, ACCORDINGLY, THE COMMITTEE

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  RISES.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                  THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2 WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE.

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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, MR. SPEAKER.

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                                                  MS. FOXX

                                                  FOXX OF NORTH CAROLINA.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  THE CLERK

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  FOXX: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I COMMEND MY COLLEAGUE, MIKE…

                                                  FOXX: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I COMMEND MY COLLEAGUE, MIKE CONAWAY, AND THE OTHER MEMBERS OF THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE FOR THEIR WORK ON THE FARM BILL. I HAVE EVERY INTENTION OF VOTING FOR THE BILL AND HAVE STATED THAT ON MANY OCCASIONS. HAVING BEEN WORKING ON A RE-AUTHORIZATION OF A MAJOR BILL RECENTLY, I CAN CERTAINLY SYMPATHIZE WITH THE EFFORT HERE AND SAY THAT OVERALL THIS BILL IS AN IMPROVEMENT ON PAST FARM BILLS BECAUSE IT RESPONDS TO THE DESPERATE NEED OF WORK REQUIREMENTS FOR ABLE-BODIED PEOPLE.

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                                                  MS. FOXX

                                                  THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. DOES ANY MEMBER WISH TO…

                                                  THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. DOES ANY MEMBER WISH TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT? THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  FOXX'S AMENDMENT. SHE SINGLES OUT SUGAR, CUTS THIS PROGRAM TO WHERE IT WAS…

                                                  FOXX'S AMENDMENT. SHE SINGLES OUT SUGAR, CUTS THIS PROGRAM TO WHERE IT WAS 33 YEARS AGO. DENIGRATES THE HARDWORKING MEN AND WOMEN, THE FARMERS, THOSE PROCESSORS SHE MENTIONED ARE COOP OWNED, THEY'RE EARNED BY THOSE HARDWORK FARMERS.

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                                                  MR. CONAWAY

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

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

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. KIND.

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                                                  MS. FOXX

                                                  KIND: I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE…

                                                  KIND: I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT. I THANK HER LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. THIS AMENDMENT IS LONG OVERDUE. THE SUGAR PROGRAM THAT CURRENTLY EXISTS HAS DISTORTSED THE MARKETPLACE FOR TOO LONG -- DISTORTED THE MARKETPLACE FOR TOO LOFPBLGT IT'S MAKING IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR US TO -- LONG. IT'S MAKING IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR US

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MR. KIND

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

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA RESERVE?

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MS. FOXX

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MR. CONAWAY

                                                  PETERSON: THE COMMITTEE WOULD ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE ILLEGAL…

                                                  PETERSON: THE COMMITTEE WOULD ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE ILLEGAL SUBSIDIZATION THAT'S GOING TONIGHT IN SUGAR INDUSTRY IN THE WORLD. INSTEAD OF COME HERE AND COMPLAIN ABOUT A PROGRAM THAT ACTUALLY WORKS. I HAVE THE BIGGEST SUGAR DISTRICT IN THE COUNTRY.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MR. PETERSON

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

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

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MS. FOXX

                                                  HENSARLING: I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I COME HERE…

                                                  HENSARLING: I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I COME HERE TO THE HOUSE FLOOR AS THE SON, GRANDSON AND GREAT-GRANDSON OF FARMERS. I GREW UP WORKING ON A FARM IN RURAL TEXAS. AND I STRONGLY OPPOSE FEDERAL SUBSIDIES TO AGRICULTURAL -- AGRICULTURE IN GENERAL AND THE SUGAR PROGRAM IN PARTICULAR. UNDER THE FEDERAL SUGAR PROGRAM, WHICH DATES BACK TO THE NEW DEAL, DOMESTIC SUGAR PRICES ARE PROPPED UP VIA

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MR. HENSARLING

                                                  A BIZENTINE SYSTEM OF PRICE SUPPORTS AND A LOAN GUARANTEE PROGRAM SO BAD…

                                                  A BIZENTINE SYSTEM OF PRICE SUPPORTS AND A LOAN GUARANTEE PROGRAM SO BAD IT WOULD MAKE A SOVIET CZAR BLUSH. THIS MAY BE A SWEET DEAL FOR SUGAR PRODUCERS, BUT IT IS NOT A SWEET DEAL FOR THE AUTO MECHANIC IN TEXAS, THE STORE CLERK IN TEXAS, OR THE TEACHER IN GARLAND, TEXAS, THAT I REPRESENT IN THE FIFTH DISTRICT. WHERE'S THEIR GOVERNMENT SUBSIDY PROGRAM? THIS IS ANTI-JOB, IT IS A FOOD TAX, IT IS INCOME REDISTRIBUTION AT ITS WORST, AND IT IS NOT COMMENSURATE WITH ANY FREE MARKET PRINCIPLE I KNOW. I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA RESERVES.

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                                                  MS. FOXX

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MR. CONAWAY

                                                  FARM POLICY. THE FARM POLICY IS THERE TO PRODUCE A POLICY SO THAT THE…

                                                  FARM POLICY. THE FARM POLICY IS THERE TO PRODUCE A POLICY SO THAT THE AMERICAN FARMERS CAN GO OUT AND RAISE CROPS FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. TO CONTINUE TO PRODUCE THE HIGHEST QUALITY, THE MOST ABUNDANT, AND THE CHEAPEST FOOD PRODUCED IN THE WORLD OF ANY INDUSTRIALIZED WORLD. THAT'S WHY WE HAVE A FARM POLICY. THIS AMENDMENT OF MS.

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                                                  FOXX'S GOES AFTER THE AMERICAN FARMERS FOR THE BETTERMENT OF MULTINATIONAL…

                                                  FOXX'S GOES AFTER THE AMERICAN FARMERS FOR THE BETTERMENT OF MULTINATIONAL SODA COMPANIES AND CANDY COMPANIES.

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                                                  MR. YOHO

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

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

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  FOREIGN -- AND U.S. AND FOREIGN SWEET PRODUCT MANUFACTURERS HAVE ANNOUNCED…

                                                  FOREIGN -- AND U.S. AND FOREIGN SWEET PRODUCT MANUFACTURERS HAVE ANNOUNCED 100 PLAN OPENINGS IN THE UNITED STATES DURING THAT SAME TIME FRAME AND I RESERVE.

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                                                  MR. CONAWAY

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

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

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MS. FOXX

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MR. GOODLATTE

                                                  I RESERVE.

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                                                  MS. FOXX

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                                                  MR. CONAWAY

                                                  THE OTHER SIDE HAS 3 1/2 TAX. MR.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  CONAWAY: THAT HIDDEN TAX WILL NOT BE SHARED WITH CONSUMERS BUT SHIFT THOSE…

                                                  CONAWAY: THAT HIDDEN TAX WILL NOT BE SHARED WITH CONSUMERS BUT SHIFT THOSE PROFITS INTO THE MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS THAT WE ARE DEFENDING BY SUPPORTING THIS AMENDMENT.

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                                                  MR. CONAWAY

                                                  WITH THAT, I YIELD 30 SECONDS TO MY COLLEAGUE.

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                                                  I RESERVE.

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                                                  MR. CONAWAY

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MS. FOXX

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                                • 03:34:18 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MR. CONAWAY

                                                  KILDEE: I WANT TO POINT OUT THAT THE REPUBLICAN CHAIRMAN OF THIS COMMITTEE…

                                                  KILDEE: I WANT TO POINT OUT THAT THE REPUBLICAN CHAIRMAN OF THIS COMMITTEE AND THE DEMOCRATIC RANKING MEMBER OF THIS COMMITTEE BOTH OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT FOR GOOD REASON. IT'S A SIMPLE QUESTION, DO WE WANT TO SUPPORT LOCAL GROWERS LIKE THE 900 FAMILIES I REPRESENT WHO COLLECTIVELY THROUGH A CO-OP OWN A PROCESSING FACILITY.

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                                                  MR. KILDEE

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

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

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MS. FOXX

                                                  SPEIER.

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                                                  MS. SPEIER

                                                  THE AMENDMENT WOULD MAKE FAIRER FOR TAXPAYERS. BY REMOVING THE MANY…

                                                  THE AMENDMENT WOULD MAKE FAIRER FOR TAXPAYERS. BY REMOVING THE MANY UNNECESSARY GOVERNMENT INTERVENTIONS THAT KEPT SUGAR PRICES EXCESSIVELY HIGH, MANUFACTURERS WILL CREATE JOBS AND AMERICAN CONSUMERS WILL NO LONGER BE ON THE HOOK FOR HIDDEN SUGAR COSTS.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  CONAWAY: U.S. IS THE THIRD LARGEST IMPORTER OF SUGAR IN THE WORLD AND…

                                                  CONAWAY: U.S. IS THE THIRD LARGEST IMPORTER OF SUGAR IN THE WORLD AND VITALLY ALL OF THAT COMES IN DUTY-FREE. I YIELD.

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                                                  MR. CONAWAY

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS CONTINUES TO RESERVE.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MR. CONAWAY

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  FROM CALIFORNIA,

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                                                  MS. FOXX

                                                  MR. SANFORD.

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                                                  MS. SANCHEZ

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                                                  MR. SANFORD

                                                  ONE THING SUBSIDIZE IS THE THINGS THAT CAUSE US PROBLEMS. AND WE ARE…

                                                  ONE THING SUBSIDIZE IS THE THINGS THAT CAUSE US PROBLEMS. AND WE ARE SPENDING A QUARTER OF A TRILLION DOLLARS IN HEALTH CARE COSTS AS TYPE 2 DIABETES HAS BALLOONED. ZHRRS 327 BILL QUON A YEAR IS SPENT ON TYPE 2 DIABETES. THE IDEA OF SAYING LET'S SUBSIDIZE OUR SUGAR --

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  CONAWAY: I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE MR. LAHOOD, 20 SECONDS .

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                                                  MR. CONAWAY

                                                  GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA IS RECOGNIZED. MR.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  SMITH: I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. IT'S INTERESTING TO LISTEN…

                                                  SMITH: I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. IT'S INTERESTING TO LISTEN TO THE VARIOUS ARGUMENTS HERE BUT CERTAINLY THERE IS UNFAIR COMPETITION, IF YOU WILL.

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                                                  MR. SMITH

                                                  HARD TO CALL IT COMPETITION OVERSEAS. BUT WE HAVE UNFAIR TRADE PRACTICES…

                                                  HARD TO CALL IT COMPETITION OVERSEAS. BUT WE HAVE UNFAIR TRADE PRACTICES AND SUGAR POLICY HERE HELPS US DEFEND OURSELVES. THESE ARE MANUFACTURING JOBS IN WESTERN NEBRASKA THAT ARE USE RESPONSIBLY AND IT'S ONLY REASONABLE TO CONTINUE A POLICY THAT IS NOT A COST TO TAXPAYERS. I URGE OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  FOXX: MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD 30 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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                                                  MS. FOXX

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  THE GENTLELADY CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                  MR. CONAWAY

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS…

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MS. FOXX

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  CONAWAY: I RECOGNIZE MISMCCOLLUM FOR 30 SECONDS. MS.

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                                                  MS. FOXX

                                                  MCCOLLUM: I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE FOXX AMENDMENT.

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                                                  MR. CONAWAY

                                                  MY HOME STATE OF MINNESOTA, SUGAR BEET IS NUMBER ONE. THIS MEANS THIS WILL…

                                                  MY HOME STATE OF MINNESOTA, SUGAR BEET IS NUMBER ONE. THIS MEANS THIS WILL HURT OUR STATE'S ECONOMY. IT CREATES 28,000 JOBS AND ANNUAL IMPACT OF MORE THAN $3

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                                                  MS. MCCOLLUM

                                                  BILLION. THIS AMENDMENT WILL COST MINNESOTA SO MUCH MORE AND HURT FARMERS,…

                                                  BILLION. THIS AMENDMENT WILL COST MINNESOTA SO MUCH MORE AND HURT FARMERS, SMALL BUSINESSES, SCHOOLS, HOSPITALS, REAL LIVES OF REAL PEOPLE. WE SHOULD BE SUPPORTING THE AMERICAN FARMERS INSTEAD OF SENDING THEIR JOBS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN OPPOSING THIS HARMFUL AMENDMENT AND I ASK THEM TO STAND WITH FARMERS IN MINNESOTA.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  FOXX: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. OUR GOVERNMENT'S…

                                                  FOXX: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. OUR GOVERNMENT'S SUGAR PROGRAM IS A JOB KILLER AND ENSURES PROFITS FOR THE CONNECTED FEW AT THE EXPENSE OF THE MANY. IT OPERATES AT A SUBSTANTIAL COST TO TAXPAYERS, CONSUMERS AND BUSINESSES. IT'S ROOTED IN SUPPLY MANAGEMENT ECONOMICS THAT WERE DRAFTED NEARLY 90 YEARS AGO. EVERY OTHER COMMODITY THAT WERE SUBJECTED TO REFORMS EXCEPT THE SUGAR PROGRAM. ECONOMISTS AND CONSUMER GROUPS, MANUFACTURERS, EDITORIAL BOARDS AND GROUPS ON BOTH THE LEFT AND RIGHT OF THE IDEOLOGICAL SPECTRUM HAVE ALL ENDORSED THE IDEA OF SUBSTANTIALLY REFORMING THIS PROGRAM.

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                                                  MS. FOXX

                                                  THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MR. CONAWAY

                                                  SO PRICES WILL NOT GO DOWN. THERE ARE NO TAX DOLLARS INVOLVED. THIS…

                                                  SO PRICES WILL NOT GO DOWN. THERE ARE NO TAX DOLLARS INVOLVED. THIS PROGRAM WORKED. THIS PROGRAM WAS NOT CHANGED IN 2014 BECAUSE IT WORKS. IT DOESN'T COST THE TAXPAYERS MONEY. SUGAR PRICES ARE NOT DISTORTED AND THE MANUFACTURERS WILL NOT SUPPORT ONE INSTANCE WHERE THEY LOWERED THE COST OF THEIR PRODUCT WHEN SUGAR PRICES DROPPED AS A RESULT OF UNFAIR, UNFAIR COMPETITION AROUND THIS WORLD. IF WE COULD TALK THE REST OF THE WORLD OF GOING TO A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD, I WOULD AGREE COMPLETELY WITH MY COLLEAGUES WHO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. WE NEED TO DEFEAT THIS AMENDMENT AND PROTECT THE HARDWORKING FARMERS. SAY NO TO FOXX. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

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                                                  MS. FOXX

                                                  PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6, RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT…

                                                  PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6, RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA WILL BE POSTPONED. .

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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

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                                                  MR. CONAWAY

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                                                  THE CLERK

                                                  THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. MR.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  CONAWAY: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. H.R. 2 INCLUDES A SUBSTANTIVE AND…

                                                  CONAWAY: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. H.R. 2 INCLUDES A SUBSTANTIVE AND FORCIBLE WORK REQUIREMENT FOR WORK-CAPABLE INDIVIDUALS. WAIVERS AND EXEMPTIONS WERE TIGHTENED TO MAKE SURE LITTLE ABUSE. WE'VE ALSO HEARD FROM OUR CONSERVATIVE STAKE HOLDS THAT ARE WORK FARE IS AN IMPORTANT TOOL FOR E.P.

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                                                  MR. CONAWAY

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES ANYONE SEEK TIME IN…

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES ANYONE SEEK TIME IN OPPOSITION?

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  MCGOVERN: THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, FIRST OF ALL, I JUST WANT TO SAY FOR THE…

                                                  MCGOVERN: THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, FIRST OF ALL, I JUST WANT TO SAY FOR THE RECORD THAT BOTH FEEDING AMERICA AND FEEDING TEXAS OPPOSE THIS FARM BILL.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MR. MCGOVERN

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

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

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  ON -- SUBCOMMITTEE

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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

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                                                  JUST BRIEFLY, THIS AMENDMENT OR THIS INDIVIDUAL WILL BE TASKED WITH…

                                                  JUST BRIEFLY, THIS AMENDMENT OR THIS INDIVIDUAL WILL BE TASKED WITH COORDINATING USDA PROGRAMS, PROVIDING TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO COMMUNITY LEADERS WHO ARE WORKING TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF THOSE LIVING IN FOOD DESERTS.

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                                                  MR. CRAWFORD

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

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZE.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MR. MCGOVERN

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  BLUNT ROCHESTER: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I HAD THE HONOR OF NOT ONLY…

                                                  BLUNT ROCHESTER: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I HAD THE HONOR OF NOT ONLY SITTING ON THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE, BUT ALSO OF SITTING ON THE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE. SO I KNOW VERY WELL HOW IMPORTANT HEALTHY, HUNGER-FREE CHILDREN ARE TO A GOOD EDUCATION SYSTEM.

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                                                  MR. MCGOVERN

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MS. BLUNT ROCHESTER

                                                  ON TOP OF AN ALREADY HARMFUL POLICY, THE CONAWAY MANAGER'S AMENDMENT…

                                                  ON TOP OF AN ALREADY HARMFUL POLICY, THE CONAWAY MANAGER'S AMENDMENT COMPROMISES THE CURRENT SCIENCE-BASED NUTRITION STANDARDS IN FEDERAL SCHOOLS' MEALS PROGRAMS. BY POLITICIZING AND LEGISLATING NUTRITION STANDARDS, THIS AMENDMENT, IF ADOPTED, WILL FURTHER THREATEN THE SCHOOL MEALS PROGRAMS, WHICH MILLIONS OF CHILDREN RELY ON. THE USDA UPDATED THE CURRENT STANDARDS BASED ON RIGOROUS EVIDENCE-BASED PROCESSES, AS REQUIRED BY LAST BIPARTISAN CHILD NUTRITION RE-AUTHORIZATION. THESE STANDARDS RELY ON EXPERT NONPARTISAN RECOMMENDATIONS. RESEARCH SHOWS THAT CHILDREN ARE NOW EATING 16% MORE VEGETABLES AND 23% MORE FRUIT AT LUNCH. FURTHER, ACCORDING TO A POLL BY THE W.K. KELLOGG FOUNDATION, 90% OF AMERICANS SUPPORT THE NATIONAL SCHOOL NUTRITION STANDARDS, AND 86% SAY THE SCHOOL NUTRITION STANDARDS SHOULD STAY OR BE STRENGTHENED. THERE IS SIMPLY NO REASON TO DEPART FROM SCIENCE-BASED AND EVIDENCE-BASED STANDARDS. WE SHOULD NOT COMPROMISE ON WHAT IS BEST FOR OUR CHILDREN. THAT IS WHY THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS, AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION, AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION, AND OTHERS OPPOSE ROLLING BACK THE STANDARDS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THESE EFFORTS THAT WOULD FURTHER THREATEN THE HEALTH OF OUR NATION'S CHILDREN AND STUDENTS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  MAY I INQUIRE HOW MANY MORE SPEAKERS THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SNASS

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                                                  MR. MCGOVERN

                                                  HAS.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  NONE. I'M READY TO CLOSE.

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                                                  MR. CONAWAY

                                                  MR.

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                                                  MR. MCGOVERN

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  AND I REGRET VERY MUCH THAT A FLAWED BILL IS BEING BROUGHT TO THE HOUSE…

                                                  AND I REGRET VERY MUCH THAT A FLAWED BILL IS BEING BROUGHT TO THE HOUSE FLOOR, BECAUSE OF A FLAWED PROCESS.

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                                                  MR. MCGOVERN

                                                  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 CHAIR

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                                                  MR. CONAWAY

                                                  CHAIRMAN, WE'VE GOT A GOOD BILL HERE, THE BASE BILL. THIS SIMPLY MAKES IT…

                                                  CHAIRMAN, WE'VE GOT A GOOD BILL HERE, THE BASE BILL. THIS SIMPLY MAKES IT BETTER. AND WITH THAT I URGE ADOPTION OF THE AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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

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                                                  MCCLINTOCK OF CALIFORNIA.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  THE CLERK

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  MCCLINTOCK: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FARM SUBSIDIES ESSENTIALLY TAKING…

                                                  MCCLINTOCK: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FARM SUBSIDIES ESSENTIALLY TAKING MONEY FROM TAXPAYERS TO INFLATE THE PRICE OF THEIR OWN GROCERIES WAS NEVER A GOOD IDEA.

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                                                  MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. WHO CLAIMS TIME IN…

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. WHO CLAIMS TIME IN OPPOSITION?

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MR. CONAWAY

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MR. CONAWAY

                                                  PETERSON: I OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT. WE TRIED SOMETHING SIMILAR TO THIS. IT…

                                                  PETERSON: I OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT. WE TRIED SOMETHING SIMILAR TO THIS. IT WASN'T AS EXTREME, BUT IT WAS SUPPOSED TO SAVE US A LITTLE BIT OF MONEY. FRANK, YOU REMEMBER.

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                                                  MR. PETERSON

                                                  AND IT ENDED UP COSTING FIVE TIMES MORE THAN WHAT WE SAVED BECAUSE IT…

                                                  AND IT ENDED UP COSTING FIVE TIMES MORE THAN WHAT WE SAVED BECAUSE IT DIDN'T WORK. THIS IS A FANTASY THAT'S OUT THERE FOR SOME PEOPLE. PEOPLE HAVE NO CLUE HOW MUCH IT COST TO FARM NOWADAYS WHAT KIND OF RISKS YOU TAKE IN FARMING. IF YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE A FEW PEOPLE FARM THIS WHOLE COUNTRY, THIS IS THE WAY TO DO IT, BECAUSE WITHOUT CROP INSURANCE, WITHOUT THESE OTHER BACKSTOPS, YOUNG PEOPLE OR ORDINARY PEOPLE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO FARM. THE PEOPLE THAT WILL FARM ARE PEOPLE WITH DEEP POCKETS

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                                                  MR. CRAWFORD

                                                  THE ISSUE WE HAVE HERE, IS IT WORTH IT TO US TO MAKE AN INVESTMENT IN OUR…

                                                  THE ISSUE WE HAVE HERE, IS IT WORTH IT TO US TO MAKE AN INVESTMENT IN OUR NATIONAL SECURITY? OUR ABILITY TO FEED OURSELVES IS CRUCIAL TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. NUMBER ONE. NUMBER TWO, WE SUPPORT OUR FARMERS AT A FRACTION WHAT THE REST OF THE WORLD DOES. AND SO WE GET MUCH BETTER VALUE, MUCH BETTER RETURN ON INVESTMENT. AND I THINK THE DISPOSABLE INCOME OF AVERAGE AMERICAN IS SOMEWHERE WITHIN THE 12% RANGE WHAT WE SPEND ON FOOD. IF YOU THINK ABOUT THAT AND COMPARE IT TO, SAY, IN EUROPE, WHERE THEY'RE UPWARDS 20%. IN JAPAN, 25% RANGE OF THEIR DISPOSABLE INCOME, WE GET A MUCH BETTER RETURN, MUCH BETTER VALUE TO THE TAXPAYER. I YIELD BACK.

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                                                  MR. CONAWAY

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MR. LUCAS

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MR. MCCLINTOCK

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

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

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MR. CONAWAY

                                                  IT WORKS. AS THE CHAIRMAN SAID, LOWEST PRICE COST FOOD IN THE DEVELOPED…

                                                  IT WORKS. AS THE CHAIRMAN SAID, LOWEST PRICE COST FOOD IN THE DEVELOPED WORLD. HERE'S WHY THAT'S IMPORTANT. HALF OF AMERICA WORKS PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK. THEIR RENT DOESN'T CHANGE, CAR PAYMENT DOESN'T CHANGE. IF SOMETHING COMES UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MONTH, IT'S COMING OUT OF THE FOOD BUDGET. I DON'T WANT TO MAKE THAT MOM'S JOB HARDER THAN IT ALREADY IS BY IGNORING THE VAST AMOUNT OF COMPETITION AROUND THIS WORLD THAT'S FUNDAMENTALLY UNFAIR. IF WE CAN GO TO THE UTOPIA THAT MY COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA WANTS TO GET US TO, FANTASTIC. WE CAN'T DO IT. THEY BARELY CAN DO IT IN NEW ZEALAND, FOR GOODNESS SAKES. I WOULD ARGUE U.S. PRODUCTION IS A BIT MORE COMPLICATED THAN WHATEVER NEW ZEALAND MIGHT OR MIGHT NOT BE DOING. WE OUGHT TO COMPETE IN A WORLD MARKET AGAINST FOREIGN TREASURIES THAT ARE SPENDING STUNNINGLY MORE MONEY THAN WE ARE. CHINA SPENT $3 BILLION ON THREE PRODUCTS. DOES IT SEND A WRONG MESSAGE TO THOSE FOLKS? YES. RICE FARMERS, OTHER PRODUCERS HAVE TO COMPETE AGAINST THE PRICE LIKE THAT. WE CAN'T GO AGAINST THE REST OF THE WORLD. IF THE REST OF THE WORLD WILL GO TO A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD I DON'T HAVE ONE FARMER THAT SAYS, I WILL KEEP IT IN PLACE. THIS AMENDMENT WILL STRIP THEM THE ABILITY TO DO THAT. WE WILL GO TO FOREIGN INPUTTED -- IMPORTED FOOD WITH STANDARDS NOT CLOSE TO OURS, LABOR THAT'S NOT PROTECTED THE WAY OURS IS. LET'S DEFEAT THE MCCLINTOCK AMENDMENT. SHOW THE AMERICAN FARMER AND RANCHER THAT WORKS HARDER THAN ANYONE OUT THERE, 20 HOURS IS SOMETHING THEY'RE DOING IN THE SECOND OR THIRD JOB. A YES FOR MR. COLIN TO BE SAYS NEVER MIND. WE DON'T CARE ABOUT YOU. A NO VOTE IS SENDING A MESSAGE WE WANT TO SEND. I HOPE THIS IS A STUNGLY GOOD VOTE SO PEOPLE CAN UNDERSTAND THIS CONGRESS UNDERSTANDS THE UNFAIR FOREIGN COMPETITION WHICH THEY ARE COMPETING WITH. VOTE NO ON MCCLINTOCK, AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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                                                  MR. MCCLINTOCK

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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

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                                                  MR. LAHOOD

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  THE CLERK

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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

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                                                  MR. LAHOOD

                                                  THE FIRST IS THE AGRICULTURE RISK COVERAGE, OR A.R.C., AND THE PRICE…

                                                  THE FIRST IS THE AGRICULTURE RISK COVERAGE, OR A.R.C., AND THE PRICE COVERAGE -- THE PRICE LOSS COVERAGE, OR P.L.C. MY AMENDMENT CHANGES THE SIGNUP PROCESS FROM AN ANNUAL SIGNUP PROCESS TO A ONE AND DONE PROCESS FOR THE DURATION OF THE FIVE-YEAR FARM BILL.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MR. LAHOOD

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. DOES ANY MEMBER CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION? THE…

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. DOES ANY MEMBER CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION? THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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

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

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                                                  MR. PETERSON

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                                  MR. ROGERS

                                                  ROGERS OF ALABAMA.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  THE CLERK

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MR. ROGERS

                                                  CONAWAY AND TALKING ABOUT THE C.R.P. PROGRAM. MR. CONAWAY HAS BEEN A…

                                                  CONAWAY AND TALKING ABOUT THE C.R.P. PROGRAM. MR. CONAWAY HAS BEEN A LEADER OF FARMERS. C.R.P. IS A WELL INTENDED PROGRAM IN PROTECTING SENSITIVE LANDS. HOWEVER, THE PROGRAM SHOULD NOT BE EXPANDED BEYOND LEVELS CURRENTLY AUTHORIZED IN THE AGRICULTURE ACT OF 2014. THE AGRICULTURE ACT OF 2014 REDUCED THE C.R.P. ACRE FROM 24 MILLION ACRES TO 27 ACRES -- 27 MILLION ACRES. THIS BILL WILL INCREASE THE ACRE EACH ONE TO A MAXIMUM OF 29 MILLION ACRES BY 2023. USDA FARM DATA REVEALS FOR 2016 FISCAL YEAR, 23.9 MILLION ACRES WERE ENROLLED IN C.R.P. , REPRESENTING APPROXIMATELY 7% OF THE U.S. CROPLAND. RENTAL RATES AND LEASES OFFERED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ARE OFTEN MUCH MORE LUCRATIVE THAN FARMING WOULD BE. WHILE CONGRESSIONAL DIRECTIVES AND A FAVORABLE FARM ECONOMY IN PRIOR YEARS LED TO LOWER C.R.P. ENROLLMENT, NEARLY ONE QUARTER OF ALL LAND ENROLLED IN C.R.P. HAS BEEN ENROLLED FOR MORE THAN 20 YEARS, INCLUDING 2. 7 MILLION ACRES OR 12% ENROLLED FOR MORE THAN THREE DECADES SINCE THE INCEPTION OF THE PROGRAM. DURING THE 2016 FISCAL YEAR PAYMENTS FOR C.R.P. LANDS TOTALED $1.7 BILLION. AS OUR NATION'S FARMERS AND RANCHERS FACE THE CHALLENGE OF MEETING THE INCREASING DEMAND FOR FOOD AND FIBER IN THE U.S. AND ABROAD, I WOULD YIELD AND ASK THE CHAIRMAN, SHOULD AMERICA'S PRODUCERS BE FORCED TO CONTINUE COMPETING WITH FEDERAL PROGRAMS FOR ACCESS TO FARMLAND?

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                                                  MR. CONAWAY

                                                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND COMMITMENT AND WITHDRAW THIS…

                                                  I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND COMMITMENT AND WITHDRAW THIS AMENDMENT.

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                                                  MR. ROGERS

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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

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                                                  MR. FASO

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  THE CLERK

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  FASO: MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT WHICH WOULD PROVIDE…

                                                  FASO: MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT WHICH WOULD PROVIDE THE USDA THE TOOLS IT NEEDS TO QUANTIFIABLY MEASURE CONSERVATION OUTCOMES. THESE PROVISIONS ARE SUBSTANTIVELY THE SAME AS A BIPARTISAN BILL I INTRODUCED EARLIER THIS YEAR WITH REPRESENTATIVE MARCIA FUDGE.

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                                                  MR. FASO

                                                  IF INCLUDED IN THE FARM BILL, MY AMENDMENT WOULD HAVE THE USDA MEASURE,…

                                                  IF INCLUDED IN THE FARM BILL, MY AMENDMENT WOULD HAVE THE USDA MEASURE, EVALUATE, AND REPORT ON VARIOUS CONSERVATION PROGRAMS ACROSS THE NATION. . THIS INFORMATION IS NECESSARY TO HELP DEFINE AND JUSTIFY TAXPAYER RETURN ON CONSERVATION INVESTMENT PROGRAMS. RIGHT NOW THE USDA CAN PROVIDE INFORMATION ON THE IMPACT OF CONSERVATION PROGRAMS IN TERMS OF CONTRACTS AND ACRES BUT THEY LACK THE ABILITY TO PROVIDE THE IMPACT OF THESE PROGRAMS ON IMPORTANT RESOURCE CONCERNS. BY ENSURING THE USDA HAS ALL THE TOOLS NECESSARY TO COLLECT THIS INFORMATION, WE CAN BETTER PROTECT AND PRESERVE THESE PROGRAMS INTO THE FUTURE. THE USDA'S VOLUNTARY CONSERVATION PROGRAMS ARE HELPING FARMERS MAKE INVESTMENTS INTO NATURAL RESOURCES WHILE ALSO INCREASING FARM PRODUCT IITY. THIS WILL ENSURE THEY CAN CONTINUE TO IMPROVE EXISTING PRACTICES WHILE SUPPORTING OUR NATION'S FARMERS. MR. CHAIRMAN, WE'LL ALSO SEEK IN RESPONSE TO CONCERNS RAISED BY THE FARM PEW ROW IN CONCERNS TO FURTHER REFINE THE PRIVACY PROVISIONS RELATING TO THE RESEARCH ACTIVITIES THAT RESEARCH ACTIVITIES THAT WOULD TAKE PLACE UNDER THIS BILL TO ENSURE THAT ANY PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION THAT WOULD BE CONTAINED WITH THE ANALYSIS OF CONSERVATION PROGRAMS IS FURTHER PROTECTED BY THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE.

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                                                  THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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                                                  MR. FASO

                                                  I'M ENCOURAGED BY THE SUPPORT FOR MY AMENDMENT AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE…

                                                  I'M ENCOURAGED BY THE SUPPORT FOR MY AMENDMENT AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                • 04:17:32 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MR. FASO

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                                                  MR. MCCLINTOCK

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  THE CLERK

                                                  MCCLINTOCK: THIS AMENDMENT DOES TWO THINGS. IT INCREASES FROM 20% TO 70%…

                                                  MCCLINTOCK: THIS AMENDMENT DOES TWO THINGS. IT INCREASES FROM 20% TO 70% THE PERCENTAGE OF ABLE BODIED ADULTS IN SNAP THAT WOULD BE REQUIRED TO COMPLY WITH THE WORK REQUIREMENTS IN THE BILL, AND IT REQUIRES THE USE OF THE E-VERIFY SYSTEM TO ASSURE THAT WORK TRAINING IS AVAILABLE ONLY TO LEGAL RESIDENTS IN THIS COUNTRY WHO ARE LEGALLY ENTITLED TO WORK.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                  MR. CHAIRMAN, I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  THIS INCLUDES SUBSTANTIVE -- H.R.

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                                                  2 INCLUDES SUBSTANTIVE WORK REQUIREMENTS.

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                                                  MR. THOMPSON

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MR. MCCLINTOCK

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  MR.

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                                                  MR. THOMPSON

                                                  FASO: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                                  FASO: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA'S -- THE IMPETUS BEHIND HIS AMENDMENT BUT I THINK THIS EAMENTS IF IT WERE DEPARTMENTED WOULD THREATEN TO DESTROY THE CAREFULLY CONSTRUCTED EFFORTS THAT WE HAVE ENDEAVORED TO ENGAGE IN IN THE COMMITTEE TO CREATE SOMETHING THAT WAS REALISTIC AND ACHIEVEABLE, LOWERING THE AGE FROM 6 TO 3 WILL MAKE IT MUCH MORE DIFFICULT FOR SNAP, MANY SNAP FAMILIES TO COMPLY WITH THE WORK REQUIREMENTS AND REDUCING THE ABILITY OF A STATE TO HAVE A WAIVER OF UP TO 15% OF THE POPULATION WILL ALSO MAKE IT

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                                                • 04:25:28 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MR. FASO

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. DOES THE GENTLEMAN YIELD BACK?

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. MR. MCCLINTOCK SPIFF I HAVE ONE MORE…

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. MR. MCCLINTOCK SPIFF I HAVE ONE MORE SPEAKER TO CLOSE OUT OUR

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLELADY FROM DELAWARE FOR SUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME.

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                                                  MR. THOMPSON

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  THESE NUMBERS STAY -- STAND OUT FOR

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                                                  AND THE PROCESS HAS BEEN FLAWED AND NOW WE HAVE A FLAWED PRODUCT. SO AGAIN…

                                                  AND THE PROCESS HAS BEEN FLAWED AND NOW WE HAVE A FLAWED PRODUCT. SO AGAIN I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE TO COME BACK TOGETHER IN THE GREAT TRADITION OF THE AG COMMITTEE AND WORK ON A BIPARTISAN PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT MOVES AMERICANS INTO WORK, MEANINGFUL WORK, AND I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                  MS. ROCHESTER

                                                  I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME TO MY COLLEAGUING ON THE HOUSE BUDGET…

                                                  I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME TO MY COLLEAGUING ON THE HOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. GROTHMAN.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MR. MCCLINTOCK

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MR. GROTHMAN

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  TO MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE WHO KEEP ASKING

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                                                  MR. THOMPSON

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE…

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. ALL THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  MCCLINTOCK: I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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                                                  MR. MCCLINTOCK

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

                                                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION THAT THE COMMITTEE RISE. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. ALL THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE MOTION IS -- THE AYES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. ACCORDINGLY, THE COMMITTEE

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MR. MCCLINTOCK

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  MR. CHAIRMAN.

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                  MR. CONAWAY

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                  MR. CONAWAY

                                                  IS THERE OBJECTION? HEARING NONE, SO ORDERED.

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                  MR. CONAWAY

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                                  THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2 WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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                                                • 04:32:59 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  THE CLERK

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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

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                                                  MR. FORTENBERRY

                                                  FORTENBERRY OF NEBRASKA.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  THE CLERK

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA.

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                                                  MR. FORTENBERRY

                                                  STARTING 4:00. EARNED A PH.D. IN DAIRY SCIENCE. DID WORK FOR 20 YEARS. GOT…

                                                  STARTING 4:00. EARNED A PH.D. IN DAIRY SCIENCE. DID WORK FOR 20 YEARS. GOT INVOLVED IN FARMER TO FARMER. ONE OF HIS EXPERIENCES WAS IN BANGLADESH. THEY HAVE AS MANY DAIRY COULD YOU SAY AS WE DO IN THE -- COWS AS WE DO IN THE UNITED STATES AND WE HAVE 12 TIMES THE CAPACITY THAN THEY DO. THROUGH AFTERNOONIE'S WORK, PARTICULARLY THROUGH -- ARCHIE'S WORK, PARTICULARLY THROUGH NUTRITION GUIDANCE, HE'S HELPED WITH STRUCTURAL POVERTY AND NOT ENOUGH TO EAT. IN FACT, THE BANGLADESHIS WANTED TO NAME HIM FATHER OF MODERN DAIRY. 'S A HUMBLE MAN, MY CONSTITUENT. -- HE'S A HUMBLE MAN, MY CONSTITUENT. NONETHELESS, THIS AMENDMENT ADDRESSES THIS IMPORTANT PROGRAM. THIS PROGRAM HAS CONNECTED VOLUNTEER AMERICAN FARMERS, AG EXTENSION EXPERTS AND OTHERS WITH EXPERIENCE WITH FARMERS ABROAD AS WELL AS AGRICULTURE EXPERTS FROM AMERICAN UNIVERSITIES TO OTHER COUNTRIES AROUND THE GLOBE. THE SHARING OF AMERICA'S AGRICULTURAL EXPERTISE DRAMATICALLY ENHANCES THE CAPACITY OF PEOPLE ELSEWHERE TO GROW THEIR OWN FOOD AND REALLY, MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS INITIATIVE IS ABOUT THREE THINGS. IT'S ABOUT THE RICHNESS OF AMERICA'S FARM EXPERIENCE. IT'S ABOUT AN ENGINE OF ECONOMIC REGENERATION AND THE FIGHT AGAINST STRUCTURAL GLOBAL POVERTY. IT ALSO, I BELIEVE, WILL ENHANCE OUR 21ST CENTURY ARCHITECTURE OF THE EMERGING DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS. THIS PROGRAM WAS INITIALLY AUTHORIZED IN 1985 AND HAS BEEN IN SUBSEQUENT FARM BILLS AND, AGAIN, HAS PROMOTED SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC GROWTH, FOOD SECURITY AND AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT WORLDWIDE. ALL 50 STATES HAVE BEEN REPRESENTED IN VOLUNTEER TRIPS OVERSEAS TO ASSIST FARMERS AND SPECIALISTS FROM A VARIETY OF AGRICULTURAL DISCIPLINES HAVE TAUGHT HOST COUNTRY FARMERS IN OVER 100 NATIONS THROUGH COORDINATION WITH 12,000 DIFFERENT LOCAL HOST ORGANIZATIONS. THE GROWTH OF THE PROGRAM HAS FOSTERED COMMUNITY ECOSYSTEMS, SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE. IT'S ENHANCED THE ABILITY TO ACCESS NEW MARKETS AND CONSERVED ENVIRONMENTAL AND NATURAL RESOURCES. THE WORK OF OUR AMERICAN FARMERS HAS BORNE GREAT FRUIT OVERSEAS. AND WITH SOME INNOVATIVE RETHINKING, I THINK WE CAN HELP FULLY REALIZE THIS PROGRAM'S POTENTIAL. THIS AMENDMENT SERVES THREE CRITICAL OBJECTIVES. FIRST, IT ELEVATES THE ROLE OF THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE IN COORDINATING SEQUENCING AND PRIORITY TIESING FARMER VISITS TO HOST COUNTRIES. SECOND, IT ESTABLISHES GEOGRAPHICALLY DEFINED CROP YIELD METRICS SYSTEM AND ASSESS WHETHER YIELDS IN CROPS ARE GENERATING. THIRD, THE DATA GENERATED THROUGH THIS METRIC WILL BE AVAILABLE PUBLICLY. IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THE AMENDMENT ENHANCES AND PRIORITIZES NEW IMPLEMENTING PARTNERS, INCREASES PARTICIPANTS AND SERVES TO EXPAND RECRUITMENT OF NEW VOLUNTEERS THROUGH -- FROM DIVERSE AGRICULTURAL KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLED BACKGROUNDS. MR. CHAIRMAN, I BELIEVE THIS AMENDMENT WILL ALSO BETTER SUPPORT OUR WORK IN GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY PROGRAMS THAT ALREADY EXIST AND HAVE WIDE CONGRESSIONAL BACKING. WE HAVE AN IMPORTANT MOMENT HERE. TO RENEW, INNOVATE, AND MODERNIZE A VERY GOOD PROGRAM. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SOME TIME.

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                                                  MR. FORTENBERRY

                                                  CONAWAY: I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT. THIS IS TAKING…

                                                  CONAWAY: I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT. THIS IS TAKING AMERICAN EXPERTISE GOING PEOPLE TO PEOPLE ACROSS THIS WORLD SHARING THE GREAT TECHNIQUES WE'RE DEVELOPING HERE. WHILE THAT MAKE THOSE HOST COUNTRIES A LITTLE MORE COMPETITIVE WITH OUR PRODUCTION IN AGRICULTURE IN AMERICA IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. I SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT AND I APPRECIATE MR. FORTENBERRY'S DEDICATION NOT ONLY ON THIS SPECIFIC ISSUE BUT HIS BROADER WORK ACROSS THE INTERNATIONAL ARENA THAT HE'S SHOWN HIS EXPERTISE IN.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MR. CONAWAY

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA. MR. FORTENBERRY --

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                                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MR. FORTENBERRY

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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

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                                                  MR. MACARTHUR

                                                  MACARTHUR OF NEW JERSEY.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  THE CLERK

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  MACARTHUR: I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE FOR…

                                                  MACARTHUR: I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE FOR HIS SUPPORT AND CRAFTING A FARM BILL THAT I THINK WILL BENEFIT A GREAT MANY AMERICANS. THIS BILL BENEFITS BOTH FARMERS AND CONSUMERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, EVEN IN A DENSELY POPULATED STATE LIKE MINE. NEW JERSEY, THE MOST DENSELY POPULATED STATE IN THE NATION, AND YET IN MY DISTRICT I HAVE OVER 800 FAMILY FARMS THAT WILL BENEFIT FROM THIS BILL. I HAVE CRANBERRY AND BLUEBERRY GROWERS THAT WILL BENEFIT FROM SPECIALTY CROP GRANTS.

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                                                • 04:39:21 PM

                                                  MR. MACARTHUR

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. WHO CLAIMS TIME IN OPPOSITION? THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. WHO CLAIMS TIME IN OPPOSITION? THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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                                                • 04:42:24 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  MCGOVERN: I AM NOT GOING TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT, MR. SPEAKER. I DO WANT…

                                                  MCGOVERN: I AM NOT GOING TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT, MR. SPEAKER. I DO WANT TO SAY A FEW WORDS. I AM TRYING TO UNDERSTAND THIS AMENDMENT BECAUSE I REALLY DON'T UNDERSTAND THE POINT OF IT.

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                                                • 04:42:29 PM

                                                  MR. MCGOVERN

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MR. MCGOVERN

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

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

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                                                • 04:45:13 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MR. MACARTHUR

                                                  THIS AMENDMENT MAKES IT EXPLICITLY CLEAR TO THOSE WHO ADMINISTER THE SNAP…

                                                  THIS AMENDMENT MAKES IT EXPLICITLY CLEAR TO THOSE WHO ADMINISTER THE SNAP PROGRAM THAT CHILDREN MUST BE HELD HARMLESS, THEY MUST BE PROTECTED, AND ON TOP OF THAT, THE BILL STOPS FAMILY SANCTIONING. YOU CAN CALL IT A BELT AND SUSPENDERS APPROACH. WHEN IT COMES TO CHILDREN, I THINK IT'S WORTH MAKING IT AS CRYSTAL CLEAR AS POSSIBLE THEY CANNOT BE HARMED. I WOULD YIELD TO MY FRIEND FROM ILLINOIS, MR. RODNEY DAVIS.

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                                                • 04:45:58 PM

                                                  MR. DAVIS

                                                  I RESERVE.

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                                                  MR. MACARTHUR

                                                  THE MCGOVERN: LET'S BE HONEST WITH EACH OTHER AND WITH OUR CONSTITUENTS.…

                                                  THE MCGOVERN: LET'S BE HONEST WITH EACH OTHER AND WITH OUR CONSTITUENTS. H.R.

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                                                • 04:47:05 PM

                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  2 WILL HURT FAMILIES, WILL HURT WORKING FAMILY, WILL HURT KIDS. ONE THING…

                                                  2 WILL HURT FAMILIES, WILL HURT WORKING FAMILY, WILL HURT KIDS. ONE THING IS ALSO EXPLICIT, MR. MACARTHUR, ACCORDING TO C.B.O.

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                                                • 04:47:11 PM

                                                  MR. MCGOVERN

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  MACARTHUR: I YIELD 30 SECONDS TO MY FRIEND FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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                                                  MR. MACARTMACARTHUR

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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                                                  MR. MACARTHUR

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                                                  THE CHAIR

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                                                  MR. MACARTHUR

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                                                  THE CHAIR

                                                  IF THIS WAS A SNAP BRE SURE AND I HAND THIS TO YOU REGARDLESS OF OWHAT…

                                                  IF THIS WAS A SNAP BRE SURE AND I HAND THIS TO YOU REGARDLESS OF OWHAT YOUR INCOME SFRK YOU ACCEPT THIS SNAP BROCHURE YOU'RE ELIGIBLE FOR SNAP.

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                                                  THAT'S BROAD-BASED CAT GORICAL ELIGIBILITY.

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                                                  MR. THOMPSON

                                                  THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS. HAS ONE MINUTE REMAINING.

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